|Whole of J&K belongs to India: Sushma|
|NEW DELHI, July 23 (Agencies): Lashing out at Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj Saturday said that the whole of Jammu and Kashmir belongs to India and Pakistan will never succeed in making Kashmir a 'terror hell' as it has never exported good wishes to Kashmir but only weapons and terrorism.
She gave an unequivocal response to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today, accusing his government of "the unabashed embrace of terrorism", the use of "dirty money" and unleashing the recent violence in Jammu and Kashmir where nearly 48 people have died and 3,000 been injured in clashes after the shooting of 22-year-old Burhan Wani.
Taking a tough stand on Kashmir, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Saturday, hit out at Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sh...|
|Cong assails Modi over silence on China’s remarks on Kashmir|
|NEW DELHI, July 22: Congress today questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on China voicing concern over Kashmir violence and said it is due to the “lack of maturity” in the government’s foreign policy that led to Beijing’s “direct” interference in India’s internal affairs.
Congress spokesperson Kapil Sibal said it was expected of the Prime Minister or the External Affairs Minister to make a statement on the floor of the House expressing concern over China’s remarks that did not happen, but hoped they would do so on Monday when opposition raises the issue in Parliament.
“For the first time in India’s post-independence history, China has commented on the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir. This is a direct interference in the domestic affairs of India and what is surprising is tha...|
|SC to hear petition seeking Governor's rule in J&K|
|NEW DELHI, July 22 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a plea seeking imposition of Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir, under a provision of J&K Constitution, due to the prevailing law and order situation in the state.
A bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur directed that the petition filed by Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) be listed next week.
The plea was mentioned before the bench by the counsel for JKNPP who said that Jammu and Kashmir has been "under siege of the security forces and the police for the past two weeks resulting in a total chaos, anarchy and disorder in the entire valley of Kashmir".
The counsel said that Governor's rule under section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir should be imposed.
The petition sought a direction...|
|SC to govt: Place 'real picture' about army porters|
|NEW DELHI, July 22 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today stopped short of passing an order asking the Armed Forces Tribunal to examine the service conditions of 'army porters' who have been agitating with the Centre for regularisation of their services and sought the 'real picture' about them.
The apex court had framed questions for the tribunal to examine the issues plaguing the army porters, the civilian part of the army deployed in some sectors like Nowshera (Rajouri) in Jammu and Kashmir but the Centre requested that it be given a week's time to analyse the aspect.
"Now that I have got to know the mood of the court, let me have some reaction time. Let me come back next week," Additional Solicitor General P S Patwalia pleaded before the bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur which po...|
|FIR against Dayashankar Singh ordered|
|VAISHALI, July 22 (Agencies): A Vaishali district court today ordered registration of an FIR against expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh for his derogatory remarks against BSP chief Mayawati.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Jai Ram Prasad ordered registration of the case in district SC & ST police station on a complaint by Balendra Das, former Vaishali district chief of Bahujan Samaj Party.
Das' counsel Ranjit Kumar alleged that he was hurt after hearing the derogatory remarks by Singh against Mayawati as shown in TV channels and published in newspapers.
The complainant sought action against Singh under various IPC sections....|
|One arrested for hoisting Pak flag in Nalanda|
|NALANDA (BIHAR), July 21 (Agencies): Officials of Nalanda district in Bihar today went into a tizzy over report of hoisting of a flag resembling the national flag of Pakistan at a house located in Kharadi Colony.
Private TV channels showed the green flag with moon and crescent hoisted at the house of Anwar-ul-Haque in Kharadi colony in Biharsharif, district headquarters of Nalanda. Nalanda is the home district of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
After getting information from the media that a Pakistani flag has been hoisted atop a house, Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Sudhir Kumar and Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Saifur Rahman rushed to the spot and seized the flag from family members.
The family had already removed the flag before officials reached the place. Later, the offici...|
|Lalu attacks Modi for silence on Kashmir|
|PATNA, July 21 (Agencies): RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav today attacked BJP's Dayashankar Singh and said his party is anti-Dalit.
"BJP is an extremely anti-Dalit party. It is evident from what is happening in Gujarat as well. The face of BJP has now been exposed. The kind of language used by Dayashankar Singh against BSP supremo Mayawati has crossed all limits," said the RJD chief.
Lalu further slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that that BJP and the RSS together were crushing Baba Bhimrao Ambedkar's dream.
