New Delhi, Mar. 4 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav on Wednesday verbally offered to resign from the party's Political Action Committee (AAP), according to reports. AAP's National Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier resigned as the convener, saying he was not in a position to do justice to both posts, including that of chief minister. Kejriwal's resignation came hours before the AAP's national executive meeting. There was unconfirmed speculation that the duo of Bhushan and Yadav may be eased out of the national executive, which is the AAP's top policy body.
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- Women RS MPs corner Deputy Chairman Kurien, demand action over …
New Delhi, Mar.4 (ANI): Women Members of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha from Opposition parties entered the well of the Upper House on Wednesday and forced a brief adjournment of 15-minutes over their demand for action over December 16 gang-rape convict being allowed to give an outrageous interview from inside Tihar Jail here. Led by Jaya Bachchan of the Samajwadi Party, all women members from the opposition benches present in the House expressed their dissatisfaction over the government's response to the action taken over how the convict, Mukesh Singh, was allowed to be interviewed inside the prison and make outlandish statements. Soon, their male colleagues also joined, forcing Deputy Chairman P J Kurien to adjourn the House for 15 minutes. Earlier, K C Tyagi (JD-U) said he has given a notice for suspension of business under Rule 267 to raise the issue of the rape convict making derogatory comments against women in a documentary from inside the Tihar Jail.
- 'Nothing new' in Kejriwal resigning as AAP convener: …
New Delhi, Mar. 4 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday downplayed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's resignation as party convener, saying there's nothing new as the latter had taken a similar stand last month. "Arvind Kejriwal had tendered his resignation on February 26 from the convener's post, which was unanimously rejected by the national executive. Arvind Kejriwal had then accepted the decision of the national executive but did not put forward his views on the matter," said party spokesperson Ashutosh. "After he had become chief minister, he had offered to resign from the post of the national convener again, as he had said that he already had a lot of responsibilities," he added.
- USIEF announces opening of Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships
New Delhi, Mar. 4 (ANI): The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) has announced the opening of its annual competition for Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright fellowships. Such exchanges have, over the years, helped bring the people of India and the United States closer together. The Fulbright program offers opportunities in the United States that enrich fellows' academic, research, teaching and professional capacity. The connections I made as a Fulbrighter mean that I have a strong network to reach out to collaborate and engage on various issues.'' Swati Hingorani, 2013 Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellow at Columbia University.
- Kejriwal resigns as AAP convener
New Delhi, Mar. 4 (ANI): Amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the rift within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has resigned as the party's convener ahead of the national executive meeting scheduled to take place this evening. Kejriwal has said he cannot do justice to both the chief minister's post and that of the convener. Kejriwal had earlier offered to resign as the convener, but the move was unanimously rejected. AAP leader Yogendra Yadav, however, earlier in the day said that Kejriwal staying as the party's national convener is essential.
- Nirbhaya documentary broadcast violates I-B programming code: …
New Delhi, Mar. 4 (ANI): Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Wednesday said the proposed broadcast of the BBC documentary on the Nirbhaya rape case and interview with convict Mukesh Singh violates his ministry's programming code, and added that suitable steps would be taken to prevent it. Blaming the previous UPA regime for giving permission to the BBC correspondent to interview Singh, Rathore said the NDA Government has issued an advisory against the broadcast. "The Home Ministry has objected to it citing reasons and Information Broadcasting Ministry has issued an advisory because the whole broadcast and its content violates the programming code of the Information Broadcasting Ministry, wherein, there is derogatory language towards women.
- Will probe 'unlawful' nature of BBC documentary: Bas …
New Delhi, Mar. 4 (ANI): Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi on Wednesday said the content of the BBC documentary on the December 16 gang rape will be examined and appropriate action will be taken if any part of it is found to be unlawful. "The content of documentary will be examined and action will be taken accordingly. He added that the BBC will also be informed about the restraining order against the documentary and the police would also block the content that is available on the internet. "We will let BBC also know about restraining order, they should not run the documentary.
- RS erupts over Mukesh Singh interview, Home Minister assures …
New Delhi, Mar. 4 (ANI): The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday witnessed huge uproar over the BBC interview of December 16 gang rape convict Mukesh Singh, prompting Home Minister Rajnath Singh to commit to a proper investigation of the same. "The government has obtained a restraining order on broadcasting of film.
- Real fight in 'self-centered' AAP is about RS seats: …
New Delhi, Mar. 4 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Prabhat Jha on Wednesday alleged that the real fight in the 'self-centered' Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was over Rajya Sabha seats. The real fight is about the Rajya Sabha, everyone is fighting for themselves.
- India firmly committed to peace and stability: Mukherjee
Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Mar.4 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee presented the President's Standard to 31 Squadron and 116 Helicopter Unit of Indian Air Force today at Jodhpur in Rajasthan. Speaking on the occasion, President Mukherjee said, "India is firmly committed to peace and stability for which we need an effective deterrence and a strong defence force. The Indian Air Force has been fulfilling its role of protecting the Indian skies and safeguarding the sovereignty of our Nation and has also provided aid to its citizens during natural calamities." "The resilience and tenacity displayed by the Air Warriors is a great source of encouragement and a matter of pride for the Nation.
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