|Majority of J&K doesn't subscribe to separatist viewpoint: Cong|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 17 (Agencies): The Congress on Thursday condemned the Pakistan Foreign Ministry's accusations of India using 'excessive force' against separatists in Jammu and Kashmir, stating that a majority of the people in the Valley do not subscribe to their views.
"A majority of the people in the Valley do not subscribe to the views and the actions expressed by Masarat Alam. So the Pakistan Foreign Ministry statement is utterly wrong and they should understand that Kashmir is integral part of India," Congress leader PC Chacko told.
"Separatists and extremists have always tried to disrupt the elections. Braving the bullets, thousands of people exercised their voting power to elect a government having allegiance to the Republic of India," he added.
Chacko further noted that elections...|
|SC extends Jayalalithaa's bail till May 12 in DA case|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 17 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today extended the bail granted to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa till the disposal of her appeal before the Karnataka High Court in disproportionate assets case in which she has been sentenced to four years in jail.
The apex court also allowed the plea of the Karnataka High court registry, which had filed an application on behalf of the judge hearing the appeal seeking extension of the deadline of April 18 for disposal of the appeal to May 12.
A bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice A K Mishra also gave liberty to the high court judge to move application in future for extension of time for delivering the judgement in view of the fact that a matter connected to the case is pending in the apex court before th...|
|Naveen Patnaik bats for net freedom, writes to TRAI chairman|
|BHUBANESWAR, Apr 17 (Agencies): Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said any move to dilute internet freedom would cause economic loss to the booming IT industry and it might affect the poor as several services to them were delivered through the internet.
"It must be noted that this is not an issue of just elite as it is being made out to be. It will affect even the poor because so many services are delivered over the internet today," Patnaik said in a letter to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman Rahul Khullar.
"The government is trying to extend its services to the people through this medium because it will be effective and inexpensive. Present usage of the net seems to encompass everyone, rich or poor, particularly the younger people," he said.
|Lawyer found dead near Tis Hazari court complex, murder suspects arrested|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 17 (Agencies): A 38-year-old lawyer was found dead outside an eatery near the Tis Hazari court in north Delhi this morning.
Police have arrested two men who worked at the eatery in this connection and they are being questioned to ascertain the exact sequence of events which led to the lawyer's murder.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Madhur Verma said with the arrest of the two persons, the case has been cracked.
The victim, identified as Rajeev Sharma, was a resident of Rohini in northwest Delhi. There were wounds on his head which were probably caused by a sharp object following a scuffle.
A case of murder has been registered in this connection.
Meanwhile, lawyers of all district courts abstained from work today following the incident.
"A young advocate's body ...|
|HC seeks Delhi govt's response on petition against 'arbitrary' tobacco ban|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 17 (Agencies): The Delhi High Court today sought response of the city government on a plea of manufacturers against ban on sale of chewable tobacco in the national capital from March 30.
Justice Rajiv Shakdher issued notice to Food Safety Commissioner of the Delhi government while restraining it from taking any action against sellers till the next date of hearing on May 20.
"Issue notice. The respondent should not take any coercive action against the sellers and the manufacturers till the next date of hearing," the judge said.
The court's notice was issued on a plea by a manufacturer S K Tobacco Industries, which has sought quashing of the notification by the Arvind Kejriwal government, banning sale, purchase and storage of all forms of chewable tobacco including "gutkha...|
|Centre backs Assam's claim on crude royalty from PSUs|
|GUWAHATI, Apr 17 (Agencies): The Centre today came out in support of the Assam government seeking royalty on crude from PSU firms, including ONGC and OIL, at a pre-discounted rate in line with a Supreme Court order.
"Assam's expectation is right. The previous government at the Centre did injustice to Assam and Gujarat by allowing to pay low royalty. Gujarat went to the Supreme Court and got a verdict in its favour," Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told reporters here.
He said the demand of the north-eastern state is "genuine" and the central government "will see how it can help" in this matter.
"Today, I met the Chief Minister (of Assam) and we discussed the issue. I will definitely take up this matter," Pradhan said.
The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has...|
|Centre making absurd claims about Land Bill: AIKMS|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 17 (Agencies): Accusing the NDA Government of resuscitating anti-farmer British-era land acquisition Act through its Ordinance, a farmers' body today demanded its withdrawal while alleging that the Centre was making "absurd claims" to promote its land bill amongst farmers.
The Land Acquisition Ordinance was re-promulgated on April 3.
