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RLD to contest all seats in alliance with JD-U, other parties

Lucknow, Jan 20: Spurned by Congress and Samajwadi Party, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) today decided to contest all the 403 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh in alliance with JD-U and 10 smaller parties."We will contest all the 403 seats in alliance with JD(U) and 10 smaller parties," RLD state unit chief Masood Ahmad Ahmad announced after a meeting with these parties. "It was unanimously decided to contest all the seats," he said in a press release."We will field a ca




'Participation of schools in Bihar human chain not mandatory'

Patna, Jan 20: The Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government on Friday assured the Patna High Court that participation of school children was not mandatory for the "human chain" in support of the state government's prohibition policy.Bihar Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and Director General of Police P.K. Thakur appearing before the court assured it that there would be no "forcible participation". A bench of the high court on Thursday had summoned both Singh and Tha




SC to hear on Jan 23 plea to postpone Union Budget

New Delhi, Jan 20: The Supreme Court today deferred to January 23 the hearing on a plea seeking postponement of Union Budget presentation ahead of the upcoming Assembly polls in five states.A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud, which has sought material and legal provisions in support of the PIL, preferred to go through the additional affidavit filed by the petitioner.Advocate M L Sharma, who has filed the PIL, also expressed his readiness to argue the matter o




Free expression in varsities under threat: Manmohan Singh

Kolkata, Jan 20: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said independent thinking and free expression at Indian universities were under "threat" in the wake of unrests at the University of Hyderabad (HCU) and Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).He stressed that attempts to suppress peaceful dissent is undemocratic."I believe every university must give the freedom to pursue knowledge even where the knowledge may be at odds with established intellectual and so




Air India removes 57 over-weight crew members from flying duty

New Delhi, Jan 20: Cracking the whip on its over-weight cabin staff, the government-owned Air India has temporarily taken off 57 crew members from flying and put them on ground duty.These cabin crew members, including air hostesses, have been told to "shape up" within a stipulated time frame, failing which they would be grounded permanently, Air India sources said.Air India has over 3,800 cabin crew members, of whom more than 2,500 are women. Out of the total cabin crew strength, aroun




Cash flow to normalise soon: Urjit Patel

New Delhi, Jan 20: Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel on Friday is learnt to have said that cash flow in the country will normalise soon.Patel, according to sources, told this to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament while answering queries from the lawmakers on demonetisation and its impact.He told the committee that the situation in urban areas was "almost normal", and efforts were on to improve the cash flow to rural and remote areas in the country."It




Jallikattu: Centre looking for 'permanent' solution, says Dave

New Delhi, Jan 20: The Centre wants a "permanent" solution to the jallikattu issue and the proposal submitted by the Tamil Nadu government is being vetted by various ministries after which a final decision will be taken within a "day or two", Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave said today."Today the Home Minister has received a proposal from Tamil Nadu government. The entire proposal is under consideration. Different ministries are giving a thought to it. The paper is




Won't pressurise student or teacher to participate in Human Chain event: Bihar Govt to Patna HC on Human Chain to promote Alcohol Ban

The state government won't pressurise any student or teacher to participate in Human Chain event, said Bihar Govt to Patna HC on Human Chain to promote Alcohol Ban.




This man from Gujarat buys $ 6 million company with $ 6,000 in bank

Ahmedabad, Jan 20: Sounds unbelievable, but this is a true story. Yes, it is about Rahul Shukla, director (research) at SS White Technologies(SSWT) Inc. SS White Technologies (SSWT) inc. is a manufacturing unit discovered in 1844 New Jersey's Piscataway.One day, When Mr Shukla returned home in the year 1988 he said to his wife Meena that the company he is working at was up for sale.When her wife inquired him his next plan of action he said that he sought to purchase the company.According to




One in five adults secretly access partners' Facebook accounts

Toronto, Jan 20: Nearly one in five adults snoop on the Facebook accounts of their friends, romantic partners or family members, using the victims' own computers or cellphones with motives ranging from simple curiosity to jealousy, according to a new survey. Most people are concerned about the prospect of their social media accounts being hacked, but the study found that it is actually people we know who frequently access our accounts without our permission, researchers said. In a




We plan to give 54 seats to Congress; may give 25-30 more after discussion: Kironmoy Nanda, National VP SP

Lucknow, Jan 20: We have planned to give 54 seats to Congress. However, may give 25-30 more to them after discussion which is around 80 or so, said Kironmoy Nanda, National VP SP. 




Now men can test their fertility on smartphone with this new home kit

Los Angeles, Jan 20: For men who feel embarrassed to test their fertility in the supervision of watchful doctors and nurses, a US-based technology company has developed a novel smartphone-powered device that can allow them to measure their sperm count from the comfort of their home.The Yo Sperm test works through an app and a microscope attachment that covers the phone's camera and flash, enabling men to keep a check their reproductive health without having to go to the clinic."Trips to




Kremlin names US hand in 'everyday' cyber attacks on Russia

Moscow, Jan 20: Russia has said that it has information about possible involvement of US intelligence agencies, besides others, in cyber attacks on Russia's government servers, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.Peskov made the remarks in a recent interview with the BBC, a Russian news agency reported on Friday.According to Peskov, Russia was subjected to hacking attacks numerous times every day, some of them from the US, Germany and Britain, Xinhua news agency reported.Peskov's i




Naresh Agrawal's son Nitin gets ticket from Hardoi, Azam Khan's son gets ticket from Suar

Lucknow: Naresh Agrawal's son Nitin Agrawal has got the ticket from Hardoi while Azam Khan's son Abdullah Azam has got the ticket from Suar (Rampur). More details are awiated.  




Protesters clash with police as Trump readies to lead US

Washington, Jan 20: As President-elect Donald Trump stepped into Washington on Thursday for a round of rituals and celebrations in preparation for his swearing-in with a call to unify the country, clashes broke out between his opponents and police --reflecting the mood of the polarised nation.Several hundred anti-Trump protesters set off fires on the street near a celebration by his supporters at the National Press Club Building and police in riot gear retaliated with pepper spray. Police s