Jet Airways suspends cabin crew after Sonu Nigam sings on flight
Jet Airways suspends cabin crew after Sonu Nigam sings on flight

Sonu Nigam's impromptu in-flight performance on a Jet Airways flight may have made a lot of people happy, but the authorities reportedly weren't amused. Jet Airways issued a statement on Twitter saying it suspended all cabin crew of a flight and is enforcing corrective measures and disciplinary

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    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 Indian Express
  • The Starting Point

    In a country where racism is often on display — the most recent example being that of a Tanzanian girl in Bangalore who was assaulted by a mob — comes a book which aims to sensitise children on the issue. Mumbai-based illustrator Shrujana Niranjani Shridhar says children are the starting point to bring about any social change. “In India, we don’t familiarise our children with the various cultural minorities and their practices, which later leads to discrimination,” she says.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Shamli couple, family battle to build new life after ‘love jihad’ furore

    More than a month after Shamli simmered with communal tension, when a mahapanchayat labelled the elopement of a 23-year-old Hindu woman with a married Muslim man “love jihad”, the couple and their families are straining to battle the past and build a new life. At Shamli’s Kandhla, members of Mohammad Asif’s family, who had been on the run after being accused in a police complaint of abduction, are back home but have suffered “irreparable losses”. In Delhi, where the couple moved to, Aksa Rani, formerly Anjali Saini, says she is “very content” but still faces harassment from her family.

    • The Indian Express
  • India will be betraying Muslims if it abandons Kashmir: Akbar

    The Indo-Pak conflict wasn’t rooted in Geography but in ideology, BJP leader MJ Akbar said here Wednesday. “India cannot abandon Kashmir precisely because it has Muslims... the Muslim is an equal citizen of India... the day you abandon Kashmir, you betray me. The BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member also stoked the intolerance debate again, saying India was the only country that allowed “audible” equality of all faiths in practice and those who talked about leaving the country should go and see if they could hear the Azaan in Washington.

    • The Indian Express
  • T20 World Cup 2016, Asia Cup India squads; Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra included, Pawan Negi surprise pick

    The selection committee picked the World T20 and Asia Cup squad in New Delhi on Friday.

    • The Indian Express
  • Anupam Kher turns down Pak visa offer

    Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Wednesday called up actor Anupam Kher and offered him a visa to travel across the border for the Karachi literary festival. Kher, who claims he has been denied a Pakistani visa three times, was one of the 18 Indians invited by the organisers to the four-day event starting Friday. Except Kher, 17 others, including senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid and actor Nandita Das, were granted visas.

    • The Indian Express
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  • As trash overflows outside East Delhi school, students bear the brunt

    On a narrow road in front of Aster Public School in Mayur Vihar Phase I, trash was found overflowing nearly 15 to 20 metres outside the walls of the garbage dump. No stranger to eyes turning away in disgust and hands reaching up to the nose, the pit exemplified the ordeal that residents of the area have endured over the past week, as sanitation workers of the East and North corporations have been on strike. On the morning of the eighth day of the strike, the heap continued to grow with residents from the area emptying their trash cans and waste collectors their carts.

    • The Indian Express
  • Suspended UP chief engineer Yadav Singh held, Congress & BJP say probe links

    Suspended Uttar Pradesh chief engineer Yadav Singh was arrested Wednesday by the CBI for allegedly “abusing his official position in awarding contracts and causing wrongful loss to the government exchequer”. The CBI had earlier conducted searches at 12 locations in Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad in connection with its probe against Singh over award of contracts related to Noida, Greater Noida and the Yamuna Expressway authorities. In August last year, the SP government in UP moved the Supreme Court against the Allahabad High Court’s decision to order a CBI probe into alleged irregularities by Singh.

    • The Indian Express
  • Jet Airways suspends cabin crew for Sonu Nigam's in-flight singing

    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.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • Karnataka CM, Govt. insensitive on Tanzanian student assault case

    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.

    • ANI
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  • Hit-and-run-case: Salman Khan's hearing postponed to Feb.12

    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 on February 12th after it was postponed today. 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. The Maharashtra Government had on January 22 filed a petition in the apex court against the Bombay High Court's judgement acquitting Salman of 'all charges', overturning the trial court's order sentencing him for five years.

