|Attack on Peshawar School: Centre asks states to beef security|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 17 (Agencies): In the wake of the terror attack on a school in Pakistan's Peshawar, Centre today asked all states to beef up security particularly in educational institutions.
"An advisory has been issued to the state governments," Home Minister Rajnath Singh told reporters outside Parliament House.
He was responding to queries about steps taken by the government to ensure security of schools in the wake of terror strike on a Peshawar school.
Though the Minister did not elaborate, officials in the Home Ministry had said that the guidelines for schools will include asking them to prepare an escape plan for children in case of a terror attack, how to prevent hostage situation, how to raise alarm and shut doors and gates in case of an emergency.
"The earlier advisory was i...|
|Oil firms resume supply of fuel to SpiceJet on cash payment|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 17 (Agencies): After a brief hiatus, oil companies today began supplying jet fuel to Spicejet after the troubled airline paid cash for the purchases.
The budget carrier is getting fuel as per the terms of 'cash and carry' agreement put in place about six months back.
"We never stopped supply fuel. We were supplying fuel to them as late as yesterday late afternoon. They did not come to buy fuel after that and so we did not supply any. They came this afternoon and so we are supplying them," a top executive at a public sector oil firm said.
SpiceJet had been put on cash-and-carry about six months back, which meant fuel will be supplied to the aircraft only if they pay for it, they said.
SpiceJet used to buy about Rs 5.5 crore worth of fuel daily from Bharat Petroleum Corp ...|
|Class 10 student held for sexual assault of 11-yr old|
|CHENNAI, Dec 17 (Agencies): A 10th standard student has been arrested in connection with the alleged sexual assault and murder of an 11-year-old girl in Vellore, a senior police official said here today.
The 15-year-old boy, belonging to the same school where the victim was studying in class VI, was arrested and remanded, Vellore Superintendent of Police P K Senthil Kumari told agencies.
The girl's body was found after being allegedly assaulted at K V Kuppam near Gudiyatham in Vellore yesterday, sparking outrage in the local community.
She was the daughter of a daily wage labourer and the parents had preferred a complaint with police after she failed to return home from school on Monday.
Senthil Kumari said the boy had confessed to having sexually assaulted and murdered the girl.
|4-yr old allegedly raped in school|
|MUMBAI, Dec 17 (Agencies): A four-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a non teaching employee of a school in suburban Bhandup, triggering protests by a group of people who vandalised the school property, police said.
The junior KG student was sexually abused by one Kesari Upadhyay, a non-teaching staff, in a toilet in the school on December 9. The girl later informed her family about the offence, police said.
Following a complaint lodged by the girl's parents yesterday, the accused was arrested today, Bhandup police station's senior inspector Pratap Chavan said.
"Enraged over the incident, scores of people protested outside the school before barging into it and vandalising the property. The situation has been brought under control now," he said.
The accused has been booked under IPC ...|
|Bill introduced in Rajya Sabha to provide death oenalty for hijackers|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 17 (Agencies): A bill seeking stringent punishment including death penalty for hijackers and giving right to security forces to shoot down an aircraft which may be used as a missile, was introduced in the Rajya Sabha today.
The Anti-Hijacking (Amendment) Bill 2014 was introduced by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju after he withdrew a similar bill of 2010 amid din over demand for reply by PM to debate on rising incidents of communal violence.
The new legislation to amend the anti-hijack law has been brought to incorporate latest global treaties like the Beijing Protocol, 2010 of the UN body International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), which have been signed and ratified by India.
The protocol, which provides for stringent measures to deal with civilian ai...|
|Govt asks DoPT to take action against Google for incorrect maps|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 17 (Agencies): The government has asked the Department of Electronics and Information Technology and Survey of India to initiate "appropriate" legal action against Google for wrongly depicting international boundary of some states like Arunachal Pradesh, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
"Google is displaying incorrect map of India depicting the international boundary of some states like Arunachal Pradesh on its different websites.
"Displaying an incorrect map by Google is an offence under Section 69A of IT Act, 2000. Survey of India, which is the nodal agency to deal with the issues related to boundary matters has been advised to take appropriate legal action for violation committed by Google," Union Minister Harsh Vardhan said in a written response to a question in Lok ...|
|When will good days come, asks Rahul Gandhi|
|JHARKHAND, Dec 17 (Agencies): Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 'achhe din' slogan, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today wondered when such good days will come and questioned why he never talks about empowerment of women and farmers.
