|Govt firm on presenting budget on Feb 1, will refrain from announcements for poll bound states|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 18 (Agencies): Sweeping aside objections raised by opposition parties, the government will present the Union Budget 2017-18 on February 1 but will refrain from making any announcements pertaining to poll-bound states.
The government has before the Election Commission vehemently defended its move to advance Budget presentation by a month saying it had made clear its intention on this way back in September 2016 so as to help begin the investment cycle right from the first day of the new fiscal, April 1.
"Budget presentation on February 1 is a done deal, we will not make any specific announcement for poll-bound states," a top source said.
Opposition parties including Congress and TMC had approached the Election Commission against presentation of the Budget just hours before...|
|Over 88% rise in pending cases in SC since inception in 1950|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 18 (Agencies): The Supreme Court, which had a meagre 690 pending cases after one year of its inception in 1950, is reeling under "mounting arrears" which has risen to a whopping 60,938 till last September despite the rise in judges' strength from 8 to 31.
The data, released by the Supreme Court in the 'Indian Judiciary Annual Report 2015-2016', reflects that filing of cases in the apex court has also risen manifold as in its first year, 1,215 cases were filed compared to 59,386 between January to September 30 last year.
The sanctioned strength of judges in the Supreme Court, which came into existence on January 28, 1950, two days after India became a sovereign democratic republic, was eight at the time of its inception, while it is 31 now.
According to the data, out of t...|
|Salman Khan acquitted in arms Act case; court exonerates actor due to lack of evidence|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 18 (Agencies): Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's 18-year long tryst with the infamous Arms Act case related to the blackbuck poaching incident has finally come to an end. The CJM court in Jodhpur acquitted the actor in Arms Act case on January 18, 2017.
Salman Khan was accompanied by sister Alvira in the court when Chief Judicial Magistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpuroti pronounced the verdict in his favour.
Besides the cases of poaching of endangered antelopes under Wildlife (Protection) Act, a case under sections 3/25 and 3/27 of the Arms Act was filed against Khan for allegedly keeping and using the firearms with an expired licence in the alleged poaching of blackbucks in Kankani near Jodhpur on October 1-2, 1998.
Arguments by both the sides, in this case, were completed on J...|
|CPI(M) practising 'Murderous Politics' in Kerala: Naidu|
|Kottayam(Kerala), Jan 18 (Agencies): Senior BJP leader and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today hit out at ruling CPI(M) in Kerala, accusing them of practising "murderous politics" in the state and warned them that they "will get it back politically".
He also condemned the killing of BJP workers in political violence in the state and urged CPI(M) to fight BJP politically and ideologically, if it has "guts".
Alleging that more than 80 people had been killed in the seven to eight months of CPI(M) rule, he said BJP does not believe in violence".
"We don't believe in violence but you will get it back politically," he said.
"Murderous politics will not be tolerated. If you have guts, fight us politically. If you have guts, fight us ideologically. Killing helpless people, killing children,...|
|ISI may be behind Kanpur train mishap, claims Bihar police; seeks probe by IB, RAW|
|MOTIHARI, Jan 18 (Agencies): The role of ISI in the recent train disaster in Kanpur was being suspected after Bihar police on Tuesday arrested three people who they claimed were working for the Pakistani intelligence agency to target Indian railways.
The ISI link to the November 20 train disaster, in which 150 people were killed, was being suspected after the interrogation of the trio, police said.
During interrogation, the three arrested persons provided some "positive lead" about the Indore-Patna Express derailment in Kanpur, District Superintendent of Police Jitendra Rana said.
Addressing a press conference, East Champaran Superintendent of Police Jitendra Rana said that the arrested persons have confessed to having worked for a Nepalese contact supposedly linked to Pakistan's ISI t...|
|Army orders modern helmets for jawans, can withstand bullets fired from short range|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 18 (Agencies): In yet another step aimed at improving the safety of our soldiers, the Indian Army will soon equip each of its jawan with a world-class helmet that can make a big difference between life and death during dangerous combat operations.
According to NDTV, the Army has awarded a massive contract to the Kanpur-based MKU Industries for manufacturing 1.58 lakh helmets in a deal worth Rs. 170-180 crore.
As per the report, the production of the new helmets has begun and the same will be delivered within three years time.
This is possibly the first large scale order of helmets by the Army in more than two decades.
The MKU Industries is a world leader in the manufacture of body armour (bulletproof jackets and helmets) which it exports to armed forces around the wor...|
|Thousands protest at Chennai's Marina Beach in support of Jallikattu, seek action against PETA|
|CHENNAI, Jan 18 (Agencies): Patience appears to be wearing thin in Tamil Nadu over the ban on bull-taming sport Jallikattu.
