|Modi's advice to UP BJP MPs: Don’t ask for transfer of police officials|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 23 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday advised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs from Uttar Pradesh not to put unnecessary pressure on the police department.
PM Modi, while speaking to the BJP parliamentarians from Uttar Pradesh - one of India's most electorally crucial states - asked them not to unnecessarily transfer the police officers.
BJP president Amit Shah also attended the meeting. "Prime Minister suggested us to refrain from transfer and posting of officials. This causes unnecessary pressure on state government," a BJP pariamentarian who was present in the meeting told IANS on the condition of anonymity.
He also urged the BJP MPs to ensure that the Code of Conduct of the government should be 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.
PM Modi asked the parli...|
|Over 100 policemen suspended in UP after new govt takes over|
|LUCKNOW, Mar 23 (Agencies): Seeking to send a strong message that laxity in enforcing law and order will not be tolerated, Uttar Pradesh police has suspended over 100 policemen since the new government led by Yogi Adityanath assumed office.
Most of these suspensions were in Ghaziabad, Meerut and Noida. In Lucknow, seven inspectors have been suspended.
The crackdown followed directives issued by DGP Javeed Ahmed a few days back to identify the "black sheep" among the policemen.
PRO UP Police, Rahul Srivastava, said, "More than 100 policemen, mostly constables, have been suspended as per the directives of the DGP to identify the black sheep and take exemplary action against them."
The directive was issued to all the Superintendents of Police through video conferencing by the state polic...|
|SC asks Advani, MM Joshi and other accused in Babri Masjid demolition to give written submission, adjourns matter for 2 weeks|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 23 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today asked BJP leaders L K Advani, M M Joshi and other accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case to give their written submissions and adjourned the matter for two weeks.
A bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman asked all the parties in the case to file their written arguments by April 6 and posted the matter for further hearing on April 7.
At the start of the hearing, senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for the BJP leaders, sought permission from the court for appearing before another bench in a part-heard matter.
The bench allowed Venugopal's plea but said that the parties should file their written submissions in the case before the next date of the hearing.
Yesterday, Justice Ghose had adjourned the matter for tod...|
|Forces must be ready for warfare along borders: Army Chief|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 23 (Agencies): The armed forces should be prepared for conventional warfare along the country's borders and advanced technology for military must be made available on a fast track mode, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said today.
He said that adequate focus must be given to ensure that "trial procedure" for procurement of military systems do not linger on for too long.
Without naming any country, Rawat said India will continue to face conventional or non-traditional forms of warfare and the armed forces will have to be ready to deal with any such challenge.
"The armed forces will have to remain prepared for conventional warfare along our borders," the army chief said while addressing a two-day conference on military communication.
Addressing the gathering, Minister of St...|
|BJP does not discriminate on caste, religion: Rajnath |
|NEW DELHI, Mar 23 (Agencies): The BJP does not discriminate on the basis of caste, creed or religion, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today, strongly refuting allegations that certain communities were facing discrimination in Uttar Pradesh.
The statement came after Congress member Ranjeet Ranjan expressed concern in Lok Sabha over incidents involving 'anti-Romeo' squads and alleged discrimination against people of certain communities in the state.
The UP government has set up such squads in the police to keep a tab on eve-teasing incidents in the state.
Touching upon the issue during Zero Hour, Ranjan wondered whether it was wrong to fall in love. She also asked whether it was wrong to have a boy friend or a girl friend.
Taking a swipe at the 'anti-Romeo' squads, she wanted to know w...|
|Now is the time to go ahead with Ram Temple construction, says Shiv Sena|
|Mumbai, Mar 23(Agnecies) The BJP, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, can now go ahead with its plans to build the controversial Ram temple in Ayodhya as the socio-political atmosphere in the country is such that even Muslims will side with the leader, the Shiv Sena said today.
"Politics in the nation has changed in the last 25 years. (BJP veteran) L K Advani is now in the 'Margdarshak mandal' while the nation is ruled by Modi. Thus, Ram temple can be built now and it does not need direction of the Supreme Court but of Modi," it said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.
"BJP bagged a resounding victory in Uttar Pradesh which shows that the aspirations of the people are towards Ram temple. This is what people want in the name of faith, and thus the Supreme Court should not inte...|
|BJP flag hoisted in school to celebrate UP win; probe ordered|
|Araria, Mar 23 (Agencies): A probe has been ordered into hoisting of a BJP flag by a group of party workers at a government school Araria district of Bihar to celebrate the party's win in Uttar Pradesh Assembly election.
