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24th October 2018

ARIES: The focus turns to your career and public image today. Prepare for some opposition from egotistical types who just don't seem to get it. The best thing for you is to stay cool and avoid the temptation to indulge in a struggle for power. TAURUS: Career communications are not as clear as they could be, but difficulties in personal relationships will begin to clear as the lines of transmission are opened tomorrow. Don't be afraid to say what you think or feel; it's natural for you to be a...
India

HC orders CBI to maintain status quo on proceedings against its Special Director

New Delhi, October 23: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the CBI to maintain status quo on the criminal proceedings initiated against its special director Rakesh Asthana, who has challenged the FIR lodged against him on bribery allegations. The high court clarified that there was no stay on the ongoing probe. Justice Najmi Waziri also sought response of the probe agency and its Director Alok Kumar Verma as also Joint Director A K Sharma on the separate pleas of Asthana and Deputy Superintendent Devender Kumar, arrested in the bribery...
India

Sharad Pawar slams PM over CBI tussle, asks him to take action

MUMBAI, October 23: Nationalist Congress Party or NCP chief Sharad Pawar said today that if the central government was "effective", there would not have been bribery charges at the highest level in the CBI. Pawar asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to act swiftly over the matter. He also attacked the BJP-led government at the Centre over the Rafale jet deal and demanded an investigation by a joint parliamentary committee over the issue. Pawar was replying to queries during an interaction at the "Mumbai Manthan" conclave organised by television news channel...
India

Major shift in security situation in J&K, decrease in stone pelting incidents: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, October 23: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that there has been a major shift in the security situation in Jammu & Kashmir in last four months. Addressing a press conference at the end of his day-long visit to the state, Singh said, “As far as the J&K security situation is concerned, a major shift is seen in last four months. There has been a decrease in the numbers of stone pelting incidents. Also, I have got information that there has been a fall in the number...
India

Centre to tighten visa norms to bar child sex offenders

New Delhi, October 23: The Centre is set to soon make it mandatory for foreigners planning a trip to the country to declare past criminal records, including any conviction or involvement in a case of child sexual abuse. The move follows many instances of offenders wanted in their homeland fleeing to India and exploiting children here. Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi had written last year to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj seeking a revision in the visa format to ensure that foreign nationals with a prior record...
India

Isn’t it disrespectful to carry a blood-soaked sanitary pad to God’s house: Smriti Irani on Sabarimala row

MUMBAI, October 23: Amid protests over the entry of women in Sabarimala temple in Kerala, Union minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday said the right to pray did not mean the right to desecrate. "I am nobody to speak against the Supreme Court verdict as I am a serving cabinet minister. But just plain common sense is that would you carry a napkin seeped with menstrual blood and walk into a friend's house. You would not. And would you think it is respectful to do the same when you walk into...
India

BJP to run state assembly polls on agenda of development: Prakash Javadekar

JAIPUR, October 23: The BJP will contest the Rajasthan assembly polls on the agenda of development, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said Tuesday, challenging the Congress to focus its poll campaign on the state's progress. The BJP's state poll in-charge, Javadekar said the elections would be fought under the leadership of chief minister Vasundhara Raje and exuded confidence of retaining power in Rajasthan and breaking the trend of the BJP and the Congress forming governments after alternate elections. "We are going to the public with slogans like 'BJP fir se' and...
India

Mehbooba meets Rajnath, urges govt to resume dialogue with Pak

Srinagar, October 23: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday appealed the Centre for resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan to end the "present phase of acrimony and confrontation" between the two neighbours. The former chief minister made the appeal during a meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here, her Peoples Democratic Party said in a statement. The PDP chief was among the leaders of various parties who met the Home Minister here on Tuesday. "Good relations with Pakistan have a positive impact on the ground situation in the...
World

Imran Khan vows to hold peace talks with India after Lok Sabha polls 2019

Riyadah, October 23: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday vowed to hold peace talks with arch-rival India following elections in the neighbouring country, after a similar offer from the former cricketer was “rebuffed”. Khan made the announcement during a speech at a Saudi Arabian investment conference where the newly minted leader launched a charm offensive targeting potential investors as Pakistan seeks to secure funds amid a yawning balance of payment crisis. “When I won the elections and came to power the first thing I tried to do was extend a...
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