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Even Parliament not immune to casting couch culture: Renuka
NEW DELHI, Apr 24 (Agencies): Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury today said the casting couch was the "bitter truth" of not just the film industry but all work spaces and even Parliament was not immune to it. It's time for India to stand up and say "me too", Chowdhury said after veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan defended the casting couch culture. "It's the bitter truth. It is not just in the film industry. This happens everywhere in work spaces. Don't imagine that Parliament is immune or some other work space is immune. If you look at the western world today, established top actresses took so long to come out and say 'me too'. It's time India stood up and said 'me too'," the former Rajya Sabha MP told the media. The #MeToo campaign, which calls out sexual offenders, began in Ho...
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Most Pak parties want good ties with India: Aiyar
NEW DELHI, Apr 24 (Agencies): Pakistan's political parties, except Jamaat-e-Islami, were resolved for better relations with India, former Union Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar has said, noting that mindset in the neighbouring country had changed post Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's rule. Aiyar, who took part in a discussion on book "Born to be Hanged", Syeda Hameed's biography of the deposed and executed Pakistani leader, on Monday evening, described Bhutto as "vengeful, a deeply flawed personality and committed only to his personal advancement" He also called for steps towards better relations with Pakistan. "Each party other than Jamaat-e-Islami, pledges itself to better relations with India ... post-Bhutto Pakistan's mentality has changed and they want to be friends with us ... We are battling Bh...
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Tibet can be in China if Beijing recognises our culture, says Dalai Lama
New Delhi, Apr 23 (Agencies): Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Sunday said that Tibet can remain in China, only if Beijing recognised and respected the region`s distinct culture and autonomy. Speaking at a lecture on `Role of Ethics and Culture in Promoting Global Peace and Harmony` here, organised by Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and Antar-Rashtriya Sahyog Parishad, the Dalai Lama said, "Historically and culturally, Tibet has been independent. China took control of Tibet in 1950 in what it called a `peaceful liberation`. So, as long as the Constitution of China recognises our culture and Tibetan autonomous region`s special history, it (Tibet) can remain there." The event was being held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 82-year-old Tibetan spiritual icon`s exile to...
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Dreaded criminal Balraj Bhati killed in an encounter with STF in Noida
Noida, Apr 23 (Agencies): In a major success, a dreaded criminal Balraj Bhati was killed in an encounter in a joint operation conducted by the police of three states - Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana - on Monday morning. He had a bounty of Rs 2.5 lakh on him. As per reports, the security forces were tipped off about Bhati hiding in Noida's Sector-41 and was reportedly planning to execute a heist in the area. On being alerted, the STF along with police authorities blocked all the exits in the area. The criminals are said to have opened gunfire on them after which the forces retaliated. Bhati is said to have been critically injured and was rushed to a district hospital. He was declared brought dead. Two associates managed to flee the area, as per reports. Bhati was wanted in several case...
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AFSPA completely removed from Meghalaya, restricted in Arunachal Pradesh
NEW DELHI, Apr 23 (Agencies): The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), which gives special powers to armed forces in the disturbed regions, has been completely removed from Meghalaya and restricted in Arunachal Pradesh. ''Union Home Ministry has removed Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from Meghalaya and reduced it to eight police stations in Arunachal Pradesh, a senior Home Ministry official said on Monday. "AFSPA was totally withdrawn from all areas of Meghalaya from April 1. In Arunachal, it is down from 16 police stations to eight," the official added. 'The decision to remove AFSPA from Meghalaya and parts of Arunachal Pradesh was taken due to significant improvement of security situation in the two states,'' the Home Ministry officials were quoted as saying by Age...
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Sitaram Yechury re-elected as CPI(M) general secretary
CALCUTTA , Apr 22 (Agencies): The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Sunday re-elected Sitaram Yechury as the party's general secretary. The decision was taken during the ongoing 22nd party Congress, amid a tussle between the general secretary Sitaram Yechury and former general secretary Prakash Karat over the political line which the party should pursue. In its political organisational report on Saturday, the party had said that there is a need to improve the level of cohesion among the politburo members at the centre, and they should stop leaking inner-party discussions to the media for effective working of the outfit. After a detailed review and discussion on the working of the party, the CPI(M) observed that there was a need for developing a mutual trust among the politburo me...
