|Ayodhya: I, not LK Advani, incited mob to raze Babri mosque: Ram Vilas Vedanti|
|Faizabad, Apr 21 (Agencies): Two days after the Supreme Court ordered senior BJP leader LK Advani to face trial on conspiracy charges in connection with the Babri Mosque demolition case, former BJP MP Ram Vilas Vedanti said on Friday that it was he who provoked a frenzied mob to raze the disputed structure in 1992.
"He had no role in this incident," Vedanti told the media, referring to LK Advani, one of the senior most leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
"I brought it down and ensured that it went down," Vedanti added.
Interestingly, Vedanti is one of the 13 people accused by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of conspiring to bring down the 16th century mosque at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.
The reactions from Vedanti came two days after the Supreme Court dire...|
|Foreign models visiting Taj Mahal asked to remove saffron scarves, Hindu outfits protest|
|AGRA, Apr 21 (Agencies): Taj Mahal – the world famous iconic monument of love – is at the centre of a fresh controversy, and this time, a fight has erupted between the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and right-wing outfits.
A Times of India report said on Friday that a controversy erupted after CISF officials barred the contestants from several countries participating in a super model contest from visiting the 'Taj Mahal' wearing scarves bearing Hindu religious symbols and words like 'Jai Shri Ram'.
Right-wing organisations including Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) said that the religious sentiments of Hindus were hurt with the incident.
Members of HJM had on Thursday protested outside the office of the Archaeological Survey of India office at Ma...|
|Muslims Kar Sevaks arrive in Ayodhya with bricks for construction of Ram Temple|
|AYODHYA, Apr 21 (Agencies): Amid heightened expectations that there will be an amicable solution to the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, a group of Muslims under the banner of Muslim Kar Sevak Manch (MKM) arrived in Ayodhya on Thursday evening with a truck full of bricks for the construction of a Ram temple.
People of Ayodhya were left amused when they saw the members of the group going around the town chanting 'Jai Shri Ram'.
Azam Khan, president of Sri Ram Mandir Nirman Muslim Kar Sevak Manch, said that they want to aid in the construction of a Ram temple. Members of the group said they had come from Lucknow, Basti and other nearby districts.
After the police disallowed their plea to enter the area, on the grounds that the Ram Lalla temple was closed for the day, they tried to co...|
|Arvinder explains why Modi's leadership is better than that of Rahul Gandhi|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 21 (Agencies): Newly-inducted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arvinder Singh Lovely on Friday came down heavily on the Congress leadership, especially Rahul Gandhi for the grand old party's poor performance across the country.
Speaking exclusive to Zee Media, Lovely said the present Congress is not the same party, which it used to be, for which he devoted his 30 years.
Heaping praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, the ex-Congress leader said it took just one hour for him to have a meet with Shah, whereas, he wasn't able to meet the Congress high command even after trying for two years.
He also claimed that during closed door meetings, various Congress leaders applaud PM Modi.
When asked as to what factors made him join the BJP – the par...|
|Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah's 'useless fellow' comment against cop draws flak|
|Bengaluru, Apr 21 (Agencies): Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who retorted angrily at a senior police officer for failing to stop a protest march by BJP workers, drew sharp reactions from some political quarters on Friday.
The incident took place on Thursday during a public function where the Mandya Superintendent of Police, CH Sudhir Kumar Reddy was also present.
The chief minister publicly admonished the officer and called him a “useless fellow” after the protesters waved black flags and tried to block his cavalcade.
The BJP workers were demanding loan waivers for the farmers.
Criticising Siddaramaiah's brattish rebuke to the officer, BJP leader S Prakash said that the CM mistreated him when he was only doing his duty.
"I believe it is for the ruler to digest it and get alon...|
|Arunachal renaming row |
|Stop playing Dalai Lama card, you will pay dearly, Chinese media warns India|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 21 (Agencies): The war of words between India and China over the Dalai Lama's recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh continues with the latter now warning the former of 'serious consequences' if it continues to host the Tibetan spiritual leader.
An article in the state-run Global Times claimed on Friday that New Delhi will 'pay dearly' for playing the Dalai Lama card in Arunachal Pradesh, over which Beijing claims sovereignty.
The Global Times op-ed, titled 'India playing Dalai Lama card worsens territorial spats with China', which was published today, also blasted the Indian media for its reaction over China recently announcing 'standardised' names for six towns in Arunachal Pradesh.
