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Nitish Kumar skips Sonia Gandhi's 'unity lunch', to meet Modi today
NEW DELHI, May 26 (Agencies): In a significant development, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who skipped Congress president Sonia Gandhi's 'unity lunch' held at 10 Janpath today, will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. As per a report, the Bihar Chief Minister, who has drawn fondness for the BJP in recent times, will be attending a lunch to be hosted by the Prime Minister at his New Delhi residence tomorrow, in the honor of his Mauritius counterpart Anerood Jugnauth. The JD(U)'s spokesperson Ajay Alok said that it would only be an official meet between the two leaders and nothing personal would be discussed. The development is likely to come as a huge blow for Gandhis and other Opposition parties as Nitish's decision to meet PM Modi hints at a possible change of h...
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If no consensual candidates emerge, will decide our next move: Opposition on Presidential polls
NEW DELHI, May 26 (Agencies): The Opposition on Friday did not reveal what will be their next course of action in case they fail to arrive at a consensual candidate for the Presidential polls with the ruling BJP. President Pranab Mukherjee's term ends in July. Asked what transpired in the meeting at Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's luncheon, party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said no decision has been taken yet. “This hasn't happened so far, if acceptable consensual candidates don't emerge then we (opposition parties) shall decide,” he told reporters after the meeting. “Normal practice has been ruling party takes initiative to build consensus on names of candidates (President and Vice President),” Azad added. Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday hosted a luncheon meeting to deliberate o...
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Amit Shah's big thumbs up to Yogi Adityanath's govt! Says tackled all issues 'promptly'
NEW DELHI, May 26 (Agencie): BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday lauded the Yogi Adityanath's government in Uttar Pradesh and said that he passed the test with flying colours. Shah said the UP government has handled all pressing issues, be it Jewar gang-rape, Mathura and Saharanpur incidents, without delay. “The Yogi Adityanath's government has tackled everything promptly and have taken strong steps,” Shah told reporters. On completing BJP's third year at the Centre, Shah said, “Certain things which could not be achieved in 70 years, have been attained in these three years.” Asked to comment on filmstar Rajnikanth planning to join politics, he said, “If Rajnikanth ji wishes to enter politics, he is welcome; I'm using the word 'politics', not 'BJP', decision is up to him.”...
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Opposition to field Presidential candidate if no consensus over government nominee: Mamata Banerjee
NEW DELHI, May 26 (Agencies): The Opposition parties will field a candidate in the Presidential Election if the nominee suggested by the government is not acceptable to them, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said on Friday. She said a small committee would be formed by the opposition leaders, who met over lunch, in case they have to choose a nominee. Banerjee said the Opposition would accept a candidate of government choice if he or she is secular and one who would uphold the Constitution. "For the Presidential Election, the decision (of the meeting) is `Let us wait` for the name of the candidate that may be given by the government, and if it satisfies all of us, then we can take a look at it. He should be secular and uphold the Constitution. If t...
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'Supercop' KPS Gill, who crushed militancy in Punjab, passes away
CHANDIGARH, May 26 (Agencies): Former Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) KPS Gill passed away on Friday. He was 82. Gill breathed his last at 2:55 pm at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. He is credited with rooting out militancy in Punjab. The former DGP of Punjab was admitted to the hospital on May 18 under the care of Dr DS Rana, the head of the department of nephrology. "He was suffering from end stage kidney failure and significant ischemic heart disease. Gill had been recovering from peritonitis but died of a sudden cardiac arrest caused by cardiac arrhythmia," Dr Rana said. Kanwar Pal Singh Gill, who was known as `supercop`, was DGP of Punjab Police between 1988 and 1990 and came back to the post again in 1991 and held it till retirement in 1995. KPS Gill served as Director Ge...
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CBSE Class 12 results: CBSE Class XII Results likely to be declared today, check
NEW DELHI, May 26 (Agencies): CBSE Class 12 result: New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education is likely to announce CBSE Class XII Results on Saturday (May 27, 2017) as it has decvided not to challenge the Delhi High Court's decision. As per oneindia, the board may announce the CBSE Class XII Results 2017/CBSE Class 12 result 2017 by Saturday evening. Students awaiting CBSE result 2017 Class 12 can check their results, once available, on Earlier, reports had claimed that the CBSE was planning to approach the Supreme Court with a special leave petition against the Delhi HC instructions stating that evaluation for the class 10 and 12 board exams this year should be done as per the grace marks policy. The court had noted that the CBSE had decided to do away w...
