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Uproar over Mufti in LS continuesTV grab of the Opposition protesting in the well of Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI

Uproar over Mufti in LS continues

03 Mar 2015 | 2:55 PM

NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's controversial comments giving credit to Pakistan and the Hurriyat for the peaceful Assembly elections in the state created a furore in Parliament for the second consecutive day on Tuesday morning.

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Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's controversial comments giving credit to Pakistan and the Hurriyat for the peaceful Assembly elections in the state created a furore in Parliament for the second consecutive day on Tuesday morning.

A collective Opposition comprising the Congress, Trinamool Congress, NCP, Aam Aadmi Party and the Left demanded a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They also called for the House passing a resolution condemning Sayeed’s statement.

Sources said back-channel talks were on between the ruling NDA combine and the Opposition to find a way-out to end the impasse. The issue forced two adjournments as the Opposition stormed the Well of the House. A section within the ruling combine, including Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, too thumped his desk at the demand for the resolution.

Raising the matter for the Congress during the Zero Hour, MP from Haryana Deepender Hooda pointed out that Sayeed had again yesterday asserted that he stood by his statement. “Nothing short of a clarification from the PM will suffice,” he said.

The Opposition said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's yesterday’s clarification was not sufficient. Rajnath had said, "The Union Government and the BJP disassociate from the remarks made by the J&K CM."

The Opposition is demanding a clarification on Sayeed’s claim that he had discussed the matter with the Prime Minister before making the statement. The Opposition had refused to accept Rajnath's clarification yesterday as well and had staged a walkout.

 

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Insurance Bill introduced in LS amid protest

03 Mar 2015 | 4:01 PM

A key economic reform bill, providing for raising the FDI cap in insurance sector to 49 per cent, was introduced in Lok Sabha on Tuesday amid stiff opposition by Left and TMC.

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Jaishankar meets Pak's Foreign Secretary

03 Mar 2015 | 3:01 PM

ISLAMABAD: After a seven-month hiatus, India and Pakistan on Tuesday renewed FS-level talks, with Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar meeting with his counterpart Aizaz Chaudhary after arriving here as part of "SAARC yatra".

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Kejriwal hurt over feud in party; to take leave for treatment

03 Mar 2015 | 2:33 PM

NEW DELHI: With the party facing escalated internecine conflict, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said he was "hurt and pained" by what was going on within the outfit, terming it as an "ugly battle" which has "betrayed" the trust imposed by the people.

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Alert sounded in Haryana villages along Yamuna

03 Mar 2015 | 2:41 PM

The authorities in Haryana on Tuesday sounded an alert to residents of villages along the Yamuna river following heavy rainfall in the hills of neighbouring Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

2 jawans killed as avalanche hits check-post in Uttarakhand

03 Mar 2015 | 11:32 AM

DEHRADUN: Two Army jawans were killed while a third is missing after their check-post was hit by an avalanche in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, which has faced heavy snowfall over the last two days.

62% chopper accidents due to human error: Parrikar

62% chopper accidents due to human error: Parrikar

03 Mar 2015 | 1:48 PM

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday cited human error as major cause of helicopter accidents. Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha on the number of helicopter accidents, Parrikar said 62 per cent of the helicopter accidents were due to human error.

Five Indian women on Forbes billionaire list

Five Indian women on Forbes billionaire list

03 Mar 2015 | 3:45 PM

NEW YORK: Five Indian women have made it to the Forbes list of the world's billionaires that saw a record number of women this year, although they still account for just about 11 per cent of the total.

Cong pushed Haryana to bankruptcy: CM

Cong pushed Haryana to bankruptcy: CM

03 Mar 2015 | 1:50 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Government today released a white paper on the state’s economy blaming the previous Congress government for the “financial mess that pushed the state to virtual bankruptcy”.

Una hockey stadium wall falls ahead of inspection

Una hockey stadium wall falls ahead of inspection

03 Mar 2015 | 1:50 AM

UNA: The retaining wall of the hockey stadium in Una collapsed today, just hours before an expert committee set up by the Himachal Government was to arrive for inspecting the Astroturf.

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Cong rejig begins: 5 states get new chiefs, no word on Punjab

03 Mar 2015 | 1:50 AM

NEW DELHI: The process of organisational reshuffle in the Congress started today with new presidents being appointed in five state units — Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana.


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03 Mar 2015 | 3:59 PM

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03 Mar 2015 | 12:38 AM

JALANDHAR: With the Supreme Court yet to pronounce its final verdict on a petition seeking restriction on allotment of liquor vends along the state highways, the excise officials are in a dilemma over various aspects relating to the issue and have not been able to draft the excise policy yet.

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ED chargesheets 12 more in Bhola drug case

03 Mar 2015 | 12:38 AM

PATIALA: Almost a year after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a 1,300-page chargesheet against alleged druglord Jagdish Singh Bhola and seven others, the investigating agency today filed a supplementary chargesheet against 12 more accused in the case.

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Three AAP MPs opposed to Khaira’s inclusion

03 Mar 2015 | 12:38 AM

Chandigarh: The party's move to include Congress spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira into the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) fold has left the state unit divided.

HSGMC a legal entity, Centre should back off , says Jhinda

HSGMC a legal entity, Centre should back off , says Jhinda

03 Mar 2015 | 1:38 AM

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Omar takes dig at BJP-PDP govt over delay in portfolio allocation

03 Mar 2015 | 1:16 PM

SRINAGAR: Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah today took a dig at the BJP-PDP coalition in the state over delay in allocation of portfolios to the sworn ministers, saying they should "stop squabbling and start governing."

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Rain disrupts normal life in state

03 Mar 2015 | 12:38 AM

DEHRADUN: Normal life was affected across Uttarakhand today as incessant rains lashed the state for over 24 hours while the higher reaches of Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Pithoragarh and Uttarkashi districts received snowfall, bringing down the mercury.

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Iraq launches attacks to retake Tikrit

03 Mar 2015 | 12:48 AM

BAGHDAD: Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces today began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the Islamic State, state TV said, a major step in a campaign to reclaim a large swath of territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.

Core sector growth slows to 13-month low of 1.8% in Jan

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03 Mar 2015 | 1:36 AM

NEW DELHI: Growth in eight core industries slowed to 1.8% in January, the lowest in 13 months, which along with a slowdown in the manufacturing sector has raised hopes of a rate cut by RBI.

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03 Mar 2015 | 2:43 PM

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