Hyderabad, Oct 10 : AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday demanded removal of M J Akbar from the Union Council of Ministers following allegations of sexual harassment against him.
New Delhi, Oct 10 : The Supreme Court Wednesday asked the Centre to provide details of the decision making process in the Rafale fighter jet deal with France in a sealed cover but clarified that it does not want information on pricing and technical particulars. The bench, comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, also made it clear that it was not taking into account the allegations on corruption in the deal made in the petitions. The Centre opposed the PILs in court and sought that they be dismissed on the ground that they were filed to gain political mileage. Attorney General K K Venugopal told the apex court that the issue in question pertains to national security and such issues cannot be reviewed judicially. The apex court, however, did not issue notice to the Centre on two PILs filed by two separate lawyers seeking a court monitored probe in the deal. The court sought information from the Centre on the decision making process in the deal in a sealed cover by October 29 and fixed the next hearing on the PILs to October 31. The top court was hearing various petitions seeking directions, including asking the Centre to reveal details of the deal and the comparative prices during the UPA and NDA rule in a sealed cover to the apex court. Congress leader and RTI activist Tehseen Poonawala withdrew his PIL against the fighter jet deal. His plea had sought a direction against the Centre on why the Union Cabinet's approval was not sought as part of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) before signing the procurement deal with France on September 23, 2016. The Rafale deal is a defence agreement signed between the governments of India and France for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircrafts in a fly-away condition as a part of the upgrading process of Indian Air Force equipment. The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation. Indian Air Force had advanced a proposal to buy 126 fighter aircraft in August 2007 and floated a tender. Following this, an invitation was sent to various aviation companies to participate in the bidding process.
Mumbai, Oct 10 : Veteran lyricist Gulzar has said harassment of women happens across the society and is not only limited to cinema. "Directors are coming out with much more bolder subjects which are touching the reality.
New Delhi, Oct 9 : Recalling the 2009 "underwear bomber", who attempted to blow up an Amsterdam-Detroit flight mid-air, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Tuesday terrorists are pushing their "limits" and "underpants" to attack global civil aviation operations. Singh also said closer to home, ensuring security of about 40 small airports and heliports in India is a subject that cannot be "ignored". "The civil aviation sector is highly sensitive and high profile in nature. It also gets worldwide attention when hit by any attack. Often these incidents have geopolitical ramifications," he said after inaugurating a two-day seminar on 'international aviation security' here.
Chhatarpur (MP): Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday said that the Congress would need to speak to the Bahujan Samaj Party as well in order to form an alliance between the three outfits. Speaking at a press conference in Madhya Pradesh's Chhatarpur Tuesday, Yadav claimed that his party wanted an alliance with the Congress but the latter "felt" the SP was "weak". He said that it was the Congress' responsibility, as a larger political outfit, to bring smaller parties under one umbrella. "We wanted an alliance with the Congress but the oldest political party felt that we are weak. Now, an alliance can be formed only when the Congress talks to the BSP along with SP," Yadav said.
Mumbai: If the Ram temple is not built in in Ayodhya, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would be termed a "liar" and ousted from power, the Shiv Sena said Tuesday.
New Delhi, October 9 : Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjit Singh GK on Tuesday said he had only handed over the charge to senior vice president Harmeet Singh Kalka and not quit his post. “I have not quit my post. It is just that I will be busy in personal matter over the next two weeks,” GK told The Tribune on Tuesday morning denying reports in a section of the Punjab media that indicated that he had quit the post. A senior DSGMC official said GK had only handed over the charge to Kalka to protest against the stand of his party, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), on the issue of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib. When asked if he had an issue with the party, GK said he was a loyal soldier of the SAD and that the party needed to work on the issue of resignation of senior leaders as it could harm it. Senior leader SS Dhindsa quit the party last week. Sources said GK had not been attending the office for the past four days. The DSGMC is an elected body that controls Sikh affairs in the national capital, including gurdwaras Sisganj Sahib, Bangla Sahib, Rakab Ganj Sahib and Bala Sahib.
New Delhi, October 9 : A 50-year-old security guard sustained gunshot injuries after unidentified persons allegedly opened fire at a cash van in an attempt to rob it near DND toll plaza in east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place on Monday night, they said. The cash van belonged to a security agency and three persons, including the security guard, driver and a custodian of the firm, were inside the vehicle during the time of the incident, police said. The injured security guard, Vishambhar, was admitted to a nearby hospital, they said. Three to four men allegedly opened fire at the cash van which was en route to its Noida office after collecting cash from its office in Janakpuri, a senior police official said. The accused fled the spot, leaving behind a car after their attempt to loot failed, he said. A vehicle, suspected to be that of the accused, has been impounded, the official added. Police are scanning through the CCTV footage of the incident to trace the accused and to ascertain the sequence of the incident, the officer said. A case was registered, police said, adding that multiple teams had been formed to trace the accused.
New Delhi, October 9 : In view of "hate attacks" on migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pardesh triggered by the recent rape of a girl in Gujarat, the Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday warned the Bharatiya Janata Party saying the Poorvanchali voters would avenge the violence against them in Gujarat in the next year's Lok Sabha elections.
New Delhi, October 9 : The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) plans to set up 'Aadhaar Seva Kendras', similar to the concept of Passport Seva Kendras, covering 53 cities across India at an estimated project cost of Rs 300-400 crore, official sources said. These proposed Aadhaar centres, meant to facilitate enrolment, updation and other activities, will be UIDAI's own and operate in addition to 30,000 centres, currently being run by banks and post offices, and in government premises (offering similar Aadhaar services), they added. UIDAI officials who did not wish to be named told PTI that the centres are aimed at offering convenience to individuals, looking to avail enrolment and update services.