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Grenade hurled at Union Minister Rajen Gohain’s house, didn’t go off

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A grenade was lobbed at the house of Union Minister Rajen Gohain in Nagaon town, but there was no casualty as it did not explode.A police official said that eye witnesses had claimed that two motorcycle-borne miscreants hurled the grenade post midnight at the house of Union minister of state for railways.No one was injured as the grenade did not explode, the official said.Security forces, which rushed to the spot, later defused the grenade.The miscreants immediately fled the scene after hurling the grenade.Gohain and his family were not in Nagaon and only security guards were posted at the house.Police have launched an investigation to find if any militant group is involved in the attack.

Rahul-led meeting fake attempt for unity, no wise party can join hands with Congress: Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior BJP leader and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday dismissed the Congress-led meet of eight parties against demonetization, as a “fake attempt for unity” and said it would never succeed.”This is a fake attempt for unity and it will never succeed. No wise party can join hands with Congress. If they (some political party) are doing it, they are doing so at their own peril,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.Earlier in the day, Congress vice-President Rahul Gandhi and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee along with some regional parties at a meeting in Delhi sought to put up a united face raising the pitch against demonetization by demanding resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Taking a dig at Gandhi, Naidu claimed, “He has failed to bring unity in his own party. The strength of Congress (in Lok Sabha) has declined from 444 seats to 44 seats.”Referring to scams and corruption during the Congress rule, he claimed, “Earlier Opposition parties had to protest against corruption of the government. But now, the government is fighting against corruption and the opposition is fighting against the government.”

Rs 104 cr deposit | Being Dalit’s daughter is no licence for corruption: Ram Vilas Paswan to Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Slamming Mayawati for linking the Enforcement Directorate action against BSP to her being a Dalit, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday said her Dalit origin does not give her a “licence” to indulge in corruption and she should let the law take its own course. Paswan, a prominent Dalit face of the ruling BJP-led NDA, hit out at the former UP chief minister over alleged deposits of Rs 104 crore in BSP’s bank account following the note ban and said it was shocking that a party claiming to represent the most downtrodden sections of society has so much money. “My party LJP works for Dalits. We have six Lok Sabha members and the total money in LJP’s bank account is Rs 1,03,198. Being a daughter of a Dalit does not give you licence to indulge in corruption. She must let law take its course and let authorities probe her party’s account,” he told reporters. Mocking Mayawati’s strident opposition to demonetization since it was announced on November 8, the LJP president said it has now become clear “why likes of her and RJD chief Lalu Prasad” have been its most vocal critics.”They were hit the hardest. That is why they are making so much of noise,” he said.Referring to deposits of Rs 1.43 crore in bank accounts of Mayawati’s brother, Paswan said she must come clean on the source of the money. “Who is he? What is his source of income? Why is she afraid? She should let agencies probe all accounts and deposits,” he said.The disclosure of deposits in BSP’s bank account is not the end but only the first chapter and more details will come out soon, he said.He also took potshots at joint programme by Congress, TMC, RJD and some other regional outfits against demonetization. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is an ally of Congress and RJD, supports note ban and they are opposing it for political reasons, he said and dared these parties to withdraw support from Kumar’s government if they are serious in their opposition.

West Pakistan refugees row: Jitendra Singh accuses NC of politics of convenience

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Slamming separatists and National Conference over their stand on West Pakistan refugees issue, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Saturday while separatists are doing politics of “convenience not conviction”, the mainstream parties too toe their line when out of power.Terming the opposition to the issuance of identity cards to West Pakistan refugees (WPRs) as a “needless controversy”, he said it is “inhuman” to resist any help to refugees who have been languishing without any livelihood for past 70 years. He said that refugees who chose J-K as their home cannot be held to ransom, “while some their counterparts in rest of the country have become Prime Ministers like Inder Kumar Gujral and Dr Manmohan Singh”.Accusing separatists and NC of “politicking” on the issue, he said, “Separatists lobby of Kashmir are separatists due to their convenience and not because of conviction.” “Similarly the so-called mainstream politicians tend totake the separatist line because the moment they take to power they swear that J&K is integral part of India and when they are shunted out of power, they overnight start questioning the status of Jammu and Kashmir,” Singh told reporters here. The Minister of State in PMO was replying to questions about opposition by the separatists and National Conference to issuance of identity certificates to WPRs.”This is politicking which is happening by some who are devoid of conviction and ideology.”It is the duplicity of these elements to hoodwink the innocent masses of Jammu and Kashmir but the saving grace is that youth of the state is wiser than before,” Union Minister said. Singh, while replying to other questions on the issue, said, “It is meaningless controversy. It is avoidable controversy”. “They (refugees) can not be held to ransom for the simple reason that they chose their residence in Jammu or Jammu and Kashmir after partition.”Therefore the nation owes a dignified livelihood to them. This politicking which has just started for past two days is primarily motivated by considerations of Kashmir- centric constituencies,” he said.Singh said it is time for all, regardless of political affiliations and ideologies, to take a holistic view regarding the issue. He said those raising their voice against the step include many who failed to address the issue despite being in power during the last seven decades. “This set of activists are unable to digest it,” he said. While separatists have alleged that the move is aimed at changing the demography of the state, the NC claimed that the step will dilute Article 370 on special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Decrying the “false and contrived” impression being created regarding the change of status of WPRs, Jammu and Kashmir Government had on Thursday made it clear that such reports are deliberately being circulated to destabilise the situation and hit the political and economic interests of the people. “It seems an orchestrated and misleading campaign has been launched to create an impression that the Government is changing the status of the WPR and they are being provided domicile certificates,” Minister for Education and state government spokesman Naeem Akhtar has said in a statement on Thursday.To facilitate them to get jobs in paramilitary forces and other central government establishments, the Government has issued them identity certificates which is in the same format as exists in the voter list for Parliamentary polls, Naeem said.”Issuance of Identity Certificates does in no way change the status of the West Pakistan Refugees and they continue to be non-state subjects,” he said. Several political organisation including BJP and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party and refugee organisations have hit out at opposition parties and separatists for opposing identity certificates to West Pakistan refugees.

Kannada excluded from NEET, political fight breaks out

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A political blame game has erupted between ruling Congress and opposition BJP in Karnataka over non-inclusion of Kannada among the languages for holding the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for admission in medical colleges for the academic year 2017-18.As Chief Minister Siddaramaiah sought to put the onus on the Centre, Union Minister Ananth Kumar hit back citing the state government had written to the Centre suggesting that the exam be held in English.”Our government had written a letter stating that NEET exams should be held in Kannada also, still it has not been done. I have asked the Chief Secretary to write a letter,” Siddaramaiah said.Speaking to reporters in Mysuru, he said, “It is wrong. We have written a letter, but what are our BJP ministers (at the Centre) and MPs doing? Don’t they have the responsibility? They have won from Karnataka… what are they doing?” The Union Health Ministry on December 21 had said NEET exams for admission in medical colleges will be held in eight languages – Hindi, English, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.Taking strong exception to Kannada being left out, the Chief Minister said, “Omitting Kannada… is a wrong thing, we are writing a protest letter also.”However, Ananth Kumar held the state government responsible for it. Speaking to reporters in Delhi, he said, “When the Centre asked the states about the language for NEET exams in their respective states in November, Karnataka government’s medical education department had clearly said in writing that the exams be held in English.””It is only three days ago that they have awakened and sought that the exams be held in Kannada,” he added. The Kannada Development Authority (KDA) has called the move to exclude the language a “great injustice” to seven crore Kannadigas. Karnataka is considered to be the home for highest number of medical colleges in the country.

Manipur blockade | ‘This is humanitarian crisis’: Centre asks state govt to end ‘worrisome’ conditions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre on Friday reviewed the situation in Manipur in the wake of the crippling economic blockade of a highway, with Union Minister Kiren Rijiju asking the state government to end the “worrisome” conditions that have triggered a “humanitarian crisis”.At a high level meeting attended by the Union Minister of State for Home Rijiju, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and senior officials of the central and Manipur governments, the situation in the state was discussed threadbare.Rijiju, who is on a day-long trip to Manipur as a central emissary, stressed that the Manipur government must discharge is “constitutional duties” by ending the blockade and bring back normalcy in state.The blockade on National Highway 2 by United Naga Council (UNC) has been continuing since November 1 crippling normal life in the landlocked state.The UNC has been protesting against the creation of seven new districts in the state.”This is a humanitarian crisis. We want that the Manipur government end the blockade as early as possible. Whatever assistance from the central government is required, we will give,” Rijiju said.”There is a constitutional duty of the state government to bring back normalcy and they should ensure that there is no blockade along the highway,” he told PTI.The Minister of State for Home Affairs, said the ground situation in Manipur continues to be worrisome and the Central government wants that law and order prevail in the state.”I will talk to the state government and will try to find out a solution,” he said.Rijiju said the prices of essential commodities have gone up due to the economic blockade and people have been suffering a lot.So we want the problem to resolves as early as possible, he added.Home Minister Rajnath Singh had on Thursday told Manipur Chief Minister that there has been extremely distressing situation caused by the continuous blockade of National Highway-2, which has caused an acute shortage of essential and other goods in Manipur and breakdown of law and order.The landlocked state has been experiencing severe hardship in supply of essential items since November 1 after United Naga Council (UNC) imposed an indefinite economic blockade on the two national highways that serve as lifeline for the state.

AAP, Cong should not do politics on Najeeb Jung’s resignation: Kiren Rijiju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Kiren Rijiju criticised the Aam Aadmi Party and Congress for “doing politics” over the resignation of Delhi LG Najeeb Jung. “I don’t know what problems do the AAP and Congress have. When Jung was working, they were demanding resignation. Now since he has resigned, they are questioning why he has resigned. Should Jung have resigned by taking permission from AAP and Congress?,” Rijiju said.The Minister of State for Home said the AAP and Congress leaders have no locus standi to ask questions. He asked the two parties “to give up doing politics” over Jung’s resignation.Rijiju also refused to speculate on the reasons behind Jung’s resignation saying only Jung could tell it.
ALSO READ LG v/s AAP: A timeline of the battle between Najeeb Jung and Arvind KejriwalRaising questions over Jung’s sudden resignation, Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken had demanded that the Centre should explain the reasons behind his “unceremonious exit”, saying there is more to it than meets the eye. The AAP had alleged that Jung worked under the “influence” of the Modi dispensation and questioned whether the power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government will continue even after the appointment of a new LG. “Modi government promotes its people. We hope he gets a better posting after this. I am unhappy that his tenure was disgraceful. Now that he has gone, good luck to him. Najeeb Jung’s behaviour was not his. He was under the influence of someone. We hope the next LG gives priority to issues concerning people and does not work under anyone’s influence,” AAP’s Kumar Vishwas had said.

Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi urges minority communities to go cashless, fight corruption

Moradabad (UP): The inaugural ‘cashless chaupal‘, an initiave of the Centre aimed at helping minorities connect with cashless economic system post demonetisation, was organised in Moradabad on Monday with union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi pitching for Muslims to join the campaign against “cancer of corruption”.

During the chaupal, held in the district’s Dalpatpur tehsil, the Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) informed the attendees about benefits of digital transactions, propagating it as an “effective mission” to establish transparent economic system to fight black money.

Bank officials helped people present at the event in downloading various mobile applications related to digital payment, net and mobile banking and also made presentation on digital payment system, a statement said.

“Digital transaction campaign is aimed at establishing an economic system which is based on less cash and maximum digital payment.

“Na nakad na udhar, karen digital len den aur karobar (neither in cash nor on credit, let’s do digital transactions and business),” he raised the slogan while lauding the system, according to the statement.

“The Muslim and other sections should join this campaign and help eradicate the cancer of corruption,” Naqvi said, adding the weaker sections of the society will benefit from the government’s decision.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. PTI

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. PTI

Stating that electronic voting system could attain 100 percent success in world’s largest democracy, Naqvi exuded confidence that digital transaction, online and mobile banking too will be successful.

He claimed that cashless system will help farmers and small traders as he averred that e-payment and mobile banking can be helpful in places where banking system is not available.

