States must not delete ration card holders’ names for lack of Aadhaar, says Paswan

THE Central Government has asked States and Union Territories to ensure that names of people are not deleted from the ration card database due to non- possession of Aadhaar, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Tuesday. Identification of beneficiaries in Fair Price Shops (FSPs) is done primarily on the basis of Aadhaar authentication through electronic Point of Sale (ePoS) mechanism. The minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution told Lok Sabha that in case of Aadhaar authentication ..

MP man remarries wife, also weds her cousin at same time

A 35-YEAR-OLD man remarried his wife and also tied the knot with her cousin at the same wedding ceremony in a village in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind district. The unusual ceremony became talk of the town after a video of the twin marriages solemnised on November 26 in village Gudawali went viral on social media. The man, Dilip aka Deepu Parihar (35), was already married to Vinita (28), the sarpanch of Gudawali, about 30 km from Bhind distric t Headquarters...

India ‘walking the talk’ on climate change commitments: Javdekar

INDIA is “walking the talk” in its climate change commitments and has reduced emission intensity by 21 per cent of its GDP while also being on track to achieve the goal of 35 per cent emission reduction as promised in the Paris summit in 2015, Environment Minister Prakash Javdekar said on Tuesday. Speaking at a high-level meeting at the ongoing UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP 25 in the Spanish capital, the minister presented India’s stand and said the country is “walking the ..

Drunk CRPF jawan kills 2 including commanding officer in Jharkhand

A “DRUNK” jawan allegedly shot dead two CRPF personnel, including an officer, and injured another at his camp in poll-bound Jharkhand, officials said on Tuesday, in the second incident of fratricide in the Central Armed Police Forces in less than a week. The incident took place at the ‘charlie’ company of the 226th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force in Bokaro on Monday around 9.30 PM, they said...

1 of 4 convicts moves SC seeking review of death penalty in Nirbhaya rape case

ONE of the four convicts, Akshya Kumar Singh, moved the Supreme Court Tuesday seeking review of its 2017 judgement handing down death penalty to all of them in the sensational Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case, saying “the executions only kill criminal, not the crime”. The 23-year-old paramedic student was brutally gang raped on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a running bus in South Delhi by six persons and severely assaulted before being thrown out on the road. She succumbed ..

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to be introduced in RS today

DESPITE a boost in Opposition numbers in Rajya Sabha against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the BJP is confident that the proposed legislation will be passed by the House with a comfortable majority on Wednesday when it is scheduled to be taken up for discussion. Sources in the BJP-led NDA said they were sure of getting near 124-130 votes in the Upper House which has an effective strength of 240 members...

Release of J&K leaders on administration call: Shah

ASSERTING that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is ‘normal’ and not a single death due to police firing was reported after abrogation of Article 370, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday informed the Lok Sabha that jailed political leaders will be released after the Union Territory administration decides on the situation. “As far as the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is concerned, it is completely normal. But, I cannot normalise the situation of Congress. Because, they had said that there will ..

‘Crimes against women force us to think if as society has lived up to vision of equal rights’

PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday flagged the recent incidents of violence against women in the country, saying such heinous crimes force people to think whether the society has lived up to the cherished universal vision of equal rights for all. In his address at an NHRC function at Vigyan Bhawan here to mark Human Rights Day, he said the ideal way to commemorate the occasion will be for the whole world to ‘introspect’ what more needs to be done to live up in letter and spirit to the ‘sacred text’ ..

Woman offered lift, gangraped in Odisha town

A 37-YEAR-OLD woman was allegedly raped by four men after one of them offered her a lift in his motorbike in Odisha’s Sambalpur town, the police said on Monday. The four accused were arrested and the chargesheet in the case will be filed within 20 days, Sambalpur SP Kanwar Vishal Singh said. The incident came to light after the woman was found lying unconscious at Baraipali under Ainthapali police station limit here on Sunday...

Bihar jail asked to make execution ropes

A JAIL in Buxar district of Bihar, known for its expertise in manufacturing execution ropes, has been directed to keep 10 pieces ready by the end of this week, triggering speculations that these might be meant for the 2012 Nirbhaya case convicts. The Buxar jail, the only prison in the State having the required knowhow, received an instruction to the effect last week, though it was not known where these ropes -- strong with a short shelf-life -- would be dispatched. “We received instructions from the ..

