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China today warned India against allowing the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh, saying it would cause “serious damage” to the bilateral ties and peace in the disputed border region. “China is gravely concerned over information that India has granted permission to the Dalai to visit Arunachal Pradesh,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told the media here. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of Tibet and routinely objects to any visits by top leaders, officials and diplomats to the area. China had also aired similar concerns in October last year when India granted permission to the Tibetan spiritual leader to visit Arunachal Pradesh at the invitation of the state government. The visit is expected to take place this year.”China is strongly
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday accused the ruling BJP at the Centre of being a ‘party of goons’ and said last week’s violent students clashes in Delhi University has got parents worried about their wards. ‘The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and the ABVP are the party of goons and rowdies. Whoever opposes RSS or the BJP, they call them anti-national,’ the Aam Aadmi Party leader said on the sidelines of an event here. He also expressed his unhappiness at the death and rape threats against Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, who had launched a social media campaign against the RSS’ students wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in the wake of the February 22 clashes outside Ramjas College that left over a dozen people injured. ‘The
Mirzapur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday took a dig at the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance in Uttar Pradesh and reminded people of a past remark of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi that there was no development in the state. Addressing a gathering here, the Prime Minister referred to Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Khaat Sabha’ in the state last year — before the two parties sewed up a pre-poll alliance for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections and said the Gandhi family scion had rapped the state government for the poor power situation during one such event in Madihan. Responding to the Chief Minister’s jibe on electricity supply in the state, Modi said: “Akhilesh Yadav asked me to touch wires to check where there is electricity supply or not. But I would
CHENNAI: No society can call itself civilized if it does not honor women, President Pranab Mukherjee said Friday as he emphasized on providing reservation for women in Parliament. Addressing a function here, Mukherjee said the recognition of women in the country’s growth has not been taken into account while calculating the GDP, which reflects the attitude of discrimination of the society. “It’s really a dichotomy in our society where we call women as a source of power, embodiment of motherhood. We worship women as deities. Our core civilizational values tell us to respect a woman. “But unfortunately, we are really disturbed when day-in and day-out we are confronted by news of brutalizing of women. Sometimes we wonder. Today we are called as civilized society. Can any
Beheading remark: Kerala CM says Sangh Parivar has taken many heads, RSS condemns its leader’s comment
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday downplayed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader K. Chandrawat”s threatening remark against him and said the right-wing group has taken heads of several people. “Sangh Parivar has taken heads of several”But we are to travel na” Vijayan told the media here. RSS on the other hand has strongly condemned the statement and said that the organisation doesn’t support such acts of violence. It also clarified that view of merely one person shouldn’t be taken as the collective goal of the entire organisation. “RSS doesn’t subscribe to any views advocating violence & strongly condemn it. Attached statement is loud & clear”, Dr MM Vaidya; tweets RSS pic.twitter.com/wIOIaDM0Tc â ANI (@ANI_news)
Lucknow: The BJP on Thursday urged the Election Commission to ensure deployment of women police and para-military forces at “sensitive” polling booths in the last two phases of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls to examine burqa-clad female voters. n a representation to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), the party said, “The BJP demands that to establish the identity of burqa-clad female voters in the sixth and seventh phase of the UP polls, women police and central para-military forces be posted at the sensitive and hyper-sensitive polling booths.” It said a large number of burqa-clad women exercise their franchise and there was a possibility of false voting. “Adequate deployment of female police would ensure proper checking of women voters, and at the same