    • ANI
  • Deonar dumping ground fire: ‘What has happened in Deonar could also happen in Mulund’

    Referring to the fire which broke out in the Deonar dumping ground, the Bombay High Court warned that “What has happened in Deonar could also happen in Mulund dumping site”. The court asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to list preventive measures taken to ensure such an incident did not recur. The civic body told the court that it was consulting the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) to curtail the fire and also investigating whether the fire was a result of any “sabotage” or an accident.

    • The Indian Express
  • Elite drink for good sleep, so banning English liquor may be tough: Manju Verma

    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 Indian Express
  • Allegations of corruption in DDCA: Decisions under Jaitley’s tenure as chief duly approved by board members, court told

    The treasurer of the Delhi District and Cricket Association (DDCA) Wednesday told a Delhi court all decisions taken by the body during the tenure of Arun Jaitley as president were “duly approved” by members of Annual General Meeting (AGM) and other board members.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Siachen avalanche: Army declares all trapped soldiers dead; PM Modi pays condolences

    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.

    • The Indian Express
  • Felt like a criminal but treated it like an injury: Pragyan Ojha

    Ojha claimed his 34th victim of the Ranji Season and his 399th first-class wicket on the first day of the quarter-final against Madhya Pradesh at CCI. In a chat with Indian Express, the Bengal left-arm spinner who was barred in December 2014, and returned with a new action talks about the difficult times, the taunts about his full-sleeved bowling days and how he coped with being called a chucker.

    • The Indian Express
  • Shiv Sena shuts shops in Old City in Ludhiana, says will keep up its protest

    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 Indian Express
  • Crimes against foreigners: thefts high, sex offences next

    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.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Sex determination: An old law, a new debate

    What does the law say about sex determination? The Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 2003, commonly called PC-PNDT Act, makes it illegal to determine the sex of the unborn child or even use sex-selection technologies. The law first came into force in 1996 as the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1994, in response to the falling sex ratio and fears that ultrasound technologies were being used to determine the sex of the foetus.

    • The Indian Express
  • Australian women's cricketer banned for betting on match

    Australia has banned women's cricketer Piepa Cleary for six months, with another 18 months suspended, for placing bets on a men's test match between Australia and New Zealand in November. The 19-year-old Cleary, who plays for Western Australia state, had placed six bets totalling A$15.50 ($11.10) on the match at Adelaide Oval. "CA has imposed a 24-month period of ineligibility on Cleary of which 18 months are suspended on condition that she commits no further offences under the (Anti-Corruption) Code," Cricket Australia said in a media release on Thursday.

    • Reuters
  • Mendis 2.0: Ambidexterous, offie and also left-arm orthodox

    In his part Roman-a-clef novel ‘Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew’, Shehan Karunalatika weaves such a mesmerising tale that, by the end of it, you are convinced that the book's fictional ambidexterous spinner who could do everything - even managing leg and off spin in the same double-bouncing delivery - indeed existed in Sri Lanka. Full name: Pasqual Handi Kamindu Dilanka Mendis, Born: September 30, 1998, Galle, Current age.... your eyes light up when you reach 'Bowling style'.

    • The Indian Express
  • Balram Jakhar towered over the rest, physically, politically

    Balram Jakhar, 92, once the Jat face of the Congress, was an imposing personality. Former Union minister Natwar Singh described him Wednesday as a “towering figure”. Then chief minister Babulal Gaur found it a bit difficult to reach Jakhar’s forehead while applying a tilak on his arrival in Bhopal.

    • The Indian Express
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  • 31 years after a plane went down, convict walks

    What is the Kanishka bombing case? The bomb, placed in a suitcase and checked into cargo during a stopover in Vancouver, exploded over the Atlantic Ocean in Irish airspace at an altitude of 31,000 feet, killing all 329 on board — 268 Canadian citizens (many of them of Indian origin), 27 Britons and 24 Indians. An hour earlier, a bomb had gone off inside the terminal at Narita airport in Tokyo.

    • The Indian Express
  • Mumbai loses vital road corridor before new Development Plan is unveiled

    The State Urban Development (UD) department has issued a notification scrapping the plan to build an expressway connecting Girgaum Chowpatty to Lalbaug and Sion. Fadnavis, who heads the urban development department, has approved the proposal for issuing the notification dated January 28. The state government has based the move on an opinion from civic commissioner Ajoy Mehta dated July 15, 2015, which had said that the “corridor was no longer feasible”.

