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1975: A Haunting Tyranny

India, June 25 -- At the stroke of midnight on June 25, 1975, the idea of India was dealt a lethal blow when a presidential proclamation, at the behest of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, declared a state of internal Emergency and India lost its freedom to authoritarianism. A Surya Prakash's book, in his own words, provides readers some case studies from independent India's darkest political era which illustrate the terrible woes that befall a ... Read More


G Noida chairman orders probe into leaseback scam

GREATER NOIDA, June 24 -- The Greater Noida authority's chairman Dr Prabhat Kumar has appointed two IAS officers to probe the alleged land leaseback scam.

The scam pertains to leaseback of residential land to non-farmers in violation of norms.

Leaseback implies that the authority (government) had returned the notified land back to farmers.

The authority had mistakenly acquired parts of residential land owned by farmers for development and o... Read More


Srinagar: Two terrorists holed up inside DPS, Sec 144 imposed

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), June 24 -- With two terrorists holed up inside the Delhi Public School building in Srinagar's Pantha Chowk, restrictions under Section 144 have been imposed from Jammu and Kashmir's Ram Munshi Bagh to Sempora.

"Restrictions under Sec 144 imposed from Ram Munshi Bagh to Sempora (around Pantha Chowk attack site) with immediate effect," Srinagar's Deputy Commissioner Farooq Ahmad Lone told ANI.

Earlier in the day, one... Read More


PM Narendra Modi to be first world leader to have White House dinner with President Trump

Washington, June 24 -- The United States' new administration plans to "roll out a red-carpet welcome" to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will be the first foreign leader for whom President Donald Trump would host a working dinner at the White House. The dinner is first of its kind under Trump administration. Modi, who left for Portugal on the three-nation tour today, will arrive in Washington DC on June 25 on a two-day visit and will hav... Read More


Day after farmers' unrest near Mumbai, villagers say police vandalised homes, vehicles

Kalyan, June 24 -- A day after angry farmers clashed with the police at Nevali village near Kalyan, residents of the village alleged that police personnel on patrol duty damaged their vehicles and broke windows of homes.

While the police maintain that these are "rumours" being spread by a few villagers, the residents claim CCTV cameras in the lanes captured the acts of vandalism by the police early on Friday. They said after they saw the damage ... Read More


Chandwa recalls association with Babuji and Meira, call Nitish spoilsport

India, June 24 -- People at Chandwa, the birthplace of former deputy prime minister Jagjiwan Ram, have one regret. The son of the soil and Dalit icon could not become the country's Prime Minister.

With the Congress-led Opposition parties choosing his daughter Meira Kumar to contest against NDA candidate and former Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind in the upcoming presidential poll, they are now hopeful that with little luck she could occupy the cou... Read More


Before GST roll-out, Mumbai civic body crosses target for octroi revenue

Mumbai, June 24 -- The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has earned Rs1,528 crore as octroi revenue between April and June 22, surpassing its targets for three months.

Senior civic officials from the assessment and collection department said that they were expecting the revenues to reach up to Rs1,800 crores, Rs 300 crores more than its estimated revenue .

This is just a few days before the Goods and Services Tax (GST) comes to effect, m... Read More


Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who lives in India but sing praises of Pakistan, was inside Srinagar's Jama Masjid when DSP Ayub was lynched

New Delhi, June 24 -- The Kashmir Valley has been reeling immense tension since the day DSP Mohammad Ayub Pandith was lynched by a mob outside the Jama Masjid in downtown Srinagar. Separatist Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was present inside the mosque when his supporters stripped the officer and stoned to death.

Farooq, who has been provided security cover by the government, speaks pro-Pakistani language. It is said that Farooq ... Read More


PM Narendra Modi leaves for Portugal on first leg of three-nation tour, to visit US next

New Delhi, June 24 -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday left for Portugal, the first-leg of his three-nation tour that will also take him to the US and Netherlands. Modi will hold talks with the top leadership of the three countries to boost bilateral ties.

"PM @narendramodi emplaned for Portugal, after which he shall visit USA and Netherlands for important bilateral visits," the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) wrote on Twitter.

"Infusing ... Read More


Builder should return money to 8 thousand people: Court

NEW DELHI, June 24 -- The court has passed a big judgement in favour of thousands of people, who became victim of cheating by a builder in Delhi and NCR. The court said that the director of the company should first return the amount to its 8500 investors, only then; they will get some kind of relief.

On June 22, the court of Chandra Shekhar, Additional Session Judge located in Tees Hazari, refused to give any kind of relief to the directors of E... Read More