The Raxaul-Birgunj checkpost, that accounts for more than two-third supply of goods between India and Nepal, seemed to be back in business after a gap of five months as vehicles carrying goods found their entry smoothly into Nepal. The unobstructed flow of vehicles began in the afternoon as business11 hours agoindianexpress.com
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Ghazipur, Feb.6 (ANI): Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Saturday stoked yet another controversy by claiming that he has proof of India's most-wanted gangster Dawood Ibrahim being present during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Lahore last year. Breaking all international laws he went to Pakistan and also met Dawood there," Khan said. Khan asserted that he is ready to provide evidence if Prime Minister Modi denies or challenges his claims.
Mumbai, Feb 5 (IANS) Airline major Jet Airways said on Friday that it has suspended the five-member cabin crew of its January 4 Jodhpur-Mumbai flight for allowing celebrated singer Sonu Nigam to use the in-flight announcement system to entertain his fellow passengers. "All cabin crew on the flight have been taken off from flight duty for enquiry and corrective training to reinforce strict adherence to operating procedures," said a Jet Airways spokesperson. "This is a vital information system, which is used by the crew to alert and inform passengers about major safety related procedures, weather and issuing of turbulence warnings," Kanu Gohain, safety expert and ex-director general of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) told IANS.
Australia's Shane Watson attracted a top bid of $1.4 million and will join the Bangalore franchise for the next edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, while former England batsman Kevin Pietersen was bought by newcomers Pune. All-rounder Watson was in high demand in Saturday's auction for the cash-rich tournament, the ninth edition of which will be played from April 9 to May 29. Watson will join a Bangalore team boasting power-hitters Chris Gayle, AB de Villliers and Virat Kohli as well as Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc.
GOA POLICE have arrested three men on charges of kidnapping and sexually abusing a 16-year-old minor in confinement for over a month. The girl was rescued by the police from a house at Cuncolim in South Goa on Thursday night.
Solar panel scam accused Saritha S Nair Friday told the judicial commission probing the case that she made about 1,000 phone calls to Tenni Joppen, a former aide of Kerala CM Oommen Chandy, and around 130 calls to the CM’s official residence in one year. Nair claimed she made 127 calls to Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala’s personal assistant P A Pradosh and met Chennithala to discuss erecting solar lighting solutions in his constituency. The association, she said, had promised to pass a resolution urging the government to install solar panels at all police stations in the state.
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The road transport and highways ministry on Friday cleared 18 highway projects having a cumulative length of 982 km to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 16,614 crore. As many as 11 projects of the proposed 18, cleared by the ministry in a meeting headed by its secretary Sanjay Mitra, would be developed through the newly-coined hybrid annuity model, in which the government would pay 40 per cent of the project cost in phases. Six projects would be developed through the EPC model and the remaining one using the traditional Build–operate–transfer (BOT) (toll) model.
On Wednesday, CBI arrested suspended UP chief engineer Yadav Singh on corruption charges. Singh joined the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (Noida) as Junior Engineer on March 17, 1980. On April 21, 1995, Singh was promoted as Project Engineer, a post which required an engineering degree but Singh only held a diploma.
Former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar’s position as the director of Pune District Central Cooperative Bank (PDCC) is threatened after the district registrar of cooperative bodies issued him a show cause notice on February 1. The show cause notices have been issued after the state government cleared an amendment in the law to debar cooperative banks directors who have been pulled up by Reserve Bank of India for alleged irregularities from elections for 10 years. In 2011, the Reserve Bank of India had superseded the Board of directors of the Maharashtra State Central Cooperative Bank, of which Pawar was a director.
Bihar Social Welfare Minister Kumari Manju Verma has triggered a controversy by saying the “elite” drink liquor for “good sleep” and hence, the state government might find it difficult to enforce a ban on English liquor. The Nitish Kumar government had proposed a ban on country-made liquor from April 1 and English liquor from September 1. On Wednesday, at a news programme, the minister had said, “Elite people such as doctors, engineers and lawyers drink after getting tired.
