Sat, 27 January 2018
Give us rights of Padmaavat, will pay for its production: Karni Sena

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21:43   Natural to have different views, but strive for unity: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said in a democracy it is natural to have different views but one must strive towards unity.

Interacting with National Cadet Corps cadets, National Service Scheme volunteers and tableaux artists, he asked them to take responsibility for social change and to fight blind faith.

"In order to make India a stronger and progressive nation, then (one should work on) its biggest strength (which) is its unity," Modi told the young participants.

After a photo-opportunity with various groups of young participants, Modi, in a break from tradition, also interacted with the children and addressed them.

He told them that in a democracy it is natural to have different views but one must strive towards unity.

There are certain proverbs that are often attached to a community or caste but the youth must question and dispel them, Modi said.

He also asked them to fight blind faith, starting at home.

The prime minister also told the youngsters to take responsibility for social change instead of expecting the government to do everything and urged them to fulfill Mahatma Gandhi's dream of a clean India by 2019 -- the year of the father of the nation's 150th birth anniversary.

Modi told the youngsters that they should make an effort to know more about those who receive civil and military honours, especially those who sacrifice their lives for the country.

"Very few people know that in free India 33,000 policemen have sacrificed their lives, which they have for someone's protection," Modi said harping on the need to show respect to the police personnel.   -- PTI

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20:36   Give us rights of Padmaavat, will pay for its production: Karni Sena
Shri Rajput Karni Sena today said it was ready to pay the money spent on making Padmaavat if it was handed over the film's rights and stressed that the organisation had nothing to do with the incidents of violence that happened over its release.

Karni Sena's chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi said at a press conference that their members or of any other Kshtariya organisation had no hand in the attack on a school bus.

On Wednesday, a mob attacked the school bus carrying 20 to 25 children in Gurugram, where hundreds of violent protesters took to roads torching vehicles and destroying public property to oppose the film's release.

"We are ready for any kind of probe, be it by the CBI or a judicial one. A Rajput can never think of doing such a thing. If we were present there, we would have never let such an attack happen," Kalvi said.

He also said that their outfit's members had nothing to do with the violence in Ahmedabad in which vehicles were vandalised outside the malls.

Kalvi accused those connected to the film to be behind the attacks.

"Yesterday, we did not carry out any protests because it was Republic Day and we respect our nation. But we will continue our protests till the film is taken down from cinema halls," he said, stressing that they would never resort to violence.

Kalvi said they were ready to pay Bhansali the money he had spent on making the film.

"We are ready to collect the money and pay him if he hands over the rights of the film to us. We will then carry out a jauhar of the film's reels (assign them to flames)," he said.

Bhansali's Padmaavat starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh finally released on January 25 amid protests and vandalism by disgruntled groups which accused the filmmaker of 'distorting historical facts' and wrongful portrayal of Queen Padmavati.

Historians, however, are divided on whether Rajput queen Padmavati existed.  -- PTI
19:34   'Aadhaar' defeats 'mitron' to be Oxford dictionary's Hindi word of 2017
Oxford Dictionaries has chosen 'Aadhaar' as the Hindi word of 2017.

The word gained popularity due to Aadhaar card, which was in news last year and is likely to remain in highlight this year as well.

The announcement was made at a session 'Oxford Dictionaries' Hindi Word of the Year' during the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival.

Other words such as 'Mitron', 'Notebandi', 'Gau-Rakshak' were also considered, but the widespread discussions and debates around 'Aadhaar' was reason it was selected as the word of the year, journalist Saurabh Dwivedi said during the discussion.

Writer Pankaj Dubey said new words like 'Sleepawastha' (state of sleeping), 'Maukatarian' (opportunist) should be coined to express certain moods.

Chitra Mudgal objected to the suggestion and instead advocated for correct use of languages.

"If a person with lack of proper knowledge coins and expresses such words then it can be understood but this is not acceptable when educated people do this," Mudgal, an author, said.

Poet and writer Ashok Vajpeyi said politicians use Hindi word 'Mitron' (friends) which is not grammatically correct, when in fact the correct word is 'Mitro' -- an apparent reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who uses the term often in his speeches.

