Narendra Modi becomes fourth-longest serving Indian PM, surpasses Vajpayee

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August 13, 2020

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New Delhi, Aug 13: Narendra Modi has become the longest-serving non-Congress prime minister and the fourth longest-serving overall, the party noted on Thursday.

"Today, PM Narendra Modi becomes the fourth longest serving PM in the history of India! He now also holds the distinction of being the longest serving non-Congress PM. Vajpayee ji served for 2,268 days, with all his terms put together. Today PM Modi has surpassed that duration," BJP IT department in-charge Amit Malviya tweeted.

Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, all from the Congress, are the three longest-serving Indian prime ministers in that order.

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September 15,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 15: Late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's aide V K Sasikala, serving a four year-term in a corruption case here, may be released from jail next January provided she paid the fine amount of Rs 10 crore, Karnataka Prison department has said.

Sasikala, lodged at the Parappana Agrahara Prison here, was convicted and sentenced in February 2017 in the Rs 66 crore disporportionate assets case. "As per prison records, convict prisoner number 9234 Sasikala's 'probable date of release' is January 27, 2021, provided in-default fine amount is paid as awarded by the honourable court," Superintendent of Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara, R Latha said in response to an RTI query.

The reply was to the query by activist T Narasimha Murthy on September 11. Latha added Sasikala's "probable date of release" would be February 27, 2022 if the fine is not paid.

The officer explained the probable date of release may vary if Sasikala utilises a parole facility. She will have to pay Rs 10 crore to walk out of prison on January 27, 2021, else spend another 13 months behind bars. After the Supreme Court restored the trial court judgement in toto against Sasikala and two of her close relatives in the disproportionate assets case,(V N Sudhakaran and J Elavarasi), she surrendered before the court in

Karnataka on February 15, 2017 and has been lodged in Parappana Agrahara Central Jail. Her two relatives are also undergoing four years simple imprisonment and all three of them were slapped with a fine of Rs 10 crore each.

With the death of Jayalalithaa in 2016, who was the first accused in the case, the appeal by Karnataka against her stood abated. Last week, Sasikala's counsel had expressed hope of her early release, possibly by the end of this month, citing remission for good conduct.

As per norms, three days of remission for good conduct is available for every month in jail and so far, she has completed 43 months, making her eligible for a reduction of

129 days in prison, "The Karnataka Prison Manual does not have any provision barring remission to those convicted for offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

"As per the manual, I strongly believe that she will be released by the month end," her advocate N Raja Senthoor Pandian had said. When the remission of 129 days is applied, the release will be during the month end and not the previously expected date of January 2021, he had said.

Sasikala has already spent a total of 35 days in jail in 1997 and 2014 and availed a 17 day parole in 2017, which is deducted from the period she already served, he had said.

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September 18,2020

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Kasargod, Sep 18: A 26-year-old NRI, hailing from Kasargod district has killed self in Ajman, United Arab Emirates.

The deceased has been identified as Shrilal, son of Salem Kumar from Nileshwar in Kasaragod..

Shrilal was a local cricketer who had played for Kasaragod district teams in tournaments for age groups of 14, 16 and 19. He had also played for a few teams in the UAE.

He first visited UAE in 2017 and returned after a short stay.

This month he again visited UAE and started his profession as an assistant coach for a cricket team in Sharjah.

Last week he secured a new job and was about to join the firm.

However, late on September 16 night, he reportedly killed self by hanging inside his room in Ajman.

The reason for resorting to the extreme step is not yet known.

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September 21,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 21: Two BJP leaders - Municipalities Minister K C Narayana Gowda and Kadur MLA Belli Prakash almost came to blows at the Vidhana Soudha as the two had a verbal duel.

The development took place at the makeshift lounge on the first floor of the Vidhana Soudha, just before the start of the Assembly Session.

Those who witnessed the spat said Gowda and Prakash “almost came to blows” before legislators Satish Jarkiholi, K Annadani and others intervened to separate them.

According to sources, Prakash complained that Gowda was inaccessible. “Prakash got the chief minister to sign on a file pertaining to the Kadur constituency that was referred to Gowda for further action. But, Prakash complained that Gowda was dilly-dallying and gave excuses to say he was busy. This led to an argument between them,” a source said.

The incident also underlines the disgruntlement among ruling BJP MLAs over the style of functioning of some ministers. Gowda was with the JD(S) before he jumped ship to the BJP and became a minister.

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