- Government appeals to opposition to
cooperate in conducting business in Parliament so that No-Confidence Motion can
be discussed; Both Houses adjourned for eleventh day amid protest by different
- RJD President Lalu Prasad convicted in fourth fodder scam case.
- President Ram Nath Kovind says, innovation can be helpful in treatment
of communicable diseases and tackling climate change.
- Ministerial meeting of World Trade
Organization begins in New Delhi; 50 countries participating in the deliberations.
- Bangladesh Supreme Court stays High Court order granting bail to former
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in a corruption case.
- Sensex slumps nearly 200 points in afternoon trade.
- In Tennis; Juan Martin del Potro beats Roger Federer to bag Indian Wells
For the eleventh day today, both Houses
of Parliament were adjourned for the day amidst Opposition uproar. As the Lok Sabha re-assembled at noon after
its first adjournment, members from TRS and AIADMK trooped into the well
raising slogans in support of their demands. TRS members were demanding
increase in the reservation quota for jobs in Telangana, while AIADMK members
wanted the setting up of a Cauvery Management Board.
Amid noisy scenes, Home Minister Rajanth
Singh asserted that the government wants a discussion on the No-Confidence
Motion moved by TDP and YSR Congress and appealed everyone to cooperate so that
discussion can take place. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan also made repeated appeals
to the agitating members to go to their seats so that the House can take up the
no-confidence motion. She expressed her inability to take up the motion as the
count of the members is not possible.
Members from Congress, Left, TMC, RJD,
SP and others were on their feet to extend support in favour of the motion. As
the protesting members were not in a mood to yield, the Speaker adjourned the
House till tomorrow.
The situation was no different in the
Rajya Sabha. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House for the day as
opposition members trooped into the well immediately after tabling of papers.
Mr Naidu objected to the display of placards in the House.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth
Kumar today said, the government is ready to face no-confidence motion as it
has the support both outside and inside the Parliament. Talking to reporters
outside Parliament, Mr Kumar said, the Centre is confident that it will win the
trust vote with full majority. He said, the NDA has two-thirds majority in the
Lok Sabha. The Minister attacked the Congress over repeated disruptions saying,
the main opposition is responsible for the logjam in both the Houses for the last
Reacting to Congress President Rahul
Gandhi’s attack on the government, Mr Kumar said, the Congress is not realising
the ground realities as it is losing election battles one after the other.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also
hit out at Mr Gandhi saying that telling lies and spreading them are the habits
"हम उम्मीद करते थे कि पार्टी के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष बनने के बाद राहुल गांधी झूठ कम बोलेंगे। लेकिन हमें इस बात की पीड़ा है कि उनके भाग में कांग्रेस पार्टी के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष बनने के बाद कांग्रेस में झूठ बनाना, झूठ बेचना और झूठ फैलाना यही उनका पर्याय बन गया है।"
TDP and YSR Congress today
continued their protests in the Parliament House complex over demand of special
status to Andhra Pradesh and other financial benefits to the state. The members
belonging to two parties held separate protests and raised slogans in support
of their demands. AIADMK members also staged a protest over the constitution of
Cauvery Management Board.
A special CBI court in Ranchi today convicted RJD Chief and former Bihar
Chief Minister Lalu Prasad and 18 others in the fourth fodder scam case. The
case relates to fraudulent withdrawal of over 3 crore rupees from the Dumka
treasury between December 1995 and January 1996. Another former Bihar Chief
Minister Jagannath Mishra was, however, acquitted along with 11 others. The
arguments of quantum of punishment will be heard through video conferencing day
after tomorrow and will continue till Friday.
Earlier, Lalu Prasad was convicted in three other fodder scam cases. He
was awarded a five-year jail term in the first case, three-and-a-half years in
the second, and another five-year imprisonment in the third case.
President Ram Nath Kovind today said, innovation can make India a better
and collaborative society. Addressing the Festival of Innovation and
Entrepreneurship at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President said, climate change
and communicable diseases can be tackled through innovation.
On the occasion, Mr Kovind also gave away Gandhian Young Technological
Innovation Awards. He said, the awards are a unique initiative to recognise and
reward innovations and foster a supportive ecosystem for young innovators.
"Among various initiatives of Government of India one of the most important is encouraging
young people to innovate and address unmet needs of society . We have to
promote cutting edge technologies alongside grass root innovation so that a
pipe line for future applications is generated."
Our correspondent reports the festival will provide a platform for
innovators to build linkages with potential stakeholders whose support can
improve their prospects in coming years to develop their ideas into implementable
projects for the larger social good.
The two-day informal World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meeting got
underway in New Delhi today. Representatives from 50 countries are
participating in the meet. Our correspondent reports the WTO is facing systemic
challenges, particularly its dispute settlement arm. We have a report:
"This informal meeting of WTO ministers, without a pre-announced
agenda, is aimed at facilitating an exchange of views on various challenges
facing the multilateral trading system. The meeting will provide an opportunity
for ministers to explore in greater detail the options on different issues for
re-invigorating the WTO. This is the second WTO mini-ministerial meeting being
hosted by India, after the first one in 2009. The meeting assumes significance
after the collapse of WTO Buenos Aires ministerial talks in December last year.
