India

‘Beyond the Clouds’ and Beyond the Boundaries

Eminent Iranian director, Majid Majidi, revisited India to redeem the failure of his USD 50 million film Muhammad: The Messenger of God, known as the most expensive film of Iranian cinema. Majidi and his international film crew did not get the nod from the Indian government to shoot in Rajasthan deserts due to some concerns about religious controversies that may arise from an Islamic historical film director's presence.

I may become PM if Congress wins 2019 Lok Sabha polls, says Rahul Gandhi

AICC president Rahul Gandhi today said that the BJP is unlikely to form the next government at the Centre and indicated that in the event of Congress coming back to power, he could be the next Prime Minister.

Speaking at ‘Samruddha Bharat,’ an independent platform to promote liberal, secular and republican values, he said if the Opposition, led by the Congress, joins hands in the next Lok Sabha elections in 2019, the BJP will be wiped out. “Besides, it is next to impossible that Narendra Modi can become Prime Minister again. It is already showing on his face,” he said.

JD(S) may consider forming a coalition government in Karnataka: Kumaraswamy

Going back on its previous statement, the Janata Dal (Secular) which had earlier claimed that it would be the king and not a kingmaker post Karnataka Assembly election, said on May 7 that in the event of a fractured mandate, it might examine the possibility of a coalition government with a precursor that its manifesto should be implemented in toto.

Naidu rejects impeachment notice against CJI

In his order rejecting the impeachment notice, the Vice-President said that the allegations were not sound enough to make a case which can lead one to conclude that the CJI was guilty of misbehaviour.

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said he had rejected the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra signed by 64 Opposition MPs on the ground that the five allegations were “neither tenable nor admissibile.”

Sonia, Rahul should apologise to country for defaming Hindus globally: BJP

The BJP said on Tuesday that Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and party president Rahul Gandhi will have to apologise to the Hindu community of India for defaming them globally and taking Hindus for granted.

Addressing a press conference, party’s spokesperson Sambit Patra and GVL Narasimha Rao said, “BJP has demanded apology from Sonia and Rahul (on behalf of) the country for coining the term ‘Hindu terrorism’ and ‘saffron terrorism.’”

Kathua rape: BJP’s Lal Singh holds another roadshow, seeks CBI probe

The BJP leader was earlier forced to step down from Mehbooba Mufti’s Cabinet after public uproar over a rally taken out to demand a CBI probe.

Days after stepping down from the Mehbooba Mufti dispensation, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Basholi, Choudhary Lal Singh, held a road show in Hiranagar tehsil of Kathua on Tuesday to support the kin of the accused in the rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl from Muslim nomad community.

Yashwant Sinha lambasts Modi govt, asks BJP MPs to speak up

Sinha said that after spending four years in power and presenting five budgets, the BJP government has used up all the opportunity to show results

Lamenting that after completing four years of their rule at the Centre, the NDA government has lost its way and the confidence of the voters, rebel BJP leader and former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha on Tuesday called on party MPs to “speak up and save democracy and the country.”

Kathua rape: Accused demand narco test, next hearing on April 28

The victim’s father has moved the SC seeking safety and security of his family members and shifting of the trial from Jammu and Kashmir to Chandigarh

One of the accused in the Kathua gangrape on Monday demanded from the court a narco-test for all those accused in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from the Bakarwal community. However, the Chief Judicial Magistrate has postponed the next hearing of the case to April 28, court sources here told UNI. They also said that the court has directed that copies of the chargesheet be provided to all the accused.