NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi will chair a meeting of the Congress Working Committee on Friday, his first as Congress president.
The CWC will accord a warm welcome to the new president and likely discuss the current political situation, including the ramifications of the Congress's strong performance in the Gujarat Assembly polls for the party in future.
New Delhi, Dec 22: This is again a big relief for Congress as the Bombay High Court sets aside Governor's sanction to prosecute Senior Congress leader and Former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan in Adarsh Scam.
The Bombay High Court on Friday struck down the sanction accorded by Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao to prosecute former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh Society scam.
Patna, Dec 22: Unidentified criminals gunned down a Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader in Rosera sub-division of Samastipur district in north Bihar early Friday morning.
Former district RJD chief Hare Ram Yadav, 55, was on a morning walk when motorcycle-borne assailants fired at him near Sihi More at Hasanpur, 63 km southeast of Samastipur and 148 km east of state capital Patna, police said.
As Yadav, who was hit by five bullets, collapsed on the road, the criminals fled from the spot.
New Delhi, Dec 23: In a shocking development, two judges were suspended on Saturday over corruption charges. The decision was taken by the Delhi High Court after receiving complaints against the two.
The two who were suspended, Jitendra Mishra and Naveen Arora, were additional district judges at the Dwarka district court.The evidence, which formed the basis of allegations, has already been handed over to the court, ANI reported.
New Delhi, Dec 23: Reacting to conviction of Lalu Yadav in fodder scam case, Congress attacked BJP for using CBI against the political opponents. Congress alos questioned the independence of CBI under the Modi government.
"Lalu Yadav has been fighting this legal battle since 1996. It started when BJP leaders filed PIL against him in Patna HC. He & his lawyers are capable of fighting this case. I want to ask BJP why Srijan scam is not being investigated? Why are there different strokes for different folks?," Tewari said.
"We have always said the law should take its course... (but) the central investigating agencies are acting like a pet performing parrot," Tiwari added.
Noida, Dec 25: The satellite town of Noida is not jinxed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, rubbishing the "superstition" that Uttar Pradesh Chief Ministers have lost their seat whenever they visited the urban hub close to Delhi and praised Yogi Adityanath for "rising above" it.
Modi after inaugurating the Noida-Kalkaji Metro line along with Chief Minister Adityanath addressed a public rally near Amity University here.
He said when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat he was told about a few places where no Chief Ministers go "because they were inauspicious".
"I was clear...I would go to all those places in my first year itself. Driven by blind faith and superstition, leaders never went to places for decades. How unfortunate is that," he said.
"If anybody thinks not going to a place will prolong their Chief Minister tenure and visiting a place will curtail it, such a person does not deserve to be a Chief Minister," he said, referring to the Noida jinx.
Mumbai, Dec 25: A major fire broke out in the 32-storeyed building here on Monday evening, an official said. The fire was confined to a duplex flat on the 17/18th floor of the residential Legend Building at Walkeshwar in south Mumbai, with thick clouds of smoke billowing out, but it was not clear if there were people inside.
The blaze erupted around 4 p.m. and a team of 16 fire-tenders has rushed to the sport for battling the blaze and rescue operations in the building off Banganga area of the posh Malabar Hill.
Noida, Dec 25: PM Narendra Modi inaugurated a stretch of the new Magenta line of the Delhi Metro. The line connects Botanical Garden in Noida with Kalkaji Mandir in Delhi. PM Narendra Modi was also seen onboard Delhi Metro after inauguration of a stretch of the new Magenta line.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the new 12.64 km section of Delhi Metro's Magenta Line and along with Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took a ride in the train.
The section connects Botanical Garden station in Noida to south Delhi's Kalkaji Mandir station.
The Botanical Garden-Kalkaji section has nine stations. Apart from Kalkaji Mandir, all other stations are elevated.
Travel time between the two will be reduced from 52 minutes (Botanical Garden to Mandi House via Blue Line and onwards to Kalkaji on Violet Line) to 19 minutes on the Magenta Line.
The entire line, when complete, will run from Botanical Garden to Janakpuri West.
New Delhi, Dec 25: The Botanical Garden-Kalkaji Mandir section of the Magenta Line, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day, was thrown open to the public at 5 p.m. on Monday.
The stretch will help connect Noida with Faridabad in Haryana through the Violet line (Escorts Mujesar-Kashmere Gate), which will intersect at Kalkaji Mandir station.