Citing example of direct benefit transfer (DBT) system used by the Minority Affairs Ministry to dispense scholarships to students from minority communities, Naqvi emphasised that digital system can help remove middlemen and ensure benefits reach the deserving individuals.

He said the Minority Affairs Ministry has so far disbursed scholarships worth Rs 6,715 crore to three crore students into their bank accounts through DBT.

The union minister said digital transactions will strengthen taxation system as more people will become part of it.

Stating that several countries such as Sweden, France, Canada, Britain and Australia have become cashless economy, Naqvi said such a system can be implemented in India “easily”.

In India, there are about 103 crore mobile phone users, 50 crore internet users, 144 crore bank accounts (figures include multiple accounts held by one person) and 25 crore Jan Dhan accounts. Besides, there are over 14 lakh Point of Sale (PoS) machines and 73 crore credit/debit cards in use, he claimed.

However, the statement quoting the union minister, did not mention source of the statistics.

The second edition of the chaupal will be held in Delhi on 21 December.

First Published On : Dec 19, 2016 20:15 IST

Modi to address students at Banaras Hindu University on December 22: Mahesh Sharma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav’ at Banaras Hindu University here and address the students on December 22, Union minister Mahesh Sharma said on Saturday.Sharma was in the city to inaugurate the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav being organised by the Union Ministry of Culture.On this occasion, a government website of the Ministry of Culture was launched by the Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture.Padma Vibhushan Girija Devi, BHU Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi, Union Secretary (Culture) N K Sinha along with other officials and faculty members and students of the varsity were present at the function.The Union Minister congratulated the university for the successful organisation of the gala event. He said that such kind of festivities help in promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of our country.Folk art of different states added glitter to the cultural festival, which included folk songs, folk dance, Malkhambh , martial art, Bin jogi of Haryana, Kachchi ghodi of Rajasthan among others.

Jammu and Kashmir: Congress demands JPC probe into demonetisation

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Congress demanded a probe by Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) into demonetisation, charging that it had benefited only some rich people on Thursday. “We demand that there should be a JPC probe into the demonetisation scheme announced by the Prime Minister,” senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member K Rehman Khan said.

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Representational image. Reuters

“There are apprehensions of selective leaks ahead of the announcement for benefitting some rich (people),” he said. Khan said the BJP had demanded an investigation by JPC into the 2G scam when UPA was in power and they should agree a similar probe now for demonetisation.

“The former Union Minister said the Prime Minister’s announcement had put common masses in trouble. “Why are they troubling the common masses? Is the black money with poor people?” he asked. Khan said Modi, while announcing the demonetisation move, had sought 50 days time for setting things right and so far “36 days have passed but nothing has changed.” “What miracle can he do in the remaining 14 days?” the Congress leader asked. He said a “dictatorial system” was being established in the country as the demonetisation announcement by the Prime Minister had undermined the independence of the Reserve Bank of India. “RBI act says demonetisation is carried out by the RBI.

It is the RBI Governor who signs the pledge on currency notes and not the Prime Minister. Where is the RBI Governor?” Khan asked. He said, initially the government claimed that demonetisation will save Rs 4,00,000 crore which will be used for welfare of the people but “now even that dream is crashing.”

Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not taking part in the discussion on demonetisation in Parliament, he said, “Why is the PM hesitating in coming to the Parliament? We want to debate, discuss and express our opposition to the move through a vote.” “We know that we do not have the numbers in Lok Sabha but we want to show that the Opposition is united on the issue,” he said.

Speaking on the Kashmir issue, Khan said that the situation is grim in the region and the Prime Minister’s police has “failed” to bring the situation under control.

First Published On : Dec 15, 2016 14:41 IST

Rahul’s earthquake comment | He is overestimating his debating skills: Smriti Irani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Replying to the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s comment that if he speaks on demonetization, an “earthquake” will occur, two central ministers said he was over estimating his debating skills.”Rahul is overestimating his debating skills. Even he knows how good he is in front of the people. As parliament is the platform of debate and discussion, I welcome him to come forth,” Union Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani said. “Earthquake effect is seen more in the Congress party rather than in others. Many veteran politicians and even the President have asked for a discussion on demonetization.”Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said the Centre is open for a debate, but the opposition is only running away from it by putting unnecessary excuses. “From the first day itself, we have been saying that the government is open for a debate on demonetization. The Congress and the Trinamool Congress are running away from a discussion by putting up unnecessary excuses,” he said.Rijiju told ANI here that the Congress party does not have the courage to face a discussion as the Centre has logic and reasoning behind every decision which it has made since November 8. “In the Lok Sabha the debate has already started, but the opposition started running away from the debate. The Congress party has looted the country for so long. Now, the government has announced this landmark move, but the Congress party does not have the courage to face the debate. We have the logic and reasoning for the discussion. The Congress has failed in front of the nation,” he added.Replying to Rahul Gandhi?s charge that demonetization is the biggest scam in the history of India, Rijiju said, “It is unbecoming of the Congress to lecture us on scams, because the grand old party has looted the country for so long.”Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said today that if he is allowed to speak in the Lok Sabha on the issue of demonetization, it has the potential to cause an “earthquake.” “The government is running from a debate. If they allow me to speak, then you will see what an earthquake will come,” said the Congress vice president.The Congress and other opposition parties have vociferously and relentlessly been criticising the November 8 scrapping of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes. The note ban, or demonetization, has caused a severe cash crunch, with farmers and poor bearing the brunt of the shortage of new notes.

Denial of rights to women against sharia: MJ Akbar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Denial of gender rights is against the sharia law and no state can be modern without gender freedom, Union Minister MJ Akbar said on Thursday.”You cannot deny gender equality to any being. Denial of gender rights is against the sharia. Anyone who has a deep understanding of the Koranic law will never have the courage to argue. He will simply not,” he said.”What you have done is, you have turned the law into male aggression, something which the Koran specifically forbids. No state can be modern without gender freedom and progress. It is simply not possible,” Akbar said.The Union Minister of State for External Affairs was speaking on the occasion of SAARC Charter Day at the SAARC University here.He said apart from gender equality, freedom of thought, expression, political articulation or non-political articulation is essential for a modern state. “Freedom of faith includes the freedom to be non-faithful, it includes the freedom of atheism.

Jayalalithaa remains critical: Centre says, ready to deploy forces whenever Tamil Nadu requires

New Delhi: As Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s health continues to be critical, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Monday the state may require extra forces, which the Home Ministry will be ready to put on standby “whenever” they are required.

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Representational image. Reuters

The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs said the Centre cannot intervene on its own but is willing to send extra forces to Tamil Nadu if the state asks for it.

“They haven’t asked anything formally,” Rijiju said, adding that the state has a significant number of central forces.

“If there is a law and order situation then the Centre is always willing to send extra forces. It is our primary duty to ensure that the state is being helped in whatever possible way they require.

“Because of the prevailing health condition of the Chief Minister (Jayalalithaa) they may require extra forces which the Home Ministry will be ready to be put on standby, whenever and whatever they require,” the minister said.

He, however, said the Centre “cannot intervene on our its own”.

Rijiju said the state has a significant number of central forces and whenever a need arises, it is calibrated and forces are sent.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said he spoke to Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Secretary and enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health.

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 17:23 IST

Jayalalithaa’s health: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju says govt ready to put forces on standby for Tamil Nadu

New Delhi: As Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s health continues to be critical, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday said the state may require extra forces, which the Home Ministry will be ready to put on standby “whenever” they are required.

File photo of Kiren Rijiju. PIB

File photo of Kiren Rijiju. PIB

The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs said the Centre cannot intervene on its own but is willing to send extra forces to Tamil Nadu if the state asks for it.

“They haven’t asked anything formally,” Rijiju said, adding that the state has a significant number of central forces.

“If there is a law and order situation then the Centre is always willing to send extra forces. It is our primary duty to ensure that the state is being helped in whatever possible way they require.

“Because of the prevailing health condition of the Chief Minister (Jayalalithaa) they may require extra forces which the Home Ministry will be ready to be put on standby, whenever and whatever they require,” the minister said.

He, however, said the Centre “cannot intervene on our its own”.

Rijiju said the state has a significant number of central forces and whenever a need arises, it is calibrated and forces are sent.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said he spoke to Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Secretary and enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health.

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 17:13 IST

Major faux Pas from Pak media, declares J Jayalalithaa dead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan media has, it seems, declared the Chief Minister of India’s southern Tamil Nadu state J Jayalalitha dead, even, while doctors in state capital Chennai say that she is alive but in a very critical condition.”Two of Pakistan’s largest Urdu papers this morning reported that Indian politician Jayalalitha had died (she’s alive),” Senior Pakistan journalist Omar R Quraishi said in a tweet on Monday.In another tweet he said, “Dear Express, Geo and Nawa-I-Waqt: Jayalalitha is alive.”Releasing a fresh update on the health status of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, the Apollo Hospital on Monday announced that her condition was ‘very critical’, adding that she has been put on Extracoporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and other life support systems. “The Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu who suffered a cardiac arrest yesterday evening, continues to be very critical and is on ECMO and other life-support systems. The Honourable Chief Minister is being treated and closely monitored by a team of experts,” the hospital said in a statement.Yesterday night, the Chief Minister suffered a cardiac arrest after which she was rushed to the hospital. Meanwhile, the Indian government swung into action, as the Centre’s top brass got in touch with the state governor C. Vidyasagar Rao and assured complete central assistance. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu spoke to the Governor and state Chief Secretary P. Rama Mohana Rao enquiring about her health and will also fly down to Chennai to assess the situation.Also, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to the Governor in regard with the law and order situation in the state given the tense state of affairs regarding Jayalalithaa, and was assured that the situation was under control. Union Minister Kiren Rijiju also assured Tamil Nadu government that the Centre is always willing to help if they require extra force in regards with maintaining law and order.The special team of doctors from the All India Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi reached Chennai. Security has been stepped up across the city to attend any eventuality and buses plying out of Chennai have been reduced and security in the capital has been tightened. Tamil Nadu is in ripples after the news of Jayalalithaa’s cardiac arrest broke out as there are rituals, prayers etc being performed across the state.

Political bigwigs to attend marriage of Nitin Gadkari’s daughter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The who’s who of politics, including BJP chief Amit Shah, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Prakash Javadekar and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray are expected to attend the marriage ceremony of Nitin Gadkari’s daughter in Nagpur on Sunday.Gadkari’s daughter Ketki, youngest of his three children, will tie the knot with Aditya Kaskhedikar, who works with Facebook in the US. According to sources, BJP president Amit Shah will come to Nagpur tonight from Delhi and return after the wedding. Apart from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of State for Power, Coal Piyush Goyal and some other BJP national leaders are also likely to be present on the occasion.Maharastra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, his counterparts from neighbouring states- Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh), yoga guru Baba Ramdev and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray are also expected to be in attendance. As the Winter session of Maharashtra Legislature is beginning from December 5, a number of ministers from the state have planned to attend the ceremony.Sources said Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit have expressed their inability to be present at the event, but said they would attend the reception to be held on December 8 in New Delhi. Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, who belongs to Nagpur, has two sons- Nikhil and Sarang.

All Bengalis hang their heads in shame: Babul Supriyo on Mamata’s Army claims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Slamming Mamata Banerjee for alleging that army personnel at toll plazas were collecting money, Union Minister Babul Supriyo said Bengalis all over the world “hang their heads in shame” over her insinuation and wondered how “low the politics could go”. Reacting to Banerjee’s protest over army presence at toll plazas in West Bengal, Supriyo accused her Trinamool Congress of doing “such PR activities” in a “desperate attempt” to position itself as a national party. “All Bengali hang their heads in shame. At a time when Army is fighting everyday for us, she is accusing them of extorting money from trucks. I am very sad and my head is down with shame as such comments are coming from West Bengal, that too from the elected Chief Minister,” Supriyo said outside Parliament.”Look at social media, Bengalis all across the globe hang their heads in shame. How low the politics could go'” he asked.Supriyo said Banerjee’s protest over the presence of armymen at toll plazas is “PR activity of TMC”, which got wide coverage in the media, keeping aside important issues pertaining to the country.”The TMC is doing such PR activities in a desperate attempt to position itself as a national national party. It is going on in the television all day,” he said.On allegations of threat to Banerjee’s life due to delay in landing of her IndiGo flight at the Kolkata airport yesterday, he said there was “no logic” in such a claim.”We all go by flights. We know that at night, sometimes there are delay in landing due to congestion witnessed on account of the heavy flow of the international flights. One day, 50 BJP MPs could go on a flight and say that attempts are being made to finish their majority in Lok Sabha. There should be some logic,” he said.On whether Banerjee will support GST or not, Supriyo claimed West Bengal has stood the “last in all the lists” and the chief minister is making “all the arrangements” to further push down the state.He also charged the TMC with “shying away” from discussion in the Parliament over the demonetisation issue.

