New Delhi [India], Aug. 28 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday questioned the role of the Congress Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru over the situation of Kashmir after Congress targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's for using words like 'insaniyat, Kashmiriyat, jamuriyat' in 'Mann ki baat'. Now if they want to politicise it and score political points by criticizing for the sake of criticizing then it begs the question that on political things, they are answerable that over 70 years, and in the 55 years that the Congress was in power, why did the problem ever be like this? What was the role of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, these political things can be answered," BJP leader Nalin Kohli told ANI.
Palak Gaur, a 19-year-old resident of Kanpur has decided to improve the sanitation facilities in her village single-handedly. There’s no challenge that Palak Gaur finds insurmountable today. After all, the 19-year-old has spearheaded the clean-up of her ‘malin basti’, small neighbourhood of 45 homes tucked away in a larger slum located on Baba Ghat, flanking the Ganges in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) An "identity crisis" looms before the Baloch people as Pakistan is killing their intellectuals and strategically suppressing their history, says a Baloch freedom activist, adding that they will "not let Pakistan take our cultural identity from us". According to prominent Baloch freedom movement activist Mazdak Dilshad Baloch, the lullabies of Baloch mothers "are the only source of history lesson for the new generation" of their people. "As per Pakistani text books, Balochistan is a barbaric nation and Baloch people are barbarians who fight among themselves.
Mumbai [India], Aug 28 (ANI): Haji Ali Dargaah chairman and managing trustee Abu Sultan Merchant on Sunday said as per Islam women are not allowed to go to graveyards and that is why a ban was imposed on the entry of women into the shrine's inner sanctum as it is the tomb of saint Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. The Haji Ali Dargah Trust had imposed the ban four years ago, saying it would be a "grievous sin" to allow women near the tomb. "Islam prohibits women to go to graveyards and this is also a grave then how can they go there?
Dehradun [India], Aug. 28 (ANI): Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra had a verbal spat with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Ganesh Joshi at the Dehradun Aiport over the death of Police Horse Shaktiman, who died after suffering injuries at a rally where he was allegedly thrashed by Joshi himself. Speaking to ANI here, Vadra said that when he gave a piece of his mind to Joshi over the death of the animal, he was verbally abused by the BJP MLA.
Sirsa (Haryana) [India], Aug.28 (ANI): Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij has decided to donate Rs. 50 lakh to the Dera Sacha Sauda organisation, headed by controversial Sikh leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, for promoting sports in Haryana. Hence in order to promote sports further, I would like to give Rs. 50 lakh which is from my discretionary fund," he said. Defending his action, the Minister said the donation was from his discretionary fund and the prime objective of his donation was to promote sports in the state.
New Delhi,[India] Aug 29 (ANI): A day after stating that Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won nine Olympics gold medals because of consuming beef as a source of protein, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Udit Raj on Monday clarified his stance saying his remark was in context of allegations that athletes don't have enough facilities to train. "I was worried that our performance (at Rio Games) was poor. Then I noticed that Usain Bolt's trainers told him to eat beef twice a day because he was poor.
New Delhi [India], Aug. 28 (ANI): Remembering the contributions of Albanian-born Roman Catholic nun and missionary Mother Teresa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said her life was dedicated to work for the poor and the socio-economically deprived. Addressing the nation in the 23rd edition of his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme, Prime Minister Modi said, "Mother Teresa's canonisation as saint is to happen on September 4. Sushma Swaraj (External Affairs Minister) will attend the ceremony.
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Aug. 28 (ANI): With the Haji Ali Dargah trustees set to move the Supreme Court to challenge the Bombay High Court's decision that allowed entry of women in the dargah, Bhoomata Brigade leader Trupti Desai on Sunday said she doesn't think that the apex court will have a contrary view taking into consideration the Constitution and injustice done to the women by banning their entry in 2012 - "we are confident of it". If they take a decision, we can visit the mazaar in two days." When asked about her next destination, Desai said, "All the four campaigns have been successful, our next aim is Sabarimala temple (an ancient temple of Ayyappan also known as sasta and Dharmasasta) in Kerala's Pathanamthitta District." Urging the trustees of the Sabarimala temple to allow women's entry, she said: "We feel taking in view the Bombay High Court's decision, the trustees of Sabrimala temple should also open the doors for women, and if they fail to do so, and we will start our campaign for the entry in the Sabarimala temple shortly." Talking about their visit to the dargah today, she said, "When we had started our campaign, we have to return from the gate, but today Muslim sisters and police supported us.
New Delhi [India], Aug. 28 (ANI): Former national hockey player and Member of Parliament Dilip Tirkey on Sunday backed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's praise for Major Dhyan Chand and said the hockey wizard should be given Bharat Ratna-country's highest civilian award. "From last two-three years, there has been demand that Bharat Ratna should be given to Major Dhyan Chand. All the legends of the sports fraternity and Olympians have been saying that Major Dhyan Chand should be given the country's highest award for civilians- Bharat Ratna.
New Delhi, Aug. 29 (ANI): Hitting out at Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma over his controversial comment that foreign female tourists must refrain from wearing skirts for their own safety, the Congress on Monday asserted that if he had his way, then every woman in the country right now would be wearing a burqa. Asserting that the Culture Minister of India, at times comes out with the most 'uncultured' remarks possible, Congress leader Manish Tewari told ANI that India celebrates its diversity and also respects the traditions and conservatism which is an intrinsic part of our society. "India also gives everybody the liberty to be permissive, modern, extremely liberal in their habits, disposition and even in the clothes that they wear.
