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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused "previous governments" of ignoring Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's legacy as he flagged off a "Run for Unity" to mark the iconic leader's 142nd birth anniversary.

Without naming the Congress party, which ruled India for decades after independence, PM Modi said: "People earlier tried their best to ensure that the contribution of Sardar Patel was forgotten and diminished...But the people and the youth of India respect him and his contribution towards the building of our nation."

Stressing that the "country should remain one", the Prime Minister talked about Sardar Patel's role in integrating princely states into India after independence."The country that Patel has given, retaining its unity is the responsibility of all Indians. Using his skills and determination Sardar Patel saved India from the problems that emerged soon after Partition...He ensured India did not remain split into small princely states."

PM Modi referred to the nation's first President Rajendra Prasad and said, "His soul will be happy to know that Sardar Patel has not been forgotten."


The Prime Minister also remembered former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 33rd death anniversary.


The 'Run for Unity', which began from the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in Delhi, featured several sports personalities like Sardar Singh, Deepa Karmakar, Suresh Raina and Karnam Malleswari.

The 1.5 km run ended near the India Gate.

Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, PM Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Sardar Patel's statue at a prominent intersection in the heart of Delhi and offered tribute.

Each year, the central government marks Sardar Patel's birth anniversary October 31 as "Rashtriya Ekta Diwas".






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New Delhi: In a sudden change of its tough stand, the Centre on Monday announced its decision to start a dialogue process in Jammu and Kashmir and appointed former Intelligence Bureau (IB) Director Dineshwar Sharma as its representative for talks with "all" stakeholders in the troubled-state.

"Carrying forward the conviction and consistency in its policy, we have decided that a sustained dialogue process should begin in Jammu and Kashmir," Home Minister Rajnath Singh told a hurriedly convened news conference here after having maintained for long that there could be no talks with the separatist Hurriyat.


"As a representative of the government of India Sharma will initiate a sustained interaction and dialogue to understand legitimate aspirations of people in Jammu and Kashmir. He will meet elected representatives, political parties, different organisations and individuals he wants to.

"The sustained dialogue and interaction with all sections of the society and to understand the legitimate aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly its youth.

"Now what we will do for Jammu and Kashmir, will do with clean intention."

Asked whether the interlocutor, who will have cabinet rank, would hold talks with Hurriyat leaders, Rajnath Singh appeared not to rule out such a possibility, saying Sharma had a mandate to hold a dialogue "with anyone he wants".

The Centre had been maintaining a tough Kashmir policy and had ruled out talks with separatists in recent months.

The Home Minister said after completing the exercise, Sharma, a 1979 batch IPS officer with intimate knowledge of the security situation and Kashmir affairs, will give a report to the Centre. Sharma was Director of IB from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016.

Earlier, he was the Joint Director of the IB's Islamist Terrorism Desk from 2003 to 05. He headed the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Jammu and Kashmir and was the director of the BSF Academy, and Additional Director and Special Director in the IB.

Replying to questions, the minister said no time limit could be set whether it is three months or six months or more. "He can talk to any one he wants."

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had talked to all political parties as to what could be done to find a solution to Kashmir problems.

"People told us that the dialogue process should be started. We are doing this," he said and recalled the Prime Minister's August 15 speech saying "neither by bullet, nor by abuses but by embracing the people we can solve the problems in Jammu and Kashmir".

Asked about the status of the resignation reportedly given by Governor N.N. Vohra and whether it would be accepted in the new context, Rajnath Singh merely replied that the elected government is there and the Governor is there.





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New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh has taken up the issue of the killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, former Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma said today. 

"Union Home Minister Singh has taken up the matter of the brutal killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana with Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh," said Sharma in a release here. Sharma claimed he had earlier taken up the issue with the Union Minister here.

Sharma said that Rajnath Singh spoke to Capt. Amarinder Singh during his visit to the Hussainiwala Border in Ferozepur today.

Rajnath Singh told the Punjab chief minister to get the matter thoroughly investigated in a speedy manner, Sharma said.

Two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants shot dead the senior Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader in the Kailash Nagar locality here today, the police said.

Gosain, 60, was returning home after attending a morning drill (RSS shakha) when he was attacked, they said.

Gosain died on the spot and the attackers fled, police said.

The Union Home Minister was here for inauguration of the newly constructed viewers' gallery at the Indo-Pakistan joint check post at Hussaniwala here.

Rajnath Singh and the Punjab chief minister paid floral tributes at the memorial of freedom fighters - Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev, officials said.

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New Delhi: A wide range of dynamic themes with 16 million colour combinations lit up the Raisina Hills two iconic buildings - North Block and the South Block Wednesday evening. The iconic buildings were lit by the oldest employee of the government Mr Mahipal Singh.

"He is from Uttarakhand and has served the government for 42 years. He switched on the lights," a senior ministry explained.

"The system is capable of providing both volume and focus lighting to highlight the architectural features of the historical buildings, a fine blend of the traditional Indian and British architecture," he added.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan lights would start functioning within next the next three months.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman attended the inauguration of the new lighting system.

The lighting system, which is equipped with dimming feature to reduce the electrical load, will be on between 7pm and 5am with colours changing every few seconds.

At present, these buildings are illuminated on Republic and Independence Days with static lighting. This system covers an area of 16,750 square metres.
The new dynamic facade lighting, which will cover an area of 21,450 square metres, will mesmerise the visitors with full-capacity lighting between 8 pm to 9 pm.

The annual saving on account of new lighting with respect to replacement, maintenance and operation costs will be Rs. 86.40 lakh.

The life of the new LED light fittings is expected to be over one lakh burning hours, coming to about 25 years as against only 10,000 burning hours for the existing system.

The energy consumption of the new system will cost Rs. 8.40 lakh per year, the official said, adding it would be "much less" as compared to the conventional lighting.

The initial investment of Rs. 15.40 crore for the new system will be recovered in six to seven years as against the costs being incurred every year now, the official said.

The initiative will add the two buildings to the league of other historical sites - like the Eiffel Tower in Paris - which are lit up everyday.






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New Delhi: Yashwant Sinha's ruthless smackdown of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is motivated by his frustration, which he shares along with another sidelined leader, Arun Shourie, said sources from the BJP today, asking not to be named.

Writing in the Indian Express today, Mr Sinha, the country's former finance minister, indicted Mr Jaitley for making a "mess" of the economy, which, he says, owes its ruin partly to the hurried introduction of the national sales tax, the GST, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's shock ban last year of high-denomination notes. Mr Sinha warns that the rural distress which has farmers caught in debt, will worsen. "The prime minister claims that he has seen poverty from close quarters. His finance minister is working over-time to make sure that all Indians also see it from equally close quarters," says the veteran leader.

Mr Jaitley has not commented on the controversy yet.

But the government defended its handling of the economy. "India's record is well known across the world. It is one of the fastest growing economies," said Home Minister Rajnath Singh. "Under the decisive leadership of PM Modi, India has become the world's fastest-growing economy for three years in a row," said union minister Piyush Goyal, who highlighted the new Goods and Services Tax as among "unprecedented reforms."
Other BJP leaders, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the slump in India reflects a global slowdown and that it's unfair to assess the economy as in crisis only on the performance of the last quarter, when it declined to 5.7 per cent, its lowest in three years.

Mr Sinha's son, Jayant Sinha, is a minister in PM Modi's government. In 2014, after Prime Minister Modi's whopping victory, he was marginalised along with senior leaders including LK Advani, seen as punishment for opposing Mr Modi being named their party's presumptive prime minister.

BJP sources today suggested that it's this involuntary retirement that Mr Sinha is seeking to avenge. They claimed that the GST, which replaces a jumble of central and state tariffs, and demonetisation, will both deliver strong long-term results.





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New Delhi: The Rohingyas are illegal immigrants and not refugees who have applied for asylum in India, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today. 

Addressing a seminar organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Singh asked why some people were objecting to the deportation of Rohingyas when Myanmar was ready to accept them. 


"The Rohingyas are not refugees. They have not come here after following proper procedures. No Rohingya has applied for asylum. They are illegal immigrants," he said.

Rohingyas are minority Muslims in western Myanmar and have been fleeing their homes following an army crackdown on their villages that has left hundreds dead.

The home minister also said that India would not violate any international law by deporting Rohingyas as it was not a signatory to the UN Refugees Convention 1951.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, described by the UN as the most persecuted minority in the world, fled their homes in Rakhine state recently to escape a military crackdown. It seemed a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing", UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has said.

Human rights group Amnesty International has blamed Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the country's government for "burying their heads in the sand over the horrors unfolding in Rakhine State".

The Indian government told Parliament on August 9 that more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, are at present staying in India. However, aid agencies estimate that there are about 40,000 Rohingya Muslims in the country.

The NHRC recently issued a notice to the Centre over its plan to deport Rohingyas, who are residing in various parts of India.

According to the Commission, from the human rights angle its "intervention is appropriate" in the matter.

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New Delhi: An overhaul of the BJP Parliamentary Board, the highest-decision making body in the party, and the Central Election Committee (CEC) is on the cards with the exit of M. Venkaiah Naidu after his election as the country's Vice President.

Speculation is rife over the possible induction of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and General Secretary Ram Madhav into the Parliamentary Board.


After becoming Vice President, Naidu is no longer a Bharatiya Janata Party member and hence his elevation to the second top constitutional post has caused vacancies in both the bodies.

Sources in the BJP said party President Amit Shah wants to replace Naidu with a south Indian face and is believed to have mooted the name of Sitharaman. But this has not gone well with a section of top leaders, who feel they have not been taken into confidence on the issue.

This section is also miffed that it was not consulted when former Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey was appointed the Uttar Pradesh BJP chief.

The issue also figured in a meeting on Wednesday evening of senior leaders including Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

The 11-member Parliamentary Board chaired by Shah has Prime Minister Narendra Modi, union ministers Rajnath Singh, Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, Thawarchand Gehlot, Jagat Prakash Nadda, Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister) and General secretary (organisation) Ram Lal as its members.

