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‘Public pressure’ forced Modi to invite Sonia, Manmohan: RG

Written By Kvartha People on Friday, November 27, 2015 | 3:38 PM

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Friday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh for talks has come after ‘public pressure’.

“It is quite natural that they should talk to the opposition, but the Prime Minister has invited Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh only after public pressure. This was not his intent and this is not the way he functions,” Rahul told reporters in New Delhi.

The Congress vice-president said his party was clear on its position and had three differences with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He added that there would be further progress on the landmark reform only after the government fulfils the demands put forth by the opposition party.

“It is possible the impasse will end after they hear our demands. We brought the GST, it was our initiative and we want it to be passed. But we have our demands with the government which are three main differences. We want a cap on the tax as we don’t want the poor to pay any taxes,” he said.
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Russia seeks economic revenge against Turkey

Russia threatened economic retaliation against Turkey on Thursday and said it was still awaiting a reasonable explanation for the shooting down of its warplane, but Turkey dismissed the threats as "emotional" and "unfitting."

In an escalating war of words, President Tayyip Erdogan responded to Russian accusations that Turkey has been buying oil and gas from Islamic State in Syria by accusing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his backers, which include Moscow, of being the real source of the group's financial and military power.

The shooting down of the jet by the Turkish air force on Tuesday was one of the most serious clashes between a NATO member and Russia, and further complicated international efforts to battle Islamic State militants.

World leaders have urged both sides to avoid escalation. In an apparent attempt to cool the dispute - and appeal to Western countries - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a letter to Britain's Times newspaper that Ankara would work with its allies and Russia to "calm tensions".
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RG Refuses to Regret His Statement on RSS

Written By Kvartha People on Thursday, November 26, 2015 | 9:19 PM

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today refused to accept Supreme Court's suggestion to express regret over his statement allegedly blaming RSS for Mahatma Gandhi's assassination to close a defamation case against him, saying he will contest it.

A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant also decided to continue interim stay of criminal proceedings against Gandhi in the case, pending before a magisterial court in Bhiwandi in Thane district of Maharashtra.

"If you want to close this chapter, we think like this. I (just an offer) am formulating it like this. In the course of the hearing, certain suggestions were given...But the counsel for the respondent (RSS activist Rajesh Kunte) has said that the petitioner (Gandhi) should show an impression of regret, then only he would settle this.

"I think this can be ended in a decent way and get the defamation case buried," the bench said.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Gandhi, did not agree to the suggestion and said that he would rather prefer to argue the case.

He further alleged that the complaint was "motivated" and "malafide" and deserved to be dismissed.

The bench also asked respondent Kunt
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Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Lead India's Fightback

Written By Kvartha People on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 | 8:53 PM

Indian batsmen capitulated meekly against both pace and spin to be shot out for 215 before hitting back at South Africa with two early scalps on day one of the third and penultimate Test on Wednesday.

The hosts, leading the series 1-0, once again fell back on their spin force to dismiss opener Stiaan van Zyl for a duck and Imran Tahir (4), who came in as a nightwatchman. (India vs South Africa 3rd Test in Jamtha, Nagpur Highlights)

Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, tasted early blood by plucking a wicket apiece before the visitors ended the day at 11 for two after nine overs at the Vidharba Cricket Association ground at Jamtha.

Openers Dean Elgar (7) and captain Hashim Amla (0) then ensured that there was no further damage done.

Earlier, on a pitch that offered plenty of turn to the spinners and reverse swing to fast bowler Morne Morkel, the Indian batsmen came a cropper after opting to bat first and were gasping at 125 for six before the tail wagged and took the total past the 200-mark.

This is the third time that India have been dismissed in the vicinity of 200 in the series, having fallen for 201 and 200 in the opening Test they won at Mohali to take a 1-0 lead.

In-form opener Murali Vijay top scored with 40, while wicketkeeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha (32) and Ravindra Jadeja (34) revived the tottering innings briefly.
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Ahead of Winter session of Parliament, Govt says 'ready for debate on intolerance'

New Delhi: With the Winter session of Parliament beginning Thursday expecting to be a stormy affair, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said that the government has decided to have dialogue with Congress and address concerns of Opposition on Goods and Services Tax and and other bills.

Commenting on the raging intolerance debate across the country, Naidu said the government has nothing to shy about and is ready for a debate on the contentious issue.

“38 legislative items including seven new bills for introduction will come up in Parliament in Winter session,” Naidu announced.

The Winter session of Parliament beginning tomorrow is expected to be a stormy affair, with the opposition set to raise the 'intolerance' issue and press for a resolution to condemn it.

