Metrovaartha http://www.metrovaartha.com/ en-us Wed, 24 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0530 Left not against Ayyappa devotees and faithful: Kodiyeri http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15863/left-not-against-ayyappa-devotees-and-faithful--kodiyeri- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15863/left-not-against-ayyappa-devotees-and-faithful--kodiyeri- Wed, 24 Jul 2019 12:01:19 +0530 ]]>Admitting that the Sabarimala issue had created a "misunderstanding" among the people, the rulingCPI(M) in Kerala on Tuesday said the Left was not against the Ayyappa devotees and the faithful. Thiruvananthapuram | Admitting that the Sabarimala issue had created a "misunderstanding" among the people, the rulingCPI(M) in Kerala on Tuesday said the Left was not against the Ayyappa devotees and the faithful.

Speaking to reporters here on the second day of CPI(M)'s door-to-door visits to clear the "misunderstandings" on the matter, state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the Left was not against the Ayyappa devotees or the faithful.

"The Left will take necessary steps to correct the misconceptions," he said.

Initially, all political parties had welcomed the Supreme court's September 28 2018 decision, allowing women of all age groups to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala, where earlier girls and women in the 10-50 age group were forbidden, he said.

But later some of the parties changed their stance, Kodiyeri said.

There were allegations that the state government was not able to accommodate those changes, he added.

CPI(M) cadres will visit homes from July 22-28 to talk to the people and clear the air about the government's decision.

The state had witnessed widespread protests by right outfits and BJP after the LDF government decided to implement the Supreme Court verdict.

The massive drubbing received by the ruling front in the Lok Sabha polls is believed to be the fallout of the manner in which the Sabarimala issue was handled.

In the polls held in April, the CPI(M) led LDF had won only one seat-- Alapuzha and the opposition Congress led UDF, the remaining 19 seats.

The CPI(M) had, in a post-poll evaluation report prepared by the central committee and discussed at the state committee last month, admitted that the entry of two women into the Sabarimala temple did cause a "big impact" at the hustings.

A day after the human wall of women was organised by the ruling front on January one, two women had trekked the holy hills and offered worship at the Sabarimala temple.

This was made much use of by the UDF and the BJP during the election campaign, creating a "big impact" among party sympathisers, it was stated in the report.

This was the first time that the CPI(M) had openly admitted that the entry of the two women-- Bindu and Kanakadurga, in their forties, at the Lord Ayyappa temple on January 2 had contributed to the front's defeat.

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Man arrested for creating fake govt website and cheating people http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15862/man-arrested-for-creating-fake-govt-website-and-cheating-people http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15862/man-arrested-for-creating-fake-govt-website-and-cheating-people Wed, 24 Jul 2019 11:53:54 +0530 ]]>A 34-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly making a fake website of Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyaan and cheating nearly 100 people by promising them jobs under the central government scheme, police said on Wednesday. New Delhi | A 34-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly making a fake website of Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyaan and cheating nearly 100 people by promising them jobs under the central government scheme, police said on Wednesday.

Delhi police arrested Prasenjit Chatterjee from North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on Tuesday.

A case under various sections of IPC and IT Act was registered by the cyber crime unit on a complaint of Hari Sewak Sharma, vigilance officer, common service centre, Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY), regarding the fraudulent government website, police said.

During investigation, it was found the accused had created a website similar to the official website https://www.pmgdisha.in under the URL link http://wbpmgdisha.in, claiming that it's the official website of the Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyaan for West Bengal, they added.

He cheated nearly 100 people by asking money from them to register them under the scheme for teaching jobs. After police received the complaint, the website was blocked.

Based on an investigation, the accused was identified and arrested by a team led by Inspector Bhanu Pratap of the cyber crime unit.

His laptop computer and a hard disk have been seized, police said.

Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyaan aims to make six crore rural households digitally literate.

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Messi suspended from Argentina's opening World Cup qualifier http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15861/messi-suspended-from-argentina-s-opening-world-cup-qualifier- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15861/messi-suspended-from-argentina-s-opening-world-cup-qualifier- Wed, 24 Jul 2019 11:40:06 +0530 ]]>Lionel Messi was suspended from Argentina's first qualifying march for the 2022 World Cup and fined USD 1500 by South American soccer's governing body. Asuncion (Paraguay) | Lionel Messi was suspended from Argentina's first qualifying march for the 2022 World Cup and fined USD 1500 by South American soccer's governing body.

CONMEBOL said its decision Tuesday resulted from Messi's red card during Argentina's 2-1 win over Chile on July 6 in the third place match of the Copa America. Messi was ejected in the 37th minute after an altercation with Chile's Gary Medel, who also received a red card.

South American qualifying starts in March.

