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J&K students charged with pro-Pak slogans in Meerut
MEERUT, June 22 (Agencies): A police complaint has been lodged against some Kashmiri students at a Dental College for allegedly shouting pro-Pakistan slogans and uploading objectionable picture of Indian cricket team on social media after the ICC Champions Trophy final. Two complaints have been received, one by students of Kalka Dental College and Hospital and the other by Bajrang Dal activists, police said. The right wing activists have demanded their arrest, police said, adding a probe has been launched. The administration of the college, located in Partapur area, has said that a committee has been constituted to probe the incident. Meanwhile, some Kashmiri students, including girls, were reported to have left their hostel. "After India's defeat in the Champions Trophy final, some ...
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Indo-Pak matters have to be resolved bilaterally: MEA
NEW DELHI, Jun 22(Agencies): India on Thursday affirmed that bilateral issues between India and Pakistan will have to be decided "bilaterally", reacting to suggestions by UN chief Antonio Guteress that he is engaged in bringing about a dialogue between the two neighbours. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Bagley told reporters he was aware of the remarks made by Guteress that he has raised the issue during his meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. “I have seen the reply which has been reported in the media. Essentially the secretary general asked a question in response to a question... Bilateral issues have to be decided bilaterally and the UN secretary general has been made aware of that position," Bagley said. Addressing ...
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MHA coming up with a new social media policy
NEW DELHI, Jun 22(Agencies): The central government is finalising a policy which is aimed at keeping a hawk’s eye vigil on the social media to check if it is being “misused” to conspire against India and spread anti-national propaganda. A meeting was held today among representatives of central security agencies and the home ministry to discuss various issues related to it, officials sources said. At present, there is only a set of “do’s and don’ts” for the social media which needs to be graduated to a full-fledged guidelines that should be adopted on such a network. The move assumes significance as there have been instances where terrorists were found to be using social media to conspire against the country or to propagate anti-India materials...
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Presidential election
Meira Kumar to take on NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind
DELHI, June 22 (Agencies): Former Lok Sabha speaker and senior Congress leader Meira Kumar, a Dalit, is Opposition's candidate to take on NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind for Presidential election. The decision was taken after 17 Opposition parties met in the national capital on Thursday to pick their candidate. Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh, RJD chief Lalu Prasad, Sharad Pawar (NCP), Sitaram Yechury from CPI(M), D Raja (CPI), Darek O' Brien (TMC), Ram Gopal Yadav (SP), Satish Chandra Mishra (BSP), Omar Abdullah (NC), Kanimozhi (DMK) and Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge were among those who attended the meet. With Kovind also being a Dalit, this makes it a Dalit vs Dalit Presidential contest. "We have decided to field the name of Meira Kumar for the presiden...
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India eyes breakthrough on US surveillance drones ahead of Modi's trip
If the Indian Navy gets the unarmed surveillance drones, it would be the first such purchase by a country that is not a member of the NATO alliance. New Delhi/ Washington, June 22 (Agencies): India is pushing for US approval of its request to buy a naval variant of the Predator drone, officials said, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tries to revitalise relations with Washington when he meets President Donald Trump for the first time. Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defence ties that flourished under former president Barack Obama but have drifted under Trump, who has courted Asian rival China as he seeks Beijing`s help to contain North Korea`s nuclear programme. Modi`s two-day visit to Washington begins on Sunday. Trump met C...
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Rajinikanth to make big announcement over joining politics, will meet fans in Sept
NEW DELHI, June 22 (Agencies): Megastar Rajinikanth has dropped some major hint over making a big announcement over joining politics in the near future. ANI quoted the megastar as telling the reporters that soon he will meet his fans in September or October and reveal his plans. Rajinikanth will consider joining politics, says Hindu Makkal Katchi leader Arjun Sampath Rajini said, “In September/October I'll meet my fans. Whenever I'll decide to enter politics, I'll answer all questions.” Speculations are rife over Rajini's big entry into the political arena. Looks like the Thalaiva is about to make some revelations after his ambitious project '2.0' hits the screen next year in January....
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Nitish snubs Lalu’s advice, says "there'll be no change in stand, will back Ram Nath Kovind in presidential poll"
PATNA, June 23 (Agencies): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday rejected Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Yadav's advice to rethink his decision to support NDA's presidential election nominee Ram Nath Kovind. According to reports, the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), that announced its support to NDA's presidential pick, in a major blow to the RJD, has decided to stick to their decision of supporting Kovind, saying, "There's no question of going back, will back Kovind" The contest gets a tad more interesting as minutes after Meira Kumar's annoucement as Opposition's presidential candidate, Lalu said that he will appeal Nitish to back the Opposition's pick. "Nitish ji called me today and said that supporting Kovind is his personal choice. I will however appeal him to rethink and back ...
