Archive | February, 2016

Clarify if anti-India slogans should be tolerated: Shah to Rahul

Posted on 24 February 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Thursday 25th February 2016

Bahraich, Feb 24 (PTI) Raising the pitch on the JNU issue, BJP chief Amit Shah today said Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders should clarify in Parliament if “anti-national” slogans should be tolerated in the name of freedom of speech.

Attacking Rahul Gandhi, who had joined the agitating JNU students, Shah alleged that he was supporting the forces dividing the country for “votebank politics”.

“Today debate is being held in the Parliament whether raising anti-national slogans should be tolerated in the name of freedom of speech or not.

“I specially want to ask Congress and its workers whether those raising slogans like ‘Afzal Guru tere hatrayre zinda hain’ and ‘Bharat ke tukde honge’ were traitors or not,” Shah said at a public meeting at the unveiling of the statue of 11th century king of Shravasti, Raja Suheldeo.

“I want that members of all parties sitting in the biggest panchayat of the country which is Parliament should clarify whether raising anti-national slogans was freedom of speech or sedition. This also has to be decided by the people of the country,” he said.

Targeting Rahul, Shah said, “I want to ask him to clarify before the people whether he supports the anti-national slogans…if not then he should condemn it.”

“Rahulji don’t stoop so low for votebank politics. The country got freedom due to the sacrifice of thousands of martyrs. You are supporting the forces dividing the country in the name of freedom of speech,” he said

Rahul has come out in support of JNU students, who are protesting the arrest of JNU Students’ Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charge, and has accused the RSS and BJP of imposing their ideology.

Describing the contribution of Raja Suheldeo, Shah said his name is taken with pride not only in Uttar Pradesh but the entire country.

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Kanhaiya “actually organised” the event in JNU, cops tell HC

Posted on 24 February 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Thursday 25th February 2016

New Delhi, Feb 24 (PTI) JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested on sedition charge, had not only participated in the event where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised in the JNU campus but had “actually organised” the programme, Delhi Police today told the Delhi High Court.

In its 13-page status report filed before Justice Pratibha Rani, the police claimed that besides Kanahiya and other accused persons, some “foreign elements” were also present during the event on February 9 in JNU and they had covered their faces to hide their identity.

“During the course of the investigation, statements of various eye-witnesses, who were found present on the spot, were recorded. It has come during the course of investigation that accused Kanhaiya, the petitioner herein (for bail), not only participated in the said event but actually organised the same in connivance with other accused persons,” the police said in its status report.

It said, “It is pertinent to mention here that shockingly the incident dated February 9 records the presence of foreign (elements) with their mouths covered which sufficiently came during the course of investigation.

“The investigation agency is looking for linkage between the petitioner (Kanhaiya), his co-accused and the said foreign elements who were hiding their identity by covering their faces,” it said.

While opposing Kanhaiya’s bail plea, the police said that it was “an open secret” that the event has ramification not only within India but has “an international impact” as well.

The investigation of the present case is at a stage and in case the liberty of bail is granted to the petitioner, the very line of investigation will be adversely affected, it said.

The status report, which was filed in pursuance to the court’s direction, said that the unedited video footage of the incident, which was procured from a private news channel, was “not the footage which is being debated as ‘doctored’ in various sections including petitioner as alleged by the media”.

“But it is a totally different and contemporaneously recorded raw unedited video footage. However, video is not the sole evidence on the basis of which the investigation is proceeding with,” it said.

The status report was filed in the court during the hearing on Kanhaiya’s bail plea which has now been posted for February 29.

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Indian economy a haven of stability, says President

Posted on 23 February 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Wednesday 24th February 2016

New Delhi, Feb 23 (PTI) Describing India as “a haven of stability” in a turbulent global economy, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said the government has simplified procedures for approvals, repealed obsolete laws and put in place a non-adversarial tax regime to attract investments.

Addressing the joint sitting of Parliament at the start of the Budget session, the President listed out achievements of the Modi government, saying India has jumped 12 places on the ease of doing ranking of the World Bank while foreign investment inflow has risen 39 per cent.

The government has taken to reforming institutions, simplifying procedures and repealing obsolete laws, besides unlocking infrastructure development opportunities as well as focusing on clean energy and cutting subsidy leakages.

“India is a haven of stability in an increasingly turbulent global economy. GDP growth has increased making India the world’s fastest growing economy among large economies,” he said.

Mukherjee said inflation, fiscal deficit and current account deficit have all come down and the country recorded the highest ever foreign exchange reserves in 2015.

