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Lok Sabha passes bill to amend CBI chief's selection process

New Delhi : The Lok Sabha Wednesday passed a bill to amend the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act to include leader of the single largest opposition party as a member of the selection committee to choose the CBI chief.

The current Lok Sabha does not have a recognised Leader of Opposition. Under the statutory provisions, the post goes to the party that has at least 10 percent of the house's strength as elected members, currently pegged at 55.


Text of Modi's speech at Saarc summit

Kathmandu : The following is the full text of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at the 18th Saarc Summit Wednesday:

Koiralaji, congratulations on organising an excellent Summit.

Thank you, Nepal, for your warm hospitality once again.

Greetings to the Observer countries present here.

Lok Sabha speaker rejects adjournment motion over black money

New Delhi : Speaker Sumitra Mahajan Wednesday rejected a notice by the Congress party for an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha on the issue of black money.

She also refused to suspend the question hour to discuss the matter.

Mahajan, however, agreed to let the matter, which is already listed in the business of the day, be discussed at the earliest.

The adjournment motion was moved by Congress members, including leader of the party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, M. Veerappa Moily and Kamal Nath.


High voter turnout success of democracy: Omar

Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and working president of the National Conference (NC) Omar Abdullah Wednesday said the high voter turnout in the state assembly polls is a success of democracy.

He filed his nomination papers for the Sonawar assembly constituency in Srinagar district Wednesday. He was accompanied by senior party leaders and supporters.

क्या बनारस में फर्जी वोटों पर चुनी गयी सरकार?

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वाराणसी: हाल ही में बीते लोकसभा चुनाव में जिस वाराणसी संसदीय सीट से नरेंद्र मोदी ने भारी बहुमत से जीत दर्ज की, उस सीट के बारे में एक चौंका देने वाला खुलासा सामने आया है. भारतीय निर्वाचन आयोग द्वारा आदेशित जाँच के दौरान अब तक बनारस में 3,11,057 मतदाता फर्जी साबित हो चुके हैं.

Indian-origin likely candidate in Guyana polls

San Juan : Guyana's ruling People's Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is holding talks about presidential nominations and said its only candidate for the position of president is incumbent Donald Ramotar, a person of Indian origin.

"President Ramotar obviously is a candidate for the time being... there are no other names there," PPP/C general secretary Clement Rohee said Tuesday.

Rohee told reporters that the PPP/C executive committee is expected to deliberate on the presidential nomination, as well as the nomination of the party's prime ministerial candidate.


Criminalisation of politics: Meghalaya lawmakers demand NIA probe

Shillong : Opposition legislators in Meghalaya Tuesday demanded a probe by the NIA into politicians hobnobbing with militants, even as Chief Minister Mukul Sangma assured that law would prevail in the state.

"There was ample proof of criminalisation of politics in Meghalaya. Yet, we choose to remain blind to this or pretend it does not exist," National People's Party legislator James Sangma said, moving a motion on criminalisation of politics.

Sangma asked the government to initiate a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the entire political spectrum.

Rajnath lauds high voter turnout in Kashmir, Jharkhand

New Delhi : Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday said the huge voter turnout in the Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand assembly elections was a "positive sign" and people had defied the threat of militants and Maoists.

He said he was happy to learn of the huge turnout in the first phase of voting in the two states and "it is a positive sign for our democracy".

"Defying threats from militants and Naxals (Maoists), the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand have rejected the ideology of terror and violence," he said.


Goa BJP legislator makes astrologer barb at Smriti Irani

Panaji : Under flak from the opposition and the media for her much publicised visit to an astrologer, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani Tuesday attracted barbs from her own partymen.

Vishnu Wagh, Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from St. Andre constituency near Panaji, Tuesday took to WhatsApp to comment on the controversy surrounding Irani's visit to an astrologer in Bhilwara in Rajasthan.

"Now we can demand to include 'J(y)otish' (study of horoscopes) as a compulsory subject in the school curriculum," Wagh said on a WhatsApp group which he moderates.


Impasse continues over Amit Shah's Kolkata rally

Kolkata : The impasse over the proposed Nov 30 rally of BJP president Amit Shah in the city continued here Tuesday with the Calcutta High Court directing the party to get clearance from the fire department and the municipal corporation.

Denied permission to hold the rally at Victoria House, where the ruling Trinamool Congress usually organises its annual martyrs' day rally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit moved the bench of Justice Debangshu Basak alleging discrimination by the city police.