AAP leader meets ticket aspirants from 32 Lok Sabha seats of UP

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sanjay Singh met ticket aspirants from 32 Lok Sabha segments of Uttar Pradesh, on Monday. Aspirants from Aligarh, Saharanpur, Pilibhit, Lalganj, Amethi, Sambhal, Bareilly, Bansgaon, Gonda, Rampur, Unnao, Aonla, among others, met Singh in Lucknow and put forward their claims. “We are in the final stage of coming out with a list. We are meeting people as it is the system of our party,” said Sanjay Singh. Delhi chief minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who had contested against Narendra Modi from Varanasi in 2014…

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Priyanka Gandhi says Modi govt’s argument to blame Congress has an expiry date

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday sharpened her attack at the Narendra Modi government asking it to stop blaming the Congress-led governments of the past for the its own failures. “Their argument that ‘what did they do in 70 years’ also has an expiry date. Now they (BJP) should tell what they have done in their five years when they are in power,” said Priyanka Gandhi, according to news agency ANI, dismissing the BJP’s allegation that the Congress-led governments in the past are responsible for the problems the…

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Dozens of Afghan border police surrender to Taliban

Dozens of Afghan security forces have surrendered to the Taliban during intensified fighting by the militants for control of Afghanistan’s western province of Badghis, which borders Turkmenistan. Badghis provincial council chairman Abdul Aziz Bik said on Sunday that about 50 Afghan personnel who were part of the Afghan Interior Ministry’s border police had laid down their arms in the province’s most populous district of Bala Murghab. He explained that some 100 Afghan personnel had attempted to flee their posts into neighboring Turkmenistan on Saturday but had been prevented from entering that country. Fifty of…

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China: Nearly 13,000 ‘terrorists’ detained in restive west since 2014

China says it has arrested tens of thousands of “terrorists” since four years ago in its volatile western Xinjiang region, which is home to millions of Muslim minorities, including Uighurs. The Beijing government issued a white paper on Monday on what it calls “the fight against terrorism” and “human rights protection” in Xinjiang, where Beijing stands accused of being engaged in a crackdown campaign against the Muslim communities. Since 2014, authorities have “destroyed 1,588 violent and terrorist gangs, arrested 12,995 terrorists, seized 2,052 explosive devices, punished 30,645 people for 4,858 illegal…

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UK Muslims could be target of mass shooting: Minister

Britain’s Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace has warned Muslims in the country could become victims of high-profile terrorist attacks like those that killed 50 worshipers in two mosques in New Zealand on Friday. According to reports, on Monday Wallace said the government was hugely concerned about the mushroom growth of far-right extremist groups in the UK which he said could be a serious threat to the safety of around three million Muslims living in the country. Wallace said a mass shooting of Muslims seen in the city of…

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Syrian army enhances air defense near Israeli-occupied Golan Heights

A British government minister has admitted that his country is servicing fighter jets supplied to Saudi Arabia which are being used in an indiscriminate bombardment of civilians in Yemen. According to Press TV, Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster told the parliament on Monday that Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) was providing “engineering support”  and “generic training” to Saudi Arabian military in its war on its southern neighbor. Lancaster was responding to a question by opposition Labour Party lawmaker Lloyd Russell-Moyle, on military personnel seconded to BAE Systems, a major British arms dealing…

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