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PM Modi wants bureaucrats to give ideas for ‘transformative change’

The Secretaries will now interact among each other, in sub-groups over the next two weeks, after which they will present their ideas and suggestions to the Prime Minister, the statement said.
Ministers Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari were also present at the interaction.

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From Dadri to Yakub Memon’s death: 16 things India outraged about in 2015

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal levelled allegations of corruption against union minister Arun Jaitley, after his office was raided. He claimed that when Jaitley was the president of DDCA in 2011, he “misused” his position. What followed was blame game over various aspects of the investigations, demand for resignation and filing of defamation case against Kejriwal.

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Centre sanctions 4227 additional posts for Delhi Police

He said that the augmentation of manpower in Delhi Police will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the force. “It will in turn improve the quality of investigation, expedite filing of charge sheets in a professional manner and also accelerate the rate of disposal of the cases,” Singh said. “The newly sanctioned posts will comprise of SI/ASI — 1409, Head Constable — 1409 and Constable — 1409. The sanction of the additional posts will be operationalised in two phases — 50 per cent posts in 2016-17 and remaining 50 per cent posts in 2017-18,” a statement from the Home Ministry said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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Nepal’s KP Oli calls up PM Modi; discusses political situation in Nepal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday emphasised the importance of finding a durable solution based on consensus to Nepal’s political problems during a telephonic conversation with his Nepalese counterpart K P Oli.Oli called up Modi and briefed him on the political developments in his country, days after the Nepalese Cabinet decided to amend the Constitution to address keys demands of Madhesis, largely of Indian-origin, from the country’s Terai region over proportional representation and constituency delimitation.”Prime Minister emphasised the importance of finding a durable solution to the political problems facing Nepal based on consensus or ‘sahmati’,” an External Affairs Ministry release in New Delhi said, adding that Oli “briefed him on the political developments in Nepal”.According to the Nepalese premier’s press advisor Pramod Dahal, during the 20-minute conversation, Modi invited Oli to visit India. Oli accepted the invitation and said he will pay an official visit to India soon after the situation is normalised, Dahal said.Modi also extended his good wishes to the friendly people of Nepal for the New Year 2016. Oli would visit India before undertaking his trip to China, which was earlier supposed to be his maiden visit overseas, sources in the Nepal government said. The Nepalese Prime Minister extended thanks to Modi for welcoming Nepal government’s move to forward a Bill in the Parliament for amending the Constitution to address the demands raised by the agitating Madhesi Front.During the talk, the two leaders also discussed matters relating to improving relations between Nepal and India, Dahal said. Oli said he wanted to see Nepal-India relations move towards a positive direction while also drawing Modi’s attention towards the obstructions prevailing in the Nepal- India border check-points, according to Dahal.He requested Modi to make arrangements for smoothening the Raxaul-Birgunj check-point, the major trading point between the two countries. In response, Modi said he was always in favour of easing Indo-Nepal border trading points and asserted that India was not creating any obstructions in the movement in the border checkpoint, Oli’s Press Advisor added.Modi told Oli that all the border points except the Raxaul-Birgunj check-point are operating in a normal way and the obstructions were created in the Raxaul-Birgunj point due to continued protests by the agitating Madhesi parties, according to Dahal.Modi also recalled that he had instructed the External Affairs Minister to ensure that medicines reach Nepal through airlifting to avoid their scarcity due to agitations there. The two Prime Ministers also discussed issues relating to bilateral interest on the occasion. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Interlinking roads key to India’s growth: PM Modi

The Prime Minister reiterated that all the policies coined by his government were for the betterment of the nation’s poor.

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PM Modi lays foundation stone of Delhi-Meerut Expressway project

Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi reviewed the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport and Rih-Tedim road project in Myanmar and described the project as one of the cornerstones of India’s ‘Act East’ policy, and urged for its speedy completion.

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UP girl students barred from hockey, cricket, football

UP Basic Education Minister Dr Ahmed Hasan told reporters that he would conduct an inquiry into the matter and ensure that the girl students are not discriminated against in any manner.

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Sushma Swaraj promises to reunite Geeta with her parents

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has assured Geeta, the mute-deaf girl who returned to India in October this year after being stranded in Pakistan for over a decade, that the government is trying hard to locate the whereabouts of her parents.Geeta, who returned to India on October 26 after inadvertently crossing into Pakistan over a decade ago, is staying here at a facility of a hearing and speech impaired institute run by a local NGO.
on Tuesday, Swaraj met the girl.”Sushma called Geeta to a hotel here last night. As soon as the girl reached Sushma’s place, the overwhelmed Minister hugged her. In a 30-minute meeting, the Minister assured the girl that the government is employing all possible means to trace her parents to re-unite her with them,” the institute’s sign language department head Monika Punjabi Verma said on Wednesday. Geeta showed Swaraj a cloth which she had knitted after which the minister admired her talent, the sign language expert added. On December 18, the Minister had tweeted Geeta’s photographs snapped during days when she got separated from her parents, mentioning some of her birth marks, in an apparent attempt to reach her parents.On Tuesday, a 40-year-old woman from Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh claimed herself to be mother of Geeta. The woman, Aneesa Bi gave an application seeking permission to meet Geeta by describing her as her daughter, Najjo. According to her, she had disappeared from Gotegaon in Narsinghpur district about 13 years back. The woman also submitted a passport size photograph of her lost girl, District in-charge collector, Ashish Singh told PTI.He said Aneesa’s application was forwarded to Social Justice Department. The officer recalled receipt of four similar applications in the past staking claim for Geeta and sought permission to meet her. “These (applications) too were forwarded to Centre,” he said.Earlier, in November, a (Mahato) family from Bihar had come forward claiming that Geeta was their daughter after she felt that they were her parents. However, DNA tests conducted on her proved otherwise.Mahato claimed Geeta was his first child and her name was Heera who was lost in a fair in 2004. Geeta had failed to recognise the Mahato family after arriving here though after seeing their photographs had earlier identified them.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

PM Modi holds PRAGATI video conference with chief secretaries

Meanwhile, Modi also reviewed the progress with respect to Aadhaar enrollment and its seeding with bank accounts. Linking Aadhaar with bank account will allow authentication of the beneficiary to receive Direct Benefit Transfer under various government-run schemes like MGNREGA, scholarships. Prime Minister in this regard also asked states to complete the process expeditiously.

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Sonia Gandhi to attend RIT’s silver jubilee function today

The silver jubilee function at RIT campus will be chaired by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Ministers Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, V.K. Ibrahim Kunju, Jose K. Mani MP, KM Mani and K. Suresh Kurup, both MLAs, K. Vijayakumar, director of Department of Technical Education, Ruby Abraham, Bino I. Koshy and T. Sasikumar will speak on the occasion.

