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US has used ‘Indian administered Kashmir’ earlier too: MEA

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New Delhi, June 29, 2017: Defending the use of the term Indian-administered Kashmir by the US, the Ministry of External Affairs has on Thursday said that it affirms India’s position that Syed Salahuddin been involved in cross-border terrorism.

Addressing a press conference, MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said: “The use of the term ‘Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir’ merely affirms our position that Syed Salahuddin has been involved in cross-border terrorism against India.”

He also said similar terms were used in the past as well, including the time when Congress was in the power. “Similar term has been used in the State Department’s country reports on terrorism brought out every year, including in the period 2010-2013, in the context of cross-border terrorism perpetrated on India. India’s consistent position that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India is well known,” he said.

Baglay also said the designation of Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist was long awaited and shows that India and the US are together in their fight against terrorism.

“The Joint Statement issued on June 26, 2017, after Prime Minister’s talks with US President Trump is the strongest joint expression of the commitment of the two sides to be shoulder-to-shoulder in the fight against terrorism and calls on Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries,” he said.

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Petrol prices at 3-year high; diesel at record high

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New Delhi, Jan 24: Petrol and diesel prices kept spiralling even on Wednesday, touching new highs in the national capital and other metros.

Petrol was sold at Rs 72.43 per litre in Delhi, the highest in three years. It cost Rs 72.51 on August 2014, according to data from Indian Oil Corp.

In Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai, petrol was sold at Rs 75.13, Rs 80.30 and Rs 75.12 per litre respectively, also at over three-year high levels.

The previous highs were Rs 75.46 (Kolkata, October 2014), Rs 80.60 (Mumbai, August 2014) and Rs 75.78 per litre (Chennai, August 2014).

Similarly, diesel prices, which have been touching new levels, shot up further on Wednesday across all major cities.

In Delhi, diesel was sold Rs 63.38 per litre. In Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai, it cost Rs 66.04, Rs 67.50 and Rs 66.84 a litre respectively.

Diesel is widely used to transport goods including food products. Experts say this will push up inflation.

Several factors like production curbs by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and high demand have led to a surge in crude oil prices. As on January 24, price of the Brent crude oil hovered around $70 a barrel.

Also, daily price revision in India allows for a rise in domestic fuel prices in accordance with international trends. The earlier system of price determination of petrol had a waiting period of 15 days.

On the other hand, imposition of state taxes and levies generally hikes prices. Currently, the two fuels do not come under the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax.

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Fodder scam: Lalu Yadav, Jagannath Mishra gets five years jail term

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Ranchi, Jan 24: A special CBI court on Wednesday sentenced former Bihar Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra to five years jail term in a fodder scam case.

Along with the imprisonment, the court imposed fine of Rs 5 lakhs to both leaders.

Special court judge S.S. Prasad announced the judgment in the case, which is related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.67 crore from Chaibasa treasury in 1992-1993.

The allegation is that Rs 33.67 crore was withdrawn on fake allotment letters. The actual sanction of amount was Rs 7.10 lakh.

In all there are 56 accused, including former Chief Secretary of Jharkhand Sajal Chakraborty. Sajjal was Deputy Commissioner of West Singhbhum district when the alleged fraudulent withdrawal had taken place.

This is the third case in which Lalu Yadav and Jagannth Mishra are accused.

At present, the RJD Chief is in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Central Jail, as he was awarded a three-and-a-half year sentence on January 6 this year in a fodder scam relating to fraudulent withdrawal from Deoghar treasury.

Lalu Yadav was first convicted in a fodder scam case in 2013 and was sentenced five years’  of jail term.

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Won’t Let Padmaavat Release, says Karni Sena Chief

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Jaipur, Jan 24 : The Supreme Court’s green signal for countrywide screening of “Padmaavat”  notwithstanding, Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi on Wednesday said the Rajput organisation won’t allow the Sanjay Leela Bhansali helmed to be released as it depicts the Rajput queen in less than honourable light.

“We are adamant on our stand that this film should be banned. January 25 may come and go but we won’t let the film release, come what may,” Kalvi stated.

He urged  people for a self-imposed curfew to boycott the movie that “insults the mother, Rani Padmavati”.

On being asked about the violence being perpetrated in the name of banning the movie, Kalvi stated it was “sad”, but held Bhansali responsible for it.

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