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‘Cow’ named Yahoo India’s ‘Personality of the Year’

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The trend is a part of Yahoo’s 2015 Year in Review (YIR) for India. It is a look at the year’s top trends, happenings and events.

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The humble ‘Cow’ emerged as the ‘Personality of the Year’ on the back of online buzz around beef ban and associated discussions on intolerance’, search engine Yahoo said on Monday.”In an unexpected twist, the humble ‘Cow’ emerged as ‘Personality of the Year’, trumping other high-profile contenders for the top spot. It started with the Maharashtra government announcing a ban on sale of beef in the state a move, which led to massive debates online and offline, spiraling into the ‘beef controversy’,” Yahoo said in a statement.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It further said: “Fuelled further by the mob lynching at Dadri, the ‘cow’ became the icon of discussions on ‘intolerance’, sparking the ‘award wapsi’ campaign, and even stalling the Parliament proceedings at one point”.The trend is a part of Yahoo’s 2015 Year in Review (YIR) for India. It is a look at the year’s top trends, happenings and events.The review is based on users’ daily search habits and an editorial selection of what they read, recommended and shared most on Yahoo.”Politics remained an all-consuming passion through the year in 2015. With high-profile elections in Bihar and New Delhi, Chief Ministers Nitish Kumar and Arvind Kejriwal were among the Top Newsmakers of the Year. Prime MinisterPrime Minister Narendra Modi continued his run from 2014 and remained one of the top newsmakers this year too,” Yahoo said.The rise of ISIS, 2015 World Cup, APJ Abdul Kalam’s demise, Sheena Bora Murder investigation and Vyapam Scandal featured on the list of most searched news/events in 2015, it added.Sunny Leone retained the top position as the most searched female celebrity for the fourth year in a row, while Salman Khan claimed the No 1 spot in the most searched male celebrity list.India’s most searched sportsperson saw MS Dhoni topping the list, while Apple dominated technology news and searches this year with the iPhone 6 taking the top spot in the list of most searched gadgets.

AAP v/s Jaitley: Here’s what Arun Jaitley has to say about Arvind Kejriwal’s allegations

Free speech is unquestionably a pre-eminent Fundamental Right, but does free speech include the right to speak only falsehood? The Delhi Chief Minister, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, seems to believe in untruth and defamation, delivered in a language that borders on hysteria.

