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India Politics

Rahul didn't blame RSS, but linked people for Mahatma's assassination, SC told

New Delhi : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had not blamed the RSS as an institution for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, but the people associated with it, the Supreme Court was told on Wednesday.

Senior counsel Kapil Sibal told this to a bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman while referring to an affidavit filed by Gandhi before the Bombay High Court challenging the defamation proceedings against him by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker Rajesh Madhav Kunte.

Bulandshahr gang-rape accused plead innocence, seek narco test

Lucknow : The four accused in the Bulandshahr gang-rape case on Wednesday pleaded not guilty in a Bulandshahr court and demanded a narco-analysis test to prove their innocence.

Salim Chamar and his three accomplices -- who said they were falsely implicated by police in the case -- were presented in the court by the Central Bureau of Investigation at the end of their remand.

Manju Sharma, the counsel for the accused, said they demanded that the court order a narco-analysis test on them.

BJP protesters cane-charged in Lucknow, over dozen injured

Lucknow : More than a dozen persons, including policemen, were injured here on Wednesday when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters tried to blockade the assembly, which is in session.

The protest was to highlight the alleged lawlessness and soaring crime rate in Uttar Pradesh.

Led by state BJP President Keshav Prasad Maurya, thousands of BJP leaders and workers tried to march towards the assembly complex, but were stopped by policemen at the barricades put up at many places to prevent agitators from moving forward.

Kerala youth icons call for tobacco-free educational institutions

Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala's popular youth icons have appealed to the state government and society to work towards making educational institutions here tobacco-free.

Popular music composer, singer and musician M. Jayachandran, state-award winning actor Parvathy Thiruvothu and Chairman of Kochi-based Startup Village Sanjay Vijayakumar have come together to fight the tobacco menace among youth.

India warns against terrorists getting nukes, says nations responsible to prevent it

By Arul Louis

United Nations : India has warned of the "catastrophic dangers" of terrorists getting weapons of mass destruction and said that nations have a responsibility to prevent nuclear material from falling into their hands.

Speaking at the UN Security Council debate on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) on Tuesday, India's Deputy Permanent Representative Tanmaya Lal said: "We are fully cognizant of the catastrophic dangers that the transfer of Weapons of Mass Destruction to non-State actors and terrorists could entail."

Any talks on Kashmir must include Pakistan: Mirwaiz

Srinagar : Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday said any proposed talks on Jammu and Kashmir should involve all stakeholders including Pakistan.

Terming the unrest in the Kashmir Valley a "political problem" which requires a "political solution", the Mirwaiz told CNN News18 that all stakeholders, including Pakistan, should be included in any proposed talks over the Kashmir issue.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh is on a two-day visit to Kashmir to interact with political leaders and people in a bid to restore normalcy in the valley.

Rajnath Singh in Kashmir, driven through tense Srinagar

Srinagar : Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived here on Wednesday morning and chose to be driven through a tense Srinagar amid heightened security and strict curfew almost all over the Kashmir Valley.

The Home Minister's two-day valley visit is his second in a month to review security and hold talks with civil society members and politicians in Jammu and Kashmir.

Nationalism is core identity of BJP, says Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that the "nationalism" was core identity of the BJP and called upon party workers to defeat elements who were trying to divert people's attention from the development-oriented work of the party-led central government.

In his remarks at the day-long workshop of state core committee members here, Modi said that BJP's aim should be to become a social force apart from being a political force.

Centre okays NIA probe into cases of missing from Kerala

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram : The Union Home Ministry on Tuesday gave the nod for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to take up the cases registered in Kerala's Kasargode and Palakkad against some youth, who along with their families, left their homes during May-July with the intention of joining terror outfit Islamic State.

The Home Ministry order points out that the preliminary inquiry has revealed that the aforesaid accused persons have entered into a criminal conspiracy to support and further the terrorist activities of IS.

Lalu Prasad asks Modi for help in dealing with floods

Patna : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide assistance to Bihar in dealing with the "worst" floods in decades.

"Flood situation in Bihar is worst than the 1975 floods; PM Modi should give attention to it," Lalu Prasad told reporters here, hours after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met the prime minister in Delhi and informed him about the grim situation in the state.