The Bharatheeya Janatha party's former vice-president Dayashankar Singh who was expelled for six years from the party for using derogatory language against BSP chief Mayawati, is now all set for an incentivised "ghar-wapsi" less than three months after his ouster. Dayashankar's re-induction is on the cards because of the BSP's reaction and Swati's feisty response, speaking to the media and filing counter cases with the police, is seen to have consolidated upper caste sentiments and those of Rajputs, social segments BJP is betting on. The "justification" for his return is the non-action by the BSP against its top members who had made public comments targeting Dayashankar's wife and daughter. "The party is considering Dayashankar's return since BSP has not taken action against its senior member Naseemuddin Siddiqui and his supporters who used abusive language against the women in Dayashankar's family," said a senior BJP functionary. Dayashakar said that he has been punished more than his "crime" and did expect to return as he had apologised. "I committed a mistake and tendered an apology to Behenji immediately. I should not be hanged for an error for which I have expressed my regret," Dayashankar said. Dayashankar's wife Swati has posed questions to Mayawati for not acting against party members despite their abusive language against herself and her daughter. Rumours are there that the couple will be fielded as candidates in the 2017 assembly polls as the party wants to capitalize on their popularity mainly in Thakur-dominated upper caste constituencies. They have been travelling across the state for felicitation functions. By Premji
India climbed 16 positions this year to occupy the 39th spot in the global competitiveness index. According to the GCI Report 2016-17, released by the World Economic Forum, India showed the biggest improvement in rankings in the past two years as its competitiveness improved on several fronts including efficiency in goods market, business sophistication, and innovation. “Thanks to improved monetary and fiscal policies, as well as lower oil prices, the Indian economy has stabilised and now boasts the highest growth among G20 countries. Recent reform efforts have concentrated on improving public institutions, opening the economy to foreign investors and international trade, and increasing transparency in the financial system.” said the report. “The efficiency of the domestic market is hindered by fiscal regulations that allow federal states to levy different levels of value-added taxes; large publicly owned enterprises further reduce the overall efficiency of the economy. Finally, lack of infrastructure and ICT use remain bottlenecks,” the report said. “The labour market is segmented between workers protected by rigid regulations and centralised wage determination, especially in the manufacturing sector, and millions of unprotected and informal workers. Lack of infrastructure and ICT use (where India is ranked 120th in the world) remain bottlenecks,” the report said. “The country’s biggest relative weakness today is in technological readiness, where initiatives such as Digital India could lead to significant improvements,” the report said. By Premji
After the Indian opener KL Rahul, who has been in tremendous form in all the three formats of the game, has been ruled out of the remaining two Test matches against NZ, another Indian opener from Delhi, Gautam Gambhir has made his way to the Indian squad for the remaining Test series. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday said, “BCCI medical team has confirmed that team India opener, KL Rahul has an injury in his right hamstring and he is ruled out for the remainder of the Paytm Test series against New Zealand. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Gautam Gambhir as Rahul's replacement for the next two Test matches.” According to the reports, Gautam Gambhir who had a tremendous form in the recent Duleep Trophy, has been chosen ahead of Abhinav Mukund for the remaining Tests. The second Kolkata Test will be played at Eden Gardens from September 30. Read Also: Kapil Dev To Ring Bell On First day Of Kolkata Test Between India And New Zealand Another surprising name has entered the in Indian squad is of off-spinner Jayant Yadav on place of pacer Ishant Sharma. “Medium pacer Ishant Sharma is recovering and won't be available for the second Test of the series to played in Kolkata. BCCI medical Team will continue to monitor his progress. Off spinner Jayant Yadav will replace Ishant for the second Test,” said BCCI. Gambhir has been selected over Mukund to join Team India in Kolkata on the basis of his fitness report. Gambhir was at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru to undergo fitness tests and left the city on Tuesday morning. Gambhir had played his lasts Test against England in August 2014 and was aavoided by the selectors for the 17 Test matches after that. By Prajakt K.