"It has been established that Guru Golwalkar's RSS is anti-poor. Dalits across the country are being humiliated. Baba Bhimrao Ambedkar's dreams are being crushed by the RSS and Narendra Modi", he said.
Lalu said that the country was not safe in the hands of BJP. He said that...|
|518 Indians languishing in jails in Pak|
|NEW DELHI, July 21 (Agencies): A total of 518 Indians including 55 civilian prisoners are languishing in various jails in Pakistan, the Government informed the Rajya Sabha today.
Replying to a question, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said the total prisoners included 463 fishermen.
"As per the list exchanged between the governments of India and Pakistan on July 1, there are 518 prisoners who are Indian or believed to be Indian in Pakistani jails," he said.
About incidents of attacks on members of the minority community in Bangladesh, Singh said India was closely monitoring the situation, adding Bangladeshi authorities have conveyed that their investigations into past attacks suggest that these are the handiwork of local radical and terrorists outfits.
To a question o...|
|India’s progress linked to that of its neighbours: Modi|
|NEW DELHI, July 21 (Agencies): India’s progress is linked to that of all its neighbours, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday as he along with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina inaugurated Petrapole-Benapole land port which will serve as a key trade route between the two countries.
Addressing via video conferencing the event which was also joined by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, he said Integrated Check Post (ICP) will serve to foster more economic integration and connectivity between India and Bangladesh.
Underlining that economic development and connectivity are very closely linked to each other, Modi said, “India’s progress is linked to progress of all its neighbours.”
He said inauguration of the “biggest land port in South Asia” is a “very important mi...|
|Rahul Gandhi meets the family of Dalit victim, assures help|
|GUJARAT, July 21 (Agencies): Rahul Gandhi today met the family members of Dalits, who were thrashed while skinning a dead cow, and assured all possible help to the victims.
According to a kin of the victims, Gandhi, who spent around 40 minutes with the family members, said he is "ashamed" that such incidents are taking place in India.
Rahul, who was accompanied by Congress leaders Kumari Selja and Gurudas Kamat, also had tea with the family members of the victims in this remote village near Una town of Gir-Somnath district, where the incident took place on July 11.
"We narrated to him (Rahul) what happened with my cousins and uncle. He listened to us patiently and assured us all help so that we can get justice," Jitu Sarvaiya, a cousin of the victims, told reporters after Gandhi left.
|Unclaimed bag found at Amritsar airport, sparks panic|
|AMRITSAR, July 21 (Agencies): Panic gripped the international airport here today after an unclaimed piece of baggage arrived on a SpiceJet flight from Dubai, forcing authorities to take all anti-bomb threat measures including deploying the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad to deal with any situation.
The unclaimed baggage, however, was later found to be belonging to an Indonesian national who had "missed" boarding her SpiceJet flight SG 056 with 183 passengers on board at Dubai despite clearing security and immigration checks at the Dubai Airport.
The bag was found unclaimed soon after all the passengers arriving by this flight claimed their baggage from the conveyor belt but no flier came to collect the particular baggage, officials said, adding the BDDS was immediately called to check...|
|Centre flags 'Sudden' spurt in crime against SC in Gujarat, Chhattisgarh|
|GUJARAT/CHHATISGARH, July 21 (Agencies): Amid a raging row over attack on dalits for skinning a dead cow in Gujarat, the Centre has flagged the "anomaly and sudden increase" in crimes against people belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC) in BJP-ruled Gujarat and Chhattisgarh and sought details from administration there.
Gujarat and Chhattigarah have reported the highest crime rate of 163.30 per cent (6,655 cases) and 91.90 per cent (3,008 cases) against members of SC community during last year.
"The anomaly and sudden increase in respect to Gujarat and Chhattisgarh are abnormal and are being highlighted so that these states can provide actual data in case there was a mistake in reporting," according to the agenda papers for meeting on 'Monitoring the implementation of constitutional safegua...|
|Mayawati slams BJP over Gujarat Dalit beatings, prostitute remark|
|UTTAR PRADESH, July 21 (Agencies): Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati went on the offensive in the Rajya Sabha today against the ruling BJP saying the Centre should hand over the probe into the Una, Gujarat beating of Dalits by cow protection squad activists to a fast track court.
The BSP chief said the BJP should have filed a case against its former Uttar Pradesh unit chief Dayashankar Singh for likening Mayawati to a prostitute. The BSP filed a FIR following which Singh has gone into hiding and the UP Police claim to be looking for him all over the state.
