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Germany scrambles fighter planes for Jet Airways flight after communication failure with Cologne air traffic control
Delhi, Feb 19 (Agencies): German Air Force scrambled two jets to escort a Jet Airways flight after the Cologne air traffic control could not establish contact with it, as per a media report. According to The Times of India, the incident happened on February 16 due to a reported communication failure. Boeing-777 was flying from Mumbai to London on Thursday as 9W-118. It was overflying close to Cologne when its cockpit crew did not respond to ATC communications after which German Air Force scrambled jets to escort the Jet aircraft. These planes managed to establish an intercept contact following which the Jet pilots established contact with the ATC, as per TOI. Once the communication was restored, the aircraft (VT-JEX) continued its flight to London. The crew of flight 9W-118 have bee...
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Panneerselvam meets Governor, DMK calls for statewide hunger strike on Feb 22
Chennai, Feb 19 (Agencies): A day after a massive ruckus in Tamil Nadu assembly during the vote of confidence, DMK on Sunday announced a statewide hunger strike on February 22. The party announced the hunger strike at all district offices of the party in Tamil Nadu. The party's announcement comes a day after its working president MK Stalin was forced out from near Gandhi statue at Marina beach along with his partymen while sitting in protest yesterday. On the other hand, former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam has reached the Raj Bhavan today to meet Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao. On Sunday morning, the party MLAs met at their headquarters and DMK leader Tiruchi Siva said the trust vote moved by Chief Minister yesterday was 'illegal'. Siva has confirmed that the party h...
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'BJP is winning by absolute majority in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections'
Lucknow:, Feb 19 (Agencies): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has claimed that his party BJP is winning the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017. " Not only clear majority, BJP is winning by absolute majority in Uttar Pradesh," Rajnath Singh said after casting vote in Lucknow. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday cast his vote here in the third phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly election. Accompanied by his wife Savitri Singh, the Home Minister cast his vote at the PWD polling station. Earlier on Sunday, his son and Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Noida, Pankaj Singh cast also his vote in Lucknow and claimed an overwhelming support from the BJP....
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No toilet, no nikah' - Do you know what maulvis and muftis have decided?
Guwahati, Feb 19 (Agencies): : No toilet, no nikah. Maulvis and muftis in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab have decided not to solemnise marriage in a house where there is no toilet. Maulana Mahmood A Madani, Secretary General of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind said having a toilet has been made a mandatory condition for Muslim marriage in the three states and will be soon be applied in all other states in the country. "Maulvis and muftis in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana have decided that they will not solemnise the 'nikah' or Muslim marriage in a house where there are no toilets," he said. Madani, who is also a former Rajya Sabha MP, stated this during the inauguration of Assam Conference on Sanitation (ASCOSAN) 2017 conducted here in Khanapara last week. "I feel that all religious le...
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Stones pelted at Shivpal Yadav's car in Etawah's Jaswant Nagar
Etawah, Feb 19 (Agencies): Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav's car was attacked with stones on Sunday. The former PWD minister had a narrow escape on Sunday when unidentified persons pelted tones at his motorcade, police said. The incident took place at Katiapur village in Jaswantnagar, Etawah district. Jaswantnagar is an SP stronghold and has been held by the ruling party in the last several decades. It was first represented by SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in the Vidhan Sabha for seven successive terms and has been thereafter represented by Shivpal Singh Yadav. Shivpal is engaged in a bitter power struggle with nephew and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. When asked by the media in Saifai to comment on the stone-pelting incident, Akhilesh Yadav refused to comment, saying "I am ...
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Air pollution claims two Indian lives every minute, says study!
New Delhi, Feb 19 (Agencies): The pollution in India is turning out to be a downright menace with pollutants in the air becoming more and more aggressive every passing day. Every new day witnesses an increased toxicity in the air, which has enlarged the radar of threat upon the Indian population. Confirming the worst, a study has revealed that at least two Indians on an average, lose their lives to air pollution every minute on a daily basis. According to medical journal The Lancet, over a million Indians die every year due to air pollution and some of the worst polluted cities of the world are in India. The study released this week but based on 2010 data estimates that globally 2.7-3.4 million preterm births may be associated with PM2.5 exposure and South Asia is the worst hit accoun...
