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PM's Parliament address

Constitution is the only religious book followed by govt: Modi

27 Feb 2015 | 4:34 PM

NEW DELHI: Attempting to scuttle the growing talk of a religious divide, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said “the Constitution was the only religious book” followed by the ruling BJP-led NDA. Modi went on to dispel allegations of the opposition parties that the ruling BJP-led NDA government was being ‘pro-corporate’ and ‘anti-poor’.

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Constitution is the only religious book followed by govt: Modi

Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 27 

Attempting to scuttle the growing talk of a religious divide, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said “the Constitution was the only religious book” followed by the ruling BJP-led NDA. Modi went on to dispel allegations of the opposition parties that the ruling BJP-led NDA government was being ‘pro-corporate’ and ‘anti-poor’.

Modi made an emotive speech in Lok Sabha while replying to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address to the both Houses on February 23, saying his government stands for the poor, the farmers and the adivasis. He gave examples of his work for these three segments of the society.

On growing communal divide, “I am being asked about my stand,” Modi said. “Anybody who loves the country knows that that this is a nation of diversity and unity in diversity is our recognition.” Clearly addressing an international audience, especially United States President Barack Obama, who has questioned growing religious intolerance in India, Modi said, “We are for growth of religions and such growth for all is possible only in India.”

Clearly aiming to silence fringe elements of the right wing groups, Modi said, “The nation cannot run outside the Constitution. There can be no discrimination on basis of religion. It’s my duty to ensure that.”

“I am committed that my government has only one religion ‘India first’.  Indian Constitution is the only religious text we follow,” Modi said even as section of the Opposition chided him on his silence on right wing elements. “Saab ka saath saab ka Vikas”, said Modi repeating his election slogan. “We want that growth has to be within the Constitution,” Modi said.

Truth is one but said in different ways, the PM said while citing the sayings of Guru Nanak and told the opposition your ‘saath’ is also needed for this ‘vikas’.

Reaching out to all the parties, like the Congress, the SP, the RJD, JD(U) the  Trinamool Congress and Aam Aadmi Patry, who are opposing the new land acquisition act,  Modi said, “The Act passed in 2013 ( during time of the Congress-led UPA) has inadequacies. We were with you when the law was passed. But when our government came to power in May 2014, Chief Ministers of all states said the new law was bad. The farmers need irrigation, roads and houses.

“We need to correct the wrong. We need to add of something has been left out don’t weigh in with political opportunism and if you point to anything anti-farmer I am ready made correction even now,” said Modi.

 

“Let us not make it a matter of prestige. Once the law is passed I will give credit to the people who had drafted the law in 2013.  Even we can be wrong. Point out. Take political benefit, but take decision for the nation,” Modi told the Lok Sabha amid thundering applause from the Treasury benches.

'Double-digit growth possible, inflation easing'Govt tables Economic Survey in Parliament

'Double-digit growth possible, inflation easing'

27 Feb 2015 | 5:44 PM

NEW DELHI: India's Economic Survey has projected growth at over 8 per cent for the next fiscal and said inflation was easing while setting the agenda for "big-bang" reforms to further drive expansion, prune wasteful expenditure and promote investments in a green way.

ECONOMIC SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

ECONOMIC SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

27 Feb 2015 | 2:37 PM

Following are the highlights of Economic Survey 2014-15 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament on Friday.

Tax sops likely in Modi govt’s 1st full year Budget tomorrow

Tax sops likely in Modi govt’s 1st full year Budget tomorrow

27 Feb 2015 | 8:38 PM

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present tomorrow the first full year Budget of the NDA government, hyped as a 'make or break' exercise, that is widely expected to unveil sops for tax payers while pushing forward the 'Make In India' campaign.

Mufti to head 25-member Cabinet; PM to attend his swearing-in on SundayJ-K govt formation

Mufti to head 25-member Cabinet; PM to attend his swearing-in on Sunday

27 Feb 2015 | 12:41 PM

NEW DELHI: PDP patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed will head a 25-member cabinet, half of it from BJP, in Jammu and Kashmir and the swearing-in ceremony on Sunday in Jammu will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Godhra riots

All 6 accused acquitted in British nationals' killing case

27 Feb 2015 | 2:14 PM

HIMMATNAGAR (GUJARAT): A special trial court here on Friday acquitted all six accused in the 2002 post-Godhra riots case in which three British nationals and their Indian driver were killed at Prantij town in Gujarat's Sabarkantha district, for want of evidence against them.

Pragmatic Prabhu skips populismRailway budget

Pragmatic Prabhu skips populism

27 Feb 2015 | 10:07 AM

NEW DELHI: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in his maiden effort today presented a fresh and an unconventional Railway Budget, consciously staying away from populism and focussing on consolidating assets and improving the financial health of the public sector behemoth.

Poised for the big push, Prabhu walks tightrope

Poised for the big push, Prabhu walks tightrope

27 Feb 2015 | 3:23 AM

NEW DELHI: Suresh Prabhu has set a healthy precedent by perhaps being the first Railway Minister not listing barely known places where new tracks will be laid.

