Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale Holds Talks With Chinese foreign Minister

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale met Chinese Foreign Minister at Zhongnanhai today morning.

Beijing: Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Monday held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and discussed the progress in bilateral ties since the Wuhan summit last year and said both sides were implementing the decisions in a manner in which “we are sensitive to each other''s concerns”.
His meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister, who is also the State Councillor, a high-level post in the hierarchy of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), took place as both the countries grappled with a host of issues, including Beijing's continued attempts block efforts list Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist by the UN.
In his opening remarks, Mr Gokhale said it has been year since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met at the Chinese city of Wuhan where the two leaders reached many understandings.
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US May Announce End To Sanction Waivers For Iran Oil Imports: Report

The US reimposed sanctions in November on exports of Iranian oil. (File)

WASHINGTON: The United States is expected to announce on Monday that all importers of Iranian oil will have to end their imports shortly or be subject to U.S sanctions, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters.
The source confirmed a report by a Washington Post columnist that the administration will terminate the sanctions waivers it had granted to some importers of Iranian oil late last year.
US President Donald Trump has been clear to his national security team over the last few weeks that he wants the waivers to end, and national security adviser John Bolton has been working the issue within the administration.
The US reimposed sanctions in November on exports of Iranian oil after Trump unilaterally pulled out of a 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers Washington is pressuring Iran to curtail its nuclear program and stop backing militant proxies across the Middle East.
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PM Modi To Campaign In Maharashtra, Rajasthan; Rahul Gandhi In UP Today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will campaign in Maharashtra and Rajasthan today.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Maharashtra and Rajasthan to campaign for his party, the BJP, in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, while his party president Amit Shah will address three rallies in West Bengal today.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi is campaigning in four districts of Uttar Pradesh, including his constituency Amethi, while his sister, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will visit Rae Bareli along with their mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi today.
In Delhi, the candidates fielded by the Aam Aadmi Party will file their nominations for the May 12 elections. They are expected to file their papers in the presence of senior AAP leaders.
In neighbouring Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will accompany Congress's LS Candidate from Jallandhar Santokh Singh Chaudhary for filing of his nomination papers.
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“Hyderabad A Safe Haven For Terrorists,” Says BJP’s Bandaru Dattatreya

A large number of people are being recruited in Hyderabad in ISIS, Bandaru Dattatreya said.

Hyderabad: BJP leader and Secunderabad MP Bandaru Dattatreya has alleged that Hyderabad is a safe haven for Islamic terrorist activities and that the police are not taking stern action because the K Chandrashekhar Rao-led TRS government is aligned with Asaduddin Owaisi's All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen.
“Recent investigations of NIA reveal that Hyderabad is a safe haven for Islamic terrorist activities. A large number of people are being recruited in Hyderabad,” said Mr Dattatreya.
“The TRS government is aligned with the AIMIM; that is why the police are sometimes unable to take stern action. I demand that the state government forms a special cell under a DG or IG rank official for the investigation of these activities,” the Secunderabad MP added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently claimed that TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) may be the '&#039..


After Kanhaiya Kumar Shown Black Flags In Begusarai, Clashes Follow

Election 2019: Kanhaiya Kumar is up against Giriraj Singh in Bihar's Begusarai

Begusarai, Bihar: Supporters of CPI candidate from Bihar's Begusarai Lok Sabha seat Kanhaiya Kumar and a group of locals clashed on Sunday, after the former JNU students' union president was shown black flags in Begusarai during a roadshow, police said.
The incident occurred when more than a dozen local youths raised slogans against Kanhaiya Kumar and waved black flags at him, while he was taking out a road show at Koray village in Gadhpura block of the constituency, a police officer said.
A police team reached the spot and brought the situation under control, he said.
No FIR has been lodged in this connection so far, the officer said.
Mr Kumar is pitted against Union minister and firebrand BJP leader Giriraj Singh.

