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Saroj Pandey calls Rahul 'mand-buddhi', sparks row
DURG, June 22 (Agencies): Saroj Pandey, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Durg in Chhattisgarh, has called Congress president Rahul Gandhi "mentally weak". Pandey made the comments in response to Rahul Gandhi's remark on American soft drink giant Coca-Cola's founder. Speaking to reporters, the BJP leader said, "The kind of things he (Rahul) says is surprising. He is definitely trying to learn but there is an age to learn. A person who learns after the age of 40 cannot be called learned. Such a person is called mand-buddhi (mentally weak). She said this in response to Rahul Gandhi's remark that the founder of the international aerated drink brand once used to sell 'shikanji' (lemonade). Addressing the National OBC (Other Backward Classes) Convention of the Congress party at Tal...
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Mamata cancels China visit as 'political meetings at appropriate level' not confirmed
WEST BENGAL, June 22 (Agencies): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee cancelled her China visit on Friday as “political meetings at the appropriate level” were not confirmed by the Chinese government, state Finance Minister Amit Mitra said. The Trinamool Congress chief was slated to leave for China on Friday night. She was scheduled to lead a delegation to China under the exchange programme of the Government of India with the International Department of the Communist Party of China. Mitra said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is presently out of the country, and Foreign Secretary V K Gokhale were informed about the cancellation of Banerjee’s visit to China. In a Facebook post, the chief minister said, “In March this year, the Union minister of external affairs had re...
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5 women gangraped at gunpoint in Jharkhand
JHARKHAND, June 22 (Agencies): Five women working with a NGO were allegedly raped at gunpoint by a group of at least five men when they had gone to Chochang village in Jharkhand to create awareness on migration and human trafficking, the police said o Friday. Initial investigation has found that the people behind 'Pathalgarhi' (a practice in which villagers inscribe various tenets on huge stone slabs and ban outsiders in their area), are behind the incident in Khunti district on Tuesday, deputy inspector general of police Amol V Homker said. According to SP Ashwini Kumar Sinha, a 11-member team of an NGO went to the village to perform a street play on migration and human trafficking. A group of men arrived on the scene and took them to a nearby forests at gunpoint where the crime was p...
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School teacher arrested for raping minor girl in Madhya Pradesh's Shahdol
Shahdol, June 22 (Agencies): A school teacher was arrested for allegedly raping a nine-year-old girl in Lukrampur village in Madhya Pradesh's Shahdol district, police said. "The incident took place on June 20. However, when the victim refused to go to school, her mother asked the reason and she revealed the incident to her. A complaint was filed by the victim's mother on Thursday evening," Rasmohini police station in charge Yogendra Singh Parihar said. Dinesh Gupta, a teacher at the government primary school which the victims attend, was arrested under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Parihar informed. Further investigations into the incident are underway, he added....
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HC bans river rafting, paragliding in Uttarakhand
UTTARAKHAND, June 22 (Agencies): The Uttarakhand high court has put a ban on white river rafting and paragliding across the state till a transparent policy is framed by the state government on adventure sports. Underlining the need to regulate adventure sports like white river rafting and paragliding, a division bench of justices Rajiv Sharma and Lokpal Singh in a recent order directed the state government to prepare a transparent policy on adventure sports in the state within two weeks. Till such a policy is framed, no paragliding, white river rafting and other water sports shall be permitted in the state of Uttarakhand, the court said. The court order came on a PIL alleging issuance of illegal leases in favour of private parties in Ganga riverbed. The PIL contended that temporary st...
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Indian scientists discover sub-Saturn like planet around Sun-like star
AHMEDABAD, June 22 (Agencies): A team of scientists and engineers led by Prof Abhijit Chakraborty of Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad, have discovered a sub-Saturn or super-neptune size planet (mass of about 27 Earth Mass and size of 6 Earth Radii) around a Sun-like star. The planet will be known as EPIC 211945201b or K2-236b. The research work has appeared online in Astronomical Journal of the American Astronomical Society and published by IOP publishingaac436). The discovery was made by measuring the mass of the planet using the indigenously designed “PRL Advance Radial-velocity Abu-sky Search” (PARAS) spectrograph integrated with 1.2m Telescope at PRL's Gurushikhar Observatory in Mount Abu, India. Only 23 such planetary systems (including this discovery) are known to ...
