India Politics

India Politics

Congress wants Modi to make Ufa discussions public

New Delhi : The Congress on Thursday demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi reveal what he discussed on terrorism with his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Ufa on July 10 as India continued to suffer terror attacks from across the border.

"The prime minister should make a statement on the issue in parliament," Congress leader Anand Sharma told the media here, expressing concern over the terror attack in Dinanagar town of Gurdaspur district in Punjab, believed to be carried out by terrorists from Pakistan.

Gurdaspur attackers infiltrated from Pakistan: Government

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said the three terrorosts killed in Dinanagar town in Punjab had infiltrated from Pakistan and warned the neighbouring country that any effort by enemies will meet an effective and forceful response from Indian security forces.

Political war of words erupts over Memon's execution

New Delhi: A political war of words erupted on Thursday over the execution of 1993 Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon and the issue of terrorism, with a section of opposition leaders speaking against the death sentence and the government hitting back.

The recriminations began when Congress leaders Digvijay Singh, Shashi Tharoor and Mani Shankar Aiyar expressed displeasure over the execution of 1993 Mumbai blasts convict.

Kashmir lawmaker protests Yakub Memon's hanging

Srinagar: An independent lawmaker in Kashmir on Thursday criticised the hanging of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon and termed his execution as "a selective one that smacks of communal bias".

"The way government of India and the judiciary showed urgency in convicting and subsequent hanging of Yakub Memon clearly shows a communal bias while dealing with the cases of a particular community," said independent legislator, Engineer Rashid.

"Such an urgency is nowhere to be seen when it comes to cases relating to people involved in massacre of Muslims."

Rajya Sabha condemns Punjab terror attack

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Thursday condemned the terrorist attack in Punjab's Dinanagar town and expressed its condolences to the families of those who died in the attack.

"Seven persons, including four security personnel, were killed and 16, including six security personnel, were injured in a terrorist attack in Dinanagar in Gurdaspur district of Punjab on July 27, 2015," Chairman M. Hamid Ansari said as the house met on Thursday.

LS adjourned for the day, RS till 2 p.m.

New Delhi: Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day on Thursday as a mark of respect to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, while the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 p.m.

"Since the funeral of A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is in progress, the house is adjourned till 2 p.m.," Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Hamid Ansari said.

Kalam, who died on Monday in Shillong due to cardiac arrest, was accorded a state funeral at his home town of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.

Modi pays tribute to Kalam

Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tribute to late former president A.P.J Abdul Kalam here.

"PM @narendramodi paying respect to the #PeoplesPresident #APJAbdulKalam," spokerperson of the defence ministry Sitanshu Kar tweeted along with a picture of the prime minister.

Kalam died while addressing students at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong on Monday.

Saddened by Memon's execution: Tharoor

New Delhi : Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said he was "saddened" by 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon's execution on Thursday.

"Saddened by news that our government has hanged a human being. State-sponsored killing diminishes us all by reducing us to murderers too," Tharoor tweeted.

"There is no evidence that death penalty serves as a deterrent, to the contrary in fact. All it does is exact retribution, unworthy of a Government," the Thiruvananthapuram MP added.

He said: "... cold-blooded execution has never prevented a terror attack anywhere."

Protest demonstrations by dalits and adivasi intensifies over Kanhar dam construction

By, Staff Reporter

Sonbhadra (Uttar Pradesh): In a move intended to protest the alleged illegal land acquisition by the Uttar Pradesh government in the name of building a dam over the Kanhar river, dalit, adivasi men and women members of the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) have started an indefinite demonstration programme in front of the District Court premises here at Sonbhadra, the district headquarter town of Robertsgunj.

Show similar commitment in terror cases: Digvijaya

New Delhi : Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Thursday said the government should show "similar commitment" in all cases of terror as it showed in the case of 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon.

"I hope similar commitment of government and judiciary would be shown in all cases of terror irrespective of their caste, creed and religion," he said in a tweet following Memon's execution in Nagpur prison.

Yakub Memon was hanged to death early Thursday.