29 April, 2017
Minister Narendra Modi says, the issue of Triple Talaq should not be
Modi unveils translated volumes of the book Vachana written by 12th century
social reformer Basavanna; Inaugurates first ever celebration of Basava
Jayanthi in New Delhi.
Minister to speak to listeners of AIR in
his Mann Ki Baat programme at 11 AM tomorrow.
- BJP's 95 days
Vistaar Yatra led by the party President Amit Shah begins from Jammu today.
- Revenue Secretary
says, as many as 8 to 9 lakh registered companies not filing annual returns are
a potential source of money laundering.
1.3 lakh post offices and 25 thousand sub-post offices in rural areas to be
connected through broadband under the Bharatnet programme.
to face Great Britain in the opening match of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Men's
hockey tournament in Malaysia this afternoon.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the
Muslim society not to politicize the Triple Talaq issue. Speaking at a function
in New Delhi he said that discussions are on in this direction. Mr Modi hoped
that the issue will be resolved within the Muslim community itself. Mr Modi
said, there should be no discrimination in the country. He said, Sabka Saath
Sabka Vikas is the motto of his government and government will fulfil promises
made to the people without any discrimination. On corruption, Mr Modi said, the
corrupt conduct is eating into the very vitals of the democracy.
The Prime Minister was speaking after
unveiling translated volumes of Vachana, penned by 12th century social reformer
Basavanna and other saints in 23 Indian languages on the occasion of Basava
Jayanthi. He also released the digital version of the work at the first ever
celebration of Basava Jayanthi at the national level in New Delhi. Speaking on
the occasion, Mr Modi said, India's history is not only about defeat, poverty
or colonialism but the country gave the message of good governance, non
violence and Satyagraha to the world. The Prime Minister said, lord Basavanna
gave importance to give equal opportunities to women. Our correspondent
reports, Vachana is a prosaic form well known in the Kannada literature which
propagate values of universal brotherhood.
The 23 Vachana volumes, edited by esteemed literary scholar late M M
Kalburgi and translated by more than 200 people, was commissioned by the
Bengaluru based Basava Samithi at a cost of 2.5 crore rupees of which, the
Karnataka government contributed 1 crore rupees.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak to
listeners of AIR in his Mann Ki Baat
programme at 11 AM tomorrow. The programme will be broadcast on entire network
of AIR and Doordarshan. This will be the 31st episode of the monthly radio
programme. The programme will also be streamed on the You Tube
channels of the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting and DD News. Akashwani will broadcast the programme in regional
languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. Regional language versions of
the programme will also be repeated at 8 PM.
BJP President Amit Shah reached Jammu this morning as
part of the BJP’s 95-day Vistaar Yatra that began today. Mr. Shah is
accompanied by MoS in PMO Dr. Jitendra Singh who is also the BJP MP from the
During the tour the BJP Presidennt will focus
on taking stock of the party's organisational strength and further expansion of
electoral appeal across the country. Mr Shah is particularly focusing on states
like West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana and Kerala. Mr Shah's voyage will end by
25th September, the 101th birth anniversary of Jana Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal
Upadhyay. Apart from his 95-day tour, Mr Shah has also chosen five states where
he will spend three days each. His recent visit to West Bengal was part of the
programme. Besides West Bengal, he will visit Odisha, Telangana, Lakshadweep
and the poll-bound Gujarat.
In Assam, the two-day Executive Committee meeting of
the ruling BJP's state unit has begun in Guwahati. Party sources said, Chief
Minister Sarbanand Sonowal, state Party President Ranjeet Kumar Dass, National
General Secretary Murlidhar Rao and senior leaders will attend the executive
meeting this afternoon. The meeting of the party's office bearers is going on right
now. Our Correspondent reports that this is the first executive meeting of the
ruling BJP in Assam after re-structuring the organization by state President
Ranjeet Kumar Dass recently. Several issues including government's welfare
measures will be discussed in the two day executive meeting. Resolutions mainly
in economic and political sector will be moved in the meet today.
Delhi Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal today admitted that his party has made mistakes but will
introspect the defeat in MCD elections. In a tweet message, Mr Kejriwal said,
there is a need for action by the party workers and not excuses. He said, the
people deserve nothing less and the only thing constant is change. Earlier, Mr
Kejriwal was blaming the alleged tampering in the Electronic Voting Machines
for the party's defeat in the MCD elections.
The Delhi Police has questioned several men suspected
to be linked with the money trail in the
Election Commission bribery case in which AIADMK (Amma) leader T T V Dhinakaran
was arrested. Quoting police sources, PTI reports that after bringing
Dhinakaran from Delhi and conducting searches at his residence in Chennai, the
Crime Branch police personnel also grilled some others who allegedly had
knowledge about the money transaction. Dhinakaran was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly
attempting to bribe an unidentified EC official to get the undivided AIADMK's
'two leaves' election symbol for his faction. A Delhi court had remanded
Dhinakaran to five days' police custody following which he was brought to
Chennai.The police had earlier arrested Sukesh Chandrasekar, who had allegedly
struck a deal for 50 crore rupees, and seized 1.3 crore rupees from him.
