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Kejriwal claims 'opponents trying to buy AAP volunteers'

New Delhi, Jan 29 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal claimed claimed that the opponents are trying to buy their volunteers. Kejriwal had tweeted, "Opponents trying to "buy" our volunteers. I have told volunteers not to refuse anyone who approach.Paise lekar sting kar lo. Spread this msg." He had also declared that a conspiracy was being hatched against his party by a "senior leader" by planting false stories against AAP candidates in the media. The party is so worried that in a day or so it is expected to send a written complaint to the election commission stating its fear. Meanwhile, AAP leader Manish Sisodia said that BJP's CM Candidate Kiran Bedi used to say that nobody should vote for BJP, a party who can't give account of their funds. He slammed her and said that opponents definitely are scared and are trying to but AAP volunteers. Jan 29, 2015
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'Ghar wapsi' held in Bengal, 150 tribals converted to Hinduism; politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 29 (ANI): Reactions poured in on Thursday as reports emerged that the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) allegedly re-converted over 100 tribals to Hinduism in West Bengal. Over a dozen adivasi Christian families - some 100 people, including children - reportedly attended the conversion programme. However, the district administration and senior VHP leaders refused to call it a conversion because none of the adivasis had placed an affidavit for name change. Jan 29, 2015

SIT questions Amar Singh in Sunanda Pushkar case, to call Shiv Menon for further interrogation

New Delhi, Jan 29 (ANI): Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said on Thursday that the SIT will question Sunanda Pushkar's son, Shiv Menon in connection with her murder case. Menon is Sunanda Pushkar's son from her second marriage. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed for probing Pushkar's death. Meanwhile, Politician Amar Singh, who claimed to be a close friend of Pushkar was also questioned by the SIT on Wednesday. However, he said that there was nothing relevant that came out after the interrogation and that he made available all the information he had to the SIT. Jan 29, 2015
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WB govt must take action to drive out Muslim infiltrators or else face violence: Praveen Togadia

Birbhum, Jan 29 (ANI): VHP leader Praveen Togadia said the West Bengal government must take timely action against Muslim infiltrators in the state or else the state will be a part of "greater Bangladesh" in the near future. He said that the party has warned the state chief minister and now it is up to her to stop the infiltrators or else face violence. He also appealed the people to boycott the infiltrators so as to save West Bengal from turning into a Muslim state and said that the people must remain alert about the infiltrators and they should not be given any scope to stay, earn or do business here. Jan 29, 2015
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Govt defends decision to slash foreign secretary Sujatha Singh's tenure

New Delhi, Jan 29 (ANI): The BJP on Thursday claimed there is no politics involved in appointing S Jaishankar as the new foreign secretary. Jaishankar, India's Ambassador to the US, was on Wednesday suddenly appointed as the Foreign Secretary by Narendra Modi government, replacing Sujatha Singh, who has in effect been sacked. Singh's tenure was abruptly "curtailed" by nearly eight months. Jan 29, 2015
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Anna to launch fresh stir on Lokpal, Black Money; BJP reacts

New Delhi, Jan 29 (ANI): The BJP on Thursday claimed that the Narendra Modi government is doing enough to bring back the black money stashed abroad. Anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare recently attacked the Modi government for its 'failure' to bring back black money and said people will teach it a lesson for the "fraud" perpetrated on them. He also said that he is soon going to launch a campaign on the issue. Jan 29, 2015
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Foreign Secretary Dr S Jaishankar meets EAM Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Jan 29 (ANI): Foreign Secretary Dr S Jaishankar met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in her office on Thursday. Earlier in the day, Dr S Jaishankar took charge as the new Foreign Secretary, replacing Sujatha Singh whose tenure has been curtailed by nearly seven months. The decision was taken last night by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As per the order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, Dr Jaishankar will have tenure of two years from the date he assumes charge. Meanwhile, Sujatha Singh's two-year tenure was to end in August this year. Jan 29, 2015
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Kalyan Singh sworn in as Governor of Himachal Pradesh

Shimla, Jan 29 (ANI): The governor of Rajasthan, Kalyan Singh took additional charge as the governor of Himachal Pradesh. The Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court, Mansoor Ahmed Mir gave oath of office as the 26th governor of Himachal Pradesh. Speaking to media in Shimla's Raj Bhawan, he said that he is pleased to follow the orders of the President Pranab Mukherjee. He also said that he has an emotional bonding with the state of Himachal Pradesh and would discharge the duty as governor of the state. The President has earlier this month asked Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh to discharge the functions of the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, in addition to his own duties, till further orders. Kalyan Singh takes on his new responsibilities in the wake of Urmila Singh completing her tenure on January 24, 2015. Jan 29, 2015
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Delhi Polls: Tussle continues within BJP, Satish Upadhyay claims manifesto would be out soon

