Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Centre's move to appoint ex-CJI as governor sparks debate
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Sep 1 (Agencies): The Centre's reported move to appoint former Chief Justice of India Justice P Sathasivam as Kerala Governor has sparked a debate in political and legal circles on the propriety of giving gubernatorial assignment to a person who retired from the highest judicial office in the country. While Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the Centre had so far not sought his views on the proposal, KPCC president V M Sudheeran said the issue involved questions of "propriety" but it was for legal and constitutional experts to give answers to them. "It has been a convention to consult the Chief Minister concerned before appointing the Governor..This practice has been followed during the appointment of previous governors during my tenure as chief minister. (In this cas...
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Lt Gen Tejinder Singh arrested following dismissal of bail plea
NEW DELHI, Sep 1 (Agencies): Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh was today arrested on orders by a Delhi court which dismissed his bail plea for allegedly offering Rs 14 crore bribe to then Army Chief Gen V K Singh for clearing file pertaining to procurement of 1,676 heavy mobility Tatra vehicles. Special CBI Judge Madhu Jain rejected Tejinder Singh's bail application and sent him to judicial custody till October 20. "Take him into custody," the judge said. "To come up for scrutiny of documents and arguments on charge on October 20," the court said....
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Yogi Adityanath should be banned from campaigning: SP
LUCKNOW, Sep 1 (Agencies): Samajwadi Party today demanded the Election Commission to impose a ban on BJP MP Yogi Adityanath from campaigning of bypolls to 11 Assembly and one Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, slated for September 13 next, for his alleged remarks on "love jihad". "The party has already written a letter to the commission to take action against Adityanath trying to incite communal passion by raising the issue of love jihad again and now it demands that he should be banned from campaigning," SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary here said. He alleged that to benefit BJP in bypolls for 11 seats of Assembly and one of Lok Sabha, Adityanath was continuously making provocative comments. He said but now as the BJP MP has become more vocal, a ban should be imposed on him from campaign...
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LPG pipeline explodes, 3 dead
DIBRUGARH, Sep 1 (Agencies): Three persons, including two women, were killed and seven others injured, when a high pressure LPG pipeline exploded in upper Assam's Sibsagar district today, a senior police officer said. Six houses and several livestock were also burnt in the explosion that occurred in the underground pipeline of the public sector Assam Gas Company Limited near Singlijan Tea Estate under Moranhat police station, Sibsagar Superintendent of Police Debajit Sarma told PTI. The high density LPG pipeline exploded, killing the three persons and caused severe burn injuries to seven. All the injured were admitted at the Assam Medical College Hospital in neighbouring Dibrugarh district, he added. Basanta Sarma (35) and his wife Paras Sarma (26) succumbed to their injuries in hospit...
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Centre deliberately denying power to Maharashtra: Chavan
MUMBAI, Sep 1 (Agencies): Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today alleged that the Central government was denying power from the central grids deliberately, and blamed the BJP-led NDA government for the power crisis in the state. Launching Congress's campaign for the assembly elections, Chavan said he had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to convene a meeting of all the Chief Ministers to discuss the power situation. "If the Centre does not take any steps, there will be severe power crisis in the country. Though the Centre is attempting to put Maharashtra government in trouble by not allocating electricity from the central grid, we will not allow our people to be affected. The state will do everything possible to ensure that people get electricity," Chav...
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JNU introduces 'other' gender option election nomination forms
NEW DELHI, Sep 1 (Agencies): In a step forward to ensure gender inclusivity in university campus, the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has introduced an option of 'third gender' in the nomination forms of students' union elections to be held on September 12. In a notification issued yesterday, JNU Students' Union Election Committee said, "The Election Committee is going to introduce option of third gender as 'OTHER' in the nomination form of the JNUSU elections 2014-15." The move comes after the Supreme Court had acknowledged transgenders as the 'third gender' earlier this year after which Delhi University introduced space for third gender in application forms for post graduate courses. "After the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court, this is for the first time that an ele...
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India concerned over developments in Pakistan
NEW DELHI, Sep 1 (Agencies): Expressing concern over developments in Pakistan, Government today said the Ministry of External Affairs is closely watching the situation in the neighbouring country. "What is happening in Pakistan is definitely a matter of concern. Ministry of External Affairs looks at it minutely," Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters. He was reacting to a query on developments in Pakistan. Thousands of supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahir-ul-Qadiri are battling with the police since Saturday in Islamabad demanding immediate resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Javadekar, however, refrained from making further comments, saying he has nothing more to add to w...
