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India Politics

UPA's land Act was against rural areas: Jaitley

New Delhi : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday that the land Act enacted by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was against rural areas whereas the bill introduced by the NDA government had sought to make necessary corrections in the law.


Chaotic scenes at Vigyan Bhavan before Modi's arrival

New Delhi : It was a chaotic scene at Vigyan Bhavan here on Friday as hundreds of people with valid passes, including some media persons, were denied entry to a function on poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar.

Since the function was to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, people were expected to reach the venue half an hour before the commencement of the programme due to security reasons.

The entry of people was put on hold because of non-availability of seats and space inside the main hall of Vigyan Bhavan.


Three new ministers in Chhattisgarh

Raipur : Three new faces were included in the Raman Singh-led Chhattisgarh government on Friday in the long awaited cabinet expansion.

The expansion brings in Bhaiya Lal Rajwade, Mahesh Gagda and Dayaldas Baghel as ministers.

Due for around one-and-a-half years, the government's move fulfils the mandatory constitutional requirement to have 15 percent of the total elected lawmakers as ministers in a state government.


Modi reaches out to Bihar ahead of assembly polls

New Delhi : Ahead of Bihar assembly elections later this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that for the nation to progress, it was essential that eastern India, including the state, caught up with the western parts of the country

He called for an end to caste-based politics.

At a function here to mark the golden jubilee of poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar's great works - 'Sanskriti ke chaar adhyaay' and 'Parshuram ki pratiksha' - Modi invoked Dinkar to call for an end to caste-based politics and work towards development of the eastern parts of the country.


'Home ministry issued notification to end confusion in Delhi'

New Delhi : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday that the central government had issued a "clarificatory notification" about the powers of the elected government and the Delhi lt. governor so that there was no dispute between them.

Answering a query at a press conference here about the Friday's notification by the home ministry, Jaitley said that Delhi was a capital of the country and a union territory and the administrative structure was such that the elected government had a large number of powers while some powers were reserved with the central government.


Probe on-the-run Goa lawmaker's Facebook photo change: Congress

Panaji : The Congress has asked the police to trace convicted former Goa minister Francisco Pacheco, who has been dodging arrest for nearly a month-and-a-half, after he changed his Facebook profile photograph.

On Friday, Congress spokesperson Durgadas Kamat alleged that the former archives and archaeology minister posted a new Facebook profile photo on Thursday night.

Kamat has asked the state police to contact Facebook to track down the location and Internet Protocol (IP) address that was used to update the picture.


No assembly polls duty for striking Bihar home guards

Patna : Bihar government has decided not to deploy the Home Guards, who are on strike for the past one week, on duty for assembly polls due later this year, an official said on Friday.

"Home Guards personnel would not be deployed during the next state assembly elections. Only state police and central para-military forces would be deployed on polls duty," Bihar DGP P.K. Thakur said.

The Home Guards threatened on Friday to intensify their stir after thousands of them courted arrest across Bihar on Thursday.


Status quo on foreign equity in multi-brand retailing: Jaitley

New Delhi : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said the decision taken by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to allow 51 percent foreign equity in the country's multi-brand retail trade industry continues even as his party's views were well known.

"The views of my party on the policy and the views of my government on the same has been known to everyone for a long time. However, the official position right now is: The earlier policy, which was legislated and implemented by the previous government, still stands," Jaitley said.


LG has powers on public order and services issues: Home ministry

New Delhi : A week after a very public power tussle erupted between Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and the AAP government in Delhi over posting and transfer of senior officers, the home ministry clarified that the former could exercise powers on issues of public order and services.


Centre issues notification to back Lt. Governor, AAP condemns move

New Delhi : The union government has backed Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and issued a notification that makes it clear he has the power to post and transfer officials, a move that drew quick and sharp criticism from the combative AAP government on Friday.

The notification, issued on Thursday and made public on Friday, states that the Delhi government "will have no executive power" with regard to "Services" -- a reference to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.