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Ayodhya verdict must not be based on faith, but ownership of the land: AIMPLB
NEW DELHI, July 15 (Agencies): Amid pressure built against the backdrop of several leaders and saints raking up the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) convened an executive meeting on Sunday and reiterated its stand on the Babri Masjid. It also appealed to the Supreme Court to deliver the verdict on the matter considering the ownership rights to the land where the mosque stood and not on the faith of the people. The board also discussed the controversy surrounding the proposal of the opening of Shariat courts all over the country and said that several 'Darul Qaza' are already being run in the country. It added that recently 'Darul Qaza' were set up in three new cities, including Kannauj and proposals have come for its set up from 10 m...
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Modi's 'sick mindset' a national concern
Cong hits back at PM over 'party of Muslim' remark
NEW DELHI, July 15 (Agencies): The Congress came out heavily against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, for his remarks against the party that Modi had made at a a public meeting in Uttar Pradesh. Modi had alleged that Congress President Rahul Gandhi had said that "Congress is a party of Muslims" and asked whether it is for "Muslim men only" Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma at a press conference severly criticized PM's comments saying his comments are not befitting of a Prime Minister. "PM is for entire India & not only BJP. His main political rival, Congress party has led nationalist movements & struggle for freedom. Calling the party a 'Muslim party' is not befitting of a PM. He has less knowledge of history. He writes his own history" Sharma charged. Sharma also said that t...
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Kumaraswamy breaks down, says 'swallowing pain of coalition govt'
BENGLURU, July 15 (Agencies): Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday said he is not happy while heading a coalition government and is swallowing the pain of it. “You are standing with bouquets to wish me, as one of your brothers became chief minister and you all are happy, but I'm not. I know the pain of coalition government. I became Vishkanth and swallowed pain of this government,” emotional Kumaraswamy said at an event in Bengaluru on Saturday. Kumaraswamy further said that he wanted to become the chief minister of Karnataka to solve the problems of the people and fulfill the unfinished agenda of his father and former state chief minister HD Deve Gowda. He said, “My wish to become CM was not to enjoy the power but to solve the problems of my people of the state and to f...
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Woman lawyer raped by senior advocate in Delhi’s Saket court chamber
DELHI, July 15 (Agencies): A woman lawyer was allegedly raped by a senior advocate in his chamber in South Delhi's Saket court, police said on Sunday. The victim, in her statement to the police, said the accused, who was in an inebriated condition, sexually assaulted her in his chamber which was in the same complex where she worked, Deputy Commissioner of Police (south) Romil Baaniya said. On the intervening night of July 14-15, the victim called up the police and alleged that she was sexually assaulted by the senior lawyer, the DCP said. Her statement has been recorded and a medical examination has also been conducted, he said. The chamber, where the alleged incident took place, has been sealed and the Forensic Science Laboratory and crime team has inspected it, Baaniya said. A case...
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Woman gang-raped and burnt alive by five in UP
UTTAR PRADESH, July 15 (Agencies): A woman was burnt alive after allegedly being gang-raped by five persons in her house in Gunnaur area in Sambhal, the police said on Sunday. The incident took place on Friday night when the 30-year-old victim was alone in her house with her daughter, the police said, adding the five persons barged into her house and allegedly raped her. The five later took her to a nearby hut and burnt her alive said Gunnaur Circle officer Aqil Ahmad, quoting from the complaint lodged by the victim's husband. He said an FIR has been registered in the case against five persons including Aram Singh, Mahaveer, Charan Singh, Gullu and Bhona. The body of the victim has been sent for autopsy and the police has launched manhunt to nab the accused, who are absconding. The v...
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In a first, Tirumala temple to close doors for 6 consecutive days
BHUBNESHWAR, July 15 (Agencies): In a first, the temple of Lord Venkateshwara in Tirumala will remain closed for six consecutive days from August 11 to 16 for comprehensive cleaning, the temple's officials said on Saturday. As such, pilgrims will not be allowed into the temple complex to view the deity and won't even be allowed to climb the hill on which the temple is located. A decision to this effect was taken at an emergency meeting of the trust board of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), which manages the temple. Named "Ashta Bandhana Balalaya Maha Samprokshanam," the unique religious ceremony of cleansing of the entire temple complex including the sanctum sanctorum, takes place once in 12 years. "This is for the first time in the history of the TTD that the temple will be ...
