We need to relook at this entire debate surrounding migration, Kumar said in Patna at Network 18 event, Rising Bihar. His government, he said, had laid emphasis on creating a skilled and educated human resource, which can seek jobs anywhere in the country. Development does not mean only big industries are set up and only a selected few derive benefits from it.
Congress party is in talks with Nationalist Congress Party and the Sharad Yadav-led faction of JD-U over a possible alliance ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections. Since we are also talking to JD-U and NCP, and the fact that they have also shown interest in an alliance, so the list will be released in a day or two, AICC General Secretary in-charge of Gujarat Ashok Gehlot told reporters after Congress' Central Election Committee meeting.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today that civil nuclear cooperation was an important pillar of India's engagement with France and the two countries have discussed concrete ways to expeditiously implement the 9,900 MW Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project (JNPP). For India, France was one of the first countries to have a high degree of cooperation in the strategic area. French firm EDF will build the six reactors of the long- pending JNPP, with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) as its operator.
The government is not running away from Parliament and will soon take a decision on dates for its winter session, Union minister and senior BJP leader Piyush Goyal today said. Earlier, the Congress had attacked the BJP-led NDA government for delaying the winter session and said the Centre was using state Assembly polls as an excuse to avoid facing Parliament. The winter session of Parliament traditionally convenes from the third week of November.
The application has been filed by an advocate, who has been appointed as an amicus curiae to assist the court in the matter. During the hearing, the court also observed that it would consider the issue of deadline for implementing BS-VI emission standards for vehicles. The plea has sought a direction that sufficient gas supply be made available so that all power generation in the NCR is from power plants using gas as their principal fuel.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates today met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and discussed with him ways to intensify the immunisation programme against Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). The chief minister met Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, at the Shastri Bhawan here.
In a retort to Rahul Gandhi 's jibe terming the GST as 'Gabbar Singh Tax', Union minister Giriraj Singh today said the body language of the Congress leader resembled that of Gabbar Singh, the tobacco-chewing dacoit made famous by actor Amjad Khan in film 'Sholay'. Last month, Rahul Gandhi had lashed out at the Modi government, calling the Goods and Services Tax 'Gabbar Singh Tax', meant to extort money from people. The prince (Rahul) is saying that this is 'Gabbar Singh GST'.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) today told the Supreme Court that it has on several occasions in the past exercised its power to remove or reduce the disqualification of an convicted elected representative. The poll panel said that all the other cases where it had exercised its power, the disqualifications were for failure to lodge account of election expenses. Claiming that the records pertaining to disqualifications for failing to lodge correct account of poll expenses were voluminous, it has sought exemption from filing them.
A fresh plea has been moved in the Supreme Court today to remove alleged objectionable scenes and registration of an FIR against the makers of upcoming Bollywood flick 'Padmavati'. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud agreed to hear the plea but refused for urgent listing of the matter.
In a breather to real estate developers, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) today lifted the ban on construction activities in Delhi-NCR after noting improvement in the city's ambient air quality, and allowed the entry of trucks to the national capital. The green panel, however, refused to lift the ban on industrial activities causing pollution in the Delhi-National Capital Region. The prohibitory directions issued by the tribunal vide its previous two orders particularly in relation to construction activity would stand vacated.
The Supreme Court today sought response from five states on a contempt plea alleging non- compliance of the order related to ensuring high security registration plates (HSRP) for all vehicles. The apex court had in 2012 asked all the states and Union territories to ensure HSRP for all vehicles by June 15 that year or face contempt of court proceedings.
Alleged hawala dealer Mohammad Aslam Wani, arrested in a decade-old money laundering case also involving Kashmiri separatist Shabir Shah, was today denied bail by a Delhi court which termed the alleged offence as grave and serious. The Enforcement Directorate had in September filed a charge sheet against Wani and Shah, whose bail application in the case was also dismissed on August 22. In 2010, a Delhi trial court had cleared Wani of terror- funding charges but convicted him under the Arms Act.
The Supreme Court today questioned the maintainability of a petition challenging the provision mandating linking of Aadhaar with PAN number and for filing income tax returns. Now, a judgement on right to privacy has come but there is no judgement on Aadhaar. The counsel, appearing for petitioner Binoy Viswam, a CPI leader, later withdrew the plea. Meanwhile, the apex court today also refused to hear a separate petition which had challenged the linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts.
He looks forward to receiving French President Emmanuel Macron in India at his earliest convenience. He made these remarks when French Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian called on him here today. The visiting dignitary briefed the prime minister on recent developments in the bilateral relationship as a follow-up to Modi's visit to France in June, 2017.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has predicted BJP will improve its tally of 2012 Assembly polls to win more seats in the upcoming Gujarat elections. As an MP I have had the opportunity to tour various parts of the country. Do you think people of Gujarat who have sent Modi ji to Delhi as the Prime Minister will hand him a defeat in assembly polls.
A local court here on Friday sentenced Congress leader KK Mishra to two-year imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 for levelling scam accusations against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and his family. The exam for recruitment by the department was conducted by the scam-tainted MP Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) aka Vyapam. He had also referred to 139 calls which, according to him, were made from CM House to Vyapam officers.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday blamed the previous UPA governments for creating the system of seeking approval of agencies like the CBI and CVC before appointing the chiefs of profit-making central Public Sector undertakings, saying it delayed the exercise. He was critical of the two central agencies for taking a lot of time for granting such approvals. In a lighter vein, he suggested the Congress MP to raise the issue of such delays in Parliament, where he would handle it.