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Cabinet Committee on Security Meeting on Pulwana Attack February 15, 2019 12:26

Cabinet Committee on Security led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi met today to review the security situation in the Jammu and kashmir. Arun Jaitley, resumed the charge of Finance Minister participated in the cabinet Committee on Security. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the media briefing after the conclusion of CCS meeting said that the “all efforts will be made to ensure that prepetrators of the attack are brought to book.” He said India today will withdrew the ‘Most-Favoured nation’ status to Pakistan after the Pulwana terror attack. “The Most Favoured Nation status which was granted to Pakistan, stands withdrawn," Union Minister Arun Jaitley said More than 40 Central Reserved police Force personnel killed in the attack He said those aiding and abating the perpetrators will have to pay a heavy price. Speaking to media outside the Prime Minister’s residence, he said “The Ministry of External Affairs will initiate all possible diplomatic steps which are to be taken to ensure the complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan of which incontrovertible is available of having a direct hand in this act” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be visiting Srinagar on today and would convene an all-party meeting most likely on Saturday to brief political parties on the incident so that the nation speaks in one voice on the issue. The Cabinet Committee on Security meet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the security situation Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack. At least 40 CRPF Jawans were killed and many others injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir Jaish-e-Muhammad suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 250kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district. -Sai Kumar

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Sushil Chandra Appointed as New Election Commissioner February 14, 2019 18:26

Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Sushil Chandra, a 1980-batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) official has been appointed as the election commissioner. He is currently the chief of the Central Bureau of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the top policy making baody of Income Tax Department. Sushil Chandra, IIT graduate will join the election panel as the second election commissioner. At present former bureaucrat Sunil Arora is the chief election commissioner and Ashok Lavasa, also a former bureaucrat, is the election commissioner. Chandra was appointed as the CBDT chief on November 1, 2016. He was due to retire in 2017, but Chandra has since been given two extensions. Since Sushil Chandra was scheduled to serve as chief of CBDT till May 2019, but now he will have to resign from the body a few months in advance. The Election Commission of India will oversee the elections for the Lok Sabha and the state assembly polls. The poll panel is expected to announce the schedule for the 2019 lok sabha elections and assembly elections schedule for few states over the course of the next few weeks. -Sai Kumar

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Atleast 12 CRPF Jawans Killed In Terror Attack In J&K February 14, 2019 17:44

In the major terror attack, At least 12 Central Reserve Police Force Jawans were killed today afternoon in Awantipora, Pulwana, Jammu Kashmir and several others injured and death toll may rise according to the reports. Pakistan backed Jaish-e-Mohammed claims responsibility for Pulwama IED terror attack, in a text message to Kashmiri News Agency GNS, ANI reported Terror attack was happened in Awantipora’s Goripora area.CRPF jawans lost their lives in IED blast. According to reports, this afternoon, at around 3.15 p.m militants targeted the CRPF convoy near Lethpora Awantipora on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway. While CRPF initially said that it was an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), police sources said it was a suicide bomber who rammed his car into the bus of 54 Battalion of CRPF. This is the biggest terror attack in the Jammu Kashmir state in months. The terrorists targeted a convoy of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Two buses in the CRPF convoy were targeted, ANI reported. The terrorists first triggered a high-intensity IED blast and followed it up with firing in Awantipora’s Goripora area. Dozens were injured as well in the biggest attack of 2019. Death toll could rise further, reports said. Disturbing news coming in from #awantipura . Twelve of our security personnel have been martyred and several have been injured. No words are enough to condemn the gruesome terror attack. How many more lives will be snuffed out before this madness ends? — Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) February 14, 2019 Terrible news coming from the valley. A number of CRPF soldiers are reported to have been killed & injured in an IED blast. I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms. My prayers for the injured & condolences to the families of the bereaved. #Kashmir — Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 14, 2019 -Sai Kumar

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CAG Report on Rafale to Be Tabled in Parliament Today February 12, 2019 12:29

