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AAP to form shadow cabinet in BJP-led Goa

Panaji : With the Congress proving unable to create enough space as opposition, the AAP has resolved to form a shadow cabinet to keep track of ministerial functioning in the Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) coalition government in Goa.

The shadow cabinet will be operated by the youth wing members of AAP. It will track and evaluate the delivery of the BJP-led state government on its poll promises as made in its election manifesto in 2012, said Suhani Shah, an AAP spokesperson.


Special assistance package a bluff: Mamata

Kolkata : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday dismissed as a "bluff" the special assistance proposed by the central government for her state, and demanded the centre stop taking away funds towards repayment of loans.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had proposed a series of sops for Bihar and West Bengal, which are set to hold assembly polls this year and in 2016.


Largest and tallest Indian flag to be unfurled Tuesday

New Delhi : The largest and tallest Indian flag will be unfurled Tuesday by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah at Faridabad, said a member of the event's organising committee Monday.

"The world's largest Indian flag will unfurled tomorrow by BJP president Amit Shah. The flag will be hoisted at 250 feet making it the tallest Indian flag," a member of the organising committee told IANS.

According to the member, the flag weighing 48 kgs will be hoisted at a height of 250 feet (75 meters), making it the largest and the highest hoisted Indian flag in the world.


Parrikar being probed in cheating case: Goa Police to court

Panaji : Goa Police has told a court that it was conducting a "preliminary inquiry" into a complaint by a lawyer activist against Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, accusing him of allegedly causing loss of over Rs.5 crore to the exchequer when he was the chief minister.

In response to a notice from the Panaji judicial magistrate first class, police inspector Rajendra Prabhudessai, in-charge of the Panaji police station, said in a written statement that the complaint filed by petitioner Aires Rodrigues "is under preliminary inquiry".


Documents leak: GMR Energy official called for questioning

New Delhi : In its ongoing probe into the leak of government documents from the coal, power and petroleum ministries, Delhi Police on Monday called a senior official of GMR Energy Limited for questioning.

Rajbir Singh, who is the manager (corporate relations) at GMR Energy Limited, was called by the Crime Branch team of Delhi Police for questioning.


Kannam Rajendran: New CPI Kerala state secretary

Kottayam (Kerala) : After hectic parleys, the central leadership of the Communist Party of India (CPI) on Monday managed to avert a poll to elect its Kerala secretary securing the unanimous selection of veteran CPI trade union leader Kannam Rajendran for the post.


Are Muftis try to break off BJP alliance: Omar

Srinagar : Is Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and his daughter Mehbooba Mufti trying to force the BJP to break their alliance, wondered former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday.

"Has Mufti decided the Modi-Mufti accord was a mistake? Are the father-daughter duo trying to force BJP to break off the alliance?," tweeted Omar after Sayeed credited peaceful polls in the state to Pakistan, separatist Hurriyat leaders and militants.

Ajay Maken made Delhi Congress chief

New Delhi : The Congress on Monday appointed Ajay Maken as chief of the party for Delhi, replacing Arvinder Singh Lovely, who resigned as Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) head after the party's rout in the February 7 assembly polls.

Maken too had resigned as All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary after the drubbing, as he was heading the party's election campaign in Delhi.


Communalism a problem, but accusations won't help: Naqvi

New Delhi : Admitting that communalism is a problem faced by the nation, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday, however, said accusations will not solve it.

Charges framed against Tytler for defaming Phoolka

New Delhi : A Delhi court framed charges against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler on Monday in a defamation case filed by advocate H.S. Phoolka, who represented the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gaurav Rao framed defamation charges against Tytler, hearing a plaintiff filed by Phoolka.

Phoolka had filed the complaint in 2006, alleging that the Congress leader had made derogatory remarks about him in a news programme aired Sep 7, 2004.