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Canadian Sikhs to lodge complaint with UN against Congress over 1984 anti-Sikh riots

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Jalandhar, With apparently no justice in sight for the victims of November 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Sikh Genocide and Sovereignty Conference held in Canada resolved to support the filing of criminal complaint before the United Nations regarding the massacre against Indian National Congress. Rights group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) will register a criminal complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHCR) against the ruling Congress party based on its role in organizing the attacks on Sikhs during November 1984, continuous denial of justice to the victims and impunity to the perpetrators. SFJ said that under the UN procedures, such complaints are referred to the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights which examines complaints regarding gross human rights violations and impunity, as in the case of November 1984 Sikh genocide. Justifying the UN intervention on this issue, SFJ legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun stated that India failed to investigate, prosecute and punish those who organized November 1984 Sikh Genocide. Rights group will present to the UN,
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Opposition corners govt over Coalgate in Parliament

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New Delhi, BJP-led NDA`s decision to demand a statement on missing Coalgate files from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh forced repeated adjournments of Lok Sabha, scuttling the government`s attempt to pass the food security bill. The opposition alliance raised slogans disrupting proceedings while government managers flatly ruled out the possibility of the PM making a statement on the missing files, deepening the ongoing deadlock in Lok Sabha as the opposition alleged a cover up. BJP leaders quoted media reports to allege that the missing files pertained to coal blocks linked to Congress leaders and, in a particular case, persons known to coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal. They said Jaiswal suffered from a conflict of interest. There were disruptions in the upper House as well with Left and BJP leaders pointedly questioning Jaiswal whether documents relating to the PM`s tenure as in-charge of the coal ministry were missing. The opposition, dissatisfied by the government`s explanation that a senior official was probing the missing files, wanted to know why an FIR was not registered and alleged
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Ratan Tata comes to Supreme Court

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New Delhi, Former Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata on Wednesday came to the Supreme Court to witness the hearing in the matter relating to taped conversation of former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia with corporate leaders, politicians and others. The court is hearing a petition filed by Tata in which he had sought action against those involved in the leakage of tapes containing his conversation with Radia. Tata, in his petition, has contended that the leakage of the tapes have infringed upon his fundamental right to life, which includes right to privacy. He arrived in the courtroom at around 11am accompanied by advocate Raian Karanjawala and some
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Supreme Court keeps alive suspense on Ambani’s deposition in 2G trial

Saturday, August 17, 2013

New Delhi, The Supreme Court on Friday kept alive the suspense over appearance of Reliance ADAG chairman Anil Ambani and his wife Tina in a trial court as witnesses in the 2G scam case. Desperate to shield the Ambanis from visiting the crowded trial court under media glare where they are summoned to appear on August 22 and 23, Reliance Telecommunications Ltd (RTL) through senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi sought deferment of deposition of new witnesses. Rohatgi informed a bench of Justices G S Singhvi and K S Radhakrishnan that the first among the 13 new witnesses summoned by the trial court would depose on Monday. He said since RTL`s petition challenging the July 19 order of the trial court summoning the 13 new witnesses was pending, their deposition could be deferred for four weeks. Today is already Friday. The deposition of new witnesses begins on Monday. Our only request is to defer the deposition of new witnesses for four weeks. The deposition of witnesses cited earlier by the CBI in the case could continue unhindered, Rohatgi pleaded. But the bench said it would hear the plea in this regard
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Submarine tragedy: Death of 5 Navy men due to burns, drowning, autopsy report finds

Saturday, August 17, 2013

New Delhi, The autopsy conducted on five Navy men, whose bodies were extricated from submarine INS Sindhurakshak, has found that they died due to severe burns and drowning, even as divers on Saturday continued search operations for other personnel who were on board. Doctors at the state-run J J Hospital here have completed postmortem on the bodies, sources said. DNA samples and dental marks have been taken (to ascertain their identity), an official said, adding all these will be sent for forensic analysis. In one of the worst disasters to have struck the Indian Navy, a series of explosions rocked the Russian-made Kilo class submarine at the dockyard here on the midnight of August 13, sinking it partially in the shallow sea. Only five bodies of the 18 Navy personnel on board the ill-fated submarine, including three officers, have been pulled out. The bodies of the Navy men were charred beyond recognition, but tissues were found to be intact, sources said, adding other details will be known only after receiving the forensic report. X-rays of the bones indicated that no shrapnels were found,
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Abdul Karim Tunda, Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist, arrested

