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[India], July 26 (ANI): Actress and wife of actor Dileep, Kavya Madhavan, has been interrogated by the investigation team in connection with the Malayalam actress abduction case.

The investigation team, headed by Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) B. Sandhya, interrogated her at Dileep's ancestral house in Aluva yesterday.

The prime accused 'Pulsar' Sunil had told the investigation team that after committing the crime, he had come to Lakshya, an online marketing firm run by Kavya at Kakkanad in Kochi.

Upon his statement, the police had conducted a raid at Lakshya.

The Kerala High Court had on Monday rejected the bail plea of actor Dileep, who was arrested on conspiracy charges in the molestation case of a Malayalam actress.

Bail was denied on the grounds that the actor could possibly influence the witnesses in the case.

On July 11, Dileep was expelled from the primary membership of Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) after being arrested. He was also sent to 14-day judicial custody.

Earlier, the two main accused - Sunil Kumar and Vigeesh, in the abduction and assault of the Malayalam actress, were brought to Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu for evidence collection.

This came after a court of Aluva in Ernakulam district granted nine-day police custody of the two accused. (ANI)

Posted: July 25, 2017, 9:18 pm

[India], July 26 (ANI): All six Byculla women's prison officials accused of murder of inmate Manjula Shetye have filed their bail pleas at a sessions court in Mumbai.

In the bail pleas, filed yesterday, have claimed innocence and have also blamed Sheena Bora murder accused Indrani Mukerjea of hatching a conspiracy against them for framing them into this murder case.

Their bail plea mentioned, "Indrani Mukerjea, a murder case under trial prisoner along with others have masterminded the false case to gain advantage and personal grudge against public servants."

The plea also says that Shetye's death was a result of her illness.

Their bail pleas are likely to be heard in the first week of August.

Earlier on July 7, the police custody of all the six accused had been extended till July 14.

Earlier on June 30, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Bombay High Court seeking Criminal Investigation Department (CID) inquiry in the murder case of Shetye.

The High Court observed that the issue of security of jail inmates has become important and it needs to be looked into.

Mukerjea's lawyer had filed an application in the special CBI court, claiming that she was assaulted by the jail authorities after the death of a convict, Manjula Shetye, sparked a protest in the prison.

Reportedly, over 200 women inmates, including Mukerjea, were booked for rioting and criminal conspiracy inside the Mumbai's Byculla jail.

The Nagpada Police also filed an FIR against six women prison staffers, including the jailor for the murder of Shetye. (ANI)

Posted: July 25, 2017, 9:16 pm

[India], July 26 (ANI): A wild elephant was killed after a native ran an earth mower over it at Chenduvara in Kerala's Munnar.

The unfortunate incident which took place yesterday, caused severe internal injuries to the elephant.

As per the postmortem report, the elephant died due to internal bleeding caused due to injuries.

The driver and the vehicle were taken into custody. (ANI)

Posted: July 25, 2017, 9:16 pm

[India], July 26 (ANI): Separatist leader and Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman Shabir Shah was arrested from his residence, where he was under house detention for a very long time, in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar.

As per sources, police arrested Shah late yesterday evening.

The reason for his arrest is yet unknown as he was already under house arrest since many months.

On Monday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested seven Separatists over money laundering charges, for funding terror in the Kashmir Valley.

Yesterday, all seven separatist leaders - Altaf Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehraj Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Naeem Khan and Bitta Karate - have been sent to 10-day NIA custody.

The accused have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Six of them were arrested from Srinagar, while Bitta Karate was arrested from New Delhi.

The NIA visited Srinagar in May to probe the alleged funding by Pakistan for illegal activities in Kashmir, and questioned several separatist leaders on the issue of raising, collecting and transferring funds via the Hawala route and other channels to fund terror activities in Kashmir.

The NIA sleuths specifically questioned separatist leaders Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate and Gazi Javed Baba at that time.

The NIA is said to be probing all aspects of funding to separatist leaders and how they reportedly used these funds to fuel unrest in the Kashmir Valley. (ANI)

Posted: July 25, 2017, 9:15 pm

[India], July 25 (ANI): The Mumbai Police have confirmed that 19 people have been extracted till now, after a four-storey residential building collapsed in suburban Ghatkopar, Mumbai on Tuesday.

