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Comment | BJP should not have aligned with a weak AIADMK in Tamil Nadu

Money Control 7 hours 37 minutes ago

The BJP should have either fought the polls on its own, or, should have settled for an alliance with other parties (such as the PMK) excluding the AIADMK.
After years of anti-Dravidianism, PMK joins hands with AIADMK, sheds spotlight on caste math in Tamil politics
AIADMK, PMK and BJP have announced a pre-poll alliance in Tamil Nadu for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. DMK and Congress are expected to announce their alliance today.
Day After BJP-AIADMK, Rahul Gandhi May Seal The Deal With DMK Today
A day after their rivals announced an alliance, the Congress is likely to formalise their partnership for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections with MK Stalin's DMK today. The party may get nine out of 39...
BJP, AIADMK, PMK join hands in Tamil Nadu
As part of the tie-up, the BJP will field its candidates from five seats in Tamil Nadu, lower than many had expected.
NPP to field candidates in both seats
NPP to field candidates in both seats
NPP to field candidates in both seats
Ruling BJP's alliance National People's Party NPP would be fielding their own candidates in both the Inner Manipur PC and Outer Manipur PC Source The Sangai Express
PMK in fold, AIADMK and BJP forge alliance in TN
PMK in fold, AIADMK and BJP forge alliance in TN
Tamil Nadu pact sealed, brings AIADMK back to NDA fold
The BJP finalised its alliance with the AIADMK and the PMK for the coming parliamentary elections in Tamil Nadu, a state that sends the fourth highest number of representatives to the Lok Sabha, 39, after Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and West Bengal.
MK Stalin slams PMK for aligning with AIADMK
[India], Feb 19 (ANI): Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president MK Stalin on Tuesday criticised Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) S. Ramadoss for joining hands with All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The BJP, AIADMK and PMK have decided to contest Lok Sabha elections together in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Speaking on the issue, Stalin said: "AIADMK and PMK formed an alliance and agreed on seven seats of Los Sabha. PMK chief Ramadoss had criticised them for corruption. In fact, he has even brought out a book on the corrupt practices of Jayalalithaa, present Tamil Nadu Chief Minister (Edappadi K. Palaniswami) and Deputy Chief Minister (O. Panneerselvam). Is he not ashamed of this?" Earlier today, during a press conference it was announced that the BJP will contest on five out of the 39 seats in the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu and one seat in Puducherry. Speaking to media here after holding talks with the BJP, AIADMK leader and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said the BJP-AIADMK alliance will be a winning one. "For the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, AIADMK and BJP have agreed to form a mega alliance. This alliance will be a winning alliance in both Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. In this alliance, BJP is allotted five seats," he said. Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who was also present at the media briefing, said the BJP will support AIADMK in the by-elections on 21 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu. "We will support AIADMK in the by-elections on 21 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu. We have agreed to contest elections under the leadership of O Panneerselvam and Edappadi K. Palaniswami in the state and Modi Ji at the Centre," he said. Earlier in the day, Panneerselvam had said the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) will support the AIADMK-BJP front in Tamil Nadu in the forthcoming general elections. The PMK, which has a strong voter base in northern Tamil Nadu, especially among the OBC Vanniyar community, will contest on six Lok Sabha seats and will be given one Rajya Sabha seat. (ANI)
Lok Sabha polls 2019: BJP clinches deal with AIADMK, to contest 5 LS seats...
Lok Sabha polls 2019: BJP clinches deal with AIADMK, to contest 5 LS seats...
TN: BJP, AIADMK, PMK seal LS poll pact
While the BJP will contest 5 seats, PMK gets 7; talks under way to rope in DMDK
AIADMK, BJP Clinch 'Mega Alliance' in Tamil Nadu; Saffron Party to Contest Five Seats
The announcement was made by AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam and senior BJP leader Piyush Goyal after second and final round of discussions held in Chennai.
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After Pilot's Death, Surya Kiran Team To Not Participate In Aero India

