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India Politics

1,203 candidates to fight for Kerala's 140 assembly seats

Thiruvananthapuram : A total of 1,203 candidates were left in the fray and will now fight for the 140 Kerala assembly seats on May 16, officials said on Monday, the last day for withdrawal of nominations.

The principal fight is between the ruling Congress-led United Democratic Front and the CPI-M-led Left Democratic Front. The BJP-led NDA is also in the fray.

The maximum number of 145 candidates is in Malappuram district, which also has the maximum number of constituencies (16).

NDA to tread Ambedkar's path; favours quota in private sector

New Delhi : The government on Monday asserted that it was unequivocally committed to upholding the principles as laid down in the Constitution by the founding fathers, including B.R. Ambedkar, and said it had no problems if the private sector also gives reservation.

The government is also in favour of reservation in promotions, Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot said in the Lok Sabha.

"If the corporates willingly create an atmosphere for giving reservation, we will have no problem," he said.

103-year-old enclave dweller to voter for first time in Bengal polls

Kolkata : Asgar Ali is 103 but will vote for the first time on May 5 in the final phase of the West Bengal assembly elections when the erstwhile enclaves in the state's Cooch Behar district goes to polls.

"Asgar Ali is a 103-year-old and is a first time voter from Madhya Mashaldanga enclave in Dinhata assembly constituency of Cooch Behar. A total of 9,776 voters in the erstwhile enclaves are eligible to cast their votes across five assembly constituencies involving 38 polling stations," said additional chief electoral officer Dibyendu Sarkar.

Over 75 percent child rehab centres in India defunct

New Delhi : Over 75 percent of 11,652 child rehabilitation centres across 21 states of India are non-functional, the labour minister informed parliament on Monday.

"As per information received from various National Child Labour Project (NCPL), at present there are 2,876 special training centres functional," Minister Bandaru Dattatreya told the Lok Sabha.

The minister also stated that the government had issued a communication to all the concerned labour departments of state governments to assess the number of the child labourers.

1,200 vulnerable polling stations in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram : The Election Commission has identified around 1,200 vulnerable polling stations in Kerala, but expressed satisfaction over the way things were shaping up for the May 16 assembly elections.

There will be a total of 21,000 polling booths, of which 800 would be model polling stations, and 250 would be all-women manned polling booths.

The poll panel has deployed 47 general observers, 14 police observers and 40 expenditure observers for strict supervision and monitoring of the poll process.

Bihar Minister accuses MEA of delaying clearance for foreign trip

By TCN Staff Reporter

New Delhi: A delay in political clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs for travelling abroad left Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Finance Minister, Bihar, ruing a missed opportunity to interact with residents of Bihar and Jharkhad residing in Doha, Qatar and a chance to perform Umrah.

In J&K, Supreme Court's NEET order leaves students aspiring to be doctors in a quandary

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

Jammu: The Supreme Court order of holding National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), a combined entrance test for admission to undergraduate medicine and dental courses has sent jitters across the aspiring medical students of J&K. The students were due to appear in the state-level entrance test for admission in state and private-run medical colleges in Jammu and Kashmir.

JNU teachers to observe a day's hunger strike

New Delhi : The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association (JNUTA) will observe a hunger strike on Tuesday against the university administration on various issues, including slapping fine on Kanahiya Kumar and rusticating three other students.

The JNUTA called a general body meeting on April 28 and decided to hold one-day hunger strike to protest "non-responsive attitude of the administration" on the current situation on the campus, the teachers association announced late Sunday in a statement.

`Threats of violence, political pressure among challenges to freedom of press in India'

By Prashant Sood

New Delhi : There are several challenges to the freedom of the press in India, including threats of violence from vested interests and pressure from political parties, experts have said, calling for greater involvement of civil society in cases pertaining to journalists.

Talking to IANS on the issues concerning the media in India on the eve of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, the experts, including senior journalists, said that mediapersons also need to adapt to the new challenges by being more bold.

HC seeks DU response on inadequate hostels in campus

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the Delhi University to respond on a plea filed against the inadequate availability of hostels and absence of a standardised renting system around the North and South campuses.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath asked the counsel appearing for DU to take instructions on the issue from the university.

"Get instructions on the issues raised in the petition," said the bench posting the matter for July 18 when a similar plea would also come for hearing.