The police said that until seven in the evening, nineteen people were extracted, out of which nine have been declared dead.

Out of the nine dead, seven are women and two are children, one female and one male.

An FIR has been registered.

Earlier today, a four-storey residential building collapsed in at L.B.S. Marg, near Shreyas cinema, Damodar Park, Ghatkopar, following which a rescue operation is underway. (ANI)

Posted: July 25, 2017, 5:19 pm

[India], July 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh to the next kin of those killed in Gujarat floods, and Rs. 50,000 to those injured.

"I announce ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund to the next kin of those killed in the Gujarat floods, and Rs. 50,000 to those injured, apart from the funds provided by the state government," Prime Minister Modi said after undertaking the aerial survey of flood-affected areas in Gujarat today.

He said more than Rs. 500 crore would be provided by the Centre to the State Disaster Management to provide relief at this time of emergency.

The Prime Minister assured that officers from the Government of India will provide all the assistance in short-term and long-term measures to the people in the region.

"Even if we expect more rainfall, relief work will be further intensified. The ministries of Urban and Rural development of the Indian Government will also take the stock of the situation and will provided the necessary assistance to people," he said.

He further said that the Center will provide all sort of the relief to people of Gujarat, whether it is agricultural relief, infrastructural relief or others.

"The people of Gujarat are blessed with a spirit of resilience. These floods will not impact the developmental journey of Gujarat," he said.

Prime Minister Modi also praised Chief Minister Vijay Rupani-led state Government for its swift action during this natural calamity.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi conducted an aerial survey of the flood affected areas in Gujarat.

Heavy rains in Gujarat in the past few weeks have wreaked havoc in the state due to flooding in several parts of the state.

According to reports, 70 people have died in Gujarat due to rains till now. As many as 25,000 people have been shifted, mostly in Banaskantha, as the district witnessed its worst floods in recent years on Monday.

The affected people have been given food packets and provided shelter at a temporary relief camp.

Due to excessive rainfall and heavy flooding, water entered many houses and residential areas in Gujarat's Patan.

The two dams in Gujarat - Sipu and Dantiwada, both in Banaskantha - have been overflowing due to excess inflow of water and the heavy downpour adding more to it.

This overflow forced authorities to open seven gates of the Sipu dam and release 50,000 cusecs of water.

The Army and Air Force reached the flood-hit Deesa of Banaskantha district for rescue operations. The Army, IAF, NDRF and local teams have intensified rescue and relief operations as several parts of the two districts were inundated with flood water. (ANI)

Posted: July 25, 2017, 5:18 pm

[India], July 25 (ANI): The Chief Secretary of Assam, Vinod Kumar, chaired a meeting with the visiting Inter-Ministerial team to assess the damage caused by recent floods at Assam, in Guwahati, on Tuesday.

The seven-member team is on a visit to Assam following the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after his meeting with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on July 18 in New Delhi, a statement said.

The team is led by Joint Secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs, V. Shashank Shekhar.

"The team will conduct an on-the-spot assessment of the flood situation and will be visiting flood affected areas of Biswanath, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Barpeta, Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts of Assam from July 25 to July 28, 2017," the statement read.

"Chairing the meeting, Vinod Kumar Pipersenia apprised the team about the pro-active measures taken by the State Government to minimize suffering of those affected by flood," it added.

The Commissioner and Secretary, Revenue Rajesh Prasad gave an overview of the present flood scenario and resultant damages in the meeting.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) says that 11,93,458 people have been suffering in 1,795 villages in 24 districts.

Assam has been dealing with heavy floods since mid-July. (ANI)

Posted: July 25, 2017, 5:18 pm

[India], July 25 (ANI): India on Tuesday outrightly rejected the resolutions passed by the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) relating to Jammu and Kashmir.

In its statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the OIC has no locus standi on India's internal affairs, strongly advising the organisation to refrain from making such references in future.

