Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday hinted at reducing cess and sales tax on petrol and diesel in the state to ease the fuel prices which have touched an all-time high.
Speaking to the media, Bommai said it all depends on the economy.
"I have called an economic review meeting. If the economic situation seems to be good, there is all possibility for the consideration," he added.
Earlier, the Chief Minister had rejected any tax deduction on fuel in the state.
The petrol price has reached Rs 109.16 per litre and diesel price has touched Rs 100 in Karnataka.
The Opposition Congress has demanded reduction of taxes on fuel on similar lines of Tamil Nadu government which has reduced the taxes on petrol by Rs 3 per litre.
The Congress has blamed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party governments for the hike in fuel prices.
Bommai had defended that during the the United Progressive Alliance government, fuel prices had increased by 60 per cent between 2004 and 2014 while fuel prices have risen by 30 per cent in seven years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.
Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah targeted the present BJP government, saying that inflation under its tenure is nothing but criminal loot.
The ruling BJP has made up its mind to get Nitin Agarwal elected as the deputy speaker of the Legislative Assembly, its alliance partner Apna Dal (S), has thrown a spanner by demanding that a Dalit or an OBC MLA be elected to the post. The election of the deputy speaker of the Uttar Pradesh legislative Assembly is due on October 18.
Apna Dal national working president and MLC Ashish Patel said that at present there is nobody belonging to OBC and Dalit communities on the post of speaker of the UP Legislative Assembly and chairman of Legislative Council.
"In such a situation, the MLA of OBC or SC community should be made the deputy speaker of the state Assembly. This will send out a good message to the backward and downtrodden," he said.
Ashish Patel, husband of Union Minister Anupriya Patel, said that the people from the backward and the Dalit community had played a key role in bringing the BJP-led NDA government to power at the Centre in 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections as well as in 2017 UP Assembly elections.
Party's national spokesperson Rajesh Patel said that the BJP state leadership should consider Apna Dal demand seriously.
"We have raised our demand to the government on the issue. The government has numbers and will take a call on the issue," said Patel.
Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party is unhappy with the BJP government's move to field Nitin Agarwal, a rebel SP MLA, and is considering fielding party MLA Narendra Verma for the post.
A Samajwadi Party MLA, Nitin Agarwal along with his father former MP Naresh Agarwal had joined the BJP in 2018. The Samajwadi Party's petition seeking Nitin Agarwal's disqualification was recently rejected.
India hit out at China on Wednesday for questioning the recent visit of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to Arunachal Pradesh, saying the state is an integral and inalienable part of India.
Naidu visited Arunachal Pradesh on October 9 and addressed a special session of the state assembly.
In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China has never recognised the state. "China's position on the boundary issue is consistent and clear. The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh established unilaterally and illegally by the Indian side and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader's visit to the area concerned," Zhao said.
In response to a media query about Lijian's comments, India's Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said: "We have noted the comments made today by the Chinese official spokesperson. We reject such comments. Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India."
He said Indian leaders routinely travel to the state of Arunachal Pradesh as they do to any other state of India. "Objecting to the visit of Indian leaders to a state of India does not stand to reason and understanding of Indian people," he said.
Talking about the current situation at Line of Actual Control, Bagchi further stated that the current situation along the LAC in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas has been caused by unilateral attempts of Chinese side to alter the status quo in violation of the bilateral agreements.
"Therefore, we expect the Chinese side to work towards early resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh while fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols rather than trying to link unrelated issues," he said.
India and China have been engaged in border disputes for the last 17 months.
Last week, India and China military talks to end border dispute did not result in resolution of the remaining disputed areas with the Chinese not agreeable to "constructive suggestions" provided by the Indian delegation.
Further, the Chinese also could not provide any forward-looking proposals. "The meeting thus did not result in resolution of the remaining areas," the Indian Army had said in a statement.
So far, 13 rounds of India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting have taken place since the border dispute.
The Lakhimpur Kheri police has detained the driver of Ankit Das, the nephew of former Congress MP late Akhilesh Das, in connection with the death of four farmers who were mowed down by a vehicle belonging to Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni.
He was reportedly driving the vehicle in the convoy, which was just behind Mishra's SUV. The driver is also accused of helping Ankit Das escape from the spot.
Meanwhile, another aide of Mishra, said to be present at the scene of the crime, was also detained.
Senior police officers did not disclose the names of the accused saying they had not been arrested and are being questioned.
Ankit's uncle Akhilesh Das was a Congress MP and the national general secretary of BSP. He passed away in 2017.
Ankit is said to be a close associate of Ashish Mishra and his father.
An official said the name of Ankit Das surfaced after a video went viral a day after the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri.
In the video, a man, having injuries on his head, is seen claiming that he was in the second SUV with Das.
