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AAP promises 2 lakh toilets for women

New Delhi : Two lakh public toilets for women, 100 courts to fast-track rape cases, Wi-Fi connected CCTV cameras are some of the poll promises made by the AAP Wednesday in the second round of its 'Delhi Dialogue' programme which focused on women.

Addressing a gathering of over 500 women at Talkatora Garden in the heart of the capital, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal also promised that women would be allowed pass a resolution to close down liquor vends in their areas.

Besides, the former chief minister said that "every DTC bus would have a marshal to stop eve teasing".

Former AAP leader appointed Delhi BJP spokesperson

New Delhi : AAP founder member Ashwini Upadhyay, who joined the BJP Tuesday has been appointed the spokesperson of the party's state unit, an official said Wednesday.

"Ashwini Upadhyay has been appointed as the party spokesperson," Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) media convenor Praveen Shankar Kapoor said.

Upadhyay had joined the BJP along with three other AAP leaders, just days after AAP legislator M.S. Dhir, who was denied a ticket by the party for the upcoming Delhi assembly poll, joined the BJP.


New political party launched ahead of Delhi polls

New Delhi : Claiming to be the "backbone" of Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement in Delhi that caught the imagination of the entire country, a new political party that promises to end "hate politics" was launched here Wednesday ahead of the Delhi assembly polls.

The Naya Daur party is the only option for Delhi to free itself from hate politics as it is a party of professionals with coherent, well thought out policies on all sectors, the new party said in a statement.


Chandy, Achuthanandan to jointly meet Modi on Mullaperiyar issue

Thiruvananthapuram : An all-party meeting on the Mullaperiyar issue here Wednesday decided that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Leader of Opposition V.S.Achuthanandan and Water Resources Minister P.J.Joseph would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to highlight the seriousness of raising the water level in the dam to 142 feet.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Joseph said they will meet Modi with a request to appoint a new international team of experts to study the dam's safety.


250 Indians have admitted to overseas bank accounts: Jaitley

New Delhi : Refuting opposition charges that little was being done to get back illicit money stashed away by Indians abroad, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said a lot of ground has been covered and 250 people have conceded to overseas bank accounts.

"The issue is not to disclose or not, but how and when to disclose the names," Jaitley told the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of parliament, in his reply to a discussion on black money Wednesday.


Punjab Congress chief seeks CBI probe into drugs racket

Chandigarh : Punjab Congress president Pratap Singh Bajwa Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order a probe by the CBI or by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court on the drugs racket in the state.

In a letter to Modi, Bajwa sought his personal intervention in the matter.

"It is an issue of utmost public importance that cannot be looked through the political prism as it concerns the very future of Punjab which all along had the distinction of being the sword arm and the food bowl of the country," he said.


Rajya Sabha approves changed time for question hour

New Delhi : The Rajya Sabha Wednesday gave its nod to a proposal to shift the question hour from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, a change made with an aim to ensure that it does not fall prey to protests that start as soon as the house meets.

The motion was moved by Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien and passed through voice vote to approve the 13th report of the Committee on Rules for change in timings of the businesses conducted in the upper house.

The house also approved shifting the time for calling attention motions to 2 p.m. from 5 p.m.


Saradha scam: Trinamool MP Bose's CBI custody extended

Kolkata : A court here Wednesday denied Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member Srinjoy Bose, arrested in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, bail and extended his CBI custody by three days.

Bose was presented before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Haradhan Mukherjee, after the expiry of his Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody granted by the court Nov 22.

While Bose's counsel pressed for his bail on health grounds, the court ordered his extension of CBI remand by three days.


ULFA plot to trigger blasts ahead of Modi visit unearthed

Guwahati : Insurgent outfit ULFA had planned to carry out serial blasts and other subversive activities here ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled visit to Assam, police said Wednesday.

Senior Superintendent of Police (City) A.P. Tiwary said two militants from the anti-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) were targeting city buses in Guwahati.

Opposition corners government in Rajya Sabha on black money

New Delhi : Opposition leaders attacked the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday over the issue of bringing back black money as a debate on the issue was taken up in the Rajya Sabha.

The main opposition Congress launched an attack on the government, and said that the real work in getting information on black money stashed abroad was done by the previous Congress-led government.

Initiating the debate on black money in the upper house, Congress leader Anand Sharma also questioned the BJP's poll promise of bringing back black money in 100 days.