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India disappointed as US okays sale of 8 F-16 jets to Pakistan,summons envoy
US Ambassador Richard Verma, who was summoned by India over Obama administration's decision to notify sale of F-16 fighter aircrafts to Pakistan,on Saturday reached South Block to present his country's side on the matter. Earlier today,New Delhi expressed its disappointment over the US' decision of selling eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistaan and disagreed with a rationale that such arms transfers will help combat terrorism.
Situation remains tensed but peaceful at Bhojshala in MP,both groups offer prayers at disputed site
Amid tension over performing worship at the disputed site Bhojshala in Dhar town of Madhya Pradesh, the Bhoj Utsav Samiti on Friday shunned the site for conducting the special Basant Panchami puja on a day when the Muslims also have been allowed a two-hour slot for their `juma namaz` at the same place. We find people inside Bhojshala who have nothing to do with Sarawati puja .
Snapdeal employee Dipti Sarna,missing from Ghaziabad,found in Panipat: family relieved
25-year-old Snapdeal employee who went missing after taking an autorickshaw from the metro station in Vaishali area in Ghaziabad,has been found and is back with her family. Dipti reached and is well. Thank the police of Ghaziabad to have helped us. She’s not in a position to say something now,” Narendra Sarna, Dipti’s father, told .
Forget vengeance,Tiger Memon should learn from what his brother Yakub did
Zaya nahin jayega,main unko chukwaonga,says Tiger Memon,in a conversation he reportedly had with his mother Hanifa,hours before brother Yakub was hanged. Implicit in Tiger's words is his vow for revenge,pledge for making Yakub s killers pay for the act,not letting his mother's tears go waste. But,does Tiger really know who killed Yakub? Who was responsible for letting a bright, young accountant turn first into a terrorist and then a fugitive?
Lalit Modi row: Sushma Swaraj s family received money from Lalit Modi,says Rahul
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday accused External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s family of receiving money from former IPL chief Lalit Modi. The attack came a day after Swaraj told Lok Sabha that she did not extend any favours to Modi and had only helped his ailing wife on humanitarian grounds. Congress president Sonia Gandhi also reacted to Swaraj’s comments,saying that she was an expert in theatrics.
Captured terrorist Naveed s neighbours in Pakistan confirm address
Mohammad Naveed,the Pakistani terrorist captured after a deadly attack in Jammu and Kashmir,lives in the Rafique Colony area of Faisalabad city,his neighbours have confirmed. Naveed’s father Mohammad Yakub lives with two of his sons in a house at the end of Street Number 3 in Rafique Colony,the neighbours were quoted as saying by a channel. Yakub’s third son is Naveed,the unnamed neighbours were quoted as saying.
Coal scam: Madhu Koda,eight others put on trial
Former Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda, former coal secretary HC Gupta and seven others were today put on trial by a special court here in connection with a case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of a coal block. Special CBI Judge Bharat Parasar also framed charges against former Jharkhand Chief Secretary A K Basu, two public servants - Basant Kumar Bhattacharya and Bipin Bihari Singh - Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL), its director Vaibhav Tulsyan, Koda's alleged close aide Vijay Joshi and chartered accountant Navin Kumar Tulsyan in the case.
Modi govt is firm on rooting out terrorism from India: Rajnath Singh speaks on Gurdaspur attack
Linking the Gurdaspur attack to Pakistan,Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said the three terrorists had infiltrated from there to carry out the strike and asserted that the government will do everything possible to prevent cross-border terrorism. Making a statement in Rajya Sabha on Monday's attack in Punjab,he said any effort by the enemies of our nation to undermine India's territorial integrity and security or imperil the safety and security of our citizens will meet an effective and forceful response from our security forces.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to APJ Abdul Kalam
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tribute to late former president APJ Abdul Kalam here. PM @narendramodi paying respect to the PeoplesPresident APJAbdulKalam,spokerperson of the defence ministry Sitanshu Kar tweeted along with a picture of the prime minister. Kalam died while addressing students at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong on Monday.
