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Rajnath reviews security situation in Jammu & Kashmir

Posted on 28 June 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Wednesday 28th June 2016

New Delhi, Jun 28 (PTI) Home Minister Rajnath Singh today reviewed the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which witnessed a deadly attack on a CRPF convoy that left eight personnel dead, and directed security forces to intensify vigil in the state.

During the hour-long meeting, the Home Minister was briefed about the internal security situation in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in the rest of the country and the steps taken to ensure peace.

The meeting, attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, chiefs of intelligence agencies and other senior officials, analysed the inputs, including on infiltration from across the border, received from various agencies and steps taken on them, official sources said.

While voicing concern over the killing of the eight CRPF men by militants in Pulwama on Saturday, Singh directed the officials to strengthen the security arrangement and intensify vigil across Jammu and Kashmir, the sources said.

The Home Minister has already set up a three-member team which will look into lapses, if any, in the Pulwama incident so that corrective steps could be taken. The team would also look into the possible increase of cross border infiltration and practices being followed during the movement of paramilitary forces convoy in Jammu and Kashmir.

Eight CRPF personnel were killed and at least 25 others injured when two militants attacked a CRPF convoy in Pulwama district on Saturday.

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CCPA to meet tomorrow to decide Monsoon session dates

Posted on 28 June 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Wednesday 28th June 2016

New Delhi, Jun 28 (PTI) The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, will meet tomorrow to decide the schedule of the Monsoon session, which is expected to start in the third week of July.

The session comes at a time when the ruling BJP’s morale is high after its maiden victory in Assam Assembly polls and its performance in Kerala and West Bengal elections.

The session is also taking place a month after the Modi government completed two years in power, saying that the country is changing under the dispensation.

There are indications that the session will start on July 18 and continue till August 13 but a final decision on the dates will be taken tomorrow.

45 bills are pending in Rajya Sabha. Lok Sabha has 5 bills pending before it.

The bills pending in Rajya Sabha include the contentious Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-second Amendment) Bill, 2014, known as the GST Bill, which was moved in the Upper House in August last year after being passed by Lok Sabha.

The government is hopeful of the passage of the GST bill in this session amid indications that a number of regional parties have broken ranks with Congress on the issue and are willing to extend their support to this crucial economic reform measure.

Another key bill is the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015, which was moved in December last year but the discussion on it had remained inconclusive.

In the Budget session this year, this bill could not be taken up.

In Lok Sabha, important bills pending include the Consumer Protection Bill 2015 and the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015.

The government will also push for clearing a bill, which seeks to replace an Ordinance to amend the Enemy Property Act as well as a bill to replace the Ordinance on the National Eligibility-cum Entrance Test (NEET).

The last few sessions of Parliament have seen sparrings even though the second part of the Budget session recorded a relative improvement as far the completion of government business was concerned. But the problem of pending bills is not limited to the two years of the NDA government.

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Haryana CM appeals to power employees to withdraw strike call

Posted on 27 June 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Tuesday 27th June 2016

Chandigarh, Jun 27 (PTI) Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today appealed to the agitating employees of unions of Haryana Power Utilities to withdraw their call for a two-day state-wide strike and said the government is open to talks with them.

They have threatened to go on strike on June 29 and 30 to protest against “outsourcing” of jobs at sub-divisional level.

Khattar said the government is open to talks with the employees and their genuine grievances will be redressed promptly.

He also constituted a three-member committee under Transport Minister Krishan Lal Panwar with chief secretary and additional chief secretary, Power, as its members to negotiate with the representatives of the agitating employees.

The two sides will meet in Chandigarh this evening.

Khattar directed the officers of the Electricity Department to ensure power supply is not disrupted causing inconvenience to people.

He warned those who might try to disrupt supply power would invite stern action.

Former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda had yesterday slammed the BJP government for invoking the Essential Services Maintenance Act, 1974 for six months to prevent any disruption in power supply, after 25,000 employees of Haryana power distribution companies decided to go on a two-day strike on June 29 and 30.

