How Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin dargah began celebrating Basant Panchami
How Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin dargah began celebrating Basant Panchami

Only on this occasion, which falls on February 12 this year, are qawwali singers allowed perform inside the shrine of the Sufi saint.

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  • Missing snapdeal employee returns home: Every time someone asks her what happened, she starts crying: Mother

    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.

    • The Indian Express
  • Had advised PM Modi to establish contact with Sonia, Rahul: Manmohan Singh

    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.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Mumbai: Missing teacher found murdered

    The NRI police station has registered a case of murder against unidentified accused after the post-mortem report said Savita Navkudkar, who was working as a teacher until a few years ago, had been strangulated to death. Family members of the woman have alleged that her husband and in-laws had been harassing her and suspect them to be behind her murder. Investigating officer Shekhar Waghale said the body was found near a compound wall on the road between the NRI Complex and the Delhi Public School in Nerul.

    • The Indian Express
  • Kingfisher House to go under hammer on Mar 17 for loan recovery: SBICAP

    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.

    • The Indian Express
  • Karnataka: Three medical students drown in irrigation canal while taking selfies

    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.

    • The Indian Express
  • 'We were mislead': Press Club on Afzal Guru event

    New Delhi, Feb. 12 (ANI): The Press Club of India on Friday distanced itself from an event in their premises in which anti-India slogans were raised during a commemorative meeting held to mourn the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Press Club chairman Rahul Jalali said that they were not aware about this event, adding that they were 'mislead'. "Press Club has nothing to do with it.

    • ANI
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  • Multiple choice questions and Headley’s pick; says Ishrat Jahan was LeT operative

    Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam led David Coleman Headley through a process of elimination on Thursday before the 26/11 scout identified Ishrat Jahan as a “woman Lashkar-e-Toiba member” killed in an “unsuccessful LeT operation”. A similar elimination process with three choices ended with Headley naming Gujarat as the state where the operation took place. It began with Nikam asking Headley if he was aware of a women’s wing in LeT.

    • The Indian Express
  • Voges cashes in as Australia forge huge lead

    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.

    • Reuters
  • JNU row: CPI-M tells Kejriwal to conduct independent probe

    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.

    • ANI
  • BCCI bans Pakistani umpire Rauf for five years

    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.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
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  • Blast samples from Vellore college are meteorite parts, says Trichy lab report

    Nearly a week after an unidentified object caused an explosion at a college in Tamil Nadu, leading to reports of space debris at the site, a lab in Trichy has concluded that samples recovered from the site are meteorite fragments. According to a preliminary report by National College Instrumentation Facility (NCIF) in Trichy, a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) study on samples retrieved from the campus in Vellore where the blast occurred shows the “presence of carbonaceous chondrites”. “Carbonaceous denotes objects containing carbon or its compounds and chondrites refer to non-metallic meteorite parts containing mineral granules,” K Anbarasu, a geologist who is also principal of the Trichy-based National College, told The Indian Express.

    • The Indian Express
  • Islamic State suspect tells NIA how he kept blocked FB page active

    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.

    • The Indian Express
  • Senior politician gunned down in India's Bihar: police

    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.

    • AFP
  • West Indians Narine and Pollard out of World Twenty20

    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".

    • Reuters
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  • Valentine’s Day: Ours confusingly

    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 Indian Express
  • US okays F-16 sale to Pakistan, India upset

    New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) India on Saturday reacted strongly to the US decision to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan and said Washington's envoy will be summoned over this. "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. The US ambassador will be summoned by the ministry of external affairs to convey our displeasure," it added.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • Ind vs SL, T20I: It’s cash in or crash out for Dhoni’s men

    The backup spinners were put through their paces in one of the nets during India’s practice session at JSCA International Stadium Complex here on Thursday. Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh and Pawan Negi had been bowling to Ravindra Jadeja who was trying to hit them square of the wicket. Negi looked to be the odd man out because of his round-arm action, trajectory and pace.

    • The Indian Express
  • Haryana gangster encounter: Couldn’t inform local police, Gadoli was planning to check out, says probe officer

    IN A statement given to the Mumbai Police, Gurgaon Crime Branch officer Pradhuman Yadav has said his team of eight men, part of the operation to nab Haryana gangster Sandeep Gadoli, did not inform their Mumbai counterparts as they had inputs that Gadoli was to check out of the Andheri hotel soon. The police team has come under fire after it did not follow protocol and tried to arrest the gangster without alerting the local police station. As per National Human Rights Commission guidelines, the Mumbai Police Crime Branch has been asked to probe the death of Gadoli and see if the encounter was staged.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Jats’ quota protest hits rail services

    A FACTION of Jats Friday began an “indefinite stir” against the state government demanding reservation in educational institutes and government jobs. The faction, under the banner of Akhil Bharatiya Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti, decided to squat on the railway tracks at Mayar Village of Hisar district. Mayar is where Sandeep, a Jat protester, had died during a clash between protesters and Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel on March 6, 2012.

