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‘US declaration on Salahuddin may choke his funding’
NEW DELHI, Jun 27: Welcoming United States move to declare Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist, Union Home Secretary Rajeev Mehrishi on Tuesday said the move would affect the former's funding and movement. "The United States' stance is correct. He (Salahuddin) is a terrorist, and therefore, he has been declared so. Post declaration, we can expect some impact on his movement and funding. That might help. Otherwise, he is a coward and has fled to Pakistan," Mehrishi told media here today. Washington yesterday designated Hizbul chief Mohammad Yusuf Shah, also known as Syed Salahuddin, as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist.' Commenting on the development, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Gopal Baglay said in a statement, "In that sense, we woul...
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SC refuses interim order against Centre's notification on Aadhaar
NEW DELHI, June 27 (Agencies): The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to pass an interim order against the Centre's notification making Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of social welfare schemes, with the government assuring it that no one would be deprived of them for want of this identification. The apex court observed that no interim order could be passed merely on the "apprehension" raised by the petitioners that somebody might be deprived of the benefits under the various social welfare schemes due to the lack of Aadhaar especially when no such affected person has come before it. "No interim order can be passed in mandamus (restraining order) on mere apprehensions. You have to wait for one week. If somebody is deprived (of the benefits), you can point out the same to this cour...
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Convict dies after women constables insert lathi inside her private parts for complaining about missing ration
MUMBAI, June 27 (Agencies): Complaining about the two missing eggs and five pieces of paav from morning ration cost 38-year-old jail inmate Manjula Shetye her life in the most brutal manner imaginable. Jailors of Byculla prison in Mumbai reportedly assaulted Shetye, women constables stripped her and inserted a lathi inside her private parts leading to her death, reported Hindustan Times. Citing the FIR and witness' account of the inhumane event, the report said after Shetye found out that the rations fell short by two eggs and five pieces of pav (bread), she was called to the jail officer Manisha Pokharkar’s private room. "Soon a group of jailors came to the barracks and assaulted her," said the witness to the investigating police officer. " Manjula was stripped by women constables she...
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Meira Kumar thanks Opposition parties for support, vows to uphold democratic values, end caste structure
NEW DELHI, June 27 (Agencies): Opposition's presidential candidate Meira Kumar, who is all set to file her nomination papers on June 28, on Tuesday thanked all 17 political parties for supporting her candidature. Addressing a press briefing here, Kumar said, “17 Opposition parties have nominated me for which I am grateful. Their unity is based on a common ideology.'' Kumar further stated that she had written to all political parties and sought their valuable support in the crucial presidential election. Hailing the opposition unity, Kumar said that she will try to uphold the democratic values, ensure social justice, freedom of press, end poverty, dismantle the rigid caste structure if elected president. ''I will go to Sabarmati Ashram and start my campaign from there,'' Meira Kumar ...
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In fresh warning to India, al Qaeda says will target those who kill 'Kashmiri brothers'
NEW DELHI, June 27 (Agencies): Shifting its focus to the Indian subcontinent, dreaded terror outfit al Qaida has warned that it will target Indian security installations and leaders of Hindu "separatist" organisations. A ''Times of India'' report said on Tuesday that al Qaeda has even released a detailed document called 'Code of conduct for Mujahideen in the subcontinent' elaborating what its mission is and who its future targets are. The document also contains details about al Qaeda's objectives, and do's and don'ts for its members and affiliates. "All personnel of the military are our targets, whether they be in the war zone or in barracks at their bases. Even the personnel on vacation are not exempted due to their battle against implementation of Sharia," the outfit was quoted as say...
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Case against Kashmiri student for `pro-Pak' Facebook comment
BHOPAL, Jun 26 (Agencies): Gwalior police have registered a case against a Kashmiri student over his comment on social media supporting Pakistan after the Champions Trophy final. A case under IPC section 153-A (disturbing communal harmony) and the provisions of Information Technology Act was registered against Seh Mudassar, who hails from Kashmir after his comment on a Facebook post created tension in Mahalgaon area of the city, additional superintendent of police Abhishek Tiwari told PTI. A boy from the area -- where Mudassar, a post-graduate student of Jiwaji University, has been living for the last two years -- wrote a post on Facebook congratulating Pakistan for its victory while expressing disappointment over India's performance in the June 18 match. Reacting to the post, Mudassar...
