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PM ready to face consequences: FM
NEW DELHI, Dec 7 (Agencies): Economic changes don’t happen overnight, but the road map and agenda for them can always be laid, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday. Speaking at Petrotech 2016, Jaitley said that Indian economy in long term is headed for a very major change. “Earlier mindset of policymakers was that just by dishing out a few favours to the affluent you can bring changes in the country’s economy. So called seven-decade normal had to be disrupted. PM had the broad shoulders to face consequences of the decision,” he added. He further said that the decision of this kind has pain in transition, which is regrettable but had been factored in. "More money in banking system, more capacity of banks will support economy, more transactions under taxation post demonetisat...
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Dr Jitendra represents Govt at birthday reception of Japan Emperor
NEW DELHI, December 7(Agencies): Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh represented the Government today at the 83rd birthday reception of the Emperor of Japan, Akihito. The Ministry of External Affairs had recommended the name of Dr Jitendra Singh to be the Chief Guest at the official reception hosted at the residence of Japanese Ambassador at Chanakyapuri here. The event was marked by formal receiving of Dr Jitendra Singh by the Ambassador of Japan Kenji Hiramatsu and his wife Patricia Hiramatsu, followed by ceremonial rendition of the national anthems of India and Japan respectively, and later, an official reception in the lawns of Japanes...
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Cho Ramaswamy no more; PM, dignitaries pay last respect
CHENNAI, Dec 7 (Agencies): Veteran journalist, former Rajya Sabha Member, political commentator and satirist Cho Ramaswamy passed away early this morning in a private hospital here following health issues. Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister O Paneerselvam, DMK leader M K Stalin and superstar Rajnikanth were among those who paid floral tributes to Cho at his residence. The 82-year-old, who was admitted to Apollo Hospitals last week for respiratory problems, is survived by his wife, son and daughter. In his tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described him as a multidimensional personality, towering intellectual and a great nationalist. "Cho Ramaswamy was insightful, frank & brilliant. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family & countless readers of Thuglak," Mo...
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Gali Janardhana Reddy converted Rs 100 crore black money by paying 20% commission, claims driver's suicide note
Bellary, Dec 7 (Agencies): Former minister Gali Janardhana Reddy's driver has allegedly committed suicide and blamed the mining baron for mentally harassing him, reports said on Wednesday. In the alleged suicide letter, driver Ramesh Gowda claimed to know how Reddy converted Rs 100 crore black money into white. The driver also alleged that 20 percent commission was paid to a Karnataka Administrative Service officer, Bheema Nayak, for helping Reddy in converting his unaccounted money. The mining baron, who spent three years and four months in prison, is out on on conditional bail in graft cases related to the multi-crore mining scam in Andhra Pradesh and his home state. He was in news last month for his daughter's lavish marriage function. Reports had claimed that Reddy spent Rs 500 cr...
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Don't allow Islamic banking, says Shiv Sena MP
NEW DELHI, Dec 7 (Agencies): Pleas for not allowing "Islamic window" in the banking system, favouring early construction of SYL canal and granting reservation to the Maratha community were made in the Lok Sabha in the Zero hour today. Shiv Sena member Chandrakant Khaire expressed himself against allowing an Islamic window saying this banking system was based on Sharia law. His demand came amid reports that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has proposed opening of "Islamic window" in conventional banks for "gradual" introduction of Sharia- compliant or interest-free banking in the country. Sharia prohibits acceptance of specific interest or fees for loans. Both the Centre and RBI have been exploring the possibility of introduction of Islamic banking for long to ensure financial inclusion ...
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4.2 magnitude quake hits Kutch
Ahmedabad, Dec 7 (Agencies): Tremors were felt in parts of Kutch district of Gujarat as an earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale hit the area this morning, an official said. However, no loss of life or damage to property was reported following the quake, officials added. "An earthquake of 4.2 intensity on Richter scale was recorded with its epicentre being 15 km south-southwest of Rapar in Kutch district," an official from Gandhinagar-based Institute of Seismological Research (ISR) said. The quake was recorded at 10.51 am, the official said. "Even before that, two mild intensity quakes, one measuring 1.6 on Richter scale with its epicentre 18 km of Rapar, and another of 2.8 intensity, whose epicentre was 20 km from Rapar, were recorded in the same region at 7.55 am and 10.29 a...
