Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu has slammed Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar for his controversial remarks against the Prime Minister and termed the comments as anti-national.
Talking to reporters in New Delhi, Mr. Naidu also hit out at former Union Minister Salman Khurshid for criticizing the NDA government for adopting a tough stand towards Pakistan. He demanded that Congress should take strong action against them.
Meanwhile, Congress sought to defuse BJP’s attack insisting that the party line is enunciated at the AICC briefings alone.
Party spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters that Aiyar and Khurshid have clarified in different ways on the remarks. He also said that Congress view is different from them and if anybody else says something that is his or her personal view.
During a panel discussion on a Pakistani news channel, Ayer had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to be removed if talks are to resume between India and Pakistan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called for targeted economic sanctions to disrupt fund flows for terrorists. Addressing the sixth Global Conference on Asset Recovery in New Delhi, Mr Modi said, dastardly attacks in Paris are a grim reminder that terrorists have shown remarkable flexibility in arranging finances.
The Prime Minister said, the terrorists derive funding from a variety of criminal activities which include smuggling of narcotics, fake currency or from state sponsored activities in failed states. The Prime Minister said targeting proceeds of crime is an important elements in the fight against crime and sought international cooperation in this regard.
He also stressed on the need to focus on enhancing international co-operation in the field of asset recovery for fighting crime, corruption and terrorism. He warned that Globalisation of organised crime poses a major threat to economies throughout the world.
On corruption, Prime Minister Modi said his government has taken significant steps to check corruption and menace of black money in a short span of time. Mr Modi said the Government is unsparing when it comes to punishing the corrupt. He said, the Centre is committed to implementing a uniform global standard on automatic exchange of information on a fully reciprocal basis to check black money.
He said, the mission of his government is to build a prosperous India and it is essential to fight relentlessly against corruption to achieve this objective.
Addressing the meet, Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock condemned the dastardly Paris attack. Mr Stock said all member countries of Interpol should come together to fight the menace of terrorism.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today met Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. The meeting came ahead of the upcoming winter session of Parliament. When contacted, Congress sources said Mr Jaitley visited Mr Gandhi to invite him for a family function.
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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that his government had taken significant steps to check corruption and menace of black money in a short span of time.
Addressing Global Focal Point Conference on Asset Recovery in New Delhi this morning, Mr Modi said the Government is unsparing when it comes to punishing the corrupt.
Mr Modi said, the Centre is committed to implementing a uniform global standard on automatic exchange of information on a fully reciprocal basis to check black money. He said, the mission of his government is to build a prosperous India and it is essential to fight relentlessly against corruption to achieve this objective.
The Prime Minister said, auction of Coal Blocks and FM Radio Licences have eliminated the element of discretion in allocation of resources. He said, governments across the world should work to transform the lives of the poor and the marginalised.
Addressing the meet, Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock condemned the dastardly Paris attack. Mr Stock said all member countries of Interpol should come together to fight the menace of terrorism. Earlier, Prime Minister presented police medals to meritorious officers.
The Supreme Court of Bangladesh today rejected the review petitions of death row war criminals Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed and BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury. A four-member Bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the two orders today. The International Crimes Tribunal had sentenced the two top opposition politicians to death for war crimes during the 1971 liberation War.
Ali Ahsan Mojaheed, 67, General Secretary of Jamaat -e-Islami, and former Minister in Khaleda-Zia led BNP-Jamaat coalition government was convicted on July 17, 2013 for his role in eliminating the intellectuals at the fag end of the Liberation War with the aim of aborting the birth of Bangladesh.
Salauddin Quader, six-time former MP from Chittagong, was convicted on October 1, 2013 for mass slaughter and torture of Hindus and Awami League supporters. The Supreme Court had in June and July this year upheld the death sentences in both cases, and the ICT had issued the two death warrants on Oct. 1, 2015, a day after the Supreme Court released the full verdicts.
The International Crimes Tribunals were set up by the Hasina government in 2010, almost 40 years after the 1971 Liberation War which left an estimated 3 million dead, and over 2 lakh women raped.
The government today decided to pay a production-linked subsidy of Rs 4.50 per quintal directly to cane farmers in the current season. It is aimed at helping cash strapped sugar mills clear arrears. It would cost public exchequer about Rs 1,147 crore. The decision in this regard was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).
Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal told reporters in New Delhi that production subsidy will be given to offset the cost of cane and facilitate the timely payment of cane prices to farmers. Sugar mills are facing a liquidity crunch due to low prices of the sweetener in retail markets. The millers owe about Rs 6,500 crore to cane farmers.
Sugar export subsidy was given to millers in the last two seasons to help them clear cane dues to farmers, but the same has been discontinued this time due to WTO objections.
The CCEA also gave its approval to the extension of Lines of Credit to African and other developing countries for another five years from 2015-16 under Indian Development and Economic Assistance Scheme. The scheme has been in operation since 2005-06. A budgetary provision to the tune of around Rs 3,772 crore will be made for the scheme.
Lines of Credit form an important component of India’s diplomatic strategy and have been very useful in generating goodwill and building long term partnerships. The scheme also attempts to promote India’s strategic political and economic interest abroad by positioning it as an emerging economic power and partner for developing countries.
