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AgustaWestland scam: Swamy names Sonia Gandhi, uproar in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi : The Rajya Sabha witnessed an uproar on Wednesday as BJP leader Subramanian Swamy named Congress President Sonia Gandhi in the AgustaWestland scam, prompting Congress members to urge the chair to expunge the name.

Swamy had barely raised the issue in the house when protests erupted, as he named the Congress leader.

Kejriwal accuses centre of 'scuttling' Delhi government

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday slammed the union government, saying it is "scuttling the Delhi government's effort of development".

"The world is appreciating the AAP government, whereas the central government is trying its best to scuttle our efforts. But still we are moving ahead and working for the people of Delhi," Kejriwal said during the annual national council meeting here.

केरल हाईकोर्ट ने एंट्रेंस टेस्ट में मुस्लिम महिलाओं को हिजाब पहनने की अनुमति दी

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एर्नाकुलम(केरल): हिजाब को लेकर समाज में हमेशा कोई न कोई मुद्दा उठता रहा है. मौजूदा वक़्त में भी सोशल मीडिया पर कई लोगों ने हिजाब पर कई बातें की हैं. अब ऐसा ही एक नया मामला केरल से आया है. केरल हाईकोर्ट ने इस साल के ऑल इंडिया प्री-मेडिकल एंट्रेस टेस्ट (एआईपीएमईटी) में मुस्लिम छात्राओं को हिजाब पहनकर परिक्षा में शामिल होने की अनुमति दी है.

Man commits suicide in Jharkhand due to water crisis

Ranchi : A man committed suicide in Jharkhand's Giridih district as a result of severe water crisis in the state, sources said on Wednesday.

According to the sources, Dilip Yadav a resident of Purnanagar committed suicide by jumping in a well.

He had taken a loan of Rs. 70,000 for boring his well which had dried up due to the heatwave, family members said.

However, no water was found after 700 feet inside the earth.

Dilip was shocked over the incident and jumped in the well on Tuesday, the sources added.

Only 50 percent crimes reported in Delhi, Mumbai: Survey

New Delhi : Only about 50 percent of crimes and about 12 percent of sexual harassment cases are reported to police in Delhi and Mumbai, a survey said on Tuesday.

According to a report by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), only 46.8 percent of crimes get reported to police in Delhi, while in Mumbai the percentage stood at 41.8 percent.

Even the rate of lodging a sexual harassment case was very low in both the cities -- only 7.5 percent cases were registered in Delhi, while in Mumbai, the rate was a bit higher with 11.1 percent.

Indian Muslims' experience can be model for others: Ansari

New Delhi : Vice President Hamid Ansari on Tuesday said the experience of the Indian Muslim minority community living in a secular polity having a composite culture could be a model for others to emulate.

"Thinking minds should look beyond questions of identity and dignity in a defensive mode and explore how both can be furthered in a changing India and a changing world," Ansari said, while releasing a book "Fikr" brought out by the National Institute of Faith Leadership.

JNU students will not accept punishment: Kanhaiya Kumar

New Delhi : Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar on Tuesday said that the students community will neither accept nor follow the punishment handed over to them by the varsity's high level enquiry committee (HLEC).

He also said that a march will be carried out from Ganga Dhaba to the administrative block in the varsity on Wednesday after which an indefinite hunger strike will be launched.

Modi-Mamata collusion a danger to democracy: Sonia

Canning/Sreerampur (West Bengal) : Describing the Centre's ruling BJP and West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress as "two faces of the same coin", Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said the "Modi-Mamata collusion" was a grave danger to the state as well as democracy.

Addressing successive rallies in the state attended by several Marxist leaders, Gandhi batted for the Congress-Left Front alliance and ridiculed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for their "tall claims of development".

81.25 percent polling in phase four of Bengal assembly elections

Kolkata : A voter turnout of 81.25 percent was recorded in the fourth phase of West Bengal assembly polls covering 49 constituencies spread over two districts, the Election Commission said on Tuesday.

While the average polling figure in the 33 North 24 Parganas district constituencies was 82.03 percent, the 16 seats in Howrah district polled 79.67 percent.

Basirhat North in North 24 Parganas saw the highest polling figure - 89.51 percent. The lowest polling was recorded in Howrah North (67.83 percent).

68 percent TN rural voters want loans, jobs, power: Survey

New Delhi : Agricultural loans, employment and electricity for farming are the top priorities for 68 percent of the rural voters in Tamil Nadu, a survey has shown.

The survey of over 16,000 respondents by the Association for Democratic reforms (ADR) was conducted in each of the 234 assembly constituencies of Tamil Nadu and ended in February 2016.

ADR is a non-political organisation working to help improve conduct of elections and strengthen democracy.

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