“The government has taken a number of measures to put in place a simplified, progressive and non-adversarial tax regime by incorporating internationally prevalent best practices in tax administration,” he said refering to taxpayer-friendly facilities like e-filing of returns, electronic processing and retrieval of documents and online grievance redressal.

Also, procedures have been simplified to improve ease of approvals, and dedicated commercial courts and commercial divisions in high courts have been established. “For speedy resolution of commercial disputes, the long overdue amendments to the Arbitration Act have been made,” he said.

Stating that employment generation was the government’s top goal, the President said job creation is being driven through initiatives like Make-in-India, Startup India, Mudra and Skill India. .

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Jat stir: Tension in Jat dominated areas,Khattar visits Rohtak

Posted on 23 February 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Wednesday 24th February 2016

Chandigarh, Feb 23 (PTI) Curfew today remained in force in Hissar, Hansi and Bhiwani towns while a four-hour relaxation was given in the worst-hit Rohtak district as Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar visited the town where he was heckled by an angry crowd protesting alleged police inaction in dealing with the stir.

However, there was a slight respite for commuters as Jat protesters were lifting the various road and rail blockades set up in various parts of the state.

Traffic had resumed on the arterial Ambala-Delhi Highway up to Panipat and officials hoped that as the situation normalises in Sonipat, the onward traffic would resume soon after its disruption due to the Jat agitation which has claimed 19 lives and caused extensive damage to property.

Officials said that curfew was in force in Hissar, Hansi and Bhiwani towns while it was lifted from Jind town.

However, the situation remained tense in Jat dominated areas like Rohtak and Sonipat.

In Rohtak, which has been the epicentre of pro quota agitation in Haryana, the district administration gave a four-hour relaxation to allow people to buy essential items.

“During the last 24 hours, there is no report of any untoward incident in the district,” said a senior official of Rohtak Police today.

He said curfew will continue to be imposed in the Jat dominated district till there is complete normalcy.

In Rohtak town, Khattar faced an angry crowd which raised slogans against the police, besides demanding strict action against “looters”.

Khattar was also shown black flags and heckled by the crowd. People also demanded strict action against people who took the city to ransom.

The Chief Minister, who was accompanied by ministers Abhimanyu and O P Dhankar and Chief Secretary D S Dhesi, assured the people that strictest possible action will be taken against those who indulged in arson.

He also said the state government will take action against government officers and police who made any lapse in performing their duty

From Rohtak, Khattar will leave for Delhi..

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Jat stir: Sporadic incidents of arson as Haryana limps to normalcy

Posted on 22 February 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Tuesday 23rd February 2016

Chandigarh, Feb 22 (PTI) Sporadic incidents of arson were today reported as life in violence-torn Haryana limped back to normal with curfew being lifted gradually and Jat protesters starting to lift blockades after BJP announced setting up of a committee to examine the quota demand of the community.

Spokesman of All India Jat Aarakshan Sanghursh Samiti Ram Bhagat Malik told PTI here that they would hold a meeting later in the day to decide on the future course of action, including lifting of blockades at various places.

Normal supply of water to Delhi from Haryana, which had been disrupted due to the Jat stir, is likely to be restored by this evening as security forces have taken control of the Munak Canal after evicting Jat protesters, officials said.

Curfew, which had been clamped in in towns in view of the volatile situation, was being lifted gradually.

Curfew was last evening lifted from Kaithal and Kalayat while this morning it was lifted from Hisar and Hansi and one-hour relaxation was given in worst-affected Rohtak town.

To take stock of the situation, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had called a Cabinet meeting here later in the day.

Sporadic incidents of violence were reported today that included setting on fire of a government vehicle in Meham in Rohtak district.

The protesters continued to block some roads including the arterial Delhi-Ambala Highway, demanding a written assurance that the community will be given reservation in the state.

The Jats also continued to block some roads including in Rohtak, Hisar and Bhiwani districts.

Road traffic on various national and state highways from Hissar to various destinations, including Delhi, Chandigarh, Sirsa, Siwani and Bhiwani remained suspended.

Railway traffic from Hissar to various destinations including Delhi, Ludhiana, Bhiwani and Sadulpur also remained suspended.

Traffic on Ambala-Pipli route had been restored and State Roadways was also plying buses on the route, but beyond that movement on the Pipli-Karnal-Sonipat-Delhi National Highway was yet to be restored, officials said..

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Water supply to Delhi likely to be fully restored tomorrow

Posted on 22 February 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Tuesday 23rd February 2016

New Delhi/Chandigarh, Feb 22 (PTI) Water supply to the national capital from Haryana is expected to be fully restored tomorrow after security forces took over control of the Munak canal and evicted all the Jat protesters from that place.

