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Why Mallya, Lalit Modi still abroad? Rahul asks PM

Posted on 31 March 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Friday 01st April 2016

Digboi (Assam), Mar 31 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about bringing back black money from overseas, then why liquor baron Vijay Mallya and former IPL chief Lalit Modi are still abroad, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi asked today.

Addressing an election meeting here, Gandhi said, “Modi talked about bringing back black money from abroad and putting Rs 15 lakh in each Indian’s bank account. I ask why Mallya and Lalit Modi are still abroad then.”

“(In one hand) Modi talks about bringing back black money and on the other hand Mallya flees the country. Two-three days before his departure, Mallya and (Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley had talked in the Parliament House. I ask what discussion took place between them,” Gandhi said.

He said the BJP government has launched “kala dhanko safed karlo” (convert your black money into white) scheme while Modi talks about fighting black money, the Congress leader said and demanded that BJP speak the truth.

He was referring to the new amnesty scheme announced in the Union Budget for black money holders to come clean.

“Modi will lecture in Assam but will say nothing about Mallya, Lalit Modi or the ‘fair and lovely scheme’. They (BJP) think they can go on lying and people will go on listening to them,” he said.

Referring to the black money amnesty scheme, he said, “I have named it ‘fair and lovely scheme’ because any gangster, militant, criminal in India can convert their black money into white money by just going to the government and paying minimum tax on it.”

Continuing his attack on Modi, the Congress Vice President claimed, “When Modi comes here he talks of development, but can there be development when an Indian is made to fight another Indian? On the other hand, we Congress live with love with one another. This is the difference.”

“BJP-AGP leaders will bring back what was there is the state 15 years ago. There had only been sad news, violence, people dying till Congress came and restored peace,” he said.

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PM: UN failing to guage dangers of terror, risks losing relevance

Posted on 31 March 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Friday 01st April 2016

Brussels, Mar 31 (PTI) In a sharp criticism of the UN, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said such a major global institution is failing to guage the dangers of terrorism and warned that the world body risks losing its relevance if it does not act urgently to address the “new age challenge”.

He also slammed those talking about ‘good terrorism’ and ‘bad terrorism’, saying they are “knowingly or unknowingly” lending a “force” to the menace which is a threat not only to any country or region but the entire humanity.

At the same time, Modi said terrorism needs to be delinked from religion and underlined that the menace cannot be eradicated only by using “bombs, guns and pistols” but by creating an environment wherein the youth are saved from being radicalised.

“Last week, a terrible terror attack took place in Brussels. I extend condolences to those who lost their dear ones. It is after a long time that such a serious incident has happened on this soil,” he said addressing a gathering of Indian diaspora here.

He said while India has been suffering from terrorism over the last 40 years, the world has realised now how “deadly” and “cruel” terrorism is.

Modi noted that in the last year, 90 countries suffered terror attacks in which thousands of people lost their lives and took on the United Nations for still not defining terrorism.

“..if you ask about terrorism, the UN does not know what terrorism is and how to deal with it. Because it (UN) was born from the dreadfulness of wars and therefore they are unable to think beyond that.

“This (terrorism) is a challenge of the new age, a challenge to the humanity and in guaging it, the world’s such a major institution is not able to fulfill its duty,” the Prime Minister said.

He pointed out that India has been pleading with the UN for years that terrorism should be defined — who is a terrorist, which is a terrorist country, who is helping terorists, who is supporting terrorists and which are the things that encourage terrorism.

“Once it is put out in black and white, then people will starting getting scared of associating with it and will try to dissociate.

“I don’t know when the UN will do so and how it will do so but given the emerging situation, if solutions are not found to this (problem), then it does not take time for an institution to become irrelevant.

“If you have to move with the times, understand challenges and ensure a peaceful life in the 21st century, then the world leadership will have to take up the responsibility. The more the delay, the more the loss,” he warned. .

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Centre trying to topple all Cong ruled states: Sonia

Posted on 30 March 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Thursday 31st March 2016

Biswanath Chariali (Assam), Mar 30 (PTI) In a blistering attack on the Modi government, Sonia Gandhi today accused it of trying to topple all Congress-ruled state governments by resorting to “undemocratic and unconstitutional” tactics.

“In Arunachal (Pradesh) and Uttarakhand, they (BJP) did everything to topple the elected governments. They are trying to do it in all states ruled by Congress,” the Congress President said at an election rally here.

“If it was possible, they would have done the same in Assam and topple the government here too. They are anti-people and anti-Assam,” Gandhi said while attacking the NDA government at the Centre of “functioning in an undemocratic and unconstitutional manner”.

