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Sena BJP slams Congress

Written By Kvartha People on Friday, October 31, 2014 | 10:45 AM

The party chose to target the Congress for attacking the BJP for the reportedly ‘huge expenditure` being incurred on the much publicised oath taking ceremony

The Shiv Sena, which has decided to stay away from the swearing-in-ceremony of the first ever BJP government in Maharashtra this evening, has not given up hopes of making a come-back into the BJP alliance fold.
This is evident from an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamna, which chose to target the Congress for attacking the BJP for the reportedly ‘huge expenditure` being incurred on the much publicised oath taking ceremony.
After all its efforts to convince the BJP to include a content of its nominees in the government failed, the Sena on Thursday evening announced that it has chosen not to participate in the oath ceremony as the party was not treated with dignity.
“Some Congress leaders have criticised the amount that will be spent on this programme. This is an indication of their defeated state of mind,” said an editorial in Saamna.
Several activists and political leaders have criticised the BJP for spending crores of rupees of government’s money over the swearing in ceremony which will take place in Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium.
All top-most BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present. The party has invited celebrities from sports, film world and industry. Well-known designer Nitin Chandrakant Desai has been given the task of setting up a stage for the programme. A special cultural program will also be held prior to the ceremony.
The editorial said that those who are responsible to take this state on the path of bankruptcy through their corruption cases of thousands of crores are now shouting against the expenditure of this programme. “This is ridiculous,” it said.
The Sena meanwhile has clarified that it will not participate in the ceremony, citing disrespectful behaviour from the BJP.
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Modi says Gandhiji incomplete without Patel



Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday dedicated birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as National Unity Day, saying a nation that disregards its history cannot create one and made a veiled reference to anti-Sikh riots that followed then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination this day 30 years ago.

Got up as an event to accord Sardar Patel, the ‘Iron Man of India’, his place in history, the Government made it clear that this was no attempt to belittle the contribution of any other leader.

“Let us not forget that a nation that disregards its history can never create one...Don’t divide history, legacy in narrow confines of ideology,” Mr. Modi said.

Flagging off run for unity on the 139th birth anniversary of the first Home Minister of the country celebrated as “Rashtriya Ekta Divas”, Mr. Modi said Patel devoted his life for the unity of the Nation and it was unfortunate that “our very own people” were killed on his birth anniversary 30 years ago.

In an apparent reference to riots which took place after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984, Modi said, “Patel never deviated from his vision of national unity despite facing obstacles in his political life.

It is a misfortune of this country that 30 years ago on the birth anniversary of such a leader an incident which shook the unity of nation took place.”

“Hamare apne logon ko maut ke ghaat utar diya gaya (our own people were killed on that day). That incident was not a wound on the hearts of people of a particular religion it was a dagger into the heart of thousands of years of country’s heritage and culture,” he said.

Remembering the contribution of Patel in the Independence movement, Mr. Modi said Mahatma Gandhi had entrusted him with planning of historical Dandi march which he successfully did.

“When we see Ramakrishna Paramhans he appears to be incomplete without Swami Vivekananda. Similarly when we see Mahatma Gandhi, he also appears incomplete without Sardar Patel,” he said.

“Sardar Patel joined Mahatma Gandhi in the integration of farmers in the freedom struggle. He (Patel) played an integral role in the Dandi yatra,” Mr. Modi said while addressing the nation on the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel being observed as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’
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Govt placed 627 names to SC

Written By Kvartha People on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 10:25 PM

Complying with the Supreme Court’s order, the government on Wednesday placed before the court the complete list of 627 Indians who have accounts in HSBC Bank, Geneva. Stating that almost half these names are under tax probe for allegedly stashing black money abroad, the government said charges have to be filed by March next year.

As directed by the court on Tuesday, the documents containing names of the account holders, correspondence with French authorities and the status report of the probe conducted so far in the black money case were submitted in separate sealed covers by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi. The court said it would not make the names public at this juncture.

Appearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu, Rohatgi said almost half the account holders were resident Indians, who could be prosecuted under the Income Tax laws, while the others were NRIs. Some have already admitted that they have accounts and have paid taxes, he said.

The bench, also comprising Justices Ranjana P Desai and Madan B Lokur, said the court would not have asked for the entire list if the government had not opposed its directive to disclose everything.

“All this problem did not start because we wanted the list but because you came out with an unnecessary application asking for modification of our original order of 2011. We had already told you that our only concern is to get the black money back,” said the bench.
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IT dept to prosecute foreign account holders



The Income Tax department is likely to initiate prosecution against close to 300 people whose names have been submitted to the Supreme Court on Wednesday in connection with the probe into alleged black money accounts in HSBC Bank in Geneva.

Officials said the department has informed the Special Investigation Team, constituted to go into the issue, to allow it to start the “first step of prosecution” under two sections of the Income Tax Act.

