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Nitish attacks BJP’s two-wheeler promise to girls

Written By Kvartha People on Friday, October 9, 2015 | 3:33 PM

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday laughed at BJP’s poll promise of providing two-wheeler to 5,000 meritorious school girls, and asked if the saffron party was planning to send minor girls to police station by driving two-wheeler without license.

“Do you intend to send girls of class IX — of about 13-14 year of age — to police station by driving two-wheeler without driving license?” Mr Kumar asked BJP leaders while addressing an election meeting at Sherghati in Gaya district.

He also described BJP as “nakalchi” (imitator) and said the poll promise of two-wheeler was in response to his bicycle scheme for boys and girls.

“My government provided bicycle to 8.28 lakh boys of class IX and 8.15 lakh girls of same class thus totalling 16.40 lakh. Imitating this successful scheme, the BJP has come out with a promise to give two-wheeler to 5000 girls on the basis of merit in examination,” he said.

The BJP had announced poll sops of two-wheeler, laptop, colour TV in mahadalit localities among others recently.
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J&K Lawmaker Thrashed By BJP Members Day After Beef Party

Written By Kvartha People on Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 11:21 AM

SRINAGAR: Several BJP lawmakers today assaulted Independent legislator Sheikh Abdul Rashid in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, a day after he had hosted a beef party in Srinagar.

As BJP lawmakers assaulted him, several Opposition lawmakers rushed to save him.

The legislator from Langate had hosted the beef party in the lawns of MLA hostel in Srinagar, with the guests being served beef kebabs, 'ristas' (meat balls) and beef patties.

Mr Rashid had claimed that he did not want to offend anyone but wanted to send a message that "no courts or legislature can prevent the people from eating what they want".

The step was "just to give them (legislators) a clear message that it hardly makes any difference whether you accept or reject the bill... religious matters cannot be kept subservient to courts and assembly," the legislator had said.

"Nobody on earth, no assembly, no court and no institution can stop us from having what we want to have," he added.

The beef row erupted after a division bench of High Court in Jammu directed the state to strictly implement the ban in the state as per the law.
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BJP leader’s son among two held for lynching Akhlaq

Written By Kvartha People on Sunday, October 4, 2015 | 6:32 AM

GREATER NOIDA: Two youth, one of them the son of a local BJP leader, were arrested on Saturday for allegedly playing a key role in the lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq at his home in Bisada village on Monday night. Akhlaq was lynched on the suspicion that he had killed a brown spotted calf and stored its meat in his refrigerator.

The two -- Vishal and Shivam - were picked up from the Noida bus depot, when they were trying to leave the city, deputy superintendent of police Anurag Singh said. Vishal is the son of local BJP leader Sanjay Rana, whose role the Akhlaq family had mentioned in its FIR. TOI was the only paper to report this. Vishal works in an advertising company in Okhla, Delhi, while Shivam is a student.
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Nepal’s main stream parties unite against India

India's belated bid for a role in Nepal's constitution-making process has united the landlocked nation's top mainstream parties as never before. 

Shedding their inherent differences, Nepali Congress (NC), considered closest to New Delhi, Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) and Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) have stood rock solid in their resistance to India's efforts to customize their country's new constitution to its requirements. These three parties have an overwhelming majority in the 601-member constituent assembly. New Delhi is sympathetic to the demands of Madhesis (Maithili, Bhojpuri, Avadhi, Hindi and Urdu-speaking people) for more representation and autonomy. 

"Delhi seems to have lost much of its goodwill in the rest of Nepal by supporting only one section of the population. The Nepali people will take a long time to get over this," rued a Nepali diplomat. 
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Security beefed up after man beaten to death over cow slaughter rumour

Written By Kvartha People on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | 10:06 PM

Greater Noida: Massive security has been deployed in a village in Dadri town after a 50-year-old man was allegedly beaten to death and his son injured by a mob following rumours that their family was involved in the slaughter of a cow.

Tension prevailed in the area after around 200 persons attacked the residence of Iqlakh after rumours spread in the village that a cow has been slaughtered on Monday night, police said on Wednesday. The mob allegedly beat Iqlakh to death while his son Danish was critically injured in the attack and is undergoing treatment at a hospital, they said.

There were also reports that trouble started on rumours that the victim had consumed beef. But there was no confirmation. Giving details of the incident, Jaan Mohammad, a relative of the victim said, “An announcement was made at a local temple that a cow has been slaughtered in Dadri, following which a large number of people attacked our family.” As the rumours spread, villagers blocked a highway in Bisrakh area on Tuesday demanding death penalty for those involved in the slaughter.
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Afghan forces battle for Kunduz city after Taliban takeover

Written By Kvartha People on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 | 10:33 PM

Afghan forces backed by US air support battled Taliban fighters for control of the northern city of Kunduz on Tuesday, after the militants seized a provincial capital for the first time since their ouster 14 years ago.

The sudden fall of Kunduz on Monday was a major setback for the government of President Ashraf Ghani, which marked its first year in power on Tuesday, and raised questions over how ready Afghan forces were to tackle the Islamist insurgency alone.

