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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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,…

Read More

BJP 2.0 took shape, Amit Shah got Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh -Defence

Modi government 2.0 took shape on Friday with BJP President Amit Shah, who played a key role in his party’s electoral triumph, making his debut in the Central government as India’s new Home minister while incumbent Rajnath Singh was moved to Defence. Joining them in the ‘Big Four’ are Nirmala Sitharaman, the outgoing Defence minister, who is India’s new Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, and surprise inductee, former foreign secretary S Jaishankar, who got the External Affairs portfolio. Both Sitharaman, the first full-time woman Finance minister of India, and…

Read More

To Create ‘Hindu Soldiers’ Hindu Mahasabha gave knives to Schoolkids

“If Hindus want to protect themselves and their nation, they should learn how to use weapons,” says Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha. The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha has distributed knives among students from class X to XII to commemorate the birth anniversary of Hindu Mahasabha leader Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. At the event on Tuesday, Mahasabha spokesperson Ashok Pandey said that Savarkar’s dream was “Rajniti ka hindukaran and Hinduo ka Sainikikaran (Hinduisation of politics and militarisation of Hindus). Modiji has fulfilled the first part of his dream with his landslide victory in…

Read More

Muslims community facing severe difficulties as VDC in a Nizamabad village declare social boycott against them

The Village Development Committee in Balkonda, Nizamabad district, has decided to levy heavy penalty on those who maintain any social or commercial relations with the Muslims in the village. According to a published report, the VDA is targeting the Muslims with the social and commercial boycott to pressurize them to give up their claim over a graveyard. The panel has resorted to severe embargo when the local mosque committee which has filed a case in the local court declined to withdraw it. The committee said that any person who speaks…

Read More