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BJP will face a debacle worse than Delhi in Bihar: Lalu
PATNA, Aug 30 (Agencies): On a day top leaders from the grand secular alliance assembled here to address 'Swabhiman Rally' to counter the NDA, RJD president Lalu Prasad today attacked the BJP on social media saying it "will face a debacle worse than Delhi" in the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections. "The public is outraged over non-keeping of promises by the BJP (on) corruption, unemployment and inflation. BJP will face a debacle worse than Delhi. We will break its arrogance to pieces," Prasad posted on social media platforms. He asserted that the people of Bihar have made up their minds to chase away BJP from the state. Referring to the crowd of supporters of the 'grand secular alliance' who gathered at the Gandhi Maidan, the venue of today's Swabhiman Rally, Prasad said it was a testi...
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India pitches for anti-terror treaty, UN reforms
NEW DELHI, Aug 30 (Agencies): Asserting that no country could be immune to the threat of terrorism especially with emergence ISIS, India today made a strong pitch for finalisation of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) at the UN during a meeting with the President-elect of the global body. During her talks with President-elect of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft, who is here on a two-day visit, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj stressed on the need for UN Security Council reforms on the occasion of 70th anniversary to reflect current geopolitical realities and increasing role of developing nations. The Indian sides also strongly pitched for early finalisation of the CCIT, a treaty proposed by India in 1996 to ban terrorists and make it binding fo...
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Progressive Kannada scholar M.M. Kalburgi shot dead
DHARWAD, Aug 30 (Agencies): Noted Kannada scholar and researcher, M M Kalburgi, who often courted controversies with his outspoken stand on various issues including idol worship, was shot dead at point-blank range by two unidentified men at his residence here today. Two men came on a two-wheeler and knocked at the door of Kalburgi's house and as it was opened, two shots were fired at him on his forehead and chest, after which the assailants fled, Hubli-Dharwad City Police Commissioner Ravindra Prasad told reporters here. 77-year old Kalburgi, a former vice-chancellor of Hampi Kannada University, was rushed to the civil hospital where he died without responding to treatment, he said, as the audacious act shook the Kannada literary world....
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Sheena Murder Case: Khanna, Indrani's driver taken to Raigad to ‘re-create’ crime scene
MUMBAI, Aug 30 (Agencies): Indrani Mukerjea's former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyam Rai were today taken to Raigad district to 'recreate' the crime scene in the Sheena Bora murber case by Mumbai Police as investigators sought to gather evidence. Accused Sanjeev Khanna was brought to Khar police station and later taken to the forest in Pen tehsil, along with the driver, police said. During sustained interrogation here yesterday, Indrani and Sanjeev blamed each other for the crime. Indrani's son and Sheena's brother Mikhail Bora was also questioned at a hotel in Bandra yesterday. Police are also probing Mikhail's claim that just hours before Indrani and Sanjeev met Sheena on April 24, 2012 and took her for what would be the last drive of her life, Indrani had also allegedly...
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Uddhav asks Hardik to behave like 'Role Model' Bal Thackeray
THANE, Aug 30 (Agencies): Patel agitation leader Hardik Patel should behave like Shiv Sena icon Bal Thackeray if he really considers the latter to be his role model, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said here today. "I will be happy if anyone moves ahead by taking 'prerna' (inspiration) and 'sphoorti' (enthusiasm) from Bal Thackeray. If Hardik considers Balasaheb as his role model, then he should behave like his role model," Uddhav said at a meeting here. Hardik, who is spearheading a stir in Gujarat seeking reservation for the Patel community, had reportedly said that the late Bal Thackeray was his role model even as he had also hailed MNS chief Raj Thackeray....
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Land ordinance to lapse, govt to include suggestions in Bill
NEW DELHI, Aug 30 (Agencies): Faced with stiff resistance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced that the government will not re-promulgate the controversial Ordinance on Land Acquisition which expires tomorrow and declared readiness to incorporate any suggestion in the bill on it which is pending in Rajya Sabha to benefit the farmers. Apparently referring to the political opponents, he said lot of doubts have been created over the land bill and fear instilled among farmers even though states had suggested amendments to the Act of 2013 for the benefit of villages and villagers. "We had promulgated an Ordinance on Land Acquisition Bill which will expire tomorrow. I have decided that it should be allowed to expire. It means restoration of the situation that prevailed before my gove...
