BJP govt in Gujarat distributes school bags with Akhilesh’s photo!

BJP govt in Gujarat distributes school bags with Akhilesh’s photo!

AHMEDABAD: Akhilesh Yadav may have lost power in Uttar Pradesh, but he can claim that he is ruling the roost in BJP-ruled Gujarat’s Chhota Udepur. For, some 12,000 school bags distributed in government-run primary schools in this tribal-dominated district bear the picture of the Samajwadi Party leader. The state education department has ordered an inquiry […]

Attack on press would jeopardise citizens’ rights: VP Ansari

Attack on press would jeopardise citizens’ rights: VP Ansari

BENGALURU: Vice-President Hamid Ansari Monday said a free media was not only beneficial, but necessary in a free society and any attack on the freedom of press would jeopardise the citizens’ rights. When faced with “unjust restrictions” and the “threat of an attack”, self-censorship in the media could have an “opposite effect”, aiding the covering […]

Modi govt forcing everyone into silence: Rahul

Modi govt forcing everyone into silence: Rahul

BENGALURU: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Monday accused the Narendra Modi-led central government of “forcing everyone into silence with Dalits being beaten up, minorities frightened and journalists and bureaucrats threatened”. Speaking at a function of the National Herald newspaper here, he said, “The power of truth is being completely replaced with the truth of power and […]

‘SADAK KA GUNDA’: ‘Dikshit’s remarks against Army chief absolutely wrong’

‘SADAK KA GUNDA’: ‘Dikshit’s remarks against Army chief absolutely wrong’

BENGALURU: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi Monday disapproved his party leader Sandeep Dikshit likening Army Chief General Bipin Rawat to a “goon on the street”, saying it was “absolutely wrong”. Gandhi said the Indian Army works for the country and there was no need for any political leader to make comments against the Army chief. “Someone […]

Maha govt announces loan waiver; farmers call off protests

Maha govt announces loan waiver; farmers call off protests

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government Sunday announced a loan waiver for farmers and decided to form a committee to decide the criteria of debt relief, after which cultivators called off their protests. “The government has decided to waive farmers’ loans. The loans of farmers with small land holdings stand waived from today itself,” Revenue Minister Chandrakant […]

Get ready for ‘grand alliance’ at the centre: Lalu on b’day

Get ready for ‘grand alliance’ at the centre: Lalu on b’day

PATNA: A ‘grand alliance’ at the centre was RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s birthday wish on Sunday as greetings poured in from Congress president Sonia Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, her Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar and other leaders. “Delhi will now see the leadership of mahagathbandhan. All coalition partners should start preparations,” Prasad, who […]

Madhya Pradesh CM sits on fast ‘for restoration of peace’

Madhya Pradesh CM sits on fast ‘for restoration of peace’

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan sat on an indefinite fast at Dussehra Maidan here Saturday for “restoration of peace” amid a farmers’ agitation in the state. The opposition Congress dubbed it as “drama”. Farmers’ organisations, which have been agitating for better support prices for farm produce, loan waiver and other demands, have […]

Gandhi would have laughed at ‘chatur baniya’ remark, says his grandson

Gandhi would have laughed at ‘chatur baniya’ remark, says his grandson

NEW DELHI: Gandhi laughed at cartoons of himself. He would have chuckled at the “chatur baniya” description also, but for its “utter tastelessness” and the hidden mischief in it, the Mahatma’s grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi said on Saturday. Historian Ramachandra Guha said the remark made by Amit Shah was “crude” and “unworthy” of the president of […]

Farmer unrest: Arson, stone-pelting in Madhya Pradesh

Farmer unrest: Arson, stone-pelting in Madhya Pradesh

BHOPAL: The farmers’ agitation in Madhya Pradesh reached the doorsteps of the state capital Bhopal Friday, with incidents of arson and stone-pelting in Fanda area. Police baton-charged the protesters and arrested at least 27 of them in the area, some 20 km outside Bhopal. “Some unidentified persons set a truck on fire near a spot […]

Let next president be ‘Hindutva rubber stamp’, says Sena

Let next president be ‘Hindutva rubber stamp’, says Sena

MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena, which has consistently been pushing for RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat as the next president, Friday said a “Hindutva rub-ber stamp” should be installed at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Sena, the BJP’s oldest ally, said the nation needs a person who can seal its fate as a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ and who can resolve issues […]