Top government sources said 35 per cent of the canal, located at 100 km from Delhi in Sonepat of Haryana, has been operationalised today as protesters had damaged the supply line thereby disrupting normal flow of water.

“Repairing work is going on and we hope that by tomorrow it will fully be operationalised with its maximum capacity,” a source said.

Sluice gates at Khubru and Gadbidroli, part of the Munak canal, were badly damaged and repair works were going on in full swing, the sources said, adding all protesters who were squatting at the site, were evicted.

Director General of CRPF Prakash Mishra said “part supply” has been restored by security forces from the Munak canal by joint forces led by a CRPF Deputy Inspector General (DIG) who took control of the canal early today at about 4 AM.

The force has also taken control of the Saifabad water plant in Delhi’s Narela area, a senior official said.

Commanders of the paramilitary supervising Jat protests operations said 12 companies (about 1,200 personnel) of the CRPF and others drawn from the army and paramilitary SSB have been posted for the security of the canal who will also help engineers and labourers to restore it.

A women contingent of Rapid Action Force (RAF) has also been stationed there, they said.

They said that the force, which has deployed the largest number of 49 companies among various security forces, has been asked to clear the “lines of communication” like blocked roads and stuck traffic in the state witnessing protests by Jats.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the situation in Munak canal is “okay now”.

“As per my information, the place from where the water is diverted is being properly guarded and the army is helping the local administration,” he told reporters in Delhi.

Haryana’s Irrigation Department officials are at the spot and carrying out repairs in Munak canal.

Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has called a state Cabinet meeting to take stock of the situation in the wake of the Jat agitation.

Delhi has been facing water crisis following cut in its supply from Haryana due to the stir, prompting the city government to order closure of all schools today and rationing of water.

Haryana DGP Yashpal Singhal had said yesterday that their first priority was to restore Delhi’s water supply from Akbarpur Barota point in Sonepat.

Haryana’s Additional Chief Secretary (Home) P K Das had said they were facing difficulty in evicting protesters from Munak Canal and had temporarily suspended the effort to evict them as the situation could turn volatile.

However, after BJP announced setting up of a committee to examine the quota demand of the community yesterday, fresh attempts were made to persuade the protesters to vacate the canal area.

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JNU officials to discuss resurfacing of five students

Posted on 22 February 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Monday 22nd February 2016

New Delhi, Feb 22 (PTI) The JNU administration has called a meeting of top varsity officials today to discuss the resurfacing of five students on campus who the police were searching for in connection with a sedition case.

Police officials, who are positioned outside the varsity campus since last night after they got inputs about presence of the students on campus, said they will talk to the Vice Chancellor after the meeting and ask him to direct the students to surrender.

JNU Registrar Bhoopender Zutshi said he got to know about the presence of the students on the campus from media reports only and has not heard from any of them so far.

“We are having a meeting this morning in which the issue will be discussed and the future course of action will be decided,” he said.

Zutshi, however, did not comment on whether the varsity officials will interact with the five students before taking a call or not.

Police officials said they are waiting for the VC to direct the students to surrender before them.

“All of them are here to join the movement against branding of the Varsity as a den of anti-nationals.They have not been issued any summons so the question of them surrendering doesn’t arise.If police arrests them they will cooperate with the enquiry,” JNU Students’ Union Vice President Shehla Rashid Shora said.

Five JNU students, including Umar Khalid, who the police have been looking for in connection with a sedition case, yesterday surfaced on the campus, saying they did not do anything wrong but were “framed” using a “doctored video”.

The students had said that “they will not surrender but police can come and arrest them”.

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Haryana to bring bill on quota; Centre sets up committee

Posted on 22 February 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Monday 22nd February 2016

New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI) Seeking to douse the Jat stir,the Centre on Sunday set up a high-powered committee to examine their demand for quota in central jobs after a meeting with Jat leaders during which it was decided that a Bill will be moved in Haryana Assembly for giving OBC status to the community

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday appealed to the agitating Jats in Haryana to restore peace after violence continued in the state taking the death toll to 12

He also announced that a committee, headed by Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, has been set up to look into the demand of Jats for reservation in central government jobs

“I appeal to everyone to maintain peace. But law and order is a state subject. If someone indulges in violence we will have to take action,” he told reporters after a series of meeting, including one with a delegation of Jats

After the meeting, BJP general secretary in-charge of Haryana Anil Jain said a bill will be brought in the coming session of the Haryana Assembly for granting OBC status to the Jats in the state

The Home Minister, however, did not make any comment on BJP’s declaration that a Bill for giving OBC status to Jats will be brought in the coming Haryana Assembly session

