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DDCA row: Kirti Azad refuses to take Arun Jaitley’s name, lets down cheerleaders

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Kirti Azad

Will he, won’t he? The entire media, including social media, was abuzz with speculations on Sunday whether Kirti Azad would actually name Union finance minister Arun Jaitley in the alleged DDCA corruption, thereby providing opposition parties with enough ammunition to bring the House down in the remaining days of Winter session. But the former India all-rounder, who was part of 1983 World Cup winning team, came and played the way he was famous for: ‘Straight bat but with long handle’. He refused to join issues with Jaitley, who had referred to him as a “Trojan horse, which every party will be having”.Jaitley, who had referred to him as a “Trojan horse, which every party will be having”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Jaitley, on his part, bowled a googly at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for making “false and defamatory” statements against him on the issue, saying criminal and civil defamation cases will be filed against him and five other AAP leaders in Delhi courts on Monday. Azad, at the news conference, produced video clips prepared by ‘Wikileaks 4 India’ of all those fake companies which were given crores of rupees by Delhi & District Cricket Association during and after the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium renovation between 2002-08. The sting operation not only showed how 14 companies which got contracts from the DDCA were registered on fake addresses around Delhi, but also proved dna’s several stories right by showing how nearly over 20 crores were embezzled by current DDCA management by opening fraud companies. Azad kept maintaining that “his fight is not against any individual but the corrupt DDCA system.” The video clip showed Jaitley defending his DDCA colleagues during the December 2012 Annual General Meeting. Azad and Sameer Bahadur (NCT cricket secretary) were seen complaining about the DDCA auditor and several officials, to which Jaitley retorted: “if you become the complaint filing authority and file cases against my colleagues, I’m duty bound to defend them”. Bahadur was then seen walking up to Jaitley on the dais and telling him that “his two letters to the Delhi Police were unethical in the light of their misdeeds to which Jaitley was seen stating that “he was aware of the two letters and that he had done the right thing by defending them”. Azad also dismissed Jaitley’s allegations that he had met Congress president Sonia Gandhi during the UPA rule and this triggered the investigation against DDCA. “The allegations are all baseless. My father was one of the youngest members of the Parliament in 1952. I have known Sonia ji since I was a little kid. Whosoever is putting it on me must have contacts with various other parties. If I was going there and trying to get somebody fixed, then how come my brother who had to become a DIB got fixed and superseded during the UPA rule? Facts should be checked in this regard,” Azad clarified. Sehwag, Gambhir bat for Jaitley Sunday started on an unusual note. While the cricketing world was waiting for Azad’s presser, some of the former India players came out in open defending the former DDCA president. Former India opener Gautam Gambhir was the first one to say that “a lot of good things have happened in DDCA when Mr Jaitley was its president. An international kind of stadium was built, if you see what sort of stadium Kotla was and what it is now, all these things happened only when Jaitley was president.”It is important to mention here that this is the same Delhi Ranji team skipper who refused to play at Kotla ground several times in recent times and also had scuffle with corrupt DDCA’s officials and selectors “for not giving him team of his choice”. More surprising was the move by recently retired swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag who took up to the social media to laud Jaitley’s tenure. “In my time with DDCA if I ever came to know of any surprising selection of a player, all I needed to do was to inform Jaitley,” Sehwag tweeted. Well, it was Sehwag only who called a news conference in DDCA in 2009 to complain about various wrongdoings and wrong selections. More so, it was not long ago that he switched loyalties to Haryana from Delhi after apparently being ‘disgusted with DDCA’. Former India batsman Yashpal Sharma’s tweet favouring Jaitley, somehow, was the most reasonable because “despite never having played for Delhi in his career”, an outsider Yashpal was apparently hand-picked by then DDCA president as first Delhi chief selector before promoting him to senior India selection panel. Meanwhile, an AAP leader told dna that the Delhi government “will set up an enquiry commission to probe role of Jaitley” for all the irregularities during his DDCA tenure.

Sheena Bora wanted to stop pretending as Indrani’s sister: Rahul Mukerjea

In a statement recorded last month, Rahul, the son of former media baron and Sheena’s step-father Peter Mukerjea who is also an accused in the case, said that Indrani constantly kept changing her story about Sheena’s “disappearance” after her murder.
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Sheena Bora wanted to stop pretending as sister of the key accused and her mother, Indrani Mukerjea before her murder in 2012, her fiance Rahul Mukerjea has said in his statement before magistrate. Indrani had introduced Sheena, her daughter from an earlier marriage, in Mumbai social circles as her younger sister.In a statement recorded last month, Rahul, the son of former media baron and Sheena’s step-father Peter Mukerjea who is also an accused in the case, said that Indrani constantly kept changing her story about Sheena’s “disappearance” after her murder. The copy of the statement was made available to defence advocates on Thursday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Sheena said she felt that Vidhie (daughter of Indrani and her former husband Sanjeev Khanna) was being treated as her daughter, which she found very unfair,” Rahul said.Rahul, who used to stay with Sheena in a rented flat, also stated that in March 2009, just before Indrani and her colleague visited his flat at Khar in Mumbai, Peter had told him that Indrani was coming to his place and that she wanted to separate them. “Later Indrani came and took Sheena away,” he said.Two months later, Sheena contacted him and said that she was in Bangalore, he said.”Sheena communicated to me that she was in Bangalore and was not willing to stay with her former boyfriend Kaustubh Saikia, as he was trying to re-establish his relationship with her, to which she was not agreeing to,” Rahul said.”One day Kaustubh even hit a beer bottle on Sheena’s leg,” he said.According to Rahul, Sheena had told him that from the joint bank account (of Indrani and Sheena) Rs 15,000 had been withdrawn (which Sheena had not) and her mobile had also been disconnected.”In 2012, Sheena wanted to complete her further studies and was in need of funds and hence she resumed communications with Indrani,” he said.On April 24, 2012, (the day of her murder) Sheena had met Indrani, after he dropped her in suburban Bandra. However, when he tried to contact her again, Indrani sent text messages from Sheena’s mobile saying that she (Sheena) had met somebody else and also sought two months time to contact him (Rahul) again.Rahul said that after he went to Peter’s residence in Worli in south Mumbai and did not find Sheena there, he approached the police.”Police told me that if Sheena had gone with her mother, she would soon return. They also asked me not to worry and also that we were not yet married,” Rahul said. He also said that Indrani kept changing her story (about Sheena) constantly.Rahul said that he also met former Inspector General of Police Paramvir Singh and Sheena’s superior in Mumbai metro Shubhodoy Mukherjee, who advised him to file a missing person’s report. He said that police were unwilling to take the missing person’s complaint.Sheena (24) was allegedly strangled in a car and then her body burnt and dumped in a forest in Raigad, about 84 kms from Mumbai. Indrani (43), her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her ex-driver Shyamvar Rai have been charge sheeted in the case. Peter, 59 was arrested on November 19 for his alleged role in the murder case.

My daughter’s name was Jyoti Singh, declares Nirbhaya’s mother

“We stand for child rights, but it is our right to know whether he has reformed or not,”said Dr Ranjana Kumari, activist and Director, CSR, to dna. She added, “we are against capital punishment and their should be a debate on it. However, one has to go by the law of the land, and according to that, we want the highest punishment for all accused.”

Nirbhaya’s parents Badrinath Singh and Asha Devi

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At a highly charged remembrance meeting for ‘Nirbhaya’ on the third anniversary of the December 16 gangrape, the mother of the victim asked that justice be done for her daughter, and that all accused, including the former juvenile be hanged. Asha Devi also publicly declared Nirbhaya’s name –Jyoti Singh –saying she was “not ashamed to name her”.Organised by a group of citizens calling themselves Justice Seekers, with the involvement of gender rights group Centre for Social Research (CSR), the demonstration brought together many public and political figures to commemorate Jyoti. In a palpably angry atmosphere, most of these big names repeated that justice had not been done, not to Nirbhaya nor to other women attacked and assaulted. The feeling seemed exacerbated by the fact the juvenile accused, now a 21 year old man is set to walk free after three years in a juvenile home.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We stand for child rights, but it is our right to know whether he has reformed or not,”said Dr Ranjana Kumari, activist and Director, CSR, to dna. She added, “we are against capital punishment and their should be a debate on it. However, one has to go by the law of the land, and according to that, we want the highest punishment for all accused.”Former police officer Kiran Bedi, Congresswomen Kiran Walia and Sharmishta Mukherjee, Delhi Commission for Women Swati Maliwal, among others spoke out against the rates of crimes against women and the fact that nothing seemed to have changed in Delhi all these years. Mukherjee called for gender sensitisation at all levels, at home, in schools and offices, Walia pushed for closer monitoring of trials so that delays can be countered.Maliwal brought up cases of minor girls being gangraped as examples of the increasing crime rates, and her own investigations into delhi police data –only 9 accused were convicted in sexual assault cases in 2014 out of 11000 FIRs registered, and in Delhi’s only forensic lab, 1500 samples had gone bad potentially damaging many cases that could be on crimes against women.However, Maliwal was interrupted in her speech by Kumari; it seemed the latter, and other organisers, feared that Maliwal was being too confrontational against other parties.Jyoti’s mother too asked that rape not be politicised, instead her demands be met. All accused be hanged, all cases of sexual assault be fast tracked from the apex court to the lower court and the Nirbhaya fund be used to build more forensic laboratories in Delhi and other states. Kumari added another demand, that Jyoti’s parents be given protection. In the ongoing Parliament session, in Lok sabha, BJP Member of Parliament Hema Malini pronounced her sentence on the juvenile, saying his mind was “devilish”. She asked that he be treated as an adult for his crime as, according to her, he did more harm to Nirbhaya. This fact, though previously reported in the media, has been disputed by women’s groups and child rights’ activists based on the Juvenile Justice Boards’ observations.

Would like to see how far foolish govt will go in harassing Karti, says P Chidambaram

The son of the former finance minister also said that he was informed that investigation was on for three firms.
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Karti Chidambaram, the son of former finance minister P Chidambaram, on Wednesday said that neither he nor any of his family members were shareholders or directors of any of the firms raided by the central agencies.”Some officers of the investigating agencies visited my offices today. I made it clear to the investigating officers what I had publicly stated earlier. Neither I nor any member of my family is a share holder or director of any of the said firm. We do not have any economic interest in the said firms,” Karti said.P Chidambaram in a statement said that the Government must target him directly, if they wish to do so. He also said that the government must not ‘harass friends of my son who carry on their own businesses and have nothing to do with politics.’ <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also said, “Nothing was found in the ‘fishing and roving enquiry’. I would like to see how far a foolish government will go in harassing Karti. I still believe that the departments I left behind have many officers who will act according to law and their conscience.”The son of the former finance minister also said that he was informed that investigation was on for three firms.”Two of the firms belong to my friends. They are owned by professionals and managed by a competent board of directors, I am not aware of the third firm,” he said”I have no doubt that the two firms belonging to my friends will answer any question put to them and clear any allegation made against them,” he added.Karti also pointed out that nothing related to the said firms was found and taken from his office.”As far as I am concerned, I maintain that there was and is no basis for them (investigating agencies), to have visited or to make any enquiries in my office,” he added.A joint team of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Income Tax (IT) department had searched the premises of companies allegedly connected to Karti Chidambaram. Former finance minister P. Chidambaram had earlier told ANI in an interview there was no wrongdoing in the said firms.”I don’t know what they (ED) did. They searched two firms and they leaked out to the media that these firms were linked to my son. I flatly denied it and I was furious. That evening, they put out a statement saying that no politician or any member of his family is a shareholder or a director in these two firms. The matter has ended there,” Chidambram told ANI.

Former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh hospitalised

Singh, 59, was rushed to Fortis hospital after he felt uneasy. “He complained of pain. Doctors are ascertaining the reasons behind his health condition,” an aide said.

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Former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh was on Monday admitted to a private hospital in New Delhi after he complained of uneasiness.Singh, 59, was rushed to Fortis hospital after he felt uneasy. “He complained of pain. Doctors are ascertaining the reasons behind his health condition,” an aide said. The former Rajya Sabha MP had been facing health related issues for the past seven years and had undergone a kidney transplant.There has been talk of Amar Singh’s return to the Samajwadi Party which had expelled him in 2010 following differences with the leadership. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Former RJD MP Shahabuddin sentenced to life imprisonment in double murder case

Former RJD MP Md. Shahabuddin was on Friday sentenced to life imprisonment by a special court in connection with the murder case of two brothers 11 years ago in Siwan district of Bihar.

