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Congress fields Kapil Sibal for Rajya Sabha from UP

Lucknow : The Congress has fielded former union minister Kapil Sibal as its candidate for Rajya Sabha seat from Uttar Pradesh, a party spokesman said on Saturday.

Sibal will be filing his nomination here on May 30, the spokesman said.

Elections will be held on June 11 for 11 Rajya Sabha seats falling vacant in July and the Congress can barely push one of its candidates, with each successful candidate requiring 36 votes in the 403-member house but the party only having 29 members.

Pattern to Malegaon witnesses turning hostile: Chidambaram

New Delhi : Former home minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday said there was a pattern in the Malegaon blast witnesses turning hostile, especially after the NDA government came to power.

"Of course there is a pattern in it. How do witnesses turn hostile after the new government is in place? And why tarnish the memory of a martyred police officer who is known for his impeccable record, integrity and honesty?" Chidambaram told media persons, referring to then ATS chief Hemant Karkare, killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, who initially led the probe and named 14 accused.

Mehbooba justifies aligning with BJP, says Sainik colony not for non-state subjects

Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said that aligning with the BJP for government formation in the state by her father was not a bigger decision than the one taken by late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah who chose to support accession to India in 1947.

She also said her government has no plans to set up a Sainik colony for non-state subject ex-servicemen.

Kejriwal targets Modi over controlling media

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is controlling a large chunk of media, while reacting to a tweet that said no mainstream media has covered Rana Ayyub's book "Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up".

"What does that tell us? "It tells us that Modi controls a large chunk of media, especially the owners," Kejriwal wrote on Twitter.

दिल्ली: बस्तियों में बदतर ज़िन्दगी

फ़हमिना हुसैन,

दिल्ली: इस शहर में जहां एक तरफ़ मेट्रो की रफ़्तार से भी तेज़ ज़िन्दगी भागती है, जहां बड़े-बड़े आलीशान मकान और कोठियां हैं. वहीं दूसरी तरफ़ वज़ीरपुर, आज़ादपुर, खजूरी, झिलमिल जैसी अनेक बस्तियां भी हैं, जहां लोग अपनी बद से बदतर ज़िंदगी जीने को मजबूर हैं.

73 government schools in Manipur have zero class 10 pass percentage

Imphal : As many as 73 of the 323 government schools in Manipur have a pass percentage of zero in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) or the class 10 examination whose results were announced on Tuesday.

That is, there was not a single student in these 73 schools -- 22.6 percent of the total number -- who passed the HSLC examination conducted from March 1-19 by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BSEM).

Congress, NC walk out of J&K assembly

Srinagar : The opposition National Conference (NC) and Congress on Saturday walked out of Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly to protest against the lack of adequate relief for the victims of the 2014 floods.

Raising slogans against alleged failure of the Mehbooba Mufti-led state government to help the victims of unprecedented floods of September 2014, members of NC and the Congress party started raising slogans against the state government immediately after speaker Kavinder Gupta called the house to order.

Triple Talaq un-Islamic, inhuman and unconstitutional: Armed Forces Tribunal bench

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

Lucknow (UP): In a significant decision, the Lucknow Bench of Armed Forces Tribunal has ruled that the declaration of oral triple Talaq is un-Islamic, inhuman and unconstitutional.
The bench said that the Constitution is the mother of all law and has overriding effect over personal law as well as other provisions, practices or usage which offend the constitutional right of persons, collectively or individually.

Rana Ayyub’s book Gujarat Files released to a packed audience

By special correspondent

New Delhi: Investigative journalist Rana Ayyub’s book “Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a cover up” was officially released in Delhi on Friday to a packed audience. The launch was a panel dicussion moderated by Hartosh Singh bal who will be in conversation with Rana Ayyub, Rajdeep Sardesai, Manoj Mitta and Indra Jaisingh at Indian Habitat Centre.

Mamata sworn in Bengal CM for second term, 42 ministers take oath

Kolkata : Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee was on Friday sworn in for a second consecutive term as West Bengal chief minister at a grand public ceremony witnessed by thousands of supporters as well as eminent personalities, both from India and abroad.

Attired in a simple white sari and white stole, Banerjee was administered oath of office and secrecy by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi in a ceremony held at the city's historic Red Road (now renamed Indira Gandhi Sarani) - a wide boulevard that bisects the Maidan and hosts the annual Republic Day parade.