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Mizoram government to bring resolution against Citizenship Bill

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Aizawl | The Mizoram government has decided to introduce a resolution in the state legislature objecting to the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, an official said today.

The council of ministers made the unanimous decision last evening in a cabinet meeting where Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had been earlier informed by the state government of its objection to the Bill, he said.

The government, all political parties, including the state BJP unit, and the NGOs opposed the Bill saying if legislated, the amendment will legalise thousands of Buddhists (Chakmas) who have illegally entered the state from Bangladesh.

The cabinet also approved the Sinlung Hills Council Bill, 2018 and decided to convene a special session of the Assembly on June 27 to pass a legislation, he said.

The proposed formation of the Sinlung Hills Council (SHC) is the result of the peace accord signed between the state government and the erstwhile underground Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) on April two this year, which culminated into the laying down of arms by 114 Hmar militants
on April 13.

The term of the interim council will be six months after which a formal election will be conducted, he said, adding that the peace accord stipulated that the present Sinlung Hills Development Council (SHDC) would be rechristened as SHC and given more political and financial autonomy.

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Month-long, countrywide agitation plan to expose Modi Government : Congress

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New Delhi  |  The Congress on Saturday decided to launch a month-long, countrywide agitation to expose the Modi government on its alleged corruption and scams including the Rafale fighter jet deal in which it has demanded an investigation by a joint parliamentary committee (JPC).

The agitational plan was finalised at a meeting of top Congress leaders including party general secretaries and in-charges of various states and state unit chiefs, chaired by party president Rahul Gandhi.

“It was decided that corruption, scams of the Modi government particularly the Rafale scam will be taken to people of India. In the next 30 days, Congress workers will do district and state level demonstrations. We will ensure a fair probe, independent probe, a JPC is constituted immediately. We will not be deterred and pushed back,” party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters here.

The party, he said, discussed the Rafale deal in details and claimed that the scam has cost the exchequer Rs 41,000 crore. He said a company belonging to the friend of the Prime Minister has been given a contract worth Rs 30,000 crore under the deal after snatching it away from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

He said the party also demanded that Kerala floods be declared as a “national calamity” and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to play politics in such matters.

He claimed that while the central government has only provided Rs 100 crore relief to the state government, there has been a huge loss of life and damage to properties to the extent of Rs 2,000-3,000 crore due to the floods.

“We believe Modiji should stop discriminating in the matters of flood relief between BJP and non-BJP governments. Only mere Rs 100 crore has been given to Kerala while there is devastation.

“It’s time the PM rises above political partisan game and come forward as a nation to help the people of Kerala and Karnataka and declare Kerala floods as a national calamity,” he said.

He said the Congress governments in different states are contributing to the relief funds while all party MPs, MLAs, MLCs will donate one month’s salary for relief measures.

The Punjab government and the JDS-Congress Karnataka government have sent Rs 10 crore each, while the Puducherry government has contributed Rs one crore, he said.

The deadliest deluge in Kerala in close to a century has claimed 194 lives since August 8. Over 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps.

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Navjot Singh Sidhu recalls memories of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee while in Pakistan for Imran Khan’s oath-ceremony

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Navjot Singh Sidhu, the only one of the 3 Indian cricketers invited by Imran Khan, chief of Tehreek-e-Insaaf to his oath-taking ceremony, reached Lahore yesterday on Friday to watch Khan taking over as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan. After few minutes of walking across the Wagah border, the minister of Congress Punjab government, Navjot Singh Sidhu, stated he came to Lahore, “take part in the happiness of my friend Imran Khan”.

Navjot Singh Sidhu said, “ I have come here not as a politician but as a friend”.

Sidhu, who seems to have braved jibes and insults piled onto him on social media for the visit, swept them aside stating that he needs not give any kind of proof and hardly cares for what people say or said.

Other than Navjot Singh Sidhu, the elected Prime Minister Imran Khan had invited his two more of his contemporaries from India, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev.

Mr. Sidhu, staying steadfast to his stand of accepting the invite even before a formal invitation came in. He recited, “Hindustan jeevay, Pakistan jeevay (May India live, May Pakistan live)”, reading a verse that he had jotted much before in Pakistan.

He also said that he saw himself to be “a goodwill ambassador of India” and had brought along “a message of love” to India.

The cricketer-turned-politician, as per Dawn a Pakistan newspaper, recounted how former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had also pushed for improving relations with Pakistan and started the bus service from Wagah.

Quoting Atalji, he said, “If there is a fire at a neighbour’s house, we will also get the heat.” He further added, “Mr Vajpayee, who made repeated efforts to resolve differences with Pakistan despite severe setbacks, is known to have argued that a country could not change its neighbours and “you have to get along with them”.

Imran Khan, who had been a phenomenal cricketer for 2 decades and was the captain of the Pakistan cricket team when it won over England in the World Cup in the year 1992, had rolled out his political party in the mid-nineties after seeing a successful cricket career.

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Jharkhand HC extends Lalu’s provisional bail in fodder scam

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Ranchi  |  The Jharkhand High Court extended today the provisional bail of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, convicted in four fodder scam cases, till August 27.

Granting the extension of the provisional bail, the bench of Justice Apresh Kumar Singh fixed August 24 as the date to hear the bail petition.

Senior advocate Chitaranjan Sinha appeared for the RJD leader.

The court had on August 10 extended the provisional bail till August 20 on medical grounds.

The high court had on May 11 granted six weeks provisional bail to the RJD supremo on medical grounds and again extended it till August 14.

Prasad has been convicted in four cases of the multi-crore rupees fodder scam.

The cases relate to illegal withdrawal of money from government treasuries in different districts for the animal husbandry department in undivided Bihar in the 1990s when the Rashtriya Janata Dal was in power in the state.

On September 30, 2013, he was convicted in the first fodder scam case related to the Chaibasa Treasury.

The former Bihar chief minister was again convicted in another case related to the Chaibasa Treasury on January 24, 2018. On February 23 and March 19, he was convicted in cases related to the Deoghar Treasury and the Dumka Treasury respectively.

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