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Narasimha Rao's 'pro-Hindu mindset' led to Babri demolition: Aiyar

New Delhi : Former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao's "pro-Hindu mindset" encouraged the destruction of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992, senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said on Monday.

Speaking at a book launch here, many others, including former Congressman Natwar Singh who also worked closely with Rao, described the Babri Masjid demolition on December 6, 1992, as "the biggest failure" of the then Prime Minister Rao, who otherwise, according to them, took bold and timely decisions on economic reforms.

Women's access to Haji Ali shrine: HC verdict on Tuesday

Mumbai : The Bombay High Court is likely to pronounce on Tuesday its much-awaited verdict on a petition challenging the ban on women to the burial area of the saint inside the famous Haji Ali dargah here.

A division bench of Justice V. M. Kanade and Justice Revati Mohite-Dhere, which had heard the petition filed by women activists Noorjehan Niaz and Zakia Soman, and NGO Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, had reserved its orders in the matter on June 9.

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Asha Kumari's sentence in land-grab case stands suspended: Congress

New Delhi : The Congress on Monday sought to defend Asha Kumari, recently made in-charge of the party's affairs in Punjab, saying her sentence in a land-grab case had already been suspended by the Himachal Pradesh High Court.

"The substantive sentence of the applicant (Asha Kumari) is suspended," said the Himachal High Court order dated March 19, which the Congress shared with the media on Monday.

The Congress also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Aam Aadmi Party of villifying its leader to score political brownie points and took digs at both parties.

Banks should shed reluctance in lending to urban poor: Naidu

New Delhi : Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday urged commercial banks to "shed reluctance" in lending to the urban poor, stating that loan repayment by them was 98 per cent.

"Loan repayment by Self-Help Groups is 98 per cent and hence were most bankable and eligible for lending. With several initiatives being taken to promote domestic and Foreign Direct Investment in various sectors, there is a vast scope for employment generation leading to increased demand for skilled manpower," said Naidu.

UP in throes of lawlessness: Amit Shah

Lucknow : BJP president Amit Shah on Monday lashed out at the Samajwadi Party (SP) government in Uttar Pradesh and said the state was in the "throes of lawlessness".

The government had failed, resulting in tragic incidents like the Mathura violence in which 29 persons, including two policemen, were killed, Shah said at a public rally at Barabanki near here.

He accused the state government of not being in sync with various developmental and welfare schemes rolled out by the National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre.

Odisha government to provide education loan at 1% interest

Bhubaneswar : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday launched a new scheme "Kalinga Siksha Sathi Yojana" to provide education loan at one per cent interest to students for pursuing higher studies.

The state government will meet the fund requirement of about Rs 500 crore from its own resources.

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J&K deputy speaker asks government to 'remove' senior IAS officer

Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir assembly Deputy Speaker Nazir Ahmad Gurezi on Monday directed the state government to shift a senior IAS officer for his alleged involvement in the suicide attempt by a woman colleague.

An IAS officer working as a district magistrate in the Valley was alleged to have attempted suicide by cutting her wrist on June 17. The cabinet which met here on Sunday transferred her our of the state.

Bihar toppers scam: Former board secretary arrested

Patna : The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Monday arrested Bihar School Examination Board's former secretary Hariharnath Jha here in connection with the Class 12 toppers' scam, police said.

Jha had been detained since Saturday for interrogation in connection with the probe into the Class 12 toppers scam case by the SIT.

"SIT has finally arrested Jha on the basis of revelations made by him and others arrested," a police official said.

The SIT will produce him in the local court later Monday.

IMRC serves over 10,000 people during Iftar Program in Manipur and J&K

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net

Imphal: In order to reach out to the poor in different Indian states and to feed them during the holy month of Ramadan, US-based Indian Muslim Relief & Charities (IMRC) organised a series of Iftaar cum dinner in various villages of four districts of Manipur under its “Village Iftaar Program”.

UP gets four new ministers

Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday inducted two cabinet ministers and two ministers of state. The new cabinet members are Narad Rai and Balram Yadav.

At a function at Raj Bhawan, Governor Ram Naik also read out the oath of office and secrecy to Ministers of State Ravidas Mehrotra and Sharda Pratap Shukla.

Balram Yadav was earlier the Secondary Education Minister when he was removed by the Chief Minister last week following his role in the merger of Mukhtaar Ansari's Quami Ekta Dal in the ruling Samajwadi Party.

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