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Muslim scrap dealer was first to help Fadnavis out of crashed chopper
Latur (Maharashtra), May 26: When a chopper carrying Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and five others came crashing down here on Thursday afternoon, the first person to rush to the rescue was small-time scrap dealer Irfan Shaikh, who shouted "Our king (CM) is trapped in the chopper".Seeing the chopper hurtle down, Shaikh ran the 100 metre distance to reach the copter in order to rescue those inside. But many others nearby bolted in the opposite direction, fearing the chopper might explode.The chopper fell from a height of nearly 80 feet in a thick cloud of dust, accompanied by some flashes of light and a loud booming sound.Unmindful of the risks, the 28-year-old Shaikh sprinted towards the craft."The copter door was jammed and could not be opened... I pulled it but it didn't budge... The Chief Minister then responded by pushing it from inside... Then I managed to force it open from outside... I offered my hand to the CM and helped him step down," Shaikh ...




Modi years full of propaganda, says Congress; seeks White Paper on economy
The Congress said it will launch a nationwide campaign to inform people on how the union government will spend Rs 1,500 crore to mislead them about its performance through false publicity New Delhi, May 26: In a scathing attack, the Congress on Thursday said the Modi government's three years in office were full of "distractions, propaganda, falsification of facts, intolerance, and betrayal" and demanded a White Paper on the economy.The Congress said it will launch a nationwide campaign to inform people on how the union government will spend Rs 1,500 crore to mislead them about its performance through false publicity."It is a struggling and gasping economy. Firstly, on the Gross Domestic Product numbers, they changed the old methodology and thus there is a difference of two per cent. There is no economic growth. It is a flat growth," Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma told media while dwelling on "the failure of three years of BJP government at the Centre...




After Bihar, Lalu out to play 'grand alliance' card in Delhi
The exercise is aimed at forging an alliance on the lines of one in Bihar that succeeded in defeating the BJP in state assembly polls in 2015 Imran Khan, Patna, May 25: Lalu Prasad Yadav -- a mass leader with rustic charm and a convict in the multi-million fodder scam -- is all set to embark on a rather difficult political mission: Bringing the non-BJP parties on one platform ahead of 2019 general elections.Lalu, also Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo, is scheduled to visit Delhi later this week to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi and others to start the process of forging a grand alliance of non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) political outfits.The exercise is aimed at forging an alliance on the lines of one in Bihar that succeeded in defeating the BJP in state assembly polls in 2015.Fully aware of the challenges involved in the arduous task of bringing together parties of all hues and views to counter the BJP, Lalu will call on Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on May 26 or 27 and perso...




Babri case: CBI court summons Advani, Joshi and Bharti on May 30
The court refused exemption from personal appearance to Advani and Union Water Resources Minister BhartiLucknow, May 25: A special CBI court in Lucknow, conducting day-to-day hearing of the 1992 Babri demolition case, on Thursday asked BJP leaders L.K. Advani, Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi to appear personally before it on May 30.The court refused exemption from personal appearance to Advani and Union Water Resources Minister Bharti.The BJP leaders had moved court seeking exemption from personally appearing in court for the hearing of their role in the conspiracy to raze the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.While the conspiracy charges against the trio were dropped by a special CBI court in 2001, and later upheld by the Allahabad High Court (HC) in 2010, the apex court in April had ruled that the BJP leaders, and some Shiv Sena and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders will have to face trial for their alleged role in the conspiracy to demolish the mosque. The CBI had also pressed f...




AAP slams three years of NDA rule; calls it 'jumla sarkar'
The AAP leader said all this started off with the death of Hyderabad University's Dalit research scholar Rohit VemulaNew Delhi, May 25: The AAP on Wednesday took a dig at the National Democratic Alliance government's three years in office at the Centre and said the ruling BJP had only spread fear and hatred since May 2014.The Aam Aadmi Party said the three years of governance could be summed up in the slogan of 'Dehshat se ha ha kaar, teen saal jumla sarkar'."They came to power with tall promises, but how many of these have been fulfilled in three years?" AAP leader Sanjay Singh asked.The Bharatiya Janata Party's main slogan was 'Sabka saath sabka vikas' (everyone's cooperation and everyone's development), but there has been violence against the Muslims, Dalits, youngsters, women, and universities, he told the media here."(Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister) Yogi Adityanath came up with the promise of 'Ram Rajya', but Saharanpur has been burning for the past one month and one ...




