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Bihar lifts ban on toddy

Following pressure from its main ally RJD chief Lalu Prasad, the Bihar government led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday took a U-turn by lifting the ban on the sale and consumption of toddy in the state.

Bihar Excise and Prohibition Minister Abdul Jalil Mastan told media here that there will be no ban on sale and consumption of toddy in the state.

"Ban on toddy has been lifted," Mastan said.

Frequent disruptions in Rajya Sabha create bad impression: Ansari

New Delhi : Vice President M. Hamid Ansari on Saturday said frequent disruptions in Rajya Sabha create a bad impression in the public mind and asked members to adhere to allocated time of the proceedings while noting that parliament sittings have declined significantly.

Inaugurating a two-day orientation programme for the newly-elected members of the Rajya Sabha on Saturday, Ansari, who is also Chairman of the upper house, pointed out that frequent disruptions impinge upon the privileges of other members.

Muslims join Dalits' fight in Gujarat, thousands to attend big Sunday rally

By Darshan Desai

Ahmedabad : Prominent Muslim body Jamiat-e-Ulema-Hind has declared support for a massive public rally being organized in Ahmedabad on Sunday by around 30 different Dalit groups of Gujarat to protest against atrocities on the community, especially the July 11 flogging of four youth by cow vigilantes.

"We have announced our whole-hearted backing to the rally tomorrow and many of our members and community are likely to attend it," Nasir Ansari, general secretary of the Gujarat unit of Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind, told IANS on Friday evening.

2.2 million hit by floods across Bihar

Patna : More than 2.2 million people in Bihar have been affected by floods across the state's 10 districts, with rivers overflowing their banks, officials said on Saturday.

Vayasji, the principal secretary of state disaster management department, said the flood situation is grim in some districts following rising water level in rivers. The department has deployed officials and the National Disaster Response Force and state disaster response force to provide relief and rescue in flood-hit areas.

23 lakh LPG connections given under PM Ujjwala Yojana

Kolkata : Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday said 23 lakh liquified petroleum gas (LPG) connections were given to below poverty line women households since the launch of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.

The minister on Saturday held a meeting with nearly 250 district nodal officials in eastern and north-eastern states to study the implementation status of the scheme launched on May 1 at Ballia in Uttar Pradesh.

Delhi Police lodges FIR against Uttarakhand BJP leader Harak Singh Rawat

New Delhi : Delhi Police has lodged a first information report (FIR) against Uttarakhand BJP leader Harak Singh Rawat for allegedly raping a woman at his residence in the national capital, police said on Saturday.

The FIR was registered on Friday night in south Delhi's Safdarjung police station on the basis of the woman's complaint.

In her complaint to the police, the woman said that Rawat called her to his residence in south Delhi's Green Park area on Friday and raped her.

Congress accuses RSS of trafficking tribal girls in Assam

New Delhi : The Congress on Saturday alleged that three affiliates of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) were involved in trafficking of 31 tribal girls from Assam under the garb of better education, and said that they would also raise the issue in Parliament.

The three affiliates of the RSS as named by the Congress are 'Rashtra Sevika Samiti', 'Vidya Bharti' and 'Sewa Bharti'.

Bengal's GDP more than doubled since 2010-2011: Mamata

Kolkata : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday claimed the state's gross domestic product has more than doubled since 2010.

"You will be happy to know that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of West Bengal has more than doubled from nearly Rs 4.61 lakh crore in 2010-11 to Rs 9.20 lakh crore in 2015-16," Banerjee said on Facebook.

The Trinamool Congress supremo ascribed the "quantum jump" partly to "massive increase in plan expenditure and partly due to huge creation of permanent assets in the state through increased capital expenditure".

Global ranking of IITs handicapped due to perception: Javadekar

Panaji : The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) don't reflect well in international rankings despite their high calibre because of a perception handicap, Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday.

Speaking at the inauguration of a new IIT in Goa, he said the perception parameter accounted for 40 per cent in the international ranking framework of global tech institutions.

"Though we are best, we are not ranked on top, because 40 per cent marks are for perception in the international ranking framework," Javadekar said.

AIMMM delegation meets victims of Una violence case, asks for CBI inquiry

By Amit Kumar,

A four-member delegation of All India Muslim Majlis e Mushawarat, led by its President Navaid Hamid, visited the families of the four Dalits who were beaten up in Una, Gujarat, and the victims, hospitalised in Ahmedabad, on July 28. The Majlis asked for a CBI inquiry into the matter and asked for strictest punishment possible for the perpetrators of such crimes.