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No clean chit to Arun Jaitley: Manish Sisodia

Hitting at finance minister Arun Jaitley, Delhi government on Monday said there is no question of giving a “clean chit” to him when an investigation into its alleged financial irregularities is yet to start.”No clean chit has been given to anyone in Delhi cricket body investigation. The enquiry is yet to begin,” Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.The BJP said the AAP government should apologise to Jaitley for charging him with corruption in DDCA even though its own report found nothing culpable against him.Sisodia raised a number of questions on financial irregularities in DDCA’s functioning and in giving tenders for work already done.”Election commission of DDCA, Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), and fact finding committee have found scams involving crores of rupees. How fake companies were created and given tenders and how payments were given for work which had already been done,” he asked.”The election commission reports also say that private cricket academies are being run under the umbrella of DDCA. There is no scope for students of school and colleges to participate in league matches of DDCA,” he said.Sisodia said an inquiry commission headed by former solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam that the city government set up has yet to start its probe, and that Jaitley would have a lot to answer for.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also said he would not apologise for targeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the DDCA issue as his government’s panel did not give anybody a clean chit.The Chief Minister tweeted, “BJP almost begging me for an apology, won’t oblige them. Let @arunjaitley be cross-examined in defamation cases<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

NDA defeat in Lohardaga bypoll reflects Raghubar Das govt’s performance: JMM

Earlier during his press conference in the day, Chief Minister Raghubar Das said it was not an issue when a reporter asked him to comment on the vacant ministerial berth.

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DDCA row: Reluctance to offer apology shows politics of reckless charges, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said he would not apologise for targeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the DDCA issue as his government’s panel did not give anybody a clean chit.

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Jammu and Kashmir to be biggest benefactor of Indio-Pak talks: Jitendra Singh?

“He (Defence Minister had said that the government was in control of the activities by all these agencies and there is nothing to worry and we are affectively working on it,” he said. Besides highlighting the achievements of the Modi government, the Union Minister also highlighted the work he has done in his constituency under various central schemes.

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Ram Madhav’s ‘Akhand Bharat’ remark personal, govt’s position needs no clarification: BJP

Though the interview was recorded earlier, its broadcast coincided with the surprise visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Lahore to meet his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

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Indian Muslims don’t let their children get radicalised by ISIS: Rajnath Singh

“As Home Minister, I want to tell you that Indian Muslims are the ones who don’t let their children get influenced or radicalised by ISIS,” he added.

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From National Herald to Bihar elections, a year in contrast for Congress in 2015

Rajasthan, where like Gujarat Congress had drawn a blank in the Lok Sabha polls, saw sizeable vote for the party in the local body polls. As the year came to a close, the party won Lohardaga Assembly seat in BJP-ruled Jharkhand.

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Delhi government inquiry report on DDCA has no mention of FM Arun Jaitley

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Ram Madhav, had earlier said that the Sangh believes that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will one day reunite again not by war but through ?popular goodwill?, the comment came when Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise stopover in Lahore for a meeting with Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

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If all goes well, PM will go to SAARC summit next year: BJP

It was at a lunch hosted by a union minister on a sunny Christmas Day that BJP spokespersons got messages at 1.39 pm that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was going to meet his Pakistani Counterpart Nawaz Sharif on his way from Kabul to Delhi.”This came as a pleasant surprise. We felt the Prime Minister had shown that he could take such out of the box decisions,” said a party leader. The conversation, which had till then revolved around former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee whose place the BJP leaders had visited earlier in the day on his birthday, turned to Modi.”Looking forward to meeting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif where I will drop by on my way back to Delhi,” the message conveyed to the party spokespersons from Modi said.Just minutes before that external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj got a call from Modi to tell her that during their telephone conversation, Sharif suggested that he drop in for tea and he had agreed. This was conveyed to BJP spokespersons when Swaraj called them to the ministry at 4 pm. She told spokespersons about the development and said that it was a welcome surprise for all. Swaraj said it was a spontaneous reaction and appreciated it saying there was no need for formality in relations with neighbours, spokespersons said.The Prime Minister’s Lahore visit not only created a sense of euphoria in the party but changed the mood as he stole the headlines, pushing BJP MP Kirti Azad’s suspension over the DDCA row to the backdrop.Party veteran LK Advani, who along with three other senior leaders had met a day after Azad’s suspension, and was critical of the leadership after the Bihar debacle, came out in support of Modi’s initiative. “The efforts initiated by Vajpayee ji, should be taken forward by present leaders like Modi ji and others, regarding the relationship of India and Pakistan…. The friendship between both the nations must get stronger so that both can get rid of the terror outfits which have been created in last few days,” Advani said.The BJP, which has taken a tough ideological position vis–a-vis Pakistan, has been unflinching in its support for Modi’s surprise gesture. A party leader said the Prime Minister was convinced that India cannot be a world power unless it showed flexibility in its approach towards neighbours. SAARC was the “larger circle” through which he could resolve bilateral ties, the leader said.Speaking of the ideological position of the BJP, the leader said even the RSS, the party’s ideological mentor, has accepted the alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir.On Saturday, BJP fielded party spokesperson MJ Akbar to brief the media on Modi’s Lahore stopover. “This gives us all hopes that there will be one happy consequence. And, if all goes well, the Prime Minister will undertake the visit to SAARC Summit next year,” said Akbar.Describing as extraordinary the way the peace process has been revived, he said it gave “another opportunity to write a new chapter in a difficult history. But it cannot be written by one. It requires two authors reading from the same page.”Akbar said the PM had created a “transformative moment in the subcontinent” with
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In a surprise move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited Lahore yesterday to greet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on his birthday in person. They held talks and decided to open ways for peace for the “larger good” of the people of the two countries.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday made a stopover in Lahore to wish his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the occasion of the latter’s birthday. During his two-hour stopover, Modi visited Nawaz Sharif’s Jati Umra residence in Lahore. “Looking forward to meeting PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore today afternoon, where I will drop by on my way back to Delhi. Spoke to PM Nawaz Sharif and wished him on his birthday,” Prime Minister Modi said in a series of tweets moments after inaugurating the new building of Afghanistan Parliament in Kabul.

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During his two-hour stopover, Modi visited Nawaz Sharif’s Jati Umra residence in Lahore. “Looking forward to meeting PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore today afternoon, where I will drop by on my way back to Delhi. Spoke to PM Nawaz Sharif and wished him on his birthday,” Prime Minister Modi said in a series of tweets moments after inaugurating the new building of Afghanistan Parliament in Kabul.

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However, opposition parties such as Congress, BJP and CPI(M) hit out at him for allegedly misusing government machinery. President Pranab Mukherjee is expected to attend the ‘yagam’ tomorrow, according to a release from Rao’s office. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu would also attend the event tomorrow.

