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India Politics

Modi visit to Siachen: Deed must match word

By C. Uday Bhaskar,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to the Siachen Glacier on the festive occasion of Diwali (Oct 23 ) to spend time with the Indian military units that are deployed at altitudes of 22,000 feet in what is often described as the highest battlefield in the world.

Three union ministers increase assets in five months

New Delhi : The assets of at least three union ministers have increased since they assumed office five months ago, a joint statement by the National Election Watch and Association of Democratic Reforms said Friday.

The highest increase in assets in five months was shown by Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda.

"His assets have shown an increase of Rs.10.46 crores, from Rs.9.88 crores as declared in Lok Sabha 2014 elections to Rs.20.35 crores in the 2014 declarations of the Union Council of Ministers to the PMO," the statement said.


Before questioning Modi, Akhilesh should explain his dismal tenure: BJP

Lucknow : Stung by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's growing criticism by UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, BJP has challenged him to show his 31-month's report card before questioning the track record of the BJP-led NDA government.

State spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak told IANS that the Samajwadi Party (SP) government had very little to show in its tenure so far and it was hence a joke that it was ridiculing the Modi government.

Trinamool leader, partymen held for assaulting IT employees

Kolkata : A municipal councillor of the ruling Trinamool Congress along with three partymen were Thursday arrested and sent to custody for allegedly assaulting some IT professionals in West Bengal's Burdwan district, police said.

According to the police complaint filed by Ritesh Trivedi, director of the Webel IT Park in Durgapur, he and his employees were bursting crackers outside the office premises Wednesday night when Durgapur Municipal councillor Hira Bauri and his men assaulted them.


Shiv Sena ready to back BJP-led coalition in Maharashtra

Mumbai : The Shiv Sena may support a Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Maharashtra, a top Sena leader said here Thursday.

"The election results indicate that no single party can form the government. However, both (Shiv Sena, BJP) can come together for the purpose. This is the people's mandate," Shiv Sena parliamentarian and emissary Anil Desai told a private television channel.

The two parties are expected to start discussions on forming the government Monday, he said.


Modi announces Rs.745 crore for Kashmir's damaged homes, hospitals

Srinagar : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday announced an additional relief package of Rs.745 crore for flood-affected Jammu and Kashmir.

Talking to some media persons at the Raj Bhavan here, Modi said he had come to the state immediately after the floods occurred last month and announced a relief package of Rs.1,000 crore.

Many flood victims eager to meet Modi disappointed

Srinagar : Dozens of flood affected people who came to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his day-long Diwali visit Thursday returned disappointed as they were not allowed to enter Raj Bhavan where Modi was scheduled to meet them.

"We had heard on radio and television that the Prime Minister would meet flood victims at Raj Bhavan. Following that announcement, we walked to the meet the Prime Minister since there was no public transport in the city because of a separatist shutdown," said one of the people who walked to Raj Bhavan.

Omar stays away from Modi's Raj Bhavan engagements

Srinagar : After receiving Prime Minister Narendra Modi here Thursday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah chose to stay away from Modi's engagements at the Raj Bhawan.

Abdullah, however, attended an official briefing given to Modi in the technical area of Srinagar airport.

Informed sources said the chief minister left for his official residence in the high-security Gupkar Road from the airport while Modi and Governor N.N. Vohra went to the Raj Bhawan.

Odisha BJP leader suspended for social media comments

Bhubaneswar : The Bharatiya Janata Party Thursday suspended one of its senior leaders in Odisha for making "anti-party" statements on social media.

"The party suspended Ashok Sahu for anti-party activities," state BJP spokesman Samir Mohanty told IANS.

Sahu had made some "objectionable" comments a few days ago on social networking sites. He also made such comments on television shows despite being warned by party leaderships, the party spokesman said.


Modi reaches Srinagar

Srinagar : Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here Thursday afternoon to meet victims of the recent floods in Jammu and Kashmir.

A special plane carrying Modi landed at the technical area of Srinagar airport around 2.10 p.m.

Governor N.N. Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and senior ministers received the prime minister.

Members of flood-affected families, traders and members of the civil society will meet Modi at the Raj Bhawan.