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BJP to hold 'MODI fest' across 900 cities to mark three years of NDA govt
NEW DELHI, May 22 (Agencies): The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has planned a series of mega-events to mark the completion of three years of NDA government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Giving out the details, Union Minister Smriti Irani said that the government will hold 'Making of Developed India (MODI) fest across the country from May 26-June 15. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the event from Guwahati on May 26. Irani said that the idea behind holding MODI fest in 900 cities is to make the common people and the youth about the various path-breaking schemes launched by the Modi government. The union minister added that along with the MODI fest, the government will also be holding 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas' sammelan across the country which will se...
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Good ports essential for country's progress, Gujarat's Kandla is finest in Asia: PM
Kutch (Gujarat), May 22 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived here on Monday as part of his two-day visit to Gujarat, said ports play a vital role in the country's economic development and the Kandla port here has emerged as Asia's finest. Addressing a gathering in Kandla, the prime minister highlighted the important role ports play and said that they are essential for India's progress. During his visit, PM Modi will lay the foundation stones of six projects worth around Rs.1,000 crore of the Kandla Port Trust. He will also inaugurate a pumping station on Kutch Branch Canal of the Narmada project near Bhachau town in Kutch district. He is also expected to attend various other programmes in the state. “Infrastructure, efficiency and transparency are vital pillars of t...
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Jadhav not to be hanged till ICJ’s final verdict, hints Pakistan's envoy Abdul Basit
NEW DELHI, May 22 (Agencies): Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Sunday said that Islamabad will abide by the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) final judgement in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. However, the Pakistani envoy at the same time reiterated that domestic laws will take precedence over ICJ’s final judgement. Speaking exclusively to The Times of India, Basit said Pakistan is committed to follow the international laws and it would abide by the ICJ ruling of staying Jadhav's death sentence. "That is only in the context of provisional order that only stays execution and it has no bearing whatsoever on the merit of the case," Pakistan's top foreign policy advisor told ToI. The United Nations' top court recently ordered a stay on the execution of Jadhav. Judges at the ICJ ...
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Yogi govt set to do away with minorities quota in schemes
LUCKNOW, May 22 (Agencies): In a move likely to trigger a political storm, the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh is all set to end the 20 percent quota for minorities in social welfare schemes. The quota was fixed by the earlier Samajwadi Party government. Informed sources here on Monday said Social Welfare Minister Ramapati Shastri had approved the proposal and that it was only a matter of time, and technicalities, before the same is placed before the Cabinet for approval. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has always maintained it is not against any faith or religion but is against the politics of appeasement. "There is no rationale of quota in schemes on the basis of religion; we are in favour of doing away with it. Development should be guided by the principle of benefit for all," th...
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Dalits in UP village threaten to convert to Islam after being allegedly targeted by police
ALIGARH, May 22 (Agencies): Dalits in a village near Aligarh have threatened to convert to Islam, alleging that the police were targeting them following a clash with upper caste Thakurs over the construction of a drain. Members of the community in Keshopur village had on May 16 clashed with Thakurs. Several persons, mostly Dalits, were injured in the violence, following which police complaints were filed by both sides. The Dalits in the village staged a protest and alleged that the police discriminated against them when it came to taking action. They threatened to convert to Islam "if justice is not done" by Saturday. SDM Pankaj Kumar Verma told agencies that the incident was being probed "in a fair and an unbiased manner". Verma said disputes over drains and water channels are norma...
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Cong leader Tytler refuses to undergo polygraph test
NEW DELHI, May 22 (Agencies): Congress leader Jagdish Tytler on Monday refused to give consent to undergo a lie detection test in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which he was earlier given a clean chit by the CBI on three occasions. Tytler, in an affidavit filed before additional chief metropolitan magistrate Shivali Sharma, said he does not wish to undergo the test as sought by the CBI. The counsel for controversial arms dealer Abhishek Verma, a key witness in the case, told the court that his client was unwell and sought time for his personal appearance to explain the conditions for undergoing the polygraph test. The court granted time to Verma's counsel and listed the matter for June 2 for further proceedings. The court had on May 9 directed Tytler and Verma to give an "unambiguous" ...
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Will issue advisory to Qazis to tell bridegrooms not resort to triple talaq to annul their marriage: AIMPLB to SC
DELHI, May 22 (Agencies): In a significant statement, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) told Supreme Court on Monday that they will issue advisory to Qazis to advise bridegrooms not to resort to triple talaq. "Triple talaq is an undesirable practice under Shariat and a Nikahnama should not have any provision allowing it, the AIMPLB said in its affidavit to the apex court. The board will issue an advisory through its website, publications and social media platforms asking Qazis to tell bridegroom at the time of execution of 'Nikahnama' (marriage contract) that they would not resort to "three divorces in one sitting" in case of differences as it was an "undesirable practice in Shariat". "At the time of performing Nikah (marriage), the person performing the Nikah will advis...
