New Delhi, September 18 :The Congress on Tuesday rubbished reports of senior leader Ajay Makan's resignation and said he had gone abroad for treatment and had informed the party of that.
New Delhi, Sep 18 : Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Tuesday that Navjot Singh Sidhu's gesture of hugging Pakistan's army chief impacted soldiers back home and asserted that the Punjab minister could have "avoided it". Cricketer-turned politician Sidhu had courted controversy by hugging Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa during his visit to Pakistan for the swearing-in of Imran Khan as Prime Minister.
New Delhi, September 18 : Former Defence Minister AK Antony on Tuesday reiterated the Congress demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe in the Rafale jet deal and accused Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of leveling false allegations on him in the matter.
New Delhi , September 18 : The Supreme Court Tuesday adjourned hearing on a plea seeking a stay on the Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France. A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Navin Sinha and K M Joseph adjourned the matter till October 10 after petitioner advocate M L Sharma told the bench that he wanted to file some additional documents in the case and sought adjournment in the matter.
New Delhi, September 18 : The Supreme Court Tuesday stayed a Patna High Court order asking the CBI special director to set up a fresh team to probe Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case.
Kochi, September 18 : Bishop Franco Mulakkal who has been named in a sexual abuse case by a nun, on Tuesday moved the Kerala High Court seeking an anticipatory bail.
Varanasi, September 18 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched various development projects worth over Rs 500 crore in his Lok Sabha constituency. The projects inaugurated include Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for Puraani Kashi and Atal Incubation Centre at Banaras Hindu University (BHU). Among the projects for which the foundation stones were laid was the Regional Ophthalmology Centre at BHU.
Srinagar, September 18 : The Army has shifted Major Leetul Gogoi, who was at the centre of the ‘human shield’ controversy, out of his unit and attached to local formation headquarters after being indicted by an Army Court of Inquiry (CoI) for “fraternising” with a local woman in Srinagar, officials said on Tuesday. Last month, the CoI instituted by the army indicted Gogoi, an officer with 53 Rashtriya Rifles—a specialised anti-militancy force for Jammu and Kashmir, on two counts—“fraternising” with a local in spite of instructions to the contrary and “being away from the place of duty while in operational area”. It recommended Summary of Evidence against him, a step before court martial proceedings are initiated.
Chandigarh, September 18 : Rubbishing Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s claim that he was snubbed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the Kartarpur corridor issue, Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Sidhu on Tuesday said Swaraj had assured him that the draft was ready and the letter would soon be sent to Pakistan. Following the meeting between Sidhu and Swaraj on Monday, Harsimrat had claimed that the Punjab minister had made an unannounced visit to the External Affairs Minister and was “told that the matter was already being pursued by me and that he had no business making false claims”. However, Sidhu rubbished her claim saying he would not do politics on the religious issue. “The appointment was taken in advance and the minister said that the draft of the letter was ready and would soon be sent to Pakistan,” he clarified in a press conference here. He said former minister MS Gill accompanied him on his request as he had been pursuing the issue for long. In a separate letter sent to Swaraj, referring to the Pakistan government’s offer of opening the corridor, Sidhu said Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had held a meeting with all stakeholders and Sikh pilgrims’ yearning to visit Kartarpur Sahib would soon be fulfilled as they were ready to open the corridor. He said it was also reiterated by Pakistan Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry through a tweet and a video interview to the BBC Punjabi on September 7. Chaudhry had said that Pakistan is willing to open the corridor and is waiting for India’s formal affirmation. Sidhu said he had requested Swaraj to send a formal request to the Pakistan government for an early agreement and opening of the Kartarpur Sahib passage immediately after the current monsoon session.
Kolkata, September 18 : The opposition Congress and BJP Tuesday mocked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her foreign visits seeking investments and said the state government should publish a white paper on the amount of investments that the state has received in last few years.