National News SahilOnline, Leading news portal from Coastal Karnataka, bringing you latest updates from the Coast, State, Nation and the World, in Kannada, Urdu and English. National News Mani Shankar Aiyar calls PM 'neech aadmi', Rahul asks him to apologise Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar today kicked up a row when he called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "neech" (vile man), drawing a sharp reaction from the latter who dubbed it as an "insult" to Gujarat and a reflection of "Mughal mentality". Congress leader Rahul Gandhi too disapproved of Aiyar's remarks and said both he and the party expected the senior leader to apologise. "He (Modi) is 'neech kism ka aadmi' (a vile man) who has no 'sabhyata' (civility)," Aiyar, who has often courted controversy with his off-the-cuff remarks said, attacking Modi after the latter accused the Congress of seeking votes in B R Ambedkar's but trying to erase his contribution to building India. Cyclone Ochki death toll climbs to 36  Three bodies were recovered this morning off the Kerala coast, taking the death toll due to Cyclone Ockhi to 36 even as rescue operations are going on in full swing to trace the 96 missing fishermen. Sources in the State control room monitoring the rescue operations, said with the recovery of three more bodies, the death toll in Kerala due to the cyclone has gone up to 36 and 96 fishermen are yet to be traced. While a body was recovered near Alappuzha by the Marine enforcement wing, two bodies were found by Coast Guard ship Vaibhav off Alappuzha-Kochi coast this morning, defence sources said. Ready to extend deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to March 31, 2018: Centre tells SC The Centre today informed the Supreme Court that it was willing to extend till March 31 next year the deadline fixed for mandatory linking of Aadhaar for availing various services and welfare schemes. The Supreme Court now will be setting up a five-judge Constitution Bench next week to hear several pleas seeking an interim stay on the Centre's decision of mandatory linking of Aadhaar. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was informed by Attorney General K K Venugopal that the Centre was willing to extend the deadline of December 31 to March 31 next year for linking of Aadhaar with various services and schemes. Arvind Kejriwal defamation case: Court issues notice to BJP MP Subhash Chandra The Delhi High Court today issued notice to Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra and the Delhi Police seeking their responses on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's plea to quash a criminal defamation complaint filed by the BJP leader. A bench of Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal also exempted Kejriwal from personal appearance before a trial court on December 11 in the case. The court was not inclined to stay the proceedings before the trial court and listed the matter for further hearing on January 22. Kejriwal had sought stay on the summons issued to him by the trial court on March 4. Quake measuring 5.5 hits Rudraprayag, tremors in north India Tremors were felt in several parts of North India as a medium-intensity earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter Scale hit Uttarakhand's Rudraprayag district today, the India Meteorological Department said. We stand by Kapil Sibal's request: Zafaryab Jilani Zafaryab Jilani, convenor of the Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC) which has been fighting the Ayodhya dispute case on behalf of the Muslims, on Wednesday showed solidarity with senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, in the wake of his asking for a July, 2019 date for the next hearing of the long-standing matter. "Whatever Sibal has said has been stated with prior consultation with all advocates including leaders of the Muslim Personal Law Board. Sibal had discussed this. With full confidence, we can say that we completely endorse what Sibal said," Jilani said. Cyclone Ockhi: Search, rescue operation for missing fishermen continues In the wake of  Cyclone Ockhi, the Indian Navy on Wednesday continued the search and rescue operation for missing and stranded fishermen off the Kerala coast. Earlier, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman assured the ministry was making every attempt to bring back stranded fishermen in the sea. Congress believes 'only' it made India achieve freedom: PM Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday criticised the Congress saying the party believed that freedom in the country was brought by the Nehru-Gandhi family. Addressing a public gathering here, the Prime Minister said, "The Congress feels only one family won India's freedom. They forgot the contribution of the tribal communities in India's struggle for freedom. The Congress Party is an expert in lying." He said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in the state has constributed massively for the development of the tribal community. Major fire breaks out in Bhiwandi, 50 rescued A major fire broke out on Wednesday morning where 50 people were rescued from 16 godowns in Bhiwandi's Mankoli area. Over 12 fire tenders have reached the spot to douse the fire. Taj is 2nd best UNESCO world heritage site: survey The Taj Mahal is the second best UNESCO world heritage site in the world, according to a new survey. With over 8 million visitors per year, the monument built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, is rated after Cambodia's Angkor Wat. Conducted by online travel portal TripAdvisor, the survey lists the UNESCO Cultural and Natural heritage sites best rated by travellers around the globe. "You can find hundreds of tours and experiences to visit this mesmerizing site, from a private tour with a guide and visit at sunset or sunrise, to a visit, including a home cooked meal at a local home in Agra," the travel portal said. Youngsters guide Sri Lanka to draw, India claim series Sri Lanka's unheralded youngsters, led by Dhananjaya De Silva, cashed in on the ineffectiveness of Indian spinners, holding on for a draw in the third Test even as the home team collected its ninth successive series victory here today. While the win in Nagpur ensured a 1-0 series win for India, it will certainly be a moral victory for a beleaguered Sri Lankan team, which also had to endure physical discomfort due to pollution in the national capital. Demolition of Babri Masjid an assault on democracy: Yechury Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) on Wednesday dubbed the demolition of Babri Masjid as the biggest assault on the secular democratic foundation of the nation. Speaking