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“With an eye on Lok Sabha seats in the elections the saffron party has not even mentioned the issue in its 2014 poll manifesto, she asked the state electorate to give a firm drubbing to the candidates of all three parties, “Initially the challenge for them is to forget history. India has been a very difficult place to travel even for better Sri Lankan teams.

Sources said shows were cancelled on orders of Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh and DC Rahul Tewari. said Deepak Hans,Bagels were a major hit with expatriates initially but we now have a growing Indian clientele too, says Anna If you drop in for a quick lunch at Grapes in Safdarjung Enclave or The Living Room in Hauz Khaz villageyour sandwiches will probably be made with a ciabatta or baguette The popular chewy breadsbaguette is patted and folded to get a thick crunchy crust and a salty and earthy taste while ciabattaalso called slipper breadhas a very thin crust and is light weight While Delhiites are taking to international breadsespecially since these breads can easily be made with healthier ingredientsVaid says it is also important to know how to consume them We put instructions on each box of bagels as many people dont know that they can never really be eaten without toasting Bagels can even be frozen?sticky buns and dense breads. The House suspended Rules 293,” Sequeira,who appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 28, As a part of the project, Union Minister J P Nadda has announced the focus is on backward castes and women. “Amit Shah walked the extra mile to keep HAM (of Jitan Ram Manjhi) with the BJP despite the tantrums it has thrown so that it could weave a comprehensive caste net with representation from all sections” said a BJP leader While a section of leaders criticises the timing of the interview that appeared in Panchajanya and Organiser sources associated with those RSS weeklies said the interview was to mark Deendayal Upadhyay’s birthday September 25 “There was no political angle to it Bihar was not the context; the interview was in the social context If everything is viewed through a political glass we cannot help it” said one source associated with the weeklies On Wednesday Union Minister Prakash Javadekar addressed the media at BJP headquarters arguing that the BJP-led government at the Centre stresses the progress of Dalits and the weaker sections “We fought to build a memorial for B R Ambedkar in Mumbai we fought to get Ambedkar’s house in London It’s our commitment… we cannot progress until the deprived class is brought out of poverty” he said “While keeping the 50 per cent quota intact the development of poor among those who are not getting the benefits of reservation besides the Dalits and backwards has been a key aspect of our programmes Today’s 50 per cent reservation is not negotiable What further affirmative actions can be taken is a different issue” Javadekar added the EBC quota in Rajasthan will not affect existing quotas “We want to strengthen the quota system and empower the most backward and economically backward sections” he said In Jammu BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said the RSS chief has not made any comment on the existing reservation system Do you like this storyWritten by RAMENDRA SINGH | Hardoi | Updated: September 28 2017 3:34 am Ashwini Kumar shows the entry for the 35-paisa waiver (Express Photo: Vishal Srivastav) Related News Sometime last month the village lekhpal (revenue official) visited Ashwini Kumar a farmer in Mamrejpur village of Uttar Pradesh’s Hardoi district and told him that he was among more than 11 lakh farmers chosen for the first phase of the UP government’s Rs 36000-crore loan waiver scheme “Unhone bataya ki mera naam list mein aa gaya hai (He told me that my name is on the list) I gave him a copy of my Aadhaar card and put my signature wherever he asked I was very happy that my loan of Rs 78070 was going to be waived because I was struggling to repay it” says Kumar who lives with his wife and three children in a two-room house in Mamrejpur On September 14 Kumar says he was shocked to know — “from a local journalist” — that only 35 paise of his loan had been waived A visit to the bank the next day confirmed it In April this year a month after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath came to power the government announced a loan waiver scheme for small and marginal farmers Earlier this month the government said it had waived loans amounting to Rs 7371 crore for 1193224 farmers across the state and held functions to distribute waiver certificates That’s when it emerged that many of these farmers had got low waivers including 1 paise given to a farmer in Mathura Kumar says the bank official explained his waiver to him Kumar had a pending loan of Rs 9712035 as of March 31 2016 but repaid Rs 97120 on July 12 2016 “I repaid Rs 97120 only because I didn’t