Kumari Selja raises issue of urea shortage in Haryana

Kumari Selja raises issue of urea shortage in Haryana

27 Feb 2015 | 3:51 PM

NEW DELHI: Hitting out at the BJP government, senior Congress leaders Kumari Selja and Ahmed Patel on Friday raised farmer-related issues in the in the country, particularly the “acute shortage of urea”, which, they said, were adding to the distress of the farming community.

I never took money from any corporate entity: Gadkari

I never took money from any corporate entity: Gadkari

27 Feb 2015 | 7:44 PM

MUMBAI: Defending himself after media reports accusing him of enjoying the hospitality of the Essar group during a trip to Europe triggered a row, Union Minister for Transport and National Highways Nitin Gadkari on Friday said he had visited a yacht belonging to them "just to see" it and asserted he never took money from any corporate entity.

lawyers’ stand -off with judge

Punjab & Haryana HC Bar meets today

27 Feb 2015 | 3:27 AM

CHANDIGARH: A day after a section of lawyers took strong exception to an order passed by a judge asking an advocate to explain why he rendered wrong legal advice, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association today decided to hold its general house meeting on Friday 


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India's role in Kabul shrinking

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China's growing interest in Afghanistan suits Pakistan

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No dramatic results expected from FS’ Pak visit: India

No dramatic results expected from FS’ Pak visit: India

27 Feb 2015 | 5:10 PM

NEW DELHI: India is not expecting any dramatic results from Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar's visit to Pakistan on Tuesday, senior officials said on Friday emphasising that his visit was a "SAARC yatra and not a Pak yatra".

CITY FOCUS

SAD-BJP fails to get majority

SAD-BJP fails to get majority

27 Feb 2015 | 3:29 AM

MOHALI: The SAD-BJP alliance failed to get a clear majority in the Mohali Municipal Corporation polls though it emerged as the single largest group with 22 seats in the results declared here today.

NoSupporters of a winning candidate celebrate in Hoshiarpur on Thursday. tribune Photo: Malkiat Singh

Modest victory in Phagwara; BSP gets two seats

27 Feb 2015 | 2:22 AM

PHAGWARA: The SAD-BJP has won 25 of the 50 wards in the Phagwara Municipal Corporation.

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Thumping win for Akali-BJP combine in corporation elections

27 Feb 2015 | 6:58 PM

CHANDIGARH: The SAD-BJP combine won majority in four out of the six municipal corporation elections in Punjab, the counting for which was held on Thursday.

Post-win, SAD factions fight for Mayor’s post in Moga

27 Feb 2015 | 2:22 AM

MOGA: Bagging 24 seats in the 50-ward House, the SAD has emerged as the largest unit in the Moga Municipal Corporation.

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Leaders tear into ‘lacklustre’ budget

Leaders tear into ‘lacklustre’ budget

27 Feb 2015 | 1:12 AM

AMBALA: The BJP termed Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s maiden budget presented on Thursday as a complete budget with the focus on improving basic facilities and services.

Railway Budget has little for state

27 Feb 2015 | 12:38 AM

DHARAMSALA: Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu’s Budget had little to offer to Himachal. In the last Budget, a survey for two more railway lines, including Una-Hamirpur and Una-Amb-Indora, was announced by the Railway Minister. However, this year these railway lines had not found any mention in the Budget.

State expects more funds for Central schemes, industry

27 Feb 2015 | 1:30 AM

DEHRADUN: Despite discontinuation of the concessional industrial package in 2008, the industry sector continues to make a vital contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) of Uttarakhand.

Sensex up 358 pts on robust growth projections in Eco Survey

Sensex up 358 pts on robust growth projections in Eco Survey

27 Feb 2015 | 1:58 PM

MUMBAI: The benchmark BSE Sensex soared over 358 points to regain the 29,000-level during mid-session trading as buying activity picked up after the Economic Survey projected the Indian economy growing at 8.1-8.5 per cent in 2015-16.

NoAfghanistan’s Shapoor Zadran (R) celebrates with teammate Hamid Hassan after hitting the winning runs to defeat Scotland in Dunedin on Thursday. AFP

Afghans announce their arrival

27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 AM

DUNEDIN: Samiullah Shenwari produced a brilliant rearguard action to guide Afghanistan to their first World Cup victory with a dramatic one-wicket win over Scotland in their Pool A clash in Dunedin on Thursday.

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Back home, the fans go berserk with joy

27 Feb 2015 | 2:01 AM

PERTH: The line to Kandahar is a bit unsteady, but the voice of the man at the other end of the line is steady and strong and full of emotion.

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Lankan tigers gallop to victory

27 Feb 2015 | 2:11 AM

MELBOURNE: Sri Lanka veterans Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara smashed imperious centuries to punish a wasteful Bangladesh and set up an emphatic 92-run win in their World Cup clash in Melbourne on Thursday.

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