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Convict in Rajiv Gandhi's assassination seeks mercy killing
CHENNAI, June 22 (Agencies): One of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, Robert Payas, a Sri Lankan national, today petitioned the Tamil Nadu government seeking mercy killing. In an emotionally charged letter to Chief Minister K Palaniswami, he said he should be killed on grounds of mercy and his body should be handed over to his family. "Payas has petitioned the government through the Puzhal prison authorities," a top prison official told agencies Blaming the Centre--both the previous UPA government and the incumbent NDA--for opposing the release of seven Rajiv Gandhi case convicts, including him, when former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa took the initiative, he said, "We do not know why our release has been put on hold." He said Jayalalitaa's decision to release the co...
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Lalu says will appeal Nitish Kumar to support 'Bihar Ki Beti' Meira Kumar
PATNA, June 22 (Agencies): A day after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced his support to NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Yadav on Thursday said that he will appeal to the Janata Dal (United) supremo to back 'Bihar ki Beti' Meira Kumar in the presidential race. "Nitish ji called me and said that it is his personal decision to back Ram Nath Kovind. I would appeal to him to rethink and support 'Bihar Ki Beti' Meira Kumar," Lalu told reporters. "However, JD(U)'s decision to support Kovind will not have any impact on Bihar's ruling alliance," he added while refuting rumours of any crack in the alliance. On Thursday afternoon, the Congress-led Opposition parties announced former Lok Sabha speaker meira Kumar as their presidential...
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Modi performs asanas, says 'Yoga Binding The World'
LUCKNOW, June 21 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said yoga, akin to its capacity to unite the body, mind and soul, has played a "big role" in binding the world, cutting across linguistic and cultural barriers. Addressing a huge gathering at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan on the occasion of the third International Yoga Day celebrations here, he also asserted that the traditional practice has now become part of every person's life. "Many countries which do not know our language, tradition, or culture, are now connecting to India through Yoga. The practice, which connects body, mind and soul, has played a big role in binding the world too," he said. Donning a white t-shirt and loose trousers, Modi also performed asanas along with over 50,000 yoga enthusiasts braving early morn...
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International Yoga Day celebrated in Pakistan too
NEW DELHI, June 21 (Agencies): The third International Yoga Day was celebrated in Pakistan too but on a muted scale. The organisers said a much bigger event will follow after Ramadan ends. Pakistani yoga guru Shamshad Haider, who runs over 50 clubs across the country, said in a telephonic interview from Islamabad: "Due to Ramdan and people preparing for Eid, we could not organise a big event this year." "We have routine sessions in all our clubs today but after Eid we are preparing for a much larger event in Rawalpindi," Haider, 48, told IANS. He said his team expected more than 1,000 people to take part. The Indian High Commission also organised a yoga camp in Islamabad on Sunday, attended by India`s envoy Gautam Bambawale and other diplomats. Asked about the Pakistan government not c...
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PM ‘faced terror threat` during Kerala visit
KOCHI, June 21 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who on Saturday visited Kerala to flag off the Kochi Metro Rail project, faced a terror threat during his visit, police chief TP Senkumar indicated on Tuesday. "There was a big threat perception here on the day of the Prime Minister's visit (on Saturday).. There was a terror module here during his visit. We cannot disclose much of its details," Senkumar said while talking to reporters. He, however, did not elaborate on the 'terror threat'. Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan corroborated the state police chief's statement, saying the police had brought it to the government's notice. "Yes, there was a security threat to the Prime Minister on that day (June 17). They (the police) told us about this on that day itself...
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Delhi on high alert after Intelligence Bureau warns of London-style terror attack
NEW DELHI, June 21 (Agencies): The Delhi Police has been placed on high alert after receiving an intelligence tip-off warning of a terror attack on crowded public spaces, a report said on Wednesday. Around six to seven terrorists are believed to have entered into the national capital with the intention of carrying out a London-style attack. As per sources, terrorists are planning to launch an attack in Delhi anytime before Eid. "The Delhi Police Special cell has issued an advisory to all security agencies across the country to beef up the security measures at interstate bus terminals, railway stations, five-star hotels, malls and markets, religious places, embassies of western countries, metro stations, airports, stadiums, and tourist places or other sites visited by foreign nationals...
