Friday, August 07, 2020


Punjab ministers lash out at SAD and AAP for using hooch tragedy to play with People's sentiments

CHANDIGARH: A group of Punjab ministers on Thursday hit out at the Akalis and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for shamelessly using the hooch tragedy to play with the sentiments of the people with an eye on the Assembly elections.

Centre releases Rs 890 cr as 2nd instalment to fight Covid

 NEW DELHI:The Central Government on Thursday released Rs 890.32 crore as the second instalment of the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package to 22 states and union territories.

Retire old thermal power plants to reduce discoms' debt: IEEFA

NEW DELHI: Reduce financial and operational inefficiencies across India's power distribution sector, which as of May had accumulated massive overdue payment liabilities of Rs 1,16,340 crore to generation companies, by retiring old and expensive thermal power plants, a report by IEEFA said on Thursday.

One year on, Sonia likely to continue as Cong interim chief

NEW DELHI:With Sonia Gandhi slated to complete one year as Congress interim President soon amid an ongoing battle for one-upmanship between leaders close to Rahul Gandhi and the Congress veterans, she is likely to continue in the top post in the foreseeable future, party sources said on Tuesday.

Will write to sonia to seek strict action against back stabbing Bajwa & Dullo , says Jakhar

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar on Tuesday said he will be writing to party president Sonia Gandhi to seek action against the brazen indiscipline of the two Rajya Sabha MPs Pratap Singh Bajwa and Shamsher Singh Dullo, who had chosen to attack their own government.

With Lord Hanuman's blessings, 'bhumi pujan' will end 166-year-old dispute

AYODHYA:Lord Hanuman is said to be the protector of Ayodhya and Ram devotees. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he comes to Ayodhya on Wednesday for 'bhumi pujan', will first offer prayers at the Hanuman Garhi temple.

Punjab Police busts another cross border drug smuggling racket, BSF Jawan among 3 arrested

CHANDIGARH: As part of its crackdown against drugs, the Punjab Police has busted another Pak-backed cross border drugs and weapons smuggling racket, with the arrest of two smugglers and yet another BSF constable, posted along the Pakistan border in Tarn Taran district.

It's unfortunate that Gehlot govt is working from hotels: Raj Guv

JAIPUR:As the MLAs of the Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan government camp in a palatial hotel in Jaisalmer fearing poaching threats from Sachin Pilot-led rebel camp and the opposition BJP, Governor Kalraj Mishra, in an exclusive interview with IANS, says "Its unfortunate that the state govt is working from hotels".

3 more states, 1 UT join ration card portability scheme

NEW DELHI:The states of Manipur, Nagaland, Uttarakhand and Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir have also been integrated into the National Portability for ration cards, which already had 20 states/UTs on board.

Raj HC exceeded jurisdiction': Cong chief whip also moves SC

NEW DELHI:After the Rajasthan Assembly Speaker moved the Supreme Court against the state high court's July 24 order, Congress chief whip Mahesh Joshi has also moved the apex court, challenging the order staying proceedings on his petitions seeking disqualification of 19 rebel MLAs, including dropped Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot.

R'sthan Cong MLAs shifted to Jaisalmer amid horse trading allegations

JAIPUR:Amid allegations of horse trading, the Rajasthan Congress MLAs staying at a hotel in Jaipur have been shifted to Jaisalmer for the next 14 days on Friday. The Rajasthan Assembly is scheduled to convene on August 14 and till then the MLAs will stay at the Jaisalmer resort.

Holy soil, water reaching Ayodhya from across India for 'bhoomi pujan'

NEW DELHI:As the day for Ram Mandir Bhoomi Poojan nears, efforts are being expedited to bring holy soil and water from major rivers across India to Ayodhya, through courier, ‘rath yatra or by individuals, ahead of August 5, that is seen as a culmination of a long legal tangle.

Video of R'sthan Speaker, CM's son goes viral, BJP demands Joshi quit

JAIPUR:A huge controversy erupted in Rajasthan soon after a video of a conversation between Assembly Speaker C.P. Joshi and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's son Vaibhav Gehlot went viral in which the Speaker was heard talking about how 30 MLAs could have toppled the state government as the situation was tough.

