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SMVDSB approves Master Plan of Nursing College
NEW DELHI, Jul 23: The 60th meeting of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board was held here yesterday under the chairmanship of Governor N. N. Vohra, Chairman of the Shrine Board. The Board reviewed the pace of work on its various upcoming major infrastructure projects and took decisions in regard to a number of important matters. Dr. E. Sreedharan, Dr. S. S. Bloeria, Sudha Murty, Dr. Ashok Bhan, H. L. Maini, Justice (Retd) Permod Kohli, Maj. Gen. (Retd) Shiv Kumar Sharma and B. B. Vyas, all Board Members, Ajeet Kumar Sahu, Chief Executive Officer and Dr. M. K. Kumar and Anshul Garg, Additional CEOs of the Shrine Board, attended the meeting. After viewing a detailed presentation made by the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi, regarding the construction of the autonomous...
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'Sacked' Cong veteran Shankersinh Vaghela resigns, says won't join BJP
NEW DELHI, July 21 (Agencies): Congress veteran Shankersinh Vaghela on Friday said he has resigned from the party after alleging that he was sacked 24 hours back. Vaghela also said he wouldn't join any party, including the BJP, squashing speculation that he could head back to his old party. Meanwhile, Congress senior leader Ambika Soni announced that she asked the party to relieve her from in-charge of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. “I've requested leadership to relieve me as in-charge of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh due to health reasons,” Soni said Vaghela addressing a massive rally held on the occasion of his birthday in Gandhinagar, said: “I was expelled 24 hours ago. My party has shown me the door...I will resign as MLA after Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat...I am going ...
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Cong rejects Vaghela's expulsion claim, says 'no action was taken' against him
NEW DELHI, July 21 (Agencies): The Congress on Friday rejected veteran leader from Gujarat Shankersingh Vaghela's claim that he has been expelled from the party, saying 'no action as taken against him'. “No action was taken against Vaghela ji nor was he expelled,” ANI quoted party leader RS Surjewala as saying here. Surjewala said that his party had refused to grant Vaghela's wish to replace the current Gujarat Congress chief and hence he may have been upset. “A party is always bigger than individuals,” Surjewala said, adding the reports of his expulsion are baseless and it was his decision to quit. The veteran Congress leader had claimed on Friday that he was expelled from the party. Addressing his supporters on the occasion of his 77th birthday celebrations in Gandhinagar, Vaghela ...
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Don't support cow vigilantes, no such group has any place in country: SC asks Centre
NEW DELHI, July 21 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today asked the Centre and the states not to protect any kind of vigilantism and sought their response on violent incidents of cow vigilantism. A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra was informed by the Centre that law and order is a state subject but it does not support any kind of vigilantism in the country. "You say that law and order is a state subject and states are taking actions as per law. You don't protect any kind of vigilantism," the bench, also comprising A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar, said. It also sought the assistance of the Centre and states for removing violent content related to cow vigilantism uploaded on social media. "Law and order is a state subject and Central government does not have any role into it. Howe...
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Sunanda Pushkar death case
Unseal Leela Hotel room where Shashi Tharoor's wife was found dead, Delhi court tells police
NEW DELHI, July 21 (Agencies): A court on Friday ordered the Delhi Police to de-seal the room in Hotel Leela Palace where former Union minister Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in January 2014. Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma passed the order on the plea by the hotel to de-seal suite number 345. "As per the status report filed by the investigating agency (Delhi Police), they have not been able to reach a definitive conclusion regarding the cause of death of the victim and for this reason, Leela Hotel can not be made to suffer continuously," the Metropolitan Magistrate said. Directing the room be de-sealed within four weeks and asking the Investigating Officer in the case to file a compliance report by August 19, the court observed that police has not given any...
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Jitendra proposes legislation to reorient 'North Eastern Council'
NEW DELHI, July 21: 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 has proposed to bring in a comprehensive legislation to reorient "North Eastern Council" (NEC) with functional and structural changes in order to develop it as a state-of-the-art resource centre for all the stakeholder eight States of the North-Eastern region. As a follow-up to this decision, Dr Jitendra Singh today sought the permission of Upper House of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) to withdraw the earlier "North-Eastern Council Amendment Bill 2013" which had been moved by his predecessor in his capacity as the then Minister of Northeast (DoNER) in the erstwhile UPA Government. With the R...
