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I'm a political victim, but never misused my position: Vadra on Mallya
New Delhi, Nov 21 (Agencies): Congress chief Sonia Gandhi`s son-in-law Robert Vadra on Tuesday cried foul after liquor baron Vijay Mallya drew parallels citing both of them were victims of political vendetta. In his defence before a UK court against India`s request to extradite him in a money laundering case, the businessman had said that he was a political victim like Vadra and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. Vadra, however, shrugged off Mallya`s statement saying that he was a political victim but never misused his position or ran away with anyone`s money. "Yet again, I came across the news, where somebody or the other is using my name as crutches, for their personal benefits... This time, none other than Mr Vijay Mallya citing my references in the UK courts. I would ...
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BJP releases fourth list for Gujarat assembly elections with just one name
AHMEDABAD, Nov 21 (Agencies): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday released the fourth list for Gujarat polls with just one name. Piyushbhai Desai has been named as the party's candidate from Navsari. The party had on Monday released the third list of 28 candidates for the upcoming polls. Voting for the two-phase assembly elections in the state will be held on December 9 and 14 and counting will be held on December 18. BJP has already announced 135 candidates for the polls. In the first list, the BJP announced names of 70 candidates, second list had 36 candidates, and names of 28 candidates were announced in the third list....
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Bill to end triple talaq in Winter Session likely
P L Uniyal
NEW DELHI, Nov 21 (Agencies): The Narendra Modi government may introduce a bill to end triple talaq in the sWinter Session of Parliament. A Ministerial Committee has been constituted to frame a new law to end the practice. The Supreme Court had in August struck down the controversial practice of Talaq-e-biddat in which Muslim men can divorce their wives by mentioning the word ‘talaq (divorce)’ three times in one go. SC had then said termed instant divorce custom as arbitrary and unconstitutional. A five-judge Constitution bench, comprising Justices JS Khehar, Kurian Joseph, Rohinton F Nariman, UU Lalit and Abdul Nazeer had said in the order said that "in view of the different opinions recorded, by a majority of 3:2 the practice of talaq-e-biddat - triple talaq - is set aside." The three...
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Manushi Chhillar became Miss World because of Modi: Shiv Sena's latest dig
MUMBAI, Nov 21 (Agencies): Taking a dig at the BJP, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday wondered why no one from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has claimed credit after Manushi Chhillar brought the 'Miss World' crown to India. "This charming woman from Haryana has indeed made the country proud by bagging the 'Miss World' title after a gap of 17 years. This was possible only 'because of the government of (Narendra Modi-Amit Shah)' which assumed power with divine blessings," the Sena said in a tongue-in-cheek edit in the party mouthpieces 'Saamana' and 'Dopahar Ka Saamana'. What was even more surprising was that "nobody from the ruling establishment" had yet come forth to grab the glory for her victory in the global beauty arena, it said. "Manushi's surname is 'Chhillar', hence she won. This is a...
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Guv chairs Board meeting to discuss NGT’s directions
JAMMU, Nov 20: Governor N N Vohra, Chairman Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, chaired a meeting of the Committee of the Board (comprising Jammu based Members of the Board) to discuss issues relating to mule owners/handlers operating on the track between Katra and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine. The Meeting discussed a note prepared by the Chief Secretary, in compliance to the directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), in the matter Gauri Maulekhi versus State of J&K and Ors. The meeting, held at the Raj Bhavan Jammu, was attended by B B Vyas, Chief Secretary (and Member of the Board); Dr S S Bloeria, Dr Ashok Bhan, H L Maini and Maj Gen (Retd) Shiv Kumar Sharma, all Jammu based Members of the Board. Dr M K Kumar, Additional CEO of the Shrine Board, participated in the discussions...
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Centre determined to flush out terror: Bhamre
NEW DELHI, Nov 20 (Agencies): The government has “zero tolerance” for terrorism and it is determined to flush out terrorists from Kashmir, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said today. Bhamre’s comments came two days after the security forces killed six Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, including the nephew of Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. “Our policy is clear. There is zero tolerance for terrorism. We are going to stop cross border infiltration of terrorists. Our army is trying to flush out terrorism from the valley,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event. Earlier, speaking at a gathering of defence attaches of around 70 countries and captains of India’s defence industry, Bhamre said the government has been "t...
