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AIADMK symbol frozen as Sasikala faction illegally usurped general secretary office: DMK

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:56
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Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Mar. 23 : Welcoming the Election Commission of India's (ECI) move to freeze the Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) election symbol, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Thursday said V.K. Sasikala's faction had tried to illegally usurp the office of party general secretary.

"The two leaves symbol has been frozen because of the illegal actions of the Sasikala faction. They are power hungry and want to destroy the AIADMK. As per by laws of the AIADMK, a general secretary could be elected only by the primary members of the party, but here they nominated her which is clearly illegal. So the Election Commission has taken cognizance of this fact. The blame should squarely fall on the shoulders of Sasikala faction who tried to usurp the office of AIADMK general secretary in an illegal manner," DMK leader Sarvanan told ANI.

Terming it as the AIADMK's internal matter, Sarvanan said the DMK didn't want to dwell upon it.

"We are very confident that the DMK will emerge victorious irrespective of which symbol the AIADMK candidates are going to contest with. The people have seen how the AIADMK has pushed Tamil Nadu towards devastation. Contrastingly, they have also seen how M.K. Stalin as the leader of the opposition has performed and raised pertinent issues of their welfare. People of the state have seen the stark contrast between an acting leader and the other who are trying to grab and enjoy power," he added.

The poll panel yesterday decided to freeze the AIADMK election symbol of 'two leaves', after representatives of former Tamil Nadu chief minister O. Panneerselvam and Sasikala factions made their claims for it.

"Neither of the two groups shall be permitted to use the symbol 'Two Leaves' of the AIADMK," the Election Commission stated.

The poll panel also asked both the factions to choose a new symbol to contest the current by-polls in R.K. Nagar.

The Election Commission also allowed both factions a further and final opportunity of adducing documents and affidavits latest by April 17.

While the Sasikala faction remained largely unperturbed with the decision, Panneerselvam's camp begged to differ and said they would fight back.

Earlier on Tuesday, Sasikala-led AIADMK faction filed a petition before the commission staking claim to the party's symbol.

Panneerselvam-led group had last week claimed that the party symbol rightfully belonged to it as Sasikala's election as the AIADMK general secretary was 'invalid and illegal'.

The tussle over party symbol began in view of the by-elections to the R.K. Nagar assembly constituency in Chennai on April 12. The constituency was held by late former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa. (ANI)

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Taj Mansingh Hotel auction: SC to hear plea today

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:47
 SC to hear plea today

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 : The Supreme Court will today continue the hearing in connection with the plea of Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) against the Delhi High court order allowing the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to auction the Taj Mansingh Hotel, located in the Lutyen's zone.

Earlier this month, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that an open auction of Taj Mansingh Hotel would be done.

Kejriwal, a member NDMC made the announcement following a special meeting of its top decision-making body.

"Important decisions today's NDMC meeting-open auction of Taj Mansingh, cancel Le Meridian Hotel license, 240 days TMR (Temporary Muster Roll) every yr 2 all death cases (sic)," Kejriwal had tweeted.

The apex court, earlier in November 2016, ordered that the status quo with regard to the Taj Mansingh Hotel be maintained and issued a notice to the NDMC to reply to the plea against the auction of hotel.

The Delhi High Court had earlier dismissed the Tata Group's appeal for retaining management rights over the Taj Mansingh Hotel, and in all practicality, told the business conglomerate that it would have to participate in the auction process.

The High Court gave a green signal to the NDMC to go ahead with the public auction of the Taj Mansingh Hotel located in Central Delhi. (ANI)

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Supreme Court to hear Babri Masjid demolition case today

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:45
Supreme Court to hear Babri Masjid demolition case today

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 : The Supreme Court will today hear the conspiracy charges against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti in connection with the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case.

The apex court will hear the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) plea against the Allahabad High Court's order dropping criminal conspiracy charges against the BJP leaders in the case.

There are two sets of cases - one against BJP veteran leader Advani and others, who were on the dais at Ram Katha Kunj in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 when the Babri mosque was demolished.

The other case was against lakhs of 'karsevaks' (volunteers) who were in and around the disputed structure.

