|CRPF to shift armoured MPVs from Naxal Ops to Kashmir|
|NEW DELHI, Jun 26(Agencies): A day after its eight personnel were killed in a militant attack in Pampore, CRPF has shifted about half-a-dozen of its heavy-armoured mine protected vehicles (MPVs), which were earlier used for anti-Naxal operations, to Kashmir Valley to effectively secure its troops deployed there.
The paramilitary had cut down the use of these vehicles for anti-Naxal operations drastically to a "bare minimum" after they were targeted in IED blasts in the left wing extremism-hit areas.
The CRPF feels that these MPVs would now come in handy in view of its increased role in Jammu and Kashmir to open and secure roads for movement of paramilitary, defence and VIP convoys and a rise in the number of militant ambushes.
"We have shifted some of our MPVs from Left Wing Extremism ...|
|‘Need NIA probe on Kashmir attack’|
|NEW DELHI, Jun 26(Agencies): Condemning the attack on CRPF jawans in Jammu and Kashmir, chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, Pradip Bhattacharya, on Friday demanded a thorough investigation by NIA into the incident.
“I strongly condemn this attack and I demand that there should be a thorough investigation by the NIA into the case,” he told agencies.
Bhattacharya, also a senior Congress leader from West Bengal, said the Centre should be more alert about the terror activities in the country.
“The government should be more cautious and alert in dealing with terror activities,” he said.
In the deadliest attack on security forces in three years, eight CRPF personnel were killed and 21 others critically wounded when terrorists rained bullets on a bus carrying th...|
|Desperate attempt to create problems: Rijju|
|HYDERABAD, Jun 26 (Agencies): Describing the killing of eight CRPF troopers by militants in Pampore as “desperate attempts to create problems for the country”, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Sunday said the government is committed to ensuring peace and security and necessary action will be taken.
In the deadliest attack on security forces in recent years, eight CRPF personnel were on Saturday killed and 21 others critically injured when militants trained bullets on a bus carrying them at Pampore near Srinagar, in what appeared to be a Fidayeen attack carried out by LeT.
“The incident is very unfortunate... We condemn such ghastly attack by terrorists and we pay homage to the departed martyrs and send our condolences to the bereaved family members,” Rijiju told reporter...|
|MHA team to visit J&K tomorrow|
|NEW DELHI, Jun 26 (Agencies): In the wake of recent attack on CRPF convoy, the Ministry of Home affairs will be sending a team of the Secretary (Boarder Management), Susheel Kumar and Special Secretary, (Internal Security), Mahesh Kumar Singla accompanied by Joint Secretary (Kashmir), Gyanesh Kumar to Jammu and Kashmir to look into the issues of possible increase in cross boarder infiltration, and the practices and procedures being followed by the CRPF during movement of their convoys.
The Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh has directed that the team should submit its report at the earliest. The Union Home Minister has set up the team owing to his deep concern for the loss of life of brave CRPF personnel.
The team would be leaving for J&K by Tuesday. ...|
|Kidney racket: Police to send teams to Jaipur, Jammu, Nagpur|
|NEW DELHI, Jun 26(Agencies): Days after the first recipient was arrested and four others identified in connection with the kidney racket unearthed at Apollo Hospitals here, Delhi Police will be sending teams to Jaipur, Jammu and Nagpur to arrest them.
The Nagpur-based recipient is a businessman and he is believed to be in a severe financial crunch after paying for three (including his own) kidney transplants in his family.
The recipients based in Jammu and Jaipur are small time entrepreneurs, said an official privy to the investigation.
While a 22-year-old Ghaziabad-based man, identified as Ashutosh, who is the son of a DJB junior engineer, was arrested on Thursday, another recipient who had produced forced documents showing his address as Ghaziabad before the transplant has been tr...|
|Swamy seeks details of Kejriwal's admission into IIT-K|
|NEW DELHI, June 23 (Agencies): BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today raised questions seeking details of the process of admission by which Delhi Chief Minister got into IIT-Kharagpur of Delhi in the 1980s from where he was awarded B Tech (Hons) degree.
In a press release, he cited an RTI reply from IIT-K which was asked to provide the basis of Kejriwal's entry into B Tech programme and his All India Rank (AIR) in any competitive exam such as JEE, etc.
This information is not available, the institution said in the RTI reply.