Once fully operational by March next, the Magenta Line (Botanical Garden-Janakpuri West) will ferry approximately 3.60 lakh commuters every day, Delhi Metro estimates.
The Botanical Garden-Kalkaji section (12.64 km) comprises nine stations -- all elevated except for Kalkaji.
The travel time between the two locations will reduce from 52 minutes (Botanical Garden to Mandi House via Blue Line and onwards to Kalkaji on Violet Line) to 19 minutes on the Magenta Line.
For better crowd management, all stations will have Platform Screening Doors which are installed ahead of the Metro coach gates
Mumbai, Dec 25: The Indian Railways on Monday flagged off the country's first air-conditioned suburban local train for Mumbai commuters, 150 years after the first suburban local was hauled by a steam engine in 1867, officials said.
The Christmas and pre-New Year bonanza saw the first AC local's maiden run for the media, officials, some political party activists and commuters between Borivali and Churchgate on the Western Railway (WR).
Though a public holiday, there were hundreds of curious and wide-eyed commuters who crowded the Borivali station and other stations en route, which will start full-fledged operations from January 1, 2018, with 12 daily services.
New Delhi, Dec 26: In a shocking incident at an alumina meet at Lala Lajpat Rai Medical college the ambulance was used to ferry liquor and a belly dancer was called. The doctors wanted to have a blast at the party and all limits of decency were put at side to make the party rocking and happening.
When the incident was reported in the media the reactions started pouring in from various medical bodies, criticizing the same in a hard manner.
"I got to know that Russian Belly dancers were called and liquor was stored in an ambulance van, it is absolutely wrong, it should not have happened at a state run medical college. Inquiry has been ordered into the incident, " said Rajkumar, CMO, Meerut.
Liquor cartons wee seen stored in an ambulance van. Not just that even Belly dance performed at alumni function of state-run Lala Lajpat Rai Medical college.
It was the silver jubilee function organised by the old school association which saw several eminent doctors from the 1992 batch in attendance at the college premises on Garh road. Alcohol was served inside the premises and the party picked up pace in the afternoon when Russian belly dancers took to the stage.
New Delhi, Dec 26: In retaliation to an earlier ceasefire violation, the Indian Army soldiers crossed over the Line of Control to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on Tuesday and killed three Pakistani troops, as per Intelligence sources.
One Pakistani soldier was also injured.
This was in retaliation to the ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the LoC on Saturday.
Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate shelling and firing in the Keri sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The army strongly retaliated, but three jawans and one Major lost their lives in the firing that took place.
The behind-the-enemy-lines operation brings back the memory of 2016's surgical strikes, which the army conducted in response to Uri attack.
New Delhi, Dec 26:Kubhushan Jadhav's mom and wife today met EAM Sushma Swaraj and according to sources, have briefed the minister about the walle meeting they had with Jadhav. Both the ladies in Jadhav's life looked emotional as they lookedd at the man of their lives, sitting helpless behind the glass wall.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar were also at the residence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Delhi.
Indian prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav Monday met his wife and mother at the Pakistan Foreign Affairs Ministry here for the first time since his arrest in March last year
New Delhi, Dec 27 The BJP is believed to have issued a three-line whip to its MPs asking them to be present in the Lok Sabha on Thursday when the government plans to introduce the bill that criminalises the practice of instant triple talaq.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will introduce the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights and Marriage) Bill that seeks to protect the rights of married Muslim women and prohibits "any pronouncement (of divorce) by a person upon his wife by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form, or in any other manner".
In a bid to ensure that the introduction is smooth, the BJP is understood to have issued the whip so that any stiff opposition from members on the other side at the introduction stage could be thwarted.
New Delhi, Dec 27: In a major development in Malegaon Blast Case Sadhvi Pragya, Ramesh Upadhyay Ajay Rahikar, Lt Col Purohit have been discharged under MCOCA and 17, 20 and 13 of UAPA and arms act.
Sadhvi Pragya and Lt Col Purohit will be tried under UAPA section 18 and other charges of IPC.
All accused are already out on bail and will continue to be on bail, All previous bonds and sureties are to continue according to special NIA Court.
Sadhvi Pragya and Lt Col Purohit will be tried under sections 120 B , 302, 307, 304, 326 , 427 153 A of IPC, along with section 18( conspiracy) of UAPA.
