- KCR meets Mamata
- CM gives it to Lingayats
- Kejriwal will apologise to Jaitley
- Kejriwal's letter to Gadkari
- Kejriwal apologises to Gadkar, Sibal
- KCR in Kolkata
- Lalu's downfall in fodder scam
- Fodder Scam: Lalu Prasad convicted
- Ola, Uber strike hits Mumbai
- What drove TDP & BJP apart
- Commuters' cab preference in India
The big news at the moment: Delhi CM and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal has apologised to Congress’ Kapil Sibal and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to put an end to the defamation cases filed against him by the two leaders. Kejriwal had tendered a similar apology to former Akali Dal minister Bikram Majithia in another defamation, shocking and angering the AAP’s Punjab unit. Sources say the AAP leaders apology spree would continue with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Congress’ Sheila Dikshit and BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri.
Kejriwal's Deputy Manish Sisodia has Also Apologised | Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has also apologised to Sibals. In his apology letter to senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal's son Amit Sibal, Sisodia retracted his allegations and expressed regret. "I have learnt that the allegations I made against you and your father at the press conference were unfounded," he said.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan Takes a Dig on Kejriwal | Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has advised his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal to get one apology letter ready for all his cases. In a sarcastic tweet, he said, "Arvindji, If you listen to my advice get a list ready, it will help you in apologising one-by-one. Or, have one apology letter ready for all your cases with a subject line - "To whosoever it may concern”.
अरविंद जी, मेरी सलाह माने तो एक लिस्ट बना लीजिए, बारी-बारी से सबसे माफ़ी माँगने में आसानी होगी। या फिर, एक माफ़ीनामा तैयार करवा लीजिए: “To whosoever it may concern”— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) March 19, 2018
Rabri Devi, Son Disappointed Over Lalu Conviction | Former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi and her elder son Tej Pratap Yadav on Monday expressed disappointment over the conviction of RJD leader Lalu Prasad in the fodder scam, saying they had thought he will be acquitted. "I was expecting acquittal. It disappointed us. But we respect the verdict and have faith in the judiciary," Rabri Devi told the media here. Tej Pratap said he expected "relief" for his father. Nonetheless, "we respect the court verdict". A special CBI court in Ranchi on Monday convicted former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad in the fourth fodder scam case but acquitted another former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra.
Omar Abdullah's tweet on Kejriwal issuing apology| Replying to Delhi CM Arvind Keriwal's apology sphere, Omar Abdullah took to twitter and said "Arvind Kejriwal will certainly have less legal problems when he is done apologising but at what political cost? What will his audience think the next time he levels an allegation against someone?"
Arvind Kejriwal will certainly have less legal problems when he is done apologising but at what political cost? What will his audience think the next time he levels an allegation against someone?— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 19, 2018
Chandrashekhar Rao meets Mamata Banerjee Over Alternative Front | As part of his move to form a non-BJP and non-Congress alternative, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao meets his West Bengal counterpart and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. Rao, president of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), is accompanied by TRS Parliamentary Party leader and party's Secretary-General K Keshava Rao during his visit, party sources told PTI today. "The discussions will focus on creating some kind of regional formation for setting up a political front with like-minded parties and for creating an agenda for the country's growth," the source added.
Karnataka govt okays separate religion status for Lingayats | The Congress-led Karnataka government has decided to recommend separate religion status for the state’s powerful Lingayat community. The Siddaramaiah cabinet will forward the recommendations of an expert committee to the Centre, which will take the final call. Lingayats are the 12th-century social reformer and mystic Basavanna or Basaveshwara, who revolted against the caste system in Hinduism. Basavanna was a Brahmin, but he opposed Brahminical practices and hegemony by founding a casteless religion called "Lingayats". They worship Shiva Linga and are not supposed to follow any Hindu rituals. Over 18% population in Karnataka is Lingayat.
Kejriwal to Issue apology to Jaitley this week | According to sources, Kejriwal will apologise to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley later this week. Jaitley had in 2015 filed a criminal defamation complaint against Kejriwal and AAP leaders Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai over their comments over the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) controversy, seeking their prosecution for offences that entail a punishment of up to two years in jail. A civil defamation suit has also been filed by Jaitley before the Delhi High Court in relation to the matter seeking Rs 10 crore in damages. Kejriwal's apology sphere doesn't stop here, he will likely issue an apology to former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri
Kejriwal's letter to Gadkari | Arvind Kejriwal writes to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari expressing regret for unverified allegations made against him. In the letter, he wrote,"I have nothing personal against you. I regret the same. Let us put the incident behind us & bring the court proceedings to a closure." Both Gadkari and Kejriwal have filed an application seeking to withdraw the defamation case in Patiala House Court.
