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Chennai: AIADMK workers pelt stones at media personnel

Legal News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 15:36
 AIADMK workers pelt stones at media personnel

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 11 : Stones were pelted at media persons allegedly by All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) workers on Saturday outside the resort where the party MLAs are lodged.

Denying the rumour of MLAs being 'forced' to stay at the resort, Tamil Nadu Education Minister Pandiarajan said, "All AIADMK MLAs are willing to meet the Governor if he wishes to meet as well. We have not overruled any of his suggestions. Whatever has been done was after his consent, no pressure tactics."

He further said that the MLAs have been staying at their convenience at hotels, adding that they have not been forced or compelled to do anything.

The 11 MLAs staying at the resort addressed the media yesterday clarifying the same and dismissing all the allegations as a 'conspiracy.'

One of the MLAs said that they were not forced to stay there but were staying there so that they could immediately meet the Governor if he calls them.

Earlier yesterday, Tamil Nadu interim chief minister O. Panneerselvam hit back at Sasikala for calling him a 'traitor', accusing the former of playing 'dirty tricks', adding that she instigated several ministers to give interviews to declare her as the chief minister.

"Sasikala wanted to betray the party and become the Chief Minister, she instigated several Ministers who started giving interviews that she should be CM. It is Sasikala who is doing dirty tricks to acquire the chair of Chief Minister. If she succeeds it will be a big blot on democracy," said Panneerselvam. (ANI)

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KTS Tulsi supports SC over refusal to hear PIL on Sasikala

Legal News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 13:39
KTS Tulsi supports SC over refusal to hear PIL on Sasikala

New Delhi [India], Feb. 11 : Supporting the Supreme Court over their refusal to give an urgent hearing on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking to restrain All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK) leader V. K. Sasikala from being sworn in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, senior advocate KTS Tulsi on Saturday said all disputes are not judicially manageable.

"I'm sure this is a political action and the Supreme Court doesn't want to get into the political thicket. Not all disputes are judicially manageable," Tulsi told ANI.

The PIL, filed on February 6 in the apex court seeking a stay over Sasikala's swearing-in, claimed that she had been convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, for amassing wealth disproportionate to her income.

The petitioner said he filed the plea in the interest of people of Tamil Nadu and to maintain the peace in the state.

In a major turn of events, AIADMK general secretary Natarajan yesterday staked her claim to form government.

"Chinnamma stakes claim to form Government," AIADMK tweeted.

Sasikala earlier visited Tamil Nadu Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao and carried along with her letter of support claiming majority. She was accompanied by five senior AIADMK leaders. (ANI)

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First phase of voting begins for UP assembly elections

Legal News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 13:31
First phase of voting begins for UP assembly elections

Agra (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 11 : Voting has begun in the first phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections here on Saturday morning.

The election process will be held in 73 assembly constituencies spread across 15 districts of the state. The most populous state of the country will today vote for 839 candidates at 26,823 polling stations.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made for smooth polling, especially in sensitive areas of Shamli, Aligarh, Muzaffarnagar, Mathura, Bulandshahr and Agra.

The electoral battle in the state has grabbed all eyeballs, be it the electoral merger between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party or the infighting within the first family of this politically crucial state.

The Samajwadi Party is looking ahead to retain power in the state, the Congress, with a political merger with the former, hopes to resurrect its position. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are, however, trying to regain its lost glory in the politically-crucial state.

With the Congress and the Samajwadi Party formally sealing the alliance, the BJP made efforts to seal deal with other smaller parties to ensure it achieves the mandate.

Voting in Uttar Pradesh will be done in seven phases - February 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, March 4 and 8. The counting of votes will take place on March 11. (ANI)

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Pakistan courting the abyss

Legal News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 13:23
Pakistan courting the abyss

New Delhi [India], Feb. 11 : Since when has Pakistan been trying to court the abyss? Is it from recent times or right from the time it became independent?