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Now for the real talks: India, Pakistan Foreign Secretaries to meet on January 15

Today, in a surprise move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Lahore and greeted his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on his birthday. They held talks and decided to open ways for peace for the “larger good” of the people of the two countries.

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Prime Minister Modi today visited Lahore on his way back home in a surprise visit – the first trip to Pakistan by an Indian premier in more than 10 years.

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Prime Minister Modi landed at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport today on a surprise visit, where he was received by his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. This is the first time an Indian Prime Minister has visited Pakistan in more than a decade.

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Prime Minister Modi landed at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport today on a surprise visit, where he was received by his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. This is the first time an Indian Prime Minister has visited Pakistan in more than a decade.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi lands in Pakistan on a surprise visit to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

Updates: PM Modi leaves for Lahore for unexpected Pakistan visit, after speech at Afghan Parliament

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The relations between India and Pakistan witnessed some positive developments after chill for several months.

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PM Narendra Modi has left for Lahore airport from Kabul, on an unexpected and impromptu visit to Pakistan. He will meet Nawaz Sharif there.Earlier, In a surprise development, it had been announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a stop over in Lahore, to meet his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif there on Friday afternoon.Modi was in Kabul on Friday, inaugurating the Afghan Parliament building and delivering a speech. Modi announced scholarships for 500 children of nartyred Afghan security forces.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related Read: LIVE Updates: PM Modi addresses Afghan Parliament, announces 500 scholarships for childrenModi on Friday greeted his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif on his birthday and wished him good health.”I wish the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr Nawaz Sharif on his birthday and pray that he remains in wonderful health,” Modi, tweeted.The relations between India and Pakistan witnessed some positive developments after chill for several months. The two countries recently decided to launch a comprehensive dialogue after Modi and Sharif met in Paris.

PM Modi gives 500 scholarships for children of slain Afghan forces

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The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues, including the ongoing cooperation between the two countries and the Indian aid programme.

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India will give 500 scholarships for children of martyrs of Afghan security forces, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced today as he met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other leaders and discussed a wide range of issues, including bilateral cooperation and security matters.Modi, who flew in here from Moscow in the wee hours, was received by Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar and Deputy Foreign minister Hekmat Karzai.”From Russia to Afghanistan. A pre-dawn arrival in Kabul begins a day of engagements with another ‘dost’ (friend),” tweeted External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup. Modi was then accorded a ceremonial welcome after which he met Ghani who received him warmly at the Presidential palace.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related Read: LIVE Updates: PM Modi addresses Afghan Parliament, announces 500 scholarships for children; promises everlasting friendship”A meeting between friends…President @ashrafghani warmly welcomes PM @narendramodi as they begin their meeting,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted. “The embrace of a friend, the strength of a true partner.Prez @ashrafghani welcomes PM @narendramodi in Kabul,” Swarup tweeted.The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues, including the ongoing cooperation between the two countries and the Indian aid programme. The two leaders also took stock of the security situation in Afghanistan where the signs of resurgence of Taliban are being witnessed.After the meeting, Modi inaugurated the new Afghan Parliament building which has been constructed by India and addressed the lawmakers of this country. “Today, I announce 500 scholarships for the children of the martyrs of Afghan security forces,” he said in his speech in Afghanistan’s Parliament.Modi said India’s scheme of 1,000 scholarships every year for Afghan students will continue. “We are pleased with the response to our special scholarship scheme in agriculture science,” he added.”Power and water will flow out of Salma Dam soon. The Stor Palace will again stand as a symbol of your priceless heritage,” he said. The Prime Minister also expressed gratitude to the Indian diplomats, officers, engineers and doctors, “who serve here with pride, to the families of our Indian martyrs”.Modi also met other Afghan leaders, including Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah and former president Hamid Karzai.

Security in Lahore on high alert ahead of PM Modi’s surpise visit

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Earlier, Foreign Office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah said, “Yes, we have been informed by the Indian High Commission that PM Narendra Modi would stop over in Lahore to meet our PM today. Details are being worked out.”

Pakistani authorities on Friday put security on high alert in Lahore especially around the airport area following the announcement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s day-long visit to the city.A PM House spokesman confirmed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will receive his Indian counterpart at the Lahore airport who is expected to reach here around 2.45 PM (local time) from Afghanistan.”PM Modi’s plane is scheduled to arrive at the Lahore airport shortly,” the spokesman said, adding that the Indian premier would stay in Lahore for about two hours. Meanwhile, heavy contingent of police and Pakistan Rangers have reached the Allama Iqbal International Airport and taken charge of the security.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related Read: PM Modi to make sudden visit to Pakistan today after speech at Afghan Parliament”Security in Lahore has been put on high alert,” a senior police official told PTI. He said police have also been deployed on the adjoining areas of the airport. A PML-N source told PTI that Sharif had invited Modi to attend the marriage of his granddaughter Mehrun Nisa which is taking place today at the Sharif’s Raiwind palatial residence of Raiwind.”I cannot confirm but there are chances that Modi goes to Raiwind and holds meeting with PM Sharif at his residence,” he said. Earlier, Foreign Office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah said, “Yes, we have been informed by the Indian High Commission that PM Narendra Modi would stop over in Lahore to meet our PM today. Details are being worked out.”Also Read: LIVE Updates: PM Modi addresses Afghan Parliament, announces 500 scholarships for children; promises everlasting friendship

UP minister Ompal Nehra sacked for asking Muslims to help build Ram temple in Ayodhya

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Uttar Pradesh minister Ompal Nehra has been sacked, after commenting that Muslims must give up their claims on mosques in Ayodhya, Mathura and Kashi and help build temples in those places.The minister made the comment on Thursday at a function in Bijnore, reports NDTV. This morning, he was sacked by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.Mr Nehra had said, “Where can a Ram temple be built if not at Ayodhya? Muslims should help in building a Ram temple in Ayodhya and a Krishna temple in Mathura and give up their claim on mosques there. In fact I would say that Muslims should join Kar Seva (volunteer) for the Ram temple.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has been gathering truckloads of stones for a temple at the site in Ayodhya, where the Babri Masjid once stood, and was destroyed by Hindu fanatics in 1992.

PM Modi wishes Atal Behari Vajpayee on birthday, to visit ailing ex-PM today

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Modi tweeted a poem written by Vajpayee in 1946 which was published in a daily owned by Madan Mohan Malviya.

