|Pak national detained after he disclosed himself as spy|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 28 (Agencies): An alleged Pakistani national was reportedly detained by Indian intelligence agencies after he disclosed his identity as an Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) operative at a New Delhi airport.
Muhammad Ahmad Sheikh Muhammad Rafiq said he wanted to disclose information Pakistan’s premier intelligence after he landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi from Dubai, reported a TV channel.
“Hello, I am an ISI agent. But I don't wish to continue any further and want to remain in India,” the newspaper quoted the alleged Pakistani national as saying.
It added that the man’s claim left officials at the airport’s helping desk baffled and they informed the security. The passenger, said to be in his late 30s, was detained immediately following his ‘reve...|
|Will ask govt not to use pellets if no violence: SC|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 28 (Agencies) : The Supreme Court today said it will ask the government not to use pellet guns in Jammu and Kashmir if there was no violence, no stone throwing and students get back to classes.
Asking leaders of the J&K Bar Association to come forward with positive suggestions to diffuse the situation, Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said in such a situation they would ask the government not to use pellet guns.
"If you suggest something within the framework of constitution, we will assure you there will be a dialogue," the Chief Justice said.
Giving time to the Bar Association to come up with suggestions, the court said: "You must first tell us what you will do. Then we will direct the government. If you ke...|
|Maoists claim responsibility in audio message, warn security forces not to crush 'revolution'|
|New Delhi, Apr 28(Agencies): Maoists based in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh have claimed responsibility for the recent attack on CRPF jawans – the worst in few years – and warned the security forces not to come in way of their 'revolution'.
A News18.com report claimed on Friday that the home-grown rebels have released an audio message in which they have claimed responsibility for the gruesome attack.
Their attack on the CRPF jawan was in retaliation to Operation Green Hunt launched by the government against Naxals, they claimed.
In the 16-minute long audio message clip, a spokesperson of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) also hailed the attack by the outfit’s military arm People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) on the CRPF personnel.
CRPF jawans were having lunch when...|
|Girl in Bihar refuses to marry dark complexioned groom; 'baraat' shocked|
|Patna, Apr 28(Agencies): In a rare incident, a bride in Bihar's Samastipur district refused to marry a dark complexioned groom, saying he was unsuitable for her, a police official said on Thursday.
Not expecting anything of this sort, the "baraat" (marriage party) was shocked to hear the girl's flat refusal to accept the boy as her groom.
The incident was reported from Sinhma village under the Rosera police station's jurisdiction in Samastipur district, about 100 km from Patna.
"The bride refused to marry the dark complexioned groom immediately after the ritual of 'Jaimal' (exchange of garlands between bride and groom) was performed on Wednesday," a local police official said.
Kumkum Kumari, in her early 20s, surprised all when she refused to marry groom Indal Kumar on the ground of h...|
|Jet Airways passenger's tweet to PM triggers hijack scare|
|Jaipur, Apr 28(Agencies): Little did a Jet Airways passenger know that his tweet to Prime Minister Narendra Modi would trigger such a big problem.
On Thursday, a Jet Airways flight en route from Mumbai to Delhi was diverted to Jaipur due to bad weather, which led an apparently irritated passenger vent his anger on Twitter. The man did not shy away from tagging the PM in the tweet.
"@narendramodi sir we have been in jet airways flight for past 3 hrs, looks like hijacked, pl help 9W355," tweeted an annoyed Nitin Verma to the PM.
Security agencies swung into action after they were promptly alerted about the tweet and Verma was offloaded here from the plane carrying 176 people on board, including eight crew members.
Soon after the aircraft landed, security agencies carried out a thorough ...|
|Sisodia lauds Yogi, says Delhi govt appreciates good steps taken by other states|
|New Delhi, Apr 28(Agencies): Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday announced that the government has decided to cancel holidays marking the birth or death anniversary of eminent personalities.
Sisodia said the Delhi government's move was inspired by Uttar Pradesh.
"The Delhi government will cancel holidays on birth or death anniversary of eminent personalities. I have issued instruction to the chief secretary in this regard," he tweeted.
He also tweeted that one should always be ready to learn good things from other states.
"The Uttar Pradesh government has taken a good initiative in this matter. We should always be ready to learn from other states," he said.
The Uttar Pradesh government had on Tuesday cancelled 15 public holidays, most of them had been declared by th...|
|Family of Sukma martyr refuses Rs 5 lakh compensation|
|Patna, Apr 28(Agencies): The family of CRPF trooper Abhay Kumar, who was killed in an ambush by Maoists in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, on Wednesday refused to accept Rs 5 lakh as compensation announced by the Bihar government.
