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Donald Trump to outline US strategy for Afghanistan, Pakistan

Written by | August 21, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: All eyes are on US President Donald Trump as he prepares to outline his new South Asia policy that is expected to spell out his administration’s strategy towards Pakistan and war-torn Afghanistan. This is the first review of the Afghan war strategy by the Trump administration that took office in January. Trump will “provide an update on the path forward for America’s engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia” in an address delivered from a military base at Fort Myer, near Washington, on Monday, the White House said in a statement. The new policy could see more US troops deployed in Afghanistan besides increasing pressure on Pakistan to stop supporting groups like the Haqqani network and the Taliban—a move that could push Islamabad further into the orbit of China, creating

China Won’t be Clear Winner After War With India Over Doklam, Says Government Assessment

Written by | August 21, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: As the possibility of full-fledged military confrontation with China looms large following ongoing standoff in Doklam, Indian government’s assessment is that war won’t deliver any major gain for Beijing and would result in heavy casualties. The war will also dent the image of China as the preeminent Asian power and rising challenger to the United States, observed the government assessment. According to a report believes the rising tension in Doklam and at India-China border areas won’t translate into a tangible territorial or strategic advantage for Beijing. If China fails to emerge as a clear winner after a war, it will put a question mark Beijing’s claim of having one of most power full militaries, assesses the government. This will also have an impact on a crucial

Congress organises mega event on Rajiv Ghandi’s birthday

Written by | August 21, 2017 | 0
Banihal: The birthday of Rajiv Gandhi was today celebrated in shape of Grand rally organized by Congress workers at Banihal here today. Rajiv Gandhi’s birthday commemorate the values, attitudes and ideals of the late Prime Minister. An attempt is made to understand and uphold his passion for the progress of the nation and his pioneering of many national and international projects said by Senior Party leader and MLA Banihal Vikar Rasool Wani. While addressing the huge crowd Vikar Rasool highlighted the achievements of Congress led governments in India and said that Congress believes in the slogans of unity in diversity since the formation of this pro public party. He strongly criticized the rule of BJP and PDP in eroding the status article 370 and 35 A. He added that PDP is the formation

Steps will be taken to remove Sasikala from party: AIADMK MP

Written by | August 21, 2017 | 0
Chennai: Steps will be taken to remove AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala by convening the general council meeting, senior party leader and Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam said on Monday. Vaithilingam, a leader of the Palaniswami camp, addressing the merger meet at the party headquarters here, said measures will be initiated soon to remove Sasikala. By making the announcement, the Palaniswami camp has conceded a key demand of the Panneerselvam faction for the merger that took place earlier today. Vaithilingam, a former minister, was named party deputy coordinator just before he addressed the meet. Ahead of the merger, an AIADMK functionary Avadi Kumar had told reporters that it was the general council which elected Sasikala and any subsequent action in respect of her expulsion can be taken

PM chairs meeting of CMs, DyCMs of BJP-ruled states

Written by | August 21, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with BJP chief Amit Shah today chaired a meeting of chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of BJP-ruled states. The meeting is being attended by all the 13 chief ministers and six deputy chief ministers of the party. It is being organised to take stock of the development and social welfare work being done in the party-ruled states. Senior Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj were also present in the meeting. The chief ministers are also expected to give presentations of schemes and models undertaken by their respective Governments at the meet.

Internet Services Suspended, Section 144 Imposed in Basirhat After Violent Clashes Over FB Post

Written by | July 5, 2017 | 0
The violent clashes in Baduria and Basirhat areas of West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas over a Facebook post, Section 144 was imposed in Basirhat on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) sought a detailed report from the Mamata Banerjee-led Government. Communal violence broke out in North 24 Parganas district on Monday over a controversial Facebook post, following which several shops were torched and houses ransacked in Baduria, Tentulia and Golabari. On Monday night, the Baduria Police Station was attacked and set ablaze. The Centre has rushed 400 paramilitary personnel to Baduria that is hit by communal violence, which started over an objectionable post on Facebook about a holy site. As a precautionary measure, the government has suspended Internet services

Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Election Results: Congress emerges largest party in Bhiwandi, Malegaon; BJP sweeps Panvel