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Monsoon expected to reach Delhi, neighbouring areas in next 3-4 days
NEW DELHI, June 26 (Agencies): The weather office on Monday said that the monsoon is expected to hit Delhi and its neighbouring areas in the next three-four days. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has also warned of “heavy to very heavy rains” at isolated places with “extremely heavy fall” at isolated places over Konkan and Goa. “Monsoon should reach Delhi and the neighbouring parts in the next three-four days. Its advance over parts of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh will happen during the same period,” said IMD Director General K J Ramesh. Countrywide rainfall has dropped to minus one per cent from the normal level, the first such decline in the season, but good precipitation will compensate for the loss, he said. “Heavy to very heavy” rain is likely at a few places in coastal K...
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Give full freedom to army to deal with situation in J&K: Mulayam
LUCKNOW, June 26 (Agencies): Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav today said the Army should be given full freedom to deal with the situation prevailing in Kashmir. Mulayam, who visited the Aishbagh Eidgah only after his son and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had left the place, was speaking to reporters. "The Army should be given permission to deal with the situation there and maintain peace and at the same time deal with separatists strictly," the former defence minister said. Kashmir Valley has witnessed a spurt in attacks by militants and protests by civilians against security forces. On the Presidential polls, Mulayam said, "I do not want to say anything about it right now." Relations between Mulayam and Akhilesh have been strained after the latter took over reigns o...
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Logic of India-US strategic relationship is incontrovertible, writes Modi for Wall Street Journal
NEW DELHI, June 26 (Agencies): Ahead of his meeting with US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pitched India's policy initiatives and reforms, especially GST to American business in an article written in the Wall Street Journal. PM Modi is on a 3-day visit to the US and will meet President Donald Trump today. Titled ‘For the US and India, a Convergence of Interests and Values’, the article talks about the partnership between the US and India. "The logic of our strategic relationship is incontrovertible. It is further underpinned by faith in the strength of our multicultural societies that have defended our values at all costs, including the supreme sacrifices we've made in distant corners of the globe," the Prime Minister writes. "Our two nations stand as mutuall...
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BJP prepares for early polls in Karnataka, to hold survey for ticket distribution
Bengaluru, June 26 (Agencies): Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa today said a survey would be conducted by an external agency for ticket distribution for the 2018 assembly polls and added that the party was preparing for early elections. As he predicted early assembly polls by December, the former chief minister also claimed that several sitting legislators from rival parties are willing to join the BJP. The elections are due early next year. "We are planning things...A survey needs to be conducted to find out who the best available candidate is," Yeddyurappa said in response to a question about the process for selection of candidates. In an interaction with agencies, he said, "Our workers are on a Vistarak Yojna (Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Vistarak Yojana). Once they come back we w...
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15 deaths in Andhra tribal village, food poisoning suspected
Rajamahendravaram (AP), June 26 (Agencies): Fifteen people from a tribal village in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh have died in the last two weeks, with food poisoning suspected to be a possible reason. Another 24 people from the same village, Chavaraee in Y Ramavaram Mandal of East Godavari district, have been admitted to hospitals in Rajamahendravaram and Kakinada since last night as their condition deteriorated. Integrated tribal development Agency (ITDA) project officer A N Dinesh Kumar said that several people from the village suffered suspected food poisoning after partaking a marriage feast at Maradumily village on May 29. A couple of days after the feast, many people took ill. The village, located in a forested area, recorded 15 deaths in the course of last two weeks,...
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Indrani Mukerjea among 200 booked for rioting in jail post convict's death
MUMBAI, June 26 (Agencies): Nearly 200 Byculla Jail inmates, including Indrani Mukerjea, the prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, have been booked for rioting and other offences following the death of a woman convict. Manju Govind Shette (45), a convict, died at the government-run J J Hospital on Friday night after allegedly being beaten up by a woman prison official. Subsequently, six jail staffers were placed under suspension and yesterday police registered a case under IPC section 302 (punishment for murder) against them. Following Shette's death, over 200 women inmates of the jail were up in arms since Saturday morning. Some inmates on Saturday climbed atop the roof of the jail while newspapers were torched inside, a police official earlier said. The inmates alleged that...
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Mann ki Baat
Emergency was darkest time in history of India: Modi
NEW DELHI, June 25 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday recalled the Emergency imposed on this day in 1975 and said that it was the darkest time in the history of India. In his monthly radio programme 'Mann ki Baat', PM Modi said it was essential to remember the incidents which have caused harm to democracy and move ahead towards the positives of democracy. He remembered that democracy-lovers had fought a big battle against the Emergency imposed by then PM Indira Gandhi and said the pro-democracy 'heritage' needs to be strengthened. "Democracy is not only a system. It is our culture... Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty," he said, as per agencies. Recalling imposition of the Emergency on June 25, 1975, the PM said it was "such a black night which cannot be forgott...
