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Seven Policemen Die As Avalanche Lashes Police Post In Kulgam Area of Kashmir Valley

New Delhi: Bodies of seven policemen were on Friday extricated from a police post hit by an avalanche near Jawahar Tunnel in Kulgam district last evening, even as heavy snowfall in Kashmir claimed two more lives in Anantnag. While two cops were rescued, another was missing in the Kulgam incident, a police official said.

The rescued police personnel were shifted to hospital where their condition is stated to be stable, he said. In the second incident, a couple died after their house was buried in a snowslide in Anantnag district on Thursday evening, but rescue teams managed to pull out their two children alive. On the police post incident, the official said an avalanche hit the north portal of Jawahar Tunnel on the Qazigund side in Kulgam district on Thursday evening. While ten cops were able to rush to safety, ten others were trapped.

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Modi Says Elusive Grand-Alliance Is A Mahamilawat Which Will Be Rejected By People In Elections

New Delhi: Prime Minster Narendra Modi said the elusive grand-alliance is a “mahamilawat” (adulteration), which the people will reject in the elections. He took a dig at the opposition parties dismissing their attempt to present a united front against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliace (NDA) in the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

“The people of India have seen the work a government with a full majority can do. They have seen the work of NDA. They do not want a ‘mahamilawat’ government of those who assembled in Kolkata,” PM Modi said in a reference to the rally of 23 opposition parties in West Bengal last month.

“In 2014, the people of the country elected a government with full majority and the country experiences what happens when there is a ‘milawati’ (coalition) government. Now, they are planning ‘mahamilawat’. This ‘mahamilawat’ is not going to reach here (in Delhi). Keep this limited to Kolkata,” he said.

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ED questions Vadra in money laundering probe into alleged possession of illegal foreign assets

New Delhi: After the intervention and direction from a city court to appear before the central probe agency, Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, was questioned by Enforcement Directorate (ED) for over five hours in its money laundering probe into alleged possession of illegal foreign assets. Vadra’s questioning will continue tomorrow at 10:30 am.

Vadra’s wife Priyanka Gandhi accompanied him in a white Toyota Land Cruiser and dropped him outside the ED’s office in Jamnagar House, in a move seen as sending a political message to Congress’ opponents ahead of Lok Sabha polls. Shortly after, Priyanka took charge as AICC general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh East, a fortnight after her formal induction into the Congress party on January 23.

“He is my husband, he is my family...I support my family,” Priyanka said in a show of support to Vadra, who returned from London earlier in the day.

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Mamata Banerjee Warns Of A Larger Stir In The National Capital Next Week Against The CBI

New Delhi: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has not given up as she called off her protest in Kolkata against the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s attempt to question the city’s police chief in connection with ponzi scheme cases, but warned of a larger stir in the national capital next week.

Banerjee’s “Save Constitution” rally in New Delhi on February 13 and 14 is expected to turn out to be another rallying point for Opposition parties, who supported her during her 45-hour stand-off with the central government and the probe agency.

Banerjee claimed moral victory and ended her dharna after the Supreme Court ruled that Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar must cooperate with the CBI but the agency can’t take coercive action against him for now.

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British Government Clears Extradition Process Of Businessman Vijay Mallya Io India

New Delhi: The British government has cleared the extradition process of businessman Vijay Mallya to India. He is wanted in multi-crore loan recovery cases by several banks.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid formally signed the extradition order for Mallya. Mallya has two weeks to appeal the government order, which came after the Westminster magistrates court on December 10 allowed his extradition to India to face legal proceedings in the cases.

“On 3 February, the Secretary of State, having carefully considered all relevant matters, signed the order for Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India. Vijay Mallya is accused in India of conspiracy to defraud, making false representations and money laundering offences,” a home office spokesperson said.