"India notes with utmost regret that the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), during its 44th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers held in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire on July 10-11, 2017, has again adopted certain resolutions which contain factually incorrect and misleading references to matters internal to India, including the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

"India out rightly rejects all such references," it added.

The 44th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held in Abidjan, Republic of Cote d'Ivoire had called upon India to implement the UN Security Council resolutions to resolve the Kashmir dispute.

The resolution, adopted unanimously by the 56-member Council on the alleged human rights violation, noted that Jammu and Kashmir remains the core dispute between India and Pakistan, and its early resolution is imperative for bringing peace to South Asia.

OIC Secretary General Yousaf A al Othaimeen chaired the meeting.

The Secretary General noted that the OIC affirms its commitment to follow up on the resolutions adopted by the Summit and the Ministerial Council, especially those relating to the situation in Somalia, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Mali, Sahel, the Sudan, Comoros, Djibouti, Yemen, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Jammu, Kashmir, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Turkish Cyprus, the Rohingya in Myanmar, the Muslim communities in the Philippines and Thailand, and the Muslim minorities in the West. (ANI)

Posted: July 25, 2017, 5:17 pm

[India], July 25 (ANI): Former Calcutta High Court judge Justice C.S. Karnan, guilty of contempt of court, has made a representation before President Ram Nath Kovind seeking remission of his jail term.

Earlier on July 3, the Supreme Court rejected a plea for a hearing on the bail of Justice Karnan.

Justice Karnan had moved the apex court seeking his release and cancellation or suspension of the jail sentence in the contempt of court case.

Justice Karnan was arrested by the Kolkata Police in Coimbatore.

Earlier on June 7 as well, the apex court refused to grant relief to Justice Karnan in the contempt of court case where he was sentenced to six-month imprisonment.

The apex court earlier on May 19 rejected Justice Karnan's plea for recall of the six-month jail term for contempt of court, stating that the petition was "not maintainable" in the court.

The top court had taken suo motu cognizance of numerous letters written by him against judges of the Madras High Court and the apex court and restrained him from exercising administrative and judicial powers from February 8.

Karnan is the first ever sitting judge of a higher court in judicial history to be sentenced to jail term. (ANI)

Posted: July 25, 2017, 5:16 pm

[India], July 25 (ANI): A Pakistani terrorist was convicted by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) under a 2006 Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case by the Principal City Civil and Sessions Judge Shri Basawaraj S. Sappannanavar on Tuesday.

The terrorist, Md. Koya, has been sentenced for a seven-year rigorous imprisonment, along with a fine of Rs. 10,000, and in case of no payment of fine, he would undergo imprisonment for another six months. An amount of Rs. 44,174 plus interest accrued, totaling to Rs. 90,470 has also been confiscated.

The case dates back to 2006, when on the basis of information that certain terrorists from Pakistan were planning terrorist activities in Karnataka's Mysore, a police squad kept watch near the High Tension power line at Vijaynagar Ring Road.

On October 26, 2006, the state police had apprehended two persons.

A police official had stopped the two persons riding on a two-wheeler for inquiry.

When enquired about their names, one of the riders informed that they only knew only Hindi, after which, one of the police officers showed his identity card and informed them in Hindi that they have to alight from the vehicle as they had to conduct a search of the persons.

Immediately, the pillion rider jumped and took out the rifle from the bag kept on his lap and fired on the police squad.

Further, another police squad also joined and overpowered the pillion rider from shooting and apprehended both the persons.

It was revealed that they two were illegally residing in Mysore and were active members of the banned Al-Badr organization.

They had entered India without any valid travel documents and were in possession of AK 47 rifle, pistol, live bullets without any license, mobile and satellite phones. (ANI)

Posted: July 25, 2017, 5:16 pm

[India], July 25 (ANI): Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday handed over additional ex-gratia amount from the Army Battle Casualties Welfare Fund (ABCWF) to ten next of kin of battle casualties.

Speaking on the occasion Jaitley said, "Till now, it has been the Government, the Armed Forces and the insurance agencies that have been taking care of the families of these martyrs. It is a symbolic concern shown by the citizens that they care for them."

