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'Papa's angel' Honeypreet Insan, donning pink suit, appears before Panchkula Court
PANCHKULA, Feb 21 (Agencies): Honeypreet Insan was produced at Panchkula District Court on Wednesday morning in connection with Panchkula violence case. Her aide Sukhdeep Kaur was also produced at the court on Wednesday. Honeypreet, whose real name is Priyanka Taneja, was arrested by the Haryana Police on October 3, 2017. The adopted daughter of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been charged with inciting violence in Panchkula after following Ram Rahim's rape conviction in court. She has also been charged with sedition. On August 25, 2017, Ram Rahim was convicted of raping two sadhvis or female followers. Following the conviction, large-scale violence spread in Haryana's Panchkula and Sirsa, leaving 38 people dead and another 264 injured. Isolated incidents of viole...
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SC refuses to defer hearing in Hadiya love jihad case
KERALA, Feb 21 (Agencies): The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to adjourn the Kerala love-jihad case hearing involving Hadiya scheduled for Thursday. Hadiya's father had requested the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra to defer Thursday's hearing, but the court did not accept the petition. Hadiya, a Hindu by birth and named as Akhila Ashokan, had converted to Islam several months before her marriage to Shafin Jahan. She had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that she is a Muslim and wanted to remain one and added that she wants to remain Shafin's wife. In November 2017, too, Hadiya had claimed that she was not forced to convert to Islam. "I am a Muslim. I want to go with my husband. Nobody forced me to convert," she had said. On November 27, 2017, the top court had ruled...
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Ayodhya Railway station will be replica of Ram Temple: Manoj Sinha
Ayodhya, Feb 21 (Agencies): The railway station in Ayodhya will be a replica of Ram Temple, said Union Minister Manoj Sinha on Tuesday. The minister was addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone for reconstructing Ayodhya railway station and other projects. Rs 80 crore has been earmarked for the complete reconstruction of the railway station, he added. Sinha further added the Railways Ministry will soon submit a proposal on the same to the Union Cabinet. “The government is concerned about connecting Ayodhya through rail to the entire country so that ‘Ram Bhakts’ may visit the place," he said. The reconstructed railway station would consist of state-of-the-art facilities. "The development of Ayodhya railway station was being discussed from the time of former prime minis...
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Prakash Jarwal arrested, party cries foul
NEW DELHI, Feb 21 (Agencies): AAP legislator Prakash Jarwal was arrested by Delhi police on late Tuesday night in connection with the Delhi chief secretary assault case. His arrest followed after a day of war and drama between the Delhi bureaucracy and ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Jarwal was picked up from his house at Deoli and initially detained. He was later arrested. AAP Delhi unit's chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj later tweeted, “Delhi Police arrested elected MLA without any evidence. What about arrest of IAS Officers who can be seen beating Minister in Secretariat? There is FIR by Minister as well as video evidence, but no arrests.” Delhi Police arrested elected MLA without any evidence. What about arrest of IAS Officers who can be seen beating Minister in Secretariate ? ...
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Delhi Chief Secretary's medical report confirms facial injuries
NEW DELHI, Feb 21 (Agencies): Delhi Chief secretary Anshu Prakash's Medico Legal Certificate (MLC) report, submitted to the police, points at several injuries around the facial region. A copy of the MLC report was obtained by Zee Media earlier today. The report states Prakash has: 1. Injury marks on forehead's right side 2. Swelling behind both ears 3. Injury marks near lips 4. Swelling on right cheek The medical check-up was conducted by doctors at Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital at 9 pm on Tuesday. Meanwhile, more drama unfurled in the national capital on Wednesday after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Amanatullah Khan surrendered to police in connection with the assault case of Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash. Khan surrendered at the Jamia Nagar Police Station. "He presented himself...
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Speak about Nirav Modi in Mann ki Baat: Rahul trolls Modi
NEW DELHI, Feb 21 (Agencies): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his silence on the Punjab National Bank fraud and the Rafale deal. Taking a jibe at the PM, he said that he looked forward to his "sermon" on the issues in his "Mann ki Baat" programme. Rahul also labelled the PM's programme aired on All India Radio a monologue and said the country wants to hear him speak on billionaire diamond jeweller Nirav Modi and the Rafale "scam". Modi Ji, last month you ignored my suggestions for your Mann Ki Baat monologue. Why ask for ideas when in your heart you know what every Indian wants to hear you speak about? 1. Nirav Modi's 22,000 Cr. Loot & Scoot 2. The 58,000 Cr. RAFALE scam. The Congress president has targeted PM Modi over his si...
