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29 CISF personnel awarded President's Police Medals
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 (Agencies): Twenty-nine CISF officials have been decorated with the President's Police Medal on the eve of the Independence Day for meritorious and distinguished service. The awardees of the distinguished service medal include deputy inspector general (DIG) JS Negi and inspector S Muthusamy. Among the meritorious service medal recipients are DIG Pratibha Agarwal, senior commandants Aparajita Mohapatra, Shishir Gupta, Ganga Shankar and assistant commandant KS Malik among others. Three personnel were awarded the fire service medal, a force spokesperson said. The about 1.80-lakh personnel strong Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is tasked to guard 60 civil airports of the country apart from guarding vital infrastructure in the nuclear and aerospace domain. It al...
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Independence Day: 14 ITBP Men Awarded President's Police Medal
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 (Agencies): Fourteen officials of the border guarding force Indo- Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have been decorated with the President's Police Medals for meritorious and distinguished service on the eve of Independence Day. Those decorated include Deputy Commandant and Senior Administrative Officer Devinder Pal (distinguished service) and Commandant of the 51st battalion M S Guleria (meritorious service), among others. The nearly 90,000-strong force is primarily tasked with guarding the 3,488 km Sino-India border apart from other internal security duties, including conducting anti-Naxal operations....
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Chhattisgarh Guv Balramji Dass Tandon dies at 90
CHHATTISGARH, Aug 14 (Agencies): Chhattisgarh governor Balramji Dass Tandon died on Tuesday hours after he was admitted to a hospital in Raipur after he complained of uneasiness, according to news agency ANI. Tandon was 90. Tandon had felt uneasy on Tuesday morning following which he was rushed to the state-run Dr B R Ambedkar Memorial Hospital in Raipur, the governor's secretary, Surendra Kumar Jaiswal, told agencies. He had been kept in the hospital's critical care unit and was under observation, Jaiswal had said, but did not divulge any further details. Tandon, one of the founder members of the Jansangh which later became the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), became the governor of Chhattisgarh in July 2014. During his long political career, he had served on various posts, including a...
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China’s PLA troops enter Indian territory in Ladakh, pitch tents
SIKKIM, Aug 14 (Agencies): Troops of China’s People’s Liberation Army has reportedly indulged in yet another instance of incursion in the Indian territory. According to a report in The Times of India, Chinese troops intruded around 400 metres inside Indian territory in eastern Ladakh. The report says that the PLA troops pitched five tents inside India. However, following brigadier-level talks between the two countries, three of the tents were removed. They intruded into Demchok sector of eastern Ladakh disguised as nomads with cattle. The incident reportedly happened in July, and the PLA troops refused to move back despite Indian soldiers showing flags to them, asking them to return to their territory. In December 2017, Chinese troops had reportedly entered Arunachal Pradesh. PLA troop...
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Kovind's address to the nation on eve of Independence Day
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 (Agencies): President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation on the eve of Independence Day 2018. In his address, President Kovind reflected on the sacrifices of those who fought for independence, and stressed the need to maintain efforts to retain the spirit of the freedom fighters. Here is the full text of President Kovind's Independence Day eve speech: Dear Fellow Citizens, My greetings to you as we complete 71 years as an independent nation. Tomorrow we will commemorate our 72nd Independence Day. For every Indian, whether living at home or anywhere else in the world, August 15 is sacred. It is marked on our calendars as a celebration of our sovereignty. We unfurl our national flag with great joy and enthusiasm in workplaces, municipalities, panchayats, colleges, s...
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Top Kejriwal aides turn govt approver
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 (Agencies): In a new twist to the case of alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, two top officials linked to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have now turned government approver, according to the Delhi Police. Zee Media quoted Additional DCP (North) Harindra Singh as saying on Tuesday that Vibhav Kumar and Vivek Yadav - two top officials in the Delhi government - have turned approver in the case. Vibhav Kumar is the personal secretary to CM Kejriwal and Vivek Yadav is his political secretary. This comes a day after the Delhi Police named Chief Minister Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and 11 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs as accused in its chargesheet in connection with the case. The chargesheet, which was filed in the Patiala House Court before Additio...
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Simultaneous elections not possible without legal framework: CEC Rawat
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 (Agencies): Simultaneous elections are not possible without a legal framework as any extension or curtailment of the term of assemblies will require a constitutional amendment, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat said today, a day after the BJP made a fresh push to hold Lok Sabha and assembly polls together. Pointing at the need for a legal framework, he virtually ruled out holding simultaneous polls any time soon. "If the term of some state assemblies needs to be curtailed or extended, then a constitutional amendment will be required... Logistics arrangements with regard to 100 per cent availability of VVPATs (paper trail machines) will be a constraint," he told reporters to a question on whether simultaneous elections can be held anytime soon. "On the issue of 'on...
