RJD leader’s remarks on Ram Mandir, saying it has been built on ‘Nafrat Ki Zameen’ sparks row: BJP hits back

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Jagadanand Singh has sparked a controversy over his remarks on Ram Mandir, saying it has been built on ‘Nafrat Ki Zameen’ (land of hate). “Ram temple is being built on the land of hatred. Ram cannot be imprisoned in a magnificent palace…We are the people who believe in ‘Hey Ram’ and not ‘Jai Shri Ram”, the Bihar RJD chief was quoted by ANI as saying on Friday. The Bharatiya Janata Party hit back at the RJD leader over his remark. BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla tweeted, “Labels…

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Haldwani Eviction: 50000 People can’t be uprooted overnight orders Supreme Court

Haldwani Eviction: 50000 People can't be uprooted overnight orders Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the planned eviction of the railways in the ‘encroached’ land in Uttarakhand’s Haldwani and said a workable arrangement has to be devised as 50,000 people can’t be uprooted overnight. In its order, the Supreme Court said the government will have to provide full rehabilitation of the people of the area. “In the meantime, there shall be a stay of the directions passed in the impugned order,” the Apex Court said barring any new construction or development on the land. The bench of Justice Sanjay…

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AS Dulat in Delhi and Farooq Abdullah joins ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in Ghaziabad

AS Dulat in Delhi and Farooq Abdullah joins 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' in Ghaziabad

Former Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) secretary Amarjit Singh Dulat became the latest eminent personality to join Bharat Jodo Yatra, as the Rahul Gandhi-led nationwide march resumed on Tuesday after a 9-day break, and entered Uttar Pradesh from Delhi. According to the Congress, Dulat joined the yatra in Delhi. In a picture shared by INC TV, the grand old party’s official media platform, the former spymaster is seen holding hands of the former Congress president, who was once again dressed in just a white t-shirt, as he has throughout this winter…

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India rings in 2023: Big cities see huge crowds, lathi-charge in Bengaluru

India rings in 2023: Big cities see huge crowds, lathi-charge in Bengaluru

Soaked in revelry, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata and other big cities across India welcomed 2023 amid huge celebrations. This is the first time in nearly two years that Covid restrictions were eased for those ringing in the New Year. While the latest surge in Covid cases in China remains a concern, authorities in India are taking precautions but no major curbs have yet been announced. For now, RT-PCR tests have been made mandatory for travelers arriving from China, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Thailand. Here’s a lowdown on New…

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What has new father of nation done for India? Nitish Kumar targets Narendra Modi

What has new father of nation done for India? Nitish Kumar targets Narendra Modi

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi days after he was called “new father of the nation” by Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Several opposition leaders apart from Nitish Kumar have objected to the remark and the drawing of comparison between PM Modi and Mahatma Gandhi, hailed as the father of the nation. “What have they done for independence? The RSS had no contribution in the fight for freedom. My father took part in the independence struggle. And even though…

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Sudhir Suri, Shiv Sena leader shot dead during protest in Amritsar

Sudhir Suri, Shiv Sena leader shot dead during protest in Amritsar

Hindu right-wing leader Sudhir Suri, 58, who headed Punjab-based Shiv Sena (Taksali), was shot dead in broad daylight while he was taking part in a protest outside a temple in the presence of police, including a DSP-rank officer and an SHO, in Amritsar on Friday. Suri was staging a protest outside Gopal Mandir in Amritsar’s Kashmir Avenue locality when he was shot at five times by Sandeep Singh, who ran a garment shop outside the same temple, according to police officials. He was later arrested. The police also recovered a…

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Price Rise: Congress to hold nationwide protests

Price Rise: Congress to hold nationwide protests

The women’s wing of the Opposition Congress will on Thursday hold nationwide protests against the rising prices, increase in Goods and Services Tax on certain products, and hike in domestic liquified petroleum gas (LPG) rate. “Protests will be held in all districts across the country… We will put pressure on the Modi government to retract the increase in petrol, diesel, and LPG prices,” said Congress spokesperson Ragini Nayak. She added the party will continue to raise these issues both in and outside Parliament. Nayak maintained crude oil was bought at…

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India at high risk of mass killings, warns Rashad Hussain US ambassador for religious freedom

India at high risk of mass killings, warns Rashad Hussain US ambassador for religious freedom

The US ambassador at large for international religious freedom Rashad Hussain on Thursday warned that an early warning project ranked the risk of mass killings in India as the second highest in the world. He also listed out a set of “ingredients” threatening the rights of religious minorities in India, and said that the US is speaking directly to India about its concerns. Speaking at a panel on religious freedom in India, the US official said the Early Warning Project at the Holocaust Museum designated India as number two among…

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Agnipath Row: Train stations, highways turn into battleground as youth fury over the contentious defence recruitment scheme

Agnipath Row: Train stations, highways turn into battleground as youth fury over the contentious defence recruitment scheme

A man was shot dead in police firing in Telangana’s Secunderabad, trains went up in flames, and public and private vehicles were attacked, as railway stations and highways turned into battleground in many states on Friday amid burgeoning protests against Agnipath, the contentious defence recruitment scheme. Assurances by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and the Army chief failed to cut ice with hordes of angry youth, carrying bamboo sticks and stones, storming railway premises across cities and small towns and laying siege to highways, creating a security…

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Where is BJP leading country? Uddhav Thackeray over Prophet remark

Where is BJP leading country? Uddhav Thackeray over Prophet remark

Mumbai “Where is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leading the country?” asked chief minister Uddhav Thackeray while addressing a rally in Aurangabad on Wednesday. The Shiv Sena chief further said that the entire country was put to shame because of a BJP spokesperson. “Some BJP spokesperson insulted the Prophet. All the countries from the Middle East went together and brought our nation to its knees and made us apologise. Who brought this situation upon us? Why should the country apologise? The fault was of BJP, not India. BJP’s spokesperson cannot…

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