New Delhi, Aug 25 (IANS) Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday that he stands by his comments on the RSS and would never stop fighting its "hateful and divisive agenda". Rahul told the Supreme Court that he had not blamed the RSS as an organisation for Mahatma Gandhi's assassination, but only the people linked with it.
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New Delhi/Jammu, Aug. 25 (ANI): A day after Baloch Republican Party (BRP) activists showered praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Dera Bugti (Balochistan) holding his pictures and Indian flags, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said it was the right time to put pressure on Pakistan to free Balochistan. BJP leader Ravinder Raina told ANI that since 1947, the Pakistani establishment and the army, including the ISI, are committing atrocities on the people of Balochistan.
(Reuters) - Australia captain Steve Smith is to leave the tour of Sri Lanka and return home to rest ahead of their limited-overs series in South Africa before they host the Proteas at the start of a heavy home schedule. Vice-captain David Warner will lead the side for the remaining three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches against Sri Lanka. "It's obviously going to be a big summer with South Africa and then six tests at home then limited-overs matches against New Zealand," Smith told reporters after his side lost the second one-day international against Sri Lanka by 82 runs in Colombo on Wednesday.
Kolkata, Aug. 24 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee will today inaugurate a mega food park at Murshidabad and also grace the convocation of Management Development Institute in Murshidabad at Jangipur before returning to New Delhi after a three-day visit to West Bengal.
New Delhi, Aug. 24 (ANI): Not completely declining the fatwa issued by Islamic seminary against products with cow urine, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Zafar Islam on Wednesday said the scientific use of cow urine is not known, adding there are many things which are permitted even though the Islamic faith doesn't allow those things in normal course of action. Talking to ANI, Islam said the consumption of cow urine and the products, which have cow urine, is prohibited as far as Islamic faith is concerned.
New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): The Supreme Court, which today heard an appeal by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to quash the defamation case filed against him by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), stated that he never accused the 'institution of being responsible for Mahatma Gandhi's killing'. Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, who appeared for Gandhi, told the apex court that the Congress vice-president never accused the RSS as an institution for the crime. "'RSS ke logon ne hatya ki' is entirely different from 'RSS had killed Mahatma Gandhi'," Sibal told the court.
Fearing a rise in illegal trafficking to meet the demands of dance girls in Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, NGOs are requesting the Election Commission for a ban on such polls activities.
Dubai (UAE), Aug.24 (ANI-Businesswire India): An Indian citizen has been arrested by Dubai Police for engaging in an ill-motivated social media campaign against Malabar Gold & Diamonds using forged images. Malabar Gold & Diamonds had filed a complaint with Dubai Police regarding a forged image being circulated in social media. The cyber wing of the Dubai Police uncovered that it was Bineesh who first shared the forged image through Facebook in Dubai.
Bablu Martin was a cricket and football player. He dedicated his entire life to sports and to helping people. On Saturday, he lost his life trying to save three children from being buried under the debris of a building that collapsed in Maihar. At around 10:30 am on August 20, Benedict (Bablu) Martin, a 40-year-old sportsman from Maihar in Madhya Pradesh, was going back home after conducting his routine coaching classes. On the way, he stopped in front of the Madhya Pradesh Housing Board building to have tea with his friends at a roadside stall. All of a sudden, he saw the three-storey structure of the Housing Board building tilting dangerously. [caption id="attachment_66018" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Benedict (Bablu) Martin[/caption] As soon as he spotted a 12-year-old girl standing under the building, Babloo made a dash to save her from being buried under the debris of the now collapsing edifice. He managed to rescue her and another child too, before going back to try and save another. Unfortunately, while the child was saved, Bablu himself never found his way back to safety. [caption id="attachment_66023" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] The collapsed building under which Bablu was trapped.