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Jethmalani calls Jaitley 'crook', FM files Rs 10-cr defamation suit against Kejriwal
NEW DELHI, May 22 (Agencies): In more trouble for Arvind Kejriwal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday filed an additional Rs 10 crore defamation suit against the Delhi Chief Minister after AAP chief's lawyer Ram Jethmalani called him a 'crook' in court. Jethmalani had used the word "crook" against the Finance Minister during his cross-examination before a Joint Registrar. Jaitley had then asked if the slur had been "authorised" for use by the Chief Minister. When Jethmalani said it had, the Finance Minister said he could seek "aggravated damages." The Delhi High Court said the use of a "scandalous" word -- crook -- by Kejriwal's lawyer Ram Jethmalani against the Union Finance Minister during the latter's cross-examination in a defamation case cannot be allowed. "If such allegatio...
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Instead of tying stone pelter on army jeep tie Arundhati, tweets Paresh Rawal; sparks row
NEW DELHI, May 22 (Agencies): BJP MP and Bollywood veteran Paresh Rawal has sparked a controversy by o4witter. Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep tie Arundhati Roy ! — Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) May 21, 2017 Soon after the BJP MP posted this tweet, a number of users started reacting to it. Congress leader Digvijaya Singh came out in defence of Arundhati Roy and asked, "Why not the person who stitched PDP/BJP alliance?" @SirPareshRawal Why not the person who stitched PDP/BJP alliance ? — digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) May 22, 2017 The tweet by Rawal is in context with a video which had gone viral last month. The video showed a young man tied to the front of an Indian Army jeep to prevent stone pelting. Some of the reactions to Rawal's tweet are mentioned below:- ...
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Twin blasts rock Hazaribagh railway station, probe on - all details here
Jharkhand, May 22 (Agencies): Twin blasts rock Hazaribagh railway station, probe on - All details here Giridih (Jharkhand): Panic and chaos ensued after two blasts took place late on Sunday night in Hazaribagh railway station of Jharkhand. The station where the blast occurred, falls on the railway line which goes to Kolkata from Delhi via Gaya and Dhanbad. On Sunday night two blasts were heard from the railway station, following which chaos erupted in the nearby areas. A boy lost his right hand in the blast and is being treated in a hospital in Dhanbad. However, the type of explosive used in the blast it is yet to be diagnosed. According to an eyewitness, the explosive which caused the blast was in a bag which was lying on the station. The police has launched an investigating into ...
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UP CM Yogi’s RSS remark a 'sentiment echoed by all', says BJP
Mumbai, May 21 (Agencies): Defending Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath remark that if not for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) then Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, and West Bengal would have been a part of Pakistan, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said the statement was only a sentiment echoed by all. "What Yogi Adityanath is saying is only a sentiment that is echoed by all. The RSS is the largest nationalistic organization in this country and in this world, which believes in the united India where we assimilate, we respect and we co-exists with others," BJP leader Shaina NC told agencies. "India is a country that believes in unity in diversity whether it is states like West Bengal, Punjab that co-exists or Jammu and Kashmir with multiple cultural ethos's, religiou...
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Sonia Gandhi launches signature campaign for 33 percent reservation for women
NEW DELHI, May 21 (Agencies): On the death anniversary of former PM Rajiv Gandhi`s death anniversary, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday launched a signature campaign for 33 percent of seats in Assembly and Parliamentary elections for women. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi`s daughter Priyanka Gandhi and son-in-law Robert Vadra also endorsed it by signing the campaign. With this, the Mahila Congress has launched a nationwide aggressive campaign to build pressure on the Government to get the Women Reservation Bill be tabled and Passed in Parliament. Mahila Congress President Shobha Oza told ANI, "We want Rajiv ji`s dream of women empowerment be fulfilled in coming Monsoon Session of Parliament. We will do door-to-door campaign, signatures would be taken and then m...
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Pakistan detains yet another Indian over 'incomplete' travel documents
NEW DELHI, May 21 (Agencies): A Mumbai resident was reportedly arrested in Islamabad on Sunday for allegedly not having complete travel documents. According to Pakistan's Dunya television, the Indian citizen was arrested from Islamabad's F-8 area. The accused, identified as Mumbai resident Sheikh Nabi, has been sent to 14-day judicial custody after registering a case against him under the Foreigners Act, 1946, the report said. Under fire after Hague ruling, defiant Pak says ICJ can't nullify Jadhav's death sentence, won't give consular access to India However, some media reports here claimed that the Pakistani authorities have not yet informed India about the arrest. The Indian High Commission in Islamabad has not been informed about the detention, the NDTV reported citing MEA source...
