|Mulayam's second wife, Shivpal conspiring against Akhilesh, alleges Samajwadi Party MLC|
|LUCKNOW, Oct 21 (Agencies): Amid growing power tussle in Uttar Pradesh' ruling Samajwadi Party, a close aide of Akhilesh Yadav has now alleged that party veteran Mulayam Singh's second wife is behind the conspiracy to alienate the young chief minister.
According to the Times of India, the allegations have been made by Samajwadi Party legislator Udayveer Singh, who is considered close to Akhilesh Yadav.
Singh further said that the SP patriarch Mulayam Singh needed to make way for his son.
Singh, who is a member of the legislative council, also attacked state SP chief and Mulayam's brother Shivpal Yadav for being the "political front" of the CM's stepmother.
In a four-page letter, Singh also cautioned Mulayam against the "conspiracies being hatched in his family against his elder son".
|Modi govt trying to Impose Uniform Civil Code: Imam|
|Kolkata, Oct 21 (Agencies): Joined by two Trinamool Congress MPs, Shahi Imam of the Tipu Sultan Mosque here, Syed Mohammad Nurur Rahman Barkati today charged the Narendra Modi government with trying to "polarise the nation" by "imposing" the Uniform Civil Code.
Alleging that the Modi government was trying to "impose" UCC on the Muslims, the Imam called all the Muslims, as well as the Hindus, the Christians, the Dalits and other communities to come together to oppose the move.
He was addressing a protest demonstration in front of the Tipu Sultan Mosque at busy Dharamtala area in which two TMC MPs-- Sultan Ahmed and Idris Ali-- were present.
Sultan Ahmed told reporters, "I have come to attend the programme to oppose UCC."
"There cannot be any uniform civil code in the country. It will d...|
|Films, TV potent means to improve Indo-Pak ties: Digvijay|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 21 (Agencies): With Pakistan announcing to ban Indian television and radio programmes, Congress leader Digvijay Singh today said films and TV serials along with sports can be a very "potent" means to improve bilateral ties.
"Films and TV serials from both Countries can be a very potent source along with Sports to improve relations between both Countries (sic)," he tweeted.
He said artistes on both sides can be best of ambassadors.
"We must open dialogue with Pakistan and also not unnecessarily target Artists on both sides. They can be best of Ambassadors on both sides (sic)," Singh said in another tweet.
Recalling former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's words about Pakistan, he said, "Atal ji had rightly said we don't have an option of choosing our neighbours (sic)...|
|BJP wants to make India a Hindu Rashtra, Owaisi attacks PM for his 'Jai Shri Ram' Greeting|
|Hyderaad, Oct 21 (Agencies): AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi today slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for raising "religious" slogans, as he alleged that the BJP-led government's real intention was to "convert India into a Hindu rashtra".
"He (Modi) is the first Prime Minister since independence to use 'religious' slogans during a public rally...India had seen so many PMs and will see many more, but no Prime Minister has ever raised a religious slogan," the Hyderabad Lok Sabha MP said while referring to Modi's 'Jai Shri Ram' greeting on Dussehra in Lucknow.
"All Indians think for a while, if anyone wearing a skull cap and sporting beard becomes PM and says 'Allah-o-Akbar', all channels will run (news) that India has become an Islamic country. (But) If Modi raises 'majahabi' (religiou...|
|BJP demands NIA probe into killings of RSS, party activists|
|Bengaluru, Oct 21 (Agencies): Stepping up its attack on the Congress government in the wake of a brutal murder of an RSS worker, BJP today petitioned Governor Vajubhai Vala demanding an inquiry by NIA into killings of party and RSS activists.
The party has blamed blamed "unholy nexus" of "Jihadists" and Marxists for the killing.
The delegation led by state party chief B S Yeddyurappa and Leader of opposition Jagadish Shettar met Vala under and alleged that the Congress government "is bent upon allowing the killers to have a field day" and is not keen to trace the assailants involved in any of these cases.
Also alleging Congress' of indulging in "vote-bank politics", they appealed to the Governor to prevail upon the state government to hand over the cases to National Investigating Agenc...|
|JNU students lock VC, other officials in administrative building|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 20 (Agencies): The protests in JNU over a missing student turned volatile today with the agitating students locking down the Vice Chancellor and other senior officials in the administrative building.
"We have been locked inside the building since 2.30 PM. There is a female colleague with us who is unwell as she is diabetic," JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said tonight.
The VC and other senior officials are locked for more than eight hours as the students are lying down outside the administration block saying the officials were free to walk over them.
The JNU students union defended its stand claiming there has been no "illegal detention".