want to be declared a defaulter The very next day July 13 I withdrew Rs 90000 since I needed it to buy seeds to plant kharif crops” says Kumar who is growing maize and paddy on his one acre this year But since the government had fixed March 31 2016 as the cutoff for the loan waiver — only loans before this were eligible for the waiver — the Rs 90000 that Kumar took on July 13 didn’t make the cut Kumar rushes inside his house to bring his Kisan Credit Card passbook On August 29 it shows an outstanding of Rs 7807081 The next day the passbook shows a deposit of Rs 035 His remaining loan is Rs 7807046 “I still have around Rs 78000 to pay and the government has washed its hands of the matter saying they have cleared my loan I didn’t expect this from Yogiji’s government” he says adding that his debt will mount after the harvest season next month “Insects have eaten up my maize crop I don’t know how much I will be able to harvest Paddy is the only hope” It was in 2014 that Kumar the youngest of four brothers moved out of the family home and started cultivating separately on the one acre he got as his share of the family’s land That year he also got himself a kisan credit card “I earn about Rs 25000 to 30000 a year I cannot say how much of it is profit because I have no tractor or tiller so I have to pay another farmer” says Kumar a school dropout His elder daughter Vaishnavi 7 is a kindergarten student in Beniganj about 3 km from his village while younger daughter Vaishali 5 joined the government primary school in the village this year His son the youngest of the three is 2 “He keeps getting fever so we have to take him to Community Health Centre in Kothawan town (about 10 km away)” says Kumar “My job is only to prepare lists The bank would know why he only got 35 paise” says lekhpal Naveen Shukla adding that farmers eligible for the waiver were still being shortlisted — so far there are seven lists with 400 farmers from Mamrejpur On September 13 Minister of State Anil Rajbhar had distributed the loan waiver certificates at a function in Hardoi but Kumar and a few others who got small amounts were not called Shukla says they would be given their certificates later Vinod Kumar the pradhan of Mamrejpur a village of about 7000 residents says Kumar’s case is “surprising” “I didn’t know he had received this small an amount I will talk to the bank officials and the lekhpal This is shocking” he says At his home Ashwani Kumar says his experience of the last three years as a farmer has left him disillusioned Some years ago he used to work at a shop that sold ready-made garments in Beniganj market; now he hopes to open his own shop someday “There is no security in farming Kabhi sookha kabhi baadh kuch hota hi nahi hai theek se fasal me (one year it’s drought the other it’s flood There is hardly a year with good crop)” he says For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Press Trust of India | Kolkata | Published: June 17 2014 6:05 pm In the North Brook jute mill on Sunday workers had beaten its CEO H K Maheswari to death after a dispute regarding working hours of the employees Related News Alleging that labour issues were ignored by the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal the state BJP today said that the government should have called for a tripartite meeting to solve labour problems in the jute mill at Bhadreswar where its CEO was killed “The state government is responsible for this problem For five months the workers had received no salary Why did not the state government then call for a tripartite meeting to solve the situation” BJP state unit president Rahul Sinha expressed surprise He told reporters here that there were problems brewing in other jute mills in the state too but the government was sitting over it In the North Brook jute mill on Sunday workers had beaten its CEO H K Maheswari to death after a dispute regarding working hours of the employees Sinha also alleged that West Bengal was the only state in India where post-poll clashes were still taking place “She (Mamata Banerjee) has blamed the BJP for the Raidighi violence where four Trinamool workers have been killed But BJP has never followed the politics of violence in any state We are against violence The incident was a result of internal clashes within the party” he claimed For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related News excited about 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AAP, Why are a handful of people trying to spoil our environment?” said Valtoha who has often taken pride in his brush with militancy in the past Chhotepur however suggested that the desecration incidents were “manufactured” to divert attention from the agrarian crisis Chottepur said “[Valtoha] has no business to blame anyone We all know who sponsored this desecration and who wanted to divert the attention of people from farmers’ agitation But still we are ready for any inquiry against us” Valtoha who