|Naidu slams Nehru's policies for problem in Kashmir|
|NEW DELHI, Feb 26 (Agencies): Dubbing former home minister P Chidambaram’s comments on the Kashmir situation as politically motivated, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday urged the Congress Party to make its stand clear on the former’s remark.
Asserting that problems hovering around Kashmir are a contribution of wrong policies made under India’s first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Naidu said the BJP, the NDA regime and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are not responsible for the present crisis.
Chidambaram has made an irresponsible and immature statement. The statement is hurting the interest of the country and is bordering anti-nationalism, that is why I demanded that the Congress Party should make its stand clear whether they agree with Chidama...|
|NIA to send back 2 youth arrested for Uri attacks|
|NEW DELHI, Feb 26 (Agencies): The National Investigation Agency has filed a closure report in the case relating to two “guides” from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, initially suspected to have helped the terrorist squad that attacked the Indian Army camp at Uri on September 18, 2016, as the charges against the duo could not be substantiated.
The two youths Faisal Hussain Awan and Ahsan Khursheed are likely to be returned to Pakistan as part of a “goodwill” arrangement under which Indian Army soldier Chandu Chavan was sent back here last month. The custody of the two youths provided leverage to India in ensuring Chavan’s return.
The NIA decided to file the closure report after its probe did not find evidence to corroborate the initial “confessional statement” the two youths made to the Indian...|
|CB begins probe on ABVP-AISA clash in Ramjas|
|NEW DELHI, Feb 25 (Agencies): Delhi Police's Crime Branch has begun its probe into clashes between ABVP and AISA members in Delhi University's Ramjas College.
"Since it was Mahashivratri today, students were not present in the campus. Police will begin recording the statements of students tomorrow and will collect all the video evidences in the matter," said a senior police officer.
Officers analysed all the complaints received from both the parties, he said.
Meanwhile, there was police presence in the campus and adjoining areas today to ensure peace despite it being a holiday.
Ramjas College had on Wednesday witnessed large-scale violence between members of AISA and ABVP supporters. The genesis of the clash was an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a semi...|
|Delhi Police has become agent of BJP: Kejriwal|
|NEW DELHI, Feb 25 (Agencies): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today criticised the Delhi Police over its handling of clashes at DU's Ramjas College and alleged that the force has become an "agent" of the BJP.
He also appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not act as a "BJP worker" and hold police accountable for the February 22 violence.
"I strongly condemn the manner in which the Delhi Police has become an agent of the ABVP and the BJP. It is the duty of police to protect the people of Delhi and not allow the ABVP and the BJP to engage in goondaism (sic)," he told reporters.
"I hope the Prime Minister will perform his duty in an impartial way and not work like a BJP worker. The Delhi Police reports to the PM. He is not the prime minister of the BJP only but of all people, in...|
|BSF sends back Pak man|
|CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 (Agencies): In a goodwill gesture, the BSF has handed over a 60-year-old Pakistani national, who had inadvertently crossed into the Indian territory, to Pakistan Rangers, an official said today.
Border Security Force (BSF) troops of Border Out Post Dona Raja Deena Nath, Amritsar sector apprehended Mureed Faqir, a resident of Jakhwa Baad, Pakistan yesterday after he inadvertently crossed the international boundary, entered the Indian territory and reached near border security fence, a BSF official said.
The official said Pakistan Rangers were contacted and Faqir was handed over to them on humanitarian ground....|
|Avalanche warning for some areas in J&K|
|CHANDIGARH, Feb 24 (Agencies): A medium danger avalanche warning was issued today for some avalanche-prone areas of Jammu and Kashmir.
Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) issued the warning that would be valid for the next 24 hours starting at 5.00 PM today.
“Medium danger avalanche warning exists for avalanche- prone slopes of Kupwara, Kargil and Bandipora districts of Jammu and Kashmir. People are advised not to move in these areas,” the SASE advisory said.
Among other places which had received fresh spell of snowfall until this morning included Banihal Top (22 cm), Gulmarg (6 cm), Haddan Taj (13 cm), Drass (8 cm) and Pharkian (15 cm) in J&K, it added....|
|China supports India on combating terrorism|
|NEW DELHI, Feb 24: China supports India on combating terrorism and a discussion to declare Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a "global terrorist" is in progress, Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said on Friday.
"The discussion is going on. I am so happy to see your Foreign Secretary in Beijing two days ago discussing everything so, just wait," Luo said while talking to media persons on the sidelines of a Chinese Visa Application Service Centre inauguration ceremony here.
