New Delhi: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) of Odisha today supported the resolution proposed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the Parliament to scrap Article 370 of Indian Constitution.
The regional party of India came out in support of the historic move that will decide the destiny of Jammu & Kashmir.
“I support this resolution. My party BJD supports this resolution. Even though, we are a regional party, but the nation is first for us,” said BJD MP Prasanna Acharya during debate on the resolution in Rajya Sabha.
“We have our regional aspiration. But for us, our motherland comes first ahead of everything,” the parliamentarian said.
He lauded Shah for the move after 70 years of ongoing crisis in Kashmir valley, saying the J&K now seems to be integral part of India.
“We have been saying that Jammu & Kashmir is an integral of India. Is it really integral part where the Constitution of India could not be implemented? An Indian citizen is not allowed to buy property there that we claim as part of the country. I would like to thank Home Minister Amit Shah that Jammu & Kashmir is now integral part of India in true sense,” Acharya said in his speech.
With batting for removal of Article 370, he expressed long-standing wish on behalf of the country to see Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to become part of Kashmir and India.
“The 130 crore population of India has been eagerly waiting for the day when the POK becomes integral part of the nation,” he said.
Even after expressing concern about the freedom of Kashmiris over scrapping of the law, he assured the House that Centre’s move will free them from torment.
“We are very concerned about the freedom of people in Kashmir. We want to redeem people of Kashmir from torture. We want to take people of Kashmir at par the rest of India. But, at the same time, we are forgetting what happened to the Kashmiri pundits in the past 70 years,” Acharya said.
Being a part of the 4-hour-long debate in the Upper House, he questioned, “Was anybody certainly shading crocodile tears for Kashmiri pundits? Is anyone concerned about them(?).
The voice of BJD member reverberated in the Parliament after Shah on Monday proposed to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
During presentation of the resolution, he said the state will be split into two Union Territories: Jammu and Kashmir with an Assembly and Ladakh without one.
Making a historic announcement in the Rajya Sabha that triggered bedlam, Shah said: “I am presenting the resolution to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir except the first clause 370 (1).”
Following his speech amid opposition protests, at times drowning his voice, the House was adjourned. It later resumed business.
New Delhi,05/08/19:The Centre today scrapped Article 370, which grants special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah informed the Parliament today. Shah proposed in the Rajya Sabha to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir, ending the special status to the state.
Shah moved the amendment amid uproar by Opposition members. Shah said: “I am presenting the resolution to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir except the first clause 370 (1).” Following his speech amid bedlam, the House was adjourned.
“Article 370 which grants special status to the state of Jammu will be scrapped; the State will be bifurcated in two union territories. J&K to be a union territory(UT) with legislature and Ladakh will also be a UT without a legislature,” said Shah.
“Under the umbrella of Article 370 three families looted J&K for yrs. Leader of Opposition (GN Azad) said Article 370 connected J&K to India, it’s not true. Maharaja Hari Singh signed J&K Instrument of Accession on 27 Oct 1947, Article 370 came in 1954,” said Shah.
Following the scrapping of Article 370, Indian Army & Indian Air Force were put on high alert. Close to 8,000 paramilitary troops airlifted and moved in from Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Assam and other parts of the country to the Kashmir valley.
Shah’s announcement came after days of escalating tension in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the Kashmir Valley, where panicky residents have been buying up essential goods amid a security build up.
Also in the Rajya Sabha, Shah, whose BJP had made scrapping Article 370 an election pledge denied that it was 370 which linked Jammu and Kashmir with India.
“Opposition leaders are saying that Article 370 brought Jammu and Kashmir to India. But the fact is that the Maharaja Hari Singh signed on October 27, 1947 (the Instrument of Accession) while Article 370 came into existence in 1949.
“So this is wrong to say that Article 370 brought Jammu and Kashmir with India,” the Minister told the Rajya Sabha in response to Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad who condemned the decision to axe Article 370.
Leader of Opposition Azad said: “By revoking Article 370 that accords special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP government has murdered the Constitution of India.”
He underlined that it was the historic Article 370 which linked Jammu and Kashmir to India.
Shah said Article 370 was used as “vote bank politics” and that earlier governments lacked the political will to revoke it.
“But the Modi government has the political will and we are not bothered about vote bank politics.”
He asked the opposition members to have a debate on the resolution and said there should not be a delay “even one second” in revoking Article 370.
In Parliament, two members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nazeer Ahmed Laway and Mir Mohammad Fayaz, were told to leave the House after they tore up copies of the Constitution.
But besides the treasury benches, the BJP won the support of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress supported the government move.
On Sunday night, the Jammu and Kashmir government imposed restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC in Srinagar district and placed the top leadership of the state, including former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, under house arrest.
Internet services were shut down in several parts of the Valley and educational institutions were ordered closed. Earlier, tourists were asked to leave Jammu and Kashmir while the Amarnath Yatra was curtailed.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah called the decision “a betrayal of people’s trust” and amounted to “aggression”.
PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti dubbed the decision to scrap Article 370 as “the darkest day in Indian democracy”.
“Decision of J&K leadership to reject 2 nation theory in 1947 & align with India has backfired. Unilateral decision of GOI to scrap Article 370 is illegal & unconstitutional which will make India an occupational force in J&K,” she tweeted.
“It will have catastrophic consequences for the subcontinent.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday supported the Union government on scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution and to give Jammu and Kashmir a Union Territory status, saying he hopes the steps will bring peace and development to the state.
Ruling NDA ally Shiv Sena on Monday welcomed the Centre’s decision to scrap Article 370, terming it as “a historic day” for the country.
In a statement, Yuva Sena President Aditya Thackeray said: “Historic day for India. Article 370 scrapped, and Jammu & Kashmir now truly a part of India.”
Amaravati,24/07/19:Veteran BJP leader and former minister from Odisha, Biswa Bhusan Harichandan was on Wednesday sworn in as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh.
Acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh, Justice C Pravin Kumar administered the oath to the new Governor at the Raj Bhawan in Vijayawada.
Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy, former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, and other MLAs were in attendance during the swearing-in ceremony.
A day before the swearing-in ceremony, Biswa Bhusan Harichandan visited Tirumala Tirupati temple and had darshan of the Lord.
Notably, President Ram Nath Kovind on July 16 appointed the 85-year-old BJP leader as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh.
New delhi,24/07/19:Karnataka political drama over but permanent remedial measures necessary to prevent immoral politics and to prevent unstable governments and hung assemblies
After week-long drama by deferring trust-vote by outgoing Karnataka Chief Minister, BJP is set to form a new government in the state with 10 Congress and 3 JD(S) MLAs having resigned from membership of the state-assembly evidently to pave way for fall of Kumaraswamy government which always ruled on ventilator with Chief Minister at times publicly crying on his helplessness to run government according to his will. Evidently present system of electing Speaker helped Congress-JD(S) alliance make a Speaker who helped Kumaraswamy government deferring trust-vote for so long despite even Supreme Court seized with the issue.
Any MP or MLA resigning mid-term must not be allowed to contest any election for next six years as an effective check for unnecessary burden of mid-term elections on public-exchequers for unholy politics. Income Tax authorities should probe such usual cases of MLAs stay for long in costly luxurious hotels and resorts in case of unstable governments and hung assemblies.
Chief Minister (or Prime Minister) should be simultaneously elected with Speaker and Deputy Speaker by secret and compulsory votes through EVMs equipped with VVPAT on nominations signed by at least 34-percent members with abstaining members losing right to vote in the House though retaining its membership. Such elected incumbents may be removed through same process but with compulsion to name alternate leader in the same motion.
Such system alone can pave way for simultaneous elections for Lok Sabha and state-assemblies because it will eliminate phenomenon of unstable governments and hung assemblies.
Input;Ms Madhu Agarwal
OPPOSITION SHOULD NOT INSIST ON PRIME MINISTER RESPONDING TO BIG LIE OF US PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR DIPLOMATIC REASONSWednesday, 24 July 2019 12:19 Written by odishabarta
New Delhi,24/07/19:Both House of Parliament on 23.07.2019 witnessed noisy scenes by opposition-members demanding personal appearance of Prime Minister to give clarification on yet another big lie of Donald Trump out of about 12000 he has so far spoken as US President. Opposition-demand apparently looked justified because habitual liar Donald Trump named specifically Prime Minister Narender Modi having asked Donald Trump to mediate with Pakistan on Kashmir issue.
But US President is biggest powerful person in the world, and for all diplomatic reasons, clarification by Prime Minister Narender Modi personally would have annoyed Donald Trump which would have cost India heavily in many aspects. Not only Government of India through late-night instant press-release followed by categorical denial by Indian Foreign Minister in both House of the Parliament, even US Parliamentarian Brad Sherman and Indian Parliamentarian from Congress Shashi Tharoor refused to accept the theory of Indian Prime Minister asking US President to mediate with Pakistan on Kashmir issue. Even US Foreign Ministry had to hurriedly issue press-release clarifying on the issue.
Prime Ministers from Congress are root-cause for Kashmir problem costing heavily to India. First Prime Minister after snatching Kashmir state from the then Union Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, made Kashmir issue international by approaching United Nations. Then another Prime Minister lost on negotiation-table in Shimla in the year 1972 by returning back even portion of Pak-occupied-Kashmir which even brave forces won in the historical battle in 1971 Indo-Pak war with about one lakh Pakistan soldiers taken in custody by Indian forces. Shimla talks could make Pakistan surrender totally on Kashmir issue if unnecessary humanitarian approach of quick release of Pakistan soldiers was not exhibited by Indira Gandhi.
#Input; Subash Agarwal
Mumbai,22/07/19:M Vanitha and Ritu Karidhal, both in their 40s, have been working with ISRO for over 20 years.
