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UP official faces axe for clicking selfies during meeting
An Uttar Pradesh official was transferred after he was found clicking selfies during an official meeting.
 
On Monday, District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra conducted a meeting in Barabanki for district officials.
 
During the meeting, Mishra sought answers from many officials, including Block Development Official (BDO) Mangal Pandey.
 
But Mishra did not get a response from Pandey as the latter was busy clicking selfies from his mobile phone. The district magistrate immediately announced Pandey's removal from his post.
 
The action stunned officials into silence. Sushant Singh has been posted as the new BDO of Suratganj, an official told IANS.
 
The office of the district magistrate also issued directives that officials attending meetings should avoid using cell phones during deliberations.
 
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Rajya Sabha Arithmetic: Even a win in Bihar would not have made much of a difference to NDA’s strength
With the Bihar result, opposition parties will become emboldened and will make passage of bills like GST difficult in the upper house, say analysts, especially since non-Congress parties too would be in no mood to oblige 
 
The defeat of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar Assembly election is unlikely to affect the Narendra Modi government in Rajya Sabha but at the same time it may hit the Central government's plan to pass pending Bills, including the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill through the Parliament, say analysts.
 
According to Fitch Ratings, even a big win for BJP in Bihar would not have translated into to sufficient support for the party in the Rajya Sabha anytime soon. This is because only five of the 16 seats that the state has in the upper house are being vacated in 2016. "With continued opposition, the Modi government will likely continue to try and pass legislation via ad hoc political deals, and if that does not work it may continue to resort to implementation of reforms at the state level," says Thomas Rookmaaker, Director for Asia-Pacific Sovereigns at Fitch Ratings. 
 
Jay Shankar, Chief India Economist and Director, Religare Capital Markets, based on an analysis, feels that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by BJP, is unlikely to gain even a simple majority in the Upper House until 2018, assuming that they do well in the state assembly elections wherever they are traditionally strong. He said, "Bihar election result was not expected to move the needle much in favour of NDA in this regard immediately, as only five of the 16 seats that the state has in Rajya Sabha gets vacated in 2016. Of course, now with the huge loss, the NDA's hope of improving its tally to that extent gets extinguished."
 
The central government has set the target for implementing the pan-India GST from April next year, but it is currently stuck in the Parliament, especially over the cabinet's nod to some changes recommended by a Parliamentary panel, notably an extra 1% levy to compensate the states for potential tax losses. The opposition has been against the extra 1% GST levy as they feel this would not only push up prices, but also have a cascading effect.
 
However, according to Religare Capital, the GST hope now lurks in the big churn in 2016 as 75 seats get vacated in Rajya Sabha. 
 
 
Religare said the NDA is likely to add 14 seats to its current tally of 64, while the Congress alone is likely to lose nine seats from its current tally of 68. This has relevance for the passage of important but stuck-in-Parliament-logjam bills like the GST, which require constitutional amendment such that a majority of the total membership of the house (122 of total 244 in Rajya Sabha) and a special majority of two-thirds of members present and voting to support it. 
 
"Thus, with a reduction in its own tally, the Congress would find it that much difficult to stall the GST, after the Rajya Sabha vacancies get filled next year. And one can only hope that the NDA is able to elicit support from non-Congress opposition parties like Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP), All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Trinamool Congress (TMC) and even Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) to sail it through," Religare said in a note.
 
While the ruling NDA won only 58 seats (BJP 53) in the 243-member Bihar Assembly, the Grand Alliance got 178 seats. The alliance comprises JD(U), RJD and Congress.

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MG Warrier

1 year ago

Indian political leadership, it looks, is still ignoring the churning the electoral politics has undergone during the current decade. Intellectuals, media and other stakeholders in India’s growth story should take the initiative in waking up the political leadership to the current realities. Elections during the current decade has proved that “WE THE PEOPLE” or the voters are not very keen to support any particular alliance (everywhere ‘alliances’ are fighting elections). They have started experimenting different permutations and combinations, one at the Centre, an assortment of alliances in states and even within a state, when it comes to local bodies’ elections, different combinations in different regions. Recognising this, political parties should think in terms of mutual cooperation on developmental and other issues of public interest and if necessary, common minimum programmes at national and regional levels.

Bihar result puts shadow over Modi's Wembley diaspora meet
With the Bihar election result coming as a setback for the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's public interaction with the Indian diaspora in Britain at Wembley Stadium, the internationally renowned sporting arena in London, on November 13 has come under a shadow if one goes by what the British media is saying.
 
After Madison Square Garden in New York, Allphones Arena in Sydney, Ricoh Colisuem in Toronto, the Dubai Cricket Stadium in Dubai and the SAP Center in San Jose, California, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be holding his by now trademark public interactions with the Indian diaspora at the iconic stadium on the second day of his visit to Britain this month.
 
