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Naidu discharged from AIIMS after undergoing angioplasty
NEW DELHI, Oct 21 (Agencies): Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, who underwent angioplasty at the AIIMS hospital here, was discharged today. Naidu, 68, had undergone an angiography yesterday which showed a significant blockage in one of the main arteries and to treat the condition a stent was placed, a senior doctor said. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) authorities said that all his parameters are normal. Naidu has been advised complete rest for three days and not have any visitors during this period. Naidu had visited the AIIMS for a complete body checkup after becoming the vice president in August. Some tests had pointed to problems related to the heart following which the procedure was performed. The procedure was done under the supervision of Professor Dr Balram Bhar...
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Gujarat polls: Cong invites Hardik Alpesh, Jignesh to join hands
Ahmedabad, Oct 21(Agencies): Hoping to garner support of various communities in Gujarat polls, the state Congress today invited Patidar quota stir spearhead Hardik Patel, Thakor community leader Alpesh Thakor and dalit leader Jignesh Mevani to join hands with the party to defeat the ruling BJP. Apart from these leaders, the Congress also hinted at forging a pre-poll alliance with Sharad Pawar-led NCP and bringing on board Chhotu Vasava, the lone JD(U) MLA from the state. Addressing a press conference here today, state Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki expressed confidence that the party would easily win over 125 seats, out of total 182, with the "support and blessings" of all these leaders and parties. "Though the BJP is trying its best to win the polls, it will not succeed in stopping...
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Thane: MNS activists drive away illegal hawkers from rail bridge
THANE, Oct 21(Agencies): A group of activists claiming to be affiliated to the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena or MNS drove away more than two dozen illegal hawkers from a railway bridge in Thane on Saturday. Around 25 activists descended on the Satis bridge this morning and evicted the hawkers, numbering about two dozens, who were selling their wares there. The incident was caught on camera. When contacted, police said they have not yet received any complaint about the incident. The activists were lead by Avinash Jadhav, president of the MNS Thane city unit, and the party's local youth wing chief Sandeep Panchange. Panchange said they had given an ultimatum to the hawkers 15 days ago to clear the area. "They did not leave the area so we acted against them. this morning," he said....
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Delhi Metro Blue Line: Passengers fume as technical snag halts train services
NEW DELHI, Oct 21(Agencies): Trains on Delhi Metro's blue line (from Dwarka Sector 21 to Noida City Centre - Sector 32) were running late by at least 30 minutes on Saturday morning following a technical snag. The metro services were disrupted at Rajiv Chowk Metro station due to the technical glitch. According to emerging reports, disruption may continue on the Delhi metro's blue for few more minutes. There's no official confirmation for the same Several commuters, struck on at stations, took to twitter to vent their anger: 15 Afghan army trainees killed in Kabul suicide attack Kabul, Oct 21(Agencies): A suicide bomber killed 15 Afghan army trainees as they were leaving their base in Kabul on Saturday, the defence ministry said, in the latest deadly attack in the capital. "This afte...
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Mumbai: Man thrashes 16-year-old girl for asking him not to make noise - Video
Mumbai, Oct 21(Agencies): A 16-year-old girl was left with a fractured nose after a man allegedly hit her repeatedly for asking him and his friends not to argue among themselves loudly in Kurla-Nehrunagar here, while the locals remained mute spectators, police said on Saturday. The incident, which took place on Tuesday, was captured by a CCTV camera. The video, purportedly showing Imran Shahid Shaikh, who was known to the girls, attacking her, has gone viral on social and mainstream media. The accused was arrested on the day of the incident, but was later granted bail by a local court, the police said. According to a police official, the incident took place on October 17 near SRA Building in Shramjeevi Nagar at 7 pm when the girl was going to her class with a friend at Adarsh Nagar in ...
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Fatwa issued after Muslim women perform aarti on Diwali in Varanasi
New Delhi, Oct 21(Agencies): The influential Islamic seminary, Darul Uloom Deoband issued a new 'fatwa' (edict) where prohibiting Muslim men and women from worshipping any other God than Allah. "If anyone worships any god except Allah, they don't remain Muslim," said Darul Uloom, apparently referring to Muslim women who performed aarti on Diwali in Varanasi. The fatwa was issued on Saturday. The development came days after the Islamic seminary asked Muslims to not post their pictures on any social media platform like WhatsApp, Facebook while terming it 'un-Islamic'. Justifying the move, Shahnawaz Qadri, Darul Uloom Deoband, said, ''Unnecessary uploading of pictures on social media is wrong. Fatwa of Darul Uloom Deoband is appropriate.'' The seminary issued the fatwa days after a p...
