‘Did we really attack’: Sam Pitroda questions Balakot strike, ‘People will not forgive Oppn’: Modi slams Sam Pitroda

Close confidant of Rahul Gandhi and Chairman of the Overseas Indian National Congress questioned the death toll in the Balakot airstrike conducted by the Indian Air Force in Pakistan in retaliation to the Pulwama terror attack. “If they (IAF) killed 300, its ok. All I am saying is can you give me more facts and prove it,” said Pitroda in a wide-ranging interview to ANI. When asked on his views on the airstrike against the Jaish-e-Mohammad camp in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region, he added that international news outlets had an…

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Despite 92% attendance LK Advani uttered only 365 words in Parliament during the ​last 5 years

Much has changed in the life of Lal Krishna Advani in the past five years. Though he continues to sit in the front row of Lok Sabha, he is no longer the fiery parliamentarian India has known him to be. August 8, 2012. The Lok Sabha was debating an adjournment motion on the issue of illegal infiltration into Assam and large-scale ethnic violence in the state. Leading the debate for the Opposition was Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ‘Loh Purush’ (Iron Man), Lal Krishna Advani. The text of the debate from the day…

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Modi govt behind Pulwama attack got jawans killed for votes: Ram Gopal Yadav

Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav has revived attack on the Narendra Modi government over Pulwama terror strike owned by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. Yadav has called the Pulwama terror attack a “conspiracy” in which “soldiers were killed for vote”. The SP leader said if the government changes in 2019 Lok Sabha election, and a probe is conducted into the Pulwama terror attack, “big fish” will be caught. “Paramilitary forces are unhappy with the government. Soldiers were killed for votes. There was no security checking between Jammu and Srinagar. Soldiers…

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Hindutva goons assault Muslim father, son; forcefully shave their beard

In an outrageous incident occurred in Charkhi Dadri, Haryana, some communal elements harassed Muslims. The miscreants beat up a father and son in Sanjarwas village and forcefully shaved their beard. The goons not only assaulted the father and son duo but threatened to kill them. Victims belong to Bulandshahr. On the complaint of the local Muslims, police registered a complaint on the charges of inciting religious sentiments. According to sources, Idrees and his son Mohsin, residents of Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, were going to Sanjarwas village on March 14. According to…

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Police arrest 10 for playing PUBG post ban in Rajkot

Police said they had seized the mobile phones “for the purpose of the investigation”. “This game is highly addictive and the accused were so engrossed in playing them that they could not even notice our team approaching them,” said police inspector Rohit Raval. A week after it issued a notification banning the popular multiplayer mobile game PUBG, the Rajkot police have arrested ten people, six of them under-graduate students, for playing the game in the last two days. Police Commissioner Manoj Agrawal, who had banned the game in the city…

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India’s election is among the world’s most expensive exercise

The world’s biggest democracy will soon hold what’s likely to beone of the world’s costliest elections.India’s six-week-long vote will span the Himalayan range in the north, the Indian Ocean in the south, the Thar desert in the west and the mangroves of the Sundarbans in the east. This time the polling exercise, due to start on April 11 and be completed by May 19, will cost an unprecedented 500 billion rupees ($7 billion),accordingto the New Delhi-based Centre for Media Studies. About$6.5 billionwas spent during the US presidential and congressional races…

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The sacrifice of martyrs being used by BJP for vote bank​: Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena has launched the attack on Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ally saying that those seeking votes on the basis of the martyrdom of brave jawans’ are ‘culprits’ and should be held responsible for politicising the sacrifice of our brave-hearts. In an editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, Shiv Sena says that those ‘questioning the authenticity’ of air strike are equally responsible for ‘insulting’ the valour of our forces. The editorial reads, “To blame political opponents by calling them anti-nationals is inappropriate.It is a breach of freedom of expression. There…

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VVPATs at all booths, Candidate photos on EVMs among firsts this election

Voters in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will find, for the first time, the faces of the candidates along with their respective party symbols in the electronic voting machines (EVMs), the Election Commission (EC) announced here on Sunday as it released the seven-phase schedule of the world’s largest democratic exercise. The commission has introducing a slew of new or improved measures as it aims to make the elections free, fair and transparent – with a dash of eco-friendliness thrown in for good measure. The poll panel announced that for the first time Voter…

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‘Ensure India’s forces aren’t used for political gains’: Ex-navy chief Admiral L Ramdas to Election Commission

Former chief of naval staff, Admiral L Ramdas (retired), has written to the Election Commission of India (ECI) expressing “concern” and “dismay” over what he sees as the misuse of the air strike in Pakistan to “influence the electorate”. Admiral Ramdas led the Indian Navy from 1990 to 1993 and was part of naval blockade of East Pakistan during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. The operation, one of the most effective naval blockades, prevented Pakistan from evacuating over 90,000 soldiers from Bangladesh. They eventually surrendered before the Indian Army. Ramdas…

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‘Match-fixing between Modi, Pakistan’: BK Hariprasad on Pulwama attack

Congress’ member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha Hariprasad made the remarks while speaking to reporters in Bengaluru on Thursday in response to Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s criticism of the Congress for demanding proof of the strike by the Indian Air Force on Jaish-e-Mohammed’s terror camps in Balakot in Pakistan. Senior Congress leader BK Hariprasad has alleged there was a “match-fixing” between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan which allowed the Pulwama terror attack to occur. Congress’ member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha Hariprasad…

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