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Jammu native Justice Tirath Singh Thakur sworn in as 43rd Chief Justice of India

Justice Tirath Singh Thakur was on Thursday sworn in as 43rd Chief Justice of India by President Pranab Mukherjee at an elegant function in Rashtrapati Bhavan. The senior-most judge of the apex court, 63-year old Justice Thakur took over from incumbent Justice H L Dattu who retired on Wednesday. As a Supreme Court judge, he headed the bench which had delivered the verdict to reform cricket controlling body BCCI in the wake of allegations of betting and spot-fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League. Justice Thakur also headed the bench which ordered probe into the multi-crore chit fund scam in eastern India, also known as Saradha scam. He has also heard the multi-crore rupee NRHM scam, in which ex-UP minister …

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Ghulam Nabi Azad: Narendra Modi a great actor but weak PM whom even Pakistan does not take seriously

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today termed Narendra Modi as a “weak” Prime Minister whom Pakistan does not take seriously and unabated ceasefire violations by the neighbouring country are a testimony to it. He also alleged that the border skirmishes were highest since Modi assumed the office. Addressing a press conference, Azad said that ceasefire violations were reported in last 13 days in areas like Kathua, Samba and Jammu which Pakistan had never targeted since 1947. “Similarly, according to the BSF Director General, weapons used by Pakistan were the ones from 1971 war,” Azad said. He alleged that neither the prime minister nor any union minister had time to visit the civilians there who are fleeing, and offer them …

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Take Kashmiri Pandits into confidence: Rajnath to Home Min officials

Home Minister Rajnath Singh today asked his ministry to take Kashmiri migrants into confidence for their return to the Valley. Singh also asked the officials to take enhanced steps to check infiltration from across the border, during a meeting where Singh and Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju were briefed on issues concerning Jammu and Kashmir. “The Home Minister asked his officers to ensure that the measures taken up for checking infiltration are further strengthened and also desired the Ministry to take Kashmiri migrants into confidence and work on measures that should be taken up for their return to the Valley,” a Home Ministry statement said. Issues like security situation, infiltration from across the border, strengthening of fence …

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Pak ready to welcome Modi, hopes to resolve differences and disputes

Pakistan today said it was looking forward to a visit by Narendra Modi as Indian Prime Minister and hoped that the two countries would resolve “differences and disputes” through an early dialogue. “We are ready to host Narendra Modi when he decides to visit Pakistan. Our Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has already extended an invitation to him,” Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said in an interaction with members of Pres Club of India. Basit said people in both the countries longed for peace and prosperity and it was, therefore, mutually incumbent to spare no effort towards resolving all the “bilateral differences and disputes”. He said Pakistan leadership was committed to a result- oriented dialogue process and hoped that …

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Omar yet to Step out and Campaign for Rahul Gandhi in Amethi

With just two days left before the campaigning comes to an end  for the penultimate round of polling on May 7 Omar Abdullah is yet to step out of the state to campaign for the alliance partner in any of the VVIP constituency. Omar who once accompanied Rahul Gandhi to Amethi to learn about the working of Self Help Group is yet to lend helping hand to his close friend locked in a triangular contest between BJP’s Smriti Irani and AAP party’s Kumar Vishwas. According to insiders in the Congress party the high voltage campaigning in the Gandhi bastion is responding to the presence of Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi alone as the stakes involved are quite high. ” No …

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Parliament Committee asks J&K Govt to examine demand for minority status to Kashmiri Pandits

A Parliamentary Committee has asked Jammu and Kashmir Government to examine a demand for granting minority status to Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) in view of their “pitiable condition” after they were forced to leave the Valley due to militancy. A similar view was also expressed by Chairman of National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Wajahat Habibullah, who said the State Government had been advised to declare Kashmiri Pandits as minorities. As per official data, as many as 59,442 Kashmiri Pandit families have been registered as migrants with 38,119 registered in Jammu, 19,338 in Delhi and 1,985 in rest of the country. The families had to leave Kashmir Valley in 1990′s after militancy spread in various parts of the region with some of …

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Rahul can Guide this country Forward: Farooq Abdullah

National Conference President and Union Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah Monday expressed hope that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi would take over the responsibility as quickly as possible and guide this country forward. Dr Abdullah was reacting to the statement of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that Rahul is an ideal choice for the post of PM after 2014 polls. Commenting on holding parleys with Pakistan Dr Abdullah said Pakistan must try and control ‘Jehadi’ forces in their own territory and unless that is done, to move forward is very difficult. Speaking to media persons on the side lines of a function in Jammu University campus Dr Abdullah maintained no problem between India and Pakistan can be solved without dialogue. He said …

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Pak violated ceasefire on more than 400 times in last one decade since Nov 2003

In the last one decade ever since the ceasefire agreement was signed between India and Pakistan on November 26, 2003 the Pak army has spent over one year time in violating it. According to official sources the ceasefire agreement has been breached on more than 400 occasions since November 2003 till date. Official sources said  after November 2003  the first ceasefire violation took place on January 18, 2005 in Poonch sector. Two days after another ceasefire violation was reported and since then the violations have recorded an upward trend. The highest number of  93 ceasefire violations in a calender year were reported in 2012. This year already more than 85 ceasefire violations have been reported so far, official sources said. …

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Why Omar Abdullah is Shying away from awarding compensation to ITBP inspector Bhim Singh??

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi flew to Amethi on Saturday and attended the cremation ceremony of IAF personal Akhilesh Pratap Singh who was one among the 20 rescue workers killed in the rescue chopper crash  in Kedarnath on Tuesday. After the cremation Rahul spent some time with the family of the deceased and offered condolences. UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also announced  20 lakh compensation to the next of kith of deceased. Several other Chief Ministers have announced adequate compensation for the next kith and kin of victims of Kedarnath rescue Chopper crash. But  in Kathua the family of ITBP Inspector Bhim Singh, hailing from Bobiyan border village is still awaiting any announcement from Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. Apparently, Omar …

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