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Millions vote in Delhi civic polls amid EVM glitches
New Delhi, April 23: Millions of men and women on Sunday voted amid EVM glitches to pick three new municipal bodies in an election crucial for all three main contenders -- the BJP, Congress and the AAP.At least 42 per cent of the 1.32 crore electorate had exercised their franchise when 9.5 hours of polling ended at 5.30 p.m., the turnout hit by intense midday heat.Residents reported "low" voting in many areas but in many others there were long queues of men and women keen to pick three wings of a municipal corporation that covers almost the whole of Delhi.The balloting was peaceful but both voters and political parties reported numerous cases of malfunctioning of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), which themselves have come under a cloud.The Aam Aadmi Party, which rules Delhi, and the Congress want to end the 10-year reign of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the civic body, citing poor upkeep of the city's cleanliness.The BJP used Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to rec...




Tamil Nadu CM meets protesting farmers at Jantar Mantar in Delhi
In past 40 days, the protesting farmers have marched naked outside the Prime Minister's office, ate mice, shaved their heads, marked mock funerals and on Saturday even drank their urine... New Delhi, April 23: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Sunday met with protesting farmers from his state at the Jantar Mantar and assured help.The farmers have protested here for the past 40 days and demands loan waivers, drought relief packages and formation of a Cauvery management board to resolve their irrigation issues.Palaniswami, in a brief 20 minutes meeting, assured that he will take up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for funds to waive off the loan and urged the farmers to end their protest."We will try to cut down the unnecessary expenses and make arrangements...I will take up the farmer's demands to the Prime Minister...We urge the farmers to end their protest," Palaniswami said.P. Ayyakannu, president of the National-South Indian Rivers Linking Farme...




Mehbooba to meet Modi as threat of Governor's rule looms
The BJP-PDP gulf widened further on Thursday after BJP General Secretary and pointsman on Jammu and Kashmir affairs, Ram Madhav, justified the army's action of tying a youth to the front of a jeep to avoid stone-pelting attacks in Budgam district Sheikh Qayoom,Jammu/Srinagar, April 22: As the war of attrition between allies BJP and PDP over the handling of the situation in Kashmir heats up, is the troubled state heading for another spell of Governor's rule?Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is expected to discuss the current crisis when she meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 23 -- against the backdrop of the April 19 meeting of the BJP core group that reviewed the law and order situation in Kashmir Valley and is believed to have discussed the option of Central rule.Later, the Prime Minister chaired another meeting that was attended, among others, by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and the army chief, General Bipin Rawat.Quite understandably...




Mamata urges regional parties to unite against BJP
Mamata urged everyone to take the next two years as a challenge to fight day and night until the "wrongdoers" are toppled at the Centre Kolkata, April 21: Terming the country's political situation "terrible", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday reinforced her message to all the regional parties to come together to corner the BJP."I am giving the message to all the regional parties, be together, be united. My party will stand by all of you. Because this is the right time that the parties unite for the people," Banerjee said at the end of a programme of her Trinamool Congress."A terrible thing is going on in the country in the name of politics. The situation in the country is such now that this is an opportunity for all the regional parties to get together and fight united," she said while addressing the party workers after the organisational election of the party for the national council members.Banerjee was re-elected Trina...




Pollution a non-issue in Delhi civic polls?
Amiya Kumar Kushwaha, New Delhi, April 21: Although Delhi is known as one of the world's most polluted cities, none of the major political parties have highlighted how they plan to tackle pollution in their manifestos for the upcoming civic election for which voting takes place on Sunday. The main contest in Delhi is between the three major players in the city's politics -- the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).The AAP runs the Delhi government but doesn't have control over three municipal corporations which have been under BJP control for the last 10 years.All three parties have promised closure of sanitary landfills in Delhi if elected to power, but none have any effective plan to control air pollution in the national capital -- named among global cities with the worst ambient air.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has promised to make the city clean and garbage-free if the AAP gets control of the civic bodies as well, but there is little he ...