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Delhi air hostess jumps to death from her residence in Hauz Khas
NEW DELHI, July 15 (Agencies): A 39-year-old air-hostess allegedly committed suicide after jumping from the terrace of her residence in south Delhi's Hauz Khas on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Anissia Batra and was employed in German airline. As per a report, the incident took place at around 4:30 on Saturday. The deceased was married for seven years and used to live with her husband at their Hauz Khas residence. The Hindu quoted DCP (South) Romil Baaniya as saying that on Saturday evening, she sent a text to her husband alerting him about taking the extreme step minutes before she jumped off the building. As per the website, Anissia's husband was at home at the time of the incident. He immediately reached the terrace but couldn't find her. Anissia was rushed to a nea...
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2 BSF jawans killed, another injured in encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh
CHHATTISGARH, July 15 (Agencies): Two Border Security Force (BSF) jawans were killed and another was injured in a gunbattle with Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district today, police said. The gunfight took place in a forest near Mahla camp of BSF under Partapaur police station limits when a team of BSF's 114th battalion was returning after carrying out an anti-Maoist operation, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Anti-Naxal Operations) Sundarraj P told agencies. When the patrolling team was advancing through forest of Barkot village, located around 250 km from the state capital Raipur, it came under heavy fire from a group of Naxals leading to the gun-battle between the two sides, he said. After a brief exchange of fire, the ultras fled into core forest, he said. “Two constables ide...
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Modi begins two-day UP tour on July 14
LUCKNOW, July 13 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin a two-day tour of eastern Uttar Pradesh tomorrow, visiting his parliamentary constituency Varanasi and laying the foundation stone in Azamgarh for the 340-km Purvanchal Expressway. The prime minister will also inaugurate other development projects and address rallies in Varanasi, Azamgarh and Mirzapur during the tour, his second visit to the politically crucial state in a week. He was in Noida on the outskirts of Delhi on Monday, launching a Samsung mobile phone factory with South Korean president Moon Jae-in. The projects to be launched in Varanasi alone are estimated to be worth Rs 1,000 crore. Modi will land in Varanasi tomorrow and head straight by helicopter to Azamgarh, where he will launch the expressway proje...
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Sex Jehad: Religion In Pornographic Videos
NEW DELHI, July 13 (Agencies): Why people tune in to X-rated websites is easy to guess. But what makes a grainy video clip titled “Muslim aunty f***s her Hindu BF”, shot on a cheap cellphone, pick up more than 11 million views? ­Ano­ther one, this time titled “Hindu aunty f***s Muslim…”, has more than five million views. That’s “viral” by current standards. What exactly is happening here? Sex jehad? Flowing both ways? A playful subversion of politics? The heavy traffic around these lesser-known nooks and alleyways of the World Wide Web is obviously telling us something. The exotic other has always been an object of sexual fascination: xenophilia has been known through history, fuelled sometimes by a sense of inferiority about the self. ‘Interracial’ is an established genre of content on ...
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Bhopal model, held hostage by jilted lover in flat, asks for mobile charger from cops
BHOPAL, July 13(Agencies): The man, holding a model hostage inside a flat in Bhopal, has now asked for a stamp paper and mobile charger from authorities. “We saw the girl, she was covered in blood,” said the police. The kidnapper – Rohit – took the woman hostage inside her flat on Monday, claiming to free her after she confesses her love for him. Rohit claimed that he loves her and wants to marry her. A few hours into bizzare hostage scenario, the cops tried to barge in. However, they were forced to back off following threats by the accused. “He claims he loves her and wants to marry. He had asked us for a stamp paper & mobile charger. When we tried to barge in, he threatened us,” the cops added. Efforts to rescue the woman safely is currently underway. According to sources, the...
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In big setback to India, Pak gets custody of terrorist wanted in BJP leader Haren Pandya's murder
NEW DELHI, July 13 (Agencies): In a big setback to the Indian agencies, the authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have reportedly given custody of Farukh Devdiwala - one of the most wanted terror suspect and an accused in BJP leader Haren Pandya's murder - to Pakistan. According to reports, Farukh Devdiwala, who is a close associate of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, was recently nabbed in Dubai along with a man called Sam who hails from Jogeshwari locality in Mumbai. Sam too has been handed over to Pakistan, sources claim. The deportation of the two was reportedly done a week ago. Devdiwala was apprehended in UAE following specific inputs provided by the Indian agencies. The Indian officials were probing a terror module run by Devdiwala along with Pakistan's notoriou...
