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Avalanche warning for some areas in J&K
CHANDIGARH, Feb 24 (Agencies): A medium danger avalanche warning was issued today for some avalanche-prone areas of Jammu and Kashmir. Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) issued the warning that would be valid for the next 24 hours starting at 5.00 PM today. “Medium danger avalanche warning exists for avalanche- prone slopes of Kupwara, Kargil and Bandipora districts of Jammu and Kashmir. People are advised not to move in these areas,” the SASE advisory said. Among other places which had received fresh spell of snowfall until this morning included Banihal Top (22 cm), Gulmarg (6 cm), Haddan Taj (13 cm), Drass (8 cm) and Pharkian (15 cm) in J&K, it added....
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China supports India on combating terrorism
P L Uniyal
NEW DELHI, Feb 24: China supports India on combating terrorism and a discussion to declare Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a "global terrorist" is in progress, Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said on Friday. "The discussion is going on. I am so happy to see your Foreign Secretary in Beijing two days ago discussing everything so, just wait," Luo said while talking to media persons on the sidelines of a Chinese Visa Application Service Centre inauguration ceremony here. "China supports India and other countries on terrorism. The discussions are going on. It takes time," Luo said. India on Wednesday again asked China to declare Jaish-e-Mohammad chief and Pathankot attack mastermind Masood Azhar an international terrorist. China blocked a proposal by the US to add Azhar to the...
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Sunny days in offing for J&K, HP
NEW DELHI, Feb 22 (Agencies): The reason for these rainy and snowy spells over the hills of North India can be attributed to the Western Disturbance which has affecting the Western Himalayas for the last few days. Now, as per Skymet Weather, this weather system is likely to move away gradually, thereby significantly reducing the intensity of rain and snow over the hills. However, remnants of the system will continue to give isolated rain and thundershowers over East Jammu and Kashmir and North Himachal Pradesh for the next 24 hours. Thereafter, the hilly states of North India can brace for clear weather, marked with sunny days once again....
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Human rights issues in J&K be settled by India: EU
NEW DELHI, Feb 22 (Agencies): The issues of alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir should be settled by Indian institutions, The European Union said on Wednesday, remarks that come against the backdrop of Pakistan's repeated attempts to internationalise it. It, however, chided India for blocking foreign funding to several NGOs. Chairperson of European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee David McAllister said the panel is working on are port on EU's political ties with India with focus on human rights issues and it will be finalised ahead of the EU-India summit around September this year. McAllister, leading a delegation of the European Parliament here, called the "conflict" in Jammu and Kashmir a "very sensitive" issue, and added India has suffered a lot because of terr...
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BMC elections 2017 results tomorrow; Rs 3,000 crore at stake, bookies prefer Shiv Sena over BJP
Mumbai Feb 22 (Agencies): While the civic elections in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) – the country's richest municipal corporation – has become a prestige issue for two main parties, BJP and the Shiv Sena, it has also activated bookies in the illegal betting syndicate. A report in DNA claimed on Wednesday that nearly Rs 3,000 crore has been put on stake for this election in the illegal betting market. Various exit polls conducted after the BMC elections, results for which will be declared on Thursday, have claimed a neck-and-neck battle between the two main players - BJP and Shiv Sena. According to a latest exit poll, BJP is likely to get around 80-88 seats, while Shiv Sena is projected to get 86-92 seats. Moreover, Congress is expected to get 30-34 seats. NCP and MNS are l...
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Saif Ali Khan REVEALS he might change son Taimur Ali Khan's name!
New Delhi, Feb 22 (Agencies): Chhote Nawab Saif Ali Khan and begum Kareena Kapoor Khan's little bundle of joy Taimur Ali Khan was born on December 20, 2016, and ever since he has been making headlines. First, the gorgeous looking baby created quite a stir with his immense good looks and then followed the uninvited name controversy. Social media went into a tizzy over Saif and Kareena naming their son Taimur, linking it to the Turco-Mongol conqueror Timur who was infamous for his deeds. However, Saif later clarified that it was not based on his ruler but he rather liked the name Taimur as in Persian it means Iron. Now, comes an unexpected news that the royal Saif is considering changing the gorgeous baby' name. Yes! You read that right. In an interview with Delhi Times, Saif has been quo...
