Some of the most ridiculous laws in India
Some of the most ridiculous laws in India

So many countries with so many strange laws, most of which we’ve all heard of. India isn’t far behind, though, when it comes to having some downright outdated or silly laws on the planet. Most of which won’t impact everyone in the country, but you still have to think about it and go, “Hmm.” Maybe followed

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  • How Pakistani media is covering David Headley deposition

    The Pakistani media has downplayed David Headley's deposition in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack with most newspapers discounting him of his Pakistani heritage. The country's leading newspapers, Dawn and The Express Tribune, referred to Headley as an "American" convict and did not carry any direct quotes of his but, instead, quoted special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam. On the first day, when Headley revealed that he visited India eight times, Dawn buried the report in page 16.

    • The Indian Express
  • Assam polls will be showdown ‘between Modi and me’, says Tarun Gogoi

    Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday said that the ensuing state assembly election, likely to be held in April, would be a showdown between him and prime minister Narendra Modi, and that the Congress party would “crush” the BJP as did the Assamese to the Mughals in the 17th century. “The ensuing Assembly elections will be a showdown between me and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA Government’s failure on all fronts and its anti-people and anti-poor policies will be his main poll planks,” Gogoi, in a statement said. Gogoi, under whom the Congress had won a record three consecutive terms, is aiming at a fourth consecutive term.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Pakistan mulled pulling out of World T20 in ICC meet

    There appears to be a serious concern among the Pakistan cricket fraternity about sending their team to India for the upcoming World T20. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shahryar Khan reportedly raised the issue during the recently-concluded ICC Board meeting in Dubai, and he has his supporters back home. The BCCI, however, doesn’t seem to be overtly concerned and expects Pakistan to be here for the ICC event.

    • The Indian Express
  • Vellore blast: Meteorite claim later, they search for a shooting star

    A day after Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said it was a meteorite that had caused the Vellore blast killing one and injuring two, officials were trying hard to explain how they had come to the conclusion. Vellore SP P K Senthil Kumari said they were waiting for scientists from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIAP), Bengaluru, to confirm the theory after analysing samples. The IIAP incidentally has an observatory, the Vainu Bappu Observatory, less than 50 km from the spot, in Kavalur.

    • The Indian Express
  • Four arrested at Mumbai airport for smuggling gold

    Mumbai, Feb. 10 (ANI): The customs department officials today arrested four persons from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai on charges of smuggling gold. The officials recovered 24 gold bars weighing 2784 grams, which is valued at Rs. 73.93 lakhs. The gold was recovered during the search of one Shaikh Mohammed Ajmal, who arrived from Dubai in a Jet Airways flight.

    • ANI
  • Villagers of Ainavolu gladly gave up their farmland, now govt wants their homes down

    Six months ago, villagers of Ainavolu, 20 km from Vijayawada, happily gave up all the agricultural land they owned — 1,100 acres — to the Andhra Pradesh government for construction of a new capital, Amaravathi. Some of the villagers whose houses are on the line had build these houses very recently or added floors after getting compensation from the government for their land,” said gram panchayat vice-president Palakayula Arjun Rao. In July, Ainavolu had become the only village in the capital region to give up its agricultural land under the land pooling scheme.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Dear Maneka Gandhi, don’t let beti bachao become beti bhagao

    Recently speaking at an event, Maneka Gandhi, Women and Child Welfare Minister, in response to a question on how people employed different means to detect the gender of an unborn child despite the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act mentioned that her ministry had sent a proposal to the Health Ministry to make sex determination compulsory instead of it being unauthorised and punishable by law. Barely had she said this, her ministry as well as the health ministry, as has become the habit with BJP, denied that any such suggestion was being discussed. Maybe the minister isn’t aware of the basis and reasons why the sex determination tests were banned in India or maybe she isn’t aware of the misogyny that pervades around the birth of a female child or worse doesn’t fathom how humungous a task it would be to monitor each pregnancy, in violation of a woman’s rights, after sex of the unborn child is known.

    • The Indian Express
  • British newspaper reverts to using Bombay

    British newspaper The Independent will switch back to using Bombay rather than Mumbai when referring to India's financial capital, its editor said Wednesday. Amol Rajan said the move was a stand against what he said was the closed-minded view of Hindu nationalists. The city was officially renamed Mumbai in 1995, a change forced through by the far-right Shiv Sena party.

