Month: July 2019

NC PDP may move court against Centres decision to amend a clause

first_imgJammu and Kashmir SHARE SHARE EMAIL Constitution mandates the concurrence of an elected State govt, says Abdullah state politics March 01, 2019 COMMENTS The National Conference (NC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said on Friday that they were mulling moving court against the Centre’s decision to extend the 77th and 103rd Amendments of the Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir in the absence of an elected government in the State.The reactions come after the Union government on Thursday gave its nod to the promulgation of an Ordinance for giving reservation benefits to the SCs and the STs in Jammu and Kashmir by amending a clause of the contentious Article 370, which gives special status to the State. “It will serve the purpose of application of relevant provisions of the Constitution , as amended through the Constitution (77th Amendment) Act, 1995, and Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act, 2019, for Jammu and Kashmir, by issuing the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2019, by the President under Clause (1) of Article 370,” Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said.In a series of tweets, NC leader Omar Abdullah said, “Article 370 makes concurrence of Government of Jammu and Kashmir a condition precedent for extension of a Constitutional provision not falling under three subjects.”Abdullah said his party will consult eminent lawyers to explore how the decision can be challenged in the court of law.“The Government means an elected government. President cannot seek the concurrence of Governor who is a representative or agent of President. Same will apply even where only consent is required,” he tweeted.“It is for this reason that @JKNC_ will consult eminent lawyers tomorrow (Friday) to see how best we can challenge this blatantly unconstitutional order in court,” he added.‘Sinister move’PDP President Mehbooba Mufti said the Centre using the Governor’s office for extending the amendments to Jammu and Kashmir seemed to be a “sinister” move aimed at “disempowering” the State.“Ostensibly, using the Governor’s office seems to be a sinister move to further disempower the State. This will not be tolerated & the entire State will fight against this criminal and illegal move of GoI,” she said in a tweet.She questioned the intentions of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, asking why people of Kashmir were being pushed to the wall?Ban on Jamaat-e-IslamiMeanwhile, the PDP chief also condemned the Centre’s decision to ban the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir, saying it was another example of “muscular approach” of the Centre to deal with the political issues of the State. “Democracy is a battle of ideas, crackdown followed by banning of Jammat Islami (JK) is condemnable, another example of high-handedness and muscular approach of GOI to deal with the political issue of J&K,”she tweeted. Published on COMMENT SHARE courts and legallast_img read more

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Finch rues one of the worst performances by Australia

first_img Related News Cricket 07 Jul 2019 Warner heroics for Australia are in vain as defeat sets up England semi-final BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Australia have made significant progress in the last one year but ended up producing one of their worst performances of the World Cup in Thursday’s semi-final against England, captain Aaron Finch said on Thursday.Australia stumbled through a dreadful 2018 following the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal which earned former skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner lengthy bans.They ended a six-series losing streak with back-to-back series victories over India and Pakistan and, bolstered by the return of Smith and Warner, finished second in the group stage of the World Cup.A merciless England, however, wrecked their title defence, crushing them by eight wickets with nearly 18 overs to spare. “In terms of where we were 12 months ago, obviously I think we have made a huge amount of progress,” Finch said after Australia’s first defeat in a World Cup semi-final.”Really proud of everyone involved for how much hard work and how far we have come, but at the same time we came here today to win a semi-final and get ourselves into a position to win another World Cup.”So that was really disappointing how it ended, especially to put up probably one of our worst performances overall for the tournament. That was really disappointing.”Finch made a golden duck himself in Australia’s abject batting capitulation against England’s formidable bowling attack.The five-time champions were 14-3 in the seventh over before Smith and Alex Carey, who batted with a bandaged jaw after being hit by a Jofra Archer delivery, forged a century partnership to help them to a below-par 223.England chased down the target in a little over 32 overs to set up a final clash with New Zealand.Finch was not surprised how English bowlers went for the jugular after he elected to bat at Edgbaston.”They have done it quite a bit in this tournament. They’ve got bowlers that hit the seam and if there is anything in the wicket, they will certainly get it out of it. “Chris Woakes, a world-class bowler, puts it in the right area time and time again.”Archer is getting better and better as he’s starting to play a bit more international cricket as well, so definitely wasn’t a surprise.”Defending such a meagre total, Finch said Australia needed early wickets.”We know they were going to come really aggressive at us with the bat, so we had to be aggressive with the ball,” Finch said.”We had to take or create 10 chances and take them as well. It wasn’t going to be a game that peters out into the 47th, 48th over. It was going to be ultra-aggressive and they got on top of us early with the bat.” (Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty, editing by Ed Osmond) Related Newscenter_img Cricket 10 Jul 2019 Australia’s Handscomb in, Stoinis fit for semi-final {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Cricket 11 Jul 2019 Rampant England end Australia’s title defence to roar into finallast_img read more

