Udayavani - ಉದಯವಾಣಿ - PTI https://www.udayavani.com/english-news-sources/pti en In State vs Activists, Supreme Court To Decide Today On House Arrest https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/national/327437/state-vs-activists-supreme-court-decide-today-house-arrest <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="https://www.udayavani.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_new_image/public/images/english_articles/2018/09/28/activist.gif?itok=oynJ_Z-T" width="630" height="400" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>New Delhi:</strong> The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce today, its verdict on a plea by historian Romila Thapar and others seeking the immediate release of five rights activists in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case and an SIT probe into their arrest.</p> <p>A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had reserved the judgment on September 20 after counsel for both parties, including senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Harish Salve and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, concluded their submissions.</p> <p>The bench, that also comprised Justices A M Khaniwlkar and D Y Chandrachud, had asked the Maharashtra police to file their case diary pertaining to the ongoing investigation in the case.</p> <p>The five activists --Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha-- are under arrest at their respective homes since August 29.</p> <p>The plea by Ms Thapar, economists Prabhat Patnaik and Devaki Jain, sociology professor Satish Deshpande and human rights lawyer Maja Daruwala, has sought an independent probe into the arrests and the immediate release of the activists.</p> <p>The Maharashtra police had arrested them on August 28 in connection with an FIR lodged following a conclave -- 'Elgaar Parishad' -- held on December 31 last year that had later triggered violence at Koregaon-Bhima village in the state.</p> <p>The apex court had on September 19 said it would look into the case with a "hawk's eye" as "liberty cannot be sacrificed at the altar of conjectures".</p> <p>It had told the Maharashtra government that there should be a clear-cut distinction between opposition and dissent on one hand and attempts to create disturbance, law and order problems or overthrow the government on the other.</p> <p>Senior advocate Anand Grover, Ashwini Kumar and advocate Prashant Bhushan had also alleged that the entire case was cooked up and adequate safeguards should be provided to protect the liberty of the five activists.</p> <p>The apex court had also said that it may order an SIT probe if it found that the evidence has been "cooked up".</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/house-arrests">house arrests</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/activists-0">activists</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/bhim-koregaon-violence">bhim-koregaon violence</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/supreme-court-0">supreme court</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-en-news-source field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">News source:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/english-news-sources/pti">PTI</a></div></div></div> Sat, 28 Sep 2019 04:29:46 +0000 neeta 327437 at https://www.udayavani.com https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/national/327437/state-vs-activists-supreme-court-decide-today-house-arrest#comments US reviewing India's development of Chabahar port, says official https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/international/324156/us-reviewing-indias-development-chabahar-port-says-official <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="https://www.udayavani.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_new_image/public/images/english_articles/2018/09/13/untitled-2_0.jpg?itok=TA4bodGk" width="630" height="400" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>Washington</strong>: The Trump administration, which is determined to impose fresh set of sanctions on Iran and countries and entities engaged in business with Tehran, is currently reviewing India's development of the strategically important Chabahar port in the Islamic Republic, a senior government official has said. </p> <p>The Chabahar port is being considered a gateway to golden opportunities for trade by India, Iran and Afghanistan with central Asian countries besides ramping up trade among the three countries in the wake of Pakistan denying transit access to New Delhi. </p> <p>"We are reviewing (Chabahar project) in the context, in particular of Afghanistan, and in the spirit that the idea of our sanctions are not to punish partners or to imperil partners, but to bring a price tag for Iran's malign behaviour," Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, told a Washington audience. </p> <p>"As we review the issue of Chabahar, it'll be in the context of what it provides for the stabilisation of Afghanistan or for the kind of regional connectivity that serves other interests as well. But it's an ongoing process of review," Wells said in response to a question at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a top American think-tank. </p> <p>Last month, President Donald Trump issued a strong warning to anyone trading with Iran, following his re-imposition of sanctions on the country. </p> <p>During the recently held 2+2 Dialogue, Wells said the US emphasised the administration's resolve to impose sanctions on Iran and voiced its expectation that its partners