To start with, Pakistan was created due to the insecurity that prevailed among Muslims in the then un-partitioned Indian subcontinent prior to 1947. What the country's founding father, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, promised during his Independence Day speech was that Pakistan would remain a 'home' to all living in Pakistan, but it never came true.

The Pakistan movement became essentially a movement of the Muslim minority elite living in Muslim minority provinces.

Divisions in Pakistan society started taking place soon after its birth as a nation, with Amediyyas being declared non-Muslims, as also Shias and Sufis.

Over the years, the Pakistan Army instead of remaining an arm of the executive, became identified with the state itself. It has been stated that today the army has a 'nation' in Pakistan

General Ayub Khan assumed power in October 1958 and imposed martial law. He used the power he had to fight India in the Rann of Kutch, and followed it up by with a military engagement with India in Chamb Jaurian and other border areas to cut of Jammu and Kashmir from the rest of India, but failed. He was invited to Tashkent by the Soviets and came to a settlement with Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Pakistan had it major trouble when national elections were held in 1970. The majority was won by Mujibur Rehman who should have been the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The military rulers of Pakistan instead cracked down on East Pakistan, killing millions of inhabitants in that area. This started an influx of Bengali refugees that turned into an exodus into India in 1971. The Indian government waited patiently till the northern passes were closed and when Pakistan provoked her into aggression by attacking some airfields in the western sector.

In the two-week war that followed, Pakistani forces were defeated by the Indian Army and the Mukti Bahini.

On demand from the Indian Army, over 93, 000 Pakistani troops in East Pakistan surrendered. East Pakistan became Bangladesh, a free nation.

As the author says, "Islamization has clearly neither created nor strengthened a unique Pakistan identity or unity. If anything, successive doses of Islamization have led to greater intolerance and insecurity. The result has been that since the Munir Commission Report, there is division between Shia, the Barelvis and Debandis, who have been denouncing each other. Both Barelvis and Deobandis have denounced the Shias. The Barelvis have called the Ahl-e-Hadis infidels and pure devils, while the Ahl-e-Hadis have denounced all Hanafi sects to be against the teachings of Quran."

Pakistan was pulled into the Afghan War, virtually forced by its allies in the West, which also indirectly remained silent during its nuclearisation. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the man who declared that Pakistanis would rather eat grass than wait to become a nuclear power was involved in a rivalry for power, entered jail and eventually lost his life.

Former ISI chief late Lt. Gen Hamid Gul boasted how he had organised Islamists from a large number of Muslims countries. In recent times, Pakistan is being sucked to play a terrorist role in the areas adjacent to it.

The author has given us the role played by the rulers--political and military --in the history of Pakistan. The author has described how Pakistan has step by step walked into an abyss, deeper and deeper.

A comprehensive assessment of Pakistan, right from its creation, and the various powers that played. Virtually everyone used Pakistan, and will continue to do so.

Book Review, Pakistan Courting the Abyss, by Tilak Devesher, pages 450, Harper Collins, Rs. 599

Mr. I. Ramamohan Rao is former Principle Information Officer of the Government of India. He can be reached on his e-mail raoramamohan @ hotmail . com. (ANI)

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Shiv Sena slams PM's 'raincoat' barb, says Modi's face is no more 'trustworthy'

Legal News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 13:13
Shiv Sena slams PM's 'raincoat' barb, says Modi's face is no more 'trustworthy'

Mumbai [India], Feb. 11 : After a series of outrageous remarks surfaced post Prime Minister's Narendra Modi's infamous 'raincoat' remark directed towards his predecessor Dr. Manmohan Singh in the Rajya Sabha last week, the latest to join the bandwagon is Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray.

Lashing out at the comment made by Prime Minister Modi, Thackeray expressed his disappointment over the delay in building the Shivaji Memorial in Mumbai, adding the Prime Minister is only spending his time in travelling from one country to another.

"To bring to PM Modi's notice, I must say that the construction of Metro in India started off under Dr. Manmohan Singh's Government, and not under the BJP rule. I think he has lost belief in himself," said Thackeray.