Vajpeyi said the responsibility to conserve language lies with people.

"Changes would come, new words would be coined but ultimately the responsibility to conserve the language is on citizens," he said.

Talking about the languages used by media, journalist Vinod Dua said that media's job is to provide news in a simple language for audience, instead of creating a literature while broadcasting the news.  -- PTI
19:07   Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed released
Saudi Arabia released billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal today nearly three months after his arrest in an anti-corruption drive targeting the kingdom's elite.

"He (Prince Al-Waleed) is out," a business associate of the Prince was quoted as saying by agencies.

Prince Al-Waleed, dubbed the Warren Buffett of Saudi Arabia, was among some 350 suspects rounded up since November 4, including billionaire tycoons and ministers who were detained in Riyadh's luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel.

Prince Al-Waleed is the latest in a series of high- profile detainees to be freed from the hotel.

However, the Saudi information ministry has not issued any remarks in this regard.

Authorities have previously said most of those detained struck monetary settlements in exchange for their freedom, which could earn state coffers about $100 billion.  -- Agencies
18:14   1 killed as Army patrol party fires at stone-pelting mob
One person was killed and several others were injured in a firing, after an army patrol party came under heavy stone pelting from a mob in Shopian's Ganowpora village in South Kashmir on Saturday.

Due to this, tension escalated in the area and clashes are still on.

The incident comes days after two terrorists were killed in an encounter in Dairoo's Chaigund area in Shopian on Wednesday.

Their bodies have been recovered by the security forces as well.

The slain terrorists were later identified as locals.

A local boy was also killed in the ensuing crossfire, while two women sustained injuries.

More details are awaited. -- ANI

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17:59   We're ready to go alone if BJP wants to snap ties: Naidu
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu hits at snapping ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

"We are maintaining 'Mitra Dharma' with the BJP but if it does not want to continue with the alliance, we will go on our own," Naidu was quoted as saying by ANI.

Naidu heads the Telugu Desam Party which is a National Democratic Alliance partner.

The BJP is also the junior ally of the TDP in Andhra Pradesh.

Naidu's statement comes after he was criticised by some state BJP leaders.

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16:59   Fresh violence in UP's Kasganj; 2 shops, bus torched
Fresh violence erupted in curfew-bound Kasganj city today with miscreants torching two shops and a bus, even as nine people were arrested in connection with yesterday's clashes that left a boy dead and injured two others, police said.

The area remained tensed after clashes had broken out on Republic Day following reported stone-pelting at a motorcycle rally taken out by Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad volunteers on Mathura-Bareilly highway.

Following the clashes curfew was imposed in the city.

According to police, miscreants torched two shops and a bus.

Fire department personnel have been sent to the scene.

The Uttar Pradesh Police tweeted that they have arrested at least nine people in connection with the clashes yesterday.

'A complaint has been filed at Kasganj police station and nine persons involved have been arrested so far. A special team has been constituted and we are trying to arrest others involved,' the police said.

A 16-year-old boy was killed and two persons were injured in the clashes yesterday, according to District Magistrate R P Singh.

"It seems the (stone pelting) incident was not pre-planned (sic), but spontaneous," Additional DG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar has said.

"The troublemakers are being identified, and stringent action will be initiated against them. The district administration has been able to control the situation so far, but additional forces will be called to ensure that the situation does not worsen," he has said.  -- PTI

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15:48   40 killed in blast near embassies and govt buildings in Kabul
UPDATE: At least 40 people were killed and 140 injured when a bomb hidden in an ambulance was detonated at a police checkpoint in Kabul on Saturday.

The incident occurred  close to the gate of the old Ministry of Interior building in the city.

There are foreign embassies and other government buildings also in the area.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the blast.

This is their second big attack in a week, after the attack on Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul in which 22 people were killed.  -- Agencies

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15:30   FM hints at further rejig of GST rates
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the goods and service tax has stabilised in a very short time that provides an opportunity to widen its base and further rationalise the rates in the future.

Also, he said the GST has brought about an entire change in the indirect tax system in the country.