The city’s development authority has tied up with the World Bank to map the entire Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), mirroring every road, utility, water body and plan reservation across eight municipal corporations, nine municipal councils and about a thousand villages on a digital platform. According to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the ambitious Regional Information System that it aims to create with the World Bank’s help will be the first of its kind in India. Sanjay Sethi, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner at the MMRDA, said, “We have forged an informal agreement with the World Bank to assist us in building a Regional Information System.
New Delhi, Feb. 5 (ANI): As the strike by the MCD workers entered its tenth day, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday made a unilateral offer of Rs. 300 crores loan to the North and East Corporations from the DDA. This offer would help pay the workers till March 31. Jung has also assured the three mayors of the MCD that he would speak to the government on implementation of the fourth Finance Commission to find a long-term solution to the problems of the workers.
The Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi is set to complete one year in office even as the city stinks with garbage littered across its streets due to the strike by MCD workers over non-payment of their salaries.
The hosts India Friday recalled strike bowler Mohammed Shami and named veteran former champions Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh in their squad for the World Twenty20 which begins next month. Shami has not played for India since last year's 50 over World Cup after suffering a knee injury and was sent home early from India's recent tour of Australia with hamstring problems. "We have 30 days to ascertain where Shami is," Patil told reporters in New Delhi.
Sexual offences form 13 per cent, or roughly one-eighth, of the crimes committed against foreigners in India while thefts are four times higher, government data reveal. The latest case of sexual offence being probed is the alleged stripping and assault of a Tanzanian student in Bengaluru. Last year, National Crime Records Bureau for the first time published data on crimes committed against foreigners.
Shiv Sena activists Thursday forced shopkeepers at Chaura Bazaar in Old City area to down shutters in protest against the attack on the outfit’s youth leader Amit Arora last evening. Shopkeepers claimed that Sena activists raised anti-Khalistan and anti-Sikh slogans when they refused to close their shops. Somnath Grover, chairman, Chaura Bazaar Market Association, said, “It has become a trend in Ludhiana to harass shopkeepers, especially in Chaura Bazaar, whenever a crime happens.
The government on Friday said the 2016-17 Budget will have to make provision of Rs 1.10 lakh crore for implementation of Seventh Pay Commission recommendations and One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme along with providing more incentives for the agricultural sector. “During the financial year 2016-17, the central government has to make provision for about Rs 1.10 lakh crore in order to meet the liabilities on account of implementation of Seventh Pay Commission recommendations and One Rank One Pension Scheme,” finance minister Arun Jaitley said while addressing the meeting of Consultative Committee on Budget Suggestions.
The motive is unclear but police suspect it was an extortion attempt. According to the police, Jinesh Jain, who works with his builder father Roopchandra Jain, who co-owns the Arihant Group of Companies, a construction company started by four builders, and which has projects across Mumbai’s eastern suburbs and parts of Navi Mumbai. “When the victim confirmed who he was, the men shot at him twice,” said a senior police officer, adding that it was not known yet as to how did the attackers escape.
Daring revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia to put him behind the bars, AAP national spokesperson Sanjay Singh on Thursday said that he continues to stick to his statement that ‘AAP will put Majithia behind the bars if voted to power as he is related to drug business in Punjab.’
Without a Games Village to house the over-4000 athletes, officials, administrators and technical officials at the 12th South Asian Games which begin on Friday, Guwahati is grappling with an almighty logistical nightmare. What will add to the confusion is that a contingent is not staying in one designated hotel but spread across the city. Afghanistan’s much smaller squad of 49 have been accommodated in four different hotels while India which has the largest contingent is in nine different locations, including the campus of a school.
Under fire from the BJP over the incident in which a mob allegedly stripped a Tanzanian woman and paraded her on a Bengaluru street, the Congress on Thursday said party vice-president Rahul Gandhi has sought an explanation from the Congress government in Karnataka, a claim denied by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. Although Rahul himself has been silent on the issue, AICC general secretary in-charge of the state Digvijaya Saingh said the party vice-president has sought a report. The BJP slammed the Congress for its “hypocrisy” in “selectively picking up issues” to attack the NDA government at the Centre.