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SC stays NGT’s order on opening of new route to Vaishnodevi
P L Uniyal
NEW DELHI, Nov 20: The Supreme Court Monday stayed the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order directing opening of a new path to Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu for pedestrians and battery-operated cars from November 24. A bench comprising Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta passed the order after the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board told the apex court that it was not possible to open the new path from November 24. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Board, told the bench that the construction work of the new path was going on and it would be opened in February end next year. He told the court that two paths to the shrine were already operational and this is the third path which is being built by the Board. The bench also issued notice to the petitioner before the NGT on ...
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India approves visa for 33 Pak children from Bohra comunity
NEW DELHI, Nov 20 (Agencies): India has approved visa for 33 Pakistani children of the Bohra community, who have been invited by their spiritual leader Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin to Mumbai, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today. “We have approved visa for 33 Bohra children from Pakistan who have been invited by the community’s spiritual leader Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin in Mumbai. @IndiainPakistan,” Swaraj tweeted. The Bohra community is scattered across the globe and its spiritual leader is based in Mumbai. Swaraj also tweeted that another Pakistani named Muzamil has also been granted visa for his heart surgery....
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Rahul's elevation as Congress chief likely before Gujarat polls
NEW DELHI, Nov 19(Agencies): Rahul Gandhi's elevation as Congress president is likely to happen before the Gujarat polls, scheduled to held be on December 9 and 14. The Congress Working Committee or CWC will hold a meeting in this regard on Monday, November 20. The committee, which will meet at current Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's 10 Janpath residence at 10:30 am on November 20, is likely to approve the schedule for the party president's election. Rahul Gandhi is expected to be the only candidate in the fray for the party chief's post. On the last day of filing the nomination, if no other contestant files his/her nomination against Gandhi, then he will be declared president unopposed. The party has time until December 31 to complete the entire organisational election process and sub...
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Positively file status report on foreign prisoners, including Pakistanis: SC to Govt
NEW DELHI, Nov 19(Agencies): The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to "positively" file a report before it on the latest status of foreign nationals, including those from Pakistan, languishing in jails after having served their full sentence. A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan asked the government to file within four week its report in pursuance to the apex court's May 3 this year order. "Let Union of India file the report in compliance of order dated May 3, 2017 within a period of four weeks, positively. List the matter after four weeks," IT said. The Centre had earlier informed the apex court that it had filed a status report in the matter in April last year. Senior advocate Bhim Singh, the petitioner in the matter, had told the apex court that when he had file...
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Honeypreet Insan's police remand extended by three days till Oct 13
Chandigarh, Nov 19(Agencies): Honeypreet Insan, the adopted daughter of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, was remanded in police custody for three days by a Panchkula court on Tuesday. Honeypreet, whose real name is Priyanka Taneja, was arrested by the Haryana Police on October 3 in connection with the deadly violence that had claimed 35 lives. Police sought a nine-day remand of Honeypreet but the court after hearing arguments sent her to three days in police custody. Earlier, on October 4, the court had sent Honeypreet to six days in police custody. Police sought Honeypreet's remand on the ground that they wanted to take her to other states like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. Honeypreet, in her mid-30s, has been the closest aide of Ram Rahim for nearly a dec...
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8 youth arrested under suspicious circumstances near Ram Janmabhoomi, questioned for 16 hours
LUCKNOW, Nov 19(Agencies): Around eight men were arrested under suspicious circumstances near the Ram Janmabhoomi check-post in Ayodhya on Friday night. According to the police, the eight youths - residents of Khalilnagar Basni village in Nagaur district of Rajasthan - were travelling in a car when they were stopped around 2 am. They claimed to be on a pilgrimage since November 15 and were on their way to Kichaucha Sharif in UP's Ambedkar Nagar district. The police questioned the youths for over 16 hours, who were later taken to magistrate where they were sent for judicial custody. An Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) team, led by Additional SP Rajesh Sahni, came from Lucknow to question the youths, read a statement released by the ATS. According to the statement, Nagaur police said the eigh...
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Six Naxals killed in Chhattisgarh, large cache of weapons recovered
Raipur, Nov 19(Agencies): In a major breakthrough, the security forces killed at least six hardcore home-grown Naxal rebels in a fierce encounter in Chhattisgarh. According to ANI, the operation took place in Narayanpur's Abujmarh. As part of their crackdown against the Naxals, the security forces are carrying out ''Operation Prahar 2'' in the Maoist-hit areas across the state. A large cache of weapons was also recovered from the Naxals killed by the security forces. Several camps belonging to the Naxals were also destroyed in the process....
