|BJP-Sena ties in trouble, Uddhav rejects BJP's demand for 135 seats|
|MUMBAI, Sep 15 (Agencies): Further hardening his stand on seat- sharing with BJP, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray today said he has rejected the saffron ally's demand for contesting 135 seats in Maharashtra assembly polls and hinted at going it alone, saying "everything has an alternative."
He, however, clarified that talks are still on to clinch a seat-sharing formula.
"They (BJP) offered a proposal under which they wanted to contest 135 seats and I have rejected it," Uddhav, who had on Saturday asserted the next Chief Minister would be from "Shiv Sena only" if the saffron alliance came to power, told reporters.
Reflecting the growing tensions between the two oldest allies in the Centre's ruling NDA, he said, "Everything has an alternative. I have conveyed it to BJP that I can't ...|
|State leadership to decide on continuing talks with Sena: BJP|
|MUMBAI, Sep 15 (Agencies): The state leadership of BJP will take a decision on "continuing alliance talks" with Shiv Sena, Maharashtra BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said today.
Bhandari, who had said yesterday that talks had come to a standstill because of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray's comments against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, came under flak from Uddhav earlier in the day. Bhandari said he had only conveyed "the sentiments of the cadre".
"I am too small a worker to react to Uddhav Thackeray's comments. Any further update on Sena-BJP talks will be given by our state unit chief Devendra Fadanvis and general secretaries and observers-in-charge," Bhandari told reporters.
State BJP treasurer Shaina N C said "disrespect" to Modi upsets the cadre.
"Disrespect towards ou...|
|Govt to train IAS, IPS, IFoS officers to tackle naxalism|
|NEW DELHI, Sep 15 (Agencies): In a first, the government has planned a training programme for IAS, IPS and forest service officers on dealing with Naxalism.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has written to chief secretaries of eight states seeking nomination of at least three officers each from Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) for the course.
The nominated officers will be trained by armed forces personnel in Chhattisgarh Academy of Administration, Raipur during October 15-17.
The Government of India has been organising mid-career interactions between the armed forces and civil services officers in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence for the last many years. The basic objective of the programme is to ...|
|Reveal source of documents against CBI director: SC asks Prashant Bhushan|
|NEW DELHI, Sep 15 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today directed advocate Prashant Bhushan, who has levelled allegations against CBI Director Ranjit Sinha of protecting accused in the 2G case, to reveal the name of the whistleblower from whom he got CBI documents and guest list at the top cop's residence.
A bench headed by Justice H L Dattu asked Bhushan to name the whistleblower in the sealed envelope on the next date of hearing and said that it will go into the merits of allegations after knowing the source of information, as it may have ramification on the reputation of the director and also affect the ongoing trial in the 2G scam.
It said that the affidavit filed by Bhushan is not in consonance with the Supreme Court rules and asked him to reveal the source from whom he got all the do...|
|No case against 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed: Pakistan|
|NEW DELHI, Sep 15 (Agencies): Pakistan today made it clear that there was no case against designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, and he is free to roam in the country.
"Hafiz Saeed is a Pakistani national so he is free to roam around. So what is the problem...He is a free citizen so there is no issue as far as Pakistan is concerned," Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said when asked why Saeed was working alongside Pakistan army very close to Line of Control.
"Courts have already exonerated him. There is no case pending against him," he told reporters after an event here.
India has maintained that Saeed is the mastermind behind Mumbai terror attack in 2008, conspiracy for which was hatched, planned and executed out of Pakistan. 166 ...|
|3 CRPF personnel injured in landmine blast|
|RAIPUR, Sep 15 (Agencies): An assistant commandant of CRPF and two other personnel were today injured in a landmine blast in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district, police said.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) 168th battalion's assistant commandant Madhukumar, and inspectors T A Khan and Manoj Kumar D were injured when they came in contact with a landmine which exploded on Avapalli road under Basaguda police station limits in Bijapur, a senior police official told PTI over phone.
A team of CRPF had been sent for patrolling this morning. When the security personnel reached the Avapalli road, they got information about a landmine having been laid there underground, he said.
The bomb disposal squad of CRPF immediately started efforts to take it the landmine, but in the process it exploded an...|
|Manmohan Singh yet to make up his mind about writng memoir: Daughter|
|NEW DELHI, Sep 15 (Agencies): Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has to make up his mind whether or not he wants to write his autobiography, his daughter Daman Singh has said.
