Following are the highlights of the initiatives taken by Government for the development of North Eastern Region during the year 2018:
NITI Forum for North East: Focussed attention for development of NER
On February 21st, the Government issued orders to create an exclusive forum at the NITI AAYOG to prepare plans for the development of the North East Region, co-chaired by the Vice-Chairman of the Niti Aayog and Secretary of DoNER.
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Communications and Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha released a Commemorative Postage Stamp on Rajkumar Shukla today at New Delhi in the presence of Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal, MP (West Champaran) and Sh. Satish Chandra Dubey, MP(Valmikinagar).
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today unveiled important projects related to housing and urban transportation during his visit to Maharashtra.
At a public meeting in Kalyan, the Prime Minister laid the Foundation Stone of two important metro corridors.
The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment is implementing following Centrally Sponsored and Central Sector Schemes for the educational upliftment of the Scheduled Castes Students :
Post Matric Scholarship for Scheduled Castes Students;
Pre-Matric Scholarship for Scheduled Castes Students;
National Overseas Scholarship for Scheduled Castes Students etc.;
National Fellowship for Scheduled Castes Students;
Central Sector Scholarship Scheme of Top Class Education for SC Students; and
Free Coaching Scheme for SC and OBC Students.
During the period of 2015-18, 84 companies owned by Scheduled Castes Entrepreneurs has been assisted under Venture Capital Fund for Scheduled Castes. SC entrepreneurs are scattered mostly in un-organized sectors.
A Centrally Sponsored Scheme namely Dr. Ambedkar Post-Matric Scholarship for Economically Backward Classes (EBCs) students is being implemented in entire country including Delhi with the objective to provide financial assistance to the students of Economically Backward Class studying at post-matriculation or post-secondary stage to enable them to complete their education.
Chairperson, NCST writes to Union Home Minister seeking re-imposition of Restricted Area Permit regime in six Islands in Andaman & Nicobar Islands inhabited by tribes
Dr. Nand Kumar Sai, Chairperson, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has written to Union Home Minister seeking re-imposition of Restricted Area Permit regime in six Islands in Andaman and Nicobar inhabited by Andamanese, Jarawas, Sentinelese, Onges and Sompens.
Buoyed by the success of many tourism initiatives under Prime Minister’s Development Package-2015, the Government of J&K has taken yet another leap by proposing to open up more tourists/trekking routes in the region of Ladakh with the aim of recapturing the glory, rich culture and beauty of the region.
Depending on requirement in specific areas and for modernization of storage facilities, Government has been implementing following schemes for construction of godowns and silos in the country:
Private Entrepreneurs Guarantee (PEG) Scheme: Under this Scheme, which was formulated in 2008, storage capacity is created by private parties, Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) and State Government Agencies for guaranteed hiring by FCI. A capacity of 141.82 LMT has been created as on 31.10.
There have been complaints about irregularities in the functioning of the Public Distribution System (PDS) including leakage/diversion of foodgrains, foodgrains not reaching the intended beneficiaries, issuance of ration cards to ineligible persons, etc. in some States/regions in the country.
The National Steel Policy 2017 and Domestically Manufactured Iron & Steel Products Policy 2017, has led to huge growth in both production and consumption of steel. The per capita consumption has risen from 59 kgs in 2013-14 to 69 kgs in 2017-18.
As per the guidelines issued by the Government, the AAY families are to be identified by States/Union Territories (UTs) as per the following criteria:
Landless agriculture labourers, marginal farmers, rural artisans /craftsmen, such as potters, tanners, weavers, blacksmiths, carpenters, slum dwellers and persons earning their livelihood on daily basis in the informal sector like porters, coolies, rickshaw pullers, hand cart pullers, fruit and flower sellers, snake charmers, rag pickers, cobblers, destitute and other similar categories in both rural and urban areas;
Households headed by widows or terminally ill persons/disabled persons/ persons aged 60 years or more with no assured means of subsistence or societal support;
(iii) Widows or terminally ill persons or disabled persons or persons aged 60 years or more or single women or single men with no family or societal support or assured means of subsistence;
(iv) All primitive tribal households;
(v) All eligible Below Poverty Line (BPL) families of HIV positive persons.
There is no decline in the procurement of paddy in terms of rice during Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2018-19. The procurement of paddy in terms of rice during KMS 2018-19 (as on 12.12.2018) is 209.53 LMT, as compared to 191.84 LMT in KMS 2017-18 (as on 12.12.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, while giving a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today, gave details on the status of implementation of National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA) Project.
Under Modi government, India has achieved food security and become a net exporter of agriculture commodities
Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh met Ms. Ruhsar Pekcan, Turkish Trade Minister today and called for extending cooperation between the two countries through greater interaction among government agricultural institutions, experts, scientists and agro business.
The Nepal Minister for General Administration and Federal Affairs, Shri Lal Babu Pandit, currently on a visit to India, today called on Union Minister of State In-Charge Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) Dr Jitendra Singh and held a detailed discussion on various aspects related to exchange of best practices in governance and seeking India’s help and support to further institutionalize public administration and bureaucratic set-up in Nepal.
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) today is one of the largest public funded R&D organisations in the world, covering a wide spectrum of science and technology areas.
Government fixes Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) of 22 mandated crops and Fair & Remunerative Prices (FRP) for Sugarcane on the basis of recommendations of Commission for Agricultural Costs & Prices (CACP), after considering the views of State Governments and Central Ministries/Departments concerned & other relevant factors.
Government has taken a number of legislative, technical and institutional measures for addressing issues related to cyber security. These include National Cyber Security policy (2013), enactment of Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 and setting up of Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In).
During the 1st Cycle (2015-16 & 2016-17) 253.49 lakh soil samples were collected and 1073.89 lakh soil health cards were distributed to farmers. During the 2nd Cycle (2017-18 & 2018-19) as on 11.12.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered an enquiry into the incident. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the loss of lives.
Union Minister for Labour & Employment, Santosh Kumar Gangwar has announced compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of the dead, Rs 2 lakh each for the seriously injured and Rs 1 lakh each for those with minor injuries.