Thousands pay last respects to APJ Abdul Kalam at Rameswaram
The last rites of former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam were held on Thursday in his hometown Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and a host of other dignitaries, including and chief ministers of some states,took part in the last rites that was held around 11am after 'Namaz-e-Janaza'. The body of 83-year-old Kalam, who passed away in Shillong on Monday, was taken from the house around 9:30am to the mosque by the personnel of three services with the casket covered with traditional green shawl.
Yakub Memon hanged: Timeline of major events in last 24 hours
Yakub Memon, who was convicted for his role in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts, was hanged to death inside the Nagpur Central jail on Thursday morning. Memon's second mercy plea before President Pranab Mukherjee was rejected late on Wednesday night. In an unprecedented hearing held at the Supreme Court at 3am on Thursday, the apex court rejected Memon's plea seeking postponement of his hanging by 14 days.
Yakub Memon hanged with rope made by Bihar jail inmates
A rope supplied by a Bihar jail was used to hang 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon on Thursday,an official said. The rope supplied by Buxar Central Jail was used for hanging Yakub Memon,its superintendent,S.K. Choudhary,said. The rope is supplied to different jails across the country for hanging purposes and it was used to hang Yakub Menon,he said. Choudhary said that the particular rope is made only in Buxar jail.
What Yakub Memon did in minutes before being hanged
Yakub Memon, 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict, was hanged to death in Nagpur jail on Thursday morning. Memon, woke up at 3.30 am on Thursday, was permitted a warm bath. He offered namaz and read the Holy Quran at the Nagpur central jail before his scheduled hanging.
SC dismisses Yakub Memon s plea on death warrant
Yakub Memon, convicted as "a driving spirit" for the 1993 blasts in Mumbai is likely to hang at 7 am tomorrow in a Nagpur jail. The Supreme Court has rejected a last-minute appeal from the 53-year-old. His new petition for mercy to the President is being reviewed by the home ministry. The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed Yakub Abdul Razak Memon's plea against his scheduled execution tomorrow in 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
Will Yakub Memon Hang Tomorrow? Supreme Court to Decide
Whether 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon will hang on Thursday will be decided today by a Supreme Court bench set up by the Chief Justice of India after a sharp divide between two judges. The 53-year-old chartered accountant is to be hanged at a jail in Nagpur for his role in the deadly terror attack in which 257 people were killed in blasts at various landmarks across Mumbai. Chief Justice HL Dattu set up a larger bench that will now decide on Yakub's petition to stop the hanging on grounds that there had been flaws in procedure.
APJ Abdul Kalam s brother awaits his final journey
Scanning the faces closely in the small bedroom with his cataract-covered eyes and hoping to see Abdul Kalam among them,A.P.J.M. Maraikayar asked: What is happening outside? When is he coming? The 99-year-old, the former President's only surviving sibling, had to be told repeatedly that Kalam was no more. Their other three brothers and lone sister had passed away earlier.
Prez Pranab,PM Modi,three service chiefs pay tributes to Kalam
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s body will be kept at his official residence in New Delhi after being carried in a special flight from Guwahati so that people can pay homage to the “Missile Man”. Kalam, who would have turned 84 in October and was the head of state during 2002-07, died after suffering a massive cardiac arrest at the IIM-Shillong on Monday evening. After being airlifted from Shillong to Guwahati in an air force helicopter, the body was flown to Delhi in a special military flight.
Gurdaspur fallout: Punjab CM calls off meeting with Pak envoy
In the wake of the terror attack in Gurdaspur,Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal has called off his meeting with the Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit, an official spokesman has said. The Pakistan envoy was scheduled to visit Chandigarh from July 29 to August 1. Suspected Pakistani terrorists stormed a police station in Dinanagar in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district on Monday, killing seven people and wounding 10 others.
Nation Mourns People s President APJ Abdul Kalam; PM to Receive Body at Delhi Airport
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam,the renowned missile scientist who played a stellar role in advancing India s nuclear programme, died on Monday after collapsing at an event in Meghalaya. His body was flown to Guwahati in Assam this morning and will be brought to Delhi by a special aircraft. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all three service chiefs will receive his body at the airport.
