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UP Election 2017 Opinion Poll Summary

According to India Today-Axis survey, the BJP would win around 180-191 seats in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The poll also predicts a good number of seats for newly formed SP-congress alliance, giving them 168-178 seats, slightly behind the BJP. The poll also predicts a dismal performance by Bahujan Samaj Party which according to it would … Continue reading UP Election 2017 Opinion Poll Summary

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New Delhi: His name adds credibility to the films he does and the actor has A-listers vying to work with him but Nawazuddin Siddiqui does not want to think about stardom as he fears it will corrupt his performances. Film after film, there has been a growth in Nawazuddin’s fan following so much so that … Continue reading Thinking about stardom is scary: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

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UP Election 2017 Opinion Poll Summary

According to India Today-Axis survey, the BJP would win around 180-191 seats in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The poll also predicts a good number of seats for newly formed SP-congress alliance, giving them 168-178 seats, slightly behind the BJP. The poll also predicts a dismal performance by Bahujan Samaj Party which according to it would … Continue reading UP Election 2017 Opinion Poll Summary


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Badaun: The downfall of those who had “befooled” the people promising “achche din” has started, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said, attacking the Prime Minister, and asked him as to when will he do “kaam ki baat“.

“He (PM) says the SP did a lot of “karnama” (misdeeds). He says ‘mann ki baat‘ on TV and radio, I want to ask him as to when will he do ‘kaam ki baat‘ (talk of something worthwhile),” Yadav said at an election rally in Badaun.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Saturday attacked Akhilesh saying, “Akhileshji says ‘kaam bolta hai‘, (but) even a child here knows that it is your karnama (misdeed) which is speaking for you.”

Referring to the infamous Badaun rape case of two sisters, Akhilesh said leaders of all parties reached there and the matter was even raised in the UN, but a CBI probe gave a clean chit to the state and “the conspiracy to defame” was exposed.

“The downfall of those who had befooled people promising ‘achche din‘ has started. After 2017, they will be wiped out in 2019 also. They (BJP) should tell as to what have they done for people,” he said.

Claiming that SP was ahead of rivals in the first phase, Akhilesh said the trend will continue and the alliance will get majority.

“We could have got majority alone, but after alliance with Congress we will comfortably win over 300 seats,” Akhilesh said, asking people to vote for party candidates.

New Delhi, Jan 14 (PTI) Hitting out at Haryana Minister Anil Vij for his controversial remark that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is better brand than Mahatma Gandhi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today said the dictators Hitler and Mussolini were also very powerful brands.

The Congress Vice President took to twitter to chastise the senior BJP leader in Haryana for his comments that drew widespread criticism, even his party condemning the statement.

“Hitler and Mussolini were also very powerful brands,” Rahul said in a tweet.

Vij today told reporters that it was good that the image of Mahatma Gandhi has been replaced with that of Prime Minister in the calendar and diary of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) as Modi is a “better brand” and went on to add that Gandhi’s image would be removed gradually from the currency notes too.

Asked about the controversy over Modi’s photo on KVIC calender and diary, the five-time MLA from Ambala Cantt, said that Gandhiji’s name has no patent over Khadi.

“Since Gandhi’s name has been attached with Khadi, it has only gone down. When Gandhi’s image was put on notes, the currency also got devalued,” he had said.

Vij, however, later withdrew the remarks.

“The statement given by me in connection with Mahatma Gandhi was given in my personal capacity. To avoid hurting anyone’s sentiments, I am withdrawing it,” Vij tweeted.

Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal launched a blistering attack on the Central government over its decision to scrap the use of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. Addressing a rally at Azadpur Mandi in Delhi, Mamata served an ultimatum to the Narendra Modi-led NDA government, asking it roll back the decision. Saying demonetisation will take the country backward by 100 years, Mamata said the crisis of this proportion was not seen even during the Emergency.

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will inaugurate the two-day 11th Annual Convention of Central Information Commission (CIC) here on 7th November, 2016. The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh will also be present on the occasion. The Convention is expected to be attended, among other high dignitaries, by all present and former Central Information Commissioners and State Information Commissioners as well as representatives of Public Authorities and other stakeholders.