Commenting on the Babri Masjid incident, Thackeray clarified nothing was done in the need of the hour.

"When the Babri Masjid was demolished no one was willing to speak. The Shiv Sena chief at that time proclaimed that this must have been done by the members of the Shiv Sena and I am proud of them for this," Thackeray added.

After the demonetisation move was rolled out by the Modi Government on November 9, 2016, Thackeray claimed nothing could be done to compensate the suffering that people had to go through.

"Many people have died waiting in lines during the demonetisation phase. I don't see any benefit of demonetisation. What can be done to replace the loss of lives? It has only increased suffering," questioned Thackeray.

"PM Modi's money is very safe. It is so safe that he will also not be able to find it," added Thackeray, taking a dig at the Prime Minister. (ANI)

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Yechury lashes out at PM Modi for threatening Congress with 'expose'

Legal News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 13:01
Yechury lashes out at PM Modi for threatening Congress with 'expose'

New Delhi [India], Feb. 11 : With Prime Minister Narendra Modi threatening to expose the Congress for their 'corruption-riddled' past, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Friday called on the former to take action if he actually had evidence and stop with the stream of verbal assault, as it was unbecoming of his post.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi addressed an election rally in Haridwar, where he warned the Congress to not test him, asserting that crossing of limits will result in him exposing the UPA Government's "corrupt" history.

Joining the panel discussion during the launch of former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram's book "Fearless in Opposition", Yechury questioned the recent usage of language by the Prime Minister.

"I just got a tweet from ANI, I'll just read it out because it is actually very telling. Prime Minister speaking at an election rally - "I appeal to the members of the Congress to hold their tongue, otherwise I have a full record of their actions, today in Haridwar." This is not the level of decorum and the level of politics that at-least we have grown up in," he said.

Adding that the Left has had scathing arguments with the Congress and will continue to have them, Yechury further said that these are not the issues on which such language must be used, adding that if the Prime Minister has a record of their actions, he must put it out and take action.

"I was asked by some of the media friends that Dr. Manmohan Singh was sitting in the Parliament when PM made the comment and why didn't he get up then and immediately answer. I said that knowing Dr. Manmohan Singh, that was the last thing he would do, but suddenly an old English saying came to my mind - In a street fight a gentleman would never win, because a gentleman loathes to stoop to the level of a street fighter," the CPI (M) leader stated.

"And for heaven's sake as the PM of the country if you have some information which of something illegal, some loot, some sleaze, it is your foremost duty to proceed and take action, why are you threatening?," Yechury said referring to the Prime Minister's address in Uttarakhand.

Yechury had earlier stated that the "raincoat" jibe at former prime minister Manmohan Singh probably came of Prime Minister Modi's "peculiar imagination".

"I think the raincoat example came out of the peculiar type of imagination that the Prime Minister has," Yechury told reporters.

Prime Minister Modi had trained his guns on his predecessor Dr. Manmohan Singh, accusing him of letting corruption run free under his nose but managing to steer clear of any charges.

"Dr. Manhmohan has played a significant role in the economic system of India. But during the most corrupt regime in the nation, there was not a single corruption charge against him. This art of taking a bath wearing a raincoat must be learnt from Dr. Manmohan Singh," the Prime Minister said, setting off cries of shame by the Congress and a walkout. (ANI)

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Congress should stop preaching: BJP supports PM Modi over 'expose' remark

Legal News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 12:58
 BJP supports PM Modi over 'expose' remark

New Delhi [India], Feb. 11 : In the wake of the ongoing assembly polls in five states of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been on an overhaul ride of outwitting his opponents with sardonic remarks, one after the other. The remarks have only invited the ire of the political stalwarts, all stating that the statements are unbefitting of his post.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), however, thoroughly supports its leader and has warned the Congress to be wary of its words as he has the power to 'expose' them.

"The kind of language the Congress is using for Prime Minister Modi, the way the 'corruption-riddled' Congress is preaching, is wrong. They should stop it. They should remember that their whole 'janm-kundli' is with Prime Minister Modi. He knows the scams that took place under the rule of the Congress. The nation also knows it," BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said on Saturday.

