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Activist claims mafia death threats to withdraw cases against ex-BJP minister
Mumbai, Sep 23: Activist and ex-Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Anjali Damania on Saturday claimed to have received death threats in a call made from a landline number in Karachi."At 12.33 a.m., I got a threatening call asking me to withdraw all cases against (former BJP minister) Eknath Khadse," she said in a statement.Damania quoted the telephonic conversation: "Tune jeena haram kar rakha hai sabka. Teri family hai na.." (You have made life miserable for everybody. You also have a family).She said the true caller showed the number (starting with codes +92 21) from a landline in Karachi.Damania spoke with top officials and lodged a complaint with the Vakola police station in Santacruz east on Saturday morning."Informed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) is investigating the matter," she tweeted later.Khadse, the senior most BJP leader in Maharashtra, had resigned as the Revenue Minister in June 2014 after his name cropp...




Need to expose Modi govt. on Narmada Dam before 2019: Medha Patkar
New Delhi, Sep 22: Three days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Sardar Sarovar Dam over Narmada River in Gujarat, activist Medha Patkar, who led a three-decade-long movement against the project, said that it is important to expose the government on its shortcomings before the 2019 general elections.Stating that the struggle is not over and that over 40,000 families to be rehabilitated in Madhya Pradesh alone, Patkar said that exposing the gross corruption in the name of development without planning and hoax data 'propagated' by government needs to be highlighted.Sardar Sarovar Dam, considered one of the largest such project in the world, aims to benefit three states-- Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh (M.P) and Maharashtra. The dam, that can store water upto 138.63 metres and 141 meters during floods, has an installed power generation capacity of 1,450 MW. It aims to irrigate 1.8 million hectare in Gujarat benefitting 1 million farmers and provide drinking water to 9490 villages and...




Sonia Asks PM Modi to Pass Women's Reservation Bill
New Delhi, Sep 21: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urgently pass the Women's Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha where the BJP has a majority.In a letter to Modi, Gandhi said: "You may recall that the Rajya Sabha had passed the Women's Reservation Bill on March 9, 2010. Since then, however, it has languished in the Lok Sabha for one reason or another."I am writing to request you to take advantage of your majority in the Lok Sabha to now get the Women's Reservation Bill passed in the Lower House as well."Gandhi said the Congress party had always and would continue to support this legislation which would be a significant step forward in the empowerment of women.She also said that it was the Congress which initiated the process of reservation of women in panchayats and nagarpalikas."You may recall that it was, in fact, the Congress and its late leader Rajiv Gandhi who first mooted the provision for reservation for women i...




Rohingyas Illegal Immigrants, Will be Deported: Rajnath. His Statement Disingenuous: Owaisi
New Delhi, Sep 21: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that Rohingyas who have entered India from Myanmar should not be mistaken as refugees because they are "illegal immigrants" who need to be sent back due to national security reasons.However, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Justice H.L. Dattu, present at the function where Rajnath Singh spoke, said the Commission would back Rohingyas because they were being persecuted in Myanmar."We need to understand the reality that Rohingyas from Myanmar who have entered India are not refugees. In order to get the refugee status, one needs to follow a certain process. None among them has followed that procedure," the minister said in his address to the "National Seminar on Good Governance, Development and Human Rights" here.He said India would not be violating any international law by acting against illegal immigrants as the issue was related to India's national security."No Rohin...




Divisive Politics Ruining India's Reputation Abroad: Rahul
New York, Sep 21:Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took a strong hit at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, saying that "divisive politics" was ruining India's reputation of peace and harmony abroad.Speaking at an event on Wednesday here organised by the Indian National Overseas Congress (INOC), Gandhi said India has many religions and different languages and people have been able to live happily together because of the ideas of the Congress.He said the single biggest thing that people asked him during his incumbent visit to the US was: "What happened to the tolerance that prevailed in India? What happened to the harmony?""For thousands of years, India has had a reputation of peace and harmony. This is being challenged."There are forces in our country that are dividing the country. It is very dangerous for the country and it ruins our reputation abroad... Divisive politics is going on and it has to be fought," Gandhi said."India's reput...