Keen to pass key reform bills like GST and ensure a smooth session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched for the GST bill, saying it is "in national interest".
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Downing of Russian jet a 'stab in the back', Putin says

Written By Kvartha People on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | 10:03 PM

President Vladimir Putin called Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet "a stab in the back" carried out by the accomplices of terrorists, saying the incident would have serious consequences for Moscow's relations with Ankara. 
Speaking in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi before a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah, Putin said the downed plane, which Turkey said it had repeatedly warned, had been attacked inside Syria when it was 1 kilometer from the Turkish border and had come down 4 kilometers inside Syria, according to Reuters. 
The incident happened after it reportedly entered Turkish airspace increasing tensions between the two countries. State-run Turkish news service Anadolu Agency said that the downed warplane was a Russian-made SU-24 and had been engaged by two Turkish F16 jets. It said the plane had been downed in line with Turkey's rules of engagement after violating Ankara's airspace. President Tayyip Erdogan has been briefed by the head of the military and will talk to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Reuters reported.
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I would have never said what Aamir said, AIMIM's Asaduddin Owaisi

Coming down heavily on Bollywood actor Amir Khan's view over the 'growing intolerance' issue, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday said that he completely disagrees with the superstar's view.

"I would have never said what Aamir said. We have seen numerous riots but still we continue to live here as its our country," India Today quoted Owaisi as saying during an interview.

Responding to Aamir Khan's statement that his wife Kiran Rao had suggested that they should move out of India in wake of recent happenings seen by many as incidents of 'intolerance', the AIMIM chief said, “We will not succumb to nonsense talks. We will do disservice to those who fought for us. We will struggle and strive to live here to improve the country."
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RRR bats for Yuan as international currency

Written By Kvartha People on Sunday, November 22, 2015 | 6:38 AM

Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan has expressed support for China's efforts to internationalize theYuan and make it part of the currencies favored by the International Monetary Fund.

"I do not know what the ultimate requirements of the IMF are and how much of these China has met. But the IMF does need to accommodate currencies of large economies with strong positions in global trade and finance, and clearly China has made a lot of progress on both counts", he said in an interview with the Hong Kong-based South China Sea.
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Two senior Bangladeshi opposition leaders were executed

Two senior Bangladeshi opposition leaders were executed early Sunday for war crimes committed during the 1971 independence war with Pakistan after their last-ditch pleas for clemency were rejected, a minister said.

"Both of them have been hanged. The execution took place at 00:45am (1845 GMT Saturday)," Justice Minister Anisul Huq told AFP after Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury lost their final bid to escape the gallows.

Hundreds of police had been stationed outside Dhaka Central Jail where scaffolds had been prepared to execute the two by hanging.

The first sign that the executions had taken place came when four ambulances were driven away from the prison in the old quarter of the capital Dhaka.

After news of the execution broke, supporters of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League took to the streets to celebrate and also unfurled national flags near the prison.

The 67-year-old Mujahid was sentenced to death for war crimes such as the killing of the country's top intellectuals. He is the second most senior member of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami.

Chowdhury, 66, was convicted for atrocities such as genocide during the 1971 war when the then East Pakistan split from Islamabad. He is a six-times ex-lawmaker and a top aide to Khaleda Zia, leader of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
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Women in India are not told what to wear and how to wear, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani

Written By Kvartha People on Friday, November 20, 2015 | 9:55 PM

Women in India are not told what to wear and how to wear, Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani said on Friday.

Addressing a wide audience at the Women in the World Summit (WIWS), the HRD minister said, "Women in India are not told what to wear. They are not dictated how to wear any thing."

This left the high profile audience which included veteran journalists, filmmakers, civil society members, international figures like US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, in surprise.

When media personality Tina Brown asked her about the intolerance and award wapsi issue in the country, Irani resorted to the "freedom" of Indian women.

"I think that these challenges and push and pulls are part and parcel of each and every country in the world," she said.

Brown also asked her the reason for choosing BJP as her career stream in politics, she said, "I am from a swayamsevak ideological family background, so I chose this party to begin my career with."

"Modiji has trusted me. He has helped me to look into my audacity in politics," she added.
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Nitish sworn in as Bihar CM

As senior Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar was sworn-in on the Friday afternoon as Bihar's Chief Minister for the fifth time, he assumed a new role. That of poster boy for opposition unity as political parties and leaders, who oppose Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharitya Janata Party (BJP), converged for the ceremony in a show of strength.

However, the allocation of departments among the new ministers reveals that it's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, who would be calling shots in Bihar. His sons Tejaswi and Tej Pratap also took oath as minister in the new government in Bihar. Tejaswi, 26, has been appointed the new Deputy Chief Minister in a nod to RJD's stupendous performance in Bihar Assembly elections. The RJD, with 80 MLAs, is the largest party in the new Bihar Legislative Assembly. He has also been allocated Roads, Building Construction, Backward Castes Welfare departments, while his elder brother Tej Pratap got Health, Environment and Minor Irrigation portfolios. Both are first time lawmakers.

Pratap fumbled while taking oath. He apparently could not pronounce the word "Apekshit" (expected) and instead he said "Upekshit" (neglected), following which Governor Ram Nath Kovind pointed out the mistake and asked the Mahua MLA to repeat his oath.

Meanwhile, senior RJD leader and one of the most trusted lieutenants of Lalu Prasad, Abdul Bari Siddiqui has been made in charge of state finances. Another of RJD's stalwarts, Chandrika Rai has been allocated the Transport Department. Senior RJD leader Ram Vichar Rai has been appointed as the state's new minister for Agriculture, where as Vijay Prakash will be the head of state's Labour Resources Department. Prakash is the younger brother of RJD MP Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav. A total of dozen of RJD MLAs has been appointed as ministers in Kumar's new cabinet.
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