"The Congress should be mindful of its words. Our government, our party is not involved in any scam. This is the first time that such a honest and able government is ruling the country. We are batlling against black money. They are not eligible to speak against us. Because, when Modiji will speak, the Congress will get exposed," he added.

Prime Minister Modi, a day before, warned the Congress to not test him, asserting that crossing of limits will result in him exposing the UPA Government's "corrupt" history. (ANI)

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If you push us in the muck, you'll also get dirty: Congress to PM Modi

Legal News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 12:55
 Congress to PM Modi

New Delhi [India], Feb. 11 : In the line of fire because of his recent remarks against the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been getting backlash from different quarters of Indian politics, most of it stating that it is unbecoming of a position like his.

Reiterating the sentiment, the Congress Party on Saturday ridiculed Prime Minister Modi's comments and dared him to 'expose' them if he really wants to.

Congress leader Sandeep Dixit said Prime Minister Modi should remember if he tries to push his opponents in the muck, he might also get dirty.

"If you have the 'kachcha chitthha', please open it and show it to the world. Is it a fun game that you're warning us? I want to tell Prime Minister Modi that we are not kids or the unarmed men, who you targeted in the year 2002. We fight openly. If you really can, please tell the world what you want to. And also remember, when you try to push your opponents in the muck, you also get dirty," he said.

Further commenting on the Prime Minister's statements, Congress leader Tom Vadakkan said his advisory is more applicable to his own party - the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and not the Congress.

He said, "Prime Minister Modi is very correct. Everybody should be careful with the tongue. I think it's relevant with his workers, his political leaders to watch their tongue. And whatever they say should be in the political framework and they should maintain basic decency. I think this advisory is more applicable to BJP leaders and followers, and not to the Congress."

Prime Minister Modi, a day before, warned the Congress not to test him, asserting that crossing of limits will result in him exposing the UPA Government's "corrupt" history.

Earlier, he had trained his guns on his predecessor Dr. Manmohan Singh, accusing him of letting corruption run free under his nose but managing to steer clear of any charges. (ANI)

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TRS MP Kavitha bats for National Women's Parliament

Legal News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 12:48
TRS MP Kavitha bats for National Women's Parliament

Amravati (Telangana) [India], Feb. 11 : Stressing on the hope that young girls and women will get inspired by the unique concept of the three-day National Women's Parliament (NWP), Nizamabad MP K. Kavitha has hailed the Andhra Pradesh Government for holding the NWP conclave.

"The women's parliament held in Amravati, Andhra Pradesh today is a unique experiment done in our country. I am happy to be here. There are a lot of issues that will be discussed in the next three days. I really hope that young girls will be inspired by these discussions and will participate in politics of our country in future," she said on Friday.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MP hoped the NWP will go a long way in helping women in struggles for equal rights and equal share in polity, jobs and economic benefits being waged by women.

At the conclave, Kavitha spoke at length about women empowerment and adaptability of the mentor concept in political arena.

The NWP focuses on under-representation of women in elected bodies, decision making levels and obstacles being faced by them in different spheres. The conclave is being hailed as a big step to motivate the political leadership to pass the long-pending Women's Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha. (ANI)

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Stage set for first phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh

Legal News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 12:39
Stage set for first phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh

New Delhi [India], Feb. 11 : The stage is set for the first phase of polling in India's high-stake northern Uttar Pradesh state today.

The election process will be held in 73 assembly constituencies spread across 15 districts of the state.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made for smooth polling, especially in sensitive areas of Shamli, Aligarh, Muzaffarnagar, Mathura, Bulandshahr and Agra.

A polling official, Mohan Kumar, said paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been deployed at polling booths.

"Vehicles have been arranged for polling officials. They will be sent through buses. Heavy security arrangements have been made to ensure polling officials reaches their respective booths on time," said Kumar.

A polling official in Agra said they are expecting to conduct fair polls.

