Bihar CM Nitish Kumar inducts 8 new ministers in cabinet
Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Sunday expanded his cabinet with the induction of eight new faces — all from his Janata Dal (United). Members of allies, the BJP and LJP, were left out from the cabinet expansion. Kumar, after the cabinet expansion, said the BJP was offered a berth in his cabinet, but the saffron party was not too keen.
Seconding Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister and BJP’s senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi said the party was offered a ministerial berth, but it opted out of it for now. “Nitish Kumar has offered BJP to fill the vacant ministerial seat. The BJP decided to fill it in future,” the deputy chief minister tweeted.
The new ministers – Narendra Narayan Yadav, Shyam Rajak, Ashok Choudhary, Bima Bharti, Sanjay Jha, Ram Sewak Singh, Niraj Kumar and Lakshmeshwar Rai – were administered the oath of office and secrecy at a function at the Raj Bhavan here by Governor Lalji Tandon.
Kumar said the vacancies were majorly created by JD(U) ministers, who resigned from their posts for various reasons. Tension seems to have been brewing between the alliance partners over allotment of berth in the Narendra Modi cabinet, although Kumar asserted that there was “no unease” between the partners.
The JD(U), he had said, decided against joining the Modi ministry as allies were not given “proportional representation” in the cabinet. Three seats in the Nitish Kumar cabinet fell vacant following the election of JD(U) ministers to the Lok Sabha.
The three ministers who were elected to the Lower House of Parliament included Water Resources Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh, Disaster Management Minister Dinesh Chandra Yadav and LJP’s Bihar unit chief and Animal and Fisheries Resources Minister Pashupati Kumar Paras.
One post fell vacant last year after Manju Verma resigned as Social Welfare Minister in the wake of the Muzaffarpur shelter home case. Among those who attended Sunday’s swearing-in ceremony were Sushil Kumar Modi, Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Choudhary, RJD Bihar unit president Ram Chandra Purbey and several ministers of the Nitish KUmar government. This is the second time in two years when Nitish Kumar expanded his cabinet. On July 29, 2017, he has inducted 27 ministers from all three NDA constituents, the JD(U), the BJP and the LJP.
Violinist Balabhaskar death: Police to question man arrested in smuggling case
Thiruvananthapuram: The Crime Branch team probing the death of violinist Balabhaskar will question Prakash Thampi, who was arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in a gold smuggling case.
Thampi was the programme coordinator of Balabhaskar’s shows and, according to the probe team, also the last person to call Balabhaskar before his car met with the accident. Vishnu, another associate of the musician, is on the run.
Balabhaskar, 40, was travelling with his wife and two-year-old daughter in the city, when their car met with an accident in the wee hours of September 25 last year. While the daughter died on the spot, Balabhaskar passed away on October 2. His wife and driver escaped with injuries.
While the musician’s father C.K.Unni has alleged foul play in the accident, one of his relatives, in a Facebook post recently, questioned his wife’s silence on Thampi and Vishnu.
According to sources in the know of things, the DRI officials will also meet Unni to take his statement. “I have doubts over the manner in which my son died. I am told that the DRI officials will be meeting me. One thing I know is that both Thampi and Vishnu were my son’s managers,” said Unni.
Though the police initiated a probe in the tragedy on Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s orders, the case took a new turn last month, when the DRI officials arrested a Dubai-based beautician Sareena Shaji smuggling 25 kg gold from Oman at the Thiruvananthapuram airport.
Her arrest led to several more arrests, including that of Thampi as well as a senior Customs officer at the airport.
The police team is still clueless as to who was at the wheel of the car when the accident took place. While his wife claimed it was the driver, the driver said the musician himself was driving the vehicle.
On Saturday, stage artiste Kalabhavan Soby told TV channels that he saw two men suspiciously moving around the accident site when he passed through the area soon after the tragedy. Soby said he would be glad to give a statement to the probe team.
HM Amit Shah visits National Police Memorial, pays tribute to martyrs of central, state police forces
New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah Sunday visited the National Police Memorial here and paid tributes to over 34,000 policemen who laid down their lives while serving the nation. Shah said India is secured because of the supreme sacrifice of the police martyrs.