Haryana engages Garuda Aerospace for drone-based anti-locust spraying

CHENNAI: Drone-as-a-Service (DAAS) provider Garuda Aerospace has bagged a contract from the Haryana government for spraying anti-locust pesticide in the state, said a top company official.

Finally, Raj Guv gives nod to assembly session from Aug 14

JAIPUR:After rejecting the state government's proposal to call a special assembly session in Rajasthan thrice,Governor Kalraj Mishra on Wednesday finally approved the revised proposal sent by the state government requesting to convene special assembly session on August 14 after holding a cabinet meeting in the evening.

'HC encroaching on powers': Rajasthan Speaker moves SC

NEW DELHI: Rajasthan Assembly Speaker C.P. Joshi has moved the Supreme Court, challenging the state High Court's July 24 order staying proceedings on disqualification petitions against 19 rebel MLAs, including dropped Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot.

BSP on the wane in UP, playing into BJP hands, says Cong

NEW DELHI:After Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati attacked the Congress for subsuming the BSP legislators in Rajasthan and said she was waiting for the right time to teach Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot a lesson, the Congress, here on Wednesday, hit back saying she was playing into the hands of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

NPCIL to build 4 more atomic power units in 2020: AEC chief

CHENNAI:India's atomic power plants operator Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) plans to start construction of four more nuclear power units this year, said a top official of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).

Raj Guv again returns proposal for Assembly session

JAIPUR:Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra on Wednesday returned a state government proposal to call a special Assembly session, for the third time.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot called the rejection a 'love letter', even as the former extended an olive branch to the rebel Congress MLAs.

Rajasthan Governor setting 'dangerous precedent': Ahmed Patel

NEW DELHI:Amid the faceoff between the Rajasthan Governor and the Ashok Gehlot government over convening the special Assembly session, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel said it could set a "dangerous precedent."

Pilot camp MLA moves HC demanding NIA probe

JAIPUR:In another twist to the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan, rebel Congress MLA Bhanwarlal Sharma from the Sachin Pilot camp, filed a plea in the Rajasthan High Court seeking the transfer of investigation of the case with reference to the audio tapes case released by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's camp that hinted at an alleged conspiracy to topple the Gehlot government, to the National Investigation Agency from the Special Operations Group, which is presently probing the case.

Rajasthan man found dead in car in Etawah

ETAWAH(UP):A 45-year-old man was found dead in his car near the road leading to Sefai air-strip in Etawah on Tuesday.
The police have identified the deceased as Gajendra Singh Gudawaria, a native of C-block, Sector 4, Noida.


ED summons Gehlot's brother for questioning in fertilizer scam

NEW DELHI: More troubles for Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's elder brother Agrasain Gehlot seems to be coming up as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned him for questioning in fertilizer scam case.

R'sthan Congress: Suspense, surprise, contradicting strategies

JAIPUR:The story of Rajasthan Congress after being split and divided in two groups led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and ex-Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, seems to be getting all the more complicated with elements of suspense, surprise and contradicting strategies.

Gehlot emerges as fighter amid political crisis in Rajasthan

NEW DELHI:Amid political crisis in Rajasthan, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has brought some solace to the Congress camp by standing up against the BJP and rebel MLAs like a solid rock. His ability to keep the fight on has compelled the Governor to yield to the demand to call the assembly session, though with conditions.

Delhi-NCR to receive heavy rain on Wednesday, Thursday: IMD

NEW DELHI:The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday sounded an orange alert for the national capital for the next two days and stated that the city is likely to experience moderate rain with one or two spells of heavy rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday evening.

BSP MLAs' merger with Cong: Raj MLA files 2nd plea in HC

JAIPUR:A day after the Rajasthan High Court dismissed BJP MLA Madanlal Dilawar's plea over merger of Rajasthan BSP with the Congress, he filed a second petition in the High Court on Tuesday.