to ANI, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said, "Today happens to be the 25th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition that remains to be a black spot in the history of modern India. That has been the biggest assault on the secular democratic foundation of our country." Rahul Gandhi set to be next Congress president Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is the only valid candidate in the fray for the election to the Congress president's post, the party's returning officer said today. The picture became clear following the scrutiny of nominations filed yesterday on his behalf. "There is now only one validly nominated candidate, that is Shri Rahul Gandhi," said Mullappally Ramac Yashwant has my full support, concerned about him: Mamata West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today extended her "full support" to former Union minister Yashwant Sinha in his fight for the cause of farmers and said she was concerned about the BJP veteran, who was detained by Maharashtra Police. She said she was sending Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi to meet Sinha, who was detained at Akola in Maharashtra last evening while protesting along with hundreds of farmers against the government's alleged apathy towards cotton and soybean cultivators of the Vidarbha region. Cyclone Ockhi: 39 dead, 167 fishermen missing As many as 39 people have perished and 167 fishermen were still missing after cyclone Ockhi hit Tamil Nadu and Kerala coasts while 809 others were swept away to Maharashtra, the Union Home Ministry said today. Joint Secretary in the ministry Sanjeev Kumar Jindal also said the cyclone is slowing down and would have no impact in Gujarat, where the first of the two-phased assembly elections is due four days later. Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi: Supreme Court to hear appeals on February 8 The Supreme Court on Tuesday decided to hear the civil appeals filed by various parties challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute on February 8. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S A Najeeb also asked the Advocates on Record of appeals to sit together and ensure that all the required documents are translated, filed and numbered before the Registry. SC to hear Rohingya petitions on January 31 The Supreme Court on Tuesday posted all petitions relating to deportation of Muslim Rohingya refugees for detailed hearing on January 31. The Rohingya immigrants, who fled to India after violence in the Western Rakhine state of Myanmar, have settled in Jammu and Kashmir, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and termed Rohingya refugees a threat to national security. HC releases mentally challenged convict who served 26 yrs of life term The Allahabad High Court has directed the release of a murder convict who served 26 years of his life imprisonment, of which 22 years was in a mental hospital. The convict is still undergoing treatment and is in a critical condition. Expressing deep anguish over the delay in disposal of the convict's appeal, the court, while upholding the conviction, confined his life imprisonment to only 20 years, which he has already undergone. AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi accuses BJP, Cong of divisive politics All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress Party of divisive politics. "BJP leaders are calling Rahul Gandhi a non-Hindu and Congress is calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a non-Hindu, but when I say I am a Muslim, why am I questioned?" Owaisi said, while addressing a public gathering, here. The Congress, on Friday, got the biggest electoral jolt after the BJP won the Amethi Nagar Panchayat by over a 1,000 votes. To this end, Owaisi said Congress didn't have any strategy to win against the BJP. Welcome GDP growth, but BJP can't equal UPA's 10-yr average: Manmohan  Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday welcomed the uptick in the Q2 GDP growth at 6.3 per cent but cautioned that it is too early to say there is a reversal in decline seen in the past five quarters. Singh also said at this rate it is not possible for the Narendra Modi government to equal UPA government's 10-year average growth rate. "July-September quarter has registered a growth rate of 6.3 per cent. This is to be welcomed, but is too early to conclude that this represents a reversal of the declining trend seen in the previous five quarters," Singh, also a former finance minister, told a gathering of businessmen here. 531 fishermen rescued off Kerala, Lakshadweep coasts As many as 531 fishermen, stranded in the choppy waters off the Kerala and the Lakshadweep coasts due to Cyclone Ockhi, have been rescued, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said today. So far 393 people from Kerala have been rescued, Vijayan said, as the state government announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family of those who died in the storm. Of the rescued, 132 fishermen were from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, 66 from Kozhikode, 55 from Kollam, 40 from Thrissur, and 100 from Kanyakumari, Vijayan told reporters. Rahul targets Modi over low govt spending on education in Gujarat Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today took to Twitter to question Prime Minister Narendra Modi over low government spending on education in the BJP-ruled Gujarat. Posing the fourth question in the series "a question a day", Gandhi asked, "Why is Gujarat on the 26th position with regard to spending on government education? What wrong has the youth of the state done?" The Congress leader, who is leading his party's poll campaign in in the western state, accused the prime minister of "commercialising education at the cost of government schools and institutions and hitting students hard with fee hikes". Court jails 2 for raping minor girl, awards Rs 10L to victim A Delhi court has sentenced a man to life imprisonment and his accomplice to 10 years in jail for kidnapping and raping a 13-year-old girl, noting that such an offence has made women and children unsafe on the road, encroaching upon their fundamental right to freedom of movement. Additional Sessions Judge Gurdeep Singh also awarded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the minor victim, while directing that the amount be paid in equal proportion by convicts Gaurav and Harish, residents of northeast Delhi. The court said the offence has shaken the conscience of the society and fell in the category of heinous crime. Mehbooba Mufti elected PDP president for 6th consecutive term Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was