He further said that it is a kind of reciprocity from the people indicating that they now stand with these martyrs and next of their kin.

The fund is being pooled by the concerned citizens for such martyrs, Jaitley said.

The Defence Minister also released an amount of Rs. 3.04 crore to 142 next of kin of brave soldiers of the Indian Army, who made the supreme sacrifice for the country.

The ABCWF has been set up under the department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (ESW), Ministry of Defence following a large number of requests to the Defence Minister from citizens, who expressed willingness to assist families of battle casualties, especially in the context of Siachen incident in February 2016 in which ten soldiers were buried in an avalanche.

The fund has been created under the Charitable Endowments Act, 1890 and a bank account bearing No. 90552010165915 has been opened in the South Block Branch of Syndicate Bank, New Delhi for public to deposit money.

There is a provision of financial assistance of Rs. 2 lakh to the army battle casualties which are fatal, 60 percent and above disability and battle casualties invalided out due to disability and Rs. 1 lakh to disability less than 60 per cent.

This will be in addition to liberalised family pension, financial assistance from Army Group Insurance, Army Welfare Fund and ex-gratia amount.

A draft scheme/standard operating procedure has been formulated for administration of the Fund and disbursal of financial assistance to next of kin of battle casualties.

The scheme broadly lays down the objectives of the Fund, eligibility for financial assistance, management of the Fund, procedure for receipt of donations and disbursal of financial assistance.

The scheme is being implemented through the Army Headquarters, Adjutant General Branch and made effective from January 1, 2016.

Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre, Secretary (ESW) Prabhu Dayal Meena, Adjutant General Lt. General Ashwani Kumar and senior officers of MoD and the Armed Forces were also present on the occasion. (ANI)

Posted: July 25, 2017, 5:15 pm

[India], July 25 (ANI): The National Investigative Agency (NIA) on Tuesday made two more arrests in connection with the links to suspected Islamic State terrorist Saifullah, who was killed in a shootout in Lucknow, earlier in March.

The arrest was made under Section 121, 121A and 122 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 18, 18B, 23 and 38 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967.

The accused arrested are identified as 26-year old, Asif lqbal S/o Shahid lqbal, and other one is 27-year old, Mohammed Atif, S/o Parvez Akhtar; both hail from Kanpur's Chakeri Police Station.

As per the NIA, Asif lqbal became a member of the proscribed organisation and took oath of ally and associated himself with other accused in the furtherance of the conspiracy, whereas accused Mohammad Atif supplied arms and ammunitions to the accused persons and associated himself with the other accused in the conspiracy.

"This case relates to the criminal conspiracy of the active members of the ISIS related module from Kanpur who were involved in the conspiracy of planning terrorist acts to wage war against the state," read the statement issued by the NIA.

The arrested accused would be produced before the Lucknow Special NIA Court.

Earlier on March 8, terror accused Saifullah, who holed up inside a house in the outskirts of Lucknow at Thakurganj locality was killed by the commandos following a 12-hour long anti-terror operation.

The police claimed that the suspected militant's body was found with weapons lying next to him.

They recovered eight pistols, three passports, more than 600 cartridges, bomb-making instruments, timers, wires, compass etc.

On March 10, three more accused named Mohammad Faisal, Gauss Mohammad Khan and Md, Azhar were arrested by the NIA earlier in this case. (ANI)

Posted: July 25, 2017, 5:15 pm

[India], July 25 (ANI): Manipur based Renu Handloom and Handicraft Co-operative Society is working towards the women empowerment from last two decades.

It was established in 1992 with a vision to achieve and undertake various activities for the welfare of the backward women and unemployed youth of the society.

Arambam Renu Devi, founder of the Renu Handloom and Handicrafts is recognized as an iron-willed lady entrepreneur who dedicated her whole life for the cause of a goodwill society and upliftment of women's condition.

The society which started its setup with 130 members in 1992 has today constructed two work sheds for handlooms and handicrafts separately with 36 embroidery machines and 26 handloom machines.

It aimed at the upliftment for the socio-economic development of the members and specially works with a concern for the women empowerment.