Jaitley further said the GST has 'stabilised in a very short time in India' as compared to various other countries.

"Therefore, it gives us an opportunity in the times to come to increase its base and rationalise the structure as it continues to evolve," he said at an event to mark the International Customs Day.

At present, the GST has four rates of 5 per cent, 12 per cent, 18 per cent and 28 per cent.

It is to be noted that the GST Council in the November meeting had decided to keep only sin goods and white goods under the 28 per cent tax bracket and moved 178 items from the highest tax bracket to 18 per cent.

Thirteen items were moved from 18 per cent to 12 per cent bracket; 8 items from 12 per cent to 5 per cent; 6 items from 18 per cent to 5 per cent, while 6 other items moved from 5 per cent to zero per cent slab.

Following the reduction on more than 200 items, the GST collections hit lowest in November from Rs 80,808 crore in the previous month.

However, halting two months of decline, the collections gathered momentum in December, rising to Rs 86,703 crore.

Total GST collections in October were over Rs 83,000 crore.

In September, the GST mop-up was over Rs 92,150 crore.  -- PTI
14:51   Haryana: SIT formed to probe violence over Padmaavat release
A Special Investigation Team has been constituted to investigate the violence that took place during the release of movie Padmaavat in Gurugram.

'To investigate the cases of PS Bhondsi and Sadar Sohna incident, the SIT has also been constituted in which ACPs, Inspectors and ASIs are the members of this SIT under the direct supervision of the DCP South GGM.

'This team will make all-out efforts to collect scientific evidence and to identify the remaining hooligans,' read a press statement from the Haryana police.

So far, 38 protesters have been arrested and sent to the judicial custody in connection with the matter.

'24 miscreants were arrested in eight criminal cases and 14 miscreants were detained under section 107/151 CrPC as a preventive measure,' the statement added.

Karni Sena Gurugram chief Thakur Kushalpal has also been detained by the police in connection of incidents of violence in the city.

The police also assured the public that the efforts are being made to identify other miscreants who were involved in violent incidents.

'Best efforts are being made by GGM Police to identify the other remaining miscreants who were involved in violent incidents which occurred in different places in Gurugram,' it said.

The Haryana police also clarified that the situation in Gurugram is peaceful and under control.

'The situation in Gurugram is peaceful and under control. Police personnel have already been deployed in large numbers at malls and sensitive locations to maintain law and order,' the statement added.

On January 24, a school bus was attacked by a group of men who were protesting against the release of the film in Haryana's Gurugram.

The protesters threw stones at the bus, which was carrying students, teachers and other staff members of Gurugram's GD Goenka World School.

The protesters also torched a state bus in Gurugram.  -- ANI

IMAGE: A bus torched by protesters at Gurugram's Sohna Road in Haryana. Photograph: ANI
14:45   Huge blast rocks Kabul
A huge blast rocked Kabul today, reporters and witnesses said, in latest apparent attack in the capital of war-torn Afghanistan.

TOLONews quoted emergency hospital officials as confirming that at least 50 people have been wounded in the massive explosion that tore through the city late in the afternoon.

An eyewitness said the explosion was a car bomb close to the gate of the old Ministry of Interior building in the city.

More details awaited.  -- Agencies
13:53   Trump makes '15 new friends' in Davos, three of Indian origin!
United States President Donald Trump declared before a full house at Davos that he has made '15 new friends' whom he did not know before at a dinner on Thursday night -- including three of Indian origin.

After a 'band' welcome and a nearly 20-minute speech, Trump sat down for a brief question and answers session with World Economic Forum Founder Klaus Schwab on the last day of the annual pow-wow of rich and powerful from across the 'fractured' world and began by complementing him for putting together this 'really great' economic forum.

Trump, who arrived here yesterday afternoon, told Schwab -- who on his part said the US President's strong leadership is open to misconceptions and biased interpretations -- that he has made '15 new friends' here in Davos.

"We had dinner last night with about 15 leaders of industry -- none of whom I knew, but all of whom I have read about for years -- and it was truly an incredible group," Trump said.

"And I think I have 15 new friends. So this has been really great what you have done in putting it together, the economic forum," he said.