Saturday, August 17, 2013

New Delhi, A Delhi court on Saturday sent arrested Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Abdul Karim Tunda to three-day police custody. Tunda was closely associated with JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and 26/11 attacks conspirator Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Delhi Police said in a press conference. A Pakistani passport issued on January 23, 2013 was found in the possession of Tunda, Delhi Police said. Tunda had planned to carry out blasts in and around Delhi before the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi Police said. The Delhi Police`s special cell just got closer to international terrorist Dawood Ibrahim after it managed to arrest his key aide Abdul Karim Tunda on Friday night from the Indo-Nepal border at the behest of intelligence agencies who have been trailing him for over twenty years. Tunda, a top Lashkar terrorist, had been last arrested in Kenya in 2005 but had fled from the police custody. He had been on the run since. He is wanted in over 40 cases of terror strikes in India. Abdul Karim Tunda, along with Hafeez Saeed, Mulana Masood Azhar and Dawood Ibrahim, figured in the list of `top 20 wanted terrorists`
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Communities clash, 31 injured

Friday, August 16, 2013

New Delhi, A clash between two communities in the Tilak Vihar area of west Delhi left many people injured on Thursday evening. While police claimed 19 people were injured, five of them cops, DDU Hospital put the number of injured at 31. Five locals were admitted with bullet wounds and one of them is reported critical with a shot to the abdomen. Three of the injured cops have head injuries from stones thrown by the rioters. The two communities live close by within the Tilak Lane area. There are conflicting accounts of how the fight started but it soon spun out of control with both sides burning vehicles, damaging property and pelting stones. Sources said the violence lasted from 2pm to 7.30pm and was brought under control with heavy use of force, including 2,000 personnel from 11 police stations and around 50 tear gas shells. Police denied firing upon the rioters. We did not fire any rounds at all and resorted to use of teargas only. We are probing how these shots were fired,`` said a senior officer at the police headquarters. Locals said the violence started as a verbal spat between a biker and a
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SC dismisses PIL against suspension of UP IAS officer Durga Nagpal

Friday, August 16, 2013

New Delhi, The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a PIL seeking reinstatement of suspended IAS officer Durga Sakthi Nagpal, who had cracked down on illegal sand mining in Uttar Pradesh. Questioning the locus of a lawyer, who filed a PIL, a bench headed by Justice HL Dattu dismissed the plea and said that it may entertain the petition if she (Nagpal) herself approaches the court. The bench further said that the officer can take care of herself and can also approach the other authorities including a court, against her suspension order. The moment she approaches the court, we will hear her plea and we may pass an interim order, the bench said. The court dismissed the petition filed by advocate ML Sharma, who had sought quashing of all the proceedings against Nagpal for allegedly demolishing of wall of a mosque. The petitioner had submitted that Nagpal is suffering hardship for following Supreme Court`s order on preventing unauthorized construction of religious buildings on public land and the apex court should protect her. Contending that the action taken against Nagpal was
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No limits to Modi's hunger for power: Digvijaya Singh

Friday, August 16, 2013

New Delhi, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Friday hit out at Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi over his criticism of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s Independence Day speech, saying his abrasive hunger for power has no limits. On Modi`s Independence speech, Advaniji and I are on the same page. Modi`s abrasive hunger for power has no limits, Digvijaya Singh tweeted, alluding to the remarks that senior BJP leader LK Advani made of Modi`s criticism. Modi had found fault with the prime minister`s Independence Day speech on Thursday and sought a debate on development and good governance between the union and Gujarat government. His party colleague and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran LK Advani had expressed his disagreement with Modi: Today is Independence Day. Without criticising one another, people should be aware on this day that India has unlimited possibilities, Advani said, after unfurling the national flag at his
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Mulayam has revelled in sailing against the political wind

Saturday, August 10, 2013

New Delhi, If Mulayam Singh Yadav is attracting all-round derision for his unapologetic insistence on Durga Sakthi Nagpal`s suspension, chances are that it is not bothering him at all. The Yadav chieftain has revelled in being a hate figure through the decades, coldly calculating on what is good for him. When he bluntly defied the public mood to assert that his CM-son`s decision to suspend the young IAS officer was irrevocable, it was only in keeping with the unorthodox politics that has defined him. In 1990, with the country swaying to Ayodhya campaign, CM Mulayam ordered firing on the Ayodhya storm troopers. He instantly became the most hated figure for a vast majority but stuck to his guns. Secularists who celebrated him turned against him in 1999 when he stalled the formation of a Sonia Gandhi-led government after the defeat of the Vajpayee regime in Parliament, leading to mid-term polls that BJP won comfortably. The defiance of secularism paid off four years later when Vajpayee returned the favour by helping Mulayam form the government in Lucknow despite lacking the numbers. Being called
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Bhopal gas leak: PMO has no record on Anderson's flight