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Presidential election
Sushma Swaraj tweets 2013 Lok Sabha video
'This is how Meira Kumar treated Leader of Opposition'
DELHI, June 25 (Agencies): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday took on Meira Kumar and posted a video of a 2013 Lok Sabha speech in which the Opposition's presidential candidate was seen repeatedly interrupting the then Leader of the Opposition. The senior BJP leader captioned the video on her Twitter handle as - 'This is how Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar treated the Leader of Opposition'. Swaraj also tweeted a link to a newspaper report with the headline 'Speaker interrupted Sushma 60 times in 6-minute speech'. This is how Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar treated the Leader of Opposition - — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 25, 2017 Swaraj was the LoP in the Lower House in 2013 and Kumar was the then Lok Sabha speaker during the Congress-led UPA...
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PM greets nation on Ramzan, Jagannath Yatra
NEW DELHI, June 25 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted the nation on the occasion of Ramzan and Jagannath Yatra, saying that diversity is the country's uniqueness and its strength. In the 33rd edition of his monthly radio broadcast programme 'Mann Ki Baat', Modi said that Jagannath is lord of the poor. "Lord Jagannath is the lord of poor and I am happy that it is being celebrated with such happiness. Today in may parts of the world the festival is being celebrated in some way or the other. I wish my greetings to the people of the country on the occasion," said Modi. Modi also said that the word Juggernaut in English is derived from Jagannath. Congratulating the people on the occasion of Ramzan, Modi said that Eid-ul-Fitr is the festival of happiness and more we...
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Sabarimala temple’s golden mast damaged with mercury, 3 detained
KERALA, June 25 (Agencies): The newly installed golden mast at the Sabarimala temple in Kerala has been allegedly damaged by pouring mercury by unknown persons. The police have arrested three men, suspectedly hailing from Andhra Pradesh, in this connection, reported Malayalam television channels. Sabarimala is one of the largest and most famous Hindu pilgrimage centres. It is located at the Periyar Tiger Reserve in the Western Ghat mountain ranges of Pathanamthitta district. The ceremonial installation of the sacred flag mast began today at 11.50 am. It was a three year effort to make the new gold plated temple flag mast for the Sabarimala Sanidhanam. On June 18, a devaprasnam (an astrological ritual done to interpret the will of Gods) was conducted and it was found that the old flag...
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'Operation Prahaar' ends after 56-hr long offensive, dozen maoists, 3 jawans killed
Raipur/ Dantewada/ Bijapur, June 25 (Agencies): More than one dozen Maoists and three jawans were killed in anti-Maoists "Operation Prahaar" in Chhattisgarh, said special director general of police DM Awasthi on Sunday. The DG told ANI that approximately 1,500 security personnel participated launched a 56-hour long offensive against Maoists. "Three District Reserve Guard jawans have been killed and five suffered injuries. More than one dozen Maoists were killed and eight to ten were injured. It was a 56-hour long operation. Approximately 1500 security personnel participated in this joint operation which ended today," said Awasthi. He said that it was first of its kind initiative wherein the firing lasted approximately for12 hours. A composite squad of the STF, District Reserve Group (...
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Army rethinking on Sahayak system, may induct civilians in peace stations
NEW DELHI, June 25 (Agencies): The Army is now actively considering recruiting civilian staff in peace stations to do away with the colonial-era Sakayak system, in the wake of rising cases of jawans coming out openly against it. A top Army official, however, said the Sahayaks or buddy system whereby a solider is attached to officers -- will continue be deployed in key bases and field areas as they have defined military duties. "We are looking at getting civilian staff to replace Sahayaks in peace stations," the official said. In the recent months, a number of videos had surfaced where some army jawans were seen voicing their anger over the Sahayak system with some even alleging that they are treated as servants by the officers whom they are attached to. The official said the option o...
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Cong: What is the policy for J&K?
NEW DELHI, June 23 (Agencies): The Congress today expressed serious concern over the "worsening situation" in Kashmir after a DSP was lynched and asked the government what policy it has for the state which saw jawans and policemen dying every other day. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi termed the lynching as "horrific", saying the incident marked a new low in the state. He lamented that the state had gone back several decades due to the "complete failure" of the PDP-BJP combine there. "The brutal lynching of Deputy SP Md Ayoub Pandith marks a new low. Pained beyond words at the horrific incident," he said on Twitter. "Heartbreaking to see J&K being pushed back several decades because of the complete failure of the PDP-BJP government," he tweeted. At the AICC briefing, Congress spo...
