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Jung offers civic bodies Rs.300 crore loan, seeks end to strike

New Delhi : Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday offered a loan of Rs.300 crore to two municipal corporations for payment of the salaries of its workers and urged the striking employees to end their strike.

The move came after a delegation of Aam Aadmi Party legislators met Jung and urged him to intervene in civic workers' strike.

Celebrate Netaji's life instead of worrying about his disappearance: Benegal

Kolkata : Hailing Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's contribution towards the independence movement, noted filmmaker Shyam Benegal on Friday laid stress on celebrating the leader's life instead of worrying on conjectures about his disappearance.

Participating in a panel discussion on Netaji's mysterious disappearance at the Kolkata Literature Festival here, Benegal also rubbished claims by certain quarters of Bose having lived incognito as the "Gumnami Baba" in Uttar Pradesh's Faizabad.

TRS heading for massive win in Greater Hyderabad polls

Hyderabad : The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) was heading for a huge win in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections as early results and trends indicated on Friday.

The party had won 20 seats and was leading in 34 other divisions in 150-member municipal body.

The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) bagged eight divisions and was leading in nine others.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was leading in three divisions and its alliance partner Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was ahead in two divisions.

Indian Americans honour US Congressman Keith Ellison with human rights award

By TCN News

The Indian American Muslim Council , an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India's pluralist and tolerant ethos, honoured Congressman Keith Ellision from Minnesota as a ‘Champion of Human Rights,’ at the India Republic Day celebration held in Minneapolis on the first weekend after January 26.

आतंकवाद के आरोप में गिरफ़्तार इक़बाल आठ साल बाद बाईज़्ज़त बरी

TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter

लखनऊ : आज से आठ साल पहले दिल्ली क्राईम ब्रांच ने 21 मई 2008 को नई दिल्ली रेलवे स्टेशन के क़रीब से हूजी के जिस तथाकथित आतंकी ‘मो. इक़बाल’ को गिरफ़्तार किया था, उसे गुरूवार को लखनऊ के विशेष अदालत ने बाइज़्ज़त बरी कर दिया है.

Kerala governor asks opposition to behave, Left MLAs walk out

Thiruvananthapuram : The Left opposition on Friday walked out of the Kerala assembly ahead of Governor P. Sathasivam's customary address, but not before the latter had asked the protesting members to behave or leave the house.

As Sathasivam stood up to read out his address on the opening day of the first assembly session of this year, he saw the opposition members in a mood to protest.

The opposition was demanding Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's resignation over the solar and bar scams in Kerala.

Close shave for passengers as train derails near Vellore

Chennai : It was a narrow escape for the passengers of the Bengaluru-bound Kanyakumari-Bangalore City Express after four of its coaches derailed in Vellore district, around 170 km from here, the Southern Railway said.

There were conflicting reports about the number of passengers injured in the accident, with some placing the number at 15, while others 40.

The Southern Railway in a statement said the coaches derailed at 4.15 a.m. between Somanayakkanpatti and Patchur of the Bangalore Railway Division.

No lives were lost in the accident.

Tracing Unpatriotic Patriots

By Sadiq Zafar for TwoCircles.net,

Today in contemporary India, a sizeable population of intellectuals is busy in discussing issues related to the princely states existing before the invasion of imperial forces in the 19th century. And the argument goes further to branding some as patriots and others as usurpers. So, what exactly are the parameters to judge in order to conclude any debate of such kind? We need to be a little logical in order to achieve any point where we can actually judge the role of any princely state as patriotic or unpatriotic.

Over 40 injured as train derails near Vellore

Chennai : More than 40 passengers of the Bengaluru-bound Kanyakumari-Bangalore City Express were injured after its four coaches derailed in Vellore district, around 170 km from here, according to reports.

The Southern Railway in a statement said the coaches derailed at 4.15 a.m. between Somanayakkanpatti and Patchur of the Bangalore Railway Division.

No lives were lost in the accident.

According to railways, buses were arranged to transport passengers to Bengaluru and senior officials have reached the accident spot.

Mohammed Ali Shihab: An inspiring journey from orphanage to UPSC

By Shafeeq Hudawi, TwoCircles.net,

“What is your strength, Ali?” asked the discerning panel during the interview round of the UPSC exams in 2011. The answer would change the life of Mohammed Ali Shihab forever.

“I come from a remote village in Kerala's Malappuram district and I was brought up in an orphanage. Having accommodated with 150 children, I led a social life even in my sleep. The orphanage lent me tolerance, patience and leadership quality along with other several merits needed for an ideal civil servant,” Mohammed Ali Shihab replied.

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