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Pathribal encounter
SC agrees to examine plea of victims’ kin
NEW DELHI, Aug 18 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today said it would examine a plea filed by the family members of five civilians killed in an alleged fake encounter in Pathribal area of south Kashmir in 2000, seeking CBI trial against the army personnel purportedly involved. The matter reached the apex court after the Jammu and Kashmir High Court had dismissed the plea of family members last year. "Issue notice. Let the matter be listed for final disposal after six weeks," a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar said. Advocate Nitya Ramakrishnan appearing for Nazir Ahmad Dalal, maternal uncle of Zahoor Ahmad Dalal, who was one of the victims of the alleged fake encounter, said that the Army has not conducted the court martial against its personnel...
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NHRC notice to Centre over plan to deport Rohingya immigrants
NEW DELHI, Aug 18 (Agencies): The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Centre over plan to deport illegal Rohingya immigrants from Myanmar who are residing in various parts of India. The Centre had said illegal immigrants like the Rohingyas pose grave security challenges as they may be recruited by terror groups, and had asked state governments to identify and deport them. Taking note of the issue, the NHRC said that till today, the country has evolved a practical balance between human and humanitarian obligations on the one hand and security and national interest on the other. Stating that "India has been home to refugees, for centuries", the Commission has held that from the human rights angle, its "intervention is appropriate" in the matter. "The Natio...
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India confirms brief scuffle with Chinese troops in Ladakh
Says "such incidents not in interest of either side"
NEW DELHI, Aug 18 (Agencies): The Indian government on Friday confirmed reports of a brief scuffle between Indian and Chinese troops near Pangong Lake in Ladakh, saying "the incident indeed did take place". "Today, I can confirm that there was an incident at Pangong Tso on August 15," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said during the weekly media briefing. "This was subsequently discussed by the local army commanders of the two sides. We feel that such incidents are not in the interest of either side. We should maintain peace and tranquillity," he said. The Chinese soldiers are said to have attempted to cross the Line of Actual Control near Pangong lake but were stopped by Indian soldiers. The incident took place on the morning of Indian Independence Day, August ...
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MEA hails designation of HM as foreign terrorist, says reflects joint commitment of India-US
NEW DELHI, Aug 18 (Agencies): Hailing United States' move to designate Hizbul Mujahideen as a foreign terrorist, the Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday dubbed the move as "joint commitment of India and USA". "I welcome this step by the United States Department of State to designate Hizbul Mujahideen as a foreign terrorist that has been responsible for carrying out heinous act of terrorism and taking innocent lives in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It reflects the joint commitment of India and USA to firmly deal with terrorism in all its form and manifestation," MEA Raveesh Kumar said on Hizbul declared foreign terror group. 'And just to add, I think it's an obligation for everyone to end moral diplomatic and material support to such internationally designated terrorist entities ...
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Youth aspiration will determine India's future: Dr Jitendra
NEW DELHI, Aug 18: 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 today that youth aspiration will determine India’s future, as also the pace and pedestal of India’s ascent as a front-line world nation within next few years. Speaking as chief guest at a seminar organised by ASSOCHAM on the occasion of World Entrepreneurs’ Day, Dr Jitendra Singh said, in a country like India, which has more 70 percent population below the age of 40, any future programme will have to be youth- centric to be successful. In the same vein, he said, the various contours of future entrepreneurship will also have to be seen through the eyes of the youth. Dr Jitend...
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'A good politician makes sacrifices'
Dr Chandra at India-ASEAN Youth Summit 2017
BHOPAL, Aug 18 (Agencies): Interacting with delegates on the fifth day of India ASEAN Youth Summit 2017 in Bhopal on Friday, Dr Subhash Chandra said that he entered politics to help people. “I get to learn something new every day,” said Dr Chandra, while talking about his foray into politics. A Rajya Sabha member, Dr Chandra also spoke on the importance of youth in today's democracy and how 'religion is a universal' aspect. To celebrate 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India Dialogue Partnership in 2017, India Foundation and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) are organizing the India-ASEAN Youth Summit. Over 12 nations and 200 delegates, including India, are participating in the summit....