The CBI had chargesheeted Advani and 20 others under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours etc. circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

It had subsequently invoked charges under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, which was quashed by the special court whose decision was upheld by the high court. (ANI)

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Delhi HC to hear Swaraj India's plea seeking common symbol for civic polls

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:29
Delhi HC to hear Swaraj India's plea seeking common symbol for civic polls

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 : The Delhi High Court will today continue hearing Swaraj India's plea seeking allotment of common symbol to the party to contest the upcoming municipal elections in the national capital.

Appearing for the Delhi state election commission, advocate Sumit Pushkarna, earlier on Tuesday, submitted before the court that they didn't have the power to allot symbols to unrecognised but registered political parties, adding that this power was vested with the Election Commission of India (ECI).

Swaraj India, a party led by Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, approached the Delhi High Court earlier last week challenging the state election commission's denial to their plea for a common symbol in the upcoming civic polls.

The Delhi state election commission, earlier on March 14, announced April 22 as the date for Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls.

The petitioner said the poll panel denied the request for a symbol on March 7 despite a provision in the rules to provide a symbol to a registered but unrecognised political party like Swaraj India which is set to make its electoral debut.

Senior advocate Arvind Nigam mentioned the matter before a bench of Justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and V.K. Rao for an urgent hearing.

Swaraj India was floated by Yadav and Bhushan, who were expelled from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after they questioned Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's leadership.

The lawyer argued that under the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) (Amendment) order, the Election Commission of India itself allows newly registered political parties to have a common symbol for all their candidates for contesting their first election.

The party has claimed that states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Kerala, Sikkim and Tripura follow the rules made by the Election Commission of India (ECI). (ANI)

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Will continue to raise voice to get back our symbol: Panneerselvam on EC's decision

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:24
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Chennai (Tamil Nadu)[India], Mar. 23 : Expressing disappointment over the Election Commission of India (ECI) decision to freeze the Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) election symbol, former Tamil Nadu chief minister O. Panneerselvam said he would raise his voice legally to get back the symbol.

"In spite of having kept strong arguments in front of the Election Commission, we are disappointed by the results. We will continue to raise voice legally to get back our symbol," the Panneerselvam camp said in a statement.

Earlier, AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran, who belongs to former party general secretary V.K. Sasikala's faction, asserted the decision would not affect them in the upcoming R.K. Nagar by-polls.

"We will now take up the issue and I am confident that we will get the symbol back," Dinakaran told media here.

The poll panel decided to freeze the AIADMK election symbol of ' two leaves', after representatives of Panneerselvam and former party general secretary V.K. Sasikala factions made their claims for it.

"Neither of the two groups shall be permitted to use the symbol 'Two Leaves' of the AIADMK," the Election Commission stated.

The poll panel also asked both the factions to choose a new symbol to contest the current by-polls in R.K. Nagar.

The Election Commission also allowed both factions a further and final opportunity of adducing documents and affidavits latest by April 17.

Earlier on Tuesday, Sasikala-led AIADMK faction filed a petition before the commission staking claim to the party's symbol.

Panneerselvam-led group had last week claimed that the party symbol rightfully belonged to it as Sasikala's election as the AIADMK general secretary was 'invalid and illegal'.

The tussle over party symbol began in view of the by-elections to the R.K. Nagar assembly constituency in Chennai on April 12. The constituency was held by late former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa. (ANI)

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EC's decision on AIADMK symbol: Will get it back, says Dinakaran

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:19
 Will get it back, says Dinakaran

Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Mar. 23 : Soon after the Election Commission of India (ECI) decided to freeze the Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) election symbol, party deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran asserted the decision would not affect them in the upcoming R.K. Nagar by-polls.

"We will now take up the issue and I am confident that we will get the symbol back," Dinakaran told media here.

Dinakaran, who belongs to former party general secretary V.K. Sasikala's faction, further said there would be no impact of it in the upcoming crucial by-polls in R.K. Nagar.

The poll panel decided to freeze the AIADMK election symbol of ' two leaves', after representatives of former Tamil Nadu chief minister O. Panneerselvam and Sasikala factions made their claims for it.

"Neither of the two groups shall be permitted to use the symbol 'Two Leaves' of the AIADMK," the Election Commission stated.

The poll panel also asked both the factions to choose a new symbol to contest the current by-polls in R.K. Nagar.

