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'One-man show, two-men army': Shatrughan’s jibe at Modi, Amit Shah
NEW DELHI, Dec 13 (Agencies): Taking on his own BJP party, actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha on Wednesday asked the "one man show and two man army", referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, to return to Delhi from Gujarat if they have exhausted all their "tricks, tantrums, wrong statements and tall promises". "Humble appeal to our one man show and two man army (Modi and Shah). Please return "home" to Delhi, if we`ve exhausted all our tricks, tantrums, wrong statements and tall promises. Time to also bring back the ministers, ministries and government sitting in Gujarat and fighting amongst themselves to get credit," Sinha said in a tweet. "If we are victorious, we know you shall get full credit..but if we are not, then who will take the rap? There`s a...
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You should tell lies to win votes, Eshwarappa advises party workers
KARNATAKA, Dec 13 (Agencies): Former Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka K S Eshwarappa advised BJP party workers never to hesitate in lying to the voters in order to win political support in the state that is currently run by the Congress. In a video that has now gone viral, Eshwarappa is seen asking the party workers to tell people about the accomplishments of the BJP, but in case they do not know, "tell them some lies or something", reported The Indian Express. He further suggests them to "spin" the narrative based on the Prime Minister's 'machismo' to turn it in their party's favour. “You must say that Pakistan never dared attack India when Vajpayee was Prime Minister, but when Manmohan Singh became the PM Indian soldiers were attacked and killed by Pakistan’s army. You must say ...
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Rahul Gandhi and Bilawal Bhutto: Trial by fire for political scions in Indian subcontinent
NEW DELHI, Dec 13 (Agencies): Once upon a time, Kings reigned supreme, then they died and then their kingdoms passed over to their firstborns. It was the norm, a tradition, a given. Then came nation-states and with them - democracy. And nothing was the same ever again. Or was it? Politics the world over is considered murky and notorious but nowhere else in the whole world, perhaps, is it as entertaining as it is in the Indian sub-continent. Close to 2 billion living here are considered part of fully-functioning and thriving democracies. Periodically, they come out, vote, and choose who would rule. Correction. Govern. And yet, through all the decades of the post-colonial era - certain parties and political families have largely dominated - perhaps a throwback to the days of Kings and th...
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When British Airways made ex-SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya sleep on carpet
NEW DELHI, Dec 13 (Agencies): The emergency landing of a Mumbai-London British Airways flight in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, led to ordeal for all passengers. And among the passengers was former State Bank of India chief Arundhati Bhattacharya. According to reports, Bhattacharya was not just stranded for 19 hours, but had to even sleep throughout the night on a carpet on the floor of a waiting room. The reason for the emergency landing of the flight was smoke detected in the first class cabin of the British Airways flight. The flight, BA198, was rerouted to Baku 'squawking 7700'. That's aviation code for when the crew of a flight declares an emergency and requests immediate assistance from all air traffic control centres in the region. A trace of the flight path on flight-trackin...
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Ex-Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda found guilty in coal scam case
JHARKHAND, Dec13 (Agencies): A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Wednesday found former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda guilty in a coal block allocation scam case. Former coal secretary HC Gupta, former Jharkhand chief secretary Ashok Kumar Basu were also found guilty by the court. The argument on sentencing of the convicts will take place on Thursday. The case pertained to irregularities in allocation of Rajhara North coal block in Jharkhand to Kolkata-based Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL). Besides Koda, Gupta and the firm, the other accused in the case included ex-Jharkhand Chief Secretary A K Basu, two public servants -- Basant Kumar Bhattacharya and Bipin Bihari Singh, VISUL's Director Vaibhav Tulsyan, Koda's alleged close aide Vijay Joshi and charte...
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India, China agree to strengthen strategic communication at all levels to avoid repeat of Doklam row
NEW DELHI, Dec 13 (Agencies): The Ministry of External Affairs clarified on Wednesday that during the meeting between Sushma Swaraj and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on December 11, 2017, Doklam issue was raised and the challenge it had posed to the relationship was noted by both. "During EAM-Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meet in Delhi, Doklam issue was raised, both noted challenge it had posed to the relationship and expressed satisfaction that it was resolved with the disengagement of troops at face-off site through concerted diplomatic communications," the MEA said. The ministry added, "Chinese Foreign Minister conveyed that peaceful resolution of the Doklam issue reflects political maturity on both sides. While agreeing with this, EAM reiterated that maintenance of peace in bor...
