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India Politics

Bihar CM calls on PM

New Delhi : In what is being described as a "courtesy call", Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here and discussed issues regarding his state.

A Prime Minister's Office (PMO) official told IANS that it was just a "courtesy call" and the two leaders met for a while.

This was the first time that the two leaders met each other after Modi became the prime minister.

Modi's elevation in the BJP had prompted Nitish Kumar to pull his Janata Dal-United out of the NDA in 2013 after being part of the alliance for 17 years.


Congress to field Vayalar Ravi for Kerala Rajya Sabha seat

Thiruvananthapuram : The Congress has decided to field sitting Rajya Sabha member and veteran leader Vayalar Ravi for the coming Rajya Sabha poll from Kerala.

Ravi, however, preferred to maintain silence over the development and said he will speak to media only after the national leadership clears his candidature.

The CPI-M have finalised their youth leader K.K. Raghesh who had contested and lost the Kannur Lok Sabha seat in 2009.


Modi greets Bangladesh, India's 'enduring friend'

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the people of Bangladesh on their 44th Independence Day, saying that country was an "enduring and important friend for India".

"Independence Day greetings to the people of Bangladesh, a nation that has always been an enduring and important friend for India," Modi said in a brief statement.

Modi also tweeted his greetings in Bengali, the official language of Bangladesh.

Modi to visit Turkey this year: Turkey ambassador

New Delhi : Turkish Ambassador to India Burak Akcapar said here on Thursday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Turkey this year and reiterated his country's commitment to a strategic relation with India.

Participating in an Indo-Turkish symposium at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) here, Akcapar said Modi's visit will be the first by an Indian prime minister to Turkey after a gap of 13 years.

ABVP protest in Patna turns violent

Patna : Police opened fire in the air and resorted to a baton charge on Thursday to disperse ABVP members who pelted stones at the police during a protest near the Bihar assembly here against the deteriorating education system, officials said.

Following the police action against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists, over a dozen BJP legislators staged a protest outside the assembly. Some BJP legislators also clashed with the police but were calmed down by their colleagues.


ED attaches Rs.130 crore assets in Jagan case

Hyderabad : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday attached properties worth Rs.130 crore in connection with the money laundering probe against YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and businessman I. Syam Prasad Reddy.

The ED issued orders attaching the properties of five group companies of Syam Prasad Reddy, managing director of Indu Projects Ltd.


Jat leaders meet PM over reservations

New Delhi : A delegation of Jat leaders met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday after the Supreme Court quashed the OBC quota for the community, an official statement said.

Modi assured the delegation that the central government was studying the apex court's decision and would try to find a solution to the issue within the legal framework, said the statement.


Public was already convinced of land scam in Haryana: BJP

New Delhi : The public was always convinced that there was a massive scam in land deals in Haryana, the BJP said on Thursday after a CAG report blamed the former Congress government of extending undue favours to Robert Vadra.

Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, through his company Skylight Hospitality, allegedly bought land for cheap in the state and sold it at a higher price after getting the land use norms changed.


TDP legislators stopped from entering Telangana assembly

Hyderabad : Tension prevailed in the premises of Telangana legislative assembly on Thursday when the security personnel stopped legislators of opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) from entering the building.

Ten lawmakers, who were already suspended from the House for the entire budget session, faced embarrassing situation when the security staff did not allow them to enter the building.

The opposition legislators had a heated argument with the security officers, questioning the curbs on their movement in the assembly. The police intervened and evicted the lawmakers.


Some bureaucrats call Christians pig eaters: Goa legislator

Panaji : Some government officials refer to Christians in a despicable manner and few bureaucrats even call them "pig-eaters", Caitu Silva, a legislator of the ruling coalition said in the state assembly.

Silva, a Goa Vikas Party (GVP) legislator from Benaulim constituency in South Goa, was speaking on Wednesday during the motion of thanks on the governor's address during the budget session.