The Election Commission also allowed both factions a further and final opportunity of adducing documents and affidavits latest by April 17.

Earlier on Tuesday, Sasikala-led AIADMK faction filed a petition before the commission staking claim to the party's symbol.

Panneerselvam-led group had last week claimed that the party symbol rightfully belonged to it as Sasikala's election as the AIADMK general secretary was 'invalid and illegal'.

The tussle over party symbol began in view of the by-elections to the R.K. Nagar assembly constituency in Chennai on April 12. The constituency was held by late former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa. (ANI)

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Resume duty or face action: BMC issues notice to doctors

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 19:15
 BMC issues notice to doctors

New Delhi [India], Mar 22 : The Birhanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday issued notice to 500 resident doctors asking them to resume work or face action.

According to reports, the notice warns the doctors that if they fail to resume work then they could be expelled and their medical registrations could be cancelled, as per a January 31, 1996, Government Resolution.

As doctors continue to abstain from work across major civic hospitals in Mumbai, thousands of patients have been left to suffer and go through a lot of inconvenience at public hospitals as surgeries have been cancelled and patients are being turned away from Out Patient Departments (OPD).

The Bombay High Court yesterday asked the doctors to resume their duties immediately.

The court came heavily on the protesting doctors and asked its representative body - the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) - to ask all doctors to resume their duties immediately else it would be contempt of court as the doctors organisation has given an undertaking that it would not go on strike.

The court also directed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis-led government and the BMC to provide adequate security to the doctors in hospitals across the state.

The doctors are on strike due to the recent incidents of violence against them. (ANI)

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Govt. giving full support to Surrender and Rehab Policy: Rijiju

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 19:08
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New Delhi [India], Mar. 22 : Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday said the Centre has given all support to the Surrender and Rehabilitation Policy.

Addressing the Upper House, Rijiju said that the scheme has been implemented in all states barring Mizoram and Sikkim.

"The Government has given all support in name of Surrender and Rehab Policy, schemes implemented in all states barring Mizoram and Sikkim," he said.

Looking forward to more surrender of the militants in future, Rijiju said, "Most of the militants have been merged into the national mainstream and very few left."

Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation policy is part of the overall policy to build consensus and evolve an acceptable and peaceful solution to violence perpetrated by extremist groups to usher in peace and development, especially in the disturbed regions.

Though, policies for rehabilitation of militants have been successful in Jammu and Kashmir and north-eastern states, implementation of similar policies in Naxal affected states has not been impressive for various reasons. This policy has been evolved, keeping in mind the specific geographical and social landscape to help those Naxalites, who want to abjure violence, surrender and join the mainstream.

Surrender and rehabilitation policy is part of a multi-pronged conflict management and resolution strategy and is required to be implemented along with firm action by the police against those following the path of violence. (ANI)

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Ram Mandir dispute: Muslim cleric seconds out of court settlement

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 16:32
 Muslim cleric seconds out of court settlement

New Delhi [India], Mar 22 : Asserting that the issue of Ayodhya Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute can be solved through talks, Muslim Cleric Maulana Suhaib Qasmi on Wednesday vouched for out of court settlement.

Qasmi said in the court someone has to lose and in such sensitive cases like the Ram Temple issue, view of both sides should be taken in to consideration before arriving on to a conclusion.

"All issues of the world can be solved through talks. Arguments and hatred bring no good. We cannot solve any problem through hatred. When a matter is heard in the court someone has to lose. And I believe that such matter should be dealt with sensitivity by considering view of all sides. So, this issue of the Babri Masjid should be solved through talks," Qasmi told ANI.

Retorting to Union Minister Mahesh Sharma's view in the matter, Qasmi said he is sure that the incumbent dispensation at the Centre will churn out a balanced solution in the case.

"At present we have a government which is thinking about all its citizen. It is a government which is ready to discuss all issues. And because we have to think of nations development we cannot just sit with all these issues, we need to solve these issues peacefully," said Qasmi.

The Supreme Court yesterday observed that the Ayodhya dispute must be settled amicably through "a cordial meeting" of all parties, and Chief Justice J.S. Khehar offered his personal mediation to help resolve the matter.

The court's remarks came after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy sought an early hearing of his plea seeking permission to build a Ram temple at the site of the demolished Babri mosque.