The incident took place at Dak Haripur Kanya Madhya Vidyalaya in Forebesganj on March 18, while results of UP election were announced on March 11.
When students and teachers were leaving the school on March 18, some BJP workers barged into the campus and hoisted the party's flag there to celebrate the party's victory in UP, the school's headmaster told District Education Officer Faizul Rahman.
Headmaster Jagdish Mehta said he tried to stop them but they outnumber the staff and hoisted the flag, Rahman told agencies today.
The District Education Officer said he has ins...|
|400 TMC members join BJP in Tripura|
|Agartala, Mar 23 (Agencies): Four hundred Trinamool Congress members, including 16 of the total 65 state committee members of the TMC, have joined the BJP in Tripura today.
The TMC members who joined the saffron party also include former chairman of the Tripura unit of Trinamool Congress, Ratan Chakraborty.
The President of Tripura unit of BJP, Biplab Deb and Union minister of state for Railways, Rajen Gohain, jointly handed over the saffron party flag to Chakraborty.
“BJP is the only political party in the country, which attached maximum importance to develop the backward north eastern region.
I have full confidence that BJP would be able to free the state from the clutches of CPI-M and form a government in the 2018 elections to give relief to the people”, Chakraborty told a press co...|
|Pak singer, who chanted Gayatri Mantra in front of Nawaz Sharif, said this about Yogi Adityanath|
|RAIPUR, Mar 23 (Agencies): Narodha Malni, the Pakistani Hindu girl who recently hogged the limelight for chanting Gayatri Mantra before Pak Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has said that the appointment of Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister would be good for Uttar Pradesh.
Narodha, who was in Raipur (India) to attend a religious programme, said the moment she crossed the Wagah border and entered into India, she came to know about the appointment of Yogi Adityanath as UP's new CM, reported Aaj Tak.
The Karachi girl had sung Gayatri Mantra at a Holi festival on March 15, which was attended by Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif. The video has gone viral on social media.
Talking about it, Malni said the recitation of the highly revered mantra brought inner peace to Sharif.
The Pakistani PM was in anoth...|
|RS defers debate on Special Category Status to states|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 21 (Agencies): A discussion on the continuance of the concept of Special Category Status for states and holding of a meeting of the National Development Council (NDC) for the purpose, could not be taken up by the Rajya Sabha today due to the non-availability of the Finance Minister.
The calling attention on the need to convene a meeting of the country's apex decision-making body NDC to discuss the necessity for continuance of the concept of Special Category Status, was not taken up due to the unavailability of the minister, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said.
He told the House that it would be taken up later and the date would notified.
Since the calling attention could not be taken up, the House straight away took up the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquire...|
|‘Maximum Kashmiri youths joined militancy in 2016’|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 21 (Agencies): A total of 88 Kashmiri youths joined militancy in 2016, the highest in last six years, the Centre has said, adding that infiltration almost tripled last year as compared to 2015.
It, however, said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has “improved to a large extent” in the current year.
In written replies to two separate questions in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir shared data about Kashmiri youths taking up arms, infiltration attempts and law and order situation in the valley.
The data shows a steady increase in the number of youths taking up arms in the valley from 2014 onwards as compared to ones between 2010 and 2013.
According to the data, 88 Kashmiri youths have joined militancy in 2016 which is highest in last six...|
|Indian army reports deaths of 68 soldiers in terror attacks in 2016|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 21 (Agencies): The Indian Army reported the deaths of 68 of its men in 15 terror attacks in 2016 along the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan and the international border in Jammu and Kashmir.
The army also told the Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Indian Parliament) there were 449 ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC and the international border in Jammu and Kashmir combined.
Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State for Defense, told the Lok Sabha in a written report that 10 terror attacks were recorded in 2014; 11 in 2015; 15 in 2016 and three until March 15 this year.
He revealed that 2015 and 2016 also saw a rise in the number of deaths among army personnel. There were 67 deaths in 2015 and 68 deaths in 2016 caused by terror attacks and along the border.
|Enough provisions under law for actions against cops for custodial deaths: Rijiju|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 21 (Agencies): There are enough provisions in the law and police manual of every state so that appropriate actions are taken against erring police officials whenever there are custodial deaths and allegations of police tortures, the Lok Sabha was told today.
