Gujarat Patidar leader says BJP tried to bribe him, Srikanth wins Denmark Open, Kiwis beat India: Top stories
Gujarat Patidar leader Narendra Patel says BJP offered Rs 1 crore to switch party, Kidmabi Srikanth clinched his third Superseries Premier title, Narendra Modi presents new projects to election-bound Gujarat, New Zealand beat India by six wickets, Asia Cup hockey: India beat Malaysia to end decade long wait, clinch 3rd titleindia Updated: Oct 23, 2017 08:33 IST
Gujarat Patidar leader Narendra Patel says BJP offered Rs 1 crore to switch party
Patidar leader from North Gujarat Narendra Patel on Sunday showed wads of currency notes during a press conference and alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tried to buy him. The allegation has come just a day after two Patidar leaders joined the BJP. Patel told a press conference that Patidar leader Varun Patel who joined the BJP on Saturday evening took him to meet Gujarat BJP president Jitubhai Vaghani and other leaders on Sunday. “Varun took me around in Gandhinagar and then took me to Shree Kamalam office of the BJP and introduced me to Jitubhai Vaghani and some ministers. He then took me to a room and handed over a bag of Rs 10 lakh cash as token and promised to pay me Rs 90 lakh tomorrow after a party function which I was required to attend,” Patel told a crowded a press conference late on Sunday. Read the story here.
Kidambi Srikanth blows away Lee Hyun Il, clinches Denmark Open badminton title
India ace Kidmabi Srikanth clinched his third Superseries Premier title with a dominating straight-game victory over Korean veteran Lee Hyun II in a lop-sided final of the $750,000 Denmark Open at Odense. Playing an opponent 12 years his senior, Srikanth asserted his dominance with a 21-10 21-5 win over 37-year-old Lee in a match that lasted just 25 minutes. World No 8 Srikanth didn’t give any chances to the more experienced Lee, who looked a pale shadow of the man, who had beaten World No. 2 Son Wan Ho in the semi-finals yesterday. Read the story here.
PM Narendra Modi presents new projects to election-bound Gujarat, defends demonetisation and GST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed on Sunday to continue his economic reforms and asserted that the Indian economy is on the right track, defending his government’s major steps such as the demonetisation drive, and the goods and services tax. “After all the reforms and hardcore decisions, the economy of the country is on track and is going in the right direction,” Modi said at a rally in Dahej, one of the three places he visited in Gujarat, his home state where assembly polls are due this winter. Modi’s assurance couldn’t cut ice with his rivals, though. As many as 13 opposition parties will meet on Monday to sharpen their strategy for a renewed attack on the government over the economy. “GST is fast becoming ‘Grossly Scary Tax’ under Modi Govt as 40 lakh assesses fail to file September returns,” tweeted Randeep Surjewala, the Congress’s chief spokesperson. Read the story here.
PM Modi among BJP’s 40 star campaigners for Himachal polls
The BJP on Sunday released its list of 40 star campaigners, which include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah and 10 Union ministers, for the upcoming Himachal Pradesh elections. The list includes the names of four chief ministers -- Uttar Pradesh’s Yogi Adityanath, Shivraj Singh Chouhan of Madhya Pradesh, Manohar Lal Khattar of Haryana and Uttarakhand’s Trivendra Singh Rawat. Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, J P Nadda, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Smriti Irani, Uma Bharti, Vijay Sampla and V K Singh will be campaigning for the November 9 polls in the hill state. Read the story here.
Assam MP allegedly calls Gandhis and Nehru ‘garbage’, Congress files complaint
The Assam unit of the Congress filed a police complaint on Sunday against BJP parliamentarian Kamakhya Prasad Tassa for allegedly equating Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi with garbage. The party said the Adivasi leader of the tea tribal community, who represents the Jorhat Lok Sabha seat in central Assam, should be arrested for his defamatory remarks. “The Congress washed the brains of people with garbage like Gandhi and Nehru without knowing the ideologies of Deendayal Upadhyaya,” Tassa had allegedly said at a public rally on Saturday. Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal attended the rally. Read the story here.
Two years after PM laid foundation, work on Andhra’s new capital yet to begin
Although Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for Andhra Pradesh’s new capital city Amaravati exactly two years ago, not a single brick has been laid for the development of the capital so far. Over the last three years, timelines had been set and reset for the capital, but the construction process has not even crossed the designing stage. On October 9 last year, Naidu had written an open letter to the people of the state promising to give a “definite shape” to Amaravati “by Vijaya Dasami next year” (that fell on September 30 this year). However, not even the 18.3-km main seed access road that leads to the capital has been completed till date. In fact, the government announced in February this year that the capital construction will begin in July and be completed by December 2018. Read the story here.
Sharif brothers tried to assassinate me twice, claims Zardari
Former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari has claimed that ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shehbaz Sharif twice planned to assassinate him. His statements come at a time when political circles have said that Zardari may be entering an understanding with the country’s military high command. Zardari, 62, told party workers in Lahore that Nawaz and Shehbaz plotted his murder when he was serving a eight-year sentence in connection with corruption cases filed against him. He said the Sharif brothers planned to kill him when he was going to a court to attend his hearing. In another incident, the Sharif brothers ordered jailers to cut out his tongue, he claimed. Read the story here.
China seeks more security for its envoy in Pakistan
China has requested Pakistan to increase security of its newly appointed ambassador in Islamabad following intelligence information that terrorists are planning to attack him, local media reported. The Chinese Embassy in Islamabad has written a letter to the interior ministry, saying that a terrorist tasked to attack ambassador Yao Jing has entered Pakistan. The embassy requested that the Pakistan government take immediate action on the intelligence information, and enhance Yao’s security. The letter, written by the focal person for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Ping Ying Fi, has identified the terrorist as Abdul Wali, who belongs to the banned East Turkestan Independence Movement– an extremist group which largely operates in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang. Read the story here.
Tom Latham and Ross Taylor shine as New Zealand beat India by six wickets
Tom Latham (103*) and Ross Taylor (95) raised a record 200–run fourth wicket stand to spoil Virat Kohli’s party as New Zealand won the first ODI by six wickets to take the lead in the three-match series on Sunday. Former skipper Taylor and Latham, who had both issued warning about their form with sparkling centuries in a warm-up match, revived the New Zealand innings before guiding them to victory. New Zealand scored 284 for four in 49 overs. Virat Kohli had marked his 200th ODI with his 31st century – (121 – 125 b, 9x4, 2x6) – braving the heat and humidity after electing to bat first at the Wankhede Stadium. Read the story here.
Asia Cup hockey: India beat Malaysia to end decade long wait, clinch 3rd title
India today ended their 10-year wait for continental triumph when they beat a gutsy Malaysia 2-1 in a nail-biting final to clinch their third Asia Cup hockey title, here today. India, who won the Asia Cup last time in 2007 in Chennai, scored from field efforts through Ramandeep Singh (3rd minute) and Lalit Upadhyay (29th) to dash Malaysian hopes. Malaysia were in summit clash for the first time since tournament’s inception. The ever-improving Malaysians, however, fought valiantly and didn’t give up for a single minute. Their efforts bore fruit in the 50th minute when Shahril Saabah pulled one goal back. Read the story here.