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Missing 2 Sufi clerics to return from Pakistan

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Delhi, 20 March: The two Sufi clerics who will return from Pakistan and their families to meet EAM Sushma Swaraj today.

As Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday confirmed that Nizamuddin clerics who went missing in Pakistan are safe and will reach Delhi by tomorrow.

Swaraj tweeted on Sunday that she had spoken to Syed Nazim Ali Nizami in Karachi. He told me that they are safe and will be back in Delhi tomorrow.

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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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CJI Impeachment Motion: Sibal says Venkaiah’s Decision ‘Illegal’, to Challenge order in Supreme Court

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New Delhi, April 23: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Monday said Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu’s decision to reject impeachment notice against the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra is unprecedented, ill-advised and hasty.

Addressing a press conference, Sibal stated: “It is illegal because the Chairman has passed an order which is required to be passed after a full-fledged inquiry”.

For the first time in the history of India, an impeachment motion moved by members of the Parliament was not even discussed”, he added.

“If fifty Rajya Sabha members move a motion for the impeachment of a judge, the motion has to be dealt with by the Chairman, not in his judicial or quasi-judicial capacity”.

The former union minister stated that important matters such an impeachment motion shouldn’t be disposed off in a tearing hurry. It is our privilege to move the motion.

However, following the order, the opposition has also decided to challenge Naidu’s order in the Supreme Court.

Hitting out at Narendra Modi led Centre, the Congress said “it seems to us that this government is very keen that this must not be allowed to be inquired into”.

“If you accept the charge of receiving illegal gratifications, then you must admit the motion”, he further stated.

The Congress leader said “We are fighting a battle of principles. We are fighting for truth, transparency, accountability and rule of law”.

Earlier in a day, Rajya Sabha chairman dismissed the impeachment motion against CJI Misra by seven opposition parties.

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