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SAARC Secretariat suggests satellite project under its ambit, India rejects
NEW DELHI, Aug 30 (Agencies): After Pakistan, the SAARC Secretariat has suggested bringing India's satellite project for countries of the grouping under its ambit, but India has rejected the idea again saying it is not acceptable. In a letter from the SAARC Secretariat, based in Nepal, it has been suggested whether the "issue could be referred" to SAARC's Technical Committee on Science and Technology. India has, however, rejected the suggestion saying the project is India's gift to its South Asian neighbours. "If the issue is the referred to the SAARC's Technical Committee on Science and Technology then it will get stuck for 2-3 years as everyone will chip in. We wrote back to the SAARC secretariat that it was not possible to bring the project under the aegis of the regional grouping,"...
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Sheena Murder Case
Focus now on forensic report of skeletal remains
MUMBAI, Aug 29 (Agencies): The focus in the high-profile Sheena Bora murder case has now shifted to the forensic analysis of the skeletal remains found in Raigad district where her body was allegedly dumped three years ago. "We have sent the bones and other skeletal remains for forensic analysis and are awaiting report," a police official said. JJ Hospital had yesterday handed over to Khar police a few bones it had received from Raigad Police in 2012. Police are also probing Mikhail Bora's claim that just hours before Indrani and Sanjeev Khanna met Sheena Bora on April 24, 2012 and took her for what would be the last drive of her life, Indrani had also allegedly drugged her son, Mikhail. Mikhail has claimed that on the pretext of discussing a property deal, he was given a spiked drink...
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Villager helps locate spot where body was buried
MUMBAI, Aug 29 (Agencies): The Mumbai police team, probing the mysterious Sheena Bora murder, have a lot to thank Ganesh Dhene, a village official in Pen tehsil of Raigad district, for helping them locate the spot where Sheena was allegedly buried in 2012. A team of police, forensic experts and villagers had yesterday exhumed skeletal remains after Dhene, a Police Patil, identified the exact spot where Sheena's body was allegedly dumped in the forests there three years ago. Early last morning, the team of police officials and forensic experts from Mumbai had reached Gagode Budruk village in Pen teshil and the digging had started around 6 am. They learnt of Police Patil Ganesh Dhene of Hetevne village, who was present when the body was found at the crime scene on May 23, 2012, and also ...
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Shiv Sena to award Hindu families having 5 kids
AGRA, Aug 29 (Agencies): The Agra unit of the Shiv Sena has announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh for every Hindu family which has five children. Concerned over the falling growth of Hindu population in the recent census figures, the Sena unit has introduced the reward system, District Chief of the Shiv Sena, Veenu Lavania said yesterday. Each family that has five kids between 2010 to 2015 will get Rs 2 lakh. The parents will need to furnish birth certificates from the municipal corporation, he added. Shiv Sena has also expressed concern over the growing Muslim population. They demanded a uniform civil code and an end to the system of "several wives per husband"....
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'Delhi Book Fair 2015'
Publisher's job is to discover unknown authors: Dr Jitendra
NEW DELHI, August 29: A publisher’s job does not end with printing a saleable book by a saleable and a known author but a publisher’s real job is to discover unknown authors and promote hidden talent. This exclusive observation was made by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh while delivering the inaugural address at the week-long “Delhi Book Fair 2015” at Pragati Maidan here today. Citing from personal experience as an author and columnist, Dr. Jitendra Singh recalled how around early 1980s, he had piled up innumerable copies of regret letters for unpublished short-story manuscripts which he was regularly sending to the then popular “Illustrat...
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Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced to 3-yrs in prison in Egypt
CAIRO, Aug 29 (Agencies): Three Al-Jazeera journalists were today sentenced to three years in prison by an Egyptian court for spreading false news and endangering national security, in a case that has triggered an international outcry. The three -- Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed -- were sentenced after a lengthy retrial. At least three other co-defendants, accused of working with Al-Jazeera, received similar sentences. All three were convicted last year on charges that included conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood, spreading false news and endangering national security, but they have maintained their innocence, saying they were simply reporting the news. They were also accused of operating without a press lic...