New Delhi, Dec 27: The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday said it has attached properties worth Rs 26.6 crore belonging to controversial defence consultant and arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and others under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) in the National Capital Region.
An ED official told : "We have seized assets worth Rs 26.61 crore of Sanjay Bhandari and others in lieu of undisclosed assets held abroad by him under sections of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) held in his name, in the name of his wife and as well as his various companies on Tuesday."
The agency's action comes in the wake of its ongoing investigation into the case it registered under criminal charges of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in February this year and also under the FEMA.
Mumbai, Jan 2: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday announced a probe by a Bombay High Court judge into the Pune riots which left one person dead and said the family of a young man killed in the violence will get Rs 1 million.
Fadnavis' move came after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar blamed the Maharashtra administration for lapses leading to Monday's riots and appealed for peace.
The disturbances erupted in the village of Koregaon-Bhima on January 1 during the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Anglo-Maratha War between the Army of Peshwa Bajirao II with a small force of East India Company that comprised a large number of Dalits.
"Why did the administration not take adequate precautions for this event which has been celebrated peacefully for 200 years? Due to its lapses, there was confusion and rumour-mongering, resulting in the violence," the NCP President said.
Defending the government, Fadnavis said there was adequate police deployment with six companies of security forces deployed in the entire region in anticipation of the huge crowds for the annual celebrations.
New Delhi, Jan 2 The government on Tuesday said that a Rs 10,000 cap on education fund paid to the children of armed forces martyrs was not being lifted, with Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre telling Parliament that the measure was accepted as part of 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
He also said that around 250 students have been reported to be affected during the current financial year.
"The combined amount of tuition fee and hostel charges has been capped at Rs 10,000 per month in accordance with the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission as accepted by the Government. The allowance shall go up by 25 per cent each time DA rises by 50 per cent," Bhamre said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
Asked if any representations were received by the government on the issue, Bhamre replied in affirmative.
New Delhi, Jan 2: Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday attacked the Congress for its "confused" stand on the Triple Talaq Bill and wanted to know why it was sad while the Muslim women were happy.
"These days a number of reforms are being brought in. The Triple Talaq Bill is one of them," the Minority Affairs Minister told reporters.
"The Congress takes one step forward and then 10 steps backward. The party is confused on triple talaq," he said. "The Muslim women are happy, but I don't know why the Congress is sad," he added.
The Minister's remarks came just before the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 was listed for consideration and passage in the Rajya Sabha, when the House meets after a three-day break.
Ranchi, Jan 2: How many years Lalu Yadav will spend in jail after being convicted in the multi-million rupee fodder scam, the special CBI court here will decide on Wednesday. Lalu was convicted on December 23.The Rashtriya Janata Dal will challenge the verdict in the High Court.
New Delhi, Jan 3: In yet another ceasefire violation by Pakistan, a BSF jawan was killed in Pakistan firing in the Samba sector near the Indo-Pakistan border.
Wednesday was supposed to be a special day for Border Security Force (BSF) head constable Radha Pad Hazra – his 51st birthday.
But as he walked towards his post at Dulma Chak in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba sector, little did he know this would be the last day of his life.
At about 4:35 pm, Pakistan began unprovoked firing towards Dulma Chak manned by BSF's 173 Battalion.
Responding to the indiscriminate firing, BSF troopers retaliated and opened fire.
As the firing continued from both sides, Hazra got shot. He was immediately shifted to DH Samba hospital, but doctors declared him brought dead.
Panaji, Jan 3: A MiG-29K aircraft caught fire after it skidded off the runway in Goa's Dabolim International Airport on Wednesday, after which the runway was closed for an hour, a senior airport official said.
A statement from the Defence Ministry spokesperson said the incident occurred when the fighter jet, manned by an trainee pilot, skidded. Goa airport operates from the Indian Naval base INS Hansa.
New Delhi, Jan 3: The ruling BJP on Wednesday forced an adjournment in the Rajya Sabha when the opposition demanded a division of votes over the triple talaq Bill.
Sparks flew in the upper House as the opposition demanded that the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill be referred to a Select Committee. When the government did not yield, the opposition demanded division of votes in the House.
"Sir, in a democracy majority opinion prevails. Let's have a division of votes on the issue," Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad told the Chair amid ruckus by the treasury benches.
Bharatiya Janata Party members who were already on their feet started shouting and came into the aisles.
Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien, expressing his inability to proceed with the division of votes amidst the din, adjourned the House for the day.