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Rahul planning to sweep polls in Russia, Kazakhstan: Smriti after Twitter bot report
New Delhi, Oct 21(Agencies): Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday took a dig at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi over the rise in the number of people retweeting his messages and sought to link this with twitter accounts in Russia, Indonesia and Kazakhstan. However, Congress rejected the allegation as "factually wrong". "Perhaps @OfficeOfRG planning to sweep polls in Russia, Indonesia & Kazakhstan?" Irani said in a tweet. Irani attached with her tweet a news report, "Bots behind rise in Rahul Gandhi`s twitter popularity?", which said that a glance at the twitter handles retweeting Gandhi`s tweets does throw up some questions. A Twitterbot is a type of bot software that controls a Twitter account via the Twitter API (Application Programming Interface). T...
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Congress was insecure when I had offered to help landslide victims: Modi in Kedarnath
Dehradun, Oct 20(Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday arrived at Uttarakhand's Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand where he offered prayers to Lord Shiva to whom the Kedarnath shrine is dedicated. After the prayers, Modi inaugurated the new Kedarpuri township and announced several welfare schemes. "I am happy to be in Kedarnath, a day after Diwali. Today, Gujaratis are celebrating the start of a New Year. I convey my greetings to everyone around the world who mark the start of Nutan Varsh," PM said in Kedarnath. "Jan Seva is Prabhu Seva. Service to 125 cr citizens of the country true service of Baba Kedar. From this holy land of Kedarnath, I seek the blessings of Bhole Baba and pledge to devote myself fully to realising the dream of a developed India by the time we mark 75 yea...
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Solicitor General
Ranjit Kumar resigns citing 'personal reasons'
NEW DELHI, Oct 20(Agencies): Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar has submitted his resignation on Friday. This development was confirmed by Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. Kumar has resigned over "personal reasons". Kumar`s resignation comes months after Mukul Rohatgi resigned from the post of Attorney General of India. Kumar was appointed as the Solicitor General of India in June 2014. He had replaced senior advocate Mohan Parasaran. Before taking over as Solicitor General, Kumar served as counsel for the Gujarat government as well as amicus curiae in several cases in the Supreme Court....
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Six injured as bridge collapses in Himachal Pradesh
Chambam, Oct 20(Agencies): At least six people were injured after a concrete bridge, linking Chamba town in Himachal Pradesh with Pathankot in Punjab, collapsed on Thursday due to sheer negligence. The injured have been taken to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and immediate treatment has been given to them. District Collector, Sudesh Kumar Mokhta with other officials reached the spot and took charge of the situation. "The collapse of the bridge is because of a default in the construction map or the poor use of material in the construction. We have ordered an inquiry and action will be taken," he said. The moment when the incident occurred, a car, a mini truck and a motorcycle was passing the bridge. Consequently, when the bridge collapsed, the motorcycle fell into the river, ...
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Mega India-Russia military drill keeps China on tenterhooks
New Delhi, Oct 20(Agencies): India and Russia will begin a mega 10-day military drill dubbed 'Indra 2017' in Vladivostok from Saturday, and China is keeping a close watch at the developments. A report in the Chinese state-run Global Times states that drill is a way for India to reassure Russia that it remains committed to close defence co-operation despite 'moving closer to USA and Japan.' The drill will see the participation of Army, Air Force and Navy for the first time and over 400 Indian personnel will participate. Naval frigate INS Satpura and INS Kadmatt have already reached the port at Vladivostok. Russia will be represented by over 1000 troops - apart from ships from the Pacific fleet and aircrafts. The Indian Air Force may share the Russian fighter jets. The objective of the ex...
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Africa's lions, wild dogs to get more protection
New Delhi, Oct 20(Agencies): Africa's lions, wild dogs, leopards and cheetahs are all set to get increased protection with two UN-related wildlife bodies proposing a new initiative at a global summit in October to halt their serious decline, it was announced on Thursday. The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) will submit their action plans to the CMS COP12 wildlife summit in Manila from October 23-28. Summit organisers say proposals for inclusion of the lion and leopard on CMS Appendix II will also be discussed at the meeting. that will see over 120 countries for the 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals o...
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PM Narendra Modi hails move to term toilets in UP as 'izzat ghar'
New Delhi, Oct 17(Agencies): In yet another push to the BJP government's 'Clean India' campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed the construction of toilets ('izzat ghar') in Uttar Pradesh, which, he hoped, will prevent the dignity of Indian women. PM Narendra Modi referred to 'izzat ghar' – a term coined by the UP government, which links women's pride with the construction of toilets - during a speech he delivered while inaugurating the first ever All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) here. 'I was happy to know that the newly constructed toilets in UP have 'izzat ghar' written on them and not' shauchalay,''' PM said. "When I was laying the foundation stone for toilets at a village in UP, I saw 'izzat ghar' written on them. I was happy to see the name. I congratulate t...
