Saturday, September 19, 2020

Don't need support of JD(S) to remain in power: K'tka CM

NEW DELHI: Strongly dismissing reports on the Janata Dal (S) supporting the BJP in future, Karnataka Chief Minister, B.S. Yediyurappa on Friday asserted that the saffron party in Karnataka does not need anyone's support including JD(S).

K'tka Health Minister says he sought blessings from Durga

BENGALURU: Taking a 'U' turn, Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Minister B. Sriramulu on Friday clarified that he went to a 'Gade Durgamma' (Goddess Durga) temple in Gonal to seek her blessings, but not to become Deputy Chief Minister of the state.

Govt introduces Taxation and Other Laws Bill

NEW DELHI: A taxation Bill which seeks relaxation and changes in provisions of certain Acts was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday amid uproarious scenes.

Introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020, seeks replacement of the Taxation and other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020 which was promulgated on March 31 this year.

Farm bills shall promote corporate culture: Cong leader

JAIPUR: Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee chief Govind Singh Dotasara on Friday slammed the Centre over the three farm bills passed in Lok Sabha on Thursday and accused the government of promoting corporate culture while limiting the farmers' role to mere labourers.

My son never interfered in my work: K'taka CM

NEW DELHI: Seemingly irked over his son B.Y. Vijayendra being often branded as 'Super CM' by the Opposition and from within his own party, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Friday sought to clarify that he sees a "systematic conspiracy" behind levelling such allegations against his son.

Anti-farmer BJP acting like Kauravas against farmers: Cong

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of lying to the farmers of the country and said that the ruling party is behaving like the Kauravas of the Mahabharat and the grand old party is standing with the farmers who are fighting like Pandavas.

Anurag regrets Nehru remarks as LS sees 4 adjournments

NEW DELHI: After the Lok Sabha witnessed four adjournments on Friday due to a ruckus over his remarks pertaining to the PM National Relief Fund set up by independent India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Union Minister of State Anurag Thakur expressed regrets in the House.

Day after RS speech BJP MP tests Covid positive; TMC leader sounds alarm

NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party's Rajya Sabha member Vinay Sahasrabuddhe has tested positive for COVID-19 after giving an elaborate speech on Maharashtra's handling of the pandemic on Wednesday, and TMC MP Derek O Brien has raised a red flag.

Centre forcing farm laws on nation: Punjab CM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday slammed the Centre for what he called "forcing the farm legislations on the nation as part of a conspiracy to destroy farmers and Punjab, of which the Akalis were a part".

Goa AAP Convener resigns, says will continue to work for party

PANAJI: Goa AAP Convener Elvis Gomes on Friday said that he was stepping down from the post, adding that he would work at the grass-roots level and try to expand the party base ahead of the 2022 Assembly polls.

Blatant lie: PM Modi tears into opposition on Farm Bills

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked Opposition parties on Friday, saying they are "lying" to farmers. He also claimed that the NDA Government is doing what "they" themselves promised in their manifestos, referring to the Congress.

BSP to contest Assembly bypolls for first time in UP

LUCKNOW: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to put up candidates in all eight Assembly seats where bypolls are to be held.

Election poll shows Biden leads Trump 45-40% in Arizona

WASHINGTON: An influential election projection agency shifted the US presidential race in the state of Arizona toward Democratic nominee Joe Biden, as its latest poll found the former vice president led President Donald Trump by 5 percentage points in the state.

Many engaged in confusing farmers: Modi

NEW DELHI: Amid the row over three agriculture reform bills that led to one of his Cabinet colleagues quitting on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured that the system of MSP and government procurement will continue.

Commenting the opposition his government is facing over the bills, the Prime Minister said "many powers are engaged in creating confusion among the farmers".

Farm bills govt's conspiracy to defeat Green Revolution: Congress

NEW DELHI: Even as the Lok Sabha passed two of the contentious agriculture reforms bill, the Congress on Thursday upped its ante against the Narendra Modi government over the issue, terming it a conspiracy to defeat the Green Revolution.