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
Mumbai: Congress party emerged as single largest party in Bhiwandi and Malegaon Municipal Corporation election, whereas Bharatiya Janata Party is set to win the 78 member Panvel Municipal Corporation. Where the polls were conducted for the first time. Polling for the Panvel, Bhiwandi and Malegaon Municipal Corporation was held on May 24. While Congress retained its hold in Bhiwandi and Malegaon civic bodies, the BJP is heading for a big win in Panvel Municipal Corporation. The election to these three municipal bodies was held against the backdrop of BJP’s sterling performance in the recently held polls to the 13 municipal corporations, 25 Zilla Parishads and 210 Municipal Council and Nagar Panchayat. Congress won the Bhiwandi Municipal Corporation election with a decisive mandate, winning

Saharanpur violence: BJP’s politics of ‘Shamshan and Kabristaan’ responsible for the clash, Akhilesh Yadav to Yogi Govt

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
Slamming Yogi Adityanath government over the Saharanpur communal clashes that led to 2 deaths and dozen others injured, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday cited Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pitch of ‘Diwali and Ramzaan’ during the assembly elections as the root cause of the outbreak of violence in the state. Speaking to the media people, Akhilesh said that BJP during their recently concluded poll campaign in UP played the politics of dividing communities over the festivals of Diwali and Ramzaan; Shamshan and Kabristaan. “What else can you expect from BJP? What we can expect from the one who had divided the Indian festivals Diwali and Ramzaan over electricity, Shamshan and Kabristaan during their election campaign in the state,” said Akhilesh. Samajwadi Party

After skipping Sonia’s meet, Nitish to attend lunch hosted by Modi tomorrow

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is likely to attend a lunch to be hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is scheduled to be to held on Saturday in the national capital, in the honour of Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth. Interestingly, Nitish on Friday missed the lunch organised by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, which was attended by JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav. Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth will pay a two-day visit to India beginning today. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the Mauritius Prime Minister will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Modi. This would be Jugnauth’s first abroad visit after taking over as the Prime Minister from his father, Anerood Jugnauth in January. Shortly after landing, the Mauritius Prime Minister

Advani, Uma Bharti & M M Joshi Asked To Appear In Court In Babri Masjid Case On May 30

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: A special CBI court today directed BJP stalwarts L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti to appear before it on May 30 for charges against the Babri Masjid demolition case. The apex court had on April 19 directed that Advani (89), Joshi (83), Bharti (58) and other accused in the case would be prosecuted for serious offence of criminal conspiracy | Source: PTI In light of the Supreme Court’s order to restore the serious offence of criminal conspiracy against them, special CBI judge S K Yadav also asked three other BJP leaders — Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambara and Vishnu Hari Dalmia to present themselves before the court in person on that day. He said no application for adjournment or exemption shall be entertained. The court which is hearing two separate cases, has already

President Mukherjee presents the Dr. Ambedkar National Awards

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: President  presented the Dr. Ambedkar National Awards for outstanding contribution to the promotion of social understanding and for the upliftment of weaker sections of the society for the years 2011, 2012 and 2014 on Friday in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, the President congratulated the winners of Dr. Ambedkar National Awards. He said that we deeply appreciate and value the works done by Professor S K Thorat, a well known scholar, ‘Samta Sainik Dal’ a non-political organization founded by Dr. Ambedkar, ‘Amar Sewa Sangam’ an institution working in the field of empowering differently abled persons and Babu Lal Nirmal, a social activist from Rajasthan. All of them have done tremendous work in furthering the vision of Bharat Ratna, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, which was to create

PM Modi condoles demise of KPS Gill

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: KPS Gill will be remembered for his service to our nation in the fields of policing and security. Pained by his demise. My condolences, the Prime Minister said. Former Punjab DGP KPSGill pased away on Friday. He was 82. According to reports, he died at a hospital in Delhi. In his career, the top cop had served twice as the DGP of Punjab. He was credited with having brought the Punjab insurgency under control. Gill retired from the Indian Police Service in 1995. Gill had served as consultant on counter-terrorism, president of the Institute for Conflict Management and president of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF). He received a Padma Shri award, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour, in 1989 for his work in the civil service.