The Congress leader said the BJP government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, did not believe in the Constitution and the democratic set up of the country installed by Mahatma Gandhi, B R Ambedkar and Jawaharlal Nehru.

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No floor test in Uttarakhand Assembly tomorrow

Posted on 30 March 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Thursday 31st March 2016

Nainital, Mar 30 (PTI) Tomorrow’s floor test in Uttarakhand Assembly, ordered by a single judge of the High Court, was today stayed by the Division Bench till April 7, giving yet another twist to the continuing political drama in the state.

The Bench of Chief Justice K M Joseph and Justice V K Bisht passed the order on a petition filed by the Centre against yesterday’s single judge directive for floor test tomorrow.

The order came after Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Centre, strongly opposed yesterday’s order saying courts cannot interfere with the Presidential proclamation.

“By consent order, the Honourable Division Bench stayed the order of single judge till April 7,” said advocate Nalin Kohli, who was part of the team representing the Centre.

The next date of hearing before the Division Bench is April 6, he said.

Earlier, the trust vote was slated for March 28 but the Centre imposed President’s Rule on March 27, citing “breakdown of Constitutional machinery” in the state.

This was challenged by ousted Chief Minister Harish Rawat before the single judge U C Dhyani of the High Court.

The single judge, while ordering the floor test on March 31, had also allowed nine disqualified rebel Congress MLAs to participate in the voting.

Congress was unhappy and had planned to challenge this aspect of the order. .

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Egyptian plane hijacked, taken to Cyrus; passengers released

Posted on 29 March 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Wednesday 30th March 2016

Nicosia, Mar 29 (AP) An EgyptAir plane was hijacked today while flying from the Egyptian Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria to the capital, Cairo, and later landed in Cyprus where all passengers except four foreigners were allowed to get off the aircraft, Egyptian and Cypriot officials said.

The hijacker, who was later identified as an Egyptian man, apparently had a suicide belt with which he threatened the plane’s pilot.

The Airbus flight number MS181 had 55 passengers on board and was flying on a regular route when the hijacking took place, the Egyptians said. Egyptian state television said there was a lone hijacker and identified him as Ibrahim Samaha. It gave no further details.

The plane took off from the small Bourg el-Arab airport just outside the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria. It was flying a regular route to Cairo, a flight that normally takes up to 30 minutes.

Details were sketchy and the hijacker’s motives were also not known, but an Egyptian Aviation Ministry statement said the “hijacker” threatened that he had a belt of explosives, the weapon of choice for Islamic militants in the Middle East.

Shortly after the hijacking, the plane landed at the airport in the southern Cypriot city of Larnaca, also on the Mediterranean. Cypriot officials said there were suspicions of a bomb on board.

The official later said the hijacker later allowed an unspecified number of women and children to go free and some were disembarking. EgyptAir later said in a statement that all passengers were released by the hijacker except for the crew and four foreigners whose nationalities were not specified.

Initially a second Cypriot official said there “seems like there’s more than one hijacker” and that there were no other demands made expect that police vehicles move away from the aircraft. All the officials in Egypt and Cyprus spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.

The hijacking, however, will most likely bring to the fore again the question of security at Egyptian airports, five months after a Russian aircraft crashed over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula minutes after it took off from Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

All 224 people on board were killed in the crash. Russia later said an explosive device brought down the aircraft and the extremist Islamic State group said it downed the plane.

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Jats granted reservation in Haryana

Posted on 29 March 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Wednesday 30th March 2016

Chandigarh, Mar 29 (PTI) Haryana Assembly today unanimously passed a Bill to provide reservation to Jats and five other communities in government jobs and educational institutions, ahead of the April 3 deadline set by the community which had launched a violent agitation last month.

Congress members did not attend the session today as they were demanding revoking the suspension of their three MLAs.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today introduced two Bills – Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Bill, 2016 and Haryana Backward Classes Commission Bill, 2016 – in the ongoing Budget Session which were passed unanimously by the House.

Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Bill, 2016, proposed to give statutory status to Backward Classes Block ‘A’, Backward Classes Block ‘B’ and Backward Classes Block ‘C’ by enacting the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act, 2016.

Haryana government will request the central government to include this Act in 9th Schedule read with Article 31B of the Constitution.

The Bill proposed to give reservation to Jats and five other castes – Jat Sikhs, Rors, Bishnois, Tyagis and Mulla Jat/Muslim Jat – by constituting a new classification Block ‘C’ in the Backward Classes category.

The Bill proposed to give 10 per cent reservation to Jats and five other castes in government and government aided educational institutions and Class III and IV government jobs.

