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People from weaker sections treat me as goddess: Mayawati

New Delhi : Amid protest over Uttar Pradesh BJP leader Daya Shankar Sigh's abusive remark, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said on Thursday that people from weaker sections of the society treat her as a "goddess".

"People from weaker sections of society cutting across party lines respect me a lot, they treat me as goddess... And if you say bad things about their goddess they will feel bad and are bound to protest," Mayawati said.

She said that she did not ask party workers to protest against the abusive remark by the BJP leader.

Caste system like Taliban, needs to be discussed: Sharad Yadav

New Delhi : Atrocities against Dalits have been increasing since Independence, and the caste system in India has a "Taliban-like attitude", Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav said on Thursday in the Rajya Sabha.

Yadav also demanded a ban on a cow protection vigilante group that was behind beating up Dalit youths in Una, Gujarat, for allegedly skinning a dead cow.

Initiating the debate on the issue in the Rajya Sabha, Yadav said: "We talk about Taliban ... our caste system has a Taliban-like attitude, we need to discuss that."

BSP calls off agitation after police assures arrest of Singh

Lucknow : Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) workers on Thursday afternoon called off their agitation here against former Uttar Pradesh BJP Vice-President Daya Shankar Singh for his abusive remarks against BSP chief Mayawati after police assured Singh's arrest within the next 36 hours.

Lucknow's District Magistrate Raj Shekhar met the agitated party workers and leaders and told them the police was looking for Singh after an FIR was lodged against him late on Wednesday night at the Hazratganj police station.

BSP workers protest against former BJP leader's comments

Lucknow : Hundreds and thousands of Bahujan Samaj Party workers on Thursday took to the streets here to protest against the comments made by former BJP leader Daya Shanker Singh against party chief Mayawati.

The protesters threw traffic out of the gear in Hazratganj, giving anxious moments to the district administration, police officers and those controlling traffic.

State BSP president Raj Achal Rajbhar who was leading the protests told the media that the statement had revealed the "anti-Dalit mentality" of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Authorities to relax curfew in Kashmir valley

Srinagar : Authorities on Thursday decided to relax curfew across Kashmir Valley in the afternoon to allow people buy essentials of life.

"Curfew will be relaxed in the afternoon to provide relief to the people," a senior police official said.

"The relaxation period will be reviewed in the evening as it depends upon how the law and order situation behaves," said the official.

Authorities decided to open schools in four districts of Ganderbal, Bandipora, Badgam and Baramulla on Thursday. There are ten districts in the valley.

Marathi book publisher apologises for Prophet’s picture; recalls all books

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Nagpur: A major controversy was avoided after Nagpur-based Orange City Publisher on Wednesday agreed to remove a depicted picture of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) along with Islamophobic contents from a class fifth Marathi text book of CBSE syllabus and offer a written apology.

Curfew, separatist shutdown enters 13th day in Kashmir

Srinagar : Life remained paralysed in the Valley on Thursday for the 13th day as authorities continued to impose curfew following extension in the separatists called protest shutdown.

Separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik on Wednesday had announced an extension in the protest shutdown till Monday.

"To prevent escalation of violence, it has been decided to impose curfew in most of the parts of the valley today (Thursday) as well", a senior officer said.

BJP suspends Daya Shankar Singh for six years

New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Wednesday suspended Uttar Pradesh unit Vice-President Daya Shankar Singh for six years following his alleged obscene comments on Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati.

Earlier, he was sacked from all party posts.

The decision to suspend Singh was taken by BJP president Amit Shah, informed sources said.

Before coming to the decision to suspend Singh, Shah discussed the matter with state party leaders, including state party chief Keshav Prasad Maurya.

'20% elderly population suffering from spinal stenosis'

New Delhi : Around 20 per cent of the elderly Indian population is suffering from spinal stenosis and the figure might increase manifold in the coming years due to increasing obesity among them, doctors said on Wednesday.

According to doctors, the problem, which is more common among the overweight old population, has risen as obesity became common among them.

Lynching of youths: NHRC notice to Andhra on police role

New Delhi : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Andhra Pradesh government over the questioning of two injured youth by the police instead of rushing them to hospital. The youths, who had been thrashed by a mob, died later of their injuries.

According to the commission, which took cognisance of the issue through media reports on Wednesday, the two young men continued to be beaten even after the arrival of police. The incident was reported from Mohammadiya Palem in Guntur district.