Citizenship Bill has endorsement of India’s 130 crore citizens: Shah

UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday asserted that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has the “endorsement of 130 crore Indian citizens” and rejected suggestions that the measure is anti-Muslim, saying it will give rights to persecuted minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Trying to allay apprehensions of people of the North-East, Shah said the Narendra Modi Government is committed to protect the customs and culture of people of the region and informed that Manipur will be brought ..

M P Lodha India’s richest real estate entrepreneur with wealth of Rs 31,960 cr

LODHA Developers’ M P Lodha and family has been named India’s richest real estate entrepreneur with a wealth of Rs 31,960 crore followed by DLF’s Rajiv Singh and Embassy group founder Jitendra Virwani in the second and third position respectively, according to a report. Hurun Report and GROHE India on Monday released the third edition of ‘GROHE Hurun India Real Estate Rich List 2019’ – featuring the richest real estate entrepreneurs in India...

Fire erupts in same Delhi building where blaze claimed 43 lives

A FIRE broke out in north Delhi’s Anaj Mandi area on Monday morning in the same building where a blaze killed 43 people a day earlier, Delhi Fire Service officials said. The fire department officials said they received a call about the blaze at around 7.50 am after which two fire tenders were rushed to the scene. Some material stacked inside the building caught fire. However, the blaze was brought under control within 20 minutes, they said. A massive fire in the same four-storey building comprising ..

T’gana Govt constitutes SIT to probe encounter of four rape accused

THE Telangana Government has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the killing of four accused in the rape and murder of a woman veterinarian in “retaliatory” firing by police last week. A Government Order was issued in this regard on Sunday. “The cause and circumstances leading to the death of the four persons should be ascertained with reasons and establish truth and in view of the fact that the case requires sustained and focused investigation, a SIT is constituted to investigate ..

Approval for 8 medical colleges in TN a historic achievement: Governor

TAMIL Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Monday termed as a ‘historic achievement’, the State receiving the Union Government’s sanction for setting up nine medical colleges. After inaugurating a new block at RKB Multi-Speciality Hospital at neighbouring Tiruvallur, Purohit said that the Union Government had already sanctioned setting up of six Government medical colleges in the State...

Firemen were not aware about presence of people inside factory

WHEN the first firefighters arrived at the site of the deadly blaze in north Delhi, they had no idea so many people were trapped in the four-storey building. The firefighters made their way through dense smoke and flames on the first floor when they overhead a distress call coming from the second, so they rushed to rescue the person, and realised many more were trapped and screaming for help. The incident turned out to be the biggest fire tragedy in the national capital since the Uphaar Cinema blaze ..

Unwed couples staying in hotel room is no crime: HC

OBSERVING that a live-in relationship of two adults is not deemed to be an offence, the Madras High Court has said terming the occupation of a hotel room by such unmarried couples will not attract a criminal offence. “Apparently, there are no laws or regulations forbearing unmarried persons of the opposite sex to occupy hotel rooms as guests,” Justice M S Ramesh said in a recent order. He made the observations while directing authorities to de-seal a hire service apartment in Coimbatore, which was ..

Acid thrown on rape victim by 4 for refusing to withdraw case

A DAY before a rape victim was set afire in Unnao by two of her alleged rapists and three others, a 30-year-old woman faced acid attack by four men in a village near here for refusing to withdraw her complaint of rape against them from court, police said on Saturday. The woman suffered 30 percent burns and is undergoing treatment at a Meerut hospital near here, they said...

Super 30 founder Anand Kumar to be main attraction at R-Day function in US

THE ‘Super 30’ fame mathematician Anand Kumar has been invited at a function on the eve of India’s Republic Day celebrations in New York in January, the organisation of non-resident Indians said in a statement. The Federation of Indian Association (FIA) is organising the function in a big way in 2020, as it also coincides with the 50th year of the oldest organisation of the non-resident Indians...

NDA Govt determined to make changes in IPC, CrPC: Shah

UNION Home Minister Amit Shah has asserted the NDA Government’s resolve to amend the IPC and the CrPC to make them more conducive for the country, amid the debate on delay in criminal justice delivery system, especially in heinous crimes like rape. Shah’s statement came days after the Ministry of Home Affairs asked all State Governments to send their suggestions for undertaking a major overhaul and recasting of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) so that it will reflect ..

