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Clear stand on conversions: Kejriwal to government

New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government should clear its stand on religious conversions in the country, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal said here Saturday.

"First of all, the government should clear its stand. The prime minister should clear his stand on it," Kejriwal said in response to his party's stand on the issue.

He was speaking to reporters on the sideline of a programme at St. Stephen's college.

"This party came to power on the promise of development but there has been none in the past six months," he said.

Kerala BJP set to woo film personalities

Thiruvananthapuram: With BJP president Amit Shah on his second visit to Kerala - where the party is yet to open its account in the state assembly - it has been decided that the party will woo film personalities to get support in the state.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) might seek help from Guru Nair, a former office bearer of the Congress in Maharashtra, who has joined the BJP.

Nair told IANS that he met a few film personalities, including actor-turned politician and former state minister K.B. Ganesh Kumar and actor Lalu Alex.


Jaitley urges India Inc to build public opinion for GST bill

New Delhi: A day after the government tabled the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday urged industries to build public opinion in states for passing the law on reforming India's indirect tax system.

"Any state that does not fall in line (with GST), my advice to all stakeholders is go to states to raise the issue, to convince, to pressurise public opinion in all the states," Jaitley said, addressing an event of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.


Will improve government schools: Kejriwal

New Delhi: Promising to improve the condition of government schools and making them as "attractive as private ones", Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal Saturday said good education was the basic right of every child.

Addressing a function organised by NGO Teach For India at St. Stephen's college here, the former Delhi chief minister said government schools in Delhi were in a bad shape
"because of vested interests".


UN, Afghan Taliban dialogue to reduce civilian casualties

By Arul Louis,

United Nations: The top UN official in Afghanistan said the world body has been in touch with the Taliban in an effort to reduce civilian casualties and to make them aware of their obligations under international human rights laws.

"We think it is really important to engage all parties to the conflict on the question of civilian casualties," Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said at a news conference here Friday.


Militants gun down village headman in Kashmir

Srinagar: Militants Saturday killed a village headman in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, police said.

"Gulam Ahman Bhat, headman of Bomai village in Sopore district, was shot dead from close range by militants today morning. While being shifted to hospital, he succumbed to his bullet injuries," a senior police officer told IANS here.

The officer said that police have registered an FIR on the incident and an investigation has been initiated to identify the culprit.


Can Modi really take on the Hindu hawks?

By Amulya Ganguli ,

The sudden cancellation by the saffron hotheads of the religious reconversion programmes to welcome the minorities into the Hindu fold suggests that Narendra Modi has finally decided that enough is enough.

Mumbai attack mastermind must not be set free: Pakistani daily

Islamabad: Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi cannot be allowed to simply walk away free, an editorial said and added that in the Mumbai trials, "Pakistan's overall record in the fight against militancy is also on trial".

Pakistan's leading daily Dawn said in an editorial that both the political and military leadership of the country has stated repeatedly that there is no longer such a thing as a good militant. "For that to be true, individuals like Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi cannot be allowed to simply walk away free men."


Kashmir polls: Voters queue up in Jammu

Jammu: Despite the fog and the chill, enthusiastic voters queued up at polling stations Saturday here in the fifth and final phase of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Ballotting began on a slow note early in the morning but as the day progressed, more and more men and women turned up at the polling booths.

Polling is being held in 20 assembly constituencies that are spread over Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts.

Three polling stations were set up at the Kendriya Vidyalaya in Gandhinagar constituency of Jammu district.


Voting starts in Kashmir assembly polls

Srinagar: Balloting began Saturday in 20 assembly constituencies in the fifth and final phase of elections in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

The constituencies are spread over Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts. Over 18 lakh voters are eligible to decide the political fate of 213 candidates.

Prominent candidates include Sham Lal Sharma (Akhnoor), Raman Bhalla (Gandhinagar), Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand (Chhamb) and Manohar Lal Sharma (Billawar).

A total of 2,366 polling stations have been set up.