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two senior cops removed, probe ordered

two senior police officials were removed and a high level probe was ordered into the violence on the banaras hindu university (bhu) campus on saturday night and sunday, that left dozens, including girls, injured.according to the sources here on monday prime minister narendra modi spoke to up chief minister yogi adityanath on the violence and asked for action against the guilty.up chief secretary has been asked to conduct a probe into the violence and submit a report to the state government. ''action will taken on the basis of the report,'' said a senior official here.circle officer of bhelupur and the sho of lanka police station have been shunted out after the violence, sources said.according to the police sources here cases have been re...




nsui, abvp stage protests against crackdown on bhu students

the national students union of india (nsui) and the akhil bharatiya vidyarthi parishad (abvp) staged demonstrations here today against the baton-charge on students in banaras hindu university (bhu).the rss-affiliated abvp condemned the police action against the students and demanded constitution of a fact- finding committee, while the congress-backed nsui demanded an inquiry under a sitting high court judge and resignation of the bhu vice-chancellor.the two student organisations had separately announced their plans to stage demonstrations outside the office of the ministry of human resource development (mhrd) here.however, the nsui claimed that it supporters were detained much ahead of the venue, while abvp activists were allowed to reach...




dmk moves hc for disqualification of mlas for voting against govt

the dmk today moved the madras high court seeking a direction to the tamil nadu assembly speaker to disqualify deputy chief minister o panneerselvam and 10 other aiadmk mlas under the anti-defection law for voting against chief minister k palaniswami's trust vote in february.in a petition, dmk whip r sakkrapani submitted that a petition was given to speaker p dhanapal by six aiadmk mlas (now loyal to sidelined leader ttv dhinakaran) on march 20 seeking disqualification of the 11 party legislators from the assembly membership.however, the speaker had not even issued notice to the 11 mlas, he claimed, alleging that the "inaction of the speaker against the 11 mlas is deliberate and malafide."the six mlas had sought action in accordance wit...




'boys indulge in obscenity before girls hostel' bhu girls had told administration

a day before launching their agitation, the inmates of one of the girls hostels in banaras hindu university (bhu) had written to the varsity administration narrating their fear and also about the ''obscene'' behaviour of the boys and had asked the officials make proper security arrangements though it was not acted upon.''the boys masturbate...throw stones...pass lewd comments while passing by the hostel,'' the letter by the inmates to the chief proctor of the varsity said.it also said that even the foreign girls students had to face misbehaviour....incidents of eve teasing occur almost everyday,'' they said in the letter. the varsity officials however chose not to take immediate action on the letter as a result of which the girls were...




honeypreet insan moves delhi hc for anticipatory bail

honeypreet insan, who has been on the run following the conviction of dera sacha sauda chief gurmeet ram rahim singh in two rape cases, today approached the delhi high court seeking transit anticipatory bail, her lawyer said.priyanka taneja alias honeypreet, the adopted daughter of the jailed dera chief, tops the list of 43 persons 'wanted' by the haryana police in connection with incidents of violence that had followed ram rahim's conviction in the rape cases.earlier, a lookout notice was issued against honeypreet by the police.her lawyer pradeep kumar arya told pti that they have filed the anticipatory bail petition in the delhi high court and the matter would be mentioned tomorrow before a bench headed by acting chief justice gita mittal...




in poll-bound gujarat, rahul attacks modi over note ban, gst

congress vice-president rahul gandhi today attacked prime minister narendra modi over note ban, gst and the 'gujarat model' of development as he started a three- day tour of the poll-bound state where his party has been out of power for over two decades.the 47-year-old congress leader, who started the day by offering prayers at the famous dwarkadhish temple here, interacted with people during a road show.he also had a bullock cart ride on the dwarka-jamnagar route in saurashtra where he was welcomed at several places.gandhi was greeted by hardik patel, quota stir spearhead and a bitter critic of the bjp dispensation in the state. hardik welcomed gandhi to gujarat, the home state of modi, through a tweet this morning."congress ke rashtriya ...