43 killed in massive Delhi fire

AT LEAST 43 people were killed when a massive fire ripped through a four-storey building housing illegal manufacturing units in north Delhi’s congested Anaj Mandi area on Sunday morning, in the second deadliest fire incident in the national capital. Almost all the deceased were migrant labourers hailing from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Police and fire department officials said many of the fatalities occurred due to suffocation as the people were sleeping when the fire started at around 5 am on the second ..

Unnao rape victim laid to rest amid tight security arrangements

THE last rites of the 23-year-old Unnao rape victim, who succumbed to her burn injuries in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital, were performed at her native village here on Sunday amidst tight security arrangements. She was laid to rest in the fields belonging to her family, where the mausoleum (mazaar) of her grandparents is situated...

Rs 13,500 cr PNB scam

IN fresh and startling revelations, a Forensic Audit into the Punjab National Bank (PNB) Rs 13,500-crore scam involving absconder diamantaires Mehul Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi, has zeroed in on the possible ‘modus operandi deployed to siphon off their illegal funds. For starters, in the Forensic Audit - conducted by the Belgium-headquartered BDO’s India branch - it was found how Choksi’s company Gitanjali Gems Ltd’s multiple exporters of rough diamonds used a common account in the same bank, ..

Rape cases where SC moved the wheels of justice

Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: Forty four girls, many of them minor, were sexually assaulted and tortured in a shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in a report brought the matter out in the public domain. The report was given to the Bihar Government in May, 2018. Former Bihar People’s Party MLA Brajesh Thakur was named as the prime accused. In August, the Supreme Court took cognisance and transferred the probe to CBI. In February this year, the cases were ..

Unnao victim’s family demands accused be chased and killed

THE tragic death of the Unnao gangrape victim led to nationwide outrage with protests erupting in several parts on Saturday and her family demanding that the perpetrators be “chased and killed” like in the Hyderabad incident while Opposition parties accused the BJP Government of Uttar Pradesh of failing to provide security to those brutalised by sexual violence. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath assured the grieving family of speedy justice, saying a fast track court would decide the case and all the ..

NHRC begins probe into H’bad killings

A SEVEN-MEMBER NHRC team on Saturday visited the site where the men arrested on charge of gangrape-murder of a veterinarian were killed in an alleged encounter, while Telangana Police said that the four accused have been booked for “attacking” the cops who had accompanied them. The team from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) visited Chattanpalli village, about 50 kms from here, where the alleged encounter took place...

Need to be alert against Pak: Rajnath Singh

DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said India has no extra-territorial ambitions but asked the Armed Forces to be alert against Pakistan “which pursues terrorism as a matter of state policy”. Addressing the Passing Out Parade of the Indian Military Academy here as the reviewing officer, Singh asked the cadets commissioned into the armed forces Saturday to take the message of service and peace to the world but be prepared to deal with a neighbour like Pakistan...

Donate liberally to ex-servicemen, TN Governor to people

TAMIL Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Saturday called upon the people to donate liberally to ex-servicemen and supplement the Government’s efforts in welfare activities for them. Addressing the State through the All India Radio and Doordarshan on the occasion of the Armed Forces Flag Day, he remembered the supreme sacrifice made by the personnel of the armed forces in protecting the country’s territorial integrity...

Cyber crooks attack Armed Forces

AFTER the Armed Forces were attacked by cyber crooks on Friday late night , the tri-services cyber wings issued emergency warning to all the defence personnel not to access mail titled -- ‘Notice’ -- with attachments, sources said on Saturday. “A Phishing email with subject as ‘Notice’ containing a hyperlink named HNQ Notice File.xls download is being sent out to the defence personnel specifically from the email id [email protected],” the emergency alert stated...

Want to see them hang to death: Unnao rape victim’s last words

“SAVE me, I don’t want to die, I want to see them hang to death”. These are the last words of the 23-year-old rape victim from Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district to her family members and doctors before she died on Friday late night in a Delhi hospital. She was declared dead at 11.40 p.m. after she could not survive cardiac arrest at Safdarjung Hospital. “She was in pain. She had been pleading to save her,” said a senior doctor from the hospital. The victim was air-lifted to Delhi from Lucknow and admitted ..