will work to reduce oil imports from the oil-rich Islamic Republic to zero. Wells said the Trump administration is very focused on bringing Iranian oil exports down to zero by November. As such, the US officials have had a detailed conversation both with the Indian private sector and the Indian counterparts to discuss what this means and what steps the US is taking to ensure the adequate supply. </p> <p>"Obviously, India is quite sensitive to price fluctuations," she said, acknowledging that particularly in an election year, this is a very important issue. </p> <p>"We've already seen a reduction underway over the last month. There's been a substantial reduction (in India's purchase of oil from Iran). I think the private sector responds to a risk and concern over consequences. So I think that's going to be there. You're going to see a clear response from the private sector in that regard and will continue our conversations with the government of India," she said. </p> <p>David F Helvey, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, said that the Trump administration is committed to implementing all provisions of Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which imposes sanctions on countries and entities making major arms deal with Russia. A recent amendment has the provision of a presidential waiver in some cases. </p> <p>"We are working with our partners, including India, and talking to them about ways to encourage them to avoid potentially, sanctionable acquisitions or activities. So those conversations are ongoing," he said, noting that he can't really get into details or the specifics of what those conversations are. </p> <p>"With respect to the waiver provision in National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA)…fundamentally though this is a provision that allows the president to make these determinations. I'm not going to get ahead of the president how he may or may not exercise that authority," he said. </p> <p>"But I do think it's just important to know that the purpose of the sanctions is not to punish our allies or our partners or damage their military capabilities. (The purpose) is to impose costs and consequences on Russia for its behaviour. This is a complicated issue. We are having the conversation with India and all our partners. But I'm not gonna speculate on how, when, or where, or if, that waiver provision would be employed," Helvey said. </p> <p>Responding to a question, Helvey said the Trump administration recognises that there's a considerable amount of India's legacy force structures of Russian origin or other defense partners of India. </p> <p>"I'm part of the process of working with the Indians to make sure that we've got the right assurance and mechanisms in place to ensure that our defence technology, which is hard to come by and based on investment of considerable resources to develop the type of technology that we have, that we want to put in the field with our forces, our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, to make sure that they have the best equipment," he said. </p> <p>"We're willing to share that with our partners and we just have to make sure that we have the right types of assurances with that. So when you have agreements, whether it's COMCASA (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement) or others, that allow us to have that confidence that gives us the space to be able to move forward and look at where we can do," he said. </p> <p>The two countries are looking at co-development and co-production in the defence technology and trade initiative or even just looking at ways to have the right type of interoperability and that's what the COMCASA agreement allows.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/chabahar-port">Chabahar port</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/iran-oil-imports">iran oil imports</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/alice-wells">alice wells</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-en-news-source field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">News source:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/english-news-sources/pti">PTI</a></div></div></div> Fri, 13 Sep 2019 11:46:45 +0000 neeta 324156 at https://www.udayavani.com https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/international/324156/us-reviewing-indias-development-chabahar-port-says-official#comments Trump panel recommends guns in schools to keep US students safe https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/international/346784/trump-panel-recommends-guns-schools-keep-us-students-safe <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="https://www.udayavani.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_new_image/public/images/english_articles/2018/12/19/untitled-5.jpg?itok=oO4kv6as" width="630" height="400" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>Washington</strong>: A safety panel set up by US President Donald Trump in the wake of numerous school shootings recommended Tuesday that schools consider arming staff, using veterans as guards and reversing Obama-era guidelines.</p> <p>The Federal Commission on School Safety panel, led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, was set up after the February massacre in Parkland, Florida, when a former student shot dead 17 people, sparking mass gun control protests.</p> <p>The commission rejected calls to increase the minimum age required for gun purchases, arguing in its 180-page report that most school shooters obtain their weapons from family members or friends.