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Bhopal, The Prime Minister Office`s has no record available on arrest and subsequent release of former Union Carbide chairman Warren Anderson, and also on provision of a state plane which flew him back to Delhi, the Commission probing the 1984 Bhopal gas leak case has been informed. According to the PMO, desired information was not available, official sources said. The commission, headed by Justice (retd) S L Kocchar held a hearing yesterday. Earlier, it had written to PMO and Union Home Ministry seeking the information. Home Ministry has not yet responded. Justice Kocchar also directed commission officials to write to Union Cabinet Secretariat to find out whether on December 7, 1984 the then Cabinet Secretary gave any directions to the State Chief Secretary Brahma Swaroop and whether any record of the same was available. The same information has also been sought from Madhya Pradesh Chief Secretary`s office. The commission yesterday also directed that summons be issued to the then Deputy Secretary J C Bhatt for certifying entries in the Aviation Department`s Movement Register with regard to
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Giant stride for country: PM on nuclear reactor INS Arihant

Saturday, August 10, 2013

New Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday congratulated scientists and defence personnel on the reactor on India`s first nuclear submarine INS Arihant going critical, calling it a giant stride in the progress of the country`s indigenous technological capabilities. I am delighted to learn that the nuclear propulsion reactor on board INS Arihant, India`s first indigenous nuclear powered submarine, has now achieved criticality, the PM said in a statement. Today`s development represents a giant stride in the progress of our indigenous technological capabilities. It is testimony to the ability of our scientists, technologists and defence personnel to work together for mastering complex technologies in the service of our nation`s security, he said. Extending congratulations to all those associated with the important milestone, particularly the department of atomic energy, the Indian Navy and the DRDO, Singh said he looked forward to the early commissioning of INS Arihant. In a major step towards completing its nuclear triad, India activated the atomic reactor on-board the indigenous
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Reactor of India's first indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant goes 'critical'

Saturday, August 10, 2013

New Delhi, The miniature reactor on board India`s first indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant has gone critical, which marks a big stride towards making the country`s long-awaited nuclear weapons triad, an operational reality. Sources, in the early hours of Saturday, said the 83 MW pressurized light-water reactor attained criticality after several months of checking and re-checking of all the systems and sub-systems of the 6000-tonne submarine at the secretive ship-building centre at Visakhapatnam. INS Arihant, till now, was being tested in the harbor on shore-based, high-pressure steam. With the reactor going critical now, the submarine will eventually head for open waters for extensive sea- acceptance trials, which will include firing of its 750-km range K-15 ballistic missiles. The sea trials will take at least another 18 months before INS Arihant can become fully operational. When that happens, India will finally get the long-elusive third leg of its nuclear triad — the capability to fire nuclear weapons from the land, air and sea. The first two legs — the rail and road-mobile
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BJP puts out Modi hoardings to test public response

Friday, August 9, 2013

New Delhi, BJP is experimenting with slogans centering around Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in a bid to test public response ahead of expectations that the leader will soon be named the party`s prime ministerial nominee. The party has put up hoardings at two sites in the city flashing the slogan nai soch, nai ummeed (new thinking, new hope) with a picture of Modi. The message is clear enough ahead of the Delhi assembly election and the 2014 Lok Sabha poll. The decision to keep just Modi in the frame was deliberate, sources said, adding that the campaign would assess public response to the hoardings. So far the recall value and receptivity to the slogan is satisfactory, said a BJP leader. The absence of senior leaders like LK Advani or even party president Rajnath Singh is bound to attract comment, but BJP managers are of the view that Modi has to be the centre point of the party`s bid to win the next election. Obviously, there will be other posters and hoardings which will feature all our senior leaders. But we are looking to see how the public reacts to a strong and concerted
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Sushilkumar Shinde doing fine, to be discharged from Mumbai hospital in three days

Friday, August 9, 2013

Mumbai, Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, operated upon for a lung ailment at a Mumbai hospital would be discharged in three days, his daughter said on Friday. He is doing perfectly fine and is getting discharged in three days, Praniti Shinde, who is also Congress MLA from Solapur, said. Shinde, 72, underwent the surgery at Mumbai`s Breach Candy hospital on August 4. He was operated upon for a small growth in the lung. The senior minister is expected to resume his normal activities shortly as the surgery was a minor
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Food security bill moved in Lok Sabha amid protests

