Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party for taking out armed rallies on the occasion of Ram Navmi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said the BJP was using religion to seek vote and incite violence.
"They have introduced a new fake religion, which is not related to Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and others. This new religion is not in line with culture of India and Bengal. They are fascists. We don't do politics of religion and don't need this either," Banerjee said addressing a rally in Siliguri.
Based on this newly introduced religion, they try to "create violence", she added.
Employees of Jet Airways, including pilots, flight attendants and ground staff, demonstrate at Delhi Airport against Jet Airways' Management over non-payment of their salaries.
West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Dilip Ghosh on Saturday, donning a saffron headgear, participated in a Ram Navami celebration in West Medinipur district's Kharagpur and flaunted traditional weapons.
He was seen paying reverence to Lord Ram, and displayed a sword, a mace, a bow and arrows.
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) had earlier raised their concerns before the Chief Electoral Officer over Ram Navami celebrations during the election.
Asked about opposition parties' claim that this act during the election was aimed at creating a communal divide, Ghosh said: "If carrying weapons means breaking the code, then the weapons of the jawans and Goddess 'Kali' should also be taken away from their hands. People who are not man enough speak all these things."
Clash broke out between locals and security forces in Delhi's Mayapuri area after MCD officials began to seal some factories in the area following National Green Tribunal's (NGT) order to seal nearly 850 factories.
A 33-year-old woman was set on fire after she foiled an alleged rape bid by a youth in Uttar Pradesh's Deoria district on Saturday, police said.
The incident occurred in a village in Bhatni area when the woman had gone out to attend nature's call, the police said.
The accused, Tarzon, who belongs to the same village, allegedly tried to rape her, but the woman foiled his attempts. The youth then poured petrol and set her on fire before fleeing, the police said.
Curfew remained in force in Kishtwar town of Jammu and Kashmir for the fifth day on Saturday after an RSS leader was shot dead by militants in the communally-sensitive region earlier this week, officials said.
Internet services continued to be suspended as a precautionary measure in the district, but it was restored in nearby Doda and Ramban districts on Friday night, the officials said.
"Curfew is being strictly implemented in the town and adjoining areas to maintain law and order," said Kishtwar District Development Commissioner A S Rana.
The head of Sudan's military council Awad Ibn Auf has stood down a day after leading a coup that toppled long-time leader Omar al-Bashir amid a wave of protests.
Despite Bashir's removal on Thursday, demonstrators had refused to disperse, camping out outside the army headquarters here, defying curfew declared by the military.
On Friday, a military spokesman said the army was not seeking power and Sudan's future would be decided by the protesters.
After Ibn Auf stepped down, the protesters celebrated his departure, with people chanting phrases like "it fell again".
IGP Kashmir SP Pani on Shopian encounter said, “Two terrorists have been killed, arms and ammunition have been recovered. The terrorists were affiliated to JeM. Police have registered a case and the investigation is going on.”
Former IL&FS MD and CEO Ramesh Bawa arrested By Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) in connection with the ongoing investigations against IL&FS and its group entities. SFIO had also arrested Ex Chairman Hari Shankaran on April 1.
The initial phase of Jet Airways stake sale programme came to a close on Friday as scrutiny of at least 5 EoIs (expression of interest) started, sources said on Friday.
According to industry insiders, SBI Capital Markets (SBI Cap) and the airline's lenders have received a lukewarm response with at least 5 prospective buyers sending in their EoIs.
"They are currently in the midst of evaluating the EoIs sent by various entities including airlines. Any official announcement on the selected entities will be made on Saturday," said an industry insider in New Delhi.
A gunfight broke out between security forces and militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district on Saturday, police said.
Following specific information about militant presence the security forces started a cordon and search operation in Gahand village and as they tightened the cordon, the hiding militants fired triggering the encounter
Congress President Rahul Gandhi lays wreath at Jallianwala Bagh memorial on commemoration of 100 years of the massacre. Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and state minister Navjot Singh Sidhu also present.