Saturday, October 24, 2020


RJD releases manifesto ahead of Bihar polls, reiterates promises

PATNA: As lakhs of Bihar voters are poised to exercise their franchise in the first phase of Assembly elections, the RJD on Saturday released its manifesto or vision document, reiterating the promise to recruit 10 lakh persons in government jobs if the party returned to power.

Big blow to Akali Dal and AAP, Phillaur leaders join Congress

PHILLAUR:The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) suffered a major setback in Phillaur on Thursday when their senior leaders along with supporters from various villages joined Indian National Congress in the leadership of former Punjab Youth Congress President and assembly constituency incharge Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary

Several senior Akali Dal & AAP leaders joined Congress in leadership of Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary

PHILLAUR:The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) suffered a major setback in Phillaur on Thursday when their senior leaders along with supporters from various villages joined Indian National Congress in the leadership of former Punjab Youth Congress President and assembly constituency incharge Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary.

NCP lays red carpet for ex-BJP leader Eknath Khadse, others

MUMBAI:Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar on Friday formally inducted senior politician Eknath Khadse and many other leaders, who quit the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday, into the party fold.

Bihar polls: Chidambaram mocks BJP on 19 lakh-job promise

NEW DELHI:A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party promised 19 lakh jobs and free Covid vaccine in its manifesto for Bihar polls, the Congress attacked the BJP on Friday for being critical of the 10 lakh-job promise made by the Rashtriya Janata Dal.

Mayawati makes a point by fielding candidate for RS seat

LUCKNOW:Despite having an effective strength of merely 19 MLAs in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to field its national coordinator Ramji Gautam for the tenth Rajya Sabha seat from the state.

Modi raises Galwan, Art 370 issues in first Bihar rally

NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday raised the issue of deadly Galwan Valley clash between India and China troops, scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir state's special status, and even the Pulwama attack in order to woo Bihar voters ahead of the Assembly elections.

Ruling Congress played fraud with farmers: Sukhbir Badal

CHANDIGARH: Two days after the three Bills that aimed to negate the Central farm laws were passed by the legislative Assembly in Punjab, the Shriomani Akali Dal (SAD) on Thursday rejected them, saying the ruling Congress played fraud with the farmers.

At mike muzzled debate, Trump-Biden clash gingerly on Covid-19, corruption

NEW YORK: With a microphone muzzle in place for most of the last presidential debate, a somewhat chastened US President Donald Trump took the stage with his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, fending off charges of negligence and ineptitude in facing the Covid-19 pandemic.

Badheri has serious discussions with Harish Rawat

CHANDIGARH:Mr. Rajinder Singh Badheri, President, National Delegate Chandigarh,
All India Jatt Maha Sabha and Director, Punjab Mandi Board called on
Mr. Harish Rawat, Congress Incharge, Punjab and Chandigarh at Punjab
Bhawan, Chandigarh today.

Modi's address on 'Mahashasti' sets the tone for Bengal polls in 2021

KOLKATA:At the onset of Bengalis' biggest festival Durga Puja, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's digital address virtually set the centre stage for West Bengal's crucial electoral battle scheduled in 2021.

Cong acting as lobbyist for anti-farmer forces: Himachal Minister

SHIMLA:Himachal Pradesh Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj on Thursday lashed out at the Congress for misleading farmers on the farm laws and alleged that the party was acting as a lobbyist for anti-farmer forces.

Vijayan and CPI-M trying to gag media through new law: Congress

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:The Congress party on Thursday came down heavily on a new Ordinance which will amend the Kerala Police Act and will enable a police officer to suo motu register a case against anyone who produces content, publishes or propagates it through any means of communication.

Economy not circus lion that responds to ringmaster's stick: Chidambaram

NEW DELHI:Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday criticised the Centre for its claims on reviving the economy. He said the economy was largely determined by the market, by the laws of demand and supply, and by the purchasing power and the sentiments of the people, which are missing currently.

