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Former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav convicted in Scam

RANCHI: A special CBI court on Saturday convicted former Bihar chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad and 15 other people in a 21-year old fodder scam case.

The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on January 3.

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Those convicted included three IAS officers, former animal husbandry department officials and two other politicians – former JD-U MP Jagdish Sharma and former Bihar minister RK Rana.

RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said the party will challenge the verdict in Continue reading

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BJP wins Gujarat for the sixth time

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to its sixth straight victory in Gujarat with an increased vote share (compared to the 2012 election), although the Congress, under its new president Rahul Gandhi, won the most seats it has in the state since 1985.

The BJP won 99 seats in the 182-member assembly, giving it a clear simple majority, and the Congress 77. Continue reading

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Most awaited Gujarat and Himachal elections results Today

Ahead of the counting of votes in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh on Monday,  Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were in a huddle to discuss possible scenarios the declaration of results would deliver in the politically crucial home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Most exit polls have predicted a comfortable victory for the BJP in the elections for 182-member Gujarat assembly but the Congress insists that the result will be “surprising” for pollsters.

In Gujarat, the BJP wound up its election office in a swanky mall on the outskirts of Gandhi nagar and held a meeting of all its candidates and polling agents.

As Congress leaders alleged tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs), Continue reading

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Hindus not a minority in Jammu & Kashmir : State govt tells SC

Jammu and Kashmir does not acknowledge Hindus as a “minority” in the state as it goes by the Centre’s national list of minorities, according to an affidavit filed by the PDP-BJP coalition government in the Supreme Court last week.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti pours milk into a sacred pond during the annual Hindu festival at the Kheer Bhawani Temple at Tullamulla Ganderbal, some 28 Km northeast of Srinagar, in June 2017.

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The state government told the top court that benefits of Central schemes would only be extended to “meritorious” and “needy” members of those communities that are notified by the Centre, suggesting that members of the Hindu committee would not be eligible.

The J&K affidavit referred to a Central government notification of 1993 that lists Muslims as a minority. The other minority groups, as per the document, are Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists and Zoroastrians. In 2014, the Jain community was added to this list. Continue reading

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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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