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Time for decisive action, not for rhetoric: Cong
NEW DELHI, Apr 27 (Agencies): The Congress today expressed concern over the repeated terror attacks in the country after militants targeted an army camp in Kupwara, and said they must be met with decisive action and not rhetoric. Congress President Sonia Gandhi termed Pakistan-sponsored terror as cancer. “The entire country is certainly worried about the repeated terrorist attacks happening in the country,” she said. Gandhi conveyed her condolences at the death of the three security personnel, including an officer, in the Kupwara attack and stressed that the Congress and every Indian is standing with the families of the martyrs. Speaking in the same vein, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said that the repeated terrorist attacks on army camps are extremely worrying. “Must be met wi...
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EC seeks 74000 paramilitary personnel for Anantnag LS by-poll
NEW DELHI, Apr 27: The Election Commission (EC) has sought an unprecedented 74,000 paramilitary personnel from the Centre for deployment during the by-poll to the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency on May 25. The EC has conveyed to the Home Ministry that 740 companies of paramilitary forces should be put at its disposal by May 12, official sources said. A company comprises around 100 paramilitary personnel....
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Father of slain Captain demands strong action from govt
NEW DELHI, Apr 27(Agencies): The father of an army captain, who was slain in today’s terror attack in Kashmir, has demanded strong action from the government, saying such deaths would continue in the absence of a firm policy. “How long will we see our children being killed like this,” asked Arun Kant Yadav, whose son Ayush Yadav was killed when three heavily-armed terrorists stormed an army camp in Kupwara district. Yadav also vented his ire at human rights activists, saying they did not speak out in such cases. “When our soldiers retaliate, human rights’ activists complain. This is nothing for them. You tie a person to a jeep and there is outrage, inquiry and actions. If we do not avoid this (outrage), how is this going to work?” he asked. Earlier a pall of gloom descended in the Ch...
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Delhi HC pulls up petitioner over food quality in BSF
NEW DELHI, Apr 26 (Agencies): The Delhi High Court today pulled up a man over a PIL alleging poor quality of food being served along the LoC as claimed by a BSF jawan on social media. A bench of acting Chief Justice Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhothra asked the petitioner, who claims to have worked with one of the paramilitary forces, whether he had ever raised such complaints when he was serving in the force. "Show us your (petitioner) complaint. Please see if you are serving national interest, public interest or your own interest," asked the bench. The observation came as advocate Abhishek Kumar Choudhary, appearing for petitioner Puran Chand Arya, raised the issue of dismissal of BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav. The bench said such "broad statement" should not be made in publ...
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12 out of 13 doctors treating world's heaviest woman Eman Ahmed quit
New Delhi, Apr 26 (Agencies): In protest to the claim made by the sister of Eman Ahmed, 12 out of 13 doctors treating the Egyptian woman, thought to have been the heaviest woman in the world, say reports on Wednesday. The resignation came amid allegations made by Shaimaa Salim, who claimed that doctors were lying about Eman's weight loss and not giving factual updates on her health and recovery. Rebutting Shaimaa's claim, Dr Aparna Govil Bhasker, one of the docotrs who resigned from the team, posted some photos and a video of Eman on her Facebook post. “I had thought that Eman's case would go down in annals of medicine as one of the biggest medical challenges ever overcome. I feel extremely saddened today that though the challenges have been overcome, it has created history but of a ...
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MCD results: Is Arvind Kejriwal suffering from Ostrich Syndrome?
NEW DELHI, Apr 26 (Agencies): The MCD election results 2017 are out. And it's a favour of the BJP. The victory is massive and spectacular given the fact that the BJP beat a 10-year anti-incumbency to emerge as the winner. However, the biggest takeaway from MCD election results is the loss of face for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. From having won 67 of the 70 assembly seats in Delhi in 2015 to being reduced to a poor second position in the municipal polls, the results clearly indicates that the people of the city-state have lost faith in his leadership and the brand of politics he pursues. The Aam Aadmi Party's poor show in the recently concluded assembly polls in Punjab and Goa should have acted as a sounding bell on the mood of the nation but Arvind Kejriwal chose to ignore the warni...
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Grateful to people of Delhi for reposing faith in BJP
New Delhi, Apr 26 (Agencies):: With Bharatiya Janata Party heading for an impressive victory in MCD elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said he was grateful to the people of Delhi for reposing faith in this party. The PM lauded laud the hardwork of Delhi BJP unit team led by Manoj Tiwari for making the resounding Delhi civic poll win possible. "Grateful to the people of Delhi for the faith in BJP. I laud the hardwork of team @BJP4Delhi which made the resounding MCD win possible,'' PM Modi tweeted. Riding on a Modi wave, the BJP was headed for a clean sweep of the Delhi civic polls and was set to retain the three municipal corporations, East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, South Delhi Municipal Corporation for the third term in a row. Ea...
