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Several languages are not India's weakness: Rahul to Shah Several languages are not India's weakness: Rahul to Shah



New Delhi, Two days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah pitched for 'one nation, one language', and asked people to maximize the use of Hindi, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday slammed the move saying having many languages are not India's "weakness".

"Oriya, Marathi, Kannada, Hindi, Tamil, English, Gujarati, Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi, Konkani, Malayalam, Telugu, Assamese, Bodo, Dogri, Maithili, Nepali, Sanskrit, Kashmiri, Sindhi, Santhali, Manipuri... India's many languages are not her weakness," Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara junk mediation idea Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara junk mediation idea

 

New Delhi, In a new twist in Ayodhya title dispute, the legal team of the Sunni Waqf Board and the representative of Nirmohi Akhara have rubbished the claims of any mediation amidst the day-to-day hearing conducted by the Supreme Court on the matter.

The apex court had appointed, on March 8, a 3-member mediation panel headed by former Supreme Court Judge F.M.I. Kalifulla and consisting of spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu to explore negotiations in the vexed Ayodhya dispute. The committee was disbanded after it submitted a report that it had failed to develop a consensus among parties to reach an amicable solution.

'Petrol, diesel prices may shoot up by Rs 5-6 a litre' 'Petrol, diesel prices may shoot up by Rs 5-6 a litre'

 

Mumbai, Following the largest ever-disruption of crude production in Saudi Arabia amid drone attacks on its key facilities, prices of petrol and diesel in India may shoot up by Rs 5 to 6 a litre in next fortnight, experts said on Monday.

A recent report by Kotak said that in light of the sharp rise in international crude oil prices, Indian oil marketing companies (OMCs) may increase the retail price of diesel and gasoline by Rs 5 to 6 per litre in the following fortnight.

No 'Shah or Sultan' can alter India's diversity: Kamal No 'Shah or Sultan' can alter India's diversity: Kamal



Chennai,Taking a dig at Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the Hindi language issue, Tamil actor-politician Kamal Haasan on Monday said no "Shah, Sultan or Saamraat" should renege on the promise of unity in diversity that was made when India became a republic.

Two days after major political parties in Tamil Nadu reacted strongly to Shah's comments in connection with the celebration of Hindi Diwas, MNM party founder Kamal Haasan joined the tribe through a video message and a tweet.

Building of Ayodhya temple to start after Nov: Swamy Building of Ayodhya temple to start after Nov: Swamy



Ayodhya, Senior BJP leader Subramanium Swamy has claimed that the construction of the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya will commence by November.

He also stated that the decision of the Supreme Court, which is hearing the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit, will be in favour of the Ram temple.

Chidambaram likely to celebrate 74th B'day in Tihar Chidambaram likely to celebrate 74th B'day in Tihar

 

New Delhi, Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, who has failed to get relief despite trying every legal remedy to end his Tihar Jail stay, now seems set to celebrate his 74th birthday on Monday inside the prison.

The former Union Minister, born in 1945 in Kanadukathan in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu, is in judicial custody till September 19 in the INX Media corruption case that the Central Bureau of Investigation is probing .

His bail plea is pending in the Delhi High Court that will take it up for hearing on September 23.

Cong plans padyatra on Oct 2 to counter BJP agenda Cong plans padyatra on Oct 2 to counter BJP agenda


New Delhi, The Congress has asked state units and office-bearers to mandatorily conduct one-hour padyatra at state and district headquarters on October 2.

The top party leadership, including interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, will take part in the padyatra. The programme of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi is also being finalised. Sonia Gandhi would participate in the padyatra in the national capital, said a source.

Imposition of Hindi will be terrible, say DMK, PMK Imposition of Hindi will be terrible, say DMK, PMK

 

Chennai, The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Paattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), two major political parties of Tamil Nadu, here on Saturday, said imposition of Hindi on the pretext of 'one nation, one language' would prove disastrous for the country.

They were reacting to Union Home Minister Amit Shah's tweet on the importance of India having one language to have a global identity.

Nagaland truck fined Rs 6.53 lakh for MVA violation Nagaland truck fined Rs 6.53 lakh for MVA violation

 

Bhubaneswar, A Nagaland-registered truck was fined a whopping Rs 6.53 lakh for seven traffic violations in Odisha's Sambalpur. But, this was not under the new Motor Vehicles Act.

The fine was imposed on August 10 for flouting traffic rules much before the amended Motor Vehicles Act came into being on September 1. The matter came to light only on Saturday, said sources.

Head of Northern Command reviews security in Kashmir Head of Northern Command reviews security in Kashmir

 

Udhampur (J&K), Amid desperate efforts by Pakistan to push militants into the valley and disturb the calm, Northern Army Commander Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh took stock of security preparedness in Kashmir.

Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh was accompanied by Chinar Corps Commander Lt. Gen. K.J.S. Dhillon. Both of them visited formations in North Kashmir deployed along the Line of Control and the hinterland.

Court defers order against Rahul over remarks on Modi Court defers order against Rahul over remarks on Modi

 

New Delhi, A Delhi court on Friday deferred passing orders on a complaint seeking lodging of an FIR against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his alleged "khoon ki dalali" remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2016.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal posted the matter for passing of order on October 18. The court had earlier reserved order on the complaint, filed by advocate Joginder Tuli, which has sought direction to the police to register an FIR against Gandhi for allegedly making derogatory remarks in 2016 against Modi, accusing him of hiding behind the blood of soldiers and cashing in on their sacrifice.

Fulfil manifesto commitments: Sonia to Congress-ruled states Fulfil manifesto commitments: Sonia to Congress-ruled states

 

New Delhi, Ahead of assembly elections in three states before the end of this year, Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday directed the in-charges of Congress ruled five states to "fulfil" party manifesto commitments, not to lose people's support and stand out as examples of sensitive and responsive governance.

Noting upcoming elections in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand, Sonia said the situation is challenging and "it is only if we keep nothing else other than party interests uppermost in our minds that we will regain our lost position".

Same food for everyone: HC refuses home meals for Chidambaram Same food for everyone: HC refuses home meals for Chidambaram

New Delhi, Same food is available for everyone, said the Delhi High Court on Thursday while hearing the regular bail plea filed by former finance minister P. Chidambaram, who is currently in Tihar Jail in INX Media corruption case.

"Same food is available for everyone," said Justice Suresh Kumar Kait after Chidambaram's counsel Kapil Sibal requested the court that home cooked food be allowed to his client in jail.

Responding to the court's remark, Sibal said, "My Lords, he is 74 years old."

Centre's flawed policies have caused slowdown: Manmohan Centre's flawed policies have caused slowdown: Manmohan



New Delhi,Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday attacked the government for its flawed policies that have caused the current economic slowdown and asked Congress party leaders to hit the streets to inform people about the policies of the earlier UPA government at the Centre during the global economic recession, party sources said.

The former Prime Minister's views were supported by Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was also present in the meeting along with several other senior leaders.

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