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Modi condemns Canadian capital shootout as 'extremely disturbing'

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi described Wednesday's shootout near the Canadian parliament in Ottawa as "extremely disturbing".

"News of the attack in Ottawa is extremely disturbing. I pray for everyone's safety," he tweeted.

Parliament Hill in Canada's capital Ottawa came under attack Wednesday after a gunman shot dead a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial, a day after Canada sent an air fleet consisting of CF-18 Hornet fighters in support of the efforts to fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.

Modi's second round of radio address Nov 2

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second round of "Mann Ki Baat" radio programme will be held Nov 2, a statement said here Wednesday.

"Looking forward to the 2nd 'Mann Ki Baat' Radio Programme Sunday Nov 2, 2014 at 11 a.m.," the prime minister tweeted.

"Once again, I invite you to share thoughts, comments and examples of good governance initiatives that have left an impression on your mind," Modi said.

Modi had first addressed people over radio Oct 3.


MNS general secretary Pravin Darekar quits

Mumbai : The beleaguered Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, routed in the assembly elections, faced another crisis Wednesday when its general secretary Pravin Darekar suddenly quit, party sources said.

Darekar met party president Raj Thackeray and handed over his resignation.

Thackeray's decision on Darekar's resignation letter was not yet known.

Darekar was an MNS legislator who lost from Magathane constituency in northwest Mumbai to Shiv Sena's Prakash Surve.


Chandrababu asks Telangana to abide by rules

Hyderabad : Amid growing tension with Telangana over electricity generation, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu Wednesday asked the TRS government not to complicate matters by violating rules and targeting the TDP to hide its inefficiency.

A day after Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) workers set afire the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) office in Nalgonda district of Telangana, Naidu advised the Telangana government to behave responsibly by adhering to rules governing the use of the Srisailam reservoir across the Krishna river.


Saradha scam: Make inquiry panel report public, says BJP

Kolkata : Describing the Justice Shyamal Sen Commission set up to probe the Saradha scam as a "political gimmick", the BJP Wednesday demanded the West Bengal government to make public the panel's report.

Constituted by the Mamata Banerjee government in 2013, the tenure of the Commission headed by the former chief justice of the Allahabad High Court ended Wednesday.

State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rahul Sinha said the panel was set up by the state government in its bid to thwart the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the multi-crore-rupee scam.


Gogoi urges Paresh Baruah to join politics

Guwahati : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Wednesday asked the commander-in-chief of the anti-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Paresh Baruah, to join mainstream politics.

Gogoi also said he would urge the Centre to give Baruah amnesty, if he decides to respond to the offer.

Reveal all names, no vindictive leaks on black money: Congress

New Delhi : The Congress Wednesday attacked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over his remarks that disclosure of names of those holding illicit foreign accounts will embarrass the party and said the Modi government should not indulge in “any blackmail” and come out with full information instead of "selective leakage".

Party general secretary Ajay Maken said the Modi Government should not “indulge in selective or vindictive leaking of names.”

“If Jaitley was trying to blackmail the Congress party by such petty games, he should desist from the same, Maken added.


CPI-M calls for radical electoral reforms

New Delhi : The CPI-M Wednesday called for radical electoral reforms, saying the BJP was winning legislative majorities with just a third or less percentage of popular support.

This was due to the anomalies of the 'first-past-the post' system in elections, the Communist Party of India-Marxist said in an editorial in its journal "People's Democracy".


Modi regime continues UPA's 'disingenuity' on offshore black money

By Parmod Kumar,

New Delhi : Over three years ago, the Supreme Court had described as "disingenuous" the then UPA government's argument, now being parroted by the Narendra Modi government, that the "confidentiality" clause in the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between India and Germany came in the way of disclosing names of those who had parked their black money in Liechtenstein's LGT Bank.


Congress’ decline continues

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

With the BJP’s convincing win in Haryana and Maharashtra assembly elections earlier this week, Congress’ steady decline has deepened further. There is an ominous signal in Maharashtra that forebodes a UP-Bihar like long-standing setback in the western state too.