Tuesday, January 24, 2017

JNU Proctor resigns over ‘differences with VC’

New Delhi, (IANS) : A senior official of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), who was incharge of the committee that inquired into the incident of beating of a student inside the campus, resigned from his post on Tuesday. A.P. Dimri, the Proctor of the central university, tendered his resignation allegedly due to differences with the Vice-Chancellor over the outcome of the...

Sources of 69% income of political parties untraceable

New Delhi, (IANS) : As much as 69 per cent of the total income of political parties over a period of 11 years came from unknown sources, said a report released on Tuesday by an NGO working towards electoral reforms. According to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), while the total income of 48 national and regional political parties between 2004-05...

BJP releases third list of candidates for UP polls

New Delhi, (IANS) : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday released the third list of candidates for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The BJP list had names of defectors from other parties, including former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Swami Prasad Maurya, who is contesting from Padrauna assembly seat in Kushinagar district. BJP's senior leader in Uttar Pradesh Surya Pratap...

Akhilesh hits campaign trail, lashes out at Modi, Maya

Sultanpur, (IANS) : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav kicked-off the assembly poll campaign for the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Tuesday and urged the people to vote him back to power, so as to take forward the development work initiated by him. Addressing two back-to-back public rallies here, the Chief Minister said that while the BJP government at the Centre...

Shivpal Yadav not in SP’s list of star campaigners

Lucknow, (IANS) : Former Samajwadi Party (SP) state president Shivpal Singh Yadav does not figure in the list of 40 'star campaigners' issued by the party for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections. The former PWD Minister, who enjoyed the number two status in the state government, has since fallen from grace of his nephew and...

Essential to involve more eligible young voters: Nasim Zaidi

New Delhi, (IANS) : Chief Election Commissioner of India Nasim Zaidi said on Tuesday it was essential to involve more and more eligible young voters to order to enhance the quality and efficiency of democracy. The CEC made the observation in his inaugural remarks during an international seminar on "Strategies for empowering young and future voters", hosted by Election Commission of...

Former BSP heavyweights figure in BJP’s third list for UP

Lucknow, (IANS) : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday released its third list of 67 candidates for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. Like in the previous two lists, the BJP has trusted turncoats and given them tickets. Former leader of opposition in the outgoing state assembly and close Mayawati aide Swamy Prasad Maurya has been fielded from Padrauna and...

NHRC asks Maharashtra to explain deaths of 500 tribal schoolgirls

Mumbai, (IANS) : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the Maharashtra government to explain reports of sexual abuse and mystery deaths of over 500 tribal girls in state-run ashram schools, an official said here on Tuesday. Taking cognizance of media reports, the NHRC has sent a notice to the state Chief Secretary seeking his detailed report in the...

रविदास जयंती के पहले बेगमपुरा एक्सप्रेस रद्द, दलितों और सिखों में गुस्सा

सिद्धांत मोहन, TwoCircles.net वाराणसी : बनारस में एक मोहल्ला है, सीर गोवर्धन. यहां आप संत रविदास जयंती के दिन घुसेंगे तो पिसने की नौबत आ जाएगी. और रविदास जयन्ती के पहले यहां पंजाब से लाखों की संख्या में लोग आकर टिकते और रुकते हैं. उनका केवल एक मूल उद्देश्य होता है. संत रविदास जयंती को पूरी श्रद्धा के साथ मनाना....

Congress names Priyanka Gandhi as ‘star campaigner’ for UP polls

Lucknow, (IANS) : Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, daughter of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, will be campaigning for party candidates in Uttar Pradesh for the state assembly elections. Her name figured in the list of 40 star campaigners released by the Congress on Tuesday. This will be for the first time that Priyanka would be electioneering in the state, beyond the family...

Congress-SP embrace makes its anyone’s game in UP

By Mohit Dubey Lucknow, (IANS) : The sealing of the electoral alliance between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party (SP) has altered the political landscape in Uttar Pradesh for the crucial seven-phased assembly elections from February 11 to March 8. While leaders of these two parties claim to have been forced into a political embrace to "stop the forward march of the...

