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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.

33 with criminal cases, 15 crorepatis in Bengal last phase polls

Kolkata : At least 33 candidates have criminal cases pending against them while 15 candidates are crorepatis of the 170 contestants in the fray in the sixth and last phase of the West Bengal assembly elections.

Twenty five constituencies spread across the twin districts of Cooch Behar and East Midnapore will go to the polls on May 5 in the last phase.

According to a report released by the West Bengal Election Watch, of the 33 candidates with criminal cases, 27 face serious charges including murder.

Iliyas Azmi resigns from 'one man party' AAP

New Delhi : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Iliyas Azmi resigned from the party on Monday stating that it has become a "one man" party.

Referring to AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal, Azmi said "the party has become Kejriwal's fiefdom".

The resignation comes after his name was not included in the PAC (Political Affairs Committee), the highest decision-making body of the party, at the National Council meeting held last week.

University of Delhi, a role model for other varsities: Vice President

New Delhi : Vice President Hamid Ansari here on Monday said the University of Delhi has maintained a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research and it has become a role model for other universities.

On the occasion of the University of Delhi's (DU) Foundation Day, the Vice President, who is also the chancellor of the university, in a statement said: “It gives me great pleasure to send my congratulations to the vice chancellor, faculty, staff and students on the joyous occasion of the 94th foundation day of the University of Delhi."

Curfew in Manipur town after arson, clashes

Imphal : Indefinite curfew was clamped on Monday in a town in Manipur following clashes between residents and followers of a self-styled godman, in which many people were injured and vehicles were damaged.

Imphal East District Magistrate M. Joy ordered the curfew at Wangkhei Hijam Leikai after the clash near a temple of the self-styled godman Hijam Ratan alias Panthou on Monday morning.

At least six people were injured in the clash, in which 30 vehicles, including cars and auto-rickshaws, were damaged. As many as 13 vehicles were burnt.

Recognise J&K youth's potential: Mehbooba tells world community

Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday urged the international community to recognise the potential of her state's youth by utilising their knowledge and expertise in key areas.

"I expect major youth-oriented interventions from the international community to give wings to the ambition of our talented youth," Mehbooba Mufti said in an interaction with German Ambassador to India Martin Ney.

Kerala BJP upset with Antony's style of campaigning

Thiruvananthapuram : The Kerala BJP on Monday expressed concern at the manner in which former defence minister A.K. Antony was going hammer and tongs against them in his state assembly election campaign.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has threatened to approach the Election Commission to rein in Antony.

Since Saturday Antony is asking the people in Kerala at every election campaign to ensure there is BJP-mukta (BJP-free) assembly once the results come out on May 19, after the voting takes place in the state on May 16.

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Transfer of officials knee-jerk reaction: AIADMK

Chennai : Tamil Nadu's ruling party AIADMK has lodged a protest against the large scale transfer of officials ordered by the Election Commission and termed it a knee-jerk reaction.

"We strongly protest the manner in which such large scale transfers have been ordered by the Election Commission of India in an apparent knee-jerk response to motivated petitions and representations from vested interests," the party said.

Women politicos turn Amazonian in Bengal poll season

Kolkata : West Bengal may be one of the states recording the largest number of crimes against women, but the ongoing assembly elections have thrown up a diametrically opposite image with some of the heavyweight female politicians being at their combative best, or worst.