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JNUSU chief sent to 3-day police custody
NEW DELHI, Feb 12 (Agencies): JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested in a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy for holding an anti-national event inside the university premises, was remanded to three-day police custody by a Delhi court. Kanhaiya was produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen where the police sought his custodial interrogation for five days to ascertain the alleged links of the accused persons, including those who are allegedly absconding, with terrorist groups. The police told the court that Kanhaiya was also required to be interrogated for the purpose of identification of other accused, who were seen shouting "anti-national" slogans during the event organised in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Campus on February 9. The police also placed...
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Nation will not tolerate insult to India: Irani
NEW DELHI, Feb 12 (Agencies): Denouncing the protest march in JNU against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, HRD minister Smriti Irani on Friday said the nation will never tolerate "insult" to mother India. "I want to say this much, that today is the day of worship of Goddess Saraswati. Saraswati blesses every family that whatever they speak is for progress and strengthening the nation. Let mother India be praised. Nation will never tolerate insult to mother India," she told reporters when asked about the incident at JNU. Earlier, while addressing the 'All India Principals Conference' where student recited Saraswati vandana, Irani said she felt satisfied that there are teachers who teach children to pray for the nation and "not anti-India slogans". The conference was ...
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Headley's deposition has fully exposed Pak: Rajnath
BALRAMPUR , Feb 12 (Agencies): Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley's deposition has fully exposed Pakistan and it should take decisive action against those behind Mumbai terror attack, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today. "After Headley's deposition, Pakistan has been fully exposed it should act against the culprits of 26/11 as its reality is now before the entire world," Singh, who was here to take part in a programme, told reporters. 'Headley's deposition exposed Pak' Reacting to the recent incident in JNU, he said no one will be allowed to play with the integrity and sovereignty of the country and stern action will be taken against all those responsible for it. The Union Home minister said India wants to become world leader but not by frightening or threat...
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Headley is a compulsive liar: Adrian Levy
NEW DELHI, Feb 12 (Agencies): Pakistani-American accused-turned-approver in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks has made depositions to a Mumbai court for 5 days now, but the most sensational confession came when he named Ishrat Jahan a Lashkar-e-Taiba recruit. Headley has been an agent who double-crossed both the ISI and the FBI, and hence his credibility is questioned by Adrian Levy, co-author of the book The Siege: The Attack on the Taj. In an interview to the Times of India, Levy raised doubts over the claims made by Headley. Levy pointed out that Headley has so far made no revelation that differs greatly from what he has already told the FBI and NIA. Headley’s past shows that he has betrayed all those close to him, putting everything he says in serious doubt. According to Levy, Ishr...
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JNUSU president sent to 3-day police custody
NEW DELHI, Feb 12 (Agencies): JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested in a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy for holding an anti-national event inside the university premises, was today remanded to three-day police custody by a Delhi court. Kanhaiya was produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen where the police sought his custodial interrogation for five days to ascertain the alleged links of the accused persons, including those who are allegedly absconding, with terrorist groups. The police told the court that Kanhaiya was also required to be interrogated for the purpose of identification of other accused who were seen shouting "anti-national" slogans during the event organised in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Campus on February 9. The police also p...
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Centre 'Saffronising' Delhi Police: Sisodia
NEW DELHI, Feb 12 (Agencies) In a scathing attack, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has accused the BJP-led central government of "saffronising" the Delhi Police, which has had frequent run-ins with the AAP government. As the Arvind Kejriwal government completes one year, Sisodia said that Centre has resorted to "cheap tactics" to stop it from working through the Lt Governor, the police, the ACB and by wresting control over transfer & postings. "There has been death of a six-year-old student at a private school, but no one has been arrested so far. A teacher of a government school was brutally beaten up. Besides, there have been several crimes of rapes and murder, but police is not arresting anyone," Sisodia told agencies. He said, instead, police is nabbing an AAP MLA who ha...
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Proceedings before trial court to continue
NEW DELHI, Feb 12 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today provided relief to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul, giving them exemption from personal appearance in the trial court in the National Herald case and expunging certain observations of the High Court but refused to interfere with criminal proceedings before the lower court. Allowing their plea for exemption from personal appearance before the trial court, which is scheduled to take up the matter on February 20, the apex court added a rider that it would be open to the magistrate at any stage to seek their personal appearance as and when required. Though BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who is the complainant in the case, contested the plea for exemption from appearance, a bench comprising justices J S Khehar and ...