New Delhi, Jan 29 (ANI): BJP unit in Delhi President Satish Upadhyay while speaking on the BJP manifesto said that the manifesto will be out soon. He added that BJP’s vision is clear for Delhi and all the senior leaders have made their vision clear. He further said that BJP’s main focus is good governance. According to media reports, BJP is planning to bring out a vision document instead of a manifesto ahead of the assembly elections. Jan 29, 2015
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India needs 'predictable' tax regime, says Jayant Sinha

New Delhi, Jan 29 (ANI): India needs a 'simple, predictable and fair' tax regime to restore foreign investor confidence, said Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha on Thursday. On Wednesday, the Bombay High Court dismissed a tax notice amounting to Rs 3,200 crore sent against Vodafone, ruling that there is no taxable income on share premium received on the issue of shares. After the ruling, the Centre decided to not appeal against the judgement, however stressing that while many cases are currently sub-judice, every case has to be looked at differently. Jan 29, 2015
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Government not to appeal Vodafone tax ruling

New Delhi, Jan 29 (ANI): The central government will not appeal a regional court ruling in favour of Vodafone Group Plc in a long-running tax dispute, the cabinet decided in a move aimed at boosting investor confidence in Asia's third-largest economy. Vodafone, the biggest foreign corporate investor in India, has been involved in a series of tax disputes since it entered the country seven years ago. In one such case, India's tax office had accused a unit of the British group of under-pricing shares in a rights issue to its parent company and demanded tax of about 30 billion rupees. The Bombay High Court had in October ruled in favour of Vodafone, and later the attorney general had recommended the government to refrain from appealing that ruling at the Supreme Court. Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the decision was in direction to assure investors of a fair and just Indian government. Jan 29, 2015
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Modi govt sacks Sujatha Singh as foreign secretary, S Jaishankar to take charge today

New Delhi, Jan 29 (ANI): In a significant development, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh’s tenure was “curtailed”- six months early - and India’s ambassador to the US, S Jaishankar was appointed as the new Foreign Secretary. The Modi government on late Wednesday evening announced the abrupt “curtailment of tenure of foreign secretary Sujatha Singh with immediate effect”. The surprise announcement was made after a meeting of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. S Jaishankar, who is a batch junior to Singh in the service, will be the new foreign secretary and will take charge of the office today. According to sources, PM Modi had been unimpressed with Singh and her work. There had also been talks of a change for some time, but Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj is said to have wanted Singh to stay on. Jan 29, 2015
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S Jaishankar takes charge as Foreign Secretary of India, says honoured to be assigned such responsib

New Delhi, Jan 29 (ANI): S Jaishankar on Thursday took charge as the new Foreign Secretary of India in Delhi. Jaishankar reached the Ministry of External affairs and took over the office assigned to him. While talking to mediapersons, he said that he was honoured to be assigned with such responsibility and looked forward for the same. He replaced Sujatha Singh who was sacked by the central government late Wednesday evening. Singh's two-year tenure was to end in August this year. Jan 29, 2015
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Pakistan police arrests suspected killer of professor who faced blasphemy accusations

Karachi, Jan 29 (ANI): Pakistan police has arrested suspected killer of a professor of Islamic studies who faced accusations of blasphemy and threats from colleagues over his moderate views, a senior police official said. Unidentified gunmen had shot dead the professor in Karachi on September 18 last year. Two gunmen riding a motorcycle fired on the car taking Dr Muhammad Shakil Auj, the dean of the faculty of Islamic Studies at the university to a function at an Iranian cultural centre in the city. The other educationist Professor Sibt-e-Jaffer was killed in March 2013. Holding a news conference, Additional Inspector General of police Ghulam Qadir Thebo said the suspects involved in the killing of Karachi University Islamic Studies and Professor Sibte Hassan (Jaffer) had been arrested. Shakil Auj had received threats following complaints that his teaching was too liberal. Jan 29, 2015
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JandK's PDP positive about an alliance with BJP for government formation

Jammu, Jan 29 (ANI): People's Democratic Party (PDP) indicated that it could form an alliance with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form government in Jammu and Kashmir. PDP Spokesperson Naeem Akhtar said that the party was aware of the fact that it could not work alone. PDP emerged as the single largest party in the state bagging 28 seats in the 87-member legislature, brightening its chances of forming a coalition government. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir BJP unit President Jugal Kishore met Governor NN Vohra but did not divulge any details about a probable alliance with PDP and on his discussions with Vohra. Earlier this month, PDP rejected the offer of support from rival party, National Conference (NC), which was voted out of power in the elections. Jan 29, 2015