Men disguised as cops gang-raped two sisters in UP


Men disguised as cops gang-raped two sisters in UP

Two sisters were raped in Behjoi in Sambhal district on Sunday by men who came dressed as police constables.

According to reports, the men came in a car and barged into the house of the sisters. They blamed the other family members for dealing in spurious liquor and then asked the sisters to accompany them to the police station.

The men took the sisters to an isolated area in a nearby jungle and raped them by turns. They left after committing the crime.

The sisters returned home after some time and informed the family of their ordeal.

The family then went to the Behjoi police station where they were told that no constables had been sent to their home.

A complaint has been lodged and further investigations are underway. The girls have been sent for medical examination.




Andhra Pradesh cabinet approves abolition of legislative council


Andhra Pradesh cabinet approves abolition of legislative council

On Monday, the Andhra Pradesh cabinet approved the decision to abolish the legislative council, YSRCP MLA Gudivada Amaranth told news agency ANI.


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Using his discretionary power under Rule 154, the Council Chairman M A Sharrif had referred the AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020 and the APCRDA (Repeal) Bill to a select committee for deeper examination.

"We need to seriously think whether we need to have such a House which appears to be functioning with only political motives. It is not mandatory to have the Council, which is our own creation, and it is only for our convenience. So let us discuss the issue further on Monday and take a decision on whether or not to continue the Council," Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy had told the Assembly on Thursday evening.

In the meanwhile, TDP has hit out at the YSRCP government for abolishing the legislative council. TDP MP Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar told ANI, "The hidden agenda of Andhra Pradesh govt might be to take a decision whether to pass resolution in order to dissolve AP legislative council as it did not accept passage of bills relating to CRDA and de-centralisation of state's capital."


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TDP MP Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar: The hidden agenda of Andhra Pradesh govt might be to take a decision whether to pass resolution in order to dissolve AP legislative council as it did not accept passage of bills relating to CRDA and de-centralisation of state's capital.

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"Andhra Pradesh government is expected to follow values of Constitution, unfortunately it has taken an abnormal decision. Legislative Council may be dissolved on other reasons but not on the reason the it sent the bills to a select committee," Kumar further added.

As the Legislature was adjourned sine die on December 17, no further action was taken. But the issue cropped up again last week as the TDP, that has 28 members in the Council, remained firm on its stand on opposing the three capitals plan. Despite YSRC attracting two TDP members to its side, the government failed to get the three capitals Bills passed in the Council, triggering a debate in the Assembly on whether or not the Upper House should be allowed to remain in existence.

The YSRC will gain a majority in the Council only in 2021 when a number of opposition members will retire at the end of their six-year term. The YSRC, which has just nine members in the 58-member Council, is miffed after it failed to get two crucial Bills related to its plan of having three capitals for the state passed.

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Narasimha Rao hits out at Owaisi for claiming it was his forefathers who built Red Fort, Charminar, Qutub Minar


Narasimha Rao hits out at Owaisi for claiming it was his forefathers who built Red Fort, Charminar, Qutub Minar

New Delhi: BJP leader and Rajya Sabha lawmaker GVL Narasimha Rao on Tuesday hit out at AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi for claiming that it was his forefathers who gave this country the Red Fort, Charminar and Qutub Minar.

Continuing his attack on Owaisi, Rao further said that these historical monuments were built with the money that was looted from the citizens of the country.

On Tuesday, Owais had said that no one has the right to seek papers from Muslims for proving their citizenship since they ruled India for years.

Addressing a rally, Owaisi criticised the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and said that it was his forefathers who gave this country the Red Fort, Charminar and Qutub Minar.

 
 

Reacting to this, Rao said, "Muslim rulers have looted the country for 800 years. They have persecuted Indians and so-called Charminar, Qutab Minar and Red Fort...to which Owaisi is referring to, they are not built from Babar's money rather they were built with the money looted from the people of this country."

"So let Owaisi not claim to be a legatee of the invaders of Muslim invaders in this country, whose operation is only remembered by the people of this country by linking up those oppressive," he added.

Rao further said that Owaisi will only be seen as somebody who is carrying on with that mindset which is complete "anathema" in a democracy where everyone is a servant of the people.

"Let Owaisi not imagine that he and his brother are the rulers of this country rather they are the servants of the people of this country," said Rao.

Owaisi in his statement asserted that if someone wants to check his papers, they should look at Charminar which is the biggest proof that his forefathers have made it.

"There is no need to be afraid. Today, they are asking what does a Muslim have? I have this to say -- you want to check my papers. For 800 years, I have ruled this country.

This country belonged to me, belongs to me and will continue to be mine. My forefathers gave this country Charminar, Jama Masjid, Mecca Masjid, Qutub Minar.

