NEWS TO SHIPS BY NEWS ACCESS INDIA – SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018
- VOTE BANK POLITICS RUINED COUNTRY, ENEMIES UNITING TO SAVE THEMSELVES: PM
Headlining celebrations of the BJP’s fourth year in power at the Centre, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday listed his government’s achievements and termed vote bank politics as the principal obstacle to development. Calling the last four years a victory for “vikaas, vishwaas and janta (development, trust and people)”, Modi said, “Mothers are freed from smoke in their kitchens due to Ujjwala Yojana. Beti Bachao Beti Padhao has empowered girls. Mudra Yojana and Skill India help the youth of the country”.
Speaking in Cuttack, the prime minister said “vote bank politics” has ruined the country. “It forced governments to deliver benefits to select people, leaving behind Adivasis, Dalits and the poor without gas and electricity connections, roads, clean toilets and bank accounts. This was not sabka saath sabka vikas,” Modi said, adding that the Northeast did not fall for vote bank politics, which is why “it was ignored”.
Hitting out at the JD(S)-Congress coalition in Karnataka, where the BJP couldn’t form a government despite emerging as the single largest party, Modi said, “Those who think of family first and are sworn enemies have all come together. They have not come together to save the country, but to save themselves. Coalition governments are governments of confusion.”
“Because our government was ‘committed’ as opposed to ‘confused’, we could conduct surgical strikes, resolve One Rank One Pension, bring into force the Enemy Property Act. Also, defaulting and cheating companies have had to open their treasure chests. Our focus on JAM (Jandhaan, Aadhar and Mobile phones) has benefited the country,” he said.
While criticising the Odisha government for “misleading people on Mahanadi”, Modi refrained from any direct attacks on Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the ruling Biju Janata Dal. “Odisha government has admitted in the legislative Assembly that the state loses more than half the Mahanadi water, which drains into the Bay of Bengal. Nitin Gadkari wrote to the Odisha government to resolve the matter amicably, but they took a step back,” he said.
- A PERIOD OF TREACHERY, TRICKERY, REVENGE AND LIES: CONG ON MODI GOVT’S 4 YEARS
As the BJP government completed four years in power at the Centre, the Congress on Saturday described the period as that of ‘treachery, trickery, revenge and lies’. Releasing a booklet titled ‘India betrayed’ on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the NDA government, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot and Randeep Surjewala said people now know that the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo was harmful for the country.
They said that an atmosphere of fear and hatred has been created under the NDA rule. “People now know that Modi-Amit Shah duo is harmful for the country. Four years of the Modi government can be defined in four terms — treachery, trickery, revenge and lies,” said Surjewala.
Referring to alleged atrocities on Dalits, tribals, minorities, and women, Azad said that nobody is safe in the country under the BJP rule. Everyone is getting sleepless nights.”
The Congress released the booklet ‘India betrayed’ on the four years of BJP’s “misrule”, both in English and Hindi, and asked a set of forty questions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They also released and showed a short-film describing the prevailing atmosphere in the country.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday led the criticism of the BJP-led NDA government, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a master communicator but had problems dealing with complex issues.
In a tweet marking four years of the Modi government, Congress president Rahul Gandhi awarded “F” (failed) grades to the government on most indicators giving A+ only on counts of sloganeering and self promotion. “4 year Report Card: Agriculture: F; Foreign Policy: F; Fuel Prices: F; Job Creation: F; Slogan Creation: A+; Self Promotion: A+ Yoga: B-. Remarks: Master communicator; struggles with complex issues; short attention span.
- IF PAKISTAN READY FOR TALKS, SHOWS INITIATIVE, INDIA WON’T SAY NO: RAJNATH SINGH
Stating that India is not averse to holding talks with Pakistan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that Islamabad should also “take some initiative” and demonstrate its intent by stopping infiltration attempts and coming forward to “jointly launch action” against terrorists.
While he admitted that measures to restore normalcy in Kashmir, through initiatives like the appointment of an interlocutor, have not had the desired results, Singh said the government was committed to restoring peace and may extend the ceasefire in Kashmir after Ramzan “if the situation remains peaceful”.