    • The Indian Express
  • Glitches galore as Guwahati sounds gong

    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.

    • The Indian Express
  • Rehabilitation of Kashmiri pandits: No land, MHA plan to set up townships stuck

    The Union Home Ministry’s plan to set up “composite townships” for displaced Kashmiri Pandit migrants in the Valley appears to have made little headway after it was announced in April last year. According to sources, while the Centre had written to the state government, asking it to provide land for the townships, there has been no movement so far. Cabinet approval is required for the composite townships.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Mumbai road rage: Hit by car, man ‘abducts’ woman driver in Virar

    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.

    • The Indian Express
  • Tanzanian woman was not stripped, paraded naked: Karnataka Home Minister

    Karnataka Home Minister G Parmeshwara on Thursday said that a Tanzanian woman student - who alleged that she was attacked and  her car was burnt by a mob - was not stripped and paraded naked in Bengaluru. Facing a volley of questions at a press conference, Parmeshwara said those responsible for the attack will not be spared and that the case has already been transferred to the crime branch. The case has been transferred to the Central Crime Branch for investigation," he said, adding that there was no racism behind the attack and it was 'just a response' to an earlier accident.

    • The Indian Express
  • Tanzanian student was not stripped, claims K'taka Police

    Bengaluru, Feb. 4 (ANI): Karnataka Director General of Police (DGP) Om Prakash, who met the Tanzanian student as part of the investigation process on Thursday, said that the victim was not stripped and paraded. Initially her statement could not be recorded, that is why Section 355 was in place," Prakash told the media here. Karnataka Home Minister G. Parmeshwara earlier said that the attack on the Tanzanian student was 'not a racial attack'.

    • ANI
  • ED to quiz Sameer Bhujbal on use of funds his family firms received

    The enforcement Directorate (ED) will quiz Sameer Bhujbal, the arrested ex-MP and nephew of former Maharashtra deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal, on the utilisation of funds received by firms his family controlled, said ED officials. Chhagan Bhujbal, his son Pankaj and Sameer are being probed by the ED and the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for alleged irregularities in the award of a contract of over Rs 100 crore for three projects in 2006, when the NCP leader was deputy CM and PWD minister. The ED is also planning to bring Sameer and other accused in the case face-to-face for questioning, said sources.

    • The Indian Express
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  • 10 years of MGNREGA: How an idea became a necessity and now the nation’s pride

    Paradoxically, the most appropriate starting point for recounting its story is the statement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last February on the floor Parliament. In it, the PM mocked the Congress for having to resort to a programme like MGNREGA even 60 years after Independence.

    • The Indian Express
  • Tanzanian student attack: Congress says Rahul sought report from state, but CM denies claim

    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 Indian Express
  • Arrested ISIS suspect was planning to go to Syria: Delhi Police(Update)

    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.

    • ANI
  • India gamble on paceman Shami for World T20

    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.

    • Reuters
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  • Asaduddin Owaisi calls for Dalit-Muslim unity ahead of Uttar Pradesh bypolls

    Hyderabad MP and President of All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday said that unity between Muslims and Dalits is the need of the hour. Owaisi, in his maiden speech in Uttar Pradesh, invoked Ambedkar, Rohit Vemula and Dadri incident in an attempt foster unity between the Dalit and Muslim communities. "We will remain indebted to Dr Ambedkar for our constitution else the country would have gone on Hindutva path.

    • The Indian Express
  • Tanzanian student attack: Bengaluru police arrest five people, Siddaramaiah assures justice

    The Bengaluru city police arrested five people a day after a Tanzanian student filed a complaint accusing a mob of stripping her and forcing her to walk 'without her top' on the street, news agency ANI reported. The alleged incident took place following a road accident earlier in the day, when a car driven by a Sudanese medical student hit a local resident, 35-year-old Sabeen Taj, who died in the accident, while her husband Sanuallah sustained injuries. While the Tanzanian student had not made allegations of being stripped by the mob in the complaint filed on Sunday, she did so on Wednesday, when police summoned her following media reports of the alleged incident.