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AAP leaders, Delhi govt officials trade manhandling charges; MHA seeks report
NEW DELHI, Feb 20 (Agencies): Condemning the alleged manhandling of the Delhi chief secretary by a few AAP MLAs on Monday night, two IAS bodies on Tuesday met Lt Governor Anil Baijal to lodge their protest over the matter. Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash was allegedly manhandled by a few AAP MLAs at the CM's residence in presence of Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia, it has been claimed. According to an official, Prakash was called by Kejriwal regarding the issue of advertisements, which were not being released. But, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claimed that he had been called for a discussion on rations. IAS, DANICS associations, along with the Delhi Administration Subordinate Services (DASS), alleged that the meeting was called on Monday night to put pressure on the chief secr...
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I am a Muslim and wish to remain one, Hadiya tells SC
NEW DELHI, Feb 20 (Agencies): In a new turn in Kerala's 'love jihad' case, Hadiya has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that she is a Muslim and wanted to remain one. She has also stated that she wants to remain the wife of Shafin Jahan. Earlier also in November 2017, Hadiya had said that she was not forced to convert to Islam. "I am a Muslim. I want to go with my husband. Nobody forced me to convert," she had said. Meanwhile, on November 27, 2017, the top court had said that Hadiya could pursue her homoeopathy studies under her previous Hindu name at Salem medical college. A Hindu by birth and named as Akhila Ashokan, she is said to have converted to Islam several months before her 'marriage'. An SC bench headed by CJI had given its direction after interacting with Had...
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When a hotel turned away Modi, his entourage in Mysuru
MYSURU, Feb 20 (Agencies): If you thought the Prime Minister can get any place where he wants to stay, you might need to rethink. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his entourage were to visit Mysuru for a two-trip from February 19-20, they approached Hotel Lalitha Mahal Palace but they could not get the accommodation booked. The iconic had to turn them away as it almost all rooms were booked for a wedding reception, a top official was quoted as saying by a news agency. "An official from the deputy commissioner's office had visited us to book rooms for the Prime Minister and his staff, including security personnel, but we were not in a position to do so as most of the rooms were booked for a wedding reception," the hotel General Manager Joseph Mathias told news agency agencies. The d...
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India test fires Agni II missile off Odisha coast
BHUBANESWAR, Feb 20 (Agencies): India on Tuesday test-fired its indigenously developed intermediate range ballistic missile Agni II from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast. The trial of the surface-to-surface missile was conducted from Launch Complex-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Balasore district at about 8.38 a.m., said a Defence Ministry official. The trial was conducted by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army as part of its user training exercise, he added. Agni II missile has already been inducted into the Indian Army. The two-stage missile equipped with advanced high accuracy navigation system, which is guided by a novel scheme of state-of-the-art command and control system was propelled by solid rocket propellant system. It has a strike range o...
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Trump Junior arrives in India for week-long visit
NEW DELHI, Feb 20 (Agencies): United States President Donald Trump's son Donald Trump Jr, who is on a week-long visit to India, arrived here on Tuesday. During the week-long trip, Donald Trump Jr. will not only endorse his luxurious residential project-Trump Towers, but he is scheduled to deliver a speech on foreign policy in India. Trump Jr. will meet with Indian investors and business leaders in Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune and Gurugram respectively, The Washington Post reported. The eldest son of Donald Trump has already advertised himself prior to his visit. Full-page advertisements in Indian newspapers on Monday invited prospective investors to buy into the Trump Organisation's project in Gurugram to join Donald Trump Jr at a dinner later this week. "Trump has arrived. Have you?" read ...
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Jilted lover spikes girl's drink, rapes her, films the act and throws her off auto
Ghaziabad, Feb 19 (Agenciers): A Ghaziabad-based man allegedly raped a woman and filmed the entire act on video. The man has now been arrested by cops. On February 7, the accused along with two accomplices called the victim at a hotel, where she was served a cold drink laced with sedatives. After the girl lost consciousness, Mehtab raped her while the accomplices recorded the entire act on video, said station house officer (SHO), Sihani Gate, Vinod Kumar Pandey. The accused then threatened to release the video online if she did not marry him by changing her religion, the officer said. On February 15, accused Mehtab once again attacked the girl and snatched her mobile, before throwing her out of a moving auto. Next day, the victim lodged a complaint with the police. She further name...
