THE HEADLINES :
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Indian
Science Congress in Imphal; urges scientists to redefine scientific research
for the development of the nation; also says Northeast can be the new engine of
- Opposition uproar stalls Parliament for tenth
consecutive day today; Lok Sabha Speaker said she was unable to proceed on
no-confidence motion against the government moved by YSR-Congress and TDP, as
the House not in order.
- TDP exits from National Democratic Alliance for
alleged indifference of Centre towards Andhra Pradesh's sentiments; BJP says
TDP resorting to lies to cover its inert governance.
- In Punjab, Bhagwant Mann resigns as President of Aam
Aadmi Party's state unit protesting against Arvind Kejriwal's apology to a
former state minister; co-President Aman Arora also resigns.
- Special CBI court in Ranchi to deliver judgment in
fourth fodder scam case against former Bihar Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav
and Jagannath Mishra tomorrow.
- In cricket, Sri Lanka set a target of 160 after
suffering an early collapse against Bangladesh in virtual semi-final encounter
of T-20 tri-nation series in Colombo.
Narendra Modi today exhorted scientists to extend their research from "the
labs to the land" for the greater benefit of people and said time was ripe
to redefine ‘R&D' as research for development of the nation. Mr Modi was speaking after inaugurating the 105th
session of the Indian Science Congress at Manipur University, Imphal. He said scientific social responsibility is need of the hour.
Mr Modi called upon the scientists to develop a mechanism for interaction with
my personal request to all the scientists to spend 100 hours every year with
100 students of classes 10th, 11th and 12th, discussing various aspects of
science and technology. Imagine how many scientists we can nurture this
Mr Modi laid the foundation stone of National Sports
University, inaugurated Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation and other
development projects including the newly-constructed Women's Market at
Churachandpur. Addressing a
public meeting in Imphal East, Mr Modi said the
North-East can be the New Engine of India’s growth. He maintained that India’s
growth story shall never be complete until the eastern part of the country
develops at par with the rest of the country.
I have always
maintained that India's growth stories shall never be complete until the
eastern part of our country progresses at par with the western part. The North East can be the new engine of
The Prime Minister said schemes
of about 750 crore rupees have been launched today for the development of
Manipur. He said these schemes are linked to the dreams and jobs of youth,
women empowerment and connectivity. Mr Modi said he believed these plans will
take development of the state to new heights.
Congress-led Opposition continued to rock the
proceedings in both the Houses of Parliament for the tenth day today on
different issues. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha witnessed repeated
adjournments before adjourning finally for the day.
In the Lok Sabha, amidst opposition uproar, members
from YSR Congress and Telugu Desam Party, who have been demanding special
status to Andhra Pradesh, moved a no- confidence motion against the government.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan observed that she cannot proceed on it as the House is
not in order. Amidst noisy scenes, she adjourned the House for the day. The
Opposition members trooped into the well in support of their demands. TRS was
raising the issue of increasing the reservation quota in government jobs in
Telangana while AIADMK MPs were pressing for setting up of Cauvery Management
In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu
expressed serious concern over the repeated disturbances faced by the House for
the last two weeks failing to transact any legislative business. He said people
are disillusioned over the logjam as important issues like banks scams are not
being taken up for discussion. He appealed to all parties to ensure the smooth
functioning of the House. As noisy scenes continued, Mr. Naidu adjourned the
house till 2.30 pm. When it re-assembled to take up Private Members’ business,
Deputy Chairman Prof. P J Kurien allowed TDP member Y S Chowdary to continue
his speech about the grounds on which he tendered his resignation from the
Council of Ministers. Mr Chowdary said the Centre should be more genuine to the
demands of Andhra Pradesh as the state has become very poor in its fiscal
progress. Meanwhile, several other opposition parties including Congress
trooped into the well forcing the Chair to adjourn the House for the day.
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has quit the ruling National
Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre. Party leader YS Chowdary told media in
New Delhi that TDP tried its best to be together but the present government
ignored the sentiments of people of Andhra Pradesh. He said party president N
Chandrababu Naidu took the decision to withdraw from the NDA.
government definitely have ignored the sentiment and emotions of the people of
Andhra Pradesh. Today morning an emergency polit bureau was conducted through
conference calls, through which our president has taken a decision based on the
majority members opinion to withdraw from NDA."
Reacting to the move, BJP spokesperson G V L Narsimha
Rao said the TDP's decision to quit was inevitable after its mischievous
propaganda against the Centre. He said the people of Andhra Pradesh have now
realised that the TDP is resorting to lies to cover up its inept and inert
has to explain to the people as to why they have taken a U turn on this when
they have agreed to special package in 2016. We believe the TDP is finding the
going tough in Andhra Pradesh. They are seeing a defeat in 2019 for themselves
and therefore, they want to use this as an alibi to reclaim the lost political
Meanwhile, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) led by K
Chandrasekhar Rao has ruled out its support for the no-confidence motion
against the NDA government . TRS parliamentary party leader and secretary
general K Keshava Rao described the move as a political gimmick.
