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BJP predicts early elections in Meghalaya

Shillong : The BJP on Tuesday said the the Congress government in Meghalaya headed by Mukul Sangma would not be able to last its full term until 2018.

"Given the trend what the people of Meghalaya are sending as a message, I don't think this government will last its full term. It will fall under the burden of its own power games and contradictions," BJP national spokesperson Nalin S. Kohli told journalists here.

His statement assumed significance in the wake of the infighting within the ruling party over the demand of the change of leadership.

Akhilesh sacks minister behind merger with Mukhtar Ansari's party

Lucknow : In a late night development, apparently a fall-out of the merger of the Quami Ekta Dal (QED) with the ruling Samajwadi party (SP), Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav sacked his cabinet colleague Balram Yadav, said to be instrumental in the decision.

Sources close to the chief minister told IANS that while he was miffed at the "ongoing parleys" between his party leaders and the party of don-turned-politician Mukhtaar Ansari, he decided to sack the Secondary Education Minister when the merger was sealed.

India varsities lead in South Asia: Report

Kolkata : As many as nine Indian varsities and institutes figure in the top 10 in south Asia, according to the Asian University Ranking 2016 by Britain's Times Higher Education (THE).

Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru leads in south Asian nations followed by IITs (Bombay, Kharagpur, Delhi, Madras, Roorkee, Guwahati), Jadavpur University, IIT-Kanpur and Pakistan's Quaid-i-azam University, the rankings reveal.

Bangladesh's University of Dhaka and Pakistan's National University of Sciences and Technology occupy places in the top 20.

Mohsin Shaikh’s murder: Even after two years, family awaits compensation

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Solapur (Maharashtra): More than two years after Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh was brutally murdered by Hindutva militants in Pune, his family has received no reparation despite government promises.

On June 2, 2014, twenty-four years old Mohsin Shaikh, a resident of Solapur district in Maharashtra who was working as a manager in an IT firm in Pune was assaulted and killed by the members of Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) when he was returning from a Mosque.

BJP MP ends hunger strike on Rajnath's 'persuasion'

New Delhi : BJP's East Delhi MP Maheish Girri, who was protesting outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence since Sunday, broke his fast-unto-death on Tuesday on the urging of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Rajnath Singh on Tuesday evening reached the Civil Lines where Girri was sitting on a hunger strike and persuaded him "not to put his life at stake".

Don Mukhtar Ansari's party merges with Samajwadi Party

Lucknow : The Quami Ekta Dal (QED) led by dreaded gangster turned legislator Mukhtar Ansari, who is currently lodged in the Agra jail, on Tuesday announced merger with the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh.

The merger was approved by state Public Works Department Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav, who is Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's younger brother, in the state capital at a joint press conference with QED member Sibgatullah Ansari.

Earlier in the day, Mukhtar Ansari's brother and former parliament member Afzal Ansari met Shivpal Singh Yadav.

Modi wants to scare me through FIR: Kejriwal

New Delhi : A day after he was booked in the water tankers scam along with his predecessor Sheila Dikshit, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to scare him through such actions.

"Modi ji has intimidated everyone else through false complaints and probes. He wants to scare me as well. So, he got the FIR registered against me," Kejriwal told the media here.

He, however, did not take any questions from the media.

1,600 pregnant women perform yoga in Gujarat city, set world record

Ahmedabad : More than 1,600 pregnant women in Gujarat's Rajkot city claim to have set a new Guinness record on the International Yoga Day by performing a special kind of "pre-natal" yoga on Tuesday.

With this they broke a world record set by around 900 pregnant females by taking part in group yoga.

Rajkot District Collector Vikrant Pandey said the exercise session by the pregnant females was carried out under the observation of over 100 doctors and guidance of yoga trainers from Haridwar.

Cabinet decisions to come under RTI: Kerala information panel

Thiruvananthapuram : In a path-breaking move, Kerala Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Vinson M. Paul on Tuesday ruled that all state cabinet decisions will come under the purview of the Right to Information Act.

Acting on certain queries by RTI activists, the Kerala CIC has directed state authorities to make public within 10 days all cabinet decisions made during three months starting January 1.

Paul, who retired in the Director General of Police rank recently, was appointed the CIC just before the Kerala assembly elections notification came into effect.

BJP MP ends hunger strike on Rajnath's 'persuasion'

New Delhi : Bharatiya Janata Party's Lok Sabha member from East Delhi Maheish Girri on Tuesday broke his fast-unto-death outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence here.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday evening reached the Civil Lines where Girri was sitting on a hunger strike and persuaded Girri "not to put his life at stake".