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Kerala woman who converted to Islam claims 'Muslim friends misguided her'
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 23 (Agencies): At a press conference in July this year, 23-year-old Hindu woman Athira had said that she had wilfully converted to Islam. On Thursday, this woman from Kerala did another press conference and began by saying "Om Namah Shivaya". The woman has returned to Hinduism claiming that her Muslim friends had “misguided” her into changing her faith. From a woman clad in hijab in July to appearing with a bindi and kumkum on her forehead, she says that a doubt regarding her religion was instilled in her mind. Speaking to the press, she said that her friends told her that "it was stupid to worship a stone, an idol and that Hinduism has many gods, while Islam has only one supreme god. When they said that, I felt very curious about it and when I thought about it,...
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Pak senate bill paves way for Sharif's return as PML-N chief
NEW DELHI, Sep 23 (Agencie): The Pakistani Senate has passed a crucial election bill that would allow embattled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to return as PML-N chief. The Senate passed the bill on Friday after rejecting a key amendment proposed by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the Dawn reported. The amendment relates to a controversial clause introduced by then president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf through the Political Parties Order 2002. The clause prohibits people from serving as an office-bearer of a political party if he or she has been disqualified earlier. The bill was passed with help from two opposition parties — the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Balochistan National Party-Mengal. The Pakistan-Muslim League-Nawaz is the ruling party of Pakistan. Sharif was forced ...
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'Kaskar used burner phones, sim boxes to call brother Dawood'
NEW DELHI, Sep 23 (Agencies): Gangster Dawood Ibrahim's brother has revealed that he phoned the fugitive don four times recently using burner phones and sim boxes. Ibrahim Kaskar, who is currently in custody in an extortion case in Mumbai, has also reportedly revealed that the don travels to Dubai without papers. Burner phones can create temporary disposable numbers which are replaced frequently, while a sim box can be linked to a gateway but stored separately. Police suspect that his last call may be as recent as last month. Kaskar, who lives in Mumbai's Bhendi Bazaar area, had earlier revealed to the interrogators that Dawood and his third brother Anees Ibrahim live in Pakistan and frequently visit Dubai. He said that his brothers along with their family members live in a mansion i...
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Nation is BJP's top priority, not votes: Modi
VARANASI, Sep 22 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lashed out at his political rivals, saying for BJP, politics was not for the sake of votes as it considered the country's development as the top-most priority. Addressing a public meeting after inaugurating a 'Pashu Arogya Mela' (cattle health fair) here on the second day of his two-day visit to his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi, he also promised to double farm income and provide homes to the homeless by 2022. He said his government had "waged a war" against black money and corruption, for which the poor has had to suffer because of "the loot" by the dishonest. "Our (BJP) politics is not for votes, our culture is different. In politics, people do only that task which yields votes, but our character is different. "Som...
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China says working with India to take ties forward post-Dokalam
KOLKATA, Sep 23 (Agencies): China and India are working together to "take forward" their relationship leaving behind the Dokalam episode, the Chinese Consul General here has said. Chinese Consul General Ma Zhanwu also asserted that by working together cooperation and exchanges can be further enhanced. "India and China are working together. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping had a meeting on September 5 to discuss how to enhance the relationship," Zhanwu said here last night while addressing an event to mark the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. "As long as the two countries work together, we will able to enhance and develop exchanges and cooperation," he said. Asked if both the countries have left behind the Dokalam episode, Zhanwu ...
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'Jealous sex addict' Ram Rahim forced aides to turn homosexuals, reveals Dera follower
NEW DELHI, Sep 22 (Agencies): Self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim forced his aides to turn homosexuals, revealed a former Dera Sacha Sauda follower. Gurdas Singh Toor, who had earlier served the Dera for six years, made several revelations about the Dera chief in a rare chat. He claimed that the Dera chief, who has been convicted with 20 years of imprisonment in August for raping two of his female disciples, was a 'jealous sex addict'. Reportedly, Ram Rahim refrained all his male disciples in the Dera from speaking and mingling with the females followers. They were not even permitted to 'stare' at the women inside the Dera. The men, if caught, were slapped and publicly humiliated by taking donkey rides with their faces blackened. Toor further said that the Dera chief forced his male ...
