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India Politics

Kashmiri Pandits living in Valley struggles to live a normal life

By Raqib Hameed Naik,,

Srinagar: Against the back drop of highly ambitious Composite Township project of central government to resettle and rehabilitate migrated Kashmiri Pandits back into the valley, the internally displaced Pandit families living in the Kashmir valley still struggles to roll back their life to normalcy.

RBI to pay back Rs.1,274 crore to Telangana

New Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is set to transfer back Rs.1,274.21 crore to Telangana with the union finance ministry advising it to reverse the deductions made from the state's principal account as "it was not in consonance with the principle of cooperative federalism".

The deductions were made in response to an income tax notice.

The RBI was also advised to keep a note that money from the consolidated fund of any state shall be transferred/withdrawn only after following the constitutional and legal requirements, an official release said.

Keep death sentence only for terror-related offences: Law panel

New Delhi: The Law Commission, in a report released on Monday, recommended India abolish the death penalty, with the exception of terror-related offences, saying that sending a convict to the gallows has lost its relevance as a deterrent to curb heinous offences.

While not recommending the abolition of death sentence in terror-related cases, the commission has however, said that "there is no valid penological justification for treating terrorism differently from other crimes".

UP Jats poised to join hands with Haryana khaps for reservation

New Delhi: The Jats of Uttar Pradesh, mainly concentrated in the western flank of the state, have decided to launch an agitation to demand reservation in central institutions and jobs in the state.

The Jat Arakshan Bachao Maharally has resolved to push for their demands and have threatened to block rail and road traffic and disrupt water and power supply.

Court moved against changing Aurangzeb Road's name to A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

New Delhi: A plea was filed on Monday in Delhi High Court seeking to restrain New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) from issuing a notification regarding changing the name of Aurangzeb Road to A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road in the late former president's honour.

The plea said that "act of altering the historical name is nothing but an outcome of sick and communal politics".

On August 28, the request to change the name of the road, made by BJP MPs Mahesh Giri and Meenakshi Lekhi and the trade wing secretary of the state's ruling Aam Aadmi Party was accepted by the NDMC.

Delhi government to set up cell for northeast students

New Delhi: The Delhi government will set up a cell and monitoring committee to look into the problems faced by students from the northeastern states, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday.

Kejriwal told a delegation of students who called on him that he will look into their other demands, including northeast culture in the curriculum of Delhi government schools, and setting up of community centres.

Kejriwal assured the students that the government "will set up the cell immediately to have a better coordination and resolution of your issues".

JD-U slams RSS leader's remark on abolishing caste-based quota

Patna: The ruling JD-U in Bihar on Monday criticised RSS ideologue M.G. Vaidya's statement that caste-based reservation in government jobs and educational institutions should be abolished as caste was "no more relevant".

The Janata Dal-United will oppose the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's plan to abolish caste-based quota, party general secretary K.C. Tayagi told the media.

"The JD-U will oppose any move to touch or amend anything on caste-based reservation as this right was given to poor and marginalised people by the constitution," he said.

Opposition trying to foment lawlessness: Bengal government

Kolkata: Terming the nationwide September 2 strike called by a majority of central trade unions as a "political conspiracy", the West Bengal government on Monday accused the opposition parties of fomenting lawlessness in the staste and appealed to the people to attend offices and follow the normal routine.

"Until now, their charter of demands and grounds of protest is not clear. It is a political conspiracy and I urge people to oppose the shutdown," state Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee told media persons here.

RSS-BJP to hold meet, PM may attend

New Delhi: A coordination meeting between the BJP and its ideological mentor RSS will be held here from September 2 to 4, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to attend it.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Manmohan Vaidya told reporters that the meeting would be attended by around 95 members of the RSS and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including all BJP ministers.

The issues to be taken up at the meet will include One Rank One Pension, which has put government in a tight spot, and the recent Patel agitation in Gujarat.

Government opens skill training centres at Bihar madrassas

New Delhi: The central government on Monday launched skill training centres in three madrassas in Bihar as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas' campaign.

"The launch of the skill training centres through traditional educational institutions is an important milestone towards achieving the objective of skilling the minority community across the country," union Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah said.