Wed, Aug 23, 2017 | updated 11:55 AM IST

U.N. statement on Kashmir 'serious', India must expedite diplomatic effort: JD(U)

Updated: Aug 05, 2016 09:28 IST      
U.N. statement on Kashmir 'serious', India must expedite diplomatic effort: JD(U)

New Delhi, Aug. 5 (ANI): Even as the United Nations quickly retracted from its statement that it will continue to monitor the situation in Kashmir Valley, Janata Dal (United) leader K.C. Tyagi on Friday said due to weakness of the Indian Government, Pakistan has successfully internationalised the Kashmir issue, and thus, India needs to expedite its diplomatic efforts.

"Though the UN has backtracked from its statement, the statement is serious. Due to weakness of the Indian Government, Pakistan has successfully internationalised the Kashmir issue. The Government of India should further intensify its diplomatic efforts," Tyagi told ANI.

Deputy spokesperson for United Nations Secretary General Farhan Haq said the U.N. would continue to monitor the situation through its monitoring group on the ground, United Nations Military Observers in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).But the statement was retracted by the spokesperson for Secretary General the next day.

A clarification was issued by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Stephane Dujarric on August 2, a day after Haq made the statement.

Reacting sharply to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's statement that Kashmir is not an internal issue, Tyagi said, "Before Nawaz Sharif, many rulers of Pakistan have seen such a dream. Kashmir is a part of India and the Centre and the state government should address the prevailing anger and restlessness among the Kashmiris, but this is our internal matter."

Reacting to Sharif's declaration that Kashmir is the main pillar of Pakistan's foreign policy, he said, "Kashmir is the crown of India's map and Pakistan will never succeed in its ulterior motive. They have tested defeat many times, and thus, they should stop dreaming of Kashmir."

When told that Pakistan Interior Minister had said that freedom struggle in Kashmir should not be overlooked, Tyagi said, "Not Kashmiris, but the people of PoK, Baluchistan, N-W Frontier and Sindh want freedom. Pakistan will disintegrate into pieces once the wind of freedom sweeps through it."

Reacting to Home Minister Rajnath Singh's speech that terrorists should not be glorified, Tyagi said, "I agree with the statement of Rajnath Singh that people involved in terrorism can't be martyrs, the Pakistan Government's perspective is wrong."

Commenting of the Delhi High Court's verdict that the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) is "administrative head" of the National Capital Territory (NCT), he said: "The AAP government is elected by the people of Delhi, and until Delhi gets the status of full state, it will be victim of the Centre and bureaucrats. I want all parties to come together to help Delhi get the status of a full state."

Hailing the Hyderabad Police's action against BJP MLA T. Raja Singh for allegedly supporting the assault on Dalit men in Gujarat's Una town, he said, "The Gujarat Government was engaged in atrocities on Dalits in the name of cow protection. I support the action taken against the MLA."

The Mangalhat Police on Thursday registered a case against Raja Singh.

Singh had put a video on his Facebook page overtly supporting the Gau Rakshak Samiti (Cow Protection Committee) workers who thrashed Dalits, who were skinning a dead cow in Una, Gujarat.

"I support the beating of Dalits whoever slaughter cows to consume its meat...I also support those who taught them a lesson," Singh said in his two-and-half minute video, uploaded on July 30. (ANI)

Udhampur (Srinagar) [India], August 23 (ANI): The students in the Nanansoo village of Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur have been, for days, waiting for their teachers outside their primary school as teachers haven't turned up to teach since August 15.

Full Story >>

Kerala [India], August 23 (ANI): The Kerala opposition party MLAs boycotted the Assembly session and took to protests outside the Assembly hall, on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Aug 23, (ANI): The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) along with the Department of Health and Family Welfare of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India signed a MoU with the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), South Korea to collaborate on vaccine research and development in the recently held tripartite meeting. The Memorandum of Understanding will strengthen the relationship between IVI and India.

Full Story >>

EPS in trouble, govt. falls short of majority

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 10:13 IST     

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], August 23 (ANI): A day after the merger of the two warring factions of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisamy's (EPS) government faced a crisis yesterday, when 19 of his MLAs withdrew their support, leading to the government falling short of majority.

Full Story >>

Nepal PM Deuba to begin his four-day visit to India today

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 09:45 IST     

New Delhi [India], August 23 (ANI): Sher Bahadur Deuba, the Prime Minister of Nepal, accompanied by his spouse Arzu Deuba, will be on a state visit to India at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, beginning today.

Full Story >>

Robert Vadra decries CBI probe into Bikaner land deals

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 09:45 IST     

New Delhi [India], August 23 (ANI): Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra has dubbed the Rajasthan government's recommendation of a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the alleged land scams in Bikaner, involving his company, as another "attempt of malicious prosecution."

Full Story >>

Patna (Bihar) [India], August 23 (ANI): One Army Column and One Engineer Task Force (ETF) have been deployed in seven districts of Bihar, which have been successful in rescuing people from the flood-hit areas.

Full Story >>

Kaifiyat Express derailment: Rescue operation over, no casualties, say police officials

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 09:29 IST      By: ANI Coresspondent

New Delhi [India], August 23 (ANI): The rescue operation for the Kaifiyat Express derailment, which happened in the wee hours of Wednesday, is over.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], August 23 (ANI): The voting for the by-polls for four Assembly seats in Bawana in Delhi, Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh, and Valpoi and Panaji in Goa has begun.

Full Story >>

Sonia Gandhi condoles death of former Manipur CM Keishing

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 08:24 IST     

New Delhi [India], August 23 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi condoled the demise of former Manipur chief minister Rishang Keishing, who passed away at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal, on Tuesday evening.

Full Story >>

Karti Chidambaram to appear before CBI today

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 07:59 IST     

New Delhi[India], Aug 23 (ANI): Former union minister P. Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram will appear before Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] August 23 (ANI): A high level multi-sectoral delegation led by Abdulaziz Kamilov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, is visiting India from August 20-23, 2017.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] Aug 23 (ANI): Defence expert P.K. Sehgal on Wednesday said that India should not send its troops to join American or NATO forces in Afghanistan as it would be detrimental to Indian interest in the long run.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] Aug 23 (ANI): Union Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday said he was personally monitoring the situation of Kaifiyat Express derailment.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] Aug 23 (ANI): Railways DG PRO, Anil Saxena, on Wednesday said that no casualties have been reported so far in Kaifiyat Express derailment.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] Aug 23 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday hailed the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the 'regressive practice' of Triple Talaq and said the verdict will be written in golden letters in India's post independence history.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] Aug 23 (ANI): The Congress Party on Wednesday welcomed Supreme Court's verdict on Triple Talaq and said the judgement has given respite to the Muslim women.

Full Story >>

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)[India] August 23 (ANI): The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to stop providing wheat, rice, sugar and oil (kerosene) at a cheaper rate at ration shop and instead will directly transfer their subsidized amount in the bank

Full Story >>

Six killed, four injured as auto hits lorry in Telangana

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 05:18 IST     

Asifabad (Telangana) [India], Aug 23 (ANI): At least six people were killed and four others injured after an auto rickshaw collided with a lorry in Telangana's Asifabad on Tuesday.

Full Story >>

SC to hear PIL seeking 'lifetime ban' on convicted lawmakers

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 05:14 IST     

New Delhi[India], Aug 23 (ANI): The Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ashwani Upadhyay, seeking a lifetime ban on convicted and chargesheeted Member of Parliaments and Members of Legislative Assemblies (MPs and MLAs) from contesting elections.

Full Story >>