on Saturday re-elected the president of the Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party (PDP) for the next three years. Mehbooba's election for the sixth consecutive term was unanimous, party leaders said. She thanked party leaders for "reposing their trust and electing me as their president". "Will work tirelessly to fulfil our shared vision of development, inclusiveness and reconciliation in J&K," she wrote on Twitter. EC to order Rs 5,000 crore worth of EVMs, VVPATs soon Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Jyoti has revealed that the Centre has sanctioned Rs 5,000 crore to the Election Commission to procure and install 40 lakh electronic voting machines and voter-verified paper audit trails at all polling centers ahead of assembly elections, as per a Supreme Court order. He also announced that the final voter list of Tripura would be published by January 5, 2018. Cyclone 'Ockhi' claim four lives in Kanyakumari At least, four people were killed as heavy rains and strong winds disrupted normal life in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari on Thursday. India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an alert of heavy rainfall in the town and several other places in the state. Centre plans to withdraw its ban on sale of cattle for slaughter The Central government plans to withdraw its ban on sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets, a senior official from the Ministry of Environment and Forests told The Indian Express. The ministry, in its May 23 notification, has sought feedback on changes made to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Market) Rules, 2017. The official told the national daily that they have sent a file to the Ministry of Law stating that the ministry is withdrawing the notification due to several issues and will be revising it. Aadhaar to work as big weapon against benami property: PM Noting that Aadhaar is helping in bringing about an "irreversible change" in the interest of the people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the Unique Identification Number will work as a "big weapon" in the fight against benami property too. Aadhaar has a played a "big role" in ensuring that ration at proper rates, scholarships, pension and government subsidies reached the poor, he said. The prime minister made the remarks at the inaugural session of the 'Hindustan Times Leadership Summit - 2017' here. Ready to pay political price for steps taken for better India: PM Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that he is ready to pay the political price for the steps taken by him for a better India and asserted he would not be deterred. Addressing a gathering here, he said his government is committed to developing a development-centric eco system which is free of corruption and is citizen centric. He also said that post demonetisation, the black money, which was part of a parallel economy, has now become part of the formal system. Mehbooba orders withdrawal of stone pelting cases against 4,327 youth Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday ordered withdrawal of cases against 4,327 youth involved in 744 cases of stone pelting in the valley. Last year the chief minister ordered withdrawal of 104 cases against 634 persons. The decision was made on the basis of the report submitted by a high-powered committee headed by Director General of Police (DGP), said an official. Modi an excellent actor, better than Amitabh Bachchan: Rahul jibes at PM Beginning his two-day tour of poll-bound Gujarat with a visit to the famous Somnath temple, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his emotional exhortations, calling him an "excellent actor better than Amitabh Bachchan". Addressing three rallies at Visavadar, Savarkundla and Amreli in the Saurashtra region, Gandhi also reached out to Patidars and attacked Modi over his "silence" on Rafale deal and "proximity" to select industrialists. Before setting out on the campaign trail, Gandhi offered prayers at the famous shrine of Lord Shiva at Somnath. PM Narendra Modi rakes up Indira Gandhi’s Morbi visit to attack Congress MORBI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday attacked the Congress Party's 'feudal mindset' yet again, by bringing up a decades-old visit of former prime minister Indira Gandhi to Gujarat’s Morbi. “When Indira Ben came to Morbi, I remember there was a photo of her in the Chitralekha Magazine with a hanky over her nose due to the foul smells, but for Jansangh/Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) the streets of Morbi are fragrant; its the fragrance of humanity,” Prime Minister Modi said, while addressing a rally here. The prime minister’s latest salvo adds to a string of accusations against Congress’ dynastic politics and elitism, a point that the BJP has continually attacked and pitted against PM Modi's beginnings as a tea vendor. CM himself accused in murder case, law and order in Bihar will remain in shambles, says Tejashwi Pratap Yadav PATNA: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and Lalu Prasad Yadav's younger son Tejashwi said on Wednesday that law and order situation in Bihar would remain in shambles as state chief minister himself was an accused in murder case. "Naturally, the law and order situation in Bihar will be bad because the chief minister's name is an accused in a murder case. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should give reply in the matter," said the former deputy chief minister. He further added that only two chief ministers in the country were facing murder charges. One is Nitish Kumar and other is Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, said Tejashwi, who is the Leader of Opposition in state assembly. Gujarat demands answers for 22 years of BJP rule: Rahul Gandhi  Stepping up his offensive against Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the Gujarat elections, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday sought to make the state’s ruling BJP accountable for its promises in the last polls. Gandhi also brought up the BJP’s 22-year rule in Gujarat and said people were demanding answers. “22 salon ka hisaab, Gujarat mange jawaab (Gujarat demands answers for 22 years of BJP rule),” he tweeted. Want to meet my husband, says Hadiya Freed by the Supreme Court from the custody of parents and directed to pursue her studies, Hadiya, who is at the centre of a love-jihad case, today said she desired to meet her husband Shafin Jahan. She arrived here in a police vehicle from Coimbatore, about 170 km from here, amid tight security, to pursue her studies at a homeopathy college here. "I have sought permission