Monday, May 29, 2017
VARANASI: Was it a coincidence that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adtiyanath decided to be in Varanasi as Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated his three years in office? Well Varanasi did not seem to think so, and even as t .. Read More
NEW DELHI: The submission of the National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC) to the recently concluded Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations is a classic.
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Since Adityanath has become the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the law and order situation has deteriorated at alarming speed in the state. UP has been afflicted by a spate of murder, rapes and robberies since the saffron clad priest of Gorakhna ..
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court recently concluded hearing the challenge to the constitutional validity of Triple Talaq. The Court will now decide whether personal law can be tested on the anvil of fundamental rights guaranteed in th ..
NEW DELHI: Eight months after 8 Student Islamic Movement of India members were gunned down by police forces on charges of allegedly trying to flee Bhopal Central jail after breaking through, the relatives of the twenty-one others ..
NEW DELHI: Just as the last remnants of the Dalit leadership had joined what passes for the mainstream, two major Dalit leaders have emerged from Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. Jignesh Mewani who came on centre stage in the wake of th ..
Indian meat traders planned to take the government to court over new rules banning the trading of cattle including buffalo for slaughter, calling it a move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration to hurt the business run mainly by Muslims. The Environment Ministry had said this week that animal markets would only be able to trade in cattle meant for agricultural purposes, the biggest blow yet for meat suppliers facing several reverses under P.M Modi's government. India was the biggest seller of buffalo meat in the world, with exports of more than $4 billion a year to countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Egypt. But that could change following the government's May 23 notification regarding changes to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, made public on Friday. It required owners to declare that cattle had not "been brought to market for sale for slaughter" and for market committees to verify that the buyer was an "agriculturist by seeing the relevant revenue document". The new rules defined cattle as bulls, cows, buffalo, steers, heifers, calves and camels. Aqil Qureshi, president of the Delhi Buffalo Traders' Welfare Association said "The business is dead,". He said they would take legal help and get out on the streets to protest. The rules said animals for slaughter would have to be bought from farmers directly. Abdul Faheem Qureshi, a lawyer in Hyderabad and head of the All India Jamiatul Quresh Action Committee, said direct buying was "not always practical" and that he was drafting a court appeal after meeting with many of his "shocked" trader clients. Al Faheem Meatex, an exporter in Uttar Pradesh, said buying buffalo directly from farmers was likely to raise costs, given stringent norms on cattle transportation.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would be organising a pan-Indian festival-like publicity campaign to highlight the achievements of the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance's ( NDA) three year rule. The campaign's name had been linked with the surname of the Prime Minister- ' Making of Developed India (MODI). Prime Minister Modi would inaugurate the festival from Guwahati in Assam. A central Control Room would be established at the party headquarters in Delhi to coordinate and monitor the mega event that would continue till June 15. All union ministers, BJP's Members of Parliament, chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of the BJP ruled states would take part in the massive exercise to ensure that Prime Minister's message of growth and development reached every district in the country. The Chief Ministers of the BJP-ruled states would not only take part in the MODI fest in their states but also in other states. Intellectual meets would also be organised across the country where the achievements of the Modi government would be presented.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) had rejected the demand of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of allowing the 'change or tampering' of the motherboard of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the ' EVM challenge' to be held on June 3. In a reply to the AAP, the poll panel said that allowing any change of the motherboard or any internal circuit of the EVM would be like manufacturing a new machine and introduce newly made EVMs in the Election Commission of India system, which was implausible and irrational. The Election Commission statement said "As any person with basic common knowledge will be able to appreciate, a non-ECI EVM or an EVM with a different 'internal circuit' is simply a different machine or at best a look alike of ECI EVM and hence, can never be guaranteed by ECI to give correct results," . It further said that the Commission had invited nominees of national and state recognized political parties to participate in an 'EVM Challenge' to prove the allegation of EVM tampering, within the framework of the extant administrative and security protocols prescribed by the Commission, which were strictly followed in the field with active participation of the political parties/candidates/their representatives in an absolutely open and transparent framework. In case there was some data or evidence in possession of the party to suggest that EVMs deployed in the recently held General Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies -2017 were already tampered to deliver skewed results, it was requested that the opportunity provided by the 'EVM Challenge' be availed of by the party and polling stations of the choice be selected to verify the results and demonstrate the tampering during the challenge slot.
India had scrapped a ministerial panel responsible for coordinating foreign investments, part of efforts by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to boost funding of local industries from overseas. Set up soon after India embarked on its first market reforms in 1991, the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) was tasked with approving foreign investments proposals. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Cabinet agreed to abolish the FIPB, honoring a budget pledge he made in February. Foreign investments would in future be cleared by individual ministries. India attracted $60 billion in foreign direct investments in the year to March 2017, up 8 percent from the previous year, government data showed. In comparison, China's FDI soared 40 percent to a record $189 billion in 2016, despite an economic slowdown. Jaitley said investments in security-sensitive sectors would require additional clearance by the Interior Ministry. Investors said FIPB decisions often become bogged down in infighting between government ministries, leading to delays in projects being approved. One analyst suggested the board's removal had been inevitable. "With FDI caps being raised progressively and around 92 percent foreign direct investment coming through the automatic route, the rationale for FIPB doesn't exist anymore," said Sachchidanand Shukla, chief economist at Mahindra Group, India's leading conglomerate. The cabinet also approved giving preference to local manufacturers in government contracts. For orders valued at more than 5 million rupees ($77,000), only local suppliers would be eligible if there was sufficient local capacity and competition.