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DU student among 5 persons arrested for robbery

New Delhi : Five persons, including a Delhi University student and an employee of a businessman, were arrested for robbing Rs 33 lakh here at Vikas Marg, in east Delhi, Police said on Monday.

Police identified the accused as Harsheet, 19, a B.Com student of Delhi University; Sonu Malik, 20, a professional bike stuntman; Mohan, 28; Iilayash, 34; and Devender Kumar, 42, a businessman's employee -- all residents of different areas of Nabi Karim (central Delhi) and Karawal Nagar (east Delhi). Police have recovered Rs 33 lakh and a motorcycle used in the crime from those arrested.

Surgical strikes should not be a political issue: Bihar CM

Patna : JD-U President and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday targeted thed BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking credit of the army's surgical strikes and making it a political issue in the country.

According to Nitish Kumar, the Janata Dal-United fully supports the central government's action against terrorism and salutes the Indian Army for its success in the September 28-29 strike across the Line of Control in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Anti-trafficking Bill to be introduced in Parliament soon: Maneka Gandhi

Chandigarh : Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Monday said the government will soon bring an anti-trafficking legislation in Parliament to cover rescue, relief and reintegration of the trafficked people.

Addressing the Regional Editors' Conference here, Maneka Gandhi said: "The Government will try to introduce the Bill in the winter session of Parliament. It will cover rescue, relief and reintegration of trafficked persons, and for the first time will make a distinction between those trafficked and the traffickers."

Release children jailed under PSA in Kashmir, say three international organisations

By, Staff Reporter

Srinagar: Taking note of crackdown on protesters in Kashmir during the ongoing unrest, three global prominent watchdogs--Amnesty International India, Human Rights Watch and International Commission of Jurists--have issued a joint statement in which it has asked the state and central government to stop the wrongful detention of protesters in the state.

Undertrial prisoners in India equals Population of Barbados

By Sneha Alexander

-- Rudal Shah, arrested in 1953, remained in Bihar's Muzaffarpur jail for 30 years despite being acquitted in 1968.

-- Boka Thakur, arrested at 16, was jailed and detained without trial for 36 years in Bihar's Madhubani jail.

Shah and Thakur are just two of the 282,879 undertrials in Indian prisons, according to Prison Statistics 2014 -- a number equal to the population of the Caribbean nation of Barbados.


Akhilesh Yadav shifts to new political office

Lucknow : Signalling widening of the rift within the leadership of the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday reportedly started functioning from the recently inaugurated Janeshwar Mishra Trust office.

Akhilesh's new political office is situated at 7, Bandariya Bagh, and houses the team of young leaders who were recently expelled from the party by state SP chief Shivpal Singh Yadav and are considered close to the Chief Minister.

No senior SP leaders had attended the inauguration of the Trust office on October 9.


UP Cabinet clears affordable housing scheme for poor

Lucknow : The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Monday decided to provide cheap and affordable houses to the poor in the state, an official said.

The Cabinet meeting, presided over by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, also took several other decisions, including increasing the salary of Madrassa Board teachers from Rs 8,000 to Rs 15,000 per month, he said.

A decision to further increase projects of e-governance in the state-run schemes was also given the green signal by the Cabinet.


Government raising 'triple talaq' as diversion: Congress

New Delhi : The Congress on Sunday accused the Narendra Modi government of diverting attention from real issues by raising matters like 'triple talaq' which is already before courts.

"The matter is in the Supreme Court and we do not want to get into any controversy. BJP's policy is to divert from the real issues concerning the people," Congress General Secretary in-charge of UP Ghulam Nabi Azad told media persons here.

"They raise issues like Article 370 and triple talaq just make it a political agenda. We are not going to get into this trap of political agenda," he added.

UP leader Obaidullah Azmi rejoins Congress

New Delhi : Former Nationalist Congress Party leader Obaidullah Khan Azmi on Sunday rejoined the Congress, which said his presence will benefit the party in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

A three-time Rajya Sabha member, Azmi represented Uttar Pradesh (1990-96) and Jharkhand (1996-2002) as a Janata Dal member while being re-elected to the upper house in 2002 from Madhya Pradesh on a Congress ticket.

Nitish formally takes over as JD-U chief

Patna : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday formally took over as President of the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) at a party meeting in Rajgir in Nalanda district.

The two-day JD-U National Council meeting, that began on Sunday in Rajgir, ratified Nitish Kumar's election to the top post, after JD-U Electoral Officer Anil Hegde made an announcement in this regard.

Upbeat over the development, several Bihar JD-U leaders said Nitish Kumar was the Prime Minister material, with a few even claiming that he would be the next Prime Minister.