Abhay Kumar was one of the six CRPF troopers from Bihar who were killed in the Maoist attack on Monday. All of them were cremated in their villages with state honours on Wednesday, a day after their bodies arrived here.
"We have refused to accept the cheque of Rs 5 lakh as compensation announced by the Bihar government.
Is this amount an honour or humiliation for someone who sacrificed his life fighting against enemy of the country," a close relative of the trooper said.
Other members of Abhay's family said the state government has been providing a compensa...|
|Corruption in public services still high|
| Karnataka ranked most corrupt, Himachal Pradesh least: Survey|
|New Delhi, Apr 28(Agencies): Petty corruption in India has come down sharply, but the total estimated bribe paid by households in last one year for public services — including amounts of as low as Rs 10 — still stands high at Rs 6,350 crore, says a study.
According to CMS-Indian Corruption Study (CMS-ICS) 2017, around one-third of the households experienced corruption in public services at least once during the last one year, while in 2005, 53 percent households had reported so.
Only 43 percent of the households surveyed in 2017 opined that the level of corruption in public services has risen during the last one year, while 73 percent of respondents had perceived increase in corruption level in public services in 2005.
India ranks 9th among 41 countries in corruption in biz: Survey
|US should stop military support to Pakistan if it doesn't act against terror: Think-tank|
|New Delhi, Apr 28(Agencies): The United States must stop its military support to Pakistan if it doesn't act against terror groups, a leading global think-tank said on Friday.
Washington's role will be crucial in pressurizing Islamabad to act against the Taliban factions in Pakistan, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said.
Taliban's Quetta Shura and the Haqqani Network factions said to have an extensive support base in Pakistan.
In its 'Watch List 2017', the ICG has observed that Washington is “best placed” to pressure Pakistan to stop its support to Taliban, TOI reported.
"Islamabad remains unwilling to facilitate talks between the Taliban and Kabul, and continues supporting its Afghan proxies, allowing them to recruit, fundraise, as well as conduct operations from safe havens insi...|
|Kerala assembly disrupted for second day over Mani's resignation|
|Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 28(Agencies): The Kerala assembly on Wednesday was disrupted for the second consecutive day as Congress-led opposition demanded Power Minister MM Mani`s resignation for his controversial remarks on women plantation workers.
Seeking leave for an adjournment motion to discuss this issue, Congress legislator VD Sateeshan said the collective responsibility of the Pinarayi Vijayan government has disappeared with the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Communist Party of India (CPI) ministers differing on every issue.
"Vijayan and Mani say one thing, while the CPI ministers say the opposite, which has reached a high over the eviction proceedings in Munnar, that was begun by the Revenue Department headed by a CPI minister. It`s most unfortunate that Mani has us...|
|Time for decisive action, not for rhetoric: Cong|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 27 (Agencies): The Congress today expressed concern over the repeated terror attacks in the country after militants targeted an army camp in Kupwara, and said they must be met with decisive action and not rhetoric.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi termed Pakistan-sponsored terror as cancer. “The entire country is certainly worried about the repeated terrorist attacks happening in the country,” she said.
Gandhi conveyed her condolences at the death of the three security personnel, including an officer, in the Kupwara attack and stressed that the Congress and every Indian is standing with the families of the martyrs.
Speaking in the same vein, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said that the repeated terrorist attacks on army camps are extremely worrying.
“Must be met wi...|
|EC seeks 74000 paramilitary personnel for Anantnag LS by-poll|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 27: The Election Commission (EC) has sought an unprecedented 74,000 paramilitary personnel from the Centre for deployment during the by-poll to the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency on May 25.
The EC has conveyed to the Home Ministry that 740 companies of paramilitary forces should be put at its disposal by May 12, official sources said.
A company comprises around 100 paramilitary personnel....|
|Father of slain Captain demands strong action from govt|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 27(Agencies): The father of an army captain, who was slain in today’s terror attack in Kashmir, has demanded strong action from the government, saying such deaths would continue in the absence of a firm policy.
“How long will we see our children being killed like this,” asked Arun Kant Yadav, whose son Ayush Yadav was killed when three heavily-armed terrorists stormed an army camp in Kupwara district.
Yadav also vented his ire at human rights activists, saying they did not speak out in such cases.