Thousands of people, mostly youth, staged demonstrations at Chennai’s iconic Marina Beach on Wednesday as a fresh wave of protest against the ban on the bull-taming sport Jallikattu gathered momentum across the AIADMK-ruled southern state.
Expressing solidarity with the protesters, hundreds of others today joined in on social media platforms in signs of growing anger over the 2014 ban by the apex court which upheld concerns by animal rights activists that the sport amounted to cruelty to the bull.
The protests began on Tuesday and the numbers have swelled over the past few days.
What initially started as an isolated protest by a group of youngsters has now grown...|
|BJP knocks on EC's door, says Cong' symbol must be seized Rahul’'s 'hand of god' remark|
|DELHI, Jan 17 (Agencies): The BJP on Tuesday knocked on the Election Commission's door, seeking action against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's 'hand of god' remark.
"This is a case of corrupt practices and a clear violation of MCC. Their symbol (Congress) must be seized," Union Minister MA Naqvi said, as per agencies.
He added, "By their statement they're (Rahul/Congress) are trying to say that if you're voting for their symbol, you are voting for your religion."
"The EC has said that they have taken it very seriously and that they'll take necessary steps," Naqvi said.
Another union minister Prakash Javadekar was also part of BJP's delegation among others.
On last Friday, BJP had filed a complaint with the poll panel against the Congress VP for hurting religious sentiments, b...|
|'Empowerment without appeasement' policy a hit, communal incidents declined under Modi govt: Naqvi|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 17 (Agencies): Communal incidents have declined significantly since the Narendra Modi dispensation assumed office and no such major episode occurred in the near 32-month period, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said today.
Addressing the inaugural session of the annual conference of state minority commissions here, Naqvi hailed the Modi government for creating an atmosphere wherein minorities are becoming part of the country's development process.
He, however, cautioned the political establishment of the country to remain alert and work with honesty for empowerment of minorities as he said that its accountability will be tested every six months when elections take place in some or the other parts of the country.
The minister also asserted that the constitutional right...|
|Cong confirms alliance with SP, will contest UP assembly polls under Akhilesh|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 17 (Agencies): Putting to rest all speculations about a possible alliance between his party and the ruling Samajwadi Party, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday said that the two parties will contest the upcoming assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh together.
Azad also confirmed that the Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance will contest the crucial polls under the leader of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
There will be Congress and Samajwadi Party alliance in upcoming UP elections, Azad said.
Details about it will be decided in coming days, for now we can say that there will be Congress-SP alliance under leadership of Akhilesh Yadav, added Azad.
he confirmation from the Congress came a day after the Election Commission ruled in favour of Akhilesh Yadav in the ongo...|
|Shivpal's name missing from Mulayam's must-have list of Samajwadi Party candidates to son Akhilesh?|
|LUCKNOW, Jan 17 (Agencies): A day after the Election Commission ruled in his favour, the newly appointed Samajwadi Party national president, Akhilesh Yadav went to seek the blessings of his father and Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam at the latter's residence here on Tuesday.
During the father-son meeting, a list was handed over to the young Chief Minister by his father which contained the names of most indispensable leaders of the party which are to be fielded in the upcoming assembly elections across the state.
Interestingly, the list excluded the name of Shivpal Yadav - Mulayam's younger brother and a powerful figure in the party, claimed NDTV.
Though Shivpal, who has been in the centre of a bitter power tussle with Akhilesh, found no mention in that list, his son Aditya's name appea...|
|Badals have 'looted' Punjab, will be held accountable: Kejriwal|
|CHANDIGARH, Jan 17 (Agencies): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today upped the ante against the ruling Badals, alleging they have "looted" Punjab and will be held accountable for their "misdeeds" if AAP forms the government.
He also reiterated his charge that Congress was colluding with the Akalis to keep AAP at bay.
On the river water issue, Kejriwal at a press conference here said if AAP government is formed, it will strongly defend the rights of Punjab.
He, however, described the SYL canal issue as a "political issue" and said it needs to be dealt accordingly.
Hitting out at the ruling Akalis for "destroying Punjab", the AAP national convener said, "for the first time, they are facing a outfit which is giving them a tough fight".
