Jharkhand Mukti Morcha Leader Hemant Soren Meets CPI Leader D Raja To Fight Jointly Against BJP

New Delhi:  Former chief minister of Jharkhand and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader Hemant Soren met Communist Party of India leader D Raja. He said that all opposition parties should be included in this “momentum” fight.

Soren wrote on Twitter that he had a “fruitful discussion” with Raja about the contours of the grand alliance against the BJP in Jharkhand. “We strongly feel that all opposition parties should be included in this momentum fight,” he tweeted after the meeting.

“Despite limited room, Hemant has suggested including the CPI in the opposition alliance. If this proposal is agreed upon by other allies, the CPI may get one seat to contest,” a JMM leader said. If it joins the opposition alliance, the CPI could get the Hazaribag Lok Sabha seat, currently held by union minister Jayant Sinha. In return, it will have to let go of the Koderma Lok Sabha seat that it is demanding.


Punjab Police Bust Espionage Racket And Arrest MES Employee For Allegedly Passing Sensitive Information To Pakistan

New Delhi:  The Punjab Police’s intelligence wing claimed to have busted an espionage racket active in the state with the arrest of a Military Engineering Services (MES) employee who allegedly passed sensitive military information to Pakistan-based operatives.

The alleged agent, Ram Kumar, is working as an electrician with MES in the Jalandhar Cantonment since 2013 and hails from Fazilka district. Two mobile phones and four SIM cards were recovered from him. The state special operations cell (SSOC) claims to have made his arrest on the basis of specific inputs provided by other agencies.

A case under Sections 3, 4, 5, 9 of the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code was registered against him at the special operations cell police station in Amritsar.


Captain Amarinder Singh Urges Islamabad To Be More Responsive To India’s Demands On Kartarpur Corridor

New Delhi:  Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh urged Islamabad to be more amenable and responsive to India’s demands expressing disappointment at Pakistan’s response to various issues raised by India during the first meeting on the Kartarpur Corridor keeping in view the interests of the devotees seeking to pay obeisance at the historic Gurdwara across the border.

The CM added Islamabad’s response to India’s demands was totally inadequate and the neighbouring country needed to reconsider its stand, if the corridor is to serve its true purpose, in the spirit in which it was decided to be opened.

The governments of the two countries took a historic decision by agreeing to open the corridor to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, in November this year, said Captain Amarinder, lauding the fact that the Pulwama attack and the subsequent IAF airstrikes were not allowed to scuttle talks between the two sides on taking the project forward.


Jaitley Hits Back At Congress By saying Jawaharlal Nehru The Original Sinner On UNSC Issue

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said hitting back at the Congress that first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was the “original sinner” who favoured China over India for permanent membership into the United Nation Security Council.

This comes within hours of Congress President Rahul Gandhi terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “weak” and “scared” of Chinese President Xi Jinping after Beijing blocked a UN resolution to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist.

“The original mistake, both on Kashmir and China, was committed by the same person,” said Jaitley while quoting a letter written by Nehru to Chief Ministers on August 2, 1955.


Supreme Court Reserves Order On Privilege On Use Of Documents Classified As Secret

New Delhi: The government has made a renewed pitch in the Supreme Court to persuade the judges to remove the secret Rafale papers from the review petition, arguing that this could be done under the reasonable restriction law under the Constitution and the right to information law (RTI). But the government’s top lawyer faced many questions from the court that pointed to a clause in the RTI Act that it could override the colonial-era Official Secrets Act.

The top court later reserved its order on the government request claiming privilege on use of documents classified as secret. Attorney General KK Venugopal argued that the Official Secrets Act disallows the defence ministry documents to be admitted in the Supreme Court. Petitioner Prashant Bhushan has presented photocopies of the ‘secret’ documents related to Rafale deal in the court to support his contention seeking a review of the court’s December judgment on Rafale deal.