NDTV 7 hours 21 minutes ago

Aero India Show: To pay respect to the fallen pilot who died during rehearsal of air show, HAL-built aircraft will fly the missing man formation.
Rafale pilot's slow pass at Aero Show to pay tributes to Surya Kiran pilot
Rafale fighter jet flew at a lower speed at the Aero India 2019 show that took off in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
Surya Kiran not to participate in Aero India 2019 after fatal accident; IAF conducts 'missing man' flypast to honour deceased pilot
Hours after two Surya Kiran aircraft crashed mid-air, Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria said the Surya Kiran will not be a part of Aero India 2019 beginning on Wednesday.
Aero India 2019: Defence minister invites investors in aero space, other sectors
The five-day mega event began on a sombre note, a day after two aircrafts of Surya Kiran, IAFs aerobatics team, collided mid air, killing a pilot and injuring two others who ejected to safety
Rafale Fighter Jet Takes to Indian Skies as Aero India 2019 Kicks Off in Bengaluru Day After Tragic Crash
The five-day mega event began on a sombre note, a day after two aircraft of Surya Kiran, Indian Air Force's aerobatics team, collided mid-air, killing a pilot and injuring two others.
Pilot killed during practice ahead of Aero India Show
The Air Force said that it was conducting an inquiry into the crash and would not comment on the possible cause prior to the conclusion of the probe.
Surya Kirans collide during rehearsal, pilot dies
Two Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team aircraft collided mid-air and crashed on Tuesday during a practice sortie for the 12th edition of Aero India, casting a shadow on the five-day biennial airshow that will kick off in the city on Wednesday.
2 Surya Kiran jets crash, one pilot dead
BENGALURU, Feb 19 - Two aircraft of IAF's aerobatic team Surya Kiran crashed after grazing each other mid-air near here on Tuesday, killing a pilot and injuring two who ejected to safety during a rehearsal for the Aero India show.
2 Surya Kiran jets crash, one pilot dead
2 Surya Kiran jets crash, one pilot dead
Surya Kiran jets collide mid-air during Bengaluru Aero Show practice, one I...
Surya Kiran jets collide mid-air during Bengaluru Aero Show practice, one I...
Air show tragedies: A look at deadly fighter jet crashes in history
One pilot was killed due to injuries, while the other ejected safely after two aircraft of IAF#39;s aerobatic team Surya Kiran crashed in Bengaluru on February 19.
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Donald Trump describes Pulwama attack as 'horrible situation', says it would be wonderful if India, Pakistan got along

First Post.com 7 hours 49 minutes ago

US President Donald Trump Tuesday described as a "horrible situation" the Pulwama terrorist attack by the Jaish-e-Mohammed group
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Pulwama attack is 'horrible situation,' says Donald Trump; asks I...
Pulwama attack is 'horrible situation,' says Donald Trump; asks I...
Pulwama attack a 'horrible situation': Trump
"I have watched. I have got a lot of reports on it. We will have comment (on it) at an appropriate time. It would be wonderful if they (India and Pakistan) get along," Trump said in response to a question. 40 CRPF personnel were killed when a JeM terrorist rammed an explosive-laden car into a vehicle carrying them in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama.
Pulwama Attack "Horrible", Says Trump, Urging India, Pak To "Get Along"
US President Donald Trump Tuesday described as a "horrible situation" the Pulwama terrorist attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed, in which 40 Indian paramilitary personnel were killed, and said he was getting...
Imran Khan asks for proof of role in attack, it's sitting in Pakistan, says Ind...
Imran Khan on Tuesday offered to help New Delhi investigate the Pulwama suicide bombing, which was claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, but warned his country would retaliate if India carries out an attack over the strike.
Factbox: Pakistan, India troop strength and weapons
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed a strong response to the attack and said he had given the military a free hand. Pakistan would retaliate if attacked, his counterpart, Imran Khan, has warned.
Pak PM making lame excuse on Pulwama: India
[India], Feb 19 (ANI): India on Tuesday dubbed as a lame excuse of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khans statement that he would take action if actionable intelligence is provided about links of Pulwama attack to his country and asked him to stop misleading the international community. Hours after Khans televised address, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the Pakistani Prime Minister has ignored claims made by Jaish-e-Mohammad, which is based in Pakistan, as well as by the terrorist, who perpetrated Pulwama heinous crime. Disclaiming any link between the terrorist attack and Pakistan is an oft-repeated excuse by Pakistan. The Pakistani Prime Minister has ignored claims made by the Jaish-e-Mohammad, as well as by the terrorist, who perpetrated this heinous crime. It is a well-known fact that Jaish-e-Mohammad and its leader Masood Azhar are based in Pakistan. These should be sufficient proof for Pakistan to take action, Kumar told ANI exclusively. The Prime Minister of Pakistan has offered to investigate the matter if India provides proof. This is a lame excuse. In the horrific attack in Mumbai on 26/11, the proof was provided to Pakistan. Despite this, the case has not progressed for the last more than 10 years. Likewise, on the terror attack on Pathankot airbase, there has been no progress. Promises of guaranteed action ring hollow given the track record of Pakistan, he said. The MEA spokesperson said: It is regrettable that the Pakistani Prime Minister has insinuated that Indias response to the terrorist attack is determined by the forthcoming General Election. India rejects this false allegation. Indias democracy is a model for the world which Pakistan would never understand. We demand Pakistan to stop misleading the international community and take credible and visible action against the perpetrators of Pulwama terrorist attack and other terrorists and terror groups operating from areas under their control, he said. Pakistans Prime Minister has called for dialogue and expressed his readiness to talk about terrorism. India has repeatedly stated that it is ready to engage in a comprehensive bilateral dialogue in an atmosphere free from terror and violence, he said. Pakistan claims to be the greatest victim of terrorism. This is far from the truth. The international community is well acquainted with the reality that Pakistan is the nerve center of terrorism, the MEA spokesperson said. The Prime Minister has referred to a Naya Pakistan with new thinking. In this Naya Pakistan, Ministers of the current Government publicly share platforms with terrorists like Hafeez Saeed who have been proscribed by the United Nations, he said. We are not surprised that the Prime Minister of Pakistan refuses to acknowledge the attack on our security forces in Pulwama as an act of terrorism. Prime Minister of Pakistan has neither chosen to condemn this heinous act nor condoled with the bereaved families, said Kumar. Pakistan Prime MinisterKhan on Tuesday promised action if actionable intelligence is provided byIndiaabout its links to Pulwamaterror attack but warned of retaliation, without even thinking, if any kind of military action is launched byIndia. Breaking his silence on the February 14 attack carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror outfit, Khan in his televised address claimed that there was no evidence about Pakistan link and thatIndiawas being judge, jury, and executioner. Khan, without condemning the ghastly attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, said Pakistan is ready to discuss the issue of terrorism as insisted byIndiaand that war is no solution. I want to tell India, we are ready for any kind of investigation. If there is any actionable intelligence, give it to us, I guarantee that we will take action, Khan said. (ANI)
China urges restraint by India, Pakistan on Pulwama terror attack
A stable bilateral relationship between the two is essential to the peace and stability in the region," Geng Shuang told.
China urges restraint by India, Pak on Pulwama terror attack
China on Tuesday urged restraint by India and Pakistan amid escalating tensions over the Pulwama terror attack and called on both the countries to p
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Congress denounces PM Modi over #39;grand welcome#39; to Saudi crown prince

