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Indo-Pak ties: Brace for more Modi coups; two PMs have many meetings lined up in 2016

Pakistan’s recent appointment of a former army general, Naseer Khan Janjua, as its national security adviser, has also opened a fresh window for early negotiations on terrorism and cross-border violence. “That the Pakistan NSA represents the views of his military establishment is good because the shadow-boxing is over,” said former Indian high commissioner to Pakistan G Parthasarathy.The “mother of all coups” – Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar described Modi’s December 25 visit to Lahore – also had an important fall-out.Modi’s optics have succeeded in convincing Pakistani leaders once again that a hardline BJP was more decisive than the Congress.Congress prime ministers, right from Rajiv Gandhi to Narasimha Rao to Manmohan Singh, despite having agreed to settle issues like Siachen and Jammu and Kashmir, backed out because of indecision.Ministry of External Affairs officials concede that what Modi had achieved was something Manmohan had dreamt of for a decade, but was not allowed by his own party – the Congress.

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Subramanian Swamy hits back at Congress, says got ‘Z’ security under Narasimha Rao govt

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Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Swamy, the complainant in the National Herald case, said that the Congress government led by Rao had provided ‘Z’ category security to him.

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Responding to Congress’s criticism over the extension of ‘Z’ category security to him, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said it was during former prime minister PV Narasimha Rao’s tenure that he was provided this protection, which was later curtailed by the UPA government.Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Swamy, the complainant in the National Herald case, said that the Congress government led by Rao had provided ‘Z’ category security to him. That was later curtailed by the previous UPA government and made applicable only in a few states, he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”When our (BJP) government came, they said this is injustice and again provided me the security that had been given to me during Rao’s tenure,” he said.”Now I don’t know if they (Congress) think Narasimha Rao was a BJP man,” he said.Meanwhile, as Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, party Vice President Rahul Gandhi and others appeared in court today in the Herald case, Swamy criticised the party and claimed it is afraid that it is losing the case and, hence, there were the “processions and gatherings” of its workers.”This taking out of processions, gathering of crowds… so many arrangements have to be made. With all this, a message would go out to the world that not all is equal in our country and democracy is not well-established. I tell Congress, that is why your name is spoiled… you are losing this case, that is why you are doing all this. If you are winning, then go smiling to court,” Swamy said.

Babri Mosque demolition: Why the incident was an institutional failure

In the book “Destruction of the Babri Masjid: A National Dishonour”, author and legal luminary AG Noorani traces the conspiracy and discusses how the civil and criminal cases concerning the title to the Babri Masjid and accountability for its destruction on December 6, 1992, have all but run their course. In an exclusive interview with dna, he said that then PV Narasimha Rao was culpable because he knew what was happening and yet did not do anything about it.

