Monday, May 29, 2017
NEW DELHI: “Wash yourself, be clean” Dalits were told as the administration handed out shampoo and bars of soap to the 100-odd Musahar Dalit families of Mainpur Deenapatti village in Kushinagar district a day befor .. Read More
NEW DELHI: The war in Afghanistan, which the previous United States administration vowed to end, is set to see yet another escalation as NATO allies converge in Brussels for a key summit. A major point on the agenda will be a pote... Read More
NEW DELHI: A group of concerned citizens, including Justice AP Shah, Former BJP MInister Yashwant Sinha, former foreign secretary Salman Haider, and others have issued a statement urging the government to at least ensure a peacefu... Read More
NEW DELHI: Bhim Army’s young leader Chandrashekhar emerged from hiding on Sunday to address a gathering of thousands who had gathered at Jantar Mantar Delhi to protest against the violence in Saharanpur. A massive mobilisati... Read More
SRINAGAR: Curfew-like restrictions have been imposed by authorities in parts of the capital Srinagar city to thwart the moderate Hurriyat's week-long program culminating tomorrow to commemorate the killings of its senior leade... Read More
LUCKNOW: “The houses of those Dalits who did not vote for the BJP in the Assembly electons in Uttar Pradesh were selectively targeted, their properties burnt, their women terrorised,” is the one singular fact that form... Read More
NEW DELHI: At a time when civic polls have been brought to the level of state elections by an over-exuberant media, West Bengal seems to have given a go by to the Bharatiya Janata Party by reposing full trust in Mamata Banerjee an... Read More
NEW DELHI: Seven months and this mother is still looking for her son.She camped in Delhi for months since her son disappeared in October last year, joing students in protests, sitting on dharna, being dragged by the cops to detent... Read More
NEW DELHI: Public intellectuals and activists from across India have written to the Governor and Chief Minister of Chhatisgarh urging them to revoke the suspension of Dalit police officer, Assistant Jail Superintendent Varsha Dong... Read More
NEW DELHI: The demonstration by Aam Aadmi party leader Saurabh Bharadwaj, also an engineer like Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, has created a flutter amongst the Opposition parties with the Congress party also reluctantly convenin... Read More
A report from Itanagar said that the All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) had called an all-party meeting here to discuss the Centre's purported decision to grant citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees in the state. The decision was taken during a consultative meeting organised by the students' union in which thousands participated. The union had been demanding the departure of Chakmas and Hajongs from the state for a long time. The meeting was chaired by the President of the students' union, Hawa Bagang. It rejected the idea of granting citizenship to Chakmas and Hajong refugees and discussed various subjects like the status of Tibetan refugees in the state, granting of Scheduled Tribe status to the Yobin community and codification of customary laws. It was unanimously decided to organise an all-party meeting within a week. It was deemed mandatory for all the 59 legislators, including the chief minister and three MPs of the state, to attend the meeting. It also decided to revive the high-powered committee earlier constituted by the Union Ministry Of Home Affairs on the Chakma and Hajong refugees. The meeting expressed resentment over the refugees allegedly sneaking out from their designated camps and encroaching upon the reserved forest areas. It appealed to the state government to carry out an eviction drive and contain the refugees within their designated blocks till a proper mechanism was framed. The state government was urged to conduct a proper count of the Chakma, Hajong and Tibetan refugees within a month.
A report from Tura said that alarmed at non-payment of salaries that remained pending for the last 10 months in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), the Achik Youth Council, an NGO, had threatened to take the matter to court if the issue was not dealt with by the authorities concerned. Vice-President of the NGO Silning D. Sangma said "Almost 10 months without salary. How will they survive? We feel pity for the GHADC staff who are working endlessly though they are not getting salaries for the past 10 months,". "The GHADC non-gazetted employees have complied with the high court order and withdrew their agitation. However, the former authorities of the GHADC failed to comply with the Meghalaya High Court order and have not paid nine months' salary to employees," Silning said.
A report from Shillong said that burying their past differences, the Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the United Democratic Party (UDP) had announced the forging of a " gathbandhan" to reap maximum benefits ahead of next year's Meghalaya Assembly polls. After a series of meetings between the HSPDP and UDP, which had been taking place for the last few months, a decision was finally sealed to forge a pre-poll alliance. The seed of the alliance was sown by the HSPDP when in March-April, it offered not to field candidates in constituencies where the UDP nominees were potential winners as a step to ensure that the regional votes remained intact. The alliance, which would entail seat-sharing between the two parties, would be concentrated on the Khasi-Jaintia hills region of the state. The Meghalaya Assembly was a 60-member House, and the Khasi-Jaintia hills encompassing six districts, had 36 constituencies. The remaining 24 constituencies were in the five districts of the Garo hills.
AICC general secretary and Northeast in-charge C.P. Joshi said the condition of farmers had deteriorated across the country in the past three years of BJP rule at the Centre. Speaking to reporters, Joshi said an average of 35 farmers committed suicide every day in the past three years. He said 12,360 farmers killed themselves in 2014 while 12,602 and 14,000 farmers committed suicide in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Joshi's comments came two days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Assam. The KMSS had also criticised the BJP yesterday over its alleged failure to improve the condition of farmers. Citing data presented in the Rajya Sabha, Joshi said while the BJP had waived off loans worth Rs 1,54,000 crore for its "businessmen friends", the ruling party denied farm-loan waivers to the country's debt-ridden farmers. The Congress leader alleged that the BJP government was deliberately not procuring crops even at the minimum support price and only private insurance companies were benefiting from the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.