India Politics

India Politics

Sonowal blames Gogoi for not availing budget benefits

Guwahati : Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal Saturday blamed Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's Congress government for not availing the benefits available to the state in the budget.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government had prioritised the northeastern states in the 2014-15 Budget and earmarked Rs.63,000 crore for the development of the region. As the largest state in the region, the lion's share of over Rs.20,000 crore is likely to come to Assam," said Sonowal, who si also president of the state Bharatiya Janata Party.

Attempts to build Rahul, destroy Manmohan finished UPA-II: Baru

Panaji : Congress president Sonia Gandhi could have spelled doom for the UPA-II government by her attempts to "engineer" a transition of leadership from then prime minister Manmohan Singh to her son Rahul Gandhi, former media advisor to the PMO Sanjaya Baru said Saturday.


Sushma Swaraj meets Nepali leaders as joint commission meet starts

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : The third meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Commission at the foreign minstry-level started here Saturday after a hiatus of 23 years.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who arrived in Kathmandu Friday evening, jointly inaugurated the meeting with her Nepali counterpart, Mahendra Bahadur Pandey.

Syed Akbaruddin, spokesman of the Indian external affirs ministry, said that the two sides were working to establish an Eminent Persons Group (EPG) to look into the potential of growth in bilateral relations.


Compensate community kitchens burnt in Baltal clashes: VHP

Jammu : The VHP Saturday demanded an inquiry into the torching of community kitchens (langars) in Jammu and Kashmir's Baltal besides compensation and threatened to take the issue to the Supreme Court.

Surinder Jain, national spokesperson of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), told reporters in Jammu that his party demands an inquiry into the burning of community kitchens in Baltal, the base camp of the Amarnath Yatra, during clashes and compensation by the state government.


PM launches portal for people's participation in governance

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday launched an interactive online platform that allows people to share ideas and suggestions and participate in the country's governance.

"Democracy cannot succeed without people’s participation in Government and this participation should not be limited only during elections. The participation should be there in fulfilling peoples’ aspirations and needs,” Modi said while inaugurating the platform.

"The platform would bridge the gulf between people and government," he said.


Modi works on ushering in 'acche din' for Varanasi

By Mohit Dubey,

Varanasi : Having elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi to parliament, the ancient city of Varanasi is all set to see 'acche din' (good days) promised during the election campaign.

The Modi government has finalized an "exhaustive makeover blueprint" for the city, its spiritual and religious appeal long marred by the polluted Ganga, crumbling heritage, congested traffic and the all-pervasive filth.


RJD minister's murder verdict: BJP MP to move SC

Patna : Two days after the Patna High Court acquitted eight people who had been convicted by a trial court for the murder of former RJD minister Brij Bihari Prasad, his wife and BJP MP Rama Devi said Saturday this would be challenged in the Supreme Court.

"I am pained by the acquittal of all the accused and I have decided not to sit silent but to approach the apex court for justice in connection with murder of my husband," Rama Devi told reporters here.

"I will soon file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the acquittal of all the accused in the case," she said.


Congress' plight: Dynasty is to blame

By Amulya Ganguli,

The imprecations directed at Rahul Gandhi - "joker" - and at his advisers - "rootless wonders and spineless creepers" - by sections of Congressmen and the recent signs of organizational disarray in several states suggest that it is still a far cry for the Congress where recovery is concerned.

Congress seeks dismissal of two Goa ministers

Panaji : The Congress Saturday demanded the dismissal of Goa cabinet minister Deepak Dhavalikar and Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza for making "unconstitutional" remarks about India as a Hindu nation.

Congress state president John Fernandes also criticised his own party MLAs for not faulting Dhavalikar immediately after his controversial comments made on the floor of the state assembly Thursday.


No US trip for CPI-M legislator

Thiruvananthapuram : The CPI-M has barred one of its legislators from travelling to the US next month to attend the International Visitor's Leadership Programme organised by the State Department - as it is funded by the US government.

The programme is being held in a few locations in the US Aug 4-24.