Prime Minister Modi best actor in world: TDP MP Kesineni Srinivas

New Delhi: TDP lawmaker Kesineni Srinivas on Friday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi the best actor in the world in his response to the latter's reply in Lok Sabha on no-confidence motion.

I thank Prime Minister for his as usual great oratory skills. The one-and half hour speech was like a Bollywood blockbuster. Great drama. Great action, he said.

No-confidence motion LIVE updates: 325 MPs voted ‘No’; 126 voted ‘yes’, no-confidence motion against NDA Govt rejected

Srinivas had sought 30 minutes to respond but Speaker Sumitra Mahajan permitted just five minutes.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had brought the motion against the government over perceived injustice with Andhra Pradesh vis-a-vis allocation of resources in the wake of bifurcation of the state in 2014.

--IANS

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Lynchings Also Happened in 2002 and 1992, Asaduddin Owaisi tells Rajnath Singh

Lynchings Also Happened in 2002 and 1992, Asaduddin Owaisi tells Rajnath Singh

"Lynching was not only during 1984 Sikh riots, it was also seen in 2002. During Babri Masjid massacre as well. You may win today but the nation will show you the truth tomorrow, Owaisi said. He raised seven questions before the government including those on the development of minorities. He also claimed that the judge who diluted the SC/ST prevention act was made the chief of National Green Tribunal, and the government did not have the courage to promulgate an ordinance to undo the damage done to the law.

Tejashwi Yadav to bring no-confidence motion against Nitish govt

Biggest lynching took place in 1984: Rajnath Singh's come back on Opposition allegation over mob violence

"Mob lynching incidents are very unfortunate and I asked state governments to make strictest of laws against it but I would like tell people who are raising these issues that the biggest case of mob lynching happened during 1984 Sikh genocide," Rajnath Singh said.

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No-confidence motion LIVE updates: 325 MPs voted ‘No’; 126 voted ‘yes’, no-confidence motion against NDA Govt rejected

No-confidence motion LIVE updates: TDP made U-turn on special status, had accepted special package, says Modi

Both BJP, Congress responsible for Andhra's plight, says TDP MP Kesineni Srinivas

"I thought for one and a half hours I was watching a Bollywood blockbuster film. I have no doubt PM would have been the best actor in the world," Srinivas said. He added that BJP MP form Andhra  Hari Babu Kambhampati accepted that both the Congress and BJP were responsible for the unscientific bifurcation of the state. "But what is your present government doing for us," Srinivas asked.


'Never saw a speech so disconnected with reality:' Sitaram Yechury 

CPIM leader Sitaram Yechury tweets: "Bizarre! For the first time in the history of no-confidence motions has the PM’s reply been so disconnected with reality. What he is saying has nothing to do with issues raised by the Opposition and his own allies."


TDP made U-turn on special status, had accepted special package 

"I remember a statement made by a TDP MP who had said that the special package is better than special status. State chief minister Chandrababu Naidu had also thanked the finance minister. But they did a U-turn," Modi said.

He said that the TDP got stuck in the game plan laid by YRS Congress and they used the Parliament to settle regional political scores. "As the elections drew nearer. The praise changed into criticism," Modi said.


States formed by BJP doing well, Congress forcefully divided Andhra Pradesh

"Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji created 3 states: Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. It was done peacefully. These states are prospering. The Congress divided Andhra Pradesh behind shut doors and their conduct then was shameful," Modi said.

Lynchings Also Happened in 2002 and 1992, Asaduddin Owaisi tells Rajnath Singh


Naamdaar vs Kaamdar: Modi hits back at Rahul for saying PM can't look me in the eye 

"A member said that I can't look them in the eye. He is right. He is a big  naamdaar, while I am a backward caste man from a poor household. I am a simple  kaamdaar. How can I dare to look them in the eye?," Modi said.

He said that whenever anyone tried to look them in the eye they have paid a price, be it Charan Singh, Chandra Shekhar, HD Deve Gowda, IK Gujral.


Modi lists out his government's achievements

"We have the honour of working towards electrification of 18,000 villages that were in the dark for 70 years.Most of these villages were situated in Eastern India and the Northeast. But no one thought about them because they didn't fit into the math of vote bank politics," Modi said.