Gorakhpur: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not fulfilling any of his promises made for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Addressing a public rally here, the Congress leader said that all that the Prime Minister has done in the last three years is “talk useless things” and do nothing.”Modiji had promised to give two crore jobs per year. Has this happened,” Gandhi asked before the cheering crowds. Adding that the Prime Minister had no connect with the poor and farmers, the Gandhi scion urged the people to vote for the Congress-Samajwadi Party (SP) alliance so that their lives can be changed for good. “I have taken out a kisan yatra from Deoria to Delhi and I know that farmers of the country are in bad shape…all
Puttur: Communal clash erupted at Koila village in Puttur taluk after Saffron activists objected staying of three girls belonging to another religion in the house of a Muslim cleric. The incident happened 21 February evening when the Hindutva activists gheraoed the cleric’s house and questioned the Hindu girls stay. According to media reports, Mohammed, who is a cleric at a local mosque was not at home at the time of the incident. The cleric’s daughter Sameena, and her class-fellow Riya, Reena and Soniya (names changed) from GSSS Institute of Engineering and Technology for Women, Mysuru had come to Dakshina Kannada on holiday. The three girls decided to stay at Sameena’s house. As soon as right-wing activists learned about this, they created ruckus and also spread rumours on social media
NEW DELHI: Samajwadi Party leader Dimple Yadav, wife of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, today launched a fresh salvo against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making statements with communal overtones during the state assembly polls. Barely hours after the airing of PM Modi’s monthly radio address “Mann ki Baat”, Dimple addressed an election rally in Jaunpur and said, “Jo teen saal se mann ki baat kar rahe the, unke mann ki baat mein thi bhed bhaav, jaati-dharm, Diwali-Ramzan, Shamshan-Kabristan ki baat.” “The people who were saying Mann ki Baat for the last three years, they had discrimination in their hearts, on the lines of caste-religion, Diwali-Ramzan, Shamshan-Kabristan,” the Samajwadi Party leader said. Dimple’s charge was with
The fifth phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections goes to poll tomorrow with 51 Assembly constituencies spread across 11 districts, five of which border Nepal. Prominent contestants in this phase include controversial minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati (SP), who will be facing Amita Singh (Congress) and Garima Singh (BJP) in Amethi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Rahul Gandhi. Amita is the wife of Congress leader Sanjay Singh, while Garima is his estranged spouse, making it a “rani versus rani” contest. ALSO READ: UP Polls 2017: PM Modi Slams SP, Terms Kanpur Train Accident A ‘Conspiracy’ The districts going to polls in this phase are Balrampur, Gonda, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Bahraich, Shravasti, Basti, Siddharth Nagar, Sant Kabir Nagar, Amethi and Sultanpur. Due to death of Samajwadi
Veteran Tamil actor Kamal Hassan has refused to accept Palaniswami as Tamil Nadu CM by pointing out that he was anointed by the family of Sasikala which is “a criminal conglomerate”. Disagreeing with the outcome of Palaniswami trust vote in Tamil Nadu Assembly, Kamal Hassan told a news channel, “The emotion on streets denote something else.” Kamal Hassan pointed out that Palaniswami mentor Sasikala was convicted by the Supreme Court in the DA case. “What I am saying, it is the truth and it was reiterated by (the) Court. Even the late Chief Minister (Jayalalithaa) has been accused,” Kamal Hassan said.
The Maternity Benefit Programme (MBP), which was part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s televised address on New Year’s Eve, will now benefit only the birth of the first child due to lack of funds under the recent Budget announcement. Top ministry sources confirmed that the amount of Rs 2,700 crore set aside for MBP in the Union Budget 2017-2018 was insufficient and, therefore, the scheme will be revised to cater to the birth of the first child alone. Earlier, it was applicable for “the first two live births”. Ironically, this downward revision is accompanied by plans to universalise the scheme, necessitated by the Right to Food Act, 2013. In his address to the nation on December 31 last year, Modi had announced pan-India expansion of the existing Indira Gandhi Matritva
Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Khurshid Shah talking to media in Sukkur on February 19, 2017. Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Khurshid Shah has called on the federal government to initiate a crackdown against banned outfits in Punjab and “eliminate their nurseries.” “There are nurseries of proscribed organisations in Punjab that, if not acted against, will cause further deterioration of law and order,” Shah said while talking to the media in Sukkur on Sunday. “Neighbouring countries do not want to see a stable Pakistan taking shape and want it to remain under the shadows of hunger and fear,” the veteran Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader said.
Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said the outcome of the local body elections currently underway in the state will weigh on the future of his cabinet composition as some ministers will be promoted while others relieved according to BJP’s performance in their areas. “There will be some reflection of the results on the state ministry. If the performance is good, some would be given a promotion in the cabinet. On the other hand, the ministers who fail to improve BJP’s performance in their respective districts, will be relieved from the ministry,” said Fadnavis during an interaction with reporters at his official bungalow Varsha this afternoon. Fadnavis’ comments came in the backdrop of BJP in Uttar Pradesh giving a target to its Members
Fatehpur: Slamming the Samajwadi Party government for partisan behaviour on grounds of religion and caste, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said it is the biggest hindrance for development in Uttar Pradesh. Addressing a public gathering here, Mr Modi said development, which was on ‘vanvaas’ (exile), during the past 14 years in the state, will end with the formation of a Bharatiya Janata Party government. Mr Modi said three phases of polling indicate that the BJP is going to obtain a majority in the 403-member Assembly. Taking a swipe at Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Mr Modi said, “I saw an interview in the morning that he was not looking confident, he knows that his party is not going to win.” He said by his alliance, Akhilesh had insulted his ideologue Ram Manohar Lohia who opposed
Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday said there was no rift in the party and his son Akhilesh Yadav will become Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister again. “There is no rift in SP. Akhilesh will become chief minister as a lot of development work was done in his regime,” Yadav told reporters after casting his vote here. Asked why he was not actively campaigning for his party candidates, he said, “I am campaigning. Other phases are left, I will campaign.” Assembly elections in UP are scheduled in seven phases, two of which have been completed while the third is underway today. The remaining phases will be held on 23 and 27 February and March 4 and 8. The results will be out on March 11. When asked about his brother Shivpal Yadav, who is contesting from Jaswant Nagar in SP stronghold
New Delhi: In a new development in the case of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmad, Delhi High Court on Monday clarified that it didn’t instruct Delhi police to conduct lie-detector tests on any of the nine suspected students in the case. The court also said it was not monitoring the probe in the disappearance of Ahmad stating it was the domain of the police to decide the manner in which investigation has to be carried out. The Monday’s observation is in contradiction with the Court’s order last week in which a bench of bench of justices G S Sistani and Vinod Goel had said: “The student had gone missing in October (2016), it is February now. Nearly four months have gone by and none of the leads are going anywhere. We asked for polygraph test as the other leads have
New Delhi: In a major setback for AIADMK General Secretary and Tamil Nadu aspiring Chief Minister Sasikala Natarajan, the Supreme Court on Tuesday convicted her in 21-year-old disproportionate assets case. A division bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy set aside a Karnataka High Court order staying the conviction of Sasikala and three by a trial court. The court directed Sasikala and the others to “immediately” surrender before the trial court and ordered them to serve the remaining portion of their jail term. Justice Roy, in a concurring judgment, expressed deep concern over the “escalating menace of corruption in society”.
Chennai: In a bid to quell rebellion and to take a firm control of the Party leadership, AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala today expelled caretaker Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, senior leaders and all office-bearers supporting him, from the primary membership of the party for alleged anti-party activities. A couple of hours after the Supreme Court convicted her in the DA case, dashing her hopes of becoming the Chief Minister, Sasikala, in a statement here, said a total of 20 AIADMK functionaries, including School Education Minister Ma Foi Pandiarajan and former Ministers like C Ponnaiyan, K P Munusamy and Natham R Viswanathan, former Assembly Speaker P H Pandian his son and former Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Pandian, were expelled from the party, for violating the party principles
The January 7 notification was “arbitrary and discriminatory”, said Justice Manmohan while ordering a stay on the guidelines for nursery admissions in the national capital for the 2017-18 academic session. The notification issued by the Department of Education of Delhi government had made “distance” the primary criterion for admission of tiny tots. The court questioned the Delhi government’s decision to impose the neighbourhood restriction to only those schools that are built on Delhi Development Authority land. “Public interest cannot be confined to 298 schools,” said the court. “After all, children are uniformly affected by alleged factors of public interest and it cannot be said that public interest is to be served only in the case of children