Thursday , 21 September 2017

National News

Nihalani sacked as CBFC chief

IANS   MUMBAI Pahlaj Nihalani, whose decisions as the CBFC chief repeatedly angered the film fraternity, was on Friday replaced by noted lyricist and ad guru Prasoon Joshi, drawing widespread applause from the film fraternity. Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, who has been appointed a member of the censor board, told IANS about the structural changes in the government-appointed body which oversees ... Read More »

Govt justifies promulgating ordinances

IANS   NEW DELHI The Narendra Modi government on Friday justified promulgation of ordinances, saying it was as per the Constitution written by founding fathers of Indian democracy. Asked if the government felt promulgating ordinances was right, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs S S Ahluwalia said it was being done as and when government felt a law was required ... Read More »

Bill to repeal 131 redundant laws introduced in LS

NEW DELHI: A bill to repeal 131 redundant laws, including the one dealing with transfer of money deposits of people to Pakistan who had left India after the partition, was introduced in Lok Sabha Friday. The Repealing and Amendment (second) Bill, 2017 seeks to scrap 131 acts, nine ordinances created by the then Governors General and rectify certain mistakes made ... Read More »

Indian forces prepared for any eventuality: Jaitley

IANS NEW DELHI Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday once again reiterated that the Indian armed forces are ready to face any eventuality, adding “no one should have any doubt on preparedness of the forces”. Responding in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour to Congress member K.C. Venugopal, who, referring to a recent CAG report, questioned if there was a ... Read More »

Venkaiah sworn in as Vice-President

PTI   NEW DELHI M Venkaiah Naidu, who began his career in politics sticking posters of top Jana Sangh leaders on walls before striding the corridors of power in New Delhi, was on Friday  sworn in as the 15th Vice-President of India. President Ramnath Kovind administered the oath of office to Naidu (68) at a brief ceremony in the Durbar ... Read More »

Half of seats in Kerala’s engg colleges lie vacant

IANS   THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Kerala Education Minister C. Raveendranath informed the state legislative assembly on Thursday that over 50 per cent of seats in engineering colleges in the state were lying vacant. “We are expecting a report from the Justice K Dineshan Commission and, once we get that, a master plan to revamp courses in the professional sector (engineering) would be ... Read More »

‘India’s assistance to Seychelles absolutely immeasurable’

PTI   NEW DELHI India’s assistance is “critical” to the Seychelles in the field of maritime security and in patrolling its large exclusive economic zone, Patrick Pillay, the Speaker of its National Assembly, said today. Underlining the importance of defence cooperation between the two countries, Pillay said India’s assistance to island country is “absolutely immeasurable”. He said the Seychelles has ... Read More »

Clarify whether Taj Mahal is mausoleum or temple: CIC to govt

PTI NEW DELHI The Central Information Commission has asked the Union culture ministry to respond to an RTI plea on whether the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built by Shahjahan or a Shiva temple gifted to the Mughal emperor by a Rajput king. The question — forwarded as an alternative narrative of history and the subject of various court cases ... Read More »

Political leaders should strive to restore credibility in public life: Jaitley

IANS NEW DELHI Representatives from all political parties should strive to restore credibility in public life that has eroded over the years, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement in Rajya Sabha, Jaitley, who is Leader of the House, noted that when in 1942, the leaders gave ... Read More »

Mamata flags off ‘BJP, Quit India’ movement

IANS MEDINIPUR (WEST BENGAL) Claiming that democracy and freedom were being disrupted under the Narendra Modi-led Central government, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday launched a “BJP quit India” movement. “The nation’s democracy has been disrupted and people’s freedom and right to live are under threat in the hands of the current Central government. That’s why our slogan ... Read More »

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