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Azmin with Mukhriz on PM not being rushed into power transition

first_img Nation 07 Jul 2019 Dr M: Combine Felda settlements for greater wealth Nation 07 Jul 2019 Dr M sincere in call for Malay political parties to join Bersatu, says Muhyiddin Nation 07 Jul 2019 Muhyiddin, Zahid deny signing SDs in support of Dr M-Anwar power transition Related News Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} KUALA LUMPUR: Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali agrees that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should not be rushed into handing over the premiership to his successor.Azmin says he agrees with the stand taken by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir that the sitting premier should be given enough time to rectify national economic woes.”Agree,” he said when asked to comment on Mukhriz’s comment.Azmin said this after opening the Aspire 500 graduate job fair at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Saturday (July 13). AdChoices广告Mukhriz was quoted in Nikkei Asian Review as saying that the timeframe for leadership transition was not fixed at two years as claimed by certain parties.Mukhriz also insisted that there were no written or verbal agreement on the alleged timeframe for leadership transition.last_img read more

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Floods affect 8 lakh in Assam 10 dead across Northeast as rains

first_imgFloods affect 8 lakh in Assam, 10 dead across Northeast as rains lash region | 10 pointsHeavy rainfall and floods have affected the entire Eastern and Northeastern India. Over eight lakh people have been affected in Assam while the rain has disrupted life in north Bengal, Sikkim and other states.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 23:28 IST An village in Kamrup district of Assam on July 12. (Photo: IANS)Heavy rain and floods have thrown life out of gear in the entire eastern region with over eight lakh people being affected by the overflowing Brahmaputra in Assam. Non-stop rain in north Bengal and Sikkim has triggered several landslides, throwing normal life out of gear.Low-lying areas in north Bengal and Sikkim are also staring at a flood-like situation with the incessant rainfall while in Assam at least 6 people have been killed so far. A total of 10 people have died across three states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram. Some are feared dead in Bengal.Here are the top 10 developments:1. Road connectivity between north Bengal and Sikkim has been completely disrupted by the continuous rainfall. Rail connectivity has also been disrupted in the Dooars region. Several tourists are struck on the road while two tourist vehicle were drawn into the Teesta River and bodies are yet to recovered due to the rising water levels in Teesta.2. Road connectivity between Siliguri and Sikkim has been shut. Heavy rain is expected till July 14.3. Over eight lakh people have been affected by the flood situation in Assam with more than half of the districts in the Northeastern state submerged under water.4. Barpeta in Assam is the worst hit district with over 85,000 people reeling under the impact of the floods. Six people have lost their lives in Assam so far.5. Animals are fleeing the Kaziranga National Park, the famed habitat of the Great Indian Rhino and a World Heritage site. Authorities have set up road barricades on the national highway passing through the park to limit speeding vehicles.6. The Assam disaster relief force has said nearly 800 villages in 41 revenue circles are under water and about2,000 marooned people have been put up in 53 relief camps and relief distribution centres set up by the district administrations.7. In Arunachal Pradesh, 2 girls were buried in their sleep and three others were injured after a landslide caused a boundary wall to collapse on the hostel building of a school in Tawang district.8. Arunachal capital Itanagar has been witnessing landslips, mudslides and road blockades due to heavy rainfall for several days and the district administration has ordered closure of all schools in Itanagar till Sunday.9. In Mizoram, 2 men have drowned and 390 houses submerged in floods triggered by incessant rain across the state. Disaster management and rehabilitation officials said landslides made many places inaccessible.10. The Itanagar-Naharlagun stretch of NH-415, which is being upgraded to a four-lane highway, is the worst hit by the monsoon fury.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Incessant rains trigger landslides, bring life to a standstill in Arunachal PradeshAlso Watch | In Depth: Decoding the link between floods and droughtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjee Nextlast_img read more

