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Rapes will happen so long as Earth exists: Trinamool legislator

Kolkata : Even as the controversy surrounding Trinamool Congress parliamentarian Tapas Paul's 'rape and kill' remarks is yet to subside, a party legislator has created a row by saying "rapes will happen so long as the Earth exists".

The comments by Dipak Kumar Halder, Trinamool legislator from West Bengal's Diamond Harbour, has created an outrage, with people demanding his suspension from the party and the assembly.

Opposition should play constructive role: Trinamool's Dinesh Trivedi

Kolkata : Observing that opposing was not its only task, Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi Thursday called for the opposition to play a constructive role irrespective of who is the prime minister or which party he belongs to.

"Just because we are in the opposition doesn't mean we have to oppose every policy of the government. Time has come for the opposition to play a constructive role, doesn't matter who the prime minister is or which party he belongs to," he said during a programme here.


By-election results show 'Modi euphoria' waning: CPI-M

New Delhi : The BJP's reverses in assembly by-elections marks the waning of the Narendra Modi "euphoria" and shows voters are getting disenchanted with the new regime, the CPI-M said Thursday.

CPI-M mouthpiece "People's Democracy" said in an editorial that the Modi government and the BJP "suffered a major setback in the recently held by-elections in Bihar, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab.


PM Jan Dhan Yojana launched in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

Hyderabad/Rajahmundry : Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan YojanaA (PMJDY), the financial inclusion scheme of the Narendra Modi government, was Thursday launched in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh by Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu respectively.

Chandrababu Naidu was the first to formally inaugurate the scheme at Rajahmundry in East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh.


Time to rid politics of criminals: Trinamool's Dinesh Trivedi

Kolkata : Welcoming the Supreme Court's opinion that lawmakers facing criminal charges should not be made ministers, Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi Thursday called for weeding out criminals from politics.

"I think there has to be some kind of channelisation, where forget about being a minister, a criminal will not be able to contest elections. However, the charges levelled should be heinous and not politically motivated," Trivedi told media persons on the sidelines of a programme here.


Ravi Shankar Prasad calls on Jayalalithaa

Chennai : Union Law and Justice Miniser Ravi Shankar Prasad Thursday called on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa here Thursday.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, he said he called on Jayalalithaa as he holds her in high respect and the discussions were fruitful.

"I explained to her the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. It is a great exercise of financial inclusion," said Prasad, who also holds the communications and information technology portfolio.

Prasad is here to launch the scheme while Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched it in New Delhi.


UP by-polls: Yogi Adityanath to be BJP star campaigner

Lucknow : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday named Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath as one of its star campaigners for the by-polls in Uttar Pradesh scheduled for Sep 13.

Adityanath has been a vocal and firebrand Hindutva leader who courted controversy recently after video footage showed him daring people behind what the party calls 'Love Jihad'. He allegedly threatened to convert 100 Muslim girls to Hindusim for each Hindu converted to Islam.

Kuldeep Bishnoi acting as 'B' team of Congress: BJP

New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday accused the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), led by Kuldeep Bishnoi, of working as the 'B' team of the ruling Congress party in Haryana.

HJC president Bishnoi was attempting to divide the anti-Congress vote in the upcoming state assembly election, BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told media here.

Haryana will elect a new assembly most probably in October.


Jaitley calls on Lalu Prasad in Mumbai hospital

Mumbai : Union Defence and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday called on Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad who underwent heart surgeries Wednesday, an official said.

Jaitley arrived at the Asian Heart Institute (AHI) in Bandra-Kurla Complex Thursday morning and visited Lalu Prasad.

The senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader was accompanied by AHI chief and renowned heart surgeon Ramakanta Panda, hospital medical director Vijay D'Silva and other senior officials.


Jaswant Singh continues to be in coma

New Delhi : Former union minister and former Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jaswant Singh continued to remain in coma for the 21st day Thursday in a Delhi hospital, a doctor said.

"Jaswant Singh's condition is still the same. As he is not responding well to the treatment given, he is under close scrutiny of a team of doctors," a senior doctor from the Army Hospital (Research and Referral) told IANS here.

"The team of doctors that consists of neurosurgeons and critical care specialists are making all efforts to revive Jaswant Singh," he added.