Former RJD MP Md. Shahabuddin was on Friday sentenced to life imprisonment by a special court in connection with the murder case of two brothers 11 years ago in Siwan district of Bihar.Shahabuddin and three other accused were held guilty by the court on Wednesday.According to the prosecution, three sons of one Chandrashekhar Prasad were abducted from their house at Goshala road by Rajkumar Sah, Sheikh Aslam and Arif Hussain on August 16, 2004 and taken to Pratappur village where acid was poured on Girish and Satish resulting in their death.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of the sons, Rajeev Raushan, managed to escape.The bodies of the two brothers could not be recovered.The victims’ mother Kalawati Devi had lodged an FIR charging Shahabuddin’s three henchmen with the murder of her sons.The former RJD MP’s name had cropped up during probe and he too was made an accused for hatching conspiracy for kidnapping of the three siblings.The lone surviving brother appeared before the judge as an eyewitness in the case, but was subsequently murdered by unidentified assailants on June 16 last year.Shahabuddin is lodged in the Siwan central jail for the past several years in connection with several cases against him.(With PTI inputs)

TN floods: Former Congress union minister V Narayanasamy holds slippers for Rahul Gandhi?

“We don’t have such a culture (of sycophancy) in the Congress. Rahul carried his shoes throughout and he didn’t even let his security personnel carry them for him,” Narayanasamy said.

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Former Union Minister V Narayanasamy held slippers for Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as the latter visited flood-affected Puducherry on Tuesday, reports NDTV.V Narayansamy, Congress lawmaker and once a Minister of State (MoS) in the Manmohan Singh PMO, was seen in a video holding the slippers while the Congress vice president removed his shoes to walk in a flooded area, and then placing them down for him to wear. Rahul Gandhi was seen putting them on without much surprise.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Narayansamy defended himself after the incident came to light. “As a courtesy I offered my chappals as Mr Rahul Gandhi removed his shoes to walk barefoot in the water,” he claimed. He added that there was no ‘culture of sycophancy’ in the Congress, ironically going on to praise Rahul Gandhi.”We don’t have such a culture in the Congress. Rahul carried his shoes throughout and he didn’t even let his security personnel carry them for him,” Narayanasamy said.

Former RAW chief AS Dulat slams PM Modi, says Vajpayee, Manmohan Singh handled Kashmir issue better

Dulat agreed with Farooq Abdullah, who said that the only way forward on the Kashmir issue was a dialogue with Pakistan.

AS Dulat (left) and PM Narendra Modi (right)

Former RAW chief AS Dulat has slammed PM Narendra Modi, saying he has learnt no lessons from former PM AB Vajpayee’s handling of the Kashmir issue.In an interview to an English daily, Amarjit Singh Dulat felt that Modi’s policy of ‘not engaging’ in a dialogue with Pakistan was wrong. he asserted that continuous dialogue was essential, as was done during Vajpayee’s tenure. “It’s a pity that Modi failed to learn it from Vajpayee,” said Dulat referring to Kashmir diplomacy.On the other hand, Dulat, who served as the head of RAW from 1999 to 2000, praised Vajpayee, saying he was the first PM who understood the issue of Jammu and Kashmir after Jawaharlal Nehru.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related Read: Failure of NSA-level talks may help Pakistan creep back into Kashmir: Former RAW chief AS Dulat​”Vajpayee was a leader and a politician and Modi should learn politics and it is the differentiating issue between the two. Modi in my humble opinion has to learn politics and it is pity he did not learn it from Vajpayee who is the greatest Indian politician,” Dulat told the news daily.But Dulat went a step further. Controversially, he also asserted that even former PM Manmohan Singh was a better leader than Narendra Modi, because Singh made ‘every effort’ when it came to resolving the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.Dulat felt Modi should attend the upcoming SAARC meeting in Islamabad scheduled for early 2016. Related Read: Vajpayee called Gujarat riots ‘our mistake’, reveals former R&AW Chief AS DulatDulat agreed with Farooq Abdullah, who said that the only way forward on the Kashmir issue was a dialogue with Pakistan. He had said that the entire Indian army could not overcome terrorism in Kashmir, and hence dialogue was the only solution. Dulat also said that he shared the views of former home minister P Chidambaram and former J&K CM Omar Abdullah that the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) should be repealed in Srinagar and Budgam.Dulat, who is a member of the National Security Advisory Board, said that the dreaded terrorist group Islamic State (IS) has no real influence in Kashmir, and people have understood that ISI is just using Kashmiris to their advantage. “Kashmiris harbour a sense of alienation, frustration and anger. One should not misread the waving of Pak and ISIS flags during protests,” he said. Dulat asserted that Kashmiris only want peace. He was speaking on the sidelines of a public discourse on his book, ‘Kashmir, The Vajpayee Years’.

Ban liquor in Rajasthan, demands former CM Ashok Gehlot

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Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday demanded that liquor be banned in the state.”Six states, including Gujarat, Kerala, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Bihar, have already banned the liquor, the BJP government should consider banning it in Rajasthan,” Gehlot said in a statement here. Referring to former MLA Gurucharan Singh Chhabra who died while on hunger strike to demand ban on liquor, Gehlot said his daughter-in-law Pooja Chhabra recently ended her 8-day-old fast after a written agreement with the BJP government.Till the state government takes any decision on banning liquor, the excise department should ensure that liquor is not sold without license to consumers at public places and at private functions, and illicit liquor is not made anywhere in the state, Gehlot said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Congress distances itself from Chidambaram’s remarks about Salman Rushdie’s book

Chidambaram had on Saturday said the decision of the Rajiv Gandhi government to ban Rushdie’s book ‘The Satanic Verses’ was wrong.

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Congress on Monday distanced itself from former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s statement that the banning of Salman Rushdie’s controversial novel ‘The Satanic Verses’ by the Rajiv Gandhi government was wrong.Describing Chidambaram’ remark as his personal view, senior Congress leader Kamal Nath on Monday said, “No question of a single person puncturing party’s stand. Congress’ stand is clear. Today what the country is confronted with is an assault on harmony,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”That is Chidambaram’s own view,” the former Parliamentary Affairs Minister said while replying to a query.Chidambaram had on Saturday said the decision of the Rajiv Gandhi government to ban Rushdie’s book ‘The Satanic Verses’ was wrong.”I have no hesitation in saying that the ban on Salman Rushdie’s book was wrong,” Chidambaram had said at the Times LitFest in New Delhi.

Omar Abdullah defends father Farooq, says Indo-Pak must engage in dialogue

Omar Abdullah said that the current situation (between India and Pakistan) was such that the two countries were not even ready to play a cricket match against each other.

Omar Abdullah said his party was in favour of dialogue, however, the current situation was not conducive for the process.
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Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday came out in defence of his father Farooq Abdullah, who had sparked a row by saying that all the army of the country cannot defend the people against militants.”My father has said the right thing. One can use weapons to a certain extent only, after that the political dialogue will have to take the process forward,” Omar told reporters on the sidelines of a party function in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.”We agree that there has been immense contribution of security forces in Kashmir but if there has to be a solution for this problem then you will have to replace force with political dialogue,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Omar said his party was in favour of dialogue, however, the current situation was not conducive for the process.”We want talks to take place. We have always been in favour of finding solutions through dialogues. But the truth is that the relation between the two countries is so stressed that it is difficult to decide the level of the talks and where,” Omar said.He said that the current situation (between India and Pakistan) was such that the two countries were not even ready to play a cricket match against each other.”Even if there is a dialogue on playing a match it is being held in a third country altogether. In such a situation, the atmosphere of a dialogue doesn’t seem to be right,” he said.While advocating a meeting between the heads of the two countries, Omar said, “We want that the heads of the two countries must meet either in New Delhi or Islamabad and ease the tension and create an atmosphere of dialogue,” he said.Speaking at a seminar organised by members of civil society on Saturday, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah had said, “How much can the army defend us even if the entire army of India came to our rescue, they cannot defend us against terrorists or militants. The only way left is to hold dialogue and find a solution.”

Sheena Bora murder case: Peter Mukerjea undergoes lie-detector test

New Delhi: Former media baron Peter Mukerjea underwent a lie-detector test on staurday in connection with the three-year old sensational murder of his step daughter Sheena Bora.

CBI sources said several questions about the crime, his conversations with his wife Indrani Mukerjea and his own statements were put to him during the test by CBI officials at the Central Forensic Science Laboratory.

They said there were some questions where there were indications of “deception”.

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The agency has received the nod from a special court here to subject Peter to polygraph tests.

The agency will have to produce Peter before a special court in Mumbai on Monday which has given it his custody.

CBI has subjected Mukerjea to intense questioning since 19 November when he was taken into custody which ranged from alleged siphoning off funds from the media house founded by him and Indrani, overseas account of Sheena Bora, relations between family members, missing details of Sheena and his conversations with his son Rahul.

The sources claimed that on many accounts his answers were purportedly not convincing and changing which prompted CBI to put him to polygraph test.

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Sheena Bora murder case: CBI gets permission to conduct lie detection test on Peter Mukerjea

Former media baron Peter Mukerjea, who was taken to New Delhi for two days for questioning by senior CBI officials and experts on the financial trail in the Sheena Bora murder case

CBI gets permission from special court here to conduct lie detection test on former media baron Peter Mukerjea in connection with Sheena Bora murder case.Former media baron Peter Mukerjea, who was taken to New Delhi for two days for questioning by senior CBI officials and experts on the financial trail in the Sheena Bora murder case, was brought to Mumbai yesterday as his CBI custody ends today. He was produced in a magistrate court later today where the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to seek his custody to further question him in connection with the sensational murder case. Peter, husband of Indrani Mukerjea, was arrested on November 19 and granted CBI custody till today by a special court in Mumbai.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sheena (24) was Indrani’s daughter from an earlier marriage who was allegedly killed by her mother, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her former driver Shyamvar Rai in April 2012.Earlier, Peter was evasive during his interrogation by CBI team in New Delhi which grilled him for several hours after he was shifted from Mumbai in connection with the case. The CBI has claimed financial transaction as the motive behind Sheena’s murder and that Peter during his interrogation disclosed investments of crores of rupees made by him and Indrani.The central agency has also claimed that it has come across some important information and documents which are very crucial for the purpose of investigation with regard to the case.With agency inputs

No Regrets: Mani Shankar Aiyar defends his anti-Modi statements in Pakistan

Aiyar said he had no reason to regret his remarks on Modi. “I gave a straight anwser to a straight question. I regret nothing,” he told a TV channel. He said the panel discussion in Pakistan was recorded on November 6.

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Aiyar’s remarks on Pak channel stoke controversy New Delhi, Nov 17(PTI) Former Union minister and Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar stoked a fresh controversy by reportedly saying, during a panel discussion on a Pakistani news channel, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to be removed if talks between the two nations have to resume. The Congress leader’s comments evoked sharp response from BJP and RJD, with the saffron outfit saying Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi should react to this and let the country know their stand on the issue.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress, however, said BJP’s charges were “absolute nonsense” and that Aiyar communicated to the party that he had not said any such thing. When the anchor of Duniya TV asked what is to be done to end the stalemate in the relations between the two nations, Aiyar responded, “The first and the foremost thing is to remove Modi. Only then can the talks move forward. We have to wait for four more years. They (panelists) are all optimist and that we can move forward when Modi sahab is there, but I don’t think so.” He further said, “Bring us (the Congress) back to power and remove them. There is no other way (to better the relations). We will remove them, but till then you (Pakistan) have to wait.” When asked for his reaction to the issue, Congress leader Tom Vaddakan said, “This is absolute nonsense. I have a letter with me written by Mr Aiyar in which he categorically denies saying anything like that. So there is no question of distancing from it.”Aiyar tonight said he had no reason to regret his remarks on Modi. “I gave a straight anwser to a straight question. I regret nothing,” he told a TV channel. He said the panel discussion in Pakistan was recorded on November 6. The BJP termed it as “extremely serious, worrisome and completely incorrect.” “What is even more worrisome is that two senior Congress leaders, first Salman Khurshid, who is the former External Affairs Minister, and now Mani Shankar Aiyar, within a week’s span have given such a statement in a nation which is clearly anti-India and has even perpetrated terror in India. “Sonia and Rahul Gandhi should react to this and let the country know its stand on the issue,” BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said.Attacking Aiyar for the statement, RJD’s Manoj Jha said even somebody with “minimum sanity” will condemn this statement. “Even a kindergarten student will not issue such a statement,” he said. Aiyar had last week created a controversy with his remarks in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. Reacting to the attacks in Paris on Friday killing 129 people, Aiyar had said that “the anti-Islam phobia that is being carried out in the western countries should be stopped immediately. The Muslims living in France should be provided with the assurance that they are also citizens of the country.” In addition to expressing remorse, Aiyar said, “we should also think that why this situation has raised?”

Former Congress MP, family held for death of daughter-in-law, grandsons

Warangal: Former Congress MP Sircilla Rajaiah, his wife and son were arrested tonight following their sustained grilling by police in connection with the death of his daughter-in-law and three grandsons at his residence in Warangal on Wednesday.