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Parched Chennai gets relief as 1st train carrying 25 lakh litres of

first_imgParched Chennai gets relief as 1st train carrying 2.5 lakh litres of water reaches drought-stricken stateThe first water train, carrying 2.5 lakh litres of water in 50 wagons, departed from the Jolarpettai railway station at 7:20 am on Friday and reached Villivakam at 11:35 am. However, the train was first taken to Korukupet yard for maintenance.advertisement Lokpria Vasudevan ChennaiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:33 IST Executed at the cost of Rs 65 crore, the train will make four trips every day to deliver nearly 10 million litres of water per day. (Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSThe first water train reached Chennai on Friday to bring respite from water scarcity in the stateThe train is carrying 2.5 lakh litres of water in 50 wagonsThe train underwent maintenance and routine checks before water could be pumped outPeople in Chennai on Friday welcomed the water train which was promised to bring respite from water scarcity that the state has been facing for the past weeks. The train with number 23907 chugged into Villivakam railway station on Friday and was received with much fanfare and excitement.The first water train, carrying 2.5 lakh litres of water in 50 wagons, departed from the Jolarpettai railway station at 7:20 am and reached Villivakam at 11:35 am. However, the train was taken to Korukupet yard for maintenance.The train was later brought to Villivakam station at 2:30 pm when local bodies minister SP Velumani, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar and other leaders were present at the station to receive the water train. According to officials, Chennai will be receiving drinking water by train after a gap of nearly 18 years. (Photo: IANS)Since the train was late, SP Velumani defended the delay in its arrival and said the train had to undergo maintenance and routine checks before water could be pumped out from the wagons.Executed at the cost of Rs 65 crore, the train will make four trips every day to deliver nearly 10 million litres of water per day.Fifty HP (horse power) capacity pumps have been installed at Villivakam station to complete unloading of water from the wagon in four hours. The decanted water will be carried in 600 metres of pipeline to the Kilpauk Water Works which is 3 km away. The water will be treated and distributed across the city.According to officials, Chennai will be receiving drinking water by train after a gap of nearly 18 years. Water was brought from Erode by trains in 2001 when the city faced a similar crisis.Tamil Nadu government zeroed in Vellore as the city is found to have a surplus of about 30 MLD of water.The Vellore Combined Drinking Water Supply Scheme which is fed by water from river Cauvery was launched in 2015. The first water train is carrying 2.5 lakh litres of water in 50 wagons. (Photo: IANS)On June 21, in a bid to address the severe water shortage in Chennai, Chief Minister Palaniswami announced that 10 MLD of drinking water would be transported from Vellore to Chennai for six months. The state government has allocated funds to the tune of Rs 65 crore to execute the plan.Also Read | Tamil Nadu CM announces water train to help parched ChennaiAlso Read | Water woes: Running out of time | India Today InsightAlso Watch | Is Chennai’s water emergency a man-made crisis?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Nextlast_img read more

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BJP threatening MLAs to switch says Abhishek Banerjee after 10 TMC councillors

