Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday said the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party will decide on government formation in Maharashtra in “one or two days”. He also claimed that the government will be formed before December.
The Congress on Thursday claimed that the Centre has “made corruption official” through the electoral bonds scheme. A media report on Monday had revealed that the Centre had ignored the Reserve Bank of India’s suggestion to not launch electoral bonds, which allow political parties to receive funds anonymously.
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The Pinarayi Vijayan-led Kerala government on Thursday announced a judicial investigation into the alleged sexual assault and murder of two minor sisters in Palakkad district in 2017, PTI reported. The announcement came a day after the government filed an appeal in the High Court to challenge the acquittal of the three accused in the case.
The Supreme Court on Thursday told the Jammu and Kashmir administration that it will have to respond to each and every question raised about the restrictions imposed on the people of the Union Territory following the Centre’s decision to abrogate the special status under Article 370 of the Constitution on August 5, The Hindu reported.
The Opposition Congress on Thursday protested in the Lok Sabha against issuance of electoral bonds and privatisation of public sector units, including Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, PTI reported. The Congress alleged that these moves were “scams”.
Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said blamed the Congress for delaying the Ayodhya case in the Supreme Court, PTI reported. The home minister also claimed that under the Congress government, the “Kashmir problem” was not dealt with for 70 years.
The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Thursday sought to make light of Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan and actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth saying that they would not mind allying in politics for the benefit of Tamil Nadu, PTI reported.
A Delhi court on Thursday permitted the Enforcement Directorate to interrogate Congress leader P Chidambaram in Tihar Jail on Friday and Saturday in the INX Media money laundering case, PTI reported. The order was passed by special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar on a plea by the investigation agency.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday said the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress would arrive at a decision on forming the government in Maharashtra in a day or two, PTI reported. The Rajya Sabha MP told reporters in New Delhi that a new government would be formed in the state before December.
Non-governmental organisations Association for Democratic Reforms and Common Cause have moved the Supreme Court, seeking an investigation into the alleged discrepancies in voter turnout figures and the number of votes counted in 347 constituencies in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, according to PTI.
A children’s picture book titled The Art of Tying a Pug has been withdrawn after its publisher Karadi Tales received abuses and was threatened with legal notices for a pun on the word “pug” – a breed of dog – to describe the turban, or pugdi, worn by Sikhs. The book was authored by Mumbai-based writer Natasha Sharma.
A group of 202 academics from several countries on Thursday issued a statement demanding that the Indian government release the data and reports of all surveys conducted by the National Sample Survey Office, including the one showing that consumer expenditure fell in 2017-’18 for the first time in four decades.
A senior railway official on Wednesday ordered a book vendor at the station in Madhya Pradesh’s capital Bhopal to stop selling writer Khushwant Singh’s book Women, Sex, Love and Lust, saying such “obscene” literature may spoil youngsters, PTI reported.
Five states ruled by parties outside the National Democratic Alliance on Wednesday complained of delay in Goods and Service Tax compensation by the Centre for August and September, reported PTI. In a joint statement, the finance ministers of Delhi, West Bengal, Punjab, Rajasthan and Kerala said the delay has put them in acute financial difficulty.
The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday cancelled the citizenship of Telangana Rashtra Samithi MLA Ramesh Chennamaneni for allegedly concealing facts about his visits abroad during the one-year period preceding his application for Indian citizenship, PTI reported.
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the conviction of 10 men in the 2003 murder case of former Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya, reported ANI. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Vineet Saran dismissed the review petitions filed in the case against the court’s July 5 judgement.
The Congress on Thursday criticised the Narendra Modi-led central government for its decision to sell stakes in five state-run companies, including oil refiner Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited. Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala in a tweet said: “They did not create anything, but will sell everything. This is what one means by ‘selling the country’. When there is Modi, it is possible.”
An expert panel set up to review the 2017-’18 consumer expenditure survey suggested ways to improve such reports in future, as claimed by the government, but did not recommend junking the report it was asked to examine, Business Standard reported on Thursday. The newspaper had earlier claimed that the government had withheld the report due to its adverse findings.
The Congress on Thursday raised the matter of electoral bonds in Lok Sabha. The party has alleged that the scheme resulted in money laundering and destroyed transparency in the funding of political parties.
The Regional Passport Office in Mumbai has asked Narmada Bachao Andolan activist Medha Patkar to explain why her passport should not be impounded after she allegedly failed to disclose information about criminal cases pending against her, The Times of India reported on Thursday. Patkar was reissued a passport in March 2017.
A Parliamentary standing committee on Wednesday decided to hold discussions on the WhatsApp security breach after much dilly-dallying, reported PTI. While the Bharatiya Janata Party members of the panel were against taking up the matter, legislators of parties such as Lok Janshakti Party and YSR Congress Party were keen on a discussion.
Bharatiya Janata Party MP Pragya Singh Thakur has been nominated to the Ministry of Defence’s Parliamentary Consultative Committee, The Indian Express reported on Thursday. The committee is headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
The United States on Wednesday approved the sale of 13 MK-45 naval guns and related equipment to India for an estimated cost of $1.02 billion (approximately Rs 7,331.76 crore). However, no delivery date has been announced yet. The gun system will provide India the capability to conduct anti-surface warfare and anti-air defence missions.
The lander of the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft had made a hard landing on the moon as its velocity reduced during descent, the government told Parliament on Wednesday. The Vikram lander had attempted a soft landing on the moon on September 7, but lost communication with the Indian Space Research Organisation minutes before touchdown.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday provided relief to the financially-stressed telecom sector by deferring spectrum auction payments for two years till 2022. However, the companies will have to pay applicable interest on the deferred spectrum payments.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved the strategic divestment of the government’s 53.29% stake in oil refiner Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, and four other state-run companies. The Bharat Petroleum sale will not include the strategic Numaligarh Refinery Limited in Assam. This is reportedly the biggest ever privatisation drive by the government.
The Congress on Wednesday said a stable government would be formed soon in Maharashtra, NDTV reported. The comment was made after a meeting with Nationalist Congress Party leaders at their leader Sharad Pawar’s home in Delhi. Hours earlier, Pawar held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament about an agrarian crisis in Maharashtra.