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Winning elections at all costs, without ethics, the new normal: EC
NEW DELHI, Aug 18 (Agencies): Winning elections at all costs, without ethics, is a new normal in politics, the Election Commission said today. "Democracy thrives when elections are free, fair and transparent. However, it appears to a cynical common man. We have been scripting narrative that places maximum premium on winning at all costs to the exclusion of ethical considerations. Winning the elections at all cost, without ethics, is new normal in politics," Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat said, while addressing the press conference. He also stated that it is this creeping new normal of political morality that should be a target for the exemplary action by all the political parties, politicians, media and civil society organisations, and constitutional authorities. "In this narr...
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Won't dignify it with comment, says MEA on China 'racist video'
NEW DELHI, Aug 18 (Agencies): India on Friday rubbished a 'racist video' posted by a state-run Chinese news agency, saying 'Won't dignify it with a comment'. The first official reaction came from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), a day after Xinhua posted the video to target India over the Doklam standoff. “I do not want to dignify this video with a comment,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on the Chinese propaganda video during a press brief. The video, loaded with “rhetoric” and “distorted facts”, was an attempt to mock India by impersonating an Indian Sikh through fake beard, turban and accent. The anchor in the video calls India a 'bad neighbour' and 'robber', and accuses India of committing “seven sins”. After it was posted by Xinhua, social media users in India have c...
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Taking aim at China, India tightens power grid, telecom rules
NEW DELHI, Aug 18 (Agencies): India is tightening the rules for businesses entering its power transmission sector and making stringent checks on both power and telecoms equipment for malware - moves that government and industry officials say aim to check China's advance into sensitive sectors. Chinese firms such as Harbin Electric, Dongfang Electronics, Shanghai Electric and Sifang Automation either supply equipment or manage power distribution networks in 18 cities in India. Local firms have long lobbied against Chinese involvement in the power sector, raising security concerns and saying they get no reciprocal access to Chinese markets. With India and China locked in their most serious military face-off in three decades, the effort to restrict Chinese business has gathered more suppo...
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Reinducted Gujarat cops accused in Ishrat Jahan encounter case forced to quit by SC
NEW DELHI, Aug 17 (Agencies): Two senior Gujarat Police officers, N K Amin and T A Barot, who have been accused in encounter killing cases, have been forced to quit by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had yesterday directed the Gujarat government to take a call on the matter by today. The officers today undertook before the SC that they will demit their posts during the day.Amin, who retired in August last year as Superintendent of Police (SP), has been re-appointed as SP of Mahisagar district of Gujarat on contractual basis for one year. He faced trial in the Sohrabuddin and Ishrat Jahan fake encounter killing cases Barot has been re-inducted in October last year as Deputy Superintendent of Police with Western Railways at Vadodara for one year after his retirement. He was accused...
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Army to get cutting edge attack copters, six Apache AH-64E to join the force
DELHI, Aug 17 (Agencies): The Defence Acquisition Council on Thursday cleared a proposal to buy six Apache attack helicopters for the Indian Army. The AH-64E Apache helicopters will come with associated equipment including spares, training and ammunition. The cost for the same would be around Rs 4,168 crore. The Army has long pitched for its own dedicated fleet of attack helicopters. As of now, India operates a mix of Russian Mi-25 and Mi-35 attack helicopters. They are with the Indian Air Force. The Boeing AH-64 Apache is an American four-blade, twin-turboshaft attack helicopter and has a tandem cockpit for a two-man crew. It is equipped with a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and has a major systems redundancy to improve combat survivability. Plus, the chopper has...
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SC norms on sound system of mosques need to be followed: Madras HC
CHENNAI, Aug 17 (Agencies): The Madras High Court today observed that freedom of religion is a fundamental right which cannot be interfered with but stressed that the Supreme Court guidelines on sound system used by mosques for giving prayer calls should be followed. The observations were made by the first bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar during the hearing of a PIL on the matter. The public interest litigation alleged rampant seizure of loudspeakers used for 'azaan' or the prayer call by mosques in Pollachi taluk in Coimbatore district by officials without verifying whether the sound levels were within the permissible limits or not. Petitioner Shaw Nawaz Khan, president of Pollachi "Aikkiya Jamath", sought to forbear the Coimbatore Rural Superintende...