RAW chief's Nepal visit stir controversy

KATHMANDU: At a time when Nepals ruling communist party plunged into a fresh crisis, Samanta Kumar Goel, chief of Indian external spy agency, Research and Analysis Wing paid an unofficial visit to Kathmandu.

'Fraud, waste and abuse cost $19bn in Afghanistan'

KABUL: Nearly $19 billion of US amount was lost in more than a decade of war in Afghanistan to fraud, waste and abuse, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction's (SIGAR) said in a new report.

Major conspiracy behind Sukhbir’s silence on bills passed by Punjab Vidhan Sabha: Sunil Jakhar

CHANDIGARH:While questioning the silence of Shiromani Akali Dal’s president Sukhbir Singh Badal upon bills passed by Punjab Government to save the farmers from the provisions of draconian laws of Union Government, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee’s president Mr. Sunil Jakhar said that it might be a part of big conspiracy as Sukhbir would be having hand in glove with BJP.

Punjab BJP leaders hiding their faces from Punjabis while their counterparts from Haryana senselessly commenting on bills: Vijay Inder Singla

CHANDIGARH:School Education and Public Works Minister Punjab Mr. Vijay Inder Singla, on Wednesday, lashed out at BJP leaders for criticizing new pro-farmer bills passed by Punjab Vidhan Sabha and questioned the locus standi of Haryana BJP chief to comment upon Punjab affairs. Mr. Singla said, “Have the Punjab BJP leaders sold out their own state’s interests to another state while even their own MLAs in the Vidhan Sabha walked away during special session?”

Kejriwal again stabbed Punjab & Punjabis in the back: Congress leaders

CHANDIGARH: The Congress leaders today castigated Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal for branding the bills passed by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha as 'Drama' and said that this act of kejriwal has once again proved that he is not even remotely concerned with Punjab or its interests.

Modi to extend 'Pujor Shubhechha' tomorrow, Dona Ganguly to perform

NEW DELHI: With West Bengal going to the polls next year in what is being branded as the mother of all elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually greet the people of the state on Thursday on the occasion of 'Shoshthi', when Durga Puja festivities officially kickstart in the state.

Hectic campaigning begins for UP bypolls

LUCKNOW:Hectic campaigning has begun for seven Assembly bypolls in Uttar Pradesh that are being termed as a semi-final before the next Assembly elections, scheduled to be held in 2022.

Cong Bihar poll manifesto promises drinking water, free education for girls

PATNA:The Congress on Wednesday released its manifesto "Bihar Badlav Patra 2020' for the upcoming state Assembly elections. The manifesto promises access to drinking water, free education for girls from kindergarten to post-graduation level, farm loan waiver, electricity bills waiver, increasing irrigation facilities for farmers and other goodies if elected to power.

Cong likely to get new media dept head after Bihar polls

NEW DELHI:Congress President Sonia Gandhi may appoint a new Media Department Chairman after the Bihar Assembly elections since Randeep Singh Surjewala has been promoted as AICC General secretary in charge of Karnataka and also made a regular CWC member, party sources said on Wednesday.

Big jolt to Maha BJP: Senior leader quits to join NCP

MUMBAI:In a huge jolt to the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), senior leader Eknath Khadse has quit the party to join the ruling Nationalist Congress Party, a top leader said here on Wednesday.

SP's Ram Gopal Yadav files nomination for RS polls

LUCKNOW: Senior Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav on Wednesday filed his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha biennial elections slated for November 9.

More needs to be done: Akali Dal on farm Bills

CHANDIGARH:The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) said on Tuesday that the Congress government in Punjab took up the farm Bills after farmers' ultimatum, but a lot more needs to be done to secure the future of Punjab farmers even as it announced its legislators were ready to resign enmass to ensure the Centre gave them their due.

SAD terms unanimous passage of three farm Bills as big victory for farmers and khet mazdoor

CHANDIGARH: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today termed the unanimous passage of the three Bills to counter Delhi’s farm laws as a big victory for farmers and ‘khet mazdoor’ who forced the government to take a u turn and hold a special session to pass the same, even as it announced its legislators were ready to resign enmass to secure the right of farmers from the centre.

