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Split in BKU engineered by BJP government: Naresh Tikait

Split in BKU engineered by BJP government: Naresh Tikait

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Bijnor, May 21Bhartiya Kisan Union president Naresh Tikait on Saturday alleged that the split in the outfit was engineered by the BJP government and claimed that the parting of some leaders won't impact them.Fissures within the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) had come out in the open on the death anniversary of its founder president Mahendra Singh Tikait on May 15, with a senior national office-bearer announcing the formation of a separate outfit.BKU vice-president Rajesh Chauhan said he took the decision after being "insulted" and alleged that the outfit sided with political parties in the elections, an apparent reference to UP Assembly polls.The new outfit was named the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Arajnaitik). "Arajnaitik" means apolitical in Hindi.Reacting to it, Tikait told reporters on Saturday ...
Stop befooling people, rollback excise duty on fuel to UPA level: Congress on price cut

Stop befooling people, rollback excise duty on fuel to UPA level: Congress on price cut

India
New Delhi, May 21The Congress on Saturday accused Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of "befooling" people after she announced an excise duty cut on petrol and diesel and said people needed relief instead of jugglery of figures.Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the government had increased the excise duty on petrol by Rs 10 in 60 days and is now "duping" people by reducing it by Rs 9.50.The opposition party demanded that the finance minister show courage and roll back excise on petrol and diesel to the level it was under the UPA in May 2014."Dear FM ... in 60 days, you increased the price of petrol by Rs 10/litre and now reduced it by Rs 9.50/litre. ... U increased the price of Diesel by Rs 10/litre and now reduced it by Rs 7/litre. Stop befooling people! "Nation doesn't ...
Supreme Court issues directions to curb capitation fee charged by private medical colleges

Supreme Court issues directions to curb capitation fee charged by private medical colleges

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Satya Prakash New Delhi, May 21 Terming the capitation fee charged by private medical colleges a "stark reality", the Supreme Court issued a series of directions, including establishment of a dedicated portal for reporting such incidents, to check the menace. "The management of private medical colleges are strictly prohibited from accepting payment of fees in cash, in order to avoid charging a capitation fee. The students or any other aggrieved persons are at liberty to report on the web-portal regarding collection of fees in cash by any medical colleges," a Bench led by Justice LNN Rao said in an order on Thursday. The Bench said private medical colleges were strictly prohibited from accepting payment of fees in cash in order to avoid charging a capitation fee. "This Court observed t...
Next Australian PM Anthony Albanese committed to working with India, Quad

Next Australian PM Anthony Albanese committed to working with India, Quad

India
Sandeep Dikshit New Delhi, May 21 Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Labour leader Anthony Albanese, who is tipped to be the next Prime Minister of Australia, Australian High Commissioner to India Barry O'Farrell pointed out that during the campaign he had committed to deepen economic, strategic and people-to-people links with India. "Albanese is no stranger to India having travelled the country as a backpacker in 1991 and led a parliamentary delegation in 2018,'' said O'Farrell. PM Modi who had built a strong personal relationship with current Australian PM Scott Morrison, who even cooked curries to demonstrate his affinity to India, said with the election of a new leader, "I look forward to working towards further strengthening our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,...
Provision of UAPA more dangerous than sedition, says former Supreme Court judge Lokur

Provision of UAPA more dangerous than sedition, says former Supreme Court judge Lokur

India
New Delhi, May 21Former Supreme Court judge M B Lokur Saturday said that the May 11 order of the top court on sedition is "important" even as he voiced his concern over misuse of a provision in Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act saying it will be like "jumping from frying pan to fire".Speaking at a function 'Sedition Se Azadi', he sought to explain the meaning of the interim order passed by the top court which had put on hold the colonial-era sedition law till an "appropriate" government forum re-examines it and directed the Centre and states to not register any fresh FIR invoking the offence."I do not know what the government will do about the provision of sedition but in my opinion it will remove it. But equally concerning is that there is a parallel provision of Section 13 in the UAPA...
It is always people first for us: PM Modi on fuel price cut

It is always people first for us: PM Modi on fuel price cut

India
New Delhi, May 21 As Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a sizeable cut in fuel prices, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that people are the first priority for his government. The government on Saturday cut excise duty on petrol by a record Rs 8 per litre and that on diesel by Rs 6 per litre to give relief to consumers from high fuel prices that have also pushed inflation to a multi-year high. Modi tweeted, "It is always people first for us! Today's decisions, especially the one relating to a significant drop in petrol and diesel prices will positively impact various sectors, provide relief to our citizens and further 'Ease of Living'." The decision to give Rs 200 subsidy per cylinder to beneficiaries of the Ujjwala scheme was also highlighted by the prime ministe...
Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao meets Akhilesh Yadav, Arvind Kejriwal

Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao meets Akhilesh Yadav, Arvind Kejriwal

India
Ravi S Singh Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 21 In another push to cobble an anti-BJP camp sans the Congress at a national level, Telangana chief minister and TRS head K Chandrashekar Rao on Saturday met Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav here, and later, in company with Delhi chief minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal visited a government school and Mohalla clinic. Rao is on a two-day visit here as part of his country-wide itinerary to meet with non-BJP leaders to explore the possibility of a grand alliance of opposition parties with an eye on the 2024 general election. He met Yadav for more than an hour, and discussed the political situation in the country. Later, Telangana Chief Minister's Office tweeted "Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister @YadavAkhilesh met Chief Mini...
Big relief for consumers: Petrol cheaper by Rs 9.5, diesel by Rs 7

Big relief for consumers: Petrol cheaper by Rs 9.5, diesel by Rs 7

India
New Delhi, May 21 Bowing to public pressure, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday announced a Rs 8 per litre cut in excise duty on petrol and Rs 6 a litre on diesel to avoid increase in fuel prices that were necessitated due to surge in international oil prices. Also, the government will give Rs 200 per cylinder subsidy to Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries for 12 cylinders in a year to help ease some of the burden arising from cooking gas rates rising to record levels.
Quad discussing Indo-Pacific economic framework: Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra

Quad discussing Indo-Pacific economic framework: Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra

India
New Delhi, May 21 The Indo Pacific Economic Framework under the Quad ambit is still under discussion, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said here on Saturday. The Foreign Secretary was indirectly rebutting claims by US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan that US President Joe Biden will also launch a new and ambitious economic initiative for the region, the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), which will be a 21st-century economic arrangement, designed to tackle new economic challenges. The Foreign Secretary also played down reports that the Quad was planning to expand to include more countries, such as South Korea. "To our understanding, I don't think there is any conversation going on over further expansion of Quad,'' he said at a press conference. The Foreign Secretary said PM N...
India supplies another 40,000 metric tonnes of diesel to crisis-hit Sri Lanka

India supplies another 40,000 metric tonnes of diesel to crisis-hit Sri Lanka

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Colombo, May 21India on Saturday provided another 40,000 metric tonnes of diesel to Sri Lanka under the credit line facility to the island nation which is grappling with its worst economic crisis.Last month, India extended an additional USD 500 million credit line to help Sri Lanka import fuel as the country has been struggling to pay for imports after its foreign exchange reserves plummeted sharply in recent times, causing a devaluation of its currency and spiralling inflation."Pumping diesel into #SriLanka!!! Another 40,000 MT consignment of diesel under the credit line from #India reached #Colombo today," India's High Commission said on Twitter.Pumping diesel into #SriLanka!!! Another 40,000 MT consignment of diesel under the credit line from #India reached #Colombo today. pic.twitter.c...