"We have made all arrangements. All aspects regarding security have been kept in mind. Forces have been deployed at all polling booths. We expect to conduct fair elections," said another polling official, Pramod Kumar.

The electoral battle in the state has grabbed all eyeballs, be it the electoral merger between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party or the infighting within the first family of this politically crucial state.

With the Congress and the Samajwadi Party formally sealing the alliance, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made efforts to seal deal with other smaller parties to ensure it achieves the mandate.

Voting in Uttar Pradesh will be done in seven phases - February 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, March 4 and 8. The counting of votes will take place on March 11. (ANI)

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Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates Guinness record

Legal News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 12:34
Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates Guinness record

New Delhi [India], Feb. 11 : India's renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik on Friday created a Guinness World Record for building the world's tallest sandcastle on the beach of eastern Puri city.

Sudarsan and his 45 students took about nine days to make the 48 feet-high sculpture under the theme of 'World Peace'.

The earlier record was reserved in the name of American artist Ted Siebert, who had built a 45 feet-high sandcastle at the Miami Beach in 2015.

"Today, we have taken the measurement of this sandcastle and I am very happy to announce that this is now new Guinness world record," said Guinness World record official, Swapnil Dangarikar.

Pattnaik has won many awards for his sand art and is known for his creativity of combining art and activism.

He has participated in more than 50 international sand sculpture championships across the world and won many awards for the country. He has also been conferred with the fourth highest civilian award- Padma Shri in 2014.

Pattnaik's sand sculpture titled 'Mahatma Gandhi - World Peace' won the people's choice prize at the ninth Moscow Sand Sculpture Championship 2016. (ANI)

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DMK writes to Governor Rao to bring stability to TN politics

Legal News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 12:28
DMK writes to Governor Rao to bring stability to TN politics

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 11 : In the wake of the political crisis in Tamil Nadu, Leader of Opposition, Dravida Munnetra Kazagham's (DMK) Thalapathi M. K. Stalin on Friday submitted a representation to Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, in which he sought 'early intervention to ensure a democratically and constitutionally valid government in the state'.

The letter read: "We are certain that the Hon'ble Governor is aware of the series of events that has pushed the state into a political and constitutional stalemate, just as the State was about to return from the uncertainty caused due to the ill health of the former Chief Minister of TN, her sudden death and the transition of power thereafter.

"This representation is submitted by the DMK Party, in the backdrop of current internal rivalries, selfish pursuits of the ruling party and the collapse of the State Administrative Machinery because of which the welfare of the people has been greatly compromised in the last nine months."

"There is a constitutional vacuum now in the State, in which even the Chief Minister has been relegated to the side, only because of the infighting happening in the party. On the one hand the Chief Minister tenders his resignation, his own party elects a new leader of legislature party, but on the other hand charges and counter charges are being made where now to the utter shock of the entire state, where the Chief Minister himself has goes on record, just after 48 hours, saying that his resignation was obtained under duress."

"Then there are news items that the ruling party MLAs were transported in Omni buses to undisclosed destinations and kept under close watch against their wish, will and freedom of movement. There is also a writ that has been filed in the Chennai High Court demanding the release of those MLAs in alleged illegal detention. It is not inappropriate to mention here that the MLAs have to be given a chance of exercising their voting rights according to their free will. And another occasion of 'consent obtained under duress' has to be avoided in the interest of the State. Horse trading in any form has to be prevented and all efforts to protect the sanctity of the Anti defection law has to be undertaken.

"A complete constitutional impasse has been voluntarily imposed by the ruling party on the people of the State and in turn it has affected the administration of the State badly. Thus, there are a number of compelling issues concerning the people of the state, warranting immediate attention and resolution.

"As a Leader of Opposition TN Assembly, it is my responsibility to bring this worsening situation to your notice as it is causing a serious setback to the smooth sailing of the giant wheels of Constitutional Machinery in the promising and peaceful State. You will agree that the State administration cannot be allowed to drift towards a dangerous destination and in my view, if it is allowed to proceed, it will lead to a complete breakdown of the administration in the State. An alternate govt according to the norms of the constitution is therefore the need of the hour, as the problems of the people remain either unresolved or inadequately addressed. This affects the progress of the State.

