|Minor fire in BSF air wing office in CGO complex|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 6 (Agencies): A minor fire today broke out inside a building housing the air wing office of the BSF and other central police organisations in the CGO Complex here.
However, no human injuries have been reported, Fire Department officials said.
A call was received at 12:17 AM and following that a dozen fire tenders were rushed to Block no. 4 tower inside the CGO Complex on Lodhi Road, they said.
"The fire emanated from the first floor of the building which houses a part of the air wing of the Border Security Force. No injuries were reported. However, some computers, documents and other peripherals have been doused in the flames that were brought under control in two hours time," a senior official said.
While the BSF air wing is located in the force headquarters few blocks...|
|Court puts DJB ex-engineer on trial in 2006 rape case|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 6 (Agencies): A Delhi court has decided to put on trial a former engineer of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) accused of raping a senior executive of a private firm in 2006, saying a prima facie case is made out against him.
While putting on trial Sarat Chandra, the court discharged two other DJB engineers -- Praveen Bhargava and Ramesh Thakur, who were also accused of raping the executive.
"...Prima facie case under section 328 (administering stupefying drug with intent to cause hurt) read with section 376 (rape) of IPC is made out against accused Sarat Chander.
"No case is made out against the accused persons namely Praveen Bhargava and Ramesh Thakur. They are discharged of the offence punishable under section 376 (2)(g) (gang rape) of IPC, under which they have been summoned," A...|
|Nehru's niece Nayantara Sehgal returns Sahitya Akademi Award|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 6 (Agencies): Eminent author and niece of Jawaharlal Nehru, Nayantara Sehgal today returned the Sahitya Akademi award in protest against increasing intolerance towards right to dissent in the country and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "silence" on the "reign of terror".
Sehgal, who received a Sahitya Akademi award in 1986 for her English novel 'Rich Like Us (1985)', said, "The ruling ideology today is a fascist ideology and that is what is worrying me now. We did not have a fascist government until now... I am doing whatever I believe in."
Citing various incidents of killings of writers and rationalists including M M Kalburgi and Govind Pansare, she alleged, "Rationalists who question superstition, anyone who questions any aspect of the ugly and dangerous distortion of Hi...|
|Dadri incident well-planned conspiracy of BJP: Samajwadi Party|
|LUCKNOW, Oct 6 (Agencies): Samajwadi Party today charged that the Dadri lynching incident was a well-planned conspiracy of BJP for political gains and said its government was keeping a strict watch on hate mongers trying to orchestrate riots in the state.
The Akhilesh Yadav government also said it did not stop anyone from visiting Dadri, where a man was lynched following rumours of alleged beef consumption, so that people could know the "truth".
"The incident of Dadri lynching is a well planned conspiracy of BJP for political gains. Despite much hue and cry, we did not stop anyone from visiting the village so that they could know the truth and ground reality," senior SP leader and Cabinet Minister Shivpal Yadav said.
When asked why no one from SP visited the village, Yadav said, "This ...|
|Death toll of Indians in Haj stampede rises to 74|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 6 (Agencies): The death toll of Indians in the Haj stampede rose to 74 today with Saudi authorities announcing more causalities, even as scores of people were still missing after the worst tragedy in 25 years to hit the annual pilgrimage.
"Haj stampede - Saudi Arabia has released a further list. The Indian toll is now 74," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today.
Scores of Indians and people from other nationalities are missing since the stampede at the annual Haj near the holy city of Mecca on September 24.
Swaraj had earlier said 78 Indians are missing and the government is doing everything to locate them.
According to reports, tallies of the dead from foreign officials and media put the toll at 1,036.
Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh has b...|
|Lodge case of treachery against Azam: BJP|
|BAREILLY, Oct 6 (Agencies): Demanding dismissal of senior Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan, BJP today said that he should be tried for treachery for taking the Dadri issue to the UN and tarnishing the image of the country at the global level.
"Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav should dismiss Azam Khan from his ministry...Case of treachery should be lodged against him for damaging the image of the country by writing to the United Nations on the Dadri issue," state BJP spokesman Chandra Mohan said.
"One minister has been given a free hand to issue inflammatory statements...He himself states that there is a plan to make India a Hindu state and is writing to the United Nations to befool the people...This is politics for votes and such a drama to divide the country should be immedi...|
|Prime Minister Modi, German Chancellor Merkel hold talks|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 5 (Agencies): German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held talks on stepping up bilateral cooperation in a range of key areas with a special emphasis on ramping up trade and investment when global slowdown is emerging as a major concern.
Merkel, accompanied by a large delegation of Cabinet Ministers and top officials, arrived here last night and was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning.
Ways to deepen bilateral engagement in diverse sectors like defence, security, education and renewable energy figured in the summit-level Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) between Modi and Merkel which also deliberated on issues relating to trade and investment.
