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Gauhati HC withdraws judges from Mizoram court after mob attack

Aizawl : The Gauhati High Court has withdrawn all the judges from the District and Sessions Court of Mizoram's Lunglei district following mob violence in the court premises recently, an official said here on Saturday.

After a mob attack on the district court buildings with stones on Thursday, Registrar General of the Gauhati High Court H.K. Sharma issued an order on Friday, withdrawing the three judges of the Lunglei District and Sessions Court," a senior official of the district administration told IANS.

Nitish Kumar is CM thanks to Lalu Prasad: Amar Singh

Patna : Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh on Saturday said JD-U leader Nitish Kumar is Chief Minister of Bihar, thanks to RJD Chief Lalu Prasad.

"It is a greatness of Lalu Prasad that he has made Nitish Kumar, who had sent him to jail, Chief Minister of Bihar," Singh told the media soon after he arrived here.

"Nitish Kumar's chair of chief ministership is fully dependent on the support of Lalu Prasad," he added.

Singh has described his party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav as 'Sher of Uttar Pradesh' (lion of UP).

Confusion in BDJS over alliance with BJP

Thiruvananthapuram : Confusion prevails in the recently-formed Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) -- the political outfit floated last year with the support of the powerful Hindu Ezhava leader Vellapalli Natesan -- over its alliance with the BJP.

Natesan is the General Secretary of the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam, which is the social and cultural arm of the Hindu Ezhavas.

While Natesan said on Saturday that the BDJS got nothing from the BJP, his son Tushar Vellapalli and the one who leads the party, said "things are fine".

Varanasi, Allahabad air over WHO pollution limits on most days in August

By Charlie Moloney

On more than 90 per cent of the days in August this year, pollution levels in Varanasi and Allahabad exceeded World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for acceptable levels, an IndiaSpend analysis of data recorded by #Breathe, our 12-city network of air-quality monitoring stations, shows.

'Migrant' women, children jailed in Assam, NCM writes to Home Ministry

By Md. Asim Khan

New Delhi : Concerned over the indiscriminate detentions of people in Assam on suspicion of being Bangladeshis or Myanmarese, the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has written to the Union Home Ministry and the state government asking them to intervene.

NCM Member Farida Abdulla Khan visited Assam recently and was "appalled" to find as many as 97 women and 13 children -- caught on suspicion of being Bangladeshis or Myanmarese -- lodged with regular criminals in the Kokrajhar district jail in "total disregard of the rules".

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Nitish, Pawar, Deve Gowda on Upadhyay centenary panel

ArrayNew Delhi : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and former Union Minister Sharad Pawar have been included in the 149-member committee being formed to commemorate the birth centenary of Jan Sangh ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday approved the constitution of two committees for the commemoration of the birth centenary of Upadhyay, a Prime Minister's Office release said.

Reconsider removal of DERC chief, Kejriwal urges Jung

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday urged Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung to "reconsider" his order removing Krishna Saini as Chairperson of the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC).

He also expressed his willingness to meet Jung to discuss the issue at Lt. Governor's convenience.

Declaring DERC chief's appointment as void 'ab initio' after a period of six months may lead to serious setbacks as all DERC decisions taken during this period will also become "null and void", the Chief Minister said in a letter to Jung.

Gujarat rolls back 10 % quota for higher castes

Ahmedabad : The BJP-led Gujarat government on Friday suspended the implementation of the 10 per cent reservation in educational institutions and government jobs for the economically weaker sections among the upper caste communities it had announced earlier in the wake of the Patidar quota stir.

The opposition has slammed the government for "misleading" the people.

Nitin Gadkari to present SEOY-India 2016 Award

New Delhi : Union Minister of Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari will present the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India 2016 Award at a ceremony organised by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a statement said on Friday.

"The winner will be chosen by a distinguished jury and announced on October 6, 2016 in New Delhi," the organisation said in the statement.

"Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping will be the Chief Guest and present the award."

Gurgaon businessman gives Rs 20 lakh to Gaya martyr's widow

Gurgaon : A Gurgaon-based businessman extended support of Rs 20 lakh to the family of Naik Sunil Kumar Vidyarthi who was among the 18 soldiers martyred in a terrorist attack on an army camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir on September 18.

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