"We demand the Centre to withdraw the Ordinance. We want the Government to take back changes proposed to the 2013 act. This is because the UPA Government had come up with the act following pressure exerted by widespread agitations against the British-era act.
"The BJP Government is now resurrecting the British-era act by executing the Ordinance. Hence, we are going to protest against it," Ashish Mital, secretary of the AIKMS central executiv...|
|Cong spreading negative propaganda on Land Bill: Solanki|
|AHMEDABAD, Apr 17 (Agencies): Lok Sabha member from Ahmedabad- west Kirit Solanki today alleged that Congress was trying to gain a political mileage by spreading negative information against the land acquisition bill.
Referring to Congress leader Jairam Ramesh's statement here that his party would soon start a country-wide protest and the original land acquisition act passed during the UPA rule should not be altered, Solanki said the laws are meant to be changed.
"There are many loopholes in the old act, which led to many problems in acquisition of lands. As a result, many Chief Ministers complained that they are unable to undertake development-related works in their states. This new bill is aimed at solving these problems," claimed Solanki.
"There is nothing wrong with changing the ol...|
|Govt sets up panel to consider declassification of Netaji files|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 15 (Agencies): An inter-ministerial committee, headed by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, has been set up by the government to look at the possibility of declassification of all files related to death or disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose nearly 70 years back.
The first meeting of panel, which consists of representatives of the Ministries of Home and External Affairs, R&AW, and Intelligence Bureau, is likely to take place tomorrow, official sources said today.
The NDA government's move came amidst growing demands for declassification of nearly 90 files which are yet to be made public. Interestingly, grandnephew of Bose, Surya Kumar Bose, had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin yesterday and requested him declassify all files related to events since his death ...|
|Raja 'misled' Manmohan Singh on policy matters: CBI to court|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 15 (Agencies): CBI today argued before a Special Court that former Telecom Minister A Raja had "misled" the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on policy matters pertaining to allocation of 2G spectrum.
Commencing final arguments in the case, Special Public Prosecutor Anand Grover said that Raja, in conspiracy with other accused, had advanced the cut-off date to favour accused firms in allocation of 2G licences.
Grover argued that Raja had granted spectrum to "ineligible" companies like Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd (STPL) and Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Ltd.
He said that the first-come-first-serve (FCFS) policy was changed to favour some of the accused and Raja even rejected the proposal of the then Law Minister who had proposed that some of the key policy issues be referred to...|
|Sena wants mandatory family planning for Muslims, Christians|
|MUMBAI, Apr 15 (Agencies): After stoking controversy with its demand that Muslims be stripped of their voting rights, Shiv Sena today advocated compulsory family planning for Muslims and Christians to check their "rising" population.
"By only increasing the population, one can try and convert the country into Pakistan, but cannot give quality and healthy life to one's family," the BJP ally in Maharashtra said in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana.
Sena backed the views of vice president of All India Hindu Mahasabha Sadhvi Deva Thakur on the issue though it did say that her choice of words may have been wrong.
"Sadhvi Deva says that the increasing population of Muslims and Christians is dangerous for the country and they should be, therefore, forcibly sterilised. She should have u...|
|AP police file murder case in Chittoor firing incident|
|HYDERABAD, Apr 15 (Agencies): Andhra Pradesh government today informed the Hyderabad High Court that the state police has registered a case of murder in connection with the killing of 20 people in police firing in Chittoor district on April 7.
Additional Advocate General (AAG) D Srinivas informed a division bench, comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice P V Sanjay Kumar, that an FIR has been registered based on a complaint filed by Muniyammal, a native of Tamil Nadu and wife of one of the deceased labourers Sashi Kumar.
The AAG also informed the court that the government is in the process of constituting a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the case.
The FIR was registered under sections 302 (murder), 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder) and 34 (ac...|
|BBC Documentary: HC rejects petition to lift ban on broadcast|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 15 (Agencies): The Delhi High Court today declined an interim prayer of a law student seeking lifting of ban on telecasting the controversial BBC documentary on the December 16 gangrape case convict's interview.
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw also observed that the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has opposed airing of the documentary as it can "encourage and incite violence against women and thus compromise women safety".
