The National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind filed his nomination papers on Friday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministers of different BJP-ruled states and its allies. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EK Palaniswami and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhara Rao were a part of the event, however, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar who supported Kovind’s nomination was not present due to some reasons. As Kovind has the support of non-NDA constituents such as the AIADMK, TRS, BJD and JD(U), he is estimated to get 62 per cent of the votes in the Electoral College.
In yet another masterful demonstration of its space prowess, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday successfully launched its workhorse rocket PSLV-C38 from Sriharikota carrying the Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation along with 30 co-passenger satellites. Weighing 712 kg, Cartosat-2 series satellite has been specifically designed for the benefit of the defence forces.
The Goa government has issued a circular barring the MLAs from summoning government officials to their residences or personal offices for holding meetings. The General Administration Department (GAD), in a circular issued on Friday, said in order to ensure that the functioning of the offices of various departments is not disrupted, the guidelines are issued for strict compliance.
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit, during which he would hold a summit meeting with President Donald Trump, National Association of Manufacturers has urged the two leaders to strengthen US-India commercial relationship. NAM, a top American advocacy group that represents the country’s manufacturing industry, has rued that there has been ‘insufficient progress’ on many of the same trade and market access barriers that have long troubled manufacturers trying to invest and trade in India.
Goa government is planning to sign a pact with the Union health ministry to set up a regional cancer centre at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) near in Panaji. “The proposal for setting up the regional cancer centre at GMCH was pending for last one year. We have located the file and state health secretary will be signing the Memorandum of Understanding with the Centre over this project in next 8-10 days,” Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said.
The Cabinet on Thursday decided to bar private contractors, NGOs and multi-state cooperative societies from projects sponsored with the local area development fund from the legislature. It also decided not to give government contract works to any member of the legislature or their family members who may be an office-bearer in agencies.
To incentivise urban local bodies that raise their own resources, Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu Thursday said additional funding of 20 per cent would be provided by states to bodies that bring about reforms to improve urban infrastructure. Lauding the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) initiative of issuing municipal bonds worth Rs 2,300 crore, Naidu urged other urban local bodies to follow suit. The bond was launched at the Bombay Stock Exchange on Thursday.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar may have broken ranks with the Opposition to support NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, but he will not be among the chief ministers accompanying Kovind when he files his nomination Friday. E K Palaniswami (AIADMK, Tamil Nadu) and K Chandrasekhar Rao (TRS, Telangana) will be among the CMs present at the nomination, expected around noon, sources said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chief ministers of states ruled by the BJP and its allies, BJP chief Amit Shah and Union ministers too will be present.
The 2017 presidential election will not be without a contest. And it will see a Dalit versus Dalit. Seventeen Opposition parties Thursday announced that former Lok Sabha Speaker and Congress veteran Meira Kumar will be their joint candidate against the ruling NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind.
The CBI has registered an FIR against unknown officials of the Uttar Pradesh State Social Welfare Board, UP Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board, Workers Welfare Board, and unknown NGOs and other persons for alleged misappropriation and defalcation of crores of rupees of public money in the implementation and operation of a Sachal Palna Griha(mobile creche) scheme in 72 districts of the state since 2013-14.