India summons Pak's Dy HC
NEW DELHI: India summoned Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner on Monday here and lodged a strong protest over attempts being made to raise the Khalistan issue during the visit of Sikh pilgrims to that country.
In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said Pakistan was called upon to immediately stop all such activities that were aimed at undermining India's sovereignty, territorial integrity and incitement of disharmony in India.
"A strong protest was lodged at attempts being made during the ongoing visit of the Sikh pilgrims from India to Pakistan to raise the issue of 'Khalistan' by making inflammatory statements and displaying posters at various places of pilgrims visit in Pakistan," the ministry said. It was conveyed that such repeated attempts by authorities and entities in Pakistan to extend support to secessionist movements in India amount to interference in its internal affairs, the MEA said.
It also said such incidents during the visit of Indian pilgrims went against the spirit
of the bilateral protocol of 1974 governing the exchange of visits of pilgrims between the two countries.
The summoning of Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner came a day after India lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over blocking
of access of visiting Sikh pilgrims to Indian diplomats in that country and even "compelling" the Indian envoy to return while on way to a prominent gurudwara there. The MEA had on Sunday said a group of around 1,800 Sikh pilgrims are on a visit to Pakistan. BENGLURUR: Amid protests over the distribution of tickets after the Congress party announced its first list, the revolt within the party seems to be growing as a senior leader called the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah an outsider, saying that the state leadership lacks the ability to take everyone along.
The Congress on Sunday night released its first list of 218 candidates for the May 12 elections, fielding Chief Minister Siddaramaiah from Chamundeshwari and state party chief G Parameshwara from Korategere. When asked if people who came from JDS were given importance in ticket distribution, Congress leader KR Khan said, "It is a reality of our party. Our CM, along with others, came from JDS and so he gives more importance to them." Khan also said that Siddaramaiah seems to have no attachment to leaders and party cadres. Stating that it is sad that state leadership lacks the ability to take everyone along, he said, "New people have been given responsibilities, who don't even know how to treat seniors. If a high command doesn't take care of this aspect of state leadership it might bring losses for the party."
Supporters of several other leaders have become angry over the distribution of tickets. The dissident Congress workers in Karnataka's Mandya, Chikmaglur, Bengaluru and Bellary took out a rally and vandalised party's offices for denying ticket to Ravikumar and giving it to sitting MLA, actor Ambarish from Mandya.
Ravikumar's supporters also attacked party office and smashed the chairs and doors., demanding a ticket for him from Mandya. Supporters of Anjana Murthy also protested after he was denied a ticket from Nelamangala constituency. R Narayanaswamy is the candidate from Nelamangala.
Karnataka is witnessing a three-corner contest among the Congress, BJP and the HD Deve Gowda-led JD (S). The result of the election will be out on May 15. In ticket distribution, the party has not applied the "one-family, one-ticket" formula for the state polls as it granted tickets to the chief minister and his son, the Home Minister and his daughter, and the Law minister and his son.
The first list includes at least 15 women candidates and the names of the seven former JD-S and two EX-BJP legislators who joined the party earlier this year. Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy will contest the polls from BTM Layout and his daughter Soumya R from the Jayanagara Assembly constituency (Bengaluru). NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday directed realty firm Jaiprakash Associates Limited (JAL) to deposit Rs 100 crore with its Registry by May 10.
The bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also directed the Insolvency Resolution Professional (IRP) to consider the representation of JAL on revival plans as per law.
Meanwhile, the counsel for the firm told the apex court that it had already deposited Rs 100 crore on April 12 in pursuance of an earlier order. The firm also sought to consider its NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today set aside a National Green Tribunal order that had created a controversy by putting restrictions on devotees asking them to maintain silence while standing in front of the 'Maha Shivalinga', a natural formation inside the Amarnath cave in South Kashmir Himalayas.
The top court said that the December 14 last year's order should not have been passed by the NGT on a petition which did not concern the Amarnath cave shrine. Observing that revival proposal, saying it has been completing 500 houses per month. The top court had on March 21 asked the JAL to deposit Rs 200 crore with its registry in two instalments for paying back home buyers, who have opted for refund instead of getting possession of flats. The real estate major had said it had deposited Rs 550 crore so far with the apex court registry and sought indulgence on the ground that only eight per cent of the over 30,000 home-buyers had opted for refund and rest 92 per cent wanted delivery of flats. due procedure needed to be followed, a bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta asked petitioner Gauri Mulekhi to file an appropriate petition with regard to the pollution at the Amarnath cave. The 'shivalinga' is a stalagmite formed by freezing of water drops falling from the roof of the cave and growing up vertically from the cave floor. During the hearing, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Amarnath Shrine Board, said the tribunal had "jumped the gun".