National University for Rehabilitation to come up in Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram : The central government will invest Rs.1,700 crore to transform the NISH here into the National University for Rehabilitation Sciences and Disability Studies for the benefit of the disabled, union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot said on Saturday.

Spat with minister: Haryana transfers woman police officer

Chandigarh : The Haryana government transferred IPS officer Sangeeta Kalia on Saturday, a day after she refused to leave a meeting when Health and Sports Minister Anil Vij told her to "get out" after a heated argument over liquor smuggling.

"Sangeeta Rani, superintendent of police, Fatehabad, has been posted as Commandant 4th IRB (India Reserve Battalion), Manesar, relieving Vikas Dhankar of the additional charge," a state government spokesman said here.

Om Prakash is the new district police chief in Fatehabad.

Nitish government won't last over two years: Paswan

Patna : The Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance government in Bihar will not last more than two years, and there will be mid-term polls, union minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Saturday.

"The Grand Alliance government led by Nitish Kumar will not last more than one-and-half or two years, there will be mid-term polls, it is certain," Paswan, who heads the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), said at a meeting to review the party's rout in the assembly polls.

For Bebyda Khatun, a National award is the ideal recognition of her efforts as an Anganwadi worker

By Zaidul Haque,

Kolkata/Birbhum: For 38-year-old Bebyda Khatun, December 1 is likely to be a special day: a day that bears testimony to the hard work she has put in as an Anganwadi worker in West Bengal. Khatun will receive an award for the year 2011-12 from the Ministry of Women and Child Development as part of the National Awards to Anganwadi Workers.

India's democracy allows for fetishised nationalism, knee-jerk rejectionism

By Mayank Chhaya

India, or at least parts of it, is going through a weird phase of fetishised nationalism and knee-jerk rejectionism. The divide is between those who profess unquestioning nationalism and are staunch supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and those who castigate everything and are virulently antagonistic to the prime minister.

Bihar liquor ban should be 'participatory', not agenda: Experts

By Bhavana Akella and Sushil Kumar

New Delhi : Bihar on Thursday joined the states that have banned liquor, with newly elected Chief Minister Nitish Kumar prohibiting sale and consumption of alcohol from April 1, 2016. But experts feel the decision should be "participatory" and not a "political agenda".

Gujarat, Nagaland, Manipur (in some parts), and Union Territory of Lakshadweep have banned liquor while Kerala has since August 2014 been implementing the ban in a phased manner.

मुस्लिम राजनीति में चूकते ओवैसी

By काशिफ़ युनूस

ओवैसी के लिये बिहार चुनाव एक दुखद हादसे की तरह था. ओवैसी इस हादसे को टालना चाहते थे. वह उन नेताओं में हैं जो बहुत नपी-तुली चाल चलना चाहते हैं. कर्णाटक में मिली शर्मनाक पराजय से सबक सीखते हुए ओवैसी उत्तर प्रदेश पर ही अपनी पूरी तवज्जो रखना चाहते थे लेकिन अख्तरुल ईमान द्वारा किए जा रहे बारहा आग्रह को ओवैसी ठुकरा न सके. अख्तरुल ईमान की मदद करने मैदान में उतरे ओवैसी ने ज़बरदस्त हार का सामना किया और अब बिहार चुनाव के नतीजों के उत्तर प्रदेश में पड़ने वाले असर से ओवैसी खासे चिंतित हैं.

Religious fervour marks Gurpurab in Punjab, Haryana

Chandigarh : Holiest of Sikh shrines 'Harmandar Sahib', popularly known as Golden Temple, in Amritsar and other gurdwaras elsewhere across Punjab and Haryana saw religious fervour as 'Gurpurab', the birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated on Wednesday.

Thousands of devout thronged the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar from early morning to offer prayers.

Sad that Aamir feels like leaving India: Digvijaya

Panaji : It was sad that Bollywood star Aamir Khan and his filmmaker wife Kiran Rao felt like leaving India in the face of intolerance, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh said on Tuesday.

Digvijaya Singh was talking to reporters after a press conference at the Congress state headquarters, after a review meeting of the state unit's executive committee.

"It's sad that Aamir Khan, who is an icon among film actors not only in India, but across the world, is feeling the same thing.

Separatist shutdown affects life in Srinagar

Srinagar : Normal life across the Kashmir valley was partially affected on Tuesday due to shutdown called by separatists to protest the killing of guerrillas in south Kashmir.

Private vehicles were plying on capital Srinagar's roads, but only partial public transport was seen in uptown and civil lines areas of the city. However, markets in old city remained closed.

Banks, post offices, schools and government offices were also impacted due to the strike in the city and other places in the Valley with reduced attendance due skeletal traffic availability.