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Monsoon session of Bihar assembly begins

Patna: The four-day long monsoon session of the Bihar assembly began here on Monday.

This is the last session of the current assembly. The state is going to the polls later this year.

According to political analysis, the short session is likely to be stormy as the opposition led by the BJP will try to corner the Nitish Kumar government on several issues, including the law and order and corruption.

The session began with an address by Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary. Later, the assembly was adjourned for the day.

Bihar Police to move court against Pappu Yadav's bail

Patna: Bihar Police on Monday said it will move the Patna High Court to cancel Lok Sabha member Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav's bail for repeatedly violating the rules and creating law and order problems.

"We cannot allow people like Yadav, who is on bail, to repeatedly violate the rules and create law and order problems. We will file a petition in the court to cancel his bail," Senior Superintendent of Police Vikas Vaibhav said.

Vaibhav has directed that the criminal cases against Yadav be re-opened.

Did not help Lalit Modi to get travel documents: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said she never helped former IPL chief Lalit Modi in getting travel documents from the British authorities.

The minister told Rajya Sabha that she has been waiting for the past last two weeks to make her stand clear.

"This issue about me is being raised since the last two weeks. I had informed through the leader of the house that I am ready for discussion. Since last seven days, I am sitting here every day just so that a discussion may start," she said amid ruckus in the house.

Congress hits back, says Modi arrogant, obdurate

New Delhi : After being accused by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for causing a parliamentary logjam for two weeks, the Congress hit back on Sunday, saying the blame lies with Prime Minister Narendra Modi "for his arrogance and obduracy".

Congress leader Anand Sharma said union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are advised not to give "patronising" sermons to the Congress "but to colllectively reflect and apologise for their own conduct while in opposition".

BJP appeals for calling off Jammu stir on AIIMS

Jammu : The BJP on Sunday appealed to the AIIMS agitation committee to call off its protest shutdown in the city and blamed the opposition Congress and the National Conference of trying to create confusion over the sensitive issue.

"Since the demand for an All India Institute of Medical Sciences for Jammu has been fulfilled, there is no justification in continuing with the agitation spearheaded by the coordination committee," Bharatiya Janata Party state president and parliamentarian Jugal Kishore Sharma told media persons at the party headquarters here.

Congress threatens to intensify Lok Pal stir in Delhi

New Delhi : The Congress on Sunday warned of intensifying its stir across the national capital if the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi did not appoint an anti-graft ombudsman within 15 days.

"Delhi Congress will hold dharnas (sit-ins) in every assembly constituency and wards of Delhi if the Lok Pal is not constituted within 15 days," Congress leader Ajay Maken said at a press conference.

In the run-up to the assembly polls, the AAP had promised to bring Jan Lok Pal bill to set up an ombudsman to probe corruption charges against politicians and government officials.

Telangana MP seeks CBI probe into student's suicide

Hyderabad : Another MP from Telangana on Sunday demanded a CBI probe into the alleged suicide by a girl student at Nagarjuna University in Andhra Pradesh.

R. Anand Bhaskar of the Congress met union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi to demand a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the suicide by M. Rishiteswari.

The Rajya Sabha member said only an inquiry by the CBI would bring out the truth.

The B.Arch first-year student allegedly committed suicide in her hostel room in the university campus on July 14.

BJP's Dhumal, Anurag Thakur involved in land allotment case: Congress

New Delhi : Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Sunday accused former Himachal chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and his son Anurag Thakur of being involved in the 2002 Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) land allotment case.

Calling the BJP and its leaders habitual offenders, Ramesh said: "Dhumal and his son Thakur together have misused the public property and the office held by them.

Jharkhand CM for 'Nitish-Lalu mukht Bihar'

Patna: Targeting Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his ally RJD leader Lalu Prasad, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghuvar Das on Sunday urged the people to vote for a "Nitish-Lalu mukht Bihar".

"After Prime Minister Narendra Modi ensured freedom from the corrupt Congress, it is now time to free Bihar of the jungle raj of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad," the BJP leader said at a meeting here.

He said "a Nitish-Lalu mukt (free) Bihar" was a must if the state had to develop.


Name DRDO after Kalam, Telanana CM urges PM

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday urged the central government to name Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) after former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who died last week.

The chief minister sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard.

Rao said that Kalam served as the director of DRDO in Hyderabad and it was during his stint that the organisation carried out several key research works in defence.