Venkaiah Naidu hails SC decision on national anthem, says it will inculcate patriotism

New Delhi: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu lauded the Supreme Court’s direction that cinema halls across the country must play the national anthem before screening a film, saying it will inculcate a sense of patriotism among people, particularly the younger generation.

M Venkaiah Naidu. PTI file imageM Venkaiah Naidu. PTI file image

M Venkaiah Naidu. PTI file image

“It’s a very good decision. It will inculcate a sense of patriotism among people particularly the younger generation. I am very happy about it,” Naidu, who also holds the Information and Broadcasting portfolio, said.

The apex court directed cinema halls across the country to play the national anthem before screening films and people should stand up as a mark of respect.

The court also directed that the national flag should be shown on screen when the anthem is played. “People must feel this is my country and this is my motherland,” a bench of justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said, while stressing that it is the duty of every citizen of the country to show respect to the national anthem and the flag.

It also said no person should take commercial benefits by playing the anthem and that it should not be dramatised. The apex court said the anthem should not be printed or displayed on undesirable objects, and also barred it from being played on variety shows and its abridged version anywhere.

First Published On : Nov 30, 2016 16:32 IST

Opposition hits out at govt, calls passage of tax bill ‘undemocratic’, ‘dictatorial’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terming as “black day” in Lok Sabha the passage of taxation bill amidst din without debate, opposition parties, on Tuesday, accused the government of being “undemocratic and dictatorial” and hinted at approaching the President on the issue.The government, however, blamed the opposition for not participating in the debate and said it was “tragic” that the Bill had to be passed in the din. It asserted that the measure had to be passed for the “welfare of the poor and country” and cannot wait for those who are unable to “digest” the action against black money and corruption. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said, “We want that Income Tax Amendment Act should come through the rules. The amendments proposed by the Opposition MPs and leaders should also be kept in mind before taking the assent from the President.”Revolutionary Socialist Party said that it is contemplating to take up the issue with President Pranab Mukherjee. “The government has been totally undemocratic, dictatorial, authoritarian in passing such an important bill without discussion amidst din. It has taken advantage of the superior numbers to avoid discussion. It is unfortunate that we did not get any relief from the Chair. “I had written to the Speaker (Lok Sabha) in the morning that this bill should not be allowed to be passed in the din. But what we apprehended happened. Inspite of all of our protest, this bill was passed. The very purpose of the bill was sort of defeated,” said Saugata Roy TMC MP.Amid din, a bill which seeks to tax money deposited in banks post demonetization was passed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday within minutes without any debate. Amid fierce slogan shouting by the opposition, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Taxation Laws (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2016 was brought after it came to the government’s notice that some people were trying to illegally exchange the demonetized Rs 1000 and Rs 500 currency note. Roy said that the government is “stubbornly” sticking to its stand that there will be no discussion but “we (opposition) are all together and we will continue to press for discussion” under a rule which entails voting. CPI(M) leader Mohammad Salim said that it is a “black day” in the history of Lok Sabha and an “undeclared emergency”. It is not a fight against blackmoney but “rewarding” black money hoarders”, he alleged.”The way the government is treating Parliament and willingly or unwillingly the Chair is allowing this to happen, this will be written in the history as the black day in Parliament,” Salim said. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad dismissed the opposition’s charge. “It is written in the Constitution what is a money bill or not. Those bills which the Speaker certifies are considered money bill. “As far as my knowledge about law is concerned, amendments in relation to Income Tax is a money bill. Where is the scope for discussion on this?” he asked. He said the money which will come through the amendment in the Income Tax Act will be spend on villages, poor people, irrigation, roads and houses for poor.”If somebody has problems with that than I will ask them to read Mahatma Gandhi, Deendayal Upadhyay, Ram Manohar Lohia, then you will know what we dream of,” he said. Minister of State Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said that the unaccounted money that is coming into the bank will now be acknowledged in a legal way. “It is off course tragic that it had to be passed in the din. The opposition is not able to digest the fact that these measures against black money and corruption are so wildly popular and have had an impact,” he said adding that the government wanted discussions and “since the opposition did not want any discussion, they shouted”. He said that a lot of thought process has gone beind the bill.Union Minister Harsh Vardhan said that it is “unfortunate” that the Opposition did not participate in it. “It is a very important bill which has been formulated by the Prime Minister and and Finance Minister for the welfare of the poor. I believe this is a historic step where the black money is being utilized for welfare of poor and that too with their agreement. “What else will be a bigger consensus for the country. If opposition had participated, it would have been better. If the government is working for the welfare of the poor and country, then it cannot wait,” he said. N K Premachandran of RSP said that he was dissatisfied with the Speaker’s ruling because it is the right of the individual member to move amendments to any bill moved by the government. “The right of the members to move amendment is totally curtailed which is truly undemocratic, which is not heard in the history of parliamentary democratic system. If this is the system we are following, when the House is in big turmoil, we can pass any legislation.”GST bill can be passed, even Constitutional Amendment bill can be passed. This is an insult to parliamentary democratic system and it is weakening it which is quite unfortunate. This can never be agreed upon. “We are thinking of taking this matter to the President of India because the right of the member cannot be curtailed because of lack of time and that too when considering very important bill like this,” he said.

Bihar’s Mahagathbandhan will not last long; Nitish welscome to join NDA: Ram Vilas Paswan

New Delhi: Claiming that all was not well between Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his ally Lalu Prasad, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tueaday said the coalition government in Bihar will not run for long.

Paswan, who thanked Kumar for welcoming the Centre’s demonetisation, said that the government in Bihar was “under pressure”.

File image of Ram Vilas Paswan. PTIFile image of Ram Vilas Paswan. PTI

File image of Ram Vilas Paswan. PTI

“Any party, be it NDA or UPA, if someone joins, it strengthens the party. Whatever Nitish Kumar wants, it is his prerogative. To take him or not, it is up to the BJP.

“We are allies. I had said Nitish Kumar has welcomed the revolutionary step and I had thanked him. I had also said that he (Kumar) is under pressure in Bihar. And whoever, Lalu Yadav has gone with, has not been spared. That is why, this government (Bihar) will not run for long,” Paswan said.

Paswan had on Monday said he will welcome Kumar into the NDA and claimed that the JD(U) chief was apprehensive that his ally Lalu Prasad of the RJD would weaken his party.

The Union minister had also lauded Kumar for his support to the Centre’s demonetisation step, saying he had taken a “bold decision”.

Paswan’s Lok Jantantrik Party is part of the ruling NDA coalition at the Centre. Paswan had claimed that Kumar, whose party JD(U) was a former BJP ally and now a bitter rival, was working “under the pressure of Prasad” who had a “history of weakening his allies”.

Earlier, BJP chief Amit Shah had also praised Kumar, setting tongues wagging in the political circles.

First Published On : Nov 29, 2016 18:23 IST

There’s no blackmoney in film industry, claims Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Monday sought to correct the negative public perception that black money is pumped into films, and said the industry is likely to benefit from demonetization.”The film industry has been transacting through cheques and money loaned from banks. We used to earlier hear that the black money is pumped in the film industry.”I don’t think in this age there is any black money used in the film industry. There will be transparency in the film funding due to which good films will get the support,” Rathore said talking to the reporters on the sidelines of ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here.”It is a team effort when film is produced. Right from the spot boy to the film star, everyone works. If money is transferred in their account directly then they will get the exact rates, specially for those working at lower rung. The industry will get the support due to demonetization,” he said.Claiming that there are a lot of benefits associated with demonetization and economic reforms that are being injected by the Modi led government, Rathore said certain section of people who were running parallel economy have now vanished.”There will be impact of demonetization on terrorism, theft, dacoity, use of drugs, crime rate.. everything will be decreased once economy becomes cashless, everything is interlinked,” he added.

Demonetization: Opposition parties to launch nationwide protests, govt calls it cultural revolution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Opposition prepares to observe Aakrosh Diwas — a day of anger — to protest against demonetization, first fractures came up, with the Janata Dal (United) disassociating and coming out in open to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘courageous move’. The government also described the PM’s move a ‘cultural revolution’ against the 55-year-old eight fold decadent culture of corruption. The main Opposition Congress said it would go ahead with the protests bringing together all other Opposition parties. Party leader and spokesperson Jairam Ramesh said claimed that Rs1,000 and Rs 500 notes were scrapped to cover up the government’s failure to deliver on the Prime Minister’s big electoral promise of bringing back black money stashed abroad.He said people who have amassed wealth by illegal means are not suffering, but those who do not have black money are facing hardships. He also clarified that they had not called ‘Bharat Bandh’, which would have added to miseries of people, but will observe day of angst, by holding protests across the country.Taking a swipe at the Modi government, he said economic activity has anyway come to a standstill since November 9. Asked what will be the Opposition’s strategy in Parliament, Ramesh said a debate will happen if the Prime Minister participates in it. The Congress leader also questioned government’s preparedness to bring in new currency notes, saying that according to estimates, it may take up to 250 days to print new notes and bring economy back on the track. He also criticised the Prime Minister’s call for a “cashless” or “less cash” society, saying that in India, a majority of people use cash for daily transactions.” “Such things take time and cannot be forced by giving shocks,” Ramesh said.Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu hit back at the Opposition for their planned protests. He asked the Opposition parties to allow resumption of proceedings in Parliament and discuss threadbare the issue of demonetization over which people have ‘clearly demonstrated’ that they were willing to bear short-term pains for long-term gains. He said Congress was cut off from the pulse of the people and they will pay even more heavily for their folly of such false demonstration. He said Congress was clearly rattled by eight transformational results that will forever bury the eight-fold “inimical” culture of Congress.”This is the clear reason for it being angry. Knowing the popular support to demonetization, Congress has changed its tactics from calling for a country wide bandh to akrosh rallies.” He said in order to find some space in media, Congress is raising the issue. Congress, he alleged, desperately tried to disrupt proceedings of Parliament for more than a week on some pretext or the other just to buy time to get support of a few other parties in “their desperate attempt for a photo opportunity”.

PIL seeks crackdown on laundering of money post-demonetization

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A PIL has been filed in the Allahabad High Court seeking crackdown on alleged laundering of black money in the aftermath of demonetization through cash donations to religious institutions and charitable trusts, many of these run by political leaders.The PIL filed by advocate Avinash Mani Tripathi, which is likely to come up for hearing before a bench later this week, alleges that there has been emergence of a “menace of converting black money into white through donation in cash” of “old high denomination notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 in the accounts of religious and charitable trusts running across the country”. The petitioner has contended that this would result in “failure” of government’s attempt to “eliminate black money” since donations made to religious institutions and trusts became a part of their income which was “exempt from tax”.The petitioner has also alleged “inaction on part of Government of India to make any declaration regarding monetary effect of specified bank notes received in donation box or directly at religious institutions or trusts”.It alleged that many of these were being “run by political leaders,” including those belonging to the ruling parties at the Centre and in the state. The petitioner has mentioned the names of institutions or trusts run by BJP MPs, an Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister, a former Union Minister from Congress and an AIMIM leader.The petitioner, who has named the Centre and the Reserve Bank of India as parties, has prayed for “directions to respondent authorities to declare that value of the old high denomination notes deposited in the accounts of religious institutions and trusts after November 08, 2016 would neither be credited nor exchanged”. As an interim measure, pending hearing on the PIL, the petitioner has prayed for directions for “constitution of a high-level committee for taking appropriate action against the menace of converting black money into white through donation in cash of old denomination notes in the accounts of religious institutions and trusts across the country”.

