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PM pays tributes to Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary

Posted on 31 October 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Tuesday 01st November 2016

New Delhi, Oct 31 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 141st birth anniversary.

“Paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel & recalled his contribution in uniting India & strengthening the cooperative movement,” Modi said in a tweet.

Earlier in the day, he paid a floral tribute to Patel at his statue in the heart of national capital at Patel Chowk here.

Patel was born on October 31, 1875 at Nadiad in Gujarat.

Modi will also release a Commemorative Stamp at a programme to be held at India Gate later in the day, besides administering Ekta Pledge and flagging off the ‘Unity Run’.

A Digital Film on the life of Patel will also be released by the prime minister at a programme to be organised in the evening by the Ministry of Culture at Pragati Maidan.

The Government last year decided to observe Sardar Patel Jayanti Day as ‘Ekta Diwas’.

As part of celebrations, various programmes will be organised during the week till November 6, recalling Sardar Patel s contribution to unification of India.

All Central ministers will visit different parts of the country during the week, garlanding Patel Statutes and holding public meetings.

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Govt biggest litigant, need to lessen load on judiciary: PM

Posted on 31 October 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Tuesday 01st November 2016

New Delhi, Oct 31 (PTI) Terming government as the “biggest litigant”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said there is a need to lessen the load on the judiciary which spends its maximum time in tackling cases where the government is a party.

He also pitched for an All India Judicial Service on the lines of Indian Administrative Service.

Addressing the golden jubilee celebrations of the Delhi High Court here, Modi said the government is the “biggest litigant”.

“The judiciary spends its maximum time on us. Us does not mean Modi, but the government,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the load on the judiciary can be reduced if cases are filed after taking a considered view.

He said if a teacher approaches court over a service matter and wins, then the judgement should be used as a yardstick to extend the benefit to thousands of others to reduce litigation at a later stage.

Though there are no concrete figures, government is party to at least 46 per cent of the court cases ranging from service matters to indirect taxes.

While the Centre has so far failed to finalise the litigation policy, several states have gone ahead with their respective policies based on the 2010 draft of the Law Ministry.

The draft litigation policy, which is being fine-tuned keeping in view the latest trends, makes it clear that the mindset that matters should be left to the courts for an final decision, should to be discarded.

Recalling the role Sardar Patel on his birth anniversary on the formation of an All-India Civil Service, Modi said its officers work as a bridge between the Centre and the states in implementing policies.

He said due to the training, an IAS posted in a district thinks on national lines.

He said though “controversial”, the issue of an All-India Judicial Service should also be debated.

Against the backdrop of opposition to the idea by some states and high courts, Modi said debate is the essence of democracy.

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PM dedicates Diwali to the armed forces

Posted on 31 October 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Monday 31st October 2016

New Delhi, Oct 30 (PTI) Amid tension on the border with Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today saluted the valour of the armed forces and lauded their sacrifice while dedicating the festival of Diwali to them.

He hailed the people including celebrities for sending overwhelming messages to his “Sandesh2Soldiers” campaign.

In his monthly “Mann ki Baat” programme on All India Radio, Modi also urged all citizens and state governments to find ways of forging unity across the country and working to defeat separatist tendencies and mentalities.

In the wake of ongoing troubles in the Kashmir Valley, he said, “Unity in diversity is our strength. It is the responsibility of every citizen and all governments to forge unity and curb separatist tendencies to save the country.”

In an apparent reference to tension on the Indo-Pak border, Modi credited the soldiers for maintenance of peace and security in the country and called upon everyone to remember their gallantry while celebrating Diwali.

“In the wake of recent events, our soldiers have been sacrificing their everything for the safety and security of the country. Their dedication and labour has overwhelmed me completely. Let us dedicate this Diwali to our armed forces.

