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Nirmal calls on Rajnath, discusses cross border shelling
NEW DELHI, Jul 20: Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh Thursday called on the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed various issues like cross border shelling, the steps being taken by the government for sustaining peace and the successful conduct of Amarnath yatra, refugee's issues and matters of internal security. He also asked for undertaking a special recruitment drive in central security forces for hilly and birder areas of the state. Following this meeting, he participated in the review meeting conducted by the Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari to discuss the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra expressway and the issues thereof. The meeting was also attended by the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana Captain Amrinder Singh and Manoharlal Khatter besides Dr Nirmal ...
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India seeking peaceful resolution of boundary issues with China, including Doklam standoff: MEA
DELHI, July 20 (Agncies): External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday that it was seeking 'peaceful resolution' of all boundary matters with China, including military standoff at Doklam in the Sikkim sector. Addressing the press, spokesperson Gopal Baglay referred to India`s June 30 statement to reiterate that "basically India`s approach has been to find peaceful resolution of all matters concerning the border with China." He also said that India`s National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval will be visiting Beijing on July 27 and 28 to attend a BRICS meeting but parried questions whether there will be any bilateral meetings with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on the sidelines of the meeting of the five-nation grouping. The meeting of NSAs of BRICS nations will be hosted by Yang. H...
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Issue should not be given political colour, violence can never be partisan: Jaitley
DELHI, July 20 (Agencies): Reacting to Opposition's charge, who on Thursday targeted the government over the lynchings, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said in Rajya Sabha that the issue should not be given a political colour. "This issue should not be given political colour. Violence can never be a partisan issue," the Finance Minister said, adding, "?Action has been taken in all such incidents in a systematic manner and arrests have been made." "They are all going to be chargesheeted against whom evidence is going to be found, and then prosecuted for the offences," he added. The Congress today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "creating such an environment" and indulging in "double speak" on the issue. Congress leader Kapil Sibal, while speaking in the Rajya Sabha on lynchings, al...
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Draft bill to replace GST ordinances for J&K cleared
NEW DELHI, Jul 19 (Agencies): The cabinet today approved a draft bill to replace ordinances that were promulgated to introduce the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Jammu and Kashmir, a senior government official said. The central government had earlier this month promulgated ordinances to make the Central GST (CGST) and Integrated GST (IGST), which deals with inter-state commerce, applicable to the state. The cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the bill, which will be introduced in Parliament during the current monsoon session....
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J&K reiterates demand for exclusive women battalion
KT NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI Jul 19: The J&K government has reiterated its proposal for creation of one new exclusive battalion for women to “address the issues relating to gender based violence faced by women.” Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to question by Renuka Chowdhury in the Rajya Sabha today informed that the Government of India had approved raising of 5 India Reserve Battalions for J & K Police on February 10, 2016. Subsequently state government raised a demand to create a Women Police Battalion for J&K Police to address the issues relating to gender based violence faced by women. “Keeping in view the need raised by the state government for creation of a Women Police Battalion for J & K Police, the state government of J&K was asked to raise one or two women batta...
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Opposition decides to corner govt in Parliament over China, GST among others
NEW DELHI, July 18 (Agencies): A combined Opposition on Tuesday chalked out a strategy to aggressively corner the BJP-led NDA government during the Monsoon Session of the Parliament. On the first working day of the session, leaders from Trinamool Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Left Front and other opposition parties met in the chamber of the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha. Informed sources said the parties reached an agreement on six issues and decided to raise them aggressively in both the Houses by various notices including adjournment motions and debates. Trinamool leader Derek O'Brien told reporters the issues include the India-China border stand-off, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the aftermath of terror attack on Amarnath yatris, atrocities again...
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Passport of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik revoked: NIA officials
MUMBAI, July 18 (Agencies): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials on Tuesday said that the passport of televangelist Zakir Naik, who is wanted in connection with his role in a terror case, has been revoked. The development comes months after a special NIA court issued a non-bailable warrant against the controversial Islamic preacher. This was the second NBW against the 51-year-old after the Special Prevention of Money Laundering Act Court issued an NBW earlier in April in a money-laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate after he failed to appear before it. Following the Dhaka terror attacks last year, the NIA had filed the case against Naik and other officials of his Mumbai-based NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF). Zakir Naik's entry in Lebanon opposed, huma...