Harsimrat resigns under pressure of Punjab's local politics: BJP

NEW DELHI: Reacting on the resignation of Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that she resigned under the pressure of Punjab's local politics. However, the party still hopes that the matter will be resolved after discussion with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

Harsimrat resigns from Union Cabinet opposing farm Bills

'Hyderabad Merger Day' celebrated with hoisting of Tricolour by political parties

 HYDERABAD: Political parties in Telangana hoisted the national flag at their offices to mark 'Hyderabad Merger Day' on Thursday and paid tributes to the freedom fighters who fought for the merger of erstwhile Hyderabad state with the Indian Union.

LJP stays firm about not compromising on seat-sharing

PATNA: Despite the intervention of BJP national president JP Nadda, the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) doesn't appear to be in a mood to compromise on seat-sharing with the JDU.

Chirag Paswan, the national president of LJP, has asked members of the party's parliamentary board to prepare a list of 143 candidates and start campaigning in their respective constituencies. The decision has won the appreciation of parliamentary board members in New Delhi.

Digvijay raises scarcity of oxygen for Covid patients in RS

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Wednesday in the Rajya Sabha raised the issue of high prices and the black marketing of the oxygen cylinders. He claimed that the scarcity of the oxygen cylinders was causing the death of many patients.

Bihar polls: RJD has maximum number of tainted legislators

PATNA: With elections round the corner in Bihar, a report by Association of Democratic Reforms revealed that the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has the maximum number of tainted leaders followed by Congress while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has the least.

Senior cop recommends suspension of UP BJP leader's arms licence

PILIBHIT: The Superintendent of Police (SP) Pilibhit, Jai Prakash Yadav, has recommended suspension of the arms licence of BJP district vice-president, Amit Balmiki, following a report filed by Pilibhit police stattion SHO Shrikant Dwivedi.

Center broke people's backbone in unorganised sector: Digvijaya Singh

PATNA: Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said on Monday that the BJP-led Central government has broken the backbone of the people in the unorganised sector.

While addressing the people of Darbhanga through a virtual rally, Singh said the Centre is privatising government sector entities which are directly or indirectly penalising the farmers of the entire nation.

Maken slams Centre, AAP for not challenging SC ruling on slum removal

NEW DELHI: The Congress slammed the Narendra Modi government and the Arvind Kejriwal government for not taking up the matter of demolishing 48,000 slums near the railway lines in Delhi in the Supreme Court and accused them of doing politics.

Speaking to media outside Parliament House on Monday, former Union Minister and Congress leader Ajay Maken said, "On August 31, the Supreme Court ordered to remove 48,000 slums near the railway tracks without making any other arrangements."

Congress set to oppose agri Bills in RS

NEW DELHI: The Congress is trying to muster support to oppose the agri Bills in the Rajya Sabha which have also faced stiff opposition from farmers.

Setting the stage to oppose the bills, Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet: "Modi government's three black ordinances are attack on the farmer and farm labourers so that they do not get benefit of MSP so the farmer is compelled to sell their land to capitalist. This is another anti farmer conspiracy."

Chirag Paswan writes to Modi on Bihar imbroglio

PATNA: The disagreements between the Janata Dal-United and the Lok Janshakti Party over seat-sharing seem to persist despite Bharatiya Janata Party President J.P. Nadda's claims that all is well in the National Democratic Alliance camp in poll-bound Bihar.

On Monday, LJP President Chirag Paswan wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, purportedly setting out his stand on seat-sharing for the upcoming Assembly election.

Opposition cries foul over suspending 'Question Hour' in RS too

NEW DELHI: After an uproar in the Lok Sabha, the Opposition on Monday objected to cancellation of Question Hour in the upper house as well.

Trinamool Congress Party's Derek O'Brien objected to the cancellation of question hour, while claiming that it is the heart of democracy. History shows that it has never happened before in a regular session, he added.

