Citing Burhan stamps, Cop killings, India calls off Swaraj-Qureshi meet

Nearly 24 hours after agreeing to it, the government Friday called off a meeting between the foreignministers of India and Pakistan in New York, citing the brutal killings of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad releasing postage stamps “glorifying” Kashmiri militant BurhanWani. Announcing the cancellation of the meeting, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the incidents “exposed” the “true face” of Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan to the world as well as Islamabad’s evil agenda behind the proposal for talks. India on Thursday accepted Khan’s request…

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Shambhulal Regar, Rajasthan man accused of murdering Muslim on camera set to contest Lok Sabha election

A lesser known political outfit, Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena, has decided to field Shambhulal Regar — accused of hacking a Muslim man to death and burning his body in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand — as its candidate from Agra Lok Sabha seat. Though Regar is currently lodged in Jodhpur jail, party leaders are confident that he would win the election. The Agra (reserved) Lok Sabha seat is presently represented by former union minister Ram Shankar Katheria who is the chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC). National president of UP…

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Ram temple in Ayodhya will help ‘Hindu-Muslim’ peace: Mohan Bhagwat

Construction of a grand temple at Ayodhya, considered the birthplace of Hindu god Ram, will eliminate a big reason for disagreements between Hindus and Muslims, Mohan Bhagwat, the chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said on Wednesday. The RSS is the ideological parent of the ruling BJP. “Ram is Bhagwan (god) for many, but there are some who consider him as an icon of maryada (moral standard), for some he is imam-e-hind (spiritual leader). This is an issue of faith for all sections of society that where his birthplace…

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Rahul Gandhi says will abolish Gabbar Singh Tax, would bring one GST slab, if voted to power

Congress president Rahul Gandhi? on Saturday said if his party comes to power, it would impose one slab of Goods and Services Tax instead of five and abolish the 28 per cent GST slab During an interaction with students at Maharani’s?College here, Afreen, a student, asked the congress chief why there was free health care in Singapore though they have one GST slab of seven per cent, which India lacks despite having 28 per cent GST Replying to her, Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be better positioned to…

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Sensex plunges more than 500 points, Rupee falls below 72 mark, crash wipes out over Rs 1 lakh crore of investor wealth

After rallying for two sessions, the BSE benchmark Sensex tumbled over 505 points on Monday to slip below the 38,000-level as worries about global trade war and prevailing rupee crisis dampened investors mood despite the government announcing steps to stem a steep fall in the Indian currency. The broader Nifty too nosedived over 137 points to end below the 11,400-mark. Subdued Asian and European markets due to escalating trade war between the US and China mainly led to a caution on domestic bourses, brokers said. The government Friday announced an…

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8.2% GDP growth, but how is the economy really doing?

India’s GDP grew 8.2%, the highest in two years, during April-June 2018 (Q1 2018-19). The headline growth numbers, however, do not capture the macroeconomic dynamics currently at play in the Indian economy. While the larger economic picture is not one of immediate crisis, there are factors, especially on the external front, which should be cause for concern. Economic growth: The 8% plus GDP growth is more a result of the base effect due to demonetisation’s disruption than any drastic increase in the level of economic activity. This can be seen…

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Those excluded from Assam citizens list to be deported: Ram Madhav

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said Monday people excluded from the final list of Assam-specific National Register of Citizens would be de-franchised and deported to their country, while chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal suggested that the NRC be implemented across India. Addressing a seminar on ‘NRC: Defending the Borders, Securing the Culture’, Sonowal said genuine citizens of India would get adequate opportunities to prove their citizenship and include their names in the final list of the NRC. “The NRC should be implemented in all states. This is a document which can…

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Govt rules out excise duty cut on Petrol, Diesel amid nationwide protests

Bharat Bandh News Live Updates: The Congress on Monday demanded the Narendra Modi government cut the excise duty and customs duty on petrol and diesel after what it called was a successful Bharat Bandh from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the Centre can’t hide behind the excuse of “global reasons” for the high prices as it had increased taxes substantially in the last few years. He also thanked the 20 other opposition parties for joining the nationwide strike. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had earlier questioned Rahul…

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1 Year, 160 Arrests: In run up to 2019, NSA is the latest weapon against Muslims in UP

After attempts to instigate communal clashes all over eastern Uttar Pradesh, the Adityanath government is using the draconian law to target Muslims, even as Hindutva activists involved in the violence get off lightly. On March 4, 2018, a year after the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power on the plank of improving law and order in Uttar Pradesh, chief minister Adityanath claimed that not a single incident of communal violence had taken place in the state since he took over. Ten days later, the Union home ministry tabled statistics in…

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Fuel On Fire: Bharat bandh begins with protests, train blockades, Rahul Gandhi joins protest in Delhi

Congress and 21 political parties are observing a ‘Bharat Bandh’ across the country on Monday to protest the steep rise of petrol and diesel prices, causing hardships to the common man and the poor. Although the parties and some non-BJP state governments had promised not to inconvenience people and ensure supply of essential services, the shutdown is expected to affect normal life in many parts of the country. While Karnataka and Odisha governments declared a holiday owing to the bandh, the Trinamool Congress-led West Bengal government said there would be…

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