The massive fire broke out at the ESIC Kamgar Hospital at Marol in suburban Andheri on Monday evening at about 4 PM and was extinguished at 7.35 PM.
PM began by throwing several questions to contrast the changes since 2014.
Delivering a list of his government's achievements, he said that four years ago no one imagined that India would become a five trillion dollar economy, leapfrog ease of doing business rankings, launch more than a 100 satellites at one go or that rickshaw pullers and tea sellers would be part of a digital revolution with a stake in the country's economy.
He said that no one imagined that justice would be delivered in the 1984 Sikh riots case. Listen in to the top five takeaways from his address.
The Prime Minister also released a book titled 'Timeless Laxman' at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.. The book has been penned by R K Laxman's daughter-in-law, Usha Srinivas Laxman. 'Timeless Laxman' is based on the life and little known facets of the legendary cartoonist, the late R K Laxman. Laxman, famous for his creation, 'The Common Man', through whose eyes he chronicled Indian history and regaled millions daily in 'The Times Of India' and other publications for nearly seven decades, passed away in January 2015 in Pune.
A consortium of Indian banks in their attempt to recoup unpaid debt worth nearly 1.145 billion pounds has filed the case.
TLT LLP, a UK-based law firm which had won a landmark case for the 13 banks led by State Bank of India (SBI) earlier this year, confirmed that their bankruptcy petition against the 62-year-old businessman has been transferred to the insolvency list in London's High Court of Justice. Paul Gair, partner at TLT said that the hearing is expected to take place in the Spring.
In a ruling in May, a UK High Court judge had refused to overturn a worldwide order freezing Mallya's assets and upheld an Indian court's ruling that the consortium of 13 Indian banks were entitled to recover funds amounting to nearly 1.145 billion pounds.
The President is reported to have conveyed this views to a group of 21 MPs of Sri Lanka Freedom Party Members (SLFP) in a meeting on Tuesday. His views assume significance as some of the SLFP MPs had expressed desire to join the new government of Wickremsinghe, who was sworn in again on Sunday. These 21 MPs were part of unity government till October 26 but had parted ways to join the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa.
President is reported to have told his MPs that they should not be part of anti-national activities of Wickremsinghe government. The cabinet is being finalised and likely to be sworn in coming days. President Maithripala Sirisena decided to reinstate Wickremsinghe, ending a weeks long crisis but made it clear that he is personally against the appointment and did it out of respect for parliamentary traditions and democracy.
Meanwhile, Parliament is likely to debate a motion calling for the abolition of executive Presidency when it meets later today. It is a step towards the enactment of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution to prune further the powers of the Executive Presidency. The draft legislation has already been presented in Parliament as a private member’s bill by JVP MP Vijitha Herath. Herath told the Daily Mirror yesterday that his party would move an adjournment motion calling for the abolition of executive Presidency.
The hosts levelled the four-match series 1-1 after India were bowled out for 140 runs in 56 overs in their second innings on the fifth and final day. India had won the opening game by 31 runs to go in front.
Starting from overnight 112 for five, India lost their last five wickets for 28 runs and it was all over within 65 minutes of play. This was Australia's first Test win since the ball-tampering scandal broke out in South Africa earlier this year. Mitchell Starc (3-46) and Nathan Lyon (3-39) finished with three wickets apiece, while Josh Hazlewood (2-24) and Pat Cummins (2-25) took a brace each. Hanuma Vihari (28) and Rishabh Pant (30) had continued their overnight partnership, and batted out only six overs before the first wicket fell on this day.
Overall, they added 21 runs for the sixth wicket. Vihari was the first to go, lobbing a catch off Starc to short point. Pant then tried to play a few more attacking strokes, but he didn't comprehend the situation well and was confused whether to farm the strike at all. In doing so, he attacked Lyon and holed out to mid on, with Peter Handscomb taking a low diving catch. It hastened the end for India, with Umesh Yadav (2) returning a simple catch to Starc.
Ishant Sharma (0) was caught behind off Cummins, and Jasprit Bumrah (0) hit a skier for another return catch to the pacer as Australia sealed their first Test win since Durban before the ball-tampering scandal hit the headlines. Australia had scored 326 runs in their first innings, and India replied with 283 runs, thanks to Virat Kohli's 25th Test hundred, thus conceding a lead of 43 runs. The hosts scored 243 runs in their second innings to post a 287-run target. India had won the first Test in Adelaide by 31 runs. The third Test starts in Melbourne on December 26.
The Countdown for the launch of India's communication satallite, GSAT- 7A will begin today at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The Satellite will be launched onboard GSLV-F11 at 4:10 PM on Wednesday.
While GSLV-F11 will inject the satellite into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit, it will be placed in its final Geostationary Orbit using the onboard propulsion system. GSAT-7A, built by ISRO, will provide communication capability to users in Ku-band over the Indian region. The satellite will have a mission life of eight years.
The film became a champion at the box office by earning USD 608 million globally and USD 175 million domestically since its November 2 release, reported Entertainment Weekly. While Malek was praised for his portrayal of Mercury, the film had mixed reviews from the critics who felt that it did not do complete justice with Mercury's life.
"Bohemian Rhapsody" also had a turbulent production to screen transition as director Brian Singer was fired just before the shooting completed though he retained the credit. The film's success, in part, has also made the song 'Bohemian Rhapsody' the most-streamed track of the twentieth century.
Addressing on the occassion, PM said that this metro project decongest the Mumbai suburban area.
The Kalyan event also saw the launch of Navi Mumbai town planning authority City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra's mass housing scheme worth Rs 18,000 crore, which offers around 90,000 affordable homes. Prime Minister launched the Housing scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
PM on this occassion said that this project will not only provide shelter to the poor but will also fulfill the Centre's dream of providing housing for all by 2022.
PM Modi later reached Pune where he laid the foundation stone for the third metro line between Hinjewadi and Shivajinagar, being implemented by the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority on a public-private partnership basis.
The Rs 8,313-crore 23-km long third metro line in Pune between Hinjewadi and Shivajinagar will connect the busy information technology park with Shivajinagar, where the other two metro lines will also join.