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President Ram Nath Kovind signs ordinance to give death penalty to child rapists
NEW DELHI, Apr 22 (Agencies): A day after the Cabinet approved an ordinance to award death penalty to those who are convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age, President Ram Nath Kovind approved it with effect from Sunday. The Cabinet - headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi - held a meeting on Saturday, where the ordinance was passed. In case of rape of a girl aged under 16 years, the minimum punishment to be awarded has been increased from 10 years to 20 years, which is extendable to life imprisonment. The minimum punishment to those raping a girl aged under 12 will be 20 years imprisonment. The Cabinet also decided to put in place measures for speedy investigation and trial of rape cases. The development comes at a time when there is a massive uproar over the cases of rape...
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Kannada or English, please Don't understand Hindi
BENGALURU, Apr 22 (Agencies) : Soon after it became clear that Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah would file his nomination from a second seat in Badami in north Karnataka, a tweet from a Bharatiya Janata Party leader commenting on the decision irked the Congress veteran. When BJP General Secretary P Muralidhar Rao tweeted to the CM about his plans to contest the May 12 assembly polls from two constituencies, the CM instead of replying to his question asked him to tweet in Kannada or English. BJP General Secretary P Muralidhar Rao for his Hindi tweet about his plans to contest the May 12 assembly polls from two constituencies, by asking him to tweet in Kannada or English. Rao, who is in-charge of Karnataka, asked Siddaramaiah whether he was 'scared about winning Chamundeshwari seat i...
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'Kitne aadmi the': Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury kicks row over comment on gangrape
PATNA, Apr 22 (Agencies) : While trying to bring attention to the Unnao rape and Kathua gangrape cases, Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury on Saturday kicked a row after invoking a dialogue from the famous Bollywood movie Sholay. "Koi mahila bahar nahi nikalti hai aaj kal. Aaj ke din jab ladki ghar se bahar nikalti hai aur uska balatakar ho jata hai, thaane mein jab jaate hain tab yahi poocha jata hai 'Kitne aadmi they. (No woman goes out of her house today. Today, when a girl steps out of the house and she is raped, she goes to the police and is asked "how many men were there')," she said at an event in Patna. The Congress MP was commenting on the situation for women in the country and claimed that the state of law and order has worsened in the present time.She is not the only women MP to...
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Karnataka BJP announces PM's visit in Game of Thrones style
BENGALURU, Apr 22 (Agencies) : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Udupi in poll-bound Karnataka on May 1, the announcement was made by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a quirky manner. The twitter handle of Karnataka BJP, which has been extremely active in the run-up to the elections, posted a photo from the popular American fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones to announce Modi's schedule for Udipi. "PM Shri @narendramodi will be visiting Udupi on May 1st, 2018. He will be first visiting Udupi's Shri Krishna Mutt, and will later address a massive public rally in Udupi #ModiIsComing," BJP Karnataka tweeted. The photo posted along with the tweet has a message for Congress. It says, "Brace yourself Congress, Modi is coming." However, soon after the photo was tweete...
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TN BJP leader abuses women journalists in facebook post
TAMIL NADU, Apr 20 (Agencies): His shared Facebook post, reportedly put out yesterday but later found removed, makes insinuations against the media and women journalists in light of the 'patgate' row involving Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit. The Facebook post shared by Shekher is reportedly titled “Madurai University, Governor and the Virgin Cheeks of a Girl” and claimed that a woman cannot be a reporter without sleeping with bigwigs. “This ugly truth has come out through the complaints raised recently. These are the (using a derogatory word) women who have come out to question the Governor. Media people are the cheap, lowly, ugly, vulgar beings of Tamil Nadu. There are only few exceptions. I respect only them. Otherwise, the whole of TN media is in a regressive path caught in ...
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Decision to not conduct re-exam of Class 10 Maths paper based on trend analysis: CBSE
NEW DELHI, Apr 20 (Agencies): The Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) on Friday informed the Delhi High Court that its decision not to conduct a re-exam of the Class 10 mathematics paper which was allegedly leaked was taken after doing a trend analysis of Science, Maths and English papers. The Board also told the Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Gita Mittal, and Justice C Hari Shankar that it cannot put lakhs of students in difficulty just for the sake of one student who wanted a re-test in maths. The Board made this submission during a hearing on a batch of petitions filed by a group of students seeking re-test of Class 10 Mathematics. The high court then listed the matter for next hearing on July 23. The Delhi High Court had on Monday had dismissed a plea seeking ...
