March 15, 2017: Top Stories Of The Day
Cut the clutter and read Jagran English's evening bulletin to know the top 10 stories of the day.
BJP's Nongthombam Biren Singh Takes Oath As Manipur Chief Minister
N Biren Singh was today sworn in as the Chief Minister of the first-ever BJP-led government in Manipur after the Assembly election threw up a hung house. Governor Najma Heptulla administered the oath of office and secrecy to Singh at a function in Raj Bhavan in Imphal.
Eight other ministers from the BJP and its alliance partners also took oath along with the chief minister. Y Joykumar of NPP has been designated as the Deputy Chief Minister.The other ministers are Th Biswajit Singh of BJP, L Jayantakumar Singh, L Haokip and N Kayisii of National People's Party, L Dikho of Naga People's Front and Karam Shyam of LJP. TH Shyamkumar, a Congress MLA who defected to the BJP, was also sworn in.
Amarinder Singh To Take Oath As Chief Minister Of Punjab On Thursday
Punjab Chief Minister-designate Amarinder Singh will go in for a simple swearing-in ceremony on Thursday, along with a team of ministers. Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore will administer the oath of office to Amarinder and his cabinet colleagues at the Punjab Raj Bhavan here on Thursday morning.
Those likely to be inducted as ministers include cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, industrialist Rana Gurjit Singh and former Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal. Other names likely to be included on Thursday are that of Razia Sultana, who is from the minority Muslim community, and Aruna Chaudhary.
India Will Never Remain Silent: Sushma Swaraj On Hate Crimes In US
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who was on a sabbatical following her kidney transplant, returned with a solid speech in the Lok Sabha today. Making a formal statement on the recent hate crimes against the Indians on the US soil, Swaraj packed a punch in her short-yet-powerful speech in Hindi.
“Safety and security of Indians is our top most priority,” Swaraj said in the Lok Sabha. She categorically said that the recent hate crimes must not be seen as a collective opinion of the people of the US. The foreign minister made it a point to talk about the American citizen who helped the Kansas shooting victim and said that the recent hate crimes should be seen as stray incidents.
India's Nuclear Suppliers Group Bid Gets Donald Trump's Backing
The US today said it is working with India and Nuclear Suppliers Group members to push for New Delhi's membership in the elite grouping, indicating that there is no change in America’s policy on the issue under the Trump administration. "The United States supports India's full membership in the four multilateral export control regimes, and we believe that India is ready for NSG membership," a State Department spokesperson told PTI.
The spokesperson was responding to questions on the position of the Trump administration on India's bid to be a member of the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
Sukhoi 30 Fighter Jet Crashes In Rajasthan's Barmer, Both Pilots Safe
An Indian Air Force Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft crashed in Rajasthan’s Barmer today. Both pilots evacuated safely, news agency ANI reported.
The incident occurred near Shivkar village in Sadar police station area in Barmer, Additional SP Rameshwar Lal told PTI.
"Villagers told us that the pilot ejected shortly before the crash. Air Force officials have been informed about the incident," he said, adding, that the crash had caused damage to a hamlet.
Arvind Kejriwal Alleges Electronic Voting Machines Tampering In Punjab
EVM tampering may have led to AAP's poor showing in Punjab, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today alleged, saying around 20 to 25 per cent of its votes may have been "transferred" to the SAD-BJP coalition.
AAP's poor tally of 20 seats is "beyond understanding" and raises a "big question mark" on the reliability of electronic voting machines (EVMs) as political pundits across the spectrum had "predicted a landslide" for the party, he told a press conference here. "How did the Akalis get 30 per cent vote share when an AAP sweep was a foregone conclusion? No one said Congress will perform so well and it got a two-third majority. We suspect that 20-25 per cent of AAP votes may have been transferred to SAD-BJP through EVM tampering," he said.
Shashank Manohar Resigns As ICC Chairperson Due To 'Personal Reasons'
The 59-year-old Manohar mailed his resignation letter to ICC CEO Dave Richardson without clarifying the exact reason for this sudden move to end what was to be a two-year-tenure.
However, according to highly-placed sources Manohar has decided to quit as BCCI seems to have gained enough ground to block the constitutional and financial reforms that were set to be passed by the ICC at its next board meeting.
Congress Stares At Revolt In Goa, MLA Demands Rahul Gandhi's Intervention
After failing to act quickly to form a government in Goa, the Congress now stares at a revolt as a senior legislator said he and other "like-minded lawmakers will be forced to re-think our remaining with the Congress in future".
Senior Congress leader and legislator Vishwajit Rane sought party Vice President Rahul Gandhi's intervention and action against those he claimed "mishandled" the government-formation fiasco.
"Two days were taken to choose a Congress Legislature Party leader. Those in charge indulged in mismanagement. The Supreme Court also said so. They are experienced people, but they did not know what to do, what step to take to form the government. Parrikar came from Delhi and swiftly spoke to everyone concerned, got the numbers and formed the government," the Congress legislator from Valpoi told the media.
Ranchi Test: Kohli Thinks Focus Should Be Back On Series After DRS Row
Virat Kohli does not regret his showdown with Steve Smith over DRS but the Indian skipper today said he has decided to bury the hatchet and focus on the third cricket Test against Australia starting here tomorrow.
Kohli, who had stopped short of calling Smith 'cheat' after their dramatic 75-run win against Australia in Bengaluru, was flooded with questions on the DRS controversy but Kohli had only one answer: Time to focus on cricket.
Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai Season 2 To Go On Floors This Month
Now here is some good news for all the ardent fans, who have been waiting for the second season of this show.
You all will be glad to know that the season 2 will go on floors at the end of this month, with all the original cast members – Rupali Ganguly, Satish Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Rajesh Kumar, Sumeet Raghavan – reprising their roles.