Finish fencing work along Indo-Bangla border in 3 months: SC to govt

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to complete fencing work along the Indo-Bangla border within three months to check cross-border influx of illegal Bangladesh nationals into Assam and streamline the process to deport them back. A bench comprising of justices R F Nariman and Ranjan Gogoi also asked the Centre to hold discussions with the Bangladesh government for ensuring that [Full Article...]

Opposition targets govt over Christmas holiday

New Delhi: The issue of schools being asked to remain open on Christmas to mark “good governance day” was again raised in the Lok Sabha Wednesday, with the opposition parties staging a walkout over the issue. The Congress also threatened to move a privilege motion against Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani for “misleading” the house. The [Full Article...]

132 children slaughtered in Peshawar school attack

Peshawar: In one of the worst acts of human savagery ever perpetrated, the Pakistani Taliban senselessly slaughtered 141 people, 132 of them children, in a brazen terror attack launched by its heavily armed gunmen and suicide bombers on an army-run school in Pakistan’s Peshawar city in retaliation to the army’s operation against extremists in North Waziristan. The vicious terror strike left 141 people, including [Full Article...]

IS banned in India: Rajnath

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said the Islamic State (IS) terror group has been banned in India, and congratulated the Indian minorities for discouraging their youth from joining the outfit. Singh informed the Lok Sabha that the government had taken cognizance immediately after the IS activities began to spread in various parts of the world. Responding to a supplementary question, he [Full Article...]

India stands firmly with Pak in fight against terror: PM

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night spoke to his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif offering his “deepest condolences” on the dastardly terror attack at a school in Peshawar and said India stands firmly with his country in the fight against terrorism. Giving details of his conversation with Sharif in his Twitter account, Modi appealed to all schools across India to observe two-minute [Full Article...]

Rajya Sabha stalled over conversion row

New Delhi: Heated exchanges were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha Tuesday as the opposition once again raised the issue of religious conversions and refused to relent unless Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the house of action. The main accused in the religious conversion case, meanwhile, surrendered in Agra. BJP sources said Modi Tuesday warned party MPs at the parliamentary board meeting against crossing the [Full Article...]

Mitra’s CBI custody extended, claims CBI pressure to name Mamata

Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) West Bengal minister Madan Mitra – arrested in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam – Tuesday accused the CBI of pressurising him to take the name of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee even as a city court denied him bail and extended his custody till Dec 19. Mitra, a top Trinamool Congress leader and Banerjee’s close associate, was [Full Article...]

Candle light vigils, prayers mark 2 years of gangrape

New Delhi: Candle light vigils, prayer meetings, street plays and a series of other events on Tuesday marked two years of the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus in the city that had triggered widespread nation-wide outrage forcing the government to enact stricter laws against sexual assault. “That day, this very moment my daughter said she would come back within [Full Article...]