Two arrested in Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, minister Ajay Mishra’s son untraceable

Two arrested in Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, minister Ajay Mishra's son untraceable

The arrests come hours after the Supreme Court on Thursday asked the UP government to submit a report within a day on how many arrests have been made so far in connection with the case. Four days after eight were killed in Lakhimpur Kheri after a minister’s car allegedly ran over protesters, the UP police arrested two persons identified as Luvkush Rana and Ashish Pandey, while union minister of state Ajay Mishra Teni’s son Ashish Mishra is still untraceable. Police said the two arrested are close aides of Asish and…

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Declare India ‘Hindu Rashtra’ and terminate nationality of Muslims, Christians: Jagadguru Paramhans

Declare India ‘Hindu Rashtra’ and terminate nationality of Muslims, Christians: Jagadguru Paramhans

Top Hindu religious leader Jagadguru Paramhans Acharya Maharaj has demanded that the Modi government declare India a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ by October 2 or else he will take ‘Jal Samadhi’ in river Sarayu. The top Hindu religious leader also asked the Government of India to terminate the nationality of Muslims and Christians, reported ANI. “I demand that India should be declared a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ by October 2 or else I’ll take Jal Samadhi in river Sarayu,” Jagadguru Paramhans Acharya Maharaj was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. This is not…

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India’s security nightmare reignited as return of Taliban is likely to embolden militant outfits

India's security nightmare reignited as return of Taliban is likely to embolden militant outfits

The bad news is that India did not build equity with the Taliban By Namrata Biji Ahuja For India, the return of the Taliban is not so much about the fear of the Taliban, but the growth and proliferation of radical and terrorist outfits operating in the ungoverned spaces, particularly North Waziristan and areas along the Durand Line, where more than half a dozen terror groups have established base and are waiting to take advantage of the changing security dynamics to unleash terror activities. While a section of the Indian…

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Veiling reference to Pakistan & China, India facing two challenges: Narendra Modi

Veiling reference to Pakistan & China, India facing two challenges - Narendra Modi

PM Modi said India was fighting terrorism and expansionism with courage, and the government would take all steps to strengthen the capabilities of the Indian armed forces. In his 88-minute Independence Day speech from the Red Fort on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the dual challenges of terrorism and expansionism–a veiled reference to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and China‘s expansionist policy in Ladakh—and India’s resolve to strengthen the armed forces, its growing prowess in defence manufacturing and the government’s full commitment to boost self-reliance in the defence sector. He said…

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J&K leads in distribution companies losses, Delhi turns the best performer

J&K leads in distribution companies losses, Delhi turns the best performer

The high loss figure of J&K was followed by Nagaland (52.9%), Arunachal Pradesh (45.7%), Bihar (40.4%), and Tripura (37.9%). Utilities in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) reported the highest losses among power distribution companies (discoms) in India, while some in the east and the northeast also incurred high losses, underscoring the lack of power sector reforms in these markets. However, 15 state discoms in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Manipur, and Madhya Pradesh narrowed their losses by more than 10% in 2019-20.…

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Why GoI is suddenly ‘Looking West’, talking to the Taliban & Pakistan

Why GoI is suddenly ‘Looking West’, talking to the Taliban & Pakistan

Talks with Taliban, J&K leaders, thaw with Pakistan are strategic imperatives for the Modi govt. It can’t covet the US as Quad ally in the east & work at counter-purposes with them in the west. Shekhar Gupta Thank you, Mehbooba Mufti, for the cue for this week’s National Interest. As the key Jammu & Kashmir alliance, PAGD, announced its acceptance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation for the all-party meeting in Delhi, she said that India should also talk with Pakistan to find a final solution to the Kashmir issue.…

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Modi’s Kashmir Gamble and Uttar Pradesh Election

Modi’s Kashmir Gamble and Uttar Pradesh Election

India’s Kashmir policy is part external affairs, part home affairs. Depending upon the predilection of the person in power in Delhi, the relative share varies. For example, in Pandit Nehru’s time, when foreign policy used to matter more, it was primarily seen through the prism of international politics. But in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s time, since Hindutva politics is reigning all the way, his Kashmir policy is nothing but an extension of his Hindutva ideological thrust. Behind every move in Kashmir, the Modi government needs to see how it would…

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Modi’s meeting with J&K leaders was nothing but posturing aimed at placating the international community

Modi’s meeting with J&K leaders was nothing but posturing aimed at placating the international community

Arun Srivastava Some of the leaders from Jammu and Kashmir who attended the June 24 meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have already realised that his design, wrapped in the cliché of ‘Naya Kashmir’, was primarily aimed at serving the interest of the international players and also to entrap the Kashmiri leaders. The deliberations at the meeting made it abundantly clear that Modi took utmost pains to conceal his real intentions and has nothing new to offer to the people of the region. As usual, he resorted to obsolete…

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Why was J&K’s statehood removed, Country’s name tarnished globally: Mamata Banerjee

Why was J&K's statehood removed, Country's name tarnished globally: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday slammed the Centre over PM Modi’s meeting with J-K political leaders saying the country’s name was tarnished globally when J-K statehood was revoked.“I don’t know what was the need for removing the statehood in the first place. Country’s name was tarnished globally due to that move,” Mamata Banerjee said.She further added that anyone who questions BJP is called an anti-national. PM Modi’s crucial meeting with J-K political partiesA crucial all-party meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and politicians of different parties in…

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‘Refrain from any further illegal steps’: Modi’s Kashmir meet on Pakistan’s radar

'Refrain from any further illegal steps' - Modi's Kashmir meet on Pakistan's radar

The statement came as the Centre invited 14 political leaders from J&K to participate in a meeting to be chaired by PM Modi on June 24, which is expected to set the road map for holding assembly elections. Pakistan said on Saturday that it would oppose any move by India to divide Kashmir and change its demography. Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has stated that India must refrain from taking any further illegal steps in Kashmir after its actions of August 5,…

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