Kolkata, May 27 (IANS) In a major initiative to empower the community, the West Bengal government has appointed a transgender educationist as a college principal in the state -- a first for India. Manabi Bandopadhyay, currently the associate professor in Bengali at Vivekananda Satobarshiki Mahavidyalaya, will take over the reins of the Krishnagar Women's College on June 9. This will empower the community across India.
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- Bengal appoints first transgender college … IANS - 19 minutes ago
- Army chief pays last respects to soldier … IANS - 19 minutes ago
New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Indian Army chief General Dalbir Singh on Wednesday paid his last respects to a soldier killed in an ambush by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. The ambush by terrorists on a patrolling column of the Rashtriya Rifles led to a gun battle in Kulgam in Jammu and Kashmir, in which a soldier and a 'district commander' of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were killed. The body of the soldier, Sepoy Dharma Ram, was brought to Delhi before being taken to his native village in Rajasthan.
- PM's official website gets new … IANS - 23 minutes ago
New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official website, www.pmindia.gov.in, got a new look on Wednesday with updated information about the work of the government over the past year and an interactive interface for people to share their ideas and suggestions. Modi, who is social media savvy and uses technology to improve his connect with the people, has 12.6 million followers on Twitter on his handle @narendramodi, while the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has 6.22 million followers on its Twitter handle @PMOIndia. A new website of the PMO was also unveiled soon after Modi assumed office as prime minister on May 26 last year.
- Thailand may hold new elections in September … IANS - 23 minutes ago
Bangkok, May 27 (IANS) Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Wednesday the next general elections in the country will likely take place in September 2016, if the draft charter is approved via referendum. At Government House, Gen. Prayut greeted 12 diplomats from the UN and told the envoys about his intention to restore democracy in Thailand, following the coup in May last year, the National News Bureau of Thailand reported. The Thai cabinet and the National Council for Peace and Order have agreed to amend the 2014 interim charter in order for a national referendum to be held on the draft of the new constitution.
- Delhi minister Tomar studied law for … IANS - 20 minutes ago
New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) The Delhi High Court was on Wednesday informed that the city's Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar, as per the records of a law college in Bihar, had studied there for three years and completed his degree. Justice Rajiv Shakdher was further informed by Tomar's counsel senior advocate A.S. Chandhiok that he was a bonafide student for three years in Bishwanath Singh Institute of Legal Study College in Munger. Affidavit submitted to the court by Tomar's counsel, which was filed by college's principal, said as far as the "information regarding Tomar is concerned, the records reveal that Jitender Singh Tomar was a student of this college in LLB Part I, II, and III in the session 1994-95, 1995-96 and 1997-98, respectively".
- Blistering heat to continue across India, … IANS - 25 minutes ago
New Delhi/Kolkata/Nagpur/Hyderabad, May 27 (IANS) With a blistering heat wave sweeping across the country forcing people to stay indoors, the toll in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh alone mounted to 1,200 on Wednesday as the national capital reported its first two victims of the season. Guntur in Andhra Pradesh and Wardha in Maharashtra recorded the highest temperature of the day at 47 degrees Celsius. The mercury in the national capital, however, saw a dip with the maximum temperature recorded at 41.8 degree Celsius.
- India a natural partner: German defence … IANS - 41 minutes ago
New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Calling India a "natural partner", visiting German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday said her country wanted a close dialogue with India to tackle trans-national terrorism, maritime security and cyber threats. Giving a special address organised by think tank Observer Research Foundation, Leyen also said tackling cyber threats emerged majorly in her talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. "I would say India and Germany are natural partners... Germany and India are facing similar challenges of trans national terrorism," Leyen said.
- Manmohan Singh meets Modi IANS - 52 minutes ago
New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Hours after rebutting allegations of corruption and policy paralysis against his government, former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the latter's official residence here. "Very happy to meet Dr. Manmohan Singh ji & welcome him back to 7 RCR (Race Course Road). The meeting between the two leaders came within days of former TRAI chairman Pradip Baijal alleging that Manmohan Singh had warned him of harm if he did not cooperate on the issue of allocation of 2G telecom licences.
- HC seeks Delhi government, LG , civic … IANS - 1 hour 1 minute ago
New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought response of the Delhi government, lt. governor and civic bodies on a PIL seeking direction for immediate release of adequate funds to the city's three municipal corporations to enable them to discharge their functions. The plea filed by an NGO, Campaign for People Participation in Development Planning, through advocate Anil Aggarwal told the court that there must be an equitable distribution of funds between the government and civic agencies to ensure financial independence and proper functioning of municipal corporations. The plea said the court should restrain the Delhi government and the lt. governor from "interfering with the constitutional functions and duties of the Finance Commission of Delhi and the municipalities".
- Greenpeace says HC decision on accounts … IANS - 1 hour 1 minute ago
New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Environment NGO Greenpeace on Wednesday said the Delhi High Court's decision allowing it to operate two of its domestic accounts was a "lifeline" and vowed to immediately restart its campaigns to reduce air pollution, protect forests and boost solar power. "We're enormously relieved that the court has given us this lifeline.
