Live: Raj Babbar regrets Rs.12 meal remark

Last Updated: Fri, Jul 26, 2013 13:15 hrs

6. 45 pm

Moily defends decision to double gas prices

Defending the decision to double gas prices from next fiscal, oil minister M Veerappa Moily said the government cannot afford a "timid mindset" while taking policy decisions of national importance.

"We cannot be afraid of the ghosts of 2G, CBI, CAG, (when we take decisions of national importance)," he said addressing an oil conference here.

In the aftermath of a string of scams in telecom spectrum and coal block allocation, the bureaucracy has been very cautions in taking decisions and on may occasions put off decisions for fear of being criticized by CAG, CVC or CBI.

5.15 pm:

5 members from TN sworn into Rajya Sabha

Senior leaders V Maitreyan of AIADMK and D Raja of CPI were among the five newly-elected MPs from Tamil Nadu who took oath as members of Rajya Sabha.

While Maitreyan and Raja were re-elected, T Rathinavel, KR Anjuman and K Lakshmanan (all AIADMK) have been elected for the first time to the Upper House in the recent biennial elections.

The oath-taking ceremony was held in the chamber of Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari today in his presence.

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4.46 pm:

Digvijay accuses Sangh of training activists in making bombs

Congress leader Digvijay Singh today continued his RSS bashing alleging that the Sangh trains its activists in making bombs.

This is not for the first time he has made such an allegation against the saffron outfit, which had hit back in the past saying even his party doesn't take him seriously and had accused him of hobnobbing with jehadi elements.

Singh claimed today that he has video clips of four VHP and RSS activists accepting that they were trained by Sangh in making bombs.

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4.15 pm:

Raj Babbar regrets 12 rupees meal remark

Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar on Friday attempted to downplay the controversy he spawned by professing that Rs. 12 can buy a complete meal in Mumbai, saying he did not intend to hurt the sentiments of the party or others.

"If my statement has pained someone then I regret it. I don't want my statement to harm my party in any way," he said.

Babbar's clarification came after the Congress Party made it clear that it did not endorse his opinion.

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3.30 pm:

Delhi govt finalises details of food security scheme

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said her government has finalised all the nitty gritties to implement the ambitious food security scheme with an aim to make the city "hunger-free".

The scheme will be rolled out on August 20, the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi. She said Delhi will be the first state in the country to launch the scheme.

Though the scheme will be launched on August 20, the beneficiaries will start getting entitled food grains from September 1.

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2.46 pm:

Now, Digvijaya lands in controversy with sexist remark on Meenakshi Natarajan

The Indian Express:
Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Friday fired a fresh salvo, this time on none other than party colleague and Congress MP Meenakshi Natarajan. In a sexist remark, the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister called Natarajan a "100 per cent tanch maal"

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2.23 pm:

Congress distances itself from meal remarks of Babbar, Masood

Amid the slugfest over poverty level estimates, Congress today distanced itself from controversial remarks made by party leaders Raj Babbar and Rasheed Masood on meals being available for Rs 12 and Rs 5.

"The party has disapproved of the Rs 12 and Rs 5 remarks," a senior party functionary speaking on the condition of anonymity said.

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1.55 pm:

10-year-old boy commits suicide when asked to go to school

A 10-year-old tribal boy allegedly committed suicide in Odisha's Keonjhar district when his mother asked him to go to school.

The incident occurred at Dania village in Banspal block yesterday when the boy Sanjay Dehury allegedly set himself afire after pouring kerosene.

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1.20 pm:

In Gujarat, many bid for Modi memorabilia

The Indian Express:
Manikant Patel has travelled 80 kilometres, from Bharuch to Vadodara, for a red traditional turban worn by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi during a public function last year.

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12.40 pm:

Three storey building collapses in Ahmedabad

A three-storey building collapsed in the city today and some persons were feared trapped in it, a fire department official said.

The building 'Rupal Apartment' crashed in Ranip area of the city at around 11 AM, the official said, adding that rescue operations were on.

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12.10 pm:

Re 1 enough to fill your stomach, it depends on what you eat, says Farooq Abdullah

After Congress leader Raj Babbar's Rs. 12 meal claim, Union New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah has started another controversy by saying that a person can have a full meal for Re. 1 if he desires.

"If you want, you can fill your stomach in Re. 1 or Rs. 100, depending on what you want to eat," Abdullah told reporters.

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11.43 am:

Modi is an elected CM, not the head of al-Qaeda, says Uddhav on US visa issue

India Today:
Coming out in support of BJP's campaign chief for 2014 Lok Sabha election - Narendra Modi - on the American visa issue Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said he was not the head of terror organisations like al-Qaeda, Taliban or Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) but an elected chief minister of a state.

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11.11 am:

In one of the 600 cases in 500 years, two-headed baby born in Rajasthan

India Today:
In a very rare instance, a baby boy with two heads was born to Aarsi, 24, at Rajasthan's Saadat Hospital on Wednesday. The infant and his mother were then immediately referred to Jaipur's JK Lon Hospital.

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10.52 am:

Narendra Modi, L K Advani likely to meet in Chennai on August 1

TOI: The potential prime ministerial candidates of the BJP, Narendra Modi and L K Advani, are likely to be in Chennai on August 1.

The Gujarat chief minister, who is slated to release a book, will be on his first visit to Tamil Nadu after taking over as the BJP central campaign committee chief.

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10.20 am:

Rs 5 can’t buy a meal, Jama Masjid beggar says

On Wednesday, Congress psokesman Raj Babbar said one can have a full meal for Rs 12 in Mumbai. On Thursday, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Rasheed Masood went a step further, claiming, "You can eat well for Rs 5 in the Jama Masjid area of Delhi".

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9.40 am:

Gujarat development model has weaknesses on social side: Amartya Sen

The Indian Express: Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen on Thursday said the Gujarat development model suffered from weaknesses on the social side and could not, therefore, be considered a success.

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9.10 am:

IIT Madras' faculty appointments to be investigated by CBI

The Madras High Court has ordered a CBI probe into all appointments made at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras from 1995 to 2000. The premier investigating agency will investigate the correctness and legality of appointments made during this period.

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8.35 am:

Muslims don't believe IM exists, says Rahman Khan

The Indian Express:
On the day a Delhi court convicted suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) member Shahzad Ahmad in the Batla House encounter, Minority Affairs Minister K Rehman Khan said the Muslim community in general did not believe in the existence of the outfit. He, however, added that he was only reflecting a "feeling" among the community.

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8.05 am:

Gujarat restaurants plan to name dishes after UPA scams

Get ready to bite into a piping hot "2G ka samosa" or a toasted "Coalgate sandwich" because restaurants in Gujarat may soon serve your favourite dishes with a dash of politics.

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7.30 am:

FICCI to provide 500 free fabricated houses to flood victims

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) will help construct 500 fabricated houses free of cost for the victims of Uttarakhand flood disaster, while Rotary International has proposed to reconstruct schools in 13 districts of the state.

State's Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar today said that he met members of the association of business organisations in India, FICCI and senior officials of Rotary International in the national capital yesterday.

Kumar said for the immediate relief of those who lost their houses in the tragedy, FICCI will facilitate construction of 200 temporary shelters here.

Apart from this, FICCI has also come forward to install Reverse Osmosis machines in water sources so that pure drinking water is available to the victims, he said.

Rotary International has assured the chief secretary that they would reconstruct primary to secondary level school buildings and repair those schools in 13 districts which were damaged or destroyed in the calamity.

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