The RTI gave other details of Kejriwal that included his Roll No in the Mechanical Engineering course and the years of study but did not provide the copy of grade sheet of subjects since it is exempted from disclosure under the transparency law.
Swamy has been targeti...|
|MP BJP leader announces one lakh reward for locating Rahul|
|BHOPAL, June 23 (Agencies): Poking fun at Rahul Gandhi's "energising" foreign trips, a Madhya Pradesh BJP leader today announced a reward of Rs one lakh to anyone who locates or provides information about Congress Vice-President, who has left for a short visit abroad.
Madhya Pradesh BJP spokesperson Vijendra Singh Sisodia announced the reward by issuing a statement with a title "Rahul ka pata batao, ek lakh rupya pao" (Tell Rahul's address and get Rs one lakh). Sisodia, who is also the Chairman of the Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam, said "I will give Rs one lakh from my own pocket to anyone who finds out the address of Rahul Gandhi who has gone abroad."
"Few months' back also Rahul Gandhi went abroad and that time Congressmen were saying that he has gone for a brainstorming session and...|
|Will Yoga relieve pain of inflation, Sena asks Modi|
|MUMBAI, June 24 (Agencies): In yet another salvo at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shiv Sena today said bringing yoga to the centre stage of the world was a praise-worthy effort, but will practising the ancient form of exercise relieve people of the pain of inflation.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi deserves praise for making 130 countries perform yoga. The world bends if somebody makes it do so. Through yoga, Modi made 130 nations lay on the ground.
"What is now needed is to make Pakistan lie down forever. This can only happen with the help of weapons. Pakistan deserves a permanent 'Shavaasan' (a yoga position that involves lying down like a corpse)," the Sena said in an editorial in its mouthpiece 'Saamana'.
It said that while chief ministers of non-BJP states may oppose Modi, yoga is a...|
|Swachh Bharat: Taj, Vaishno Devi among 10 iconic places to be cleaned|
|JAIPUR, June 23 (Agencies): The Centre has identified 10 iconic places with higher footfalls, including Taj Mahal and Vaishno Devi, to be cleaned on par with international standards for which the World Bank will provide technical assistance, officials said today.
The Centre is also in the process of drafting standard operating procedures (SOP) to ensure cleanliness at as many known sanctuaries and tigers reserves, they said.
"We have taken an initiative at 10 iconic places. The idea is to ensure cleanliness of international excellence- level here. We have invited international experts for helping us and World Bank will provide technical assistance for the same," Parmeswaran Iyer, Secretary (Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation), told reporters.
Taj Mahal (Agra) and Manikarnika Gha...|
|Modi running 'Superfast Development Train': Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi|
|PUNE, June 23 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been running a superfast "development train" on the safe tracks of national interests, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said today.
Naqvi, who addressed a 'Vikas Parv' meeting here, to mark two years of the Modi-led government, said, "We have to work with great speed to bring development process at ground level and to eliminate the system of middlemen and power-brokers."
"The Modi government has been converting the country's inclusive and over-all development into a reality. Our development model is aimed at providing light of progress to the last person of the society," the Minister of State for Minority Affairs said.
He said the world has been attracted towards India and is considering it as a safe and lucrative destination...|
|Government has full confidence in Arvind Subramanian: Jaitley|
|NEW DELHI, June 22 (Agencies): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today dismissed Subramanian Swamy's attack on Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian and strongly defended him saying the government has full confidence in him and his advice is of "great value" to it.
"Well, the government has full confidence in CEA Arvind Subramanian. His advice to government from time to time has been of great value.
"In fact, also the presentation on textiles made just now (at the media briefing on Cabinet decisions) on textiles and garments sector was prepared in active consultation with him," Jaitley said backing Subrmananian, who has become the high-profile target of Swamy after RBI chief Raghuram Rajan.
Swamy this morning demanded, in a series of tweets, sacking of Subramanian for his alleged "anti...|
|Modi to leave for Tashkent to attend SCO Summit|
|TASHKENT, June 22 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for Tashkent tomorrow to attend the annual summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) which will kick off the process of India's accession to the grouping as a full fledged member along with Pakistan.
The Prime Minister will have a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping tomorrow on the sidelines of the summit during which he is expected to seek China's support for India's bid for NSG membership, which Beijing is opposed to.
