Jammu, March 1 (IANS) National Conference chief Omar Abdullah Sunday hit out at Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's remarks that the separatist Hurriyat Conference and militant outfits had facilitated conducive atmosphere for assembly polls in the state. ""Pakistan, Huriyaat & Militants ALLOWED peaceful conduct of elections" says Mufti Syed. The former chief minister also posed questions to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which became part of the government in Jammu and Kashmir for the first time in a colaition with Sayeed's Peoples Democratic Party. Within hours of taking oath as chief minister Sunday, Sayeed said: "There is Hurriyat, there are militants.
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- Omar hits out at Sayeed's comments … IANS - 1 hour 35 minutes ago
- Modi offers assistance to avalanche-hit … IANS - 1 hour 44 minutes ago
New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani expressing condolence over deaths in avalanches in various parts of the country and offering any possible assistance in rescue and relief efforts. Modi said in his letter that he had asked India's Ambassador in Afghanistan Amar Sinha to seek "your (Ghani's) guidance on assistance that might be required", according to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office. "I was deeply saddened at the massive loss of lives in avalanches in different parts of Afghanistan. This tragedy touches us even more because of the special bonds of affection and friendship between the people of India and Afghanistan," Modi said.
- Lebanon to shelter Assyrians fleeing … IANS - 1 hour 52 minutes ago
Beirut, March 1 (IANS) Lebanon said on Sunday that Assyrian Christians fleeing the Islamic State (IS) militants were welcome to take refuge in the country, considering their exceptional humanitarian case. "After discussing the matter with Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas, I gave the order to allow the inflow of Assyrian refugees from Syria," Lebanon's Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk told the al-Mustaqbal daily in an interview. According to media reports, around 220 Assyrian Christians were abducted from their homes by IS gunmen in northeastern Syria last week. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a group monitoring the Syrian war said the Assyrians were kidnapped from 11 villages in al-Hasakah province, and that thousands more have fled their homes to avoid capture.
- AAP's internal Lokpal claims two … IANS - 1 hour 59 minutes ago
New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) Amid reports of internal rumblings in AAP, the party's internal Lokpal, Admiral L. Ramdas (retd) warned of "two camps" and "abject breakdown in trust between topmost leadership" and sought clear signals that all senior party members were united. In a letter, for the members of the national executive and political affairs committee ahead of party's meeting Feb 26, Ramdas said the party's stunning victory in Delhi polls had raised hopes of restoration of positive energy and that many mutual suspicions would be put to rest. "Alas, this was not to be, and most recently while in Delhi during the results and swearing in, I also spent many hours in many difficult conversations where many of the old ghosts were constantly raising their heads," said the former navy chief. Referring to criticism within party regarding decision-making and democracy, he said it should be analysed by an independent group by an internal audit.
- Iran to help facilitate Google's … IANS - 2 hours 4 minutes ago
Tehran, March 1 (IANS) Iran said on Sunday that it was ready to cooperate with information technology (IT) companies like Google to facilitate their services in the country and the Persian Gulf region. Iran's deputy minister of telecommunications and information technology Nasrollah Jahangard said negotiations were underway with Google to establish a version of its servers in Iran, according to a media report. "This is a normal thing in the world and it will be economical for (IT) companies to be closer to their main clients," Jahangard told Iran's Fars news agency.
- Bangladesh to seek FBI's help in … IANS - 3 hours ago
Dhaka, March 1 (IANS) Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali Sunday said it has decided to take help of the US' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the probe into writer-blogger Avijit Roy's murder following Washington's offer. Ali said the government had decided to "positively respond" to the US offer to engage the FBI in unearthing the motive and real culprits behind the murder. Unidentified assailants hacked the 42-year Bangladeshi-American to death and seriously injured his blogger wife Rafida Ahmed Banna on Dhaka University campus on Thursday night.
- Foreign Secretary Jaishankar begins … ANI - 3 hours ago
Thimphu (Bhutan), Mar.1 (ANI): Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Sunday began his four-nation SAARC Yatra with Bhutan, holding discussions on regional cooperation and bilateral ties here.
- Jalgaon incident: DCW demands swift … ANI - 3 hours ago
New Delhi, Mar. 1 (ANI): Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Barkha Shukla Singh on Sunday strongly condemned the thrashing of a woman by a policeman in Jalgaon, demanding that swift action be taken in the incident. The government must take action on the policeman and suspend him from duty," Singh told ANI.
- Terror attack planned for Pakistan Day … IANS - 3 hours ago
Islamabad, March 1 (IANS) Police Sunday said they have foiled a terrorist attack that aimed to the strike the Pakistan Day parade on March 23, media reports said. Police sources said that two suspected terrorists were arrested during recent raids and confessed to planning an attack, Dawn News reported. Earlier in February, it was announced that a joint military parade of Pakistan's armed forces would take place on Pakistan Day after a gap of seven years.
- Security forces arrest 16 militants, … ANI - 4 hours ago
New Delhi, Mar. 1 (ANI): In two separate operations, security forces on Sunday arrested 16 militants and linkmen of various banned outfits from Assam. In the first incident, the forces arrested 14 militants and linkmen of the Rabha National Liberation Front from the Goalpara district. As per reports, the militants are suspected to be involved in the planting of a bomb on a railway track in the district on earlier this week. The second incident was a joint operation by the army and the state police arrest two National Democratic Front of Bodoland- Songbijit (NDFB-S) militants from the Kokrajhar district.
