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Arvind Kejriwal says: Ready for anything to save India from Narndra Mod and Amit Shah

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Asked about a possible alliance with the Congress in Delhi, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said he and his party are ready to do anything to save the country from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.

Speaking to the media after a meeting of the opposition parties to discuss the issue of EVM malfunctioning in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, Kejriwal said that the country was in danger.

“The country is in danger and to save the nation from Modi-Shah duo we are ready to do anything. The efforts will continue till the end,” the Delhi Chief Minister said.

The talks between the Congress and the AAP for an alliance in Delhi is said to be still on despite the Aam Aadmi Party’s insistence on an alliance in Haryana and Chandigarh as well.

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Tarun Tejpal rape trial hearing adjourned

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The scheduled final argument in the rape trial against former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal could not be conducted on Monday, because of a death in the judge’s family, special public prosecutor Francisco Tavora said.

Tavora also said that a fresh date for the completion of final arguments would be announced soon.

“The final argument of the prosecution was to take place today. For the whole day, the prosecution was supposed to argue, followed by the defence lawyers.

“After the final argument, the case was to be kept for final judgement, but it could not be held today because the judge’s mother passed away last night. The judge is on leave,” Tavora said.

“The case has been adjourned for a future date,” he also said.

In 2013, Tejpal was accused of allegedly raping a colleague at a five star resort in North Goa.

He was subsequently chargesheeted under sections under sections 376 (rape), 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement) 354A (sexual harassment) and 354B (criminal assault), of the Indian Penal Code.

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End minority status for Muslims: Sakshi Maharaj

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New Delhi: BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj at Parliament, in New Delhi on July 31, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Unnao, Sakshi Maharaj, known for his controversial remarks, has now said that “as there are more Muslims in India than in Pakistan, their minority status should be abolished”.

Sakshi was addressing a function in Unnao on Saturday.

He said, “There is more Muslim population in India than Pakistan, therefore the minority status of the Muslims should be abolished with immediate effect. Muslims should now consider themselves to be the younger siblings of the Hindus and live with them in the country.”

Speaking over the rising population of the country, Sakshi said, “Soon a bill would be tabled in Parliament to check the increasing population. Those who will have more than two children, will be deprived from contesting elections.”

The BJP MP further attacked the opposition parties on the farmers’ ongoing protest against farm laws, and said, “The government is ready to talk about the farm laws.”

He lashed out at the Congress, saying that “like the Ram temple, the Congress and other political parties should appeal in the Supreme Court on the agricultural bill. Rather, they are firing guns from the shoulders of innocent farmers’ shoulders”.

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Army officer’s 9-year efforts pay off as ULFA insurgent surrenders

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In a major setback to insurgency in the north-east, a deputy commander-in-chief of ULFA (I) surrendered along with his four bodyguards, a culmination of nine years of persistent efforts in this regard by a young officer of the Military Intelligence.

Official sources said that Drishti Rajkhowa, also known as ‘Major Rabha’ or ‘Drishti Asom’ from the banned insurgent organisation, surrendered on late Wednesday night at the Red Horns Division of the Indian Army.

Rajkhowa, an RPG expert responsible for several attacks in the northeast, is a close confidant of ULFA (Independent) commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah who has been hiding in China. Rajkhowa was the commander of 109 Battalion of ULFA (I) until 2011 when Baruah promoted him as his deputy.

This surrender has caused a severe blow to Baruah, ULFA (I), its cadres and the organisation’s nefarious design in the region, the sources added.

On the directions of his chief, Rajkhowa became the mastermind behind gun-running in north-eastern states and even in Bangladesh, sources said. He was hiding in Mymensingh city of Bangladesh, around 120 km north of Dhaka.

One the primary suppliers of firearms to various insurgent groups, he used to frequently shuttle between Garo Hills in Meghalaya and Bangladesh for this purpose, sources said. He was regarded as an honorary leader by the Garo insurgents.

Rajkhowa has survived many encounters, with the last one as recent as October 20 this year. Sources said that his surrender before the Army is a great success for the central government, given its persistent efforts to eradicate insurgency in the region.

The sources pointed out that the surrender is a result of the hard work, dedication and nine years of sincere efforts put in by the MI officer and swift planning by the Military Intelligence.

The young MI Captain had got in touch with the dreaded insurgent in 2011 and maintained his communication channel with him despite multiple transfers. All these years, the officer ignored his personal safety and encouraged the insurgent to surrender and come into the mainstream and facilitate it for others too, the sources said.

With his numerous conversations the officer was able to soften the rigid view of the insurgent and managed to convince him that insurgency is the biggest hurdle in the path of prosperity of the people in the region, the sources said. Finally, Rajkhowa was convinced and agreed to surrender on Wednesday.

The MI staff in Delhi crafted a surrender plan under the supervision of Director General of MI (DGMI) after much deliberations to meet the security and safety requirements peculiar to the case. The plan was executed on ground with the support of Meghalaya-based Red Horns Division of the Army.

On November 11, around midnight, the operation was launched. Rajkhowa surrendered along with his four bodyguards, and gave up one AK-81 assault rifle and two pistols. Subsequently, they were taken to an undisclosed safer location, the sources said.

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