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Haryana to bar candidates carrying phones to exam centres

Chandigarh : To curb unfair means in examinations, the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) decided that any candidate found possessing mobile phone or any other aiding material in the examination room will be debarred from future examinations, a commission spokesman said on Sunday.


CPI-M legislator in Tripura dead

Agartala : Prominent communist leader and sitting CPI-M legislator Samir Deb Sarkar died here on Sunday after a protracted illness. He was 67.

Party sources said that Sarkar died at the government run Gobinda Ballav Panth Medical College and Hospital early Sunday. He was suffering from cancer.

He is survived by his four brothers and three sisters.

Sarkar, a bachelor, who was elected to the state assembly six times since 1983 from the Khowai assembly constituency, was the chief whip of the ruling Left Front in the state assembly.


AAP liquor policy hypocritical, says Swaraj Abhiyan

New Delhi : The Swaraj Abhiyan on Saturday slammed the Delhi government for its "hypocrisy" on the liquor policy and granting licences in large numbers to drinking establishments.

Addressing a press conference here, the Abhiyan's National Working Committee member Yogendra Yadav said that the AAP has, in last two years, issued 399 new liquor licenses while spending only a "petty" amount of Rs 16,000 on de-addiction drives and programmes.

US embassy denies BJP MP's allegations

New Delhi : The US embassy has denied the allegation levelled by BJP MP Virendra Singh Mast that he was asked by embassy officials to remove his 'pagdi' or headgear for the visa documentation.

"The United States does not discriminate on the basis of religion nor do we forbid religious dress," the embassy said in a statement.

New Nalanda to emulate old: President

Rajgir (Bihar) : The new Nalanda University here will emulate its historical predecessor in helping the youth pursue intellectual, philosophical, historical and spiritual studies, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Saturday.

"Our goal is to bring together the brightest and the most dedicated students from all over the world, especially Asia, and enable them acquire a liberal education," he said at the first convocation ceremony of the Nalanda University here, in which he awarded degrees and medals to students.


Hurriyat Conference must be part of Kashmir peace talks: Sharad Yadav

New Delhi : Former Janata Dal-United chief Sharad Yadav on Saturday said the Hurriyat Conference must be included in any proposed peace talks on Kashmir.

"The Centre and the state governments must find a way forward for peace in Kashmir. Any peace talks should also have Hurriyat Conference as a party," he told IANS.

He also said that the BJP and PDP combine must focus on their governance agenda first, and do away with the use of pellet guns, which are being used to disperse protesters.

'Effect of Modi government's reforms beginning to be felt now'

New Delhi : The impact of the Narendra Modi government's reforms is beginning to be felt now, taking India closer to eight per cent growth this fiscal, a top finance ministry official said here on Saturday.

"A number of structural reforms have been undertaken by the government over the last two years. The impact of all this is beginning to be felt now. We are hoping to better our growth from last year and get closer to eight per cent," Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das told reporters.

BJP has ushered in era of politics of development: Amit Shah

New Delhi : BJP President Amit Shah said on Saturday that his party has ushered in an era of "politics of performance" in the country and asked the states to play a big role in the implementation of schemes and to bring in good governance.

Shah also urged BJP Chief Ministers to replicate schemes which are running successfully in other BJP ruled states.

Owaisi asks government to initiate dialogue on Kashmir

Hyderabad : AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday said the central government should immediately initiate a dialogue to restore normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir.

Voicing concern over the situation in Kashmir where curfew continued for the 50th day on Saturday, the Hyderabad MP said if no initiative was taken now there may be nobody with whom the government can have a dialogue as political parties were losing space.

Two killed, several injured as fire breaks out in Bengal hospital

Kolkata : Two women died on Saturday and several persons were injured after a major fire engulfed a part of a medical college and hospital in Murshidabad district of West Bengal, a top official said.

The fire started at about 11:50 a.m. due to a short circuit in the male medical ward' on the first floor of Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital in Baharampur, causing panic among people, said Director of Health Services B.R. Satpathy.