Gujarat riots: Amit Shah backs Maya Kodnani, says she was in assembly, not Naroda Gam

Gujarat riots: Amit Shah backs Maya Kodnani, says she was in assembly, not Naroda Gam

BJP President Amit Shah said on Monday in a special court that former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani was in the State Assembly and later in a government hospital, the day of riot murders in Ahmedabad in February 2002.

Shah appeared as a defense witness for Kodnani, who is accused of inciting a mob that killed 11 people in the Naroda Gam area of the city on February 28, 2002. He has already pleaded guilty and sentenced to life perpetuity in a separate case of riots in the Naroda Patiya area of Ahmedabad.

The riots broke out across Gujarat after a bogie of the Sabarmati Express was set on fire on suspicion of Muslim mob in Godhra in February 2002. The fire killed 59 Hindus, mostly Karsevaks or returning volunteers from Ayodhya, where the Hindu groups and rival Muslims are locked in a conflict of several decades in a religious site. The blaze triggered three days of retaliatory attacks throughout the state, leaving about 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, dead.

Shah told the court on 28 February to leave the assembly building in Gandhinagar for the Sola Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad, where the bodies of fire victims had been taken. He said that Kodnani was also present.

“Mayaben Kodnani was not Naroda Gam but the State Assembly at 8:30 am From 9:30 to 9:45 I was in the civil hospital and I met Maya Kodnani there,” Shah told the IANS news agency.

The BJP president said police escorted Kodnani and in a safe place after the rebel mobs surrounded the hospital. He said he did not know where Kodnani was going, the PTI news agency said.

Shah, however, said he did not know whether a firm in a Kodnani attendance record had submitted evidence in support of his, defense lawyers and prosecutors said.
But the lawyer on both sides interpreted Shah’s presentation differently.

“Amit Shah testified in favor of Kodnani,” said defense lawyer Chetan Shah.
However, prosecuting attorney Samshad Pathan challenged Kodnani’s presence at the meeting and later in the hospital not necessarily forced.

“Amit Shah told the court, Maya Kodnani was at the morning meeting and saw the hospital around 11:30. That shows that she was present at Naroda Gam, when the violence took place,” Pathan said.

The government of Narendra Modi in Gujarat. Last week, the court convened Shah as a witness at the request of Kodnani, who was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Child Welfare in the government of Narendra Modi of Gujarat. Kodnani had initially asked the court to summon Shah and 13 others in his defense in April this year to prove that he was not present at Naroda Gam on February 28 when riots broke out there.

According to his request, and Shah, he wanted to prove that MP Sarkhej followed the meeting and then to the Sola Civil Hospital when the riots broke out.
Kodnani has been released on bail for health reasons since 2014.
In 2009, the Supreme Court has set up six special courts to expedite trials in cases related to one of the worst religious unrest in the country.

Niti Aayog vindicates UPA’s claims on poverty alleviation

Niti Aayog vindicates UPA’s claims on poverty alleviation

Niti Aayog vindicates UPA’s claims on poverty alleviation

Vindicant the position of the UPA government in eliminating people from poverty, voluntary India’s national evaluation report on the implementation of sustainable development goals in the United Nations said sustained growth 8.3% from 2004-2005 to 2011-2012 and 6.2% 1993-1994 in 2003-2004 “profit generated

Employment and wage increases helped, which allowed the poor directly. “Niti Aayog led the preparation of the report as part of its coordinating role for Agenda 2030 for sustainable development.

The review report was presented to the UN last week and will be discussed at a meeting of the Multilateral Agency’s High-Level Political Forum in July.

The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda called on several countries to begin efforts to achieve 17 targets set over the next 15 years.

