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In an old brick house in Bihat village in Bihar’s Begusarai district, the home of arrested JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, his parents are stunned by the sedition charge slapped on him. Confined to his bed since 2013 when the left side of his body was paralysed, 65-year-old Jaishankar Singh maintains: “I could study only up to Class X but I ensured my children received good education. Kanhaiya’s mother Meena Devi puts on a brave face.
Ghaziabad Police are investigating whether someone “close to” Dipti Sarna, a Snapdeal executive who was allegedly kidnapped Wednesday night and released by her abductors two days later, orchestrated the incident. Dipti said she does not know the people who abducted her. Preliminary investigation indicates that a person close to her could be the mastermind behind this incident,” said Ghaziabad Senior Superintendent of Police, Dharmendra Singh.
Sarfaraz Khan was right though. On the face of it, Arjun Tendulkar was of course more fortunate than many others. For, he ran back almost immediately, wrapped himself around Naushad and said as an instantaneous afterthought, “Abbu main usse zyaada naseebwala hoon.
Every day, Narendra Sarna would receive a call from his daughter Dipti, asking him to come pick her up. It was the first time Narendra had heard from Dipti in over 36 hours, after she went missing on her way back home from work Wednesday evening. In spite of being traumatised after such an incident, she was brave enough to tell me that she will come to Vaishali from the New Delhi railway station.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has advised his successor Narendra Modi to “establish contact” with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi if his government wants to improve its relations with the Congress party and seek its support on issues of national importance. In his first interview since demitting office two years ago, Singh has told India Today magazine that he had told this to Modi when he met him before the Parliament session last year.
SBICAP Trustee Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of SBI Capital Markets, on Friday said in a newspaper notice it would hold an e-auction of Kingfisher House, Kingfisher Airlines’ corporate office in Mumbai, on March 17. The reserve price for the property has been set at Rs150 crore, SBICAP Trustee said in the notice on Friday. The auction is part of the recovery process of dues from the airline’s promoter Vijay Mallya, under the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002.
Three students of Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences drowned on Friday evening, after falling in an irrigation canal in Hulivana village, 180km from Bengaluru, reportedly while they were clicking selfies. Mandya district police said that the bodies of two students had been fished out and search was on for the third. Lokesh, Circle Inspector of Mandya Rural, said the victims, all aged 24, have been identified as Sruthi and Jeevan, residents of Bengaluru and Girish, a native of Tumkur.
Mumbai, Feb 12 (IANS) Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf was on Friday banned for five years by the BCCI from officiating all cricket tournaments and matches in India after its disciplinary committee found him guilty of misconduct and corruption. Rauf, who was part of the International Cricket Council's elite panel and officiated in Test matches, was accused of accepting expensive gifts from bookies besides placing bets on Indian Premier League matches during the 2013 edition. "The disciplinary committee of the BCCI met today (Friday) at the BCCI headquarters, Cricket Centre, Mumbai.
Mumbai, Feb. 12 (ANI): Narrating the startling revelations made by 26/11 conspirator David Coleman Headley, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam on Friday said that the former conducted a recce of Mumbai's Siddhivinayak temple and asked the LeT not to attack the shrine as it was heavily guarded. Nikam said that Headley was asked by Major Iqbal to recruit the people from Baba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in order to collect confidential information from there.
Adnan Hussain alias Adnan Damudi, a former SIMI activist from Bhatkal who was deported from the UAE recently for alleged links with Islamic State, has explained to NIA interrogators why agencies across the world seem unable to stop IS propaganda from spreading through the Internet. Damudi, who worked as an event manager for a telecom company in the UAE, has explained how, with the help of a Serbian national, he was able to resurrect his pro-IS Facebook page minutes after it was blocked several times. Damudi launched a Facebook page, ‘Islamic News Around The World’, about a year ago to discuss radical Islam and spread IS propaganda, said NIA sources.
Stuck in the slow lane for over three years now, the real estate sector is desperately seeking support from every possible corner. The industry participants are now pinning hopes on the forthcoming Budget to be presented by finance minister Arun Jaitley on February 29 as they raise their calls for sops that may push both demand from homebuyers and also ease financing options for developers, who are starved for funds. While the passage of Real Estate Regulation and Development Bill is another important development that both consumers and industry players are tracking, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday expressed hope that the Bill will get passed in the upcoming Budget session.