The Chinese move "unsurprisingly set the Indian media ablaze", the article, written by Ai Ju...|
|Twitter goes crazy after Arvind issues 'dengue threat' to Delhiites; BJP says CM cursing his own voters|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 21 (Agencies): Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Tajinder Pal S Bagga on Friday took on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who stirred a controversy earlier in the day by suggesting that if a child contracts dengue in Delhi, his/her parents should be held responsible because they voted for the BJP in the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls.
Kejriwal is facing the ire for making such statement for the voters of Delhi.
Addressing the media, Friday, Kejriwal said: “Agar aapne BJP ko vote diya aur aapke bacche ko dengue ho jata hai, toh aap hi zimmedar honge, kyuki aapne dengue wali party, chikungunya wali party, maccharo wali party ko vote diya (If you (citizens) vote for the BJP and if your child contracts dengue, then you yourself will be responsible b...|
|Sasikala's relative threatens to release Jayalalithaa's hospital clip|
|CHENNAI, Apr 21 (Agencies): Amid demands for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the death of then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, a nephew of Sasikala Natarajan has threatened to make public the clips of the former Tamil Nadu chief minister with her aunt in a Chennai hospital.
Sasikala's nephew Jeyanandh Dhivakaran, in a Facebook post, said the clips will clear the kind of relationship Amma (Jayalalithaa) and Chinnamma (Sasikala) shared.
The post was deleted quickly, reported NDTV.
"Even after been coined as a murderer, Amma's pic was not revealed by Sasikala as her enemies should not see her clad in a green gown,” said the post on Facebook.
It added: “We kept her as a mighty lion until her death and bid adieu. But OPS, just to garner votes, placed her in a coffin and p...|
|Let's reorient ourselves to 'New India': Dr Jitendra|
|Responsibility, accountability,impartiality important aspects of Civil Services: Rajnath|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 20: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the two-day 11th Civil Services Day programme here today.
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 presided over the function.
Also present on the occasion were Additiona Principal Secretary to PM Dr P.K.Mosra. Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha, Unio Secretary DoPT B.P. Sharma,Union Secretary for Administrative Reforms senior officerfrom Govt of India as was senior bureaucrate from different States.
Speaking on the occasion, Rajnath Singh said that Civil servants are fortunate to have certain opportunities, responsibilities and minimum facilities at a very young age and the country ha...|
|India seeks trial details of Kulbhushan from Pak seeks for consular access|
|DELHI, Apr 20 (Agencies): A day after summoning the Pakistan deputy high commissioner in connection with Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence by a military court there, MEA said on Thursday that India had requested consular access to Pakistan 14 times earlier.
"India has now asked for consular access to Jadhav for the 15th time. India awaits formal response from Pakistan to its two demands - consular access and details of the trial proceedings against Jadhav," MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.
"We don't know anything about Jadhav's location or condition in Pakistan, it is a matter of concern for India. We are concerned about his health and whereabouts," he maintained.
"Pakistan claims there have been legal proceedings against Jadhav, if there have been, we would like to see them," Bag...|
|Nitish meets Sonia , calls for Opposition unity to take on Modi|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 20 (Agencies): In what could be politically significant, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi at her residence here.
He is learned to have advocated unity among Opposition parties to take on the BJP-led NDA.
JD(U) also used the meeting to call for a joint Opposition candidate for the election to the President's post and urged Gandhi to take the lead in the matter, as per agencies.
Its spokesperson KC Tyagi, however, insisted that the issue of Presidential election was not discussed in the meeting and added it was his party's view that a strong joint opposition candidate will be in national interest. "There should a joint Opposition candidate for the top Constitutional post and Sonia Gandhi being the leader of the largest Oppos...|
|Barkha Shukla Singh resigns as Delhi Mahila Cong chief, says Rahul mentally unfit to lead party|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 20 (Agencies): In another jolt to Delhi Congress ahead of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) Elections, its women's wing chief Barkha Shukla Singh on Thursday resigned from the post.
She also hit out at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and the party`s Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken.
The former Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief said: "Congress party under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi and Ajay Maken have only used the issue of empowerment of women and women security to gather votes."
"The issue means nothing to them."
Talking to a news agency, Singh said "On the day of Navratra on March 28, I, along with a number of other fasting women workers of the party, tried to meet Rahul Gandhi. The women party workers, who had assembled there from various parts of Delhi, ...|
|Dismissed BSF jawan Tej Bahadur says 'fair trial not given', to move court|
|Rewari(Haryana), Apr 20 (Agencies): Dismissed BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav is planning to move court against his sacking as he contended today that he was not given a fair trial after he complained about poor quality of food being served to the soldiers.
