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All foreign bank accounts will be assessed by March 2015: AG
NEW DELHI, Oct 29 (Agencies): With the Centre submitting a list of 627 account holders in foreign banks to Supreme Court in the blackmoney case, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi today said that the deadline for investigation under the Income Tax Act into these accounts is March 31, 2015. He said that the court directed that the sealed envelope with the names be given to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and also allowed the Centre to put its "problems regarding treaties with foreign nations" before the SIT. "After that we shall request them to submit the report in the court by November 30," the AG said. "There are about 627-628 accounts along with a status report which we have submitted in the Supreme Court today in a sealed cover. Last date for investigation and assessment into all t...
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Modi govt cannot be relied upon on Black Money Issue: CPI(M)
NEW DELHI, Oct 29 (Agencies): CPI(M) today said the Narendra Modi government cannot be relied upon for bringing back black money as it was behaving exactly like the Manmohan Singh dispensation of making "hollow" poll promises. "The Supreme Court's intervention is welcome. It was after the apex court's intervention that the SIT and probe was set up. The Modi government is behaving exactly like the Manmohan Singh government. BJP's stand on this issue during the election campaign has proved to be a hollow rhetoric," CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat told reporters here. "We cannot rely upon this government on delivering its promise of bringing back black money," he said, adding that Modi's poll promises to unearth black money and take firm action against such account holders abroad ha...
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Centre may opt for fresh polls in Delhi if no party norms govt: Home Ministry
NEW DELHI, Oct 29 (Agencies): The Centre may opt for fresh Assembly elections in Delhi if no party or group is in a position to form a government in the national capital in the present circumstances. A top government functionary said the Home Ministry will wait for a report from the Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on his efforts on exploring the possibility of government in Delhi. "If no government formation takes place, we will have no option but to hold elections. We will take a quick decision according to the suggestion of the Lt Governor," the government functionary said. The NDA government nor the BJP was interested in doing anything "undemocratic" that will bring "disrepute" to the party as well as the government ahead of the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jhar...
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Haryana CM allocates portfolios, Captain Abhimanyu gets Finance
CHANDIGARH, Oct 29 (Agencies): Haryana Chief Manohar Lal Khattar late last night allocated portfolios retaining charge of Home and some other key departments, making senior cabinet colleagues Capt Abhimanyu the Finance Minister and assigning Ram Bilas Sharma Transport and Education. Khattar will hold most departments including Home, Power, Town and Country Planning, Urban Estates, Science and Technology, IT, Information and Public Relations and Cultural Affairs, plus any department not specified to any minister, an official spokesman said here tonight. Capt Abhimanyu has been assigned Finance, Excise and Taxation, Revenue and Disaster Management, Forests and Environment, Industry and Commerce. Sharma has been given the Education, Transport, Technical Education, Food and Supplies, Touri...
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YSRCP activist held for Facebook post on Cyclone Hudhud
HYDERABAD, Oct 29 (Agencies): A YSR Congress activist was today arrested for allegedly posting "irresponsible" comments on a social networking site on cyclone Hudhud which hit the North Andhra Pradesh coast earlier this month. C Rahul Reddy, a final year student of Bachelor of Law course, posted "irresponsible" anti-people comments on Facebook after the natural disaster hit the region, Additional Director General (CID) Dwarka Tirumala Rao said. According to reports, Reddy posted on the social networking site in Telugu, "I love you Hudhud for punishing those who cheated..." and thanks God at the end. Rahul Reddy, who is associated with YSRCP's student wing and is a resident of Guntur district, posted the comments on his Facebook profile on October 12, Rao added. Earlier, a complaint wa...
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SC slams govt for failure to clean Ganga, gives power to NGT
NEW DELHI, Oct 29 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today asked the National Green Tribunal to take action against industrial units polluting Ganga including snapping water and power connections to them while slamming Centre and State Pollution Control Boards for their "failure" to punish erring units. Expressing deep concern over the present pollution level of the river, which it held to be the "lifeline" of the country, a bench headed by Justice T S Thakur gave a free hand to the Tribunal to take action against such units including forcing them to shut down. It said the Tribunal needs to be entrusted with the task as the Pollution Control Boards have failed in their duty to take action against polluting industries. The bench, also comprising justices Adarsh K Goel and R Banumathi, rapped...