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Sushma calls PAK integral part of India while granting medical visa to ailing resident
NEW DELHI, July 18 (Agencies): Hitting out at Pakistan yet again, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said that Pakistan Administererd Kashmir (PAK) is an integral part of India and that we will give a medical emergency visa to 24-year-old resident Osama Ali. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Sushma wrote,"PAK is an integral part of India. Pakistan has illegally occupied it. We are giving him visa. No letter required." 24-year-old Osama Ali, a resident of Rawalkot in PoK, has been diagnosed with a tumour in his liver and had sought treatment in Delhi. As per the reports of Indian Express, Osama has been accepted as a patient by a private hospital in Delhi's Saket area. Doctors at the hospital have told him he needs a liver transplant. He has been unable to travel...
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Centre's roadmap on destitute widows lacks various aspects: SC
NEW DELHI, July 18 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today said the Centre's roadmap to improve condition of destitute widows has not addressed issues like national policy on empowerment of women, nourishment, sanitation and hygiene at shelter homes. After going through the roadmap given by the Centre, a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta also observed that the important aspect of re-marriage of widows aged between 16 and 20 years was missing and the government should encourage it. The apex court said it was "not doubting" the Centre's plan to improve the condition of destitute widows across the country, but "it has to be done in a proper manner". "A national policy for empowerment of women had come in 2001. Over 15 years have gone by, but no empowerment of women is t...
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Karnataka wants separate state flag, Siddaramaiah govt sets up panel to explore legal options
NEW DELHI, July 18 (Agencies): Months ahead of 2018 Assembly Election, Congress-led Karnataka government has set up a nine member committee to design a state flag, says report. If this move come into being then Karnataka will be the second state in country to officially have a flag of its own after Jammu & Kashmir, which enjoys a special status under Article 370 of the Constitution. The committee will submit its report on giving the state flag identity a legal sanctity. As per the reports of TOI, the committee was appointed after Siddaramaiah government issued an order on June 6, which nominated the principal secretary of the Kannada and culture department as chairperson of the committee. However in 2012, when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in power, it had clarified Karnataka HC...
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Smriti Irani gets additional charge of I&B ministry
Narendra Tomar given Urban Development after Venkaiah Naidu quits
NEW DELHI, July 18 (Agencies): Union textile minister Smriti Irani was on Tuesday given the additional charge of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting while Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh was handed over the charge of Urban Development. The rejig took place after senior party leader and NDA vice presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu resigned from his ministerial responsibilities on Monday. The Office of Prime Minister of India confirmed the report and tweeted, "Shri @MVenkaiahNaidu has resigned from his ministerial responsibilities. Additional charge of @Moud_India has been given to Shri @nstomar." "The additional charge of the Ministry of I&B has been given to @smritiirani," it added. Also Read: NDA's Vice President nominee Venkaiah Naidu resigns as Union minister ...
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Time ripe to abrogate Art 370: Raut
P L Uniyal
NEW DELHI, Jul 18: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said the time was right for removing Article 370, which has granted special status to Kashmir. "Now, it is time to take a decision to remove Article 370, granting special status to Kashmir. This is against the unity of the nation. Killing of martyrs and Kashmiri Pandits are due to Article 370. It's the responsibility of Prime Minister and President to take a decision on this," he told reporters here today. The Pakistan army today violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Bhimber Gali and Poonch Sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The violation took place at around 6:45 AM, to which the Indian army retaliated strongly and effectively. GST widely hailed by consumers: Jitendra KT NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, Jul 18: Minister...