The Delhi High Court criticized the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for its workers' strike in the national capital which has entered the tenth day today and issued notices to all the unions. The court observed that common people in the city are suffering owing to the ongoing tussle between the BJP-ruled MCD and the AAP-ruled Delhi government. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation counsel told the court that 40% of sanitation employees have come back to work and action is being considered against rest.
New Delhi, Feb. 5 (ANI): The Supreme Court will hear Maharashtra Government's special leave petition against Salman Khan in the hit-and-run-case today. Justice J.S. Kher and Justice C. Nagappan will be on the bench that will hear his case. Khan had moved the Supreme Court, saying he should be heard before any hearing on the Maharashtra Government's petition challenging his acquittal in the 2002 hit-and-run case.
“I knew Rohith Vemula since 2012, I don’t think his suspension was the reason he killed himself,”Susheel Kumar, President of Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad at Hyderabad Central University , who has been charged with abetment to the Dalit scholar’s suicide, said in Mumbai on Friday. Kumar was in the city to speak to the media and clear his stand on the issue of Vemula’s death.
Asking students from his country to respect the local community, their laws and leaders, Tanzania’s High Commissioner to India John W H Kijazi Friday expressed confidence in measures taken to address the fallout of the January 31 assault on a Tanzanian woman student by a mob following a fatal road accident here. Accompanied by a team of officials from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Kijazi Friday met Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara and police officials in Bengaluru. “We are impressed with the action taken,’’ the high commissioner said after the meeting.
Defending the ban on entry of women in Sabarimala temple, the Kerala government Friday told the Supreme Court that beliefs and customs of devotees cannot be changed through a judicial process and that “the opinion of the priests is final” in matters of religion. It claimed that the restriction on entry of women in the menstrual age group cannot be tested on the ground of fundamental right to equality since it involves essential and integral part of practicing religion, which includes the “right to exclude persons”. Ahead of the Assembly polls, the Congress-led UDF government also withdrew the “erroneous” stand of its predecessor, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government, which had stated in an affidavit in November 2007 said “it is not fair to deny a section of women from entering Sabarimala temple”.
Sekhwan was defeated by Charanjit Kaur Bajwa, wife of former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa, in the Qadian constituency. Sekhwan is currently the Chairman of Punjab State Technical Education and Industrial Training Board. “Now that Badal is acting so kind, he should make Sucha Singh Langah (another former Akali minister who lost to Congress leader Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa from Dera Baba Nanak in 2012 polls) as Jathedar (chief) of Akal Takht and SP (Superintendent of Police) Salwinder Singh (the controversial SP who has been questioned by National Investigation Agency in connection with terrorist attack on Pathankot Air Force Station) as Director General of Police,” Bajwa said.
The Lok Sabha passed a bill extending the term of the House, which was to expire on March 18, by one year. The bill was adopted by 165 votes to 20, after Union Law Minister H.R. Gokhale emphatically denied the allegation that the measure was unconstitutional. More than a thousand people died in Guatemala City in a series of earthquakes that razed a third of this Latin American city of a million people.
n a case of road rage that took an even uglier turn, a 40-year-old woman was allegedly abducted by an armed pedestrian after he was hit by her car outside a busy mall in Virar Wednesday. Till Thursday night, the police had not been able to trace the woman.