The society conducted various activities such as workshop, seminar, social awareness programs, social service etc. Of all the services rendered to the general public, the most important and the best service is taking care of the poor and the needy.

So far there were more than 20 orphan girls working in the work shed who have been given free training, accommodation and a livelihood.

Since inception, Renu has trained more than 5750 students hailing from all over the state as well as neighbouring state Nagaland.

Her products are sold in Kohima, Dimapur, Delhi, Agartala, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad and also exported to Italy. (ANI)

Posted: July 25, 2017, 5:15 pm

Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced Rs 500 crore for Gujarat for rescue work after an aerial survey of the flooded areas and Rs 2 lakh compensation to the kin of the 83 people who have died and Rs 50,000 to the injured.

Modi, who flew over Banaskantha, Sabarkantha and Patan districts of North Gujarat, said a team of the union Urban Development and Rural Development Ministries would visit the state to assess the extent of damage and suggest short-term as well as long-term measures.

Modi told reporters at the Ahmedabad airport: "In such situations, it is the farmers who suffer the most. Insurance companies may be advised to quickly organise assessment of damage to crops and assets of farmers and initiate immediate steps to settle the claims."

Modi was accompanied by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel during the aerial survey.

After holding a high-level meeting with Rupani and Patel, besides former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and officials, Modi praised the Gujarat government for "rising to the occasion promptly and having already prepared a blueprint for the crisis".

The north Gujarat districts of Banaskantha, Sabarkantha and Patan have been flooded after incessant rains during the last 36 hours.

Tharad town has received maximum rainfall of 24 inches, followed by Dhanera 20 inches, Dantiwada 18, Palanpur 15, Deesa and Diyodar 13 inches each, Patan 12 inches and Vadgam about 11 inches.

The region has got 95 per cent of its seasonal average of 659 mm.

In all, entire Gujarat has registered 534 mm of rain, which is 66 per cent of its total usual seasonal average of 810 mm. "As many as three persons have lost their lives in last 24 hours in Banaskantha district," Patel said.

As many as 46,000 people have been moved to safety in Banaskantha district till Tuesday evening even as 1,000 persons have been rescued.

A total of 472 villages in the district are without electricity, with six national highways, 61 other roads and 287 panchayat roads closed for vehicular traffic.

Seventeen trains passing through the region to Delhi and north India have been cancelled, six terminated midway and two trains diverted. Over 300 buses too have been cancelled.

The Army, IAF, NDRF, police and fire brigade are engaged in rescuing people from flooded areas.

The Army on Tuesday rescued 113 persons. Efforts were on to evacuate 30-40 more from Sirohi and Jhabadiya village in north Gujarat, Defence Ministry spokesperson Wing Commander Abhishek Matimaan said.

IAF's four MI-17 V5 helicopters winched 14 persons from Deesa. They also dropped over 300 kg of food packets in the district.

"More than two lakh food packets have been sent to Banaskantha from other districts," Gujarat Principal Secretary Pankaj Kumar said.

As many as 38 of the 203 dams across the state are on high alert.

While Dholidhaja, Vansal and Nimbam dams in Surendranagar, Machchhu-1 and Ghodadharoi in Morbi and Kankawati dam in Jamnagar districts have received up to 90 per cent of their water storage capacity.

Twenty-three dams in Saurashtra, four in Kutch, four in central Gujarat and one dam in south Gujarat were full to the brim.

In Ahmedabad, which sees the Sabarmati river cut through the middle of the city, 5,663 people from 40 villages surrounding Gujarat's main city have been relocated and provided with food packets and health kits.

This is being done as water is being released from Dharoi dam across Sabarmati river in the upstream area about 60-70 km from Ahmedabad.

As must as 1.10 lakh cusecs of water has been released from the dam.

"We are ready for the situation and have deployed police and administrative personnel to aid people," said Mukesh Kumar, Municipal Commissioner, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.

Thankfully, the rains have taken a break in north Gujarat, helping to speed up rescue and relief operations. But the Met department has predicted heavy rains in Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Arvalli, Mehsana and Patan for next 48 hours.