“When our soldiers retaliate, human rights’ activists complain. This is nothing for them. You tie a person to a jeep and there is outrage, inquiry and actions. If we do not avoid this (outrage), how is this going to work?” he asked.
Earlier a pall of gloom descended in the Ch...|
|Delhi HC pulls up petitioner over food quality in BSF|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 26 (Agencies): The Delhi High Court today pulled up a man over a PIL alleging poor quality of food being served along the LoC as claimed by a BSF jawan on social media.
A bench of acting Chief Justice Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhothra asked the petitioner, who claims to have worked with one of the paramilitary forces, whether he had ever raised such complaints when he was serving in the force.
"Show us your (petitioner) complaint. Please see if you are serving national interest, public interest or your own interest," asked the bench.
The observation came as advocate Abhishek Kumar Choudhary, appearing for petitioner Puran Chand Arya, raised the issue of dismissal of BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav.
The bench said such "broad statement" should not be made in publ...|
|12 out of 13 doctors treating world's heaviest woman Eman Ahmed quit|
|New Delhi, Apr 26 (Agencies): In protest to the claim made by the sister of Eman Ahmed, 12 out of 13 doctors treating the Egyptian woman, thought to have been the heaviest woman in the world, say reports on Wednesday.
The resignation came amid allegations made by Shaimaa Salim, who claimed that doctors were lying about Eman's weight loss and not giving factual updates on her health and recovery.
Rebutting Shaimaa's claim, Dr Aparna Govil Bhasker, one of the docotrs who resigned from the team, posted some photos and a video of Eman on her Facebook post.
“I had thought that Eman's case would go down in annals of medicine as one of the biggest medical challenges ever overcome.
I feel extremely saddened today that though the challenges have been overcome, it has created history but of a ...|
|MCD results: Is Arvind Kejriwal suffering from Ostrich Syndrome?|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 26 (Agencies): The MCD election results 2017 are out. And it's a favour of the BJP. The victory is massive and spectacular given the fact that the BJP beat a 10-year anti-incumbency to emerge as the winner.
However, the biggest takeaway from MCD election results is the loss of face for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. From having won 67 of the 70 assembly seats in Delhi in 2015 to being reduced to a poor second position in the municipal polls, the results clearly indicates that the people of the city-state have lost faith in his leadership and the brand of politics he pursues.
The Aam Aadmi Party's poor show in the recently concluded assembly polls in Punjab and Goa should have acted as a sounding bell on the mood of the nation but Arvind Kejriwal chose to ignore the warni...|
|Grateful to people of Delhi for reposing faith in BJP|
|New Delhi, Apr 26 (Agencies):: With Bharatiya Janata Party heading for an impressive victory in MCD elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said he was grateful to the people of Delhi for reposing faith in this party.
The PM lauded laud the hardwork of Delhi BJP unit team led by Manoj Tiwari for making the resounding Delhi civic poll win possible.
"Grateful to the people of Delhi for the faith in BJP. I laud the hardwork of team @BJP4Delhi which made the resounding MCD win possible,'' PM Modi tweeted.
Riding on a Modi wave, the BJP was headed for a clean sweep of the Delhi civic polls and was set to retain the three municipal corporations, East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, South Delhi Municipal Corporation for the third term in a row.
|Harbhajan Singh accuses Jet Airways pilot of racism; airline apologises, orders probe|
|New Delhi, Apr 26 (Agencies):: Veteran Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh on Wednesday hit out at a Jet Airways pilot for misbehaving with his friend and with his fellow passengers. Bernd Hoesslin, a pilot with Jet Airways is said to have racially, physically abused the passengers.
Harbhajan, who is currently playing for Mumbai Indians in tenth edition of Indian Premier League, took to Twitter to narrate the incident through a series of tweets."So called this Bernd Hoesslin a pilot with @jetairways called my fellow indian(u bloody indian get out of my flight)while he is earning here," Bhajji tweeted. Harbhajan also tweeted about the incident to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to take prompt action....|
|Bill Gates lauds Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat mission|
|New Delhi, Apr 26 (Agencies): Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan' (Clean India Mission).
On the on his gatesnotes.com blog, Gates wrote, “Nearly three years ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made one of the boldest comments on public health that I have ever heard from an elected official. It's still having a big impact today.”