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India rejects Chinese envoy’s suggestion
NEW DELHI, Jun 18 (Agencies): India on Monday rejected suggestion for a trilateral summit between India, China and Pakistan and asserted that India-Pakistan relations are "purely bilateral in nature." “Matters related to India-Pakistan relations are purely bilateral in nature and have no scope for involvement of any third country," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to a question. "We have seen reports on comments made by the Chinese Ambassador in this matter. We have not received any such suggestion from the Chinese government. We consider the statement as the personal opinion of the Ambassador," Kumar said. The MEA response comes in the wake of media reports those quoted Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui for saying that India, China and Pakistan can have a trilater...
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Muthalik compares Gauri Lankesh murder with dog's death : 5 times Ram Sene chief sparked outrage
NEW DELHI, June 18 (Agencies): Pramod Muthalik is one of the most controversial Hindu rightwing leaders in the country and known for his inflammatory speeches targeting his political opponents and minority community. The 55-year-old firebrand leader is the founder of the Sri Ram Sene and was earlier associated with the Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena. On Sunday, Muthalik sparked outrage when he compared murdered journalist Gauri Lankesh to a “dog” during a public speech. Outlook recaps Muthalik’s frequent brush with controversy. In February 2000 targeted the Muslim community and questioned their loyalty to the nation. He was to make such statements several times in public functions. According to reports he has nearly 40 cases pending against him, mostly over hate speeches. In 2009, Muthalik l...
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Gujarat Cong leader Alpesh showers wads of notes at devotional event
GUJARAT, June 18 (Agencies): Gujarat Congress leader Alpesh Thakur has triggered a controversy with his act of throwing wads of cash during a devotional programme in Patan. A video showing the Congress leader showering notes was released by news agency agencies. This girl dancing to `Lagata Badi Garmi` song from Pawan Singh starrer `Pawan Raja` is winning hearts-Watch Daily Horoscope: Find out what the stars have in store for you - June 18, 2018 How BSF snipers pin down terrorists at India-Pakistan border Strong earthquake rocks Japan's Osaka, several feared dead 600 girls go missing from rape accused Daati Maharaj's ashram, cops on lookout Gujarat Congress leader Alpesh Thakur has triggered a controversy with his act of throwing wads of cash during a devotional programme in Patan. A v...
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Gang War In Delhi's Burari Area Kills 3, Injures 5
DELHI, June 18 (Agencies): A gang war broke out on Monday between two groups, leaving three dead and injuring five others in north Delhi's Burari area, the police said. According to the officials, members of the two local gangs - Gogi gang and Tillu gang - opened fire at each other from their cars at around 10:15 this morning. The gangsters were travelling in a Scorpio and a Fortuner. The Scorpio sped away after its occupants opened fire at their rivals, police said. A man and a woman, who were passing by the scene of the shootout were injured by the bullets. The two victims were admitted to a nearby hospital, where the man succumbed to his injuries. Another bystander also received injuries and is being treated at the hospital, reports. The two other deceased are yet to be identified ...
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Both BJP and Cong are hankering for Hindu vote bank, Muslims have always been deceived: Owaisi
NEW DELHI, June 18 (Agencies): President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Asaduddin Owaisi said on Monday that both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress were hankering for the Hindu vote bank. He added that the Muslims had always been deceived by saying 'you have a vote-bank'. "The reality is that in last Karnataka polls BJP did not give single Muslim ticket to contest for Assembly elections. There's no Muslim MP in Lok Sabha from BJP. This clearly shows that BJP is not interested in real political empowerment and development of the Muslim community. The same is with the Congress party. Both parties (BJP and Congress) are now hankering for Hindu vote bank. It is a fact that there has never been a Muslim vote-bank. Muslims have always been deceived by sa...