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'BJP gaining in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections after Hindutva introduced in campaign'
New Delhi, Feb 22 (Agencies):: BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has claimed that BJP is now gaining in UP Assembly Elections after Hindutva introduced in the party campaign. Taking to Twitter, Swamy on Wednesday wrote,"Happy to see in UP that BJP is gaining every day after some Hindutva essence introduced in the campaign flavour (sic)." Fifty-three constituencies will see polling on Thursday in the fourth phase of staggered assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. A total of 1.84 crore people will be eligible to vote in the election, whose main players are the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). In 2012, the Samajwadi Party won 24 of the 53 seats, the BSP 15, the Congress 6, the BJP five while three seats were bagged by the Peace Par...
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SP-Cong alliance falling apart? UP govt minister admits bickering over Akhilesh-Rahul's 'dosti'
Lucknow, Feb 22 (Agencies): Midway through the seven-round polls, cracks seem to have appeared in the much-talked about Samajwadi Party and Congress alliance even as most senior party leaders remain tight-lipped and refused to divulge anything. However, on Tuesday, Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya, known to be close to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, spilled the beans and admitted about the bickering going on over SP-Congress alliance among party leaders. "There is no spark in SP-Congress alliance. We (Samajwadi Party) could have easily gone solo in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. There was no need to form this alliance," Raja Bhaiya told News18 today. On the other hand, Akhilesh Yadav, who addressed an election rally in Bahraich today, said, "If friendship is ...
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'Cyanide' Mallika, Sasikala's dangerous neighbour in Bengaluru prison, shifted
Bengaluru, Feb 22 (Agencies): 'Cyanide' Mallika, a convicted serial killer who was lodged in a cell next to the one in which AIADMK leader VK Sasikala has been housed in Parappana Agrahara central prison, has now been shifted, reports said on Wednesday. A Times of India report said that 'Cyanide' Mallika, the infamous woman who is serving a life term for having killed six women, was shifted to Hindalga prison in Belagavi, north Karnataka, early this week. 'Cyanide Mallika' aka KD Kempamma was shifted by the prison authorities in the wake of media reports that she posed a threat to Sasikala's life as her cell was very close to the AIADMK leader's cell. Reports said that Mallika was shifted due to security reasons and was not informed about the move. Mallika is said to be a huge fan of...
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ABVP, AISA activists clash outside Delhi's Ramjas College over invite to JNU's Umar Khalid
New Delhi Feb 22 (Agencies): A clash broke out between the activists of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and All India Students' Association (AISA) outside a college of the Delhi University on Wednesday over the cancellation of the participation of Jawaharlal Nehru University students - Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid - at a seminar as speakers. The protesters also reportedly clashed with police personnel deployed at the scene. As per NDTV, more than 20 students have reportedly been injured in the clashes. Delhi University's Ramjas college had on Tuesday cancelled an invitation to Khalid and Rashid to address a seminar following violent protests from ABVP and members of the Delhi University Students Union. While Khalid was among the students charged with sedition in connection ...
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Sonia Gandhi questions PM Narendra Modi's 'achhe din' in 'personal' letter, mum on SP-Congress alliance in UP
New Delhi Feb 22 (Agencies): : Congress president Sonia Gandhi has written a 'personal' letter to the people of her Lok Sabha constituency - Raebareli – explaining reasons for her absence from campaigning in the poll-bound state of Uttar Pradesh. However, she stayed mum on the electoral alliance between Congress and Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party for assembly polls in UP. In her letter, the Congress chief said representing the people of Raebareli and Amethi in Lok Sabha has been a matter of pride for her family and that she has a 'special connect' with the people there. “Despite my intense desire, I am not able to be physically present among you this time. Please treat this as my ‘personal’ letter... Raebareli and Amethi have become an integral part of our lives. The credit for what...
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Govt puts gynaecologists on notice, mandates public display of C-section records
New Delhi, Feb 22 (Agencies): Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi on Wednesday suggested that the hospitals should publicly display the records of caesarean section vis-a-vis normal deliveries. The development happened amid the case of the death of a 28-year-old AIIMS nurse, who died after undergoing a C-section surgery last month. In a series of tweets, the minister said that the percentage of C-section surgeries in some states is much higher than 10-15% as recommended by World Health Organisation (WHO). I’d like to share my concern over alarming percentage of C-Section surgeries being conducted in hospitals these days. /1 This issue has been deeply worrying me as it has direct linkage with the health of women per se./2 The situation is much worse in private hos...
