Punjab Congress leaders, led by CM Amarinder Singh, launched a sit-in agitation against the contentious agricultural laws at Khatkar Kalan in Nawanshahr, the birthplace of Bhagat Singh. Besides legal recourse, the Punjab government was looking at other options to scuttle the Centre's new agriculture laws «that are designed to ruin Punjab's farmers and economy», said the CM.
Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in the year he was elected US president and also in his first year in the White House, according to a media report, which also said that he or his companies paid $ 145,400 taxes in India in 2017. Trump paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made, the report said. The US president immediately dismissed the report as «totally fake news».
Days after agriculture Bills were passed in the Parliament leading to protests by a number of farmer organisations and political parties in various states, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called it 'a death sentence'. «The agriculture laws are a death sentence to our farmers. Their voice is crushed in Parliament and outside. Here is proof that democracy in India is dead,» he said.
Newly-appointed BJP national secretary Anupam Hazra has said that he would hug chief minister Mamata Banerjee if he is infected by the coronavirus to make her feel the pain of the families of Covid-19 patients. A police complaint was filed by the Trinamool Congress in Siliguri for the comments Hazra made at a party programme in Baruipur in South 24 Parganas on Sunday evening.
As many as 76,768 police personnel all over the country including paramilitary forces such as CRPF, CISF, BSF and NSG tested positive for COVID-19 while 401 succumbed to the killer virus, according to a report by the Bureau of Police Research and Development.
Led by NCP chief Sharad Pawar, several opposition members on Sunday hailed SAD for quitting NDA over the farm bills and thanked the Akalis for snapping their ties with BJP. In a tweet, Pawar congratulated SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and his wife and former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal “who under the leadership of Hon Shri Parkash Singh Badal” pulled out of NDA. “Thanks for firmly standing with the Farmers!” the NCP chief said.
Former Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey joined JD(U) on Sunday in the presence of CM Nitish Kumar, making a swift transition to politics within five days of taking voluntary retirement from a police career marked by controversies such as his statement about actor Rhea Chakraborty not having the “aukat” (stature) to question his boss’ stand on the Sushant Singh Rajput case.
India became the second country after the US to register 6 million Covid-19 cases on Sunday, amid signs that the pandemic could finally be slowing down in the country, at least for now. It took 12 days for India’s caseload to go from 5 million to 6 million, a day more than the previous 1-million rise.
How long can an Indian expect to live on average? The answer varies very widely depending on where you live — which state and rural or urban area — and what your gender is. The average rural male in Chhattisgarh will live less than 63 years while the average urban female in Himachal Pradesh can hope to make it to nearly 81, a difference of 18 years.
Former Union minister and BJP veteran Jaswant Singh, who held key portfolios in the Vajpayee government, passed away after a long illness which rendered him comatose, leaving behind a varied, eventful and rich political legacy that saw him being an integral part of the saffron party's rise that he helped shape and nurture.
With the passing of Jaswant Singh, one more light has been switched off at the Camelot that revolutionised India’s engagement with the world at the turn of the millennium. The reference is to the team then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee put together between 1998 and 2004. Jaswant has gone, eight years after Brajesh Mishra died — almost to the day— and two years after the PM they served. With them, they have taken many secrets and confidences, and left a splendid legacy.
Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet colleagues are stating that farmers can now sell their agriculture produce anywhere, but when were they not allowed to sell their produce as per their wish.
Former Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey, who came into limelight for his vocal condemnation of Mumbai Police’s non-cooperation to the state police team in actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case, joined the state’s ruling JD(U) on Sunday, just five days after taking voluntary retirement from the service (VRS).
A new law that provides for inclusion of Kashmiri, Dogri and Hindi in the list of official languages in Jammu and Kashmir, in addition to Urdu and English, has been notified after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent. The Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Act, 2020, received assent of the President on September 26, according to a gazette notification.
After the announcement of Bihar election, the Grand Alliance is racing against time to seal the seat sharing deal this month as the smaller partners are looking for a larger share.
The two Congress leaders also urged the President not to grant his assent to the Bills as farmers are on the roads against them. Selja and Jakhar said NDA allies should support the opposition parties, the same way they extended support against the Land Acquisition Bill, which the BJP-led Union government was forced to withdraw.
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has highlighted the failure of the previous PDP-BJP government in the proper implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in Jammu and Kashmir during 2016-17, saying long term developmental perspective for all districts could not be ensured due to non-preparation of a perspective plan.
Bengaluru has become an epicentre of terror activities, BJP MP Tejasvi Surya claimed on Sunday and said he had requested Union home minister Amit Shah to set up a permanent division of the National Investigation Agency in the city. The terrorist groups want to use the city as an «incubation centre» for terror activities, the BJP leader said.
Former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday asserted that the BJP has no intention of joining hands with Shiv Sena or to bring down the Uddhav Thackeray-led state government. Fadnavis claimed people of the state are «unhappy» with the performance of the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government and it «would collapse due to its own inactions».
«Without the northeast, India and Indian culture are incomplete. Indian culture can't be completely imagined until the northeastern culture meets that of India because the northeastern culture is the jewel of Indian culture,» home minister said while inaugurating Destination North East 2020 fest via video conferencing. Shah said that the Modi government is committed to the development of northeastern states.