The Babri Mosque being demolished in December 1992

In the book “Destruction of the Babri Masjid: A National Dishonour”, author and legal luminary AG Noorani traces the conspiracy and discusses how the civil and criminal cases concerning the title to the Babri Masjid and accountability for its destruction on December 6, 1992, have all but run their course. He also blames the secular Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) governments in Uttar Pradesh for showing little stamina and proving to be impediments in the way of pursuing cases against the accused. In an exclusive interview with dna, he said that then PV Narasimha Rao was culpable because he knew what was happening and yet did not do anything about it. He also observed that the Babri Majid issue should not have been a Muslim issue and that the Babri Masjid Action Committee had committed mistakes. Excerpts from the interview:<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>You said the role of Congress has been treacherous. Can you explain?Muslims have earned a bad name in the Shah Bano case. The truth is Indira Gandhi had arrived at a pact with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). To please the Muslims, Rajiv Gandhi passed the Muslim Women Bill, which led to the opening of locks. But they were opened through a prior agreement. The VHP stopped the agitation because of the assassination of Indira Gandhi. The pact was renewed by Rajiv Gandhi. Muslims got a bad name needlessly. I had conveyed a message to the Rajiv Gandhi government through an emissary. I had said open the definition of divorce according to sharia laws, which would have meant three periods and conciliation, not Anglo-Mohammadan law. Had that been done, all sting would have been taken out. But then Rajiv Gandhi had a deal behind him.The demolition of Babri Masjid was a watershed in Indian history. How has it impacted Indian polity?Yes, it was a watershed moment. It propelled LK Advani into a position of leadership and it seemed he would become the Prime Minister. The BJP fouled the atmosphere. But such was the backlash that the Congress could not return to power in 1996. If it had not been for the mistakes on the part of Congress leadership, the BJP would not have come to power in 1998. The entire country was shocked and disgusted by the demolition. President Shankar Dayal Sharma had issued a strong statement. So the BJP didn’t gain from it. But it did help spread the message of Hindutva and that caught on. The BJP reaped the harvest. It did not last long as could be seen in the election results of 2004 and 2009.Do you mean to say that the message of Hindutva has lost its relevance and it did not capture the Hindu imagination?The point is they needed a person like Narendra Modi to carry things further. If it had not been for the UPA’s mistakes, the BJP would not have come to power. I want to emphasise there were considerable mistakes on the part of the Muslim leadership. The Babri Masjid Action Committee’s stupid call of boycott of all official functions of Republic Day was bound to have a negative impact.This is your third volume on Babri Masjid encompassing recent history. Can you give us a glimpse of what you have recorded in this volume?The evidence in this book nails Narasimha Rao, shows his culpability. He was the man who knew what was happening and he kept his eyes shut. Rao was the prime culprit and he acted in such a way that he would not be blamed. But he was responsible. From the record which I had laid hands on, it is very clear that he was communal-minded. He had a record of communal-mindedness when he was the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. He had a bad record during the struggle against the Nizam in Hyderabad. At one time, Advani also praised him, called him fantastic. I must mention also that it required a chief justice like Justice Venkatachaliah to make the demolition possible. I have documented that Venkatachaliah facilitated demolition by giving those court adjournments and after the demolition, Attorney General Milon Banerjee reminded him, “I had warned your lordship.” Venkatachaliah went so far as to say, “I hope you are looking after the health of the kar sevaks.” And sure enough, because of this he was appointed chairman of the Constitution Review Committee by the BJP government.From the contents of the book, it appears you are arguing that the Judiciary and the Executive virtually colluded. And even the secular SP and BSP governments riding on Muslim votes also didn’t show the stamina to pursue cases against the accused?Yes, they had virtually colluded. I wouldn’t go into technicalities. The court was set up by the UP government without the requisite notification, and without the consent of the high court. They had only to issue a notification and the trial would have proceeded. And the CBI had also played a deceitful role. When Advani was in power, they had one role, and when he was not in power, they played a different game.You have been a strong defender of secular ideals and values. The demolition of Babri Masjid harmed secularism the most. What is the future of this ideology in the country?The fabric of secularism has been impaired. The fact of the matter is Narendra Modi has won votes and popularity because of his record. We have to face realities. Every day reports show RSS is infiltrating institutions with the encouragement of the current government. It is a fearful situation. The worst thing today is the communal polarisation.You have also said Babri Masjid should not have been allowed to be made a Muslim issue alone.That is right. It was an issue of statute and law. On this basis, we should have demanded that possession should be restored.The Allahabad high court judgment had almost sanctified that it was a place of birth of Lord Ram. How do you view this judgment?The ball is now in the Supreme Court. And on past performance, really, we can’t say, when the case will be heard. By the way, the Allahabad high court judgment has been referred to a larger bench. Elections have come and gone, but the Supreme Court has not found time to decide the issue of Hindutva before it. The judgment was delivered by Justice JS Verma interpreting Hindutva (as often quoted by BJP) without taking recourse to Veer Savarkar’s book. He referred to Maulana Wahiduddin Khan’s book and some stray observations to validate his case.Back to the high court judgment, according to it, Hindu faith triumphs over the law of the land. The law of the land involves law of limitation. They said limitation cannot run against a Hindu temple. But a Hindu temple can acquire right to property by adverse possession. Now it need not be an established deity, it can be a leaf, a stone and if it is a matter of faith, that faith must be respected. The implications are so far reaching, I need not to spell them out.In Mumbai, there is a traffic island. In that there is a mosque, a temple and a church. And they exist peacefully. Before the idols were planted, there was a proposal to build a temple within the complex, but outside the mosque. It was actually at the chabutra that the worship was conducted. If that solution had been pursued by Rajiv Gandhi, the problem would have been over. The gates were opened by KM Pandey, the judge, who said he saw monkeys on the roof of his house and he was inspired.Historians have recorded Muslim rulers having demolished temples in the past and many Hindus feel that the demolition of Babri Masjid is justified.The majority judgment of the two Hindu judges of the high court recalled the cases of those demolitions by Muslim rulers as if that sanctifies demolitions now. Romila Thapar has documented extremely well how Buddhist places of worship were demolished by Hindus and vice versa. A Hindu Kashmiri King Harshdev looted temples to fill his coffers. But the question is: Are you going to open history to take revenge. Then there would be no end to it.You have mentioned the accountability of demolition has not been fixed and political parties in UP have colluded.Neither Samajwadi Party nor Bahujan Samaj Party has taken a stand on Babri Masjid. Muslims should realise who their friends are.How do you rate writing of history in this country?I must say there is a band of historians Sushil Srivastava and Romila Thapar and many others who are good. At the same time there is a group of historians which is propagandist. I have mentioned it without showing why. But it is remarkable these judgments of the high court running into hundreds of pages were produced at short notice. A propagandist produced material to these judges and they relied on that.

