New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): Aam Admi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann, who stoked a controversy after uploading a video showing security spots of Parliament, on Friday strongly defended his actions and said his intention was not to malign the image of Parliament or put the security at risk.
New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Centre to take over the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society within a week and ensure that no demolition took place while securing the 31-storey Colaba building located next to defence installations. Directing the society that they will not be permitted anymore to deal in the matter, the apex court gave the reigns to the government. This comes as a major blow to the society which was hoping for an intervention by the Supreme Court, after it lost its battle against an order of demolition issued by the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) for environmental zone violations Earlier, the Army has instituted a Court of Inquiry to probe alleged lapses by former General Officers Commanding of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa Area (MG&G Area) in not filing a writ petition in the Bombay High Court "at the earliest available opportunity" in the matter of the housing scandal.
New Delhi, July 22(ANI): Expressing his concern on the missing Indian Air Force AN-32 transport aircraft, former Air Commander, Western Air command, Air Marshall A.K. Singh today said the research team will come out with something as the aircraft was recently upgraded and well equipped with modern technology. "IAF AN-32 is a very renowned aircraft and it has a record of safety and recently it has been upgraded.
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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), July 23 (ANI): Expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Dayashankar Singh's wife Swati on Saturday demanded the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act to be imposed against Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati and her party colleague Naseemuddin Siddiqui. "I have lodged an FIR, but there has been no probe on this matter.
New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): For fast tracking the allotment of PAN and TAN to company applicants, Digital Signature Certificate(DSC) based application procedure has been introduced on the portals of PAN service providers M/s NSDL eGov and M/s UTIITSL. Under the new process PAN and TAN will be allotted within one day after completion of valid on-line application, the office of the spokesperson of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said in a statement. Similarly, a new Aadhaar e-Signature based application process for Individual PAN applicants has been made available on the portals of PAN service providers M/s NSDL eGov.
New Delhi, July 23 (ANI): Asserting that behind Pakistan's unabashed embrace and encouragement to terrorism in Kashmir, lies its delusional though dangerous dream that 'Kashmir will one day become Pakistan' - as said by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday - External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj on Saturday retorted by saying the whole of India would like to tell the Prime Minister of Pakistan that this dream will not be realised even at the end of eternity. "The whole of Jammu and Kashmir belongs to India.
Udhampur (J&K), July 23 (ANI): Lambasting Kashmiri separatist leaders for misleading the youth to lay down their lives in the name of jihad, Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office Jitender Singh on Saturday said if what they are doing is so holy then why don't they ask their children to lay down their lives for this holy cause. Alleging Pakistan for fermenting problem in the Valley, he said: "There is no doubt and we have been getting proofs also that Pakistan has been indulging in a conspiracy in Kashmir.
Rajkot (Gujarat), July 22 (ANI): Asserting that crimes in Gujarat seem to get away without any repercussions, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, presently in Rajkot to meet the Dalit victims who were thrashed for skinning a dead cow, on Friday accused the administration of being involved in letting the assailants get away after committing atrocities on the backward community. Blaming the BJP government in Gujarat of indulging in 'anti-Dalit' propaganda, Kejriwal indicated that they had a hand in the incident. "The BJP government in Gujarat is trying to suppress Dalits in the state.
New Delhi, July 23 (ANI): A Delhi Court on Saturday adjourned judgement till July 30 in a rape case involving 'Peepli Live' co-director Mahmood Farooqui. The Delhi Police have accused Farooqui of raping a 35-year-old American woman, who was in India to do research for her doctoral thesis from Columbia University. On September 9 last year, the court had started the trial in the case after framing charges of rape under Section 376 of Indian Penal Code against Farooqui, who has denied all charges against him.
New Delhi, July 23 (ANI): With Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal saying she will be moving a privilege motion against two Congress leaders for allegedly calling her 'kachra' (garbage), Congress leader Renuka Chowdary on Saturday said she and her party have seen many "udta" Harsimrat Kaurs and this was just "cheap political drama for two minutes of fame". It was just a cheap political drama for two minutes of fame," Chowdary, who is the Rajya Sabha MP from Andhra Pradesh, told ANI. Taking strong exception to Harsimrat Kaur's allegations that Renuka Chowdary is a "habitual offender", the latter said, "'Achha', now she will attract legal sections, and since she has said this on national television that I am habitual offender, now it is her responsibility to prove that I have used this in my 28 years in Parliament.
New Delhi, July 23 (ANI): Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Saturday condoled the shooting at a shopping centre in Munich and said India stands with the people and government of Germany. "I am deeply shocked at the shooting at Munich shopping centre in Germany yesterday. As many as nine people were killed and 21 others injured when a gunman went on a shooting rampage in a mall in Munich, Germany, on Friday.
New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): Criticising Pakistan's politicization on Kashmir unrest Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Shaina NC on Friday said that talks between India and Pakistan will only take place on the issue of terrorism and not on Kashmir and the government will not compromise on this sensitive issue. "Prime Minister has said time and again that dialogue with Pakistan will not be about Kashmir, it will be about terrorism and there is no compromise that is ever going to happen," she said. Responding to Pakistan's Foreign Affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz's comment on unrest in Kashmir Shaina said that, "Sartaj Aziz can say what he wants but do we want to trust Pakistan.
New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): The Supreme Court will next week hear the plea seeking direction for Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra to take over the administration of the state in the interest of security, safety and fundamental rights of the Indian citizens residing in the Valley. The JK National Panthers Party had filed a petition in the apex court seeking direction for the Governor to intervene under section 92 of the Constitution of JK and take over the administration. The Supreme Court directed the state government and the Centre to ensure safety and security of all citizens of India residing in J&K at all costs.
New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, today demanded a stringent action against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Member of Parliament (MP) Bhagwant Mann for putting the security of Parliament at risk and said if the lawmakers get involved in this kind of filthy things then it will not be good for the country. The Parliament represents over 125 crore people and if an MP is uploading a live video of the Parliament on Facebook, showing it to the world and if somebody will misuse it then it's against norms of the Parliament," Kharge told ANI here. Mann's act of shooting a video clip of Parliament House and later uploading it on social media rocked the Parliament today as both the Houses were adjourned over the issue.
New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, today lashed out at the Centre for disrupting the proceedings in the Upper House over the controversy surrounding Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann and said this was a desperate attempt by the ruling BJP to ensure that the Private Member Bill related to Andhra Pradesh is not passed. Azad told ANI that the Congress, which was to table a Private Member Bill today in the Rajya Sabha, had issued a three-line whip earlier to get it passed.
New Delhi, July 23 (ANI): Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office, Jitendra Singh, on Saturday said the time is ripe for the Indian political establishment, irrespective of their beliefs, to unite and fight against Pakistan sponsored terrorism. The minister's statement comes in the backdrop of a video emerging wherein it showed that Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed saying, "We have to give a message to India to stop and withdraw forces and accept Geelani's four-point formula immediately, because, this is the last chance, and hereafter, the matter will be decided in the battlefield." Singh told ANI that the video is an open confession for the entire world to watch as an evidence against Pakistan and asserted that it is high time for India to respond accordingly. "We have had series of evidence to prove that Pakistan has been promoting terrorism and now the perpetrators of terrorism sitting in Pakistan themselves are feeling emboldened to say so and this amounts to an open confession which the entire world should watch," he said.