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2001 Parliament attack anniversary
Kovind, Modi lead tributes for fallen heroes
NEW DELHI, Dec 13 (Agencies): President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid homage to those who had lost their lives in the 2001 Parliament House terrorist attack. President tweeted: “Gratefully remember those martyred while defending Parliament from terrorists on this day 16 years ago. Forces of hate and terror targeted what we cherish most — India's democracy and democratic values. They did not succeed. And we will never let them succeed.” Here's what PM had to say: “We pay homage to those who laid down their lives protecting the temple of our democracy on 13th December 2001. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten.” Several Union Ministers, including Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and several others paid tributes to the martyred. Former pri...
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ED summons Geelani
NEW DELHI, Dec 13 (Agencies): The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Hurriyat Conference (G) leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to appear before it on December 18 for adjudication proceedings related to a foreign exchange violation case involving USD 10,000 “illegally” possessed by him in 2002. The foreign currency was seized during an Income Tax raid at his residence in Srinagar’s Hyderpora area in 2002. The central probe agency, early this year, issued a notice under various sections of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) to the 87-year-old separatist leader based in Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir....
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Dalit woman rape and murder case
Kerala court convicts migrant labourer from Assam
KOCHI, Dec 12 (Agencies): A court here on Tuesday convicted a migrant labourer from Assam for rape and murder of a 30-year-old Dalit law student in Kerala last year. Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court judge N Anil Kumar, who passed the order, will now pronounce the quantum of punishment for the convict tomorrow. Muhammed Ameerul Islam – the migrant labourer from Asam - was found guilty under various sections of the IPC including 302 (murder), 376 (Rape) 376 (A) (causing death or causes the woman to be in a persistent vegetative state while committing rape). The accused, however, was not found guilty under 201 (causing the disappearance of evidence of offence) and various sections under SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) amendment Act 2015. The Court had on December 6 completed the heari...
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Javed Akhtar clarifies on equating Manmohan Singh with God
NEW DELHI, Dec 12 (Agencies): Noted poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar, who sparked a controversy by equating former prime minister Manmohan Singh with god, has now clarified on his remark. Taking to Twitter, the former Rajya Sabha MP said that he did not equate the two but merely questioned by God was not held accountable for the happenings around. Hitting out at his critics, Akhtar tweeted, “I wonder if people really misunderstand or choose to do so. Criticising the concept of an omnipotent God I had pointed out that we blame humans like our ex PM for bad administration but never the God while the whole world is in a chaos and mismanagement.” During his address at Jashn-e-Rekhta event in the national capital recently, Akhtar had sparked a row saying that the way the world in functioning d...
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JMM lawmaker holds 'kissing' contest, BJP demands his suspension
RANCHI, Dec 12 (Agencies): The ruling BJP on Tuesday demanded suspension of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) legislator Simon Marandi from the state assembly for organising a "kissing competition" of tribal people. Jharkhand BJP vice president, Hemlal Murmu alleged that JMM legislator Simon Marandi organised the event on the direction of the church and Christian missionaries. Murmu, who hails from Santhal Pargana region, said that there is no such tradition of `kissing` among the Santhal tribes. He said that events like these are a "blot" on society. "We appeal to the state Assembly Speaker to suspend Simon Marandi from membership of the Assembly. The Santhal tribes do not touch each other`s hands while extending their greetings. In Santhal, tribals greet by saying `Dobo Johar` in which th...
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Shiv Sena attacks Modi again, questions PM's 'Pak meddling in Gujarat' theory
MUMBAI, Dec 12 (Agencies): Ruling BJP's estranged ally Shiv Sena has attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for resorting to "histrionics" and taking the ongoing Gujarat election campaign to "a new low". The Maharashtra-based party said that PM Modi "dug up the graves of the Mughal regime" in his campaign, instead of speaking about "vikas" (development) issues, to target the opposition Congress. "The people of Gujarat had already rejected the Congress for 22 years for this very reason... The PM chose to ignore the progress and developmental issues and stooped to mere 'tu-tu, main-main' (rhetoric) in his own home-state," the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said in a strong edit in the party mouthpieces, "Saamana" and "Dopahar Ka Saamana". It pointed out how Modi oscillated between "very emot...
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BJP remains buoyant, Cong rides a wave, Hardhik Patel does some heavy lifting
NEW DELHI, Dec 12 (Agencies): Over the last few days, the discourse in the media seems to have been dominated by war of words between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress. At the centre of this discourse are exchanges - the verdict is still out on who-said-what - targeted at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And poor Mani Shankar Aiyar, now suspended from the Congress, is struggling to provide an explanation or the context to what-on-earth-prompted him to call the PM 'neech'. Much of the campaign in 2014 was dominated by political capital made from his 'chaiwalla' comment, and one would have thought that Aiyar and his Congress friends would have learnt how personal attacks on Mr Modi don't bear fruit. Here was Rahul Gandhi, the president-elect of the Congress party, indulging t...
