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Assaulted at Kejri house, says Chief Secy; MLA detainedIAS association secretary Manisha Saxena (green sari) and other IAS officers take out a candlelight march from Rajghat to Delhi secretariat over alleged manhandling of Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.

Assaulted at Kejri house, says Chief Secy; MLA detained

AAP says charges baseless I BJP wants Delhi CM to quit21 Feb 2018 | 2:27 AM

NEW DELHI:With Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash lodging an FIR for an alleged assault on him by ruling Aam Aadmi Party MLAs at the residence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal late last night, where he had gone for a meeting, the issue appears to have snowballed into a major controversy.

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New Delhi, February 20

With Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash lodging an FIR for an alleged assault on him by ruling Aam Aadmi Party MLAs at the residence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal late last night, where he had gone for a meeting, the issue appears to have snowballed into a major controversy.

AAP legislator Prakash Jarwal, who along with MLA Ajay Dutt alleged that Anshu Prakash “abused” and made “casteist” remarks against them, was detained tonight in connection with the alleged assault, police said. He was picked up from his house at Deoli. “There is a possibility he will be arrested later,” sources said.

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The BJP has demanded Kejriwal’s resignation, while the Congress termed the incident an “administrative and constitutional crisis” and sought an apology from the Chief Minister.

Anshu Prakash alleged the “premeditated” assault on him was a “conspiracy” of those present at a meeting. He alleged that Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and 11-12 AAP MLAs present at the meeting threatened to “implicate” him in false cases if the issue of releasing TV advertisements about the AAP government’s achievements was not resolved. He was roughed up, he alleged.

The CM’s office has, however, termed his allegations “bizarre and baseless”. Sisodia said the allegations were “ludicrous”.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sought a report from Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. After meeting a delegation of officers, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Civil servants should be allowed to work with dignity and without fear. I am deeply pained... justice will be done.” 

Members of the IAS officers’ association met Baijal and later said they would boycott all meetings convened by Kejriwal and his Cabinet colleagues till the CM apologised. 

In an email to the Commissioner of Police, Dutt demanded an FIR against Anshu Prakash. He said he had asked the CS about complaints regarding ration distribution in his constituency (Ambedkar Nagar), but the latter misbehaved and left the meeting.

The Delhi secretariat reportedly witnessed chaos as Environment Minister Imran Hussain was mobbed by the staff. The police had to escort the minister to his office. The minister later filed a complaint alleging assault.  Meanwhile, the IAS officers’ associations of Punjab and Haryana have condemned the “assault”. — TNS/PTI

PNB ‘stray case’,  blame lack of ethics: FM

PNB ‘stray case’, blame lack of ethics: FM

21 Feb 2018 | 2:34 AM

NEW DELHI:Breaking his silence over the Rs 11,400-crore fraud detected in Punjab National Bank (PNB), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today blamed lack of ethics in a section of business, auditors and bank management for the challenges being faced by the banking system.

Ammonia cylinder blast  in Rajpura factory kills 3

Ammonia cylinder blast in Rajpura factory kills 3

21 Feb 2018 | 2:27 AM

RAJPURA:Three persons were killed and 11 injured after an ammonia gas cylinder exploded at Himalaya Fresh Protein Factory on the Ghanaur-Shambhu road in Sandharsi village this morning.

Pvt firms can mine coal commercially

Pvt firms can mine coal commercially

21 Feb 2018 | 2:27 AM

NEW DELHI:The government today launched its most ambitious big-bang reform in the coal sector by opening up commercial coal mining to private sector companies.

Top hospitals made 200-2000% profits: Report

Top hospitals made 200-2000% profits: Report

21 Feb 2018 | 2:27 AM

NEW DELHI:Top private hospitals in Delhi and National Capital Region have been clocking profit margins ranging from 200 to over 2000 per cent on drugs, diagnostics and consumables being billed to patients.

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Kamal’s party launch today, Stalin dubs him ‘paper flower sans scent’

21 Feb 2018 | 2:24 AM

MADURAI/CHENNAI:Actor Kamal Haasan arrived here to a rousing welcome on the eve of the launch of his political party on Wednesday even as DMK working president MK Stalin appeared to take a dig at film personalities taking a plunge into politics saying paper flowers which do not have fragrance will bloom during a season but they will wither very soon.

India above China for biz: Trump Jr

India above China for biz: Trump Jr

21 Feb 2018 | 2:24 AM

NEW DELHI:Donald Trump Junior, the eldest son of US President Donald Trump, today said India is “substantially above board” for business compared to China, and reforms underway will help attract investments to Asia’s third largest economy from countries like the US.

Nod to 156 more BMPs for Army

Nod to 156 more BMPs for Army

21 Feb 2018 | 2:34 AM

NEW DELHI:The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, met here today and okayed the purchase of 156 infantry-carrying vehicles — popularly known by their Russian acronym BMP.

