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New Delhi: A tableau of the Election Commission and a marching contingent of the French army will be among the firsts at this year’s Republic Day parade with the Indian Army dog squad also slated to make a return to Rajpath.

The French contingent, consisting of 100 French army personnel and 36 band members, will march on the 67th Republic day for the first time in history. Their position will be behind Param Veer Chakra, Ashok Chakra and Mahavir Chakra winners.

France’s President Francois Hollande will be the guest of honour at this year’s celebrations.

Trained dogs of the Indian army, including Labradors and German Shepherds, will march in the parade after 26 years.

“After 26 years, a dog contingent will be participating in the Republic Day parade.

“We (Ministry of Defence) hope that all these new additions will bring beauty and charm to the occasion,” said D. Mohanty, PRO (Defence).

This year a tableau on the Election Commission will take part in the parade depicting the large participation of people in elections.

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will present a tableau with its theme based on the 125th birth anniversary of India’s first law minister Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, who is regarded as the chief architect of India’s Constitution.

This year 23 tableaux will participate in the parade where the country will showcase its cultural diversity, development in science and technology and economic and military strength.

According to official, this year many states including Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Maharashtra will not participate in the tableaux. Delhi will also not be there.

Jammu and Kashmir will present its tableau on the economic transformation and natural environment.

The state’s tableau designer Ahmad Dhar said, “The state has seen turmoil. We want to show people different things about the Valley.”

Madhya Pradesh will feature the rare breed of white tigers. The state has one of the largest populations of tigers in the country.

Gujarat is also presenting a theme on wildlife as Asiatic lions of Gir forest will be highlighted in its tableau.

Bihar, in its tableau, will be showcasing the 1917 Champaran movement by Mahatma Gandhi whereas Karnataka will showcase the theme of coffee since the state counts among the top six coffee producers in the world.

Tamil Nadu will showcase the Toda tribe of Nilgiri district. The tribe is identified as one of the six primitive tribal groups of the state.

Tableaus from the Ministry of Communication and IT, Ministry of Panchayat Raj, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy will also be a part of the Republic Day parade. (IANS)

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Supreme Court seeks Time Frame for bringing a bill, which will Allow NRI Voting from the Overseas

The bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D.Y.Chandrachud sought to know the time frame after Attorney General K.K.Venugopal told court that a Team of Ministers (ToM) have recommended such an amendment

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  • The Supreme Court sought to know from the time it would require for bringing a bill allowing NRIs vote from their overseas locations
  • The bench sought to know why the government was taking a cumbersome route of amending the electoral act
  • In the last hearing on the matter, former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had contended that the modalities of NRI voting can be done by amending the Rules and would not require amending the law

New Delhi, July 21, 2017: The Supreme Court on Friday sought to know from the Central government the time it would require for bringing a bill amending the Representation of People Act to allowing NRIs vote from their overseas locations.

The bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D.Y.Chandrachud sought to know the time frame after Attorney General K.K.Venugopal told the court that a Team of Ministers (ToM) have recommended such an amendment.

The Team of Ministers in their meeting on July 20, 2017, have decided that to “facilitate external modes of voting to the overseas electors, an amendment to the Representation of People Act, 1951 would be required by way of introduction of a Bill in Parliament”, the bench was told.

At this, the bench sought to know why the government was taking a cumbersome route of amending the electoral act when same could be achieved by amending the rules.

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The top court, in the last hearing of the matter, had asked the Central government to take a call whether it wanted to amend the Act or the Rules to decide on the modalities of the NRI voting from abroad.

In the last hearing of the matter, former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for one of the petitioners, had contended that the modalities of NRI voting can be done by amending the Rules and would not require amending the law.