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Replying to Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi party’s allegations, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley wrote a blog post titled Falsehood as Free Speech on Facebook bashing Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal and rejected charges of corruption. In the post, he claimed that the allegations of corruption were wrong while it was wrong to use the free speech argument to speak falsehoods. He also claimed that the CBI didn’t raid Arvind Kejriwal’s office, that he’d left cricket administration in 2013 and questioned Mamata Banerjee and Nitish Kumar’s support for Arvind Kejriwal. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Full Text of Arun Jaitley’s Facebook post: FALSEHOOD AS FREE SPEECHFree speech is unquestionably a pre-eminent Fundamental Right, but does free speech include the right to speak only falsehood? The Delhi Chief Minister, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, seems to believe in untruth and defamation, delivered in a language that borders on hysteria. A few days ago, a Secretary of the Delhi Government was searched and arrested after being caught red handed for allegedly accepting a bribe. The CBI had conducted the operation. The Delhi Government welcomed the move.Four days later, another official close to the Chief Minister was searched for an alleged offence which related to the pre-Kejriwal period. The Chief Minister raised two pleas. First, that it violates the federal structure of the Constitution. In addition, the Chief Minister used unacceptable adjectives against the Prime Minister and, second, he questioned the purpose of the search and tried to divert attention by linking it to the Delhi Cricket body rather than alleged corruption of this official.FederalismFederalism is not a one way stream. It is not always that the Union Government challenges the spirit of federalism. A State or a Union Territory, by its unacceptable conduct, can also be a threat to federalism. During the UPA Government, the Delhi Government, with no police or investigative powers, registered an FIR against two Union Cabinet Ministers of the UPA Government for voluntarily implementing a decision of the Cabinet. If State Governments start investigating decisions of the Union Cabinet there can be no greater threat to federalism. Delhi is a Union Territory with no Police powers. I had, on 12th February, 2013, written a blog and, as Leader of Opposition, condemned this violation of federalism by the Union Territory of Delhi.If the Union Government were to consider using against the Delhi Chief Minister the adjectives that Mr. Kejriwal used against the Prime Minister, it would be legitimate to contend that this is not in consonance with the federal spirit. When two Chief Ministers, Mamata Banerjee Ji and Nitish Kumar Babu, supported Mr. Kejriwal, notwithstanding the use of highly objectionable words against the Prime Minister, can it be in consonance with the federal spirit? The two Chief Ministers need to redeem themselves by publicly distancing themselves from Mr. Kejriwal’s vocabulary.Now that the heat and dust of the search of an IAS officer’s room has settled down, it is clear that the search had nothing to do with either the Chief Minister or his room. An official was being searched for an alleged offence in his earlier capacities. The CBI has adequately clarified that. Notwithstanding that, an actually false propaganda is being repeated continuously. Why should the Chief Minister place himself as a shield in front of an official who is facing investigation? Why should two eminent Chief Ministers lend themselves to support the blatant falsehood of Delhi’s Chief Minister?The DDCAIt is a part of propaganda technique to deflect attention when you yourselves are in the dock. Finding himself acting as a shield to cover an officer under investigation, the Delhi Chief Minister has attempted to focus attention on me. He repeats endlessly that I misled the Parliament on the Delhi raid and that he has a series of allegations to make against me in relation to my tenure as President of the DDCA – Delhi’s cricket body. The Congress transiently joined Mr. Kejriwal’s company for the reason that its own leaders are in the dock for more than one reason.Even though I am not concerned with cricket administration since 2013, a Member of Parliament has been writing to various governmental bodies with regard to Delhi’s cricket affairs. The UPA Government seized upon the opportunity and referred the complaints to the SFIO which investigated all his complaints over a period of time and submitted a detailed Report on 21st March 2013. The Report concluded in relation to the DDCA being registered under the Companies Act, that:- “thus, in a nutshell, there are certain irregularities / non-compliance or technical violations, but no fraud (was) noticed as alleged”.These technical and procedural violations were all compoundable and were compounded by Members against whom they were alleged. The SFIO, under the UPA regime, investigated and could not find a shred of evidence against me. No personal allegation was ever made against me nor did I ever feel the need of contradicting it. There are fake allegations such as escalation of cost of construction of a stadium. When work expands, cost escalations are integral. A brand new 42,000 capacity world class stadium was constructed by the EPIL, a public sector body at a total cost of around Rs.114 crores. At the same time, the UPA Government renovated two stadiums. The Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium was renovated at a cost of over Rs.900 crores and Dhyan Chand stadium was renovated at a cost of over Rs. 600 crores. I have felt the need for stating the above in order to counter any unsubstantiated, non-specific allegations. I have left cricket administration in 2013. By referring to some facts of 2014 and 2015, he can’t drag me in.FALSEHOOD AS FREE SPEECHFree speech is unquestionably a pre-eminent Fundamental Right, but does free speech include…
Posted by Arun Jaitley on Thursday, 17 December 2015

Karnataka: BJP to lay siege to state secretariat over Tipu Sultan protest violence, rising rape incidents

BJP workers lead by state President Pralhad Joshi, former Chief Ministers B S Yeddyurappa, Jagadish Shettar and others will be “storming” Vidhana Soudha tomorrow, the party in a statement said.

The BJP is also holding Siddaramaiah responsible for violence that followed the Tipu Jayanti celebrations on November 10.

Opposition BJP in Karnataka has decided to lay siege to Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat, here tomorrow to protest against Congress government over a host of issues, including incidents of rape, Tipu Sultan Jayanti celebrations and the violence that followed it. BJP workers lead by state President Pralhad Joshi, former Chief Ministers B S Yeddyurappa, Jagadish Shettar and others will be “storming” Vidhana Soudha tomorrow, the party in a statement said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After addressing the party workers, they will march in a procession towards Vidhana Soudha where ten-day session of the state legislature is underway till November 27. The BJP is protesting against rising incidents of rape, and demanding the resignation of Social Welfare Minister Anjaneya following a sting operation by a TV channel on his wife which allegedly showed her accepting bribe of Rs 7 lakh for a tender pertaining to his department. The BJP is also holding Siddaramaiah responsible for violence that followed the Tipu Jayanti celebrations on November 10.The celebrations which were held amidst protest by a few pro-Hindu outfits had lead to death of two persons, including a VHP leader in Kodagu district, and a man was stabbed in Bantwal taluk near Mangaluru. BJP had boycotted Tipu Jayanti celebrations.