Money Control 5 hours 7 minutes ago

In a special gesture, Prime Minister Modi on February 19 received Saudi Arabia#39;s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the airport last night.
Saudi Crown Prince hails ties with India
[India], Feb 20 (ANI): Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed-bin Salman on Wednesday hailed ties with India and affirmed that India and Saudi Arabia together will create good things for the betterment of the two nations. Today we want to be sure that this relationship is maintained and improved for the sake of both countries. And with the leadership of the President and the Prime Minister, I am sure we can create good things for Saudi Arabia and India, the Saudi Crown Prince said. "The relationship between India and Saudi Arabia goes more than 2000 years of history. We know Indian people as friends," he added. The remarks by the Saudi Crown Prince came after he was given a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Wednesday. The Saudi Crown Prince arrived in India late on Tuesday evening, where he was warmly received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the airport. The Prime Minister and MBS, as the Saudi Crown Prince is also known, will hold bilateral talks tomorrow, during which terrorism is expected to figure prominently, particularly in the backdrop of the Pulwama attack. India is likely to raise the issue of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and the two countries are expected to sign ties to enhance cooperation in various fields during the "landmark event in high-level bilateral ties". Other issues likely to figure in the talks include defence and security. The two sides are expected to sign five MoUs in fields ranging from defence, healthcare etc. The Saudi Crown Prince has currently embarked on a four-country Asian tour that besides India, also includes Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia. He recently concluded his Pakistan visit. (ANI)
Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman looks for 'good things' from India trip
Prince Mohammed predicted "good things" will come out of talks with Indian leaders as he started a landmark visit to the world's largest democracy Wednesday.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman looks for 'good things' from India trip
Prince Mohammed predicted good things will come out of talks with Indian leaders as he started a landmark visit to the worlds largest democracy Wednesday.
Saudi Arabian crown prince receives ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan, says 'want to be sure this relation is improved'
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, popularly known as MBS, received a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi on Wednesday, where he met Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind. Modi and Crown Prince Salman will now hold bilateral talks on a number of subjects.
Modi breaks protocol to welcome Saudi's crown prince
Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke with government protocol to personally welcome Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to New Delhi on Tuesday.
Live: Saudi Arabia a valuable partner, PM says
Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman receives a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan on his maiden visit to the country. Stay with TOI for latest updates
LIVE Updates: Saudi Crown Prince, PM Modi Hold Bilateral Talks Today
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in New Delhi for a day's visit on Tuesday evening. He was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the airport with a warm hug. He is...
Fresh from Islamabad Visit, Will Saudi Crown Prince MBS Call Out Pakistan on Terror?
The joint statement on terrorism this time around will have to be stronger than the one in 2016 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salmans father King Salman in Riyadh.
Saudi crown princes India visit puts ties to the test
Mohammed bin Salmans trip comes after terror attack revives Indo-Pakistan tensions
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Kulbhushan Jadhav an Indian Spy sent to Balochistan to destabilise country: Pakistan at ICJ