“If Pakistan is ready to talk, why won’t we talk? We want to have good relations with our neighbour. But even the neighbour will have to take some initiative. Pakistan is firing at our borders, indulging in ceasefire violations. It is trying to infiltrate terrorists. It is not mending its ways. But it will have to (mend its ways) one day,” Singh said in an interview to The Sunday Express.
He said India had taken all the initiatives so far. “Isse zyada pehel kya ho sakti hai (What more initiative can be taken)? A B Vajpayee took the bus to Pakistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke all protocol and went to Pakistan to meet Nawaz Sharif. What more do we do? Doesn’t Pakistan understand our intent? So why don’t they talk? Did any prime minister of Pakistan take steps like Vajpayee? Doesn’t Pakistan understand this,” he asked.
Singh was also critical of certain sections of the media demonising Kashmiris on TV, and said the government had taken action on this. When told that Kashmiris have an issue with TV coverage that shows them as anti-nationals, Singh said, “We have put brakes on that to a large extent. You will see, it is not happening so much anymore.”
- FACING ‘SOME ISSUES’ OVER PORTFOLIO ALLOCATION, ADMITS KUMARASWAMY
Days after assuming office in an alliance with the Congress, Karnataka CM and JD(Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Saturday admitted that there are some ‘issues’ on portfolio allocation with the grand old party. However, Kumaraswamy expressed that the details are being worked out and it will not cause any damage to the newly-formed government.
“Portfolios have not been allocated. There are some issues regarding portfolios, but it is not an issue that will pull down the government,” Kumaraswamy was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. He went on to add, “I will try not to take up an issue as a prestige issue and try to solve a problem. Otherwise, I will see. I will not stick to this post, leaving my self-esteem.
While the two parties are involved in talks over the matter, the warning of a state-wide bandh over the delay in farm loan waivers also hangs over its head. The BJP has demanded the government fulfil the promise of farm loan waiver within a week of taking office or face a state-wide shutdown on May 28.
Responding to the questions over loan waivers, Kumaraswamy said, “I should also understand the financial situation before taking the decision. I cannot do it alone.”
- IRELAND VOTES TO LIBERALISE ABORTION LAWS WITH 66 PER CENT IN FAVOUR
Ireland has voted by a landslide to liberalise its highly restrictive abortion laws in a referendum that its prime minister called the culmination of a “quiet revolution” in what was one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries. Voters in the once deeply Catholic nation backed the change by two-to-one, a far higher margin than any opinion poll in the run up to the vote had predicted, and allows the government to bring in legislation by the end of the year.
Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who campaigned to repeal the laws, had called the vote a once-in-a-generation chance and voters responded by turning out in droves. A turnout of 64 percent was one of the highest for a referendum.
All but one of Ireland’s 40 constituencies voted “Yes” and contributed to the 66 percent that carried the proposal, almost an exact reversal of the 1983 referendum result that inserted the ban into the constitution. “What we see is the culmination of a quiet revolution that has been taking place in Ireland over the last couple of decades,” Varadkar, who became Ireland’s first openly gay prime minister last year, told journalists in Dublin.
- MOON MEETS KIM AGAIN
South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a surprise meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday to ensure the upcoming high-stakes summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump is a success.
The unannounced meeting is the latest dramatic turn in a week of diplomatic flip-flops surrounding an unprecedented summit between the US and North Korea, and the strongest sign yet that the two Korean leaders were trying to keep the on-again off-again summit on track.
Their two-hour talks at the Panmunjom border village came a month after they held the first inter-Korean summit on April 27.
“The two leaders exchanged views about making the North Korea-US summit a successful one and implementing the Panmunjom Declaration,” South Korea said.
- PAK ARMY SUMMONS ISI EX-CHIEF OVER BOOK
Pakistan’s army has summoned the exhead of the intelligence agency, accusing him of violating the military code of conduct over a book he coauthored with the former spy chief of India’s RAW.