    • The Indian Express
  • Impressed by action taken by Karnataka Govt.: Tanzanian envoy

    Bengaluru, Feb. 5 (ANI): Tanzanian High Commissioner to India John W.H. Kijazi on Friday said he was impressed by the concrete action taken by the Karnataka Government for punishing the perpetrators. Kijazi stated that the Karnataka Government had assured him on the security measures taken for the safety of African students here. Karnataka Home Minister G. Parmeshwara, however, said the Tanzanian envoy and GEA representatives were convinced by the action taken by the Government.

    • ANI
  • Australia coach Lehmann cleared to join squad in New Zealand

    Australia coach Darren Lehmann has been cleared to fly to New Zealand after recovering from deep vein thrombosis and will join the squad on Saturday ahead of their third and final one-day international against the hosts. The 45-year-old was hospitalised with a swollen left calf last week, prompting Cricket Australia (CA) to put batting coach Michael Di Venuto in charge for the three-match home Twenty20 series against India and the ODI series in New Zealand. Lehmann was expected to join the squad ahead of the two-test series in New Zealand, with the first match starting in Wellington on February 12, but appears to have completed his recovery ahead of schedule.

    • Reuters
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  • Ashok Chavan can challenge sanction in court: Swamy

    New Delhi, Feb. 4 (ANI): With Ashok Chavan alleging that the ruling party at the Centre was pressurizing the CBI to implicate him in the Adarsh Housing Society scam, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday said the former Maharashtra chief minister can have these matters tested in court if he thinks that the sanction given is wrong. "When the earlier Governor had declined the sanction then that time it was not misuse but today it is misuse as it is now against him. If he thinks that the sanction given is wrong then he can even challenge the giving of the sanction in the court," Swamy told ANI.

    • ANI
  • Modi says one family obstructing parliament

    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.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • As India goes south in FIFA ranking, it needs to look beyond northeast for solutions

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    • The Indian Express
  • RSS wing to organise Swadeshi Mela to promote PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’

    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.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Man arrested for allegedly raping three-year-old in Mumbai

    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.

    • ANI
  • Maharashtra Govt. holds good chance in Salman hit-and-run case: Abha Singh

    Mumbai, Feb. 5 (ANI): Women's rights activist and lawyer Abha Singh on Friday said the Maharashtra Government holds a good chance in the 2002 hit-and-run case involving Bollywood actor Salman Khan as the Bombay High Court has erred by citing loopholes and not going into the legal merits of this matter. Singh said the hearing in this case where the Maharashtra Government has gone against the order of the Bombay High Court has been postponed to February 12. "The Maharashtra Government has called the Bombay High Court order perverse, not good in law citing the various loopholes because the Bombay High Court did not go into the legal merits of the case, it just cited the loopholes, it used the basis of procedure to dismiss the case to let Salman Khan go scot-free," she told ANI here.

    • ANI
  • Indian filmmaker battles taxman over 'evil' gay movie

    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.

    • AFP
  • 'Attack was result of mob justice, racism': Tanzanian Envoy

    New Delhi, Feb. 4 (ANI): With five people being arrested so far in connection with the assault on Tanzanian female student, Tanzanian High Commissioner John WH Kijazi on Thursday said that 'mob justice' and 'racism' led to the unfortunate incident. "We are looking at it from both the angles..Everybody entitled to their own assessment, but there is an element of mob justice and racism.

    • ANI
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  • The rise and fall of Yadav Singh, chief engineer now in CBI net

    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.

    • The Indian Express
  • India mob beats, partly strips Tanzanian student

    India police arrested five people Thursday over an enraged mob's attack on a Tanzanian student who was beaten, her shirt ripped off and car set ablaze in the city of Bangalore. Tanzanian High Commissioner John W. H. Kijazi said he has urged the Indian government to step up security for all African students in Bangalore in the wake of the attack. India Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj branded the attack "shameful" and demanded swift justice for those responsible, as she moved to defuse diplomatic tensions over the incident.

