Kolkata, October 1 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that states have been asked to identify Rohingya refugees and collect their biometric details.
Lucknow, October 1 : Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav on Monday accused the Uttar Pradesh government of trying to fudge facts about the killing of Apple executive Vivek Tiwari by a police constable.
New Delhi, October 1 : Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said on Monday that Indian judiciary is the "most robust institution" in the world and young lawyers were assets having potential to develop the jurisprudence. "Our judiciary has been strongest judiciary in the world having capability to handle mind boggling number of cases," Justice Misra, who will retire as the CJI Tuesday, said while speaking at the farewell function organised at the premises of the Supreme Court. The outgoing CJI said, "Justice must have human face". "History can be sometimes kind, and unkind.
New Delhi, October 1 : The Aam Aadmi Party on Monday criticised the Centre for failing to maintain law and order in the national capital, accusing Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal of patronising Delhi Police and its corruption. Referring to the murder of a 31-year-old tutor, who was shot dead within his coaching centre by unidentified assailants, party's chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said the culture of violence and hatred is very dangerous.
New Delhi, October 1 : The government Monday said it stands fully committed to ensuring that needed liquidity is arranged for the debt-trapped IL&FS to prevent any more defaults in payment of loans by the non-banking financial company.
New Delhi, October 1 : Days after the Supreme Court imposed curbs on the use of Aadhaar, biometric-issuing authority UIDAI Monday asked telecom companies to submit, within the next 15 days, a plan to stop using the 12-digit unique ID number for customer authentication. A circular to this effect has already been issued to the telecom service providers (TSPs), including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea and others.
Islamabad, October 1 : Pakistan's former dictator General Pervez Musharraf is "growing weaker rapidly" due to a new unspecified illness and cannot return to face the treason case now, a senior leader of his party has said. Musharraf, 75, who has been living in Dubai since 2016, is facing the high-profile treason case for suspending the Constitution in 2007. According to Muhammad Amjad, a former chairman of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) -- a political party floated by Musharraf in 2010 -- said the former president has to visit London for treatment in every three months due to the new unspecified ailment, Dawn news reported. "Pervez Musharraf had a fracture in his spine, for which he got treated in the USA. But nowadays he is being treated for a separate ailment. For this, he has to go to London after every three months," Amjad told reporters after a party meeting on Sunday. "We cannot tell the nation about the ailment right now but we will tell the court about it and also present the ailment's documentation to the chief justice. "Musharraf is growing weaker rapidly so we cannot put his life at risk," he said. Amjad said Musharraf would return to Pakistan but on the guarantees that he would be given a free trial and also allowed to leave the country for treatment. He claimed that the party tried to bring him back to the country before the July 25 general elections but "hurdles were created in his way". Amjad reiterated that Musharraf wants to appear before the court and is in consultation with his legal team to decide when and how to return, the report said. The former Army chief has been declared an absconder due to his persistent failure to appear before a special trial court set up to try him in the case. Last month, Pakistan's Supreme Court assured Musharraf that high-level security will be provided to him if he returns to the country to face the trial in the treason case. The former president was indicted in March 2014 on treason charges for suspending the Constitution and imposing emergency which led to the confinement of a number of superior court judges in their houses and sacking of over 100 judges. A conviction for high-profile treason carries the death penalty or life imprisonment. Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, has been declared a fugitive in the Benazir Bhutto murder case and Red Mosque cleric killing case.
New Delhi, October 1 : A Delhi court today granted seven weeks to the CBI to obtain sanction to prosecute former Union minister P Chidambaram and other serving or former public servants in the Aircel-Maxis deal case. The court pulled up the agency for filing the charge sheet without proper sanction and told the CBI that if required documents are not filed by November 26, the next day of hearing, the court may take appropriate action. "You (CBI) should not have filed the charge sheet. It is only increasing the pendency of the court.