Prosecution is being sought under Section 277 (false statement in verification) and 276 D (failure to produce documents) so that the department can share information with other enforcement agencies like the ED and CBI, they said.

The sources said the department has already realised Rs. 200 in taxes and penalties from some of these account holders who have accepted to holding these accounts abroad. There could be another Rs. 200 crore to Rs. 300 crore in taxes and penalties that could be realised from the others, they said.

“The list of 627 Indians submitted to the apex court today has close to 300 people against whom prosecution action can be launched soon. Basic prosecution, at least under select sections of the I-T Act. While some 120 cases are already under prosecution these fresh individuals and entities can also be booked based on prima facie evidence gathered by tax sleuths,” sources said.

They said this will enable the SIT to hand over some vital information to agencies like the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI who could take action under their mandates and the laws that they enforce.

International and bilateral treaties allow a member nation to share such information obtained by one agency with others only at the stage of prosecution or when the matter is in the purview of courts of the land.

“The SIT has agreed to this and we expect to file new prosecutions sooner than later. In these 300 cases the I-T department has some evidence,” they said.

Officials said these cases pertain to the years 1999-2000 and they will get “time barred” by March 2015 and hence there is “no time to loose” for the authorities.

Sources privy to the contents of these lists said there are a number of “established” cases where the foreign account is genuine and has been reflected in tax statements filed by the individual or entity.

Sources say the department has already realised Rs. 200 in taxes and penalties from some of the people who have accepted to holding accounts abroad.

The Income Tax department is likely to initiate prosecution against close to 300 people whose names have been submitted to the Supreme Court on Wednesday in connection with the probe into alleged black money accounts in HSBC Bank in Geneva.

Officials said the department has informed the Special Investigation Team, constituted to go into the issue, to allow it to start the “first step of prosecution” under two sections of the Income Tax Act.

Prosecution is being sought under Section 277 (false statement in verification) and 276 D (failure to produce documents) so that the department can share information with other enforcement agencies like the ED and CBI, they said.

The sources said the department has already realised Rs. 200 in taxes and penalties from some of these account holders who have accepted to holding these accounts abroad. There could be another Rs. 200 crore to Rs. 300 crore in taxes and penalties that could be realised from the others, they said.

“The list of 627 Indians submitted to the apex court today has close to 300 people against whom prosecution action can be launched soon. Basic prosecution, at least under select sections of the I-T Act. While some 120 cases are already under prosecution these fresh individuals and entities can also be booked based on prima facie evidence gathered by tax sleuths,” sources said.

They said this will enable the SIT to hand over some vital information to agencies like the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI who could take action under their mandates and the laws that they enforce.

International and bilateral treaties allow a member nation to share such information obtained by one agency with others only at the stage of prosecution or when the matter is in the purview of courts of the land.

“The SIT has agreed to this and we expect to file new prosecutions sooner than later. In these 300 cases the I-T department has some evidence,” they said.

Officials said these cases pertain to the years 1999-2000 and they will get “time barred” by March 2015 and hence there is “no time to loose” for the authorities.

Sources privy to the contents of these lists said there are a number of “established” cases where the foreign account is genuine and has been reflected in tax statements filed by the individual or entity.

Sources say the department has already realised Rs. 200 in taxes and penalties from some of the people who have accepted to holding accounts abroad.

The Income Tax department is likely to initiate prosecution against close to 300 people whose names have been submitted to the Supreme Court on Wednesday in connection with the probe into alleged black money accounts in HSBC Bank in Geneva.

Officials said the department has informed the Special Investigation Team, constituted to go into the issue, to allow it to start the “first step of prosecution” under two sections of the Income Tax Act.

Prosecution is being sought under Section 277 (false statement in verification) and 276 D (failure to produce documents) so that the department can share information with other enforcement agencies like the ED and CBI, they said.

The sources said the department has already realised Rs. 200 in taxes and penalties from some of these account holders who have accepted to holding these accounts abroad. There could be another Rs. 200 crore to Rs. 300 crore in taxes and penalties that could be realised from the others, they said.

“The list of 627 Indians submitted to the apex court today has close to 300 people against whom prosecution action can be launched soon. Basic prosecution, at least under select sections of the I-T Act. While some 120 cases are already under prosecution these fresh individuals and entities can also be booked based on prima facie evidence gathered by tax sleuths,” sources said.

They said this will enable the SIT to hand over some vital information to agencies like the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI who could take action under their mandates and the laws that they enforce.

International and bilateral treaties allow a member nation to share such information obtained by one agency with others only at the stage of prosecution or when the matter is in the purview of courts of the land.

“The SIT has agreed to this and we expect to file new prosecutions sooner than later. In these 300 cases the I-T department has some evidence,” they said.

