Connect with us

India

Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind , BJP’s Nominee for Presidential candidate

Published

on

NewDelhi, June 19: The Bhartiya Janta Party nominates Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as its presidential candidate. 

In the ”BJP’s parliamentary board”, the panel left the decision on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah to nominate candidate for new President of the country. 

Today ruling BJP party called high level board  meeting  to discuss its nominee for upcoming  presidential election.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the party’s Parliamentary Board meeting where a list of probable names were discussed. Party chief Amit Shah and several union ministers were among those in attendance.

The three-member party committee,  which includes Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley briefed the board members about the consultations undertaken by them with allies and opposition parties.

The party has prepared four sets of nomination papers, leaving the space for the name of the candidate blank. Nomination form of the candidate is to be signed by at least 50 electors as proposers and 50 as seconders for each set.

Earlier Multiple sources have told  that former diplomat Gopalkrishna Gandhi could be the potential opposition candidate, with Left parties pushing for Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson for the country’s highest post.

On the other hand, several BJP leaders claimed that the party’s choice for the post of the President will be a political person with strong BJP affiliation. This stand could spoil chances of the likes of MS Swaminathan, as suggested by the Shiv Sena, and ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan.

Names of  Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik were doing the rounds as possible candidate for the President’s post.

he BJP leaders last week said the NDA is “absolutely confident” of the win of its candidates in both the presidential and vice-presidential elections. If the ruling BJP-led NDA and the opposition fail to reach an agreement with regards to a common candidate, polling will be held for the election of the next President on July 17.

The filing of nomination papers to elect the 15th President of India had begun on June 14 and the process will end on June 28. Pranab Mukherjee’s term as President will end on July 24.

WeForNews Bureau

India

Is operating ratio of Indian Railways the worst: Chidambaram

Published

on

P Chidambaram

New Delhi, April 21: Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Saturday asked if the operating ratio of Indian Railways is the worst and added that if the ratio is close to 100 per cent or has exceeded it, that indicated a “comprehensive failure of management.”

He also asked if it was true that the accounts are being “dressed” to show an Operating Ratio just a little less than 100 per cent.

“What is the Operating Ratio of Indian Railways in 2017-18? Is it the worst ratio in recent years,” Chidambaram tweeted.

“Is it correct that the true Operating Ratio has exceeded 100 per cent? Is it correct that the accounts are being ‘dressed’ to show an Operating Ratio just a little less than 100 per cent,” he asked.

“If the Operating Ratio is close to 100 per cent or has exceeded 100 per cent, that indicates a comprehensive failure of management of the Indian Railways,” Chidambaram said.

IANS

Continue Reading

India

No parole for mafia don Abu Salem to get married

Published

on

abu-salem
A file photo of gangster Abu Salem being taken to jail after a Mumbai court sentenced him life imprisonment in the Pradeep Jain murder case in 2015.

Mumbai, April 21: The Maharashtra government on Saturday rejected an application by incarcerated mafia don Abu Salem seeking 45 days parole for getting married, official sources said here.

Among the grounds cited by the authorities are that parole is not permitted for those accused or convicted of terror charges under the revised parole rules of the Maharashtra government in 2016, an official, who declined to be identified, told IANS.

Abu Salem, who is currently undergoing life imprisonment in Taloja Central Jail, Navi Mumbai, had applied in March to the Konkan Divisional Commissioner for parole for his second marriage with Sayed Bahar Kauser alias Heena.

The marriage was scheduled for May 5 in Mumbai and he had also provided the names and details of two of his cousins who were willing to stand guarantee for him.

He planned to stay temporarily at the Mumbai home of his prospective wife Heena during the parole duration.

In his application, Abu Salem cited how he was in jail continuously since the past more than 12 years without stepping out on parole/furlough even once.

In September 2017, Abu Salem – a close confidante of absconding mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar – was convicted and sentenced to a life sentence for his role in the March 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai which killed 257 and wounded over 700 others.

IANS

Continue Reading

India

Cabinet approves restructured scheme for making local bodies self-sustainable

Published

on

PM-Narendra-Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File Photo: IANS)

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Saturday approved a restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) scheme aimed at making rural local bodies self-sustainable, financially stable and more efficient.

Addressing a press conference here, Union Panchayati Raj Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi — who chaired the CCEA meeting — will officially launch the scheme on April 24 in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla.

The total outlay for the scheme during 2018-19 to 2021-2022 would be Rs 7,255 crore, of which 60 per cent would be borne by the Centre.

Tomar said the RGSA will help more than 2.55 lakh Panchayati Raj Institutions to develop governance capabilities to deliver on sustainable development goals through inclusive local governance, with a focus on optimum utilisation of available resources.

IANS

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Most Popular