Four men held for cow slaughter falsely implicated: Police

Four men arrested on charges of slaughtering cows, which led to the mob violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr earlier this month that had resulted in the death of a police inspector and another person, were falsely implicated by district convener of Bajrang Dal, Yogesh Raj, police said on Wednesday. Sarfuddin, Sajid, Asif and Nanhe, who were arrested on December 4 on the basis of a complaint lodged by Raj on December 3, will be released soon, officials said. Raj is a key accused in the violence in Syana area of…

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BJP has devil’s luck: Omar on timing of SC verdict on Rafale

In a funny aside to the Supreme Court verdict ruling out a probe into the Rafale deal, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said the order could not have come at a better time for the BJP. In a reference to the BJP’s recent electoral setback where the party lost three states, Abdullah felt this verdict would take the poll heat off the ruling party. Tweeting to his three million followers, complete with a smiley, Abdullah said, “The BJP really has the devil’s luck (relax I’m not calling you devils, it’s…

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Shaktikanta Das, MA in History is first non-economist in 28 years to be RBI governor

Highlights * 14 of 25 RBI governors have been bureaucrats including 12 coming from IAS/ICS* Immediate predecessors of Shaktikanta Das were economists* Shaktikanta Das has got tenure as RBI governor till 2023 There are no fixed eligibility criteria for appointment of a person as the RBI governor. According to the RBI Act, appointment of governor is approved by the PMO on the recommendation of the finance minister. Shaktikanta Das is the 25th RBI governor and 14th career bureaucrat including 12 IAS/ICS officers to hold the position.With the appointment of Shaktikanta…

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Celebrations begin as Congress races ahead in Rajasthan assembly elections

Counting of votes began at 8 am today for the Rajasthan assembly elections with trends at 10 am showing the Congress racing ahead with leads in 99 seats and the BJP in 75. As trends started trickling in, celebrations broke out in Jaipur outside the houses of Pradesh Congress Committe chief Sachin Pilot and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot as caretaker chief minister Vasundhara Raje prayed at Tripur Sundari temple in Banswara. Initial counting showed Raje leading from Jhalrapatan, Sachin Pilot from Tonk and senior Congress leader and former chief…

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What Atal Bihari Vajpayee told Imran Khan on Kashmir

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had told him that Kashmir would have been resolved if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had not lost the 2004 Lok Sabha elections. In an interview to a group of television journalists here, Khan added that former foreign minister Natwar Singh was also of the same view. “It shows that there is a solution of Kashmir and both countries were close to resolving it,” the Pakistani prime minister insisted. Khan said unless there was a…

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Protesting cow slaughter, UP police officer killed by villagers

A police officer was killed by a mob in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr after hundreds of people attacked the district’s Syana police station. Initial reports said the villagers had gathered outside the police to protest cow slaughter and threw stones. At a Press conference later, UP’s additional director general of police Anand Kumar said the police officer had died in firing from villagers. Later, a local resident Sumit was also shot and was shifted to a hospital in Meerut where he succumbed to injuries, Kumar said, according to news agency ANI.…

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Ayodhya On Alert -2 Lakh people expected tomorrow, claim VHP & RSS

There is heavy security in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya ahead of a Dharam Sabha or religious meeting called on Sunday by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to push for the construction of a Ram temple and a two-day visit beginning today by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. Hundreds of policemen have been deployed at the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Majid site and prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC have been imposed. Devotees are being allowed darshan at the makeshift temple there in small batches, a senior officer said. The Uttar Pradesh…

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Beating Netflix and Amazon BJP become top advertiser on Indian Television

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the top advertiser on Indian television, placing ahead of Netflix and Trivago, in the weeks and months leading up the crucial state polls and the 2019 general election. Citing the latest data from the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), The Economic Times reported today that BJP beat Vimal Pan Masala in the week ending 16 November, and is ahead of major companies like Amazon and Hindustan Lever. BJP, which was in the second position in the preceding week, is now ranked number one…

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Amit Shah a Key Conspirator in Prajapati Killing, Investigating Officer Tells Court

In explosive testimony before the special Central Bureau of Investigation court here on Wednesday, Sandeep Tamgadge, chief investigating officer in the 2006 Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter case, has said that Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah and IPS officers D.G. Vanzara, Dinesh M.N. and Rajkumar Pandiyan were the “principal conspirators” in the controversial killing. In his deposition recorded on November 21, the 2001 batch IPS officer told the court that Shah was a part of the “criminal-politician-police nexus” and Prajapati, his associate Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Sohrabuddin’s wife Kausar Bi were…

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After making 3000 Cr Statue of Unity, India seeks aid for vaccine price hike

This will certainly add fuel to the ongoing debate over the Statue of Unity, the 182 metre-high iron statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Gujarat, which was inaugurated on his birth anniversary by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently. According to a report in The Telegraph, an upcoming price hike is likely to raise India’s budget for a key vaccine by less than Rs 100 crore and the government has been forced to seek help of an international donor. And this has happened just after the country became home to the…

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