</p> <p>Instead, it suggested arming staff -- even teachers in some circumstances -- "for the sake of effectively and immediately responding to violence." School districts where police responses could be slower, such as rural districts, may benefit in particular, the commission said.</p> <p>It also recommended education authorities hiring military veterans and former police officers who "can also serve as highly effective educators." The report pushes for a review of disciplinary guidelines introduced in 2014 under former president Barack Obama, which suggested alternatives to suspension and expulsion to tackle discrimination against black and Latino students.</p> <p>The commission's report said the measure has had "a strong negative impact on school discipline and safety." The American Civil Liberties Union condemned that proposition.</p> <p>"The Trump administration is exploiting tragedies to justify rolling back school children's civil rights protections, despite the lack of any evidence linking school discipline reform to school shootings," it said in a statement.</p> <p>Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi, who will be US House speaker when her party take over the chamber in January, criticized the report saying Trump and DeVos "have reached a new low." "Their 'report' on school safety puts special interests and the NRA ahead of protecting America's school children. Students &amp; parents have had #Enough," Pelosi wrote on Twitter.</p> <p>She drew a backlash from Ryan Petty, a gun enthusiast and school safety advocate whose 14 year old daughter was killed in the Parkland massacre.</p> <p>"Hi @NancyPelosi, it's easy to be a critic. Harder to create. Would you sit down with Parkland families to discuss the report?," Petty wrote on Twitter.</p> <p>"We worked hard to ensure this report addresses top school safety priorities. It's painful for us when you dismiss it without basis in fact," he added.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/washington-0">Washington</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/us-0">US</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/donald-trump">Donald Trump</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-en-news-source field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">News source:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/english-news-sources/pti">PTI</a></div></div></div> Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:42:46 +0000 shreya 346784 at https://www.udayavani.com https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/international/346784/trump-panel-recommends-guns-schools-keep-us-students-safe#comments Lok Sabha adjourned again amid sloganeering by members https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/national/346779/lok-sabha-adjourned-again-amid-sloganeering-members <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="https://www.udayavani.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_new_image/public/images/english_articles/2018/12/19/parl-2.jpg?itok=pCiTSjPr" width="630" height="400" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>New Delhi</strong>: Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned for the second time on Wednesday after the House reconvened at noon, amid sloganeering and protests by AIADMK, Congress and TDP members over various issues.</p> <p>While AIADMK members protested against construction of a dam across the Cauvery river, those from the Congress demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale deal.</p> <p>The government rejected the demand for a JPC.</p> <p>As the protests continued, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned proceedings till 2 pm.</p> <p>Earlier as soon as the House met in the morning, members from the three parties trooped into the Well, holding placards and later started shouting slogans.</p> <p>More than 40 members were in the Well.</p> <p>Some members from the ruling BJP also sought to raise certain issues from their seats.</p> <p>Little over ten minutes into the Question Hour, where one question and various supplementaries were taken up, the Speaker adjourned proceedings till noon following vociferous protests.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/new-delhi-1">New Delhi</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/lok-sabha">Lok Sabha</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/aiadmk">AIADMK</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/tdp">TDP</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-en-news-source field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">News source:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/english-news-sources/pti">PTI</a></div></div></div> Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:18:52 +0000 shreya 346779 at https://www.udayavani.com https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/national/346779/lok-sabha-adjourned-again-amid-sloganeering-members#comments American Gets 15 Months in Jail for Attacking Sikh Cab Driver With Hammer https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/international/346778/american-gets-15-months-jail-attacking-sikh-cab-driver-hammer <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="https://www.udayavani.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_new_image/public/images/english_articles/2018/12/19/jail.jpg?itok=JWb3C_mR" width="630" height="400" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>New York</strong>: A man in the US has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for brutally attacking a 53-year-old Indian-origin Sikh taxi driver in Seattle last year. Swarn Singh was assaulted with a deadly weapon by Rory Benson in December 2017, according to Sikhs civil rights group The Sikh Coalition.