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There is hope: Rahul Gandhi tweets on Judge BH Loya death case
NEW DELHI, Apr 20 (Agencies): Amid intense politics over the death of Judge BH Loya, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that there is still hope as millions of "Indians can see the truth" relating to his death. Rahul's reaction came a day after the late special CBI Judge BH Loya's family said that "there is no hope left". The family had said this after the Supreme Court dismissed a batch of petitions seeking an independent probe into the death of special CBI judge BH Loya. The apex court said that there is no reason to disbelieve the Judicial Officers in the Judge Loya death case and ruled that investigation reveals that he died of natural causes. The top court of the country also said that frivolous and motivated petitions should be discouraged. The late special CBI jud...
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BJP dominates polls, CM credits Modi, Amit Shah for victory
RANCHI, Apr 20 (Agencies): Counting for Jharkhand municipal election or Nagar panchayat election results 2018 is currently underway. The Bharatiya Janata Party, ruling party of the state, has managed to maintain a strong lead in several civic bodies since the counting commenced. Later on, Opposition parties including Congress, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha or JMM and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha or JVM have also made considerable gains. The polling of the keenly contested Jharkhand Municipal Elections 2018 (Jharkhand Nagar Nikay Chunav 2018) was held on April 16. The elections were held for five Municipal Corporations (Nagar Nigam), 16 Municipal Councils (Nagar Parishad) and 13 Nagar Panchayats in Jharkhand on April 16. Bypolls were also held at four local bodies – Jhumri Tilaiya, Deoghar, Dhanbad a...
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BJP wins all 5 mayoral posts in Hazaribagh, Giridih, Aadityapur, Ranchi and Medininagar
NEW DELHI, Apr 20 (Agencies): In a huge success for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), it has won all five mayoral seats in the Jharkhand Nagar Nigam elections, the counting for which was held on Friday. The BJP won both the mayor, deputy mayor posts in Hazaribagh Municipal Corporation. It has also bagged the mayoral polls in Giridih with Sunil Paswan emerging as the winner. In Adityapur, BJP's Vinod Srivastava is leading on mayoral post, while party's Amit Singh is leading for the Deputy Mayor's post. BJP candidate Asha Lakra who was initially trailing against her Jharkhand Mukti Morcha's Varsha Gari, won the elections with a huge margin. Polling for the five Nagar Nigams - Medininagar, Hazaribagh, Giridih, Ranchi, Adityapur - was held on April 16. Ahead of the counting of votes, all th...
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EC conspiring with Modi to destabilise Delhi govt, alleges AAP
NEW DELHI, Apr 20 (Agencies): A day after accusing Lt Governor Anil Baijal of running a parallel government in Delhi, the ruling Aap Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday alleged that the Election Commission was conspiring with the Narendra Modi dispensation to destablise the Arvind Kejriwal government. Addressing a press conference in the national capital, AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said that the poll panel was "biased" in its approach towards Delhi's ruling party. ''The EC is in a conspiracy with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to destabilize the AAP government in Delhi,'' Bharadwaj said. While attacking the poll panel, Bharadwaj also referred to remarks made by the poll panel's former legal advisor, SK Mendiratta, that his opinion was not taken before the Election Commission disqua...
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Modi-Xi to have unprecedented one-on-one ‘meeting’ by month-end
NEW DELHI, Apr 20 (Agencies): The unprecedented meeting between the two leaders can significantly help in re-defining Sino-Indian relations in the coming days. Modi is also scheduled to travel to China in June this year for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit. But the coming meeting on April end is a separate one and precedes the engagement the two leaders may have at the SCO Summit. Sources say the main aim of this high-level engagement is to bring the two neighbours in a more cooperative plane where they face the challenges of the world together and how they want to help their respective people in meeting their aspiration and dream. The Indian PM and Chinese President’s meeting slated to take place in less than 10 days, is being compared with the one Rajiv Gandhi had w...
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Bihar Legislative Council elections 2018: Nitish, Rabri Devi, 9 others elected unopposed
PATNA, Apr 19 (Agencies): Several top leaders in Bihar, including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, Health Minister Mangal Pandey and former chief minister Rabri Devi have been elected unopposed as members of the legislative council. Candidates on all 11 seats have been elected unopposed in the elections. The Congress had fielded just one candidate – Premchand Mishra – while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had fielded Sanjay Paswan, Sushil Kumar Modi and Mangal Pandey as its candidates. The JDU had named Nitish Kumar, Rameshwar Mahato and Khalid Anwar. On the RJD quota, Rabri Devi, Ramchandra Purve, Syed Khurshid Mohseen and former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi’s son Santosh Manjhi were fielded. According to Prabhat Khabar, all the parties in this election made attempts t...
