More than 30 go missing after footbridge collapse in Goa

first_imgOne person has been confirmed dead and more than 30 are believed to be missing following the collapse of an old bridge in Curchorem town in South Goa late on Thursday evening.South Goa Collector Swapnil Nail said that the exact number of people missing had not yet been established. A Sub Divisional Officer has been sent to the site to take stock of the situation.South Goa MP Narendra Savaikar told The Hindu that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had requested Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard to dispatch team of divers for assistance in the rescue operations.”One body has been fished out of the water for now,” Mr. Savaikar said.Police sources said that the crowd had reportedly assembled on the bridge to witness a suicide bid, when the tragedy occurred. Sources also said that around 10 persons had managed to swim back to the shore.Goa Director General of Police Muktesh Chander confirmed the tragedy when contacted by The Hindu at around 8 in the evening on Friday, but said it was not possible to say anything about how many people had fallen in the water or the number casualties.He added that rescue teams had rushed to the spot and search operation was on. The five persons rescued were admitted to the nearest State government hospital. One body was found hanging by the collapsed footbridge and was removed with the help of crane, police said.last_img read more

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Manohar Parrikar files nomination for Goa State elections

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday filed his nomination for the August 23 Legislative Assembly by-election from Panaji.Mr. Parrikar is five-time MLA who has represented the capital city constituency.After resigning as Defence Minister in the National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre in March this year, Mr. Parrikar took over as Chief Minister of a BJP-led coalition government. The BJP, which ruled prior to February 2017 State assembly elections with 21 MLAs in the 40-member House, had slipped to 13 in the election.He filed his nomination form after paying his respects at a popular temple and Church in Panaji.Speaking to the press, Mr. Parrikar said that his victory is “confirmed” and promised to execute a comprehensive master-plan in all urban areas in the State over five years and in Panaji within 365 days.“This is my promise for Panaji. It is not that we will take 365 days to do it. The steps we take here in Panaji over three-four months, the same steps we adopt for other towns, Mapusa, Margao, Ponda, Vasco and other small towns. We will use the Panaji master-plan strategy for these places over five years in phases,” said Mr. Parrikar.Goa will witness by-elections in two assembly constituencies on August 23. In Panaji, by-election was necessitated after sitting BJP MLA Sidharth Kuncolienkar resigned after the return of Mr. Parrikar, who is still a Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh, as Chief Minister.The other by-election will be held in Valpoi assembly constituency of North Goa, where Health Minister Vishwajit Rane who was elected in the February general assembly election as a Congress MLA, had subsequently resigned to join the BJP. Mr. Rane filed his nomination on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Vikramaditya Singh resigns from PDP

first_imgRuling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) MLC Vikramaditya Singh resigned from the party on Sunday, levelling allegations that “the party has disregard for the demands and aspirations of Jammu region”.“In the last several months, the views I publicly expressed in particular about Jammu have not been in harmony of the party line. It’s no longer possible for me to be part of a party that continues to disregard the demands and aspirations of Jammu region,” wrote Mr. Singh in his resignation letter addressed to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.Mr. Singh, grandson of the last Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh, said the PDP “disagreed” with him on the question of “illegal settlement of Rohingyas in J&K, inclusion of the period pertaining to the Dogra rule in school textbooks and the demand for a public holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh.last_img read more

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Deoband issues fatwa on bank jobs

first_imgIslamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a fatwa asking Muslims to avoid families that raise ‘haram’ (illegitimate) money earned from a banking job and instead look for a “pious” family while considering marriage proposals. The seminary gave its diktat to a query from a person in which he had stated that he had a few proposals for marriage from families where the father earned money from a banking job. “Obviously, the family is raised on ‘haram’ money. Is it preferable to marry in such families?” he had sought to know from the fatwa section of Darul Uloom. The seminary replied, “Marrying in such a family is avoidable and not preferable. Those who are nourished with ‘haram’ wealth usually they are not good in respect to instinct and morals. Hence, it should be avoided.”last_img read more