Those exchanging gold for old notes will face action: Piyush Goyal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Questioning the unprecedented sale of gold after November 8, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Piyush Goyal on Saturday said that all those who have sold gold by accepting old notes will face action.He was addressing the gathering of stock brokers, trading community captains and representatives from various trade associations at Bombay Stock Exchange on Saturday. Goyal had an interactive session after an invitation by BJP city unit president Ashish Shelar.In his hour-long address, the minister recalled that he has addressed the problems being faced by jewellers’ community by sitting with them for eight-long hours at a stretch. Reminding the jewellers’ community, he said that he was sad to hear the news that gold shops were open overnight and sold gold even after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the decision of demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. Questioning how many earrings one can sell in a single day and can it be more than the gold sold in 50 years, Goyal asked the jewellers, “Do you think that government would sit quiet on this? Do you think that we have been wearing bangles all these days?”Reminding the jewellers’ community that they need to ascertain the details of the customers by checking their PAN cards if gold purchase is above Rs 2 lakh, Goyal said that any attempt to convert stock in hand in to cash would not be ignored.Taking a dig at former PM Manmohan Singh, he said that when 2G and coal scams worth Rs 1.76 lakh crore and 1.86 lakh crore were happening, was it not an organised Loot? He said that since the departments concerned were being looked after by ministers of state, it was the then Prime Minister (Dr Manmohan Singh) who had charge of the departments and the word organised robbery or loot does not befit to a person who has been PM of the country.71 crore debit cardsGoyal informed that in a country with population of 125 crore, India has 71 crore debit cards operational at present. He said that it is not difficult to usher in an era of making every transaction transparent. Replying to a question on corruption by bureaucrats, he said that if the business is honest and there is no one who is willing to give bribe, no officer can afford to ask for a bribe. He said that it was not a surgical strike but one of the measures in the series of measures towards Swachh Bharat campaign.

PM Modi lays foundation stone of AIIMS in Bathinda

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bathinda.The 750-bedded AIIMS will be set up with an outlay of Rs 925 crore and it would be spread over 177 acres of land on the Bathinda-Dabwali road. The land has been given by the state government. It is expected to be completed by June 2020, officials said.Heavy security arrangements have been made in the wake of Modi’s visit to Bathinda. On this occasion, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Union Health Minister J P Nadda, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister and Punjab BJP Chief Vijay Sampla, among others were also present.

Demonetization: Hospital refuses Union Minister Sadanand Gowda his brother’s body, asks for new notes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda has become the latest victim of the demonetization drive after the administration of the Kasturba Manipal Hospital in Mangaluru refused to accept old currency notes to clear pending bills for handing over the body of his brother.Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation Sadananda Gowda’s brother Bhaskar Gowda was receiving treatment in the hospital for severe jaundice for the last 10 days and breathed his last on Tuesday afternoon.When the Union Minister, accompanied by his family members, friends, arrived at the hospital to take the body, he cleared Rs 60, 000 pending bills with old Rs 500 and Rs1000 notes, which the hospital authorities declined to accept.When the hospital refused to accept, Gowda cited the Central Government’s directive, according to which hospitals have been asked to accept old currencies till November 24, but in vain. Thus, he asked the hospital management to give in writing that they would not accept the old currency notes.They finally accepted the payment through a cheque, refusing to give anything in writing.Upset by the attitude of the hospital administrators, the minister said an inquiry will be ordered. “The central government has given clear directive that all private hospitals can accept old currency notes till November 24. If hospitals refuse to accept old notes, then the patients will face a lot of problems. The hospital’s stance was not right,” said Gowda.

BJP passes unanimous resolution hailing PM Modi’s demonetization move

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP parliamentary party on Tuesday passed a unanimous resolution backing demonetization and hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for this ‘historic announcement’.Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu expressed confidence that this initiative would ensure that terrorist and extremist organisations no more enjoy financial support besides addressing the problem of counterfeit currency and checking unaccounted money in the system.”The parliamentary party hailed the historic, revolutionary move by the Prime Minister. It welcomes the historic announcement made by the Prime Minister with regard to the legal tender. The BJP acknowledges this as a national project of cleansing the system of great significance that will result in behavioural, attitudinal change, encouraging honesty in person, public, in particular the political life of the country,” he added. Naidu asserted that this move would benefit the poor and the common man in several ways. “The BJP parliamentary party compliments the government for its pro-active response. Over the last 70 years, the common man has grudgingly accepted the foul ways of those in power,” said Naidu. “During the last 12 days, the poor and the common man of the country and the honest people have made the most profound statement ever made in India’s history in recent times. They are queuing for better India,” he added. Naidu alleged some minority dishonest people are exploiting the system to the detriment of the common man and poor. “Every major transformation initiative will result in some temporary inconvenience to start with. The initial pain leads to substantial gain. The BJP is grateful to the people of the country for their support to the government. It also compliments the employees of the banks for the hard work they are doing,” he added.He further stated that the BJP condemns the malicious efforts by some political parties, desperate to provoke violence and chaos, having been rattled by the widespread support of the people to the government?s initiative and bent upon disturbing the proceedings of Parliament. “At this crucial juncture, the political parties have to choose whether they would stand by the government and the people of India or protect the interest of the black money hoarders,” he added.The Union Minister expressed hope that all the political parties would deliberate measures to eliminate the black money menace. “Then only the nation’s interest will be served. The BJP parliamentary party congratulates the Prime Minister for his historic, pro-poor decision in the interest of the nation and calls upon for other measures to clean up the entire system,” he added.

Demeaning sacrifice of armed forces is a cardinal sin: Jitendra Singh hits back at Ghulam Nabi Azad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh said that making any statement which demeans the sacrifice of the armed forces of the country was a cardinal sin which cannot be repented.”Any direct or indirect comment or statement that demeans the sacrifice of our soldiers or insults their services is a sin, a cardinal sin which cannot be repented,” he said, reacting to Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad’s remarks which were expunged. Singh, who was in Kathua, said it was because of these brave soldiers that the people in the country were in a position to begin their day as per their wishes. On the increase in the incidents of ceasefire violations from the Pakistani side in which several people have lost their lives, Singh said it was for the first time in past several years that Pakistan was getting a befitting reply. “People living in border areas agree that the retaliatory action which is happening this time has never been seen before and that is why the morale of the people is high,” he said.He said the morale of the army and paramilitary forces was high which has boosted the morale of the entire country.Earlier addressing a public meeting, Singh said the demonetisation move will enrich rural economy of India and actually benefit those sections of society who were being held to ransom as a result of black money hoarding by a few.”The opposition leaders, who are uncomfortable with this decision, are regularly putting out different arguments to challenge it and one of the arguments put across is, how will it help the large population of India living in rural and semi-rural areas or the large number of common citizens queueing up for exchange of currency notes.”The answer to this is very simple. When a handful of people hoarding unaccounted money are made to surrender it to the banks, this will ultimately end up in reinforcing the country’s legitimate exchequer and increase the quantum of money in the banks,” he said.”As a result, this would enable the state exchequer to carry forward the Modi government’s pro-poor schemes in a more effective manner by providing higher financial resources, possible reduction in interest rates for loans to the poor, needy and youth entrepreneurs, and raising the overall capacity of fair economic transaction,” he said.Singh said the entire exercise was carried out keeping in mind the interest of the poorest of the poor and, therefore, ultimately those who had to undergo initial inconvenience during this transition would be the actual beneficiaries.The demonetisation drive has evidently proved that if the leadership of the country is honest and well-meaning, the poorest of the poor living even in villages are ready to cope with initial inconvenience in return for larger profits and gains for themselves and their next generation, he said. PTI TSS ABSMN11202051NNNNPTI

Demonetisztion war: Opposition to huddle tomorrow ahead of Parliament session

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The opposition parties in both Houses of Parliament will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Monday to discuss the government’s demonetization move during which they are expected to chalk out a strategy to corner the ruling dispensation.”Monday morning plan. #Parliament Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha leaders of about 10 Opposition parties meeting at 930 a.m. Hmmm,” Trinamool Congress (TMC) national spokesperson Derek O’ Brien tweeted.This come as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) yesterday issued a whip to its party’s Rajya Sabha members, asking them to be present in the House for three days starting tomorrow. Both the Houses of Parliament were earlier on Friday adjourned following furore over the Centre’s move to scrap Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 currency notes. In the Lok Sabha, the Congress and some other opposition parties insisted on a discussion on demonetization under a rule, which entails voting and through an adjournment motion that implies suspension of all other business.In both Houses, the opposition parties insisted on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence while opposing demonetization.In the Rajya Sabha, treasury benches also resorted to slogans after Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi referred to the Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad’s statement that more people had died because of demonetization than had been killed in the Uri terror attack.The CPI (M) in a statement, said, “Instead of immediate measures to bring relief to the people, the Government has now reduced the limit of exchanging notes per person from Rs. 4,500 to Rs. 2,000. This will hit hard the poorer sections.”

If Mayawati contests, will field Rakhi Sawant against her: RPI chief Ramdas Athawale

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister and Republican Party of India chief Ramdas Athawale on Sunday said his party was hoping to contest the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls in alliance with the BJP and considering to field actress Rakhi Sawant against Mayawati if the BSP supremo contests.”Mayawati has, for quite some time, been shying away from herself fighting polls, be it for the state Assembly or the Lok Sabha. We would like to see if she is going to change that this time. If she does, we would field Rakhi Sawant who is our women’s wing president, from the very seat the BSP chief chooses for herself,” Athawale told reporters here.The Union Minister said his party was “an integral part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and hence we would like to fight the upcoming assembly polls in alliance with the party which is our senior coalition partner.” “But if such an alliance does not materialise, RPI will go ahead and field its candidates in more than 200 out of 403 assembly segments of UP.”We think it is necessary since Dalits of Uttar Pradesh have been feeling shortchanged by the BSP and they are yearning for an alternative”, Athawale, who is the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, said.Tracing its origins to the Scheduled Castes’ Federation of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, the RPI came into being in the late 1950s and wields considerable influence among the Dalits of Maharashtra.However, it has been riven by factionalism leading to formation of several splinter groups.In the recent past, Athawale has succeeded in bringing together all these splinter groups under the banner of RPI (A) with the exception of the faction led by Ambedkar’s grandson Prakash Ambedkar.

Demonetization will stop terror funding: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stating that the decision taken by the Union government to demonetise the currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 was in the interest of the security of the nation, Union Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh said the step would deter the funding of terrorism in the country. “It (demonetising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000) is going to be a major deterrence as far as the funding of terrorism is concerned. This was one of the main considerations to have arrived on this decision,” Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function here today. He said what was remarkable about the decision was that it was in the larger interest of the nation, in the interest of the security of the nation as well, “as the interest of the reinforcing economic capability of the nation.” “I think what is more gratifying is that the common man of the country has welcomed it,” he said. On the allegations leveled by the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Singh said that the statements which lack any evidence don’t deserve a response.”I don’t think it deserves any response, we live in an evidence based era and I don’t think I need to respond to any unsubstantiated statements,” he said.”The 130 crore people of this country have wholeheartedly welcomed it. I was traveling in Uttar Pradesh yesterday, day before in Delhi and today in Jammu and have seen long queues outside the banks of an average common man and inspite of going through all the inconvenience … there was not a single one who did not say that they did not welcome it,” he said.He said the decision was being hailed as it has come out with sincerity, honesty and courage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi for standing in a queue at an ATM in Delhi, the Union Minister sought to know who used to go to the ATM on behalf of the Congress Vice President before the decision was taken. “I usually avoid making personal comments but what amused me was that I wish somebody had asked him had he ever been to an ATM before or was it just after this, decision happened. Who was going to ATM on his behalf on earlier occasions?,” he questioned. On the question of opening of schools in the Kashmir Valley, the Union Minister said the Centre was in touch with the state government.The Jammu and Kashmir government has said that it will soon set a timeline to take steps to open the schools. Congress hits out at BJPCongress party leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal on Saturday questioned the centre on demonetisation issue and asked why common persons like him had to stand in line when the bank account and the money was his.Stating that the decision was not well thought out one and made in haste, Sibal said,”my question is…account is mine, money is mine, then why should I stand in a line.”Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party had informed its friends about the demonetisation of currency notes before hand and claimed that he had evidence to prove his charge.He also demanded a complete rollback of the move as it is creating panic among the common people and giving rise to rumours of shortage of essential commodities.The allegations also come at a time when the people are thronging banks and ATMs to withdraw and deposit cash. The government had kept the banks shut for one day and ATMs for two days after the announcement in order to prepare for the rush for cash.

