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Sushma Swaraj Reacts to Kulbhushan Jadhav's Death Sentence

As per reports, a stern warning to Pakistan was issued by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday. She cautioned them that they should think about the consequences of carrying out Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence on bilateral relations between India and Pakistan.

Swaraj mentioned in the parliament that the government will do everything required to help Jadhav get the legal support he needs to fight in this case. She also said that the government will take take up the matter at the United Nations as well.

Mamata Banerjee Meets Modi, Seeks Release of Funds Due to West Bengal

As per reports, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee met prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday and sought funds over Rs 10,000 crore to be released due to the state. In a nearly half an hour meeting, Banerjee discussed the debt situation in the state; however, there was no discussion on the Teesta River water sharing with Bangladesh.

IT-officials Raid TN Health Minister Vijayabaskar and Actor Sarathkumar's Premises

As per reports, Income Tax officials began search on Tamil Nadu health minister C Vijayabaskar's several premises on Friday morning. The same search was conducted on actor and All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi leader R Sarathkumar, vice-chancellor of Dr MGR Medical University S Geethalakshmi and former AIADMK legislator Chitlapakkam Rajendran as well.

The step was taken by the IT-officials after complaints were received against Vijayabaskar for being involved in distributing cash to voters in RK Nagar constituency where a byelection is going to be held on 12 April.

The searches began at 6 am.

PM Modi Arrives at Delhi Airport to Receive Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

As per reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at New Delhi Airport on Friday. Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and the MP from Asansol, was also at the airport to receive the Bangladesh Prime Minister.

Hasina will be staying for another four days in India during which the two countries will sign 25 agreements, which include important areas of civil nuclear cooperation as well as defence.

India has also plans to announce a line of credit of USD 500 million for military supplies to Bangladesh. Extensive talks on fighting terrorism and improving security cooperation between the two leaders will also take place.

Najeeb Jung's Three-Member Committee Finds Misuse of Power in Arvind Kejriwal Government

As per reports, a three-member committee has been set up by Delhi's former lieutenant-governor Najeeb Jung in order to examine the decisions that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has taken till date.

Former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) V K Shunglu is the head of the committee and 404 files of the Arvind Kejriwal-led government have already been reviewed. The committee has alleged that there were irregularities with several appointments of the government.

The committee has raised questions on appointment of Soumya Jain, Nikunj Agarwal and cabinet decision of allotting government-owned 206 Rouse Avenue bungalow as its office to the AAP.

Shiv Sena MPs Surround Aviation Minister after Lok Sabha was Adjourned

As per reports, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju was surrounded by Shiv Sena MPs after Speaker Sumitra Mahajan briefly adjourned the Lok Sabha on Thursday. Since Raju refused to intervene in the flight ban which was imposed by Air India along with six other airlines against Osmanabad MP Ravindra Gaikwad, the Sena MPs were upset.

Raju was shielded by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister S S Ahluwalia from the Sena MPs. Later a meeting was held between the Speaker and Rajnath, Gajapathi Raju and Sena MPs. After the House was reconvened, Rajnath said Gajapthi Raju will be holding a meeting with all the airlines stakeholders involved and the matter will be resolved.

Farm Loans Worth Rs 36,000 Crore Waived by Yogi Adityanath Government

As per reports, a total cost of over Rs 36,000 crore of around 86 lakh small and marginal farmers of Uttar Pradesh has been waived by Yogi Adityanath government in its first cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

The Yogi government will also be setting up 5,000 wheat purchasing centres in the state. Farmers will have to show their Aadhar card to sell their crops directly to the centres.

Ram Jethmalani Raises Bill of Rs 3.42 Crore for Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Government Would Want Tax Payers to Pay

As per reports, after Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was sued by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley for civil and criminal defamation, Delhi government now wants the taxpayers to pay all the costs of Kejriwal’s defence. A bill of Rs 3.43 crore for his services has been raised by Ram Jethmalani, Kejriwal’s counsel.

According to a legal analyst, both Jaitley and Kejriwal were fighting the case in their personal levels. He further added, Kejriwal could have invoked Section 80 of the Civil Procedure Code.

BJP Chief Amit Shah Attacks on AAP

As per reports, BJP chief Amit Shah attacked the Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday alleging that corruption has taken a new shape under Kejriwal government and people should take a call on it.

He further addressed the BJP workers and said that a win in the civic elections will help in improving Delhi’s condition.

Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Suspends 19 MLAs till 31 December

As per reports, 19 MLAs created ruckus on the state budget day, following which all of them were suspended till 31 December by Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagade on Wednesday. The MLAs were seen playing cymbals displaying banners and raising slogans.

Among the 19 MLAs, nine are from Congress and 10 are from NCP.

Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh Wins Trust Vote, Proves Majority

As per reports, Manipur chief minister Biren Singh won the trust vote and proved his majority in the 60-member state Assembly on Monday. 32 legislators voted in favour of him through a voice vote, while 27 were against him. On Sunday, BJP lawmaker V Hangkhanlian was sworn in as the Protem Speaker.

Four GST Supplementary Legislations Cleared by Union Cabinet

As per reports, the four Goods and Services Tax (GST) legislations were approved by the Union Cabinet on Monday. The legislations approved included the Central-GST (C-GST), the Compensation Law, Integrated-GST (I-GST) and Union Territory-GST (UT-GST). Sources mentioned that all these will be introduced as Money Bill.

Once the new indirect tax regime is introduced, a combined GST will be charged on sale of goods and even on rendering of services. The revenue will be shared between the states and the centre in equal proportions.

Yogi Adityanath Takes Oath as UP CM, BJP Balances Caste Politics with Two Deputies

44 year old Yogi Adityanath (a five-term MP from Gorakhpur) has taken oath as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh after being unanimously elected as BJP legislature party leader by the newly elected UP BJP MLAs.

The swearing in ceremony took place at Kanshiram Smriti Upvan, attended by PM Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani, and many other leaders.

49 ministers also took oath including two deputy Chief Minister designates - Keshav Prasad Maurya (BJP Chief of UP) and Dinesh Sharma (Lucknow Mayor).

Murli Manohar Joshi said that he expects ‘sabka saath and sabka vikaas’ from Yogi Adityanath.

Decision on UP CM Coming Today, Swearing Due in 19 March

As per reports, following the landslide victory of BJP in the UP Assembly elections, the MLAs are going to meet today to come upon a decision to lead the party in state legislation. Observers from centre Venkaiah Naidu and BJP national general secretary Bhupendra Yadav will be present there as well.

Home minster and former CM Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Manoj Sinha, 8 times MLA from Shahjahanpur Suresh Khanna and state BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya are among the top contenders.

The CM and his Cabinet would take oath on 19 March at 5.00 PM bringing BJP back to power in UP after 15 long years.

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat to Swear-in on Saturday

As per reports, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Trivendra Singh Rawat has been chosen by the party as the eighth chief minister of Uttarakhand. He will be swearing-in on Saturday.

Trivendra Singh Rawat was previously a Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) pracharak and is also known to be close to BJP chief Amit Shah.

 

Captain Amarinder Singh Takes Oath as Punjab CM

As per reports, Captain Amarinder Singh took oath as the chief minister of Punjab on Thursday at the Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh. In the recently-held Assembly elections, Congress won against Aam Aadmi Party and Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) alliance.

Navjot Singh Sidhu took oath as cabinet minister. The ceremony was attended by former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

 

 

Mehbooba Mufti Calls for Revocation of AFSPA from Some Areas in J&K

As per reports, revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from some areas in Jammu and Kashmir has been called by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. She mentioned that revocation of AFSPA is required to see the impact it leaves on the people of the state.

She further urged prime minister Narendra Modi to start talks with stakeholders in order to bring a lasting solution in the state.

 

N Biren Singh Takes Oath as Manipur's Chief Minister

Nongthombam Biren Singh took oath as the chief minister of Manipur at the Raj Bhawan in Imphal on Wednesday. Former chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh also attended the ceremony. This is the first time Bharatiya Janata Party formed government in Manipur. Eight other ministers also took oath on Wednesday.

 

Manohar Parrikar Sworn-in as Goa Chief Minister

As per reports, BJP leader Manohar Parrikar was sworn-in as chief minister of Goa, taking oath of office in Konkani. Parrikar had received 48 hours from the Supreme Court to prove majority on the floor of the house.

CM Okram Ibobi Singh Tenders his Resignation

As per reports, CM Okram Ibobi Singh resigned from his position on Monday amid the ongoing tussle between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress to form the government in Manipur.

In the recently held assembly elections in Manipur, the BJP won 21 seats and claims of having support of 32 MLAs in the 60-member assembly. Earlier on Sunday, the BJP received much support from NPP’s four MLAs, lone LJP MLA and another four MLAs of the NPF.