Kejriwal Apologises to Gadkari, Sibal in Defamation Cases | Aam Aadmi Party National Convenor and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal apologises to Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Congress leader Kapil Sibal in the respective defamation cases. The apology letter for the same will be submitted to the Court. In 2014, Nitin Gadkari had dragged Arvind Kejriwal to the court after Kejriwal named Gadkari in his list of "corrupt politicians". Gadkari had then sued him for defamation. In 2013, Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal' son had filed a defamation case against the AAP leader. In his complaint, Amit Sibal has named Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Shazia Ilmi alleging that Kapil Sibal had a conflict in seeking to revise a tax demand on telecom major Vodafone. This comes days after when Kejriwal issued an apology to Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia which didn't go well with AAP’s Punjab unit and led to the resignation of Bhagwant Mann as AAP's Punjab Unit chief. Kejriwal publicly apologized to Majithia and submitted a copy of the written apology to the court where the latter had filed a defamation case against him. Majithia had filed a defamation case for linking him to Punjab's drug trade without having any evidence to back up the allegations.
Telangana CM Chandrashekhar Rao to meet Mamata Banerjee Over Alternative Front | As part of his move to form a non-BJP and non-Congress alternative, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao arrives in Kolkata to meet his West Bengal counterpart and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. Rao, president of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), is accompanied by TRS Parliamentary Party leader and party's Secretary-General K Keshava Rao during his visit, party sources told PTI today. After Rao recently proposed the formation of a non-Congress and non-BJP front at the national level, ahead of the next years Lok Sabha polls, Banerjee had spoken to him over the phone, extending her support. "The discussions will focus on creating some kind of regional formation for setting up a political front with like-minded parties and for creating an agenda for the country's growth," they said.
Union Minister Offers 'Chadar' on Behalf of PM Modi at Ajmer Sharif | Peace, unity and harmony are at the core of various philosophies in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a message on Monday as a 'chadar' was offered on his behalf at Sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti's shrine at Ajmer Sharif. Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi visited the dargah to offer a 'chadar' on Modi's behalf. Modi conveyed his greetings to followers of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in India and abroad on the occasion of the 806th annual Urs in his message.
Fodder Scam: Politics behind Lalu Prasad Yadav's Conviction, says RJD | RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh sees politics behind the conviction of Lalu Prasad and acquittal of Mishra. “Ajab hai Narendra Modi aur Nitish ka mel… dubara se ho gaya Jagannath Mishra riha aur Lalu Yadav ko jail. Ek aadmi ko jail, ek aadmi ko bail, ye hai Narendra Modi ka khel,” he says.
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Former Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was sentenced to three-and-a-half-year in jail by a Ranchi court in the fodder scam case.
Lalu Prasad Yadav Convicted in Fodder Scam | The special CBI court today convicted RJD chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad in the fourth fodder scam case but acquitted another former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra. Judge Shuvapal Singh delivered the judgment relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from December 1995 to January 1996 from the Dumka treasury. The verdict, scheduled on March 15, was deferred four times. The judge delivered the verdict alphabetically but Lalu Prasad -- who was the Chief Minister when the wrongdoing took place -- reached the court after it was delivered. Earlier, a special CBI court has deferred till the judgement against former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra in the fourth fodder scam case pertaining to alleged withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury over two decades ago, a lawyer said. Earlier, on September 30, 2013, Prasad was held guilty in another case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore and handed down a five-year prison term. The 69-year-old RJD president had five cases against him in the Rs 900 crore fodder scam. He was on bail in the first case when he was convicted and sentenced in the second. Prasad is also an accused in two other fodder scam cases relating to alleged illegal withdrawal of Rs 3.97 crore from Dumka treasury and Rs 184 crore from Doranda treasury.
FLASH | RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav pronounced guilty n in the fourth fodder scam case pertaining to alleged withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury over two decades ago by Ranchi Court. Earlier, a special CBI court has deferred the judgement till March 19 against former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra in the fourth fodder scam case pertaining to alleged withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury over two decades ago, a lawyer said.
