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BJP, allies hit out at Congress for Hariprasad’s remarks against Amit Shah
Source:  The Siasat Daily
Friday, 18 January 2019 09:28

BJP, allies hit out at Congress for Hariprasad’s remarks against Amit Shah

New Delhi: The BJP and it’s allies on Thursday came down heavily on Congress after its General Secretary B.K. Hariprasad mocked Amit Shah, who has been admitted to AIIMS due to swine flu infections, demanding his ouster from the party and his post.

The BJP hit out at Congress and dared Rahul Gandhi to oust Hariprasad as General Secretary of the party while it’s ally and LJP leader Chirag Paswan went one step ahead demanding his ouster from the party.

BJP spokesperson G.V.L. Narsimha Rao said if the Congress leader, who is General Secretary at AICC, is not sacked or he did not tender public apology, it would be evident that his comments had full support of Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

“The Congress always has two faces. On one side is Rahul Gandhi and on the other, you have people like Hariprasad with toxic comments. Their behaviour is widely known to the people,” he said.

He said silence of the Congress leadership clearly establishes that all such comments have the sanction of the Congress leadership.

“If they really want to disapprove of his remarks, Rahul Gandhi must sack him or ask him to publicly apologize.

Hariprasad has said that Amit Shah has got a fever due to panic as some MLAs (of the Congress from Karnataka) have returned, alluding to the political crisis in the state.

“If he topples the Congress-JD(S) government, then he will have vomiting and loose motions. That is why he got swine fever,” Hariprasad said, referring to the ongoing drama in Karnataka politics.

Rao said the comment showed the moral degeneration of the Congress, complete bankruptcy of thoughts and the lack of moral values in the party.

Shah (54) was admitted to AIIMS on Wednesday owing to swine flu infection.

Chirag Paswan, who is chairman of LJP parliamentary borad, described Hariprasad’s statement as shameful which shows his mentality.

“I expect that Rahul Gandhi will take it seriously and oust him from the party,” he tweeted.

Meanwhile, the party has postponed Amit Shah’s various programmes.

He was to address a rally in Odisha, which has been postponed. He was to address some rallies in West Bengal too, which has been postponed. “The new dates will be fixed after he is discharged from AIIMS,” said BJP general secretary Arun Singh.

However, sources said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath may lead the BJP’s yatra in West Bengal if party president Amit Shah fails to reach Malda on January 20.

Shah was to kickstart BJP’s campaign in West Bengal with a series of rallies beginning January 20.


NIA raids 7 places in Western U.P. and Punjab in connection with ISIS inspired module case
Source:  Udaipur Kiran
Friday, 18 January 2019 09:27

Last month the agency had carried out searches in Delhi, Amroha, Lucknow, Meerut, Hapur and other places in connection with its probe into the new Islamic State module of Harkat-ul-Harb-e-Islam.

It also arrested 10 people including the group head Mufti Mohammad Suhail as they were allegedly planning terror attacks targeting some political personalities, security establishments and crowded places in Delhi and the national capital region.

The NIA also picked up a madrasa teacher from a mosque in Ludhiana in connection with an ISIS inspired module.

The NIA sleuths accompanied by Punjab police raided the Madhni Jama Masjid at Rahon road during wee hours and detained Mohammad Owais Pasha who was employed as a Madrasa teacher and maulvi at the mosque.

According to head of the mosque, Owais had come to Ludhiana from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh for the job.

The NIA agency men also took away the CCTV cameras installed at the masjid. 


Karnataka political turmoil: More Congress MLAs return home ahead of key legislative party meet today
Source:  Firstpost
Friday, 18 January 2019 09:27

Asked if disgruntled MLAs coming back into the party fold would be made ministers, Siddaramaiah said, "We have not told anyone that we will make them minister or any other thing. There is no disgruntlement in the Congress."

The post Karnataka political turmoil: More Congress MLAs return home ahead of key legislative party meet today appeared first on Firstpost.


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Source:  The Economic Times
Friday, 18 January 2019 09:26

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Supreme Court okays liquor in dance bars
Source:  The Economic Times
Friday, 18 January 2019 09:26

The court did away with two other clauses that mandated a partition between the dancer and the audience and insisted that those seeking licences must be persons of good character without any criminal records.