“Rajaiah, his wife and son have been arrested and produced at the residence of a magistrate,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (Hanamkonda Sub-Division) Shoban Kumar told PTI.

The charred bodies of S Sarika and her three children Abhinav (7), and twins Ayaan and Shriyaan (3) were recovered on Thursday from the house of the former MP at Hanamkonda.

Following a complaint by parents of S Sarika, the deceased daughter-in-law of Rajaiah, a case was registered against the former parliamentarian, his wife Madhavi and son Anil Kumar at Subedari police station under sections 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 306 (abetment to suicide) of IPC, and under section 174 (suspicious death) of CrPC for the death of three boys.

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The trio who were taken away by police from their house for questionning last evening were quizzed again today and were arrested based on the evidence gathered by police.

The ACP said the doctors conducted postmortem of S Sarika and Abhinav and Ayaan and Shriyaan (3) at a government hospital on Thursday.

“The report has not been given yet and the FSL report is also awaited,” the senior police officer said.

The bodies were subsequently handed over to Sarika’s mother Lalitha and other family members who performed the last rites.

Warangal City Police Commissioner G Sudheer Babu had said that Rajaiah, Madhavi and Anil Kumar were among those present inside their house when the incident happened on the first floor of the two-storey building.

Meanwhile, a forensic expert Dr Naga Mohan, who conducted the postmortem along with other doctors, said the side bones of Sarika and the legs of Abhinav and Ayaan were found broken.

“Thick particles of smoke were found in the chests of the dead persons,” he said, adding that as the bodies were totally charred the viscera and other parts were sent to FSL for further assessment. Meanwhile, Sarika’s mother and sister today reiterated their charge that Sarika’s in-laws were responsible for death of their daughter and grandsons and that it was “intentionally” done by the former MP and his family.

Sarika and Anil, both classmates had fallen in love during their engineering degree course, and got married in 2002.

Sarika, who quit her job as a software engineer in a multinational company, had earlier alleged that her husband was having an extra-marital affair, and had even staged a sit-in protest outside Rajaiah’s house.

In April 2014, a criminal case had been filed against Rajaiah, Madhavi, Anil Kumar and another woman at the Begumpet women’s police station here following a complaint lodged by Sarika, alleging that her husband and in-laws were harassing her.

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ISRO releases book on Indian Space Programme

It said the meet deliberated on the mission challenges during the past one year of spacecraft operations around Mars and also on the data received from the five payloads of the spacecraft.

ISRO had released the Mars Atlas to mark the feat of the Orbiter whose life is now expected to last many more years.

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Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday released a book on Indian Space Programme “From Fishing Hamlet to Red Planet” to commemorate second anniversary of Mars Orbiter Spacecraft launch. On the second anniversary of the launch of the spacecraft, a technical meet was organised today at Mission Operations Complex, the location of Spacecraft Control Centre in the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), Bangalore, ISRO said in a release.It said the meet deliberated on the mission challenges during the past one year of spacecraft operations around Mars and also on the data received from the five payloads of the spacecraft. ISRO had launched the Mars Orbiter Mission’s spacecraft on its nine-month long odyssey on a homegrown PSLV rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 5, 2013. Mars Orbiter Spacecraft has successfully completed one year in orbit around Mars on September 24, 2015. ISRO had released the Mars Atlas to mark the feat of the Orbiter whose life is now expected to last many more years.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ISRO said on the occasion of the second anniversary of the launch of Mars Orbiter Spacecraft, a book “From Fishing Hamlet to Red Planet” was released by Prof U R Rao, Chairman, PRL Council and Former Chairman, ISRO, in the presence of A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO, Dr K Radhakrishnan, Former Chairman, ISRO and many distinguished dignitaries of ISRO. This comprehensive compendium traces the evolution of India’s satellite, launch vehicle and application programmes from a historical perspective, it added.Chief Editor of the book is P V Manoranjan Rao, and its Associate Editors are BN Suresh and V P Balagangadharan, all retired ISRO Scientists. Speaking on the occasion, Kiran Kumar said the book places on record the innovative approach adopted by ISRO right from the beginning to develop space technologies for national development. He also stressed the need for ISRO to shoulder new responsibilities in the contemporary times. ISRO said during its journey around Mars, the spacecraft has sent hundreds of Mars images including numerous full disc images of Mars, because of the unique elliptical orbit in which it was placed; and data sent by other four payloads (scientific instruments) of the spacecraft is being systematically analysed. It said Mars Orbiter Spacecraft is now circling the Red Planet in an orbit with a periareion (nearest point to Mars) of 311 km and an apoareion (farthest point to Mars) of 71,311 km, and the spacecraft health is normal. European Space Agency (ESA) of European consortium, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the US and Roscosmos of Russia are the only three other agencies which had so far sent their missions to Mars. Only 21 of the total of 51 missions sent to Mars by various countries have been successful before MOM. The Mars mission of the ISRO is aimed at establishing the country’s capability to reach the red planet and focus on looking for the presence of methane, an indicator of life in Mars. The life of the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft which now ISRO says can last “many years” was earlier intended for only six months, and later extended for another six months in March this year. The Rs 450-crore Mangalyaan is the cheapest inter-planetary mission that, at just USD 74 million, costs less than the estimated USD 100 million budget of the sci-fi blockbuster “Gravity” and a tenth of NASA’s Mars mission Maven that entered the Martian orbit couple of days before MOM.

Man throws slipper at former NSA MK Narayanan in Chennai

Chennai: Former National Security Adviser MK Narayanan was on Wednesday attacked with a slipper by a suspected pro-Tamil activist at a programme in Chennai.

According to police and eyewitnesses, the accused, identified as Prabhakaran (35), hurled the footwear at the former West Bengal Governor at a programme here to discuss about the problems of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees.

MK Narayanan. AFPMK Narayanan. AFP

MK Narayanan. AFP

Narayanan did not suffer any injuries and laughed off the incident, sources said.

Prabhakaran was immediately detained by police and taken for interrogation.

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Former National Security Adviser MK Narayanan attacked with a slipper at a Chennai function

Narayanan did not suffer any injuries and laughed off the incident.
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Former National Security Adviser M K Narayanan was attacked on Wednesday with a slipper by a suspected pro-Tamil activist at a programme in Chennai.According to police and eyewitnesses, the accused, identified as Prabhakaran (35), hurled the footwear at the former West Bengal Governor at a programme here to discuss about the problems of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees. Narayanan did not suffer any injuries and laughed off the incident, sources said.Prabhakaran was immediately detained by police and taken for interrogation.

Modi keeping silent on Dadri lynching just to win Bihar elections: Arun Shourie

New Delhi: Former Union Minister Arun Shourie on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of deliberately maintaining silence on incidents like Dadri lynching while his ministerial and party colleagues kept the issue “alive” merely to win Bihar elections.

He also agreed with the suggestion that Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah were pitting one community against another in Bihar and cited a Pakistani analyst to say that while the neighbouring country was trying to get out of the pit, India was slowly going down its way.

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Arun Shourie. AFP

The former BJP insider attacked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s defence of Modi that he was the worst victim of intolerance since 2002, saying this was the worst defence he had heard and Modi “in his mind will get the fullest justification for being vengeful”.

Coming out in support of writers, authors and artistes returning their awards against the “climate of intolerance”, he told Karan Thapar on India Today channel that they are “conscience-keepers” of the country and their motives cannot be questioned.

Praising scientists like PM Bhargava and Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy, who have expressed concern over these incidents, Shourie questioned how these people can be called rabid, a term used by Jaitley.

These people have contributed immensely to the country and those who attacked them have not read a book in the last 20 years. “Those who cannot write two paragraphs are sitting in judgement over writers.”

Rejecting BJP leaders’ oft-repeated statements that the Prime Minister cannot be expected to speak on any and every issue, Shourie said he was exactly doing that and not speaking on issues he should.

“Prime Minister is not a section officer of the homoeopathy department. He is not head of a department. He is the Prime Minister. He has to show the country the moral path. He has to set moral standards,” he said.

Shourie referred to Modi’s tweets on issues like Union Minister Mahesh Sharma’s birthday soon after Dadri lynching, James Cameron’s birthday, the stampede in Mecca and the blast in Ankara.

“But he kept silent on the Dadri incident and incidents like killing of two Dalit children (in Haryana). He is keeping silent while his party colleagues and ministers are keeping the issue alive,” he said, asserting that Modi’s silence was more deliberate than ignoring them.

Asked if Modi’s silence was political, he said “I think so”. “You can’t have it both ways. You are a very strong leader but cannot control your members.”

Referring to Sharma’s controversial comments on former President Abdul Kalam being a nationalist despite being a Muslim, he said allotting him the house in which Kalam lived was like “spitting in the face of people”. “This is really symbolic.”

To a question, he said it was all intended to win Bihar elections at any cost.

Modi does not realise the consequences of his silence and this fire will not only burn him but the whole country, he said, adding these issues will strain the social fabric of the country.

With his speeches in Bihar in which he accused grand alliance leaders of plotting to steal the quota for OBCs, SCs and STs and hand it over to Muslims, Modi had lowered himself to the level of Lalu Prasad while Nitish Kumar looked like a statesman, Shourie said.

He also rejected Shah’s statement that crackers will be burst in Pakistan if BJP loses in Bihar and said in fact things were different now. In this context he quoted a Pakistani analyst to say crackers were already being burst there as Modi was the best thing to have happened to it.

Referring to the killing of a Kashmiri truck driver in the Jammu region on suspicion of cow smuggling, Shourie said unnecessarily such incidents gave a handle to secessionists.

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Pervez Musharraf’s confession on Pakistan terror groups: Truth finally out, say Indian political parties

Both BJP and Congress were together in attacking Pakistan for aiding terrorists against India after Musharraf’s statement

Pervez Musharraf

Political parties and security experts today reacted sharply to former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf acknowledging that his country supported and trained terror groups like LeT saying the truth is finally out and demanded that wanted terrorists be handed over to India.Both BJP and Congress were together in attacking Pakistan for aiding terrorists against India after Musharraf’s statement. Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, “For a change he spoke the truth… If they at all are really interested in fighting terror, sometimes they should also raise voice… They should really make these people available to India because they have committed heinous crimes here.” He said now that Musharraf himself has made very clear that they have given support to Dawood Ibrahim and given shelter earlier, “Pakistan understands responsibility and should hand over Dawood and other people who all are required in India.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Security Adviser Ajit Doval took a dig at Musharraf’s statement saying, “Jaise hero honge, waise hi log honge” (people will always be like their heroes). When asked about it, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit did not respond and merely said, “I will talk about these issues later.” Former Army chief V P Malik said the truth has come out now that how Musharraf was trying to deceive people both within and outside his country.Army’s retired Maj Gen G D Bakshi said there is official sanction to whatever the former Pakistan President has said and termed his statement as a “bland admission that Pakistan raised and trained the Taliban”. BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said Pakistan has been exposed after the revelations and the party’s stand towards Pakistan also stood vindicated that it has established terror factories against India. Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said after Musharraf’s statement on Osama bin Laden and terror outfits, it is clear that Pakistan is the home of terrorism.In a recent media interview, Musharraf acknowledged Pakistan supported and trained terror groups like LeT in 1990s for fanning militancy in Kashmir. The 72-year-old former military ruler also asserted that terror leaders like Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri were Pakistan’s “heroes” but later became “villains”. Reacting to the remarks, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “Musharraf’s statement admitting support to terrorist groups is a ‘confession of protectors and promoters of terrorism’,” adding it has once again exposed the real face of Pakistan.Congress leader Manish Tiwari said there is bitterness on both India and Pakistan due to Partition in which millions lost their lives. “There is a very deep and divisive hate-Pakistan sentiment in India and a hate-India sentiment in Pakistan and there are people on both sides of the divide who make capital out of it,” he said.BJP leader Sharma said India is capable of responding to Pakistan in the language it understands and asserted that anti-India activities from Pakistan will not be tolerated for long. “Pakistan stands exposed and BJP’s stand towards Pakistan stands vindicated. We always knew that Pakistan has established terror factories against India and Musharraf’s statement should be an eye-opener for the international community,” he said.Bakshi termed Musharraf’s remarks as “not the rantings of some private individual but those of a former head of state and of a former head of Pakistan Army which actually calls the shots in Pakistan which de facto runs the state of Pakistan”.According to Malik, “This truth had to come out sooner or later. It has come out and there are more people also speaking about it. But it has come out at a time when Musharraf’s own credibility is also now getting known to people. How he was able to lie not only within this own country, but outside also and how he has been trying to deceive people?”

