New Delhi, Jul 24 : A 37-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in Sindhi Colony in northwest Delhi's Swaroop Nagar, the police said today. The deceased, Deepak, worked in a footwear godown in Narela, they added. The incident took place around 10:30 pm yesterday. According to the police, financial issue could be a reason that forced Deepak to take such an extreme step. However, no suicide note has been recovered. He is survived by his wife and a child.
Ludhiana, Jul 24 : Senior AAP leader and legislator from Dakha, H S Phoolka today said he will quit the party if it joins hands with the Congress. He made it clear here that any understanding with the Congress party would amount to giving a clean chit to the alleged "perpetrators" of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. "I shall be the first person to quit the Aam Aadmi Party if and when it joins hands with the Congress (either) in a direct or indirect manner," Phoolka said here.
Jaipur, Jul 24 : Congress national general secretary Ashok Gehlot today said there were no differences within the state unit of the party and it would fight the upcoming assembly elections unitedly. The people of the state appreciate the works done during the Congress rule here, he said, adding that there were absolutely no differences within the party's state unit which would put up a united fight during the assembly elections. He said the BJP, its chief Amit Shah and Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje should overcome the illusion, if any, that the Congress is a divided house. The former state chief minister said the entire country was eyeing Rajasthan assembly elections which has a bearing on the future of the country. After the upcoming assembly elections, the BJP's misgovernance would end in the state and it would pave way for the Lok Sabha elections, he added. He said everyone should come forward in the crusade against the NDA and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Commenting on BJP Chief Amit Shah recent remarks that BJP would break "the Congress one time and the BJP the next" tradition, Gehlot said no one would believe his words as he had set a target of winning 150 seats in Gujarat, but had to settle for barely 99. Shah is trying to boost his party workers morale by spreading "such rumours", he added.
Hyderabad, Jul 24 : Incidents of lynching will not stop till the time cow gets the status of "Rashtra Mata", a BJP MLA from Telangana has said, amid the outrage over the killing of a Muslim man over suspicion of being a cow smuggler in Rajasthan's Alwar. T Raja Singh Lodh, the BJP MLA from Goshamahal here, said in a video message on a social networking website on Sunday he does not want "khoon-kharaba" (bloodletting) on the issue, but if it has to stop, cow must be declared the Mother of the Nation. In the 7-minute clip, the lawmmaker also urged MPs to make such a demand in Parliament.
New Delhi, Jul 24 :The Rajya Sabha was today adjourned for about 90 minutes following noisy protests by members of the Trinamool Congress, who stormed the Well demanding that black money stashed by Indians in Swiss Banks be brought back.
The protests erupted during the Question Hour when TMC member Sukhendu Sekhar Roy sought to know from Finance Minister Piyush Goyal the unaccounted deposits of Indians recovered so far from Switzerland, in how many cases have proceedings have been initiated and when would the Indian people get the promised Rs 15 lakh in their bank account.
"I think the honourable member may have some information which the government does not have. If he is privy to any information about black money, I think he should put it before the government so that the government can take action," Goyal said in his reply to Roy's question.
This provoked the TMC members who started raising slogans and some of them even moved into the Well. The ruckus, during which Congress MPs were also on their feet and protesting vociferously, led Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the House for about 90 minutes till 2 PM.
In reply to the question on black money by Ram Kumar Kashyap of the INLD, Goyal said the money deposited by Indians in Swiss Banks had gone down by 80 per cent between 2013 and the end of 2017.
He said the data collected by Swiss National bank in collaboration with Bank for International Settlements (BIS) show that loans and deposits of Indians, other than banks, in the Swiss banks declined by 34.5 per cent in 2017 as compared to 2016.
Further, there has been a significant reduction in the Swiss non-bank loans and deposits of Indians by 80.2 per cent between 2013 and 2017, Goyal said in the written reply.
He also said the Automatic Exchange of Information, based on Common Reporting Standard, has commenced from 2017 with many countries enabling India to receive financial account information of Indian residents. This will also be useful in bringing the unaccounted income and assets to tax, he said.
In the written reply, Goyal said the disclosure of information received under a tax treaty was governed by the confidentiality provisions of the treaty.