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NCP irked by Cong.’s cold response to poll alliance talks

first_imgThough both Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) seem to be coordinating to take on the State government in the legislature, the NCP leadership is disturbed by the Congress’s not-so-enthusiastic response to talks of an alliance for the general and Assembly elections.The general sentiment among NCP leaders is that the Congress is planning to wait and watch, and then bargain hard as the elections approach. The NCP wants to finalise the decision at the earliest, saying it will give them extra time to prepare for the polls. Test of patienceThe parties have held two meetings to discuss a possible alliance, both with the same outcome. “The Congress has agreed to the alliance, but every time, it has told us the final decision will be taken by Delhi. It seems the Congress wants to test our patience. But it should not stretch it too much,” said a senior NCP leader, who has taken part in the discussions. Another NCP MP said it has always been the Congress’s strategy to keep the other side hanging till the last minute. “While we are together in the fight against the BJP, the Congress should not take us for granted. Being a national party, they might have different State elections on their priority list. But Maharashtra is an important State and the alliance must be finalised soon,” the MP said. Other alliancesAn NCP MLA said the BJP is reaching out to Shiv Sena, despite the latter already having announced that it will go it alone in the polls. BJP national chief Amit Shah also met rebel Congress leader Narayan Rane to discuss an alliance. On the other hand, the Congress’s growing proximity with farmers’ leader and Lok Sabha MP Raju Shetty and smaller Republican parties is a cause of concern for the NCP. “This cannot happen independently if we are going to contest as a joint force,” the MLA said. Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said the issue will be discussed in a joint meeting, and he did not wish to comment on it.last_img read more

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Court orders filing of FIR against cricketer Hardik Pandya for alleged tweet on Ambedkar

first_imgA special court in Jodhpur has directed the police to register an FIR against cricketer Hardik Pandya (24) for his alleged remarks on Ambedkar on Twitter. The court’s order came on Wednesday on a complaint filed by Jalore resident D.R. Meghwal, who claims to be a member of the Rashtriya Bhim Sena. He alleged that Mr. Pandya’s comments, made on December 26, 2017, were offensive and hurt people’s sentiments.However, the alleged tweet does not exist on Mr. Pandya’s Twitter timeline anymore. Special Judge (Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe cases) Madhusudan Sharma passed the order following Mr. Meghwal’s complaint, which stated that the in-charge of the Luni police station in Jodhpur had refused to book a case against the cricketer.Mr. Meghwal said Mr. Pandya’s comments, which allegedly questioned the reservation policy, were “derogatory” and could create divisions in society. For this act, the cricketer should get suitable punishment, stated the complaint.last_img read more

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Exodus from Cong. begins in Ganjam

first_imgAdding to the continuing exodus from the party in Ganjam district of Odisha, 10 Congress corporators of the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) resigned from the party on Saturday.In the 40-member BJD-dominated BeMC, the Congress had 11 corporators.On March 29 night, several key Congress leaders from Ganjam, including former Union Minister Chandrasekhar Sahu, All India Congress Committee (AICC) member Bikram Panda and Ganjam District Congress Committee (DCC) president Bhagban Gantayat, had sent their resignation letters to the AICC and the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC).Leaders’ supportersThese ten corporators were supporters of Mr. Sahu, Mr. Panda and Mr. Gantayat. They represented wards numbering 6, 7, 8, 20, 21, 29, 30, 33, 34 and 39. These corporators sent their resignation letters to the PCC expressing their displeasure over the working of the party in Odisha.Mr. Sahu, Mr. Panda and Mr. Gantayat are expected to join the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on April 4 during visit of party chief and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to Berhampur.These BeMC corporators are also expected to join the BJD on that day along with several other leaders and party workers of the Congress from different parts of Ganjam district.Ganjam is the home district of the Odisha Chief Minister. Earlier it was a major bastion of the Congress due to which former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao had decided to contest the Lok Sabha polls from the Berhampur parliamentary constituency. But with time, the Congress has lost out to the BJD in the district.At present all MPs and MLAs of the district are from the BJD.last_img read more