Chandrayaan-2, India’s second lunar exploration mission, will go down in history as the first space mission to be headed entirely by women in India: M Vanitha, the project director, and Ritu Karidhal, the mission director.
“Chandrayaan-2 is just the third time that ISRO is embarking on an outer space exploration mission ; after Chandrayaan-1 and Mangalyaan, the Mars Orbiter Mission; and women have made their mark here as well,” said K Sivan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), adding that 30% of the Chandrayaan-2 team are women.
Vanitha and Ritu, both in their 40s, have been working with ISRO for over 20 years. While Ritu has played a pivotal role in several mission operations, including Mangalyaan, Vanitha is considered a data cruncher.
M Vanitha-The only woman project director of ISRO.
Muthayya Vanitha’s name will go down in Indian history as the first woman project director in ISRO, that too, for a landmark mission to the moon that is Chandrayaan-2. However, it may come as a surprise to many that Vanitha was reluctant to take up the role and needed quite a bit of persuasion to take up the post.
According to Dr M Annadurai, the project director for Chandrayaan-1, Vanitha, who is an expert in data handling, was comfortable in digital and hardware sphere and was hesitant to become the project director for a mission that has such national ramifications.
“This role not only involves nearly 18 hours of work a day at its peak, which means many sacrifices but is also in the national limelight bringing heavy responsibility of its own,” Dr Annadurai told News18.
Praising Vanitha, Dr Annadurai added that she has “excellent problem-solving skills” and team management capabilities that he believed come in handy for this crucial project; which is why he made the extra effort to convince her to get on board Chandrayaan-2.
She was among the top 10 scientists to watch out for this year by Nature, an international journal of science.
Ritu Karidhal: Turning childhood passion into reality.
Ritu is hailed as one of the ‘rocket women’ of India. As a child, she always looked up to the sky from her Lucknow house, studying the stars and the moon. She was sure, even at that age, she wanted to explore space science. Years later, in 1997, she started her career as an aerospace engineer at ISRO.
“At that time, ISRO was my only option to get into that field, so I kept tabs on ISRO and their activities through the newspaper all through my childhood," she told iDiva.
She graduated in Physics from the University of Lucknow and earned her Masters in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Science (IIS).
Ritu, a mother of two, is used to long hours and realised that a 9-to-5 workday is something she would never enjoy, said Dr M Annadurai, the project director for Chandrayaan-1.
She worked on an array of ISRO projects, with the biggest one being the Mangalyaan or the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), which launched on November 5, 2013.
As the Deputy Operations Director of MOM, Ritu conceptualised and ensured the execution of the spacecraft’s onward autonomy system, an onboard system-level capability to make mission-relevant decisions without ground support.
In Ted Talks India’s ‘How India went to Mars’, Ritu recalled that the biggest difficulty was the 18-month timeframe to complete the work for the Mars mission. With limited time in hand, she consulted with electrical, electronic and mechanical engineers and created the software in 10 months.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards: Young Scientist Award (2007), ISRO Team Award for MOM (2015) and Women Achievers in Aerospace (2017) by Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies and Industries (SIATI), among others.
SPEAKER DESERVES COMPLIMENTS FOR MAKING LOK SABHA WORK IN TRULY INDIAN STYLE WITH MAXIMUM UTILISATION OF VALUABLE TIMETuesday, 23 July 2019 04:50 Written by odishabarta
New Delhi,22/07/19:Even opposition members of Lok Sabha have appreciated best-ever utilisation of on-going budget-session of Lok Sabha under Speaker Om Birla who has also made Lok Sabha work in true Indian style by conducting proceedings in Hindi rather than traditional till-now English. Usual - the ayes have it or the noes have it – have been replaced by - haan paksh jeeta - or naa paksh jeeta, whatever the case may be.
He has even asked members for not wasting even a single second by usual thanking to the Chair before start of their speeches. He has even, rightly too, objected to Parliamentarians talking to each other while the House is in session, and even objected to members going to seats of others while Speaker was on chair. It should be hoped that his strict discipline will make the House work in more productive manner best utilising each penny from public-exchequer on costly proceedings of Lok Sabha.
New Delhi,21/07/19:In the death of three-term former Chief Minister Shiela Dixit, Delhi has lost its loving daughter who was a mother to younger politicians cutting across party lines as was clear from tribute by Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari who became highly emotional while speaking to media on her death despite the fact that he recently won Lok Sabha against the departed leader who welcomed him like a mother when he went to seek her blessings on winning election against her.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia while declaring two-day state-mourning and state-funeral on her death, even cancelled their personal pilgrimage to Vaishno Devi. Above all, Prime Minister Narender Modi joined unending stream of politicians and others having visited her residence to offer flower-tribute on her dead body on behalf of complete nation. She was a political icon wh crossed all political boundary lines through her personal relations even in opposition camps.
Very few may remember that Shiela Dixit while she was Chief Minister of Delhi made an appeal to political community to boycott mega-budgeted marriage-celebrations. Need is that political community may bring this aspect in practice as true tribute to the departed soul.