Demonetisation: BJP responds to scam allegations, says Congress, Kejriwal are good at spreading rumours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rejecting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s allegations against the Centre over demonetisation as laughable, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “I can see that Congress and Kejriwal are all about political hypocrisy and lies are their passwords. They have become a laboratory of putting the progress of nation into dire straits. The only thing that they are good at is, how to defame the progress and reforms of our nation, how to spread rumours, how to create rumours,” said Naqvi.”And, I think, that their rumours are nothing but humour for our country. Black money was an obstacle in the growth of the poor and the weaker sections of society. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started a revolution against black money and both the Congress and AAP are doing nothing but igniting fire in the minds of the public through which they can harm the ruling BJP government,” he added.Naqvi further said that both the Congress and the AAP are disappointed and are doing all this out of desperation.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday asserted that a few corporate houses were informed before hand about the radical decision to demonetise. “In the name of demonetisation, a huge scam is being played out. Before the Prime Minister Modi announced the move on Tuesday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its friends had been alerted before and they had stashed their cash,” Kejriwal said.He said that in the last three months, thousands of crores of rupees have been deposited in bank accounts of some people and corporate houses, adding that deposition of such large sums creates suspicions.

Not fair for TV channels to dwell on inconvenience caused by demonetisation: Venkaiah Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said that it was not fair for television channels to dwell on the inconvenience caused by the government’s move to demonetise the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. Naidu was speaking at Economic Editors’ Conference 2016.”TV channels can show the inconvenience caused by demonetisation, but it’s not fair to only dwell on it, he said, adding, “Buses, metros, everything except black money is moving, nothing has come to a halt.”Naidu also announced, “We have decided to do away with the requirement for TV channels to renew their license annually.” Hailing the government’s demonetisation move as a ‘historic step’, he said, “With the parallel economy acquiring menacing proportions, government has taken this decisive and bold measure.”It’s only people with large amounts of undisclosed monies who will have to face the consequences under the tax laws,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said at the Economic Editors’ conference on Thursday. Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said that only cash deposits of over Rs 2.5 lakh in bank accounts would be scrutinised by the tax department and in case of mismatch with I-T returns, tax plus 200% penalty would be levied.The government has allowed citizens to deposit in their bank accounts old currency of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, which has been declared invalid in the country’s biggest crackdown on black money, corruption and counterfeit notes, between November 10 and December 30.On Thursday, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das announced, “In a few months, Rs 1,000 notes with new features will be brought into the market.” The currency notes of lower denomination of Rs 100 and Rs 50 will continue to be the legal tender, he said, adding the Reserve Bank will come out with new series of such notes with new design and added security features.The Reserve Bank, time and again, has been introducing new series of currency notes with new design and enhanced security features. Following the demonetisation of the currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, banks on Thursday started distributing new notes of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000.With agency inputs.

Passenger says ‘Acche Din’ after Minister Jayant Sinha switches seats with her on plane

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Jayant Sinha had a Twitter moment when a grateful young girl from Ranchi tweeted about the minister’s kind gesture to give up his first class seat in a plane for her and her ailing mother.As per NDTV, the girl Shreya Pradip from Ranchi was on an an Indigo flight from Bengaluru to Ranch and was moved to first class seats after her mother fell sick. But they found out the seats belonged to Jayant Sinha, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, and his wife. But the couple offered Pradip and her mother their seats saying they would find seats somewhere else. Pradip tweeted about the incident saying, “Acche din is when Aviation Minister gives his first class seat to me and my ill mother, sits in the economic class himself. Thanks Sir.” Sinha is the latest to receive adulation on Twitter after MEA Sushma Swaraj and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. Sushma Swaraj is very active on Twitter helping Indians in distress abroad while Prabhu replies to Railway related issues of people on the social media platform.

95% have benefited from OROP, remaining issues will be resolved in next two months: Manohar Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said 95 per cent of retired defence personnel have benefited from the implementation of the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme and problems being faced by the remaining 5 per per cent will be resolved in the next two months.The comments by Parrikar came against the backdrop of a row over suicide by an ex-serviceman from Haryana over the OROP issue and amid the ongoing war of words between ruling BJP and Opposition parties, including Congress.”More than 95 per cent people (ex-servicemen) are benefiting from (enhanced) pension after the implementation of One Rank One Pension. There are only 4-5 per cent who are facing difficulties in getting their pensions (as per OROP). “Most of these are old ex-servicemen, including veterans from 1962 and 1971 wars, whose records are untraceable,” Parrikar told reporters here. “Since their records are old, the Pension Department does not have them. The most important record for pension is the years of service put in by veterans. That is not available. These are old pensioners. In many cases, their families are getting the pension,” the Minister said.Parrikar said he has given special instructions to officials concerned to get the records within a month and if required, they (beneficiaries) will be asked to file affidavit. Problems being faced by them will be resolved in the next two months, he said, adding there is no discontent among the ex-servicemen over the pension issue. “I have held meetings with the ex-servicemen associations which have said they are happy with the (OROP) implementation.”Replying to a question, Parrikar said, “Only those ex-servicemen who have joined politics are now acting like politicians.” Earlier, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said that while raising questions is legitimate in a democracy, but pointing fingers at the Centre is unacceptable.‘Police has its own way of investigation and ministers cannot guide them on how to do their work. We should not complicate the matter. This incident in which the ex-serviceman committed suicide is really a tragedy,’ Rijiju told the media.‘If someone dies, it is always sad. And, there is a certain limit to politicising an issue. Every issue cannot be political and we cannot see everything in terms of votebank. If a soldier or commoner dies, it is sad, but raising fingers at the Centre for not implementing OROP is not good,’ he added.Grewal, a former army soldier had come to the national capital to protest against the government’s alleged backtracking on the implementation of the OROP scheme.The 69-year-old consumed poison even as he and four others accompanying him were waiting to meet Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to submit a memorandum reiterating.

Delhi: Northeast student claims she was asked to pay to enter Jama Masjid

Sat, 5 Nov 2016-06:00pm , Itanagar , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A female law student from Arunachal Pradesh has claimed that she was asked to pay Rs 300 to enter Jama Masjid in New Delhi when others were not charged anything even as Union minister Kiren Rijiju said he would look into the matter.Niyang Pertin, the law student, posted the video of the incident on a social media website on Friday. She repeatedly mentioned that the amount she had to cough up was “not the problem” but the “case of discrimination” was.Even an intervention by the police did not deter the masjid authorities from asking for money, she alleged. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju tweeted saying he himself would look into the matter.

BJP leader Giriraj Singh blames Nehru’s ‘faulty’ education policy for nation’s unemployment woes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Stoking yet another controversy, BJP leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh blamed the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru for “faulty” educational policy which “failed to create required skilled manpower” in the country. “It is unfortunate that policy makers of this country have not been able to create skilled manpower. I do not want to name Nehruji, but due to his faulty policy, the country has only 2.5 per cent of its population as skilled hands, while 96 per cent people are skilled in developed nations,” he told reporters at the sidelines of a function here.”As all of you know it is the education policy that shapes the future of a nation. His (Nehru’s) policies were faulty,” he said, adding the method only educated people but failed to make them skilled and employable.The youths of today need employment and this is the biggest challenge before the nation, the Union Minister of State for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises said.”This is the biggest problem today because India adds the population of Australia every year. Therefore, we need to create skilled manpower in order to make them employable,” he said and asked the people to have faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Modiji will take forward both Odisha and India,” Singh said. The Odisha Congress state unit was quick to criticise the minister’s remarks. “The Union Minister has no knowledge about the first prime minister of the country. This is BJP’s petty politics,” said Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra.

No viable roadmap on Kashmir without Kashmiri Pandits: Union Minister Jitendra Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asserting that Kashmiri Pandits are a key stakeholder in Kashmir issue, Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said no viable road-map is possible without involvement of the community.”Kashmri Pandits resolved the problems of India in the past and if there is any Kashmir problem, it will be resolved by Kashmiri Pandits only,” Singh said as he cited the Simla Agreement and noted that “Indira Gandhi, P N Koul, P N Haksar and D P Dhar” shared the same roots. Referring to the current unrest in the Valley, Singh said after the outbreak of militancy, Kashmiri Pandits teaching fraternity were forced to migrate which led to closure of schools and quality of education fell in the Valley and now “they are burning schools”. He questioned why the community was being “kept out” from any talks on the future on Kashmir.”It is neither good for the state nor for the country,” he said. “We have to fight it strongly. We should assert that Kashmiri Padits are essential stakeholder in any future road-map on Kashmir and no future road-map on Kashmir is viable without taking into account the future of the Kashmiri Pandits,” he added. He said after the exodus of the community, the post-1990 generation in Kashmir “is a major challenge for India and government and society” as “they do not know the what is India”.”As am educated society and intellectual community, it is challenge for you. People are resorting to politics over it. We have fight it strongly,” the Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office said.Singh, who is an MP from Udhampur, was speaking after giving away awards to teenagers from the community during a talent search contest ‘Kashir Kalakar’ yesterday. The contest was organised by Athrot led by veteran Kashmiri actors Kanwal Peshin and singer Ravi Bhan and Pradeep Pandita.”The intellectual and academics of the community need to create new literature,” he said and criticised the “award wapasi” campaign by authors and artistes over alleged intolerance in the country.He said a Kashmiri Pandit women writer started the trend of returning awards. “She did not return her award when her own community was forced out of the Valley and they were the worst victims of human rights violation but returned it on something else. We have fight them,” he said.

Bhopal jailbreak | Avoid politics, care about nation’s security: Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has asked not to play politics over the encounter of SIMI members who broke out from jail. Many Opposition parties have demanded raised eyebrows about the encounter and asked for an independent enquiry.”Why do only Muslims break out of jail and not Hindus? Videos have gone viral on social media. I demand a court monitored probe in the case,” Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of Urban Development has responded saying, “It has become a fashion for some people to concern about the terrorists, SIMI, lawbreakers, the religion they belong to than show concern about the safety of Indians. Why not concern about the menace they created.”People are attributing communal colours to the encounter. A few days ago over 28-29 Maoists were killed in an encounter near Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border, nobody talked about their community and religion. This is all cheap politics. I appeal to all to avoid politics and care about safety and security of people,” BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ministry of Information Technology also responded to SIngh’s allegation saying, “I need to ask Sonia Gandhi whether or not what Digvijaya Singh is saying is Congress party’s line? In the matter of nation’s security, people must speak with one voice.”