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How BSF snipers pin down terrorists at Indo-Pak border
NEW DELHUI, June 18 (Agencies): The Border Security Force (BSF) has a team of deadly snipers to take on Pakistani soldiers who help terrorists trying to infiltrate into the Indian territory. The BSF has beefed up its team amid intelligence reports that several terrorists are camping near the India-Pakistan border and Line of Control to infiltrate and target pilgrims during Amarnath Yatra. BSF's snipers are trained at Central School of Weapon and Tactics in Indore in Madhya Pradesh. One out of every 100 trainees are selected to be trained as a sniper. All the selected candidates undergo a rigorous training regime over a period of 60 days. How snipers function: The snipers at first conducts a reccee of the area which could be used by the terrorists to infiltrate into the Indian territory...
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Python tries to strangle forest ranger during selfie-clicking session
JALPAIGURI, June 18 (Agencies): In what can only be termed as a narrow escape, Range Officer Sanjoy Dutta had a close shave after the python he rescued tried to strangle him. Dutta, a Range Officer at Baikunthapur Forest in West Bengal's Dooars, had reportedly rescued an 18-feet python, weighing 40 kilos from Saheb Bari area of Jalpaiguri district. After rescuing, Dutta posed for selfied with locals, the massive reptile hanging around his neck. Suddenly, the serpent started to curl around to choke the Range Officer. Dutta is heard saying “Kichhu hobe na (Nothing will happen)” repeated as locals scream and try to run away. Two more men are seen helping Dutta, as he rushes away from the area in an effort to take the reptile away from the scene. By the end of the 38-second video, Du...
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Can’t hold strike outside someone’s office or house: HC
NEW DELHI, June 18 (Agencies): Blasting the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for its sit-in dharna outside Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal's office, the Delhi High Court on Monday questioned on the validity of the strike. “Thing is that you’re sitting on a dharna. Who authorized them to sit on a dharna like this?” questioned the High Court. “This can’t be called a strike. You can’t go inside someone’s office or house and hold a strike there,” said the court. Earlier today, BJP legislator Vijender Gupta had approached the Delhi High Court seeking an order to end Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues' strike, which entered the eight-day on Monday. Kejriwal along with his deputy Manish Sisodia, ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, went on a sit-in dharna outside Baijal...
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Delhi IAS officers welcome Kejriwal's appeal, say open to talks
NEW DELHI, June 18 (Agencies): IAS officers of the Delhi government on Monday welcomed Arvind Kejriwal's assurance that he would ensure their safety, saying they are open to formal discussions with the chief minister on the matter. The officers said that they look forward to "concrete interventions" for their security and dignity, a move that may break the four-month-long impasse between the Aam Aadmi Party dispensation and the bureaucrats following an alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by some ruling party MLAs at the chief minister's residence in February. The association of officers of the AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union territories) cadre said that they continue to be at work with "full dedication" and "vigour". "We look forward to concrete interventi...
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Sisodia shifted to hospital after hunger strike at Delhi L-G’s office
NEW DELHI, June 18 (Agencies): A day after Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain was admitted to a hospital following his hunger strike at Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s office, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was on Monday shifted to a hospital after his health deteriorated. Aam Aadmi Party citizen interaction team head Amit Mishra posted on microblogging site Twitter that Sisodia's ketone level on Monday reached 7.4, which was recorded at 6.4 on Sunday. A team of doctors conducted Sisodia's medical check-up at L-G office before the AAP leader was shifted to hospital. The same was confirmed on Twitter by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. This came a day after Jain was shifted to LNJP hospital in the national capital after his health deteriorated. Both Sisodia and Jain had go...