“This has also led the government to a larger volume of income that allows it to withstand high levels of social spending and thus double the direct impact of growth in poverty,” the report said, adding that the establishment implemented various control measures Of the anti-poverty programs as against MGNREGA helped the weakest sectors of society. “The Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), for example, has generated more than 2 billion person-days of employment in 2016-17, largely for disadvantaged sections of the population. The society, “according to the report, pointing out that women and disadvantaged groups were the main beneficiaries of the employment guarantee system in rural areas, which represents 56% and 39% of workdays generated during the year Past, respectively.
Data released in 2013 by the previous Planning Commission, which was replaced by Niti Aayog showed that from 2004 to 2005, about 2 people were removed from poverty each year from 2004-2005 resulting in fewer people Below the Tendulkar poverty line to 270 million in 2011 to 2012 compared to 407 million in 2004-05.

“There is compelling evidence that India’s rapid growth has resulted in economic reforms initiated in 1991 leading to a significant reduction in poverty. Poverty has declined in all economic, social and religious groups throughout the country, and In all states of the post-reform era, “Niti Aayog said in the report. He emphasized these points in his first objective of sustainable development “to put an end to poverty in all its forms everywhere.”

In addition, the voluntary screening report also emphasizes the importance of food security to address the adverse effects of poverty. “A direct consequence of poverty is food insecurity.

To remedy this problem, the National Food Security Act provides a substantial quantity of food grains to nearly 75 percent of the population in rural areas and 50 percent of the population in urban areas at affordable prices in the low Target public distribution system. He told me. The PDS program offers 5 kg of wheat or rice per person per month at subsidized prices.

In the future, the report says that efforts are needed to ensure that access to basic services, ie universal water and sanitation, are priority areas outside programs already underway, including housing for all, access to Education, health and nutritional security. Pay particular attention to “vulnerable groups such as women and children.”

In the opening statement of the report, Vice President Niti Aayog Arvind Panagariya noted that while India remains committed to protecting the environment, the success of the Paris Accord compelling other signatories “to fulfill their commitment.”

“These … include the provision of financial resources worth $ 100 billion a year to developing countries,” he wrote. Recently, the United States abandoned the Paris agreement, which aims to reduce global carbon emissions.

“Even in the fight against poverty, India remains committed to protecting the environment. As part of its national contributions, India has committed to reducing the intensity of emissions per unit of GDP by 33-35% in 2030 compared to its 2005 levels.

In addition, it plans to create an additional carbon sink from 2.5 to 3 billion tons with additional tree cover, “said Panagariya.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Meets PM Modi As iPhone Maker Seeks Deeper Market Access

Apple CEO Tim Cook Meets PM Modi As iPhone Maker Seeks Deeper Market Access

Apple CEO Tim Cook Meets PM Modi As iPhone Maker Seeks Deeper Market Access

Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Sunday the economic impact of the company in India in a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the maker of the iPhone was looking for better access to the third world market for smartphones behind The United States and China. M. Cook met PM Modi at a Washington summit for business when Apple Inc. is the emerging Indian market as a source of revenue after the close of its sales in China.

Apple has asked representatives of the Indian Government a series of tax and policy changes to help build their iPhone assembly works in the country. He asks permission to open his own retail stores in India, where he currently sells iPhones through distributors.

During his meeting with PM Modi, M. Cook revealed that Apple is expected to have its operations in India fully exploited from renewable energy in the next six months, according to a person familiar with the discussion.

M. Cook reiterated that Apple had generated 740,000 jobs in India through its “application economy” and that Indian developers had created almost 100 000 applications from the App Store, the person said.

PM Modi spoke with M. Cook and other US business executives ahead of a meeting with President Donald Trump Monday.

Apple working with contract maker Winstron, began joining the iPhone OS in Bangalore last month. Indian authorities have offered tax benefits to Apple to work with the requirement to use more local components over time.

The company seeks India after sales in China’s largest region, once one of the main factors for the increase of Apple’s fell 14 percent annually to $ 10.7 billion in the last quarter.

Apple has not revealed the amount of revenue it generates in India, but said sales rose by “strong double-digit figures” in the last quarter.

“We have a lot of energy in the country on a number of fronts,” said M. Cook analysts about Apple’s efforts in India during the call to the company’s latest revenue. “We believe, especially now that the 4G infrastructure is in the country and continues to be expanded, there is a great opportunity for Apple.”