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India, Russia to ink S-400 Triumf air defence missile deal soon
NEW DELHI, July 13 (Agencies): India will soon seal the S-400 Triumf air defence missile deal with Russia, said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi on Friday while brushing aside reports of US sanctions if the agreement is inked. While Sitharaman did not specify when the S-400 (NATO code: SA-21 Growler) surface-to-air anti-missile shield deal will be signed but she categorically stated that "it is almost at the conclusive stage". The deal is likely to be formally inked and announced when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in October 2018. Sitharaman also added that the proposed US sanctions against Russia under its Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) are not a cause for worry as they have not been imposed by th...
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10,000 cops on duty, helicopters to shift Nawaz Sharif, daughter to jail
NEW DELHI, July 13 (Agencies): Pakistan's embattled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam are set to arrive in Lahore today to face arrest in a corruption case, amid high security and a massive crackdown on his party activists. The Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz leader and his daughter stopped over in Abu Dhabi today on their way to Pakistan from London. Sharif and Maryam are expected to land at Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport at 6.15 PM (local time) via Abu Dhabi on Etihad Airways flight EY243, the Dawn reported. They will be arrested on their arrival at Lahore airport from where they will be taken to Islamabad by helicopter so that they can be sent to Adiala jail for imprisonment. In a video message, tweeted by Maryam, the former premier urged his fo...
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Dainik Bhaskar group editor Kalpesh Yagnik dies of heart attack in office
INDORE, July 13 (Agencies): Kalpesh Yagnik, the National Group Editor of the Dainik Bhaskar, passed away in Indore on Thursday. According to reports, 55-year-old Yagnik died due to a massive heart attack. Yagnik was in his office when he suffered a massive heart attack around 10:00 pm on Thursday. He was immediately taken to the city's Bombay Hospital but could not be revived. Born on June 21, 1963, Yagnik joined Dainik Bhaskar in 1998. Ahead of joining Dainik Bhaskar, he worked at Free Press Journal. He held a bachelor's degree in commerce. His last rites were performed at Mukti Dham crematorium around 11:00 am on Friday in the presence of close family members, relatives, friends and colleagues. Several top politicians from the state and across the country have mourned his demise....
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Either restore Taj Mahal or demolish it: SC slams centre
NEW DELHI, July 11 (Agencies): The Supreme Court on Wednesday lashed out at the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government for the poor condition of the iconic Taj Mahal. Asserting that the governments were not taking proper steps to preserve the Taj Mahal, the court asked them to "either preserve Taj Mahal, demolish it." The court observed that its orders are not being complied with and expressed displeasure at the Uttar Pradesh government's failure to come out with a vision document to protect the Taj Mahal. A bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak termed it as "sheer lethargy" on the part of the authorities. "There is absolutely no willingness to protect the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal has to be protected. Either we will shut it down or you demolish or restore it," the bench observed. ...
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Navy war room leak case: Retd Captain gets 7 yrs rigorous jail
NEW DELHI, July 11 (Agencies): A Delhi court on Wednesday awarded seven-year rigorous imprisonment to retired Captain Salam Singh Rathore in an offshoot of the 2006 navy war room leak case, saying he did not deserve leniency as he has committed an offence against national security. Special Central Bureau of Investigation judge S K Aggarwal handed down the jail term to Rathore for the offence of spying under the Official Secrets Act, saying the documents found in his possession belonged to the defence ministry and were "directly or indirectly useful to the enemy in one way or the other". The other accused in the case -- Commander (Retd) Jarnail Singh Kalra -- was acquitted by the court. While awarding the sentence to Rathore, the court considered the submission of the prosecutor that se...
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CBI Files chargesheet against BJP MLA Sengar
LUCKNOW, July 11 (Agencies): The CBI has filed a chargesheet against Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in connection with alleged rape of a teenager at his residence, officials said on Wednesday. The sources said the chargesheet was filed before Special CBI court in Lucknow and names Sengar and his alleged associate Sashi Singh as accused in the case. The victim had alleged that she was raped by the MLA from Bangarmau in Unnao at his residence on June 4, 2017, where she had gone with a relative seeking a job. Faced with embarrassment, the BJP government in the state had recommended a CBI probe in April this year. Sengar is a four-time MLA. A purported video of the girl's father before his death had gone viral in which he had alleged that he was mercilessly beaten up, inclu...
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India becomes 6th-largest economy in world, beats several EU nations
NEW DELHI, July 11 (Agencies): India surpassed France in World Banks' annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ranking 2017 to become the sixth largest economy across the globe. With a GDP of $2.597 trillion, India pushed France to the seventh spot and ranked ahead of several European Union (EU) states. United States emerged as the largest economy in the world with a GDP of $19.3 trillion. China came second with GDP $12.23 trillion, followed by Japan at the third spot with GDP $4.87 trillion. Germany and United Kingdom are the other two nations that ranked ahead of India. India's neighbour nation Pakistan was ranked at number 40 in the list with a GDP of $ 304,952 million. The country's economy touched a seven-quarter high of 7.7 per cent in the January-March quarter of the financial ye...