"My father has a mind of his own. Am sure whether he writes would depend on whether he feels it would be an exciting thing to do," Daman Singh said at a event to mark the publication of her book titled Strictly Personal: Manmohan and Gursharan here late last evening.
The book, "a tough job" begins with early days of Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur in the 1930s ending in the year 2004. Places like Amritsar, Patiala, Hoshiarpur, Chandigarh, Oxford, Cambridge, New York, Geneva, Mumbai and New Delhi, where the author's parents spent much of their lives, have been featured in the book.
Daman, who had writ...|
|Haryana roadways bus falls into river killing 2, injuring 40|
|AMBALA, Sep 15 (Agencies): Two persons were killed and 40 others injured after a Haryana Roadways bus fell into River Begna near Naraingarh today, police said.
The incident took place as the driver lost control over the vehicle and the bus fell into the river, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Naraingarh, Mukesh Kumar said.
Some of the seriously injured have been rushed to hospitals at Naraingarh and Chandigarh's PGIMER, he said.
The bus was headed from Naraingarh to Ambala City and was carrying over 50 passengers....|
|No question of demolishing Ram Sethu: Gadkari|
|NEW DELHI, Sep 15 (Agencies): Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari today asserted that Ram Sethu structure will not be demolished for the construction of Sethusamudram shipping canal project.
"There is no question of demolition of the Ram Sethu," he said in a press conference to mark the NDA-led government's 100 days in office.
The central government has given RITES, a state-owned consultancy organisation in transport, infrastructure sectors, the task of preparing alternatives available to save the structure, which holds religious significance for Hindus.
According to Hindu legends, the structure was built by Lord Rama and his army of apes and monkeys to reach Lanka.
"We had given the work to RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Service) for providing us with the alternatives, we have ...|
|US official meets FICCI representatives ahead of Modi visit|
|NEW DELHI, Sep 13 (Agencies): Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's US visit, America's Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics Caroline Atkinson met representatives from industry body Ficci to strengthen ties.
Ficci President Sidharth Birla, its Past President Harsh Pati Singhania, former Indian ambassador to the US Lalit Man Singh and ex foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal were present in the meeting that took place last evening, Ficci said.
Atkinson, who is on a short official visit to India to prepare the ground for constructive talks, said that US and India are natural partners as the two leading democracies and it is imperative that they eventually scale up their economic engagement to a new level.
Modi and US President Barrack Obama are expected to meet in Wash...|
|Brisk polling underway for bypolls to 3 LS, 33 assembly seats|
|RAIPUR, Sep 13 (Agencies): Voting today began on a brisk note in by-elections to three Lok Sabha and 33 assembly constituencies spread across ten states, seen as a test of Narendra Modi government's popularity, especially as BJP braces for assembly elections in two states next month.
Amid tight security arrangements, polling began today for the bypolls to the four assembly constituencies in Rajasthan.
Twenthy-three candidates including four each from the ruling BJP and opposition Congress are in the fray in Nasirabad (Ajmer), Weir (Bharatpur), Surajgarh (Jhunjhunu) and Kota South constituencies where 950 polling stations have been set up.
"The polling began in all the constituencies at 7 am," an election department official said.
Half the electorate...|
|Independence of judiciary Is non-negotiable: CJI Lodha|
|NEW DELHI, Sep 13 (Agencies): Chief Justice of India R M Lodha today asserted that independence of judiciary is "non- negotiable" and it has the inherent strength to foil any attempt to interfere with that.
In remarks that come against the backdrop of steps to end the collegium system of higher judicial appointments, he did not make any direct reference to the law passed by Parliament in this regard but said no effort to take away judiciary's independence will succeed.
Judicial independence is essential for maintaining public confidence that there is an institution which would come to their "aid and rescue in case of any wrong committed by the Executive or anyone", he said addressing a seminar on 'Rule of Law Convention -2014'.
The CJI called upon the legal fraternity to keep away peop...|
|ABVP sweeps Delhi university students union polls|
|NEW DELHI, Sep 13 (Agencies): After a gap of 18 years, BJP's student wing Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad today swept Delhi University students' union elections, trouncing Congress' NSUI to bag all four positions and credited the triumph to "Modi wave".
The ABVP won posts of president, vice president, secretary and joint secretary by comfortable margins, bettering last year's performance when it had lost one of the seats to the National Students' Union of India (NSUI).