Mayawati said the House has spoken in voice and supported her against the tasteless, crass comment. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa had voiced her support to her, the BSP chief said. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had c...|
|Youth attempts self-immolation outside CM's House|
|CHHATISGARH, July 21 (Agencies): A 28-year-old unemployed youth tried to commit suicide by setting himself on fire in front of Chief Minister Raman Singh's official residence here this afternoon, police said.
"Yogesh Kumar Sahu, a resident of Urla area of Raipur, was admitted to Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Memorial hospital after he attempted suicide by immolating himself in front of the Chief Minister's house in Civil Line area," Raipur SP Sanjeev Shukla said.
As per preliminary reports, he sustained 25 per cent to 30 per cent burn injuries, but his condition is presently said to be stable, he said.
The incident took place after the Chief Minister held Jandarshan programme (public grievance redressal meet) at his official residence today.
"After the programme, when people were coming out of...|
|Dalit Teen's Murder: Maharashtra speaker asks govt to make statement|
|MAHARASHTRA, July 21 (Agencies): Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde today asked the government to make a statement on the murder of a Dalit teenage boy in Navi Mumbai, allegedly over an inter-caste relationship.
Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, who sought to raise the issue in the assembly through an adjournment notice, alleged police officials insulted family members of the deceased, after they went to lodge a complaint at the police station.
Seven people, including the girl’s relatives and their friends, have been arrested in connection with the murder by Nerul police.
Police said the victim, 15-year-old Swapnil Sonawane, was killed because the girl’s family did not approve of him as he belonged to a different caste.
The boy was allegedly beaten to death on Tu...|
|SC issues notice to Centre, Maharashtra govt on abortion laws|
|MAHARASHTRA, July 21 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today sought response from the Centre and the Maharashtra government on a plea of an alleged rape victim challenging provisions of the abortion law which prohibits termination of pregnancy after 20 weeks even if there is a fatal risk to the mother and the foetus.
A bench headed by Justice J S Khehar issued notice for tomorrow and asked the petitioner to serve it today itself through the Attorney General's office.
Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves appearing for the woman said that constitutionality of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 is being challenged in the plea as it puts a ceiling of 20 weeks for an abortion.
The bench also comprising Kurian Joseph and Justice Arun Misra said that it will seek the report of medical boar...|
|239 Rhinos killed in 16 ys in Assam: Govt|
|ASSAM, July 21 (Agencies): A total of 239 rhinos were killed by poachers in the last 16 years in Assam, Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma said today.
Replying to a query of Congress MLA Ajanta Neog during Question Hour in the Assembly, Brahma said the 239 rhinos were killed by poachers from 2001 to July 2016.
"The morale of forest staff is very low. There is no proper basic amenities. Transit camps are in dilapidated conditions and there are no facilities of drinking water.
They do not even get their ration every month - it is given only once or twice in a year," she said.
The minister said the department had employed casual staff, but unfortunately their pays are not regular.
"It is said that money is sanctioned for uniforms, but they do not get it... How will they survive? I dis...|
|No "escape route" for BCCI : Legal experts|
|MUMBAI, July 19 : Retired Supreme Court judge Mr Ananga Kumar Patnaik was conferring with Justice R Raveendran (one of the members of the Lodha panel) when this correspondent congratulated him on the Supreme Court's acceptance of the Lodha Committee's recommendations, which the BCCI will have to implement within 6 months.
For the uninitiated, it was during the tenure of Justice A K Patnaik that the seeds of discontent were sown by Aditya Verma, which ultimately led to the downfall of the BCCI.
Speaking to this reporter from his Delhi residence, he said exclusively, " I am happy that the Supreme Court has accepted these sweeping changes recommended by retd. Justice R M Lodha."
Praising his colleagues in the Supreme Court for the verdict, he further added. " I wouldn't like to take any...|
|Centre under attack in LS over Kashmir unrest|
|NEW DELHI, July 20 (Agencies): The Modi government and PDP-BJP dispensation of Jammu and Kashmir today came under attack in the Lok Sabha over the unrest in the Valley, with opposition alleging their failure to address the situation and pressing for a political solution.
As the House took up a discussion on the ongoing trouble in Kashmir, various parties demanded sending an all-party delegation to the Valley even as Anurag Thakur, speaking on behalf of the ruling BJP, said every political party should come together and help in dealing with such situations.