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Nalanda University reopens with 15 students, 11 faculty members
PATNA, Sep 1 (Agencies): The ancient Nalanda University (NU), which attracted students from the world over, as reopened today at its newly established campus at Rajgir. The event also marked the fruition of the idea proposed by former President APJ Abdul Kalam while addressing a joint session of Bihar Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council way back in 2006. "We will have a low-key launch with classes for the School of Ecology and Environmental Studies and the School of Historical Studies beginning at 9 AM tomorrow. Right now there are 15 students and 11 faculty members at the campus," NU Vice-Chancellor Gopa Sabharwal told agencies. Sabharwal said there were two reasons for starting on a small note as she wanted the students and teachers to settle down, and that Union External Af...
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Modi embarks on Japan trip amid 'Great Expectations'
NEW DELHI, Aug 30 (Agencies): Amid "great expectations", Prime Minister Narendra Modi today embarked on a visit to Japan which is expected to open new vistas in the bilateral ties and take the Strategic and Global Partnership to a higher level. On his first bilateral visit outside the subcontinent as the Prime Minister, Modi has a substantive agenda during the five-day trip which he hopes will "write a new chapter" in the bilateral relations and cooperation in the fields of defence, civil nuclear and infrastructure besides commerce. Underlining the importance of the visit, the "excited" Modi said on the eve of the trip that Japan has "paramount importance" in his vision for India's development and progress. In the first leg of his visit, the PM will travel to Kyoto, the 'smart city' of...
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BJP offered me Delhi CM post if I joined them: Vishwas
NEW DELHI, Aug 30 (Agencies): Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas today claimed that a BJP MP had offered that he would be made the Chief Minister of Delhi if he joined the saffron party to help it form government "On August 19, a BJP MP, who happens to be a good friend, visited me along with other party leaders. During talks he made an offer that I switch to BJP and in return I would be made the Chief Minister and that the higher-ups were aware of the move. "The BJP MP said if I agreed with his proposal he would take me to his senior leaders. I humbly declined it," Vishwas said. Vishwas, however, did not name the MP or the BJP leaders who visited the poet-cum-politician at his Ghaziabad residence and added that he did not wish to pursue the matter as he had declined the offer. "AAP ...
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Tension in Muzaffarnagar after mob beats up youths
MUZAFFARNAGAR, Aug 30 (Agencies): Tension prevailed after four students from a community were beaten up by a group of people in Jat colony here, sparking protests. The trouble started when the four youths had gone for tuition classes in the colony last evening. A group of people allegedly attacked them claiming that they were indulging in eve-teasing, police said. The boys were rescued by the police and were admitted to hospital. Irate protesters laid a siege at a police station demanding action against those who had beaten up the boys. Police have registered a case against 150 people for the violence and named three of them. Superintendent of Police Sarvan Kumar told reporters here today that some people tried to block the road at Meenakshi Chowk here last evening but additional for...
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Woman injured as she jumps from train to escape harassment
MUZAFFARNAGAR, Aug 30 (Agencies): A 25-year-old woman from Delhi was seriously injured when she allegedly jumped out of a moving train to escape harassment from two youths who were eve-teasing her and trying to snatch her bag. According to Government Railway Police, the incident occurred near Shamli railway station yesterday when the girl, a resident of Mukherjee Nagar, was travelling with her two brothers on Ajmer-Haridwar Express from Delhi to Haridwar. The victim's brothers, Vikas and Ankit, said that she jumped out of the train when the unidentified youths started misbehaving with her. The youths also snatched her bag and fled. The injured woman was rushed to Shamli hospital. Later she was referred to a Delhi hospital in serious condition....
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Notable historian Bipan Chandra dead
GURGAON, Aug 30 (Agencies): Noted historian Bipan Chandra died today at his residence here after prolonged illness. He was 86. "He had not been keeping well since last few months. He passed away at 6 AM," his family said. A Padma Bhushan awardee, Chandra had donned multiple roles including that of chairperson of the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Member of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Chairman of the National Book Trust (NBT). Considered to be a specialist in economic and political history of India, Chandra had authored several books including The Rise and Growth of Economic Nationalism, In the Name of Democracy: The JP Movement and the Emergency, Nationalism and Colonialism in Modern India and The Making of Modern India: From Marx to Gan...