"We have not illegally confined anybody in JNU administrative building. Electricity and all kind of supplies are here. We have ...|
|Fire cracker mishap at Sivakasi claims 8 lives|
|Sivakasi/TN, Oct 20 (Agencies): As many as eight people, including six women, were killed in a fire cracker mishap at the fireworks hub of Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district today.
The mishap, which occurred when a fire broke out while crackers were being offloaded from a vehicle to a shop, comes days ahead of Diwali festival when fireworks units in the district are abuzz with activity to cater to the countrywide demand for crackers.
"A total of eight people were killed and six of them were women," a senior police official told agencies here.
Virudhunagar District Collector A Sivagnanam said a total of 22 persons were affected, of whom eight died.
"The deaths occurred due to suffocation as result of excess fumes and not because of any blast," he said, adding those affected by smoke inh...|
|Rajnath Singh assures smooth release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 20 (Agencies): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today extended the centre's support to makers of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and assured security to exhibitors amid threats by MNS to stall the release of Karan Johar-directed movie next week.
Film & Television Producers Guild of India president Mukesh Bhatt, Apoorva Mehta from Dharma Productions, which is behind Ae Dil Hai Mushkil led a film fraternity delegation and met Singh here today to discuss the smooth release of the film.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Bhatt said they decided to meet the Home Minister as there is a sense of "fear" and the law and order situation especially in Mumbai is going out of control.
"We requested him to give us assurance along with the chief minister of the state that law and order will ...|
|Following Rajnath Singh's orders, Delhi police forms SIT to trace missing JNU student|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 20 (Agencies): Home Minister Rajnath Singh today ordered Delhi Police to set up a special team to trace a missing JNU student even as its Vice Chancellor and some other top officials were allowed to leave their offices after being under siege by agitating students for over 20 hours.
The agitating students, who have been accusing the JNU administration of not doing enough to trace missing student Najeeb Ahmed, said they have not softened their stand and allowed VC M Jagadesh Kumar and others to leave their offices only to attend a scheduled meeting of the Academic Council.
As the students' protest over the missing student entered the sixth day, the Home Minister directed the Delhi Police to set up a special team to trace Najeeb who went missing on Saturday following a braw...|
|Discriminatory practises cannot be held integral to freedom of religion: Law Minister on Triple Talaq|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 20 (Agencies): Government has no "hidden agenda" of imposing uniform civil code or behind the opposition to the triple talaq among Muslims, says Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad rejecting allegations by religious bodies and opposition parties as completely baseless.
He also asserts that while India respects freedom of religion and faith, "unreasonable or discriminatory" practices cannot be held integral to it and protected.
"This whole apprehension that we are bringing uniform civil code or it is an agenda is completely baseless. The two need not be linked at all. The Law Commission is examining it and let there be a widest consultation possible by all the stakeholders," Prasad told agencies in an interview.
He said the people opposing the common civil code should tell s...|
|Congress' Rita Bahuguna joins BJP, hits out at Rahul for 'Khoon Ki Dalali'|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 20 (Agencies): In a jolt to Congress in poll- bound Uttar Pradesh, senior party leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi today joined BJP and attacked Rahul Gandhi over the way he was running the party and his reaction to the army's surgical strikes.
67-year-old Joshi, daughter late Congress veteran Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna, over whom there has been speculation of deserting Congress, joined BJP in the presence of party president Amit Shah at the party headquaters here.
A former UPCC president who resigned as a Congress MLA today, said there is no alternative to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP.
Joshi, who was said to be unhappy with the Congress leadership over projection of Sheila Dikshit as its chief ministerial face in Uttar Pradesh, rued the present state of affairs in the part...|
|Ready to appear before SC, but can I do so? asks Katju|
|New Delhi, Oct 19 (Agencies): Justice Markandey Katju, summoned by the Supreme Court to explain his criticism of the Soumya case verdict, has said he was ready to do so but wanted the apex court to consider whether Article 124(7) of the Constitution barred him from appearing before it.
The Supreme Court had two days ago summoned Katju to appear in person before it to point out the "fundamental flaws", as claimed by him in the sensational Soumya rape case.
In a Facebook post, the former apex court judge said "I would be delighted to appear and discuss the matter in open court, but would only like the judges to consider whether, being a former Supreme Court judge, I am debarred from appearing by Article 124(7) of the Constitution. If the judges hold that it does not debar me, I would be h...|
|Scrutiny of triple Talaq amounts to judicial Legislation: AIMPLB to SC|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 19 (Agencies): A prominent Muslim body today vehemently opposed the scrutiny of the practice of triple talaq, 'nikah halala' and polygamy by the Supreme Court, saying it would amount to "judicial legislation" and personal laws cannot be challenged on the ground that they violate fundamental rights.