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Indian men not keen to undergo vasectomy: Govt
NEW DELHI, Juy 21 (Agencies): Indian men are not so keen to undergo vasectomy operation and various efforts are on to encourage them to adopt the family planning procedure, Lok Sabha was informed today. The projected population, based on the 2001 Census, would be 1.37 billion as on March 2024, Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel said quoting the Registrar General of India. During the Question Hour, she said the total fertility rate in the country in 1951 was six children per mother which has come down to 2.3 children now. Special initiatives have been taken to encourage the country's male population to undergo vasectomy as "men are not so keen to" adopt the family planning procedure, she said. Patel said during Question Hour that efforts were being made to encourage males to p...
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Ambika Soni dismisses reports of her resignation from Cong
NEW DELHI, July 21 (Agencies): Congress general secretary Ambika Soni on Friday dismissed reports of her resignation from the party, saying she had asked the leadership to lighten her duties due to her health. Soni is the AICC general secretary incharge of party affairs in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir. "There is no question of resigning," Soni told agencies. "I had myself asked the party leadership to lighten my duties in the party due to my health," she said, adding that she will continue to fulfil the responsibilities till new appointments are made. She said she had told the party leadership last year that Himachal Pradesh goes to polls later this year and it was difficult to travel in the three hill states due to her health. She, however, continues to be the...
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Nirmal calls on Rajnath, discusses cross border shelling
NEW DELHI, Jul 20: Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh Thursday called on the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed various issues like cross border shelling, the steps being taken by the government for sustaining peace and the successful conduct of Amarnath yatra, refugee's issues and matters of internal security. He also asked for undertaking a special recruitment drive in central security forces for hilly and birder areas of the state. Following this meeting, he participated in the review meeting conducted by the Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari to discuss the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra expressway and the issues thereof. The meeting was also attended by the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana Captain Amrinder Singh and Manoharlal Khatter besides Dr Nirmal ...
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India seeking peaceful resolution of boundary issues with China, including Doklam standoff: MEA
DELHI, July 20 (Agncies): External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday that it was seeking 'peaceful resolution' of all boundary matters with China, including military standoff at Doklam in the Sikkim sector. Addressing the press, spokesperson Gopal Baglay referred to India`s June 30 statement to reiterate that "basically India`s approach has been to find peaceful resolution of all matters concerning the border with China." He also said that India`s National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval will be visiting Beijing on July 27 and 28 to attend a BRICS meeting but parried questions whether there will be any bilateral meetings with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on the sidelines of the meeting of the five-nation grouping. The meeting of NSAs of BRICS nations will be hosted by Yang. H...
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Issue should not be given political colour, violence can never be partisan: Jaitley
DELHI, July 20 (Agencies): Reacting to Opposition's charge, who on Thursday targeted the government over the lynchings, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said in Rajya Sabha that the issue should not be given a political colour. "This issue should not be given political colour. Violence can never be a partisan issue," the Finance Minister said, adding, "?Action has been taken in all such incidents in a systematic manner and arrests have been made." "They are all going to be chargesheeted against whom evidence is going to be found, and then prosecuted for the offences," he added. The Congress today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "creating such an environment" and indulging in "double speak" on the issue. Congress leader Kapil Sibal, while speaking in the Rajya Sabha on lynchings, al...
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Draft bill to replace GST ordinances for J&K cleared
NEW DELHI, Jul 19 (Agencies): The cabinet today approved a draft bill to replace ordinances that were promulgated to introduce the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Jammu and Kashmir, a senior government official said. The central government had earlier this month promulgated ordinances to make the Central GST (CGST) and Integrated GST (IGST), which deals with inter-state commerce, applicable to the state. The cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the bill, which will be introduced in Parliament during the current monsoon session....
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J&K reiterates demand for exclusive women battalion
NEW DELHI Jul 19: The J&K government has reiterated its proposal for creation of one new exclusive battalion for women to “address the issues relating to gender based violence faced by women.” Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to question by Renuka Chowdhury in the Rajya Sabha today informed that the Government of India had approved raising of 5 India Reserve Battalions for J & K Police on February 10, 2016. Subsequently state government raised a demand to create a Women Police Battalion for J&K Police to address the issues relating to gender based violence faced by women. “Keeping in view the need raised by the state government for creation of a Women Police Battalion for J & K Police, the state government of J&K was asked to raise one or two women batta...
