Monthly Archives: JANUARY 2017
Akhilesh Yadav to ride Cycle: Election Commission
The Election Commission of India alloted the Samajwadi Party’s ‘bicycle’ poll symbol to the faction led by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
The 43-year-old has been facing off with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav for control of the party.
Both sides filed competing claims with the Election Commission to use it as their own. The decision in Akhilesh Yadav's favour suggests that his faction of the Samajwadi Party has been recognised as the real thing.
The EC's decision comes as a huge blow to the Mulayam Singh Yadav led faction ahead of the impending state assembly polls.
The three-member EC, headed by Nasim Zaidi, had reserved its judgement after hearing both sides on January 13. Today, the EC ruled in favour of Akhilesh.
The dispute over the party symbol arose following election of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav as the SP national president at a national convention on January 1.
The decision comes just a day before filing of nominations begins for the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
As a contingency, both factions are believed to had zeroed in on alternate symbols in case the 'cycle' is frozen. While the Akhilesh faction is understood to have zeroed in on 'motorcycle', the Mulayam side is believed to be considering Lok Dal's symbol of 'farmer with a plough'.
The state goes to the polls in seven phases starting on February 11. The SP is up against the BJP, Congress and regional rival Bahujan Samaj Party to win India’s most populous state.
ATM withdrawal limit raised from Rs. 4,500 To 10,000 a day,says RBI
The Reserve Bank of India on Monday increased the withdrawal limit from ATM's from Rs 4,500 to Rs 10,000 per day per card. However, the weekly withdrawal limit from banks remain at Rs 24,000 per week.
"The limit on withdrawals from ATMs has been enhanced from the current limit of Rs 4,500 to Rs 10,000 per day per card (It will be operative within the existing overall weekly limit)," a notification issued by the RBI said.
"The limit on withdrawal from current accounts has been enhanced from the current limit of Rs 50,000 per week to Rs 1,00,000 per week and it extends to overdraft and cash credit accounts also. There are no changes in the other conditions. The relaxations as provided in our circular dated November 28, 2016 will continue," it added.
The RBI also hiked the cash withdrawal from current accounts to Rs 1 lakh per week from the existing Rs 50,000, a move that will majorly boost the cash position of small traders.
The hike in withdrawal limit comes with immediate effect, the Reserve Bank of India said in a statement.
Following the demonetisation of old Rs 500/1000 notes on November 8, limits had been imposed on withdrawal of cash from banks and ATM's.
Earlier, the RBI raised the daily ATM cash withdrawal limit from Rs 2,500 the rate fixed post note ban to Rs 4,500 a day from January 1.
Former Punjab CM Surjit Singh Barnala Passes away
Former Punjab Chief Minister Surjit Singh Barnala passed away after prolonged illness at PGI, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
He was 91 years of age. Barnala, who was Punjab Chief Minister from 1985 to 1987, was admitted to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) recently .
Mr Barnala was admitted to the Cardiac Care Unit of PGIMER and was shifted this morning to respiratory ICU where he breathed his last.
Barnala had remained Governor of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Uttarakhand between 2000 and 2011.
As Governor of Tamil Nadu, Mr Barnala had famously refused to recommend dismissal of the DMK government in 1991 when the late Chandrashekhar was the Prime Minister for a short time.
When he was transferred to Bihar following his refusal, he chose to resign as Governor.
The government headed by Chandrashekhar then dismissed the Karunanidhi ministry using the "otherwise" provision in Article 356 of the Constitution after Mr Barnala's refusal to make a recommendation.
Barnala was Former Governor of Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands and also a Union minister.
Barnala was born on October 21, 1925 in Ateli Haryana. He was also involved in Quit India Movement in 1942. Barnala contested the election for the first time in 1952 but lost.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal condoled the death of the former senior Akali Dal leader.
After calling Narendra Modi 'bigger brand' than Mahatma Gandhi, Haryana Minister Anil Vij takes back comment
After facing backlash from all quarters, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Haryana Minister Anil Vij on Saturday has taken back his comments on the new Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC) calendar featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"The comment I made on Mahatma Gandhi is my personal opinion, to avoid hurting anyone's sentiments I take it back," Vij tweeted.
Amid political uproar over the new Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC) calendar featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vij had said that the former is a bigger brand name than Mahatma Gandhi.
"Since the time when Gandhi's name got associated with Khadi...it could not progress. The day Mahatma Gandhi came on the rupee, its devaluation started. Gradually, he will be removed from the notes also. It's good that Gandhi has been replaced with Modi...Modi is a bigger brand name. After Modi's association with khadi, there has been 14 percent increase in sale of the products," he said.
In a big development, Mahatma Gandhi's picture weaving khadi on a simple charkha, wearing his trademark cloth has been replaced by Prime Minister Modi's picture in the same classic pose as that of the former in the KVIC diary and calendar.
Vij's remarks drew flak from the Congress which said that the BJP has always spread hatred, adding that Prime Minister Modi is trying to end Gandhi's memory from India.
"The BJP is doing what the Britishers have done. Mahatma Gandhi is the soul of India. One can only expect such kind of objectionable and nonsensical statements from the BJP's leaders and ministers," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
Distancing itself from Vij's comment, the BJP said Mahatma Gandhi is an icon, adding that the saffron party condemns the remark.
"BJP strongly condemns statement of Anil Vij,its his personal remark & not party's stand. Mahatma Gandhi is our icon," BJP leader Shrikant Sharma told ANI.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar also said, "It is his personal opinion and has nothing to do with the party."
He further said,"We respect the father of the nation. He is a senior leader. It might be his personal opinion."
"Rupee devaluation did not happen due to Mahatma Gandhi. PM Modi spun charkha to promote khadi. This is symbolic. It does not mean that anybody can replace Mahatma Gandhi," Khattar said.
No probe into Sahara diaries case against PM Modi: Supreme Court
The Supreme Court today rejected a probe into the Sahara-Birla diaries, which Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has used to allege that Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted kickbacks from corporate houses during his time as Gujarat Chief Minister.
The purported diaries were recovered from the business house following raids conducted in November 2014 listing the alleged pay-offs to politicians.
The Supreme Court decision deflates Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's warnings late last year that he would cause an "earthquake" by unveiling proof that Modi was corrupt.
Gandhi had said: "It is on the records of the Income Tax department that Modi received money from the Sahara Group nine times in six months (in 2013-14)."
The apex court, while dismissing the plea, said there was no conclusive evidence in it.
"If we were to order investigation on the basis of material with no evidentiary value, it would be difficult for constitutional functionaries to function, which would not be safe for the democracy,” the court observed.
"Given the shape in which these documents have been collected and filed, we are of the opinion that it would not be safe and proper to order investigation”, the court said in its order while weighing the evidence placed before it in the context of earlier judgments of the apex court, including that of the Constitution Bench.
‘Common Cause’, an NGO, had filed a fresh affidavit in the Supreme Court seeking a court- monitored SIT investigation into the raids on two business houses in 2013-14 after which bribery allegations were made against politicians, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, the government's top lawyer, told the court that there was no credible evidence to prove that Modi had been paid off.
"Nobody in the country would be safe if such documents are accepted as legal evidence. Anyone can put the name of anybody on such papers," Rohatgi told the court.
In November, too, the Supreme Court refused to order a probe in the case, and called the documents produced by Bhushan as "fictitious" and "not authentic" . Last week, Bhushan submitted income tax appraisal reports to try and substantiate allegations and persuade the court to order a thorough probe.