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Simultaneous Lok Sabha and state polls not possible: Nitish on 'One nation one election'
PATNA, Aug 14 (Agencies): Conducting simultaneous polls for Lok Sabha and state Legislative Assemblies is not possible, said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar while commenting on 'One nation one election' on Tuesday. “Is election mein yeh possible nahi hai ki Lok Sabha aur sabhi Vidhan Sabha ka chunav ek sath kiya jaaye. Yeh sambhav nahi hai. Vyacharik roop se yeh sahi hai (It is not possible to conduct simultaneous polls for Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha in this elections. It is not possible. This holds true ideologically),” said Kumar at an event. The BJP-led Centre is currently trying to build a consensus on simultaneous elections for Lok Sabha and state Assemblies. However, political parties are divided on the issue. Besides NDA constituent Shiromani Akali Dal, the AIADMK, the Samajwa...
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Tributes pour in after Somnath Chatterjee's death
NEW DELHI, Aug 13 (Agencies): Leaders across party lines on Monday condoled the death of former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee, describing him as an outstanding parliamentarian who enriched Indian politics. Chatterjee, 89, passed away at a private hospital in Kolkata on Monday morning following multiple organ failure. Tributes poured in as news came in of the death of the 10-time Lok Sabha MP who had joined the Communist Party of India-Marxist in 1968. Chatterjee was speaker of the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009. President Ram Nath Kovind condoled the loss by posting on Twitter. “Sorry to hear of the passing of Shri Somnath Chatterjee, former Speaker of the Lok Sabha and a veteran parliamentarian who had a forceful presence in the House. A loss for public life in Benga...
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Umar Khalid says accused fired in the air: Delhi Police
NEW DELHI, Aug Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid had a narrow escape when a shot was fired in the air by an unidentified man at the Constitution Club near Parliament in Delhi on Monday. Police officials later claimed that Khalid, in his statement, said that the accused had first pounced on him, then pushed him before firing in the air. Khalid was at the Constitution Club to attend an event titled 'Khauff Se Azaadi', organised by an organisation named 'United Against Hate'. Scenes of absolute chaos erupted when a man tried to shoot him. Delhi Police DCP Madhur Verma said that his team is verifying the sequence of events. "Umar Khalid said that he was attacked. Somebody pounced on him and pushed, thereafter he tried to fire at Khalid but couldn't," he said. "According t...
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SC orders security for survivor in Hapur lynching case
NEW DELHI, Aug 13 (Agencies): A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government on the plea filed by Samiuddin, who was allegedly brutally assaulted by the mob in the incident, seeking an independent Special Investigation Team probe into the incident and transfer of investigation and the subsequent trial outside the state. A bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, directed the Superintendent of Police of Hapur district in Uttar Pradesh to consider the request of the sole surviving victim on being granted the protection. “Issue notice. In the meantime, Inspector General of Meerut range shall conduct an inquiry and submit a report in regard to the incident within two weeks,” the court ordered. The bench has now po...
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Woman, daughter beaten in W.Bengal for allegedly supporting BJP
KOLKATA, Aug 14 (Agencies): A mother and her daughter were mercilessly thrashed in West Bengal's Asansol on the suspicion that they support Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Their house was also ransacked and damaged. The incident took place in Railpar locality of Asansol where Mutri Singh and her daughter were beaten allegedly by Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers on Sunday night. It has been alleged that TMC leader Deepak Gupta and around 20 of his men reached Murti Singh's house and began thrashing her and her daughter. Even as the two were covered in their own blood but the accused reportedly went on to next ransack their house. Mutri Singh said that the accused broke several items inside their rather modest accommodation. The two were eventually rushed to a local hospital where they were...
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Rahul dares Modi for debate on Rafale
NEW DELHI, Aug 13 (aGENCIES): Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a debate on the Rafale aircraft deal issue. The Congress has raised several questions on the Rafale deal, accusing the government of compromising with national interests. “Let a debate happen between me and Narendra Modi on Rafael deal... I will speak at length for hours,” Gandhi said at ‘Jana Dwani’ (people’s voice) rally organised by the state Congress in north Karnataka. In a scathing attack on the Modi government, Gandhi said, “Chowkidar hi bhaagidar Hai. (This watchman is a collaborator),” and accused the prime minister of “stealing” taxpayers’ money and giving it to his “friend” whose firm he alleged had bagged a contract in the Rafale deal. Focussing most part of his s...