HC dismisses AAP's plea to use EVMs with VVPAT in civic polls
The State Election Commission has opposed the plea, saying the petition was filed to stall the electionNew Delhi, April 21: The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed the Aam Aadmi Party's plea to use second-generation EVMs with paper trail in the April 23 civic polls in the national capital. Justice A.K. Pathak declined AAP's plea saying: "It would not be possible to give any such direction, as it would amount to interference in election process. The plea is dismissed." The AAP and its candidate Mohammad Tahir Hussain had approached the High Court for using second generation EVMs attached with Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in the elections to the capital's three municipal corporations. The State Election Commission has opposed the plea, saying the petition was filed to stall the election. The Election Commission maintains that EVMs can't be tampered with. The VVPAT is connected with EVMs and dispenses paper proof so that voters can verify th...




Everything is fair in love and war: Ram Madhav on Kashmir situation
Agreeing that there was definitely a change in the situation in the Valley, which was a concern for all, Madhav said that BJP would have to take its responsibilityNew Delhi, April 20: The idea of using a Kashmiri man as a human shield against angry stonepelters in Kashmir by a young army officer was the right thing as everything is fair in love and war, BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav said on Thursday."There would have been huge amount of loss of human life. He (Army Major) tried to avoid that... One can try and take a moral position on what he did was right or wrong. In a war and love, everything is fair," Madhav told CNN-News18 in an interview."In this particular case, the young Major was left with two options: one was to allow the mob to lynch 50 civilians and closely equal number of security forces personnel there and the other option before him was to indulge in indiscriminate firing. I compliment that Major for not allowing both these things to happen,&...




Modi features TIME list of world's 100 most influential people
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Christian spiritual leader Pope Francis are also in the list  IndiaTomorrow.net New Delhi, April 20: India Prime Minister Narendra has been listed by TIME magazine as one of the world's 100 Most Influential People. In the category of Leaders, Modi shares the honour with US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Theresa May. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Christian spiritual leader Pope Francis are also in the list.




Will not resign, conspiracy charges not proven: Uma Bharti
New Delhi, April 19: BJP leader Uma Bharti on Wednesday said she would not resign as Union Minister and that the charges of conspiracy in the Babri Masjid demolition case have not yet been proven against her.Her remarks came after the Supreme Court revived the conspiracy charge in the Babri Masjid demolition case against her and senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, and Kalyan Singh, who is Rajasthan Governor, among others."I am not one of those who is greedy for power. I resigned as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh after a case was registered against me in the Tiranga (national flag) case," Uma Bharti, Union Water Resources Minister, told reporters.Asked whether she would resign as Union Minister as the Congress party has demanded her resignation, Uma Bharti said, "The charge has not been proved.""The Congress, which was behind the Emergency and 1984 anti-Sikh riots, has no moral right to ask for my resignation," Uma Bharti said, terming th...




Muslim League welcomes Babri verdict, says Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti must resign
Thiruvananthapuram, April 19: The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court decision to revive conspiracy charges against senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani and others in the Babri Masjid demolition case, and demanded that Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti should resign their posts and face trial.Reacting to the verdict, IUML General Secretary and Lok Sabha member E.T. Mohammed Basheer said the verdict is a huge relief."Even though it has come late, it has finally come and it comes very strongly by including a time frame of two years to conclude the case. Moreover it should be noted that the BJP was even planning to field Advani to the post of President. Our demand is that Kalyan Singh, presently a Governor, should not cling on technicalities by speaking of immunity, and resign from that post and face the trial. Likewise, Union Minister Uma Bharti should step down without any more delay," said the former Kerala Education Minister, now a two-time Lok Sabh...




