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India Politics

Bill to amend Electricity Act tabled in Lok Sabha

New Delhi : Within days of cabinet approval, the government Friday tabled in the Lok Sabha amendments to the Electricity Act, 2003, designed to bring in the much needed second phase of reforms in the power sector.

The Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2014 will promote competition, efficiency, and improvement in the supply of electricity in the country resulting in capacity addition and benefit to the consumers, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said while introducing the bill in the Lok Sabha.


Trinamool complains to Bengal governor over CBI Saradha probe

Kolkata : On a day when West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra was sent to judicial custody in the Saradha scam, five of his ministerial colleagues met Governor K.N. Tripathi complaining against the CBI investigation that was "aimed only at the ruling party".

Submitting a memorandum to Tripathi, the delegation led by Education Minister Partha Chatterjee also questioned Mitra's arrest asserting prior information to the authorities concerned was not given by the Central Bureau of Investigation before arresting the minister.


Kerala to bat for online voting for its diaspora

Thiruvananthapuram : The Kerala cabinet will take a decision next week whether to adopt online voting for its diaspora, a minister said Friday.

"The decision to include the Indian diaspora in voter lists was taken by the UPA government and the Supreme Court is looking into the matter. The Kerala cabinet will decide next week on the issue. We might consider filing a petition regarding this in the apex court," K.C. Joseph, minister for diaspora, told reporters here.

He said he will favour the online voting method.


Have named CPI-M leaders in Saradha scam: Madan Mitra

Kolkata : West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, arrested in the Saradha scam, Friday claimed he has named to the CBI, several CPI-M leaders including MP Mohammad Salim for their involvement in the multi-crore scandal. The Left leaders dismissed the allegations.

"I have named a series of CPI-M leaders - Rabin Deb, Mohammad Salim and Sujon Chakraborty," Mitra said here at the CBI office on posers by the media if he has named anyone to the agency.


CBI files progress report into coal scam case involving MP

New Delhi : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Friday filed a progress report of investigation it has conducted in coal block allocation case involving a Rajya Sabha MP - a case in which the agency had earlier sought closure but the court had not agreed.

The report was filed before Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar who posted the matter for Jan 29.


Nitish asks Modi to disapprove Ghar Wapsi, praising Godse

Patna : Former Bihar chief minister and senior JD-U leader Nitish Kumar Friday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to publicly disapprove his party BJP's Ghar Wapsi (home returning) campaign, and praise of Mahatma Gandhi's killer and hate speeches made by his party leaders.

"It is high time the prime minister should say that he disapproves of such things including Ghar Wapsi, praise of Gandhi's killer and hate speeches by his party leaders, inside parliament and outside," Nitish Kumar told media persons here.


High alert as Kashmir readies for last phase of polling

Jammu : After ensuring a peaceful, incident-free four phases of the assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir, authorities Friday sounded high alert in the Jammu region where 20 constituencies go to polls tomorrow in the fifth and final phase.

Government tables GST bill in Lok Sabha

New Delhi : The government Friday initiated legislation for the much awaited reform of the indirect tax system by tabling the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in the Lok Sabha.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley introduced the constitutional amendment bill for implementing GST contending that the object of the legislation is "the seamless transfer of goods and services across the country".

The GST proposes a national sales tax that will replace a myriad of overlapping state duties that deter investment.


BJP legislator in Rajasthan suspended for threatening official

Jaipur : The BJP has suspended its Rajasthan legislator Prahalad Gunjal for allegedly threatening a chief medical and health officer (CMHO) for transfer of a male nurse, a party leader said Friday.

"Taking cognizance of the matter, the central leadership has suspended him from the primary membership of the party and also informed the state unit about it. These kind of matters are decided by our parliamentary board and they have taken this decision," state Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman Kailash Nath Bhatt told IANS.


RSS chief ducks queries on reconversion

Panaji : RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat Friday avoided questions on the controversy over religious conversion, saying it was not his job to comment on such issues.

Asked to respond on an issue that has stalled the Rajya Sabha for days, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader said: "There others who are authorised to speak. It is not my job."

Bhagwat was in Goa to attend a social event in Panaji organised by Giants International, an NGO.

RSS-affiliated groups have been accused of persuading members from the minority communities to embrace Hinduism.