- Hailing AAP's democracy, Yadav defends … ANI - 4 hours ago
Jaipur, Mar. 1 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav on Sunday hailed his party's democratic nature, saying that the political organisation's internal lokpal, Admiral L Ramdas, has every right to criticise fellow members. If someone says something honestly, they will point out at both good and bad things, he has every right to do it," Yadav told mediapersons. AAP leader Yogendra Yadav was reacting to the questions posed over Admiral Ramdas' letter to the party's top brass, expressing concern over the growing divide within the outfit. Admiral Ramdas, in his letter, had reportedly sought to draw the attention of the founding members to the importance of 'internal unity' and appealed for a quick resolution to the ongoing conflict within the party.
- Modi seeks ideas for PMO mobile app IANS - 4 hours ago
New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) Urging young engineers to help move India to the status of an innovation hub, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he will invite ideas from the public for developing a mobile application for the Prime Minister's Office towards making it mobile-friendly. "The faster you all make mobile apps, the faster you will capture the market. We need a revolution in mobile governance. We will launch a competition through mygov.In to seek ideas for a PMO mobile app," he said at an event here to mark 25 years of the IT industry body Nasscom.
- 'No decision yet on special status … IANS - 4 hours ago
Hyderabad, March 1 (IANS) The NDA central government has not yet taken a decision on granting special category status to Andhra Pradesh and the issue was under consideration, said union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu. Naidu faced a volley of questions at a news conference here Sunday, a day after Telugu Desam Party (TDP), a partner in the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance, voiced disappointment over the union budget for 2015-16. The budget tabled in parliament Saturday made no mention of special status. TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has announced that he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek justice to the state as promised by him during election campaign last year.
- Achuthanandan cuts a lonely figure in … IANS - 5 hours ago
Thiruvananthapuram, March 1 (IANS) Is the CPI-M boycotting veteran leader and former Kerala chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan? Ever since Achuthanandan staged a 'boycott' of his party's state conference, none of his colleagues in the Communist Party of India-Marxist seem to be keen to get in touch with him. It was a week earlier that he walked out of his own party's 21st state conference after a resolution condemning his constant breach of party discipline was read out. Speaker after speaker upheld the party's finding that he was regularly breaching party discipline.
- Jaishankar in Bhutan on SAARC yatra IANS - 5 hours ago
Thimphu, March 1 (IANS) Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar met the Bhutanese leadership, including King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, on Sunday on the first stop of his SAARC yatra here as both sides discussed bilateral ties as well as connectivity projects of a sub-regional grouping. Jaishankar also met Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and the officiating foreign secretary of Bhutan during the talks. Earlier, Jaishankar was received at the airport by Indian envoy Gautam Bambawle and Bhutanese officials. External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said Jaishankar discussed cooperation between South Asian countries as also ways to strengthen bilateral ties with the Bhutan leadership.
- Rajnath praises BJP-PDP alliance, keeps … ANI - 5 hours ago
SULTANPUR (UP), Mar. 1 (ANI): Union of Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday applauded the alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the People's Democratic Party (PDP), adding that this is the first time that his party has been instrumental in forming the government in J-K. I believe whatever problems the J-K people are facing, this government will be able to solve them," said Rajnath Singh. He added that the two political parties have formed a government in J-K based on the Common Minimum Program. Singh however refused to react on Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's controversial statement regarding separatists 'allowing' the J-K assembly elections to take place peacefully. "I don't want to give any reaction on his statement," said Rajnath Singh.
- Jagmohan Dalmiya set to return as BCCI … ANI - 5 hours ago
New Delhi, Mar. 1 (ANI): Jagmohan Dalmiya is set to return as the Board of Control for Cricket in India president after other candidates for the post pulled out ahead of the body's annual general meeting on Monday.
- Warrant issued to search Khaleda's … IANS - 5 hours ago
Dhaka, March 1 (IANS) A Dhaka court on Sunday issued a warrant to search the office of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia after police said there could be explosives and fugitives harboured there.
- Nitish Kumar to fast against land acquisition … IANS - 5 hours ago
Patna, March 1 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday announced a one-day fast -- and asked people across the state to join him -- in protest against the land acquisition amendment bill. Nitish Kumar asked people to put pressure on the Narendra Modi government to withdraw the relevant bill. "I appeal to the people to join a one-day fast to protest against the land acquisition amendment bill," the Janata Dal-United leader said while addressing thousands of party workers at the Gandhi Maidan here. Nitish Kumar described the land acquisition amendment bill as a "black law", which was against the interests of farmers.
- Militancy has damaged Kashmir: Pakistani … IANS - 5 hours ago
Islamabad, March 1 (IANS) Asking India and Pakistan to revisit the fundamentals of their Kashmir policies, a Pakistani newspaper said Sunday that militancy had caused huge damage to Jammu and Kashmir. The Dawn said in an editorial that Pakistan had to recognise that its core policy - right to self-determination for Kashmiris - had been distorted for too long and in too many ways. "The rights of all Kashmiris were never going to be won through violence, and a policy of militants and proxies has caused incalculable damage to Pakistan's position on Kashmir, the Kashmir region and Pakistan too." It said the new coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir between the BJP and the PDP, which hold vastly differing views on the region, was "more startling than it is necessarily cause for hope".