LUCKNOW: Breaking the glass ceiling, the city of Nawabs, Lucknow, will create history on Sunday by electing its first-ever woman mayor in 100 years.The civic polls will be held in the state capital on Sunday in the second leg of the three-phase municipal elections across Uttar Pradesh.The Samajwadi Party has selected Meera Vardhan, kin of educationist Acharya Narendra Dev and the Congress has pitched Prema Awasthi, wife of the late former Congress legislator, Surendra Nath.In 1948, the UP government changed the electoral nature of the local body and introduced the concept of administrator and Bhairav Datt Sanwal (ICS) was appointed to the post.
The Supreme Court today granted six weeks time to the Gujarat government for apprising it on whether any disciplinary action has been initiated against policemen convicted in the 2002 Bilkis Bano gangrape case.A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, considered the submission of Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the state government, that some more time be given to get instruction on the authorities concerned in the case.The apex court had already granted time, on October 23, to the state government to apprise it whether any departmental action had been initiated or taken against police officers whose conviction was upheld in the Bilkis Bano gangrape case.The Bombay High Court had on May 4 upheld the conviction and life imprisonment of 12 people in the gangrape case, while setting aside the acquittal of seven people including policemen and doctors.
Stagnation transforms the water into a stale, muddy mix and turns it into the germination ground of harmful bacteria.The Grand Old Party of India has transformed at regular intervals to stay relevant in Indian Politics, while many parties of its era were relegated into annuls of the history.It stayed relevant because whoever controlled the party swiftly kicked out those who were not aligned to the High Command.When the party draws inspiration from its leaders starting from Mahatma Gandhi, it officially forgets its own leaders before him. And, that is in the DNA of Congress Party.
MUMBAI: In a decision that is likely to speed up acquisition of land for infrastructure projects in Maharashtra, the state government has cleared a move that would see agricultural land and land in no-development zones (NDZs) in non-rural areas fetch five times the market value.The decision would help in acquisition of land for big ticket infrastructure projects such as the Rs 46,000-crore Mumbai-Nagpur super expressway and other projects in the state.Government officials said the file suggesting a hike in compensation was put up by Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation as people in non-rural areas were demanding the same amount of compensation (five times) that the state currently gives for acquiring land in rural areas.“This led to a difficulty in acquiring land for projects such as the Nagpur-Mumbai expressway as those who owned the land asked why the government was paying them less than what people in rural areas get.
But while negotiating these important cornerstones of a child’s upbringing, do we overlook or choose to ignore, the minor details of our child’s safety that stare us in the face?Every morning, across India, thousands of parents bid goodbye to their children as they board a school van or a rickshaw, which remains the most popular choice of transportation for kids to school.But We bid our kids goodbye, without even paying heed to important concerns such as ‘What is the seating capacity of the vehicle?’, ‘What is the driver’s background?’, ‘Does this vehicle have a first-aid box?’, ‘How old is this vehicle?’.The ‘highest measure’ of security that we take is to have the driver’s phone number and have faith in the fact that ‘This driver picks up kids all over the neighbourhood.
The Delhi High Court today dismissed a plea against the film "Padmavati", observing that such petitions were encouraging those agitating against the movie.By this kind of petitions, you are encouraging the people who are agitating," the bench observed.It further directed the petitioner, Akhand Rashtrawadi Party, which claims to be a political party, to approach the Censor Board as the court was not inclined to entertain it.The plea has said that the committee was necessary as there was alleged distortion of historical facts in the film starring Deepika Padukone.
The Congress on Thursday said the Insolvency and Banking Code (IBC) of 2016 is "an example of a hurried legislation and has many gaps".The Congress reaction came after President Ram Nath Kovind signed an ordinance on Thursday for amendment to the Code, which was sent to him by the Union Cabinet a day earlier.The Act has a lot of potential but many gaps have been left because of the hurry to declare it exactly as the Goods and Services Tax.He urged the government to seriously consider and try and plug as many loopholes as can be through the amendment.