Chhota Rajan arrest a breakthrough, say former top police officers

Former IPS officer YP Singh said that while the arrest of Rajan — a one-time associate of Dawood — may be a legally desirable move, from the intelligence point of view, it was “something naive”.
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The arrest of underworld don Chhota Rajan is a “breakthrough”, former top police officials said on Monday even as they sought to weigh the development in the context of efforts to nab India’s most-wanted fugitive, Dawood Ibrahim.Former IPS officer YP Singh said that while the arrest of Rajan — a one-time associate of Dawood — may be a legally desirable move, from the intelligence point of view, it was “something naive”.”I think I would look at this with scepticism, because Rajan was the smaller evil and Dawood the greater evil. Indian intelligence agencies would certainly have used Rajan in order to nab Dawood. This particular opportunity has been lost with the arrest of Chhota Rajan. It was imperative from the intelligence point of view that Rajan should have been let to roam around free so that his people and his information could have been used to nab terror suspect Dawood,” said Singh.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former CBI Director Joginder Singh said that Dawood’s whereabouts, what properties he holds in India can be known from Rajan. Asked whether Rajan was used by intelligence agencies to counter Dawood, Singh said “these things cannot be discussed publicly. If somebody is willing to help us, we accept his help”. Ex-Director General of Uttar Pradesh Police, Vikram Singh, meanwhile, said that disclosures are likely to be made by Rajan.”As our intelligence agencies have much evidence against him, I see it as a major breakthrough. It would have not been possible without the intervention of Interpol and other allied police forces as I am told that the Australian agencies, Thailand and Indonesian police forces, were instrumental in this arrest,” he said.Rajan was arrested on Sunday night in Indonesia’s Bali.

Noida boy Arjun Vajpai summits virgin peak, names it Mount Kalam

Arjun said that the main objective of the summit was to inspire youngsters to take up mountaineering and to motivate then to follow their dreams.

Noida mountaineer Arjun Vajpai on top of a 6180-metre high unnamed peak.

Noida mountaineer Arjun Vajpai along with his climbing partner, Bhupesh Kumar from Delhi created history by successfully climbing the 6180m high unnamed peak in Himachal’s Spiti Valley and named it ‘Mount Kalam’ in the memory of the former Indian President, APJ Abdul Kalam.The duo did the climb with minimal gear, food and with no support staff and porters.“It was a true alpine style expedition, without any porters, cooks or any other climbers. Just me, Bhupesh and the ‪‎mountain,” said the mountaineer.Talking about the idea behind choosing an uncharted mountain and then naming it in the memory of the former India President, Arjun said that the main objective of the summit was to inspire youngsters to take up mountaineering and to motivate then to follow their dreams.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“Former President, Kalam had proved us that it doesn’t matter where you are born as long as you have what it takes to do it. The journey of a fisherman’s son to the President of the largest democracy in the world is no easy feat. But it did show us that that nothing is impossible and while chasing our dreams we might come across capabilities and hurdles that we didn’t know of. During our Summit even we came close to this when we were climbing. We didn’t know what hurdles might come next. But we were determined enough to do it,” he said.The duo made the due preparations before expedition and recced the track before the trek. “This climb was different from my previous ones and I have really grown as a mountaineer,” added the climber.Their expedition began from Noida from October 8 and reached Batal camp in Himachal Pradesh on October 9. From there they climbed to Snout Camp 4100m, from Snout to Intermediate Camp at 4400m, then to Base camp at 4700m and then Summit the camp at 5500m. In the morning of October 14, they scaled the peak (6,180m) and hoisted the tricolour.
Arjun Vajpai with his fellow climber Bhupesh Kumar.“It is technically a challenging mountain with lots of deep snow, hidden crevasse fields and abundant rock. It is an extremely cold environment,” explained Bhupesh, the fellow climber.Calling it a ‘Virgin peak’, Arjun said that there are more than 300-400 unexplored peaks in the country which are over 6000 metres and his summit was in a way also to inspire youngsters to venture into the unexplored mountains. “People generally stick with the famous or the known ones in mountaineering, without realising the vastness of hidden mountain ranges in our country. We decided to summit the virgin peak to start a trend for unexplored mountains,” he said.When asked what he thinks about the future of Indian mountaineering, Arjun said, “Indian is an unexplored gem of mountaineering and adventure sports. People from around the world point towards India and say India is going to be the future of mountaineering in the world. It is time youngsters of our country, who are into mountaineering and adventure sports, take the leap and unearth these unexplored mountains and conquer them.”Arjun concluded by saying “Records may make and break, but it is about what you leave behind. Mt Kalam is going to be our ‪legacy. I feel the youth should start putting their mark on unexplored mountains and name it after great Indian personalities.”This article was first published on iamin.in. For more such hyperlocal stories, visit their website.

dna Must Read for tonight: US Air Force worker’s bizzare claims, Bigg Boss Day 2, Simbu’s film ‘Kaan’ and more

Here are the top 5 stories from dna.

Here are the top 5 stories from dna:1) Pakistan knew Osama Bin Laden was living in the country, says ex-foreign minister Ahmad Mukhtar: Former Pakistan defence minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar has admitted that the Pakistan government knew that Osama Bin Laden resided in the country. Read about it here. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2) Former US Air Force worker claims she was abducted by aliens and raped on the moon: People make bizarre claims every now and then, but this one has to take the cake. Read​ more here.3)Bigg Boss 9: Day 2 – Contestants go through Double Trouble of Phobias!- Read all about what happened tonight here. 4) Simbu’s film ‘Kaan’ with Selvaraghavan and Yuvan Shankar Raja dropped- Actor Simbu seems to be facing more issues as far as his career is concerned. Read what really happened to the film here.5) Man Booker Prize 2015: Take a look at the shortlisted authors and their books- Indian-origin British author Sunjeev Sahota in the running along with five other international authors​. Read about about it here.

Indrani Mukerjea denies suicide bid, says similar health incident happened when she was 13

Former media magnate Indrani Mukherjea, prime accused in the murder of her daughter Sheena Bora, has told jail authorities that she never attempted suicide and that she had not overdosed on medicines, reported a leading daily.

Former media magnate Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in the murder of her daughter Sheena Bora, has told jail authorities that she never attempted suicide and that she had not overdosed on medicines, reports a leading daily.Soon after being discharged from JJ hospital, Indrani recorded her statement with police about the circumstances under which she fell unconscious last Friday.​ According to the daily, Indrani in her statement to IG (prison) Bipin Kumar Singh said she felt giddy while she was reading the Bhagavad Gita and does not remember anything after that.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indrani also ruled out a drug overdose stating that a similar health incident had occurred when she was 13 years old. She also claimed that she had never taken medicines on her own during her stay in jail. Indrani was discharged from the hospital this evening and moved to the Byculla Women’s Prison.After Indrani’s hospitalisation, conflicting reports had emerged on suspected drug overdose in prison. While one report showed she had overdosed on anti-depressant pills, the other found no such thing.Indrani and two other accused were arrested in August-end on the charge of murdering her daughter and disposing of the body in a forest in Raigad district, about 84 km from Mumbai, in April 2012. All the accused have been remanded to judicial custody till October 19. Bora case is presently being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The high-profile case was initially handled by Mumbai Police under the supervision of the then Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria and transferred to CBI by the Maharashtra government last mongth. The central agency had then filed a murder case against the three accused.

Bihar polls: Former MP Ranjan Yadav joins BJP, hits out at Lalu

The 70 year-old leader, who had represented RJD for two terms in Rajya Sabha (1990-2002), besides being a member of Lok Sabha between 2009-2014 from Patliputra constituency on JD(U) ticket, spewed venom on Prasad saying that there was no no development in Bihar during the RJD rule.

Former MP Ranjan Yadav, a trusted aide of Lalu Prasad in 1990s, today joined the BJP and lashed out at the RJD supremo for presiding over ‘jungle raj’ in Bihar during his party’s 15 years’ rule.Mothers and daughters never felt safe on the streets as utter lawlessness prevailed in Bihar during the RJD rule with murder, kidnapping and related crimes being order of the day, he alleged after joining the BJP in presence of Union Minister Ananth Kumar and other BJP leaders at the party office here.The 70 year-old leader, who had represented RJD for two terms in Rajya Sabha (1990-2002), besides being a member of Lok Sabha between 2009-2014 from Patliputra constituency on JD(U) ticket, spewed venom on Prasad saying that there was no no development in Bihar during the RJD rule.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yadav, acclaimed as the RJD’s ideologue in the 1990s, tore to shreds the RJD supremo’s pet agenda of ‘Mandal politics’ and social justice saying that Prasad stood for neither as the RJD government did not fill up five lakh vacancies in government jobs during its entire rule to deprive 1.35 lakh OBC youths of jobs post-implementation of the Mandal Commission report in 1993 providing 27 per cent reservation for the OBCs in government jobs.Similarly, Prasad was never sincere to his party’s social justice plank and as far as he was concerned justice always ended with prosperity of his family members, Yadav alleged.Recalling the days of impoverishment of the RJD leader’s family, he said quoting the RJD supremo that his mother could not make out the value of Rs 100 currency note and the RJD supremo used to tell her that it was indeed Rs 100 note.”Those were bad days of the RJD leaders’s family,” Yadav said as to how far Prasad’s family had come from those days of penury. Further tearing into Prasad’s claims of being the “undisputed leader” of the influential Yadav community in Bihar, he said if it was so then why he had lost Pataliputra Lok Sabha seat in 2009 given that there were five lakh Yadav voters in the constituency.So was the case in Raghopur Assembly seat where Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi, herself a former chief minister, lost in 2010 Assembly polls to a newcomer despite the Yadav voters holding sway there.Referring to the RJD supremo’s remarks that the ‘Hindus too eat beef’, the former MP said such comment should not be taken seriously.Yadav, who had joined Ramvilas Paswan’s LJP after quitting RJD before jumping on the JD(U)’s bandwagon in 2009, defended his move to join the BJP saying that he was an eternal optimist and so he had reposed faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership for ushering in development in Bihar in the event of the BJP-led NDA being elected to power at the hustings.

dna Must Reads for the night: Navjot Sidhu in hospital, Modi hosts Merkel, Love Jihad and more

Here are some of the must read stories on dnaindia.com for the night.

dna Must Reads for the night

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Here are some of the must read stories on dnaindia.com for the night.1) Ahead of festival rush, Central Railways to run special superfast AC trains: Central Railways has announced 28 air-conditioned superfast bi-weekly special trains between Manmad and Hazrat Nizamuddin to clear the extra rush of passengers during festival rush. Between October 13 and November 27, Navratri, Durga Puja and Diwali will be celebrated amongst other festivals.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2) Former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu in hospital: Former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu has been admitted to Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals in Delhi on Tuesday evening with a clot in one of his deep veins, says an Indian Express report. Sidhu is reportedly suffering from a condition called acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT).3) PM Modi hosts special lunch for Angela Merkel, CEOs: The lunch was attended by several industry biggies including Wipro Chairman Azim Premji, Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group Kumar Mangalam Birla, Tata Consultancy Services CEO N Chandrasekaran, ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar and L&T Chief A M Naik, among others.4) BJP leader says he fabricated rape charges against Muslim boys: Suresh Rana said: “Now I will tell you the truth. We charged them with rape, but it wasn’t rape, it was consensual. We slapped a rape case against them to teach them a lesson.” 5) Delhi MLAs salaries hiked by 400%: An independent panel has recommended a hike in the salary of the MLAs of Delhi. The panel has recommended that the MLAs’ salary should be increased to Rs. 50,000 from the current Rs. 12,000 and Rs. 70,000 for assistance. It has also recommended for a conveyance hike from Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 30,000.

Lal Bahadur Shastri’s family furious as Modi becomes first PM to miss floral tribute

Vibhakar Shastri, the grandson of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, on Friday asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not offer floral tribute at Vijay Ghat on the occasion of his grandfather’s 111th birth anniversary.

Former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri

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Vibhakar Shastri, the grandson of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, on Friday asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not offer floral tribute at Vijay Ghat on the occasion of his grandfather’s 111th birth anniversary.”The Prime Minister just gives speeches and does not consider anything from the heart. If he would have considered things from the heart, he would have come to Vijay Ghat today,” Vibhakar Shastri told ANI in Delhi.”He uses the slogan of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’, but he should have come to pay tribute. He did not even come to the Parliament to pay tribute to Gandhi ji. I don’t understand what kind of a Prime Minister he is. He only talks and makes promises,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On his Twitter account, Prime Minister Modi today paid homage to the former prime minister.”I bow to the proud son of India, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary,” PM Modi tweeted.Also Read: PM Modi pays homage to Lal Bahadur Shastri on his 111th birth anniversary5 things you must know about former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri

Strained ties between India, Pakistan affecting development of South Asia: Manmohan Singh

Chandigarh: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said strained ties between India and Pakistan have been coming in the way of development of South Asian region.

He also said the 21st century will be the era of rise of China and India and during this period “cooperation and competition” will go hand in hand.

