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Bhojpuri group doesn't want onions from Maharashtra


Ranchi : A Bhojpuri organisation in Jharkhand has demanded a ban on import of onions from Maharashtra in apparent retaliation for the attacks on north Indians by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in Mumbai and elsewhere in the western state.

The Bharatiya Bhojpuri Sangh (BBS) of Jamshedpur said: "We demand a ban on the import of onions from Maharashtra."

The organisation said if the ban is not implemented by the Jharkhand government it will stop the entry of trucks carrying onions from Maharshtra. Jharkhand imports onions from Nashik in Maharashtra.


Telangana parties observe Andhra formation day as 'betrayal day'


Hyderabad : Andhra Pradesh Saturday celebrated its 52nd formation day while some parties demanding separate statehood for the Telangana region observed it as a `betrayal day'.

The classical language status given to Telugu by the central government Friday added to the celebrations this year but the divide was also clear with Telangana parties claiming they were closer to achieving the goal of a separate state.


Now, radical Punjab party wants migrants out

By Parminder Singh Barian, IANS,

Hoshiarpur (Punjab) : At a time when Maharashtra is in the middle of a controversy over the migrants issue, a radical Sikh organisation in Punjab Saturday launched a campaign against migrants coming into the state.

Describing migrants as a "population bomb", hundreds of Dal Khalsa activists launched their campaign against migrants by undertaking a walk from this Punjab town to Jalandhar city, 35 km away.

Dal Khalsa is a radical Sikh organisation which aims to get a separate Sikh homeland, Khalistan.


JKLF chief Yasin Malik arrested for poll boycott call


Srinagar : Yasin Malik, chairman of the pro-independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, was arrested Saturday under the Public Security Act, police said. He is part of the separatists who have called for a boycott of the polls scheduled in the state.

On Oct 23, Malik had launched his poll boycott campaign from Hajin town in north Kashmir Hajin and asked people to stay away from the assembly polls, scheduled in the troubled state Nov 17 to Dec 24.

Shiv Sena lauds Malegaon blast accused for supporting 'Hindu cause'


Mumbai : The Shiv Sena Saturday praised Sadhvi (Hindu monk) Pragya Thakur and the former army official who have been arrested by Maharashtra's Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in connection with the Malegaon blasts, saying they were fighting for the "Hindu cause".

In a hard-hitting editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamna, the Sena said that while the government fails to protect Hindus from terrorism, it brands them as terrorist when they themselves take action.

BJP suffers jolt in Chhattisgarh as senior quits party


Raipur : The rumblings of discontent in Chhattisgarh's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came out in the open with senior leader Virendra Pandey resigning from the party Saturday on being denied nomination for the forthcoming assembly polls. He has called the state party leadership "incapable and biased".

Pandey, a former Jan Sangh leader and the BJP's founder member, resigned from the party's primary membership.

Last week, Pandey had asked the party to allow him to contest from Raipur city (west). However, the party has fielded Industry Minister Rajesh Munat instead.


Sikhs, Muslims don't figure in BJP's Chhattisgarh list


Raipur : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has not selected Sikh and Muslim candidates, nor any from the Sindhi community, for the polls to the 90-member Chhattisgarh assembly, taking many within the party by surprise, a party official said Saturday.

"Keeping away from Muslim candidates is quite understandable but it's really stunning that the party ditched Sikhs and the Sindhi community who traditionally support BJP in the state," a senior BJP leader told IANS Saturday.

Give Marathi youth there due job share in Maharashtra industries, says Minister Rane


Thane, India : Revenue Minister Narayan Rane has said that youth in Maharashtra state should get their due share of jobs in industries set up in the state.

Stressing that industries in Maharashtra should try to give at least eighty percent of its jobs to youths in the state, Rane said that "such demands for 'sons of the soil' should be made through democratic means and not by resorting to violence."

Rane was speaking at function here yesterday after inaugurating the Malwani Jatrotsav, an annual festival held across Mumbai and Thane.

Raj should be charged with sedition, says Nitish


Ranchi : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said MNS President Raj Thakeray and his men should be charged with sedition.

"In a country where everyone has the right to stay and work anywhere he wants, their (Raj Thakeray and MNS activists) actions and statements have repercussion in other places...Such elements should be charged with sedition," Kumar told reporters here on Friday.

He replied in the affirmative when asked whether President's Rule should be imposed in Maharashtra state following the attacks on north Indians.

Maharashtra CM replies to PM's letter on anti-north Indian issue


Mumbai, India : Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has replied to the 'strongly-worded' letter from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue of anti-north Indian campaign by MNS chief Raj Thackeray.

"The Chief Minister has sent his reply to the Prime Minister's letter", Chief Secretary Johnny Joseph told PTI without disclosing the contents of the letter.

During the union cabinet meeting on Thursday, Prime Minister had also asked union Home Minister Shivraj Patil to convey the "sense of the cabinet" to the state government.