According to the BJP constitution, the National Executive of the party constitutes the Parliamentary Board consisting of the party president and 10 others, including the leader of the party in Parliament, as members.

The Chairman of the Board would be the President and one of the General Secretaries would be nominated by the BJP President to act as the board Secretary.

Shah had earlier reconstituted the Board when he became the BJP President. He had dropped party veterans -- former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani and former President and union minister Murli Manohar Joshi -- from the body.

Shah had inducted Shivraj Singh Chouhan and J.P. Nadda to the Board. Nadda was then BJP's General Secretary and nominated by Shah. Nadda is Secretary of the Parliamentary Board. Nadda later joined the Modi cabinet.

Under the BJP constitution, Shah would have to nominate one among the present general secretaries as Secretary of the Board. Among the eight general secretaries, Ram Madhav, also from the south, looks like being selected for the job, the sources said.

Shah also needs to reconstitute the CEC, which finalises the names of candidates for elections to state assemblies, Parliament and other bodies. Naidu was also a member of the CEC.

Reconstitution of these top bodies looks imminent as seven states -- Gujarat, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram -- are due to go to the polls.

The BJP Parliamentary Board also decides on questions like whether the party goes to polls with a Chief Ministerial face or without it.

Shah was elected unopposed as the BJP President in January 2016 for a second term, this time for a full tenure of three years.

Since then, Shah has been working with his old team. Shah had earlier completed Home Minister Rajnath Singh's interrupted tenure as BJP President from July 2014.

Another area where Shah is likely to focus attention is on the reconstitution of office bearers in the BJP headquarters here.





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Srinagar:  One Border Security Force (BSF) trooper was killed and a civilian injured on Friday after Pakistani troopers resorted to heavy firing on Indian posts along the international border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Pakistan violated ceasefire around 1 a.m. They resorted to firing and shelling using small and heavy weapons on the IB in Arnia sub-sector at Nikowal, Budhwar, Buley-Chak, S.H. Beh and Shahnaz forward posts," a police officer said.

BSF constable Bajinder Bahadur of the 192 battalion was critically injured at Shahnaz post. He succumbed while being shifted to a hospital. Bahadur was a resident of Uttar Pradesh.

One civilian was also hit. "At 6 a.m., Ajay Kumar received a bullet injury in his right leg, just outside his house. He was shifted to a hospital," the officer said.

Kumar, 37, is a resident of Pawal Arnia.

"Heavy firing exchanges are going on as BSF troopers retaliated unprovoked, indiscriminate firing by Pakistan," the police officer said at around 11.15 a.m.

Panic has gripped scores of border residents living in villages close to the international border of R.S. Pura in Jammu.

The authorities have kept emergency services ready to meet any eventuality.





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NEW DELHI: Self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, held guilty of raping two women followers by a court in Haryana's Panchkula today, found strong support in BJP lawmaker Sakshi Maharaj, who said the chief of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect is being "harassed." 30 people have died and about 250 are injured in violence that erupted after the court's verdict, in Panchkula and in Sirsa, where the Dera is headquartered.


"One person has complained of rape against Ram Rahim. Crores others believe he is God. Who do you think is right?" Sakshi Maharaj said, alleging a "conspiracy to defame not only Ram Rahim and other saints, but also Indian culture."

The BJP member of parliament has also warned that "if even bigger incidents take place, court will also be responsible not just Dera people," saying, "There is so much of ruckus over it, law and order has been disturbed, people are dying...Shouldn't this be a consideration?" Ram Rahim, he said, "is a simple man so he is being harassed."
More than a lakh followers of Ram Rahim had gathered in Panchkula ahead of the verdict and as the court convicted the Dera chief, his supporters threw stones, smashed and burned vehicles and trains and clashed with police in the city, about 11 km from Chandigarh. The Army was called in to regain control of Panchkula and also in Sirsa, where too there were clashes and several buildings were set on fire.

Ram Rahim's followers also set fire to two train stations in Punjab and burned two buses and two train coaches in Delhi. The capital is on high alert and large gatherings have been banned in several areas.

The Dera chief was flown out by helicopter to Haryana's Rohtak where he has been lodged in a makeshift jail. He had arrived in Panchkula today in a 200-car convoy, traveling in bullet proof car from Sirsa. He will be sentenced on Monday.




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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday condemned the violence that broke out in Haryana following the conviction of controversial godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a rape case and urged everyone to maintain peace.

"The instances of violence today are deeply distressing. I strongly condemn the violence and urge everyone to maintain peace," he said in series of tweets.


Later in the evening, PM Modi tweeted:





The law and order situation is being closely monitored. I reviewed the situation with the NSA (National Security Advisor Ajit Doval) and Home Secretary (Rajiv Mehrishi)," he said, adding that he has urged officials to "work round the clock to restore normalcy and provide all possible assistance that is required".

At least 30 people were killed as security forces fired at rampaging mobs in Panchkula in Haryana after a court held Dera Sacha Sauda chief guilty of rape and sexual exploitation.




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