New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) The people of the Roma community spread across various parts of the world are actually children of India, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Friday. "You are the children of India who migrated and lived in challenging circumstances in foreign lands for centuries. Romas are said to be descendants of groups in India like Dom, Banjara, Gujjar, Sansi, Chauhan, Sikligar, Dhangar and other nomadic groups from northwest India.
West Indies' hopes of winning the World Twenty20 for the second time in four years suffered a setback on Friday when off-spinner Sunil Narine and all-rounder Kieron Pollard pulled out of their squad. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) also announced that all the players would be given until Sunday to settle a dispute by signing their tournament contracts. Earlier this week, captain Darren Sammy said mediation was the best way to settle the row if the board would not "consider our request to double the match fees (of $6,900), share 50 percent of sponsorship fees and award 100 percent of prize money to players".
New Delhi, Feb. 12 (ANI): The Congress Party on Friday said it is ironical that the BJP is basing its entire strategy of trying to justify a fake encounter on a testimony of a drug peddler-turned-terrorist and asked whether the ruling party at the Centre stands for extra judicial killings in order to satiate their bloodlust. Congress leader Manish Tewari said it is extremely disturbing that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has used the testimony of a drug peddler-turned terrorist in order to justify a fake encounter. "It is indeed ironical that the BJP is basing its entire strategy of trying to justify a fake encounter on the testimony of a drug peddler-turned terrorist," said Tewari.
By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Adam Voges continued to capitalise on an early reprieve by scoring his fifth test century as Australia eased to 463 for six by the close of the second day's play of the first match against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve on Saturday Voges was unbeaten on 176 at stumps with Peter Siddle on 29 as the Australians stretched their advantage to 280 runs, snuffing out any hope New Zealand had of claiming victory in captain Brendon McCullum's 100th test. The 36-year-old Voges has made the most of a lifeline when he was bowled by Doug Bracewell for seven with two deliveries remaining on Friday, only for umpire Richard Illingworth to signal a no-ball. Television replays showed the delivery was legal but because the infraction had been called on the field, New Zealand were unable to ask for a review.
New Delhi, Feb. 13 (ANI): The Indian Government on Saturday expressed disappointment at the decision by the United States of America to notify the sale of F-16 aircrafts to Pakistan and said that the US Ambassador Richard Verma will be summoned over the matter. "We are disappointed at the decision of the Obama Administration to notify the sale of F-16 aircrafts to Pakistan. Asserting that the record of the last many years in this regard speaks for itself, the MEA added that US Ambassador Richard Verma will be summoned to convey the government's 'displeasure'.
Ads recently went up in Delhi Metro stations urging young lovers to reject Valentine’s Day and instead devote February 14 to celebrating their parents. The ad is apparently inspired by Asaram Bapu, whose graceful face looms above, like a judgemental spectre, all the more weird because he is currently in jail in connection with the alleged rape of a minor. This is a perfect encapsulation of the way in which South Asia greets Valentine’s Day: That is, with slight confusion.
The train journey from Bhubaneswar to Kolkata and onward to Guwahati marked the first time Chakradar and Akkaji, who earn less than Rs 500 a week, had travelled beyond the state capital. The ongoing South Asian Games was her first international event after the ban that kept her away from track for close to a year.
A day before the AAP government completes one year in power in the capital, Congress Saturday released a ‘report card’ on the performance of the administration and gave it zero out of 100. The party’s Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken said the AAP’s tenure in government has been about “blame game and politics of conflict”. The Congress leader claimed Delhi had become the “strike capital” of the country with several thousand employees — doctors, teachers, safai karamcharis and government officials — going on strike every few months.
When financial services professional Anubha Sharma quit her job three years ago and decided to do something for the society, she did not let constraints such as lack of space in Mumbai get in her way. Together with educationist Beenaa Advani, Sharma has managed to set up a volunteer-driven initiative, where classes for underprivileged children are held in gardens across the city. Currently operating in eight locations in the city, the volunteers, who teach more than 800 children, range from senior citizens to college students and even school students.
