Badaun: The BJP Yuva Morcha leader, who had announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for cutting off JNU Students union leader Kanhaiya Kumar\\\'s tongue, was Saturday expelled from primary membership of the party for six yearsThe president of district unit of BJP, Harish Shakya, said that the party has expelled district president of BJP Yuva Morcha, Kuldeep Varshnay for six years.Shakya told reporters that party has nothing to do with Varshnay\\\'s controversial statement.
\\\"Varshnay\\\'s statement is his personal one and the party has nothing to do with it...he has been expelled from the primary membership of the party for giving such a statement without the consent of party office bearers,\\\" he said.
Shakya stated that a notice to remove Varshnay from the post had been issued six months ago, and Ankit Maurya was made working president in his place.Varshnay had yesterday announced Rs 5 lakh prize money for cutting off the tongue of Kanhaiya Kumar who he had alleged was speaking against the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi ever since he was released on bail.Kumar who was arrested on February 12 on sedition charges was released from the Tihar jail on March 3 after the Delhi High Court granted him interim bail for six months.
The webmaster who set up Hillary Clinton\\\'s personal email server – and is now giving the FBI a road map on its use — is a \\\"devastating witness\\\" in the probe that\\\'s dogged the Democratic presidential front-runner.
IT specialist Bryan Pagliano, under an immunity deal, is providing details of who had access to the former secretary of state\\\'s system, and when, Fox News reports.\\\"Bryan Pagliano is a devastating witness and, as the webmaster, knows exactly who had access to [Clinton\\\'s] computer and devices at specific times,\\\" an unnamed intelligence source tells Fox News. \\\"His importance to this case cannot be over-emphasized.\\\"The source tells Fox News that Pagliano\\\'s information allows the FBI investigators to cross-reference emails with other evidence that will help pinpoint potential gaps in the record.
\\\"Don\\\'t forget all those photos with her using various devices and it is easy to track the whereabouts of her phone,\\\" the source tells Fox News. \\\"It is still boils down to a paper case. Did you email at this time from your home or elsewhere using this device? And here is a picture of you and your aides holding the devices.\\\"An unnamed source close to Pagliano downplays the webmaster\\\'s role, saying he met with the FBI on a \\\"limited basis\\\" and was a \\\"peripheral\\\" player in the investigation.Fox News also reports that Clinton\\\'s repeated insistence that she neither sent or received any material marked classified at the time she was using the email server allegedly is misleading — noting classification is based on content rather than markings.The intelligence source tells Fox News the FBI is \\\"extremely focused\\\" on the 22 \\\"top secret\\\" emails deemed too damaging to national security to publicly release, with agents reviewing those sent by Clinton as well her subordinates including former chief of staff Cheryl Mills.
President Barack Obama will hold rare talks with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro on Monday in Havana, setting aside a more than half-century bitter standoff between the United States and the communist island.The meeting in the Cuban capital\\\'s Palace of the Revolution is only the third formal encounter between Obama and the brother of Fidel Castro, who handed over the presidency in 2008.At stake is the historic shift to end the Cold War conflict, which has seen Washington try to bring Cuba to its knees through an economic embargo, while Havana, a close Soviet ally, became enemy territory.
Obama, who arrived Sunday with his family, is the first US president to touch down on the island, barely an hour\\\'s flight from Florida, in 88 years.Read more: Obama to Meet Castro in Groundbreaking Cuba Talks As Air Force One landed in Havana, Obama cheerfully began the landmark trip by tweeting in local slang: \\\"Que bola Cuba?\\\" -- or \\\"What\\\'s up?\\\"
Later he noted that the last US president to come, Calvin Coolidge in 1928, needed three days to make the trip by train and navy ship.\\\"This is a historic visit,\\\" he remarked to staff at the freshly reopened US embassy in Havana.Obama and Castro will deliver statements to the press after their midday talks Monday. Obama will then attend an entrepreneurship event before heading to a state dinner in the evening with his wife, Michelle.
The trip has been touted mostly for its huge symbolic value, and comes more than a year after Obama and Castro surprised the world in December 2014 by announcing that their countries would begin normalizing relations.\\\"The presence of a US president on the island for the first time since the 1959 revolution marks a transcendental change in relations between the US and Cuba,\\\" Michael Shifter, head of the Inter-American Dialogue think tank in Washington, said.But some tough issues are up for discussion.Although the embargo can only be lifted by Congress, where Republicans are far less keen on rapprochement, the Obama administration is chipping away at the edges of the sanctions.