“I can’t think of another time when a national leader has broached such a sensitive topic so frankly and so publicly. Even better, Modi backed up his words with actions. Two months after that speech, he launched a campaign called Clean India (“Swachh Bharat” in Hindi), which now includes ending open defecation nationwide by 2019, installing 75 million toilets th...|
|Anna Hazare slams Arvind Kejriwal|
|Ralegan Siddhi, Apr 26 (Agencies): Social activist and Arvind Kejriwal's one-time mentor Anna Hazare on Wednesday blamed the Delhi Chief Minister for Aam Aadmi Party's defeat in MCD Elections 2017.
Giving his opinion on AAP's loss in Delhi civic polls, Hazare said, AAP faced the drubbing as there is a difference in what Kejriwal says and what he does. The former India Against Corruption member said he was saddened by AAP's loss, but also asserted that people are losing faith in Kejriwal. After suffering defeat one shouldn't put a question mark on EVMs, Hazare said on AAP's allegations of alleged widespread tampering of EVMs in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Riding on a Modi wave, the BJP was on Wednesday headed for a clean sweep of the Delhi civic polls and was set to retain...|
|BJP retains Delhi's MCD with stupendous victory; AAP finishes second, Congress third|
|New Delhi, Apr 26 (Agencies): The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday won the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls and retained the three municipal corporations for the third term in a row, as predicted in exit polls.
Unable to accept its defeat, the AAP has alleged widespread tampering of EVMs in favour of the BJP.
The AAP's rout comes more than two years after the Delhi Assembly Elections when the fledgling political outfit humiliated the BJP winning 67 of the 70 Delhi Assembly polls when it got a huge 54 percent of the votes. The BJP won three seats that year but registered 33 percent of the vote share.
The MCD poll win is the latest in a series of BJP election victories credited largely to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken, meanwhile, took mora...|
|If Pak executes Kulbhushan, India should recognise Balochistan as separate country: Swamy|
|Vadodara, Apr 23 (Agencies): India should recognise Balochistan as a separate country if Pakistan went ahead with the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said today.
"Pakistan should be taught a lesson by recognising Balochistan if it executes Jadhav. Not only that, Pakistan should be divided into Balochistan, Pakhtunistan and Sindh to teach it a lesson for encouraging cross-border terrorism," he said.
Swamy was delivering a lecture on 'India and International Terrorism', organised by Bharat Vikas Parishad, an NGO, at the Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad Nagargruh in Akota locality here.
"Merely declaring Pakistan as a state sponsoring terrorism will not serve any purpose. Only the disintegration of Pakistan will help tackle the issue of cross-border terrorism...|
|MCD Elections: 46 % polling till 4 PM|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 23 (Agencies): Around 46 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise till 4 PM today in elections to all the three municipal corporations, with north Delhi leading the tally.
According to the State Election Commission, over 59.12 lakh votes have been polled since the morning.
"Around 22.2 lakh people have cast their vote in areas under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation," the SEC said.
"Around 46 per cent of the total votes have been polled. In South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) areas 22 lakh votes have been polled, while in East Delhi, the figure stands at 14.8 lakhs," a senior official of the Commission said.
The elections to two wards have been postponed due to death of candidates, so voting is being held in only 270 wards.
Meanwhile, annoyed over ...|
|Install biometric attendance system in all offices upto Block level: Yogi|
|LUCKNOW, Apr 23 (Agencies): To ensure all government employees reach work on time, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has instructed that a biometric attendance system be put in place in offices upto the block level.
Adityanath's instructions came during a meeting with officials of the rural development department late on Saturday night.
"Efforts should be made to ensure that a biometric system of attendance is installed upto the block level. Apart from this, a board be put up at every village panchayat, which will have information about contact details of the village pradhan and details of the ongoing works," Adityanath said as per an official statement.
The chief minister said that the targets of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana should be achieved.
All the works pertaining t...|
|Exit Polls predict sweep for BJP, setback for AAP|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 23 (Agencies): The BJP could be headed for a landslide victory in the Delhi municipal polls with two exit polls predicting the party finishing way ahead of the AAP and the Congress with over 200 of the 270 wards where polling was held today.
Going by the projected figures, the AAP could well be staring at a rout on its home turf, barely two years into its rise to power bagging a staggering 67 of the 70 Assembly seats, while the Congress' attempt to regain ground may come a cropper.
According to the India Today-Axis exit poll, the BJP may bag anything between 202 and 220 seats, while the AAP and the Congress will score something around 23-35 and 19-31 respectively.
The CVoter-ABP exit poll claimed the BJP was likely to sweep Delhi with 218 seats, limiting the AAP and the ...|