All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), in a fresh affidavit, rubbished the stand taken by the Narendra Modi government that the apex court should re-look these practices as they are violative of fundamental right like gender equality and the ethos of secularism, a key part of the basic structure of the Constitution.
Stoutly defending the prevalent practice in the community, AIMPLB Secretary Mohammed Fazlurrahim said "if this court proceeds to examine questions of Muslim ...|
|I can make tea, play drums, I can become PM: Azam Khan|
|Saharanpur, Oct 19 (Agencies): He may be a strident critic of Narendra Modi but Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan says he shares many of his qualities like "making tea", "dressing properly" and "playing drums" and is a "fit candidate" for prime minister.
"I have all the qualities of becoming Prime Minister. I can make tea, play the drum, cook food and I wear proper clothes. Besides, I am not all that bad looking or am I corrupt," he said at an e-rickshaw distribution function here.
Khan took jibes at Modi for his "chaiwala" beginnings, his "monogrammed suit" and his drum playing episodes in Japan and Tanzania.
"If I become Prime Minister, I assure you, I will deposit Rs 20 lakh in accounts of 130 crore people within six months. I am not like those who don't keep their promises," he said...|
|HC rejects Kejriwal's petition to stay defamation Case filed by Jaitley|
|DELHI, Oct 19 (Agencies): Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today suffered a jsetback when the Delhi High Court dismissed his plea seeking stay of trial court proceedings court in a criminal defamation case filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying, there was no "illegality" in continuing it simultaneously with a civil defamation suit.
The High Court said there was "no prejudice" on account of a pending civil suit and there was no "double jeopardy" and as such Kejriwal's plea was "deviod of merit".
It said the criminal and civil defamation cases were "different in nature".
"There is no legal impediment to invoke the civil proceedings for defamation as well as initiating the criminal proceedings for defamation simultaneously and continuation of the same," Justice Teji said.
|IAF's Mi-17 Helicopter crash-lands in Uttarakhand, 15 onboard safe|
|Dehradun, Oct 19 (Agencies): Around 15 personnel of Army and Air Force had a narrow escape today when an IAF helicopter, in which they were travelling, crashed after taking off near the Mana village of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand.
The Mi-17 V5 helicopter was practising 'inter-valley movement' at Ghastoli helipad between Badrinath and Mana Pass when the mishap took place at around 9:25 AM, the IAF said.
However, all occupants including members of the crew and personnel of the Indian Army's 12 Grenadiers were reported safe, the IAF added.
There was neither any civilian casualty or damage to civilian property, it said.
A colonel rank officer is looking into the accident to ascertain its cause....|
|I respect people's decision: Amjad Ali Khan on banning Pakistani artists|
|MUMBAI, Oct 19 (Agencies): Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan says he respects the decision of the people with regard to the ban on Pakistani artistes following the Uri terror attack, but believes that art transcends boundaries.
When asked if cross border talent should be encouraged or the demand for ban on Pakistani artistes is justified, Khan told PTI, "I respect the decision of people of India, the government of India and our Prime Minister Narendra Modi."
However neither the government nor the PM has said anything regarding the ban on Pakistani artistes.
"Whatever the government and our PM would decide, I would respect their views," Khan said. But at the same time, he said, "I think artistes are not bound by any religion. Art has no religion, art is beyond boundaries."
The Raj Tha...|
|Notice to Katju on petition against his blog post on Beef|
|Allahabad, Oct 19 (Agencies): A court here has issued notice to retired Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju on a petition accusing him of having made "objectionable" remarks with regard to consumption of beef in his blog posts.
Additional Sessions Judge Shuchi Srivastava passed the order on the review petition of advocate Rakesh Nath Pandey, who alleged that Justice Katju has hurt the sentiments of a major section of the society by attacking the Hindu belief that the cow was sacred and seeking repeal of the laws whereby slaughtering cow has been banned in many states.
The ADJ has asked Justice Katju to file his reply by the next date of hearing on November 18.
The petition was filed by Pandey challenging an order of the Chief Judicial Magistrate whereby his prayer for directing...|
|Bhubaneswar Hospital Fire: Nadda says hospital had no fire clearance|
|Bhubaneswar, Oct 19 (Agencies): The SUM Hospital here, where a devastating blaze on Monday claimed 21 lives, was running without fire safety clearance, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said today, and asked the Odisha government to ensure action against those responsible for the "serious lapse".
