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Slugfest Between Vijayan, Shah Over Entry Of Women Into Ayyappa Temple

New Delhi: Hours after BJP Chief Amit Shah on Saturday threatened to pull down the Pinarayi Vijayan government in Kerala if the Sabarimala temple traditions are not adhered to, the Chief Minister said Shah's remarks were an attack on the apex court and the Constitution.

"His statement that the apex court should pronounce verdicts that are implementable is nothing but a challenge to the various rights that the Constitution guarantees," said Vijayan in a Facebook post.

Earlier in the day, escalating his attack on the Left dispensation, BJP chief Amit Shah had alleged that an "Emergency-like" situation prevailed in Kerala with the state government "playing with fire" in quelling with "brutal force" protests by Ayyappa devotees over the Sabarimala issue.

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President Sirisena Installs Sri Lanka’s Most Controversial Leader Rajapakse As New PM

New Delhi: In a surprise move moments after the incumbent premier Ranil Wickremesinghe was sacked, President Maithripala Sirisena installed Sri Lanka’s most controversial former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse as the country’s new prime minister.

Sirisena won elections against Rajapakse in 2015 on a platform of economic reform and accountability for atrocities committed during his opponent’s 10-year rule at the close of Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war. Colombo was on the verge of facing economic sanctions from Western nations over Rajapakse’s human rights record before his government lost office.

Sirisena’s office said that his former foe had been appointed prime minister, and a private TV channel loyal to Rajapakse broadcast a rushed swearing-in ceremony. But questions remain over the legality of the move, as a constitutional amendment passed in 2015 had taken away the president’s power to sack the prime minister.

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BJP Accuses Congress President of Spreading Falsehood As He Lives In Hallucination

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hit back at Congress President Rahul Gandhi accusing him of ‘spreading falsehood’ over the issue of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Alok Verma and said that he was living in ‘hallucination’.

“The Congress has lost all hopes of becoming relevant and it has also lost patience. And therefore in their dreams also they are dreaming only about Rafale. It appears Rahulji is living in hallucination,” HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.

“He is manufacturing lies on Rafale everyday. Today he came out with two falsehoods. The first falsehood is that the CBI Director was removed but the fact is that he was not removed. He has been sent on leave. No 1 (Verma) and No 2 (Special Director Rakesh Asthana) have been sent on leave,” he said.

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Verma Accuses Government Of Interfering Into Independence, Autonomy Of CBI

New Delhi: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Kumar Verma told the Supreme Court that divesting him of his powers ‘overnight’ by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) and the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) was ‘patently illegal’, and also hinted that he was removed for investigating cases inconvenient to the government.

Verma has accused the government of interfering with the independence and autonomy of the premier institution. He also hit out at the agency’s special director Rakesh Asthana (whom he didn’t name), who too was sent on leave along with the director, for posing hurdles in investigating cases.

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CBI Director Alok Verma Divested Special Director Rakesh Asthana Of All Cases

New Delhi: Hours after the Delhi High Court refused to stop investigation against the CBI that has turned out to be one of the most controversial chapters in the history the agency, complete with a raid on its own headquarters and the arrest of a deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma divested special director Rakesh Asthana of all cases he is overseeing and recommended that he be transferred out of the agency.

Asthana, the second senior-most officer in the federal agency who has been accused of taking bribes, secured protection from arrest from the high court, which ordered a ‘status quo’ until the next hearing on October 29.