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AAP sacks Bhushan, Yadav from top bodyAam Aadmi Party members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan speak to mediapersons after the party's national executive committee meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

AAP sacks Bhushan, Yadav from top body

Party's national executive rejects Arvind Kejriwal's resignation as national convener04 Mar 2015 | 10:09 PM

NEW DELHI: The AAP announced on Wednesday that it had ousted two top leaders, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, out of its decision-making Political Affairs Committee (PAC).

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New Delhi, March 4

The AAP announced on Wednesday that it had ousted two top leaders, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, out of its decision-making Political Affairs Committee (PAC).

Party spokesman Kumar Vishwas made the announcement after a nearly six-hour meeting of the National Executive that followed a virtual war between the two leaders and loyalists of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

"The National Executive passed a resolution and it has been decided that Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav will not serve the PAC any more. They will be given new responsibilities in the party," he said.

He underlined that the Aam Aadmi Party remained a united force and would do all it can to meet the aspirations of the people of Delhi and the country.

"Everyone (in the party) will together take the party forward," he added.

The National Executive also rejected Kejriwal's offer to resign as the national convener.

The nine-member PAC is the supreme body in the AAP, which was formed in 2012 and which stormed to power in Delhi last month by sweeping 67 of the 70 seats in the assembly.

Wednesday's meeting was called after Bhushan and Yadav were accused by Kejriwal supporters of leading a virtual rebellion against the AAP leader.

Earlier, Bhushan, a Supreme Court lawyer and an AAP founder, told the media: "We have been told that for the time being we are no more in the PAC." He declined to elaborate and walked away, looking somewhat shaken.

Speaking separately, Yadav, a known political pundit, said the AAP decision would be announced by the party and he was no more authorized to make announcements on behalf of the party.


"As a disciplined worker of the party, I will try to fulfil whatever role is assigned to me to the best of my capacity." He added: "The AAP has been formed with the sweat and labour of people. It should never dash people's hopes." — IANS 

RBI cuts repo rate by 0.25 pc; CRR unchanged

RBI cuts repo rate by 0.25 pc; CRR unchanged

04 Mar 2015 | 5:21 PM

MUMBAI: In its second surprise rate cut within two months, the RBI today slashed benchmark interest rates by 0.25 per cent, a move that may bring down EMIs for home, auto and other loans and give a boost to the economy. The RBI’s decision to cut its policy or repo rate to 7.5 per cent — after another cut from 8 per cent to 7.75 per cent on January 15 — is also expected to lower the cost of capital for the companies and give a fillip to the investment climate.

Govt to bar broadcast of Delhi rape convict’s interview

Govt to bar broadcast of Delhi rape convict’s interview

04 Mar 2015 | 5:14 PM

NEW DELHI: The government today said it would not allow broadcast of a controversial documentary featuring a Nirbhaya gangrape convict as Members of Parliament, cutting across party lines, expressed outrage over the incident.

Lok Sabha passes coal allocation Bill

Lok Sabha passes coal allocation Bill

04 Mar 2015 | 4:17 PM

NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the coal allocation Bill providing for vesting mining leases to successful bidders through a transparent bidding process.

Long-pending insurance Bill passed by Lok Sabha

Long-pending insurance Bill passed by Lok Sabha

04 Mar 2015 | 6:40 PM

NEW DELHI: The long-pending Insurance Bill, a key economic reform legislation providing for raising foreign investment cap to 49 per cent, was on Wednesday passed by Lok Sabha with the government insisting that the measure is crucial for expanding the penetration of insurance in the country.

Parliament passes citizenship amendment Bill

04 Mar 2015 | 6:08 PM

NEW DELHI: Parliament on Wednesday passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill which seeks to merge the Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) schemes.

Akalis, BJP strike discordant notesland acquisition bill

Akalis, BJP strike discordant notes

04 Mar 2015 | 1:46 AM

Chandigarh/Delhi: Some members of the Punjab BJP executive went into a huddle today following a resolution passed by the Shiromani Akali Dal in Delhi opposing the Land Acquisition Bill being tabled by the NDA government in Parliament.

Spectrum auction begins; govt eyeing over Rs 82,000-cr revenue

Spectrum auction begins; govt eyeing over Rs 82,000-cr revenue

04 Mar 2015 | 11:28 AM

NEW DELHI: The much-awaited spectrum auction, wherein 8 companies are bidding to acquire airwaves in four bands, started today. The auction is the biggest ever sale of 2G and 3G airwaves which may fetch the government over Rs 82,000 crore.

Must start new chapter in ties, Sharif tells Jaishankar

Must start new chapter in ties, Sharif tells Jaishankar

04 Mar 2015 | 1:13 AM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today said it is imperative that the leadership in Pakistan and India should rise to the expectations of their people and the two nations need to start a “new chapter” in ties by working towards resolving all outstanding issues through dialogue.

