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Posted on 31 December 2015 by admin

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Odd-even: CM warns volunteers against ‘misbehaving’

Posted on 30 December 2015 by admin

AIHRA News Thursday 31st December 2015

New Delhi, Dec 30 (PTI) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today warned volunteers, who will be deployed for the odd-even scheme, against “arguing or misbehaving” with people and to focus on “changing hearts” by resorting to polite tactics like handing over flowers to violators.

He also urged school students to convince their parents, relatives and friends to follow the odd-even scheme, that will come into force from January 1, and to encourage them to opt for carpooling, which the Chief Minister shall himself resort to.

“You will have to change the hearts of people. You don’t have to issue challan or argue or misbehave with anyone. You will hold placards at red lights and on spotting a violator, you will give him a flower and urge him to go back home,” Kejriwal said.

He was addressing volunteers, comprising Civil Defence men, NCC and NSS cadets, at Chhatrasal stadium during a briefing session to make them aware about their specific role.

Earlier, Kejriwal made students of Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyala at Civil Lines take pledge to fight pollution and convince their parents, relatives and friends to adhere to the odd-even scheme to be rolled out in two days.

Kejriwal said the scheme won’t meet success merely by issuing challans and unless people of Delhi resolve that it’s their own movement “we cannot implement it.”

“Everyone in Delhi needs to understand that it’s their own movement. They do not need to follow it because Kejriwal and his government is strict about it, but they need to follow it because it’s a question of their life, their childrens’ lives,” he said.

The idea, Kejriwal said, was to persuade people to keep their cars off the roads by adopting methods that would “stir his conscience”.

“If you see anyone violating the odd-even scheme, just roll down your car window and ask that person to go back home.

If such a violator is interrupted like this at 10 red lights, then he will feel ashamed and I hope he will go back home,” Kejriwal told students. .

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Indo-Pak talks: Aziz warns against ‘unrealistic expectations’

Posted on 30 December 2015 by admin

AIHRA News Thursday 31st December 2015

Islamabad, Dec 30 (PTI) Foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet here on January 14-15 to prepare a schedule of meeting for the comprehensive dialogue, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said even as he cautioned against “unrealistic expectations” from the talks.

Aziz made a policy statement in the Senate yesterday regarding the short visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Pakistan on December 25.

“The foreign secretaries would meet on January 14-15 and draw up a map for the next six months for talks on 10 identified subjects,” he said.

He said the dialogue process is challenging as it involves difficult decisions and important issues.

He also cautioned against “unrealistic expectations” from the dialogue process and said there would be progress on some issues soon while it will take time for progress on others.

Aziz said the visit of Modi was a goodwill visit and it has been welcomed by majority of people in Pakistan and India and the international community.

He said now the two leaders have met at least five times and the warmth of relations created by the Lahore meeting would hopefully have an impact on the formal dialogue.

Aziz dispelled the impression that the entourage of the Indian Prime Minister visited Lahore without any visa.

He said Modi and 11 of his personal staff members were given a 72-hour visa, and the full immigration process was followed in this regard.

Rest of the dignitaries who were part of the entourage stayed inside the airport and no foreigner was allowed to move out without a valid visa.

Responding to a point raised by leader of the opposition Aitzaz Ahsan, Aziz said no secret meeting was held between the prime ministers of India and Pakistan at Kathmandu last year.

Replying to points raised by other members, Aziz said “India changed its hostile attitude towards Pakistan because of our constructive diplomacy, international pressure and domestic lobbies in India”.

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HC orders status quo on sale of space in west Delhi mall

Posted on 29 December 2015 by admin

AIHRA News Wednesday 30th December 2015

New Delhi, Dec 29 (PTI) The Delhi High Court has directed the owners of a shopping mall in the city to not sell any of the unsold portions of their commercial complex till January 19 on a plea of one of the investors who had bought space there for over Rs 12 crore but was not given the same.

Justice Manmohan Singh issued the status quo order on the plea of Kashyap Commercial Pvt Ltd that it had paid the mall owners, S S Con-Build Pvt Ltd, Rs 12.14 crore for space in the Gourmet Hub Mall at Paschim Vihar in west Delhi.

Kashyap Commercial has told the court that it has paid the amount as part payment of the total consideration of Rs 15.35 crore for a space measuring 14473 square feet in the mall.

It has contended that S S Con-Build has terminated the agreement between them and has transferred the property in dispute to a third party, Chronicle Clothing Pvt Ltd, which in turn has entered into a lease agreement with Mac Restaurant Pvt Ltd with regard to the same space.

