Tuesday, April 13, 2021


Modi reaches out to weaker sections at Bengal rally

KOLKATA: In an effort to reach out to the Scheduled Castes and Matuas that constitute more than 15 percent of the electorate of the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured justice to all refugees, Matua and Namasudra and at the same time criticised the Trinamool Congress for equating them with beggars.

Punjab govt to challenge HC decision if sit probe in Kotkapura case scrapped or its Chief removed

CHANDIGARH: Terming the probe into the Kotkapura firing case as totally fair, impartial and unbiased, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday said his government will challenge in the Supreme Court any orders of the High Court for quashing the investigation of the Punjab Police SIT or removing its chief.

Procurement kicks off in Punjab after Capt Amarinder govt amends software to ensure continued Ahrtiya involvement

CHANDIGARH: Wheat procurement kicked off in Punjab on Saturday with the Arhtiyas calling off their proposed strike after Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh ordered various steps to ensure their continued involvement in the process and immediate release of their pending payments of Rs. 131 crores without waiting for dues to come from FCI.

New letter-writing trend is political conspiracy: Sena

MUMBAI: A new trend of letter-writing by accused in jails has started in Maharashtra which is a political conspiracy intended to defame and destabilize the Maha Vikas Agadhi government, Shiv Sena MP and Chief Spokesperson Sanjay Raut said here on Thursday.

Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas has changed meaning of secularism: Modi

NEW DELHI: Attacking the Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas" has changed the meaning of secularism.

Name deleted from voters' list, Sasikala unable to exercise franchise

CHENNAI: At a time when eligible voters of Tamil Nadu are casting their vote to elect a new government in the state, V.K.Sasikala, the close aide of late Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa, could not vote as her name was removed from the electoral rolls, said her counsel Raja Senthoor Pandian.

BJP's opponents spreading rumours to create instability: Modi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said lies and rumours are being spread by the opponents of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to create political instability in the country.

Some media houses targeting YSR family, claims Jagan's mother

AMARAVATI: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy's mother Y.S. Vijaya Rajasekhar Reddy has hit out at a section of media for allegedly targeting their family and "endlessly manufacturing lies over the years", specifically with respect to her brother-in-law Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy's murder.

Politics heating up in Kerala as 'head' of Vijayan in life size poster cut

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: On the eve of the crucial assembly election, things are getting hotter in the bastion of the CPI-M after the 'head' of a life size poster of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was cut in his home turf of Kannur.

Battle for Bengal an ugly fight to capture minority votes: BJP

NEW DELHI: Sharpening its attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the BJP claimed that sensing her imminent defeat, she made the state Assembly polls "an ugly fight" to capture minority votes.

Adequate arrangements for wheat procurement: Khattar

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said adequate arrangements have been made for wheat procurement.
The Chief Minister told the media in Karnal that all farmers have been registered on the portal for bringing their wheat crop to the procurement centres.

Speculation mounts as Ahmed Patel's son Faisal meets Kejriwal

NEW DELHI: Late Congress leader Ahmed Patel's son Faisal Patel met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi on Saturday with speculation mounting that the young Patel scion may look beyond the Congress and head for greener pastures.

BJP engineering communal strife to win polls: Mamata

KOLKATA: On a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Mamata Banerjee of thwarting the pace of development in West Bengal, the Chief Minister accused the BJP of indulging in divisive politics and engineering communal strife to win the ongoing Assembly elections.

Speculation mounts as Ahmed Patel's son Faisal meets Kejriwal

NEW DELHI: Late Congress leader Ahmed Patel's son Faisal Patel met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi on Saturday with speculation mounting that the young Patel scion may look beyond the Congress and head for greener pastures.

After May 2, the new growth mission for Assam will intensify: PM

GUWAHATI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the new Assam will be 'Atmanirbhar' and after May 2, the new BJP-led government would step up its developmental mission with a renewed zeal.

Assassination of my father changed me: Rahul Gandhi

NEW DELHI: Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that the assassination of his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 changed him.

Bless us so we can build a dream Kerala: Modi tells voters

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM / PATHANAMTHITTA: During his last election rally here ahead of the April 6 Assembly elections in Kerala, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday slammed the traditional rival political fronts in the state and appealed to the voters to give an opportunity to the BJP-led NDA this time.

Modi lashes out at DMK over nepotism

CHENNAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a public gathering at Kanyakumari on Friday came down heavily on the DMK as he said that senior party leaders who had rubbed shoulder to shoulder with Karunanidhi now feel suffocated in that party over the ascendancy of the new 'Crown Prince' and the politics of nepotism and dynasty doesn't have any role in democrac

Assassination of my father changed me: Rahul Gandhi

NEW DELHI: Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that the assassination of his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 changed him.Also noting that he had always been accustomed to an "environment" of public service, he said that he was brought up with the idea that you cannot tolerate injustice.

BJP has captured India's entire institutional framework: Rahul

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday claimed that the ruling BJP has made a "wholesale capture" of the entire "institutional framework" of the country, and this was preventing a "fair political fight".

Kangana rehearsed 'Chali chali' song for a month: 'Thalaivi' director

MUMBAI: Kangana Ranaut prepared for the song "Chali chali" in "Thalaivi" for almost a month before shooting it, says the film's "Thalaivi".
Kangana plays late Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa in the film, and the director says the shoot was perfect because of the abundant time they spent at rehearsals.

