At Siachen Martyr’s Funeral, Minister Displays Jayalalithaa’s Photo On Coffin

At the funeral of Sepoy G Ganesan, who lost his life, alongside nine others, in an avalanche in Siachen, politics found its way as Sellur Raju seized the chance to promote Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
The State Minister also brought a cheque for Rs 10 lakhs on the government’s behalf and held a portrait of CM J Jayalalithaa against his coffin in Madurai. The Tamil Nadu government has previously indulged in a series of gimmicks to promote its chief minister. These include her pictures on flood relief material and couples at a mass marriage wearing bands with her picture.

As per report from Jagran, the minister also made a gesture to the martyr’s mother, asking her to look at the picture and see who exactly the money was coming from. Such behaviour enraged locals present there, who termed it as an insensitive act in front of a martyr’s coffin.

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Haryana CM to steer entourage to US and Canada

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Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will lead a delegation to the United States and Canada next week to pitch the state as an inviting investment destination. He will be holding meetings with various business leaders and will particularly address the Indian diaspora in both the countries.

His initial itinerary includes visits to US capital Washington D.C and San Francisco and Toronto and Vancouver in Canada where he will be interacting with top businessmen to invite American investment. In a public statement released by state’s public relations and cultural affairs department, the visit was described as “investment destination with its numerous competitive advantages.”

The contingent would also visit the sunrise project in addition to places of cultural importance. The key areas of focus for investment and value addition would encompass energy, aerospace, education, medical tourism, textile and research and development.

Khattar will be the third Chief Minister to visit the United States this year. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis visited the country last month while Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited US in early February to attract investment.

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Parliament stalemate continues as all-party meeting fails

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The all-party meeting convened by the government failed as the impasse continues

New Delhi: The deadlock in the Parliament continued as Congress was not available at the all-party meeting convened by the government on Friday. The party also made it clear in a statement that they would continue to interrupt the proceedings until top brass BJP leaders allegedly involved in the Vyapam scam and Lalitgate concede to resign. The Opposition also demanded that Prime Minister Modi respond to the allegations against his party leaders.

“The role and performance of the government is very democratic in nature. Why Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not opened his mouth,” said Trinamool Congress Leader Sandip Bandopadhyayay, opening an attack on the government to DNA. He also blamed the government for fostering “undemocratic” attitude in their functioning.

While the Rajya Sabha was repeatedly adjourned throughout the day, Lok Sabha saw deafening protests and saw adjournment till 2 P.M. “BJP started the tradition of demanding resignations. Everyone knows about their double standards,” remarked Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge before the start of the session today.

Prime Minister Modi met senior cabinet ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Venkaiah Naidu in Parliament earlier today to discuss lack of productivity in the Parliament since the start of monsoon session. According to a report published by NDTV, every minute of a Parliament session costs a tax-payer an average of Rs.29,000.


AAP lawmaker detained by Delhi Police

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New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manoj Kumar, an MLA from Kondli, has been detained by the Delhi police on charges of forgery and land grabbing. He has been remanded in police custody for two days by the Karkardooma court.

The case against the law maker was registered in August 2014 at the New Ashok Nagar Police station. Kumar is accused of selling land owned by someone else with the help of forged documents. However, his lawyer called the arrest illegal and a result of political vendetta. He also said that the Delhi Police is trying to ‘fix’ the MLA. Kumar has various cases against him, including that of cheating and assault.

The AAP camp blamed the BJP government at the Centre, which controls the Delhi Police, for this arrest. AAP leader Sanjay Singh reacted saying, “Modi is doing ‘gundaraj…The Delhi Police are not arresting other people in even more grave cases.”

Earlier last month, the capital witnessed a similar drama when the AAP Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar was arrested by the Delhi Police on fake degree case.

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Rahul Gandhi takes a jibe at PM Modi

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New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking why the latter’s government was protecting Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, both of whom have been involved in the Vyapam scam and Lalit Modi controversy respectively.

After the meeting of the All India Mahila Congress, Gandhi told the media, “Aap Rajasthan mein khaney kyun de rahey hain? (Why are you allowing corruption in Rajasthan?) Why are you not bringing back Lalit Modi? Aap Shivraj Singh Chouhan ko Khaaney kyun de rahey hain? (Why are you allowing Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s corruption?),” in response of PM Modi’s comment “Na khaoonga na khaney doonga (I won’t be corrupt and won’t allow others to be),” which was made last year.

The BJP government is facing immense pressure from the opposition regarding its silence on the Vyapam Scam and the Lalit Modi Controversy. The Congress Party has demanded for the resignation of Chouhan and Vasundhara Raje.

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Rahul Gandhi goes on leave as budget session begins

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In a surprise move, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will not be present in the first week of the Budget Session of the Parliament. As per news channel reports, Sonia Gandhi has said that he needs some time and hence will be on a short leave.
According to the party leaders, Rahul Gandhi has been “granted leave of absence for a couple of weeks to reflect upon recent events and the future course of the party,” after which he will resume his active participation in the affairs of the party.
Earlier in the day, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that he has sought the Congress’ cooperation for smooth performance of the Parliament ahead of the Budget Session.
“I informed the Congress president of the need to permit the Parliament to function and wanted the cooperation of the Congress. Sonia Gandhi told me that they are also interested in allowing the Parliament to function but they have some issues which they would want to raise,” he added.
Naidu further said that the administration is ready to discuss any issue raised by the opposition party.
The Session contains 44 items of financial, administrative and non-authoritative business.
The Labour Code on Wages Bill, The Juvenile Justice (Care and protection of Children) Bill, The small factories (regulation of employment and condition of services) Bill, and The Labour Code on Industrial Relations Bill will also be discussed during the Budget Session.
The BJP mocked the Congress leader’s absence. “It is the NDA government’s first budget and he wants leave. There will be questions about his interest in politics and the nation’s undertaking,” said Union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy.


Mamata Banerjee’s close aid arrested for fraud charges

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Kolkata: Entrepreneur and television producer, Shibaji Panja was detained by the immigration department of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport on account of alleged financial fraud charges on Saturday night. He was then arrested by the Bidhannagar City Police and will be produced in the Barrackpore court on Sunday.

Shibaji Panja is said to be a close aid of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and also accompanied her on her three-day visit to Bangladesh.  The immigration department however, detained him after learning about a lookout notice issued against him by the Delhi police. “Four days ago a look out notice was issued for Panja at all the airports. Our investigating officer will now go to Kolkata and then he will be formally arrested and brought to Delhi for questioning,” DCP B K Singh said on Saturday.

Panja has been alleged to have produced fake documents to procure a Rs. 18 crore loan from the Financial Corporation, a government organization that lends short term loans to firms. Following the discovery, a case of fraud was registered against him by the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police.  While a team from the Delhi police is expected to arrive in Kolkata on Sunday, the Bidhannagar police officials refuse to answer any questions regarding the matter.

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