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Digvijay Singh

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Senior Congressman tweets that Telangana police has set up fake ISIS website to ‘trap Muslim youth’

By Sujit Bhar

Unmoved by his continually diminishing stature within the Congress Party, his growing distance from party chief Sonia Gandhi and even from Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, and completely oblivious of how his thoughtless comments have been jumped upon by the BJP, Digvijaya Singh has again tried hara-kiri.

He has just tweeted another of his controversial beliefs. This time he has said that the Telangana police have been radicalising Muslim youths, having set up a “bogus” website of the ISIS. This way, believed Singh, the police is encouraging the youths to join the terror group.

He has also claimed in his tweets that the police is “radicalising and encouraging them (the youth) to become ISIS modules”.

He quickly moved to the chief minister of the state, K Chandrasekhar Rao, and asked if he had authorised the police “to trap Muslim youths and encourage them to join the IS”. Then came the regular refrain: “If he has then shouldn’t he own the responsibility and resign? If he hasn’t then shouldn’t he enquire and punish those who are responsible for committing such a heinous crime?”

One must remember that Singh has just been divested of the charge of Goa and Karnataka. He is still in charge of Telangana.

His Goa charge was set to go, with his complete mismanagement and bumbling of the government-forming even after the party had returned maximum number of candidates (17 out of 40, needing just 4 more for simple majority), against the BJP’s 13. Singh’s intransigence in not approaching the local parties quickly to stitch up an alliance, as well as his stubbornness in not approaching the governor (he had believed that as the largest party, the governor was bound to call the Congress first to form government), resulted in a quick-acting BJP sealing all necessary deals. BJP was so fast on the uptake that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had resigned even before the party deals were complete and had landed in Goa to take up his post as chief minister.

The Congress was left gaping in wonder.

As for Karnataka, it was a wise decision on the part of Sonia, since the state is set to go to the polls and the party president felt Singh probably would not be the right person to lead the state under such circumstances. Karnataka has gone to former Youth Congress chief KC Venugopal.

Karnataka is very important for the Congress. The recent victory in Punjab apart, this is the other major state the Congress rules. Within the BJP’s drumbeat of “Congress-mukt Bharat”, maybe there is, within the Congress, a special move for removing old vestiges of power centres that are shackles on the feet of the party.

The signs are clear for Singh. He is on his way out. And complete psycho-babble such as is in these tweets are things that he would do well keeping away from.

To be fair, Singh has been a giant in Indian politics for a long time. He has been close to Rajiv Gandhi and also to Sonia, but the spell seems to be breaking. His political astuteness seems to be crumbling and he is clutching at straws. It can be easily predicted that Rahul would have nothing to do with Singh as far as policy matters go, and what lets Singh hang on to power’s coattails is probably his decades of utter loyalty to the Nehru-Gandhi family.

Along the way, he has disregarded his position as a regional satrap and believed he had assumed national importance. The Congress is and will remain a one-family party, and Rahul is still the decision maker on the ground. Singh’s muted call for Priyanka to be on the campaign trail was not lost on the family, which, obviously, has the right to decide who within it is to lead and who is to give ground.

That is the ground reality. Singh’s comments are only adding fuel to the fire. In 2011, when P Chidambaram was home minister, Singh demanded a judicial probe into the Batla House encounter. He believed it was staged. The Batla House grew into a big one, and maybe Singh’s comments lent credence. It is possible that Singh was making these comments out of a real understanding of the situation, but having been in politics for a rather long time, he should at least have known when to keep quiet.

Those words are his last straw.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Former CJI Justice MN Venkatachaliah to launch India Legal App tomorrow

The India Legal App will be launched by former Chief Justice of India Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah, who is also the Chief Patron of India Legal magazine,  in Bengaluru. Several legal luminaries of the country will attend the event online in a webinar.



India Legal app launch

The India Legal Research Foundation will on Saturday, June 10, launch the much-awaited multilingual India Legal App, a path-breaking legal helpline that allows every citizen of India to access high calibre legal help from the safety of her/his home at the touch of a button.

The India Legal App will be launched by former Chief Justice of India Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah, who is also the Chief Patron of India Legal magazine,  in Bengaluru. Several legal luminaries of the country will attend the event online in a webinar.

Former Chief Justice of India Justice U.U. Lalit, Attorney General R. Venkataramani, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, Senior Advocate and Balaji Foundation Chairperson Pradeep Rai, National Law University Delhi Vice Chancellor Prof (Dr) GS Bajpai, Former IIM Bangalore Dean Prof Trilochan Sastry, Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association President Manoj K. Mishra and India Legal Editor-in-Chief Inderjit Badhwar will take part in the webinar. The event will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube on the India Legal and APN News accounts.

The India Legal App intends to change the way legal aid is made available to the people. The app gives ease of access, as a person can have a jargon-free discussion on complex matters with lawyers.

The complete assurance of privacy and easy payment methods is certain to make the legal experience of people very different from interminable hassles they may have heard about.

The app can be used in 6 Indian languages,  including English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali and Punjabi.  