Congress protest in reaction to probe into Robert Vadra’s land deals, alleges BJP

“This is not an ordinary march. This march is happening when you are going to get caught and investigation has come to your doorstep. Knowing very well that within a few days your story will be over and people of this country will know that you stand for corruption and corruption alone, you have started this farce of a march,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said at a press conference

Congress- Intolerance march

BJP on Tuesday sought to link Congress leaders’ march to the Rashtrapati Bhawan with the probe into controversial land deals involving Robert Vadra, claiming that the party started this “farce of a protest” in reaction to investigation “reaching the doorsteps” of the Gandhi family.”This is not an ordinary march. This march is happening when you are going to get caught and investigation has come to your doorstep. Knowing very well that within a few days your story will be over and people of this country will know that you stand for corruption and corruption alone, you have started this farce of a march,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said at a press conference here while hitting out at Congress.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Patra, along with another party spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao, brought up the recent Enforcement Directorate raid on the premises of a company linked to the controversial land transaction of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law to allege that the march was a reflection of the party’s “intolerance to the ongoing probe”. Vadra, they alleged, bought chunk of government land in Bikaner through fictitious names and a shell company.Law is taking its course and the course of law will take its time but it will do justice, Patra said.”When India is marching ahead, the Congress chief was leading a ‘retrograde march’,” he alleged.

What happened in 1991?

By the end of 1990, the nation was facing a serious economic crisis.

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For Bollywood, 1991 was a definitive year. It gave the audiences two of the biggest contemporary stars- Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar. As we celebrate the debut of these superstars, here’s what else happened in India that you must know about.Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi1991 saw one of the most shocking events of independent India. On May 21, the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide bomber in Sriperumbudur, in Tamil Nadu. The bombing claimed 14 other lives as well. The assassination was carried out by Thenmozhi Rajaratnam alias Dhanu, who was associated with the separatist organisation from Sri Lanka, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The assassination was seen as retaliation for Gandhi having sent Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to Sri Lanka in 1987.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Election of PV Narasimha Rao as Prime MinisterIn the wake of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, PV Narasimha Rao was elected as the prime minister of India. He was the country’s first Prime Minister from the south of Vindhyas and the first time one outside of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to complete a full term of five years in office. During his tenure, India saw a major overhaul of its economy and, for this, he is called the ‘Father of Indian Economic Reforms’.Economic reform programme initiated by P V Narasimha RaoBy the end of 1990, the nation was facing a serious economic crisis. Consequently, as newly elected prime minister, Rao decided to initiate economic reforms to help India out of this crisis and speed the development process. The centre of these economic reforms, outlined by the then finance minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, was liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation. Thus, 1991 marked the beginning of economic liberalisation of the country.The release India’s first supercomputer – PARAM 8000PARAM is a series of supercomputers. After being denied the sale of supercomputers by the United States, India decided to make its own. Cut to four years later and PARAM 8000 was installed in 1991. The supercomputers were designed and assembled by Pune’s Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). PARAM Yuva II is the addition to this series. It was launched in 2013.Death of Ismat ChughtaiOctober 24, 1991, saw the death of eminent Indian writer in Urdu, Ismat Chughtai. Born in 1915, Chughtai was known for her strong feminist voice and the controversial topics she chose to write about. The writer of Lifting the Veil, Terhi Lakir and among many others, she explored themes such as the middle class, the sexuality of women and the conflicts in modern India. Chughtai was a pathbreaking writer. She won a Filmfare Award for Best Story in 1975 for Garam Hawa.
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Rahul Gandhi has been found: It turns out that he was at a conference in Aspen after all

