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JNU rape case: Accused surrenders to police

New Delhi : Jawaharlal Nehru University student Anmol Ratan, who allegedly raped a 28-year-old Ph.D student, surrendered before police on Wednesday, police said. He surrendered before police around 10.15 p.m. at Vasant Kunj north police station in south Delhi, a senior police officer said. Ratan had ...

Modi, Sonia condole ex-Governor A.R. Kidwai's death

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday condoled the death of former parliamentarian and Governor A.R. Kidwai. "My condolences on the passing away of Dr A.R. Kidwai. His long career in public life included many roles and responsibilities," Modi ...

Hajj stoning ritual to be shortened: Saudi officials

Riyadh : In the wake of last year's Hajj stampede tragedy that killed hundreds of pilgrims, Saudi Arabia authorities have cut short the stoning ritual period by 12 hours, a media report said. The symbolic stoning of the devil will be performed as usual over three days beginning September 11 at Mina, ...

Naqvi launches websites for Ministry of Minority Affairs

New Delhi : Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday launched a new Hindi website and released an updated version of the English website of his ministry. Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that his ministry was committed to serve the people through all means, ...

Cabinet raises compensation for terror, blast victims

New Delhi : The cabinet on Wednesday approved a scheme to enhance the grant of compensation to the civilian victims of terror attacks, communal violence, left wing extremism , cross-border firing and mine, IED blasts from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh, officials said. The approval to the scheme -- the ...

Congress attacks government for Scorpene data leak, demands security audit

New Delhi : The Congress on Wednesday accused the government of "cover-up" over the alleged data leak of the Scorpene submarine, which it said had "gravely compromised" India's national security. The party demanded a complete "security audit" of the Mazgaon Docks Limited and the Defence Ministry. ...

छत्तीसगढ़ के आदिवासियों का पसंदीदा आहार है बीफ़

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net सुकमा : छत्तीसगढ़ में बीफ आपको ढ़ूंढे नहीं मिलेगा, मगर आदिवासियों के बीच ये बेहद ही ...

Cabinet approves bill to prohibit commercial surrogacy

New Delhi : The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to the Surrogacy Regulation Bill, 2016, that seeks to prohibit "commercial surrogacy" and allow "ethical altruistic surrogacy" only to needy infertile married couples. Terming commercial surrogacy as "kokh ka vyapar" , External Affairs Minister ...

Rahul didn't blame RSS, but linked people for Mahatma's assassination, SC told

New Delhi : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had not blamed the RSS as an institution for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, but the people associated with it, the Supreme Court was told on Wednesday. Senior counsel Kapil Sibal told this to a bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Rohinton ...

Mild tremors rock Bihar towns

Patna : A mild earthquake was felt in many parts of Bihar on Wednesday, causing widespread panic among the people but no damage to property or loss of life, officials said. People rushed out of their houses, shops and offices, but "No damage or loss of life has been reported. No damages to houses ...

Bulandshahr gang-rape accused plead innocence, seek narco test

Lucknow : The four accused in the Bulandshahr gang-rape case on Wednesday pleaded not guilty in a Bulandshahr court and demanded a narco-analysis test to prove their innocence. Salim Chamar and his three accomplices -- who said they were falsely implicated by police in the case -- were presented in ...

Raghuvansh a man of conviction: Nitish Kumar

New Delhi : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar described the late litterature and socialist Raghuvansh as a man of conviction at the launch of the professor's book "Hum Bheed Hain". "He was a man of conviction who used to write despite his physical disability,' said the chief minister at the launch ...

BJP protesters cane-charged in Lucknow, over dozen injured

Lucknow : More than a dozen persons, including policemen, were injured here on Wednesday when Bharatiya Janata Party supporters tried to blockade the assembly, which is in session. The protest was to highlight the alleged lawlessness and soaring crime rate in Uttar Pradesh. Led by state BJP ...

One more held for murderous attack on BJP leader

Ghaziabad : One more man has been arrested here for the murderous attack on BJP leader Brijpal Teotia, taking the total number of arrests to seven, police said on Wednesday. Babbal alias Jaginder is a resident of Naraina in Delhi. Teotia was shot and wounded on August 11 in Ghaziabad district in ...

Kerala youth icons call for tobacco-free educational institutions

Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala's popular youth icons have appealed to the state government and society to work towards making educational institutions here tobacco-free. Popular music composer, singer and musician M. Jayachandran, state-award winning actor Parvathy Thiruvothu and Chairman of ...

92% of villages 'electrified' have houses without power

By Charlie Moloney As many as 78 per cent of the 18,452 inhabitable villages the government set out to provide with power have been "electrified". However, 92 per cent of the 10,072 newly-electrified villages include homes which do not have electricity. On August 22, 2016, the government issued an ...

The 'Belcha': Allama Mashriqi's powerful symbol for the Khaksar Tehrik

We have Spade as our symbol…Spade is another sign of humility and our carrying it on our shoulders shows that we are out to proclaim to the world the dignity of labour. Spade levels up the ground. We are here to level up all society! A rich man with a spade considers that he has come down a bit to ...

