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As Pakistan gloats over hosting 70 Russians, 250 Indian Army soldiers renew bonds in Vladivostok
NEW DELHI, Sep 28 (Agencies): Ever since 70 Russian soldiers landed in Islamabad for the first ever joint military drill between the two nations, the Pakistani media and social commentators have been gloating over what was been seen as policy shift by Kremlin. However, what did not occupy their attention – or they conveniently ignored - was that 250 men from the Indian Army contingent were welcomed by the Russians the very same day at Vladivostok. The ongoing ‘Indra 2016’ is the eight edition of joint military exercises between the two long-standing partner nations. The main focus of this edition of the joint exercise is on ‘Counter-Terrorism Operations in semi-mountainous and jungle terrain under United Nations Mandate’. To achieve interoperability in joint operations, troops from bo...
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Pakistani father teaches little girl how to fire AK47, makes her threaten PM Narendra Modi; video crashes internet
NEW DELHI, Sep 28 (Agencies): This video has gone massively viral on social media platforms. The viral video allegedly shows a Pakistani father teaching his young daughter how to fire AK 47. In the video, the little girl can been seen allegedly threatening PM Narendra Modi. Obviously, she is a small girl, hence it can easily be understood that she has been taught to threaten PM Modi. The video has taken internet by storm. People on internet are slamming her the man in the video for such a shameful act. Javed Aziz Khan @JavedAzizKhan A message from this little girl for #India. But my message to her father is "please give her pen, not gun". We need education, not wars....
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Day after stoning of Saamna office in Maharashtra, cartoonist expresses regret
MUMBAI, Sep 28 (Agencies): A day after an office of Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' was stoned over a cartoon it carried alluding to the ongoing Maratha rallies, the cartoonist today expressed regret over his work, which has triggered sharp reaction from across the political spectrum in Maharashtra. "The sentiments of Maratha community were hurt by my cartoon. But, there was never an intention to hurt anybody. Yet, I express regret if sentiments were hurt unintentionally," cartoonist Shrinivas Prabhudesai said in a statement carried on the front page of Saamana. "The controversy over the cartoon was unnecessary. I am an artist and not a political cartoonist. In a busy life, my intention is to put a smile on people's face and thus I make cartoons," he stated. He, however, alleged that th...
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Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali's concert in Bengaluru cancelled
Bengaluru, Sep 28 (Agencies): Amid heightened Indo-Pak tensions in the aftermath of the Uri terror attack, Pakistani classical singer Shafqat Amanat Ali's concert scheduled here on Friday has been cancelled. "We decided to cancel the concert of Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali. We took this decision in the aftermath of Uri attacks," Radio Mirchi Group Manager (Sales) Srinivas told agencies here. The concert was scheduled for September 30, but the decision was taken on September 20 itself, Srinivas said. "The concert was cancelled on September 20, much before the saffron parties raised the issue, demanding cancellation of the event. In fact, Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad raised the issue recently, a few days back," he said. The event was cancelled after considering public safe...
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Markandey Katju booked for sedition over comments on Bihar
PATNA, Sep 28 (Agencies): As the row over his remarks on Bihar raged on, former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju has been booked on sedition charge following a complaint by a JD(U) MLC againt his online post that Kashmir should be offered to Pakistan on the condition that it takes Bihar too. Another complaint was also filed today in the district court against Katju, who hit back at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his critical remarks and churned out more taunting posts. Katju has been booked under 124-A (sedition) and other sections of IPC, according to SHO of Shashtrinagar police station Birendra Pratap. JD(U) MLC and its state spokesman Neeraj Kumar had last evening lodged a complaint in the police station here against Katju seeking his prosecution for alleged sedition . Meanwhil...
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Centre asks BSF to set up intelligence sharing grid
NEW DELHI, Sep 27: Amid reports of an increase in infiltration bids, the Centre today directed the BSF to set up a real time intelligence sharing grid and seal all vulnerable points along the Indo-Pak border. The directive was given by Home Minister Rajnath Singh at a meeting attended by top officials of the Home Ministry and the Border Security Force, which guards Indo-Pak and Indo- Bangladesh borders. The meeting reviewed the overall functioning of the BSF, besides gaps and lapses in border guarding and how to plug them as the Home Minister expressed concern over infiltration from across the International Border and Line of Control. The BSF has been told to set up a real time intelligence sharing grid along with the state police forces to act promptly on the intelligence gathered ...
