India Politics

India Politics

AAP to form new Lokpal, disciplinary committee

New Delhi : A day after it acted against dissident leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, the AAP on Sunday decided to form a new internal Lokpal and a disciplinary committee.

The decision was taken at a meeting held at Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal's residence.

"We have taken four decisions. A new internal Lokpal consisting of 16 members and a disciplinary committee will be formed," party leader Pankaj Gupta told reporters.


TDP celebrates formation day with tributes to NTR

Hyderabad : The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Sunday celebrated its 34th formation day by paying rich tributes to its founder leader N.T. Rama Rao.

TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu led the celebrations by unfurling the party flag at NTR Trust Bhavan, the party headquarters here.

This is the first TDP formation day after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to carve out a Telangana state.

Senior TDP leaders from both states participated in the celebrations. TDP units in all districts also observed the day.


Modi meets Aussie PM, Clinton

Singapore : Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott and former US president Bill Clinton here on Sunday.

Modi also exchanged greetings with Governor General of Canada David Johnston, the Prime Minister's Office said. The meetings took place on the sidelines of former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew's funeral.


Lee was among the tallest leaders of our times: Modi

Singapore : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday described Singapore's founder prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as "among the tallest leaders of our times".

Modi arrived in Singapore early Sunday to join a host of world leaders for the funeral of Lee, who died at the age of 91 on Monday after a long battle with pneumonia.

"The passing away of Lee Kuan Yew marks the end of an era.He was among the tallest leaders of our times," Modi said addressing the media.

Rajya Sabha prorogued

New Delhi : The Rajya Sabha was on Saturday prorogued by President Pranab Mukherjee, an official statement said, giving government the scope for repromulgating an ordinance amending the land acquisition act.


Medha Patkar quits AAP

Mumbai : Senior leader and anti-Narmada Dam activist Medha Patkar on Saturday said that she has quit the AAP following dissident leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan's expulsion from the party's national executive in Delhi.

Announcing her decision at a hurriedly convened press conference, Patkar expressed pain over the development and said: "Whatever happened in AAP meeting is inappropriate and I condemn it."

Patkar said the violence and other happenings show disrespect to the party's senior leaders and did not augur well and so she has decided to quit.


Congress demands CBI probe into chit fund groups in Tripura

Agartala : The Congress on Saturday demanded a CBI probe into the activities of all illegal non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) and chit fund organisations in Tripura.

The Congress alleged that the ruling CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) leaders and members were involved in the activities of chit fund groups, an accusation which was strongly refuted by the Left party.

The party made the demand after its leaders met Tripura Governor P.B. Acharya on Saturday.

Jammu & Kashmir government reveals vision about education

Jammu : Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Naeem Akhtar said on Saturday that the coalition government is determined about course correction in education and the creation of a knowledge-based society in the state.

"Knowledge-wise, J&K has historically been the source of knowledge and enlightenment in South Asia. The first Buddhist conference was held in Kashmir in the 4th century, this place was known as Sharda Peeth (seat of knowledge)," Akhtar said.

Yadav says meeting violent, AAP disagrees

New Delhi : AAP members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan on Saturday said a scuffle broke out during the National Council meeting here, a charge rubbished by the party, which maintained it was "peaceful".

Founding members Yadav and Bhushan were sacked from the National Executive following which the two said AAP members behaved like hooligans and beat up people who tried to oppose the resolution to oust them.

Many who were not members were brought in for the meeting, said Yadav.


President condoles the death of ex-Mizoram chief minister Brig. Sailo

New Delhi : President Paranab Mukherjee on Saturday condoled the death of former Mizoram chief minister Brig. T. Sailo, saying that it was an irreparable loss for the state.

In a condolence message to his wife Thansiami Sailo, Mukherjee said: "I am sad to learn about the passing away of your husband Brig. T. Sailo."

"I pray to the almighty to give you and other members of your family the strength to bear this irreparable loss," he added.