1. Photo: How the iconic climax scene of ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ would change had Kajol …
    Published by IBNLive on 2014-07-09 at 11:56:34

    Simran needs to get on that train and leave with Raj. You know Simran will never make it if it’s a bullet train.

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    101 twitter shares, 17557 retweets and 117 favorites
    25 shares and 16 likes on Facebook
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  2. Rajiv Gandhi assassination: SC stays release of convicts till July 22
    Published by IBNLive on 2014-07-09 at 16:37:41

    The apex court issued notice to state governments case asking them whether the Central government’s opinion is required to release the prisoners.

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    3208 shares and 1579 likes on Facebook

  3. Samsung smartphones, computers worth $6.3 million robbed in Brazil
    Published by IBNLive on 2014-07-09 at 09:57:51

    Bandits attacked a Samsung factory near Sao Paulo and held workers hostage while they robbed truckloads of smartphones, tablets and notebook computers.

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  4. Amit Shah, Modi’s close aide, takes charge as BJP president
    Published by Times of India on 2014-07-09 at 13:09:30

    The crowning of Amit Shah as the new BJP president capped a phenomenal rise for the party’s key election strategist who crafted an unprecedented victory in UP.

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  5. A new low in Indian politics
    Published by DNA India on 2014-07-09 at 17:26:36