The decision does not mention Messi's attacks against the Copa America organization. Messi said there was corruption in the tournament and that the tournament was set up for Brazil to win. Messi later apologized to CONMEBOL for his comments.

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Govt passing bills in Parliament with "zero scrutiny": Derek O' Brien http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15860/govt-passing-bills-in-parliament-with--zero-scrutiny---derek-o--brien http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15860/govt-passing-bills-in-parliament-with--zero-scrutiny---derek-o--brien Wed, 24 Jul 2019 11:34:56 +0530 ]]> The TMC on Wednesday charged that the government was passing bills in Parliament without any "scrutiny" and said a united Opposition cannot be "steamrolled" New Delhi | The TMC on Wednesday charged that the government was passing bills in Parliament without any "scrutiny" and said a united Opposition cannot be "steamrolled".

TMC MP and national spokesperson Derek O'Brien charged that the government used its "brute majority" in Lok Sabha to bulldoze the "faulty RTI Bill".

"Three Bills listed for passing today in Rajya Sabha. All with ZERO scrutiny. And the govt expects us to be what ? Mute spectators! Constructive Opposition (in) Parliament," he tweeted.

He had earlier on Tuesday alleged that the government was trying to bulldoze the opposition.

"Will not be surprised if Govt lists RTI Bill for passing in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Be assured,we will do what it takes to preserve Parliamentary democracy.14 Bills already passed with ZERO scrutiny by Parliament committees. Constructive Opposition can't be steamrolled.

The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019 are listed for consideration and passing in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Bill amending the Right To Information Act, amid objections by the Opposition which alleged that it was an attempt to undermine the law and make the transparency panel a "toothless tiger".

The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019, seeks to give the government powers to fix salaries, tenures and other terms and conditions of employment of information commissioners.

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BJD candidate leading against BJP in Orissa Assembly byelection http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15859/bjd-candidate-leading-against-bjp-in-orissa-assembly-byelection http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15859/bjd-candidate-leading-against-bjp-in-orissa-assembly-byelection Wed, 24 Jul 2019 11:26:51 +0530 ]]>Ruling BJD candidate Sabitri Agarwal has established a lead of 11,791 votes over her nearest BJP nominee Bijoy Mohapatra in Patkura Assembly constituency where polling was held on July 20, an election official said on Wednesday Kendrapara (Odisha) | Ruling BJD candidate Sabitri Agarwal has established a lead of 11,791 votes over her nearest BJP nominee Bijoy Mohapatra in Patkura Assembly constituency where polling was held on July 20, an election official said on Wednesday.

While Agarwal has polled 42,037 votes, Mohapatra secured 30,246 at the end of the seventh round of counting, the official said.

Congress candidate Jayanta Kumar Mohanty has so far secured 1,107 votes in the politically sensitive constituency located in coastal Kendrapara district.

Counting of votes is underway amid three-tier security ring at Kendrapara Autonomous College. The entire counting process is being videographed as per ECI directions, the official said.

Polling in Patkura Assembly seat was initially scheduled on April 29, but it could not be held because of the death of BJD candidate Bed Prakash Agarwal on April 20.

The ECI had then fixed May 19 as the new date for the polls in Patkura. However, it was further postponed following cyclone Fani that barrelled through coastal districts.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's bete noire, Bijoy Mohapatra of the BJP is locked in a fight with BJD nominee Sabitri Agarwal, widow of former MLA Bed Prakash Agarwal.

Mohapatra contested from the seat in his bid to make an entry into the state assembly almost after two decades.

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Selectors should be consistent, Shubman should have been in team: Ganguly http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15858/selectors-should-be-consistent--shubman-should-have-been-in-team--ganguly http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15858/selectors-should-be-consistent--shubman-should-have-been-in-team--ganguly Wed, 24 Jul 2019 11:15:41 +0530 ]]>Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday questioned the omission of veteran Ajinkya Rahane and young Shubman Gill from the ODI squad for the tour of West Indies, urging the selection committee to be consistent with their policies New Delhi | Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday questioned the omission of veteran Ajinkya Rahane and young Shubman Gill from the ODI squad for the tour of West Indies, urging the selection committee to be consistent with their policies.

An inconsistent Kedar Jadhav has been retained while Gill, who has been adjudged man-of-the-series in the five List A games in the West Indies, scoring 218 runs.

Ganguly took to Twitter to take a dig at the selectors stating the main agenda should be picking the best possible team and not making people happy.

"Time has come for Indian selectors to pick same players in all formats of the game for rhythm and confidence.. too few are playing in all formats ..great teams had consistent players ..it's not about making all happy but picking the best for the country and be consistent @bcci," Ganguly tweeted.