    • AFP
  • NASA discounts meteorite theory, Indian institute says analysis on

    Washington/Chennai, Feb 10 (IANS) Scientists at the US space agency NASA have discounted reports that an Indian bus driver in Tamil Nadu was killed by a meteorite, but Indian experts said this can only be ruled out after "detailed analysis". Only a detailed analysis of the object that has been received from the Vellore police can tell whether it is a meteorite or not, said a senior official of Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA). "The IIA team has received a sample from the local police.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • South Asian Games: All rise for Pakistan hockey stars

    Talk about hockey and here are some facts which highlight the disconnect between the game and the North-East. No player from Guwahati, or from Assam has ever played for a senior Indian women or men’s team. The most recent achievement of a hockey team from Assam has been the ‘B Division’ title its senior women’s team won in Bhopal two years ago.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Six days under snow, soldier survives Siachen avalanche

    An Army jawan, who was buried under 25 feet of snow following an avalanche in the Siachen glacier, was Monday miraculously found alive in a critical condition after six days of rescue efforts. “It was a miraculous rescue, all efforts are being made to evacuate Lance Naik Hanaman Thappa to the RR hospital in the morning,” Lt Gen D S Hooda, Northern Army Commander, told PTI. A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and nine other ranks of Madras Regiment were buried after their post was hit by the avalanche at the altitude of 19,600 feet close to the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan where the temperature was minus 45 degrees Celsius.

    • The Indian Express
  • DDCA issue: Delhi HC dismisses plea of Kirti Azad, Bedi

    New Delhi, Feb. 9 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed the plea of former Indian cricketers Kirti Azad and Bishan Singh Bedi seeking court monitored SIT probe into the alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). Describing the plea to be immature, the High Court said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has already started a preliminary inquiry and needs to be given time.

    • ANI
  • Labour unrest forces Tata Marcopolo to declare lockout

    Dharwad (Karnataka), Feb 9 (IANS) With about 2,500 workers remaining adamant on returning to work only with a wage hike, Tata Marcopolo Motors Ltd has declared lock out at its plant here to minimize further losses. "The management was forced to declare lockout as the workers resorted to flash strike on January 31 without the mandatory 14-day notice to us or the state labour office here and did not return to work till February 6," Karnataka Employers' Association president B.C. Prabhakar told IANS on Tuesday. The joint venture was set up in 2008 by Tata Motors Ltd and Marcopolo S.A. of Brazil to roll out about 15,000 inter-state and inter-city luxury buses per annum from the plant in this city, about 430km from Bengaluru.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • Chandigarh: Police bust gang of cyber criminals, arrest three

    THE CHANDIGARH Police on Tuesday busted a gang allegedly involved in online frauds by arresting its three members. The accused were identified as Vansh Arora, Ashish Mehta and Ravi Sharma, residents of Sector 17, Rohini, New Delhi. In their mid-20s, the accused used to make fake verification calls to people posing as staffers of a customer care centre to get the details of their debit and credit cards.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Bihar: Impose President’s Rule, Lalu Prasad Yadav dares Centre

    Following Union Minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan’s call for President’s Rule in Bihar in view of “deteriorating law and order situation”, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Monday dared the NDA government at the Centre to impose President’s Rule in the state. Speaking at a public function ahead of the bypoll at Harlakhi Assembly segment, Lalu said: “Kiski majaal hai ki Bihar me Rashtrapati shashan laye (who can dare to impose President’s Rule in Bihar).

    • The Indian Express
  • Cold comfort from home after Smith's winning streak ends

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Steve Smith, now carrying the burden of leading Australia in all three formats, is feeling the heat from a disappointed home media after his first series loss as skipper. The world's top-ranked test batsman and ICC Cricketer of the Year enjoyed a golden summer on home soil, leading the hosts to emphatic test series wins over New Zealand and West Indies, and victory in the one-day series over India. "The honeymoon is over for Steve Smith," the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper declared on Wednesday.

    • Reuters
  • Maharashtra govt won’t cancel land allotted to Hema Malini

    The Bharatiya Janata Party government in Maharashtra said Tuesday that it won’t cancel government land allotted in Mumbai at a concessional rate to BJP MP Hema Malini, thus ending speculation over the matter. The state government’s move to allot a 2,000 square meter plot to the actor-turned-politician for a dance academy had earlier sparked a controversy, which had prompted Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to announce revision in rules for allotment of lands on concessional rates. Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, however, clarified on Tuesday that Hema Malini’s charitable trust— Natya Vihar Kala Kendra— was provided the plot under prevalent rules on December 23.

