UPA Government gives nod to Sixth Pay Commission report

New Delhi, Aug 14: The Union Cabinet as an Independence Day bonanza for the civil servants, armed forces, paramilitary personnel and central government employees, approved the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations on Thursday.

The revised pay structure will ensure that there will be a 40 percent increase in the salary of government as well as defence employees.

The Sixth Pay Commission, which was headed by Justice B N Srikrishna, had in March submitted its report to the government, recommending an average 28 per cent hike for central government staff and defence personnel.

All party delegation appeals for restoration of peace in J-K

All party delegation appeals for restoration of peace in J-KNew Delhi, Aug 12 : The all party delegation today appealed to all the concerned groups from Jammu as well as the Kashmir Valley to work for restoring peace and normalcy in the State.

The all party delegation which visited Jammu and Srinagar on August 9-10 had two rounds of discussions here on Monday and Tuesday and asked the the people of J-K to desist from adopting the path of agitation.

All-party meet assesses situation over Amarnath land row

BJP blames UPA Govt. for the shrine land rowSrinagar, Aug 10 : An 18-member all-party delegation headed by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil met here today to assess the situation in the wake of the continuing agitation in Jammu over the Amarnath land transfer controversy.

The meeting was attended by Arun Jaitley (BJP), Amar Singh (Samajwadi Party), former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Ghulam Nabi Azad, PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti and Saif-ud-din Soz and Mohsina Kidwai (both Congress), besides the local Kashmiri leaders.

BJP blames UPA Govt. for the shrine land row

BJP blames UPA Govt. for the shrine land rowNew Delhi, August 9 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday blamed the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-led Congress government for the ongoing row over the controversial revocation of the forestland allotted to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).

Addressing a party rally in New Delhi on Saturday, senior leader L. K. Advani alleged that the decision of the Jammu and Kashmir government to rescind the allotment of forestland to SASB was not its own but it was taken on the directions of the Central government.

Centre says, Rama Sethu not a national monument

Ram SethuNew Delhi, July 29 : The Centre today told the Supreme Court that it does not consider the Rama Sethu a national monument.

Senior advocate Fali S. Nariman, appearing for the Centre, told a Bench headed by Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan, "As far as we are concerned, the stand of the Government is very clear, that Rama Sethu could not fulfill the criteria of national monument."

Earlier, the Supreme Court had stopped construction work of the Sethusamudram project after writ petitions were filed to counter the demolition of the mythological Ram Sethu believed to have been constructed by Lord Rama.

TDP to launch campaign against UPA Govt’s failures from today

TDP to launch campaign against UPA Govt’s failures from todayKrishna (Andhra Pradesh), July 28: The main Opposition party in Andhra Pradesh, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will today launch a campaign against the Congress-led UPA Government making the public aware about the failures of the Government during its four-year rule.

The party would kick-start the six-day campaign from the state’s Krishna district.

The campaign is being organised after the Centre won the confidence motion on July 22 over the Indo-US nuclear deal.

SC, ST delegation congratulate Sonia Gandhi on winning trust vote

Sonia GandhiNew Delhi, July 26: Hundreds of people from Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe community met Congress President and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her residence here on Saturday to express their faith in her leadership.

They also articulated their happiness over party''s success in winning the recently held trust vote which the UPA had to face in the wake of withdrawal of support from the government by its Left allies on the issue of India-US civil nuclear deal.

No demand for Cabinet berths for SP: Amar Singh

Amar SinghNew Delhi, July 24 : The Samajwadi Party chose to be diplomatic about joining the UPA Government after helping it to win the confidence motion in the Parliament.

SP general secretary Amar Singh said he is not the right person to answer the question whether the party would participate in the government.

“It is not possible to answer this question now but we are not interested in joining the government,” he added.

BJP activists attack house of expelled parliamentarian for voting in favour of Government

Congress & BJP LogoNew Delhi, July 24: Bharatiya Janata Party activists today attacked the residence of expelled party MP Chandrabhan Singh who voted in favour of the Government.

About 100 people stormed into the North Avenue residence of the Lok Sabha member from Damoh (Madhya Pradesh) around 11 am when Singh was present in his house.

Shouting slogans praising BJP Chief Rajnath Singh and Senior Leader L K Advani, the activists broke window panes and flower pots, besides barging into the drawing room of the MP''s official residence.

UPA rallies behind Somnath Chatterjee

Somnath ChatterjeeNew Delhi, July 24: A day after the Communist Party of India (Marxist) expelled Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee from the party, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today assured him of the support of the United Progressive Alliance.

Dr. Singh drove to Chatterjee''s residence this morning to convey this message to him. The meeting lasted around 10 minutes. Singh appreciated the manner in which the Speaker conducted the House.

UAE Indian expatriates happy over UPA trust vote victory

Dubai, July 24 : Indian expatriates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have expressed happiness over the UPA Government’s trust vote victory in Parliament back home, describing it as a defining moment in the country''s history.