While addressing the gathering, PM Modi said that projects launched today are the part of the shared vision of the Centre and state in pursuit of providing better infrastructure in the country.
Replying to a query in Lok Sabha, Tourism Minister KJ Alphons said foreign tourist arrivals in India on medical visa during 2016 and 2017 were estimated at 4,27,014 and 4,95,056 respectively, registering a positive growth of 15.9 per cent. "Medical tourism holds immense potential for India.
The Indian systems of medicines, viz Ayurveda, Yoga, Panchakarma, Rejuvenation Therapy, etc, are among the most ancient systems of medical treatment in the world. India can provide medical and health care of international standards at low costs," Alphons said.
He added, "India excels in the state of the art medical facilities, reputed health care professionals, quality nursing facilities and traditional healthcare therapies." Asserting that the government is taking various steps for promoting medical tourism, Alphons said that India conducted road shows, 'Know India' seminars and also made a film which was aired in the Middle East and north African markets.
The government had earlier said that the value of medical tourism in India is likely to reach a whopping USD 9 billion by 2020 as compared to USD 3 billion in 2015.
The previous world record of 940 days held by Heysham 2 Unit-8 of the UK, a BHEL statement said. Earlier in October 2018, the unit surpassed the world record of 894 days for continuous operation among all pressurized heavy water reactor. The complete steam turbine generator set and all the steam generators for the NPCIL unit have been manufactured and supplied by BHEL.
May said a vote on the deal which was postponed on December 11 to avoid defeat would be held in the week beginning 14 January. "This house has no confidence in the prime minister due to her failure to allow the House of Commons to have a meaningful vote," Labour leader Corbyn told lawmakers on Monday ahead of tabling the motion in parliament. Corbyn said the move was "the only way I can think of ensuring a vote takes place this week". The government must agree to the non-binding vote and even if successful it would not automatically trigger May's downfall. House of Commons authorities said the government will decide whether the motion is debated and voted on, but noted it is "parliamentary convention that any such request be granted".
May last week survived a party confidence vote initiated by her own Conservative colleagues opposed to her Brexit strategy, but emerged badly wounded after a third of her parliamentary party voted to oust her. A vote of no-confidence from a majority in the House of Commons could leave her authority further weakened and potentially prompt another vote in her entire government and a general election.
Britain is set to leave the European Union on March 29 next year, but the prime minister is struggling to persuade parliament to accept the divorce deal she struck last month with the bloc after 18 months of tortuous talks. If parliament fails to approve the text, Britain could crash out of the EU with no deal a prospect that experts warn could lead to serious trade disruption and trigger a financial crisis.
May insisted on Monday that she was continuing to seek "assurances" from the EU over elements of her plan. However European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said "no further meetings with the United Kingdom are foreseen". The delay has angered members of her own party and Labour opposition politicians, who accused her of trying to "run down the clock" ahead of Britain's withdrawal to increase pressure on them to back the deal.
"The prime minister has cynically run down the clock, trying to manoeuvre parliament into a choice between two unacceptable outcomes" her deal or no deal, Corbyn said. "It's... unacceptable that we should be waiting almost a month before we have a meaningful vote on the crucial issue facing the future of this country." May is again facing more calls for a second referendum to resolve the impasse, with dozens of MPs from all sides now supporting another poll and reports that May's officials are considering the possibility.
But the prime minister has argued vehemently that this would betray the 2016 result and undermine public confidence in politics. "Let us not break faith with the British people by trying to stage another referendum," she told parliament on Monday. "Another vote... would do irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics," May said, adding that a second vote "would likely leave us no further forward". The issue provoked an extraordinary public clash on Sunday between May and former prime minister Tony Blair, a leading supporter of continued EU membership and of holding another poll.
May accused Blair of insulting voters and trying to undermine her government by meeting officials in Brussels. Blair, who was premier between 1997 and 2007, in turn accused the Conservative leader of being "irresponsible". But campaigners for a referendum said May's comments on Monday showed that the idea was being taken seriously. "A new public vote would be different from the referendum in 2016 because we now know more about what Brexit means," said Margaret Beckett, an MP from the main opposition Labour Party and "People's Vote" supporter.
"Any effort to force Brexit over the line without checking that it has the continued consent of the British people will only reinforce divisions," she said. Another proposal being put forward if May's deal does not pass parliament is for MPs to hold indicative votes on different options to work out what steps to take next. But May downplayed that prospect, telling lawmakers: "I have no plans for indicative votes". "What is necessary is for the House to reflect on what members want in terms of their responsibility to come to a decision on this matter."
The Lok Sabha was adjourned finally for the day after witnessing repeated adjournments in the pre-lunch session. When the House re-assembled after the first adjournment in the post-lunch session, Congress members again trooped into the well demanding a probe by Joint Parliamentary Committee into the Rafale aircraft deal.
They also accused the government of misleading the Supreme Court over the issue. AIADMK members were also in the well against the construction of a dam across the Cauvery River and to protect the lives of Cauvery delta farmers.
Amid din, the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill-2016 was passed rejecting opposition amendments. As the noisy scenes continued, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned for the day.
As the House met for the day, Congress members supported Left, RJD and other parties continued with their protest on Rafale deal. AIADMK members were also in the well against the construction of a dam across the Cauvery River.
TDP members were also in the well demanding financial benefits to Andhra Pradesh under the AP Re-organization Act of 2014. On the other hand, the ruling BJP members accused Congress of misleading the country on the Rafale deal and demanded its President Rahul Gandhi’s apology.
They also raised slogans against the Congress following the conviction of Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti- Sikh riots. Amid noisy scenes, Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill.
In the Rajya Sabha, the proceedings were disrupted on the same Rafale fighter jet deal and Cauvery issues. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House till Tuesday, minutes after it met for the day, amidst uproar by agitating members.
AIADMK and DMK members holding placards trooped into the well and raised slogans in support of their demands. They were seeking a permanent solution to the Cauvery water dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Amidst noisy scenes, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad tried to raise the Rafale issue, saying the government misled the Supreme Court on the matter.
