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ख़ामोशी और 'बदलाव' के बीच भाजपा के दो साल...

फहमिना हुसैन, TwoCirclers.net भाजपा सरकार अपनी ही बनायी नीतियों में उलझती जा रही है, वहीं कांग्रेस अपनी स्थापना और देश की ...

Himachal CM launches save girl child programme

Shimla : Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Sunday started a programme to save the girl child in the Kangra district - the state's largest. The programme named 'Kangre Di Munni' or girl child of Kangra, a social campaign of the district administration under the 'Beti Bachao, Beti ...

Iranian pilgrims' Haj looks 'impossible' this year: Minister

Tehran : Performing Haj ceremony is "impossible" for Iranian pilgrims this year, an Iranian minister said on Sunday. Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati said: "We were supposed to wait until Sunday for the Saudi officials' response about our points in the negotiations." "The ...

Haryana Jats to renew job quota protests from June 5

New Delhi : The Akhil Bharatiya Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti on Sunday announced resumption of their agitation for job quota in Haryana from June 5. "We will hold 'Jat Nyay' rally in Haryana from June 5 as promises made by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar have not been fulfilled," ABJASS ...

Manipur woman injured in police firing loses hearing

Imphal : A woman injured in police firing in Manipur during an agitation over what the protestors call anti-migrant bills has suffered hearing loss, officials said on Sunday. Sources told IANS that the woman -- K. Thoibi, 40, of Imphal West district -- has become deaf in the right ear after ...

HRD ministry rejects list for IIM-A chairman's post

Ahmedabad : The HRD ministry has rejected a list of names forwarded by Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad management for its chairman's post and sought a fresh list of candidates, sources said on Sunday. The rejected list included the names of Infosys Board of Directors chairman R. ...

Humayun's tomb, Iskcon temple in Delhi found to breed mosquitoes

New Delhi : The South Delhi Municipal Corporation on Sunday issued notice to the authorities maintaining Humayun's tomb, Iskcon temple, Gandhi Darshan and the Zoological Park for failing to prevent mosquito breeding in their premises. "SDMC inspected nine historical, tourist and religious places ...

With elections in mind, Akali Dal becomes religious

By Jaideep Sarin Chandigarh : Having been in power for nearly 10 years at a stretch may have given a lot of political and administrative experience to Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, but the outfit seems to be becoming 'religious minded' as the state's assembly polls draw closer. The party's ...

Congolese man's murder: India to help family receive body

New Delhi : The government on Sunday said it will help the family of the Congolese national Masonda Ketada Olivier, who was murdered here on May 20, to receive his mortal remains. "In the unfortunate death of Masonda Olivier, the government will assist his family to travel to India to receive his ...

Chandrababu Naidu not sure if Andhra will get special status

By Nirendra Dev Tirupati : Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is doubtful if the central government will give Andhra Pradesh a special category status to end the sufferings of the people brought on by the bifurcation of the state. But, he is also avoiding any confrontation or a legal battle with ...

Children play pivotal role in making Chhattisgarh villages open-defecation free

By Ashish Mishra Raipur : Arti Rawte, an 11-year-old tribal girl from Dhobni village of Maoist-hit Rajanandgaon district in Chhattisgarh, used to wake up at four every morning -- not to study but keep a sharp lookout for villagers going out to defecate in the open and stop them from doing so. Her ...

Automated laundry in Kolkata run by people with mental illness

Kolkata : An automated laundry service launched in a mental health hospital here seeks to give the inmates an opportunity to work and earn a daily wage, organisers say. Called 'Dhobi Ghar', the spacious automated laundry has been set up in state-run Calcutta Pavlov Hospital here and was inaugurated ...

लाइब्रेरी का मुद्दा प्रायोजित, आन्दोलन भड़का रहे पॉलिटिकल लोग' – बीएचयू के कुलपति से बातचीत

सिद्धांत मोहन, TwoCircles.net वाराणसी: नरेंद्र मोदी के संसदीय क्षेत्र बनारस स्थित देश के अग्रणी संस्थान काशी हिन्दू ...

Rana Ayyub's act of resistance

By Arif Hussain for TwoCircles.net Contexts have this amazing ability of turning simple everyday acts into acts of resistance. From Mohandas Gandhi at Dandi to Rosa Parks in Montgomery, simple acts like picking up a clump of salt or remaining seated in a bus seat, thanks to the contexts, have become ...

B-Town spreads awareness on social issues at Modi's two-year bash

New Delhi : Bollywood celebrities participated in the celebration of two years of the Narendra Modi government highlighting, sharing and spreading awareness on its social campaigns like "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao" and "Swachh Bharat" campaigns. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Raveena Tandon ...

Government busy in celebration, farmers committing suicide: Rahul

New Delhi : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying his government was busy in "celebrating its two years in power" while the farmers of the country are "committing suicide". "There is a drought all over the country. Farmers are committing ...