Posted: July 25, 2017, 5:05 pm

Mumbai: At least 11 persons, including five women and a three-month old baby, were killed when a four-storied dilapidated residential building crashed in Ghatkopar suburb here on Tuesday morning, officials said.

Another 19 persons were rescued from the debris of the crashed Sai Darshan building in Damodar Park. Rescue work was underway late on Tuesday evening to extricate around eight persons feared trapped under the rubble.

Around 12 families were believed to be living in the ill-fated structure which also housed a private nursing home on the ground floor.

According to eyewitnesses, around 10.43 AM, the building suddenly collapsed amidst a thick cloud of dust and they heard screams and cries of help from the residents.

The Mumbai Fire Brigade, BMC rescue teams, NDRF and SDRF teams and others rushed to spot with 14 fire engines, rescue vans, ambulances, JCBs and metal cutters.

According to officials, the building figured on the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation's list of dangerous buildings and had been served an evacuation notice six months ago.

According to the BMC Disaster Control, of those rescued, 11 have been admitted to various hospitals for treatment.

Two of the injured are firemen who were suffocated after inhaling fumes from a ruptured gas pipeline. The rest were discharged after treatment.

Taking a grim view of what is this monsoon's first major building crash, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is in New Delhi, ordered an enquiry and asked Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta to submit a report within 15 days.

State Housing Minister Prakash Mehta, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, senior Congress leader and ex-minister M. Naseem Khan, NCP city President Sachin Aher, local legislators and municipal corporators and officials, rushed to the site to supervise rescue and relief operations.

Replying to a question whether the nursing home was owned by a local Shiv Sena leader and illegal repairs were being carried out, Minister Mehta assured strict action against whoever was responsible for the crash and loss of lives.

The deceased have been identified as a three-month old girl child Renuka Lalit Thakk, her mother Amruta Thakk, 31, Sulakshana Khanchandani, 80, and her relatives Kishore Khanchandani, 50, and Mikul Khanchandani, 30, Ranjana Shah, 62, Divya P. Ajmera, 48, Pandharinath Dongre, 75 and his relatives Manorama Dongre, 70, and Krishu Dongre, 13, and 85 year old Mansukh Gajjar.

Posted: July 25, 2017, 4:56 pm

New Delhi: Rain in Delhi on Tuesday brought welcome respite for residents of the capital from sultry conditions as the mercury dropped by a degree and the Met officials forecast more rains until July 31.

The maximum temperature in Delhi on Tuesday was 32.5 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season's average. The minimum was 26.6 degrees, a notch below the season's average.

The weatherman said 1.1 mm rain was recorded between 8.30 AM and 5 PM The humidity oscillated between 94 and 65 per cent.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said rains were forecast in the national capital till July 31.

According to IMD, rain is expected in Delhi on Wednesday too.

Delhiites were thrilled with the weather and decided the next best thing would be to share the delights on Twitter. The following tweets range from informative and interesting to downright romantic:

@SkymetWeather It's pouring in Connaught Place #DelhiRains pic.twitter.com/oIcWiYQp8s

— Anuj Mittal (@anujmittal_) July 25, 2017

#traffic #delhi traffic police #presidentkovind #PhotoOfTheDay #photography #dailylife #DelhiRains pic.twitter.com/kPczPrbGrL

— Anindito Mukherjee (@AninditoMukherj) July 25, 2017

Delhiites enjoy pleasant weather as rains lash national capital#Delhi#weather#rains#capitalhttps://t.co/H06SwzjOw3 pic.twitter.com/OQerYqbZ8P

— pmpathak (@pmpathak11) July 25, 2017

Nature at its Prettiest best.. Rainbow in #DelhiRainspic.twitter.com/nR2AY2rpBu

— Navroop Singh (@s_navroop) July 25, 2017

#CloudyWeather #DelhiRains #delhiweather pic.twitter.com/10rgdkWUgG

— Manish Vig (@manishk81290) July 25, 2017

When evening are good you expect chat pakodas #TuesdayThoughts #RainyDay #rainraingoaway #DelhiRains pic.twitter.com/zj9r5R72Oi