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1400 tourists stranded in Cyclonic weather in the Andamans
Port Blair, Dec 7 (Agencies): Around 1,400 tourists are stranded at Havelock and Neil islands in the Andamans due to cyclonic weather conditions and four ships have been pressed into service by the Navy today to evacuate them. The two islands, approximately 40 kms from Port Blair, have been hit the most by the cyclonic weather conditions caused by a severe depression over southeast Bay of Bengal which led to heavy rainfall, strong wind and rough sea conditions, officials said. The administration has already declared the cyclonic weather as 'L1 Disaster'. Neil and Havelock are two of the most popular tourist attractions in Andamans and the only means of transportation from them are vessels and choppers which have stopped operation since Monday last due to bad weather. "About 1,400 tour...
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Powerful IED seized by CRPF in Naxal hotbed Sukma
RAIPUR, Dec 7 (Agencies): A powerful pressure IED planted by Naxals was found in Chhattisgarh's worst insurgency-hit Sukma district today, police said. The Improvised Explosive Device was unearthed by a team of CRPF's 74th battalion personnel from Chintalnar police station limits while they were out on road security operation, a police official told agencies. The security personnel had launched the operation from their Burkapala camp toward Mukram Nullah, located around 450 kms away from here. They spotted the pressure bomb hidden on the roadside at around 12.05 PM, he said. The explosive, weighing around 5 kg, was immediately destroyed on the spot by the bomb disposal squad, the official said, adding that the IED was possibly meant to harm the security men during their operation in the...
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FCRA violation: ADR asks MHA, ECI to implement HC order against Cong, BJP
NEW DELHI, Dec 6: Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has written letters to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Election Commission (ECI) urging them to implement and comply with the directions of the Delhi High Court and take action against two national parties BJP and Congress on FCRA violation as ‘contemplated by law’ within a specified period of six months. ADR, in its letters has specifically highlighted para 73 of the Delhi High Court’s order, which states,“For the reasons extensively highlighted in the preceding paragraphs, we have no hesitation in arriving at the view that prima-facie the acts of the respondents inter-se, as highlighted in the present petition, clearly fall foul of the ban imposed under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 as the donations ...
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Jaya laid to rest amid heart rending scenes
CHENNAI, Dec 6 (Agencies): Amid heart-rending scenes, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was today laid to rest near the grave of her political mentor M G Ramachandran at the Marina beach here with full state honours. Soon after the rituals got over around 6 PM, the sandalwood casket carrying Jayalalithaa’s mortal remains was lowered down after the traditional gun salute amidst emotional chants of ‘Amma Vazhga’ (Long Live Amma) by the thousands of people who had converged there. Jayalalithaa’s long-time confidante Sasikala Natarajan and the AIADMK supremo’s nephew Deepak performed the last rites at the M G Ramachandran Memorial Site. This included showering of flower petals and sandalwood pieces after which the casket was lowered, symbolising the culmination of the customary ritu...
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India should plan offensive, covert operations, Gen Singh, Gen Malik
NEW DELHI, Dec 6 (Agencies): India should plan offensive and covert operations to take target militant leaders and hit the Pakistani Army hard, two former Army chiefs said today. Former Army chief Gen (retd) Bikram Singh was of the view that Indian should exploit the fault lines in Balochistan and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir (PAK) so that the Pakistani army was forced to concentrate internally and not externally. “We need to create asymmetric capabilities which includes doing covert operations and targeting militant leaders,” he said, adding the adversary should “feel the pain” and be put in an “embarrassing spot”. Speaking at Agenda Aaj Tak here, former Army chief Gen (retd) V P Malik said, “Till now we have been focusing on defensive operation. We now have to look at offensive oper...
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No category of ‘martyr’ for any casualties: Govt
NEW DELHI, Dec 6 (Agencies): Government does not declare any of the security forces personnel who die in action as ‘martyr’, Lok Sabha was informed today. “The Ministry of Defence has informed that the word ‘martyr’ is not used in reference to any of the casualties in Indian Armed Forces,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in a written reply to a question. “Similarly, no such term is used in reference to the Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles personnel who get killed in action or on any operation,” he said. However, their families/ next of kin are given full family pension under the liberalised pensionary award rules and lump sum ex-gratia compensation as per rules in addition to other benefits admissible, he said. Rijiju was responding to a question “whether the ...
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Jaya demise: 3 deaths, 2 suicide attempts in Coimbatore
COIMBATORE, Dec 6 (Agencies): Three persons died apparently due to shock and two cases of suicide attempts were reported from the district after the news of Jayalalithaa's deteriorating health spread last evening, police said today. In Singanallur, a 65-year-old painter complained of chest pain while watching television news on Jayalalithaa's health in his house yesterday. However, he died before being taken to the hospital, police said. In another incident, Palaniammal (62) of Thudiyalur, died of shock after watching the TV news in her house yesterday afternoon, they said. Similarly, a 38-year-old load worker, Raja of Erode, collapsed on the chair, while watching the news channel. Though his wife called for assistance, the 108 crew of emergency service declared him dead on their ar...