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Kidnapped son of I-T officer found murdered near Bengaluru, boyfriend of victim's sister geld
NEW DELHI, Sep 22 (Agencies): An Income Tax officer's son who was kidnapped 10 days ago was found murdered near a lake on Bengaluru's outskirts on Friday, with police arresting four persons, including a friend of the victim, in connection with the crime. The decomposed body of 19-year-old Sharath was found buried near the Ramohalli lake, police said. The victim's car was parked near the spot, police said, adding, fearing action by them the abductors killed him. Sharath, son of I-T officer Niranjan Kumar, had left home at Ullala in his new car on September 12, telling his parents that he will back soon. However, he did not return home till late in the night. His parents tried calling him but to no avail. Two days later he sent a WhatsApp video message telling his parents to arrange ...
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Dawood's wife visited Mumbai last year to meet father: Iqbal Kaskar to cops
MUMBAI, Sep 22 (Agencies): Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's wife Mehajabin Shaikh had visited Mumbai to meet her father last year, police officials said, quoting the fugitive gangster's brother Iqbal Kaskar, who has been held in an extortion case. The sensational revelation came after Kaskar had earlier told interrogators that Dawood, a designated global terrorist, is still in Pakistan. Kaskar, arrested by the Anti-Extortion Cell of the Thane police earlier this week, has given some vital information about Dawood and his family, the police officials said. According to the officials, Kaskar has allegedly told them that Dawood's wife Mehajabin Shaikh alias Zubeena Zarin came to Mumbai some time last year to meet her father Salim Kashmiri, who lives here with his family. After meeting Kas...
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Modi in Varanasi: As it happened
VARANASI, Sep 22 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reached his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi, during which he is expected to inaugurate several infrastructure projects and address public meetings. He was received by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and state Governor Ram Naik at the airport. PM Modi flags off Mahamana Express from Varanasi As it happened: l Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik visits Tulsi Manas temple in Varanasi, offers prayers l Next up: PM Modi will visit the Tulsi Manas Temple and release a postal stamp on Ramayana. l Projects worth over Rs. 1,000 crore are either being inaugurated or their foundation stones are being laid. I compliment the Uttar Pradesh Government for their focus ...
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Dawood in 'setting' with Modi govt to return to India: Raj Thackeray
MUMBAI, Sep 21 (Agencies): Fugitive mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar wants to return to India and is currently negotiating a settlement with the BJP-led government at the centre, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray said here on Thursday. Making the sensational claim, Thackeray said that Dawood Ibrahim is now very sick and crippled, he is very keen to return to India and breathe his last in his motherland. "He is currently engaged in a 'setting' with the government for this and this could happen," Thackeray said at a huge gathering to launch his official Facebook Page. However, he alleged that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party will exploit it politically by claiming that it managed to bring the absconder don to India. "It is he (Dawood) who is keen to return... But, the B...
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Class 5 student commits suicide
'Teacher to not punish severely' in last wish
Gorakhpur, Sep 21 (Agencies): Upset over punishment given by teacher, a class 5 student allegedly committed suicide in Gorkhapur after consuming poison. Eleven-year-old Navneet Prakash, student of St Anthony's Convent School died in a hospital on Wednesday. Navneet's last wish, as mentioned in the suicide note, says, “Please ask my teacher to not punish anyone so severely.” On September 15, the child had gone to school for an exam. He was visibly upset after coming back from school, report his parents. Later that day, he consumed poison. In his suicide note, the child says that the teacher made the him stand on chair for three periods and misbehaved with him. The family claims Navneet was mentally harassed by the teacher often. They had also complained about the teacher to school mana...
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Rajasthan Police suspect Honeypreet hiding inside school building in Gurusar Modia, planning to flee country
CHANDIGARH, Sep 21 (Agencies): The Haryana Police on Thursday reached the native village of Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim at Rajsthan's Shri Ganganagar in search of Honeypreet Insan. As per ANI, the police received information about Ram Rahim's so-called daughter Honeypreet that she has been hiding in a village of Hanumangarh. They also suspect that the adopted daughter of rape convict Dera chief is planning to flee the country. The Rajasthan police have gheraoed the school building. The special team of Haryana police has also reached the spot. Additional security forces have also been called up to avoid any chaos. Honeypreet Insan has been absconding since Ram Rahim's sentencing took place on August 28. She has been charged with sedition for allegedly plotting the self-appointed guru's...