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PM Narendra Modi, who is currently on a visit to Afghanistan, wished former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birthday and said he would visit the ailing Vajpayee in the evening after returning from Kabul.
“Be it as a party leader, Parliamentarian, Minister, Prime Minister, Atal ji distinguished himself in every role. This is his speciality,” Modi said on Twitter.Modi tweeted a poem written by Vajpayee in 1946 which was published in a daily owned by Madan Mohan Malviya.Modi also wished Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on his birthday.”I wish the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr Nawaz Sharif on his birthday and pray that he remains in wonderful health.”Related Read: PM Modi arrives in Kabul, to inaugurate Afghanistan’s Parliament building built by India

Russia and India hail partnership

Russian and Indian leaders Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi stress the partnership between their two countries as they sign a series of deals.

India, Russia to unite against terrorism: PM Modi

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Prime Minister Modi also highlighted the agreement between the two nations on the manufacture of Kamov 226 helicopter in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed condolences for the loss of lives in the terrorist attack on Russian aircraft and said that the two nations believed that the world must unite against terrorism, without distinction and discrimination between terrorist groups and target countries. “Mr. President, I have great respect and appreciation for our strategic partnership. It has been a source of strength and success for India. As I look to the future, I see Russia as a significant partner in India’s economic transformation and in shaping a balanced, multi-polar world,” Prime Minister Modi said while delivering a join-statement with Russian President Vladimir Putin. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Modi also highlighted the agreement between the two nations on the manufacture of Kamov 226 helicopter in India and said that it was the first project for a major defence platform under the Make in India mission. “The pace of our cooperation in nuclear energy is increasing. We are making progress on 12 Russian nuclear reactors at two sites,” Prime Minister Modi said. While addressing the joint-statement, Russian President Putin also noted that India has allotted one more ground for a nuclear power plant of Russian design. “Russia assists in building several power generating units at the Kudankulam nuclear plant,” he said, recalling that the first unit that was commissioned here in June 2014. “Russian specialists plan to get down to building power units No. 3 and No. 4 there shortly and talks on building units No. 5 and No. 6 are underway,” he added.

Modi in Russia: PM Modi invites security partner Moscow to become partner in prosperity

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“The good news is that our trade and business relations are becoming vibrant. A number of Russian and Indian companies are working together,” he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on a two-day visit to Russia for the 16th Annual Summit, on Thursday invited Moscow to become India’s partner in prosperity just as it has stayed a partner in security. Prime Minister Modi, who was addressing the CEO forum, said that Russia would always remain a vital partner of India, not only in energy and mineral resources, but in cutting edge technologies too. “I am here to invite our partner in security to become partner in prosperity also. Russia has and will always be a vital and long-term partner, not only in energy and mineral resources, but in cutting edge technologies too,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The good news is that our trade and business relations are becoming vibrant. A number of Russian and Indian companies are working together,” he added. Prime Minister Modi also said that from the cooperation between the two nations was moving ahead from hydrocarbons ‘to the hardest form of carbon- diamonds’. The Prime Minister also said that Russia had a huge scope of being a part of the Make in India campaign. Russian President Vladimir Putin also said that high tech, innovation, energy, aircraft building, pharma and diamonds were promising areas for India-Russia cooperation. The two leaders also agreed to institutionalise the CEO’s Forum with two meetings annually: one in India and one in Russia. After the talks, the two sides are expected to sign a number of pacts to expand cooperation in key areas including defence, nuclear energy, hydrocarbons and trade. Earlier, the Prime Minister paid his tribute to the famed valour of Russia’s soldiers by laying wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. During the day, Prime Minister Modi visited EMERCOM -the National Crisis Management Centre, NCMC, in Moscow. He was given an overview of the actual functioning and real-time monitoring operations of the Centre. He was also informed in detail about the coordination among various disaster-relief agencies, which is done by this Centre. The space monitoring and 3D modelling capabilities were also explained. The Prime Minister took keen interest in the disaster prevention and response activities being coordinated by the Centre, as well as its global outreach. He described the work being done by the Centre as a great service to humanity.

DDCA scam: Kirti Azad seeks PM Narendra Modi’s intervention

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A day after his suspension, defiant Azad maintained that his fight was only against ‘corruption’ in the DDCA and not against any individual.

Member of Parliament Kirti Azad, who was expelled from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over his tirade against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in connection with irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), on Thursday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervene into the matter. He said he would seek a court-monitored probe into the alleged DDCA irregularities. Speaking to reporters here, Azad said he would file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in his personal capacity on the DDCA issue, and warned that people ‘will be in trouble’. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after his suspension, defiant Azad maintained that his fight was only against ‘corruption’ in the DDCA and not against any individual. He asked for ‘specific reasons’ for the disciplinary action against him by the party. Azad earlier said he would respond to the suspension notice today with the help of party leader Subramanian Swamy. “Have received notice, will respond to it. Subramanian Swamy has told me that he will help me in drafting reply to the notice,” Azad told the media here.Meanwhile, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has confirmed that he would assist Azad in replying to the notice. “I confirm this that I will assist Kirti Azad on the draft notice from the party. I know him since when he was a boy. I was a good friend of his father. Further, I will say he is still member of BJP. I have every right to assist him. I don’t think party should lose such a honest person like him,? swamy told ANI. The BJP had yesterday suspended its Darbhanga MP Kirti Azad.

Modi in Russia: Congress slams PM Modi over national anthem faux pas

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The party also attacked the Prime Minister on the issue from the official AICC podium.

In a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for walking past the guard of honour while Indian national Anthem was being played in Moscow, the Congress on Thursday said he has “forgotten” what it sounds like due to his frequent foreign visits and the nation was “deeply hurt” over the “unprecedented” incident. “Modi signs on National Flag and violates Flag Code. Now walks away when Indian National Anthem is being played in Russia. Unprecedented! “Nationalism BJP/Modi “Ishtyle”. Any comments from Modi Acolytes?,” AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh tweeted.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said on Twitter,”Spending so much time abroad seems to have made PM forget what the Indian National Anthem sounds like. He walked in Moscow as Anthem played!” Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said it was “sad that Russians had to remind Modi that he has to respect his anthem. Bhakts got much to say?”Also read: PM Narendra Modi walks during national anthem upon his arrival in MoscowThe party also attacked the Prime Minister on the issue from the official AICC podium. “Finally, the nation is shocked and deeply hurt at what we see on television the PM walking away while the national anthem was being played in Moscow. “These are matters of grave national sensitivities and we believe particularly that when the Prime Minister abroad represents the whole nation, these sensitivities must always be respected,” party spokesperson and former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar said at the Congress briefing.In an unusual incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had yesterday begun to walk past the guard of honour presented on his arrival in Moscow for a summit meeting with President Vladimir Putin even while the national anthem was still being played and had to be pulled back by a Russian official. After the Prime Minister stepped onto the tarmac, a Russian official made a gesture with his hand which appeared Modi misinterpreted and started walking. However, another official stopped Modi from walking following which he stepped back and stood in attention.