"The real business of diplomacy. The 3rd India-Germany Inter...|
|AAP Lawmaker Bharti's wife refuses mediation in SC|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 5 (Agencies): The estranged wife of former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti today told the Supreme Court that she was not ready to undergo mediation to settle the domestic violence and attempt to murder case lodged by her against the AAP leader.
A bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu took note of the statement of Bharti's wife Lipika Mitra and disposed of the MLA's petition saying that it has now become infructuous as the petitioner has already surrendered.
During the hearing, the bench also comprising Justice Amitava Roy asked Lipika's view on the issue of undergoing mediation at the Supreme Court itself.
"We asked Lipika whether she was agreeable to mediation. Her answer is positive no..." the bench said.
It then asked Vijay Aggarwal, counsel for Bharti, to approa...|
|Indrani conscious, may return to jail in couple of days|
|MUMBAI, Oct 5 (Agencies): Indrani Mukherjea, prime accused in the murder of her daughter Sheena Bora, is conscious and may be shifted back to jail in couple of days.
Mukherjea regained consciousness yesterday and was "out of danger" as she responded to the treatment.
"Indrani continues to be in a state of consciousness from yesterday. Most probably we may start giving her oral strips for further round of treatment," Dr T P Lahane, Dean of state run J J Hospital, told agencies today.
48-year-old Mukherjea was on Friday rushed to JJ hospital from Byculla jail in an unconscious condition after she allegedly took an overdose of anti-depressant pills.
To a query whether police may quiz Indrani today, Lahane said till now doctors treating her have not permitted her questioning.
|No doubts that Taliban leadership is in Pak: Afghan Def Minister|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 5 (Agencies): Afghanistan Defence minister Mohammed Masoom Stanekzai today said there should be "no doubts" that the base of Taliban leadership is in Pakistan.
He also said that the terror group is active and still functioning because it is supported by various "foreign elements."
"It is quite clear. When Mullah Omar's death became public, there was a total denial that the Taliban leadership was in Pakistan. Now it is absolutely clear in the media that when they had a gathering, they appeared in Quetta, Karachi and Peshawar," the minister said in an exclusive interview to a news channel.
"So there is a clear evidence where all the Taliban leadership is based, that is one (Pakistan)," he said.
"If they are based in Pakistan, who is helping them, who is coaching them, fro...|
|NDMC completely failed in 'Swachh Bharat': Goel|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 5 (Agencies): Leader of Opposition in the BJP-ruled North Delhi Municipal Corporation today accused the civic body's authorities of "completely failing" to achieve the goals of the 'Swachh Bharat' mission and instead indulging in "publicity".
At a press conference held at the Civic Centre here, Goel showed photographs of open defecation allegedly taking place in nearly a dozen posh localities in municipal areas.
"(NDMC) Mayor Ravinder Gupta always tries to be in headlines without paying attention to growing insanitation and problems of open defecation by people even in posh localities of the municipal corporation," Goel alleged.
The BJP-ruled corporation has "done little" to make the 'Swachh Bharat' mission, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year, a success i...|
|BJP is trying to sow seeds of communalism in Kerala: Cong|
|THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Oct 5 (Agencies): Alleging that BJP is trying to sow seeds of communalism in the state, Congress in Kerala today asserted that people of the state would defeat communal forces in the coming civic polls.
This was stated jointly by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala and KPCC President V M Sudheeran after a meeting that discussed preparations for the polls at the Congress headquarters, Indira Bhavan here.
Attacking BJP, Chandy said communal forces would be routed out from the state.
"People of the state will once again prove that state is not suitable for communal parties," he said.
The statement of congress leaders assumes significance against the backdrop of BJP's efforts to make inroads in its base by forging understanding with the Sree ...|
|Som's controversial remarks in Dadri to be examined: DM|
|DADRI, Oct 5 (Agencies): As the political slugest over the Dadri lynching escalated, the District Magistrate today said legal experts have been asked to examine video footage of the remarks made by controversial BJP MLA Sangeet Som and appropriate action will be taken even as UP minister Azam Khan accused BJP of "planning and executing" the killing.
"Whatever he(Som) spoke has been videographed. ..I have asked legal experts to examine his statement....The statement he made in the village and the statement he made to the media persons. If any action is needed to be taken as per law, it will be taken," the District Magistrate N P Singh said.
The district authorities decided to further restrict entry of visitors to the troubled spot as tension spread to nearby areas after meat pieces were ...|
|14-yr old allegedly raped in UP|
|ETAH, Oct 5 (Agencies): A 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a youth in a village under Shakrauli police station area here, police said today.
The girl had gone out yesterday to relieve herself when a youth belonging to a village under the same police station area raped her, they said.
On the complaint of victim's father, an FIR has been lodged and efforts are on to nab the culprit, police added....|