BENGALURU: BJP in Karnataka has decided to stage a dharna at the Vidhana Soudha on Wednesday, demanding the resignation of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who it claimed, has lost majority after 14 MLAs of the ruling Congress-JD(S) quit. The coalition has been rocked by the resignations of 14 MLAs – 11 of Congress and three of JDS. “I have held discussions with our legislators and we have decided to hold a protest in front of the Gandhi statue at 11 AM, demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Kumaraswamy who has lost majority,” party state unit Chief B S Yeddyurappa told reporters here. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The former Chief Minister has been holding a series of meetings with party leaders at his residence since morning on the ongoing political developments and BJP’s plan of action. According to sources, Yeddyurappa is expected to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan on Wednesday. BJP’s protest comes a day after Congress leaders,including AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal and Congress Legislature Party leader Si Siddaramaiah staged a dharna in front of the Gandhi statue, accusing the party of trying to destabilize the government by undemocratic means, using money and political power. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us In a blow to the Kumaraswamy led Congress-JD(S) government, the number of coalition MLAs who have resigned has increased to 14, with the addition of R Roshan Baig on Tuesday. Of the 14 MLAs,11 are from Congress and three from JD(S). The ruling coalition faces the threat of losing its majority if the resignations of the rebel MLAs are accepted. Advertise With Us The JD(S)-Congress coalition’s total strength is 116 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37 and BSP-1), besides the Speaker. With the support of the two independents, who Monday resigned from the ministry, the BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224 member House, where the half-way mark is 113. If the resignations of the 14 MLAs are accepted, the coalition’s tally will be reduced to 102. The Speaker also has a vote. Meanwhile, a delegation of BJP leaders,led by party state General Secretary Arvind Limbavali went to the office of the Speaker Ramesh Kumar to meet him, but he was not there. Speaking to reporters, Limbavali said they had come to meet him regarding the assembly session, starting from July 12. “But the Speaker has told us he is away, so we will seek an appointment once again and meet him.” read more
Amritsar: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has invited Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to take part in the grand ‘nagar kirtan’, scheduled to commence from Nanka Sahib in Pakistan, on the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak. Speaking to ANI, President of SGPC, Gobind Singh Longowal said that Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Governor VP Singh Badnore have also been invited to attend the ‘kirtan’ in Pakistan. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “On July 25, after a holy ritual, the Nagar kirtan will commence from Nankana Sahib, the place where Guru Nanak was born,” Longowal said. He said that as many as 550 devotees, including prominent religious leaders, will go to Pakistan for the ritual.” “On the arrival of the Nagar kirtan at Attari-Wagah border, leaders such as Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal are scheduled to welcome the devotees, for which a formal invitation has been sent to them,” said the president of SGPC. Longowal said that Sikhs who live outside the country have also been invited to be a part of the event. read more
Chintalapalem (Suryapet ): Beneficiaries of Aasara pensions of Dondapadu village of Chintalapalem mandal in the district are expressing their displeasure over the negligence of officials in handing over the pensions to them regularly. Some pensioners told media persons that officials are giving pension to very few beneficiaries for the last three months and pushing the major number of beneficiaries into troubles.The officials concerned who disburse the pensions mock at the beneficiaries saying nothing will happen if they complaint to anyone about them. The poor elderly beneficiaries demanded the superior officers to take stern action on the erring staff and clear their pending pensions immediately to fulfill their day-to-day needs.
JOHANNESBURG: South Africa on Thursday announced visa waivers for four countries in a bid to boost tourism amid an economic crisis and falling visitor numbers. Visitors from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand will no longer require a visa to visit for holiday, conferencing and business purposes, Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi said. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us The unilateral decision comes as official tourism figures released in May reflected a dip in the overall number of visitors to South Africa from Europe and the Middle East in the first financial quarter of the year, normally one of the most popular times to visit. Foreign traveller arrivals decreased by more than 10 per cent between April and May 2019 alone. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Motsoaledi said the South African government was engaging with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand about a similar relaxation of entry requirements for SA citizens. He argued the move by his department would boost tourism “and by extension growing the economy and creating jobs”. South Africa’s economy has hit trouble, with the gross domestic product (GDP) contracting by 3.2 per cent in the first three months of 2019 and unemployment at a record high of 29 per cent. The government estimates there is potential to create 2.1 million jobs in the tourism sector by 2028. South Africa is in talks to extend the visa waiver to Ghana, Cuba and Principe and Sao Tome. The country has already waived the visa requirement for 82 of the 193 countries who are UN members. read more