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'BJP making efforts to build consensus on Ram temple construction'
AYODHYA, Sep 23 (Agencies): Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Mahendra Nath Pandey on Saturday said the party is making efforts to ensure that the Ram temple is constructed through consensus. He also said the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be fought on development and governance. "Ram temple is the centre of faith and devotion for us. It should be constructed as per the law and we are committed to this...The BJP is making efforts so that the Ram temple is constructed through consensus," Pandey said in a statement. "The people of India know that Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya and they want that a Ram temple should be built there. The feeling of every Indian is the feeling of the BJP," he said. Speaking about the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) A...
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Andhra MLA, TDP leader shot dead by Naxals in Visakhapatnam, probe on
Visakhapatnam, Sep 23 (Agencies): Two Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders from Araku have been shot dead by Naxals on Sunday. K Sarveswara Rao, 45, TDP MLA from Araku (Reserved-Scheduled Tribe) and his party colleague and former MLA Siveri Soma, 52, were attacked near Thutangi village, about 125 km from the coastal city of Visakhapatnam. The incident took place while they were returning from a programme at a village in Araku, a tribal area. The TDP leaders were intercepted by a large group of armed Maoists, including women, while they were returning in two vehicles. After ordering others to leave, they began talking to the MLA and the former MLA about the mining in agency areas. They later pumped bullets into the two leaders, killing them on the spot. Both were shot in the head and chest....
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2 prime accused, including a jawan, arrested in Rewari gangrape case
HARYANA, Sep 23 (Agencies): Two prime accused in the Rewari gangrape case, who had been absconding since the incident came to light, were on Sunday arrested by the police in Haryana. The Haryana Police special investigation team (SIT), which is probing the case, had last week assured that all efforts were on to nab the two absconding accused, Pankaj and Manish. The police had arrested one of the three accused on Sunday last. Confirming his arrest, Superintendent of Police Naazneen Bhatt, who is heading the SIT, had told news agency ANI that the crime scene had been sealed and many other aspects were being investigated. The SIT chief had said that raids were on to nab two other accused, of which one is a soldier. The three had gang-raped the young woman on September 12. Two other men - ...
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No wonder today the buzz is #RahulKaPuraKhandanChor: Sitharaman's counter-attack on Rahul
NEW DELHI, Sep 23 (Agencies): Former French president Francois Hollande's bombshell on the Rafale deal with India has triggered a massive political row. Following allegations and accusations from Congress, the ruling BJP government has also come up with counter attacks. In the latest instance, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman took to Twitter and launched a scathing attack on Congress president Rahul Gandhi saying, "No wonder today the buzz is #RahulKaPuraKhandanChor" She said, "The @INCIndia & Shri. @RahulGandhi repeat untruth several times and use brazen & abusive language about @PMOIndia @narendramodi. They betray their sense of desperation in being out-of-power. In our govt there is no corruption. No wonder today the buzz is #RahulKaPuraKhandanChor" The claim by the former French...
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PM launches Ayushman Bharat, world’s largest govt-funded healthcare plan
JHARKHAND, Sep 23 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana at an event in Ranchi in Jharkhand. Addressing the gathering at the event in Jharkhand capital, Prime Minister Modi said that the scheme would benefit the poorest people in the country. "No other country is the world has such large-scale healthcare programme," the Prime Minister said. "We have brought such big scheme to people in a span of six months. I congratulate my whole team for this remarkable achievement. I believe that this team will work even more strongly now, because now they have the blessings of 50 crore poor people of this country," he added. According to the Prime Minister, more than 13,000 hospitals have been added as part of the scheme. ...
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India cancelled talks with Pakistan because of intercepted ISI messages: Report
NEW DELHI, Sep 23 (Agencies): The Indian intelligence agencies believe that Pakistan is involved in the recent killings of special police officers in Jammu and Kashmir. According to a report in The Times of India, the intelligence agencies received the information as they intercepted messages of Pakistan’s ISI. As per the report, the intercepted messages suggested that there were “pinpointed instructions” to terrorists to kills the SPOs after abducting them. A major reason for the cancellation of talks, between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi, by India are the revelations of these intercepted messages from Pakistan’s ISI, said the report. The instructions revealed through the intercepted message were so elaborate that the ISI h...