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RSS' Muslim wing to organise iftars in UP this Ramzan, will serve only cow milk and its products
LUCKNOW, May 21 (Agencies): The RSS's Muslim wing will organise iftars on Fridays in Uttar Pradesh this Ramzan and serve only cow milk and its products to drive home the message of 'save the cow' and that consumption of its meat invites diseases. Mahiraj Dhwaj Singh, national co-convenor (organisation) of Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) for Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, said it is for the "first time" that people who observe roza (fast), will be ending it with a glass of cow's milk. MRM was formed in 2002 at the initiative of the then RSS chief KS Sudarshan to allow the Sangh to reach out to Muslims. "Emphasis will be laid on the use of cow milk and other dairy products at the iftars. And, it will be for the first time that such an iftar will be held in Uttar Pradesh," Singh told agencie...
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'We don't support state funding of polls' - EC tells Parliament panel
NEW DELHI, May 21 (Agencies): The Election Commission has told a parliamentary committee that it does not support state funding of elections but instead seeks "radical" reforms in the way funds are spent by political parties. State funding of polls imply the government providing funds to parties and candidates to fight elections, replacing the existing system of ploughing in private or party funds for the job. "The Election Commission is not in favour of state funding as it will not be able to prohibit or check candidates' own expenditures or expenditures of others over and above that which is provided by the state (government). "The Election Commission's view is that for addressing the real issues, there have to be radical changes in the provisions regarding receipt of funds by politi...
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BJP yet to decide on Presidential candidate: Amit Shah
NEW DELHI, May 21 (Agencies): The BJP is yet to take a decision on its candidate for the upcoming Presidential polls, even as the party virtually rejected Shiv Sena's proposal for RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to be the ruling combine's nominee. Replying to a question on the BJP-led NDA's candidate for the Presidential polls in July as the Opposition was already working on putting up a joint candidate, said BJP President Amit Shah told a TV channel in an interview that a decision is yet to be taken. "Even if I have a name on my mind, it has to be discussed within the party first," he said. He also rejected the Shiv Sena's proposal regarding Bhagwat, saying that party has itself ruled it out. To questions on Kashmir, Shah said there was no need for even an "iota of concern" over the situatio...
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PM’s monthly radio address has evoked huge response from people of Indian-origin living abroad: All India Radio
NEW DELHI, May 21 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly address - 'Mann Ki Baat' - being aired to about 150 countries -- has evoked a "huge response" from people of Indian-origin living abroad, an All India Radio (AIR) director has said. The address, telecast live in Hindi, is also broadcast in a translated version in English. Excerpts of the speech are aired in various other languages, including Russian, French, Urdu and Chinese. "We reach out to listeners in 150 countries through our radio broadcast in Hindi and general overseas service (English)," AIR External Services Division Director Amlanjyoti Mazumdar said. He said the "huge Indian diaspora across the globe" have the "right to connect to the prime minister of their parent country". The official said there was a "h...
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Election Commission to announce schedule for its 'EVM challenge' on Saturday
NEW DELHI, May 19 (Agencies): The Election Commission will on Saturday announce the schedule for its challenge to tamper with its electronic voting machines. At an all-party meeting on May 12, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi had said a "challenge" was on the cards for political parties to prove that EVMs used in the recent assembly polls were tampered with. He had also said that parties can try and prove that EVMs can be tampered with even under strict technical and administrative safeguards as applicable during elections. In 2009, the Commission had held a similar challenge and it claims no one was able to tamper with its machines. Then 100 EVMs from various parts of the country were brought to Vigyan Bhawan here for the challenge. A demonstration of EVMs and paper trail mach...
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India's Harish Salve charged Rs 1 but do you know how much fee did Pakistan's counsel Khawar Qureshi take
NEW DELHI, May 19 (Agencies): Senior lawyer Harish Salve, who fought India's case at the International Court of Justice against the death penalty to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan, surprised many by charging only Rs 1 for defending the Indian national in the high-profile case. However, do you know how much did Pakistan's counsel Khawar Qureshi charge? Khawar Qureshi is a QC at Serle Court Chambers and McNair Chambers Qatar. In 1993, Qureshi was the youngest advocate to have appeared in the International Court of Justice. The ICJ ruling staying the execution of Jadhav "has caused shock and disappointment in Pakistan", a daily reported on Thursday. Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict: BRILLIANT! Harish Salve took just Re 1 for case; Sushma Swaraj lauds him for India's win Although Pakistani anal...