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India's longest bridge inaugurated in Assam, Modi names it after Bhupen Hazarika?
GUWAHATI, May 26 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the strategically important Dhola-Sadiya Bridge in Assam. After inaugurating the Rs 2,056 crore strategic bridge at Sadiya in Assam's Tinsukia district, Modi walked a short distance over it. The Prime Minister announced that the country's longest bridge will be named after late legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika. Sadiya was the birth place of the maverick singer. "The bridge will not only save money, reduce travel time but it comes as a foundation for the beginning of a new economic revolution. That's why the whole nation has its eyes on this bridge", Modi said here on third anniversary of his government. "For five decades you people have been waiting for a bridge. That has now been inaugurated today (Friday...
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Babri Masjid Demolition
Court directs senior BJP leaders including Advani to appear on May 30
Lukcnow, May 26 (Agencies): A special CBI court today directed BJP stalwarts L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti to appear before it on May 30 for framing of charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case in light of the Supreme Court order restoring the serious offence of criminal conspiracy against them. Special CBI judge S K Yadav also asked three other BJP leaders -- Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambara and Vishnu Hari Dalmia -- to present themselves before the court in person on that day. He said no application for adjournment or exemption shall be entertained. The court which is hearing two separate cases, has already fixed May 30 for framing of charges against Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji, Champat Rai Bansal, Dharma Das and Satish...
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Wreckage of Indian Air Force's missing Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet found
GUWAHATI, May 26 (Agencies): The wreckage of the Indian Air Force's missing Sukhoi-30 fighter jet, which went missing on Tuesday, was found in the dense forests of Arunachal Pradesh on Friday. The fighter jet had disappeared with two pilots close to the China border. Defence spokesperson, Tezpur 4 Corps, Lt Col Sombit Ghosh told news agency agencies that the wreckage of the missing SU-30 jet was found close to the last known position of the aircraft, which was 60 km northwest of Tezpur in Assam's Sonitpur district. "As of now, the weather is bad and the place has dense foliage and members of the search operation are yet to reach the spot", he said. A C-130 aircraft with electro-optical payload and ALH helicopters of IAF were being utilised for the search mission. The Su-30 jet with t...
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YogiOnZee: 'Problem identified, now only operation needs to be done' - Yogi hints at big breakthrough in Saharanpur clashes
LUCKNOW, May 24 (Agencies): It's a tell-all interview of a politician who is known for his bold decisions and statements. BJP's firebrand leader and UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday spoke on a number issues during an exclusive interview with Zee News Editor Sudhir Chaudhary. Slamming previous governments for ruining UP, Yogi Adityanath said, "Past governments have looted the state; UP lost a lot in the past 15 years." Talking about his anti-Muslim image (as shown in some sections of media), Yogi said that after he became UP CM, the media got to know about my style of functioning and then started praising him and making programs on his lifestyle. "2017 UP assembly elections proved that there is no room for casteism and religion based politics in the state," Yogi said. "I don't care...
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Arundhati RAI? How fake news, a bot-account incited Paresh Rawal & Nationalist Brigade
NEW DELHI, May 24 (Agencies): Twitter India forced BJP MP Paresh Rawal to delete his offensive tweet targeting author-activist Arundhati Roy, but the news article that fuelled Rawal’s outrage was fake. On Sunday, the actor-politician tweeted saying: “Instead of tying stone-pelter on the army jeep tie Arundhati Roy”. The post was a reference to a video from Kashmir in April where the Indian army had used a civilian as a human shield. Arundhati, however, has denied ever making the statement to which Rawal (and later singer Abhijeet) responded on Twitter. "I have not been to Srinagar recently. And my last comment on Kashmir is an article published last year in Outlook," she told this magazine. The outrage from both the left and the right had begun on Rawal’s tweets but what is interestin...
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21 killed as bus carrying pilgrims plunges into Bhagirathi in Uttarakhand
UTTARKASHI, May 24 (Agencies): At least 21 pilgrims from Madhya Pradesh were killed when their bus fell into Bhagirathi river near Nalupani this evening while returning from Gangotri shrine in the Himalayas. The mishap occurred at around 6 pm as the bus fell 300 metres down the road into the river, Uttarkashi District Magistrate Ashish Shrivastava said. Twenty bodies have so far been recovered from the spot and one of the seven injured died at the hospital, he said. Rescue efforts by the SDRF, the ITBP and police personnel under the supervision of senior officials are continuing in darkness. There were around 29 pilgrims, mostly from Indore, in the bus at the time of the accident, he said. On Chardham yatra since May 12, these pilgrims had already visited Yamunotri and Gangotri and wer...