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Immediately begin talks on Kashmir: Sinha
NEW DELHI, Feb 18 (Agencies): Voicing concern at the "deteriorating situation" in the Kashmir Valley, former union minister Yashwant Sinha on Saturday asked the Centre to begin the process of dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir by involving all the stakeholders. "We are deeply concerned at the deteriorating situation in the Kashmir Valley. The loss of lives in the recent incidents was unnecessary and avoidable," said Sinha and members of the Concerned Citizens Group. "The issue of Jammu and Kashmir is a political issue and demands a political solution," they said in a statement. "The present bloodshed must come to an end, and dialogue alone will achieve this," it added. Sinha, in December 2016, led the Concerned Citizens Group, a team of eminent members -- Wajahat Habibullah, Sushobha Barve...
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Karra joins Cong
NEW DELHI, Feb 18 (Agencies): Former PDP MP Tariq Hameed Karra today joined Congress alleging the PDP-BJP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir as implementing only the “RSS agenda”. Karra (61) had submitted his resignation from the Lok Sabha in September and was accepted by the Lok Sabha secretariat in November last year. Karra gave his resignation protesting against the alleged extremities being committed by security forces in silencing widespread protests after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani. On Saturday in the capital, Karra was welcomed into the party by president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi. Karra said, “Basically after PDP backed an agenda of BJP which is dictated by the RSS, the political dynamics of the state changed. People in the state never a...
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India's only live volcano 'Barren Islands' active again after 150 years
Panaji, Feb 18 (Agencies): Scientists attached to the Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) said that India's only active volcano, the Barren Islands volcano which is located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, erupted for about four hours in January this year. According to a statement issued by the Press Information Bureau on Friday, quoting an account of the NIO research team which was in the vicinity of the volcano on January 23, the volcano emitted red lava fountains and samples of volcanic ash have been collected for testing and research. The statement said,'The team moved about one mile from the volcano, which is located on an uninhibited island, and began closely observing it. The volcano was erupting in small episodes lasting about five to 10 minutes. During the day...
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By forging an alliance of two "corrupt families", Akhilesh has conceded defeat: Amit Shah
Gorakhpur, Feb 18 (Agencies): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Saturday lashed out at Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017. Addressing a press conference in Gorakhpur, Shah said UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has conceded defeat by aligning with the Congress. By forging an alliance of two "corrupt families", Akhilesh Yadav has conceded defeat, Shah said. Hitting out at Congress, the BJP president said, the name of Congress president is decided at the time of a scion's birth, adding that UP poll results will see the end of dynastic politics. Expressing confidence in winning the UP polls, Shah asserted BJP Tsunami will soon hit Uttar Pradesh. To a question on BJP giving tickets to children of its MPs, ministers and senior ...
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More rain, snow to lash J&K, HP
NEW DELHI, Feb 16 (Agencies): The northern hills of the country have witnessed good amount of rain and snow this season. These rainy and snowy episodes broke the prolonged dry spell that the hills of North India were observing during November and December. It was after the approach of back to back Western Disturbances that some of the popular tourist attractions were covered under the white quilt of snow. The higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir including Gulmarg, Qazigund, Leh and Kupwara were engulfed with snow. As per Skymet Weather, another fresh Western Disturbance is likely to affect the Western Himalayan region by tonight. Hence, parts of Jammu and Kashmir including a few regions of Himachal Pradesh and parts of Uttarakhand are likely to continue to witness light rain and snow til...
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Azad questions centre’s decision, army to go ‘tough’ against valley youth
LUCKNOW, Feb 16 (Agencies): AICC general secretary and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today questioned decision of the Centre and army to go tough against the Kashmiri youth protesting against encounters. “Last year, more than 100 youths lost their lives, while around 200 children lost eyes in the army action besides 12,000 were put in jails. Will the Centre want to repeat the same?” he questioned the Centre. Talking to media persons here today, Azad said that the situation in the Kashmir valley was very sensitive and any provocation could again make the condition worse. “But any harsh measure by army can be counter effective,” he further said. The leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha was reacting to the statement by Army General that strict action woul...
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India, China to discuss ‘friction points’ like NSG, Azhar
NEW DELHI/BEIJING, Feb 16 (Agencies): India and China will hold their first Strategic Dialogue on February 22 in Beijing during which the two sides will discuss key issues of mutual “concern and interest” including “friction points” such as Masood Azhar and NSG. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and Executive Vice Chairman of China hang Yesui will co-chair the meet to discuss “all issues of mutual interest in bilateral, regional and international domain”, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said today. Acknowledging that there are “friction points” in Sino-China ties, Swarup said the dialogue will strive for a holistic view of the relations between the two countries and see to what extent they can accommodate each other’s concerns and interests. In the meanwhile, a report...