He said that AAP wants Badals to bite dust at ...|
|Amarinder trashes Kejriwal's charges, challenges him to fight in Lambi|
|PATIALA, Jan 17 (Agencies): Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh today trashed AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal's charge that he was fighting from Parkash Singh Badal's home turf of Lambi to help the Punjab Chief Minister win, and challenged him to enter the electoral contest in the constituency.
He also ruled out an alliance with any party, even as he said that the Congress President would decide on the chief ministerial face for the Assembly polls and no "deal" has been struck with new entrant Navjot Singh Sidhu. "Congress will win the elections on its own. We will get clear majority," he told reporters here.
He said his decision to contest from Lambi "was motivated by his desire to save the people of Punjab from the Badals".
He described Lambi as his 'karambhoomi' from where he would "...|
|HC seeks response from Ministry of Home Affairs over petition on bad quality food served to BSF soldiers|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 17 (Agencies): The Delhi High Court today sought response of the Ministry of Home Affairs on a petition seeking its status report on alleged poor quality food being served along the LoC as claimed by a BSF soldier on social media.
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangeeta Dhingra Sehgal also issued notice to Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Assam Rifles seeking their stand on the allegation of poor quality food being given to jawans.
It also directed the BSF to produce before it the investigation report and the steps it has taken with regard to allegations levelled by BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav.
"The steps have already ...|
|President on 3-day visit to Jharkhand, West Bengal|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 17 (Agencies): President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the centenary year celebration of 'Jhalda Satyabhama Vidyapith' in West Bengal's Purulia district tomorrow.
He will reach Jhalda via Ranchi in Jharkhand, an official statement said.
On the same day, he will also inaugurate the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Netaji Research Bureau at Kolkata and unveil the restored 'Wanderer Car' used by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his 'Mahanishkraman' (The Great Escape) in January 1941.
On January 19, the President will inaugurate the 28th Dantan Gramin Mela-2017 at Dantan in Paschim Medinipur district. On the same day, he will also attend the 35th anniversary celebrations of a Bengali newspaper 'Aajkaal' at Kolkata.
On the last day of his visit, the President will inaug...|
|Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa makes clear that she cannot accept Sasikala in Amma's place|
|CHENNAI, Jan 17 (Agencies): Taking a political plunge and indicating that she may float a political party, Deepa Jayakumar, niece of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, today made it clear she cannot accept AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala.
On the birth centenary of AIADMK founder M.G. Ramchandran today, she received scores of AIADMK cadre at her residence and then paid floral tributes at the memorial of MGR. Soon after she announced her entry into politics, her supporters who had gathered in large number residence burst crackers and distributed sweets.
Her residence in the busy T Nagar area sported banners hailing her as the heir of Jayalalithaa and the entire neighbourhood was teeming with hundreds of her supporters hindering traffic.
Asked if she accepted V K Sasikala ...|
|Nepal FM Prakash holds talk with Jaitley over demonetisation and other issues|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 17 (Agencies): Nepalese Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat today held talks with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh during which key bilateral issues including impact of demonetisation on India's aid to the Himalayan nation were discussed.
Though officials maintained that there were "political discussions" between the two sides without divulging details, it is understood that the Nepalese minister talked about the impact of India's demonetisation on Nepal.
Nepalese envoy Deep Kumar Upadhyay last week had said that people in Nepal were facing a lot of hardship due to the demonetisation decision as high-value India currency notes were in large circulation in that country. He said he has already raised the issue with the Ind...|
|If it comes to Muslims' interest, I will also fight against Akhilesh': Mulayam|
|LUCKNOW, Jan 16 (Agencies): SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav today said he would contest against Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in the assembly elections if he does not "listen" to him, seeking to wield the stick after the chief ministership carrot failed to make his rebellious son fall in line.
With chances of a rapprochement between the two warring factions in the party receding with each passing day, Mulayam accused Akhilesh of having a "negative approach" towards Muslims, a loyal vote bank of the Samajwadi Party for years.
"Akhilesh is acting at the behest of Ramgopal (Yadav). If he does not listen, I will fight against him," Mulayam, a Lok Sabha member from Azamgarh, told party workers.
Ram Gopal, a member of the Rajya Sabha and Mulayam's cousin, has sided with Akhilesh in his figh...|
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|Samajwadi party's H.Q. has two presidents|
|LUCKNOW, Jan 16 (Agencies): The ongoing political tussle between Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav escalated to a new level after the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister's nameplate as the National President of Samajwadi Party was put up at the party office in Lucknow on Monday.
Akhilesh's nameplate as the national president of Samajwadi Party was put up right below the nameplate of Mulayam Singh Yadav with the same designation.