"It has been seven/eight months since formation of the (NDA) government. When will the good days come?" Rahul asked while addressing election meetings at Shikaripara and Godda.
"Good days have come only for four/five businessmen, who are Modi's friends," he alleged and accused the Centre of intending to do away with MGNREGA that guarantees 100 days of employment per year to the poor.
"Congress wants to give power to all and go along with all. But Modi never says that people can unitedly change the future of India. He doesn't talk ab...|
|PM warns BJP MPs not to cross 'lakshman rekha'|
|NEW DELHI Dec 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday Warning to BJ P MPs not to cross the 'lakshman rekha' with controversial remarks as it hurt the government and the party.
Modi's tough talk came against the backdrop of repeated opposition disruptions in Parliament objecting to remarks by a Union Minister and BJP MPs on issues like conversion.
Sources said addressing BJP MPs at theBJP Parliamentary Party meeting here, the Prime Minister said government will not get diverted from its development agenda and stressed that the work should be "visible" on the ground.
At the meeting, the Prime Minister asked MPs not to cross the 'lakshman rekha' in their remarks, the sources said.
The PM's remarks come amid controversies over certain statements of party leaders that triggered oppo...|
|India strongly condemns Peshawar school attack|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 16 (Agencies): India today strongly condemned the barbaric attack on a school in Peshawar in which at least 124 children were killed, saying there is never a justification for terrorism.
"No words will capture the feeling of deep revulsion and horror we feel about this terror attack against innocent children of the Army Public School in Peshawar - It was not just innocent children who have been massacred today, but the very conception of humanity," Official Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry Syed Akbaruddin said here.
Terming the attack as "crime against humanity", he said prayers are with the families and loved ones of all those who lost their lives or were injured in this barbaric incident.
"We hope the almighty gives them the courage and fortitude to bear t...|
|Bollywood condemns Taliban attack on Peshawar school|
|MUMBAI, Dec 16 (Agencies): Bollywood celebrities today termed the Taliban militants attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan as "sickening" and "appalling".
The heavily-armed Taliban militants stormed the school in Pakistan's volatile northwestern city of Peshawar and killed over 100, mostly students when they started indiscriminate firing on them.
Pakistani actor-singer Ali Zafar said, "This is sad. Real sad! Children."
Arjun Kapoor said he felt helpless after reading about the attack.
"Just reading about Peshawar never felt more helpless... My prayers with everyone in Peshawar all the children and parents... Sad sad day," he tweeted.
Priyanka Chopra tweeted, "Appalling! What kind of wimps hurt kids!"
Farhan Akhtar said his heart broke after he got to know about the incid...|
|PM warns MPs not to cross 'Lakshman Rekha'|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 16 (Agencies): In a stern warning to BJP MPs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked them not to cross the 'lakshman rekha' with controversial remarks as it hurt the government and the party.
Modi's tough talk came against the backdrop of repeated opposition disruptions in Parliament objecting to remarks by a Union Minister and BJP MPs on issues like conversion.
Sources said addressing BJP MPs at the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting here, the Prime Minister said government will not get diverted from its development agenda and stressed that the work should be "visible" on the ground.
The PM's remarks come amid controversies over certain statements of party leaders that triggered opposition uproar in Parliament. The Rajya Sabha has not been functioning for almost a week n...|
|CBI directed to examine Manmohan Singh|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 16 (Agencies): CBI was today directed by a trial court to examine former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the case of Talabira II coal block allocation to Hindalco when he was also Coal Minister in 2005.
Sending the matter back to CBI for further investigation after it had filed a closure report in the case, Special Judge Bharat Parashar said it would be "appropriate" that the then Coal Minister be "first examined" regarding various aspects of the matter.
"....I am of the considered opinion that before the matter is examined further as to what offence, if any, stands committed or by whom the same has been committed, it will be appropriate that the then Minister of Coal (Manmohan Singh) be first examined qua various aspects of the matter and also in light of the observatio...|
|Drug addiction leads to dark alleys of destruction, devastation: PM|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 14 (Agencies): Voicing concern over the "devastating" drug addiction menace, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said society as well as the government will have to work together to fight this problem and that a helpline would be set up soon to assist those seeking solutions.
In his third 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on radio, he said the menace is a "national pain" but instead of the youth mired in the problem, drugs should be shunned.
He said drug addiction is "a malaise filled 3D -- darkness, destruction and devastation -- as it leads to the dark alleys of destruction and devastation".
