Bhiwani (Haryana), Mar. 3 (ANI): Amid the growing internal battle within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), senior party leader Yogendra Yadav on Tuesday said he was hopeful that everything would be sorted out in the national executive meeting tomorrow. "The party which has set new standards in Indian politics is bound to have extra expectations. I am hopeful that we'll be able to sort out everything in national executive meeting tomorrow," said Yadav. Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stated that he was deeply hurt and pained by what was going on in AAP, and added it was a betrayal of the trust that the people of Delhi had reposed in the party.
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- Nirbhaya rape accused's mindset reason for his crime: BJ …
New Delhi, Mar. 3 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday denounced statements made by Mukesh Singh, one of the accused involved in the December 16, 2012 'Nirbhaya' gang rape case, adding that the perpetrator's 'mindset' has betrayed the reason why he committed the crime. While speaking to BBC Four from his cell in an interview that appears in 'India's Daughter', a BBC Storyville documentary, Mukesh Singh, one of the five accused convicted of raping and murdering Nirbhaya, said that a girl is 'far more responsible for rape' than a boy. Singh added that executing him and the other convicts in the case will further endanger rape victims as now, when girls are raped, they will not leave the victim 'like we did' but will kill her.
- PM Modi defends amended Land Acquisition Bill, says land needs …
New Delhi, Mar.3 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi,replying in the Rajya Sabha to a Motion of Thanks to President Pranab Mukherjee's speech to ajoint session of Parliament, defended his government's amended Land Acquisition Bill (Ordinance) by saying that land had to be acquired to give a boost to national economic activity. I urge you to help us, and together, we can take India's development ahead. We need to carry on with economic activity, to set up industries etc. Under current law, it is difficult to acquire law." On the the issue of black money, he said, "We are committed to bringing back black money. If the SIT on black money had been set up during the UPA regime, illegal transactions would have stopped by now.
- 'I pray that we are free from the corruption of power': …
New Delhi, Mar. 3 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday philosophised on the trappings of power, referring to it as 'addictive' and hoped that his government is free from its influence. I pray to god that my government is safe from such an addiction, because I have learnt that the more humble you are, the closer you are to recognising what the ground reality is," said Prime Minister Modi in reply to the Motion of Thanks to the President's address in the Rajya Sabha. We transfer bureaucrats and Ghulam Nabi Azad questions our motives, forgetting that in 2004, his party had removed the Cabinet Secretary, the Home Secretary and the Defence Secretary," he said.
- Students build toilets for poor in Vadodara
Vadodara, Mar.3 (ANI): Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for cleanliness, school children in Vadodara have pledged to put a halt to open defecation in the city's slum areas. Most of the students of Navrachna International School in Vadodara are NRIs and belong to affluent families. Armed with shovels, the enthusiastic teenagers surveyed the area themselves and inferred the number of toilets required in the area to prevent open defecation. Tejal Amin, the owner of the school, is the state's brand ambassador for cleanliness campaign.
- Tangkhul Naga Community celebrates seed sowing festival in D …
New Delhi, Mar. 3 (ANI): Recently, Tangkhul Nagas living in New Delhi came together to celebrate 'luira phanit', a seed sowing festival, with great enthusiasm. "Awakening through culture" was the theme of a day-long seed sowing festival organised by Tangkhul Katamnao Long Delhi, a student organization. Over a thousand people of Tangkhul Naga community dressed in their traditional attires marked their presence at the festival. One of the major attractions of the festival was the performance of the 'seed sowing dance' by young girls.
- Holy men celebrate festival of Holi with ash in Varanasi
Varanasi, Mar.3 (ANI): Holy men smeared ash on each other and played the festival of Holi at a cremation ground in the temple town of Varanasi on Monday. Revelling in the age-old tradition, Hindu devotees, priests and tourists gathered at a cremation ground and threw ash on each other, which was gathered by the burning of logs of wood. Holy men consumed a drink made of cannabis and rubbed their bodies with ash.
- Sikh community condemns racial attack on America Sikh boy
Amritsar/New Delhi, Mar.3 (ANI): Sikhs in Amritsar and New Delhi today condemned the racial attack on a Sikh boy in the U.S. state of Georgia. A video of a Sikh boy being called a "terrorist" by a group of school children has gone viral on the internet. Slamming the attack, chief Sikh priest, Gurbachan Singh, said that they were being targeted in the United States because of mistaken identity. "We have warned the Sikh community living in US to beware of the continuous attacks.
- Nirbhaya rape convict's statement: 'Will raise this matter …
New Delhi, Mar. 3 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirron Kher on Tuesday expressed her disappointment over the statements made by one of the men convicted in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case and added that she would raise the matter in Parliament. "I am going to raise this matter in the Parliament, I didn't get a chance today but I will talk to Speaker and raise it in the house," Kirron told ANI. While speaking to BBC Four from his cell in an interview that appears in India's Daughter, a BBC Storyville documentary, Mukesh Singh, one of the five accused convicted of raping and murdering Nirbhaya, said that a girl is "far more responsible for rape" than a boy. Singh added that executing him and the other convicts in the case will further endanger rape victims as now, when girls are raped, they will not leave the victim but will kill her.
- CRPF personnel practice yoga to reduce stress in Srinagar
Srinagar, Mar.3 (ANI): personnel of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been practicing yoga here to to reduce stress and boost endurance levels. Security personnel undergo extreme mental and physical stress while performing their duty in insurgency-hit valley. As per reports, in the past, many personnel in Kashmir or other militancy-hit areas have taken extreme steps of committing suicide under stress and depression. In a bid to boost morale and calm their minds, yoga has been introduced in the valley.
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