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Bihar BJP MP Hari Manjhi’s son held for drinking

first_imgThe son of a BJP MP from Gaya was arrested on Monday for consuming liquor.The MP, Hari Manjhi, alleged “conspiracy by the local police,” while leaders of the ruling alliance partner JD(U) said it indicated “there was rule of law in the State.”The Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal wondered why only the poor and people belonging to the scheduled castes were being “targeted and arrested”.Police in Gaya said Rahul Kumar Manjhi, 18, was arrested after he was caught drinking liquor with his friends in Nama village on Sunday. Two of his friends too were arrested. “He was taken for a medical test and we arrested him under the excise and prohibition law. He was produced in a local court here today and sent to the Gaya central jail,” Lal Bihari Paswan, Inspector of the police station, said. Rahul Manjhi was caught in an inebriated condition at the Gaya Medical College gate earlier in December, 2016 and police had lodged a case against him.The MP, however, accused the local police of hatching a conspiracy against his son. “Earlier, I had informed the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) of Magadh Range about illegal liquor trade in and around Nama village in nexus with the police. So the local police, instead of acting on my information, have falsely implicated my son under the new liquor law,” he alleged.But, the BJP’s ruling alliance partner JD(U) said there was rule of law in Bihar and it was equal for everyone. “The rule of law under the Nitish Kumar government does not discriminate on the basis of power and position. If someone is caught consuming liquor, the law will take its own course irrespective of his caste, creed or position,” Neeraj Kumar, JD(U) leader and party spokesperson, told The Hindu.The Opposition RJD said only scheduled caste and poor people were being arrested under the new stringent excise and prohibition law. “Why is it that over 90% of those being arrested and sent to jail under the new liquor law are either poor or belong to the scheduled castes?… Does it mean only dalits and poor people consume liquor in Bihar illegally?” asked senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari. Party MLA and spokesperson Bhai Birendra said, “the arrests and liquor bottle seizures everyday show people are consuming liquor without any fear of the prohibition law…it is available in every corner and is even home delivered.”Recently, a local BJP leader from Sitamarhi had mowed down nine school children allegedly under the influence of liquor.last_img read more

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U.P. Deputy CM suggests Sita was a test-tube baby

first_imgUttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma on Friday raised eyebrows after he suggested that the Hindu epic Ramayana’s Sita was a test-tube baby.Speaking at a skill completion function here, Mr. Sharma said: “It is said that Sitaji was born through a pitcher. There must have been some sort of project for test-tube then…that a baby came out of the pitcher and became Sitaji. This must have been like today’s test-tube technology.”He claimed that aircraft technology existed during the times of the Ramayana and referred to the ‘Pushpak Viman’ in the epic.Mr. Sharma also said technology for the “live telecast” of events existed during the time of the epic Mahabharata. He said that Sanjaya provided a “live-telecast” of the war in Kurukshetra to Dhritarashtra, while sitting in Hastinapur.“Why am I telling you this? I am saying this because there were unlimited possibilities for skill development in Bharat Varsha,” Mr. Sharma said.He was mocked and criticised on social media for his comments. A former two-time Mayor of Lucknow, Mr. Sharma is a Cabinet Minister in Uttar Pradesh, holding the portfolios of Secondary Education and Higher Education, Science and Technology, Electronics and Information Technology.Mr. Sharma’s father Kedarnath Sharma was close to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue Deen Dayal Upadyaya. Also a Professor of Commerce in the Lucknow University, Mr. Sharma has authored five books and 40 research papers.He is a member of more than a dozen religious and cultural organisations in Lucknow ,and a life-time member of the World Association for Vedic Studies. He began his career with the Yuva Morcha, and has held the post of both vice president and president of the BJP’s youth front in U.P. ‘Exercise restraint’BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav called Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma after the latter’s remarks generated a controversy. Mr. Yadav, sources in the BJP said, asked Mr. Sharma to “exercise restraint” in his public utterances and not create unnecessary controversies. (Inputs from Nistula Hebbar)last_img read more

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Action taken against four policemen in Manipur lynching case

first_imgThree days after a 26-year-old man was lynched in Imphal West district on suspicion of being a vehicle lifter, police have suspended a sub-inspector and terminated the services of three other officers.The purported video of the incident, which went viral on social media, showed that the four police personnel were “present at the spot when the victim was alive and lying unattended”, Imphal West SP Jogeshwar Haobijam told PTI.Farooque Khan, a resident of Thoubal district, was lynched by an irate mob early on Thursday at Tharoijam area in West Imphal on suspicion that he had stolen a two-wheeler. Two others with Khan, who managed to escape, have not been identified so far.Local people set afire a car believed to have been used by the “two associates” of Ahmed. “One sub-inspector has been suspended while three personnel of Village Defence Forces were terminated Sunday as one of the several videos of the incident circulating on social media showed that the four personnel were present at the spot when Khan was lying unattended,” Mr. Haobijam said.The episode has triggered sharp condemnations and sit-in protests by various social activists in the area. The Manipur Human Rights Commission took up the case suo motu and directed the state director general of police to probe the matter and submit a report by September 22.Five people, including a havildar attached to the India Reserve Battalion (IRB), have been arrested in connection with the incident so far. Several purported videos of a bleeding Khan were found doing the rounds on social media, prompting the Cyber Crime Unit to also take action against those who uploaded the clips, the SP said.“We are still investigating into the incident. Stern action will be taken against everyone involved in the case,” he added.last_img read more

