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Nullify TN assembly proceedings on Saturday: Stalin to Governor
Chennai, Feb 19: DMK Working President M.K. Stalin on Sunday urged the Tamil Nadu Governor to nullify the proceedings in the assembly on Saturday in which Chief Minister Edapaddi K. Palaniswami won the confidence vote.Stalin, who is also the Leader of the Opposition in the assembly, in his representation to Governor C. Vidayasagar Rao said the motion of confidence moved by Chief Minister Palaniswami was adopted in the absence of the entire opposition on Saturday.Stalin requested Rao to invoke his Constitutional powers "to nullify the entire proceedings with a view to protect the spirit of democracy and the Constitution".Stalin said extraordinary police presence was mobilised, giving an impression of a "war-like situation" around the assembly complex and a "thick atmosphere of terror" was prevailing.According to Stalin, the AIADMK legislators belonging to the V.K. Sasikala camp who were kept as hostages for some days in a beach resort were brought to the as...




Manish Sisodia orders mid-day meal inspections by senior officers
New Delhi, Feb 19: Two days after a dead rodent was found in the lunch at a government-run school here, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday ordered that all 33 mid-day meal kitchens should be inspected by senior officers.An official statement issued by the Deputy Chief Minister said that the government was very serious about the incident of a rat being found in a mid-day meal at a government school in Deoli, in south Delhi and that is why Delhi Chief Secretary has been asked to schedule mid-day meal inspections by senior officers of the government. "There are 33 mid-day meal kitchens in Delhi and these shall be inspected by senior officers of the rank of Principal Secretary, Secretary and HoD," Sisodia said in the statement.Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, said the inspections would be completed by February 24."The health and safety of students is of paramount importance for us. This is why we are getting the senior-most officers of our...




UP Election 2017: Eyes on traders vote in urban centres post-currency ban
Saiyed Danish for IndiaTomorrow.net,Lucknow/Kanpur Feb 19: Today, UP is voting for the third phase of assembly elections. A total 575 candidates are in fray on 69 seats including urban centres like industrial hub Kanpur and state capital Lucknow. This phase also includes Samajwadi Party home constituencies like Kannauj, Mainpuri and Etawah where the fate of Yadav clan will be sealed in EVM machines until March 11. In 2012, Samajwadi Party has secured a whopping 54 seats in the third phase, while BJP and BSP respectively won 6 seats each. This time, however, both BJP under Narendra Modi government and an upbeat BSP are being seen as equally strong contenders in polls. The main highlight of the third phase will be the vote of the traders community in urban centres where many are hit by demonetization.    On the eve of polling, Indiatomorrow.net met many traders in the markets of Aryanagar assembly seat, which is the centre of Kanpur, it is easy to gauge the effects of note...




DMK to complain to Governor on assembly happenings: Stalin
Chennai, Feb 18: DMK Working President M.K. Stalin on Saturday said he would meet Tamil Nadu Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao and complain about the happenings in the state assembly.Speaking to reporters here after he and his party legislators were evicted from the assembly, Stalin said the party had demanded secret ballot to decide on the motion of confidence moved by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami.He said the party demanded adjournment of the house for a week so that legislators can go back to their constituencies and seek the people's views before they come back to vote on the confidence motion.The DMK leader said he sat in protest inside the assembly to press his demand.Stalin alleged he was forcibly evicted by the marshals and his shirt was damaged. (IANS)




Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami wins trust vote
Chennai, Feb 18: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Saturday won the vote of confidence in the state assembly.Palaniswami, who was sworn in on Thursday as Chief Minister, won with 122 votes for the motion, while 11 votes were cast against the confidence vote by the rival AIADMK camp led by former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam.Palaniswami belongs to the AIADMK faction led by party General Secretary V.K. Sasikala.The end came tamely after DMK's 88 members, who were present were ordered to be evicted by Speaker P. Dhanapal after they indulged in ruckus.After that Congress legislators walked out in protest, dashing the hopes of Panneerselvam.The AIADMK camp led by Sasikala were obviously happy and distributed sweets."The traitors were defeated," A. Navaneethakrishnan, part of Sasikala camp told reporters here.In the morning, soon after the assembly began, Palaniswami moved the confidence motion, which was followed by heated arguments started by DMK supremo and...




