Thursday, September 24, 2020


Feeling the heat, Vijayan may take legal action against media

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:After facing the heat from the media in various high profile cases, the ruling Pinarayi Vijayan government decided at a state cabinet meeting on Wednesday to take action against the mediapersons.

Was numbers game behind Sunday ruckus in RS?

NEW DELHI:Was the numbers game responsible for the ruckus witnessed in the Rajya Sabha on Sunday over the two agriculture-related contentious Bills? That could be the case, if one were to believe the opposition, even though the government asserted that it had the required numbers.

US stocks rebound on Fed reassurance

NEW YORK:US stocks climbed on Tuesday on policy reassurance from a top Fed official following losses in the previous three sessions.

AIADMK to seek explanation from RS member for opposing farm Bills

CHENNAI:Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK on Tuesday said that it will seek an explanation from its Rajya Sabha member S.R. Balasubramanian for speaking against the three farm Bills in the upper house on Sunday.

Bengaluru violence: NIA's special team to grill SDPI functionaries

BENGALURU:Taking over the probe in the Bengaluru violence case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is all set to interrogate SDPI leader Muzamil Pasha and his close associates for allegedly "instigating the mobs" that triggered the violence in the state.

As CBI knocks on 'Life Mission', Kerala CM announces probe

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Finally, after close to two months, the Pinarayi Vijayan government in Kerala on Wednesday decided to order a Vigilance probe into the 'Life Mission' project.

Don't fall into Congress's trap, MSP to continue: Narendra Tomar

NEW DELHI:Amid the opposition's objection and widespread protests of farmers in various states over two farm Bills passed by both the Houses of Parliament last week, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar requested the farmers "not to fall into the trap of Congress", asserting that "MSP will continue".

Marginal increase in wheat prices a cruel joke and an attempt to mislead the farmers : Harpal Singh Cheema

CHANDIGARH:The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab has categorically rejected the Modi government's decision to increase the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for wheat by Rs 50 per quintal. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is also viewing the announcement of increase in MSP amidst farmers' anger against anti-farming black laws as a hoax. Besides, the party has questioned the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) ban on the cash credit limit (CCL) issued by the Center to the state government every half year for procurement of crops.

SAD's Chakka Jam decision clear bid to exploit farmers'sentiment & perhaps even sabotage their fight, says Punjab CM

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday termed the Akalis’ decision to hold a state-wide chakka jam on September 25, the day when Punjab’s farmers had already announced a Bandh against the Farm Bills, as yet another brazen attempt by the BJP ally to exploit the sentiments of the farmers, and perhaps even to sabotage the farmers’ fight at the behest of their allies in the Central Government.

Farmers made puppets of corporates through agri Bills: RJD

PATNA:Taking a dig at the Modi government over the agriculture-related Bills, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has said that it has made 'anna datas' or food-providers the puppets of its 'fund datas' or fund-providers.

Kashmiri Pandit leader on fast-unto-death

SRINAGAR:Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS) President Sanjay Tickoo is on a fast-unto-death at the historic Ganpatyar temple in old Srinagar city for the rights of the non-migrant Pandit community of Kashmir.

Nitin Patel: Partial Rajkot hospital video shared to tarnish health care image

GANDHINAGAR:Answering an 'urgent matter' question in the assembly about the video showing a Rajkot-based Corona victim being beaten up who later died, Health Minister Nitin Patel said certain elements were putting out fake videos and partial clippings on social media just to tarnish the health care services in the state.

NIA takes over Bengaluru violence probe

NEW DELHI:The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday took over the probe into two cases of violence in Bengaluru following a directive from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Legal team to help BJP's MLAs, nominees ahead of Bihar polls

PATNA:The BJP's Bihar unit has constituted a team led by former Additional Solicitor General SD Sanjay to provide legal aid and counselling to sitting party MLAs and prospective nominees regarding dos and don'ts to prevent disqualification in the Assembly elections.

PPCC lodges protest with Haryana CM for blocking farmers’ march to Delhi

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has lodged a strong protest with Haryana Chief Minister for blocking passage to a farmers’ rally that was organised by the Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) on Sunday, September 20.

Farm Bills well-intentioned, but why the haste: Sharad Pawar

MUMBAI:Announcing a day's token fast in support of the suspended Opposition MPs, Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar on Tuesday asked why the government was in such a hurry to pass the Farm Bills.

Govt lists 4 Bills for passage in LS on Tuesday

NEW DELHI:The Central government has listed three Labour Bills and one Finance Bill for passage in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing session of Parliament on Tuesday.

8 suspended RS members end 'dharna', join session's boycott

NEW DELHI:Eight suspended members of the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday ended their day-long protest after a request from opposition leaders who also urged them to join in the boycott of the ongoing Monsoon Session.

Samajwadi Party won't contest Bihar polls, will support RJD

LUCKNOW:In a significant development, the Samajwadi Party (SP) has announced that it will not contest the Bihar Assembly elections but will instead support the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

RS Dy Chairman to fast in protest of unruly behaviour of MPs

NEW DELHI:Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Harivansh has announced that he will observe one day fast in protest of the unruly behaviour exhibited by the members on Sunday.

