New Delhi [India], Aug 8 : Union Minister for Food Processing, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, on Wednesday thanked External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj for taking quick cognisance of the alleged racial attacks on Sikhs in the United States of America (USA). In a tweet Harsimrat informed that the Swaraj has asked the Indian Embassy in the USA to take up the issue with the American authorities.
New Delhi [India], Aug 8 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that she personally called Prime Minister Narendra Modi after All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)-led Tamil Nadu government denied permission for Karunanidhi's memorial at the Marina Beach. "I was unhappy yesterday, as the government did not allow the Marina beach burial. I had called the Chief Minister but he was unavailable. I also personally called the PM in this regard," Banerjee told ANI. Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien will represent Trinamool Congress at Karunanidhi's funeral in Chennai. The Madras High Court on Wednesday announced that DMK Chief M Karunanidhi can be buried at Chennai's Marina Beach. After hearing the High Court's order, Karunanidhi's son MK Stalin broke down while the DMK chief's supporters celebrated outside the court and the Rajaji Hall, where his mortal remains have been kept. On Tuesday, the DMK filed a plea in the court after state government denied burial space for Karunanidhi near Anna Memorial at Marina beach owing to pending petitions against burial on Marina beach. Karunanidhi breathed his last on Tuesday at Chennai's Kauvery Hospital. His funeral will be held with full state honours.
New Delhi (India), August 8, : Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday condoled the death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief, Muthuvel Karunanidhi. Calling Karunanidhi, a 'highly popular' and 'eminent personality', Mahajan adjourned the house and said, "With profound sorrow, I have to inform the House about the sad demise of #Karunanidhi who passed away on 7 Aug 18. He served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for five times."
New Delhi [India], Aug 8 : The Delhi High Court on Wednesday did not grant any relief to Congress president Rahul Gandhi in connection with the National Herald case. Rahul had challenged Income Tax authority's order to reopen his tax assessment related to the National Herald and Young India transactions. The Income Tax department informed the High Court that the AICC gave Rs 99 crores to Associate Journal Ltd and added that Rahul willfully chose not to disclose that he held the director's post at the Young India. To which the court said that it'll determine whether he was under an obligation to disclose these details or not. However, on the other hand, the Congress President's lawyer asserted that Rahul did not receive any income from the source, hence he is not liable for any tax. Rahul's counsel also asked the Court to restrain media from publishing the matter, however, the High Court refused to stay media reporting. For those unversed, the National Herald scam is an ongoing case filed by Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, their companies and associated persons. On January 20, the court of metropolitan magistrate Ambika Singh had ordered the documents submitted by the petitioner in the case, Swamy, to be kept in a sealed cover till next hearing. Swamy, in his plea, alleged that the Congress party granted an interest-free loan of Rs. 90.25 crore to Associated Journals Limited (AJL), owner of the National Herald newspaper. In November last year, the two Congress leaders filed their response to the application filed by Swamy. In the response, they stated that the application filed by Swamy was not bonafide and filled with the sole object of "delaying the proceedings in a lifeless case".
New Delhi (India) Aug 08 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi is likely to embark on a two-day visit to Germany on August 22 and 23. Following his visit to Germany, Gandhi is likely to visit England on August 24 and 25. The Congress President, who is undertaking his second foreign trip after becoming the party chief, is likely to address the Indian diaspora and the business communities in that country, according to sources. Gandhi undertook his first foreign visit in September last year, wherein he addressed the Indian diaspora in the United States on a plethora of issues including the economy and employment opportunities. He had also travelled to Bahrain in January this year, and later to Singapore and Malaysia in March. Gandhi was also supposed to visit Japan in June, but the trip was later called off.
Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] August 8 : Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday exempted former servicemen and senior citizens from the mandatory dope test for issuance and renewal of their arms licences. The Chief Minister's decision comes in response to a request from former servicemen and senior citizens groups, according to an official spokesperson.