The Chairman, however, refused permission stating that the matter is before the court. Azad was countered by slogan-shouting members from the treasury benches. They demanded an apology from the Congress after the Supreme Court dismissed petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the Rafale deal. As the pandemonium continued, the Chairman adjourned the House for the day.
In a joint statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih reiterated the importance of an effective multilateral system as a key factor in tackling global challenges.
Both the leaders reviewed efforts to promote bilateral trade and investment ties between the two countries. President Solih reaffirmed his government’s "India-First Policy” and commitment to working closely with India.
In his press statement after delegation-level talks with President Solih, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, India has decided to extend 1.4 billion dollars financial assistance to the Maldives as budget support, currency swap and line of credit for the social and economic development of Maldives.
Prime Minister said, India and Maldives need to increase bilateral cooperation to maintain peace and stability in the Indian ocean. PM Modi said, the delegation level talks were constructive and they agreed to further strengthen bilateral ties. He welcomed new visa agreement between India and Maldives.
On his part, the Maldives President said, the two sides agreed to strengthen maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean region through coordinated patrol and aerial surveillance.
India and Maldives inked four pacts, including one on visa facilitation.
Interacting with President Solih, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that defence cooperation between India and Maldives is one of the important foundations of close relationship between the two countries. Vice President Naidu said, both countries need to be sensitive to each other’s security concerns.
The government Monday extended Ujjwala Yojana of providing free cooking gas (LPG) connections to all poor households.
The scheme, launched in 2016, originally targeted giving LPG connections to women members of below the poverty line (BPL) households.
Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved expanding the scope of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to cover poor families not having LPG connections and not covered under the existing beneficiary categories.
The CCEA also gave its in-principle approval for setting up of Eklavya Model Residential Schools in every block with more than 50 per cent Scheduled Tribes population and at least 20,000 tribal persons.
Besides, the Cabinet also approved establishment of one new AIIMS each in Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
The Cabinet also approved construction of new 4-lane bridge across river Ganga at Patna in Bihar.
Union Ministers, CMs of BJP ruled states and senior party leaders panned out across the country, explaining how the Rafale deal was done ina fair and transparent manner and how all procedures were adhered to while finalising the deal.
CMs and deputy CMs of BJP ruled states also held pc and accussed the congress of spreading falsehood.
Many demanded an apology from Cong prez RG.Party functionaries and senior leaders of the BJP also addressed press conefrences.
BJP also accused the Congress of not concluding any defence deal during their tenure without the involvement of middlemen.
Wickremsinghe, who was reappointed prime minister on Sunday said this while addressing a victory rally of his United National Party (UNP) in Colombo Monday evening. He said a massive alliance will be formed to establish democracy and they will safeguard the country with that.
Wickremesinghe said that his government will be asking all the political parties as to when they want the general election to be held.
The prime minister conceded that his government does have shortcomings, but vowed to address them and invited the people to speak about their deficiencies.
He requested the public to give them a two-thirds majority at the next general election to abolish the executive presidency once and for all. The PM said that he bows his head and salutes everyone who fought for democracy.
Wickremsinghe said that if anyone thought even for a moment that they have no power, at least now they must understand their power.
Thousands of people attended the rally which was planned before President Maithripala Sirisena decided to reinstate Mr. Wickremsinghe, ending a weeks long crisis.
However, tensions still remain between the two individuals with President saying that he is personally against the appointment of Wickremsinghe but appointed him for parliamentary traditions and democracy.
Monday morning saw Ashok gehlot sworn in as Rajasthan CM while Sachin Pilot became his deputy.
For Gehlot it is the third time as CM. The oath taking of other ministers will be held at a later date.
Present at the ceremony were former CM Vasundhara Raje, veteran Congress leader and former PM Dr Manmohan Singh, Congress President rahul Gandhi among other top leaders.
By afternoon another Congress leader took oath as CM of madhya Pradesh.Kamal Nath who led the congress to power in the state after 15 years.
While it is still not clear who the other faces in the council of ministers are, Monday's swearing in was attended by leaders from across the political spectrum.
72 year old Kamal Nath has served as a union minister in the UPA regime even as he took oath, however, protests were seen erupting in various places including in Dehradun and Delhi over his alleged involvement in the 1984 anti- Sikh riots.In the evening, it was the turn of Chhattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel was sworn in as the Cm of the state after the Cong's resounding victory in the assembly polls.
The Congress victory in 3 states in the assembly polls may be a big boost for a party that was fast declining but its attempt to project its 3 wins as a united opposition front did not come to fruition as neither of its 2 major allies in MP.
The SP and BSP were present at the function.
Alternatively, the presence of AAP leaders who shared the stage at these ceremonies has raised many eyebrows and questions of whats brewing in these two camps.
A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel convicted Kumar for criminal conspiracy, promoting enmity and acts against communal harmony. The high court said Kumar's life imprisonment will be for the remainder of his life and asked him to surrender by December 31. It also asked him not to leave Delhi before that.
The conviction of five others former Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar, retired naval officer Captain Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal, former MLAs Mahender Yadav and Kishan Khokhar were also upheld by the high court. The high court was hearing the appeals filed by the CBI, riots victims and the convicts, challenging a trial court's judgement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which Kumar was acquitted.
The high court had on March 29 last year issued show cause notices to 11 accused, including Khokhar and Yadav, in five 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases which were earlier closed. The riots broke out after the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.
Heavy rain and winds were experienced in many areas in the district. The cyclone caused huge damage to standing crops, especially paddy in East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Visakhapatnam districts.
Hundreds of electric poles and trees got uprooted disrupting power supply and vehicular traffic. Schools and colleges were closed as a precautionary measure.
Train and air services were also disrupted due to the cyclone. Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa is camping at Bhairavapalem village in East Godavari district to oversee relief and rescue operations.
National and state disaster relief teams and over 10,000 officials are on across the districts in the path of the cyclone and adjoining areas.
Cyclone Phethai has crossed the Kakinada coast. According to India Meteorological Department, it is likely to move northeastwards, weaken further and again cross Andhra Pradesh coast close to Tuni during late evening as a deep depression.