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Opposition decides to corner govt in Parliament over China, GST among others
NEW DELHI, July 18 (Agencies): A combined Opposition on Tuesday chalked out a strategy to aggressively corner the BJP-led NDA government during the Monsoon Session of the Parliament. On the first working day of the session, leaders from Trinamool Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Left Front and other opposition parties met in the chamber of the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha. Informed sources said the parties reached an agreement on six issues and decided to raise them aggressively in both the Houses by various notices including adjournment motions and debates. Trinamool leader Derek O'Brien told reporters the issues include the India-China border stand-off, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the aftermath of terror attack on Amarnath yatris, atrocities again...
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Passport of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik revoked: NIA officials
MUMBAI, July 18 (Agencies): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials on Tuesday said that the passport of televangelist Zakir Naik, who is wanted in connection with his role in a terror case, has been revoked. The development comes months after a special NIA court issued a non-bailable warrant against the controversial Islamic preacher. This was the second NBW against the 51-year-old after the Special Prevention of Money Laundering Act Court issued an NBW earlier in April in a money-laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate after he failed to appear before it. Following the Dhaka terror attacks last year, the NIA had filed the case against Naik and other officials of his Mumbai-based NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF). Zakir Naik's entry in Lebanon opposed, huma...
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Sushma calls PAK integral part of India while granting medical visa to ailing resident
NEW DELHI, July 18 (Agencies): Hitting out at Pakistan yet again, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said that Pakistan Administererd Kashmir (PAK) is an integral part of India and that we will give a medical emergency visa to 24-year-old resident Osama Ali. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Sushma wrote,"PAK is an integral part of India. Pakistan has illegally occupied it. We are giving him visa. No letter required." 24-year-old Osama Ali, a resident of Rawalkot in PoK, has been diagnosed with a tumour in his liver and had sought treatment in Delhi. As per the reports of Indian Express, Osama has been accepted as a patient by a private hospital in Delhi's Saket area. Doctors at the hospital have told him he needs a liver transplant. He has been unable to travel...
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Centre's roadmap on destitute widows lacks various aspects: SC
NEW DELHI, July 18 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today said the Centre's roadmap to improve condition of destitute widows has not addressed issues like national policy on empowerment of women, nourishment, sanitation and hygiene at shelter homes. After going through the roadmap given by the Centre, a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta also observed that the important aspect of re-marriage of widows aged between 16 and 20 years was missing and the government should encourage it. The apex court said it was "not doubting" the Centre's plan to improve the condition of destitute widows across the country, but "it has to be done in a proper manner". "A national policy for empowerment of women had come in 2001. Over 15 years have gone by, but no empowerment of women is t...
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Karnataka wants separate state flag, Siddaramaiah govt sets up panel to explore legal options
NEW DELHI, July 18 (Agencies): Months ahead of 2018 Assembly Election, Congress-led Karnataka government has set up a nine member committee to design a state flag, says report. If this move come into being then Karnataka will be the second state in country to officially have a flag of its own after Jammu & Kashmir, which enjoys a special status under Article 370 of the Constitution. The committee will submit its report on giving the state flag identity a legal sanctity. As per the reports of TOI, the committee was appointed after Siddaramaiah government issued an order on June 6, which nominated the principal secretary of the Kannada and culture department as chairperson of the committee. However in 2012, when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in power, it had clarified Karnataka HC...
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Smriti Irani gets additional charge of I&B ministry
Narendra Tomar given Urban Development after Venkaiah Naidu quits
NEW DELHI, July 18 (Agencies): Union textile minister Smriti Irani was on Tuesday given the additional charge of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting while Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh was handed over the charge of Urban Development. The rejig took place after senior party leader and NDA vice presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu resigned from his ministerial responsibilities on Monday. The Office of Prime Minister of India confirmed the report and tweeted, "Shri @MVenkaiahNaidu has resigned from his ministerial responsibilities. Additional charge of @Moud_India has been given to Shri @nstomar." "The additional charge of the Ministry of I&B has been given to @smritiirani," it added. Also Read: NDA's Vice President nominee Venkaiah Naidu resigns as Union minister ...
