Betwa Sharma
Politics Editor, HuffPost India

Entries by Betwa Sharma

Day 9 Monsoon Session - Rajnath Singh Says UPA's 'Hindu Terrorist' Term Weakened India's Stand

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 3:22 AM

NEW DELHI -- While the Congress Party showed no signs of backing down from its demand for three Bharatiya Janata Party leaders to resign before parliament can function, the Bharatiya Janata hit back at its political rival for weakening India's stand on terrorism by using the term "Hindu terrorists," when...

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4 Indian Teachers Kidnapped In Libya

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 1:17 AM

NEW DELHI -- Four Indian teachers have been kidnapped in Libya, the External Affairs Ministry said on Friday morning.

The Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the Indian mission in Tripoli learnt about this kidnapping on July 29 at 11:00 p.m. Two Indians are from Hyderabad, one is from Raichur...

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Arun Jaitley Says Shatrughan Sinha Embarrassed BJP By Signing Petition To Not Execute Yakub Memon

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 10:26 PM

NEW DELHI -- While differing opinions were expressed over the hanging of Yakub Memon during the past week, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has censured Shatrughan Sinha, a senior leader from his own party, for signing a petition that asked President Pranab Mukherjee to stay the execution.

The 1993 bomb blasts...

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On The Day Yakub Memon Is Hanged, Shashi Tharoor Says Death Penalty Makes Us 'Murderers'

(7) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 3:47 AM

While Yakub Memon's hanging today polarised the nation, Congress Party leader Shashi Tharoor sparked controversy by lambasting the death penalty as a pointless and retributive practice, and asked, "should the state be reducing itself to the level of murderers and terrorists by taking human life?"

Two hours after the 1993...

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1993 Mumbai Blasts Convict Yakub Memon Hanged To Death

(5) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 8:54 PM

After a night of unprecedented legal developments in which Yakub Memon fought for his life, the chartered accountant, convicted in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case, was hanged shortly before 7:00 am on Thursday morning at the Nagpur Central Jail.

Memon was declared dead at 7:01 am. He turned...

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Yakub Memon Case: Hope Fades For Death Row Convict As SC Order, Mercy Plea Disposed Adversely

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 4:21 PM

NEW DELHI -- Yakub Memon, convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, has exhausted nearly all legal avenues before him as a Supreme Court bench today ruled against both arguments which his team of lawyers had advanced. The Maharashtra Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao has also turned down his mercy petition....

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Supreme Court Is Hearing Yakub Memon's Plea Against Death Sentence

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 12:46 PM

NEW DELHI -- A Supreme Court bench is currently hearing arguments by Yakub Memon challenging the death sentence handed down to him in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

A larger bench is hearing the case today after a two-member bench was divided on the matter on Tuesday. An adverse...

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Gurdaspur Attack: CCTV Footage Captures The Three Gunmen In Army Fatigues

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 11:36 PM

The three gunmen, who attacked the Dinanagar police station in Punjab's Gurdaspur district on Monday morning, were caught by a CCTV camera at 4:55 a.m. before they entered the town which borders Pakistan.

The CCTV camera, placed near a shop at Taragarh intersection in Dinanagar area, captured the three...

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Lalu Calls Bihar Bandh To Compel Modi Government For Caste Data

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 5:11 PM

PATNA -- As the poll battle for Bihar intensifies, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav today called for a state-wide shutdown to press for the release of caste-census data, which he alleged, the central government was concealing.

The Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011 is the first survey...

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Bihar Battle: Modi's 'Big Blunder' In Campaign Speech Could Cost the BJP, Says JD(U)

(7) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 10:52 AM

PATNA — The massive campaigns launched by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal (United) for the Bihar state elections are wasted on two residents: Sanjay Kumar and Sushil Sinha. Kumar drives a taxi and works at the airport, while Sinha services Patna’s bustling Fraser road with his auto...

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Modi Launches BJP's Election Campaign In Bihar With Brutal Attack On Nitish-Lalu Alliance

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2015 | 1:55 AM

Kicking off Bharatiya Janata Party's campaign for the Bihar state election with a brutal verbal assault on his political rivals, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for breaking his party's relations with the BJP in 2013, and mocked his new alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav.

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Monsoon Session Day 4: Apologise To Sushma Swaraj Or Face Lawsuit, BJP Tells Rahul Gandhi

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 2:50 AM

NEW DELHI -- A day after Rahul Gandhi described External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as a "criminal" for her involvement in the Lalit Modi scandal, the central government hit back by threatening to file a defamation suit if the Congress Party vice president doesn't apologise.

Describing Gandhi's words as...

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Kejriwal Puts Up New Posters Asking Modi To Let The Delhi Government Work

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 12:59 AM

NEW DELHI -- While the power struggle over Delhi intensifies, the Aam Aadmi Party government has put up posters asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to let it function in the national capital.

"Prime Minister Sir, Please! Let the Delhi government work. The Delhi government is working well," the posters...

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WATCH: Muslim Professor, Denied Housing In Delhi, Asks Arvind Kejriwal To Fight Religious Discrimination

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 10:46 PM

NEW DELHI -- Reem Shamsudeen, an English language professor, has posted a video on her "shameful and inhuman experience" of being denied accommodation in Delhi because she is Muslim.

The visually-impaired professor from Kerala has appealed to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to fight against religious discrimination in...

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Robert Vadra Caught In The Monsoon Session Storm Over 'Demeaning' Lawmakers

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 5:11 AM

NEW DELHI -- Robert Vadra, Bharatiya Janata Party's favourite punching bag, was at the heart of the ruckus which engulfed the Lok Sabha on the monsoon's session third day.

Two BJP lawmakers moved a privilege motion against Vadra, Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law, over his remarks against the ruling...

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Monsoon Session Day 3: Rahul Gandhi Says Modi's Promises Are 'Gas Coming Out Of A Balloon'

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 2:24 AM

NEW DELHI -- Marred by adjournments and protests in both houses, the monsoon session's third day was brought to a halt over demands for resignations of senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, while Congress Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his continued silence on recent scandals...

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BJP Ministers Scared To Speak Out On Scandals: Shanta Kumar

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 11:59 PM

NEW DELHI -- While the Bharatiya Janata Party resolutely supports its leaders embroiled in recent controversies, senior lawmaker Shanta Kumar has insisted that he isn't the only party member who is troubled over the Lalit Modi scandal and the Vyapam scam, which have hit the Modi government and the BJP...

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Monsoon Session Day 2: 'Opposition Weak On Arguments, Strong On Disruption'

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 1:45 AM

NEW DELHI -- While both houses of parliament descended into chaos on the monsoon session's second day, the Modi government attacked the opposition for disrupting parliament due to lack of substantive arguments, and reiterated that Bharatiya Janata Party leaders accused in recent scandals have not broken any laws to warrant...

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Najeeb Jung Rejects Kejriwal's Choice For Top Women's Rights Post In Delhi

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 12:59 AM

In a move, which could further aggravate their ongoing power struggle, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung rejected Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's appointment of Swati Maliwal, a Right to Information activist, as the next Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) chief.

Jung informed the Delhi government that Maliwal's appointment is

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WATCH: Modi Looks Right And Then Left To Duck Questions From Journalists When Asked About Monsoon Session

(9) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 11:54 AM

NEW DELHI -- It's not that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has avoided talking about the stormy monsoon session of parliament which kicked off today in the midst of serious allegations against Bharatiya Janata Party leaders over the Lalit Modi scandal and the Vyapam scam.

Indeed, Modi spoke eloquently even...

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