Fury across India as Trump claims Modi asked for Kashmir mediation, opposition wants Modi to clarify claim

India’s foreign minister issued a strenuous denial to an infuriated opposition in parliament on Tuesday, after US President Donald Trump said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited him to mediate in the bloody conflict with Pakistan over Kashmir. While Pakistan has often sought third-party mediation in the decades-old dispute which has cost tens of thousands of lives, the idea is anathema to India, which has always insisted the issue can only be resolved bilaterally. Trump set off a political storm in India by claiming during a meeting in Washington on…

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Mediate on Kashmir: India rebuts Trump on claim that PM Modi asked him mediate

US President Donald Trump on Monday offered to help resolve the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan in initial remarks with visiting Prime Minister Imran Khan. Trump said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a similar request when they met a few weeks ago — a claim that was rejected by India. “If I can help, I would love to be a mediator,” Trump said, following up on Khan’s request during a joint appearance in the White House that he would like the United States to help resolve the…

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Modi govt will never misuse NIA law: Amit Shah

Refuting opposition’s claims of “misuse” of the NIA law, Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday asserted that the Modi government will never abuse it to target anyone but will ensure that terrorism is finished off irrespective of the religion of the accused. In an intervention during a discussion in Lok Sabha on the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Shah also targeted the Congress-led UPA government for repealing the anti-terror act POTA, saying it was not done because of its alleged misuse but to “save its vote bank”. He said…

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I am no longer Congress Chief: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who resigned following the party’s dismal show in the Lok Sabha elections, on Wednesday said that the party must quickly decide on the new chief and that its highest decision making body, the Congress Working Committee, must meet at the earliest to pick a new president, reports ANI. “Party should decide on the new president quickly without further delay, I’m nowhere in this process. I have already submitted my resignation and I am no longer the party president. CWC should convene a meeting at the earliest…

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Mumbai records highest rainfall in 10 years, 16 dead in Mumbai, Thane in overnight rains; govt declares public holiday

At least 16 people were killed in Mumbai and Thane as the cities received heavy rains throughout the day and night on Monday forcing authorities to declare a public holiday amid forecast of more showers. According to Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officials, 13 people died after a wall collapsed on a few hutments built on a hill slope in Kurar village at Malad East. The incident was reported at around 1am on Tuesday after which the Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) and NDRF officials reached…

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15 Persons crushed in midnight wall collapse in Pune

At least 15 people including four children and one woman were killed after a wall of a housing society collapsed in Pune post midnight, following heavy rains. As per initial information, the wall collapsed on a slum where labourers were sleeping. Pune guardian minister Chandrakant Dada Patil said most of the victims were labourers from Bihar and Orissa.” “The workers were living in a camp of an under construction site,” said Pune district collector Naval Kishore Ram.“Wall collapsed due to heavy rains. Prima facie, builder seems to be at fault…

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Amit Shah pilots his first bill in Lok Sabha for amendment of J&K Reservation Bill and extending President’s Rule in J&K

Home Minister Amit Shah Friday proposed to introduce the J&K Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha along with the proposal to extend President’s rule in the state. The J&K reservation amendment bill seeks to bring residents of areas adjoining International Border (IB) within the ambit of reservation, on par with persons living in areas adjoining Actual Line of Control (ALoC). Extending the benefits of reservation to the residents along the IB has been a long pending demand and is expected to benefit over 3 million residents. The bill will chiefly…

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Army commanders whose bases breached in terror attacks may be told to put in their papers and retire

Commanders who were in charge of the Uri brigade, the Sunjuwan military camp and the Nagrota army base in Jammu and Kashmir when their establishments were stormed by terrorists in past years may have “to go home”, the government has decided, seeking to take action against the senior leadership for security lapses that may have aided the attacks. The government has communicated its recommendation to the Indian Army, a senior official in the security establishment said, requesting anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media. Essentially, the…

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Heat wave claims 70 lives across three districts in Bihar

The 45°C heat wave sweeping across Bihar claimed at least 70 lives in the past 24 hours in three districts of the Magadh division, which includes Gaya, Aurangabad, Nawada, Arwal, and Jehanabad. There were 30 deaths in Aurangabad, 20 in Gaya, and 10 in Nawada, according to the regional health director Dr Vijay Kumar. In addition, there were 10 heat stroke cases of people brought dead at the Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital (ANMMCH), Gaya, but those were not recorded officially at the hospital, said Dr Neeraj Kumar,…

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