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BJP welcomes JNU Students Union president's arrest
NEW DELHI, Feb 12 9Agencies): BJP today welcomed the arrest of JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar over an event in the university in which Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was allegedly hailed as a martyr and questioned the silence of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi over the issue. "On the one hand our soldiers are sacrificing their lives at the border and on the other hand, anti-India slogans are being raised in an institution like JNU and terrorists being hailed as martyrs. This is very unfortunate. "BJP welcomes the arrest and hope that action will be taken against other accused too. There is a limit to everything," party national secretary Shrikant Sharma said. Accusing Gandhi and other opposition leaders like Delhi and Bihar chief ministers Arvind Kejriwal and Ni...
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UDF presents people-friendly Budget ahead of Assembly Poll
KERALA, Feb 12 (Agencies): With an eye on the upcoming assembly polls, the Congress-led UDF government in Kerala today presented the 2016-17 budget, promising free rice for BPL families and waiving tax on income from agriculture, amidst protests and boycott by the CPI(M)-led LDF. The budget, presented by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, spared the common man of any additional tax burden, gave thrust to infrastructure development, boost to agricultural and social sectors, besides setting apart Rs 200 crore as subsidy to students who have availed educational loans, but are unable to repay. It was after a 29-year gap that the Kerala Assembly saw a Chief Minister presenting the state budget, which turned out to be the longest taking nearly three hours. Chandy is the fourth Chief Minister of t...
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Al-Qaeda wanted to target India after 26/11 strikes: Headley
MUMBAI, Feb 12 (Agencies): In more chilling testimony, Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley today said al-Qaeda was in touch with him to attack Delhi's National Defence College and unravelled the plot by LeT and ISI to target Mumbai airport, BARC and the Naval air station here. Headley also told Special Judge G A Sanap via video-link from the US that he attempted to develop close relations with a Shiv Sena member as he thought Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT), a Pakistan-based terror outfit, would be interested in future to either attack the Shiv Sena Bhawan here or assassinate its head (late Bal Thackeray). Continuing his deposition for the fourth day, Headley claimed he discouraged the LeT about Naval air station and Siddhivinayak temple as targets for the attack as they were heavil...
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Dr Jitendra inaugurates three-day 'Destination Northeast' festival
NEW DELHI, Feb 12: A three-day mega event, perhaps the first of its kind to be organised by the Ministry of DoNER, “Destination North East 2016” festival was inaugurated at Pragati Maidan here today by 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 in traditional style by beating the drum to the tune of popular folk music of the region. Among those present on the occasion were Union MoS Home, Kiren Rijiju, Chief Minister Meghalaya, Dr Mukul Sangma, Ministers and Legislators from different North-Eastern States, Secretary DoNER Naveen Verma, Secretary Tourism Vinod Zutchi, Secretary North Eastern Council (NEC) Ram Muivah and other senior officers in Gov...
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Cong targeted Modi due to its congenital dislike for him: BJP
NEW DELHI, Feb 12 (Agencies): JP today kept up its attack on Congress over David Headley's deposition that Ishrat Jahan, who was killed in 2004, was an LeT terrorist, accusing it of "whitewashing" facts due to its "congenital dislike" for Narendra Modi because it foresaw him as a "political threat". Seeking an apology from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, then Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and other party leaders lined up to "weave a fictional tale" to target Modi, then Gujarat Chief Minister, BJP also virtually defended the police personnel arrested for killing Ishrat in an alleged fake encounter in 2004, saying the then UPA government made sure they were put behind bars. "A battery of Congress leaders were lined up who went on giving statements there are evidences (against BJP leaders)...
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Have no fear, we’re there, SC tells Arundhati
NEW DELHI, Feb 11(Agencies): The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Bombay High Court and the Maharashtra government after Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy argued that criminal contempt proceedings initiated against her for publishing an article on the jailed Delhi University professor G.N. Saibaba amounted to choking dissent and produced an “intense chilling effect” on the fundamental right of free expression. A Bench of Justices J.S. Khehar and C. Nagappan asked the writer to have no fear and appear before the High Court on January 25 in response to the notice by a single judge. “Now we are there,” Justice Khehar observed. The Bench admitted her plea along with the bail petition of Professor Saibaba, a paraplegic lodged in the infamous ‘Anda’ cell of the Nagpur pris...