During the inauguration, the Home Minister will launch the e-Court software which is under implementation in the Commission with the help of National Informatics Centre. He will also release a book on RTI success stories. The book has been prepared for the Commission by Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration.

The inauguration function will be followed by various sessions on topics such as RTI in Railways, RTI Web portal by DoPT, RTI in Public Sector Undertakings, RTI in Banking/Insurance, Academic papers on RTI and RTI in States. The sessions will be attended by eminent panelists and experts in these areas. The session on RTI in Railways will discuss the journey of implementation of RTI in the Railways. In the session on RTI in PSUs, implementation of RTI in various PSUs such as NTPC, NHPC Ltd, REIL and CPSEs will be discussed. The implementation of RTI in RBI, SBI, PFRDA, IRDAI and LIC will also be discussed in a separate session. Academic papers on topics like Success and Failure of the Right to Information Act, Harnessing IT for RTI in an Institute of Higher Learning, RTI as an instrument of Change, Right to Petition to Right to Information etc. will also be discussed in a separate session.

The e-Court system to be launched during the inaugural function is aimed at enabling speedy disposal of Appeals/Complaints by using digital technology. The system will allow online filing of appeals/complaints and case disposals using latest technology. The system will generate a unique number which can be used by the applicant for tracking the status of a case filed with the Commission. As soon as a case is filed online or offline, the system will generate SMS/email alert to the applicant. Alerts will also be generated to inform the applicant at the stage of Registration, issue of Facilitation Memo, scheduling of the case hearing and also at the stage of decision uploading. The system will offer an online search facility which allows a user to search for Dak, File, Hearing Notice and Decision etc.

The Central Information Commission was constituted in 2005 for dealing with second appeals/complaints filed under the Right to Information Act, 2005. The Commission has till now heard and disposed off about 2 lakh cases. For convenience of the information seekers, the Commission encourages hearings through Video Conference. Since 1st April, 2015, the Commission has heard almost 19,000 cases through Video Conferencing. In all 25,960 cases were registered with CIC in 2015-16 and during the same period 28,188 cases were disposed off. During April-October, 2016 about 12,780 cases were registered and 15,993 cases have been disposed off by the Commission.

MAKING A strong pitch for Muslim support in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections next year, BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday told the minority community not to “waste” their votes on the Samajwadi Party (SP) or the Congress if they want to defeat the BJP.

She also targeted the BJP government at the Centre, saying the “discrimination against Muslims” has increased since the party came to power, and accused it of trying to gain political mileage from the “terror incidents on India-Pakistan border”.

Addressing a rally here on the occasion of BSP founder Kanshi Ram’s death anniversary, Mayawati said the internal differences in SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s family had weakened the party and divided its supporters.

“Akhilesh ke kheme ke log candidate honge, toh Shivpal ke log andar hi andar unhe haraane ki koshish karenge. Aur agar Shivpal ke kheme ke log candidate honge, toh Akhilesh ke log unhe haraane ki koshish karenge. Muslim samaj ko aise me SP ko apna vote dekar kharab nahi karna hai. (If the candidate is from Akhilesh’s camp, Shivpal’s supporters will try to defeat him. If the candidate is from Shivpal’s camp, Akhilesh’s supporters will try to defeat him. In this situation, the Muslim community should not waste its vote on the SP),” she said.

On the Congress, she said the party does not have a vote base, and voting for it will only benefit the BJP.