"The result means that as he prepares for an enthusiastic welcome ion Britain this week - including an unprecedented sell-out event at Wembley Stadium on Friday - Mr. Modi will be smarting from the defeat on home soil, which comes as his administration also faces mounting accusations of fomenting intolerance," The Independent reported in an article headlined "India's prime minister Narendra Modi suffers embarrassing setback on eve of UK visit". 
 
It also pointed out that it was Modi himself who took personal control of the election campaign in the east India state.
 
"Instead of relying on local BJKP leaders to fight the election on local issues, Mr. Mod, a sharply dressed and highly skilled orator, took personal control of the campaign in the hope that his reputation and charisma would seal victory," the daily stated.
 
In an article headlined "Narendra Modi suffers major electoral setback on eve of London visit", The Telegraph daily stated: "The defeat will embolden his opposition and dampen the mood as he heads to London for a visit that will include a sold-out rally with British-Indians at Wembley Stadium, lunch with the Queen at Buckingham Palace and an overnight stay at Chequers hosted by (British Priume Minister) David Cameron."
 
It also pointed out that this was Modi's second successive defeat in a major provinccial election. 
 
"It came as scores of leading Indian writers, artists, film-makers and scientists returned prestigious national awards in protest in protest at what they have called a 'cultural intolerance' under Mr. Modi's government and attacks on minorities," The Telegraph article stated.
 
According to the Finacial Times, Modi's Britain visit will be overshadowed by deepening troubles at home.
 
"Since he swept to power 18 months ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has proved to be a charismatic international statesman, impressing leaders from Shinzo Abe to Barack Obama as well as expatriate Indians with his ambition to modernise India," it stated.
 
"But his next foreign visit - to the UK this week to meet David Cameron and the Queen and to to address a crowd of 60,000 British Indians at Wembley Stadium - will for the first time be overshadowed by deepening troubles at home." 
 
The event on November 13 is going to be the biggest such gathering that Modi will address with the organisers, Europe India Forum, expecting the stadium to seat over 70,000 people of Indian origin - surpassing the gathering of around 50,000 at the Dubai Cricket Stadium on August 17 this year.
 
Crowds of around 18,000 greeted the prime minister at the Madison Square Garden (September 28, 2014) and SAP Center (September 27, 2015) events while around 16,000 people gathered at Allphones Arena (November 17, 2014) and around 10,000 at Ricoh Coliseum (April 15, 2015).
 
The 1.5-million strong Indian community in Britain holds a unique place in Indian diaspora as Britain was the first country "which had an Indian community truly representative of its diversity", according to the report of the high-level I.M. Singhvi Committee appointed by the government in 2000 to collect data on the Indian diaspora worldwide.
 
In a Facebook post ahead of his visit, Modi stated that the Indian diaspora in Britain has "contributed greatly to society in different walks of life".
 
"People-to-people ties are crucial for every bilateral relationship to grow," he wrote. "Lakhs of professionals and students are also working and studying in Britain. We want to deepen the bond between our diaspora and the people of India."
 
Because of the colonial connection, links between the people of the two countries have existed for well over two centuries now.
 
Today there is a vibrant and influential Indian community in Britain living an active socio-cultural life with a plethora of ethnic organisations maintaining Indian culture and values.
 
In the British general elections held in May this year, a record number of 10 Indian-origin candidates were elected. Now, the Indian festival of Diwali is celebrated every year at 10, Downing Street.
 
Politics apart, British Indians have made achievements in almost every sphere of life. From business to industry, education to sports, music to cinema, arts to science, healthcare to technology, you name it, British Indians have made their names.
 
But whatever the scale of success or however big the fame, British Indians have always maintained strong connections with their motherland.
 
A major factor for this is the popularity of Bollywood movies and the existence of a vibrant ethnic Indian media. A number publications of various frequencies and radio and TV stations not only keep British Indians connected to India but also between themselves. 
 
Given last year's general elections in India which made headlines worldwide with Modi becoming prime minister and now the Bihar election that has come as a shocker to the BJP, one can only wait and watch when Modi takes the stage in the "Olympics style" invitation-only event at Wembley on November 13 afternoon in the the largest reception given to a foreign leader on British soil.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Rajesh Premani null

1 year ago

Thick-skinned as any veteran politician would be, our Indian orator is no less a Master of his act. And he knows it best. Maybe Bihar didn't buy that,but that doesn't bring down the aura of our dear Modi. Be assured of grand theatrics in his forthcoming visit. Having said that, our PM definitely needs to be credited for stirring the world stage and making every Indian proud of this contribution to the country and the world at large. However, on a lighter note, let's enjoy another odessy of the world stage. "Mitroooooon .. appko Modi ka Namaskar"

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