Separatists refused to meet all-party team in Kashmir on Sunday
An all-party delegation of law makers reached Srinagar on Sunday on a peace-finding mission but immediately came up against a hurdle: key separatist leaders refused to meet it, saying the team’s mandate was unclear. On the first day of its two-day visit, the law makers met around 200 stakeholders, including members of the civil society, academics, teachers and fruit and saffron growers. But separatist groups weren’t among the 30 delegations that met the 26 law makers. More than 200 people were injured in clashes between stone pelters and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. Read more
Need to respect each other’s aspirations, Narendra Modi tells Xi Jinping
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday underlined the need for India and China to respect “each other’s aspirations, concerns and strategic interests". The message was conveyed by the Prime Minister at a bilateral meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hangzhou, capital of the eastern province of Zhejiang. Read more
Karnataka cabinet expansion today
An expansion of the Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka will take place on Monday, nearly three months after a major rejig which triggered discontent over dropping of some ministers. This is seen by political observers as a move by chief minister Siddaramaiah, heading the three-year-old Congress government, to assuage their ruffled sentiments. The chief minister, in a major revamp, had sacked 14 ministers and inducted 13 members into his council of ministers on 20 June. Read more
Mother Teresa now a saint, West Bengal CM takes Bengal to Rome
Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed Mother Teresa of Kolkata a saint. According to a Times of India report, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee brought Kolkata to Rome on Sunday before the nun’s canonization was to take place, with a group of 40 individuals, including TMC leader Derek O’Brien, singing traditional songs while marching down the road to the Vatican.
Mayawati reaches out to Muslims, Dalits in Allahabad rally
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Sunday raised the issue of rising incidents of violence against Muslims and Dalits during a rally in Allahabad, ahead of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh early next year. Read more
Why are the Marathas in Maharashtra angry?
A sequence of silent rallies by the Maratha community in four major cities of Marathwada and Khandesh regions has opened up the economic, social and political fault-lines in Maharashtra. On 3 September, at least 100,000 people attended one such rally in Parbhani, Marathwada, to silently protest against the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Maratha girl in Kopardi village of Ahmednagar district on 13 July. Read more
Govt takes steps to stop cow smuggling to Bangladesh
The sacred cow in India can probably heave a sigh of relief—the government has decided to go all out to check cattle smuggling to Bangladesh. The effort led by the Central government is being supported by state governments, and the Union home ministry has already zeroed in on a slew of measures. Read more
Tax officials to hold town hall to explain GST to traders on 17 September
In a first town hall on goods and services tax (GST), revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia and tax officials will address traders and industry on 17 September to clear doubts and create awareness on the landmark indirect tax regime set to kick in from 1 April next year. Read more
State works overtime for Singur
The Times of India reported that while chief minister Mamata Banerjee is in faraway Vatican to attend Mother Teresa’s canonization, her presence loomed large in Singur on Sunday where officials of the Hooghly administration sacrificed their holiday to expedite the process of handing out compensation cheques to the “unwilling farmers". These landowners didn’t want to part with their land for the Tata Motors project in 2006 and refused to collect their compensation cheques. Read more
In Maharashtra, Shiv Sena raises concerns of police families
A report in The Indian Express said that days after demanding a full-time home minister for Maharashtra, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray once again put ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a spot on Sunday. Thackeray has now lined up a meeting with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis over the concerns harboured by police families on 7 September. Earlier, the chief minister had to face the ire of police families residing in Worli’s BDD chawl after traffic cop Vilas Shinde, who was beaten up by two youths, succumbed to his injuries on 31 August. Read more
Congress prepares for Gujarat polls
Business Standard reported that ahead of the Gujarat assembly polls, the Congress is planning to win over the Patels, sensing the resourceful community is drifting away from the ruling BJP, which is trying hard to deal with internal rift. Read more
Abhiram Ghadyalpatil from Mumbai, Soumonty Kanungo from Kolkata and Maulik Rajnikant Pathak from Ahmedabad also contributed to the wrap.