Hangzhou, Sep 5 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today discussed India’s NSG membership with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and also raised the issue of the confidential data leak of the Indian Scorpene Class submarines with French President Francois Holland on the sidelines of the G20 Summit.
On the second and final day of the summit in this east Chinese city, Modi met Erdogan and Hollande in separate “pull-aside” meetings.
Prior to that, he met Britain’s new Prime Minister Theresa May and held discussions on “building opportunities” in the aftermath of UK’s decision to exit the European Union.
In his meeting with Erdogan, the prime minister discussed the issue of India’s membership of the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters.
The discussion with Erdogan on NSG was significant as Turkey was among the few countries – along with China – which had stalled India’s bid to join the elite grouping at its plenary meeting in June in Seoul.
China had then raised objection saying India was not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Turkey too raised its concern over the presence of supporters of dissident Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who it accusses of masterminding the failed July coup attempt, in India.
Swarup said enhancing civil aviation with Turkey also figured during the discusions.
In his bilateral meeting with Hollande, Modi raised the leak of sensitive data related to Scorpene Class submarines.
“This isues has also figured,” Swarup said.
Over 22,000 pages of secret data on the capabilities of six highly-advanced submarines being built for the Indian Navy in Mumbai in collaboration with French defence company DCNS were leaked. The data leak reportedly happened overseas.
With May, the prime minister underlined that even after UK’s exit from the EU, “Britain remains an important partner” for India.
“May also referred to the recent passage of GST (bill) which would further boost trade and investment ties with the UK. She supported PM’s reform agenda and the UK is keen to participate in Make in India, Smartcity and Skill India initiatives,” he said.
The two leaders discussed further enhancing of the defence partnership and Modi invited UK firms to India.
They also talked about the challenges of terrorism, calling it “the biggest threat and danger to the world with no boundaries,” Swarup said. .

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today described the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as a “Great Step by Team India,” a “Great Step Towards Transformation,” and a “Great Step Towards Transparency.”

He was intervening during the debate in the Lok Sabha on the GST Bill.

The Prime Minister noted the date – 8th August – and recalled that in 1942, on this very day Mahatma Gandhi had given the call for the Quit India Movement. He said that today, the country would begin its march towards freedom from tax terrorism.

He described the imminent passage of the Bill as a victory not for any political party, but for Indian democracy.

Recalling the discussions and parleys on the Goods and Services Tax, the Prime Minister said that he had invited both Ms. Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to discuss the same. He noted that one of them was a Lok Sabha MP and the other was a Rajya Sabha MP.

The Prime Minister said that the consensus over GST is proving that Rashtraneeti is above Rajneeti (national issues are above politics) in India.

He described the GST as one more pearl in the necklace of Ek Bharat – much on the lines of the Railways, the All India Services, and visions such as Bharat Net and Sagarmala.

With GST, we intend to bring uniformity in taxation, said the Prime Minister, adding that the consumer would be supreme in the new dispensation. The Prime Minister mentioned the judicious use of man, money, machine, material and minutes (time) as an important principle of sound economic policy, and said GST would aid in achieving this.

The Prime Minister said GST would also help bring in real time data, as its strength was in technology. He said most of the things that can impact consumer inflation have been kept out of the ambit of GST. He said GST would help reduce corruption in collection, as well as the cost of collection.

The Prime Minister asserted that small businesses will also gain tremendously from GST, and will feel more secure with GST.

The Prime Minister said that the Government is focusing on economic and educational empowerment of the poor, so that we can mitigate poverty.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) launched today the second phase of the Feed the Future India Triangular Training Programme, bringing specialized agriculture training to 1,500 agricultural professional across Africa and Asia. The Secretary of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri S.K Pattanayak and U.S Ambassador to India Shri Richard R. Vera launched the programme together at the National Agriculture Science Complex in New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare said that in order to continue our successful partnership programme covering more countries in Africa and Asia, MANAGE as lead institution representing Govt. of India and USAID representing US Government signed a Limited Scope Cooperation Agreement( LSCA) on 7th November, 2005. The new programme will be called as “Feed The Future: India Triangular Training Programme”, in which 32 Training programme of 15 days duration will be conducted in India and 12 Training programs of 10 days duration will be conducted in selected African and Asian Countries during 2016-20 i.e., for 4 years. The entire expenditure including participants travel, insurance, lodging, boarding, local travel and programme fee will be met by USAID and MANAGE. The training areas will be identified based on demand analysis conducted in participating countries.

Shri S.K Pattanayak informed that 17 countries covered under the programme are Kenya, Malawi, Liberia, Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Tanzania, Sudan, Botswana, Ethiopia in Africa and Afghanistan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Mongolia, and Vietnam in Asia. Also faculty of MANAGE visited Cambodia and Vietnam in Asia and Tanzania and Mozambique in Africa as part of Demand analysis.