The meeting will strive to find a permanent solution to the food stock-holding
by WTO member countries. Tanvi taneja,
The Supreme Court today directed the Centre to file a comprehensive
status report giving details of the conditions in Rohingya refugee camps in
various states. A bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, was hearing a
plea that said conditions at the camps are unhygienic and what it termed as
The petition said, the Centre and states like Haryana, Rajasthan and
Jammu and Kashmir should be asked to provide better hygienic facilities at
these camps. The plea alleged that poor and unhygienic conditions have led to
several deaths recently.
The Rohingyas, who came to India after violence in
Myanmar's Rakhine state, are settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar
Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.
The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government
in Uttar Pradesh completed one year in office today. At a function in Lok
Bhawan in Lucknow, Mr Adityanath said, his government is following the Lok
Sankalp Kalyan Patra issued by the party during the Assembly polls. He said,
his government has taken steps to fulfill the dreams of Antyodaya of Deen Dayal
Upadhyay. Our Correspondent has filed a report:
the function Mr Yogi said one year is not sufficient to gauge the achievements
of a government particularly in a state like UP where entire system was
collapsed during regimes of previous governments.
"उत्तर प्रदेश की हमारी सरकार में आने के बाद उत्तर प्रदेश के इस विभाजनकारी राजनीति से उत्तर प्रदेश को मुक्त करते हुए पहली बार प्रदेश के अंदर प्रदेश का किसान, प्रदेश का नौजवान, गांव, गरीब, किसान, दलित, वंचित और समाज के अंतिम पायदान पर खड़ा हुआ व्यक्ति भी शासन की एजेंडा का हिस्सा बन सकता है।"
Yogi along with other dignitaries also launched a portal against the
corruption. documentaries based on the programs and schemes initiated by the
Yogi government were screened in the jam pack hall. Waving of farmers loan,
payment to sugarcane farmers, steps taken for improvement of law and order,
events like UP investors meet, steps for industrialisation and digitisation of
farmers records, skill development, construction of roads and infrastructure
development and girls education were major issues of documentaries. Posters,
banners and hoardings highlighting the achievements of Yogi government have
been put at important places across the state. Sunil Shukla, AIR News, Lucknow."
The 806th annual Urs of Sufi saint
Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti will begin in Ajmer tonight. As the moon was
not sighted last night, the decision was to commence the Urs was taken in the
Hilal Committee meeting working under the Dargah Committee.
Today, a Chadar was offered at the
Dargah by Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on behalf of Prime Minister
Narendra Modi. In a message, Mr Modi said, Khawja Sahib will be remembered for
his works for humanity. He said, a message of peace, unity and harmony is in
the roots of different philosophies of the country and Sufism is among them.
In Bangladesh, the Supreme Court today stayed a High Court order that
granted bail to former Prime Minister and opposition BNP Chief Khaleda Zia in a
corruption case. According to news agency PTI, a full bench of the Appellate
Division passed the order staying Ms Zia's bail until 8th of May.
The 72-year old BNP Chief was sentenced to five years in jail last month
in connection with the embezzlement of around 250,000 US dollars in foreign
donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust.
Last week, the High Court had granted her a four-month interim bail.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has secured a landslide victory in
yesterday's Presidential elections. The Central Election Commission said, of
the 99.8 percent of the ballots counted, Mr Putin received over 76 per cent
votes in what is being termed as his best ever performance. His fourth term as
the President will extend until 2024, making him the first Kremlin leader to
serve two decades in power since Josef Stalin.
The elections were held as Russia is
facing increasing isolation on the world stage over a spy poisoning incident in
Britain and a fresh round of US sanctions.
Domestic stock markets fell in afternoon
trade today tracking subdued trading sentiment in Asian peers. The Sensex at
the Bombay Stock Exchange was trading 197 points down to 33,979, while the
Nifty at the National Stock Exchange lost 76 points to 10,119.
At the foreign exchange market, the rupee depreciated by 9 paise to 65 rupees 3 paise
against the dollar in early trade today.
In Tennis, Juan Martin del Potro ended World Number One Roger Federer's
17-match unbeaten run and bagged the Indian Wells Masters title in California
last night. The eighth-seeded Argentine beat the veteran Swiss, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6
in a thrilling Final. Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam champion, was vying for a
record sixth title in California, but it was Del Potro who clinched his maiden
ATP Masters 1000 trophy. Del Potro also became the first player to beat Federer
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The Delhi High Court today directed
Young Indian Private Limited to deposit 10 crore rupees in the over 249 crore
rupees income tax proceedings against it. Congress President Rahul Gandhi and
his mother Sonia Gandhi are major stakeholders in the company.
The court directed the firm, to deposit
half the amount with the Income Tax department before the 31st of this month
and the remaining by 15th of next month. The company was earlier summoned as an
accused by a trial court in the National Herald misappropriation case.
The High Court also sought the IT
department's response on the company's plea challenging the demand and the
proceedings emanating from it and listed the matter for further hearing on the
24th of next month.
Driver partners of Private
taxi operators, Ola and Uber, went on an indefinite strike in Mumbai today.
They are protesting against low payments by the app-based aggregators. The
strike has been called by Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena. The city has more
than 30,000 aggregator cabs. The shortage of taxis created problems for daily
commuters in some parts of the city and its suburbs.