|Every right thinking citizen desires peaceful co-existence: Dr Jitendra|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 29: Lauding the composite ethos of Indo-Gangetic civilization, which is a hallmark of Varanasi and Uttar Pradesh, 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 said here that every right thinking citizen of India, regardless of whether he is Hindu or Muslim, desires peaceful co-existence and whenever or wherever there is a situation of strife, it is invariably the creation of certain mischievous elements with vested interests.
Dr Jitendra Singh was speaking to a delegation of Shia Muslims from Varanasi led by Haji Hamidul Hasan.
In a meeting lasting over 40 minutes, the delegation discussed the current scenario in Uttar Pradesh and al...|
|India promises whole-hearted support to Myanmar|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 29 (Agencies): As Myanmar sets out on a new path after decades of military rule, India today promised whole-hearted support to it in "every step" of its journey as the two countries resolved to deepen ties and actively cooperate to combat terrorism and insurgent activities in the region.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held extensive talks with Myanmarese President U Htin Kyaw, in first top level engagement with the new government of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, and conveyed India's full support to Myanmar's internal peace process.
The two sides inked four MoUs to boost cooperation in areas of connectivity, medicine and renewable energy, besides resolving to deepen ties in a range of other sectors, including agriculture, banking and power.
Reading out a...|
|Modi hand in glove with power discoms: Kejriwal|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 29 (Agencies): Arvind Kejriwal today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being "hand in glove" with power distribution companies after Lt Governor Najeeb Jung termed as "incorrect" the chief minister's allegations that he cancelled the AAP government's decision to make discoms compensate consumer for unscheduled outages.
Kejriwal also alleged that the PM has asked Jung to do what power companies want.
"Modiji is in the pockets of power companies. Power companies are hand in glove with Modi. Modiji asked LG on phone to do what they (discoms) say," he tweeted.
Addressing a public gathering in Najafgarh yesterday, he had said that Jung has cancelled his government's order to make discoms pay compensation for unscheduled power cuts, alleging that Centre was hand in glove...|
|Bengal assembly passes resolution to change name of State|
|KOLKATA, Aug 29 (Agencies): The West Bengal state Assembly today passed a resolution to change the name of the state from West Bengal to 'Bangla' in Bengali and 'Bengal' in English. The opposition Congress, BJP and Left Front opposed the move.
The resolution was moved by state Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee under rule 169, which said that the name of the state would be 'Bangla' in Bengali , 'Bengal' in English and 'Bangal' in Hindi.
Speaking on the motion, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said "The name Bangla has a historical and cultural background. I don't have any problem with the name of 'Bango' either. But most of the people want the name 'Bangla'. In English it will be 'Bengal' so that there will be no confusion with the name of neighbouring Bangladesh."
|Submarine data leak being viewed 'very seriously': Navy chief|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 29 (Agencies): Leak of information related to Scorpene submarine is being viewed "very seriously", but it is "not a matter of much worry", Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said today in his first comment after over 22,000 pages of data detailing the vessel's capabilities became public.
"Any leak of information is viewed very seriously. We have viewed the leak of Scorpene data very seriously and we have asked (French firm) DCNS to launch an urgent investigation into this," the Navy chief said here. He noted that the Defence Ministry has set up a high-level committee to investigate the matter.
"Based on the report of the committee, we will see what mitigation measures need to be taken," he said.
Asked how serious a concern the leak was, the Navy chief said, "This is not a ma...|
|BJP questioned role of Jawaharlal Nehru over Kashmir situation|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 28: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today questioned the role of the Congress Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru over the situation of Kashmir after Congress targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's for using words like 'insaniyat, Kashmiriyat, jamuriyat' in 'Mann ki baat'.
"The government is working towards it, everyone is working towards it, the state chief minister was here, met with the Prime Minister. Now if they want to politicise it and score political points by criticizing for the sake of criticizing then it begs the question that on political things, they are answerable that over 70 years, and in the 55 years that the Congress was in power, why did the problem ever be like this? Why has it ever been there for so long? What was the role of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Ne...|
|CISF gears up to thwart terror strikes at airports|
|HYDERABAD, Aug 28 (Agencies): The Central Industrial Task Force has deployed quick reaction teams (QRTs) at airports, trained its personnel and strengthened its capability to counter terror strikes.
