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Pak officials posing as Indian officers to gather info: Rijiju
NEW DELHI, Jul 26 (Agencies): Posing as senior defence and district administration officers, people in Pakistani intelligence agencies are contacting Indian officials to gather information on troop deployment along the Indo-Pak border, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said spillover frequency of Pakistani mobile network into India has been observed in few locations along the Indo-Pak border areas in Barmer, Jaisalmer and Sriganganagar districts of Rajasthan. “Pakistani Intelligence agencies used to call up officials of post offices, railways, state revenue (patwaris), schools, security personnel and public representatives (Sarpanch), etc., by impersonating themselves as senior defence and other district administration officers to collect inform...
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Stone-pelting incidents down in J&K: CRPF
NEW DELHI, Jul 26 (Agencies): Incidents of stone pelting in the Kashmir valley have reduced drastically and come down to half this year due to the "effective" action of security forces and probe agencies against separatists and others, the CRPF DG today said. According to R R Bhatnagar, while a total of 1,590 incidents of stone pelting were registered last year, this year the latest figures are 424, which is "half of what was last year". "Why or how has this happened? I would say it is a complex is a mix of everything.” "It is a mix of what the NIA is doing, it is a mix of state police and security forces doing the kind of control and hence the efforts of the law breakers, stone pelters and violent mobs is effectively blocked and hence pelting has gone down," the DG sai...
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Rashtrapati Bhawan gets 14th Prez
Citizens are custodians of India: Kovind
Cong criticizes him for not mentioning Nehru
NEW DELHI, Jul 25(Agencies): Calling for a nation built on the principle of equality for all people, and one that combines “the wisdom of an age-old Bharat and the science of contemporary India”, newly elected President Ram Nath Kovind said on Tuesday that each citizen was a “nation builder” and “a custodian of the legacy that we will pass on to coming generations.” In his first address inside the Central Hall of Parliament after being sworn in as the 14th President by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar, Kovind said, “We need to sculpt a robust, high growth economy, an educated, ethical and shared community, and an egalitarian society, as envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi and Deendayal Upadhyaya ji (the Jana Sangh leader).” Addressing a gathering that included Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Pri...
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`29 army men, 142 militants killed along LoC since 2014’
NEW DELHI, Jul 25(Agencies): The Indian army lost 29 personnel along the Line of Control (LoC) and killed 142 militants since 2014, the government told the Rajya Sabha today. Minister of state in the ministry of Defence Subhash Bhamre, in a written reply, said 84 infiltration bids were also foiled by the security forces since 2014. The LoC, under the operational control of the army, also saw 216 cases of ceasefire violations until June this year. Of these 73 and 76 violations were recorded in May and June respectively, he said....
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`Pak army targeting children’
Indian army will never shell schools: VCOAS
NEW DELHI, Jul 25: Hitting out at Pakistan for targeting schools near the Line of Control (LoC), Vice Chief of the Army Staff Lieutenant General Sarath Chand on Tuesday said it was not something that India would ever do. “Pakistan shelled schools, it is not something we would do; when we retaliate we assure Pakistani military is targeted. It is unfortunate to see that they've stooped so low and caused casualty to the children,” Lt Gen Sarath Chand told the media on civilian casualties in ceasefire violation by Pakistan. Amid heavy mortar shelling and incessant firing in Jammu and Kashmir's bordering area by Pakistan, the local schools have been asked to remain closed by the state administration. Bearing the brunt of the heavy shelling and ceasefire violation by the Pakistani troops, a ...
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OIC resolution on J&K misleading: India
NEW DELHI, Jul 25(Agencies): India today reacted strongly to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir during its foreign ministers’ meet recently, terming them as “misleading” and asked it to refrain from making such references. Rejecting “outrightly” all such references, the external affairs ministry said, “The OIC has no locus standi on India’s internal affairs. We strongly advise the OIC to refrain from making such references in future.”...
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SMVDSB approves Master Plan of Nursing College
NEW DELHI, Jul 23: The 60th meeting of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board was held here yesterday under the chairmanship of Governor N. N. Vohra, Chairman of the Shrine Board. The Board reviewed the pace of work on its various upcoming major infrastructure projects and took decisions in regard to a number of important matters. Dr. E. Sreedharan, Dr. S. S. Bloeria, Sudha Murty, Dr. Ashok Bhan, H. L. Maini, Justice (Retd) Permod Kohli, Maj. Gen. (Retd) Shiv Kumar Sharma and B. B. Vyas, all Board Members, Ajeet Kumar Sahu, Chief Executive Officer and Dr. M. K. Kumar and Anshul Garg, Additional CEOs of the Shrine Board, attended the meeting. After viewing a detailed presentation made by the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi, regarding the construction of the autonomous...
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'Sacked' Cong veteran Shankersinh Vaghela resigns, says won't join BJP
NEW DELHI, July 21 (Agencies): Congress veteran Shankersinh Vaghela on Friday said he has resigned from the party after alleging that he was sacked 24 hours back. Vaghela also said he wouldn't join any party, including the BJP, squashing speculation that he could head back to his old party. Meanwhile, Congress senior leader Ambika Soni announced that she asked the party to relieve her from in-charge of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. “I've requested leadership to relieve me as in-charge of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh due to health reasons,” Soni said Vaghela addressing a massive rally held on the occasion of his birthday in Gandhinagar, said: “I was expelled 24 hours ago. My party has shown me the door...I will resign as MLA after Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat...I am going ...
