Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi meet Congress MLAs from Jharkhand

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NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi met the newly-elected party legislators from Jharkhand at her residence here on Friday.

Rahul Gandhi also attended the meeting with the 16 party MLAs. AICC in-charge for Jharkhand R P N Singh was also present during the meet.

Singh later said both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi asked the new legislators to work towards fulfilling the aspirations of people of Jharkhand.

“Both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi asked the MLAs to work for the welfare and aspirations of people of Jharkhand and fulfil the commitments made to them,” Singh told PTI after the meeting.

CLP leader in Jharkhand Assembly Alamgir Alam and PCC chief Rameshwar Oraon were present during the meeting, along with the two MPs from the state.

The coalition of Congress, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has won the Jharkhand Assembly Election and formed the government led by Chief Minister Hemant Soren.

Source: Press Trust of India

Aadhaar, PAN cards not proof of citizenship: Dilip Ghosh

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NEW DELHI: West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Friday said that Aadhaar and PAN cards are not proof of citizenship.

He urged refugees to get their citizenship under the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 or CAA.

Ghosh, while addressing a pro-CAA rally here, urged people not to fall into the “trap” of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and other TMC leaders, who have been saying that refugees living in West Bengal for decades and possessing Aadhaar and PAN cards need not apply for citizenship.

“…This is misleading because refugees have to seek citizenship through new the citizenship law. If you do not submit your details, you will be in trouble,” Ghosh said.

Taking a dig at anti-CAA rallies in the city and across the country, he said, “the intellectuals had never hit the streets when Hindus had to flee to India from neighbouring countries”.

The state BJP president said the CAA has been brought in to give citizenship to refugees and not snatch it from citizens.

“The opposition is trying to mislead the masses. The prime minister will give three to four months to apply for citizenship.

“You all should apply for citizenship. You do not need documents to prove anything, just fill up the forms with the name of your parents and you will get the citizenship,” he said.

The amended citizenship law has emerged as the latest flashpoint in the state, with the TMC opposing the legislation tooth and nail and the BJP pressing for its implementation.

Ghosh’s comment was criticised by the ruling TMC.

“Who is Dilip Ghosh to decide who is a citizen and who is not? The people of this state will give Dilip Ghosh and his party a befitting reply for its arrogance,” Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Tapas Roy said.

Source: Press Trust of India

RSS says attempt to defame it with circulation of `new

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HEW DELHI: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) stated here on Friday that it had nothing to do with a a document circulating on social media titled `new constitution’ with a picture of Sangh supremo Mohan Bhagwat on it.

The Sangh has full faith in the Constitution of India and it had not proposed any new constitution, it said.

It was an attempt to defame the organization, said RSS leader Shreedhar Gadge here.

A 15-page PDF document with the title “Naya Bhartiya Sanvidhan” and Bhagwat’s photo on the cover was being circulated on social media, he said.

“No such book has been published by the RSS or the RSS chief. That PDF contains condemnable content, the Sangh has nothing to do with it,” he said.

“The Sangh has full faith in the Constitution of India and it has not proposed any such new constitution,” he added.

The RSS had lodged a complaint over this with the Kotwali Police Station here, he said.

“This is being done to defame the RSS and RSS chief.

We do not know who is behind this, so we have filed a police complaint,” he said.

Source: Press Trust of India

Nirbhaya case: Delhi court issues fresh death warrants against 4 convicts for February 1

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NEW DELHI: A Delhi court Friday issued fresh death warrants for February 1, 6 am against the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case.

Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora was hearing a plea by one of the four death row convicts in the case, Mukesh Kumar Singh, seeking postponement of the date of his execution scheduled for January 22.

Earlier in the day, the Tihar jail authorities sought issuance of fresh death warrants against the four convicts.

Public Prosecutor Irfan Ahmed told the court that Mukesh’s mercy plea was rejected by President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday.

The 23-year-old paramedic student, referred to as Nirbhaya, was gang raped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a moving bus in south Delhi by six persons before being thrown out on the road.

She died on December 29, 2012 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

Source: Press Trust of India

BJP releases first list of 57 candidates for Delhi assembly polls

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NEW DELHI: The BJP on Friday released its first list of 57 candidates for the February 8 polls to the 70-member Delhi Assembly, fielding sitting MLA Vijender Gupta and former mayors Ravinder Gupta and Yogender Chandolia.