Officials said these cases pertain to the years 1999-2000 and they will get “time barred” by March 2015 and hence there is “no time to loose” for the authorities.

Sources privy to the contents of these lists said there are a number of “established” cases where the foreign account is genuine and has been reflected in tax statements filed by the individual or entity.

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Aadhar tops 70 crores

Written By Kvartha People on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 8:40 PM

The Unique Identification Authority of India has issued 70 crore Aadhaar numbers to residents across the country as of now.

Nine States, including Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, have crossed 90 per cent Aadhaar coverage, while 16 States have over 70 per cent coverage, a press statement by the UIDAI said.
Aadhaar enrolment in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh are going on at a fast pace.
These four States with a combined population of about 34 crore were added earlier this year to the UIDAI’s mandate by the government. As on date, Aadhaar numbers have been issued to 8.93 crore residents in these States, which is 26 per cent of the target population.
Over 25,000 Aadhaar enrolment kits are operational across the country as on date, including both camp mode and Permanent Enrolment Centres, with a total output of approximately 10 lakh enrolments per day.
The UIDAI has already geared up its processing capabilities to achieve the targets and has the capacity to process around 15 lakh enrolment packets every day. Enrolments are expected to pick up further once the festival season is over.
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Black money list will be given to SC


The list will be given to the Supreme Court in a sealed envelope tomorrow, the Union Finance Minister said.

The Centre will give the entire list of black money account holders to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said emphasising that no one will be protected.

The list will be given to the Supreme Court in a sealed envelope, he said, but did not say if the government was open to making the list public.

“The government shall place the list before the Court because the government has already given (the list) to the Court-constituted Special Investigating Team (on June 27). The government is keen that by whatever procedure in accordance with law we must get to the root of the matter.

“...The government has no difficulty in placing the entire list and the same will be placed before the court tomorrow,” Mr. Jaitley told reporters in New Delhi.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled up the government for seeking a modification of its order on disclosure of names of black money holders abroad. It directed the Centre to place before it names of all such account holders by Wednesday.

Mr. Jaitley said the government was keen to punish all illicit foreign account holders and would do everything to bring back the black money.

“The truth about these names and also these accounts must come out so that penal action can be taken against the people and the money lying there can be brought back to India.

“The government has no difficulty whatsoever with any agency investigating this matter because there is nobody the government wants to protect in this case so that those whose names have come must really be investigated and punished according to law,” he said.

He, however, did not reply to a question on whether the government would make the list public.

Mr. Jaitley said the government is also keen that the procedure followed must be such that the reciprocating countries continue to cooperate with India.
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Maharashtra BJP MLAs to elect leader on October 28

Written By Kvartha People on Sunday, October 26, 2014 | 10:06 PM

Maharashtra BJP Legislature Party will meet on Tuesday to elect its leader to set the ball rolling for government formation even as backchannel talks continued with former ally Shiv Sena for a possible coalition.

BJP Maharashtra unit president Devendra Fadnavis continues to be the frontrunner for the post of Chief Minister though there are some more names doing the rounds.

The meeting to elect the Legislature Party Leader and the Chief Minister designate will be held at 11 a.m. at Vidhan Bhavan on Tuesday (October 28, 2014), senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse told reporters in Mumbai on Sunday.

Earlier, Mr. Khadse, Mr. Fadnavis and senior BJP leader Vinod Tawde had met to discuss preparations for government formation.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP in-charge of Maharashtra J.P. Nadda would attend Tuesday’s meeting as observers.

The BJP legislature party leader would meet Maharashtra Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao to stake claim for forming the next government, Mr. Khadse said.

“We will prove our majority in the house if the Governor desires,” he said.

Sources said the BJP is in back channel talks with the Shiv Sena over government formation and efforts are being made to settle the differences with its oldest ally with whom it snapped ties ahead of polls.

As suspense continued whether the Sena will be on board, RPI chief Ramdas Athawale, whose party is a BJP ally, said the Sena is ready to support the BJP.

“Shiv Sena is ready to support BJP. BJP should support Shiv Sena,” he said.

All the the Sena MPs were also present at the high tea hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his Race Course residence.

According to a senior central BJP leader, the “final call” regarding renewing the alliance will be taken by the top leadership.

Refusing to divulge details on government formation talks with the Sena, Mr. Tawde said talks are on between the Sena and the BJP leaders. “Leadership will take a decision,” he added.

Mr. Tawde told reporters in Mumbai that the BJP was eager to have the Shiv Sena on board in the government.

When asked about Sena MP Gajanan Kirtikar’s statement that State BJP leaders did not want to take along the Sena, Mr. Tawde said the BJP is keen to have a post-poll alliance with the Sena.