Controller and Auditor General submitted its report Rafale fighter jets deal on Monday.The central government is likely to table it within the Parliament today. However, the CAG report lacks details of the worth of the jets and offsets once the Union Ministry of Defence raised issues. According to the sources, the report – regular to be tabled within the Lok Sabha prior the last Day of the Budget Session – is split into 2 sections and contains a review of eleven deals signed by the Indian Air Force (IAF). And also the audit of the Rafale deal part of the second section of constant report. It mentioned all the estimations in terms of percentage Stating the explanation for not mentioning the worth and offset details, According to the report in TOI, “The deal has been evaluated while not mentioned the worth on the request of MoD.” However, the auditor has mentioned the worth of the opposite 10 acquisition created by the IAF. Insiders believe that CAG is individually popping out with another standalone report on all offset deals, however it should not be ready before the Lok Sabha elections.” Earlier,Congress leader Kapil Sibal alleged conflict of interest and asked the controller and Auditor General (CAG) Rajiv Mehrishi to recuse himself from auditing the deal as he was the finance secretary once the deal was negotiated. This was rebutted by the BJP stating that the Congress was casting aspersions on the establishment of CAG supported “falsehood”. In reply Union Minister Arun Jaitley took to Twitter and wrote, “Another attack on the establishment of CAG by the ‘Institution wreckers’ supported falsehood. After 10 years in Government former UPA ministers still don’t know that Finance Secretary is simply a designation given to the senior most secretary within the finance ministry.” Congress president Rahul Gandhi had been attacking the Modi government alleging it of corrupt practices within the acquisition of Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation in France. Gandhi had alleged that BJP-led Union government had tripled the worth of Rafale jets to profit Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence. Following this, Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge within the Lok Sabha had asked for a CAG report on the Rafale jets deal. -Sai Kumar

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to begin Lok Sabha 2019 Election Campaign February 11, 2019 12:40

Congress party kept all hopes on Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as she is set to kick start her campaign for Lok Sabha elections with a Road Show in Lucknow. Recently, Piyanka Gandhi was appointed as party’s general secretary of Eastern Uttar Pradesh for upcoming crucial general elections. She will be accompanied with Jyotiraditya Scindia, general secretary for western UP and the Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted that he and Jyotiraditya Scindia, the party general secretary for western UP, will join Priyanka. “Coming to Lucknow today. Will be accompanied by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia. Around 12pm, there will be a roadshow from Lucknow airport to Congress headquarters. Excited to meet you all.” लखनऊ आ रहा हूँ| प्रियंका गांधी वाड्रा जी और ज्योतिरादित्य सिंधिया जी साथ होंगे| दोपहर करीब 12 बजे, लखनऊ के हवाई अड्डे से पार्टी मुख्यालय तक रोड-शो का आयोजन किया गया है| आप सभी से मिलने को उत्साहित हूँ| pic.twitter.com/H0yuBQvthM — Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 11, 2019 Preparation are on full swing as UP Congress is expected to welcome all three leaders. Lucknow: Latest visuals from Congress office. General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, General secretary for Uttar Pradesh West Jyotiraditya Scindia and party President Rahul Gandhi are visiting the city today. pic.twitter.com/zwfUn5VJTq — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 11, 2019 Earlier today Priyanka Gandhi Vadra joins twitter, ahead of her crucial visit to Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, Priyanka and Scindia will remain in the state for next 3 days holding meeting with officer bearers and make out all the plans and strategy for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. This appointment of Priyanka Gandhi came after strong regional parties in Uttar Pradesh SP and BSP formed an alliance without congress. In 2014 general elections congress party lost badly in the state, bagged just two seats out of 80 Lok Sabha seats. -Sai Kumar

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Supreme Court Seeks Center’s Response On 10% EWS Quota February 08, 2019 16:00