from the college authorities to meet my husband. I hope they will allow," she told reporters at the college where she will undergo a 11-month internship. UP: 6 injured in clash over elections At least six people including women were injured in a clash between two groups over an issue related to the local body elections here, police said. Man arrested for luring people to take part in online lottery Jammu: A man has been arrested by the police for allegedly luring people here to take part in an online lottery. More students open to entrepreneurship as livelihood option As many as 61 per cent of students in India consider entrepreneurship as a good prospect to earn a livelihood with a majority from rural areas showing greater willingness to start their own business compared to their urban counterparts, according to a study. Love in the times of Fundamentalist Politics: Case of Hadiya The politics of communal polarization in is focusing on many identity issues, one being the Love Jihad, where the Hindu girl married to a Muslim or Christian man is targeted, and is legally manipulated in a manner to ensure that she is forced to be sent to her parents or sent to ‘anti Conversion clinics’. Defamatory news: Popular Front filed complaints against TV channels Popular Front of India filed complaints against three  TV news channels for telecasting defamatory news about the organisation,  before the National Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) which is a self-regulatory body headed by Justice R.V. Raveendran.  Has Modi forgotten he is prime minister, asks Chidambaram Congress leader P Chidambaram today hit out at the prime minister and said the elections were not about "Mr Modi, the individual" but the promised "achhe din" that had not arrived even after 42 months. In a series of posts on Twitter, the former finance minister also asked if Modi had forgotten he was prime minister. "Mr Modi's campaign is about himself, his past and the alleged disdain of Gujarat and Gujaratis. Has he forgotten he is Prime Minister of India?  No loan waiver for capitalists, says Jaitley The government has not waived any loans of big NPA defaulters, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today dismissing rumour that loans of capitalists are being written off by banks. In a blog, Jaitley said that over the last few days, a rumour is being propagated regarding waiver of loans of capitalists by banks. Observing that the time has come for the nation to be apprised of facts in this regard, he said one should ask at whose behest the loans, which have turned NPAs were disbursed between 2008 and 2014 by public sector banks. Ivanka bats for women empowerment at Global Entrepreneurship Summit Families, economies, societies reach their fullest potential when women are empowered, said Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the United States President, on Tuesday. Ivanka, who is daughter of United States President Donald Trump, was speaking at the inaugural function of Global Entrepreneurship Summit here. "Only when women are empowered to thrive; our families, our economies, and our societies reach their fullest potential. Fuelling the growth of women-led businesses isn't simply good for our society - it's good for our economy. One study estimates that closing the gender entrepreneurship gap world-wide could grow our global GDP by as much as 2 percent," Ivanka said. PM Modi inaugurates Metro rail in Hyderabad  Prime Minister Narendra Modiinaugurated the first phase of Hyderabad Metro rail project here on Tuesday. The prime minister took a ride along with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and Governor ESL Narasimhan in the newly inaugurated Metro rail. The inaugural journey was across four stations, where tight security was put in place. 7 killed, 14 hurt as SUV collides with jeep in Latur At least seven people were killed and 14 others sustained injuries when a high-end car rammed into a jeep in Maharashtra's Latur district in the wee hours today, a police official said. The car, a sport utility vehicle (SUV), was heading towards Nanded from Pandharpur when it collided with the jeep coming from the opposite direction around 4.15 am near Kolpa Pati village in Latur, located about 274 kms from here, inspector Gajanan Bhatalwande, of Latur's Vivekanand Chowk police station, said. AAP slapped with 30-cr tax notice, party dubs it 'vendetta' Income Tax (IT) department on Monday sent Rs. 30.67 crore tax notice to Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). As per the reports, the IT department has alleged that the AAP has not disclosed donations worth Rs 13 crore received during 2014-15 and revealed details of 461 donors to the Election Commission. The party has been asked to pay the penalty by December 07. Lalu's son threatens to 'skin' PM Modi Former Bihar cabinet minister, Tej Pratap Yadav has said that he will get Prime Minister Narendra Modi 'skinned' if any harm is done to his father Lalu Prasad Yadav. Tej Pratap's remark comes in the wake of the Centre's decision to scale down the Z-Plus security of Lalu Prasad and withdrawing of National Security Guards from the Bihar leader's protection. I want freedom, says Hadiya; SC sets her free from parents' custody Her head covered in a red scarf, Hadiya, a 24-year-old Hindu woman from Kerala who converted to Islam, told the Supreme Court on Monday that she wants "freedom and release". The top court set her free from the custody of her parents and directed that she be allowed to complete her studies at a Salem homeopathy college. Allowing Hadiya to walk free, the bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra directed the Salem college to allow her to complete her house surgeon internship. She studies in Salem's Sivaraj Homoeopathic Medical Colleges and Research Institute. Ivanka to stress on fuelling women-led businesses growth Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of US President Donald Trump, in her address today is likely to stress on fuelling the growth of women-led businesses, saying closing the gender entrepreneurship gap worldwide could grow global GDP by as much as 2 percent. In her keynote address to the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit later in the day, she is likely to stress on ensuring women entrepreneurs have access to capital, access to networks and mentors, and access to equitable laws. Rakesh Asthana won't be removed as CBI Special Director, says SC New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea challenging appointment of senior Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as a special director of the CBI. A bench of Justices RK Agrawal and AM Sapre