"We request Hon'ble Governor to look into the developing situations closely and seek early intervention to ensure a democratically and constitutionally valid government in place without further loss of time through a free and fair floor test in total conformity with the constitutional provisions and also in accordance with parameters laid down by the Hon'ble Supreme Court in the famous 'S. R. Bommai Case' case."

Earlier, Rao clarified he hasn't sent any report to the Home Ministry, which allegedly cited that AIADMK general secretary V. K. Sasikala was not qualified to stake the claim of being the Chief Minister of the state.

The suspense of the Tamil Nadu AIADMK drama has been on the rise for a few days as both Sasikala's and incumbent Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam's camps remained tight-lipped about their respective closed-door meetings with Rao. (ANI)

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Aero India 2017 to be held from February 14-18

Legal News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 12:24
Aero India 2017 to be held from February 14-18

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Feb. 11 : The 11th biennial edition of International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition - Aero India 2017 will be held at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka here from February 14-18.

Aero India which began in 1996, has carved a niche for itself as a premium aerospace and aviation exhibition in the international arena and has become one of the most sought after exhibitions in the Asian region in terms of participation from across the globe. The event is being organised and conducted by the Defence Exhibition Organisation (DEO).

The highlights of this year's show are:

(i) Participation from 270 Indian Companies and 279 foreign companies. That is a total of 549 companies.

(ii) The total area of the show has grown from 24,403 sqm to 27,678 sqm this year.

(iii) Number of aircraft participating are 72.

(iv) The gross area has also increased from 2,50,000 sqm to 2,60,000 sqm.

(v) It is expected that two lakh business visitors will attend the show.

(vi) Seminars by State Governments (Andhra Global CEO's Conclave on Aerospace and Defence Manufacturing Opportunities in Andhra Pradesh) on February 14 2.30 pm onwards, shall be chaired by the Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati.

The Guest of Honour will be the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Also attending the Seminar will be the Minister of State for Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences Y. S. Chowdary, the Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) Rajiv Pratap Rudy, the Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa, the Defence Secretary, G. Mohan Kumar, Secretary (Defence Production), A. K. Gupta and the Minister of Finance & Planning Commercial Taxes, Legislative Affairs, Government of Andhra Pradesh Shri Yanamala Ramakrishnudu.

Under the Make in India Initiative the CII, FICCI, PHD shall jointly conduct the following events on February 15 and the topics are:

(a) Indian Aerospace : Investor's Meet by CII (1000 hrs - 1115 hrs)

(b) Make in India in Aerospace: Are MSMEs geared for it? - Reflections and the Way Forward - PHD, CII (1130hrs-1245 hrs)

(vii) Round Tables - Country specific by Indian Chambers (B2B)

(a) Indo-Swiss Business Meet

(b) Indo-UK

(c) Indo-Polish B2B Meetings by various companies

(viii) A Business to Business meeting area has been created and is being offered to Indian business industries free of cost

(ix) Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala are setting up exclusive SEZ pavilions for attracting investment

(x) Confirmation has been received from 30 Countries and the process is still on. In total 65 delegates comprising Ministers of Defence, Service Chiefs, Heads of Department from Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Brunei, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Sudan, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, the U. A. E., the U. K., U. S. A. and Uzbekistan have confirmed their presence

(xi) There shall be country-wise company participation from 23 countries, including official delegations. A total of 51 countries are participating

Exhibitors from U. S. A., France, the U. K., Russia, Israel, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Ukraine, Singapore, Sweden, Spain, South Africa, Italy, the U. A. E., South Korea, Hong Kong, the Czech Republic, Canada, Australia, Poland and Greece will participate.