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Riots take place wherever minorities are more than 10%: Adityanath
NEW DELHI, Aug 30 (Agencies): Firebrand BJP leader Yogi Adityanath has attacked the minority community, saying riots happen wherever they are more than 10 percent in numbers while there is no place for non-Muslims where they are more than 35 percent. Defending his provocative speeches, the Gorakhpur MP, who is among three party leaders entrusted with leading BJP campaign for the upcoming bye-elections in Uttar Pradesh, said Hindus will reply "in the same language" if they are subjected to attacks or forcible conversions. Talking about communal riots, he told Rajat Sharma in 'Aap Ki Adalat' programme on India TV that there are three categories of places where they occur, according to a press release issued by the channel. "In places where there are 10 to 20 percent minorities, stray com...
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Assam Legislative Assembly adjourned sine die
GUWAHATI, Aug 39 (Agencies): The 27-day session of the Assam Legislative assembly was adjourned sine die today, an official release said. The session, which began on August 4 last, saw the passing of a deficit budget of Rs 1385.77 crore by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who also holds the finance portfolio. The budget session of the assembly began on August 4 and was adjourned sine-die at the conclusion of its sitting today....
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Nasik people to get security when withdrawing large sum from bank
NASHIK, Aug 30 (Agencies): In the wake of recent cases of loot of cash from people while carrying money from bank, city police today said that they will provide security to people withdrawing a large sum of cash from banks. City police has decided to provide security to those who wants to withdraw a huge sum of cash from their bank accounts and require security to take it to home or any other destination, Deputy Commissioner of Police Sandip Diwan said today. For the purpose, people will have to inform the police in advance and tell the bank and destination, he added. In last four days, three cases of theft and loot were reported in the city to the tune of Rs nine lakh. In the first incident Manoj Wadekar, a contractor, had withdrawn Rs 3 lakh from his bank account but was looted by t...
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Modi launches the PM Jan Dhan Yojna
NEW DELHI, Aug 28 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched his government's mega scheme 'Jan Dhan Yojana', declaring that it was aimed at eradicating financial untouchability by providing bank accounts to the poor. On the inaugural day, a record 1.5 crore bank accounts were opened across the country, the largest such exercise on a single day possibly anywhere in the world. Unveiling the scheme within 100 days of forming the new government, Modi said, it will cover 7.5 crore people by January 26, 2015, who will be provided zero-balance bank account with RuPay debit card, life insurance cover of Rs 30,000 in addition to accidental insurance cover of Rs 1 lakh. Later the account holders will be provided an overdraft facility of up to Rs 5,000. "If Mahatma Gandhi worked to ...
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HJC breaks away from BJP, blames the latter for 'Betrayal'
NEW DELHI, Aug 28 (Agencies): Kuldeep Bishnoi-led Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC-BL) today decided to snap its ties with BJP, putting an end to the prolonged tussle between the two parties which have been in an alliance for three years now. He aid that his party would forge an alliance with former Congress leader Venod Sharma's Jan Chetna Party (JCP) before the state polls, likely to be held in October. "We tried our level best to keep the alliance working, made sincere efforts. They (BJP) are not ready to stick to agreed alliance principles. So we have taken a decision," a top HJC leader said here. The party is likely to make a formal announcement in this regard in Chandigarh later in the day. The HJC chief had yesterday accused the saffron party for "betraying" it. "Betrayal is in th...
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Modi Tweets in Japanese ahead of diplomatic visit
NEW DELHI, Aug 28 (Agencies): Ahead of his visit to Japan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today tweeted in Japanese to strike a chord with the Japanese people whose "scale of innovation" he admired. In a series of tweets in Japanese, Modi talked about his forthcoming visit and said he looks forward to visiting Japan and recalled his warm memories of visiting the country as Chief Minister of Gujarat. Modi said he would be visiting Tokyo and Kyoto and will interact with all sections of Japanese society. "Scale of innovation and level of precision among the people of Japan is admirable," he said in one of his tweets at 'PMO India'. On his personal Twitter handle '@narendramodi', the Prime Minister said friends from Japan had asked him to talk to the people of Japan "directly" in Japanese. ...
