- Election Commission warns political parties
not to seek votes in the name of religion, caste, race, community or language.
- Chief Minister's panel on digital payments
recommends abolition of merchant charges on card transactions.
- Shiromani Akali Dal releases manifesto for
Punjab Assembly polls; promises two lakh rupees interest-free crop loan to
- Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin
Zayed Al Nahyan arrives in New Delhi; to be chief guest at this year's Republic
- Multi-barrel guided Pinaka rocket with
enhanced range and accuracy successfully test fired from Chandipur in Odisha.
- In United Kingdom, Supreme Court rules that
Parliament must vote on whether government can start Brexit process.
- In Australian Open Tennis, Roger Federer
to clash with Stanislas Wawrinka in Men's single's semi-final.
The Election Commission has asked all
political parties not to seek votes in the name of religion, caste, race,
community or language in any manner as
it is in contravention of Supreme Court judgement. In a letter to the
Presidents, General Secretaries, Chairpersons and Conveners of all recognized
national and state political parties, the commission drew their attention to
recent judgement of the 7 judge Constitution Bench of Supreme Court . The Apex Court by the majority judgement has
held that any appeal to vote or to refrain from voting for a candidate on the
ground of religion, caste, race, community or language would amount to corrupt
practice sufficient to annul the election.
The poll panel asked political parties to
inform their lower formations and party cadres and their candidates about the
ruling of the Supreme Court and ask them to desist from getting any such
activity. It said such appeals will also fall under the ambit of Model Code of
Amid Prime Minister's push for simultaneous polls for Lok Sabha and
state assemblies, Chief Election Commissioner
Nasim Zaidi today said the Constitutional amendment and additional
resources are required for this purpose. Replying to a media query in New
Delhi, Mr.Zaidi said the Commission has already conveyed its views to the Law Ministry and the
Parliamentary Panel. He said the
amendment by political consensus
and certain resources like additional EVMs are pre -requisite for holding simultaneous polls.
BJP today released third list of 67
candidates for the ensuing Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Swami Prasad
Maurya, who had deserted Bahujan Samaj Party few months back, will contest
from Padrauna assembly seat. Former BJP
state president Surya Pratap Shahi will contest from Pathardeva seat while
party's National OBC Morcha chief Dara Singh Chauhan will try his luck from
Madhuban seat. Announcing the names, party general secretary Arun Singh said,
the names of the remaining candidates will be announced soon and some of the
seats will be left for Apna Dal and Bharatiya Samaj Party.
Still with Uttar Pradesh, nominations for
first Phase Assembly Elections ended today. Polling will take place on 11th
Meanwhile, filing of nominations for the
third phase also started today. Sixty nine constituencies will be covered in
this phase. Polling will be held on the 19th of next month.
In Punjab, Shiromani Akali Dal released its
election manifesto today. Releasing the manifesto in Ludhiana, Party President,
Sukhbir Singh Badal promised sops for all sections of the society. It promises
10-hour free power and free tube well to farmers. The manifesto also promises
annual two lakh rupees interest-free agriculture crop loan to every small farmer. Loans of small farmers
will be waived and besides incentive on fertilizers will be provided. Solar
lights and safe drinking water have been promised for all villages in the
State. The manifesto said traders with a turnover of up to 2 crore rupees will
pay lump sum tax without maintaining books.
Bollywood actress Rimi Sen today
joined BJP. She was inducted into the party in the presence of party General
Secretaries Arun Singh and Kailash Vijayvargiya at BJP headquarters in New Delhi. Later, the actress said she has joined the BJP inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Chief Ministers' Committee on demonetization
has recommended abolition of the Merchant Discount Rate charges (MDR) to
incentivise the digital transactions. It has also suggested levying of banking cash transaction tax on transaction of 50 thousand
rupees and above. Capping on maximum allowable cash limit in all types of large
transactions is another key recommendation of the committee.
The Panel chaired by
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu in its interim report submitted to Prime
Minister in New Delhi this evening, has suggested to bring all government
insurance, educational institutes, fertilisers, PDS and petroleum sectors
within the ambit of digital payments.
Briefing media after submitting the report,
Mr Naidu said the Committee wants Aadhaar-enabled micro ATM infrastructure in all post offices. He said the non-income tax payees and small merchants
should be given a subsidy of 1,000 rupees for purchasing smart phones. The committee, was
constituted in November last year to prepare a road-map for transition to
digital economy post demonetization.
Union Cabinet has decided to declare Indian
Institutes of Management as institutions of national importance. It gave its
nod to IIM Bill, 2017 to facilitate this. The bill will enable IIMs to grant
degrees to their students and complete autonomy, combined with accountability.
Cabinet also gave its ex-post facto approval for interest waiver for
November and December last year for farmers accessing short term crop loans
from Cooperative Banks. The decision also provides for interest subsidy to
National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development, NABARD on additional
refinance by NABARD to cooperative banks. Farmers across the country availing
short term crop loans from Cooperative Banks will be benefited by the decision.
Cabinet also approved ratification of the
second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol on containing emission of Green
House Gases. The second commitment
period of the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 2012. Sixty five countries have ratified the Commitment
Period so far.
Cabinet also gave its post-facto approval for launching of Varishtha
Pension Bima Yojana as part of government’s commitment for financial inclusion
and social security. The scheme will
provide an assured pension based on a guaranteed rate of return of 8 percent
per annum for ten years.
The Union Cabinet has given its nod for a new
scheme for promotion of Rural Housing in the country. The Government will
provide interest subsidy under the scheme. Interest subsidy will be available
to every rural household which is not covered under the Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana
(Grameen). The beneficiary who takes a loan under the scheme would be provided
interest subsidy for loan amount up to 2 Lakh rupees.