    • The Indian Express
  • De Kock, Amla centuries help South Africa sink England

    Centuries from openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla guided South Africa to a seven-wicket victory over England on Tuesday that kept alive their hopes of winning the five-match series of one-day internationals. Joe Root made a sparkling 125 as England, after winning the toss and electing to bat, piled up 318 for eight in 50 overs. De Kock (135) and Amla (127) then amassed 239 for the first wicket to lay the platform before South Africa reached the target with 22 balls to spare to cut their series deficit to 2-1.

    • Reuters
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  • Builder arrested for ‘helping NCP MLA siphon off govt fund’

    The Maharashtra CID Monday arrested builder Vyomesh Shah, the owner of real estate firm Hubtown (previously known as Ackruti City Ltd), and three others, after it found out that Shah had created a subsidiary company that received money routed through three cooperatives set up by MLA Ramesh Kadam. According to the CID, the money that Shah received for his subsidiary company was part of the at least Rs 250 crore Kadam siphoned off.

    • The Indian Express
  • Stop random arrests of Muslim men on IS pretext: Muslim organisations

    Six Muslim organisations have come together to denounce the Islamic State (IS) as “unIslamic” and “terrorist” but have also exhibited concern over what they called a conspiracy to target and arrest educated young Muslim men under the “pretext of IS”. “Arrest of innocent Muslim youths on one hand, and steps for release of the accused in big Hindutva terror cases (on the other), prove that the ruling party is implementing its communal agenda and its slogan of ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’ was a mirage,” the organisations said Monday. The six groups are Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, Ahle Hadees, All-India Majlis-e-Mushawarat, Milli Council, and the Welfare Party.

    • The Indian Express
  • Mumbai: 4 ‘Chaddi Banyan’ gang members arrested

    Zonal deputy commissioner of police Vikram Deshmane said four members of the “dreaded” gang were arrested, and at least five others are at large. The arrested hail from Osmanabad and were identified as Ashok Shinde, Sanjay Kale, Santosh Chavan and Rajendra Shinde.

    • The Indian Express
  • Bhojshala row: Hindu outfits pray outside disputed shrine

    Three days before Basant Panchami, Hindu outfits kept the administration on tenterhooks by praying outside the disputed Bhojshala-Kamal Maula’s mosque in Dhar town Tuesday. The Dharma Jagran Manch (DJM), which is leading the campaign, said Tuesday’s ‘satyagrah’ outside the shrine was in protest against the administration’s refusal to relax security measures. The DJM had asked the administration to reduce the barricading, remove barricades on the roof and ensure that devotees were spared the circuitous route to return to the place meant for keeping their footwear.

    • The Indian Express
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  • U-19 World Cup: National handball captain’s son Anmolpreet Singh finds his footing in cricket

    The trophies belong to India junior cricketer Anmolpreet’s father Satvinder Singh, a former captain of the Indian handball team. Having represented India at the Commonwealth Championships in his playing career spanning more than 18 years, it was expected that Anmolpreet and his brother would also follow in their father’s footsteps. Satvinder’s career ended in 2000 but with him on tour most of the time, young Anmolpreet ended up spending most of his time at his aunt’s house in Patiala, a place where he would fetch balls for his cricket-playing cousins.

    • The Indian Express
  • Odisha govt takes possession of land encroached by IPS officer’s wife

    THE STATE government on Monday took possession of 42 acres of government land encroached by the wife of a 2002-batch IPS officer, who was suspended last year after being accused of police excesses. The Puri district administration freed the land encroached by Ranjana Gajbhiye, wife of Odisha-cadre IPS officer Satish Gajbhiye, who was suspended in August. Earlier, the district administration had served her a notice, asking her to vacate the government land in Badakiapala and Sankiapala mouza of Gop tehsil in Puri district.

    • The Indian Express
  • IS arrest: All my son had was a mobile phone he got from a friend

    On January 22, he was arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad and charged with being the Islamic State’s No. 2 man in India. Since a team of dozen policemen in plainclothes came and took him away, the family has locked up their house and moved to a relative’s home at an undisclosed location. All he had was a mobile phone that he had got only a few days ago from a friend.