Former PM Manmohan Singh. PTI

Former PM Manmohan Singh. PTI

“Strained ties between India and Pakistan have been a major factor in preventing growth of cooperative regional development strategies in South Asia,” Singh said in his 25-minute speech at the conference organised by Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) in Chandigarh.

Singh also said that “there will be challenges posed by Pakistan’s current internal situation and the future situation in Afghanistan. Geo-politics of the Indian Ocean region will also be the fulcrum of India’s foreign policy.”

He said that the primary focus of India’s foreign policy has to remain in the realm of economic diplomacy.

Singh said, “In south Asia our attempts to build on our shared heritage and culture have often been impeded by geo-politics and by our failure to overcome the challenge of geographical and economic asymmetry.

“Proximity and connectivity that should have been the foundation of building strong economic linkages to build SAARC as another ASEAN have eluded the nations of south Asia…,” he said.

Singh said that scholars of south Asia need to ponder as to why “we in south Asia move so slowly in matters of strengthening trade and infrastructure linkages when the benefits to our people and governments are so obvious?”

He said that “India is on the threshold of change, provided the right policies are adopted.”

“Domestic reforms are the key to putting India on a higher growth path and giving the country economic heft to conduct a pro-active foreign policy,” the veteran Congress leader said.

He said that this century will belongs to China and India.

“21st century will be the era of rise of China and India. As this happens, cooperation and competition will go hand in hand. We are already witnessing several manifestations of these trends in South China sea and the Indo-Pacific region as a whole.

“The recent changes in Japan’s Constitution giving more leeway for the deployment of Japanese defence forces abroad is yet another indicator of this trend,” the former PM said.

Singh pointed out that for India, “it is an era of transition and consolidation”.

“Inclusive economic growth remains the bedrock of our country’s future. Infrastructure, education, development of skills, universal access to healthcare must be at the core of our national policies.

“Being a strong and diversified economy will provide the basis for India playing a more important global role. Hence the primary focus of India’s foreign policy has to remain in the realm of economic diplomacy,” Singh said.

“India and Pakistan need sustained engagement to realise the vast potential of benefits of liberalisation of trade and investment in the South Asian region,” Singh, a noted economist, asserted.

He said that Central and South Asia are geographically contiguous but distant in terms of connectivity.

“It is so utterly obvious that an energy deficient region like South Asia that is close to energy surplus region like
Central Asia should become natural partners. Yet this has not happened though strenuous efforts have been made on the Turkemenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project that could be a win-win situation for all stakeholders,” he said.

Singh, who was accompanied by his wife Gursharan Kaur, was speaking at the concluding session of the international conference ‘Cooperative Development, Peace and Security in South and Central Asia’. On Wednesday, President Pranab Mukherjee was the chief guest at the conference.

The former PM said that south and central Asian nations are India’s natural regional partners and engaging them must be at the core of our economic diplomacy.

“India’s policy planning structure has to be revamped for meeting these challenges and I hope CRRID will be at the forefront of institutions assisting such policy planning,” he said.

He pointed out that connection of electricity grids has now provided benefits to Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, “though not in equal measure”.

“Railway connectivity is still work in progress, as are trade facilitation measures and regulatory issues. It appears that Pakistan has chosen to integrate with China via the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and looks westwards towards Iran for energy cooperation,” he said.

The former PM said that the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project is being revived after the Iran nuclear deal and lifting of sanctions on Iran.

“Pakistan has signalled that it sees much greater benefit in its northern and western economic linkages than under the SAARC umbrella. It is, however, difficult to forsee that Pakistan can ignore its links to the East,” he stated.

Singh said that South Asia accounts for nearly 40 percent of the world’s population (1.64 billion), yet its contribution to global GDP is mere three percent.

“Hence nearly 25 percent of South Asians live on less than USD 1 per capita per day. The potential for growth is enormous. Yet the South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) remains hobbled and bogged down in non-tariff barriers, negative lists for trade, phyto-sanitary restrictions and poor border trade infrastructure acting as obstacles to enhancing free flow of goods in the region.

Continuing further, the former PM said “the uncertain political and economic conditions prevailing in Af-Pak region have impeded connectivity and left few options for increasing trade and economic linkages between these two regions. The International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) can help in developing these linkages but can this corridor compete with CPEC?

Iran is yet to fully come out of the shadow of international sanctions and its participation is the key to the INSTC.

India-Iran cooperation in developing the Chahbahar port in southern Iran must, therefore, be fast tracked.”

Touching upon crucial issue of climate change, Manmohan Singh said “climate change and global warming pose yet another major challenge to world prosperity”.

“This challenge has to be tackled creatively at the forthcoming Conference of Parties (CoP) scheduled to be held in December 2015 in Paris.

“Among the whole host of issues, the most important would be financing arrangements and affordable access technology for developing countries,” he said.

He also said that viable strategies for sustainable energy security, laying emphasis on renewable energy sources and clean coal technologies, have to receive much greater attention in controlling carbon emissions.

“However, there can be no effective global arrangement without meeting the development needs of the majority of the world’s population.

“National mitigation measures are important but ceilings on carbon emissions without legally binding arrangements for financing and affordable access to technology will be unacceptable to the majority of developing countries.

“A global paradigm can be constructed and it is not beyond the reach if all stakeholders are on board. Inflexibility and ideological rigidity must not become deal breakers, particularly on the issue of Intellectual Property Rights,” Singh pointed out.

On CRRID, Singh said the crucial role of think tanks and similar institutions in assisting governments to navigate the complex world of geo-politics and geo-economics in our contemporary world cannot be underestimated.

“This is particularly important at a time when the current international order is in flux. The rise of China, since 1980, is a defining feature of the 21st century.

“As the second largest economy in the world today, it has given China the wherewithal to implement widespread modernisation. It has also upgraded its military machine, providing growing capabilities for projecting power.

“The challenge before the world is to create a global environment conducive to a peaceful rise of China,” Singh said.

On the economic front, Singh said the establishment of institutions like the New Development Bank (BRICS Bank) and the Asian Infrastructural Investment Bank (AIIB) “indicate a new trend that seeks to take advantage of China’s greatly enhanced resource capabilities to dilute the influence of the Bretton Woods institutions that have so far ruled the roost in the post World War-2 era. India has rightly, in my view, decided to join both institutions”.

“Other institutions like the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation are going to play an increasingly important role in the management of geo-political relations in Asia, with India and Pakistan joining the organisation. Engagement with the Eurasian Economic Zone will open new avenues for cooperation with the Central Asian countries,” he said.

Touching upon the low energy prices, Singh, a noted economist, said, “the opportunity thrown by low energy prices is a boon for India, as this contributes to a reduction in India’s deficit on current account balance of payment, reduction in fiscal deficit, and also helps to moderate inflation.

“It is important that India takes full advantage of low oil prices to accelerate the pace of its economic development. After all, low oil prices are not going to last in the long run.”

Singh noted with concern that geo-political risks have increased with “turmoil in Ukraine and several countries in West Asia and North Africa”.

“Competing and conflicting interests among Western and regional powers have led these countries to support rebel groups in countries like Iraq and Syria. These rebel groups have joined hands with extremist Jihadist groups to create the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

“Chaos and civil war have been the bitter harvest of the flawed policies of regime change in Arab countries, leading to unprecedented violence and human suffering, forcing Arab and Afghan refugees to flee in hundreds of thousands to Europe.

“The impact of these developments on a weak European economy will only add to the doubts about sustained economic recovery in the EU,” he pointed out.

He also said that world is already watching “with some anxiety about the prospects of global economic recovery, though trends indicate a slow and gradual distancing from the financial crisis and recession that set in from 2008.”

“The recent decision by the American Federal Reserve System to keep interest rates unchanged in view of weaknesses in global economic growth, particularly due to slowdown in growth in China and emerging economies, is indicative of uncertainities in the global economic outlook.

“Groups like G-20 have to evolve coordinated global strategies to cope with the uncertainities in global macro economic environment,” he said.

Earlier, CRRID’s Executive Vice Chairman, Rashpal Malhotra and TKA Nair, former advisor to Manmohan Singh, among others spoke on the occasion.

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Wasn’t possible for me to think about coal block guidelines, says ex-PM Manmohan Singh

He also said it was not “humanly possible” at his level to go through all the previous files.

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Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told CBI that he had “many other issues to worry” being at the helm of the government and it was practically not possible for him to know and recollect every guideline on coal block allocation.On the contrary, he contended that it was for the then Coal Secretary PC Parakh to highlight those guidelines if they had a bearing on the decisions to be taken as Minister of Coal, a portfolio he was holding during 2005 when the issue of allocation of coal block for HINDALCO was discussed.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He maintained that he went by the advice of Parakh on the letter written by HINDALCO Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla for allocation of the coal block. Parakh was the “best qualified person to give me advice” on that letter, he added.In his statement recorded in January before the CBI, which was probing the alleged scam in allotting the coal block to HINDALCO, he said he was not under pressure to accommodate the private firm in Odisha’s Talabira-II coal block allocation. He has been summoned as accused by a special court in this regard.Singh said there was “no undue haste” in arriving at a decision on the issue and the final decision on allocation of Talabira-II and III coal block was based on the examination and recommendation of Parakh which was endorsed by senior officials of PMO.The Supreme Court had on April 1 stayed the trial court’s order summoning Singh and others, including industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and ex-Coal Secretary PC Parakh, as accused in the case. Singh, who was also the Minister of Coal at that time, was questioned by the CBI on January 19 this year after the trial court had on December 16, 2014, directed the agency to examine him in the case.”On being asked about the relevant guidelines framed by Ministry of Coal which were applicable for allocation of coal block in 2005, especially to such parties who have already been allocated adequate coal linkage for their projects, I state that I do not recollect the applicable guidelines,” Singh has told the investigating officer.”As the Prime Minister of the country, I have many other issues to worry about and it is not practically possible for me to know and recollect such guidelines. It is for the Secretary (Coal) to highlight those guidelines in his note/ report if such guidelines would have a bearing on the decision to be taken as Minister of Coal,” Singh said in his statement which has been placed on record before the court by CBI.He also said it was not “humanly possible” at his level to go through all the previous files. Singh, however, clarified that there was no question of any pressure on him or any officials to accommodate HINDALCO in the block.”….I would like to state that there was no direction or pressure placed on any official to condition them to put up a particular recommendation. I also state that there was no question of any influence or pressure on me on this issue of accommodating HINDALCO in Talabira-II coal block,” he said.Singh also told the CBI that being the Prime Minister, he cannot be expected to divulge into earlier files and see what were the applicable guidelines on these issues and it was for the Coal Secretary to bring out such issues to his knowledge.”I state that it was the job of the Secretary, MoC, to highlight all the relevant facts and circumstances concerning the issue being put up to me for a decision. I cannot be expected to know all the relevant facts connected to the issue. During 2005, PC Parakh was the Secretary, MoC,” he said.”On being asked I repeat that in dealing with this case, I was not under any pressure nor did I exercise any undue pressure on officials of the PMO or Coal Ministry, other than my general instructions that significant representations received from the CMs of states and other be processed expeditiously,” Singh told the agency

Twitterati full of praise for ex-PM Manmohan Singh on his 83rd birthday

Former PM Manmohan Singh turned 83 on Saturday. While PM Narendra Modi and other politicians have already wished him, Twitterati are still tweeting enthusiastically. Here are some significant tweets:

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Former PM Manmohan Singh turned 83 on Saturday. While PM Narendra Modi and other politicians have already wished him, Twitterati are still tweeting enthusiastically. Here are some significant tweets:Taran makes a poignant remark:This user takes a more sarcastic line, but the conclusion is what matters.Another heartfelt message:Most bhakts would be furious with Ganeshan Iyer:Plain Speak spoke plainly:MalhaRonaldo hits the nail on the head:Gau is very succinct in his remarks:Mr Saran throws a positive light upon Manmohan’s term as PM:Bob Biswas makes a very crucial, very pertinent point: While Manmohan Singh may not enjoy the popularity of Narendra Modi, his legacy as India’s finance minister during the 1991 liberalisation will never be forgotten. That he ushered the country away from beaureucratic socialism into a new era with much higher growth and opportunity is his enduring legacy.Most people also empathise with Singh for the alleged limits imposed on his powers during his terms as PM. Singh remained a largely untainted figure even as scam after scam broke during UPA-2. His remark that history would judge him more kindly seems to be slowly coming true.

Ex-TMC MLA Bagda Dulal Bar shot, seriously injured

Bar was present at the local Bagda market in Bongaon sub-division of North 24 Parganas district, when miscreants opened fire on him, said district Additional Superintended of Police (North), Tarun Halder.