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Former Google employee arrested for allegedly plotting to join ISIS
HYDERABAD, Oct 29 (Agencies): A 30-year-old software engineer, who allegedly had plans to join the ranks of the dreaded terror group Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq, has been detained by Hyderabad Police. Hyderabad Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy said that 30-year-old Munawad Salman, a former Google employee, was picked up yesterday. He has been let off after questioning, Reddy told reporters here today. Hailing from Tamil Nadu, Salman got allegedly attracted to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) through social media networks and had planned to join the jihadist group, according to a senior police officer. Salman, who had worked at the Hyderabad office of technology giant Google before quitting his job around seven months ago, was detained following inputs that he was making effo...
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Railway union's red flag to board restructure plan
NEW DELHI, Oct 29 (Agencies): Expressing concern over the government's move to restructure the Railway Board and separating policy making from operations, a Railwaymen's body today said the move would lead to "chaos". "In the name of re-organisation, separating the policy making from operations, may lead to chaos," National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NIFR) general Secretary M Raghavaiah said. "Speedy execution of rail projects involving decongestion and strengthening of tracks are some of the vital areas that need to be concentrated upon for improving efficiency levels instead of meddling with the existing system in the name of re-organisation or structural changes," Raghavaiah maintained. Dubbed as a major reform agenda of the Modi government, Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda ha...
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Court ask CBI top brass to spell out action against erring officials
NEW DELHI, Oct 29 (Agencies): CBI Director Ranjit Sinha and other top officers of the agency have been directed by a Delhi court to furnish written explanations and file action taken reports against "erring officials" who did not follow the prescribed law in conducting searches in a corruption case. The order came in a case in which CBI has recently filed an FIR against unknown officials of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and a private firm for alleged irregularities in supplying high-altitude tents to a covert unit of the external intelligence agency. Special CBI Judge Gurvinder Pal Singh said despite clear directions to the officials to follow the law prescribed under provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure while conducting searches, there was a "flagrant violation" of it an...
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HM meets with Assam, Nagaland CMs on border issue
GUWAHATI, Oct 29 (Agencies): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today urged the Chief Ministers of Assam and Nagaland to maintain people-to-people contact along the inter-state border to strengthen peace and harmony. At a meeting convened by the Union Home Minister in New Delhi, Singh underscored the need for people-to-people contact between the neighbouring states for maintaining peace and harmony along the inter-state border, a CMO release said here. The Union Home Minister urged both the Chief Ministers to find an amicable solution to the vexed border row. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and his Nagaland counterpart T R Zeliang agreed to maintain peace and harmony in the border areas, the release said. On the boundary dispute, both the Chief Ministers agreed to abide by the directi...
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MHA does a U-turn, comes out in support of Aadhaar
NEW DELHI Oct 26 (Agencies): In a complete U-turn from its earlier stand, the Home Ministry has come out in full support of the Aadhaar scheme saying it will facilitate "anytime, anywhere, anyhow" authentication to its beneficiaries. In a letter to all state governments, the Home Ministry said that since one Aadhaar number is allotted only to one person, it allows universal verification of one's identity. Aadhaar card also enables the deprived and needy people to access services like banking facilities. "Since Aadhaar is based on the demographic and biometric information of an individual, it eliminates the threat of any fraud and bogus activity. "Aadhaar will provide its possessor with universal identification. (It) will facilitate 'anytime, anywhere, anyhow' authentication to its bene...
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Manohar Lal Khattar becomes Haryana's first BJP CM
PANCHKULA, Oct 26 (Agencies): Manohar Lal Khattar, mentored by RSS and known for his organisational skills and clean image, today took oath as Haryana Chief Minister, leading the first BJP government in the state since it was created 48 years ago. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with whom 60-year-old Khattar shares proximity, BJP President Amit Shah, Union Ministers, veteran leaders L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi and Chief Ministers of four BJP ruled states were present as the ten-member ministry was sworn in at a ceremony here by Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki. A first time MLA, Khattar, who has a four-decade-long association with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and BJP, is the first Punjabi to become the Chief Minister of the state. Khattar is also the fifth non-Jat Chief Minister...
