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Why has AAP government not appointed Lokayukta: Maken

New Delhi: Congress leader Ajay Maken on Friday criticised the Aam Aadmi Party government for not being able to fill the Lokayukta post, a state anti-corruption body, which has been lying vacant since 2013.

Addressing a press conference here, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief said: "Lokayukta should have probed into the irregularities in the government with regard to fake degrees of MLAs, misuse of public money to pay salaries to volunteers."


Amit Shah reshuffles incharge of state BJP units, cells

New Delhi : Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Friday retained 19 incharge of state party units and appointed/reshuffled 17 others, apart from appointing incharge of seven party cells/morchas.

Among the new appointees were Kailash Vijayvargiya as incharge of West Bengal and Murlidhar Rao of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.

Shah also appointed D. Purandeshwari Devi, a former union minister and daughter of actor-turned-politician N.T. Ramarao, as incharge of BJP Mahila Morcha. She resigned from the Congress in March to join the BJP.

Jaitley refused comment on Gajendra Chauhan: FTII students

New Delhi : Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday "denied to comment" on the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairperson of FTII, said a delegation of students after a meeting with the minister.

"The minister refused to comment on the appointment of Chauhan as the chairperson but instead assured that in future there won't be issues that hamper the curriculum of the students," Prateek, a student who was part of the delegation, told IANS.

Arrest warrant for Madhya Pradesh BJP MLA

Tikamgarh (Madhya Pradesh) : An arrest warrant was on Friday issued against a BJP legislator nearly a year after he and four others allegedly beat up a Panhchayat official here, police said.

The warrant was issued by Chief Judicial Magistrate Ramji Gupta against BJP legislator K.K. Shrivastav and four others in the incident which occurred in August, last year.

It was alleged that Tikamgarh MLA Shrivastav beat up Udayraj Singh, a senior official in the district's Janpad Panchayat office, following a quarrel.

Hema Malini's driver arrested, family mourns girl's death

Jaipur : Veteran film actor and BJP MP Hema Malini, injured in a car crash in Rajasthan that killed a girl child, remained in hospital on Friday even as her driver was arrested for rash driving.

Doctors at the Fortis Escorts Hospital said Hema Malini, 66, was stable and on liquid diet after undergoing a two-hour surgery here late Thursday following the accident near Dausa, over 50 km from Jaipur.

Shun political vendetta while staging protest: Delhi court

New Delhi : Members of the public participating in a demonstration should not take the law into their own hands and should show some restraint while protesting, a Delhi court has observed while convicting six people for rioting in the capital almost 12 year ago.

"It's after all the hard earned money of taxpayers which is at stake... even the trial of such matters should be double-quick as a delayed trial may eventually give undue benefit to some mob-members due to possible non-identification," Additional sessions judge Manoj Jain said while delivering his order.

Congress asks PM, BJP for apology over IC-814 hijacking

New Delhi : Targeting the then NDA government over former RAW chief A.S. Dulat's revelations, the Congress on Friday demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP over the release of terrorists during the IC-814 hijacking in 1999.

"If the BJP still does not accept that the NDA government was blissfully soft on terror, then the people of India will never judge them kindly. The BJP has an ingrained habit of brazening out their own misdeeds, which they are again repeating in this (Narendra) Modi sarkar," Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan told the media here.

Goa BJP seeks parole for ex-minister jailed for assault

Panaji: The Goa BJP on Friday demanded parole for jailed ex-minister Francisco Pacheco to let him attend upcoming assembly session on the lines of former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt.

Speaking to IANS, Bharatiya Janata Party's state president Vinay Tendulkar said Sanjay Dutt was also granted parole regularly by the Maharashtra government.


Cash-for-vote scam: SC declines to cancel TDP legislator's bail

New Delhi/Hyderabad: In a setback to Telangana's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in cash-for-vote scam, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed its petition for cancellation of bail of TDP legislator A. Revanth Reddy and two other accused.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu dismissed the petition, challenging the bail granted by Hyderabad High Court.

IC-814 hijack: BJP hits back at Congress criticism

New Delhi: The BJP on Friday hit back at the Congress' criticism of its handling of the 1999 IC-814 hijack crisis, and said the decision to release terrorist was taken at the "highest level".

"On Kandahar, consultations were held at the highest level by senior leaders of National Democratic Alliance," Bharatiya Janaata Party spokesperson M.J. Akbar told reporters here.