New Delhi, December 16, 2017 Rahul Gandhi on Saturday formally took over as the new Congress President assuming the mantle of the country’s oldest political party from his mother Sonia Gandhi.
The process of his election as the new Congress chief was completed after the Central Election Authority President Mullapally Ramachandran handed over the Certificate of Election to Rahul Gandhi in a ceremony at the 24, Akbar Road housing the party headquarters.
The ceremony was marked by loud celebrations as scorces of Rahul Gandhi supporters danced to upbeat tunes, raised slogans, burst crackers and distributed sweets outside the party office here.
Kolkata (West Bengal), December 16, 2017 Describing the proposed Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, 2017 as the “biggest assault” on financial security of the poor and the middle classes, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked the Central government to withdraw the legislation.
In a strongly worded letter to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Banerjee said she was “shocked” at the Narendra Modi government’s plan to bring the “draconian” bill in the winter session of parliament.
Contending that the bill will “be the biggest assault on the financial security of the poor and the middle classes”, she said it would “completely shatter the age-old faith and trust reposed by the people on the banking system of the country”.
Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh), December 16, 2017 Over 100 officers, including two women fighter pilots, were commissioned in the Indian Air Force on Saturday during the Combined Graduation Parade of Pilots and Ground Duty Officers at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal near here.
According to an official statement, the event marked the passing out of 105 Flight Cadets as Flying Officers of the IAF, including two women fighter pilots — Flying Officer Shivangi Singh and Pratibha, out of a total of 15 women who joined the elite cadre of IAF officers.
The occasion also marked the passing out of the 200th Pilot’s course of IAF officers.
Chandigarh (Punjab), December 16, 2017 Controversial Bigg Boss Season 11 contestant Arshi Khan could be headed for legal trouble, with a court in Punjab’s Jalandhar city issuing an arrest warrant against her.
However, there is a question mark over she being actually arrested from the Bigg Boss reality show house sets as her publicist, according to reports, claimed to have obtained a stay order on the arrest warrant till January 15 next year, the day of the Bigg Boss 11 finale.
Court sources in Jalandhar said the arrest warrant issued against Khan had not been cancelled.
Shillong (Meghalaya), December 16, 2017 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attacked the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance government, saying it had created scam after scam while his BJP was only for development.
He claimed that despite central funds, the state was not witnessing any development and that as per the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report, Rs 908 crore remained unutilised in Meghalaya in the last six years.
Addressing a public rally at the Polo Ground here, Modi alleged that the alliance government of the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party in Meghalaya was not serving public interest but the mining mafia.
Patna (Bihar), December 16, 2017 BJP member of Parliament Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday congratulated Rahul Gandhi on becoming the new Congress President and wished well for the future of India’s oldest political party.
“Today is the day of rise of most natural and deserving Rahul Gandhi as President of the oldest and respected party of India. Let us all congratulate him in true national spirit. In the larger interest of democracy, I also wish ‘Long live the Indian National Congress,” the actor turned politician, who is a Lok Sabha MP from Patna Saheb seat in Bihar, said in a tweet.
His stand come amid digs by top BJP leaders at Rahul Gandhi on his becoming the Congress chief.
Opinion, November 16, 2017 Yitzhak Rabin, the architect of Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War (5-10 June 1967), is the only serving Prime Minister of the country to be assassinated––ironically not at the hands of a Palestinian, but a Jew.
He was the Chief of the General Staff of Israeli Defence Force during that period, that is between 1964 and 1968. He fought in the first war with Arabs at the time of its creation on May 14, 1948. He is among the most decorated soldiers of that country.
Yet he was assassinated on November 4, 1995 by an ultra-nationalist Jew, Yigal Amir, as the latter was opposed to the signing of Oslo Accords two years earlier (1993).
Gandhinagar (Gujarat), December 16, 2017 The Election Commission has ordered repolling on Sunday in six booths of the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections.
The re-polling was ordered on Friday late night, citing technical reasons, and the EC annulled the polling data that was present in the EVMs.
Separately, the poll panel has ordered the counting of votes in 10 booths using Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) as the presiding officials forgot to wipe out the mock drill poll results from these Electronic Voting Machines (EVM).
New Delhi, December 16, 2017 A court here on Saturday sentenced former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda to three years in jail for corruption in a coal block allocation case.
Special Judge Bharat Parashar also sent Koda’s close aide Vijay Joshi, former Coal Secretary H.C. Gupta and Jharkhand’s then Chief Secretary A.K. Basu, to jail for three years.
It also imposed a fine of Rs 25 lakh each on Koda and Joshi and a fine of Rs 1 lakh each on Gupta and Basu.
Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), December 16, 2017 After Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi visited villages hit by Cyclone Ockhi and commiserated with families of fisher folk, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also set to visit Kerala and Tamil Nadu soon, an official said.
Putting an end to political criticism, Modi was expected to visit the southern districts of these states, possibly on Monday or Tuesday. However, the exact date was not known.
According to informed sources he will visit two fishing villages here and one in Kanyakumari.