Congress welcomes revival of conspiracy charges in Babri demolition
The Supreme Court on Wednesday revived the conspiracy charge in the Babri Masjid demolition case against senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti, among othersNew Delhi, April 19: The Congress on Wednesday welcomed the revival of conspiracy charges in the demolition of the Babri mosque, and demanded speedy trial in the case. "The law of the land has prevailed. We hope that there will be speedy trial and all the guilty will be punished and face the consequences," Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha told IANS. "It is a known fact that the Babri demolition as a spontaneous reaction has been proven wrong and it was indeed a political conspiracy," Jha said. The Supreme Court on Wednesday revived the conspiracy charge in the Babri Masjid demolition case against senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti, among others. The CBI had petitioned the court for restoring criminal conspiracy cha...




Babri Masjid Demolition: Advani, other BJP leaders will be tried for criminal conspiracy, orders SC
New Delhi, April 19: The Supreme Court on Wednesday revived the conspiracy charge in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case against senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti, among others.  Restoring the conspiracy charge, a bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman also transferred their trial from Rae Bareli to Lucknow. Pronouncing the judgment, Justice Nariman said that since Kalyan Singh is currently the Governor of Rajasthan and enjoys constitutional immunity from being prosecuted, the trial court would proceed against him the day he ceases to be Governor. The court also said that the trial court in Lucknow would frame additional charges against Advani and others and proceed against them.The court said that there would be no de-novo trial and the trial court judge would not be transferred till trial was over.Directing the trial court to complete the trial in two years time, the top court sai...




Government cannot silence my voice or stop my writing: Chidambaram
If a notice is received, a suitable reply will be sent. By targeting Karti Chidambaram with baseless notices, the government cannot silence my voice or stop my writing: Chidambaram  New Delhi, April 18: Hours after the Enforcement Directorate said it issued notice to his son on charges of violating foreign exchange laws, former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram asserted that the government could not "silence my voice or stop my writing" with "baseless allegations"."The Enforcement Directorate has the habit of recycling allegations from time to time. Today's (Monday) press release by the ED is another example. The allegations in the press release are baseless, totally false and ridiculous," said Chidambaram in a statement."No notice has been served upon Karti Chidambaram so far. If a notice is received, a suitable reply will be sent. By targeting Karti Chidambaram with baseless notices, the government cannot silence my voice or stop my wri...




JD-U calls for debate on triple talaq in Parliament, assemblies
The party considers that the state must endeavour to bring in the Uniform Civil Code. However, it must be based on broad consensus rather than imposing it in an authoritarian way  New Delhi, April 18: The Janata Dal United (JD-U) on Monday called for "wide ranging debates" on triple talaq, or instant divorce, in Parliament as well as state legislative assemblies, to build a consensus on the issue."In the context of recent ongoing debate over triple talaq, the JD-U is of the firm view that any change in the law must come through constructive dialogue between all the stakeholders," party spokesman K.C. Tyagi said."Considering the multi-cultural and multi-religious nature of our country, the issues of triple talaq and the Uniform Civil Code should be put to wide ranging debates in Parliament as well as legislative assemblies and other forums of civil society," he added.He said that party President and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in his letter to ...




HC refuses to entertain plea against Delhi government paying Jethmalani's fee
Jethmalani has been appearing for Kejriwal in the Rs 10 crore civil defamation suit filed by Jaitley against Kejriwal and five other Aam Aadmi Party leaders relating to alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) when he headed it. New Delhi, April 17: The Delhi High Court on Monday refused to entertain a petition asking to restrain the AAP government from paying Rs 1.22 crore to senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, who appeared for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a defamation case slapped on him by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra refused to entertain the plea, saying this issue has already been pending before the Lt Governor."The LG is already seized of the matter. If the authorities are not taking any action against the issue raised by you, then only you can move the court," the bench told the petitioner, advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava."There is no need of ...




