In a statement the party's coordination committee said the allegations levelled against the MQM were not new. It said "MQM is a peace-loving political party that believes in the unity and integrity of Pakistan".
"MQM was accused of the Jinnahpur Conspiracy in the past and a host of other allegations to blemish its image. All these allegations proved to be false in the fullness of time," the statement said.
In the same manner, India has also rejected having any connection with the MQM but some anti-MQM elements are bent on carrying out media trial of the MQM by repeating the allegation again and again.
The Karachi-based party said the new report is part of the media trial that is going on against it for many years and "aimed at tarnishing the image of the MQM in Pakistan and throughout the world".
The coordination committee said, "We believe that people of Pakistan will reject this false and baseless report in the same way as they have been doing in the past".
India had also dismissed the BBC report as "completely baseless".
A stalwart of the opposition's crusade against the Emergency, Advani was missing at the event organised by Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Research Foundation.
The Foundation's treasurer Shyam Jaju, who is BJP's vice-president, insisted that Advani was invited. Shah declined to answer to reporters' queries on the matter.
"There is nobody who is tainted please," Jaitley told reporters at the Delhi airport after his return from the US.
Another senior minister, M Venkaiah Naidu, said the Narendra Modi government was working in the "most honest and transparent" manner blamed some "unhappy people" for the outcry over Raje's help to the former IPL boss.
"As far as party is concerned everything is happening positively," he said as reporters sought to know BJP leadership's stand on the raging row. Their defence of the formidable Rajasthan leader, who has led party to its biggest Assembly as well Lok Sabha win, came after she dismissed media reports against her as "untrue" and aimed at "harming her politically"
Rijiju till now had 'Z plus' category cover provided by the elite commando unit of paramilitary CISF across India but now this will be further enhanced. The decision has been taken after an intensive review of his security cover by intelligence agencies.
A threat to Rijiju is perceived from a host of insurgent groups for his vocal statements against insurgency, Muslim fundamentalists, stepped-up offensive against militants and the ministerial position held by him, official sources said.
Requisites of security arrangements to be made for a Z-plus protectee are contained in the 'Yellow Book' which are being implemented, the sources said.
A recent assessment indicates a severe threat to Rijiju's life from a newly-formed conglomerate called United National Liberation front of West and South-East Asia comprising NSCN-K, ULFA and other rebel groups. "Keeping in view the threat quotient of Rijiju, it is imperative that the security arrangements made for him is robust and in tune with the guidelines contained in the Yellow Book," an official order said.
However, the Republican leadership continued to stress that 'Obamacare' must be repealed, which was pledged by Bobby Jindal when he announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election.
"Despite the court's decision, Obamacare is still a bad law that is having a negative impact on our country and on millions of Americans. I remain committed to repealing this bad law and replacing it with my consumer-centered plan that puts patients and families back in control of their health care decisions. We need consumer care, not Obamacare," Marco Rubio, another Republican presidential candidate said.
This was echoed by John Boehner, Speaker of the US House of Representatives. "Obamacare is fundamentally broken and increasing health care costs for millions of Americans. Today's ruling doesn't change that fact. Republicans will continue to listen to American families and work to protect them from the consequences of Obamacare," he said.
Top Democratic senator Mark Warner said this is the second time the nation's highest court has validated the country's important shift toward affordable and accessible health care for everyone.
Airports throughout the country have been asked to report any passengers who are self-reporting at immigration counters with symptoms of fever and respiratory distress.
Flights coming from Saudi Arabia, South Korea and 23 other countries which include China, the US, the UK, Malaysia and Turkey have been asked to make an in-flight announcement asking passengers complaining of fever, cough or respiratory distress to report to medical unit at the airport.
Since 2012, there have been 455 cases till June 18, 2015, Most people affected by the virus have severe illness and pneumonia with around 36 per cent mortality.
Fabio Raul Amin Saleme, president of the house of representatives, Congress of Colombia presented 'Orden de la Democracia Simon Bolivar' award to Sri while highlighting his achievements in peace matters through his foundation, The Art of Living.
"Even amidst a 50-year-old conflict, the South American country of Colombia salutes the power of peace. A passionate resolve to work on restoring peace in its country echoed through the corridors of the Colombian Parliament as the President of the House bestowed the country's highest civilian award on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar," Art of Living told PTI.
"I promise I will do all that is in my capacity to bring peace to all in the conflict in Colombia," Sri, 59, said while receiving the honour. The award is in recognition of Sri's peace work around the world, with special reference to his work in Colombia through his foundation.
As a part of its standard practice of phasing out bank note series, Reserve Bank of India has decided it will withdraw the circulation of currency notes issued prior to 2005.
The RBI had urged the public to either deposit the old design notes in their bank accounts or exchange them in a bank branch by June 30, but the deadline has been extended yet again.
