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Troops must remain vigilant to maintain sanctity of LoC: Army Chief

Troops must remain vigilant to maintain sanctity of LoC: Army Chief

J&K
New Delhi, May 21It is the dawn of a new era of development, peace and prosperity in Kashmir and the troops must remain vigilant to maintain the sanctity of the Line of Control (LoC), Army Chief General Manoj Pande said on Saturday.Pande, who is on his maiden visit to Kashmir after taking over as the Chief of the Indian Army on April 30, arrived in Srinagar on Saturday.The Army chief, accompanied by Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi, Northern Army Commander, and Lieutenant General ADS Aujla, Chinar Corps Commander, proceeded to undertake a first-hand assessment of formations along the LoC in north Kashmir, the defence ministry's statement said.Pande, whose Kashmir visit will end on Sunday, was briefed on the security situation and operational preparedness, it mentioned.The formation comma...
Split in BKU engineered by BJP government: Naresh Tikait

Split in BKU engineered by BJP government: Naresh Tikait

India
Bijnor, May 21Bhartiya Kisan Union president Naresh Tikait on Saturday alleged that the split in the outfit was engineered by the BJP government and claimed that the parting of some leaders won't impact them.Fissures within the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) had come out in the open on the death anniversary of its founder president Mahendra Singh Tikait on May 15, with a senior national office-bearer announcing the formation of a separate outfit.BKU vice-president Rajesh Chauhan said he took the decision after being "insulted" and alleged that the outfit sided with political parties in the elections, an apparent reference to UP Assembly polls.The new outfit was named the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Arajnaitik). "Arajnaitik" means apolitical in Hindi.Reacting to it, Tikait told reporters on Saturday ...
47-day summer break announced for schools in summer zone of Jammu division

47-day summer break announced for schools in summer zone of Jammu division

J&K
Jammu, May 21The Jammu and Kashmir authorities on Saturday announced a 47-day summer vacation for educational institutions, including recognised private schools up to class 12, in the summer zone of the Jammu division.According to an order issued by Ravi Shankar Sharma, the director of School Education department, Jammu, the decision on summer vacation was taken in view of the prevailing hot weather conditions.Government and recognised private schools up to Class 8 standard will get summer vacation from May 23 to July 9, while for Classes nine to 12, the vacation will be from May 30 to July 9.Schools in Kashmir and parts of Jammu under winter zone have a nearly three-month-long winter vacation and a 10-day summer break annually. The summer zone schools in Jammu usually go on a one-and-a-ha...
JK tunnel accident: All 10 bodies recovered; FIR against construction company

JK tunnel accident: All 10 bodies recovered; FIR against construction company

J&K
Arjun Sharma Jammu, May 21 Rescuers were able to retrieve all 10 bodies of the workers, who were trapped inside the tunnel that collapsed in Ramban district of Jamp;K late on Thursday. One body was recovered yesterday after which the rescue operation to save the other nine persons was stalled due to the landslide in the area. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), ITBP, Army and other emergency services resumed the rescue operation today at 5 am. It was stated by the administration that a total of 10 workers were trapped inside at the time of the incident. The police have also registered an FIR against the construction company for negligence. Mouth of the newly constructed tunnel collapsed when a landslide occurred in the area. Section 304-A (Causing death by negligence), 287 (Ne...
Stop befooling people, rollback excise duty on fuel to UPA level: Congress on price cut

Stop befooling people, rollback excise duty on fuel to UPA level: Congress on price cut

India
New Delhi, May 21The Congress on Saturday accused Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of "befooling" people after she announced an excise duty cut on petrol and diesel and said people needed relief instead of jugglery of figures.Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the government had increased the excise duty on petrol by Rs 10 in 60 days and is now "duping" people by reducing it by Rs 9.50.The opposition party demanded that the finance minister show courage and roll back excise on petrol and diesel to the level it was under the UPA in May 2014."Dear FM ... in 60 days, you increased the price of petrol by Rs 10/litre and now reduced it by Rs 9.50/litre. ... U increased the price of Diesel by Rs 10/litre and now reduced it by Rs 7/litre. Stop befooling people! "Nation doesn't ...
Supreme Court issues directions to curb capitation fee charged by private medical colleges