For example, a trickle of US visitors over recent years is soon expected to turn into a flood with the lifting of an onerous requirement that they go to Cuba as part of pre-approved groups.
But while pushing for an easing of the decades-long sanctions regime, the White House continues to press for greater human rights in a country where the Communist Party maintains its grip on every key institution and little dissent is tolerated.Just hours before Obama\\\'s arrival Sunday, police in Havana arrested dozens of people from a banned group demanding greater human rights. Several had been freed by the end of the day and the rest were expected to be released shortly.
\\\"I don\\\'t think Obama\\\'s visit will have an immediate impact on Cuban politics, much less on the near-term decisions of the regime,\\\" Shifter said.\\\"Full normalization will take a lot of time and will be a complex process. To advance, the US Congress needs to go further in lifting the embargo and Cuba needs to speed up its political and economic opening and improve its human rights.\\\"
A heavy police presence was evident when Obama went on his first official event, a visit to the beautifully restored Havana Old Town late Sunday.Plainclothes agents swarmed through the narrow streets and access to ordinary Cubans was all but impossible, leaving the neighborhood eerily empty.On Tuesday, Obama will meet with a few human rights activists. He will also give a speech -- the main set piece of his trip -- that will be carried live on Cuban television, an unprecedented concession from the authorities.
Republican front-runner Donald Trump took fresh steps to reset his campaign on Wednesday, hiring a top Republican operative and scheduling a meeting between aides and U.S. lawmakers as he girds for a new phase in his White House bid.Trump is under pressure to professionalize his campaign beyond a close-knit group of advisers and expand the appeal of his anti-establishment candidacy in the face of fierce opposition from rival U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and a well-funded anti-Trump operation run by establishment Republicans.Trump announced he had hired Rick Wiley as his national political director. Wiley, a long-time Republican strategist, had been campaign manager for Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor who dropped out of the presidential race last autumn.
“He brings decades of experience, and his deep ties to political leaders and activists across the country will be a tremendous asset as we enter the final phase of securing the nomination,” Trump said in a statement.In addition, Trump’s campaign arranged a meeting in Washington of about a dozen U.S. legislators as the fierce anti-establishment candidate tries to build more relationships inside Washington and broaden his appeal.
The meeting with the lawmakers and senior Trump adviser Ed Brookover is planned for Thursday morning on Capitol Hill, congressional aides said.About a dozen lawmakers are expected to attend, some of whom have endorsed Trump and some of whom have not but who are interested in his message. Trump will not be there.
A series of policy speeches Trump plans to begin delivering soon could be among the topics discussed, one source said.“They’re definitely planning several policy speeches … and they are looking for input on those,” a Republican source familiar with the situation said.
KELLY: “CHANCE TO CLEAR THE AIR”
The Trump campaign received some good news when Politico reported that campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who was charged last month in Florida with battery on a reporter, will not be prosecuted.Palm Beach County State Attorney David Aronberg is scheduled to announce the decision not to press charges on Thursday afternoon, Politico reported, citing sources with knowledge of the situation.
In another development, Trump met privately at Trump Tower in New York with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly after months of attacking her for the tough questions she asked him at a Republican debate last August about his treatment of women.Tensions between Trump and Kelly, and controversial remarks he has made about abortion, have contributed to Trump’s negative image with women. Opinion polls show the New York billionaire is viewed unfavorably by women by a wide margin.
Kelly said on her Fox News show she had asked for the meeting and used it to request an interview. “We met for about an hour just the two of us and had a chance to clear the air,” she said.In recent days Trump has attempted to soften his image with important constituencies such as female voters.
A group interview on CNN on Tuesday night featured Trump, his wife, Melania, daughter Ivanka and sons Eric and Donald Jr., and showed a more personal side to the often-brusque businessman.Melania Trump said she had fussed at Trump to stop tweeting at night. “If he would only listen,” she said, chuckling.