AIADMK slams opposition for criticising folk singer’s arrest

The article also slammed DMK President M Karunanidhi for criticising the police action.

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Facing opposition flak over the arrest of a folk singer campaigning against liquor in Tamil Nadu, ruling AIADMK on Monday charged him with making “unsavoury remarks” about “a Chief Minister” and hinted that inaction would mean it could set a precedence to target any head of state in the future. In a strongly-worded article, AIADMK mouthpiece ‘Dr Namathu MGR’ slammed opposition parties including DMK for criticising singer Kovan’s arrest, saying they were doing it for political survival. He “will criticise a Chief Minister (J Jayalalithaa) with unsavoury remarks; record it and spread it in social media like a virus and if action is taken against that, (opposition) will shout that democracy is affected,” it said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>
It said when action is taken for launching a “savage” personal attack against a Chief Minister (Jayalalithaa) in violation of legal principles and morality, political parties opposing it was not proper. “If people scream that democracy has been affected due to this, then degrading Chief Ministers in the future in all sorts of unsavoury terms will become a norm,” it said. It also charged the 54-year-old folk artiste, Kovan of targeting the Chief Minister with “ulterior motive at the behest” of someone and asked if it was not an “insult” to crores of Tamil people who had voted for Jayalalithaa. It said Kovan did not properly use “opportunities” provided by the Constitution of India to show his opposition. The article also slammed DMK President M Karunanidhi for criticising the police action. He had termed the arrest as “AIADMK regime’s anti-democratic action” and condemned it while demanding Kovan’s immediate release. It recalled that as Chief Minister when the Sri Lankan Tamils issue was at its peak in the state with emotions running high, Karunanidhi had used the state police to arrest activists and seize lot of related material. It alleged that he had ridiculed the death of Tamil activist Muthukumar, who had set himself ablaze in connection with this issue. Kovan, a propagandist singer of Makkal Kalai Ilakkiya Kazhagam’ who was campaigning for closure of state-run liquor outlets (TASMAC), was arrested under sedition charges last week. Opposition parties had criticised the police action and had sought his immediate release.

Tamil Nadu: 96-year-old film lyricist accuses DMK leader M Karunanidhi of stealing his film script

This was then made into a film without his knowledge.

DMK President M Karunanidhi

This is apparently a story that happened 65 years which the 96-year-old has not forgotten. Tamil lyricist PK Muthusamy, 96, from Namakkal, has now accused DMK leader M Karunanidhi, of allegedly stealing his film script and storyline. A report in Deccan Chronicle states that the Muthusamy who is in penury had given the storyline of the movie Marudhanaattu Illavarasi to Karunanidhi in 1949. This was then made into a film without his knowledge.Muthusamy has penned over 60 songs for Tamil films in his career. The report adds that he lost his money when he produced a film Thai Pirandhal Vazhi Pirakkum. He has written many odes praising chief minister Jayalalithaa and the former Chief Ministers CN Annadurai and MG Ramachandran adds the report.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He is said to be living on Rs 1500 a month now which he receives from Tamil Nadu government as a pension. He also apparently receives some money from publishing rights.

Bihar polls: I fully support Nitish Kumar, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Kejriwal was earlier quoted as saying at the Chief Ministers conclave that he did not support any political party in the Bihar Assembly polls and had visited the state only for a governance workshop.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday rubbished reports which said that he was not supporting any political party in Bihar and categorically stated that he was backing Nitish Kumar.”Some media houses distorting my statement. I fully support Nitish kumar. He is a good person. People shoud vote him,” CM Kejriwal tweeted.Kejriwal was earlier quoted as saying at the Chief Ministers conclave that he did not support any political party in the Bihar Assembly polls and had visited the state only for a governance workshop.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, the Janata Dal (United) today said that Kejriwal supports his Bihar counterpart and wants him to return to office for the third time.”I want to say this on record that Kejriwal ji wants that Nitish Kumar should become the Chief Minister of Bihar,” JD (U) general secretary KC Tyagi told ANI.Elections for the 243-member Bihar Assembly will be held in five phases between October 12 and November 5.The counting of votes will take place on November 8. The term of the current Bihar Assembly expires on November 29.