These 15 industry leaders from Europe -- whom Trump described as 'very powerful businesspeople of the world' and asked them to introduce themselves one by one and say a few words at the dinner table, as per a White House release --- included Swiss pharma giant Novartis' incoming CEO Vas Narasimhan, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri and Deloitte CEO Punit Renjen.

Others were heads of Bayer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Siemens, AB Volvo, SAP, Adidas, Statoil, Nestle, ABB and HSBC. At the dinner, Renjen said, "Mr President, thank you for having me. Punit Renjen from Deloitte. On behalf of 265,000 employees across the globe, 70,000 in the US, thank you again for having us".

As per the White House release, Trump replied, "Great company. Thank you very much. Great job."

After everyone's introduction, Trump said, "I want to thank everybody. Really, you have done incredible work, incredible jobs. These are some of the great companies of the world, many of the great companies of the world".  -- PTI
13:26   R-Day celebrated at UN, across US
Scores of diplomats including ambassadors of four of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- Russia, China, France and Britain -- attended one of the largest Republic Day receptions outside India at the UN headquarters, besides events across the United States as well.

The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, was the only P-5 country envoy not to attend the impressive Republic Day reception hosted jointly by the Permanent Mission of India to the UN and the Indian consulate in New York.

Haley, who was not in town, sent one of her top diplomats to the event, which was attended by several hundred Indian Americans, officials of the UN and envoys of scores of countries at the UN.

Prominent among those were the President of the General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak, and the Deputy UN Secretary General Amina J Mohammed. Maleeha Lodhi, the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN, surprised many by her presence at India's Republic Day celebrations at the UN, which was marked by an impressive dance performance at the UN Delegates Dining Room.

'Though far from India's shores, the young sing about the 'land that nourished and nurtured' as we celebrate India's #Republicday2018@IndiaUNNewYork,' Syed Akbaruddin, India's Permanent Representative to the UN, said in a tweet.

'We are grateful this evening that several distinguished officials as well as representatives have joined us. I am grateful to the President of the General Assembly who is here with us, also to the Lt Governor of New York, who is with us and the Deputy Secretary General, who is with us,' Akbaruddin said as he was joined by other dignitaries in lighting the lamp.

For many UN observers, it was one of the largest gatherings of ambassadors at a public event at the UN. Indian Ambassador to the US, Navtej Singh Sarna, paid floral tributes to statues of Mahatma Gandhi outside the Embassy in Washington before unfurling the national flag, in the presence of embassy staff and members of the Indian American community.

Akbaruddin unfurled the national flag at the UN mission in New York, with India's other diplomatic missions in the US -- in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, and Atlanta -- also hosting events. Diego Gomez Pickering, the Consul General of Mexico in New York was the guest of honor at the Indian consulate celebrations in the city.

'Honored to participate in the celebrations of the 69th #RepublicDay at @IndiainNewYork along with Consul General Chakravorty and the vibrant Indian community of #NYC. #Mexico and #India partners, friends and allies,' he tweeted.

Sanjeev Tripathi from Boston wrote a special poem in Hindi on the occasion. Illinois Lt Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and joined the Republic Day celebrations in Chicago along with a large number of Indian Americans.

Officials of the Indian Consulate in Houston posted a special video on twitter 'Jai Hind. Happy Republic Day'.

Congressman Pete Olson appeared in a traditional kurta at the Consulate and joined Indian Americans in the Republic day celebrations in the Indian Consulate in Houston.

'Great to celebrate the 69th India Republic Day at the Consulate General of India this morning!' he said.

'#OTD in 1950, the largest democracy on earth was born when the Indian constitution was adopted. I look forward to many more years of friendship between our two great countries!' Olson tweeted.

A number of Republic Day celebrations have been scheduled by Indian Americans across the country over the weekend.  -- PTI

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12:19   Karni Sena threat: CBFC chief not to attend Jaipur Lit Fest
Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi has said that he will not attend Jaipur Literature Festival this year.

His statement comes after the Rajput Karni Sena threatened to disrupt his address at the Lit Fest, to protest clearance of the movie Padmaavat by the Central Board of Film Certification.

