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Jayalalithaa returns to Chennai

Chennai: AIADMK general secretary and former Tamil Nadu chief minister J.Jayalalithaa Saturday evening returned here after spending 21 days in the Bangalore Central Jail.

The special flight carrying Jayalalithaa landed at Chennai airport and when she came out, AIADMK cadres assembled in large numbers shouted 'Long Live Amma'.

Jayalalithaa drove straight to her residence in Poes Garden area.

Party cadres - men and women - braving heavy rain were assembled outside her residence and the airport to have a glimpse of their leader.


Trinamool slams BJP's U-turn on black money

Kolkata: West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress Saturday hit out at the Narendra Modi-led central government for its U-turn on the black money issue.

"The BJP government's U-turn on black money is shocking. This is a betrayal of anti-UPA corruption sentiment. This shows the BJP and the Congress are part of the same cosy Delhi nexus," Trinamool Rajya Sabha member Derek O'Brien said.

"Legalistic arguments about black money by government are a cop-out. What concrete steps has BJP taken? Setting up a toothless committee is not enough.


Congress leader dies of gunshot wounds

Ghaziabad: Congress leader and former Ghaziabad municipal councillor Hari Mohan Kaushik died Saturday, two days after being shot at five times, hospital sources said.

Five bullets were pumped into his chest and the upper part of the body in Ghaziabad Thursday night. He was undergoing treatment at the Fortis Hospital in Noida, abutting Delhi, where he died around 7 a.m. Saturday.

Kaushik was also a real estate developer. There were three murder cases registered against him.

Kashmiri youth patriotic, IS flag waving by misguided elements: Javadekar

New Delhi: With sighting of some people waving the flag of the brutal jihadist Islamic State group in Srinagar Friday, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that Kashmiri youth are "patriotic" but "some misguided elements hold different banners at different times".

Javadekar, addressing media persons at the Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia here, said in answer to a query that "ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Islamic State) represents yet another face of terrorism, and the kind of radicalization is of concern".

Jaitley describes Pakistan as 'global puzzle'

New Delhi: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley Friday described Pakistan as a "global puzzle" and complimented the security forces for appropriate response to the recent ceasefire violations along the border in Jammu and Kashmir.

Jaitley told a conference of top commanders here that there was India needs to have a credible deterrence and there was need of continuous capacity building, said defence ministry sources.

They said Jaitley told the meeting that India was living in a troubled neighbourhood and described Pakistan as a "global puzzle" .

Chavan faces flak for controversial interview

Mumbai: Senior leaders of the Congress' Maharashtra unit and rivals are gunning for former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan after his recent interview to a Kolkata-based daily in which he criticized several party colleagues on certain issues.

Senior leader Narayan Rane is upset with Chavan's comments in the interview in which, among other things, he blamed his predecessors - the late Vilasrao Deshmukh, Ashok Chavan and Sushilkumar Shinde - for the Adarsh Society row.


Modi with broom just a gimmick: Congress

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala unit of the Congress has dismissed the Swachh Bharat Mission as a gimmick of Prime Minister Narendra Modi using a broom.

Addressing reporters Friday after a day-long party meeting held here, state Congress president V.M. Sudheeran said if Modi was serious in his clean campaign programme, then he would not have taken this route.


Will only BJP delegations go to UN, asks Mamata

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday slammed the Narendra Modi-led government for not including members of other political parties in the delegation accompanying him to the United Nations.

"Earlier the prime minister used to take an all-party delegation along with him to UN. This year it was cancelled. This is murder of democracy. Doesn't any other party, other than the BJP, has the right to speak?

"Is the Centre giving a message that only BJP delegations will go to UN? No other party will accompany the PM," Banerjee told the media here.


Don't insult but consult us: Mamata to centre

Kolkata: Accusing the BJP-led central government of not consulting West Bengal in ordering an NIA probe into the Oct 2 Burdwan blast, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday countered allegations of her government aiding infiltration saying the borders were guarded by central security forces.

However, Banerjee affirmed that her government would extend "full cooperation" to the National Investigation Agency looking into the blast at Khagragarh in Burdwan district in which two militants were killed.


BJP data punctures Akhilesh's tourism balloon

Lucknow: The BJP Friday attacked the Samajwadi Party (SP) government for making false claims of creating a tourist-friendly environment in Uttar Pradesh.

Talking to reporters, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman Chandra Mohan said the Akhilesh Yadav government was trying to whitewash the plummeting footfalls of tourists by creating bodies like the tourism promotion board, first meeting of which was held in the state capital Thursday.

He alleged spiralling crime and failing law and order are forcing tourists to avoid the state.