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102 children died in Malkangiri district: Odisha Health Minister

Bhubaneswar : At least 102 children have died in Odisha's Malkangiri district due to Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome so far, Health Minister Pradip Amat said on Monday.

Replying to a written question in the state assembly, the Health Minister said that out of 102 child deaths in Malkangiri district, 37 were due to Japanese Encephalitis.

"All necessary steps have been undertaken by the state government to curb the outbreak of the disease," the Minister said.


Cash crunch-hit Bihar migrant workers head back home

By Imran Khan

Patna : Chandeshwar Prasad and Mahesh Yadav, both migrant workers from Bihar, are on unscheduled visit to their homes, as the factory owners told them to take a break and visit their families, after production was hit badly in the wake of demonetisation.

"This 'notebandi' (demonetisation) has created cash crunch that led owners of big, medium and small production units to cut working days and hours. That rendered people like us jobless and we are now back home," said Prasad.

Farooq pledges support to separatists for 'azaadi'

Srinagar : Former Chief Minister and National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Monday pledged support to separatist Hurriyat leaders, asking them to carry the "movement for azaadi to its conclusion".

Addressing party workers at the mausoleum of his father and founder of the National Conference, the late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, on the his 111th birth anniversary, Abdullah told Kashmiri separatist leaders his party was not against them, but would give full support to the them "to take the movement for azaadi to its conclusion".


Kolkata continues to queue at banks, ATMs run dry

Kolkata : People at ATMs, more than at bank offices, in Kolkata felt dejected as they first queued up for long hours and then returned empty-handed as no cash was vended out on the first Monday after December pay day.

Be it Kalikapur, Southern Avenue, Elgin Road, or Dhakuria, the ATM machines mostly became dry shortly after being refilled due to the lopsided demand-supply equilibrium.

"I am walking from an ATM in Dhakuria to Ruby and none of the ATMs that I checked while walking this long stretch has any money," S.K. Saifuddin said.


Muslims cannot, and should not, surrender their claim on Babri Masjid

By Mudassir Ahmad Qasmi for

On the 24th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition, we appeal to the Supreme Court of India for a speedy judgment so that political mafia would not continue to play their political games with the sentiments of the people in the name of religion

UP Polls: Congress attempts to woo Dalit voters with eight-point agenda

By Faisal Fareed,

Ahead of assembly polls, Congress has begun its attempt to woo Dalits with ‘eight’ promises.

UP Congress President Raj Babbar flagged off the Shiksha-Swabhiman Yatra for the Dalits from Nehru Bhawan in a lackluster function in Lucknow. The event appeared half-hearted with many Congressmen staying away from the event.

How Modi changed (and changed) the demonetisation narrative

By Praveen Chakravarty

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on November 8, 2016 to announce the withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

The speech (in English) lasted 25 minutes. The Prime Minister uttered the phrase "black money" 18 times in this speech. He mentioned "fake currency" or "counterfeit" five times in the same speech.

It was unambiguously clear from the Prime Minister's speech that the primary motivation for the sudden withdrawal of nearly 86 per cent of the country's currency was the evil of black money.

Mamata's frustration due to demonetisation: Parrikar

Panaji : Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday suggested that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's recent outburst against the army was due to political frustration caused by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's move to demonetise high-value currency notes.

Speaking at a poll rally here, Parrikar also said that there is no need to drag the army into a political squabble.


Kejriwal wants Amit Shah probed over 'hidden wealth'

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday demanded a probe against BJP President Amit Shah following allegations that he may have used a Gujarat property dealer as a front to disclose unaccounted Rs 13,860 crore.

The property dealer, Mahesh Shah, disclosed the unaccounted money under a tax amnesty scheme.

"Amit shah should respond to Hardik Patel's allegations. Very serious! It should be investigated," the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader tweeted.


Packet of banned notes found in Kolkata

Kolkata : A packet-full of torn and damaged currency notes of demonetised denominations was recovered in the city outskirts on Sunday, police said.

Locals spotted the plastic packet stuffed with torn pieces of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes near a road in the Rajarhat area. Police came and took custody of the packet.

"We have recovered a packet with torn notes. We are investigating these notes and trying to trace their origin," a police officer said.