BJP national general secretary, Kailash Vijayvargiya, met President Ram Nath Kovind to discuss the political situation in West Bengal. ”We met the president and apprised him of the political violence in the state," said Vijayvargiya, adding that the death of Ray was also discussed during the meeting. Giving the details of the meeting on his Twitter account, the BJP leader said we informed the president about the lsquo;suspicious ' death of 105 BJP supporters in the last three years in Bengal.A delegation of BJP leaders comprising Kailash Vijayvargiya, Arvind Menon, Babul Supriyo, Swapan Dasgupta and Raju Bista called on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The brutal treatment of a father and son in Sathankulam police station of Thoothukudi district in Tamil Nadu, resulting in their death, exposed the ugly face of the police. It showed that the police are still relying on medieval methods in their day to day working and that custodial torture continues to be an area of serious concern. What was worse, the supervisory officers abdicated their responsibility and failed in their primary duty of registering a case against the delinquent police personnel and getting them arrested. It is a great pity that the high court had to step in and the case had to be handed over to the CBI. The situation could have been easily defused if the officers had risen to the occasion and ensured action under the law. We are now faced with the embarrassment of the UN Secretary General wanting the incident to be investigated.On top of that, we have an encounter in Kanpur where a criminal wanted for the murder of eight policemen was killed by UP Police under circumstances which have raised uncomfortable questions. These would hopefully be answered by a proper inquiry into the matter in due course. However, we need to go to the root of the problem.
Indian football ''s I League is set to follow the top tier Indian Super League in playing its next season in one location.The 2020 21 season of the I League is expected be held solely in Kolkata, according to the All India Football Federation general secretary Kushal Das, The Hindu reports.
It may be recalled that the total value of the project for 44 Vande Bharat Express trains in the country is more than Rs. 1,500 crore. In a letter to Goyal, Cat General Secretary Praveen Khandelwal said that the Chinese company is one of the six companies offering tenders for purchase of propulsion system or electric traction contracts of these railways in a joint venture with a company of CRRC Corporation Gurugram.CAT has said that the Indian Railways project is a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi;s call for make in India, so the Chinese company should not be allowed to participate in the project in view of this fact and the current circumstances. The letter says that the Ministry of Railways should insist on Indian companies for this project.
While senior Congress leaders claim that there is no threat to the Rajasthan government, the crisis has prompted many leaders to recall the exit of Jyotiraditya Scindia and the fall of the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh just three months ago.At the heart of the tussle in Jaipur, senior Congress leaders say, is the ego clash between Gehlot and Sachin. The leaders admit that there is deep distrust between the two, manifested multiple times in the last one and a half years. Referring to Scindia s exit in MP, a former Union minister and AICC general secretary went to the extent of saying that nothing is guaranteed in such situations .
Thiruvananthapuram: Unleashing scathing criticism on the opposition Congress and BJP, CPI(M) said the nexus between the two parties will be identified by the people. As the investigation over the gold smuggling case was undertaken by the NIA, both parties are creating confusion among the public.The press note released by CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishanan over the reported involvement of Chief Minister ''s office in the gold smuggling case, said the opposition parties are playing politics by burnt offering the lives of people during the time of COVID . The party secretary said people will identify BJP and Congress who are trying to win heinous political targets.
After the death of senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, there has not been a single woman in the parliamentary board. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani are reportedly in the fray. Either of the two leaders could be assigned a place in the parliamentary board.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party President J P Nadda, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, Dalit face and Union minister Thawar Chand Gehlot, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and organisation general secretary B L Santosh are the eight ministers who comprise the parliamentary board.
"I am thankful to our National President JP Nadda and State General Secretary Subhash Sharma for posing faith in me and I assure to prove my mettle by contributing my100% to strengthen the party not only in the state but in the country too", Monty Sehgal said while thanking the state president Ashwani Sharma too."Will continue my journey as a Social activist and will work hard to strengthen the Party at the Grass root level, he added.
But in the recent restructuring of the BJP state unit announced by its president Chandrakant Patil, Somaiya, a former BJP national general secretary, was unceremoniously removed as a vice president, and left out in the cold, just as he was for the 2019 parliamentary elections. Somaiya was replaced by Manoj Kotak for Mumbai North East Lok Sabha constituency in the 2019 elections. Kotak won the seat.Ever the loyalist, if Somaiya was disappointed, he hid it well then, and he has done so a second time now.