“I visited the National Police Memorial this morning and paid tributes to our martyrs of the central and state police forces, who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty,” he tweeted after visiting the memorial located in the capital’s Chanakyapuri area.
The home minister said he was overwhelmed after visiting the memorial which was erected as a mark of respect to over 34,000 policemen who sacrificed their lives protecting the nation.
“I salute their valour and courage. A grateful nation is indebted to them for their supreme sacrifice,” he said.
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Director of the Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain accompanied Shah.The National Police Memorial, a 30-foot-tall and 238-tonne black granite structure, was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 21 last year on the occasion of police commemoration day.
Post Lok Sabha results, Congress social media head Divya Spandana goes missing from Twitter
New Delhi: Days after the announcement of Lok Sabha results, the official Twitter handle of Congress social media head Divya Spandana, known for targeting the BJP, has gone missing from the micro-blogging site.
A search for @divyaspandana on the micro-blogging site says “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”. There has been no official confirmation on the reason behind the Twitter account going missing.
Spandana was among the Congress leaders who took jibes at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders on Twitter.
Attempt to murder charge for raising Jai Shri Ram, Tathagata Roy’s jibe at Mamata Banerjee
New Delhi: Those who raised ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan may well be booked under attempt-to-murder charge in West Bengal, said Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy on Saturday in a veiled attack on Mamata Banerjee. “It is perfectly possible that the people who shouted ‘Jai Shri Ram’ wud be slapped with non-bailable attempt-to-murder (S.307 IPC) cases.
I should know, it happened to ME in 2011! I was booked under 307 because I made a speech the local MLA didn’t like. Had to spend a night in JC,” Roy wrote on Twitter while retweeting a tweet about Banerjee reprimanding people raising ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan.
Roy’s tweet came after Banerjee on Thursday lost her cool when a group of men raised ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan as her convoy passed through Bhatpara area of North 24 Parganas district. “These are all outsiders and BJP people, they are criminals and were abusing me. They are not from Bengal,” she said after getting off her car, adding that action will be taken against them.
Banerjee on Wednesday declined to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi objecting to the families of BJP workers, allegedly killed in political violence in West Bengal, being invited to the function.
In an election that was marred by violence, the BJP has made deep inroads into the Trinamool Congress territory in West Bengal by winning 18 seats and cutting the TMC to size by limiting its win to only 22 seats against 34 it won in the previous Lok Sabha election.
Chhattisgarh: Opposition for the incomplete construction of Raipur, waiting for the completion of these projects
There are many projects in Smart City that are already incomplete before the assembly elections and they are not even seen before the monsoon.
In Chhattisgarh's capital Raipur, there has been an outcry for the lives of people incomplete construction. There are many projects in Smart City that are already incomplete before the assembly elections and they are not even seen before the monsoon. Due to this incomplete construction many people have lost their lives. Projects such as Sky Walk, built in the center of Raipur, are inviting many deadly accidents. Due to this reason questions are being raised on these projects. Let's take a look at those construction works which have become trouble for Raipur.
Project 1 Sky Walk:
Sky Walk remained in the capital, the most controversial project of all time. Despite many protests, it was being built by the previous BJP government. After the government changes in the state, the Congress has scuttled it. There were demands like breaking Sky Walk and making a flyover instead, but no decision was taken and now after the completion of about 70 per cent of work, Bhupesh Sarkar has banned it. The construction of this ski walk, which was built at a cost of around 50 crore, was to be completed by 23 January 2018 but now Bhupesh Govt is in a state of confusion about it. While there have been accidents too many times ...
Project 2 Expressway:
From the existing city to New Raipur, the road has been constructed from the station to the Maungej expressway in the 12 km. Here the work of the forelane is completed in the outskirts of the city, but the screw inside the city is still trapped. Narrogos Expressway is the most expensive road project in the capital so far. It is expensive because of bridges from station to tolibandha. From there only 6 km to the Radadi Durbar is the only road. In this way, the cost of the first phase of 12 km is 249 crore rupees. After this, the cost of 10 km of road from Shadani Durbar to Central (New Capital) has been estimated at 150 Crore, i.e. the total cost of 22 Kms. Road is 400 crores. Due to the road becoming a major traffic divert of the capital and traffic within the city also got relief, but its work has now stopped and it will take time to complete the work.
