The toll due to the Nipah virus (NiP), presently identified in Kerala's Kozhikode and Malappuram, rose to 10 on Tuesday even as the Central and state governments scrambled to contain its outbreak.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said India is safe for minorities and no one is allowed to discriminate on the basis of religion after a letter from the Archbishop of Delhi Archdiocese talked about the "turbulent political atmosphere" in the country.
Reflecting the continued pressure on state-run banks, State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday posted a loss of Rs 7,718 crore for the fourth quarter ended March, mainly due to increased provisioning, the bank said in a stock exchange filing. The country's largest lender had recorded a profit after tax (PAT) of Rs 2,815 crore in the corresponding quarter of the last fiscal. SBI's fourth quarter loss more than trebled over that of the previous quarter when the bank had incurred a loss of Rs 2,416 crore.
Making a scathing attack on the BJP-led Central government, the Congress on Tuesday questioned the constant rise in petrol and diesel prices, and demanded they be brought under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) ambit. It also asked the Central government to immediately reduce the central excise duty on petroleum products and demanded that the BJP-ruled state governments should also reduce Value Added Tax (VAT) and other taxes on the same to provide relief to the common man. Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera told reporters here that there has been an increase of around 212 per cent in excise duty on petrol and 433 per cent on diesel since the BJP came to power in May 2014, while central excise duty had been hiked 12 times.
The Central government on Tuesday said India is safe for minorities while the BJP virtually attacked the Archbishop of Delhi, saying no one should speak to mobilise people on the basis of religion. The remarks came after a letter from Archbishop Anil Joseph Couto talked about the "turbulent political atmosphere" in the country. The Archbishop in his May 8 letter asked the priests and churches in Delhi to hold a year-long prayer campaign for the country to protect its democratic principles and secular fabric ahead of the 2019 general elections "when we will have new government".
Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah on Tuesday assured that the government will come up with a solution in three-four days to keep a check on increasing fuel prices in the country. "We are taking increase in fuel prices very seriously... oil prices have increased according to a set formula. We are working on the situation at the highest level. Our people in the government will come up with a solution in three-four days," Shah told reporters here. "Tomorrow (Wednesday), Union Petroleum Minister (Dharmendra Pradhan) will meet officials of the oil companies on the matter," he added. The Minister had told reporters on Monday that the issue is under consideration of the government.
Congress' Karnataka state President G. Parameshwara would be the Deputy Chief Minister in the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S)-Congress coalition government, a party leader said on Tuesday.
Karnataka chief minister-designate HD Kumaraswamy acknowledged on Tuesday that running the Congress-JD(S) coalition government over the next five years will be a "big challenge" for him. "This is a big challenge in my life. I'm not expecting that I will be able to fulfil my responsibilities as chief minister easily," Kumaraswamy, who will be sworn in tomorrow, said. Kumaraswamy, who was in Sringeri, the place where Adi Shankaracharya, exponent of the Advaita Vedanta philosophy, established his first matha, said he believed that things would go smoothly with the grace of Goddess Shardambe and the Jagadguru. "People also have doubts, not only me, people in the state also have doubt whether this government will function smoothly. But I have belief that with the grace of Sharadambe and Sringeri jagadguru (Shankaracharya) everything will go smoothly," he told reporters.
New Delhi, May 22: The a letter from the Archbishop of Delhi Archdiocese asking for prayers to protect democratic principles before 2019 elections has taken a political turn. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday backed Delhi Archbishop Anil Couto's letter. The letter says that 'democratic principles' and 'secular fabric' of the nation are under threat. On the other hand, reacting to the letter Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said India is safe for minorities and no one is allowed to discriminate on the basis of religion.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday raked up the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots issue while campaigning for the BJP before the bypoll for the Kairana Lok Sabha seat. While addressing a rally in Saharanpurt, Yogi lashed out at Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, alleging that his hands were “stained with the blood” of innocents who died in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.