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+ ",% $ - . # % ( )*' $ # & ) % Patna: body". Reacting to Nagmanis allegations, the RLSP office here shot off a release dismissing his claims about the Motihari Lok Sabha seat. Ir said RLSP was yet to formally announce candidates for any seat. "The fact is, he (Nagmani) wanted the ticket for himself from Chatra in Jharkhand which he has represented in the past, besides a ticket for his wife. He has been bitter since he was given no assurance," the statement said. The statement, signed by state RLSP general secretary Satyanand Prasad Dangi said, it is ridiculous that on the one hand Nagmani is accusing Kushwaha of putting up party tickets for sale and on the other he is also upset that after removing him from the national executive president's post, Kushwaha refused to talk to him. Nagmani had won the Chatra seat in 1999 on an RJD ticket but engineered a split in the party headed by Lalu Prasad and joined the BJP-led NDA, becoming a Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government at the Centre. After the NDA lost power at the Centre, Nagmani switched over to Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP before crossing over to the JD(U). from Madhubani and is based in Delhi. "I told him that there is considerable resentment in Motihari over this decision of the party," Nagmani, who was himself an aspirant for party ticket from Chatra in Jharkhand, said. He alleged that Kushwaha tried to silence him by saying that Anand had used his corporate connections to get Rs 9 crore for the party. "I reminded Kushwaha that people like me had joined his party and offered him support since we strongly felt that our community, despite being sizeable, has not got its due in Bihars politics. "He was compromising on our cherished goal by putting tickets on sale. He did not say anything then but I sensed that I had ruffled many feathers. Kushwaha bared his fangs the very next day," he added. Asked about the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party's (RLSP) contention that it was unacceptable to see him beside Nitish Kumar when the party was accusing the chief minister of having conspired to get Kushwaha killed in the lathi charge of February 2, Nagmani quipped "Kushwaha is a big ' nautankibaaz' (One who indulges in drama). He stayed in hospital for two days without having received a single blow on his RLSP leader Nagmani, who was sacked from the post of national executive president two days back, resigned on Sunday from the primary membership accusing party chief Upendra Kushwaha of "selling" Lok Sabha tickets. "I am announcing my resignation in front of journalists since the RLSP did not observe the courtesy of providing me with a copy of the letter removing me from the top post, the contents of which I came to learn only through the media," Nagmani told reporters here. Nagmani was sacked from the post of national executive president for indulging in antiparty activities. "The party had held that my presence at functions attended by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was tantamount to indiscipline. Both such functions were held in the memory of my father Jagdeo Prasad, who is extolled by our Kushwaha community as an icon. Can I be accused of antiparty activities in such a backdrop," Nagmani asked. The former Union minister in Atal Behari Vajpayee's Government also alleged that Upendra Kushwaha and his "cronies" were upset with him since February 7 when he flagged the issue of a party ticket being given from Motihari to Madhaw Anand, who hails Shillong: entering the CBI office. The former Trinamool Congress MP was arrested in 2013 in the Saradha ponzi scam and has been out on bail since 2016. The CBI is likely to confront him with Kumar. Ghosh had implicated BJP leader Mukul Roy, who was once the right hand man of Banerjee, and 12 others in the Saradha scam. The Supreme Court had directed Kumar on Tuesday to appear before the CBI and "faithfully" cooperate in the investigation of cases arising out of the Saradha chit fund scam. The court chose Shillong as the neutral meeting place "to avoid all unnecessary controversy" and made it clear that Kumar would not be arrested. The CBI had moved the Supreme Court after its officials were thwarted by Kolkata Police when they had gone to Kumar's official residence in Kolkata to question him on February 3. Banerjee had rushed to the spot and had staged a three- day ‘ Save the Constitution' sit-in against the CBI move and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah of plotting a 'coup'. Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar and former TMC MP Kunal Ghosh are being questioned at the CBI office here in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam. The questioning of Kumar, as per the directions of the Supreme Court, continued for the second day on Sunday. The Kolkata Police chief was quizzed for nearly nine hours on Saturday by three senior CBI officers about his alleged role in tampering of crucial evidence in the case, officials said. Kumar had led the special investigation team ( SIT) formed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to probe the Saradha scam before the case was handed over to the CBI by the apex court. Ghosh, who arrived here shortly after 10 am, sought blessings of goddess Saraswati at a pandal, barely 100 meters from the CBI office, before entering the highly secured office of the investigating agency at Oakland. "I have no comments (to make). I have been asked to attend a hearing at this office. All along I have been cooperating with the investigating agency. So I came to attend it," he told mediapersons before Five terrorists belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen outfit were killed in a gunfight in Kellam village of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district while as three persons including a woman