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India doesn’t impose its views on anyone: PM

Posted on 27 March 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Monday 27th March 2017

Mount Abu (Rajasthan), Mar 27 (PTI) India does not believe in imposing its views on anyone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today while underlining the country’s rich tapestry of diversity.

In an address to a convention of the spiritual organization Brahma Kumaris here via video conferencing, Modi also said the central theme of India s tradition is that God is one .

He said in India, God is not different for the Hindus, Muslims and for Parsis. The truth is one, only different people may express it differently, he said.

We are such a country which does not believe in imposing our views on anyone. We are such people who believe that knowledge has no limits, knowledge has no timing, knowledge is not bound by anything, knowledge does not need any passport, knowledge does not need a visa , the Prime Minister said.

He also talked about India s tradition of preserving nature and referred to the initiatives of his government to reduce dependence on fossil fuel and increase the use of renewable energy sources like solar power.

There is a great challenge of global warming. India has pledged that by the year 2030, which means 13 years from now, our total energy generation from non-fossil fuel sources will be 40 per cent, he said.

By the year 2020, when the country celebrates 75 years of Independence, we will generate 175 giga watts of energy from renewable sources, the Prime Minister said.

He said the more energy India produces from renewable energy, the more the world will benefit. .

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Pak intruder shot dead along Pak border in Punjab

Posted on 27 March 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Monday 27th March 2017

Amritsar, Mar 27 (PTI) A suspected Pakistani intruder was shot dead by the BSF along the International Border in Punjab today.

Officials said the incident was reported at 6:20 AM when Border Security Force personnel on-duty spotted some movement ahead of the fence at the IB near the Paharipur border post in Gurdaspur sector.

They said the suspected intruder was challenged repeatedly but he did not pay heed to it and hence was shot.

The area has been cordoned off and a search has been launched to retrieve the body and look for other possible suspects in the area, they said.

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Need to defend universities as free spaces: Vice President

Posted on 25 March 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Sunday 26th March 2017

Chandigarh, Mar 25 (PTI) The freedom of our Universities has been challenged by “narrow considerations” and there is need to defend them as “free spaces” and as sources of renewal of liberal values, Vice President M Hamid Ansari said today.

“In a period of rampant distrust of matters intellectual there is an imperative need to defend the universities as free spaces, as independent, critical repositories of knowledge, and as sources of renewal of liberal values that provide avenues of social mobility and equality to people,” Ansari said.

Delivering the 66th convocation address at the Panjab University here, the Vice President said that recent events in our country have shown that “there is much confusion about what a university should or should not be”.

The freedom of our universities has been challenged by “narrow considerations of what is perceived to be public good”, Ansari said.

The rights to dissent and agitation are ingrained in the fundamental rights under our Constitution, which sets out a plural framework and refuses any scope to define the country in narrow sectarian, ideological or religious terms, he said.

“Except in cases of illegal conduct or violence, a University should never seek to silence or influence faculty members or students to adopt or renounce any particular position.

“Indeed, universities should take all legal action necessary to defend their academic integrity and freedom,” he emphasised.

The strong words from the Vice President come in the backdrop of a raging debate about incidents in educational institutions including a recent clash at Delhi University’s north campus between students belonging to the the RSS-backed ABVP and the Left-affiliated AISA.

A university must foster an environment that prizes intellectual freedom, Ansari said.

“Intellectual dissent has the power to clarify differences and elucidate competing assumptions. It enables each of us to recognise the strengths and weaknesses in our thinking,” Ansari said.

The Vice President said a university has the responsibility of speaking out without the fear of intimidation or giving offence, even at the cost of inviting protests.

“Not doing so would be to deviate from the path of rational enquiry and undermine our curiosity about the world by embracing ill-defined orthodoxies, which would impoverish our pursuit of knowledge,” he said. .

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Unfurl the victory flag in Delhi too, Shah to BJP workers

Posted on 25 March 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Sunday 26th March 2017

New Delhi, Mar 25 (PTI) Eyeing a hat-trick in Delhi civic polls, BJP chief Amit Shah today launched a blistering attack on the AAP alleging that corruption has flourished under the Kejriwal government and people must teach it a lesson.

Addressing BJP workers ahead of the MCD elections, Shah referred to party’s victories in the recent assembly polls and said a win the civic elections will help catapult the party to power in the national capital.

Pointing to an India map near the dais, Shah said while the country is being painted in “saffron”, Delhi continues to remain a “white spot” and asked the party workers to ensure BJP’s victory in the civic polls.

“After 2014, BJP has won nearly everywhere, except Delhi and Bihar. Today BJP workers will go back with a resolve to plug the gaps and so that the BJP’s victory flag is unfurled in the national capital,” he said.

Targeting the Delhi government, Shah accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of getting into fights with the Centre for political reasons.