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Harbhajan Singh accuses Jet Airways pilot of racism; airline apologises, orders probe
New Delhi, Apr 26 (Agencies):: Veteran Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh on Wednesday hit out at a Jet Airways pilot for misbehaving with his friend and with his fellow passengers. Bernd Hoesslin, a pilot with Jet Airways is said to have racially, physically abused the passengers. Harbhajan, who is currently playing for Mumbai Indians in tenth edition of Indian Premier League, took to Twitter to narrate the incident through a series of tweets."So called this Bernd Hoesslin a pilot with @jetairways called my fellow indian(u bloody indian get out of my flight)while he is earning here," Bhajji tweeted. Harbhajan also tweeted about the incident to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to take prompt action....
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Bill Gates lauds Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat mission
New Delhi, Apr 26 (Agencies): Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan' (Clean India Mission). On the on his blog, Gates wrote, “Nearly three years ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made one of the boldest comments on public health that I have ever heard from an elected official. It's still having a big impact today.” “I can’t think of another time when a national leader has broached such a sensitive topic so frankly and so publicly. Even better, Modi backed up his words with actions. Two months after that speech, he launched a campaign called Clean India (“Swachh Bharat” in Hindi), which now includes ending open defecation nationwide by 2019, installing 75 million toilets th...
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Anna Hazare slams Arvind Kejriwal
Ralegan Siddhi, Apr 26 (Agencies): Social activist and Arvind Kejriwal's one-time mentor Anna Hazare on Wednesday blamed the Delhi Chief Minister for Aam Aadmi Party's defeat in MCD Elections 2017. Giving his opinion on AAP's loss in Delhi civic polls, Hazare said, AAP faced the drubbing as there is a difference in what Kejriwal says and what he does. The former India Against Corruption member said he was saddened by AAP's loss, but also asserted that people are losing faith in Kejriwal. After suffering defeat one shouldn't put a question mark on EVMs, Hazare said on AAP's allegations of alleged widespread tampering of EVMs in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Riding on a Modi wave, the BJP was on Wednesday headed for a clean sweep of the Delhi civic polls and was set to retain...
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BJP retains Delhi's MCD with stupendous victory; AAP finishes second, Congress third
New Delhi, Apr 26 (Agencies): The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday won the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls and retained the three municipal corporations for the third term in a row, as predicted in exit polls. Unable to accept its defeat, the AAP has alleged widespread tampering of EVMs in favour of the BJP. The AAP's rout comes more than two years after the Delhi Assembly Elections when the fledgling political outfit humiliated the BJP winning 67 of the 70 Delhi Assembly polls when it got a huge 54 percent of the votes. The BJP won three seats that year but registered 33 percent of the vote share. The MCD poll win is the latest in a series of BJP election victories credited largely to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken, meanwhile, took mora...
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If Pak executes Kulbhushan, India should recognise Balochistan as separate country: Swamy
Vadodara, Apr 23 (Agencies): India should recognise Balochistan as a separate country if Pakistan went ahead with the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said today. "Pakistan should be taught a lesson by recognising Balochistan if it executes Jadhav. Not only that, Pakistan should be divided into Balochistan, Pakhtunistan and Sindh to teach it a lesson for encouraging cross-border terrorism," he said. Swamy was delivering a lecture on 'India and International Terrorism', organised by Bharat Vikas Parishad, an NGO, at the Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad Nagargruh in Akota locality here. "Merely declaring Pakistan as a state sponsoring terrorism will not serve any purpose. Only the disintegration of Pakistan will help tackle the issue of cross-border terrorism...
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MCD Elections: 46 % polling till 4 PM
NEW DELHI, Apr 23 (Agencies): Around 46 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise till 4 PM today in elections to all the three municipal corporations, with north Delhi leading the tally. According to the State Election Commission, over 59.12 lakh votes have been polled since the morning. "Around 22.2 lakh people have cast their vote in areas under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation," the SEC said. "Around 46 per cent of the total votes have been polled. In South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) areas 22 lakh votes have been polled, while in East Delhi, the figure stands at 14.8 lakhs," a senior official of the Commission said. The elections to two wards have been postponed due to death of candidates, so voting is being held in only 270 wards. Meanwhile, annoyed over ...
