Now, Brahmins in Gujarat demand reservation

Vadodara:  Amid the ongoing agitation by Patels for quota, an organisation of Brahmins in Gujarat has demanded reservation for community members in Government jobs and educational institutes in the State. All Gujarat Brahm Samaj also wants the Government to pay monthly salary to Brahmin priests serving in temples across the State. The Samaj oheld a day-long meeting here and passed a number of resolutions [Full Article...]

Indrani critical

Mumbai: The mystery over whether Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in the murder of her daughter Sheena Bora, attempted suicide deepened on Saturday amid conflicting forensic findings on suspected drug overdose even as she remained critical with next 48 hours being crucial for her. 43-year-old Indrani was rushed from the Arthur Road jail and admitted to the state-run J J Hospital here after she collapsed [Full Article...]

Violence, assault on media disfigure Bengal local body polls

Kolkata: Local body polls in four pockets of West Bengal on Saturday saw a turnout of about 70 percent, but were marred by violence, allegations of booth capturing and assault on media persons that left 17 of them bloodied and injured. In the last battle before next year’s assembly polls, elections were held for the Asansol Municipal Corporation in Burdwan district, the Bidhannagar Municipal [Full Article...]

Farmers to intensify stir in Punjab

Chandigarh: Farmers’ organisations in Punjab today decided to intensify their stir against the state government in support of their demands including Rs 40,000 per acre compensation for cotton growers, Rs 4,500 per quintal rate for basmati PUSA 1509 variety. As part of their agitation, they announced blocking of train movements for two days on October 7 and 8. Farmers said a meeting called by [Full Article...]

Lalu triggers fresh controversy on ‘beef’ eating

Patna: Amidst outrage over the lynching of a man in Uttar Pradesh over allegedly eating beef, RJD president Lalu Prasad on Saturday stoked a controversy saying Hindus too eat beef and accused BJP and RSS of communalising the issue, triggering a sharp response from BJP which said he had lost his mind. Prasad, however, said that beef does not mean ‘gomans’ (cow meat) and [Full Article...]

Timely detection of bomb averts train tragedy

Farrukhabad (UP): Timely detection of a bomb by an alert patrol party minutes before departure of a passenger train here this morning averted a major tragedy even as a bomb hoax at Tundla railway station in Firozabad district forced Lucknow-bound Shatabdi Express to halt for over 30 minutes. Police said in Farrukhabad that the bomb was set to go off at 6.20 AM, minutes [Full Article...]

Police bring Bharti back from Agra

New Delhi: AAP MLA Somnath Bharti was on Saturday brought back to the capital by Delhi Police, who took him to places around Agra and Mathura to confront people related to the ones who had allegedly sheltered him. A senior police official said that relatives of Baney Singh — who the police claims is a prominent AAP leader in Agra — identified Bharti and [Full Article...]

‘Keeping surroundings clean is also form of patriotism’

Indore: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said keeping one’s surroundings and neighbourhoods clean is also a form of patriotism. In a video message for Indore Municipal Council and some local civic bodies at the launch of their cleanliness drive to mark Mahatama Gandhi’s birth anniversary, Modi said, “Patriotism does not only mean going on the warfront and fighting against the enemies on the [Full Article...]