BJP unhappy with Mehbooba Mufti’s flag remarks, Expressing shock and surprise over its ally and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s flag remarks, the BJP on Saturday asserted that Article 35-A of the Constitution which grants special status to the State is “not a sacred cow that cannot be touched“. The State unit of the BJP said that while the party stands by the Agenda of Alliance with the PDP and won’t seek alteration of existing constitutional position, “it is equally true that Article 35-A has done more harm to the State than any other provision of law.”
Nitish Kumar expands cabinet, 27 ministers from JD(U), BJP and LJP sworn-in, The oath taking ceremony of the newly-installed Bihar government is underway at the Raj Bhawan in Patna. The ceremony was attended by Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.Among the ministers chosen for the cabinet are Nand Kishore Yadav (BJP), Shrawan Kumar (JDU) and Ram Narayan Mandal (BJP). Bijendra Prasad Yadav, Prem Kumar (BJP) and Rajiv Ranjan Singh also took the oath. The cabinet will be formed of MLAs from National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)).
UP: 1 BSP, 2 SP MLCs resign, speculations about joining BJP, What seems to be yet another political coup after the developments in Bihar and Gujarat, three MLCs two from the Samajwadi Party (SP) and one from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)- resigned from council membership leading to speculation that all of them would be joining the BJP and would subsequently be compensated for the same later on. The genesis of the speculation is said to be the timing of the three MLCs. Their resignation came at a time when BJP national chief Amit Shah began his three-day visit to the UP’s state capital Lucknow on Saturday morning.
Significant rise in Chamundeshwari Temple income over last three years, The income of Chamundeshwari Temple atop Chamundi Hills near here has registered a significant increase over the last three years. According to a statement issued by Deputy Commissioner D. Randeep, the temple’s total income between April to July when Ashada Shukravara’s (Fridays) are observed went up from 5.98 crore in 2015 to 7.86 crore during 2016 and reached 11.08 crore during 2017. The total income includes the donations collected in the temple hundi and the temple income from various sources including pujas and offerings.
Mumbai: BJP leader seeks SIT probe into purchase of penguins by BMC for Byculla Zoo, BJP MLA Ashish Shelar has sought an SIT probe into the purchase of eight penguins by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for the city-based Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan, popularly known as the Byculla Zoo. Shelar, the Mumbai chief of the BJP, also wants the revamp of the zoo to be made part of the probe by the Special Investigation Team. He made this demand during a debate in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly yesterday. Shelar sought to know if the penguins brought from abroad were bacteria infected. He also alleged that while preparing the master plan for revamp of Byculla zoo, the project manager was appointed without calling for bids.
Muntra, country’s first unmanned tank, rolls out from the Chennai lab, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an unmanned, remotely operated tank which has three variants – surveillance, mine detection and reconnaissance in areas with nuclear and bio threats. It is called Muntra. Though developed and tested for the Army by Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) in Avadi, paramilitary has expressed interest to use them at Naxal-hit areas. That will require a few modifications. The two remotely operated vehicles designed like an armoured tank were on display at an exhibition – Science for Soldiers – organised by DRDO as a tribute to former President APJ Abdul Kalam at CVRDe in Avadi.
HC fixes norms for gutkha scam probe,The Madras High Court Bench here on Friday ordered the appointment of “an upright officer with unimpeachable integrity” within two weeks as the State Vigilance Commissioner to monitor the ongoing inquiry by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) into the gutkha scam. The scam allegedly involves a Minister, two top police officers including the State Director General of Police T.K. Rajendran, and a few other officials. The post of State Vigilance Commissioner is now being held by the Home Secretary.
Delhi Metro smart cards could soon be used for DTC buses,“The pilot project is a step further in enabling common mobility across Delhi’s public transport network, which has the Delhi Metro at its core, by the end of this year. The pilot project will be operational on 200 DTC buses for now,”. Expected to run along the lines of London’s Oyster card, the card will currently function in 100 low-floor buses and 100 cluster buses. Using the Delhi Metro smart card, the Transport department aims to increase ridership on the DTC’s 5,600 buses by next year.
Delhiites wake up to cloudy morning, It was a cloudy Saturday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 27.3 degrees Celsius, normal for the season’s average. “It will be a generally cloudy sky with chances of light rain,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.The maximum temperature will likely to hover around 34 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature on Friday settled at 35.9 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average and the minimum temperature was recorded at 28.8 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average.
Where Generals go free, PMs are removed, Perhaps, the most important observation regarding the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s dismissal of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his disqualification from all future public office on grounds which seem to be based on him holding an iqama (work permit) from a Dubai-based company is that a former President of Pakistan, former Chief of the Army Staff, General Pervez Musharraf (retd), who has been accused of treason against the state of Pakistan and is under trial, was allowed to leave the country through a deal cut by the military, and has been declared by the courts to be an “absconder” and lives in ostentatious comfort in his apartments in London and Dubai.
Hamburg supermarket stabbing: Migrant kills 50-year-old man, six injured, A 26-year-old migrant to Germany who was supposed to leave the country went on a stabbing spree with a kitchen knife in a Hamburg supermarket on Friday, killing a 50-year-old man and leaving six others injured, police and city officials said. Germany is less than two months away from parliamentary elections on Sept. 24 in which Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to win a fourth term despite tensions about her decision in August 2015 to open the door to over one million migrants. Security has been a big issue in the campaign.
Iran says US Navy fired warning shots near its vessels, Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard said on Saturday a US Navy aircraft carrier fired a warning shot in an “unprofessional” confrontation with Iranian vessels, the official IRNA news agency reported. IRNA quoted a statement from the Guard as saying that the USS Nimitz and an accompanying ship came near an Iranian oil offshore platform in the Persian Gulf and a helicopter from the ship hovered near vessels manned by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard. The report said the confrontation took place Friday afternoon and the US navy ships left the area following the encounte.
China mall offers “man pod” havens for husbands wary of shopping , At a Shanghai mall, rows of “man pods” equipped with video games are proving a big hit, providing a refuge for hundreds of weary husbands and boyfriends as their other halves shop until they drop. The first pods were launched at the Global Harbor shopping mall in Shanghai in June, and since then over 1,000 men have used the facilities, according to Ruwo Smart Technology, the company behind the scheme
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