He also claimed that his government gave soil health cards to 15 crore farmers. "Our Government has opened bank accounts for the poor. Earlier, the doors of the banks never opened for the poor. Women are leading a smoke-free life due to Ujjwala Yojana," Modi said.


Harsimrat Kaur disapproves of Rahul Gandhi's hug to Modi

Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal disapproved of Rahul Gandhi's surprise hug to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the Congress president should know that he is speaking in Parliament and not acting in a film.


Centre compromising on freedom of speech: Kharge

Kharge accused the Centre of compromising on the freedom of speech and said that Congress has been making efforts to prevent this.

 

BJP reduced to one-man show, two-man party: NCP’s Tariq Anwar


Mallikarjun Kharge slams Modi government

Kharge said, "The way you are operating now, the way you are mistreating minorities, compromising on freedom of speech, spreading inequality, democracy would have been demolished by now if we had adhered to your measures as well."


Rahul's speech high on entertainment, low on substance: BJP

The BJP termed Rahul Gandhi's hug to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an "immature" act and said his speech during the no-confidence motion was "low on substance" and "high on entertainment".

Commenting on the Congress president's speech, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra said, "It was low on substance and high on entertainment value.


BJP's Prahlad Joshi moves privilege motion against Rahul Gandhi   

According to reports, Prahlad Joshi of the BJP has moved a breach of privilege motion against Rahul Gandhi alleging that the Congress chief made 'unsubstantiated claims against BJP, particularly against the prime minister on Rafale deal."


House saw strange antics because of Rahul: BJP

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar addressed the media on Friday and said that "the House witnessed strange antics because of Rahuls' lack of experience and his lack of knowledge of limits of accepted parliamentary behaviour." He shot one lie after another to try and mislead the House, said Kumar.


'No-confidence' in govt already visible as even party allies are boycotting vote today: Saugata Roy

The lack of confidence in the BJP government is already visible as Shiv Sena, a BJP ally who also holds ministries in Union government, walked out instead of supporting the government, said AITMC's Saugata Roy. He also mentioned the recent bypoll loses that the saffron party faced, saying, " Jahan Jahan chunav ho raha hai, BJP haar raha hai to no-confidence to aise hi ho gaya  ( Wherever the elections are happening, the BJP is losing its seats. This in itself shows that people have lost confidence in the state)"


The jumlas of Narendra Modi govt, as listed by Rahul Gandhi in LS 

Congress president hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his 'jumla' weapon. It's the same weapon Rahul used during the Jan Aakrosh Rally in April in New Delhi.
Jumla # 1: Rs 15 lakh will be deposited in every person's account.
Jumla # 2: Two crore employment every year.
Jumla # 3: Modiji helping only 10 to 20 businessmen but ignoring poor people. In Modi's marketing team, businessmen are pumping in money.
Jumla # 4: Idea of demonetisation was a failure. Modi is unaware of the fact that farmers and small traders go for cash transaction. Farmers and small traders use only in cash in their transactions.
Jumla # 5: About Rafael deal — Defence minister told didn't reveal the details under pressure from the prime minister.


Prime minister favours some businessmen, says Rahul Gandhi

"I think everybody understands the relationship the prime minister has with certain business people. One of those people was given the Rafale contract. That person benefitted with thousands and thousands of crores. The gentleman benefitted to the tune of Rs 45,000 crore. He must answer if the Cabinet Committee on Security cleared the Rafale deal," Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Friday. "Everybody understands and sees the amount of money which goes into the marketing of the Prime Minister of India. Modi says he is a chaukidaar(watchman) of the country. He is not a 'chaukidaar', but a 'bhagidaar' (stakeholder)."


Rahul Gandhi targets Centre on Rafale deal

Speaking in Lok Sabha, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said, " Defence minister is sitting here. She first said that she will reveal details of the jet prices. After that, defence minister clearly said that she can't reveal the figures because there is a secrecy pact between the French and Indian government. I met the French prime minister that is there a pact, but he said that there is no such pact between the two countries."


