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Railways introduces 33 per cent sub-quota for women in catering units

New Delhi : The Indian Railways on Thursday introduced a sub-quota of 33 per cent for women in allotment of each of the reserved catering units and also launched a new 'Train at a Glance' and time table effective from October 1. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said: "The introduction of new policy ...

Minorities' empowerment our 'Raj Dharma', says Naqvi

Mewat : The empowerment of minorities, poor and the weaker sections was the "Raj Dharma" of the Narendra Modi government, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said here on Thursday. Addressing the "Progress Panchayat" at Bichor village in the Muslim-dominated Mewat ...

Modi should give Jinnah House to Jinnah's daughter: Swamy

New Delhi : BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday suggested that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should hand over Jinnah House in Mumbai to the only daughter of founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. "Now I suggest PM hand over the Jinnah House in Mumbai to Jinnah's only daughter Dina Wadia who ...

Political parties in UP support cross-border surgical strikes

Lucknow : Political parties in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday extended their support to the surgical strikes by the Indian Army on terrorist launchpads in Pakistani-administered Kashmir. In a statement issued here, Uttar Pradesh Congress unit chief Raj Babbar said his party saluted the Indian Army for ...

Revolt in JD-U against Nitish Kumar

New Delhi : A revolt seems to be brewing in the Janata Dal-United with several of its state units opposing re-election of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as its national president and demanding proper organisational polls for election of the next party president, informed sources said. Nitish was ...

Tobacco farmers appeal to Modi, seek participation in FCTC

New Delhi : Over one lakh tobacco growers across the country on Thursday submitted a written appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow their participation in the official Indian delegation to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Conference of Parties . The farmers, under the banner of ...

Kerry called up Sushma to convey condolences over Uri attack

New Delhi : US Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this week called up External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and conveyed his condolences for those killed in the Uri terror attack and "offered full cooperation", sources said on Thursday. Kerry called up Sushma Swaraj on September 27 in New York ...

AAP launches Helpline for border villagers in Punjab

New Delhi : The AAP on Thursday said it had launched a 24-hour Helpline for people in Punjab in areas bordering Pakistan and urged party activists to help their evacuation from these areas. The Aam Aadmi Party gave its Helpline number as 84377 91773. The AAP move came after the Punjab government ...

Aimed at Muslim outreach, 'Progress Panchayats' begin from Haryana

Chandigarh : With an aim to reach out to the Muslim community, the central government on Thursday launched 'Progress Panchayats' from the Muslim-dominated Mewat district of Haryana. Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, speaking at the event, announced the setting up of ...

मोदी की रैली के बाद कोझिकोड बीच पर फैला कूड़ा दिखाने वाले को जान से मारने की धमकी

शफीक़ हुदावी, TwoCircles.net कोझिकोड: मल्लपुरम के रहने वाले एक छात्र को भाजपा के समर्थकों और कार्यकर्ताओं की ओर से जान से ...

Jung alerts cops on crime against women, people from NE

New Delhi : Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday directed Delhi Police to adopt zero-tolerance policy for crimes against women, an official spokesman said. Jung also cautioned them to be careful of any targeted crime against people from the northeastern states, particularly girls and women, said a ...

Indian rupee plunges to a week's low

New Delhi : The Indian rupee on Thursday tumbled to its lowest level in the last one week after the army announced that it had carried out "surgical strikes" on terror camps across the Line of Control with Pakistan. The Indian currency, which opened at 66.44 to a US dollar, had already depreciated ...

Kerala to tweak liquor policy, stress abstinence

Thiruvananthapuram : The Kerala government is all set to tweak the much-debated liquor policy of the previous Oommen Chandy government, a state minister said on Thursday. State Minister for Excise T.P. Ramakrishnan said: "We are very clear on what the policy should be. It will come into effect from ...

Prisoners, Maoists, students to write Gandhi Peace Exams on October 2

Mumbai : Around 450 jail inmates of Maharashtra and 90 surrendered Maoists in Chhattisgarh will join around 1.70 lakh students to write the annual Gandhi Peace Exam to mark the 147th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, an official said here on Thursday. The exams shall be conducted across the state ...

Amit Shah hails Modi, Army

New Delhi : BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian Army after troops carried out surgical strikes across the LoC. "I congratulate Modi and Indian Army for surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir," Shah tweeted. Shah ...

Jamia Millia students win 3 Gold medals at World University Shooting Championship

By TCN News New Delhi: Bringing laurels to Jamia Millia Islamia , two of its students won three Gold Medals in Air Pistol and Air Rifle events in the recently held World University Shooting Championship-2016 in Bydgoszcs in Poland. Akhil Sheoran won two Gold Medals, including one in individual ...

Mewat attack was done by Gau Rakshaks, confirms Minorities Commission

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter Delhi: A two-member team of National Commission of Minorities comprising its Chairman Naseem Ahmad and Captain Praveen Davar, Member, NCM had visited village Dingerheri , District Mewat to look into the incident of murder of a Muslim couple and gang rape of two young ...