The Red Fort, on which the prime minister of this country hoists the tricolour, was also given to you by my forefathers. Do you want papers? Look, the Charminar is the biggest proof that my forefathers have made it," said Owaisi.

 
 
 



Polling for 120 municipalities and nine corporations in Telangana underway


Polling for 120 municipalities and nine corporations in Telangana underway

Hyderabad: Polling for 120 municipalities and nine corporations in Telangana was underway on Wednesday amid tight security with people queuing up to cast their votes.

The polling, which began at 7 am will end at five pm, officials said. The elections will be held for 2,647 wards in municipalities and 382 divisions in corporations.

However, councillors to 80 wards and corporators for three divisions had been elected unopposed, Telangana State Election Commission said. A total of 50,000 personnel have been deployed for fair and peaceful conduct of elections.

Special arrangements have been made in Left Wing extremist affected districts. According to State Election Commissioner Nagi Reddy, there will be an average of 800 voters per booth.

As per the statistics provided by the commission, the Congress could not field candidates in over 400 wards while BJP in over 700.

 
 

In a first of its kind step in the country, the commission will use facial recognition app in a bid to counter impersonation of voters on Wednesday and ten polling stations in Kompally Municipality of Medchal Malkajgiri district have been selected for the pilot project.

There will be 7,961 polling stations with 45,000 staff overseeing the poll process, a statement from the SEC said. The state police said it has taken all measures for maintenance of law and order during the polling.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi working president and Minister K T Rama Rao has exuded confidence about his party winning a lion's share of wards and divisions.

Both the national parties, which failed to put up a good show in rural local bodies elections held last year, are keen to prove their strength this time.

Karimnagar Municipal Corporation will go for polls on January 25 and results declared on January 27.

 
 
 



Delhi elections 2020: Amit Shah and JP Nadda to hold padyatra, meetings in every constituency


Delhi elections 2020: Amit Shah and JP Nadda to hold padyatra, meetings in every constituency

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has planned a campaign blitzkrieg for the Delhi Assembly polls with party national president Jagat Prakash Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah leading from the front.

Shah and Nadda will either hold a padyatra or address group meetings in every constituency, sources said. The candidates will also be asked to hold padyatras in their constituencies every day.

On Monday night, Shah along with Nadda, national general secretary BL Santhosh along with three general secretaries (organisation) from the states of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, MPs including Manoj Tiwari, Vijay Goel, Pravesh Verma, Ramesh Bidhuri, Meenakshi Lekhi, Harshavardhan, Gautam Gambhir and Hansraj Hans, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Prakash Javadekar and Hardeep Singh Puri brainstormed on the campaign strategy in Delhi polls.

 
 

According to their campaign strategy, 70 ministers, the majority of them from the Centre, would hold one public meeting and one padyatra each for two days.

"The campaign would begin from January 23 and a total of 280 group meetings and padyatras have been planned over a span of two days," stated a senior party leader.

"On January 23 and January 24, a total of 70 minister-rank leaders would address one group meeting and hold one padyatra in the constituency allotted to them. This would go on for two days," stated a source in BJP.

The strategy for carpet bombing was planned last night to destabilise the hold of AAP in Delhi and Shah asked senior leaders present in the meeting to organise meetings for him even if these were small gatherings.

These meetings could take place at the residence of the candidates to strengthen their stature further or in slums or colonies which were authorised by the government recently.

Other programmes planned by the party are youth 'sammelan' which will be organised between January 24 to January 26 and women 'sammelan' that will be held between January 27 to January 29, while meet-up of other segments, profession-specific could take place between January 30-31.

From January 31 to February 2, BJP leaders will highlight the schemes of the Central government.

The leaders have been asked to communicate to the candidates that from January 25 onwards every day there should be a bike rally, a group of 20 people who would tour the constituency with flags and banners of the BJP candidate.

"With bike rallies, literature will also be distributed outside metro stations. Every car or other vehicle that is in support of BJP should have the candidate's sticker," added the source.

Polling on 70 Assembly seats in the national capital will be held on February 8 and the counting of votes will take place on February 11.

 
 
 



Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella postpones trip to India after voicing concern over CAA


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella postpones trip to India after voicing concern over CAA

Days after voicing concern over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has postponed his visit to India which was scheduled for later this week, stated report.

According to Firstpost, the Microsoft's India team is now waiting for fresh dates of Nadella's visit. Sources told the news portal that the visit is likely to happen at end of February or early March. During his visit to India, Microsoft CEO was expected to meet government officials and some executives of large companies and start-ups. A Microsoft India spokesperson told Firstpost, "We have nothing to share at this point."

