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Modi is behaving like Muhammad Bin Tughlaq and Yogi as Aurangazeb – Randeep Surjewala

Today during the press conference of Indian National Congress, Randeep Surjewala said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is Behaving like Muhammad Bin Tughlaq and Ajay Pratap Singh (Yogi Adityanath) is behaving like Aurangzeb. He added Modi government is not functioning in a Democratic system. It is functioning like a Talibani system. He said BJP has not let Lord Hanuman. They had dragged Lord Hanuman in this dirty game of Politics by asking Lord Hanuman’s caste.

Before Surjewala congress MLA Mallikarjun Khadge had also pulled the name of PM Modi. He said “The kind of language being used in today’s politics is encouraged by PM Modi. After being the head of the state these politicians are fighting like a low-class people.

23rd GST Council meet: 150 items to get cheaper

After getting sharp criticism from the Opposition over the ‘hasty’ implementation of Goods and Service Tax, 23rd GST council has brought down the list of 200 items that fall in the highest tax slab of 28%.

GST Council, which consists of state Finance Ministers and headed by Central Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, has brought down the commodities of daily use like washing powder, aftershave cream, detergent, chocolate is likely to get cheaper.

“Lower 18% GST will be levied on chewing gums, chocolates, aftershave, deodorant, washing powder, detergent, marble,” Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi, who has attended the meeting, said.

“The GST Council has decided to keep only 50 items, mostly demerit, sin and luxury goods in top 28% bracket,” Modi added.

PM Modi led NDA government has come under the sharp criticism after Congress-led Opposition questioned the implementation of GST. Congress Vice-Rahul Gandhi has been relentlessly targeting PM Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and described GST as ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’.

“The Congress wanted to implement the Goods and Service Tax. But the PM Modi-led government at the Centre has imposed the Gabbar Singh Tax,” Rahul Gandhi said at an election rally in poll-bound Gujarat.

Under (GST) regime implemented from July, over 1,200 products and services have been fitted into one of the 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent tax slabs based on the principle of keeping the total tax incidence at almost the same level as previously as well as keeping revenue collections neutral.

Jaitley said some of the items should never have been in the 28 per cent slab and the GST Council in the last 3-4 meetings has slashed rates on over 100 items, thereby bringing them down either from 28 per cent to 18 per cent or from 18 per cent to 12 per cent.

“The whole idea is, as your revenue collections neutralise we must prune it and that’s the pattern in which the Council has so far been functioning. I see that as a future guide as far as the Council is concerned,” Jaitley said at event in New Delhi last week.

PM Narendra Modi visits Bihar, development projects on the cards

In his visit to Bihar to attend the centenary celebrations of the Patna University, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched several development projects worth over 3,700 crores. Launching the “Diwali gift” in the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stones of four water treatment plants and a six-lane bridge, parallel to existing one between Mokemah and Begusrai, on river Ganga.

It’s PM’s first-ever full-fledged official tour to the state since the Bhartiya Janata Party came to hot-seat after a dramatic shift of power took in the state after Nitish Kumar broke his ally with Lalu Prasad Yadav back in July this year. Prime Minister also announced the road-map of making 10 private and 10 public universities, making them a world-class over 5-years with a fund of Rs 10,000 crore.

After the centenary celebrations, PM Modi will fly to Mokama, 100 km from the capital city of Bihar, where he will lay the foundation stone for Rs 3031 crore National Highways project as many sewage treatment plants and related work worth over Rs 730 crore.

Hitting out at Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, Former Dy CM Tejashwi Yadav, who is now the Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly, questions Nitish Kumar government over amenities in the state’s schools. He tweets:

Bullet Train parts failed quality tests: Steel scandal may draw worry line to PM’s pet project

As Japan showed its interest in developing a high-speed railway corridor between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, a major incident of corruption in Japan will draw a worry line to Prime Minister Modi’s pet project in India.