Akhilesh kicks off election campaign

Sultanpur, (IANS) : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday kicked off the Samajwadi Party's election campaign by promising to provide better living conditions if he was re-elected. In his first public meeting after a bitter feud with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav said his party had fulfilled all promises made in the 2012 manifesto. If people reposed...

Tehseen Poonawalla: Remove PM Modi’s photos from petrol pumps hoardings during election time

By TCN News PUNE: Tehseen Poonawalla, an entrepreneur and a youth icon, has petitioned the Maharashtra state election commission seeking immediate removal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photos on petrol pumps hoardings citing a violation of model code of conduct in the election-bound city of Pune and different regions of Maharashtra. Elections are slated to take place soon in many regions of...

Motorcycle diaries from UP; political lessons at every pitstop: A travelogue from the upcoming elections

By Rajan Pandey, Twocircles.net Armed with a press card and a laptop, I started from Delhi on a motorcycle around ten days ago to understand the mood and political situation of my state during UP elections 2017. Though a bit tiring, a two wheeler gives one greater access to rural areas, the nerve centres of politics in the Hindi heartland....

‘Youth’ arrested under PSA is only 13 years old, school record shows

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net Independent MLA from Langate, Engineer Rasheed, left the J&K government in a tight spot after producing the birth certificate of a ‘juvenile’, Sahil Ahmed Malik, who is presently under the notorious Public Safety Act in Kot Bhalwal jail, Jammu. On Saturday, January 21, the Parliamentary affairs minister of J&K Abdul Rahman Veeri had said that the...

‘Where are the fake notes? Even RBI doesn’t know’

Mumbai, (IANS) : The Reserve Bank of India has admitted it has no confirmed data of the number or value of fake currencies detected since the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, a RTI query has revealed. "We presently don't have the confirmed data on this query," said a reply from the RBI's Department of Currency Management (Forged...

Protest against Taslima Nasreen’s presence at JLF

Jaipur (IANS) : After a protest by a Muslim group here against the participation of controversial writer Taslima Nasreen at the Jaipur Literature Festival, the organisers on Monday said they will consider their request not to invite her again. Festival producer Sanjoy Roy said in a statement: "They expressed their anger... I heard them out. Explained we supported minorities in every...

JNU student on hunger strike forcibly taken to hospital; VC says no fee hike for marginalised students

By Atul Anand and Amit Kumar, Twocircles.net In an important turn of events in JNU, the Vice Chancellor Jagdeesh Kumar has confirmed to the protesting students that there will be no fees hike for SC, ST and OBC students in the upcoming academic year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72Yv-IrkV6Y&app=desktop However, Dileep Yadav, one of the nine students suspended last month by the JNU administration, was forcibly...

BJP will win two-thirds majority in UP: Amit Shah

Vasco (Goa) (IANS) : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is confident of winning the Uttar Pradesh assembly election with a two-third majority, party President Amit Shah said on Monday. He also claimed that the "family drama" in that state's ruling Yadav family would not distract voters from the lawlessness and scam-tainted tenure of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Speaking at a rally...

सोनभद्र :  आरक्षित सीट घोषित होने के बाद पलट गए हैं समीकरण

सिद्धांत मोहन, TwoCircles.net ओबरा : सोनभद्र विधानसभा की दो सीटों द्वारा चुनाव आयोग द्वारा अनुसूचित जनजातियों के लिए आरक्षित करने के बाद इलाका एक राजनीतिक तनाव से गुजर रहा है. इसके पीछे चुनाव आयोग द्वारा लिए गए औचक निर्णय और इस वजह से टिकट के लिए जोड़तोड़ और खर्च कर रहे मतदाताओं की निराशा एक बड़ी वजह है. सोनभद्र विधानसभा में...