After much ado from the BJP, Rahul Gandhi has been found.

On 23 September, the Congress had announced that Gandhi was leaving for Aspen, United States, to attend a conference, but no further details were provided.

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Rahul Gandhi in Aspen. Twitter @OfficeOfRG

Almost on cue, the ruling party blasted the sudden ‘disappearance’ of the Congress vice-president, referring unfavourably to his 56-day sabbatical earlier this year.

“For the last three days, the Congress is misleading the country over Gandhi’s whereabouts. The Congress has claimed that he is travelling to Aspen in the US to attend a conference known as ‘Weekend with Charlie Rose’. But we have got to know that the said conference was over in July,” BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao told reporters in New Delhi.

BJP spokesman Sambit Patra called it a ‘forced vacation’ and RSS even claimed it as an escape tactic with the Bihar elections just around the corner.

But it seems like, Gandhi has been discovered. Gandhi’s Twitter handle, @OfficeOfRG on Monday morning teeted pictures of him attending a conference in Aspen.

Congress leader Milind Deora also tweeted out a couple of pictures (one even with the President of Iceland) with Gandhi from the conference. He wrote that the conference concerned ‘new media & international affairs’.

As a local newspaper Aspen Times reported, that ‘Rose and others are back in Aspen this weekend for the conference, which started Thursday (24 September) and ends Monday (28 September)’. That Gandhi’s participation in the conference was not publicly known is unsurprising.

The details of the event are generally so hush-hush that locals only realised it was taking place last year ‘Vice President Joe Biden’s 40-vehicle motorcade forced motorists to be rerouted’, the newspaper adds.

Bikram Vohra, writing for Firstpost, had previously pointed out at the absurdity of the whole situation, “It is more relevant to express dismay about the rising prices of dals and other essential commodities than fret about how he went, who lent him a plane, where he is and what is this secret cabal in Colorado where he will display his incandescent brilliance,” he noted.

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Rahul Gandhi preparing to take over Congress leadership, says Jairam Ramesh

“I think he is very clear in his mind as to what his team should be. He does not want to take over as an individual but wants to take over as a team,” Ramesh said, adding, “I am still hopeful…he will take over in 2015.” Asked about Emergency and the Congress not tendering an apology for excess committed during Emergency, Ramesh said it was a “mistake” and added that a decision to offer formal apology has to be taken by the party.

Amid speculation over Rahul Gandhi taking charge as Congress chief, senior party leader Jairam Ramesh on Saturday said the Congress vice-president is “preparing” to assume the mantle and is cobbling together his team as he does not want to take over as an individual.”He is conscious of the fact that he is going to take over. He is preparing himself for taking over,” Ramesh told news channel Times Now while responding to a question on Rahul taking over Congress leadership.”I think he is very clear in his mind as to what his team should be. He does not want to take over as an individual but wants to take over as a team,” Ramesh said, adding, “I am still hopeful…he will take over in 2015.” Asked about Emergency and the Congress not tendering an apology for excess committed during Emergency, Ramesh said it was a “mistake” and added that a decision to offer formal apology has to be taken by the party.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Indira Gandhi accepted excesses were committed during the emergency. People have given answer to Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi in 1977 elections. It is for the party to decide for an apology,” he said.He further said, “Emergency could have been completely avoidable. It was a mistake.””The greatest damage emergency did to the Indian political system was to mainstream the RSS. RSS emerged as a political force after 1975,” he addedHowever, he said the biggest blot on Congress was anti-Sikh riots in 1984. “1984 riot was the biggest blot on Congress. What happened cannot be explained… complete breakdown of system, huge human toll,” Ramesh said.On Congress “ambivalent” relation with late Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, Ramesh said, “Many in Congress believe Rao participated covertly in demolition of Babri Masjid, and the most charitable defence of Rao was that he did not do enough to protect Babri Masjid.”He said the demolition of Babri Masjid proved to be a big disaster for the Congress party.”What happened in December 1992 left everybody in Congress uncomfortable. One of the fundamental tenets of the party is to protect minorities, and it was dent on the tenets of the party,” he said.

