You can’t sport a beard in school, says SC ‘We Can’t Have Taliban’
Rejecting the appeal of a Muslim student that he be permitted to sport a beard in his convent school, the Supreme Court on Monday observed that secularism cannot be overstretched and that ‘Talibanization’ of the country cannot be permitted.
“We don’t want to have Taliban in the country. Tomorrow, a girl student may come and say that she wants to wear a burqa? Can we allow it?” Justice Markandeya Katju, speaking for a Bench headed by Justice Raveendran, observed.
Lahore done, it’s US capital now: Taliban’s Mehsud
Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud claimed responsibality for the attack on police acadamy and claimed to attack US.
Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, for whom the United States has posted a five-million-dollar reward, said there would be more attacks after Monday’s raid on the Lahore police training school that left 12 people dead.
“We claim responsibility for the attack,” Mehsud, blamed for the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, said by telephone from an undisclosed location.
One killed, 15 wounded in Guwahati blast
The explosion in Lal Ganesh area occurred when senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee was addressing reporters, just three kilometres away from the blast site. He expressed fears about terrorist strikes.
According to the police, the bomb was planted on a parked motor cycle and went off in the area which was packed with evening shoppers and vendors.
Mukherjee, who was addressing a press conference at a city hotel in Pan Bazar, said terrorists might strike during the election time.
SC bars Sanjay Dutt from contesting LS polls
Supreme Court refused to stay his conviction in connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts case. Dutt was convicted under the Arms Act and sentenced to six years in jail by a TADA court. He is out on bail at present.
“We are not inclined to suspend his conviction,” a Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan said, according to
Does youth trump experience in the Lok Sabha stakes?
Indian political parties and leaders are courting young voters for the upcoming general elections and the age of political leaders like L.K. Advani and Rahul Gandhi is being made into an electoral issue.
After all nearly two-thirds of India is below 35 years of age, the cut-off for ‘youth’ according to the National Youth Policy.
BJP says to push reforms, FDI
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will speed up foreign investment projects in India if it wins a general election, with business hit by red tape, land protests and lack of government help, party president Rajnath Singh said.
The measure is part of the BJP’s election manifesto to be unveiled this week as the party and its allies battle against a left-of-centre Congress government weeks before an April/May general election.
Some of India’s biggest investments projects, including a $12-billion steel plant by South Korea’s POSCO and an alumina refinery by Britain’s Vedanta Resources Plc, have been held up for years due to land protests and legal wrangles.
Indian companies have also suffered. Tata Motors Ltd was forced to move its factory to build the Nano car, hailed as the world’s cheapest, after land protests.
“We will push for heavy investments in mega projects, so that we can save India from the effects of recession,” Singh, said in an interview, referring to these projects in eastern India.
BrahMos ready for induction: Army
The Army on Monday gave the green signal for the induction of the new version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which has been
developed to act as a precision-strike weapon in a “clustered urban environment”.
Army vice-chief Lt-Gen Noble Thamburaj said the third test of the 290-km-range BrahMos Block-II missile, the first test of which had failed on January 20, at Pokhran on Sunday had been analyzed to be “extremely successful”.
“Accuracy was the watchword. We had wanted them (BrahMos Aerospace) to include a new sensor in the missile. That is what these last three trials were all about. Because more than the naval version, in Army, we wanted the missile to distinguish between similar kind of targets in urban areas,” he said.
BJP’s Gandhi surrenders amid violence
Accompanied by supporters waving saffron flags and chanting “Jai Shri Ram,” a saffron-clad Varun Gandhi surrendered in a Pilibhit court on Saturday.
Though the district administration had clamped prohibitory orders, hundreds of supporters gathered for a saffron show of strength which set the tone for the BJP’s election campaign, at least in the state.
PM sees scope for interest rate cuts
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday plenty of liquidity and low Inflation gave room for further interest rate cuts.
Ramadoss and Velu resign from UPA Govt
Union Ministers Anbumani Ramadoss and R Velu, whose party PMK has aligned with Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK to contest the Lok Sabha polls, resigned from the Manmohan Singh government.