Meanwhile, restoration works have started in the affected areas following the landfall. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is monitoring the situation and is in constant touch with the district Officials.
Real-Time Governance Centre (Amaravati) CEO Ahmed Babu said that over 25,000 people were shifted to relief camps. He said, RTG has been monitoring the cyclone track with the help of ISRO and other advanced global weather forecast systems.
In Odisha, western districts are experiencing light to moderate rainfall due to the cyclone. The district administrations have said that they are prepared to face any eventuality. About 12 thousand people have been shifted to relief shelters in Gajapati district.
The two leaders are expected to discuss entire gamut of bilateral relations. After the talks, agreements are expected to be inked between the two countries. Maldivian President's visit comes nearly a month after PM Modi attended Solih's swearing-in ceremony in Male.
India is a leading development partner of Maldives and has established many of the leading institutions in the island nation. Capacity building and skills development is one of the key components of India’s assistance to Maldives. Both countries signed a trade agreement in 1981, which provides for export of essential commodities. Growing from modest beginnings, India-Maldives bilateral trade now stands at 700 crore rupees.
The proud Nation celebrated Vijay Diwas on Sunday. The day marks the glorious victory over Pakistan in 1971 during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, in alliance with Bangladesh Mukti Bahini. The end of the war also resulted in the unilateral and unconditional surrender of the Pakistan Army and subsequent secession of East Pakistan into Bangladesh.
On this day in 1971, the chief of the Pakistani forces, General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, along with 93,000 troops, surrendered to the allied forces consisting of Indian Army and Mukti Bahini after their defeat in the war.
The anniversary of Vijay Divas is being observed across India by paying tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the nation. In the national capital New Delhi, Defence Minister and heads of all three wings of the Indian armed forces paid homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes on the occasion of Vijay Diwas. The President in a tweet said .. we remember with gratitude our Armed Forces who defended our nation and upheld universal values of human liberty in 1971. In particular, we pay tribute to those who lost their lives in that valiant effort.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said, the overall internal security scenario in the country has vastly improved during the last four years. He said, there has been a significant improvement in the law and order situation, particularly in the North Eastern region. He was addressing a Vijay Diwas function in New Delhi. He stressed the need for igniting patriotism among the youth and said, they should know about the sacrifices and valour of the jawans of the armed forces. Stating that the Society has to stand up with the Veterans today, the Home Minister said, an action plan needs to be framed to preserve individual honour and nation's integrity among the citizens.
Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman remembered the valour and sacrifice of the brave soldiers of the 1971 war. In a tweet, she said that the might, bravery, and resolve of the Indian Armed Forces compelled the Pakistani forces to put their weapons down in just 14 days, turning it into one of the biggest surrenders in modern history.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore also saluted to the unparalleled valor of India's armed forces. The I&B minister in a tweet said.. In 1971, on this day, our armed forces defeated Pakistan and Bangladesh was born. The legendary courage and sacrifice of our armed forces will continue to inspire India for generations to come."
Naval aircraft have flown 11 sorties along the East coast over last two days to broadcast warnings to the fishermen at sea of the impending cyclone and advise them to return to nearest the harbour for shelter. Additionally, naval ships at sea have also been warning the fishermen to return to harbour.
Indian Naval ships are standing by to render Humanitarian Assistance and Distress Relief (HADR), evacuation, logistic support including providing medical aid. Additional medical teams, divers, inflatable rubber boats and relief material that include food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets etc, in sufficient quantities have been kept standby. Diving teams with inflatable Gemini boats and associated diving equipment have been kept standby for immediate deployment for relief and rescue operations.
ENC is monitoring the developments closely and is in constant communication with the State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMA) to augment the rescue and relief operations. Aircraft are standing by at the Naval Air Stations INS Dega and INS Rajali to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty evacuation and air drop of relief material to the stranded as required.
Fishermen from Odissa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu coasts have been advised not to venture into sea view deteriorating weather condition in the area with winds gusting over 100 kmph, very high swell conditions and widespread rainfall.
Virat Kohli has become the second fastest batsmen to scored 25 Test hundreds as he reached the milestone in 127 innings on Day 3 of the Perth Test between India and Australia at the brand new Optus Stadium. Don Bradman took just a mere 68 innings to score 25 Test hundreds but Kohli has left Sachin Tendulkar behind who took 130 innings to score as many hundreds in Tests.
This is Virat Kohli's seventh Test hundred vs Australia while his 6th Down Under. In Oceania, Kohli has now scored 7th hundred while this is Indian captain's 14th hundred in away Tests. This is also Virat Kohli's 18th Test century as the captain of the team, which goes on to show exactly how much he has led his team from the front and has taken captaincy as a means to improve himself.
On Sunday took India out of deep waters after he walked in to bat with Indian scoreboard reading 8 for 2. On a tough wicket that had quite a bit of bounce, Kohli reached his hundred in 214 deliveries. With his sixth Test century in Australia, Kohli also equalled Sachin Tendulkar's record of most Test centuries by an Indian Down Under. Ahead of this tour, Kohli had scored five hundreds -- one in Adelaide in 2012 and four centuries if the 2014-15 tour which includes the twin hundreds at Adelaide. Tendulkar and Kohli are the only two batsmen to slam six hundreds in Australia in the last 70 years. Kohli also takes the second place in the list of most runs by a Test captain in away Tests in a calendar year.
Earlier Prime Minister Modi inspected the Modern Rail Coach Factory. He took a round of the factory and interacted with the workers there.
PM Modi was apprised by the officials of the works being carried out at the Factory.
He also inspected Humsafar Rake at the Factory and collected information about the operation of the moder coach being produced for several high speed trains.
Officials presented Prime Minister a replica of the Rail coach factory.
PM Modi also launched several development projects worth over one thousand crore rupees at Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh.
Addressing a gathering, the Prime Minister Modi said that Modern Rail Coach Factory was approved in 2007 and the aim was to make 1,000 new coaches.
He said, only three per cent of the machines were working in 2014 but after coming to power NDA government changed this.
He said, Raebareli coach factory will soon be a global hub.