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Ishrat Jahan was LeT suicide bomber: Headley
MAHARASHTRA, Feb 11 (Agencies): In a significant claim, Pakistani- American terrorist David Coleman Headley today said that Ishrat Jahan --who was killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2004 in Gujarat--was actually a suicide bomber of Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit. The disclosure is likely to ignite a fresh row around the controversial encounter. Testifying via video-link from the US, Headley spilled the beans on the 19-year-old Mumbra girl and picked up her name when quizzed by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam about a "botched up operation" mentioned to him (Headley) by LeT commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi. Headley told the court that Lakhvi had mentioned to him about a "botched-up operation" conducted in India by another LeT operative Muzammil Butt where a female member of the ...
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Cong should apologise for targeting Modi: BJP on Headley's deposition
NEW DELHI, Feb 11 (Agencies): Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley's deposition that Ishrat Jahan, who was killed in an encounter in Gujarat in 2004, was an LeT operative led to a political slugfest with BJP demanding that the Congress leadership should apologise for "targeting Narendra Modi over her killing at the cost of national security". BJP accused Congress of politicising the encounter as part of its "hate politics" against Modi, then Gujarat chief minister, and said if its chief Sonia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul Gandhi had any "shame" left, then they must apologise to the nation. Police personnel who fought terrorists risking their lives were put behind bars by the then UPA government and security agencies like CBI and IB were politicised, party secretary Shrikant Sharma a...
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Second Phase of odd-even scheme between April 15 and 30
NEW DELHI, Feb 11 (Agencies): The second phase of the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme will be implemented in the city from April 15 to 30 and women, VIPs and two-wheelers will remain exempted from restrictions, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced today. Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal said as per the feedback received by the government, an overwhelming majority of the respondents were in favour of reimplementation of the scheme. The Chief Minister said government was "seriously deliberating" on the idea of enforcing the scheme every month for a fortnight while admitting the city's public transport was not capable of handling the resultant passenger rush. "The scheme will be implemented from April 15 to 30. The Board exams are getting over on April 12 and we will enforce ...
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Farmer suicide at rally: 5 AAP members to be questioned
NEW DELHI, Feb 11 (Agencies): Five Aam Aadmi Party members are to be questioned today by Delhi Police in connection with the death of farmer Gajendra Singh at a party rally at Jantar Mantar last year. "Senior AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Ashish Khaitan, Kumar Vishwas, Punjab MP Bhagwant Mann and a volunteer identified as Neeraj Kumar, were served notices under section 60 of CrPC in the past two days," a senior police officer said. The five persons have been asked to join the investigation in the case at the R K Puram, Sector 8, office of Crime Branch at 12.30 PM today, he said. The officer said the police have prepared a detailed questionnaire which they will be asked to respond to. On April 22, Gajendra Singh, a farmer from Rajasthan, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from ...
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Man sentenced to 10-yrs RI for raping minor
BIHAR, Feb 11 (Agencies): A local court today sentenced a man to rigorous imprisonment for 10 years for raping a seven-year-old girl in 2013. Additional District and Sessions Judge B K Tiwari convicted Roshan Patel under IPC Section 376 (rape) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) 2012. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 on him. According to prosecution, the convict had raped the girl on April 6, 2013 at Dharmpur Ramrai village under Desri police station Vaishali district. She, along with her grand father, had gone to a religious function where Patel lured her and raped her. The victim's grand father had lodged an FIR against Patel....
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Showcase farmers' suicides also: NCP before 'Make in India Week' launch
MAHARASHTRA, Feb 11 (Agencies): The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is set to launch the 'Make in India Week' later this week, also need to "showcase" farmers' suicides in the state to global leaders. NCP member and Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde claimed 189 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra in January alone and alleged the government is misguiding the courts by stating false numbers. "While the Prime Minister is coming here to inaugurate 'Make in India Week', he also needs to showcase farmers' suicides in Maharashtra to global leaders," he said. The Prime Minister launches the 'Make in India Week' event here on February 13. Munde also alleged the Maharashtra government is ignoring serious drought th...