Retired Lt gen Asad Durrani, who headed Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) from 1990 to 1992, also came under fire from former PM Nawaz Sharif for allegedly disclosing national secrets in the book. In a surprise move, Durrani co-authored ‘The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of peace’ with A S Dulat, the ex-chief of India’s RAW (Research and Analysis Wing).
The book is based on a series of discussion between Durrani and Dulat with Indian journalist Aditya Sinha on various topics including Afghanistan, Kashmir and the tense relations between Pakistan and India.
Media reports said that in the book concerned, Durrani had admitted Pakistan’s involvment in the unrest in Kashmir.
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- NO ONE SHOULD DREAM TO BECOME BSP PREZ FOR NEXT TWO DECADES: MAYAWATI
BSP supremo Mayawati on Saturday ruled out any possibility of a change in party leadership any time soon. “No one should dream to become BSP president for next 20-22 years. I will continue to lead the party.”
The BSP leader further asked her party cadre not to make any effort to vie for party leadership, as well as attempt to project himself/herself as former Uttar Pradesh chief minister’s heir. “Also, no one should dream to become my heir,” Mayawati said while presiding over a party meeting in Lucknow.
Remarking upon the possibility of contesting future legislative assembly elections in alliances, she clarified that the party will venture into an alliance if it gets “respectable” seat share. “Otherwise, BSP will prefer to contest all elections alone,” she said.
- BATS NOT PRIMARY SOURCE OF NIPAH OUTBREAK IN KERALA: CENTRAL TEAM
Samples collected from bats in Kerala’s Kozhikode and Malappuram districts, where 12 people have died of Nipah infection, have tested negative for the virus, according to a report submitted by a central medical team to the Health Ministry on Saturday.
The report has ruled out bats and pigs as the primary source of the Nipah outbreak, a Health Ministry official said.
The medical team is now looking into other possible reasons behind the outbreak following the report findings.
The samples from bats found dead in Himachal Pradesh, which were sent to the Pune institute, have been found negative and the two samples of suspected cases from Hyderabad were also negative.
The Health Ministry has urged people not to panic, asserting that the outbreak is “localised” to Kerala. It has issued advisories to the general public and healthcare providers to adopt preventive measures.
- ARMY WIVES LAUNCH A SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN
The Defence Ministry’s recent decision to let civilians access roads in military cantonments across the country — which has ruffled feathers among the military community and even prompted a signature campaign by wives of Army officers — was taken after strong, “emotional” requests from several MPs.
Many serving military personnel and ex-servicemen have taken umbrage to the order, arguing that it poses a security risk to the army personnel and their families.
Wives of Army officers across the nation have launched a signature campaign — titled “Say no to opening Cantonment roads to public. Support the real guardians of the nation” — against the Defence Ministry’s decision.
Former Northern Army Commander Lt General HS Panag (retd), however, said, “Most people have not read the Cantonment Board Act of 1924, as amended in 2006. The Cantonments were conceived as townships and not exclusively as military stations. There are various types of land inside a Cantonment and only Type A land is exclusively for the military, which can be fenced and access denied to civilians.”
- EASTERN PERIPHERAL EXPRESSWAY TO BE INAUGURATED TODAY
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel some distance in an open jeep on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway on Sunday and also inaugurate India’s first smart and green highway, the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE), built at a cost of Rs 110 billion, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Saturday.
The 135-km EPE has several unique features and is India’s first highway to lit by solar power besides provisions of rain water harvesting every 500 metres on both sides and would showcase 36 national monuments and 40 fountains, the minister said, adding it has been completed in a record 500 days.
There are 8 solar power plants on this expressway having a capacity of 4 MW.
The state-of-the-art road will have auto challans for over-speeding, as cameras will capture speed of vehicles besides will have provisions of tolling only for the distance travelled.
Gadkari said 2.5 lakh trees have been planted here including transplant of 8-10 year old trees and drip irrigation provision has been done.
The minister said a cycle track of 2.5 metre wide has also been constructed on both the sides of this expressway, which also has provision of 1.5 metre footpath on each side for pedestrians.
