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Only ‘expiry date’ for food items, not ‘best before’, says Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan

Noting that the Association had held a “mela” in “Dilli Haat”, Paswan said such an initiative, whereby certain areas are earmarked for street food, should be implemented in other places in the country.

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Will Modi’s Pak visit lead to action against terror, Dawood, Saeed: Sena, VHP

He said “we also sincerely hope that Modiji will compel Pakistan to take effective action against Hafiz Saeed and Lakhvi both of whom have been roaming scot-free in the neighboring country despite their involvement in the dastardly terrorist attack on Mumbai on November 26, 2008.

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Fadnavis’ proposal for 10-yr rural service by med grads faces opposition

Mundada said that the government should rather form a group of five people including a doctor, a teacher, an engineer, a management graduate and a financial expert for each village. “Let all of them work collectively and uplift that village rather than being only concerned about the health of people in rural areas,” he said.

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Assam BJP to seek removal of CM Tarun Gogoi for using ‘intolerant language’

BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav also alleged that the Congress is trying to divide people along religious and linguistic lines.

Gogoi does not know how to run a state. Give us the state and we will show them how to run it,” Madhav added.

The BJP will gherao Assam Assembly on December 9 demanding removal of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for his alleged comment on Hindi-speaking persons leading the party. “We are going to gherao the Assembly on December 9 against the chief minister’s statement. We will demand his removal from the post,” BJP Election Management Committee Convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporters here. Sarma said Gogoi’s reported comment that “the state unit of BJP is led by Hindi-speaking people” is divisive in nature and it should be opposed by all sections of the society. “He (Gogoi) is trying to divide the society on the basis of language. It is the most divisive and most intolerant language used by the chief minister,” Sarma said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav also alleged that the Congress is trying to divide people along religious and linguistic lines. BJP, during the day, also announced formation of two committees in the state keeping in view the state Assembly polls slated for next year. Announcing the election campaign committee and vision document committee, Madhav said the two bodies will work till the completion of state polls next year and added that the “BJP will release a vision document for Assam.” The BJP leader also criticied the Congress-ruled state government for alleged “lack of development” in the state despite being in power for 15 years.”Gogoi is responsible for Assam’s present condition.He does not know how to run a state. Give us the state and we will show them how to run it,” Madhav added.

Black Diwali? Reject govt’s OROP notification, wish to return medals, say section of veterans

This is “One Rank Five Pension” and not “One Rank One Pension,” Colonel Satbir Singh said.
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After the government issued notification for implementation of the One Rank One Pension scheme a section of protesting veterans said that they have rejected it. “This is injustice to the soldiers, we’ll fight with the government in court. This notification is not accepted. This is “One Rank Five Pension” and not “One Rank One Pension,” Major Gen(Retd) Satbir Singh said. Some even said that the government may go ahead with the threat of returning their medals. “The desire to return medals will continue because this is more or less unacceptable,” Major Gen.(Retd) PK Sehgel.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, others were glad to know about the implementation notification but said that they would wait for the details. “We’re happy but till we receive entire details, we can’t say anything,” Colonel Kapoor on government issues OROP notification.Bharatiya Janata Party National General Secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday confirmed that notification regarding One Rank, One Pension have been issued after addressing most of the contentious issue. “OROP notification issued. I am told that the most contentious issue of VRS has been removed thus addressing the major concerns of d veterans,” tweeted Ram Madhav on Saturday evening.”The wait is over. OROP notification issued,” confirmed Sitanshu Kar, Ministry of Defence (MoD) Principal Spokesperson. In a series of tweets, Kar stated: “Pension of past pensioners would be re-fixed on the basis of pension of retirees of 2013 and the benefit will be from 1 July 2014. Pension will be re-fixed as per average of min and max pension of personnel retired in 2013 in same rank & same length of service. Pension for those drawing above the average shall be protected. Arrears will be paid in four equal half yearly instalments. All family pensioners including those getting Special/Liberalized family pension & Gallantry award winners to get arrears in one instalment. In future, the pension would be re-fixed every 5 years.””Personnel who opted to get discharged, now on, on their request will not get benefits of OROP. It will be effective prospectively. Govt. will appoint a Judicial Committee to look into anomalies and submit its report in six months. The ex-servicemen on Friday had announced that they would intensify their demand for early implementation of the OROP scheme as per the ‘approved and accepted’ definition. They had also threatened to return their medals, and would observe a ‘black Diwali’ on November 11.Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, however, had assured that the OROP scheme would be implemented before Diwali. “As you know it will happen before Diwali,” Parrikar told reporters on Friday. With agency inputs

Caste-based discrimination and untouchability have no sanction in our culture: Ram Madhav

Making the government’s stand clear on youth participation, caste-based discrimination, and digital literacy, Madhav said that the party gives “high priority to youth participation”, and that “caste-based discrimination and untouchability have no sanction in our culture”.