The strike has been jointly called by the All Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union and Haryana State Electricity Board Worker’s Union.

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PM disapproves of Swamy’s remarks

Posted on 27 June 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Tuesday 27th June 2016

New Delhi, June 27 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today disapproved of party MP Subramanian Swamy’s attacks on RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and some top finance ministry officials saying they are “inappropriate”.

Calling Rajan “no less patriotic”, he virtually ticked off Swamy saying “if anybody considers himself above the system then it is wrong”.

The Prime Minister’s comments assume significance in the context of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the BJP distancing themselves from Swamy’s recent attacks on Rajan, CEA Arvind Subramananian and Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das.

Swamy also had made some carping comments about Jaitley without taking his name.

“Whether it is in my party or not, still I think such things are inappropriate. This fondness for publicity is never going to do any good to the nation. People should conduct themselves with utmost responsibility. If anybody considers himself above the system, it is wrong,” the Prime Minister told Times Now.

Without taking the name of Swamy, Modi was asked about the comments of “your Rajya Sabha MP” in the context of Raghuram Rajan and queried whether it was appropriate.

Even after that there have been criticisms made against very senior government officials, the questioner said recalling Modi’s recent counsel to party leaders in Allahabad to maintain balance and restraint in their speech and conduct.

“My message is very clear. I have no confusion about it,” Modi said when he was asked whether his message on the issue is clear.

Modi then went on to praise Rajan, who has said no to a second term in RBI, saying his patriotism was no less and was sure that he would continue to serve India irrespective of whether he was in some position or not.

“My experience with him has been good and I appreciate the work that he has done. He is no less patriotic. He loves India. Wherever he will work, he will work for India and he is patriotic,” he said in an apparent riposte to Swamy’s attack that Rajan not mentally fully Indian.

Referring to apprehensions whether Rajan would be allowed to complete his term, the prime minister said though he was appointed by the previous UPA government, Rajan would be completing his term.

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NSG likely to meet again to discuss entry of non-NPT countries

Posted on 27 June 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Monday 27th June 2016

New Delhi, Jun 26 (PTI) NSG is likely to meet again before the end of the year to discuss membership of non-NPT signatories like India, which today made it clear to China, responsible for torpedoing its recent bid, that it was necessary to take care of India’s “interests” for forward movement in bilateral ties.

The 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is likely to meet again before the end of the year specially to discuss the process for granting membership to non-NPT signatories, thus providing another chance to India to press its claims after it failed to seal its entry into NSG at the plenary which concluded in Seoul on Friday.

India faced strong opposition from China and a few other countries and the fact that it is not a signatory to the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was used for foiling India’s bid.

However, diplomatic sources today said that at the suggestion of Mexico, it has now been decided that another meeting of NSG should be held before the end of the year to consider the entry criteria for non-NPT countries. Normally, the next meeting of NSG would have been held sometime next year.

Even as it emerged that NSG is likely to meet in the next few months, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “We will keep impressing upon China that mutual accommodation of interests, concerns and priorities is necessary to move forward bilateral ties.”

His comments assume significance in the backdrop of Chinese Foreign Ministry’s assertion that Beijing’s opposition at NSG, which is a multi-lateral platform, will not impact the India-China ties adversely.

Swarup also said that though India did not get “expected results” at the Seoul meeting, the country will continue to make determined efforts to get into NSG.

“Today, the Indian diplomacy doesn’t have fear of failure. If we don’t get desired results it only means that we redouble our efforts,” Swarup said.

“There are some processes which take longer, I would evaluate the NSG membership process in that category,” he said. .

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Infra development key to halt global economic slowdown:Jaitley

Posted on 27 June 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Monday 27th June 2016

Beijing, Jun 26 (PTI) Infrastructure development is key to halt the global economic slowdown, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today as he made a strong case for global investments in India to fill the huge infrastructure gap which requires over USD 1.5 trillion in the next 10 years.

“We have been able to sustain growth in the face of global slowdown essentially on the strength of the infrastructure creation in India where the gap is huge,” Jaitley, who is in China to attend the Board of Governors of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, said.