    • The Indian Express
  • South Asian Games 2016: Dutee-Nanda sprint chase continues

    Sprinters Dutee Chand and Srabani Nanda have being chasing each other over the past year. Nanda, older by nearly five years, is a 2010 Commonwealth Games medallist in the women’s 4x400 metre relay. Nanda is taller than Dutee and hence needs lesser strides to finish a race.

    • The Indian Express
  • J-K Advocate General, law officers resign following stalemate over govt formation

    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.

    • The Indian Express
  • RSS worker murder: CPM leader surrenders, sent to judicial custody

    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.

    • ANI
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  • Visited Shiv Sena HQ as I thought LeT would want to target it: David Headley

    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.

    • The Indian Express
  • BJP justifying fake encounter to 'satiate bloodlust': Congress

    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.

    • ANI
  • Haryana gangster encounter: Sisters say Gadoli had plans to become lawyer, leave crime

    Gangster Sandeep Gadoli had reportedly decided to leave his criminal life behind and pursue a degree in law from Lucknow University, where he was already in the second year of the course, claimed his two sisters who are currently in Mumbai. In April 2013, according to sister Sudesh Kataria (35), Gadoli had announced he would become an advocate just like his elder brother, who was “burnt alive by rivals” near Gurgaon. This time, however, Gadoli was tracked down by the Gurgaon police through the Facebook updates posted by the woman accompanying him from Gurgaon, the sisters believe.

    • The Indian Express
  • Left, JD (U) leaders meet Rajnath, demand release of JNUSU president

    New Delhi, Feb. 13 (ANI): Leaders of the Left Parties and the Janata Dal (United) on Saturday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh in connection with Jawaharlal Nehru University row.

    • ANI
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  • Inside the strange life of David Headley

    In 2005, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Gen Pervez Musharraf sat at the Feroz Shah Kotla, watching the seeds of India-Pakistan détente they had planted flower under a gentle April sun. With Pakistani fans, granted visas in unprecedented numbers, packing the stands, Pakistan romped to a 159-run victory. Sajid Mir, whose visa application photograph shows him wearing a formal white shirt and red tie below a neatly-clipped beard, was the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s commander for transnational operations.

    • The Indian Express
  • Romas are India's children: Sushma Swaraj

    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.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • Jaitley must focus on his Ministry: Vadakkan

    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.

    • ANI
  • Ishrat Jahan encounter: Judge in encounter case recuses

    The same day David Headley identified the slain Ishrat Jahan as an LeT operative, the special CBI judge hearing that encounter case recused. “Not before me,” special judge V B Gohil told lawyers and the accused in court Thursday and adjourned the case until May 30. The CBI’s special public prosecutor, R C Kodekar, said, “The special judge informed us that one of the defence lawyers (B P Jhala) is known to him.

    • The Indian Express
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  • JNU row: Left parties demand immediate release of Kanhaiya Kumar

    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.

    • ANI
  • PM Modi, Arvind Kejriwal to attend Ravidas Jayanti in Varanasi

    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.

    • The Indian Express
  • US working with India to bring Mumbai attackers to justice

    Washington, Feb 12 (IANS) Reiterating that it would continue to work with India to bring those responsible for the Mumbai terror attacks to justice, the US says it has encouraged collaboration between Pakistan and India on the case. "Obviously we've been, over the years, working closely with and cooperating with the Indian Government in its investigation," of the Nov 2008 attacks, State Department Spokesperson Mark C. Toner told reporters Thursday. "We're committed to doing all we can to assist the Indian Government in pursuing every possible lead to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack to justice." He was responding to a question about Pakistani-American Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative David Headley's testimony to a Mumbai court about the nexus between Pakistani army and its spy agency ISI and the attackers' handlers.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • National Herald case: No relief from SC, Sonia and Rahul to face trial

    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.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Headley suggested LeT not to attack Siddhivinayak temple: Nikam

    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.

    • ANI
  • Senior BJP leader Visheshwar Ojha shot in Bihar, party threatens protests

    BJP’s Bihar vice-president and prominent Bhojpur leader Visheshwar Ojha, 53, was shot dead at 6.30 pm Friday at Sonbarsha village in Ara. Police said “more than a dozen bullets from sophisticated weapons” were fired at Ojha. Ojha had unsuccessfully contested the 2015 Bihar assembly polls against RJD nominee and former MP Shivanand Tiwari’s son Rahul Tiwari from Shahpur constituency.

    • The Indian Express
  • Jaitley to Manmohan Singh: Is the Congress position on GST "Constitutional cap" not motivated by real politics?

    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.

