People Of Northeast Celebrate As Controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill Failed To Make It To RS

New Delhi: Thousands of protesters across northeast started celebrations afternoon after the Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die without tabling the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The CAB, which seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, was passed in Lok Sabha last month and was expected to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on February 13.

Protests against the proposed legislation had roiled the Northeast over fears that it might lead to surge of migration from Bangladesh to the region. Several of BJP’s allies in the region including chief ministers of two BJP-ruled states had expressed reservation on the bill.

As soon as news broke that the Bill was not tabled in Rajya Sabha, members of All Assam Students Union (AASU), who were protesting against the proposed legislation, burst crackers and distributed sweets at the student body’s head office in Guwahati.


Nageswara Rao Fined Rs 1 Lakh On Contempt Charges And Sentenced Till The Rising Of The Court

New Delhi: A bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi ruled that former interim director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) M Nageswara Rao, who apologized to the Supreme Court for transferring a CBI officer AK Sharma probing the Bihar shelter home, committed contempt of court. The court rejected the apology sent by two senior CBI officials.

The top court ordered Rao and the CBI legal adviser to pay Rs 1 lakh fine within a week and sentenced them till the rising of the court. This means, they have to sit in a corner of the Chief Justice’s court until the end of the court proceedings for the day.

As CBI’s interim chief earlier, Rao had signed off on the transfer orders of CBI AK Sharma who was supervising the investigation into the abuse of inmates at Bihar’s shelter homes. Chief Justice Gogoi said there were explicit orders by the top court not to move out officers leading the Bihar probe without its permission.


Robert Vadra Asks People To Keep Priyanka Gandhi Safe As She Stars Roadshow In Lucknow

New Delhi: With the election coming closure by the day and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra plunging into to election campaign, her husband Robert Vadra has asked the people of India to keep his “best friend, a perfect wife and best mother” safe as she started a roadshow in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow drawing thousands of supporters ahead of the Lok Sabha election in April-May.

This is the second post by Robert Vadra, who was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for three consecutive days last week in connection with a probe into allegations of money laundering to purchase assets abroad, in support the Congress general secretary in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh.

“My Best wishes to you P, on your new journey of working in Uttar Pradesh and serving the people of India. You have been my best friend a perfect wife and the best mother to our Children. There is a very Vindictive and vicious political atmosphere... But I know, it’s her duty to serve the people and Now we hand her to the people of India. Please keep her safe,” the businessman wrote on Facebook on Monday.


Minister Favours Printing More Currency Notes To Overcome Fiscal Deficit

New Delhi: Noting that finance ministers all over the world are perennially in search of revenue to balance government budgets, acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday favoured printing currency as a way of deficit financing, citing the example of the US.

Goyal's remarks follow his presentation of the interim Budget 2019-20 earlier this month, which contained major largesse for the stressed agriculture sector as well as tax sops for the middle class with implications for the fiscal deficit.

The fiscal deficit estimate for the current year has been revised upwards to 3.4 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP). "As finance ministers we are always in need of money," Goyal said addressing the foundation day anniversary event of the state-run Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India (SPMCIL), and recalled that the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM), 2003, had been enacted during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government.


Spurious Liquor Leaves 72 Dead In Haridwar, Saharanpur

New Delhi: The death toll in the hooch tragedy that hit two adjoining districts in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh has risen to 72 with more people dying of the spurious liquor they drank at a Haridwar village, officials said Saturday. The viscera examination on 11 more bodies is yet to be conducted to find out if these too were alcohol-related deaths. Twenty-four of the victims died in Balupur and its neighbouring villages in Uttarakhand's Haridwar district, state's Additional Director General (Law and Order) Ashok Kumar said. At least 46 others, who had come home to the adjoining Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh after drinking the spurious liquor in Balupur, are also dead.

Uttar Pradesh officials said 35 of the Saharanpur deaths took place in the district itself. Eleven other victims, who were referred from Saharanpur for medical treatment in Meerut, died at a hospital there. In Uttarakhand, about 20 more people are still under treatment.