Assam BJP leader quits, blames Modi-Shah, corruption
A senior leader of the BJP’s Assam unit and
national executive member quit the party, blam-
ing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party presi-
dent Amit Shah and several other reasons for his
‘My departure from the BJP is not a knee-jerk
reaction to any specific event, but a gradual dis-
illusionment, a loss of faith with the general
drift of the party at both the national and state
levels,’ Prodyut Bora said in a letter to media.
Among the causes he listed in the letter were,
‘Assam features fairly low on the priority of the
national leadership,’ ‘subversion of the democratic tradition by the Modi-Shah duo,’ ‘political
corruption in Assam BJP.’
Court questions government on offloading of Greenpeace activist
Terming the government’s decision to off-load
Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai from an aircraft
to London as inappropriate, the Delhi High
Court said February 18 that difference of opinion
did not mean being anti-national.
‘The government decision is not appropriate
as there are many people who indulged in various anti-national activities but were travelling
abroad,’ Justice Rajiv Shakdher said during a
The government had earlier told the court that
she was offloaded as her proposed ‘testimony’
would have been ‘prejudicial’ to India’s interests.
TERI chief R K Pachauri charged with sexual harassment
TERI chief R K Pachauri was named in a first
information report filed by the Delhi police
February 18, based on a complaint by his female
colleague alleging sexual harassment.
The woman who works at his office, alleged
that Pachauri had been harassing her since she
joined TERI in September 2013, among other
things with sexually laden emails and texts.
Badaun rerun : Dalit girl raped, body found hanging from tree
In a grim reminder of the infamous Badaun incident, a
teenage Dalit girl was raped and her body was later found
hanging from a tree in Nighasan area of Lakhimpur in
Uttar Pradesh, the police said.
The police said that earlier her parents suspected it was
a suicide. But the autopsy revealed that she had been
raped before her death.
Curtains down for DDLJ?
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which has been running
in the Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai since its
release almost 20 years ago, is likely to be taken down
finally. The film had completed 1,009 weeks at the box-office at press time.
Congress asked to vacate 24, Akbar Road headquarters
The urban development ministry has issued notice to
the Congress party to vacate its headquarters situated at
24 Akbar Road, Delhi.
All India Congress Committee Treasurer Motilal Vora
said the party had received a notice from the urban development ministry for vacating the four bungalows in its
posession that also included 26, Akbar Road; 5, Raisina
Road and C-II/109, Chanakya Puri.
24, Akbar Road has been the party headquarters since
1978 while 26, Akbar Road is the office of the Congress
frontal wing Seva Dal and 5, Raisina Road houses Youth
Congress and NSUI(I) offices. The Chanakyapuri bungalow is being used as a residence.
According to sources, the Congress party is now seeking
a way to extend their stay at the headquarters.
Swine flu cases in India cross 11,000 mark
The swine flu death toll in India reached 703 February
19 as the virus continued to spread its tentacles to new
states, including Mizoram, with the number of cases
crossing the 11,000 mark that day.
Head cook, 66 children fall ill after eating mid-day meal in Bihar school
At least 66 students and a head cook fell ill February 19
after eating the mid-day meal at a school in Hajipur in
Bihar’s Vishali district.
Activist Teesta and husband will not be arrested, rules SC
In a setback to the Gujarat police, the Indian Supreme
Court directed it not to arrest social activist Teesta
Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand in a case of
alleged embezzlement of funds for a museum at
Ahmedabad’s Gulbarg Society that was devastated
in the 2002 riots.
The order came with a caveat that Setalvad and
Anand would provide all required documents and
failure to cooperate in the probe would give liberty
to Gujarat police to seek cancellation of their bail.
The bench also raised some improtant questions
about personal liberty before the advocate appearing for the Gujarat government. This is a case that
is being seen as many as a witch hunt.
Pak knocks on US doors for anti-terror op
Pakistan has briefed the United States on the
progress it made during military operations
against terrorists in North Waziristan costing $1.3
billion and sought America’s help in defraying
part of it.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar met Senator Jack
Reed, the ranking Democrat on the US Senate
Armed Services Committee, February 18.
Sanjay Dutt to spend 4 more days in jail
Four more days of imprisonment will be added to
actor Sanjay Dutt’s prison term, as he spent extra
days out jail when his furlough period ended and a
decision on extension of his furlough was pending,
Maharashtra Minister of State for Home Ram
Shinde said February 18.
A departmental inquiry will be ordered against
erring prison officials and action will be taken
against them for the delay in deciding the extension of furlough, he added.
Bengaluru cops ban Asaduddin Owaisi from entering city
Bengaluru cops banned the president of All India
Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen Asaduddin Owaisi
from conducting a speech in the city, calling his
Earlier, Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s Pravin Togadia
was also banned from making speeches, saying that
his speeches could lead to public disturbances.
NDA’s anti-corruption plan in limbo
The plans of the Narendra Modi government to bring in a
transparent, corruption-free system might take longer than
expected, even on paper. In August 2014, all ministries and
departments were instructed to prepare their ‘Corruption
Mitigation Action Plans.’ But out of the 73 ministries and
departments, only 32 had prepared and submitted these
plans by the deadline earlier this month.
1984 riot victims to get additional compensation
An additional rehabilitation package of Rs 500,000
($8,000) each has been sanctioned for the 1984 Sikh
riot victims. In pursuance of the recommendations of
Nanavati Commission, the family of each of the 1984
Sikh riot victim had got Rs 350,000 ($5,600 in today’s
terms) as monetary help.
In Bihar battle, Nitish emerges victorious
The showdown between Jitan Ram Manjhi and his men-
tor-turned-foe Nitish Kumar ended without a floor test
At the heart of the power struggle was the fact that Manjhi
had been ushered into the chief minister’s seat by the Janata
Dal-United as a seat warmer for Kumar. He refused to
resign and vacate the seat for Kumar, the state’s former chief
minister, when the party asked Kumar to return and lead
the party’s campaign for the state election later this year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally broke his
silence on the recent spate of attacks on churches
in Delhi and promised to ensure complete freedom
of faith and that everyone has undeniable rights to
retain the religion of his or her choice.
He addressed an event to celebrate the elevation of
two Indians — Kuriakose Elias Chavara and
Mother Euphrasia — to sainthood.
Modi supporters, who have been insisting that
minorities in the country are simply crying wolf
weren’t exactly pleased.
The buzzwords of Modi’s speech