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After being asked to restrict her impromptu speech, Mayawati resigns as Rajya Sabha member
NEW DELHI, July 18 (Agencies): Hours after the Chair asked her to restrict her impromptu speech on anti-Dalit violence in Saharanpur of Uttar Pradesh, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Tuesday resigned from the Rajya Sabha. Mayawati met Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari this evening and handed over her resignation letter. "I had wanted to raise issues in the morning relating to Dalits and about the atrocities committed on them in Saharanpur's Shabirpur village. But you saw the way the treasury benches, including ministers, behaved and prevented me from speaking. When I cannot convey what I want to, then I thought it is not okay," she told reporters. "I decided I will resign. I have just met the Rajya Sabha Chairman (Hamid Ansari) and I have handed over my resignation from the House...
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Shortage of over 5 lakh policemen in country: MHA
NEW DELHI, Jul 18 (Agencies): There is a shortage of over 5 lakh police personnel in the country as compared to their overall sanctioned strength, the government told Parliament today. The Union home ministry, in a written reply to the Lok Sabha, also said that there are lesser Indian Police Service (IPS) officers in position across the country, than their authorised strength. “As on January 1, 2017, there are 3,905 IPS officers in position against an authorised strength of 4,843,” Minister of State for Home Hansraj G Ahir said. The minister said that according to the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD), as on January 1, 2016, against the authorised strength of 22,80,691, there are 17,31,666 police personnel in position. ...
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Farooq Abdullah takes oath as MP in Kashmiri
KT NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI,: National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah who had won the by-poll from the Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary constituency, defeating his Peoples Democratic Party rival Nazir Ahmed Khan by over 10,000 votes took oath as a member of the Lok Sabha in Kashmiri on Monday. He was administered oath by Indian Parliament Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Shortly after taking oath, he was congratulated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others while his son Omar Abdullah took to twitter and congratulated him. Farooq Abdullah had lost in 2014 to the then PDP candidate Tariq Karra, who later on resigned from the party and joined Congress. ...
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Voting Ends
BJP says Kovind will win comfortably, oppn says Kumar best choice
NAWAZ ROUNYAL
NEW DELHI, July 17 (Agencies): As lawmakers voted to elect India's next president, the ruling BJP exuded today confidence that NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind would win with a "comfortable" margin, while the opposition said its joint pick Meira Kumar was the best choice in the "clash of ideologies". "Kovind ji will win (the election) with a respectable and comfortable margin," Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters ahead of the polling. Naidu, however, refused to comment on the BJP parliamentary board's meeting to choose the ruling alliance's vice presidential candidate. Let the presidential poll get over first, he said. Another Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Kovind will register a "decisive victory" and would turn out as an "honest" president, who, he said, will work hard...
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300 income tax commissioners transferred across country
KT NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI, July 17: Over 300 commissioners of the Income Tax department have been transferred recently by the government, a major reshuffle seen as an attempt to fine tune the working of the department. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), which frames policy for the tax department, has recently brought out two lists-first transferring 80 and subsequently 245 commissioner rank officials across the country. Just few days before this, on 31 May, the CBDT also transferred over 50 chief commissioners of the department across the country A senior department official said these three lists in quick intervals can be billed as the largest scale of transfers done in the department in the last few years. "The 245 commissioners transfer list published recently is the largest amongst the thr...
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50pc of human rights complaints against defence forces in four years from J&K: RTI
KT NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI, July 17: Jammu and Kashmir accounted for 49.5% of the human rights violation complaints against the armed forces between 2012 and 2016, revealed an RTI reply. Meanwhile, the state's share in the monetary relief recommended was a mere three percent, it said. A total of 186 complaints were received between 2012 and January 2016 from seven states, said the Ministry of Home Affairs while replying to a RTI application. The other six states were Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura. The RTI reply was received by Venkatesh Nayak of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in April this year from the CPIO of the ministry. According to the reply, by January 2016 more than two-thirds of these complaints (127) are said to have been disposed of. The data ...
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Tradition of Lalu family to resign before going to prison: Tejashwi
KT NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI, Jul 17: As the speculations around Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav's resignation grow stronger, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan on Monday said it has been a tradition of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's family of resigning just before going to prison. “This is not something new. It has been a tradition of the Lalu family. Till the time they don't go to jail, they don't resign. Even Lalu didn't resign before going to jail. While going to jail, he handed over his responsibilities to his wife. So, till the time the deputy Chief Minister does not go to jail, he will not resign," Chirag told reporters here today. He further said that the ball was now in Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's court and he had to take a firm decision. “The...