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Caught on camera: Jeep rams into a motorcycle, family of three has a narrow escape
BANASKANTHA, Feb 18 (Agencies): A family of three had a narrow escape after a jeep rammed into a motorcycle in Banaskantha, Gujarat. A family of three, including a young kid and a woman, were on the motorcyle when it was hit by the car. The accident took place at around 4 pm in on February 18, 2018. The video shows that the car was at an extremely high speed when it hit the bike. It is not clear from the video whether the bike rider took a sudden turn from the divider break leading to the accident. It can also be seen that the car lost control and was about to hit the divider nearby, but managed to control the direction at the last minute. All the three family members were saved with minor injuries. Onlookers came to the rescue of the family and helped them get up from the ground. A ma...
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Rahul questions Modi's 'loyalty', asks where is the 'chowkidaar'
NEW DELHI. Feb 19 (Agencies): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his silence after billionaire Nirav Modi, accused of a multi-crore fraud, fled India in early January. Taking a dig at the Central government, he claimed that the people want to know where is the PM who claimed to be the 'chowkidaar' of the country. Earlier, Rahul had taken potshots at the Prime Minister saying he spent two hours telling kids how to pass exams but "won’t speak for 2 minutes on the 22,000 crore banking scam". The Congress chief had also targeted Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the issue, saying he "is in hiding". He also asked PM Modi and Jaitley in his Twitter attack to "stop behaving as if you’re guilty! Speak up". "PM Modi tells kids how to pas...
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BJP emerges victorious, Congress improves tally
GUJARAT, Feb 19 (Agencies): The results for the civic elections in Gujarat, which were held on Saturday, were declared on Monday. While the initial trends showed a neck-and-neck contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress, the picture got clearer when all trends came in. The trends for all 75 municipalities showed the BJP leading in 43 while the Congress was ahead in 25 seats. Interestingly, there has been a tie in three municipalities. Though the BJP has emerged victorious in the civic polls, its numbers have gone down since the last elections wherein it won 59 of the 75 municipalities in Gujarat. The Congress tally stood at 16 in the last elections, and the party has gained more than 8 seats this time. While the trends are out on all the seats, results for just 1...
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Army Chief, NSA and Foreign Secretary make a secret trip to Bhutan as China flexes its muscle in Doklam
NEW DELHI, Feb 19 (Agencies): Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval made a quick and discreet visit to Bhutan in early February where they held extensive talks with the Bhutanese leadership on several key and strategic issues. India is worried after an intelligence report warned that China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been patrolling the areas which are held by the Royal Bhutan Army, say sources. Besides intrusive patrolling, the PLA is also believed to have held armed patrol in the areas held by Royal Bhutan Army at Lhariong, Sarithang, Sinchulumpa and Pangka La. The PLA is actively conducting reconnaissance sorties by fighter jets and helicopters over these areas and also in North Doklam. The PLA is consolidat...
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Budgam shortlisted for PM’s excellence award for promoting cashless economy
BUDGAM, Feb 18: District Budgam has been shortlisted for Prime Minister’s excellence award in public administration for taking lead in the State for promoting the cashless economy. So far, under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Harun Malik, digital payments facility has been installed at 670 places across the district. The venues include 372 ration shops, 285 fertilizer shops and 13 Revenue (Tehsil) offices across Budgam, while as the district has also witnessed 800 percent increase in the collection of revenue of electricity bills through the digital mode during current fiscal. Pertinently, Budgam and Srinagar are the only two districts which have been shortlisted from the State this time for the excellence award. For the successful implementation of the digital paymen...
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Initiatives undertaken by PM in Agriculture sector Historic: DY CM
KERALA, Feb 18: Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh today said the initiatives undertaken by the Prime Minister in the agriculture sector are historic which would ensure surge in the Agri produce resulting increase in the income of the farming community as well thereby uplifting their economic profile besides making the country self-sufficient in food production. The Deputy Chief Minister was speaking at National Banana festival 2018 organized at Vellayani Devi Temple Ground in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Vice Chairman J&K State Advisory Board for Development of Kisans, Daljeet Singh Chib, local legislators, prominent scientists attended the festival. Deputy Chief Minister said that the farming community should take advantage of the modern technology in order to make the farming and...