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on Monday fielded several questions from users on Facebook that ranged from digital literacy to Indo-Pak bilateral relations to climate change. The hour-long Facebook chat was publicised as one where Madhav will speak about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming US visit.Making the government’s stand clear on youth participation, caste-based discrimination, and digital literacy, Madhav said that the party gives “high priority to youth participation”, and that “caste-based discrimination and untouchability have no sanction in our culture”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On asked to elaborate on how Modi’s upcoming US visit will help scale clean energy initiatives, Madhav said that Modi has ambitious targets in the pipeline. He is going to meet the RE company leaders during his visit to SFO. India has great potential for solar and other clean energy sources. Investments into this area will be encouraged in a big way”,”he said.When a user asked Madhav whether companies like Apple, Google and Dell will set up facilities in India after meeting Modi, Madhav said, “They and many more will be encouraged to do so.On the issue of India’s permanent UNSC membership, he said, “India deserves a seat in UNSC. India is too important a country in the world today to be left out of that body. The world powers that control the body seem to appreciate the fact now.”When a user asked how will the government control protests against Modi by the Patels in US, he appealed to people to welcome the PM. “We appeal to all our Indian brothers and sisters to extend a grand reception to our beloved PM Shri Modiji,” he said. A prominent journalist asked him whether investments are trickling in slowly because the Modi government’s decisions are not as bold as the preceding NDA government led by Vajpayee.”India-US bilateral trade agreements are held up not because of any lack of interest or confidence in PM Modi’s ‘bold’ decisions. There are a couple of contentious issues that need to be sorted out between the countries. Once that happens things will speed up,” he said.When a user asked if India’s regional ties are on the right track, given the aborted talks with Pakistan and India not warmly welcoming Nepal’s Constitution, he said, “Our neighbourhood relations are on the right track. There will be temporary difficulties but with able and talented people in the diplomatic corps and government we shall overcome them.”

PM Narendra Modi praises RSS ideology, says India will see better times soon

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he understands RSS ideology well and its commitment to the development of the “last man in the line” and asserted that government would push the country on the path of development and self-reliance.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he understands RSS ideology well and its commitment to the development of the “last man in the line” and asserted that government would push the country on the path of development and self-reliance.”I am also from the sangh and understands its commitment to development and antyodaya (development of the last man),” he told a three-day conclave of RSS and affiliates attended by the top brass of the Sangh Parivar, BJP and the government.Ram Madhav, BJP General Secretary, who has been deputed by the RSS to the party, said the prime minister talked about how in the last 15 months he has been able to steer the country forward and clear the mess of the previous government.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Modi expressed confidence that he would be able to take the country on the path of self-reliance and development while reiterating his government’s commitment to the care of the poor, downtrodden, backward and antyodaya.’ Madhav said quoting the prime minister that he was very committed to the efforts of his government in that direction.”Very soon we are confident that things would be better in the coming times,” Modi said citing the experience of his government in the last 15 months.The Prime Minister said that his government wanted that India should become self-reliant in security and economy and should not depend too much on imports. “We are committed to pushing the government in that direction,” Modi said.The Prime Minister also highlighted the initiatives taken by his government with regard to various fields in helping the common man. He also sought the cooperation of the RSS and its affiliates in taking forward the initiatives of the government.

Maharashtra to reduce Western Ghats ESA area?