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9 killed, 24 injured as bus falls into ditch in Assam
NAGAON, Oct 26 (Agencies): At least nine persons, including five women, were killed and 24 injured when a bus in which they were travelling fell into a roadside ditch at Uluani in Nagaon district today. The incident occurred when the bus ferrying passengers from Lakhimpur district to Guwahati for a train journey to Delhi hit the railing of a small bridge before rolling down into a ditch at around 1.30 AM, Superintendent of Police Arabinda Kalita said. Eight persons, including the bus driver, died on the spot, while a woman succumbed to her wounds in hospital, he said. The injured passengers were admitted to hospital. Five critically injured persons were referred to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital, Kalita said. The surviving passengers said the chartered bus was carrying 35 peopl...
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Major fire in military canteen near Mumbai station, no casualty
MUMBAI, Oct 26 (Agencies): A major fire has broken out in a military canteen adjacent to a railway station in South Mumbai. However, no casualty has been reported. "We got a call around 11:30 pm that a fire has broken out in a closed military canteen adjacent to Dockyard Road station in south Mumbai, following which we sent 6 fire engines to the spot," a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official told agencies. "The fire, that was initially thought to be a Grade 1 fire had to be upgraded to Grade 2. A total of 12 fire tankers and 6 water engines are now at the spot trying to douse the flames," he said. Prima facie fire crackers that were being burst in the area seems to be the cause of the fire, the official said. "We can confirm the cause only after an investigation," he said...
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Nagaland CM concerned about 1000-hr bandh call in Karbi anglong
KOHIMA, Oct 26 (Agencies): The Chief Minister of Nagaland, T R Zeliang, has expressed concern about the 1000-hour bandh called by the Joint Action Committee for Autonomous State (JACAS) of Karbi Anglong, Assam. In a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh the chief minister yesterday expressed concern about the proposed bandh by JACAS stating that Nagaland and Manipur have been the worst-affected by frequent bandhs imposed by various organisations of Karbi Anglong district. The frequent shut-downs caused severe inconveniences to travellers and affects the supply of essential commodities, causing artificial shortages and unrealistic price rise, the letter, copy of which was released here, said. He expressed apprehension that the proposed 1000-hour bandh, the reason for which is not ...
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Muslim man in UP arranges cremation of his Hindu sister
RAMPUR (UP), Oct 26 (Agencies): In a heartwarming display of communal harmony, a Muslim man in a village near here made the arrangements for the cremation of a Hindu widow, whom he treated as his sister and had been supporting for a long time. The unique story is from Moondha Pandey village, about 10 km from here. After the death of her husband, Yashodra Devi had been living in a hut with her mother and son in an extremely pitiable condition in Maualagarh in Moondha Pandey, according to reports in the village. Moved by her ordeal, Aslam Beg of the same village made Yashodra her 'rakhi sister' and urged her to treat him as her elder brother. Thereafter, Aslam arranged a house for Yashodha's family and even provided her with financial assistance. For 15 years, the two shared the relatio...
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Bukhari's 19-yr old son to succeed him as Jama Masjid Shahi Imam
NEW DELHI, Oct 26 (Agencies): Nineteen-year-old Shaban Bukhari, son of Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari, has been chosen to succeed his father as the 14th Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in the country. Shaban was picked for the influential post due to his "strong inclination" toward humanities besides his religious capabilities, said Bukhari who has been holding the prestigious post since 2000. The teenager, who is pursuing Bachelors in Social Work at a private university, will be anointed as the 'Nayab Shahi Imam' (Vice Imam) at a ceremony on November 22 which will be attended by around 1,000 religious leaders from across the world. He will be groomed under his father, who will remain the "Shahi Imam" for his life. Shaban will then take over the mantle from his father. ...