Kannur, Feb. 12 (ANI): Kerala Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Kannur district secretary P. Jayarajan, who is an accused in the murder of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker Kathiroor Manoj, was on Friday sent to a month's judicial custody after he surrendered before the district sessions court at Thalassery. The development comes in wake of Kerala High Court's rejection of the anticipatory bail plea submitted by Jayarajan in the murder case, after which he surrendered before the court. Manoj, a district functionary of RSS, was hacked to death at Kathiroor in Kannur district on September 1, 2014 allegedly by a group of CPM workers.
As the stalemate over the formation of government in state continues, J&K’s Advocate General, Jahangir Iqbal Gania and dozens of law officers who were holding posts of additional and deputy advocate generals have resigned. After failing to put in their papers after Governors rule was imposed in the state, Governor N N Vohra recently directed Advocate general and other law officers to resign from their positions. Recently, J&K Pradesh Congress president Ghulam Ahmad Mir had written a letter to Governor Vohra in which he had urged him to seek resignation of those holding political posts and also called for a reshuffle in the administration alleging that some persons with political affiliations were awarded prized postings by the previous government.
Delhi Police are likely to question DU professor SAR Geelani in connection with the sedition case lodged against him at the Parliament Street police station. A group allegedly led by Geelani had shouted slogans hailing Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during a public meeting at the Press Club of India (PCI) on February 10. Police had lodged an FIR against Geelani and other unnamed persons under sections 124-A (sedition), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 149 (unlawful assembly) and 34 of the IPC in connection with the event at the Press Club.
A day after they claimed victory for praying inside the Bhojshala-Kamal Maula mosque during the time meant for namaz, houses of leaders of Bhoj Utsav Samiti (BUS), which spearheads the movement to liberate the disputed structure, and the RSS office were stoned on Saturday by angry Hindu activists, who alleged a sellout. The anger against the leaders had started building up from Friday evening, when local Hindus started voicing their displeasure publicly and on social media, within hours of the BUS and Dharma Jagaran Manch (DJM) withdrawing their call to boycott the puja, claiming that the administration had accepted all their demands. Late on Friday night, angry locals started abusing Vijay Singh Rathore and Ashok Jain of BUS and Gopal Sharma of DJM, who are associated with the RSS.
American national and 26/11 scout David Coleman Headley told a special court Friday that he had conducted a recce of Shiv Sena Bhavan in Dadar in 2007 because he felt the Lashkar-e-Toiba would, in the future, be interested in attacking it and assassinating the then Sena chief Bal Thackeray. Headley said he had struck a friendship with a man who claimed to be Uddhav Thackeray’s public relations officer to gain access to the party headquarters. On the fifth day of Headley’s deposition, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam asked him who Rajaram Rege was.
Ghaziabad, Feb. 12 (ANI): With the police trying to gather information as to what happened to Snapdeal employee Dipti Sarna, who was missing for 30 hours from Ghaziabad, the developments have been gradual but steady. Dipti Sarna was reported missing around 9 p.m. on Wednesday by her parents after she did not return home from work. 2. Snapdeal founder Kunal Bahl said the organisation was working with the Ghaziabad Police to locate her.
Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to attend Ravidas Jayanti programme in Varanasi on February 22, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too will be in the city on the same day to offer prayers at Ravidas Temple. The two leaders had contested the Varanasi Lok Sabha elections in 2014 with the PM emerging victorious in the end. It will be Kejriwal’s first visit to Varanasi after Lok Sabha polls.
It's do or die for both the Trinamool Congress as well as the Left parties in West Bengal when they go to polls in the next few months. Over the past two years, over 10 opposition leaders have joined the Trinamool Congress, mostly from the Congress but also several heavyweight CPI(M) leaders. The latest being Abdur Rezak Mollah, a former minister with the Left government, who formally switched over to the TMC in a rally held by incumbent Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday.
By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) - With four centuries in his last six test innings, Usman Khawaja finally feels like he belongs in international cricket after a rocky start to his career. Khawaja scored 140 as Australia eased to 463-6 at the close of play on the second day of the first test against New Zealand on Saturday to give the visitors a massive 280-run lead. "In my head I always felt like I was good enough to play test cricket," he told reporters at the Basin Reserve on Saturday.
