Friday, September 18, 2020


Day after RS speech BJP MP tests Covid positive; TMC leader sounds alarm

NEW DELHI:Bharatiya Janata Party's Rajya Sabha member Vinay Sahasrabuddhe has tested positive for COVID-19 after giving an elaborate speech on Maharashtra's handling of the pandemic on Wednesday, and TMC MP Derek O Brien has raised a red flag.

Nadda: Those opposing farm bills speaking middlemen's language

NEW DELHI:At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was going all out against the opposition for what he called 'falsehood' spread by it over their resistance to three farm bills, BJP President JP Nadda, too, staunchly defended the legislations.

New farm laws part of SAD-Backed central Govt's 'Kisan Maaru, Punjab Maaru' conspiracy, says Capt Amarinder

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday slammed the farm legislations being forced on to the nation by the central government as part of the `Destroy Farmers, Destroy Punjab’ (Kisan maaru, Punjab maaru) conspiracy of the BJP-led NDA, of which the Akalis continue shamelessly to be a part at the cost of their own state and its people.

BJP high command to take equal seat shares in Punjab

PHAGWARA:Longtime ongoing cracks were seen appeared between Shiromani Akali Dal and Bhartiya Janta Party after continuous differences going on for the last several years. Several Senior BJP Leaders like Madam Mohan Mittal were repeatedly in favour of breakup with SAD to make BJP powerful in the state. Mittal even went on insisting BJP High Command to take equal seat shares in Punjab.

Andhra police foil BJP's 'Chalo Amalapuram' call

AMALAPURAM(Andhra Pradesh):Andhra Pradesh Police on Friday foiled the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) 'Chalo Amalapuram' call, a protest against the recent Antarvedi temple chariot blaze.

Farming is soul of Punjab, attack on soul won't be tolerated: Sidhu

CHANDIGARH:Marking his presence in politics with almost over an year of 'silence', former Punjab Minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday slammed the BJP-led Central government for bringing the farm bills.

Rajya Sabha passes Homoeopathy Bills

NEW DELHI:The Rajya Sabha on Friday passed two Bills -- the Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

BSP to contest Assembly bypolls for first time in UP

LUCKNOW:The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to put up candidates in all eight Assembly seats where bypolls are to be held.
The BSP, earlier, had never contested by-elections, leaving the field clear for other remaining parties.

Support keeps pouring in for Urmila after Kangana's 'soft porn star' jibe

MUMBAI:Support kept coming in for Urmila Matondkar from film as well as political circles all through Thursday, after actress Kangana Ranaut called her a soft porn star in a TV interview.

Farm bills govt's conspiracy to defeat Green Revolution: Congress

NEW DELHI:Even as the Lok Sabha passed two of the contentious agriculture reforms bill, the Congress on Thursday upped its ante against the Narendra Modi government over the issue, terming it a conspiracy to defeat the Green Revolution.

Many engaged in confusing farmers: Modi

NEW DELHI:Amid the row over three agriculture reform bills that led to one of his Cabinet colleagues quitting on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured that the system of MSP and government procurement will continue.

Punjab farmer tries to commit suicide over Farm Bills

CHANDIGARH: A day after the Lok Sabha passed two contentious agriculture Bills, despite the opposition by BJP's oldest ally Shiromani Akali Dal terming it as an "anti-farmer" move, a protesting farmer in Punjab on Friday tried to commit suicide by consuming poisonous substance.

Too little too late, says Capt Amarinder on Harsimrat's resignation from Union cabinet

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s decision to quit the Union Cabinet was another in the long chain of theatrics being enacted by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which has still not quit the ruling coalition despite the slap on their face by the central government over the Farm Bills.

Farm ordinances-Harsimrat Badal resigns from Modi cabinet, to stay in NDA

CHANDIGARH: Harsimrat Kaur Badal Union Minister of food and wife of SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal has resigned from Union cabinet in protest against three farm ordinances. The Shiromani Akali Dal however will stay part of National Democratic Alliance.

Akalis trying to divert attention from farm bills: Punjab Cong

CHANDIGARH:Slamming the SAD for its concerted attempts to divert the public attention from its failure to protect the rights and interests of the farmers, Punjab Congress leaders on Thursday said the party was totally in unison over the farm Bills in sharp contrast to the Akalis.

Tejashwi won't get the job to rule Bihar: BJP

PATNA:As the opposition in Bihar led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal is observing "Unemployment Day" to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 70th birthday on Thursday, the BJP hit back saying that RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav will not get the job to rule Bihar.

With expiry of lease, Jat king's kin seek return of AMU land

ALIGARH:With the land lease given to the Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh having expired last year, the descendants of the Jat king, late Mahendra Pratap Singh (1886-1979), a freedom fighter and social reformer who donated land to various educational institutes, including the AMU, have demanded that the land be returned to them.

Hyderabad Merger Day' celebrated with hoisting of Tricolour by political parties

HYDERABAD:Political parties in Telangana hoisted the national flag at their offices to mark 'Hyderabad Merger Day' on Thursday and paid tributes to the freedom fighters who fought for the merger of erstwhile Hyderabad state with the Indian Union.

Kerala Minister must quit: Oppn as NIA starts questioning

KOCHI:Two days after Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan gave a clean chit to State Higher Education Minister K. T.Jaleel in the Kerala gold smuggling case, the latter appeared before the NIA probe team on Thursday. And, the opposition was quick to intensify its demand for Jaleel's resignation.
Jaleel has already been questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Why would our MPs need direction from Capt Amarinder Singh on farm bills,they knew their party stand,Says Punjab cong leaders & Ministers

CHANDIGARH:Slamming SAD for its concerted attempt to divert public attention from its failure to protect the rights and interests of the farmers, a group of Punjab Congress leaders, including PPCC president and Cabinet Ministers, on Thursday said that in sharp contrast to the Akalis, the Congress was totally in unison over the Farm Bills, and had not needed a whip to vote against the Union Government’s reprehensible bid to destroy the state’s agriculture.