Stringent law  to check ponzi, unregulated deposits soon?

Stringent law to check ponzi, unregulated deposits soon?

21 Feb 2018 | 2:28 AM

NEW DELHI:In order to check ponzi schemes, the government today proposed a stringent law to punish those who raise funds through unregulated deposits.

India conducts trial of N-capable Agni-II

India conducts trial of N-capable Agni-II

21 Feb 2018 | 2:28 AM

BALASORE (ODISHA):India today test-fired its medium range nuclear-capable Agni-II missile with a strike range of 2,000 km from Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast, defence sources said.

Frame policy to stop stubble burning: NGT

Frame policy to stop stubble burning: NGT

21 Feb 2018 | 2:27 AM

NEW DELHI:The National Green Tribunal today directed Delhi and four northern states to formulate a comprehensive policy for providing incentives and infrastructural assistance to farmers to stop them from burning crop residue to prevent air pollution.


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Rotomac: Kothari, son in CBI custody

Rotomac: Kothari, son in CBI custody

21 Feb 2018 | 2:24 AM

LUCKNOW:The CBI on Tuesday took Rotomac group directors Vikram Kothari and his son Rahul in custody in the close to Rs 4,000 crore loan default case.

CITY FOCUS

Mohali MC to take up tax waiver to QuarkCity

Mohali MC to take up tax waiver to QuarkCity

21 Feb 2018 | 1:57 AM

MOHALI: The Punjab Government and the Mohali Municipal Corporation are likely to come face to face on the issue of waiving property tax of the QuarkCity India Private Limited project at the Phase 8 Industrial Area here.

State readies red carpet as Trudeau arrives today

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

CHANDIGARH: Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri will receive Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar tomorrow.

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SGPC to keep hardliners at bay

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

AMRITSAR: After his visit to the Golden Temple, Trudeau will meet Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

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Now, no NOC to register property in legal colonies

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

CHANDIGARH: Following a public outcry over its move to seek no-objection certificates (NOCs) from local bodies for registering sale deeds of property, the state government has decided to do away with the condition for people buying property in legal colonies/urban settlements.

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Dabwali fire victims to get Rs 3.42 cr more

Dabwali fire victims to get Rs 3.42 cr more

21 Feb 2018 | 1:02 AM

CHANDIGARH:Victims of the 1995 Dabwali fire tragedy will get about Rs3.42 crore more in compensation. A Dabwali court on Monday directed DAV School, where the fire broke out, to remit the amount before February 28.

Seven shops, ATM reduced to ashes in Lakkar Bazaar

Seven shops, ATM reduced to ashes in Lakkar Bazaar

21 Feb 2018 | 12:47 AM

SHIMLA:Seven shops and an ATM were gutted in a devastating fire that broke out in the congested Lakkar Bazaar area in the heart of Shimla town late last night, destroying property worth crores of rupees.

Sex scam: Special court acquits former DSP

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

CHANDIGARH: Mohammad Yusuf Mir, who was posted as Srinagar Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in 1995, was today acquitted by a special court here in the Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal.

Nod to tunnel for all-weather connectivity to Yamunotri

Nod to tunnel for all-weather connectivity to Yamunotri

21 Feb 2018 | 1:12 AM

NEW DELHI: The Rs 1,384-crore tunnel project has been approved in Uttarakhand as part of the ‘Char Dham’ project to connect Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. The tunnel will reduce the travel distance from Dharasu to Yamunotri by about 20 km and travel time by about an hour.

Bloodiest three days in Syrian war; 200 killed

Bloodiest three days in Syrian war; 200 killed

21 Feb 2018 | 1:32 AM

ARBIN (SYRIA):Air strikes hit Syria’s Eastern Ghouta for a third straight day today, bringing the civilian death toll to nearly 200 as the UN warned the situation in the rebel enclave was spinning “out of control”.

PNB fraud: Moody’s, Fitch warn bank of downgrades

21 Feb 2018 | 12:53 AM

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI:International rating agencies Moody’s Investor Service and Fitch Ratings today warned the scam-hit Punjab National Bank (PNB) of rating downgrades, citing likely networth erosion and widening losses at the second largest state-run lender.

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21 Feb 2018 | 2:13 AM

CENTURION:A ruthless Indian team has only complacency to guard against while a deflated South Africa would be fighting another battle for survival when the two sides clash in the series-deciding second T20I here tomorrow.

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21 Feb 2018 | 2:13 AM

CENTURION:The Indian women’s cricket team would be aiming for a quick recovery from the setback it suffered in the last match when it takes on South Africa in the fourth T20 International here tomorrow.

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Cool Runnings all over again: Jamaican women make debut

21 Feb 2018 | 2:13 AM

PYEONGCHANG:The Jamaican women’s bobsleigh team made their Winter Olympics debut on Tuesday, thirty years after the country’s first appearance at the Games in Calgary.

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