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Congress to move SC against education qualification in Rajasthan panchayat polls

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): The Congress is all set to file a petition in the Supreme Court on Monday against an ordinance brought by the Rajasthan government setting a minimum education qualification for candidates contesting panchayat polls. The ordinance stipulates a minimum education qualification of secondary education (Class X) for candidates contesting zila parishad or panchayat samiti polls and Class VIII pass to be eligible to run for the post of sarpanch. Party leader AM Singhvi and Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot claimed that the ordinance is discriminatory and against the constitutional right to equality and highly disruptive for all candidates and political parties. Pilot also reiterated that this ordinance will make SC, ST candidates and rural women ineligible to contest the panchayat polls. Jan 5, 2015
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Won't form alliance in J-K in haste, says BJP

New Delhi, Jan 5 (ANI): Asserting that all options are open for government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Jugal Kishore on Monday said that his party would not form an alliance in haste as they want a stable government which would last for six years. Earlier, the BJP had stated that any attempt to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir without its inclusion will be a travesty of the mandate given by the people of the state. The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections threw up a hung verdict, with the PDP emerging as the single-largest party winning 28 seats. The BJP won 25 seats while the National Conference and Congress won 15 and 12 seats respectively. Jan 5, 2015
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Youth hurls shoe at Manjhi during Janata Darbar, detained

Patna, Jan 05 (ANI): A youth hurled shoe at Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday while the leader was addressing people at the Janata Darbar in Patna. However, the shoe did not hit Manjhi. According to the reports, the youth is a resident of Chhapra region. The agitated youth repeatedly said that Manjhi's 'janata durbar' is a farce. The youth has been detained by the Patna Police and is being interrogated. CM Jitan Ram Manjhi every week holds 'Janata Darbar' outside his residence where the he meets common man and listens to their grievances. Jan 5, 2015
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PM Narendra Modi launches National Programme for LED bulb distribution

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday described the LED bulb as a 'Prakash Path - way to light' as he launched a scheme for LED bulb distribution under the domestic efficient lighting programme in Delhi and a national programme for LED-based home and street lighting. Prime Minister Modi also symbolically replaced one bulb in South Block, with an LED bulb. Replacement of all bulbs in South Block with LED bulbs will enable savings of 7,000 units of energy each month. The prime minister called for making energy conservation through the spread of LED bulbs, a people's movement. Jan 5, 2015
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BJP delegation meets PDP leaders to discuss JandK govt formation

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): A delegation of BJP leaders headed by party President Amit Shah on Monday met PDP leaders to discuss government formation in Jammu and Kashmir. BJP leader Ram Madhav said that BJP has received majority in Jammu region while PDP has received majority in Kashmir region so these two parties should together decide upon forming government in the border state. Madhav also said that the suggestion was to take forward talks with PDP. Jan 5, 2015

MEA briefs about Indian labourers' dispute in Sri Lanka

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Monday briefed about the dispute between Indian labourers and a Sri Lankan company in Colombo. Akbaruddin said that the Indian Foreign Ministry is maintaining continuous contact with the High Commission in Colombo to keep information updated. He added that the Indian authorities have also been giving the labourers allowance. He added that a counselor team has gone to the company and they are working to ensure that the labourers are repatriated at the earliest. Jan 5, 2015

Annual Magh Mela starts in Allahabad amidst tight security

Allahabad, Jan 05 (ANI): With the annual Magh Mela beginning on Monday, police have stepped up security in Allahabad city of Uttar Pradesh. During the Magh Mela, thousands of elated Hindus stream to Allahabad for taking a dip at Sangam, the confluence point, where rivers Ganges and Yamuna meet a third mythical river. Several cultural events such as dramatic portrayals from Hindu Epics with music and dance performances, folk theatre are a part of the grand event. Free food and accommodation is provided to Hindu sages and people attending the fair. Reportedly over 25 lakh pilgrims are expected to turn up on the first day of this month-long event. In order to ensure that no untoward incident takes place, the police are leaving no stone unturned in matters of security. Inspector General (IG), Allahabad zone, Daljeet Chaudhary said that cameras had been installed at all strategic points to keep an eye on every movement. Jan 5, 2015
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Politicos react on WB govt after Mamata's nephew Abhishek Banerjee slapped during

New Delhi, Jan 5 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek was on Sunday slapped during Trinamool Congress youth wing rally. A man climbed on to the elevated platform and jumped ahead to slap Banerjee. The incident took place in East Midnapore in West Bengal where Abhishek Banerjee was addressing a rally. Politicos reacted on the issue. Jan 5, 2015
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Politicos react after at least three lost eye-sight during cataract surgery at NGO camp in Mathura