The list, which was released by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, also included former AAP MLA Kapil Mishra and has 11 SC and four woman candidates.

The party, however, did not name its candidate against AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday with Tiwari saying the candidate from New Delhi seat will be announced soon.

Gupta will again fight from his Rohini seat, while Mishra will contest from Model Town.

Tiwari was joined by senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar at the press conference where he announced the party candidates whose names were finalised at its central election committee meeting on Thursday night.

The ruling AAP has announced all its 70 candidates.

Source: Press Trust of India

Supreme Court allows Karti Chidambaram to withdraw Rs 20 crore deposited for travelling abroad

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court of India on Friday allowed Congress MP Karti Chidambaram to withdraw the Rs 20 crore which was deposited with the apex court registry as a condition for allowing him to travel abroad.

The apex court in January and May 2019 had granted Karti Chidambaram permission to travel to foreign countries after depositing Rs 10 crore each respectively with the registry.

When the matter came up for hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said there was no objection from the Enforcement Directorate to the plea seeking withdrawal of the amount since he has returned.

Taking note of the submission, the bench also comprising justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant said Karti can withdraw the said amount since he has already returned.

The condition was imposed by the apex court after the ED had opposed his plea for travel abroad.

On May 7, the top court had allowed Karti to travel to the United Kingdom, the US, France, Germany and Spain in May and June this year.

Karti has been facing ED cases in INX media and Aircel maxis matters.

Source: Press Trust of India

Babulal Marandi re-elected JVM(P) president

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NEW DELHI: Babulal Marandi was on Friday re- elected as the president of the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVMP) (Prajatantrik) that he had floated 14 years ago after walking out of the BJP.

The party also re-constituted its executive committee, which was dissolved on January 5, its Principal General Secretary Abhay Singh said.

Marandi, who led the first BJP government in the newly created Jharkhand in 2000 but quit the saffron party later to float JVM (P) in 2006, is heading the regional outfit continously since its inception.

The new committee comprises as many as nine vice- presidents, six general secretaries and nine secretaries, a party release said.

Sanjay Toppo has been named as the partys treasurer.

There are 122 members of the executive committee, besides 13 leaders heading its different wings and five spokespersons.

Partys two MLAs- Pradip Yadav and Bandhu Tirkey – have found a place in the new team.

Marandi is the other MLA of the party and has lent unconditional support to the new Hemant Soren-led coalition government.

His support to the JMM-Congress-RJD government notwithstanding, media reports are agog with speculation of his possible return to the BJP.

The Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik), however, has dismissed the reports.

Source: Press Trust of India

BCCI announces annual player retainership 2019-20

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NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday announced the Annual Player Contracts for Team India (Senior Men) for the period from October 2019 to September 2020.

Interestingly, former India captain MS Dhoni was dropped from the BCCI’s list of centrally contracted players, raising fresh doubts on the future of the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman, who has not played since the World Cup semi-final loss to New Zealand in 2019.

The contracts, from October 2019 to September 2020, are in four categories – A+ (Rs 7 crore), A (Rs 5 crore), B (Rs 3 crore) and C (Rs 1 crore). As many as 27 players have been divided into these four categories.

The payment structures are as under-

  1. Team India (Senior Men)
 PeriodGrade A + Grade AGrade B Grade C
Oct 2019 to Sept 2020Rs 7 CrRs 5 CrRs 3 CrRs 1 Cr


Distribution of  Annual Player Contracts Team India (Senior Men)


A+1 Virat Kohli
2Rohit Sharma
3 Jasprit Bumrah



A1Ravichandran Ashwin
2Ravindra Jadeja
4Cheteshwar Pujara
5Ajinkya Rahane
6K L Rahul
7Shikhar Dhawan
8Mohd. Shami
9Ishant Sharma
10Kuldeep Yadav
11Rishabh Pant



B1Wriddhiman Saha
2Umesh Yadav
3Yuzvendra Chahal
4Hardik Pandya
5Mayank Agarwal



C1Kedar Jadhav
2Navdeep Saini
3Deepak Chahar
4Manish Pandey
5Hanuma Vihari
6Shardul Thakur
7Shreyas Iyer
8Washington Sundar



Alok Kumar takes charge as Noida Police commissioner;Sujit Pandey takes charge as Lucknow

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NEW DELHI:The Senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, Alok Kumar, took charge as the first Commissioner of Police of the newly-formed Gautam Buddh Nagar commissionerate on Wednesday.