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Media has converted its pen Into broom: Modi
NEW DELHI, Oct 25 (Agencies): Reaching out to the media with which he has had a lukewarm relationship, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had some good words for the press today, promising to find a way to interact with it directly. The occasion was provided by a 'Diwali milan' (get-together) organised by the BJP at its headquarters here at which some 400 journalists, including top editors, were present. Modi, who used to stay at the party headquarters as a party office-bearer before becoming Chief Minister of Gujarat, said in a brief speech laced with characteristic humour, "I used to arrange chairs here waiting for you. "Those were different days when we used to interact freely. I had a beautiful relationship with you and it helped me in Gujarat." Fondly recalling that relationship, the P...
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RSS journal blames Nehru for partition, Gandhi's death
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Oct 25 (Agencies): Congress in Kerala has expressed strong resentment against an article carried by RSS journal Kesari allegedly running down India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. On getting a complaint seeking action from KPCC General Secretary Sooranad Rajasekharan, state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has asked DGP K S Balasubraniam to examine the issue and take action, if necessary. The Editor of the weekly, however, stood by the article and stoutly refuted Congress' allegations. The article by BJP state committee member B Gopalakrishnan said, "Actually Nehru was responsible for the partition of the country and other tragedies including Gandhi's assassination." The write-up also said Nehru was a "selfish" leader who concealed important facts from Gan...
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Transport Min Courts Controversy by not wearing helmet
NAGPUR, Oct 25 (Agencies): Union Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari today rode into a controversy when he was caught on camera entering RSS headquarters here on his scooter without wearing a helmet in violation of traffic rules. TV channels showed the 58-year-old BJP MP from Nagpur riding his white-coloured scooter to the Sangh headquarters in Mahal area of the city to meet RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat amid efforts by the party to form government in Maharashtra. When pointed out by journalists about him having violated the rules, Gadkari refused to comment and entered the premises with a man riding pillion and another scooter in tow. Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh strongly reacted to Gadkari's action, saying it reflected the "attitude of the leader and the party". "It...
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Rajnath expected in Mumbai soon, back channel talks on
NEW DELHI, Oct 25 (Agencies): Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to go to Mumbai on Monday to discuss government formation in Maharashtra amid back channel talks between BJP and estranged ally Shiv Sena for a possible tie-up. Singh will chair a meeting of the BJP Legislature Party which will elect its leader, who will be the Chief Minister. Singh was appointed as an observer for Maharashtra after BJP emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly polls securing 122 seats out of a total of 288. Sources said the BJP is in back channel talks with Shiv Sena over government formation and efforts are being made to settle the differences with its oldest ally with whom it snapped ties ahead of polls. BJP Maharashtra unit chief Devendra Fadnavis continues to be the frontrunner for the ...
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Woman's half-naked body found in Shamli village
MUZAFFARNAGAR, Oct 25 (Agencies): An unidentified woman's half-naked body was found in a sugarcane field at Rampur Kheri village in neighbouring Shamli district, police said today. Police suspect that the woman, appearing to be in her late 20s, was raped before being strangled to death. The body, which was was found in the field yesterday by a farmer, has been sent for postmortem, a police official said. "The autopsy report is awaited to ascertain the exact cause of death but it appears that the woman was first raped and then strangled," he said. A case under relevant sections of the IPC has been registered against unidentified persons. Meanwhile, in another case, a 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a youth in Shamli's Ghari Doletpur village. According to the complaint lodged ...
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CBI interrogates BJD MLA on best cooperator award to at group chief
BHUBANESHWAR, Oct 25 (Agencies): Four days after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the Orissa High Court, the CBI today interrogated senior BJD MLA and former Chief Whip Pravat Tripathy in connection with a non-banking financial institution winning the best co-operator award. "They asked me certain questions on the mode of selection of 'Artha Tatwa' Group chief as the winner of the best youth cooperator prize for running Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society by the State Cooperative Union. I replied all their questions," Tripathy told reporters after his nearly 90-minute interrogation. AT Group, a non-banking financial institution, which is being investigated by the central agency for its alleged involvement in the multi-crore chitfund scam, had received prize from the state govern...
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