Stating this, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju informed the House during Question Hour that the reports of alleged custodial deaths were “somehow quite more than other states” in Maharashtra.
The Government also said during 2013, there were 35 custodial deaths reported from Maharashtra — followed by 21 in 2014 and 19 in 2015.
Responding to supplementary questions from Sadashiv Lokhande (Shiv Sena) and others, the Minister said the Home Ministry keeps proper monitoring of the matters and there were provisions u...|
|Modi is a global icon, works for all without discrimination: Yogi|
|DELHI, Mar 21 (Agencies): In his first speech in Parliament after taking oath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that he worked for all and called him a global icon.
"Modi government has given us growth. Our Prime Minister a global development icon," he said.
"I thank the Finance Minister for breathing new life into our country's economy," he further said and added, "Modi government has helped farmers and has lived up to the expectations of the people of India."
Taking about various people-oriented schemes like the Ujjawala Yojna, Yogi Adityanath said that the BJP-led government at the Centre was working for all sections of society without any discrimination.
Slamming the Akhilesh Yadav government Yogi said, "...|
|Ayodhya dispute: RSS, BJP welcome SC ruling, BMAC says 'amicable solution is impossible'|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 21 (Agencies): The BJP and its parent organisation Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court ruling on the long-pending Ram Temple-Babri Masjid dispute in Ayodhya, saying negotiations were the best way to resolve it.
Reacting to the apex court ruling, which called for an ''amicable'' settlement of the highly-vexed issue, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, ''Supreme Court has said that Ayodhya dispute is a serious and sensitive issue and has asked for amicable solution. We welcome the decision.''
"This is a very good step by the apex court. Even the BJP has been encouraging to resolve the issue through negotiations. It is a very good step to solve the issue by sitting together and negotiating," PP Chaudhary, BJP leader and Minister of State f...|
|Babri Masjid case is a title dispute: Owaisi|
|HYDERABAD, Mar 21 (Agencies):AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday said that the Babri Masjid case is about the title and he is waiting to seeing if "conspiracy charges" would be pressed against senior BJP leaders in the matter.
His comments came on a day when the Supreme Court suggested that fresh attempts be made by all parties concerned to find a solution to the Ayodhya temple dispute which is a "sensitive" and "sentimental matter".
In a tweet, Owaisi said, "Waiting to hear about whether conspiracy charges will be held against (L K) Advani, (Murli Manohar) Joshi, Uma Bharati (Bharti) in Babri demolition case since....1992".
Waiting to hear about whether conspiracy charges will be held against Advani,Joshi,Uma Bharati in Babri demolition case since ........1992
— Asaduddin Owa...|
|Ram Mandir should be built at his birthplace, Masjid on other side of Sarayu river: Swamy|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 21 (Agencies): BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday suggested a plan on the controversial matter of Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid.
"The Ram temple should be built at Ram Janambhoomi (birthplace of Ram) while the Masjid (mosque) on the other side of Sarayu river to resolve the Ayodhya issue," BJP leader Subramanian Swamy suggested.
"We were always ready. Mandir and Masjid should be built but Masjid should be built on other side of Sarayu river. The Ram Janambhoomi should be entirely for Ram Mandir," he told reporters.
His response came after the Supreme Court on Tuesday said the Ayodhya dispute must be settled amicably and all parties must hold discussion out of court to find an amicable solution.
Swamy argued that in Saudi Arabia and other Muslim nations, mosque is regard...|
|Among newly elected CMs, Adityanath leads in LS attendance at 77 pc, Amarinder at 6 pc|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 21 (Agencies): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath had an impressive attendance of 77 per cent as a Lok Sabha MP while his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh's was just six per cent, one of the lowest in the House.
The chief ministers of two states, Manohar Parrikar in Goa and Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh, out of the five states that recently went to polls are sitting Members of Parliament. Amarinder Singh resigned as Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar just before the Punjab Assembly polls.
According to PRS Legislative Research, the 44-year-old Gorakhpur MP, who is yet to resign from Lok Sabha after taking over reins in Uttar Pradesh and even attended proceedings today, asked 284 questions during the current Lok Sabha, participated in 56 debates and introduced three privat...|
|BJP welcomes SC advice to resolve Ayodhya dispute out-of-court|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 21 (Agencies): The BJP today welcomed the Supreme Court's suggestion of an out-of-court settlement of the Ayodhya dispute, and said aggrieved parties should keep in mind its "sensitivity" while discussing the matter.
