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Court Orders On-camera Proceedings For Rajiv Saxena

Rajeev Saxena is one of the accused named in the chargesheet filed by ED in the case.

New Delhi: 

The Enforcement Directorate did not seek any further custody of Rajeev Saxena, arrested in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland money laundering case, from a Delhi court on Tuesday.

Rajeev Saxena, whose Enforcement Directorate custody ends Tuesday, sought to talk to Special Judge Arvind Kumar in private, without the presence of his lawyers, after which the court initiated on-camera proceedings in the case.

On Friday, the agency had sought his custody from the court, saying the probe is at a crucial stage.

Rajeev Saxena is one of the accused named in the chargesheet filed by ED in the case.

Christian Michel, former AgustaWestland and Finmeccanica directors Giuseppe Orsi and Bruno Spagnolini, former Air Force chief SP Tyagi and Saxena’s wife Shivani have also been named by the agency in the chargesheet.







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Rahul Gandhi To Discuss Tie-Up In Delhi, AAP Has 2 Seats To Offer

Arvind Kejriwal had said the Congress “refused to go for an alliance” in Delhi. (File)

New Delhi: 

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will meet the leaders of the party’s Delhi unit at noon today to discuss the possibilities of an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party for the coming national elections. Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party declared candidates for six of Delhi’s seven Lok Sabha seats earlier this month, accusing the Congress of refusing an alliance. But sources said AAP has now offered two seats to the Congress in Delhi and is open for an alliance in Punjab as well. The Congress, however, is holding out for three seats, sources said.

In the 2014 national elections, the BJP won all seven seats of Delhi, but AAP has found tremendous support in Delhi. In the 2015 assembly elections, AAP won 67 of Delhi’s 70 seats, the Congress drew a blank.

The fractured relations between the Congress and AAP had not mended despite the efforts of opposition leaders like Ms Banerjee, her Andhra Pradesh counterpart Chandrababu Naidu, DMK’s MK Stalin and CPM’s Sitaram Yechury. While Arvind Kejriwal has joined the opposition fold and shown readiness to collaborate with the Congress on the national level, the hostility between the two parties at the state level has persisted. 

Last month, at a mega meeting of the opposition, the two parties were again urged to put behind their differences and stitch up an alliance in Delhi. But Rahul Gandhi had signaled reluctance, saying his party was willing to go it alone.

Days later, Mr Kejriwal said the Congress has “refused to go for an alliance” in Delhi and that he was “fed up” with repeatedly asking for a tie-up. The comment did not go down well with the Congress and its Delhi chief Sheila Dikshit, who denied that any talks on the subject took place.

On March 2, AAP announced its candidates for Delhi.

The Pulwama attack and the subsequent IAF response, however, have triggered a rethink in the opposition camp.

The need of the hour, key leaders feel, is to put up a well-knit front instead of a piecemeal approach, where parties that are allies at the national level, would be pitted against each other in the states in the national election.

Apart from Uttar Pradesh, where Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav appear determined to leave the Congress out of the alliance, two big gaps in the opposition bulwark would be Bengal and Delhi. In both places, the Congress would be contesting against AAP and Trinamool candidates.

Sources told NDTV yesterday that Chandrababu Naidu and Nationalist Congress chief Sharad Pawar have both asked Rahul Gandhi to revisit the possibilities of alliance with Mr Kejriwal and Ms Banerjee. 

Now, there is a possibility that the Congress and Ms Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress may explore an understanding in some of Bengal’s 42 parliamentary seats.







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Pakistan Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan Faces Criticism For Calling Hindus Cow Urine Drinking People

Pakistani minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan referred to the Hindus as “cow urine-drinking people”

Islamabad: 

Punjab Information and Culture Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan became a target of intense criticism by senior members of his party, the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf following his castigating remarks on the Hindus.

The minister was quoted by Samaa news agency, during a press conference last month, where he referred to the Hindus as “cow urine-drinking people”.

“We are Muslims and we have a flag, the flag of Maula Alia’s bravery, and flag of Hazrat Umara’s valour. You don’t have that flag; it isn’t in your hands,” the Minister was quoted.

“Don’t operate under the delusion that you are seven times better than us. What we have, you can’t have, you idol-worshippers,” Mr Chohan said in a video that went viral on the social media.

The remarks by Mr Chohan came amid reports of escalating tension between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed lives of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans.

In response to the attack on the minorities, Minister for Human Rights, Shireen Mazari condemned Mr Chohan’s statement saying, “No one has the right to attack anyone else’s religion. Our Hindu citizens have also sacrificed for their country. Our Prime Minister’s message is always of tolerance and respect and we cannot condone any form of bigotry or spread of religious hatred.”

Reiterating the same, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Special Assistant on Political Affairs Naeemul Haque, in his tweet said, “The derogatory and insulting remarks against the Hindu community by Fayyaz Chohan, the Punjab Minister demands strict action. PTI government will not tolerate this nonsense from a senior member of the government or from anyone. Action will be taken after consulting the Chief Minister.”

Finance Minister Asad Umar also said that the flag of Pakistan is not just green and it is not complete without the white which represents the minorities. “Hindus of Pakistan are as much a part of the fabric of the nation as I am. Remember Quaide Azam’s whole struggle was for a country free of discrimination,” Umar said.

Columnist Mehr Tarar further took to Twitter, demanding an “unconditional apology” from Chohan, followed by his resignation. According to reports, at least 1.6 per cent of Pakistan’s population is Hindu and Hinduism is the second largest religion followed in the country. The PTI government itself has at least seven Hindu members of the National Assembly and four minority members in the Punjab Assembly.







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On Yesvantpur-Tatanagar Superfast Express Train, Fire Breaks Out In East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, Many Trains In Andhra Pradesh Delayed

New Delhi: 

A fire broke out in the pantry of a running train late at night in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district. The staff separated the pantry car, stopping the fire from spreading to the other bogies of the train. No injuries from the incident have been reported so far.

The origin of the fire, which broke out at around 2 am, is not yet known.

The pantry car of the train, the Yesvantpur-Tatanagar Superfast Express, was destroyed in the fire. Before separating the pantry, the train staff reportedly attempted to put out the fire, but were not successful.

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The pantry car of the train was detached after staff were unable to put out the fire

The train was heading to Jamshedpur in Jharkhand from Karnataka capital Bengaluru.

Trains in the Vijayawada-Vizag sector were delayed. Police and railway officials are currently at the spot, to ascertain the cause of the fire.







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