America Makes has received a $1.4 million grant from the United States Department of Commerce s National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), announced by United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross during a press conference at the America Makes facility in Youngstown, Ohio. The grant will help America Makes continue work to address personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages because of the COVID 19 pandemic, allowing America Makes to work with small and medium sized manufacturers to better position them for the on going crisis and future ones. Since the beginning of the pandemic we have seen additive manufacturers (AM) across the country respond to deliver safe and effective PPE, showing how AM can be the solution to help solve critical supply chain gaps, said America Makes Executive Director John Wilczynski. We are extremely honored to receive the NIST grant to continue this important work.
On the evening of April 27, 1962, patrolmen Frank Tomlinson and Stanley Kensic stopped Monroe X Jones and Fred X Jingles as they unloaded clothing out of the back of a Buick by the Nation of Islam s mosque in South Los Angeles. The ensuing altercation with police, dubbed a blazing gunfight and a riot by the Los Angeles Times, ended with seven unarmed Muslims in jured and one dead. William X Rogers was left paralyzed, and mosque secretary Ronald X Stokes was killed, shot through the heart as he walked toward officer Donald Weese with his palms raised toward the sky. Weese later told an all white coroner s jury that Stokes came towards me, chanting. He put his hands out I thought he was going to choke me. As the other men lay on the ground, handcuffed and bleeding, they held hands and chanted Alla hu akbar, God is most great. In August that same year, twelve Muslim men at Folsom Prison were holding a meeting in the prison yard when a sergeant began snapping photographs of the gathering. As the officer approached, one of the men proclaimed, They want to take our picture, so let s give them a good one. Another suggested that they face the east and pray to Allah. The group lined up with their hands raised waist high, palms facing up, and prayed.In both instances, Muslims in the Nation of Islam (NOI), confronted with police violence and state surveillance, responded with nonviolent protest in the form of prayer. Where do such stories fit within our narrative of the civil rights era? These episodes demonstrate that challenges to policing and prisons were central to the postwar Black Freedom movement, and the Nation of Islam was at the forefront of that struggle. They show Black Nationalism as an ideological current of Black politics, which continued to gain strength in the years between the dissolution of the United Negro Improvement Association in the interwar period and the rise of Black Power in the late 1960s, a period portrayed as Black Nationalist decline.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday demanded action against those involved in vandalism at Dr BR Ambedkar''s house 'Rajgruh' in Mumbai.In a statement, AAP termed the incident as a national disgrace. "Attack on Dr Ambedkar''s home are by the same forces who attack the constitution he authored. He remains an ever inspiring figure who defined immutable constitutional morality in India and was a champion of the oppressed. This vandalism is shameful and unacceptable", said Dhananjay Shinde, Secretary, AAP Maharashtra.
China s ambassador to London warned of consequences if Britain treats his country as a hostile power in its dealings over Hong Kong and Huawei Technologies Co., while Russian officials topped the list of people sanctioned for human rights abuses, sparking a threat of retaliation from the Kremlin. As we forge a dynamic new vision for a truly global Britain, this government are absolutely committed to the United Kingdom becoming an even stronger force for good in the world, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Parliament as he introduced the sanctions. He pledged to keep the flame of freedom alive for those brave souls still suffering in the very darkest corners of the world.
The sum total of loans amounts to in excess of $521 billion, and in a statement, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin remarked, ”The PPP is providing much needed relief to millions of American small businesses, supporting more than 51 million jobs and over 80 percent of all small business employees, who are the drivers of economic growth in our country. "He then added, "We are particularly pleased that 27 percent of the program ''s reach in low and moderate income communities, which is in proportion to percentage of population in these areas. The average loan size is approximately $100,000, demonstrating that the program is serving the smallest of businesses. "
NEW DELHI: The pushback against China''s aggressive moves against its neighbours seems to be gathering steam with countries like the US looking at economic measures to persuade Beijing to rethink its steps.On Monday, a week after India banned 59 Chinese apps, including the popular short form video platform TikTok, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hinted that the US may also consider a similar move. In an interview to Fox News late on Monday, Pompeo said he and President Donald Trump were taking a serious look at the matter.
The United Kingdom imposed economic sanctions on dozens of individuals and organisations from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, and North Korea under new British powers to punish human rights offenders. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Monday the sanctions targeted those behind "some of the notorious human rights violations in recent years", and were aimed at stopping the laundering of "blood money".