first_img Asian News International KolkataJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 20:55 IST Abhishek Banerjee has accused the BJP of threatening and forcing the TMC councillors to join the saffron party. (Photo: PTI)HIGHLIGHTSBanerjee claimed that others, too, are in contact with TMCIt is BJP’s tendency to try and bloat their numbers, he saidEarlier, Mukul Roy had announced that 107 MLAs will join BJPTen Trinamool Congress councillors, who had joined the BJP recently, have rejoined the party on Saturday, party MP Abhishek Banerjee said on Saturday. He also accused the BJP of threatening and forcing the councillors to join it.”Some councillors from Kanchrapara and Halisahar had joined the BJP a few days ago. Ten of these councillors have rejoined the TMC today. They were forced and threatened to join the BJP. But now the two municipalities are back under TMC,” Abhishek Banerjee told a press conference.Several TMC MLAs and over 50 municipal councillors had last month joined the BJP after it made deep inroads in West Bengal in the Lok Sabha polls. “It is BJP’s tendency to try and bloat their numbers by giving false data,” Abhishek Banerjee said.Earlier today, BJP leader Mukul Roy had announced that as many as 107 MLAs of West Bengal are set to join the BJP. Without revealing the names of the MLAs, Mukul Roy claimed that 107 MLAs from the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) will join the saffron party.Speaking at a press conference, Mukul Roy said that all the lawmakers are in contact with the state BJP leadership. He also said that the party has a list prepared for all the MLAs of Congress, TMC and CPM who would be joining the BJP.Reacting to Mukul Roy’s claims, Abhishek Banerjee said that the BJP leader has not been able to secure his locality councillors and has been changing his statements.”Roy is not able to secure his locality councillors. Earlier he used to say 100 MLAs now 107 MLAS, then he will say total 294 will join BJP. People who rejoined TMC today said that they were forcibly taken to Delhi to join BJP. Others are also in contact with our party, they want to come back,” Abhishek Banerjee said.The development has come just two days after at least 10 Congress MLAs in Goa switched to the BJP in presence of party working president JP Nadda and Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and amid the Karnataka crisis where 16 Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs have tendered their resignation to the Speaker.Also Read | 107 Congress, TMC, CPM MLAs will join BJP, claims Mukul RoyAlso Read | 3 Congress rebels, one BJP MLA sworn in as Goa MinistersAlso Watch | BJP leader Chandra Bose demands probe into TMC’s allegation over fake BJP membership card with Mamata’s imageFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan BJP threatening, forcing MLAs to switch, says Abhishek Banerjee after 10 TMC councillors rejoin partySeveral TMC MLAs and over 50 municipal councillors had last month joined the BJP after it made deep inroads in West Bengal in the Lok Sabha polls.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Chennai Special water train to reach on Friday

first_img Indo-Asian News Service ChennaiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 09:10 IST The train was flagged off from the Jolarpettai station in the morning. (Image: ANI)HIGHLIGHTSThe special 50 wagon train will reach Chennai on Friday afternoonEach wagon has capacity to carry 50,000 litres of waterThe train was flagged off from the Jolarpettai station in the morningA special 50 wagon train carrying water from Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district will reach Chennai on Friday afternoon, a Southern Railway official said.According to the official, each wagon has capacity to carry 50,000 litres of water. The train was flagged off from the Jolarpettai station in the morning.State Ministers were likely to be present at the inauguration of the unloading of the water at Villivakkam station here.Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami had announced the state government’s plans to transport 10 million litres of water daily by rail from Jolarpettai to meet the needs of parched Chennai.He said a sum of Rs 65 crore had been allocated for this purpose.Currently the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Chennai Metro Water) is supplying about 525 million litres per day (MLD) in the state capital. The water from Jolarpettai will augment the existing supply.While the Cholavaram (full capacity 1,081 mcft) and Redhills (full capacity 3,300 mcft) reservoirs and Chembarambakkam lake (full capacity 3,645 mcft) that supply water to Chennai have run dry, 16 mcft water is left in the Poondi reservoir (against a full capacity of 3,231 mcft), according to the Chennai Metro Water.Also read | Tamil Nadu CM announces water train to help parched ChennaiAlso read | Water woes: Running out of time | India Today InsightAlso watch | Black, muddy sewage water for Chennai residentsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnumika Bahukhandi Tags :Follow ChennaiFollow Tamil NaduFollow Water tankFollow Chennai water crisis Next Chennai: Special water train to reach on FridayEach wagon has capacity to carry 50,000 litres of water. The train was flagged off from the Jolarpettai station in the morning.advertisementlast_img read more

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Mumbais Tulsi lake overflows due to heavy rains