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Sonia's request to Modi: Pass Women's Reservation Bill
NEW DELHI, Sep 21 (Agencies): Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to approve the Women's Reservation Bill, ensuring 33% reservation for women, in Parliament soon. 'Request you to take advantage of your majority in Lok Sabha to get the Women's Reservation Bill passed,” wrote Mrs Gandhi in a letter to the PM. Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi on Women's Quota Bill Back in 2010, when Congress was in power, the Women’s Reservation Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha. “Since then, however, it has languished in the Lok Sabha for one reason or another,” writes the Congress chief. I am writing to request you to take advantage of your majority in the Lok Sabha to now get the Women’s Reservation Bill passed in the Lower House as well. The Congress Party h...
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Internet services suspended in Tripura after journalist Santanu Bhowmik hacked to death
AGARTALA, Sep 21 (Agencies): Internet and data services have been suspended in Agartala on Thursday, following the killing of a journalist, who was covering a clash between two political parties in Mandwai of West Tripura. A journalist Santanu Bhowmik was hacked to death on Wednesday while covering the clashes between Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) and Tripura Upajati Gan Mukti Parishad (TUGMP), a tribal wing of Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPIM. However, it is alleged that IPFT supporters were behind the incident. The state government had ordered an inquiry into the death of the journalist. The Information and Culture Minister of Tripura Bhanu Lal Saha said, "It has been reported will have to inquire and if so will ask Police to act properly." Journalists have stage...
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Dawood's aide Iqbal Kaskar surrendered as soon as he saw me: Encounter specialist
NEW DELHI, Sep 21 (Agencies): Iqbal Kaskar, the brother of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, was arrested by the Mumbai police from the home of his deceased sister, Haseena Parker in Nagpada south Mumbai in connection with an extortion case on Monday. In a rare chat, Mumbai top cop and famous encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma, who played a key role in Kaskar's arrest, said that the accused surrendered himself as soon as he saw him. "In the past few months, we received several inputs about Dawood's team being active in Thane area. We busted the extortion racket and arrested two people in connection. Later, we came to know about Kaskar's involvement in the case," he said. "On Monday, I along with my team of police officers reached Haseena Parker's Mumbai residence, where Kaskar had be...
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Dawood changed house in Pak 4 times since Modi govt came to power: Iqbal Kaskar
MUMBAI, Sep 21 (Agencies): Iqbal Kaskar, the brother of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim, has revealed that 1993 Mumbai blasts accused is in Pakistan. Kaskar, who is in 8-day police custody in an extortion case, told his interrogators that the D-Company head has made investments in western and north African nations. Dawood Ibrahim's security in Pakistan increased by 50 percent: Iqbal Kaskar The brother of Dawood also told the police officials that the underworld don has four times changed his whereabouts in Pakistan ever since the Narendra Modi government came into power. He also claimed that 1993 blasts accused's security has also been tightened in Pakistan. To avoid any audio recording by the Indian security agencies, Dawood has stopped talking to his relatives on phone, Kaskar is belie...
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Calcutta HC cancels Mamata govt's order restricting Durga idol immersion
CALCUTTA, Sep 21 (Agencies): The Calcutta High Court on Thursday cancelled Mamata Banerjee government's order restricting Durga idol immersion that could have possibly let to a clash with Muharram processions, reported NDTV. "You are exercising extreme power without any basis...Just because you are the state, can you pass arbitrary order?" the HC questioned the government. The Calcutta HC came down hard on the state government again today, saying that 'there is a difference between regulation and prohibition.' The court also told the government that it was " exercising extreme power without any basis." "If you get a dream, that something will go wrong, you cannot impose restrictions," the court said. Yesterday, questioning the West Bengal government's curbs on Durga idol immersion,...