The two-day annual plenary session of the Nuclear Suppliers Group will begin in Seoul tomorrow during which India's application for membership of the elite nuclear trading club may come up for deliberation.
Asked at the media briefing whether the PM will discuss the NSG issue w...|
|NDA not strong against Hindu accused in blast cases: Owaisi|
|DELHI, June 22 (Agencies): AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi today alleged that the Narendra Modi government is "not strong" against those accused in bomb blast cases who are Hindus.
"When it comes to the issue of bomb blasts, whether it is Malegaon, Hyderabad Mecca Masjid and Ajmer, they (BJP-led NDA government) are not being strong on those accused just because they happened to be from (the) majority community," he said while discussing his assessment of the Modi government's two years in office.
The Lok Sabha member from Hyderabad also said: "They (BJP) promised 1.20 crore jobs to youngsters every year. Hardly, five lakh jobs were created. They promised that prices would come down. Prices are skyrocketing, whether it's pulses or other essential commodities."
Despite the price of crud...|
|Sena seeks apology from Salman for his 'Rape' remarks|
|MUMBAI, June 22 (Agencies): Lambasting Salman Khan for his remark that he felt like a "raped woman" after a gruelling shoot of an upcoming film, the Shiv Sena today urged directors respecting women to boycott the Bollywood super star till he tenders an "unconditional apology" for his comment.
"I have not seen a celebrity who can get more shameless than Salman Khan. He has a destructive nature from the beginning. He shoots endangered animals, kills people living on footpaths and now this (remark on rape). People still, ironically, consider him a hero," Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande told agencies.
Salman had landed himself in a controversy for his remark that he felt like a "raped woman" after one gruelling shoot for his upcoming wrestling-themed film "Sultan", sparking demands for an...|
|448 Sikh pilgrims arrive in Pakistan|
|WAGAH BORDER, June 22 (Agencies): Nearly 450 Sikh pilgrims from India have arrived here in Pakistan to observe the 177th death anniversary of king of the first Sikh empire Maharaja Ranjeet Singh and to participate in a series of events.
Officials of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), which looks after the holy places of minorities in Pakistan, greeted the 448 Sikh pilgrims at the Wagah Railway Station yesterday.
"We are happy to be here to visit our holy places. We receive love from the people here. We are thankful to the board for taking care of our holy places," group leader Sardar Govinder Singh told reporters.
He said there should be a soft visa policy for the citizens of both the countries so that people could easily visit their holy places.
The government of Pakistan has m...|
|Mass movement required to clean rivers: Dr Jitendra|
|NEW DELHI, June 22: Addressing a rally of youth activists connected with “Clean Yamuna” campaign (“Yamuna Swachchta Abhiyan”) in the North-East Delhi area of the union capital here today, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that a mass movement is required to clean all the rivers, including Yamuna on the same lines as it has been done to clean Ganga and some other rivers. For this purpose, the children and youth are the most suitable medium, he said, because they are impressionable, committed and honest, as a result of which, not only they are capable of carrying forwa...|
|PSLV C-34 with 20 Satellites lifts off from spaceport of Sriharikota|
|NEW DELHI, June 22 (Agencies): Creating a record, India today successfully launched 20 satellites including 17 foreign and its earth observation satellite in a single mission in 26 minutes from here, in a crucial step to become a key player in the multi-billion dollar space launch market.
In a precision launch, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C34) took off in clear skies from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre here, about 110 km from Chennai, at 9.26 AM and placed the new generation earth observation satellite( Cartosat-2 Series) and 19 others in the designated polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) 26 minutes later.
Thirteen of the satellites are from the US including the 12 earth imaging Dove satellites from Planet L...|
|2 Indians among 25 killed in Afghan blasts|
|NEW DELHI, Jun 20 (Agencies): Two Indians are among 25 people killed in a string of bombings across Afghanistan today.
In the first attack, a Taliban suicide bomber hit a minibus carrying foreign security guards in Kabul along the main road to the eastern city of Jalalabad. The Taliban also claimed a second smaller blast in south Kabul.
The third blast took place in a market in the remote northeastern province of Badakhshan.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup in New Delhi said, “We have learnt that 2 Indian nationals, Ganesh Thapa and Govind Singh from Dehradun died tragically in the blast in Kabul today morning.”