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4 directors on IOC Board appointed in UPA regime sacked
NEW DELHI, Aug 28 (Agencies): After Governors, the Narendra Modi government is removing independent directors appointed by the previous UPA regime on PSU boards, beginning with sacking of four directors on the board of Indian Oil Corp (IOC). IOC, the nation's largest company, in a filing to the stock exchanges said, "K Jairaj, Nesar Ahmad, Sunil Krishna and Sayan Chatterjee have ceased to be Independent Directors on the Board of the company on August 27, 2014." All the four directors were appointed to IOC board in March this year for a three-year term. Their appointment was to be confirmed/ratified by the company shareholders but IOC did not move a resolution to this effect at its annual general meeting (AGM) in Mumbai yesterday, leading to their cessation. While IOC Chairman B Ashok d...
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Married woman allegedly raped by relative in UP
GHAZIABAD, Aug 28 (Agencies): A newly-wed woman here has alleged that she was raped by the husband of her sister-in-law, police said today. The victim has accused Shamshad of raping her and her husband Shan Muhammad and sister-in-law Reshma for hatching the conspiracy for it, they said. As per an FIR lodged at the Sahibabad police station, the victim was married to Shan Muhammad, a resident of Siyan Bulandshahr on February 16, 2014. Last night, she along with her husband came to her sister-in-law's house at Shahid Nagar in Sahibabad police station area. In the night, the victim and her husband were sleeping in a room on the ground floor. According to the FIR, her husband then quietly left the room and sent Shamshad to sleep with her. The victim has claimed that she was then raped by Sh...
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Woman allegedly raped by policeman in UP
BALRAMPUR, Aug 28 (Agencies):A woman has been allegedly raped here by a policeman, a police officer said here today. Superintendent of Police, B D Shukla said the woman lodged a complaint yesterday that incharge of police outpost, Sub-inspector Mahendra Yadav had raped her. He said that a case had been lodged against Yadav, and he has been suspended....
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Samjhauta Blast Case: Swami Aseemanand gets bail
CHANDIGARH, Aug 28 (Agencies): Swami Aseemanand, an accused in 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case, was today granted bail by Punjab and Haryana High Court but he is unlikely to come out of jail as he is facing trial in two other blast cases. A division bench comprising Justice S S Saron and Justice Lisa Gill granted bail to Aseemanand, a member of right wing Hindu group 'Abhinav Bharat', who has been in jail since December 2010. Aseemanand also stands accused in blasts in Hyderabad Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Dargah in 2007. During the hearing on the bail plea, which was going on for the past three days, Aseemanand's counsel Satyapal Jain today contended that there was no evidence of the accused's involvement in the case. Only 35 out of total 299 witnesses have been examined in the case dur...
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SRK first Indian actor to become Interpol's 'Turn Back Crime' ambassador
NEW DELHI, Aug 28 (Agencies): Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan has become the first Indian actor to be roped in as an Ambassador of Interpol's 'Turn Back Crime' campaign, aimed at promoting greater awareness on how to prevent crime. "It's a very special honour to be a part of INTERPOL's 'Turn Back Crime' campaign as an Ambassador. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, 'I shall not fear anyone on Earth. I shall fear only God. I shall not bear ill will toward anyone. I shall not submit to injustice from anyone. I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering, if I have to'. "We all should believe in this maxim and in whatever way possible resolve not to let unjust people who might threaten us with criminal activity make us fear them. Because I believe we ...
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As long as the world exists, rape will be there: TMC MLA
KOLKATA, Aug 28 (Agencies): After Tapas Pal, another Trinamool leader has sparked a controversy by his remark that as "long as the world exists, rape will be there," inviting strong condemnation from the opposition and women rights groups. "Rapes were committed earlier, rapes are being committed now. As long as the world exists, rape will be there," TMC MLA Dipak Haldar said at a meeting at Diamond Harbour in neighbouring South 24 Paraganas district yesterday. Haldar described rape as a "social disease" and said, "We do not support rape. It is not possible for chief minister Mamata Banerjee alone to solve this problem." TMC MP Tapas Pal had earlier threatened to kill opposition CPI(M) workers and have their women raped if a single ruling party worker was attacked. The comment triggere...
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