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Sonia congratulates Vajpayee for Bharat Ratna

New Delhi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday congratulated former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on being conferred with the Bharat Ratna.

Vajpayee was on Friday awarded India's highest civilian honour by President Pranab Mukherjee in a brief ceremony at the former's home here.

In a letter to the 90-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Gandhi called the award a "fitting recognition of your statesmanship, wisdom and deep commitment to national interest during your prime ministership, and indeed throughout your years in politics".


Mamata happy over Bharat Ratna to Vajpayee

Kolkata : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday expressed happiness over the conferring of the nation's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, on former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

"Happy that Atal Ji is being conferred Bharat Ratna today," Banerjee said in a tweet.

Describing Vajpayee as a "great statesmen", she extended her wishes to him.

" A truly great statesman who richly deserves honour. I wish him well," she said in another tweet.


पंच-नामा : सब्सिडी खत्म, केजरीवाल, बिहार में संघ का खेल, आज़म खां और जम्मू-कश्मीर

By staff reporter,

क्यों केजरीवाल अपनी पूर्ववर्ती सरकारों से अलग नहीं हैं और दिल्ली चुनाव से भाजपा गलत सीख क्यों ले रही है, आज़म खां क्या कर रहे हैं और जम्मू-कश्मीर क्यों ख़ास होता जा रहा है.....पांच खबरों की पड़ताल...

1. तैयार रहिये बिना सब्सिडी के सिलेंडरों का उपभोग करने के लिए
चौंकने से काम नहीं बनेगा. एलपीजी के घरेलू गैस सिलेंडरों को लेकर चली आ रही लम्बी जद्दोज़हद और परेशानियों के बाद अब ऐसे संकेत मिलने लगे हैं कि भारतीय मध्यवर्गीय उपभोक्ता जल्दी ही सब्सिडी से वंचित हो सकता है. नई दिल्ली में ‘ऊर्जा संगम’ का उद्घाटन करते हुए प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी ने इस बात के संकेत दिए हैं. नरेन्द्र मोदी ने कहा कि जो लोग संपन्न हैं, वे सब्सिडी छोड़ दें. ‘जो लोग बाज़ार के दामों के गैस सिलेंडर खरीद सकते हैं, वे अपनी मर्ज़ी से सब्सिडी वाले सिलेंडर खरीदना छोड़ दें’, ऐसा कहा प्रधानमंत्री ने. कुछ दिनों से आधार कार्ड को बैंक खाते और एलपीजी ग्राहक कार्ड से जोड़ने के बाबत पूरे देश में जो उठापटक मची है, इस पूरे पचड़े का अर्थ था कि ग्राहक को गैस सब्सिडी सीधे बैंक के खाते में मिलेगी. सरकार अभी ‘अपनी मर्ज़ी से’ का दावा कर रही है, लेकिन यह जानना ज़रूरी है कि कोई भी ग्राहक ऐसे फैसले कैसे लेगा. ज़ाहिर है कि सरकार इस फैसले को किसी न किसी रूप में ग्राहकों पर लागू करेगी और इसमें सरकार को ग्राहकों के बैंक खातों से सबसे अधिक मदद मिलेगी.

Scale of AAP victory too much for friend and foe

By Saeed Naqvi,

The stunning victory of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on February 10 in Delhi coincided with the global liberal order in disarray.

Far left Syriza had come to power in Greece. Southern Europe was likewise threatened. Gone was the Berlusconi tamasha in Italy. The Nordic North was taking to racism like duck to water. Britain and France, liberal citadels, were besieged and may fall. Western economies are in such disrepair that Chinese slowdown is, to the protagonists, heartening speculation.

Kerala UDF in trouble, Mani wants George's exit

Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala's ruling UDF faced a new crisis on Friday as Finance Minister K.M. Mani asked his party colleague P.C. George to quit as the government's Chief Whip.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told the media that Mani has in a letter to him sought George's removal as the chief whip and also barring him from attending the liaison committee meetings of the United Democratic Front.

"We have had a few rounds of discussions but no decision has been taken yet. I have to speak with other allies also. A decision will be taken soon," Chandy said.


Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A giant in Indian politics

New Delhi : In the six decades he was in electoral politics, the now ailing Atal Bihari Vajpayee, presented the Bharat Ratna on Friday, catapulted from one who lost one election after another to a colossus who eventually became India’s only non-Congress prime minister to last a full five years in office.


Tamil Nadu urges Centre to advise Karnataka over dam

Chennai : Tamil Nadu assembly on Friday passed a resolution urging the central government to constitute Cauvery Management Board and Cauvery Water Regulatory Authority (CWRA).

The resolution moved by Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and passed unanimously in the assembly comes a day ahead of the shut-down called by farmers against Karnataka's plans to build a dam across Cauvery river.


President confers Bharat Ratna on Vajpayee at home

New Delhi : Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was on Friday conferred with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, by President Pranab Mukherjee in a brief ceremony attended by the country's leadership and top political personalities.

The president, in a break from protocol, arrived at Vajpayee's residence at 6, Krishna Menon Marg to confer the top honour on the former prime minister who has been keeping poor health.


Nitish lends support to Delhi's call for 'full statehood'

New Delhi : Minutes after meeting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal here on Friday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar extended support to Delhi's call for "full statehood".

"My best wishes are with Delhi and it should have full statehood. We support the demand," he told reporters after the luncheon meeting with Kejriwal at the Delhi secretariat.

Scotching speculations over Nitish Kumar seeking support from Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party for the Bihar assembly polls later this year, he said there were "no talks on supporting the Janata Dal (United) in Bihar".


Land ordinance unacceptable: Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday accused the government of favouring industrialists in the land acquisition ordinance, which she said was an "unabashed display of half truths".

"Regrettable that anyone championing the voice of the distressed farmer and needy farm labourer is being branded 'anti-national' by a myopic (Narendra) Modi government bending backwards to favour select industrialists," Gandhi said in a letter to union minister Nitin Gadkari.