said, "the writ petition is dismissed". Jignesh Mevani to contest as Independent with Congress’ support Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani on Monday announced his decision to contest the Gujarat polls from the Vadagam (SC) seat of Banaskantha district as an Independent candidate with outside support of the Congress. The moves comes after sitting MLA Manibhai Vaghela said the state Congress asked him not to contest the polls from the seat “as a part of an agreement” with Mr. Mevani. Happy being professor, no intention of entering politics: Raghuram Rajan Ruling out any possibility of entering politics, former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan on Sunday said he is happy being a professor and it's the job he likes. On being asked if he had an offer from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to join the Rajya Sabha, he said, "No comments on whether I was offered anything. When I was in RBI, people were desperate to get me off to IMF, when I am back as professor, people are desperate to see me elsewhere. I am very happy being a professor. I have my brain working many hours of day. It is a job I like." CRPF jawan killed, 2 others injured in encounter A CRPF jawan was killed while two others were injured in an encounter with Naxals in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district, officials said today. A gunfight broke out between a joint team of the CRPF and Maharashtra Police and Maoists near the Dhanora village of the district when the troops were out on operation yesterday. BJP has done in 3 yrs what Pak, ISI couldn't do in 70 yrs: Arvind Kejriwal New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday launched a broadside against the BJP, accusing it of "polarising" the country, and said the saffron party has realised the goal of Pakistan of dividing the nation in just three years of its rule. Without naming Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, Kejriwal said the AAP is "not like a Napolean" whose intention is to win every state election, but its real purpose is to change the system. 263 coins, chain, blades, needles found in Madhya Pradesh man's stomach Satna: In a rare surgery, doctors in Madhya Pradesh's Rewa district recently removed 5 kilogram iron objects - a chain, as many as 263 coins and shaving blades - from the stomach of a man who they said is not in a good frame of mind. The 32-year-old Mohammed Maqsood, who hails from Sohaval in Satna district, was taken to the state-run Sanjay Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in adjoining Rewa on November 18 after he complained of pains in stomach. ‘Make in India project just died,’ Rahul says citing report on Nano production drop The media report claimed that the average daily production of Nano cars at the Tata Motor’s Sanand plant was down to “just two”. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday cited a media report on a drop in the production of ‘Nano’ cars at a Gujarat plant and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet ‘Make in India’ project “just died,” turning Gujarati tax payers’ ₹33,000 crore into “ash.” Govt has no intention of introducing Islamic banking: Naqvi India has a wide network of different banks to meet the financial needs of people and hence the government has no intention to consider introducing Islamic banking, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said. Islamic or Sharia banking is a system of finance in which interest is not charged. ₹15 crore deposited in Delhi bank after demonetisation declared benami It was one of the first rulings under the new Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act. Cash deposits of ₹15.93 crore made in a Delhi bank post demonetisation have been held as benami property by a special court even as the depositor and the beneficial owner of the stash are “untraceable”. The deposits were declared benami in the ruling in one of the first adjudication cases of the new anti-black money law. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government had brought into force the new Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016, from November 1, 2016, as part of its multi-pronged strategy to curb illicit wealth. Mumbai airport sets new record, handles 969 flight movements in 24 hours The Mumbai airport recorded 969 aircraft movements, the highest in a 24-hour period, on Friday, eclipsing its previous best of 935 registered in May this year. Officials said an increase in the number of flight movements using a single runway is an achievement for the airport operator and the Airports Authority of India (AAI). They attributed Friday’s record to a spike in non-scheduled aircraft movements in the afternoon — a period that witnesses fewer flights. Vegetable price hike leaves vendors, customers in lurch Vendors and customers are unhappy with the increase in the prices of vegetables in the market. The vegetable vendors said the sales have dropped drastically and have, hence, blamed the lack in supplies and the Goods and Service Tax (GST) for this. A vendor told ANI, "I think the GST is responsible for the price hike." Ahead of Gujarat elections, state Police seizes nearly 76,000 liquor bottles The Gujarat Police has seized 75,968 bottles of Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) worth Rs 2,20,88,000 in Gandhinagar, a few days ahead of the upcoming Gujarat elections. The state police also captured five vehicles worth Rs 24,15,000 on Saturday. Critical not to disturb fraternity of separation of powers: President Kovind President Ram Nath Kovind said today that it was critical not to disturb the fraternity of separation of powers and maintain a “delicate balance” while exploring the relationship between the judiciary, the executive and the legislature as they are all equal. The three organs of the state should be conscious of their liberty and strive to protect their autonomy, he said. However, they should be careful about not disturbing the fraternity of separation of powers “by even unknowingly intruding into the domain of either of the two other branches,” the President said. No compromise on fundamental rights: CJI  There can be no compromise on a citizen's fundamental rights, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra said today while responding to the assertion of Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad that governance "must remain" with those elected to govern. On Prasad's remark that "PILs cannot become a substitute for governance", the CJI said the Supreme Court believed in and practised "constitutional sovereignty". "The fundamental rights are in the core value and the bedrock of the Constitution. An