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‘We want to know where our son is’

first_imgThe family of Ehtisham Bilal, the “missing” student of Greater Noida-based Sharda University, on Thursday staged a street protest at Lal Chowk in Srinagar and asked the Delhi police to provide details “if he was traced”. The family claimed Mr. Bilal, a first-year student of Bachelor’s in Medical Imaging Technology, was in Delhi on the day he went missing. “There were reports quoting police in Delhi that my nephew was traced in Srinagar. However, later the Station House Officer from Delhi denied the same when we asked him. If the police have any details, we request them to furnish the same and hand over him to us,” said Naseer Qureshi, the student’s uncle. “He was in touch with his father all day on Sunday. He had gone for an outing to New Delhi and promised his father to send pictures of the places he visited on WhatsApp. His last message was that he was heading to a nearby metro station. His phone has been switched off since late Sunday afternoon,” said Mr. Qureshi.Bilal Ahmad Sofi, father of the missing youth who lives in Srinagar’s Khanyar area, said he had deposited ₹5,000 in son’s bank account the same day (Sunday). “However, he had only withdrawn ₹400 that day,” said Mr. Sofi, who owns a shop in Srinagar. “We have no idea if any agency has picked him up. We want to know where our son is,” he added.The family asked Governor Satya Pal Malik to intervene in the matter. “I sent my son to Delhi for studies. We appeal to the government to trace our child. We don’t have any clue yet. They don’t tell us exactly where he is. We appeal to Governor sahib to help us find our only child,” said Mr. Sofi.Concern expressedFormer Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have expressed concern over disappearance of the Kashmiri student.Mr. Bilal was assaulted in clashes between two groups of students at Sharda University on October 4. “He was mistaken for an Afghan student on that day,” said another relative.According to the police in Greater Noida, Mr. Bilal had booked a GoAir flight of October 28 from Delhi to Srinagar, and his last call was traced in Srinagar.last_img read more

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Cuttack accident: doctors, staff lauded for arresting death toll

first_imgGloom and sorrow engulfed the campus of Sriram Chandra Bhanj Medical College and Hospital here on Wednesday morning with crowds of grieving friends and relatives waiting to either take the bodies of their near and dear ones home or to be with them as they battled for their life following the bus accident in the city on Tuesday evening.At least 10 passengers died and 42 others were injured when the bus they were travelling in fell onto the Mahanadi riverbed after skidding off a bridge. The bodies of all the deceased were handed over to their family members after post-mortem. The hospital provided free ambulances to carry the bodies to their respective villages.“We received 10 bodies, including three of women, and 42 injured persons, seven of whom are in critical condition. There has not been any increase in the death toll after the injured were given treatment here by a team of doctors drawn from 10 departments,” informed SCB Hospital emergency officer B.N. Moharana on Wednesday evening.Governor visits hospitalOdisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, Health Minister Pratap Jena and Transport Minister Nrushingha Sahu visited the hospital and expressed satisfaction over the manner in which the doctors and paramedics acted during the initial crucial hours to arrest the death toll.“We cannot bring back those who have left us but we will not allow anyone of the remaining to leave us,” the Governor said, lauding the efforts of the volunteers and the rescue workers who tirelessly struggled for over three hours on Tuesday evening to save all the trapped passengers from the mangled bus lying in the middle of the river in darkness.Meanwhile, the Transport Minister has ordered a departmental enquiry to find out the cause of the accident. The Cuttack RTO will head the investigation team, which will have an engineer of the NHAI, a motor vehicle inspector and a police inspector as its members. The Jagatpur police have registered a criminal case against the driver of the bus which was on its way to Bhubaneswar from Talcher. The driver is admitted at the hospital and is in a critical condition.last_img read more

