An international airport with a capacity to handle 30-50 million passengers per year will come up at Jewar in Greater Noida in the next five to six years to ease the load on the Delhi airport, the government announced today. “In-principle clearance has been granted” for the greenfield airport at Jewar, civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said at a press briefing in New Delhi. The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority has notified 3,000 hectares of land in Jewar for a “world- class” international airport, Raju added. Of the total land, 1,000 hectares will be acquired under the first phase of airport development, which will cost Rs 2,000 crore. The government expects the entire project to cost Rs 15,000 crore to Rs 20,000 crore. The metro service in Noi
At a time when myriad questions are being raised regarding the deteriorating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, fresh clashes have resulted in the death of one person and injuring several after Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati’s public meeting in Saharanpur district’s Shabbirpur village. A total of 24 people have been reportedly injured in what victims say has been caused largely by “Rajputs” or upper caste Hindus in the region. While it is not clear if all of the 24 injured belong to the Dalit community, The Indian Express reports that 13 injured in the fresh clashes were from the minority community, with at least one from the Muslim community. The spiralling caste-based violence in the region has increased due to high “political undercurrents” and inaction by police, desp
The Allahabad High Court has come down strongly on the issue of triple talaq, saying the rights of a person cannot be violated under the name of "personal law". The court expressed this opinion while hearing a case involving a divorce granted through the contentious practice of triple talaq. https://twitter.com/ANINewsUP/status/861833861994496000 https://twitter.com/ANINewsUP/status/861835821749477376 Muslim men cannot separate from their wives following this practice, the court said, calling triple talaq against the constitutional right of equality. The court also said that personal law may be applicable only within the purview of the Constitution, and that a fatwa, which is contrary to the justice system, is not valid. "No fatwa can be contrary to someone's rights," the court sai...
Yogi Adityanath was appointed as the Uttar Pradesh CM on March 18 and he took oath for the same today at the Smriti Upvam, Lucknow in the presence of Governor Ram Naik, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party President Amit Shah and other senior ministers. Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma took charge as the Deputy CM of the state and 44 other ministers took oath as the cabinet ministers. After the conclusion of the ceremony, Adityanath while addressing his first press conference as the CM said, ‘We will leave no stone unturned to fulfil the expectations of people of Uttar Pradesh.’ While talking about the government’s impartial work he said, ‘Govt will work for all section of society without any partiality, for this administration will be made accountable and answerable.’ He also
The choice of Adityanath as the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh has drawn criticism from the opposition parties even as the BJP stood strongly behind its leader. The opposition parties hit out at Adityanath's image of Hindutva hardliner, with Congress leader Veerappa Moily calling his elevation as the "biggest assault" on secularism. "It is a big assault on secularism in the country. Maybe, the BJP or RSS would like to endorse their cause of Hinduism. India is not Hinduism. Hinduism is not India. "India is built above castes and religions and 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' (the world is one family) is the very foundation of our secular society. It is the biggest assault ever done on secularism," Moily said. The BJP leaders strongly defended Adityanath and said he will take the s...
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vanquished all Opposition by clearly winning two and coming within striking distance in two more of the five state Assembly elections, the results of which were declared on Saturday. The victory will result in consolidation of power for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah. A reshuffle in the central government and in the party hierarchy is likely. Praising Modi, Shah said, “The only factor for the win is the performance of the Modi government. ... Even his political rivals will have to admit that he has emerged as the tallest leader in the country since Independence.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not make a public appearance, but tweeted: “Am overjoyed that BJP has received unprecedented support from all sections of soci
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s unprecedented victory in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections has left everyone asking the same question – how did the party manage to register such a thumping majority? Here are eight reasons why the BJP won big in the state. 1. Modi’s Connect With The People Much of the credit for the BJP’s win in Uttar Pradesh goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The win is testament to the trust he enjoys among the people of the state. During the party’s aggressive campaigning, PM Modi did not forgo a single opportunity to lead from the front, even if that meant a prolonged stay in Varanasi. 2. Demonetization Effect A lot was said about demonetization and its effects on the common man. However, the way things have panned out, it appears that the ma
An internet data analysis says the BJP could get between 220-222 seats and about 35 per cent vote share in Uttar Pradesh. An artificial intelligence analysis of internet engagements across parties shows the Bharatiya Janata Party is far ahead in its online push and this could translate into 220-222 seats for the party in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, the results for which will be announced tomorrow. Perhaps for the first time in India's history, the country has a prime minister who responds rather readily to tweets, in fact he once presented a scarf to someone who praised it on Twitter and frequently shares stories of his travels on social media. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's love and belief in the power of technology is all too well known. The Bharatiya Janata Party was the f...
The BJP today targeted Priyanka Gandhi Vadra over her poll campaign in Rae Bareli for the Congress-SP alliance, saying it was unfortunate that she was seeking votes for those accused of “rape and murder”. BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma referred to the rape charge against Gayatri Prajapati, a minister in the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP government in Uttar Pradesh who is contesting the ongoing state Assembly polls from Amethi, and the murder charge against another SP nominee Arun Verma, to target Priyanka. Amethi is a Gandhi family pocket borough and is represented by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha, while neighbouring Rae Bareli is represented by party chief and Rahul’s mother Sonia Gandhi in the Lower House of Parliament.”It is unfortunate that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed a mega rally in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow. In his first rally in the state after the 50-day deadline on December 30, post the November 8 notes ban announcement, got over, PM Modi said it was imperative for Uttar Pradesh to develop for India to progress in every sense. Here are the highlights: This is the biggest rally of my career I am in politics for many years, have never addressed a bigger rally Atal Bihari Vajpayee had a fondness for Lucknow.... When he sees this gathering on TV, it will make him feel so happy. This is your tribute to him. After seeing this gathering, no one will have any doubt as to what is going to happen in the Uttar Pradesh polls The issue is not about BJP's exile from UP for 14