The Prime Minister said a thinking process should begin to ensure that the country is rid of this problem and added that he will try to involve celebrities from the cine world, sports and ot...|
|61.08% voter turnout in 4th Phase of Jharkhand polls|
|RANCHI, Dec 14 (Agencies): Polling in 15 constituencies of the state today ended with 61.08 per cent electorate exercising their franchise in the penultimate phase of the Assembly elections in Jharkhand as the day passed off peacefully.
The polling, which began at 7 AM in all the seats, ended at 3 PM in 13 constituencies while it concluded at 5 PM in Dhanbad and Bokaro, Election Commission office sources said here.
The 13 other seats which went for polling in this round were Madhupur, Deogarh (SC), Bagodar, Jamua (SC), Gandey, Giridih, Dumri, Chandankyari (SC), Sindri, Nirsa, Jharia, Tundi and Baghmara.
"61.08 per cent polling has been registered, which may go up (in the final count)," Chief Electoral Officer P K Jajoria told reporters here adding voting passed off peacefully.
Of the ...|
|Delhi police asks radio station to stop playing AAP jingle|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 14 (Agencies): Delhi Police have asked FM radio channels in the national capital to stop playing an Aam Aadmi Party jingle which according to them is defaming the force.
In the advertisement, a girl is heard saying that some men passed lewd comments at her while she was on her way back home.
She further claims that policemen were reluctant to file her complaint when she went to the police station and rather asked her to provide evidence of the incident.
Frustrated with the volley of questions, the girl leaves the police station without registering a complaint and is then heard asking people to vote for AAP to ensure women security in Delhi.
"We have asked the radio stations to stop this jingle and will ask AAP to provide us details of the girl whether she is a real vict...|
|Cop receives threat over arrest of ISIS twitter account handler|
|BANGALORE, Dec 14 (Agencies): A senior police officer has received a threat in connection with the arrest of Mehdi Masroor Biswas, the alleged handler of the most influential pro-Islamic State (IS) Twitter account, even as the latter was remanded in five-day police custody.
"Bangalore CCB Police has got five days police remand of Mehdi Masroor Biswas. He was presented before the Magistrate last night," DCP(Crime) Abhishek Goyal said today.
After Biswas was picked up yesterday, Goyal received a threat message in reply to his tweet about the arrest of the 24-year-old engineer working as "manufacturing executive" with ITC Foods in Bangalore from his one-room apartment here.
"@goyal_abhei we will not leave our brothers in your hand Revenge is coming wait for our reaction," reads a reply fr...|
|Will clean up Ganga in 3 yrs: Uma|
|ALAHABAD, Dec 14 (Agencies): Union Minister Uma Bharti today asserted that the Centre was committed to cleaning up Ganga within three years even as she voiced dismay over the extent of pollution after an inspection here saying the people were getting only "effluents" and not "Ganga jal" from the river.
The Water Resources minister said that she was looking forward to holding a meeting with the Uttar Pradesh government to discuss its plans as the state has to pay a key role in the efforts to cleanse the holy river.
"We are committed to cleaning up the Ganga in the next three years. Since a major part of the holy river's trajectory runs through UP, the help and cooperation of the state government will be obviously required. We are looking forward to a meeting with the UP government schedu...|
|Man held for molesting minor sisters|
|PALGARH (MAHARASHTRA), Dec 14 (Agencies): A 38-year-old man was arrested here for allegedly raping a minor girl and molesting another, police said today.
Accused Babloo Shamboo Yadav, who was a relative of the victims' and lived with them in Wavil area in Vasai here, was arrested last night, inspector at Waliv police station Narayan Patil said.
According to the complaint filed by mother of both victims (sisters) on December 12, Yadav, allegedly raped her younger daughter (14) on several occasion in last seven-eight months, while molested her elder daughter (16), he said.
The complaint further stated that Yadav threatened both the victims to kill them and their brother if they revealed anything, Patil said.
A case has been filed against the accused under IPC sections 376 (rape), 354 (o...|
|Woman commits 'Sati' in Bihar|
|SAHARSA, Dec 14 (Agencies): A 65-year-old woman allegedly committed 'sati' by jumping into the funeral pyre of her husband in a village in Bihar's Saharsa district.
Saharsa Superintendent of Police Pankaj Sinha said it happened at Parminia village under Kahra block in the district, around 250 km from the state capital, and the deceased woman has been identified Dahwa Devi.