</p> <p>Benson, who pleaded guilty to assaulting him, was sentenced to 15 months in prison by a court in Seattle. Singh, who maintains Sikh articles of faith including unshorn hair and a turban, had parked outside an apartment building to drop off Benson and his mother. Benson, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, attempted to suffocate him with a piece of cloth kept in the taxi to wipe the windshield, the coalition said in a statement.</p> <p>He immediately ran out of the taxi, and Benson grabbed a hammer from his bag, chasing him on foot. Benson hit Singh in the head repeatedly, specifically targeting his turban and knocking it to the ground, it said. He suffered a scalp laceration and a skull fracture as a result of the attack and was rushed to hospital. Benson was arrested.</p> <p>The coalition said it worked with Singh for 11 months to make sure the Bellevue Police Department and the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office were properly investigating the incident and reviewing appropriate charges.</p> <p>Singh submitted an impact statement to the King County Superior Court, urging his attacker to recognise the damage caused, detailing his injuries and the impact of the assault on the Sikh community.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/new-york-0">New York</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/us-0">US</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/american">american</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/sikh-cab-driver">Sikh Cab Driver</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-en-news-source field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">News source:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/english-news-sources/pti">PTI</a></div></div></div> Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:13:01 +0000 shreya 346778 at https://www.udayavani.com https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/international/346778/american-gets-15-months-jail-attacking-sikh-cab-driver-hammer#comments Mumbai hospital fire: Food delivery boy saves 10 lives https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/national/346774/mumbai-hospital-fire-food-delivery-boy-saves-10-lives <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="https://www.udayavani.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_new_image/public/images/english_articles/2018/12/19/mumbai.jpg?itok=ckEzb8Yx" width="630" height="400" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>Mumbai</strong>: A 20-year-old Swiggy executive, who was out delivering food, saved 10 lives from the massive fire at a Mumbai hospital that killed eight people.</p> <p>Sidhu Humanabade was passing by when he saw smoke bellowing out from upper floors of the ESIC Kamgar Hospital. He left his bike and asked the firemen if he can join them in rescuing people. After a nod from officials, he reached fourth floor of the building with the help of fire brigade's ladder and rescued some stranded patients and visitors.</p> <p>Braving the dense smoke that engulfed the area, he managed to bring out 10 people to safety in two hours. During this, he chocked on the smoke and is currently admitted at the nearby Seven Hills Hospital.</p> <p>Speaking to PTI from his hospital bed, Sidhu said when he heard people crying for help, he could not stop himself. "I joined the firemen in their rescue operation. Thankfully, the firemen allowed me to climb their ladder to reach the fourth floor. I broke the building's glass with an axe and entered the premises." </p> <p>He then asked the patients to come over to the window ledge and brought them down one by one. "One patient slipped from my hand and fell down, but fortunately she survived," said Sidhu.</p> <p>Sidhu is from Airoli but shifted to Andheri's Marol, where the hospital is, with his uncle a few days back when he joined Swiggy.</p> <p>Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Santosh Gangwar Tuesday met the victims admitted in various city hospitals and assured that they would be provided proper treatment.</p> <p>Sidhu said the minister met him too and enquired about his health and also asked about his deed. "It was nice to get appreciation from him," said Sidhu, a class 12 pass out.</p> <p>Besides, a woman also recalled how her presence of mind led her to save herself and her infant daughter.</p> <p>Reenu Narayan had brought 8-month-old Sonika to the hospital for treatment of pneumonia. "When I saw people crying and screaming all over the place and the smoke spreading fast, I picked up my baby and ran. I was lucky to find a passage to reach out to safety," Narayan said.</p> <p>Meanwhile, all the rescued patients and visitors were undergoing treatment in seven hospitals across the city and 29 of them were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a civic official said.</p> <p>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday ordered a probe into the fire.</p> <p>The Union labour ministry also announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the kin of each of the deceased, Rs 2 lakh for victims who received serious injuries and Rs 1 lakh for those who suffered minor injuries.</p> <p>On Tuesday, the hospital staffers protested against its management and alleged that working conditions and infrastructure at the facility were "poor".