Schoolgirl dead, 35 hurt in HP bus crash

Schoolgirl dead, 35 hurt in HP bus crash

04 Mar 2015 | 1:13 AM

SOLAN: A six-year-old girl was killed and 34 children injured along with a teacher when their school bus fell into a 135-feet gorge at Banethi village, 18 km from Nahan, in Himachal today.

Faridabad gets world’s tallest Tricolour

Faridabad gets world’s tallest Tricolour

04 Mar 2015 | 1:48 AM

FARIDABAD: The city made history today with the city hoisting the world's tallest Indian national flag at HUDA Town Park. At 250 feet, the Tricolour fluttered in the cool breeze while national heroes, politicians and Bollywood stars reveled in patriotic fervor.

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Oppn embarrasses Modi govt in RS by forcing amendment

Oppn embarrasses Modi govt in RS by forcing amendment

04 Mar 2015 | 1:08 AM

NEW DELHI: The Opposition today demonstrated its numerical superiority in the Rajya Sabha embarrassing the Narendra Modi government by forcing an amendment to the President’s address even as the Prime Minister defended that the policies pursued by it was meant for the poor and not corporates.


Law enforcers turn violators

Law enforcers turn violators

04 Mar 2015 | 1:50 AM

CHANDIGARH: Law enforcers have turned violators. In a bid to appease UT Adviser Vijay Kumar Dev, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has literally encroached upon public land in the name of landscaping and beautification outside his house in Sector 7 here.

Punjab budget session from March 12

04 Mar 2015 | 8:08 PM

CHANDIGARH: The budget session of Punjab Legislative Assembly is scheduled to begin on March 12.


Rain takes toll on crops in Majha too

04 Mar 2015 | 1:07 AM

AMRITSAR: Rainfall in Majha has taken a toll on wheat, vegetables and green fodder, particularly in the low-lying areas.

Investigation, law and order duties to be separate in Punjab

04 Mar 2015 | 6:43 PM

CHANDIGARH: In order to separate investigative functions of the Punjab Police and help them focus on maintaining law and order in the state, the state government on Wednesday constituted the Bureau of Investigation (BoI), with headquarters in Chandigarh

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Six-laning of Panipat-Jalandhar NH-1 to miss another deadline

Six-laning of Panipat-Jalandhar NH-1 to miss another deadline

05 Mar 2015 | 12:05 AM

AMBALA: With more than 28 km of flyovers yet to be constructed on the 272 km stretch of the Panipat-Jalandhar section, the project to six-lane the NH1 will likely miss the March 31 deadline set by the Supreme Court.

Winter refuses to loosen icy grip; HP continues to freeze

Winter refuses to loosen icy grip; HP continues to freeze

04 Mar 2015 | 8:39 PM

SHIMLA: The tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh and mid and higher hills continued to reel under freezing cold even as stormy conditions subsided and the region had a clear sky in the morning.

Portfolios allocated: Mufti keeps Home, Nirmal gets Power, Housing

04 Mar 2015 | 12:15 AM

JAMMU: Two days after the formation of the PDP-BJP coalition regime in Jammu and Kashmir, portfolios were allocated to the newly appointed 24 ministers, 16 Cabinet and eight Ministers of State (MoS).

Govt withdraws excise policy after objections

04 Mar 2015 | 12:12 AM

DEHRADUN: The state government has been forced to withdraw the excise policy (wholesale liquor policy FL-2 for the new financial year) after objections were raised by a section of Cabinet members, who met here yesterday.

Nine bodies retrieved from Donetsk mine

Nine bodies retrieved from Donetsk mine

04 Mar 2015 | 9:13 PM

DONETSK / MOSCOW: The bodies of nine miners have been found at a coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk where a blast trapped dozens of people, the regional administration said.

Re slips 33 p to 1-week low vs $ after RBI governor's currency comment

Re slips 33 p to 1-week low vs $ after RBI governor's currency comment

04 Mar 2015 | 6:23 PM

MUMBAI: In line with weak stocks, the rupee today slipped by a hefty 33 paise - its fourth straight daily loss - to close at 62.25 against dollar amid RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan's comment that an "excessively strong rupee" is undesirable as it triggers disinflationary pressures.

NoAustralia’s David Warner waits to bat during a final training session ahead of their match against Afghanistan in Perth on Tuesday. AFP

Afghans face stern Australian test

04 Mar 2015 | 1:51 AM

PERTH: Australia’s World Cup loss to New Zealand was disappointing but no wake-up call, according to captain Michael Clarke, who said his team remains full of confidence despite the frustrating start to their campaign.


Kohli's abusive behaviour reported to ICC and BCCI

04 Mar 2015 | 4:24 PM

PERTH/NEW DELHI: The controversy surrounding Virat Kohli's abusive behaviour with an Indian journalist refused to subside on Wednesday despite the team management's efforts to play it down with complaints being made to the ICC and BCCI about the episode.


Kohli uses wrong words on wrong man for an old story

04 Mar 2015 | 1:52 AM

There’s a media gag on the Indian cricket players at the World Cup.

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