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Install biometric attendance system in all offices upto Block level: Yogi
LUCKNOW, Apr 23 (Agencies): To ensure all government employees reach work on time, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has instructed that a biometric attendance system be put in place in offices upto the block level. Adityanath's instructions came during a meeting with officials of the rural development department late on Saturday night. "Efforts should be made to ensure that a biometric system of attendance is installed upto the block level. Apart from this, a board be put up at every village panchayat, which will have information about contact details of the village pradhan and details of the ongoing works," Adityanath said as per an official statement. The chief minister said that the targets of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana should be achieved. All the works pertaining t...
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Exit Polls predict sweep for BJP, setback for AAP
NEW DELHI, Apr 23 (Agencies): The BJP could be headed for a landslide victory in the Delhi municipal polls with two exit polls predicting the party finishing way ahead of the AAP and the Congress with over 200 of the 270 wards where polling was held today. Going by the projected figures, the AAP could well be staring at a rout on its home turf, barely two years into its rise to power bagging a staggering 67 of the 70 Assembly seats, while the Congress' attempt to regain ground may come a cropper. According to the India Today-Axis exit poll, the BJP may bag anything between 202 and 220 seats, while the AAP and the Congress will score something around 23-35 and 19-31 respectively. The CVoter-ABP exit poll claimed the BJP was likely to sweep Delhi with 218 seats, limiting the AAP and the ...
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2 bogies of Saharsa-Patna Rajya Rani Express train derail in Bihar's Saharsa
Saharsa (Bihar), Apr 23 (Agencies): Two bogies of Saharsa-Patna Rajya Rani Express today derailed at the railway station here, disrupting the rail traffic on Saharsa-Mansi and Saharsa-Madhepura sections for three hours. "The Patna-bound train was arriving at the main platform from yard when two of its 19 bogies derailed due to technical problem," Saharsa station superintendent Navinchadra Yadav said. "The derailment caused traffic disruption for three hours on Saharsa-Mansi and Saharsa-Madhepura sections of East Central Railway (ECR)," he said. The train later left for Patna at 9.30 AM, Yadav said. No casualty or injury was reported as there were no occupants in the two coaches, the officer said, adding the traffic on both the sections has been restored....
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Why can't a woman live in peace in this country, asks SC over growing crimes against women
NEW DELHI, Apr 23 (Agencies): Why can't women live in peace in this country, a Supreme Court bench, apparently exasperated over growing crimes against women, has observed. The observation came when a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra was hearing an appeal filed by a man who was sentenced to seven years in jail by the Himachal Pradesh High Court for allegedly teasing and compelling a 16-year-old girl to take the extreme step of committing suicide. "Why can't women live in peace in this country," the apex court said while reserving its verdict on the appeal. Maintaining that no one can force a woman to love someone as she has her own independent choice, the bench, which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar, said "a woman has a choice to love or not to love a pe...
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Ayodhya: I, not LK Advani, incited mob to raze Babri mosque: Ram Vilas Vedanti
Faizabad, Apr 21 (Agencies): Two days after the Supreme Court ordered senior BJP leader LK Advani to face trial on conspiracy charges in connection with the Babri Mosque demolition case, former BJP MP Ram Vilas Vedanti said on Friday that it was he who provoked a frenzied mob to raze the disputed structure in 1992. "He had no role in this incident," Vedanti told the media, referring to LK Advani, one of the senior most leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "I brought it down and ensured that it went down," Vedanti added. Interestingly, Vedanti is one of the 13 people accused by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of conspiring to bring down the 16th century mosque at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992. The reactions from Vedanti came two days after the Supreme Court dire...
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Foreign models visiting Taj Mahal asked to remove saffron scarves, Hindu outfits protest
AGRA, Apr 21 (Agencies): Taj Mahal – the world famous iconic monument of love – is at the centre of a fresh controversy, and this time, a fight has erupted between the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and right-wing outfits. A Times of India report said on Friday that a controversy erupted after CISF officials barred the contestants from several countries participating in a super model contest from visiting the 'Taj Mahal' wearing scarves bearing Hindu religious symbols and words like 'Jai Shri Ram'. Right-wing organisations including Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) said that the religious sentiments of Hindus were hurt with the incident. Members of HJM had on Thursday protested outside the office of the Archaeological Survey of India office at Ma...