Law Minister urges CJI to ensure mechanism to monitor quick disposal of rape cases

LAW Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday urged the Chief Justice of India and other senior judges to ensure that there is a mechanism to monitor quick disposal of rape cases, saying that the women of the country are under pain and distress and crying for justice. “I would urge the CJI and other senior judge that now there must be a mechanism to monitor the disposal of these cases so that India’s stature as a proud country governed by rule of law must be restored at the earliest,” Prasad said, ..

Income Tax rate-cut under consideration, says Nirmala

FINANCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said the Government is working on more steps, including rationalisation of personal Income Tax rates, to revive the sagging economy. The GDP growth slowed down to more than six-year low of 4.5 per cent in the second quarter of the current fiscal from 5 per cent recorded in the first quarter. The Government has taken several measures during August and September to boost the economy, she said at the ‘HT Leadership Summit’ here. Besides, she said, the public ..

63.36 per cent voting in 2nd phase of polling in J’khand

AN estimated 63.36 per cent votes were cast on Saturday in the second phase of election for the Assembly in Jharkhand where one person killed was in firing by security personnel near a polling booth. Polling in the 20 constituencies had begun at 7 am amid tight security. It ended at 3 pm in 18 of them while in the rest two - Jamshedpur (East) and Jamshedpur (West) - the polling ended at 5 pm, Election Commission sources said. Chief Minister Raghubar Das was in the fray in Jamshedpur (East)...

One more fraud-hit PMC Bank depositor dies of cardiac arrest

MUMBAIA 71-YEAR-OLD depositor of fraud- hit PMC Bank died of cardiac arrest at his residence here, his relative said on Friday. Pratap Jiandani suffered a cardiac arrest on Thursday afternoon at his residence in suburban Mulund, he said.Earlier, at least eight depositors, who had high quantum of money stuck with the bank, had died in the last couple of months, including one who committed suicide.   The relative said, Jiandani had an account in Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank ..

No Indian study has shown pollution shortens life, says Javdekar

NEW DELHIUNION Minister Prakash Javdekar on Friday said no Indian study has shown any correlation between pollution and shortening of lifespan.   Union Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javdekar speaks in the Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI) “Let us not create a fear psychosis among people,” Javdekar told Lok Sabha in response to a query about studies that life expectancy is coming down due to pollution. ..

Ayodhya remains calm on Babri demolition anniversary

AYODHYATHE 27th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition on Friday remained a low-key affair with both Hindu and Muslim religious leaders downplaying the occasion amid tight security measures, less than a month after the Supreme Court’s verdict in the land dispute case. Police personnel stands guard during the tight security set-up on Babri Masjid demolition anniversary in Ayodhya on Friday. (ANI)  In the early hours of the day, life went on as normal in different parts of ..

Statue of Unity in Guj surpasses daily average footfall at Statue of Liberty

NEW DELHIIN just over a year of its unveiling, the Statue of Unity has surpassed the footfall at the 133-year-old Statue of Liberty in the US, with an average of over 15,000 tourists visiting the monument in Gujarat daily. “With 74 per cent increase over the daily average of the first year, that is, November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2019, daily average of 15,036 is now registered in the first month of this second year.   “This has further increased to 22,430 on weekend days. ..

Ecuador denies granting asylum, land to Nithyananda

NEW DELHITHE Ecuadorian Government has denied that it has granted asylum to self-styled Indian godman Nithyananda, wanted in India for alleged rape and abduction, or helped him purchase any land in the South American country.In a statement, the Embassy of Ecuador said the country had in fact denied Nithyananda’s request for asylum, and he left the country for Haiti.   The statement read: “The Embassy of Ecuador categorically denies the statement, wherever published, that ..

Uddhav Thackeray meets Modi for 1st time after becoming CM

PUNEMAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray received Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Pune airport on Friday. It was the two leaders’ first meeting after Thackeray broke away from ally BJP and formed a Shiv Sena-led Government in Maharashtra with the support of the Congress and NCP last month.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcome by Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray on his arrival at Pune airport on Friday. Home Minister Amit Shah, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat ..

