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Differences within Hindu Mahasabha over Godse statue

New Delhi: Differences have cropped up within the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha over the organisation's purported plan to erect Nathuram Godse's statue in the capital.

Claiming to be the national president of the Hindu Mahasabha, Swami Chakrapani Maharaj said: "The organisation has never demanded any such thing as erection of the statue of a person who was a culprit. Godse killed Gandhi. The construction of his statue is not right."

"It is a politically motivated agenda raised by some people who are neither part of the organisation nor its members," he said.

Doctors seek arrest of suspended BJP MLA, boycott work

Jaipur: Doctors across Rajasthan boycotted work Saturday for one hour demanding arrest of Prahalad Gunjal, suspended BJP MLA from Kota North constituency .

"We boycotted work for one hour today (Saturday) and from tomorrow (Sunday) we have decided not to boycott work but to protest in a way that patients do not suffer," Ajay Chaudhary, organising secretary of the All Rajasthan In Service Doctors Association told IANS.

On Friday, doctors in government hospitals across the state had boycotted work for two hours.


Jharkhand polls' final phase sees 70 percent turnout

Ranchi: Over 25 lakh people - more than 70 percent of the electorate - Saturday exercised their franchise in the fifth and last round of the assembly election in Jharkhand, officials said.

Sixteen constituencies voted Saturday in the final phase. Of the 16 seats, seven were reserved for Scheduled Tribes (ST).

"In the fifth and final phase Saturday, the state witnessed a record 70.42 percent polling. The highest polling was recorded in Pakur with 75.5 percent, followed by Littipara with 75 percent," an Election Commission official said.


Court imposes Rs.10,000 fine on Gadkari in defamation case

New Delhi: A court Saturday imposed a fine of Rs.10,000 on union minister Nitin Gadkari after he failed to comply with court's earlier order in a defamation case he had filed against AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal.

Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha imposed the fine saying the minister failed to file an affidavit three days before the scheduled date of hearing, that is Saturday.

Posting the matter for March 21, 2015, the court gave Gadkari, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader, the final opportunity to file the affidavit.


Indians awaiting execution freed after blood money payment

Riyadh: Three Indians in Saudi Arabia convicted for a compatriot's murder have been saved from execution after an Indian businessman paid nearly half a million Saudi riyals (nearly $133,200) in blood money on their behalf, media reported Saturday.

Fasal Iritti, 35, Mustafa Kunnath, 33, and M. Shakeer, 36, from the south Indian state of Kerala were released from Al-Hair prison in Riyadh where they had been awaiting execution for the murder of Ashraf, a native of Mangalore in Karnataka, the Arab News reported.

They were convicted in the case in May 2008.

Voting ends in Kashmir, over 65 percent turnout

Jammu: The fifth and final phase of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir ended peacefully Saturday, with over 65 percent of the voters casting their ballot in 20 constituencies, officials said.

"Polling ended peacefully in all the 20 constituencies of Jammu, Rajouri and Kathua districts at 4 p.m. today (Saturday)," an Election Commission official told IANS.

Initial figures indicated that 65 percent voters turned up to exercise their franchise till the voting process ended.

VHP calls for anti-conversion law

Kolkata: Slamming the opposition for stalling parliament over the conversion row, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) international president Praveen Togadia Saturday pressed for an anti-conversion law.

Addressing a mass meet here organised as part of the VHP's golden jubilee celebrations, Togadia also attacked the Mamata Banerjee government for trying to woo the minorities at the cost of Hindus, and called for getting rid of Bangladeshi infiltrators.

Crucial bills lined up in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha is scheduled to consider some crucial bills including the coal mines bill in the remaining two sittings of parliament next week.

The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2014 seeks to facilitate auction of coal blocks further after the Supreme Court struck down allocation of over 200 coal blocks, holding the allocation process arbitrary and illegal.


How is Ghar Vapasi Different from Forcible Conversions?

By Ram Puniyani,

Propaganda around conversions has been one of the major political tools during last few decades. It was Niyogi Commission report which investigated the conversions in Adivasi areas in 1950s, then the Meenaxipuram conversions of Dalits into Islam, the and then the gruesome murder of Pastor Graham Stewart Stains on the charges that he was doing the conversion; are few amongst the big spectrum related to the phenomenon of conversions. As such the regular propaganda by communal forces that Muslim Kings converted people into Islam by sword has been made the part of ‘social common sense’ by now. On regular basis around Christmas time one saw the anti Christian violence in Adivasi areas a decade ago, and in that context rather than focusing on the violence against religious minorities, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee called for a National debate on Conversions.

Clear stand on conversions: Kejriwal to government

New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government should clear its stand on religious conversions in the country, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal said here Saturday.

"First of all, the government should clear its stand. The prime minister should clear his stand on it," Kejriwal said in response to his party's stand on the issue.

He was speaking to reporters on the sideline of a programme at St. Stephen's college.

"This party came to power on the promise of development but there has been none in the past six months," he said.