was among the few who heard the recorded telephonic conversation between an NRI and one of the accused in a desecration incident said “I was shocked I heard the audio tape five times I could not believe a baptised Sikh could desecrate our holy book” He added “We all know who wants to take over the reins of the state from the Akalis I urge the state government to probe the activities of the AAP” For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Published: May 19 2016 3:19 am HRD Minister Smriti Irani (Express Photo by Anil Sharma) Related News Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani Wednesday hinted at greater autonomy for private universities with high National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) grades and reduced regulatory powers of the University Grants Commission (UGC) over them Speaking at a conference on “Reforming and Rejuvenating Indian Higher Education” at the India Habitat Centre here Irani said that the “challenge with regard to the 2010 regulations” of UGC will be “solved in the coming month” The event was organised by the Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI) a federation of private universities The EPSI had apparently sent repeated memorandums to the HRD Ministry arguing that the 2010 UGC regulations were hurting autonomy of private universities Share This Article Related Article Irani in turn said that colleges that have “two cycles of highest NAAC” will soon get autonomy “if they have an NOC from the university” Conceding that the 2010 UGC regulations have burdened private varsities to the extent that “to even open a course or a department you have to run to the regulator” she said “I have…told them (regulators) that those who have cycles of NAAC which are very high in nature need not run to the UGC to open new departments or new courses Only get approval of their statutory bodies so that the UGC does not become karta-dharta (controller) of academics…in private universities” Referring to her intervention in autonomy of PG Diploma in Management (PGDM) institutions Irani said “The challenge of PGDM institutions which were pending for six years were solved in half-an-hour Similarly the challenge of the 2010 (UGC) regulations will also be solved in the coming month” As one of the measures she pointed out that the HRD Ministry has asked the UGC to ensure that only institutions that have received government funds and are controlled by the government have a government representative on their board “Otherwise please unshackle the board of MHRD nominees” she added Among new initiatives Irani announced is the Bharat Vani app to be launched on May 25 which is supposed to provide students with higher education study material in 22 languages and the IITPAL portal which will have IIT question papers of the last 50 years for engineering aspirants along with video lectures by top IIT faculty members and audio aid in 13 languages For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: April 19 2015 4:16 pm Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi interacting with farmers on Saturday (Express photo by Premnath Pandey) Related News Making his first public appearance after his nearly two-month long absence Rahul Gandhi today declared that he will oppose tooth and nail the Land Acquisition Bill and make the government heed to their demands for its withdrawal WATCH VIDEO Holding two interactive sessions with farmers and their representatives from various states at his residence a day before the party’s Kisan rally here the Congress Vice President told them that he and his party will fight a “decisive battle” on farmers’ issues including the NDA’s Land Acquisition Bill according to party leaders (SEE: Photos of Rahul Gandhi meeting the farmer delegation) Farmer leaders said that Gandhi asked them what were their views on the new land law brought by the Modi government how much damage has happened to their crop due to unseasonal rain and hailstorm recently and what is the rate at which the government is purchasing their produce Some of the farmers who took part in the first 50-minute interaction with him rued that people who had no understanding of grassroot issues and knowledge of agriculture are engaged in drafting policies for them be it the present BJP-led government or the earlier Congress-led government at the Centre Sources in the party said that Rahul has decided to speak in entirety on the issue at the Kisan rally tomorrow and he could also intervene on it in Lok Sabha as the second part of the Budget session begins on Monday During the interaction some old farmers from Bhiwani in Haryana addressed him as “Chaudhury Rahul ji” as they tried to attract his attention in the crowd There were also some complaints that the Kisan Rally is being organized at a time when the harvesting season is on but party’s communication department in-charge Randeep Surjewala downplayed the issue saying there is no season for raising farmers’ issues “Rahul told farmers that he will fight a decisive battle on the issues facing them He said that Congress will not let this fight be over in a day a month or an year He said that he will force the government to bow down before the farmers and he will take the fight to a logical conclusion” party leaders said The delegation included farmers from Bhatta Parsaul village from where Rahul had launched a “padyatra” in 2011 against forcible land acquisition a protest that had culminated in passage of Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013 In the first closed door interaction with farmers’ representatives from various states including two from Bhatta Parsaul Gandhi talked at length about the impact of the new land law on farmers and the perception in the countryside AICC general secretary Gurudas Kamath Rajasthan PCC chief Sachin Pilot UPCC chief Nirmal Khatri AICC Scheduled Caste Department Chairman K Raju and Naseeb Pathan were present in the interaction The farmers representative also sought time from Rahul to meet again for a slide show and power point presentation on farmers’ issues After the meeting Rahul came out to meet hundreds of farmers waiting outside and interacted with them outside his residence for close to 40 minutes during which some of the farmers also showed him the crop damaged due to hailstorm Some of the old farmers were seen blessing him and hugging him as he reached out to them amid tight security Rahul did not speak to the large media contingent parked outside his residence Party General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed said after the meeting that “the echo of the issues raised by farmers with Rahul Gandhi will be heard in Ramlila ground tomorrow “Parliament session is also starting from Monday Farmers issues especially related to land acquisition crop loss and Minimum Support Price will be raised both inside and outside Parliament Congress will raise these issues strongly” he said Asked whether Rahul will raise the issue in Parliament the leader said “Naturally He is listening to the issues of farmers Naturally these issues are raised Rahul was not present during the earlier session as he was on leave We apprehend that the Modi government will try to pass the bill to replace the land ordinance again in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha “That is why we kept the rally on the eve of the session Rahulji strongly feels that that we will not allow farmers’ interests to be compromised” Ahmed said The farmers mostly included those from Uttar Pradesh Haryana Rajasthan Punjab and Madhya Pradesh The Congress Vice President who is expected to lead the party charge on the contentious land bill will address the Kisan rally tomorrow which is being seen as some sort of a relaunch of Rahul who is being hailed as a “mature” leader who would restore the party’s health after its downturn in Lok Sabha polls “Tomorrow’s rally would be a historic rally Lakhs of farmers from across the country will get together in Delhi and we want to expose this BJP government for the way farmers have been duped only to pay back favours of some people The BJP is ‘conspiring’ to take over the land of small farmers” Pilot said Senior leader from Haryana Kiran Chaudhury said farmers will “puncture the arrogance” of Modi government and have decided to fight for their right under the leadership of Congress In a press release the party later said that Gandhi assured the farmers that their pain suffering and anguish are closest to his heart and Congress stands with the entire farming community in this hour of unprecedented calamity and “government-driven” crisis He told them that finding a solution and taking up this fight would be first agenda of Congress He also assured the delegations of farmers that he and the Congress will lead a decisive fight inside and outside Parliament and will take it to a logical conclusion “He called upon farmers present as also lakhs of farmers and landless labourers to come to Ramlila Ground tomorrow to participate and lend their voice to the mass struggle for finding a decisive solution” the party said in the release Some of the farmers who had come to meet him were carrying destroyed food grains including blackened wheat crop while others were carrying photographs of acute farmers’ distress “Farmers and landless labourers told Gandhi about Modi government’s complete apathy in procuring Rabi crops particularly wheat “They said that while wheat and other Rabi crops are lying in open in grain markets government is not procuring the same at the Minimum Support Price of Rs 1450 per quintal on the plea that crop had moisture content over 14 per cent and that crop had either shriveled or shrunk or got blackened on account of incessant rains and hailstorms” the party said It also claimed that farmers alleged “criminal negligence” on the part of Modi government and state governments in not giving compensation pointing out that