Further, the disclosure of information in case of individual assessees is protected as per the provisions of Section 138 of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
"As regards the exchange of information requests, the government has made 4,843 exchange of information requests to foreign jurisdictions in the last four financial years and proceedings are going on," Goyal said in the Rajya Sabha, amiod protests by TMC members.
Shimla, Jul 23:Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur condoled the death of five members of a family who were burnt alive when a fire broke out at a house in Mandi district early this morning.
The tragic incident occurred when the people were asleep after a 'baraat' (wedding procession) returned home with the bride and the groom late last night at Ner Chowk, 145 km from here, family sources said
Thakur met the bereaved family members and expressed deep condolences today.
He assured them that the cause of the fire would be probed and every possible help would be provided.
Union Health Minister J P Nadda too expressed grief over this shocking incident. He said his thoughts and prayers were with the bereaved family members.
Meanwhile, Mandi Deputy Commissioner Rugved Thakur told PTI that Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Rajiv Kumar would probe the incident.
The ADM will inquire all the aspects including the cause of the fire and allegations of fire-fighters arriving late at the spot. The ADM will submit the report within seven days, he said.
Mandi Superintendent of Police Gurdev Chand Sharma said fire tenders were rushed to the spot, but five lives were lost before the blaze could be extinguished. Two others have sustained serious injuries.
The deceased have been identified as the parents of the bridegroom, Narender Soni (66) and Veena Soni (62); the sister of Narender, Sudesh (70); her daughter-in-law, Mona (40); and her 12-year-old son, Sai Sohel, the family sources said.
Jaipur, Jul 23 :Congress national general secretary Ashok Gehlot today said there were no differences within the state unit of the party and it would fight the upcoming assembly elections unitedly.
The people of the state appreciate the works done during the Congress rule here, he said, adding that there were absolutely no differences within the party's state unit which would put up a united fight during the assembly elections.
He said the BJP, its chief Amit Shah and Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje should overcome the illusion, if any, that the Congress is a divided house.
The former state chief minister said the entire country was eyeing Rajasthan assembly elections which has a bearing on the future of the country.
After the upcoming assembly elections, the BJP's misgovernance would end in the state and it would pave way for the Lok Sabha elections, he added.
He said everyone should come forward in the crusade against the NDA and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Commenting on BJP Chief Amit Shah recent remarks that BJP would break "the Congress one time and the BJP the next" tradition, Gehlot said no one would believe his words as he had set a target of winning 150 seats in Gujarat, but had to settle for barely 99.
Shah is trying to boost his party workers morale by spreading "such rumours", he added.
New Delhi, Jul 24 :The government will enact a law, if necessary, to curb the incidents of lynching, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today amid Opposition outcry over the growing number of such cases.
Singh also said the government has taken the issue seriously and would look at taking stringent action against the culprits, as the ruling coalition faced a scathing attack from the Congress, the Trinamool Congress and the Left parties in the Lok Sabha over the rising cases of lynching.
Opposition members created a din during the Zero Hour and many of them rushed to the Well, as a visibily peeved Speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed some of the leaders to raise the issue after papers were laid.
Responding to the concerns expressed by the members, Singh said the government would enact a law, if necessary, to curb the incidents of lynching.
On Monday, the Home Ministry announced setting up of two high-level committees to suggest ways and a legal framework to effectively deal with incidents of mob violence and lynching.
The committees were set up a week after the Supreme Court asked the central government to enact a law to deal with incidents of lynching and take action on mob violence.
Singh also said that lynching incidents have been happening for years and mentioned that the biggest lynchings happened in 1984 -- a remark that elicited strong protests from the Congress members.
In the latest incident, a 28-year-old man was lynched on suspicion of being a cow smuggler in Lalawandi village in Rajasthan's Alwar district on Saturday last.
As soon as the Zero Hour began, Opposition members, led by the Congress and the TMC, sought to raise certain issues and expressed unhappiness over not being given an opportunity.
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge was heard saying it was "not a BJP house but the Lok Sabha."
Kharge along with some party members as well as those from the Trinamool Congress, the TDP and the RJD trooped into the Well. after a few minutes, they went back to their seats.