Initiating the debate, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said over the last two years, since the BJP government came to power at the Centre, the situation in the Valley has "deteriorated" and has become "disappointing".
|Pak's Kashmir dream will never be fulfilled: Naidu|
|NEW DELHI, July 20 (Agencies): Asserting that Kashmir is a distant dream for Pakistan which will never get fulfilled, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said that Islamabad should forget about Kashmir as it is an integral part of India.
Naidu said Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is doing all these stunts to divert attention from real matters, adding that Islamabad should observe black day for all wrong happenings in their country.
"Pakistan should forget about Kashmir, Kashmir is an integral part of India. No matter what they do, their dream of Kashmir will never get fulfilled. Kashmir is India's and will always remain," said Naidu.
"In Kashmir here we have democracy, we have a government there. Pakistan just to divert attention from its int...|
|Cong targets RSS-BJP for attacks on Dalits, Rajnath refutes|
|GUJARAT, July 20 (Agencies): Congress today targeted RSS and BJP in Lok Sabha over attacks on some dalit men in Gujarat for skinning a dead cow, saying the Hindutva organisation was working for "dalit-mukt Bharat" which was "sponsored" by BJP to polarise communities ahead of next year's assembly polls there.
The opposition party demanded constitution of a joint parliamentary committee to go into the incident but Home Minister Rajnath Singh strongly refuted its charges and cited figures to claim that cases of atrocities against dalits have declined in the state since 2001 when Narendra Modi took over as chief minister, and commended the state government for its "swift and effective" action.
K Suresh (Cong) raised the issue in Zero Hour during which Congress members remained in the Well d...|
|Embarrassed BJP sacks UP VP for remarks against Mayawati|
|UTTAR PRADESH, July 20 (Agencies):BJP today sacked its Uttar Pradesh vice president Dayashankar Singh from all party posts after his derogatory remarks against BSP chief Mayawati sparked massive uproar and pushed the saffron party in a tight corner.
UP BJP President Keshav Prasad Maurya told reporters that Singh has been relieved of all posts and said "such language has no place in the party".
BJP has been wooing dalits, a politically crucial community in Uttar Pradesh which goes to the polls early next year, and Singh's comments have the potential to damage its efforts. The party hopes that it will be able to contain the damage by acting swiftly against him.
"He has been relieved of all responsibilities in the party. There is no place for such language in BJP," Maurya said.
As his r...|
|Gujarat Dalit thrashing: Protests on, bandh evokes mixed response|
|GUJARAT, July 20 (Agencies): Protests escalated in Gujarat over the brutal thrashing of the community youths in Una town even as incidents of violence were reported from several places across the state.
Enraged community members took out rallies in towns and cities, blocking roads, damaging buses and even a train was stopped near Vadhvan in Surendranagar district.
The bandh called by Dalit outfits in Gujarat over the Dalit-thrashing issue in Una town evoked mixed response.
Chief Minister Anandiben Patel visited the victims at Rajkot hospital and met their family members at Una, assuring them that stringent action will be taken against the culprits.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will be visiting Una tomorrow and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday.
The Dalit outfits ...|
|Over 6,500 Indians languishing in foreign jails: Govt|
|NEW DELHI, July 20 (Agencies): Over 6,500 Indians are at present languishing in jails in 75 countries with maximum of 1,896 being lodged in Saudi Arabia.
Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh in a written reply in Lok Sabha, said a total of 6,567 Indian citizens are in foreign jails and 354 of them are awaiting repatriation after having completed their sentence.
He said India has signed bilateral agreements for transfer of sentenced persons with 42 countries under which Indian prisoners have been brought back to India from some of these countries.
Singh said a maximum of 1,896 Indians are lodged in jails in Saudi Arabia, followed by 764 in the United Arab Emirates, 614 in Nepal, 595 in the US and 518 in Pakistan.
As per figures provided by the minister, a total of 325 India...|
|BSF beefs up security along Indo-Pak border in Rajasthan|
|RAJASTHAN, July 20 (Agencies): The Border Security Force has beefed up security arrangements along the Indo-Pak border in Rajasthan to check infiltration, a senior officer of the paramilitary force said.
BSF DIG Ravi Gandhi said arrangements were further strengthened along the border areas.
He said the arrangements were beefed up after a security review.
Four districts of Rajasthan -- Sriganganagar, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Barmer -- share border with Pakistan....|