Rafale Paper    Theft    Jeopardises National Security  Govt To Sc 2019 03 14

Defence Ministry says, Review Petition against December Verdict Of SC In Rafale Deal Jeopardizes National Security

New Delhi: The defence ministry has told the Supreme Court in an affidavit filed on March 13 that the widely-circulated review petition against the Supreme Court’s December verdict in the Rafale deal that includes leaked defence ministry documents jeopardizes national security and should be dismissed.

The Centre has also argued that the documents presented a “selective and incomplete picture of internal secret deliberations” on a matter relating to national security and defence. It reasoned that the petition should be dismissed and the documents removed from the top court’s records.

The government also claimed privilege over the documents presented under the evidence law for courts and insisted that the court could not take them into consideration without the government’s permission.

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Army Warns Pakistan Of Dire Consequences After Its Troops Targeted Indian Posts And Civilians Along LoC

New Delhi: As Islamabad’s chief military spokesman puts the onus for de-escalation on New Delhi, the Indian Army has warned Pakistan of “dire consequences” after its troops targeted Indian posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control (LoC) with heavy artillery.

Indian posts and civilians in select areas of Krishna Ghati and Sunderbani along the LoC were targeted in “intense and unprovoked” firing by mortars and heavy artillery guns since Tuesday, an Indian defence ministry statement said. The Indian Army retaliated effectively and there were no casualties on the Indian side, it added.

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Two BJP Lawmakers Get Into A Fist Fight Over Name On The Plaque For A Local Project In Uttar Pradesh

New Delhi: An angry argument between two BJP lawmakers over the name on the plaque for a local project escalated into a fist fight in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, all of it captured on a video recorded on a mobile phone. The widely-circulated video, which has provoked taunts from Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav, comes as a huge embarrassment to the ruling BJP that has summoned the two lawmakers to Lucknow.

The meeting had been convened by the Sant Kabir Nagar district planning board to discuss some projects at the district headquarters.

In the video, BJP Lok Sabha MP Sharad Tripathi and state legislator Rakesh Singh Baghel are initially seen squabbling over the plaque at the meeting also attended by UP Ashutosh Tandon. Somewhere down the line, Tripathi, the Lok Sabha MP from Sant Kabir Nagar, suddenly reaches for his shoe, stands up and starts hitting Baghel on his head.

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AGP Plans To Contest Forthcoming Lok Sabha Polls Alone As It Walked Out Of Alliance With BJP On Citizenship Bill

New Delhi: The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is looking to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls alone two months after it walked out of the alliance with the BJP. Ramendra Narayan Kalita, the party general secretary, ruled out an alliance with the Congress and said the “decision for an alliance with the BJP has not yet been taken.”

The AGP had earlier announced the formation of a nine-member committee to chart out plans for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

“The nine-member committee will decide on the question of alliance,” Kalita said. “The BJP leadership from Delhi has been in touch,” he claimed. Senior BJP leader and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, when asked of the likelihood of an alliance with the AGP or the Delhi leadership being in touch, however, responded that he was “not aware”.

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BJP With Lots Of Tech-Savvy People Fails To Restore Normal Working Of Its Hacked Website

New Delhi: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with lots of tech-savvy people failed to restore normal working of its website which was hacked two days ago. The website of the BJP was still down. The party’s IT cell head Amit Malviya said that it did experience some sort of “transgression”, on Wednesday.

Reacting for the first time after the BJP portal went into the “maintenance” mode, the party’s IT cell head said that the site was down due to a “technical glitch”, not hacking.

“We are not filing any FIR with the police as the site is down only due to a technical glitch. We are trying to resolve the issue and hopefully it will be up by tonight or tomorrow,” BJP’s IT cell head Amit Malviya told IANS in New Delhi.