Jaipur, August 11 : Blaming the NDA government for maintaining silence in Parliament on the Rafale jet deal with France, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday targeted the Centre alleging, "The PM has done corruption in Rafale, and has committed a theft to benefit his business tycoon friend Anil Ambani who has already a debt burden of Rs 45,000 crore."
New Delhi, August 11 : Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP president Amit Shah visited AIIMS on Saturday evening to enquire about the health condition of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who has been undergoing treatment at the premier institute.
New Delhi, August 11 : Giving a push to its OBC, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes agenda for the 2019 General Elections, the BJP would observe countrywide “social justice fortnightly” from August 15-30. The programme, which is at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will highlight Narendra Modi government’s legislative initiative, including on Triple Talaq Bill that makes instant divorce to Muslim women a criminal offence in Rajya Sabha.
New Delhi, August 11 : The Civil Aviation Ministry has approved a proposal for setting up of water aerodromes in the country, with Chilika Lake in Odisha, Sardar Sarovar Dam and Sabarmati River Front in Gujarat being identified in the first phase for development of such facilities, an official said on Saturday. The proposal was cleared by Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu yesterday.
Hoshiarpur, August 11 : Rebel AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Saturday accused the party’s central leadership of having double standards, saying when senior leaders could stage sit-in protest at Delhi’s Lieutenant-Governor’s office for their “rights”, why was their fight for autonomy being regarded as “anti-party” activity.
New Delhi, Aug 11 : Congress president Rahul Gandhi today attacked the Modi government over alleged rising atrocities against Dalits, citing a media report which claimed that BJP-ruled states registered the highest number of crimes against the Scheduled Castes. Gandhi remarks came days after he accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of having an "anti-Dalit" mindset. "Mr 56's best buddy, asked me to 'check my facts' when I said the BJP fuels violence against Dalits & Adivasis," he tweeted.
Srinagar, Aug 11 : Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti today said defending the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was not confined to a particular region or religion anymore as the people of the state have realised its importance and sanctity. She was referring to the reports of two of BJP MLAs from Jammu region coming out in support of Article 35-A, which is facing a legal challenge in the Supreme Court.
Chandigarh, Aug 11 : Pakistan's prime minister-elect Imran Khan called up cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Sidhu to extend invitation to his oath-taking ceremony in Islamabad on August 18, the Punjab minister said in a statement today. Sidhu has accepted the invitation and informed the Union Home Ministry and the office of the Punjab Chief Minister about his intention to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
Mumbai, Aug 11 : Innovation is the "buzz-word" of the 21st century and any society which does not innovate will stagnate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Saturday. He said innovations, along with enterprise, shall be the foundation for making India a developed economy and pave the way for a long-term sustainable, technology-led economic growth of the country. Modi was addressing the 56th annual convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) during its ongoing Diamond Jubilee celebrations here. The Prime Minister pointed out that India is now looked upon as a nursery of unicorn start-ups (worth more than a billion dollars), for which one of the biggest source of talent in this revolution are the IITs in the country.
Muzaffarnagar, Aug 11 : A man was lynched in Bijopur here by a group villagers on the suspicion of being a thief, police said today. The incident took place last evening and a case of murder was registered against several people.Two persons were arrested, Station House Officer (SHO), Chapar, Subhash Rathore said. The deceased was identified as Kapil Tyagi. His family along with others staged a protest and gheraeod the Chapar police station demanding more arrests in the case, the officer said.