“Over the next decade, we require over USD 1.5 trillion in India alone to fill up the infrastructure gap. We also use the additional resource which is available with us as a result of falling prices because that regime helps us,” he said, adding that the government intends to connect seven hundred thousand villages with roads by 2019 as part of a massive modernisation plan.

Jaitley underlined that infrastructure development is key to halt the global economic slowdown.

“Infrastructure is where inequalities exist and the requirement of large number of economies world over is to fill up this infrastructure gap,” he said.

Jaitley was addressing a seminar on “Infrastructure and Global Economic Growth” organised by China-sponsored AIIB along with finance ministers of many countries.

“Over the next decade the world needs trillions of dollars to fill up this gap. I think it is extremely important if the world is to be pulled out from the present slowdown phase, infrastructure development holds the key,” he said.

He also spoke of massive rural sanitation programme as part of India’s current infrastructure programme.

“In terms of highway construction this year alone our target is 10,000 kms. Our railway system is over 100 years old. We are going in for a massive modernisation,” he said.

Jaitley said the government is seeking private sector participation in converting railway stations into commercial hubs.

The government plans to build more airports, sea ports and generate more power, particularly renewable energy which is ecologically also better from all points view, he said.

“These are all the emphasis areas we have undertaken,” he said.

About arranging funding for the massive development, he said, “We realise that starting point is public finances. It is only when the public finances are put into it, you start attracting and the activity begins with a lot of private funds”.

At the same time, there are large number of developmental institutions like the World Bank, ADB which put in lot of money because infrastructure funding also brings in long-term returns on a sustainable basis, Jaitley said.

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Attack on Union ministers’ convoy: Rajnath calls Guv, CM

Posted on 25 June 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Sunday 26th June 2016

New Delhi, Jun 25 (PTI) Concerned over the attack on the cavalcade of two Union ministers in Odisha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today called up Governor S C Jamir and Chief Minister Navin Patnaik and asked them to ensure safety and security of central leaders visiting the state.

The cavalcade of Union Ministers Santosh Gangwar and Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and former Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda was pelted with stones allegedly by a group of ruling BJD workers, led by one MLA, when they were on way to attend a meeting in Odisha’s Bargarh to mark two years of the NDA government.

In his telephonic conversation, the Home Minister asked the Chief Minister to look into the incident and take appropriate action to prevent such untoward incidents in the future.

Singh also told Patnaik to ensure safety and security of Union ministers visiting the state.

In his phone call to the Governor, the Home Minister took stock of the incident and asked him to send a detailed report about the incident.

Gangwar, who was also shown black flags allegedly by the BJD workers, said it was the responsibility of the state government to ensure safety of Union ministers.

“If the state government can’t protect a Union minister, how can it protect the common man,” Gangwar said.

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AAP MLA Mohaniya arrested, Kejriwal slams Modi

Posted on 25 June 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Sunday 26th June 2016

New Delhi, Jun 25 (PTI) AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya was today arrested on charges of molestation and sexual harassment amidst high drama when he was addressing a press conference, triggering an angry reaction from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of declaring an “emergency” in Delhi.

Mohaniya, who is also vice chairman of Delhi Jal Board, was virtually dragged from his seat by a police official when he was talking to reporters at his office in Khanpur in South Delhi, at around 12.10 PM.

“Mohaniya has been arrested under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354 A (Sexual harassment), 354 B (Assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe) and 354 C (Voyeurism), said Joint Commissioner of Police(south East) RP Upadhyay.

Reacting sharply to the arrest of the party MLA, Kejriwal said in a tweet, “Modi declares emergency in Delhi. Arresting, raiding, terrorising, filing false cases against all those whom Delhi elected (sic).”

In another tweet, the Delhi CM said, “Dinesh mohaniya arrested from his press conference in front of all TV cameras.

What msg does Modi want to give to everyone?”

Mohaniya is the eight AAP MLA to be arrested by Delhi Police since the party came to power for the second time in Delhi February 2015. .