Official sources said SCPPL had accepted a grant of US $2.9 lakh from the Ford Foundation despite being a private company not having clearance from the ministry of home affairs under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act. This donation was, therefore, a serious violation of FCRA provisions, which mandate funding from a foreign source to only those recipients who have FCRA registration, they said.
The sources claimed the home ministry during its inspection of the company's accounts found that an amount of Rs 50 lakh was allegedly transferred to it by Setalvad's Sabrang Trust which also was in violation of FCRA norms. The Gujarat government had asked the home ministry to take action against Ford Foundation, alleging that the US-based organisation was "interfering in internal affairs" of the country and also "abetting communal disharmony" through an NGO run by social activist Teesta Setalvad.
The temperatures, which hovered around 45 degrees Celsius for the most of the past week, plunged to around 35 degrees Celsius as sea breezes and cloud cover brought some respite to the port city in the last two days.
The Met office has forecast more rains signalling an extended relief from the crippling heatwave sweeping Karachi since June 19. It said the weekend was the hottest since 1981. Pakistan Meteorological Department's chief meteorologist Touseef Alam warned of another bout of heat wave next week, with temperatures likely to soar to 42 to 43 degrees Celsius.
The summons are related to the Bandra government colony redevelopment project, CNN-IBN reports.
Last week, the ACB and the Enforcement Directorate initiated independent criminal proceedings against Bhujbal. On June 8, the ACB had registered a criminal case against him over the manner in which a prime piece of land was given to a developer at a nominal price under the public, private, partnership scheme.
Another FIR was lodged against Bhujbal, his son Pankaj, nephew Samir and high-ranking serving and retired engineers of the public works department for their alleged involvement in the Maharashtra Sadan scam. Subsequently, the ACB conducted raids on properties of Bhujbal and all 16 accused in the Maharashtra Sadan scam.
On June 12, the ED registered a case against Bhujbal
In a public interest litigation filed before the Bombay high court, it has been alleged that in the Rs 2,900 crore contract for the Bandra government colony redevelopment awarded to three construction firms, a bribe of Rs 34 crore was paid.
"Yes it was my pressure (which led to Singh's arrest). What should I have done? What will you do if somebody pulls your child and takes him away or if somebody attacks a journalist? Such people destroy social harmony," Yadav said while talking to media persons.
It is noteworthy the youth -- Putus Yadav -- whose kidnapping and subsequent murder turned the heat on Singh, hailed from the same caste as that of Prasad, and that too in an area where the rivalry for dominance between Yadavs and Bhumihars (the caste to which the MLA belongs) had gained notoriety over the last few decades.
A private venture of Chawla's, this book is being released on July 24, 2015 by Vice President Hamid Ansari just before the completion of the third year of Pranab Mukherjee's stint at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
We hear that the President's Secretariat wanted to read the contents before it is sold in book stalls.
The book has interesting pieces of information not only about the President but also about prestigious the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
We can't wait.
In the aftermath of the party's poll debacle, the media has all but abandoned visits to the party office. All that has changed since the Lalit Modi soap opera unfolding over the last two weeks.
On Wednesday evening the Congress released copies of a seven-page document signed by the Rajasthan CM supporting former IPL commissioner Lalit Modis immigration to the UK, and mounted pressure on the party for her resignation.
The Congress showed documents "signed" by her endorsing the former IPL commissioner's immigration to the UK.
Oh and yes, it's a basic phone, not a smart one.
They feel that the 'misinformation' may hamper international relations and stymie diplomatic ties. The office wants references to the President's secretary, Omita Paul's alleged links to Lalit Modi to be deleted on Twitter.
Yesterday, the office of the President denied the charges leveled against Omita Paul, by former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.
The Presidents office, in a letter, has termed Lalit Modis charges as baseless, tendentious and malicious allegations.
This is with reference to a news report which has appeared today in various publications, referring to a tweet issued by Mr. Lalit Modi in which the name of the Secretary to the President is mentioned. Mr. Modis charges are baseless, tendentious and malicious," said the statement.
Lalit Modi, in a tweet, had accused Omita Paul of having connections with a big hawala operator.
BJP is all set to release details of senior Congress leaders involved with Lalit Modi and also IPL.
In a counterattack, the BJP has also demanded the resignation of those leaders who are still close to Lalit Modi -- there are eight Congress leaders in the list of friends Lalit Modi's. That's a bomb the Congress hopes will be a dud.
Vasundhara Raje defended her action with the BJP's central leadership saying she signed the affidavit as Lalit Modi's friend. Raje, however, said she did not depose before any court of law.
On Wednesday evening with the Congress releasing copies of a seven-page document signed by the Rajasthan CM supporting former IPL commissioner Lalit Modis immigration to the UK, pressure mounted on the party for her resignation.
The Congress showed documents "signed" by her endorsing the former IPL commissioner's immigration to the UK.