my battle against corruption is uncompromising: modi

under opposition's attack over demonetisation, prime minister narendra modi said today power was a means of enjoyment for them when they were in government, asserting that his battle against graft was "uncompromising" and no one will be spared.addressing the bjp's national executive and its law- makers from across the country, modi asked them to take the party beyond elections and make it an instrument of mass participation to improve quality of people's lives.modi's comments at the closed-door meeting, attended by 13 chief ministers, six deputy chief ministers, over 60 union ministers besides party's mps and mlas among others, were shared with the media by senior party leader arun jaitley."when opposition was in gove...




pm constitutes economic advisory council

prime minister narendra modi today constituted a five-member economic advisory council (eac) which will analyse economic and other issues, an official announcement said.headed by niti aayog member bibek debroy, the eac includes niti aayog's principal advisor ratan watal as its member and economists surjit bhalla, rathin roy and ashima goyal as part-time members."the five-member council consists of economists of high repute and eminence," said an official statement.terms of reference of the...




power for all by dec 2018, all villages to be electrified this year

power minister r k singh today said india will achieve the target of power for all by december next year, while all villages will be electrified by the end of this year, much ahead of the schedule.government had set the deadline for electrifying all villages by may 1, 2018. similarly, it was aiming to provide 24x7 power to all by march, 2019."prime minister has said december 2018 is the target. we will do it. this is a tight target but we will do. every household will get electricity by december 2018," singh said at the launch of 'saubhagya' scheme for providing power to all households."one more important target we have got, that is 24x7 power, reliable and quality power. we will take a proposal to the prime minister," he said.singh als...




omar abdullah welcomes mehbooba's first tweet

national conference leader omar abdullah today welcomed jammu and kashmir chief minister mehbooba mufti for her first tweet, three years after she joined the microblogging site.she yesterday took to twitter to share a short promotional film of the state's tourism department.today, omar wrote tweeted, "25,000 followers later @mehboobamufti finally broke her silence on twitter with a tourism promotion video. welcome to twitter cm sahiba."the five-minute film titled 'warmest place on earth', which aims to to counter the negative perceptio...




british lesbian wins hong kong visa rights in legal bid

a british lesbian on monday won the right to live and work in hong kong with her partner in a landmark legal decision that could reduce more hurdles for same-sex couples in the city.qt, as she is referred to in court, entered into a civil partnership in britain in 2011 and moved to hong kong the same year after her partner was offered a job in the city.but she was denied a dependant visa and has instead stayed in hong kong on a visitor visa, which does not allow her to work.the court of appeal overturned a lower court's decision last year, which rejected her efforts to secure a visa to settle in hong kong.monday's decision, reached unanimously by a panel of three judges, said immigration authorities "failed to justify the indirect discri...




apologising to london, uber ceo offers change to keep licence; read full text

uber's new boss apologised to londoners for the taxi app's mistakes and pledged to make changes as the silicon valley firm tries to overturn a decision to strip it of its licence in one of its major markets.the british capital's transport regulator on friday deemed uber unfit to run a taxi service and decided not to renew its licence to operate, which will end this week, citing the firm's approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers.its 40,000 drivers, one third of the city's total number of private hire vehicles, will continue to take passengers until an appeals process is exhausted, which is likely to take several months.london police complained this year that uber, which is backed by goldman sach...




indian soldiers kill four militants in kashmir

indian soldiers killed four militants during a two-day gun battle near the heavily militarised de facto border in kashmir that divides the disputed territory with pakistan, officials said on monday.police said civilians tipped them off on saturday about the movement of armed militants near the line of control (loc), prompting a search.three of the militants were killed sunday at three different locations, including at a mosque, a police statement said."with killing of all the three terrorists who appear to be pakistanis, a major terrorist attack was averted," the statement added.indian army spokesman colonel rajesh kalia said monday that a fourth militant was killed during the continuing search oper...




