PM Modi turns 69
Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 69 on Tuesday, September 17. He spent his birthday in his home state of Gujarat and visited the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Narmada district.
Amit Shah’s Hindi push fails to entice pan India
BJP’s tallest leader of South India and Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday rebuffed Amit Shah’s push to make Hindi a common language across the country. At present, 22 languages are recognised under the eighth schedule of the constitution. India’s many languages are not her weakness, tweeted Rahul Gandhi.
Modi seeks grassroots ideas for Houston speech
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked common people to give their ideas and thoughts regarding his September 22 speech at Houston in the US. The news that US President Donald Trump will also take part in the ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Texas has added further buzz to the whole affair.
Race against time to save Vikram
Vikram lander of Chandrayaan 2 is running out of life on the south pole region of the Moon. The lander lost contact with ISRO’s control centre after hard-landing on September 7. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was in action, sprinting against time and trying its best to look out for Vikram. However, the hope of reviving Vikram is now more or less lost.
Congress & NCP agree on seat-sharing formula
The Congress, and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) led by Sharad Pawar, on Monday agreed on a seat-sharing formula for the forthcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra. Both the factions will share 125 seats each, 38 seats were left for the smaller partners.
Allahabad HC spoiler for Yogi’s lucrative policy
Allahabad High Court on Monday put Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s plan to include 17 OBCs or Other Backward Classes in the list of Scheduled Castes on hold. This plan was crucial in that it was being executed ahead of the by-elections to 12 Assembly seats in the state.
Apple set to invest Rs 1,000 crore in India
iPhone major Apple has unveiled plans to invest around Rs 1,000 crore in India at the earliest. Apple is ready to set up an online selling platform in the country, along with three Apple retail stores in some major cities over the next two to three years.
6 BSP MLAs in Rajasthan join ruling Congress
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati got a setback on Monday, when all 6 BSP MLAs in Rajasthan submitted a letter to the speaker CP Joshi and intimated him that the group has decided to merge with the ruling Congress party in the state.
Govt bans e-cigarettes
The Union Government on Wednesday approved a ban on e-cigarettes. Henceforth, production, import, export and sale of e-cigarettes would be a punishable offence with jail term from one to three years and fines of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakhs.
President appoints 4 new SC judges
President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of four Supreme Court (SC) judges upon their approval from the highest echelons of the government. The SC will now have full strength of 34 judges when these four judges take oath on Monday, September 23.
Odd-even violation may cost 20K
After the new Motor Vehicles Act amendments, the odd-even traffic scheme to be launched by Delhi government to combat pollution may further stir things up for Delhiites. Needless to say, they will have to be more careful while driving on capital roads. Violation of odd-even number may cost them a steep Rs 20,000. In the earlier avatar of the scheme, violators had to pay Rs. 2,000 only, a fraction of the current penalty.
Rajnath Singh first defence minister to fly in Tejas
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday created a record and became the first defence minister of the country to fly in Tejas, the indigenously built light combat aircraft (LCA). The minister said the flight was ‘smooth and comfortable’. The minister took off in Tejas from the HAL airport in Bengaluru.
Mamata meets Modi, says talks fruitful
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday in Delhi and invited him to come to West Bengal after the forthcoming Durga Puja. Mamata later said the talks were ‘apolitical and fruitful’.
Uttarakhand HC reminds ‘Hum do, hamare do’
Planning for a third child? Beware! Uttarakhand High Court (HC) has passed an order that employees of the state government will not get the facility of maternity leave for the birth of the third child. Eligibility for the maternity leave will remain limited to two children only.
India beats Proteas with ease
India surpassed South Africa in the second T20I played at Mohali. First match at Dharamshala was abandoned due to a heavy downpour. In the second match, Indian bowlers first restricted the inexperienced Proteas batting to just 149. Then Kohli played a captain’s knock and scored 72 runs. India easily passed the target with six wickets and the same number of deliveries remaining to spare.
Vinesh bags bronze in World Championship
India’s woman wrestler Vinesh Phogat bagged the bronze medal at the Wrestling World Championship in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday. After her heroic performance, Phogat said, “I feel an Olympic medal is written in my destiny”. She was referring to Tokyo Olympics which are scheduled to be held in 2020.
Deepak Punia on the Verge of Historic Win
Deepak Punia has beaten Stefan Reichmuth of Switzerland 8-2 to reach the final of men’s freestyle 86kg category in the World Wrestling Championship in progress at Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. He has already earned a place in 2020 Olympics quota.
Mamata set to meet Amit Shah
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met with home minister Amit Shah on Friday, September 20. It is being speculated that the meeting is an effort to save former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, a close aide of Mamata. The police officer is on the CBI’s radar in Saradha scam, and has been avoiding the agency’s net for quite some time.
