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Kanhaiya Kumar meets Nitish, Lalu in Bihar

Patna : JNU Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is facing sedition charges and is out on bail, met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad here on Saturday.

Visiting his home state Bihar for two days, Kanhaiya Kumar is also scheduled to meet other politicians who have been supporting him in a shared campaign against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.

He also visited his father Jaishankar Singh who is suffering from paralysis.

A person can change religion, but not caste, rules Supreme Court

By Raqib Hameed Naik, Twocircles.net

Punjab: In a significant decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that a person can change religion and faith but not the caste to which they belong.

The Supreme Court has said that caste has linkage to birth and person changing religion can't change his caste.

The Judgment came in the case of Mohammed Sadique, who had contested election from a constituency reserved for Scheduled Castes in Punjab.

मेहसी: सरकार की मार झेलता 'बिहार का मोती'

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net

मेहसी (बिहार) : एक ज़माने में ‘बिहार का मोती’ कहा जाने वाला मेहसी अब बस एक नाम बनकर रह गया है. बिहार के भीतर चम्पारण के मेहसी की स्थिति सीप के भीतर बनने वाले मोती की तरह थी. मेहसी की कारीगरी सारी दुनिया में मशहूर थी. यहां बने सीप के बटन चीन और जापान तक अपनी सफलता के झंडा बुलंद कर चुके थे. बदलते वक़्त ने मेहसी की तक़दीर ही बदल डाली. सरकार की उपेक्षा और भीषण लापरवाही ने मेहसी की कारीगरी को कहीं का नहीं छोड़ा.

'Scheduled Tribe status demand may ignite communal carnage'

Imphal : A Manipur group which is demanding implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in Manipur to regulate the entry and stay of non-locals feels that the demand for Scheduled Tribe status for the Meiteis will ignite communal carnage.

In view of the fast polarisation on the issue, the government may deny permission for a procession on May 22 by the Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee (STDC) in the Imphal areas where prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC are in place.

'Need more sensitisation among poll officials on third gender'

Kolkata : On a day when West Bengal made history with a third gender managing a polling booth in the assembly polls, a prominent leader of the transgender community here has lamented the lack of sensitisation among polling officers regarding the 'other' category.

Transgender activist Ranjita Sinha has also hit out at the lack of co-ordination between the state's transgender welfare board and the Election Commission.

Polling ends for fifth phase in Bengal

Kolkata : Polling officially came to an end at 6 p.m. on Saturday for 53 constituencies in the fifth and penultimate phase of the West Bengal assembly polls on Saturday.

Polling began at 7 a.m. for 31 constituencies in South 24 Parganas and 18 in Hooghly districts besides four in South Kolkata. And as per the last reports, over 72 percent turnout was recorded.

However, balloting continued in most places beyond the scheduled deadline as there were still a lot of people in queue outside the booths.

Awaiting their leader, Patels to begin 'lollipop' protest on Sunday

By Darshan Desai

Ahmedabad : Not impressed by the Gujarat government announcing 10

percent reservation for economically weaker sections among the upper castes, including Patels, the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) spearheading the quota agitation is launching from Sunday a week-long Swarnim Lollipop Mahotsav protest across the state even as it waits for its leader Hardik Patel to be freed after nearly 200 days in jail.

BJP destroying peaceful communal atmosphere in Kerala: Antony

Thiruvananthapuram : Hitting out hard at the BJP, former defence minister A.K. Antony on Saturday said the party is "trying to destroy the peaceful communal atmosphere of the state and hoped the party is not able to open its account in the Kerala assembly.

Talking to reporters here, Antony also attacked the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M). He said that in order to keep up the tempo of the development activities in Kerala, the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) is the "best bet.

Bengal polls' 5th phase: Over 57 percent vote in six hours

Kolkata : Amid tight security and braving the sweltering heat, over 57 percent of the electorate cast their votes in the first six hours of polling for 53 constituencies in the fifth and penultimate phase of West Bengal's assembly polls on Saturday.

Voting began at 7.00 a.m. for 31 constituencies in South 24 Parganas and 18 in Hooghly districts besides four in South Kolkata.

"Poll percentage till 1.00 p.m. was 57.10 overall. In Hooghly it was 59.83 percent, in Kolkata South 46.35 percent and in South 24 Parganas 58.24 percent," said an Election Commission (EC) official.

India universities' delegation experiences UK's version of 'Chai pe charcha'

Birmingham : A delegation from 13 Indian universities got an exposure to the United Kingdom's own version of what can be called "Chai pe charcha" or how to transform a tea factory into an innovation hub for small and medium enterprises.

The delegation, selected by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, spent time this week in Birmingham City University's Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences, the International Office and the Department of Enterprise Innovation and Business Engagement here.

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