"Her husband Charitra Yadav (70) had been suffering from cancer for a long time. He died yesterday. His children and relatives arrived in the afternoon and took his body for cremation near a temple in the village," the SP said.
The last rites got over by evening and the group of people returned and was taking bath near a village borewell. The deceased woman and her daughter-in-law had remained at their home as per th...|
|Muzaffarnagar Riots: Six accused in Kutba killings arrested|
|MUZAFFARNAGAR, Dec 14 (Agencies): Six persons have been arrested in connection with communal killings at Kutba village during Muzaffarnagar riots last year, police said.
The accused were arrested yesterday and have been identified as Deshpal, Chatra, Buresh, Jitender, Guddu and Shoki, police said, adding they had been absconding since last year.
They were produced in court here and sent to judicial custody till December 25, police added.
On December 8, one person was arrested in connection with the case.
Eight persons, including a woman were killed and 20 others injured during riots in Kutba on September 8 last year. Police had registered cases against 110 rioters.
According to the Special Investigation Team (SIT), which was set up to probe the riots, more than 50 people were alleged...|
|Pro-ISIS Twitter account handler arrested in Bangalore|
|BANGALORE, Dec 13 (Agencies): In a major breakthrough, the alleged handler of the most influential pro-Islamic State (IS) Twitter account was arrested from an apartment here in the early hours today.
Mehdi Masroor Biswas has "confessed" he was handling the pro-jihad tweeter "@ShamiWitness" and he was particularly close to English-speaking ISIS terrorists, Karnataka DGP L Pachau told reporters here.
An engineer working as "manufacturing executive" with a Bangalore-based multinational company for an annual package of Rs 5.3 lakh, he became "a source of incitement and information" for the new ISIS recruits, Pachau said.
Biswas, hailing from West Bengal, had admitted to operating "@ShamiWitness" twitter account for the last many years, he said, announcing the breakthrough along with Bangal...|
|SIS' 'evil design' won't succeed on Indian soil: Naqvi|
|LUCKNOW, Dec 13 (Agencies): Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said that ISIS would never be able to make hold over India and will not succeed in their "evil design" on Indian soil.
"The propaganda they (ISIS) are spreading of making inroads among Indian Muslims is mischievous. The claim of making hold over India is a kind of mischief. We have full faith that such powers have neither been able to maintain any hold over India nor will they succeed in their nefarious or evil design on Indian soil," Naqvi told PTI.
The Minister of state for Parliamentary Affairs said that their destructive agenda cannot defuse the agenda of development and good governance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"We are committed for overall development through good governance," he said.
Naqvi said that on...|
|Minor girls alegedly raped by brother in Faridabad|
|FARIDABAD, Dec 13 (Agencies): Two minor girls were allegedly raped by their 20-year-old brother in the district, police said today.
In a complaint filed yesterday, the 14-year-old girl has alleged that she and her 12-year-old sister were repeatedly raped by their brother Ravindra since the last few months, they said.
The accused even allegedly threatened the victims with dire consequences if they reveal the incident to anyone, police said.
An FIR has been registered against Ravindra, who is absconding and efforts are on to nab him, they said....|
|Leaders pay homage to Martyrs of Parliament attack|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 13 (Agencies): Parliamentarians led by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today paid homage to martyrs on the 13th anniversary of the attack on Parliament.
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other members attended a solemn ceremony held in the premises of Parliament.
The leaders, who also included Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha M Thambi Durai, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi and CPI's D Raja, observed a silence for a while in remembrance of the martyrs and paid them floral tributes.
Family members of some the slain martyrs along with Parliamentarians also paid tribute to them. A blood donation camp was also or...|
|CRPF jawan killed in landmine blast in Chhattisgarh|
|RAIPUR, Dec 13 (Agencies): A CRPF jawan was killed in a landmine blast in Chhattisgarh's Naxal-affected rpt Naxal-affected Bijapur district today, police said.
R Govasdhan Reddy, belonging to E company of 222 battalion of CRPF, was killed after he stepped on a pressure bomb, planted underneath the land by naxals in the interior forests of Sarkeguda village under Basguda police station limits, DIG (Intelligence) Dipanshu Kabra, told agencies.
The officer said a team of CRPF jawans was sent for patrolling in the forest area today and when they reached near Sarkeguda village, Reddy stepped on the bomb, triggering an explosion.
Soon after getting the information, additional police force was rushed to the spot and Reddy was rescued. He was admitted to Bijapur district hospital, where he suc...|