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Tharoor, BJP lock horns over ‘holy dip’ at Kumbh

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Lucknow, Jan 30 : A war of words broke out between the Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday after Tharoor commented on a holy dip taken by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his ministerial colleagues at
Kumbh in Prayagraj .

Tharoor took to Twitter to swipe at the UP BJP leaders and captioned an image of them bathing at the Sangam by saying : Ganga has to remain clean and sins are also to be washed. All here are naked. Jai Ganga Maiyya!

While many thought this was satirical, the state BJP reacted sharply to this on Wednesday with state government spokesman Siddhartha Nath Singh urging the Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala to “also take a dip in the Ganga to atone for his sins”.

“You are requested to take a dip as you all have done a lot of sins, maybe you can atone for them”, the state’s Health Minister said.

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Pakistani prisoner killed in Jaipur Central Jail

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Jaipur, Feb 20: A Pakistani prisoner, identified as Shakar Ullah, was allegedly killed in Jaipur central jail after a quarrel with other prisoners on Wednesday.

The deceased was lodged in jail since 2011 and was undergoing life imprisonment after his conviction in a terror-related case in 2017.

The incident comes in the wake of terror attack in Pulwama last week, where at least 40 CRPF jawans were killed in a suicide bomb attack.

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Supreme Court to hear Ayodhya case on February 26

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New Delhi, Feb 20: The Supreme Court will hear the Ayodhya land dispute case on February 26 as Justice SA Bobde, who is a part of five-judge Constitution bench, has returned from leave.

Though the bench was scheduled to take up the matter on January 29, the same could not happen due to “non-availability” of Justice S A Bobde that day.

The five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will hear the appeals against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

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India, Saudi Arabia agree on need to exert pressure on countries backing terror

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New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) India and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday said that there was a need to exert “all possible pressure” on countries which extend any kind of support to terror activities.

Addressing the media after delegation-level talks with visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the “barbaric terror attack” in Pulwama was another manifestation of the danger posed by terrorism to humanity.

“We agree that to deal with it effectively, there is need to put all possible pressure on countries which are giving any kind of support to terrorism,” Modi said.

He said it was extremely necessary to destroy terror infrastructure and to punish terrorists and their supporters.

Modi said there was need for an action plan to deal with extremism so that the youths were not misguided by forces linked to terror and violence.

“I am happy that Saudi Arabia and India have common thoughts on this,” he said.

Prince Mohammed said in his remarks that his country was with India on the need to curb extremism and was willing to share intelligence for this purpose.

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