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No Chinese lights for govt buildings in Balodabazar on Diwali
Raipurm, Nov 19(Agencies): The Balodabazar district administration in Chhattisgarh has decided not to use Chinese lights and instead illuminate the government buildings with 'diyas' (earthen lamps) during the upcoming Diwali festival. The officials concerned have been asked to ensure that all government and panchayat buildings are illuminated with the earthen lamps during the festival, Balodabazar's collector Rajesh Singh Rana told PTI today. "On the auspicious occasion of Diwali, we light up the government office buildings along with our homes. The district administration has this year decided to ban the use of Chinese manufactured lights for the purpose," he said. The aim is to make people aware of the use of diyas made of clay which are also eco-friendly, and boycott the China-made ...
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If Muslims are dropped from NRC, situation in Assam will become volatile: Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind chief
Guwahati, Nov 19(Agencies): Three FIRs were lodged against Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind chief Maulana Arshad Madani on charge of issuing provocative statements regarding the ongoing updation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, an official said on Wednesday. Assam Director General of Police (DGP) Mukesh Sahay said police is probing the statements made by Madani at a seminar in New Delhi on Monday. "We have received three FIRs so far. The Jamiat leader was accused of making provocative statements during a lecture on Monday. The law will take its own course," the DGP told the media here. Madani allegedly said that the situation in Assam will become volatile if names of Muslims were dropped from the NRC. He allegedly warned that 70 lakh Muslims in Assam will take to the streets i...
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Supreme Court seeks CBI's report on Tej Pratap Yadav pics
New Delhi, Nov 19(Agencies): The Supreme Court on Friday sought the CBI's response on its probe relating to news reports showing photographs and videos showing former Bihar minister Tej Pratap Yadav, son of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, along with the then absconding accused of killing scribe Rajdev Ranjan. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, meanwhile, was informed by Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the CBI, that the agency has already filed a charge sheet in the scribe murder case on August 22 before a special CBI court. The top court enquired from the ASG as to whether the CBI has probed the issue relating to media reports featuring photographs and videos that showed Yadav, the then Health Minister, along wi...
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Modi seeks ideas for Mann Ki Baat on Nov 26
NEW DELHI, Nov 18 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged people to share their ideas for his November`s Mann Ki Baat. "What are your ideas for this month`s Mann Ki Baat, which will be held on Sunday, 26th November? Share them with me on the Narendra Modi Mobile App. "Dial 1800-11-7800 and record a message for Mann Ki Baat. You can also write on the MyGov open forum and share inputs for this month`s Mann Ki Baat," the Prime Minister said in his tweet. MyGov website also said: "As always, Modi looks forward to sharing his thoughts on themes and issues that matter to you. "The Prime Minister invites you to share your ideas on topics he should address on the 38th Episode of Mann Ki Baat." Send us your suggestions on the themes or issues you wa...
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Despite no permission, Patidars oo hold rally
Hardik Patel warns BJP of 'dropping a bigger bomb'
GUJARAT, Nov 18 (Agencies): The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) will hold a mega rally on Saturday evening in Mansa town despite being denied permission by the Gandhinagar police. It will be held to show their support for Patidar quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel. Patel has also warned that they would “drop a bigger bomb” on the BJP in response to the CDs alleging a sex scandal, reported Hindustan Times. Last week, barely a month ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls, a purported sex clip of Patel had surfaced on social media. In the video, which appears to have been shot in a hotel on May 16, 2017, a person resembling Hardik can be seen with an unidentified woman. The clip emerged in the afternoon when Patel was in a meeting with key members of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samit...
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Padmavati row
After Chittorgarh, entry to Kumbhalgarh Fort blocked by Rajputs
JAIPUR, Nov 18 (Agencies): Hundreds of locals led by the Rajput community today blocked the entry to Kumbhalgarh Fort in Rajsamand district, demanding a complete ban on Bollywood film 'Padmavati', a day after a similar protest at Chittorgarh Fort against the movie. The situation in Chittorgarh is normal today, SHO of Chittorgarh police station Omprakash said. The Circle Officer of Kumbhalgarh, Chandan Singh, said, "The protest is going on and the entry to the Kumbhalgarh fort is blocked." Elaborate security arrangements have been made, he said. The majestic hill fort of Kumbhalgarh is the birthplace of legendary king Maharana Pratap and a Unesco world heritage site. According to the Chittorgarh police station SHO, Devendra Singh, who allegedly shot in the air during the protest at Ch...