MSME loans not to be declared NPAs: Finmin
State-owned banks will not declare stressed loan of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as a non-performing asset (NPA) till March 31, 2020. This was urged by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday.
NRC to be introduced all over India: Shah
Home Minister Amit Shah has confirmed on Wednesday that NRC will take place all across the country. The NRC register of Assam that was published on August 31 is still mired in controversy, with many political parties and agencies demanding a corrective exercise. As per Shah, all illegal immigrants identified through the exercise will be asked to leave the country through legal means.
Bhadauria to be next Chief of Air Staff
Vice Chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria has been appointed as the next Chief of Air Staff (CAS). He will take charge on Monday, September 30 and his tenure would be for two years .
UP farmers’ stir in Delhi
Farmers in thousands from western Uttar Pradesh gathered in Noida on Thursday, September 19, and they are planning to proceed to their next destination Kisan Ghat on Saturday with an aim to draw the attention of anti-farmer policies of the BJP government.
Students’ union rejects JNU circular to carry ID card
Officials of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has issued a notice asking students to carry their ID cards and those visiting them to “cooperate with the security personnel whenever they ask for identity”. The circular was issued on September 19, but the students’ union is not ready accept this proposal, and rather criticised it.
Vijayanagara to be 31st district of Karnataka
The State of Karnataka has added one more district which would be the 31st district in the state. The name of the new district is Vijayanagara, named after the historic Vijayanagara empire.
BMTC bans loud music on its buses
State transport authorities of Karnataka on Thursday decided to ban loud music in its buses. Playing loud music by passengers on their mobile or iPods is also banned. If caught, strict action will be taken against the culprit.
Telangana govt woos investors
Industries minister of Telangana KT Rama Rao has been encouraging the investors to invest in the state and the government is also pushing women entrepreneurs to come forward and invest in Telangana.
TN govt offers skill training for marginalized group
The Tamil Nadu (TN) government has decided to offer skill training to 50,000 candidates belonging to marginalized categories, including women, to uplift their standard of living. The State government has recently sanctioned Rs 100 crore for this purpose.
Major fire at Haldia Petrochemical injures 15, several critical
A major fire broke out at West Bengal-based Haldia Petrochemical’s naphtha cracker unit on Friday, September 20. Several fire brigades were pressed on duty to douse the fire. At least 15 people were injured, of whom six are critical. Many ambulances were rushed to the spot and the injured were taken to the hospital. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been monitoring the entire situation.
Govt slashes corporate tax rates
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday, September 20, has decided to slash income tax rate for corporates. The government has reduced corporate tax rate to 22% from 30%, while new manufacturing companies will get the benefit of 15% tax from October 1, if they start manufacturing by 2023.
AP govt rewards Maharashtra ATS
The Andhra Pradesh (AP) government has announced a reward of Rs. 8 lakhs for the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) team. This is in recognition for the arrest of seven Maoists last year, an official said on Wednesday.
Death toll reaches 34 in Andhra boat tragedy
Six more bodies were recovered on Wednesday resulting from the boat tragedy in the river Godavari in Andhra Pradesh. The death toll has now reached 34 and 13 people are still missing.
MP demands Rs 11,906 cr flood relief from centre
Deadly flood in Madhya Pradesh (MP) has created havoc in the state. Madhya Pradesh suffered a loss of Rs 11,906 crore in the recent floods, as per the state government that has requested the central government for financial aid of Rs 11,906 crore as the flood relief on Friday.
Govt accepts Madras HC chief justice Tahilramani’s resignation
A government notification has confirmed the acceptance of the resignation of Madras High Court Chief Justice V K Tahilramani. She had resigned amid transfer row to Meghalaya High court. The Supreme Court rejected her request for reconsideration of her transfer. Meanwhile justice Vineet Kothari has been appointed as the acting chief justice of Madras High court.
Opposition slams govt’s corporate tax move
The congress along with other opposition parties have slammed government’s decision to slash the corporate tax cuts announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday. The opposition is linking it with the forthcoming Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States.
Amit Panghal on the verge to create history
Amit Panghal is the first Indian boxer to reach in the World Championships final. He created history on Friday defeating Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibbisinov in the semi-final of the flyweight division of the World Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Panghal will take on Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov in the final for the gold medal.
SC set to get permanent Constitution bench
For the first time in its almost 70 years long history, the Supreme Court is set to get a permanent five judge constitution bench to be available round the year to hear and adjudicate cases, and interpret laws as well.
Mass protest over Babul Supriyo’s presence in Jadavpur University
Babul Supriyo, the Union Minister for environment, forest and climate change on Thursday went to Jadavpur University to address a seminar organised by the ABVP, the student faction of RSS in the campus auditorium. His presence witnessed mass protest by university’s students. They raised slogans against him ‘Babul Supriyo Go Back’ and black flags were also shown to the minister.
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