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Goa CM rejects BJP's demand to arrest Karnataka minister

Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Saturday rejected his own BJP's demand to arrest of Karnataka minister R.V. Deshpande for making subtle threats against Goan IT professionals living in Bengaluru in retaliation to the demolition of illegal shanties in southern Goa, some of which housed Kannadigas.

"I would not do that," Parsekar told IANS on the sidelines of a book release here when asked if he would consider acting on the demand made by his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

LJP leader faces case for vulgar pictures of Irani

Patna: A case was lodged against a Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader in Bihar's Samastipur district on Saturday for allegedly circulating vulgar pictures of union Minister Smriti Irani on WhatsApp messenger.

"An FIR was lodged with us (over vulgar pictures of Irani) and it made LJP leader Umashankar Mishra as the main accused," said Samastipur's Superintendent of Police S.P. Chaudhary.

Mishra is Samastpur town president of the LJP, which is an ally of Irani's Bharatiya Janata Party.

Rahul back to work after vacation, to address rally

New Delhi: Back after a 56-day break from politics, Rahul Gandhi along with party president Sonia Gandhi will address a rally on Sunday over the land acquisition bill and against the Narendra Modi government policies that the party describes as "anti-farmer".

The "kisan khet mazdoor" (farmer-farms labour) rally is being widely seen as a show of strength for a party desperate to reverse its sliding fortunes after a string of election drubbings.


Yogendra Yadav calls show cause notice 'a joke'

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rebel leader Yogendra Yadav on Saturday called the show-cause notice served to him by his party "a joke".

"It's funny. 'Sources' leaked content of my show cause notice even before I received it. The notice charges me with leaking news!" Yadav said in a tweet.

In a Facebook post, giving a chronological sequence of events, Yadav said: "It is afternoon. TV channels quote a party leader (who is not a member of the Disciplinary Committee) that we are to be served Show Cause Notice in the evening."


Joint sitting on land bill unlikely

New Delhi: While the fate of land acquisition bill hangs in the balance, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday said the government has not discussed the option of calling a joint session of parliament to push it through.

"We have not yet discussed about joint sitting for the land bill," Naqvi told IANS in response to a question.


Teesta alleges persecution through proxies after latest controversy over funding for her media outlets

By Staff Reporter,

Mumbai: Teesta Setalvad has once again accused the Gujarat Government of vindictive attitude and harassment after the latest round of controversy surrounding the running of media outlets. The state government is pressurizing the Home Ministry on the issue of FCRA, she alleged.

175 Muslim candidates in fray for Kolkata municipal elections being held

By Zaidul Haque,,

Kolkata: Local elections are being held today in 144 wards of the city for the Kolkata Municipal elections Corporation. A total of 1077 candidates are trying their luck, out of which 175 are Muslims. Kolkata has over 37 lakh 53 thousand registered voters.

Yasin Malik, Agnivesh held; police accept lapses in Narbal firing

Srinagar: Police on Saturday arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik and Swami Agnivesh in Srinagar.

A police statement here has accepted that standard operating procedure (SOP) was violated by those security personnel who fired at a mob in Narbal village in which a teenager was killed during clashes.

Malik and Agnivesh earlier sat on a symbolic hunger strike in Maisuma locality of Srinagar city along with activists of JKLF against the government's proposed decision to set up composite townships for migrant Pandits in the Kashmir Valley.

16 year old youth shot dead by security forces in Kashmir

Forces acted in violation of Standard Operation Procedure (SOP), says Police

By Raqib Hameed Naik,,

Srinagar: A Youth was shot dead when security forces opened fire on a group of protestors who were protesting against Tral Killings and detention of Separatist leaders in Narbal area Central Kashmir's Budgam District.

Three persons were injured in firing. One youth who got critically injured later succumbed to his injuries at the JVC Hospital, Bemina.

Rahul Gandhi meets farmers

New Delhi : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who returned home two days back after a 56-day leave of absence, on Saturday met farmers here.

Rahul Gandhi held discussions with farmers on the land bill.

This was his first public interaction after his nearly two months long sabbatical.

The 44-year-old Gandhi scion is scheduled to meet about half a dozen groups of farmers from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh at his residence.

The meeting with farmers were originally scheduled for Friday but was deferred till Saturday.