"China supports India and other countries on terrorism. The discussions are going on. It takes time," Luo said.
India on Wednesday again asked China to declare Jaish-e-Mohammad chief and Pathankot attack mastermind Masood Azhar an international terrorist.
China blocked a proposal by the US to add Azhar to the...|
|Sunny days in offing for J&K, HP|
|NEW DELHI, Feb 22 (Agencies): The reason for these rainy and snowy spells over the hills of North India can be attributed to the Western Disturbance which has affecting the Western Himalayas for the last few days.
Now, as per Skymet Weather, this weather system is likely to move away gradually, thereby significantly reducing the intensity of rain and snow over the hills. However, remnants of the system will continue to give isolated rain and thundershowers over East Jammu and Kashmir and North Himachal Pradesh for the next 24 hours.
Thereafter, the hilly states of North India can brace for clear weather, marked with sunny days once again....|
|Human rights issues in J&K be settled by India: EU|
|NEW DELHI, Feb 22 (Agencies): The issues of alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir should be settled by Indian institutions, The European Union said on Wednesday, remarks that come against the backdrop of Pakistan's repeated attempts to internationalise it. It, however, chided India for blocking foreign funding to several NGOs.
Chairperson of European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee David McAllister said the panel is working on are port on EU's political ties with India with focus on human rights issues and it will be finalised ahead of the EU-India summit around September this year.
McAllister, leading a delegation of the European Parliament here, called the "conflict" in Jammu and Kashmir a "very sensitive" issue, and added India has suffered a lot because of terr...|
|BMC elections 2017 results tomorrow; Rs 3,000 crore at stake, bookies prefer Shiv Sena over BJP|
|Mumbai Feb 22 (Agencies): While the civic elections in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) – the country's richest municipal corporation – has become a prestige issue for two main parties, BJP and the Shiv Sena, it has also activated bookies in the illegal betting syndicate.
A report in DNA claimed on Wednesday that nearly Rs 3,000 crore has been put on stake for this election in the illegal betting market.
Various exit polls conducted after the BMC elections, results for which will be declared on Thursday, have claimed a neck-and-neck battle between the two main players - BJP and Shiv Sena.
According to a latest exit poll, BJP is likely to get around 80-88 seats, while Shiv Sena is projected to get 86-92 seats.
Moreover, Congress is expected to get 30-34 seats. NCP and MNS are l...|
|Saif Ali Khan REVEALS he might change son Taimur Ali Khan's name!|
|New Delhi, Feb 22 (Agencies): Chhote Nawab Saif Ali Khan and begum Kareena Kapoor Khan's little bundle of joy Taimur Ali Khan was born on December 20, 2016, and ever since he has been making headlines. First, the gorgeous looking baby created quite a stir with his immense good looks and then followed the uninvited name controversy.
Social media went into a tizzy over Saif and Kareena naming their son Taimur, linking it to the Turco-Mongol conqueror Timur who was infamous for his deeds. However, Saif later clarified that it was not based on his ruler but he rather liked the name Taimur as in Persian it means Iron.
Now, comes an unexpected news that the royal Saif is considering changing the gorgeous baby' name. Yes! You read that right. In an interview with Delhi Times, Saif has been quo...|
|'BJP gaining in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections after Hindutva introduced in campaign'|
|New Delhi, Feb 22 (Agencies):: BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has claimed that BJP is now gaining in UP Assembly Elections after Hindutva introduced in the party campaign.
Taking to Twitter, Swamy on Wednesday wrote,"Happy to see in UP that BJP is gaining every day after some Hindutva essence introduced in the campaign flavour (sic)."
Fifty-three constituencies will see polling on Thursday in the fourth phase of staggered assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
A total of 1.84 crore people will be eligible to vote in the election, whose main players are the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
In 2012, the Samajwadi Party won 24 of the 53 seats, the BSP 15, the Congress 6, the BJP five while three seats were bagged by the Peace Par...|
|SP-Cong alliance falling apart? UP govt minister admits bickering over Akhilesh-Rahul's 'dosti'|
|Lucknow, Feb 22 (Agencies): Midway through the seven-round polls, cracks seem to have appeared in the much-talked about Samajwadi Party and Congress alliance even as most senior party leaders remain tight-lipped and refused to divulge anything.
However, on Tuesday, Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya, known to be close to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, spilled the beans and admitted about the bickering going on over SP-Congress alliance among party leaders.
