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Lok Sabha disrupted over Katju's allegations

New Delhi : The Lok Sabha was Tuesday disrupted due to uproar by AIADMK members over Press Council of India chairman Justice Markandey Katju's allegations of corruption in judiciary while the government admitted that the incident had indeed taken place.

Katju in his blog Sunday said an additional judge of the Madras High Court was appointed during the UPA regime despite an Intelligence Bureau report revealing charges of corruption against him.


Goa legislator calls Parrikar 'parallel PM'

Panaji : Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar tried to hold back his smile when a legislator called him a "parallel prime minister" in the Goa assembly Tuesday.

Speaking during question hour on the first day of the month-long assembly session, independent MLA Rohan Khaunte said Parrikar, known for his proximity to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is as good as a "parallel prime minister".

He added that therefore there should be no difficulty in getting the centre to agree to Goa's demand for Special Status.


Jaitley assures befitting reply to ceasefire violations

New Delhi : Defence Minister Arun Jaitley Tuesday said the army has been giving befitting replies to ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

"Indian Army has given befitting reply to Pakistan's repeated attempts of ceasefire violations along the LoC. India will keep retaliating to such violations," Jaitley told the Rajya Sabha Tuesday.

"India won't and will never bow down," he said.

A soldier was killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the Akhnoor sector of Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday.


Chandy to finalise cabinet rejig in Delhi

Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will now finalise his cabinet rejig with the Congress high command in Delhi, a senior party leader said Tuesday.

Chandy will reach Delhi Wednesday and will finalise the additions and deletions by speaking with party president Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi and senior leader A.K. Antony.

Another interesting development is that K. Muraleedharan, son of former chief minister late K. Karunakaran is also reaching Delhi.


Will continue to write, paint to fund Trinamool's campaign: Mamata

Kolkata : Notwithstanding the opposition's strident attack on the sales proceeds of her paintings during the Lok Sabha poll campaign, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said she would pen books and take to the canvas yet again to fund her party's election expenses in the coming years.

"I openly tell people 'don't give money for running my government'. I don't take money from people. If election comes I will again write and draw," Banerjee said at a rally here.


JD-U, RJD leaders favour alliance to defeat BJP

Patna : Top leaders of Bihar's ruling JD-U and the RJD Monday strongly favoured an alliance between them in a bid to defeat "communal forces" in the state.

A day after the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) said it will contest the by-elections to 10 assembly seats in Bihar with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), former chief minister Nitish Kumar said all secular parties need to come together.

In this category, he also included the Congress, the Left and others.

"A strong alliance among these parties is necessary today," Nitish Kumar told the media at the assembly.


NC, Congress blame each other as they part ways

By Sheikh Qayoom,

Srinagar, July 21 (IANS) It needed the rout of the Lok Sabha polls for the National Conference and the Congress to realize they will fare better fighting the Jammu and Kashmir elections separately.

AAP members get bail

New Delhi : A Delhi court Monday granted bail to AAP leader Dilip Pandey and two party members arrested on charges of promoting enmity between different communities.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sheetal Chaudhary granted the bail to Pandey, Ram Kumar Jha and Javed Khan.

The three were arrested for the pasting of posters in Jamia Nagar in south Delhi urging the Muslims to lay siege to the houses of three Muslim Congress legislators for "shaking hands with the RSS and the BJP".


We should condemn violence everywhere in the world: Sushma

New Delhi : Hitting out at the government's criticism over its stance on the Gaza conflict, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Monday said the emphasis of parliament and the government should be to condemn violence the world over and to support the Egypt-backed ceasefire proposal on Gaza.

A feisty Sushma Swaraj also clarified that there is no change in the Narendra Modi government's foreign policy with regard to Israel and Palestine and it believed in good relations with both.


Nagaland governor takes additional charge of Tripura

Agartala : Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya Monday took additional charge as the governor of Tripura.

Acharya was sworn-in as the state's 15th governor by Tripura High Court Chief Justice Deepak Gupta at a simple ceremony at Raj Bhavan here.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, his cabinet colleagues, leaders of various political parties and army and police officials were present during the ceremony.