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Sikh asylum cases see big spurt as Canada acknowledges revival of separatism

CHANDIGARH:  The number of asylum seekers in Canada from India, a majority of them Sikhs, has soared by over 300 per cent in the past two years alone, with the Canadian government agencies acknowledging "renewed support for separatism in the Punjab region".

India has Rs 1,500 cr bank guarantee on offsets in Rafale deal

NEW DELHI:  India has secured a bank guarantee for about Rs 1,500 crore from Dassault in the Rafale jet deal as a safeguard against any violations of the offset policy prepared in accordance with the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), a leading financial daily said on Friday.

Delhi policeman commits suicide

NEW DELHI:  A Delhi Police Head Constable on Friday committed suicide, blaming his in-laws for insulting him by publicly thrashing him a day ago, police said.

How the 26/11 attacks gave rise to Maharashtra’s newest commando unit

MUMBAI: Within a year of the November 26, 2008 attacks, the state government, in what seemed like a knee-jerk reaction, put together an elite police commando force. The idea was to have a specialised unit of officers trained to take on the kind of terrorists who attacked the city.

BJP awaits star campaigner Narendra Modi, Congress bets on candidates in MP

BHOPAL/UJJAIN/INDORE : Most analyses about the Madhya Pradesh assembly polls are premature at this juncture. The slog overs for the November 28 contest haven’t yet begun. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) star all-rounder, Narendra Modi, is yet to walk on to the field.

Rafale is not government-to-government deal: Congress

NEW DELHI:  The Congress on Wednesday claimed the agreement to purchase the 36 French Rafale jets was not a government-to-government deal.

Rafale deal hearing commences in SC, court to examine govt report on pricing

NEW DELHI:   The pricing details of the controversial deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, submitted by the Centre in a sealed cover, is scheduled to be examined by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Walmart says Flipkart CEO Binny Bansal resigned after misconduct investigation

BLOOMBERG: The co-founder and chief executive officer of Indian e-commerce company Flipkart Group resigned after an investigation into allegations of sexual assault, dealing a blow to owner Walmart Inc.’s ambitions in that country.

Congress rejects Dassault's defence, says Rafale corruption can't be hidden

NEW DELHI:  Alleging a "fixed match" between the Modi government and Rafale maker Dassault Aviation, the Congress on Tuesday said the "blatant corruption" in the fighter jet deal cannot be hidden and demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into it.

Pune student’s face disfigured after alleged corporal punishment, teacher suspended

PUNE: The management of Shri Shivaji Preparatory Military School (SSPMS) in Pune has suspended a teacher, pending enquiry, following a complaint of severe corporal punishment by parents of a Class 6 student.

Rafale deal negotiated for year, says Centre in report to Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: A team of Indian negotiators set up to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets had got a better deal on price and maintenance of the planes as compared to the earlier offer from French firm Dassault, according to the Centre’s report on the purchase of the jets submitted to the Supreme Court last month.

Teen bludgeons 75-yr-old woman to death after failed rape attempt in Haryana

ROHTAK: The Bhiwani police arrested a 19-year-old boy for bludgeoning a 75-year-old woman to death after attempting rape on her in a village of the district. The accused, identified as Raja, tried raping the elderly woman but when she shouted for help, he gagged her with a scarf and then hit a brick on her head.

‘Not the right time to intervene’: SC refuses to hear plea on gender-neutral rape law

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a petition that sought striking down of the rape law under Section 375 it was not gender-neutral.

NIA to probe case related to arrest of Kashmiti students in Punjab in terror cases

CHANDIGARH: Given the inter-state and international ramifications of the case, the Central and Punjab governments have decided to hand over the investigations into the case involving the arrest of 3 armed Kashmiri students, associated with Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH), to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

I have a different approach, says actress Nithya Menen on sexual harassment

NEW DELHI: Popular south Indian actress Nithya Menen says she is against sexual harassment and that she has a different way of countering it. She chose not be a part of a grouping as she prefers to fight it "silently".

Fazilka school head and teacher suspended over stripping incident, chargesheet follows

CHANDIGARH: The head and a teacher of the Government Girls School, Village Kundal, Fazilka, have been suspended on the directives of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, over the alleged stripping of girls following the discovery of a sanitary pad in the school toilet.

US journalist slams Akbar's 'consensual' statement

NEW DELHI: A US journalist, who has accused former Union Minister M.J. Akbar of raping her 23 years ago, on Saturday slammed his statement where he said that they had a "consensual relationship", saying that it wasn't.

US journalist alleges rape by Akbar, he says it was consensual

NEW DELHI: Journalist-turned-politician M.J. Akbar, who quit as Union Minister after charges of sexual harassment by many journalists, has now been accused of rape by US journalist Pallavi Gogoi. Akbar said they had a "consensual relationship" even as his wife accused Gogoi of lying.

Modi won't survive if Rafale is probed: Rahul

NEW DELHI: Alleging French defence major Dassault Aviation of paying "kickback" to secure the Rafale deal, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would not survive if the "huge corruption" in the purchase was probed.

US-based journalist alleges she was raped by Akbar

NEW DELHI:  After several women accused former Union Minister M.J. Akbar of sexual harassment in the wake of the #MeToo campaign, an allegation of rape has now surfaced with a US-based journalist narrating her ordeal of working under him when he was the editor of The Asian Age.

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