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Adultery should be punishable to protect sanctity of marriages, Centre to SC
NEW DELHI, July 11 (Agencies): The Centre on Wednesday told Supreme Court that adultery should remain a punishable offence in order to protect the virtue of marriage. The Centre filed an affidavit opposing the petition filed by Joseph Shine that had sought to make men and women equally liable under the offence of adultery. Adultery under Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was enacted to safeguard the sanctity of marriage and diluting it would be detrimental to matrimonial bond. The 157-year-old British-era law on adultery says if a man is having sexual relations with the wife of another man, the former is liable to a jail term of five years accompanied by a fine. In January 2018, the Supreme Court had referred to a five-judge Constitution bench a plea challenging the constituti...
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Denied an ambulance, man ties mother's body to bike, takes it for post-mortem
BHOPAL(MP), July 11 (Agencies): In yet another case of lack of medical facilities, a man in Madhya Pradesh was forced to carry the body of his mother on a motorcycle for post-mortem. The woman, identified as Kunwar Bai, died on Monday due to a snake bite. Her family then informed a district hospital in Mohangarh for a post-mortem to be conducted. However, the hospital allegedly denied sending a hearse van for the deceased. Thereafter, Kunwar Bai's son and her relatives brought her body on a motorcycle to the hospital for the post-mortem to be conducted, a video of which was widely circulated on social media. An official of the district administration has demanded an inquiry into the matter. "I was not aware of this incident, however, I have asked for an inquiry into the matter. Those...
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8 children among 9 buried alive in Manipur landslides
MANIPUR, July 11 (Agencies): At least nine people including children have been killed by a series of landslides in the northeast Indian state of Manipur bordering Myanmar on Wednesday morning, said government officials. Police said that eight children and a woman have been buried alive in the incident that occurred in three places in Tamenglong district. Five children of a family were killed in Tamenglong ward no 4 and another two children of a different family also faced the same fate in the same area. While, the third incident took place in Tamenglong Ward No 2 where a mother-son duo were buried by the mud. The bodies of seven of the nine persons missing following the landslides have been recovered, District Deputy Commissioner Rabinder Singh told agencies. Security personnel and l...
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Illegal arms, fake licence case; Brother of IAS officer arrested
JAIPUR, Jul 10 (Agencies): The elder brother of a Jammu and Kashmir cadre IAS official was arrested from Gurgaon in connection with an illegal arms and fake licence racket, a senior ATS and SOG official said today. It is the 52nd arrested in the case. Sixty-seven illegal arms and 1,188 fake licences had been recovered. Kumar Jyoti Ranjan (46), the owner of a Haryana-based construction company, was arrested from Gurgaon late last night for his involvement illegal arms and fake licence racket that the ATS and SOG had busted 10 months ago, Additional Director General (ATS and SOG) Umesh Mishra told national news agency. Mishra said the accused had got several licences issued to beneficiaries allegedly through his younger brother Kumar Rajeev Ranjan, a senior IAS official of Jammu and Kash...
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No need for Lokayukta, we have two commissions; J&K to SC
NEW DELHI, Jul 10 (Agencies) There is no need for a Lokayukta in Jammu and Kashmir as two commissions created under the state laws comprehensively covered the scope of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, the state government told the Supreme Court today. The state government told a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, R Banumathi and Navin Sinha that the provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Accountability Commission Act, 2002, and the Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Commission Act, 2011, were similar to the Lokayukta Act of 2013. To this, the bench observed: “You have a parallel set-up (accountability commission) headed by a retired chief justice and comprises of two retired judges. You also have a vigilance commission. You say these two commissions are adequate and you say that in view of the p...
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AP top, Telangana second and Haryana third in 'ease of doing business' ranking
NEW DELHI, July 10 (Agencies): Andhra Pradesh has topped the 'Ease of Doing Business' ranking among states and union territories (UTs) prepared by the World Bank and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) on Tuesday. Telangana came second and Haryana third in the rankings. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were joint toppers in the 2017 Ease of Doing Business ranking. But in 2018, Andhra Pradesh topped the chart with a score of 98.42% while Telangana slipped down to number 2, scoring 98.33%. Haryana, Jharkhand and Gujarat came third, fourth and fifth respectively. The other states in the top achievers category are Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan. The big industrialised states of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are ranked 13th and 15th respectively while Delhi i...
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