India Politics

India Politics

Himachal reclaims Prashant Bhushan's land

Shimla : In a setback to lawyer Prashant Bhushan, the Himachal Pradesh government Wednesday reclaimed a chunk of prime land in a tea garden allotted to the senior counsel and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader for constructing an educational institute.

"The government ordered to take over the possession of the land allotted to Prashant Bhushan," Deputy Commissioner C. Paulrasu told IANS.

He said the government found a number of discrepancies in purchase of land under Section 118 of the Himachal Pradesh Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, 1972.


Xi pays tributes to the Mahatma at Sabarmati

Ahmedabad : Chinese President Xi Jinping Wednesday paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and sat bare feet to spin charkha during his visit to Sabarmati Ashram here.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries received Xi at Sabarmati Ashram.

Source at the ashram told IANS that the Chinese president was taken to the black and white photograph exhibition on the Indian freedom struggle and historic Dandi march.


BJP’s defeat is seldom analyzed deeply

By Soroor Ahmed,,

When the Bharatiya Janata Party performed badly in the August 21 by-polls in Bihar––it could win only four out of 10 seats––it was attributed to the coming together of RJD, JD(U) and Congress. But how will the BJP explain losing three out of nine seats in prime minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat, three out of four in Rajasthan and eight out of 11 in Uttar Pradesh. After all the BJP-led alliance had won 124 out of 131 Lok Sabha seats in these three states in the parliamentary election held in May 2014.

Government to ease adoption norms: Maneka Gandhi

New Delhi : The government will make the norms for adopting children easier, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said Wednesday.

The minister also said that the government is planning to start foster care system in India so that families can take care of children without adopting them.

"The number of children adopted was actually going down in the past few years. We are making changes in the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) to make the process simpler," the minister said.


BJP distances itself from 'love jihad' after bypoll setback

New Delhi : Following electoral reverses in Uttar Pradesh, where it lost eight of 11 seats in the assembly bypolls, the Bharatiya Janata party Wednesday distanced itself from the "love jihad" campaign.

"As far as 'love jihad' is concerned, it may have been raised by a few local leaders but the BJP as a party has never endorsed it," said BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra when IANS asked him whether the bypolls result indicated that people were disillusioned at the party deviating from its development plank for a campaign led by its MP Yogi Adityanath.

Modi meets Xi

Ahmedabad : Prime Minister Narendra Modi warmly received Chinese President Xi Jinping, who began a three-day India sojourn Wednesday.

Modi set aside protocol and received Xi, who arrived in Ahmedabad from Colombo.

Both leaders smiled, shook hands and waved at those who had gathered at Hotel Hyatt.

Three MoUs are expected to be inked.

In the second leg of his India sojourn, Xi flies to New Delhi late Wednesday.


Modi to receive Xi

Ahmedabad : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday reached a hotel here where he is to receive Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Xi arrived in Ahmedabad from Colombo on a three-day sojourn.

Modi set aside protocol and will himself receive Xi.

Three MoUs are expected to be inked and captains of industries have gathered at the venue.


Modi is India's ray of hope: Tamil Nadu governor

Chennai : Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah Wednesday termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the nation's pride and ray of hope.

Greeting Modi on his 64th birthday Wednesday, Rosaiah said: "You are our nation's pride, a ray of hope, a guiding spirit and a beacon of light. Your people oriented development projects, dedication and commitment to serve the nation have made India all set to become a global leader."

"I wish you a long, happy and healthy life in your distinguished service to the people and the nation," Rosaiah added in his message to Modi.


Three Cs and absence of another undid the BJP in UP

By Mohit Dubey,

Lucknow : Three Cs - complacency, controversy and communal campaign - and the lack of another C - charisma - undid a resurgent but over-confident Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the bypolls for 11 assembly seats held last week.

As the electronic voting machines churned out "disheartening" results Tuesday, mandarins in the state unit of the party conceded in private that though the results had come as a shocker, they had braced early up for a poor show.

Modi-Xi play date may open a new set of opportunities

By Saroj Mohanty,

As visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepare to hold summit talks Thursday, there is much anticipation that the two Asian neighbours may move in a new direction, away from historical mistrust and latent geopolitical rivalry.