Police register case, EC seeks report on Sakshi Maharaj's remarks

New Delhi : The Election Commission on Saturday sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh administration while police registered a case against BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj for his speech in which he allegedly blamed the Muslims for India's population boom.

The Unnao MP's speech at a religious gathering at Meerut in the poll-bound state attracted widespread condemnation while his own party distanced itself from his remarks.

Malegaon 2008 blast suspects' kin demand probe

Mumbai : The families of the Malegaon 2008 blasts 'missing' suspects -- Ramchandra Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange - on Tuesday sought a probe into a police officer's claims that they died while in custody of Maharashtra's Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

Kalsangra and Dange, both residents of Indore in Madhya Pradesh, were accused of planting a bomb which went off on September 29, 2008 in what is known as Malegaon II terror strike, killing at least six and injuring over 100 others in the Muslim-dominated town in Nashik.

2016: 5 reasons for India to feel more (and less) secure

By Abheet Singh Sethi

A worsening of the security situation in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), the signing of a $8.9-billion (Rs 60,520 crore) deal for French Rafale fighter jets and new deals for artillery were among the top five determinants of Indias uncertain security situation in 2016. India made many high-profile defence purchases in 2016 and carried out much-publicised surgical strikes against Pakistan-based terrorists, but an IndiaSpend examination of defence data revealed gaping security holes.

Daughter in law of Millat Council supremo moves to court against harassment, dowry demands

By Staff Reporter

In a major development, a woman who is the daughter-in-law of the Aala Hazrat clan is fighting against demands of dowry, harassment and assault which led to her abortion.

On Saturday, Nida Khan moved to a local court in Bareilly which has slated January 23 for recording the statements.

Rs 1 lakh reward for information in Ranchi 'Nirbhaya' case

Ranchi : The Ranchi Police on Wednesday announced a Rs one lakh reward for any clues in the rape and murder of a 19-year-old here on December 16.

When the country was mourning the death of 'Nirbhaya', on the very day another girl was allegedly raped and burnt to death in the Jharkhand capital.

According to the police, the burnt body of the third year engineering student was found in a house at Booty Basti in the Sadar police station area.

Why not probe terror attacks on Muslims: Owaisi

Hyderabad : AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday accused the government of not allowing investigation agencies to probe terror attacks involving non-Muslims.

"All accused in the 2013 Dilsukhnagar blast got conviction. But will NIA (National Investigation Agency) give conviction in the Mecca Masjid, Ajmer Dargah, Malegaon blasts cases?" the Lok Sabha MP asked in tweets.

"Why can't our premier investigation agencies show same urgency to convict all alleged terrorist cases of demolition of the Babri Masjid which is pending since 1992," he asked.

Minor girl found hanging from tree in UP, rape suspected

Lucknow : A minor girl was found hanging from a tree in Semalpur village of Kannauj on Tuesday morning after she was allegedly raped, the police said.

Daughter of Santosh Verma, the 13-year-old girl was missing since Monday night and her body was spotted hanging from a tree by villagers in the morning.

The police confirmed that prima facie sexual assault appeared to have happened before the murder.

Before dying, Pathankot attacker told mother to throw 'dawat' for friends

By Anand Singh

New Delhi : One of the Pathankot terrorists, who attacked an IAF base at Pathankot, Punjab, on January 2, spoke to his mother in Pakistan over a cell phone to express his last wish and called for a feast for his friends after his death, according to intercepts by the NIA.

Nasir Hussain of Vehari in Pakistan made multiple calls to his handlers and relatives from the two cell phones he and other terrorists snatched from two locals while the group made its way to the Indian Air Force base, according to an NIA chargesheet filed on Monday.

High Court bans Shariat court in Chennai mosque

Chennai : The Madras High Court on Monday declared that a Shariat court cannot function from the Makkah Masjid a mosque here, said a senior advocate.

The court also ordered the state government to ensure that such a court does not function and file a status report.

The court passed the order after hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a Non-Resident Indian (NRI), Abdur Rahman, senior advocate A. Sirajudeen told IANS.

The Makkah Masjid is located on Anna Salai, Chennai's main arterial street.

Five IM operatives sentenced to death in Hyderabad blasts case

Hyderabad : A special NIA court here sentenced to death five convicts, including the banned Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yaseen Bhatkal and a Pakistani national, in the 2013 Hyderabad bomb blasts.

Bhatkal alias Ahmed Siddibappa Zaraar, Pakistani national Zia ur Rehman alias Waqas, the three others are Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, Tahseen Akhtar alias Monu, and Aizaz Saeed Shaik alias Aijaz Shaikh were convicted by the court on December 13 for offences including waging war against the nation, criminal conspiracy and murder.