It’s not about privilege, but accountability

It’s not about privilege, but accountability

It’s not about privilege, but accountability

The current stop in Karnataka between the legislature and the media reflects the “gray areas” in the functioning of Indian democracy. To be fair, we must recognize that this is not the first time these conflicts have arisen.

This may be the last. Our democracy seems more eager to present the “privileges” of focusing on “responsibilities.”

It is assumed that these privileges are enjoyed to allow one to exercise and fulfill their responsibilities for oneself.

In this controversy, both sides seem to have turned the battle into a “rights and privileges” rather than “accountability and responsibility.”

During the launch of The National Herald Benglauru, Rahul Gandhi said, “the government requires everyone to be silent,” referring to the Center. These criticisms of the position adopted by the state legislature could also argue that Gandhi’s words were not heard by his party mates.

In the same sense, we also have to ask who will “keep our guard”? What happens if the press that exists to freely and equitably articulate the different contours of the public debate, does not respect and does not respect the norms of fair play. The “fence” that can afford to eat the harvest?

The current situation of stagnation in Karnataka, where the President of the Assembly ordered the police to arrest two journalists for defaming the legislature and its members, has many facets.

First, what constitutes the “privilege” of a chosen house? Can a legislative office, by itself, prevent the press from violating the privileges and the question that must be arbitrated by an institution independent of the two? Opposition MPs have already made assumptions about the President’s motion and asked if the house wanted.

It was also reported that the House’s privilege committee would hesitate to demand the arrest of journalists. In addition, one of the complaints against journalists was presented by the President, when it was the home of a private member.

It is important to ask yourself, when you can have the “power” to take action, does not prudence encourage “to act in moderation” in relation to “the exercise of power”? We must also recognize that the media investigative journalism and the unilateral presentation of various issues leaves much to be desired.

Many reports in the media address a problem or event, either as “black” or “white,” and it is in this context that the article raised the issue of ‘keeping watch. ”

While we respect the unequivocal freedom of the press, it may be useful to think of moderation and the most powerful ombudsman means to deal with the media.
Institutions in a democracy must be respectful, do not require it. Will all the parties involved be willing to go beyond prestige and exercise greater moderation in the interest of the common good?

This does not seem likely, but it is a movement that must begin immediately, so over time, various institutions recognize and respect the role of each as the pillars of mutual democracy.

The political scientist and director of the research center for social sciences and education

92% businesses migrate to GST platform

92% businesses migrate to GST platform

92% businesses migrate to GST platform

CHENNAI: More than 92% of operators, companies and others who pay value added tax in Tamil Nadu have migrated to the tax on goods and services (GST) by registering on the new tax website. Not a year, state commercial taxes

The department has launched a new software called Total Solution Project to help operators sign up and pay online.

“The total project solution is similar to GST software. We just have to change the registry and ask the merchants to learn some steps to download tax documents.

So far it has been easy to encourage traders and businesses to migrate to the GST, “said a senior tax manager.

Since 2016, when the proposed total solution has been deployed in Tamil Nadu, the department received a large portion of the line fee.

“At present, 96% of the total income for the department is online. Only a few traders from rural areas visit the commercial tax offices to pay taxes,” said the official. As for the implementation of the GST, on July 1, the Ministry began to meet with traders and businesses in 350 circles.

“We organized meetings with merchants to clear all their doubts about the GST, and we also trained them to sign their names and give them a password to upload their documents.The training has also been provided to tax officials.

A second round is underway to help cool changes in tax rates for facilities and services, “he said.

Before a meeting in the GST district, the tax service is for merchants and others who signed up for ministry.

“In addition to phoning, we send emails to registered contributors to ensure greater participation in the awareness program.

It is important to keep taxpayers updated on all events, “said the official.

The department will begin to use the offices in all circular offices. ”

If there is a problem when sending documents or recording their names, operators can approach the help desk in the circle’s office, where officials will help to register, “the official said.

Meanwhile, a group of high-level commercial tax department should participate in the GST launch program in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the new tax regime.