</p> <p>"The hospital building doesn't have fire safety installations nor any emergency exits. Its renovation work began 10 years ago and is still on. Doctors and nurses keep falling sick due to the bad working conditions. We want our grievances to be addressed," a protesting staffer said.</p> <p>City-based public health activist Ravi Duggal said the Employee's State Insurance Corporation or ESIC has a huge cash reserve which is required to be spent properly on hospitals run by it.</p> <p>"The ESIC has reserves worth Rs 50,000 crore. The money is being used to open medical colleges, which is not mandated. It (ESIC) gets contribution of Rs 16,000 crore every year from its members, but only Rs 7,000 crore is used for healthcare and the remaining is used somewhere else, like investments in corporate bonds," he claimed.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/mumbai-0">mumbai</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/swiggy">Swiggy</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/mumbai%C2%A0hospital">Mumbai hospital</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-en-news-source field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">News source:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/english-news-sources/pti">PTI</a></div></div></div> Wed, 19 Dec 2018 08:51:23 +0000 shreya 346774 at https://www.udayavani.com https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/national/346774/mumbai-hospital-fire-food-delivery-boy-saves-10-lives#comments Virat Kohli and PM Modi 'spectacular' players, not easy to defeat them: Jaitley https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/national/346773/virat-kohli-and-pm-modi-spectacular-players-not-easy-defeat-them-jaitley <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="https://www.udayavani.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_new_image/public/images/english_articles/2018/12/19/arun-jaitley.jpg?itok=gze-4GIR" width="630" height="400" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>New Delhi</strong>: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli are "spectacular" players in their spheres who are not easy to defeat, said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday on his prediction for 2019 general election and India's chances of winning the world cup again.</p> <p>While India will elect a new government before May-end, the national cricket team will go to England and Wales to play Cricket World Cup, kicking off near the same time next year.</p> <p>At the 'Agenda Aaj Tak', Jaitley, a cricket enthusiast and a keen political observer, was asked for his prediction on the general election and the world cup.</p> <p>"In both spheres, there are spectacular players -- Virat Kohli and Narendra Modi. And it is not easy to defeat them," he remarked.</p> <p>He said Team India is "very tough" to defeat the current Indian cricket team in the short form of the game.</p> <p>On elections, he said the 'Mahagathbandhan' or grand-alliance of opposition parties was a failed idea as "no country will jump in to commit suicide" by electing a combination "which does not have stability or ideology" or has no certainty of the leader.</p> <p>He accused Congress President Rahul Gandhi of "lying" on Rafale fighter jet deal and fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is wanted in the country for defaulting on bank loans.</p> <p>"I will only say that he (Rahul Gandhi) lied on both the issues (Rafale and Mallya). Lie is short lived and if you want to do serious politics (and) have credibility, it is important that you understand the seriousness of issues. This is a must for him to have a long run in politics," he said.</p> <p>He accused the previous Congress-led UPA government of not doing enough to provide the fighter aircraft that Indian Air Force needed and said the deal negotiated by the present BJP-led NDA government is cheaper than the previous one.</p> <p>"If we have combat aircraft which can fire from 100 km distance at the target, then the (Kargil) war would have ended in lesser time," he said.</p> <p>The government is getting Rafale jets at 9 per cent cheaper rate than barebone jets negotiated under the deal by the UPA government and 20 per cent cheaper than weaponised one, he said.</p> <p>"It is a matter of shame that the Air Force raised the demand for combat aircraft in 2001 (when NDA was in power) and till 2014, it did not happen. Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) told the French President that we will buy it at terms and conditions lower than the earlier one (the previously negotiated deal)," he said.</p> <p>When asked about Congress' demand for a Joint Parliament Committee (JPC) on Rafale deal, he said the pricing details were given to the Supreme Court which said that the process has been followed.</p> <p>"The Supreme Court said offset was decided by Dassault (the French firm manufacturing Rafale fighter jets). Parliamentary committees have a history of being split on partisan lines. We have a majority there. But to conduct a farce which will only delay something which is inherently required in national security and after the Supreme Court judgement, there is no occasion for the matter to be called into or investigated," he said.</p> <p>On the Supreme Court judgment stating that the deal has been examined by the CAG and is now before Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament as opposed to the fact that CAG is yet to give its report, Jaitley said the government in its submissions to the apex court stated the correct facts.</p> <p>"There is a matter pending in the CAG and if there is an ambiguity in the order, (like) I have seen in hundreds of cases as a lawyer... you mention that to the court the next day and clarify the ambiguity," he said.