Supreme Court issues directions to curb capitation fee charged by private medical colleges

India
Satya Prakash New Delhi, May 21 Terming the capitation fee charged by private medical colleges a "stark reality", the Supreme Court issued a series of directions, including establishment of a dedicated portal for reporting such incidents, to check the menace. "The management of private medical colleges are strictly prohibited from accepting payment of fees in cash, in order to avoid charging a capitation fee. The students or any other aggrieved persons are at liberty to report on the web-portal regarding collection of fees in cash by any medical colleges," a Bench led by Justice LNN Rao said in an order on Thursday. The Bench said private medical colleges were strictly prohibited from accepting payment of fees in cash in order to avoid charging a capitation fee. "This Court observed t...
Next Australian PM Anthony Albanese committed to working with India, Quad

Next Australian PM Anthony Albanese committed to working with India, Quad

India
Sandeep Dikshit New Delhi, May 21 Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Labour leader Anthony Albanese, who is tipped to be the next Prime Minister of Australia, Australian High Commissioner to India Barry O'Farrell pointed out that during the campaign he had committed to deepen economic, strategic and people-to-people links with India. "Albanese is no stranger to India having travelled the country as a backpacker in 1991 and led a parliamentary delegation in 2018,'' said O'Farrell. PM Modi who had built a strong personal relationship with current Australian PM Scott Morrison, who even cooked curries to demonstrate his affinity to India, said with the election of a new leader, "I look forward to working towards further strengthening our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,...
Ex-Pak human rights minister Shireen Mazari ‘beaten’ and in police custody; Punjab CM orders her release

Ex-Pak human rights minister Shireen Mazari ‘beaten’ and in police custody; Punjab CM orders her release

World
Islamabad/Lahore, May 21Pakistan's ex-human rights minister Shireen Mazari, who has been criticising the powerful Army after Imran Khan was ousted as prime minister last month, was "beaten" and taken away by the police, her daughter said on Saturday.Mazari's arrest by anti-corruption officials triggered a political storm but it was quickly doused with the intervention of Pakistan's Punjab province Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz who ordered her release from police custody.Hamza also ordered an inquiry against those police officials involved in 59-year-old Mazari's arrest. The chief minister said he had not ordered the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader's arrest, indirectly suggesting "other power establishment figures" behind her detention.Mazari, a former cabinet colleague of ousted premier Imr...
Provision of UAPA more dangerous than sedition, says former Supreme Court judge Lokur

Provision of UAPA more dangerous than sedition, says former Supreme Court judge Lokur

India
New Delhi, May 21Former Supreme Court judge M B Lokur Saturday said that the May 11 order of the top court on sedition is "important" even as he voiced his concern over misuse of a provision in Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act saying it will be like "jumping from frying pan to fire".Speaking at a function 'Sedition Se Azadi', he sought to explain the meaning of the interim order passed by the top court which had put on hold the colonial-era sedition law till an "appropriate" government forum re-examines it and directed the Centre and states to not register any fresh FIR invoking the offence."I do not know what the government will do about the provision of sedition but in my opinion it will remove it. But equally concerning is that there is a parallel provision of Section 13 in the UAPA...
It is always people first for us: PM Modi on fuel price cut

It is always people first for us: PM Modi on fuel price cut

India
New Delhi, May 21 As Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a sizeable cut in fuel prices, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that people are the first priority for his government. The government on Saturday cut excise duty on petrol by a record Rs 8 per litre and that on diesel by Rs 6 per litre to give relief to consumers from high fuel prices that have also pushed inflation to a multi-year high. Modi tweeted, "It is always people first for us! Today's decisions, especially the one relating to a significant drop in petrol and diesel prices will positively impact various sectors, provide relief to our citizens and further 'Ease of Living'." The decision to give Rs 200 subsidy per cylinder to beneficiaries of the Ujjwala scheme was also highlighted by the prime ministe...