CHENNAI: Winning the ‘two-leaves’ symbol leaves the present AIADMK with two power centres – deputy chief minister O Pannerselvam as the leader of the party and chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy as the leader of the AIADMK-led government in Tamil Nadu.As the AIADMK finally wakes up after almost a yearlong slumber, the two power centres now have to embark on a tough balancing act as they work on reshaping the party and running the government, or risk the threat of losing cadres to their rival faction led by VK Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dhinakaran.Although in a joint press conference on Thursday after the Election Commission order, both Palaniswami and Panneerselvam projected a picture of unity, the lack of enthusiasm among the meagre turnout of cadres at the AIADMK headquarters here was one of the indications that winning the two-leaves symbol was only half the work done for the party.It is expected that Paneerselvam who is the deputy chief minister will now focus mostly on rebuilding the party which had taken a severe beating after the various fragmentations and factionalisms it has undergone for the past year since the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa last year.
Gujarat model was discussed a lot in 2014 general election and BJP Prime Ministerail Candidate Narendra Modi eventually swept the poll showcasing his development model, consequently, after 30 years a single party was able to get absolute majority in the Lower House of the Parliament.The subject became even more prominent when Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi accused that the development in Gujarat under BJP rule has gone crazy (Vikas Gando Thayo Che)But if subtract the din around this much touted model and do an unbiased study of the numbers, the efficacy (or the failure) of the Gujarat model becomes all the clearer.So here’s my own analysis wherein I compare the performance of the major states of India.The Candidates:I excluded smaller states like Goa as their administrative and demographic situations are completely different.In order to reach to a coherent set of candidates (states), I set population of the state as the parameter.
Sometime in the beginning of this year, in the year of our lord, 2017, India’s Supreme Court had outlawed seeking votes in the name of religion.Therefore, new strategies have been evolved to coax and goad the electorate into making the right choice while staying on the right side of the law.In Gujarat, for instance, a letter issued by a venerable leader of the Church warns his readers of that the ‘secular and democratic fabric of our country’ is in danger.There is also the standard, oft-repeated bit on human rights being violated, churches being attacked, minorities and weaker sections feeling insecure etc.With the context firmly set, the Archbishop exhorts the readers to vote for people who ‘remain faithful to the Indian constitution and respect every human being without any discrimination’.He then goes on to lecture the readers on the power of the rosary and how the Christian faith defeated the Islamic invaders at Lepanto and the Godless Communists in Eastern Europe by the faith in Lord.Nowhere does his eminence break the law by directly exhorting his flock to vote against the BJP, but the implications are clear- BJP, clearly the only nationalist party left in the country, needs to be defeated.It is not only Gujarat, where such calls to defeat the BJP have been made by men, purporting to work in the name of God.
Adding to the rising number of train derailments this year, 13 coaches of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailed at 4:18 am today in Uttar Pradesh after it left the Manikpur station.Among the deceased was a father-son duo who died on spot, the son being six years of age; a third person died at the hospital.The incident has disrupted the movement of trains on the Patna-Allahabad route.Railway Minister Goyal has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of the dead, Rs 1 lakh for those with grievous injuries and Rs 50,000 to the injured.
Without mincing words, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha today said the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax in India was a "textbook example" of how it should not be introduced."The GST is the best indirect tax regime globally and there is no doubt about it and that is why it is adopted in most of the countries.But the way GST was implemented in India is a textbook example of how the tax reform should not be implemented anywhere," he said.The government should urgently rope in economist Vijay Kelkar, the original architect of the GST in India, and make positive reforms in the GST to steer the economy out of trouble, Sinha said.
NEW DELHI: The government plans to reintroduce the bill to grant constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) in the Lok Sabha in the upcoming winter session of Parliament after the proposal was stalled in the Rajya Sabha during the last session.The winter session is expected to begin from December 15. “The government is fully committed to ensure equity and social justice to Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and has decided to take up the bill in the impending Parliament session so that the NCBC is recognised as a constitutional body with full powers to safeguard the rights and interests of OBCs,” said a government official, who did not wish to be identified.A bill to grant constitutional status to the NCBC, on a par with the National Commissions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, was passed in the Lok Sabha in the last session.In the Rajya Sabha, while the proposal was generally supported and most members welcomed the grant of constitutional status to the NCBC, the proposed constitutional amendment bill was passed with certain amendments.