SC order on cancellation of Shahabuddin's bail on Friday

New Delhi : The Supreme Court will pronounce on Friday its order on the Bihar government's plea challenging the bail granted to criminal-turned-politician Mohammad Shahabuddin in Rajiv Roshan murder case. The ruling by a bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy came at the ...

President, Vice-President briefed on surgical strikes

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were on Thursday briefed on the surgical strikes on launch pads of terrorists across the Line of Control , sources said. They said Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra and Chief Minister ...

Ladakh, where Buddhist spirituality, culture reign supreme

By Vishal Gulati Ladakh -- once the hub of the ancient Silk Route -- is aptly described as a place where Buddhist spirituality and its ancient culture reign supreme amidst virgin nature. It's a cold desert in northern India, dotted by tiny hamlets spread over the Himalayan peaks adjoining Tibet, ...

President to honour senior eminent citizens

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukharjee will present the National Awards for Senior Citizens -- Vayoshreshtha Samman-2016 -- to eminent individuals and institutions in recognition of their service towards the cause of elderly persons, especially indigent senior citizens. The awards will be presented ...

BJP workers issue death threats to student who shot video of garbage on Kozhikode beach after Modi rally

By Shafeeq Hudawi, TwoCircles.net Kozhikode: A student from Malappuram has received death threats from BJP supporters after he posted a video showing the garbage that had accumulated at Kozhikode beach after the public rally of BJP national council came to an end. On Sunday morning, Shameer Kazim, a ...

Now, students in Kashmir being made to sit in exams they couldn't study for

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net Srinagar: With the Kashmir Valley continuing to remain in a lock-down since July, the PDP-BJP led state government is now coming up with innovative methods of showing and imposing normalcy in the violence-ridden state. From forcefully dictating public servants to ...

Modi chairs CCS meeting on LoC situation

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security to discuss the situation at the Line of Control . The meeting was held after the Pakistani Army on Thursday violated the ceasefire agreement and resorted to indiscriminate firing at Indian ...

Rahul Gandhi appears in Assam court

Guwahati : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday appeared before a local court in Guwahati in connection to a defamation case. "The want to divide the country and my fight is against them. I am not scared and my fight against poverty, unemployment and underdevelopment will continue," ...

Zulfiqar – An attempt to negatively stereotype Muslims

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter Kolkata: Otherization of Muslims in movies is nothing new but a recent Bengali movie went over the top in its negative portrayel of Muslims. Zulfiqar directed by Srjit Mukherji is an adaptation of two plays of William Shakespeare- Julius Caesar and Antony and ...

Javadekar praises Jamia Millia Islamia

New Delhi : Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday lauded contribution of Jamia Millia Islamia, saying that it was not only imparting good education but also shaping its students into good human beings. Inaugurating a newly constructed Girls Hostel, which has been ...

Bihar government admits failure in Shahabuddin bail case

New Delhi : The Bihar government on Wednesday admitted its failure before the Supreme Court in not opposing the bail petition of RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin in a murder case at the Patna High Court. Senior counsel Dinesh Dwivedi, appearing for the state government, also assailed the high ...

Will ease troubles of small schools: Sisodia

New Delhi : Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday promised to create a single-window system for granting permissions required to run small-budget private schools. "It's very sad to hear that to start a small school one has to take permission from 35 different places. I will try to ...

Centre calls for report on court violence from Mizoram

New Delhi : The Union Home Ministry has sought a report from the Congress-ruled Mizoram government over violence on Lunglei court premises, which led to the Gauhati High Court withdrawing all judges from there. The situation has acquired a political hue, with the opposition Mizo National Front ...

ABVP demands 'congenial atmosphere' at Calcutta University

Kolkata : Demanding a "congenial atmosphere" at the Calcutta University, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad , the BJP-affiliated students wing, led a protest march here on Wednesday. "We know that the students of Calcutta University and its affiliated colleges have been facing immense ...

SP incapable of ushering in prosperity in UP: Amit Shah

Lucknow : Taking a dig at the recent power struggle between Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Samajwadi Party unit chief Shivpal Yadav, BJP President Amit Shah attacked the state's ruling party on Wednesday for doing nothing tangible for the people. The 'chacha-bhatija' , were ...

Delhi HC seeks registry's view on using Hindi in district courts

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked for a response from its registry on a petition that sought acceptance of petitions drafted in Hindi in all district courts in the national capital. The public interest petition filed by city-based lawyer Umesh Sharma contended that despite the ...

Security man killed in Maoist blast in Chhattisgarh

Narayanpur : A District Reserve Guard trooper was killed and two others were injured on Wednesday in an IED blast triggered by Maoists in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh, a police official said. The blast triggered by Maoists occurred in Karel valley in Narayanpur where security personnel were ...