Did 'charkha' force Britishers to leave: BJP

NEW DELHI: Responding to criticism of lighting lamps and clanging utensils during the lockdown, BJP MP Sudhanshu Trivedi on Thursday in the Rajya Sabha said it was a symbolism and cited the usage during the freedom struggle.

Nobody cured due to 'Bhabhiji papad': Shiv Sena attacks Centre

NEW DELHI:Taking a jibe at Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal, who promoted 'Bhabhiji papad' to fight the coronavirus infection, the Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, "Maharashtra has done good in controlling the pandemic and nobody was cured by eating the papad".

If SAD is genuinely farmers' sympathiser, then immediately dissolve ties with Modi government: Balbir Sidhu

CHANDIGARH:Accusing Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal to pursuing double standards over Union Government agriculture ordinances, Punjab Health Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that if you are genuinely sympathetic towards the interests of the farmers and Punjab then immediately break party's ties with the Modi government at the Center which was on the verge of destroying the farmers.

K'tka Congress to take on BJP with 12,000 questions

BENGALURU:Ahead of forthcoming Assembly session, Karnataka Congress unanimously decided to counter the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on various issues including failure to tackle COVID-19, DJ Halli violence and drugs scandal that has shaken Kannada film industry in the state.

Yediyurappa govt to pump Rs 39,300 cr to boost agri sector

BENGALURU:To give a strong fillip to agricultural and rural economy, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Wednesday announced that the state government is planning to pump about Rs 39,300 crore in this fiscal year to propel the agriculture related activities.

Another Kerala minister has links with Swapna Suresh: Chennithala

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Putting the Pinarayi Vijjayan government in the dock, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala on Wednesday said he knows that there is one more minister in the Cabinet who has close links with the prime accused in the gold smuggling case, Swapna Suresh.

Centre to SC: Will welcome any order on speedy trial against sitting & ex-MPs/MLAs

NEW DELHI:The Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it would welcome any order for the speedy trial of sitting and former MPs/MLAs facing criminal and corruption charges.

Kerala BJP claims Swapna, CM's daughter are friends

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Hitting back at Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for calling state BJP President K Surendran as someone with an unsound mind, BJP spokesperson Sandeep Warrier said on Wednesday that gold smuggling case prime accused Swapna Suresh and the CM's daughter Veena are "friends".

Capt Amarinder leads PPCC delegation to meet governor to press for non-pursuance of agriculture bills by centre

CHANDIGARH:Warning that the enactment of the farm ordinances would lead to resentment and unrest in the border state, which was already at the receiving end of Pakistan’s concerted efforts to foment trouble, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday led a Congress delegation to submit a memorandum to Governor VP Singh Badnore, seeking his intervention for non-pursuance of the Agriculture Bills by the Centre in Parliamen

Now, Delhi BJP Chief Adesh Gupta tests Covid positive

NEW DELHI:Delhi BJP Chief Adesh Gupta is the latest politician to have tested positive for coronavirus. He took to Twitter to announce this.

Vijayan asks Keralites to stay cautious as Covid spreads

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Lauding Kerala's people for showing restraint and following Covid protocols, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday said that such strict caution should continue, otherwise things will go out of hand.

Surendran will be dealt with appropriately: Kerala CM

THIRUVANTHAPURAM:Lashing out at state BJP President K. Surendran, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Tuesday that he will deal with him appropriately.

Manmohan, Chidambaram to skip Parliament proceedings

NEW DELHI: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram have sought leave for remaining absent for the session on health grounds.

Capt Amarinder says, his govt will challenge essential commodities (Amendment) Act in court

CHANDIGARH: Terming the legislation a direct and deliberate assault by the Centre on the interests of the farmers, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said the State Congress will challenge the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020, which was passed in the Lok Sabha today, in the court of law.

Presentation of farm ordinances in parliament have exposed SAD farce on issue, Says Capt Amarinder

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said the presentation of the farm ordinances in Parliament yesterday by the Centre had totally exposed the farce of Shiromani Akali Dal’s pretense of protecting the interests of the farmers of the state.

J&K Encroachment case: CBI searches Lal Singh's premises among nine locations

JAMMU / NEW DELHI:The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday launched search operations at nine locations in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) including the premises of former Minister Choudhary Lal Singh, in an ongoing investigation into a case of illegal encroachment and occupation of forest land in Kathua district.

Senior cop recommends suspension of UP BJP leader's arms licence

PILIBHIT:The Superintendent of Police (SP) Pilibhit, Jai Prakash Yadav, has recommended suspension of the arms licence of BJP district vice-president, Amit Balmiki, following a report filed by Pilibhit police stattion SHO Shrikant Dwivedi.

Center broke people's backbone in unorganised sector: Digvijaya Singh

PATNA:Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said on Monday that the BJP-led Central government has broken the backbone of the people in the unorganised sector.

Chirag Paswan writes to Modi on Bihar imbroglio

PATNA:The disagreements between the Janata Dal-United and the Lok Janshakti Party over seat-sharing seem to persist despite Bharatiya Janata Party President J.P. Nadda's claims that all is well in the National Democratic Alliance camp in poll-bound Bihar.

Preneet Kaur reiterates opposition to anti-farmer ordinances

CHANDIGRAH: Patiala MP and former union minister, Ms Preneet Kaur today reiterated her opposition to the anti-farmer ordinances promulgated by the NDA government earlier, which are now being tabled in the parliament.