In a major setback to the CBI probe in the alleged Rs 6,000-crore forex scam by Bank of Baroda (BoB) officials, the special court has refused to take cognizance of the alleged offences of criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy, including cheating under the IPC. Special Judge Pawan Kumar Jain has declined to take cognizance of the alleged offences by suspended BoB assistant general manager SK Garg and Forex in-charge officer Jainis Dubey — stating that official are entitled to protection under Section 197, CrPC. The court, however, has taken cognizance under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
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Delhi Police’s Special Cell arrested an auto-rickshaw driver from Kashmere Gate ISBT on Thursday night and alleged that he has links with the Islamic State (IS). The accused, identified as Mohsin Ibrahim Sayyed, 26, is a muezzin at a mosque in Malad, a Mumbai suburb, and had come to Delhi to meet an associate, the police claimed to have learnt after interrogation. A Delhi court on Friday remanded him in police custody till February 10.
Exactly a week before Basant Panchami, thousands of Muslims offered namaz at Bhojshala-Kamal Maula’s mosque in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar town on Friday, leaving the local administration worried. The turnout was much more than usual and came a day after Hindu organisations boycotted a sadbhavana rally organised by the administration protesting that the majority community was not named in the appeal for peace. The right-wing activists argued that the appeal mentioned the minority community and it reflected the biased approach of the administration and the state BJP government.
The Gujarat High Court Thursday issued notice to the state government on a petition moved by former Director General of Police (DGP)-turned Congress leader Kuldip Sharma, challenging his Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) of 2010, prepared by then minister of agriculture Dileep Sanghani and accepted by then CM Narendra Modi. Sharma had moved this petition in 2011 in Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Ahmedabad bench which pronounced its verdict on December 15 last year. The CAT held that writing Sharma’s appraisal by Sanghani and its acceptance by Modi was appropriate.
New Delhi, Feb. 6 (ANI): Condemning the murder of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Brijnath Singh, Chirag Paswan on Saturday said President's rule is the only option left for Bihar, considering its deteriorating law and order situation. "The grand alliance of the Government of Bihar has been a failure at every step. The only option left with us right now is President's rule, because this government is a complete failure at every step," Paswan told ANI.
The Maharashtra government has decided to scrap the over three-decade-old policy that empowered the state to allot land for cultural and educational purposes at concessional rates. It plans to introduce a new policy that will reflect market rates for such allotments. The revenue department will finalise the new policy, which will factor in market rates or the ready reckoner rates for land to be allotted for educational and cultural activities, senior officials have confirmed.
When Muzaffarnagar faced riots in 2013, neighbouring Deoband, another Muslim-dominated area with the seat of Dar-ul-Uloom seminary, remained quiet. Deoband does not see communal clashes, but BJP believes the February 13 by-election here is a fight “between Hindus and Muslims". The party candidate, former RSS pracharak Rampal Singh Pundhir, asserts his agenda: restoration of Hindu pride.
The selection committee picked the World T20 and Asia Cup squad in New Delhi on Friday.
When Kiran Kumar Devmani decided to make a film about homosexuality, he braced for a fight with India's notoriously conservative censors, but he never imagined he would have to battle the tax office. Three years after finishing the project, Devmani is still embroiled in a struggle with tax bureacrats who claim his film could provoke a law and order problem in India where gay sex is a criminal offence. "What is controversial about homosexuality?" Devmani, an ayurvedic doctor-turned filmmaker asked in his small office in a shopping mall in the western city of Ahmedabad.
Four Muslim ward members from Tonk’s Malpura municipality have accused their community panchayat leaders of ostracising them for not voting for the Congress in the civic body polls held in August last year. The four members, who abstained from voting, have complained to the Tonk district administration and sought protection for their families. “The people had led us — Akram Khan from ward 3, Najma Bano from ward 4, Almanul Haq from ward 16 and Mohammad Shakir from ward 19 — to victory in the recent elections.
Recently about 20 people living in some of Mumbai’s most elite residences in South Mumbai made their way to Congress leader Milind Deora’s office near Churchgate. Around the same time, several residents from middle-income families living in old rundown buildings in Central Mumbai and some of the oldest parts of South Mumbai rallied on the streets behind Shiv Sena politicians, voicing protests. With the state government considering a change in the Maharashtra Rent Control Act, 1999, the residents were worried that this might lead to an exponential rise in their rent value.