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Sasikala Natarajan, the powerful face at Jayalalithaa's funeral
COIMBATORE, Dec 6 (Agencies): Sasikala Natarajan, Jayalalithaa’s closest aide during her life time stood as a powerful presence at the funeral of the former chief minister. The 59-year-old Sasikala, who had been associated with Puratchi Thalaivi for over three decades, remained beside the casket of Jayalalithaa through the day. There have been talks in the political circle that Sasikala may take control of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) after the passing away of the party supremo. Jayalalithaa’s loyalist O. Panneer Selvam has sworn in as the new chief minister of Tamil Nadu. But, reports suggest that Sasikala may take control of the party or she may appoint a leader of her choice as the new party chief. At Jayalalithaa’s funeral at Rajaji Hall, Sasikala wore a blac...
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Modi's note ban decision has turned people 'fakir': Mayawati
LUCKNOW, Dec 6 (Agencies): In a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his 'fakir' remark, BSP supremo Mayawati today said his note ban decision has turned a majority of the country's people into pauper but not him, and it will lead to BJP's defeat in Uttar Pradesh. "He (Modi) has not yet become a 'fakir', but has definitely turned 90 per cent of the country's population into 'fakir'. "His demonetization decision has made the common people bankrupt," she said addressing workers to mark the 61st death anniversary of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar at Ambedkar Saamajik Parivartan Sthal, a memorial built during her regime as a tribute to the Dalit icon. Addressing BJP's 'Parivartan Yatra' rally in Moradabad on Saturday where he had attacked Mayawati and others for opposing demonetization, ...
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2 sitting MLAs of Akali Dal join Punjab Congress
NEW DELHI, Dec 6 (Agencies): In a major jolt to the ruling Akali Dal, two of its sitting legislators Mahesh Inder Singh and Rajwinder Kaur Bhagike today joined the Congress in the presence of PCC chief Amarinder Singh here. While Mahesh Inder Singh represents the Baghapurana Assembly seat, Rajwinder Kaur is the sitting MLA from Nihal Singh Wala constituency. Welcoming them into the party fold, Amarinder said this will help strengthen the Congress party ahead of the upcoming polls. He reiterated that the exodus of leaders and workers from SAD and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would further increase as the elections drew closer, especially after the imposition of the Code of Conduct in Punjab. "As per the tradition, there is no commitment in their joining the Congress. They have joined uncon...
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CRPF jawan killed, another injured in IED blast
RAIPUR, Dec 6 (Agencies): A CRPF jawan was killed and another one injured today when the Naxals triggered an IED blast followed by firing in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Dantewada district, police said. The incident took place at around 11.15 AM when a joint team of Central Reserve Police Force's 231st battalion and district force was patrolling to ensure security to the under-construction Aranpur (Dantewada)-Jagargunda (Sukma) road which passes through the restive dense forests under Aranpur police station limits, a senior police official told agencies. When the security men were cordoning-off a patch between Kondapara and Kondasawli villages, the Maoists detonated the improvised explosive device (IED) and started firing in which two head constables were injured, he said. Reinforceme...
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Pannerselvam, a tea vendor turned politician, becomes CM for the 3rd time
CHENNAI, Dec 6 (Agencies): Paneerselvam, a tea vendor turned politician who was a trusted lieutenant and staunch loyalist of Jayalalithaa, has become the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the third time. The 65-year-old ran the chief minister’s office twice after Jayalalithaa was convicted in graft cases, and now he faces the challenge of keeping the AIADMK together as it tries to reinvent itself without the charismatic party supremo. A grim-faced Panneerselvam, who was also seen sporting a beard, was sworn in around 1.15 AMearly today by Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao at the Raj Bhavan here amidst a pall of gloom, shortly after Jayalalithaa's death. Panneerselvam took oath as CM with a photo of Jayalalithaa in his pocket. Panneerselvam has prostrated before Jayalalithaa, deified her and we...
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Swaraj brings home an Indian who walked 1,000 km in Dubai for justice
NEW DELHI, Dec 6 (Agencies): An Indian man who had walked a distance of 1,000 km over a period of two years to attend court proceedings in Dubai just to obtain a flight ticket to home has been brought back. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said government has helped Jagannathan Selvaraj, who hails from Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, to return to his village....