Link Fuel Prices to International Market: AAP
New Delhi, Sep 20: The AAP on Wednesday urged Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to direct oil companies to link petrol and diesel prices to the international market and pass on the "huge profits" being made by them to the public.The Delhi Minister Gopal Rai said in a memorandum to Pradhan that "the mandate of the public sector oil companies is to make fuel available to the common man at reasonable prices and not to (be) like an unscrupulous, greedy corporate house."The fact is that oil companies are making unethical windfall profits at the cost of the common man since your government took over at the Centre," the memorandum read.The Aam Aadmi Party leader said the central government first tried to distance itself from the rising prices, stating that petrol and diesel prices have been deregulated."Now instead of addressing the problem, it (central government) is trying to put the onus on the states," the memorandum reads.On Tuesday,...




'Bypassing Institutions of Governance Even For Major Decisions Would be Destructive For Democracy'
"If there would be no debates in Parliament and Cabinet, it will be destructive for democracy. And if no medicine found to cure the disease, the situation will be worse in coming days," warned Varadarajan. Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Sep 20: Concerned at the diminishing role of media due to political interference and pressure from the government in recent years, Siddharth Varadarajan, founding editor of The Wire, on Tuesday said that media is not doing sincere debates on the issues affecting people at larger level. He also cautioned over the recent trend of bypassing by the government of key institutions of governance even for major decisions.   "Media is not working the way it should. It is not raising the questions with sincerity as it should. There are debates on baseless issues rather than real and basic issues. Media is more interested in debating flag-hoisting at Madrasas than debating how children died at Gorakhpur Hospital. There w...




Account Information Requests Jump 55% from India: Twitter
Washington/New Delhi, Sep 20: Between January and June, the Indian government made 261 account information requests -- a 55 per cent increase from previous period -- and asked for 102 accounts to be removed, Twitter's 11th Transparency Report has revealed.The micro-blogging platform, however, did not remove any account or withhold any tweet as requested by the Indian government or court order (there were two requests by the courts in the January-June period)."India had a 55 per cent increase in total information requests (261 requests in this reporting period vs. 168 in the previous reporting period) that affected 57 per cent more accounts," Twitter said in the report that was released late on Tuesday.Twitter defines the government's information requests as requests issued by law enforcement and other government agencies.The company also revealed that it removed 299,649 terrorism-related accounts in the same period -- a 20 per cent decline from the previous period."We ha...




Upset with BJP, Sena May Consider Quitting Maharashtra Government
Mumbai, Sep 18: After nearly three years in the ruling alliance in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena on Monday said it is "upset" with its partner the Bharatiya Janata Party and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and will consider the option of quitting the government.At a closed-door meeting of party leaders, legislators, MPs and ministers, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray was barraged with complaints about how their development works were held up by the government, files didn't move and decisions were not implemented.Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut and Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam, who interacted separately with the media, confirmed the intra-party developments."The legislators have authorised the Sena President to review the situation and take an appropriate decision... The party will fully support him," Raut said."About (continuing in) the state government... we are on the verge of taking a final decision. Wait and watch," Raut said.Party sources indic...




2002 Naroda Gam Case: Amit Shah Deposes in Favour Of Ex-Minister Maya Kodnani
Ahmedabad, Sep 18: BJP President Amit Shah appeared before a special Sessions Court here on Monday in the 2002 Naroda Gam case in which 11 persons were killed and said the key accused and former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani was with him when the crime took place.Shah was summoned by the court after Kodnani claimed to have failed to get the BJP chief to depose as a witness in her favour despite repeated attempts. She submitted that she was unable to find Amit Shah or his address to issue the summons.As many as 14 witnesses have deposed and 13 have been examined. She is among the 82 accused in the case.The incident occurred on February 28, 2002, a day after a coach of the Sabarmati Express train was set on fire at the Godhra railway station leaving 57 Hindus dead.Naroda Gam is close to Naroda Patiya where 97 Muslims were killed on the same day in which Kodnani was convicted in 2012 for life imprisonment.Deposing in the court of Justice P.D. Desai on Monday, Amit Shah stated that Kodnani...