Italian marines case: India hires two foreign lawyers for international tribunal hearing

New Delhi: Two foreign lawyers, experts in international arbitration, will appear on behalf of India to challenge Italy’s move to take the issue of two of its marines, accused of killing fishermen off Kerala coast, to an international tribunal in Hamburg tomorrow.

Alain Pellet and R Bundy were hired by India to represent its case before the International Tribunal on Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in the German city that will hear the case for two days.

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Pellet is a French expert in international law and former president of the UN International Law Commission while Bundy has 30 years of experience as counsel and advocate in many public international law litigations.

An Indian team, comprising Additional Solicitor General PL Narasimha, officials from ministries of External Affairs and Home, would also be in Germany to assist the two hired lawyers.

“India will challenge Italy’s decision to take the matter to the international tribunal. The crime had taken place in Indian waters so the international tribunal has nothing to do with it,” a Home Ministry official said.

ITLOS is an independent judicial body established by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to adjudicate disputes arising out of the interpretation and application of the Convention.

The tribunal comprises 21 independent members, elected from among persons enjoying the highest reputation for fairness and integrity and of recognised competence in the field of the law of the sea.

Earlier, during hearing in the Supreme Court on 13 July, Italy had made a plea saying it has invoked international arbitration challenging India’s jurisdiction to try two of its marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen off the coast of Kerala three years ago.

Narasimha had told the apex court bench, headed by Justice A R Dave, that India, being a signatory to the International Convention, would participate in these arbitration proceedings.

The ASG said that India had jurisdiction to try the marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone as the alleged offence had taken place in Indian waters. The marines, who were on board ship ‘Enrica Lexie’, are accused of killing the two Indian fishermen on 15 February, 2012.

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Telangana plans its own Tirumala to rival Andhra Pradesh’s famous temple

In February, Telangana government created Yadagirigutta Temple Development Authority to see the reformation of Sri Laskhmi Narasimha Swamy temple.

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao wants the state to have its own Tirupati temple, a leading daily reports. The rivalry between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has now turned into a temple war.When Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated to create the new state of Telangana, Andhra retained Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple at Tirumala, the Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy temple at Srisailam and Sri Kalahasthi temple in Chittoor. None of the temples in Telangana are as popular with pilgrims as these three temples.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to the news report, Telangana will now give the temple of Sri Laskhmi Narasimha Swamy or Yadagirigutta a makeover to match the Tirupati temple.In February, Telangana government created Yadagirigutta Temple Development Authority to see the reformation of Sri Laskhmi Narasimha Swamy temple. Yadagirigutta is about 50 km from Hyderabad and sees about 20,000 to 50,000 pilgrims a year compared to the one lakh visitors of Tirupati temple in a day. Yadagirigutta takes a year to raise what Tirupati temple earns in a day.The reports says that the temple development authority have spotted eight hillocks near Yadagirigutta temple that they plan to develop as a nine-hills complex so as to compete with the Seshachalam hills of Tirupati. This will create a ‘perfect pilgrimage’ spread over 2000 acres at Yadadri foothills.

