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India Politics

TDP MLA appears before ACB in cash-for-vote case

Hyderabad: TDP legislator Sandra Venkata Veeraiah on Monday appeared before the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for questioning in the cash-for-vote case.

The Telugu Desam party (TDP) legislator reached the ACB office at Banjara Hills after 10 a.m.

The ACB on Saturday issued him a fresh notice to appear before 5 p.m. on July 6.

The ACB summoned him for questioning last month too but he failed to respond. He later sent a letter to the ACB, seeking 10 days' time to appear before it, citing ill-health.

Modi leaves on Central Asia, Russia visit

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday left on an eight-day tour to five Central Asian countries and to Ufa in Russia to attend the BRICS and SCO summits.

Modi's first stop is Uzbekistan.

He will be visiting Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan from July 6-8 after which he will attend the BRICS and SCO summits from July 8-10. He will visit the three countries of Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan from July 10-13.

Boosting trade, energy, connectivity and counter-terrorism, besides people-to-people links will be high on the agenda in all five countries.

Syama Prasad Mookerjee was a statesman: Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tribute to Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary, describing him a "statesman" and "profound thinker".

"Today we pay our tributes to the respected Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary. He is remembered as a great leader with an invaluable contribution to the nation. He always emphasised on education among the youth," Modi said in a message.

"He was a statesman, way ahead of his time and a profound thinker whose thoughts have been widely appreciated," he added.

Rajnath asks Chouhan to probe journalist's death

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday asked Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to get investigated the mysterious death of a Delhi-based journalist, an official said.

"The home minister spoke to the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. We don't have details of the conversation but he asked him to get the issue investigated thoroughly," a home ministry official told IANS.

Rajnath Singh is understood to have expressed concern over the recent deaths over the Vyapam scam, especially that of the journalist who died on Saturday, the official said.

Modi on Central Asian tour, to visit Russia for BRICS, SCO summits

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves on Monday on an eight-day tour that will take him to the five Central Asian countries of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and to Ufa in Russia where he will attend the BRICS and SCO back-to-back summits.

Modi will he the first Indian prime minister in recent times to visit all five Central Asian countries at one go.

Trade with the resource-rich region, in which China has made major inroads, stands at a paltry $1.6 billion.

Swaraj Abhiyan demands PM to break silence and act on Atali

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New Delhi: Swaraj Abhiyan has issued a statement on the Atali violence demanding from the Prime Minister to act.

“It is a matter of extreme shame that just 40 kms from the Indian Parliament, Indian citizens have to live in much fear and terror and have to leave their land, their villages, their ancestral past in search of a "safer" place,” a statement by Swaraj Abhiyan said.

BJP to strengthen presence in south India

Bengaluru : After enrolling 110 million members in southern states recently, the BJP plans to further strengthen its position in the region through mass contact programmes and study camps for newly-enrolled members, the party said on Sunday.

"BJP national president Amit Shah has directed our lawmakers and office-bearers of state units of southern states to build a rapport with newly enrolled members and also to flag the achievements of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre to the people," BJP's general secretary Muralidhara Rao told IANS.

Left to jointly contest Bihar elections

New Delhi : The CPI-M and five other Left parties on Sunday announced that they will jointly contest the coming Bihar elections "as an independent, united bloc".

The decision was taken by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Communist Party of India (CPI), Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist-Liberation and Socialist Unity Centre of India-Communist (SUCI-C).

Remove tainted ministers in centre, states: Left

New Delhi : A grouping of six Left parties on Sunday demanded the removal of all tainted ministers in the central government and states and a CBI probe into their alleged misconduct.

"The Left parties demand that a thorough CBI investigation under the supervision of the judiciary must be conducted in these cases and the guilty should be booked and punished," a joint Left statement said.

"All tainted ministers in the Centre and the states must be removed from office until the investigations are completed and action taken," it added.

GST, land acquisition laws needed to remove poverty: Jaitley

New Delhi : Reacting to a grim picture of rural India projected by the Socio-Economic and Caste Census 2011, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said the passage of bills on Goods and Service Tax (GST) and land acquisition is necessary to create jobs and remove poverty.

As per the latest official data released on Friday, for nearly 75 percent of the 17.9 crore (nearly 180 million) households in rural India, the monthly income of the highest-earning member is less than Rs.5,000 ($83), and 40 percent households are landless, its members toiling as manual casual labourers.