The Prime Minister said that the factory will produce coach of high-speed trains, metro trains and aluminium coaches.
He said, the expansion of coach factory would generate employment opportunities for people.
Prime Minister said, earlier governments neglected the development of Rae Bareli but the Central government is committed to it.
He said, development in Raebareli is also fast-growing.
On Rafale deal, PM Modi accused Congress of spreading lies for personal gains and compromising national security.
The Prime Minister said that country will neither forget nor forgive the previous government’s attitude towards the defence forces.
He said that government is trying its best that those who are ready to sacrifice their lives for the country should not face any difficulty.
Ranil Wickremsinghe was sworn in as Prime minister on Sunday morning by President Maithripala Sirisena thus bringing an end to weeks long political crisis in the country.
Wickremesinghe after swearing in, expressed his gratitude to all citizens who demanded democracy in unison during Sri Lanka’s political crisis. He said that unfortunately the country’s journey forward and the development launched by his government came to a halt. He vowed that the first thing they will look to achieve is to restore of normalcy in the country and kick start the development activities.
President Sirisena said he has given Premiership to Ranil Wickremesinghe while honouring Parliamentary traditions and democracy. His office said in a statement that his previous statement on not appointing Ranil even if 225 MPs support him, was his personal political opinion. The statement also claimed Wickremsinghe side assured they would not bring impeachment motion against President and pledged to cooperate with him.
Wickremsinghe was removed as Prime Minister on October 26 and replaced by Mahinda Rajapaksa who resigned yesterday after failing to garner majority in Parliament.
This is the fifth time Wickremsinghe has been sworn in as Prime minister which is a record in Sri Lanka. The cabinet of ministers will be sworn in next week and a vote of account will be presented to meet expenditure for first two months of New Year.
The culmination of weeks long crisis has come as a major political victory for Wickremsinghe who emerged winner among the three key players. Rajapaksa had to resign as prime minister on Saturday while President Sirisena is under criticism for this actions.
In the summit clash Sindhu defeated Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-19, 21-17 in 1 hour and 2 minutes.
It is indeed a great victory for PV Sindhu after all the silvers in the recent past. Jinx has finally been broken after being the second best in Olympics, World Championships, CWG and Asian Games.
Prime Minister Narendara Modi inaugurated or laid the foundation stone of various develppment projects in Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh. The seven projects worth 355.90 crores related to Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation, six projects worth 21.41 crores for construction of Ghats under Namami Gange program; two more projects related to Namami Gange program; 111 projects related to Public Works Department; 16 proejects related to Railways and 157 other projects for development in the Uttar Pradesh.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister highlighted the key initiatives taken by the governnment for clean Gange. Prime MInister said that, 50 ghats out of 150 ghats so far have been renovated under Namami Gange program. Prime MInsiter also said that govt has sanctioned more than Rs 24,000 crore for Ganga cleaning under Namami Gange programme.
Prime Minister also said that state govt and centrral govt are working together to make the Kumbh a successful event.
Prime MInsiter also said that, whichever country he visited during last one and half year, he invited people to visit Prayagraj for Kumbh, so that world can see the real beauty of India.
Attacking Congress, Prime Minster said that one can expect no good from Congress. Prime Minister said that Congress has always regarded itself above law and above any democratic institution.
On the occasion, Prime MIniter also released coffee table book ' Making of Kumbh'
Earlier, Prime Minister Modi performed Ganga pooja at Sangam Ghat. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and State Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also accompanied him.
Prime Minister Modi also visited Akshayvat, in Prayagraj.
Prime Minister Modi also visited the Swachh Kumbh exhibition in Prayagraj.
Indian pacers took four wickets in the final session but Australia managed to take a lead of 175 runs in Perth. Riding on a gritty 35-run partnership between Usman Khawaja and Travis Head, Australia were 132 for four at stumps on Day 3.
Skipper Tim Paine and Khawaja were unbeaten at the cease when umpires decided to call it a day.
Earlier, Nathan Lyon took five for 67 as India were bowled out for 283 in the first innings on Day 3 of the Perth Test.
After a terrific century from skipper Virat Kohli in the morning session, the lower middle order disappointed once again and crumbled in the post-lunch session, ending 43 runs behind Australia's first innings total.
Virat Kohli produced a masterclass but Australia bounced back with two quick wickets towards the end of the session. The Indian skipper got to his 25th Test century with a lovely punch down the ground just after the second new ball was taken.
The two sides reviewed the broad gamut of the multi-faceted India-France bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest.
Both Ministers discussed strategic partnership between the two nations, through maritime cooperation in Indo Pacific, and cooperation in civil nuclear, defence, space, trade and economic sectors.
The CBI had earlier informed the court that they needed to confront Michel with some documents and witnesses, and take him to Mumbai too. Michel is one of the three middlemen being probed in the VVIP chopper case by the ED and the CBI.
He was brought to India on the night of December 4, following his extradition by the UAE in connection with the case.
French FM also holds talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. JY Le Drian said French companies are investing and innovating in India under Make in India programme.
The security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Sirnoo village in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Saturday morning after receiving specific intelligence input about the presence of terrorists in the area, an Army official said. The search operation turned into an encounter after the terrorists opened fire on the security personnel.
Three terrorists and a soldier were killed in the gunfight, he said. The identity and group affiliation of the slain ultras was not known yet. Massive clashes broke out between youths and the security forces in the area following the encounter.
The tragic incident occurred on Friday evening when a minitruck skidded off the road and plunged 500 meters at Ghyanphedi area of Dupcheshwor Rural Municipality-1 in Nuwakot district. According to police 19 people died on the spot while one person lost his life during treatment.
Seventeen persons have also been injured in the accident and they have been brought to Kathmandu for treatment. More than 40 people were on board in the ill fated truck.
Both teams failed to score in the regulation time and the match went to penalty shoot-outs in which Belgium proved superior.
This is Belgium's first ever World Cup title.
He said the economy is now fairly large to display a certain degree of resilience. Speaking at the inauguration of the FICCI Annual General Meeting in New Delhi on Friday, Jaitley, said the government will stick to the 3.3 per cent fiscal deficit target in the current financial year. He said there is a need to focus on several unreformed sectors in the economy. He also cited the need to improve credit flow and tackle liquidity.