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Pathankot on alert after spotting 4 suspects in army fatigues
NEW DELHI/CHANDIGARH, Sep 27(Agencies): The security forces have launched a massive search operation after four suspicious men were spotted by villagers near Punjab-Himachal Pradesh border on Tuesday. According to a national news agency, the security forces have also found abandoned army fatigues from the area. The four suspicious men wearing army uniforms were seen near Chakki Khadd on Pathankot-Himachal border. Meanwhile, a high alert has been sounded in the area and the police in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh have been informed about the incident. Efforts are on to nab those suspects. The security forces are also trying to determine if there is any terror link between them. The local police is also conducting searches in the nearby areas to trace those suspects. This comes at a time ...
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Para-military men to be granted ‘battle casualty’ status
NEW DELHI, Sep 27 (Agencies): Jawans and officers of central paramilitary forces such as the BSF, CRPF and ITBP will soon be accorded the status of “battle casualty” on the lines of armed forces, allowing their families to avail special concessionary benefits for education and livelihood. Officials said the Union home ministry has “in principle agreed” to grant sanction after the country’s largest border guarding force BSF made a proposal in this regard. The matter was taken up during a review meeting with home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday. They said the battle casualty status will allow the family members of the personnel killed in the line of duty to avail special benefits such as obtaining educational benefits and loans for children of the slain soldier, getting jobs in the stat...
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Jitendra calls for 'green gold' revolution through bamboo
New Delhi, Sep 27: 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 today called for a “green gold” revolution through promotion and trade of bamboo which, he said, had a vast unexplored potential to bring about a quantum jump in the economic growth of Northeast in particular and whole of India in general. Delivering the inaugural address at the two-day seminar on “Bamboo Development for North Eastern Region”, Dr Jitendra Singh disclosed that approximately 8.96 million hectare of forest area of this country is covered by bamboo and Northeast is the home for over 60% of India’s bamboo reserves. The expression “green gold” has been coined to refer to bamb...
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SC directs Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of water to TN 3 days
Bengaluru, Sep 27 (Agencies): In a setback to the Karnataka government, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the state to release at least 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for next three days. The apex court has further asked the Attorney General to facilitate a meeting between executive heads of two states and the Centre to resolve the deadlock. The SC told the Siddaramaiah-led government to release 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu till September 29 and warned against any disobedience, stating that 'it won't be a solution in a federal structure'. Yesterday, an aggrieved Karnataka had sought time till January from the Supreme Court to release more Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu as it needs the depleting quantity for drinking purpose. The state had also substantiated its ple...
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Is Markandey Katju ‘mai-baap` of Bihar? asks Nitish Kumar
PATNA, Sep 27 (Agencies): Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju has invited criticism from Bihar politicians, including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, for his `humiliating` comment on Bihar on the social media. The Chief Minister, along with his deputy and even the opposition, slammed Katju on Tuesday reacting strongly against his ‘humiliating’ comments against the state and its people. Katju had on Monday posted a sarcastic comment on Bihar offering Pakistan "a package to solve the Kashmir crisis". He had tweeted: "It’s a package deal. You have to take the whole package or none at all. Either you take both Kashmir and Bihar or nothing. We will not give you Kashmir alone", and also posted on Facebook. "Is Katju ‘mai-baap’ (mother and father) of Bihar or is Katju ‘maalik’ (owner) of ...
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Corruption accused ex-Corporate Affairs DG Bansal commits suicide along with Son
NEW DELHI, Sep 27 (Agencies): Former Director General Corporate Affairs B K Bansal, who was facing a CBI probe in a corruption case, allegedly committed suicide along with his son at their residence in East Delhi. The development comes nearly two months after his wife and daughter committed suicide by hanging themselves from the ceiling fans at their residence in Nilkanth Apartments. The two had left separate suicide notes, saying the "CBI raid" caused "great humiliation" and they did not want to live after that. They, however, held nobody responsible for their death. Bansal and his son were found dead today in their apartment, sources said. Bansal, an additional secretary-rank officer in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, was arrested by CBI on July 16 for allegedly accepting bribe f...
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Indus Water Treaty: Blood and water cannot flow together, says PM Narendra Modi
NEW DELHI, Sep 26 (Agencies): Taking a tough stand on the Indus Water Treaty, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that blood and water cannot flow together. At the same time, it has emerged that India will exploit to the maximum the capacity of Pakistan-controlled rivers - Indus, Chenab, Jhelum as per the treaty, agencies quoted government sources as saying. In what is being viewed as a significant move amid the heightened tensions with Pakistan after the Uri terror attack, the PM today chaired a meeting on the treaty, attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar. Sources said that Shashi Shekhar, Secretary, Water Resources Ministry, and Nripendra Misra, Principal Secretary to PM, were also present at the meeting along with other senior of...