"We are gearing up to counter any attack in the manner of Istanbul or Brussels (terror attacks). Our people are already trained. We have deployed QRTs behind bullet-resistant (bullet-proof) 'morchas', so that if terror elements fire they will not be able to get us," a senior CISF official said.
After the Istanbul and Brussels incidents, the CISF has formulated strategies to thwart such attacks at Indian airports guarded by it. "With the recent attacks in Brussels and Istanbul, attacks from the city-side have become more prominent. So, we are devising ways and means to counter such attacks,...|
|Those provoking youth for 'Jihaad' kept their children away from Kashmir: Jitendra|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 28(Agencies): Union Minister in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh today said that those instigating the youth for so called 'Jihaad' kept their own children in safe havens thus there was a need to educate youth in Kashmir against those working with vested interest to harm the country's unity.
He also said that those who have lost their lives in the current turmoil in Kashmir valley belong to the poorest of the poor sections. "And those who provoked these poor people to come forward and lay down their lives in the name of so called 'Jihaad' have ensured that their own children and family are lodged in safe havens," Singh, who represents Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur constituency in Lok Sabha, told agencies here.
The Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office questioned those provok...|
|PM's fresh bid on Kashmir: talks of 'Ekta' and 'Mamata'|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 28 (Agencies): In a fresh bid to reach out to people of the valley, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said "Ekta" (unity) and "Mamata" (love) are the basic mantras for addressing Kashmir problem even as he slammed those pushing "innocent" children to violence, saying they will have to answer them some day.
Seeking to strike a chord with the people of Kashmir, he said if any life is lost in the valley, whether of any youth or any securityman, "that loss is ours, of our own, of our own country".
Speaking on the unrest in the valley in his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat', Modi said, "From the interactions I had with all parties on Kashmir, one thing emerged from those, which can be put in simple words as 'Ekta' and 'Mamata'. These two things were the basic mantra."
|Cong, JD(U) pick holes in PM's 'Mann ki Baat'|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 28 (Agencies): Congress and JD(U) today sought to pick holes in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's radio address, asking why the government has not been able to lift curfew in Kashmir yet if only 5 per cent of the people are involved in creating trouble.
"If PM believes that only 5 per cent of people are creating trouble then why central and state governments are not able to contain it? Why curfew for 51 days?" Congress leader Manish Tewari asked on Twitter.
He also asked Modi to hear "Mann ki Baat of Kashmiri people rather than one way monologue."
Speaking on the unrest in the Valley in his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat', Modi said, "From the interactions I had with all parties on Kashmir, one thing emerged from those, which can be put in simple words as 'Ekta' and ...|
|Sharmila shifted to Yoga & Naturopathy Health Centre at Langol|
|Imphal, Aug 28 (Agencies): Rights activist Irom Sharmila has shifted to the Yoga and Naturopathy Health Spa Centre at Langol in Manipur's Imphal West district for recuperation.
She left the security ward of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital yesterday, where she had been staying since she broke her 16-year fast on August 9.
Sharmila told reporters today she had already started her work to fight the Manipur Assembly election slated for early next year.
Yesterday she had a meeting with the members of a women voluntary organisation at Keishamthong, Imphal where she had her lunch with them, she said.
She said she would like to participate in the global youth peace festival between September 27 and October 27 in Chhatisgarh and wanted to launch "a new movement to c...|
|Mayawati takes fight to Mulayam's turf, slams SP, BJP|
|Azamgarh, Aug 28 (Agencies): BSP supremo Mayawati today attacked the Modi government, claiming it could start a war with Pakistan on the issue of terrorism just to divert people's attention from their failures ahead of the Uttar Pradesh polls early next year.
Cautioning the electorate on Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's turf in eastern UP, she sharpened her attack on both BJP and ruling Samajwadi Party, saying they could go to the extent of engineering riots to reap electoral benefits ahead of the crucial polls.
"To divert people's attention from the failures of BJP and the Centre, the government can go to war (with Pakistan) on the issue of Kashmir and terrorism," she said at a rally here.
Azamgarh is represented by Mulayam in the Lok Sabha. He had won from both Azamgarh ...|
|KPLT militant killed, another apprehended|
|Guwahati, Aug 28 (Agencies): A hardcore Karbi People's Liberation Tiger (KPLT) militant was killed and another apprehended by security forces in Assam's East Karbi Anglong district, a defence spokesman said here today.