Modi govt is for rural development, women upliftment

BJP's Rakesh Singh, while presenting his party's case and defending the Narendra Modi-led government and policies in the Lok Sabha, spoke of schemes, initiated by the Modi government, that have contributed to rural development and women upliftment.


Uproar in Rajya Sabha over use of 'offensive' word by TDP MP against Narendra Modi

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman protested over the use of an "offensive" word by a TDP MP against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She asked Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to expunge the term, to will the Speaker said that she will consider the request.


"If Rahul speaks without fumbling and making a single mistake for 15 minutes, the earth will definitely shake and dance," says BJP MP Paresh Rawal


The #NoConfidenceMotion is spearheaded by Congress and DMK, so no way will AIADMK support it, says V Maitreyan, AIADMK MP


In the end, Shiv Sena abstains from Lok Sabha

In a House of 535 members, the ruling NDA has 313 members in the Lok Sabha- 274 from BJP, 18 from Shiv Sena, 6 from LJP and 4 from SAD.


More money has been given to build statues than to Andhra Pradesh to build a new capital


TDP MP Jayadev Galla quotes Mahesh Babu movie to sharpen attack on BJP

Galla said Rs. 1.3 lakh loan burden was being put on the Andhra Pradesh. The state was a loser as during reorganisation funds were divided based on population, and resources were based on location, he said.


What's the value of PM's word, asks TDP MP Galla

 

What value does the word of a PM given on the floor of a House have? Asks TDP Galla as he lists out the occasions where PM Modi has promised them a special category state.


No-confidence motion moved

The TDP has moved the no-trust motion, even as the Lok Sabha Speaker refused Congress' plea for more time.


No-trust vote at 6 pm, says Speaker; Mallikarjun Kharge protests over allotment of 38 minutes for Congress

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said that the motion of no-confidence debate will begin now and the voting will be held at 6 pm. "If the House agrees, we will skip lunch," she said. Mallikarjun Kharge raised concern over the allotment of 38 minutes to Congress. Meanwhile, the BJD staged a walkout.


26 no-confidence motions moved in the past

Twenty-six no-confidence motions, or Avishwas Prastav as known in Hindi, have been moved in the past in the Lok Sabha. Jawaharlal Nehru faced the first no-confidence motion in the aftermath of the India-China war in 1963. The last prime minister to face one was Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003, according to News18. Friday will be the first time in 15 years that a no-confidence motion has been moved by the House and is also the first one for the Narendra Modi government.

Number of no-confidence motions discussed

Number of no-confidence motions discussed


Rahul Gandhi likely to be first Congress speaker

Congress president Rahul Gandhi will likely be the first leader from his party to speak in the Lok Sabha on Friday. Congress, the main Opposition party, has been allocated 38 minutes to present its views. Apart from Gandhi, other leaders including Mallikarjun Kharge, will also likely speak during the debate.


Rajnath Singh, Rakesh Singh, Virendra Singh Mast, Arjun Ram Meghwal to speak from govt

Union home minister Rajnath Singh, BJP MPs Rakesh Singh, Virendra Singh Mast and former chief whip Arjun Ram Meghwal will speak from the government on the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha.


Time allocated for each party to speak during no-confidence debate

Here is a rundown of the time allotted to each party in the Lok Sabha to speak during the no-confidence debate on Friday:

Telugu Desam Party (TDP): 13 minutes (will initiate debate).

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP): 3.5 hours

Congress: 38 minutes

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK): 29 minutes

Trinamool Congress (TMC): 27 minutes

Biju Janata Dal (BJD): 15 minutes

Shiv Sena: 14 minutes

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS): 9 minutes

CPM: 7 minutes

Samajwadi Party, NCP: 6 minutes

LJSP: 5 minutes

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BJP reduced to one-man show, two-man party: NCP’s Tariq Anwar

BJP reduced to one-man show, two-man party: NCP's Tariq Anwar

Tariq Anwar, criticising the BJP, said that Rajnath Singh did not sound convincing in its speech because there is a weird condition inside the BJP. It has reduced to a one-man party and two-man show. Anwar said that the BJP no longer listens to its leaders or its allies, which is why nobody wants to back them.