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People of Chhattisgarh mature enough to elect stable govt: Modi
CHHATTISGARH, Sep 22 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid the foundation stone for highway projects and Bilaspur-Anuppur railway line and addressed a public rally in Chattisgarh' Janjgir–Champa. Modi lauded former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's contribution toward three states - Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. He said that it was Vajpayee who had created these three states and his vision helped in development of the states, as reported to ANI. Modi said that the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) will ensure roof over every head by 2022, adding that the poor have every right to own a house and BJP is committed to development for all. Modi also said that people of the state are mature enough to elect a stable government. He said the only objective of th...
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AMU students union opposed to celebrating surgical strike day
ALIGARH, Sep 22 (Agencies): The Union HRD Ministry has reportedly issued a directive to universities across the country to celebrate September 29 as the surgical strike day. The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students union has, however, raised objections on the move. Speaking to Zee Media, AMU students union president Mashkoor Ahmed Usmani said that it was not the first instance when Indian Army conducted surgical strike by crossing the border. “Under previous NDA as well as UPA governments, but no attempt has been made in the past to highlight it in this manner,” said the AMU students body president. “This somehow raises a question on the Indian Army. It seems that somewhere down the line, the government has failed on fronts like security and curbing incidents like rape. Therefore, t...
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Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal: Court sends 4 accused to CBI custody till Monday
PATNA, Sep 22 (Agencies): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday took the four accused, including the then assistant director (in-charge inspection of shelter homes) social welfare department, into remand in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal case. All of them were arrested on Friday and were produced in the Muzaffarpur court. The next hearing in the case has been scheduled for September 24. In a related development, a plea for attachment of property has been filed against suspended Child Protection Officer (CPO) Ravi Roshan's wife Shibha Kumari. She had revealed the names of the minor girls on social media. The alleged sexual exploitation of girls at the Muzaffarpur shelter home first came to light in the report of a social audit conducted by Tata Institute of Soc...
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'Kamal ka phool, badi bhool,' says Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh after quitting BJP
RAJASTHA, Sep 22 (Agencies): Ahead of the Rajasthan assembly polls, former union minister Jaswant Singh's son and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Manvendra Singh on Saturday said he has quit the party. At the rally, he asserted that joining the BJP was a "big mistake" on his part. "Kamal ka phool, badi bhool," he said. After addressing a rally at Pachpadra in his Barmer constituency, Rajasthan, Manvendra announced his decision at a press conference. However, he said that he was yet to take a decision on whether to join the Congress or not. "I would like to thank my supporters. I will do whatever they ask me to do. Their decision is my decision but I will ask everyone," he said when asked if he will now join the Congress party. After the public meeting, dubbed 'swabhiman' or self-resp...
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Rahul wants to help Pakistan by disclosing info about weapon system: Shankar
NEW DELHI, Sep 22 (Agencies): Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday attacked Congress President Rahul Gandhi acccusing him of helping Pakistan by asking about the price of Rafale jets. Prasad in his scathing attack further added that Rahul Gandhi wants to alert the enemies by disclosing information about all weapon system. According to news agency ANI, Prasad said, "It's my charge with full sense of responsibility, Rahul Gandhi is playing in hands of enemies of India by insisting upon disclosure of all weapon system." Defending Prime Minster Narendra Modi, Prasad mentioned that it is first time in the history of India that a party president has used such language for a prime minister. Rahul Gandhi had had accused PM modi of being a theif. Accusing Rahul Gandhi of using his ...
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Naxals pumping extortion money into real estate, claims NIA
NEW DELHI, Sep 20 (Agencies): A separate wing set up under the National Investigating Agency (NIA) to probe funding of Naxals has claimed that the money extorted by these home-grown rebels are being pumped into real estate companies. The report further states that the Naxals are investing the extortion money into the real estate firms through their trusted agents who have been former cadres. These real estate agents invest money into their business and return it to the Maoist when needed. In its report, the special wing of the NIA claimed that the extorted money is also being used for the higher education of the children of top Naxal leaders. It may be recalled that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had recently formed a dedicated wing to check the funding of Naxals, which is said t...
