‘How many women are there in RSS?’ Rahul Gandhi plays the discrimination card
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi targeted the RSS and BJP on Tuesday, alleging that they did not give any importance to women. He also said women work at every level in the Congress.
“The BJP’s thinking is that till women are silent they are good, when they start speaking up they try to shut them (women) up,” Gandhi said at a gathering of students here on the second day of his election campaign in Gujarat. “Their organisation is the RSS. How many women are there in the RSS... Have you ever seen any woman in shakhas wearing shorts?” he said in a sarcastic tone. “In the Congress you will see women at every level in the organisation.” Khakhi shorts were a trademark of RSS volunteers which they used to wear during their drills in the past, before they changed to full pants over a year back.
Gandhi also said if his party’s government comes to power in Gujarat, it will give importance to women and try to resolve their issues. The Congress leader began his second day of ‘Navsarjan Yatra’ in central Gujarat region from Vadodara by addressing the students. He addressed 10 meetings yesterday and offered prayers at the famous Santram Temple in Nadiad. In the first leg of the Navsarjan Yatra last month, Gandhi had travelled in the Saurashtra.
27 Taliban insurgents killed during counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan
Kabul [Afghanistan]: At least 23 militants belonging to Afghanistan's insurgent group Taliban were killed and 28 other injured during the operations in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan.
Afghan Ministry of Defence (MoD), confirming the casualties, said in a statement that the operations were conducted in Shahjoi and Mizan districts of the province, the Khaama Press reported. Local Taliban leaders, the deputy shadow district chief of the group for Mizan Hayatullah Mujahid, Taliban's shadow military chief for Mizan Sediq Agha, and three of their commanders were among those killed.
The MoD said the militants have suffered heavy casualties in the past 24 hours during the counter-terrorism operations conducted in various provinces. Heavy ammunition, explosives and together with some weapons and vehicles were also destroyed by the security forces.
However, the Taliban has not commented on the incident so far.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for 207th Zafar Military Corps Abdul Qayoum Nuristani said at least four key Taliban commanders have been killed in an operation by the Afghan commandos in western Herat province.
The operation was launched in the Gozara district of the province and the forces also "seized weapons during the operation," Tolo News quoted Nuristani, as saying. (ANI)
Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Waseem Shah killed in Pulwama encounter
The other slain militant has been identified as Nisar Ahmed Khan
Two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed in an encounter in Pulwama on Saturday morning. One of them was their top commander Waseem Shah.
A search party of security forces, comprising the special operation group and the army, came under fire in the Litter area of Pulwama. "As the searches were intensified towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon government forces, triggering a gun fight," said the police.
Two militants, identified as Shah and Nasir Ahmad Khan, both locals, were killed. Shah was a self-styled commander of Lashkar.
This is the first counter-insurgency operation in Litter area in four years. Jammu and Kashmir Police have been tracking the movements of Shah, who is considered as the ‘don of Heff’, another traditional stronghold of militants in South Kashmir’s Shopian district.
Shah, 23, also known as ‘Abu Osama Bhai’, was wanted in various terror-related cases. A college dropout, Shah, a resident of Heff-Shrimal in Shopian, joined the militancy in 2014 and was considered as the ‘chief architect’ of last year’s unrest in various parts of South Kashmir.
Born in a middle-class family of Gul Mohammed Shah, who ran his fruit business, Shah was an active supporter of Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group since his school days and had doubled up as a courier boy for the outfit, police said.
Of late, Shah, who carried a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, was recruiting fresh cadres for the militant outfit.
He had been involved in various attacks on security forces in South Kashmir, police said.
(Source: The Hindu)
What Happened In The Courtroom Where Talwars Were Acquitted Today
It took the judges of the Allahabad High Court 10 minutes to read out the verdict which acquits Nupur and Rajesh Talwar of the double murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj at their home in Noida near Delhi in 2008.
There were nearly 300 people packed into the tiny courtroom where dentist couple Nupur and Rajesh Talwar were waiting to find out if they would spend their lives in prison after being accused of murdering their teen daughter, Aarushi, and domestic help Hemraj.
The judges of the Allahabad High Court arrived at 2.40 pm. It took them 10 minutes to read out the verdict which acquits the Talwars of the double murder at their home in Noida near Delhi in 2008.
They were in jail when the verdict was announced. The Talwars had been found guilty by a lower court in 2015 and sentenced to life in prison. The CBI had sought the death penalty for them.
The judges today said that the Talwars were given the benefit of the doubt and that there was "no irresistible conclusion that accused did the murders" which means the CBI failed to provide enough evidence against the couple. Their earlier conviction was based on circumstantial evidence.
Aarushi Talwar, a teen just days away from turning 14, was found with her throat slit in her bed in her home. Hemraj, the family's Nepali help, was at first the main suspect, but next day his body was found on the roof of the apartment building where the Talwars lived. The CBI said in 2010 that it did not have evidence against the Talwars and wanted to close the case as unsolved, though it also said that it believed Rajesh Talwar had killed his daughter. However, a CBI court said the case could not be shut.
The investigation has been marked by a series of lapses including the mishandling of evidence and allowing reporters to access the crime scene when Hemraj's corpse was found.
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