    Late last week, a special CBI court adjourned the bail application of Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin and Tulsi Prajapati fake encounter cases, accepting his excuse that he was engaged in political work in New Delhi. Shah, 49, the first serving Home minister of a state to have gone behind bars in a criminal case of murder and conspiracy had a legitimate reason to skip court hearings. He was presiding and taking part in day-long meetings in Delhi with senior RSS leaders and BJP functionaries who were all set to seal his fate as the next BJP President
    There is a significant back story to his exemption which did find its way as a small snippet in the media but needs to be brought to light as Shah, the man who waved the magic wand for BJP in Uttar Pradesh, the PM’s confidante and the number two in the government now takes over the reins of the party. Amit Shah had twice in the past sought exemption from personal appearance citing political work, but the then CBI judge JT Utpat had found his excuse inadequate for the court to grant him relief. On June 20, while hearing the application, Utpat allowed the same but made a scathing remark “Everytime you are giving this exemption application without assigning any reason,” he told Shahs counsel. In less than a week, Utpat was transferred to a Pune court before he could preside over Shahs discharge application. Shah managed his way out with a tried and tested formula of transferring judges, practiced brazenly in his home state of Gujarat through his tenure as Home Minister.
    As a journalist covering Gujarat extensively since 2005, as someone who exposed Shah’s role in the fake encounters in the state and who can claim to have knowledge of his political trajectory, I would not mince my words in suggesting that by appointing Amit Shah as the president of the party, the BJP has hugely disrespected the law of the land and signalled an all time low for the criminal justice system of India. For the cases against Shah are for crimes so gruesome that the cloak of political astuteness will be too short to cover it.
    In its chargesheet filed in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, the CBI which had been investigating the case under the watchful eye of the Supreme Court of India had not just named Shah as one of the key accused and conspirators but also named him as the head of an extortion racket which involved underworld thugs, politicians and businessmen. In its submission before the apex court bench of Justice P Sathasivam and Justice BS Chauhan, the CBI stated that the minister was in cahoots with senior cops from Gujarat including the likes of DG Vanzara and Abhay Chudasama who had been sentenced for cold-blooded murder – concluding that Shah was a hardcore criminal. Shah was also chargesheeted in the murder of Kauser Bi, the wife of Sohrabuddin who according to the official papers was raped, sedated, killed and her body burnt and thrown in a river.
    One could have well debated the merits of the CBI chargesheet and read political motives but for the fact that the Supreme court itself gave CBI the sanction to arrest Shah at the same time, coming down harshly on the Gujarat state police investigation led by the then top cop Geeta Johri for going slow and misleading the courts. If the SIT verdict on Narendra Modi’s role in the Gujarat encounters is to be held as the final word, by virtue of it being monitored by the apex court, it is baffling then that Narendra Modi who promised clean and transparent governance to this country and setting up fast track courts to look into cases of criminal charges against politicians has turned a blind eye to Shah’s criminal past.
    Shah has been Modi’s confidante since his days as a pracharak in Gujarat and Maharashtra. With Shah's induction on the national scene first as the General Secretary of the BJP and now as the BJP President, Modi has risked his own political image for the sake of his ally and friend who has put to shame the best political pundits and strategists from North India with his shrewd manoeuvring. In the coming days, the party will have to prove its popularity not just in the by-elections of Uttar Pradesh but also in the forthcoming Assembly Elections in three states, the most significant being the battle for Maharashtra. Party insiders have stressed on Maharashtra being a prestige battle for Modi whose party swept the Lok Sabha elections a couple of months ago. Going by the minutes of the internal meetings held between Modi, Shah and senior heads in the BJP and the RSS, the Prime Minister has silenced his detractors in the party who were against Shah's elevation citing his ability to churn out big numbers.
    Many in the Gujarat BJP believe that Modi has been under tremendous pressure by Shah to return the favours he has allegedly bestowed on his mentor in the last two decades of their association. It’s a well known fact that during Modi's rebellion against former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel and in his fight with the ex-Home Minister of Gujarat Haren Pandya, it was Shah who stood firmly by Modi's side galvanizing the cadres and leaders in favour of his boss.
    As the second in command in the Modi dispensation, the youngest minister in his cabinet who held charge of twelve ministries including the powerful Minister of State for Home, Shah single-handedly thwarted all trouble that came in the way of Modi with his office getting the infamous tag of the “dirty tricks department of the CM”. It was under his tenure as Home Minister that the Gujarat police went on a spree of fake encounters in the state – holding regular press conferences for the media with the bodies of the alleged assassins on display. The officers would claim that the Gujarat CM was under threat from jihadists who were out to assassinate the man who brought back Hindu asmita in Gujarat.
    While the chief minister managed to leave unscathed during the investigations of most of the encounters which were later pronounced as fake, Shah found himself listed as the prime accused in three encounters, his role in the other two being probed by the CBI with investigations in the case still on.
    Another major dent in Shah's image came with his alleged involvement in the Snoopgate scandal, in which he is heard instructing one of his key lieutenants – IPS officer GL Singhal who was then incharge of the ATS, to carry on surveillance on a young woman. The tapes which were released late last year created a furore after it became obvious that Shah as the Home Minister of the state was using state machinery to snoop on innocent civilians, monitoring their moves. In this particular case, a young woman whose movements, including aspects of her personal life were being reported to the CM on a daily basis.
    With such serious criminal charges against him, has Modi denigrated the position of the party president by handing over Shah the reins of the party. Would it now be safe to assume that Prime Minister Narendra Modi acted against the interests of the judiciary by rejecting the nomination of Gopal Subramaniam as a Supreme court judge as he was also the amicus curiae in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. Ever since the Prime Minister assumed office, ex-CBI directors including Ashwini Kumar and AP Singh who were at the helm of affairs in the CBI during the investigation of the encounters, find themselves being at the receiving end of Shah's wrath. While Kumar has stepped down as governor of Nagaland, AP Singh is reportedly under pressure to step down as member of the UPSC after the Income Tax department served notices to him and his family members in an investigation into alleged tax evasion by meat exporter Moin Qureshi.
    These could all well be coincidences if one were to take a larger liberal view of the developments including the transfer of 89-year-old ailing governor of Gujarat Kamla Beniwal, who under her tenure locked horns with Modi and Shah over the appointment of Lokayukta in the state. But even if one were to dismiss these actions against officials, lawyers, judges who played significant roles in the criminal justice process involving Amit Shah as conjectures, will it not be pertinent to suggest that by appointing Shah as the BJP President, Modi has acted in contradiction to his promise of a free and fair government, which will have no space for vindictiveness. Hasn't Modi and the BJP under the guidance of the RSS just made the first attack on the principle of clean governance on the basis of which the party came to power? Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to answer this one.
     
    Rana Ayyub is a journalist and a writer. She tweets at @RanaAyyub
    The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of dna​.
     
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    76 twitter shares, 1458 retweets and 60 favorites
    13 shares and 11 likes on Facebook

  6. Rs 50,000 stolen from BJP MP’s home, ‘thief’ says he got Rs 1.14 cr
    Published by Indian Express on 2014-07-09 at 01:51:46

    The Income-Tax department has already started an inquiry into the recovery.

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  7. Amit Shah takes charge as BJP president
    Published by Times of India on 2014-07-09 at 12:42:51

    BJP general secretary Amit Shah has been declared as the new BJP president on Wednesday.

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    100 twitter shares, 751 retweets and 59 favorites
    6 shares and 14 likes on Facebook
    5 Google+ Shares, 97 plus ones and 11 reshares
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  8. It’s Not Mine, Says BJP Leader About a Crore Found At His Home
    Published by NDTV on 2014-07-09 at 13:11:17

    A senior BJP leader from Bihar says that the one crore in cash found at his home is not his.

