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Video proof of surgical strike shows Modi govt credibility is low: Arun Shourie

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New Delhi, June 28: Reacting to the Surgical Strike video, Former Union Minister Arun Shourie on Thursday said that the credibility of Narendra Modi government is so low that they have to provide proof of tackling terrorism.

Comparing with the previous NDA government led by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he stated “Imagine a situation if strikes would have happened during Atalji’s time and people would have asked him, he would’ve had a twinkle in his eye and said, “Really a strike has happened?”.

But, today the credibility of government is so low that they have to provide video proof when asked, he added.

Hitting out at the Prime Minister, Shourie said “I never had any doubt on the fact that the strike took place. But to use it for propaganda & to boast about it that ‘my chest is 56 inch & I gave a befitting reply to Pakistan’, is wrong”.

Shourie, along with senior BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha, as well as former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha have openly criticised the Modi government on various issues.

After 21 months, several media channels released the video footage of surgical strikes across the line of control (LoC) against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) which they claim had been accessed by them from official sources.

Yesterday, the video was aired on some television news channels.

The clips showed some terrorists being killed, besides the destruction of bunkers and other military constructions. Videos were taken by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Thermal Imaging (TI) cameras used by the Army to monitor the operation.

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SC to decide if politicians facing criminal charges can be barred from polls

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New Delhi, Sep 25 : The Supreme Court will on Tuesday pronounce its verdict on whether chargesheeted lawmakers should be disqualified from contesting elections even before their conviction in criminal cases and whether an MP or MLA who is also a lawyer can be allowed to perform the dual role.

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is to deliver its verdict on a batch of petitions filed in 2011 by NGO Public Interest Foundation and Delhi BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay among others which demanded debarring politicians facing serious criminal charges in order to de-criminalise Indian politics. It had reserved the verdict on the issue on August 28.

The Bench includes Justice RF Nariman, Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra.

Appearing for the Centre, Attorney General K K Venugopal told the court during the hearing that the judiciary cannot get into law-making, which is reserved for the legislature.He also opposed suggestions that a person who is chargesheeted could be barred from contesting polls as, under the Indian law, there is presumption of innocence unless proven guilty.

Venugopal had told the Bench that Article 102 provided for Parliament to make law on the issue and hence the top court should leave it to the wisdom of the parliamentarians. He had reminded the Bench of the concept of separation of powers.

”Everybody understands that. We cannot direct Parliament to make a law. The question is what we can do to stem the rot,” the Bench had commented.

Advocate Dinesh Dwivedi, appearing for NGO has claimed there were 34 per cent lawmakers with criminal background in 2014 and alleged it was quite “impossible” that the parliament will make any law to restrict their run.

The court may direct Election Commission to ask every member of a political party to declare if they have any case against them.

“That will not disqualify them from being a member of the party but will help people know how many members of the party have criminal cases against them. When these people want to contest, they will not get symbols,” the court had said.

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Fuel prices continue to rise, Petrol at Rs 90.22/litre in Mumbai

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New Delhi, Sep 25: The fuel prices continued to hit new highs on Tuesday, as petrol is being sold at Rs 90.22 per litre and diesel is retailed at Rs 78.69 per litre in Mumbai. 

While in Delhi, a litre of petrol has touched Rs 82.86 per litre and diesel is priced at Rs 74.12 per litre.

On Monday, the petrol price in Mumbai crossed the Rs 90-run mark.

Yesterday, in Patna petrol was reportedly sold at Rs 91.96/litre , the highest price in the country and diesel at Rs 79.68/litre.

According to the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), a litre of petrol in Bengaluru is being capped at Rs 83.37, in Hyderabad Rs 87.84, in Lucknow Rs 85.25, in Chennai Rs 86.13 and in Kolkata Rs 84.68.

In the meantime, Diesel price has reached Rs 74.40 a litre in Bengaluru, Rs 74.25/litre in Lucknow, Rs 80.62/litre in Hyderabad, Rs 78.36/litre in Chennai and Rs 75.97/litre in Kolkata.

As fuel prices have been witnessing steep hike since the past few weeks, the Opposition party has repeatedly blamed the Narendra Modi government for not taking effective measures to keep a check on fuel price hike.

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4.7 magnitude Earthquake hits Assam’s Barpeta

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New Delhi, Sep 25: An earthquake with magnitude 4.7 on the Richter Scale hit Assam’s Barpeta on Tuesday morning.

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