He said that the prime minister does not even trust his own MPs. The party had to issue a whip to get its MPs to vote in its favour.

Rajnath Singh's speech indicates PM silently supports lynch mob

Anwar said that Rajnath Singh's speech did not sound convincing enough and his remarks about mob lynching hinted that the lynch mobs, in fact, have a tacit support from the government of the day and the prime minister. "Why else would they shy away from taking concrete steps," Anwar said.

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‘#TalkToAMuslim is ridiculous campaign’, says actor Anupam Kher

‘#TalkToAMuslim is ridiculous campaign’, says actor Anupam Kher

Actor Anupam Kher has condemned the #TalkToAMuslim campaign on social media, calling it ridiculous.

Anupam interacted with the media at the completion of the golden jubilee year of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) here on Thursday.

Twitter users have been commenting on a trending hashtag 'Talk to a Muslim'. Even celebrities like Swara Bhaskar and Gauahar Khan have shared their thoughts on it.

Commenting on the campaign, Anupam said, "I have come from a family who never told me that they are another religion. We have respected all religions and that (#TalkToAMuslim) is a ridiculous campaign."

I think it was a campaign which presented Muslims as a small entity, which was shameful thing according to me. We shouldn't hurt anybody's religious sentiments. Today it has become really easy to run a campaign. Each day some new campaign trends on social media. I think we should set the trend by doing our job efficiently. 'I am an Indian' campaign, that should be run in everybody's blood and life.

Anupam sang the national anthem with CISF personnel.

I feel always emotional and proud about people who are in uniforms, he said, sharing how during his childhood days in Shimla, where there was the headquarter of Western Command, saying Jai Hind or singing the Indian national anthem became natural.

Recently, athlete Hima Das also cried after winning gold medal when our national anthem was playing at the award ceremony. So, it's obvious that you get goosebumps when you see your national flag, and the national anthem is being played in the background.

On the film front, Anupam will next be seen in The Accidental Prime Minister, which revolves around the life of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

With the inputs of IANS. 

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Rahul’s speech high on entertainment, low on substance: BJP

Rahul's speech high on entertainment, low on substance: BJP

The BJP termed Rahul Gandhi's hug to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an "immature" act and said his speech during the no-confidence motion was "low on substance" and "high on entertainment".

Commenting on the Congress president's speech, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra said, "It was low on substance and high on entertainment value.

AAP comes out in support of Rahul's hug

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today came out in support of Congress chief  Rahul Gandhi hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha, saying in Parliament policies should be opposed, not individuals.

Senior AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said that the prime minister often hugs the heads of foreign countries so what was wrong about Gandhi hugging him in Parliament.

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West Bengal: Man termed innocent after serving three years under life imprisonment

West Bengal: Man termed innocent after serving three years under life imprisonment

Sadhan Mandal from Nadiya, West Bengal, who was serving life imprisonment, has been termed as innocent by the Calcutta High Court. The lower court had sentenced the life imprisonment three years ago for allegedly misbehaving with his wife and inciting her to commit suicide.

After a petition was filled by Mandal, challenging the lower court’s verdict, another investigation was called in. A division bench of Judge Jayalalaya Bagchi termed him innocent on Wednesday.

Also read: Court stays ‘non-bailable’ warrants against Ramdev in ‘beheading’ remark case

According to Mandal’s advocate Kallol Mandal, the alleged wife died in an accident after coming under the running train. However, no complaint was lodged. Moreover, the railway police also said that the woman was mentally depressed.

There was no fact to prove the incident in the lower court.

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Missing Pakistani activist Raza Khan returns after seven months

Missing Pakistani activist Raza Khan returns after seven months

Pakistani social activist Raza Mahmood Khan, who had been missing for the past seven months, has returned home, the media reported on Friday.

Raza, a convener of Aghaz-i-Dosti - a friendship initiative between the youth of India and Pakistan -- was reportedly picked up by men in plainclothes from his Model Colony residence in Lahore on December 2, 2017.

Activists belonging to various rights groups, along with friends and family, had since been agitating for his release. They had condemned the enforced disappearance of activists and attempts to silence and harass those speaking up for peace and human rights, Dawn online reported.

