India Politics

India Politics

Modi, Hasina may jointly open 'border haat'

By Sujit Chakraborty,

Agartala : The fourth 'border haat' (market) along the India-Bangladesh border is likely to be jointly inaugurated next month by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina when the former visits Dhaka on June 6-7, an official said here Thursday.

The 'border haat' at Kasba in western Tripura is the second in the state and the fourth along the India-Bangladesh border. It has been established at the Indian commerce ministry's expenditure to boost trade in local produce of areas on the two sides.

Modi meets PMO officials, families over high tea

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday invited all officials and staff of the Prime Minister's Office for high tea on the occasion of his completion of one year in office.

According to an official statement, the prime minister said the entire PMO family shares the credit for the success achieved in serving the people over the past year.

Modi said a sensitive and humane approach was needed in fulfilling the responsibilities of the PMO.

The prime minister met the officials, and posed for photographs with them.


Congress fumes at no mention of Sonia in Telangana text book

Hyderabad : The Congress in Telangana has condemned the non-inclusion in school text books of the role of party president Sonia Gandhi in the formation of the new state.

A chapter titled "The movement for the formation of Telangana state" has been included in this year's social studies text book for Class 10.

However, the 14-page chapter showers praise only on Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao and his Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), said Uttam Kumar Reddy, president of Congress party's Telangana unit.


Kerala HC dismisses BJP's petition against Tharoor

Kochi : The Kerala High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition filed by BJP Thiruvananthapuram district president S. Suresh challenging the election of Shashi Tharoor from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency.

In a statement issued here on Wednesday evening, Tharoor's office said Justice Bhavadasan dismissed the allegation of the petitioner that Tharoor failed to disclose the assets of his wife, late Sunanda Pushkar, in his election affidavit and, therefor,e the acceptance of his nomination was improper.


Decision on Ram temple will be taken at right time: Shah

Surat : BJP President Amit Shah on Wednesday asserted that his party was not on the backfoot on the Ram temple issue and a decision in this regard would be taken at the right time.

Shah's statement came a day after he said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lacked the numbers in the Lok Sabha to address core issues such as the construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya, Uniform Civil Code and abolition of the Constitution's Article 370 giving Jammu and Kashmir a special status.

Centre undermining parliamentary system, says AAP

New Delhi : The AAP on Tuesday accused the Centre of "undermining the parliamentary system" by meddling in the affairs of the national capital while the BJP and the Congress advised the "inexperienced" party to change its "confrontational attitude".

Debating at a panel discussion here the ongoing tussle between the Delhi government and the Centre over jurisdiction issues, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government was unnecessarily meddling in the affairs of Delhi.


People have expectations from us, not LG: Kejriwal

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the AAP government was answerable to the people who had certain expectations from them and not from the lt. governor.

Kejriwal accused Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung of "dancing to the tunes of the Centre" and asked the central government and Jung to "stop conspiring against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government".

The chief minister said that by issuing the notification on the lt. governor's powers, the Narendra Modi government was taking the country towards dictatorship.


TDP amends party constitution for national status

Hyderabad : The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Wednesday amended its constitution, taking the first step towards attaining national party status.

With the party having presence in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and looking to expand to other states, it amended the constitution to provide for a national framework.

A resolution to this effect was passed unanimously on the first day of the three-day 'Mahanadu' or annual conclave at Gandipet on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

The 34-year-old party dropped the word 'Telugu Nadu' and replaced it with India.


Nation suffered Rs.12 lakh crore loss during Manmohan's regime: Amit Shah

Surat : BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday accused former prime minister Manmohan Singh of not stopping others from indulging in corruption during his regime due to which the nation has suffered a loss of about Rs.12 lakh crore.

"I believe that a prime minister's responsibility is not limited to not doing corruption himself but to also ensure that others are not allowed to do corruption. He has to root out corruption from the system," Shah told reporters here.


Manmohan Singh meets Modi

New Delhi : Hours after rebutting allegations of corruption and policy paralysis against his government, former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the latter's official residence here.

"Very happy to meet Dr. Manmohan Singh ji & welcome him back to 7 RCR (Race Course Road). We had a great meeting," tweeted Modi.

He also shared a photo of him welcoming Singh at his official residence.