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Countries must stop support to terror groups in Afghanistan: India
NEW DELHI, Feb 16 (Agencies): India has told a six-nation meet on Afghanistan that it is essential for countries to stop supporting terror groups and terrorists in any form besides denying safe havens to them to end the menace that besets the war-torn country and the region. Briefing reporters today on yesterday’s meet in Moscow, which was attended by India, Russia, China, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said New Delhi emphasised that an end to violence and terrorism is fundamental to promote security and creating an environment necessary for peace and reconciliation which is Afghan-led and owned. “We stressed that it is essential to end all forms of terrorism and extremism that beset Afghanistan and our region, and to ensure denial of territory or any othe...
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Swarup appointed India’s HC to Canada
NEW DELHI, Feb 16 (Agencies): External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup, credited with expanding MEA’s social media outreach and handling sensitive issues deftly, was today appointed India’s High Commissioner to Canada. A 1986-batch IFS officer, Swarup, whose debut novel Q & A was made into the Oscar-winning movie “Slumdog Millionaire”, had helmed the high-profile office since April 2015 when India’s external engagement witnessed a major traction. Swarup is at present an Additional Secretary and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said he is expected to take up his new assignment shortly. Gopal Baglay, who is Joint Secretary in the Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan division in MEA, will succeed Swarup. In his diplomatic career, Swarup has been posted in various countries includi...
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BJP has violated human rights: Chidambaram
NEW DELHI, Feb 16 (Agencies): In a direct attack on the ruling establishment under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has accused it of violating individual and human rights, intimidating independent think tanks and mixing up history with mythology. “This government has grossly violated individual and human rights. Some of the supporters of the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) tell us what to wear, what to eat, whom to love and whom to marry. Yet there is not a word from the Prime Minister condemning these extreme elements.” Chidambaram told IANS in an interview here on Thursday. “Even in the current Uttar Pradesh elections, we have seen extreme statements made by star campaigners of the BJP. These trends do not auger well for an open democracy and thriving...
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E K Palaniswami sworn-in as new Tamil Nadu chief minister along with 30 cabinet ministers
Chennai, Feb 16 (Agencies): Edappadi K Palaniswami, the general secretary of the AIADMK party and a close confidante of VK Sasikala, was on Thursday sworn-in as the new chief minister of Tamil Nadu, ending weeks of political turmoil over the post. Governor C Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office. Palaniswami was sworn -in along with 30 other cabinet ministers. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had found VK Sasikala guilty in the DA case and ordered her to serve a jail sentence. AIADMK Deputy GS,TN CM and council of Ministers pay tributes at the memorial of Anna and Puratchi Thalaivar. Governor C Vidyasagar Rao administers the oath of office and secrecy to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and 30 other cabinet ministers. Edappadi K Palaniswami takes oath as new Ta...
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New Tamil Nadu cabinet
Chennai, Feb 16 (Agencies): Following is the complete list of the ministers, along with Chief Minister Eddapadi K Palanaiswami, sworn-in by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao. K Palaniswami – Chief Minister C Sreenivasan – Forests KA Sengottaiyan – School Education, Youth Welfare, Sports K Raju – Co-operation P Thangamani – Electricity, Prohibition, Excise SP Velumani – Municipal Administration, Rural Development D Jayakumar – Fisheries CV Shanmugam – Law, Courts and Prisons KP Anbaiagan – Higher Education Dr V Saroja – Social Welfare MC Sampath – Industries KC Karuppanam – Environment K Kamaraj – Food and Civil Supplies OS Manian – Handloom and Textiles K Radhakrishnan – Housing and Urban Development Dr C Vijaya Bhaskar – Health and Family Welfare R Doraikkannu – Agriculture Kad...
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2005 Delhi serial blasts: Mastermind Tariq Dar given 10-year sentence
NEW DELHI, Feb 16 (Agencies):: Tariq Ahmed Dar, accused in 2005 Delhi serial blasts, has been given a ten-year sentence. On the other hand, Mohammed Rafiq Shah and Mohammed Hussain Fazili, other accused, have been acquitted of all charges. Charges against Dar and the other two had been framed in 2008 for waging war against the state, collecting arms and murder. The Delhi Police had said in its chargesheet that Dar's call details allegedly proved that he was in touch with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives. The 2005 serial blasts had killed over 60 people. The bombings came two days before the festival of Diwali. The bombs were triggered in two markets in central and south Delhi and in a bus in south Delhi. The first blast took place in the main market of Paharganj near the New Delhi...