The change of plan came days after Satya Nadella voiced concern over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), saying what is happening is "sad" and he would love to see a Bangladeshi immigrant lead a multinational company in India that benefits its economy.

 
 

"I think what is happening is sad, primarily as sort of someone who grew up there, I feel, and in fact quite frankly, now being informed, shaped by the two amazing American things that I've observed which is both, it's technology reaching me where I was growing up and its immigration policy and even a story like mine being possible in a country like this," Nadella said.

He was speaking to editors at a Microsoft event when Nadella was asked by the New York-based news outlet BuzzFeed about his view on the CAA and if he has concerns about working with the Indian government in terms of how they were using data.

Later, when Nadella’s remark started making headlines, Microsoft issued a statement clarifying the remarks.

In a statement issued by Microsoft India, Nadella said: "Every country will and should define its borders, protect national security and set immigration policy accordingly. And in democracies, that is something that the people and their governments will debate and define within those bounds. I'm shaped by my Indian heritage, growing up in a multicultural India and my immigrant experience in the United States. My hope is for an India where an immigrant can aspire to found a prosperous start-up or lead a multinational corporation benefitting Indian society and the economy at large".


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But the statements did not go down well with the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP). BJP MP Meenakashi Lekhi hit out at Nadella and said it is the "perfect example" of how the literate need to be educated.

"How literate need to be educated! Perfect example," Lekhi said on Twitter in response, and also posted Nadella's statement issued by Microsoft India. "Precise reason for CAA is to grant opportunities to persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan & Afghanistan. How about granting these opportunities to Syrian Muslims instead of Yezidis in USA?" she went on to say.


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The Centre has issued a gazette notification announcing that the CAA has come into effect from January 10, 2020. The CAA was passed by Parliament on December 11. According to the legislation, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 due to religious persecution will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.




Prepare for attack by govt ministers on IMF and Gita Gopinath: P Chidambaram


Prepare for attack by govt ministers on IMF and Gita Gopinath: P Chidambaram

New Delhi: With the IMF lowering India's economic growth estimate for the current fiscal to 4.8 per cent, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Tuesday claimed an attack on the world body and its chief economist Gita Gopinath by government ministers was imminent.

He also alleged that the growth figure of 4.8 per cent given by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is after some "window dressing" and he won't be surprised if it goes even lower.

 
 

"Reality check from IMF. Growth in 2019-20 will be BELOW 5 per cent at 4.8 per cent," Chidambaram said in a series of tweets. "Even the 4.8 per cent is after some window dressing. I will not be surprised if it goes even lower," the former finance minister said.

IMF Chief Economist Gopinath was one of the first to denounce demonetisation, he noted. "I suppose we must prepare ourselves for an attack by government ministers on the IMF and Dr Gita Gopinath," Chidambaram said.

The IMF lowered India's economic growth estimate for the current fiscal to 4.8 per cent and listed the country's much lower-than-expected GDP numbers as the single biggest drag on its global growth forecast for two years.

In October, the IMF had pegged India economic growth at 6.1 per cent for 2019.

Listing decline in rural demand growth and an overall credit sluggishness for lowering of India forecasts, Gopinath, however, had said the growth momentum should improve next year due to factors like positive impact of corporate tax rate reduction.

 
 
 



From attacking Prashant Bhushan to getting a BJP ticket: The rise of Tajinder Singh Bagga


From attacking Prashant Bhushan to getting a BJP ticket: The rise of Tajinder Singh Bagga

The received wisdom across the aisle – barring some who still rely upon Google trends to predict elections – is that AAP is going to sweep the Delhi Election 2020.

Right-wing publication Swarajya already has a piece on what BJP can learn from Kejriwal, and early-bird polls give AAP anything between 54-64 seats in the 70-seat assembly.

The BJP’s Delhi handle appears to have given up any hope of a contest and is content on sharing old Artist vs Art memes, some of which are blatantly communal. But everyone who has been on social media over the last decade will be watching one ticket holder with keen interest. In a case of social media fame finally catching up win the real world, raconteur Tajinder Singh Bagga – who was left out of the first list by BJP leading to much mirth among his opponents – was handed a ticket by BJP to contest from the Hari Nagar seat.

 
 

Bagga had been roundly mocked for not getting a ticket during the first round with his Twitter nemeses going to town, joking that the only ticket he got was a cancelled one for Chapaak.


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Shah ji " arre #DontCryBagga , office aa ja, main deta hoon ticket "

Bagga " wow sir, coming "

*Goes to Shah's office 

Shah ji " Ye le #Tanhaji ke 15 ticket, PVR ke baahar baant diyo "

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Who exactly is Tajinder Singh Bagga?