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Net Neutrality: Facebook shuts free basics Programme in India
NEW DELHI, Feb 11 (Agencies): In a boost to net neutrality, Facebook has decided to shut down its controversial 'Free Basics' programme in India, following telecom regulator Trai's move to bar operators from charging different rates for Internet access based on content. Facebook had met with severe criticism for its programme, which aimed at providing basic Internet access to people in partnership with telecom operators. Critics saw this as violation of the principle of net neutrality that states that entire Internet should be available to everyone on equal terms as Free Basics allowed access to selected websites. "Free Basics is no longer available to people in India," a Facebook spokesperson said in an emailed response. The service was available in India with Reliance Communications...
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Headley’s video deposition changes nothing
MUMBAI, Feb 10 (Agencies): On 26 November 2008 when the Mumbai attacks began, the Intelligence Bureau headquarters in Delhi went into a tizzy. Sleuths were at a loss figuring out who could be behind this audacious terrorist operation in the heart of the financial capital of the nation. Some of the attackers were wearing sacred threads on their wrist, normally adorned by Hindus. “Just who are they?” was the question of bafflement going around. Suddenly a highly sophisticated control room in the headquarters, assigned to tap phones of suspects, crackled with messages in Punjabi-Urdu. Operators tracked them to a US server and soon found out that these emanated from the Pakistani handlers of terrorists involved in the attacks. A senior IPS officer who rushed to the control room to take charg...
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26/11: Headley's deposition adjourned due to technical glitch
NEW DELHI, Feb 10 (Agencies): The deposition of Pakistani American terrorist David Coleman Headley before a court here for the third consecutive day, was today adjourned till tomorrow due to a technical problem in the video-link at the US end. "There was a technical snag in the video conference link from their side (US) due to which we could not connect despite several attempts since morning," Special Public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told agencies. The testimony will continue tomorrow, he said. While initially the court adjourned the deposition for an hour, Judge G A Sanap was later informed by Nikam and other officials that the glitch could not be rectified immediately. Following this, the court allowed the adjournment sought by the prosecution till tomorrow. The deposition, initially ...
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Visva Bharati: HRD ministry sends VC file again to President
NEW DELHI, Feb 10 (Agencies): HRD Ministry has again sent the file recommending dismissal of Visva Bharati Vice Chancellor Sushanta Dattagupta to President Pranab Mukherjee after the Law Ministry and Attorney General backed its view in the matter. The President's office had in November last year sent back the file pertaining to Dattagupta asking whether denying the VC a "hearing in person" on allegations levelled against him was legally tenable, it is learnt. The file pertaining to Visva Bharati VC has been forwarded to the President again, according to HRD Ministry official. Law Ministry has opined that the procedures followed were "legally tenable". The Law Ministry's view has paved the way for the HRD Ministry to again recommend to the President, Visitor of central universities, th...
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Man gets 10-yr jail for raping minor girl
MAHARASHTRA, Feb 10 (Agencies): Local court today sentenced a 30-year-old man from Bhayandar here to 10 years rigorous imprisonment for raping a minor girl. District Additional Sessions Judge UM Nandeshwar awarded the sentence to Mithilesh Yadav, a vegetable vendor, and also slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on him for raping a five-year-old girl in 2014. Additional public prosecutor Ruma Navle told the court that the accused and the victim were neighbours. On January 12, 2014, Yadav took the victim to his house by giving her some money and then raped her. When the girl returned home, her mother asked that who gave her the money and further enquired about the incident. The victim's parents later lodged a complaint in this regard. The accused was tried under IPC section 376 (2)(f) (rape on a...
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Akhilesh govt doing cover up of Shamli incident: BJP
NEW DELHI, Feb 10 (Agencies): BJP today accused Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh of doing a "cover up" of Shamli incident in which a young boy was shot dead and asked why the state police was unable to catch the culprits when they act with alacrity to find lost buffaloes of a state Minister. "Four days have gone by and no concrete action has been taken against the accused. The Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh is only doing damage control by suspending some officials while its leaders are making insensitive statements. The government is instead doing a cover-up of the incident," BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath told reporters. Singh alleged the five main accused in the FIR are roaming free while three others whose names are not even mentioned in the FIR are put b...
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