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PSLV C-35 places all eight satellites in orbit
Sriharikota, Sep 26 (Agencies): In its longest ever mission spread over two hours, India's workhorse launch vehicle PSLV today successfully launched eight satellites, including the country's SCATSAT-1 and five satellites from other nations, in two different orbits to achieve another milestone. There were two Fourth Stage Engine restarts for the purpose of injecting the satellites into different orbits. SCATSAT-1, the 371 kg primary satellite, was first injected in a 730 km Polar Sunsynchronous Orbit (SSO) after 17-odd minutes after the 44.4 metre tall PSLV-C35 lifted off at 9.12 AM from the spaceport here. The rocket then achieved with precision the designated task of injecting the other satellites after over 2 hours and 15 minutes, in a lower polar orbit of 689 km. The total weight o...
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Police seeks details of deleted chats
NEW DELHI, Sep 26 (Agencies): Delhi Police has written to Canada's Department of Justice seeking details of the deleted chats from the mobile phones of Sunanda Pushkar and her husband, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. The police has sent a Letters Rogatory to the department asking them to get details of chat messages from Research in Motion Ltd, a senior police officer said. Senior Journalist Nalini Singh had told police that she had a chat with Sunanda in which she had mentioned that Tharoor and Pakistani Journalist Mehr Tarar had allegedly exchanged messages that were deleted from Tharoor's phone. 51-year-old Sunanda was found dead at a suite in a five- star hotel in South Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014, a day after her spat with Tarar on Twitter over her alleged affair with T...
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Shoe hurled at Rahul Gandhi in UP, person detained
Sitapur, Sep 26 (Agencies): A shoe was today hurled at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi during his roadshow here. Hariom Sharma, a resident of Shastri Nagar locality, flung his shoe from a distance at Rahul at Transport Crossing, from where the roadshow started. However, the shoe did not hit him. The youth was immediately detained by the police and taken to the city police station. The youth was heard saying "roadshow is useless", according to an eyewitness. Prima facie, the youth has no political links, police said. The matter was being probed....
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6 top JMB activists arrested from West Bengal, Assam
Kolkata, Sep 26 (Agencies): Six top Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) activists, including four wanted in the 2014 Khagragarh blast case, were arrested from West Bengal and Assam. Of the six, three were Bangladeshi nationals, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Vishal Garg said here. "These people were not in West Bengal after Khagragarh blast. They had left the state and moved to South India and North Eastern states. They were planning subversive activities in some South Indian states. We are trying to find out the details," Garg said. The JMB activists arrested by the Kolkata Police Special Task Force included Anwar Hussain Farooq, the head of the outfit's West Bengal unit, and Yusuf Sheikh, the second in command in the state. Sheikh, also the JMB chief motivator in the state, c...
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Controversy shrouds Akhilesh Yadav's Sept 26 ministry expansion
Lucknow, Sep 25 (Agencies): Controversy shrouds the expansion of the Akhilesh Yadav ministry tomorrow with a social activist throwing a spanner by challenging before Governor Ram Naik the possible re-entry of tainted former Mines Minister Gayatri Prajapati. The Governor is scheduled to administer oath of office and secrecy to some new ministers tomorrow, a Raj Bhawan communique said. With Prajapati's re-induction on the cards as part of a compromise formula to douse the flames in the Yadav clan that took the hue of a major political crisis recently, activist Nutan Thakur has petitioned the Governor against making him minister again. This will be the eighth expansion of the Akhilesh Yadav government since it assumed office in 2012. The UP council of ministers can have 60 ministers and t...
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MHA lodges FIR in Ishrat Jahan missing files case
NEW DELHI, Sep 25 (Agencies): The Home Ministry has lodged an FIR in connection with the missing documents related to the controversial Ishrat Jahan 'fake encounter' case, a move that might escalate political slugfest between BJP and Congress. An Under Secretary serving in the Home Ministry has filed the FIR at the Parliament Street Police station here under Section 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servants) of the Indian Penal Code asking police to probe "why, how and under what circumstances" five documents related to the case went missing. The move came after an inquiry panel, headed by an Additional Secretary, concluded that the papers were "removed knowingly or unknowingly or misplaced" in September, 2009, a period when Congress leader P Chidambaram was the Home Minister. O...