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A Mumbai Court today allowed Mumbai Police to make Pakistani-American LeT terrorist David Headley an accused in 26/11 terror attack case. Mumbai police had filed an application before special TADA court to allow Headley to attend the court via video conferencing on December 10. For this the court will have to write a Letter of Request (LR) to the US department of Justice.
The court issues summons to Headley and directed that he be produced via video-conferencing on December 10.
Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam had earlier informed the court that charges against Headley are distinct and separate from the offences under which he has been punished in the United States and the American court is not competent to try offences under the Indian Penal Code.
Sessions Judge GA Sanap had also commented that Headley should have been made a wanted accused in the case. After hearing the arguments, the court reserved its order till today on the application stating that Headley deserves to be tried by the Mumbai court along with Abu Jundal as both are conspirators and abettors.
Headley has confessed about his role in the 26/11 attack before US authorities and was indicted for several terrorism related charges. He was sentenced to 35 years’ imprisonment by the US court.The Pakistani-American travelled to Mumbai six times between 2006 and 2008 to conduct reconnaissance of the target locations. He had entered into a plea bargaining agreement with the US government.
ULFA founder General Secretary Anup Chetia who was brought to Guwahati on Wednesday morning was remanded to 5 day CBI custody in connection with the killing of Congress leader in Golaghat on August 29, 1986.
The ULFA leader who was in transit remand of the Central Bureau of Investigation arrived at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International airport in a special BSF aircraft. Adding to this, close confidante of Chetia- Lakhi Goswami and Babul Goswami jailed in Bangladesh was also brought to Guwahati. This was disclosed by a top source of the ULFA pro-talk faction.
The ULFA leader was straight away taken to the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court as CBI’s transit remand of Chetia ended today. Chetia was produced before the special chief judicial magistrate court of Sangita Haloi amidst tight security. Top leaders of the pro-talk faction of ULFA were also present in the court premises.
It may be mentioned here, that the apex investigating agency registered a case on March 21, 1988 against Chetia at the request of the Assam government in connection with an alleged killing of Congress leader Debojit Dhar Choudhury on August 29, 1986 in Golaghat in Assam. The court after hearing remanded Chetia to 5 day CBI custody in connection with the case and was flown back to the national capital by sleuths of the CBI. Chetia will be produced again before the CJM court on November 23.
Chetia, who was in Bangladesh since his arrest by the country’s police in 1997, was handed over to India on 11th of this month, following which he was arrested by CBI in Delhi.
Anup Chetia, whose real name is Golap Baruah, is the founding member of ULFA and its general secretary. Chetia wanted for murder, abductions and extortion is among the most wanted criminals of Assam.
The winter session of Delhi Assembly began today and will continue till 28th of this month. During the session, Delhi government will introduce six bills including Code of Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill, Delhi School Education Amendment Bill and Minimum Wages Amendment Bill. Talking to media, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said it is a very important session for Delhi as government is bringing some important legislations including reforms in education sector.
Relief & rescue ops in full swing; Death toll hits 80
Relief and rescue operation continue even as northeast monsoon rain subsided in Tamil Nadu. Relief teams including army and navy have rescued more than 15,000 persons in Chennai and Kanchipuram. The death toll in rain related incidents in the state has crossed 80. Tamil Nadu government has given 4 lakh rupees each to the family of those killed in rain related incidents. Met office has said that well marked low pressure area lies over west central and south coastal Andhra and north Tamil Nadu coast. Isolated heavy rain has been forecast in Tiruvallur district of north Tamil Nadu.
The above normal north east monsoon rain in Tamil Nadu has left people marooned in Chennai and Kanchipuram. In Kanchipuram district flood alert has been issued in low lying areas near Kotturpuram, as Adyar river is in spate due to excess water released from Chembarampakkam lake. More than 10,000 people marooned in rain water have been rescued in the district alone. More than 35,000 persons in 116 relief camps are being provided food and water. The National disaster relief teams were deployed for rescue and relief measures.
In Krishnagiri district rain water has seeped in fields resulting in damage of tomato crops in 2000 acres. In Tiruchirapalli district, more than 45 lakes have been fully filled by rain water. District collector Dr K S Pazhanichamy inspected the lake in Tiruverumbur and gave instructions to strengthen banks of the lake. Fishermen in Nagapattinam Rameswaram have not ventured out into the sea for the fourth consecutive day as sea is rough.
In Andhra Pradesh, rain or thundershowers are forecast in the next 24 hours under the influence of the well marked low pressure area over west central and adjoining southern coast of the State. The Met office has warned the fishermen not to venture into the sea as it would be rough with winds blowing along and off the coast with 40-50 kmph.
“Rescue and relief works are in full swing in the rain devastated districts of Chittoor, Nellore and Kadapa. Four NDRF teams were deployed to Nellore, two to Chittoor and two to Kadapa to carry out rescue operations. Over 15 thousand people were shifted to safer places and they were being provided food and water. 6 people were killed and two were missing in the rain related incidents in the State. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to the kin of the deceased families.
A 24X7 control room with the phone of 040-23456005 was set up to provide needed information and help. A compensation of Rs.50 thousand would be paid to each of the damaged permanent house and 25,000 rupees to each hut. As per primary estimation, crop in over 1700 hectors got damaged due to incessant rains. As many as 334 tanks were breached in the districts and 2,700 km road got damaged while 2,700 electric polls got uprooted.