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West Bengal assembly passes resolution proposing name change

Kolkata : The West Bengal Assembly on Monday passed a resolution proposing the name of the state be changed to 'Bangla' in Bengali or 'Bengal' in English.

The government resolution under rule 169 - moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chattopdhyay - was passed amidst a walk-out by the Congress and opposition from the Left Front and the BJP.

The resolution said the state should be rechristened 'Bangla' in Bengali, 'Bengal' in English and 'Bangal' in Hindi.

73 injured in Himachal bus accident

Shimla : All 73 passengers were injured when a private mini bus carrying them skidded off the road and rolled down a hill in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district on Monday, police said. The injured were mostly school children and government employees.

The 42-seater bus was coming to Kullu town from Jawalapur when it met with the accident near Jala, about 200 km from the state capital.

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Expelled AIADMK MP refuses to resign

Chennai : Rajya Sabha member M. Sasikala Pushpa on Monday said she would not resign her post despite her expulsion from the AIADMK party.

Speaking to reporters here, she categorically ruled out quitting the Rajya Sabha.

She arrived here from Singapore and was enroute to Madurai to appear before the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court in a case of sexual harassment filed against her family by two maids who had worked at her house.

The apex court recently ordered that Pushpa should not be arrested for six weeks in connection with the case.

1984 riots: Gurgaon victims gets compensation

Gurgaon : Fortytwo survivors of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots have got Rs 12.07 crore in financial compensation in all, an official said on Monday.

This follows the recommendations of the Justice T.P. Garg Commission. The victims hailed from Gurgaon and Pataudi areas.

The cheques were distributed to the victims at a gurudwara here on Sunday by Naseem Ahmed, Chairman of the National Minorities Commission.

HC seeks Delhi Police reply on e-rickshaws

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Monday sought a response from Delhi Police on a plea seeking direction to stop plying illegally operated e-rickshaws here following accidents involving them.

Justice J.R. Midha asked police to file a response by September 19 on the plea which sought direction that responsible officers of police and the Delhi government be prosecuted for deliberately allowing e-rickshaw operators to ply illegally.

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Special session of Maharashtra Legislature to ratify GST

Mumbai : A special session of the Maharashtra Legislature opened here on Monday morning to discuss and (later) ratify the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, which will make it the ninth state in the country to do so.

The GST Bill was recently passed in both houses of Parliament and now the ratification of various states is currently underway.

Moving a resolution in support of the Bill, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said that the GST Bill would help abolish as many as 17 different types of taxes and lead to lowering of inflation.

Modi to inaugurate scheme he launched in 2012

Ahmedabad : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launches the first phase of an ambitious drinking water and irrigation project aimed at addressing the needs of the perennially parched regions of Saurashtra in Gujarat.

The Rs 12,000 crore project, initiated by Modi as Chief Minister in May 2012, plans to fill up 115 dams of the region with excess run off water of the Sardar Sarovar Dam across the Narmada river with a network of pipelines and then supply it for drinking and irrigation.

Indo-Kuwait Society asks Indian govt. to help rescue stranded labourers

By Amit Kumar and Shafeea Hudawi, TwoCircles.net

Mohammed Moosa, a young expatriate from Thalassery in Kannur district of Kerala, has now become a familiar face for the labour court officials in Kuwait City. The ‘absconding labourer’ is a usual visitor of the court, seeking help to get a release from Caesar's Restaurant and Bakery, where he had worked till May 2015 as a cook.

Curfew lifted from Kashmir after 51 days

Srinagar : Authorities on Monday lifted curfew from Kashmir after 51 days since the ongoing unrest began on July 9, officials said.

"Curfew has been lifted from the entire Valley. But, it will remain in force in Pulwama town and in areas under the jurisdiction of Nowhatta and M.R.Gunj police stations in Srinagar," a senior police official told IANS.

The decision to lift curfew was taken at a high level security meeting on Sunday evening, sources said.

An all party delegation comprising senior leaders of political parties is slated to visit Kashmir on September 3.

Parbhani masjid blast acquittals: Court doubted state's intention in prosecuting the accused

By A Mirsab, TwoCircles.net

Mumbai: The complicity of public prosecutors, coupled with a lethargic attitude of the Maharashtra state in prosecuting the accused in 2003 Parbhani Masjid bomb blast case lead to the acquittal of all the accused, various orders of the previous judge recorded during the trial have shown.

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