Acting on specific intelligence input, an operation was launched by a joint team of the Army and the Police since yesterday in Bheleu Ghat area of the district and later came in contact with the militants who opened fire in a bid to escape.
An encounter followed in which the outfit's self styled defence secretary Chingengri Kronjang was killed and the self styled Commander In Chief Moses Terang apprehended when he attempted to escape.
Two pistols along with ten live rounds of ammunition, and fired cases were recovered from their possession....|
|JNU Rape Case: Varsity suspends accused scholar|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 28 (Agencies): JNU has suspended a PhD scholar, who has been accused of rape by a fellow student, and declared the campus out of bounds for him pending an enquiry, a decision which comes following protests from students and teachers.
A 28-year-old research student has alleged that a fellow student, Anmol Ratan, raped her after offering her a spiked drink in his hostel room in the university on August 20.
Ratan, an activist of the left-affiliated All India Students' Association (AISA), has also been expelled from the student outfit and police have booked him.
While he evaded arrest at first, Ratan subsequently surrendered on August 24 and was sent to 14 days in judicial custody.
"Considering the seriousness of the case and in confirmity with zero tolerance against sexual...|
|Pak resorting to proxy war against India: Dattatreya|
|Hyderabad, Aug 28 (Agencies): Condemning Pakistan for its "evil designs" in Kashmir Valley and other places, Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya today said the neighbouring country has resorted to a "proxy war" against India with support from ISI to disturb unity and integrity of the country.
"Pakistan is resorting to its own evil designs in Kashmir valley and other places. This is decried and condemned," the Minister of State for Labour and Employment said.
He further said that Pakistan is causing disturbances in India as well as Afghanistan.
"In case of India, Pakistan is resorting to proxy war, with cooperation and support from ISI and aiming to disturb unity and integrity of this country," the minister said.
"In this context, India is ready to convey appropriate lesson to Pakistan. ...|
|Why didn't Parrikar object to PM, Advani's Pak trip: Digvijay|
|PANAJI, Aug 27 (Agencies): Congress leader Digvijay Singh today criticised Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for his "Pakistan is hell" remark and sought to know whey he did not object when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior BJP leader L K Advani visited the neighbouring country.
The former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said Parrikar's remarks on Pakistan and his reported comments on Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan reflected "intolerance" by BJP-RSS leaders.
"Parrikar made a famous statement terming Pakistan as hell, but he had no objection when the Prime Minister went to Pakistan to attend a family wedding of (Prime Minister) Nawaz Sharif," he said here.
The AICC General Secretary was talking to reporters after chairing a Coordination Committee meeting of the state party unit held...|
|PM trying to reverse AAP govt's decisions through LG: Kejriwal|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 27 (Agencies): Launching a fresh attack on the LG and the Centre, Arvind Kejriwal today charged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to reverse numerous decisions of the AAP government through Najeeb Jung and remove DCW chief Swati Maliwal who, he claimed, will be "arrested" soon.
Kejriwal's outburst on microblogging site Twitter came a day after Jung said that he was in the process of overturning and rectifying "illegal decisions" taken by the AAP government following the August 4 Delhi High Court verdict.
Kejriwal claimed the Lt Governor and the Centre wanted to "reverse" numerous decisions of public importance, including the decision to increase minimum wages and holding discoms accountable for unscheduled outages, among other measures.
He said Najeeb Jung was "sub...|
|Universities should be bastions of free speech, debate: Prez|
|BIHAR, Aug 27 (Agencies): President Pranab Mukherjee today said universities and institutions of higher learning must be bastions of free speech and expression and debates should be encouraged.
At the first convocation of Nalanda University, he said the varsity reflects an idea, a culture which flourished for 1,200 years before it was destroyed in the 13th century.
He said that over the years, India has conveyed the message of friendship, cooperation, debate and discussions through the institutions of higher learning.
"Dr Amartya Sen in his book 'The Argumentative India' has correctly pointed out that debate and discussion is the ethos, a part of Indian life which cannot be done away with.
"Universities and institutes of higher learning are the best forum for debates, discussions, fre...|
|Flood situation worsens in Malda, 2 killed|
|MALDA (WB), Aug 27 (Agencies): The flood situation in Malda district worsened today with death of two children and the rising Ganga water inundating 45 villages, officials said.
A three-year old boy died in wall collapse and a two-year-old child was swept away, they said.