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Time ripe to abrogate Art 370: Raut
P L Uniyal
NEW DELHI, Jul 18: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said the time was right for removing Article 370, which has granted special status to Kashmir. "Now, it is time to take a decision to remove Article 370, granting special status to Kashmir. This is against the unity of the nation. Killing of martyrs and Kashmiri Pandits are due to Article 370. It's the responsibility of Prime Minister and President to take a decision on this," he told reporters here today. The Pakistan army today violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Bhimber Gali and Poonch Sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The violation took place at around 6:45 AM, to which the Indian army retaliated strongly and effectively. GST widely hailed by consumers: Jitendra KT NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, Jul 18: Minister...
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After being asked to restrict her impromptu speech, Mayawati resigns as Rajya Sabha member
NEW DELHI, July 18 (Agencies): Hours after the Chair asked her to restrict her impromptu speech on anti-Dalit violence in Saharanpur of Uttar Pradesh, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Tuesday resigned from the Rajya Sabha. Mayawati met Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari this evening and handed over her resignation letter. "I had wanted to raise issues in the morning relating to Dalits and about the atrocities committed on them in Saharanpur's Shabirpur village. But you saw the way the treasury benches, including ministers, behaved and prevented me from speaking. When I cannot convey what I want to, then I thought it is not okay," she told reporters. "I decided I will resign. I have just met the Rajya Sabha Chairman (Hamid Ansari) and I have handed over my resignation from the House...
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Shortage of over 5 lakh policemen in country: MHA
NEW DELHI, Jul 18 (Agencies): There is a shortage of over 5 lakh police personnel in the country as compared to their overall sanctioned strength, the government told Parliament today. The Union home ministry, in a written reply to the Lok Sabha, also said that there are lesser Indian Police Service (IPS) officers in position across the country, than their authorised strength. “As on January 1, 2017, there are 3,905 IPS officers in position against an authorised strength of 4,843,” Minister of State for Home Hansraj G Ahir said. The minister said that according to the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD), as on January 1, 2016, against the authorised strength of 22,80,691, there are 17,31,666 police personnel in position. ...
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Farooq Abdullah takes oath as MP in Kashmiri
NEW DELHI,: National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah who had won the by-poll from the Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary constituency, defeating his Peoples Democratic Party rival Nazir Ahmed Khan by over 10,000 votes took oath as a member of the Lok Sabha in Kashmiri on Monday. He was administered oath by Indian Parliament Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Shortly after taking oath, he was congratulated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others while his son Omar Abdullah took to twitter and congratulated him. Farooq Abdullah had lost in 2014 to the then PDP candidate Tariq Karra, who later on resigned from the party and joined Congress. ...
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Voting Ends
BJP says Kovind will win comfortably, oppn says Kumar best choice
NEW DELHI, July 17 (Agencies): As lawmakers voted to elect India's next president, the ruling BJP exuded today confidence that NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind would win with a "comfortable" margin, while the opposition said its joint pick Meira Kumar was the best choice in the "clash of ideologies". "Kovind ji will win (the election) with a respectable and comfortable margin," Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters ahead of the polling. Naidu, however, refused to comment on the BJP parliamentary board's meeting to choose the ruling alliance's vice presidential candidate. Let the presidential poll get over first, he said. Another Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Kovind will register a "decisive victory" and would turn out as an "honest" president, who, he said, will work hard...
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300 income tax commissioners transferred across country
NEW DELHI, July 17: Over 300 commissioners of the Income Tax department have been transferred recently by the government, a major reshuffle seen as an attempt to fine tune the working of the department. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), which frames policy for the tax department, has recently brought out two lists-first transferring 80 and subsequently 245 commissioner rank officials across the country. Just few days before this, on 31 May, the CBDT also transferred over 50 chief commissioners of the department across the country A senior department official said these three lists in quick intervals can be billed as the largest scale of transfers done in the department in the last few years. "The 245 commissioners transfer list published recently is the largest amongst the thr...
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