Mohit Nagar was elected president of DUSU while Pravesh Malik won the elections for vice president's post. Kanika Shekhawat and Ashutosh Mathur have been elected as secretary and joint secretary respectively.
Chief Election Officer for the DUSU polls DS Rawat said Nagar polled 20,718 votes defeating Gaurav Tushir of NS...|
|Excessive lust leads to divorce: Sena's veiled attack on BJP|
|MUMBAI, Sep 13 (Agencies): Citing a recent court verdict, Shiv Sena today said, "Excessive lust leads to divorce," and asked the constituents of 'Mahayuti' alliance to exercise restraint while demanding extra share during seat allocation talks.
"Allies in the coalition must dream of a victory. For this, all parties must give up the lust for more seats. To say we will stay in the coalition only if we get 'so many seats' is not right," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana said.
The remarks, coming ahead of the finalisation of seat sharing talks for the October 15 Maharashtra polls, are being considered a veiled criticism of BJP amid reports that the latter had sought more seats to contest this time around.
"We all want a change of regime. Even if someone has got fewer seats to contest...|
|NCP MLA Laxmanrao Dhobale booked on charges of rape|
|MUMBAI, Sep 13 (Agencies): In an embarrassment for ruling NCP ahead of next month's Assembly polls in Maharashtra, senior party leader and former minister Laxmanrao Dhobale has been booked on rape and criminal intimidation charges.
An FIR against Dhobale, who is an MLA from Solapur district, was filed after a 42-year-old woman staffer of a city-based college accused him of sexually abusing her for nearly two years, police said today.
The NCP leader rejected the charges, dubbing them as "politically motivated" and an attempt at "character assassination".
Dhobale has been booked under IPC Sections 376 (rape), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) by Borivali police, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Balsingh Rajput.
The victim, who works as a cle...|
|Rai criticising Manmohan unacceptable: Narayanasamy|
|PUDUCHERRY, Sep 13 (Agencies): Former Minister of State in PMO and senior Congress leader V Narayanasamy today termed as "untenable" and "unacceptable" ex-CAG Vinod Rai's criticism against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in allocations of coal block and the 2G spectrum.
Speaking to reporters here, he said the erstwhile UPA government had only followed procedures and norms adopted by the previous NDA rule at the Centre in 2G allocation.
Rai's remarks on the role of Manmohan Singh in 2G and coal blocks allocations is absolutely untenable and unacceptable, he said.
He charged Vinod Rai with indulging in 'double speak' as he had not made such comments while holding the post of CAG.
"It has become a practice on the part of most retired officials and politicians to bring out books and ...|
|Hooda announces Rs 10-Cr aid|
|CHANDIGARH, Sep 12: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced an assistance of Rs 10 crore for the flood-affected people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Hooda flagged off seven trucks for the flood-affected state, carrying relief material including 50,000 blankets, 10,000 nylon plastic sheets, medicines and food items, an official spokesman said.
He said the Haryana government was with the affected people of the Jammu and Kashmir in this hour of crisis and assured the state all necessary assistance in relief operation.
"The people of J&K have been struck with natural calamity of unprecedented magnitude, something which one has never seen or heard before," Hooda said, while flagging off the trucks from his Delhi residence.
Noting that the situation in J&K was grim, Hooda appea...|
|Maharashtra, Haryana LA polls on Oct 15|
|NEW DELHI, Sep 12 (Agencies): The Election Commission today announced that polling would be held in Maharashtra and Haryana on 15 October.
The results will be announced on 19 October, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath announced at a press conference today.
The Election Commission announced that the notification for the election in the two states will be issued on 20 September.
The last date for candidates to file their nominations will be 27 September. The process of scrutiny will be conducted on 29 September and the last date for withdrawal of nominations will be 1 October
Sampath said model code of conduct is in force effective immediately.
Model code of conduct is into force with immediate effect in both states, Sampath said.
The CEC said that they would be monitoring the s...|
|Health ministry joins relief efforts in J&K|
|NEW DELHI, Sep 12 (Agencies): The Union Health Ministry has joined relief operations in Jammu and Kashmir by sending over 1000 tonnes of medicines, water-purifying plants and teams of doctors and experts to the flood-ravaged state.
A 20-member clinical team comprising physicians, pediatricians and reproductive health specialists have been deployed in Srinagar, an official statement said, adding that a 10-member team has been there since September 10....|
|SIT asked to complete Muzaffarnagar riots probe in 45 days|
|MUZAFFARNAGAR, Sep 10 (Agencies): The SIT, probing the Muzaffarnagar riots, has been directed by the Inspector General of Meerut Zone to complete its investigation within next 45 days.