Letter to PM: Please don’t politicise OROP, Centre urges Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Criticising Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for making the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme a subject to ‘partisan politics’, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has asked the former to check his facts while questioning on the implementation of the scheme. “We would like to say that Rahul Gandhi needs to do his homework rather well. But the fundamental issue is he should not make the welfare of armed forces a partisan issue,” Prasad said.The Law minister asserted that OROP has been given by the Narendra Modi government amounting to more than Rs 10,000 crores while adding that the whole architecture is now in place for similar slab rate of pension which is in tune with the recommendations of the seventh pay commission. “The government has referred to anomaly committee and no decision has been taken,” Prasad added.Responding to the Rahul’s charge accusing the government of downgrading the status of military officers with regards to their civilian counterparts, Prasad said , “Since 1998-99 including the Manmohan Singh government, no new policy decision has been taken to change it, therefore I would urge Rahul Gandhi that at least please don’t do partisan politics on Armed force issues. Addressing a letter to Prime Minister Modi, Rahul Gandhi asserted that decisions taken over the last few weeks by the government have adversely affect the morale of the armed forces, adding that it was the government’s duty to show the soldiers, who risk their lives each day to defend the nation, that they are cared for.”Just days after our soldiers conducted the surgical strikes, the disability pension system was converted to a new slab system, that in many instances drastically reduces the pension received by these brave men in case of a disability. The roll out of the 7th Pay Commission continues to keep our defence forces at a disadvantage and further exacerbates the disparity between them and civil employees,” the letter read.Further accusing the government of downgrading the status of military officers vis a vis their civilian counterparts in a letter dated 18th October 2016, Rahul stated that the OROP implemented by the government, does not fully meet the genuine demands of the ex-servicemen and they have been forced to come out on the streets to make their voice heard on this vital issue. “As a responsible democracy we must make sure that the brave soldiers who put their lives on the line for each one of us, feel the love, support and gratitude of 125 crore people. I therefore urge you Prime Minister to ensure that our soldiers get their due whether it is regarding compensation, disability pension, or parity with civil employees,” he said.The Congress vice president also emphasised that the anomalies in the 7th Pay Commission must be addressed at the earliest, as soldiers should not have to struggle to claim what is surely due to them on behalf of a grateful nation.

OROP has turned into ‘one rank, many pensions’, says Congress

New Delhi: The implementation of “one rank, one pension (OROP)” has instead become “one rank, many pensions”, the Congress today claimed, asking the Modi government to take cue from its Vice President Rahul Gandhi‘s letter to the Prime Minister and fast resolve the remaining concerns.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

In a statement, Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said following public outrage and Gandhi’s letter, the Modi government has finally woken up from earlier web of denial to redress the all important issue of arbitrarily reducing “disability pension” for injuries suffered in combat.

“A gross wrong done to our armed forces has been undone, though belatedly and after huge hue and cry,” Surjewala said, “We will only say to the Modi government – better late than never.”

“We urge the Modi government to take a cue and address the remaining issues raised by Rahul Gandhi regarding the injustice meted out to our armed forces,” the Congress leader said.

The implementation of OROP has become “one rank, many pensions” instead of “one rank, one pension”, he said.

He said that honourable settlement of anomalies of Seventh Pay Commission and deliberate reduction of army ranks viz-a-viz their civilian counterparts continue to remain as reasons of dissatisfaction and outrage.

“We urge upon PM Modiji for fast resolution of these issues on behalf of the people of India, veterans and serving men and women of the armed forces,” Surjewala said.

Gandhi had earlier in the day questioned the Modi government’s resolve to work for soldiers’ welfare, asking the Prime Minister to first implement the ‘one rank, one pension’ scheme in a meaningful way and redress their pay anomalies and other grievances.

Responding to the claims made by the Congress Vice President, senior BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said that he would “urge Rahul Gandhi to do his home work and not politicise armed forces’ sensitive issues for partisan gains”.

Human rights of Indian soldiers should take precedence over the rights of terrorists: Jitendra Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asserting that the human rights of an Army soldier are supreme, Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday said an Indian soldier’s rights should take precedence over those of terrorists.He said a militant forfeits his entitlement to human rights the day he engages in terrorism which is the biggest violation of human rights. “Human rights of an Army soldier are supreme…The human rights of Indian soldiers should take precedence over the rights of terrorists,” he said. Singh, who arrived in Jammu this morning, drove straight to International Border, saying he would like to begin his visit by meeting the security personnel posted at the border and greeting them on Diwali eve.He addressed a public meeting organised by Seema Jan Kalyan Samiti, comprising ex-servicemen, their families and local residents. He said people find Army a convenient, soft target as it is trained to exercise restraint but they do not have courage to call a terrorist a terrorist or to condemn the atrocious act of mutilating a soldier’s body. He said a terrorist, who is not constrained to follow any rule of law, will immediately retaliate and put their life at risk.Singh said it is high time the nation rose to call the bluff of the so called ‘human rights protagonists and the pseudo-intellectuals’ who seek to promote their politics at the cost of army jawans. He said when you ask them a straight question on whether Burhan Wani was a terrorist or not, instead of saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’, they come out with long platitudes, philosophies and postulations. Those who lack the courage of conviction to call a spade a spade, have no right to point a finger at an armed forces jawan because of whom they are in a position to conveniently sit in their drawing rooms and issue “lofty” statements, he added.Stressing that this year’s Diwali was dedicated to the army and para-military forces, Singh said we are able to celebrate the festival in the country, because of the young soldiers who are guarding the border day and night and spending sleepless nights. It is a sin to say or do anything that would directly or indirectly compromise the morale of armed forces, he added.Singh said for the first time since Independence, a project has been undertaken to build 1140 Sulabh toilets in the border villages, out of which 150 have already been completed and added that construction of bunkers along the border areas has also been started. The Union Minister claimed that the critics had never even once lauded the Narendra Modi government for enhancing the compensation of the civilian victims of cross-border firing, putting it at par with that of terrorism victims.About the allotment of 5 marlas of land to each family along the border, Singh said this issue is still under consideration.

Samajwadi Party strife a byproduct of dynasty politics: Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi: Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said the ongoing family feud in the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh was the result of “dynasty” politics and that BJP does not “want to fish in troubled waters”.

“(I) Have no comments to make. It is an internal problem. As I always say, dynasty in democracy is nasty, but tasty to some people. We are seeing the result also,” senior BJP leader and Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Naidu told reporters on the sidelines of the CII Big Picture Summit in .

File photo of Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. PTIFile photo of Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

File photo of Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

“But at the same time, we don’t want to fish in troubled waters. We don’t want to say anything or do anything on what is happening with SP. People are seeing what is happening and they will decide and act,” he said.

Stressing that Uttar Pradesh was lagging behind at a time when the country was moving forward, Naidu urged the people of the state to support BJP in the coming Assembly election to make the state a “Uttam Pradesh”.

“UP, as the PM said yesterday(on Monday), has to be converted into Uttam Pradesh and only BJP can do that. And a big state like UP lagging behind in development, it’s no good for the country. The country is moving forward and UP is lagging behind, that’s why people need to support BJP in the coming round of elections,” he said.

On the issue of triple talaq, Naidu said the government and BJP are “strongly in favour of ending triple talaq”, holding it as discrimination against women and against the constitutional right of equality.

“All discrimination against women must come to an end. We are a civilised and democratic country. Why should there be discrimination on the basis of gender and this triple talaq is a gender discrimination and is against the Consititution… BJP or government is strongly in favour of ending triple talaq,” he said.

Union Minister Giriraj Singh urges Hindus to raise their population

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister of State Giriraj Singh on Sunday said that religion can protect us only if we do the same for it, stressing that the Hindus need to increase their population in the country.”People of the country are demanding a Ram temple, but how will a Ram temple be made if there are no Ram-bhakts in the country,” he said while addressing a programme at Devbad area of Saharanpur district.”The Hindu society needs to increase their population, it has been continuously decreasing in eight states of the country,” the minister of state for MSME said.At the time of partition, there were 22% Hindus in Pakistan which has now decreased to 1%, while in India the Hindu population at that time was 90% and Muslims constituted 10%, but now the population of Muslims has gone up to 24% while that of Hindus have declined to 76%, he said.

Media selectively picks parts of comments to suit narrative: Arun Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday rued the media’s tendency to set the agenda and said it selectively picks parts of people’s comments to suit its narrative.On the occasion of the release of his book, ‘Andhere se Ujale ki Aur’ (From darkness to light), the Finance Minister came in for lavish praise with BJP chief Amit Shah hailing him as one of the few post-Independence leaders who worked to restore value-based polity. In his address on the occasion of release of the book, an anthology of his write-ups, blogs and speeches translated in Hindi, Jaitley said he has been in the thick of political events since the days of Emergency and has been writing for decades on relevant issues.”One reason for writing more is that the character of media also changed with time. It became more interested in setting the agenda than what you are saying. It will highlight those parts of a statement that is relevant to issues picked up by it,” he said. While releasing the book, Shah said Jaitley in his write-ups expressed the voice of rural India despite coming from an affluent background and having grown up in Lutyens’ Delhi, and has also criticised the media despite being considered “a media’s darling”.Praising his work as the Finance Minister, he credited him with piloting two “achievements” of the Narendra Modi government–the GST bill and the Income Declaration Scheme. “When values in public life fell after Independence, then some leaders consistently fought to restore them. If a list of such leaders, irrespective of party affiliations, is made, Jaitley’s name will figure among them,” the BJP chief said, praising him for his transparent and value-based politics.He was also among those party leaders who started the practice of putting in place a sound election management system, from strategising to picking relevant issues, Shah said. Referring to BJP’s multi-pronged campaign for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Jaitley said he wrote on the party’s request regularly from July-August 2013 to May 2014 when the last round of polls took place and results were announced.His aim has been to express the party’s viewpoint seriously and added that he has never used a word or sentence may have caused it trouble. He also rued the lack of humour and satire in public life, saying there used up be a lot of space for this earlier and referred to the likes of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and politicians Piloo Mody and Madhu Dandavate.Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta said Jaitley combined humour with erudition and is heard in silence when he speaks in the Rajya Sabha, which otherwise sees uproar when BJP members speak.

Babul Supriyo attack: Is this Mamata raj or pure barbarism, asks BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Union Minister and BJP member Babul Supriyo was attacked with brick stones while he was on his way to a police station, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday criticised the West Bengal Police for remaining mute spectators to the incident and wondered whether this was a direct result of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s style of administration in the state.BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra also expressed concern on the safety of common people in West Bengal even as Supriyo, despite being a central minister, was attacked in a broad daylight. “Is this Mamata raj or pure barbarism. A central minister, Babul Supriyo, is being hurt by a stone throwing at his chest by the workers of Trinamool Congress and in fact the police out there, which was supposed to give protection to the Union Minister, remained mute spectators,” Patra told ANI.”If Mamata Banerjee and her TMC government cannot give protection to a central minister, just imagine what would have been the plight of a common man in West Bnegal. Naturally no one is safe today,” he added.Supriyo on Wednesday was attacked with brick stones allegedly by Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers in Asanol when he was on his way to a police station to protest against arrest of some BJP workers.On his official Twitter account, Supriyo accused TMC Minister Malay Ghatak of scheming the attack.A video footage of the incident that has surfaced shows a violent mob attacking Supriyo’s convoy. During the scuffle, one of the BJP party workers was also thrashed and his clothes ripped off.The mob pelted stones and thrashed party workers in presence of police officials.

Union minister Babul Supriyo attacked in Asansol, blames TMC supporters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Babul Supriyo on Wednesday was attacked with brickbats allegedly by a mob at Asansol in West Bengal.Supriyo’s vehicle was stopped allegedly by Trinamool Congress supporters near Asansol’s BNR More and agitators pelted stones at him. One of the brickbats hit him on the stomach and he suffered minor injuries. Later, the infuriated mob vandalised his vehicle and attacked two other BJP supporters who were accompanying Supriyo.“They attacked me with brickbats and vandalised my car. This mob comprised of goons from the Trinamool Congress. They were Trinamool Congress leader, Malay Ghatak’s men. Instead of arresting the people who attacked us, police has arrested BJP supporters,” said Supriyo.The Union Minister even took to Twitter to show his injury marks that he suffered in the brick batting. However, the Trinamool Congress district President V Shivadasan ruled out Supriyo’s claims involving Trinamool Congress supporters in the brick batting.

