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Vajpayee provided ‘exceptional’ leadership: Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday wished former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birthday, saying he “provided exceptional leadership to India at a crucial time”.

“Birthday greetings to our beloved Atal ji. We salute this great personality who provided exceptional leadership to India at a crucial time.

“Be it as a party leader, parliamentarian, minister, prime minister, Atal ji distinguished himself in every role. This is his speciality,” the prime minister said in a series of tweets.

Modi said he would pay a visit to the Bharatiya Janata Party stalwart later in the day.

“After landing in Delhi this evening, will head straight to Atal ji’s residence and wish him personal

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NCB busts drugs factory in Mumbai, unearths Dawood link

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In a mega action against the drug cartel in Mumbai, the Narcotics Control Bureau has found the links of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar after the agency busted a drugs factory in Mumbai’s Dongri, which was being operated by Karim Lala’s grandson Chinku Pathan.

An NCB official related to the probe, requesting anonymity told IANS, “Chinku Pathan, who was nabbed by the NCB yesterday is the grandson of Lala, who was the mentor of Dawood Ibrahim.”The official said that Lala was the original underworld don of Mumbai.

“This cartel was basically being run by the Pathani gang and they were also having relations with the Dawood gang,” he said.

The official said the drug law enforcement agency recovered cash to the tune of Rs one crore, huge amount of drugs at the factory which the agency busted and also recovered some weapons.

The official said that Singhu Pathan’s partner Aarif Bujhwala is the biggest supplier of drugs in Maharashtra.

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Centre convenes all-party meet on Jan 30 ahead of Budget session

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The Modi government has called an all-party meeting on January 30 to hold discussions ahead of the presentation of the Union Budget in Parliament on February 1.

The Centre has invited leaders of all political parties in both the Houses to the proposed meeting slated to begin at 11.30 am through videoconference. Sources said the National Democratic Alliance parties too will meet on the same day.

Parliament’s Budget session will be held in two phseses amid all precautions against coronavirus — from January 29 to February 15, and from March 8 to April 8.

The all-party meeting will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP’s Rajya Sabha leader Thawarchand Gehlot, Deputy Leader Piyush Goyal, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, Arjun Ram Meghwal and V Muralitharan.The one-hour Question Hour has been restored in the Budget session, which was suspended during the Monsoon session in September 2020 during corona pandemic.Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Tuesday that corona tests for members att

ending the Parliament session will be mandatory.

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Right to salary a fundamental right: Delhi HC

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New Delhi, Jan 20 : The Delhi High Court has pulled up the municipal corporations for the non-payment of salaries and pensions to their employees, noting that paucity of funds cannot be an excuse and that right to receive pay is a fundamental right enshrined under the Constitution of India.

A division bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli was hearing a batch of petitions in relation to the non-payment of salaries and pensions to the employees of Delhi municipal corporations, particularly North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NrDMC) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC).

“Reason assigned for non-payment of timely salaries is stated to be paucity of funds which, as is well settled, cannot be an excuse for non-payment, keeping in view the fact that the right to receive salary and pension is a fundamental right enshrined under Article 21 of Constitution and non-payment would have direct bearing on quality of life,” the court stated.

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