Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan criticised Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who was conferred with the 'Ideal Chief Minister' award at Pune on Sunday, over the suicide of the alleged rape survivor from Odisha's Koraput. Pradhan further accused the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the state police of ignoring the incident that took place on Monday afternoon. The victim had even claimed that Director General (DG) of Odisha Police had tried to bribe her to keep quiet.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi embraces only privileged people and not farmers, labourers or jawans. He claims he is a common man, but embraces only the privileged. It's important that farmers, labourers and jawans are also hugged, Gandhi wrote on Twitter. The Congress chief has often denounced Modi s way of greeting world leaders with a hug. The party had earlier put up a video mocking Modi for hugging world leaders.
State BJP chief, BS Yeddyurappa on Monday alleged that the bandh called over the Mahadayi river water dispute was instigated by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah only to hamper his party national president, Amit Shah's visit to Mysuru on Thursday. You think you can win elections with caste, money and muscle power but this is not possible. Referring to the detention of BJP city Youth Morcha president, Gokul Govardhan by the Nazarbad police, Mr Yeddyurappa alleged that he was assaulted by the police.
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Monday seized imported machinery worth Rs 189 crore belonging to Brahmani Industries, promoted by controversial mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy, at Kadapa on Monday. The case under investigation with the DRI for evasion of customs duty on capital goods and machinery imported through the Chennai port in 2009, purportedly for setting up an integrated steel plant.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make an official visit to India from February 17 to 23, both the ministry of external affairs and the Canadian Embassy announced in separate statements. While in India, Prime Minister Trudeau will engage with youth, and visit several landmarks, including the Taj Mahal, Sri Harmandir Sahib, the Jama Masjid, and Swaminarayan Akshardham, the Canadian Embassy said. Canada and India share a special bond, and are linked by tremendous people-to-people connections.
Just days after the Asean Summit ends in the capital, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to embark on a three-nation West Asian tour of the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Palestine in the second week of February. It is Modi's visit to Palestine, likely on February 10, that will perhaps be the most eagerly-awaited leg of his three-nation visit as it will come soon after the visit to India of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
Investments from South Korea and Japan for the second phase of Hyderabad Metro Rail are expected only after the project report is submitted with all details, performance of the first phase and also government policy. While the project received appreciation from investors and bankers of South Korea and Japan, the actual works would begin only much later. Hyderabad Metro Rail managing director NVS Reddy said, Our first round of deliberations and also the pitch note for the investments have shown encouraging results.
YSR Congress president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday said the party was ready to go with the BJP in the 2019 elections if the Centre announced special category status to Andhra Pradesh. Mr Reddy was repeating a statement he had made earlier, but this comes in the run-up to the elections. It could be any national party that would benefit Andhra Pradesh by giving special category status.
Governor Anil Baijal felicitated on children who have been conferred the 'National Bravery Award 2017' at a function held at the Raj Niwas on January 22. Two girls and one boy amongst the 18 'National Bravery Award 2017' winners have been given the award posthumously. He paid his tributes to the parents of the children who laid down their lives for saving others. Master Betshwajohn Peinlang of Meghalaya, Mamata Dalai of Odisha, and Master Sebastian Vincent of Kerala are being given the Bapu Gaidhani Awards.
Although local media initially described it as yet another starvation death in Jharkhand, the administration stresses there was no question of food shortage. What Budhni's death has highlighted, however, is that she did not have a ration card or an Aadhaar card. It is clear that there was no shortage of food, deputy commissioner (Giridih) Uma Shankar Singh says over phone.
In the last few months, there has been strong political opposition to the Election Commission and its integrity has been questioned. Has said that if there is one achievement of India at 70, it is conduct of free, fair and credible elections. We visited Gujarat to see for ourselves whether the ground realities match with what has been reported to us. The commission's assessment was that whatever the chief secretary has reported and a few more days should be given.
Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Monday said that only a tea seller can suggest that unemployed youth should sell pakodas. Patel took to Twitter saying, Only a 'chaiwala' can give a suggestion like get a roadside cart selling pakodas to unemployed youth. This is not the first time PM Modi has been taunted with the chaiwala jibe.
Though the meeting remained inconclusive, with opposition leaders pointing out the hurdles, a senior BJP leader said this was just the beginning of the extensive political discourse needed for such an exercise. The meeting was attended by lawmakers of different political parties, senior officials of the Election Commission and government. The think tank Niti Aayog has endorsed the idea, suggesting a two-phase Lok Sabha and Assembly elections from 2024.
The recently approved Model Concessionaire Agreement for the port projects is expected to open a string of opportunities for private companies in the maritime sector. The new model agreement allows flexible working contracts and exit norms. Experts feel the possible renegotiation of contracts through the exit policy route would bring in respite to the industry. The exit policy for the port projects has been proposed on the lines of a similar policy in the highways sector.
For four days in January, the seven chairwomen of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, leaders who hail from France, Australia, the United States, India, Italy and Norway, will be the faces of successful women around the world. Below is a look at six of the seven, who will serve along with Isabelle Kocher of Engie. Sharan Burrow, General secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation Was named one of the most influential women in Brussels by Politico in 2016.
It will be the first Legislative Assembly polls in Karnataka where this will be implemented. Besides helping voters recognise their candidate from among those with similar names, the move will also help raise voter confidence amid concerns aired by the ruling Congress that the EVMs are prone to tampering. Candidates' names will be classified under three categories. Names will be listed alphabetically starting with those from national parties, followed by those from regional parties and then the independents or other parties, he said.
The Hyderabad High Court on Monday opined that there was prima facie evidence against Congress leader and former MLC K Prem Sagar Rao of alleged incitement of members of the Adivasi community against those of the Lambadas.