Congress red-flags government’s attempt to call special session of Parliament

They have also dismissed the government’s allegation that they are blocking the development agenda of the nation.

Delhi government’s call for a special session of Parliament rejected by Congress

Congress on Tuesday virtually red-flagged Government’s attempts to call a special session of Parliament, telling it bluntly such an exercise would serve no purpose unless action was taken against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chief Ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.At the same time, the party sought to dismiss the government’s allegation that Congress was blocking the development agenda of the nation saying, “we are for the passage of GST if our amendments, which are in national interest are accepted.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, while briefing the reporters after Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, charged the Modi dispensation of practising “politics of confrontation” with the Opposition. “The ruling party and the ministers under Modi’s leadership are always in an aggressive mode against the Opposition and have never tried to reach out to us. We hear on television that talks are on with the Opposition but that happens only on telephone.”There is always a word about holding talks with Pakistan at the Foreign Secretary or at the NSA level but they cannot talk across the table with the Opposition. We condemn this objectionable behaviour,” Azad said, adding that Parliamentary Affairs M Venkaiah Naidu “did talk to me but on telephone”. He insisted “convening of special session of Parliament will serve no purpose unless the government takes action against Sushma Swaraj and BJP Chief Ministers.” Azad made these assertions on a day when the party’s apex decision-making body, CWC, held a detailed discussion on this key reform measure and decided to stick to at least three of its key demands on GST.

Govt completing all formalities to bring back deaf-mute Indian woman Gita: Sushma Swaraj

Gita, 23, is believed to have mistakenly crossed into Pakistani territory as a child. She was 7-8 years old when she was found by the Pakistan Rangers 15 years ago from Lahore railway station, according to reports from Pakistan.

Sushma Swaraj

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said government was completing all necessary formalities to bring back Gita, the deaf and mute Indian woman stuck in Pakistan for more than a decade after losing contact with her family. She said in the last few days, four families from Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh have claimed Gita, who is in Karachi, to be their daughter. “We are completing the necessary formalities to bring Gita back to India,” Swaraj said in a tweet adding “I am requesting the Chief Ministers of these states to verify and report.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan TCA Raghavan and his wife on Tuesday had met Gita following a direction from Swaraj and assured her of locating her family as soon as possible. “Gita conveyed to Indian High Commissioner by gestures that they are seven brothers and sisters. “She also conveyed that she had visited a temple with her father. Then she wrote down ‘Vaishno Devi’,” Swaraj said.The External Affairs Minister also retweeted a drawing posted on tweeter by one Yusra Askari with a caption “Geeta’s drawing of home – number 193, that as per her is located near a fish pond, paddy fields and a maternity home.” “This should further help in locating Gita’s family,” Swaraj said.Gita, 23, is believed to have mistakenly crossed into Pakistani territory as a child. She was 7-8 years old when she was found by the Pakistan Rangers 15 years ago from Lahore railway station, according to reports from Pakistan.Salman Khan’s recent hit movie “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” is about a mute Pakistani girl who was reunited with her family after she lost contact with her mother while visiting India. Gita’s story found way to media after the Salman starer blockbuster. Pakistan’s human rights activist Ansar Burney had also raised Gita’s ordeal.

Was not consulted on Bihar Governor’s appointment, says CM Nitish Kumar

69-year-old Kovind, who had been a two-time Rajya Sabha member between 1994 and 2006, hails from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday voiced his displeasure over the appointment of senior BJP leader Ram Nath Kovind as new Governor for the state without consulting him, saying he got the information through media.”As per the precedent so far, the central government, the Home Minister talks to the state government, its Chief Minister on it (appointment of Governor)… This time there is no consultation. I have also got the information (about the appointment) through media,” Kumar told reporters when asked about the appointment of Kovind.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>69-year-old Kovind, who had been a two-time Rajya Sabha member between 1994 and 2006, hails from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. His appointment comes barely few months ahead of the Assembly elections due in Bihar. West Bengal Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi was holding additional charge of Bihar. A lawyer by profession, Kovind had also been BJP Scheduled Caste Morcha chief.Nitish said he has “just now” got to know about the appointment of the Governor for Bihar through media and stressed that his experience and his knowledge of precedents so far tell him that Chief Ministers are consulted before any such appointment.Kumar is in the national capital holding discussions with migrants from Bihar ahead of the Assembly elections in the state.

