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Ex-CM Manjhi's convoy attacked in Bihar, vehicle burnt

Patna : Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's convoy was attacked on Thursday near Dumariah in Bihar.

A police official told IANS that the villagers were angry over the delay by Manjhi, a local legislator, in meeting the family members of two brothers -- Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Sudesh Paswan and his brother Sunil Paswan -- killed by Maoists.

According to police officials in Gaya, a vehicle of Manjhi's convoy was also set ablaze by the angry people.

Jharkhand plans to improve its education system

By Nityanand Shukla

Ranchi : Districts without colleges, schools without desks, benches and electricity, and students moving out of the state to pursue an education. It's a grim reality but Jharkhand's Raghubar Das government is gearing up to change this for the better, an official said.

"In the current financial year construction of 100 colleges, including polytechnic and technical institutions, have been undertaken which will be completed in the next two to three years," Higher and Technical Education Secretary Ajay Kumar Singh told IANS.

Modi government two years of disappointment: Congress

New Delhi : The Congress on Thursday described the two years of the Narendra Modi government as disappointing because it had failed on all fronts, including in reviving the economy.

Kejriwal meets rape survivor at AIIMS

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday met the 13-year-old mentally challenged rape survivor at AIIMS and raised the issue of full statehood over the prevailing law and order situation in the national capital.

“I’ve met the girl and her family. Delhi is not a full state, thus this kind of problems are coming repertedly. And every such incident reminds of having full control over law and order democratically,” Kejriwal told reporters after meeting the victim.

Kejriwal slams Modi government for overexpenditure on advertisements

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government for overexpenditure on advertisements marking the completion of the central government's two year in office.

"Modi government spend on ads for just one event 2 year bash? Sources- more than Rs.1,000 crore," Kejriwal tweeted.

"All Delhi government departments total spend less than Rs.150 crore for full year," he said in another tweet.

HRD launches India's largest online repository of dictionaries

New Delhi : The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) on Wednesday launched a multilingual knowledge portal that has more than 130 dictionaries, glossaries and terminology books in text and PDF formats.

“All the content in print and other formats will be completely digitized and put onto the portal in the form of searchable text. The portal has been launched in 22 scheduled languages, which eventually will be extended to 100 more languages,” a statement by the ministry here said.

BJP slams loyalty declaration, Congress defends it

New Delhi : The BJP on Wednesday slammed the Congress over the submission of sworn declarations of loyalty by the latter's legislators in West Bengal and said the move was a sign of "slavery" while the opposition party defended it as a "voluntary move".

"It's very unfortunate that to show their loyalty towards the Congress leadership, its legislators needed to sign on Rs.100 (non-judicial) stamp papers. This has happened for the first time in the country's history," Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya told reporters here.

Congress distances itself from Digvijaya Singh on Batla House

New Delhi : The Congress on Wednesday distanced itself from party general secretary Digvijaya Singh's statement that the 2008 Batla House gunfight was a "fake encounter" and maintained that the erstwhile UPA government had considered a "set of evidences" and found the encounter genuine.

Maoists kill LJP leader, brother in Bihar

Patna : A Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader and his brother were shot dead on Wednesday by Maoists during campaigning for panchayat polls in Bihar's Gaya district, police said.

LJP leader Sudesh Paswan and his brother Sunil Paswan were killed in broad daylight near Tola Dubat in Gaya, about 100 km from here, a district police official said.

Maoists also torched two cars and a motorcycle used in the campaigning in support of the slain LJP leader's wife, who is in the fray for the village head's post.

Funeral of a native son: A creative resistance against state terror

By Shafeeq Hudawi,

Kozhikode: There is a chance that you may have heard ‘Native Bapa’. But in case you haven’t, we recommend that you first listen to it here. Because that is the key to understanding how some Malayalam artists are trying to go beyond the usual norms of independent music, using hard-hitting lyrics.

“One star in the star-studded sky. The sparkle in your shadow enfolds the eyes of this world. Why did you retire to bed after waking up the whole nation?”