Unnao rape survivor very critical, chances of survival less: Doctors

NEW DELHITHE Unnao rape survivor is critical and chances of her survival are less, doctors said on Friday, a day after she was set ablaze by four men accused of raping her.  “Her present condition is very critical. However, some vitals are functioning fine. But sometimes it deteriorates,” said Dr Sunil Gupta, Medical Superintendent (MS) of Safdarjung Hospital. “As she has suffered more than 90 percent of extensive burn injuries, chances of her survival are less. Our Head ..

Onion prices shoot up to Rs165/kg

NEW DELHISHOWING no signs of cooling down, retail onion prices have continued to spiral, touching as high as Rs 165/kg on Friday even as the Government grapples to boost the supplies through imports.   The Government in Parliament informed that imported onions will arrive by January 20. In most cities, onion was quoting above Rs 100/kg in the retail markets, while at Nashik in Maharashtra -- the key producing centre -- the rates were ruling at Rs 75/kg on Friday, as per the data maintained ..

Tributes paid to Dr Ambedkar on 64th ‘Mahaparinirvan Divas’

NEW DELHITHE nation on Friday paid homage to the architect of Indian Constitution Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on his 64th death anniversary. Since Ambedkar’s death on this day in 1956, ‘Mahaparinirvan’ Divas is observed every year to pay tributes to the Bharat Ratna awardee.  President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, LS Speaker Om Birla, ex-PM Manmohan Singh and others paying homage to Dr. B R Ambedkar on 64th Mahaparinirvan Divas ..

‘Do away with mercy for children’s rapists’

MOUNT ABUDEMONIC attacks on women have shaken the conscience of the country, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Friday and advocated that those convicted under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act should be deprived of their right to mercy petition.  President Ram Nath Kovind at a National Convention on ‘Empowerment of Women for Social Transformation’ at the headquarters of Brahma Kumaris in Mount Abu, Rajasthan on Friday. (PTI)  It is for the ..

All 4 H’bad rape-murder accused killed in encounter

Two of the accused opened fire at cops after snatching their guns Police fired back in self-defence Killings were largely greeted with praise but also sparked concerns over extra-judicial executionsHYDERABADALL four accused in the rape and murder of a young veterinarian were shot dead by police on Friday during a pre-dawn exchange of fire near Hyderabad, a top police official said, as the killings were largely greeted with praise but also sparked concerns over extra-judicial executions.  Policeme..

Self defence training for girls in Govt schools: HRD Minister

CONCERNED over the security of school girls, the Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said on Thursday that the girl students in Government schools were being imparted self defence training under the ‘Samagra Shiksha’ programme. Replying to a query in Rajya Sabha, the minister said that keeping in view the safety and security of the girls, self defence training was given to girls studying in class VI to XII in the government schools...

‘Govt healthcare institutions can consider developing training courses for caregivers’

PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said the demand for professional caregivers for the elderly is on the rise and Government healthcare institutions can consider developing short-term training courses for them. Kovind also asked States that are yet to implement the Ayushman Bharat programme to do so at the earliest. The President was speaking at an event to present the National Florence Nightingale Awards to 36 nurses for their meritorious services in the healthcare sector...

Modi to attend top police officials’ conference in Pune

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi will attend the national conference of Directors General and Inspectors General of Police, to be held here from December 6 to 8. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will receive the Prime Minister upon his arrival at Pune airport on Friday evening, a State Government official said. Union Home Minister Amit Shah is also likely to attend the conference, a senior police official said here. Incidentally, Thackeray would be meeting Modi for the first time after the ..

Rs 100 cr sanctioned for women help desks in police stations

THE Home Ministry has sanctioned Rs 100 crore from the Nirbhaya fund to set up women help desks in police stations across the country. A Home Ministry statement said that the women help desks would focus on making police stations more women-friendly and approachable, as they would be the first and single point of contact for any woman walking into a police station...

RBI hits pause on interest rate cut unexpectedly

THE Reserve Bank of India on Thursday unexpectedly hit a pause button on cutting interest rate as it gave more importance to prevailing inflation pressure and rising food prices over a worrying slowdown in the economy. After five consecutive cuts in interest rates this year, the six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), headed by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, unanimously voted to hold the key repo rate at 5.15 per cent and reverse repo rate at 4.90 per cent. Bankers and economists had widely expected ..

