- Prime Minister Narendra Modi blames previous UPA government for huge Non
Performing Assets in banks;Calls it a bigger
scam than 2G, CWG and Coal Allocation.
- Election Commission issues notice to
Congress President elect Rahul Gandhi over his interview to a Gujarati TV
channel; Directs Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer to file FIR against poll code
violators in connection with the interview aired on TV channels.
- Government extends deadline to link Aadhaar with PAN, other financial
services till March 31 next year.
- Polling for 93 assembly seats in the second and final phase of elections
in Gujarat to take place tomorrow; All arrangements in place.
- Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
rejects United States' decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of
- In Cricket:India thrash Sri
Lanka by 141 runs in the second ODI match at Mohali; Skipper Rohit Sharma hits
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hit out at Congress on the issue of
huge Non Performing Assets-NPAs in banks. Addressing the Annual General Meeting
of FICCI in New Delhi today, he said, the previous UPA government forced banks
to give huge loans to industrialists. Mr Modi alleged it was a bigger scam than
2G, CWG and coal allocation.
Mr Modi said, government is creating a system which will not only be
transparent but sensitive towards the needs of the people. He said, the
government is also taking steps to address the needs of the youth. Mr. Modi
said, the government is continuously taking steps to strengthen the banking
system. The Prime Minister said, rumours are being spread about the Financial
Regulation and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill. He asserted that government is
working to put more safeguards for public deposits in banks as well as
protecting the interests of account holders.
The Prime Minister mentioned that over 30 crore poor have got bank
accounts under the Jan Dhan Yojana. Mr. Modi said that a study has found that inflation had
come down in rural areas where such accounts have been opened. He said 87
important reforms in sectors including in defence, financial sector and food
processing have been taken up in the last three years. He said, more than three
crore women have been given free cooking gas LPG connection. He said, under the
Mudra scheme, over four lakh crore rupee guarantee-less loans have been given
to about 9.75 lakh youth for business, leading to three crore new entrepreneurs
being created since its launch. Mr Modi said his government is formulating
policies keeping in mind the need of businesses, abolishing archaic and obsolete
Election Commission has issued notice to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
over his interview to a Gujarati TV Channel. The Commission has asked him to
reply by 5 PM till 18th of this month as to why action should not be taken
against him for violation of model code of conduct. The Commission found that
by giving interview after the end of the poll campaign, he had prima facie
violated the poll norms
Meanwhile a Congress delegation led by party in-charge of Gujarat Ashok
Gehlot is meeting Election Commission in New Delhi in a short while from now.
Earlier, the Commission directed Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer to file an FIR against those Channels who had
telecast the interview of Mr Gandhi for violating poll norms. The channels
which displayed election matter have
also been asked to stop it as they can
not display election matter within 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for
conclusion of poll in poll bound areas.
The commission in a press note said that it has received reports and
complaints that some of the TV channels in Gujarat have displayed
interview of Mr. Gandhi. In the interview, Mr Gandhi has been
talking about election to Legislative Assembly of the State for which second
phase of poll is scheduled to be held tomorrow. The Commission said, such
display falls within the definition of election matter and its display amounts
to violation of the Representation of Peoples Act.
Talking to media, Chief Electoral
Officer B B Swain said the poll body has collected DVDs of the interviews and
is looking into the matter.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh
today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of spreading falsehood to score
political points. In a video message, Dr Singh reiterated his previous
statement over Mr Modi remarks about collusion of Congress leaders with Pakistan
on Gujarat polls. He said it is unfair to question the nationalism of public
BJP President Amit Shah has asked
Congress why it concealed the meeting of
its leaders with a delegation from a neighbor country like Pakistan and did not apprise the Government
of it. In a series of tweets, Mr Shah also wanted to know from the Congress
why there was a denial from its side
initially about the meeting, but later former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
admitted that he attended the meeting. He alleged that both Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh are only
maliciously attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi just a day before polling.
second and final phase of Gujarat assembly elections will be held tomorrow in
93 constituencies. Polling will begin at 8 in the morning and will continue
till 5 PM. Over 2 crore 22 lakh people, including one crore 7 lakh women, are
eligible to vote. The fate of 851 candidates will be decided in this phase. BJP
has fielded 93 candidates, and Congress has fielded 91. Prominent candidates
include Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel who is contesting from Mahesana,
Alpesh Thakor, who is the Congress candidate from Radhanpur, and Jignesh
Mewani, who is an independent candidate from Vadgam. Leader of Congress
Legislative Party Mohansinh Rathva is contesting from the tribal constituency
of Chhota Udaipur.
Meanwhile, repolling will be held
tomorrow in two booths of Jamjodhpur constituency, two booths in Una, one in
Nijjar, and one in Umargam. Repolling has been necessitated due to technical
snags in the EVMs.