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Modi, Trudeau must put human rights on bilateral agenda: AI
NEW DELHI, Feb 16: In view of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's official visit to India, Amnesty International Friday asked the Prime Minister of Canada and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to address the human rights challenges in their respective countries and abroad. Amnesty International has urged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to raise the threatened expulsion of Rohingyas from India during his upcoming visit here, along with issues like use of pellet guns in Jammu and Kashmir and justice to 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims. Ahead of Trudeau’s week-long India visit from Saturday, Amnesty has also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to raise certain points related to human rights violation in Canada. According to a statement, Amnesty International Ind...
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'Hug PM Modi...steal 12000 cr': Rahul Gandhi tweets 'guide to looting India' over Nirav Modi fraud
NEW DELHI, Feb 15 (Agencies) : Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over reports that billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, who is under Enforcement Directorate scanner for a multi-crore fraud, has fled India. Taking potshots at the Modi, he tweeted a 'guide to loot India'. Rahul tweeted: "Guide to Looting India by Nirav MODI 1. Hug PM Modi 2. Be seen with him in DAVOS Use that clout to: A. Steal 12,000Cr B. Slip out of the country like Mallya, while the Govt looks the other way." Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had also hinted at the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) role in the fraud. "Is it possible to believe that he (Nirav Modi) or Vijay Mallya left the country without active connivance of BJP govt?," the Aam Aa...
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Decoding messages received from aliens could destroy life on Earth, warn scientists
New Delhi, Feb 15 (Agencies) : As space agencies around the world are putting in every effort to search for alien life, two scientists have warned that messages sent by aliens could destroy life on Earth if not read carefully. As per the scientists, aliens could ruin life on Earth merely through their messages – they don't even have to be present on the planet. In the academic paper titled 'Interstellar Communication. IX. Message decontamination is impossible', the two researchers from the University of Hawaii and Sonneberg Observatory in Germany have discussed the way we might read and understand a message received from space. They found that it would be impossible to figure out how dangerous the contents of a message might be without opening it, therefore it would be safest to simply...
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Goa minister calls domestic tourists 'scum of the earth', Manohar Parrikar says 'point highlighted is right'
PANAJI, Feb 15 (Agencies) : Days after Goa Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai called domestic tourists visiting the coastal state the "scum of the earth", Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar defended him saying he was talking about a particular incident but was not able to convey himself correctly. He said Sardesai was referring to an incident of a tourist urinating from a bus window, the video of which had gone viral on the social media. "He (Sardesai) should not have used very harsh words. I have spoken to him about it. He was not wrong in what he was highlighting. But he interpreted it in a wrong way or rather, he was not able to express it correctly," Parrikar said, adding that the minister, corrected his statement later. However, he added that politicians need to be caref...
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Haryana's 63-year-old CM ML Khattar rides a bullet to Amit Shah's Jind rally
Jind, Feb 15 (Agencies) : BJP national president Amit Shah on Thursday kick-started a mega motorcycle rally in Haryana's Jind district on Thursday, which was earlier cleared by National Green Tribunal (NGT) court. According to reports, Shah was clicked riding a bike on his way with party workers to the 'Yuva Hunkar Rally' venue in Jind. The BJP chief is later expected to address the “Yuva Hunkar Rally” which will also be attended by over 1 lakh bike-borne BJP supporters. Interestingly, ahead of the mega rally, Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar on Wednesday rode a motorcycle to review preparations for the rally and later tweeted a photo of the same. The Haryana Chief Minister also urged the Jat agitation leaders to withdraw their protest against the rally. The Jat leaders had been pr...
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Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani train gets a makeover under Indian Railways Operation Swarn
New Delhi, Feb 15 (Agencies): Passengers on the Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express are in for a delight as the Indian Railways has introduced new coaches for the superfast air-conditioned train under Operation Swarn. The new coaches have been equipped with LED screens to display iconic Indian buildings like Rashtrapati Bhawan. The drapes for the windows have also been refurbished. They are lighter in colour and printed in design. The usual white hand towels have also been replaced with blue towels that are bigger in size. The white sheets for the berths have also been replaced with printed sheets. Among the many new features are vinyl wrapped anti-graffiti interiors, new paint scheme and LED lights. Reports said that the bogies have been equipped with premium quality mirrors, new dustbins,...
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