Former Trinamool Congress MLA from Bagda Dulal Bar was shot at and critically injured by unidentified assailants at the local market on Thursday evening, the police said.Bar was present at the local Bagda market in Bongaon sub-division of North 24 Parganas district, when miscreants opened fire on him, said district Additional Superintended of Police (North), Tarun Halder.The TMC leader sustained injuries on his head and was first rushed to a local hospital, then shifted to Bongaon sub-divisional hospital and later on rushed to Kolkata for further treatment, Halder said. Investigations were on to trace the whereabouts of the miscreants involved in the incident, the ASP added. More details are awaited.

Domestic violence case: Somnath Bharti evades arrest, to move Supreme Court

“(Narendra) Modi’s police should know that he (Bharti) has still got the rights to go and appeal in the Supreme Court,” he said.

Terming the allegations by Somnath’s wife as “very serious”, Delhi HC had said Lipika has been tolerating his “cruelty” and “brutal assault”

Former Delhi Law Minister and AAP MLA Somnath Bharti, who faces arrest with the Delhi High Court rejecting his plea for anticipatory bail, is moving the Supreme Court “immediately” for relief, his aides said even as police raided his office and residence to nab him. The aides said Bharti was in his office till morning and left it by the time police came looking for him after his plea for anticipatory bail was rejected.”Ten to twelve police personnel came looking for him an hour after the bail plea was rejected by the high court. They also snatched away our mobile phones and went through every nook and corner of the office,” an aide of Bharti alleged, adding he was approaching the Supreme Court immediately. That the former Law Minister was looking to exhaust all legal options was also made clear by AAP leader Ashutosh earlier on Tuesday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”(Narendra) Modi’s police should know that he (Bharti) has still got the rights to go and appeal in the Supreme Court,” he said.Joint Commissioner of Police (Southwest) Dependra Pathak accused Bharti of evading arrest. “We sent two police teams to Bharti’s office at Dwarka and residence at Malviya Nagar, but he was not present at either of the two. When we tried to call him up, his phone was also found to be switched off,” he said.Earlier, the high court rejected Bharti’s plea for anticipatory bail in the domestic violence case lodged against him by his wife Lipika Mitra, observing that the allegations against him were backed by “documentary proof”.Terming the allegations by his wife as “very serious”, Justice Suresh Kait said she has been tolerating his “cruelty” and “brutal assault”. Lipika had filed a complaint of domestic violence with Delhi Commission for Women on June 10 alleging that her husband had been abusing her since their marriage in 2010. She had also given a complaint to the police in this regard.Delhi Police then registered an FIR against Bharti under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 498A (cruelty towards wife), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 313 read with 511 (attempt to cause miscarriage without woman’s consent), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC.

Whistleblower Sanjiv Chaturvedi donates Magsaysay award money to AIIMS

Former Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of AIIMS, Sanjiv Chaturvedi, who was honoured with the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award recently, has donated the entire award money to AIIMS for treatment of poor patients.

Former Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of AIIMS, Sanjiv Chaturvedi, who was honoured with the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award recently, has donated the entire award money to AIIMS for treatment of poor patients.”I am donating the entire award money into the accounts of the institute (after depositing advance income tax of Rs 5.63 lakh on the said award money) for providing financial assistance to the treatment of the poor patients, particularly those affected by various types of cancer,” Chaturvedi said in his letter to AIIMS director.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chaturvedi has received Rs 19.85 lakh as award money of which Rs 5.63 lakh has to be deposited as advance tax.He also requested for a separate register to be maintained to record complete detail of the patients and financial assistance granted to them, in a transparent manner.”I request that a separate register may be maintained under the supervision of medical superintendent to record complete detail of the patients and financial assistance granted to them, in a transparent manner so that the said amount could be utilised in most effective manner,” Chaturvedi said.Chaturvedi, who is currently posted as deputy secretary of AIIMS, was removed from the post of CVO in August last year.The 2002-batch Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer of Haryana cadre got repatriated to Uttarakhand recently.Chaturvedi was recognised for “his exemplary integrity, courage and tenacity in uncompromisingly exposing and painstakingly investigating corruption in public office, and his resolute crafting of program and system improvements to ensure that government honorably serves the people of India.”

Syed Ali Shah Geelani gives shutdown call in Kashmir over Sopore killing

Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Saturday gave shutdown call in Kashmir over the Sopore killings of former militant and his son.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani

Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Saturday gave shutdown call in Kashmir over the Sopore killings of former militant and his son.The victim, Bashir Ahmed Bhat, who had quit militancy after serving a prison term, was attacked near his residence in Sagipora.Sources reported that, Bhat and his three-year-old son were injured after unidentified militants struck at his residence.Both were rushed to hospital, but Bhat succumbed to his injuries on the way, while his three-year-old son died this afternoon.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Transferring Sheena Bora case to CBI evokes mixed reactions from police officers

Former IPS officer-turned-activist Y P Singh termed it as a “clever” move by state government to refurbish its image which has taken a beating due to the controversies surrounding the case.

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The Maharashtra Government’s move to transfer the sensational Sheena Bora murder case to the CBI has evoked mixed reactions from former police officers.”The way the controversies surrounded the sudden transfer of the police commissioner (Rakesh Maria) in last few days, the government was left with no choice but to hand over the case to CBI,” former Mumbai police commissioner P S Pasricha told PTI. He said the case will now reach its logical conclusion.”The case will reach its final conclusion as the CBI is better equipped to handle such cases that need coordination of various agencies such as ED and EOW,” Pasricha added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former IPS officer-turned-activist Y P Singh termed it as a “clever” move by state government to refurbish its image which has taken a beating due to the controversies surrounding the case.”It is a clever step by the state government to get out of the controversy which was tarnishing its image. Since the accused are powerful persons, senior police officers did not file the case in 2012. Now, Mumbai Police could get themselves out of controversy,” he said.Sheena was murdered on April 24, 2012, and her body was burnt and disposed of in the forest in Raigad district the next day. Police have arrested Sheena’s mother and ex-media baron Peter Mukerjea’s wife Indrani Mukerjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and former driver Shyamvar Rai in connection with the crime.

Bihar polls: Manjhi-Amit Shah meeting ends, BJP seals seat-sharing deal

Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Monday sealed the deal for the upcoming Bihar assembly polls.

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Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Monday sealed the deal for the upcoming Bihar assembly polls.The deal was finalised after Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, who was said to be upset over seat-sharing met Shah at his residence.Soon after the meeting, Manjhi and Shah also exchanged sweets. However, the exact number of seat sharing is likely to be disclosed at the press conference to be held later in the day.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Polls for the 243-member Bihar Assembly will be held in five phases starting on October 12 and ending on November 5. Counting of votes will take place on November 8. Meanwhile, Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi said that his party had made Jitan Ram Manjhi the chief minister of Bihar whereas the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made him a beggar.Whearas, Union Minister Giriraj Singh said that Manjhi’s decision on seat sharing will help in removing jungle raj from Bihar.

Ex Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi’s son detained in Jehanabad with Rs 4.65 lakh cash

Currently model code of conduct is effective in the state and Subham Manjhi has been detained for allegedly carrying unaccounted cash.

Jitan Ram Manjhi

Former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s son Pravin Manjhi was detained by police in Jehanabad on Sunday while carrying Rs 4.65 lakh in cash. Currently, the model code of conduct is effective in the state after the Election Commission announced poll dates for the upcoming assembly elections and Pravin Manjhi has been detained for allegedly carrying unaccounted cash. According to a Zee News report, based on a tip-off the police intercepted byPravin’s car near Dharnai village, in Jehanabad district and recovered the cash. He was detained and brought to nearby Makhdumpur police station, where currently interrogation is underway to know the source of the cash. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A spokersperson of Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha has told ANI that the money was for paying a contractor as some construction work was going on. He has also asked Election Commission to probe if this police action was taken on behest of the Bihar government. Former JD(U) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi had a bitter fallout with his political mentor Nitish Kumar. He was stripped of the post of CM, and Manjhi later formed a new outfit. Currently he is in an alliance with the BJP and looking to finalise the seat sharing deal for the upcoming Bihar elections

Asaduddin Owaisi’s MIM will make no difference to our prospects in Bihar: BJP

BJP on Saturday claimed that the entry of Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM into Bihar will make no difference to its poll prospects as his attempt to create a “fear factor” among the minority community will not work in the state.

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BJP on Saturday claimed that the entry of Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM into Bihar will make no difference to its poll prospects as his attempt to create a “fear factor” among the minority community will not work in the state.BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain claimed a number of former ministers and MPs from the minority community have joined BJP and that the NDA alliance will emerge victorious in the Bihar Assembly elections to be held in five phases in October-November.”Owaisi’s AIMIM contesting Bihar polls will make no difference to BJP’s prospects. Owaisi’s attempt to create a fear factor (among the minority community) will not work against BJP in these elections,” he told PTI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It is a fight between Owaisi and the alliance of Lalu Prasad (RJD), Nitish Kumar (JDU) and Congress. They will have to decide amongst themselves as to who will take the number 2 position,” he said.Hussain said Lalu and Nitish earlier tried to mislead the minority community and Owaisi was trying to do the same now.”There is no place for communal speech of Owaisi in Bihar. This is not Hyderabad, but Bihar,” he said.Related Read: Bihar polls: NDA seat-sharing plans hit roadblock as Jitan Ram Manjhi defiantAsked if caste equations and the entry of Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM will make any difference in Bihar polls, Union Minister JP Nadda said “development is our issue in Bihar polls and the youth of Bihar wants development and will not decide on such issues.”Hussain said the minority community has realised that the nation has to move forward on the path of development which only BJP led by Narendra Modi can provide.The former Union Minister, who lost the last Lok Sabha election from Bhagalpur, said BJP is strong in the Seemanchal area which is dominated by the minority community.He claimed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent rallies in the region have evoked big crowds and the party will emerge victorious in the area which has Kishanganj, Arraria and Purnea. Hussain represented Kishanganj seat from 1999 to 2004.The BJP leader claimed that a number of former MPs and ministers from the minority community have joined BJP and cited names of former ministers Munazir Hassan, Ikhlaq Ahmed, Shahid Ali Khan and Jamshed Ashraf, and former MP Shabir Ali.He claimed that JD(U) MLC and former minister Manzar Alam was also in talks with BJP.

Quota cut: Most Indian Muslims looking to go for Hajj to miss out this year

The Hajj Committee of India said around 3.83 lakh people applied for Hajj 2015 but only 1.20 lakh pilgrims are travelling through the Hajj Committee to Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Arabia’s reduction in Hajj quota this year by 20% will make most Indian Muslims miss going out on the pilgrimage. Stats say that only one in four Indian Muslims wanting to perform Hajj will be allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia.The saudi Arabia government permits only one in 1,000 Muslims in a particular country to go for the holy pilgrimage. As the recent census on minority population in India showed a significant rise in the Muslim population, Muslim leaders have asked for an increase in the pilgrimage quota. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 3.38 lakh people in India applied for Hajj 2015 however only 1.20 lakh pilgrims are travelling through the Hajj Committee to Saudi Arabia, according to the Hajj Commitee of India.Hajj Committee CEO Ataur Rahman said, “Since 2013, the Saudi government has cut 20% quota of pilgrims from every country as the expansion of the holy mosque in Mecca is underway and the administration wants fewer pilgrims there,” a leading daily reported. Former minority department minister and MLA Arif Naseem Khan said, “We have told the external affairs ministry to look into the issue for the last few years. Hajj is one of the pillars of Islam and performing it is mandatory for Muslims who can afford it. The government should take up the issue with the Saudi authorities and get our quota increased.”

Saudi diplomat case: A three-way diplomatic row?

Nepal’s embassy here has also officially approached the ministry of external affairs (MEA) seeking its cooperation and assistance. “We are not fully aware of the involvement of any diplomat (Saudi). When we are informed about it, we will go for it (reach out to the Saudis). It is a very sensitive case and we are getting full support from the MEA and local police,” said Nepal’s ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay.