Naga Peace Accord without consulting North-East CMs shows arrogance of government: Sonia Gandhi

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday once again launched a frontal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioning the Naga Accord.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday slammed the Modi government over the Naga peace accord, accusing it of not taking chief ministers of north eastern states into confidence and said it showed its “arrogance”.Opening another front against the government, Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, who have been protesting against the suspension of 25 Congress MPs from Lok Sabha, charged that the voice of the three states of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh is being “suppressed”.Talking to reporters in Parliament complex, the Congress President said when she called her party’s chief ministers in the three states, who are directly affected by the Naga accord, she found that they were “totally blank” on the issue.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Nobody has even bothered to brief them, perhaps not in detail, but in a wide sense. After all, our chief ministers are directly affected, be it Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh or Assam. So, what do I take from this? From this I take that this government is arrogant.”This Government keeps on saying that everybody has to be taken along and that they will hold consultations with all, will take the views of all Chief Ministers. Then what happened? Their arrogance is now even more clear than before.And it is an insult not only to the chief ministers, but to the people of these states and to the federal structure of our country,” she said.Also read: Will oppose NSCN-IM peace pact tooth and nail if it affects Assam: Tarun GogoiThe pact was signed in the presence of the Prime Minister, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval by the outfit’s leader T Muivah and government’s interlocutor R N Ravi at the PM’s residence in Delhi.The signing of the pact is the culmination of over 80 rounds of negotiations that spanned 16 years with first breakthrough in 1997 when ceasefire agreement was sealed.Meanwhile, agitated over the suspension of 25 of its members in Lok Sabha and bolstered by support from most opposition parties, Congress took to the streets to protest for the third day to.Earlier, leading the protest Congress President Sonia Gandhi termed the move as ‘murder of democracy’. she had said, “The way our MPs have been suspended, it is anti-democratic. It is a murder of democracy. It is government’s duty to function the parliament.”

Rajya Sabha fails to function on first day of monsoon session as Opposition creates uproar

Rajya Sabha failed to transact any significant business on the first day of the Monsoon session on Tuesday as opposition pressed for resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as also Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh over various controversies.