    • The Indian Express
  • Back from the US, Chhagan Bhujbal in self-defence mode, cries vendetta

    After returning from his weeklong trip to the United States of America, beleaguered Nationalist Congress Party leader Chhagan Bhujbal said he was ready and willing to fully cooperate with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that has booked him and others on corruption, misuse of office, and money laundering charges. The ED has filed two FIRs against Chhagan Bhujbal, his son Pankaj, nephew Sameer, and others under provisions of the stringent Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), based on the Mumbai Police’s case against them in connection with Delhi’s Maharashtra Sadan construction scam and the alleged Kalina land grab case. On Monday, hours before Bhujbal landed in Mumbai, son Pankaj reached the ED office in South Mumbai to record his statement in the case and was interrogated by the agency.

    • The Indian Express
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  • What're the credentials required to play in IPL?

    The defeat on Tuesday in the Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka brought the Indian players down to earth after the auction euphoria of the Indian Premier League (IPL) barely two days before the game. None of the new-found IPL millionaires was playing at Pune, though the highest-paid Indian, Pawan Negi, was in the squad. Dominated by the IPL rejects -- Secuge Prasanna, Dasun Shanaka, Milinda Siriwardana, Dishamantha Chameera and Sanchitha Senanayake - the islanders nearly bowled the Indians out for less than a hundred before coasting to a five-wicket victory.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • Congress party will never compromise on corruption: Rahul Gandhi

    Thiruvananthapuram, Feb. 9 (ANI): With the growing protests over Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's resignation over his alleged involvement in the solar scam, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday vowed to take strict action in the matter. Addressing a rally in Thiruvananthapuram, Gandhi said Congress party will never compromise on corruption. "Want to make it clear if there is even small concrete evidence of corruption, Congress party will take immediate and strict action," he said.

    • ANI
  • Muzaffarnagar case: Families of boy, woman killed in 2013 riots turn hostile

    A day after Muslim leaders, upset with the acquittal of 10 accused in a 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots case in which a boy and his aunt were killed and set ablaze, demanded that the state remove its counsel in the case and approach the High Court in appeal, the Uttar Pradesh government Tuesday dropped additional government counsel Sajid Rana from its panel. The 10 were acquitted last Friday by the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Muzaffarnagar. The boy, Aas Mohammad, and his aunt Sarajo were killed and their bodies burnt by a mob after riots broke out in Laak village on September 8, 2013.

    • The Indian Express
  • Nawada ‘gave’ 60 Dalit students scholarships, probe finds only 1 real

    A possible racket around one of the Nitish Kumar government’s flagship schemes —post-matriculation scholarships for Dalit students for technical education — has begun to unfold in Nawada district of Bihar. Of 60 students given scholarships in 2015 for the session 2012-13, only one was found genuine by probe by the district administration following the intervention of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Death in Shamli firing: Day after, govt moves to control damage

    A day after an eight-year-old was killed in celebratory firing after local elections, the Uttar Pradesh government Monday removed the Sub Divisional Magistrate and Deputy Superintendent of Police of Shamli, and issued a showcause notice to Samajwadi Party’s (SP) Kairana MLA Nahid Hasan for allegedly misbehaving with a woman journalist and cameraman of Times Now channel. The journalists had gone to Kairana, in Shamli district of UP, to report the death of Mohammed Sami, who was passing by in an e-rickshaw with his aunt and cousins when he fell victim to a stray bullet fired by SP workers after their candidate’s victory.

    • The Indian Express
  • Scientists study India's deadly 'meteorite'

    Indian scientists were Tuesday analysing a small blue object, described by local authorities as a meteorite, which fell from the sky and killed a bus driver. The team from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics was also examining the crater left in the ground by the plummeting object in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram said Monday the object was a meteorite.

    • AFP
  • 26\/11 attackers made two failed attempts, lost guns at sea: David Headley

    AMERICAN national and 26/11 scout David Coleman Headley, who deposed before an Indian court on Monday, said that the 10 terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008 had attempted to carry out the strike earlier on two occasions, but failed to execute it. The weapons and explosives were lost in the ocean,” Headley told the court. Headley told the court that Lashkar-e-Taiba member Sajid Mir had told him to change his name in 2005, and to set up an office in Mumbai and make a “general video” of the city.