The Supreme Court today sought response from Center on petitions against the 10 per cent Economic Weaker Sections (EWS) among Upper castes in government jobs and educational institutions. The bench headed by Chief Justice Of India(CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna. The latest petition filed by congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla and also filed by parties including ‘Janhit Abhiyan' and NGO 'Youth For Equality', challenging the Centre's decision.  The following petition claims that the amendment allows the Centre to breach the Supreme Court mandated 50 per cent cap on reservations and also violates the basic feature of constitution by expanding quota benefits on grounds of economic backward These petitions have sought SC to quashing of the bill. Even Earlier, Supreme court gave notice to the center regarding this matter However, SC refused to give a stay on implementation of EWS quota. Many political thinkers say that it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s last effort to draw the voters from Upper Castes ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. -Sowmya Sangam

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Rahul Gandhi lashes Out at PM Narendra Modi on Latest Report February 08, 2019 13:15

Congress President Rahul Gandhi held press conference today on Rafale Deal after report in The Hindu Newspaper surfaced. In the report it claimed that Defence Ministry expressed strong reservations to the parallel negotiation conducted by the Prime Minister’s Office in Rafale Jets Deal. In the following note prepared by Defence Ministry said that “It is desirable that such discussions be avoided by the PMO as it undermines our negotiating position seriously.” The Hindu tweeted: Exclusive: The Defence Ministry had protested against PMO undermining #Rafale negotiations, reports @nramind #RafaleDeal https://t.co/xtLyJejr6p pic.twitter.com/aMpzMbICLs — The Hindu (@the_hindu) February 7, 2019 The report says “It is, therefore, clear that such parallel discussions by the PMO has weakened the negotiating position of MoD and Indian Negotiating Team. We may advise PMO that any Officers who are not part of Indian Negotiating Team may refrain from having parallel parlays with the officers of French Government. In case the PMO is not confident about the outcome of negotiations being carried out by the MoD, arevised modality of negotiations to be led by PMO at appropriate level may be adopted in the case.” In the press conference Rahul Gandhi said “Today in the Hindu newspaper, it is absolutely black and white, that the prime minister himself was carrying out a parallel negotiation with the French.” “I want to speak to all youngsters and all armed forces personnel. You fight for us, you die for us... you must know this, that it is clear that PM Modi gave 30,000 crore to Anil Ambani.” “The defence ministry itself has said that the PMO is interfering in negotiations. “Francois Hollande too had told me that PM Modi himself told him to choose Anil Ambani's company.Hence proved that Chowkidaar is the Chor. It cannot be any clearer.” Quoting the note Rahul Gandhi says, “It is desirable that such discussion is avoidable by the PMO, as such discussion affects our negotiations”... these are the quotes of the defence ministry. When an officer puts this in writing, it makes it very clear as to what is happening.” He also said that he didn’t talked about Rafale deal when he met Manohar Parrikar recently “No, I did not speak about Rafale with Manohar Parrikar when we met recently. It would be inappropriate for me to discuss this at such a time.” He added, “PM Modi should explain to the armed forces, especially the air force, why he is interfering with the negotiations?. Look at the PM, look at me. who do you think look rattled?” “You do whatever enquiry and investigation whatever you want... investigate P Chidambaram and (Robert) Vadra, but also investigate Rafale,” he asserted. Rahul says, “The entire Supreme Court judgment on Rafale becomes questionable now. Because information was withheld by the government.” -Sai Kumar

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Congress : If Voted To Power Will Scrap Triple Talaq Law February 07, 2019 18:49

Congress leader and President of All India Mahila Congress Sushmita Dev said that the If we come to power in upcoming elections we will strike down Triple Talaq Law. She made these comments while speaking at the National Convention of AICC Minority Department in New Delhi. The revised law makes instant Triple Talaq- it is the practise in Muslim community where men instantly divorce their wives by uttering ‘Talaq’ Thrice- is a punishable offence and was passed in Lok Sabha in the last year. Sushmita Dev said, “I promise you that Congress will form government in 2019 and we will repeal this triple talaq law. This is a promise," “Many people told us that this law is for the empowerment of Muslim women but we opposed it because it is a weapon used by BJP against Muslim men so that he could be harassed by the police,” Ms Dev said However, Congress has not allowed to pass the bill in its present form in Rajya Sabha where government does not have majority. In the proposed law there is a provision of three year jail term for husband. Opposition parties demanded the formation of select committee to scrutinise the bill. Bharatiya Janata Party reacted to the comments made by congress leader, calling it as “height of appeasement” BJP leader Sambit Patra said, “The Congress says it will repeal the triple talaq law. What a regressive thought! They have no regard for the Supreme Court.” -Sai KUmar

