New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) The BJP Sunday appointed party general Amit Shah, considered close to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, as incharge of electorally crucuial Uttar Pradesh. The announcement of incharge of states along with convenors and incharges of various fronts was made Sunday. Party president Rajnath Singh also appointed party leader Bandaru Dattatray, who hails from Andhra Pradesh, as a vice-president.
Pretoria, May 19 (IANS) South African President Jacob Zuma was not involved in a wedding scandal in which a private plane of the affluent and well-connected Indian Gupta family landed at a sensitive military airbase, an investigation revealed on Sunday, reported Xinhua. "In any event, the president is not involved in authorizing the landing or not landing of aircraft at airports," Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe told reporters in Pretoria. There had been speculation that the Gupta family which allegedly maintains good relations with Zuma and the ruling African National Congress might have got permission from Zuma to land its plane at the Waterkloof military airbase near Pretoria on April
Bangalore, May 19 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah late Sunday allocated portfolios to his new 28-member ministry, keeping key posts such as finance, energy, industries, IT and Bangalore city with himself.
Raipur, May 19 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government Sunday ordered a judicial probe into allegations that troopers in an anti-Maoist operation killed civilians in Bijapur district, and announced compensation for the families of the victims. Chief Minister Raman Singh announced a probe into the incident that occurred May 17-18 night.
Dhaka, May 19 (IANS) The Bangladesh government Sunday banned political rallies for one month, a step the opposition described as an attempt to mute dissenting voices. "We'll not allow political meetings and rallies for next one month across the country," Xinhua quoted Home Minister M.K. Alamgir as saying
Bhubaneswar, May 19 (IANS) Accusing Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of systematically covering up the mining scam in Odisha, the Congress party here Sunday demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into it. Former state congress president Niranjan Patnaik said the scam in Odisha was on the lines of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh but no arrests have been made so far. The investigation launched by the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government focused on political propaganda by targeting a few known mine-owners rather than looking at the larger issues, including money laundering and large-scale involvement of politicians and bureaucrats, the Congress leader alleged
Chandigarh, May 19 (IANS) Violent clashes between workers of Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and the opposition Congress were reported from at least two places as the polling for local self-government bodies ended Sunday evening, officials said. Poll officials said that from available indications, up to 60 percent voters cast their franchise in elections to 22 zila parishads and 145 block samitis despite the hot weather across Punjab
Hyderabad, May 19 (IANS) Jailed YSR Congress party leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy's wife
Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) On the eve of completing two years in office, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday claimed that West Bengal outperformed and outgrew the nation during 2012-13. "In 2012-13, Bengal outperformed the national average in key performance indicators. In GDP, agriculture, and allied sectors, industry and services, the state grew faster than India
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) Corruption scandals past and present have cast long shadows on the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government that completes four years of its second term May 22, amid a big question mark on whether it will be back for a third time.