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From Dubai to Mumbai, migrants flock to Bihar to vote

Patna: Thousands of migrants are flocking to Bihar from far and wide to vote in the assembly elections, an enthusiasm not seen earlier.

Rehan Khan from Dubai is one of them.

"I was to return to Dubai in early October but I extended my leave to vote next Friday (October 16)," Khan, originally from Gaya town, about 100 km from here, told IANS.

"I will return to Dubai only after fulfilling my duty as citizen of the country," said Khan, a business development manager in Dubai.


Munnar strike to intensify if state govt doesn’t act, say protestors

By Shafeeq Alingal,

Thiruvananthapuram : After the failure of several rounds of reconciliatory talks, women tea plantation labourers of Munnar, Kerala are considering intensifying their ongoing strike against Kannan Devan Hill Plantation Company. The representatives of 'Pengal Orumai', an all-women outfit under which the strike is being staged, told media persons on Tuesday that they would resort to a stronger mode of agitation if the state government continues to remain reluctant about addressing their woes.

Assam's Homen Borgohain to return Sahitya Akademi award

Guwahati: Joining the league of Sahitya Akademi awardees returning their awards in protest against growing intolerance in the country, Assam's litterateur and journalist Homen Borgohain has also decided to return the honour.

Writing in a vernacular newspaper in Assam, Borgohain said: "There has been a silent protest inside me since the Dadri killing (in Uttar Pradesh). But I failed to find a way to express this.

Helping Hands Foundation felicitates 104 meritorious students in Jaipur

By TCN News,

Jaipur: Helping Hands Foundation Jaipur felicitated 104 students for academic excellence as part of their fifth ‘Academic and Community Excellence Awards’ on Monday.

Speaking at the function, the chief guest, Haider Ali Zaidi, DCP (Traffic) Jaipur said compartmentalizing knowledge in ‘worldly’ and ‘religious’ categories was not correct. “If you decide that you wish to make progress only on the basis of hard work, no one will be able to stop you,” he said.

प्रेम कुमार हैं बीजेपी के सीएम पद के उम्मीदवार!!

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,

पटना: बिहार विधानसभा चुनाव में बीजेपी ने भले ही चुनावी अभियान की डोर पीएम मोदी ने ही संभाल रखी हो. भले ही आधिकारिक तौर पर एनडीए की ओर से सीएम पद के उम्मीदवार के नाम का ऐलान नहीं किया गया हो, लेकिन आज बीजेपी नेता व स्टार प्रचारक शाहनवाज़ हुसैन ने यह ऐलान ज़रूर कर दिया कि राज्य में अगर एनडीए की सरकार बनी तो गया से पार्टी के वरिष्ठ नेता डॉ. प्रेम कुमार को सीएम बनाया जाएगा.

VHP seeks anti-conversion law in Jharkhand

Ranchi: After a large number of tribals reportedly converted to Christianity in Jharkhand's Gumla district, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has sought an anti-conversion law in the state.

"Anti conversion law should be formulated in Jharkhand. Christian missionaries are silently working on their agenda, converting tribals," VHP leader Pramod Mishra told IANS.

"In the last 15 days, over 300 people belonging to Asur, one of the nine primitive tribes, have been converted to Christianity," he added.

Man visits Bihar from Saudi Arabia to cast his vote

Patna: The Bihar elections have drawn thousands of migrants to visit the state from far and wide to exercise their franchise this time, a trend perhaps not been visible with such an enthusiam earlier.

Mohammed Atiqur Rahman from Saudi Arabia is one of them.

Rahman says he visited his native village from Saudi Arabia to cast his vote in the first of the five-phased assembly polls on Monday.

A resident of Samastipur district, Rahman said he spent Rs.2 lakh to visit home to vote. He finally voted at polling booth number 154 in Samastipur.

Prime Minister needs to speak up on beef killing

By Tajinder Bains

The brutal killing of a man in Bisada village in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh, not far from the Indian capital, on suspicion that he consumed beef after killing a cow was more than a murder. It was an attack on one of our most cherished values, protected by the constitution: secularism. It was an assault on the very tenets of Indianness, a value we profess to cherish.

The Indian constitution guarantees every citizen the right to practise his or her religion, without any interference of the State that is mandated to maintain its secular character.

SC dismisses Sanjiv Bhatt's plea for SIT probe

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the plea by sacked Gujarat cadre IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt seeking an SIT probe into allegations that he had hacked into the email account of the then additional advocate general of Gujarat, Tushar Mehta, and tampered with it.

Mehta is at present the additional solicitor general mainly representing the central government in the Supreme Court.

An apex court bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra while rejecting Bhatt's plea asked the trial court to complete the hearing as expeditiously as possible.

बिहार चुनाव : जिला औरंगाबाद में किसका चलेगा जादू?

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,

औरंगाबाद: औरंगाबाद बिहार के महत्वपूर्ण ज़िलों में से एक है. अपने जीवंत अतीत से अपनी आभा व करिश्मे के बल पर यह ज़िला किसी पर भी जादू चला सकता है. लेकिन इस बार विधानसभा चुनाव में यहां किसका जादू चलेगा, यह बिल्कुल भी स्पष्ट नहीं है.