According to the Gulf News, others expressed hope that the government will now be able to push ahead with its reforms agenda without worrying about the Left.

Some also said that they wanted the government to come clean on the bribery allegations levelled by the opposition.

The paper quoted K. V. Shamsudheen, director, Barjeel Geojit Securities LLC, as saying that he hoped Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would break his shackles.

Left, BSP, UNPA to launch nationwide campaign against UPA

New Delhi, July 23: After failing to destabilize the United Progressive Alliance Government, the leaders of the Left parties, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the United National Progressive Alliance today charged the Government of resorting to horse trading, black mailing and bribery to prove majority in the Lok Sabha.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Prakash Karat announced in the meeting of the leaders that the Third Front will launch a nationwide campaign against the Indo-US nuclear deal, inflation and bribery.

Bahujan Samaj Party Chief Mayawati said democracy was the biggest casualty of the UPA’s win.

TDP MPs who voted for UPA face disciplinary action, says Yerran Naidu

Hyderabad, July 23: Disciplinary action will be initiated against the two Telugu Desam Party’s (TDP) MPs, D. K. Adikeshavulu Naidu and M. Jagannadham, for voting in favour of the trust vote in Parliament over the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.

K Yerran Naidu, TDP’s leader in Parliament said here today, "This is a serious betrayal and breach of trust. We will take it seriously and initiate disciplinary action against the erring members."

The TDP received a jolt, when two of its five MPs in the Lok Sabha switched loyalties and supported the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government in the confidence motion voting on Tuesday night.

Charges of bribery sour Indian government's trust vote win

Manmohan SinghUPA & BJPNew Delhi - India's opposition parties on Wednesday alleged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government had won a crucial trust vote by unfair means.

Singh's United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government won a confidence motion on Tuesday by 275 votes to 256, with 10 lawmakers abstaining.

LK Advani flays UPA Government

Opposition leader L K AdvaniNew Delhi, July 21: Criticising the UPA Government on the Indo-US nuclear deal and inflation, Opposition leader L K Advani today said that the UPA itself was responsible for its plight.

Speaking on the first day of a two-day special session of Parliament, he even went on to compare it to a patient in the ICU.

Opposing the confidence motion give by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, he said the Indo-US nuclear deal seemed to be between two individuals rather than two countries.

JMM pledges to support UPA in trust vote

New Delhi, July 20 : Jharkhand Mukti Morcha Chief Shibu SorenJharkhand Mukti Morcha Chief Shibu Soren today pledged that his party would support the United Progressive Alliance Government with its five members during confidence motion in the Lok Sabha on July 22. 

His statement came after his meeting with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her 10, Janpath residence, along with Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda and Deputy Chief Minister Sudhir Mahto this morning. 

Last night, Soren had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his official residence to discuss the matter. 

Some US Sikh leaders not in favour of nuke deal with India

Indo-US NukeAmritsar July 17,  Leaders of the Sikh community in the United States have said that they have reservations about the US-India civilian nuclear cooperation deal, and are determined to continue their campaign against it.

Several of these leaders feel that South Asia should be a nuclear free region, and they have appealed to the eleven Sikh members of the Indian parliament, belonging to different parties, to vote against the deal.

They believe the deal is against the interests of Punjab. These Members of Parliament have also been asked to forget about (Prime Minister) Manmohan Singh being a Sikh.

Rahul Gandhi praises UPA Government for its pro-poor policies

Amethi, JRahul Gandhiuly 16: Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has praised the UPA Government for implementing its pro-poor policies.

"The UPA Government is a government of the common man. Very few governments have worked for the poor, as has this government. We have initiated the world''s biggest loan waiver programme, and it is being implemented in Amethi and Rae Bareilly also," said Rahul at a public rally here on Tuesday.

Bardhan accuses UPA of horse-trading

AB BardanNew Delhi, July 14 : As political parties prepare themselves for Monday’s floor test, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India A B Bardhan today accused the United Progressive Alliance of horsetrading at the rate of 25 crore per member of Parliament.

Addressing a meeting to launch Left parties'' nationwide campaign against the government, Bardhan said: “No one has principles anymore. It is not a question of few crores but Rs 25 crore for horsetrading."

"I have never seen Rs 25 crore in my lifetime. I am sure that none of you (audience) have seen it either," he added. (ANI)

India's left parties launch campaign against nuclear deal

New Delhi - India's left-wing parties Monday launched a nationwide campaign explaining their withdrawal of support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over a controversial civilian nuclear deal with the United States.

Addressing a public rally in the Indian capital, senior members of the four left parties alleged the UPA government failed to keep its electoral promises due to its "obsession" with the nuclear deal, IANS news agency reported.

The campaign was aimed at explaining to how the UPA's pro-US policies were harmful to India's economic and strategic interests, Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), said at a press briefing.

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