Also read: Pakistan elects first Hindu Dalit woman to Senate

Punjab province police said they found Khan 10 days ago. But they did not disclose further details about where the activist was found.

Khan was in good health, according to a police official, but he was refraining from making a statement due to security concerns.

International rights organisation Amnesty International, in a statement issued following Khan's disappearance, had demanded that the Pakistani government ensure the recovery of the Lahore-based activist.

The Pakistani authorities must take all measures as may be necessary to investigate Raza Khan's fate immediately, Amnesty's Deputy South Asia Director Dinushika Dissanayake had said.

Scarcely does a week go by without Amnesty International receiving reports of people going missing in Pakistan, Dissanayake said. Many of them may have been subjected to enforced disappearances, which is a crime under international law.

Many incidents of disappeared social activists came to light recently. In early 2017, the news of six bloggers and civil rights activists going missing had elicited a strong response from activists in Pakistan and abroad.

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WhatsApp to bring fake news verification model Verificado in India

WhatsApp to bring fake news verification model Verificado in India

In its effort to prevent misuse of the platform ahead of general election in India in 2019, Whatsapp is planning to bring a fake news verification model, Verificado, in India.

The model was recently used in Mexico Presidential election, where users attempt to spread rumours to Verificado’s Whatsapp account were foiled.

The initiative was supported by around 90 organisations including universities, media groups, NGOs, and social media giants such as Facebook and Google to help tackle the problem of fake news. Krzna, an AI-powered search tool was used to scan such posts during the election.

The messaging service executives, who met with Election Commision official, said that the platform will look out for spam messaging techniques in the run-up to state polls scheduled for 2018-end, said an ET report. And later learnings will be used to frame a broader approach for general elections in 2019.

Whatsapp said that it will maintain high vigilance throughout the period, especially 48 hours before polling begins.

The messages will be end-to-end encrypted and protect the privacy of messages, it added.

In last few months, Whatsapp had come under the spotlight after fake news circulated on WhatsApp led to a number of mob-lynchings in India. On July 1 in Maharashtra, five people were killed by a mob, who did so after they read forwarded messages which claimed that those five people were child-abductors.

Following the incident, the government had sent out a stern warning to WhatsApp. In a notice, it asked the messaging platform to immediately stop the spread of “irresponsible and explosive messages filled with rumours and provocation” through the application of appropriate technology.

However, in a response, WhatsApp said it had taken many steps in this regard. In May the messaging platform added new protections to prevent people from adding others back into groups which they had left — a form of misuse we think it is important to correct.

And last week, It claimed to launch a new setting that enables administrators to decide who gets to send messages within individual groups. Besides, the messaging platform is said to be testing a new label in India that highlights when a message has been forwarded versus composed by the sender.

Though, the government is not satisfied with it and has set up an internal group of officers to examine the possibility of sending a second notice.

The ministry has tasked the group to identify specific technical measures which WhatsApp can be asked to implement.

Source: Entrackr

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Ragpicker’s son selected for MBBS at Jodhpur AIIMS

Ragpicker’s son selected for MBBS at Jodhpur AIIMS

A ragpicker's son, Asharam Choudhary who has always dreamt of becoming a doctor, has found a seat for himself at Jodhpur AIIMS for MBBS. Asharam Choudhary, who belongs to Vijayaganj Mandi, Uttar Pradesh, has always dreamt of doing something for his village and now, is finally realising his dream as he has cleared the examination at AIIMS.

Reflecting on the same Asharam said, 'I want to thank my parents and Navodaya Vidyalaya, and also Dakshina foundation for providing me financial help. A doctor in my village inspired me to choose this profession. Now when I have got admission in MBBS I want to help people of this areas as there is no doctor with a degree here.”

However, Asharam Choudhary’s father Ranjit Choudhary saddens by telling that the family is financially weak. He said, “He has got admission in AIIMS but we don’t have money to support him. Let’s see what we can do. As of now a doctor and the Collector helped us.”

As the proverb goes, ‘If there’s a will, there will always be a way’, Asharam Choudhary has become a source of inspiration to many.

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