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Trains delayed, cancelled due to low visibility
NEW DELHI, Nov 18 (Agencies): At least 49 trains were delayed, 14 rescheduled and one cancelled in Delhi on Saturday morning due to low visibility and operational reason. The national capital has been experiencing dense smog for about a month. The air pollution level has hit a new high, leaving its people grasping for breath, Some parts of the region still continue to fall under the very unhealthy category of the Air Quality Index. The menace also forced authorities to take emergency measures such as banning construction activities and brick kilns in the National Capital Region. Earlier this week, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with Health Minister Satyendra Jain and other officials took a review meeting of Delhi Health Mission....
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3 accused found guilty, sentencing on Nov 21
Ahmednagar, Nov 18 (Agencies): Three men, accused in the 2016 Kopardi rape and murder case, have been pronounced guilty by Ahmednagar district sessions court on Saturday. The quantum of punishment to be pronounced on November 21. In July 2016, a 15-year-old girl was gang-raped and murdered by three youth – Jitendra Shinde, Santosh G. Bhaval and Nitin G Bhailume – at the Kopardi village in the Ahmednagar district. The crime sparked off huge demonstrations of the Maratha community across Maharashtra at the time, flaring up Maratha-Dalit tensions. The victim had injuries all the body. The three Dalit men were booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and certain sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The Kopardi incident proved to be the trigger ...
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Gujarat youth turning away from Rahul: Dr Jitendra
AHMEDABAD, Nov 18: (Agencies): The more Rahul Gandhi, aided by his new - found companion Hardik Patel, tries to woo the youth of Gujarat, the more the youth are turning away from him. This was stated here today by Union Minister and BJP Co-Incharge for Gujarat election, Dr Jitendra Singh, while speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a high-level strategy meeting convened by BJP National President Amit Shah at State Party Headquarters "Kamalam". Dr Jitendra Singh said, in a way, it has proved to be a blessing in disguise that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, for the first time, decided to campaign on the ground for the Gujarat Assembly poll. This, he said, has given the people of Gujarat an opportunity to analyse and understand where he stands and where each one of us stands...
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Powerful 6.9-magnitude quake strikes Tibet, tremor felt in Arunachal
NEW DELHI, Nov 18 (Agencies): A powerful earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale jolted Arunachal Pradesh early on Saturday, but there was no immediate report of casualty. The tremor occurred around 4 am with its epicenter locating in Tibet's Nyingchi Prefecture, which is close to Arunachal. The strong quake was followed by a magnitude 5 tremor around the same place in Tibet. The tremors caused a power failure and damaged buildings in the prefecture. The first quake had struck at a depth of about 10 km, while the second struck at a depth of about 6 km, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Local authorities were on high alert for emergency rescue and relief operations. On Tuesday, a 7.3-magnitude quake had killed at least 530 people and injured more than 8000 other...
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Husband forces ex-model to convert to Islam, marries another woman
MUMBAI, Nov 18 (Agencies): A former model based in Mumbai has alleged that her Muslim husband assaulted her and forced to convert to Islam. The woman further said that the husband has "remarried a Hindu girl half his age” and has asked her to leave their house. “He is now trying to evict me from our marital home. I am facing a serious threat to my life,” said the ex-model. The woman has claimed that she was also tortured and assaulted. "I am a Hindu. I didn't give into his pressures," she added. A case has been registered case against two people by the Bandra Police. Police investigation underway....
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Muslims, by and large, not opposing Ram temple in Ayodhya: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
AYODHYA, Nov 16 (Agencies): Spiritual teacher Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Thursday said that most Muslims are not opposing the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. "I know some may not agree with this, but Muslims by and large are not opposing the Ram temple," Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said. He added that a solution may sometimes seem impossible "but our people, youth and leaders of both communities can make it possible." The Art of Living founder on Thursday held an interaction with all stakeholders of the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute in Ayodhya to resolve the issue. His visit comes even as the Supreme Court is due to hear the case on December 5. He said that the mediation talks had begun but it is too early to reach a conclusion."The environment is positive. People want to come out of th...
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