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Heatwave claims 167 lives in Telangana
HYDERABAD, May 19 (Agencies): As many as 167 people have died reportedly due to sunstroke in Telangana since April 1 as the state continues to reel under blistering heatwave, a senior official of the state disaster management said here today. However, these casualties are yet to be recognised as 'heatwave deaths'. Three-member government committees, consisting of a tehsildar, a police sub-inspector and a civil Surgeon, in each mandal (administrative unit) will have to confirm that these deaths were due to heatwave. "These (167) deaths (till date) should be confirmed by the committees as heatwave deaths. Then only it can be recognised as heatwave deaths and financial assistance will be sanctioned accordingly. "All the deaths are currently under scrutiny. No death has been confirmed as ...
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60 yr old woman gets 'golden' knee at AIIMS
NEW DELHI, May 19 (Agencies): 60-year-old woman's problem knee has been replaced with what what doctors call a golden knee at the All India Instititute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The Gold Knee Replacement surgery was conducted at AIIMS on Wednesday. "There is no gold in the implant but it is golden in colour. It is actually colbalt chromium with seven layers of special coatings which act as a barrier between the skin and the metal which ward off allergies and infection," Dr Rajesh Malhotra, head of the department of Orthopaedics at AIIMS and Chief of its Trauma Centre, said. The patient, who suffered from acute osteoarthritis, had undergone a conventional knee replacement surgery in 2015. She had difficulty walking, and had come to AIIMS with severe pain and pus oozing out from an ...
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Activists of Yogi Led Hindu Yuva Vahini create ruckus over 'conversion' of Dalits to Christianity
Bhadohi (UP), May 19 (Agencies): Activists allegedly belonging to the right-wing Hindu Yuva Vahini (HVY), founded by Yogi Adityanath, today created ruckus at Aurai in this district of Uttar Pradesh over "forcible conversion" of Dalits. The activists reached a newly constructed house in Tiuri village that was being used as church and alleged that forcible conversion of Dalits to Christianity was going on there. They also caught hold of a person, Ajmon Abraham from Kerala, for his alleged involvement in the conversion. When police reached there the activists handed over Abraham to them. SHO of Aurai police station Onkar Singh Yadav said a probe into the matter was on and Abraham was being interrogated. "We are asking the villagers, who were allegedly converted, to know the reality. Secu...
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Imam Barkati assaulted at Kolkata mosque, stopped by protestors from performing namaz
KOLKATA, May 19 (Agencies): Chaos prevailed outside was here on Friday the Tipu Sultan Masjid when a group of men said that they won't allow Imam Syed Noor-ur-Rehman Barkati perform the namaz. The controversial Imam Barkati was sacked from the position of Shahi Imam of the Tipu Sultan Masjid earlier this week.Barkati was sacked from the position of Shahi Imam of the Tipu Sultan Masjid earlier this week. Today, he was allegedly attacked by a protestor who demanded that he vacate the masjid. "Someone hit me from behind on my head. I suspect the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is behind this attack, as they are taking advantage of the situation created by the masjid committee," Barkati told ANI. Barkati said he was attacked for raising his voice against the injustices being done and war...
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BSF martyr Prem Sagar insulted? AC, sofa installed at his residence for UP CM's visit removed after he left
Lucknow, May 15 (Agencies): In yet another incident of shocking apathy of government officials towards the brave sons of 'Mother India', a sofa, carpet and an air conditioner put at the residence of slain BSF head constable, Prem Sagar, in view of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's visit was removed minutes after he left. According to a report published in the Indian Express, the UP government officials, who had made several arrangements, which included installing an air conditioner, a sofa set, a carpet, curtains and table covers, were removed within minutes of CM Adityanath's departure from the slain BSF jawan's house. The officials had made the arrangements in the honour of Yogi Adityanath, who had on Friday visited Prem Sagar's residence in the Tikampar village of UP’s Deoria district...
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Centre will come out with new law for Muslims if triple talaq is held invalid: AG to SC
New Delhi, May 15 (Agencies): The government on Monday told the Supreme Court that it will come out with a law to regulate marriage and divorce among Muslims if triple talaq is held invalid and unconstitutional by the court. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar "If the practice of instant divorce (triple talaq) is struck down by the court, then Centre will bring a law to regulate marriage and divorce among the Muslim community." Rohatgi's submission came when the court asked him what are the remedies for a Muslim man to come out of a marriage if such practices are struck down. Earlier in the day, the apex court bench also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph, R F Nariman, U U Lalit and Abdul Nazeer, said it was keeping open...
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