Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, who has declared an open revolt against the Congress, said today that he is "not joining the BJP".His assertion to NDTV came amid reports of his likely meeting with BJP chief JP Nadda today.
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NEW DELHI (UrduPoint News Sputnik 03rd July, 2020) India will oblige companies to receive special government permission for importing power supply equipment from China and Pakistan in light of border tensions, Indian Power Minister Raj Kumar Singh said on Friday."The total import in the power sector in 2018 19 was 710 billion rupees $9.4 billion of which 210 billion rupees were from China. We cannot tolerate this. A country which tries to transgress into our territory, kills our soldiers and we create jobs in that country? ... We have decided that we will not allow any imports from Prior Reference countries China and Pakistan," Singh said at a press conference, as quoted by NDTV.
Amid speculations of cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu leaving the Congress party and joining the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday said that Sidhu is very much a part of the Congress party and that he is not joining AAP.The Chief Minister said that he had confirmed this with election strategist Prashant Kishor. Amarinder Singh told NDTV, "Navjot Sidhu is very much a part of our party. As far as Prashant Kishor approaching Sidhu to join AAP is concerned, it is not true and it has been confirmed to me by Prashant himself."
The car was carrying a newlywed couple and three other people when it fell into the Malay river in Jharkhand ''s Palamu district on Sunday, reported NDTV.Around 8 10 locals jumped into the water when they noticed the half sunk car floating. Once they reached the car, they tried to haul it back to safety.
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Normally, they are everywhere, on your news channels, sending out press releases and videos, making announcements, getting interviewed, holding press briefings or getting themselves photographed in self promotional activities. Ever since the coronavirus crisis hit India two months ago, they have vanished from public view. Social distancing was meant for the public, not for ministers in charge of crucial ministries to practice public distancing. In this hour of what is probably the greatest crisis the country, and the world, has ever faced, we should logically be hearing more from the health minister, the finance minister, the home minister and above all, the prime minister. In America, President Donald Trump, who hates the press (barring Fox News) holds a daily press briefing where he is asked some probing questions about his government s response to Covid 19. In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a daily press briefing as well till the virus infected him as well. Subsequently, the health secretary and other medical experts have replaced him. In Spain and Italy, their leaders and health ministers are speaking daily to the public, informing them of what steps are being taken and what the public should avoid. In contrast, Narendra Modi has appeared twice since the outbreak began to address the public, once to announce the janta curfew and the other time to announce the lockdown. Mann ki Baat did not require him to face a camera. No one has seen the Health Minister, who happens to be a qualified doctor, speak to the public except on a Town Hall video conference hosted by NDTV which, in any event, was in English. He has tweeted, again in English, about demonizing health care workers but as Union health minister it is his moral and ethical duty to be speaking to the public more often and answering questions from a public entrapped in fear and panic, preferably via regular press conferences. The Home minister who plays such a crucial role in the imposition of law and order and discipline has not been seen at all, despite the agonising sight of thousands of migrants crowding bus stands and walking in large groups on our highways. As The Telegraph noted, The lockdown is on but the bid to break the chain of transmission has not succeeded in containing one question. Where is Union home minister Amit Shah, the country s new Iron Man ? The question hangs in the corridors of power amid the Covid 19 pandemic, with Shah s absence from the frontline leaving many wondering about his role in the battle against the virus. Shah the second most powerful leader in the ruling dispensation after Prime Minister Narendra Modi has so far been engaged in merely tweeting to hail the measures taken by the government or sending advisories to states. If the coronavirus disaster has taught us one thing it is this: there is no bigger weapon to combat a national crisis and show that the government is doing everything in its power to help its citizens, than transparency. Without transparency there is no trust, something which many governments have learnt to their everlasting regret. Many countries refer to transparency not only as the right to access information, but also as a tool for enhancing government efficiency and accountability. In a time of national crisis, that is required more than ever. Talking of information, we have seen precious little of the minster in charge of dispensing it, Prakash Javdekar. Maybe he is following his own advice which he tweeted last week, saying that watching Ramayana during the shutdown of the country is the way forward
Recently, preparations to install an idol of a goddess made of 2,100 kg of clarified butter have begun in a temple in Kangra town of Himachal Pradesh, reports NDTV. The idol of Goddess Bajreshwari Devi is being prepared by temple priests using desi ghee after purifying it with holy water for 101 times.One of the busiest shrines in North India, the temple is visited by a large number of pilgrims from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, and Uttarakhand. The temple will be open to the public soon. Eventually, the idol will be removed from the pindi or iconography of the goddess and the #8216;prasad ' will be distributed amongst the worshippers, reports Hindustan Times.
Two South Indian women claim to have identified their children in a picture of ISIS terrorists who surrendered before security forces in Afghanistan a few days ago. Bindu Sampath told NDTV she had identified her daughter, son in law and her granddaughter in a photo shown by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The son in law''s mother, Gracy Thomas told NDTV "his hands... his forehead" left her in no doubt the man in the photo is her son. The two women said they hoped their children could be brought back home."From the pictures I have identified my son in law and granddaughter. My granddaughter is sitting on the lap of a lady who is covered with a veil. And I'm sure that if she is sitting on a lady''s lap then it will be my daughter Chinnu (Fathima) only," Bindu Sampath, who lives in Kerala''s Thiruvananthapuram, said.
Oracle co CEO Mark Hurd, who led two Silicon Valley giants, has died at 62. Oracle confirmed his death Friday, but gave no cause. Hurd was on medical leave, which Oracle announced in September.During his career, Hurd ran both Oracle and computer and printer maker Hewlett Packard. Hurd joined Oracle as co president in 2010 a month after leaving HP. He resigned from HP following accusations of sexual harassment by a female contract worker.
The Anti Terrorism Squad of the Maharashtra police on Saturday arrested a man in connection with the murder of Kamlesh Tiwari, the leader of a political party in Uttar Pradesh, an official said.