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Post demonetisation, separatists and Maoists feel 'fund-starved': Arun Jaitley        Kalinga Utkal Express derailment: 4 railway officials suspended based on prima facie cause of accident        ACB forced me to testify against BS Yeddyurappa: KAS officer        Wreckage of US warship found after 70 years        Bangladesh sentences 10 to death for plot to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina        Stand-up comedian, activist Dick Gregory dies        Shikhar Dhawan bags 11th ton as India hammer Sri Lanka by 9 wickets in opening ODI        Probe allegation against Kerala Transport Minister: VS Achuthanandan        Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) passes resolution to join NDA        ‘Pakistan’s Mother Teresa’ accorded state funeral        Upul Tharanga's Sri Lanka seek redemption against Virat Kohli and Co        India rally to beat Mauritius 2-1 in Tri-Nation opener        23 dead as 14 coaches of Utkal Express derail in UP        Shukkoor murder: CBI re-investigation against CPI(M) leaders        Positive result on merger in a day or two: Panneerselvam        Malappuram conversions: State didn't submit report, says Minister        Nitish, Sharad supporters clash outside CM's house        Knife attacker in Russian city wounds 8, shot by police        Two new earthworm species found in Western Ghats        Oommen Chandy's idea not practical: Antony        
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Hamid Ansari steps down as vice president, with words stirring a national debate
 
(New Delhi, Aug 10, 2017):Widely hailed as a gentleman and a scholar, M Hamid Ansari on Thursday stepped down as the vice president of India, bringing to an end what was largely an uncontroversial tenure with unexpected outspoken comments that stirred a national debate.

The soft-spoken former diplomat — the only vice president to serve two terms after S Radhakrishnan — marked his departure with words of concern about threats to plurality and about insecurity among Muslims in a television interview yesterday.

"I am an Indian and that is it," he said, describing as "unnecessary" calls for assertion of a citizen's commitment to nationalism.

Ansari, 80, was first elected Vice President and Rajya Sabha chairman in 2007, when he defeated the NDA's candidate Najma Heptullah. In 2012, he was re-elected to the post when he won against the BJP's Jaswant Singh by 252 votes.

Kolkata-born Ansari, who schooled at St Edwards in Shimla and graduated from St Xavier's College in what was then Calcutta, joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1961.

The grand-nephew of former Congress president and freedom fighter M A Ansari, the VP - originally from Ghazipur in UP — was India's permanent representative to the United Nations.

Ansari's forte was West Asia, where he served as ambassador in Indian missions in the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. The editor of 'Iran Today: Twenty Five Years After the Islamic Revolution' earlier wrote columns on foreign affairs, often focusing on West Asia.

The former vice-chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University — from where he completed his doctorate — was the chairman of the National Commission for Minorities post retirement when the United Progressive Alliance government and the Left named him as their candidate for the vice presidential post.

In the last few years, Ansari has occasionally been criticised by members of the National Democratic Alliance. BJP leader Ram Madhav, for instance, had made adverse comments when Ansari did not salute the national flag at the Republic Day Parade when then US President Barack Obama was the chief guest.

It was later clarified by Ansari that he was following the protocol, under which only the President saluted the flag at the ceremony.

"From now on you will be free to act, talk and work in accordance with your basic political ideology and instinct," Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Ansari — who will be succeeded by M Venkaiah Naidu tomorrow — in the Rajya Sabha at a farewell function today.


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KERALA NEWS
Shukkoor murder: CBI re-investigation against CPI(M) leaders
 (Kannur, Aug 19, 2017, DG): The CBI has decided to conduct a re-investigation against CPI(M) leaders  
Malappuram conversions: State didn't submit report, says Minister
Two new earthworm species found in Western Ghats
Oommen Chandy's idea not practical: Antony
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Wreckage of US warship found after 70 years
 (Washington, Aug 20, 2017):The wreckage of a lost US warship has been found 72 years after a
Bangladesh sentences 10 to death for plot to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Stand-up comedian, activist Dick Gregory dies
‘Pakistan’s Mother Teresa’ accorded state funeral
NATIONAL NEWS
Post demonetisation, separatists and Maoists feel 'fund-starved': Arun Jaitley
 (MUMBAI, Aug 20, 2017):Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said demonetisation left
Kalinga Utkal Express derailment: 4 railway officials suspended based on prima facie cause of accident
ACB forced me to testify against BS Yeddyurappa: KAS officer
Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) passes resolution to join NDA
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