Modi in Russia: PM Modi, Vladimir Putin begin annual summit talks

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After the talks, the two sides are expected to sign a number of pacts to expand cooperation in key areas, including defence, nuclear energy, hydrocarbons and trade.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin began the 16th India-Russia Annual Summit talks here on Thursday evening. “From inside the Kremlin! PM @narendramodi & President Putin begin the 16th Annual Summit with a restricted meeting,? tweeted Vikas Swarup, Official Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs. After the talks, the two sides are expected to sign a number of pacts to expand cooperation in key areas, including defence, nuclear energy, hydrocarbons and trade. The talks between the two countries, bound by special and privileged strategic ties, have been taking place alternately in Moscow and New Delhi since 2000. Besides bilateral issues, the two leaders are likely to deliberate on a number of global issues having political dimensions including the situation in Syria and ways to tackle terrorism. The talks between the two countries, bound by special and privileged strategic ties, have been taking place alternately in Moscow and New Delhi since 2000. It will be prime Minister Modi’s second summit with Mr Putin who had traveled to New Delhi last year for the 15th India-Russia Summit.

DDCA scam: BJP senior leaders to meet Kirti Azad, raise issue at party forum

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BJP veterans L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha, who had virtually revolted after Bihar poll debacle, today met here to discuss the suspension of MP Kirti Azad and issues related to party leadership.

Senior leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha who are a part of BJP’s margdarshak mandal will meet Kirti Azad after the lawmaker was suspended for targeting Arun Jaitley over the DDCA scam.BJP veterans L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha, who had virtually revolted after Bihar poll debacle, today met here to discuss the suspension of MP Kirti Azad and issues related to party leadership. Unlike their last meeting on November 10 when they had issued a scathing statement against the party leadership, there was no immediate public comment this time round with sources close to them saying that they will raise their issues at an “opportune” time and forum.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asked if the issue of suspension of Azad from BJP after he attacked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over alleged corruption in Delhi cricket body came up for discussion, a veteran said, “It should be obvious, considering the background of the meeting.” He, however, declined to divulge any details. Advani, Kumar and Sinha drove down to Joshi’s residence at around noon and were in a huddle for close to an hour. “We met. We had tea,” Kumar said as he left after the meeting, declining to elaborate.Azad had sought intervention of the ‘margdarshak mandal’, comprising Advani, Joshi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, which was formed by BJP president Amit Shah after he took over the party reins. It has never met since its formation and was criticised as a move to sideline Advani and Joshi.Sources close to the veterans said they were also not happy with the party’s response to their concerns. An impression was given by the leadership that they were reaching out to them but in reality nothing concrete has happened, they said. The four leaders had launched a sharp attack on the leadership on Diwali eve, saying BJP had been “emasculated” in one year and demanded accountability for its massive loss in the Bihar elections.Senior party leaders, including Jaitley and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, had met Advani later. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav had subsequently said the matter was a “closed chapter”, suggesting that the party had reached out to them to address their issues.Cracking the whip yesterday, BJP suspended Azad, who has been leading a campaign against Jaitley on alleged corruption in DDCA, charging him with anti-party activities and accusing him of “colluding” with Congress and AAP to bring it into “disrepute”. The action of the BJP Parliamentary Board to suspend him from the party’s primary membership with immediate effect came three days after his press conference attacking Jaitley and subsequent acts of defiance both inside and outside Parliament. With agency inputs

Kiren Rijiju asks IPS officers to be flag bearers of social change

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Encouraging the budding police officers, he said diligence, honesty and efficiency will have a big role to play in the personal and professional lives while holding important positions in the districts of their respective states

Kiren Rijiju

Indian Police Service officers should become the flag bearers of social change and champions of good governance, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said on Thursday. Addressing the valedictory function of the 90th special foundation course for IPS officers at Haryana Institute of Public Administration in Gurgaon, Rijiju said as agents of change the young officers must sow creative seeds for furthering the progress of this great nation, which is known for unity in diversity. Encouraging the budding police officers, he said diligence, honesty and efficiency will have a big role to play in the personal and professional lives while holding important positions in the districts of their respective states.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 15-week residential training course from September 13, 2015 to December 24, 2015 was conducted for 77 IPS officers belonging to various state cadres of the 2010, 2012 and 2013 batches who did not attend the regular foundation course with their batchmates. Out of these 15 weeks, 13 weeks have been devoted for the academic inputs to teach important subjects like law, economics, history, constitutional and politics, and also public administration besides the needed inputs in languages and ICT.One week village visit was also organised to study socio-economic scenario of the villages. During training they were involved in number of extracurricular activities like games, cultural functions and social services to ensure all round development of their personality.As an important part of training they were sent for trekking in Hamta Pass, Himachal Pradesh for a week. Rijiju said the objective and purpose of this course is to groom these officers in such a way that they acquire requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and the administrative acumen required for efficient discharge of their duties.

Full text of Arun Jaitley’s Facebook post hitting out at Arvind Kejriwal and AAP

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Here’s the full text of Arun Jaitley’s Facebook post.

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On Thursday, Union Finance Minister launched an attack on Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal for his recent outbursts and called out Arvind Kejriwal for his unparliamentary language. Jaitley has also accused AAP govt and its supporters of lowering level of public discourse in the country. Jaitley’s attack comes at a time, when AAP has alleged him of being involved in DDCA scam and has even constituted an enquiry committee to probe the matter. BJP MP Kirti Azad has been suspended from the party for his harsh comments about Arun Jaitley.Here’s the full text of Arun Jaitley’s Facebook post: <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>STRAY THOUGHTS AFTER THE WINTER SESSIONThe Winter Session of Parliament has just concluded yesterday. The Winter Session gives rise to a few legitimate thoughts which I must share.On Parliamentary Democracy:Parliamentary Democracy has been India’s foremost strength. Different shades of political opinions, regions, States, communities, tribes, all find their way in the decision making process in Parliament. Parliamentary protests are not unheard of in India. In extreme cases there are precedents of disturbance in the past. But the last two sessions have witnessed a clear stand of the Congress Party that Parliament shall not be allowed to function. Most of the congress leaders, in private, have expressed helplessness over the decision of their leadership that Parliament must be disturbed continuously. The moot question which arises for the Congress Party is, ‘how does India legislate?’ The Standing Committee mechanism which worked exceedingly well since 1993, has been weakened in the Rajya Sabha, by the House repeatedly appointing Select Committees, questioning the opinions of the Standing Committee. If this tendency continues, a successful institution of Standing Committee could be hurt. The Government, therefore, has adopted an alternative option of a Joint Committee to consider the Bankruptcy Law. There are other options being suggested, such as to pass legislation without a Standing Committee or drafting laws in a manner to fit them into the definition of Money Bills. The latter two are not preferred options. The Congress Party leadership must seriously explore that its disproportionate and irrational approach in dealing with Parliament is hurting institutions. If Pandit Nehru can be credited in the initial years of our democracy of having laid down of healthy precedents being established, the current generation in control of the Congress Party will find a place in history of having weakened what their ancestors established. Has the country not lost out by delaying the GST since the last year’s Budget Session? How far is it desirable to pass important legislations on the last day without discussion? Statistically, we have passed a law. But has Parliament applied its mind to the law?Vulgarity:Is vulgarity the new norm of Indian politics? I hope not.Some months ago a few Members of the Bharatiya Janata Party made statements which were not appreciated even by the Party. The Party President cautioned them and advised them to refrain from making such statements. The result of the caution are visible.What about the statements made by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi about the Prime Minister and others, both inside and outside Delhi Assembly? If any functionary of the Government of India were to use such language, it would witness a nationwide outrage. People in positions are expected to act with restraint. They cannot be outlandish.Vulgarity is not a right available to them. The political discourse cannot be couched in vulgar language. Falsehood delivered with vulgar overtones is not a substitute of truth. Lumpenisation of public discourse can never be high point of politics. Functionaries of the Delhi Government and its supporters have lowered the level of political discourse. They rely heavily on general falsehood without ever stating the specifics. The Aam Aadmi Party’s success in Delhi seems to have misled the Congress Party that vulgarity brings votes. Indian public opinion has a sense of fairness. It is time that public opinion expresses its outrage against the lowering of the level of public discourse.

