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Women journalists' group demands Akbar's dismissal, writes to President, PM Women journalists' group demands Akbar's dismissal, writes to President, PM

 

New Delhi, A group of women journalists has written to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding the dismissal of Union Minister M.J. Akbar, who has been accused of sexual harassment by a dozen-odd women.

The Network of Women in Media in India (NWMI) also demanded that the Ministry of External Affairs, where Akbar is Minister of State, should ask him to step down from office pending an independent investigation.

It's not Akbar vs Ramani but government vs Ramani: Husband Samar Halarnkar It's not Akbar vs Ramani but government vs Ramani: Husband Samar Halarnkar



New Delhi, "This is not M.J. Akbar vs Priya Ramani, this is the Union of India vs Priya Ramani. He has access to a battery of powerful lawyers: There are 97 listed in the legal notice. She has, thus far, one," said Samar Halarnkar, Ramanis husband and a fellow journalist.

In a piece written for Scroll.in on Tuesday, Halarnkar, the editor of IndiaSpend said he and his wife have only "one important weapon" against the "vast resources" a Union Minister can deploy -- and that is "truth".

#MeToo fallout: KWAN founder Anirban Blah asked to step down #MeToo fallout: KWAN founder Anirban Blah asked to step down



Mumbai, KWAN Entertainment founder Anirban Das Blah, a popular Bollywood celebrity manager, has been asked to step aside from his position in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Multiple accounts, as reported by a daily, indicated that Blah had made sexual advances towards women.

"We have asked Anirban Blah to forthwith step aside from his duties, activities and responsibilities ar KWAN, its subsidiaries and affiliates with immediate effect," said a statement issued by the entertainment and marketing company.

Rahul Gandhi prays at Gurdwara in MP Rahul Gandhi prays at Gurdwara in MP

 

Gwalior, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who is on a two-day tour of the poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, visited a Gurdwara here on Tuesday.

Gandhi, along with state party chief Kamal Nath and election campaign committee head Jyotiraditya Scindia, prayed at the historic Shri Data Bandi Chhorh Sahib. They were warmly welcomed by the Gurdwara committee.

Nitish appoints Prashant Kishor as JD-U Vice President Nitish appoints Prashant Kishor as JD-U Vice President



New Delhi, Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United President Nitish Kumar on Tuesday named Prashant Kishor as the party Vice President, a month after the election strategist joined the party.

"He (Kishor) has been appointed Vice President of the party," JD-U spokesperson and Secretary General K.C. Tyagi told IANS.

The 41-year-old former UN official, who founded the Indian Political Action Committee (I-Pac), successfully ran the Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance campaign during the 2015 Bihar Assembly election.

Modi's 'Beti Bachao' campaign mere slogan: Rahul Modi's 'Beti Bachao' campaign mere slogan: Rahul



Madhya Pradesh Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of merely sloganeering about women's safety but actually "protecting" a BJP MLA in Uttar Pradesh who has been charged with rape and murder.

Picking on Modi's slogan of "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao", he said they also felt good about it.

Akbar files defamation case against woman journalist Akbar files defamation case against woman journalist



New Delhi, Union Minister M.J. Akbar on Monday filed a criminal defamation complaint against a journalist, Priya Ramani, who had accused him of sexual harassment.

Akbar has been accused of sexual harassment by several women journalists who had worked with him. He has denied the charges as "false, wild and baseless".

Akbar's complaint was filed in the Patiala House court complex

Rahul should apologize, sack Sidhu for his anti-south remarks: BJP Rahul should apologize, sack Sidhu for his anti-south remarks: BJP

 

New Delhi, Accusing the Congress of turning itself into an organisation with an anti-India mindset, the BJP on Monday sought an apology from its President Rahul Gandhi and sacking of Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for his analogy between visiting Pakistan and south India.

BJP Spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao told the media that the Congress has been following a double-pronged strategy -- hoping to make an entry in Pakistan' politics by showing its "love and affection" for it and by following a "break India campaign".

Rahul confident Congress will return to power in MP Rahul confident Congress will return to power in MP

 

Madhya Pradesh Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday exuded confidence that the party will return to power in Madhya Pradesh after the November 28 Assembly elections.

"The government that the Congress will form in the state will be responsive to farmers, small traders, women and party workers," Gandhi said at a public meeting here

Punjab government fails to punish killers of Sikhs: Kejriwal Punjab government fails to punish killers of Sikhs: Kejriwal



New Delhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday criticized the Punjab government for not acting against the killers of two Sikhs who died during protests against the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib three years ago.

Krishan Bhagwan Singh and Gurjit Singh died in police firing in October 2015 in Faridkot district.

On the third anniversary of the killings, Kejriwal offered his condolences to the victims' families and expressed disappointment with the Punjab government for "failing to punish the culprits".

Judge's wife, son shot by security guard dead Judge's wife, son shot by security guard dead


Gurugram, Both the wife and son of Additional District and Sessions Judge Krishan Kant, who were shot at by the judge's security guard on Saturday, have died, police said on Sunday.

While the wife, Ritu (38), died overnight due to excessive bleeding, the 18-year-old son, Dhruv, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital here, the police said.

BJP's Shah says allegations against Minister Akbar need to be verified BJP's Shah says allegations against Minister Akbar need to be verified


New Delhi, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah has said that he was not in a position to comment on M.J. Akbar, who is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, as the claims against the Union Minister needed to be "looked into".

Heartbreaking time for family: Farah on Sajid's #MeToo cases Heartbreaking time for family: Farah on Sajid's #MeToo cases


Mumbai, Choreographer-director Farah Khan says she and her family are heartbroken with sexual misconduct allegations against her brother, director Sajid Khan.

Farah on Friday tweeted: "This is a heartbreaking time for my family. We have to work through some very difficult issues. If my brother has behaved in this manner he has a lot to atone for. I don't in any way endorse this behaviour and stand in solidarity with any woman who has been hurt."

Sajid has been named by multiple women, including two actresses -- Sonali Chopra and Rachel White -- and one journalist for sexual misconduct.

Attack on migrants BJP conspiracy, sack Rupani: Congress Attack on migrants BJP conspiracy, sack Rupani: Congress



New Delhi, The Congress on Friday alleged that the attacks on north Indian migrants in Gujarat was in pursuance of a conspiracy by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to hide its failures both at the Centre and the state and demanded the sacking of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.

The Congress claimed that Gujarat BJP leaders, under the guidance of party president Amit Shah and Rupani, were actively instigating and provoking violence against migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in order to divert people's attention from burning issues like unemployment, tumbling rupee and a sinking economy.

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