Economic Times 10 hours 45 minutes ago

The top UN courts four-day public hearing in the case of 48-year-old Jadhav began on Monday, with India presenting its case first.
Pak asks ICJ to dismiss India's plea
THE HAGUE, Feb 19 - Pakistan on Tuesday urged the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to dismiss India's plea in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, as it accused New Delhi of using the top UN court for "political theatre".
Pak asks ICJ to dismiss Indias plea
Pak asks ICJ to dismiss Indias plea
Pakistan Snubbed By UN Court On Day 2 Of Kulbhushan Jadhav Hearing
Pakistan was snubbed on Tuesday at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) when it sought for a replacement of an ad-hoc Pakistani judge during the hearing of the case related to Indian national...
India using Kulbhushan Jadhav for political theatre, says Pakistan at ICJ
In its first round of oral arguments at the UNs highest court, Pakistan attorney general Anwar Mansoor Khan claimed Kulbhushan Jadhav was a serving officer in the Indian Navy, working for the Research and Analysis Wing, and was sent to Balochistan province to destabilise the country.
Jadhav case: India must convince ICJ of Pak courts dubious nature
India's case at the ICJ for immediate release of Kulbhushan Jadhav, and not limited relief, is likely to hinge on the extent to which its counsel can convince the Court about the dubious nature of Pakistan's military justice system. The ICJ only asking Pakistan military court to reconsider its decision will be far from any desired outcome for India.
Kulbhushan Jadhav is instrument of India's 'policy of terror', says Pakistan in response to India's arguments in ICJ
Pakistan on Tuesday responded to India at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, insisting that the Indian Navy officer was a "spy" and not a businessman.
Kulbhushan Jadhav ICJ hearing LIVE: Pakistan calls India#39;s claim for acquittal and release #39;outlandish#39
Live updates of the proceedings in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) where the Kulbhushan Jadhav case is being heard
Jadhav case: On Day 2, Pakistan accuses India of acting in bad faith
Indias application to have the International Court of Justice (ICJ) order Kulbhushan Jadhavs release should be dismissed as inadmissible, Pakistans
Kulbhushan Jadhav Case LIVE: India Sponsored 2014 Peshawar School Attack, Pakistan Alleges at ICJ
Kulbhushan Jadhav Case LIVE: Its Pakistans turn to argue at the International Court of Justice where India had yesterday punched holes in Islamabads case against former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who Islamabad accused of spying for India.
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Trying to put JeM chief Masood Azhar on UN sanctions list: France envoy to India

Sify 7 hours 26 minutes ago

[India], Feb 20 (ANI): Ambassador of France to India Alexandre Ziegler on Wednesday said that his country is pushing to put Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar on the UN sanctions list. This...
France to move proposal at UN to have JeM chief Masood Azhar banned, will insist on keeping Pakistan on FATF grey list
In a major boost to India's efforts to get JeM chief Masood Azhar on the list of global terrorists, France will be moving a proposal at the UN in a "couple of days" to ban the head of the UN-proscribed group
Pressure builds on Islamabad as France to propose listing of Masood Az...
Pressure builds on Islamabad as France to propose listing of Masood Az...
France to move proposal at UN to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar
This will be the second time France will be party to such a proposal at the UN.
In Big Boost to India, France Wants Masood Azhar on Global Terrorist List, to Move Proposal at UN Soon
This will be the second time France will be party to such a proposal at the UN. In 2017, the US, supported by the UK and France, had moved a proposal at the UN's Sanctions Committee 1267 to ban the chief of the Pakistan-based terror outfit.
France to move proposal at UN to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar
This will be the second time France will be party to such a proposal at the UN.
France to move proposal at UN to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar
In a significant development, France will be moving a proposal at the UN in a couple of days to ban Masood Azhar, chief of the UN-proscribed JeM wh
France to move proposal at UN to put JeM chief Masood Azhar on global terrorist...
At the UN, France will lead a proposal to put Masood Azhar on the terrorist list... It will happen in a couple of days, said a senior French source.
France To Call For UN Action Against Pak Terrorist Masood Azhar: Report
In a significant development, France will move a proposal at the United Nations in a "couple of days" to designate Masood Azhar, chief of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, as a global...
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Day After Iconic Designer's Death, Kapil Sibal Calls Pakistan 'Karl Lagerfeld of Terror'