A fake data scandal by Kobe Steel Limited, the largest steel manufacturing company which provides its material to Bullet trains for making its railway line, is found to have provided the sub-standard quality parts for the same. This, in turn, will raise questions if the same company would provide the parts in India.

According to Central Japan Railway Co, which operates the high-speed trains between Tokyo and Osaka, haven’t found any safety risks, however, the aluminium components connecting wheels to train cars failed Japanese industry standards.

The latest scandal that hit Japan’s manufacturing industry will surely resonate in India. The company, Kobe Steel Ltd, the third-largest steel producer had admitted to fake data about the strength and durability of some aluminium and copper. The company has the scores of clients from aviation to four-wheelers which include Toyota Motor Corp, General Motors Co would scramble if they have used the suspected material parts and if the safety has been compromised.

According to Bloomberg, Kobe Steel Chief Executive Officer Hiroya Kawasaki said at a meeting with a senior official from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on Thursday “I deeply apologize for causing concern to many people, including all users and consumers.” He said trust in the company has fallen to “zero” and he will work to restore its reputation. “Safety is the top priority.”

After plunging down to 36 percent over previous two days, the company’s shares in the company rebounded by 1 percent on Thursday. The company has lost the market value of about $1.6 billion since the revelations were made.

Figures were systematically fabricated at all four of Kobe Steel’s local aluminium plants, with the practice dating back as long as 10 years for some products, the company said Sunday. Data was also faked for iron ore powder and target materials that are used in DVDs and LCD screens, it said three days later.

In Central Japan Railway’s bullet trains, 310 of the tested parts were found to be sub-standard and will be replaced at the next regular inspection, spokesman Haruhiko Tomikubo said. They were produced by Kobe Steel over the past five years, he said.

While there have not been any reports that Kobe Steel products posed safety risks, the company is likely to face lawsuits from investors, customers, consumers and regulators in Japan and U.S., experts say. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kotaro Nogami on Wednesday said the faked data undermined the basis of fair trade, calling it “inappropriate.”

If lenders were to take over Kobe Steel, a break-up of the company along business lines could be beneficial for shareholders and rivals, according to Thanh Ha Pham, an analyst at Jefferies Japan Ltd., who has a “Buy” rating for the company. Kobe’s steel business would fetch roughly 200 billion yen ($1.78 billion), he said.

Japan’s steel industry is dominated by JFE Holdings Inc. and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp., which accounted for about 70 percent of the country’s production in the year ended March.

“I talked with management of JFE and I think they are very happy to buy Kobe Steel’s steel businesses,” Pham said Thursday on Bloomberg TV. “That would be a very good scenario, to have further restructuring in the steel industry in Japan.”

JFE said it isn’t actively considering purchasing Kobe Steel’s steel business.

All you need to know about cabinet reshuffle scheduled on Sunday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce a new set of council of ministers on Sunday, sources in the government have confirmed. The swearing-in ceremony will take place at around 10 am, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, a first under newly-elected President Ram Nath Kovind. This will be Prime Minister Modi’s third — and perhaps final — reshuffle.

“A process has been set in motion for the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan around 10 am on Sunday,” a government official said.

Following the swearing-in ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for China on Sunday afternoon, to attend the BRICS Summit.

Speculation that a reshuffle was on the cards grew after BJP president Amit Shah met with several union ministers and informed some of them that they will be assigned party work in the build up to the elections to key state assemblies of Gujarat, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh, due in coming months. The new reshuffle could also see MPs from these states getting posts in the new council.

As of now, four junior ministers – Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Sanjiv Kumar Balyan, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahendra Nath Pandey – have resigned from their positions. Union Cabinet Minister Uma Bharti also offered to resign, but there was no official word yet. Last week, following several instances of train derailments, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu also offered to resign, but he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to ‘wait’.

There are, currently, three vacancies in the Council of Ministers, arising out of the exit of former Defence minister Manohar Parrikar, who resigned to return as chief minister of Goa, and Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who resigned and is now Vice President of India and the passing of Anil Madhav Dave who was MoS Environment and Climate Change (Independent Charge).

Late last night, Shah reportedly drove down to Prime Minister Modi’s official residence to perhaps discuss the final list of the reshuffle. There was, however, no official confirmation of their meeting.

99 percent of old currency are back into the baking system: RBI

The Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday confirmed that 8.9 crore old Rs 1,000 notes out of 632.6 crores have not been returned post the note ban last November. This means all but 1.4 per cent of the old Rs 1,000 notes has come back into the banking system. As per the data released by the RBI, old notes worth Rs 15.44 lakh crore were there in the market, out of which 15.28 lakh crore have been received by the bank.

The government had announced demonetisation of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 note on November 8, 2016, to flush out black money from the market. The government replaced old Rs 500 notes with new ones, but no replacement for Rs 1000 notes have been made. Instead, a new Rs 2,000 note was introduced post note ban. Besides, new Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes, the RBI has also printed new Rs 200 notes.

RBI said there were as many 588.2 crores of Rs 500 notes, both old and new in circulation as of March 31, 2017. As of March 31, 2016, there were 1,570.7 crore Rs 500 notes in circulation.

The report further said that the cost of printing of currency notes more than doubled to Rs 7,965 crore in 2016-17 from Rs 3,421 crore in the previous year on account of new currency printing.

Real life “Toilet aek prem katha” as a woman divorce her husband on failing to construct toilet

A woman has left her husband’s house after her in-laws failed to construct a toilet in Gauripur village in Bhilwara, Rajasthan.

Bhateri, who is from Bhilwara, had filed for the divorce in the family court after her repeated demand to construct a toilet was ignored by her in-laws.

“Despite my repeated request and demand to construct a toilet, neither my husband nor my in-laws paid any attention.

“This forced me to leave their house and return to my father’s house,” said Bhateri, who is now staying at her father’s house.

She said she felt embarrassed to defecate in the open and will not go back until they construct a toilet in the house. Her father supported her decision.

Major reshuffle on cards, JDU to join Narendra Modi Cabinet

As the completion of Monsoon Session of Parliament nearing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is gearing up to undertake massive reshuffle of his Cabinet till date. According to BJP top party sources, the possibility of rewarding Janata Dal (United) with representation in the Union Cabinet is a certainty following Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s dramatic move to leave the ‘mahagathbandhan’ with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD and Congress, to join the BJP. The JD(U) becoming the part of Central Government will usher the regional party joining the NDA bandwagon for once and all. The strong grapevine suggests that Prime Minister Modi may drop some of the non-performers and introduce new faces in the Union Cabinet.

BJP insiders have confirmed that the Prime Minister and party President Amit Shah have had several rounds of discussions over the impending reshuffle of Cabinet, with an eye on the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Also, there have been rumours doing rounds that Amit Shah may join Modi Cabinet as Defence Minister. However, Shah has rejected the possibilities of resigning from the Party President and joining the government. Shah said he is happy being the party President and busy preparing the next general elections. The speculation of him being joining the government gained currency following his nomination to the Rajya Sabha. Amit Shah has already filed nomination papers for the Upper House elections from Gujarat. Being a five time MLA from his home state Gujarat, Amit Shah will be fighting to become Member of Parliament for the first time in his political career.

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda may be sent to his home State Himachal Pradesh to take charge of upcoming Assembly elections due in November-December this year. The party has made up its strategy to pitch him as Chief Ministerial candidate of Himachal Pradesh. Likewise, Anurag Thakur, Lok Sabha Member and son of former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal is certain to get a Ministerial berth in the Union Cabinet to sooth the aspirations of Dhumal clan.

Senior party leader from Uttar Pradesh and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Minister at Centre Kalraj Mishra will be donning State Raj Bhavan as Governor soon as he has crossed the age of 75, the yardstick of working as Minister in Modi government. It is to be recalled that the Modi-Shah duo has decided to drop ministers from Union Cabinet on the ground of 75-year yardstick. Najma Heptullah, the then Minority Affairs Minister had to leave from Union Cabinet and become Governor of Manipur last year on a similar ground of crossing this threshold limit of age. The issue of age-threshold limit came into force in a big way when senior Party leaders like L K Advani, M M Joshi and others were made ‘margdarshak’ of a party.