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Roadshow denied, Modi takes off in a sea-plane on last day of campaigning for Gujarat polls
GUJARAT, Dec 12 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi took off this morning in a sea-plane from the Sabarmati River here to Dharoi Dam in Mehsana district on the last day of campaigning for the Gujarat Assembly polls. Modi boarded the single-engine sea-plane from near the Sardar Bridge connecting the old city with Ahmedabad West, the first-ever flight by such a craft in the country. A special jetty was constructed to facilitate the prime minister's boarding from the river. The plane took off from the Sardar Bridge-end amid chants of "Modi-Modi" from BJP workers and other city dwellers, who flocked the Sabarmati Riverfront to witness this one-of-a-kind event. The plane would land at Dharoi dam reservoir in Mehsana. From Dharoi, the prime minister would proceed to Ambaji Temple in Ba...
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Campaigning ends for 2nd and final phase, repolling in 6 booths
AHMEDABAD, Dec 12 (Agencies): The campaigning for the second and final phase of Gujarat Assembly elections 2017 ended on Tuesday. The BJP is making a bid for a fifth term while the Congress is attempting an electoral revival in the high-stakes elections. The first phase of polling for 89 constituencies was held on December 9 and the second phase of polling for the remaining 93 constituencies will take place on December 14. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed more than 20 rallies across Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi spent days, addressing a number of meetings. BJP president Amit Shah, the chief poll strategist of the saffron party, also addressed a number of rallies, mainly targeting the Congress and Gandhi. The BJP had also drafted Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Nir...
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Do aliens exist? NASA likely to make big revelation soon
NEW DELHI, Dec 11 (Agencies): As the search for alien life becomes more intense and reaches newer dimensions with more mysterious, unexplained evidence surfacing, NASA has decided to make a big announcement over the findings of extraterrestrial life. The American space agency has scheduled a press conference for Thursday, December 14, which will be addressed by scientists who were involved in the study of thousands of planets discovered by the Kepler space telescope. The press conference may reportedly be related to any one of those planets. As per a press release by NASA, the team at the Kepler Space Telescope has been searching for extra-terrestrial life since 2009, and now they have found something spell binding. In the course of time, the telescope has identified many Earth-sized p...
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Kissing competition held in Jharkhand in presence of legislator
JHARKHAND, Dec 11 (Agencies): In a bizarre event, a kissing competition was held in a fair organised for members of tribal community in Jharkhand. And the competition was held in presence of legislator Simon Marandi. The event was the highlight of the Sido-Kanhu fair held in Littipara block in Pakur district of Jharkhand. Participants in the kissing competition were married couple from the tribal community, reported Prabhat Khabar. This fair is organised every year by legislator Simon Marandi. It was attended by several politicians, including Jharkhand Mukti Morcha’s Shyam Yadav. Other highlights of the event were folk songs and dance....
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Pranab Mukherjee turns 82: A look at his journey to the top office of India
NEW DELHI, Dec 11 (Agencies): Former president Pranab Mukherjee, who served India as the 13th president, turns 82 today. Starting from President Ram Nath Kovind to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, all took to Twitter to wish 'Pranabda' on his birthday. Being the President was not exactly Poltu-da's (Pranab Mukherjee's nickname) plan of action in his 48-year-long political career. In 2015, a secret cable sent to the then US secretary defense Donald Rumsfeld by ambassador David Mulford, described Mukherjee, the then Finance Minister, as the "prime minister-in-waiting". The cable, a part of Wikileaks, described him with "influence over both government policy and public opinion is rivaled only by that of the prime minister himself. He is, in effect, the deputy prime minister, ...
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Now, ‘Afzal ka yaar’ posters target Rahul in Gujarat
GUJARAT, Dec 11 (Agencies): With the last phase of polling remaining in Gujarat Assembly elections, both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seem to be leaving no stone unturned to ensure their victory. The campaigning for the polls has witnessed several exchanges of jibes and allegations, and an equal share of controversies. The latest in the list of controversies is a poster of Rahul Gandhi with Salman Nizami, who BJP claims is a member of the Congress party. The poster carries a photograph of the Congress vice president with Nizami and the text on it says – “Afzal (Guru) ka jo yaar hai, woh desh ka gaddaar hai” (a friend of Afzal Guru is a traitor). It further claims that the photograph was taken when Nizami was campaigning for the Congress party in Gujarat. The poster...