No major Islamic State footprints but it s creeping into India,says Army
There are no large footprints of the Islamic State (IS) in Jammu and Kashmir but the militant group is "creeping towards this side,said Lt General DS Hooda, Northern Army Commander,on the Kargil Vijay Diwas. Hooda said the security grid has to stop the terrible organisation from getting a foothold in the country. He also expressed concern on Sunday over a number of youth joining militancy,but said the numbers were not large to transform the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Gurdaspur attackers heard shouting Islamic slogans before final assault
Punjab Police personnel said on Monday they heard terrorists shout Allah hu Akbar — Arabic for God is great — before three attackers were killed after an intense gunfight in Gurdaspur district,indicating the assault was a suicide attack. Heavily armed men stormed a police station in the Punjab district close to the border with Pakistan, killing six people and wounding several others.
Dinner with ministers,new initiatives to mark President Pranab Mukherjee s three years in office
President Pranab Mukherjee will host a dinner for the council of ministers as part of a series of initiatives to commemorate three years of his presidency. Mukherjee completes three years in office on Saturday. Books including two volumes of his selected speeches, a book on the visitors of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and The President's Bodyguard will be released on the occasion. The books are titled 'Abode under the Dome' and 'Right of the Line: The President's Bodyguard (1773-2015).
Long overdue? RK Pachauri told to step down as TERI chief,Ajay Mathur to take over
Renowned climate scientist RK Pachauri,who is battling charges of sexual harassment by a junior colleague,was on Thursday sacked as chief of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) by its top decision making body. The decision to show the door to Pachauri as Director General of the non-profit think-tank,TERI,was taken by its Governing Council that has some of the influential names of corporate India.
Adjourned till Monday,Lok Sabha s first week proceedings a washout
It was a complete washout of Lok Sabha proceedings in the first week of the Monsoon session,as the Opposition remained unrelenting on its demand for the resignation of Union Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The House was adjourned for the day today till Monday,minutes after it assembled this morning. No business has been transacted since the session began on July 21, witnessing adjournments after adjournments over the opposition uproar.
Those who can t respect judiciary can go to Pakistan,Sakshi Maharaj on Asad Owaisi s defence of Yakub
In a statement that could trigger another row,BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj on Friday hit out at Asaduddin Owaisi's defence of Yakub Memon and said that those who do not respect judiciary can go to Pakistan. People who can't respect Indian system and judiciary can go to Pakistan,door is open,Sakshi Maharaj said reacting to Asaduddin Owaisi's comments on death sentence awarded to 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict.
Lok Sabha adjourned: Disrupting Parliament is a valid strategy but what next for Congress?
Listening to the BJP leaders lecture the Congress on parliamentary decorum reminds me of a rather crude Urdu saying, on the hypocrisy of old sinners suddenly taking to preaching others ('Sau choohe kha ke billi haj ko chali'). For a party whose own record on disrupting parliament is so cringingly dubious it is somewhat rich of it to go all pious now that it is getting a taste of its own toxic potion.
SC to hear on 20th July CBI plea in Vyapam case
The Supreme Court Thursday agreed to hear on Monday the plea of CBI that Special Investigation Team (SIT) be allowed to file charge sheets in the Vyapam scam cases in which the investigation is over. A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu,fixed the plea of the probe agency for hearing on 20th July and asked CBI to serve the copy of the application to the parties concerned.
Cloudburst in Sonamarg: Four killed,few missing
A teenaged girl including three others were killed and four people went missing on Friday when a cloudburst struck near Sonamarg, a place enroute to the Amarnath shrine. Srinagar-Leh highway was closed following the cloud-burst at around 6.30 PM. Later Army stepped in to help Jammu and Kashmir government to cope with the nature's fury and mounted a relief operation to clear the national highway.
Heavy rains continue across the country
The progress of the monsoon through the season is bringing joy mixed with sorrow in different parts of the country. Heavy rains have been wreaking havoc in the hilly regions of the country as well as the north east causing loss of life and property. The met department has issued warnings for the coming week. However,there is good news for farmers. North-West India is no longer in the deficit but rainfall is now 12% above normal.
Vyapam scam: Five mysteries that CBI will have to solve
The Central Bureau of Investigation that has been tasked with unraveling the multi-layered Vyapam scam has started its investigation into the scandal. The central agency filed its first cases on Wednesday, focusing on a clutch of medical examinations held between 2009 and 2011 that an allegedly compromised state-level probe did not investigate.