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Naidu NDA’s presidential candidate
KT NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI, Jul 17: Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Housing and Urban Affairs M Venkaiah Naidu, a veteran BJP leader from Andhra Pradesh, will be NDA’s vice presidential candidate, party president Amit Shah said today. Naidu was chosen at the BJP Parliamentary board meeting here attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior party leaders....
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99 pc polling recorded in presidential election
KT NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI, Jul 17: About 99 percent polling was recorded today to elect the 14th President of India as members of Parliament and legislative assemblies exercised their franchise at designated centers at Parliament House and state assembly complexes across the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first to cast his vote in Parliament premises here, followed by other senior leaders, Lok Sabha secretary General Anoop Mishra, who is the Returning Officer for presidential polls told reporters here. NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind is pitted against Meira Kumar of the joint opposition in today’s elections. A total of 714 MPs voted in the presidential polls in Parliament House. Mishra said, four MLAs also voted in Parliament and 54 MPs exercised franchise in their states. He said 100 per cent...
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Modi asks political parties to isolate corrupt politicos
NEW DELHI, July 16 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the political class to join hands against those seeking an escape route by dubbing action against graft as a political conspiracy, apparently indicating the recent graft cases against leaders of the Trinamool Congress and RJD. Addressing an all-party meet ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament beginning tomorrow, he said action against corrupt politicians is a must. "When the law takes its course against those who loot the nation, then we have to unite against those who seek an escape route by dubbing such an action as a political conspiracy," the Prime Minister tweeted. Besides ensuring integrity in public life, action against corrupt politicians was a must. Every party should identify such leaders amongst the...
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BJP man, thrashed by 'Cow Vigilantes' in Nagpur, was carrying beef: Police
Nagpur, July 16 (Agencies): The Muslim man with links to the BJP who was thrashed by alleged cow vigilantes in Maharashtra's Nagpur district four days ago was carrying beef, police have said. The police had arrested four persons for brutally thrashing Salim Shaha, 34, a member of the BJP's Katol unit, on July 12 and sent the meat he was carrying to a forensic laboratory. The lab report was "positive", i.E. It was beef, Superintendent of Police (Nagpur rural) Shailesh Balkawde told agencies yesterday. Police will initiate further action against Shaha in accordance with the law, he said. Meanwhile, the Nagpur (rural) unit president of the BJP, Rajiv Potdar, expressed shock at the findings. It was shocking that Shaha has been found to be carrying beef that day, Potdar said, adding he wou...
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President poll is fight against 'divisive, communal vision': Sonia
NEW DELHI, July 16 (Agencies): A day before the presidential election, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi today described the electoral contest as a fight against a "narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision". Addressing opposition leaders in the presence of their presidential and vice presidential nominees - Meira Kumar and Gopal Krishna Gandhi respectively, she said, in these contests, the numbers may be against them but "the battle must be fought and fought hard". "We cannot and must not let India be hostage to those who wish to impose upon it a narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision," she said. According to the text of her speech, she said, "We must stand more aware than ever of who we are, what we fought for in our independence struggle and what future we want for ourselves. "We ...
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Close to 70 Tamil Nadu farmers detained outside Modi's residence
NEW DELHI, July 16 (Agencies): Scores of Tamil Nadu farmers, who had grabbed eyeballs with their unique protest earlier this year, today landed in the national capital to resume their agitation for loan waiver and drought-relief package. Around 70 cultivators were, however, detained when they tried to stage a demonstration near the prime minister's residence on Lok Kalyan Marg. They were later taken to Parliament Street police station. "Our demands were not met as promised by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan. So we have decided to resume our protest for another 100 days," farmers' leader P Ayyakannu said. The farmers from the southern state have been demanding a drought relief package of Rs 40,000 crore, farm loan waiver and setting up...
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