The protracted Yadav family feud might just take a new turn on Monday with the founder president of the Samajwadi Party (SP) Mulayam Singh Yadav likely to announce, what the party circle is touting as “something big” at a press conference in Lucknow.
Mulayam’s brother and SP MLA Shivpal Singh Yadav and Lok Dal president Sunil Singh too are expected to attend the conference.
Since Sunil Singh too has been invited, speculation is rife that Mulayam might announce a new party or take over the Lok Dal.
“There is certainly something drastic coming up,” said a Lohia Trust member. The trust is an affiliate of the SP and Mulayam is its chairperson.
Sunil Singh, who had been insisting that Mulayam should take over the Lok Dal, also said on Sunday: “Netaji’s party will be the real Samajwadi Party.”
The power struggle within the SP, has split the Yadav family with the patriarch Mulayam siding with his brother Shivpal much to the chagrin of his son Akhilesh.
The feud came into the fore in August last year. On January 1 this year, an emergency session of the party announced Akhilesh Yadav as the national president replacing Mulayam.
Former home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi took over as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India today. Mehrishi succeeded Shashi Kant Sharma, who demitted office on Friday, officials said.
President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mehrishi (62) at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, which was attended by Vice President M Venkaiah Naiduand Prime Minister Narendra Modi among other dignitaries, they said.
According to the officials, Mehrishi’s appointment was recently cleared by the government. Mehrishi, a 1978 batch (retired) Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Rajasthan cadre, completed his two-year fixed term as the home secretary last month. Sharma had taken over as the CAG on May 23, 2013. He was defence secretary prior to his appointment as the CAG. Mehrishi will have a tenure of about three years.
The CAG is appointed for a term of six years or till the incumbent attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. As a constitutional functionary, the CAG is primarily entrusted with the responsibility of auditing the accounts of the Union government and of the state governments. CAG reports are laid before Parliament and legislatures of the states. Mehrishi, who hails from Rajasthan, holds Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (UK). He also possesses Master of Arts (MA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees from Delhi University.
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Mehrishi has held several posts in both his state cadre Rajasthan and in the Centre. Before his appointment as the home secretary, he worked as economic affairs secretary and chief secretary of Rajasthan. Mehrishi has also worked as a secretary in departments of chemicals and fertilisers, and Overseas Indian Affairs.
WASHINGTON: The United States will prohibit entry of citizens from North Korea to the United States as part of a sweeping new travel ban that also slaps restrictions on Iran, Chad, Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia, the Trump administration said on Sunday.
The new restrictions, slated to go into effect on October 18, resulted from a review after President Donald Trump's original travel bans were challenged in court.
The addition of North Korea and Venezuela broadens the restrictions from the original, mostly Muslim-majority list.
"North Korea does not cooperate with the United States government in any respect and fails to satisfy all information-sharing requirements," the proclamation said.
An administration official, briefing reporters on a conference call, acknowledged that the number of North Koreans traveling to the United States now was very low.
The government will extend the term of chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian by one year till October 2018, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday.
Subramanian, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, was appointed India’s chief economic adviser (CEA) in October 2014. His term was for three years, which was to end on October 16.
Interacting with reporters on Saturday, Jaitley said Subramanian will get one year extension.
The BJP-led NDA government’s 5-year term ends in May 2019.
The CEA is usually the main go-to person for advice for the finance minister on macro-economic matters, and primary responsibilities, among others, include authoring the mid-year analysis and the Economic Survey.
Subramanian’s predecessor was Raghuram Rajan, who quit the position in September 2013 after being appointed the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
Subramanian graduated from St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and got an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He obtained M Phil and D Phil from the University of Oxford, UK.
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