The app is also useful in times of distress as a person sensing trouble or threat can contact a legal ‘friend’ till the time the police arrives.

Lawyers associated with the India Legal App assure to help people 24×7, ready to guide them through extremely tough situations, wherever they are in the country.

The India Legal App is an embodiment of trust and faith. Any individual can install this app on their mobile and directly communicate with a lawyer.

Slowly, this facility will extend to even those without mobile phones. They can avail of this service through their nearest common service centres, or Jan Suvidha Kendra/Setu/e-Seva Kendra/Pragya Kendra.

The service will be available at a reasonable cost, which can then also be paid at that service centre.

The India Legal App services include:

  • 1. Free legal advice over the phone.
  • 2. Payment of a specified amount for legal advice through audio and video calls.
  • 3. Payment of a specified amount for document preparation.
  • 4. Payment of annual membership fees to receive legal services.

Additionally, the India Legal App provides legal information and related videos to ensure users of the India Legal App are well-informed about legal matters.

India Legal is a respected politico-legal weekly magazine (both print and online) in the country, with complete professional journalistic and expert inputs. Its readers include lawyers, law firms and those related to the judiciary and justice system.

The India Legal Research Foundation (ILRF) is a non-profit organisation equipped with senior lawyers and devoted to bring justice to those who deserve it, but cannot afford it. ILRF provides free legal aid to the deserving and people in need.

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Karnataka News

Karnataka removes chapters on RSS founder Hedgewar from school books, BJP leaders protest

Union Minister Rajeev Chandrashekhar said the alleged removal of the chapters on the RSS founder was a crime against Youth.



Karnataka removes chapters on RSS founder Hedgewar from school books,BJP leaders protest

The BJP and the Congress are divided over the inclusion of RSS founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar in chapters of school textbooks in Karnataka.

Union Minister Rajeev Chandrashekhar said the alleged removal of the chapters on the RSS founder was a crime against Youth. The BJP has hit out at the Karnataka government demanding an apology that it is distorting history.

BJP Leader CN Ashwath Narayan said the Congress should take its time and should not take decisions in a hurry. He further added, as a government it should take into account the concerns of all sections of the society.

While the Congress MLC BK Hari Prasad said the Karnataka government will not include chapters on the RSS founder because he considered him as a coward and a fake freedom fighter.

Karnataka Education minister Madhu Bangarappa said the school syllabus will be changed from this year itself. He said old textbooks would not be recalled but supplementary textbooks will be sent to the teachers explaining what topics to be taught and what topics to be left out.

He said the changes in the syllabus was being made keeping in mind the future of the children. He added, the Congress had already made the announcement in the pre election manifesto itself.

He did not go into the details and said a special technical team is going to handle the process of revision of the textbooks.

The Congress had promised in thier election manifesto that they would remove the National Education Policy. He also added, the changes in the syllabus would be minimum so that no inconvenience is caused to the students in their studies.

The technical team will give their suggestions and recommendations which will be sent to the Education Minister.The Minister will discuss the changes in the syllabus with the cabinet members. This process will take 10-15 days.

After winning the recent held state election, the Congress said they are going to change the syllabus of the textbooks. They said they are not going to allow texts and lessons to poison the minds of their children.   

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Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann says Punjab government will buy Goindwal thermal plant

Mann said the remaining coal will be used in Goindwal thermal plant which will lead to cheaper source of electricity.



Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann says Punjab government will buy Goindwal thermal plant

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann has announced the Punjab government will buy Goindwal thermal plant. He said the government has coal stored only for 45 more days.

Mann said the remaining coal will be used in Goindwal thermal plant which will lead to cheaper source of electricity. Makind a veiled attack on the BJP, Mann said some governments sell state assets but the AAP government buys private assets.

Earlier Mann had said there was a requirement of 1000 mega-watt electricity for cultivation of paddy. The Indian Meteorogical Department (IMD) has stated there will be less rainfall this year in Punjab, hence, there will be greater dependency on electricity for agriculture.

Mann had even written a letter to Union Power Minister R K Singh stating about the shortage of electricity in the state. If there is less rainfall then the cultivation of paddy will get affected.   Although, the Union government has not responded to the problem of Punjab yet.

Mann said Goindwal Power plant is being bought on a private basis hence tender will be floated among the bidders for the plant. The Goindwal Power plant is on the verge of bankruptcy. He said the plant will be bought and will be made operational again. The power plant has a capacity of 540 mega-watt. Reports said, this will not have any impact on the present electricity production in the state.

An agreement will be made between the Punjab State Power Corporation and the bidder who wins the tender.

A cabinet panel will be called for the bidding to take place. According to reports, about 12 parties have come forward to buy the Thermal Power Plant. PSPCL is one of the twelve parties bidding for the Goindwal thermal power plant.

Punjab Power Minister Harbajan Singh ETO, Finance Minister Harpal Cheema and Agriculture Minister Gurmeet Singh Khuddian will part of the Cabinet to carry out the bidding process.

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