New Delhi, August 8 : Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Wednesday said the Madras High Court judgment to allow the burial of DMK supremo M. Karunanidhi at Marina Beach was a “setback for proxy callers”. “Huge setback for proxy callers of Delhi Durbar conspiring to deny Anna his rightful burial place. Rahulji strongly supported the idea of a memorial for Karunanidhi at Marina. Why are central/state governments silent?” Surjewala tweeted.
New Delhi, August 8 : Two Indian businessmen who were kidnapped in Malaysia earlier in August have been rescued, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said. “RP Vaidya and KP Vaidya, who had gone to Malaysia for business purposes, were abducted on August 3,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted late on Tuesday. “I am happy to inform that with the efforts of our High Commissioner Mridul Kumar and his team, Malaysian Police has secured the release of both Indian nationals on August 6.”
Panaji, August 8 : Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama today said Jawaharlal Nehru had a "self-centred attitude" to become India's first prime minister even though Mahatma Gandhi was in favour of Muhammad Ali Jinnah taking the top post at that time. He also claimed India's partition would not have happened if Mahatma Gandhi's wish of Jinnah becoming the prime minister had materialised. The 83-year-old monk was addressing an event at the Goa Institute of Management in Goa's Sankhalim town, located about 40 km from here. Responding to a student's question on taking right decisions, he said, "I feel democratic systems are very good than the feudal system, which gives power of making decisions in the hands of a few people, which is more dangerous." "Now look at India. I think Mahatma Gandhiji was very much willing to give the prime ministership to Jinnah. But Pandit Nehru refused," he said. "I think it was a little bit self-centred attitude of Pandit Nehru that he should be the prime minister... Mahatma Gandhiji's thinking, if it had materialised, then India, Pakistan would have been united," he said. "So Pandit Nehru, I know very well, (was) very experienced person, very wise but sometimes mistake also happens," he said. To a question on the biggest fear that he encountered in life, the spiritual leader recalled the day he had to escape from Tibet along with his supporters. "On the night of March 17, 1959, after 10th March crisis which was result of the problem that started in 1956, we had to escape," he said. Recalling how the problem in Tibet with China had started becoming worse, he said the attitude of Chinese officers kept on being more and more aggressive. "So then on 17th night, in spite of all my efforts to cool down the situation, that very day, I decided that I cannot remain here and I escaped," he said. "(In the) meantime, the feeling whether I will see tomorrow or not topped my mind," he added. The monk said the route from where they escaped was quite near the Chinese military base. While passing along a river they could see the military personnel, he said narrating his journey from the neighbouring country into India. "So we were completely quiet. But we cannot control the noise of horses' feet. We really felt scared," he said. He said next day at the dawn, they were passing through a mountain and there was "every danger" of Chinese soldiers coming from two different places to stop them. "That was a fearful journey." "At the age of 16, I lost my freedom. At the age of 24, I lost my country. For 17 years, there was lot of suffering and lot of destruction in the country, but we kept our determination," the Dalai Lama said. He said the China's power is its military force. "We can say from the barrel of gun." "Our strength is truth. Temporarily, the power of gun is more decisive but in the long run, the power of truth is much more stronger than the power of gun," he said. The monk said Tibetans never consider Chinese people as their enemy. "We respect them. We always look at them as our human brothers and sisters," he added.
CHENNAI, August 8 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid homage to the late DMK President M. Karunanidhi after laying a wreath on the body that was lying in state at Rajaji Hall here. Arriving here by a special flight, Modi reached the government estate and paid his respects to the late former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. After going around the casket in which the body was wrapped in the tri-color, the Prime Minister patted M.K. Stalin, Karunanidhi's son and political heir, and his daughter Kanimozhi, MP, and comforted them with words of solace. After exchanging a few words with them, Modi also comforted other family members and left the place. Modi, in November last year, visited the Gopalapuram residence of Karunanidhi and urged him to come to the Prime Minister's official residence in Delhi for medical care if he wanted.