Government announces 78 days bonus for railway employees

New Delhi : The government on Wednesday announced a productivity-linked bonus for the railway employees for 78 days. Briefing the media after the Cabinet meet, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the railway employees would be given a bonus for 78 days before the festive season. "The Cabinet ...

Take steps for Muslim empowerment, Owaisi tells Centre

Hyderabad : AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday said that if the Narendra Modi government is really concerned about the empowerment of Muslims, it should take concrete steps like providing reservation and demand-driven scholarships to the community. "Let the Modi government ban 'gau rakshaks' ...

CPI-M MLA laments inaction on deliberations during all-party delegation visit

Srinagar : Advocating withdrawal of AFSPA and the Disturbed Area Act from Kashmir, CPI-M MLA Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami on Wednesday said the Centre had taken no visible action on the deliberations held during the all-party delegation's visit to the restive valley. This had led to increased ...

Police secures victim's family, court hears Shahabuddin's bail

Patna : Security of Chandrakeshwar Prasad and his wife Kalavati Devi in Bihar's Siwan was beefed up on Wednesday as the Supreme Court began hearing a plea by them and the state seeking cancellation of RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin's bail. The plaintiffs had sought the cancellation of Shahabuddin's ...

यूपी चुनाव के पहले नरेंद्र मोदी का मुस्लिम कार्ड - 'प्रोग्रेसिव पंचायत'

सिद्धांत मोहन, TwoCircles.net वाराणसी: केंद्र की मोदी सरकार ने मुस्लिमों की समस्याएं सुनने के लिए देशभर में 'प्रगतिशील ...

Dengue deaths touch 100 in Lucknow, more people test positive

Lucknow : The death toll from dengue has crossed the 100 mark here and still the vector borne disease shows no signs of relenting in Uttar Pradesh. In the past two days, more than 150 patients have tested positive for dengue and the humid weather continues to add to the spread of the disease. Health ...

Why Bihar can treat only 0.3% of its malnourished children

By Shashank Srikant & Nishant Ojha Of 5 million malnourished children under five in Bihar, no more than 0.3 per cent, or one in 340 -- at best -- can be treated at the state's 38 nutrition rehabilitation centres , the first line of primary care against a condition that can permanently inhibit future ...

Mani non-committal on joining BJP-led NDA

Thiruvananthapuram : One of the country's longest serving legislator K.M. Mani of Kerala, whose stock is currently low on various counts -- like a few Vigilance Department probes against him and his exit from the Congress-led UDF alliance -- is tightlipped about his future. In an interaction with ...

Saamana cartoonist says sorry for hurting Maratha sentiments

Mumbai : Saamana caricaturist Shreenivas Prabhudesai on Wednesday expressed regret over an objectionable cartoon which led to a storm of protests from the Maratha community, including attacks on the newspaper's office and printing press. In a statement published by Saamana Group, Prabhudesai said ...

A day in the life of a Butcher: Mohammed Munna

By Nishat Ara for TwoCircles.net Mohammed Munna has known no life apart from that of a constant struggle, but believes that life is never meant to be easy, anyway. It is the things you fight for the struggle with before earning that have the greatest worth. When something's difficult to come by, ...

JD-U legislator files FIR against Katju

Patna : A Janata Dal-United MLC in Bihar has filed an FIR against former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju for his sarcastic comment about Bihar on social media. Neeraj Kumar on Tuesday said he has lodged an FIR against Katju as his comment hurt 10.5 crore Biharis, living in the state, in India ...

Minority panel recommends permament jobs for Mewat rape victims

New Delhi : The National Commission for Minorities, in its report on the murders and gang rape of two members of a Muslim family in Haryana's Mewat, welcomed the transfer of investigation to CBI and recommended regular jobs for the victims or their kin. "The incident has shaken the people of the ...

सपा सरकार मुज़फ्फ़रनगर दंगों में मारे गए लोगों को 'लापता' समझती है - रिहाई मंच

TCN News लखनऊ: सामाजिक संस्था रिहाई मंच ने अखिलेश सरकार द्वारा मुजफ्फरनगर सांप्रदायिक हिंसा में मारे गए लोगों के लापता ...

Kejriwal demands retaliation for Uri attack, Rs 1 cr for soldiers' families

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that if the Uri terror attack is not avenged, it will be a "betrayal" of sacrifices of those who gave their lives for the nation. "The enemy nation killed 18 of our soldiers. Why are we silent? I don't say we should go to war. But ...

Youth who threw shoe at Rahul Gandhi sent to jail

Lucknow : The youth who threw a shoe at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi during his Kisan Yatra in neighbouring Sitapur district was sent to jail on Tuesday, police said. Hari Om Mishra will now be presented in the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court on Wednesday. Gandhi had claimed the shoe hurling ...

BSP legislator joins Samajwadi Party

Lucknow : The sitting legislator from Fatehpur, Ayodhya Prasad Pal, joined the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday. A Samajwadi Party spokesman said Pal, who was a minister in the previous Mayawati government, met Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at his official residence and offered his ...