K'taka Cong men not allowed to protest at Raj Bhavan in B'luru

BENGALURU: Police on Monday prevented the opposition Congress from holding a protest at the Raj Bhavan here against the one-year-old BJP government in Karnataka.

Gehlot knocks at PM, President doors to resolve Rajasthan crisis

JAIPUR:The ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan seems to be now reaching the doors of the Prime Minister and the President as chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday revealed that he has spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, apprising him of the deadlock between the governor and the state government.

Chandni Chowk to Paharganj, RSS affiliates flood Delhi with swadeshi rakhis

NEW DELHI:This Raksha Bandhan, sisters across India will tie Made in India rakhis on their brothers' wrist. To ensure that the boycott of Chinese rakhis does not affect the availability of rakhis, RSS offshoot Swadeshi Jagran Manch has actively engaged Sevika Samity, Seva Bharati and Durga Vahini in Delhi-NCR to flood the market with desi rakhis. Self help groups are being used in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Mumbai to mass produce swadeshi rakhis.

Governor has no discretion: Chidambaram on Rajasthan crisis

NEW DELHI:Amid the political crisis in Rajasthan, the Congress is pinning its hopes on President Ram Nath Kovind intervening in the matter and instructing Governor Kalraj Mishra to perform his constitutional duty, after the governor again returned the file sent by the government on Monday for convening an Assembly session

Call Assembly session, 3 former Law Ministers write to Raj Guv

NEW DELHI:As the stand-off between Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra and the Ashok Gehlot government continues over the convening of the Assembly session, three former Union Law Ministers have written to Mishra on what they called the constitutional impasse and advised him to go by the government request on the matter.

Gujarat Cong leaders held in Gandhinagar over protest march

GANDHINAGAR:The Gandhinagar police on Monday detained 20-odd Congress leaders, including Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) chief Amit Chavda, for holding a protest march to the Raj Bhavan here without permission.

Police thwart dharna at UP Raj Bhavan, whisk away Lallu, others

LUCKNOW:Five persons led by Uttar Pradesh Congress President Ajay Kumar Lallu and Rajya Sabha MP PL Punia on Monday attempted to stage a dharna in front of the Raj Bhavan here, but were whisked away by police.

No Raj assembly session as of now as Guv returns file again

JAIPUR:The stand-off between the Governor and Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan continues as Governor Kalraj Mishra on Monday returned the file sent by the state government which requested him to allow the special assembly session in the state.

Vote against Cong, BSP issues whip to its Raj MLAs who joined Cong

JAIPUR:The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) through its National General Secretary, Satish Chandra Misra, on Sunday issued a whip to its six MLAs elected to the Rajasthan Assembly, directing all of them to vote against the Congress in case of any 'no confidence motion or any other proceedings to be held during the upcoming session of the Rajasthan Assembly.

Cong not to protest at Raj Bhawan in Rajasthan on Monday

JAIPUR:Changing the last minute strategy of protests under 'Save Democracy-Save Constitution' campaign in Rajasthan, state Congress PCC Chief Govind Singh Dotasara on Sunday announced that the party shall not be protesting outside Raj Bhawan in the state on Monday as proposed earlier, but the nationwide protest shall continue as per the earlier plan.

BJP destroying democracy in Rajasthan: Sunil Jakhar Congress to launch online awareness campaign

CHANDIGARH: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is killing democracy by destabilizing the state governments of opposition parties in a bid to seize power. This was stated by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Mr. Sunil Jakhar today.

Call assembly session," Rahul asks Rajasthan Governor

NEW DELHI:Alleging Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of indulging into a "conspiracy" to destabilise the Congress-led Rajasthan government, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi demanded Governor Kalraj Mishra to convene the assembly session.

After CM vs Deputy CM, Raj now sees a CM vs Governor face-off

JAIPUR:The ongoing political turmoil in Rajasthan on Friday took a new turn with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot squaring up to take on Governor Kalraj Mishra, who has not responded to the request for summoning a special Assembly session.