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SC suspends defamation proceedings against Kejriwal

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday suspended criminal defamation proceedings against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, initiated by union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Surender Sharma for making alleged defamatory remarks.

The apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra while suspending the proceedings issued notice to the Centre on Kejriwal's petition that there should be no criminal action in defamation proceedings.


Rahul's meeting with farmers put off till Saturday

New Delhi : Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's multiple meetings with farmer leaders have been "deferred" till April 18, a party leader said on Friday.

The meetings were scheduled for Friday.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the meetings were rescheduled because "we wanted to give enough travel time" to farmers coming from far and wide for the Kisaan Mazdoor rally at Ramlila Ground here on Sunday.

Rahul Gandhi, who returned from a 56-day sabbatical on Thursday, is now scheduled to meet multiple delegations of farmers at 10 a.m. on Saturday.


SC extends Jayalalithaa's bail

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday extended the bail of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa and others till the Karnataka High Court disposed of their appeal against her conviction and sentencing in a disproportionate assets case by the special court.

The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu also extended till May 12 the time for the high court to pronounce its verdict on Jayalalithaa's appeal, which was coming to an end on Friday.


BJP compromising with national interests for power: Nitish

Patna : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is compromising with national interests for the sake of staying in power in Jammu and Kashmir.

He also said the BJP is ready to do anything to grab power elsewhere in the country.

Launching a scathing attack on the BJP over the activties of separatist leader Masrat Alam, who publicly waved the Pakistani flag in Jammu and Kashmir on April 15, Nitish Kumar told media here that "BJP was greedy of power."

Modi wraps up three-nation visit, flies home

Vancouver : Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrapped up his three-nation visit on Thursday and flew back home from this Canadian city.

Modi began his nine-day sojourn from France on April 9. He then travelled to Germany, from where he flew to Canada.

He visited the Canadian cities of Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.

Modi visits gurudwara, temple in Vancouver

Vancouver : Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Khalsa Diwan Gurudwara and the Lakshmi Narayan Temple here. He was accompanied by his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper.

At the Khalsa Diwan Society's Sikh Gurudwara, located on the southern edge of Vancouver, a large crowd of supporters gathered at the temple before filing inside.

Modi on Thursday said at the gurudwara: "We should fill life with colours of humanity, and serve mankind."

Modi's three-nation tour: Projecting a self-confident India

By Ranjana Narayan,

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three-nation tour was marked by several high points - the surprise announcement on purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets in France, clinching a five-year uranium supply deal with Canada, pushing the Make in India initiative in Germany, assuring all of the ease of doing business in India, not forgetting the rockstar connect with the Indian diaspora. The tour has led to "positive achievements" and led to a portrayal of a self-confident India, say analysts.

Narendra Modi arrives in Vancouver

Vancouver : Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Vancouver, and is scheduled to offer prayers at Gurdudwara Khalsa Diwan and Laxmi Narain Temple here.

Earlier while leaving from Toronto Modi tweeted "Leaving for Vancouver, which is the final leg of my Canada visit. Will offer prayers at Gurudwara Khalsa Diwan and Laxmi Narain Temple there."

Modi will leave for India after the Vancouver visit.

Earlier, Modi visited the memorial in Toronto for the victims of Air India Flight 182 that was bombed in 1985.

BJP's Vijender Gupta appointed leader of opposition in Delhi

New Delhi : Bharatiya Janata Party Rohini legislator Vijender Gupta was on Thursday appointed the leader of opposition in the Delhi assembly, an official statement said.

"The speaker has recognized Vijender Gupta who is the leader of the house of the party in opposition to the government having the greatest numerical strength as leader of opposition in the legislative assembly with immediate effect," a statement by the Delhi Legislative Assembly Secretariat said.


No 'NOTA' for Kolkata civic polls voters

Kolkata : Over 37 lakh voters in Saturday's Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls will not be able to exercise 'None of the Above' (NOTA) option as the electronic voting machines (EVMs) to be used don't have the facility.

Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) - a rights organisation - on Thursday raised the issue with the West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC).