New Delhi, Sept. 27 (ANI): Former bureaucrat BK Bansal, who was accused of corruption and arrested in connection with a graft case in July, allegedly committed suicide along with his 25-year-old son in their home in Madhu Vihar in East Delhi on Tuesday. Bansal was a Director General in the Corporate Affairs ministry when he was arrested on July 16 on charges of accepting Rs. nine lakhs as bribe from a pharmaceutical company that wanted to buy its way out of an investigation for illegal business practices. Two days after Mr Bansal's arrest, his wife Satyabala Bansal and daughter Neha were found hanging in separate rooms at their residence in Nilkanth Apartments in east Delhi's Madhu Vihar on July 19.
Islamabad [Pakistan], Sept. 26 (ANI): With India's Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj advising Islamabad to abandon its dream of separating Kashmir from India during her address to the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Monday, Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesperson Mohammed Nafees Zakaria sought to know from her "if Kashmir is an integral part of India, why is it on the Agenda of Security Council?" "Strange that Indian EAM is disowning the UNSC resolutions and that too at the UN. Can Indian EAM explain that if Kashmir is an integral part of India, why is it on the Agenda of Security Council," tweeted Zakaria within a few hours after the EAM concluded her speech.
London, Sep 26 (IANS) Pakistan-born actor Marc Anwar, who was sacked from British TV drama "Coronation Street" for his racist rant against Indians on social media, has issued an apology and termed his act as a "moment of madness". Anwar was axed from the ITV soap after "Coronation Street" makers were alerted to his Twitter comments. The 45-year-old had referred to Indians as 'b******s' and 'p*ss-drinking c**ts', and even abused Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Kanpur, India, Sept 26, 2016 (AFP) - Skipper Virat Kohli hailed Ravichandran Ashwin as "priceless" after he spun India to victory Monday over New Zealand, saying the off-spinner was one of cricket's ultimate match-winners and sharpest brains.
Lahore, Sep 26 (IANS) The Samjhauta Express train between India and Pakistan, via Attari in Punjab, left from here to New Delhi on Monday after authorities allowed its operation, the Pakistani media reported. According to The News International, the train on Monday morning carried 138 passengers who face custom and immigration clearance at Wagah border. The Indian Railways conveyed to Pakistani side that the service would not be operated on Monday as per its regular schedule, said The News International report.
New Delhi [India], Sept.27 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday praised spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi, popularly known as "Amma" around the world, for her commitment to his government's Swachch Bharat programme on the occasion of her 63rd birthday. "Particularly, Amma's initiative on building toilets has been a great help in our Swachh Bharat Programme. Amma has pledged to contribute one hundred crore rupees towards sanitation efforts in Kerala.
New Delhi, [India], Sept 27 (ANI): The murder of a Delhi government school teacher by two class 12 students has resulted in teachers strongly demanding stringent action against the murderers. The incident was reported at Government Boys Senior Secondary School in west Delhi's Nangloi. The whole society of teachers is very sad over this incident.
Valsad (Gujarat) [India], Sept. 25 (ANI): Former IPS officer D.G. Vanzara, who is out on bail in the Ishrat Jahan and Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter cases, Sunday said the "encounters were not fake and the truth will come to light finally". While responding to questions about an FIR filed by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) into the missing files pertaining to the Ishrat Jahan case, Vanzara told ANI, "The developments will keep happening in the case as we are a democratic nation, where there is rule of law and liberalism. The FIR was lodged at the Sansad Marg Police Station in New Delhi on Saturday.
New Delhi [India], Sept. 27 (ANI): Refuting all allegations against Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain came under the income tax scanner for allegedly indulging in hawala transfer of nearly Rs. 17 crores, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that the former is innocent and alleged that he is being framed. Will expose in Del Assembly on Fri," he added. Meanwhile, the IT department has asked Jain to appear before it on October 4.
Hyderabad (Telangana), [India], Sept 26 (ANI): Incessant rains have flooded the Holy Trinity Church in Hyderabad to a level of about four feet, which have left the parishioners feeling helpless as they are getting no help from the state government. Local residents are blaming the state government for negligence.
New Delhi [India], Sept. 26 (ANI): The Supreme Court will on Monday hear an appeal filed by December 16 'Nirbhaya' gangrape convicts - Akshay, Vinay Sharma, Pawan and Mukesh. The top court had on April 4 begun final hearing of the convicts' appeal almost two years after staying their execution. Two of the four death-row convicts had written to Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Deepak Misra, stating that they do not approve of the defence counsel appointed by the court to argue their case before the top court as they had given statements against them to the media in the past.
New Delhi [India], Sept.26 (ANI):A delegation of heads of eminent Khanqahs and Dargahs led by the Chief of the Ajmer Sharif have appealed to people in the Kashmir Valley to keep calm and peace there and help the government to return normalcy in the state. Calling on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here today, they assured him that they would go to Kashmir to request their brothers and sisters to work for the restoration of peace. Led by Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Saheb, Spiritual Head of the shrine and the Sajjadanashin of Dargah Khwaja Sahab, Ajmer Sharif, the delegation shared their concern on the situation in Kashmir and expressed confidence that the Union Home Minister would do everything possible to bring normalcy in Kashmir in order to remove pain and miseries of the people.
New Delhi [India], Sept. 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday extended his birthday wishes to former prime minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh. May God bless him with a long and healthy life," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
New Delhi, [India], Sept 27 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday hailed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and said that the latter has exposed Pakistan globally. Dubbing Swaraj's speech as exceptional, BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said that Swaraj not only addressed India's concerns in the context of terrorism, but also said the global network of terror is hampering progress in destinations worldwide.
New York, Sep 26 (IANS) India's much-awaited address at the United Nations General Assembly is scheduled later on Monday with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj expected to focus on the recent terror attack at Uri in Kashmir, up the ante against Pakistan and seek global support to dub it a "terror state". The Indian Foreign Minister is expected to take matters forward from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first public speech after the September 18 Uri attack at Kozhikode in Kerala on Saturday, where he denounced Pakistan for supporting and exporting terror, besides warning that the neighbouring country will be isolated as a "terror state". "Rulers of Pakistan, listen.
Lahore [Pakistan], Sept. 26 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry has hit out against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent statement in Kerala warning of action against the Uri terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that it violates all United Nations and international charters against non-interference in internal affairs of other countries. In an exclusive interview to Dawn, Jalil Abbas Jilani, Pakistan's Ambassador to Washington, stated that the Prime Minister's statement shows India's "nervousness" with the situation in Kashmir.
New Delhi [India], Sept. 26 (ANI): Hailing External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's speech at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Monday, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said the thrust of the message was "a good one and Indians can stand behind it". Speaking to ANI, Tharoor said, "Like all MEA-drafted speeches, I think it was a well-drafted and well-crafted speech. It began with all the global issues and India's role in them and then situated the Pakistan problem in the context of the global challenge of terrorism.
Mumbai [India], Sept. 26 (ANI): The Congress on Monday extended support to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's ahead of her address to the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) and expected the latter to give a befitting reply to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Sushma is a good orator she will give a befitting reply and will respond on statements made by the Prime Minister of Pakistan and will describe how Pakistan has become a centre of terrorism from past 20-25 years," Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit told ANI. Congress leader P.L. Punia asserted that a suitable reply is must to counter unrestrained statements of Prime Minister Sharif on Kashmir and hoped Swaraj would reply well.
New Delhi [India], Sept. 25 (ANI): Expressing displeasure to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Congress leader Manish Tewari on Monday said it is known fact that Pakistan is an exporter of terrorism, however, it remains unknown what will be Centre's action to change its neighbor's behaviour. Tewari further stated that merely reiterating rhetoric does not amount to action and questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's capability to understand the nation's mood. "The world has known for the last 25 years now that Pak is a neat exporter of terror, what is unknown what the NDA government is going to do to change Pakistan's behaviour that is the unknown and that is what the country wants to know from the Prime Minister and his External Affairs Minister.