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India Politics

Uma Bharti-Akhilesh Yadav discuss cleaning of Ganga

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Saturday met union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharti at his official residence here and discussed irrigation projects and cleaning up of rivers.

The chief minister told the union minister that the state government was committed to clean the Ganga river and its tributaries.


AAP to field two Delhi LS candidates in assembly polls

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party's two former Lok Sabha candidates Devendra Sehrawat and Jarnail Singh would contest the upcoming assembly election in the capital, the party said here Saturday.

Their names figure in the sixth list which contains six candidates. With the 6th list being declared, the AAP, so far, has announced 51 candidates for the 70-member Delhi assembly.

Alka Lamba, who had deserted the Congress to join the AAP a year ago, is the party's candidate in Chandni Chowk in central Delhi.


Trinamool attacks Jaitley, vows to oppose insurance reform

New Delhi: Affirming its opposition to insurance sector reforms, the Trinamool Congress Saturday hit out at union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who has charged the West Bengal's ruling party of obstructing the upper house of parliament.

Trinamool Rajya Sabha chief whip Derek O'Brien accused Jaitley of "falsehood" and "putting spins to things" and asserted seven to eight parties were united in opposing the "so called reforms".


Kashmir polls see highest turnout in 25 years, 76 percent in last phase

Jammu: Braving the winter chill, an astounding over 13 lakh people, or 76 percent of the electorate, Saturday turned out to vote in the fifth and final round of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections. Officials termed the turnout "historic and unprecedented" and the highest in the last 25 years.

This brought down the curtains on the staggered five-phase elections that were largely peaceful, barring a major terror attack Dec 5 in which 21 people, including eight soldiers, were killed.

Centre downplaying Maharashtra agro-crisis: VJAS

Nagpur: The Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) which is documenting the Maharashtra agrarian crises since 1997 Saturday disputed central figures on the farmers suicides for the current year.

It questioned the figures given to the Rajya Sabha by union Minister of State for Agriculture Mohan Kundaria that only 800 farmers have ended their lives in India, including 724 in Maharashtra, in this period


Government determined to push insurance bill, opposition unrelenting

New Delhi: The government was "extremely determined" to push for insurance sector reforms and would not allow parliamentary disturbances to stop it, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Saturday, even as the opposition Congress warned it will not relent till their concerns were addressed.

The Rajya Sabha is currently stuck in a logjam over the conversion issue and was unable to transact any business last week.


Differences within Hindu Mahasabha over Godse statue

New Delhi: Differences have cropped up within the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha over the organisation's purported plan to erect Nathuram Godse's statue in the capital.

Claiming to be the national president of the Hindu Mahasabha, Swami Chakrapani Maharaj said: "The organisation has never demanded any such thing as erection of the statue of a person who was a culprit. Godse killed Gandhi. The construction of his statue is not right."

"It is a politically motivated agenda raised by some people who are neither part of the organisation nor its members," he said.

Doctors seek arrest of suspended BJP MLA, boycott work

Jaipur: Doctors across Rajasthan boycotted work Saturday for one hour demanding arrest of Prahalad Gunjal, suspended BJP MLA from Kota North constituency .

"We boycotted work for one hour today (Saturday) and from tomorrow (Sunday) we have decided not to boycott work but to protest in a way that patients do not suffer," Ajay Chaudhary, organising secretary of the All Rajasthan In Service Doctors Association told IANS.

On Friday, doctors in government hospitals across the state had boycotted work for two hours.


Jharkhand polls' final phase sees 70 percent turnout

Ranchi: Over 25 lakh people - more than 70 percent of the electorate - Saturday exercised their franchise in the fifth and last round of the assembly election in Jharkhand, officials said.

Sixteen constituencies voted Saturday in the final phase. Of the 16 seats, seven were reserved for Scheduled Tribes (ST).

"In the fifth and final phase Saturday, the state witnessed a record 70.42 percent polling. The highest polling was recorded in Pakur with 75.5 percent, followed by Littipara with 75 percent," an Election Commission official said.


Court imposes Rs.10,000 fine on Gadkari in defamation case

New Delhi: A court Saturday imposed a fine of Rs.10,000 on union minister Nitin Gadkari after he failed to comply with court's earlier order in a defamation case he had filed against AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal.

Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha imposed the fine saying the minister failed to file an affidavit three days before the scheduled date of hearing, that is Saturday.

Posting the matter for March 21, 2015, the court gave Gadkari, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader, the final opportunity to file the affidavit.