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Vivek Oberoi's gift to acid attack survivor Lalita Benbansi on her wedding day will melt your heart!
NEW DELHI, May 24 (Agencies): Today Lalita Benbansi, an acid attack survivor has become a ray of hope for many others. The 26-year-old was brutally attacked with acid by her cousins in 2012, as per ANI. The girl after braving this gruesome act has now entered into the next big stage in her life and that is matrimony. Lalita's life changing experience was triggered by a missed call. Yes! According to ANI, Lalita and her husband Rahul Kumar's love story started with a wrong number when the latter dialled the former's number accidentally. The flower of love blossomed between the two and after two months, the couple decided to get married. An 18-year-old girl was seriously injured in an acid attack by three youths when she resisted their molestation attempt in village Bhadar here. The inci...
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Cong lauds army for LoC action
NEW DELHI, May 23 (Agencies): The Congress today lauded the army for smashing Pakistani posts in the Nowshera sector of Jammu but asked the government what it was doing about destroying terror camps in Pakistan-Administered Kashmir (PAK). The opposition party also sought to know why Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not raising at the international fora the issue of increase in infiltration from Pakistan and why international pressure was not being exerted on the neighbouring country. “We salute the valour and sacrifice of the Indian army in Nowshera sector as they have destroyed a Pakistan post which was assisting Pakistani terrorists to infiltrate,” Congress in-charge of communications Randeep Surjewala said....
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Kulbhushan Jadhav is alive: Abdul Basit
NEW DELHI, May 23 (Agencies): Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Tuesday said that Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian national who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on alleged espionage charges, is alive. "I can assure that he is alive," Basit said in an interview to CNN News 18 TV channel. He said that an appeal sent by Jadhav's mother has been passed on by Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale to Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua. Jadhav was allegedly arrested from Pakistan's restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016. Pakistan claimed that the former Indian Navy officer confessed in a video that he was involved in spying and terror activities in Balochistan, a charge rejected by India. He was convicted in April by a Pakistani military c...
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Ex-Cong MP and industrialist Naveen Jindal summoned as accused in Coal-Scam Case
NEW DELHI, May 23 (Agencies): Industrialist Naveen Jindal and others were summoned by a special court here today as an accused in a case related to the allocation of a coal block in Madhya Pradesh after it took cognisance of a CBI charge sheet. Besides Jindal, the others summoned as accused are the company, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL), its former Director Sushil Maroo, former Deputy MD Anand Goyal and CEO Vikrant Gujral for alleged cheating and criminal conspiracy in the allocation of Urtan North coal block in Madhya Pradesh. All the accused have to appear before Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar on September 4. In its charge sheet, the CBI has alleged that JSPL misrepresented the equipment purchase orders and misled the Coal Ministry. Jindal is also facing trial in a case pertai...
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'Fake Degree' row back to haunt Smriti Irani as fresh petition filed
NEW DELHI, May 23 (Agencies): A petition was filed in the Delhi High Court on Monday against Union minister Smriti Irani, alleging submission of contradictory information regarding her educational degrees in different affidavits. Petitioner Ahmer Khan had earlier filed a similar petition in a trial court which was rejected by it. The trial court had observed that the complaint filed by Khan was intended to "harass" the minister as the primary records of the Universities would have been lost due to passage of time. The Delhi High Court has sought records of the case from the trial court. The court has fixed the next date of hearing on September 13. Irani's educational qualifications came under scanner after she contested the 2004 and 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Earlier, the Election Co...
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IAF's Sukhoi-30 fighter jet carrying 2 pilots goes missing; search operations underway
TEZPUR, May 23 (Agencies): A Sukhoi-30 fighter jet of Indian Air Force (IAF) has gone missing after losing radio and radar contact. Search operations are on. The IAF fighter jet went missing after taking off from Assam's Tezpur. Reportedly, Su-30 aircraft was on a routine training mission. It lost radar 60 Km North of Tezpur, according to IAF sources, news agency ANI reported. The search operations for the missing plane are on....