    • ANI
  • Smith, Khawaja drive home Australia's advantage on day one

    By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja hammered home the advantage their bowlers had established when they took Australia to 147-3, a deficit of just 36 runs, at the close of the opening day's play in the first test against New Zealand on Friday. Australia captain Smith, who won the toss and sent New Zealand in to bat on a green Basin Reserve pitch, shook off some recent poor form to reach 71 before he was caught and bowled by Mark Craig. Khawaja scored his fourth test half century with 57 not out, while Adam Voges (seven not out) was bowled by Doug Bracewell in the final over of the day only to survive because of a contentious no ball.

    • Reuters
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  • JNU Teachers' Association condemns arrest, say they are pained

    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.

    • ANI
  • Disappointed at US notifying sale of F16 Aircraft to Pak: MEA

    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'.

    • ANI
  • PM Modi inaugurates 'Make in India' Centre at Mumbai's MMRDA Grounds

    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.

    • ANI
  • LeT wanted to target Shiv Sena headquarter: Headley (Update)

    Mumbai, Feb. 12 (ANI): The deposition of David Coleman Headley began before a special Mumbai court on Friday where he is revealing the sequence of events and planning behind the 26/11 terror attacks. Here is what Headley has said on the fifth day of his deposition: 1. Major Iqbal said that I should in future recruit the people from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) for the ISI who would collect classified information.

    • ANI
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  • Centre calls on Opposition to 'openly' condemn 'anti-national' incident at JNU

    New Delhi, Feb. 13 (ANI): Asserting that it was only a 'handful' of people responsible for the current state of unrest at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Saturday reiterated that action will be taken as per law and called on the Opposition to openly condemn the 'anti-national' activities at the varsity. "Whatever incident had happened in JNU related to the anti-national activity and slogans' being carried out by some students is very unfortunate. By expressing their desire to speak whatever they want, they cannot speak against the country," Rijiju told ANI.

    • ANI
  • Bihar BJP vice president shot dead

    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.

    • ANI
  • Sonia Gandhi hits back at PM Modi for ‘trying to suppress Congress voice in Parliament’

    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.

    • The Indian Express
  • Anand Sharma attacked by ABVP 'goons' in JNU, alleges Congress

    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.

    • ANI
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  • Ishrat Jahan’s mother on Headley deposition: Ploy by those guilty to salvage their names

    Shamima Kausar, Ishrat Jahan’s mother, dismissed David Coleman Headley’s deposition linking her daughter to Lashkar-e-Toiba as a ploy by powerful people to save themselves. In 2013, there were reports of Headley having told the NIA and the FBI that LeT commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi had told him in 2005 about the failed operation in India involving Ishrat and the men killed with her. The NIA later denied that statement.

    • The Indian Express
  • Khawaja scores another century as Australia build lead

    By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Usman Khawaja completed his fourth test century in his past six innings as Australia consolidated their first test dominance over New Zealand by reaching 238 for three, a lead of 55 runs, at lunch on the second day on Saturday. Khawaja, who resumed on 57, advanced through to his century with his 19th boundary and was on 115 at the break while Adam Voges was 40 not out, making the most of a controversial reprieve late on Friday. The 29-year-old Khawaja, who was recalled to the test side last November after more than two years in the international wilderness, has scored a century in each of the four tests he has batted since.

    • Reuters
  • BJP leaders' assassination, a political vendetta: LJP

    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.

    • ANI
  • Congress accuses Centre of 'bullying' JNU

    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.

    • ANI
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  • Produce five students, install CCTVs, Police tells JNU VC

    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.

    • ANI
  • BCCI slaps five-year ban on Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf

    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.

    • ANI
  • Sans policy paralysis, Modi has last word in our government: Jaitley

    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.

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  • F-16 to Pak: What's the net result of so-called Modi-Obama friendship, asks Congress

    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.

    • ANI
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  • JNU row: Seven more students detained

    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.

    • ANI
  • Was given 'allurements' to falsely implicate Narendra Modi: Rajendra Kumar on Ishrat Jahan case

    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.

    • ANI
  • Afzal Guru protests at JNU: Police slap charges of sedition and conspiracy

    Delhi Police Thursday registered charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy against ‘unknown people’ after a fracas between student groups in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) earlier this week. On Tuesday, students had clashed over an event organised on the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who was hanged. According to JNU registrar Bupinder Zutshi, the university’s Proctorial Committee, which was probing “indiscipline” by the students, has been given two weeks to submit its report.

    • The Indian Express
  • Condemn anti-Constitutional activities on University soil: JNU

    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.

    • ANI
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  • JNU Students' Union president sent to police custody

    New Delhi, Feb. 12 (ANI): A Delhi Court on Friday sent JNU Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar to three-day police custody. The development came as the police produced him in the Patiala House Court here after his arrest. Kumar earlier alleged that the entire episode was just 'an excuse' as he defeated the ABVP candidate in the union elections.

    • ANI
  • Headley deposition on Ishrat Jahan: BJP hits out, says Congress targeted Modi out of ‘congenital dislike’

    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.

    • The Indian Express