    • AFP
  • PM Modi to reach out to farmers, address 4 rallies this month

    Fearing that it is losing ground in rural areas and among farmers, the BJP is set to organise four rallies to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party sources have said. The rallies, scheduled in Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh in February, will be followed by similar rallies across the country by other senior BJP leaders. The decision to reach out to farmers coincides with the NDA government's attempts to take credit for MGNREGA, saying that it has “transformed” the rural job guarantee scheme from a “pitiable” state under the UPA, which launched it in 2006.

    • The Indian Express
  • India court sentences 11 to death for land-grab murder

    An Indian court sentenced 11 political activists to death Thursday for murdering a housewife in an attempt to illegally procure disputed land from a village in the eastern part of the country. The court in West Bengal state found the group guilty of shooting dead Aparna Bag when she tried to stop armed men from grabbing land she claimed to own in November 2014. The activists from the state's ruling Trinamool Congress party tried to forcefully seize the land, in Nadia district about 150 kilometres (90 miles) from Kolkata, saying it belonged to the government.

    • AFP
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  • 'We should not jump on defending Tanzanian student assault case': Rijiju

    New Delhi, Feb. 4 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Thursday condemned the incident involving a 21-year-old Tanzanian student in Bengaluru and urged the people of India to remember their colonial past and gain sensitivity towards racial discrimination. Whether racist attack or not, whether stripped or not these are matters to be investigated by the officials when they are asked to do it. Lot of Indians did face racial abuse in foreign countries.

    • ANI
  • Ryan International principal, staffers granted bail

    New Delhi, Feb. 4 (ANI): The principal, a teacher and three staff members of the Ryan International School in Vasant Kunj, who were arrested in connection with six-year-old Divyansh Kakrora's death in the school premises, were granted bail here on Thursday. All the five staff members of the school were arrested by Delhi Police earlier today in a 'death due to negligence' case. The Delhi Police have assured that necessary legal action would be taken against those involved in the case.

    • ANI
  • On campaign trail: ‘Embers from Muzaffarnagar made Modi PM’

    Nearly 30 months after Muzaffarnagar saw some of the worst communal riots in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has begun invoking “the embers that spread” from the violence of 2013 and “made Narendra Modi the Prime Minister” to woo voters in the campaign for the assembly by-poll here on February 13. Addressing an election rally on Thursday, state BJP executive committee member Umesh Malik said, “Lok Sabha ke chunav mein Muzzafarnagar se uthi chingari pradesh mein gayi, pradesh se pure desh mein gayi.

    • The Indian Express
  • Tanzanian student assault: BJP condemns incident, holds Cong. Answerable

    New Delhi, Feb. 4 (ANI): Condemning the incident involving a 21-year-old Tanzanian student who was beaten and stripped of all her clothes by a group of locals in Bengaluru, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday held the Congress answerable. It is Congress' government there. When there is even a small issue, or no issue at all, Rahul Gandhi ji rakes up the issue and stages protests and starts giving sermons to the whole nation," he told ANI.

    • ANI
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  • Tanzanian student attacked: It is time for India to confront an embedded racism

    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.

    • The Indian Express
  • Where the SAF Games are, the most visible contest is Congress vs BJP

    The mascot for the 12th South Asian Games has been forced to cede space to Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and the Congress Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in the lead-up to the February 5-16 sporting festival. It looks less a congregation of athletes and more a pre-election rally fest as the two political heavyweights dominate most of the posters here, apart from the giant hoardings featuring PM Narendra Modi who will open the Games Friday. India’s top athletes such as MC Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and Gagan Narang are absent on the approach to the airport and around the stadiums.

    • The Indian Express
  • Cricket: India pick veterans, recall Shami for World T20

    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.

    • AFP
  • From fast track to slow track: Jaitley vs Kejriwal

    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.

    • ANI
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  • India, Hong Kong keen to deepen bilateral ties: CY Leung

    New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS) There is a clear consensus among India's leadership for "broadening and deepening" the country's over a century-old ties with Hong Kong, the chief executive of the Special Administrative Region (SAR) CY Leung has said. "After meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and separate meetings with your external affairs and finance ministers, it is clear to me that there is a consensus here that there should be a broadening and deepening of India's cooperation with Hong Kong," Leung said at a dinner on Thursday night hosted by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) at the conclusion of his India visit aimed at boosting bilateral trade.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • Tanzanian student attack: Swamy urges nation to fight against 'prejudice'

    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.

    • ANI