Those who attended the meeting with the Home Minister included Jat leaders from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi besides Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Haryana Minister Abhimanyu, BJP MP and former Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh, former Deputy Chief of Army Lt Gen (Retd) Raj Kandyan etc

After the meeting with the Home Minister, Jat Sangharsh Samiti leader Jaipal Sing Sangwan said the discussion was very positive and he was confident that the community would accept the decisions

“We appeal to everyone to call off the agitation,” he said

However, another leader of the Jat Sangharsh Samiti Rajesh Dahiya said a decision on calling off the agitation would be taken by the community later

The Home Minister also expressed grief over the loss of lives during the violence

Haryana was on the edge on Sunday as fresh incidents of arson and violence shook the state with a ninth town being brought under curfew as the Jat agitation for quota under OBC entered the eighth day

The Jat stir also hit Delhi with the Arvind Kejriwal government announcing closure of schools tomorrow as part of water rationing after supply from Haryana was disrupted. The national capital also witnessed massive traffic jams in some parts.

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Hope to get funds for Start-Up programme in budget: Nirmala

Posted on 22 February 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Sunday 21st February 2016

Coimbatore, Feb 21 (PTI) Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today expressed the hope that Budget 2016-17, to be present next week, will allocate required funds for Start-up India programme.

She said her ministry, Commerce and Industry, will do its best to solve the financial difficulties being faced by start-ups.

Speaking on the “role of Centre through Start-up India initiative” at a programme here, the minister said “the government, I am sure, will be a lot more flexible in dealing with issues raised by start-ups and we are not just looking at tech-based or application-based start-ups”.

She added: “With the kind of start-ups and the kind of activity generated, India was ranked third globally and this cannot happen unless there was ground swell for it and youth are already at it.”

Stating that she would rather put a lot of energy in pure science related matters, health, space and defense, Sitharaman said she saw everything going in favour of Coimbatore to be the start-up capital.

“You have everything, with a bit more energy and push from several quarters you can create and sustain an ecosystem which can support a lot of youngsters, who are talented and skilled,” she said.

Tamil Nadu will benefit from it and we are with you in whatever you want to do, she assured.

Expressing concern over paucity of women entrepreneurs in Start-ups, just 8 per cent, she said women have uncanny ability to notice where the problems existed and urged them to start new ventures, as was done by Padmashree awardee Arunachalam Muruganantham, who came out with napkin machines.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought in a change in the mindset, trusted the people and the first decision that we took was self-certification.

The government launched the start-up initiative only to motivate the people and give it a greater push.

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Jat stir: Situation remains tense in Haryana

Posted on 22 February 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Sunday 21st February 2016

Chandigarh, Feb 21 (PTI) Situation on Sunday continued to remain tense in several parts of Haryana, which was hit by Jat quota stir after it turned violent even as security personnel staged flag marches in affected areas.

Despite various political leaders including Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar appealing protesting Jats to maintain calm and peace, the incidents of violence and arson continued during the night in various parts of the state, crippling the normal life in worst affected places like Rohtak, Jind, Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Hisar.

Protesters last night set on fire an ATM of a bank and burnt official records of a cooperative bank in Loharu of Bhiwani district.

As violence and arson spread to several parts of Haryana state, the Haryana government has sought additional companies of Central Reserve Police Force and more columns of Army to be deployed in the state to control the ongoing agitation in the state.

As many as 15 companies of India Reserve Battalion and Haryana Armed Police, three companies of paramilitary forces and two columns of Army have already been deployed.

So far six persons have been killed in firing by security personnel ?to quell arson and firing” by the protesters while 154 First Information Reports have been registered.

As Haryana remained on the boil, curfew had been clamped in Rohtak, Bhiwani , Jhajjar, Jind, Hisar, Hansi, Sonipat , Gohana towns of Sonipat district.

The road and rail traffic through Haryana and destined to neighboring states, including Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Chandigarh remained disrupted with authorities cancelling bus and train services on most routes in the wake of continuing blockade.

The Jat stir has severely hit the movement of more than 800 trains, and seven stations including in the state were set on fire by the agitators.

Jhajjar, Buddha Khera, Julana and Pillu Kheda were among the seven stations which were set afire.

The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India suspended operations at its two plants in Gurgaon and Manesar as component supplies have been hit by the agitation of Jats demanding job reservation.

Appealing to protesters to end their stir, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday asked agitators to “return to their homes as the Government has accepted their demands”, but did not elaborate.

But several Jat leaders refused to call off the pro-quota agitation unless the government promulgated an ordinance to include the community in the OBC category.

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