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No interference from Sonia, Rahul: Congress leaders

Bangalore/New Delhi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi did not interfere with the working of ministers, Congress leaders said Friday after former minister Jayanthi Natarajan quit the party.

Natarajan said there was interference in her work when she was the environment minister, followed by a campaign of vilification against her.

Congress leader and former union minister Veerappa Moily said Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi never interfered.


UPA government practiced crony capitalism: Jaitley

New Delhi : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Friday said the UPA government was a "practitioner of sadistic economy" and "crony capitalism" and called for a review of all the projects that were granted or not granted approval by the previous government.

Jaitley spoke after Jayanthi Natarajan wrote to Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, saying that as the union environment minister she followed the party line with regard to protection of environment and also to "requests" from Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's office.


Goa's BJP nixes auction of mining leases, defies Modi manifesto?

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar,

Panaji : By opting to renew and grant over 85 mining leases to the same companies accused of being part of a Rs. 35,000 crore illegal mining scam, the BJP-led Goa government may have reneged on a key promise made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Lok Sabha poll manifesto which advocates auctioning of precious natural resources.


Farmers' suicide: Shiv Sena criticises Maharashtra government

Mumbai : The Shiv Sena Friday came out in support of the state's farming community amid the shocking report of eight famers committing suicide in Vidarbha, including four a couple of days ago.

It said that the government in the state has changed, but the plight of the farmers continues, and despite a son of the soil Devendra Fadnavis becoming the chief minister, farmers' suicides are unabated.


Jayanthi Natarajan resigns from Congress

Chennai : Senior Congress leader and former union minister Jayanthi Natarajan Friday announced her resignation from the party, saying she had only acted on "specific inputs" from Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's office during her tenure as the environment minister.

"I announce my resignation (from the party)," Natarajan told reporters here, adding that she was anguished.


SC upholds conviction of Kerala CPI-M leader

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram : The Supreme Court Friday upheld the conviction of Kerala CPI-M leader M.V. Jayarajan for using unparliamentary words against state high court judges but reduced the sentence from six months to four months.

An apex court bench headed by Justice Vikramajit Sen upheld Jayarajan's conviction holding that he has no remorse for his utterances against high court judges.

Jayarajan in July 2010 while speaking at a public meeting, after the high court banned road-side meetings, spoke unparliamentary words in the manner the judges pass judgments.


Jayanthi's letter to Sonia surprises Tamil Nadu Congress

Chennai : The Tamil Nadu unit of the Congress has been taken by surprise by the outpourings of former union environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan to party president Sonia Gandhi.

"I am reading her (Natarajan's) letter published by The Hindu. It is for the party high command to decide on the future course of action," a senior state party leader told IANS on condition of anonymity.

Another Congress member questioned Natarajan's contribution to develop the party at the grass root level.


Saradha chit-fund scam: CBI grills Mukul Roy

Kolkata : Trinamool Congress general secretary and former railway minister Mukul Roy, considered West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's right hand man, Friday appeared before the CBI for questioning in the multi-crore rupee Saradha ponzi scam.

"I am here to cooperate with the CBI," said Roy while entering the probe agency's office at the CGO Complex in Salt Lake here amid tight security.

Roy, Trinamool's key organiser, reiterated that he had not done anything unethical. "Never in my life, have I done anything unethical".


Must give importance to mobile governance: Modi

New Delhi : To successfully implement e-governance, the country must think about 'mobiles first' and give importance to mobile governance, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday.

Addressing the 18th National Conference on e-Governance through Twitter, Modi said: "I urge you to explore ways to provide as many services as possible through mobiles. Let us bring the world into our mobile phones!"

"While we look at e-Governance, let us think about 'mobile first' and thus give importance to m-Governance (mobile governance)," he added in another tweet.


Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 67th death anniversary.

"My tributes to Pujya (respected) Bapu," he tweeted.

Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse in 1948 at Birla House. The building, located in the heart of Delhi, has since been converted into a museum, and is known as Gandhi Smriti.

Modi also paid tribute to those who laid down their lives for the country.