The Minister said the government intends to overtake the UK in terms of GDP and come close to Japan in terms of GDP not per capita income in course of the next few years.
On RBI, Jaitley said government respects its autonomy and indepence. He said that pointing out credit and liquidity issues is not infringing on autonomy.
Rajapaksa was appointed Prime minister by President Maithirpala Sirisena on 26th October suddenly replacing Ranil Wickremsinghe. However, he failed to garner majority in Parliament and President attempt to dissolve parliament was nullified by Supreme court in a decision on Thursday. Rajapaks also suffered setback at the hands of a lower court which restrained him from functioning on a quo warranto petition filed by Wickremsinghe and his MPs.
Supreme Court had refused to vacate on Friday an interim order of lower court restraining Rajapaksa and his cabinet from functioning and fixed hearings in January after vacation. Wickremsinghe will be sworn in again to the post of Prime minister on Sunday along with his cabinet. President Sirisena has claimed in the past that he would never reappoint Wickremsinghe but the political realities forced him to do so.
Newly elected Congress legislature party is scheduled to meet today. Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s decision regarding his choice for chief minister would be announced at the meeting.
Earlier, AICC observer Mallikarjun Khadge had a meeting with Congress legislators on 12th December in Raipur and submitted his report to the party President.
Later, the Congress chief summoned senior state leaders Bhupesh Baghel, TS Singhdeo,Tamradwaj Sahu and Charandas Mahant to New Delhi to have a discussion with them.
AICC General Secretary and party in charge for Chhattisgarh P L Punia was also present during the meeting.
The MNF returned to power in Mizoram by bagging 26 seats of the 40-member state legislature after a decade.
The 40-member assembly will now have 26 MLAs from MNF, eight from Zoram People's Movement and five from Congress. It will also have its first BJP MLA, Buddha Dhan Chakma who contested from Tuichawng.
President Ramnath Kovind laid the foundation stone of new ultra modern Railway Station at Kevadia during his visit to the Statue of Unity at Kevadia in Narmada district. The new ultra modern Railway Station will connect the Statue of Unity project to the rest of India with broadgauge railway line. The railway station, to be built at a cost of Rs 20 crore, will provide direct rail connectivity to the tourists visiting the Statue of Unity. President hailed the contribution of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in uniting the country.
Earlier, the president also participated in a prayer meeting and paid tribute to the iron man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 68th death anniversary.
The President also visited various places like 'Valley of Flowers', 'Wall of Unity', 'Museum and Exhibition Halls' and others at the venue of Statue of Unity.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Sardar Patel on his death anniversary on Saturday. The Prime Minister in a tweet said…His thoughts, rich work and strong effort towards India's unity inspire generations of Indians.
I&B Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore also paid tributes to Sardar Patel. The I&B Minister in a tweet said ... Humble tributes to the architect of a united, free India, the Iron Man, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He further tweeted .. We'll forever be indebted to his priceless contributions that laid a strong foundation for India to grow into a prosperous country.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will present the awards and launch the portal, the Aayog said in a release Friday. NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar and CEO Amitabh Kant will also be present on the occasion.
The awards were instituted to recognise and celebrate stories of exemplary women from across India. "This year's theme is 'Women and Entrepreneurship' and 15 winners have been chosen through an extensive six-month long process to identify fascinating and inspiring stories of women entrepreneurs," the release added.
The event will include panel discussions. The panellists include entrepreneurs, investors and experts such as Debjani Ghosh, Shivani Wazir Pasrich, Geeta Chandran, Radhika Ghai and Sania Mirza, it said.
The violence broke out near the town of Moyale, on the border with Kenya, in a region claimed by both the Oromo, the largest ethnic group in the country, and the Somali ethnic group. On top of the fatalities, 61 people were injured in the fighting, Fana reported, citing the Oromia regional state communication office.
Many more were displaced by the fighting in the region which has regularly been the scene of inter-communal violence. Last year, fighting between members of the two ethnic groups left more than a million people displaced.
While Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has received international praise for his reformist agenda since coming to power in April, a wave of inter-communal violence in several parts of the country -- mostly over land issues -- has marred the first few months of his rule.
Three Ethiopian students were also killed and 34 others injured after a fight on a campus escalated into deadly ethnic clashes in the west of the Horn of Africa country, the government said on Wednesday.
The Wholesale Price Index based inflation was 5.28 per cent in October and 4.02 per cent in November last year.
Food articles witnessed softening of prices with deflation at 3.31 per cent in November, against 1.49 per cent in October, government data released on Friday showed.
Noted English author Amitav Ghosh has been honoured with this year's Jnanpith Award, an award for outstanding contribution to literature.
In a statement, Bharatiya Jnanpith announced that Amitav Ghosh is a path- breaking novelist and in his novels, Ghosh treads through historical settings to the modern era and weaves a space where the past connects with the present in relevant ways.
The decision was taken in a meeting of Jnanpith Selection Board chaired by eminent novelist, scholar and Jnanpith laureate Pratibha Ray.
Ghosh, one of the most prominent contemporary Indian writers, is known for a series of novels such as "Shadow Lines", "The Glass Palace", "The Hungry Tide", and Ibis Trilogy -- "Sea of Poppies", "River of Smoke", and "Flood of Fire" -- chronicling the Opium trade between India and China run by the East India Company.
He has become the first English author to be honoured with the award. He's reacted to it on twitter saying he's 'honoured and humbled'.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the BJP booth level workers from Attingal, Mavelikkara, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha in Kerala through video conference.
Slamming the state government, Prime Minister said that BJP has given a model of governance for inclusive and all round development to bring a positive change in people's lives while Congress and Communist party have only given models of efficient corruption and inefficient governance.
Prime Minister also slammed the state govt for political killing in Kerala. He also praised the party karyakartas who withstood the political violence, and have given sacrifices in the state.
Prime Minister also said that India is the fastest growing economies in the world. He also said that India is a founding member of the International Solar Alliance that seeks to save the planet by adopting sustainable energy.
