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Will Modi, Shah apologise for Bihar BJP chief's comment: Congress
The Congress today took on the BJP for its Bihar unit chief saying that any finger or hand raised against the prime minister would be chopped off and asked if Narendra Modi or party president Amit Shah would apologise for the comment. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala also hit out at a section of the media and asked if bhakt channels would hold discussions on Bihar BJP president Nityanand Rai's comments on Monday.
Pay up like nice boys: SC's advice to Jaypee over unpaid dues to homebuyers
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Jaypee Associates to dutifully pay back dues, estimated at over Rs 2,000 crore, to homebuyers and froze the assets of all the promoters and directors of the company for now. Pay up like nice boys, the CJI told the directors of the parent company, who had been summoned, in Hindi. Attorney General KK Venugopal claimed that Jaypee had diverted money and a forensic audit was required to probe its affairs, in more trouble for the company.
Sikkim, Chhattisgarh adopt direct selling guidelines: Centre
Sikkim and Chhattisgarh have adopted model guidelines on direct selling while Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are in the process of implementing the same, Union Consumer Affairs minister C R Chaudhary said today. The sector needs to be developed further as it has high potential to generate jobs in the country. We had come out with model guidelines on direct selling in September 2016.
Delhi High Court refrains from passing interim order in JD(U) symbol row
The Delhi High Court today refrained from passing any interim order against the ECI's order rejecting the claim of Sharad Yadav faction of Janata Dal (United) over the 'Arrow' symbol. The Election Commission of India (ECI) in its November 17 order had recognised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led faction as the real JD(U). Justice Indermeet Kaur said that prima facie there was nothing before the court to pass any interim order as the ECI has not yet given reasons for its decision.
Gujarat polls: Congress has promised quota to Patel community, says Hardik
Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel on Wednesday claimed that the Congress party has agreed to give reservation to the Patidar community, if the party comes to power in Gujarat. Patel, while addressing the media here, said the party will introduce a bill in the Gujarat Assembly for the reservation, if they win the forthcoming elections. Congress has agreed to give Patidars reservations under section 31, and provisions of section 46, he said.
Shatrughan Sinha questions Modi, Big B for silence on 'Padmavati'
Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha has questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi and megastar Amitabh Bachchan 's silence over the burning issue of the film Padmavati . As 'Padmavati' becomes a burning controversy, people are asking why the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, most versatile Aamir Khan and most popular Shah Rukh Khan have no comments. How come our I&B Minister or our most popular Honourable PM are maintaining stoic silence.
UP Civic Polls: Voting Begins for First Phase in 24 Districts
Polling began on Wednesday to elect chairmen of local bodies in 24 districts of Uttar Pradesh, and the mayor of Agra along with 100 corporators, officials said. In the three-phase election, 24 districts of Uttar Pradesh are going to polls on Wednesday, while 25 districts would go to the polls on November 26, and 26 districts on November 29. Twenty-four districts of Uttar Pradesh with 1.09 crore voters would elect 4,325 candidates for various positions in the local bodies polls.
Shipping Corporation of India vessel sinks off Mumbai coast, no casualties
An offshore supply vessel of the state-run Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) sunk off the Mumbai coast last evening, officials said. All the 16 crew members on board SCI Ratna have been rescued, Director General of Shipping Malini Shankar told. SCI chairman Capt Anoop Sharma said all the crew members were immediately rescued by another vessel operating in close vicinity. He said the SCI Ratna was contracted with the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to support its oil exploration operations at the Bombay High.
Trade deal with India bigger than ICJ: British media
In the House of Commons on Tuesday, Tory MP Robert Jenrick described it as a major failure for British diplomacy. Robert Guest, foreign editor of The Economist, said: I don't think it's a huge deal for the UK. That is a bigger deal for the UK than having an ICJ seat. India is rapidly becoming a great power and it seems entirely fair and appropriate that it does have a seat.
Efforts by locals needed to save public spaces
Bengaluru had 1,499 open wells in 1885, which reduced to 500 in 1935, 150 in 1973 and 49 in 2014. Cubbon Park, one of the city's last remaining green lung spaces, shrunk from 245 acres in 1998 to around 197 acres. These statistics paint a grim picture of the state of urban commons - spaces or resources shared by the community - in the city.
Seize lake-gobblers' assets: House panel
A 11-member committee chaired by KB Koliwad, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, submitted its much-awaited report in the ongoing legislative session in Belagavi on Tuesday. The committee has estimated over 11,000 acres of lake having been encroached over the past few decades. The cases that are pending before civil courts too should be transferred to the Land Grab Court, it said. Now that the Koliwad Committee has made the encroachment issue official, the government should implement the recommendations in true spirit.
Cheap bus passes await garment, building workers
The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation has proposed to provide bus passes to construction workers at a subsidised price using a portion of the construction workers' welfare fund. It is also eyeing funds that the government has collected as cess from builders for the welfare of construction workers. Of Rs 5,000 crore collected as cess, the Karnataka Building and Other Construction Workers' Welfare Board has used only about 3% of the amount.
No 'witch-hunt' on cybersecurity: IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
The government is stepping up efforts around cybersecurity to check the growing menace of financial fraud and terror threats, but has promised that, in the interest of maintaining citizens' privacy, there will be no witch-hunt. Law and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said cybersecurity is one of the priority areas for the Narendra Modi government at a time when India is in an overdrive to promote cashless transactions and has been rolling out numerous citizen-empowerment services digitally.
Centre urges J&K to let off first-time 'radicalised' offenders, enhances ex-gratia for police
The relief for state police personnel killed in acts of violence will now be at par with central forces. The olive branch is expected to benefit around 41 first-time offenders currently in jail and 700 others out on bail. The criminal cases will spoil their future as they may be shunned by potential employers and not get a passport. While Rs 18 lakh will be given from the J&K state budget, an additional Rs 12 lakh will be reimbursed by the home ministry.

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