The BJP and its allies are in a minority in the Rajya Sabha and the result of a division of votes is a foregone conclusion.
New Delhi, Jan 3: The government on Wednesday tabled the triple talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha amid uproar, with the Congress and other opposition parties demanding that it be reffered to a parliamentary panel for detailed consideration.
As Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tabled the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 that seeks to criminalise instant divorce by uttering talaq thrice, Congress leader Anand Sharma moved a notice stating that the legislation be referred to a select committee.
The Minister objected saying the Congress was stalling the bill and not understanding the urgency to enact the law that criminalises the practice of instant triple talaq and imposes a jail term of up to three years on the guilty husband. The bill has been cleared by the Lok Sabha.
New Delhi, Jan 5: The Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die on Friday, bringing the short winter session to an end.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the House sat for 61 hours over 13 sittings. The session started on December 15.
Lucknow, Jan 5: A cold wave sweeping over Uttar Pradesh intensified on Friday as the Met forecast more harsh weather in the coming days. All schools upto Class 12 have been closed till Monday, an official said.
Lucknow, Agra, Bareilly, Kanpur, Varanasi and Allahabad district authorities have ordered the schools to close.
Many parts of the state have been hit by fog and poor visibility, with traffic on most state and national highways disrupted completely.
NEW DELHI: The sentencing of former chief minister of Bihar Lalu Prasad will be announced at 2 pm, tomorrow, via video conferencing.
The hearing over quantum of sentence for the 5 accused, including Lalu Prasad, was completed at Ranchi Special CBI Court today. Prasad had appeared before special CBI judge Shiv Pal Singh from Birsa Munda central jail where he is lodged.The court pronounced the sentence after postponing it twice this week.
Judge Shivpal Singh, who is presiding over the case, said yesterday that he "got phone calls from Lalu's men". He didn't specify what was said to him in these phone calls "by Lalu's men"."I got many references for you but don't worry, I will follow only law", he reportedly told Lalu.
NEW DELHI: Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani today denied making an inflammatory speech and said that his image is being deliberately tarnished by members of the Sangh Parivar and BJP.
The Dalit leader was responding to an FIR registered against him for his alleged "provocative" speeches during an event in Pune on December 31.
Not even a single word of my speech was inflammatory, I am just being targeted. No part of my speech was provocative or inflammatory: Jignesh Mewani, Gujarat MLA .
He also denied the allegations accusing him of instigating violence and said that he never went to Bhima Koregaon or participated in the shutdown in the state.
The shutdown was called by various Dalit groups to protest the state's "failure" to stop violence against celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in Pune district on Monday, disrupted normal life across Maharashtra, including Mumbai.
Mevani said that the results of the Gujarat elections have dented the ego of BJP and the charges against him are politically motivated in the wake of his rising popularity.
New Delhi, Jan 6: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) founder member Kumar Vishwashas hit out at party supremo Arvind Kejriwal, saying that the party does not belong to "a coterie of 2-3 persons" but to lakhs of its workers.
In open defiance of the party leadership, Vishwas, who was appearing on a TV show, said: "AAP does not belong to a coterie of two or three persons, it belongs to lakhs of workers waiting outside.
"Two or three persons may be speaking out against me, the common party worker may be addressing any leader as 'ji', but he addresses me as 'Kumar bhaiya', and this is my strength in the party".
On January 3 when the AAP named veteran leader Sanjay Singh, businessman Sushil Gupta and chartered accountant Narain Dass Gupta as its debutants for the Rajya Sabha, Vishwas had expressed his disappointment over not being considered for the Upper House and claimed he was being "punished" for speaking the truth.
Poet-turned-politician Vishwas in the TV show listed out several instances in the recent past when he was sidelined by the party leadership.
Srinagar, Jan 6: Eleven bodies have been recovered from a spot in north Kashmir's Kupwara district where a passenger vehicle was hit by a huge avalanche of snow, an official said today.
A passenger vehicle was hit by a huge avalanche of snow at Khooni Nallah near Sadhan Top on the Kupwara-Tangdhar road yesterday.
"Ten bodies were recovered today from the avalanche site," deputy commissioner Kupwara Khalid Jehangir told.
New Delhi, Jan 8: Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrived in Bahrain on Monday as part of his outreach to the Indian diaspora.
Congress tweeted: "Euphoric reception for Congress President Rahul Gandhi on his arrival at Kingdom of Bahrain."
