India Politics

India Politics

Protests against assault on Calcutta University teachers

Kolkata : Hundreds of teachers and professors on Thursday staged a march in the city condemning the assault on Calcutta University faculty members allegedly by supporters of West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress students' wing.

Besides the protest march, many teachers and intellectuals along with former Supreme Court judge A.K. Ganguly participated in a sit-in demonstration against the "attack on democracy".

Government regrets flight delays due to ministers

New Delhi : Reacting to at least two recent events when a central minister and a state official were the cause of flight delays and inconvenience to air passengers and a report sought by the Prime Minister's Office, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju on Thursday regretted such episodes and assured that they will not recur.

At a press conference here, Raju said he had called for an investigation into the matter pertaining to the central minister and was awaiting for the first reports to come in before initiating action. He did not spell out what action was contemplated.

Maharashtra move on madrassas contradicts PM's vision: Congress

Mumbai : The Maharashtra government's alleged move not to treat madrassas as schools in case they failed to teach primary subjects came in for criticism on Thursday from state party leaders of both the Congress and the Samajwadi Party.

The move was "diametrically contradictory" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's declared vision to bring Muslim youths into the national mainstream, said M. Naseem Khan, a Congress leader and a former minister for minority affairs.

Centre gets SC notice over Swamy's plea against IPC

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to the Centre on BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's plea challenging the constitutional validity of the Indian Penal Code's sections meant to curb hate speech and activities prejudicial to maintenance of peace.

The plea challenges the constitutional validity of Section 153(a) and Section 295(a) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which are meant to curb hate speeches and activities prejudicial to maintenance of peace and harmony.

PMO asks civil aviation ministry for report on VIP delays

New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Office on Thursday asked the civil aviation ministry for a report on the delay in Air India flights on account of VIP travels.

"PMOIndia asks Ministry of Civil Aviation for a report on delay in #AirIndia flights on account of VIP travels in the recent past," Press Information Bureau chief Frank Noronha tweeted.

A controversy was triggered after three passengers were reportedly taken off a flight from Leh in order to accommodate Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and an aide last week.


Congress slams Delhi's Rs.526 crore publicity budget

New Delhi: Congress leader Ajay Maken on Thursday criticised the Delhi government's decision to hike its publicity budget from Rs.24 crore to Rs.526.19 crore, calling it an attempt to "purchase the media". The government defended the move.

"Delhi is not a rich state. Crores of rupees cannot be spent on publicity or for advertisements," Maken told IANS.

He also took to Twitter and posted: "No money has been spent on infrastructure development, but the government has decided to spend Rs.520 crore on publicity. Is it to purchase the media?"


AFSPA will continue in Jammu and Kashmir: Rajnath

Srinagar: The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which gives sweeping powers to security forces, will continue in Jammu and Kashmir till it is needed, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday.

Talking to reporters here, the minister said that AFSPA in the state would be revoked only when the situation was conducive.

"I pray to God that AFSPA is not needed anywhere in the country," Singh said, adding that all the stakeholders would have to cooperate in order to revoke the act.

Jayalalithaa condemns Stalin for 'slapping' metro passenger

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Thursday condemned DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin for "slapping" a co-passenger in a metro train.

Jayalalithaa said in a statement that Stalin travelled in the train on Wednesday only to score political points and gain publicity.

"He slapped a passenger in the train and the same has been published by the media. This is condemnable and is unbecoming of a person who is a member of legislative assembly," she said.

Cabinet approves national policy on skill development

New Delhi: The union cabinet has approved India's first integrated National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015, it was announced on Thursday.

The National Skill Development Mission, which is aimed at providing a strong institutional framework for implementation of skilling activities in the country, has also got cabinet's approval.

The policy acknowledges the need for an effective roadmap for promotion of entrepreneurship as a key to a successful skills strategy.

CBI again questions Dayanidhi Maran over phonelines' misuse

New Delhi: The CBI on Thursday grilled former communications minister Dayanidhi Maran for the second consecutive day in the case involving the installation of over 700 phonelines at his Chennai residence.

Maran appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters here around 11 a.m. and since then is being questioned by a CBI Special Task Force (STF) team.

"He reached at the headquarters around 11 a.m. and our STF team, which is probing the case, is questioning him," a CBI official told IANS.