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Triple Talaq: Matter to be decided by five-judge Constitution bench, rules SC
New Delhi, Feb 16 (Agencies):: A five-judge Constitution bench would be set up by the Supreme Court to hear and decide on a batch of petitions relating to the practice of triple talaq, 'nikah halala' and polygamy among Muslims. A bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar took on record three sets of issues framed by parties with regard to the cases and said the questions for consideration of the constitution bench would be decided on March 30. The bench, also comprising Justices N V Ramana and D V Chandrachud, said "the issues are very important. These issues cannot be scuttled". Must Read: Triple Talaq: Would deal with only legal aspect, says SC Referring to the legal issues framed by the Centre, it said all of them relate to the constitutional issues and needed to be dealt by a larger...
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Modi draws parallel with Lord Krishna, says won't ditch 'mai-baap' UP
Hardoi, Feb 16 (Agencies):: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said despite being born in Gujarat he had chosen Uttar Pradesh as his land of vocation, drawing a parallel with Lord Krishna who was born in Uttar Pradesh but made Gujarat his "karma bhoomi". The Prime Minister, while addressing a rally in Hardoi, said he was an adopted son of Uttar Pradesh and vowed not to ditch the people of the state. He also took a dig at Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav over his rift with father Mulayam Singh Yadav. "Krishna was born in Uttar Pradesh but made Gujarat his karma bhoomi. I was born in Gujarat but Uttar Pradesh has adopted me. It is a privilege for me. Uttar Pradesh is like 'mai-baap'. I am not a son who would ditch his mai-baap. I will always care about Uttar Pradesh,'' he said. "...
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India will always remember your sacrifice: Modi
NEW DELHI, Feb 15 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid homage to four army men, including a Major, who died fighting militants in two encounters in Kashmir and said the country will always remember their valour and sacrifice. He laid wreaths on the bodies of the soldiers at the Palam Airport here where the mortal remains were brought today from Srinagar. On the occasion, army chief Gen Bipin Rawat briefed the prime minister on the encounters in which the casualties took place. "Paid tributes to the brave men who lost their lives fighting terrorists in J&K. India will always remember their valour & sacrifice," Modi tweeted later. The prime minister was returning from Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh after addressing an election rally there when he paid his last respects to the br...
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Sasikala surrenders before special court, sent to Parappana Agrahara jail in Bengaluru
New Delhi, Feb 15 (Agencies): The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain AIADMK chief VK Sasikala's plea seeking more time to surrender for undergoing jail term in the disproportionate assets case. Earlier in the day, Sasikala re-inducted her close relatives TTV Dinkaran and S Venkatesh into the party, five years after their expulsion by J Jayalalithaa. Yesterday, Sasikala was convicted in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case, with the Supreme Court upholding a lower court verdict sentencing her to four years' prison term along with two of her relatives. Sasikala asked for the same prison cell as Jayalalithaa, jail authorities refused, as per media reports....
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ISRO sets world record by successfully launching 104 satellites in single mission
New Delhi, Feb 15 (Agencies): Indian space agency ISRO on Wednesday morning scripted history by successfully launching a record 104 satellites, including country's Cartosat-2 earth observation satellite, in a single mission from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. Exactly at 9:28 am, ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37 carrying 104 satellites blasted off from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. About 28 minutes into the flight, PSLV first injected Cartosat-2 series satellite into orbit, followed by the other 103 nano satellites, including 96 from the US, in a gap of about 30 minutes. This is the highest number of satellites ever launched in a single mission. As the scientists at the Mission Control centre broke into cheers, Indian Space Research Organisation (IS...
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Uttarakhand polls 2017: 68% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm
Dehradun, Feb 15 (Agencies): At least 68 percent voter turnout has been recorded till 5:00 pm in the Uttarakhand Assembly elections. Elaborate security arrangements are put in place for smooth conduct of the election. Some of the districts in this phase being community sensitive, special arrangements have been made and security is strengthened there. However, no untoward incident or glitches in the Electronic Voting Machines have been reported so far. Indo-Nepal border and the boundaries connecting to Uttarakhand have been sealed. Special instructions have been given to check illegal money and liquor which may be misused to influence the voters. The polling took place at 69 out of 70 assembly seats as voting in Karnprayag constituency was rescheduled for March 9 following the death o...
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