It also said this was Gandhi's first foreign visit since his elevation as party chief in December.
"Fans and well wishers throng the Bahrain Airport to greet Congress President Rahul Gandhi," the party tweeted.
Gandhi's visit is part of his interactions with Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs). Gulf countries have the biggest Indian diaspora of more than 35 lakh.
Gandhi will be chief guest at the three-day valedictory function organised by 'Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin' (GOPIO) starting on Monday.
Delegates from 50 countries are participating in the event.
Apart from meeting Prime Minister Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa., Gandhi is also likely to meet King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
Gandhi will also have an interactive session with business leaders of Indian Origin.
Gandhi's outreach is being seen as a move to popularise Congress among the large Indian diaspora.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi engages with the diaspora during his visits abroad.
Aligarh, Jan 8: The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has expelled Mannan Bashir Wani, a Ph.D student, after the Jammu and Kashmir Police said they were looking for him for joining the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group.
The University sealed Wani's room at the Mohammad Habib Hall, saying his "highly objectionable activities can hamper the peaceful academic atmosphere and create disharmony", a university spokesperson told IANS.
M. Mohsin Khan, Proctor of AMU, said since Wani had breached the AMU Students Conduct and Discipline Rules, the matter was placed before Vice Chancellor Tariq Mansoor.
"Taking into account the gravity of the offence, the Vice Chancellor has ordered Wani to be expelled from the rolls of the University with immediate effect," said the Proctor, adding the campus and its institutions were out of bounds for Wani from now on.
Bengaluru, Jan 8: Five employees of a Bengaluru bar-cum-restaurant perished in a raging fire early on Monday after failing to break iron-grilled windows of the eatery. No fire safety norms were in place, police said.
All the five men were still inside the Kailash Bar and Restaurant in the city centre when it went up in flames at around 2.30 a.m., Bengaluru Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) M.N. Anucheth told .
New Delhi, Jan 12: The Supreme Court on Friday called the death of CBI Special Court and Additional Sessions Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya a "serious issue" and asked the Maharashtra government to produce all documents related to the case.
A division bench of Justice Arun Mishra and Justice M.M. Shantanagoudar asked the Maharashtra government to file a reply and documents by January 15, the next date of hearing.
The court was hearing two separate pleas seeking an independent probe into the death of judge Loya, who presided over the case in connection with the alleged staged encounter of suspected extortionist Sohrabuddin Sheikh.
The two pleas were filed by Maharashtra-based journalist B.R. Lone and Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala.
Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, representing the Bombay Lawyers Association, told the bench that the Bombay High Court was seized of the matter and the bench should not hear the plea.
Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for journalist Lone, also said that matter should not be heard by the apex court. The bench said it would consider the objections.
Judge Loya died of heart attack on December 1, 2014 while on a visit to Nagpur, where he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter.
riharikota (Andhra Pradesh), Jan 12 India on Friday deployed a remote sensing Cartosat and 30 other satellites, including 28 from six countries, into the Earth's orbit after a copybook launch of a polar rocket from its spaceport here in Andhra Pradesh.
"The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) deployed India's 710-kg Cartosat and 10-kg nano satellite and 100-kg micro-sat along with 28 foreign satellites into the Earth's orbit after a perfect lift-off from the launch pad," said outgoing Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar at the mission control facility, about 80 km northeast of Chennai.
The four-stage rocket had deployed the Cartosat-2 in the sun synchronous orbit about 17 minutes 33 seconds after its lift-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota High Altitude Range (SDSC-SHAR).
The Cartosat-2 was injected into its 505-km sun synchronous orbit. It has a five-year life span.
The 100-kg micro satellite, which was India's 100th satellite, was slotted into its sun synchronous orbit, at an altitude of 359 km above the Earth.
The mission control had fired the engines to restart the fourth stage for lowering the rocket to deploy the micro satellite in its intended orbit.
The first space mission in 2018 on board the PSLV-C40 comes four months after a similar rocket failed to deliver the country's eighth navigation satellite in the earth's lower orbit on August 31, 2017.
"We took rigorous measures to ensure that the heat shield issue that prevented the last mission (PSLV-C39) from deploying the satellites would not be repeated," Kumar asserted.
The rocket carried a total of 31 satellites, among which three were Indian: Cartosat-2, nano satellite and micro satellite.
The performance of the deployed Cartosat-2 was satisfactory as monitored by the mission control facility, Kumar added.