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Shivraj recommends CBI probe into Vyapam scam

Bhopal: Bowing to mounting pressure, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday recommended a CBI probe into the Vyapam recruitment scam that has reportedly claimed over 40 lives.

Addressing the media, a grim looking Chouhan said he was dispatching a letter to the Madhya Pradesh High Court requesting that the Central Bureau of Investigation be allowed to probe the scandal.

Constable who killed self was probed in Vyapam

Bhopal: A Madhya Pradesh police constable, who committed suicide on Monday, was questioned by a team probing the Vyapam scam, sources said.

Constable Ramakant Sharma committed suicide by hanging himself at his official residence in Orchcha police station.

Sources said that Ramakant Sharma was questioned by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Madhya Pradesh Police, probing the Vyapam scam.

Police official Nimish Aggarwal, however, told IANS that Ramakant's death was not linked to Vyapam scam.

PM need not answer silly issues: Law minister

New Delhi: Union Law Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi "need not answer on silly issues" like the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh.

While responding to a query about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence over Vyapam scam, he said: "Concerned ministers and party president have made statements (on Vyapam issue). For each silly issue asking the prime minister to answer is not fair".

"See, the PM need not answer on silly issues," he added.

SC issues notice to political parties over RTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to all the national political parties seeking their response as to why they should not be treated as public authority for the purpose of bringing them in the ambit of the Right to Information Act.

The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu issued notice on a plea by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) that had sought the political parties must be exposed to public scrutiny under the RTI as they play an important role in the affairs of the country.

Indian movies very popular in Uzbekistan: Modi

Tashkent: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that Indian movies, language and music were extremely popular in Uzbekistan.

"Indian movies, language and music are very popular in Uzbekistan. In 2012, Uzbek radio completed 50 years of Hindi broadcasting," he said in a tweet.

Modi arrived here on July 6 on the first leg of his Central Asia tour.

Language is key to personality development: Modi

Tashkent : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that language was the key to the development of personality.

Modi, who was interacting with indologists, Hindi language students and Indian community members here, also said that language helped connect with strangers in a foreign place and hearing someone speak in one's native tongue gave happiness.

Modi said that he had detailed discussions with the President Islam Karimov and Prime Minister Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoev of Uzbekistan.

"At the dinner, Indian songs were sung," he said.

SC to hear Digvijaya's plea on Vyapam on July 9

New Delhi : The Supreme Court will hear on Thursday a plea by Congress leader Digvijaya Singh and three whistle-blowers seeking an apex court monitored CBI probe into Vyapam scam and the spate of deaths of the people related to it.

An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu on Tuesday said these petitions would be taken up on July 9 along with two others seeking removal of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav so that he could be prosecuted for his alleged involvement in the scam.

After Lalu, Nitish, Manjhi also want caste census data release

Patna: A day after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar and his predecessor Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday also demanded that the central government should make the data of the caste census public.

"I fail to understand why the centre was withholding the caste-based census data. It should be made public," Nitish Kumar said here at an official function.

Assam CM appeals for harmony and brotherhood

By Staff Reporter

Guwahati: Attending Iftaar at one of the city’s oldest mosque – Burha Jamme Masjid – on Monday, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi announced that a forum will be formed comprising leaders of all religions to bridge the gap among the different religions in the state.

SC allows polls for Bihar legislative council

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Election Commission to go ahead with the election of 24 members of the Bihar legislative council taking note of its submission that if one-third of these had to retire every two years, then these members would be selected through draw of lots.