SC extends Jayalalithaa's bail by four more months

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday extended bail of Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa by four more months in the disproportionate assets case. Jayalalithaa, who has appealed against her conviction in a corruption case, will remain on bail till April. The court also asked chief justice of Karnataka High Court to constitute a special bench to expeditiously decide Jayalalithaa's appeal within 3 months. The SC also ordered that the case be heard on a day-to-day basis. The matter came up before the Supreme Court on Thursday, counsel for Jayalalithaa, KTS Tulsi informed the Chief Justice HL Dattu, that in compliance with the earlier order of the apex court, Jayalalithaa had already submitted all the appeal papers before the Karnataka High Court. Dec 18, 2014

TMC only party not linked with any scam, BJP jealous of WB: Mamata Banerjee

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday attended the ongoing parliament session in New Delhi. Banerjee is on a visit to the capital and said she was here to see President Pranab Mukherjee who is not well and also to congratulate her party members on Lok Sabha victory. She claimed that TMC is the only party which is not linked to any scam. Banerjee also said that chit funds come under the Central government for probe and state governments have no say in the investigation. She also added that BJP is jealous of West Bengal. Dec 18, 2014
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SC refuses to interfere with Bombay High Court order that stays Maratha reservation

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to interfere with the order of the Bombay High Court which stayed the move to grant 16 per cent reservation to Marathas in public service and educational institutions in Maharashtra. Earlier, the Bombay HC had cancelled the previous Congress-NCP government's decision of giving 16 percent reservation for Marathas. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had later advocated for Maratha reservation and approached the Supreme Court. The court said that it will take decision after listening to all the pending petitions. Dec 18, 2014
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RS not functioning because of arrogance of numbers: Jaitley

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that the Rajya Sabha is not being able to function due to the arrogance of the opposition parties. Earlier on Thursday, the opposition had stalled proceedings in the Rajya Sabha over a repeated demand that Prime Minister Modi be called to the Upper House to make a statement on the conversion row that has hogged national headlines for the past few days. The Prime Minister, was, however, present in the Lok Sabha. Dec 18, 2014
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Politicos congratulate ISRO for successfully launching GSLV Mark-III

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Politicos from various parties on Thursday congratulated the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientists for successfully launching the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark-III from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. This is the first time that such an exercise has been conducted by the ISRO scientists. The GSLV Mark III weighs 630 tonnes and is powered by liquid and solid fuel engines while the cryogenic engine at the top is filled with liquid nitrogen. According to reports, this experimental mission cost Rs. 155 crores, and hasn't carried any other satellite. Dec 18, 2014
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Chinese army intrudes again in Ladakh, politicos react

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Politicos from rival political parties on Thursday slammed the BJP government after reports of another incursion by the China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) emerged. Barely two months after a fortnight long stand-off between Chinese and Indian forces was resolved in Ladakh, China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) made another incursion on Tuesday leading to a standoff for over three hours. The BJP, however, said that necessary measures are being taken in the matter. Dec 18, 2014
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Hafiz Saeed blames India for Peshawar killing, India condemns

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Political leaders in India condemned Lashkar-e-Taiba chief and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Mohammad Saeed for blaming India for the carnage carried out by the Pakistani Taliban in an army-run school in Peshawar. A video has emerged that purportedly shows Saeed blaming India and saying that it was a conspiracy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government against Pakistan. The video also showed Saeed threatening India with "revenge" for the Peshawar massacre. Politicians said that Pakistan should seize the opportunity in the wake of terror attack on Peshawar school and take bold steps to combat terrorism. It should also hand over Saeed to India. Dec 18, 2014
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Mamata says will keep up attack on NDA govt in Parliament, politicos react

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that Trinamool Congress will continue to protest against the BJP-led NDA government in Parliament over what it claims is the political vendetta unleashed against the party in connection with the Saradha scam. Bannerjee reached Delhi on Wednesday. Mamata is visiting Delhi to meet President Pranab Mukherjee, who recently underwent coronary angioplasty. She hit out the BJP for targeting her government over the Saradha chit-fund scam and alleged that there are many other scams worth thousands of crores of rupees but no arrests have been made so far. Dec 18, 2014