Patna HC bans CM Nitish Kumar and other ministers’ publicity in ‘Badh Chala’ campaign

A two-member bench of Chief Justice L Narasimha Reddy and Anjana Mishra passed the order while hearing a writ petition filed by ‘Nagarik Adhikar Manch’ convenor and RTI activist Shiv Prakash Rai accusing the state government of misusing public money in the name of campaign for publicity of the ruling Janata Dal (United).
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The Patna High Court on Tuesday ordered an interim ban on use of pictures of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his ministers as well as any other publicity material in the state government’s ambitious “Badh Chala Bihar” campaign.A two-member bench of Chief Justice L Narasimha Reddy and Anjana Mishra passed the order while hearing a writ petition filed by ‘Nagarik Adhikar Manch’ convenor and RTI activist Shiv Prakash Rai accusing the state government of misusing public money in the name of campaign for publicity of the ruling Janata Dal (United).<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Additional Advocate-General Lalit Kishore told PTI, “The court has ruled that photographs of chief minister, ministers or any other leader as well as audio-visual visual material will not be used during the Bihar Badh Chala (BCB) campaign.”Kishore said apart from this, data collection under the campaign would continue as usual and the court said it would hear the case again after four weeks. He added that two private agencies – one from Hyderabad and another from New Delhi – are handling it.”We argued that BCB is about knowing the problems and aspirations of crores of people from various walks of life residing in the state. It will lead to a purposeful document for any government which comes to power,” the AAG added.The court had earlier sought all documents related to BCB from the state government to decide whether the drive is a publicity move of JD(U) for the coming state elections.

Nitish’s Badh Chala Bihar campaign under HC scanner

One of the ambitious drives by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is to be scrutinised by the Patna High Court as an RTI activist filed a writ petition calling ‘Badh Chala Bihar’ a publicity move.
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The Patna High Court today directed Bihar government to submit to it by tomorrow all documents related to ‘Badh Chala Bihar’ (Bihar Marches Ahead) campaign of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar so that it could decide whether the drive is a publicity move of ruling Janata Dal(U) aimed at forthcoming Assembly polls.
A two-member bench of Chief Justice L Narasimha Reddy and Anjana Mishra ruled this while hearing a writ filed by Nagarik Adhikar Manch convenor and RTI activist Shiv Prakash Rai on the matter. “The state government wanted two weeks time for this purpose but the court asked it to submit the documents related to budget, expenditure and total cost of the campaign by tomorrow,” Rai told.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also Read: Nitish Kumar claims credit for Bihar’s growth story during his rule Badh Chala Bihar is an ambitious campaign launched amid much fanfare by Kumar on June 9 this year to ensure extensive public participation in drafting of developmental policies and producing a ‘[email protected]’ vision document.
The state’s Information and Public Relations Departement (IPRD) is piloting the project which will reach out to masses in 40,000 villages in the state. It is aimed at eliciting opinion from around 4 crore people, including eminent persons from different walks of life, for policy-making.

Taking ‘all measures’ to ensure return of marine: Italy

On Monday, Italy said it was taking “all necessary measures” to ensure the return from India of one of its marines accused in the 2012 killing of two Indian fishermen, hours after India’s Supreme Court allowed his colleague to stay in Italy for six months on medical grounds.

On Monday, Italy said it was taking “all necessary measures” to ensure the return from India of one of its marines accused in the 2012 killing of two Indian fishermen, hours after India’s Supreme Court allowed his colleague to stay in Italy for six months on medical grounds.”Italy is preparing to put in place all necessary measures to enable Salvatore Girone, the other marine involved in the case and who is still in India, to return to Italy,” the Foreign Ministry here said in a statement.While Massimiliano Latorre is currently in Italy, his colleague Girone is living at Italy’s Embassy in New Delhi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The statement came after the Supreme Court allowed Latorre to stay in Italy for six more months on medical grounds, after the Indian government did not object to his plea.Italian government on Monday told the Supreme Court that it has invoked international arbitration challenging India’s jurisdiction to try the two marines, accused of killing the two Indian fishermen.India’s Additional Solicitor General (ASG) P S Narasimha told the apex court that India, being a signatory to the International Convention, would participate in these arbitration proceedings.The bench asked Latorre to file an undertaking that he would abide by its conditions within a week and ordered that the six-month extension would start from July 15.Latorre, who had suffered a brain stroke on August 31 last year, was allowed by the apex court on September 12 last year to go to Italy for four months. On April 9, the court had allowed Latorre to remain in Italy for three more months till today on medical grounds. The marines, who were on board ship ‘Enrica Lexie’, are accused of killing two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast on February 15, 2012, under the misconception that they were pirates.

