India Politics

India Politics

Goa BJP seeks parole for ex-minister jailed for assault

Panaji: The Goa BJP on Friday demanded parole for jailed ex-minister Francisco Pacheco to let him attend upcoming assembly session on the lines of former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt.

Speaking to IANS, Bharatiya Janata Party's state president Vinay Tendulkar said Sanjay Dutt was also granted parole regularly by the Maharashtra government.


Cash-for-vote scam: SC declines to cancel TDP legislator's bail

New Delhi/Hyderabad: In a setback to Telangana's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in cash-for-vote scam, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed its petition for cancellation of bail of TDP legislator A. Revanth Reddy and two other accused.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu dismissed the petition, challenging the bail granted by Hyderabad High Court.

IC-814 hijack: BJP hits back at Congress criticism

New Delhi: The BJP on Friday hit back at the Congress' criticism of its handling of the 1999 IC-814 hijack crisis, and said the decision to release terrorist was taken at the "highest level".

"On Kandahar, consultations were held at the highest level by senior leaders of National Democratic Alliance," Bharatiya Janaata Party spokesperson M.J. Akbar told reporters here.

In bulk of rural India, Rs.5,000 is highest wage

New Delhi: For nearly 75 percent of the 17.9 crore (nearly 180 million) households in rural India, the monthly income of the highest-earning member is less than Rs.5,000, ($83) even as close to 40 percent are landless and work as manual casual labourers for their daily bread, latest official data reveals.

This is the finding of the Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011 for Rural India released Friday that also shows that nearly 25 percent of the rural households still do not own a phone despite India boasting a telecom subscriber base of around a billion.

More than 20 percent rural households own motorised transportation: Data

New Delhi: More than 20 percent of all the rural households in India own some form of motorised transportation machinery, government data showed on Friday.

According to the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) data released by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, out of 179,164,759 rural households, some 37,077,942 own motorised transportation including two, three, four wheelers or fishing boats.

Out of all the rural households, more than 17 percent or 31,230,695 own a two-wheeler. While, only 0.56 percent or 1,002,573 households have a three-wheeler.

Two more carriers offer pan-India number portability

New Delhi: Two more service providers will provide pan-India mobile number portability from Friday, enabling customers to retain their mobile phone number while relocating between states.

Tata Docomo, the unified telecom brand of Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTL), and Aircel decided to roll out the facility along with five other operators: Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Reliance Communications, Idea Cellular and MTS India.

Government releases Socio-Economic and Caste Census

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday released the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) and said that it would be an important input for the policy makers.

"The progress which households in India have made, who are the ones who have qualitatively moved up in terms of quality of life, a document of these will be an important input for all policy makers, both at the Centre and in the states," Jaitley said while releasing the SECC here.

CBI grills Maran over phone lines scam

New Delhi: The CBI on Friday interrogated former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran for the third consecutive day over the installation of over 700 phone lines at his Chennai and Delhi residences.

"Maran reached CBI headquarters at scheduled time and our Special Task Force team began his questioning at 11 a.m.," a Central Bureau of Investigation officer told IANS.

Hema Malini's driver arrested for car crash

Jaipur : The driver of veteran film actress and BJP MP Hema Malini, whose car met with an accident here, has been arrested, police said on Friday.

"We have arrested the driver of Hema Malini's car, Mahesh Thakur, a resident of Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh," a police officer at Dausa, where the accident took place on Thursday evening, told IANS over phone.

Thakur has been arrested on charges of rash driving, causing death by negligence, besides others, the official said.

Maha government classifies madrassas as ‘non-school’ igniting political war of words

By Staff Reporter,

Mumbai: In a controversial move, Maharashtra government has classified madrassas in Maharashtra as ‘non-schools’ and their students as ‘out-of-school’ children.

The move has created a political furor as the All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) criticized it terming it as BJP’s u-turn from its manifesto of ‘Modernising madrassas’ while Congress calling it as ‘Crisis Management Pattern’ by BJP to take away focus from the main issues when its ministers are being alleged for corruption.