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Cong rejects Vaghela's expulsion claim, says 'no action was taken' against him
NEW DELHI, July 21 (Agencies): The Congress on Friday rejected veteran leader from Gujarat Shankersingh Vaghela's claim that he has been expelled from the party, saying 'no action as taken against him'. “No action was taken against Vaghela ji nor was he expelled,” ANI quoted party leader RS Surjewala as saying here. Surjewala said that his party had refused to grant Vaghela's wish to replace the current Gujarat Congress chief and hence he may have been upset. “A party is always bigger than individuals,” Surjewala said, adding the reports of his expulsion are baseless and it was his decision to quit. The veteran Congress leader had claimed on Friday that he was expelled from the party. Addressing his supporters on the occasion of his 77th birthday celebrations in Gandhinagar, Vaghela ...
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Don't support cow vigilantes, no such group has any place in country: SC asks Centre
NEW DELHI, July 21 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today asked the Centre and the states not to protect any kind of vigilantism and sought their response on violent incidents of cow vigilantism. A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra was informed by the Centre that law and order is a state subject but it does not support any kind of vigilantism in the country. "You say that law and order is a state subject and states are taking actions as per law. You don't protect any kind of vigilantism," the bench, also comprising A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar, said. It also sought the assistance of the Centre and states for removing violent content related to cow vigilantism uploaded on social media. "Law and order is a state subject and Central government does not have any role into it. Howe...
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Sunanda Pushkar death case
Unseal Leela Hotel room where Shashi Tharoor's wife was found dead, Delhi court tells police
NEW DELHI, July 21 (Agencies): A court on Friday ordered the Delhi Police to de-seal the room in Hotel Leela Palace where former Union minister Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in January 2014. Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma passed the order on the plea by the hotel to de-seal suite number 345. "As per the status report filed by the investigating agency (Delhi Police), they have not been able to reach a definitive conclusion regarding the cause of death of the victim and for this reason, Leela Hotel can not be made to suffer continuously," the Metropolitan Magistrate said. Directing the room be de-sealed within four weeks and asking the Investigating Officer in the case to file a compliance report by August 19, the court observed that police has not given any...
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Jitendra proposes legislation to reorient 'North Eastern Council'
NEW DELHI, July 21: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has proposed to bring in a comprehensive legislation to reorient "North Eastern Council" (NEC) with functional and structural changes in order to develop it as a state-of-the-art resource centre for all the stakeholder eight States of the North-Eastern region. As a follow-up to this decision, Dr Jitendra Singh today sought the permission of Upper House of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) to withdraw the earlier "North-Eastern Council Amendment Bill 2013" which had been moved by his predecessor in his capacity as the then Minister of Northeast (DoNER) in the erstwhile UPA Government. With the R...
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Indian men not keen to undergo vasectomy: Govt
NEW DELHI, Juy 21 (Agencies): Indian men are not so keen to undergo vasectomy operation and various efforts are on to encourage them to adopt the family planning procedure, Lok Sabha was informed today. The projected population, based on the 2001 Census, would be 1.37 billion as on March 2024, Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel said quoting the Registrar General of India. During the Question Hour, she said the total fertility rate in the country in 1951 was six children per mother which has come down to 2.3 children now. Special initiatives have been taken to encourage the country's male population to undergo vasectomy as "men are not so keen to" adopt the family planning procedure, she said. Patel said during Question Hour that efforts were being made to encourage males to p...
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Ambika Soni dismisses reports of her resignation from Cong
NEW DELHI, July 21 (Agencies): Congress general secretary Ambika Soni on Friday dismissed reports of her resignation from the party, saying she had asked the leadership to lighten her duties due to her health. Soni is the AICC general secretary incharge of party affairs in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir. "There is no question of resigning," Soni told agencies. "I had myself asked the party leadership to lighten my duties in the party due to my health," she said, adding that she will continue to fulfil the responsibilities till new appointments are made. She said she had told the party leadership last year that Himachal Pradesh goes to polls later this year and it was difficult to travel in the three hill states due to her health. She, however, continues to be the...
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Nirmal calls on Rajnath, discusses cross border shelling
NEW DELHI, Jul 20: Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh Thursday called on the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed various issues like cross border shelling, the steps being taken by the government for sustaining peace and the successful conduct of Amarnath yatra, refugee's issues and matters of internal security. He also asked for undertaking a special recruitment drive in central security forces for hilly and birder areas of the state. Following this meeting, he participated in the review meeting conducted by the Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari to discuss the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra expressway and the issues thereof. The meeting was also attended by the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana Captain Amrinder Singh and Manoharlal Khatter besides Dr Nirmal ...
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India seeking peaceful resolution of boundary issues with China, including Doklam standoff: MEA
DELHI, July 20 (Agncies): External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday that it was seeking 'peaceful resolution' of all boundary matters with China, including military standoff at Doklam in the Sikkim sector. Addressing the press, spokesperson Gopal Baglay referred to India`s June 30 statement to reiterate that "basically India`s approach has been to find peaceful resolution of all matters concerning the border with China." He also said that India`s National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval will be visiting Beijing on July 27 and 28 to attend a BRICS meeting but parried questions whether there will be any bilateral meetings with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on the sidelines of the meeting of the five-nation grouping. The meeting of NSAs of BRICS nations will be hosted by Yang. H...
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Issue should not be given political colour, violence can never be partisan: Jaitley
DELHI, July 20 (Agencies): Reacting to Opposition's charge, who on Thursday targeted the government over the lynchings, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said in Rajya Sabha that the issue should not be given a political colour. "This issue should not be given political colour. Violence can never be a partisan issue," the Finance Minister said, adding, "?Action has been taken in all such incidents in a systematic manner and arrests have been made." "They are all going to be chargesheeted against whom evidence is going to be found, and then prosecuted for the offences," he added. The Congress today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "creating such an environment" and indulging in "double speak" on the issue. Congress leader Kapil Sibal, while speaking in the Rajya Sabha on lynchings, al...
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