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Srinagar Centaur Hotel employees seek Jitendra's intervention
NEW DELHI, Feb 22: A delegation of Srinagar Centaur Hotel Employees, led by Peer M. Ismaiel, General Secretary, Centaur Hotel Employees’ Union, today called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and sought his intervention for redressal of their longstanding grievances, both related to their pay anomalies as well as the working of the hotel set - up. In a memorandum submitted to Dr Jitendra Singh, the members of delegation pointed out that the revision of their wage structure had not taken place since 2002, after the 5th Central Pay Commission Report. As a result, they complained that, while their counterparts in other sectors of governmen...
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VC CUJ calls on Jitendra
NEW DELHI, Feb 21: Vice Chancellor, Central University Jammu, Prof Ashok Aima called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and discussed wide range of issues related to the academic activities in the University and setting up of new teaching departments. Prof Aima profusely thanked Dr Jitendra Singh for having used his good offices to impart an exclusive identity to Central University, Jammu. He particularly thanked him for considering the proposal to set up J&K State’s first - ever teaching department in Administrative Studies at Central University, Jammu, with the support of Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), Government of India....
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Germany scrambles fighter planes for Jet Airways flight after communication failure with Cologne air traffic control
Delhi, Feb 19 (Agencies): German Air Force scrambled two jets to escort a Jet Airways flight after the Cologne air traffic control could not establish contact with it, as per a media report. According to The Times of India, the incident happened on February 16 due to a reported communication failure. Boeing-777 was flying from Mumbai to London on Thursday as 9W-118. It was overflying close to Cologne when its cockpit crew did not respond to ATC communications after which German Air Force scrambled jets to escort the Jet aircraft. These planes managed to establish an intercept contact following which the Jet pilots established contact with the ATC, as per TOI. Once the communication was restored, the aircraft (VT-JEX) continued its flight to London. The crew of flight 9W-118 have bee...
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Panneerselvam meets Governor, DMK calls for statewide hunger strike on Feb 22
Chennai, Feb 19 (Agencies): A day after a massive ruckus in Tamil Nadu assembly during the vote of confidence, DMK on Sunday announced a statewide hunger strike on February 22. The party announced the hunger strike at all district offices of the party in Tamil Nadu. The party's announcement comes a day after its working president MK Stalin was forced out from near Gandhi statue at Marina beach along with his partymen while sitting in protest yesterday. On the other hand, former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam has reached the Raj Bhavan today to meet Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao. On Sunday morning, the party MLAs met at their headquarters and DMK leader Tiruchi Siva said the trust vote moved by Chief Minister yesterday was 'illegal'. Siva has confirmed that the party h...
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'BJP is winning by absolute majority in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections'
Lucknow:, Feb 19 (Agencies): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has claimed that his party BJP is winning the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017. " Not only clear majority, BJP is winning by absolute majority in Uttar Pradesh," Rajnath Singh said after casting vote in Lucknow. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday cast his vote here in the third phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly election. Accompanied by his wife Savitri Singh, the Home Minister cast his vote at the PWD polling station. Earlier on Sunday, his son and Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Noida, Pankaj Singh cast also his vote in Lucknow and claimed an overwhelming support from the BJP....
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No toilet, no nikah' - Do you know what maulvis and muftis have decided?
Guwahati, Feb 19 (Agencies): : No toilet, no nikah. Maulvis and muftis in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab have decided not to solemnise marriage in a house where there is no toilet. Maulana Mahmood A Madani, Secretary General of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind said having a toilet has been made a mandatory condition for Muslim marriage in the three states and will be soon be applied in all other states in the country. "Maulvis and muftis in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana have decided that they will not solemnise the 'nikah' or Muslim marriage in a house where there are no toilets," he said. Madani, who is also a former Rajya Sabha MP, stated this during the inauguration of Assam Conference on Sanitation (ASCOSAN) 2017 conducted here in Khanapara last week. "I feel that all religious le...