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The alleged rape and abduction of two Nepali women by a Saudi diplomat is blowing up as a three-way diplomatic crisis, involving the powerful Gulf nation, Nepal and India. While the external affairs ministry here on Wednesday said they were awaiting a detailed report from the local police to decide on the further course of action, sources said the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was keeping tabs lest the matter gets out of hand and that too at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set his eyes on Gulf nations to seek cooperation on terrorism and containing Pakistan’s influence in the region. The incident has also led debate that time has come to review Vienna convention, that ensures immunity to diplomats, involved even in heinous crimes.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Nepal’s embassy here has also officially approached the ministry of external affairs (MEA) seeking its cooperation and assistance. “We are not fully aware of the involvement of any diplomat (Saudi). When we are informed about it, we will go for it (reach out to the Saudis). It is a very sensitive case and we are getting full support from the MEA and local police,” said Nepal’s ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay. Last thing Modi would like is to allow the issue to go out of hand. Former diplomats told dna that the immunity available to diplomats was not “absolute” and doesn’t involve serious crimes like murder and rape. But it necessitates cooperation from the embassy and the country concerned. Ambassador Rakesh Sharma says that the involvement of the third country, Nepal, has made things much more complicated. He was, however, confident that the MEA will take up the matter with the Saudi government skilfully and convince them to waive diplomatic immunity. According to Vienna Convention, as cited by the Saudi Embassy in its communication to the MEA, the diplomat — a first secretary rank officer and his wife – cannot be arrested or even detained for questioning. South Block officials are, however, confident that they will be able to convince Saudi Arabia’s ambassador Saud Mohammed Alsati ultimately, to waive immunity of the accused at least for questioning, once the police files complete report and establishes, prima facie, culpability. Citing past precedents, diplomats say, the government will first asks the country involved to withdraw diplomatic immunity or declare the individual persona non grata. Alternately, Saudi Arabia will be allowed to quietly withdraws the diplomat. Former Additional Secretary in the MEA K C Singh, however, hoped that India would exert pressure to the extent convincing Riyadh to prosecute the diplomat in their own country for the misdemeanour and for brining disrepute to their country. But, he admitted that to avoid a diplomatic row, a middle path has to be found.
The tone of the Saudi embassy statement makes out clearly that the country was not ready to join investigations. “Embassy protests the unwarranted media briefing before the investigation was complete and protests police intrusion into the diplomat’s residence,” said the Saudi embassy statement, while defending its diplomat. It also resented the raid and even defended resistance the guards posed to the police. As per Vienna Convention rules, the police was required to inform the MEA which, in turn, had to seek the ambassador’s permission before raiding the premises, an embassy spokesman said. As the apartment had been taken on lease by the Saudi Arabian embassy, it was part of its premises. Two Saudi diplomats involved in similar cases in the United Kingdom in 2011 and in the US in 2013 escaped unscathed citing immunity.The crisis has come at a time when Prime Minister Modi is proposing to visit the oil rich Saudi Arabia, a move which is being touted as the high point of his foreign policy in order to complete the ‘string of pearls around Pakistan’, and to contain the influence of China in the region. Saudi Arabia is India’s largest supplier of crude, accounting for almost one fifth of its needs, as also the fourth-largest trading partner.

Omar Abdullah accuses Jammu and Kashmir government of spying on him

Taking to twitter, Omar Abdullah levelled the allegations.

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Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah has accused the ruling PDP- BJP government of spying on him. Taking to twitter, Omar Abdullah levelled the allegation. According to Omar, a journalist working for a national daily was coming to interview him. She was reportedly quizzed by the CID personnel about purpose of his meeting outside the gate. He said that Mufti government is resorting to brazen spying and they should merely call him up if they are interested in knowing his whereabouts. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This is what Omar Abdullah said about the entire incident: Jammu and Kashmir government is yet to respond to this serious accusation.

Bihar Elections 2015: No explanations, only excuses from Nitish Kumar, accuses his former deputy Sushil Kumar Modi

Sushil Kumar Modi said that even after 10 years as CM, Nitish failed to provide drinking water in even 10% of the houses. He said that now that his term coming to an end, Nitish is coming up with promises.

Former Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi

Ahead of the state polls, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar attended several rallies at Sherghati, Samastipur, Banka and Bakhtiyarpur ​on Wednesday where he took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.At the rallies, he Nitish Kumar said that rather than advising the people of Bihar to ask him for my report card, the PM should tell people what has he done in the last 15 months, reported Prabhat Khabar. “He is only reminded of the people when elections approach and none of his promises made during the Lok Sabha polls have been met,” Nitish said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Bhartiya Janata Party leader and Nitish’s former deputy Sushil Kumar Modi has strongly reacted to this statement. “When people are asking them (Rashtriya Janata Dal, Congress and Janata Dal United) about the last 25 years, instead of giving an answer they are asking for a 15-month-old government to give them a report card”, Modi was quoted as saying in the report.RJD ruled Bihar between 1990 and 2000 and Congress supported the party in the next term between 2000-2005. Former deputy CM Modi said that Lalu Prasad Yadav and Sonia Gandhi should explain why Bihar suffered miserably during those 10 years.Attacking Nitish, Modi said, “If it makes him too uncomfortable to explain the 15 years of ‘jangal raj’ under RJD and Congress, then the least he could do is tell the people of Bihar about his own performance in 25 months after his party parted ways with the BJP.”Sushil Kumar Modi said that even after 10 years as CM, Nitish failed to provide drinking water in even 10% of the houses. He said that now that his term coming to an end, Nitish is coming up with promises.Modi said that neither had every village been connected with roads, nor had electricity reached every home in Bihar as had been promised in the last election, Prabhat Khabar reports. Did he even accomplish 10% of what he had promised, Modi questioned.

Sheena Bora muder case: Peter Mukerjea records statement; Indrani and other accused quizzed

Mukerjea reached the Khar police station here at 10.30 AM to record his statement.

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Former Star India CEO Peter Mukerjea’s statement was recorded on Wednesday in the Sheena Bora murder case by police which is understood to have quizzed his wife Indrani and the other two accused in his presence.Mukerjea reached the Khar police station here at 10.30 AM to record his statement. Indrani, her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyam Rai, who were allegedly involved in the murder were also brought there. The police are understood to have questioned the three accused in the presence of Peter and their counsel in perhaps the first such confrontation since Indrani was arrested on August 24 for allegedly murdering Sheena and hiding her body in 2012. Indrani Mukerjea is accused of killing Sheena, her daughter from an earlier relationship, in 2012 over a financial dispute, with the help of her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyam Rai.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mukerjea had gone to the police station last week, but the Mumbai police had refused to accept a written statement from him and he was told that when the police needed, they would call him for questioning. A local court had earlier extended the police custody of the three accused – Indrani, Sanjeev Khanna and Shyam Rai – till September 5. Peter Mukerjea, who has been married to Indrani Mukerjea for 13 years and set up a media company with her, had first said that he was unaware that Sheena Bora was his wife’s daughter and that Indrani had introduced her as her sister.A few days after Indrani’s arrest, Peter Mukerjea amended his version to say Sheena Bora did inform him that she was his step-daughter, but he had no reasons not to believe his wife Indrani Mukerjea’s denial of that claim though he found it “difficult to digest”. He claimed that the same thing was communicated to him by his son Rahul Mukerjea, but he had not believed him as well.Peter maintained that he vaguely remembered the date when he was told about the fact and it was sometime in 2011.Sheena Bora was engaged to Rahul, Peter Mukerjea’s son from an earlier marriage, when she was allegedly murdered on April 24, 2012. The 24-year-old was allegedly strangled in a car, then her body was burnt and dumped at a forest in Raigad, about 84 km from Mumbai. Her purported remains were found a month later and buried by the police, which treated the body as unclaimed.For three years, Indrani Mukerjea told her family and friends that Sheena had shifted to the US. Yesterday, a man claiming to be Sheena’s biological father, Sidhharth Das surfaced and said that he was not in touch with Indrani.

PM Modi’s decision on Bihar chief ministerial candidate will be final, says Manjhi

There are lots of able leaders in NDA. We all have full faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Whatever he will decide, that would be final, he said.

Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday said that there are many able leaders in the NDA who can be selected as chief ministerial candidate for the state, but added that the final decision would be made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.There are lots of able leaders in NDA. We all have full faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Whatever he will decide, that would be final, he said.Manjhi was talking to media after his meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, which he said were focused on the internal security of Bihar with elections round the corner.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>We have received an assurance from the Home Minister that all security-related arrangements will be in place during the elections, and that the polls will be conducted peacefully, he said.

JD (U)-RJD-Congress alliance is for selfish gains, says Jitan Ram Manjhi

Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday said the alliance of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Janata Dal (United) [(JD(U)] and the Congress is for selfish gains.

Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday said the alliance of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Janata Dal (United) [(JD(U)] and the Congress is for selfish gains.”The alliance is not only of the Congress, but also of the RJD, SP and the JD (U). All of them are there for selfish gains, that is why the alliance holds no value,” Manjhi told ANI.”A few people of the Samajwadi Party have gone there, otherwise, most of them have kept themselves away from it. Sonia has also gone there. Sonia and Congress do not have any importance in Bihar. Lalu has his influence in Bihar,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Manjhi said, “None of the Dalits came there. Nitish has become a big flop. The rally has not shaped up to be a big one.”The Swabhiman Rally began here on Sunday with RJD chief Lalu Yadav, JD (U) national president Sharad Yadav, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Shivpal Singh Yadav, brother of Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav attending it.The rally will also be attended by the Congress President Sonia Gandhi. She has, however, not reached Gandhi Maidan, where the rally is being held, as yet.In the wake of the upcoming elections, a grand alliance of the JD (U), RJD and Congress have organized the ‘Swabhiman Rally’ at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan.

Kannada scholar and Hampi University vice-chancellor MM Kalburgi shot dead in Dharwad

Dharwad: Former vice-chancellor of Hampi University MM Kalburgi was shot dead at his Kalyanagar residence here this morning by unidentified gunmen, police said.

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“Dr Kalburgi was shot dead at his Kalyangar residence in Dharwad around 8.40 am,” Dharwad Police Commissioner Ravindra Prasad said.

Kalburgi,77, was shot in his head after he opened the door of his house in the morning, Prasad said.

Asked how many bullets he sustained and who was behind in the attack, Prasad said police are awaiting details.

Kalburgi was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead, he said.

He was a scholar, academic and researcher who had landed in controversy on several occasions for his remarks on religious, social and other issues.

He was also a recipient of Central and state Sahitya Academy awards.

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Ambulance scam: Rajasthan govt’s charges a ‘move to attract media glare’, says Ashok Gehlot

Vasundhara Raje brought this matter to the CBI just to hog the media and divert attention from the scams she was involved in, says Gehlot.

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Former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, accused of embezzling Rs 2.56 crore in the ambulance scam on Saturday termed the charges against him as a “move to attract media glare” by the BJP-led state government. “It is a move to divert the attention from the scams carried out by the Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and is inspired by political vendetta,” Gehlot said. Reacting on the issue, a day after CBI took over the case and filed FIRs against him, Congress leader Sachin Pilot and sons of two former union ministers in the scam, Gehlot noted that there was no need for a probe by the central agency into the incident. The Raje government itself could have initiated an inquiry into the ambulance scam and got the facts probed, thus there was no need for a CBI probe,” he told reporters at Jodhpur Civil Airport.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress leader challenged Raje of first getting the various scam allegations against her and son Dushyant Singh probed by the CBI. “If she (Raje) had the courage, she herself would have got the allegations against her probed by the CBI in order to make things crystal clear. But instead of that, she brought this matter to the CBI just to hog the media and divert attention from the scams she was involved in,” he said, adding that the law would take its own course and he need not worry.Meanwhile, CBI today carried out searches at the residential premises of incumbent directors of Ziqitza Health Care Limited against which a case of alleged cheating was registered by the agency on the recommendation of Rajasthan government. The FIR registered by the state government has named former chief minister Ashok Gehlot and alleged Directors of the company Sachin Pilot, Karthi (son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram), Ravi Krishna (son of former Union Minister Vayalar Ravi), Ziqitza Health Care, its Director Sweta Mangal, the then Health Minister of the state Duru Mirza and the Director National Rural Health Mission, CBI sources said.

Sheena Bora murder: Peter Mukerjea likely to be questioned today

Former Star TV CEO Peter Mukerjea, husband of the accused Indrani Mukerjea, is likely to be questioned by the police on Thursday in connection with Sheena Bora murder case.The police had questioned Peter Mukerjea’s son Rahul Mukerjea on Wednesday night. Indrani Mukerjee’s first husband Sanjeev Khanna was earlier on Wednesday arrested by the Mumbai Police in connection with the case. In a major twist to the Sheena Bora murder case, it was revealed that the deceased, who was allegedly murdered by Indrani, was her daughter and not her sister.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>43-year-old Indrani was arrested on Tuesday from her Mumbai residence after her driver confessed that he had killed Sheena in 2012 following his employer’s orders. Indrani, who was charged of murdering her daughter and disposing off her body, will stay in police custody till August 31.

US urges Maldives to release ex-president Nasheed to end trial

“The United States is disturbed by the government of Maldives’ recent late-night transfer of former President Nasheed back to prison,” State Department Spokesman, John Kirby, told reporters yesterday.

