In the long chain of infamous practices of framing innocent young Muslim men in trumped up charges of terrorism got another instance added on 16 February. A Delhi sessions court acquitted three men accused of causing serial blasts in Delhi in 2005 that killed 67 people and injureRead more »
Patna [India], Feb. 18 (ANI): In the wee hours of Saturday morning, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin was shifted from Siwan Jail to Patna amid tight security, from where he will be transferred to the high-security Tihar Jail in New Delhi on the Supreme Court's orders. Carrying on with their operations, the Siwan administration escorted Shahabuddin to a white Tata Sumo, where he was lodged between two armed security officials.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Blaming the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) for the ruckus that took place in the Tamil Nadu Assembly during the floor test, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday said that DMK MLAs were the ones who created chaos in the assembly while AIADMK MLAs sat quietly. "It was done entirely by the DMK.
Washington, Feb 19 (IANS) US President Donald Trumps revised executive order temporarily barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering America will be phased in and will likely exempt green-card holders, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said. "The President is contemplating issuing a tighter, more streamlined version of the first (executive order)," Kelly said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] Feb. 18 (ANI): The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Saturday seized 4.2 kilogram gold worth Rs 1.14 crore found in a consignment at Mumbai airport concealed in the form of hooks and buttons in 91 trousers, coated with silver colour. The consignment consisted of ten cartons with old clothes worth Rs 13,000 and had been imported in the name of Usha Mudaliar, a resident of Mulund who had arrived from Dubai a few days earlier. Detailed examination revealed that the hooks were actually made of gold coated with silver colour as camouflage.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 18 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kirti Azad will appear before a Delhi court today, as they have been summoned over a criminal defamation complaint filed by Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and its vice-president Chetan Chauhan. This comes after the Delhi high court on February 7th had slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on Kejriwal and Rs 30,000 on Azad for delay in filing a response to the defamation suit.
Lahore [Pakistan], Feb. 18 (ANI): The provincial government of Punjab has included names of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and one of his close aides, Qazi Kashif, in the fourth schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). According to Dawn, a senior police officer privy to the development said on Friday that the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) added their names to the list of the 1,450 'fourth schedulers' on an order of the federal Interior Ministry.
Guardians of the French language were up in arms on Friday after the French national Olympic committee adopted an English slogan - Made for Sharing - to back France's bid to host the games in 2024. The Academie francaise, official custodian of the language of Moliere, said it was no better than a pizza advert. Paris, Los Angeles, and Budapest are vying to host the 2024 games, and the French national Olympic committee has said it chose the English slogan to broaden its appeal for the wider world.
Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.18 (ANI): Islamabad United cricketers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif have formally recorded their statements on the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scam before the anti-corruption unit of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Khalid, who was slated to record his official statement on the scam on Friday morning, was unwell and, therefore, appeared before the unit late in the evening at PCB headquarters.
Since the active role of Paras Mal Lodha surfaced during the investigation, therefore he was arrested under section 19 of PMLA, 2002 on December 21, 2016. He is now under judicial custody.
The sting in question, which was basically a shoot of proceedings inside the court room of Justice SJ Kathawala, was secretly shot and was uploaded on YouTube leveling accusations of corruption against the said judge.
Mexican striker Javier Hernandez scored twice in Bayer Leverkusen's 3-1 victory at lowly Augsburg on Friday to make it two wins in a row for the visitors and lift them back into contention for a European spot. The victory was also good news for Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt, with speculation rife about his future and the team facing Atletico Madrid next week in the Champions League round of 16 first leg. Karim Bellarabi tapped in to complete a textbook break by Leverkusen and score the league's 50,000th goal in the 23rd minute.
It was only after a surprised Nitish Kumar, seeing a stranger standing in front of him, signaled the security personnel present about the breach that they realised what had happened.
Kuala Lumpur, Feb 18 (IANS) The dying words of Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, were "very painful, very painful, I was sprayed liquid", the media reported. Poisoned and left to die, the playboy half-brother of North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un staggered through the fourth floor of a Malaysian airport, looking for anyone to help him, the New York Post reported on Friday. Clinging to life, Kim Jong Nam managed just a few words that would turn out to be his last: "Very painful, very painful, I was sprayed liquid," according to reports citing the China Press, a Chinese-language paper in Malaysia.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 18 (ANI): With the Supreme Court ordering the Uttar Pradesh police to register an FIR against Transport Minister and senior Samajwadi Party leader Gayatri Prajapati in a case of alleged gangrape of a 35-year-old woman, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday asserted that criminals in the state are masquerading around as ministers and politicians under the wing of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. "Akhilesh Yadav was the one who went around campaigning in the state with one hand on Gayatri Prajapati's shoulders.
