The following are PTI top stories at 1930 hours: (Eds: Adding another story) PAR11 RS-ANSARI New Delhi: Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari says a democracy can degenerate into a tyranny if free and frank criticism of government policies is not allowed. DEL24 POL-MINORITIES-NAIDU New Delhi: Vice President-elect M Venkaiah Naidu rejects as "political propaganda" the view that there is a sense of insecurity among minorities in the country, apparently a rejoinder to outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari. DEL16 POL-ANSARI-BJP New Delhi: The BJP criticises outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari for his comment that there was a sense of insecurity among Muslims and says such a "petty" remark was not expected from someone in his position. DEL36 JK-BJP-LD ARTICLE 370 Jammu: Blaming Article 370 of the Constitution for the creationof a "separatist psyche", the Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP says the timehas come for the people of the state to say goodbyeto it and also to Article 35 A. DEL21 UP-TRAIN-2NDLD BOMB Amethi (UP): A crude bomb and a letter purportedly by Indian Mujahideen warning of revenge for the killing of Lashkar-e-Taiba 'commander' Abu Dujana has been recovered from the Amritsar-bound Akal Takht Express here, police say. DEL19 CH-STALKING-2ND LD-ACCUSED Chandigarh: Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala's son Vikas and his friend Ashish Kumar have been remanded to two-day police custody by a court here in the alleged stalking and attempt to abduction case of a 29-year-old woman. DEL37 TAJMAHAL-LD MAUSOLEUM OR TEMPLE New Delhi: The Central Information Commission asks the Union culture ministry to respond to an RTI plea on whether the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built by Shahjahan or a Shiva temple gifted to the Mughal emperor by a Rajput king. MDS13 TN-LD AIADMK Chennai: Opening the doors for a possible merger of the two AIADMK factions, Chief Minister K Palaniswami-led Amma faction challenges the authority of its Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran, a move hailed by the rebel camp as an "awakening." MDS15 TN-ACTORS AT DMK EVENT Chennai: Actor Kamal Haasan, who has taken on the AIADMK government on corruption issue, shares the dais with opposition DMK leaders while 'superstar' Rajinikanth chooses to sit in the audience at a party event here, further fuelling speculation about their taking the political plunge. DEL17 POL-AHMED PATEL New Delhi: Upbeat after his victory in the Rajya Sabha poll, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel says it was the BJP which made the contest a prestige issue and exudes confidence that his party will win Gujarat assembly election due later this year. DEL8 UP-SCHOOL-DANCE Mirzapur (UP): Video of an obscene dance inside the classroom of a primary school here during a birthday bash hosted by the village head and clips suggesting consumption of liquor has gone viral on social media prompting authorities to order a probe. FGN7 CHINA-INDIA-ANALYSTS Beijing: China will make no "compromise" on ending the Doklam standoff, says the top PLA analysts, as they launched a propaganda blitz on a group of Indian journalists here on how New Delhi has "misjudged" Beijing's resolve by sending troops to what it claims to be Chinese territory.
By Anil K Joseph and K J M Varma LGD19 SC-LD MARRIAGE New Delhi: The Supreme Court directs the Kerala Police to render "all assistance" to the NIA in ascertaining whether there is any wider amplitude to the issue raised by a Muslim man whose marriage was annuled by the Kerala High Court that described it as a case of "love jehad".
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