Odd-even formula: Delhi ministers to carpool to work starting January 1

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Announcing the blueprint of road-rationing experiment, Kejriwal said that carpooling was the only solution to cope with the odd-and-even number scheme. “I will share the cars and I will do carpooling. It is the most practical thing,” the Chief Minister said.

Sending out a message to people, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet minister will carpool to work during the 15 days of odd-even scheme starting January 1.Announcing the blueprint of road-rationing experiment, Kejriwal said that carpooling was the only solution to cope with the odd-and-even number scheme. “I will share the cars and I will do carpooling. It is the most practical thing,” the Chief Minister said.Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said that all the Delhi government ministers and officers will follow the scheme from January 1 to January 15. “During 15 days of odd-even scheme, I will carpool with my cabinet colleagues to reach Delhi Secretariat,” Rai said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain, who is also nodal officer for fighting pollution in the national capital, said that he will carpool to his work to encourage people to share their cars. In next two-three days, Delhi government will launch a carpooling app so that people can use share their cars during the scheme.

Got success in reducing influence of ISIS among youth: Manohar Parrikar

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On a query related to alleged involvement of army personnel in a suspected espionage case involving Pakistan’s spy agency ISI, he said “we had to tighten the security (intelligence) which we have already done”.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said the Centre has achieved success in reducing the influence of terror outfit Islamic State (IS) among Indian youth.”We are trying to reduce the numbers (of youths getting attracted towards the ideology of the IS) and we have achieved success in it,” Parrikar said when asked about influence of the IS on the Indian youth. He was talking to reporters after inaugurating the first cable-stayed bridge on Ravi river at Basholi in Kathua district situated on Dunera-Basholi-Bhadharwah road. On a query related to alleged involvement of army personnel in a suspected espionage case involving Pakistan’s spy agency ISI, he said “we had to tighten the security (intelligence) which we have already done”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the light of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two day visit to Russia and the impending defence deal, Parrikar said that India’s relationship with Russia is not new.”We have never been away from Russia. Our relationship with Russia on the old contracts (Defence) were already there. Though new contracts were less but now they are taken care of,” the Defence Minister said.While speaking at the function, he also said that this year the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has completely come under the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and its efficiency has increased. “Earlier it was under Ministry of Surface Transport but from this year, it has come completely under MoD. Now we don’t need to go to other ministries to seek funds,” he said. “This is the first BRO project that was finished before time,” Parrikar added.The Defence Minister said new and modern technology was being adopted in the construction of roads and tunnels in Jammu and Kashmir with 20-25 tunnels in the pipeline and a survey to be conducted on the Bhaderwah tunnel as well. Parrikar said the need of the hour was to provide 12 months connectivity to the areas affected by snowfall in winters.Apart from meeting demands of the people, these new routes would be of strategic importance too, he said. “These new routes can also help in the fast induction of the Army besides helping developing these areas,” he said.

Arvind Kejriwal, Najeeb Jung, others pay tribute to constable killed in Karkardooma court firing

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The mortal remains of the deceased were kept in caskets draped in the national flag as the dignitaries paid tributes by laying wreaths over them.

Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Rajyavardhan Rathore and Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi on Thursday paid last tribute to Delhi Police Head constable Ram Kumar who was killed on Wednesday in Karkardooma court firing.The mortal remains of the deceased were kept in caskets draped in the national flag as the dignitaries paid tributes by laying wreaths over them, one by one.Kumar was killed when four armed assailants opened fire inside a courtroom at Karkardooma Court Complex in east Delhi on Wednesday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The incident occurred around 11:15 am when a criminal, having more than 100 cases against him, was being produced at courtroom number 73. Those present in the courtroom, including the judge, had to run for cover as the assailants fired indiscriminately.A case of murder and attempt to murder has been registered at Farsh Bazar police station. Several teams have been formed to investigate and catch the culprits behind the daring attack.

Ambulance carrying heart patient made to wait for Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s convoy

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According to reports, Meherjan Begum, the heart patient, lay gasping for breath for 20 minutes.

Mamata Banerjee

An ambulance carrying a heart victim was held by the policemen waiting for the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s convoy on an expressway to Kolkata on Wednesday morning, and was not allowed to go even when the patient’s kin pleaded with folded hands.The West Bengal Chief Minister was scheduled to return from Digha in East Midnapore and police was not sure if she would fly back or come by road. But she eventually took a helicopter.According to reports, Meherjan Begum, the heart patient, lay gasping for breath for 20 minutes while her relative prayed she would cling on to life until they reached SSKM Hospital in Kolkata, a 20-minute drive away.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The senior officers, after learning about her plight, let the ambulance to go.

From January 1, you can file online FIR at Maharashtra police stations: CM Devendra Fadnavis

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The government has planned to make every smart city should be safe. All cities will be covered with CCTV surveillance in phase manner.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis

From January 1, all police stations in the state will register first information report (FIR) online and complainant will receive a SMS and a copy of complaint on the Whatsapp, announced Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on the last day of the winter session.The government has planned to make every smart city should be safe. All cities will be covered with CCTV surveillance in phase manner. “Every police station will be online, paperless and every police station should register FIR electronically, as per the guidelines of the central government. Not a single state has done it. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP government has initiated the process and completed the project. Every police station has the provision of registering online FIR, though they first registered manually and later put online because of lack of experience. The complainant will receive a SMS and a copy of FIR through Whatsapp, from January 1, There will be surprise check and the government will take a note of police station who will not go for online,” said Fadnavis.The CM also announced that all police stations be part of citizen’s portal and all permissions will be issued through portal including Ganesh pandal permissions.

