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Mehbooba's fate to be decided as vote count begins in Kashmir

Srinagar : Counting of votes began on Saturday morning for south Kashmir's Anantnag assembly constituency where Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is one of the eight contesting candidates.

"The strong room where the EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) had been kept in safe custody after the poll process on June 22, was opened in the presence of the contesting candidates and their representatives in Anantnag," an official told IANS.

"The counting process has started and the results should be known before midday."


Speed up development work in Maoist-affected areas: Rajnath

New Delhi : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday directed authorities concerned to speed up development work in the Left Wing Extremism (LWE), or Maoist, affected areas of various states, an official statement said.

Chairing a review meeting here about the work being carried out in such areas across the affected states, he congratulated all concerned, including central ministries and officials from the states, as progress in development works has picked up during the last two years.

कैराना: क्या हुकुम सिंह राजनीतिक मौत मारे गए 23 लोगों के नाम व धर्म उजागर करेंगे?

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,

कैराना (उत्तर प्रदेश) : शामली के कैराना क़स्बे से कथित पलायन के मसले पर अब कांग्रेस भी खुलकर सामने आ गई है. काफी दिनों तक चुप रहने के बाद अब कांग्रेस के नेताओं ने दखल देना शुरू कर दिया है.

कांग्रेस की एक टीम बीते दिनों कैराना पहुंची. इस टीम में कांग्रेस के वरिष्ठ नेता हरेन्द्र मलिक और सहारनपुर से कांग्रेस के उम्मीदवार रहे इमरान मसूद भी शामिल थे.

इन दोनों नेताओं ने कैराना के पलायन मसले पर भाजपा को जमकर लताड़ा और कैराना को साम्प्रदायिकता की आग में झोंकने का आरोप जड़ा.

160 districts to become open defecation free by 2016: Minister

Kolkata : Asserting India was on track towards becoming a open defecation free (ODF) nation by 2019, Union Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh on Friday said at least 160 districts across the country will achieve 100 percent sanitation coverage by the end of the year.

Speaking at an ICC organised event on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan here, Singh said since the October 2014 launch of the mission, 16 districts across the country covering over 63,000 villages have become ODF districts so far.

Access to best stats crucial for public institutions: Ansari

Patna : As the effectiveness of policy judgments depend on the quality of data, it is therefore important that public institutions have access to the best social statistics and statistical analysis, Vice President Hamid Ansari said here on Friday.

Ansari said that the gaps in official data and analysis need to be identified and ways should be found on how to bridge these gaps.

He was delivering the inaugural address at an international seminar on social statistics organised by the Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI), Patna.

BSP rebel Maurya has lost mental balance, says UP minister

Lucknow : Two days after the Samajwadi Party leadership praised Bahuhan Samaj Party rebel Swamy Prasad Maurya, Uttar Pradesh PWD Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav on Friday described him as someone "who has lost his mental balance".

Shivpal, the younger brother of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said, told reporters in Kanpur that Maurya has lost his mental balance because he got more than what he deserved in the Bahuhan Samaj Party (BSP).

Maurya required medical help, Shivpal said.

Centre returns nine bills to Delhi government

New Delhi : The central government has returned to the Delhi government nine bills passed by the Delhi assembly, official sources said on Friday.

“Nine bills have been sent back by the central government,” a senior official in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government told IANS. The source did not give details.

The returned bills reportedly include the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill 2015 which the AAP had described as the "strongest” anti-corruption legislation in the country.

Congress party is best platform to serve people: Kamat

Mumbai/New Delhi : Former union minister and five-time Lok Sabha member from Mumbai Gurudas Kamat, who is back as Congress general secretary after he withdrew his resignation, on Friday said the "Congress party was the best platform to serve the people".

"When I met President Sonia Gandhi ji day before yesterday, she explained to me everything and I thought she was right. Then I decided that I should once again get attached with the party. I thought Congress Party is the best platform to serve the people," Kamat told reporters.

BJP seeks Kejriwal's arrest over water tanker scam report

New Delhi : Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay on Friday sought the arrest of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over water tanker scam, in an increasingly bitter fight with the AAP with two sides accusing each other of various scams and crimes.

"Earlier, I had demanded his (Kejriwal's) resignation and now I demand that the Delhi Police arrest him," Bharatiya Janata Party's Delhi unit chief Upadhyay told reporters here.

Mayawati stunned by Maurya rebellion

By Mohit Dubey

Lucknow : BSP supremo and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is not new to rebellion. But the sudden desertion of a long-time aide, Swamy Prasad Maurya, has stunned her, insiders say.

The 60-year-old Mayawati has weathered desertions by more than a dozen hardcore party colleagues in the past. Normally, the Dalit leader is known to be unshaken by adversities.

Not this time though. The resignation of Maurya, a close aide and leader of the opposition in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, took her by surprise.