PM Modi Inaugurates Narmada Dam, Says Will 'Live and Die' for People's Dreams
Dabhoi (Gujarat), Sep 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the ambitious 138 metre inter-state Sardar Sarovar Dam project on Narmada river on his 67th birthday on Sunday, linking it with his "mission" to create a new India and roared: "I will live for your dreams, I will die for your dreams."The Prime Minister, who was expected to reach the dam site at Kevadiya Colony around 9.15 a.m. from Gandhinagar after receiving blessings from his octogenarian mother Heeraba, had to take a de tour due to bad weather. He landed in Dabhoi and travelled to Kevadiya Colony by car, reaching a little over an hour later.Addressing the valedictory of a Narmada Mahotsav organised by the ruling BJP through 85 chariots that went around the state during the last 10 days before reaching Dabhoi, an hour's drive from the dam site, Modi said: "Today is the culmination of a dream that Sardar Patel saw to end the water crisis of the states in western India much before I and many of ...




Modi Govt. Is 'Fuel-Loot Sarkar': Congress
New Delhi, Sep 16: The Congress on Saturday termed the Narendra Modi-led central government a 'fuel-loot sarkar' and demanded withdrawal of the excise duties on petrol and diesel."Burning holes in the pocket of common people have become benchmark of governance for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government," said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, hitting out at Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons' remark on petrol and diesel prices."Arrogance of BJP has crossed all proportions when Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons said if you have a scooter, motorcycle or a small car, then you can afford to pay the high prices of petrol and diesel," he added.Surjewala further said: "Looting people by the BJP by collecting excise duties of Rs 2 lakh 50 thousand crore has become the new normal."No wonder BJP is called the fuel-loot sarkar as crude oil prices plummet, the petrol and diesel prices skyrocket and that is the new reality of New India," he added."We...




HC Asks Centre To File Status Report On NGT Appointments
New Delhi, Sep 15: The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Centre to file a status report on appointments to the NGT after the government said the process of appointing judicial and expert members had been started.A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar asked the government to expedite the process of appointments on the National Green Tribunal (NGT).The court posted for October 31 a public interest litigation that sought filling up of the NGT vacancies and asked the Centre to file a status report on the appointments.The Ministry of Environment and Forest said it had issued two media advertisements to invite applications for the posts of NGT members.The advertisement pertain to five vacant posts of judicial members and seven of expert members. The last date for receiving applications is September 18.Earlier, the court expressed concern over impending NGT vacancies.Currently, there are eight judicial members and six expert members on the NGT...




Bullet Train Foundation Stone Laid With Eye to Gujarat Polls: Congress
New Delhi, Sep 14: Questioning the economic viability of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project, the Congress on Thursday said the foundation stone laying ceremony was timed ahead of the Gujarat elections, primarily to push projects just before the polls.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Thursday laid the foundation stone for India's first 508-km high-speed rail project in Ahmedabad.Instead of giving priority to safety measures in the railways, the Prime Minister was laying the foundation stone for the bullet train in Ahmedabad and not in Mumbai keeping in mind the upcoming assembly elections in the state, it said.The party also said it was done to "mislead the people".Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said his party was not against any development project, "but the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project is not economically viable"."The air fare for Mumbai to Ahmedabad is Rs 2,000, and the bullet train fare ...




Modi, Abe Lay Foundation for Bullet Train. Project Not Economically Viable, says Congress
Anand Singh, Ahmedabad, Sep 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Thursday laid the foundation stone for India's first bullet train project, the ambitious Rs 1.08 lakh crore ($17 billion) Ahmedabad-Mumbai line, based on Japan's Shinkansen super speed train technology.In his address after the ceremony for the 508-km rail line, that adds to the list of major India-Japan infrastructure cooperation projects, Modi said the bullet train would add pace to the country's development, and would also help in empowerment of the poor.Modi said that no country can grow if they don't dream big. "To grow one needs to expand his dreams and decide his strength to achieve that.""It's new India which has to fly high," the Prime Minister said. "Bullet train is a project that will provide pace to development. Along with new technology it will also bring results faster."The Japanese Prime Minister said "a strong India is in Japan's inte...