"These are issues of religion and sentiments. These are issues where all the parties can sit together and arrive at a consensual decision to end the dispute. All of you may sit together and hold a cordial meeting," a bench headed by Khehar said in an oral observation. (ANI)

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Jaitley to address Conference of Auditors General of Commonwealth nations, British Overseas Territories

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 15:58
Jaitley to address Conference of Auditors General of Commonwealth nations, British Overseas Territories

New Delhi [India], Mar. 22 : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will address the 23rd Conference of Auditors General of Commonwealth nations and British Overseas Territories in New Delhi this morning.

This is the first time India is hosting this prestigious conference.

The Finance Ministry in a statement said the representatives of the participating nations will look into the scope of leveraging technology in public audit as well as share experiences on environment audit.

It said the three-day conference will be attended by 52 Commonwealth Countries and nine British Overseas Territories.

The auditing organizations in these countries come together every three years to discuss the major challenges before them.

The last such conference was held in Malta in 2014. (ANI)

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Swaraj directs to rescue 29 Telangana workers from Saudi company captivity

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 15:48
Swaraj directs to rescue 29 Telangana workers from Saudi company captivity

New Delhi [India], Mar. 22 : Soon after IT and NRI affairs minister K. T. Rama Rao sought Sushma Swaraj's intervention in rescuing 29 Telangana workers from Saudi company captivity, the External Affairs Minister has asked the Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Ahmad Javed, to initiate action for their release.

"Javed - Plz help the Indian workers and send a report to me and Mr. K T Rama Rao," she tweeted.

Rao wrote a letter to Swaraj seeking her help to rescue 29 migrant workers from Telangana held in captivity by a company in Saudi Arabia.

In the letter, Rao said that the workers, employed by Al-Hajry, were held in captivity at Al-Hassa in Saudi Arabia for the last 12 days without any food or basic amenities.

"However, in the meantime the said company has taken all the 29 employees into their custody and is holding them captive in a room at Allsafaniya Kouqt, Bodar, city Kanji, Saudi Arabia, denying them food / water or medicines and other basic amenities for the last 12 days," Rao said.

He said that when the workers requested for leave to visit home town the company not only demanded $50,000 but refused to provide the expenses for travel.

The workers also approached labour court and subsequently 'Amir Court' for Justice. The Amir Court issued directions to the employer company to bear all expenses and send the said 29 employees to their native places within three days.

Rao said he was contacted by Boragalla Shekhar, a resident of Kamareddy district in Telangana who informed him about the plight he and 28 others were suffering. He also provided Swaraj with the telephone numbers of Shekhar.

He also requested Swaraj to take up the matter with the Saudi Arabia government to ensure that all the 29 workers are safely released and repatriated to India.(ANI)

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NCP hails SC's suggestion on Ram Mandir issue

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 15:13
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Asked SC to appoint judges to mediate 'Ram Mandir' issue: Swamy

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 15:02
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New Delhi [India] Mar. 22 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy, who filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking urgent hearing of Ayodhya dispute, on Wednesday said he has asked the apex court to appoint judges to mediate and conclude the matter.

"The Supreme Court has only said that I should explore that whether there is a possibility of a negotiated settlement. I said that I have already spoken to all the other parties and they don't want to do it because if there is a bilateral agreement between the two parties then they feel that they might be accused by the hardliners of surrendering to their Hindu interest. I said there should be judge who should mediate and see the discussion come to the conclusion," Swamy told ANI.

He further said that the apex court would let him know about its decision regarding appointment of judge on March 31.

"The court said that in the meantime it will decide whether they want to have a Supreme Court judge. So, on the March 31 it will tell me as what they propose to do," he added.

Swamy said that the matter would get over soon if the apex court agrees to appoint judges to mediate the matter else the hearing would continue.

The apex court yesterday said the Ayodhya dispute is a sensitive and sentimental issue, adding its best that this matter was settled amicably.

The court asked parties concerned to sit together to arrive at a consensus and asked Swamy to consult the parties and inform it about the decision on March 31.

The court also suggested if required, a principal mediator can be chosen by the court for settling the issue. Chief Justice J.S. Khehar said if the parties want him to mediate then he is ready for the task. (ANI)

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