For the uninitiated, Bagga has been notorious in the capital’s political firmament, fomenting trouble from place to place. In 2011, before he was officially part of the BJP, he led an organisation called the Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena and attacked SC advocate Prashant Bhushan tweeting proudly: “"We hit Prashant Bhushan hard in his chamber in Supreme Court. If u will try to break my nation, I will break ur heads.”

He had been detained for the incident. The incident had been condemned by a host of senior BJP leaders including LK Advani and Rajnath Singh and Bagga even claimed he had left the BJP’s youth wing to foment trouble from outside.

By 2015, Bagga had risen enough to be one of the 150 social media influencers who met PM Modi at his official residence and in 2017 he was made Delhi spokesman.

Over the years, Bagga has gotten what Margaret Thatcher called the ‘oxygen of publicity’, dominating Twitter feeds which these days tend to become mainstream news. He also eschewed threats of violence with juvenile social media mocking often writing stuff like: “Leftists are terrorists. Leftists murdered millions.”


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He has often been accused of sharing fake news. Recently, he claimed former JNU scholar Umar Khalid had raised 'Hinduon se azaadi' slogans, a claim debunked by Alt News.

Despite being debunked, the tweet continues to be RTed on his social media feed.


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Muslim and Leftists students in Mumbai again Raised Slogans "Hinduo se Aazadi" but this time not in Jamia or JNU , they raised Hinduo se Aazadi Slogans at Gateway of India Mumbai. Will @MumbaiPolice @OfficeofUT take action or support this goons Silently ?

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Umar Khalid had slammed him saying: “Find a better lie.”

Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor had also slammed him for the video, saying ‘shame wasn’t in his DNA’.

Earlier, he was in the news for selling Kashmir Human shield t-shirts. The incident which shocked the nation when a Kashmiri was tied to a jeep by Major Gogoi, even though the instance of human rights abuse became a cause celebre among the right.

Bagga defended the t-shirt which had the slogan: “Indian Army saving your ass whether you like it or not.”

In recent days, he was in the news for his vehement opposition to Deepika Padukone after she stood in solidarity with Aishe Ghosh. He also clashed with Swara Bhasker – mocking her masturbation scene – which led the actor and JNU alumni to reply: “Don’t flatter yourself Baggey!”

Interestingly, AAP had dropped Hari Nagar sitting MLA Jagdeep Singh and replaced him with Rajkumar Dhillon. Dhillon claims he was dropped for objections to the party considering a coalition with Congress during the 2019 Lok Sabha Election. Hari Nagar is a Delhi constituency with a high Sikh population and is a seat that was contested by the joint BJP-SAD candidate in 2013.

However, with no alliance over disagreements over CAA-NRC and SAD refusing to contest, it would be interesting to see if Bagga’s online notoriety converts into votes in the real world. After all, being popular on Twitter, isn’t the same as garnering votes in the real world. Ask Jeremy Corbyn.




Who is Sunil Yadav? The BJP candidate to contest against Arvind Kejriwal


Who is Sunil Yadav? The BJP candidate to contest against Arvind Kejriwal

The BJP, on Tuesday, released the second list of candidates for the Delhi Assembly polls, fielding state Yuva Morcha President Sunil Yadav from the New Delhi constituency against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

A day after fielding Sunil Yadav against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BJP is now considering a fresh candidate, reported news agency ANI. Sources in the party confirmed that Sunil Yadav, the BJP candidate announced in the list will be replaced, reported ANI.

The list was announced after midnight following the announcement of Siromani Akali Dal (SAD) to not contest the Delhi polls in alliance with the BJP due to its stand on the Citizenship Amendment Act. The list of 10 candidates came hours before the filing of nomination closes on Tuesday.

According to the list, Delhi BJP spokesperson Tajinderpal Singh Bagga has been fielded from Hari Nagar and party's Purvanchal Morcha President Manish Singh would contest from the Delhi Cantonment constituency. The BJP announced its candidates on all four seats that traditionally went to its ally SAD in the previous Assembly elections in Delhi.

So who is Sunil Yadav?

Late last night, the BJP released its final list and named Sunil Yadav from the New Delhi Assembly constituency. Yadav is a young face, who is the state President of the Delhi unit of the BJP's Yuva Morcha -- Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.

Yadav is also a social worker and an advocate by profession. He started his political career as the 'Mandal president' of Yuva Morcha. He then went on to become the district President, Delhi General Secretary and Delhi Secretary of the Yuva Morcha. The saffron party is banking on his youth appeal while putting him against one of the most formidable candidates of this poll season -- Kejriwal.

 
 
 



After Modi govt's cold-shoulder to Jeff Bezos, BJP functionary gets into a Twitter spat with The Washington Post


After Modi govt's cold-shoulder to Jeff Bezos, BJP functionary gets into a Twitter spat with The Washington Post



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