Yadav, a native of Rewari in Haryana, had posted a video online about five months back, complaining about poor quality food being served to the troops on the icy heights along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.
He was dismissed yesterday by a Summary Security Force Court (SSFC) where he was tried on two counts -- of making "false allegations" on social media regarding the quality of food and carrying two mobile phones while on operational duty, the BSF spokesman said.
"I was not given a fair trial. Though I was given an opp...|
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|Lalu accuses PM of 'crafting' LK Advani trial, Katiyar says 'may be his claim has truth'|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 20 (Agencies): BJP leader Vinay Katiyar has come out in support of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav after latter alleged that the Supreme Court order allowing trial of top BJP leaders in the Babri Masjid case was a "well-thought-out politics" of the PM Narendra Modi to remove BJP veteran LK Advani's name from the Presidential race.
"Maybe his statement has truth to it, don't know," Vinay Katiyar said on Lalu Yadav's remark 'Modi's conspiracy to remove Advani from Presidential race.
"The CBI is under the influence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It stood in the Supreme Court and sought permission to run trial against Advani and others in the Babri Masjid demolition case," Lalu had alleged.
Since Advani's name was in circulation as a probable for the post of President, Modi th...|
|Super-Earth: Newly discovered exoplanet may be most promising yet in search for signs of life|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 20 (Agencies): Earlier, astronomers have discovered a number of nearby exoplanets - or planets outside our solar system - that could harbour life like Proxima b and the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets.
Now, an international team of astronomers has discovered a so-called 'super-Earth' that could contain liquid water, a situation that would make it a very good candidate for harbouring life.
Researchers believe the new exoplanet may be one of the best candidates that may offer the most promising target yet in the search for life beyond the Solar System.
TRAPPIST-1: Six incredible facts about the host star of the newly discovered seven exoplanets!
TRAPPIST-1: Six incredible facts about the host star of the newly discovered seven exoplanets!
Named LHS 1140b, the distant...|
|10 ISIS suspects planning major attack held in multi-state operation|
|LUCKNOW/MUMBAI, Apr 20 (Agencies): A major terror attack in the country was claimed to have been averted as 10 suspected ISIS activists were held today in a major multi-state operation.
The joint operation was carried out by the police teams of Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh, in which four suspected terrorists belonging to the ISIS Khorasan module were arrested and six others were detained, officials said.
The arrests were made during raids this morning in Mumbra (Maharashtra), Jalandhar (Punjab), Narkatiaganj (Bihar), and Bijnor and Muzaffarnagar (both in Uttar Pradesh), the officials added.
Inspector General of the UP Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) Aseem Arun, in a statement in Noida, said that four persons were arrested on charges of hatching terror ...|
|No red beacons from May 1|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 19(Agencies): In what could signify an end to the VVIP culture in India, no high dignitaries, including the President and the Prime Minister would be allowed to have red beacon on their vehicles from May 1, Finance Minister Arun jaitley said today.
Making the announcement at a press conference, Jaitley said,”The Prime Minister informed the Cabinet that some amendments to the Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 were being made. These amendments will come into effect from May 1.
”Under rule 108(I)(II) of the act, the state governments and the central government can name any dignitaries who can have red, white and blue beacons on their vehicles, The Centre has decided to remove this rule altogether. This means that henceforth the Centre and the stater governments cannot nominate any ...|
|EC full bench discusses J&K polls with Home Secy|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 19(Agencies): The Election Commission and the Home Ministry today discussed measures to ensure a violence-free by-poll to the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat like cutting down on the number of polling stations for better security.
Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and his two Election Commissioners held talks with Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, who assured them of providing adequate paramilitary forces for the by-poll to be held on May 25, official sources said.
The assurance from the Union Home Secretary assumes significance as there were voices within the Mehbooba Mufti- led coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir for postponing the by-poll, citing law-and-order situation in the valley.
There was large-scale violence during the by-poll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha ...|
|Cong forms panel to assess situation in Kashmir|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 19(Agencies): Concerned over the “disturbed” situation in the Valley, the Congress today formulated a policy-planning group for Jammu and Kashmir to take forward the peace initiative in the state.