Former Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju has posted a message on his official Facebook page. "Pakistanis, let us end our dispute once and for all. We offer you Kashmir, but on the condition you also take Bihar. It is a package deal. You have to take the whole package, or none at all," he wrote on the social networking site. The comment didn't go down well with the Netizens, including Biharis and Bihar residents - just hours later, Katju wrote on his Facebook and Twitter accounts, "It seems to me that many Biharis lack a sense of humour." Katju again posted, "I have just received authoritative information from the government of Pakistan. They have point-blank refused the offer of taking Kashmir along with Bihar and they have profusely apologized for ever asking for Kashmir at all and have promised never to ask for it again. Evidently the idea of getting Bihar too has horrified them out of their wits." Many felt that Katju is to be charged for sedition but that gave him more reasons to continue with his 'humour.' "Mr. K.C. Tyagi, General Secretary of JDU said I should be charged for sedition. I have a better suggestion. I should be charged under the Lunatics Act," Justice Katju tweeted. By Premji
India’s former Indian all-rounder and a skipper Kapil Dev will be ringing the bell at Eden Gardens in Kolkata to signify the start of play during the second Test match between India and New Zealand starting from Friday (September 30). Eden Gardens will be the first Indian stadium where a bell will be rung to signal the start of each day’s play, which is something normal at Lord’s since 2007. Although Kapil Dev is confirmed for the first day, currently there are no reports which eminent personalities will do the honors on the remaining four days of the Test. Read Also: To Mark India’s 500th Test Appearance, CAB To Organize Photo Exhibition At Eden Gardens Joint Secretary of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), Avishek Dalmiya, confirming the news said, “This was (president) Sourav Ganguly's idea and Kapil (Dev) has agreed to ring the bell on the morning of the Test.” Anurag Thakur, the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), confirmed that on the occasion of 250th Test of Indian Team at home, special felicitation has been organized and the players from both the teams will be gifted with specially minted silver coins, each of them weighing 100 grams. “The Board president will arrive on October 1 and the next day, on day three of the match we will have the felicitation to mark the 250th landmark Test,” said Avishek. CAB President Sourav Ganguly said that the special gold coin will be arranged to mark the Toss and the coin will be used in every match at the Eden Gardens henceforth. After taking 1-0 lead by beating New Zealand by 197-runs in Kanpur Test,Team India along with New Zealand players will be arrived in Kolkata on Tuesday evening. By Prajakt K.
An online White House petition asking for Pakistan to be declared as a state sponsor of terrorism has crossed 100,000 signatures and has qualified to get a response from the Obama administration. The online petition was launched by Indian-Americans in the last week, has become the third most popular petition on the White House website with nearly 110,000 people signing the petition. The Obama administration is expected to respond to it within 60 days. The online petition was created on September 21. Congressman Ted Poe, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, along with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, has introduced the 'Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act' in the House of Representatives. "This petition is important to the people of United States of America, India and many other countries which are continuously affected by Pakistan-sponsored terrorism," the petition said. That (designating state sponsor of terrorism) is a very specific process and determination that involves a legal process and assessment," White House Deputy spokesperson Mark Toner said. "Our focus with Pakistan is to enhance their capability and to deal with terrorist threats on their soil. They are fighting a serious and sustained campaign against violent extremism," he said. "We do believe that they are making progress and taking steps to counter terrorist violence, but at the same time we have been very clear that they need to target all terrorist groups, including those that target Pakistan's neighbours, and close all safe havens," Mr Toner said. "We encourage both India and Pakistan to pursue and engage in direct dialogue that is aimed at reducing tensions," he said. "We have long said that with regard to Pakistan, with regard to India, with regard to the region, there is no zero-sum game here. We are pursuing very close relations with India," the deputy spokesperson said. "We have a deep and broad bilateral relationship and multilateral relationship, or work our multilateral issues with India. They are the world's largest democracy and we share a very similar vision of the world. And we obviously have very close trade and economic ties with India and also that extends to security cooperation," he said. "Similarly, we want to see Pakistan better able to respond to the threat that terrorism poses and terrorist groups that seek refuge in its territory," Mr Toner added. By Premji
Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain, has come under the scanner of the Income Tax department for allegedly indulging in hawala transfers worth nearly Rs. 17 crores. “I have been called here as a witness. This is nothing sensational like the way you have been showing it on the television. You will show anything. Some assessment of companies is taking place. I had some investment in those companies four or five years back. They want to enquire about that,” Jain said. “When I had contested elections for the first time, I dissociated myself from these companies. I don’t have knowledge of any transactions. Will you prove the charges? Let them prove. The Income Tax Department is saying this is an assessment, not an investigation. This is a notice of reassessment,” he added. “After two days, the chief minister will expose the matter and that’s why you are being nervous. He will expose the matter in the Vidhan Sabha, those channels which have guts, show it live. If Times Now has guts, show it. Your Times Now will be blacked out,” he added. The IT Department said that, four companies of Jain have illegally transferred Rs. 17 crores while he received cheques issued to these companies. He is alleged to have used that money to buy properties near unauthorised colonies. Four companies belonging to Jain are under I-T scanner are - Indo metal impax, Akinchan developers Pvt Ltd, Paryas Info solution and Manglyatan projects. By Premji
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in a sharp rebuke to Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's "tirade" on Kashmir, said those accusing others of rights violations must introspect. Speaking in Hindi at the United Nations General Assembly, Sushma has hit hard at Pakistan, saying that there are countries that "speak the language of terror, nurture it, peddle it, and export it" and called upon the world body to unite in its fight against those who "seed" extremist ideologies. She urged the UN General Assembly to isolate any nation that does not join in the fight against terror and asserted that Kashmir is an integral part of India and it will always remain so. Swaraj had pointed about the nations where UN-designated terrorists roam freely and deliver "poisonous sermons of hate", an apparent reference to Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar. She also made a strong pitch for isolating such nations. After Sushma's censure of Pakistan for fomenting terror and perpetrating the "worst form of state oppression" in Balochistan, Modi tweeted, "Congrats to EAM @SushmaSwaraj for a firm, effective & fine articulation of a wide range of global issues at UNGA." Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan also applauded Swaraj saying she had given a "clear and tough" message on the issue of terrorism. "Sushmaji was unambiguous while seeking the world community's support in isolating countries like Pakistan, which has been audaciously supporting terrorists," said BJP spokesperson Shrikant Sharma. Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted, "Sushma Swaraj made it clear that there will be no compromise on J&K." BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said, "India has exposed Pakistan's double standards on a global stage and we should expect the world takes cognisance of our concerns and forces Pakistan to shun the policy of shielding and grooming terror," Kohli said. By Premji
India won for a mammoth 197-run in their historic 500th cricket Test to assert their supremacy in home conditions, bowling out New Zealand for 236 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. At a precarious 93 for four, overnight New Zealand batsmen Luke Ronchi (80) and Mitchell Santner (71) faced the Indian bowlers for only 20 overs by adding 65 runs in the morning session. The Black Caps raised hopes of a fight till the time Ronchi and Santner held the fort but it all went upside down for them when the former played an extravagant slog sweep off Ravindra Jadeja, handing India the opening. Ashwin (6/132) completed his fifth six-wicket haul by adding scalps of Santner and Ish Sodhi (17) and Neil Wagner (0) and had become the second-fastest man to take 200-Test wickets while grabbing three wickets on Sunday. Jadeja took one wicket on Monday while Mohammed Shami, who got some reverse swing, scalped two batsmen in the morning session. The Kiwis struggled to negotiate a slow track, which had offered occasional turn and bounce but improved as the match wore on. The visitors, chasing a mammoth 434-run target, had been a daunting task at hand to bat out three full sessions on the fifth day, which has always been a big challenge. With this win, India has inched closer to the No.1 spot in the ICC Test rankings. Virat Kohli’s men need to win this series to go on the top in the list. After the Kolkata Test, the two teams will travel to Indore for the series finale, which is scheduled from October 8. "The boys applied themselves really well. Initially we had the momentum with the bat, but a couple of soft dismissals put pressure. Jadeja and Ashwin added crucial runs. I am still pretty early in my captaincy career, I look forward to advice from others. There have been cases where we've gone on one mode and the runs were leaked. All the sides that are doing well around the world have strong lower-middle orders. That's one area that we have improved and we need to keep working it because those 30-40 extra runs could prove crucial," Vrat Kohli, Indian Captain said. By Premji
Protest launched by Sikh Talmel Committee and some Hindu organisations at Kapurthala chowk in Jalandhar after several torn pages of Guru Granth Sahib and Bhagavad Gita were found in canal. Over 200 torn pages of Guru Granth Sahib and several pages of the Bhagavad Gita were found floating in the Bist-Doab canal in Sher Singh colony near Kapurthala chowk. The incident has came to light after Prince Pal Singh, said that while he was returning from a Gurdwara, he has spotted the torn pages in the canal. As soon as the news broke out, huge number of people entered the canal and started collecting the torn pages of religious books. The Sikh Sangat had called off their protest after the police had said that they had identified the printing press where Sikh religious book ‘Guru Granth Sahib’, whose torn pages were found in a canal, was printed. One person, Raghbur Singh, was also arrested from Amritsar in connection with the desecration incident. The Sikh Sangat had begun protesting from Saturday morning after the torn pages of the Guru Granth Sahib as well as Hindu religious text Bhagwat Gita’ were found in the canal in the area. The Jalandhar police has registered a case under 295 (a) (hurting religious sentiments) of the IPC. By Premji