were injured in a grenade blast in Lal Chowk area of summer capital Srinagar. Sources said a joint team of security forces launched cordon and search operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists in Kellam village of Devsar area of Kulgam, around 70 kilometers from here. They said as the forces zeroed in on the suspected place, the hiding terrorists fired upon forces indiscriminately triggering gunfight that continued for several hours. Five terrorists were killed in the ensuing gunfight. They were all local residents and had joined the Hizbul outfit last year. One of them identified as Waseem Bashir Rather alias Zeeshan was pursuing doctoral degree before joining the terrorist ranks. The other slain were identified as Zahid Parrey, Idrees Bhat, Aqib Nazir Mir and Parvez Bhat—all local residents. After conducting all the formalities, the bodies of the slain were handed over to their ! " # $ $ % &' separatists. Meanwhile, at least nine persons including four police men, three CRPF personnel and two pedestrians were injured after unknown militants attacked security party with hand grenade near Palladium Lane in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar city on Sunday evening. Security sources said all the injured with splinter injuries were rushed to the hospital for treatment. A woman is among the two civilians injured in the grenade attack. Meanwhile, security forces launched manhunt to nab the attackers. Jaish- eMohammad outfit claimed responsibility for the attack. respective families for last rites. Reports said that intense clashes erupted in the area near the gunfight site and other areas of Kulgam. Reports said youth pelted stones apparently on security forces to disrupt the counter terrorist operation to give safe passage to the holed up terrorists. They said the forces responded by firing tear gas shells triggering further clashes. The authorities have also snapped mobile internet services in the area and adjacent places. The train services have been suspended in south Kashmir while the services resumed in north Kashmir region after day long suspension due to shutdown called by the PTI PTI Aizawl: Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India even if they do not possess any document. "Passage of the amendment bill can result in suppression of the freedom of religion and is against the spirit of secularism," the MKHC statement said. It appealed to the church members to pray for religious freedom in India so that the people can continue to worship God freely. Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a public meeting at Changsari in Assam Saturday assured the people of the region that the bill will in no way cause harm to their interests. Special mass prayer was held in churches across Mizoram for the defeat of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha, Presbyterian church's Mizoram Synod sources said on Sunday. Members of 16 major churches of different denominations held prayers on Saturday night. The appeal made by the Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), a conglomeration of leaders of major churches, had asked the local churches of all the denominations to pray so that the bill gets stalled in the Rajya Sabha. The MKHC had earlier appealed to members to hold mass prayer on the night of February 16, but issued anoth- Panaji: Goa Information Technology Minister Rohan Khaunte on Sunday said a law was needed in the State to curb online multi- player game PlayerUnknown 's Battlegrounds, popularly called PUBG. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a Government event in Porvorim near here, Khaunte said the game had become a "demon" in every house and students were engrossed in playing it and neglecting their studies. "I am not aware of States banning PUBG but some law has to be made to ensure there is a restriction on it in Goa," Khaunte said, adding that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar should take a call on such a ban. "PUBG has become a demon in every house. Students, instead of studying, are engrossed in playing PUBG," he claimed. Earlier, in January this year, the Gujarat State education department had issued a circular directing its district primary education officers (DPEOs) to take necessary steps to enforce a ban on the game in primary schools. er circular on Friday last to conduct the mass prayer on February 9 or February 10. A press statement issued by the MKHC said that the bill is "harmful" for Mizoram and Christians. The bill, being vehemently opposed in the Northeast, was passed in Lok Sabha on January 8 and the Centre has said it will try to get the Rajya Sabha nod in this Budget session. The bill seeks to provide # 2 0 0 ) $ % &' PTI PTI " # $ % & % ' Aizawl: After the withdrawal of flights to Guwahati and Delhi from here by Jet Airways, Mizoram now has direct air link with Kolkata only, officials said on Sunday. The Saturday Jet Airways Aizawl-Guwahati flight was the last one to take off from Lengpui Airport here as the airline has withdrawn flights on the route from Sunday and also on the Aizawl-Delhi route, they said. Only Air India is now running a flight service from Lengpui Airport here to Kolkata, the officials said. Mizoram Government's principal consultant for Civil Aviation, Wing Commander Joe Lalhmingliana said travellers from the land locked north-eastern State would face a tough time due to withdrawal of flights to Guwahati and Delhi. Srinagar: Panaji: PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday praised Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for taking steps to name a forest reserve after Guru Nanak Dev, but hit out at the Centre saying its “top priority” seems to be renaming ancient cities and building Ram temple in Ayodhya. “How times change. Centre’s top priority is seemingly renaming historic cities & building Ram Mandir. On the other hand , heartening