Modi slams both Left and Congress, seeks vote for BJP

PATHANAMTHITTA(Kerala): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday took on both the ruling Left and the Congress-led opposition in Kerala and said enough is enough with both the outfits ruling the state and its against this that the BJP is putting forward a development agenda for the state.

Am not a rebel, had sought Guv's guidance, says K'taka Minister

MYSURU: Asserting that he is a "loyal party worker" and not a "rebel", Karnataka Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister K.S. Eshwarappa on Friday said that he had not "raised any complaint" against Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa in his letter to Governor Vajubhai R. Vala but only sought his "guidance" on how to tackle the issue of funds being diverted without his concurrence.

UK PM's adviser quits amid row over race report

LONDON: A senior adviser to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will resign amid the intense debate over Downing Street's controversial report on racial disparities in Britain, local media reported.

DMK has scant respect for women: Amit Shah

CHENNAI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Thursday that the DMK has scant respect for women and the derogatory speech made by DMK leader A. Raja against the late mother of Chief Minister K. Palaniswami is a clear testimony to that.

Bengal election: Mamata's "I am Shandilya" countered by BJP's Rohingya jibe

KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ending her Nandigram assembly election campaign by proclaiming that she belongs to the Shandilya gotra of Brahmins adds an incendiary element to the very charged up Bengal elections of 2021.

Amarinder blocking Centre's money for Punjab farmers: Chugh

CHANDIGARH: BJP National General Secretary Tarun chugh today condemned Punjab chief Minister Amarinder Singh for sticking to anti-farmer policies and thus depriving Punjab farmers benifits given by the Centre.

Yogi withdraws case against ex-DSP who booked Ansari

LUCKNOW: The Yogi Adityanath government has withdrawn a case filed against former Deputy SP Shailendra Singh, who had booked mafia don and BSP MLA Mukhtar Ansari under POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act) in 2004.

2 accounts in Bengal, Tripura closed, matter of time it happens in Kerala: BJP

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Taking the battle into the enemy's camp, Kerala BJP president K.Surendran on Wednesday said it was only a matter of time before the CPI-M is wound up in Kerala.

3 members of Assam's Roy family vie in polls

SILCHAR(Assam): A billionaire political family with three generations in parliamentary politics attracts everyone's attention. The electoral fate of three members of a southern Assam's famous "Roy Family" -- father, son and daughter-in-law -- would be decided in the second phase of the Assembly polling.

Congress banking on young faces in Kerala polls

NEW DELHI/ALAPPUZHA : The Congress is ushering in a generational change in Kerala by fielding more new and young faces in the Assembly elections in the southern state scheduled to be held on April 6.

Parrikar biography stokes fresh row over Gen Rawat's elevation as Army chief

NEW DELHI: A new biography on former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has stoked a fresh controversy with his claim that he had recommended that Gen. Bipin Rawat supersede two senior officers to become the Army Chief, "convinced that he was a better choice", with the author describing it as "a bold move", contrary to claims at the time that the correct procedures had been followed.

BJP pretending simple deposits enough to win CM seat: YSRCP

TIRUPATI: In the run up to the Tirupati Lok Sabha bypoll, ruling Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) leader and Rajya Sabha MP Vijayasai Reddy V. on Monday took potshots at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying that the saffron party leaders were pretending that 'simple deposits in the election will propel their candidate to become the chief minister'.

Why Holi & politics are losing colour in UP

LUCKNOW: Holi, in Lucknow, has lost much of its vibrancy and colour -- and it is not corona alone that is to blame.
The changing political scenario, hardening of lines in various political parties and increasing acrimony between leaders has robbed the festival of its festivity.

BJP national women's wing chief is 'tukada': Kamal Haasan's party

CHENNAI: The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) party floated by actor Kamal Haasan on Monday termed Vanathi Srinivasan, National President, Women's Wing, BJP as 'tukada' (sundry).

Aam Aadmi Party urges farmers to protest peacefully

CHANDIGARH: The Aam Aadmi Party has urged the farmers to hold a peaceful and non-violent protest to ensure that the ongoing farmer agitation does not lose its strength. In a statement issued from the party's headquarters here on Sunday in response to the recent incident that happened with BJP MLA Arun Narang, Senior AAP leader and Leader of Opposition in the Vidhan Sabha, Harpal Singh Cheema said that in a democratic country, everyone has the right to speak. But it should be done peacefully. He said that so far non-occurrence of any untoward incident has remained the foremost strength of the ongoing farmer movement.

Sleaze CD case: Jarkiholi to file plaint against Shivakumar

BENGALURU: Former Karnataka Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, who was booked after a woman had accused him of sexually harassing her and released a video where both of them were purportedly seen in a compromising position, has said that as it came to light who the real 'mahanayak' (big leader) is in this case, he will soon file a complaint against state Congress chief D.K. Shivakumar.

MBA-turned-sarpanch brings winds of change in Raj village

JAIPUR: Chhavi Rajawat, the youngest sarpanch in India, has been scripting a success story by bringing winds of change in her ancestral village of Soda in Rajasthan.

Rahul's statements end up hurting Congress more than the country: Gadkari

GUWAHATI: Nitin Gadkari, one of the senior-most ministers in the Central government, has attacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his recent statement at an election rally in Dibrugarh, in which Gandhi alleged that the Nagpur army (a reference to Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh) was controlling the nation.

Vijayan symbol of high-handedness, rules like Hitler-Mussolini: K.K.Rema

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The poll battle at Vatakara in Kozhikode district has reached a crescendo with K.K.Rema of the Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) getting the full support of the Congress-led UDF.