The municipal corporation strike entered its ninth day Thursday, as the agitating employees dug in heels. The protesters decided to continue their lockdown indefinitely despite the Delhi government extending Rs 551-crore loan to the civic bodies Wednesday. Meanwhile, members of the Municipal Corporation Teacher’s Association (MCTA) continued their agitation with demonstrations outside the Shahdara South Education zonal office.
New Delhi, Feb. 6 (ANI): The Congress Party on Saturday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on the Gujarat land alloacations involving Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and her daughter Anar jayesh Patel Interacting with the media here, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said Anandiben Patel, during her tenure as the Revenue Minister in the Gujarat government headed by Narendra Modi, had allotted land near the Gir Lion Sanctuary at a throwaway price to business associates of her daughter. "Around 250 acres of forest land in an eco-sensitive zone was by the Gujarat Government, and even at that time the valuation was Rs. 60, 000 per acre and it was given for Rs. 15 per meter square.
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Mumbai, Feb. 5 (ANI): The Mumbai Police detained a 25-year-old man for allegedly raping a three-year-old girl from Dindoshi suburb of Goregaon area here yesterday evening.
India's racism is an open secret, but it is nevertheless shocking to find it at the very heart of digital India. By all accounts, the shameful mob attack on a Tanzanian student, who was apparently beaten and stripped on the outskirts of Bangalore, was provoked by the colour of her skin. The incident invites comparisons with the midnight vigilante raid in Delhi’s Khirki village led by AAP Minister Somnath Bharti against Ugandan and Nigerian women who were accused of prostitution and pushing drugs.
All ten soldiers who were hit by a massive avalanche at Siachen on Wednesday have been declared dead by the Army. The Ministry of Defence had earlier in the day said the chances of finding any survivors were very remote. "With deepest regret we have to state that chances of finding any survivors are very remote," said the Defence Spokesperson. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too mourned on the demise of the soldiers on Thursday.
A special court Thursday sent suspended UP chief engineer Yadav Singh to CBI custody for six days in connection with the alleged graft and disproportionate assets case against him. A day after his arrest, Singh was produced before special judge G Sridevi. The court sent Yadav to CBI custody until February 10.
Accusing the BJP-led central government of adopting “tactics of delay” over the Ram Janmabhoomi issue, Hindu saints and seers Friday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to spell out his government’s stand on the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya even as they suggested measures to the Centre on how to proceed further on this matter. Gathered for the ‘sant sammelan’ organised by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) at Magh Mela ground in Allahabad, the saints together called for a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament and urged the Centre to call Hindu seers over for a meeting on the temple issue. Leading the pack was former BJP MP and member of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, Ram Vilas Vedanti.
New Delhi, Feb. 5 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday criticised Karnataka Government for revealing the name of the Tanzanian student who was assaulted in Bengaluru, saying that the government must be advised to exercise restraint in such cases. "The kind of insensateness the Home Minister of Karnataka has shown while addressing the press even naming the victim is quite shameful. In fact the government should be advised to refrain themselves from such insensitivity in addressing such an important issue," BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told ANI here.
In a first, India on Thursday deported an Australian national on “strong indications” that he was an Islamic State supporter. The Indian Express has learnt that a Malay-origin Australian youth, identified as Ahmad Fahim Bin Hamad Awang holding passport N2149807, was detained for questioning on Thursday night after he landed at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on a flight from Perth. On receiving a tip-off, officers from a central agency questioned Awang and found jihadi literature, including Islamic State propaganda, on his laptop, sources said.
Moran (Assam), Feb 5 (IANS) Taking a potshot at the Congress leadership, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said while the opposition wanted parliament to function, one family holding a grudge for its electoral defeat was not allowing the Rajya Sabha to function. "Those who were reduced from 400 seats to 40 seats (in the Lok Sabha) are creating obstacles. Opposition parties want parliament to function, but just one family which is holding grudge for the defeat (in 2014 general elections) is not allowing the Rajya Sabha to function," Modi said in his address at an impressive public rally at Moran in Upper Assam's Dibrugarh district.