“I had invited everyone to participate in the Sandesh2Soldiers campaign and I have been humbled by the response. From students, villagers and traders to political leaders and sports persons , everyone has sent a Diwali message for our soldiers,” he said while referring to the jawans who are stationed in deserts and on the icy heights of the Himalayas and security personnel who are guarding our industries and airports.

“Our forces endure grave hardships for our security.

Someone is stationed in a desert, someone on the Himalayas, someone is guarding our industrial installations and someone is protecting our airports. Everyone is fulfilling a mighty responsibility. If we remember them while being in a festive mood, our remembrance will give them strength and renewed energy. I thank everyone for responding to Sandesh2Soldiers,” Modi said in over half-an-hour address on the occasion of Diwali.

In a veiled reference to the unrest in Kashmir Valley, the PM also called for forces of unity to be strengthened and those of separatism to be defeated.

“Unity in diversity is the strength of our country. Every citizen and every government must work to find ways of forging unity and defeating separatist mindset and tendencies,” he said as he remembered Sardar Patel who strived hard to forge unity in the country and bind it together.

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8 SIMI activists escape from Bhopal jail

Posted on 31 October 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Monday 31st October 2016

Bhopal, Oct 31 (PTI) Eight activists of the banned SIMI escaped from the Central Jail here on Monday by killing a security guard and scaling the prison wall with the help of bed sheets, following which some officials responsible for jail security have been suspended

“Eight SIMI or Students Islamic Movement of India activists escaped at around 2-3 AM by killing a jail security guard,” DIG Bhopal Raman Singh told PTI

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said alert has been sounded across the state, while jail officials concerned looking after the security have been suspended

State government has also announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh each on the heads of the activists

They were identified as — Amzad, Zakir Hussain Sadiq, Mohammad Salik, Mujeeb Shaikh, Mehbood Guddu, Mohammad Kalid Ahmed, Aqeel and Majid, an official said

The activists after killing the guard scaled the prison walls with the help of bed sheets, the DIG said

The Union Home Ministry on Monday sought a report from the Madhya Pradesh government about the jail break

This was the second major jail break by operatives of banned SIMI in three years after the sensational escape by seven members of the group from a jail in Khandwa in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh in 2013

A nationwide alert has been sounded for the hunt of the eight SIMI men, who escaped from Bhopal jail after killing a jail security guard, official sources said

All states neighbouring Madhya Pradesh have been specifically told to remain alert and keep special vigil along their borders with Madhya Pradesh, sources said

Central security officials were in regular touch with the state police officials and providing inputs to help nab the escapes

The Home Ministry also asked the Madhya Pradesh government to send a detailed report about the jail break, whether there was any lapse on the part of the jail administration and the steps taken to check such incidents

The central security agencies were particularly anxious as four of the seven SIMI activities, who escaped from a jail in Khandwa October 1, 2013, could be arrested only after three years and during the period of their hiding, the militants were involved in multiple incidents of terror and a bank robbery

While in hiding, the SIMI men were allegedly involved in terror activities in several states including Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh

SIMI was banned by the government in 2001.

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Posted on 29 October 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Sunday 30th October 2016

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Amarinder seeks removal of Parrikar

Posted on 28 October 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Saturday 29th October 2016

Chandigarh, Oct 28 (PTI) Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh today said Defence minister Manohar Parrikar should be removed immediately for “not withdrawing” his ministry’s circular which purportedly downgraded the status of armed forces vis-a-vis their civilian counterparts.

“Equating a civilian principal director with a major general (in place of the earlier brigadier rank officer), a director-ranked officer to a brigadier and a joint director to a colonel was tantamount to putting the army officers below par with the civilian officials,” he said in a statement.

If the government wanted to give sops to the bureaucrats it could have found some other way of doing it instead of “demeaning and demoralising the armed forces,” Amarinder said.

Notably, the Defence ministry, yesterday, said that there had been no down-gradation or any change in the existing equivalence of the Service ranks vis-a-vis their civilian counterparts.

He dismissed as “senseless” the MoD’s attempt to defend the move as “only for matters of assigning duties and functional responsibilities.”

“Functional responsibility is part of the ranking system in any organization or department, including the armed forces, and by trying to draw a distinction between the two, Parrikar has once again proved himself to be devoid of any understanding of the way the armed forces function,” Amarinder alleged.

“Parrikar does not deserve to hold the sensitive portfolio of India’s defence ministry and should be unceremoniously removed with immediate effect,” he said.

The Lok Sabha MP said, “The ministry’s decision to stick to its orders has come as a shock to the armed forces, which had been hoping for withdrawal of the notification after Parrikar on Tuesday promised to correct any discrepancy.”

Lashing out at Parrikar, Amarinder said, “He has been playing games with the armed forces and has done everything in his power to chip at their morale, without realising the implications it can have on the nation’s security and integrity.”

“…he (Parrikar) cannot be allowed to remain the Defence Minister,” Amarinder said, demanding immediate intervention by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prevent the issue from snowballing out of control.

“Remember that it’s national security that’s at stake,” he said, adding the way the armed forces were being treated by Parrikar’s ministry was “shameful to the extreme”.

While on the one hand, the government was all praise for the surgical strikes across the LoC, on the other the MoD was “systematically and deliberately destroying armed forces’s morale,” he alleged.

If the prime minister fails to take prompt action against Parrikar, he will have to “pay the price” for it, the PPCC chief said, adding if the current resentment in the forces over the new ranking goes out of control, even Modi will not be able to “reverse the tide”.

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BSF says it killed 15 Pak Rangers, 2 civilians died on Indian

Posted on 28 October 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Saturday 29th October 2016

Jammu, Oct 28 (PTI) BSF today said it had killed 15 Pakistani paramilitary personnel while retaliating to cross- border shelling and firing in which two Indian civilians were killed and two injured in Jammu region.

Firing mortar shells and using automatic weapons, Pakistani troops targeted civilian areas and forward security posts along the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

BSF said that as per the ammunition used in firing and shelling, it appeared that Pakistani Army is supporting its paramilitary Rangers along the IB.

In retaliatory firing, 15 Pakistani rangers have been killed so far, BSF said.

“At 1720 hour yesterday, Pakistan Rangers started unprovoked heavy firing and shelling in Kathua Sector of Jammu which further spread to Hiranagar and Samba. It continued till 0500 hours today in the area of 24 BSF posts,” a senior BSF officer said.

BSF Additional Director General Arun Kumar told reporters here that a befitting reply was being given to the Pakistani shelling and firing.

“Fifteen Pakistani soliders have been killed in retaliatory firing and shelling by BSF. We have destroyed their OP (outposts) and damaged a few,” Kumar said.

As per the ammunition (120 mm mortars) used, it appears that Pakistani army is supporting the Rangers, he said after laying wreath at the mortal remains of BSF martyr Jitendra Kumar.

“In the Pakistani shelling, one civilian died in Khour belt of Pallanwala sector today,” Jammu Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh said, adding another civilian was injured in R S Pura sector.

Similarly, one woman Usma Bi, aged 50 years, was killed in shelling by Pakistan on Gohlad village in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district today, Defence spokesman said.

Another civilian was injured in area, the reports said.

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Kashmir a matter for India, Pak to sort out: British PM

Posted on 27 October 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Friday 28th October 2016

London, Oct 27 (PTI) British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that the UK’s stand on Kashmir remains unchanged and it is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan to address.

The issue was raised in the House of Commons during the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions session yesterday by Pakistani-born Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi, who asked if the Kashmir issue would form part of May’s discussions during her visit to India next month.

“I take the same view as this government has since it came into power, and indeed previously, which is that the issue of Kashmir is a matter for India and Pakistan to deal with and sort out,” the British PM said in Parliament, clearly indicating that Kashmir was unlikely to be on the agenda during her bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi when she visits India between November 6 and 8.