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ScienceShot: The Secrets of Flying Snakes

first_imgThe paradise tree snake puts flying squirrels—and even aircraft—to shame. The 1.2-meter-long reptile, an adept climber that lives in forests, parks, and gardens of southeastern Asia, can glide up to 10 meters from tree branch to tree branch, adjust its flight path in midair, and fly with its body positioned at angles that would make typical airplanes stall. Now, scientists know how. Utilizing the same sort of computer simulations engineers use to assess the airflow around aircraft, researchers have analyzed the profile of a paradise tree snake (Chrysopelea paradisi, pictured) in midair. When the reptile slithers from a branch, it warps its tube-shaped body into a flattened, D-shaped cross section. That expanded profile doesn’t simply create air resistance to slow the snake’s fall; it generates lift as the animal undulates through the air. Even when airflow strikes the flattened part of snake’s D-shaped profile at angles of 30° and beyond—far above those at which typical aircraft wings stall—swirling vortices of air remain attached to the upper surface of the snake’s body and create low pressure (and therefore generate lift), the team reports today in Physics of Fluids. Results of the first-of-its-kind analysis could be used to help engineers design shape-shifting aerial vehicles or blades for wind turbines.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Sunny lives India dream in America

first_imgSunny Sohal dreamt of playing cricket for his country all his life. Finally, at age 30, he has realised his dream, though in a slightly different way. Instead of donning the India colours, the Mohali boy will wear the US colours, his adopted country. Nevertheless, Sohal is as happy to represent the US as he would have been playing for India.“I can’t thank God enough. I am absolutely delighted over this opportunity coming my way, and I will give my best to make it count,” Sohal told The Tribune from Washington. For the record, Sohal played the Ranji Trophy for Punjab before he shifted base to the US in 2014. Sohal, who made 1202 runs in 21 first class matches, was an attacking opener and a handy part-time spinner. He represented the country at the U-19 level a few times, and also played in the IPL for Kings XI Punjab and a couple of other franchises.Read it at Tribune Related Itemslast_img read more

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No Threat to Expat Indians: Maldives

first_imgAfter veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy asked Indian government to invade Maldives in order to “protect Indians” there, Maldives Ambassador to India Ahmad Mohammad on Thursday said Swamy was “imagining things.”Read it at Gulf News Related Itemslast_img

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Promoter Of DLF Sells Shares

first_imgK. P. Singh, promoter of India’s largest real estate company DLF, has sold $800 million of his shares, partly to cover losses incurred by another of his companies as a result of the crash in India’s property prices. The shares were sold for under $5 per share, less than half the $11/ share IPO price in 2006.  Related Itemslast_img

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Government Cancels Passports of 33 NRIs for Abandoning Wives

first_imgThe government has canceled passports of 33 non-resident Indians (NRIs) for abandoning their wives, the women and child development ministry (WCD) announced on Dec. 12.This is the second time the WCD ministry is canceling passports of errant NRI husbands.According to a report by Indian news agency PTI, the Integrated Nodal Agency (INA) made to investigate the matter has been issuing Look-Out Circulars to absconding NRI husbands and till now, 8 LoCs have been issued and 33 passports have been impounded by the external affairs ministry.The WCD ministry has also said that a detailed proposal, including points like mandatory registration of NRI marriages within one week with penal consequences for non-registration, would be placed before the Cabinet for its approval, the news agency said.Another clause includes amendments in passport rules to facilitate its cancellation for absconders, the news agency quoted a WCD Ministry official as saying.“The WCD Ministry and NCW (National Commission for Women) are taking every possible step to protect women in NRI marriages. We serve as a nodal point of contact for grievances received from women on the dedicated email address nricell-ncw@nic.in and coordinate the redressal system,” the WCD said in a tweet.“The problem of women being abandoned in NRI marriages is a serious issue. For the first time, WCD ministry, the ministry of external affairs and ministry of home affairs are providing coordinated support to women facing problems in their marriage to NRIs,” the WCD said in another tweet. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Swaraj India to contest all 90 seats in Haryana