The Minister, who visited various hospitals to inquire about the condition of those injured, said the Centre would soon issue a fresh advisory to all states to avoid repeat of such incidents.
"The hospital did not have fire safety measures in place. In spite of that, the hospital was running. It is a serious matter," Nadda told reporters, terming the tragedy as "very serious, worrisome and shocking".
Meanwhile, in a shocking claim, the National Human Rights Commission said only three of Odisha'...|
|Terrorism has truly become a global challenge: Sushma|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 18 (Agencies): Rejecting criticism that it failed to secure a reference to cross-border terrorism in the BRICS declaration, Government today said the Summit recognised that there was no bigger global challenge than state-sponsored and state-protected terrorism and that it cannot be "business as usual" on this front.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the threat of terror "featured strongly" in the narrative of the recently concluded Summit in Goa and there was recognition that the international community can only ignore it at its peril.
In clear reference to Pakistan, Swaraj said there is a need to extract costs from those who sponsor, support and provide sanctuary to terror networks besides continuing to make "false distinction" between "good and bad terrorist...|
|Incidents targeting Dalits make my head hang in shame: Modi|
|LUDHIANA, Oct 18 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his "head hangs in shame" over incidents of atrocities on dalits that take place even after 70 years of Independence and called for more focused efforts to correct social anomalies.
Citing the example of Guru Gobind Singh in raising his voice against casteism and untouchability, Modi said: "We know that due to our societal anomalies, hearing out some incidents targeting our Dalit brothers even today, my head hangs in shame. After 70 years of Independence, we cannot wait longer".
At the launch of a National SC/ST Hub here, he said: "We will have to sharpen the focus of our direction. The aspirations of a Dalit or an Adivasi exceed those of other youth in the country. If they get an opportunity they will not lag behind ...|
|Irom Sharmila forms political party, to contest against CM Ibobi Singh|
|Imphal, Oct 18 (Agencies): Rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who ended in August her 16-year long fast she undertook to demand repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from Manipur, today formed a political party.
She said she would take on Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh in his constituency Thoubal in the Assembly polls next year.
The name of her party "People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance" was announced at the Johnstone Higher Secondary School here.
On the day she had broken her fast, she had let known her desire to form a political party to contest the Assembly election. Interacting with the media, the 44-year-old activist sought the blessings of the people in her endeavour to enter active politics.
Later, at the Manipur Press Club, she said she would contest the ele...|
|Degree Row: Delhi Court rejects petition to summon Smriti Irani|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 18 (Agencies): In a relief to Smriti Irani, a Delhi court today dismissed a complaint against her for allegedly giving false information on her educational qualification to the Election Commission, saying it was filed to "needlessly harass" her as she was a union minister.
Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh said there was a "great delay of around 11 years" in filing the complaint as it rejected the plea to summon her as an accused.
"Therefore, prayer for summoning the proposed accused (Irani) is hearby declined," the court said while pronouncing the order.
In his complaint, freelance writer Ahmer Khan had alleged that Irani, now Textiles Minister, had deliberately given discrepant information about her educational qualifications in affidavits filed before the Electi...|
|Odisha Hospital Fire 22 dead, 4 hospital staff members suspended|
|Bhubaneswar, Oct 18 (Agencies): Four staff members of a private medical hospital here where a massive fire broke out killing 20 people were suspended today even as over 100 patients, mostly from the gutted Intensive Care Unit(ICU) and dialysis unit, were shifted to other hospitals.
While 20 deaths were officially confirmed, authorities of different hospitals where the injured where shifted last night put the toll at 22.
As many as 106 patients, who were shifted from the private Sum Hospital following the blaze last night, are now undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the city, Health Secretary Arti Ahuja said, amid reports that some of them are in critical condition. Most of them were from the ICU and the dialysis unit, an official said.
Ahuja, who visited the Hospital, said ...|
|Parrikar's remarks an insult to the Army: Mayawati|
|LUCKNOW, Oct 18 (Agencies) Taking strong exception to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar giving credit for the decision for cross-LOC surgical strikes to his "RSS teachings", BSP chief Mayawati today alleged that it amounts to degrading the country's armed forces.
"Instead of giving credit for surgical strikes to army, the Defence Minister first gave it to the Prime Minister and now to his RSS teachings which amounts to degrading the valour of the country's army and is condemnable," Mayawati, who had earlier accused BJP of doing politics over the issue with an eye on upcoming polls in Uttar Pradesh and others states, said in a statement here.
The former UP chief minister also lashed out at RSS accusing it of following a "divisive agenda" and alleged that the saffron outfits were raising ...|