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RJD chief picks daughter, Jethmalani for Rajya Sabha seats

Patna : Contrary to speculation, RJD chief Lalu Prasad has chosen his elder daughter Misa Bharti and eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani as party candidates for the biennial polls from the state to the Rajya Sabha next month.

"Till Thursday, it was concluded in political circles here that Lalu will nominate his wife and former chief minister Rabri Devi to the Rajya Sabha. But he has favoured his daughter Misa," a senior party leader said.

People using binoculars to spot 'achche din': Uttarakhand CM

Dehradun : Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Friday took a dig at the BJP's 'achche din' slogan and said the people were buying binoculars to try and see the promised good days.

Rawat also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not fulfilling tall promises made to the people when he came to power at the Centre in May 2014.

HC stays disciplinary action against Umar, Anirban

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Friday stayed all disciplinary action, including rustication orders, against JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.

Justice Manmohan gave same relief that was given to JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others on May 13.

The students challenged the varsity's disciplinary action against them for their alleged role in a controversial event on Kashmir organised on the university campus on February 9.

Three accused of Jama Masjid firing case move bail

New Delhi : Three men, who are facing trial in the 2010 Jama Masjid firing case, on Friday moved the bail application before a court here.

The three accused -- Syed Ismail Afaaque alias Afaaque, Abdus Saboor alias Abdul and Riyaz Ahmed Sayeedi -- moved their bail applications before a special court which fixed May 30 for further hearing.

Delhi court extends IM suspect's NIA custody

New Delhi : A court here on Friday extended the National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody of a suspected senior operative of the Indian Mujahideen, Abdul Wahid Siddibapa, by seven days.

Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Pandit allowed the NIA to quiz Siddibapa and ordered it to present the accused in court again on June 4, the next date of hearing.

The NIA told the court that during his custodial interrogation, Siddibapa disclosed a few financial transactions, including one in Dubai.

Expert panel submits report on new education policy

New Delhi : An expert committee set up to formulate the new National Education Policy submitted its report to the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry on Friday.

Ministry sources said HRD Minister Smriti Irani is likely to make the report public early next month.

The committee prepared the report after examining over 29,000 online suggestions and going through deliberations on 33 themes with various stakeholders from the education sector, an HRD ministry statement said.

Farooq Abdullah draws flak for phone use during anthem

Kolkata : A video of Jammu and Kashmir's former chief minister Farooq Abdullah talking on the phone while the national anthem was being played on Friday at the oath-taking ceremony of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee grabbed eye balls on social media.

In the nearly-one minute video doing the rounds on microblogging site Twitter, Abdullah is seen with the phone clutched to his ear and speaking while the national anthem is on, in sharp contrast to a solemn Banerjee and her elected ministers standing at attention.

Ram Mandir not an issue in UP polls: Rajnath

New Delhi : The BJP will not contest the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections next year on the Ram Mandir plank as it is not a political but a cultural issue, union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday.

"The Ram Mandir issue is not a political but a cultural issue. The matter is also sub judice. We are not going to contest the Uttar Pradesh elections on this plank. We will contest on the development plank," Rajnath Singh said during an interview with Times Now channel.

Attack on Nigerian nothing to do with racism: Hyderabad police

Hyderabad : Police in Hyderabad on Friday said the attack on a Nigerian student had nothing to do with racism and the fight was over vehicle parking, even as two more locals were arrested.

The Nigerian student, Ghazeem, 23, sustained injuries on his head after being attacked with a rod during an altercation over parking with his neighbours in Hyderabad's Banjara Hills area on Wednesday night. Ghazeem was discharged from hospital the same night and is stable.

‘Guantanamo Bay like prison facility to come up in Kashmir’

By, Staff Reporter

Srinagar: In a move that is bound to raise eyebrows in Kashmir, the central government in liaison with Jammu and Kashmir is in process of building a separate high-security prison like the notorious one at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to house convicted terrorists from Pakistan and those facing trial in terror cases.

The new detention facility comes in the backdrop of union government fearing indoctrination and radicalization of other prisoners by the fellow inmates, who are charged with serious terror-related cases.