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Jharkhand BJP chief sacked for speaking against own government

By Nityanand Shukla

Ranchi : Tala Marandi's sacking as Jharkhand BJP chief just 13 weeks after his appointment has a lot to do with his criticism of his own government over proposed changes in the laws safeguarding tribal land rights, observers say.

The Santhal leader, who represents the Borio assembly constituency, was replaced by Lakshman Gilua, another tribal leader who represents the Chaibasa constituency in the Lok Sabha. The sacking came after a string of controversies involving Marandi, including charges of sexual exploitation against his son.

High hopes from Modi on Kashmir: Mehbooba

New Delhi : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Saturday and said she was happy the central government was reaching out to all stakeholders to restore peace in the troubled state.

The meeting came just two days after Home Minister Rajnath Singh's visit to Srinagar during which he met with Mehbooba, among others, as the Valley continued to remain on the boil and curfew continued for the 50th day.

कानपुर-झांसी में बरामद विस्फोटकों का ‘रोहतास कनेक्शन’

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,

आगे कुछ भी जानने के पहले एक विशिष्ट घटनाक्रम पर नज़र डालें, जिसमें विस्फोटकों की बड़ी मात्रा बिहार के एक ख़ास इलाके से बरामद की जा रही है.

Journalist hints weapon data present in leaked Scorpene documents

New Delhi : Hours after Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday that the leaked information on Scorpene submarines does not contain weapon data, Australian journalist Cameron Stewart, who broke the story, hinted at its presence in the leaked documents.

"When I say we will release a leaked document on Scorpene weapons systems, they will of course be redacted by us of sensitive information (sic)," Steward said in a series of tweets.

Maneka launches online complaint system for child sexual abuse

New Delhi : An online complaint box for reporting child sexual abuse, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO), e-Box, was launched here on Friday by Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi.

The POCSO, e-Box, is an online complaint management system for easy and direct reporting of sexual offences against children and timely action against the offenders under the POCSO Act, 2012.

Speaking on the occasion, Gandhi said the idea of an e-Box came out of a police initiative in which physical complaint boxes were placed in schools.

One Congress, one SP legislator join BJP in UP

Lucknow : Two more legislators -- one each from the Congress and the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) -- on Friday switched loyalties and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Pradeep Chowdhary, Congress legislator from Saharanpur, joined the BJP in the presence of state unit president Keshav Prasad Maurya. Many of his supporters too joined the BJP.

Shyam Prakash, Samajwadi Party legislator from Hardoi, dumped the SP in favour of the BJP.

भारत और पाकिस्तान के बीच युद्ध क्या मुमकिन है?

अनिल मिश्र

अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी के ‘स्मृति’ बनने का इंतज़ार करते छत्तीसगढ़ के ‘अटल स्तंभ’

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,

बस्तर(छत्तीसगढ़): बस्तर में जगह-जगह आपको ऐसे कई स्तंभ नज़र आएंगे, जो छत्तीसगढ़ में ‘अटल चौक’ के नाम से जाने जाते हैं. यह अटल चौक छत्तीसगढ़ की लगभग हर पंचायत में बना है.

दरअसल अटल चौक छत्तीसगढ़ की हर पंचायत में इसलिए बनाया गया है कि ताकि यहां रहने वाले लोगों के ज़ेहन में हमेशा यह बात ताज़ा रहे कि छत्तीसगढ़ राज्य निर्माण में पूर्व प्रधानमंत्री अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी की भूमिका सबसे अहम रही है.

Allahabad HC stays arrest of Akhlaq's family, except brother

Lucknow : The Allahabad High Court on Friday stayed the arrest of six members of the family of Mohammad Akhlaq, who was lynched in his native village Bisahda in Gautam Budh Nagar district in September last year over beef consumption rumours.

A bench of Justices Prabhat Chandra Tripathi and Ramesh Sinha, however, did not stay the arrest of Jaan Mohammad, a brother of Akhlaq. Those whose arrests were stayed included Akhlaq's wife Ikraman and mother Asgari.

Chilli pepper balls may replace pellets in Kashmir

New Delhi : A government-appointed experts panel has recommended chilli pepper-filled balls to replace the dangerous pellets as less lethal ammunition to control protesting crowds in Jammu and Kashmir.

Government sources told IANS on Friday that the seven-member committee has submitted its report that recommends PAVA, containing an irritant chemical found in natural chilli, to be used against protesters in Kashmir.