RSS-Affiliated Trade Union to Protest Modi Government's Policies
New Delhi, Sep 12: The RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) on Tuesday said it would hold protests from this month against "the anti-labour policies" of the Narendra Modi government and the agitation would culminate in a march to Parliament in November.BMS General Secretary Virjesh Upadhyay told IANS that their demands include regularisation of contract labour, equal pay for equal work and social security and other benefits for skilled workers.The BMS also opposes the government policy on disinvestment and privatisation of the public sector, he said."We will also organise state level protests this month and issue memoranda to various Chief Ministers. Then on November 17, we will assemble in Delhi to protest against the central government," he said.Upadhyay added that the decision was taken autonomously by the labour organisation and the RSS had nothing to do with it."RSS is an ideology. But we are an autonomous organisation with our own governance and d...




Gujarat: Court Summons Amit Shah in 2002 Riot Case
Ahmedabad, Sep 12: A special trial court here on Tuesday directed BJP President Amit Shah to appear as a witness for Maya Kodnani, a former BJP leader and minister in the then Narendra Modi government in Gujarat in a 2002 riot case in the city where 11 Muslims were killed.Kodnani is a convict in the biggest massacre on February 28, 2002, when nearly 100 Muslims were massacred in Naroda Patiya, close to Naroda Gam, in Ahmedabad. She was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2012 but is out on bail since 2014.The special court asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief to appear before it on Monday, either in person or through his lawyer to testify on the alibi of Kodnani that she was not present at the place of the riots."The court has issued summons for September 18. The order was passed following a request of Maya Kodnani," Amit Patel, lawyer of Kodnani, said, pointing out that she was not able to find Shah to issue him the summons.Kodnani had moved an applicatio...




Our Approach Humane but Illegal Immigration Unacceptable: Rajnath
Jammu, Sep 12: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said the government of India had adopted a "humane" approach towards migrants and displaced people but it was strongly against illegal immigration.The Minister's remarks came after the United Nations Human Rights Council criticised India for deporting Rohingya refugees to Myanmar where they are facing persecution.The Indian government had allocated Rs 2,000 crore for the rehabilitation of migrants from Pakistan-controlled Kashmir and its disbursal had been linked to Aadhaar cards, the Minister said at a press conference here.Besides, he said, the government had also decided to construct 6,000 transit accommodations in the Kashmir Valley.Calling the people living in the border areas of the country as "strategic assets", Rajnath Singh said the Union government would constitute an experts group to study the problems faced by these people.He announced an increase in compensation for those killed in cross-border...




PM Modi Has Insulted India on Foreign Soil, Not Rahul Gandhi: Congress
New Delhi, Sep 12: The Congress on Tuesday said it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who "insulted" India on foreign soil, after the BJP accused Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi of belittling the Prime Minister in his speech at a US university."We are surprised at the criticism that is unwarranted and unjustified made by the government and ruling party. The statements and issues raised by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister (Smriti Irani) shows ignorance of history and her eagerness to be an apologist for the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi)," Congress leader Anand Sharma said on Tuesday."Rahul Gandhi spoke about India's achievements in the last 70 years. We understand why BJP is criticising him. If Rahul Gandhi is criticising the Prime Minister of the country, no one should have any objection to that. It's a feature of democracy," he said.Irani at a press conference on Tuesday morning criticised the Congress Vice-President's speech at University ...




SC Notice to EC over PIL Seeking Disqualification of Bihar CM's Legislative Membership
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 11: The Supreme Court of India on Monday issued a notice to the Election Commission of India over a petition seeking disqualification of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s legislative membership. The election commission has four weeks to reply.   The petitioner had alleged that Nitish concealed information about a pending criminal case against him while filing his poll affidavit for the Bihar Legislative Council.   According to the petitioner, there was a criminal case against Nitish Kumar in which he was accused of killing a local politician ahead of a Lok Sabha by-election in Barh constituency in 1991. But Nitish did not disclose this information in the election affidavit for Legislative Council poll in later years.   SC issues notice to EC on PIL seeking disqualification of Bihar CM's legislative membership alleging concealing of records in election afdvt— ANI (@ANI) September 11, 2017  




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