A policeman is also spotted in the video who is holding a microphone and asking the injured man about the incident. He tells cops that the vehicle belonged to Ankit Das.
The injured man is heard telling cops that he lives in Charbagh area in Lucknow and had accompanied Ankit Das to Kheri for work.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to fare better in terms of satisfaction of work, according to the ABP-CVoter-IANS State of States 2021 tracker.
Across the country, Modi got the support of 66.4 percent of the respondents, with 40.3 percent people 'very much satisfied with his work and 26.1 percent 'satisfied to some extent despite a decline in popularity ratings during the devastating second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic.
However, 30.6 percent of people are 'not satisfied at all with the performance of Modi. Three percent of the participants chose the 'Don't know/Can't say' category.
Notably, Manipur backed the PM with the highest percentage of support recording 51.2 percent. Next to the northeastern state, Uttarakhand stands with 47 percent. One of the poll-bound states -- Uttar Pradesh, has also given a thumbs up to Modi with 43.3 percent support.
In Goa, 35.8 percent of people are very much satisfied with Modi while 39 percent of people are satisfied to some extent.
According to the latest survey, Punjab recorded the least popularity of PM Modi registering 15 percent. In Punjab, 18.2 percent of people are satisfied to some extent with the Modi government while a majority of 58.6 percent of people are challenging his popularity, stating they are not at all satisfied with his work.
After Punjab, 33.2 percent of participants of Uttar Pradesh recorded not being at all satisfied with Modi's work. However, 2.7 percent of people of the largest populated state refrained from registering their opinion.
In all-India level, 3 percent of people refrained from commenting on Modi's performance.
The Congress on Thursday attacked the Uttar Pradesh government for failing to arrest the culprits in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case.
Jaiveer Shergill, the Congress spokesperson said, "Justice in #LakhimpurKheri massacre should not be delayed by delegating it to any committee-IPC should be followed (monitored by SC) starting with arrest of individuals identifiable in video,chargesheet & then conviction -Hogwash attempts will only rub salt on wounds of families!"
He said the culprits were clearly visible in the video and it should not be an FIR against unknown. He alleged that probably the police were figuring out a way to keep the minister's son clean and that's why the arrests had not been made yet in a cognizable offence.
The Uttar Pradesh government has deputed Pradeep Kumar Srivastava, a retired judge of the Allahabad High Court, to probe the October 3 Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which nine persons lost their lives.
The judicial commission will have its office in Lakhimpur Kheri and it is required to submit its report within two months.
Lakhs of devotees from all religions thronged thousands of places of worship which were thrown open on Thursday after nearly six months in Maharashtra, as the threats of a Covid-19 third wave appeared to have receded, officials said.
While temples rang bells, mosques saw azaans beingr recited, hymns were sung in churches, gurbani and shabads in gurudwaras, plus prayers in derasars, Buddh viharas, fire temples, et al, in Mumbai and other parts of the state, adhering to full Covid protocols as directed by the government.
Leading the state, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, along with his wife Rashmi and son Aditya who is Tourism Minister, went to pray at the famed Mumbadevi Temple in south Mumbai, of the deity from whom the city gets is name.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, along with Nationalist Congress Party state President and Minister Jayant Patil, prayed at the Shree Siddhivinayak Ganpati Temple in Prabhadevi.
Other ministers joined celebs and commoners in different places of worship which have been cleaned spic and span, with fragrance of sandalwood, incense and agarbattis emanating from there, creating the right ambience for devotees.
All places of worship like ISKCON temples at Chowpatty and Juhu, the Haji Ali Mausoleum in Worli, the Mount Mary Church in Bandra also attracted thousands for the first prayers after a long bout of closure.
Similar crowds were witnessed at the Shri Saibaba Temple in Shirdi and the Shaneshwar Temple in Shanishingnapur, both in Ahmednagar, the famous Takhat Sachkhand Shri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib gurudwara in Nanded, the Ashthavinayak Temple, the Mahalaxmi Temple, Haji Malang Dargah, the Trimbakeshwar Temple and Saptashringi Temple in Nashik, Jivdani Temple in Palghar, Jejuri Temple in Pune, Godiji Parshwanath Jain Temple in Mumbai and more.
The opening up of worship places gave a fillip to the local economy with thousands of vendors selling pooja items, prasad, flowers, garlands, 'chadars', religious books, scriptures, holy water bottles, photos, candles, lamps, flags, festoons, holy memorabilia, and other devotion-related materials also sprang into action to cater to the customers, while gurudwaras prepared for their traditional 'langars' and some mosques for the 'niyaaz-jamaats' for devotees.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation 35 Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Oxygen Plants established under PM CARES, across 35 states and union territories on Thursday.
Modi will dedicate these oxygen PSA plants in an event at All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.
He will also address the gathering on the occasion. On the same day, he will complete 20 years of his service in public office since he took oath as Gujarat chief minister in 2001.