- Manmohan says never used public office … IANS - 1 hour 1 minute ago
New Delhi/Surat, May 27 (IANS) Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday denied having ever used public office to enrich himself or his family, prompting BJP president Amit Shah to mount a fresh attack on him over the 2G allocations controversy. Singh, who faced criticism from the BJP following allegations by former TRAI chairman Pradip Baijal relating to 2G allocations, told a NSUI convention here that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had been fighting corruption. Baijal has alleged that Singh had warned him of harm if he did not cooperate on 2G telecom licences.
- Centre undermining parliamentary system, … IANS - 1 hour 3 minutes ago
New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) The AAP on Tuesday accused the Centre of "undermining the parliamentary system" by meddling in the affairs of the national capital while the BJP and the Congress advised the "inexperienced" party to change its "confrontational attitude". Debating at a panel discussion here the ongoing tussle between the Delhi government and the Centre over jurisdiction issues, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government was unnecessarily meddling in the affairs of Delhi.
- British artist to paint rickshaw for … ANI - 55 minutes ago
Wimbledon, May 27 (ANI): A British artist has been commissioned to paint a rickshaw that will participate in a race across India in memory of Mark Shand, the late brother of the Duchess of Cornwall. Wimbledon-based Emily Robson will work on the rickshaw along with other artists Divya Pasgon, Claire Robinson and Arati Devasher, the Wimbledon Guardian reported. Robson was quoted as saying that the front of the rickshaw will boast of a painting of an elephant with her also speculating that it might be of Lord Ganesha.
- AAP MLA Mahendra Goel apologises for … ANI - 55 minutes ago
New Delhi, May 27 (ANI): AAP MLA Mahendra Goel on Wednesday apologised for tearing a copy of the notification by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on the powers of the Delhi Government inside the state assembly.
- Delhi school girls get training in … IANS - 1 hour 7 minutes ago
New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) A total of 175 school girls in the national capital have received self-defence training under the aegis of Delhi Police's "Parivartan Cell", an officer said on Wednesday.
- People have expectations from us, not … IANS - 1 hour 11 minutes ago
New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the AAP government was answerable to the people who had certain expectations from them and not from the lt. governor. Kejriwal accused Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung of "dancing to the tunes of the Centre" and asked the central government and Jung to "stop conspiring against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government". The chief minister said that by issuing the notification on the lt. governor's powers, the Narendra Modi government was taking the country towards dictatorship.
- Oral cancer experts urge Mamata for … IANS - 1 hour 9 minutes ago
Kolkata, May 27 (IANS) A group of experts dealing with oral cancer have requested West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to set up tobacco-free zones in the city and a specialised institute to combat the disease. To curb cases of oral cancer from tobacco use, we have requested the CM to do something about prominently displaying the warnings on the gutkha and bidi packets and hike prices of these products. Biswas said Banerjee has shown interest in the campaign and would soon meet the specialists to discuss the recommendations.
- IS burned 80-year-old Christian woman … IANS - 1 hour 17 minutes ago
Baghdad, May 27 (IANS/AKI) Islamic State militants burned an 80-year-old Christian woman alive in northern Iraq for failing to comply with their drastic interpretation of Sharia law, the independent BasNews agency reported. The punishment was carried out in the woman's village of Karamlish, 20 km southeast of Mosul, BasNews said late on Tuesday, citing Kurdistan Democratic Party representative Saed Mamuzini. Karamlish is one of dozens of Assyrian Christian villages in the Nineveh plains surrounding Mosul which were partially overrun by IS in August last year, causing 200,000 people to flee.
- TDP amends party constitution for national … IANS - 1 hour 25 minutes ago
Hyderabad, May 27 (IANS) The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Wednesday amended its constitution, taking the first step towards attaining national party status. With the party having presence in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and looking to expand to other states, it amended the constitution to provide for a national framework. The resolution was tabled after TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu addressed the conclave.
- Militant group's shutdown hits life … IANS - 1 hour 27 minutes ago
Shillong, May 27 (IANS) Normal life came to a standstill in Meghalaya on Wednesday following a 24-hour shutdown called by the outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) in protest over the delay in passage of the Village Administration Bill by the Congress-led government. The HNLC militant group, which organises hit-and-run operations from its hideout in Bangladesh, had extended its support to headmen and other traditional leaders who are demanding the approval of the Village Administration Bill, 2014 and the (Establishment of Elaka and Village, Election, Appointment, Powers, Functions and Jurisdiction of Dolloi, Sirdar and Waheh Shnong) Bill, 2015. The Village Administration Bill was passed by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council and the (Establishment of Elaka and Village, Election, Appointment, Powers, Functions and Jurisdiction of Dolloi, Sirdar and Waheh Shnong) Bill, was passed by the Jaintia Hill Autonomous District Council.