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    101 twitter shares, 740 retweets and 12 favorites
    58 shares and 106 likes on Facebook
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  9. Governor can’t be tried in criminal case: Sheila to HC
    Published by Times of India on 2014-07-09 at 16:29:08

    Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit today sought quashing of the trial court order to lodge FIR against her in a graft case.

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    100 twitter shares, 527 retweets and 15 favorites
    43 shares and 5 likes on Facebook
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  10. Amit Shah, Close Aide of PM Narendra Modi, is the New BJP President
    Published by NDTV on 2014-07-09 at 15:00:30

    Amit Shah, a close associate of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is the new BJP president. His appointment was announced today by Rajnath Singh, the man he succeeds.

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    54 twitter shares, 367 retweets and 40 favorites
    52 shares and 28 likes on Facebook
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  11. Department of personnel and training rejects 6-day week schedule amid protests from women
    Published by Times of India on 2014-07-09 at 11:38:00

    Employees in many other ministries have also been asked informally to report to work on Saturdays in case senior officials or the respective minister is in office.

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    78 twitter shares, 316 retweets and 19 favorites
    16 shares and 3 likes on Facebook
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  12. Watch: Sachin Tendulkar gets a rousing reception while coming out to bat at Lord’s
    Published by IBNLive on 2014-07-09 at 11:07:04

    Six months after retiring, Tendulkar once again put on his batting gear, followed by a touching response at the Lord’s bicentenary match.

    395 Shares
    40 twitter shares, 318 retweets and 6 favorites
    8 shares and 14 likes on Facebook
    2 Google+ Shares, 6 plus ones and 1 reshares

  13. The RSS Hand in Amit Shah’s Crowning As BJP chief
    Published by NDTV on 2014-07-09 at 17:09:10

    Announcing Amit Shah’s appointment as his successor, BJP chief Rajnath Singh said today that he was stepping down to honour party rules that disallow one member from holding two posts. Mr Singh is now…

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    96 twitter shares, 259 retweets and 12 favorites

  14. Ayurveda can cure Brazil star Neymar, say Kerala docs
    Published by Headlines Today on 2014-07-09 at 14:04:31

    Kerala government is planning to inform Brazilian football authorities about the Ayurveda remedies and treatment methods available in the state.

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    67 shares and 285 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares and 2 plus ones

  15. Woman Allegedly Kidnapped and Gangraped by ‘Friend’, Three Others in Moving Car
    Published by NDTV on 2014-07-09 at 13:49:40

    A young woman was allegedly kidnapped by four men from outside a mall in Ghaziabad near Delhi and gang-raped in a moving car before being dumped on the road.

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    81 twitter shares, 244 retweets and 12 favorites
    11 shares on Facebook

  16. Budget byte: Watch out for these stocks & sectors tomorrow
    Published by Economic Times on 2014-07-09 at 16:48:50

    “Budget measures and the anticipated fiscal road map unlikely to significantly exceed expectations,” says CLSA in a note.

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    227 shares and 19 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 7 plus ones and 2 reshares
    50 views on StumbleUpon

  17. Harry Potter is back in new J.K. Rowling story
    Published by Headlines Today on 2014-07-09 at 11:20:31

    The 1,500-word story describes Harry, about to turn 34, attending the final of the Quidditch World Cup with his family and old friends Ron and Hermione.

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    23 shares and 282 likes on Facebook
    4 Google+ Shares, 7 plus ones and 3 reshares

  18. Live Score, 1st Test: Vijay, Pujara take India to 106/1 at lunch on Day 1
    Published by IBNLive on 2014-07-09 at 14:28:24

    Dhawan (12) was the only batsmen to get out, but Vijay (55*) and Pujara’s (38*) unbeaten stand of 73 helped India get off to a solid start after opting to bat.

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    66 twitter shares, 176 retweets and 17 favorites
    21 shares and 14 likes on Facebook
    7 Google+ Shares and 6 plus ones
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  19. 20-year-old woman gangraped in Faridabad
    Published by ABP News on 2014-07-09 at 16:05:43

    A 20-year-old woman was allegedly raped by three men, including her cousin, after she was forced to consume a cold-drink laced with sedatives by the accused here, police said today.

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    17 shares and 287 likes on Facebook

  20. An epitaph for India’s ‘appalling’ national car
    Published by BBC on 2014-07-09 at 02:41:03

    ‘Appalling’ sedan that people waited eight years to buy

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    228 shares and 57 likes on Facebook
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