AAP urges EC not to set any rules for hacking EVMs
New Delhi, May 24: The AAP on Wednesday urged the Election Commission to "reconsider" the terms of the EVM challenge, saying it should not set any rules and regulations and allow it to be an open "hackathon".An Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) delegation led by senior leader Sanjay Singh submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission in this regard and also sought clarity on the proposed challenge to the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM).The memorandum, addressed to Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi, said that it was "extremely worrying" that in the EVM challenge, the participants would not be allowed to tamper or change the mother-board of the EVM.Noting that it was not an issue related to just one political party but a question of safeguarding democracy in this country, it said: "We urge you (CEC) to make the right decision in the long-term interests of the nation."It also asked if anyone wished to rig an election result, would they follow the rul...




As 'Modi wave' passes off, AAP, Cong win one seat each in MCD by-polls
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 24: Both Congress and Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday won one seat each in the by-polls for two seats of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). BJP - the party which had got landslide victory in the MCD polls for 270 seats last month - could not impress the voters now. Polling in the two seats was postponed due to the death of candidates.   While Mukesh Goel of Congress won Sarai Pipal Thala ward of North Delhi Municipal Corporation, Reshma Nadeem of AAP won Maujpur seat in East Delhi Municipal Corporation. Elections for the two seats were held 21 May and 14 May respectively.   Aam Aadmi Party candidate Reshma Nadeem won Maujpur ward of Delhi municipal corporation.  In the 23 April election for 270 seats of MCD, BJP had got sweeping victory as it won 181 out of 270 seats. While Congress had won 30, AAP had won 48 seats. After Tuesday's win, Congress tally is 31 and AAP's 49.   For the last 10 years, BJP has been ruling all thr...




Adityanath government failed to maintain law and order: Akhilesh
He also predicted that in the 2019 general elections, the Samajwadi Party will stop the BJP's winning chariot Lucknow, May 24: Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday renewed his attack on the Yogi Adityanath government in the state and said it has failed to maintain law and order in the state."There are murders, rapes, dacoities and other crimes but the state government is looking helpless," the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister alleged.Speaking at an event organised by a TV channel, Akhilesh also attributed the stunning victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state assembly polls to the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Singh (RSS) and not to the party.He alleged that people were swayed by false promises and that the good work done by his government faded in comparison.The 44-year-old leader also said these days, he was taking a lot of rest and was unwinding with the family.On a string of investigations ordered by the incumbent government against the proje...




PM Modi has forgotten promise of jobs to 6 killed in 2013: JD-U leader
Patna, May 23: Senior JD-U leader Neeraj Kumar has reminded Prime Minister Narendra Modi of his "forgotten promise" of providing jobs to the families of six persons killed in serial blasts that hit his rally in Patna in 2013, despite being in power for the past three years."Modi and his government are busy celebrating the completion of three years in power, but Modi has forgotten a 'small' promise -- of providing jobs to the kin of victims of the blast at his rally," Neeraj said."Main puchnaa chahtaa hun kyaa hua un cheh logon ke pariwar ko naukri dene ke wade ka, bhul gaye satta mein aane ke baad (Have you forgotten your promise after coming to power)? Yehi aapka mul charitra hai (This shows o," Neeraj said in Hindi.He termed it as "another jumla, like the one on kala dhan (black money)", and like his promise to provide jobs to two crore youth annually."Modi has failed to provide jobs to one member of the family of the six people killed in ...




India President, PM condemn Manchester blast
Pained by the attack in Manchester. We strongly condemn it. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased and prayers with the injured: India PM  IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 23: India President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have strongly condemned the brutal terror blast that killed at least 19 people in Manchester of England Monday night.   "Shocked to hear of Manchester blast; condolences to families of deceased & prayers for injured," tweeted President Mukherjee.   "India stands by Government and people of UK in this hour of distress," he asserted.   India PM condemns Manchester attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday strongly condemned the terror attack in Manchester, England, during a pop concert by US singer, in which 19 people were killed and over 50 injured.   "Pained by the attack in Manchester. We strongly condemn it. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased and ...




