Controversial writer Taslima Nasreen, living in exile since 1994, has been given one-year visa by the Centre and allowed to stay in India till August 2015.The 51-year-old writer was last month given two months temporary visa after the Home Ministry decided to initiate a verification process of her visa application.The writers visa has been extended for one year, till August 2015, a Home Ministry official said today.Taslima had met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on August 2 after Indias decision to grant her 2-month visa. At that time, the Home Minister had assured her to consider her plea for a longer-term visa.Nasreen had to leave Bangladesh in 1994 in the wake of death threat by fundamentalist outfits for her alleged anti-Islamic views.Taslima is now a citizen of Sweden. She has been getting Indian visa on a continuous basis since 2004.She had been living in exile since 1994 and has lived in the US, Europe and India in the last two decades. However, on many occasions she had expressed her wish to live in India permanently, especially in Kolkata.The writer had to leave Kolkata in 2007 following violent street protests by a section of Muslims against her works.
New Delhi, Sept 1: Controversial writer Taslima Nasreen, living in exile since 1994, has been given one-year visa by the Centre and allowed to stay in India till August 2015. The 51-year-old writer was last month given two months temporary
Vajubhai Vala, former Gujarat Assembly Speaker and an old trusted aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was today sworn in as Governor of Karnataka.76-year-old Vala was administered oath of office by Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court D H Waghela at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan.Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Union Ministers D V Sadananda Gowda and Ananth Kumar, state ministers, leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Jagadish Shettar, BJP Vice-President B S Yeddyurappa and senior bureaucrats were present at the event.Vala took the oath in Hindi.With a strong RSS background, Vala had served in the Modi Government in Gujarat as Finance Minister before he was elected as Speaker in January last year. He has an impressive record of having presented the state budget 18 times.Vala succeeds Rosaiah, Tamil Nadu Governor who was given additional charge of Karnataka, post the retirement of H R Bharadwaj on June 28.A B.Sc., LL.B graduate, Vala entered public life as a Swayamsevak of RSS during his school days. He became Mayor of Rajkot city in February 1983 and was elected as an MLA for the first time in 1985 from Rajkot-2 constituency.On the eve of the swearing-in, Siddaramaiah had yesterday expressed unhappiness over the Modi Government not consulting him about his appointment to the state.... it is customary that the Chief Minister is consulted before appointing the new Governor; they have done this (appointment) without consulting me, he had said.Siddaramaiah, however, said now that Vala had been appointed, he would welcome him.Taking up the gubernatorial responsibility in an opposition (Congress) ruled state, Vala has said in interviews that he would work under the provisions of the Constitution and would be on the right side of the law.The previous BJP Government when headed by B S Yeddyurappa had strained relations with Bhardwaj who was then seen as being at loggerheads with the opposition-ruled state. His relationship with the D V Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar governments was, however, normal.
Mumbai, Sep 1: The BJP in Maharashtra today said it was yet to finalise seat-sharing agreement with the Shiv Sena for the ensuing Assembly elections and dismissed reports of differences between the saffron allies over pre-poll pact. The state BJP
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A 32-year old RSS activist was killed when an unidentified gang attacked him in politically-volatile Kathirur near Thalassery in the district today.Police identified the victim as E Manoj, a local office-bearer of RSS. The gang waylaid Manoj on a road, threw a country-made bomb at him and then hacked him to death before fleeing the area.RSS-BJP leaders alleged that the CPI(M) was behind the killing and called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Kerala tomorrow.Last year, a large number of BJP workers led by a prominent local leader had joined the CPI(M). In retaliation, the saffron party lured scores of CPI(M) workers to its camp last month.The murder happened on BJP chiefs maiden visit to Kerala.On a mission to help BJP find foothold in Kerala, BJP chief Amit Shah today raked up the issue of communal appeasement to attack Congress UDF and CPI(M)-led LDF, alleging they were only pursuing vote bank politics and neglecting the states development.Addressing a special convention of party functionaries right from grass roots level, he said this was evident from the eagerness shown by both the coalitions for the release of Kerala-based PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani, facing trial in Bangalore bomb blasts case.Recalling the BJPs central slogan of Congress-free India, Shah said if this goal was to be achieved fully, Congress should be defeated in Kerala also and urged party workers to gear up to face the civic elections early next year and the assembly polls in 2016 in the state, where it has consistently failed to make electoral breakthrough.Shah made it clear that his objective was to make the BJP stronger in all southern states, including Kerala and also Odisha, Assam and West Bengal.Targeting both Congress and Left, he said, When the LDF was in power, a resolution was passed by the state Assembly unanimously for Madanis release.Going a step further, the Congress Chief Minister (Ommen Chandy) went all the way to Bangalore to meet the PDP leader. Madani is actually a symbol of the politics of communal appeasement pursued by both the fronts.Shah also said, It is surprising that Congress, while boasting of being secular, was having partnership with Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in Kerala.While failing to lead the state to development, these coalitions that alternated in power had also indulged in corruption and scams are surfacing one by one, he alleged.On the performance of the Narendra Modi Government in its first 100 days, he said the policy initiatives indicated the beginning of good days ahead.If the first things that the previous UPA regime did on coming to power was to repeal POTA as part of its communal appeasement policy, one of the first steps of the present NDA Government was to make efforts to bring back black money stashed in banks abroad. This clearly shows the qualitative difference between the two ministries, he said.Rubbishing the opposition charge that Modi Government had failed to rein in prices of essential commodities, Shah said the truth was that inflation index had come down from nine to six per cent.Another pointer of the country going in the right direction was the growth rate touching 5.7 per cent and foreign investment crossing USD 320 million as revealed by recent statistics, he said.Referring to the foreign policy, he said the decision to call off talks with Pakistan was a right one in view of the neighbouring country having parleys with separatists in Jammu and Kashmir.Earlier in the day, Shah addressed the BJP state committee members and exhorted them to stay united and work for strengthening the party in all tiers.Shah, according to party sources, emphasised the need to strengthening unity in view of reports of factional trends in the state unit.
Jammu, Sep 1: President Pranab Mukherjee Monday arrived here on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.Governor N.N. Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, members of the state cabinet, and senior civil and military officials received the president at the Jammu airport.From
Patna, Sep 1: Flood victims in Bihar's Nalanda district broke into a government warehouse and looted food grain Monday to protest inadequate assistance given to them by the government, officials said.Hundreds of flood victims forcibly broke open the lock of
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 1: On a mission to help BJP find foothold in Kerala, BJP chief Amit Shah today raked up the issue of communal appeasement to attack Congress' UDF and CPI(M)-led LDF, alleging they were only pursuing vote bank politics and
Mumbai, Sep 1: Launching its election campaign for the Maharashtra assembly polls, the Congress Monday attacked the NDA central government on various issues including denying power to the state and having a secret agenda to divide it.After lighting the election flame,
Rae Bareli (UP), Sept 1: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday assured the people of her parliamentary segment that she would take up their problems regarding poor supply of power and drinking water with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.