first_imgThe Swaraj India party on Thursday announced that it will contest all 90 Assembly seats in Haryana, where elections are due later this year.Its national president Yogendra Yadav said the party had entered politics to change the established practices, and hence it has decided to contest all the seats in the Haryana Assembly polls. “Over the last four years, Swaraj Abhiyan and Swaraj India have been raising the issues of agrarian distress, unemployment and corruption. It was because of Swaraj India’s struggle that government procurement of bajra and mustard increased in Haryana,” he said. “Instead of a manifesto with empty promises and fake claims, Swaraj India will issue an ‘Imanpatra’ with concrete policy proposals,” he said. Swaraj India’s State president Rajeev Godara criticised both the Congress and the BJP and said there is a political vacuum in Haryana. “Employment rate has decreased, farmers are not getting the minimum support price, employees are agitating over various issues and caste- and religion-based hatred has increased,” he said.The party’s national secretary Avik Saha said one-third of Swaraj India’s candidates would be women and youth.last_img read more

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Party prepared to accommodate more turncoats: BJP

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said it is prepared to accommodate more turncoats in the run up to Assembly polls. Sources said as many as three to four senior Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislators could join the BJP or Shiv Sena in the coming days as the exodus of political leaders continues in the election season. Senior BJP leaders said even if certain candidates join for vested reasons, several others will have suitable experience to help the party grow in the future. “We will accommodate each one of them according to their experience and standing. While the party understands some may have their selfish reasons to join, we are prepared to accommodate all,” said BJP state chief Chandrakant Patil, adding that the party is willing to provide space to senior leaders as well. Among those tipped to join BJP is senior Congress leader and South-Central Mumbai MLA Kalidas Kolambkar. There are speculations that senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal may also join Shiv Sena. However, both leaders have denied the move. “We are facing resistance from the local units in the case of Mr. Kolambkar who has been looking to join the BJP for the past one year. We are also facing some opposition from Shiv Sena on these inductions. However, the party does not want to deny anyone an entry if there is merit in it,” said a senior BJP leader and Cabinet minister. Earlier this week, the NCP Mumbai unit chief Sachin Ahir joined the Sena. Soon after, women unit’s chief for Mumbai Chitra Wagh too quit. Meanwhile, NCP local leaders organised a havan (prayer) to prevent MLAs from leaving. NCP leadership said it is a temporary loss but one that shows BJP is using the tactic of fear and greed to attract MLAs. “Their (BJP) plan to use fear and greed to attract new members is working. But our party is prepared with a secondary leadership in place,” said chief NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik who is tipped to become the next Mumbai unit chief.last_img read more

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Don’t forget Pragya’s ordeal in jail, says senior RSS leader

first_imgDefending Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur for her remarks on slain Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare ahead of the Lok Sabha election, senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar on Wednesday said one should not forget her ordeal in custody at the hands of the Congress government at the Centre then.“No one denies that Mr. Karkare is a martyr,” said Mr. Kumar, national executive member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. “But, don’t forget the injustice perpetrated on Ms. Thakur by the Congress as part of a larger conspiracy.”Malegaon blast accused Ms. Thakur in April had said the death of Mr. Karkare in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks was a result of her curse after being treated “very badly” by him while in custody in the 2008 case. “Hemant Karkare falsely implicated me. He died of his karma. I told him, he will be destroyed. I told him his entire dynasty will be erased,” she had said. Speaking at a meeting of the RSS-backed Forum for Awareness of National Security in Bhopal, he said: “Don’t stoke sentiments of those who revere cows. Remember, what led to the mutiny of 1857 and eventually galvanised into the freedom movement. Playing with the sentiments of people could take the form of mass movements.”Stating that attacks on those indulging in cow slaughter were being singled out as lynchings when there more adverse forms of lynchings, he said: “Don’t forget the massacre in Jammu and Kashmir that led to the exodus of hundreds of people from there and the political mob lynchings of opposition workers by the Trinamool, the Congress and the Left in West Bengal and Kerala. Moreover, don’t forget those who raised slogans at universities to divide the country. Even the Supreme Court is delaying the Ram Mandir issue. Isn’t that lynching of democracy?” Mr. Kumar, however, added that those involved in any kind of lynching should be punished.‘Scrap Article 35A’Demanding that Article 35A of the Constitution be scrapped, he said that especially after the strikes following Pulwama and Uri attacks, at least 70% of the people believed that like the rest of the country was open to people from Jammu and Kashmir, even its door should open to them.last_img read more

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