</p> <p>"So if ambiguity is the best argument of Rahul Gandhi, then obviously he has no damn case," Jaitley said.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/new-delhi-1">New Delhi</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/narendra-modi-1">Narendra Modi</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/virat-kohli">Virat Kohli</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/arun-jaitley">Arun Jaitley</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-en-news-source field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">News source:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/english-news-sources/pti">PTI</a></div></div></div> Wed, 19 Dec 2018 08:46:41 +0000 shreya 346773 at https://www.udayavani.com https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/national/346773/virat-kohli-and-pm-modi-spectacular-players-not-easy-defeat-them-jaitley#comments Jayalalithaa’s hospital bill was Rs 6.85 crore, room rent Rs 1.24 crore https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/national/346772/jayalalithaa%E2%80%99s-hospital-bill-was-rs-685-crore-room-rent-rs-124-crore <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="https://www.udayavani.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_new_image/public/images/english_articles/2018/12/19/jaya.jpeg?itok=a89WJ5Tm" width="630" height="400" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>Chennai:</strong> A Rs 6.85 crore bill of Apollo Hospitals for the 75-day treatment of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in 2016, submitted recently to a panel probing the circumstances leading to her death, has gone viral in the social media.</p> <p>The one page summary shows Rs 6,85,00,000 as the total bill with a detailed break-up and an outstanding amount of Rs 44.56 lakh.</p> <p>The ruling AIADMK is shown as having paid Rs 6 crore received on June 15, 2017, months after J Jayalalithaa's death on December 5, 2016.</p> <p>Though an amount of Rs 41.13 lakh is shown as being received by the hospital on October 13, 2016, no mention is made of who made that payment.</p> <p>When contacted about the leak of the bill, both the Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry and a legal counsel for the hospital in the panel denied dissemination from their respective sides.</p> <p>The bill is, however, genuine and it was submitted in the panel on November 27, 2018, the hospital counsel said.</p> <p>"The bill summary is not a complete factual reflection of all the details because the details were produced in more than 200 pages. We are surprised and shocked that a confidential document, which was submitted to the commission on November 27, is out in the open," hospital counsel Maimoona Badsha told PTI.</p> <p>Under the head 'food and beverage services', which shows Rs 1,17,04,925, the counsel said it includes a whole lot of people like visitors. The break-up shows consultation fee as Rs 71 lakh.</p> <p>A UK based doctor Richard Beale was paid Rs 92 lakh and a Singapore based hospital Rs 1.29 crore for professional charges respectively and room rent was Rs 1.24 crore (which includes the cost of occupancy of several rooms by her attendants) during the late leader's hospital stay.</p> <p>Jayalalithaa had passed away on December 5, 2016 after being treated in the hospital for 75 days from September 22, 2016 for various ailments.</p> <p>In September 2017, the state government had constituted the probe panel under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, mandating it to inquire into the circumstances leading to Jayalalithaa's hospitalisation on September 22, 2016, and treatment provided by the hospital till her demise.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/chennai-0">Chennai</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/jayalalithaa">Jayalalithaa</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/apollo-hospitals">Apollo Hospitals</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-en-news-source field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">News source:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/english-news-sources/pti">PTI</a></div></div></div> Wed, 19 Dec 2018 08:40:01 +0000 shreya 346772 at https://www.udayavani.com https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/national/346772/jayalalithaa%E2%80%99s-hospital-bill-was-rs-685-crore-room-rent-rs-124-crore#comments Oppn 'mahagathbandhan' illusion, BJP will retain power in 2019: Amit Shah https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/national/346768/oppn-mahagathbandhan-illusion-bjp-will-retain-power-2019-amit-shah <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="https://www.udayavani.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_new_image/public/images/english_articles/2018/12/19/shah.jpg?itok=9LbcBR1P" width="630" height="400" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>Mumbai</strong>: BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday made light of the Opposition 'mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance), calling it an illusion and expressed confidence that the BJP will retain power after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.</p> <p>Speaking at the Republic Summit in Mumbai, Shah also said he was sure that the Shiv Sena will be with the BJP in the next Lok Sabha elections. Talks are on (with them), he added.</p> <p>"The reality of the Opposition 'mahagathbandhan' is different. It (the opposition alliance) doesn't exist and is a 'bhranti' (illusion)," Shah said.