The Left and some other parties have decided to
support the no-confidence motion. CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said
his party has decided to support the motion accusing the Centre of betraying
the people on the issue of according special status to Andhra Pradesh.
The main opposition Congress is also expected to go
with the motion. Party leader Mallikarjun Kharge said the Congress has been
supporting Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh since the beginning and the people should get
justice. He said, in no-confidence
motion, one has to talk about government's failures and the Congress is
contacting a lot of people over the issue.
The AIADMK will decide on the party's stand on the
no-confidence motion tomorrow or the day after. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav
Thackeray is also expected to hold a meeting with party MPs and senior leaders
soon to decide its stand on the matter.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, the
government has succeeded in taking bold steps and executed them due to the
support and inspiration of the citizens. He said there has been tremendous
support to its efforts to curb black money and fight against corruption. Speaking at Rising India Summit in New Delhi
organised by a private TV channel, Mr Modi said, at present, the citizens lead
and the government follows. The Prime Minister said, in his opinion, rising
India means soaring the confidence of 125 crore people of the country.
राइजिंग इंडिया का मेरे लिए मतलब है देश के सवा सौ करोड़ लोगों के स्वाभिमान का राइज होना। देश के आत्मगौरव का राइज होना। जब इन्हीं सवा सौ करोड़ लोगों की इच्छा शक्ति एक जुट हो जाती है, उनके संकल्प एक हो जाते हैं, तो असाध्य भी साध्य हो जाता है। असंभव भी संभव बन जाता है, एक जुट हुई यही इच्छा शक्ति आज न्यु इंडिया के संकल्प को पूरा कर रही है।
Aam Aadmi Party MP, Bhagwant Mann today resigned from the post of party’s
Punjab Chief. His decision came a day
after Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal tendered an apology
to former Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for levelling unfounded
allegations relating to his involvement in drugs trade.
AAP Punjab unit co-president Aman Arora also resigned.
In May 2016, Majithia had filed a
criminal defamation case against Kejriwal and other AAP leaders who had made
allegations against him.
A special CBI court in Ranchi today fixed tomorrow as the date for
pronouncement of judgment in a fourth fodder scam case involving former Bihar
Chief Minister and RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav. The case relates to
fraudulent withdrawal of 3.13 crore rupees from the Dumka treasury between
December 1995 and January 1996. Besides Lalu Prasad, another former Chief
Minister Jagannath Mishra and 30 others are accused in this case.
The Delhi High Court today reserved its order on the bail plea of Karti
Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader P Chidamabaram, in the INX Media
corruption case lodged by the CBI. Justice SP Garg heard the CBI and Karti's lawyers
and reserved his decision. The CBI opposed the bail plea alleging that Karti
has tampered with certain evidence and there is a possibility of him tampering
more evidence and influencing witnesses in the case.
A Delhi court today allowed the
Enforcement Directorate to interrogate a Kashmiri businessman in connection
with a terror funding case involving LeT chief and 26/11 Mumbai attack
mastermind Hafiz Saeed to unearth the money trail. Additional Sessions Judge
Tarun Sherawat allowed ED to quiz Zahoor Watali on March 19 and 20. Watali was
arrested by NIA on charges of receiving funds from Pakistan to sponsor terror
activities and stone-pelting in Kashmir. He is alleged to have friendship with
Pakistani leaders and Kashmiri separatists.
The three-day annual Krishi
Unnati Mela began in New Delhi today with a focus on doubling farmers' income.
The objective of the event is to create awareness among farmers about the
latest agriculture-related technological developments.
Speaking on the occasion,
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said, government
is committed to the welfare of farmers and strengthening the rural livelihood.
He said, through a live demo, farmers can witness actual farming at the fair.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will
address farmers tomorrow at the Mela. He will inaugurate the Jaivik Kheti
portal and lay the foundation stone of 25 Krishi Vigyan Kendras.
At the stock markets, the Sensex
today posted the biggest single day fall in over a month. Markets came under
pressure on global trade worries amid domestic political concerns.
Falling for the fourth straight
day, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange slumped 510 points, or 1.5
percent, to end at 33,176. The Nifty plunged 165 points, to 10,195. Key Asian indices in Japan, China, Hong Kong
and Singapore fell between 0.1 and 0.6 percent. At the forex market, the rupee
weakened 1 paisa, to 64.94 against dollar. And gold fell 200 rupees, to an over
one-month low of 31,250 rupees per ten grams in Delhi. V. Ravi Kumar, for AIR News./
In cricket, Sri Lanka has set a victory target of 160 runs for Bangladesh in the virtual
semi-final encounter of the Nidahas Twenty20 tri-series, now underway at Colombo. In reply, Bangladesh were 34 for 2 in 4 overs
when reports last came in. Put into bat,
Sri Lanka suffered an early collapse with 5 wickets down for just 41 runs on
the board. Kusal Perera's 61 took Sri
Lanka past the 100 mark. Bangladesh wrapped up the Sri Lankan innings at 159
for 7. Bangladesh brought in Shakib Al Hasan as skipper for this crucial match
while the Sri Lankan team is led by Thisara Perera. The winner of today's
match will play India in the final on