Kharge demanded that a sitting Supreme Court judge should carry out an enquiry into the lynching incidents and take action based on the report.
As he mentioned the lynching incident at Alwar, the Speaker said some of his remarks about it would not go on record.
Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandopadhyay said mob lynchings were creating an alarming situation in different parts of the country.
Observing that it is a heinous crime, he demanded exemplary punishment for the culprits. "The government should not keep mum... the government should take initiatives (to stop it)," he said.
Expressing expressed concern over so many incidents of lynching, Deputy Speaker and AIADMK leader M Thambidurai urged the Centre to come forward and stop such incidents.
There is a need to study the root cause of such incidents and asserted that the first priority should be "law and order", he said.
"Why is this (lynchings) happening? What is intelligence doing?... What is the role of the Centre," he asked.
CPI(M) member Mohammed Salim said a lot of hatred was being spread in the country through such incidents, as he took a swipe at the government by citing various instances, including the recent attack on Swami Agnivesh in Jharkhand.
Earlier when the listed papers were laid, Mahajan disapproved the protests by the agitating members before she allowed some of them to speak.
Noting that she had already said that opportunity would be given to raise the issues, Mahajan said they should have some sense. The Speaker also cautioned the members against "politicising" everything.
Left members were seen displaying placards with messages such as 'Stop murder of democracy in Tripura and West Bengal'.
Ludhiana, Jul 24 ; Senior AAP leader and legislator from Dakha, H S Phoolka today said he will quit the party if it joins hands with the Congress.
He made it clear here that any understanding with the Congress party would amount to giving a clean chit to the alleged "perpetrators" of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
"I shall be the first person to quit the Aam Aadmi Party if and when it joins hands with the Congress (either) in a direct or indirect manner," Phoolka said here.
His statement comes after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh supported senior party leader P Chidambaram's views on the need for a broad-based alliance with other opposition parties at the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) at Delhi on Sunday.
Phoolka, a noted lawyer who has represented the riot victims in the courts, blamed the Congress for the violence that took place in the aftermath of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination.
The former leader of opposition in the Punjab Assembly said he would continue to fight cases of the riot victims.
A total of 3,325 people were killed in the riots.
Aurangabad, Jul 24 ; A Shiv Sena MP was today reportedly manhandled in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district where he had gone to attend the last rites of a man, who died during the Maratha community's protest for reservation, an official said.
Yesterday, a 27-year-old protester, Kakasaheb Shinde, jumped off a bridge over Godavari River in Aurangabad. He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead, police said.
The Shiv Sena's Lok Sabha member from Aurangabad, Chandrakant Khaire went to Shinde's native Kaygaon village to attend his last rites today.
However, he was allegedly manhandled by some persons present there, a police official said.
Shinde's death had triggered a fresh set of protests in several parts of Maharashtra.
Internet services were suspended in rural areas of Aurangabad to prevent any untoward incident.
Protesters had yesterday blocked the Ahmednagar-Aurangabad Highway and damaged a dozen vehicles, including a police van and bus, in Gangakhed tehsil of Parbhani district.
The situation was brought under control after Shinde's family members claimed the body last night, the police official said.
As a precautionary measure, the police and the district administration decided to suspend Internet services in rural areas since this morning to prevent any fresh protest or unrest, he said.
Meanwhile, Shinde's last rites were performed at Kaygaon village in Gangapur tehsil today, the official said, adding that an uneasy calm prevailed in the area.
The pro-reservation members from the Maratha community gathered at the village and staged protests at some places, the official said.
The traffic movement was slow on the road to Pune due to the protests, he said.
The Maratha Kranti Morcha, which led the 'jal samadhi' protest in which Shinde died, is leading the agitation seeking reservations for the community in government jobs and education.
In the last few days, protests have taken place in Buldhana, Akola, Parali, Washim and Mumbai.
The community leaders had earlier taken out several rallies in various districts to highlight their demands. Last year, a huge rally was organised by the Maratha Kranti Morcha in this connection in Mumbai.
Despite assurances from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to fulfil the demands, nothing concrete has been done till now, community leaders have claimed