Karnataka Congress summons MLAs to identify dissidents
Source:  Samachar
Friday, 18 January 2019 09:25

New Delhi: A tense end game in Karnatakas latest political drama is set to play itself out on Friday, when the Congress has summoned a meeting of its legislators for a show of hands, seeking to identify turncoats with a warning that absentees will be expelled from the party.

The Congress, which has an alliance with the Janata Dal-Secular in the southern state, and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party resumed an acrimonious verbal battle after a days rest, accusing each other of trying to poach their MLAs.

Some of the Congresss 80 MLAs were still missing, and thought to be in Mumbai, keeping up the suspense over their intentions. One of the alleged dissenters, B Nagendra, arrived in the state capital to attend a court hearing and rubbished speculation that he had been poached by the BJP, but was unsure if he would attend Fridays meeting.

I have come to the city for a court hearing. There is no operation (to poach Congress MLAs). I went to Mumbai for personal reasons as I have business there. I keep going there often, Nagendra said, insisting that he had never been out of contact.

I dont have any reason to be unhappy (with the Congress). Regarding the CLP {Congress Legislature Party} meeting, I have to see what happens with the court, if I have a hearing tomorrow as well, it might be difficult to attend, Nagendra said.

A senior Congress leader, who did not wish to be named, said the dissidents had been thwarted in their attempt to muster more support.


‘Larger Interest of the Economy Dictates What Goes into the Interim Budget’: Finance Minister Defends NDA
Source:  IPA Newspack
Friday, 18 January 2019 09:25


The government could break convention and make the February 1 exercise more significant than a vote on account

‘Larger Interest of the Economy Dictates What Goes into the Interim Budget’: Finance Minister Defends NDA
File photo of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Mumbai: “The larger interest of the economy always dictates what goes into the interim budget,” said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at the CNBC-TV18 Indian Business Leaders Awards.

Jaitley has hinted at the Awards that the interim budget could include a farm package that would help address some of the challenges facing the economy today.

The government could break convention and make the February 1 exercise more significant than a vote on account.

“The convention has always been that the election year budget normally is an interim budget,” said the Finance Minister, adding, “but then the larger interest of the economy always dictates what goes into the interim budget and that’s something which cannot be discussed or disclosed at this stage.”
Speaking from New York via the web, Jaitley strengthened the government’s position by discarding any symptoms of nervousness about the budget and its performance.

“The NDA government had succeeded in restoring the credibility of the economy and its decision-making process over last few years,” he said.

Although he admitted that a 7-7.5 percent growth rate will not suffice and the 8 percent barrier would have to be crossed, annual savings from Aadhaar, he did not fail to highlight, can fund many schemes and help dispense wasteful schemes.

Talking on monetary policy and the Urjit Patel episode, Jaitley said RBI and government act within the constraints of their domain. However, both bodies have always been in extensive consultations, despite conflicting, diverse viewpoints.

But, Jaitley refrained from expressing any views on any rate cut and said that he will not fault the RBI or government for not having consultations.

The finance minister said he can’t have a real rate of interest that’s higher than anywhere else in the world.

| Edited by: Aditya Sharma





via News18

The post ‘Larger Interest of the Economy Dictates What Goes into the Interim Budget’: Finance Minister Defends NDA appeared first on Newspack by India Press Agency.


Nearly 1,000 Central American migrants in new caravans enter Mexico
Source:  Moneycontrol
Friday, 18 January 2019 09:25

Nearly 1,000 Central American migrants in new caravans enter Mexico The US government has been partially shut down for more than three weeks as Democrats resist Trump#39;s demand that Congress provide $5.7 billion to fund his planned wall.

Dense fog, poor visibility disrupts flight operations at Delhi airport
Source:  Business Standard
Friday, 18 January 2019 09:25

One of the flights diverted from the IGI airport was coming from Singapore. It was diverted to Kolkata

Netflix sees the Fortnite video game as a bigger rival than HBO
Source:  The Financial Express
Friday, 18 January 2019 09:24

The HBO network, now part of AT&T Inc.’s media-and-telecom empire, is often touted as one of Netflix Inc.’s biggest foes.

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