Renowned Pakistani cricketer and now a politician, Imran Khan has cancelled his visit to India, invited at India Today conclave in New Delhi after he learnt that even Salman Rushdie would speak in the conclave.Imran reasoned his denial by stating he could not even think of attending a program which included Rushdie,someone who has hurt Islamic sentiments worldwide!
Well, religion aside, so far , even some Indian hardliner groups earned name by objecting controversial Salman Rushdie’s visit and conferences to be held in India, in recent past and it seems even Imran Khan do not wish to let go this opportunity.
Railway Budget that derailed Railway Minister’s Chair !
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Dinesh Trivedi, the Railway Minister remained in the news since the morning as the nation was awaiting the Railway Budget and when it was announced his own party became his biggest critic because the budget favoured increasing ticket fares. TMC which has never favoured hike in price from fuel to fare stood by its principles and the Supremo of TMC, Mamata Banerjee ultimately has asked the Prime Minister to sack her own party member, Dinesh Trivedi from the post of Railway Minister and replace him with Mukul Roy of the party. TMC demanded a rollback however, Trivedi stood by his budget even after knowing it could cost his chair as he reasoned the fare hike mandatory for the smooth running of the railways and also to increase the safety of the passengers! TMC has never lost any opportunity to capitalize on situations where there is any kind of price hike, be it reasonable or not and this time they have ended up sacrificing one of their prominent members in the Centre.Price hike will never be prefered by anyone be it rich or poor or the middle-class but it does not raise eyebrows provided it makes sense and price hike in railway fare for the reasons of paying back previous loans,to avail smooth running of the railways and to increase safety of passengers, hopefully makes sense to most , if not all.
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Didi and top TMC leaders skip PM dinner invite!
After the top TMC leaders skipped PM’s dinner with allies on Tuesday,today Congress Senior Leader , Pranab Mukherjee warned allies to stand together or the UPA government may fall. Well, it may be targeted on TMC supremo , Mamata Banerjee, as she has been having continued differences with the Congress on quite a number of issues including NCTC where TMC has been demanding amendments!
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Although,TMC has cleared that they do not wish to destabilize the UPA , it seems the difference of opinions between Congress and TMC is widening more with the advent of time.