Even as the deadline to submit final demarcations of eco-sensitive areas (ESA) in Western Ghats is only a fortnight away, four out of the six Western Ghats states are yet to present their reports to the Centre and according to reliable sources Maharashtra, like Kerala, may recommend reducing the ESA area in the state.In March 2014, the environment ministry had issued a draft notification, identifying 60,000 sq km of area in Ghats as ecologically sensitive and the ministry has to finalise the draft in 500 days, which is by September 9. Only Kerala and Goa have given their reports while the remaining four states – Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu – have yet to submit their ground assessment of the notification, that was based on recommendations of the K.Kasturirangan-led high-level working group. To carry out ground assessment, the state government had decided to form local committees comprising forest officers, revenue officials and gram panchayat members.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While speaking on the issues, Maharashtra evironment minister Ramdas Kadam told dna that most Western Ghat districts have sent in their ground assessments. “District officials from Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and Raigad have sent reports of the villages notified as ESAs. Gram Sabhas were organised for this purpose and in most cases, villages have affirmed the boundaries as far as forested areas are concerned. We will be able to send our report before September 9.”But, sources privy to developments said that like Kerala, even in Maharashtra, several villages are likely to omit farmlands and plantations, described as cultural landscapes by the Kasturirangan committee, from the ESA boundaries. This may to lead to reduction in Maharashtra’s ESA area. In Kerala, the government got the Centre to reduce 3100 sq.kms of ESA to de-link farmlands from them.In Maharashtra, the Kasturirangan report identified 17,340 sq km as an ESA, comprising 2159 villages. These are spread across Ahmednagar, Dhule, Nandurbar, Nashik, Pune, Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and Thane districts. Politicians across party lines in the state have protested both the Madhav Gadgil report and K Kasturirangan report on the grounds that it will halt development.The Kasturirangan report had recommended prohibition on commercial mining and highly polluting industries. It has asked for phasing out of commercial mining from ESA’s by 2018 and has prohibited all red category industries that pollute heavily. As many as 85 different industrial activities fall in the red category. Biodiversity hotspotsThe Western Ghats ares a 1,600km long mountain range running all along the west coast of India. It covers the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat, approximately 1,40,000 sq km. These mountains are home to number of endemic plants and animal species.The Western Ghats consist of 5000 vascular plants. Of these, about 30% are endemic to the GhatsWestern Ghats also have over 450 species of birds 35% of them endemicThere exist 140 mammal species (around 20% endemic) and 260 reptile species (over 60% endemic)The range also has a number of fresh water fishes and a number of invertebratesThe Western Ghats are one of the 34 biodiversity hotspots (Bio geographic regions with sizeable biodiversity endangered by humans)

160 Indian American organisations launch registration process for PM Modi

In order to manage the high demand to hear Modi speak at the SAP Centre, all partnering organisations shall register through the website.

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Over 160 Indian American organisations in Silicon Valley, reflecting various sections of the highly diversified ethnic community, are planning a reception to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September during his visit to the world-famous technology hub. About 400 representatives from 160 diverse Indian American organisations attended a meeting in Silicon Valley yesterday which was organised by the recently formed Indo-American Community of West Coast (IACWC) which has been mandated with the task of uniting all organisations for the purpose of planning the historic event.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Modi is scheduled to address the Indian diaspora at the SAP Centre in San Jose on September 27. Organisers expect a house full at the SAP Centre, which has a capacity of 20,000 people. BJP leader Ram Madhav inaugurated the formal process of registration on a newly created website at an event organised by IACWC, which was also addressed by Deputy Indian Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, and Indian Consul General in San Francisco, Venkatesan Ashok. “There are three main prongs to Prime Minister Modi’s overall goals: unity, security, and prosperity. He has been working night and day to ensure the presence of all three,” Madhav said in an address to the Indian American community.”These community events all around the world not only help the Prime Minister communicate his objectives to a larger audience, but they also help create the unity he seeks,” said Madhav. Khanderao Kand, IACWC spokesperson, said tickets to the prime minister’s event are free.In order to manage the high demand to hear Modi speak at the SAP Centre, all partnering organisations shall register through the website. Majority of passes will be distributed through the partnering organisations, he said. “We understand that the IACWC is a platform through which we must bring together the entire community, regardless of language, culture, religion or profession,” Kand said.In his remarks Sandhu stressed the importance of this event in the eyes of the world. “With unity comes political strength, and with political strength, the future belongs to India,” he said.

Arrest of live terrorist points to Pakistan’s involvement in J&K terror attack: Ram Madhav

BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav on Wednesday said the arrest of a Pakistani terrorist alive, involved in J-K terror attack in which two BSF constables were killed, points to additional evidence about the involvement of the neighbouring country.

