Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalitha walked out of National Development Council(NDC) meet today after her speech was cut short to 10 minutes. She said that it stifled the voice of the Chief Ministers who are in the opposition. Center rejected the allegation of preferential treatment and said the Congress Chief Ministers were treated the same way.
The 23-year-old gangrape victim was flown to Singapore on Thursday as her condition turned extremely critical. Hanging on to life, she was admitted to Mount Elizabeth hospital which is known for its multi-organ transplant facilities. Her family and a team of doctors accompanied her as she was transferred from Safdarjung hospital in Delhi to Singapore.
Narendra Modi who led the BJP to an unequivocal victory,was sworn in as Gujarat Chief Minister for the fourth time today. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Kamla Beniwal at Sardar Patel Stadium. He was sworn in along with nine Ministers of State and seven ministers of Cabinet rank.
Surender Koli, main accused in the Nithari killings of 2006, was awarded his 5th death sentence on Monday. He was sentenced by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad which found him guilty for the rape and murder of a five-year old girl. Special Judge S Lal declared the verdict for Koli in this trial.
While discussing its political situation with Nepal, India stressed that stable, secular and democratic Nepal has always been its key interest. External Affairs minister, Salman Khurshid, regarded Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav as a great friend of India, who played a key role in strengthening relations between the two countries.
Khurshid informed the Nepalese President that, short term measures to augment grid connectivity of 40- 55 MW have been completed and they are now working on plans to further increase this is in the medium term. Nepal’s monarchy turned into democracy in May 2008 , on declaration of “Federal Democratic Republic”.
Major parties such as the Unified Communist Party of Nepal(Moist), Communist Party of Nepal(Marxist-Leninist) and the Nepali Congress agreed to write a constitution to replace the interim one within 2 years but the peace process has been derailed due to selfish behavior of political parties. Ethnic caste, religious, ideological and regional differences have also added to woes of political agreement.Political leaders continue to discuss plans to end this turmoil, but none of the talks have been successful.
Rising inflation, economic downturn, poverty, insecurity and uncertainty are the major problems, After much deliberation, the assembly could not draw up constitution or settle on timing and method of holding election, but only agreed to draw on a Maoist PM, Baburam Bhattarai, and a cabinet. India’s intervention in Nepal goes back to 1950 when Nepal enjoyed close ties with India.
On a five-day visit to India, the Nepalese President earlier met Indian President Mukherjee discussing over India’s help in democratic development of Nepal. With expected help and aid from India, Nepal wishes to establish democracy and democratic rule, thus, providing a free environment for its people to voice their opinion and thus feel the breeze of freedom after a long hiatus of monarchy rule.
21 year old student, Payal Balsara of Chetana College succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday. Friends and family showed up at the girl’s residence, Prabhat Colony to attend her funeral. She had been battling for her life since December 22nd after being stabbed by her classmate at her Bandra(East) college. Her attacker, Nikhil Bankar stabbed and killed himself soon after.
Kalyan Singh, Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister on Tuesday, in a function celebrating the 88th birthday of former PM A B Vajpayee, announced that his party Rashtriya Jankranti Party would merge with the BJP in a rally to be held in Lucknow on January 21.