- WOMAN DEPOSES: MET MAJOR GOGOI ON FACEBOOK, WENT TO HOTEL ON FREE WILL
The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Srinagar, has asked the police to furnish the status report on the detention of Major Leetul Gogoi with a woman from a Srinagar hotel.
In her deposition before the Magistrate, the woman has said that she met the Army officer of her “own free will”, and that they “knew each other” for quite some time.
Jammu and Kashmir Police has recorded the statement of the woman, who was detained along with Major Gogoi, before a city Magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC. She is reported to have stated that she came to the hotel of her “free will”. She told the magistrate that she knew Major Gogoi and wanted to spend some time with him.
Major Gogoi, the woman, and another person called Sameer, were detained by the police on Wednesday after an altercation at a hotel in Srinagar. Major Gogoi had booked a room in the hotel for two guests, and when he arrived with the woman at the hotel reception, they denied him booking saying the woman is a local and their hotel policy does not allow giving room to a local. This led to an altercation, after which the hotel management called the police.
- 7 E-FILING TAX FORMS UNVEILED
The income tax department on Saturday launched and activated all the seven ITR forms for e-filing by taxpayers, after more than a month of them being notified.
The tax department came out with the ITR forms gradually since April 5 ahead of the stipulated deadline of July 31.
ITR-1, called Sahaj, is largely used by the salaried with income up to Rs 50 lakh from salary, one house property and additional income such as interest from fixed deposits and recurring deposits.
This time, the ITR-1 form seeks an assessee’s details in separate fields such as allowances not exempt, profit in lieu of salary and value of prerequisites.
The rest of the forms are for different categories of taxpayers.
- AL JAZEERA SET TO AIR A STING OPERATION ON ‘PITCH FIXING’ IN SRI LANKA
A Test match between Sri Lanka and India held last year in Galle may have been played on a pitch doctored at the behest of match-fixers, a sting operation has claimed. The ICC has launched an investigation into the matter after came to light.
The corruptions allegations, which have been named in an Al Jazeera documentary to be aired on Sunday, has put the upcoming England tour’s to Sri Lanka starting October in jeopardy.
“The ICC is aware of an investigation into corruption in cricket by a news organisation and as you would expect we will take the contents of the programme and any allegations it may make very seriously,” ICC said in a statement on the website.
The match in question was the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at Galle from July 26-29.
- THIRD CONSECUTIVE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TITLE FOR REAL MADRID
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale scored a jaw-dropping overhead kick and a long distance strike to give them a 3-1 win over Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday, delivering a remarkable third consecutive title for the Spaniards.
Real become the first side since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win the trophy three years in a row and Zinedine Zidane the is the first coach to win three back-to-back titles.
- LORD’S TEST, DAY 3: PAK POISED FOR A KILL
Jos Buttler and Dom Bess shared a spirited century stand to save England from a humiliating innings defeat by Pakistan in the first Test at the Lord’s on Saturday.
The pair came together with the hosts reeling at 110/6, 69 runs behind the touring side and heading for their first loss in a Test at the home of cricket inside three days. Buttler, recalled to the side, and debutant Bess calmly added 125 runs in the evening sunshine to put England 56 runs ahead and take the match into a fourth day, although Pakistan should still complete a deserved victory on Sunday. They added 13 runs to their overnight 350/8 to extend their lead to 179 and quickly started running through England’s brittle batting line-up.
Scores: Eng: 184 and 235/6; Pakistan: 363
- THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
When I’m getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say — and two-thirds thinking about him and what he is going to say. – Abraham Lincoln
- OFF TRACK
A woman announces to her friend that she is getting married for the fourth time.
“How wonderful! But I hope you don’t mind me asking what happened to your first husband?”
“He ate poisonous mushrooms and died.”
“Oh, how tragic! What about your second husband?”
“He ate poisonous mushrooms too and died.”
“Oh, how terrible! I’m almost afraid to ask you about your third husband.”
“He died of a broken neck.”
“A broken neck?”
“Stupid fellow, he just wouldn’t eat the mushrooms.”