Epidemic Diseases Bill passed in LS to protect frontline Covid workers

NEW DELHI:A bill which proposed protection to frontline workers, including healthcare professionals, was passed on late Monday night proceedings of the Lok Sabha with a voice vote and support from all political parties. The Bill was passed a few minutes before 12 O'clock.

AAP announces full support to farmers' strike

CHANDIGARH:Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab announcing its full support to the farmers' strike on September 25 against anti-agriculture Draconian laws and directed all its leaders and workers-volunteers to stand firm in this struggle. 

Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa demands answers from Harsimrat Badal on five queries regarding farm ordinances

CHANDIGARH:The Punjab Cabinet Minister and Senior Congress leader S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Monday demanded answers from the former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal to 5 queries on the issue of farm ordinances.

RS Dy Chairman to fast in protest of unruly behaviour of MPs

NEW DELHI:Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Harivansh has announced that he will observe one day fast in protest of the unruly behaviour exhibited by the members on Sunday.

Modi govt gives freedom to corporates to rob farmers by enacting black laws: Sunil Jakhar

BASSI PATHANA(Fatehgarh Sahib) CHANDIGARH:Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Sunil Jakhar said that by enacting “black-laws” on agriculture the Modi government gives freedom to corporates to rob the farmers.

Congress launches long struggle against agriculture ordinances

KAPURTHALA/PHAGWARA:The Congress party today launched a long struggle against the three anti-farmer ordinances passed by the Parliament by staging dharnas in various villages of the district Kapurthala in which farmers and laborers took part in protests against the SAD-BJP central government.

Customs probes deeper into Kerala gold smuggling case

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:The Customs, as part of its probe into the sensational Kerala gold smuggling case, on Monday questioned the driver and owner of the vehicle which transported a baggage consignment from the Air Cargo complex to the UAE Consulate here on March 4.

Mamata fumes at suspension of MPs

KOLKATA: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday condemned the suspension of eight MPs who fought to protect the interests of farmers in Parliament, dubbing the move as "unfortunate".

MP Assembly holds 1-day session, adjourned sine die

BHOPAL:The Madhya Pradesh Assembly's one-day Monsoon Session was held here on Monday, with only 61 MLAs listed to be present while following the social distancing norms amid the coronavirus pandemic. The House was later adjourned sine die.

K'tka CM proposal to cut down session to 3-day irks the opposition

BENGALURU:Even before the Legislature session commenced, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Monday hinted that the state was contemplating to reduce the legislature session from eight to three days owing to Covid-19 pandemic.

RS adjourned till Tuesday after uproar over 8 MPs' suspension

NEW DELHI:After the opposition protests over the suspension of eight lawmakers on Monday disrupted Rajya Sabha proceedings and led to several adjournments, its Chairman adjourned the House till Tuesday.

Opp forces 2 RS adjournments after suspension of 8 MPs

NEW DELHI:The opposition forced two adjournment of the upper house after the suspension of its members on Monday.

Farm bills will pave way for new option to farmers: Haryana Min

GURUGRAM:In the wake of protests by Punjab and Haryana farmers against three ordinances passed by the Centre, Haryana Agriculture Minister J.P. Dalal on Sunday said that the proposed farm bills are historic and in favour of farmers' interests.

Black day' for parliamentary democracy: Congress

NEW DELHI:Responding to the ministers' press briefing led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the agri Bills, the Congress called the behaviour of the government as a "black day" in Indias democratic history.

RS Chairman suspended 8 MPs for Sunday's ruckus

NEW DELHI:A day after pandemonium in the upper house, Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday suspended eight lawmakers who were accused of causing ruckus in Parliament.

Delhi Police on toes as farmers chant 'Dilli Chalo' with tractors, grievances

NEW DELHI:As farmers march towards the national capital to voice their discontent over the contentious agri Bills, two of the Bills have already been passed by both Houses of Parliament - the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020.

Punjab minister Sukhjinder Randhawa attacks Harsimrat Badal, Parkash Singh Badal on farm bills

CHANDIGARH: Senior Congress leader and Cabinet Minister S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa today teared into ex CM Parkash Singh Badal questioning him as to why the latter kept mum when the farm ordinances were passed in the presence of Harsimrat Kaur Badal as the Union Minister before applauding her resignation drama as sacrifice.

Capt Amarinder vows to fight till last breath to protect Punjab farmer's interests

CHANDIGARH: Vowing to fight till his last breath to protect the interests of the state’s farmers, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday said his government will take the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies, including the Akalis, to court over the new unconstitutional, undemocratic and anti-farmer laws of the central government

Congress leaders to meet on Monday to discuss organisational issues

NEW DELHI: Amid the ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament, Congress general secretaries and state in-charges will meet on Monday to discuss important organisational issues in the absence of party interim chief Sonia Gandhi and former party President Rahul Gandhi.

Stop lying, nothing remotely in common between Cong manifestos and center's farm laws: Punjab CM to SAD,AAP

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday asked the Akalis to stop lying and misleading the people of the state by picking selective portions of the Congress manifestos, which did not even remotely propose any of the anti-farmer moves that the BJP-led Central Government was trying to push on the poor farmers to promote the interests of their rich corporate friends.