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Justice Karnan lodged in Kolkata presidency jail
KOLKATA, June 21 (Agencies): Retired Kolkata High Court judge Justice C.S. Karnan, who was arrested yesterday in connection with a contempt of court case, was lodged in Kolkata's Presidency Jail on Wednesday after the Supreme Court refused to grant him interim bail. A vacation bench of the apex court headed by Justice D. Y. Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul refused to suspend the six-month prison sentence for Justice Karnan in the case. Mathew J Nedumpara, a lawyer appearing for Justice Karnan, mentioned the matter before the vacation bench of the top court. Nedumpara pleaded to the apex court seeking bail and suspension of the six months jail sentence, to which the court observed, "The seven judge bench had passed the order. It binds everybody. It binds us also." Justice Kar...
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Acid attack victims to get reservation in government jobs, promotions
NEW DELHI, June 21 (Agencies): In yet another move aimed at helping the acid attack victims, the central government has now decided to give them reservation in central government jobs and promotions. According to agencies, a draft proposal in this regard has been prepared by the the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in which it has proposed vacancies, promotion quotas and an age relaxation for those with disabilities. The above benefits will also be extended to persons with autism, mental illnesses, intellectual disability besides victims of acid attacks. The DoPT's proposal may face some legal hurdles as the matter relating to reservation in promotion for persons with disabilities is pending before the Supreme Court of India. The vacancies earmarked will be for the posts of...
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JD(U) to support NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind
PATNA, June 21 (Agencies): Adding to the troubles of the Opposition, Janata Dal (United) has decided to back NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. The JD(U) held a meeting on Wednesday to take a final decision on Kovind. Sada, who represents Sonbarsha constituency in the state assembly, told IANS on telephone: "The party has decided to support Kovind. The decision was taken at a meeting of our legislators." The Bihar's ruling party's decision comes after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday advocated for Kovind's candidature. Kovind was the Bihar Governor. In a virtual U-turn, Shiv Sena, a key constituent of the BJP-led coalition, Tuesday extended its support for the NDA's presidential choice. Meanwhile, pushed by the Left parties, the Congress-led opposition looks all set t...
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Hindu cannot be terrorist, Congr coined 'Hindu terrorism' to appease Muslims: Anil Vij
NEW DELHI, June 21 (Agencies): Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij created a stir as he asserted that a Hindu cannot be a terrorist and that there is no terminology like Hindu terrorism. In a sharp attack at Congress, Vij accused the grand-old party of coining the term Hindu terrorism and said that the term was used by the party for 'political mileage'. "A Hindu can never be a terrorist and the term was used by the grand old party for taking political mileage," Vij was quoted as saying by agencies. In reference to terror attacks in past, the Haryana minister said that "those belonging to Pakistan were let off and people from India were arrested and were labelled as Hindu terrorists." Adding further Vij said, "There cannot be a terminolgy as Hindu terrorism because a Hindu can only end te...
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IAF probe reveals security lapses: Pathankot air base ex-commander resigns
NEW DELHI, Jun 20 (Agencies): Air Commodore J S Dhamoon, who was the commander of the frontline Pathankot airbase when it was stormed by Jaish-e-Muhammed terrorists in January last year, has resigned after an IAF inquiry allegedly indicted him and others for failure of command and control as well as several security lapses during the attack. The government had asked a reluctant IAF to conduct a proper court of inquiry (COI) into the January 2 terror attack, during which the security forces had taken almost three days to kill the four heavily-armed terrorists while losing seven of their own personnel, to pinpoint lapses by different officers in the forward airbase near the border with Pakistan. The National Investigation Agency, of course, conducted the overall probe into the terror at...
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Numbers in Kovind’s favour May get more votes than Pranab
NEW DELHI, Jun 20(Agencies): The electoral college numbers seem to be stacked in favour of NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind and he may well end up getting more votes than incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee and his predecessor Pratibha Patil. With Shiv Sena tonight joining other NDA allies in backing Kovind and Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal(BJD), the YSR Congress and Telangana’s ruling TRS too extending support, the 71-year-old dalit leader is expected to have a smooth sailing in the event of an election. The BJP may also seek the support of rival factions of AIADMK or DMK-–parties dominating Tamil Nadu. The opposition parties are meeting on June 22 to decide on fielding a consensus candidate for the presidential election. In the meanwhile, NDA presidential candidate h...
