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Congress to blame for Punjab's financial mess: Badal

Talwara (Punjab) : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday blamed the Congress for putting a financial burden on his state, and said the party has no moral right to demand a 'white paper' on the issue.

"Punjab, being a border state, suffered the brunt of partition but the Congress had further derailed the state's economy through the sinister move of putting the entire burden of expenditure by the central security forces during the black days of militancy on the state exchequer," he told reporters.

The chief minister was here to inaugurate Adarsh School.


Contrasting moods at two Tamil Nadu swearing-in ceremonies

Chennai : Saturday's swearing-in ceremony of J. Jayalalithaa and the previous one of O. Panneerselvam showed contrasting moods of AIADMK members.

On Saturday, the mood was festive and infectious inside the Madras University Centenary Auditorium when AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa and her council of ministers were sworn in.

It was all smiles on the faces of AIADMK party leaders and also those present, though the event ended quickly.

Jayalalithaa was sworn in first. She was followed by 28 lawmakers in two batches.


Truncated national anthem played at Jayalalithaa's swearing-in

Chennai : The swearing-in ceremony of AIADMK general secretary J.Jayalalithaa as chief minister and her council of ministers here on Saturday caused a controversy after a very short version of the national anthem was played on the occasion.

Before the swearing-in ceremony, it was announced that the national anthem would be played followed by Tamizh Thai Vazhthu (Invocation to Mother Tamil).

To the surprise of many just two lines of the national anthem -- the first line and the last line -- were played and it was followed by Tamizh Thai Vazhthu.


We're not repackaging UPA schemes: NDA government

(One year of Modi government)

By Anjali Ojha,

New Delhi : The year-old Narendra Modi-led government says its schemes won't leave any sector untouched as it flicks aside a Congress charge that it was repackaging the UPA dispensation's programmes.

With banking schemes like Jan Dhan Yojana, mass movement programmes like Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, and social movements like Beti Bachao, the government says no sector has been left untouched in its commitment for inclusive development.


Opposition unites to put government on backfoot

(One year of Modi government)

By Sreeparna Chakrabarty,

New Delhi : The Modi government's first year in office and its brute majority has spurred the Opposition on instead of crushing it. Increasingly, the ruling party has been put on the mat over various issues. In recent months, the move to pass the land acquisition bill has also backfired for the government.


LG-AAP row: Notification illegal, says Subramanium

New Delhi : The central government's notification giving Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung the final say in posting and transfer of Delhi government bureaucrats is "illegal and constitutional", former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium has said.

In his opinion that was sought by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the Narendra Modi government's decree, the senior counsel said: "It singularly lacks propriety when the president is still seized with the question."


Rahul meets ex-servicemen on OROP

New Delhi : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met a delegation of ex-servicemen and discussed the issue of one rank one pension (OROP) with them.

The meeting took place at the AICC headquarters here, according to a tweet from the Congress vice president's office.

The OROP has been a long-standing demand of the armed forces.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitely had on Friday said that the defence ministry was in dialogue with various stakeholders on the methodology to calculate pension of ex-servicemen.


'New colour, new style' Rahul attracts attention in Amethi

By Mohit Dubey,

Amethi : His 57-day political sabbatical in unknown land may have made him the butt of many a joke, but for the faithful in Amethi, Rahul Gandhi is a changed man - more accessible and more focused.

For hundreds and thousands of party loyalists and Gandhi followers in the family pocketborough, which he has represented thrice, the recent three-day visit of the Gandhi scion to Amethi has left a "fresh feel" among those who met him.


The itinerant prime minister yet to visit a Muslim country

By Saeed Naqvi,

Measuring a government’s achievements in its first year has to be inherently speculative. But some things can be put down to Narendra Modi’s account with a degree of certainty. He has in his first year as prime minister, never worn a Muslim cap although it is difficult to identify a cap of that denominational description.

We'll come to power in Bihar: Jaitley

New Delhi : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is hopeful of winning the Bihar assembly election later this year and termed as "impractical" the Rashtriya Janata Dal-Janata Dal-United coalition.

"Our party hopes to win the polls that are to happen in Bihar soon. An impractical coalition is set to try and stop us. I am sure we, along with our allies, will come to power in Bihar," Jaitley said in a press conference here.