Arrah/ New Delhi, Feb. 12 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s state vice-president Visheshwar Ojha was shot dead in Arrah city of Bihar's Bhojpur district on Friday evening. This is the second BJP leader to have been killed in the last 12 hours. This morning another local BJP leader Kedar Singh was shot dead in Chapra.
New Delhi, Feb. 12 (ANI): Taking pot shots at Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Congress leader Tom Vadakkan on Friday said that the economy is in shambles and advised the former to focus on his ministry. Criticising the BJP-led Government, Vaddakan said, "The economy is in shambles. The finance minister must focus on his ministry.
Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma was manhandled and beaten up allegedly by right-wing students at Jawaharlal Nehru University Saturday, when he went to attend the solidarity campaign against the arrest of student union president Kanhaiya Kumar. The Congress termed the attack “a black day for India’s democracy”. The incident happened when Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and other senior leaders were leaving the premises at about 7.45 pm after the conclusion of the campaign near the administration block.
Washington/New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) The US has decided to sell eight F-16 combat jets to Pakistan to "support (its) counter-terrorism and counterinsurgency operations", prompting India to summon American ambassador Richard Verma to lodge its strong protest against the move. Verma was summoned after India reacted strongly to the US decision taken on Friday. "We are disappointed at the decision of the (Barack) Obama administration to notify the sale of F-16 aircraft to Pakistan," the external affairs ministry said in a statement in New Delhi.
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) has no plans to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the World T20 match between India and Pakistan. Prime Minister has so many important engagements during the month, besides the upcoming Parliament session,” he told the Indian Express. Thakur, however, has reacted sharply to local protests, now also joined by the kin of two Pathankot airbase attack martyrs, over the hosting of India-Pakistan match on March 19.
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The Delhi Police south district, which registered an FIR under the Indian Penal Code section relating to sedition over alleged remarks made earlier this week at a gathering of JNU students, has asked the police brass to transfer the case to the Special Cell or the National Investigation Agency since “links between the JNU students and terrorist Afzal Guru” need to be probed. In a letter, DCP (South) Prem Nath said the matter is one that comes under scheduled offences and “keeping in view the gravity of offence, the investigation of case may kindly be transferred to Special Cell”. “The matter needs probe regarding the links between the JNU students and terrorist Afzal Guru as the students were against the sentence of Afzal Guru,” the DCP’s letter stated.
Stating that it finds “no justification” in quashing the criminal prosecution of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case, the Supreme Court on Friday held that the trial against them shall proceed. “Insofar as the determination rendered by the (Delhi) High Court, in rejecting the prayer for quashing the proceedings against the petitioners is concerned, we find no justification in interfering therewith,” said a bench of Justice J S Khehar and Justice C Nagappan. Allowing the Delhi magistrate to proceed with the criminal case filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, the bench said “it is not our business to get into all this” and that the court has a “very limited scope” to interject at this stage.
Patna, Feb. 13 (ANI): Reacting sharply to the twin murders of the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders in Bihar, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Saturday said Nitish Kumar has become a "bechara" (helpless) chief minister, who has lost control over the state government. "The murder of Visheshwar Ojha, senior BJP leader and Bihar unit vice president, is a political conspiracy.
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New Delhi, Feb. 12 (ANI): Expressing concern over the arrest of the Jawaharlal Nehru University students' union President Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNU Teachers' Association (JNUTA) has said that they are concerned, anguished and pained 'with the kind of development and the kind of news being run across'. "JNU has always been a university where there has been a vibrant democratic culture, where diverse political, ideological and academic views have engaged with each other in a spirit of peaceful dialogue and debate. The JNU teaching community is extremely concerned at the threat to the democratic ethos which has played a critical role in ensuring that the university serves its social function and secures its position as a premier institute of higher education," said the JNUTA in a statement.
New Delhi, Feb.13 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has rejected former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's contention that the current NDA Government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have failed to reach out to the opposition on key issues, particularly on legislations pending in Parliament. In a stinging letter of rebuke, Mr. Jaitley said that first of all former Presidents and Prime Ministers rarely speak, but when they do, the nation should listen to them with rapt attention. Acknowledging that he had read Dr. Singh's interview in the latest edition of India Today, Mr. Jaitley, in his letter, said that were Dr. Singh to dispassionately analyse the present government, he would really realise that "India has a government where the Prime Minister has the last word, where natural resources are allocated without corruption through transparent process, where industrialists no longer visit North Block to push files/decisions, where environmental clearances are dealt with in routine and not stalled on sadistic or corrupt considerations." Emphatically maintaining that there has been a change in the work culture of the government, the Finance Minister said, "During the UPA Government, the public sector banks were hardly run by their own boards, or even by North Block.