The Uttar Pradesh Government had on Monday announced switching to the commissionerate system of policing for Lucknow and Noida, giving magisterial powers to the top cops in both cities.

“About 1,600 police personnel have been added in the last two days. Nine IPS officers have joined here to assist me whereas earlier only one IPS officer headed the Gautam Buddh Nagar police. More personnel could be added as per requirement,” said the newly appointed police commissioner.

“As for law and order, the focus will be on improving citizen-centric services. Now Noida has got domain experts to tackle cases,” he said. On cyber crime, the police commissioner said process is underway to develop Noida as an Information Technology hub. “It will be a world class facility. Another focus would be on sensitizing potential victims of cyber crime,” he added.

“Our primary focus would be working women security, controlling crime, police interaction with residents, traffic management, organised and smart policing in the areas, cyber frauds and senior citizens security,” said Kumar.

Singh, a 1995-batch IPS officer, holds the rank of an Additional Director General (ADG) and was till last week serving as the Inspector General (IG) of police of Meerut Range.

State capital Lucknow and UP’s economic capital Noida will now have an ADG-level officer as its police commissioner, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had told reporters after chairing the meeting of the state Cabinet that took the decision.

Singh has earlier commanded the police force in 11 districts of the state including Kaushambi, Baghpat, Sonbhadra, Rae Bareli, Sitapur, Unnao, Bijnor, Kanpur, Meerut and Barabanki.

The 52-year-old officer was also awarded with the President Gallantry Medal for busting naxal network in Sonbhadra, among other honours.

On the other hand, Senior IPS officer Sujit Pandey took charge as the first police commissioner of Lucknow after the commissionerate system of policing was implemented in the state.

Speaking to reporters after taking charge, the 1994 batch IPS officer said his priorities would be to improve the law and order in Lucknow and security of women.

“Today the entire team is taking charge, and immediately after this there will be work distribution and zone distribution of DCPs and other officials. In the past years, we have done good work in improving the law and order scenario in Lucknow. The effort will be to make it a little more better,” he said.

“We will try to infuse professionalism and give smart policing. We will try to provide a mixture of conventional policing and use of technology, and make it a police system with more responsibility and more professionalism,” he said.

Pandey said the new system will be more sensitive and an officer will be deployed to hear grievances of the people.

“From constable to officers, we will work as a team. We will face challenges and try to give a better atmosphere to the people of Lucknow,” Pandey said.

“I will fulfil whatever responsibility is given to me. My first priority will be to improve law and order and check crime. Security of women will be a top priority,” he said.

Pandey said his endeavour will be to give citizen-centric policing.

“The concept of police for people and honest policing will be implemented,” he said.

The Yogi Adityanath government had on Monday approved the commissionerate system of policing in Lucknow and Noida.

The system gives more powers, including magisterial powers, to police officers and is aimed at better and effective policing. As many as 40 police stations will come under the Police Commissionerate System in the state capital and besides the police commissioner, who is of ADG rank, there will be two Joint Police Commissioners of IG rank, one for law and order and another for dealing with crime related issues.

With Press Trust of India Inputs

Budget Session of Parliament to commence on January 31

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NEW DELHI: The Budget Session of Parliament will commence on January 31 and subject to the exigencies of government business, is likely to conclude on April 3 with a recess in between, an official communication said on Wednesday.

President Ram Nath Kovind will address a joint sitting of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha in the central hall of Parliament at 11 am on January 31.

“The President has summoned the Rajya Sabha to meet on Friday, January 31, 2020, at New Delhi. Subject to exigencies of business, the Session is scheduled to conclude on Friday, April 3, 2020,” the communication from the Rajya Sabha secretariat said.

To enable the standing committees to consider the demands for grants of various ministries and departments and prepare their reports, the House will adjourn on February 11 to meet again on March 2, a communication from the Lok Sabha secretariat said.

Source: Press Trust of India