More trouble for Lalu; IT raids 22 locations in Delhi, Gurugram over Rs 1,000-cr land deals

Written by | May 16, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: It’s a huge embarrassment for Nitish Kumar government in Bihar! Income Tax on Tuesday launched raids at multiple companies linked to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Lalu Prasad Yadav, according to a report. The I-T today launched searches at 22 locations in Delhi and Gurugram on companies and people associated with Lalu Yadav, in connection with charges of benami land deals worth 1,000 crore. The raids come after the BJP accused the RJD chief, his MP-daughter Misa Bharti and his two sons, both Bihar government ministers, of being involved in corrupt land deals worth over Rs 1,000 crore. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad last week alleged that Lalu’s official residence was the address of the owners of the firms allegedly floated by his family members. He urged the Election

Prime Minister Modi meets Palestine President

Written by | May 16, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas being received by the President Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the Ceremonial Reception, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on May 16, 2017. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas here ahead of India-Palestine delegation-level talks. “A relationship marked by solidarity & friendship. PM @narendramodi meets President Mahmoud Abbas at Hyderabad House in New Delhi,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted. Earlier in the day, Abbas was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here following which he paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on the visiting dignitary and discussed

Manmohan govt was a ‘cash and carry’ regime: BJP

Written by | May 16, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao said it time for the Congress Party to ‘own up’ to these omissions and commissions, adding that they cannot get away by giving political replies. ” Karti had been under scanner for a very long time. Because when his father was the Union finance minister, a large number of cases involving money laundering, involving some kind of favoritism and consideration received for FIPB clearances, these all were available, it shows that Manmohan Singh’s government in which Mr. Chidambaram was the finance minister was a ‘cash and carry’ government. Where money was looted in every possible manner,” Rao said. He further said if there is anyone who has ever misused the CBI it was Chidambaram and his Congress government. “Chidambaram

Presidential Polls: Mamata Banerjee to meet Sonia Gandhi

Written by | May 16, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will today meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi. While the main purpose of the meeting is speculated to be the selection of a Presidential candidate, the two leaders are also likely to discuss the formation of an anti-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. With President Pranab Mukherjee’s term set to end in July, Gandhi has already met Janata Dal-United JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar. According to reports, Congress Pradesh Committee president Adhir Chowdhury, has written a letter to the party high command, requesting her to deal with Banerjee carefully as most of the Trinamool Congress (TMC)

CBI raids residences of India’s ex-finance minister and his son

Written by | May 16, 2017 | 0
Chennai: New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday launched searches at multiple premises linked to former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram in connection with alleged favours granted in FIPB clearance to a firm. Official sources said in Delhi that the searches were spread across Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, and Gurugram. The raids are also taking place at the Nungambakkam residence of P Chidambaram in Chennai, a senior police official said in Chennai. Unconfirmed reports said the raids were also on at Karaikudi, the hometown of Chidambaram. The agency had on Monday registered a case regarding Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to INX Media, run by its directors Indrani Mukerjea and Peter Mukerjea, in 2007 which it is

Triple Talaq a matter of belief, not a question of constitutional morality : Muslim Law Board tells SC

Written by | May 16, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the triple talaq practice is a matter of faith and there is no question of constitutional morality or equality, media reports said. Appearing for the AIMPLB, senior advocate Kapil Sibal questioned how could Triple Talaq be un-Islamic when it has been in practice for 1,400 years. A five-judge constitutional bench of the top court is hearing the issue which has been raised in the form of a petition by several organisations. “Who are we to say that this is un-Islamic?” Sibal asked and said the system of Tripl Talaq started after the time of Prophet Muhammad and it has been mentioned in Hadith. He also drew an analogy between Triple Talaq and the Hindu belief that the god Ram was born in Ayodhya. “If

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron and PM Narendra Modi likely to meet ahead of G-20 summit in July

Written by | May 9, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: Buoyed by the win of President-Elect Emmanuel Macron’s victory in French Presidential elections, the Europe seems to have overcome the wave of nationalism and xenophobia and looking forward to expand trade ties with rest of the world including India. The trade bolstered by Rafale deal is likely to be strengthened by an expected meet between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President-Elect Emmanuel Macron in July this year ahead of G-20 summit in Hamburg. However, Ministry of External Affairs has still not confirmed about the meet. After registering a landslide in the election, Macron was congratulated by PM Modi.  

Rahul to meet Odisha Congress leaders on May 11

Written by | May 9, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: The second meeting of AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi with Odisha Congress leaders to reform the party in the state that was to happen on Tuesday will now be held on Thursday. The meeting was cancelled by Rahul today. On Monday, party members met Rahul and discussed throughout the day the situation of Congress in Odisha. He had also met some leaders from the state one by one yesterday including party president Prasad Harichandan and Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra. Today, however he cancelled the meeting and it has been shifted to May 11. “We got a call that the party vice president has cancelled all his meetings for the day,” Tara Bahinipati.