“Government is in touch with the families of Indian nationals and is working with the Afghan Government to repatriate their mortal remains at the earliest,”...|
|Purpose of Ishrat Case missing papers panel not to implicate anyone: Rajnath Singh|
|NEW DELHI,June 19 (Agencies): The purpose of setting up an inquiry panel to find the missing files related to the encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan was not to implicate anyone but to recover the documents, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today amid the controversy over the officer conducting the probe having allegedly tutored a witness.
"The inquiry committee was set up not to implicate anyone but to find the missing files," he told agencies here, amidst allegations that the NDA government set up the panel to find faults in the previous UPA government.
The Home Minister, however, refused to comment on the news report that the inquiry officer, Additional Secretary B K Prasad, tutored one of the key witnesses before taking his statement on the missing files.
Asked what will be the next ...|
|Jaitley attacks Amarinder Singh, AAP at rally in Punjab|
|PUNJAB, June 19 (Agencies): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today attacked Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh over his family's alleged foreign accounts and also took a dig at Aam Aadmi Party, which he said was more interested in creating controversies than running the government.
The BJP leader said under the Modi government the country is firmly moving ahead on the path of development and claimed that the Congress was constantly "shrinking" across the country.
With Amarinder accusing him of "using" the Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax department to target him and his family and also "challenging" him to prove the allegations, Jaitley hit back, saying the facts on the ground spoke otherwise.
"I recall when there was Congress government in Punjab in 2002 led by Capt Amarin...|
|2 Samajwadi party leaders join BJP|
|UTTAR PRADESH, June 19 (Agencies): Two Samajawadi Party leaders from Uttar Pradesh today joined the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the Assembly polls in the state due next year.
SP's former Meerut Zila Panchayat president, Maninder Pal Singh, and Yuva Morcha state secretary, Rahul Yadav, joined the BJP along with their supporters in the presence of UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya at the party's headquarters here.
The entry of the two leaders in BJP will strengthen the party in the state, Maurya said.
Singh had contested Panchayat polls in 2011 as a BJP-backed candidate but had later switched over to SP to become the panchayat president....|
|Ram Temple in Ayodhya was demolished by Aurangzeb: Book|
|UTTAR PRADESH, June 19 (Agencies): At a time when the Ayodhya issue is back in spotlight ahead of the UP polls next year, a book penned by a former IPS officer has claimed that the Ram temple was not demolished during the reign of Babar but of Aurangzeb.
Quoting from old files during British period, some ancient Sanskrit texts and reviews of archaeological excavation, the book has attempted to project that a Ram Janmabhoomi temple did exist in Ayodhya before a mosque was built on it.
The book Ayodhya Revisited, written by Kishore Kunal, a former Gujarat cadre IPS officer of 1972 batch, propounds a new thesis about the period of the mosque's construction and seeks to demolish earlier beliefs on the issue.
Kunal hails from Bihar and is known there for his stint as a police officer and la...|
|3 Suspected Naxals killed in encounter in Gadchiroli|
|TELENGANA, June 19 (Agencies): Three naxals were today killed in an encounter with security forces at Venkatapur area on Maharashtra-Telangana border, police said.
The incident took place in the early hours when a group of naxals opened fire on a police patrol party from the C-60 squad in Kollapally forests of Venkatpur area in Aheri taluka of Gadchiroli district, an officer in the Naxal cell told agencies.
The security forces promptly retaliated, killing three of them, he said.
The bodies have been recovered and are being brought to the district headquarters, he said.
Bombs hurled at 2 libraries run by Congress
KERALA, June 19 (Agencies): Unidentified persons hurled country-made bombs at two local libraries run by Congress at Peralassery and Thannada here early this morning, police ...|
|One of the Dalit sisters held for 'attack' on CPI-M activist attempts suicide|
|KERALA, June 19 (Agencies): In a shocking turn of events relating to the controversial arrest and subsequent bail of two Dalit sisters for allegedly attacking a CPI(M) activist here, one of them allegedly attempted suicide at her home.
The condition of 25-year-old Anjana, now in the intensive care unit of Indira Gandhi Cooperative hospital, is stable and she has been kept under observation, hospital sources said.
She was brought to the hospital here at around 1230 hrs last night after she consumed some tablets.
Akhila (30) and Anjana (25), daughters of Indian National Trade Union Congress leader N Rajan, were arrested on a complaint by CPI(M) that they had barged into their party office here and attacked one of their activists.
The sister duo were released on bail yesterday.