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BJP warns Yashwant Sinha, Pakistan reacts to IAF chief’s comments, protests at Jantar Mantar banned: Top stories

BJP accused Yashwant Sinha of glossing over his performance as finance minister.

india Updated: Oct 06, 2017 07:16 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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BJP veteran Yashwant Sinha at the release of Congress leader and former union minister Manish Tewari's book "Tidings of Troubled Times" at a function in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)

Expect no restraint if Pakistan nuke sites are hit: Foreign minister Khawaja Asif warns India

Pakistan should not be expected to exercise restraint if there is a strike on its nuclear installations by India, foreign minister Khawaja Asif said on Thursday, suggesting a full-scale nuclear retaliation. Asif was reacting to Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa’s remarks that New Delhi could “locate, fix and strike across the border” to counter Islamabad‘s tactical or battlefield nuclear weapons. Asif read from the reported remarks before making his own comments at a Washington think tank event. “If that happens, nobody should expect restraint from us,” said Asif, who is known for speaking his mind. He added: “That’s the most diplomatic language I can use.” Read the story here.

India can ‘locate, fix, strike targets’ across border, says Air chief Dhanoa

Air force chief BS Dhanoa warned Pakistan on Thursday that India has the capability to “locate, fix and strike” targets across the border. Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa’s comments came in response to a question on the possibility of Pakistan using tactical nuclear weapons against India. He said India’s options were outlined in its nuclear doctrine. “It is answered in that … what happens when the enemy decides to use nuclear weapons on us. As far as the IAF is concerned, it has the ability to locate, fix and strike and that is not only for tactical nuclear weapons but also for other targets across the border.” He said IAF assets weren’t used during the military “surgical strikes” on militant camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir or in Myanmar last year, but the air force is capable of “full spectrum operations”. Read the story here.

BJP warns Yashwant Sinha, says treacherous activities reaching tolerance point

The BJP on Thursday hit out at party leader Yashwant Sinha over his remarks concerning party leaders and about the government’s handling of the economy, saying his “treacherous activities are reaching the tolerance point”. Bharatiya Janata Party leader G V L Narasimha Rao said Sinha was glossing over his own performance as a finance minister. “While claiming to be a ‘know-all’ economist, Yashwant Sinha is conveniently glossing over his own disastrous performance as a finance minister when he pledged India’s gold overseas,” he said. The party also accused Sinha of backing performance of Congress-led UPA and termed him “an ever job seeking Sinha”. Read the story here.

Yashwant Sinha says he’s ‘past caring’ over economy row with govt

Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Thursday shared dais with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress’ Manish Tewari at an event here and said if his party takes any action against him for this, that would be the “best day” of his life. Sinha, who has been criticising the government particularly on handling of the economy, agreed with Kejriwal that an “atmosphere of fear” prevails in the country and urged people to stand up against it. “Am past caring. That will be the best of my life ... because, for the simple reason that I don’t think I am doing anything which calls for action,” Sinha said when asked whether he was worried that the BJP could take action against him for sharing the dais with the two opposition leaders. Read the story here.

Stop dharnas, public speeches at Jantar Mantar immediately: NGT to Delhi govt

The National Green Tribunal on Thursday banned protests and demonstrations at the iconic Jantar Mantar with immediate effect, saying that such activities violate environmental laws. The NGT’s verdict came on a plea filed by one Varun Seth and some other residents of the area where the 18th century monument is located. They said processions and agitations by different organisations and political parties on the Jantar Mantar Road were a major source of noise pollution in the neighbourhood. A bench headed by Justice RS Rathore directed the authorities to shift protesters “forthwith” to an alternative site at the Ramleela grounds in Ajmeri Gate. Read the story here.

UP gang-rape victim turns up at SSP’s doorstep with suspect’s severed ear, forces cops to file FIR

Following a failed attempt to get an FIR registered on her gang-rape complaint, a woman reached the Aligarh senior superintendent of police’s office on Thursday with a startling piece of evidence – a severed ear. As the senior officer was not present, she produced the mutilated piece of cartilage before superintendent of police (rural) Yashveer Singh and complained that the police had not taken any action in her case even after two days. Singh then ordered the filing of two FIRs – lodged by both the parties involved – in the case. Read the story here.

Gujarat HC rejects Zakia Jafri’s plea against clean chit to Modi over 2002 riots

The Gujarat high court on Thursday upheld the clean chit given to then chief minister Narendra Modi and 58 others by the Special Investigation Team in the “larger conspiracy” charge for the 2002 statewide communal riots. The petition filed by Zakia Jafri — the widow of Congress leader Ehsan Jafri who was one of the victims of the violence — and Tessta Setalvad’s Citizens for Justice and Peace had challenged the findings of the Supreme Court-appointed SIT and the ruling of a magistrate court that upheld its closure report of 2012. Justice Sonia Gokani, however, kept the doors open for Jafri for a fresh investigation in the conspiracy charge asking her to approach the same magisterial court or higher forums. Read the story here.

Amit Shah takes break from BJP Kerala yatra, to return for concluding session

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah skipped a scheduled event in Kerala on Thursday after the BJP announced that he was not making an appearance due to compelling reasons. During the Janraksha Yatra, Shah was supposed to lead party workers into Pinarayi, the home village of chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, as part of a high-profile two-week campaign in the state. But party state president Kummanam Rajasekharan said Shah will attend the concluding session of the yatra on October 17 in the state capital. “The prime minister has asked him to stay in Delhi for some important consultations. He will join the yatra once his busy schedule is over,” he said. Read the story here.

Lalu Prasad questioned for over 7 hours by CBI in IRCTC hotel scam

The CBI questioned Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad for more than seven hours on Thursday over alleged irregularities in contracts awarded to a private firm during his tenure as railway minister nearly a decade ago. Upon emerging from the CBI headquarters at New Delhi late in the evening, the RJD chief dubbed the ongoing investigation against his family as “political vendetta” by the BJP-ruled Centre. “I turned the loss-making Railways around with a record Rs 7,000-crore profit. It became a case study for Harvard. But now I am being accused of a scam. This is a political conspiracy against me and my family,” he said. Read the story here.

Radhe Maa sits in SHO’s chair: Delhi cop in photo suspended, probe ordered

A senior Delhi Police officer was suspended on Thursday after a photograph emerged showing controversial religious figure Radhe Maa seated on his official chair at the Vivek Vihar police station in the national capital. Five other police personnel, seen singing in a video with Radhe Maa at a Ramlila event in GTB Enclave, were sent to the district lines, which means they will not be given any position or responsibility till a departmental probe is on. Sharma defended himself when Hindustan Times reached for his comments, saying he requested Radhe Maa to leave his office when she sat on his chair. Read the story here.

Spain court pressures Catalans in tense independence standoff

Spanish judges ordered Catalan lawmakers on Thursday to suspend a planned session that could see the region declare independence as the national government rejected calls for mediation in a volatile standoff. The move raised the stakes in Spain’s deepest political crisis in a generation. Violence erupted last weekend during Catalonia’s independence referendum outlawed by Madrid. Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont lashed out at the government’s “catastrophic” handling of the crisis and said he was open to mediation. But Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s office retorted that the government “will not accept blackmail.” Read the story here.

Watch how MS Dhoni’s dog dances to his moves

MS Dhoni is an avid pet lover. Even on his Twitter account, the former Indian cricket team skipper states that he is ‘an absolute pet-lover’ and has often displayed his affection for dogs. On Wednesday, MS Dhoni’s wife Sakshi posted a video of him playing with his pet dog Sam on Instagram. See the video here.

First Published: Oct 06, 2017 07:16 IST