‘Khoon Ki Dalali’ remark: Rahul Gandhi should be taught value of restrained language, says BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Continuing with his attack on Rahul Gandhi for his “Khoon ki Dalali” remark, Union minister Ravishankar Prasad, on Saturday, said senior Congress leaders should teach him value of restrained language in politics, especially while talking about something involving the Prime Minister and the armed forces.Prasad said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “dogged resolve” to fight terror was amply reflected in his deeds and does not need an explanation in words. “I want to say this, especially to Rahul Gandhi who makes a remark like ‘Khoon ki dalali’ against the Prime Minister. Perhaps he has forgotten what a similar unrestrained remark like ‘Muat ke Saudagar’ had led to some years back,” he said.The Minister said, “I thought his (Rahul’s) seniors in the party will teach him a couple of things about the value of restrained language. But I should not have expected that from Congress where loyalty to Rahul overrides all other sentiments including loyalty to one’s own country.” Earlier also, Prasad had termed the statements extremely regrettable and shameful.Targeting Congress leaders who asked Modi to show his “56 inch chest” after the Uri attack, the Minister said, he found their reaction to the surgical strikes “strange”. Summing up the message of surgical strikes, he said it was to announce that “we, as a nation, won’t tolerate an attack on our unity and integrity”. Quoting Ramdhari Singh Dinkar’s famous lines “Kshama shobhti us Bhujang ko jiske pas garal ho, usko kya jo dantheen vishrahit vineet saral ho,” (only those can forgive who have got the capacity to strike), he said, the surgical strikes sent out a similar message.”We are all proud of our armed forces. We may live for the country but our army and para-military personnel die for the country. We should respect that,” he said. “Giving formal respect to the armed forces on the one hand and raising all issues showing disrespect to the armed forces on the other is not done,” he said. When asked whether the surgical strikes were timed to reap electoral gains, the Union Minister posed a counter question asking if Modi swept to power at the Centre with absolute majority in 2014 due to a surgical strike.Replying to another question, he said top army officials who served during UPA’s time have made it clear no surgical strikes were carried out at this scale across the LoC earlier.

Smriti Irani’s degree row: EC submits document in Patiala Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Election Commission has submitted the required document regarding the case about Smriti Irani’s alleged fake degree in Patiala House Court, which will pronounce order in the case on October 18. A city court had asked the Delhi State Election Commission to file certain records relating to Union Minister Smriti Irani’s educational qualification, filed by her while contesting 2004 general elections, on a complaint alleging she had given false information in her affidavit given to the poll panel.Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh, who was expected to pronounce the order on whether to summon the politician as accused in the case, directed Election Commission officials to file the documents after noting that some clarifications were required in the matter. During earlier hearings of the complaint filed by freelance writer Ahmer Khan, the court was told by a poll panel official that the documents filed by Irani regarding her educational qualification while filing nominations were not traceable. However, the information on this was available on its website, he had said. In pursuance to the court’s earlier direction, Delhi University had also submitted that the documents pertaining to Irani’s BA course in 1996, as purportedly mentioned by her in an affidavit filed during 2004 Lok Sabha elections, were yet to be found. The court had on November 20 last year allowed the complainant’s plea seeking direction to the officials of EC and DU to bring the records of Irani’s qualifications after he said he was unable to place them before the court. The complainant had alleged that Irani had deliberately given discrepant information about her educational qualifications in affidavits filed before the poll panel in 2004, 2011 and 2014 and not given any clarification despite concerns being raised on the issue. Khan had alleged that Irani had knowingly furnished misleading information about her qualifications and that a candidate, deliberately giving incorrect details, could be punished under provisions of the IPC and under section 125A of the Representation of the People Act (RPA). Section 125A of RPA deals with penalty for filing false affidavit and entails a jail term of up to six months or fine or both.

Dharmendra Pradhan blames Odisha govt for Encephalitis deaths

Fri, 14 Oct 2016-03:36pm , Bengaluru , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday said the Odisha government’s “failure” to take preventive measures to check Japanese Encephalitis had led to the deaths of 50 infants.”The local government (Naveen Patnaik government) failed to take preventive measures, and that is the main reason for this kind of alarming scenario in Malkangiri district of Odisha,” he told reporters after inaugurating Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited’s Green R&D Centre near Hoskote, about 30 kms from here.Pradhan said the Centre was extending all kind of support to the Odisha government to bring the disease under control. “The government of India is extending every kind of help. Hope that things are under control. It could have been prevented by taking preventive measures. Now, let us see – let us work together to prevent that epidemic,” he said.

Make in India to boost defence deals: Contracts worth Rs 50,000 crore on the anvil, says Manohar Parrikar

Mumbai: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Wednesday he expects another Rs 50,000-60,000 crore worth of defence contracts to be signed during the remaining quarters
of the financial year, taking the total orders to Rs three trillion since he took charge two years ago.

“During the past 23 months that I have been in charge, we have signed contracts worth Rs 2.2 trillion. Recently, we signed a letter of intent with a government-run shipyard for about Rs 32,000 crore, taking the total orders to Rs 2.5 trillion.”

File image of Union Minister Manohar Parrikar. PTIFile image of Union Minister Manohar Parrikar. PTI

File image of Union Minister Manohar Parrikar. PTI

“Over the next six months, I hope to sign another Rs 50,000-60,000 crore worth of contracts, taking the total 3 trillion,” the minister told reporters on the sidelines of an industry exhibition on technology and material sciences in Navi Mumbai near Mumbai.

The Cabinet Committee on Security had in August cleared a proposal to get Goa Shipyard build mine counter measure vessels for the Navy at an estimated cost of over Rs 32,000 crore.

Answering a question on the impact of the manufacturing push with private participation in the defence space, he said exports have jumped over six-times to Rs 3,000 crore from Rs 500 crore in the past two years alone.

“The Make in India initiative has seen defence exports from Rs 500 crore to Rs 3,000 crore, though the ministry figures will show only Rs 2,100 crore. One reason for this is that export of aviation sector items are not included in this as it has been delicensed.”

Parrikar explained that the Defence Ministry tabulates only those goods that are in the licensed segments. As many 65 percent of defence sub-segments are de-licensed now and are, therefore, not in the information list of the defence ministry.

“If we include the gains from the offset clause, our defence-related exports should be about USD 1 billion, out of which defence items alone are worth Rs 3,000 crore, which I hope to increase it to Rs 10,000 crore soon,” he said.

When asked about the inflows through the FDI route after foreign director investment cap was hiked to 49 per cent, he said so far it has been about USD 100 million but will go up as foreign capital flows in at stages.

Parrikar also said the ministry is finalising a new strategic materials policy so that we can promote production as well as storage of defence-related strategic materials.

“We have set up a study team to draft a new strategic materials policy to promote the sector, which involves production and storage of these materials,” he said.

President Mukherjee, Sonia Gandhi in attendance for Delhi’s Ramleela event

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Giant effigies of 10-headed demon king Ravana was burnt on the Red Fort lawns in New Delhi on the occasion of Dussehra on Tuesday, marking the triumph of good over evil, as the theme to defeat terrorism and recent surgical strikes by the Indian Army across LoC dominated the celebrations.The Shri Dharmic Leela Committee’s Ramleela event was attended by President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar among others. This year Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not attend the event in New Delhi as he participated in Dussehra celebrations in Lucknow in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.Conveying his wishes, the President said that celebrations bind the communities and regions of India in a true sense of brotherhood and “should motivate us to make renewed efforts for the unity and progress of our country”. Mukherjee said he too returned from Birbhum, West Bengal after celebrating Durga Puja there.The dignitaries also performed ‘aarti’ before the artistes dressed as Ram and Lakshman, a yearly ritual. As a mark of peace, they also released white pigeons in the air. Several posters saluting the army’s valour after the surgical strikes were seen at the event.PTIDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, at a nearby Ramleela celebrations, wished people on the occasion of Dussehra.”If we can work together, we can definitely achieve our goals,” Kejriwal said, adding that “we will face the evils in society together”.Scores of people had gathered at the Red Fort to witness the ‘Ravana Dahan’. Today’s burning of Ravana’s effigies marks the end of Navratra and the beginning of 20-day-long wait for Diwali, festival of lights, to celebrate the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after killing the demon king.Dressed in their festive best, people attended Ramleelas across the city where artistes enacted the final battle episode of Ramayana where Lord Ram kills Ravana and brings back his wife Sita to Ayodhya on ‘Vijaydashmi’. The effigies were set ablaze amid chants in praise of Lord Ram, people witnessed spectacular fireworks which illuminated the sky leaving many in awe.Elaborate security arrangements were made to ensure that the festivities go without any untoward incident. Police kept a tight vigil in the city, a senior official said.

Exports growth may be slow, but steady in coming months: Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi: The fall in exports has been arrested and its growth is expected to be slow but steady in the coming months, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Monday.

“At the moment, the fall is arrested (and it) is very clear. The growth is happening. We will only be looking at the steady growth. It may be slow but steady” she told reporters here.

Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. AFPUnion Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. AFP

Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. AFP

She said this in a reply to a question on outlook for exports in the coming months.

Contracting for the second month in a row, India’s exports dipped 0.3 percent to $21.51 billion owing to decline in shipments of products like petroleum and leather.

Exports were in negative zone between December 2014 and May 2016 due to weak global demand and slide in oil prices.

Shipments witnessed growth only in June this year thereafter again entered into negative zone in July. Meanwhile the minister also launched a dashboard on foreign trade data.

“This has everything to do with exports and imports. What is the global position and which country is buying from India, every data in exports and imports from ports to geographical areas are there,” she said.

This is part of the initiative of the ministry to provide easy access to the public with regard to Indias export, import and balance of trade data in an analytical format, over time and space.

She said technology will be used for transparent decision making and reaching out to people using real time data. The detailed data would help user to inspect the trade that happens between India and a particular country, zoom into the activities of a particular port and reflect trade pattern over any months of the user’s choice.

Through this, countries can be sorted by import value and the corresponding value of export trade. The commerce ministry in a statement said that digitisation of the government records and data analytics is crucial for fast and effective evidence based planning and policy evaluation.

The dashboard would provide an enabling environment to importers and exporters to identify and access global trade opportunities based on reliable and updated information, directly accessible to the public through government sources.

Don’t spread rumours about Jayalalithaa, she is a woman with strong will power: Venkaiah Naidu urges people

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday urged people not to spread rumours or speculate around the ailment of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who has been hospitalised from quite some time.Naidu said useless speculation over an ill popular political figure is neither good for the people of the state, nor the patient herself.”Yesterday I came here exclusively to visit her and enquire about madam Jayalalithaa. Doctors are giving her the needed treatment, she is responding to that. She is a woman with strong will power, I am confident that she will recover soon and serve the people of Tamil Nadu,” said Naidu.”I would also like to say that when a popular leader is not well, it is not correct to spread rumours or speculate. Doing such is neither in the favour of the people nor for the person who is hospitalised,” he added. As Jayalalithaa’s stay in the hospital has increased, political circles here are abuzz with rumours that a new chief minister in-charge could be appointed to rule the state. Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration.Apart from Naidu, Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, BJP state president Tamilisai Sounderarajan, DMK leader MK Stalin and CPI (M) leader D Raja have so far paid visits to the ailing Chief Minister.

