The BJP-ruled states, including UP, Haryana & Rajasthan have reduced the VAT, but Delhi decided not to reduce the tax. Hit by twin strikes, commuters in Delhi may face difficulties while commuting today as petrol pumps, auto rickshaw and taxis will remain on strike today. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that the strike was politically motivated and sponsored by the BJP. Petrol pump owners have told us privately that this is a BJP sponsored strike, actively supported by oil cos.
This pretty much sums up the allegation levelled by the suspect-turned-complainant in its complaint to the CBI against Special Director, CBI Rakesh Asthana, the officer leading the investigation against Satish Babu Sana, the businessman. According to the CBI, the acts of the public servants including Rakesh Asthana prima facie disclose the commission of offences of corruption and criminal conspiracy. He claims that he was repeatedly summoned by the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP), CBI Devender Kumar for questioning.
By the World Bank's calculations, health-care fees and productivity losses from pollution cost India as much as 8.5 percent of GDP. While India is currently the world's fastest growing major economy, China's $12.2 trillion economy is five times larger. Meanwhile, after two decades of expansion that reshaped the global economy, China is orchestrating a shift to less-polluting services and consumption. Outside India's capital, New Delhi, Kusum Tomar knows the personal and economic price of breathing some of the world's most toxic air.
Rakesh Asthana, special director in the CBI, has said he has been taken off probes into the IRCTC case against former railway minister Lalu Prasad and the INX Media case involving former finance minister P Chidambaram. Asthana informed the CVC that he was also removed from looking into the INX Media case. The latest developments mark the continuing rift between the CBI chief and the special director. Asthana had alleged that the CBI director has stepped up efforts to falsely implicate him.
The Congress questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vitriolic and conspiratorial attempt to appropriate the legacy of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Azad Hind government as it sought to refute the PM's allegation that erstwhile Congress governments had overlooked the late freedom fighter's legacy.
The train was en route to Amritsar from Jalandhar when the incident occurred in the evening at Joda Phatak. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Friday ordered an inquiry into the tragic accident and also declared a one-day mourning in the state on Saturday. Sabarimala Row: As the Sabarimala row in Kerala refuses to die down, Ayyappa devotees on Sunday prevented three women from climbing the holy hills.
Independent candidates have emerged as the largest force in the elections to urban local bodies in Jammu & Kashmir, winning more than 363 of the 1,144 wards across the state. In the Kashmir Valley, polls were held only in 208 of the 624 wards while 231 candidates won uncontested and 185 wards remained vacant. As the two main regional parties boycotted the polls, the Congress emerged as the largest party, winning 157 wards in Kashmir and Ladakh, and 110 in Jammu.
On drugs, the SAD was facing an investigation by the police and Enforcement Directorate (ED) into the infamous Jagdish Bhola drug case. The case has been sensitive as the main accused had named Bikram Singh Majithia, Sukhbir Badal's brother-in-law, who was subsequently questioned by the ED. While this was widely seen as a political gimmick, there was a clear strain on the SAD. The SAD has also demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
India, reaching out to Bhutan's PM-elect Lotay Tshering, is looking to increase financial assistance for the Himalayan nation under its next five-year plan beginning 2019. For the 11th five-year plan of Bhutan (2013-18), India's contribution of Rs 4,500 crore represented 68% of the total external assistance received by Bhutan. Sources indicated that the outlay could increase under the next five-year plan as Bhutan embarks on modernisation process and holistic development.
National parties in power play in Kerala over the Sabarimala protests against women's entry to the temple are adjusting their political stances in tune with the sentiment of believers, indicating a ripple effect from the clash between faith and right on forthcoming elections. The peace at the hilltop shrine was briefly disrupted when two women were taken up the hill with the security cover of a police posse. Nearly 5.5 crore devotees visit the Sabarimala temple every year.
The investigating officer in the Qureshi case moved a proposal on September 12 for custodial interrogation of Sana. In his original complaint, where Asthana listed over ten instances of alleged interference, he specifically recorded an alleged incident of February 20, 2018. Earlier, since 2017, a special investigation team (SIT) under Asthana had been investigating meat exporter Moin Qureshi and his alleged links with a former CBI director.
Former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi's daughter-in-law is all set to contest assembly elections on a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket. Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC) chief's 31-year-old daughter-in-law Richa had joined Mayawati-led party last Sunday, following which her name surfaced in BSP's list on Friday. With this, the Jogi clan, a powerful family in Chhattisgarh politics, is sure to see a divide among Congress, JCC and BSP.
Political parties in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday expressed deep anguish over the death of six civilians in a blast at an encounter site in Kulgam district after a gunfight in which three militants were killed. Despite requests to not visit the spot till thorough search is done for explosives, several civilians visited the encounter site immediately after the operation.
The BJP has decided to celebrate the next Republic Day by illuminating over 3 crore lotus in Uttar Pradesh, giving the party's poll symbol-shaped lamps to the beneficiaries of various government schemes in the state with a request to light them on R-Day evening. UP BJP spokesperson Alok Awasthi Sunday told PTI that his party will celebrate the next Republic Day in the state in the novel way under its Kamal Jyoti Vikaas Abhiyaan.
The Goa Congress on Sunday said it would seek an appointment with ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to apprise him of how BJP leaders and state bureaucrats were taking advantage of his absence from office. Congress' Goa unit spokesperson Swati Kerkar said the chief minister's office and the BJP have been claiming that Parrikar's health was improving but appointments sought by her party had been denied on health grounds.
Antarrashtria Hindu Parishad president Pravin Togadia on Sunday said he would launch an abki baar, Hinduyon ki sarkaar (Hindus' government this time) campaign from Ayodhya on October 23. Build a Lord Ram Temple in Ayodhya after bringing an ordinance or enacting a law in Parliament. Make education cheaper, reduce the petrol price and make farmers karj-mukt , Togadia told reporters here, enlisting his demands. On October 23, the plans pertaining to Hindus' government this time will also be worked out, he said.
In a bid to reach out to masses in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, the BJP Sunday launched 'Samriddh (Prosperous) Madhya Pradesh' campaign from here by flagging off 50 hi-tech vehicles designed as chariots. The chariots will comb all the 230 assembly constituencies in the next 15 days during which they would travel to at least 20 places in every segment. The BJP has also released a phone number on which the suggestions can be forwarded either through WhatsApp, SMSes or by making a phone call.
This means that 12%, or 121,080 patients, go without access to primary health care every day. Healthcare in India's villages is a three-tiered structure under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)-sub-centres, primary health centres and community health centres. Strengthening both the PHCs and sub-centres will ease the burden on secondary and tertiary health institutions. Failure to find enough doctors will also set back universal health coverage as envisioned by the successive National Health Policies in 2002 and 2017.
The CBI action comes two months after Asthana, the second in command in the CBI, wrote to Cabinet Secretary on August 24 alleging that the businessman had paid CBI Director Alok Verma Rs 2 crore to get relief in the case. While allegations and counter allegations were coming thick and fast from the camps of CBI number one and two, the agency booked Asthana under charges of criminal conspiracy, corruption and criminal misconduct in a first-of-its-kind case.
People in Siang in Arunachal Pradesh and several districts in Assam heaved a sigh of relief as water level in Siang has significantly reduced on Sunday. Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Sivasagar and Golaghat have been put on a high alert by the state government. The water level of Siang started receding from Saturday, and went down further on Sunday. In Siang water receded to about 145 meter on Sunday from some 152.97 meter on Saturday at Pasighat.