Ram kadam statement controversy: BJP leader Chandrakant Patil says row should end as his party colleague has apologised

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Senior BJP leader and Maharashtra minister Chandrakant Patil Friday said the controversy surrounding his party colleague Ram Kadams remarks against women should end as the latter has apologised. Patil also advised public representatives saying they need to exercise caution while speaking. Ram Kadam has apologised and the issue should now end. Kadam does not have a history of speaking ill …

People with cases pending at Foreigners Tribunal will not make it to final NRC list: Prateek Hajela

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The people, who have cases pending against them in the Foreigners Tribunal, will not find a place in the final National Register of Citizens (NRC), but no genuine Indian citizens will be left out, NRC state-coordinator Prateek Hajela said today. He said names of some foreigners have entered the NRC final draft published on July 30 as they concealed the …

Air pollution: Bad air responsible for inconstant rainfall, says study

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The rising air pollution across cities have caused irregular and changeable behaviour of monsoon rainfall in India, said a study. The study, published in the reputable journal, Nature Communications on Friday, conducted by a team of scientists from IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), Kanpur has explained in detail about how the excess aerosols, suspended solid particles i.e smoke, dust and …

UP CM Yogi Adityanath lays foundation stone for ‘Divyangjan’ rehabilitation centre in Gorakhpur

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday laid the foundation stone of a regional rehabilitation centre for differently-abled people at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur. The rehabilitation services will be available at Sitapur Eye Hospital branch in Gorakhpur until the rehabilitation centres building is constructed. The chief minister also inaugurated an eye bank and said, There is no eye …

SC Constitution Bench to hear plea on FGM amongst Dawoodi Bohra community

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The Supreme Court on Monday referred to a Constitution Bench a plea questioning the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) prevalent in the Dawoodi Bohra community. The issue was referred to the Constitution Bench on the request of Attorney General K.K. Venugopal and senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi appearing for the community. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. …

DMK moves HC seeking space for Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina, matter adjourned

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The Madras High Court has adjourned till 8am today hearing on a DMK plea to allot space on the Marina beach for burial of party leader M Karunanidhi. The DMK moved the court hours after the state government announced its inability to allot burial space on the Marina beach citing legal hurdles. In a special late night hearing before the …

Congress plans several programmes in Amethi to mark Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary

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The Congress party in Uttar Pradeshs Amethi parliamentary constituency, which former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi represented four times, will organise a number of programmes, including a half-marathon, tomorrow on his birth anniversary. Yogendra Mishra, president of Amethi District Congress Committee, and Chandra Kant Dubey, representative of Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi, said the party will organise a rural half-marathon, hold a …

Mahatma Gandhi’s statue unveiled at Rail Bhavan

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Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani unveiled a sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi at the Rail Bhavan here to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation on Tuesday. As part of Mission Satyanishtha – a program on ethics in public governance – around four lakh employees have been trained at 300 places about being committed to truth, an …

PM Modi to visit Nepal later this month for BIMSTEC conference

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Nepal for the fourth time later this month to attend the BIMSTEC conference in Kathmandu, the Indian envoy here has said. Modi will also inaugurate a 400-bed dharamshala built with Indian assistance at the Pashupatinath temple premises here during his visit, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri said yesterday. Speaking at a function …

Massive fire breaks out at plastic factory in West Delhi’s Nangloi

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A massive fire broke out in a plastic factory here on Saturday destroying lakhs of materials, the Delhi Fire Service (DFS) said. Two workers, who were sleeping inside the factory, managed to escape. The incident was reported around 3.55 a.m. from west Delhis Nangloi area where the fire engulfed the factory being run in a three-storey building. A DFS official …

Delhi HC may pronounce verdict on plea to trace missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed

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The Delhi High Court is likely to pronounce on Monday its verdict in a plea for tracing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who went missing from the university nearly two years ago. A bench of justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel had on September 4 reserved its decision on the petition filed by the students mother after concluding hearing of arguments …

Mulayam received lion’s share of UP government’s bungalow renovation fund since 2004, reveals RTI

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Nearly 79% of the Uttar Pradesh governments funds meant for the renovation and maintenance of the bungalows allotted to five former Chief Ministers in the last 14 years were spent on the house of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, a report in The Indian Express said while citing an RTI reply by the states Public Works Department. It said …

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes to be immersed in rivers in all UP districts, announces Yogi Adityanath govt

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Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayees ashes will be immersed in rivers in all the districts in Uttar Pradesh, the state government said today. The UP government put out a list of 75 districts and the small and big rivers picked for the immersion of the ashes of the Bharatiya Janata Party leader who was cremated in New Delhi today. …

‘Bharat Bandh’: Maharashtra Congress says stir ‘100 per cent successful’

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The Maharashtra Congress Monday claimed that its Bharat Bandh to protest against rising fuel prices was 100 per cent successful and largely peaceful with all sections of the society, including traders, participating voluntarily. The party further said the ruling BJP was afraid of the protest and accused the government of trying to suppress the demonstration in the state. Addressing a …

Rahul Gandhi leaves for 4-day visit to UK, Germany; likely to hold interactions with the Indian diaspora

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi today left for a four-day tour of the United Kingdom and Germany, where he is likely to hold interactions with the Indian diaspora and meet foreign dignitaries. According to sources, during the four-day visit as part of the partys NRI outreach programme, Gandhi is also likely to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In Germany, he will …

Activists’ arrests: From Rahul Gandhi to Kiren Rijiju; here’s who said what on the incident

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A number of politicians, civil right activists and rights bodies have reacted to the arrests of five human rights activists in connection with organising The activists – Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj – were arrested by police on Tuesday. There is a sharp divide in opinion between political parties with some supporting these activists, while …

Shiv Sena slams Navjot Singh Sidhu for visiting Pakistan, hugging Army chief

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The Shiv Sena lashed out today at Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for visiting Pakistan and hugging its Army chief, dubbing it as heights of shamelessness. It also took a dig at the BJP, saying Sidhu was not labelled a traitor, even though people were termed anti-national for opposing demonetisation and criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The cricketer-turned-politician was among …

J&K BJP MLA targets own party over Article 35A, warns against scrapping provision

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Voicing his dissent over the BJPs stand on Article 35A, a party legislator in Jammu and Kashmir today warned that scrapping the constitutional provision with an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha election could lead to serious consequences. Gagan Bhagat, a member of Legislative Assembly from R S Pura constituency, said he had launched a campaign to mobilize public support …

Satya Pal Malik is new Governor of Jammu and Kashmir; Lal Ji Tandon appointed Governor of Bihar

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Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik has been transferred to Jammu and Kashmir and he will replace N N Vohra, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique today. Baby Rani Maurya will be the new Governor of Uttarakhand, it said. Ganga Prasad, the Governor of Meghalaya, has been transferred to Sikkim, it said

Pakistani handlers used fake Facebook accounts — ‘Neha Sharma’ and ‘Pooja Ranjan’, to connect with arrested spy

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BrahMos Aerospace engineer Nishant Agrawal, arrested on charges of espionage, was in touch with suspected Pakistani intelligence operatives through two Facebook accounts – Neha Sharma and Pooja Ranjan, according to the Uttar Pradesh Police. The UP Polices Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATC) stated this in the court of Junior Magistrate First Class S M Joshi here Tuesday while seeking Agrawals transit remand …