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Sharif spoke at UN like Hizbul supreme commander: Ram Madhav

New Delhi : BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav on Thursday said Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke at the United Nations General Assembly like the "supreme commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen" and not the leader of his country.

"The Pakistan PM at the UN did not talk like the supreme commander of Pakistan, but as supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahideen," Ram Madhav told reporters here.

Madhav, who is in charge of Bharatiya Janata Party's affairs in Jammu and Kashmir, also accused Sharif of "openly campaigning for terror commanders".

Ahead of BJP National Council meet, Kozhikode awash in saffron hue

By Brajendra Nath Singh

Kozhikode : The 500-year-old port city of Kozhikode in Kerala is awash in saffron hue ahead of the BJP's three-day National Council meet from September 23, with the party putting up posters and hoardings of its prominent leaders, both past and present.

All roads leading to the meet venue -- Swapna Nagri -- have been decorated with Bharatiya Janata party flags and cutouts of national leaders.

Two AAP MLAs get bail, Kejriwal targets Modi

New Delhi : AAP legislators Somnath Bharti and Amanatullah Khan on Thursday got bail from two different courts here, sparking another attack by Delhi's ruling party on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed surprise that at a time when the Prime Minister should be focussing on the Uri terror attack, his machinery was still targeting the AAP.

Ram Jethmalani to defend Shahabuddin in SC

Patna : Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani is set to represent criminal-turned-politician Mohammad Shahabuddin in the Supreme Court on September 26 after the apex court on Monday issued notice to former RJD MP on a plea challenging grant of bail to him in a murder case.

"Jethmalani has accepted Shahabuddin's request to appear in the Supreme Court on his behalf. Jethmalani is likely to file 'wakalatnama' on Saturday to argue in the apex court for Shahabuddin," a Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader close to Shahabuddin said here on Thursday.

Punjab RSS leader, shot at thrice, dies

Chandigarh : Senior Punjab RSS leader Brigadier (retd) Jagdish Gagneja, shot thrice by two men in Jalandhar last month, succumbed to his injuries at a Ludhiana hospital on Thursday, his family said.

The critically injured Gagneja was shifted to the Hero DMC Heart Institute (DMCH) in Ludhiana from a private hospital in Jalandhar last month.

He was cremated in his hometown Jalandhar. The cremation was attended among others by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and his cabinet colleagues, including BJP ministers.

Amidst Uri, Modi still targeting AAP: Kejriwal

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday expressed surprise that at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be focussing on the Uri terror attack, his machinery was targeting the AAP.

"I am amazed at a time when PM should be working on Uri, his machinery is working overtime to get AAP MLAs arrested or me implicated in false cases," the Aam Aadmi Party leader tweeted, referring to the terror attack on an army camp in Uri that left 18 soldiers dead.

AAP MLA Bharti arrested, gets bail

New Delhi : AAP legislator Somnath Bharti was on Thursday granted bail by a court, just hours after his arrest for allegedly damaging a fence at the AIIMS and misbehaving with its security guards.

Metropolitan Magistrate Anuj Agarwal granted the bail after asking him to furnish a personal and security bond of Rs 30,000.

The court directed him to join the investigation whenever required and not to influence witnesses.

The Magistrate warned him not to get involved in any such offence in future.

Government names three academics to Monetary Policy Committee

New Delhi : Three academics from the country's top institutions have been named the government nominee members to the Monetary Policy Committee that has been mandated to ensure the country's retail inflation stays within a band of 4 percent, plus or minus two percentage points.

The names, cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, are: Chetan Ghate, Professor at the Indian Statistical Institute; Pami Dua, Director at Delhi School of Economics; and Ravindra Dholakia, Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

NRHM scam: CBI raids 21 locations in UP

Lucknow : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday conducted simultaneous raids at 21 places in connection with multi-crore-rupee swindling of funds in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) during 2007-2010, an official said.

The raids were conducted at Lucknow, Allahabad and several places in Kanpur at the residences and official premises of the suspects. Raids were also reportedly underway in Dehradun (Uttarakhand) and Amritsar (Punjab).

Police gun down three criminals in UP

Lucknow : Three "hardened criminals" were killed in a five-hour gun battle with police in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh early on Thursday, police said.

An official said the gun battle started around midnight in village Begrajpur when a police team raided a house where the criminals were hiding.

Many weapons and mobile phones were recovered from the site. A family was caught in the crossfire but was rescued safely, an official told IANS.