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Dissident AAP leaders Bhushan, Yadav expelled from party
It was the end of the road for Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) founder-leaders, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, with the party expelling them for “anti-party activities”.
 
Besides, Ajit Jha and Anand Kumar were also removed from the party. 
 
The development came late on Monday night following separate replies of Bhushan and Yadav, to the show-cause notice for organising an anti-party meet in Gurgaon last week.
 
The National Disciplinary Committee met on April 20, 2015 at 6 pm at 514, VP House to decide on the complaints against Yadav, Bhushan, Kumar and Jha.
 
On the request of the respondents, the committee had earlier extended the deadline for submitting their explanations by one day, that is, to 3 pm on April 20, 2015. 
 
However, the committee received the responses of Yadav, Bhushan and Kumar while Jha failed to furnish his response within the prescribed time.
 
The committee carefully considered responses furnished by Yadav, Bhushan and Kumar and found them unsatisfactory.
 
The committee reached the unanimous conclusion that Yadav, Bhushan and Kumar had indulged in gross indiscipline and anti-party activities. They have violated the Code of Conduct detailed in Article VI A (a) of Party's Constitution.
 
The committee was of the view that Jha had failed to furnish his response in a stipulated time despite sufficient time at his disposal. 
 
After examining the evidence put before it, the committee was of the unanimous view that Jha was also guilty of gross indiscipline and indulging in anti-party activities.
 
The committee, therefore, has decided to expel all the four members from the party.
 
Earlier, Bhushan and Yadav described the party's show cause notice as a "pre-scripted drama where the outcome is already decided and well-known".
 
Bhushan accused AAP's general secretary Pankaj Gupta of accepting Rs.2 crore donation from shell companies and Ashish Khetan of writing a planted story in a national magazine defending a telecom company, allegedly involved in 2G spectrum scam.
 
He reiterated that the AAP's actions were reminiscent of Stalinist purges, where in the early years after the Soviet Revolution Stalin's acolytes were both the accusers and judges of the dissidents both in the party and the government.
 
"I received your 'Show Cause Notice' around midnight on April 17. Frankly, I have been in a dilemma on whether to respond to this communication. On the one hand it appears part of a pre-scripted drama where the outcome is already decided and well-known," Yadav said in his lengthy reply, indicating that he would be ousted from the party.

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Former Odisha chief minister JB Patnaik dead
Three-time Odisha chief minister and former Assam governor Janaki Ballabh Patnaik died at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, said family sources.
 

Patnaik, 89, passed away at a private hospital at 3 a.m. 
 
Patnaik had arrived at Tirupati on Monday to attend the convocation of Tirupati Rashtriya Sanskruta University as the chief guest. 
 
Patnaik was the university's chancellor. 
 
Later, he was admitted in a hospital after he complained of severe chest pain, said Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, the former chief minister's son-in-law. 
 
Patnaik, a veteran Congress leader, is survived by his wife Jayanti Patnaik, son Pruthvi Ballav Patnaik and two daughters -- Sudatta Patnaik and Supriya Patnaik. 
 
The mortal remains of the late leader will be flown to Bhubaneswar by a special flight in the afternoon for cremation at Swargadwara in Puri. 
 
Patnaik had returned to Odisha in December last year after serving as governor of Assam.
 
He was born at Rameswar village in Khordha district on January 3, 1927. 
 
He was the chief minister of Odisha for two terms - from 1980 to 1989 and from 1995 to 1999 and from He was also the leader of opposition in Odisha assembly from 2004 to 2009.
 
The veteran Congress leader was also an eminent litterateur and journalist and has written several books. 
 
As a mark of respect, the Odisha government on Tuesday announced a state holiday and a seven-day state mourning. 
 
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Governor S.C. Jamir, several ministers and many political leaders expressed their condolence. 
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled Patnaik's death, saying the latter would be remembered as a "pillar of Odisha politics".
 
"Shri J.B. Patnaik's contribution to Odisha's development will always be remembered. Saddened on his demise. Condolences to his family," Modi said in a statement.
 
"Shri Patnaik will be remembered as a pillar of Odisha politics, a popular leader always connected with people's views and aspirations," the prime minister added.

 

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Government to launch two insurance schemes
The central government is expected to launch in May or June the two insurance schemes announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, said a senior official in Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI).
 
He said IRDAI will soon come out with regulations governing the commission payable by the insurers and their management expenses.
 
The two schemes -- Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (life insurance policy) and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (personal accident policy) which are not government-subsidised programmes are expected to increase the insurance penetration in the country.
 
Speaking at an event organised by the Madras Management Association (MMA) here late Monday D.D.Singh, member (distribution) IRDAI said: "The two schemes are likely to be launched in May or June. Already some banks have started collecting enrolment forms."
 
Under the life insurance policy, a person will be covered for Rs.200,000 for an annual premium of Rs.330.
 
The personal accident insurance provides cover for Rs.200,000 for accidental death and full disability and Rs.100,000 for partial disability for an annual premium of Rs.12.
 
On the issue of IRDAI coming out with new regulations which are in line with the amended insurance law passed by the parliament recently, Singh told IANS: "We will soon come out with the regulations governing payment of commissions and expenses of management."
 
The old law had stipulated the ceiling on commissions paid to agents and management expenses of insurers.
 
The new law has empowered IRDAI to prescribe the limits.
 
"Our regulations will be for industry as a whole and the limits may not be for insurer wise," Singh said.

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Mr Jitendra

2 years ago

Is there a eligibility criteria for the insurance schemes? Who can enroll?

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