The Bill also proposed to give 6 per cent reservation to Jats and five other castes in BC ‘C’ category in class I and II jobs.

In case of BC ‘A’ and BC ‘B’ category, the Bill provides for raising the reservation from 10 to 11 and 5 to 6 per cent respectively for Class I and II jobs.

For Economically Backward Persons (EBP), the reservation percentage was proposed to be hiked from 5 to 7 per cent for Class I and II jobs.

The Bill states that notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, the state government may provide horizontal reservation for such category or categories of persons within Backward Classes as it may deem necessary from time to time.

Jat leaders have been demanding reservation in the existing Backward Classes (BC) category. The BC quota is bifurcated into two – BC ‘A’ and BC ‘B’ having 16 and 11 per cent, respectively.

Under BC ‘A’ and BC ‘B’ categories, 71 and 6 castes are currently availing reservation benefits, respectively.

Opposition Congress had favoured the quota for Jats. The party which has 15 MLAs, boycotted the assembly session today as it was demanding revocation of its suspension of its three legislators who were suspended for six months after they tore the copies of Governor’s Address. .

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Dhirubhai Ambani, Kher, Saina honoured with Padma awards

Posted on 28 March 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Tuesday 29th March 2016

New Delhi, Mar 28 (PTI) A bevy of stalwarts from different walks of life, including founder of Reliance Industries late Dhirubhai Ambani, former Governor Jagmohan, actors Anupam Kher and Ajay Devgn and badminton star Saina Nehwal were honoured with Padma awards today.

Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, renowned dancer Yamini Krishnamurthy, former CAG Vinod Rai, folk singer Malini Awasthi, ’sage of agriculture’ Subhash Palekar and celebrated chef Mohammed Imtiaz Qureshi were among the 56 eminent persons who were honoured by President Pranab Mukherjee.

Kokilaben Ambani received the Padma Vibhushan given to her husband Dhirubhai Ambani posthumously amidst loud applause and in attendance of close family members, including two sons — RIL chief Mukesh Ambani and Reliance ADA Chairman Anil Ambani.

Apart from Ambani, US-based economist Avinash Kamalakar Dixit, former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Jagmohan, one of the greatest exponents of Indian classical dance Yamini Krishnamurthy and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar were awarded with Padma Vibhushan.

Those who were honoured with Padma Bhushan include renowned architect Hafeez Sorab Contractor, Editor-in- Chief of Ajit group of newspapers Barjinder Singh Hamdard, Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, construction tycoon and chairman of Shapoorji Pallonji group Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry, Badminton sensation Saina Nehwal, former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai, renowned scientist Alla Venkata Rama Rao and chairman of Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Hyderabad, Duvvur Nageshwar Reddy.

The President presented five Padma Vibhushan, eight Padma Bhushan and 43 Padma Shri awards at the Civil Investiture Ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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Nobody needs to be forced to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’: Bhagwat

Posted on 28 March 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Tuesday 29th March 2016

Lucknow, Mar 28 (PTI) Amid a raging row over chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat today said nobody needs to be forced to raise it and that efforts should be made to build a “great” India that is hailed across the globe voluntarily.

“We have to create such a great India where people themselves chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’…it need not be imposed,” Bhagwat said.

Bhagwat’s remark at a Bhartiya Kishan Sangh event came days after BJP patriarch L K Advani termed the controversy over the slogan “meaningless”.

The RSS chief said, “We (India) have to show the way to the people of the world with our life and deeds. We do not want to win or defeat anyone. We don’t want to impose our ideology and thoughts on anyone. We wish to show them the path because we accept them as our own.

“We have to show the path to the world through our deeds and create such an India that there is ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ across the world…We don’t want to force anyone…it is not to be imposed,” he said.

Bhagwat was speaking after inaugurating the renovated building of the BKS.

He said the Sangh was striving to raise more and more people who were committed to the cause of creating a great India.

Whether it is farmers or people engaged in other occupations for livelihood, everyone contributes something to society, he said.

“Earning maximum wealth with minimum effort can be considered to be a special ability, but it should not be a motto. Our motto should be that we will work more than we take from the society. We should give more to the society,” Bhagwat said.

Terming ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family) as the philosphy and core of Indian culture, he said, “We have to present an example before the entire world.”

The RSS boss had stirred a controversy recently with his remark that the younger generation needed to be taught to hail “Mother India”.

In apparent retaliation, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi had said he would not chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ as he was not obliged to do it under the Constitution and that he would not do so even if a “knife is put to my throat”.

