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Friday, December 08, 2017

Congress suspends Aiyar over ‘neech’ jibe against Modi
The Congress today suspended its senior leader Mani Shankar Aiyar from the primary membership of the party and issued him a show cause notice, after he called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "neech aadmi" (vile man). The disciplinary action against the Gandhi family loyalist came barely two days before the first phase of Assembly poll in Gujarat. Congress communications incharge Randeep Surjewala said the action showed the party's "Gandhian leadership" and respect for the political rival. He asked whether prime minister Modi would dare to act similarly.

India ready to grant visa to parents of Pak boy detained by BSF: Swaraj
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said India is ready to grant visa to the parents of a 12-year-old boy who is believed to be from Pakistan and has been languishing in an observation home in Faridkot in Punjab after being apprehended by the BSF in May. In a series of tweets, she said that India was waiting for Pakistan to confirm the nationality of the boy. Her response came after Mehr Tarar, a Pakistani journalist, brought Swaraj's attention to the boy, Hammad Hassan, going missing from Pasur area in Pakistan's Sialkot a few month ago.

Two more arrested for Mansoravar Park killings
Two persons have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the killing of an octogenarian woman, her three daughters and their security guard in Mansarovar Park area here in October, police said today. Seven people were involved in the killings and five of them were arrested yesterday. Two more accused, Nitin and Deepak, both aged 30, were arrested around 4 am by the Crime Branch, the police said. The killings were carried out with an intention to commit robbery and the mastermind of the plan was the security guard, who was killed by his son and son-in-law.

If you don't salute your mother, who would you salute, Afzal Guru: Naidu
"If not your mother, who would you salute, Afzal Guru," Vice President Venkaiah Naidu today asked, apparently questioning why there were objections to saying 'Vande Mataram', which meant salute to the motherland. "Vande Mataram mane maa tujhe salam. Kya samasya hai? Agar maa ko salam nahi karenge to kya Afzal Guru ko salam karenge? (Vande Mataram means salute to mother. What is problem with it, if you don't salute your mother, who would you salute, Afzal Guru)," he asked.

Naidu was speaking at an event to release a book on former VHP chief late Ashok Singhal.

Vande Mataram means praising the mother, he further said while referring to the people who are seeking to define nationalism.

He said when someone says 'Bharat Mata ki jai' it is not only about some goddess in a photo.

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