Will produce fresh evidence against Khurshid: Kejriwal
India Against Corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal today said his organisation will produce fresh evidence against Law Minister Salman Khurshid, whom he has accused of forgery and embezzlement of funds through an NGO with which he and his wife are associated.
"We will produce fresh evidence against Salman Khurshid at 11 a.m. Monday," Kejriwal said hours after Khurshid produced pictures and documents to prove camps were held for the disabled in Uttar Pradesh, for which the funds were utilised.
The minister also rebutted allegations of forgery and embezzlement of funds against an NGO with which he and his wife are associated.
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Malala's injured friends vow to continue studies
Kainat and Shazia, friends and fellow students of Pakistani teenaged rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who were also injured in the recent Taliban attack on her, have vowed to defy the militants and continue their studies.
Undeterred by the attack earlier in the week, Kainat told Geo News she wants to become a doctor to serve the country.
The 14-year-old Malala and her two friends were shot at in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province while they were returning home from school. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the shooting that sparked outrage across the world.
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Kingfisher management calls striking employees for meeting tomorrow
Beleaguered Kingfisher airlines, which has declared a lockout till October 20, will hold a meeting with the employees' representatives on Monday in Mumbai to resolve the deadlock over non-payment of salary dues.
Airline CEO Sanjay Aggarwal has written a letter calling employees for the meeting, airline sources said.
Now shop on Shatabdi trains
Long journeys on premier Shatabdi trains are set to get interesting with the Railways deciding to introduce onboard shopping facility for a range of luxury products.
Perfumes, skincare products, handbags, watches and exquisite jewellery among other gift items will be available on sale in Shatabdi trains in Executive Class and Chair Cars, a senior Railway Ministry official said.
For chocolate lovers, trolleys showcasing luxury items will have a range of chocolates, the official said. Besides, there will also be souvenirs associated with railways on offer for Shatabdi passengers.
They are Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Virbhadra Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vice president Shanta Kumar.
Singh is a five-time chief minister and struggling to get to the helm for the sixth time. Kumar is a two-time chief minister and has already announced his retirement from state politics.
Political observers say both Singh and Kumar still call the shots in politics. Efforts have been made to sideline them, but their stature is in their favour.
"Raja saheb (as Singh is popularly known) this time bargained hard with the party leadership to make his presence actively felt in state politics. For this, he fought on two fronts: elections should again be conducted under his leadership and, secondly, he should have a say in ticket allocation. He got his way," said a Congress leader, not wanting to be named.
Salman Khurshid should resign: Kejriwal
Launching another attack on Law Minister Salman Khurshid Sunday, India Against Corruption (IAC) activist Arvind Kejriwal again demanded the union minister's resignation.
Kejriwal has charged the minister with corruption, saying that the NGO, Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, run by his wife Louise Khurshid, siphoned off funds meant for the physically disabled.
Saying that the allegations were made on the basis of a probe done by the Uttar Pradesh government, Kejriwal asked whether Khurshid would resign from politics if the charges are proved to be true.
"If disabled people did not benefit from the trust, then will he resign and give up politics," Kejriwal asked.
"He must announce his resignation today (Sunday)," Kejriwal said.
Afghan govt. condemns Imran Khan for 'jihad' statement
The Afghan government has strongly condemned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan for his statement where he termed the ongoing war in Afghanistan against foreign troops 'jihad'.
"This is clear interference in Afghanistan's internal affairs. We urge the Pakistani government to arrest people who support the Taliban," The Express Tribune quoted Farhad Azimi, deputy secretary of the Afghan parliament, as saying.
Veteran journalist and political analyst Fahim Dashti said this is not the first time Imran has given such a 'negative' statement about Afghanistan.
"It is a political slogan through which Imran wants to gain more support. Clearly this is neither fair nor logical," Dashti said.
Those who consider terrorism a threat would never support Imran in this stance, Dashti said, adding that the Afghan people had high expectations from Imran when the PTI emerged as a strong political entity, but he proved to be a conventional politician.
"The war in Afghanistan is not jihad. This is a war by terrorists against Afghanistan, its people and the entire international community," said Hamid Zazai, managing director of Mediothek, an Afghan-German NGO.
He alleged that Imran is receiving support from the Taliban, and that by making such statements, he is just "paving the way for stronger Taliban support than what he is enjoying now".