3 Indians beaten by Saudi employer, Sushma Swaraj promises action

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In the Whatsapp video, a Saudi employer can be seen beating the men with a wooden plank.
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Amid reports that three men from Kerala were beaten by their Saudi employer after they were coned by a placement agency and sent to Saudi Arabia, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said they have been given police protection and the matter will be followed up.According to reports, three men got conned by a placement agency which gave false job promises and sent them to Saudi Arabia, where they were allegedly attacked by their employer.In the Whatsapp video, a Saudi employer can be seen beating the men with a wooden plank.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In response to the reports, Swaraj tweeted, “We have approached the police and got them police protection. We will follow this up.”

BJP assures prosthetic limb to woman who lost hand in Saudi Arabia

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After a month’s medical treatment in Saudi Arabia, she returned here on November 7

Kasturi Munirathinam, who lost her right hand after it was allegedly chopped off by her Saudi Arabian employer, was on Wednesday assured of support by Tamil Nadu BJP which also promised to take steps to provide her with an artificial limb.The 55-year-old woman, a native of Mungileri village in Vellore district, called on Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan at the party headquarters ‘Kamalalayam’ here. Munirathinam thanked her for her efforts to press the Centre to bring her back to Tamil Nadu and also urged the BJP leader to take steps for getting her pending salary from her employer.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the intervening night of September 29-30, the woman’s right hand was allegedly severed by her employer and the news broke on October 8. She had also sustained a fall from the building where she was employed.The episode created an uproar and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took up the issue with Saudi Arabian government. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa also announced a financial aid of Rs 10 lakh to her.After a month’s medical treatment in Saudi Arabia, she returned here on November 7

Odd-even formula: Women, CNG cars, bikes likely to be exempted from the scheme

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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will announce the blue print of the odd-even scheme on Thursday which aims to prevent rising pollution in the city.

Violation of the odd-even rule will attract a penalty of Rs 2,000.
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Women drivers and CNG-certified vehicles are likely to be given exemption from Delhi government’s ambitious odd-even scheme coming into force from January 1 in the national capital. During the 15-day trial, motorcycles and emergency vehicles including ambulance, PCR, fire tenders, will also not come under the ambit of road-rationing experiment.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will announce the blue print of the odd-even scheme on Thursday which aims to prevent rising pollution in the city.”Women drivers will be exempted under the scheme but they will be penalised if any male member is travelling along. Women drivers travelling only with female members will also not be considered a violation,” sources said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>They said that according to the plan, owners of CNG-fitted cars will need to show prescribed stickers. Violation of the odd-even rule will attract a penalty of Rs 2,000.”Vehicles from other states entering Delhi will also come under the ambit of odd-even scheme. Government has also given an exemption to bikes from its ambitious plan,” they also said.Earlier this month, Kejriwal had announced that he, his ministers and all government officials will follow odd-even scheme. To curb rising pollution level in the national capital, the Delhi government has decided to introduce odd-even scheme to be implemented starting from January 1. A trial of the scheme will run till January 15.According to the government’s plan, it will run 6,000 additional buses to accommodate numbers of passengers after the implementation of odd-even scheme. Nearly 10 lakh private cars will daily stay off Delhi roads once the odd-even formula is enforced with drastic reduction in traffic flow expected to significantly reduce the high-level of pollution in the city.There are over 19 lakh private four-wheelers registered in Delhi and nearly half of these will go off the roads with the implementation of AAP government’s ambitious odd-even formula.

DDCA scam: AAP govt issues notification for Commission of Inquiry

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The government’s move, however, may trigger another round of confrontation between the AAP dispensation led by Arvind Kejriwal and the Centre as the former had not sought approval from Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung for forming such a probe panel

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The Delhi government has issued a notification for setting up of a Commission of Inquiry, headed by former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, to probe alleged corruption in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) between 1992 and 2015, and asked it to submit its report within three months.The government’s move, however, may trigger another round of confrontation between the AAP dispensation led by Arvind Kejriwal and the Centre as the former had not sought approval from Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung for forming such a probe panel. Yesterday, the Delhi Assembly had passed a resolution to constitute the Commission of Inquiry even as Kejriwal accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of getting the CBI raid conducted at his principal secretary’s office to protect Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the alleged DDCA scam.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to the notification, dated December 22, issued by the government’s Vigilance Department, the one-member Commission of Inquiry will identify any acts of omission and commission by DDCA and its office-bearers during the period between January 1, 1992 and November 30, 2015 and fix responsibility. The state cricket body had been headed by Jaitley for around 13 years from 1999 to 2013.”The terms of reference of the Commission shall be to conduct inquiry into working, management and administration (including alleged financial irregularities) of the DDCA and whether such practices have been conducive to the game of cricket,” it stated.A senior government official said that the Commission of Iquiry will also give recommendations to make DDCA an institution compatible with international standards and to make the state cricket body an effective and transparent body so that it could promote the glorious game of cricket and identify and nurture talent. Subramanium will be paid Re one for this assignment.Reacting to notification, sources in the LG’s office said that the Delhi government notified setting up of the Commission of Inquiry without the Lt Governor’s approval. “Government did not send any proposal to constitute such Commission to the LG office,” one of the sources said.Yesterday, Kejriwal had claimed that Delhi government has the authority to set up a Commission of Inquiry to probe alleged corruption in DDCA. He had also sought the Prime Minister’s resignation for conducting a “flop CBI raid” at CMO. On December 21, the Delhi Cabinet had approved setting up of the one-member Commission of Inquiry under Subramanium.

Black box of crashed BSF plane recovered

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According to reports, the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorders in the black boxes are being studied to know what transpired inside the cockpit and the passenger area before it crashed.

Investigators look at the remains of a small BSF plane that crashed outside the airport in New Delhi on Tuesday.

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Black box of the Border Security Force (BSF) plane (B 200 Super King) which crashed through the boundary wall of the Delhi airport, was recovered in New Delhi, sources said.According to reports, the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorders in the black boxes are being studied to know what transpired inside the cockpit and the passenger area before it crashed. All the ten passengers onboard were killed after a Ranchi-bound BSF Superking aircraft crashed at Bagdola village in Sector 8, Dwarka here on Tuesday morning.Home Minister Rajnath Singh today paid tribute to BSF plane crash victims at the Safdarjung Airport. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung also paid tribute to the victims.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed grief and distress on Wednesday at the loss of lives in the plane crash in the national capital. Earlier, President Pranab Mukherjee, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi had also condoled the loss of lives.The BSF had announced on Tuesday Rs. 20 lakhs to the BSF family members from BSF’s internal insurance fund in addition to what the government will announce.

