Friday , 19 April 2019

National News

BJP denies ticket to MM Joshi

PTI   NEW DELHI The BJP on Tuesday dropped its former president Murli Manohar Joshi as its candidate from Kanpur for the Lok Sabha polls and swapped constituencies of Maneka Gandhi and her son Varun Gandhi as the party announced candidates for 39 more seats. The BJP fielded  Union minister Manoj Sinha from Ghazipur, his ministerial colleague Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti ... Read More »

Congress slams Modi, calls him anti-poor

IANS   NEW DELHI Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi “anti-poor”, the Congress party on Tuesday said it is “shameful” that the BJP and its leaders are opposing an anti-poverty scheme announced by Congress president Rahul Gandhi. On Monday, the Congress president announced the ‘NYAY’ (Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme) scheme for five crore poorest families of India, which was criticized by ... Read More »

Congress releases video of ‘BJP leader’ exchanging money after note ban

PTI   NEW DELHI The Congress and other Opposition parties on Tuesday released a video purportedly showing a “BJP leader” exchanging old notes after demonetisation on a commission of 40 per cent, but did not vouch for the authenticity of the 30-minute footage. Congress leader Kapil Sibal — accompanied by senior leaders from his party as well those from the ... Read More »

Ensure justice to two Hindu girls: Sushma to Pak

PTI   NEW DELHI External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday asked Pakistan to ensure immediate release of the two Hindu girls who were allegedly kidnapped and forcefully converted to Islam in Sindh province last week. “Justice demands that both these girls should be restored to their family immediately,” she tweeted. Reena and Raveena, hailing from village Hafiz Salman near ... Read More »

SC pushes for increased VVPAT use for LS polls

PTI   NEW DELHI The Supreme Court on Monday favoured increasing the random physical verification of VVPAT slips in the upcoming Lok Sabha and assembly polls and told the EC that “no institution should insulate itself from improvement, including the judiciary”. It was not the question of “casting aspersions”, rather a matter of “satisfaction” of the electorate, the top court ... Read More »

Goyals loosen grip on ailing Jet Airways

PTI   MUMBAI/NEW DELHI Giving up chairmanship after more than 26 years, embattled Jet Airways’ founder Naresh Goyal on Monday quit as a board member, with the lenders taking control of the cockpit and deciding to infuse Rs 1,500 crore immediately into the ailing airline. Struggling to stay afloat amid a debt burden of over Rs 8,000 crore, the board ... Read More »

Surge in ticket seekers ‘delaying’ BJP’s 2nd list in Rajasthan

PTI   JAIPUR A surge in the number of ticket aspirants has forced the BJP to delay its second list of candidates for the remaining nine parliamentary seats in Rajasthan ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The party had in its first list on March 23 declared 16 candidates of the total 25 parliamentary seats, but is yet to declare ... Read More »

Anti-Sikh riots: SC to hear Sajjan Kumar’s bail plea on Apr 8

PTI   NEW DELHI The Supreme Court on Monday said that bail plea of former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, who was sentenced to life term in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, will be heard on April 8 after Justice Sanjiv Khanna once again recused himself from hearing the matter. On February 25, Justice Khanna had recused himself from hearing Kumar’s ... Read More »

SC dismisses plea challenging constitutional validity of ‘triple talaq’ ordinance

PTI   NEW DELHI The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea challenging the Constitutional validity of an ordinance which makes the practice of ‘triple talaq’ a punishable offence. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta dismissed a plea of a Kerala-based outfit Samastha Kerala Jamiathul Ulema and said it will not like to interfere. “As ... Read More »

UP BJP leader expelled for dubbing leadership as ‘Gujarati thugs’

PTI   LUCKNOW The BJP on Monday expelled one of its senior Lucknow-based leaders after he dubbed the party’s top leadership as “Gujarati thugs” and asked if the BJP has chosen a ‘pradhan mantri’ (prime minister) or a prachar mantri (advertisement minister). While attacking the BJP’s top leadership in a series of tweets, the party’s former spokesperson I P Singh ... Read More »