The Rajya Sabha in session on Tuesday

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Rajya Sabha failed to transact any significant business on the first day of the Monsoon session on Tuesday as opposition pressed for resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as also Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh over various controversies.While Lok Sabha was adjourned immediately after it met for the day as a mark of tribute to a sitting member who passed away recently, Rajya Sabha saw repeated adjournments with opposition members creating uproar, including by trooping into the Well of the House.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government maintained that it was ready to discuss the controversy related to Lalit Modi in which Swaraj and Raje are under attack, the opposition insisted on resignations before any debate could be taken up in the House.Amid war of words and slogan-shouting by Congress members in the Well of the House, BJP accused the opposition of “running away” from a debate.Trouble started as soon as the Upper House met for the day and obituary references were made, with Anand Sharma of Congress raising the matter related to Lalit Modi controversy and demanded a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje are under attack for their links with Lalit Modi, the former IPL Chairman who is being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate in an alleged money laundering case.Sharma asked why Swaraj had requested British government to issue travel documents to Lalit Modi two and a half months after NDA came to power in June last year.Sharma also raised the issue of affidavit signed by Raje favouring Lalit Modi.”The Prime Minister had assured to ensure transparency, accountability in governance and acting against those indulging in corrupt practices… Where is the probity left? You have violated the dignity,” he said. Amid objections from the treasury benches to his remarks, Congress members trooped into the Well of the House.Congress was joined by CPI(M) and Samajwadi Party in its demand for resignations, leading to uproar and five adjournments till 3 PM, when the House was adjourned for the day. In the midst of pandemonium, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley introduced the Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, over which the government had issued an Ordinance in June. While raking up the Lalit Modi issue, Sharma questioned the “humanitarian grounds” on which Britain was requested by Swaraj to issue the travel documents to him.The Congress leader alleged that Lalit Modi was travelling around the world as if “on a pleasure trip and as a tourist”.Jaitley, the Leader of the House, said the government was ready for an immediate discussion and that Swaraj could make a statement on the issue.”Please start a discussion immediately. You don”t want a discussion…. You don”t have to press your case for a discussion. I am making an offer and would suggest … if they want to start a discussion, then start it immediately. If they want a statement from the External Affairs Minister, we are ready for it. Sushma Swaraj will make a statement within five minutes,” Jaitley said.But Congress members continued to create an uproar. CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said serious allegations have come up against Ministers and Chief Ministers of states.He said that a discussion in the House was not a substitution to an investigation. “Let there be a high-level investigation and till the investigation is over, let these people demit office,” he said. Naresh Agarwal (SP) too said, “First they (Swaraj and Raje) should resign and only then can a discussion be allowed and the House can function.”He said an entire session was washed out in a similar situation earlier when BJP was in opposition and did not allow the House to run after allegations against some ministers.”In Mathura, the Prime Minister, on completion of one year of his government, had said there is no allegation against any Minister of his government. But now several Chief Ministers and Ministers are under cloud,” Agarwal said. Criticising the opposition for the uproar, Jaitley said it was a “farcical” discussion on whether to have a discussion. “What are you discussing? Allow the motion and start discussion when the government has already supported it (motion for discussion),” he said.As Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien allowed Yechury to speak, Jaitley said, “Are you giving Sitaram Yechury a television opportunity?” Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi joined Jaitley, saying “we are ready for discussion”. To this, Kurien retorted “simply because the government is ready to discuss, it is not necessary that the Chair will allow it.” He said the decision will be taken after listening to others and “Yechury is having the floor and nobody else.” Agarwal, while seeking permission to speak on the Lalit Modi issue, said his notice under Section 267 was accepted by the Chair but House was adjourned due to disturbance when Anand Sharma started speaking.”There was no hearing,” Agarwal said, as ruling BJP members demanded starting of a discussion on the matter. Kurien said, “I am not going to stop anybody. I have not allowed moving of the motion as I want to take a decision on the issue”. He also chided the opposition members asking “why are you creating trouble?”Yechury, while hitting out at Jaitley, said when the Leader of the House was the Leader of the Opposition during the UPA rule, at that time, in similar cases, an entire session was washed out.Jaitley had then stated that a discussion in the House was “not a substitute for impartiality of people in allegation and they should not remain in position,” Yechury said, charging the BJP with not adopting the same yardstick now when they are in the treasury benches.

Amit Shah holds meeting with BJP Chief Ministers

BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday met chief ministers of all party-ruled states in which issues involving government and the party came up for discussion.

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BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday met chief ministers of all party-ruled states in which issues involving government and the party came up for discussion.A party source said there was nothing particular on the agenda for today’s meet as it is Shah’s practice to meet all the BJP chief ministers together every time when there is a Niti Aayog meeting as it is convenient for him and others to do so.”He has been meeting them every time there is a Niti Aayog meeting and they discussed all the current issues facing the party and the party–run governments,” sources said. The second meeting of NITI Aayog’s Governing Council was called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deliberate on various issues, including the contentious land acquisition Bill.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Governing Council, which comprises all Chief Ministers and Lt Governors of Union Territories, is headed by the Prime Minister. Chief Ministers of nine Congress-ruled states as well as those of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha kept away from the meeting.The meeting, however, was attended by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed apart from the CMs of the NDA-ruled states. Later, in a tweet, Shah said, “Had a comprehensive meeting with Chief Ministers of @BJP4India ruled states today in Delhi.” The BJP chief also posted a picture of himself with the BJP chief ministers taken during the meeting.