Northern California Aligarh Association celebrates Sir Syed Day

By TCN News The Aligarh Alumni Association of Northern California held its 19th Sir Syed Day program in the San Francisco Bay Area on August 13 at the India Community Center in the City of Milpitas. The event was attended not only by dedicated AMU Alumni from the region but also by connoisseurs of ...

Students from India, Pakistan exchange greeting cards on Independence Day

By TCN News In an effort to promote peaceful relations among India and Pakistan, Mumbai-based Ecole Mondiale World School sent greeting cards on Independence Day to Unique School Academy, Lahore, Pakistan. This card exchange was facilitated by Aaghaz-e-Dosti, a joint Indo-Pak friendship initiative. ...

India warns against terrorists getting nukes, says nations responsible to prevent it

By Arul Louis United Nations : India has warned of the "catastrophic dangers" of terrorists getting weapons of mass destruction and said that nations have a responsibility to prevent nuclear material from falling into their hands. Speaking at the UN Security Council debate on weapons of mass ...

Any talks on Kashmir must include Pakistan: Mirwaiz

Srinagar : Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday said any proposed talks on Jammu and Kashmir should involve all stakeholders including Pakistan. Terming the unrest in the Kashmir Valley a "political problem" which requires a "political solution", the Mirwaiz told CNN News18 ...

Rajnath Singh in Kashmir, driven through tense Srinagar

Srinagar : Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived here on Wednesday morning and chose to be driven through a tense Srinagar amid heightened security and strict curfew almost all over the Kashmir Valley. The Home Minister's two-day valley visit is his second in a month to review security and hold talks ...

Nationalism is core identity of BJP, says Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that the "nationalism" was core identity of the BJP and called upon party workers to defeat elements who were trying to divert people's attention from the development-oriented work of the party-led central government. In his remarks at the ...

Centre okays NIA probe into cases of missing from Kerala

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram : The Union Home Ministry on Tuesday gave the nod for the National Investigation Agency to take up the cases registered in Kerala's Kasargode and Palakkad against some youth, who along with their families, left their homes during May-July with the intention of joining ...

Indian Americans demand withdrawal of sedition case against Amnesty India

By TCN News The Indian American Muslim Council , an advocacy organisation dedicated to safeguarding India's pluralist and tolerant ethos, has condemned the filing of a case of sedition against Amnesty International India over claims that slogans favouring Kashmiri independence were raised at an ...

Nirbhaya Trust launches 'I feel safe' app in Hyderabad

Hyderabad : Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust, set in remembrance of the Delhi December 16, 2012 gang rape victim, here on Tuesday launched the "I feel safe" mobile application aimed at ensuring women's safety. Her parents Badrinath Singh and Asha Devi launched the app, a personal safety application for ...

JNU rape case: Court records victim's statement

New Delhi : A court here on Tuesday recorded the statement of a 28-year-old PhD student who has filed a complaint of rape against a Jawaharlal Nehru University student. During in-camera proceedings, Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria recorded the victim's statement. The recording of the ...

Lalu Prasad asks Modi for help in dealing with floods

Patna : Rashtriya Janata Dal President Lalu Prasad on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide assistance to Bihar in dealing with the "worst" floods in decades. "Flood situation in Bihar is worst than the 1975 floods; PM Modi should give attention to it," Lalu Prasad told reporters ...

Gujarat journalist murdered in office

Junagadh : Unidentified assailants barged into the Junagadh office of leading Gujarati daily Jai Hind on Monday night and stabbed to death its bureau chief Kishore Dave, police said. Dave, 53, was alone when the three attackers broke into the bureau office of the newspaper located on the fourth ...

Hunger strike in Gurgaon for takeover of colonies

Gurgaon : Residents of various colonies developed by private builders sat on a hunger strike here on Tuesday demanding takeover of builder licensed colonies by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon . The residents of DLF Phase-1 to 4, Sushant Lok-1,2, 3, Suncity, Ardee City, South City-1, 2, Malibu ...

Mukhtar Ansari meets Akhilesh and Shivpal, hints at electoral alliance

Lucknow : Mafia don-turned-legislator Mukhtar Ansari on Tuesday ruled out the merger of his Quami Ekta Dal with the Samajwadi Party which is currently in power in Uttar Pradesh. However, the doors are open for an alliance with the SP for the next Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, he said. All ...

India committed to partner Bangladesh in its growth, development: President

Kolkata : India remains firmly committed to partner Bangladesh in its economic growth and development, President Pranab Mukherjee said here on Tuesday. "Friends can be chosen but not neighbours as they remain where they are," the President said, pointing out that both India and Bangladesh "made many ...

Two Dalits thrashed for refusing to clear carcass

Rajkot : A group of self-styled cow vigilantes thrashed two Dalits in a village in Gujarat's Saurashtra region for allegedly refusing to dispose the carcass of a calf. Police said seven people roughed up Nagji Rathod and Mayabhai Rathod of Mandal village when they said they had stopped doing this ...

Kashmir like volcano about to erupt: Antony

Thiruvananthapuram : Senior Congress leader A.K. Antony on Tuesday said the Kashmir situation was like a volcano about to erupt and favoured sending an all-party delegation there to find a political solution to the violence in the valley. "The Kashmir Valley is like a volcano about to erupt. If a ...