New Delhi, September 30 : The total outstanding of cash-strapped Air India towards government for VVIP chartered flights stands at Rs 1,146.86 crore, according to the latest response from the national carrier to an RTI application. According to the details furnished by the Air India on September 26 to applicant Commodore Lokesh Batra (retd), the Defence Ministry has outstanding bills of Rs 211.17 crore, Cabinet Secretariat and PMO Rs 543.18 crore and External Affairs Ministry Rs 392.33 crore. Some of the oldest pending bills for the visits of the president, the vice president and the evacuation flights are nearly 10-year-old, the data furnished by Air India says. In a previous reply furnished in March this year, the total outstanding bills were at Rs 325 crore on January 31 which have now risen to Rs 1,146.86 crore, it shows. Chartered aircraft for VVIPs -- President, Vice President and Prime Minister -- for their visits abroad are provided by Air India, which modifies its commercial jets to suit the needs of the travelling dignitaries. The bills for these aircraft are paid from the exchequer by the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and the Cabinet Secretariat. The Comptroller and Auditor General had flagged the issue of pending payments from the government to Air India in its report in 2016. "Hence considering the significant quantum of pending dues and in the context of government support to AIL for turnaround, more efforts need to be made for early action for reimbursement of dues by both AIL and government," it had said. Batra said some of the outstanding bills are pending since 2006 but even the CAG observations have not deterred the government to clear them. The debt burden of the national carrier, which is grappling with tough business conditions, is estimated to be more than Rs 50,000 crore. Earlier this year, the government's efforts for strategic disinvestment of debt-laden Air India failed to take off. Air India is staying afloat on a bailout package extended by the previous UPA regime in 2012.
New Delhi, September 30 : In a veiled warning to Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said Indian soldiers will give a "befitting reply" to whosoever attempts to ruin peace and progress in India. While India fiercely believed in peace, it would not compromise with its honour and sovereignty at any cost, he said. Modi's remarks came in his 48th episode of monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat', a day after India celebrated the second anniversary of the 2016 surgical strike by the Army on terrorist hubs in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Recalling the surgical strike as a reply to the "audacity of a proxy war under the garb of terrorism", Modi, without naming Pakistan, said: "It has now been decided that our soldiers will give a befitting reply to whosoever makes an attempt to destroy the atmosphere of peace and progress in our nation. "We staunchly believe in peace; we are committed to taking it forward… but not at the cost of compromising our self-respect and sovereignty." Modi's attack came a day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, speaking at the UN General Assembly, denounced Pakistan for its continued support to terrorism on Indian soil and blamed Islamabad for sabotaging the bilateral talks process. New Delhi on September 21 called off talks by Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan, blaming Islamabad for the killing of security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir and accusing it of glorifying terrorism. Modi said: "India has always been resolutely committed to peace. In the two World Wars, over a lakh of our soldiers made the supreme sacrifice; that too in a war where we were not involved in any way. "We have never eyed someone else's territory maliciously. This in itself was our commitment and dedication towards peace. "Even today, India is one of the largest contributors to various UN Peace Keeping forces in terms of sending personnel. For decades, our brave soldiers wearing blue helmets have played a stellar role in ensuring maintenance of world peace." Modi said that remembering the surgical strikes will remind "our youths about the glorious heritage and valour of our armed forces. The Prime Minister called the Indian Air Force (IAF) one of the "mightiest and bravest" air forces and hailed its contribution both during wars and natural disasters. "Be it the relief and rescue work or disaster management, our country is indebted to our Air Force for the commendable efforts of our Air Warrior," he said, mentioning its role during the 1947-48, 1965, 1971 and 1999 wars. The "Swachh Bharat Mission", he said, had become a success story globally. Noting how a small step of people can bring changes in the life of the most underprivileged, the Prime Minister invoked Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy and mantras and called upon the people to purchase khadi and handloom products on special occasions. "What people purchase must benefit our countrymen... This is the mantra of Gandhiji, this is the message of Gandhiji. I firmly believe that a small step of yours can surely bring about a very big benefit in the life of the poorest and the most underprivileged person. "The mantras of Gandhiji are very relevant even today," he said. He urged the people to participate in the 'Run for Unity', on the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, on October 31. He recalled former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, saying his mild persona always fills every Indian with a sense of pride. The Prime Minister hailed the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). "It is essential for the freedom and peace of the exploited, victimised and deprived people and to ensure justice for them. NHRC has not only protected human rights but has also promoted respect for human dignity over the years." He said the NHRC, formed on October 12, 1993, had sparked hope and confidence among Indians.