independent judiciary with the power of judicial review has been conferred with the power of the ultimate guardian of the Constitution to strike a balance ... to ensure that respective governments are functioning as provided by the law within their respective domains," he said. 26/11 anniversary: Modi urges world to together battle terror On the ninth anniversary of the Mumbai terror strikes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today recalled the sacrifice of those who lost their lives in the attacks, and said the world would have to together battle terrorism. For over four decades, India had been raising the issue of terrorism, Modi said in his monthly 'Mann ki Baat' programme. Steep fare hike will 'kill' Delhi Metro: Kejriwal The steep fare hike will "kill" Delhi Metro, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today, a day after an RTI revealed that the metro lost over three lakh commuters a day due to the fare increase. Kejriwal also asked what purpose the metro serves if people stop using it. "This steep hike in metro fare will kill Delhi Metro. If people stop using it, then what purpose does it serve?," Kejriwal tweeted. Militants kill Territorial Army jawan, bullet-riddled body found Militants abducted and killed a 23-year-old Territorial Army jawan and his bullet-riddled body was found today in Shopian district of south Kashmir, the Army said. The body was recovered from an orchard area in Watmullah Keegam area of Shopian, an Army official said. He said the deceased was identified as Irfan Ahmad Mir, a resident of Sezan Keegam. Modi-Trump's ‘hugplomacy’ failed to prevent Saeed’s release: Rahul mocks PM Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi after Pakistan released 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed from house arrest, saying that the former's 'Hugplomacy' with US President Donald Trump failed. Rahul Gandhi took to his Twitter handle and said "more hugs were urgently needed" between Modi and Trump. On November 24, Saeed was released from house arrest in Lahore. Four train accidents in less than 12 hours kill seven, injure 11 in Uttar Pradesh and Odisha Four train accidents in less than 12 hours in Uttar Pradesh and Odisha killed seven people and injured at least 11, officials said today. Three of the accidents were reported from Uttar Pradesh and one from Odisha. There were two derailments, including one in Uttar Pradesh's Chitrakoot district that killed three people early today morning, one incident of an engine decoupling from the wagon and a train hitting a car at an unmanned crossing. Opposition must field one candidate against BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha polls: Arun Shourie NEW DELHI: Former Union minister Arun Shourie today advocated unity among Opposition parties to defeat the BJP, saying there must be one candidate in every seat against its nominee in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. "If you really think the country is in peril... then you must get together. There must be one candidate against people who we all believe are taking the country to a dangerous zone," he said, sharing the dais with AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. His comments came on a day West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave a similar call, saying democracy is under threat under the BJP rule as she asked Opposition parties to work together for the greater interest of the people before the next Lok Sabha polls. RSS playing with fire: Owaisi as Bhagwat says only temple will be built in Ayodhya AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday alleged that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and the BJP wanted take political advantage in Gujarat polls with his "obnoxious" remarks on Ram temple issue and warned the Sangh that it was "playing with fire". Kejriwal meets Minority Commission members, releases Annual Report Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met here today a delegation of Delhi Minorities Commission and released its 2016-17 annual report. UP school objects to Muslim students' headscarves A school in Uttar Pradesh's Barabanki has barred Muslim students from wearing headscarves to class, citing that they don't go with the dress code of the school. Anand Vihar School is a missionary school that objected to one of its Muslim students wearing a headscarf to school. When the student's father asked permission for the same in a written application to the principal, he received back the following reply. No proposal to withdraw cheque book facility: FinMin The finance ministry today said there is no proposal to withdraw the bank cheque book facility as part of exercise to promote digital transaction. The clarification comes in the backdrop of reports in a certain section of media that there is a possibility that the central government may withdraw bank cheque book facility in the near future, with an intent to encourage digital transactions. By-election in RK Nagar to be held on December 21 By-election in Tamil Nadu's RK Nagar will be held on December 21, announced the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday. The seat of RK Nagar is vacant following the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in December 2016, who represented it for two terms. The election was earlier scheduled for April 12, but was cancelled following allegations that sums of money were distributed in a vote-for-cash scam. SC grants time to Gujarat to apprise it on action against cops in Bilkis Bano case The Supreme Court today granted six weeks time to the Gujarat government for apprising it on whether any disciplinary action has been initiated against policemen convicted in the 2002 Bilkis Bano gangrape case. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, considered the submission of Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the state government, that some more time be given to get instruction on the authorities concerned in the case. Three dead, nine injured as Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derails in UP At least three people were dead and nine left injured after thirteen coaches of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna express jumped the rails near Manikpur railway station in Uttar Pradesh today. Confirming the casualties, Chitrakoot SP Pratap Gopendra Singh said a father-son duo from Bettiah district of Bihar died on the spot while the third person died at a hospital. Parliament's Winter Session to be held from Dec 15 to Jan 5 The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs today recommended that the Winter Session of Parliament be held from December 15 to January 5. The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh today met here to decide on the dates of the Winter Session. Centre grants 'Y' category of VIP security to Hardik Patel  A 'Y' category of armed VIP security cover has been accorded by the Centre to Gujarat's Patidar leader Hardik Patel, official sources said on Thursday. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has been entrusted with the task of safeguarding the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader, they said. "A contingent of armed CISF commandos will take charge of the new protectee very soon. Patel will have about eight commandos with him, whenever he travels in Gujarat," a senior official said. Gram Panchayat certificates no proof of citizenship: Supreme Court A certificate of residency issued by the gram panchayat is not a document of citizenship and is "meaningless" unless supported by some other valid record to make a claim for inclusion in the National Register of Citizenship (NRC), the Supreme Court said today. A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R F Nariman said no verification is made before such certificates are issued. The apex court said it will pass orders on whether the Gauhati High Court was right in invalidating the document for making a claim in the NRC or whether further opportunity needs to be given to the people to establish their claims of citizenship. UP: 6 men beat up 3 Muslim clerics on moving train in Baghpat  Three Muslim clerics were allegedly beaten up by unidentified people in a moving train in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, leaving them injured, police said on Thursday. The 'maulvis', who boarded a passenger train at Delhi last night, were on their way to their village in Baghpat when they had a tiff with some youth, who allegedly beat them up, SP Baghpat Jaiprakash Singh said. Newspapers in Tripura protest against killing of journalist Majority of newspapers in Tripura leave space for editorials blank to protest against killing of journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik. This comes a day after Commandant of 2nd Tripura State Rifles Tapan Debbarma was arrested on Tuesday night in connection with Journalist Sudip's alleged murder case. However, shocked Tripura journalists on Wednesday expressed disappointment with national media for showing "lack of interests" in the killing of journalists in the northeast. Sujit Chakraborty, eminent journalist and ex-secretary of Agartala Press Club, said, "The killing of Sudip didn't get prominent coverage by the national media. Except some small news items, they ignored the heinous crime. Had it happened in major cities, it would have got wider publicity by both national print and electronic media." Sudip Datta Bhowmik was allegedly shot dead on Tuesday in Tripura's RK Nagar. PM Modi urges action against cyber space as 'playground for terrorism, radicalisation' Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged nations to take a strict action on preventing cyber space from transforming into "a playground for the dark forces of terrorism and radicalisation." "We need to ensure that vulnerable sections of our society do not fall prey to the evil designs of cyber criminals. Alertness towards cyber-security concerns should become a way of life. Nations must also take a responsibility to ensure that the digital space does not become a playground for the dark forces of terrorism and radicalisation," he said, while addressing the 5th Global Conference on 'Cyber Space' here. Sonia Gandhi's role will be undiminished: Moily Sonia Gandhi's role in the Congress will remain "undiminished" even after Rahul Gandhi's elevation as party president and she will continue to guide it, senior party leader M Veerappa Moily said here. Moily said the Congress would take "aggressive and sustained steps" to ensure that Rahul Gandhi becomes the prime minister in 2019, asserting that "he has matured enough to take over not only the reins of the party but also of the government at the centre". Indian Navy gets its first woman pilot, three women Naval Armament Inspectorate officers In a first, a woman has been inducted as a pilot in the Indian Navy. Shubhangi Swaroop, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, will soon be flying Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft. Three other women cadets, Astha Segal from New Delhi, Roopa A from Puducherry and Sakthi Maya S from Kerala, also created history by becoming the country's first women officers at the Naval Armament Inspectorate (NAI) branch of the Navy. Women forced to remove burqa at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's rally, probe ordered The district administration here has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident of a woman being forced to take off her burqa in public at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's rally, officials said today.      A video showing the woman being made to take off her black burqa minutes before the chief minister makes an appearance at the rally yesterday has gone viral.    "The city magistrate has been asked to conduct an inquiry into it and action will be taken against those found guilty," District Magistrate Surendra Vikram said.   The chief minister was here yesterday to address an election meeting ahead of the local body elections.      Pakistan court releases 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed JuD chief Hafiz Saeed will soon walk free after a Pakistani judicial body today ordered his release from house arrest, in a setback to India's efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. The banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah head, who carries a bounty of USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities, has been under detention since January this year. Rejecting the government's plea to extend his detention for another three months, the Judicial Review Board of Punjab province comprising judges of the Lahore High Court ordered Saeed's release on the expiry of his 30-day house arrest which is going to expire in a couple of days. Cabinet approves setting up of 15th Finance Commission The Cabinet today approved the setting up of the 15th Finance Commission which will assess the tax resources of the nation and suggest a formula for their devolution among states.  The members of the Commission and its terms of reference will be notified in the due course of time, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said after the Union Cabinet meeting. Its recommendations will have to be in place before April 1, 2020, he said.  