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Monday after at least three people lost their eye sight during cataract surgery at an eye camp in Mathura. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that such surgeries should be conducted under government’s supervision. BJP leader Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that such camps which are meant to provide relief to the general public in turn prove to be dangerous, so proper investigation should be conducted before their set up. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the government should be careful when such camps are conducted. Jan 5, 2015

Asaduddin Owaisi says all born Muslims and should embrace the religion, Politicos condemn

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday condemned Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi after he said that Islam is the 'real home' of all religions in the world and hence the real 'home coming' will be when people of other religions embrace it. Owaisi had said that all are born as Muslim and are later converted to other religions. NCP leader Majid Memon said that Owaisi is making such statements for vote bank and should refrain from the same. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that such statements by 'communal forces' harm the nation as a whole. CPI leader Atul Anjan said that people who believe in democracy and such ideologies should not pay heed to communal remarks by Owaisi and others. Jan 5, 2015
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Cold wave sweeps northern India, dense fog delays trains

New Delhi/Kanpur, Jan 5 (ANI): As cold wave continues to lash northern India, train traffic remained disrupted in the region on Monday due to thick blanket of fog. As night temperature plunged further at several places in the region, people who work outdoors were seen seeking warmth from bonfires and hot tea from roadside stalls. In the national capital, New Delhi, passengers at the railway stations complained of long delays in the scheduled timings of trains. Dense fog affected the train traffic in northern Kanpur city as well, where light rains added to the woes of the passengers. The sudden dip in temperatures is said to have been caused by snowfall in upper regions of Himalayas and has adversely impacted the upper half of the country. Jan 5, 2015
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Evidence suggests 'Pak boat' was not smuggler's vessel but had suspected terrorist link: Manohar Par

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said that the men on board the Pakistani boat which blew itself up off Gujarat coast on New Year's eve were suspected to be terrorists. Parrikar said that the evidence till now suggest that the boat was not smuggler's vessel but had suspected terror link. Rejecting the smuggling angle to the incident, he said that the route taken by the boat was not the route taken by smugglers. The defence minister said that the boat was under surveillance for 12 hours and the act that it was stationed at one position does not indicate smuggling. Secondly, he also stated that smugglers won't stay in touch with Pakistani maritime authorities and would not commit suicide. He also commended the Coast Guard, saying they could not have done any better. Jan 5, 2015
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Will explore possibility of recommending Saina Nehwal's name for Padma Bhushan: Sarbananda Sonowal

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that he would examine possibility of recommending ace shuttler Saina Nehwal's name for third highest civilian award after the snub. The Badminton Association of India (BAI) had recommended Nehwal's name in August last year to the sports ministry for conferring her with Padma Bhushan. But, the ministry instead sent two-time Olympic medalist wrestler Sushil Kumar's name to the panel. Nehwal on Saturday said she was hurt as her name was not further recommended to a panel for the award. He also praised Nehwal as one of the great players of the country. Jan 5, 2015
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Amit Shah to meet party leaders in J-K over govt. formation

New Delhi, Jan 5 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah will be meeting Jammu and Kashmir party leaders on Monday to discuss government formation in the state. According to reports, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav will meet the members one on one and take their feedback. Earlier, the BJP had stated that any attempt to form a government in the Jammu and Kashmir without its inclusion would be a travesty of the mandate given by the people of the state. The J-K elections threw up a hung verdict, with the PDP emerging as the single-largest party in with 28 seats. The BJP won 25 seats, with the National Conference and Congress winning 15 and 12 seats respectively. Jan 5, 2015
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Bangladesh police besiege Khaleda Zia ahead of first anniversary of elections

Dhaka, Jan 5 (ANI): Bangladesh is today marking the first anniversary of the controversial 2014 prime ministerial elections that was boycotted by the BNP-led coalition. Earlier on Sunday, police besieged former Bangladesh Prime Minister and chief of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Khaleda Zia, at her office, amid fears of violence as the opposition party planned rallies across the country. The BNP and its allies had boycotted the election that was held in January 05, 2014 which was marred by deadly unrest. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held to her stance that a fresh poll can be called only if her rivals halt violence. The BNP denounced Hasina's scrapping of the practice of having a caretaker government oversee elections. On Sunday, the BNP party workers held a protest in front of the party office to know the reason as to why the police besieged the party chief. Jan 5, 2015