170 children died in UP adoption homes in five years: Govt data

Over the past five years, UP witnessed death of 170 children in the state-run adoption centres. This figure, revealed as part of data furnished by the union ministry of women and child development in the ongoing Parliament session, is only marginally lower than Maharashtra’s 172 over the same period. UP government authorities said that poor health of children lodged in state adoption homes was responsible for this figure. Commissioner for protection of child rights, Uttar Pradesh, Vishesh Gupta, said, “Sometimes, children lodged in adoption centres have been rescued by stake…

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U.P. suspends senior IPS officer for controversial interview to news portal

The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday suspended an additional director general police (ADGP) Jasvir Singh for making controversial statements in an interview to news portal Huffington Post last month. The UP police website, however, shows that the senior IPS officer has been under suspension since February 14. Singh, presently posted as ADG (Rules and Manual), had taken action against senior politicians like Yogi Adityanath and Raghuraj Pratap Singh also known as Raja Bhaiya in 2002-03. Principal secretary (home) Arvind Kumar confirmed that the ADG has been suspended for violation of…

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Students’ groups clash on AMU campus after alleged attack on TV channel crew

Two groups of students clashed on the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus on Tuesday after a protest against an alleged attack on a television news channel team, including two women reporters, university and police officials said. The channel team members were allegedly attacked over live coverage of a meeting where political parties were invited to talk about representation of Muslims in the electoral process. Superintendent of police, City, Ashutosh Dwivedi said, “Two student groups clashed on the university campus and one of them sat on dharna (sit-in) seeking action against…

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COURT DIRECTS OMAN AIR TO REISSUE CANCELLED TICKETS TO PILGRIMS TRAVELLING TO TEHRAN

DELHI: The Court of Ms. Nupur Gupta, Civil Judge, Delhi today directed Oman Air to reissue ticket to 16 pilgrims who had approached the Court seeking directions against Oman Air being aggrieved of unilateral decision of Oman Air to cancel all the discounted tickets sold by it during the Republic Day Sale. During the period of 24th Jan to 26th Jan, Oman Air offered discounted tickets, on various web ticketing portals including www.ixigo.com and www.cheaptickets.in, from Delhi to Tehran on the occasion of Republic Day. Number of Shia Muslims who…

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Private schools in UP announced that they will not admit children from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) under the Right to Education (RTE) in the next session.

Private schools in UP on Thursday announced that they will not admit children from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) under the Right to Education (RTE) in the next session, if the government does not give re-reimbursement for the last six years as per the RTE Act and judgment thereafter. Anil Agarwal, president of Unaided Private Schools’ Association, UP (UPSA), informed that the association has written to the state government demanding immediate re-imbursement of fees payable to schools for admitting/teaching children of EWS and disadvantaged sections, as stipulated by the Right to…

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AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal to not contest Lok Sabha elections, wants to focus on Delhi

The Aam Aadmi Party Sunday said its convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will not be contesting from Varanasi in the coming Lok Sabha elections, but the party will field astrong candidate for the seat. “Kejriwal will not contest the Lok Sabha polls, as he wants to give special focus to his state.The AAP will contest on all the Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, Punjab, Haryanaand Goa. The party will contest on some seats in UP, and final modalities will be worked out by February. Apartfrom Varanasi, the party…

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Ear-tagging stray cattle and fining owners: Will UP govt crack the whip?

The Yogi Adityanath government, which is taking measures to deal with stray cattle menace, is yet to take the bull by the horns and implement the Central government’s ear-tagging scheme for livestock. The radio-frequency enabled ear-tag is a 12-digit unique identification number, like the Aadhaar, affixed as a yellow tamper-proof tag inside the ear of animals like cows and buffaloes. The Centre, which launched the scheme two years ago largely to keep the animals in good health and check their illegal trade, has made ear-tagging compulsory and farmers are charged nothing…

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English medium primary school students in UP don’t want to switch over to Hindi after Class 5

Students enrolled in government-run English medium primary schools say they do not want to switch over to Hindi as a medium when they begin lessons in upper primary school after finishing Class 5. Their demand to convert some of the upper primary schools from Hindi to English medium is growing louder with every passing day. Kajal Kumari, a student of English medium primary school Gejha in Gautam Buddh Nagar said, “Switching back to Hindi will not be easy. I request the authorities to please do something so that we may…

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Amroha custodial death: Victim’s family sold jewellery for cops’ bribe

Family members of 30-year old dalit Balkishan Jatav, who died in police custody in Amroha district of west UP on Wednesday, alleged they had to sell their jewellery to pay the bribe demanded by policemen for Balkishan’s release. “When I reached Dhanaura police station on Monday, I was asked to pay a bribe of ₹ 5 lakh and was threatened that if the money was not given, Balkishan would be charged under serious sections of the IPC and sent to prison. They also told me that they would release Balkishan…

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Agra school girl set ablaze by unidentified men, dies

A 15-year-old girl succumbed to burn injuries at the Safdarjung Hospital here Thursday, two days after she was set ablaze allegedly by unidentified men in Agra, police said. The class 10 student was Tuesday waylaid by two unidentified men, who allegedly poured petrol on her and set her on fire with a lighter, they said. The girl had suffered 55 per cent burn injuries, including facial burns, and her airway was also burnt due to smoke and fumes which was creating a problem for her to breathe, a doctor at…

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