"It is not a matter for interim relief. So we cannot grant the same at this stage. We have called for the original record, which has been produced before this court by the concerned ministry. We will go through it and then take up the matter," the bench said and listed the matter for further hearing on May 27.
|Rane suffers humiliation in Bandra (E), NCP retains Tasgaon|
|MUMBAI, Apr 15 (Agencies): Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Narayan Rane today lost to ruling Shiv Sena's Trupti Sawant in Bandra (East) Assembly bypoll, his second consecutive defeat in six months, raising questions over his fate in Congress.
NCP nominee and late R R Patil's wife Sumantai Patil won in Tasgaon-Kavathe Mahankal Assembly constituency of Sangli district by over 1.12 lakh votes as the Sharad Pawar-led party retained the seat. No major party had put up candidate against her.
63-year-old Rane, who joined the Congress in 2005 after being expelled from Shiv Sena, has ironically tasted defeat in the constituency which is the home turf of Sena founder late Bal Thackeray and where party chief Uddhav Thackeray now resides at 'Matoshree'.
Trupti Sawant, whose husband Bala Sawant's...|
|Mulayam to head Janata Parivar merger with 6 parties|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 15 (Agencies): More than two decades after the then Janata Dal disintegrated, six of its constituents merged today to form a new party which will be headed by Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Announcing the merger, JD(U) president Sharad Yadav said a six-member committee will decide on the name of the new party, its symbol, flag and other details.
"We have merged," Sharad Yadav told reporters after top leaders of Samajwadi Party, JD(U), RJD, INLD, JD(S) and Samajwadi Janata Party met at Mulayam Singh Yadav's residence here.
The decision comes ahead of the Bihar Assembly elections where Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of JD(U) and one time bitter rival RJD head Lalu Prasad have joined hands to take on a resurgent BJP, which had routed them in Lok Sabha elections...|
|BJP alleges widespread violence by TMC ahead of civic polls|
|KOLKATA, Apr 15 (Agencies): West Bengal BJP today alleged widespread violence by the ruling TMC in the run-up to election to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation on April 18 and over 90 municipal bodies across the state on April 25.
The saffron party held a rally through different parts of the metropolis to protest against the alleged attack on party leader Rupa Ganguly at Gopalnagar in the southern part of the city yesterday.
While Ganguly alleged that she had been attacked by Trinamool Congress workers, the ruling party claimed that it was the actress-turned-politician who had torn their party flag from a public meeting venue.
"There is violence in different parts of the state," Union Minister of State for Urban Development Babul Supriyo claimed while alleging that "a section of police ...|
|Dalit woman allegedly held captive, raped, converted in UP|
|SULTANPUR, Apr 15 (Agencies): A 30-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly held captive, raped and forced to convert by a man and his two other associates here, police said today.
According to a complaint filed by the victim yesterday, accused Tauhid along with his wife Tabassum and brother-in-law Pappu held the woman captive for the past five months at his residence.
The accused brought her to the house on the pretext of getting her a job. The man raped her and forced to adopt the religion, police said.
However, she managed to escape yesterday and reached an Ashram where she narrated the whole incident, they said.
Superintendent of Police, Sonia Singh ordered a probe into the incident as soon as a case was registered and an FIR was lodged against the three accused.
Medical examination wa...|
|Not an inch of land will go to Corporate Houses: Shah|
|PATNA, Apr 14 (Agencies): Under opposition attack over the land bill, BJP President Amit Shah today asserted that not an inch of land will go to corporate houses and those acquired will be used for development of villages and for providing better irrigation to farmers.
He also sought to corner Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the land owned by 12 sugar mills in the state, alleging that it has been handed over to his "friends" and "Ministers' kin".
"Despite the disinformation campaign launched by the opposition on the land bill that this is being brought for corporates, I want to tell the BJP workers that not an inch of land will go to corporate houses and this land will be used for development of villages and for providing water to farmers' fields," he said.
|Not invited to BJP programme on Ambedkar: Shatrughan Sinha|
|PATNA, Apr 14 (Agencies): Actor-turned-MP of BJP Shatrughan Sinha today said he has not received any invitation to the party's mega show here today on the occasion of Ambedkar anniversary in which it would blow the bugle for Bihar Assembly election.
"Neither party President Amit Shah nor the BJP state leadership invited me to the function," Sinha, BJP second term Lok Sabha member from Patna Saheb, told agencies.
"My name or photograph does not figure in any of the banners, hoardings and posters despite being a local MP," he said over phone from his Mumbai residence.
Sinha said since he had no invitation he chose to stay away from it and see a doctor instead. He was in Patna and returned on Sunday night.
Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, union ministers from Bihar including Ravi...|
|Centre, UP govt 'insensitive' towards farmers: Mayawati|
|LUCKNOW, Apr 14 (Agencies): BSP supremo Mayawati today accused the Centre as well as Uttar Pradesh government of being "insensitive" towards farmers facing crop loss due to unprecedented rains and hailstorm.
While addressing workers on the occasion of 125th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar, Mayawati said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was already on foreign tour and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was expected to leave for Germany today when farmers are suffering.
"At the time when farmers of the country are in distress, the Prime Minister is visiting foreign countries," she said, adding, "Now the Chief Minister too is leaving for one."
Referring to distribution of cheques of meagre amount to farmers, she accused the Akhilesh Yadav-led government of being "unsympathetic" towards t...|
|AAP rebels' meet underway, Kejriwal warns of action|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 14 (Agencies): The convention of rebel AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan began this morning with volunteers from across the country terming it a day of "new beginning" even as the Arvind Kejriwal-led party warned of action against those attending the event.
Yadav and Bhushan had announced their decision of holding the dialogue, 'Swaraj Samwad', to discuss the future course of action after their expulsion from AAP's top echelons, triggering speculations of floating a new party.
Before the session began at around 10 AM today, Yadav told reporters "I am sure we would witness something new here".
"It's a day of new beginning. AAP Constitution gives an ordinary member of the party, the freedom of expression which no other party gives and if the workers are using...|
|4 cops dead, 7 injured in 4th Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh in 3 days|
|RAIPUR, Apr 13 (Agencies): Four security personnel were today killed and seven others injured, including two of them critically, when Naxals blew up an anti-landmine vehicle in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, the fourth attack by the ultras in three days.
The blast occurred on Cholnar-Kirandul road under Kirandul police station limits when the security personnel were patrolling along a road construction route in the region this afternoon, Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range, SRP Kalluri told agencies.
The mine-protected vehicle, with 11 state police jawans aboard, was dispatched from Cholnar camp to ensure security for the construction work underway in the region, located around 450 kms away from state capital Raipur, when the rebels triggered the blast leaving four personnel d...|
|Sena view unacceptable, committed to defending rights of all Indians: Govt|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 13 (Agencies): Taking a strong stand against the call by its ally Shiv Sena for the scrapping of Muslims' voting rights, the government today said such suggestions were not acceptable to it and that these "should not be discussed even hypothetically".
Minorities, including Muslims, are as much the citizens of our country as anybody else and "there can't be any differentiation on any ground," Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said.
"The suggestion to deny such rights to anybody on any grounds is not acceptable to our government," he said.
"Such suggestions or purported suggestions should not be discussed even hypothetically since the same is not acceptable and such suggestions are not allowed under the Constitution," he added.
An editorial in Sena mouthpiec...|
|Nehru-Gandhi family tried to erase Bose's legacy, alleges nephew|
|MUMBAI, Apr 13 (Agencies): Amid a row over snooping on close relatives of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, his nephew, Ardhendu Bose, today alleged that the Nehru-Gandhi family has tried to erase the nationalist leader's legacy.
"From 1947 onwards, they (Nehru-Gandhi family) have done their best to obliterate the name and memory of Netaji Bose," Ardhendu told agencies.
"As far as Bose and Sardar Patel are concerned, if you see today, in none of the history books in India is there a mention of Bose, the Indian National Army (INA) and very little about Patel," the 60-year-old leather technologist, who stays in Mumbai, said.
Ardhendu, a former Bombay Dyeing model, who owns a leather business, was born in Mumbai. His father Sailesh Chandra, who died in 1984, was Netaji's younger brother.
|30 AAP members from Gujarat to attend Swaraj Samvad event|
|AHMEDABAD, Apr 13 (Agencies): Thirty members of the Gujarat unit of Aam Admi Party would be attending the 'Swaraj Samvad' meet organised by dissidents Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan in Gurgaon tomorrow.
The tussle between two camps in AAP at the national level has divided the state unit too. Senior leader Kanu Kalsariya said that Arvind Kejriwal should be given more power, while a group led by Nachiketa Desai, a former scribe and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi's personal secretary Mahadev Desai, said he and others believed in the "politics of change by Yogendra Yadav".
"I got to know that some people including Nachiketa Desai have been invited, but as I am not convinced about the rival group's contentions against Kejriwal, I am not going to be a part of it," Kalsaria said, speaking to ...|