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Oommen Chandy govt draws flak for withdrawing case against Togadia

By staff reporter,

Kozhikode: The Oomen Chandy government has come in for a scathing attack from the Opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leadership for its decision to withdraw the case registered against Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Pravin Togadia for his alleged hate speech here in 2003.

Will not oppose insurance bill if suggestions accepted: Mayawati

New Delhi : Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati Monday said there was no reason for her party to oppose the insurance bill if the select committee, which was scrutinizing the bill, accepts their suggestions.

"The select committee hasn't taken a decision on the insurance bill yet... if our suggestions are accepted why would we oppose it," she told media persons outside parliament here.

The insurance bill was sent to a select committee of the Rajya Sabha after the government was unable to garner support for it in the last session.


First phase of assembly polls in Jharkhand Tuesday

Ranchi : Over three million voters will Tuesday decide the political fate of 199 candidates who are in the fray in the first phase of assembly elections in Jharkhand's Maoist-hit areas.

In the first phase, 13 of the 81 assembly constituencies will go to the polls under heavy security in the view of Maoist threat.

"All security arrangements have been completed. Four choppers will be used for air surveillance. The state and central security forces have been deployed in large number," a police official told IANS.


Odisha assembly adjourned till Tuesday amid noisy scenes

Bhubaneswar : Noisy scenes prevailed in the Odisha assembly for the fourth day as both the ruling BJD members and opposition parties stalled the proceedings throughout the day Monday. The speaker adjourned the house till Tuesday.

The business advisory committee of the assembly, which met Monday, also failed to resolve the impasse in the house as the opposition Congress members walked out of the meeting accusing the treasury benches of trying to avoid a motion for a discussion on the chit fund issue.


Sonia, Rahul to attend Deora funeral

Mumbai : Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will attend the funeral of veteran party leader and former union minister Murli S. Deora, who died Monday, a party spokesperson said here.

Deora, 77, died early Monday after a brief illness.


A million voters, 123 candidates in Kashmir poll first phase

By Sheikh Qayoom,

Srinagar : A million voters will get to decide the political fate of 123 candidates who are in the fray in the first phase of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections to be held Tuesday.

Poll campaign for the first phase ended Sunday evening as thousands of security forces and hundreds of poll officials started reaching polling stations in seven districts of the state where voting would be held Tuesday.

Congress not decided on insurance bill

New Delhi : The Congress Monday declined to reveal its stand on a bill that seeks to increase the cap on FDI in insurance, saying it will decide after a parliamentary panel gives its report.

"We will take a call on the insurance bill after the report of the select committee comes," party leader Kamal Nath told the media in parliament premises.

The bill was sent to a select committee of the Rajya Sabha during the last parliament session. The report is supposed to be tabled Nov 28.


Saradha scam: CBI quizzes former Assam minister

Kolkata : Senior Congress leader and former Assam minister Anjan Dutta was Monday grilled by the CBI in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam.

Dutta, an MLA from Amguri, arrived at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) office at the CGO complex here after being summoned by the agency.

Dutta said he has been summoned to give details about his printing business which used to print a Bengali newspaper and other materials for jailed Saradha promoter and purported scam kingpin Sudipta Sen.

The CBI had earlier searched his residence in Assam.

JD-U may oust Manjhi as Bihar chief minister

Patna : Speculation is rife in Bihar's political circles over the possible ouster of Jitan Ram Manjhi as the chief minister after he said his days in the office are numbered.

The speculation gained strength a day after Manjhi said his days in office were numbered as his detractors in the party were making every effort to remove him from the chief minister's post.

Manjhi said: "I know efforts are on to remove me, I may or may not continue till November end."

Manjhi, who belongs to the economically backward Mahadalit community, is known for his controversial remarks.

Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha condole Deora's death, adjourned

New Delhi : The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned Monday after obituary reference was made for former union minister Murali Deora who died early in the morning.

Deora, a veteran Congress leader, died in Mumbai Monday following a brief illness. He was 77.

The winter session of parliament began here Monday.

The Lok Sabha also condoled the deaths in the floods that ravaged Jammu and Kashmir as well as in cyclone Hudhud that hit Andhra Pradesh.