"There is no spark in SP-Congress alliance. We (Samajwadi Party) could have easily gone solo in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. There was no need to form this alliance," Raja Bhaiya told News18 today.
On the other hand, Akhilesh Yadav, who addressed an election rally in Bahraich today, said, "If friendship is ...|
|'Cyanide' Mallika, Sasikala's dangerous neighbour in Bengaluru prison, shifted|
|Bengaluru, Feb 22 (Agencies): 'Cyanide' Mallika, a convicted serial killer who was lodged in a cell next to the one in which AIADMK leader VK Sasikala has been housed in Parappana Agrahara central prison, has now been shifted, reports said on Wednesday. A Times of India report said that 'Cyanide' Mallika, the infamous woman who is serving a life term for having killed six women, was shifted to Hindalga prison in Belagavi, north Karnataka, early this week.
'Cyanide Mallika' aka KD Kempamma was shifted by the prison authorities in the wake of media reports that she posed a threat to Sasikala's life as her cell was very close to the AIADMK leader's cell.
Reports said that Mallika was shifted due to security reasons and was not informed about the move.
Mallika is said to be a huge fan of...|
|ABVP, AISA activists clash outside Delhi's Ramjas College over invite to JNU's Umar Khalid|
|New Delhi Feb 22 (Agencies): A clash broke out between the activists of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and All India Students' Association (AISA) outside a college of the Delhi University on Wednesday over the cancellation of the participation of Jawaharlal Nehru University students - Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid - at a seminar as speakers.
The protesters also reportedly clashed with police personnel deployed at the scene. As per NDTV, more than 20 students have reportedly been injured in the clashes.
Delhi University's Ramjas college had on Tuesday cancelled an invitation to Khalid and Rashid to address a seminar following violent protests from ABVP and members of the Delhi University Students Union.
While Khalid was among the students charged with sedition in connection ...|
|Sonia Gandhi questions PM Narendra Modi's 'achhe din' in 'personal' letter, mum on SP-Congress alliance in UP|
|New Delhi Feb 22 (Agencies): : Congress president Sonia Gandhi has written a 'personal' letter to the people of her Lok Sabha constituency - Raebareli – explaining reasons for her absence from campaigning in the poll-bound state of Uttar Pradesh. However, she stayed mum on the electoral alliance between Congress and Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party for assembly polls in UP.
In her letter, the Congress chief said representing the people of Raebareli and Amethi in Lok Sabha has been a matter of pride for her family and that she has a 'special connect' with the people there.
“Despite my intense desire, I am not able to be physically present among you this time. Please treat this as my ‘personal’ letter... Raebareli and Amethi have become an integral part of our lives. The credit for what...|
|Govt puts gynaecologists on notice, mandates public display of C-section records|
|New Delhi, Feb 22 (Agencies): Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi on Wednesday suggested that the hospitals should publicly display the records of caesarean section vis-a-vis normal deliveries.
The development happened amid the case of the death of a 28-year-old AIIMS nurse, who died after undergoing a C-section surgery last month.
In a series of tweets, the minister said that the percentage of C-section surgeries in some states is much higher than 10-15% as recommended by World Health Organisation (WHO).
I’d like to share my concern over alarming percentage of C-Section surgeries being conducted in hospitals these days. /1
This issue has been deeply worrying me as it has direct linkage with the health of women per se./2
The situation is much worse in private hos...|
|Srinagar Centaur Hotel employees seek Jitendra's intervention|
|NEW DELHI, Feb 22: A delegation of Srinagar Centaur Hotel Employees, led by Peer M. Ismaiel, General Secretary, Centaur Hotel Employees’ Union, today called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and sought his intervention for redressal of their longstanding grievances, both related to their pay anomalies as well as the working of the hotel set - up.
In a memorandum submitted to Dr Jitendra Singh, the members of delegation pointed out that the revision of their wage structure had not taken place since 2002, after the 5th Central Pay Commission Report. As a result, they complained that, while their counterparts in other sectors of governmen...|
|VC CUJ calls on Jitendra|
|NEW DELHI, Feb 21: Vice Chancellor, Central University Jammu, Prof Ashok Aima called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and discussed wide range of issues related to the academic activities in the University and setting up of new teaching departments.
