Stating that the government is committed for decriminalising in theelectoral system, Law Minister Salman Khurshid today said far-reaching electoral reforms are on the anvil after the coming Assembly polls.
“Its difficult time for Indian politics… we are for decriminalisation of politics…we couldn’t bring in electoral reforms… we are in favour ofcleaning up politics.” Khurshid stated.”
Notably, the minister’s statement comes close on the heels of the ChiefElection Commissioner SY Quraishi’s remarks that government may not have been able to table a bill on electoral reforms in the just-concluded session of Parliament, due to its pre-occupation with other issues he expected the law ministry to keep its promise in the next session.
Reacting on the controversy over the induction of controversial BJP sacked Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha by the BJP, he said that the Congress was doing its best to try to avoid any such mistakes.
“Given the ground realities, it is an absolute minefield there. We are doing our best that we do not step on a minefield.”
Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia has said that inclusive and sustainable growth will be the main focus of the 12th Five Year Plan. This plan is due to begin from fiscal year 2012-13.
Speaking in Bhubaneswar Montek Singh Ahluwalia said, “The theme of the 12th Plan is ‘Inclusive and Sustainable Growth’… it means we want the plan to benefit everyone.”
He also stressed that 9 per cent growth rate is achievable provided the infrastructure and energy gets optimum funds for investment to achieve this purpose.
Four of a family a women and her three kids have brutally been murdered in their Loni house in Ghaziabad, say the police. The incident occurred late on Friday night.
The deceased has been identified as Rukhsana. She is said to be wife of an auto-driver Nawab. The desperado attacked the lone woman and her kids with sharp edged weapons. Police suspect private enmity to have led to the crime.
An RTI – Right to Information activist has been brutally assaulted for exposing jobs given on fake documents and black marketing ofration.
Talking about the attack the activist said that as a result of RTI one person from his village was arrested for black marketing of rationmeant for poor people.
“And there is a clerk in the village who charges money for giving cooked up evidence by standing witness in cases. He got my father assaulted by paying money. A complaint was filed by me in this regard. Yet the police investigating officer Rajesh visited the assailant and had tea with him,” said the injured activist.
A hot air balloon carrying 11 people caught fire and crashed, killing all of them, in New Zealand’s northern farming town of Carterton, 80 kilometers northeast of the town of Wellington.
Wellington Regional Commander Mike Rusbatch, approached the balloon soon after it fell down. He said that the pilot and 10 passengers died, adding that detailed information about the unfortunate event was yet to be collected.
Eyewitnesses said they saw flames leaping out of the balloon before it fell.
In the run up to UP assembly election, UP Samajwadi Party (SP) ChiefAkhilesh Yadav has arrived Bijnor district of Western Uttar Pradesh as a part of his chariot march across the state.
Amid raging controversy within his own party over induction of controversial DP Yadav in SP, state party chief stressed that taintedpersons will not be taken in the party.“Our party will not let tainted person to join us,” said Akhilesh Yadav, UP Samajwadi Party Chief.
Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav replaced Mohan Singh by another party MP Ram Gopal Yadav as party spokesperson. The sacking of Mohan Singh from party spokesperson’s post came after his criticism against Akhilesh Yadav for denying party ticket to controversial DP Yadav, a history-sheeter politician from Western UP.
Patnitop, a beautiful tourists spot 110 km away from Jammu, is comparatively little known to the tourists. But its picturesque beauty especially during snowfall is a no less attractive than any other famous hill station. Heavy snowfall in the region during last two days has closed the Jammu-Kashmir NationalHighway, nonetheless the tourists who are visiting here are filled with great joy.
“I have come here from Delhi and seeing such a heavy snowfall for the first time… I am enjoying it a lot…,” said a tourist.
“I have seen a lot of snow but it is for the first time that I am experiencing the snowfall,” said another tourist.
Tourist mostly throng this spot during December-March season to enjoy snowfall.