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UP gets four new ministers

Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday inducted two cabinet ministers and two ministers of state. The new cabinet members are Narad Rai and Balram Yadav.

At a function at Raj Bhawan, Governor Ram Naik also read out the oath of office and secrecy to Ministers of State Ravidas Mehrotra and Sharda Pratap Shukla.

Balram Yadav was earlier the Secondary Education Minister when he was removed by the Chief Minister last week following his role in the merger of Mukhtaar Ansari's Quami Ekta Dal in the ruling Samajwadi Party.

Jamia's journalism school rated 'best' in India

New Delhi : The journalism school of Jamia Milia Islamia has been rated as the best in India by a weekly after a countrywide survey.

"Jamia Millia Islamia's Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC) has retained its first position for the second consecutive year in an all-India ranking survey of top professional educational institutions having government accreditation or affiliation, conducted by Outlook magazine," the university said in a statement on Monday.

IIT-Kharagpur, IACS to offer MSc-PhD in chemical, molecular biology

Kolkata : The IIT-Kharagpur and Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS) will jointly offer an integrated MSc-PhD programme in chemical and molecular biology, officials said on Monday.

The course will bring together the two premier institutes on a common academic platform.

The Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur (IIT-Kharagpur) and Kolkata-based IACS recently signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop and offer the integrated course.

Tablighi Jamat at crossroads

By *M. Burhanuddin Qasmi for TwoCircles.net

UP Congress cancels iftar programme

Lucknow : The Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) would not be holding a 'roza iftar' programme this year, an official said on Monday.

This will be for the first time that the high-profile event has been called off.

Though no official reason has been attributed to the cancellation, insiders said the decision followed a similar one at the national level.

Newly appointed party-in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad was to attend the programme on July 1.

Photo exhibition on hand-pulled rickshaws in Kolkata

Kolkata : The hand-pulled rickshaw, which has through the decades emerged as a symbol of Kolkata despite facing threats to its existence in an age of speed and mechanised transport, is the cynosure of all eyes in an ongoing photo exhibition depicting the trials and tribulations of the pullers.

Part of A big project "Stone - Being and Becoming", the 14-day exhibition that began on Friday, showcases 15 freeze shots of the slow-moving but environmental-friendly vehicles, which run through large parts of the eastern metropolis carrying passengers.

CPI-M censures legislator for participating in Congress rally

Kolkata : The Communist Party of India-Marxist on Sunday censured party legislator Tanmoy Bhattacharya who, defying the official stand, participated in a rally called by the Congress.

"The Left Front legislative party had decided against participating in the rally. Defying the decision, Tanmoy Bhattacharya participated in the Congress-called rally, for which he is being publicly censured.

"The party expects Bhattacharya will remain cautious in the future," the CPI-M said in a communique.

Biju Janata Dal is insecure to have attacked BJP leders: Parrikar

Bhubaneswar : Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday condemned the attack on the vehicles of BJP leaders allegedly by Biju Janata Dal (BJD) workers in Odisha and dared the ruling party to target him.

"I am the defence minister of the country. If anyone (BJD) has guts, let him come in front of me," Parrikar told reporters here.

The Odisha government is feeling insecure even though the assembly elections are three years away, he said.

"The ground under their feet is slipping. They are doing this out of fear," said Parrikar.

Himachal's literacy rate touches 88 per cent

Shimla : Himachal Pradesh has emerged as role model in the field of education since the literacy rate there has reached 88 per cent while the net enrolment ratio in respect of elementary education has touched almost 100 percent, the state government claimed on Sunday.

The state is poised to achieve universal access to secondary education by 2017 as targetted, an official statement said.

Sisodia, 51 AAP MLAs arrested, released

New Delhi : Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and 51 other AAP MLAs were detained on Sunday while marching towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence and freed after some four hours, police said.

All the legislators were taken to the Parliament Street police station in the heart of Delhi after being stopped just over one kilometre from Modi's residence.

Accusing Delhi Police of arresting Aam Aadmi Party MLAs on fake charges, Sisodia said they wanted to go to Modi's residence to offer themselves for en masse arrest.

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