"The Supreme Court has called for an out-of-court settlement between the aggrieved parties. The parties should resolve the issue amicably by talking to each other.
"We welcome this step and I believe they should have talks outside the court," BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told reporters here. The party will study in detail the observations made by the apex court, which has said the issue is sensitive and sentimental and is related to faith of millions of people, he said.
Patra suggested that aggrieved parties should talk while keeping in mind the "sensitivit...|
|Digvijaya blames Rahul for not acting decisively to form govts|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 21 (Agencies): After drawing flak for his apparent indecision which led to the Congress failing to form a government in Goa, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has now seemingly pointed a curled finger in the direction of party VP Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of being indecisive.
Singh was speaking at an event organised by The Indian Express and said that the party needed a new charter, a new plan and a new way of campaigning. He added that Gandhi, whom many within the Congress want as party-head, should be acting more decisively. Singh added that the only person that could helm this change was Rahul Gandhi.
He however, reportedly added: “He has to act… My complaint against Rahul Gandhi is that he is not acting… decisively. I have told him a number of times. Sometimes, ...|
|Sahayaks in army not to be employed for menial tasks: Centre|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 21 (Agencies): The assertion by the government comes in the backdrop of raging controversy over use of 'Sahayaks' or helpers — by some Army officers as their servants.
At the same time, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, replying to a question, said the Sahayaks provide "essential support" to the officers which helps in creating rapport between officers and the buddies.
"The rapport between officers and the buddies has led to enhancement of the spirit-de-corps in a unit, which is vital during war and peace. As such, this is not expected to have any adverse impact on their morale.
"Notwithstanding this, exhaustive instructions have been issued from time to time stressing upon the need to ensure that under no circumstances Sahayaks, being combatant soldiers, are...|
|Diminishing Indian values among youth matter of serious concern: Bhalla|
|JAMMU, Mar 20: Senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla today said that education makes us a distinct person with a broad vision, new ideas and thoughts and wisdom and values make us morally, socially and culturally distinct thus education should be accompanied with the knowledge of our great values as well.
“Education which does not enable a person to stand on his own feet, does not teach him self-confidence and self-respect, is useless. Education should be man-making, life giving and character-building. He also said that children should be given “positive education”, i.e they should be encouraged to learn new things till they gain self-confidence and self-respect” he added.
Truth is the basis of all Religions and hence we must always practice tolerance towards other religions. We should ...|
|Safety of Indians more important than strategic partnership with US: Sushma|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 20 (Agencies): The recent attacks on Indians in the US are "hate crimes" and not a simple law and order issue, the government said today with an assertion that national interest will not be compromised for the sake of Strategic Partnership with that country.
Making a statement in the Rajya Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj expressed confidence that the Trump Administration will not let these incidents become a trend and is keeping a close watch on it.
"We do not treat these incidents as law and order matter. It is not as simple as that. From our side, we are saying that these are 100 per cent incidents of hate crime," she said, adding that the investigation should be carried out from such a perspective.
The minister was making statement on three incidents of...|
|After order to ministers, Yogi asks officials to declare assets|
|LUCKNOW, Mar 20 (Agencies): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today directed officials to declare their assets within 15 days, following up on a similar order to ministers after assuming office yesterday, a move aimed at uprooting corruption.
Separately, Adityanath directed state DGP Javeed Ahmed to ensure that there was no laxity in improving law and order situation, hours after a BSP leader was shot dead in Allahabad.
At his first interaction with senior officials in Lok Bhawan, the chief minister also instructed them to ensure implementation of BJP's 'Sankalp Patra' (manifesto).
"It was an introductory meeting with UP government officials. The officials were told that the Sankalp Patra has to be implemented," Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who was also presen...|
|Tweets by 'Donald Trump' to none other than Yogi Adityanath take Twitter by storm |
|NEW DELHI, Mar 20 (Agencies): In what seem to be a part of the agenda to discredit Uttar Pradesh's new Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, a number of photoshopped tweets claiming to be by US President Donald Trump are doing the rounds on social media.
The BJP's pick of Yogi Adityanath as the UP CM had stunned everyone and triggered a range of Internet memes.
He was also compared to Hollywood star Vin Diesel because of their similar looks.
And, now the photoshopped tweets by Trump have taken Twitter by storm....|