India Politics

India Politics

Modi to clear 'jungle' of outdated laws

Bangalore : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday vowed to abolish the "jungle" of laws that are outdated and holding up the country's socio-economic development.

"I have decided to abolish the jungle of laws as they have become outdated and irrelevant in the present times. I have formed a special committee to single out all those laws that have been delaying decision-making and hampering growth," Modi told a gathering of BJP cadres at the HAL airport.


Modi asks Indians to join him in operation clean-up

Bangalore : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday appealed to the 1.25-billion Indians to join him in cleaning up the filth that has brought a bad name to the country.

"I want all of you to join me in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (operation clean-up) programme our government is launching across the country Thursday, marking the 99th birthday of Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya," Modi told a huge gathering of BJP cadres at HAL airport on arriving here for the first time after becoming prime minister.


Sudipta Sen had met Trinamool leaders before escape: Employee

Kolkata : In a startling revelation, Arvind Singh Chauhan, who was arrested in the Saradha scam, Tuesday claimed that Saradha chief and scam kingpin Sudipta Sen had held meetings with two Trinamool Congress MPs days before his escape from the city in April 2013.

"I drove Sudipta Sen to the Nizam Palace office of (name of the MP) on April 5. Two days later, (another Trinamool MP) visited Sen's office at Midland Park," Chauhan, a former employee of the company, told mediapersons after being released on bail.


AAP, Congress slam Delhi government for hiking circle rates

New Delhi : The AAP and the Congress Tuesday slammed the Delhi government's decision to increase property circle rates by 20 percent and demanded its rollback.

While the Aam Aadmi Party questioned the timing of the decision, the Congress said that BJP-controlled Delhi government was "scheming" against the poor and middle-class people.

Headed by the Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, the Delhi government had Monday announced revision in circle rates citing prevailing high market rates at which property transactions are done in the city.


Service EVMs before candidates are finalised: Maharashtra Congress

Mumbai : The Congress Tuesday demanded that servicing of electronic voting machines (EVM), to be used in the Oct 15 Maharashtra assembly elections, must be completed before the names of candidates are finalized.

AICC Secretary and former Mumbai MP Sanjay Nirupam also sought to know which private company would be entrusted with the task of servicing the EVMs.


Milking the Stereotype

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

It has been a long open session on Muslims. For weeks together we have heard and read a concentrated demonising propaganda against Muslims. According to it, the Muslims are running a well-funded “love jihad” campaign to trap Hindu women and covert them to Islam.

Modi to have over 30 engagements in US: MEA

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have over 30 engagements during his upcoming visit to the US, the external affairs ministry said Tuesday.

Modi will meet four "leading" figures of the US administration, including President Barack Obama Sep 29 as well as Sep 30 when he is in Washington, ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told the media here.

The prime minister will also meet US Vice President Joe Biden, who will host a lunch for him along with Secretary of State John Kerry, Akbaruddin said.


Four to 60: BJP's onerous Haryana target

By Jaideep Sarin,

Chandigarh : As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) takes its first shot at power in Haryana on its own in next month's assembly elections, the leadership has set itself the onerous target of winning 60 seats in the 90-member assembly - an increase of a phenomenal 1,440 percent.


BJD fields late MP's widow for Odisha by-poll

Bhubaneswar : Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Tuesday decided to field Pratyusha Rajeswari, widow of late MP Hemendra Chandra Singh for the parliamentary by-election in Kandhamal constituency Oct 15.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced it after holding a meeting with senior party leaders at his official residence here.

"Pratyusha Rajeswari, wife of late MP Hemendra Chandra Singh, has been chosen as the BJD candidate for the Kandhamal by-election," Patnaik told reporters.

The by-poll in Kandhamal was necessitated following Hemendra Chandra Singh's death.


Security tightened near Ajit Singh's bungalow

New Delhi : Delhi Police Tuesday tightened security in central Delhi in view of expected protests over order to RLD leader Ajit Singh to vacate his official bungalow.

The Delhi Metro shut down the Race Course Metro station for public from 8.20 a.m.

"Section 144A (joining unlawful assembly) has been imposed outside his (Ajit Singh) residence. All roads leading to his 12, Tughlak Road bungalow have been cordoned off," a police officer told IANS.