Project 3 Canal Road Overbridge:
Construction of second flyover on canal road leading from Pondi to Lalpur is incomplete. Traffic pressure on this road is high due to the road going from Raipur to Dhamtari. The over bridge was being constructed here. The construction of a 600 meter-long bridge at a cost of about 20 crore was to be constructed here, which was to be ready in the maximum one-and-a-half years, but the work here is only in the last two and a half years.
These arguments are given to the responsible
Ramesh Singh Thakur, the deputy leader of the corporation, said that these projects were started by the BJP government. But the Congress government stopped all the projects instead of fulfilling those projects. At the same time, Mayor Pramod Dubey argues that the contract was given to Bina in the previous government and now the notice is being issued to the contractors only under government rules.
Mayawati calls for meeting of BSP leaders to discuss poll drubbing
New Delhi: After the recent drubbing in Lok Sabha elections, BSP supremo Mayawati has called for a meeting of party leaders on June 3 to discuss the reasons leading to dismal performance. Newly-elected BSP parliamentarians, Lok Sabha elections candidates, zone in-charges and district presidents will take part in the meeting at the party’s office in the national capital.
This is the first meeting of the party after the conclusion of national elections. BSP stitched an alliance with SP and RLD in Uttar Pradesh and contested on 38 parliamentary seats, however, they could only manage to win 10. SP bagged 5, while RLD drew a blank. BJP swept the state by bagging 62 out of the total 80 seats. (ANI)
Begusarai: BJP panchayat president found dead
Begusarai: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker was allegedly murdered by unidentified persons, police said on Friday. The deceased was identified as Pankaj Singh, the panchayat president and member of the BJP. The alleged crime occurred in Amror Kirtarpur village in Singhaur police station limits.
“The reason behind the gruesome killing is yet to be known. Prima facie it appears that he was hit with a hammer-like object, however, more clarity on the injuries would be confirmed by the doctors after the post-mortal examination,” Manish Kumar Singh, Station House Officer (SHO) of Singhaur Police Station told ANI over the phone.
The incident came to light when the deceased’s mother came to wake him up in the morning and found him lying dead in a pool of blood. A case has been registered under the relevant sections of the law and the investigation in the matter is underway. The corpse has been sent for post-mortem.
Assam: Another AK-56 rifle seized from detained NDFB terrorist
Gossaigaon: In a follow-up to the investigation of Wednesday’s recovery of an AK-56 rifle and one 7.65mm pistol from Rohiton Narzary, an NDFB(S) terrorist, it was revealed that the detained terrorist had concealed another AK-56 rifle with magazines and ammunition.
In the special operation led by Additional SP (B) and Kokrajhar Police, one AK-56 rifle, three magazines and 90 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the house of one Banendra Narzary of Oxiguri village under Soraibil OP of Gossaigaon Police Station.
The development comes two days after Rohiton, affiliated to National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), was arrested in a joint operation launched by the Army and police. “We have seized 1 pistol and 15 rounds of bullet from his possession. As we investigated further, we found one AK-56, one magazine and 21 rounds of bullets buried at the yard of his residence,” Officer Bidyut Bikas Bohra of Gossaigaon police station had said on May 29.
Woman, 4-year-old son killed in Delhi’s Patel Nagar
New Delhi: A 26-year-old woman and her 4-year-old son were found dead at their house in Delhi’s Patel Nagar on Thursday night. The woman’s throat was slit with a sharp weapon, while the boy, who was apparently hanged, was found lying on the floor of their house in Prem Nagar, the police said.
According to the police, they received two different PCR calls about the incident. A police team was sent right away to the house,” a senior police officer said. Police said the identity of the murderer is still unknown. The husband of the deceased works in a factory in Moti Nagar.