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Bihar's Deputy CM dares Yogi Adityanath to ban liquor in UP
Patna, March 25: Bihar's Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday dared new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to ban liquor and set up an "anti-Daru squad" on the lines of the much hyped anti-Romeo squad."Liquor is dangerous, it pollutes health and society. Yogiji don't divert people's attention and constitute anti-Daru squad (anti-liquor squad)," Tejashwi, the younger son of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, told media here.Tejashwi said if Adityanath is a 'Yogi' and an honest advocate of religion, he should order a total liquor ban in Uttar Pradesh like in Bihar.The Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance government enforced total prohibition on April 5 last year in the state. (IANS)




Federation of Indian Airlines banned Shiv Sena MP for assaulting Air India staffer
The decision was taken a day after Gaikwad thrashed an Air India employee repeatedly with his slipper after he was forced to travel in economy class from Pune to Delhi despite holding a business class ticket. Mumbai/New Delhi, March 24: The Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) on Friday banned Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad from flying on Air India and four private airlines for assaulting an Air India employee."Air India and FIA member airlines have decided to ban this MP from flying on all our flights with immediate effect," the group's Associate Director Ujjwal Dey said in a statement. "We believe that exemplary action should be taken in such incidents to protect employee morale and public safety," the statement added.Besides Air India, the other airlines which won't allow Gaikwad to fly are IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Go Air, AirAsia and Vistara.The FIA demanded "strict action" against the MP. "We believe that an assault on any one of our ...




Redouble efforts to eliminate TB: President
I call upon all stakeholders to redouble their efforts for an early achievement of goal of TB elimination: President Pranab Mukherjee New Delhi, March 24: President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday asked all stakeholders to redouble their efforts in eliminating tuberculosis."Happy to learn that World Tuberculosis Day is being observed on March 24. TB continues to be one of the major health challenges in India," Mukherjee tweeted. I call upon all stakeholders to redouble their efforts for an early achievement of goal of TB elimination #PresidentMukherjee— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) March 24, 2017"I call upon all stakeholders to redouble their efforts for an early achievement of goal of TB elimination," he wrote.(IANS)




Rajya Sabha criticises media for 'selective reporting'
New Delhi, March 23: Role of the media once again came under scrutiny in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday with members from across parties criticising it for not reporting positive aspect of parliamentary proceedings.The issue was raised by Naresh Agrawal of the Samajwadi Party (SP) soon after the house met for the day's business."Yesterday (Wednesday) Sharad Yadavji had talked about media being Fourth Pillar of democracy and its role but nothing was reported about it," he said.Agrawal was then supported by Sharad Yadav of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), who said that "whatever I had said was buried in the four walls of the house".Anand Sharma of the Congress also expressed concern over the issue and said that the media must play a role in sensitising public on issues of national importance."No constructive work of the house finds a place in the media," he alleged.To pacify the members, Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said that the issue could only be discussed in th...




Journalists not allowed to report truth: Sharad Yadav
New Delhi, March 22: Janata Dal(U) leader Sharad Yadav on Wednesday said media organisations in the country are in the clutches of businessmen and "journalists are not free to report the truth".Participating in a debate in the Rajay Sabha on electoral reforms, Yadav said journalists are having a difficult time as they are totally dependent on the mercy of the businessman who runs their organisation."The journalists cannot write the way they want to, and are being directed by their financiers," he said, adding that this trend is badly affecting democracy in Indian.The JD(U) leader said businessmen have got hold of the Indian media to further their agenda and interests. "It should be checked and stopped."He added that the reporter would be fired in case he wants to write the truth."It's not good for our democracy. Media is the fourth pillar of Indian democracy and it must be protected," Yadav said.He also said that Majithia wage board recommendatio...




