- Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches 16-thousand
crore rupees Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, Saubhagya to provide electricity
to un-electrified households by March 2019.
- Government constitutes a five-member Economic Advisory
Council to advise the Prime Minister on economic and other issues.
- Narendra Modi asserts his fight against corruption is
uncompromising; Addressing BJP National Executive, asks party workers to become
part of government's welfare schemes; advises Opposition to desist from using
harsh words to criticize the government.
- Trinamool Congress suspends its Rajya Sabha MP Mukul
Roy from party for anti-party activities.
- Tamil Nadu government sets up inquiry commission to
probe Jayalalithaa's death.
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calls a snap
election one year ahead of schedule.
Minister Narendra Modi today launched the 'Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar
Yojana to provide electricity to un-electrified households by March 2019. The
scheme is named 'Saubhagya’ and will provide subsidy on equipment like transformers,
meters and wires. He said, over 16 thousand crore rupees will be spent on
providing electricity to un-electrified households.
Prime Minister also inaugurated the new corporate building of ONGC in New
Delhi, that was renamed Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Urja Bhawan. The
green-building has been built at a cost of 600 crore rupees. Mr Modi also
unveiled a statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya to mark his birth anniversary.
Prime Minister said, the government is committed for the welfare of people
especially the poor. He said, the government is
working on six basic principles for providing well planned, accessible,
affordable, clean and safe electricity. Mr Modi said, it is unfortunate that four
crore people of the country are yet to get electricity and are dependent upon
lanterns to light their homes. He said, his top priority is fulfilling the
aspirations of the poor. He announced that no fee will be charged from poor for
power connection. The Prime Minister said, our country, which used to face
power shortage, is now a power surplus state.
Speaking about power
sector reforms, Mr Modi said, the installed power
capacity has increased by 12 per cent during last three years and 60 thousand
Mega Watt power has been added. Mr Modi said, financial condition of power
distribution companies has improved and distribution system has been
strengthened in the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asserted that his
fight against corruption is uncompromising. Addressing the valedictory session
of the BJP National Executive meeting in New Delhi this evening, Mr. Modi said, he has no relatives and whosoever will be
guilty will not be spared.
The Prime Minister said democracy must be seen as
beyond elections as winning elections is not the only goal of his party. He
asked party workers to take BJP beyond elections. Union Minister and senior party leader Arun Jaitley told reporters that
Mr Modi asked party workers to be a part of government's welfare schemes to
make them successful as no scheme can become successful without people's
Taking on the opposition, the Prime Minister said
harsh language by political adversaries cannot be a substitute to any
substantial charge against the government. He alleged that when opposition was in power, it used the
power only for personal gains and not for public good. Mr Jaitley said, BJP will organise run for
unity on 31st of October across the country on the birth anniversary of Sardar
Earlier in the day, the BJP National Executive passed
a political resolution lauding the Prime Minister's role in successfully
exposing Pakistan on terrorism before the international community. Giving
details of the political resolution, Union Minister and senior BJP leader Nitin
Gadkari said, the Prime Minister has become successful in keeping the scourge
of terrorism as an International agenda.
Mr Gadkari said, the party supported the government's
stand on the Rohingya issue, saying it fulfilled its responsibilities by providing
humanitarian relief to Bangladesh for Rohingya refugees while ensuring that
internal security is not compromised. He said, the party, in its resolution,
has taken a resolve to fulfill the dream of New India by 2022, when the Country
celebrates 75th year of Independence.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has constituted a five-member Economic
Advisory Council. The committee will analyse any issue economic or otherwise
referred to it by the Prime Minister. Niti Aayog member Dr Bibek Debroy will
head the council. Its other members are: Dr Surjit Bhalla, Dr Rathin Roy, Dr
Ashima Goyal and Ratan Watal.
Trinamool Congress, TMC, has suspended its Rajya Sabha
MP, Mukul Roy from the party for six years for anti-party activities. Earlier
today, Roy tendered his resignation from the party's Working Committee without
specifying the reason. He said he would resign from the Rajya Sabha and give up
the primary membership of the party after Durga Puja.
TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said, the
party's disciplinary committee discussed Roy's attempts to weaken the party and
recommended punishment for him to party supremo Mamata Banerjee.