    • The Indian Express
  • Pachauri should be stripped off all posts till he comes clean: Shobha Oza

    New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): The Congress Party on Wednesday slammed The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) for promoting R.K. Pachauri, who is facing sexual harassment charges, to the post of executive vice chairman, saying that he should be stripped off all the posts till he comes clean. All India Mahila Congress president Shobha Oza said Pachauri's promotion showed how seriously harassment at the workplace is being taken in the country. "It is really unfortunate that Pachauri is facing harassment charges by a co-worker.

    • ANI
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  • Inauguration of upgraded vegetable market: BJP councillor ignores mayor, chooses senior citizens, chief engineer

    ALL DOES not seem to be well among the Bharatiya Janata Party councillors. BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi preferred to get the inauguration of an upgraded vegetable market done by chief engineer Mukesh Anand and senior citizens of his area despite Mayor Arun Sood being from his party. “Rather we got the inauguration done by senior citizens and chief engineer.

    • The Indian Express
  • U-19 World Cup: India so far so good, now for the better

    No fiery speeches were made by coach Rahul Dravid, no soul-stirring battle cry escaped captain Ishan Kishan's throat. The mood at the India Under-19 team meeting on the eve of their World Cup semifinal against Sri Lanka was rather reflective. In his typically understated manner, Dravid told the Indian team not to try anything different in the big match, but play the way they have in the tournament: in a relaxed and confident manner.

    • The Indian Express
  • Valentine’s Day- Self policing for moral police: Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena activists won’t harass couples

    For a change this year, the Valentine’s Day —- the day of love, which attracts a lot of hate in the form of moral policing —- will be relatively peaceful with Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena issuing instructions to their respective activists not to harass lovebirds. While Bajrang Dal, the youth wing of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), has received instructions not to “interfere with couples”, Aditya Thackeray, the national head of Yuva Sena, Shiv Sena’s youth wing, has directed Shiv Sainiks to not misbehave with boys and girls on the Valentine’s Day. Bajrang Dal’s convener for UP and Uttarakhand, Surendra Mishra said that the “acts that couples indulge in” on roads and at public places on Valentine’s Day is “similar to nature of animals” and interfering with them is useless.

    • The Indian Express
  • 26/11: Why Headley silent on his Indian collaborators: Y.P Singh

    Mumbai, Feb. 9 (ANI): Former IPS officer Y.P. Singh on Tuesday questioned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist David Coleman Headley's silence on his Indian collaborators, who helped him to plan the 26/11 attacks. Taking a strong exception to Headley's concealing his links in India, Singh said 'such depositions have got no evidential value'. The revelations made by the LeT terrorist in the Mumbai court was 'just of an academic significance' which has got no legal specificity, where the relevant people could be prosecuted in the court of law and sent to jail," he pointed out.

    • ANI
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  • AAP backs Imran Hussain, says Congress claims false, baseless

    After running a quick background check on the video and speaking to its workers as well as Hussain, the party said it was convinced that the sting operation appeared “fake”. “I do not even know the people who are there in the sting operation, let alone them being related to me. If the authenticity of the video is proven, I am ready to step down from politics forever and if it is not then Maken should quit politics altogether,” Hussain told The Indian Express.

    • The Indian Express
  • Pakistan pick five uncapped players, axe Gul for World T20

    Pakistan named uncapped bowlers Rumman Raees and Mohammad Nawaz in their squad for the World Twenty20 in India while leaving out experienced paceman Umar Gul, the second highest wicket-taker in the shortest format. Only skipper Shahid Afridi (91) has taken more wickets than Gul (85) in Twenty20 Internationals but the 31-year-old pacer, who was part of the Twenty20 squad that lost 2-1 in New Zealand last month, has been struggling for form as well as fitness in recent times. "The T20 team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions during Asia cup and World T20 and the recent performances of some players in domestic and A Team tours," chief selector Haroon Rashid said in a statement.

    • Reuters
  • Ind vs SL, T20I: India fill in the blanks

    To his credit, Dilhara Fernando has at least kept himself in enviable shape. The sight of him running down with his tattooed arms pumping up and down under the burning Pune sun at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium though wasn’t as much about his return as it was a testament to the depleted stocks in the Sri Lankan camp. It also means that the Indian team, who are riding high after their 3-0 thrashing of Australia and look to be one of the few teams with an extremely settled squad for the World T20, will not be tested the way they would want to be a month prior to the big event.