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'BJP won't benefit from the NRC electorally'
NEW DELHI, Aug 13 (Agencies): Relatives of a former President, a former chief minister of the state, an ex-serviceman who served for 30 years, wife of an MLA of the ruling party, and an MLA of the principal Opposition party are among those 4 million people left out of the final draft of Assam's National Register of Citizens. Clearly, the draft has a large scope for correction and these persons and others like them are most likely to be included in the final list of citizens. But there seems to be no clear policy about those who will eventually be declared 'non-citizens'. As the exercise was carried out under the Supreme Court's monitoring, questions are being raised why the apex court did not ask the government, or lay out guidelines, to make a plan to deal with such people and decide ...
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DMK split wide open, Alagiri challenges Stalin days after Karunanidhi's death
CHENNAI, Aug 13 (Agencies): It has not even been a week since DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi died and a rebellion in the party has begun to surface. Standing at Karunanidhi's memorial on Monday, his son MK Alagiri launched an open rebellion against his estranged brother MK Stalin. Claiming that he has the support of the entire DMK cadre, he said that real party members are backing him. "All the real supporters of the DMK are with me. Only time will give a befitting reply. I am pained at what’s happening," he said on Monday. The timing of his statement bears significance as it comes just a day ahead of the executive committee meeting that is scheduled to take place on Tuesday where a decision may be taken regarding the elevation of DMK working president MK Stalin to the top post of the p...
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Ahead of I-Day, India steps up vigil along Bangladesh, Myanmar border
Agartala/Aizawl aug 13 (Agencies): Ahead of the Independence Day, Indian authorities have asked security forces to increase vigil along the international borders with Bangladesh and Myanmar, officials said on Monday. Border Security Force troopers are guarding India's border with Bangladesh while the Assam Rifles are deployed along the country's frontier with Myanmar. "We have asked the BSF to further intensify vigil along the India-Bangladesh border to check any trespassing and clandestine trans-border movements," Tripura`s Inspector General of Police (law and order) K.V. Sreejesh told IANS. Additional security in all entry and exist points of Tripura were deployed and CCTV cameras were installed to closely monitor the movement of vehicles and people, he said. "Security was also step...
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Rajnath conducts aerial survey of Kerala's flood-ravaged districts
KERALA, Aug 12 (Agencies): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday conducted an aerial survey of the flood-ravaged districts of Kerala. Singh was accompanied by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Tourism Minister K J Alphons. Earlier in the day, Singh had taken to Twitter to announce of his aerial survey and also informed that he would be visiting the relief campsites. Singh tweeted, "Heading to Kerala to take stock of the flood situation in the state. Shall conduct a survey of the flood-affected areas and also visit the relief campsites." After a brief lull, rains started lashing several parts of Kerala since Sunday morning, posing problems to the relief operations undertaken By multiple agencies in the flood and landslides hit regions. There were no fresh casualties report...
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Rahul winks again, this time at a rally in Rajasthan
NEW DELHI, Aug 12 (Agencies): Even as the 'hug and wink' row in Lok Sabha during the no-confidence motion is still fresh, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has found himself stuck in yet another controversy. Rahul has been caught on camera winking, yet again. On Saturday, Rahul addressed a rally in Rajasthan to campaign for the party for the upcoming state elections and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. In a video shot at the rally, Rahul can be seen winking to party's state chief Sachin Pilot. Soon after the wink, Sachin Pilot hugged AICC general secretary and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot on the stage. The hug on the stage was seen as a projection of a united face of the Rajasthan Congress. After delivering his speech, Rahul brought both the leaders closer and then they hugged each other,...
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Somnath’s condition critical, on ventilator support
KOLKATA, Aug 12 (Agencies): Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee was admitted to hospital in Kolkata following a heart attack on Sunday morning. It is reported that he is also suffering from kidney ailments. He is currently on ventilator support and his condition is declared as critical, news agency ANI reported. A team of seven doctors is looking after Chatterjee's treatment. Chatterjee's was earlier in June admitted to the hospital after he suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. He was released from the hospital but re-admitted on Saturday. 89-year-old Chatterjee had been associated with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and served as the speaker of Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009 during the UPA rule. Elected as Member of Parliament (MP) ten times, Chatterjee is also one of the lo...