With just a month left to go before the assembly polls in the state, the two warring factions -- led by Mulayam and Akhilesh are fighting it out with little hope left for reconciliation.
Earlier today, party supremo Mulayam said that he will contest against his son Akhilesh in the upcoming assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh if he does not fall in line.
|'Even Ramlila actors would be seen wearing Modi's masks, if things remain the same', Rahul takes a jibe at Modi|
|RISHIKESH, Jan 16 (Agencies): Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of impinging upon the autonomy of institutions like the RBI, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today said the Central Bank's Governor was informed of his decision on demonetisation just a day before the move.
"RBI was created as an institution which would work independently free from all political pressure. However, a letter was shot off to the RBI Governor (Urjit Patel) just a day before demonetisation, saying that Modi ji had taken a decision to withdraw the 500 and 1000 rupee notes from circulation," Rahul said at a rally here.
Charging the Prime Minister with taking his autocratic style of functioning too far, he said Modi was out to impose his face on everything.
Citing the recent Khadi and Village Industries C...|
|Ambedkar gave us a secular constitution, 'bigger leader' than Mahatma Gandhi: Owaisi|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 16 (Agencies): Terming B R Ambedkar a "bigger leader" than Mahatma Gandhi, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has said it was because of the secular and class-free Constitution given by the Dalit icon which has ensured justice in society.
Owaisi's remark came during an All-India Majlis-e-Ittehad- ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) rally here yesterday as he continued his poll campaign in the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh.
"Ambedkar is a bigger leader than Mahatma Gandhi ... Had Ambedkar not given a secular and class-free Constitution, the level of injustice in the country would have been much more and RSS people would not have left any opportunity to spoil the situation," Owaisi said.
On the Khadi calendars and diaries row, Owaisi said though Prime Minister Narendra Modi claims to be a ...|
|‘Dangal’ star Zaira says I am not a role model, not proud of what I am doing|
|MUMBAI, Jan 16 (Agencies): Dangal star Zaira Wasim, who played young Geeta Phogat in the Aamir Khan starrer, has posted a statement on her Facebook and Twitter account to clarify her stance. However, it is not very clear what exactly Wasim is referring to.
The young girl has even denied being trolled on social media and has said that she has written the post because she felt like writing it, reports suggest.
Wasim took to Facebook to post a statement that reads:
“This is an open confession/apology. I know that many people have been offended and displeased by my recent actions or by the people I have recently met.
I want to apologise to all those people who I've unintentionally hurt and I want them to know that I understand their sentiments behind it especially considering that what ha...|
|This man raped nearly 600 minors in past 13-yrs - Chilling details will make your blood boil|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 16 (Agencies): The 38-year-old serial child rapist, who was arrested from east Delhi for targeting minor girls, revealed some chilling details to police during an interrogation.
Identified as Sunil Rastogi, the accused is a tailor by profession and hails from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh. He came to Delhi in 1990 with his family and started assisting his father at a tailoring shop. In 2004, he and his family were thrashed by locals and were forced to leave Mayur Vihar after he had attempted to sexually assault a child from the locality he lived.
Rastogi, who has five children, two of them girls, was also was jailed for six months in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand, for a similar offence in 2006.
In a startling revelation, the accused admitted having raped nearly 600 children, aged be...|
|Delhi HC refuses urgent hearing on petition over BSF jawan complaints|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 16 (Agencies): The Delhi High Court today refused urgent hearing on a plea seeking a status report from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) following a BSF soldier's allegation that troopers posted along the LoC were being served poor quality food.
The petitioner urged the bench headed by Chief Justice G Rohini, which did not assemble, that the matter be transferred to another bench today itself as it was an "urgent issue".
The court master, who was giving dates in the matter, asked the counsel for the petitioner what was the urgency.
"The authorities concerned are looking into the issues (raised in the writ petition). Even the Army Chief has also taken steps in this regard," the court master said.
To which the counsel for the petitioner requested that at least it be lis...|
|Army men using social media for grievances can be punished|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 15 (Agencies): Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Sunday told soldiers not to air their grievances through social media.
Addressing the Army Day function, he said: "A few colleagues are using social media to share their problems. It affects the morale of the jawans and thereby the army.
"A few of our friends have taken to social media to speak about their complaints. This affects the soldiers deployed at the borders... You can be held guilty of doing a crime for what you have done and invite punishment," he warned.
The General went on, "We have the capacity to tackle cyber attacks, yet, we have to be careful against the enemy elements on social media, and also ask our families to be alert about it."
On Friday, the Army chief announced a new grievance redressal system und...|