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Stones pelted at Shivpal Yadav's car in Etawah's Jaswant Nagar
Etawah, Feb 19 (Agencies): Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav's car was attacked with stones on Sunday. The former PWD minister had a narrow escape on Sunday when unidentified persons pelted tones at his motorcade, police said. The incident took place at Katiapur village in Jaswantnagar, Etawah district. Jaswantnagar is an SP stronghold and has been held by the ruling party in the last several decades. It was first represented by SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in the Vidhan Sabha for seven successive terms and has been thereafter represented by Shivpal Singh Yadav. Shivpal is engaged in a bitter power struggle with nephew and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. When asked by the media in Saifai to comment on the stone-pelting incident, Akhilesh Yadav refused to comment, saying "I am ...
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Air pollution claims two Indian lives every minute, says study!
New Delhi, Feb 19 (Agencies): The pollution in India is turning out to be a downright menace with pollutants in the air becoming more and more aggressive every passing day. Every new day witnesses an increased toxicity in the air, which has enlarged the radar of threat upon the Indian population. Confirming the worst, a study has revealed that at least two Indians on an average, lose their lives to air pollution every minute on a daily basis. According to medical journal The Lancet, over a million Indians die every year due to air pollution and some of the worst polluted cities of the world are in India. The study released this week but based on 2010 data estimates that globally 2.7-3.4 million preterm births may be associated with PM2.5 exposure and South Asia is the worst hit accoun...
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Immediately begin talks on Kashmir: Sinha
NEW DELHI, Feb 18 (Agencies): Voicing concern at the "deteriorating situation" in the Kashmir Valley, former union minister Yashwant Sinha on Saturday asked the Centre to begin the process of dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir by involving all the stakeholders. "We are deeply concerned at the deteriorating situation in the Kashmir Valley. The loss of lives in the recent incidents was unnecessary and avoidable," said Sinha and members of the Concerned Citizens Group. "The issue of Jammu and Kashmir is a political issue and demands a political solution," they said in a statement. "The present bloodshed must come to an end, and dialogue alone will achieve this," it added. Sinha, in December 2016, led the Concerned Citizens Group, a team of eminent members -- Wajahat Habibullah, Sushobha Barve...
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Karra joins Cong
NEW DELHI, Feb 18 (Agencies): Former PDP MP Tariq Hameed Karra today joined Congress alleging the PDP-BJP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir as implementing only the “RSS agenda”. Karra (61) had submitted his resignation from the Lok Sabha in September and was accepted by the Lok Sabha secretariat in November last year. Karra gave his resignation protesting against the alleged extremities being committed by security forces in silencing widespread protests after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani. On Saturday in the capital, Karra was welcomed into the party by president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi. Karra said, “Basically after PDP backed an agenda of BJP which is dictated by the RSS, the political dynamics of the state changed. People in the state never a...
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India's only live volcano 'Barren Islands' active again after 150 years
Panaji, Feb 18 (Agencies): Scientists attached to the Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) said that India's only active volcano, the Barren Islands volcano which is located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, erupted for about four hours in January this year. According to a statement issued by the Press Information Bureau on Friday, quoting an account of the NIO research team which was in the vicinity of the volcano on January 23, the volcano emitted red lava fountains and samples of volcanic ash have been collected for testing and research. The statement said,'The team moved about one mile from the volcano, which is located on an uninhibited island, and began closely observing it. The volcano was erupting in small episodes lasting about five to 10 minutes. During the day...
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By forging an alliance of two "corrupt families", Akhilesh has conceded defeat: Amit Shah
Gorakhpur, Feb 18 (Agencies): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Saturday lashed out at Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017. Addressing a press conference in Gorakhpur, Shah said UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has conceded defeat by aligning with the Congress. By forging an alliance of two "corrupt families", Akhilesh Yadav has conceded defeat, Shah said. Hitting out at Congress, the BJP president said, the name of Congress president is decided at the time of a scion's birth, adding that UP poll results will see the end of dynastic politics. Expressing confidence in winning the UP polls, Shah asserted BJP Tsunami will soon hit Uttar Pradesh. To a question on BJP giving tickets to children of its MPs, ministers and senior ...
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