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Deoband issues fatwa, bars Muslim women from posting pics on social media


The Darul Uloom Deoband in Uttar Pradesh issued a bizarre fatwa on Thursday, banning Muslim women from posting pictures on social media. The Deoband is said to have announced that Muslim women should not post their pictures on Facebook,…

Camera trap survey shows presence of snow leopards in Arunachal


A recent study by the World Wildlife Federation-India on snow leopards has yielded photo evidence of the elusive species in Arunachal Pradesh, a state resplendent with biodiversity and yet largely unexplored. The evidence is particularly…

74-yr-old Pune woman scales Mt Kilimanjaro


In an act of sheer grit and determination, a 74-year-old woman from Pune recently scaled Mount Kilimanjaro, Africas highest peak, reports DHNS from Mumbai. The founder of Giripremi, a mountaineering institute, Ushaprabha Page was…

PM Modi, army chief celebrate Diwali with troops in Gurez


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reached the Gurez Valley along the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir to celebrate Diwali with the troops posted in the forward area, the army said. Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat, Northern Command…

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Irani asks Congress to come clean on Bofors

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Union minister Smriti Irani today sought to put the Congress in the dock on the Bofors issue, citing claims of a private investigator involved in its probe, and asked it to come clean on the involvement of its leaders in the alleged scam.…


Army chief reviews security situation in Kashmir

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Army chief General Bipin Rawat today reviewed the security situation in Kashmir valley. General Rawat was received by Lt Gen D Anbu, Northern Army Commander, and Lt Gen J S Sandhu, Chinar Corps Commander, a defence spokesman said. "The…

Central forces can't substitute state police: MHA to states

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Amid a tussle with the West Bengal government over the deployment of forces in Darjeeling, the Union Home Ministry has told state governments that paramilitary forces cannot substitute state police and should be deployed only in…

Public money wasted on Ayodhya show: Babri Masjid Action Committee

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The Babri Masjid Action Committee raised objections to the fanfare with which the Yogi Adityanath government celebrated Deepotsav in Ayodhya today and claimed that public money was "wasted" on the show. "It is a matter of grave concern…


Sister claims her husband killed Haryanvi singer Harshita

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Haryanvi singer and dancer Harshita Dahiya's sister today claimed that her husband got the artiste killed as she was a witness in their mother's murder case.However, Panipat police said they were examining the case from all angles and…

Cop shot dead by militants in Tral in J&K

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Militants shot dead a special police officer (SPO) in Tral area of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir today, police said. The ultras fired at SPO Haleem Gujjar at his residence in Gutroo village of Tral area, 36 kms from here, killing…

Union ministers tried to vitiate harmony in the state: Kerala CM

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Hitting back at the BJP over the issue of political violence in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan alleged that some Union ministers and chief ministers who joined its padayatra had tried to vitiate the harmony in the state with their…

Ram Rajya means no poverty or discrimination, says Adityanath in Ayodhya

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Seeking to deflect opposition criticism, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said today that no politics should be seen behind his government's efforts to develop this temple town which gave the idea of 'Ram Rajya' - where there…


Taj Mahal finds place of pride in UP govt's 2018 calendar

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The Taj Mahal, which has been in the crosshairs of controversy, has finally found a place of pride in the 2018 calendar brought out by the Uttar Pradesh government. The 17th-century architectural marvel is included in the month of July in…

Prez, VP greet people on Diwali


President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu greeted people on the eve of Diwali, stressing the need for celebrating the festival in a "pollution-free manner". In his message, the president said the festival celebrates the…


CBI to look into Fairfax detective's Bofors allegations


The CBI today said it would look into the "facts and circumstances" of the Bofors scam mentioned by private detective Michael Hershman, who alleged that the Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress government had sabotaged his investigation. Hershman,…

'Kolkata Police joins #MeToo campaign, says 'we want you to be very angry'


Ever since the #MeToo hashtag campaign went viral, the internet has exploded with the gruesome sexual harassment experiences of men and women. And now, Kolkata Police has joined the #metoo social media campaign by urging people to not just…


Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built on Shiva temple: Vinay Katiyar


Giving a new twist to the controversy surrounding the Taj Mahal, senior BJP leader Vinay Katiyar today said it was Lord Shivas temple called Tejo Mahal which was converted into a mausoleum by Shahjahan. He, however, added that he does not…

Wednesday, Oct 18

On Diwali, India will grant medical visa in all deserving cases: Swaraj

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today that on the auspicious occasion of Diwali India will grant medical visa in all deserving cases that are pending, as she responded positively to a number of such requests by Pakistani…

PM Modi asks bureaucrats to break silos to speed up work


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said silos are a "big bottleneck" in the functioning of the union government and asked bureaucrats to adopt innovative ways to break these to speed up the processes of governance, which will benefit the…

Cong announces 59 candidates for HP polls; Virbhadra Singh to contest from Arki


The Congress today announced its first list of 59 candidates for the November 9 Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls, with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh being fielded from the Arki constituency in Solan district. The list was finalised after a…