Mamata Banerjee rejects Modi govt’s land bill; says already working on an alternate one

The Chief Minister said while everybody is free to sell his land, she will not allow even “one per cent forcible acquisition”.
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Virtually rejecting the Modi government’s land bill, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said the state was already following an “alternative” land acquisition policy and asserted she will not accept even “one per cent forcible land acquisition”.Banerjee, who was among the four non-Congress chief ministers to have not attended the meeting of the Governing Council of the NITI Aayog, said her state was following an alternative land policy as it “cannot wait indefinitely for the Centre to come up with its land acquisition policy”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We have framed an alternative land policy where direct purchase can be done through negotiations without any forcible acquisition,” the Chief Minister said at the 100th administrative meeting of the Trinamool Congress government in Burdwan.”We cannot wait when all (parties) will agree, when this bill will be passed. Everybody should form land bank. We have formed land bank, land use policy and land map. We have taken land from this bank to set up industrial parks,” she said.The Chief Minister said while everybody is free to sell his land, she will not allow even “one per cent forcible acquisition”.”Why 20/30 per cent, we are against even one per cent forcible land acquisition. Anyone can sell (his or her) land but we don’t accept forcible land acquisition,” she said.Banerjee said her government had been able to complete various projects through direct land purchase after holding negotiations with the owners. She said the government had to do this because many projects were getting stalled in the absence of Centre’s land acquisition policy, which was pending.”We cannot wait indefinitely for the Centre to come up with its land acquisition policy, so we have started following this model. We have taken the people into confidence while acquiring land,” the chief minister said.Citing instances where the state had been able to make available land for big projects, Banerjee said the Andal greenfield airport and NTPC’s Katwa project were among them.Referring to Singur, which had witnessed violent protests by her party against land acquisition for Tata’s Nano project, which ultimately had to be shifted to Gujarat, she said, “There was a procedural mistake. But for others there had been no such issue.”Chief Ministers of nine Congress-ruled states and those of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha today kept away from NITI Aayog’s meeting called to discuss various issues, including the land bill, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the deadlock over the legislation was adversely impacting rural development.

Insurgency has affected criminal justice in Northeast: Rajnath Singh

“The people of the region have suffered the trauma of insurgency for long. Now they must reap the dividend of peace. Insurgency has adversely impacted the criminal justice system,” he said.

Rajnath Singh

PTI
Prolonged insurgency has affected the criminal justice system in North East with the rate of prosecution of criminals just five per cent in some states in the region as compared to the national figure of over 85 per cent, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today “…Now the time has come when apart from insurgency- centric security, we must think, plan and deliver on people-centric security,” he told a security meeting of all north east Chief Ministers here. “The people of the region have suffered the trauma of insurgency for long. Now they must reap the dividend of peace. Insurgency has adversely impacted the criminal justice system,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It has severely undermined common man’s access to justice. In some N-E states, ratio of prosecution of criminals in cases of serious crimes is disturbingly low, as low as five per cent as against all-India figure of over 85 per cent. In cases of kidnapping for ransom, this data is negligible in NER,” Singh said. However, there has been a marked increase in low-visibility yet high-impact violent crimes like kidnapping for ransom and extortions in Assam and Meghalaya, he noted.When aggrieved people do not get justice from states, not only does their confidence in the system gets eroded but they also become prone to alternative course for justice and it further vitiates the environment, he said. “The state police must pay greater attention to registration and investigation of crimes and pursue the cases diligently in the courts for punishing the criminals, who commit heinous crimes in these states. The larger criminal justice system must deliver,” Singh said.To bring back confidence in the rule of law, the Home Minister urged the Chief Ministers to pay attention to it in their respective states.

Rajnath Singh to chair meeting of North East CMs on Saturday

Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair a meeting of Chief Ministers of the Northeastern states on Saturday in Guwahati to discuss various issues, including strategy to deal with insurgents based in Myanmar.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair a meeting of Chief Ministers of the Northeastern states on Saturday in Guwahati to discuss various issues, including strategy to deal with insurgents based in Myanmar.Security related issues like counter insurgency operations, suspension of operations pacts, effective functioning of anti-extortion cells and strengthening and equipping of state police forces of the region will be discussed in the day-long meeting. The participants will also discuss effective guarding of international borders adjoining Northeastern states. In addition, important development projects and flood and landslide situation in the region will also be reviewed, an official statement said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This comes a month after Indian Army conducted a surgical strike on the camps of NSCN-K and other militant groups inside the territory of the neighbouring country after insurgents killed 18 Army soldiers in an ambush in Manipur. Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Sikkim will take part in the meeting.Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and Union Home Secretary L C Goyal will also participate in the meeting. Ongoing infrastructure projects of roads, bridges and railways will also come up for review in the meeting which is expected to stress on time-bound completion of all development works.

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