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Britain votes to exit EU, PM Cameron to quit

Posted on 24 June 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Saturday 25th June 2016

London, Jun 24 (PTI) Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday announced his resignation in the wake of defeat in the crucial referendum after Britain voted to leave EU in a deadly blow to the 28-nation bloc that triggered a panic reaction in world markets and raised questions over immigration and other issues in the UK after the divorce.

Brexit won finally by a wafer-thin majority of 51.9 per cent in the referendum held on Thursday that also raised questions over the longevity of the Conservative Prime Minister who aggressively campaigned for Remain.

Shortly after the official announcement, Cameron stepped out of 10 Downing Street to make a brief statement in which he announced his intention to resign, saying a new Prime Minister will take charge in October to launch the process to leave EU.

Watched by his wife Samantha, the 49-year-old British leader, who has just completed a little over a year in his second five-year term, assured the world, more specifically the European nations, that there will be no immediate changes in the way people will travel and services will be sold in Britain.

“The country requires a fresh leadership to take this forward. While it is important that I stay on to steady the ship, it is not right to be the captain. I will do everything I can to do to help,” Cameron said as his voice choked with emotion.

Describing the referendum as a “giant democratic exercise”, the Premier said the “will of the people must be respected” and their “instruction that must be delivered”.

“There can be no doubt about the result…I would like to reassure markets and countries around the world that Britain’s economy remains fundamentally strong,” he said.

“In my view I think we should have a new prime minister in place by the start of the Conservative conference in October,” Cameron said.

The Cabinet will meet on Monday and a timetable for him stepping down will be drawn up.

European Union president Donald Tusk said the bloc was determined to stay unified after Britain voted to leave and warned against “hysterical” reactions.

“Today on behalf of the 27 leaders, I can say that we are determined to keep our unity as 27,” Tusk told reporters in Brussels.

EU Parliament President Martin Schulz expressed hopes that Britain’s decision to leave the EU would not lead to contagion.

“The chain reaction that is being celebrated everywhere now by euroskeptics won’t happen,” he said.

The EU was the biggest single market in the world and “Great Britain has just cut its ties with that market,” Schulz said. .

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India’s SCO membership will help drive its economic growth:PM

Posted on 24 June 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Saturday 25th June 2016

Tashkent, Jun 24 (PTI) As the final process for India’s accession as a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation began, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the partnership will help protect the region from threats of radicalisation, violence and terror and drive its economic growth.

In his address at the SCO summit, Modi said India would significantly benefit from the grouping’s strengths in energy and natural resources and in turn India’s strong economy and vast market could drive economic growth in the SCO region.

“India’s membership of SCO would contribute to region’s prosperity. It would also strengthen its security. Our partnership will protect our societies from the threats of radical ideologies of hate, violence and terror.

“India will unite with SCO countries to work towards this goal. And, we will adopt zero tolerance and a comprehensive approach in fighting terrorism at all levels,” said Modi.

At the summit, India signed the SCO’s Memorandum of Obligations, kick-starting the process of its accession into the group as a full member.

India will have to sign around 30 other documents in the course of the year to complete the process for membership.

Pakistan is also being inducted into SCO as a full member.

“We are indeed grateful to the SCO Member States and its leaders for their overwhelming support for India’s membership of the SCO. I also welcome Pakistan as the new member of the SCO,” said the Prime Minister.

Seeking deeper economic engagement, Modi said India’s capacities in trade, investments, information and communication technology, space, agriculture, health care, small and medium scale industry can bring wide spread economic benefit to the SCO countries – Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

“We would represent 40 per cent of humanity and over a billion youth. To this group, India brings principles that are in tune with the philosophies of the SCO. India has always enjoyed good relations with the Eurasian land mass,” he said.

The Prime Minister said India will be a productive partner in the SCO in promoting trade, energy cooperation and developing transport links in the region besides people-to-people contacts.

“Our decision to join the international North South Transport Corridor, the Chabahar Agreement, and Ashgabat Agreement reflects this desire and intent,” Modi said.

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