In the document, Raje says I make this statement in support of any immigration application that Lalit Modi makes, but do so on the strict condition that my assistance will not become known to the Indian authorities.
Read the Indian Express report here
'Indira was a strong and ruthless leader and Indians admire strong leaders' 'I do not think that many young people really know what happened'
Veteran journalist Coomi Kapoor, whose book The Emergency: A Personal Account was published recently, speaks to Sheela Bhatt/Rediff.com about Independent India's darkest phase.
The video, which shows Singaporean coffee and dessert chain Kopitiam's employee washing her rubber shoes in a food preparation sink, was posted on Facebook News.com.au reported.
She was then seen putting the brush she was using back into a brush holder next to the sink, which contained knives used in food preparation.
In a post on its Facebook page, Kopitiam confirmed it had fired the employee, adding "with regard to the incident in our food court located at NUH, we would like to apologise for this unpleasant encounter. Please be assured that we take this matter seriously."
They also confirmed that the sink used had been disinfected and all brushes had been replaced.
It may be recalled that eight governors appointed by the UPA regime quit since the NDA government came to power in May 2014.
The ACB has asked the Principal Secretary for more details on the case. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has also met the PM over the charges against Munde and over the meeting between police commissioner Rakesh Maria and Lalit Modi in London.
The purchases relate to a host of items including chikki, plastic mattresses, steel plates, workbooks, water filters and medicine kits for anganwadis. Fadnavis, in a late evening statement yesterday, had defended her, saying, "Prima facie there appears to be no wrong-doing. If needed, we will probe the issue. Pankaja called me and she said she had not committed any irregularity and is ready to face any inquiry."
The rocket launchers were recovered yesterday by a joint team of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district police from the forest under Madanwada police station limits, Rajnandgaon Superintendent of Police P Sundarraj said.
On receiving specific inputs that improvised rocket launchers and directional mines were hidden between Dorede and Birjupara village forests, the joint squad of security personnel launched an operation in the region, located around 200 kms from the state capital, he said.
While cordoning off the area, three improvised rocket launchers, two detonators and flexible wires hidden underground were recovered, the SP said.
That document - in which Raje described the extensive investigation at home against Modi as "politically motivated" - was released by the opposition Congress last night as it scaled up the demand for her resignation for helping a man engulfed in corruption cases in India.
Read the full story on NDTV.
"The (UN) sanctions committee has five permanent and 10 non-permanent UN member states in it. Out of these, almost all countries, including the US, Britain, Russia, France and Germany supported India's stand, but China opposed it.
"On one hand, China brutally crushes terrorism in its state and on the other hand supports the perpetrators of terrorism in India. This is China's double standards," the Sena said in its editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.
Sena said 13 Muslims were recently hanged in China's Xinjiang province for engaging in terrorist attacks and in the past as well hundreds of Muslims have been killed in that country.
"China's ideology seems to be eliminating terrorism from its country but letting terrorist activities flourish in India," the Sena said. China's call of Hindi-Chini bhai-bhai (Indians and Chinese are brothers) in 1960 has proved to be a farce time and again in the aftermath, it said.
"We mark 40 years of one of India's darkest periods the Emergency, when the then political leadership trampled over our democracy," he tweeted.
"A vibrant liberal democracy is the key to progress. Let us do everything possible to further strengthen our democratic ideals and ethos," he said. The PM recalled that lakhs of people had resisted the Emergency declared by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on this day in 1975.
Pic: Indira Gandhi during the Emergency
"Today's budget will be a budget reflecting the hopes, dreams and desire for change of the people of Delhi. #SwarajBudget," Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Twitter.
The Delhi Assembly had passed three bills on the first day of the Budget session, including the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement (Amendment) Bill and the Delhi Legislative Assembly Members (Prevention of Disqualification) (Amendment) Bill yesterday.
It also passed a Bill according university status to Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology (NSIT). The budget session of Delhi Assembly began on Tuesday, it will have six sittings and conclude on June 30.
"Yes, of course. It is the style of a benevolent dictator. That was Balasaheb's style. Uddhavji has also adopted the same style," Joshi, veteran Sena leader and former Maharashtra chief minister, said today.
Asked about the perception that he has been sidelined in the Sena for the last few years, Joshi said, "There is no such perception. I have been active. I do my work."
A flood alert was late last night sounded for Anantnag and Pulwama districts with the MeT department predicting more rains over the next 48 hours in the region. The water level at Sangam was 25.30 feet at 3 am, 2.30 feet above the danger mark, a police official said. The river was flowing at 17.10 feet at Ram Munshibagh, closing in on the danger mark of 19 feet, the official said. The water level in Jhelum and its tributaries rose sharply following heavy rainfall since yesterday. People living in and around flood prone areas in the two districts have been advised to shift to safer areas
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