"Here are many in the squad who can play all formats ..surprised not to see Shubman Gill. Rahane in the one day squad," he added.

Gill has already expressed his disappointment at not being picked in the squad for the limited overs series in the Caribbean.

The MSK Prasad-led selection committee picked India's squads for the T20I, ODI and Test squads for the tour of West Indies on Sunday.

Barring left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, no other Indian player features in all 3 formats for the West Indies tour.

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Karnataka BJP to hold legislature party meeting Wednesday http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15857/karnataka-bjp-to-hold-legislature-party-meeting-wednesday http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15857/karnataka-bjp-to-hold-legislature-party-meeting-wednesday Wed, 24 Jul 2019 10:48:47 +0530 ]]>As the BJP is expected to stake claim to form the next government in Karnataka, its legislature party meeting would be held on Wednesday. Bengaluru | As the BJP is expected to stake claim to form the next government in Karnataka, its legislature party meeting would be held on Wednesday.

This comes a day after the Congress-JDS government in the state collapsed after it lost the confidence vote, garnering 99 votes against the 105 to the BJP in the assembly, ending the nearly three-week-long high political drama.

The coalition needed 103 votes in its favour to win the motion as 20 MLAs — Congress-JDS (17), BSP (1), Independents (2) — skipped proceedings, reducing the effective strength of the House to 205.

"We will have the legislative party meeting today and will wait for the directions from the parliamentary board. It might have come... Next we will stake claim to form the government," BJP state general secretary C T Ravi told PTI.

According to party sources, the meeting is likely to begin at 11.30 AM to decide the next step.

The party may approach Governor Vajubhai Vala on Thursday and stake claim to form the government, they said.

A large number of BJP leaders and workers thronged the party office here as the lodestone of power shifted from the coalition partners — Congress and JD(S), to BJP.

"We were all waiting for this glorious moment. The voters had BJP as their first choice. Now that the BJP is set to form the government, there is celebration all over the state," actor-turned-politician Tara told reporters outside the BJP office.

Meanwhile, the rebel MLAs have decided to not return to Bengaluru.

"There are no immediate plans to return to Bengaluru. We will stay here for some more time," rebel JD(S) MLA from Hunsur A H Vishwanath told PTI.

He, however, refused to comment on a query whether the disgruntled legislators were waiting for the BJP government to come to power.

On Tuesday, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy submitted his resignation to the Karnataka governor shortly after losing the confidence motion in the assembly, capping an intense power struggle triggered by a raft of resignations by rebel MLAs that pushed the government to the brink of collapse.

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40 militant groups were operating in Pakistan: Imran Khan http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15856/40-militant-groups-were-operating-in-pakistan--imran-khan http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15856/40-militant-groups-were-operating-in-pakistan--imran-khan Wed, 24 Jul 2019 10:35:18 +0530 ]]>Successive governments in Pakistan did not tell the truth to the United States, in particular in the last 15 years, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday, adding that there were 40 different militant groups operating in his country Washington | Successive governments in Pakistan did not tell the truth to the United States, in particular in the last 15 years, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday, adding that there were 40 different militant groups operating in his country.

"We were fighting the US war on terror. Pakistan has nothing to do with 9/11. Al-Qaeda was in Afghanistan. There were no militant Taliban in Pakistan. But we joined the US war. Unfortunately, when things went wrong, where I blame my government, we did not tell the US exactly the truth on the ground," Khan said.

He was addressing a Capitol Hill reception hosted by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Chairperson of the Congressional Pakistan Caucus. Lee is also a member of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans.

Part of the reason for this, Khan explained to the lawmakers, was that the Pakistani governments were not in control.

"There were 40 different militant groups operating within Pakistan. So Pakistan went through a period where people like us were worried about could we survive it. So while the US expected us to do more and help the US win the war, Pakistan at that time was fighting for its own existence," he said.

Khan said it was very important that he met President Donald Trump and other top American leaders.

"We have explained to them that the way forward is: number one, the relationship has to be based on mutual trust," he said, adding that he would be honest in telling the US what Pakistan could do in the peace process.

Pakistan, Khan said, was trying its best to get the Taliban on the table to start this dialogue.

"So far, we have done pretty well," he said and cautioned the US that the process was not going to be easy.

"Do not expect this to be easy, because it is a very complicated situation in Afghanistan. But rest assured, we would be trying our best. The whole country is standing behind me. The Pakistan Army, the security forces, all are behind me. We all have one objective and it is exactly the same objective as the US, which is to have a peaceful solution as quickly as possible in Afghanistan," Khan said.

In his last public engagement before winding up his hectic three-day US tour, Khan hoped that the US-Pak relationship was now on a different level.