Kashyap has contended that the transfer of the property to Chronicle was without a proper sale deed and hence, was illegal.

S S Con-Build has also moved applications opposing Kashyap’s claims in its suit and has contended that the dispute has to be settled by arbitration as per the agreement between them. This has been opposed by Kashyap.

The court, while directing S S Con-Build to maintain status quo with regard to the unsold portions of the mall, said it will consider all the applications and the main suit on next date of hearing on January 19 next.

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Subramanium seeks NSA’s help in DDCA probe

Posted on 29 December 2015 by admin

AIHRA News Wednesday 30th December 2015

New Delhi, Dec 29 (PTI) Former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, tasked by the AAP government with probing alleged irregularities in DDCA, has written to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, seeking dossiers of five officers each from IB, CBI and the Delhi Police to assist him in investigations.

Subramanium, who has accepted the offer to head the inquiry panel formed by the city government in this regard, also wrote to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal requesting him to send the names of five “outstanding” investigative officers from the Anti-Corruption Branch with their dossiers.

Subramanium told Kejriwal that he has written to Doval as the Central government “itself called upon the Delhi government” to get an investigation done into alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association

“Obviously, this means that the Central government would render all possible assistance in this regard,” the top lawyer wrote. In his letter to Doval, Subramanium said that “some of the disclosures may also pertain to national security”.

“…it is important that I must ask you to step in and offer suitably qualified officers who will also be morally endowed to assist the Commission,” he wrote.

From Doval, Subramanium sought shortlisted dossiers of five of the “best officers of the IB, who should be of the level of joint director and below”, five officers from the CBI and five officers of the Delhi Police, with their records.

“I would leave it to your discretion to choose any officers(s) from any of the other state cadres, you believe to be competent,” he added.

The noted lawyer told a TV channel that his request to Doval is part of the enquiry procedure which calls for appropriate “logistical infrastructure” before beginning the probe.

“I don’t want in hindsight to feel that he (Doval) was not sufficiently briefed as he is a person who understands the ramifications correctly and that is why I wrote to him. I cannot judge by my personal imagination who can be a competent person to investigate,” he said.

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BJP almost begging for apology, won’t oblige: Kejriwal

Posted on 28 December 2015 by admin

AIHRA News Tuesday 29th December 2015

New Delhi, Dec 28 (PTI) Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said he would not apologise for targeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the DDCA issue as his government’s panel did not give anybody a clean chit.

A day after BJP demanded “public apology” from Kejriwal for levelling allegations against Jaitley on the issue, the Chief Minister said in a tweet, “BJP almost begging me for an apology, won’t oblige them. Let @arunjaitley be cross-examined in defamation cases.

“No clean chit ever given by any Del govt probe. That report confirmed several instances of wrongdoings but did not fix responsibility,” Kejriwal said in another tweet.

On the Delhi government’s inquiry panel into DDCA case, Kejriwal said in another tweet, “It didn’t mention ANYONE’s name n recommended Enquiry Commission to fix responsibility, which we have done now.”

Yesterday, the BJP had demanded “public apology”, saying a report of the city government has found no evidence against the Finance Minister.

Party spokesperson M J Akbar said the DDCA file which Kejriwal made his basis to attack Jaitley over the CBI raid and affairs of the cricket body does not name Jaitley.

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Terrorism, maoist activities contained to large extent:Rajnath

Posted on 28 December 2015 by admin

AIHRA News Tuesday 29th December 2015

Lucknow, Dec 28 (PTI) Centre has achieved success in containing extremism, terrorism and maoist activities in the country to a large extent, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today.

Singh was laying the foundation stone of Lucknow branch office of National Investigation Agency (NIA) here.

Hailing the achievements of the NIA, Singh said, “We have managed to control extremism, terrorism and Maoist activities to a large extent and if it is continued at the same pace, we will get more success in future.”

“NIA investigates complicated criminal cases…extremists, terrorists and Maoists have involvement at the global level and so the role of this investigating agency becomes more challenging,” Singh said.

Terming terrorism, extremism and Maoist activities as the biggest challenges faced by the country, Singh stressed on equipping investigating agencies with modern techniques to deal with these security issues.

“Investigations and inquiries cannot be performed using old methods. Criminals today are equipped with modern techniques and so the investigating agencies also have to adopt new techniques,” Singh said.