In Uttar Pradesh, in a major reshuffle 368 judicial
officers of different districts have been transferred. The judicial officers
belong to Additional District Judge (ADJ) ranks and junior to ADJ levels. Legal
sources told AIR that Registrar General of Allahabad High Court has already
issued a notification related to the transfer last evening. Most of the
judicial officers who had completed three years term in the same district have
been transferred by the Administrative Committee of High court judges. The
committee was formed as per the direction of Chief Justice of Allahabad High
Court. The Registrar General notification also instructed the transferred
judicial officers to join their new place of posting by 8th of next month.
Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia has said that as many
as 8-9 lakh registered companies not filing annual returns with the Ministry of
Corporate Affairs, are a potential source of money laundering.Speaking at the
Enforcement Day event in New Delhi today, Mr Adhia said, the task force set up
by PMO is monitoring these companies every 15 days. He said, some of these
companies have been given notices.
Over 1.3 lakh post
offices in rural areas and 25 thousand sub-post offices are to be connected
through broadband for high speed Internet connectivity in rural masses. A
Memorandum of Understanding have been signed by Bharat broadband network
limited, Department of Posts and BSNL in New Delhi for providing BharatNet broadband connectivity to Post
Offices in rural areas. Speaking on the occasion, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha
said, the first phase of connecting about one lakh Gram Panchayats is nearing
its completion and in the remaining one and a half lakh Gram Panchayats, 100
mbps broadband connectivity will be completed by December next year. In reply
to a question, the Minister said, BharatNet is one of the 9 pillars of
realising the Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India. He said, BSNL is the
service provider and the cost of infrastructure and the operational expenses
would be paid by the Department of Posts.
In Himachal Pradesh, under the Government of India’s
Street Lighting National Programme, SLNP Urban Local Bodies have replaced
23,700 conventional street lights by LED lights. Prime Minister Narendra Modi
launched 100 cities National Programme on 5th January 2015 to convert
conventional street and domestic lights with energy efficient LED lights. The
Union Government aims to replace 1.34 crore conventional street lights with LED
lights and over 21 lakh conventional street lights have been replaced so far
across the country. Our correspondent reports that Energy Efficiency Services
Limited, a Public Energy Services Company under the Union Ministry of Power, is
implementing this Programme.
In this hill state the Street Lighting National
Programme has led to an annual saving of 33.36 lakh kilo Watt power while
reducing CO2 emissions by 2,600 tonnes. The lighting level on roads has been
also increased significantly after the replacement. It also led to brighter
streets, feeling of enhanced safety and security among the residents. The
programme has been implemented across 23 states and union territories. Shishu
Sharma Shantal, AIR News, Shimla.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today asked the legal
fraternity to promote the use of technology in their routine work. Addressing national meet on para legal volunteers in
New Delhi, Mr Prasad said, technology can be an important tool for ensuring
speedy justice. He said, through technology timely disposal of cases can be
Information and Broadcasting Minister M
Venkaiah Naidu has said, measures are being taken to improve the process of
imparting skills to youth. Speaking at the inauguration of the Free Health Camp
at Swarna Bharati Trust at Muchintal near Hyderabad this morning, he said, the
Government has set a target of skilling over 400 million youths by 2022 as over
110 million workers are required only in select sectors such as Textiles,
automobiles, construction and retail sectors. He said, Pradhan Mantri Koushal
Kendras will also be expanded to over 600 districts in the country from the
present 60 districts.
Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has said, the vision of 2022 to provide house to
every family in the country is a priority. Briefing mediapersons at his
residence in New Delhi today, Mr. Dattatreya said that his ministry in
collaboration with Ministry of Housing has come up with New Credit Linked
Insurance Scheme 2017. Under the scheme, minimum of ten people can form a
co-operative society and will be eligible for over two lakh twenty thousand
rupees through Pradhan Manthri Awas Yojana.
India will face Great Britain in the opening match of
Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Men's Hockey tournament in Ipoh - Malaysia in a short
while from now. In other matches today, New Zealand will take on Australia,
while Malaysia will meet Japan.Australia are the defending champions, while
India had finished runners up last year. Six nations - India, Malaysia,
Australia, Great Britain, Japan and New Zealand - are taking part in the 8-day
tournament which will be held in a round-robin format. Pakistan is not playing
in the competition this year.
Preparations for local polls in Nepal are in full
swing. Ballot papers, ballot boxes, voter i cards and other election materials
are being sent to various parts of the country. There will be more than 18,500
polling centers across the country.