[/caption] Bablu was trapped inside the debris, buried up to his neck. It took one-and-a-half hours for the people gathered around to pull him out. Other than the efforts of these locals, no other medical help reached the accident spot. Finally, the people rushed him to the nearest hospital where his wounds were quickly stitched in a haphazard manner and he was referred to a hospital in Satna. Bablu was still alive at this point. The ambulance in which Bablu was being transported to Satna had no medical staff. A temporary oxygen mask was placed over his mouth – it kept falling according to his older brother and a friend who accompanied Bablu in the ambulance. Due to heavy rainfall over the previous days, the road to Satna was closed. So the ambulance changed course and headed to a hospital in Katni, where the doctors declared Bablu ‘brought dead’. “My brother did his job. The people who pulled him out from under the debris also did their job. But the authorities and the system did not! One can reach Maihar from Bhopal in 1.5 hours by air. But no doctor from Maihar reached him in those 1.5 hours. He could have survived if he was given first aid immediately when he was trapped. He saved three lives. He would have saved 30 if he was alive! As there were no medical staff in the ambulance, we didn’t even know when our brother left us,” said Bablu’s brother Rabert (Raju) Martin. Bablu was a member of the Chattisgarh State Cricket Sangh (CSCS). He had represented Satna in cricket and soccer tournaments across the state. He also ran his own cricket coaching centre, known as Sharada Cricket Coaching Centre, where he used to teach cricket to kids for free. A dedicated sportsman, Bablu was not only good at cricket but also played football. He taught football to kids at the Maihar Sporting Club. It was Bablu who first encouraged girls to play football and cricket in Maihar. About 35-40 girls played football regularly at the Maihar Sporting Club under Martin’s guidance. One of them will be representing the district in the state level football championship soon. “Martin was a gem of a person. I knew him since childhood and he was the one who taught me wicket keeping and batting. He was a big fan of cricketer Azharuddin. He followed Azhar’s style in fielding and batting and Kapil Dev’s in bowling. You would think it was Azhar who was fielding if you saw Bablu on the cricket field from afar,” said Islam Ahmed Mansuri, a close family friend of the Martins. Bablu had no interest in academics from early on in life. His parents sent him to five different schools and even a boarding school in Allahabad. But all he wanted to do was to play cricket and other sports. Finally, Bablu left his studies altogether after Class 8 and became a full time sportsman. He started coaching children in cricket and football. He was so crazy about sports that if no one helped him financially, he would spend his own money to buy sports equipment for his students and arrange for their transport to matches outside Maihar. In a country where academic achievement is highly prized, Bablu did his best to encourage children to play sports. “Once, Bablu was suffering from malaria and had been put on a drip. But when he heard that there was a tournament taking place in town, he removed the drip himself and took off from the hospital without telling anyone,” recalled Raju fondly. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has announced that the government will pay Rs 5 lakh to Bablu’s family and give a government job to one family member. He has also promised to fulfil the family’s wish of naming a sports complex in Bablu’s honour in Satna, as encouraging sports as a career for the coming generations was Bablu’s only dream. Bablu’s mother and wife are still in shock and could not speak a word. His two sons, 6-year-old Vaibhav and 4-year-old Ahem still feel their father has gone for another tournament and will be back soon. [caption id="attachment_66011" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Bablu Martin's sons- Vaibhav and Ahem[/caption] “Up until 4 days ago we were all upset with my brother – that he doesn’t take any responsibilities at home, does nothing to help financially, that he just keeps playing and helping others. But we didn’t know what great things he was doing. We came to know after his death that he helped people so much. All his students, including the 40 girls who he taught football and cricket to, came to the graveyard for his funeral. We are all proud of him for helping so many people all his life, for encouraging children to take up sports and finally, for giving up his life to save three children. Not just me, any brother would be proud to have such a brother who left the world helping someone and became immortal,” says Rabert Martin. You can write to Rabert Martin at email@example.com .
New Delhi, Aug 23 (ANI): Describing the Rio Olympics experience as "sweet and sour", Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said they had expected at least 3-4 medals from the grapplers but added the sudden ban on Narsingh Yadav and unexpected injury to Vinesh Phogat dealt a severe blow to their medal aspirations. "We had expected 3-4 medals in wrestling, but sudden ban on NarsinghYadav and injury to Vinesh Phogat was a big blow to us," Brij Bhushan said while addressing a press conference here.
Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), Aug. 23 (ANI): Cornering the Centre over the prevailing unrest in Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said the entire nation knows how weak Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government is on the border areas.
Vijayawada, Aug 23 (IANS) For a second consecutive day on Tuesday, star shuttler P.V. Sindhu and her coach Pullela Gopichand basked in the glory of the silver medal she clinched in the women's singles category at Rio Olympics. A day after the Telangana government felicitated them for the historic achievement, the Andhra Pradesh government went out of the way to give them a rousing reception. If Hyderabad, the hometown of Sindhu, had come out to accord her a hero's welcome, Vijayawada, the native place of her mother, opened its heart to the star shuttler.
Agartala, Aug 23 (IANS) The Tripura government on Tuesday gave out of turn promotions to ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar and her coach Bisheshwar Nandi in their government jobs under the sports and youth affairs department, a minister said. "Dipa would be promoted from existing sports officer to assistant director and Nandi from assistant director to deputy director of the Tripura government's sports and youth affairs department," Information, Cultural Affairs and Finance Minister Bhanulal Saha told reporters after a cabinet meeting.
Bahadurgarh/New Delhi, Aug 24 (IANS) Rio 2016 Olympics bronze medalist wrestler Sakshi Malik was accorded a grand welcome by people and the state government as the motorcade carrying her entered Haryana on Wednesday. Sakshi, who arrived in Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport early on Wednesday from Rio de Janeiro, was given a rousing reception at the airport itself. The Haryana government in a state-level function held to honour Sakshi, rewarded her with a Rs 2.5 crore check and announced a government job for her.
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New Delhi, Aug. 24 (ANI): On the eve of Janmashtami, President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday conveyed his warm greetings and good wishes to the nation and said Lord Krishna's life and teachings emphasize the importance of performing one's duty without thought of reward. "Lord Krishna's life and teachings emphasize the importance of performing one's duty without thought of reward, of different paths leading to the same goal and of the importance of ethical and moral values to society," President Mukherjee said in his message. "On this auspicious day celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, let us commit ourselves to following the path of virtue and righteousness in thought, word and deed," he added.
New Delhi, Aug. 25 (ANI): After Vinay Sharma, one of the six accused in the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case, allegedly attempted suicide at Tihar Jail late last night, his father Hari Ram Sharma on Thursday alleged that there is some "conspiracy" (mili bhagat) as the "government is planning to release his son". "There is some conspiracy (mili bhagat) between police and others. Now, the government is planning to release him, they are doing this drama," Vinay's father told ANI.
Dera Bugti (Balochistan), Aug. 24 (ANI): Days after Baloch leaders' in-exile hailed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for highlighting the atrocities committed on their people by Pakistan, the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) activists showered praise on him while holding the Indian flags and his pictures in their hands and vented their ire against Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri for declaring Brahamdagh Bugti a traitor. Holding the pictures of the Indian Prime Minister, late Baloch leader Akbar Bugti and his grandson Brahumdagh Bugti, the protestors, including children, with their faces covered raised slogans against Islamabad and also burnt Pakistan's national flag.
New Delhi, Aug.25 (ANI): The Congress Party on Thursday hailed Home Minister Rajnath Singh's two-day visit to the violence-hit Kashmir Valley, and hoped that it is the beginning to a logical, honest and genuine effort to restore peace in Jammu and Kashmir. Now, who they will talk to, how they will talk, how much time it will take, it is the responsibility of somebody in the office, and I hope that the Home Minister has made this beginning, and I hope that he takes this beginning to a logical conclusion," Congress leader Salman Khurshid told ANI here.
Australia's James Faulkner claimed his maiden hat-trick but could not deny Sri Lanka a series-levelling 82-run victory in the second one-day international on Wednesday. Faulkner dismissed Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera to achieve the feat but ended up on the losing side as Australia, chasing 289 for win, were all out for 206 in 47.2 overs. Matthew Wade top-scored for the touring side with a fighting 76 but Sri Lanka's biggest win over Australia in terms of runs means the teams move to Dambulla for Sunday's third one-dayer with the five-match series level at 1-1.
New Delhi, Aug. 24 (ANI): Backing long-distance runner O.P Jaisha's claim of there being no support from the Indian officials at the recently concluded Rio Olympics, senior advocate and Rajya Sabha MP K.T.S. Tulsi on Wednesday said that the incident revealed 'gross mismanagement' on the Centre's part. This is total mismanagement. This is gross mismanagement," Tulsi told ANI.
New Delhi, Aug. 24 (ANI): Dubbing Narendra Modi's statement at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) core group meeting as 'one more act of political deception', the Congress Party on Wednesday said the Prime Minister's promise of 'achche din' and characteristic 'jumla style' stands exposed before the nation. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement at the BJP core group meeting is one more act of political deception by a Prime Minister whose promise of 'Acche Din' and characteristic 'Jumla Style' stands exposed before the nation," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.