J&K Policemen resign in front of public; shout pro-freedom slogans

By TwoCircles.net, Staff Reporter Srinagar: In the wake of continuing Kashmir turmoil, two Jammu and Kashmir policemen publically announced their resignation while addressing a huge gathering. The two policemen were Special Police Officers , part of the the infamous Special Operations Group which ...

Islamic banking set to get a boost in Kerala

By Shafeeq Hudawi, Twocircles.net Although Islamic banking in India has been discussed at length, the truth remains that despite a huge potential market, the concept has remained at a nascent stage. However, if any state seems poised to gain from the recent developments in this area, it will be ...

बीएचयू रेप केस: देर से हुई मेडिकल जांच, नहीं मिले बलात्कार के सबूत

सिद्धांत मोहन, TwoCircles.net वाराणसी: 13 अगस्त को काशी हिन्दू विश्वविद्यालय में हुए एक छात्र के कथित सामूहिक बलात्कार के ...

बीएचयू रेप केस: देर से हुई मेडिकल जांच, नहीं मिले बलात्कार के सबूत

सिद्धांत मोहन, TwoCircles.net वाराणसी: 13 अगस्त को काशी हिन्दू विश्वविद्यालय में हुए एक छात्र के कथित सामूहिक बलात्कार के ...

11 protesters injured in Kashmir clash

Srinagar : At least 11 protesters were injured in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district on Tuesday as security forces opened fire at a stone-pelting mob, police said. The incident occurred in Nowgam village of Shopian after a mob, which defied restrictions imposed in the area, attacked security ...

Manipur tribals to observe unity day on Aug 31

Imphal : A Manipur activist group will observe "Tribal Unity Day" on August 31 to remember nine people who were killed in early September last year -- and have not been buried as yet -- in violent protests against three controversial lawws that allegedly deprived tribals of the right to their land. ...

Congress MLAs suspended after Gujarat assembly ruckus over Dalits

Gandhinagar : Gujarat assembly Speaker Ramanlal Vora on Tuesday suspended all Congress MLAs -- barring Leader of Opposition Shankersinh Vaghela and Balwantsinh Rajput -- for the day after they created a ruckus over the alleged atrocities committed on Dalits in Una town last month. Congress lawmakers ...

Opposition legislators evicted from Uttar Pradesh assembly

Lucknow : Opposition legislators belonging to the BSP, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party were forcibly evicted from Uttar Pradesh assembly on Tuesday as they trooped into the well of the House and disrupted the proceedings. On the second day of the special session of the House, the ...

Old and proud, a Delhi school struggles to keep afloat

By Mohd Asim Khan New Delhi : The 324-year-old Anglo Arabic School, one of the oldest in the capital with scores of eminent personalities among its alumni, is today struggling to keep itself afloat. Woefully short of teachers, with no lab assistants and no librarian, the government-aided school is ...

Human Rights group concerned over falling Uttarakhand child-sex ratio; complains to NHRC

By TCN News, The Asian Centre for Human Rights , in a recent report titled, 'The State of Female Foeticide in Uttarakhand' has found that the child sex ratio i.e. number of girls per 100 boys in Uttarakhand is set to fall drastically to a little over 800 by the 2021 census. ACHR has also filed a ...

'दलित चेतना' आंदोलन को अब उत्तर प्रदेश लेकर जाएंगे जिग्नेश मेवाणी

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net दिल्ली: गुजरात के उना कांड की चिंगारियां अभी भी सुलग रही हैं. उना में दलितों को इंसाफ़ ...

Telagana to have 17 new districts

Hyderabad : Telangana will have 17 more districts as the government on Monday took the first step for reorganisation of districts. The state, which came into being in 2014, currently has 10 districts, including state capital Hyderabad. The government issued a draft notification for formation of new ...

7-year-old girl raped in Delhi, 3 arrested

New Delhi : A seven-year-old girl was picked up while asleep by three youths, two of who are her neighbours, and raped on Sunday night in east Delhi's Mandavali area, police said on Monday. The girl has been hospitalised. According to police, the incident occurred on the intervening night of Sunday ...

Two more dengue deaths, 300 fresh cases in Bengal

Kolkata : Two more dengue deaths were reported and 300 fresh cases of the mosquito-borne disease reported in the last two days, a senior health official said on Monday. According to state director of health services Biswaranjan Satpathy, the 300 fresh cases takes the total number of cases to over ...

Lessons learnt in 2010 were unlearnt in 2016: Omar Abdullah

New Delhi : National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Monday said that the lessons learnt in Jammu and Kashmir in the 2010 unrest were unlearnt in 2016. "People must appreciate that after 2010 we learnt lessons that allowed us to bring six years of peace and calm in Jammu and Kashmir," former ...

Article 370 will be dealt later, peace in Valley a priority: Ahir

Panaji : Abrogation of Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, will happen in due course of time, but right now the priority is to bring normalcy and restore peace in the troubled state, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said on Monday. Ahir, who was addressing a ...