— Harsh Kumar (@harshology) July 25, 2017

Refreshing... Isn't? How I wish the weather remains the same in Delhi for a while. #delhidairies #delhiweather pic.twitter.com/W7I5LBhOxk

— Ritika Trehan (@ritstrehan) July 25, 2017

Fly to a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First let go of life, then take a step without feet #rumi #delhiweather pic.twitter.com/ewI3qFUnX3

— Kumardeep Banerjee (@kumar_deep) July 25, 2017

Delhi skies throwing so much drama these days, it's amazing!#Monsoon #Delhi pic.twitter.com/gnM1xzvz4h

— Shalu Yadav (@shaluyadavbbc) July 25, 2017

Delhi. Monsoon peacock. pic.twitter.com/juUyBZhLR7

— Tom Lasseter (@TomLasseter) July 25, 2017

#Monsoon Forecast for Jul 26, 2017: Heavy #Monsoon #Rains in #Gujarat #Rajasthan #WestBengal Rains in #Delhi #Kolkata #Mumbai pic.twitter.com/4FrZzs3Orl

— SkymetWeather (@SkymetWeather) July 25, 2017
Posted: July 25, 2017, 4:44 pm
New Delhi: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said that before provoking China, the government needs to keep in mind the defence preparedness of the country.

In a dig at the ally BJP, Thackeray also said one might be able to win elections by making false promises but a war cannot be won by indulging in self-praise.

"The Pakistan and China threats have increased in recent past and we do not have enough ammunition to fight them. Then what has this strong government done in 3 years?" Thackeray said in concluding part of his interview to the Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana.'

"When we tell China that India today is different from what it was in 1962, we should remember the kind of ammunition that we possess before opening our mouth," he said.

"One can win elections on fake promises and self-eulogy but not a war," said Thackeray, whose party is a constituent of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre and in Maharashtra. Thackeray also said the government has not delivered on its promise of generating a large number of jobs.

"After the demonetisation, in the last 4 months, 15 to 16 lakh people have lost their jobs and the situation will only worsen in future," he said.

Asked about the victory of the BJP in civic polls in the state, the Sena president said this has happened only in Maharashtra and in states like Goa and Punjab the party did not do well.

"In Goa, none of the top Congress leaders like Soniaji took part in poll campaigns while (Prime Minister) Modiji campaigned for his party. The Congress did not even project a big face but got more seats than the BJP. In Punjab, the party (BJP) was decimated," he said.

Posted: July 25, 2017, 1:27 pm
Kolkata: After Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologue Dinanath Batra recommended a host of changes to the National Council of Educational Research and Training in its textbooks, including removal of Rabindranath Tagore, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked as to how can someone talk about removing a person who is the "pride of the nation".

"I think very soon they will remove everyone from the country. How can one even talk of removing Tagore from school text books? This is just rubbish. He is the pride of the world everybody respects him. I think nobody is supporting it," Mamata told the media outside the Parliament.

Batra, who the heads Nyas, said that various things ought to be removed from the text books referring to Mughal emperors as generous, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's apology over the 1984 riots, and the sentence that around 2000 Muslims were allegedly killed in the Gujarat riots.

The recommendations were about five pages which highlighted the portions of what to be removed.

Earlier, Nyas had campaigned against A K Ramanujan's essay Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation from the University of Delhi's syllabus.

They had also moved court to demand removal of The Hindus by Wendy Doniger.

Posted: July 25, 2017, 1:09 pm
New Delhi: The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day, virtually without transacting any substantial business, after Congress members created an uproar over a range of issues, including remarks made by certain Bharatiya Janata Party MPs against its leader Jyotiraditya Scindia and the revocation of suspension of six of its members.

Congress and opposition parties were also demanding a discussion on the lynching incidents in the country in the name of cow protection.

Scindia said BJP MPs Veerendra Kumar and Nandkumar Singh Chouhan had levelled certain allegations against him pertaining to the Dalit community.

He said if these remarks were found to be true, then he would quit as the member of the House and demanded that if the BJP leaders failed to prove their allegation, then they should tender their resignations.

Mallikarjun Kharge, the Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, defended Scindia and said the Guna MP has been fighting for the well-being of the Dalits in the House over the last 15 years.