Joint operationIndian Intelligence agencies believe that Pakistan and China are acting in tandem. Additional Pakistani troops have been moved closer to the LoC in the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir sector as well as near the Punjab and Jammu borders. The Chinese People;s Liberation Army, which was very active from May 1 to May 18, has massed troops at 18 locations near the LAC. In seven locations in Ladakh they had crossed the border, and of these, in five positions they moved 3 to 4 km inwards. The Chinese forward movement was accompanied by the building of huts, bunkers and roads. Since then there has been some pull back of Chinese forces.Bypassing chiefGeneral Bipin Rawat became the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in January this year. But since the post is newly created, the profile and duties of the CDS on a daily basis are still unclear. It is learnt that sometimes Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane is taken aback when General Rawat talks directly to Army officers on defence matters, going over his head.Waiting in wingsAttorney General K K Venugopal, 89, was keen to step down after his three year tenure ended earlier this year, due to his advanced age. But, he was persuaded to accept a year ''s extension. The government is in talks with senior counsel Harish Salve, currently based in London, to eventually take over the AG ''s post. Salve has impressed Prime Minister Modi after his legal victory on Kulbhushan Jadhav at the International Court of Justice. He charged a token fee of one rupee for the complex case. Salve has requested a grace period of eight months to decide on the offer, as he has some personal work to tie up first.Cup and lip slipThe Congress believed it had sewn up the lone Rajya Sabha seat in Manipur, and would also succeed in toppling BJP Chief Minister N Biren Singh, since it had persuaded a few disgruntled former Congress MLAs who has switched to the BJP to return to its fold. But there is many a slip between the cup and the lip. Thanks to some deft moves by Assam Deputy Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Biren Singh survived, at least temporarily. The Congress was so flat footed that it sent Ajay Maken and Gaurav Gogoi as election observers for the Rajya Sabha poll without first finding out the quarantine rules in Manipur. When the observers landed in the state, they were sent into quarantine since they had failed to book return tickets for the same day. The Congress also did not reckon that blood is thicker than water. Though Congress MLA Imo Singh is from an old Congress family, he is the chief minister ''s son in law and took full advantage of the relationship. Imo Singh jumped ship as did several other turncoats. The BJP may have won this round, but the question is how much longer Sarma will remain content to play second fiddle to CM Sarbananda Sonowal in Assam, considering he is the BJP ''s master strategist for the entire Northeast.Veteran ''s victoryWhen the 77 year old Lingayat leader B S Yediyurappa was appointed Chief Minister of Karnataka it was presumed it was a stop gap arrangement and the real power in the state would lie with BJP General Secretary (Organisation) B L Santhosh, who would eventually succeed him. But BSY ''s masterful handling of the Covid pandemic in Karnataka has silenced his critics. Even though Bengaluru is the third largest city in India, its Covid 19 figures and death rate are lower than all other metropolises such as Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Ahmedabad. The experienced BSY enlisted the cooperation of the Opposition and the minorities, in the all out war against the disease. The CM heeded the advice of medical experts and senior bureaucrats. Santhosh may have had his way in selecting non entities as BJP candidates for the three Rajya Sabha seats, but BSY remains boss of Karnataka. An impressed Amit Shah consulted the Karnataka CM for advice on how to tackle the pandemic in the National Capital Region.
Road Transport amp; Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said that the government will not allow Chinese companies to participate in highway projects even if it is via Joint ventures. Moreover, the government will also ensure that Chinese investors are not entertained in various sectors and in SMEs and MSMEs.Is it just posturing by the government or will this be the future of India China relationship? And at the end who loses? Do we lose out on much needed CAPEX for the Infra? On India Development Debate we spoke to Kanwal Sibal, Former Foreign Secretary, Jayant Dasgupta, Fmr Representative To WTO, Manoj Joshi, Observer Research Foundation and Blaise Fernandes, Director, Gateway House.
According to sources, Chouhan first met Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP president J.P. Nadda and Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar in New Delhi Sunday evening. He was accompanied by Madhya Pradesh BJP chief V.D. Sharma and the party s organisation secretary in the state, Suhas Bhagat. On Monday morning too, another round of meeting took place between Shah and Chouhan following which they met Jyotiraditya Scindia, said a senior BJP leader.
The trip has proved controversial among many Mexicans because it comes just months before U.S. elections, and because of Trump s previous disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants. Many here remember former President Enrique Pe a Nieto s ill starred meeting with Trump that some feel strengthened the then presidential candidate ahead of the 2016 U.S. election. Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard wrote in his Twitter account that more details about the visit by L pez Obrador, who is famous in Mexico for declining international travel until now, will be forthcoming Wednesday.