New Delhi, Feb. 13 (ANI): Communist Party India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechuri on Saturday met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and demanded an independent probe into the Jawaharlal Nehru University row. "We have requested Arvind Kejriwal to institute independent magisterial enquiry in the matter. This was deliberately done by ABVP to ensure and create such a situation in JNU," Yechury told the media here.
A top state politician from India's ruling party was gunned down Friday as he returned home from a wedding, police said. Vishveshwar Ojha, a vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the eastern state of Bihar, was sprayed with bullets on his way back from the ceremony in Bhojpur district. "He had gone to attend a wedding and he was shot at by unidentified gunmen as he was returning," police superintendent Naveen Chandra Jha told AFP.
Hundreds of teachers and students gathered outside the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administrative block Saturday demanding the immediate release of JNU students’ union (JNUSU) President Kanhaiya Kumar arrested on sedition charges, and withdrawal of police from the university campus. The JNUSU has given a call for an indefinite university strike from Monday till Kanhaiya is released.
Mumbai, Feb. 13 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the Make in India Centre at Mumbai's MMRDA Grounds in Bandra. The Make in India Centre is focus location of the Make in India Week.
New Delhi, Feb. 12 (ANI): Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan on Friday launched a scathing attack on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led Government in Bihar over the murder of two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in the last 12-hours, saying that the murders were a part of political vendetta against NDA leaders. "These two murders show that there is no law and order in the state.
A day after Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on charges of sedition, the Delhi government Saturday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the alleged sloganeering on campus on February 9. CPM leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja and JD(U) leader K C Tyagi met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday afternoon and demanded an independent probe into the incident. Kejriwal later tweeted, “There are claims that JNU student leaders shouted anti-India slogans and counter claims that ABVP activists did it.
New Delhi, Feb. 12 (ANI): The Congress Party on Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Government of 'bullying' the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) after a students' union president from the varsity was arrested on charges of sedition. Students' union president, Kanhaiya Kumar, was remanded in three days police custody by Delhi court in connection with a case of sedition, following an FIR by BJP MP from East Delhi Mahesh Giri. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to vent out his ire.
Mumbai, Feb.12 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has imposed a five-year ban on Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf after he was found guilty of corruption practices and misconduct.
New Delhi, Feb.13 (ANI): Former IB Special Director Rajinder Kumar on Saturday said that he was offered allurements to give false evidence for implicating the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case. "Allurements were offered that post retirement you will be given a big post, but I said that I will not give false evidence.
New Delhi, Feb. 14 (ANI): The Congress Party on Sunday questioned the patriotism of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS), saying that none of their prominent leaders gave their life for the country, fighting extremism or terrorism in the country since its independence. "Not A single Prominent Jan Sangh/RSS/BJP leader fell martyr, fighting terrorism/extremism in India since 47&yet claim monoply over patriotism?" Congress leader Manish Tewari said in a tweet. The development comes after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi yesterday accused the NDA government of "suppressing" students' voice as he visited the JNU campus to express solidarity with them, a day after the arrest of its students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar in a sedition case.
HITTING BACK at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks on Parliament disruption, Congress president Sonia Gandhi Friday condemned “efforts to suppress Congress’s voice” whenever it tries to raise issues concerning the poor and common man in the House. Addressing office-bearers of 11 frontal organisations of the party in her Lok Sabha constituency of Rae Bareli, where she was on a two-day visit, Sonia said forces, which are trying to disturb communal harmony of the country are in the power at the centre. “Such forces are trying to suppress Congress whenever it tries to raise the voice of common public in Parliament.