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Smriti Irani Asks Amethi Voters To Say Bid Farewell To “Missing Lawmaker”

Textiles minister Smriti Irani also offered sugar at Rs 13 per kg as deal sweetener. (File photo)

Amethi, UP: Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani, pitted against Congress president Rahul Gandhi at his home turf in Amethi, Sunday appealed to voters to give farewell to their neither-seen-nor-heard, “missing MP”.
Addressing an election meeting in Dharai under Amethi assembly segment, Ms Irani called on voters to bid adieu to their lawmaker, saying give “bidai” (farewell) to the “namdar” and send a “kamal” (lotus- BJP's poll symbol) to New Delhi from Amethi this time.
The textiles minister also sought to sweeten her appeal with a promise to Amethi voters on behalf of the prime minister to get sugar at Rs 13 a kg on the BJP coming to power again in the centre.
Attacking Rahul Gandhi, Ms Irani said, “The missing MP comes here once in five years when the nomination papers has to be filed. Had it not been mandatory to personally file the papers, he would not have come here (at all).”


Uncle Vs Nephew As Shivpal Yadav Goes UP Against Akshay In UP’s Firozabad

Shivpal Yadav has blamed his cousin Mulayam Singh as “conspirator” who forced him out of Samajwadi Party.

Firozabad, UP: Firozabad earned the sobriquet “Suhagnagari” as its bangles bound families in matrimonial alliances, but this election season the Uttar Pradesh town is witnessing a prestige battle between two members of a family — Samajwadi Party's Akshay Yadav and his estranged uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav.
As the protracted family feud plays out in the open, the voters in this industrial town, however, seem glued to the national political narrative rather than local issues.
Sensing division of core voters of the Samajwadi Party, the BJP has trusted an ayurvedic doctor, Chandra Sen Jadon, with a ticket from Firozabad.
There are over 17.85 lakh voters who will be decide the fate of six candidates — sitting MP Akshay Yadav from SP, his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav from Pragatishil Samajwadi Party (Lohia), Mr Jadon from BJP, Upendra Singh Rajput from Bhartiya Kisan Parivartan Party ..


After Poll Results, UP “Gathbandhan” Will Have To Align With Us: Congress

Congress was very keen to take on BJP together with the UP “gathbandhan” parties, Salman Khurshid said.

Kaimganj, Uttar Pradesh: Emphasising the inevitability of a post-poll alliance between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal combine, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid says the Uttar Pradesh “gathbandhan” will have no choice but to forge a tie-up with his party after the election results.
Mr Khurshid, who has been the chief of Congress's UP unit twice in the past, said the party is “well placed” in the state as people are getting disenchanted with the alternatives, both regional as well as national.
The Congress was very keen to take on the BJP together with the “gathbandhan” parties, he said.
Had that happened, the BJP's “miserable performance” would have been a “foregone conclusion”, Mr Khurshid told PTI in an interview at his residence in Kaimganj.
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Married Woman Harassed By Lover Allegedly Commits Suicide In UP

The incident occurred on Saturday in Hajipur area under the Civil Lines police station (Representational)

Muzaffarnagar: A 20-year-old married woman, who was harassed by a lover, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling of a room at her parent''s home in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district, the police said Sunday.
The incident occurred on Saturday in Hajipur area under the Civil Lines police station, they said.
The deceased's father, Anees Ahmed, has lodged a complaint saying his daughter Nagma was being forced to divorce her husband Kasif by one Shavez who wanted to marry her, Superintendent of Police (SP) Satpal Antil said.
In the complaint, Anees Ahmed alleged that when Nagma refused to do so she was threatened of dire consequences, the SP said.
A case of abetment to suicide has been registered against Shavez who could not be traced yet, he said.
Nagma and Kasif got married eight months ago, the officer added.

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“He Cries Like A Boy”: Jay Panda’s Tiff With Naveen Patnaik Gets Personal

Naveen Patnaik had earlier accused Bijayant Panda of spreading rumours of his “ill-health”.

Bhubaneswar: An altercation between Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Odisha BJP vice-president Baijayant Panda touched a new low today, with the latter claiming that there are occasions when his former party chief “cries like a schoolboy”.
Mr Panda said this to news agency ANI while trashing Mr Patnaik's claims that he had lobbied with the centre to get railway lines laid to his mining companies rather than Kendrapara district. “Utter rubbish. I am disappointed that Naveen (Patnaik) has reduced himself to making wild, unsubstantiated allegations. Sometimes he cries like a schoolboy, sometimes he says I'm complaining about his health, sometimes he says I'm coveting his chair,” he said.
The BJP leader is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Kendrapara, which will vote on April 28. He will face-off against the Biju Janata Dal's Anubhav Mohanty.
The Odisha Chief Minis..