The issue snowballed into a political slugfest with the Shiv Sena, BJP and other parties slamming the Hyderabad MP over his stand. Maharashtra Assembly suspended an AIMIM MLA after he refused to chant the slogan, while the Madhya Pradesh Assembly passed a censure motion condemning Owaisi.

Amid the escalating row Advani had said in Gandhinagar, “I don’t want to comment on it. This is a meaningless controversy (‘yeh ek vyarth vivad hai’)”.

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US strongly condemns Lahore suicide attack

Posted on 28 March 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Monday 28th March 2016

Washington, Mar 28 (PTI) Strongly condemning the “cowardly” terror attack in Lahore, the US has said together with its partners in Pakistan and across the region it will be unyielding in efforts to root out the scourge of terrorism.

“The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s appalling terrorist attack in Lahore. This cowardly act in what has long been a scenic and placid park has killed dozens of innocent civilians and left scores injured,” said Ned Price, spokesman National Security Council, White House.

“We send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed, just as our thoughts and prayers are with the many injured in the explosion,” he said adding that the US stands with the people and the government of Pakistan at this difficult hour.

“We will continue to work with our partners in Pakistan and across the region, as together we will be unyielding in our efforts to root out the scourge of terrorism,” Price said.

A large number of people including Christians were present in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Iqbal Town area of Lahore when the powerful blast occurred in the evening, leaving many in a pool of blood.

The brutal attack by a suicide bomber — believed to be in his 20s — was claimed by the Jamaatul Ahrar, a splinter group of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Strongly condemning the Lahore terror attack, State Department Spokesman John Kirby said this cowardly act, which targeted innocent civilians in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, has killed dozens and left scores injured.

“The United States stands with the people and Government of Pakistan at this difficult hour. We send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured, and our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Lahore as they respond to and recover from this terrible tragedy,” Kirby said.

“Attacks like these only deepen our shared resolve to defeat terrorism around the world, and we will continue to work with our partners in Pakistan and across the region to combat the threat of terrorism,” he said.

Senator Ben Cardin, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a statement condemned the terror attack in Lahore on a holy day for Christians.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Pakistan.

The United States and our allies will remain committed to countering these heinous attacks and to bringing those responsible to justice,” he said.

The “cowardly mass execution” of innocent women and children, is an outrage, said John Kasich, Republican presidential candidate.

“Coming on the heels of the terrorist attacks in Belgium, it is further confirmation that radical terrorists are at war with our culture, our values and our way of life,” Kasich said. .

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Political storm over Prez Rule in Uttarakhand

Posted on 28 March 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Monday 28th March 2016

New Delhi, Mar 27 (PTI) Imposition of President’s Rule in Uttarakhand today kicked up a political storm, with Congress dubbing it as “murder of democracy” and “unconstitutional” step even as the Centre justified the action, arguing that Harish Rawat government was “unconstitutional” and “immoral”.

Rawat, who lost his government, condemned the imposition of President’s rule and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hands were dipped in the “blood” of the “trampled” aspirations of the people.

Alleging that central rule was a result of a “pre-meditated conspiracy” hatched by the Centre to dislodge a democratically-elected Congress government in the state, Rawat said in Dehradun that the BJP was “thirsty for his blood” right from the day he assumed office on February one, 2014.

A host of Congress leaders slammed the Modi government over the development.

Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi termed the action as “murder of democracy” and “subversion” of the Constitution. He said the people as well has courts are likely to take a “very dim view” of the development.

The Party’s chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala said Congress will fight it “politically, constitutionally and avail all legal rights that the party has got with it”.

“It is not surprising…The real desire of the government of India is to bring down duly-elected governments of small states in an undemocratic and unconstitutional manner,” Congress general secretary Ambika Soni said.

“It’s a blatant and brazen display of authoritarian, anti-democratic and anti-Constitutional mindset of the Modi government,” said Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha.

Today’s action, he said, is a grim reminder of the threat the democratic institutions of the country are facing and accused the Modi government of having breached all records in trampling the democratic norms and Constitutional traditions.

The Centre, on its part, justified the decision, contending that there was “no better example” for invoking Article 356 as the Rawat government was “unconstitutional” and “immoral” since March 18 when it “lost” majority in the Assembly.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said there were “cogent, relevent and extremely important grounds” on which the Union Cabinet came to the decision.

“There is no better example than this for invoking Article 356 of the Constitution. For the last nine days, every day provisions of Constitution are being murdered.

“It was not only appropriate but the demand of the time that such an immoral government did not continue in Uttarakhand which has lost its majority. There was complete breakdown of the Constitution in Uttarakhand,” he said.

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