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Former BSP leader Swamy Prasad Maurya joins BJP

New Delhi: Former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Swamy Prasad Maurya on Monday joined the BJP in the presence of party national president Amit Shah here.

He was welcomed in the party by Shah, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Om Mathur, who is in charge of the party's affairs in Uttar Pradesh, state unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, senior leaders Rameshwar Chaurasia and Shrikant Sharma, and others.


‘Patna High Court’s verdict has emboldened the common man’s faith in the judiciary’

Patana: The Patna High Court on Thursday annulled the Lok Sabha membership of Sasaram BJP MP Chhedi Paswan over concealing some cases pending against him in his election affidavit.

The verdict came on a plea by Sasaram voter Gagan Mishra, who had told the court that Paswan had hidden that a case regarding a protest at Durgawati reservoir was pending against him.


Girl falls unconscious during third degree interrogation, police officer suspended

Ranchi: In a case of alleged police brutality, a Class 10 girl student fell unconscious and had to be hospitalised after she was interrogated for more than 10 hours at a police station in Jharkhand's Latehar district.

The girl remained unconscious for more than 70 hours after the questioning by police on June 14 at Manika Police Station in Latehar.


Mathura violence: 24 killed, govt orders inquiry; BJP demands CBI probe

Mathura/New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday ordered a commissioner-level inquiry into the violence in Mathura, which claimed 24 lives including of two police officers, even as the BJP said the violence showed "complete breakdown of administration and law and order" in the state and demanded a CBI probe.

The Centre has also sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday's violence in Mathura, over 160 km from the national capital.

"This is a serious matter and will be investigated at Commissioner level. All those found guilty will be brought to justice," Akhilesh Yadav told reporters.

Twenty-four people were killed in the clash between police and encroachers during an anti-encroachment drive on Thursday in Jawahar bagh in Mathura. The killed includes Superintendent of Police Mukul Dwivedi. Twenty-three policemen are injured, including some seriously.


How water inequality governs drought-hit Maharashtra

A resident of Pune, Maharashtra’s second-most developed city, uses five times as much water as her counterpart in Latur, the district most ravaged by drought in the south-central Marathwada region.

That’s the extent of water inequality in Maharashtra, India’s most developed state, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of statewide water use, characterised by disproportionate availability and consumption of water across regions, crops and consumers.

The coastal region of Konkan - occupying a tenth of the state’s landmass and home to 14 per cent of its population (except Mumbai) - contains more than half of Maharashtra’s water, according to government data.