Morning briefing: PM asks for meeting with Sonia and Manmohan to discuss pending bills

GN Bureau | November 27, 2015



Prime minister Narendra Modi has requested Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh join him over tea and discuss issues regarding bills pending in Parliament. Modi invite to the Congress president and former prime minister is for this evening. Meanwhile, Sonia Gandhi met Congress's leader of house after receiving Modi's invitation.  Modi also had a meeting with his senior ministers in parliament. Home minister Rajnath Singh and parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu were among those who were present.

Pakistan opposes membership of nuclear suppliers group to India
Pakistan on Thursday said that creating exception to grant India membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) would adversely impact the non-proliferation regime and regional peace and stability, as it demanded an equitable, non-discriminatory approach for admitting new members. Addressing the weekly press briefing in Islamabad, Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Qazi Khalilullah said that grant of exclusive NSG membership to India as an exception, on account of political and commercial considerations, would adversely affect the credibility of non-proliferation regime. "It would also bear negative implications for regional peace and security," he said. If successful, India would be the only member of the suppliers' group that has not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a 189-nation treaty set up four decades ago to prevent nation states from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Driver who drove away ATM van with Rs 22 crore caught
The driver of a cash van who fled with Rs. 22.5 crore from southeast Delhi on Thursday evening was arrested by the police hours after the theft that is believed to be the biggest heist in Delhi. Pradeep Shukla was caught in a warehouse close to the place where the van was found abandoned last night. All but Rs. 11,000 have been recovered from him. Sources say he used this money to buy clothes and later slept at the warehouse with boxes containing the remaining cash. The driver fled with the money yesterday when the armed security guard with him stepped out of the van near Govindpuri Metro station in South Delhi to relieve himself. He reportedly told the guard that since he could not stop the vehicle near the metro station, he would take a U-turn and come back. When the guard returned, the vehicle and the driver were nowhere to be seen.

Bengaluru student at Rahuls' meet writes an open letter
An open letter posted on Facebook by Elixir Nahar, a young student of Bengaluru's Mount Carmel College, giving an account of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's interaction with the students on Tuesday, has gone viral. She contends that too much was made of the moment when some students contradicted Rahul Gandhi on the question of prime minister's Narendra Modi's flagship Clean India and Make in India initiatives. she has focused on the positive aspects of the interaction, Rahul Gandhi's candour and positive outlook. 

Peter, Indrani Mukerjea siphoned off funds from 9X media: CBI
The CBI on Thursday told a court that former media executive Peter Mukerjea and his wife Indrani allegedly siphoned off funds to the tune of Rs. 900 crore from their company 9X Media through a layer of nine companies. The CBI made the submission while telling the court that it has sought Interpol's help in seeking access to overseas bank accounts of the Mukerjeas even as it secured extension of Peter's custody till November 30. Seeking Peter Mukerjea's custody, the CBI, which had claimed financial transaction as the motive behind Sheena Bora's murder, said investments of crores of rupees were made by the Mukerjea couple and that "Indrani and Peter had formed various companies during 2006-07 and invested Rs. 900 crore in them."

ED summons Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh for questioning in DA case
In more trouble for Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday summoned him for questioning in connection with a money laundering case involving him. According to ANI,  Singh will be probably questioned nest week. The ED had recently registered a money laundering case against him. The agency filed the case under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after taking cognisance of a criminal complaint filed by the CBI in this regard in September. The case was filed after investigators reportedly gathered some "important" documents to probe and detect the "proceeds of crime" allegedly channelled by Singh and his associates by using purported illegal funds.

Chennai remains waterlogged as Central team assesses flood damage
A fresh spell of rain flooded most of the Chennai city and large parts of Tamil Nadu, leaving the residential areas still inundated and waterlogged. The rain water even entered a government hospital forcing the staff to evacuate the patients out of their wards. According to government's statistics, the floods have inflicted damages amounting to Rs. 8,481 crore across the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had released the financial assistance of nearly Rs. 940 crore to deal with the flood situation in rain- battered Tamil Nadu.The Centre has also sent a team to Tamil Nadu to assess the damage and action is being taken by the team to take adequate measures to tackle flood.

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