    • The Indian Express
  • Salary hike of MLAs will ensure corrupt-free state: TRS MP

    New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): Pitching for the increase in salaries of the MLAs and MLCs in Telangana, TRS MP Jithender Reddy on Wednesday said that it would ensure a corrupt-free state. "We would now like to redesign our Telangana to a corruption-free and a good administrative state. In that manner, we would like to give a proper fund, salary, which the people meet, so that they do not turn towards corruption," Reddy told ANI.

    • ANI
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  • 2017 Assembly polls in UP: Late off mark, SP darts in to seek its share of Dalit votes

    WITH JUST over a year to go for Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, every political party is in a race to woo Dalits — a votebank instrumental in deciding who will next rule the state. While BJP, with some help from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has taken a lead while trying to reaffirm its pro-Dalit credentials, the Congress too is seeking to reverse its fortunes in the politically-crucial state by reaching out to the community through its Bhim Jyoti Yatra. Now, the ruling Samajwadi Party has stepped in to attract non-Jatav communities among the Dalits in the run-up to 2017 polls.

    • The Indian Express
  • ISI provides financial, military support to LeT: Headley

    Mumbai, Feb. 9 (ANI): Pakistan's spy agency ISI provides financial, moral as well as military support to terror outfits like the LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen, said David Coleman Headley while revealing more information in the Mumbai court with regard to the 26/11 terror attacks. Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, who took the examination of the Pakistani-American terrorist, said, "David Headley has given certain sensitive revelations. Firstly, he disclosed his close association with the ISI and said that he was working for them also." "He said that he knew Brigadier Riaz, Colonel Shah.

    • ANI
  • Vellore ‘meteorite’ strike: Stone handed to IIAP

    A senior scientist from Indian Institute of Astrophysics’ Vainu Bappu Observatory at Kavalur received the only evidence of the Vellore meteorite incident — a “dark bluish” stone weighing roughly 10 gm — from Tamil Nadu police on Tuesday. The stone was recovered around 40 m away from the nearly 4 feet deep crater left behind by the explosion on the campus of Bharathidasan Engineering College in Natrampalli near Vellore, an accident that killed one and injured two.

    • The Indian Express
  • Look up definition of beef before speaking: Congress to Anil Vij

    New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): The Congress on Wednesday lashed out at Haryana's Health Minister Anil Vij who said that those who cannot live without eating beef should not visit the state, asking the latter to look up the 'definition' of beef before making controversial statements. "Clearly Anil Vij is agitating and can't tolerate the current Chief Minister in the state appointed by the BJP.

    • ANI
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  • PM Modi receives Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi on his maiden India visit

    New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, arrived here this evening on a three-day visit to India. Setting aside the protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the Crown Prince at the Air Force Station in Palam. "A special honour 4 a special guest! Breaking protocol, PM receives Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Al Nahyan at airport," tweeted Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

    • ANI
  • Miffed, Raju Shetti to shun BJP’s rural outreach programme

    Swabhimani Shetkari Paksha — seems set to rebuff its overtures. Its MP Raju Shetti said that he would not be swayed by any “pro-farmer posturing” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the intentions of the government would become clear only after the 2016 Union Budget. In a bid to reach out to the rural voters and showcase the recently launched crop insurance plan, Modi is scheduled to address four rallies in Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha.

    • The Indian Express
  • Ex-Haryana CM Hooda, son criticise Minister Vij's controversial remark on beef

    New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his son Deepinder, who is a Member of Parliament, on Wednesday criticised the the state's Health Minister Anil Vij for his statement that those eating beef should not think of stepping into the state of Haryana. Vij today stroked a fresh row, saying those who cannot live without eating beef should not visit the state where a stringent cow protection law is in place. Likewise, those people who can't live without eating beef should not come to Haryana," Vij said.

    • ANI
  • Meteorite not responsible for killing man in India: NASA

    NASA on Wednesday said it was unlikely a meteorite was responsible for killing a man at a college campus in India last week, as local scientists continued to examine the mysterious object recovered from the scene. Authorities in southern Tamil Nadu state had claimed that a meteorite fatally struck a bus driver and injured three others on Saturday. After reviewing photographic evidence, the US space agency told AFP that they did not believe the object was a meteorite.