Our correspondent reports, three tier security arrangements have been
put in place to ensure smooth conduct of polls.
100 companies of paramilitary forces, apart from state police, have been
deployed. The cities in which tomorrow’s polling will be held include
Ahmedabad, Vadodara, capital Gandhinagar and Milk town Anand apart from the
vast rural areas of North and Central Gujarat. Voting will be held in over
25,000 polling stations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Deputy Prime
Minister Lal Krishna Advani, BJP president Amit Shah, Finance Minister Arun
Jaitley among others will cast their votes in Ahmedabad. Polling for the first
phase was held on the 9th and the results will be declared on the 18th of
December. With Yogesh Pandya, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Ahmedabad".
The Government has extended the deadline till 31st of March next
year for submission of Aadhaar number,
and Permanent Account Number or Form 60 by client for certain financial
transactions like opening of a bank account. It has amended rules requiring
mandatory quoting of Aadhaar and PAN.
A new rule modifying the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) 2002
has been notified to replace the requirement of submitting the Aadhaar number
and Permanent Account Number by 31st December, 2017 with the Aadhaar number,
and Permanent Account Number or Form - 60 by the due date.
On 7th of this month, the deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar was
extended by three months to 31st of
March next year. Under the PMLA, Aadhaar, PAN and other official documents are
required to be obtained by banks and financial institutions from anyone opening
a bank account as well as for any financial transaction of 50 thousand rupees and above.
The notification issued yesterday stated that banks accounts, where
Aadhaar and PAN are not furnished by the date notified by the government, will
cease to be operational till the time the Aadhaar number and Permanent Account
Number is submitted by the client.
Supreme Court has said that a five-judge constitution bench will hear tomorrow
pleas against mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various government schemes and
The domestic stock markets fell for the
second straight session, today, and the rupee also weakened for the second
straight day against the dollar:
"The Sensex at the Bombay
Stock Exchange declined 175 points, or
0.5 percent, to close at 33,053, after volatile trade. The Nifty at the
National Stock Exchange fell 47 points, to 10,193. At the forex market, the
rupee depreciated 4 paise, to 64.44 against the dollar. Gold ended six straight
days of losses, gaining 35 rupees, to 29,435 rupees per ten grams in
Delhi. Pradeep Kumar, AIR News".
The External Affairs Ministry today said, the issue of Doklam was raised
during the meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Chinese counterpart Wang YI on Monday in New Delhi. Responding to
the media query, External Affairs Ministry's spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar said,
during the meeting, both sides noted the challenge it had posed to the
relationship and expressed satisfaction that it was resolved with the
disengagement of troops at the face-off site through concerted diplomatic
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation,
OIC has rejected the United States' decision to recognise Jerusalem as the
capital of Israel. Speaking at the opening of an extraordinary OIC summit in
Istanbul today, the group's secretary general, Yousef al-Othaimeen, urged
Muslim leaders to work together to present a united response to the move. He
said, the OIC rejects and condemns the American decision which is a violation of international law and it
will create a situation of instability in the region and the world. Speaking at
the summit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged leaders of Muslim
nations to recognise Jerusalem as the "occupied capital of the Palestinian
state". He said, the US decision to recognise the city as Israel's capital
was "null and void".
Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas, in
his address, called the decision of US President Donald Trump a flagrant
violation of international law.
In Nepal, counting of votes for 110
seats of House of Representative and 220 of state assemblies under proportional
representation is underway. Around 65 percent votes have been counted so far.
Left alliance is leading. As per the latest reports CPN (UML) has got more than
23 lakh votes.
Meanwhile all results of 165 seats of
parliament and 330 provincial assemblies under direct election have been
declared. Left alliance has won 116 and 241 seats. Nepali Congress has begged
23 parliament seats and 41 in state assemblies.
In Cricket, skipper Rohit Sharma's
record breaking third double hundred guided India to a series-levelling 141-run
win against Sri Lanka in the second ODI at Mohali today. Rohit smashed an
unbeaten 208 off 153 balls to fire India to a mammoth 392 for four. The chase
proved to be too much for Sri Lanka as the visitors ended way behind at 251 for
8 with Angelo Mathews' unbeaten 111 going in-vain.Yuzuvendra Chahal claimed 3 wickets for India. India's score of 392 for 4 in today's match is the
highest by any team at Mohali. Shikhar Dhawan scored 68 off 69 balls and Shreyas Iyer hit 88 off 70 balls. For Sri Lanka, Thisara Perera took 3 wickets. After winning the game, skipper Rohit Sharma
attributed the victory to the collective effort of the team.
group, we are looking forward to that one, we know what we need to do as a
team. As a batting unit, yes! we were challenged in the first ODI but I thought
we responded really well here. If we keep our game to our strength, I don't see
anything wrong there.