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Why Tawang is protesting against Mega Dams

In the first of the three-part series, we look at why the citizens of Tawang, backed by a number of Lamas from the local monastery, are protesting against Mega Dams that threaten the livelihoods of the Monpa community along with potentially catastrophic ecological impact. Part Two will talk about the shooting on May 2 that killed two and injured many others, while Part Three will talk about what is at stake for the government and how they plan to fight the anti-dam sentiments.

By Amit Kumar,

Naidu, Mathur, two others file nominations for RS from Rajasthan

Jaipur : Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, senior BJP leader Om Prakash Mathur and two others filed their nomination as BJP candidates from Rajasthan for the Rajya Sabha here on Monday.

Mathur, who is considered close to the party's central leadership, is also the national vice-president of the BJP.

Two new faces, Harshvardhan Singh and Ramkumar Verma, also filed their nominations.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, her cabinet colleagues and BJP MLAs were present on the occasion.

BJP protests outside Sonia's residence over Batla statements

New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday staged a protest outside Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's residence over party leader Digvijaya Singh's statement terming the Batla House encounter as "fake".

"The Congress and especially Sonia Gandhi have always been double-faced. When the Batla encounter took place, the Congress leader said the encounter was fake," BJP leader Satish Upadhyay said.

"We demand an apology from Sonia Gandhi. The Congress should not play the politics of dividing the nation," Upadhyay said.

African nationals stage protest against growing attacks

New Delhi : Several African students on Monday staged a protest at Jantar Mantar here against increasing attacks on them and demanded that the Indian government act swiftly to stop such incidents.

“We want the government's support as the incidents of attacks on people from African continent are increasing in the city. The Indian government needs to ensure safety of African nationals and act swiftly on such incidents,” said a protestor at Jantar Mantar.

No fees for girls upto higher secondary level in state schools, says J&K government

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

Srinagar: In a significant move which will benefit thousands of girls studying in state run schools in Jammu and Kashmir, the state government while presenting the annual financial budget announced fee waiver for all girl students studying up to the higher secondary level.

The initiative was announced by state finance minister, Haseeb Drabu while presenting the annual budget in state legislature.

पातालकोट : जहां ज़मीन के अन्दर से पनपता है भारत का भविष्य

जावेद अनीस

छिंदवाड़ा जिले के तामिया ब्लॉक में स्थित पातालकोट मानो धरती के गर्भ में समाया है. तकरीबन 89 वर्ग किलोमीटर क्षेत्र में फैली यह एक घाटी है जो सदियों तक बाहरी दुनिया के लिए अनजान और अछूती बनी रही. पातालकोट में 12 गांव समाये हुए हैं ये गांव हैं - गैलडुब्बा, कारेआम, रातेड़, घटलिंगा-गुढ़ीछत्री, घाना कोड़िया, चिमटीपुर, जड़-मांदल, घर्राकछार, खमारपुर, शेरपंचगेल, सुखाभंड-हरमुहुभंजलाम और मालती-डोमिनी.

More than 50 percent fail in Bihar's class 10 exams

Patna : Following strict measures against cheating, more than 50 percent of the students appearing in the class 10 exams conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board failed with the pass percentage only 44.66, according to the results announced on Sunday.

The pass percentage was expected to drastically fall this year due to strict measures against cheating, including CCTV cameras and prohibitory orders against 'unlawful assembly', in conducting the exams in last March. Last year, the pass percentage was 75.17 percent.

Manipur CM hits out at BJP government for 'causing instability'

Imphal : Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Sunday hit out at the BJP-led central government for "causing instability" in the northeastern state.

"Whenever the BJP comes to power at the Centre, there is always instability in Manipur," he said at an election meeting at Kwakeithel Moirang Purel in Imphal West district ahead of the June 2 municipal polls.

Goa needs to address malnutrition, water resources pollution: Governor

Panaji : Malnutrition and pollution of water resources are a problem which the state government needs to address at the earliest, Goa Governor Mridula Sinha said in her address to the state ahead of Statehood Day.

Sinha, appointed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an ambassador for the Swachh Bharat Mission, also said systematic disposal of garbage was an issue which the state government needed to look into.

BJP names 12 candidates for Rajya Sabha seats

New Delhi : The BJP on Sunday released its list of 12 candidates for biennial elections from nine states to the Rajya Sabha, including union ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu, Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal, Chaudhary Birender Singh and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

The other candidates shortlisted by the BJP central election committee are Om Prakash Mathur, Harsh Vardhan Singh, Ram Kumar Verma, Purushottam Rupala, Anil Madhav Dave, Ramvichar Netam and Gopal Narayan Singh.