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Rahul Gandhi Hits Out at PM Modi, Calls Him ‘Coward’ February 07, 2019 17:06

Congress President Rahul Gandhi increased his attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today he challenged Modi for a debate on Rafale Deal, Economy and National Security. Rahul Gandhi was speaking at the National Convention of AICC minority department in New Delhi. He said, “Modi ji, you said ayou have a 56-inch chest. I challenge you to come a have a face to face debate with me. I challenge you.” “I challenge the BJP, let Narendra Modi ji debate with me on stage. He is scared. He is a darpok (coward) person. I have recognised him.” Even last year, in November Rahul Gandhi challenged PM Modi to debate on Rafale Deal. He said “ I know his character referring to (Modi) after fighting with him for five years. He is coward, when someone stands up to him, he rans away.” “He now knows you can’t rule India by dividing people.” The Congress President said, “They they are above the nation, but in three months they will understand that nation is above them.” “We have promised a minimum income guarantee. It means that every poor person, in any corner of India, will get direct benefit transfer from the Congress,” he said in his speech today. -Sai Kumar

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PM Modi to Flag Off India’s Fastest Train on February 15 February 07, 2019 14:16

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to flag off India’s fastest train, Train 18 recently named as Vande Bharat Express on february 15. The Train will run between New Delhi and Varanasi. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal recently named it as Vande Bharat express from Train 18. It has been manufactured by integral coach factory, Chennai, it became India's fastest train by hitting speeds of over 180 kmph during a trial run recently on a section of the Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani route. This 16 coach train will replace the 30 year old Shatabdi Express. "The PM will flag off the train at 10 am on February 15 and there will be a function in which he will give a speech as well. It's a matter of great pride for us as this is the Railways' first indigenous train," the official told to PTI. -Sai Kumar

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Robert Vadra to Appear Before Enforcement Directorate Again February 07, 2019 10:21

It will be the second day of interrogation for Robert Vadra as he appears before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) at 10:30 am today. He is being questioned by the ED in connection with an alleged money laundering case. Yesterday, he was questioned by the agency for six long hour interrogation session. According to reports he was asked questions on purchase, transaction and ownership of certain assets in London. Vadra’s statement was recorded under prevention of Money Laundering Act-[PMLA] Reports says that ED was not satisfied with the Vadra’s answers. During questioning Robert Vadra said to have denied all the charges owning properties that worth lakhs each. Yesterday, we have seen that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accompanied his husband Robert Vadra to the Enforcement Directorate Office. Later in the day she took charge as party general secretary for eastern UP and held meetings with party members. Robert Vadra, also the brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, was first time appearing before any investigative agency in connection with alleged charges of financial dealings. However, he had denied these allegations in the past too and termed them a political vendetta against him. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee came out of support of Robert Vadra on Wednesday saying that the Modi government using the probe agency to stop the opposition parties from uniting. -Sai Kumar

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Supreme Court Reserves Verdict on Petitions Seeking Review of Sabarimala Verdict February 06, 2019 18:52

The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved verdict on petitions seeking review of its 28 September, 2018 judgement. Earlier SC judgement allowed women of all age groups to enter the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi reserved its verdict on 65 petitions came seeking review of the earlier verdict. It said that it will pronounce its order whether to review its judgment or not. Court heard submissions on behalf of parties including the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), Kerala government, Nair Service Society and also some others. In today’s hearing Travancore Devaswom Board which runs the Sabarimala Temple made an U-turn from its earlier stand and supported the Supreme Court’s Verdict that allowed women of all age groups can enter the temple. -Sai Kumar

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