Pandemonium in Tamil Nadu assembly as CM seeks confidence vote
Chennai, Feb 18: Pandemonium reigned in the Tamil Nadu assembly on Saturday with opposition parties demanding secret ballot to decide the fate of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami who proposed a confidence motion.Soon after the assembly began, Palaniswami moved the motion, which was followed by heated arguments started by Leader of Opposition M.K. Stalin urging Speaker P. Dhanapal to allow secret ballot.The Speaker said that legislators could not interfere with his powers.He also questioned the need for urgency in seeking a confidence vote when Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao gave 15 days time.As the lawmakers supporting Chief Minister Palaniswami remained silent, the DMK legislators surrounded Dhanapal shouting slogans.They also tore the assembly agenda papers and threw some chairs around.As the ruckus continued, Dhanapal went to his room, adjourning the house till 1 p.m.Former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam also demanded secret ballot.(IANS)




I want to see 'Made in Rae Bareli' on products: Rahul Gandhi
Saiyed Danish for IndiaTomorrow.net, Rae Bareli, Feb 17: “I want to see ‘Made in Rae Bareli’ on products,” says Rahul at Rae Bareli with Priyanka Gnadhi by his side. Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi addressed a joint rally at Rae Rareli seat for the Congress party’s young candidate Aditi Singh in the jampacked Government college ground today. He aggressively raised both local and national issues to woo voters in the traditional Congress stronghold. Talking about his own Kisan Yatra campaign he said that he found farmers making three demands everywhere. “Farmers loan waiver, electricity waiver and right price for the produce. Two crore farmers filled our farms only in Uttar Pradesh. What can we say about the situation of famers in the rest of the country.”  He took a jibe on Nanrendra Modi by narrating the proceedings of the meeting. “I asked Modiji, farmers want their loans to be waived off. This is what he had to say,” then...




UP doesn't need to adopt Modi, has enough talent: Priyanka
Rae Bareli, Feb 17: Daughter of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Vadra made a strong attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, saying that the people of Uttar Pradesh do not want to "adopt him", as there is no dearth of leaders in the state.She was addressing her maiden assembly election rally in the state, along with her brother Rahul Gandhi, in the parliamentary constituency of her mother, Rae Bareli.Referring to Modi's Thursday speech in Barabanki, where he said he felt honoured to be the "adopted son of Uttar Pradesh", Priyanka said that "UP does not want to adopt an outsider"."Youths of this state are talented enough to write their own destiny," she said, adding that Uttar Pradesh is the "heart and life of Rahul Gandhi".Cheered by the crowd, Priyanka went on to ask what the Prime Minister has done for Varanasi as its representative in the Lok Sabha. She urged the people to vote for a leader who works for the people...




Irom Sharmila files nomination for Manipur assembly elections
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 17:Manipur-based civil rights activist Irom Sharmila on Friday filed nomination papers from Thoubal Assembly seat for Manipur assembly elections.   Sharmila has filed nomination as a candidate of her own party - Peoples’ Resurgence & Justice Alliance (PRJA). To file the nomination she covered a distance of about 20 kms from Imphal on her bicycle.   Popularly known as Iron Lady, Sharmila will be the main contestant against Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Okram Ibobi in Manipur assembly polls.   Anti-AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) crusader Sharmila ended her 16-year-long hunger strike in August last year and recently launched her own party PRJA.   Elections for the 60-seat Manipur Assembly will be held in two phases - one on 4th March (for 38 seats) and second on 8th March (for 22 seats). Votes will be counted on 11th March.




EC raps Parrikar, advises him to be 'careful' with words
New Delhi, Feb 17: The Election Commission of India (EC) on Thursday censured Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for "encouraging bribery in election" and told him to be "more circumspect and careful in future" with his words.Parrikar, during the election campaign in Goa, had purportedly told voters to accept money from other parties but vote for BJP.On January 29, while addressing a gathering in north Goa, Parrikar said: "...Now also someone will give you Rs 1,000... We give Rs 1,500 every month. After five years, Rs 1,500 will become Rs 90,000 and this will also increase.""Today, take from anyone Rs 2,000 and vote for them... There is no problem if somebody roams around by taking Rs 500 but just vote for the Lotus."Parrikar was speaking in Konkani language and was reported by the District Electoral Officer of north Goa.The EC had on February 1 issued a show-cause notice to Parrikar and sought his explanation in two days. In his reply, Parrikar s...