japan's abe triggers snap election amid n.korea crisis

japanese prime minister shinzo abe on monday called a snap election, seeking a fresh term at the helm of the world's third-largest economy as tensions with nearby north korea reach fever-pitch.abe hopes to capitalise on a weak and fractured opposition to sweep back into power, as polls show him regaining ground after a series of scandals."i will dissolve the house of representatives on the 28th" of september, abe told reporters, a precursor to a general election. the prime minister did not give a date for the vote but it is widely expected to be october 22.surveys suggest voters approve of nationalist abe's hardline stance on north korea, which fired two missiles over the country in the space of a month and has threatened to "sink" jap...




committee headed by up chief secy to probe bhu incident: guv ram naik

uttar pradesh governor ram naik today said a committee headed by the chief secretary has been constituted to go into the protest in the banaras hindu university campus over an alleged eve-teasing incident.a number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a baton-charge by the police in the banaras hindu university (bhu) where a protest on saturday night against an alleged eve-teasing incident turned violent."a committee has been constituted under the chief secretary. necessary action will be taken on the basis of its report. the committee will see as to how the police had behaved and examine other aspects," he said.naik was responding to queries from mediapersons here about the incident. the governor described the...




rahul gandhi begins saurashtra campaign

congress vice-president rahul gandhi kicked off a three-day campaign in gujarat's saurashtra region on monday.he came 27 years after his father had come to pay visit to lord dwarkadheesh. he paid his respects and kicked off his three-day political yatra of saurashtra region.while the beginning of the day for congress vice president was somewhat low-key due to navratri, that sees low number of tourists to this temple town, he immediately moved on with his tour.climbing atop hi-tech convertible bus, rahul's first stop was bhatia village, with small pit stops in between where he was welcomed by villagers. in bhatiya, rahul walked down of the bus to move near the crowd of about 3500 that had gathered to listen to gandhi scion. ...




amit shah slams rahul for defending dynastic politics

bjp chief amit shah today criticised congress vice president rahul gandhi over his remarks on dynastic politics and said the bjp believed in the politics of performance while the congress banked on the "politics of appeasement and dynasty".in his inaugural address at the bjp national executive, shah said president ram nath kovind, vice president m venkaiah naidu and prime minister narendra modi had reached their position due to their work, despite their humble origins.it was a closed door event but union minister piyush goyal briefed the media about the speech.taking on rahul gandhi for his remarks on dynasty in the country during his recent visit to the us, shah said the congress vice president had undermined india."the congress believe...




aiadmk govt constitutes commission to probe jaya's death

aiadmk government on monday appointed retired high court judge arumugaswamy to head the enquiry commission to probe the mystery behind the death of late chief minister j jayalalithaa.a government order to this effect was issued. accordingly, arumugaswamy would investigate about the death of jayalalithaa and would submit a report to the government shortly.bowing to the demand made by rebel faction led by o panneerselvam (ops) for the merger, chief mini...




mass grave of 28 hindus found in myanmar: army

myanmar's army said sunday it had discovered a mass grave containing the bodies of 28 hindus, including women and children, in violence-wracked rakhine state, blaming the killings on muslim rohingya militants.thousands of hindus have fled villages where they once lived alongside muslims, alleging that they were targeted by militants whose august 25 raids plunged rakhine into communal violence.the announcement could not be independently verified in an region where access has been tightly controlled by myanmar's army."security members found and dug up 28 dead bodies of hindus who were cruelly and violently killed by arsa extremist bengali terrorists in rakhine state," a statement posted on the army chief's website said.the arakan rohingya sa...




who warns of cholera threat in bangladesh rohingya camps

the world health organisation warned monday of a growing cholera risk in the makeshift refugee camps in bangladesh where more than 435,000 rohingya muslims have sought shelter from unrest in myanmar.a month after the exodus began, those dispersed in some 68 camps and settlements along the border do not have safe drinking water and hygiene facilities, according to the who.the camps also face dire shortages of food and medicine in what has quickly become one of the world's largest refugee settlements."risk of water borne diseases is high, especially there is very high risk of cholera and this is why everyone is concerned," the who said in a statement."interventions are being scaled-up, however, the situation remains critical and challengi...