Prof Aima profusely thanked Dr Jitendra Singh for having used his good offices to impart an exclusive identity to Central University, Jammu. He particularly thanked him for considering the proposal to set up J&K State’s first - ever teaching department in Administrative Studies at Central University, Jammu, with the support of Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), Government of India....|
|Germany scrambles fighter planes for Jet Airways flight after communication failure with Cologne air traffic control|
|Delhi, Feb 19 (Agencies): German Air Force scrambled two jets to escort a Jet Airways flight after the Cologne air traffic control could not establish contact with it, as per a media report.
According to The Times of India, the incident happened on February 16 due to a reported communication failure.
Boeing-777 was flying from Mumbai to London on Thursday as 9W-118.
It was overflying close to Cologne when its cockpit crew did not respond to ATC communications after which German Air Force scrambled jets to escort the Jet aircraft.
These planes managed to establish an intercept contact following which the Jet pilots established contact with the ATC, as per TOI.
Once the communication was restored, the aircraft (VT-JEX) continued its flight to London.
The crew of flight 9W-118 have bee...|
|Panneerselvam meets Governor, DMK calls for statewide hunger strike on Feb 22|
|Chennai, Feb 19 (Agencies): A day after a massive ruckus in Tamil Nadu assembly during the vote of confidence, DMK on Sunday announced a statewide hunger strike on February 22. The party announced the hunger strike at all district offices of the party in Tamil Nadu. The party's announcement comes a day after its working president MK Stalin was forced out from near Gandhi statue at Marina beach along with his partymen while sitting in protest yesterday.
On the other hand, former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam has reached the Raj Bhavan today to meet Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao. On Sunday morning, the party MLAs met at their headquarters and DMK leader Tiruchi Siva said the trust vote moved by Chief Minister yesterday was 'illegal'.
Siva has confirmed that the party h...|
|'BJP is winning by absolute majority in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections'|
|Lucknow:, Feb 19 (Agencies): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has claimed that his party BJP is winning the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017. " Not only clear majority, BJP is winning by absolute majority in Uttar Pradesh," Rajnath Singh said after casting vote in Lucknow.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday cast his vote here in the third phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly election.
Accompanied by his wife Savitri Singh, the Home Minister cast his vote at the PWD polling station.
Earlier on Sunday, his son and Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Noida, Pankaj Singh cast also his vote in Lucknow and claimed an overwhelming support from the BJP....|
|No toilet, no nikah' - Do you know what maulvis and muftis have decided?|
|Guwahati, Feb 19 (Agencies): : No toilet, no nikah. Maulvis and muftis in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab have decided not to solemnise marriage in a house where there is no toilet.
Maulana Mahmood A Madani, Secretary General of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind said having a toilet has been made a mandatory condition for Muslim marriage in the three states and will be soon be applied in all other states in the country.
"Maulvis and muftis in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana have decided that they will not solemnise the 'nikah' or Muslim marriage in a house where there are no toilets," he said.
Madani, who is also a former Rajya Sabha MP, stated this during the inauguration of Assam Conference on Sanitation (ASCOSAN) 2017 conducted here in Khanapara last week.
"I feel that all religious le...|
|Stones pelted at Shivpal Yadav's car in Etawah's Jaswant Nagar|
|Etawah, Feb 19 (Agencies): Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav's car was attacked with stones on Sunday.
The former PWD minister had a narrow escape on Sunday when unidentified persons pelted tones at his motorcade, police said.
The incident took place at Katiapur village in Jaswantnagar, Etawah district.
Jaswantnagar is an SP stronghold and has been held by the ruling party in the last several decades.
It was first represented by SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in the Vidhan Sabha for seven successive terms and has been thereafter represented by Shivpal Singh Yadav.
Shivpal is engaged in a bitter power struggle with nephew and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
When asked by the media in Saifai to comment on the stone-pelting incident, Akhilesh Yadav refused to comment, saying "I am ...|
|Air pollution claims two Indian lives every minute, says study!|
|New Delhi, Feb 19 (Agencies): The pollution in India is turning out to be a downright menace with pollutants in the air becoming more and more aggressive every passing day.
Every new day witnesses an increased toxicity in the air, which has enlarged the radar of threat upon the Indian population.
Confirming the worst, a study has revealed that at least two Indians on an average, lose their lives to air pollution every minute on a daily basis.
According to medical journal The Lancet, over a million Indians die every year due to air pollution and some of the worst polluted cities of the world are in India.
The study released this week but based on 2010 data estimates that globally 2.7-3.4 million preterm births may be associated with PM2.5 exposure and South Asia is the worst hit accoun...|