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JD (U) To Contest Elections In Manipur, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh On Its Own

New Delhi:JD (U) general secretary KC Tyagi said that the party would contest upcoming elections in Manipur, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh on its own. The decision to this regard was taken at the national executive meeting of the JD(U) which was held in New Delhi on Sunday.

"Some media reports say we are helping BJP but we are neither supporting them nor opposing them, we are not helping them," said Tyagi.

This assumes significance amid reports that keen on expanding the party beyond Bihar. There were also reports that all is not well in the JD (U)-BJP alliance. On the issue of One Nation One Election, Tyagi said, "We are in the favour of simultaneous elections but we don't think it is easy to be conducted. However, we cannot oppose it as it is a step towards less expensive election, curbing black money and better governance.

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India Refuses To Go Ahead With Joint Development Of FGFA Due To High Cost Of Project

New Delhi:India has conveyed to Russia that it is not interested to go ahead with the joint development of a fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) primarily due to high cost involved in the project. However, negotiations are still on.

The official sources said that they, however, said the negotiations between the two countries on the much ambitious project have not yet been shelved as India was ready to have a re-look at co-development of the jet if an appropriate cost sharing formula between the two countries was arrived at.

India and Russia had signed an inter-governmental agreement for the mega project in 2007, vowing to take the military ties between the two strategic partners to the next level. However, the project has been stuck for the last 11 years as there have been serious differences between the two sides on sharing cost of developing the jet, technologies to be used in it and number of aircraft to be produced.

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Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chief Asiya Andrabi And Two Others In 10 Day NIA Custody

New Delhi:A special NIA court remanded Dukhtaran-e-Millatchief AsiyaAndrabiand two others to 10 days custody.AsiyaAndrabi, chief of the Kashmiri women’s separatist group (DEM, and two of her associates were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for allegedly advocating the secession of Jammu and Kashmir and the use of violence against India.

Government officials said on condition of anonymity that the move was among recommendations made at a security review meeting held in New Delhi on March 3 that was chaired by National Security Advisor AjitDoval and attended by home secretary Rajiv Gauba, Intelligence Bureau director Rajiv Jain, NIA director YC Modi, J&K police chief SP Vaid and additional director general (law and order) Munir Ahmed Khan.

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Court Allows ED To Place On Record Documents In Support Of Charge Sheet Against Karti

New Delhi:In the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case against Karti Chidambaram son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, a Delhi court allowed the Enforcement Directorate to place on record voluminous documents running into around 3,600 pages in support of its charge sheet against junior Chidambaram.

Special Judge O P Saini posted the matter for July 31 when it will decide on whether to take cognisance of the charge sheet against Karti Chidambaram.After the application moved by special public prosecutors -- senior advocate Sonia Mathur and advocates N K Matta and NiteshRana -- was allowed, the agency filed the documents.

The ED has also mentioned the name of former union minister Chidambaram at various places in the charge sheet. However, he has not been arrayed as an accused in the probe report.

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BJP MP Says, Christians Did Not Contribute To The Freedom Struggle

New Delhi:GopalShetty,a BJP member of Parliament from Maharashtra, has provoked anger with his comment that ‘Christians did not contribute to the freedom struggle.’

"India was not freed by Hindus...India was not freed by Muslims, we fought as one for our independence. Christians were angrez (British), so they didn't participate in India's freedom struggle," he can be heard as saying in a video.

Shetty, 64, is the MP representing Mumbai North in Parliament. He made the controversial remark while addressing a gathering for Eid-e-Miladorganised by the Shia Kabrastan Committee in Mumbai on Sunday. The Congress seized on the comments and demanded Shetty's resignation, calling him a repeat offender.