Shankersinh Vaghela, who quit the Congress party in July, on Tuesday announced that he will lead a new political 'front' - the Jan Vikalp (people's alternative) - that will contest all the 182- Gujarat Assembly seats in the upcoming polls. This is set to make the Gujarat Assembly polls a multi-cornered fight if the Aam Aadmi Partyalso fields candidates, and should help eat into the anti-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) votes. The Gujarat unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) might also join hands with Vaghela.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has said that intolerance and unemployment are the key issues that pose a serious challenge to India's national security and development. Lisa Curtis, who heads the South Asia division at the National Security Council of the White House, held discussions with Gandhi over a breakfast meeting during which the Trump administration official sought his views on the US India relationship and the recently announced Afghanistan and South Asia policy of US President Donald Trump, according to the participants of the meeting.
The idea is to promote UP as India's most preferred tourist destination, given the variety it offers, along with catchy tagline and logo for the state. One of the most visited tourist spots, Taj Mahal, which got 62 lakh visitors last year, isn't mentioned in the proposal. The 84 ghats and the Ganga front of Varanasi - a circuit that got 1.75 crore tourists last year - will also be publicised.
The meeting with the prime minister of Bangladesh was more in the nature of a courtesy meeting. Courtesy call on Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by EAM, Kumar said in a post on Twitter. Swaraj had telephoned Hasina on Thursday last week and extended India's support to Bangladesh's position on the issue of Rohingyas. Swaraj also met Bhutanese PM Tshering Tobgay, but Dokalam did not figure in the meeting.
India, hours after State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi's state of the union address, has stressed on restoration of normalcy in Myanmar's Rakhine state and called for the situation to be handled with restraint. We urge that the situation in Rakhine state be handled with restraint, focusing on the welfare of the civilian population, Chander stated, indicating to the commitment that India has made to develop socio-economic projects in Rakhine.
The Rohingyas are not refugees in India, they are illegal migrants, and that distinction must be made. Just as the Bangladeshis are not refugees in India, the Rohingya Muslims too are not. That many Rohingyas have obtained voter and PAN cards underscores their intention to pass off as Indian citizens. We should therefore first establish that they would be persecuted in Bangladesh for various reasons before India is castigated for wanting to deport them as illegal migrants.
As part of its endeavour to ease the burden on courts, the law ministry has proposed that state officials be vested with powers of civil courts to deal with petty traffic offences. India's judicial system is overburdened with cases, dragging for years and delaying the delivery of justice. Many of the cases deal with minor issues, but courts still have to spend time on those.
Add a human touch to governance, revamp office memorandum-circular system, earmark 1% of departmental budget for innovation, and make top officers spend 5-6 days a month in the field - these are the core of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new mantra for governance. The actionable points circulated by Sinha are largely on how the governance needs to be revamped to give it a human touch and an efficient turnaround.
After Burma got its independence from Britain, it refused to recognise Rohingyas as people of native ethnicity and denied them citizenship. India also offered development aid to the Rakhine province, from where Rohingyas come from. India has both moral and security dilemmas with the presence of Rohingyas in India and the ethnic cleansing in Rakhine. The continued influx of Rohingyas into Bangladesh is a concern for India too.
Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah held a series of meetings with party members in Dehradun on Tuesday and sought feedback on the party organisation in the hill state, where the Trivendra Singh Rawat-headed BJP government has completed six months in office. Shah held six meetings with party members on the first day of his two day pravas (stay), his first visit to Uttarakhand since the BJP won 57 seats in the 70-member assembly.
Senior BJD MLA Pravat Ranjan Biswal has been arrested by the CBI in a chit fund scam, evoking a sharp reaction from Odisha's ruling party that on Tuesday accused the Centre of misusing investigative agencies. The CBI, probing the multi-crore Seashore Group chit fund scam, called the Cuttack-Choudwar legislator to its office here last night and subsequently arrested him, the agency sources said. Biswal's brother Arta Ranjan Biswal and lawyer Anup Senapati said the MLA was arrested and kept at CBI's State Headquarters in Bhubaneswar.
India is the third worst affected country by natural disasters since 1995, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today said as he appealed the world leaders to implement the historic Paris deal with ever greater ambition. Millions of people and trillions of assets are at risk from rising seas and other climate disruptions, he said. Scientists are clear that such extreme weather is precisely what their models predict will be the new normal of a warming world, he said.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday alleged that the Congress kept poor steeped in poverty to pocket their votes. They claim that poor people used to vote for the Congress party. This was their politics, Jaitley told the executive committee meeting of the BJP's Gujarat unit. He said, in his view, the greatest achievement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to establish a connect between the BJP and the poor.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said he was ashamed of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi defending the dynasty culture in a lecture in the United States last week. I was ashamed to see Rahul Gandhi, sitting in America, calling the dynasty culture an Indian phenomenon, Jaitley said at an event in New Delhi. Some parties may think that being centered around dynasty is an asset, but in the long run it, becomes a burden, he said.
I was suspended from the party on Thursday and expelled four days later. The action was taken without giving me a hearing and the decision was conveyed through WhatsApp, Arfan told the Hindustan Times. I replied to the notice but a disciplinary action committee of the party expelled me indefinitely without giving me a hearing. The party is also doing lip service in the name of being there for minorities.
The Maharashtra government today approved the implementation of the Centre's ambitious Sagarmala project, with a 50 per cent cost sharing by the state. The Cabinet decided to send proposals to the Centre for 23 works by the Maharashtra Maritime Board, worth Rs 383.37 crore, under the Sagarmala project. In another decision, the Cabinet decided to set up three benches of the Maharashtra Sales Tax Tribunal at Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday questioned those calling on the Rohingya Muslims to leave the country, asking whether they would also demand the Tibetan government-in-exile to leave the Indian shores. His holiness the Dalai Lama is going to find himself unwelcome in his adopted home unless of course this xenophobia is selective, Abdullah wrote on the microblogging website. Abdullah had yesterday said there was no intelligence input till 2014 that the Rohingya Muslims staying in Jammu and Kashmir posed a security threat.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi in connection with its money laundering probe in the railway hotels allotment case, officials said on Tuesday. Rabri, wife of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, has been summoned to be present before the investigating officer (IO) of the case on September 26, they said. The ED will investigate the alleged proceeds of crime generated by the accused, purportedly through shell companies, officials said.
The Madras High Court today restrained the police from arresting AIADMK rebel leader TTV Dhinakaran in connection with a defamation case filed against him by a party MP, who is supporting Chief Minister K Palaniswami. In an interim order, Justice S S Sundar of Madurai bench also barred the police from arresting actor and AIADMK functionary Senthil, cited as a co-accused in the case, and posted the matter to October 4 for further hearing.