News18 9 hours 24 minutes ago

Slamming Pakistan PM Imran Khans statement on the Pulwama terror attack in which he warned of retaliation if India launched military strikes, Sibal said the actionable intelligence he demanded in...
Pulwama Attack: Yuzvendra Chahal says India must teach Pakistan a lesson...
Pulwama Attack: Yuzvendra Chahal says India must teach Pakistan a lesson...
Will definitely retaliate if India attacks us: Imran
Will definitely retaliate if India attacks us: Imran
Imran Khan's Muscle-Flexing A Form Of Confession, Says Arun Jaitley
Imran Khan's statement on the Pulwama terror attack was a form of confession, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday, hours after the Pakistani Prime Minister declared that Islamabad would act...
India rejects Imrans response to J-K attack
India rejects Imrans response to J-K attack
If India attacks Pakistan, we will retaliate: Imran Khan
Reacting to the Pulwama terror attack, Pakistans Prime Minister said that India was accusing Pakistan without any evidence.
Pakistan nerve center of terrorism: MEA responds to Imran Khan's statement
Earlier in the day, Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan had accused India of blaming his government over the attack "without any evidence".
Shahid Afridi backs Pakistan PM Imran Khan's statement warning India against strikes...
Imran Khan has denied his countrys role behind the Pulwama terror attack. He claimed that India does not have any evidence to prove Pakistans role in terror attacks in Kashmir.
Imran Khan on Pulwama: Will take action if 'actionable intelligence' given
Amid mounting world pressure, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday promised action if actionable intelligence is provided by India about links to Pulwama attack in his country but warned of retaliation, without even thinking, if any kind of military action is launched by India. Breaking his silence on the February 14 attack carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror outfit, Khan made a televised address, claiming that there was no evidence about Pakistan link and that India was being judge, jury and executioner. Khan, without condemning the ghastly attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, said Pakistan is ready to discuss the issue of terrorism as insisted by India and that a war is no solution. I want to tell India, we are ready for any kind of investigation. If there is any actionable intelligence, give it to us, I guarantee that we will take action, the Pakistan Prime Minister said. His statement came against the backdrop of the US and several other countries demanding that Pakistan must take action against JeM and other terror groups based in Pakistan. Khan claimed that his government will take action, "not because Pakistan is under pressure but because if anybody is using Pakistani soil for terrorism, they are our enemies and it is in our interest to act against them. The suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama area of the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, in which 40 personnel were killed, was claimed by JeM in a statement. While being in a denial mode, the Pakistan Prime Minister said, Why will Pakistan do it (engineer a terror attack in India), when we are trying to stabilise Pakistan, when we have lost so many lives to terrorism? What benefit will Pakistan get? Khan, who took over as Prime Minister in August six months back, claimed that the naya (new) Pakistan did not want anybody to use Pakistani soil for terrorism nor it wanted anybody else to indulge in terrorism from outside. While insisting that Pakistan had nothing to do with the Pulwama terror attack, he took the plea that his country was preparing for the big visit of Saudi Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman which concluded yesterday and only a mad man will do anything like that (plan terror attack) to sabotage the visit. Advocating dialogue, he said India has maintained that there cannot be any talks except on terrorism. I want to say, we are ready to discuss even terrorism. Terrorism is a problem for the entire region. We want terrorism to end in the region, he added. I want to ask the Indian government, do you want to be stuck in the past and blame Pakistan for everything? ... Instead of moving forward and having dialogue, Pakistan is made a whipping boy, he claimed. Noting that the Indian media and politicians have been talking about revenge in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, Khan said, Which law of the world gives you the right to be the judge, the jury and the executioner?... If you think of military action against Pakistan, Pakistan will not think of retaliating but will retaliate. Pakistan will have no choice but to retaliate, to respond. Khan went on to add, It is your (Indias) election year and we understand you (Modi government) will get a big boost if you teach Pakistan a lesson... But where will it lead to? It is in the hands of humans to start a war but to end a war is not in the hands of the humans. He said war is no solution and in the end, there has to be a dialogue. I hope better sense will prevail, the Pakistan Prime Minister added. He said even with regard to Afghanistan, it has been realised after 17 years of war that military action is not a solution and matters can be resolved only through a dialogue. There should be a new thinking in India, an introspection, he said. (ANI)
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ADAG stocks fall 1-9% as SC holds Anil Ambani guilty of contempt in Ericsson case