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Chidamabaram takes aim at Modi
BJP's Gujarat campaign is now 'beyond bizarre'
NEW DELHI, Dec 11 (Agencies): Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has lashed out at PM Narendra Modi, questioning if the extents to which the BJP is willing to go to ensure it wins the Gujarat elections. Chidambaram took aim at the BJP's decision to bring former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Vice President Hamid Ansari into allegations of conspiracy with Pakistan. Chidambaram's attack on PM Modi is over his comments at election rallies in Gujarat, where he raised questions over an alleged meeting between senior Congress leader and the Pakistani High Commissioner at Mani Shankar Aiyar's residence on December 6. "The BJP's campaign in Gujarat in the last few days, especially yesterday, has gone beyond bizarre. Should a political party go to any length to win an election? Is wi...
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No lessons on democracy please; Modi govt hits back at Pakistan
NEW DELHI, Dec 11 (Agencies): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has hit back at Pakistan over its response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s allegations that the neighbouring country is interfering in Gujarat Assembly elections. Referring to the response of Pakistan foreign ministry spokesperson Mohammad Faisal, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad condemned the “unwarranted statement”, saying “Pakistan must stop giving us lessons”. “Completely abhor outside interference in India's internal affairs. Pakistan's promotion of terrorism in India is well known but Pakistan must stop giving us lessons, we are proud of our democracy,” said Prasad. The statement by the BJP leader came shortly after Pakistan foreign ministry spokesperson took to Twitter saying, “India should stop dragging Pakistan...
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PM must assure Kashmiris on their constitutional rights
MUMBAI, Dec 10(Agencies): Veteran CPI(M) leader Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami said today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should assure the people of Jammu and Kashmir that their constitutional rights would not be infringed upon. The MLA from Kulgam constituency in Jammu and Kashmir also said that India and Pakistan should engage in “serious talks” to resolve the Kashmir issue. Speaking at an event here, Tarigami said the causes of the prevailing unrest in Kashmir needed to be identified before any solution could be arrived at. “There is no denying that this complicated issue is rooted in the history of partition,” he said. “Both countries have not been able to overcome the trauma of partition. This partition’s trauma is seriously affecting the Kashmir situation,” he said. The senior le...
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Why does Pak army ex-DG want Ahmed Patel as Guj CM: Modi
PALANPUR (Gujarat), Dec 10(Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today alleged Pakistan was interfering in Gujarat assembly polls and sought an explanation from the Congress over its top party men who were said to have recently met leaders from the neighbouring country. Addressing a poll rally here, the prime minister also raised questions over the alleged appeal by former director general of the Pakistan Army, Sardar Arshad Rafiq, that senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel be made chief minister of Gujarat. Modi said (former Congress minister) Mani Shankar Aiyar had called him “neech” (vile) a day after the alleged meeting of Pakistani leaders with top Congressmen. “There were media reports yesterday about a meeting at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house. It was attended by Pakistan’s high comm...
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Again, Fadnavis's helicopter forced to land due to overloading
NASHIK, Dec 9 (Agencies): Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis yet again faced a force-landed of his helicopter on Saturday. Officials said his chopper was "overloaded". The incident occurred at around 9.30 am, when Fadnavis, accompanied by Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan and others was travelling from Nashik to Aurangabad. "As it took off from an open ground, the helicopter could barely ascend 50 feet or so and couldn`t fly further, compelling the pilot to land safely a few metres away," Bari said. The chopper was seen struggling during the takeoff, its main rotor unable to lift and thrust it forward, but finally it stabilised and made a slow descent on the ground. The chopper reportedly could not fly with the extra weight, so Fadnavis` cook and his bag were off-loaded...
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Boy uses bat, pizza cutters to kill mother, sister
Greater Noida, Dec 9 (Agencies): A 15-year-old boy, who police said has confessed to having killed his mother and sister in Gaur City, allegedly used a bat, pair of scissors and pizza cutter to kill them in their sleep as he was agitated over being scolded for studies. The boy was yesterday apprehended in Varanasi for allegedly beating and stabbing his mother Anjali Agarwal (42) and sister Kanika (12) to death, police said today. The bodies of Anjali and Kanika were found in their apartment in Gaur City here. The boy was missing since the incident on Monday night. The boy was traced in Varanasi and brought back to Noida. He has confessed to having killed his mother and sister, SHO of Bisrakh police station Ajay Sharma said. The accused told police that he used a cricket bat, a pair of...
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