</p> <p>"The mahagathbandhan does not exist anywhere. We have fought against all of them in 2014 and defeated them to form the government. They are all regional leaders, they can't help each other," the BJP president said.</p> <p>Shah said the BJP will gain in West Bengal, North-East and Odisha in 2019.</p> <p>"The issues of elections are: in five years how have we ensured national security and defeated corruption. We have provided toilets in eight crore homes and electricity in 2.5 crore homes," Shah said.</p> <p>"Not only for the BJP, but it is also necessary for the country that a strong government comes to power," the BJP president said.</p> <p>The election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were definitely not favourable for BJP, but it is not right to link them with the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, he said.</p> <p>State polls can't be linked to Lok Sabha poll results as both elections are fought on separate issues, Shah said.</p> <p>"It is our duty to work for the people and convince them, but if the mandate is against us we accept that too," he said.</p> <p>"I am not against analysis, but the elections are fought on different issues. The issues on the ground are different," he added.</p> <p>"In 2014, BJP had government in six states, now we have it in 16 states. So tell me who will win the 2019 elections," the BJP president said.</p> <p>"We accept the people's mandate (in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh). We will introspect on the poll results," he said.</p> <p>The BJP chief said it does not matter who is pitted against Narendra Modi in the 2019 polls (as prime ministerial aspirant).</p> <p>"We are going ahead on the basis of our strength and not on the basis of someone's weakness," he added.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/mumbai-0">mumbai</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/bjp-0">bjp</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/amit-shah-0">Amit Shah</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/2019-poll">2019 Poll</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-en-news-source field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">News source:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/english-news-sources/pti">PTI</a></div></div></div> Wed, 19 Dec 2018 07:31:57 +0000 shreya 346768 at https://www.udayavani.com https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/national/346768/oppn-mahagathbandhan-illusion-bjp-will-retain-power-2019-amit-shah#comments 600 killed in 84,000 fire mishaps in Mumbai in 10 yrs: Sena https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/national/346763/600-killed-84000-fire-mishaps-mumbai-10-yrs-sena <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="https://www.udayavani.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_new_image/public/images/english_articles/2018/12/19/uddhav-thackeray.jpg?itok=tDHYW2gt" width="630" height="400" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>Mumbai</strong>: Mumbai witnessed more than 84,000 fire incidents in the last 10 years leading to death of over 600 people, the Shiv Sena claimed Wednesday and questioned the state administration's preparedness to handle such mishaps.</p> <p>In case of such incidents in residential buildings, the persons, builders or housing society concerned were held responsible, the Sena said, and asked who was to be then blamed for the fire in the ESIC Hospital here on Monday.</p> <p>Eight people were killed and nearly 176 others injured in the blaze in the government's ESIC (Employees State Insurance Scheme) Kamgar Hospital at Marol in Andheri.</p> <p>The hospital, which is supposed to save lives, became 'yamraaj' (God of death) for patients due to "administrative lapses", the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.</p> <p>"Mumbai's high-rises and the fire incidents there have become synonymous. In the last one year, there have been 10 such fire-related incidents and in the past 10 years, there were over 84,000 blaze mishaps in which more than 600 people lost their lives," the Marathi publication claimed.</p> <p>The buildings in Mumbai have become "dormant volcanoes", the Uddhav Thackeray-led party further said.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Congress' Maharashtra unit spokesperson Sachin Sawant said the Kamgar Hospital was working without a final no-objection certificate (NOC), so the state government and the Centre were equally responsible for the mishap.</p> <p>The contractor used sub-standard equipment, he alleged.</p> <p>"Also, the hospital was working without an NOC which was supposed to have been monitored by the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC)," Sawant noted.</p> <p>The mishap occurred due to "blatant corruption, negligence and mismanagement," he said.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/mumbai-0">mumbai</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/shiv-sena-0">Shiv Sena</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/noc">NOC</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/midc">MIDC</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-en-news-source field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">News source:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/english-news-sources/pti">PTI</a></div></div></div> Wed, 19 Dec 2018 07:07:48 +0000 shreya 346763 at https://www.udayavani.com https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/national/346763/600-killed-84000-fire-mishaps-mumbai-10-yrs-sena#comments