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Nirmala Sitharaman to spend Diwali with soldiers in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
New Delhi, Oct 17(Agencies): Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will spend Diwali with soldiers in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, an official statement said on Tuesday. The two-day visit, starting on Wednesday, will be her maiden visit to the Andaman and Nicobar Command as Defence Minister. The statement said she will celebrate Diwali with troops and interact with their families and will also visit the operational area of the Command and Air Force Station Car Nicobar. The Minister will also lay wreaths at the Swatantra Jyoti in Cellular Jail, where several freedom fighters were held during the British rule, and the Tsunami Memorial at Car Nicobar....
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Calcutta High Court puts a stay on removal of central forces from Darjeeling
Kolkata, Oct 17(Agencies): The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday put a stay on the removal of central forces from Darjeeling. The decision was taken after the West Bengal had moved court seeking a stay on the same. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had even written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh claiming that the withdrawal of forces was "politically and administratively a bad decision." The MHA had on Sunday reportedly ordered the withdrawal of 10 of the 15 Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) companies deployed in the hills so that they could be used for duty in other places for the festival season. State BJP chief Dilip Ghosh had earlier said that during his visit to the hills, he had seen CRPF personnel being used to give protection to IPS off...
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Taj Mahal a symbol of love not worship, Mughal rulers were aiyaash: Shia Waqf Board chairman
Lucknow, Oct 17(Agencies): Amid the Taj Mahal controversy, Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi on Tuesday accused the majority of the Mughal rulers of being aiyaash. Expressing his views on the ongoing controversy, Rizvi said, “Taj Mahal can be symbol of love but not of worship,” adding that besides a couple of Mughal emperors, majority was habitual of living a 'flamboyant lifetsyle'. Commenting on UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath's move to build a 100-metre statue of Lord Ram, the Shia Waqf Board chairman said, “No one opposed when Mayawati built her own statues, so why an issue is being created over Ram statue.” Earlier on Monday, BJP MLA Sangeet Som stirred a huge controversy as he questioned the 17th century architectural marvel's place in India's heritage and said...
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Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan
Gandhis hate Gujaratis, BJP has served Nehru's vision better: Modi
GUJARAT, Oct 16 (Agencies): Sounding the poll bugle for Gujarat assembly election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday dared the Congress to contest it on the development plank. Mounting a fierce attack on the Congress, Modi told a BJP rally that the Nehru-Gandhi family dislikes Gujarat and Gujaratis. He said the opposition party's current condition was because it has lost ability to think positive. "It is being driven by negative thinking," he said. The prime minister was addressing a massive rally organised by the state BJP to celebrate the conclusion of the saffron party's 'Gujarat Gaurav Yatra' (march for Gujarat's honour). Here is the highlight of his speech: * I thank Amit Shah for his performance and work. Nobody thought the BJP will win the UP elections. The party proved a...
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‘Will PM now stop hoisting flag from Red Fort?'
Asks Owaisi on Taj Mahal controversy
NEW DELHI, Oct 16 (Agencies): As ancient Mughal architecture again faces BJP minister's ire, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asasuddin Owaisi on Monday said Taj Mahal is a "part and parcel" of India and the entire controversy over historical monument has exposed the "real face" of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP). Shifting focus on other works of midieval architectures-- like Red Fort-- by Shahjahan, Owaisi asked "Will Prime Minister Modi stop hoisting flag from the Red Fort?," reported Times Now. BJP's leader Sangeet Som on Sunday stoked a controversy by saying that the Taj Mahal, also built by Shahjahan, is a blot on the Indian culture. Shahjahan was the third son of Emperor Jahangir and Rajput princess from Marwar Manmati. While addressing a gathering, Som s...
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Dalits, Muslims need to join hands to stop BJP from destroying our constitution: Ambedkar’s grandson
NEW DELHI, Oct 16 (Agencies): B R Ambedkar's grandson Prakash Ambedkar on Sunday appealed to the Muslims and the Dalits to unite to defeat the ruling BJP party. According to an Indian Express report, Ambedkar said BJP and RSS are trying to destroy the 'Constitution of India' and to stop them from doing anything against the country and its laws the Muslims and Dalits need to join their hands together. “By 2022, they (BJP) plan to win majority in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and then they will launch ‘New India’ sans the present Constitution,” the newspaper quoted Ambedkar,former MP, while he was addressing a public meeting Bandharan Bachao (Save the Constitution). In the public meet, former MP Prakash Ambedkar went on to say that the RSS-BJP combine has made Gujarat a place like a laborat...