Khattar briefs BJP leaders on Jat stir; community leaders fail to meet him
Gurugram, Feb 16: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday discussed with senior BJP workers and certain ministers the situation in the state in the wake of resumed Jat stir in support of the community's demands and grievances.Khattar's Media Adviser Amit Arya told the media here that a few Jat leaders arrived in Gurugram to meet the Chief Minister owing to some confusion but left without doing so after learning that the meeting was meant only for senior BJP leaders and party workers.Arya said the Jat leaders, before leaving, submitted a charter of demands for forwarding to the Chief Minister.After the meeting held at Swatantrata Senani Zila Parishad Bhawan here, Agriculture Minister O.P. Dhankar told reporters that the BJP government is open for talks with protesting Jat leaders and they should put forth their demands.At the meeting, ministers and Bharatiya Janata Party workers hailing from 'sensitive' districts of Jhajjar, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Charkhi-Dadri, Hisar, Jind, Si...




24% MPs/MLAs say they don't need to pay tax or have no income
Manoj K., In tax returns filed a year before they were elected, 72 per cent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress MPs and MLAs claimed they earn less than Rs 10 lakh, according to an analysis of affidavits of 4,848 (of 4,910) lawmakers. As many as 75 per cent of MPs and MLAs nationwide declared annual incomes less than Rs 10 lakh. Around 35 per cent of lawmakers said their annual income is less than Rs 2.5 lakh while 40 per cent have declared annual income between Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh.As many as 1,141 (24 per cent) MPs and MLAs claimed exemption from income tax or have no income at all."We can conclude that we are largely a tax non-compliant society," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, sarcastically, during his budget speech on February 1.Sharing income tax data, Jaitley said that of 37 million individuals (of a total population of close to 1.3 billion) who filed tax returns in 2015-16, 9.9 million (27 per cent) declared annual incomes below the exemption limi...




Photos of Modi, Naidu removed from govt websites after EC order
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 16: Acting on the orders of Election Commission of India, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MHUPA) has removed the photo of Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu from its website. The photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also been removed from the website of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY). The EC had issued orders in the wake of the ongoing assembly elections in five states.   The Election Commission on 11th February had directed Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to remove the photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu from the website of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana immediately.   In a letter to the cabinet secretary, the EC said the use of photos of the prime minister and the minister on the website was violative of the model code of conduct.   The EC said it was also in contravention of its earlier directions (issued on dated Januar...




Will Owaisi's MIM make a debut in Uttar Pradesh Assembly?
AIMIM has long been winning around a dozen Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh. Last year, it made a debut in Maharashtra Assembly when two of its candidates won the election. Saiyed Danish for IndiaTomorrow.net, Lucknow, Feb 16: The roads leading to the historic Rafah-e-Aam Club near city station in Lucknow are jammed, loudspeakers are tied up to electric poles to make the speech audible to others living in half a kilometer radius, scores of youths are thronging the rally ground at the club, every now and then a few tricolors are raised amid green flags of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM). Then a long, white SUV enters the ground and halts a few metres ahead of the stage. A tall, strapping man emerges from the car and heads towards the stage followed by the dramatic signature slogan ‘Dekho dekho kaun aaya, sher aaya, sher aaya' by the followers. One by one speakers come and address the gathering with a pinch of ‘shayari' or Urdu poetry as their leader quietly...




Akhilesh most talked about candidate on Facebook
New Delhi, Feb 15: As the assembly elections fight in five states enters the crucial stage, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has emerged as the most talked about candidate on Facebook followed by Navjot Singh Sidhu who recently joined the Congress party in Punjab.According to the data provided by the social networking website, BJP candidate L Bashanta Singh (Bhim) from Manipur is at third spot, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat is trending at fourth and Elvis Gomes, Aam Aadmi Party's Chief Minister candidate for Goa, is part of the discussion threads at fifth spot.Based on the number of unique people discussing a particular issue, the Facebook data also provides an insight about the top political issues people are talking about on the platform, the company said in a statement."About 52 per cent of the target audience are talking about defence, while nearly 30 per cent of the same sample consider crime to be an important issue in this election," it added.These...