Tamil Nadu government has constituted an inquiry
commission under a retired high court judge Justice Arumugasamy to probe former
chief minister J Jayalalithaa's death. Announcing this today, Chief Minister E
K Palaniswami also declared to convert Jayalalitha’s Poes Garden residence in
Chennai into a government-run memorial.
A probe into the former Chief Minister’s death was a
key demand of the AIADMK faction headed by O Panneerselvam. The opposition in the state, led by the DMK,
had called for a CBI probe into the treatment and death of the former chief
minister. They cited a state minister Dindigul Srinivasan’s recent remarks that
AIADMK leaders had lied about Jayalalithaa’s health during her hospitalisation.
More from our correspondent:
across party lines were demanding an inquiry into the death of the late Chief
Minister J. Jayalalithaa even as Mr.Dindigul Srinivasan had emphatically declared
that none was allowed to see the ailing leader and were asked to convey
the statements of Ms. Sasikala . Political commentators are of
the opinion that a lot of questions need to be answered on the issue of the
late leader ranging from her ailments and the thumb impression of her during
the by election for three constituencies and also reports on the deteriorating
health condition of Jayalalithaa.Joy,AIR NEWS, Chennai.
Enforcement Directorate has attached bank account and Fixed Deposits of Karti
Chidambaram and a firm allegedly linked to him
in connection with its money laundering probe in the Aircel-Maxis deal. The
agency has issued a provisional attachment order of assets worth 1.6 crore rupees under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The
agency alleged that Karti had disposed off a property in Gurugram and closed
certain bank accounts in order to frustrate the process of attachment.
In Uttar Pradesh, protests
against baton charge on students were organised at Banaras Hindu University,
BHU, and different parts of Varanasi town today. Police detained over 100 party
workers and sent them to police lines. Later, they were released.
Meanwhile, Governor Ram Naik said a four-member committee under
the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary has been set up to probe into the
Banaras Hindu University incidents and action will be taken on the basis of its
report. Talking to media persons this morning in Lucknow, Mr Naik termed police
lathi charge as a serious incident. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has sought
report from Varanasi Commissioner over the police lathi charge on students and
injuries to journalists.
Our correspondent reports that a large posse of security force is
deployed in and around the BHU campus to maintain peace and get the hostels
vacated after announcement of closure of University till 2nd October.
Varanasi has written a letter to the registrar of the University to change
uniform of the University security personnel and to take measures to insure
security of girls’ students in the campus. He has asked the university
authorities for installing CCTV cameras and deployment of women security
personnel at girls’ hostel and women college areas. Students of the university,
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and youth wings of different political
parties have organised protests seeking action against police officers
responsible for baton charge on girls and removal of VC of the
University.20Sunil Shukla, AIR News Lucknow.
Congress has demanded the removal of the Vice
Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University over alleged lathi charge incident on
women students in the university. Briefing media in New Delhi today, party
spokesperson Manish Tewari said the President, who is a visitor of the
university, should take cognisance of the matter and intervene. He also
demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of High Court into the matter.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today called for a snap election a year ahead of
schedule. He seeks a fresh term at the helm of the world's third-largest
economy as tensions with nearby North Korea reach fever-pitch. Abe hopes to
capitalise on a weak and fractured opposition to sweep back into power. Polls
show him regaining ground after a series of scandals. Abe told reporters that
he will dissolve the House of Representatives on Thursday. The Prime Minister
did not give a date for the election but it will reportedly be on the 22nd of
domestic stock markets slumped again, today, amid Asian and European market
weakness, while the rupee dropped to a multi-month low against the dollar. A
for the fifth straight session, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange plunged
296 points, or 0.9 percent, to 31,627. The Sensex had declined over 500 points
in the previous four trading sessions. The Nifty slipped 92 points, to
9,873. At the forex market, the rupee
tumbled 31 paise, to a six-month low of 65.10 against the dollar.
Gold fell 100 rupees, to 30,700 rupees per ten grams in Delhi. And, Brent crude
oil futures climbed to a seven-month high of 57.21 dollars a barrel. Pradeep
Kumar, AIR News.
Olympic silver medallist shuttler P V Sindhu
has been recommended for the prestigious Padma Bhushan, country's third highest
civilian award for her contribution to the game. An official of the Sports
Ministry informed this to PTI in New Delhi today.
22-year-old from Hyderabad clinched 2016 China Open Super Series Premier, India
Open Super Series, bagged a historic silver at the Glasgow World Championship
last month before laying claim to her third Super Series title at Korea Open