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Controversial Godman Chandraswami dies at 66
NEW DELHI, May 23 (Agencies): Controversial godman Chandraswami -- close friend of a Prime Minister and allegedly involved in the assassination of another -- died here today. Chandraswami, who had suffered a stroke, died at the Apollo Hospital at the age of 66. "Spiritual leader Jagadacharya Chandraswami ji, 66 years old, had been ailing for some time. He recently suffered a stroke and later developed multi-organ failure," a hospital statement said. It said "despite all measures" taken by doctors, his condition deteriorated. "He succumbed to the illness today at 2.56 pm," the statement said. Chandraswami, whose actual name was Nemi Chand, shot to fame as an astrologer. He wielded enormous power during the regime of then Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao. He was seen as one of Rao'...
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How Nawaz Sharif was humiliated at US-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh
NEW DELHI, May 23 (Agencies): Pakistan's bogus claims of fighting a war against terrorism were left exposed when Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was not allowed to speak at the first-ever Arab-Islamic-American Summit, which took place in Saudi Arabia's Riyadh. The anti-terror summit was attended by US President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. According to a report by Pakistan's The Nation, Sharif was not allowed to put forth his views, even as leaders of some “minion states” gave their views on terrorism. “The popular sentiment among the majority of Pakistani media delegation was that of a total humiliation of the sole Muslim nuclear power because not only there was no mention of Islamabad’s role against global terrorism but also the prime minister of the ‘front...
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BJP to hold 'MODI fest' across 900 cities to mark three years of NDA govt
NEW DELHI, May 22 (Agencies): The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has planned a series of mega-events to mark the completion of three years of NDA government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Giving out the details, Union Minister Smriti Irani said that the government will hold 'Making of Developed India (MODI) fest across the country from May 26-June 15. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the event from Guwahati on May 26. Irani said that the idea behind holding MODI fest in 900 cities is to make the common people and the youth about the various path-breaking schemes launched by the Modi government. The union minister added that along with the MODI fest, the government will also be holding 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas' sammelan across the country which will se...
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Good ports essential for country's progress, Gujarat's Kandla is finest in Asia: PM
Kutch (Gujarat), May 22 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived here on Monday as part of his two-day visit to Gujarat, said ports play a vital role in the country's economic development and the Kandla port here has emerged as Asia's finest. Addressing a gathering in Kandla, the prime minister highlighted the important role ports play and said that they are essential for India's progress. During his visit, PM Modi will lay the foundation stones of six projects worth around Rs.1,000 crore of the Kandla Port Trust. He will also inaugurate a pumping station on Kutch Branch Canal of the Narmada project near Bhachau town in Kutch district. He is also expected to attend various other programmes in the state. “Infrastructure, efficiency and transparency are vital pillars of t...
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Jadhav not to be hanged till ICJ’s final verdict, hints Pakistan's envoy Abdul Basit
NEW DELHI, May 22 (Agencies): Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Sunday said that Islamabad will abide by the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) final judgement in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. However, the Pakistani envoy at the same time reiterated that domestic laws will take precedence over ICJ’s final judgement. Speaking exclusively to The Times of India, Basit said Pakistan is committed to follow the international laws and it would abide by the ICJ ruling of staying Jadhav's death sentence. "That is only in the context of provisional order that only stays execution and it has no bearing whatsoever on the merit of the case," Pakistan's top foreign policy advisor told ToI. The United Nations' top court recently ordered a stay on the execution of Jadhav. Judges at the ICJ ...
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Yogi govt set to do away with minorities quota in schemes
LUCKNOW, May 22 (Agencies): In a move likely to trigger a political storm, the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh is all set to end the 20 percent quota for minorities in social welfare schemes. The quota was fixed by the earlier Samajwadi Party government. Informed sources here on Monday said Social Welfare Minister Ramapati Shastri had approved the proposal and that it was only a matter of time, and technicalities, before the same is placed before the Cabinet for approval. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has always maintained it is not against any faith or religion but is against the politics of appeasement. "There is no rationale of quota in schemes on the basis of religion; we are in favour of doing away with it. Development should be guided by the principle of benefit for all," th...
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Dalits in UP village threaten to convert to Islam after being allegedly targeted by police
ALIGARH, May 22 (Agencies): Dalits in a village near Aligarh have threatened to convert to Islam, alleging that the police were targeting them following a clash with upper caste Thakurs over the construction of a drain. Members of the community in Keshopur village had on May 16 clashed with Thakurs. Several persons, mostly Dalits, were injured in the violence, following which police complaints were filed by both sides. The Dalits in the village staged a protest and alleged that the police discriminated against them when it came to taking action. They threatened to convert to Islam "if justice is not done" by Saturday. SDM Pankaj Kumar Verma told agencies that the incident was being probed "in a fair and an unbiased manner". Verma said disputes over drains and water channels are norma...
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