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Ex-HC judge Karnan held from Coimbatore
KOLKATA, Jun 20 (Agencies): Former Calcutta High Court judge C S Karnan was today arrested by the West Bengal CID from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. The CID acted on a Supreme Court order sentencing Karnan to six months jail. “We have arrested former high court judge Karnan from south India,” a senior officer of the CID told news agencies. The apex court had sentenced Karnan to six months jail for contempt of court on May 9, when he was a serving judge of the Calcutta High Court. Karnan retired from service on June 12. He became the first high court judge to have retired as a fugitive. ...
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Cracks in Opposition over BJP's choice for president? After Nitish, Mulayam praises Ram Nath Kovind
LUCKNOW, June 20 (Agencies): In yet another indication of growing fissures in the opposition ranks over BJP's choice for the country's highest constitutional post, Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav has now heaped praise on BJP's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind. Talking to reporters, the veteran Socialist leader said, ''BJP has given a good candidate.'' Talking about his good equation with the BJP presidential pick, Mulayam said, ''I have very old relations with him.'' The SP patron also expressed confidence that the ruling BJP will not face much difficulty in sending Kovind to the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Ram Nath Kovind quits as Bihar Governor BJP has majority, if 1% or say 5% votes are required then BJP can manage it, he said. When asked about what will be the Oppositio...
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Electoral College numbers seem to be in Ram Nath Kovind's favour
NEW DELHI, June 20 (Agencies): The numbers seem to be in favour of Ram Nath Kovind, the NDA nominee for the post of the President of India. With the BJD, a faction of the AIADMK, the YSR Congress and the TRS extending support, the prospects of sending Kovind to the Rashtrapati Bhavan have brightened. The total strength of the electoral college which votes to elect the President comprises all elected MPs and members of legislative assemblies of all states and UTs of Delhi and Puducherry. The total comes to 10,98,903 votes with each MP carrying a vote value of 708. The vote weight of an MLA depends on the population of the state he or she represents. A candidate needs 50 per cent plus votes to win the poll. Halfway mark comes at 5,49,452. The NDA, led by the BJP, has 5,37,683 votes and...
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15 arrested in MP for shouting pro-Pak slogans after India's Champions Trophy loss, charged with sedition
BHOPAL, June 20 (Agencies): The Madhya Pradesh Police have arrested at least 15 people who were shouting pro-Pakistan slogans after India's crushing defeat in the Champions Trophy finals. According to ANI, 15 Muslims were arrested and slapped with sedition charges for allegedly celebrating Pakistan’s victory against India in the finals of the Champions Trophy in the state’s Burhanpur district. MP: 15 arrested in Burhanpur for raising Pro-Pak slogans & bursting crackers after Pakistan's win in final match against India on 18th June. These people were arrested on Monday evening on charges of shouting slogans in favour of Pakistan and bursting crackers, according to police. The incident occurred in Mohad, nearly 24 kms from the Burhanpur district headquarter. The police action came foll...
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UP's snoozing cops! Policemen caught sleeping in PCR van hours after Greater Noida gang-rape
LUCKNOW, June 20 (Agencies): While the three accused in the Greater Noida gang-rape continue to be on the run, the Uttar Pradesh Police surprised us again after two officials were caught taking a nap while on duty in their PCR van. On Tuesday morning, locals found a 35-year-old woman was found lying near Yatharth building in Kasna, Greater Noida? and alerted the police. After the primary information, the woman, a resident of Bharatpur in Rajasthan, told police that she was in Sohna to meet a relative. At around 8-8:30 pm yesterday, three men, driving a Swift car, dragged her inside and raped her on the roads of Sohna. A complaint was registered and a probe was launched into the incident. However, no FIR has been lodged yet. The UP Police has been under fire over the deteriorating law...
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No scope for consensus on BJP's Prez nominee: Cong
NEW DELHI, June 19 (Agencies): The Congress today spurned the BJP's appeal for consensus on its choice for president and said the opposition would take a call on contesting the election after a meeting on June 22. The BJP had taken a "unilateral decision", Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said soon after the announcement of Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA's candidate for president. "Congress does not want to comment on this issue as we want to take a unanimous decision with all other opposition parties in the presidential elections. The final call will be taken in a meeting of all opposition parties on June 22," Azad told reporters here. Terming the BJP's efforts to reach out to the opposition through its senior leaders as a "formality and a PR exercise", Azad said the ruling...
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