'Will not be attending #JLF (Jaipur Lit Fest) this year and must say will miss sharing great moments with literature and poetry lovers.

'I am doing this so that the dignity of the event does not get compromised or discomfort caused either to the organisers, fellow writers or the attendees,' Joshi said.

'I did my job and sincerely took a sensitive and balanced call. Certification was done with due processes, incorporating valid suggestions whilst staying mindful to concerns of society and cinema. Sad that we are not relying on genuine peaceful dialogue,' Joshi was quoted as saying by ANI.

Earlier, Karni Sena had said it will protest censor board chief Prasoon Joshi's lecture at Jaipur Literature Festival.

The fringe group, which has been protesting against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat was upset at the CBFC for clearing the movie after suggesting some modifications.

"We don't want to hear his lecture. He has put the pride of Rajasthan at stake. How can he deliver a lecture here after humiliating us? People of Rajasthan don't want such lectures. We will protest against him," president of the group Mahipal Singh Makrana said.  -- ANI, Agencies
11:13   Ceremonial welcome for Cambodian PM at Rashtrapati Bhawan
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen was accorded the ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi on Saturday.

This is to be followed by a wreath laying ceremony at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial in Rajghat.

Later in the day, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will call on the Cambodian prime minister.

After the meeting, Hun Sen will hold delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Cambodian Prime Minister is also scheduled to meet with President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu.

-- ANI
10:55   Molestation on flight: Actor likely to withdraw case against accused
More than a month after a 39-year-old man was accused of molesting a minor Bollywood actor on board an Air Vistara flight, the actor might withdraw the case against the accused.

On December 9, 2017, Vikas Sachdev, a Mumbai-based businessman, was booked under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the IPC, and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act after a statement by the actor accused Sachdev of molesting her. He was later granted bail by a Mumbai court.

The accused has been named and shamed in the act. In the past few days, a few people reached out to us to know the status of the case and she has expressed that she would be happy to pardon him, said a member of her team, adding: The actor was in deep shock and in a dilemma after the incident. She does not want to punish the accused for what has happened and wants to give him a chance to rectify the mistake.

The actor had shared her ordeal in a series of Instagram posts, which are now deleted. The airline did not want to comment on the issue.
10:23   Fire breaks out in commercial complex in Mumbai, no casualty
A fire broke out in a commercial complex in Mumbai's suburban area of Goregaon this morning, civic officials said.

The blaze erupted at Cama Estate around 8 am, an official of the Disaster Control Cell of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said.

The fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and the firefighting operation was launched with the help of seven water tankers and eight fire engines, he said.

No casualty has been reported in the incident so far, the official said adding that the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. 

-- PTI
10:13   Rajputs who saw Padmaavat angry for opposing it earlier: Sisodia
With protests still continuing against Padmaavat, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said he saw the film along with a few others Rajput leaders and found nothing objectionable in it. A Rajput himself, Sisodia said that those opposing the film earlier were angry with themselves after watching it.

"I took many of them to the theatre. Saw the movie. Forget about me, people opposing it ... they said there was nothing in this movie," the 46-year-old deputy chief minister told reporters.

Groups like the Karni Sena allege that "Padmaavat" hurts Rajput pride and twists the story of 14th century Queen Padmini, who chose death before surrendering to Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji. Protesters took to violence and arson in Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh - the states that had initially banned the movie despite the censor board allowing it with tweaks.

Over the last two days, a train was stopped in UP and the Delhi-Jaipur highway and other roads were blocked. In Gurgaon, a bus was set on fire. In parts of UP, protesters forced shops and markets to shut down. A mob was lathi-charged in Etawah. Protesters set afire a ticket booth in Jammu.

On Wednesday, a mob protesting against the film even attacked a school bus in Gurgaon, which was carrying about two dozen children.
09:28   Lockheed Martin denies offering India fifth-generation F-35 fighter
Lockheed Martin, the US aerospace giant, rebutted a report that was widely published in the Indian media, that it had offered the state-of-the-art F-35 Lightning II fighter to the country. The F-35, a fifth-generation fighter, that is only now entering service in significant numbers, is superior to the F-16 Block 70 fighter that Lockheed Martin is offering India in its proposed purchase of an estimated 100 single-engine fighters.