New Delhi, Feb.13 (ANI): Expressing their dissent over the ongoing row at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, a delegation of Left parties on Saturday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and asked him to release Kanhaiya Kumar, the university's students' union president. Hours after Singh and Human Resource and Development Minister Smriti Irani denounced the raising of alleged anti-India slogans in the JNU, the Delhi Police had yesterday arrested the Kanhaiya Kumar, on charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy. Communist Party of India (Marxist) politburo member Sitaram Yechury, who led the Left delegation to the Home Minister, said that the actions taken by the police in the university, were even worse than what happened during the emergency "We informed the Home Minister about the happenings inside the university.
New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Reacting to former prime minister Manmohan Singh's criticism on the way the present government was handling key issues, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says it's now that the days of policy paralysis were over and that Congress party was to be blamed for legislative hurdles. The finance minister also said decision-making in the present National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government was with the executive, in a transparent manner, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi having the last word -- unlike when the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was in power.
New Delhi, Feb. 13 (ANI): After arresting Kanhaiya Kumar, a student leader of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), on Friday on charges of sedition following the raising of anti-national slogans during an event, Delhi Police on Saturday requested university vice chancellor Jagadesh Kumar to produce five more students allegedly involved in anti-national activities. The letter for producing the five students was sent by Investigating Officer Prabhu Dayal in connection with a sedition case lodged at the Vasant Kunj police station. A day before Kumar was arrested, police had requested him for permission to enter the JNU premises to record acts of sedition and anti-national speeches.
New Delhi, Feb. 13 (ANI): With the United States turning volte-face and deciding to decision to notify the sale of eight F-16 Fighting Falcons to Pakistan, the Congress Party in a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday sought to know from the NDA Government as to what is the net result of the so-called friendship between the Indian Prime Minister and U.S President Barak Obama. Till recently, the US was taking a position that Pakistan was inhibiting and supporting terrorism, and they would not do any kind of arms deal with a country like Pakistan which harbours terrorism, he said referring to the U.S officials statement that it would become very difficult for their government to convince the Republican-controlled Congress to approve the sale of eight F-16s to Pakistan, if Islamabad is seen as reluctant in taking action against these terrorist groups.
New Delhi, Feb. 12 (ANI): Strongly condemning the use of the varsity soil as a platform for activities that violate the Constitution, the Jawaharlal University, which is embroiled in the row over the event there against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, said on Friday that a high-level enquiry committee has been constituted and appropriate action will be taken. "Along with the Deans Committee, the University takes serious note of the incidents on campus on the evening of February 9th. While the JNU community upholds the right to free debate on campus, the University strongly condemns the use of the University as a platform for activities that violate the Constitution and the laws of the land," JNU Public Relations Officer Poonam S. Kudaisya said in a statement.
New Delhi, Feb. 13 (ANI): The Congress Party on Saturday alleged that members of BJP's student wing Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) attacked deputy leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma, in the JNU campus, when he visited the varsity along with party vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said that the attitude of the ABVP goons reflected the mindset of Prime Minister Modi's Government and the BJP, which wants to shutdown JNU.
New Delhi, Feb.13 (ANI): A day after Jawaharlal Nehru University student's union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested in connection with a case of sedition, the Delhi Police on Saturday detained seven more students from the university. According to reports, the students, who were trying to protest at Indira Gandhi Kala Kendra, have been taken to the Parliament Street police station for questioning in connection with the case. The police had cracked down on a group of protestors at the JNU on Friday and arrested the student leader on sedition charges for allegedly raising anti-India slogans during a demonstration in the campus to mark the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on Tuesday.
The row over alleged anti-national remarks at a gathering of JNU students and registration of a case of sedition escalated into a political slugfest Saturday with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi attacking the government and a delegation of the Left and JD(U) meeting the Union Home Minister to seek the release of the JNU students’ union president arrested in the case. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function, said there is “no question of harassment of students but the guilty will not be spared”. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju too took a firm stand: “We can’t allow JNU to be a hub of anti-national activities... This was an unfortunate incident.
The deposition of Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley in connection with the 26/11 Mumbai attacks has given fresh ammunition to the ruling BJP to launch a scathing attack on the Congress. The party has rallied Union Ministers, spokespersons and MPs to hit out at Congress for “whitewashing” facts to target PM Narendra Modi over the alleged fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan. During his deposition, Headley told a special court in Mumbai on Thursday that he thought Ishrat was the woman killed in an unsuccessful Lashkar-e-Toiba operation in Gujarat.