UP second phase registers 65% polling
Lucknow, Feb 15: Around 65 per cent polling was recorded in the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections on Wednesday, officials said."Polling for the second phase in up ended peacefully with around 65 per cent polling," an election official said.Maximum voting was reported from Saharanpur and Lakhimpur Kheri.Barring some places where Electronic Voting Machines developed some snags, polling was smooth and peaceful in most of the 67 assembly constituencies across 11 districts.Polling began on Wednesday morning amid tight security at 7 a.m.The fate of 721 candidates is to be sealed by 2.28 crore voters, of whom a sizable number (47.72 lakh) are the youths aged 18-19 years.Chief Electoral Officer T. Venkatesh said that 2,983 of the total 23,695 polling booths were identified as sensitive and security was scaled up there.Long queues of women, differently-abled and elderly voters were seen in most parts outside the poll booths.In the 2012 assembly polls, the average po...




Journalist's murder: SC directs Shahabuddin be shifted to Tihar jail
New Delhi/Patna, Feb 15: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin be shifted from Bihar's Siwan jail to Tihar jail here on the plea of the widow of slain Siwan journalist Rajdeo Ranjan.Asha Ranjan has termed the apex court order a victory for her. Her husband was allegedly ordered killed by Shahabuddin last year.Asha Ranjan had urged that Shahabuddin be shifted to Tihar to ensure a free and fair trial in the case.Directing the Bihar government to transfer Shahabuddin to Tihar Jail, the bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Amitava Roy said it should be done in a week's time.Shahabuddin is facing trial in 45 cases. The top court had sent him back to jail on September 30, 2016, as it reversed a September 7, 2016, Patna High court order granting him bail.The bench said the authorities escorting Shahabuddin to Tihar should "strictly follow the rules applicable to the transit prisoners and no special privilege shall be ex...




Amnesty demands probe into Union Minister's claim to have ordered torture
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 14: The Amnesty International India on Tuesday demanded the Madhya Pradesh government to order an investigation into Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti's statement that she had ordered rape suspects to be tortured when she was Chief Minister of the state.   "Uma Bharti appears to believe that she is above the law, and that her claims show her resolve to fight violence against women. But her statements are both misguided and dangerous," said Aakar Patel, Executive Director, Amnesty International India.   "Torture is always a crime, and is never justified. The Madhya Pradesh authorities have a duty to investigate Uma Bharti's statements. If they find sufficient admissible evidence that the events she described have occurred, they must prosecute her and any other officials involved," Patel said.   On 10 February, at an election rally in Agra, Uma Bharti reportedly criticized the Uttar Pradesh government in ...




Supreme Court restores Sasikala's conviction in disproportionate assets case
New Delhi, Feb 14: In a major setback for AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala Natarajan, who was aspiring to be the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, the Supreme Court on Tuesday restored her conviction in a disproportionate assets case.A division bench of of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy set aside a Karnataka High Court order staying the conviction of Sasikala and three by a trial court.The court directed Sasikala and the others to "immediately" surrender before the trial court and ordered them to serve the remaining portion of their jail term.Justice Roy, in a concurring judgment, expressed deep concern over the "escalating menace of corruption in society".  (IANS)




SP-Congress alliance will defeat BJP on policies, issues and ideology: Rahul Gandhi
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,Bareilly, Feb 13: Wooing the voters of Bareilly district in the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has assured them to boost small enterprises and generate employment. In an attacking speech here on Monday, just minutes before the campaign deadline (5 P.M.) for the 2nd Phase, he took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on demonetization and assured that SP-Congress alliance will defeat BJP on policies, issues and ideology.   “Each city of Uttar Pradesh is famous for some products. We want to see ‘Made in Uttar Pradesh’ instead of ‘Made in China’. UP can become an industry hub if money is invested at right place,” Rahul Gandhi said while addressing his last rally for the second phase of UP election.  Appealing to people to vote for the SP-Congress alliance he said, “It is clear from the polling of first phase that people has chosen our alliance to form the next government ...




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