‘Women benefited the most’: PM Modi receives award for Swachh Bharat campaign

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday received the ‘Global Goalkeeper Award’ from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign. While accepting the award, the PM said he shared the honour with crores of Indians who had contributed to the success of the cleanliness mission. “This honour is not mine but of the crores of Indians who not only fulfilled the Swachh Bharat dream but also made it a part of their daily lives. It is very important [...]

UP law student, who accused Chinmayanand of rape, arrested; sent to jail

The 23-year-old UP law student, who accused BJP leader Chinmayanand of sexual assault, has been arrested on a charge of extortion by the special team probing the case. The law student had moved a local court for protection against arrest but did not get any immediate relief. The court had posted the hearing for Wednesday. ”The woman was arrested from her residence and taken to hospital for medical examination. We will later produce her before a magistrate and seek her [...]

Pak Sikh girl forced to convert hasn’t come back, her brother rebuts cops

The brother of Sikh girl who was allegedly abducted and converted to Islam in Nankana Sahib in Pakistan’s Punjab province has said that she has not returned home despite the government’s claim, according to news agency ANI. The brother, who has accused a Muslim man of forcing his teenage sister to marry, contradicted police claims that the girl had returned home to her parents and eight men had been arrested. “Our sister has not been returned to us till now, [...]

No return visa yet for ex-Chinese soldier settled in India

A former Chinese soldier, who got married in India in 1974 and returned to his native country for the first time in 2017, is now stuck there for want of return visa to India, his son said on Friday. Wang Chang Qi (80) was captured by Indian forces in 1963 after the India-China war. Convicted for spying, he was in Indian jails for six years till his release in 1969. He married a local woman in Tiroda village of Madhya [...]

Fear, uncertainty grip Assam ahead of NRC list

Nur Islam Ali used to be a busy mechanic in lower Assam’s Dwarkuchi, a small hamlet in Baksa district, but since March this year, he has had no time on his hands for business. The 23-year-old has attended six hearings between March 12 and May 22 in order to get his name on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) – borrowing Rs 20,000 to attend the events held across three districts. He thought he had a good shot – his [...]

‘Got a big zero from NRC exercise’: Assam bodies upset with exclusion figure

Several prominent organizations in Assam have expressed their displeasure at the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) list, which was made public on Saturday, saying they felt the number of exclusions should have been higher. In the final list released by state NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela, names of 1.9 million of the total 33 million applicants were not included. The names of 31.1 million applicants were found eligible for inclusion in the final list. The complete draft of NRC, released [...]

US says India did not consult it before revoking J-K’s special status

New Delhi did not consult or inform Washington about its decision to revoke special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the US’ state department said on Wednesday. “Contrary to press reporting, the Indian government did not consult or inform the US Government before moving to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional status,” the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs of the US State Department posted on Twitter. The tweet was signed by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs [...]

Article 370 gone, Maharashtra plans to open resorts in J-K and Ladakh

With the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the Maharashtra government plans to set up resorts in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. State tourism minister Jaykumar Rawal said that the state government has taken in-principle decision to invest in both Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. “The MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation) will make an investment in both the states by buying pieces of land where the resorts will be opened to [...]

‘It is time to return to India’, Sushma Swaraj told diaspora in London

There was a time to migrate to London, but now it is time to return home, Sushma Swaraj declared as the external affairs minister to much applause from a packed audience at the Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas in London in October 2014. It was her first and only visit to London as the external affairs minister, but she intervened often in consular issues whenever Indians in the UK approached her through twitter. Like several Indian leaders, she has a network [...]

‘It’s in your hands’: NSA Ajit Doval tells security personnel in Kashmir

On a visit to Kashmir just before the presidential order stripping Jammu and Kashmir of its special status was issued, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval reached out to civilians in the valley, broke bread with them and gave security personnel deployed in the hot-bed of Kashmir militancy a pep talk. “The country’s leadership, its future depends on how capable our forces are, how trained they are and how high their morale is,” he told a group of security personnel in [...]

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