India at No.1 among world's 10 worst countries for rural water access: Report
World Water Day is observed on 22 March IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 22: With 63 million people in rural areas without access to clean water, India is at No. 1 among the world's 10 worst countries for rural water access. People in rural areas of Bangladesh, Kenya and Nigeria have better access to clean water, says Wild Water, State of the World's Water 2017, new report by WaterAid, a global advocacy group on water and sanitation.   "India receives the unenviable title of having the greatest number of people living in rural areas without access to clean water - 63 million. This is almost the population of the United Kingdom, enough people to form a line from New York to Sydney and back again," says WaterAid in its report. Top 10 countries with the greatest numbers of rural people without clean water   Some 67% of India's population lives in rural areas. Some 63 million of India's rural population have no access to clean water.   "Lack o...




Ajmer blast: Bhavesh Patel, Devendra Gupta get life term
Jaipur, March 22: A court here on Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment both the convicts for the Ajmer Dargah bombing which killed three people in 2007.The Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court sentenced Devendra Gupta and Bhavesh Patel to life in prison.The court had on March 8 acquitted RSS leader Swami Aseemanand and six others while convicting three others. The third person to be convicted was Sunil Joshi, who has died.The court also fined Rs 10,000 on Patel and Rs 5,000 on Gupta, both of whom claimed innocence."We will approach the High Court," Lokesh Sharma, Patel's advocate, told IANS."We are innocent and it is a political conspiracy against us," Gupta told the media while coming out of the court.The court found the three guilty for criminal conspiracy and action intended to outrage religious feelings besides charging them under the Explosive Substances Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.Three of the 13 accused are still missing....




Hundreds protest in Jaipur against attack at hotel on beef suspicion
IndiaTomorrow.net,Jaipur, March 21: Alleging biased police action against owners and staffers of a Muslim hotel here over beef suspicion, hundreds of people took out a protest demonstration and urged the Jaipur Police Commissioner to take action against guilty policemen and members of cow protection group.   People protest in Jaipur against police action against a Muslim hotel on beef suspicion.  On 19th March night, at the call of some members of a local cow vigilante group, the Jaipur Police raided Hotel Hayat Rabbani, forced guests out, arrested co-owner and a cleaner and sealed the hotel. Then, the police collected allegedly left-over meat from hotel dustbin and sent for forensic test.   The protesters alleged that the police acted in haste just on the allegations about beef being served there. The police should have waited for the forensic report before taking any action.   The hotel in Jaipur was sealed by Police over beef suspicion on 19 March 2...




Ayodhya Dispute: Muslim Law Board says negotiation should be based on justice, evidences
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 21: Responding to the mediation offer of Chief Justice of India in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has said that though such negotiation efforts have failed in the past, it would consider the offer as it has come from Chief Justice of India. However, the board made it clear that the negotiation for an amicable solution of the dispute should be in clean environment, with both parties having equal status and it should be based on justice and evidences and without any preconceived notion.   A Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul today said that the amicable settlement of the Ayodhya dispute was a better course than on insisting on judicial pronouncement.   "All India Muslim Personal Law Board's stand has been that the dispute should be resolved either through dialogue or court. In the past also, sev...




New Facebook tool curbs sharing fake news
Facebook has been severely criticised for promoting fake news and spreading misinformation. It was also accused of helping US President Donald Trump win the elections by allowing misinformation and fake stories on its platform. New York, March 21: In a battle against fake news, Facebook has started to roll out a new tool that fact-checks the stories a user shares.According to a report in Telegraph on Monday, some users in the US saw a pop-up window appearing when they shared a story on their profile, reading "Disputed by multiple, independent fact-checkers."Facebook has been severely criticised for promoting fake news and spreading misinformation. It was also accused of helping US President Donald Trump win the elections by allowing misinformation and fake stories on its platform."Before you share this content, you might want to know that the fact-checking sites, Snopes.com and Associated Press disputed its accuracy," the report noted.However, the tool is not ava...