Money Control 7 hours 37 minutes ago

The court said Anil Ambani, the promoter of ADAG companies, wilfully did not pay Rs 550 crore to Ericsson and had a cavalier approach.
Supreme Court holds Anil Ambani guilty in Ericsson case
Asks RCom chief and two other directors to pay Rs 453 cr in four weeks
Supreme Court finds Anil Ambani guilty on contempt in Ericsson case
India's Supreme Court said on Wednesday that Reliance Communications chairman Anil Ambani willfully did not pay 5.5 billion rupees to Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson, holding him guilty in a contempt of court case.
SC Holds Anil Ambani Guilty of Contempt, 3-Month Jail to Follow if Ericsson Not Paid in 4 Weeks
The top court said Anil Ambani and two directors of the company will have to pay Rs 453 crore with interest to Ericsson India within four weeks, failing which they face three-month jail.
Pay Ericsson or face jail, SC tells Anil Ambani
The top court stated that Ambani and other two directors have to pay Rs 453 crore to Ericsson India within 4 weeks and if they fail to pay the amount, three months' jail term will follow. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 1 crore each on them and if the amount is not deposited within a month, then 1-month jail will be awarded.
Anil Ambani Guilty Of Contempt; Pay Up Or Go To Jail, Says Supreme Court
Industrialist Anil Ambani was held guilty of contempt today by the Supreme Court, which said he will go to jail for three months if he doesn't pay Rs 453 crore to Ericsson India within four weeks. The...
SC holds Anil Ambani guilty of contempt in Ericsson case, told to clear dues in...
The Supreme Court on Wednesday held industrialist Anil Ambani guilty of contempt in a case filed by telecom equipment maker Ericsson.
Anil Ambani held guilty, jail if he fails to pay up
Anil Ambani held guilty, jail if he fails to pay upSC rejected RCom and Ambani's unconditional apologies saying they had shown a cavalier attitude.
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Saudi crown prince says terrorism a common concern with India

Reuters 4 hours 29 minutes ago

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday terrorism was a common concern with India and that his country was ready to share intelligence to tackle it.
Saudi crown prince says terrorism a common concern with India
Speaking at a joint press conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, the crown prince said Saudi Arabia was ready for political cooperation with India. "On the issue of extremism and terrorism, which is a common concern, we want to tell India that we will cooperate in every way, including intelligence sharing," the crown prince said.
Saudi Aramco in talks with RIL to increase India investments
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India an investment priority for Saudi Aramco: CEO Amin Nasser
Nasser is part of the entourage travelling with Saudi Arabia#39;s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is in India for a one-day visit.
"Terrorism Common Concern," Says Saudi Crown Prince In India: 10 Points
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman today said terrorism and extremism are a "common concern". Saudi Arabia will "cooperate with India and neighbouring states" on the matter, he added...
Saudi Crown Prince in India LIVE updates: Prince Salman says opportunity to invest...
Saudi Crown Prince in India LIVE:Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in India on Tuesday a day after his visit to Pakistan
Saudi Crown Prince in India LIVE: MBS to Meet Modi as Terror Replaces Oil as Talking Point of Trip
Saudi Crown Prince in India LIVE: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, with his business mission under threat of being overshadowed by soaring tensions between India and Pakistan.
Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman may announce financial package, defence co-production
Saudi Arabia has been forthcoming in handing over terror suspects in recent years.
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Bonanza for government employees, centre increases dearness allowance by 3%