first_img Next Mumbai’s Tulsi lake overflows due to heavy rainsTulsi is the smallest lake which has a share of 1 per cent in the total water supply. The other one is Vihar Lake.advertisement Vidya MumbaiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:15 IST Mumbai’s Tulsi lake overflowed at 7 pm on Friday. (Photo: ANI)Mumbai’s Tulsi lake overflowed at 7 pm on Friday due to incessant rains. Last year, the monsoon arrived late and the lake filled to its capacity on July 9.This year, the rainfall in the catchment areas was higher and the lake overflowed.Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) said, “One of Mumbai’s sources of water supply, lake Tulsi started overflowing, today.”Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO): One of Mumbai’s sources of water supply, lake Tulsi started overflowing, today. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/1i2NkpY99x ANI (@ANI) July 12, 2019Tulsi is the smallest lake which has a share of 1 per cent in the total water supply. The other one is Vihar Lake. Both of the lakes are located in Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP).Meanwhile, water quantum in lakes supplying to Mumbai’s needs rose further touching almost as much as last year’s water stocks the same day.The total water stocks on Friday was 6.35 lakh million litre or 43.92% of the required stocks.Last year on July 12, the total water stocks stood at 6.36 lakh million litre or 44 per cent of the required quantum, according to Times of India.There was a significant rise in water stocks as compared to a day earlier as well. On Thursday, the total water quantum stood at 5.47 lakh million litre or 37.83 per cent.The total required water stocks in all the seven lakes is 14.47 lakh million litres.Also Read | Mumbai rains: Flight operations briefly suspended at Chhatrapati Shivaji airport due to low visibilityAlso Watch | Mumbai rains: Is City of Dreams now Ram bharose?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Mumbai rainsFollow Tulsi lakelast_img read more

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Private Member Bill to designate Pakistan as state sponsor of terrorism introduced

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:20 IST No discussion took place on the bill | File photo from PTIHIGHLIGHTSAltogether 44 private member bills were introduced in the Lower HouseThe Law Commission had earlier said that compulsory voting was not feasibleBJP’s Sanjay Jaiswal introduced the bill “to designate Pakistan as state sponsor of terrorism”A private members bill which seeks to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday.Sanjay Jaiswal (BJP) introduced the bill “to designate Pakistan as state sponsor of terrorism”.No discussion took place on the bill.Altogether 44 private member bills were introduced in the Lower House.Besides, a private member Bill to provide for compulsory voting by the electorate in the country was introduced by Janardan Singh Sigriwal (BJP).The Law Commission had earlier said that compulsory voting was not feasible.Introducing the bill, the Member said that in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, over 33 per cent of registered voters did not vote, which was not a good sign for democracy.He cited example of Algeria, Bolivia, Brazil, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy and Switzerland where there was compulsory votingAdmitting that the country might face some challenges in implementing compulsory voting, Sigriwal said it could provide ‘e-voting’ facilities.Ajay Mishra (BJP) said the country should move forward towards one country, one election.Stating that the voting process should be further simplified and there need not be any compulsory voting, Mishra said if any government collapses before the end of its 5 year term, then the power to govern the state should be vested with governor or President for the remaining tenure.Nishikant Dubey (BJP) said there are 28 countries in the world which had implemented compulsory voting and even after implementing it in Australia the voter turnout was 90 per cent.He demanded a discussion on the Supreme Court order to give NOTA button in EVMs and also the verdict on NJAC.C R Chaudhary (BJP) said the government is mulling sending e-ballot papers to NRI voters residing out of India which can send back via post.While, CM Ramesh (BJP) moved a Constitution Amendment Bill that did not give details, Pratap Singh Bajwa moved “The Safeguarding and Adjucating Farmers’ Economic Rights Commission Bill”.M V Rajeev Gowda introduced The Reserve Bank of India (Amendment) Bill, 2018, while Vandana Chavan introduced bills that included The Children with Specific Learning Disabilities Bill 2018, The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education and The Contract Labour Amendment Bill.KTS Tulsi introduced the Criminal Law Amendment Bill, 2019, Binoy Viswan The Minimum Wages Amendment Bill, Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe The Companies Amendment Bill, Vikas Mahatme The Promotion Social and Emotional Learning in Schools Bill and Rakesh Sinha introduced The Population Regulation Bill.Parvesh Sahib Singh (BJP) introduced a bill to provide for the compulsory use of bio-degradabale packaging materiaL in the supply and distribution of certain commodities.This was with the aim to curb the usage of plastic and other such non-degradable material in packaging.Shashi Tharoor (Congress) introduced a bill to provide for the establishement of a States and Union Territories Reorganisation Commission.This is to recommend the reorganisation of States and Union Territories to the Central Government through periodic review of demands for new States or Union Territories.Also Read | Pakistan will not open airspace until India withdraws fighter jets from IAF forward airbasesAlso Read | Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi heckled in London over press censorshipAlso Watch | Army general exposes Pakistan’s lie on terror; Al Qaeda chief threatens India; moreFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMohak Gupta Tags :Follow Lok SabhaFollow PakistanFollow Terrorism Next Private Member Bill to designate Pakistan as state sponsor of terrorism introduced in Lok SabhaSanjay Jaiswal (BJP) introduced the bill “to designate Pakistan as state sponsor of terrorism.”advertisementlast_img read more

