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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, she is associated with. 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.


Congress Kisan rally: Sudheeran to lead Kerala contingent

Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala Pradesh Congress chief V.M. Sudheeran will lead the party's contingent from the state at Kisan rally in Delhi on April 19.

Speaking to IANS, Sudheeran said he will reach Delhi later on Saturday.

He also said Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will not be attending the rally as the polls to the three Rajya Sabha seats from Kerala are scheduled to be held on April 20.


India's diplomacy gaining direction with BJP's 'five pillars

By Arul Louis,

New York : While India's diplomatic efforts are focused on furthering the national goal of eradicating poverty through economic development, they are gaining a clear direction with the "Five Pillars of Foreign Policy" enunciated by the Bharatiya Janata Party's National Executive (BJPNE), according to a top Indian diplomat here.


Kolkata civic polls under way

Kolkata : Polling for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation was under way on Saturday with over 18 percent of the electorate exercising their franchise in the first two hours, an official said.

While the opposition claimed the polls were marred with violence with its voters and polling agents being threatened and assaulted by the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the ruling party has denied the allegations.

"The KMC polls have been turned in to a farce. Our voters are being threatened, polling agents have been assaulted and driven out," CPI-M leader Rabin Deb said.