Appearing for the Election Commission, senior counsel Meenakshi Arora told the bench that by amending the rules, that they can put in place modalities of voting by the overseas electors, but it was necessary to amend the law to create an exception for overseas voters. (IANS)


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Swaraj India launches a unique campaign asking people to blow Whistle whenever they see anything Wrong happening around them

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"Anupam, Chief Spokesperson,Swaraj India, addressing public & Swaraj India volunteers, regarding the toxic pollution in Delhi (representational Image), Twitter

New Delhi, April 9, 2017: A day after the Election Commission allotted its 200 candidates a common symbol ‘Whistle’, the fledgling Swaraj India party on Sunday launched a unique campaign asking the people to blow a whistle whenever they see anything wrong happening around them.

The party kick-started the “Blow the Whistle” campaign with a roadshow from Nangloi to Rithala in west Delhi ahead of the April 23 local civic body polls.

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Swaraj India’s National President Yogendra Yadav said: “Swaraj India’s ‘Whistle’ symbol is that of a watchdog, a whistle of a watchman. This is the whistle that is blown to prevent theft and corruption… The whistle of Swaraj India will wake up the public and remove the corrupt and dishonest people from public offices.”

During the road show, Yadav appealed to the people of Delhi to blow the whistle whenever they see a politician making false promises, committing injustice, promoting corruption, lying or cheating people.

“With the ‘Blow The Whistle’ campaign of Swaraj India, the people of Delhi would express their intention to not tolerate drama, jumla or ghotala anymore,” Yadav said.

Yadav said that when Delhi continued to languish in dirt, the political parties were busy playing the blame game. While the people of Delhi were dying due to diseases such as dengue and chikangunya, politicians were busy indulging in extravagance and corrupt politics.

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“Through the ‘Blow The Whistle’ campaign, the people of Delhi will take up the responsibility of being Delhi’s referee and watchdog. This city has unfortunately witnessed heights of corruption and limits of immorality in political parties,” Yadav added.

The party’s Chief National Spokesperson Anupam told IANS: “The Delhi government conspired to deny Swaraj India a common election symbol, the party found a new and unique way to ensure uniformity in its campaign. Now the people of Delhi will expose and dismiss the BJP, Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party.”

Swaraj India has full faith that the country’s capital, where the anti-corruption movement received unprecedented support, the city that revolted against the unfortunate Nirbhaya case, will now once again lead the country towards a new-age politics, Anupam said. (IANS)

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AAP’s party status in danger: I-T dept questions ‘fabricated audits’

On donations amounting to Rs.27 crore, AAP has submitted a false and fabricated report between 2013 and 2015

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New Delhi, Feb 12, 2017:  As per a report published in a leading news portal, Income Tax Department has requested Election Commission to derecognise AAP’s (Aam Aadmi Party) status as a political party following clinching evidence of ‘faulty’ audit presented by the AAP.
I-T report advocates for the cause of Chanda Bandh Satyagraha or No list No Donation campaign that demands AAP to restore the financial transparency in line with its founding principle.
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The IT department concludes that:
  • On donations amounting to Rs.27 crore, AAP has submitted a false and fabricated report.
    These reports were submitted between 2013 and 2015.
  • The donor’s list of 2013-14 show donations equalling Rs  20.5 crore out of Rs 50.6 crore to be from unknown.
  • In the financial year,  2014-2015 recorded donations up to Rs 6.5 crore from dubious sources.
  • The details of income tax records of 177 donors were missing from the new revised list.
    Details of 874 donors in both the lists were missing and inappropriate. Many records of the donors were found to be fabricated.
  • People donating less than 20,000 were not mentioned.
  • Income tax report spotted differences between the AAP’s bank statement, the details published on its website and what was submitted to the Election Commission.
  • According to the I-T department as mentioned in Hindustan Times report: “…It was admitted by the treasurer of the party, vide his reply filed on 15.10.2016, that certain errors had been noticed in the contribution report” for 2013-14.
  • This makes loud and clear that AAP has been manipulating its donor’s list and in order to hide ILLICIT funding and misappropriation, it has hidden its donor list under the pretext of harassment and technical errors.
  • Chanda Band Satyagraha demands AAP’s Chanda Chor coterie to own up their fraud and STOP calling themselves ‘champions of clean politics’.

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-contributed by Himanshi Goyal of Chanda Bandh Satyagraha