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PMO didn't support fight against corruption: Magsaysay winner

New Delhi: Ramon Magsaysay award winner Sanjiv Chaturvedi on Wednesday accused the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) of not backing his campaign against corruption in Haryana and the AIIMS.

"PMO didn't support (my) fight against corruption," bureaucrat Chaturvedi told NDTV, soon after the Magsaysay Foundation announced that he and social activist and fellow Indian Anshu Gupta were among the winners of the 2015 awards.

"Zero tolerance should be against corruption, not honest officers," added Chaturvedi, who earlier worked at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here.

Jayalalithaa unwell, won't attend Kalam's last rites

Chennai : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Wednesday said she won't attend the funeral of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram on Thursday owing to "health condition".

"I have great affection and respect for Abdul Kalam. I would like to attend his funeral and pay my respects to him. However, owing to my health condition I am not in a position to travel," she said here.

Kalam's funeral will be held in Rameswaram, around 600 km from here.

Delhi Aanganwadi workers’ indefinite hunger strike enters 6th day as AAP govt evades holding deliberations

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

New Delhi: The indefinite hunger strike by Delhi State Aanganwadi Workers’ and Helpers’ Union entered its seventh day as the AAP government continues to evade holding deliberations with the striking workers.

Rectify 1.4 crore errors in caste particulars, states told

New Delhi: Amid demands by some opposition parties for releasing the data of the caste census, the government on Tuesday said there were over 1.4 crore errors and called upon the states to rectify them.

A union home ministry release said the status of the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) was reviewed earlier this month and it emerged that 46,73,034 distinct caste names have been returned.

Congress, Trinamool, CPI-M for withdrawal of NDA's Land Bill

New Delhi: The Congress, Trinamool Congress and CPI-M on Tuesday pitched for withdrawal of the NDA's land bill in a meeting called at the residence of NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

"A meeting was convened at Pawar's Delhi residence. There is an indication from all non-BJP parties that they will come together on land bill. Trinamool and CPI-M are opposing the bill extensively, whereas Shiv Sena, NCP and YSR Congress are partially opposed to it," a senior Congress leader who attended the meeting, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told IANS.

Jharkhand cabinet okays setting up State Development Council

Ranchi: The Jharkhand cabinet on Tuesday gave its approval to the setting up of a State Development Council, said an official here.

"The state cabinet gave its approval to constituting the State Development Council," cabinet secretary N.N. Pandey told reporters.

"The chief minister will be chairman of the council and the deputy chairman and members will be eminent personalities.

"All cabinet ministers and MPs would be its members while 30 percent seats have been kept for the legislators of the state who would be nominated on rotation for one year," said Pandey.

Slain SP's family demands jobs, Badal to meet families

Chandigarh : The family of Superintendent of Police Baljit Singh, who died in the terror attack in Gurdaspur in Punjab, on Tuesday demanded government jobs for his three children.

The officer, who was shot in the head while engaging the heavily armed terrorists on Monday in Dinanagar town, later died in a hospital.

His widow Kulwant Kaur and daughter Parminder Kaur made the demand for government jobs on Tuesday.

Plea seeks removal of 'Kejriwal Sarkar' ads

New Delhi : A petition was filed in the Delhi High Court on Tuesday seeking immediate withdrawal of advertisements by the Delhi government that uses phrases like "Kejriwal Sarkar".

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath will hear the plea on Wednesday which sought permanent injunction restraining the city government from using the phrase "Kejriwal Sarkar" or phrases with similar connotations.

India has lost a great son: RSS on Kalam

New Delhi : RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said India has lost "one of its greatest sons" in the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

In a statement along with his colleague Suresh Joshi, Bhagwat said Kalam's 83 years of life was "a tale of extraordinary courage, determination, perseverance and the desire to excel".

Bhagwat said that as a scientist, Kalam made seminal contributions to India's defence preparedness.

"As a statesman, (he) made Bharat proud by enhancing the prestige of the president's office through his exemplary conduct of affairs."

Delhi student scheme to be named after Kalam

New Delhi : The Delhi government will name its scheme providing educational loan up to Rs.10 lakh after former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday.

"Education was close to him. The scheme, under which the government is going to give a loan of up to Rs.10 lakh to students, will be named after Abdul Kalam," Kejriwal told the Delhi assembly.

A one-day special session convened to discuss the issue of women's safety in the capital was adjourned for the day to pay homage to Kalam and those killed in the terror attack in Punjab.