Amid protests over Rafale deal, Lok Sabha on Monday passed a bill seeking to empower the transgender community by providing them a separate identity. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, seeking to define transgenders and prohibit discrimination against them, was introduced in Lok Sabha two years ago. It was passed with 27 amendments.
Amit Shah said support of the country's youth to Modi would be key to BJP's return in 2019 as he asked the party's youth wing to connect with young voters with the NDA government's development agenda. Shah's insistence on youth wing's support to counter the opposition bid for a grand alliance in 2019 indicates that BJP's focus will be on how to tackle the opposition bloc.
With CM selection in three states out of the way, Congress is keen to ensure that dashed aspirations of other hopefuls do not affect its Lok Sabha prospects in the heartland states.
Congress circles are miffed with Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) leader Upendra Kushwaha for tom-tomming his meeting with party leaders to show that he was being sought after for electoral alliances.
Shah said support of the country's youth to Modi would be key to BJP's return in 2019 as he asked the party's youth wing to connect with young voters with the NDA government's development agenda.
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Later, Modi also cited the example of Justice HR Khanna who, he said, had incurred Congress's displeasure for holding that right to life and personal liberty could not be suspended during Emergency.
Solih on Sunday described India as Maldives's closest friend and also one of its most important trading partners. Official sources said one of the highlights of the visit is going to be an agreement between the two countries to facilitate smooth procurement of visas for citizens of both countries.
A number of opposition leaders are understood to have reservations over naming any prime ministerial nominee for the opposition alliance for 2019 Lok Sabha elections, sources in the opposition camp said.
The Army on Sunday urged people not to march towards the headquarters of its Chinar Corps here on the call of separatists to protest the killing of seven civilians in an encounter in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Andhra Pradesh on Sunday sounded a high alert in the coastal region as a cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal was heading towards it and was likely to cross the region between Kakinada and Visakhapatnam on Monday. Parts of the coastal region, especially Krishna district, on Sunday started experiencing rains and strong winds. The sea became rough.
Positioning himself as the direct challenger to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom he has been routinely attacking over the Rafale jet purchase, Rahul Gandhi is now preparing the Congress for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections by engaging like-minded parties and leading discussions on issues of national importance.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to move higher court against the West Bengal government's decision to deny permission for its 'rath yatra' and resolved to hit the streets to protest against it.
Ruling out referring the Rafale deal to a parliamentary panel, finance minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday launched a blistering attack on the Congress, calling it «bad losers» and said the CAG's view of the deal is not relevant after the Supreme Court's clean chit.
A majority of the members, including those from opposition parties, are not in favour of the proposal by panel chairman Mallikarjun Kharge. Kharge on Saturday had said he will request all members of the panel to summon the attorney general and the CAG.
Congress president Bhupesh Baghel, who has been named as the new chief minister, took over the reins of the party in October 2014, nearly a year-and-a-half after a Naxal attack in Sukma district in May, 2013, in which many of the party's senior leaders, including V C Shukla and then party chief Nand Kumar Patel, were killed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday charged the Congress with «building pressure» on the judiciary and urged people to remain wary of such a party.
Zoramthanga went underground for 20 years (1966-1986), living in hideouts in Chittagong (now in Bangladesh), Arakan (Myanmar) and Islamabad.
When Rahul Gandhi stops playing Temple Run, it would mark his political maturing.