Shashi Tharoor starts change.org petition to decriminalise homosexuality after setback in Parliament

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Tharoor took to Twitter to share the link to the petition where he requests everyone to sign the petition as the Parliament refused to discuss his proposed Bill.
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After Shashi Tharoor’s private member bill seeking to decriminalise homosexuality was voted out by Lok Sabha last week, the Congress MP has circulated a petition regarding the same.Tharoor took to Twitter to share the link to the petition where he requests everyone to sign the petition as the Parliament refused to discuss his proposed Bill.The petition has been directed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and makes several statements against Article 377 of IPC.”Your sexual preferences, sexuality, and partner should be your choice. Unfortunately Indian law doesn’t think so. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code gives the state the authority to investigate what’s happening in your bedroom,” is how the petition begins.It goes on to say that the Section 377 is a law that can be used to oppress and harass; it also states that Section 377 is an ‘outdated bill based on Victorian morals’. It asks the people to sign the petition to ‘show the Prime Minister that Indians want Section 377 to be amended.’On December 18, the introduction of the bill seeking to “substitute a new section for section 377 of the IPC” was objected to by BJP member Nishikant Dubey when Tharoor moved it for introduction. Tharoor, however, insisted on going ahead with the introduction of the Bill arguing that Dubey was quoting only “partially” from the Supreme Court judgement. Tharoor pressed for division of votes in which the motion was negated by 71 ‘Noes’ against 24 ‘yes’.The former Union Minister said he “will move the Bill again when the session is convened next to ensure individual privacy is possible”. The bulk of the votes opposing “even the introduction of the Bill” came from BJP, claimed Tharoor, although he also noted that there were “some members” of the ruling party who “seemed to have” voted to allow him to introduce it.

Kirti Azad suspended: Congress, AAP have no moral right to criticise us, says BJP

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Both the parties have slammed BJP for taking action against Azad.

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BJP on Wednesday took on Congress and AAP after both the parties took a swipe at it over its decision to suspend party MP Kirti Azad, saying they have no “moral right” to comment on its internal matter and cited the example of how they “mistreated” their senior leaders.The party said Azad was suspended after he continued to target Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who has maintained “impeccable standards” in public life and has “unblemished record”. “BJP is a democratic and disciplined organisation. One-man parties like Congress and AAP have no moral right to give us a lesson,” party secretary Shrikant Sharma said, noting that it was party’s Parliamentary Board which took the decision to suspend Azad.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nobody can forget the way Congress denied former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao’s body to be brought to its headquarters and the way it threw out its chief Sitaram Kesri, who came from a deprive community, he said.”In our party, Parliamentary Board takes such a decision while in Congress and AAP one person decides such things. These parties should introspect and not try to teach BJP a lesson,” Sharma said.Taking on AAP, he said its leader and Delhi Chief Minister used “abusive” language against senior leaders like Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav before axing them from the party. Revelling in the trouble in BJP, the Congress wondered if BJP can “suspend free speech, fair comment, exposure of irregularities and corruption”. “These are the questions the Prime Minister must answer,” party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “There is no democracy in BJP. Honest voices are muzzled to protect corruption.

Arvind Kejriwal scoffs at BJP for suspending Kirti Azad

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“There is no democracy in BJP. Honest voices are muzzled to protect corruption,” he said in another tweet.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday ridiculed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for suspending its MP, Kirti Azad for raising voices against corruption. “Kirti Azad’s fault was that he raised his voice against corruption. This has left the BJP utterly exposed. BJP is neck deep in corruption,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.”There is no democracy in BJP. Honest voices are muzzled to protect corruption,” he said in another tweet. The BJP today suspended MP Kirti Azad, who was in the line of fire for his tirade against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the alleged scams in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). “Kirti Azad, Darbhanga MP, is suspended from party with immediate effect for his anti-party activities,” Arun Singh, BJP, National Secretary, said in a statement.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Azad had defied the party chief and went ahead with a press conference on Sunday highlighting corruption allegations linked to the DDCA of which Jaitley was the president for 13 years till 2013.

Punjab Health Minister now calls for a nationwide prohibition on alcohol

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The BJP minister had made the remarks on alcohol on Monday during an interaction after inaugurating a de-addiction centre at Gidderbaha in Muktsar district.

Punjab Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani.
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Two days after stating that he did not consider liquor an “intoxicant”, Punjab Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani in a U-turn on Wednesday said that alcohol was the “root cause of all ills” and favoured a countrywide prohibition and the closure of all distilleries.After facing flak from various quarters over his bizzare remark that “I don’t think ‘sharab’ (liquor) is an intoxicant,” the senior BJP leader, sought to clarify the context in which he had made the statement.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asked if he favours prohibition, the Minister addressing a press conference said, “There should be a ban. There should be a countrywide ban on alcohol. Today, I am saying in the media that ban alcohol and all distilleries should also be shut down.”When asked to comment on the controversy, the “teetotaller” minister said, “There has been a debate in the media quoting me as saying that alcohol is a good thing to have and that I don’t consider alcohol as an intoxicant. I have never said anything like that and have been quoted out of context as my statement was twisted”.”Let me clarify a few things, there is no bigger vice than alcohol. Alcohol is the root cause for all ills, for various problems, diseases, various crimes and it should not be consumed. When mediapersons had asked me a question about drug problem, I had said that I do not include people consuming alcohol in the addict category,” he said.Continuing further, he said, “For instance, (Congress leader) Rahul Gandhi had said 70 per cent youths in Punjab are addicted to drugs, some others say 60 per cent have fallen prey to the menace. When I was talking to mediapersons, I said I don’t want to count alcohol as addiction, reasoning that government gives licenses and we have liquor vends and excise policy in place.”He even narrated an old tale to highlight his point that alcohol was the root cause of various ills.”But the media said that I have become ambassador of alcohol. I said I will not take it as a factor in counting when we refer to addicts. If we start to link alcohol to include those who drink it as addicts, then you will find its (alcohol’s) presence in all spheres of life, including it being served in parties, in the Army, even in the Press Club, alcohol is there. If we say anyone who consumes alcohol is an addict, then its like defaming all of them,” he said.Replying to a question, he said, “I dont drink alcohol, I say there can be no bad thing than alcohol.” The BJP minister had made the remarks on alcohol on Monday during an interaction after inaugurating a de-addiction centre at Gidderbaha in Muktsar district.Jyani was holding the press conference here today on the works of his Department of Health and Family Welfare during 2015.

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