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Muslim man stopped from offering Namaz for participating in Kanwar yatra; 3 held
Baghpat, Aug 12 (Agencies): A Muslim man, who took part in Kanwar yatra, was allegedly stopped from offering Namaz at a mosque here, prompting the police to arrest three persons in this regard. "I had gone to Haridwar as a Kanwar and offered water at the temples. On Friday, when I went to a mosque, some people assaulted me and stopped me from offering Namaz. They even forced me to run away from there," Babu Khan said in his complaint registered with the police. Khan, a resident of Racharh village of the district, alleged that after he was beaten up, his wife and children went to their relatives. When contacted, inspector Devendra Bisht said, "On the complaint lodged by Babu Khan, three persons have been arrested for disrupting peace, while another person is absconding." Police along ...
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'Vasundhara, go back' slogans raised in Rajasthan CM's home seat by BJP workers
Kota, Aug 12 (Agencies): Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is facing opposition from a section of BJP workers in her home constituency of Jhalawar even as she claimed that her party will score a clean win with 180 seats in the upcoming Assembly elections. Activists in Jhalawar, led by BJP worker Pramod Sharma, organised a bike rally with placards that read "Vasundhara, go back" and "Vasundhara, quit Jhalawar" on the anniversary of the Quit India Movement on August 9. The rally, with over 1,000 activists riding nearly 500 motorcycles, passed through the markets of Jhalawar and adjoining Jhalrapatan cities of the home constituency of CM Raje. They were protesting against corruption and lack of development works in Jhalawar, the organisers said. "We have launched the 'Vasundhra, qu...
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Muzaffarpur case
Cellphone, 40 phone numbers found from Thakur's possession in jail
PATNA, Aug 12 (Agencies): A list of 40 phone numbers along with a phone and a sim have been found in possession with Brajesh Thakur, the main accused in the rape of 34 minor girls and who is lodged in Muzaffarpur Central Jail. During simultaneous raids on jails across the state, 12 mobile phones, four chargers, two pendrives and sim cards have been recovered. The phone with an active sim reveals that Brajesh was in touch with a few people despite being behind the bars. The Central Bureau of Investigation which is probing the case will look into the phone numbers and the sim card. According to police, the officers spotted Thakur in an area reserved for people coming to meet prisoners lodged in the jail and recovered two hand written pages with 40 mobile phone numbers and the names of th...
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PMO taking all ministerial decisions, ministers do nothing, allege Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie
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MUMBAI, Aug 11: Days after attacking the Narendra Modi government over its alleged ''monumental criminal misconduct" in the Rafale deal, former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie have now claimed that the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) was single-handedly taking all important ministerial decisions. Sinha and Shourie were joined by another disgruntled and apparently sidelined BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha in attacking the Narendra Modi government over a wide range of issues including the India-France Rafale fighter jet deal, corruption and alleged nexus with big bank loan defaulters. While participating in a discussion on 'Save Democracy- Save Constitution' in Mumbai, Yashwant Sinha claimed that ministerial decisions were being taken by the PMO "single-handedly" in the NDA gove...
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Never thought someone who compares Muslims to puppies will become PM: Aiyar
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NEW DELHI, Aug 11: In a comment that could court controversy from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Saturday said before 2014 he never imagined that a person who referred to Muslims as puppies would one day become the Prime Minister of the county. Speaking at the inauguration of 'Enough With intolerance National Campaign' event at India International Centre in the capital, Aiyar said that when Narendra Modi was asked if the loss of Muslim lives in the 2002 Gujarat riots upset him, Modi replied, "Even if a puppy comes under a car, I will feel the pain." He further accused PM Modi of staying away from the Muslim refugee camp for 24 days after the Gujarat riots. Modi visited the Shah Alam mosque in Ahmedabad only when the then prime minister ...
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Shah launches scathing attack on Mamata govt over NRC issue
KOLKATA, Aug 11 (Agencies): BJP National President Amit Shah launched a scathing attack on the Mamata Banerjee government while speaking at the BJP Yuva Morcha meeting in Kolkata on Saturday on Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue. Shah tore into the West Bengal Chief Minister for protesting against NRC saying, “Mamata Banerjee had put up protests across Delhi a few days ago against NRC. What is she scared of? Let me tell you what NRC is. It is a process to identify infiltrators and Bangladeshi nationals staying in Assam illegally. Given a chance, we will bring NRC in West Bengal too. How did her stand change? In 2005 she raised her voice against Bangladeshis by throwing papers at the speaker in Parliament and now in 2018 she is supporting them? Bangladeshis are her vote ban...
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