Pratima Singh has accused the NN Group NV of racial discrimination, bullying, lying, blackmailing, perjury and several other frauds in the period 2013-2015. In retaliation the group board members dragged Pratima to court on charges of stalking and defamation.
Imran Tahir's wicket celebrations were among the highlights of South Africa's 78-run win in Friday's Twenty20 clash but New Zealand have more to worry about than just the exuberant leg-spinner as they head into the one-day series. "He's a big reason why we've had the success we have had in the last 10 months," South Africa captain Faf du Plessis told reporters. "Obviously the star is Imran but the seamers on that pitch were really good in the areas they bowled." South Africa's specialist batsmen also dominated New Zealand's bowlers - the exception being Trent Boult (2-8) - with the aggressive David Miller expected to bolster the lineup after he recovers from a cut finger.
Berlin, Feb 17 (IANS) Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar has proposed creation of G20 working group on terrorism and called for a people-centric approach by the grouping for Africa. A press release from the Indian Embassy in Berlin said that the ministerial meetings are being convened by the German G20 presidency for holding deliberations in various areas. It said the themes of the meeting were 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, maintaining peace in a complex world and cooperation with Africa.
Bournemouth have been charged for a breach of the FA's anti-doping rules relating to "club whereabouts" information, English soccer's governing body said on Friday. Bournemouth have until Feb. 23 to respond to the charge. On Thursday, fellow Premier League club Manchester City were fined 35,000 pounds ($43,000) after a similar charge and were warned about their future conduct.
Ankara [Turkey], Feb. 18 (ANI): A three-year-old boy was killed and 15 other were injured in a car bomb attack near the green area of a housing complex for judges and prosecutors, in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa. The housing complex was severely damaged," the state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Sanliurfa governor Gungor Azim Tuna as saying.
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala netted twice against his former club Palermo in a 4-1 home win on Friday that took the champions 10 points clear at the top of Serie A, with Claudio Marchisio and Gonzalo Higuain also on the scoresheet. Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri called on his players to be "spectacular" in their hunt for a record sixth consecutive Scudetto title and they responded with a scintillating display to move up to 63 points after 25 matches. Marchisio, feeling his way back into the side after injury, opened the scoring in the 13th minute when he reacted quickest to rifle home from close range after Josip Posavec had smothered Higuain's effort to give Juve the lead their dominance merited.
New Delhi [India], Feb.18 (ANI): Ace Indian tennis star Sania Mirza has launched a scathing attack on the country's media, saying a certain sections of it choose to highlight the negative news rather than focusing on her entry into the semi-finals of the ongoing Qatar Open. The 30-year-old's comments came a day after she denied service tax evasion in response to a notice issued last week by the Central Board of Excise and Customs. "Standing ovation to our amazing certain sections of media who haven't bothered to write or report about me being in another semi finals of a tournament in Qatar, but heyyy there are 100 articles about 'tax evasion' which most of them don't even understand properly," Sania wrote on Twitter on Friday.
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Indian star Achanta Sharath Kamal thrashed Yuto Muramatsu of Japan to cruise into the quarter-finals of the India Open table tennis tournament here on Friday. It was a cakewalk for top seed Dimitrij Ovtcharov as well as the world No. 5 from Germany eased into the men's singles quarter-finals with a comfortable 11-3, 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 victory over Portugal's Joao Geraldo.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 17 (ANI): Delhi's Special Cell has arrested three people and recovered 25.6 kilograms of Mephedrone, also known as meow meow drugs, worth approximately Rs. 50 crore from them. The police officials informed that Mephedrone drugs are sold at a cost of Rs. 15,000 to 20, 000 per gram and are widely used in big parties. The Special Cell arrested former athlete Amandeep and Harpreet Singh from New Delhi Railway station on Wednesday when they were trying to board Dadar-Amritsar train at around 6:15 a.m. while Harnees Sarpal was arrested from Janak Puri area.
The National Investigating Agency, while defending their case against Purohit and opposing his bail, told the court that Purohit had participated in many meetings of the right wing organisation Abhinav Bharat where "he used to give provocative speeches".
By Onkareshwar Pandey / Somdatta Saha New Delhi [India], Feb. 18 (ANI): As electioneering picks up pace in India's most populated and politically crucial state, Uttar Pradesh, the people are looking forward to a government which is corruption-free, preaches and practices transparency and sincere in improving law and order. The issue has come to the centre stage after almost all top leaders of different political parties vociferously flagged and raised it on a priority basis and put incumbent Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on the defensive. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not the only one raking up the issue of the poor standard of law and order, especially when it comes to women, in his recent rallies and speeches.