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Activists' report slams Modi's first year in office

New Delhi : A report on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first year in office released here on Friday slammed his "abysmal failure" to fulfil pre-poll promises over democracy, education, gender and sexuality, and economy.

The 'NOMOre Report', compiled by a group of activists as part of the 'NOMOre Campaign' -- launched last year after the BJP government took charge -- assessed the government's success - or lack thereof - in fulfilling promises made before the polls.

Cabinet becoming toothless wonder under Modi: Congress

New Delhi : The Congress on Friday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making the union cabinet "a toothless wonder" and ministers only speak at its meetings if allowed to do so.

Launching an attack on Modi, Congress leader Ambika Soni also accused Modi of trying to overawe the judiciary and "denigrating parliament".

"The cabinet is becoming a toothless wonder. There was a whisper campaign against several ministers when Modi government came to power. The campaign was done as part of strategy to demoralise colleagues.


Jammu political pressure group hits out at BJP for betraying poll promises

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Jammu: Jammu Development Council (JDC), a political pressure group, has castigated Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) ministers, legislators over what it called as neglect of Jammu district and alleged BJP of double standards as well as budging down to the pressure of its alliance partner Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the sake of power.

Cautiously optimistic of Teesta being inked during Modi visit: Envoy

New Delhi : Bangladesh envoy Syed Moazzem Ali on Friday voiced "cautious optimism" on the Teesta water sharing agreement being inked during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day visit to Bangladesh June 6-7.

Ali, addressing media persons at the Foreign Correspondents Club here, said that the Teesta issue would be discussed during talks between Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka.

"I am cautiously optimistic," of the Teesta agreement being inked, he said.

Aadhar not compulsory for voting: Election Commission

New Delhi : The Election Commission of India on Friday said it has made it clear that Aadhaar number is not mandatory for exercising the right to cast votes.

In order to avoid confusion among electors and the electoral machinery, the poll panel has issued necessary instructions to the chief electoral officers of states and union territories specifying that furnishing of Aadhaar number by electors is not mandatory and is only optional, an official release said here.


Smriti dares Rahul to debate in a war of words

New Delhi : A war of words broke out on Friday between Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Twitter over IIT-Madras's censure of a students' group for criticising the Narendra Modi government.

Within minutes of Rahul Gandhi condemning the move to censure the IIT students' group on the micro-blogging site Twitter, Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Irani threw an open challenge to him. "Next time fight ur battles ur self don't hide behind NSUI. N by d way I'm returning to Amethi soon. See you there," Irani tweeted.


Opposition slams Shah over communalism, special status for Goa

Panaji : A day after BJP national president Amit Shah visited Goa, the opposition parties here on Friday criticised him for not commenting on the rising "communalism" in the country.

The opposition -- Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) -- also slammed the BJP for virtually closing the door on the possibility of Goa being conferred special status.

Both the parties said the BJP had failed as a ruling party in the state and at the Centre and it had no right to tom-tom its achievements for one year "when there were none".


Goa governor urges media to aggressively take up Swachh Bharat campaign

Panaji : Goa governor and Swachh Bharat ambassador Mridula Sinha on Friday exhorted media persons to take up the campaign aggressively and suggested ways and means in which to address the issue of garbage management in the state known for tourism.

"There was a suggestion which came from the media representatives about adopting Panaji city which the governor said could be considered seriously," the spokesperson said.


Union ministers to interact with netizens

New Delhi : Under its initiative to highlight achievement of the NDA government in the past one year, union ministers Smriti Irani, Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman will interact with netizens on Saturday, it was announced here.

The information and broadcasting ministry said on Friday that the ministers will interact directly with netizens through Twitter using "#AskYourGovt @MIB_India" and the live answers on I&B YouTube Channel.


Jayalalithaa to contest June 27 by-election

Chennai : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa will contest the by-elections for the Radhakrishnan Nagar assembly constituency, slated for June 27, the AIADMK party said on Friday.

In a statement here, the AIADMK said Jayalalithaa has been nominated to contest from Radhakrishnan Nagar.

With the major opposition party DMK deciding to keep away from the contest, it is going to be a cake-walk for Jayalalithaa, who recently returned as chief minister.

Political parties like the Congress and others are yet to take a decision on the issue.