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BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav on Wednesday said the arrest of a Pakistani terrorist alive, involved in J-K terror attack in which two BSF constables were killed, points to additional evidence about the involvement of the neighbouring country.Referring to the terror attack on the BSF convoy on Jammu- Srinagar national highway in Udhampur in which Mohammed Naved, resident of Ghulam Mustafabad area in Faislabad town of Pakistan, was arrested Madhav said “it is unfortunate that two of our soldiers had to sacrifice their lives in saving the lives of others.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He, however, added that there is additional evidence in the form of the live terrorist, who by the media accounts, seems to be from Pakistan. “It shows that the activity of sending insurgents into India from across the border is continuing from Pakistan side. We hope the Government of India takes strong steps to curb this menace,” Madhav told reporters.In yet another terror attack suspected to be originating from Pakistan left two BSF constables dead on the crucial Jammu-Srinagar highway today, but one of the two Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists involved was captured alive like Ajmal Kasab in the 2008 Mumbai terror strike.The senior BJP leader also advocated for granting of citizenship to the persecuted minorities from both sides of the borders along with “erstwhile Pakistan territories”.Religious minorities, who face persecution in the erstwhile Pakistan territories on both sides of our country, have been coming in to India, seeking refuge, Madhav said, adding that it was our duty, our responsibility to ensure that they get dignified, honourable right to live in this country.”We expect the government to take some steps, some measures. We hope the government would do it to the extent of providing citizenship to those people, those persecuted minorities from erstwhile Pakistan on both sides of our country,” the senior BJP leader said.

Assam polls: BJP selects Dharmendhra Pradhan, Ram Madhav as election in-charges

Shah has also appointed Union Minister J P Nadda as Parliamentary Board Secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Avinash Rai Khanna as the national election in-charge for organisational elections. Ram Madhav has also been assigned the task of coordination with Jammu and Kashmir government, where BJP shares power with PDP.

In a bid to strengthen the party and improve its poll prospects, BJP president Amit Shah has made some fresh appointments, with Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and general secretary Ram Madhav as election in-charges for Assam elections due in June 2016.Shah has also appointed Union Minister J P Nadda as Parliamentary Board Secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Avinash Rai Khanna as the national election in-charge for organisational elections. Ram Madhav has also been assigned the task of coordination with Jammu and Kashmir government, where BJP shares power with PDP.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Party’s new general secretary Arun Singh has been appointed as the headquarters in-charge. Shah has also appointed Gopal Agrawal as the party spokesperson for economic issues. He had yesterday made some key appointments, assigning new roles to the party office-bearers. He also appointed new co-incharges for Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in a bid to improve the party’s poll prospects in Assembly elections slated later this year and in early 2017 respectively.In this regard, the party has also set up a new cell for other backward classes (OBCs), a key constituent in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Can’t survive without eating beef? Go to Pakistan, says Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

In comments set to embarrass the Narendra Modi government days before it completes a year in office, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday said “those who cannot survive without eating beef, should go to Pakistan.”

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. PTIUnion Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. PTI

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. PTI

Naqvi, who is the Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, was responding to India Today Group consulting editor Rajdeep Sardesai when asked what his government was doing to assure minorities that the government was concerned about their welfare.

“If a certain section is dying because they can’t sell or eat beef then this is not the country for them. Let them go to Pakistan or an Arab nation,” Naqvi said.

On being asked to clarify if he’s asking people who trade and eat beef all over the country, specially in North East states, Goa and Kerala to leave the country, Naqvi said: “I am just saying that beef will not be allowed in this country if you can’t live without it.”

Also present at the panel was AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi who immediately questioned the minister if he was indeed asking his Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar to leave the country after he had assured Goans that beef would not be banned come what may.

“As the CM, I have to take care of all people in the state including its 38 per cent minorities. Christians account for 30 per cent of the population while the remaining are from the Muslim community. It is not like they started consuming beef recently; this has always been part of their daily cuisine. How can I ban it?… as the CM of Goa, I can state that Goa will never ban beef,” Parsekar had told Indian Express days after Maharashtra banned beef consumption in the state.

But Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asserted that the government will work towards a complete ban. “Cow slaughter cannot be allowed in this country,” Singh said in March this year, adding “we will use all our might to ban it. We will try to build a consensus.” Interestingly, India is the second largest exporter of beef and the fifth biggest consumer.

Last month, BJP president Amit Shah was welcomed in Meghalaya with a beef party in protest against the party’s supposed to move to enforce a complete ban on beef across the nation.