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Pranab regrets meeting Ramdev to dissuade him from going on protest
NEW DELHI, Oct 16 (Agencies): Former President Pranab Mukherjee has finally, after six years, accepted that meeting Baba Ramdev ahead of his June 2011 protest launch in Delhi was a "misjudgement" on his part and that he "should never have done it." While talking to the Indian Express on Saturday, Mukherjee said that Congress leader Kapil Sibal and his meeting with the yoga guru at the airport, to dissuade him from sitting on the hunger strike, was a "mistake". "I should not have done it. I told them, and I have no hesitation to tell it right now, that sometimes we make mistakes," he said. While responding to a pertinent question, the former President indicated that the meeting was a desperate attempt at avoiding further troubles for the UPA government."I thought that we are already havi...
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Gujarat elections
'Modi will make it rain rhetoric again': Rahul
NEW DELHI, Oct 16 (Agencies): Accusing PM Narendra Modi of not fulfilling promises already made, Rahul Gandhi on Monday tweeted the former Gujarat chief minister will make it rain rhetoric once again ahead of elections in the state. In a tongue-in-cheek tweet, the Congress vice-president took a dig at PM Modi and indicated that the BJP governement will only offer hollow promises ahead of polling. "Weather report: Ahead of elections, Gujarat will today have rain of rhetoric," he said on Twitter, using the phrase "jumlon ki baarish" in his Hindi tweet. Rahul Gandhi has been attacking the BJP government - both in the state and at the Center - repeatedly on development issues. Last week, he took on PM Modi in a series of sarcastic tweets and said he would promise people of Gujarat a home on...
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Missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed's mother
30 others detained during protest outside Delhi HC
NEW DELHI, Oct 16 (Agencies): Missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed's mother and over 30 others, mostly students, were detained today by the Delhi Police while protesting outside the high court, as the CBI faced flak from the judges inside for "complete lack of interest" in tracing him. Najeeb's mother Fatima Nafees and JNU students were protesting outside the high court and they were detained when they tried to enter its premises, police sources said. "Nearly 35 people including Najeeb's mother have been detained," Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) BK Singh said. He said the detainees, mostly students, were taken to the Barakhamba Road Police Station. JNU students also alleged that the police "manhandled" Nafees in the name of detaining her and others. "Delhi Police officers told...
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China understood strength of India, all issues with Beijing resolved: Rajnath
NEW DELHI, Oct 15 (Agencies): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that India's disputes with neighbouring China have been resolved and that they have understood our power. "India is no longer the same. It has become very powerful. In recent times, China has understood the strength of India and our dispute with Beijing has also been resolved," he said. Rajnath, who is on his two-day visit to Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow, was addressing a press conference when he made these remarks. In a scathing attack on Pakistan, the union minister said that Pakistan has been trying to cross its terrorists across the border but faces defeat in the hand of Indian armed forces every time. "Pakistan tries to send its terrorists to our side. We have succeeded in finishing off 5-10 of them every...
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NGT asks Modi & Yogi govts
What steps taken to clean Ganga?
NEW DELHI, Oct 15 (Agencies): The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Centre, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand governments to file affidavits stating what steps they have taken to comply with its directions to clean the Ganga in the stretch between Gomukh and Unnao. The green panel, in a detailed judgement, had passed a slew of directions to rejuvenate Ganga, declaring as 'No Development Zone' an area of 100 metres from the edge of the river between Haridwar and Unnao and prohibiting dumping of waste within 500 metres from the river. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also asked all the stakeholders to state what course of action they propose to take in relation to Phase-2 from Kanpur to the UP border. "We make it clear that in the event now the complianc...
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Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll results 2017
Big win for Cong, BJP dissappointed
Gurdaspur, Oct 15 (Agencies): Punjab's ruling Congress party candidate Sunil Jakhar on Sunday emerged victorious in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by-election by defeating his BJP rival Swaran Salaria by over 1 lakh votes after several rounds of counting. According to agencies, Sunil Jakhar won by a margin of over 1.93 lakh votes. Jakhar's emphatic victory is a major reflection on the six-month-old Congress government’s popularity in the state. It has also dealt a severe blow to the BJP which was hoping to expand its influence in the region. Reacting to the development, Jakhar said, ''People of Gurdaspur have sent a strong message of their resentment to policies pursued by Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre.'' His Congress colleague Navjot Sidhu said, ''This is a beautiful Diwali gif...
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