Aerobatic teams participating in the show will be the Indian Air Force Sarang Team, the Indian Air Force Surya Kiran Team, the Scandinavian Air Show Team from Sweden and the Evolvkos Aerobatic Team from the U. K. (ANI)

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TN Governor clarifies he didn't send any report to Home Ministry

Legal News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 12:14
TN Governor clarifies he didn't send any report to Home Ministry

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 11 : As the power struggle within the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK) continues to plague the political ambience in Tamil Nadu, general secretary V. K. Sasikala received a sigh of relief as Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao has clarified that he hasn't sent any report to the Home Ministry, which allegedly cited she was not qualified to stake the claim of being the Chief Minister of the state.

The office of the Governor issued a press release that said, "Thiru Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, the Governor of Tamil Nadu, has not sent any report either to the Ministry of Home Affairs or to the President of India, as reported in some of the media."

Earlier in the day, it was reported the Governor had sent a report to the Union Home Ministry and cited the pending disproportionate assets (DA) case against Sasikala as the reason for her not being qualified to stake the claim.

The alleged reports also said the Governor had also taken note of the Public Interest Litigations (PIL) against her, on which the verdict was pending.

The suspense of the Tamil Nadu AIADMK drama has been on the rise for a few days as both Sasikala's and Panneerselvam's camps remained tight-lipped about their respective closed-door meetings with Governor Rao. (ANI)

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FedEx Launches FedEx Fulfillment for Small Business to Compete with Amazon

US News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 01:41
FedEx Launches FedEx Fulfillment for Small Business to Compete with Amazon

FedEx has launched a new service named FedEx Fulfillment for small and medium business owners. The service will first serve customers in the United States and Canada and business owners will be able to store their goods at FedEx warehouses. The logistics service will also offer custom delivery boxes with branding options for small and medium business owners.

The service would compete with Amazon for ecommerce based clients and small business owners. Amazon has registered strong growth in its similar program under which the company offers third-party sellers to store their goods at Amazon warehouse. Amazon directly ships the products and this reduces hassle for seller and delivery time for products.

Amazon has registered growth in its fulfillment business but many sellers are concerned about Amazon competing with them for their best-selling products. This won’t be the case with FedEx as the company is only into logistics and not into retailing.

In a report published on CNN, Ryan Kelly, senior vice president of FedEx Supply Chain informed, "We're focused on the retailer, and doing what's right for the retailer, in helping them grow their business. I think that is differentiated in the marketplace. It's why we're getting such great feedback."

Amazon has been working hard on improving delivery of goods on its network. The company has invested a lot of money in improving its logistics network. FedEx and UPS are now trying to compete by offering flexibility to small and medium business owners.

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Maximum jokes are made on Congress ministers, scoffs PM Modi

Legal News - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 17:47
Maximum jokes are made on Congress ministers, scoffs PM Modi

Bijnor (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 10 : Continuing his scathing attack on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the maximum number of jokes that one will find online are made on the ministers of the grand old party.

"If you search on Google, you will find maximum jokes on the Congress ministers than on any other minister," said Prime Minister Modi while addressing a rally here.

Training his gun at another political rival the Samajwadi Party, Prime Minister said that the truth of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will be exposed on March 11 (UP polls result day).

"On March 11, Akhilesh will be exposed," he said.

Condemning the incident of imprisoning BJP workers, the Prime Minister said that the SP is misusing law for its own benefit.

"Is the government used like this? BJP workers were forcibly imprisoned. Who misuses law for its personal motive?" he said.

Urging the people to bring about a positive change, Prime Minister Modi said Uttar Pradesh is witnessing a storm of change, which can be achieved by the BJP coming to power.

Prime Minister Modi on Wednesday continued his tirade against the Congress by training his guns at his predecessor Dr. Manmohan Singh, accusing him of letting corruption run free under his nose but managing to steer clear of any charges.