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Vyapam Scam
Digvijay moves court against Shivraj, Uma Bharti
NEW DELHI, Sep 20 (Agencies): Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has moved a court and filed a complaint against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union Minister Uma Bharti and few police officers for allegedly tampering electronic evidence related with the Vyapam scam. The plea consisting of a 27,000-page annexure, was filed before Judge Suresh Singh of the special court in Bhopal seeking prosecution of Chouhan and Bharti. In the plea, Singh has alleged that hard disk obtained from computer of Nitin Mohindra- one of the key accused in the scam has been tampered by few Indore police officials including the then Inspector General Vipin Maheshwari and Superintendent of Police of Crime Branch, Indore Dilip Soni to save Chouhan and other prominent Bharatiya Janata Par...
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Modi wants to be 'Chowkidar', we know 'Chowkidar' himself is thief: Rahul
NEW DELHI, Sep 20 (Agencies): In a blatant attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday called him a thief. Addressing a public gathering at Sagwara in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan, the Congress scion said that PM Modi wants to be a 'Chowkidar' (watchman) but ''now we all know that the 'Chowkidar' (watchman) himself is a thief''. He further hinted at the PM saying that people all over the country are raising their voice calling the 'Chowkidar' (watchman) of the country as a thief. Rahul also took a dig at the PM saying that the farmers have been begging PM Modi to waive off their loans. "When he can waive off loans worth Rs 1,50,000 crore of just 15 industrialists, why couldn't he waive the loans of farmers? When asked, he (PM) was completely si...
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Sushma to meet Qureshi on the sidelines of UNGA in New York
NEW DELHI, Sep 20 (Agencies): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be meeting her counterpart in Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly in New York. Confirming the development, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said: "I can confirm that on the request of the Pakistani side, a meeting between EAM and Pakistani foreign minister will take place on the sidelines of the UNGA at a mutually convenient date and time." "This is just a meeting, not talks or resumption of dialogue," the MEA spokesperson added. The announcement of a meeting comes hours after a letter by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for Prime Minister Narendra Modi was reported. In the letter, the Pakistani PM had called for a meeting betwee...
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My father died while serving the nation, now we need help: Slain BSF jawan's son
NEW DELHI, Sep 20 (Agencies): The family of slain Border Security Force (BSF) head constable Narendra Singh, who was tortured and brutally killed by Pakistani forces recently, on Thursday said while they were extremely proud of his supreme sacrifice, they were also dejected at the same time by his untimely demise. Singh's family also demanded that a befitting response be given to Pakistan by the Indian security forces and some concrete steps taken for saving the lives of those guarding the nation's borders. ''It's a matter of pride for us, not everyone gets to be draped in the Tricolour. But we just can't keep feeling proud. We are proud today, someone gets killed tomorrow, we will be proud again. We demand action from the authorities,'' the son of the slain BSF head constable said. Th...
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Remove photos of PM from PMAY houses: HC to MP govt
GWALIOR, Sep 20 (Agencies): In a major snub to the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh government, the Madhya Pradesh High Court has ordered it to remove pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan from the tiles laid in houses built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) by December 20. The order was passed by the Gwalior bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. In its order, the bench said that there should be no photos of any political leaders on any of the tiles in the houses built under the PMAY scheme. Ordering removal of the already fitted tiles within three months, the court also sought a report from the Madhya Pradesh government by December 20. The bench also issued notices to the state and central governments after a peti...
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Koregaon-Bhima violence
SC to examine evidence against activists with 'hawk's eye'
NEW DELHI. Sep 20 (Agencies): The Supreme Court will on Thursday resume hearing on the plea challenging the arrest of five Left-wing activists in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence which left 1 person dead and several injured last year. The matter will be taken up by a top court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud. The top had on Wednesday extended the house arrest of the activists by a day till Thursday, saying it would look into the case with a hawk’s eye as liberty cannot be “sacrificed at the altar of conjectures”. The top court told the Maharashtra Government that there should be a clear-cut distinction between opposition and dissent on one hand and attempts to create disturbance, law and order problems or overthrow the govern...
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Victim's safety, conviction of accused top priority, say cops
Chandigarh, Sep 17 (Agencies): Safety of the victim in Rewari gangrape case, and arresting absconding accused and their conviction are the primary concerns, said the police on Monday. “Safety of victim is one of the main concern, arresting remaining accused is another. It doesn't end with arrest but with conviction of the accused. So securing evidence and ensuring they get convicted through fast track court would be the next step,” said Rahul Sharma, the Superintendent of police, Rewari. “I just met the victim, proceeding to the crime scene. I'll be meeting the SIT soon. As and when any progress is made we'll keep you updated. So far we've arrested one of the main accused and our teams are working to arrest the remaining accused,” he added. The Haryana Police on Sunday arrested one of...