BJP government's 'honeymoon' comes under shadow as crimes soar
Mohit Dubey, Lucknow, May 22: Two months is not a long time in politics to fall from grace, especially when a landslide of public support has propelled you to power. But in Uttar Pradesh, the honeymoon period of the Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government seems to have been spiked by a series of incidents of heinous crimes and law and order issues. Serious crime figures have seen a sharp increase -- in many cases going up manifold.Having come to power in March with a three-fourths majority, riding on anti-incumbency and promising a turn around in the law and order situation, which the BJP said had collapsed during the Samajwadi Party (SP) regime, the situation in less than two months has turned against the ruling party.From murders to rapes to dacoities to caste conflicts and communal tensions, the government seems to be tottering in face of soaring crime and shaken public confidence.The situation has come to such a pass that the Allahabad High Court (HC) last ...




Will PM answer why BJP-ruled states from Rajasthan to Jharkhand descending into lawlessness: Rahul
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 22: With frightening details of Jharkhand's mob lynching appearing in media, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to break his silence and answer why the states ruled by his party BJP are descending into chaos.   "From Rajasthan to Uttar Pradesh, Haryana & now Jharkhand -- BJP ruled states are descending into chaos & lawlessness. Will the PM answer," asked Rahul in a tweet Monday morning.   On Thursday (18th May), seven innocent people - four Muslims and three Hindus - were lynched by mobs in BJP-ruled Jharkhand on suspicion of them being child lifter. The state police have now said a rumour about child theft was spread on Whatsapp groups in Jamshdepur and Singhbum district.   From Raj to UP, Haryana & now Jharkhand BJP ruled states are descending into chaos & lawlessness.Will the PM answer? pic.twitter.com/iOU7sknFVI— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) May 2...




We will find permanent solution to Kashmir issue: Rajnath
Pelling (Sikkim), May 21: Blaming Pakistan for trying to destabilise and weaken India through violence in Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the BJP-led central government will find a permanent solution to the issues bedevilling the Valley.  Rajnath, who is on a three-day visit to Sikkim since Friday, said the neighbouring country was trying to destabilise India despite the latter's efforts to maintain cordial bilateral relations."I want to assure you that our government will find a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue," the Minister said at a public meeting here in western Sikkim."The truth is that Kashmir belongs to us, Kashmiris belong to us, and Kashmiriyat also belongs to us...."Rajnath asserted that India wants cordial relations with all its neighbours, including Pakistan."We invited leaders of neighbouring countries, including Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan, to the oath-taking ceremony (of Prime Minister Narendra Modi) in Ma...




Modi tweets in Persian language to wish Iran president on poll victory
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday used Persian language to congratulate Hassan Rouhani on his victory in the Iran presidential election. PM Modi wished him on his re-election and expressed India's commitment to strengthen bilateral ties with Iran.  Persian is the official language of Iran and is spoken there by almost entire population of the country. This ancient language was also official language of India during the 800 years-long Mughal rule and also for long time during the British raj. PM Modi made three tweets in Persian and later posted their English version also soon after the results of the Iran elections were declared Saturday evening.   صميمانه ترين تبريكات به دوست عزيزم جناب اقاي ر&...




Lalu denies 'benami' land deals, vows to 'uproot' Modi government
Patna, May 19: RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Friday refuted reports of IT raids on alleged "benami" property deals involving him and his family, and vowed to "uproot" the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre before it completes its five-year term."Listen, BJP and RSS people, Lalu will drag you off your seat in Delhi, whatever be my situation. Get it straight..Don't you dare threaten me," Lalu told reporters here, in his first media reaction after the Income Tax Department conducted raids at 22 places in and around Delhi three days ago in connection with alleged "benami" property deals.Lalu said in chaste Hindi: "Ab hum kendra sarkar ko tabah karke hi chodenge, usko ukhad phenkenge (Now I will destroy the central government, I will uproot it)."He said the BJP-led Narendra Modi government has completed three years in office now, but it is not going to complete its full tenure.Lalu also cited a local saying from popular folklore to say that the...