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New cabinet ministers to be sworn in at 3 pm Saturday Goa

first_img Press Trust of India PanajiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 04:58 IST Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm Saturday. (Photo: PTI)Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said late on Friday night that he would reshuffle the cabinet on Saturday replacing four ministers and the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm.Ten Congress MLAs had on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) increasing the strength of the party to 27 on the floor of the House.Pramod Sawant said the three members from a coalition partner, Goa Forward Party, and an Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte would be dropped from the cabinet.Pramod Sawant refused to name the MLAs who would be inducted but said all the four would be from the BJP, with three of them from the legislators who joined the party on Wednesday.Speculations are rife that former leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, Philip Nery Rodrigues and Atanasio Monserratte would be inducted in the cabinet along with Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo.Pramod Sawant said the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm Saturday.This would the second cabinet reshuffle by Pramod Sawant since he took over as the chief minister three months ago. In his first cabinet reshuffle, Sawant had inducted MGP’s breakaway MLA Deepak Pauskar after dropping then deputy chief minister Sudin Dhavalikar.Asked why allies are being dropped from the cabinet, the chief minister said the decision has been taken as per directives of the central leadership.”I don’t want to go into details. We have taken this decision to give good governance to the people,” he said.Sawant has the support by three MLAs from the Goa Forward Party and an Independent.Goa Forward Party (GFP) chief and Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai had during the day said they are hoping for an amicable solution to the crisis.”The GFP is a part of the NDA and had joined the BJP-led government after talks with the saffron party’s national leadership,” Sardesai said, adding, “The present state BJP leaders were not part of the discussions then. As such, we will take appropriate steps only after talking to NDA leadership at the Centre.””We have not yet received any official communication from the BJP leaders. On the contrary, we have received indications that the matter will be sorted out amicably,” he said.Ten of the 15 Congress MLAs, led by the leader of Opposition, Chandrakant Kavlekar, switched sides and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday.While the 10 MLAs and Lobo returned from Delhi, Sawant stayed back to attend a high-level meeting on Friday evening on the issue of mining in Goa, which has come to a standstill following a February 2018 Supreme Court order.Also Read | Goa CM Pramod Sawant seeks resignation of 3 ministers, independent MLA to induct new facesAlso Watch | Leaderless Congress headed towards self-destruction?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkriti Anand Next New cabinet ministers to be sworn in at 3 pm Saturday: Goa CM Pramod SawantGoa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant refused to name the MLAs who would be inducted but said all the four would be from the Bharatiya Janata Party, with three of them from the legislators who joined the party on Wednesday.advertisementlast_img read more

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War of words between Jagan Mohan Reddy and Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra

first_img Next War of words between Jagan Mohan Reddy and Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra AssemblyA war of words between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and leader of opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu rocked the state Assembly on Friday.advertisement Press Trust of India AmaravatiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:23 IST Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (right) and leader of opposition N Chandrababu Naidu.A war of words between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and leader of opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu rocked the state Assembly on Friday.Pandemonium prevailed in the House as there were heated exchanges between the two leaders during a debate on interest-free loans for farmers.As the debate on the issue was taken up for second day due to persistent demands by opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Naidu reeled out statistics from different documents to deny the allegations by Jagan Reddy that the previous government did not implement zero per cent interest scheme.As the chief minister had on Thursday dared Naidu to resign and leave the House for failing to give even a penny to the farmers, Naidu hit back at Jagan Reddy by providing the statistics. “Will you resign now or apologise to people?” the TDP chief asked the chief minister, evoking protest from treasury benches.Countering Naidu, Jagan Reddy said the TDP government provided only Rs 600 crore for the scheme while it should have given Rs 11,600 crore in five years. He said Naidu was claiming a great achievement by giving just 5 per cent money.There were repeated interruptions when the chief minister was speaking. Irked over this, he remarked “We are 151. If we decide you will not be seen around.”When TDP leader Atchan Naidu tried to intervene, Jagan Reddy asked him to sit and taunted him. “The man is of this size, but the brain is not of that level. You don’t know what to speak and what not to speak,” said the chief minister.Speaker T. Seetharam also reprimanded the TDP members for repeatedly creating disruptions.YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) has 151 members in 175-member Assembly. The TDP’s strength is 23.ALSO READ | Andhra Pradesh: YS Jagan Mohan Reddy govt presents its first budgetALSO WATCH | Rahul Gandhi finally steps down as party president; Jaganmohan Reddy’s demolition spree; moreFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnupriya Thakur Tags :Follow Jagan Reddylast_img read more

