CBI Probe Ordered Against Bihar CM Nitish Kumar in Shelter Home Rape Cases

Patna: A special court on the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO) on Saturday ordered a CBI probe against Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar in connection with the Bihar shelter home rape cases. The court also ordered an inquiry against Muzzaffarpur district magistrate Dharmendra Singh and principal secretary of Social Welfare Atul Prasad. The court in Patna passed the order on an application filed by an accused, Ashwani, a self-styled medical practitioner who allegedly used to inject the home’s inmates with sedatives before they were subject to sexual abuse.…

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All-party meet over Pulwama terror attack underway, government briefs opposition

The all-party meeting called by the Narendra Modi government over Pulwama terror attack is underway in New Delhi. The government is expected to brief the political parties on the terror attack that killed at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force jawans in South Kashmir on Thursday, when a convoy of security forces was targeted by terrorists. The all-party meeting began shortly after 11 am started at Parliament Library. Those who came to the all-party meet include Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Congress leaders Ghulam…

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Recalling old remarks, Sharad Pawar takes a dig at PM Modi over Pulwama attack

Recalling old remarks, Sharad Pawar takes a dig at PM Modi over Pulwama attack

Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Friday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Pulwama terror attack recalling his statements made in the run up to 2014 Lok Sabha polls to target then Congress-led UPA government. The NCP was part of the Manmohan Singh government back then. “I can remember, Prime Minister Modi, before coming to power, used to say in his election rallies that Manmohan Singh’s government had failed to teach Pakistan a lesson (after terror attacks),” news agency PTI quoted Pawar as saying during an…

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Videos and Photos Show No Evidence of Sedition by AMU Students, Says Aligarh SSP

Aligarh: Two days after 14 Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students were booked on sedition charges, the Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday said there was “no prime evidence regarding sedition in this case”. The police, after investigating video and photographic evidence against the accused students, which includes current and former office-bearers of the student’s union, said the allegation did not hold ground and indicated the charges “may be dropped”, the Indian Express reported. A probe was initiated after the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha’s (BJYM) Aligarh unit president Mukesh Lodhi alleged that…

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PM Modi conducted parallel negotiations with Dassault on Rafale: Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat

VALSAD: Taking the Rafale row to Narendra Modi’s home state, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Thursday claimed the prime minister conducted “parallel negotiations” with Dassault Aviation on the French fighter jet deal. Addressing a public rally in Valsad district of Gujarat, Gandhi also claimed that the Modi government refused to waive farmers’ loans but wrote off Rs 3.5 lakh crore debt of “15 top industrialists”. Attacking the prime minister over the Rafale jet deal, Gandhi said, “The slogan ‘chowkidar chor hai’ (the sentry is the thief) is also famous in France…

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BJP ally OP Rajbhar surrenders ministry, takes a shot at Yogi Adityanath

BJP ally OP Rajbhar surrenders ministry, takes a shot at Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh minister Om Prakash Rajbhar said on Thursday he will hand over the charge of the backward class welfare department to chief minister Yogi Adityanath, days after threatening to leave the alliance with the BJP in the state. Om Prakash Rajbhar, general secretary of Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), has issued multiple threats of parting ways with the Bharatiya Janata Party in the past. The party had said on February 10 that it will go separate ways if the recommendations of the social justice committee are not implemented by…

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Thank you posters, ‘Poor Akhilesh’: Varied reactions to Mulayam’s comment

Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav’s surprise comment in Lok Sabha that he wished to see Narendra Modi back as prime minister has elicited reactions from leaders cutting across party lines. “I wish that all members come back to the House,” Yadav said during the last sitting of the 16th Lok Sabha. And pointing to Modi, Yadav said, “I wish pradhan mantriji becomes pradhan mantri again.” The remarks drew applause from the treasury benches. Reacting to the remark, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said, “I disagree with him.” But he added…

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CAG report brings out ambiguities, political slugfest to continue

CAG report brings out ambiguities, political slugfest to continue

NEW DELHI: The much-awaited Comptroller and Auditor General’s report on the Rafale fighter jet deal says that the deal negotiated by the government in 2015 for 36 aircraft was 2.86 per cent lower than the original deal offered to the UPA in 2007, while the total delivery time was reduced by a month. However, the report also brings out certain ambiguities in the purchase which ensure that political slugfest over the deal will not die down anytime soon. For instance, Dassault Aviation, the French company which makes the Rafale, had…

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BJP MLA Left Red-faced After His Wife and Girlfriend Come to Blows in Public in Maharashtra

A BJP MLA from Maharashtra’s Yavatmal district was left red-faced after his wife and a woman he is allegedly living with fought at a function to mark his birthday. The incident took place at Pandharkawda in MLA Raju Todsam’s Assembly constituency, Arni, Tuesday night. The legislator himself was roughed up by some people during the incident, a police official said. Todsam’s wife is a primary school teacher and they have two children. The MLA is currently living with another woman, a BJP worker, but has not divorced his wife, sources…

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‘They lied’: Rahul Gandhi slams government over Rafale audit report

Tweeting about the CAG report, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley wrote that the “lies of the mahajhootbandhan stand exposed by the CAG report”.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday stepped up his attack on the Narendra Modi government saying that the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the Rafale deal makes it clear that the Narendra Modi government misled Parliament over the issue. The Congress president said, “The CAG report says that the 2016 deal is 2.86 per cent cheaper. They had claimed it to be over 9 per cent cheaper. They made the statement in Parliament…The CAG report shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the…

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