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Delhi HC exempts Kejriwal from appearance in Defamation Case
NEW DELHI, Dec 5 (Agencies): Delhi High Court today granted permanent exemption to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from appearing in person before a trial court here in a criminal defamation case filed by Amit Sibal, lawyer son of former union minster Kapil Sibal. Justice Mukta Gupta, however, said that if the proceedings in the matter are delayed due to Kejriwal's absence, the "trial court has liberty to modify the order and direct the AAP leader to appear before it whenever required." It also asked the leader to give an undertaking before a trial court that he will have no objection if the matter proceeds in his absence. The counsel appearing for Kejriwal agreed to the condition imposed by the high court. Taking note of this, the court said in its order that "the petitioner (Kejriwal...
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Jayalalithaa's condition continues to remain critical after suffering cardiac arrest
CHENNAI, Dec 5 (Agencies): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa suffered cardiac arrest on Sunday evening. News about the 68-year-old leader suffering the cardiac arrest came hours after AIADMK said she will return home "soon" as an AIIMS expert team had confirmed that she had completely recovered after over two months of hospitalisation. The AIADMK supremo was hospitalised on September 22 in Apollo Hospitals. Union health minister JP Nadda confirmed to CNN News 18 that Apollo Hospital has requested for a team of doctors which will be sent from AIMS to Chennai soon. CRPF teams have been put on high alert in view of Jayalalithaa suffering cardiac arrest. Heavy security has been deployed outside the hospital where Jayalalithaa is admitted as the number of her supporters has only incr...
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Subramanian hopes for another miracle
NEW DELHI, Dec 5 (Agencies): As Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's health condition remains very critical, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on Monday said that he is hoping for another miracle. "She was recovering in a miraculous way. Now, she is on support systems and top experts are coming in. We don't know whether there will be another miracle or not," Swamy said. Swamy said that Jayalalithaa was able to fill the gap of Marudur Gopalan Ramachandran (M.G.R) and she had many other qualities. "She was far more intelligent. Jayalalithaa used to read books, facts and share a tremendous memory. So she became bigger than M.G.R in one sense," he added. Jayalalithaa is in a critical state after suffering a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai, whe...
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Sabarimala temple offers free meals to 75,000 people to wish for Amma's speedy recovery
SABARIMALA, Dec 5 (Agencies): As Jayalalithaa's health condition remains critical, Sabarimala temple has dedicated free meals to around 75,000 pilgrims on Monday to wish for the speedy recovery of Amma. The four meals on Monday will be served free of cost to pilgrims. The food is served to 2,000 devotees at the temple compound on a hill top and another 1,000 at a hall at the foothill in Pamba. Jayalalithaa had suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening. She "continues to be very critical", Apollo Hospitals in Chennai said on Monday. Pilgrims pay money to the temple board, whose officials oversee cooking and serving of food to pilgrims. Situated in the mountains of the Western Ghats, the Sabarimala temple is four km uphill of Pamba in Pathanamthitta district, around 100 km from state ...
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Why stalling Parliament if you want to raise people's issues: Naidu to oppn
NEW DELHI, Dec 5 (Agencies): Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu today questioned the Opposition's "logic" behind not allowing Parliament to function if it wanted to highlight the problems people are facing due to demonetisation. "We are ready to discuss all issues in the House. I have not been able to understand why they (Opposition) are doing this?" Naidu said outside Parliament. Both the Houses were adjourned for the day today as the Opposition continued to disrupt proceedings. "What is the logic behind Congress and other parties raising this issue? They are saying people are suffering, ATMs are not functioning. Then why are you not discussing these issues in the House? Why you are not allowing a debate?" he asked. We want the Opposition make its stand clear, he said. "Are you in favo...
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After ‘notebandi’, govt should consider ‘nasbandi’, says Giriraj; kicks up row
PATNA, Dec 5 (Agencies): In view of rapid population growth, there is an urgent need for ‘nasbandi’ and it should be the government's next logical step after 'notenabdi', Union minister Giriraj Singh said, kicking up a major controversy. The Minister of State of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises made the remarks during a function in his parliamentary constituency of Nawada on Saturday. Singh said India needs a strong population control law, including sterilisation, to rein in unchecked population boom which is impeding development. “India has 17 percent of the world population and adds population equal to Australia each year. “The country only has 2.5 percent of world's land mass with only 4.2 percent of water resources. “In this scenario, the population explosion is proving to be a...
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