to see that Pak PM has initiated steps to name Baloki forest reserve after Guru Nanak ji & create a university under his name," the former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister tweeted. She was reacting to Khan's announcement that he was taking steps to name the wild life reserve after Guru Nanak A day after BJP chief Amit Shah said his party would try its best to find a solution to the mining impasse in Goa, an organisation comprising those dependent on the sector on Sunday said they did not have much hope from the ruling party. Shah made his one-line mention of the State's mining woes while addressing BJP workers at ' Atal Booth Karyakarta Sammelan' here on Saturday. "We will make all possible efforts to resume mining which has stopped in Goa," Shah had said Saturday. The mining sector in the state came to a standstill in March last year after a Supreme Court order quashed 88 leases and banned the extraction of iron ore. Reacting to the BJP chief's statement, Puti Gaonkar of the Goa Mining People's Front said, "We don't have much hope from BJP now after Amit Shah's action of dodging the mining issue during his Goa visit (on Saturday)." "The way Amit Shah addressed the issue in only one sentence clearly indicates they are not serious about such a major problem," Gaonkar told PTI. He said the GMPF had called for a public meeting in Usgao village in north Goa on February 14 to decide on the future course of action for the mining sector's resumption. A shutdown would also be observed by the GMPF in the mining belt on February 28, Goankar added. Bicholim, Quepem, Sanguem and Dharbandora talukas comprise the mining belt in the State. Dev, the founder of Sikhism. "The Baloki Forest Reserve and a new University in Nankana Sahib will be established and named after Baba Guru Nanak. Pakistan belongs to all citizens equally and we will ensure that Sikh pilgrims are facilitated for 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak," Khan said at a function. PTI PTI PTI ,0*&3' , # % &' ! % / 0 *1 , # , # % # 2 Lucknow: The hooch tragedy that claimed scores of lives in Uttar Pradesh took a political hue on Sunday, with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recalling the hands of Samajwadi Party in "such mischievous acts" and BSP chief Mayawati seeking a CBI probe into the matter. Adityanath, from his home turf Gorakhpur, warned of stern action against all those found involved in illicit liquor trade even if they were associated with any political party. "In the past too, such type of mischievous acts by SP leaders had come to fore. In Azamgarh, Hardoi, Kanpur and Barabanki, SP leaders were found to be involved in past asked to step down to ensure free and fair inquiry. Mayawati said bootleggers who are running a parallel administration right under the nose of the authorities and selling spurious liquor. Over 60 people have died in the hooch tragedy that hit two adjoining districts in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh with more people dying of the spurious liquor they drank at a Haridwar village, officials said. More than 20 victims died in Balupur and its neighbouring villages in Haridwar district and around 40 had died in UP's Saharanpur district. In an unrelated incident, nine people have died over the week in eastern Uttar The truth is that without the backing of the Government, such businesses cannot be carried out. The BJP should accept the fact that they cannot run the State." The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the SP's alliance partner for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, also blamed the BJP Governments in UP and Uttarakhand for the deaths. BSP chief Mayawati in a statement said that both the State Governments were "callous" in their approach towards banning sale of spurious liquor and demanded a CBI probe into the tragedy. She said till the CBI probe was complete, excise Ministers of both the States should be Pradesh's Kushinagar district, allegedly after drinking spurious liquor. Adityanath said he had spoken to his Uttarakhand counterpart Trivendra Singh Rawat and asked him to share details as the spurious liquor was served to the natives of Uttar Pradesh in a Haridwar village. "A racket of spurious liquor was being operated there in Uttarakhand. Therefore, I have spoken to the CM seeking details," Adityanath said. Adityanath said action has been taken against the excise officer, the excise inspector, SHOs and beat constables in Saharanpur and Kushinagar districts of UP. Vadodara: stituency, said he wanted to fight the Lok Sabha polls from Vadodara to strengthen PM Modi's hands and spread the latter's "sabka saath, sabka vikas" initiative. Claiming to be a staunch Modi loyalist, Srivastav told reporters here he also had good contacts in UP and Bihar which would come handy for the party in the general polls. "I have communicated to the BJP central leadership that I want to contest Lok Sabha polls from Vadodara," he added. A six-time BJP MLA from Gujarat's Vadodara district on Sunday demanded the party's Lok Sabha ticket from the prestigious seat. The Vadodara Lok Sabha seat was won in 2014 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi by a margin of over 5 lakh votes. The PM then relinquished it and retained Varanasi Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh. Madhu Srivastav, six-time MLA from the district's Waghodiya Assembly con- hooch tragedies. We can't deny conspiracy this time too," Yogi told reporters on Saturday night. Samajwadi Party (SP) president and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government on Sunday over the deaths in the tragedy. He said, "The Opposition has been notifying the Government about such activities, but they did not act as some of its leaders are involved. PTI PTI PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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