The U.S Ambassador Shri Richard R. Verma said that by harnessing the expertise and innovation of out two great countries, we are unlocking new opportunities to address global development challenges, bringing us closure to our shared objective of eliminating global poverty and hunger.

Shri Richard R. Verma emphasized that the United States and India remain committed to their partnership of working, together to break the vicious cycle of poverty and hunger. Through sharing agriculture innovations worldwide, the U.S and India will help other countries develop their agriculture sectors, helping promote global prosperity and stability.

The Deputy High Commissioner, Kenya High Commission in India, Ms. Belinda A. Omino, Mission Director, USAID in India, Ambassador, Shri Jonathan S. Addleton and Director General, MANAGE, Ms. V. Usha Rani were also present on the occasion.

Nairobi, Jul 11 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on a wide range of issues aimed at boosting ties in the African continent, particularly in the economic sphere.
Modi, who arrived here yesterday on the final leg of his four-nation Africa tour, was accorded ceremonial guard of honour at the State House here.
“The fourth welcome in 5 days, PM @narendramodi receives ceremonial honours at the State House in Nairobi,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
He earlier paid tributes to Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, the first president of Kenya and a towering political figure of Africa.
“Homage to a great son of Africa, a friend of India. PM lays wreath at Mausoleum of Jomo Kenyatta, 1st Prez of Kenya,” Swarup said.
Ahead of the visit, the Prime Minister had said, “India-Kenya ties have stood the test of time. Both our nations have had very strong people-to-people ties and both nations have successfully fought colonialism in the previous century.”
He visited Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania before arriving here.
The focus of the African tour is on deepening cooperation in areas of hydrocarbons, maritime security, trade and investment, agriculture and food.

Indian Universities and Colleges, having the highest grade of accreditation/ threshold accreditation, will now be able to apply online to the University Grants Commission (UGC) for starting twinning and collaborative arrangement with quality Foreign Educational Institutions (FEIs) in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes leading to the award of a degree. The degree will be awarded by the Indian Educational Institutions (IEIs) alone; joint degrees are not permitted. However, the name of the collaborating FEI can be indicated on the degree, the logo and primacy being of the Indian institution. Credits from collaborating FEI when jointly signed by the IEI shall form part of the transcript. FEI may also sign the transcript/credit issued by the IEI.

Announcing this the Minister of Human Resource Development mentioned that this step has been taken by the UGC today in order to promote foreign collaborations with a view to increasing synergy between Indian and foreign academic institutions, to offer students additional choices, improve curriculum and the delivery of knowledge and educational content.

The UGC has superseded its 2012 regulations with its new regulations for promoting and maintaining standards of academic collaboration between Indian and Foreign Higher Educational Institutions. The regulations will be notified shortly by the Ministry. The amendments respond to a felt and aspirational need expressed by students to engage with FEIs of repute, study in part in these institutions and acquire a formal recognition of this in the degree and related transcripts.

For students wishing to study abroad, for the experience, exposure and academic benefits, this represents lower cost to achieve that. This will offer unprecedented academic mobility through acquiring of credits and study at reputed institution abroad.

The dedicated UGC portal to receive applications and convey approvals will be launched shortly by the UGC. Timelines have been stipulated at different stages of the application.

The regulations do not cover technical institutions, for which AICTE will leverage and bring out similar methodology and facilitative regulations. Universities/institutions that are recognized by UGC and FEIs intending to collaborate will be benefitted.

The Regulations stipulate that only IEIs with ‘A’ grade or threshold accreditation (or IEIs other than governing institutions) should have experience of 6 years or at least 2 batches passed out and similarly ‘A’ grade or threshold level accreditation if the IEIs in their own country will be eligible for collaboration. A bench mark for quality has therefore been set for the collaborations. To maintain academic credibility and seriousness, a minimum duration of collaboration has been specified under one semester for postgraduate degree and 2 semesters for undergraduate degree.

The UGC will examine complaints relating to academic collaborations being run in violation of these regulations and if prima-facie evidence of fraud is found, it will inform Central and State authorities for appropriate action under the framework of the law, including penal action.