Gauri Lankesh Murder Accused Confesses to Crime, Agrees to Lie Dietector Test, Claim Karnataka Police
In a major breakthrough in the murder case of journalist Gauri Lankesh, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) claims that main accused K T Naveen Kumar alias “Hotte Manja” has confessed to the killing. The police memo accessed by News18 clearly states that Kumar has recorded his statement owning up to the murder. According to the confession statement, Kumar and his accomplice Praveen hatched the plot outside Adi Chanchanagiri complex at Vijayanagara in western part of Bengaluru. During the course of his interrogation, Kumar took the police to both the crime spot and the place where he allegedly plotted her murder. However, it is not a confession made by the accused before a judge under 164. It is a confession made before the investigating officer (IO). Police claim that Kumar has agreed for a lie detector test and he took them to crime spot using the same route he allegedly took on the night of murder. The police have identified Kumar as “accused number one”. Earlier in the month, opposing Kumar’s bail plea the government advocate informed a court that the police need to interrogate him further. (Read the full article here)
No-confidence motion has ended myth that govt is unshakable: Sena | The Telugu Desam Party's no-confidence motion has put an end to the "myth" that the BJP-led central government has an unshakable mandate for the next 25 years, the Shiv Sena said today. The Sena, however, alleged that the TDP's move was driven by its own political compulsions, and said the no-confidence motion will be futile as the NDA government enjoys a majority. There is an environment of mistrust in the country against the government and next year there will be a "blast of resentment" that is prevailing among people, it said. Ending its four-year-old alliance with the BJP, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had on March 16 pulled out of the NDA over the Centre's refusal to grant Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh and simultaneously moved a no-trust motion in Parliament. "The TDP wants to bring in the no-confidence motion for its personal political reasons and not for any 'nationalist' reason," the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had been demanding a special status for Andhra Pradesh and as his demands were not fulfilled, the YSR Congress and the TDP sought to bring in the motion, it said. "In 2019, there will be a blast of resentment that is prevailing among masses today. That time, a no-confidence motion will be passed with a complete majority," the Sena claimed.
SC seeks Centre's reply on plea for CBI probe into Junaid lynching case | The Supreme Court today sought the Centre's response on a plea seeking a CBI probe into the Ballabhgarh mob lynching case in which 17-year-old Junaid Khan was stabbed to death on a train in June last year. A bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and M M Shantanagoudar also stayed the trial in the case till further orders. Junaid's father has challenged the Punjab and Haryana High Court's November 27 last year order, refusing a CBI probe into the matter, and sought that the accused be booked under offences of hate crimes. Junaid, who had boarded a Mathura-bound train from Delhi, was allegedly stabbed to death when he, along with his brothers and cousins, was returning home to Khandawali village after shopping for Eid in Delhi in June. His body was dumped near Asaoti village in Faridabad district.
Ola, Uber strike hits Mumbai commuters | Lakhs of Mumbai commuters were severely hit as more than 80,000 drivers of aggregator cabs like Ola and Uber went on strike today. The worst-hit were people proceeding to airport or railway stations to catch flights or long-distance trains, besides local commuters rushing for business meetings. "The strike has been launched from midnight in support of various demands of the drivers who are being meted out injustice by the companies. If the government fails to intervene, they shall go on an indefinite strike," Sanjay Naik, President of Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena (MNVS), told IANS. The MNVS is affiliated to Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). He added that several thousands of drivers of Ola and Uber had also joined the protest in Aurangabad, Nashik, Pune and other cities in Maharashtra as part of an all-India agitation. Despite repeated attempts by IANS, spokespersons for both the companies declined to comment on the strike. (Image: Network18)
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The National Development Council (NDC), a NITI Aayog body, grants the Special Category Status (SCS) to states that are disadvantaged as compared to the others.
Jitendra Singh on no-confidence motion| On one hand, they are saying to bring a no-confidence motion.On the other hand, they are creating uproar in Parliament so that motion is not accepted for discussion. They themselves don't know why they are bringing a no-confidence motion, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said.
AIADMK won't support no-confidence motion | AIADMK has decided not to support the no-confidence motion moved by the Telugu Desam Party and the YSR Congress. Sources from the party said " What will we gain by going against the Centre. We are hopeful that the government will solve the Cauvery issue. The party is hopeful that the Centre will form a Cauvery Management Board
Ola, Uber strike: MNS leader breaks plying Taxi's windshield | Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Nitin Nandgaonkar breaks the windshield of a taxi which was plying in the city. The strike called by the transport wing of the MNS in Mumbai, drivers in New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune and other big cities have also joined in. This is an indefinite one. The organisers say they cabs will be off the roads till their demands are met. But such strikes earlier have fizzled out after drivers kept losing daily business. Daily riders need to brace for a costly auto ride if public transport if not an option for them. Auto-rickshaw drivers, especially in cities like Delhi and Bengaluru, have been known to charge double or even triple the rates when app-based taxi drivers announce strikes.
SC Dismisses Plea Seeking Nitish Kumar's Disqualification | The Supreme Court today dismissed a PIL seeking Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's disqualification as an MLC on the ground that he had allegedly suppressed the fact that a murder case was pending against him from the poll panel. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the chief minister's submission that he had disclosed the fact about the pendency of the criminal case to the Election Commission in 2012. "We do not find any merit in the petition. It is dismissed," said the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. "Election Rules say that he (Nitish) should declare it after the trial court takes cognisance of the case," the bench said, adding that it has been done. The chief minister's counsel informed the court that the trial has been stayed by the Patna High Court. Moreover, no illegalities have been committed by the chief minister, the counsel said. The PIL, filed by advocate M L Sharma, had alleged that there was a criminal case against the JD(U) leader in which he was accused of killing a local Congress leader Sitaram Singh and injuring four others ahead of the Lok Sabha by-election from Bihar's Barh constituency in 1991.
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