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India Politics

Mani non-committal on joining BJP-led NDA

Thiruvananthapuram : One of the country's longest serving legislator K.M. Mani of Kerala, whose stock is currently low on various counts -- like a few Vigilance Department probes against him and his exit from the Congress-led UDF alliance -- is tightlipped about his future.


JD-U legislator files FIR against Katju

Patna : A Janata Dal-United MLC in Bihar has filed an FIR against former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju for his sarcastic comment about Bihar on social media.

Neeraj Kumar on Tuesday said he has lodged an FIR against Katju as his comment hurt 10.5 crore Biharis, living in the state, in India and abroad.

Offering a package deal to Pakistan, Katju wrote on social networking sites that the neighbouring country could get Kashmir if it was ready to take Bihar as well.

Kejriwal demands retaliation for Uri attack, Rs 1 cr for soldiers' families

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that if the Uri terror attack is not avenged, it will be a "betrayal" of sacrifices of those who gave their lives for the nation.

"The enemy nation killed 18 of our soldiers. Why are we silent? I don't say we should go to war. But there can be a 100 ways to retaliate," Kejriwal said at a function organised by the Delhi government at Talkatora Stadium on the 110th birth anniversary of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.

Youth who threw shoe at Rahul Gandhi sent to jail

Lucknow : The youth who threw a shoe at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi during his Kisan Yatra in neighbouring Sitapur district was sent to jail on Tuesday, police said.

Hari Om Mishra will now be presented in the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Court on Wednesday.

Gandhi had claimed the shoe hurling incident was the handiwork of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party though the assailant told police that he was miffed with Gandhi's "lies".


BSP legislator joins Samajwadi Party

Lucknow : The sitting legislator from Fatehpur, Ayodhya Prasad Pal, joined the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.

A Samajwadi Party spokesman said Pal, who was a minister in the previous Mayawati government, met Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at his official residence and offered his services to the party.

He was later assimilated into the Samajwadi Party (SP).

Pal said he has faith in the policies of the Samajwadi Party and would now contribute to ensure a win for the party in the forthcoming state assembly polls.


Serve fresh notice to Azam Khan in Bulandshahr gang rape case: SC to CBI

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed displeasure over the non-appearance of Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan in the Bulandshahr gang rape case through his lawyer despite service of a court notice on him and directed the CBI to serve a fresh notice on him.

"In our considered opinion, respondent number 2 (Khan) should have entered (an) appearance as there is a direct allegation against him. In view of the aforesaid, we direct (the) CBI to serve the notice on respondent number 2," a bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit said in its order.

Katju faces flak for his Bihar comments

Patna : Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju has invited criticism from Bihar politicians, including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, for his 'humiliating' comment on Bihar on the social media.

The Chief Minister, along with his deputy and even the opposition, slammed Katju on Tuesday reacting strongly against his 'humiliating' comments against the state and its people.

Katju had on Monday posted a sarcastic comment on Bihar offering Pakistan "a package to solve the Kashmir crisis".

Implement minority welfare schemes properly: Naqvi

New Delhi : Stressing on the importance of effective implementation of welfare schemes, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Tuesday any negligence in implementing welfare schemes for minorities would not be tolerated.

"The schemes should not just remain on papers, they should be visible ... Government officials should reach out at the ground level and monitor that benefit of every welfare scheme reaches even the last person of the society," said Naqvi.

Punjab elections: AAP turmoil, non-starter 4th front add to uncertainty

By Jaideep Sarin

Chandigarh : What was expected to be an interesting election in Punjab with triangular contests for the first time for most assembly seats is turning out to be a politically uncertain one with the way things have changed in the past one month.

First, there was the turmoil within the AAP Punjab unit and second was the idea of a fourth front, announced with much fanfare by cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and others, which later became a non-starter.


Complete speech of Sushma Swaraj at UN General Assembly and Pakistan’s forceful rebuttal

By TCN News,

Full text of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Speech at the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly on September 26, 2016

Hon'ble President,

1. On behalf of India and on my own behalf, I congratulate you on your election as President of the 71st United Nations General Assembly. Let me also take this opportunity to thank Secretary General Ban Ki Moon for his services to the United Nations,history's largest peace movement.

Mr. President,