"Dr. Manhmohan has played a significant role in the economic system of India. But during the most corrupt regime in the nation, there was not a single corruption charge against him. This art of taking a bath wearing a raincoat must be learnt from Dr. Manmohan Singh," he said. (ANI)

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Uma Bharti says as MP CM she made rapists beg for forgiveness

Legal News - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 17:44
Uma Bharti says as MP CM she made rapists beg for forgiveness

Agra, (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Feb. 10 : Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti claimed on Friday that during her stint as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, she had got rapists tortured in police stations and made them beg for forgiveness.

Addressing a rally in Agra, Bharti spoke about the increasing number of rapes and sexual assaults on women in Uttar Pradesh and said, she got them tortured when she was chief minister of Madhya Pradesh in front of survivors.

She added that when she ordered the police to torture rapists, they cautioned her that such actions were a violation of human rights.

"But, I replied back by saying human rights are for human beings and rapists are demons. Their heads should be dismembered like the Ramayana's mythological figure Ravana," Bharti said.

Earlier, Bharti had asked those questioning last year surgical strikes to go and live in Pakistan. (ANI)

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EC should not allow Sasikala to continue as AIADMK's General Secretary: E. Madhusudan

Legal News - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 17:42
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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 10 : With the ongoing political turmoil getting murkier in Tamil Nadu, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) presidium chairman E. Madhusudan said the Election Commission (EC) should not allow V.K. Sasikala to continue as General Secretary of the party.

Meanwhile the Supreme Court earlier in the day declined the urgent hearing of Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking to restrain V. K. Sasikala Natrajan from taking oath as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.

The PIL, filed on February 6 in the apex court seeking a stay over Sasikala's swearing-in, claimed that she had been convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, for amassing wealth disproportionate to her income.

The petitioner said he filed the plea in the interest of people of Tamil Nadu and to maintain the peace in the state.

In a major turn of events, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary Natarajan yesterday staked her claim to form government.

"Chinnamma stakes claim to form Government," AIADMK tweeted.

Sasikala earlier visited Tamil Nadu Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao and carried along with her letter of support claiming majority. She was accompanied by five senior AIADMK leaders.

Hours before she met the Governor to stake claim to be Tamil Nadu's next chief minister, Sasikala lost the support of top party leader E. Madhusudhanan to O. Panneerselvam, who has underscored that he will not give up the Chief Minister's post without a fight.

Meanwhile, Panneerselvam hit back at Sasikala for calling him a 'traitor' accusing the former of playing 'dirty tricks', adding that she instigated several ministers to give interviews to declare her as the chief minister. (ANI)

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Twitter still struggling to attract new users

TopNews Arab Emirates - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 17:34

Twitter still struggling to attract new users

Twitter Inc.'s role as a megaphone for the U. S. president and numerous celebrities has failed to attract ordinary people to the social-networking platform, the company's latest earnings report and dismal forecast indicated.

Jack Dorsey, the chief executive officer of Twitter, acknowledged that the company might not be meeting everyone's growth expectations, and admitted that they needed to do more to convince people.

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NCP demands PM Modi's apology for Dr. Manmohan Singh

Legal News - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 17:15
NCP demands PM Modi's apology for Dr. Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, [India], Feb 10 : The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Friday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to formally apologise for his "raincoat" comment on his predecessor Dr. Manmohan Singh.

It may be recalled that Prime Minister Modi while replying to President Pranab Mukherjee's address to Parliament on Wednesday in the Rajya Sabha, had said "Only Dr. Manmohan Singh Saheb knows the art of taking a bath wearing a raincoat."

This comment was made to highlight the clean image of Dr. Singh in the midst of several scams allegedly committed by his Congress Party.

Modi's comment rankled opposition Congress party and led to an adjourning of the Budget Session till March 9.

"Making such comments in the House of Parliament on a person like Dr. Manmohan Singh, who is absolutely clean and above any corruption activities doesn't really befit the position of PM", said NCP leader Majeed Memon.

"We have lot of sympathy for Dr. Singh, and, I think, the PM should withdraw his words which might normalise the situation, or else, this may continue to have a long impact."

The Congress has demanded an apology from Prime Minister Modi for his remarks, and threatened to boycott him for rest of the session. (ANI)

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