Former Maldives President Nasheed

Disturbed by the recent late- night transfer of former Maldivian President Mohd Nasheed back to prison, the US has urged the government of the island nation to release him and end “politically motivated” trials against him.”The United States is disturbed by the government of Maldives’ recent late-night transfer of former President Nasheed back to prison,” State Department Spokesman, John Kirby, told reporters yesterday.”(Former) President Nasheed is serving a sentence imposed after a trial that was conducted in a manner contrary to Maldivian law and Maldives international obligations to provide the minimum fair-trial guarantees and other protections under the international covenant on civil and political rights,” he claimed.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We renew our call on the government of Maldives to release former President Nasheed, end politically motivated trials and take steps to restore confidence in its commitment to democracy and the rule of law, including judicial independence and to ensure fundamental rights are respected, including the freedom of speech, press and peaceful assembly,” Kirby said.Calling on the government to ensure former Nasheed’s safety and well-being in custody, Kirby urged the Maldivian government to make progress in all political cases pending, including against former Defense Minister Nazim, whose appeal process has been delayed, and against Adhaalath Party Sheik Imran, who has not been charged since his May arrest.

Can’t prove Dawood in Pakistan with frivolous evidence, says former top cop YP Singh

These types of evidences don’t make it a legally convincing case, he added.

These types of evidences don’t make it a legally convincing case, he added.

Former IPS officer YP Singh on Saturday said that the photographs of Dawood Ibrahim published in newspapers are not enough to prove that he is in Pakistan as the “evidences are frivolous in nature”.”With Pakistan rejecting India’s claim of Dawood being in Pakistan in past also, the evidences from the Indian side is very frivolous in nature and it won’t prevail upon Pakistan to accept that he (Dawood) is there,? Singh said. “For making a person believe that Dawood is in Pakistan on requires more evidences than just a photograph because no one knows about the authenticity of these photographs,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A newspaper has published a recent picture of Dawood Ibrahim, 59, and reports that Indian intelligence agencies have documentary evidence that the terrorist, along with his wife and children, has been living in Karachi’s Clifton Road, an upscale neighbourhood.Singh further said that these types of evidences could create a public opinion but doesn’t make it a legally convincing case. (ANI)

Indo-Pak NSA meet: Talks with Pakistan are a waste of time, says BJP leader Yashwant Sinha

The former Finance Minister also reportedly said that for every argument by India, Pakistan will have a counter-argument.

Yashwant Sinha was the Finance Minister and Foreign Minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s cabinet.
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Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha on Tuesday claimed the proposed National Security Advisor-level talks between India and Pakistan will be a “dialogue of the deaf” and that BJP has “deviated” from its stated policy regarding talks with Pakistan. He said “this has been a clearly stated policy of BJP that we will not countenance terror and as terror and talks do not go together. Therefore, in the 10 years rule of UPA, we had criticised Manmohan Singh personally and the UPA government for departing from BJP’s position.” <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India invited Sartaj Aziz earlier this month to a meeting with his counterpart Ajit Doval in New Delhi on August 23 and 24. PM Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif had agreed during their talks in Russia last month on convening a meeting of the national security advisers to discuss issues relating to terrorism. Speaking to NDTV, Sinha said that terror and talks don’t go hand in hand was the belief during Vajpayee’s time, and the Indo-Pak NSA talks is a reverse to this Vajpayee-established policy. The former Foreign Minister also said that for every argument by India, Pakistan will have a counter-argument. “India will ask for Hafiz Saeed, Pakistan will ask for Aseemanand. India will talk about 26/11 attacks, Pakistan will talk about Samjhauta blasts. For every dossier, they will have a counter dossier. Therfore, these talks at the NSA level will be a dialogue of the deaf. There will be no outcome we will be exactly where we are before the talks,” Sinha told the TV channel. He further added that after the day PM Modi and Nawaz Sharif met in Russia last month, there has been no let up but only more terror attacks. Aziz will travel to India on August 23 for talks with his counterpart Ajit Doval. India had cancelled Foreign Secretary-level talks in August last year after the Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi held consultations with Kashmiri separatists.The issue of bail to the main accused in the Samjhauta train bombing will be taken up by Pakistan, officials said. The Pakistani officials said the regular skirmishes on the Line of Control (LoC) will also be part of discussions. Officials said Pakistan is well prepared to counter India on the alleged delay in the completion of trial of those alleged to be involved in Mumbai attacks and granting of bail to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.(With agency inputs)

Ex-IPS officer DG Vanzara denies that defamation suit filed at Hindu groups’ behest

Former IPS officer DG Vanzara on Tuesday denied the allegation that he filed the Rs 101-crore defamation suit against Mufti Abdul Qayum Mansuri, a Muslim cleric acquitted in the Akshardham temple attack case, at the behest of Hindu right wing groups.

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Former IPS officer DG Vanzara on Tuesday denied the allegation that he filed the Rs 101-crore defamation suit against Mufti Abdul Qayum Mansuri, a Muslim cleric acquitted in the Akshardham temple attack case, at the behest of Hindu right wing groups.”The statement (by Mansuri) that the defamation suit was filed in nexus with Hindu extremists and old political friends of the applicant (Vanzara) to frame the respondent was not true,” Vanzara said in his affidavit filed in the sessions court here on August 12.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mansuri has written a book titled `Gyarah Saal Salaakhon Ke Peechhe’ (Eleven years behind the bars) on his experiences as an under-trial in the Akshardham terror attack case.Vanzara sued him last month, seeking damages of Rs 101 crore claiming that Mansuri’s book contains derogatory and defamatory content about him.Mansuri said in his reply that the book was based on the the Supreme Court verdict which absolved him and Vanzara’s suit was filed at the behest of Hindu groups and some politicians.Vanzara said in the rejoinder that he had read the apex court’s verdict and Mansuri’s allegation that Vanzara had not read the records of the apex court further defames him.The case will come up before Additional Sessions Judge JV Pandya in further course of hearing.

Activist Yogendra Yadav arrested, complains of being ‘beaten up’

Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and activist Yogendra Yadav was on Monday night arrested by Delhi Police, from the site of a farmers’ protest near Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and activist Yogendra Yadav was on Monday night arrested by Delhi Police, from the site of a farmers’ protest near Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.Taking to micro blogging site, Yadav said he had rushed to Jantar Mantar after he had learned that police were going to round up farmers who had gathered to protest there.In a series of tweets, Yadav said, “Now our fines are being snatched. They say we are being arrested and taken to jail. All of us, 96 in all, are now being arrested. But what’s the crime, I wonder.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yadav, founding member of the Swaraj Abhiyan also tweeted a picture of himself with a torn sleeve.Questioning if standing peacefully with a Hal an offence?, Yadav added, “We were not obstructing traffic, were willing to cooperate with any reasonable condition.”Senior lawyer and another member of the Swaraj Abhiyan, Prashant Bhushan, who rushed to the police station on hearing Yadav’s detention, claimed that he was stopped from meeting Yadav.”I have been stopped from entering PS police station. Gates of PS locked. No reason for arrest of YY and Ors. Can’t enter a PS in Modi Raj!I have been stopped from entering PS police station. Gates of PS locked. No reason for arrest of YY and Ors. Can’t enter a PS in Modi Raj!,” Bhushan tweeted.He further added, “Illegally detained for four hours, police not even allowing Yogendra Yadav to meet me as his lawyer, in violation of Supreme Court orders which mandates legal access.”According to Swaraj Abhiyan’s twitter handle, Delhi Police ACP told Prashant Bhushan that they feared kisan (farmers) would go to PM Modi’s residence. On Sunday evening, a clash broke out when police tried to disperse volunteers of Yogendra Yadav led Swaraj Abhiyan at Jantar Mantar, leaving nine persons, including three policemen injured.

RTI reply reveals inefficiency in Mumbai University’s process of setting up exam papers

Mumbai Univeristy is meant to set only three exam papers as backup, but this time they set up nine papers causing further problems.

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A recent RTI application filed against Mumbai University faculty for messing around with question papers has brought to light other issues that seem to be taking place. The RTI was filed to take action against faculty who had messed up preparation of certain papers.The response showed that not only has the University been compromising on the format of question papers but it has also given the task of setting up exam question papers to a small committee of three teachers. The RTI revealed that a separate committee of three teachers was formed to prepare nine sets of exam papers. Usually only three sets of exam papers are formed by one committee to avoid the scare of paper leaks, a reputed newspaper daily said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The report said that there is a possibility that the committee may have been asked to make question papers for more than one exam on a subject. Former pro vice chancellor and head of the exam house, AD Sawant, told the newspaper, “To ask a committee to draw up nine sets of paper is not acceptable.” Moreover, making different sets of exam papers is not easy. There is a whole process involved, from selection of teachers to set the paper to who will handle it afterwards. This is why the exam house should be more careful, a professor told the daily.Self-financing courses like BMS, BMM and BFM that do not have permanent faculty suffer more because their teachers are not full-time professors and cannot help in the process. Translation of papers is also an issue too. As there are not enough Marathi translators, they are shared between setting up of various exam papers.The RTI also revealed that around a hundred people are involved in handing over answer papers to the exam house and providing security to the campus during such times.A dean said to the newspaper, “There is a huge paucity of senior faculty members who have the skill to set papers. Little wonder then that one committee was asked to set nine sets of papers. The expansion of programmes has not led to a commensurate increase in teachers.”The faculty is still paid only Rs.300 for setting up of exam papers.

2002 Gujarat Riots: Mayaben Kodnani seeks to recall a witness

According to Kodnani, she was represented by advocate Chetan Shah when Mysorewala deposed, but certain important questions were not put to the witness.

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The special court conducting the trial of 2002 Naroda Gam riot case concluded the hearing on an application filed by the former Gujarat minister Mayaben Kodnani, one of the accused, seeking to recall a witness.Kodnani, convicted in the Naroda Patiya riot case, has sought re-examination of the then police inspector of Naroda area K K Mysorewala.Judge P B Desai is likely to pronounce the order on her plea on August 7. According to Kodnani, she was represented by advocate Chetan Shah when Mysorewala deposed, but certain important questions were not put to the witness. Later she changed the lawyer.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The special investigation team — prosecution agency — opposed her application saying it was a tactic to prolong the trial. Naroda Gam case is one of the nine cases probed by the Supreme Court-constituted SIT. Eleven persons of the minority community were killed in the area here on February 28, 2002, during the post-Godhra riots. The trial court has so far examined 186 witnesses. Former investigation officer M L Mall is currently deposing. Kodnani, sentenced to 28 years in jail in Naroda Patiya case, was given bail by the High Court last year.

Somnath Bharti defends ‘beautiful women’ remark; says used proverb to set benchmark for secure environment

Former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti on Tuesday defended his beautiful women remark saying that I have used proverb to set a benchmark for a secure environment where every woman should feel safe.

Former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti on Tuesday defended his beautiful women remark saying that I have used proverb to set a benchmark for a secure environment where every woman should feel safe.A day ago, Somnath created a flutter by saying that “beautiful women” would be able to go out at midnight provided AAP government takes over policing system in the national capital.”I am fully confident that if Delhi government is given full freedom (over security), beautiful women will be able to go out even after midnight without any fear.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We will provide a fully-secure Delhi…” Somnath Bharti said during a discussion on setting up of ‘Commission of Inquiry’ in the Delhi Assembly here.Bharti’s comment evoked sharp reaction from both BJP and Congress.”It is absolutely disgusting and derogatory towards women, but it is not surprising coming from someone who defied law even when he was law minister. It really shows his attitude,” DPCC chief spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee said.Senior BJP leader Vijendra Gupta, who is Opposition leader in the Delhi Assembly, said that it is “highly objectionable remark” of the AAP leader.”The remark shows what he thinks about women. It is highly objectionable remark of Bharti. He made a comment in presence of Chief Minister who did not stop him from using such words for women,” Gupta said.Later, defending his statement, Bharti in a Facebook post said, “I request media friends not to twist my statement: I have said “beautiful women laden with jewelries can travel at midnight fearlessly is the kind of benchmark one can measure security level at Delhi against, if AAP has police control”.”And ppl like Ms. Sharmistha Mukherji can’t even understand the meaning of this statement whose brother (Abhijeet Mukherjee) had gone to insult the protesting women by calling them dented-painted. Have some shame n don’t politicise just for the sake of politics!!! (sic).”(With PTI inputs)

Louis Berger case: Goa crime branch questions former CM Digambar Kamat

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Former Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat is being questioned by the state’s crime branch in connection with the U.S. firm Louis Berger bribery case. Meanwhile, former Louis Berger vice-president Satyakam Mohanty has been arrested after being questioned by the Goa crime branch in connection with this case.

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Former Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat is being questioned by the state’s crime branch in connection with the U.S. firm Louis Berger bribery case. Meanwhile, former Louis Berger vice-president Satyakam Mohanty has been arrested after being questioned by the Goa crime branch in connection with this case.Mohanty’s arrest comes after Anand Wachasunder, a senior official who headed the controversial JICA water project in Goa, was held by the crime branch. The New Jersey-based firm was charged with paying around USD one million in bribes to win major projects in Goa and Guwahati. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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