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'Aligarh' about right to privacy not homosexuality: Hansal Mehta

Mumbai : “Citylights” director Hansal Mehta says his upcoming venture “Aligarh” is not about homosexuality but is about the importance of right to privacy.

"This is today's story and it is important to watch the film because what happened to Professor Siras could happen to us.

“This film is not on homosexuality but it is on the right to privacy. No one has the right to interfere in our personal lives,” said Mehta on Tuesday during an exclusive screening of the film for Bollywood celebrities.

UAE creates ministry of happiness, tolerance

Dubai : United Arab Emirates Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum announced on Wednesday the new Cabinet appointments, with two new portfolios on happiness and tolerance.

Sheikh Mohammed made the announcement on his Twitter account, two days after he revealed plans to restructure the UAE Cabinet and to outsource most government services to the private sector.

Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al-Qasimi, so far minister of international cooperation and development, was appointed minister of state for tolerance, a newly created government function.

JNU clashes: University sets up proctorial committee

New Delhi : The Jawaharlal Nehru University set up a proctorial committee on Wednesday to inquire into an event organised by some former members of Democratic Students' Union (DSU) that led to violent clashes on the campus.

The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged a protest outside the office of the vice chancellor on Wednesday to protest over the event against the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

An ABVP delegation also met Vice Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar.

SC puts on hold child rapist-murderer's death sentence

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Wednesday put on hold the execution of the death sentence of Vasanta Sampat Dupare who had sought recall of its verdict upholding his conviction and death sentence for raping and stoning to death a four-year-old girl in Maharashtra in 2008.

Delhi government to decide on odd-even formula on Feb 11

New Delhi : The Delhi government will on Thursday take a decision on the future of the odd-even vehicle restriction formula amid indications that it would be re-implemented in the national capital.

Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said here on Wednesday that the government had got an overwhelming response to the odd-even scheme in the feedback it obtained from people.

Two more TDP legislators join TRS

Hyderabad : The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) received a severe setback in Telangana on Wednesday as its two legislators including party leader in the Telangana assembly E. Dayakar Rao joined the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

Dayakar Rao, one of the senior leaders of TDP who hails from Warangal district, and Prakash Goud, a legislator from Rajendernagar constituency in Greater Hyderabad, joined the TRS in the presence of party president and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

Governors can work as catalytic agents, says Modi

New Delhi : Governors can work as catalytic agents, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, urging them to think about some form of legacy which they would leave behind as contribution to their respective states.

Addressing the concluding session of the 47th Governors Conference at Rashtrapati Bhavan here, Modi said governors occupy a unique high position owing to their vast years of experience and the prestigious nature of their post.

Whom do VHP men pray to in MP's Bhojshala: Congress leader

Bhopal : Amid a controversy over prayers by Hindus and Muslims at the Bhojshala in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Wednesday wondered who Vishva Hindu Parishad activists worshiped at the ancient shrine.

When there is no idol at the Bhojshala, who do the VHP supporters worship there, the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister wanted to know.

India to meet tax collection target: Government

New Delhi : The central government on Wednesday said that it will be able to achieve its direct and indirect tax collection targets for 2015-16.

According to the Ministry of Finance, it will be able to meet the revenue collection targets without any shortfall.

Further, the ministry disclosed that up to January 31, 2016, indirect tax collection grew by 33.7 percent, while direct taxes grew by 10.9 percent.

Manipur forum in Delhi to file FIR against killings

Imphal : The Manipur Tribals Forum Delhi on Wednesday said it will file police complaints against the Manipur government for the killing of nine tribals by the police during a protest in September last year.

The bodies of the nine people, who were killed in violence in Churachandpur district after the assembly passed three bills for the protection of indigenous people, have been lying in a morgue since then.

The Manipur Tribals Forum Delhi said it was "not happy" that the state government has not booked anyone regarding the killings.