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Telangana quota hike for Muslims will create social tensions: BJP

New Delhi/Hyderabad: A day after the Telangana legislature passed a bill hiking the quota for backward Muslims from four to 12 per cent, the BJP said the move would create social tensions and called it a "black day".

BJP National General Secretary Muralidhar Rao said that the step is "against fundamental principles of democracy and unity of the nation".

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Yogi's two most controversial decisions also most popular: Survey

New Delhi: Unaffected by media outrage over the ban on illegal slaughterhouses and the creation of "anti-Romeo" squads, residents of Uttar Pradesh say those are the most popular of the decisions taken by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in his first month in power, according to a statewide survey.

Adityanath also came up with high approval ratings, with 62 per cent citizens supporting the decisions he has taken so far, in the survey carried out by Gaon Connection, India's biggest rural media platform. More than 71 per cent respondents said he was working in the right direction.

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Sitamarhi is the birth place of Sita, says Dr. Birbal Jha

New Delhi: Noted author and  chairman of Mithilalok Foundation Dr Birbal Jha  has strongly condemned Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma’s view that Sita's birthplace is "a matter of faith" and that there is no historical or archeological evidence proving that she was born in Bihar's Sitamarhi.

“I am badly shaken by Hon’ble Minister’s statement on Sita’s birth place. Disputing the birth place of Sita, daughter of Janak and wife of Ram, is disputing The Ramayan – one of the greatest epics in the world and the fountainhead of the Hindus at large,” said Dr Jha. Needless to say, devotees of Sita, the presiding deity and role model for the Hindus are deeply shocked at Mahesh Sharma’s statement in the Upper House.

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UP to train 6,005 child labourers in Lucknow

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government is working on an ambitious scheme to train and make child labourers employment ready, an official said on Friday.

"On the directives of the Labour and Employment Ministry of the Government of India, we will soon be undertaking a special training for child labourers who have been identified in the state capital," the office said.

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Director Of Mahabharat Sanjeev Kumar Attacked In Sasaram

Sasaram: In a shocking incident, Sanjeev Kumar – social activist and director of Mahabharat, was attacked by councilors in broad daylight when he was holding a peaceful protest against the corrupt politicians in the city.

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The incident happened when Sanjeev was protesting against the decision of Nazia Begum, chief councilor of Nagar Parishad, Sasaram, chairing the meeting of councilors.

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Adityanath carries out first major bureaucratic reshuffle

Lucknow: In its first major bureaucratic reshuffle, the Yogi Adityanath government has transferred 20 senior IAS officers, shunting out Principal Secretary (Information) Navneet Sehgal and others who wielded considerable influence under the Akhilesh Yadav dispensation.

Sehgal has been divested of all charge and replaced by UP cadre IAS officer Avanish Kumar Awasthi, who was relieved by the Centre following a request by Chief Minister Yogi Aditaynath after he took oath on March 19.

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