Live: Congress says BJP is spreading 'communalitis'

Last Updated: Fri, Jun 28, 2013 10:52 hrs

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Congress says BJP is spreading 'communalitis'

Hitting back at BJP chief Rajnath Singh over his comments that Congress is spreading "secularitis" in the country, Union Minister Manish Tewari today said BJP spreads "communalitis, sectarianitis, fundamentalistitis and obscurantistites."

"BJP - Cong spreading secularitis! BJP spreads communalitis, sectarianitis, fundamentalistitis and obscurantistites. What ites helps idea of India?(sic)" The Information and Broadcasting minister wrote on Twitter.

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Four suspended after attack on Salem

A jail officer and three policemen were suspended from duty on Friday after gangster Abu Salem, who is an accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, was attacked inside the Taloja Central Jail in Navi Mumbai on Thursday.

Another inmate, Devendra Jagtap, who was arrested in connection with the murder case of an advocate named Shahid Azmi, shot Salem and injured him on the arm at around 8:30 pm on Thursday.

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Delhi Police arrests  main bookie Jeetu in IPL spot fixing scam

Delhi Police has arrested Jitendra Singh alias Jeetu, alleged main bookie in IPL spot fixing scam on Friday. He was arrested from Ahmedabad and will be produced in the Saket Court. Chandresh Patel, who was arrested earlier by the Delhi Police, was working with Jitendra.

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Aditya Pancholi booked for punching, assaulting neighbour

For the second time in two months, Bollywood actor Aditya Pancholi is in trouble for allegedly punching and assaulting his neighbour on Thursday, police said on Friday.

This time, Pancholi, 48, has been booked - but not arrested yet - for attacking his 55-year-old neighbour and educationist Bhargav Patel, an official of the Versova police station said.

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Sri Lanka releases former LTTE women's wing leader

Sri Lanka has released the former head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's women political wing after undergoing a one-year rehabilitation programme, the defence ministry said today.

Subramaniam Sivathai alias Thamalini was handed over to her parents at the Poonthottam Rehabilitation Centre in Vavuniya yesterday, said Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Brigadier Dharshana Hettiarachchi.

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No Champions Trophy hangover, insists Dhoni

It has not even been a week since India won the Champions Trophy but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the team is done with the celebrations and firmly focussed on the tri-series against West Indies and Sri Lanka starting here today.

"The demands remain the same. The expectation when it comes to the Indian cricket team has always been the same," Dhoni said at the launch of the Celkon Mobile Cup here.

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Sujata Singh to replace Shiv Shankar Menon as India's Foreign Secretary.

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A Pawan Hans chopper has made a hard landing in Harsil, reports NDTV. There have been no casualties reported.

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Naked man steals from Chennai homes

The Hindu:
A thief, operating naked, has created a stir on Parthasarathy Garden Street and adjoining TTK Road in Alwarpet for over nine months now.

The man stole LPG cylinders, clothes, kitchen and other household items from houses in the area. The streets where the thief had allegedly struck are less than a kilometre away from the residence of the State Chief Minister.

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Rescue operations pick pace as weather clears in Uttarakhand

With the weather improving, the rescue operations in Uttarakhand today picked up pace, with 17 choppers being flown to evacuate people still stranded at various locations.

Mass cremation of bodies in Kedarnath, the worst-affected in flood fury, was on, as authorities were racing against time to minimise risks of epidemic outbreak.

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Reporter claims Modi’s ‘15,000’ rescue figure came from BJP itself

The Hindu:
For three days running, there was no reaction from the Bharatiya Janata Party to reports that the Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, had evacuated ‘15,000 Gujaratis’ from Uttarakhand in the course of a two-day visit to the hill State. But with doubts growing over how such a feat was achieved, if it was achievable at all, the party finally broke its silence on Wednesday. BJP president Rajnath Singh said he had spoken to Mr. Modi who denied making any such claim. Mr. Singh also wondered at the source for the figure of 15,000. “Where did this come from”? he asked.

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DU cut-off list: Colleges keep hopes alive with promise of second list

With Delhi University (DU) setting high cut-offs once again, students scrambled for seats on the first day of admissions. Colleges held out hope, saying several courses might see a second list.

Ram Lal Anand College, which kept the cut-off for BTech in Computer Science at 95-100 per cent, admitted 86 students for 630 seats.

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Man arrested for attempting to rape teenager in Howrah

A man was today arrested from the Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU) campus at Shibpur in Howrah district for allegedly attempting to rape a 16-year-old girl, police sources said.

The 32-year-old man, identified as Tapash Biswas, was arrested for allegedly attempting to rape the girl in a common bathroom of the quarters of the casual employees of BESU, the sources said.

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Boston suspect downloaded bomb instructions

Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev downloaded bomb-making instructions from an al-Qaida magazine, gathered online material on Islamic jihad and martyrdom and later scrawled anti-American messages inside the boat where he lay wounded, a federal indictment charged Thursday.

The 30-count indictment contains the bombing charges, punishable by the death penalty, that were brought in April against the 19-year-old Tsarnaev, including use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill.

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Snowden could request asylum in Russia, says official

The former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has a chance to receive political asylum from Moscow if he requests it, a Russian official said Thursday.

"It can be considered by the president if Mr. Snowden files such a request," reported Xinhua citing Mikhail Fedotov, head of the Russian Presidential Human Rights Council.

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US begins sending arms for Syrian rebels

The central intelligence agency (CIA) has started sending weapons to Jordan with a view to arming small groups of vetted Syrian rebels within a month, a US media report said.

The CIA is expected to spend up to three weeks bringing light arms and possibly anti-tank missiles to Jordan, reported Wall Street Journal citing diplomats and US officials briefed on the plans Thursday.

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US Senate approves landmark immigration bill

The US Senate passed a landmark comprehensive immigration bill Thursday, which tops President Barack Obama's second-term agenda and advances to even greater uncertainties in the House of Representatives.

US Vice President Joe Biden, who presided the roll call from the Senate's dais, Thursday afternoon announced that the bill had been approved by 68 to 32 in the 100-member chamber, more than the majority needed to send the measure to the House, Xinhua reported.

The Senate bill now may serve as the biggest boost in decades for the issue of immigration overhaul to become legislation, but is well expected to meet greater resistance from the House.

The immigration overhaul provides 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the country with an earned path to citizenship, which has been opposed by many Republicans in the lower chamber of US Congress.

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