Recently, there had been a few changes within PM Modi’s Cabinet, following which four major ministries are left without a dedicated minister. Former Union Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, shifted to his home state Goa as the Chief Minister, after the assembly elections earlier this year. With the resignation of Parrikar from the Central cabinet, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was given the additional responsibility of the Defence Ministry. In the absence of a dedicated minister for the Environment Ministry, Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan is further undertaking additional charges. Also, M Venkaiah Naidu being a strong contender for the Vice-Presidential election will leave two crucial ministries without a dedicated minister. With Venkaiah Naidu’s resignation from the Cabinet Smriti Irani was given additional charge of Information and Broadcast Ministry and Narendra Tomar took additional charge of Urban Development Ministry. Interestingly, both Smriti Irani and Narendra Tomar lost their respective portfolios during the last cabinet reshuffle by PM Modi.

By: Priyam Mukhopadhyay

Don’t indulge in corruption, honour BJP’s promises: PM to UP ministers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reportedly not all that happy with Uttar Pradesh government’s performance over tackling corruption. PM is believed to have told Yogi Adityanath to take strong steps to weed out the corruption taints being allegedly labelled against few BJP ministers including bureaucrats.

According to sources, Prime Minister issued a stern warning to Chief Minister about increasing corruption in the state and told Yogi that the party would follow a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy on corruption and take necessary action against those who are accused of graft.

The message was conveyed during a meeting held in the national capital recently.

BJP President Amit Shah also joined with the issue which is giving bad names to party in the state. Shah reiterated party’s stand and conveyed that there is not a single charge of corruption on the Modi government that has completed three years in power. Naturally, the Yogi ministers are now being expected to follow the Modi model and any aberration will not be tolerated.

Earlier in March, Prime Minister Modi, as well as Shah, asked party legislators from UP against bullying officials in the state and to keep away from seeking transfer and postings of bureaucrats and police officials. Shah is also believed to have told the ministers not to make any recommendations for people with tainted background and help people in the state feel the difference in governance. But it seems some ministers are not following the instructions issued by party bosses.

The BJP stormed back to power in Uttar Pradesh after a gap of 15 years with a two-thirds majority in the February-March assembly elections on the planks of development and corruption. Now the situation is somewhat awkward for the party top brass to deal with corruption issue within its cadres and government.

As per reports available with News Leak Centre (NLC), after returning from national capital Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath held meetings with his Council of Ministers and conveyed the message of PM and party President on the corruption issue. Yogi also hinted that he has got clear instructions from top to take strong action against those who are found to be indulging in corruption.

Chief Minister has instructed the ministers to rein in bureaucracy and take actions against the officials who are corrupt. The message is loud and clear that follow the path of the party line or perish.

And The Roast Chain Goes On : Modi By AIB And AIB By Twitter Users.

All India Bakchod, the comedy troupe is famous for making fun and trolls on people. They never leave a chance to make us laugh be it Bollywood celeb or Hollywood star, but this time Prime Minister of our country Narendra Modi was the victim of the meme.
They made fun of him by slapping the Snapchat dog filter on the photograph of Narendra Modi along with a man resembling PM who was spotted waiting for a train at a railway station recently and captioned it #Wanderlust before sharing it on social media. The photo went viral on social media in no time.

However, not all Twitter users were impressed, and the AIB came under fire from Modi supporters for “insulting” the prime minister and hurting “nationalist” sentiments.

Within hours, the group deleted the post fearing more backlash. However, the saga did not end there.

Soon enough, Congress supporters started trolling the AIB – this time for being “scared” of the BJP and deleting the tweet.

This did not go down well with AIB co-founders Tanmay Bhat and Rohan Joshi who hit back at the trolls in equal measure.

And Tanmay Bhat ended it very well

BY: Simran Dhingra