New Delhi [India], Aug. 29 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh Government and senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan over a Bulandshahr rape victims' plea seeking a transfer of the case out of the state. While issuing a notice, the apex court pulled up both the Samajwadi Party-led state government and Azam Khan for their unwarranted comments. The Supreme Court said calling an incident of rape a 'conspiracy' cannot be called freedom of speech and defeats principles of constitutional compassion The apex court said statements issued by political leaders like Azam Khan affect the public and to create mistrust in the investigation and the entire system.
New Delhi [India], Aug. 28 (ANI): Continuing to berate the Centre for being unable to contain the soaring unrest in Kashmir Valley, the Congress on Sunday asserted that the lack of coherence of any policy in the government was actually worsening the situation in the state, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was using words like 'insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and jamuriyat' without even knowing their actual meaning. Commenting on the Prime Minister's reference to the Kashmir unrest in his Mann ki Baat address today, Congress leader Manish Tewari told ANI that the former has been swinging from talking of a dialogue to actually saying that the separatists are of no consequence at all. "If the Prime Minister believes that only 5 percent of people are creating trouble in Kashmir Valley, then it begs a question as to why the state government and all the resources at the command of the Central government, including the paramilitary forces are not able to get a handle on the situation.
New Delhi [India], Aug.29 (ANI): Condemning the shocking incident of four Indian women hockey team players being made to sit on the floor of a train while returning home from the summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, women activists called on Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Vijay Goel to register a case of inhuman treatment, negligence and exploitation against railway officials. Woman activist Brinda Adige told ANI, "These 'Babus' (officials) have no reason at all to be there, they have not contributed in anyway, neither in advising the team nor in seeing to the teams well being, and are travelling in business class, whereas they have made the players travel unreserved, some travelled sitting on the floor of their train." "How can this kind of injustice be tolerated?
Quetta (Balochistan) [Pakistan], Aug.28 (ANI): The Balochistan Assembly has adopted an unanimous resolution in which it has criticized Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for raising the issue of alleged human rights violations in the province during his recent Independence Day speech. Tabled by Pakistan Mulsim League-Nawaz lawmaker Muhammad Khan Lehri and supported by all political parties, the resolution was signed by Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri and other legislators, reports the Dawn.
New Delhi [India], Aug. 29 (ANI): In a shocking incident, a 25-year old woman was set ablaze by a man for allegedly turning down his wedding proposal. The incident took place at the victim's home in northwest Delhi's Bhalswa Dairy area, when the accused, Abhishek along with his friends Vijay, Karan and few others went there and started beating the woman's relatives. Gita said the accused's name is Abhishek and that he stays in the neighbourhood.
New Delhi [India], Aug. 28 (ANI): Remembering the contributions of legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India's daughters too have made the nation proud at the just concluded summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Addressing the nation in the 23rd edition of his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme, Prime Minister Modi said, "Tomorrow is the birth anniversary of Dhyan Chand.
New Delhi [India], Aug 29 (ANI): With Baloch and Sindhi leaders protesting against the ongoing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Balochistan outside the Chinese Embassy in London, Defence Expert P. K. Sehgal on Monday said that under no circumstances will the people permit the corridor to come into existence, as it is in no way beneficial to them. This is the most prestigious project of the Chinese president Xi Jinping under the name of One Belt, One Road," Sehgal told ANI here. The Defence Expert said that the people of Pakistan and Sindh have gone miserable and there has been a huge displacement of the people without any rehabilitation efforts.
Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], Aug. 29 (ANI): Bollywood singer and music composer Vishal Dadlani has been forgiven by Jain monk Tarun Sagar for his recent criticism. Tarun Sagar told ANI that may be Dadlani does not know anything about the Jain monks, Jainism or their beliefs, adding that had he known about that, he would not have made such a comment. The Jain monk said he was in Delhi eight months ago as he had to address the Delhi Assembly on March 15 but the programme got cancelled at last minute.
Mumbai [India], Aug. 28 (ANI): A women's group led by Bhumata Brigade activist Trupti Desai will visit the Haji Ali Dargah here today. In a valuable judgment, the Bombay High Court had on Friday lifted the ban imposed on women from entering the sanctum sanctorum of the dargah. The Haji Ali Dargah Trust imposed the ban in 2012 citing religious traditions.
New Delhi [India], Aug.28 (ANI): Asserting that India must strive to protect and preserve its unity and integrity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday through the 23rd installment of his monthly special-Mann Ki Baat hailed the unanimous passage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Amendment Bill. Unity in diversity is our strength and it is our bounden duty to ensure that all of us as citizens, as a society, as a government give strength to the voices which maintain our unity and integrity for a brighter tomorrow." The Prime Minister also highlighted the efforts made by the Centre and states to combat the floods.
New Delhi [India], Aug. 29 (ANI): India would confront Pakistan regarding fresh evidences received from the United States (U.S.) in connection with the Pathankot terror attack case, National Investigation Agency (NIA) sources told ANI on Monday. The agency is compiling a detailed report based on the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) request sent to the U.S. and information received from the U.S. in this connection three months back, which nails Pakistan for the attack, said sources.
New Delhi [India], Aug. 28 (ANI): Criticising the functioning of the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, the Congress Party has said the meeting between Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday has "raised more questions than answers". Citing the present unrest in the Kashmir Valley, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told ANI that there was hope that Mehbooba Mufti and Prime Minister Modi will take some fruitful steps.