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Chandrababu Naidu on day-long fast to protest injustice to Andhra

Vijayawada, April 20 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who turned 68 on Friday, began his day-long fast to protest what he calls the injustice being meted out to the state by the Central government. Naidu launched the 'Dharma Porata Deeksha' hunger strike at Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium in Vijayawada. The fast, which began at 7 a.m., will conclude at 7 p.m.

3 days ago
Shutdown in Andhra over special status hits normal life

Amaravati, April 16 (IANS) Normal life came to a standstill in Andhra Pradesh on Monday as the day-long shutdown called in demand for the special status category to the state evoked near total response. Shops and business establishment and educational institutions remained closed, while buses of state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) went off the roads in al...

5 days ago
Chandrababu Naidu to observe fast over special status to Andhra

Amaravati, April 14 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will observe a day-long fast on April 20 to protest the Narendra Modi-led Central government's refusal to grant special category status to the state. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President will be staging the protest on his 68th birthday to pressurise the Central government to fulfill all commitments made at th...

5 days ago
Nutrition-based welfare schemes play huge role in social upliftment

Our pursuit of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is largely dependent on equality in the distribution of resources and inclusive growth. In the 2017 SDG Index and Dashboards Report, assessing the performance of countries in terms of achieving the SDGs, India ranked 116th out of 157 countries. The need to step up our efforts was further emphasised when we ranked 93rd of 128 countries i...

7 days ago
Maharashtra BJP MLAs caught on tape 'snacking' during fast

Pune (Maharashtra), April 12 (IANS) There were red faces in the BJP after two of its legislators were found snacking on sandwiches and chips as the party leaders and cadres led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi observed a day's fast across India on Thursday. The development came three days after the Bharatiya Janata Party lampooned the Congress when some of its Delhi leaders were seen eati...

7 days ago
BJP leaders fast in Maharashtra against Parliament's disruption

Mumbai, April 12 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party top leaders, including Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, MPs, MLAs, MLCs and others sat on a day-long fast across Maharashtra on Thursday to protest the disruption of Parliament's budget session by opposition parties. Fadnavis, along with Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar, MP Poonam Mahajan, actor-turned-MP Paresh Rawal and legislator Parag Alv...

9 days ago
Modi blasts opposition for 'dividing' the country, creating hurdles to development

Motihari (Bihar), April 10 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday accused the opposition of trying to divide the country and creating hurdles from streets to parliament in the governments' efforts to uplift the poor and the downtrodden. They (opposition) are creating hurdles in the work of the government from the streets to Parliament. Today you have a government at the Centre wh...

10 days ago
Sharad Yadav meets fasting YSR Congress MPs, expresses solidarity

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) Veteran socialist leader and former Union Minister Sharad Yadav on Monday met the YSR Congress MPs who have been on an indefinite hunger strike since April 6 demanding special category status for Andhra Pradesh. Yadav met MPs Midhun Reddy and Avinash Reddy at Andhra Bhawan here and extended his support to the YSR Congress party's cause. Prime Minister N...

10 days ago
JD-U wants Modi to grant Bihar special status

Patna, April 9 (IANS) The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Monday said it wanted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce granting of special category status to Bihar when he visits the state on Tuesday. Modi is slated to visit Motihari to participate in the concluding ceremony of Champaran Satyagraha centenary celebrations on Tuesday. Modi should grant special status to Bihar as prom...

11 days ago
Kejriwal slams Modi for detention of TDP MPs

New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi after 21 Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs were detained by police while marching towards his residence to demand special status for Andhra Pradesh. The demand being made by them is completely just. It is sad that the respectable MPs were sent to jail when they went to meet him.

11 days ago
TDP MPs detained while marching towards PM's residence

New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) A group of 21 Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs were on Sunday detained by police while marching towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence to demand special status for Andhra Pradesh. All the MPs -- including Ashok Gajapathi Raju and J.C. Diwakar Reddy -- were bundled into a bus by police from Race Course Road in the heart of Delhi from where they set out to r...

12 days ago
Jairam Ramesh for special Parliament session in May-June

New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) After half of parliament's budget session was washed out due to disruptions, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has written to Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu requesting a special two-week session in May-June to pass important legislation and fecilitate debate and discussion. Saying he was making this suggestion in his personal capacity, Ram...

13 days ago
TDP MPs sit on dharna inside Speaker's chamber, forcibly removed

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) At least 15 MPs belonging to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Friday sat on a dharna inside Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's chamber to protest against her decision to not admit their no-trust motion against the government, and were forcibly removed in the evening. This came a day after the TDP MPs staged a similar sit-in inside Rajya Sabha. The MPs en...

13 days ago
Congress blames government for Parliament logjam

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) The Congress on Friday blamed the government of exerting pressure on Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to not let the no-confidence motion being taken up, and held it responsible for not letting the Parliament function. Responding to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar holding the party responsible for the parliament not functioning, Congress leader in L...

13 days ago
Amit Shah likens opposition to 'snakes, mongooses, dogs, cats'

Mumbai, April 6 (IANS) BJP President Amit Shah on Friday attacked the opposition parties coming together, likening them to snakes, mongooses, dogs and cats, only to retract hours later following strong reactions. When there are huge floods all animals like snakes, mongooses, dogs and cats climb together on a single tree trunk for refuge, as there are deep waters below and they are scared...

13 days ago
Budget session marked by disruptions, low productivity

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) The budget session of Parliament ended on Friday with the second part completely washed out in the wake of a standoff between the government and the opposition whose no-confidence motion was not taken up for more than a fortnight. In an unprecedented action, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not take up the raft of no-confidence motions tabled by several opposition pa...

13 days ago
Parliament adjourned sine die

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) Both houses of parliament were adjourned sine die on Friday, drawing the curtains on the budget session which saw the second-half being washed out amid protests, and the Lok Sabha unable to take up no-confidence motions moved by several opposition parties. While the first-half of the session -- January 31 to February 9 -- recorded 134 per cent productivity in th...

13 days ago
After furore, Amit Shah 'clarifies' comments comparing opposition with animals

Mumbai, April 6 (IANS) Barely an hour after his comparison of Opposition parties with animals at a public rally here created a furore, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah virtually backtracked on his comments. During his rally speech, Shah said when there are huge floods all animals like snakes, mongooses, dogs and cats climb together on a single tree trunk for refuge, as there ar...

13 days ago
YSR Congress MPs resign from Lok Sabha

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) All the five Lok Sabha MPs of the YSR Congress tendered their resignations to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Friday -- the last day of Budget session -- to protest against their unfulfilled demand of Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh. They are also enraged at the Speaker not taking up the no-confidence motion moved by the party against the Narendra Modi gove...

14 days ago
TDP MPs evicted from RS at night as they refused to leave

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha on Thursday witnessed high-voltage drama even after its proceedings were adjournment for the day, as the TDP members continued their protest over their demand for Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh. The hours-long drama ended at night only after the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs were marshalled out from the House. The TDP members, ...

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