Have courage for bold reforms, to engage opposition: Chidambaram to government

New Delhi : Former finance minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday advised the Narendra Modi government to muster courage to go for "bold reforms" and "engage the opposition in order to give push to the economy". "Once the economy stabilised as I believe it had by June 2014, the government should have ...

BJP Bengal chief now threatens to break necks with bare hands

Kolkata : West Bengal State BJP president Dilip Ghosh, who seems to have made it a habit to hog the limelight for all the wrong reasons, has now threatened to beat up Trinamool Congress leaders inside their houses and break their necks with bare hands by using RSS training. Speaking at a protest ...

Ministers highlight schemes, Bollywood stars social themes at anniversary bash

New Delhi : Union ministers showcased their achievements and leading names from Bollywood, including Amitabh Bachchan, espoused social causes at the "Ek Nayi Subah" event at India Gate lawns here on Saturday to mark completion two years of Narendra Modi government. A range of government initiatives ...

Tried to bring qualitative change in minorities' lives: Heptulla

New Delhi : Union Minister Najma Heptulla on Saturday said that as minority affairs minister her responsibility has been to bring a qualitative change' in the lives of millions of downtrodden. Our prime minister's motto is 'Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas'. So as the minister for minority affairs, I had my ...

Sanitary napkins should be provided in rural toilets: Uma Bharti

New Delhi : Union Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti on Saturday suggested that sanitary napkins should be provided in women toilets in rural areas. Speaking at the event "Ek Nayi Subah", which was held at the India Gate lawns here to mark the completion of two years of the Narendra Modi ...

Anganwadi system strengthened, helpline for children introduced: Maneka

New Delhi : Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Saturday said the Narendra Modi government has introduced many reforms to strengthen the anganwadi system for tackling malnutrition, introduced a children's helpline and launched a national portal for lost and found children. ...

ELN rebels release two kidnapped Colombian journalists

Bogota : At least two Colombian journalists, kidnapped by ELN rebels and held for four days have been freed, their employer Noticias RCN said on Saturday. The guerrillas released Diego D'Pablos and Carlos Melo on Friday, just hours after setting free Spanish journalist Salud Hernandez-Mora, who had ...

Congress fields Kapil Sibal for Rajya Sabha from UP

Lucknow : The Congress has fielded former union minister Kapil Sibal as its candidate for Rajya Sabha seat from Uttar Pradesh, a party spokesman said on Saturday. Sibal will be filing his nomination here on May 30, the spokesman said. Elections will be held on June 11 for 11 Rajya Sabha seats ...

Pattern to Malegaon witnesses turning hostile: Chidambaram

New Delhi : Former home minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday said there was a pattern in the Malegaon blast witnesses turning hostile, especially after the NDA government came to power. "Of course there is a pattern in it. How do witnesses turn hostile after the new government is in place? And why ...

Mehbooba justifies aligning with BJP, says Sainik colony not for non-state subjects

Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said that aligning with the BJP for government formation in the state by her father was not a bigger decision than the one taken by late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah who chose to support accession to India in 1947. She also said her ...

Kejriwal targets Modi over controlling media

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is controlling a large chunk of media, while reacting to a tweet that said no mainstream media has covered Rana Ayyub's book "Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up". "What does that tell us? "It tells us ...

Unless India delivers, world won't be leprosy free

By Charu Bahri For three years, Uttar Pradesh farmhand Pradeep Kumar, 24, has been treated for a disease that India largely eliminated 11 years ago: Leprosy, one of humankind's oldest diseases - it is commonly mentioned in the Bible - is notorious for the visible disfigurement of victims and their ...

दिल्ली: बस्तियों में बदतर ज़िन्दगी

फ़हमिना हुसैन, TwoCircles.net दिल्ली: इस शहर में जहां एक तरफ़ मेट्रो की रफ़्तार से भी तेज़ ज़िन्दगी भागती है, जहां बड़े-बड़े ...

73 government schools in Manipur have zero class 10 pass percentage

Imphal : As many as 73 of the 323 government schools in Manipur have a pass percentage of zero in the High School Leaving Certificate or the class 10 examination whose results were announced on Tuesday. That is, there was not a single student in these 73 schools -- 22.6 percent of the total number ...

Congress, NC walk out of J&K assembly

Srinagar : The opposition National Conference and Congress on Saturday walked out of Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly to protest against the lack of adequate relief for the victims of the 2014 floods. Raising slogans against alleged failure of the Mehbooba Mufti-led state government to help ...

Triple Talaq un-Islamic, inhuman and unconstitutional: Armed Forces Tribunal bench

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net Lucknow : In a significant decision, the Lucknow Bench of Armed Forces Tribunal has ruled that the declaration of oral triple Talaq is un-Islamic, inhuman and unconstitutional. The bench said that the Constitution is the mother of all law and has overriding ...

Rana Ayub's book Gujarat Files released to a packed audience

By TwoCircles.net special correspondent New Delhi: Investigative journalist Rana Ayub's book Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a cover up' was officially released in Delhi on Friday to a packed audience. The launch was a panel dicussion moderated by Hartosh Singh bal who will be in conversation with Rana ...