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2 accused of minor rape arrested in Assam
BARPETA, Aug 29 (Agencies): Two youths were today arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a 12-year old girl at Howly in Barpeta district. The arrested duo are 23-year old Moklesur Rahman and 24-year old Nijamuddin, while the prime accused Jahangir Ali is still absconding, police said. As per the FIR filed at Howly police station, the girl was forcibly taken by the group of four youths and they allegedly raped her near the Barpeta Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday last. The boys then abandoned her on an overbridge in Howly threatening her not to tell police about the crime, police said. The girl's parents had filed an FIR where she named one of the boys as Jahangir Ali....
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20-yr old girl allegedly raped by relative in Faridabad
FARIDABAD, Aug 29 (Agencies): A 20-year-old girl has accused a relative and his friends for allegedly raping her at the victim's residence here, police said today. According to the complaint filed by the victim, Rohtas, one of her relatives came to girl's residence along with two of his friends and raped her when she was alone in her room, they added. When she cried for help, her uncle and aunty came for the rescue but accused beat them and the girl. While fleeing from the place they threatened the victim of dire consequences if she informed anybody. A complaint was filed and a case has been registered with Women Police Station Faridabad under sections 376, 452, 323, 506 and 34 of IPC. The police have started investigations in the case, said investigating officer ASI Alpana....
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Agitation exposes Modi's gujarat model, says Gogoi
GUWAHATI, Aug 29 (Agencies): Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Gujarat Model of development in the wake of the agitation by the Patel Community in the state. "The Patel community, whose economic condition is relatively better than other communities in Gujarat, is now agitating for reservation in jobs and education exposing resentment among them," Gogoi said in a statement here. If the economically and politically powerful community like the Patels was on a warpath demanding reservation, the condition of the other communities in Gujarat could very well be imagined, he said. "The agitation led by Hardik Patel exposes anger, frustration of the younger generation in Gujarat and indicates the hollowness of the Gujarat model of development," he ...
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Samajwadi Party to contest 5 seats in Bihar: Lalu Prasad
PATNA, Aug 29 (Agencies): RJD chief Lalu Prasad today announced that Samajwadi Party will contest on five seats in the crucial Bihar Assembly elections scheduled in September-October. "We have decided to give three seats earlier allotted to NCP and two others from the RJD quota to SP in the Bihar elections," Prasad told reporters. "The way they (secular alliance) ditched us while deciding on seats, it seems there is no room left for talks with it... It seems we are left with only one option - that is to form a third front with Left and other parties," NCP general secretary Tariq Anwar had said on Thursday. SP, though, is keeping up suspense over the participation of party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in tomorrow's rally of the grand "secular" alliance. Bihar SP chief Ramchandra Singh Y...
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PM expresses concern over 'political, social instability' in Nepal
NEW DELHI, Aug 25 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed concern over the "political and social instability" in Nepal and asked the political leadership there to resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue among all stakeholders through widest possible consultations. Modi, who called up Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, also expressed sorrow at the loss of lives in the violence in Nepal and extended his condolences to the families of the deceased and the people of Nepal. At least 20 people including 17 policemen were killed and more than 100 injured in a violent clash yesterday in western Nepal's Kailali district between security personnel and protesters demanding a separate Tharuhat province. "Prime Minister Modi expressed concern that political and social instabili...
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BJP retains power in Bengaluru civic polls, setback for Cong
BENGALURU, Aug 25 (Agencies): In a hat-trick of sorts for BJP in civic polls across the country, the party today won control of the IT city's civic body for a second term in the bitterly fought elections, with the outcome coming as a setback to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. Upsetting Congress plans to wrest control of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) council with an all out offensive, BJP won 100 wards out of 198, as the results were declared today by the State Election Commission for the polls held on August 22. After its wins in the civic polls in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the Bengaluru results make it three-in-a-row for BJP, which weathered an aggressive campaign led from the front by the Chief Minister himself against its rule in BBMP. Congress bagged 76, JDS headed...
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Patels hold mega rally for OBC quota demand, warn BJP govt
AHMEDABAD, Aug 25 (Agencies): In a mega show of strength for their demand of inclusion in OBC category for reservation, the Patel community today warned that if they are not made eligible for quota, the BJP government in Gujarat will face consequences in 2017 polls. After the rally, the Patel community's young leader Hardik Patel, who is spearheading the agitation, said he will sit on a hunger strike at the venue till the Chief Minister (Anandiben Patel) does not come to take a memorandum from them. The numerically and economically strong Patel community of Gujarat converged here in large numbers to take part in the rally, which brought the city to a grinding halt. The 'Maha Kranti' rally comes after a month-long agitation by the Patel community for their demand of reservation. "If yo...
