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Sabarimala temple must let in all women: Tharoor

Thiruvananthapuram : Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said the Sabarimala temple must open its doors to women of all age groups.

This contradicted the Congress-led Kerala government's stand that the opinion of the priests should be the last word on religious matters.

Addressing reporters here at the party headquarters, Tharoor said it was his personal opinion.

"Including Sabarimala, women should be allowed entry into all temples and there should be no gender discrimination," said the Lok Sabha member from Thiruvananthapuram.

180 school children taken ill in Bihar

Patna : At least 180 school children in Bihar were taken ill after they were administered de-worming Albendazole tablets on Wednesday, officials said.

About 100 children fell ill at the Maghra Middle School in Biharsharif district headquarters of Nalanda, 37 children in Jamui, 36 in Sitamarhi, four in East Champaran and two in Rohtas district.

Need governor's report on UP, says BJP

New Delhi : The BJP on Wednesday said Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik should send a report on the deteriorating law and order situation in the state to the central government.

The Bharatiya Janata Party demanded the expulsion of Kairana legislator Nahid Hasan over Shamli shooting incident.

"The goons of the Samajwadi Party have destroyed the law and order situation in the state and police have become mere spectators," BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh said here.

Minorities panel seeks action against BJP leader for 'hate speech'

Lucknow : Following a complaint and an internal probe, the National Commission of Minorities (NCM) has held the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for Deoband assembly by-polls in Uttar Pradesh guilty of making a hate speech with the aim of dividing the voters on religious lines.

Social activist Shehzaad Poonawalla had made a complaint before the minorities panel seeking action against Rampal Singh Pundir for his inflammatory speech.

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ज़िन्दगी बचाने वाली दवाओं के दाम भी मोदी राज में सिर चढ़कर बोल रहे हैं. हैरानी की बात है कि जिन दवाओं की क़ीमत बेहद सस्ती होनी चाहिए, उनमें भी लगातार इज़ाफ़ा दर इज़ाफ़ा होता जा रहा है.

एक ख़बर के मुताबिक़ मोदी सरकार ने पिछले हफ्ते 74 दवाओं पर आयात शुल्क में छूट ख़त्म करने का फैसला किया है. इनमें जीवन रक्षक दवाओं के साथ कैंसर और डायबिटीज की दवाएं भी शामिल हैं.

Zika infection may cause eye abnormalities in infants

New York : Vision-threatening eye abnormalities in infants in Brazil with microcephaly - a birth defect characterised by an abnormally small head -- may be associated with infection with Zika virus, says a new study.

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites and according to US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention the most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).

Modi to address education meet of RSS-affiliated body

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address an All India Conference of School Principals here on February 12 organised by Vidya Bharti, an organisation affiliated to the RSS.

Addressing the media here, Vidya Bharti's national secretary Shiv Kumar said the main purpose of the conference, being held from February 11 to 14, is to discuss the role of school principals so as to "develop a society wherein children grow up to be ideal citizens on the basis of their grooming in schools".

Backward classes panel for quota in private sector

New Delhi : The National Commission of Backward Classes has written to the social justice ministry to bring a bill for providing 27 percent reservation for backward classes in private sector jobs, a member said on Tuesday.

Shakeel-uz-Zaman Ansari said that panel had sent its recommendation for a bill for private sector quota to the ministry ahead of the budget session of parliament that begins February 23, adding the decision to make the recommendation was taken at a meeting of the panel held earlier this month.

Congress alleges corruption, seeks resignation by AAP minister

New Delhi : The Congress party on Tuesday demanded the resignation of Delhi's Food and Supplies Minister Imran Hussain, alleging that his staffer had been caught on camera demanding bribe on his behalf.

The party also demanded a CBI probe into the matter.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken told reporters here that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal should seek Hussain's resignation.

"Our demand to the chief minister is simple. Hussain must resign and there should be a CBI probe into this," Maken said.

Gurgaon official fined for stonewalling RTI query

Gurgaon : The Haryana state information commission has imposed a Rs.5,000 fine on Gurgaon's District Development and Panchayat Officer (DDPO) Narender Singh for not replying to an RTI request.

Sudhir Yadav had sought information, through a request made on January 31, 2015, about how much money was drawn and spent by members of the Zila Parishad and the Block Samiti in the last financial year.

He was called on first appeal but DDPO Singh missed the meeting without any justified reason and kept him waiting for over two hours.

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