"It was painful for us to watch the mistrust between the two countries," he rued, adding, "We hope that from now onwards, our relationship will be completely different."

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Rupee slips 16 paise to 69.10 vs USD in early trade http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15855/rupee-slips-16-paise-to-69-10-vs-usd-in-early-trade http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15855/rupee-slips-16-paise-to-69-10-vs-usd-in-early-trade Wed, 24 Jul 2019 10:17:18 +0530 ]]> The rupee opened on a weak note and declined by 16 paise to 69.10 against the US dollar in opening trade on Wednesday, amid sustained foreign fund outflows and rising crude oil prices Mumbai | The rupee opened on a weak note and declined by 16 paise to 69.10 against the US dollar in opening trade on Wednesday, amid sustained foreign fund outflows and rising crude oil prices.

Forex traders said, cautious opening in domestic equities and strengthening of the US dollar vis-a-vis against other currencies overseas kept pressure on the Indian rupee.

The rupee opened weak at 69.10 at the interbank forex market, down 16 paise over its last close. The rupee had settled at 68.94 against the US dollar on Tuesday.

Forex traders said the rupee is expected to trade in a narrow range ahead of the much crucial European Central Bank (ECB) policy statement to be released on Thursday.

Other major global cues that are going to dictate terms to the rupee include the US second quarter preliminary GDP print on Friday and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting on July 31, traders said.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.27 per cent to USD 64 per barrel.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital markets, pulling out Rs 2,607.97 crore on Tuesday, as per provisional data.

Domestic bourses opened on a cautious note day with benchmark indices Sensex trading 100.39 points down at 37,882.35 and Nifty down 40.80 points at 11,290.25.

Meanwhile, the IMF on Tuesday cut its growth forecast for India for this year and the next saying its GDP will now grow respectively at the rate of 7 per cent in 2019, and 7.2 per cent in 2010, reflecting a weaker-than expected outlook for domestic demand.

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Sensex falls over 100 pts after IMF cuts India's growth outlook http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15854/sensex-falls-over-100-pts-after-imf-cuts-india-s-growth-outlook http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/15854/sensex-falls-over-100-pts-after-imf-cuts-india-s-growth-outlook Wed, 24 Jul 2019 10:15:55 +0530 ]]>Domestic equity benchmark BSE Sensex dropped over 100 points in early trade on Wednesday as investor sentiment dampened further after IMF cut India's growth outlook. Mumbai | Domestic equity benchmark BSE Sensex dropped over 100 points in early trade on Wednesday as investor sentiment dampened further after IMF cut India's growth outlook.

Massive foreign fund outflow too hit market mood here, traders said.

After swinging nearly 250 point in highly volatile opening session, the 30-share index was trading 104.13 points or 0.27 per cent lower at 37,878.61 at 0930 hours; and the broader Nifty also fell 38.30 points or 0.34 per cent to 11,292.75.

In the previous session, the 30-share index ended 48.39 points, or 0.13 per cent, lower at 37,982.74. The Nifty too slipped 15.15 points, or 0.13 per cent, to close at 11,331.05.

In early trade, shares of Vedanta, IndusInd Bank, M&M, Maruti, Bajaj Auto, Bharti Airtel, ICICI Bank, Bajaj Finance, Tata Steel and RIL were among the top losers in the Sensex pack, falling up to 1.99 per cent.

On the other hand, HDFC Bank, Yes Bank, PowerGrid, TechM, HUL, SBI and HDFC Bank rose up to 1.69 per cent.

According to experts, IMF's downward revision of India's economic outlook hit domestic investor sentiment.

The IMF on Tuesday projected a slower growth rate for India in 2019 and 2020, a downward revision of 0.3 per cent for both the years, saying its GDP will now grow respectively at the rate of 7 and 7.2 per cent reflecting a weaker-than expected outlook for domestic demand.

"India's economy is set to grow at 7.0 per cent in 2019, picking up to 7.2 per cent in 2020. The downward revision of 0.3 percentage point for both years reflects a weaker-than expected outlook for domestic demand," the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in its World Economic Update.

Heavy foreign fund outflow and weak corporate earnings are also pushing the market lower, they said.

On a net basis, foreign institutional investors sold equities worth Rs 2,607.97 crore, while domestic institutional investors purchased shares to the tune of Rs 2,625.10 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed on Tuesday.

Elsewhere in Asia, Shanghai Composite Index, Hang Seng, Nikkei and Kospi were trading in the green in their respective early sessions.

Equities on Wall Street too ended on a positive note on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Indian rupee depreciated 8 paise (intra-day) to 69.03 against the US dollar.

The global oil benchmark Brent crude futures were trading marginally higher at 63.98 per barrel.

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