UP rape survivor set ablaze on way to court

Shameless, heartless, senseless cruelty coupled with criminality descended on humanity in Unnao Thursday morning when five butchers, including two of the accused, set ablaze a rape survivor who was on way to court. With 90% burns, the girl is battling for life as the cops arrested all the five criminals. The girl cried, shouted for help, and ran helter-skelter, with her body in flames, and collapsed. A frightened eye-witness placed a phone call to police and the girl herself talked to the cops...

66 pc voter-turnout recorded in Karnataka by-elections

THE crucial by-election to 15 Karnataka Assembly constituencies that would have a bearing on the stability of the B S Yediyurappa-led BJP Government saw an estimated 66.49 per cent voter turn out on Thursday and was by and large peaceful. After a slow pace in the first half of the day since polling began at 7 am with only 33 per cent till 1.30 pm, voting picked up later in the day though it was below the percentage recorded in the Assembly elections in 2018...

629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China

PAGE after page, the names stack up: 629 girls and women from across Pakistan who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China. The list, obtained by The Associated Press, was compiled by Pakistani investigators determined to break up trafficking networks exploiting the country’s poor and vulnerable. The list gives the most concrete figure yet for the number of women caught up in the trafficking schemes since 2018. But since the time it was put together in June, investigators’ aggressive ..

Girl kidnapped, gangraped in car with police logo

FOUR persons, including a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan and the son of a retired jailor, have been arrested for allegedly abducting a class 10 student and then gangraping her at a deserted place. The car in which the girl was taken had a police logo on it. Inspector of Halia police station, Deviver Shukla, said that a case against the accused has been registered for kidnapping and gangrape under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on Tuesday...

We located crashed Vikram Lander first, says ISRO chief

INDIAN Space Research Organisation Chairman K. Sivan has said that its own orbiter had located the crashed Vikram Lander on the lunar surface. However, “ISRO will not refute the claims made by the NASA,” he said, speaking to media on the sidelines of the sixth convocation of the Central university of Rajasthan in Ajmer on Tuesday...

China border incursions due to perceptional differences: Rajnath

UNION Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday accepted in the Lok Sabha that transgressions occur from both sides on the India-China border on many occasions but clarified that it happens only because of “perceptional differences” between the two countries on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). However, the minister said that “no one should be worried about the security of the country with these incidents as Indian forces are promptly manning the border and are ready to deal with any challenges.” ..

On the run, Nithyananda has his ‘own country’ now

THE Bidadi ashram of self-styled godman Swami Nithyananda, who is facing charges of illegal confinement of children and has been charge-sheeted in a rape case, is almost empty and the key people who handled the daily affairs are missing. It was at this ashram that the controversial godman’s first scandal broke out in 2010. A video of him in a compromising position with an actress went viral and he went into hibernation for almost eight years...

Citizenship Amendment Bill gets Cabinet nod

THE contentious citizenship bill, which has created strong resentment in the Northeastern States, is set to be tabled in Parliament with the Union Cabinet on Wednesday giving its clearance to the draft law. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB, which aims to provide citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, has been slammed by several Opposition parties as communal and divisive with Congress threatening to go to Supreme Court to challenge the proposed legislation...

18 Indians among 23 killed in LPG tanker blast in Sudan factory

AT LEAST 18 Indians were among 23 people killed and over 130 injured in a horrific LPG tanker blast at a ceramic factory in Sudan, the Indian mission said here on Wednesday. Sixteen Indians were missing after the incident that happened at Seela Ceramic Factory in Bahri area in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Tuesday. “As per latest reports, but so far not confirmed officially, 18 are dead,” the Indian Embassy said in a release. “Some of the missing may be in the list of dead which we are still to ..

Chidambaram walks out of jail after 106 days

FORMER Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram, who was lodged in Tihar jail in connection with the INX Media case, was on Wednesday released after 106 days in prison after granted bail by the Supreme Court. Chidambaram came out of the Tihar jail around 8 p.m. after the jail authorities received the court orders. He was received by his son and Lok Sabha member Karti Chidambaram outside the jail premises. Besides his son, hundreds of Congress activists welcomed the former Finance ..

Leopard strays in residential area in Mah, rescued after 8 hours

A LEOPARD strayed into a residential area in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district on Tuesday morning, triggering panic among people, officials said. The feline was trapped by forest officials after hectic efforts for about eight hours, he said. Some morning walkers spotted the big cat in the CIDCO N-1 area shortly after 6.30 am and alerted police and forest officials, he said...

Sacked from Ayodhya case: Muslim parties’ lawyer Rajeev Dhavan

SENIOR advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who represented Muslim parties in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case, on Tuesday said he has been sacked from further appearance and is no longer involved in the plea for a review of the Supreme Court verdict. A five-judge Constitution bench of the apex court on November 9 in a unanimous 5-0 verdict paved the way for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board ..

Oppn kept things stuck deliberately for their political interests: Modi

STEPPING up his attack on the Congress and its allies over several issues including Article 370 and Ayodhya case, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the Opposition “deliberately” kept the matters stuck for a long time for “political interests”...

DCW chief on indefinite hunger strike against incidents of rape

DELHI Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal sat on an indefinite hunger strike at Jantar Mantar on Tuesday against the recent incidents of rape. Earlier, she had alleged that police had not given her permission to hold the protest. Maliwal also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding that rapists be hanged within six months of their conviction and cited the recent incidents of the gangrape and murder of a Hyderabad veterinarian and the brutal rape of a six-year-old girl in Rajasthan. ..

RS passes SPG (Amendment) Bill

PARLIAMENT on Tuesday passed a Bill to provide the elite Special Protection Group (SPG) security only to the Prime Minister and for a restricted period to ex-PMs, with Home Minister Amit Shah rejecting the Opposition’s charge of political vendetta and asserting the Government was concerned about security of all 130 crore Indians and not just the Gandhi family. The Congress, which alleged that the law governing the SPG was being changed to target the Gandhi family and will imperil the life of its leaders, ..

Indian techie helps NASA find Vikram Lander on Moon

NATIONAL Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has found India’s ambitious Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander, which crashed on the surface of the Moon in September, the US space agency said on Tuesday, crediting a Chennai-based mechanical engineer for helping it trace the debris of the lunar mission by painstakingly comparing before and after images of the landing site. NASA’s confirmation came nearly three months after India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission made a hard landing near the uncharted lunar south ..

Navy’s long-term plan is to have three aircraft carriers: Navy chief

The Navy’s long-term capability plan is to have three aircraft carriers so that two carrier battle groups are ready for deployment in the Indian Ocean Region round-the-clock. In a press conference on the eve of the Navy Day, the Navy Chief said the first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) will be fully operational by 2022 and it will have a fleet of MiG-29K aircraft...

Citizenship Bill as important as move to nullify Article 370: Rajnath at BJP meeting

THE BJP leadership on Tuesday underscored the significance of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill by equating its importance with the move to nullify Article 370 provisions, with senior leader Rajnath Singh asking party MPs to be present in large numbers when Home Minister Amit Shah tables it in Parliament. The issue of absenteeism among BJP MPs from Parliament was also raised at the parliamentary party meeting, as Singh underlined Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dissatisfaction over lack of their adequate ..

Govt open to further reforms: Nirmala

SEEKING investment from global players, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said the Government is open to further reforms for making India a more attractive investment destination. The Government has taken various steps, including reduction in Corporate Tax, she said at the India-Sweden Business Summit here. Without sharing details of future reforms, the Finance Minister said, “I only can invite and assure that the Government of India is committed for further reforms in various sectors ..

UP Police bid adieu to 303 rifles

THE Uttar Pradesh Police has finally bid adieu to the 303 Lee-Enfield rifles that had been in use since Independence. The force will now use Insas (Indian Small Arms System) and SLRs (Self-Loading Rifles). The State’s Director General of Police O P Singh said that the Lee-Enfield rifles were prone to failure and required a lot of maintenance. “In order to strengthen the state’s law and order, 63,000 Insas and 23,000 SLRs have been sent to police stations all across Uttar Pradesh and the police personnel ..

Modi pens emotional letter to youngest 26/11 survivor

JUST a day after India observed the 11th anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks which killed 166 people and injured over 300 others in Mumbai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote a moving letter to the attack’s youngest survivor -- Moshe Tzvi Holtzberg from Israel, who was a toddler at the time of the tragedy. Moshe was two-years-old when his parents were gunned down by Pakistani terrorists at the Nariman House, also known as Chabad House, in Mumbai. The toddler was saved by his nanny, Sandra Samuels, ..