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Modi copying Obama, says Amarinder

Chandigarh : Prime Minister Narendra Modi was "trying to copy" US President Barack Obama in most things that he does, Congress deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Amarinder Singh said Tuesday.

In a statement issued here, Amarinder Singh said the latest example of this copying was Modi's proposed address to students across the country on Teachers' Day Sep 5.

"It is strange that Mr. Modi shall be addressing students and not teachers on Teachers' Day," he said.

Amarinder Singh said Obama had addressed students in the US Sep 8, 2009.


Himachal BJP seeks disqualification of four independent MLAs

Shimla : The opposition BJP in Himachal Pradesh Tuesday sought disqualification of four independent legislators from the assembly for describing themselves as associate members of the Congress.

"We gave a petition to Speaker B.B.L. Butail demanding suspension of four independent MLAs -- Manohar Dhiman, Pawan Kajal, Kirnesh Jang and Balbir Verma," BJP chief whip Suresh Bhardwaj told reporters here.

He said the public had given them mandate as independent members but now they had joined the Congress party.


Mahajan to attend women presiding officers' meet in Switzerland

New Delhi : Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will attend the ninth annual meeting of women speakers of parliament in Switzerland Sep 4-5.

The theme of the meeting would be "Economic empowerment of women: Women speakers of parliaments taking the lead", an official release said Tuesday.

There would be various sub-themes in the meeting such as building a conducive environment, women's economic needs and well-being and women's economic leadership.

Mahajan will make a presentation on "Building a conducive environment for women's economic empowerment".

Goa's ruling netas switch focus to men's brief

Panaji : Male tourists should be barred from wearing cotton briefs or torn underwear on beaches and instead wear proper swimming trunks to avoid vulgarity and promote safe swimming, the BJP MLA from the coastal constituency of Calangute has said.

"Many male tourists are seen sporting dirty worn out underwear... Proper swimwear is available at all shops along the beach stretch," Michael Lobo said.

"Let there be cops on the beaches fining these errant tourists until they learn some discipline," he said.


Lack of political will leads to shutdowns: Judge

Thiruvananthapuram : Politically motivated shutdowns which cripple life frequently in Kerala are the result of a lack of will on the part of the state government, said a retired high court judge.

Courts have done their duty and now it is for the state government to act, retired chief justice of the Bihar High Court J.B. Koshy told IANS.


NDA politicizing education: Congress

New Delhi : The Congress Tuesday accused the government of politicizing the educational system in the country and of trying to alter the federal system of governance.

"In schools, a different kind of history is being taught," party leader Anand Sharma told the media here. "This is already happening in history books of Gujarat.

"Why is education being politicized? Institutions and research and science must remain out of politics," he added.

Sharma said Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not consult the states before deciding to do away with the Planning Commission.


BJP-RSS shutdown against murder hits Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram : Thousands were stranded at bus and railway stations across Kerala Tuesday as a BJP-RSS sponsored shutdown to protest the murder of a RSS leader derailed life in the state.

Minor incidents of sporadic attacks on motorists who defied the strike call were reported in parts of Kerala.

Across Kerala, shops, businesses and markets were deserted. The government declared a holiday for all educational institutions.

Attendance in government offices was said to be thin.


Congress youth wing protests outside Rajnath's residence

New Delhi : Around 50 members of the Congress' youth wing NSUI staged a protest outside Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's residence Tuesday demanding that he fulfil the BJP's poll promise of bringing back black money within 100 days of assuming office.


No improvement in Jaswant Singh's condition

New Delhi : There has been no improvement in the health of former union minister and former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh and he continues to remain in coma, a doctor at a Delhi hospital said Tuesday.

It is the 26th day of Singh's hospitalisation.

"Jaswant Singh's condition is still the same and continues to remain in coma. He is under close scrutiny of a team of doctors," a senior doctor from the Army Hospital (Research and Referral) told IANS here.


India committed to peace: Modi

Tokyo : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said that India is committed to peace and this commitment has "significance far above any international treaties or processes".

"Commitment to peace and non-violence is ingrained in the DNA of the Indian society... This commitment to peace that was intrinsic to Indian society, has significance far above any international treaties or processes," Modi said while responding to a question on how India could enhance the confidence of the international community as a non-NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) state.