Period for sharing river data ends; India receives no info from China

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China has not shared with India any data on Brahmaputra and Sutlej rivers this year, even as the five-month period stipulated by the bilateral pacts for doing so has ended last Sunday. New Delhi and Beijing have bilateral arrangements…

IAF plans highway landing of its fighters next week


Indian Air Force plans to land several of its fighter and transport aircraft on the Agra-Lucknow express-way next week to train the pilots on emergency landing.Allhabad-based Central Air Command intends to land multiple aircraft including…

Stalking, sexism, patriarchy: girls face tough odds on campus


Two weeks ago, a girl student was harassed on her way back to the hostel at Banaras Hindu University, Uttar Pradesh. Enraged students gathered and demanded the authorities address them. They were expecting their vice-chancellor to arrive…

Tuesday, Oct 17

Cong treads a cautious line on communal issues


Congress has been treading a cautious line on issues that can help BJP push the communal card at a time when it was making some headway in cornering the government on the slow down in the economy. Congress leaders have refrained from…

Amit Shah ready for 'Debate on development'

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BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday revived his attack on Kerala’s ruling CPM and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and said he was ready for a debate on development.Shah was addressing BJP activists here on the culmination of Janaraksha…

No let-up in braid-chopping incidents in Kashmir


Fresh incidents of braid-chopping triggered protests and clashes in various areas of Srinagar city and other parts of Kashmir Valley on Tuesday with people claiming that police is watching as a mute spectator over the issue. A soldier was…

India ready to tackle Chinese military threat: Defence expert

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An Indian defence expert has said that India is ready to tackle China's military threat and Pakistan will continue to use nuclear threat as a deterrent, but will cause more damage with sponsoring on-going acts of terrorism.In a key-note…

Monday, Oct 16

Tight security for grand Ayodhya Diwali; fireworks cancelled


The district administration has cancelled the fireworks scheduled on the Diwali eve and steped up security as it prepares to welcome Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for a grand celebration in the city. Adityanath is scheduled to visit the…

Guj polls battle of prestige for BJP: Shah


BJP national president Amit Shah on Monday dubbed the forthcoming Assembly elections in Gujarat as a battle of prestige, even as he reminded party workers of the target of winning over 150 of the 182 seats in the Assembly. "The people of…

Army jawan beaten by mob on suspicion of being braid chopper

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An Army jawan was beaten up by a mob today in Jammu and Kashmirs Kupwara town on suspicion of being a braid chopper. The injured jawan was rescued by Army personnel and policemen, officials said. He was taken to a military hospital for…

Why just Taj, demolish Rashtrapati Bhavan, parl house: Azam

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Monuments such as the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Parliament House and the Red Fort should be demolished as they too are "symbols of slavery" just as the Taj Mahal, Samajwadi Party general secretary Azam Khan has said.The SP MLA's remarks last…

Sunday, Oct 15

MHA wants para forces out of Darjeeling


The home ministry has ordered the withdrawal of as many as 1,000 paramilitary personnel, including 300 women, deployed in Darjeeling to maintain law and order during the agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state. In a communication, the…

26 plus taken ill after food poisoning on Tejas train

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At least 26 passengers were taken ill after having breakfast on board the recently-introduced high-tech Tejas Express when it was on way from Goa to Mumbai, on Sunday.The reports of food poisoning add up the recent railway-related…

BJP must read writing on wall after Gurdaspur defeat: Jakhar

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Having trounced the BJP's nominee in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypolls, Congress leader Sunil Jakhar today said the saffron party must read the writing on the wall now.Jakhar, who is the chief of Punjab Congress, defeated his nearest rival…

Speed of over 700 trains to be enhanced


Indian Railways is set to change the timings of over 700 trains soon by enhancing their speed and efficiency. The railway ministry has already begun attempts to cut down the journey timing of a large number of trains. As per the proposal,…

Saturday, Oct 14

RSS seeks balanced view on firecracker ban


RSS general secretary Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi said on Saturday that firecrackers that add to pollution should be banned, but that not all of them are an environmental hazard. "Not all of them should be banned. I think all of us need to take…

Sushma Swaraj taking liberal approach in issuing visas to Pakistani patients


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of late helped several critically ill patients from Pakistan get visas to visit India and seek medical treatment - signalling a change in New Delhis policy. New Delhi took a more liberal approach in…

Rahul to be Congress President soon: Sonia

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday confirmed that Rahul Gandhi would succeed her to the top party post soon. Sonia made the comments on the sidelines of the function to release former President Pranab Mukherjee's book 'The Coalition…

Gurdaspur, Vengara bypoll victories boost Congress

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The Congress on Sunday wrested the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat from the BJP by a whopping margin of 1,93,219 votes.Its Punjab unit chief Sunil Jakhar trounced saffron party candidate Swaran Salaria in the high-stakes bypoll. Similarly, the…