The announcement was made by party observer for the state K.C. Venugopal. He said the decision was taken by party President Rahul Gandhi.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee President Kamal Nath has been named as the new Chief minister of the newly-elected Congress government in the state. Congress tweeted saying that "Our best wishes to Kamal Nath for being elected CM of Madhya Pradesh. An era of change is upon MP with him at the helm. "
Kamal Nath's name was finalised after a string of meetings. His name was announced after a meeting of its MLAs at the party headquarters in Bhopal. Kamal Nath will take oath as Chief Minister on Monday.
Briefing the media, he said that the promises made by the Congress in its manifesto will be fulfilled by the new Government.
The deep depression over southeast Bay of Bengal moved rapidly north-northwestwards during past 6 hours and is very likely to intensify further into a Cyclonic Storm during the next 12 hours.
Expecting heavy rainfall and high winds, all are advised to stay off from the coastal areas. Those, who are out in deep sea areas are advised to return to the coast.
According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, the decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting held in Kathmandu on Monday.
In Nepal using and carrying Indian currency of more than Rs 100 denomination is illegal.
After demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes by the Indian Government, the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) had issued a circular in November 2016 and declared using, carrying or keeping Indian currency above Rs 100 denomination illegal in Nepal.
When the Lok Sabha reassembled at noon, there were heated arguments between the Treasury and Opposition benches over the Rafale deal. Citing the Supreme Court order, ruling BJP members accused the Congress of misleading the country on the deal.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh alleged that Congress President not only misled the country over the issue but tried to tarnish the country’s image at the international level. Singh said the apex court has clearly stated that the deal is a financial advantage to the country and there is no fault in the procurement process.
He said Rahul Gandhi should tender an apology in the House as he tried to dent the government’s image.
As noisy scenes continued, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House for the day.
Earlier, as the House met for the day, the Congress and BJP members were on their feet raising slogans against each other. Citing the Supreme Court's Judgement, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar alleged that Congress President Rahul Gandhi has made baseless allegations about the deal.
AIADMK members were in the well against the construction of dam across Cauvery River while TDP members raised slogans seeking financial benefits to Andhra Pradesh under the State Reorganization Act of 2014.
Amid noisy scenes, the Speaker had adjourned the House till noon.
In the Rajya Sabha, ruling BJP MPs demanded that Gandhi should apologize for levelling charges of corruption against the government in the Rafale deal.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asked the Chair to suspend the Question Hour and allow a discussion on the matter. On the other hand, Congress members continued their protest against the deal and demanded a JPC probe into it. AIADMK and DMK members were also in the well seeking protection for Cauvery delta farmers. Amid continued sloganeering between the Treasury and Opposition benches, Deputy Chairman Harivansh adjourned the House for the day.
Earlier, the House was adjourned following protests till 11:30 AM minutes after meeting for the day at 11 AM. Both the Houses of Parliament will now meet on Monday after the weekend holidays.
"The board deliberated on the governance framework of the Reserve Bank and it was decided that the matter required further examination," the RBI said in a statement.
RBI's governance is a major bone of contention between the government and the bank, which led Urjit Patel to quit as RBI Governor on Monday. The government wants RBI to be driven by the board instead of the Governor, as is currently the case.
Under the current structure, the board has 18 directors including four Deputy Governors, four Directors from the RBI's local boards, two government nominees and others appointed by the government. Many of these appointments to the board are political.
With non-technical people (non-economists) as Directors in the board of the central bank, the final word on any economic policy by the RBI is that of the Governor. However, the Central government wants the RBI Governor to be accountable to the board.
The board also reviewed other contentious issues like liquidity in the economy and credit in the market which soured the relationship between the government and the central bank over the past several months, with the government wanting the RBI to intervene.
"The board reviewed, inter alia, the current economic situation, global and domestic challenges, matters relating to liquidity and credit delivery to the economy and issues related to currency management and financial literacy," the statement said.
It was the first board meeting under the chairmanship of Shaktikanta Das, who was earlier Economic Affairs Secretary in the Finance Ministry and one who steered the monetary situation in the country post-demonetisation.
The draft report on Trend and Progress of Banking in India (2017-18) was also discussed at the meet, the RBI said.
A three-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi dismissed a bunch of petitions saying that there is no question on the need for fighter jets for the Indian Air Force, nor the suitability of Rafale fighter jets.
The bench said that, the Apex court cannot sit as an appellate authority on each and every defence Procurement. The bench also said that it doesn't find any material to show that there has been commercial favouritism.
Welcoming the Supreme Court's decision on the Rafale deal, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the Congress President tried to mislead public for political benefit, and maligned India's image globally. Demanding an apology from Rahul Gandhi, the Home Minister said that the allegations were just a tool to gain political mileage.
Union Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad also welcomed the Supreme Court's decision, saying the Rafale fighter jets are in the interest of the country. He expressed hope that, with this decision, all the issues created by the opposition on the Rafale deal will now end.
BJP President Amit Shah has welcomed the judgement of the Supreme Court. He said that the truth has won. He said that the people were being misled by unfortunately the country's oldest party and its a slap on politics of lies. He said that Rahul Gandhi should reveal what was the source of information on basis of which he made such big allegations.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore has hailed the Supreme Court's decision on the Rafale deal. In a tweet, the minister said that --- in a unanimous judgment the Supreme Court has dismissed any probe into the Rafale Deal and that has vindicated the Government's stand.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court's decision on the Rafale deal dominated proceedings in Parliament, as well. As soon as the Apex Court delivered the crucial judgment, the BJP members in Lok Sabha started demanding an apology from Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Various issues, including Rafale deal, clouded the proceedings in the Lower House, forcing adjournments. The Lok Sabha was then adjourned for the day, till Monday.In the Upper House of Parliament, too, the BJP members sought an apology from Congress President Rahul Gandhi. BJP's Arun Jaitley demanded that a discussion on the matter should immediately be taken up in Rajya Sabha. Rajya Sabha witnessed uproarious scenes, and was forced to be adjourned repeatedly, and finally for the day, till Monday.