India Politics

India Politics

More facilities to minority community migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh

New Delhi : The government said on Saturday that it has decided to extend additional facilities, including permission to open bank account and taking self-employment, to persons from minority community of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan on Long-Term Visa (LTV).

A home ministry release said that the central government has extended certain facilities in last two years to persons from the minority community of the three countries, namely Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians staying on additional facilities extended to persons residing in India on LTV.

Goa RSS chief waves black flags at Amit Shah's convoy

Panaji : BJP national president Amit Shah, on a day-long visit to poll-bound Goa, was shown black flags by members of a regional languages front headed by state RSS chief Subhash Velingkar.

Nearly 200 demonstrators of the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Samiti (BBSM), headed by Velingkar, shouted anti-BJP slogans and waved flags in protest as Shah's convoy of vehicles approached an indoor stadium near Panaji, where he was to address a convention of Bharatiya Janata Party's poll booth workers.

Congress leaders speaking in different voices on Kashmir, national security: Naidu

Chennai : Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday slammed the Congress party leaders for speaking in different voices on issues concerning the country's unity and security and on Jammu and Kashmir.

The Information and Broadcasting Minister said the Centre and the BJP-PDP alliance Jammu and Kashmir government were doing everything to normalise the situation in the Kashmir valley, where violence has claimed over 65 lives since the past 40 days.

New Gujarat CM sets up SIT in Thangadh case

Gandhinagar : Bowing to pressure, the Gujarat government has finally reopened the sensational case of the killing of three Dalit youths in alleged police firing in 2012 in Thangadh by setting up a special investigation team (SIT).

The SIT will comprise Rajkot Police Commissioner Anupam Singh Gehlot, Surat Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone-2) Parikshita Rathiod and Porbandar district police chief Tarun Kumar Duggal.

The three Dalit youths died in police firing on a protest rally in Thangadh on September 22-23, 2012.

Modi stands for uplift of poor and unity of country: Naqvi

Nadiad (Gujarat) : Stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi stood for the uplift of the poor and unity of the country, Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday termed Modi as the man behind the making of India the "Viswa Guru".

"Narendra Modi stands for Mahatma Gandhi's intentions for uplift of poor and Sardar Patel's policy for unity of the country. Modi has been taking India forward on the path of prosperity, safety and harmony with the intention of Mahatma Gandhi and policy of Sardar Patel," said Naqvi.

India's agenda mirrored in sustainable development goals: Mahajan

Jaipur : Highlighting the initiatives of the Union government for promoting inclusion and social advancement, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Saturday said that India's development agenda is mirrored in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

"The Union government has chosen the path of removing poverty by empowering the poor. Women are most vulnerable and therefore are most at risk from climate change," Mahajan said while inaugurating the first Meeting of BRICS Women Parliamentarians' Forum at Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha Chamber here.

Modi government dictatorial, situation worse than Emergency: Mamata

Kolkata : Claiming that the recent recommendations for rationalisation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSSs) were "unilateral", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday called the Narendra Modi government "dictatorial" and wondered if there was a presidential form of government in India.

Mamata called the recommendations made by "BJP dominated" sub-group of chief ministers on the CSS rationalisation as an attack on federalism, and said the situation under the Modi government was worse than that during Emergency.

Can't deal administratively with Kashmir's political problem: Omar

New Delhi : After leading a delegation of opposition MLAs of Jammu and Kashmir to meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the violence-hit state is faced with a political problem that can't be handled administratively.

"Jammu and Kashmir is a political problem. It cannot be handled administratively," Omar told reporters after the meeting with the President

The National Conference leader said the situation that went out of control after the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani was "due to our own mistakes".

BJP ally in Jharkhand attacks Modi over tribal land rights

Ranchi : BJP ally All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) on Saturday directly attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly going back on his solemn promise that two laws safeguarding tribal land rights will not be changed.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his election rally in Dumka which I attended had said that no one was born who can grab land of the tribal people. Despite his promises, changes have been made in two land Acts," AJSU President Sudesh Mahto told reporters here.

AJSU is the Bharatiya Janata Party's partner in the coalition ruling Jharkhand.

RJD leader shot dead in Bihar

Patna : A leader of the ruling Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) was shot dead on Saturday in Bihar's Bhagalpur district, police said.

Vinod Yadav, resident of Rasulpur locality, was killed by armed assailants on a motorcycle, when he along with two other people were headed for a meeting.

Police said that preliminary investigation suggested personal enemity as the cause behind the killing.

Yadav's supporters blocked roads and burnt tyres to protest the attack.