If Union runs away from MSP, state govt should step in and guarantee procurement on its own: AAP

CHANDIGARH: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab, during the specially convened session of Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday, vehemently opposed the central black laws on agriculture, brought in by the Modi government at the centre. The AAP MLAs, while supporting the three agriculture bills introduced by the Punjab government, said that the Punjab government should bring the government procurement mechanism of all crops under MSP under the ambit of law.

Unanimous passing of agriculture bills by Punjab Vidhan Sabha historic: Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary

PHAGWARA: Former Punjab Youth Congress President and Phillaur assembly constituency incharge Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary termed the unanimous passing of agriculture bills by Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday ‘historic’ and celebrated the event with people of Phillaur. The farmers played dhol, distributed sweets and raised slogans like ‘Captain Sarkar Zindabad’, ‘Congress Party Zindabad’ to mark the momentous occasion.

All Punjab MLAs except from BJP join hands to meet Governor on farm bills

CHANDIGARH: In a major show of strength, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, flanked by leaders of Punjab Congress, AAP and SAD, on Tuesday expressed the optimism that the Governor will listen to the voice of Punjab but said his government was all set to take legal recourse if Mr. VPS Badnore does not sign the amendment Bills passed in the Vidhan Sabha to save the farmers and agriculture.

Smriti Irani launches developmental projects in Rae Bareli

RAE BARELI(UP):Union Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday inaugurated various developmental projects in Rae Bareli and said that the government is working towards the completion of the development works that have remained pending for years.

In a first, Punjab Assembly rejects Centre's farm laws

CHANDIGARH:In a first in the country, the legislative Assembly in Punjab led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday unanimously passed three legislations and formally rejected the Centre's 'black' agricultural laws brought by the BJP-led Union government.

Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA offers to quit if charges are proved

LAKHIMPUR KHERI:Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Lokendra Pratap Singh said on Tuesday that he is willing to resign if the allegations levelled against him are found to be true.

81 candidates in fray for by-polls to 8 assembly seats in Gujarat

GANDHINAGAR:The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO)'s office has finalised the list of 81 candidates who will be contesting the Gujarat by-elections for the eight vacant seats in the Assembly. The by-elections, slated to be held on November 3, have been necessitated by the resignations of Congress legislators.

Punjab becomes 1st Indian State to formally reject black farm laws,Assembly passes unanimous resolution

CHANDIGARH:Punjab on Tuesday became the first state in the country to formally reject the Centre’s black Farm Laws, with the state Assembly unanimously passing a resolution rejecting the legislations and the proposed Electricity Amendment Bill, and seeking their immediate annulment along with a new Ordinance to protect MSP and ensure continuance of procurement by GoI.

Don't appreciate Kamal Nath's 'unfortunate' remark: Rahul

NEW DELHI/WAYANAD:Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that he "did not appreciate" the 'item' remark used by party senior leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath for state's Dalit woman Minister Imarti Devi.

BJP defends Goa Dy CM in porn message controversy, Oppn demands sacking

PANAJI:The Congress on Tuesday demanded the resignation of Goa Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant Kavlekar over the ongoing porn Whatsapp message controversy, even as the ruling BJP defended him, saying that the party respects women and that efforts were on to defame Kavlekar.

Centre has a tendency to use agencies as political weapons: Rahul

WAYANAD:Rahul Gandhi, the Congress MP from Wayanad, Kerala, on Tuesday said the Centre has a tendency to use national agencies as political weapons.
Gandhi said this while interacting with the media during his first visit to his constituency after the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in March.

Sidhu slams Punjab govt over farmers' issues

NEW DELHI:  All is not well within the Punjab Congress as former cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu has sharpened his attack on Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on the issue of farmers.

Gold smuggling case: Swapna gives a clean chit to Pinarayi Vijayan

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Already on the mat, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan appeared to have got some relief after the statement of Swapna Suresh, prime accused in the gold smuggling case, to the Enforcement Directorate, surfaced in the media, wherein she seems to have given a clean chit to Vijayan.