Khattar back in Chandigarh after Covid-19 recovery

CHANDIGARH:Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday returned to state capital Chandigarh after recovering from Covid-19.

BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi, Hegde among 17 MPs test positive for Coronavirus

NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Meenakshi Lekhi, Anant Kumar Hegde and Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma are among 17 Member of Parliament (MPs) who have tested positive for coronavirus in the mandatory tests conducted before the Monsoon Session of Parliament which began on Monday.

BJP appoints new office bearers in AP

AMARAVATI: The Andhra Pradesh unit of BJP appointed a slew of office bearers for the party, headed by president Somu Veerraju on Sunday.

"I congratulate the new office bearers to various positions in the party. I wish all of them to work with vigour and commitment for the development of the state," said Veerraju.

After protests, BJP cautious on farm ordinances, Cong against

NEW DELHI: Farmers in Haryana and Punjab are up in arms against the ordinances on agriculture promulgated by the Narendra Modi government and likely to be introduced in Parliament's Monsoon Session commencing on Monday.

The Congress has announced that it will oppose the "anti-farmer" ordinances in the Parliament, while the BJP is seeking discussions with farmers in Haryana.

Pilot reminds Gehlot of promise to Gujjars about 5% reservation

JAIPUR: Former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot has written a letter to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on the issue of 5 per cent reservation for Gujjars and other communities.

The letter was written on September 2, but it was brought to the notice of the media only on Saturday.

Bihar polls: Politicians vying to pass the baton to GenNext

PATNA: A political storm is brewing ahead of the assembly elections in Bihar. Crowds of ticket-seekers to contest the upcoming elections are gathering outside party offices as well as residences of many senior leaders.

Several political leaders are also switching loyalties to other parties to secure their political future.

BJP to formulate 'Bihar poll manifesto' taking cue from 2 cr homes

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has formulated an aggressive campaign strategy in the run-up to the Bihar assembly elections. National President J.P. Nadda launched the 'Aatmanirbhar Bihar campaign on Saturday. Under the campaign, the party will reach two crore homes.

J'khand CM meets Lalu Prasad to discuss upcoming Bihar Assembly polls

RANCHI: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren met jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Saturday to discuss the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections.

Soren met Lalu at the official residence of the Director of Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) here.

Shiv Sainiks who assaulted ex-navy officer, get bail (Ld)

MUMBAI: At least four Shiv Sainiks who were arrested for assaulting a retired Indian Navy officer for allegedly forwarding a cartoon on Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, were released on bail here on Saturday, officials said.

Sonia brings a dissenter into special panel, reshuffles CWC

NEW DELHI: In wake of the August 24 CWC meet held after a section of Congress leaders demanded party reforms, Congress' interim President Sonia Gandhi has set up a special six-member panel to assist her and accommodated one of the "dissenters" in it, while reconstituting the Working Committee - the party's highest decision-making body.

"Congress President has constituted a special committee, with following members to assist the Congress President in organisational and operational matters as expressed by her in the CWC meeting," said a party release.

Loyalists, Team Rahul score big in Congress rejig

NEW DELHI: Congress' interim chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday set up a special committee to assist her in operational and organisational matters, reshuffled the Congress Working Committee and and appointed General Secretaries and state in-charges with loyalists dominating the restructuring which bore a visible stamp of Rahul Gandhi.

Adhir urges defectors to return to Congress in Bengal

KOLKATA: Newly appointed West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) President Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Thursday urged all the defectors, who have joined opposition camps, to return to the party.

"I want to convey this to everyone who had left the Congress that they can rethink on this and come back. I will ensure that they get their due respect in the party," Chowdhury said.

Bhojpuri star Sudip Pandey joins Congress

PATNA: Celebrated Bhojpuri movie star Sudip Pandey joined the Congress party in Patna on Thursday.

Pandey is one of the prominent actors in the state who was really vocal in support of a probe into the mysterious death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. He has also alleged big production houses in Mumbai are exploiting strugglers, especially girls hailing from smaller cities.

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