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Antulay stands his ground on Karkare


New Delhi : Unfazed by the storm he created with his remarks on the killing of Maharashtra police officer Hemant Karkare during Mumbai's 26/11 attack, Minority Affairs Minister A.R. Antulay Friday stuck to his ground and said he has done nothing to embarrass the government and the party.

Though highly placed government sources said Antulay had sent his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after an uproar was kicked up when he raised questions on Karkare's killing, the minister refused to either confirm or deny whether he had put in his papers.


Apex court halts prosecution of five BJP leaders in riot case


New Delhi : The Supreme Court Friday halted the prosecution of five Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, including MP Yogi Adityanath, for his alleged role in instigating communal riots in Gorakhpur and its adjoining district in eastern Uttar Pradesh in January 2007.

A bench of Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Justice H.S. Bedi also stopped the prosecution of BJP legislators Radha Mohan Das Agrawal and Y.D. Singh, along with that of former state minister Shiv Pratap Shukla and Gorakhpur Mayor Anju Chaudhary.

'Second wife's rights must be protected, but Fiza case different'


New Delhi : The National Commission for Women (NCW) Friday sought amendments in the criminal law by which the second wife's rights are protected. It, however, pointed out that the case of former Haryana deputy chief minister Chander Mohan's second wife Fiza was different.

Muslim clerics in Uttar Pradesh support Antulay's demand


Lucknow : Prominent Muslim clerics in Uttar Pradesh Friday came out in support of Minorities Affairs Minister A.R. Antulay, who sparked off controversy by questioning the circumstances of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare's death during the Mumbai Nov 26 terror attack.

Antulay remarks prompt NDA walkout from Rajya Sabha


New Delhi : Charging Minority Affairs Minister A.R. Antulay with speaking for Pakistan's spy agency ISI, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Friday walked out of the Rajya Sabha and demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh take action against the minister.

Antulay won't confirm resignation, government to clarify remarks


New Delhi : Minority Affairs Minister A.R. Antulay Friday refused to either confirm or deny whether he had submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as the government said it would issue a statement on the snowballing controversy over his remarks on Maharashtra's slain police officer Hemant Karkare.

Though government sources said that Antulay had indeed resigned, the man in the eye of the proverbial storm said enigmatically: "I will not confirm or deny it."

Restrictions imposed to prevent anti-poll protests in Srinagar


Srinagar : The separatist joint co-ordination committee Friday called for anti-poll shutdown and protests, leading again to imposition of restrictions here, an official said.

The co-ordination committee of both the separatist Hurriyat groups headed by hardliners Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq asked people to observe a total shutdown and hold anti-poll protests in Srinagar city.

The voting for eight assembly constituencies in Srinagar is scheduled for Dec 24 in the seventh and final phase of the staggered elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Antulay sends his resignation to PM


New Delhi : Minority Affairs Minister A.R. Antulay has sent his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, following the storm over his comments on Maharashtra police officer Hemant Karkare's killing during the Mumbai terror attack, government sources said Friday.

The 79-year-old former Maharashtra chief minister had indicated that the death of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Karkare could be linked to the Malegaon bombings he was investigating and in which members of Hindu radical groups were the main suspects.

Has Antulay resigned?

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi,,

New Delhi: Succumbing to the mounting pressure from the Opposition BJP and Shiv Sena and some quarters in the government and the Congress party for his Karkare death mystery remark, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Abdur Rahman Antulay has reportedly sent his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Media reports say he sent his resignation on Wednesday night. He, however, has declined to comment on news about his resignation.


Tributes paid to Gojri poet Israel Asar in Jammu

By news desk,

New Delhi: Rich tributes were paid to legendry Gojri Poet and Scholar Chaudhry Israel Asar in a special programme held in Jammu. A galaxy of writers, poets and intellectuals of different regional languages of Jammu & Kashmir were present in the function organized by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages to highlight the life time contributions of famous poet who passed away on 9th of this month at Lamberhi in Rajouri District , 80 Km from Jammu, the winter capital of J&K.