Bengaluru, Feb 6 (IANS) Veteran Australian all-rounder Shane Watson commanded the highest bid of Rs.9 crore from Royal Challengers Bengaluru while star batsman Yuvraj Singh was snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs.7 crore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction here on Saturday. Watson, who has represented Rajasthan Royals (RR) every year since joining them in the inaugural edition in 2008, was bought by Vijay Mallay-owned RCB for Rs.9.5 crore from a base price of Rs.2 crore. This is first time that Watson has featured in the IPL auction since the inaugural editon in 2008.
New Delhi, Feb. 5 (ANI): Delhi Police on Friday said that Mohsinh Abrahim, who was arrested for allegedly having links with the ISIS, was part of the Roorkee module of the terror outfit and was planning to go to Syria. Special Commissioner of Police of the Delhi Police's Special Cell Arvind Deep told ANI that Abrahim would be produced before the court later today. "He was part of Roorkee module and was planning to go to Syria.
More than a dozen Union ministries will project the ‘Make in India’ programme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year by participating in a 10-day ‘Swadeshi Mela’ staring Saturday. It is being organised by RSS’s economic wing, the Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), in the PM’s Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi. According to ‘Swadeshi Mela’ convener Anand Srivastava, who is also an SJM worker of Kashi region, various ministries will put up their stalls in the fair being organised at the city’s cultural complex.
India have gambled on the fitness of Mohammed Shami by including the injury-prone paceman in the 15-man squad named on Friday for next month's World Twenty20 tournament on home soil. The 25-year-old Shami has not played international cricket since finishing as India's second most successful bowler at last year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with 17 wickets. Shami underwent surgery on his injured knee after returning from that tournament last March and was named in the squad for the limited-overs series in Australia earlier this year, only to be ruled out with a hamstring problem.
New Delhi, Feb. 6 (ANI): With the Supreme Court asking Centre to frame guidelines to regulate working condition of nurses in the country, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has welcomed apex court's directive, saying that it would curb the exodus of nurses to foreign countries for better opportunities. Secretary General of the IMA, Dr K.K. Aggarwal, yesterday said that nurses in private hospitals are sometimes paid inadequately and as a result of which many nurses migrate to United Kingdom, United States, United Arab Emirates or other countries for better opportunities. The Supreme Court had on January 29 asked the Centre to set up within four weeks an expert committee to look into the grievances pertaining to service conditions of nurses employed with private hospitals and private nursing homes across the country.
New Delhi, Feb. 5 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday will embark on a three day visit to Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha where he is set to inaugurate 12th South Asian Games in Guwahati besides addressing tea workers at Moran. "Will inaugurate 12th South Asian Games in Guwahati.
The IPL auction for the 2016 season of the T20 League in Bangalore on Saturday. While the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Kevin Pietersen, Shane Watson and Dale Steyn generate top interest, the youngsters of India and some England players are also popular. The eight franchises would like to pick the best combination. Catch the IPL Auction 2016 Live here (COMPLETE LIST OF SOLD PLAYERS)
New Delhi, Feb. 5 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's lawyer Manik Dogra on Friday said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, who had initially sought fast tracking of the criminal and civil defamation case with a day-to-day hearing, are now resorting to delay tactics with the objective of putting this case onto a slow track. "Forget fast track, they don't want the adjudication of the case. Senior advocate H.S. Phoolka, who is representing Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the other AAP leaders, however, denied this position.
New Delhi, Feb. 5 (ANI): Following the furore over a Tanzanian student attacked by a mob in Bengaluru, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday called on the nation to learn a lesson from the unfortunate incident and fight against such kind of 'prejudice' from spreading across the nation. "We must take a lesson from this and ensure that that this kind of prejudice should not be allowed to flower in the country," Swamy told ANI. "What happened in Bangalore is not particular to India and nobody can give us a lecture, but that does not mean that it should happen.