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Torn pages of Guru Granth Sahib found in Jalandhar canal
Jalandhar, Sep 25 (Agencies): Protests broke out today in the city after a few pages of a holy book of the Shiks were found floating in a canal at Basti Shekh here, police said. A few organisations, which staged a protest at the Kapurthala Chowk alleged desecration of Guru Granth Sahib. Security in the city has been tightened to thwart any untoward incident, they added. The torn pages were picked from the canal and have been kept at a local Gurudwara. Meanwhile, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) strongly condemned the alleged sacrilege of the holy book. State Convenor of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Gurpreet Singh Waraich (Ghuggi) said the incident indicates a "deep-rooted conspiracy to disturb peace in Punjab". "It is highly deplorable, condemnable and unfortunate that some persons have go...
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Kejriwal shown black flags after landing in Amritsar
AMRITSAR, Sep 25 (Agencies): Heckled by BJP and Congress workers during his last visit to Punjab by train, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today chose to come by a plane but was again shown black flags by Congress women workers as his convey came out of the airport here. A large group of Punjab Mahila Congress members led by its president Mamta Dutta protested against the alleged misgovernence by Kejriwal Government in the capital as the Aam Aadmi Party Chief reached here to campaign for the Assembly polls. After landing at the Sri Guru Ramdas International Airport, Kejriwal straightway headed to Jalandhar where he was scheduled to attend a gathering of the Aggarwal community. With placards saying 'Kejriwal Go back', Congress activists alleged his MLAs were involved in outraging t...
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No anti-terror exercise in sensitive areas, says Russian Embassy
New Delhi/ Islamabad, Sep 24 (Agencies): Russia tonight rubbished media reports that its troops will be holding joint military exercises with Pakistani forces in Gilgit-Baltistan, which is a part of Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and said the anti-terror drills will take place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region. The denial came as Russian troops arrived in Islamabad today for the first-ever joint exercises with Pakistani forces from tomorrow under the name 'Friendship-2016', reflecting growing military ties between the two countries. "Contrary to some reports appearing in a section of the press, the Russia-Pakistan anti-terror exercise is not being held and will not be held in any point of so-called 'Azad Kashmir' or in any other sensitive or problematic areas like Gilgit and Baltistan,"...
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Asked to wait for doctor, Akali Sarpanch's husband slaps pregnant nurse
MOGA, Sep 24 (Agencies): Upset over not being given preferential treatment, the husband and son of an Akali sarpanch allegedly assaulted a pregnant nurse after she told them to wait to get their patient admitted at a private hospital here. The incident occurred in Bagha Purana town yesterday when Paramjit Singh, husband of Akali sarpanch Daljit Kaur, and their son Gurjit Singh came to a private hospital along with a patient, police said today. Paramjit Singh, who is also a local Akali leader, wanted the hospital staff to admit the patient without delay. The nurse asked them to wait for two minutes so that she could call the doctor. The duo, however, was reluctant to wait and soon started quarrelling with her. Paramjit slapped the nurse and when she resisted, he allegedly pushed her. ...
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3 Naxals killed in encounter in Bastar
Raipur, Sep 24 (Agencies): Three naxals were today gunned down by security forces at separate places in Chhattisgarh's Bastar division. While two cadres were killed in Bastar district, another was eliminated in Bijapur, police said. In Bastar, the skirmish took place early this morning in restive Sanguel forest under Burgum police station area between a joint team of security personnel and ultras, Bastar Superintendent of Police R N Dash told agencies. "There was input from local informers that a group of rebels was heading towards Bastanar valley after crossing Indravati river to receive a top maoist leader. The same information was also with the state intelligence branch," he said. Acting on the inputs, a composite squad comprising District Reserve Group (DRG), Chhattisgarh Armed Fo...
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Security alert: Search on for 2nd day in Mumbai, Uran; Navy calls off operation
MUMBAI, Sep 24 (Agencies): A day after a high alert was sounded in Mumbai coast and adjoining areas after a group of men was spotted moving suspiciously near a Naval base at Uran near here, the multi-agency search for them continued for the second day on Friday, although the Navy called off its operation. Police said none of the men could be traced so far even as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was in Pune, said the information about suspicious armed people being spotted in Uran was yet to be corroborated. However, police said that based on the description given by some school children, who spotted the armed suspects yesterday, their sketches were issued late last night. Talking to agencies, Satish Mathur, Director General of Police, said, "Search operations by police is still on...
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