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Kejriwal meets PM, seeks cooperation irrespective of political ideologies
NEW DELHI, Aug 25 (Agencies): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and took up a host of issues, including his government's tussle with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, as he sought the Centre's cooperation irrespective of the differences in "political ideologies". The chief minister, who was accompanied by his deputy Manish Sisodia for the meeting with Modi, also raised the issue of "Delhi Police being at war with his government" and touched upon the row over the appointment of the Delhi Anti- Corruption Bureau. "We met the Prime Minister and told him that for the development of Delhi and benefit of its people, the Centre and the state government should work in tandem. "But it is important that the political ideologies of the two governments should not i...
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Manjhi quits assembly seat, elected HAM (secular) president
PATNA, Aug 25 (Agencies): Bracing for the Bihar assembly polls, former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, who parted ways with JD(U), was today elected as national president of Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), Secular, hours after resigning from membership of the state legislative assembly. At a meeting of the national representatives of HAM (Secular) at a hotel here, senior party leader and former agriculture minister Narendra Singh moved a proposal for election of Manjhi as the outfit's national president which was approved by consensus, the HAM (Secular) spokesman Danish Rizwan said. In a thanksgiving speech, the former chief minister said winds for change of guard in Bihar was blowing and asked all his party colleagues and workers to work hard to bring the NDA to power. Bihar assembly po...
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6 killed, 20 injured as bus turns turtle
COIMBATORE, Aug 25 (Agencies): Six persons, including a pedestrian, were killed on the spot and 20 others injured when the private bus they were travelling in turned turtle near Avanashi in Tirupur district today, police said. They said the driver lost control of the vehicle after applying the brakes while trying to avoid the pedestrian walking in the middle of the road. The bus then swerved and turned turtle. All the injured have been hospitalised. The bus was coming here from Erode when the mishap occurred....
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12 Indian fishermen injured, 20 boats damaged in attack by Lankan Navy
RAMESWARAM, Aug 25 (Agencies): Twelve fishermen were injured and 20 boats damaged when they were attacked allegedly by Sri Lankan naval personnel for fishing in their territorial waters. One of the boats was sunk and the four fishermen in it jumped into another boat to save themselves, Sahayaraj, president of the local fishermen's association,said. He alleged that Lankan naval personnel came to the area in seven boats late last night, stripped some of them and beat them with sticks and stones and also damaged the 20 boats. The injured fishermen were treated at private clinics on their return. All the fishermen were part of a larger group, which had put out to sea in 531 boats yesterday. Meanwhile, N A Bose, President of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Fishermen's Association alleged that t...
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15-yr old girl allegedly molested by youth in Faridabad
FARIDBAD, Aug 25 (Agencies): A 15-year-old girl was allegedly molested by a youth at Bhanakpur village in the district. The incident took place on August 23 when the victim went to the accused's residence to attend 'Satsangs' (religious congregation), police said today. The 19-year-old youth, identified as Ravi, took the girl to an isolated spot and molested her, they said. A case has been registered under relevant sections of the IPC and POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act yesterday, Investigating Officer ASI Rajrani said, adding, so far no arrest has been made. In another incident, a 25-year-old woman was allegedly molested by her neighbour at Teekri Khera village here. The incident took place on August 10 when the woman was sleeping on the terrace of her house ...
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Patel agitation turns violent, clashes in Ahmedabad
AHMEDABAD, Aug 25 (Agencies):The agitation of Patel community seeking reservation under OBC quota turned violent today with clashes being reported in various parts of the city as police resorted to baton-charging and lobbed teargas shells to control the situation, officials said. Clashes between Patel community members and local residents were reported in Vadaj, Vastrapur, Nikol and Paldi areas when they tried to enforce a bandh called by their community leader Hardik Patel after their mega rally. In Vadaj area, when groups of Patel community members on scooters and bikes tried to enforce the bandh, local residents of Dalit community resisted which resulted in clashes and stone-pelting between the two communities, police said. "Police lobbed a tear-gas shell and also baton-charged crow...
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