Congress agrees to special quota for Patels, says Hardik Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Wednesday declared his support for the Congress in the upcoming Gujarat elections, saying the party had accepted the demand for reservation for the Patel community. The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader told reporters here that the Congress will include the extension of reservation benefit to the Patel community in its election manifesto. Youth Congress meme on PM's 'chaiwala' past kicks up storm In a potentially self-damaging act ahead of the Gujarat polls, the Congress' youth wing today circulated a meme about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'chaiwala' past, provoking a backlash from the BJP, and prompting a red-faced Congress to distance from it. The meme that unleashed a political firestorm contained photograph of Modi, US president Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May engaged in a conversation. Modi is seen telling the two leaders about the opposition's memes targeting him. He mispronounces the word as "mainmain". Trump corrects him, saying the word is pronounced as "meem", while May tells him to go and sell tea. Bihar teachers unhappy with task to check open defecation A controversy has arisen over directions to school teachers in certain Bihar districts to dissuade people from defecating in the open and click pictures of those who refused to pay heed. Orders issued by block education officers asked teachers to do rounds in various wards and panchayat areas in the mornings and evenings and ask people to use toilets. They were also directed to click photographs to shame those who insisted on relieving themselves in the open. Centre may ban cheque books to push digital transaction In a bid to boost digital transactions and create a cashless India, the Central government is likely to ban all cheque books. A senior functionary of industry body CAIT had last week said that the Centre may withdraw the bank cheque book facility in the ‘near future’ to encourage digital transactions. Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said the government needs to encourage the use of debit and credit cards. CCTV needs to be installed in courts in public interest: SC There is no need for privacy in courtrooms as nothing private happens there, the Supreme Court today said as it favoured early installation of close circuit televisions in the courts. The top court said the installation of CCTV cameras in the courts would be in larger public interest, discipline and security. Fortis issues clarification over reports of over-charging dengue patient The Fortis Healthcare on Tuesday refuted reports circulating on the social media regarding medical negligence and over-charging the family of a seven-year-old dengue patient. Fortis Memorial Research Institute (Gurgaon), reportedly, charged the family of a seven-year-old dengue patient almost Rs 16 lakh for 15 days in the ICU. The girl, however, died while being shifted from Fortis to the Rockland Hospital. The family of the deceased, Adya Singh, alleged that the doctors continued her treatment in the ICU in full knowledge that her condition had deteriorated beyond cure. Supreme Court defers Rohingya deportation case hearing to Dec 5 The Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred the hearing of the Rohingya deportation case to December 5. In an earlier hearing, the apex court had posted the matter for hearing today. The three-judge bench, led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising of Justi Neither dynasty nor casteism will work in Gujarat: Amit Shah Launching a scathing attack on the Congress party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Tuesday said that dynasty and casteism will not work in Gujarat, where assembly elections will be held early next month. Speaking to media here, Shah said, "Neither dynasty nor casteism will work in Gujarat. Only developmental agenda of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will work." Expressing confidence about sweeping the Gujarat polls, Shah said that the BJP would secure more than 150 seats. Govt 'avoiding' Parliament session in view of Gujarat polls: Cong The Congress on Tuesday said the government was "avoiding" the Winter Session of Parliament in view of the Gujarat assembly elections and to evade facing the Opposition that wanted to raise issues like scams of ministers, Rafale deal, GST and note ban. The Opposition party said the Modi government is working under its model of "bypass, bulldoze and betray", which is an "attack on democracy". Addressing a press conference, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying "he is Brahma, he is the creator" as it was only he who knew when the Winter Session of Parliament would be convened. Retired IAS officer arrested on charges of raping girl in 2013 Retired IAS officer B B Mohanty has been arrested on charges of raping a 23-year-old girl in 2013, police officials said here today. Mohanty was arrested last night. He was chairman of the Rajasthan Civil Services Appellate Tribunal at the time the FIR was registered. He was suspended by the government and later retired. Delhi HC refuses to pass order against Abdullah over PoK remarks The Delhi High Court today refused to pass any order on a PIL seeking action against National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah over his alleged remarks on Pakistan occupied Kashmir. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar directed the petitioner to approach the appropriate ministry concerned, which will decide the issue on merits. Seven-year-old dies of dengue, family billed Rs 16 lakh A Gurugram hospital charged the family of a seven-year-old dengue patient, who later died, almost Rs 16 lakh for 15 days in the ICU. The family of the deceased, Adya Singh, alleged that the doctors continued her treatment in the ICU, in full knowledge that her condition had deteriorated beyond cure. "The doctors kept the child in ICU for so many days, but her brain had already damaged gradually which the doctors deliberately did not test. They continued the treatment knowing that her brain was dead," Jayant Singh, father of the deceased told ANI. Indian Army breaks world record with 58 men on single bike A team of the Army Service Corps, 'Tornadoes', broke the world record on November 19 where in 58 men rode on a single moving motorcycle. The act was performed for the Guinness Book of World Records Limca Book of Records and Unique World Records at Bengaluru's Yelahanka. 'Tornadoes' became the only team to travel with 58 men on a single moving motorcycle. The team was led by Major Bunny Sharma and the 500 cc Royal Enfield was steered by Subedar Rampal Yadav.