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Yogi Adityanath in consolidation mode: Disbands government schemes, posts
Taking yet another austere step, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is getting into the consolidation mode to disband hordes of government schemes, which have outlived their utility and relevance. Adityanath has already issued directives to this effect, following which the UP chief secretary has constituted two separate committees to identify non-essential government schemes and posts in every department. The government departments are customarily asked to abolish non-essential schemes and posts before the state Budget is prepared every year.
Chidambaram Says ED Abusing Power at Behest of Govt, Vows Not to Bow Down
There are obviously no proceeds of crime and the ED has no jurisdiction under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), he told reporters. Later, in a statement, he said there is no predicate scheduled offence and hence the ED has no jurisdiction. Yet the ED, at the behest of the government, continues to misuse its powers. I shall neither bend nor break and I shall continue to speak and write, P Chidambaram said.
Karnataka Polls Will be Communalism vs Secularism, Says Siddaramaiah
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday said the upcoming Assembly polls in the state would be a battle between two ideologies - communalism and secularism. Gandhi is scheduled to launch the first leg of his party's poll campaign in Karnataka on February 10. This was the first meeting called by the Congress president on the Karnataka polls after last month's Gujarat Assembly election. Claiming that the BJP had no poll agenda for the state, Siddaramaiah said, They are raising irrelevant issues in Karnataka.
Mehbooba reminds Pak of its promises, seeks help to end bloodshed in J&K
She expressed hoped that the Pakistan government and its Army would extend the hand of friendship to help end the bloodshed in the state. She said Vajpayee's statement that we can change our friends but notneighbours holds the key to moving forward. Mufti said there were a number of problems in restoring peace as without it there would be no development in the state. A 15-year-old boy with a stone in his hand stands up to challenge your authority.
Both AIADMK and Tamil Nadu govt are secular, says CM Edappadi Palaniswami
AIADMK senior leader and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Sunday said the party and the government led by it were secular and accused vested interests of coming up with false accusations. Both the party and the government led by AIADMK are secular, he said to a question by reporters here after chairing a meeting of party functionaries here. The Chief Minister cited his party's opposition to the criminalisation of triple talaq in Parliament to support his point.
Congress mocks PM Narendra Modi's 'hugplomacy' in video; BJP condemns
The Congress has no real issue to talk on and, therefore, it has resorted to such shallow tricks. They have had their dirty tricks department which is now coming forward on social media, Union Minister and senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said here. The kind of video that has been posted does not behove a mature political party. Is in bad taste and the lowest ebb of the Congress party. We condemn it and I hope that wisdom will prevail some day, the Minister said.
Rahul should shun 'negative politics' and focus on development: Adityanath
As Rahul Gandhi arrived in UP on his first visit to the state after becoming the Congress president, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday advised him to shun negative politics and instead focus on development. The Congress president should give up doing negative politics, Adityanath told reporters here even as Rahul Gandhi arrived in Lucknow en route Raebareli and Amethi - the party bastions.
Mayawati doubts credibility of EVMs, asks why BJP afraid of paper ballots
Questioning the credibility of electronic voting machines, BSP chief Mayawati on Monday asked why the BJP was afraid of holding elections through paper ballots. She said the chief election commissioner must think about it in wake of doubts being raised from several quarters. Other political parties, including the Congress, too, previously raised the possibility of tampering with EVMs The Election Commission has rejected the charge. Later, whatever improvements were made in the EVMs, it was due to the efforts made by the BSP, she claimed.
Pravin Togadia goes 'missing', claims threat to life: How VHP poster boy became a 'nuisance' for BJP govt in Rajasthan
Unlike a cow, which is universally revered, a togadia is considered to be something of a nuisance. When let loose, they jump around, create a ruckus and fall in line only when beaten with a stick. Only Togadia can tell us how a person under 24x7 Z-security cover can disappear in a city like Ahmedabad. According to sources in Rajasthan police, Togadia had been evading summons from a local court for almost 15 years.
Law and order situation in Haryana "worrisome", Khattar
Hooda Chandigarh, Jan 16 (PTI) Describing the law and order situation as worrisome in Haryana, the opposition Congress today demanded resignation of Manohar Lal Khattar led- government for its alleged failure in controlling things. The crime graph has been going up during the past three years of Khattar government rule, Hooda said. He said a party delegation will be meeting the state governor tomorrow to apprise him about the present situation.
Ram Madhav suggests multi-stakeholderism model for 21st century
From Bi-Polar politics to the dreams of the 'End of History' of the last century, we have moved into the 21st century with the slogan of Multi-Polarism. Indian Ocean is the epicentre of global power play in the 21st Century. Centrality and Primacy of the Indian Ocean to the global economic and military activism needs to be recognised, Madhav further suggested. The future of the Indo-Pacific region is in the hands of the alliances and institutions of the 21st Century taking shape in the region.
Goa Minister Predicts Early Polls, Says Running Coalition Govt Difficult
Senior BJP leader and state Urban Development Minister Francis D'Souza on Wednesday predicted the possibility of early assembly elections in Goa. Speaking to reporters, D'Souza said, There could be a possibility of early assembly election and such a situation cannot be ruled out in Goa. Even Vice President Venkaiah Naidu had told us that Goa should go for polls in 2019 along with Lok Sabha. Running a coalition government was difficult as there were too many pulls and pressures.
GST Council meeting: Cong to demand petrol and real estate under GST ambit
At Thursday's meeting of the GST Council, the Congress party will demand that petrol and petroleum products and real estate be brought within the ambit of the goods and services tax (GST). The Congress will demand that cement, paints, varnishes, construction materials, like glaziers' putty, grafting putty, resin cements, caulking compounds and other mastics, painters' fillings, be brought under the GST ambit. Badal said the Congress finance ministers will also ask the Centre that E-way bills are introduced only after adequate preparedness.
Kamal Haasan to announce political party's name on February 21
Kamal Haasan will announce his political party's name on February 21 at Tamil Nadu's Ramanathapuram and begin a state-wide tour on the same day. He will begin the journey from Ramanathapuram - his hometown - and later visit people from the districts of Madurai, Dindigul and Sivagangai. It will mark Haasan's official entry into politics about which he has been making overtures since last year.
MHA to raise cyber police force to track internet crimes
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is setting up India Cyber Science Coordination Centre (ICSCC) to create an overarching security infrastructure for capacity building and enable states and other stakeholders to keep an eye on growing e-crime. An online national-level platform will be created with the help of National Informatics Centre for registering complaints. Then complaints will be marked for probe to officials concerned in the jurisdiction where offence took place, ministry sources said.
Jayalalithaa died a day before official announcement: Sasikala's brother
In a new twist to the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the brother of her close aide, now jailed, V K Sasikala on Wednesday said that she died on December 4, 2016 and not on December 5 as officially announced by Apollo Hospitals. His statement comes at a time when a Commission of Inquiry is probing into the circumstances that led to the hospitalisation of Jayalalithaa. Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital on September 22, 2016 for dehydration.

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