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India Politics

UN Human Rights head raises issue of access to Kashmir

By Arul Louis

United Nations : UN Human Rights head Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Wednesday expressed regret that his officials were not being allowed into the Kashmir Valley or into the part being governed by Pakistan, marking a departure from the world body's hands off approach so far to recent developments there.

Kashmir unrest: Opposition disappointed at government response

Srinagar : A meeting of mainstream opposition parties on Wednesday expressed disappointment at the response of the central and the state governments to the prevailing law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir .

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah convened the meeting in Srinagar, which was attended by state president of the Congress party, G. A. Mir, Yusuf Tarigami of the CPI -M, Ghulam Hassan Mir of the Democratic Nationalist Party (DPN), Hakim Yaseen of Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) and Independent MLA, Engineer Rashid.

Delhi government approves 50% hike in minimum wages, AAP's traders' wing unhappy

New Delhi : The Aam Aadmi Party government on Wednesday approved the revision of minimum wages by about 50 per cent in the national capital but the ruling party's traders' wing voiced unhappiness over the decision.

“Increasing the minimum wages in Delhi by about 50 per cent is an economically sound step. By this measure the money will reach directly to the poor,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, addressing a press conference after the cabinet meeting.

Congress to launch phase 2 of UP campaign from August 21

New Delhi : The Congress will launch its second phase of campaign for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections from August 21 to October 9 and two convoys of party activists and leaders will conduct the campaign, party officials announced on Wednesday.

Speaking to the media, Congress General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is in charge of the party's affairs in Uttar Pradesh, said: "Looking at the area and population of the state, we will cover 64-65 districts during the campaign. Rest of the districts were covered in the first phase."

Constitution bench to decide if SC is exempted from RTI Act

New Delhi : A five-judge Constitution bench will decide whether the Supreme Court is exempted from disclosing information including file noting and correspondence on the appointment of judges to higher judiciary and other information under the Right to Information Act.

The three-judge bench comprising Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Prafulla C. Pant and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar on Wednesday referred the question to the five-judge bench, saying "A substantial questions of law is involved... which are required to be heard."

कौन जिम्मेदार है समाजवादी पार्टी में कलह के लिए?

सिद्धांत मोहन,

वाराणसी/लखनऊ: उत्तर प्रदेश में विधानसभा चुनाव की नजदीकियां जैसे-जैसे बढती जा रही हैं, वैसे-वैसे समाजवादी पार्टी के मुखिया मुलायम सिंह यादव के कुनबे में मनमुटाव और गतिरोध भी बढ़ता जा रहा है. चूंकि अखिलेश यादव के परिवार में इतने ज्यादा मुखर नेत्तृत्व के ध्रुवों के होने के कारण सरकार और पार्टी के किसी भी निर्णय के बीच भयंकर दोफाड़ दिखाई दे रहा है. यदि पिछले दो महीनों के घटनाक्रम को देखें तो पता चलता है कि यादव परिवार में छवि बनाने वाले लोग हैं तो चुनावी समीकरण साधने के लिए छवि को कुछ नहीं समझने वाले लोग भी शामिल हैं.

Najma Heptulla appointed Manipur Governor

New Delhi : Former Union Minister Najma Heptulla has been appointed governor of Manipur, an official statement said on Wednesday.

BJP leader Jagdish Mukhi has been appointed Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, V.P. Singh Badnore as Governor of Punjab, and Banwarilal Purohit the Governor of Assam, according to a statement by Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Death toll reaches 13 in Bihar, opposition blames Nitish Kumar

Patna : As the toll in the mystery deaths in Bihar's Gopalganj district climbed to 13 on Wednesday, opposition blamed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the tragedy.

"Three more people died on Wednesday, including an early morning death and two later during the day, taking the overnight death toll to thirteen," a district official said.

Two more are reported to be critical at a government hospital, the police said.

The administration on Wednesday morning ordered a probe after families claimed it to be a hooch tragedy.

SC notice on beef ban in Maharashtra

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Maharashtra government on a petition challenging a Bombay High Court order permitting consumption of beef brought from states that allow cow slaughter.

A bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and D.Y. Chandrachud issued notice on the plea by Akhil Bharat Krishi Go Sewa Sangh after counsel Manish Singhvi contested that part of the high court verdict which allowed bringing ino Maharashtra bovine meat from the states where their slaughtering is legal.

India's education crisis of its own making

By Amit Dasgupta

A recent report tabled in parliament that over 100,000 schools in India have just one teacher is an alarming wake-up call for the government and all stakeholders. However, it also offers a genuine opportunity to transform India's archaic education landscape now that a new policy is under discussion.