"45 villages of Manikchak, Kaliachak II, Kaliachak III and Ratua I blocks were under water which is flowing 48 cm above the extreme danger level at Manikchak," said District Magistrate Sharad Dwivedi.
However, according to the Central Water Commission, the rate of rising of water has decreased and is expected to be steady.
Two NDRF teams are working in the district, Dwivedi said, adding "a control room has been opened to look into the flood situation round the clock".
The phone number of the control room is 03512-25...|
|Nude Monk delivers 'Kadve Vachan' in Haryana Assembly|
|HARYANA, Aug 27 (Agencies): Jain religious leader Tarun Sagar, who appeared naked in the Haryana Assembly, delivered a 40- minutes lecture "kadve vachan" yesterday.
Invited to speak by Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma, Sagar said: “Rajniti par dharam ka ankush zaroori hai. Dharam pati hai, rajneeti patni. Har pati ki yeh duty hoti hai apni patni ko samrakshan de. Har patni ka dharam hota hai ki woh pati ke anushasan ko sweekar kare. Agar rajneeti par dharam ka ankush na ho toh woh magan-mast haathi ki tarah… ho jaati hai (The control of dharma over politics is essential. Dharma is the husband, politics is the wife. It is the duty of every husband to protect his wife. It is the duty of every wife to accept the discipline of her husband. If there is no control of dharma over politics, i...|
|Need to change laws, speed up processes to transform India: PM|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 26 (Agencies): Enunciating his vision to rapidly transform India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said there is a need to change laws, eliminate unnecessary procedures and speed up processes to go beyond "mere incremental progress".
"If India is to meet the challenge of change, mere incremental progress is not enough. A metamorphosis is needed. That is why my vision for India is rapid transformation, not gradual evolution," he said at the first 'Transforming India' Lecture organised by the NITI Aayog here.
Stressing on the need to bring changes through transformation of governance, Modi said it cannot happen with an administrative system of the 19th century.
"A transformation of governance cannot happen without a transformation in mindset and a transformation in minds...|
|Will expedite trial in Sheena Case: Judge|
|MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, Aug 26 (Agencies): The CBI was today directed by a special court in Mumbai to begin arguments on framing of charges in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case from the next date of hearing due in mid-September with the judge saying he will "expedite" the trial.
The direction by a special CBI court came even as the agency submitted there should not be a "parallel trial" in the case after leaked tapes of purported phone conversations involving Rahul and his father Peter Mukerjea, a former media baron, and his stepmother Indrani suggesting an attempt to cover up the murder by the couple surfaced in the media.
The court also extended the judicial custody of key accused Indrani Mukerjea, her husband Peter and her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna till September 13, when the agency ...|
|Can't order establishment of 'Ram Rajya' in the country: SC|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 26 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today said it cannot order the establishment of 'Ram Rajya' in the country and it cannot do several things it wanted to due to its "limited capacity".
"Do you think with our directions, everything will be done? Do you (petitioner) think we will pass an order that there will be no corruption in the country and all corruption will go? Should we pass an order that there will be 'Ram Rajya' in the country? It cannot be like this," a bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur said.
The bench was hearing a plea on the problem of encroachments on roads and footpaths across the country.
"We want to do various things but we cannot do. Our capacity to do things is limited. This is a problem," the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y...|
|2 boys, mother injured in acid attack|
|Barasat, Aug 26 (Agencies): Two minor boys and their mother were injured in an acid attack near Birati railway station in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district today.
Police said locals who witnessed the incident beat up the 50-year old attacker.
The children, their mother and their attacker were all hospitalised, the police said.
The boys are aged eight years and ten years and reside with their mother in a hut outside the station. The family had a dispute with the man, a neighbour.
The attack today was result of the dispute, the police said adding the boys' father works outside the state....|
|Will Scorpene leak harm Rafale deal? Parrikar doesn't rule it out|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 26 (Agencies): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today played down the Scorpene leak saying its a "not big worry", but there are few pockets of concerns because the ministry is assuming the worst case scenario.
The Defence Minister said that the leaked documents put on the web of 'The Australian' newspaper does not include any of the weaponry systems of the Scorpene as been reported in the media.
Parrikar said that the navy has assured him that most of the leaked documents are not of concern.
The minister also said that Scorpene submarine has not even fully completed the sea trials, which is important to understand how it will work under water.
The Indian Navy has taken up Scorpene document leak matter with French Directorate General of Armament.
"We are waiting for th...|