Nainital: The Division Bench of the Uttarakhand High Court today stayed till April 7 the floor test in the Assembly that was scheduled for tomorrow.
The two-judge bench, responded to Centre’s petition challenging the order of the single judge U C Dhyani’s bench that had directed a floor test tomorrow.
Earlier, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing on behalf of the Centre, opposed yesterday’s order by pointing out that the courts cannot interfere with the Presidential proclamation. “How can a floor test be ordered when a Presidential proclamation is in force and the Assembly is in suspended animation,” Rohatgi asserted.
The High Court has fixed April 6 for final hearing on the writ petition by ousted Chief Minister Harish Rawat to challenge the imposition of President’s Rule in Uttarakhand.
Brussels: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today offered floral tributes to those who lost their lives in the terror strikes here last week and said in this time of crisis, the whole of India stands in full support and solidarity with the Belgian people.
Addressing the media jointly with Prime Minister of Belgium Charles Michel, the Indian Prime Minister said:
” Last week has been a sad week for Belgium. Let me say Mr. Prime Minister that we share the depth of sorrow and grief that the people of Belgium have experienced in the last 8 days. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones to the terror strikes in Brussels last week. Having experienced terrorist violence ourselves on countless occasions, we share your pain. Mr. Prime Minister, in this time of crisis, the whole of India stands in full support and solidarity with the Belgian people. I deeply appreciate your welcome and the time that you have devoted to me despite pressing demands on you. As part of our efforts to respond to this common challenge we could resume discussions on a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty. Negotiations on Extradition Treaty and a Treaty on Exchange of Sentenced Prisoners could be concluded expeditiously .
Our two countries share a long history of friendship. A hundred years ago, more than 130,000 soldiers from India fought in the First World War alongside your countrymen on Belgian soil. More than 9,000 Indian soldiers made the supreme sacrifice. Next year will mark the 70th anniversary of India-Belgium diplomatic ties. To celebrate this important milestone in our friendship, we look forward to welcoming His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium in India next year. We would also be commemorating it with a joint programme of activities in each others’ countries. My conversation with Prime Minister Charles Michel today covered the whole spectrum of our ties. A system of bilateral foreign policy consultations would recommend concrete ways to upgrade our partnership.
India is one of the brightest economic opportunities in the world today. Our macroeconomic fundamentals are robust , and at 7% plus, we are one of the fastest growing economies of the world. I believe that a combination of Belgian capacities and India’s economic growth can produce promising opportunities for businesses on both sides. Prime Minister and I have just held a productive interaction with Belgian CEOs and business persons earlier today. I invite the Belgian government and companies to pro-actively associate with India’s ambitious development projects including Digital India, Start Up India and Skill India. Belgian businesses can make their global supply chains more cost effective by manufacturing in India. India’s goal to modernize infrastructure, especially railways and ports, and building of 100 plus smart cities also presents a unique investment opportunity for the Belgian companies. These partnerships can help us reach new heights in our trade and commercial partnership. I have invited Prime Minister Michel to visit India with Belgian businesses to see first-hand the reality of India’s economic and political promise. Clearly, it is not just diamonds that can bring shine to our partnership. Climate change is one of the greatest challenges before mankind. Prime Minister and I have agreed to enhance our cooperation in renewable energy. We would also build partnerships in areas such as harnessing waste for energy, small wind turbines and zero emission buildings. Advancement in S&T and High technology areas is of particular importance for India’s development priorities. We welcome Belgium’s collaboration in these areas. Prime Minister Michel and I have just activated , remotely, India’s largest optical telescope. This product of Indo-Belgian collaboration is an inspiring example of what our partnership can achieve. The work is also afoot on other agreements in the areas of Information and Communication Technology, audio-visual production Tourism biotechnology and shipping and ports.
In a couple of hours from now, I would meet the E.U. leadership for the 13th India-E.U. Summit. For India, E.U. is one of our strongest strategic partners. Trade, Investment, and technology partnership between India and the E.U. would be one of the focus areas of our discussions. I feel that a progressive path and creative mind-set to India-E.U Trade and Investment Agreement can enable all the European countries, including Belgium, to benefit from India’s strong economic growth. I once again express my sincere gratitude to Prime Minister Charles Michel for his time, welcome and hospitality. I look forward to welcoming him in India.
New Delhi: Government of India has rejected Pak claim that they have in their custody an individual who was involved in subversive activities in Pakistan at the behest of the Indian Government.
A statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs says: “we have seen a video released by Pakistani authorities of a former Indian Naval officer, doing business in Iran, who is in Pakistani custody under unexplained circumstances.
The video has this individual making statements which have no basis in fact. That the individual claims to make the statements of his own free will not only challenges credulity but clearly indicates tutoring. It is also relevant to note here that despite our request, we have not been given consular access to an Indian national under detention in a foreign country, as is the accepted international practice. We are naturally concerned about his well-being in these circumstances.
Government categorically rejects allegations that this individual was involved in subversive activities in Pakistan at our behest. Our enquiries reveal that he apparently was being harassed while operating a legitimate business from Iran. While we probe this aspect further, his presence now in Pakistan raises questions, including the possibility of his abduction from Iran. This would become clear only if we are given consular access to him and we urge the Government of Pakistan to respond immediately to our request.”
Dubai: A gathering of 29 elderly Emiratis -both men and women from the Geriatric Home, run by Dubai Health Authority spent a day out at Al Mamzar Park on Tuesday.
This event hosted by Medcare was organised to celebrate Mother’s Day. The elderly and disabled were brought on wheel chairs. They enjoyed good food and went down memory lane recalling anecdotes and achievements while few of them made the gathering melodius by singing
Such open air events and close to the sea makes the elderly feel good and positive, said Shaikha Ebrahim, a senior social worker with Geriatic Home.
Ebrahim further added that these elderly people either do not have families or are unmarried and don’t have anyone to look after them. The purpose of our centres is to provide food, shelter, medication, also support them emotionally and give the elderlies the love which they need the most.