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Muslims Kar Sevaks arrive in Ayodhya with bricks for construction of Ram Temple
AYODHYA, Apr 21 (Agencies): Amid heightened expectations that there will be an amicable solution to the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, a group of Muslims under the banner of Muslim Kar Sevak Manch (MKM) arrived in Ayodhya on Thursday evening with a truck full of bricks for the construction of a Ram temple. People of Ayodhya were left amused when they saw the members of the group going around the town chanting 'Jai Shri Ram'. Azam Khan, president of Sri Ram Mandir Nirman Muslim Kar Sevak Manch, said that they want to aid in the construction of a Ram temple. Members of the group said they had come from Lucknow, Basti and other nearby districts. After the police disallowed their plea to enter the area, on the grounds that the Ram Lalla temple was closed for the day, they tried to co...
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Arvinder explains why Modi's leadership is better than that of Rahul Gandhi
NEW DELHI, Apr 21 (Agencies): Newly-inducted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arvinder Singh Lovely on Friday came down heavily on the Congress leadership, especially Rahul Gandhi for the grand old party's poor performance across the country. Speaking exclusive to Zee Media, Lovely said the present Congress is not the same party, which it used to be, for which he devoted his 30 years. Heaping praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, the ex-Congress leader said it took just one hour for him to have a meet with Shah, whereas, he wasn't able to meet the Congress high command even after trying for two years. He also claimed that during closed door meetings, various Congress leaders applaud PM Modi. When asked as to what factors made him join the BJP – the par...
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Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah's 'useless fellow' comment against cop draws flak
Bengaluru, Apr 21 (Agencies): Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who retorted angrily at a senior police officer for failing to stop a protest march by BJP workers, drew sharp reactions from some political quarters on Friday. The incident took place on Thursday during a public function where the Mandya Superintendent of Police, CH Sudhir Kumar Reddy was also present. The chief minister publicly admonished the officer and called him a “useless fellow” after the protesters waved black flags and tried to block his cavalcade. The BJP workers were demanding loan waivers for the farmers. Criticising Siddaramaiah's brattish rebuke to the officer, BJP leader S Prakash said that the CM mistreated him when he was only doing his duty. "I believe it is for the ruler to digest it and get alon...
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Stop playing Dalai Lama card, you will pay dearly, Chinese media warns India
NEW DELHI, Apr 21 (Agencies): The war of words between India and China over the Dalai Lama's recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh continues with the latter now warning the former of 'serious consequences' if it continues to host the Tibetan spiritual leader. An article in the state-run Global Times claimed on Friday that New Delhi will 'pay dearly' for playing the Dalai Lama card in Arunachal Pradesh, over which Beijing claims sovereignty. The Global Times op-ed, titled 'India playing Dalai Lama card worsens territorial spats with China', which was published today, also blasted the Indian media for its reaction over China recently announcing 'standardised' names for six towns in Arunachal Pradesh. The Chinese move "unsurprisingly set the Indian media ablaze", the article, written by Ai Ju...
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Twitter goes crazy after Arvind issues 'dengue threat' to Delhiites; BJP says CM cursing his own voters
NEW DELHI, Apr 21 (Agencies): Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Tajinder Pal S Bagga on Friday took on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who stirred a controversy earlier in the day by suggesting that if a child contracts dengue in Delhi, his/her parents should be held responsible because they voted for the BJP in the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls. Kejriwal is facing the ire for making such statement for the voters of Delhi. Addressing the media, Friday, Kejriwal said: “Agar aapne BJP ko vote diya aur aapke bacche ko dengue ho jata hai, toh aap hi zimmedar honge, kyuki aapne dengue wali party, chikungunya wali party, maccharo wali party ko vote diya (If you (citizens) vote for the BJP and if your child contracts dengue, then you yourself will be responsible b...
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Sasikala's relative threatens to release Jayalalithaa's hospital clip
CHENNAI, Apr 21 (Agencies): Amid demands for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the death of then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, a nephew of Sasikala Natarajan has threatened to make public the clips of the former Tamil Nadu chief minister with her aunt in a Chennai hospital. Sasikala's nephew Jeyanandh Dhivakaran, in a Facebook post, said the clips will clear the kind of relationship Amma (Jayalalithaa) and Chinnamma (Sasikala) shared. The post was deleted quickly, reported NDTV. "Even after been coined as a murderer, Amma's pic was not revealed by Sasikala as her enemies should not see her clad in a green gown,” said the post on Facebook. It added: “We kept her as a mighty lion until her death and bid adieu. But OPS, just to garner votes, placed her in a coffin and p...
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