The Congress has been critical of the Centre as well as the PDP-BJP coalition government over the handling of the situation in J&K since July last year.
The policy-planning group is chaired by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and includes former Home Minister P Chidambaram and CWC members Dr Karan Singh and Ghulam Nabi Azad, besides the J&K Congress in charge Ambika Soni....|
|Babri Masjid demolition case|
|LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti to face trial on conspiracy charges, rules SC|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 19 (Agencies): In a big setback for the ruling BJP, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that its senior leaders including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and several others will face trial on conspiracy charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
The apex court, however, excluded former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh, who is at present serving as the Governor of Rajasthan and enjoys Constitutional immunity. No case would be registered against him, said the apex court.
The apex court passed in response to CBI's appeal challenging withdrawal of conspiracy charges against senior BJP leaders including LK Advani.
The apex court also directed that the trial against the BJP leaders should be completed in two years.
After the apex court order, the matter will now...|
|Babri demolition more serious than Gandhi Assassination: Owaisi|
|HYDERABAD, Apr 19 (Agencies): Terming the Babri Masjid demolition as "more serious" than the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi today deplored the delay in concluding the trial.
He also said those responsible for the "nation's shame" in 1992 are now running the country. "Mahatma Gandhi assassination trial completed in 2 years & Babri Masjid demolition which (is) more serious than MK Gandhi killing not yet decided," the Hyderabad Lok Sabha member tweeted.
"Gandhi's killers were convicted (and) hanged & Babri accused have been made Union Ministers, conferred Padma Vibhushan, justice system moves slowly," he said.
His comment came after Supreme Court allowed the CBI's plea to restore criminal conspiracy charge against top BJP leaders L K Advani, M M Joshi and Um...|
|Modi govt bans use of red, blue beacons by VIPs, including President, PM, from May 1|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 19 (Agencies): In a significant move to end VIP culture, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday decided that beacon light will be removed from all vehicles, including that of Prime Minister, from May 1.
However, emergency vehicles, like ambulance, can continue to use red or blue beacons.
"In a historic decision, the Cabinet has decided that beacon lights will be removed from all vehicles, barring emergency services vehicles, from May 1," Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said.
Gadkari showed the way by becoming the first minister to take the beacon off his official vehicle after the Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The minister said, "this government is a government of common masses and has decided to abolish VIP culture of beacon light...|
|No VIP culture in Yogi 'raj', Adityanath says no to red beacons|
|LUCKNOW, Apr 19 (Agencies): Saint-politician Yogi Adityanath, who began his new innings as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh with a pledge to work without discrimination, has decided not to promote the VIP culture during his tenure.
According to Financial Express, the Chief Minister has issued orders on Monday that no minister in the state government will be allowed to use the red beacons atop vehicles.
Reiterating his government's commitment to fight corruption, Adityanath had asked all the ministers in his cabinet to provide details of their income, moveable and immovable assets within 15 days.
During a meeting with Uttar Pradesh Police chief Javeed Ahmed, the Chief Minister expressed concern over the killing of a BSP leader in Allahabad last night.
He, it is learnt, also ordered...|
|Centre taking steps to secure Jadhav's release: HC|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 19 (Agencies): The Delhi High Court today refused to direct the government to approach the International Court of Justice for the release of death row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav from jail in Pakistan, saying the government was taking necessary steps.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra said the government was best placed to take a decision and safeguard the life and liberty of its citizens.
"All steps are being taken by the government. There cannot be any intervention by this court," the bench said, adding that it does not want to interfere in the government's measures to secure the release of 46-year-old Jadhav from the Pakistani prison.
The court accepted the stand of Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain that Union of India was...|
|Sonu responds to Fatwa by shaving off his, says 'will have to fight fanaticism'|
|MUMBAI, Apr 19 (Agencies): Sonu Nigam today got his head tonsured by a celebrity hairstylist at a press conference in response to a 'fatwa' by a Muslim cleric who took strong exception to the Bollywood playback singer's tweets critical of the use of loudspeakers in shrines. He had called the press to talk about his tweets on Monday which led to an online furore and a fatwa being issued against him by Kolkata-based Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi, who had offered to pay Rs 10 lakh to anyone shaving Nigam's head.
Before hairstylist Aalim Hakim got into the act, Nigam stressed that his tweets were against the use of loudspeakers in morning sermons and not aimed at any particular religion.
"I only spoke against the use of loudspeakers. Everybody has a right to his opinion. I have the right to ...|