Leaders of the Thma U Rangli Juki, the Hynniewtrep National People’s Front (HNPF) and the Khasi National Union (KNU) organised the beef party near the BJP office in Shillong as Shah arrived to address party workers and to hold meeting with regional political parties.

Soon after the protest, BJP leader Ram Madhav said there was no proposal to ban beef in the North East given its ‘demographic structure’. “In some states, ban on cow slaughter has been there for several decades now. In a number of states, it is not there, including all the states of the northeast, because of the demographic situation here,” Madhav said.

Can’t survive without beef? Go to Pakistan, says Union Minister Mukhtar Naqvi

In comments set to embarrass the Narendra Modi government days before it completes a year in office, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday said “those who cannot survive without eating beef, should go to Pakistan.”

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. PTIUnion Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. PTI

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. PTI

Naqvi, who is the Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, was responding to India Today Group consulting editor Rajdeep Sardesai when asked what his government was doing to assure minorities that the government was concerned about their welfare.

“If a certain section is dying because they can’t sell or eat beef then this is not the country for them. Let them go to Pakistan or an Arab nation,” Naqvi said.

On being asked to clarify if he’s asking people who trade and eat beef all over the country, specially in North East states, Goa and Kerala to leave the country, Naqvi said: “I am just saying that beef will not be allowed in this country if you can’t live without it.”

Also present at the panel was AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi who immediately questioned the minister if he was indeed asking his Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar to leave the country after he had assured Goans that beef would not be banned come what may.

“As the CM, I have to take care of all people in the state including its 38 per cent minorities. Christians account for 30 per cent of the population while the remaining are from the Muslim community. It is not like they started consuming beef recently; this has always been part of their daily cuisine. How can I ban it?… as the CM of Goa, I can state that Goa will never ban beef,” Parsekar had told Indian Express days after Maharashtra banned beef consumption in the state.

But Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asserted that the government will work towards a complete ban. “Cow slaughter cannot be allowed in this country,” Singh said in March this year, adding “we will use all our might to ban it. We will try to build a consensus.” Interestingly, India is the second largest exporter of beef and the fifth biggest consumer.

Last month, BJP president Amit Shah was welcomed in Meghalaya with a beef party in protest against the party’s supposed to move to enforce a complete ban on beef across the nation.

Leaders of the Thma U Rangli Juki, the Hynniewtrep National People’s Front (HNPF) and the Khasi National Union (KNU) organised the beef party near the BJP office in Shillong as Shah arrived to address party workers and to hold meeting with regional political parties.

Soon after the protest, BJP leader Ram Madhav said there was no proposal to ban beef in the North East given its ‘demographic structure’. “In some states, ban on cow slaughter has been there for several decades now. In a number of states, it is not there, including all the states of the northeast, because of the demographic situation here,” Madhav said.

Alliance with PDP necessitated by developmental politics: BJP

Seeking to allay concerns in the party over alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP’s national executive on Saturday dwelt at length on the issue, underscoring that “conventional positions” would not have met the developmental aspirations of the people of the state.

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Seeking to allay concerns in the party over alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP’s national executive on Saturday dwelt at length on the issue, underscoring that “conventional positions” would not have met the developmental aspirations of the people of the state.A special briefing on its partnership with Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led party, for which BJP put several key issues including Article 370 on the backburner, was made by the party’s General Secretary Ram Madhav during the concluding day of the meeting and the decision received “complete endorsement” of the national executive, senior party leader and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There has been a sense of unease in the BJP over the alliance, more so after Chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed credited Hurriyat, militants and Pakistan for smooth polls in the state and hardcore separatist Masrat Alam was released from jail, inviting strong reaction from the saffron party and the Modi government.”It is the nature of the mandate which decided the possible course of the coalition. Secondly, there is a popular feeling within the state also that the governance deficit must go and developmental politics must come. And, thirdly, behind the national agenda of developmental politics it is extremely important that more and more political parties come and endorse the developmental politics which the rest of the country wants in Jammu and Kashmir. You need peace, you need developmental politics and therefore conventional positions would not have achieved that,” Jaitley said during his briefing after the meeting ended.Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the explanation by Madhav, who was the party’s pointsman in stitching up the alliance with PDP, was received with applause from the executive members. The session on J&K focused particularly on the Common Minimum Programme of the alliance government and the particular context in which it took place, Jaitley said.

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