Are the Marathas so restive?

What is the trigger? In July, while the monsoon session of the legislature was on, a group of Maratha protesters launched a sit-in against the BJP government for not fulfilling the promises made to the community, including 16% reservation. The issue, however, spilled outside the Assembly, when Chief Minister Devendra …

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North Karnataka, reeling under neglect

Thirteen districts of north Karnataka recently raised a fresh cry for a separate State, pointing out that Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s budgetary allocations favoured only the southern districts. The crisis has blown over and Mr. Kumaraswamy has clarified that he has big plans for the development of the region. Historical …

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Shift mentally ill from vagrants’ homes: WBHRC

225 inmates found in six shelters The West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) has learnt that a number of people suffering from mental illness have been placed in vagrants’ homes run by the State government, and has recommended that they be provided medical intervention. In its recommendation, the WBHRC directed …

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More Assembly seats for Sikkim

Cabinet panel to take a decision soon The Home Ministry has moved the Union Cabinet to increase the number of seats in the Sikkim Assembly from 32 to 40. The State goes to the polls in 2019. A senior Ministry official said the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs, headed by …

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Indian aid to SAARC nations falls

India’s financial assistance to SAARC neighbours declined considerably in the past five years, a reply by the government in Parliament this week showed. The figures were revealed in the Lok Sabha in reply to a question on whether India had completed projects committed to countries in the neighbourhood. Minister of …

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