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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.

Hunger strike in Gurgaon for takeover of colonies

Gurgaon : Residents of various colonies developed by private builders sat on a hunger strike here on Tuesday demanding takeover of builder licensed colonies by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG).

The residents of DLF Phase-1 to 4, Sushant Lok-1,2, 3, Suncity, Ardee City, South City-1, 2, Malibu Towne, Mayfield Garden sat on a seven-hour hunger strike at the Mini Secretariat (outside Deputy Commissioner Office),

Mukhtar Ansari meets Akhilesh and Shivpal, hints at electoral alliance

Lucknow : Mafia don-turned-legislator Mukhtar Ansari on Tuesday ruled out the merger of his Quami Ekta Dal (QED) with the Samajwadi Party (SP) which is currently in power in Uttar Pradesh.

However, the doors are open for an alliance with the SP for the next Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, he said.

All decisions with respect to such an electoral alliance would be taken by his brother and QED President Afzal Ansari, he said.

Mukhtar Ansari, who represents Mau in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, faces several murder charges and has been lodged in Agra jail.

India committed to partner Bangladesh in its growth, development: President

Kolkata : India remains firmly committed to partner Bangladesh in its economic growth and development, President Pranab Mukherjee said here on Tuesday.

"Friends can be chosen but not neighbours as they remain where they are," the President said, pointing out that both India and Bangladesh "made many a stride forward in every walk of life".

Kashmir like volcano about to erupt: Antony

Thiruvananthapuram : Senior Congress leader A.K. Antony on Tuesday said the Kashmir situation was like a volcano about to erupt and favoured sending an all-party delegation there to find a political solution to the violence in the valley.

"The Kashmir Valley is like a volcano about to erupt. If a political solution is not found immediately, the country may regret it later," the former Defence Minister said at a book launch function here.

The senior Congress leader said that Pakistan is hell bent on creating trouble in Kashmir.

Congress MLAs suspended after Gujarat assembly ruckus over Dalits

Gandhinagar : Gujarat assembly Speaker Ramanlal Vora on Tuesday suspended all Congress MLAs -- barring Leader of Opposition Shankersinh Vaghela and Balwantsinh Rajput -- for the day after they created a ruckus over the alleged atrocities committed on Dalits in Una town last month.

Congress lawmakers were demanding an inquiry by a sitting high court judge in the incident where four Dalits were beaten by self-styled cow vigilantes in Mota Samadhiyala village of Una in Gir-Somnath distric on July 11.

Lessons learnt in 2010 were unlearnt in 2016: Omar Abdullah

New Delhi : National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Monday said that the lessons learnt in Jammu and Kashmir in the 2010 unrest were unlearnt in 2016.

"People must appreciate that after 2010 we learnt lessons that allowed us to bring six years of peace and calm in Jammu and Kashmir," former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah told India Today in an interview.