“The AAP has indulged in corruption like no other party has in such a short time. His (Kejriwal) principal secretary was arrested by CBI. There was graft in procuring onions, in appointments in DCW, in procuring water tankers, street lights.

“A minister is involved in hawala. There was scam in waqf board. And most importantly, AAP used Delhi exchequer’s money in Gujarat, Kolkata and other states for putting out advertisements,” Shah said.

The BJP President contrasted his party’s “clean record” in governance with the AAP’s “tainted” tenure, saying many of its legislators and ministers were arrested over charges of corruption and “rape”.

He also dared Kejriwal to take action against the legislators and ministers facing various allegations and order a judicial probe into the charges.

“This is not just an MCD election, but it is an opportunity to uproot the AAP government in next polls,” Shah said, and appealed to party activists to work hard for the elections as it was Delhi where the then Jana Sangh, BJP’s predecessor, came to power first.

Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Nirmala Sitharaman, Jitendra Singh, Harsh Vardhan and Vijay Goel as well as Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari were present at the event.

Shah also referred to the anti-terror surgical strike undertaken last year, saying the armed forces “barged” into Pakistan to avenge the killing of soldiers in Uri last year.

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Pb assembly session begins, CM Amarinder Singh takes oath

Posted on 24 March 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Saturday 25th March 2017

Chandigarh, Mar 24 (PTI) The newly elected MLAs including Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today took oath on the first day of the first session of 15th Punjab assembly here.

However, former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son, former deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal were conspicuous by their absence from the House when it started its sitting this afternoon.

The oath was administered by pro-tem Speaker Rana KP Singh of Congress.

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh was the first to be administered oath by the pro-tem Speaker. He took oath in Punjabi.

After him, senior most cabinet minister Brahm Mohindra took oath, followed by other cabinet ministers including Navjot Singh Sidhu, Manpreet Singh Badal, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Rana Gurjit Singh, Charanjit Singh Channi, two ministers of State (Independent Charge) Aruna Chaudhary and Razia Sultana.

Aruna Chaudhary took oath in English.

Leader of Opposition in the House and AAP MLA from Dakha H S Phoolka was administered oath by the pro-tem Speaker.

All the women MLAs were administered oath individually.

The pro-tem Speaker also administered oath to the MLAs in the alphabetical order of assembly constituencies.

The election of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker will be held on March 27.

Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore will address the assembly on March 28, followed by a debate on the Governor’s Address and Motion of Thanks.

Supplementary Grants for 2016-17 and the Vote on Account for 2017-18 will be presented on March 29.

The Congress has won 77 seats in the 117-member assembly, wresting power from the SAD-BJP alliance after a decade.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has won 20 seats, leaving the SAD-BJP alliance to a poor third with 18 seats.

Of the 20 AAP members, 19 are first-time MLAs.

AAP chief whip Sukhpal Singh Khaira was a Congress MLA in 2002.

The AAP Legislature Party leader is H S Phoolka who will also be the leader of opposition.

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AI bars Sena MP, cancels ticket fearing backlash by employees

Posted on 24 March 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Saturday 25th March 2017

New Delhi, Mar 24 (PTI) State carrier Air India on Friday barred Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaekwad, who had assaulted its staffer, from its flights and even cancelled his return ticket to Pune from here, anticipating backlash by its employees

Gaekwad, who has been unapologetic about the incident on Thursday, had earlier on Friday said that he will be taking the Air India flight this evening

Air India said it has also written to the Shiv Sena communicating the decision to cancel the ticket. Shiv Sena Secretary Anil Desai told PTI that he has asked Gaekwad to change his travel plans as the party doesn’t want the tensions to escalate

Gaekwad was booked on Delhi to Pune flight AI 849 scheduled for departure at 4 PM on Friday

“We have intimated Shiv Sena that we can’t fly Gaekwad on his return flight because our employees are agitated

He has assured us that the party will advise the MP not to fly Air India today,” said an Air India source

“Our airport employees have said that they won’t attend to him and they won’t let him enter. In order to avoid any violence, we have written to Shiv Sena,” he added

Gaekwad told TV channels this morning, “I am booked on a 4 PM flight to Pune. I will take that flight. How can they not let me travel when I have a booking and I am their passenger.”

Desai, also an MP, said that he has “acceded” to Air India’s request and has also asked Gaekwad to “change his travel plans”

“An Air India official called me that their staff is upset over the issue. I have acceded to their request by asking my MP not to go ahead with his plan to fly Air India today,” said Desai

“I have also asked him to change his travel plans. We don’t intend to escalate the tension,” he added.

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SC adjourns Babri demolition case hearing for two weeks

Posted on 23 March 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Friday 24th March 2017

New Delhi, Mar 23 (PTI) The Supreme Court today asked BJP leaders L K Advani, M M Joshi and other accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case to give their written submissions and adjourned the matter for two weeks.

A bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman asked all the parties in the case to file their written arguments by April 6 and posted the matter for further hearing on April 7.

At the start of the hearing, senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for the BJP leaders, sought permission from the court for appearing before another bench in a part-heard matter.

The bench allowed Venugopal’s plea but said that the parties should file their written submissions in the case before the next date of the hearing.

Yesterday, Justice Ghose had adjourned the matter for today as Justice Nariman was not present.

On March 6, the apex court had decided to examine the appeal against dropping of conspiracy charge against the accused including Advani, Joshi and Uma Bharti in the case related to demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992.

The top court had also came up with an option of ordering a joint trial of cases arising out of the two FIRs lodged in the wake of the demolition of the disputed structure.

However, the clubbing of two FIRs was opposed by the counsel for the accused on the ground that there were different sets of persons named as accused in the two cases, the trial of which were at an advanced stage at two different places.

They were of the view that joint trial would lead to the beginning of proceedings de novo (afresh).

Altogether, 13 persons including Advani, Joshi and Bharti were discharged of conspiracy charge in the case, the trial of which is being held at a special court in Raebareli.

The second set of case was against unknown ‘karsevaks’ who were in and around the disputed structure and the trial was being held at a court in Lucknow.

The appeals were filed by Ahmad and the CBI against dropping of conspiracy charges against Advani, Joshi and 19 others for demolition of the disputed structure on December 6, 1992.

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Modi says India stands with UK following London terror attack

Posted on 23 March 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Friday 24th March 2017

New Delhi, Mar 23 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed sadness over the London terror attack and said India stands with the UK at this difficult moment

“Deeply saddened by the terror attack in London. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” Modi said in a tweet

Five people were killed and nearly 40 injured when a terrorist suspect mowed down pedestrians on a bridge and stabbed a police officer close to the British parliament complex in an incident inspired by “international terrorism”

Those dead included the assailant and the policeman he stabbed. The attacker was shot dead by Scotland Yard officers

“At this difficult moment, India stands with UK in the fight against terrorism. @theresa_may @Number10Gov,” Modi said in another tweet

Mark Rowley, Britain’s national lead for Counter Terrorism Policing and the Acting Deputy Commissioner, said the attack began when a car was driven over the Westminster Bridge, hitting members of the public and three police officers.

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Don’t chew pan, pan masala when on duty: UP CM to officials

Posted on 22 March 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Thursday 23rd March 2017

Lucknow, Mar 22 (PTI) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today directed Uttar Pradesh government officials to stop chewing pan, pan masala etc when in office, after seeing betel-juice stained walls during his first visit to the secretariat annexe building here.

“The chief minister visited all the floors of the annexe building and met officials posted there. After detecting betel stains on walls, he asked employees not to consume paan or paan masala during duty hours and ensure cleanliness,” Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who accompanied Yogi, said.

Adityanath also asked the the staff to make the atmosphere in the building healthy and clean by avoiding the use plastic, Maurya told reporters.

The annexe, known as Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan, houses the chief minister’s office and his secretariat, offices of the state chief secretary, principal secretary (home) and other senior IAS officers.

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Ceasefire violations by Pak lower after surgical strike: Govt

Posted on 22 March 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Thursday 23rd March 2017

New Delhi, Mar 22 (PTI) Ceasefire violations by Pakistan and casualties on the Indian side of the Line of Control and the international border have come down after the surgical strikes by India, the government said on Wednesday.

It also rejected the opposition charge that the issue was not only being taken seriously, but was being “butchered” by the way the concerns of members were being replied to.

“The ceasefire violations by Pakistan have come down post the surgical strikes. There were 228 ceasefire violations at the LOC in 2016 and 221 at the IB (international border)

However, till February 2017, there have only been 22 ceasefire violations till now and 6 on the IB,” Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said while replying to supplementaries in the Rajya Sabha.

“The civilian casualties and injuries in 2017 has been zero at the IB and LOC, whereas in 2016 there were 13 civilian casualties and 83 injured on the LOC and 8 casualties on the IB and 74 were injured.

“Five BSF jawans lost their lives and 25 were injured along the international border. We claim that the incidents of ceasefire violations have reduced post surgical strikes,” he said.

Earlier Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad had alleged that the manner in which the government was replying to such an important matter, the issue was being “killed” and “butchered” as never seen before.

Rejecting the charge, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said “I fully contradict the charge made by the Leader of Opposition.”

Providing details, he said, there were 110 terrorist incidents in two months before the surgical strikes and 87 in the two months after them.

“There were 34 security personnel killed before and 19 after, whereas the civilian casualties were 7 earlier and 6 now,” he said.

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