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JNU verdict shows rejection of Hindutva politics: Prakash Karat
NEW DELHI, Sep 17 (Agencies): Communist Party of India (Marxist) politburo member Prakash Karat on Monday described the United Left front’s victory in the students’ union elections in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as a “strong message” by the student community against the attempt to destroy the academic and democratic character of the university. Speaking to Outlook, Karat said: “The Left students’ organisaitons won JNU student union election with a big majority. This is a strong message by the student community against the vicious attacks by the university Vice Chancellor and the central government on the rights of the students and the teachers in JNU and their attempt to destroy the academic and democratic character of the university.” “The past two years, there has been c...
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JNU president N Sai Balaji alleges assault by ABVP members
NEW DELHI, Sep 17 (Agencies): Members of the RSS-affiliated ABVP and the Left-backed AISA entered into a scuffle on Monday, hours after the JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) poll results were announced. A united front of Left student groups Sunday won all four central panel posts in the union defeating the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) by considerable margins. Newly-elected JNUSU president N Sai Balaji alleged that he was beaten up in the early hours of Monday by ABVP members. He said members of the ABVP were roughing up an All India Students' Association (AISA) member and when "I and a couple of others intervened, we were assaulted". Balaji claimed that the ABVP members even attacked them when a Police Control Room (PCR) vehicle was taking them away from the Jawaharlal Nehru U...
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Manipur lynching video shows policemen present at the spot; one suspended, 3 ousted
IMPHAL, Sep 17 (Agencies): Four policemen have been booked after they were seen in a video where a 26-year-old man was attacked by a mob in Manipur's Imphal West district. The man, who was attacked on suspicion of being a vehicle lifter, succumbed to his injuries. The incident took place on Thursday. Police have suspended the sub-inspector while terminated services of the three other officers. The purported video of the incident, which went viral on social media, showed that the four police personnel were "present at the spot when the victim was alive and lying unattended", Imphal West SP Jogeshwar Haobijam told agencies. The victim, identified as Farooque Khan, was a resident of Thoubal district. He was lynched by an irate mob early on Thursday at Tharoijam area in West Imphal on susp...
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SC extends house arrest of rights activists till Sept 19
NEW DELHI, Sep 17 (Agencies): The Supreme Court on Monday extended the interim order on house arrest of five activists in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case till September 19, while also saying it will examine two days later whether there is material supporting the arrest of five rights activists in connection with the case. A bench of the top court comprising Chief Justice Dipak Mishra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud adjourned the case again. The bench was hearing on a plea petition filed by celebrated historian Romila Thapar and four others against the arrest of the rights activists – Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha. The petitioners sought constitution of a SIT to investigate into incident of arrest of activists o...
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Army calling the shots
Pak is the same even under Imran, suggests VK Singh
NEW DELHI, Sep 17 (Agencies): Former Army chief and Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh on Monday suggested that things won’t change in Pakistan. Talking about the issue of increasing infiltration despite a government change in the neighbouring country, the minister said that Pakistani Army was still calling the shots. Claiming that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was propped up by the country’s military, Singh said, “Did you all expect a change? If a person is propped up by the military, army still rules. Army is still calling the shots.” He, however, added that the need was to wait and watch if Imran Khan remains under army’s control or moves beyond it. “Let's wait and watch how things move, whether a person remains under army's control or doesn't,” Singh said. This co...
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Nurses thrash doctor in Bihar hospital for allegedly molesting trainee nurse
KATIHAR, BIHAR, Sep 16 (Agencies): A group of nurses in a hospital in Bihar's Katihar thrashed a doctor for allegedly molesting a trainee nurse on the hospital campus. A video of the incident shows the nurses raging against the doctor and beating him up with shoes. The incident reportedly took place on Saturday at the Sadar Hospital in Katihar, news agency ANI reported. Efforts by unidentified individuals to intervene in the situation and placate the nurses failed. The doctor allegedly molested a second-year trainee nurse. She is reported to be in shock after the sexual assault and has been admitted to the hospital to recover from the trauma. The doctor, a civil surgeon, reportedly went into hiding after he was thrashed, and efforts are underway to locate him. The situation at the hos...
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