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Tamil Nadu CM agrees to Panneerselvam's demand, orders probe into Jayalalithaa's death
CHENNAI, Aug 17 (Agencies): In what could pave the way for the merger of the two factions of the AIADMK, Tamil Nadu CM EK Palaniswami? on Thursday ordered a probe into the death of Jayalalithaa. "A commission will be constituted under a retired judge to probe death of Amma," he said. The Tamil Nadu CM added, "Her (Jayalalithaa) Poes Garden residence in Chennai will be made into a memorial." The announcement is significant as the Panneerselvam-led Puratchi Thalaivi Amma faction had set a probe into the death of the former TN CM as one of the preconditions for talks with the Amma camp. Other is the removal of jailed AIADMK chief VK Sasikala and her family members from the party. She is serving prison term in a disproportionate assets case in which late CM Jayalalithaa was the main accu...
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Akhilesh detained on Agra-Lucknow expressway
Unnao, Aug 17 (Agencies): Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who was on his way to meet ex-MLA and Samajwadi Party leader Pradeep Yadav was detained on the Agra Lucknow Expressway on Thursday. Pradeep Yadav was beaten in clash during district panchayat president elections in Auraiya. The police yesterday had detained some senior Samajwadi leaders after party supporters turned violent for not being allowed to accompany their candidate for the district panchayat chairperson's post to the nomination room in the collectorate in Auraiya. The violence by the party workers provoked the deployed police to cane-charge them. Reportedly, sitting MLC Rajpal Kashyap, Pradeep Yadav and several other leaders were in police custody till late yesterday evening. However, the party has al...
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Lalu accuses Nitish of 'Murdering Democracy' in Bihar
Ranchi(Jharkhand), Aug 17 (Agencies): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of 'murdering democracy' in Bihar. The statement has come after the Bihar Government denied permission to former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav to hold a public meeting in Bhagalpur today. Lalu further took a dig at Nitish over his 'zero policy' on corruption and demanding that the accused in Srijan scam should be put behind the bars. Talking to the media here, the RJD supremo said, "The CBI should probe into the Srijan scam and put these people behind the bars." Tejashwi was to hold a public meeting in Bhagalpur today where he was expected to target Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar for their involvement in the Srjan scam. H...
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PM lies wherever he goes
We want 'Sach Bharat' from him: Rahul
NEW DELHI, Aug 17 (Agencies): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today hit out at the government for not being able to keep its promises and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to create a 'Swachch Bharat' but people wanted a 'sach Bharat'. Addressing a meeting of opposition leaders, hosted by rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, Gandhi also took a dig at the government's flagship programme ‘Make in India’, saying most products available in the country were made in China. The Congress leader accused the BJP of not fulfilling the promises made to the people during the 2014 general elections. These included bringing back black money stashed abroad and creating jobs for the youth. The meeting, 'Sanjhi Virasat Bachao' (save country’s composite culture), was also attended by former prime...
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Unfortunate that corruption was institutionalised, time for middlemen is over: Modi
NEW DELHI, Aug 17 (Agencies): Addressing young entrepreneurs under the 'Champions Of Change' programme organised by Niti Aayog, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the time has come for the senior and young people to work together for country's good. He expressed remorse that corruption was institutionalised for so long. Conversely he also stated that the time for middlemen is now over. PM Modi was presenting his views on policy initiatives for encouraging entrepreneurship. He also said that the middlemen are out of work in this Government and they are the ones who are most unhappy. Young entrepreneurs interacted with senior Union ministers, including Arun Jaitley last night. "Policy makers in Government are relatively seniYoung entrepreneurs interacted with senior Union mini...
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Floods continue to wreak havoc, 10 more lilled
ASSAM, Aug 14 (Agencies): The flood situation deteriorated in Assam on Sunday, where the Army was called out for rescue operations as 10 more people were killed and 22.5 lakh affected in 21 districts. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who toured various flood-affected areas in Dibrugarh district, an official release said. "The prime minister expressed concern and assured all possible help and support to the state government in handling the situation," the statement said. Sonowal informed Modi about the devastation caused by the flood in middle and upper Assam and the disruption to vehicular movement on National Highway 37, the lifeline between the two areas. The Army's Red Horns Division of the Gajraj Corps has dispatched multiple teams af...
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Nation mourns Gorakhpur incident UP CM orders
‘Grand’ Janmashtami celebrations
GORAKHPUR, Aug 14 (Agencies): Just days after the death of over 60 children in Gorakhpur medical college, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed preparations for a “grand Krishna Janmashtami celebration” in the state, according to a report by news agency IANS. The move has invited much ire as the whole country is mourning the incident which has been seen as a result of criminal negligence on part of the authorities. The children reportedly died at BRD Medical College Hospital since August 7 for want of oxygen, the supply of which was allegedly disrupted after bills were not paid to the vendor. Adityanath was particularly accused as Gorakhpur is his hometown and parliamentary constituency....
