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Himachal CPI-M to oppose move to relax land laws

Shimla : The Himachal Pradesh unit of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Saturday decried the state government's move to dilute the land reforms and tenancy act, especially section 118, in the state.

"Since the last many days, there have been pronouncements by the ministers, including the chief minister, that a green field will be ensured for the industrial houses and the land reforms act would be amended," Tikender Panwar, member state secretariat, said in a statement.


HSGPC row: Akali Dal calls for mega Sikh conference July 27

Chandigarh : Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal Saturday announced it would hold a mega panthic conference (Vishal Panthic Ikath) of Sikhs from all over the world July 27 at Amritsar's Golden Temple complex against the Haryana government's move to set up a separate panel to manage gurdwaras (Sikh shrines) in the state.

The decision was taken at five-hour long meeting of the Akali Dal core committee held at the residence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here.


UDF, media abuzz over Chandy's proposed cabinet re-jig

Thiruvananthapuram : The Congress-led UDF and the media are again abuzz over Kerala's proposed cabinet re-jig since Speaker G. Karthikeyan expressed his desire Friday to step down to return to active politics.

Chandy had set the ball rolling in March, announcing a cabinet reshuffle after the Lok Sabha poll results were out but nothing happened after the Congress suffered a debacle.

It has all begun again with political leaders jumping into the fray, thanks to an over-energetic media.


Kolkata bracing up for Mamata's mega rally

Kolkata : With lakhs of people expected to converge here the city is bracing up for the Trinamool Congress mega rally Monday, billed as thanksgiving for the party's success in the Lok Sabha polls.

Originally observed as Martyrs' Day in remembrance of 13 youths killed in police firing July 21, 1993, the Trinamool has now christened it as the Maa Maati Manush Divas.


DMK sacks official, retains suspended ex-union minister

Chennai : The DMK Saturday dismissed its Dharmapuri south district secretary Mullaiventhan while retaining suspended ex-union minister S.S. Palanimanickam as a party member.

In a statement issued here, DMK general secretary K. Anbazhagan said Palanimanickam and the party functionary in Dharmapuri district, Inbasekaran, have been allowed to continue as party members without any official position.

He said Mullaiventhan who was issued a show cause notice seeking clarifications was dismissed from the party for issuing a statement against the leadership.


Seven Congress corporators join Shiv Sena

Thane/Mumbai : In a jolt to the ruling Congress in Maharashtra, seven party corporators from Thane city joined the Shiv Sena Saturday.

The corporators were led by Ravindra Phatak, the party strongman in the city and a staunch supporter of Industry Minister Narayan Rane.

Welcoming them to the party fold, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said: "We have not tried to break the (Congress) party in Thane, they have come on their own."

"Now, he needs to exercise restraint and join a party where he can get some peace," Thackeray said referring to Rane.


Modi reviews functioning of PM's National Relief Fund

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday reviewed the functioning of the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) at a meeting here, officials said.

"(The) PM (prime minister) chaired a meeting to review the functioning of the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund. The PM suggested several qualitative changes in the way the fund is managed," the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) tweeted.


Shutdown partially affects normal life in Jammu

Jammu : Normal life in Jammu was affected Saturday by a partial shutdown to protest against Friday's clashes in Baltal base camp of the Amarnath Yatra.

Shops remained closed in Jammu city and public transport plied only partially while private transport, government offices, banks and post offices functioned normally.

The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Vishva Hindu Parishad had called for a shutdown to protest against the clashes in Baltal base camp following a scuffle between a local pony operator and a cook.

Are Hindutva hawks flying again?

By Amulya Ganguli,

The latest reported observations of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) supremo, Ashok Singhal, echo what the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue, M.S. Golwalkar, said in his 1939 publication, "We, or Our Nationhood Defined". In it, the Hindutva icon had given an outline of what the minorities can expect in India.

Modi gets notice from Allahabad High Court

Lucknow : The Allahabad High Court has issued a notice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi after a petition was filed accusing him of electoral malpractices in the Lok Sabha election.

In the petition filed before the bench of Justice V.K. Shukla, Congress candidate Ajay Rai, who lost the Lok Sabha polls against Modi in Varanasi, has alleged that Modi as a candidate had over-spent during the election campaign.

The court Friday fixed the next hearing of the case for Sep 5.