But, Lockheed Martin spokesperson, Michael Friedman, stated: The article referencing F-35 production in India was misreported and incorrect. The conversation was in regards to F-16 production.

Further, DefenseNews magazine, quoted an Indian defence ministry official as stating: There is no such plan, and no official proposal has come from US government and Lockheed Martin to produce F-35s in India in the future.

The earlier report, originating from PTI and carried by several Indian newspapers, stated: Lockheed Martin has proposed to manufacture custom-built F-35 fighter jets in India, which its officials say will give Indian industry a unique opportunity to become part of the worlds largest fighter aircraft ecosystem. The confusion stemmed from a long-running marketing effort by Lockheed Martin to burnish the older F-16 Block 70 by suggesting that it containes many advanced technologies developed for the firms two most advanced fighter aircraft the F-22 Raptor and the F-35.

-- Ajai Shukla/Business Standard
09:05   Rahul seat row: BJP says its leaders were denied seats in VIP enclosures
The BJP today hit back at the Congress over the issue of sitting position of Rahul Gandhi during the Republic Day parade, saying in the past its chiefs were not even given seats in the VIP enclosure.

Congress president Gandhi on Friday attended the annual event and took the designated seat in the sixth row, prompting an angry reaction from the party which accused the ruling BJP government of setting aside tradition and indulging in "cheap politics".

"Where did Rajnath Singh ji and Nitin Gadkari ji sit as BJP chiefs at Republic Day events during the Congress-led UPA government," BJP National Spokesperson Anil Baluni said.

He said that BJP leaders were not given seats in the VIP area during the Congress-era.

"But unlike the Congress, the BJP does not stoop so low and believes in a healthy democracy," Baluni said.

Gandhi was seated in the sixth row, along with Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Last year, Sonia Gandhi was assigned a seat in the front row and was seen sitting along with BJP president Amit Shah.

The BJP president was seated in the front row in the function on Friday too. 
08:53   13 dead, 2 injured after bus falls into river in Kolhapur
At least 13 people were killed and two injured when a bus carrying 16 passengers fell into the Panchganga River at Kolhapur in Western Maharashtra last night, the police said.

The accident took place at around 11:45 pm on the Shivaji Bridge when the driver lost control of the vehicle while travelling from Ganpatipule to Pune, a police officer in Kolhapur, over 300 km from Mumbai, said.

The police and the fire brigade were alerted by some onlookers following which a search and rescue operation was launched, he said.

Eleven people died on the spot and out of 3 who were seriously injured, one died later.

Body of a child was found later.

08:04   Haley calls rumours of affair with Trump 'disgusting''
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has termed as "disgusting" and "offensive" online rumours suggesting she is having an affair with US President Donald Trump and said such insinuations fit a pattern of attacks on successful women.

The online speculation was instigated by 'Fire and Fury' author Michael Wolff, who dropped hints on HBOs 'Real Time with Bill Maher' last week when he said he was "absolutely sure" Trump is having an affair just not sure enough to write about it in his book.

Wolff went on to say that discriminating readers would be able to determine the president's paramour by giving his book a close reading.

Haley, 46, married for 22 years and the mother of two children, in an interview with Politico, said the rumours were "absolutely not true."

She also said she's never talked once to the president about her future and that she is never alone with Trump.

"So the idea that these things come out, thats a problem," the Indian-American diplomat said.

"But it goes to a bigger issue that we need to always be conscious of: At every point in my life, Ive noticed that if you speak your mind and youre strong about it and you say what you believe, there is a small percentage of people that resent that and the way they deal with it is to try and throw
arrows, lies or not," she said.

In his bestselling book "Fire and Fury," Wolff wrote that Trump had been spending "a notable amount of private time with Haley on Air Force One and was seen to be grooming her for a national political future."

That led to online scrutiny of Haley.

This is not the first time Haley has had to deal with false claims of an affair, something she said is an attack frequently made against women.

-- PTI