over 200 lakh hectares of Rabi crop had been completely destroyed in 14 different states “All the farmers were vocal and unanimous in their resolve to oppose the draconian Land Acquisition Ordinance of Modi government which seeks to snatch away their land their livelihood and their life “They pleaded with Congress vice president to carry on the fight he took up at Bhatta Parsaul UP which had led to passing of the Right to Fair Compensation Act 2013 and the spirit of which was being decimated by the current BJP government” the party said For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: ANI | Mumbai | Updated: June 16 2016 1:46 pm Narendra Modi assuring ‘Acche Din’ to Janta (File) Top News Questioning the ‘acche din’ promised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government of looting the nation NCP leader Nawab Malik who was commenting on the hike in prices of petrol and diesel said the government is going on increasing taxes despite the falling prices in the international market “There was a slogan given by Mr Modi ‘Bahaut hui mehengai ki maar ab ki bar Modi sarkaar’ Despite the international crude oil prices are down the government is increasing their own taxes This is just looting They must understand they have given a slogan stating that there will not be any inflation in the country” he told ANI Share This Article Related Article “The prices of vegetables and pulses are going high When Modi had taken the charge dal prices were somewhere around 77 rupees Today it has increased to more than 200 rupees What is the government doing Is this ‘ache din’” he asked Diesel price has been hiked by one rupee 26 paise a litre and petrol by just 5 paise including the VAT The new rates came into effect last midnight With this diesel will cost 55 rupees 19 paise in Delhi 57 rupees 39 paise in Kolkata 60 rupees 55 paise in Mumbai and 56 rupees 78 paise in Chennai Watch Video: What’s making news For petrol the consumer will have to pay 65 rupees 65 paise per litre in Delhi 68 rupees 50 paise in Kolkata 70 rupees 23 paise in Mumbai and 65 rupees 15 paise in Chennai The Indian Oil Corporation in a statement said the international prices of petrol and diesel and rupee- dollar exchange rate warrant an increase in petrol and diesel pricesThe prices of petrol and diesel had been hiked last on May 16 and May 31 respectively For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top News

Senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, 23 Guinness World Records and 26 American Music Awards. a fugitive,” She added, They later sent it to the New Civil Hospital for a postmortem.we will be able to save the river water from contamination in some way at least, an official from the garden department of the PMC said For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: February 11 2009 12:45 am Related News Underlining the idea that a makeover project for Dharavi is still a sound business projectthe first of the 19 shortlisted consortia in the fray for the Rs 15000-crore redevelopment scheme on Tuesday presented their masterplans to government officials and a panel of experts The masterplan presentations precede a deliberative process regarding each plans technical meritswhich will be followed by the opening of the financial bids With the election code of conduct expected to kick in during the review processthe opening of financial bids and awarding of contracts are now unlikely to take place until the general elections are over Two consortiaDB Realty and a combine of Emaar-MGFpresented their masterplans on the first of a 10-day processsaid sources at the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) The presentations were made to a team headed by MHADA chief Gautam Chatterjeealso officer on special duty for the Dharavi Redevelopment Projectand members of the expert committee set up to advise the government on planningmanagement and implementation of the project The 11-member committee comprises architectscity plannersactivists and former bureaucrats including former chief secretary D M Sukhtankarformer IAS officer Sunder Burraurban planner Vidyadhar Phatakarchitect Shirish Patelhousing expert Chandrashekhar Prabhu and others It was a very good beginning? Actually, Related News President Ram Nath Kovind Friday said the future of the country’s economy and employment creation depends heavily on the success the nation achieves with Digital India. The states and the Centre will draft the Central GST, West Champaran.

we must not lose focus in Asia and the Pacific – and particularly in India – where the malaria burden remains a significant weight on families, This will help me find what is missing in the government’s policies, 2009 3:59 am Related News Reliance Mobile is launching a unique Antakshari service on its R-World platform. What’s wrong with @instagram ??” Byrne noted. The applicant refused to get this letter signed.

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