Economic Times 8 hours 36 minutes ago

The hike will benefit about 48.41 lakh central government employees and 62.03 lakh pensioners. The move will cost the government around Rs 9,200 crore per year.
Union Cabinet approves 3 pc additional DA for 1.1 crore employees, pensioners
New[India], Feb 19 (ANI): The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved three per cent additional dearness allowance (DA) for the Central government employees and pensioners, which will cost the exchequer Rs 9,168.12 crore annually.Briefing the media after the Cabinet meeting, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said: "The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved an additional DA of three per cent over the existing rate of 9 per cent to the government employees and dearness relief to pensioners from January 1, 2019. The move will benefit 1.1 crore Central government employees and pensioners."This increase in additional DA is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay CommissionLast year in August, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved to release an additional installment of DA to Central government employees and dearness relief to pensioners representing an increase of 2 per cent over the existing rate of 7 per cent of the basic pay or pension and to compensate for price rise.The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both DA and dearness relief was set at Rs 6,112.20 crore per annum and Rs 4,074.80 crore in the financial year 2018-19, for a period of eight months from July 2018 to February 2019.DA, which is paid to the Centre employees and pensioners, is a cost of living adjustment allowance to mitigate the impact of inflation on the people. (ANI)
Cabinet approves release of an additional instalment of DA to Central Government employees and DR to Pensioners, due from 1.1.2019
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to the release of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees, and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners w.e.f.
Centre hikes DA by 3 %, to benefit 1.1 crore employees, pensioners
The hike will benefit about 48.41 lakh central government employees and 62.03 lakh pensioners.
Centre Hikes Dearness Allowance, Move To Benefit 1.1 Crore People
This increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.
Centre hikes DA by 3% for govt employees
The Union Cabinet on Tuesday increased the dearness allowance by 3% effective from January 1, 2019. The move will benefit 1.1 crore central government employees and pensioners. The hike will benefit about 48.41 lakh central government employees and 62.03 lakh pensioners. The decision in this regard was taken at the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by PM Modi.
Centre hikes DA by 3 per cent effective from January 1, 2019
The Union Cabinet on Tuesday increased the dearness allowance by 3 per cent effective from January 1, 2019, a move which will benefit 1.1 crore centr
Dearness Allowance Increased by 3% in Pre-Poll Gift for 1 Crore Central Govt Employees and Pensioners
The Centre expects that it will benefit more than one crore central government employees and pensioners. The cost to exchequer is expected to be northwards of Rs 9,000 crore.
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Vande Bharat Express hit by stones, third time in two months

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A stone was hurled at the Vande Bharat Express on Wednesday breaking one of its window panes, the Railways said.
Stone Pelted at Vande Bharat Express For Third Time in 2 Months, Window Pane Broken
The train was crossing Tundla junction when the incident happened.
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People Mocking Vande Bharat Express Should Be Punished, Says PM Modi
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UN chief asks India, Pakistan to exercise 'maximum restraint' and take steps to defuse tensions

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The already sour relations between India and Pakistan have worsened over the past week after the Pulwama attack by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed in which 40 CRPF personnel were...
India, Pak should exercise maximum restraint: UN
The already sour relations between India and Pakistan have worsened over the past week as New Delhi blamed Islamabad for the Pulwama attack by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Both countries have called back their envoys for "consultations."
UN urges India, Pakistan to defuse tensions
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 20: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on India and Pakistan to exercise "maximum restraint" and offered to mediate in the face of rising tensions following the attack at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF troopers.
UN Chief Calls On India, Pak To Take "Immediate Steps" To Reduce Tensions
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres Tuesday called on India and Pakistan to take "immediate steps" to de-escalate tensions between the two nations following the Pulwama terror attack, reiterating...
Pakistan asks United Nations to defuse Pulwama crisis
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has called on the United Nations to step in to defuse tensions with India in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, saying there should be a credible investigation into the incident.
Pak asks UN to "defuse tensions" with India post Pulwama attack
[Pakistan], Feb 19 (ANI): Pakistan has called for UN intervention to "defuse tensions" with India in the wake of the Pulwama attack, which left 40 CRPF men dead. "It is imperative to take steps for de-escalation. The United Nations must step in to defuse tensions," a letter by Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshito UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack, which has been condemned by the international community. The United States has told Pakistan to stop providing safe haven and support to terror outfits. The letter said that there exists a "threat of use of force against Pakistan by India". "The Pulwama attack on Indian Central Reserve Police Force was ostensibly and even by Indian accounts carried out by a Kashmiri resident of Indian Occupied Kashmir. Attributing it to Pakistan even before investigations is absurd," it claimed. The letter also askedGuterres to "consider asking India to refrain from further escalating the situation and enter into dialogue with Pakistan and the Kashmiris to calm the situation down". Condemning the Pulwama attack, Afghanistan had said it was a "copy-paste of what Pakistan-backed terror groups" did in their soil. "The heinous act of terror in Kashmir has all the hallmarks of a common source & sponsor of terrorism in our region. It is a copy paste of what Pakistan backed terror groups do in Afghanistan. We condemn the attack & convey our condolences to Indian people," Amrullah Saleh, the acting Minister of Interior of Afghanistan, had tweeted. India called its High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ajay Bisaria, back to New Delhi for consultations - a move which was mirrored by Pakistan, who called back their High Commissioner to India, Sohail Mahmood on February 18, "for consultations". New Delhi issued a strong demarche to Islamabadin connection with the Pulwama attack, conveying that Pakistan must take immediate and verifiable actions against JeM, which operates from its soil. (ANI)
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Pakistan has sought the UN's urgent intervention to "defuse tensions" with India, the Foreign Office said on Tuesday, following one of the worst terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir in which over 40 Indian soldiers were killed.
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SC Judge Rao recuses from hearing Saradha chit fund case