“The manner in which the NIA has been working, not only the people of the country but also of the entire world have started believing that it is the best agency working in a professional, unbiased and trustworthy manner,” he said.

Referring to the emergence of ISIS as a new and serious danger before the world, he said the number of its activists in the country is almost nil and its biggest reason is that Indian Muslim families stop their children to adopt this path.

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DDCA row: BJP demands ‘public apology’ from Kejriwal

Posted on 28 December 2015 by admin

AIHRA News Monday 28th December 2015

New Delhi, Dec 27 (PTI) The BJP today demanded “public apology” from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for levelling allegations against Arun Jaitley on the DDCA issue, saying a report of the city government has found no evidence against the Finance Minister.

Party spokesperson M J Akbar said the DDCA file which Kejriwal made his basis to attack Jaitley over the CBI raid and affairs of the cricket body does not name Jaitley.

“The truth is out. The report does not name Jaitley.

There is no allegation against him, there is no indication (of wrong doing). The Delhi Chief Minister, we believe, should apologise to Jaitley for his allegations…he should publicly apologise.

“He should also admit his fault in the court (where Jaitley has filed a civil defamation suit against the CM and other AAP members),” he told a press conference here.

He claimed that after a “conspiracy” by the then Congress government, the Serious Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO) had made an enquiry and found nothing against Jaitley, a former DDCA chief, “though it was a Congress government.”

He said in his press conference Kejriwal had attacked Jaitley alleging that the CBI raid was carried out for the DDCA file. “Now the CM himself is trapped…his own team has found no allegation against Jaitley,” Akbar said.

The BJP spokesperson said after the November 15 report became public, AAP is trying to wriggle out of the situation, saying the investigation was not meant to name any person.

“But there are names in the report…you don’t run government with tamasha (drama),” he said. .

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Mumbai Congress journal lauds Patel, blames Nehru

Posted on 28 December 2015 by admin

AIHRA News Monday 28th December 2015

Mumbai, Dec 28 (PTI) As the Congress celebrates its 131st Foundation Day today, an article published by the party’s Mumbai unit has caused a stir as it blames Jawaharlal Nehru for the state of affairs in Kashmir, China and Tibet.

The article states that Nehru should have listened to freedom fighter and former home minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s views on international affairs.

The article, which does not bear the name of the writer, has been published in this month’s issue of ‘Congress Darshan’ Hindi edition as a tribute piece to mark Patel’s death anniversary on December 15.

“Despite Patel getting the post of deputy prime minister and home minister, the relations between the two leaders remained strained, and both had threatened to resign time and again,” the article says.

If Nehru had embraced Patel’s foresight, many problems in international affairs would not have arisen, it adds.

The article cites a letter that Patel reportedly wrote in 1950 to caution Nehru against China’s policy towards Tibet and where “Patel described China as unfaithful, and a future enemy of India.”

“Had Patel been heard (by Nehru) then, the problems of Kashmir, China, Tibet and Nepal wouldn’t have existed now.

Patel opposed Nehru’s move of taking the Kashmir issue to the UNO,” stated the article, adding, “Nehru did not agree with Patel’s views on Nepal.”

Mumbai Regional Congress Committee chief and editor of the journal Sanjay Nirupam said he is not involved in the day-to-day functioning of the magazine and was unaware of the article.

“I do not agree with the article. It seems to have been sourced, but I don’t know who the writer is,” Nirupam, who in his earlier stint with Shiv Sena edited Hindi newspaper ‘Dopahar Ka Saamana’, said, adding that corrective measures would be taken.

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PM’s surprise visit to Pak will send positive message: Chouhan

Posted on 26 December 2015 by admin

AIHRA News Sunday 27th December 2015

Bhopal, Dec 26 (PTI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to Lahore to meet his Pakistani counterpart saying such initiatives send positive message that India is committed to have good relations with its neighbours.

“It sends positive message that India is committed to have good relations with neighbours and always willing to go extra mile to achieve it,” Chouhan said in a tweet last night after Modi decided to land at Lahore to meet Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

“Stop over at Lahore by PM @narendramodi to personally extend birthday greetings to his counterpart is an exceptional magnanimous gesture,” he said in an another tweet.

Modi yesterday sprang a surprise with a 150-minute visit to Lahore where he greeted Sharif on his birthday and also greeted family members at the marriage function of Sharif’s grand-daughter Mehrunnisa (daughter of Maryam Nawaz Sharif) at his Raiwind home.

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