New Delhi, July 30 : Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the draft National Register of Citizens for Assam is completely "impartial" and those whose names are not included should not panic as they will get an opportunity to prove their Indian citizenship. The home minister's reaction came after the draft NRC was published today with the names of about 40 lakh residents of the state not being included. "No coercive action will be taken against anyone. Hence, there is no need for anyone to panic.
New Delhi, July 30 : A foetus was found abandoned in a washroom in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, the police said today. The police were informed yesterday by the hospital authorities about a foetus being found in a washroom of the Emergency unit. The foetus was sent for postmortem to ascertain its gestational age, officials said. A case was registered under Section 318 of the IPC, which pertains to concealment of birth by secret disposal of dead body and is punishable with a maximum jail term of two years and a fine, they added.
New Delhi, July 30 : The Supreme Court today warned against threats given to the officials, who were carrying out sealing of unauthorised and illegal constructions in Delhi and said such kind of 'dadagiri' (bullying tactics) would not work. A bench of justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said this while hearing a matter, in which the Forum of MCD Engineers has alleged that the chairman of the wards committee of the Najafgarh zone here had threatened the officials when they had gone to seal unauthorised constructions. The court said the affidavit filed by Mukesh Suryan, the chairman of the wards committee of the Najafgarh zone, was "not at all satisfactory" since he was tendering an unconditional apology on one hand and trying to justify his action on the other. "This kind of 'dadagiri' would not work.
New Delhi, July 30 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi today said the BJP government's execution of the highly-sensitive National Register of Citizens has been tardy, leading to massive insecurity in Assam. The government should move swiftly to resolve the crisis in Assam after reports that the names of many Indian citizens are missing in the draft National Register of Citizens, Gandhi said.
New Delhi, July 30 : A Delhi court today summoned RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav and others as accused in the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) scam. Special Judge Arvind Kumar directed them to appear before the court on August 31 in a case related to alleged irregularities in granting operational contract of two IRCTC hotels to a private firm. The CBI, which had on April 16 filed the charge sheet in the case, had said that there were enough evidence against the accused. The CBI had earlier informed the court that sanction has been procured from the authorities concerned to prosecute Additional Member of Railway Board B K Agarwal, who was then the group general manager of the IRCTC. Besides Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members, former union minister Prem Chand Gupta and his wife Sarla Gupta, Agarwal, then managing director of IRCTC P K Goyal and then IRCTC director Rakesh Saxena were also named in the charge sheet.
Chandigarh, July 30 : Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today held an emergency meeting with senior officials in the wake of rising level of Yamuna river due to heavy rains in the catchment areas, and directed them to stay alert to deal with any untoward situation. He also conducted an aerial survey of the Hathnikund barrage located on Yamuna river in Yamunanagar district. The minister was told that 6,05,949 cusecs of water flowing from the Hathnikund barrage was passing through Karnal and would reach Delhi by tomorrow. With Yamuna flowing close to the danger mark, several villages were flooded leading to crop losses, officials said. In some villages in Yamunanagar district, the flood waters entered ouses and buildings. The administration has deployed boats at various places for people to commute from one village to other and to evacuate them, if the water level rises further, they said.
Guwahati, July 30 : The much-anticipated second and final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published today with 2.9 crore names out of the total 3.29 crore applicants in Assam, Registrar General of India Sailesh said here. The names of 40.07 lakh applicants did not find a place in the historic document, touted to be a proof of Assamese identity. The first draft of the NRC was published during the intervening night of December 31 and January 1 this year, containing 1.9 crore names. "This is a historic day for India and Assam. The exercise is unparalleled in size.
New Delhi, July 30 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that illegal agents have started using asylum seeking as a means to traffick people from India to other countries. She said Punjab, Haryana and Gujarat report the highest number of such cases where agents traffick people to other countries and they seek asylum on political grounds in those countries.
New Delhi, July 30 : Stepping up efforts to forge a non-BJP front, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee is likely to meet Congress leader Sonia Gandhi to invite her for a planned 'federal-front' rally in Kolkata on Januray 19. She is likely to meet Gandhi, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and other opposition leaders during her three-day visit to the national capital, according to TMC sources, Banerjee, who was earlier seen as wary of involving the Congress in any federal coalition to take on the BJP, has in recent weeks appeared to be more open to joining hands with the national party to consolidate the opposition forces.
Jammu, Jul 30 : As many as 41 security personnel, including 20 policemen, were killed and 907 others injured in militancy-related and stone-pelting incidents in Kashmir valley this year, officials said today.
Giving details, the officials said 39 security personnel, including 17 Army personnel, 20 policemen and two CRPF personnel, were killed and 96 others injured in militancy-related incidents in first six months of this year.
Of these, 28 Army personnel, 31 CRPF personnel and 37 policemen were injured in militancy-related incidents, they said.
In stone-pelting incidents, two CRPF personnel were killed and 811 others injured during the same period, the officials said.
Of these, 592 policemen and 219 CRPF personnel were injured in 734 incidents of stone-pelting in the valley, they said.
According to the officials, 32 civilians were killed and 117 others injured in militancy-related and stone-pelting incidents.
Twenty-five civilians were killed and 54 others injured in militancy-related incidents while seven civilians were killed and 63 others injured in law and order incidents, they adde