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Seminar on “HR abuses in Pak”
NEW DELHI, Jun 23: A seminar on "Human Rights abuses in Pakistan" was organised by the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in collaboration with Asian-Eurasian Human Rights Forum today. Several domain experts were invited to give their views on the many aspects that come under the purview of human rights abuses in Pakistan. The topics included disappearance of minorities from the demographics of the country; persecution of minority communities like the Sikhs, Hindus and Christians as also non-Sunni Muslim communities like Shias and Ahmadiyas; genocide being perpetrated on the Baloch people; marginalisation of the Sindhi population; human rights violations in Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir with special mention to the colonised area of Gilgit-Baltiatan and finally the atrocities perpet...
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Ahead of son's birthday celebrations, Army jawan to return home in coffin
MUMBAI, June 23 (Agencies): Shivam, son of Army jawan Sandeep Jadhav was eagerly waiting for his father to return home to celebrate his birthday on Saturday, but to the utter devastation of his family the jawan will return home in a coffin. A pall of gloom descends on the jawan's native Kalegao village in Sillod tehsil of Aurangabad district. The 34-year-old soldier, who belonged to the 15 Maratha Light Infantry, was killed in an attack on Thursday by a team of Pakistani special forces, which had sneaked 600 metres across the Line of Control (LoC) into the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Shravan Mane, a 24-year-old sepoy from Kolhapur, was also killed in the attack. When Jadhav's father Sarjerao learnt about his death, he decided not to play the television at home so that the fami...
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Police officer's lynching 'unholy' act in holy Ramzan: MoS PMO
NEW DELHI, June 23 (Agencies): The lynching of a police officer in Jammu and Kashmir is an "unholy" act in the pious month of Ramzan, Union minister Jitendra Singh said today. He said the tragic death of the officer was yet another eye-opener for the innocent masses of Kashmir who had been held to ransom for decades together by self-styled protagonist who claimed to have waged a war in the name of religion, jihad or Islam. "If this is a war in the name of religion can there be more irreligious act like this? And if this is the war in the holy name of Islam, can there be a more unholy and un-Islamic act than this in the holy month of Ramzan?" Singh told. Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandit was stripped naked and stoned to death by an irate mob after he allegedly opened ...
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J&K students charged with pro-Pak slogans in Meerut
MEERUT, June 22 (Agencies): A police complaint has been lodged against some Kashmiri students at a Dental College for allegedly shouting pro-Pakistan slogans and uploading objectionable picture of Indian cricket team on social media after the ICC Champions Trophy final. Two complaints have been received, one by students of Kalka Dental College and Hospital and the other by Bajrang Dal activists, police said. The right wing activists have demanded their arrest, police said, adding a probe has been launched. The administration of the college, located in Partapur area, has said that a committee has been constituted to probe the incident. Meanwhile, some Kashmiri students, including girls, were reported to have left their hostel. "After India's defeat in the Champions Trophy final, some ...
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Indo-Pak matters have to be resolved bilaterally: MEA
NEW DELHI, Jun 22(Agencies): India on Thursday affirmed that bilateral issues between India and Pakistan will have to be decided "bilaterally", reacting to suggestions by UN chief Antonio Guteress that he is engaged in bringing about a dialogue between the two neighbours. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Bagley told reporters he was aware of the remarks made by Guteress that he has raised the issue during his meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. “I have seen the reply which has been reported in the media. Essentially the secretary general asked a question in response to a question... Bilateral issues have to be decided bilaterally and the UN secretary general has been made aware of that position," Bagley said. Addressing ...
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MHA coming up with a new social media policy
NEW DELHI, Jun 22(Agencies): The central government is finalising a policy which is aimed at keeping a hawk’s eye vigil on the social media to check if it is being “misused” to conspire against India and spread anti-national propaganda. A meeting was held today among representatives of central security agencies and the home ministry to discuss various issues related to it, officials sources said. At present, there is only a set of “do’s and don’ts” for the social media which needs to be graduated to a full-fledged guidelines that should be adopted on such a network. The move assumes significance as there have been instances where terrorists were found to be using social media to conspire against the country or to propagate anti-India materials...
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