ED registers money laundering case against Karti Chidambaram
New Delhi, May 19: The Enforcement Directorate on Friday registered a money laundering case against Karti Chidambaram, the son of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, on the basis of a corruption case filed by the CBI earlier this week, officials said."We have registered a case against Karti Chidambaram under charges of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA)," an ED official told IANS.The ED action comes in the wake of the FIR filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday under offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating, taking gratification by corrupt or illegal means, influencing public servants and criminal misconduct.In the FIR Karti is alleged to have got Rs 3.5 crore from INX media, now 9X media, for helping it in the clearance of a Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) proposal when his father was Finance Minister.The FIPB clearance was given to Mumbai-based INX Media when it was run by Peter and Indrani Mukherjea, both accused in Sheena Bora mu...




Justice Karnan files mercy plea before President
Justice Karnan was found in contempt of court for hurling corruption charges against Supreme Court and High Court judgesChennai, May 19: Calcutta High Court judge Justice C.S. Karnan, awarded six-month jail by the Supreme Court for contempt, has filed a mercy plea before President Pranab Mukherjee seeking stay of the order.Counsel Peter Ramesh Kumar told IANS that the mercy plea was filed on Wednesday, under Article 72 1B of the Constitution.Earlier, Ramesh Kumar had said that since Karnan is set to retire in June, sentencing him to jail will delay clearance of his retirement benefits.High Court judges get paid out of the Consolidated Fund of India.Justice Karnan was found in contempt of court for hurling corruption charges against Supreme Court and High Court judges.On May 11, the Supreme court was moved seeking suspension of the six-month sentence.(IANS)




Union Environment Minister Anil Dave dies
New Delhi, May 18: Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave died on Thursday. He was 61. Dave has been a member of the Rajya Sabha since 2009. He was sworn in as a Minister of State with independent charge of environment, forest and climate change in 2016. He was born in Badnagar in Madhya Pradesh.  Modi condoles Environment Minister Dave's death Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condoled the sudden demise of Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave, saying that it was a personal loss.Dave passed away at his official residence here. The exact time is not yet known. The incident came to light at around 7.30 a.m., when his staff tried to wake him up."Absolutely shocked by the sudden demise of my friend and a very respected colleague, Environment Minister Anil Madhav Daveji. My condolences," Modi tweeted. "He will be remembered as a devoted public servant. He was tremendously passionate towards conserving the environment," said Modi."I was with An...




RJD, BJP workers clash in Patna, several injured
Patna, May 17: At least half a dozen persons were injured in a violent clash between RJD and BJP workers in the Bihar capital on Wednesday, a day after IT raids in connection with alleged "benami" property deals involving RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family."RJD and BJP workers clashed violently by attacking each other with bamboo sticks and pelted stones at each other in which some of them were injured. They also shouted slogans with abusive language against top leaders of the rival party," a police official said.The clash took place in front of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state headquarters office on the busy Birchand Patel Marg near the IT square in the heart of Patna."The two sides clashed for nearly half an hour in the presence of police officials, who hardly intervened initially and did not use force to control the situation. The police became active only after the situation went out of control," an eyewitness, who owns a pavement tea shop, sai...




India reaffirms support for political solution to Palestine problem
After the talks, India and Palestine signed five agreements including on cooperation in agriculture, IT and electronics, health and youth affairs and sportsNew Delhi, May 17: Making it clear that it was unwavering in its support on the Palestine issue, India on Tuesday strongly backed a political solution to the problem through sustained dialogue and expressed the hope for an early resumption of talks between Palestine and Israel.Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed India's stand after a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who had on Monday sought India's help to solve the Palestine issue with Israel.After the talks, India and Palestine signed five agreements including on cooperation in agriculture, IT and electronics, health and youth affairs and sports."We had extensive exchange of views on the situation in West Asia and the Middle East peace process," he said while jointly addressing the media with Abbas following delegation-level talks here."We agr...




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