PM Modi to decide whether to release surgical strike video: MoS Home Hansraj Ahir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the raging debate over releasing the video of the Army-led cross-LoC surgical strikes, Union Minister Hansraj Ahir said that it was for the Prime Minister to decide whether the footage should be made public or not. “The PM will take a decision on whether to release the video handed over to the government by the Army,” he said. “It is unfortunate to indulge in politics over the surgical strikes. This has maligned the image of the Army,” he said. To a question on efforts undertaken by the Central government to bring home Chandu Babulal Chavan, the 22-year-old soldier of the 37 Rashtriya Rifles captured by Pakistani forces, the Union Minister of State for Home said, “We are making all efforts to bring him back. We will definitely bring him back. However, one cannot say how much time it will take.”On Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam’s remark terming the surgical strikes as “fake”, Ahir said, “Nirupam was in Shiv Sena and could not stay loyal to (the late Sena founder) Bal Thackeray. How can he be loyal to Congress?”Earlier, a news report claims that a senior Pakistani police official admitted that the strikes did take place. A report on CNN-News 18claimed that disclosures by Ghulam Akbar, SP of Mirpur range in PoK, admitted that surgical strikes took place in the early hours of September 29. Thinking that he was speaking to his superior IG Mushtaq, Ghulam Akbar, SP (Special Branch) of the Mirpur Range in PoK, revealed details about the strike. The report further claimed that bodies of terrorists were also removed by the Pak military. The SP also said the Pakistani Army took away the dead bodies in ambulances, adding that they may have been buried in villages. Akbar also claimed that 5 Pak armymen had died which contradicts Pakistan’s claim that two soldiers had died in the cross-firing.BJP slams Kejriwal Earlier, BJP leader Shahnwaz Hussain dubbed Kejriwal’s comment as extremely unfortunate and said that this was not expected from a person, who floated his party based on the ideology of veteran social activist Anna Hazare.‘The country never imagined that the person who formed his party post Anna’s movement, someone who uses the slogan ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, someone who waves the tricolour and the public of Delhi adored and chose him to be the Chief Minister of Delhi and he would point a finger at the decision of the Indian Army,’ Hussain said.‘Arvind Kejriwal’s comment is a comment that helps Pakistan. Today, the Pakistan TV channels have published bigger pictures of Arvind Kejriwal, Digvijaya Singh and P. Chidambaram than their own soldiers. Pakistan is taking the help of the comments by these politicians to support their propaganda against India,’ he added.Stating that nobody doubts the surgical strikes, the BJP leader said the politics being played by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress on this sensitive issue is angering the nation. ‘You can criticize the BJP or Narendra Modi, but the nation won’t tolerate if you point fingers at the operations of the Indian Army,’ he added.Hussain told ANI that this was all being done by Kejriwal to divert the attention from his AAP colleagues, who have been accused in several scandals.The BJP leader also appeared to be in tune with Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati’s statement that anyone who doubts the surgical strikes should take up Pakistani citizenship and said the comments of Kejriwal and the Congress have strengthened the Pakistani side. ‘If they stay in Delhi and strengthen the opposite side, no one will accept it here,’ he added while asserting that Pakistan is repeatedly violating the ceasefire and this reflects their frustration post the surgical strikes.Under fire Kejriwal, however, later defended his remark and said that evidence of the surgical strikes should be released to counter Pakistan’s propaganda and its denial of the strikes.”BJP, I m convinced that strikes took place. But intl media publishing Pak propaganda that no strike took place. Let’s expose Pak propaganda,” Kejriwal tweeted in response to the criticism by the BJP.

Subramanian Swamy hits out at Delhi CM Kejriwal, calls him ‘anti-national’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dismissing Arvind Kejriwal’s demand for proof over the surgical strikes by the Indian Army in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday asserted that India could never go to war with Pakistan with an anti-national character like the Delhi Chief Minister still in power.Speaking to ANI, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that India does not need to respond to Pakistan’s claims, as even if they are provided with evidence, Islamabad would take no action.”We should not respond because Pakistan will never change. We gave them proof on Kasab and Hafiz Saeed. We also allowed them (Pakistan) to come to India for the Pathankot probe and still they did not do anything. So there is no point,” he said.Coming down heavily on the Delhi Chief Minister, Swamy added, “We all know Kejriwal’s anti-national and Naxalite mind. Instead of worrying about securing Delhi, he is running around trying to churn issues.”Talking about the possibility of war with the hostile neighbour, Swamy emphasised that the Centre must take a call if it can take such a step while Kejriwal was still in power as Chief Minister.”We should dismiss his government and have President Rule,” he added.Making a point that the surgical strike by the Indian Armed Forces has been globally lauded, Swamy stated that certain sections of the international media have also welcomed and accepted the covert operation.”Russia has welcomed our surgical strike and U.S. has said that we have done an excellent job on it. On 3rd October, even the Washington Post has given a lead article and China says that India and Pakistan must talk with each other,” Swamy said.The BJP leader further called on Pakistan to clear all its doubts with Russia, with whom they just had a joint military exercise.Meanwhile, criticising the opposition’s demand for proof of the surgical strikes across the LoC last month, the BJP has asserted that questioning the integrity of the armed forces will convey a signal that India is divided.BJP leader Nalin Kohli said, “On the very first day, immediately after the surgical strikes, the Congress party and other political parties immediately complimented, congratulated the government, the armed forces for their bravery, valour displayed during the successful surgical strikes. Now, you can’t ask for proof.”Earlier, the opposition had demanded that the government ‘call Pakistan’s bluff’ and give evidence of the September 29 predawn strikes after several news reports in the international media cast doubt on the same. The government has accused the opposition of attempting to lower the morale of the armed forces.An nation-wide uproar was raised when Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam on Tuesday lashed out at the Centre, calling on it to provide proof for the operation as due to lack of its evidence, Pakistan was internationally shaming India. In response, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu said there was no need to respond to the irresponsible comments of Congress leaders.”There is no need to respond such irresponsible comments and demands. Fortunately even the Congress party has realised its mistake and they have distanced themselves from the comments made by some of its leaders. The AAP also made it very clear. That being the case I don?t think any Indian citizen doubts the credentials of the commitment of our Indian Army,” Naidu said.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress leader P.Chidambaram also drew flak from Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for demanding proof of the surgical strike.

Surgical Strike | You are the headline in Pakistani media: BJP attacks Kejriwal over video message

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP on Tuesday hit back at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress party for raising questions on the surgical strikes conducted by the security forces across the LoC.The attack on Kejriwal comes a day after he appealed to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to expose Pakistan’s propaganda and attempts to malign India.”I want to ask Arvind Kejriwal whether or not he believes in the extraordinary valour of our army in conducting surgical strike? If yes, then why are you getting influenced by the false propaganda of Pakistan,” said Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.”Mr Kejriwal, you need to know, today you are the headline in Pakistani media. My appeal to Kejriwal would be politics is separate but please don’t do or say anything that will demoralise our armed forces,” he added.The Union Minister also said that he want to ask P Chidambaram if he was also joining the bandwagon of doubting the capacity of the jawans.In a rare gesture, Delhi Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Monday ‘saluted’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the surgical strikes by the Army on terror launch pads across the LoC and urged the Centre to counter Pakistan’s smear campaign on the international stage.Meanwhile, AAP leader Ashutosh also took to Twitter and said that he was amazed that Ravi Shankar Prasad instead of unmasking Pakistan’s propaganda was questioning Arvind Kejriwal. “Shows BJP’s bankruptcy of ideas,” he added.

Forces have made ‘swacch LoC’: Venkaiah Naidu on surgical strikes

New Delhi: A “swacch LoC” has been achieved after Indian security forces gave a befitting reply to our neighbour which is funding and abetting terror, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday.

“The other day you have seen what is Modi. Our neighbour is funding, aiding, abetting, training terrorists. They have been given a befitting reply by our forces…. swachh man, swachh dhan, swachh tan and now swachh border, swachh LoC has been done. Now all have to come together to take forward Swachh Bharat,” the Information and Broadcasting minister said.

File photo of Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. PTIFile photo of Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

File photo of Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

The senior minister was referring to the Army’s surgical strikes across LoC in Pak occupied Kashmir (PoK) where it destroyed terror launch pads.

On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Naidu also asked people to respond to Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s call for a clean India and become ‘swachhagrahis‘.

Lauding the Prime Minister, Naidu said Modi stands for “Mood of Developing India”.

He said Mahatama Gandhi had during the freedom movement given a call for satyagraha and those who participated became ‘satyagrahis‘.

“Now the time has come, all of us taking the call of the Prime Minister should become ‘Swacchagrahi‘. On the pious day of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday today, let us all become ‘Swacchagrahi‘,” Naidu, who also holds the Urban Development portfolio said.

He said in the 21st century India had to be free from illiteracy and “Litterati” – a reference to those who throw litter in the open.

He said the Prime Minister always wanted ‘Swacch Bharat’ to become a people’s movement. The aim of the nationwide cleanliness drive was to clean up the country by 2019, the year that marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of

The senior minister was speaking at the award giving ceremony of a ‘Swachh’ film competition, where Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore was also present.

While lauding the creativity of those who participated in the short film competition, Naidu said eminent filmmakers — Madhur Bhandarkar, Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi, Prasoon Pandey, Ramesh Sippy and Shoojit Sircar will also produce films on Swachh Bharat.

Naidu said efforts will be made to exhibit these films widely.

China blocks tributary of Brahmaputra in Tibet to build dam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China has blocked a tributary of the Brahmaputra river in Tibet as part of the construction of its “most expensive” hydro project which could cause concern in India as it may impact water flows into the lower riparian countries.The Lalho project on Xiabuqu river, a tributary of Yarlung Zangbo (the Tibetan name for Brahmaputra), in Xigaze in Tibet involves an investment of 4.95 billion yuan (USD 740 million), Zhang Yunbao, head of the project’s administration bureau was quoted as saying by Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency today.Xigaze also known as Shigatse is closely located to Sikkim. From Xigaze, the Brahmaputra flows into Arunachal Pradesh.Terming it as the “most expensive project”, the report said the project, whose construction began in June 2014, was scheduled to be completed in 2019.It is not clear yet what impact the blockade of the river will have on the flow of water from the Brahmaputra into the lower riparian countries like India and Bangladesh as a result, it said.Last year, China had operationalised the US $1.5 billion Zam Hydropower Station, the largest in Tibet, built on the Brahmaputra river, which has raised concerns in India.But China has been maintaining that it has taken into consideration India’s concerns and allays apprehensions of restricting the flow of water, saying its dams are run of the river projects not designed to hold water.The outline of China’s 12th Five Year Plan indicates that three more hydropower projects on the mainstream of the Brahmaputra river in Tibet Autonomous Region have been approved for implementation.In March, Union Minister of State for Water Resources Sanwar Lal Jat said in a statement that India had expressed its concerns to China about the likely impact of the dams.While there is no water treaty between the countries, India and China established an Expert Level Mechanism (ELM) on trans-border rivers and in October 2013 the two governments signed a memorandum of understanding on strengthening cooperation on trans-border rivers under which Beijing provides data to India on the water flows.The blockade of the Brahmaputra river tributary comes at a time when India’s reported decision to suspend talks with Pakistan under Indus Water Treaty as part of its efforts to hit back at Pakistan in the aftermath of the Uri attack.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang gave a guarded reply when asked on September 27 about India’s reported move.”As a friendly neighbour to both India and Pakistan, China hopes that India and Pakistan can properly address disputes and improve relations through dialogue and consultation, maintain and enhance all-round cooperation and join hands to promote regional peace, stability and development,” Shuang told PTI.Some of the rivers under the Indus water treaty originate in China.

Himachal CM’s son questioned by ED; says central investigating agencies have been ‘saffronised’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s son Vikramaditya was on Friday questioned by Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials here for eight hours in a money laundering case, after which he alleged that the central investigating agencies have been “saffronised”.Vikramaditya, who is also the Himachal Pradesh Youth Congress chief, alleged that investigating agencies like ED and CBI were booking Congress leaders in false cases to please their “political masters”.”The manner in which Congress leaders were being targeted by various investigative agencies shows how they have been saffronised. By doing so, they are not setting a healthy practice… They should not set wrong precedents for the times to come,” he told PTI.Vikramaditya was questioned by the ED in a case of money laundering registered against him and his father. He said he cooperated with the agency and answered to all the queries posed to him by the investigating officials.He said that he had full faith in the judiciary and would emerge victorious. Besides fighting the cases in various courts, he said, he will also fight them in the people’s court.”We have full faith in the judiciary and will fight the cases in various courts and will emerge victorious. We will also take the issue of political vendetta carried out against us to the people of the state and will fight the BJP in people’s court in the next election,” he said.Singh said the cases being registered against him and his father were “political motivated”.The Delhi High Court had yesterday directed the ED not to arrest Vikramaditya who had been called for interrogation in the money laundering case against his father and others.Taking note of the ED counsel’s assurance, the bench said, “In view of what has transpired in court today, no orders are being passed.”Vikramaditya was asked to appear on September 30 by ED for questioning in connection with the case following his non-appearance for interrogation earlier.ED had also filed the first charge sheet in the case at a court here against the arrested accused, LIC agent Anand Chauhan.The agency is probing allegations against Virbhadra and his family members of having amassed wealth of Rs 6.1 crore, which is alleged to be disproportionate to his known sources of income between 2009 and 2011 when he was the Union Minister of Steel.