Inspector general of Police, Meerut zone, Alok Sharma, has directed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to complete its investigation in all riots cases within a 45-day period, as one year has been passed since the starting of the probe.
Action against riots accused who did not present themselves in court may be taken under provision of section 172 (absconding to avoid service of summons or other proceeding) of the IPC, he said.
In a meeting with SIT officials here last evening, the IGP expressed concern over delay in arrest of riot accused....|
|SC halts Kerala govt's ban on bars, questions logic|
|NEW DELHI, Sep 10 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today questioned the logic behind Kerala government's new liquor policy for limiting bar licences to only 5-star hotels as part of a move to implement total prohibition in the State in 10 years and agreed to examine it.
A bench of justices A R Dave and U U Lalit agreed to grant an urgent hearing on a plea of aggrieved owners of hotels and posted the case for tomorrow. It asked the state government not to take any coercive step against them as the bars were directed to be shut down from tomorrow.
"What is the logic behind this? We don't see any logic behind this," the bench said.
A bunch of top lawyers including senior advocates Fali S Nariman, Ram Jethmalani, Rajeev Dhawan, C S Sunderam and Arvind Dattar, appearing for various hotels, mad...|
|AAP meets LG, asks him to withdraw letter to Prez|
|NEW DELHI, Sep 10 (Agencies): AAP leaders today met the LG and asked him to withdraw the letter to the President seeking his permission to invite the BJP to form the government in Delhi.
"We have submitted the CD of our sting operation which shows BJP trying to buy our MLA for Rs 4 crore. We requested the LG to watch the video. We also asked him to revise the September 4 letter he sent to President Pranab Mukherjee in which, in a way, he has sought permission to invite BJP for government formation," said AAP leader Manish Sisodia who accompanied party chief Arvind Kejriwal during the meeting.
The AAP leader accused BJP of indulging in horse trading to form the government in Delhi.
"Even if BJP forms the government by horse trading, the problems of Delhi will not be solved. Such a gover...|
|Will bury news channels if they insult Telangana: Rao|
|WARANGAL, Sep 10 (Agencies): Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today stirred a controversy when he threatened to "bury" the media "ten feet under the earth" if they continue to "insult" the newly-carved out state.
Rao, at loggerheads with the Andhra Pradesh government over disbursement of assets and liabilities of the undivided state, also demanded that Telangana "must be respected".
"Those who insult Telangana, its existence and prestige, will be buried 10 feet under the earth," said KCR, as he is popularly known, while addressing a gathering after garlanding a statue of Kaloji Narayana Rao, a renown poet and literary critic, commemorating his birth cennetanry, at Nakkalagutta in the district.
Slamming KCR's statement, senior Congress leader and former Union minister Renuka...|
|College professor booked for sexually harassing student|
|JABALPUR, Sep 10 (Agencies): A government college professor has been booked for allegedly seeking sexual favours from a girl student in return of passing her in the examination, police said today.
The complainant, currently studying in second semester at the college, was being harassed by the accused, identified as veterinary professor Barjesh Patel, who used to regularly call her on her mobile phone, talk to her in indecent language and demand sexual favours from her, City Superintendent of Police (CSP) Adhaartal area, Isha Pant told reporters today.
"However, following a complaint lodged by the victim, the professor also filed a counter-complaint on September 2, alleging that the girl and her father, who worked in the police department, kept pressurising him to pass her in the examina...|
|Delhi court sentences man to life imprisonment for killing Belgian embassy employee|
|NEW DELHI, Sep 10 (Agencies): A Delhi court has sentenced a man to life imprisonment for killing a Belgian embassy employee at her residence here in 2006, relying on her son's testimony.
Additional Sessions Judge Rajeev Bansal handed down the jail term to Vijay Pal, who was employed as the driver of victim Isabelle Dessoy, personal secretary to the Ambassador of Belgium, for the offence of murder under section 302 of the IPC.
"The prosecution has succeeded in proving that Isabelle was murdered by Pal," the judge said, while relying on her son's testimony.
"Although there is no eyewitness to the offence but son of the victim claims to have heard the cries of his mother and voice of the accused on mobile. It is thus not a case, which is totally based on circumstantial evidence. The evide...|