Free Press Journal
  • Slums show disrespect of politicians for democracy

    Legislators are supposed to uphold the Constitution. That includes a commitment to democracy, to free and fair elections. Unfortunately, India’s slums are testimony to the fact that politicians do not believe in free and fair elections. They believe in grabbing power, even if it means buying votes, or worse, marginalising other voters.

  • Bhopal: I have feedback of all MLAs, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan tells legislators

    Bhopal: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan appealed to the legislators, district presidents and office-bearers of the party to remain stronger than the Congress at the grassroots. Chouhan made the above remark at a meeting at CM House on Monday. He said he had feedback of all the MLAs with him.

  • Congress whip MLC Sanjay Dutt demands legislators be trained to improve awareness to raise questions

    Mumbai: Congress party whip Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Sanjay Dutt in a speech on Monday stated there was a need to raise the quality of speeches, improve awareness to raise questions, the options to raise them and a more studied approach in the points placed by the Legislators. Dutt feels it is time the Speaker increase the number of working days of the assembly sessions for improving the deliberations and need

  • Maharashtra: 103 MLAs seek status of farmers’ loan waiver from state government

    Nagpur: In a bid to know about the current status of the farmers’ loan waiver scheme, 103-odd curious legislators across the party lines, including NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, who is currently serving jail sentence in a money laundering case, have written to the government on this issue.

  • Maharashtra: State cabinet rejects proposal hike in MLA pension

    Mumbai: The state cabinet on Tuesday rejected the proposal to hike the pension of sitting and former legislators from Rs 40,000 per month to Rs 50,000 on the ground of stressed financial situation of the state. If the proposal is approved, the state would have to take burden of more than Rs 7 crore per year.

  • BJP ropes in Mumbai MLAs, MLCs to campaign in Gujarat election

    Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) is playing all cards to woo voters so as to win the upcoming Gujarat election. Along with city unit chief Ashish Shelar, other legislators and councillors from Mumbai have been roped-in for election campaigning in Gujarat. The reason for increased trust on BJP leaders from Mumbai by Amit Shah, the BJP party president is due to the whooping victory in the recently held Mumbai Municipal Corporation

  • Solar Scam: Probe ordered against Chandy, others

    Thiruvananthapuram : The Kerala government on Wednesday decided to initiate a criminal and vigilance probe against former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and several others in what is known as the Rs 7 million Solar Scam case.

  • Speaker disqualifies 18 MLAs in AIADMK row

    The power struggle within the AIADMK has taken a new turn with the Tamil Nadu assembly Speaker P. Dhanapal disqualifying all the 18 legislators supporting dissident leader TTV Dhinakaran under Schedule 10 of the Indian Constitution which deals with the anti-defection law. With this, the total strength of the AIADMK in the Assembly has come down to 116. Of the 234 legislators, the number is now 231 excluding Jayalalithaa, Karunanidhi and the

  • Amarinder unveils quota for women, dumps VIP culture

    Chandigarh : The new Punjab Cabinet in its maiden meeting here on Saturday announced reservation for women in jobs and urban and rural local bodies and an end to use of red beacons on official vehicles by the Chief Minister, ministers, legislators and officers.

  • State scraps one foundation test for students this year

    Mumbai : After requests from teachers’ unions and legislators, Education Minister Vinod Tawde announced in the Assembly on Friday that one of the three foundation tests has been cancelled to reduce the burden on students and teachers. As a result, there would be only two foundation tests in the current academic year.

  • India is encouraging wage disparity

    Last week there was a huge public outcry from some quarters when the Delhi Assembly passed a resolution allowing its legislators to get a 400% pay hike. The hike was not such a bad thing in itself. After all, legislators need to be paid a decent amount, as do bureaucrats and judges; as well as policemen and excise inspectors. But when legislators get salaries and perquisites that are out of sync with

  • 2-child policy only after Parliament approval: China

    Beijing : China’s top family planning authority has stressed that its local affiliates must implement the current one-child policy until a new policy allowing all couples to have two children goes into effect after being ratified by legislators, reports PTI.

  • Left MLAs protest in Bengal Assembly brandishing toy guns

    Kolkata: Left Front legislators on Tuesday protested in the Assembly with toy guns against Monday’s incident during a procession march in which a few persons were allegedly seen brandishing pistols and flags of Trinamool Congress (TMC) were also spotted. The protest drew sharp reaction from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who termed it as ‘undemocratic and a reflection of political frustration’ of the Left parties in West Bengal, reports PTI.

  • Legislators can spend their fund for school labs

    Mumbai : The State government gave its nod to spend Legislators’ local development fund to create mini science centers and develop existing laboratories in schools. If the plan works, it will create future scientists in rural areas, said education department officials.