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Sushma slams celebs for opting surrogacy

Updated: Aug 24, 2016 18:33 IST      
Sushma slams celebs for opting surrogacy

New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday launched a veiled attack on celebrities for having surrogate babies, saying a "thing which started as a necessity, has now turned into a luxury."

Addressing a press conference here, she said, "Celebrities are having surrogate babies. In spite of having two children, they have a third, just because the wife couldn't take the pain, they get someone else to bear their child."

The Centre's move implies a strong stand against celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan, who had surrogate babies after two children and even Tusshar Kapoor, who became a single father recently.

These comments came after the Union Cabinet gave its approval for introduction of Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, which aims at regulating commissioning of surrogacy in the country.

The External Affairs Minister said that the Bill prohibits commercial surrogacy and allows ethical surrogacy to needy infertile couples.

"It also prohibits Single parents, homosexual couples, live-in relationships couples to opt for altruistic surrogacy," said Swaraj.

The Bill will be introduced in the Winter Session of Parliament.

Commercial surrogacy is banned in most developed countries, including Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, New Zealand, Japan and Thailand among others. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], April 29 (ANI): Citing examples of 'triple talaq' and the practice of 'marrying four wives' in Islam, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday described Swamy Prasad Maurya's comments on Muslim women as 'correct', asserting that there is no gender equality and women have third class status in Islamic religion.

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Chhattisgarh: CRPF arrests four Naxals in Bijapur

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 12:39 IST     

Bijapur (Chhattisgarh),[India], Apr 29,(ANI): The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Saturday arrested four Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district during a search operation.

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Jammu [India], Apr. 29 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Amit Shah was accorded a grand welcome in Jammu and Kashmir today, where he landed on a two-day visit as part of his national 'Vistaar Yatra'.

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Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)[India], Apr 29,(ANI): A wreath laying ceremony was held with full honours at at INS Dega in Visakhapatnam as the nation paid tributes to Naik Venkataramana, who lost his life in Kupwara terror attack on Thursday.

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New Delhi,[India], Apr 29,(ANI): With the ongoing political fiasco within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) getting murkier post the MCD debacle, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said the party is on the verge of division, adding that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is doing drama by merely apologizing for the failure.

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)[India], April 29 (ANI): The All India Muslim Women's Personal Law Board (AIMWPLB) on Saturday demanded Yogi Adityanath's cabinet minister Swamy Prasad Maurya's resignation a day after he made a controversial statement saying,

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Kerala: One-day sports meet held for transgender athletes

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 10:27 IST     

Thiruvnanthapuram (Kerala),[India], Apr 29,(ANI): In a bid to promote equality for the transgender community in the state, a one-day athletic meet was organized by the state government in Kerala on Friday.

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Kejriwal`s image now lies in tatters: BJP

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 10:12 IST     

New Delhi,[India], Apr 29,(ANI): Branding the ongoing political fiasco within Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) post the MCD debacle as a 'civil war', the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Saturday said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has lost the faith of public as well as that of his party leaders.

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Urs of famous Sufi saint celebrated in Srinagar

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 09:20 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir)[India], April 29 (ANI): The annual Urs Mubarak of Hazrat Sheikh Dawood Sahib (RA) popularly known as Batmol Sahib (RA) was celebrated with traditional fervor at his residence in Batmaloo area of Srinagar.

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PM Modi to inaugurate International Basava Convention today

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 09:08 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr. 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil translated volumes of Vachana, penned by 12th century social reformer Basavanna and other saints in 23 Indian languages, on the social reformer's birth anniversary today.

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Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh),[India], Apr 29,(ANI): In an absurd incident, a man called off his marriage in Muzaffarnagar's Kulhedi village as meat was not served in the function.

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Judge suspended after granting bail to rape-accused Prajapati

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 08:50 IST     

Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh), April 29 (ANI): Additional Sessions Judge Om Prakash Mishra who granted bail to the rape accused Samajwadi Party leader and former minister Gayatri Prajapati was suspended on Friday.

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New Delhi [India], April 29 (ANI): Following the mass exodus and reports of in-fighting within the party, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal struck a note on Saturday by admitting that the party made some crucial mistakes which led to their heavy defeat in the Delhi's civic polls.

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New Delhi, [India], Apr 29 (ANI): A young Kashmiri media owner, who runs a mobile TV channel in the Valley, has denounced the stone-pelting by youth and has asked them to utilise their potential to ensure the social and economic progress of the state.

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Can't link Dinakaran's bribery case with EC: Swamy

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 07:46 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 29 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday asserted that if India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader TTV Dinakaran's is involved in the bribery then it must be investigated and the law must take its course.

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Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], Apr 29 (ANI): Putting a stamp on India's efforts to develop, for the first time, a primitive Adivasi girl has passed matriculation examination.

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New Delhi [India], Apr 29 (ANI): Following the Centre's stand of not initiating talks with separatists demanding 'azaadi', defence expert Qamar Agha on Saturday said the government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has made it clear that it will not negotiate with the Hurriyat Conference organisations.

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Civil war going within AAP, mocks BJP

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 06:11 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 29 (ANI): Taking a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), following party member Kumar Vishwas's doubts over their convenor Arvind Kejriwal, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said, it looks like a civil war going on within the party.

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New Delhi [India], Apr. 29 (ANI): Social activist from Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday welcomed the Central Government's decision of ruling out dialogues with separatist leaders who talks of 'Azaadi' and freedom.

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Talks with Separatists will only encourage them: BJP

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 03:41 IST     

New Delhi/Mumbai/Bengaluru (Maharashtra/Karnataka) [India], Apr 29 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday reinforced the Centre's stand of not talking to those separatist leaders who demand 'azaadi', saying that a dialogue in present situation would only encourage the separatists further.

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