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Sex scandal accused gained from CM's influence: Congress

Bhopal : The Congress here on Friday alleged that a 2012 sex scandal accused turned government approver using his links with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Congress spokesperson K.K. Mishra told media persons here that Manoj Nema, an accused in the 2012 Chandori sex scandal for which a case was registered in Varasivani police station, was facilitated as he was a friend of a relative of Chouhan.

British-Indian sells food to fund school in India

London : A British-Indian woman is selling Indian street food in London to fund a school for girls in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer town, a media report said.

The food lovers are making a beeline to Tanya Gohil's stall called Devi's at Maltby Street market here.

Gohil's stall sells dishes like the "Mmmmumbai Grill" -- her take on a grilled club sandwich.

According to her, she was born with "the British devotion to Indian cooking", the London Evening Standard reported.

On Rafi's 35th death anniversary, Rishi Kapoor thanks him

Mumbai:On the 35th death anniversary of late legendary playback singer Mohammed Rafi on Friday, actor Rishi Kapoor has thanked him for being his voice in several movies.

The 62-year-old posted on micro-blogging website Twitter: "Thank you Rafi sahab for being my playback voice. Still remember you telling me - "Tu ganda hai meri Awaaz ich, bada sona lagda hai". Jinda reh."

Rafi sang songs like "Dard-e-dil" from the 1980 film "Karz" and "Shirdi wale saibaba" from the 1977 film "Amar Akbar Anthony" for Rishi.

Manipur development project spells doom for 11 villages, 12,000 people

By Azera Parveen Rahman

Imphal: One person's manna is another person's poison. This adage couldn't ring more true for the people of Manipur whose fate has been divided along the line of development.

The construction of a multi-purpose dam that promises a better life for people in one part of the state has spelt doom for nearly 12,000 people in 11 villages whose homes will be submerged in the waters and be lost forever.

Protests in Goa over grants for schools

Panaji: Parents of students demanding government grants for all schools with English as a medium of instruction on Friday held a protest in Goa, blocking major roads and creating traffic snarls across the state.

Currently Church-run schools, where the medium of instruction is in English, form the bulk of educational institutions which are entitled to government grants.

The agitation by Forum for Rights of Children's Education (FORCE) also resulted in criticism from legislators during the ongoing monsoon session of the Goa legislative assembly.

Telugu states making efforts for release of Indians kidnapped in Libya

Hyderabad: The governments of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Friday said they were making all efforts to seek the safe and early release of two men from the state who are among the four Indians kidnapped by terrorists in Libya.

Andhra Pradesh NRI Affairs Minister Palle Raghunath Reddy said the state government was making efforts with the help of the Indian government and Libya to secure release of Balram, a native of Srikakulam district in north coastal Andhra.

Four Indian men, including three who were working as lecturers, were kidnapped in Sirte in Libya.

Punish tipplers with brooms, says Bihar women's panchayat

By Imran Khan

Patna: A women's panchayat in a Bihar village has ordered women to punish with brooms people found consuming and selling liquor, while imposing a ban on liquor consumption, an official said on Friday.

It has also imposed a fine on consuming and selling liquor.

The move by the panchayat of Ramzanpur village in Shekhpura district, about 125 km from here, is aimed at checking the increasing liquor business in rural Bihar.

'Farmer suicide report a cover-up'

By Anurag Dey

Kolkata: With agrarian distress being a major crisis accounting for thousands of farming lives every year, the latest data by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which claims the suicide rates among Indian farmers has halved, has triggered scorn, with experts calling it a "hoax" and "manipulative".

According to the NCRB's first collated detailed data on farmers' suicides, only 5,650 of them, including women, across the country committed suicide in 2014 as against 11,744 in 2013.

Death penalty: CPI leader Raja moves private member's resolution

New Delhi: As a debate rages over the hanging of Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon, the Rajya Sabha on Friday admitted CPI leader D. Raja's private member's resolution to abolish the death sentence in the country.

A private member's resolution is moved by an individual member and not by the government.

Congress coined term 'Hindu terrorism': Rajnath

New Delhi: The government and the opposition locked horns in the Lok Sabha on Friday, with Home Minister Rajnath Singh accusing the Congress of coining the term "Hindu terrorism" and weakening the fight against terror.

The Congress hit back and alleged that "RSS and BJP attempted to link terror with religion".

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