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UNICEF calls for immediate action against Zika virus

United Nations : The United Nations Children' s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday called for immediate action to help stop the spread of Zika virus which is the suspected underlying cause of soaring cases of microcephaly in newborn babies in Brazil.

"We need to act fast to provide women and pregnant mothers with the information they need to protect themselves and their babies," Heather Papowitz, UNICEF's senior advisor for health emergencies, said in a statement, according to Xinhua.

Hardik Patel gets bail in road blockade case

Ahmedabad : For the first time in six months, Patel reservation agitation spearhead Hardik Patel was on Tuesday granted bail by a local court in a case without the Gujarat Police opposing his application for it.

Patel, who continues to be in jail for as much time on serious charges of sedition in Ahmedabad and Surat, in this case, was booked for allegedly instructing his supporters to lay road blocks on the national highway passing Surat.

His bail application was heard and granted by a Surat metropolitan court without opposition by the Gujarat Police.

ISIS arrests, AMU, Hindu Sena featured in Muslim leaders meeting with Home Minister

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New Delhi: A delegation of Muslim clerics and social leaders today met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here and discussed several issues concerning the community. The meeting was also joined by National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval.

Prominent among others in the delegation included Kamal Faruqui, Chairman, Confederation of Minorities Educational institutions and Kamar Agha Noted Journalist and Expert on International Islamic affairs.

Registering sex of foetus against 'Beti Bachao' campaign: IWPC

New Delhi: The Indian Women's Press Corps on Tuesday expressed concern over Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi's statement on registering sex of the foetus, saying it will go against the "Beti Bachao" campaign.

The Beti Bachao (Save Daughter) campaign is a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that promotes education and equal status for the girl child.

The IWPC, in a statement, expressed "concern and dismay over the reported proposal to make sex determination tests legal".

CPI-M state committee meet to discuss tie-up with Congress

Kolkata: A day after state Congress leaders conveyed to the party high command their desire to team up with the CPI-M in the upcoming West Bengal assembly polls, the Marxists announced on Tuesday they would finalise their stand on an alliance at a two-day state committee meeting on February 12-13.

"The state committee will meet on February 12 and 13. We will formalise our stand on the alliance at the meeting," said a senior Communist Party of India-Marxist leader.

HC reserves order on plea against management quota's scrapping

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday reserved its order on pleas challenging the January 6 circular of AAP government that scrapped 62 criteria, including management quota, for nursery admissions.

Justice Manmohan reserved the order after Delhi government and petitioners, Action Committee of Unaided Recognised Private Schools and Forum for Promotion of Quality Education concluded their arguments.

BJP seeks time to respond to Mehbooba's conditions

Jammu: With PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti setting conditions for government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP on Tuesday sought 8 to 10 days time from Governor N.N.Vohra to respond.

A three-member Bharatiya Janata Party team including state president Satpal Sharma, former deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh and Lok Sabha member Jugal Kishore called on Vohra at the Raj Bhavan for discussions.

BJP pursuing communal politics, making people poorer: Yechury

Agartala: Riding on communal politics, the BJP-led central government is executing anti-people economic policies to make the deprived people poorer and the rich wealthier, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said here on Tuesday.

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government is "purusing communal politics and carrying out anti-people economic policies so that the poor people turn poorer and the rich can become wealthier", the Communist Party of India-Marxist general secretary said here addressing a seminar.

Reservations for Dalits will stay, assures Modi

Coimbatore: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday assured Dalits that the reservation to them in jobs and education will not be cut and hit out at the opposition for spreading lies and preventing his government from functioning.

He said the opposition parties are unable to digest the fact that he - a tea vendor, and son of a poor woman - is governing the country and taking actions that were not seen for the past over 60 years.

Muslim leaders meet Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: A delegation of Muslim clerics and social leaders met union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday and discussed issues concerning the community.

"The delegation emphasised that Indian Muslim youth have not fallen prey to any propaganda in the name of Islam and expressed satisfaction at the steps taken by the NDA government for creating an atmosphere of peace and security in the minds of the minority community," a home ministry statement said.