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first_img Next Accept resignations of MLAs at once: Bihar Speaker urges K’taka counterpartBihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary on Friday voiced disapproval over the “delay” on part of his Karnataka counterpart KR Ramesh Kumar in taking a decision on the resignations of MLAs of the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition in the southern state.advertisement Press Trust of India PatnaJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:14 IST Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar (ANI)Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary on Friday voiced disapproval over the “delay” on part of his Karnataka counterpart K R Ramesh Kumar in taking a decision on the resignations of MLAs of the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition in the southern state.”The matter has been unnecessarily allowed to snowball the Speaker (of Karnataka) indeed had no option when the members had met him personally and tendered their resignations,” Chaudhary said in the release issued by the Vidhan Sabha secretariat here.”Delay on part of the Speaker is surprising. It appears he has been thinking in terms of getting the members disqualified on ground of their defying the party whip. However, their resignations have preceded issuing of any whip by their parties and such a course of action by the Speaker would not have been in accordance with norms,” Chaudhary said.He said defiance of whip would have made no difference as action taken under the 10th Schedule of Constitution (anti-defection law) also has the same effect, that of a member being disqualified.”The delay has led to a situation wherein the matter has reached the Supreme Court and the action of the assembly Speaker has been subjected to judicial scrutiny… instances like these lower the dignity of the legislature and hamper its credibility. It would be better for the Speaker to accept the resignations without any delay. This would enhance his stature and protect the dignity of the legislature,” the Bihar Assembly Speaker added.The Supreme Court Friday restrained the Karnataka Speaker from taking any decision till Tuesday on the resignation and disqualification of 10 rebel MLAs.The 10 rebel MLAs moved the apex court alleging that the Speaker was not accepting their resignations.They are: Pratap Gouda Patil, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Byrati Basavaraj, B C Patil, S T Somashekhar, Arbail Shivaram Hebbar, Mahesh Kumathalli, K Gopalaiah, A H Vishwanath and Narayana Gowda.ALSO READ | Kumaraswamy wants floor test, SC asks Speaker to not act on resignations | All that happenedALSO WATCH | Kumaraswamy trust vote offer a googly or full toss?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnupriya Thakur Tags :Follow Karnataka crisislast_img read more

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Mumbais Tulsi lake overflows due to heavy rainsTu

first_imgMumbai’s Tulsi lake overflows due to heavy rainsTulsi is the smallest lake which has a share of 1 per cent in the total water supply. The other one is Vihar Lake.advertisement Vidya MumbaiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:15 IST Mumbai’s Tulsi lake overflowed at 7 pm on Friday. (Photo: ANI)Mumbai’s Tulsi lake overflowed at 7 pm on Friday due to incessant rains. Last year, the monsoon arrived late and the lake filled to its capacity on July 9.This year, the rainfall in the catchment areas was higher and the lake overflowed.Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) said, “One of Mumbai’s sources of water supply, lake Tulsi started overflowing, today.”Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO): One of Mumbai’s sources of water supply, lake Tulsi started overflowing, today. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/1i2NkpY99x ANI (@ANI) July 12, 2019Tulsi is the smallest lake which has a share of 1 per cent in the total water supply. The other one is Vihar Lake. Both of the lakes are located in Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP).Meanwhile, water quantum in lakes supplying to Mumbai’s needs rose further touching almost as much as last year’s water stocks the same day.The total water stocks on Friday was 6.35 lakh million litre or 43.92% of the required stocks.Last year on July 12, the total water stocks stood at 6.36 lakh million litre or 44 per cent of the required quantum, according to Times of India.There was a significant rise in water stocks as compared to a day earlier as well. On Thursday, the total water quantum stood at 5.47 lakh million litre or 37.83 per cent.The total required water stocks in all the seven lakes is 14.47 lakh million litres.Also Read | Mumbai rains: Flight operations briefly suspended at Chhatrapati Shivaji airport due to low visibilityAlso Watch | Mumbai rains: Is City of Dreams now Ram bharose?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Mumbai rainsFollow Tulsi lake Nextlast_img read more

