Daily Archive: February 8, 2017

Modi hits back at Rahul and Akhilesh, Mayawati promises good governance; all that happened in UP today

On the second last day of poll campaigning for the first phase in Uttar Pradesh, Sanajwadi Party and Congress kept attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party while BSP promised better governance and development. Polling in 73 constituencies spread over 15 districts including riot-scarred Muzaffarnagar and Shaml will be held on February 11. There would be a three-cornered fight between BJP, BSP and SP-Congress alliance in UP. Campaigning for the first phase ends tomorrow.

Unhappy With Budget 2017, NGO Asks PM for More Funds for SC/ST

The schemes for Scheduled Castes and Tribes have been reduced from 294 to 256, and from 307 to 261, respectively in Union Budget 2017, among other changes. Expressing displeasure at these changes,a Kanyakumari-based NGO, Centre for Social Reconstruction and Development CSR), has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ask for allocation of more funds for welfare of Scheduled Castes and Tribes.

With Pankaj Singh, Noida’s Aghapur wants to once again become village within city

Aghapur, a tiny Gurjar-dominated hamlet in Noida, was put on the national map when Manveer Gurjar won the recently concluded season 10 of television realty show Bigg Boss. The settlement hides behind a glittering facade of buildings that house some of Delhi NCR’s famous restaurant chains. The long winding road that connects the village to Dadri Main Road is littered with garbage, and water from the overflowing drains clog its narrow lanes. Mud-brick houses with roofs of corrugated iron dot the village. It is, however, hard to miss the frenzy of construction activity in the area. A little less than a kilometre into the village, past the government-run school and dispensary, two-storey buildings painted in bright colours and grocery stores lend a touch of modernity to this rustic village.

Tamil Nadu: Sasikala strikes back at O Panneerselvam, may parade #AIADMK MLAs in Delhi

A day after caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam revolted against her and claimed he had the backing of the party, AIADMK general secretary Sasikala herded MLAs into buses which headed in the direction of the Chennai airport. There were indications that the MLAs – Sasikala claims she has the support of 131 of 134 party MLAs – may be flown to Delhi and paraded before the President to force a trial of strength in the Tamil Nadu assembly.

BJP waits and watches as Panneerselvam said to have PM Modi and Amit Shah support

Tamil Nadu’s caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who raised the banner of revolt in the AIADMK in Chennai on Tuesday night, was given enough indications by leaders of the BJP to stand up and be counted after the death of J Jayalalithaa, top sources in the national party have told The Indian Express. After Jayalalithaa’s death on December 5, sources said, her former aide V K Sasikala’s hurry to push for transfer of power provoked Panneerselvam to take this step.