Mr. Tawde said all MLAs, MLCs, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs of BJP have been asked to reach Mumbai by Monday night or early Tuesday morning. “Let our minds meet first without any pre-conditions. Issues of portfolio can be discussed later. People of the State want a good and corruption-free government after 15 years of misrule,” Mr. Tawde added
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Sexual assault on 4 year old

Written By Kvartha People on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 5:23 PM

 The sexual assault on a four-year-old girl at a school in Bangalore has been confirmed by doctors, as police on Wednesday intensified the probe into the horrific incident which evoked protest from parents.

The school staff were questioned and the CCTV footage was being examined by the police, as outraged parents thronged the campus of Orchid International School demanding answers from its authorities on the incident.
“The doctors (at a private hospital where the girl was taken for treatment yesterday) confirmed there was a slight bruise of a very small dimension, amounting to sexual assault,” Bangalore Police Commissioner M.N. Reddi told reporters in Bangalore.
Mr. Reddi said, “There is the statement of the child and the injury and the circumstances. At this point of time, there is no other possibility. It looks like a sexual assault.”
A criminal case has been registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012 and IPC section 376 (rape) on a complaint from the father of the child, he said.
This is the third incident of a minor girl student being allegedly sexually assaulted on school campus in Bangalore in the last four months.
Mr. Reddi said the girl was crying when her mother picked her up from the school at Jalahalli on Tuesday noon and she was not behaving normal and had symptoms of fever.
While the girl initially told her mother that someone beat her up, she later said she was sexually assaulted, police said.
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Oscar to be in jail for 5 years

Written By Kvartha People on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 4:04 PM

A South African judge on Tuesday sentenced Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.
At the culmination of one of the most watched murder trials in recent history, the 27-year-old disabled sprinter was led away by police officers to holding cells beneath the courtroom in Pretoria.
Pistorius wiped his eyes as Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down the prison sentence for culpable homicide. There was no immediate reaction from members of his family, or from relatives of Steenkamp, a 29-year-old law graduate and model.
She died almost instantly when Pistorius fired four shots through a bathroom door at his luxury Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year, having mistaken her for an intruder.
The athlete, known as 'Blade Runner' because of his carbon-fibre prosthetics, became one of the biggest names in world athletics at the London 2012 Olympics when he reached the semifinals of the 400m against able-bodied athletes.
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Khattar to be Haryana CM


Manohar Lal Khattar was on Tuesday unanimously elected Leader of the BJP Legislature Party, paving the way for his becoming the first Chief Minister of the BJP in Haryana.
60-year-old Mr. Khattar is also the first Punjabi to become the Chief Minister of the State.
He was elected at a meeting of 47 newly elected MLAs at the Chandigarh UT Guest House, party Vice President Dinesh Sharma, who attended the meeting along with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu as central observers, told reporters.
Mr. Khattar, a first-time MLA, has worked as an RSS Pracharak for 40 long years. Born in Rohtak district, he had contested the Assembly elections from Karnal. He won the Karnal seat with a margin of 63,736 votes.
Mr. Sharma said that the date of swearing-in ceremony of the party’s first government will be announced soon.
Another aspirant for the post of Chief Minister Haryana BJP President Ram Bilas Sharma told reporters that he had proposed Mr. Khattar’s name, which was seconded by several MLAs including another aspirant Abhimanyu and Prem Lata (wife of Birender Singh who joined the BJP from Congress recently).
Mr. Sharma said that they would meet Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki to stake claim for formation of the government.
BJP leader and Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher was also present at the meeting.
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Modi cautions against Invisible enemy

Written By Kvartha People on Friday, October 17, 2014 | 7:36 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday saw a “rare” possibility of a full scale war but asked the armed forces to be ready for “invisible” enemy and challenges which will be “less predictable” in a changing world.

In his first interaction with top commanders of the three defence services, he emphasised that an atmosphere of peace and security was essential to enable India to achieve its goals of economic development and that his government has focused on creating a favourable external environment and on strengthening India`s security.

Outlining his strategic vision, he observed that in addition to the familiar challenges, India has to be prepared for a changing world, which demanded new thinking on our part with regard to economic, diplomatic and security policies.

“Full scale wars may become rare, but force will remain an instrument of deterrence and influencing behaviour, and the duration of conflicts will be shorter,” he said.

His observation came against the backdrop of recent escalation of cross-border firing and shelling by Pakistan on the Line of Control and International Border as well as Chinese incursions in Ladakh.

“Beyond the immediate, we are facing a future where security challenges will be less predictable; situations will evolve and change swiftly; and, technological changes will make responses more difficult to keep pace with,” Mr. Modi said, adding, “The threats may be known, but the enemy may be invisible.”

He underlined that domination of cyber space will become increasingly important and control of space may become as critical as that of land, air and sea.

Feeling the need for transforming India’s defence forces, he assured them of his commitment to provide adequate resources to ensure full defence preparedness, overcome shortages and meet modernization needs.
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