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Congress playing politics over dead bodies: BJP

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday accused the Congress of playing politics over "dead bodies" and maintained that only the high court can refer the investigation into the Vyapam scam to the CBI.

Party leaders also said that not all deaths should be linked to the scam.

"One should understand the technicalities of the matter. The high court is already enquiring into the matter. We can't ignore high court and ask for a CBI enquiry," BJP's vice-president and Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh Prabhat Jha told media persons here.

'NSCN-K abrogated ceasefire under Paresh Barua's influence

New Delhi: The Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) abrogated the ceasefire deal with the Indian government under the influence of ULFA leader Paresh Baruah, according to two former leaders of the NSCN-K.

Wangtin Naga and P. Tikhak, leaders of a new organisation called NSCN (Reformation), said that it was at United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) leader Barua's instance that NSCN-K leader S.S. Khaplang expelled them from the organisation as kilonsers (ministers) and abrogated the ceasefire deal.

HC hands over Kerala child trafficking cases to CBI

Kochi: A division bench of the Kerala High Court on Monday directed the CBI to probe all child trafficking cases in the state.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ashok Bhushan passed the order while hearing a petition by an NGO seeking the court's intervention to stop children from other states being trafficked to orphanages in Kerala.

According to government records, there are 1,387 destitute homes in Kerala. Of which 87 are licensed and in all there are around 54,000 inmates.

Not right to link every death with Vyapam, says Chouhan

Bhopal: It is not at all right to link every death with Vyapam, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Monday, the day a female trainee police sub-inspector committed suicide.

Chouhan said every death is sad, but it is not fair to link every death with Vyapam.

The chief minister spoke after Anamika Kushwaha, a trainee at the Jawaharlal Nehru Training Centre at Sagar, jumped to her death in a nearby pond early Monday.

Chouhan said Anamika's death was not linked to the raging Vyapam scam.

CPI MLA playing petty politics: Kerala CM

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday said strict action would be taken against those trying to prevent government officials from discharging official duties.

His comments came days after CPI woman legislator E.S. Bijimol allegedly tried to manhandle an additional district magistrate in Idukki district. He said the Communist Party of India legislator was indulging in "petty politics".

Vyapam: Delhi hospital to conduct college dean's autopsy

New Delhi: The autopsy of the body of Arun Sharma, the dean of a Madhya Pradesh medical college who was found dead in a hotel room here, would be carried out at the Safdarjung Hospital, officials said on Monday.

"The doctor's body is being brought to the hospital (Safdarjung) for post-mortem examination and a team from the forensic department has been constituted to perform it," Kamaljeet Singh, public relations officer of the Safdarjung Hospital, told IANS.

TDP MLA appears before ACB in cash-for-vote case

Hyderabad: TDP legislator Sandra Venkata Veeraiah on Monday appeared before the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for questioning in the cash-for-vote case.

The Telugu Desam party (TDP) legislator reached the ACB office at Banjara Hills after 10 a.m.

The ACB on Saturday issued him a fresh notice to appear before 5 p.m. on July 6.

The ACB summoned him for questioning last month too but he failed to respond. He later sent a letter to the ACB, seeking 10 days' time to appear before it, citing ill-health.

Modi leaves on Central Asia, Russia visit

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday left on an eight-day tour to five Central Asian countries and to Ufa in Russia to attend the BRICS and SCO summits.

Modi's first stop is Uzbekistan.

He will be visiting Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan from July 6-8 after which he will attend the BRICS and SCO summits from July 8-10. He will visit the three countries of Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan from July 10-13.

Boosting trade, energy, connectivity and counter-terrorism, besides people-to-people links will be high on the agenda in all five countries.

Syama Prasad Mookerjee was a statesman: Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tribute to Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary, describing him a "statesman" and "profound thinker".

"Today we pay our tributes to the respected Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary. He is remembered as a great leader with an invaluable contribution to the nation. He always emphasised on education among the youth," Modi said in a message.

"He was a statesman, way ahead of his time and a profound thinker whose thoughts have been widely appreciated," he added.

Rajnath asks Chouhan to probe journalist's death

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday asked Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to get investigated the mysterious death of a Delhi-based journalist, an official said.

"The home minister spoke to the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. We don't have details of the conversation but he asked him to get the issue investigated thoroughly," a home ministry official told IANS.

Rajnath Singh is understood to have expressed concern over the recent deaths over the Vyapam scam, especially that of the journalist who died on Saturday, the official said.