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Agencies, New Delhi Justice L Nageswara Rao, who was one of the judges in the SC division bench hearing the Saradha chit fund scam and contempt case, on Wednesday recused from hearing the contempt...
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A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Rao and Sanjiv Khanna adjourned the hearing on pleas of the CBI, saying that one of the judges was not inclined to be part of the bench to hear the matter. Justice Rao said he had appeared for the state as a lawyer and therefore cannot hear the case. The bench has now posted the matter for hearing on 27 February before an appropriate bench of which Justice Rao is not a part.
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SC judge Nageswara Rao recuses from CBI plea in Saradha chit fund probe
Justice Rao said he had appeared for the state as a lawyer and therefore cannot hear the case.
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Justice L Nageswara Rao said he had appeared for Bengal as a lawyer and therefore cannot hear the case. The Supreme Court has now posted the matter for hearing on February 27.
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A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Rao and Sanjiv Khanna adjourned the hearing on pleas of the CBI, saying that one of the judges was not inclined to be part of the bench to hear the matter.
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Triple talaq ordinance will used as #39;weapon against minorities#39;: Akhilesh Yadav

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The Union Cabinet on February 19 gave its nod to re-issue the ordinance that makes the practice of instant triple talaq by Muslim men a penal offence.
Cabinet nod to reissue ordinance on Triple Talaq
Once signed by President Kovind, the triple talaq ordinance will come into force for the third time in less than a year.
Ordinance on triple talaq gets 3rd time govt nod
Ordinance on triple talaq gets 3rd time govt nod
Cabinet gives nod to triple talaq ordinance
For the third time, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government will promulgate an ordinance to criminalise instant triple talaq, which will remain in force during the Lok Sabha elections till the next government decides otherwise.
Cabinet approves Triple Talaq ordinance
[India], Feb 19 (ANI): The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved Triple Talaq ordinance, said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Addressing media persons here, Jaitley said: "The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to the promulgation of an Ordinance, namely, the Muslim Women (Protection of Right on Marriage) Second Ordinance, 2019, as per Appendix-111 under the clause (1) of Article 123 of the Constitution." The proposal moves necessary official amendments in the Muslim Women (Protection of Right on Marriage) Bill, 2018 pending in the Rajya Sabha to replace the aforesaid Ordinance with such modifications of drafting and consequential nature as may be necessary, he said.The proposed Ordinance will protect the rights of married Muslim women and prevent divorce by the practice of instantaneous and irrevocable--talaq-e-biddat' by their husbands. It will discourage the practice of triple talaq and provide the rights of subsistence allowance, custody of minor children to the victims of triple talaq. TheTriple TalaqBill was passed in theLok Sabhaon December 27 last year with 245 votes in favour and 11 against the Bill. The opposition parties want the Bill to be sent to the Select Committee of Parliament for further vetting, a demand which was rejected by the Centre.However, an ordinance was re-promulgated in January this year as the revised Bill could not be passed in theRajya Sabha where the government lacks a majority.The Bill criminalises the practice of instant triple talaq with a provision of three years imprisonment to the erring husband.The issue of triple talaq was taken up in the Parliament in August last year after a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court ruled "unconstitutional" a practice that allows Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering "talaq" three times in quick succession.In a landmark 3-2 verdict, the Supreme Court found the practice un-Islamic and "arbitrary" and disagreed that triple talaq was an integral part of religious practice. (ANI)
Cabinet Re-Promulgates Ordinance on Triple Talaq, Third Time in Less Than One Year
A bill which seeks to make the practice of talaq-e-biddat void, is pending in Rajya Sabha. The bill will lapse on June 3 with the dissolution of the present Lok Sabha.
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The government will re-issue an ordinance as the Triple Talaq Bill failed to clear parliament in the last session before the Lok Sabha elections due by May, sources said.
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Meghalaya Congress women chief demands recall of Governor Roy

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SHILLONG, Feb 20: Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy on Tuesday supported a call for boycott of "everything Kashmiri" following the terror attack at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the...
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Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy, no stranger to controversies for his provocative comments, stoked a new one on Tuesday by endorsing a call to boycott "everything Kashmiri", including the Amarnath...
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In the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, Meghalaya governor Tathagata Roy courted another controversy, tweeting that 'everything Kashmiri' should be boycotted.
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Tathagata Roy posted a tweet citing a retired colonel to endorse boycott of Kashmiris in the wake of Pulwama terror attack.
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