In J&K, two cabinet ministers break law, smoke cigarette in Public

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

Srinagar: In a major embarrassment for ruling People Democratic Part in Jammu and Kashmir, two of its ministers, Haseeb Drabu and Abdul Rehman Veeri, were seen smoking in public, which is restricted under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003 in the state.

Haseeb Drabu, the state Finance Minister and Adbul Rehman Veeri, Minister for Public Works and Parliamentary Affairs surrounded by people and police men were puffing cigarette without worrying about the laws.

Haryana IAS officer suspended after conviction for corruption

Chandigarh : The Haryana government on Monday ordered the suspension of senior IAS officer Sandeep Garg, over a month after he was convicted by a special CBI court in a corruption case.

Garg's suspension has been ordered from April 23, the date on which he was convicted by the Central Bureau of Investigation court in New Delhi.

कोटा में मदरसा तोड़ने के खिलाफ़ एसडीपीआई ने दिया धरना, प्रशासन को दी चेतावनी

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कोटा (राजस्थान): पिछले दिनों राजस्थान के कोटा जिले के कैलाशपुरी में एक ओवरब्रिज के निकट बने एक मदरसे और उससे सटी मस्जिद के कुछ हिस्से को नगर विकास न्यास (यूआईटी) द्वारा तोड़कर गिरा दिया गया था. इस मामले के सामने आने के सोशल डेमोक्रेटिक पार्टी ऑफ इण्डिया (एसडीपीआई) नामक राजनीतिक पार्टी की जिला ईकाई द्वारा एक-दिवसीय धरना आज कोटा कलेक्ट्रेट पर दिया गया.

BJP protests outside Sonia's residence over Batla statements

New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday staged a protest outside Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's residence over party leader Digvijaya Singh's statement terming the Batla House encounter as "fake".

"The Congress and especially Sonia Gandhi have always been double-faced. When the Batla encounter took place, the Congress leader said the encounter was fake," BJP leader Satish Upadhyay said.

"We demand an apology from Sonia Gandhi. The Congress should not play the politics of dividing the nation," Upadhyay said.

African nationals stage protest against growing attacks

New Delhi : Several African students on Monday staged a protest at Jantar Mantar here against increasing attacks on them and demanded that the Indian government act swiftly to stop such incidents.

“We want the government's support as the incidents of attacks on people from African continent are increasing in the city. The Indian government needs to ensure safety of African nationals and act swiftly on such incidents,” said a protestor at Jantar Mantar.

Rana Ayyub's act of resistance

By Arif Hussain for

Contexts have this amazing ability of turning simple everyday acts into acts of resistance. From Mohandas Gandhi at Dandi to Rosa Parks in Montgomery, simple acts like picking up a clump of salt or remaining seated in a bus seat, thanks to the contexts, have become classic symbols of resistance. Rana Ayyub's book "Gujarat Files: Anatomy Of A Cover Up", is too an act of resistance, thanks again to the context.

ELN rebels release two kidnapped Colombian journalists

Bogota : At least two Colombian journalists, kidnapped by ELN rebels and held for four days have been freed, their employer Noticias RCN said on Saturday.

The guerrillas released Diego D'Pablos and Carlos Melo on Friday, just hours after setting free Spanish journalist Salud Hernandez-Mora, who had spent six days as a captive, Efe news reported.

The Colombian reporters had travelled to the Catatumbo region, near Colombia's border with Venezuela, to report on Hernandez-Mora's disappearance.

Pattern to Malegaon witnesses turning hostile: Chidambaram

New Delhi : Former home minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday said there was a pattern in the Malegaon blast witnesses turning hostile, especially after the NDA government came to power.

"Of course there is a pattern in it. How do witnesses turn hostile after the new government is in place? And why tarnish the memory of a martyred police officer who is known for his impeccable record, integrity and honesty?" Chidambaram told media persons, referring to then ATS chief Hemant Karkare, killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, who initially led the probe and named 14 accused.

Filipino journalist shot dead

Manila : A Filipino journalist was shot dead by an unknown assailant in Manila, officials said on Saturday.

The incident occurred in a street in Manila's Quiapo district when the victim, reporter Alex Balcoba, was shot in the head while talking on the phone on Friday night, Police Chief Inspector John Guiagui told state-run DzBB radio.

Balcoba, 56, who worked for the Brigada daily, was taken to hospital, where he died shortly afterwards.

Two women killed in Tripura; couple held

Agartala : Two women were killed in southern Tripura following which a woman who practised black magic and her husband have been arrested, police said here on Friday.

"Accused Shanta Majumder, 48, who has been practicing black magic for years, called Manju Sukhladas, 43, and Baby Rani Das, 40, to her home at Chandrapur on Wednesday night and killed them with a sharp weapon after telling them they were possessed by ghosts," a police official said.