Republican strategist Ron Bonjean said the hiring of Wiley and, two weeks ago, of delegate specialist Paul Manafort suggest that Trump is preparing for a contested convention in July should he not win outright the 1,237 delegates needed for the Republican presidential nomination.“Without having good people on your team who understand how to navigate those waters, you’re in big trouble,” he said.The steps point to a new phase of Trump’s campaign after vulnerabilities were exposed when he was beaten in Wisconsin by Cruz and outmaneuvered by Cruz in the competition for delegates in Colorado.As the Trump campaign attempts to get a better handle on the complicated delegate selection process, Trump is expected to send a contingent to a Republican National Committee (RNC) meeting in Florida next week.
Trump has been in a war of words with the RNC, accusing the party apparatus of having rules that, for example, allowed party regulars in Colorado to select delegates without giving Republicans there a chance to vote.Trump on Tuesday said that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus “should be ashamed of himself.”Priebus, who met Trump two weeks ago at RNC headquarters in Washington, said the delegate-selection rules have been in place for a year and it is the responsibility of each campaign to understand them.
Britain’s vote to leave the European Union fired up populist eurosceptic parties across the continent on Friday, giving fresh voice to their calls to leave the bloc or its euro currency.Right-wing and anti-immigrant parties in the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and France demanded referendums on membership of the union, while Italy’s 5-Star movement said it would pursue its own proposal for a vote on the euro.Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch anti-immigrant PVV party, said he would make a Dutch referendum on EU membership a central theme of his campaign to become prime minister in next year’s parliamentary election.“I congratulate the British people for beating the political elite in both London and Brussels and I think we can do the same,” Wilders told Reuters. “We should have a referendum about a ‘Nexit’ as soon as possible.”
On Thursday, Britons voted to leave the 28-nation EU, forcing the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and dealing the biggest blow to the European project of greater unity since World War Two.“There is no future any more (for the EU),” Wilders said.
France’s far right National Front party also called for a French referendum on European Union membership, cheering a Brexit vote it hopes can boost its eurosceptic agenda.Party leader Marine Le Pen celebrated the result by displaying the British flag on her Twitter page.
“Victory for freedom!” she said. “We now need to hold the same referendum in France and in (other) EU countries.” Her deputy, Florian Philippot said: “Our turn now #Brexit #Frexit.”Le Pen said last month that if she won next year’s French presidential election she would immediately start negotiations on a series of sovereignty issues including the single currency. If those failed, she would ask voters to back leaving the EU.
She is the front-runner among likely candidates ahead of the vote, although polls see her losing the run-off.Analysts and a few FN officials and allies have said its protectionist, anti-euro policy was partly to blame for holding the party back in the past. But the Brexit vote could help it overcome this, Ifop pollster’s analyst Frederic Dabi said.
The populist anti-immigration Danish People’s Party (DF), an ally of Denmark’s right-leaning government, also called for a referendum on membership of the European Union.“I believe that the Danes obviously should have a referendum on whether we want to follow Britain or keep things the way we have it now,” DF party leader Kristian Thulesen Dahl said.The DF is not in government but is one of three parties supporting the one-party administration. Its call for a popular vote was echoed by the head of the left-wing Red-Green Alliance.
Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen rejected the calls, but acknowledged that the British vote raised the possibility of a “slimmer EU”.In Sweden, the anti-immigration party the Sweden Democrats, which has the support of around 17 percent of voters according to a poll last month, said it would step up pressure for change.
“We demand that Sweden immediately starts to renegotiate the (EU) deals we have made and that the Swedish people will be able to speak up about a future EU-membership in a referendum,” party leader Jimme Akesson said.
Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPO) called for the heads of the European Commission and European Parliament to resign after the Brexit vote, and said it may also call for a referendum unless the EU is reformed.Italy’s second most popular party, the opposition 5-Star Movement described the result as a lesson in democracy and promised to pursue its own proposal for an Italian referendum on the euro.The party, considered a genuine contender for government at the next general election, wants Italy to hold a “consultative” or non-binding referendum on whether to remain in the euro zone.“Whether you like it or not the British people have chosen,” said lower house deputy Alessandro Di Battista, a member of 5-Star’s leadership committee.The right-wing Northern League, a member of Italy’s opposition center-right, was more outspoken. “Thank you Great Britain, next it is our turn,” party leader Matteo Salvini said.