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Government to table copy of land ordinance in Lok Sabha Monday

New Delhi: With the government slated to table a copy of the land ordinance in the Lok Sabha on Monday, the house is expected to witness a stormy start as it meets after a recess for the second half of the budget session.

According to the schedule of business of the house, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy would lay a copy of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015.


Rahul ready for leadership in strategic action: Sandeep Dixit

New Delhi: Maintaining that Sonia Gandhi was still his preferred choice for leading the Congress, party leader Sandeep Dixit on Sunday said Rahul Gandhi was ready to take over the leadership mantel in "strategic action".

Dixit, among the number of voices within the party maintaining that Sonia Gandhi should continue as party chief, told IANS: "Rahul Gandhi is taking the leadership of our strategic action... So that's good."


Kashmiri Students ‘selected’ under PM scholarships scheme expelled from Rohtak college

By Staff Reporter,

Srinagar: A private engineering college in Rohtak, Haryana has prohibited 13 students from Jammu and Kashmir from appearing in end-semester examinations over non- payment of fees.

According to the students they were selected for the Prime Ministers Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS), a centrally sponsored scheme for J&K students who wishe to pursue studies outside the state.

Bengal poll panel takes U-turn, calls civic polls violence-free

Kolkata: A day after expressing displeasure over the conduct of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls, the West Bengal State Election Commission on Sunday did a volte-face claiming there were no major law and order disruptions during the exercise.

Facing a plethora of complaints regarding unfair practices, State Election Commissioner S.R. Upadhyay on Saturday said: "Ideally, if the polling is conducted properly, you don't get so much of complaints."

However, on Sunday he gave a contrary view.


Congress will oppose land bill tooth and nail: Shashi Tharoor

New Delhi: As parliament reconvenes this week after the intra-session break, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said on Sunday that the party will oppose the land acquisition bill "tooth and nail" as well as any "divisive and confrontational" policies of the Narendra Modi government.

Tharoor also termed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's address at a farmer's rally here as a "new boost" to the party's momentum.

Tharoor, a Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, said the party had been "very constructive in parliament" and had supported the BJP-led NDA on the insurance bill.


Sitaram Yechury: Suave, soft-spoken and dynamic

By Mohammed Shafeeq,

Hyderabad: Sitaram Yechury, who has been elected the new general secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist, has been the most prominent face of the party for decades.

Suave and soft-spoken, he has been associated with the Communist movement since his student days and now at the age of 62 faces the onerous task of rebuilding the party.

BJP government anti-people: Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi: Accusing the BJP-led NDA government at the centre of being anti-poor and anti-farmer, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday said her party would continue raising its voice against the government's "anti-people policies".

Addressing a huge Kissan-Khet Majdoor rally at Ramlila Maidan here, she said that the Modi government was not bothered about the poor and the farmers of the country.


Situation in Kashmir Valley remains tense but peaceful

Srinagar: A day after violence erupted following the death of a teenager in police firing, the situation in the Kashmir Valley on Sunday remained tense but peaceful.

"The overall law and order situation remained peaceful in the Valley today (Sunday)," a senior police officer told IANS here.

Heavy downpour, which started during the night, continued throughout the day across the Valley on Sunday putting a dampener on public display of resentment as also the timely arrest of the two local policemen who reportedly fired at the mob.

Delhi CM seeks public opinion on budget

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday attended the first day of the "Janta Ka Budget" street corner meeting in Patparganj assembly constituency organised to take public suggestions on the budget.

Addressing the meeting, Kejriwal said his government was committed to public welfare and explained the concepts of the participatory budgeting exercise.


Rahul Gandhi takes on Modi government over land bill

New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday addressed his first public rally after returning from a 56-day leave of absence and said the Modi government wants to weaken the land bill. The BJP hit back, wondering how many times the Congress will launch him.

Rahul accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of seeking to "return debt of industrialists by giving them land of farmers".