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Private Member Bill to designate Pakistan as state

first_imgPrivate Member Bill to designate Pakistan as state sponsor of terrorism introduced in Lok SabhaSanjay Jaiswal (BJP) introduced the bill “to designate Pakistan as state sponsor of terrorism.”advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:20 IST No discussion took place on the bill | File photo from PTIHIGHLIGHTSAltogether 44 private member bills were introduced in the Lower HouseThe Law Commission had earlier said that compulsory voting was not feasibleBJP’s Sanjay Jaiswal introduced the bill “to designate Pakistan as state sponsor of terrorism”A private members bill which seeks to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday.Sanjay Jaiswal (BJP) introduced the bill “to designate Pakistan as state sponsor of terrorism”.No discussion took place on the bill.Altogether 44 private member bills were introduced in the Lower House.Besides, a private member Bill to provide for compulsory voting by the electorate in the country was introduced by Janardan Singh Sigriwal (BJP).The Law Commission had earlier said that compulsory voting was not feasible.Introducing the bill, the Member said that in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, over 33 per cent of registered voters did not vote, which was not a good sign for democracy.He cited example of Algeria, Bolivia, Brazil, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy and Switzerland where there was compulsory votingAdmitting that the country might face some challenges in implementing compulsory voting, Sigriwal said it could provide ‘e-voting’ facilities.Ajay Mishra (BJP) said the country should move forward towards one country, one election.Stating that the voting process should be further simplified and there need not be any compulsory voting, Mishra said if any government collapses before the end of its 5 year term, then the power to govern the state should be vested with governor or President for the remaining tenure.Nishikant Dubey (BJP) said there are 28 countries in the world which had implemented compulsory voting and even after implementing it in Australia the voter turnout was 90 per cent.He demanded a discussion on the Supreme Court order to give NOTA button in EVMs and also the verdict on NJAC.C R Chaudhary (BJP) said the government is mulling sending e-ballot papers to NRI voters residing out of India which can send back via post.While, CM Ramesh (BJP) moved a Constitution Amendment Bill that did not give details, Pratap Singh Bajwa moved “The Safeguarding and Adjucating Farmers’ Economic Rights Commission Bill”.M V Rajeev Gowda introduced The Reserve Bank of India (Amendment) Bill, 2018, while Vandana Chavan introduced bills that included The Children with Specific Learning Disabilities Bill 2018, The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education and The Contract Labour Amendment Bill.KTS Tulsi introduced the Criminal Law Amendment Bill, 2019, Binoy Viswan The Minimum Wages Amendment Bill, Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe The Companies Amendment Bill, Vikas Mahatme The Promotion Social and Emotional Learning in Schools Bill and Rakesh Sinha introduced The Population Regulation Bill.Parvesh Sahib Singh (BJP) introduced a bill to provide for the compulsory use of bio-degradabale packaging materiaL in the supply and distribution of certain commodities.This was with the aim to curb the usage of plastic and other such non-degradable material in packaging.Shashi Tharoor (Congress) introduced a bill to provide for the establishement of a States and Union Territories Reorganisation Commission.This is to recommend the reorganisation of States and Union Territories to the Central Government through periodic review of demands for new States or Union Territories.Also Read | Pakistan will not open airspace until India withdraws fighter jets from IAF forward airbasesAlso Read | Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi heckled in London over press censorshipAlso Watch | Army general exposes Pakistan’s lie on terror; Al Qaeda chief threatens India; moreFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMohak Gupta Tags :Follow Lok SabhaFollow PakistanFollow Terrorism Nextlast_img read more

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