Modi’s controversial suit up for auction; money to go to Clean Ganga Mission
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s controversial
pinstripe monogrammed suit that he wore during
President Barack Obama’s visit to India last month went
up for auction February 18.
The suit is being auctioned along with 455 items that
Modi received as gifts during his nearly nine-month long
tenure to generate funds for the Prime Minister’s ambitious ‘Clean Ganga Mission’.
Bidding for the suit has been intense, with Bollywood
filmmaker Vipul Shah making a Rs 25.1 million
($404,000) bid February 20.
Amartya Sen resigns as Nalanda University chancellor
Nobel laureate Amartya Sen withdrew his candidature for
a second term as Nalanda University Chancellor, saying the
Narendra Modi government does not want him to continue.
Sen, who has long been a critic of Modi, in a letter to the
governing board of the university blamed the absence of
the government’s approval for delay in a nod from the
President Pranab Mukherjee to his name even though the
recommendation was sent to him over a month back.
Coast Guard, Navy spar over Pak terror boat
Controversy erupted between the Indian Navy and the
Coast Guard over the Pakistani terror boat that went
aflame off the Gujarat coast and left no survivors.
The government was left red-faced after Deputy
Govt flooded with pleas to ban cow slaughter
Inspector General of the Coast Guard BK Loshali
punched a hole through the government stand that the
boat had blown itself up after an hour-long chase. He said
he was the one who ordered, ‘Blow the boat off. We don’t
want to serve them Biryani.’
But Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar stood his
ground and hinted at disciplinary action against Loshali.
Ever since the National Democratic Alliance government
came to power in May 2014, hundreds of applications have
been pouring in every day against cow slaughter, demanding a complete ban. Cow slaughter is a state subject.
Bedi not invited to BJP review of poll loss
The Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party did not invite Kiran
Bedi, its chief ministerial candidate for the Assembly elections, to a meeting where party leaders analyzed its
humiliating defeat at the hands of the Aam Aadmi Party.
Secret RSS-BJP meet to relieve fringe’s pressure on government
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Bharatiya Janata
Party leaders held a quiet meeting February 15 in Delhi for
a frank discussion on the issues troubling them. The meeting lasted more than two hours, and while no decision was
taken, sources say the BJP side had a single-point focus: To
curb fringe elements like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.
Reports suggest the RSS leaders agreed to control the VHP.
Veteran leftist leader Pansare, wife shot at
Two unidentified gunmen on a bike shot veteran leftist
leader Govind Pansare and his wife Uma. While the latter’s health was improving, the former was still critical at
press time. The police hadn’t been able to make any
inroads into the investigation even days after the incident.
Anna Hazare set to return to Delhi
Social activist Anna Hazare planned to hold a two-day
protest at Jantar Mantar, starting February 23, against the
recent amendments in the Land Acquisition Act by the
The agitation was to be supported by several farmers’
organizations and social activists, including Medha Patkar.
Vague laws biggest reason for pendency of cases: Modi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that vague
laws that lend themselves to different interpretations were
the foremost reason for pendency of cases in courts.
Seeking assistance of the legal professionals in drafting
statutes, he said, ‘I have suggested that draft laws be posted online for legal opinion so that good and effective laws
can be made with minimum of grey areas. That will effectively bring down pendency of cases in courts.’
India ‘persuaded’ by the US to resume dialogue with Pak: Aziz
The United States is behind Prime Minister Narendra
Modi’s reaching out to Pakistan with his decision to send
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to Islamabad, according to
Sartaj Aziz, the Pakistan prime minister’s foreign affairs
He was quoted as having told the Rising Kashmir
newspaper that he believed Modi was ‘persuaded’ by the US
and others to resume the dialogue.
Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as Delhi chief minister for second time
The Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal took oath as
the chief minister of New Delhi for the second time at the
Ramlila Maidan February 14. The oath was administered
by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.
Kejriwal’s confidante Manish Sisodia took oath as
Delhi’s first deputy chief minister. Kejriwal’s ministers
have an average age of 37 years, possibly India’s youngest
cabinet. But in a first for a chief minister, Kejriwal decided not to keep any portfolio with himself.
Less than a week after swearing in, the AAP government
landed in a war with the media, saying only those journalists with prior appointments were being allowed into the
A five-member team of the Delhi Press Accreditation
Committee members met senior government officials
over the issue and sought entry for at least journalists
with cards issued by Delhi’s Directorate of Information
and Publicity. There was no immediate resolution.
home minister R R
Patil died of multiple
organ failure in
He had been undergoing treatment for
oral cancer for almost
a month. He was 57.
A fisherman from India sits in train at Karachi’s Cantonment railway station after his release with others from a prison February 15. Pakistan released 172 Indian fishermen who were detained for illegally venturing into Pakistani waters, as a goodwill gesture and part of cricket diplomacy after Pakistan lost to India in a cricket World Cup match. AKH TAR SOOMRO/REU TERS
RR Patil dies
D Rama Naidu
Multilingual Indian film
Ramanaidu (D Rama
Naidu) passed away in
Hyderabad February 18
after a long battle with
February 27, 2015