Ghani announced in a televised address that more reinforcements were on their way to regain the city, which he said had fallen partly because government forces had shown restraint to avoid civilian casualties.
"The government is responsible, and cannot and will not bomb its own citizens."
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India-US ink on MoU in energy security and climate change

Written By Kvartha People on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 | 9:26 AM

India and the United States have signed a significant MoU on energy security, climate change and clean energy which Secretary of State John Kerry said reflects the commitment of the two countries to make the Paris summit later this year a success.

“We have concluded a very significant Memorandum of Understanding on energy security, climate change, and clean energy,” Kerry said at a joint news conference with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj, US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

India’s commitment to reach 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022 is the world’s most ambitious target in the area of renewables, Kerry said referring to the goal set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

American companies and research institutions are committed to help India achieve that goal, he said.

“We’re also launching a Fulbright Climate Fellowship programme to facilitate the exchange of key research information,” he said.

Kerry said both India and the United States are “firmly committed” to reaching a truly meaningful, truly comprehensive and truly ambitious climate agreement in Paris later this year.

“That is absolutely critical and reflects the responsibility of world leaders to show the way on problems that profoundly affect not just our countries but all of the citizens of this planet,” he said.

Energy and climate change are two of the many issues on which the two governments made progress over the last couple of days, Kerry said referring to series of meetings that took place between officials of the two countries over the past few days and in particular at the inaugural Strategic and Commercial Dialogue being held at the State Department headquarters.
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Govt exempts WhatsApp, social media from purview of encryption policy, DEIT clarify

Written By Kvartha People on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 | 9:28 AM

Shortly after a controversy erupted over government's proposal to investigate on every message that an individual will send via WhatsApp, SMS, or Google Hangouts, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology clarified in a draft that social media websites and applications will be exempted from the purview of the Encryption Policy.

According to the draft posted by Deity, there are certain categories of encryption products that will be exempted from the purview of the draft national encryption policy.

The mass-use encryption products, which are currently being used in web applications, social media sites, and social media applications such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter etc are being exempted from the purview of the draft National Encryption Policy, said a proposed addendum to the policy posted on the department's website.
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Gujarat no.1, Bihar 21 in development, Jaitley concludes debate

Written By Kvartha People on Thursday, September 17, 2015 | 10:35 PM

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday hit out at Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar saying the time for debate on development is over as it has been proved that Gujarat is the No. 1 state while Bihar stands at 21.

Accusing Kumar and RJD leader Lalu Prasad of destroying Ram Manohar Lohia's legacy by aligning with Congress for Bihar polls, he said the two leaders failed to develop the state in the last 25 years when they were in power.

"Nitishji says let us debate the development issue. What is there to debate? This debate is over. Gujarat is number 1 and Bihar stands at 21. The economy speaks through statistics and not through debate," Jaitley said.
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Jhabua blast: Angry locals protest against CM; main accused absconding

Written By Kvartha People on Sunday, September 13, 2015 | 7:07 PM

Protesters on Sunday heckled Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan near the site of the massive blast that left 89 people dead as anger spilled onto the roads in Petlawad town, while the main accused who allegedly had BJP links evaded arrest for storing mining explosives.

Chouhan and his Cabinet colleague Antar Singh Arya faced the wrath of slogan-shouting locals who blocked their path at the new bus stand square close to the site of the tragedy.

Gauging the public anger, the two leaders squatted on the ground after being gheraoed and gave a hearing to the protesters for more than 15 minutes before leaving for the mishap site, eyewitnesses said.

Protesters, including Congressmen, came out on the roads in large numbers shouting slogans against the state government and district administration, alleging that it had not taken appropriate steps to prevent the tragedy and demanded stern action against officials for the lapse, eyewitnesses said.

The protesters also shouted slogans demanding sacking of District Collector Aruna Gupta and also allegedly manhandled the area's Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) AR Khan, who tried the clear the way for the Chief Minister.

Chouhan, who visited the mishap site and also went door-to-door meeting the affected families, said he will stay put in Petlawad to oversee relief work till "normalcy is restored".

Police also carried out searches at some places to nab Rajendra Kasawa, who had stored the huge pile of explosives for mining work in a building which triggered off a series of explosions on Saturday.
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Shiv Sena warns the Jain community against imposing its vegetarian code

Written By Kvartha People on Friday, September 11, 2015 | 6:14 AM

Saamna on Thursday warned the Jain community against imposing its vegetarian code on other communities in the state during the Paryushan Parva.

Urging Jains not to provoke Maharashtra in the name of Paryushan, Saamna said the community should live in peace and harmony with the local residents of Maharashtra...Your financial empires will be nowhere if you sow enmity in Maharashtra, said Saamna.

In an editorial, Saamna reminded the Jains that Shiv Sainiks had protected them during the post-Babri communal flare-up in Mumbai in 1992-93. Many Jains would then call on Balasaheb Thackeray and thank him and the Sena for protecting their lives and properties during communal riots.

"Our Gujarati-Jain brothers were safe because Marathis countered the violence of religious fundamentalists with violence. And the Jains would be praising the violence which saved them," said the Shiv Sena mouthpiece and urged the Jain community to keep away from religious fundamentalism.

The Saamna editorial reflects the widespread ire in the Sena rank and file following the BMC administration's decision to keep the municipalised abattoirs shut for four days during the Paryushan Parva. BJP MLAs Atul Bhatkhalkar and Raj Purohit had written to the BMC seeking the shut-down of abattoirs in order to respect the religious sentiments of the Jain community.
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