As Congress members, including Scindia, Kantilal Bhuria, K C Venugopal and Ravneet Singh Bittu, rushed to the Well, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said she was trying to accommodate everyone by allowing them to ventilate their concerns.

However, members from the treasury benches also vociferously responded to the Congress charge, leading to a ruckus in the House.

This led Mahajan to warn the members that if any one of the officials or the Secretary General are harmed by mistake, then consequences would not be good.

Anguished over the unruly scenes, the Speaker said “If you are bent upon creating a ruckus, how will the House run? I have told you to raise your concerns under the rules ... Don’t try to teach me (how to run the House)”.

Kharge said the opposition also wants the House to function. He also accused Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar of trying to “pour petrol into the fire”.

As the din continued, Mahajan adjourned the House for the day.

Soon after the House had reassembled at 3 pm, the Speaker ordered the listed papers to be laid.

The ruckus began soon after she took up the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017, and Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar moved the legislation for consideration and passage.

Earlier, the House was adjourned till 3.00 pm within minutes after it had assembled at 11 am to allow members to participate in the swearing-in ceremony of Ram Nath Kovind as the 14th President of India.

The proceedings, which were slated to run for some time, was adjourned as opposition members mounted noisy protests over cow vigilantes and lynching incidents.

The Speaker decided to adjourn the proceedings almost immediately, saying “You don’t want the House to function...as it is, I am adjourning the House to allow members and ministers participate in the oath taking of the 14th President and other ceremonies.”

As soon as the Question Hour was taken up at 11 am, Kharge raised the issue of cow vigilantism and the “repeated” incidents of lynching in the name of cow protection, sparking the uproar.

Incidentally, the first question the House was to take up was “whether it is a fact that 99.19 per cent cows and 99 per cent oxen are productive in the country”. While the question was being read out, the minister could not give an answer and the proceedings were adjourned.

Posted: July 25, 2017, 12:19 pm
New Delhi: Indian armed forces are 'reasonably and sufficiently equipped' to defend the sovereignty of the country, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley asserted on Tuesday.

Jaitley's response in the Rajya Sabha came after opposition members raised the issue of defence preparedness in the wake of a Comptroller and Auditor General report flagging that the Indian Army was facing a critical shortage of ammunition that can last just 10 days of war.

The CAG has stated that the army faces a shortfall of 40 per cent, that is 61 out of 152 types of ammunition available were meant for less than 10 days of fighting a war. The army is supposed to hold stocks of ammunition for 40 days of an intense war.

Jaitley said the CAG report has reference to the shortage of ammunition in relation to a point of time.

"Subsequently thereafter, significant progress has been made," he said.

"Procedures (for procurement of arms and ammunition) have been simplified, powers decentralised and the armed forces are reasonably and sufficiently equipped," he said.

However, the opposition was not satisfied with the reply and put tough posers to the government.

"When was procedure simplified," asked Anand Sharma of the Congress and then claimed that the decision was taken just a few days back.

"For three years nothing was done," he said, adding that there has been no full-time defence minister in the country and the earlier one, Manohar Parrikar, was a 'non-performer'.

Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said if the opposition wants a discussion, they can give a separate notice.

Raising the issue, Ramgopal Yadav (Samajwadi Party) said the CAG report on the shortage of arms and ammunition comes amid tension on the borders with both Pakistan and China.

"Why don't we have arms and ammunition to fight more than 10 days of war," he asked. "The people are concerned. Please do whatever is needed to save the country."

Ripun Bora (Congress) raised the issue through a Zero Hour mention, saying major decisions for procurement taken during 2009 and 2013 by the previous United Progressive Alliance government, have not been approved by the present government.

A Rs 16,500 crore plan prepared by the Defence Ministry too has not yet been implemented, he said, adding the CAG had in its report pointed to 'very bad condition of Indian Navy' with 38 accidents taking places in the last few years.

The safety organisation too has not been functional because of lack of approvals, he said.

Jaitley said the CAG report has 2013 as a reference point and there have been follow-ups.

Posted: July 25, 2017, 10:26 am