Qureshi, who represents a heavily Pakistani-origin constituency of Bolton in north-west England, had questioned in the Commons: “Will the Prime Minister meet with me and cross-party colleagues to discuss the human rights abuses and the issue of self-determination for Kashmiri people, as was set out in the resolution of the UN in 1948 and can she raise this issue with the Indian Prime Minister.”

May, while dismissing any meeting herself, said: “The foreign secretary [Boris Johnson] has heard her representations and I am sure will be interested in taking those issues up with her.”

The British PM is scheduled to arrive in New Delhi on November 6 for her first overseas bilateral visit outside Europe.

Besides inaugurating the India-UK Tech Summit alongside Modi, she will be holding talks with her Indian counterpart before heading to Bengaluru.

May will be accompanied by a business delegation comprising small and medium enterprises from across the UK and her international trade minister, Liam Fox.

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India-New Zealand can be partners in security, stability: Prez

Posted on 27 October 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Friday 28th October 2016

New Delhi, Oct 27 (PTI) President Pranab Mukherjee has said India and New Zealand can become partners for promoting security, stability and prosperity in their regions and beyond, as he welcomed visiting Kiwi Prime Minister John Key

Key called on the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday

Mukherjee, while welcoming the PM and his delegation, said India values its relationship with his country and the sustained momentum of high level contacts reaffirms the growing strength and dynamism of bilateral engagement between India and New Zealand

The President, a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said, said India and New Zealand share a unique bond based on shared values and synergies, being two multicultural, vibrant democracies that believe in and respect the rule of law

“New Zealand can be a key partner in India’s quest for food security. Bilateral trade in goods and services has nearly doubled in the last eight years. Currently, total trade in goods and services in 2015 amounted to USD 1.45 billion

“India and New Zealand can be partners in promoting security, stability and prosperity in the region and beyond

The two countries can work together in areas such as maritime security and ensuring freedom of navigation and in countering terrorism,” he said

The President added that there exists a strong desire amongst the people of the two countries to improve relations

On his part, the spokesperson said, Key reciprocated Mukherjee’s sentiments and said his government would like to grow and strengthen the bilateral relations

He thanked Mukherjee for his visit to New Zealand earlier this year and said India’s economic growth provides many opportunities

“There is a strong and growing Indian community in New Zealand,” Key said, adding the high-level contacts between the two countries provide the foundation stone for a better understanding of each other’s perceptions.

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Uniform Civil Code not without consensus: Venkaiah Naidu

Posted on 26 October 2016 by admin

AIHRA News Thursday 27th October 2016

New Delhi, Oct 26 (PTI) Uniform Civil Code (UCC) will not be brought through the back door and without a consensus, says Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu who rejects the charge that contentious issues have been raked up by BJP to polarise elections, especially in Uttar Pradesh

Issues like triple talaq, civil code and Ram temple will not be used by BJP for political mileage in the upcoming elections, says the Minister who asserts that they will be fought on development agenda

Holding that such crucial issues should not be looked through prism of electoral benefit, the Chief Spokesperson of the government also rejects opposition criticism that surgical strikes were being politicised

“The Government does not consider it (triple talaq) as a religious matter. It is a question of gender sensitivity. It is wrong to say that we are interfering in Muslim issues

“The same Indian Parliament, the same political system had brought Hindu Code Bill, Divorce Act, banning Hindu Marriage Act, banning dowry and Sati practice, all these things are done by Indian Parliament,” Naidu told PTI in an interview

Making it clear that broad consensus will be required for bringing Uniform Civil Code, he said the allegations that Triple Talaq is a backdoor entry for the UCC was unjustified

“We are not discussing about the common civil code or uniform civil code as of now. The Law Commission has issued a questionnaire and asked people to react.” “You cannot have a uniform Civil Code without a broad consensus. You have to work and move in that direction,” he said hoping that the Supreme Court will come out with the right decision on the issue of triple talaq.

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