All districts across the country will have now commissioned PSA Oxygen Plants with the induction of these 35 PSA oxygen plants. A total of 1,224 PSA Oxygen Plants have been funded under the PM CARES across the country since the advent of Covid-19 pandemic. Out of that more than 1,100 plants have been commissioned, providing an output of over 1,750 MT oxygen per day.
The project to commission a PSA oxygen plant in each district of the country was executed while dealing with the complex challenges of hilly areas, islands, and territories with difficult terrain. Around 7,000 personnel have been trained to monitor the operation and maintenance of these plants. These plants will be monitored with an embedded Internet of Things (IoT) device to check real-time functioning and performance through a consolidated web portal.
The Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya along with the Governor and Chief Minister of Uttarakhand will also be present on the occasion.
A 35-year-old woman was killed while her four children were injured in an LPG cylinder blast here, a Fire Department official informed on Wednesday.
The incident happened on Tuesday evening.
According to the official, they received a call about a fire incident at Gali No 7, Anand Parbat in central Delhi around 9.05 p.m. on Tuesday.
"As many as 2 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to bring the fire under control," he said, adding that four people were rescued from the site of the accident in an injured state.
Later, one among the four people, succumbed to his injuries. It took at least two hours to completely put the fire out. "The blaze was doused at around 11.15 p.m. in the night," the official informed.
The deceased woman was identified as Sushila, 35, and four injured kids, which included three daughters -- Mansi, 8, Meenakshi, 8, Monika, 9, and a 7-year-old son named Mohan.
All the injured are currently admitted to the RML hospital.
The fire completely gutted the room where the incident took place.
The incident comes just three days after a fire broke out in a guest house located in east Delhi. This blaze was also brought under control and no casualties were reported then.
With a new special bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to start hearing in the multi-crore drug racket case concerning Punjab on Tuesday, Congress leader Navjot Sidhu said a report by the Special Task Force (STF) on drugs will finally see light of day after two and a half years of delay.
"Today, STF Report on Drugs will finally see light of day after 2.5 yrs of delay in sealed covers, court naming main culprits behind drug trade will be first victory for youth & suffering mothers of Punjab," Sidhu tweeted.
"Hope they are given punishment that acts as a deterrent for generations!!"
The case was assigned to the division bench of Justices A.G. Masih and Ashok Kumar Verma. Earlier, the case was being heard by the bench of Justices Rajan Gupta and Ajay Tewari but the latter recused himself from hearing the case on September 1.
The new bench will take up an application seeking that the high court "may open" a report submitted in a sealed cover.
The application has been filed by advocate Navkiran Singh, pleading that the report contains the response of Punjab on a report submitted by then STF chief Harpreet Sidhu, who was asked by the high court to go through the report submitted by Enforcement Directorate Assistant Director Niranjan Singh.
The Ghaziabad Police have barricaded National Highway 24 and National Highway 9 following which the Delhi Traffic Police were forced to divert traffic on several roads, most likely due to the ongoing farmers' agitation.
Both NH 9 and NH 24 connect the national capital with Uttar Pradesh and are also among the key routes towards Ghazipur border where farmers have been protesting against the contentious farm laws for almost one year.
Informing about the closure, the Delhi Traffic Police said that due to barricading by the Ghaziabad traffic police they have diverted the traffic from several roads.
A diversion has been created at Akshardham setu towards Noida and Vikas Marg for Ghaziabad. "Road No 57A to Hasanpur Karkari Mod for Shahadar, Anand Vihar and Ghaziabad," the traffic police said.
The traffic was also diverted from roundabout Ghazipur towards Anand Vihar, Bhopura border Ghaziabad via road no 56 and from roundabout Murga Mandi towards Dr Hadgewar marg then Nala road up to Uttar Pradesh gate Ghaziabad for Vaishali, Vasundhara and Ghaziabad via paper market Ghazipur.
Earlier also the Delhi Traffic Police had advised commuters going to Ghaziabad from Sarai Kale Khan to take an alternate route, but later deleted the tweet.
"Commuters coming from Sarai kale Khan take an alternative route for Ghaziabad i.e. Vikas Marg via road no 57 A, road no 56. Anand Vihar and Paper market for Ghaziabad and for Noida via DND," the traffic police deleted the tweet.
The heavy barricading possibly comes in wake of the violence at a farmers' protest in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday that left at least eight people dead and 15 others injured. The protest took a violent turn there as unidentified persons opened fire at the farmers. Infuriated farmers then set three jeeps on fire after some of the protesters were run over by the vehicles. One of the vehicles is said to belong to Ashish Mishra, son of the Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra.
Since Sunday, the incident became a political hotspot with leaders from the Opposition parties cornering the present dispensation and vowing to reach the site of the massacre.