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India Politics

Modi to address Nepal parliament, pray at Pashupatinath

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address Nepal's parliament Aug 4 during his two-day visit, becoming the first foreign leader to do so after democracy was restored in 1990.

Modi's address will come at a time when Nepal is marching towards drafting a new constitution that the country has been struggling to get for seven years, a ruling party leader told IANS.

A meeting of the ruling Nepali Congress here Thursday discussed Modi's Aug 4-5 trip.


Wait not long to get black money back: Jaitley

New Delhi : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi government was moving fast on bringing back the ill-gotten money stashed away by Indians in tax havens abroad.

"I can assure that you don't have to wait for long to see that we have brought back the black money," the finance minister said in the Lok Sabha during his reply to the debate on the national budget, which was later passed by a voice vote.


India's budget passed by Lok Sabha

New Delhi : The Lok Sabha Friday passed the Finance Bill, 2014 by a voice vote. The bill, which is primarily the legislative proposals of the national budget for this fiscal, notably on taxes, will now go to the Rajya Sabha for approval.

The bill was passed after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley gave his reply to the debate on the budget, assuring the house that the measures he has outlined will create more jobs, generate economic activity and achieve higher growth, without burdening the people.


Congress stages walkout in Goa assembly over 'Hindu rashtra' remark

Panaji : The opposition Congress, along with an independent legislator, staged a walkout in the Goa assembly Friday protesting against a cabinet minister's remark that India would become a "Hindu nation" if everyone supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As soon as question hour began, Leader of Opposition Pratapsingh Rane demanded that Minister for Co-operation Deepak Dhavalikar clarify his controversial comments made on the floor of the house Thursday.

India is already a Hindu nation: Goa Deputy CM

Panaji : India is already a Hindu nation and "all Indians in Hindustan are Hindus", Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza said Friday.

Defending the comments of his cabinet colleague Deepak Dhavalikar who said that Modi could make the country a 'Hindu nation', Francis D'Souza told reporters: "It was always a Hindu nation and will always be a Hindu nation. You don't have to create a Hindu nation."

D'Souza, one of the seniormost minority members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Goa, said that he considered himself a "Christian Hindu".

Our's is not a high-tax government: Jaitley

New Delhi : The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi doesn't believe in high taxes since it prevents investments that create jobs and drives consumers away, Finance Minister Arul Jaitley said Friday.

In his reply to the debate on the Finance Bill, 2014 in the Lok Sabha, Jaitley said the direction of the national budget for this fiscal which he presented earlier this month was to generate more economic activity and achieve higher growth.


Congress sweeps Uttarakhand by-polls

Dehradun : The ruling Congress Friday won all the three assembly seats in Uttarakhand for which by polls were held. Chief Minister Harish Rawat won from Dharchula.

The senior Congress leader won by over 20,000 votes and defeated his nearest Bharatiya Janata Party rival B.D. Joshi, election officials said.

Rawat was an MP from Uttarakhand before taking over as the chief minister of the hill state and had to become a lawmaker within the stipulated period of six months.


Jung meets Rajnath

New Delhi : Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung Thursday met union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The two are learnt to have discussed the current political situation in Delhi which has been under central rule since Feb 17 after Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal Feb 14 resigned as the chief minister over failure to pass the Jan Lokpal bill in the assembly.

While there is a lack of clarity over government formation as the Delhi assembly is under suspended animation, the Bharatiya Janata Party's local unit is understood be keen to stake claim for the same.


Trinamool leader accused of assaulting ECL official arrested

Kolkata : A Trinamool Congress labour leader was Thursday arrested for allegedly threatening and assaulting officials of the Eastern Coalfields Limited, police said.

Two days ago, the Coal India subsidiary had said it would stop operations in a mine at Raniganj in West Bengal if the government failed to take action against the accused.

Chunulal Mishra was detained Thursday morning by police, and arrested after a round of interrogation, a police officer said.


PIL seeks action against Shiv Sena MPs for forcing Muslim to eat

New Delhi : A petition was filed in the Delhi High Court Thursday seeking de-recognition of the Shiv Sena and direction for disqualification of 11 of its MPs for allegedly forcing a Muslim staffer to eat at the Maharashtra Sadan during his Ramadan fast.

The PIL filed by NGO Garib Nawaz Foundation also sought immediate arrest of MPs for provoking religious sentiments against the minority community.