Government has made sure ISIS doesn’t gain foothold in India: BJP

General Officer Commanding of Nagrota-based 16 Corps, Lieutenant General K H Singh had said on Saturday that ISIS has not yet taken off on the other side in PoK, but are trying to gain a foothold in India.
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA Government has made sure that ISIS is not able to gain a foothold in India. “The Indian agencies knew that ISIS might spread its hold on India as well. Since the time the NDA Government came to power, we have made sure that this never happens. Our security and intelligence agencies are keeping a check on all such activities. ISIS will not be able to gain a foothold in India,” said BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao. General Officer Commanding of Nagrota-based 16 Corps, Lieutenant General K H Singh had said on Saturday that ISIS has not yet taken off on the other side in PoK, but are trying to gain a foothold in India.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> He had also warned that militants are trying to cross LoC to create problems during the Amarnath Yatra, and assured that any such intentions of infiltration will be dealt with.

Chandrababu Naidu the ‘key person’ in MLA bribe case, alleges Telangana home minister NN Reddy

Telangana Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy on Wednesday alleged that TDP President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is the “key person” in the issue of a TDP MLA allegedly trying to bribe a nominated MLA in Legislative Council polls.

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Telangana Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy on Wednesday alleged that TDP President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is the “key person” in the issue of a TDP MLA allegedly trying to bribe a nominated MLA in Legislative Council polls.”Revanth Reddy (TDP MLA who was arrested) got entangled by giving an offer of Rs five crore to defeat our party (TRS) MLCs (candidates in council elections). This is going to bring a big change in politics in this state. Because, Chandrababu Naidu is the key person in this.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Chandrababu spoke to the MLA on phone. That telephone information is there. People are demanding that Chandrababu be made the main accused,” the Home Minister said. He said law will take its own course in the matter.Revanth Reddy was arrested on Sunday last for allegedly trying to give a bribe to nominated MLA in the Telangana Legislative Council polls held this week.Meanwhile, senior TDP leader S Chandramohan Reddy alleged that a conspiracy was hatched against Revanth Reddy.”Revanth is a young man. He is growing. Is it necessary to make such a big conspiracy as you are unable to answer the questions posed by Revanth in Legislative Assembly, outside, in the media?,” the TDP leader said.

BJP calls Rahul Gandhi’s comments on RSS an ‘item number’

Speaking at an NSUI convention in the national capital earlier, Gandhi targeted the RSS for its influence over the BJP.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday lashed out at Rahul Gandhi fro targeting the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and alleged that an ‘immature’ Congress vice-president was performing an item number and entertaining his party’s youth with such a childish remark. “It is very immature of Rahul Gandhi to make comments on a nationalistic organization like the RSS. He is obviously performing an item number before his party youth and is trying to entertain them with such childish remark,” BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Speaking at an NSUI convention in the national capital earlier, Gandhi targeted the RSS for its influence over the BJP. “Look at RSS cadres. They always stand in a straight line, and if anyone steps even a little out of line, they get caned. Discipline is an excuse for them, an excuse to kill individuality. Stop the government from allowing the RSS to interfere with governance,” he said. The Congress vice president also said that his party’s greatest strength is to solve the most ‘complex problems’ and criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for failing to deliver on his promises during his first year in office. “The Congress believes in discipline, but I have really understood the reality over the past 10 years. Earlier, I would wonder why there was no order, but now, I understand why. It is in the DNA of the Congress Party to listen to everyone. Others call it disorder, but this is the Congress Party’s strength: it is in our DNA to solve the most complex of issues,” Gandhi said.