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived in New
Delhi today on a three day visit. He is accompanied by a high-level delegation,
including Ministers, senior officials and captains of industry. The crown
prince was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Delhi Airport as a
special gesture. He is the chief guest for this year's Republic Day parade. The
visiting dignitary will be accorded ceremonial reception at the forecourts of
the Rashtrapati Bhawan tomorrow. He will also hold talks with Mr Modi.
The two countries are expected to ink a
strategic agreement to elevate their relationship to a comprehensive strategic
partnership, providing for greater cooperation in areas such as defence and
security. Cooperation in areas including energy security, space and civil
nuclear energy is also high on agenda.
The Multi-Barrel Rocket System guided Pinaka
rocket was today successfully test-fired for the second time from launch
complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad at Chandipur in
ITR Director B K Das said the test was
conducted at 12:45 PM and Pinaka rocket mark-II, equipped with navigation,
guidance and control kit, was transformed into a "guided Pinaka". The
conversion facilitated range enhancement and improvement in Pinaka's accuracy.
The range of the rocket has increased from 40 to 70 km with an improved
accuracy to 50 meters.
US President Donald Trump will speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi
tonight over phone, four days after he was sworn-in as the 45th President of
America. According to news agency PTI, President Trump is scheduled to speak
with Mr. Modi over phone at 11:30 PM
Mr. Modi, would be the fifth
foreign leader Mr. Trump would have spoken with over phone after being sworn-in
as the US President.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development today celebrated the
National Girl Child Day at a special function in New Delhi. The theme of the
program was Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao- BBBP. Addressing the function, Minister
of Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi said the BBBP programme has done
very well across the country especially in the State of Haryana. She
said,parents have to ensure health, education and success of their daughters as
well as contribute to the development of their talent.
It has truly been a
proud year for India with a commendable performance at the Olympics and
Paralympics and a historic induction of the first female fighter pilots into
the Indian Air Force. Ten districts were felicitated under the Beti Bachao Beti
Padhao scheme for their exemplary performance. The winners of regional level
quiz competition organized for girl students across various Kendriya Vidyalaya
schools in Delhi on the theme of “Empowerment of Girl Child” were also awarded.
The National Plan of Action for Children, 2016 was released on the occasion.
Rio Paralympics Silver medalist Deepa
Malik, Fighter Pilot Avani Chaturvedi
and First women amputee to climb Mount Everest Arunima Sinha were also present
in function. With Sant Bahadur, Suparna
Saikia, AIR News, Delhi.
The News Services Division of All India Radio
in its “Spotlight and News Analysis” programme we bring you a discussion on “National
Girl Child Day”. The participants are : Prof. Mridulla Mukherjee of JNU and
Annapurna Jha, Journalist. It can be
heard on Rajdhani/ FM Gold channels and additional frequencies from 9.15 p.m.
The Supreme Court in UK has ruled that Parliament must vote on
whether the government can start the Brexit process. Reading out the judgment, Supreme Court
President Lord Neuberger said by a majority of eight to three, the Court rules
that the Government cannot trigger Article 50 without an Act of Parliament
authorising it to do so. The court also rejected arguments that the Scottish
Parliament, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Assembly should get to vote on
Article 50 before Brexit triggered.
The domestic stock markets gained for the
second straight session, today, while the rupee ended four days of losses.
The Sensex at the
Bombay Stock Exchange surged 258 points, or one percent, to close at 27,376,
after a firm day's trade. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange jumped 84
points, to 8,476. Other key Asian markets in Japan, China, Hong Kong, South
Korea and Singapore ended mixed. At the forex market, the rupee appreciated 5
paise, to 68.15 against the dollar. Gold inched up 10 rupees, to 29,725 rupees
per ten grams in Delhi. And Brent crude oil futures climbed 40 cents, to 55.63
dollars a barrel. Pradeep Kumar, AIR
The Supreme Court today asked the Centre and BCCI to suggest names for
appointment in the committee of administrators to run the cricket body. A bench
headed by Justice Dipak Misra also allowed BCCI to suggest three names after
following the due process for representing it at the ICC meeting due in the
first week of next month.The bench asked BCCI and the Centre to give the names
in a sealed cover by Friday and posted the matter for hearing for next Monday.
In Australia Open tennis, Indo-Croatian pair
of Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig has entered the quarterfinals of Mixed doubles
event. The Indo-Croatian pair defeated Aussie-Chinese pair of Alexander Peya
and Saisai Zheng 2-6, 6-3, 10-6. In the quarterfinals, Sania and Ivan will face
Indo-Canadian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski. Earlier, Rohan
Bopanna with his team mate had entered the quarterfinals. They defeated the duo
of Y. Chan and L. Kubot 6-4, 5-7,10-3 in the second round this morning.
Stanislas Wawrinka has entered the Men's
single semifinals beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets. The world number
four Swiss player beat Frenchman 7-6, 6-4, 6-3. The 2008 finalist Tsonga gave a
tough challenge to Wawrinka but fell short by a small margin in each set. With
this win, Wawrinka became the first player to enter the Men's singles
semifinals of the tournament this year. In another quarterfinal
match Roger Federer beat young German
sensation Mischa Zverev in straight sets
6-1, 7-5, 6-2. Federer will clash fellow swede Wawrinka in the semi final. Meanwhile, in the Women's Singles, American
Coco Vandeweghe defeated seventh seed Garbine Muguruza to enter the
semi-finals. She defeated Muguruza, in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0. Venus Williams
also progressed to the semis.
Rest of India has lifted the Irani Cup Cricket Trophy. The winners chased down the 379 run target
set by Gujarat with six wickets still in
hand in the fourth and final day at Mumbai today.