Resolve Ayodhya dispute amicably, says SC
Any person of your choice. You want me to mediate (but) I will not hear (on judicial side). You want my brother (Judge). There are issues. You all sit together across the table and decide: Chief Justice New Delhi, March 21: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that the amicable settlement of the Ayodhya Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute was a better course than on insisting on judicial pronouncement.A bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said this as BJP leader Subramanian Swamy urged it to constitute a bench to hear a batch of petitions challenging a 2010 Allahabad High Court order.The 2010 order said that there should be a partition of the Ayodhya land between the parties to the dispute.Saying that negotiated settlement between the parties to the dispute was the best course, Chief Justice Khehar offered to act as a mediator provided that he would not hear the matter on the judicial side.Pointing towards Justice Kaul, t...




4,000 Maharashtra resident doctors go on mass leave
Mumbai, March 20: Medical services in 17 government hospitals were disrupted on Monday when over 4,000 resident doctors went on a mass Casual Leave to protest growing incidents of attacks by patients' relatives.There have been at least five attacks on resident doctors in one week, including two in the past 24 hours, said Indian Medical Association (Youth) state President Sagar Mundada."Today we met Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar but we have not got any concrete assurances on our physical safety while on duty," Mundada said, hinting at continuing the agitation on Tuesday.While assuring that it was the duty of the civic body to ensure security, Mahadeshwar appealed to the medicos to resume duty by this evening failing which the civic body would consider taking action against them.Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) President Yashowardhan Kabra said the sudden spate of attacks on medicos had left shattered them and "it was difficult to work under such life-thre...




Need to redouble efforts to make land a better place to live in: President
IndiaTomorrow.net, Patna, March 20: President of India Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday expressed concern on the spread of violence in the world and urged all to redouble efforts to make the land a better place to live in.   Addressing the delegates present at the closing ceremony of International Conference on "Buddhism in 21st Century - Perspectives and Responses to Global Challenges and Crises" held in Rajgir in Nalanda district of Bihar on Sunday, the President requested them all to redouble their efforts to contribute to making our land a better place to live in.   Speaking on the occasion, the President said that no part of the world today is free from the scourge of violence. "This crisis is all pervasive. The basic question being raised today is how to stop this wanton destruction and come back to sanity," he said.   The President said that Nalanda "reflects our ancient educational system which attracted mighty minds in the form of stude...




Muslims shouldn't lose heart, says Jamaat over Assembly election results
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 18: India's largest socio-religious Muslim organization has appealed to Muslims in the country, especially those living in Uttar Pradesh, not to lose heart and hope over the recent Assembly election results.   "The recent Assembly election results are surprising and Muslims' concern over the outcomes is natural in view of the anti-Muslim policies of BJP. It is indeed a tough time, but Muslims should face it with courage," said Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, National President, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind here on Saturday hours after Hindutva firebrand politician Yogi Adityanath was elected chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.   "There can be many reasons for this situation. Unity is required to achieve any goal and also there is a gap between Muslims and other communities which sometimes create doubts and issues among them. It should be our prime responsibility to bridge such gapes for better understanding and communication," ...




No room for intolerance, hatred at campuses: President
IndiaTomorrow.net, Mumbai, March 18: President of India Pranab Mukherjee has reiterated his strong views against intolerance and hatred at educational institutions in the country. He said these institutions should act as flag bearers for the co-existence of multiple views.   Addressing the special convocation of University of Mumbai on the occasion of conferment of Honorary D.Litt. on Dr M. S. Swaminathan here on Friday, President Mukherjee said: "We should embrace free conversation and even argument, leaving behind narrow mindsets and thoughts. The lesson for a modern Indian university is to ensure that this great tradition finds new life and vigour within its precincts. There should be no room for intolerance, prejudice and hatred within the spaces of our educational institutions. They must act as flag bearers for the co-existence of multiple views, thoughts and philosophies."   The President said debate and discussion have been part of Indian tradition and t...