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Shatrughan says Kejriwal showing 'statesmanship', asks Modi to intervene
NEW DELHI/PATNA, June 18 (Agencies): Disgruntled BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha once again embarrassed his party by openly supporting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the ongoing tussle between the between AAP and Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal. Taking to Twitter, the actor-turned-polictican wrote, “Our dear friend, dynamic & most talked about Chief Minister of Delhi @ArvindKejriwal has certainly shown statesmanship & has appealed the officers to get back to work. He has moved two steps. Hope the so called strike of the bureaucrats ends now. Jai Hind!” “After the appeal of @arvindkejriwal, I trust the PM will also intervene and get the strike over. It will be a good step by him for the people of Delhi and democracy at large. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step....
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Once again, Pranab proved he's an awful politician
NEW DELHI, Jun 16 (Agencies): I remember once sitting in a room as Pranab Mukherjee, then a Cabinet minister in the United Progressive Alliance, explained his government's plan to conduct a socio-economic caste census. Many in that room were concerned about the SECC; they variously thought it would solidify caste barriers, or under-count the underprivileged, and so on. I expected Mukherjee to take on these objections and explain why they were wrong. Instead we were treated to a lengthy explanation of the history of counting caste under the Indian (and British Indian) State, an exposition dripping with facts and anecdotes that Mukherjee produced solely from his extraordinarily capacious memory. At the end of the discussion, I was left with three conclusions: First, Mukherjee was somethi...
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Rape-accused father kills wife in court in Assam
Guwahati, July 16 (Agencies): A man, accused of raping his daughter, has killed his wife inside the Dibrugarh district and sessions court premises by slitting her throat, police said. People at the court premises immediately overpowered the accused, Purna Nahar Deka, and handed him over to the police yesterday, a senior official said. Dibrugarh Deputy Superintendent of Police Pradip Saikia said the accused, who was on bail for allegedly raping his daughter, slit the thorat of his wife Rita Nahar Deka on the corridor of the court. Giving details, Dibrugarh Police Station Officer-in-Charge Sidheswar Borah said the accused was in jail for about nine months in relation to the case of alleged rape of his daughter before coming out on bail a few days ago. "Yesterday was the hearing, for whi...
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Kejriwal alleges de facto President's Rule in Delhi through IAS officers
NEW DELHI, Jun 16 (Agencies): Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged on Saturday that there is de facto President's rule in Delhi as his sit-in at the L-G Secretariat entered its sixth day. In response to a tweet about IAS officers withdrawing from work being de facto President's rule, Kejriwal tweeted, "I agree. It is de facto President's rule in Delhi thro IAS strike (sic)." The AAP chief, accompanied by his deputy Manish Sisodia and ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, has stayed put at the waiting room of Lt Governor Anil Baijal's office demanding that L-G direct IAS officers to end their "strike" and approve doorstep ration delivery scheme. Jain and Sisodia have been sitting on a hunger strike since Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. Sisodia also requested Baijal to forget all...
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India celebrates Eid; President, PM extend greetings
NEW DELHI, Jun 16 (Agencies): Muslims all around the world have geared up to celebrate the auspicious festival of Eid. In India, the celebrations will take place on Saturday, June 16. The moon was sighted in New Delhi on Friday, June 15 which makes June 16 the much-awaited day for celebrations. Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramzan and is celebrated by breaking the 30-day long fast with a grand celebration. It is celebrated after the sighting of the crescent moon which officially ends the month of Ramzan. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and greeted the nation on this auspicious day. Taking to his Twitter handle, President Kovind wished for joy and mutual goodwill among the people of the nation. "Id Mubarak and good wishes to all fellow citizens...
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12 dead in NE floods; situation worsens in Assam, Manipur
MANIPUR, Jun 16 (AgenciesZ): The flood situation in the Northeast deteriorated on Friday, with four more people in Manipur and one in Tripura losing their lives, taking the death toll in the region to 12. The situation worsened in Assam, Tripura and Manipur as train services remained suspended on some routes and roads were washed away. Nearly four lakh people have been affected across seven districts of Assam. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 3.87 lakh people have been affected in Hojai, Karbi Anglong East, Karbi Anglong West, Golaghat, Karimganj, Hailakandi and Cachar districts in the first wave of floods to have hit the state this year. So far, three persons have lost their lives in landslides and flood-related incidents in different parts of the s...
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