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Haryana IAS officer suspended after conviction for corruption

Chandigarh : The Haryana government on Monday ordered the suspension of senior IAS officer Sandeep Garg, over a month after he was convicted by a special CBI court in a corruption case.

Garg's suspension has been ordered from April 23, the date on which he was convicted by the Central Bureau of Investigation court in New Delhi.

BJP names Shukla for Rajya Sabha seat from UP

Lucknow : The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday named its state unit vice president Shiv Pratap Shukla for the June 11 Rajya Sabha polls from Uttar Pradesh.

Shukla's name was announced by state BJP president Keshav Maurya.

Earlier, the name of union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was doing the rounds. Naqvi has since filed his nomination papers for the upper house from Jharkhand.

The party also named Daya Shanker Singh and Bhupendra Chaudhary for legislative council elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Congress' Abdul Mannan to be new leader of opposition in Bengal assembly

Kolkata : Senior Congress leader Abdul Mannan will be the new leader of the opposition in the West Bengal assembly after his election as leader of the Congress legislature party.

Mannan, who won from Champdani assembly constituency in Hooghly district, was elected in a secret ballot by the 44 party legislators on Sunday and the party high command put its seal of approval on the appointment on Monday.

The Congress has emerged as the single largest opposition party in the recent assembly polls after 20 years.

Activists launch Jal Hal campaign in parched Bundelkhand

Tikamgarh (Madhya Pradesh) : The Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh is reeling under a severe crisis following drought and unemployment.

Despite a Supreme Court directive to provide the people of drought-hit regions five kg of sudsidised food grain per person and employment opportunities, no such measures are visible on the ground here.

Taking serious note of the crisis, four NGOs have got together to learn first-hand about the gravity of the situation and to make people aware of the apex court's directions.

कोटा में मदरसा तोड़ने के खिलाफ़ एसडीपीआई ने दिया धरना, प्रशासन को दी चेतावनी

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कोटा (राजस्थान): पिछले दिनों राजस्थान के कोटा जिले के कैलाशपुरी में एक ओवरब्रिज के निकट बने एक मदरसे और उससे सटी मस्जिद के कुछ हिस्से को नगर विकास न्यास (यूआईटी) द्वारा तोड़कर गिरा दिया गया था. इस मामले के सामने आने के सोशल डेमोक्रेटिक पार्टी ऑफ इण्डिया (एसडीपीआई) नामक राजनीतिक पार्टी की जिला ईकाई द्वारा एक-दिवसीय धरना आज कोटा कलेक्ट्रेट पर दिया गया.

Kashmir budget proposes free schooling for girls

Srinagar : The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday announced special budgetary initiatives for women that include school fee waiver up to Class 12, and a reserved quota of industrial land for female entrepreneurs in the industrially backward state.

Presenting his second budget in the state assembly here, Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu said the women-specific initiatives were envisaged "in deference" to Mehbooba Mufti -- the first woman chief minister of the state.

Modi regime's 2 years marked by communalism, authoritarianism: CPI-M

New Delhi : Two years of Narendra Modi government were marked by the triumvirate of aggressive communalism, neo-liberal economic reforms and authoritarian measures, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) said on Monday.

"These two years have confirmed that a new 'trimoorti' is being sculpted," the CPI-M politburo said in a statement.

Naidu, Mathur, two others file nominations for RS from Rajasthan

Jaipur : Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, senior BJP leader Om Prakash Mathur and two others filed their nomination as BJP candidates from Rajasthan for the Rajya Sabha here on Monday.

Mathur, who is considered close to the party's central leadership, is also the national vice-president of the BJP.

Two new faces, Harshvardhan Singh and Ramkumar Verma, also filed their nominations.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, her cabinet colleagues and BJP MLAs were present on the occasion.

WHO asks China to nationally extend Beijing anti-tobacco law

Beijing, May 30 (IANS) The World Health Organization called on the Chinese government on Monday to enforce a strict national level anti-tobacco law following the "successful" implementation of the model legislation in Beijing, which has been "smoke-free" for a year.

"It is time to extend the same protection from second-hand smoke Beijingers now enjoy to the rest of the country, through the adoption of a strong national smoke-free law," said WHO representative in China Bernhard Schwartlander.

BJP protests outside Sonia's residence over Batla statements

New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday staged a protest outside Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's residence over party leader Digvijaya Singh's statement terming the Batla House encounter as "fake".

"The Congress and especially Sonia Gandhi have always been double-faced. When the Batla encounter took place, the Congress leader said the encounter was fake," BJP leader Satish Upadhyay said.

"We demand an apology from Sonia Gandhi. The Congress should not play the politics of dividing the nation," Upadhyay said.

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