5,000 nurses at AIIMS on mass casual leave
New Delhi, March 17: Nearly 5,000 nurses at the AIIMS went on mass casual leave on Friday, alleging the hospital administration of discrimination in the roll out of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.The nurses, who held meetings with the outgoing Deputy Director, Administration, V. Srinivas, have demanded that they be given revision in their pay scales and a hike in allowances.The emergency services at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences would be affected. However, the out patient departments and other medical services will continue as usual."We have clearly told the administration that if our entire pay grade is not enhanced from Rs 4,600 to Rs 5,400 then we will go on indefinite strike from March 27 onwards," said a senior nurse at the hospital.They have also sought enhancement in their nursing allowances by Rs 7,800.According to the AIIMS authorities, the proposal of the nurses has been sent to the Health Ministry for consideration. (IANS)




Anti-Muslim posters: Two UP police teams to track culprits
Lucknow, March 16: The Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday said two teams had been formed to track down the miscreants who pasted posters in a Bareilly village threatening Muslims to leave their homes.A case has also been registered against unknown persons under Section 153-A of the Indian Penal Code, dealing with promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.Director General of Police Public Relations Officer Rahul Srivastava told IANS that prima facie, the move looks to be the handiwork of some mischievous elements in the village.A villager of Jianagla, situated 70 km from Bareilly, lodged a police complaint on Wednesday that posters in Hindi were pasted on his house's doors and walls, asking the Muslim villagers to leave by the year-end since the Bharatiya Janata Party has come to power in Uttar Pradesh.The village with around 2,600 residents has around 250 Muslims....




Muslim representation in UP pushed quarter century behind
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 16: The huge division of non-BJP votes has not just resulted in a landslide victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party and an existential crisis for BJP's main rivals but also pushed the Muslim representation in the Legislative Assembly of India's largest state a quarter century behind.   The Bharatiya Janata Paty (BJP) alone won 312 seats in the 403-Member Assembly while its top three rivals namely Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Congress won just 47, 19 and 07 seats respectively.   BJP had contested on 380 seats but had not fielded a single Muslim candidate.   Consequently, out of around 200 Muslim candidates of SP, BSP and Congress, only 24 could win - 17 from SP, 5 from BSP and 2 from Congress.   In 2012 Assembly elections, 68 Muslims had won, that was 17.1% of the Assembly strength and almost in proportion to the community's population in the state (18.5% as per Census 2011).   But t...




India at 148th in number of women MPs; UN calls for quotas
Arul Louis, United Nations, March 16: Releasing a world ranking of the number of women parliamentarians that that placed India 148, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the head of UN Women, has called for reservations for women.The rankings of all 193 UN member countries released here on Wednesday by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women showed that women made up 11.8 per cent of the Lok Sabha where 64 were elected to the 542-member house and 11 per cent of the Rajya Sabha with 27 of the 245 members.India ranked 88 in the number of women ministers with five or 18.5 per cent in the cabinet.However, women hold important positions: Sumitra Mahajan is the Speaker and Sushma Swaraj is the External Affairs Minister.Speaking to reporters, IPU Secretary-General Martin Chungong backed up the call for reservations for women suggesting that quotas for them could speed up the process for achieving gender equality.At the current rate of progress, it would take 50 years for the number of women to equ...




India has 14.5 lakh cancer patients; Govt. not considering to declare cancer a notifiable disease
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 15: In the year 2016, there were 14,15,417 cancer patients in India, the Union Government informed the Rajya Sabha here on Wednesday. But the government made it clear that it has no proposal to declare cancer a notifiable disease like dengue, leprosy and polio.   "As informed by Indian Council of Medical Research, the estimated incidence of cancer patients in the country for the year 2016 is 1451417. As reported by ICMR as per "Consolidated Report on Hospital Based Cancer Registry: 2012-14", it is estimated that approximately 17% patients report when the disease has spread throughout the body which is the end stage of disease," Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Anupriya Patel stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.   The minister further said: "There have been different opinions among experts regarding declaring cancer as a notifiable disease. The Government of India does not ...




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