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48 MPs, MLAs have declared cases of crime against women: ADR
NEW DELHI, Apr 19 (Agencies): Amid the country-wide uproar over rape cases, some allegedly involving even lawmakers, a study has revealed that as many as 48 MPs and MLAs have declared cases related to crimes against women. According to a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), among the 48 lawmakers facing charges of crime against women, 45 are MLAs and three are Members of Parliament. The information released by ADR has further revealed that recognised political parties gave tickets to 327 candidates with declared cases related to crime against women while 118 candidates with similar charges got tickets as independents in the last five years. “Among these candidates, 40 candidates were given tickets by parties for Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha elections. Various recognised par...
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SC rejects pleas seeking SIT probe in Judge Loya death case, says he died of natural causes
NEW DELHI, Apr 19 (Agencies): The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a batch of petitions seeking an independent probe into the death of special CBI judge BH Loya. The apex court said that there is no reason to disbelieve the Judicial Officers in the Judge Loya death case and ruled that investigation reveals that he died of natural causes. The SC also said that frivolous and motivated petitions should be discouraged. The CBI judge was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case at the time of his death. While dismissing the petitions the three-judge bench, of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice AM Khanwilkar, also questioned the motive behind the pleas and observed that it was an attack on judicial independence. In a strongly-worded observa...
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NIA blind and deaf: Owaisi
HYDERABAD, Apr 19 (Agencies): All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi has sought a re-trial in the Mecca Masjid blast case or an appeal against the verdict which set free all the five accused. Addressing a public meeting here last evening, the Hyderabad MP said he would meet Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana E S L Narasimhan and place before him the facts of the case. "Re-investigation can be taken up under the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC)," he said, adding, "we have also told Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Deputy Chief Minister that they should take up the matter with the Centre seeking a re-trial or to file an appeal in the Supreme Court against this verdict." A special NIA court here last Monday acquitted all the five accused...
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HC rejects Mecca Masjid verdict judge’s resignation, tells him to get back to work
NEW DELHI, Apr 19 (Agencies): The resignation of NIA special court judge Ravinder Reddy, who delivered verdict in Mecca Masjid Blast case, has been rejected by High Court of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. He has been asked to attend to his duties immediately, news agency ANI reported quoting sources. On Monday, the judge had submitted his resignation hours after acquitting Hindutva preacher Swami Aseemanand and four others in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, citing 'lack of evidence'. A powerful blast, triggered by remote control, had ripped through the over four centuries-old mosque here during an assembly of devotees on May 18, 2007 when they had gathered for Friday prayers, killing nine people and wounding 58. His surprise resignation comes amid an ongoing inquiry by the High Court ...
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Gagan Shakti 2018
IAF shows no border area too desolate for its fighter jets
NEW DELHI, Apr 19 (Agencies): With more than just an eye on India's rather remote border areas with China in the north-east sector, the Indian Air Force deployed Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) in several areas here as part of the ongoing Gagan Shakti 2018 exercise. ALGs are unprepared airstrips usually placed at a short notice in areas with challenging terrain and with limited rail and road connectivity. Their need is critical because India has many border areas with limited connectivity but which could be transformed into forward strike bases for the IAF if and when required. Showcasing this ability, the IAF operationalised and utilised several ALGs for conducting Inter Valley Troop Transfers (IVTT), Special Heliborne Operations, Air Landed Operations and Special Operations to simulate...
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Pakistan again denies surgical strikes across LoC, calls Modi's claims false and baseless
NEW DELHI, Apr 19 (Agencies): A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Pakistan had been informed about the surgical strikes carried out by India, Islamabad on Thursday rejected as "false" and "baseless" PM's claims of having launched an attack on terrorist camps in Pakistani territory. Pakistan`s Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal told the media that the claims about the surgical strike by the Indian Army was a "lie" and "repeating it doesn't turn it into the truth". He added, "Repeating a lie doesn`t turn it into the truth. It is the other way around and India is backing terrorists in Pakistan. The whole world knows who the terrorists are and who their head is. Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav is a proof of Indian state-sponsored terrorism," IANS reported. Warning Paki...
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