Thursday, August 8, 2013

New Delhi, The food security bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on Wednesday amid uproar with opposition benches protesting against defence minister AK Antony`s statement on Indian soldiers killed on the LoC and the Telangana issue. Food minister KV Thomas introduced the fresh bill after withdrawing an earlier one along with the ordinance which was promulgated on July 5. Moving the National Food Security Bill, 2013, which promises to provide 80 crore people with 5 kg of foodgrains every month at Rs 3, Rs 2 and Re 1 for rice, wheat and coarse grains respectively, Thomas said there is was nothing in it against the states. It does not impinge upon the rights of states. It protects the Constitution... This bill will enable the people to get food as a right. This is the first time in the world food is given as a right, he said to allay apprehensions expressed by Tamil Nadu parties AIADMK and DMK over the new law. He said any concern can be debated upon when the bill comes up for discussion in the House. Earlier, AIADMK member M Thambidurai opposed introduction of the bill saying it was against the
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Durga's Shakti unites IAS officers

Thursday, August 8, 2013

New Delhi, An important spin-off of the Durga Shakti Nagpal controversy is the solidarity it has generated among Indian Administrative Service officers. The young officer`s suspension and the subsequent chargesheet against her have set off a wave of indignation through the IAS ranks. Many officers feel they must act now. Inaction would undermine the stature of their service and deal a body blow to the objectives with which the founding fathers created the cadre. Leading the charge in the Nagpal issue is the Central IAS Officers Association. Many states have similar associations. But some officers TOI spoke to said they aren`t as active as they should be and serve as socializing platforms. But, some state IAS officers` associations mean business and often fight for their colleagues. Spearheading the fight for Durga is Sanjay Bhoosreddy, secretary of the central unit. A joint secretary in the agriculture ministry, Bhoosreddy is a UP cadre IAS officer. Revenue Secretary Sumit Bose is the association president. Soft-spoken Bhoosreddy`s eyes light up at the mention of the Durga Shakti case. Enough is
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Narendra Modi to attend BJP meet in Vrindavan in September

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Lucknow, Come September and Narendra Modi, at the helm of BJP`s campaign for 2014 polls, will set the ball rolling in Uttar Pradesh, seen as a key state in the party`s quest for power at the Centre. The Gujarat chief minister will attend the executive body meet of party`s state unit at Vrindavan. The venue suits Modi`s Hindutava appeal which the party plans to use in a big way to revive its fortunes in the state. Mathura is a communally sensitive district which has witnessed two communal riots in the past one year. BJP president Rajnath Singh will also attend the meeting. The date of the meeting is yet to be fixed as it would depend on Modi`s schedule, state BJP spokesperson Vijay Bahadur Pathak said. The executive body meet will be followed by a programme involving 15,000 party workers and office-bearers. It would be the first opportunity for Modi to connect with the party cadres at the grassroots. Though the agenda of the meeting has not been finalised yet, an indication was given by state president Laxmi Kant Bajpayi on Tuesday when he told party leaders that SP, BSP and Congress were
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Road, water, and power situation slowly improving in Uttarakhand

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Dehradun, Fifty days after deluge struck Rudrapryag, Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts in Garhwal division, just about 336 connecting roads are blocked in all the 13 Uttarakhand districts. A senior officer in disaster management department said that out of 2,236 roads that were blocked due to landslides triggered by cloudbursts and heavy rains in Garhwal and Kumaon divisions, 1,900 roads have been cleared. A senior IAS officer in Uttarakhand government said road connectivity to 3,830 cut off villages out of a total of 4,200 has been restored. About 171 drinking water projects out of 198 have been temporarily restored in Garhwal division and 12 drinking water projects out of 35 have been restored in Kumaon. Similarly, power connectivity to 3,739 cut off villages has been restored out of a total of 3,758 villages. We have asked senior officials in all concerned departments to speed up repair and restoration work to restore normal life, chief secretary Subhash Kumar
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Bihar regiment soldier killed in LoC attack cremated with full state honours

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Patna, The body of Prem Nath Singh, one of the five soldiers killed in Kashmir by attackers including men in Pakistani military uniform, was cremated on Thursday with full state honours at his native village of Samhauta in Bihar`s Saran district, a police official said. The slain soldier was bid a tearful adieu by his family. Relatives and hundreds of people from neighbouring villages gathered to witness the last rites of the martyr. Singh, son of a retired railway official, was the eldest of four brothers and the sole bread earner in the family. He leaves behind his wife Sangeeta Devi, two daughters and a son. The bodies of four soldiers of 21 Bihar Regiment, killed after heavily armed terrorists in Pakistani Army uniform ambushed an Indian army patrol in Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday, arrived in Patna late Wednesday night. The coffins were immediately taken to their native places in Bhojpur, Saran, and Bihta in Patna districts in special vehicles. Reports said preparations for the cremations of the other three soldiers from the state are in the final stages in their respective
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