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20- yr old woman esaped, thrown off fourth floor of house
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 (Agencies): A 20-year-old woman was allegedly raped and then thrown off the fourth floor of a house here in a semi-nude condition by a man who was later arrested, the police said. The incident was reported from Begumpur area in Rohini on the intervening night of August 10 and 11. The condition of the woman is critical and she is yet to record her statement with police. The woman had gone out with her friend, her boyfriend and the 22-year-old accused. While returning, the accused offered to drop the victim home and said he would get his car from his house. Her friend and her boyfriend proceeded in an autorickshaw from Rama Vihar. Soon after, they saw people running in one direction, and learnt that a man was seen running away from a building after throwing the woman ...
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No place for poverty In 'New India', says President during his first speech
NEW DELHI, Aug 14: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday pitched for a partnership between citizens and the government to create a New India by 2022 that is a "compassionate society" and includes the "humanist component integral to the nation's DNA". In his maiden address to the Nation on the eve of 71st Independence Day, Kovind remembered the role of leaders of Independence struggle including Jawaharlal Nehru. He said the generation that brought us to freedom was diverse which included men and women from all parts of the country and a variety of "political and social thought". Asking people to draw inspiration from freedom fighters, Kovind said there was a need to invoke the same spirit today for nation building. "The stress on the moral basis of policy and action, belief in unity and ...
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Do yoga to 'cure' the urge of becoming terrorist: Ramdev
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 (Agencies): Yoga has the power to control human mind and it can “cure” the minds of those creating menace in the valley, the Yoga guru said on Monday. “Not a single person who mastered the art of Yoga ever became a terrorist in history. Any one who masters it can never become a terrorist,” he said. Referring to the violence in the valley, he said children should be taught good things about all religions as it will bring harmony and peace in the society. “I believe Yoga can cure the thought process of those creating menace in the valley,” he said while speaking at the India TV conclave. He also called for boycott of Chinese goods. “Even the idols of our gods are imported from China. As Indians, we should boycott Chinese products for the reason that it (China) supports...
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I founded JD (U), will not leave party: Sharad Yadav
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 (Agencies): Former president of Janata Dal (United) Sharad Yadav on Monday said that he has no intentions of leaving the party whatsoever. Yadav who has openly opposed the newly stitched alliance in Bihar said he was one of those who founded the party, and that he will not succumb to pressure and just quit. "People of the state support the grand alliance it voted for. People are saddened by the breakup of the alliance. I have not quit the party. I am the founder of JD (U)," said Yadav. The JD (U) last week affirmed that there is no split in the party, however, adding it's not hopeful of Yadav and Ali Anwar of attending the party meeting on August 19. "There is no split in JD (U) as such. We are holding a party meeting on August 19, but I don't think that Sharad Yadav...
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Shah dismisses demands of Yogi's resignation over Gorakhpur deaths
Tragedies have happened before too
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 (Agencies): Reacting to Congress' demands for resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath following the deaths of over 70 children in a state-run Gorakhpur hospital, BJP President Amit Shah has dismissed the rival party's demands, saying 'it is not the first time such a tragedy has taken place in this country.' 'Congress ka kaam hai istifa mangna. Itne bade desh me bhot se hadse hue, pehli baar aisa hadsa nai hua hai', ( It's Congress' job to ask for resignation. Many tragedies have taken place in this country. This is not the first time such a tragedy took place), news agency ANI quoted him as saying. UP Congress chief Raj Babbar had demanded that a murder case be registered against those responsible for the "massacre" of children and resignation of A...
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NHRC sends notice to UP govt, seeks report within 4 weeks
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 (Agencies): The National Human Rughts Commission (NHRC) on Monday sent a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government over deaths of several children at a state-run hospital in Gorakhpur, while observing that it amounted to "gross callousness" on part of the health administration of the state government. The NHRC has sought a detailed report within four weeks from the UP Chief Secretary on the steps taken for relief and rehabilitation of the affected families as well as the action taken against the guilty officers, the commission said. Over 60 children have reportedly died at BRD Medical College Hospital since August 7, many allegedly for want of oxygen whose supply was disrupted after bills were not paid to the vendor....
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