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HONEYPREET CHARGED FOR AUG 25 RIOTS

PANCHKULA: The Haryana police on Tuesday filed its charge sheet in the August 25 Panchkula violence, holding rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s adopted daughter Honeypreet as the main accused in the arson that left 36 people dead.

Along with Honeypreet, the police also framed charges against 14 others in its 1,200-page charge sheet for inciting Dera Sacha Sauda followers to carry out violence after the sect’s chief was convicted in a rape case. Continue reading

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Income-tax department has issued a 30 crore notice to the Aam Aadmi party

The income-tax department has issued a ~30-crore notice to the Aam Aadmi party (AAP) for allegedly violating norms on collecting donations, including “hawala entries” worth ~2 crore.

The order for tax assessment issued on November 23 sought the party’s explanation by December 7, saying it “incorrectly disclosed hawala money as voluntary donations”. The AAP said the order was “bogus” and accused the “people who run the country” of muzzling the voice of Delhi’s ruling party. The reference was to the BJP government at the Centre, with whom the AAP has a running dispute over administrative control of Delhi.

The I-T department declared all donations to the AAP in 2014-2015 as illegal, revoking tax exemptions given to it as a party.

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I will sue BJP M.P. who trolled me – Actor Prakash raj

Film actor Prakash Raj said on Thursday he has sent a legal notice to BJP leader Pratap Sinha for “trolling” him, days after the Mysuru MP attacked the artiste over his remarks over journalist Gauri Lankesh’s murder.

Raj had criticised Narendra Modi in October over what he said was the Prime Minister’s “silence” on those “celebrating” Lankesh’s killing. The 55-year-old editor and publisher of Kannada-language newspaper ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike’ was shot dead outside her home in Bengaluru in September.

“I have sent a legal notice to Mr Pratap Simha as a citizen of this country for the way he has trolled me, which has disturbed my personal life. I am asking him to answer legally and if he doesn’t, I will be taking criminal action against him,” news agency ANI quoted Raj as saying on Thursday. Continue reading

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Parliament’s winter session will start from Dec. 15

Winter session of Parliament is likely to start from December 15, a day after the second and final phase of polling in Gujarat, and end on January 5, said sources. The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, headed by home minister Rajnath Singh, met in New Delhi on Wednesday to finalise the schedule. Continue reading

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Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu in India from January 14

NEWDELHI: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to arrive in India for a threeday visit on January 14 as the two countries work towards a free trade agreement.

The two countries are also working on a proposal for the Heron TP, medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to meet multiple mission needs of the Indian armed forces.

Upon his arrival, Netanyahu will be received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad, like he did China’s Xi Jinping and Japan’s Shinzo Abe. Continue reading

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Odd­ Even 3 in Delhi from next Monday to Friday

NEW DELHI : The Arvind Kejriwal’s government on Thursday announced the return of the odd even plan from November 13 to 17 as air quality in the Capital worsened for the third straight day.

This is the third time that Delhi will try the radical road-rationing scheme during which private cars with even- and odd-numbered plates ply on alternate days. Continue reading

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Huge hike in borrowing limit for central govt employees

NEW DELHI: In a move set to give a boost to the housing sector, the government has revised the House Building Advance rules for central government employees, increasing by over three times the amount they can borrow from Continue reading

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Rajasthan HC restricts OBC quota bill’s implementation

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan high court on Thursday restricted the state government from implementing the OBC Reservation Bill 2017, which hikes the quota given to Other Backward Classes from 21% to Continue reading

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Ajay Bisara is the next envoy to Pakistan

NEW DELHI: Ajay Bisaria, currently the Indian ambassador to Poland, has been appointed the country’ s top envoy to Pakistan.

The 1987- batch IFS officer will succeed Gautam Bambawale, who was last month posted to China.

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Speed up the cases of politicians, says SC

NEWDELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the Centre six weeks to come up with a scheme for setting up special courts for speedy trial of lawmakers  or politicians facing criminal charges, saying “this is in the interest of the nation”.

The court also sought the status of the 1,581 criminal cases mentioned in poll affidavits by the candidates in 2014, when elections were held for the Lok Sabha and eight state assemblies.

“In the interest of the nation, trials in such cases must end within a year,” a bench led by justice Ranjan Gogoi said, asking the Centre to specify the money it would set aside for such courts.

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