Filipino journalist shot dead

Manila : A Filipino journalist was shot dead by an unknown assailant in Manila, officials said on Saturday. The incident occurred in a street in Manila's Quiapo district when the victim, reporter Alex Balcoba, was shot in the head while talking on the phone on Friday night, Police Chief Inspector ...

Over 80 percent of world's city dwellers breathe polluted air: WHO

New Delhi : Over 80 percent of world's city dwellers breathe polluted air, increasing their risk of lung cancer and other life-threatening diseases, a World Health Organisation reports said on Friday. The report also states that among the other health complications caused due to the poor air ...

Mamata sworn in Bengal CM for second term, 42 ministers take oath

Kolkata : Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee was on Friday sworn in for a second consecutive term as West Bengal chief minister at a grand public ceremony witnessed by thousands of supporters as well as eminent personalities, both from India and abroad. Attired in a simple white sari and ...

Bihar Finance Minister meets NRIs in Dubai, asks them to invest in health and education in the state

By TwoCircles.net, Staff Reporter Dubai: Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Finance Minister, attended a dinner on Monday, May 23along with a group of a group of eminent Non Resident Indians living in the United Arab Emirates and he took the moment to speak at length about the prevailing socio-political ...

Two women killed in Tripura; couple held

Agartala : Two women were killed in southern Tripura following which a woman who practised black magic and her husband have been arrested, police said here on Friday. "Accused Shanta Majumder, 48, who has been practicing black magic for years, called Manju Sukhladas, 43, and Baby Rani Das, 40, to ...

JNU increases grace marks for women, transgenders

New Delhi : The Jawaharlal Nehru University on Friday brought in major changes in the deprivation points system which is used to help female and transgender candidates from backward regions of the country get admission into the varsity. In an academic council meeting held in the campus by the Vice ...

RJD chief picks daughter, Jethmalani for Rajya Sabha seats

Patna : Contrary to speculation, RJD chief Lalu Prasad has chosen his elder daughter Misa Bharti and eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani as party candidates for the biennial polls from the state to the Rajya Sabha next month. "Till Thursday, it was concluded in political circles here that Lalu will ...

People using binoculars to spot 'achche din': Uttarakhand CM

Dehradun : Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Friday took a dig at the BJP's 'achche din' slogan and said the people were buying binoculars to try and see the promised good days. Rawat also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not fulfilling tall promises made to the people when he came ...

HC stays disciplinary action against Umar, Anirban

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Friday stayed all disciplinary action, including rustication orders, against JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya. Justice Manmohan gave same relief that was given to JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others on May 13. The students ...

Three accused of Jama Masjid firing case move bail

New Delhi : Three men, who are facing trial in the 2010 Jama Masjid firing case, on Friday moved the bail application before a court here. The three accused -- Syed Ismail Afaaque alias Afaaque, Abdus Saboor alias Abdul and Riyaz Ahmed Sayeedi -- moved their bail applications before a special court ...

Delhi court extends IM suspect's NIA custody

New Delhi : A court here on Friday extended the National Investigation Agency custody of a suspected senior operative of the Indian Mujahideen, Abdul Wahid Siddibapa, by seven days. Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Pandit allowed the NIA to quiz Siddibapa and ordered it to present the accused in ...

Muslim Women's rights and media coverage of Triple Talaq

Despite the large number of positive court judgements in favour of Muslim women in India, the media prefers to endorse the view that once the husband pronounces talaq, the wife is stripped of all her rights. Similarly, articles by experts, while focusing on the need to declare instantaneous triple ...

Government sincere about development of northeast: Modi

Shillong : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asserted that the central government is making sincere efforts to ensure the development of the northeastern region. India will grow when all its regions grow together. I see no reason why the northeast can't be developed,' Modi said, speaking at the ...

Narendra Modi has given decisive, corruption-free government: Amit Shah

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given "a decisive and corruption-free government to the nation", Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah said on Friday, stressing the achievements of the NDA government on its completing two years in office. After 10 years of turmoil under the ...

Sushma seeks report over attack on Nigerian student in Hyderabad

New Delhi : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has sought a report from the state government over the incident of a Nigerian student being attacked over a parking dispute in Hyderabad. "On reports of a Nigerian student injured in Hyderabad: EAM @SushmaSwaraj has urgently sought report from ...

Expert panel submits report on new education policy

New Delhi : An expert committee set up to formulate the new National Education Policy submitted its report to the Human Resource Development ministry on Friday. Ministry sources said HRD Minister Smriti Irani is likely to make the report public early next month. The committee prepared the report ...

Farooq Abdullah draws flak for phone use during anthem

Kolkata : A video of Jammu and Kashmir's former chief minister Farooq Abdullah talking on the phone while the national anthem was being played on Friday at the oath-taking ceremony of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee grabbed eye balls on social media. In the nearly-one minute video doing ...