BJP slams Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed over ‘Lakhvi is innocent’ remark

“Hafiz Saeed is himself among the dreaded terrorist that the world has already notified. And his clean certificate to Lakhvi, who was the real mastermind behind the 26/11 terror attacks, I think shows the connection and the extensive network of terrorist that pervades Pakistan as a country,” Rao said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday lashed out at Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed over his remark that Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi is innocent, saying his certificate confirms that the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leader is the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said the certificate given by Saeed to his fellow terrorist sounds rather immaturis and very intriguing.”Hafiz Saeed is himself among the dreaded terrorist that the world has already notified. And his clean certificate to Lakhvi, who was the real mastermind behind the 26/11 terror attacks, I think shows the connection and the extensive network of terrorist that pervades Pakistan as a country,” Rao said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I think Hafiz Saeed has absolutely no locus standi, his certificate only goes confirms that Lakhvi is the mastermind of 26/11. If anybody had any doubt in mind, here is the proof,” he added.The JuD chief had yesterday said that India was trying to put pressure on Pakistan through the UN and the US to punish Lakhvi for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.According to reports, Saeed said that Lakhvi is innocent as there has been no evidence against him for his involvement in the Mumbai attack case.The JuD chief’s comments came after New Delhi took up Lakhvi’s matter with the UN.India had earlier requested the UN to raise this matter with Pakistan and said that Lakhvi’s release was in violation of the norms of the global body.

Delhi Police registers Sunanda Pushkar’s death as murder, does not rule out questioning Shashi Tharoor

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In a sensational twist to the death of Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar, Delhi Police today registered a murder case on the basis of a medical report that concluded her death was unnatural and due to poisoning but nobody has been named as a suspect as yet.Disclosing this, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi did not rule out questioning Tharoor, now a Congress MP and a former Union Minister.It was not clear whether she had consumed the poison on her own or it was administered forcefully or by injection, he said.”Stunned” by the Delhi Police action, Tharoor, who had married Sunanda in 2010, sought full details from the investigators on the basis of which the police action came.”I am stunned to hear that the Delhi Police have filed a case of murder against unknown persons in the demise of my late wife Sunanda. Needless to say I am anxious to see this case is investigated thoroughly and continue to assure the police of my full co-operation,” Tharoor said in a statement.While Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said registration of a case one year after the death raises question marks and suspicions. “It is a legal process. Every case need not be sensationalised,” he said.BJP spokesman GVL Narasimha Rao said the registration of a murder case has ended the confusion and hoped that the investigation will be concluded soon and the guilty prosecuted.Nearly a year after 51-year-old Sunanda was found dead in a luxury hotel here on January 17, Delhi Police filed the case of murder under section 302 of the IPC but no one has been named in the FIR. “Nobody has been named in the case,” Bassi told reporters in reply to questions.Sunanda’s death had created a sensation as it came hot on the heels of a bitter spat between the couple on Twitter over his alleged affair with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar. “On 29th December, the medical board of AIIMS has given us a report. The main thing they have informed us is that the death is unnatural and not natural. Secondly, it is due to poison that could have been taken orally or injected and they have told us other things as well,” Bassi said.He said since tests to find out the quantum and nature of the poison cannot take place in India, the police have decided to send samples abroad for examination. “So it was necessary that a case be registered. We have registered a case and we will investigate,” he said in reply to questions. Asked whether Tharoor would be questioned in the light of the latest development, Bassi said, “Now as we have registered a case of murder, all those people who were connected with the case will be examined.””All the witnesses in this case were examined by the SDM, as he conducted inquest proceedings. So, all relevant witnesses were examined by him, we had also examined them under Section 174 of the Cr.PC.”Now as we have registered a case of murder, all those people connected with the case will be examined,” he said. Bassi said the AIIMS report has not specified the nature of the poison and how it was administered into her body. The substance is still not clear but the death is due to poisoning, he said.Asked why a case was being registered one year after the incident, he said the medical report which the police got initially was “interim”.The doctors needed certain information which was gathered and given to them, he said, noting after that they demanded some more information. “Now they (doctors) have given us some conclusions on the basis of available information. So on the basis of that report it was necessary to file a case and proceed further in the probe,” Bassi said.The report has not given definitive conclusion about how poison was present in the body but it has suggested more possibility of injection having been administered, he said.

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