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Ajmer Dargah blast case: Sentencing on March 22

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Jaipur, March 18: In the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast case, the local court on Saturday deferred the sentencing and pronouncement of quantum of punishment for March 22.

This is third time the court has deferred its ruling in the nine year old case in which three persons were killed and at least 15 others were injured when a bomb exploded on October 11 evening, inside the shrine of Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti.

Earlier the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court was supposed to deliver the sentence on March 16 but had deferred it to Saturday. Now the sentencing will be on Wednesday.

On March 8, the court had convicted Bhavesh Patel, Devendra Gupta and Sunil Joshi (now dead); and acquitted Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Swami Aseemanand and six others in the case.

Arguments were completed today (Saturday),” said Lokesh Sharma, advocate of Bhavesh Patel.

The court had found the three guilty under several sections of the Indian Penal Code including for criminal conspiracy, deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of others, and various sections of Explosive Substances Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention)Act.

Three of the total 13 accused are still missing and on the run.

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Hostel students from SC, ST, OBC families to get subsidised foodgrain

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New Delhi, April 23: Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday said hostel students belonging to SC, ST and OBC families will be entitled to 15 kg of foodgrain per month at subsidised rates.

Under the new PDS scheme, which will be rolled out at the earliest, over one crore students from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes will benefit.

“It is a historic step. Under the scheme, students from these communities, where their strength is two third of the total number of hostel students, will be given 15 kg food grain. If the rice is priced at Rs 30 per kg in open market, the students will get it for Rs 6,” Paswan told reporters here.

“We have asked the states to send us the list of beneficiaries as soon as possible. Also, the states will have to decide the type of foodgrain to be distributed. The Centre will bear all expenses on the subsidy.”

He said 13 lakh tonnes of foodgrain was allotted under the scheme.

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Sushma Swaraj meets Xi Jinping in Beijing

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Beijing, April 23: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Earlier in a day, Swaraj on the 2nd day of her visit called on the Vice President of China Wang Qishan at Zhongnanhai.

Prior to this, EAM met her Uzbekistan counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov and held bilateral talks on a wide range of issues including trade & investment, pharma, IT, tourism and culture, as well as on the regional situation.

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We don’t discriminate: Ola to VHP man who cancelled cab as driver was Muslim

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New Delhi, April 23: Taxi aggregator Ola Cabs on Sunday gave a thoughtful reply to a man, claiming to be associated with a right-wing outfit, who had cancelled his ride after finding the driver assigned to him was a Muslim.

Abhishek Mishra, a man who claims to be linked to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), had posted on Twitter that he cancelled his Ola booking on Friday after finding that the cab driver was a Muslim.

His Twitter account says Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Ideology First, Hindutva Thinker, Digital & Social Media Advisor (Views Personal), said, “Cancelled @Olacabs Booking because Driver was Muslim. I don’t want to give my money to Jihadi People.”

After cancelling the cab, Mishra took a screenshot of the cancellation and tweeted his Ola booking which named the cab driver.

Mishra’s Twitter post soon went viral and triggered a huge debate on Twitter with some siding with him and while others trolling him for inciting hatred and communal sentiments.

Interestingly, Mishra is followed on Twitter by bigwigs like Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Culture Mahesh Sharma and many others; reported Zee News.

With his tweet creating a lot of buzz on the micro-blogging site, Ola also chipped in and tweeted a thoughtful reply to Mishra.

The cab operator put out a statement, saying that the company is a secular platform and doesn’t discriminate between its customers and driver partners and urged everyone not to discriminate on religious lines.

Mishra’s Facebook profile says he is from Ayodhya and works as an IT professional in Lucknow.

He claims he is an active member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal — both affiliates of the BJP’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh — and “holds responsibility” of the IT cell of the VHP.

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