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Rohingyas are not refugees, they are illegal immigrants: Rajnath
NEW DELHI, Sep 21 (Agencies): Home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said Rohingyas are not refugees, nor have they taken asylum. They are illegal immigrants. Addressing a seminar organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Singh asked why some people were objecting to the deportation of Rohingyas when Myanmar was ready to accept them. Singh said there is a procedure to acquire the refugee status. But none of them followed the procedure. "Principle of non-refoulement applies on those who have taken asylum in India. No #Rohingya has applied for asylum in India till today," he said. The home minister added that India won't be violating any international law by deporting Rohingyas from India, as it isn't a signatory to 1951 UN Refugee Convention. "People should understand...
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6-member NASA crew to exit qurantined Mars-like habitat on Sunday
NEW DEHI, Sep 17 (Agencies): In January this year, a NASA crew comprising four men and two women were sent into quarantine on a Mars-like habitat on a vast plain below the summit of the giant volcano Mauna Loa – one of Hawaii's five volcanoes and the world's largest. This was an 8-month-long simulation activity, which was done to gain a better understanding and to get a bit of a feel for how astronauts would respond mentally, physically, and most importantly, psychologically to a long-term on a manned space mission as well as in an inhospitable environment. The six scientists are all set to come out of isolation on Sunday. "Long term space travel is absolutely possible," Laura Lark, specialist at the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) project, led by the Universit...
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Strengthening global ties, Modi grows even stronger at home
NEW DELHI, Sep 17 (Agencies): Narendra Modi knew that he would be the Prime Minister of the country one day, said Jagdish Chandra, CEO Zee Regionals and Zee Hindustan in an exclusive analysis on 40 months of Modi Government. He said Modi and Shah are made for each other. Looking at the weakening Congress and scattered opposition, Chandra said Modi could return to power in 2019. Jagdish Chandra also said that Modi is heading towards election reforms and very soon it is possible that Lok Sabha and Assembly elections would be held together. In its mission towards the south, Chandra expressed hope that BJP would do better in Kerala and Karnataka. He called an understanding of BJP with AIADMK in Tamil Nadu a strategic move by the party. Mr Chandra praised PM Modi for launching various people...
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Rahul does it again, terms Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh Air Marshal
NEW DEHI,Sep 17 (Agencies): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and gaffe go hand in hand. In the latest addition to his goof up list, the Congress scion termed Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh as Air Marshal. Expressing grief over the demise of Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, who passed away on Saturday evening, Rahul made a faux pass on social media by referring him as Air Marshal. Taking to Twitter, Rahul wrote,"A soldier & diplomat power excellence. Air Marshal Arjan Singh demise is an irreparable loss. India has lost a true hero. Deppeset condolences (sic)." Notably, Marshal of Indian Air Force is five-star rank while Air Marshal is three-star rank. However, Rahul took down the tweet immediately later and posted the rectified one. "A soldier &diplomat par...
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Amit Shah urges nation to work towards 'Swachh Bharat' on Modi's birthday
NEW DELHI, Sep 17 (Agencies): On the 67th birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah has urged everybody to organise and join cleanliness initiatives, and devote the day to the ' Swachh Bharat Mission', adding that the mission is very special to the former. "I urge you all to organise or join any cleanliness initiative and share your photos on the Narendra Modi Mobile App," wrote Shah, in his blog. The BJP president also wished "a long as well as healthy life in service of the nation" to Prime Minister Modi, and praised him for working for the nation on his birthday too. With the BJP celebrating ' Sewa Diwas' on the occasion, Shah said that several organisations and NGOs, particularly the youth-driven groups are undertaking a wide range o...
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BJP MP from Alwar Mahant Chandnath passes away at 61
ALWAR, Sep 17 (Agencies): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Rajasthan's Alwar, Mahant Chandnath, has passed away at the age of 61 on Sunday. As per the reports of ANI, Chandnath's last rites will be performed today at his 'math' located in Haryana's Rohtak district at 4 PM. The BJP MP took his last breath on Saturday at 11:45 p.m. at Delhi's Apollo Hospital. Talking to the news agency, The BJP District Head of Alwar said that all the events of the day in the district have been cancelled following Chandnath's death. Chandnath headed the Nath sect of Hinduism and was also the chancellor of the Mast Nath University. Chandnath first won the by-elections in 2014 from Rajasthan's Behror seat. In 2014, he defeated Jitendra Singh of the Congress to became a MP from Alwar. In Februa...
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