    • AFP
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    New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): R.K. Pachauri's lawyer Ashish Dixit on Wednesday rejected allegations that a new post had been created at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) to accommodate his client. Talking to ANI, Dixit said that Pachauri had, in fact, been demoted, and not promoted as was being claimed by media reports. "This is completely false, this post is in existence since the inception of TERI, which was somewhere in 1970s.

    • ANI
  • Sri Lanka pacemen hand India five-wicket T20 defeat

    Inexperienced Sri Lanka fast bowlers Kasun Rajitha and Dasun Shanaka took three wickets apiece to bundle out India for 101 and set up a five-wicket victory in the first Twenty20 international on Tuesday. Rajitha, making his international debut, dismissed Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane in the first over to give Sri Lanka a perfect start after they chose to bowl first on a green-tinged surface at Pune. The paceman also sent back Shikhar Dhawan as India, top-ranked in the shortest format, continued losing wickets trying to play high-risk shots.

    • Reuters
  • Shamli incident: BJP demands CBI probe, calls SP party of 'Mughals'

    New Delhi, Feb. 9 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday demanded a CBI probe into the Shamli incident, where two journalists were allegedly attacked by Samajwadi Party leader and MLA Nahid Hasan and his aides. Calling the Akhilesh Yadav-led government in Uttar Pradesh a party of the 'Mughals', BJP leader Srikant Sharma said that there was 'gunda raj' in the state. "Akhilesh Yadav is responsible for the deteriorating condition of Uttar Pradesh's law and order.

    • ANI
  • Another ex-TERI staff accuses Pachauri of sexual harassment

    New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): In further embarrassment to environmentalist RK Pachauri, who is already entangled in a legal battle over sexual harassment allegations, a former employee of The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri) on Wednesday accused him of harassing her sexually. The woman's lawyer Vrinda Grover said that they had first reported the matter to police in February last year but they did not do anything till date forcing her to come out in public with the charges. "A year ago, we informed Police that there are two other women who want to give statement, and their statement will show that he is a habitual sexual harassment offender and that will show the conduct of this man," Grover told ANI.

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  • India's manpower, Australia's tech can lead to world beating outcome, says Goyal

    Brisbane (Australia), Feb. 9 (ANI): Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Coal, Power and New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal on Tuesday said a combination of India's manpower and Australian technology would lead to a world beating outcome. Both sides agreed on the need to extend Government to Government dialogue to Business to Business as well as People to People dialog.

    • ANI
  • BJP’s Bengal push: Less of Modi, ‘softer’ Hindutva

    The West Bengal assembly elections will not see as much of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Bihar polls did. Although the focus will be the alleged failures of Mamata Banerjee’s government, the party will frame slogans with a positive message.

    • The Indian Express
  • Mumbai plotter 'says he worked for Pakistan spy agency'

    An American who helped survey targets for the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks told a special Indian court Tuesday that Pakistan's spy agency provides support to militants blamed for the atrocity, according to a prosecutor. David Headley, who was sentenced in 2013 by a Chicago court to 35 years in a US prison for his role in the attacks that killed 166 people, also said he worked for Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). "Today David Headley has given certain sensitive revelations," Indian public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said outside Mumbai's sessions court on Tuesday following the American's testimony via video link.

    • AFP
  • Divyansh's father says 'not satisfied with police probe'

    New Delhi, Feb. 9 (ANI): Divyansh Kakrora's father on Tuesday expressed dissatisfaction with the investigation into his son's death by the Delhi Police, saying that the matter should not be looked at only as negligence, as it was a 'murder case'. The case should not be looked only as negligence, this is a murder case," Divyansh's father told ANI. Advocate Kamlesh Kumar Mishra said that as the Delhi Police has failed to file a status report, the Delhi High Court has asked it to file the report immediately.

    • ANI
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  • 'Superficial' PM leads 'poisonous campaign' in assembly polls: Rahul Gandhi

    Thiruvananthapuram, Feb. 10 (ANI): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday alleged that a 'superficial' Prime Minister Narendra Modi leads the 'poisonous campaign' of dividing the Hindus and Muslims during the assembly polls. Gandhi, who was addressing the executive meeting of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee, said the BJP always has two campaigns in place during the elections - a campaign of growth and another a 'poisonous' campaign. "The main aim of Narendra Modi ji and the RSS and the way they win elections is to divide Hindus and Muslims.

    • ANI