With less than 1% vote, Modi may not make it to 2017 TIME 100 list
Two of the world heavyweights could not make it to top five -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is at No. 6 with just 2% votes while US President Donald Trump is at No. 9 with the same percentage of votes. IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, April 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has got less than 1% vote in the 2017 TIME 100 Reader Poll. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte got 5% of the total "yes" votes in the poll and captured first position. The polling had begun on 24th March and closed Sunday night (16th April). The prestigious international magazine had asked readers who should be included on this year’s TIME 100 — an annual list of the world's most influential people. In 2016, Modi had won online reader's poll for TIME Person of the Year.   Besides Duterte, among the top 5 are Pope Francis, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.   Top Five Rankers in 2017 TIME 100 Reader Poll Name Designation % of Votes ...




Muslim League wins in Kerala Lok Sabha by-poll
Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) legislator P.K. Kunhalikutty won the Malappuram by-poll in Kerala on Monday by 171,038 lakh votes. Malappuram (Kerala) April 17: Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) legislator P.K. Kunhalikutty won the Malappuram by-poll in Kerala on Monday by 171,038 lakh votes. The IUML strongman remained far ahead of his nearest rival -- Communist Party of India-Marxist candidate and youth leader M.B. Faisal throughout the counting process. The Bharatiya Janata Party candidate N. Sreeprakash came a distant third. Earlier Kunhalikutty came out of his home as jubilant supporters shouted slogans and lifted him up. Speaking to the media Kunhalikutty said the party has led in village councils where the Left was ruling. "This is because the electorate has placed faith in me as I spoke about the need for a secular outlook. Also the unity of the Congress-led-UDF has helped us in this," Kunhalikutty added. The total turno...




Modi misusing power to campaign for BJP: Lalu
Patna, April 16: RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Sunday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for misusing his official power to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party."Modi has been misusing his power as the Prime Minister to campaign and propagate for his party BJP," Lalu told the media here in reference to Modi's road show in Odisha during the BJP's National Executive meeting.Lalu said it was wrong to misuse facilities provided through public exchequer. "Modi is free to campaign for his party but not by misusing official position."He reiterated that the BJP led by Modi would be countered by a united opposition. "It is a need of the hour to unite to counter the BJP. If we will be united BJP will be nowhere." (IANS)




Telangana to hike Muslim quota to 12%
Both the Houses of the state legislature will be meeting on Sunday for a special session to pass a bill for increasing the quantum of reservation for Muslims and STs in education and jobs Hyderabad, April 15: The Telangana government on Saturday decided to hike the reservations for the socially and economically backward among Muslims to 12 per cent from the existing four per cent.The decision was taken by the state cabinet at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.The cabinet also decided to increase the quota for the Scheduled Tribes (STs) from the current seven per cent to 10 per cent, official sources said.Both the Houses of the state legislature will be meeting on Sunday for a special session to pass a bill for increasing the quantum of reservation for Muslims and STs in education and jobs.As this will take the overall reservations in the state beyond the prescribed limit of 50 per cent, the legislature will pass Telangana Reservation Bill and send it to th...




BJP loses assembly by-poll to Sikkim Democratic Front
The by-poll was necessitated following the disqualification of sitting MLA Prem Singh Tamang, accused of misappropriation of funds during his tenure as the state Animal Husbandry department Minister in 1996-97Gangtok, April 15: Ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) candidate Dilli Ram Thapa on Saturday defeated BJP's Suresh Khanal Sharma to win the Upper Burtuk assembly by-poll, garnering over 8,000 votes.According to the Election Commission, Thapa secured 8,406 votes to claim the Upper Burtuk seat while nearest rival, Sharma, could only garner 374 votes out of the total 9,427 polled on April 12.The Congress' Sumitra Rai got just 98 votes -- two less than the NOTA, or none of the above.Five independent candidates got a cumulative 449 votes.The by-poll was necessitated following the disqualification of sitting MLA Prem Singh Tamang, accused of misappropriation of funds during his tenure as the state Animal Husbandry department Minister in 1996-97.Tamang, a former SDF leader, is founde...




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