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Choose wisely - go organic this Holi! Choose wisely - go organic this Holi!



New Delhi,  With Holi -the festival of colours coming up -- everyone is busy buying colours, 'pichkaris', and balloons but with increasing environment pollution and severe allergic reactions to synthetic colours, there is a growing awareness among people to opt for organic variants.

"In an approximately Rs 4,500-crore unorganised Holi colour market, the share of the organic variety is miniscule, but growing," said Madhumita Puri, Founder and Executive Director of Avacayam Naturals, a Delhi-based manufacturer of organic colours.

 vote for Modi if you want your kids to become watchmen: Kejriwal vote for Modi if you want your kids to become watchmen: Kejriwal



New Delhi,  Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday asked people to vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi again only if they wanted their children to become watchmen.

"Modi wants to turn India into a nation of watchmen. If you want your children to become one, vote for Modi. But if you want your children to get educated and become doctors, engineers and lawyers, vote for AAP, a party of honest and educated people," he tweeted in Hindi.

dynastic politics destroyed institutions: Modi dynastic politics destroyed institutions: Modi


New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday attacked the Congress for its "dynastic politics" and said its biggest casualty are the institutions.

Addressing voters in his blog post, Modi urged them to remember the Congress' past when they vote -- "how one family's desire for power cost the nation greatly".

"From the press to Parliament. From soldiers to free speech. From the constitution to the courts. Institutional insult is the Congress's way.

Congress leaves 5 seats for Left Front in Bengal Congress leaves 5 seats for Left Front in Bengal



Kolkata,  Amid the ongoing impasse over sharing of seats for the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal, the Congress on Wednesday decided to leave five seats for the Left Front, but said it would field candidates in the two seats won by the Left parties in the last general elections in 2014.

The Congress has already announced candidates for 11 constituencies in West Bengal, including Murshidabad and Raiganj, the seats held by Left Front major CPI-M.

deadlock in Mahagathbandhan over seats: Tejashwi deadlock in Mahagathbandhan over seats: Tejashwi


Patna, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has denied reports of a deadlock over seats in the "Mahagathbandhan" (Grand Alliance) in Bihar, saying it has been finalised and will be announced after the Holi.

"The Grand Alliance is intact. There is no problem over seat-sharing. We have finalised everything. After Holi we will formally announce seat-sharing as well as candidates", Tejashwi said, here on Wednesday, on return from New Delhi, where he was camping for the last several days for finalising seat-sharing pact with top Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi.

alliance for Lok Sabha polls in J&K alliance for Lok Sabha polls in J&K


Jammu,  The Congress and the National Conference (NC) on Wednesday announced a pre-poll alliance for the Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir but said there will be "s friendly contest" in Anantnag and Baramulla.

The announcement was made by senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and NC President Farooq Abdullah.

Mayawati not to contest LS election Mayawati not to contest LS election


Lucknow,  BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday declared that she will not contest the Lok Sabha elections and asked party activists not to get disheartened over her decision as there were legal provisions for her to get elected within six months.

"When I became Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister first time in 1995, I was not a member of either the Uttar Pradesh Assembly or Council," she tweeted.

Vadra's custodial questioning may be needed: ED Vadra's custodial questioning may be needed: ED

 

New Delhi, The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday told a Delhi court that Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, is not cooperating in the probe and the agency may require his custodial interrogation in a money laundering case.

Special Public Prosecutor D.P. Singh told Special Judge Arvind Kumar that despite being given various opportunities, Vadra was not cooperating in the investigation and he is evasive in his responses.

The ED also filed a reply on Vadra's anticipatory bail plea.

Modi now 'Chowkidar', no more 'Chaiwala': Mayawati Modi now 'Chowkidar', no more 'Chaiwala': Mayawati

 

Lucknow, A day after BJP leaders prefixed 'Chowkidar' (watchman) to their Twitter handles, BSP leader Mayawati on Tuesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he has changed his profile from 'Chaiwala' to 'Chowkidar' only to get votes in the Lok Sabha elections.

"Ignoring the philosophy of simple living and high thinking, a man (Modi) who lives a regal life had advertised himself as 'Chaiwala' in the last Lok Sabha elections.

148 sexual abuse cases against peacekeeping forces 148 sexual abuse cases against peacekeeping forces


New Delhi, As many as 148 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse relating to personnel in peacekeeping and special political missions of the United Nations and 111 relating to non-UN related entities were reported in 2018 against 138 in 2017 and 165 in 2016.

The UN Secretary-General's report on "Special Measures for the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Implementing a Zero-Tolerance Policy" was issued in New York on Monday.

Congress refuses LF's Bengal seat adjustment offer Congress refuses LF's Bengal seat adjustment offer

 

Kolkata, In a last ditch attempt to forge a seat adjustment formula with the Congress in West Bengal in the 2019 polls, the Left Front on Tuesday announced the second list of its Lok Sabha candidates, leaving four seats won by the Congress in the last General Elections.

The state Congress leadership, however, rejected the offer claiming their party cannot be at the "mercy of anyone" and stated that it would fight in all 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal on its own.

Congress suffering from inflated arrogance: AAP Congress suffering from inflated arrogance: AAP


New Delhi, Accusing the Congress of suffering from "ego" issues and "inflated arrogance", Delhi's ruling AAP on Tuesday it will not waste any more time to sew an alliance with the grand old party.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Gopal Rai told the media that the Congress was not interested in saving the country.

"It (Congress) is more interested in its ego and inflated arrogance. It is not much interested in defeating the Modi-Shah duo," he said, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.

Congress leaders to stake claim in Goa Congress leaders to stake claim in Goa

 

Panaji, Amid speculation that Goa's Assembly may be kept in suspended animation due to political turmoil, Congress leader Chandrakant Kavlekar on Monday reached Raj Bhavan to stake claim to form the government.

Speaking to reporters outside Raj Bhavan, Leader of Opposition Kavlekar said that Governor Mridula Sinha had not given an appointment to the Congress delegation despite repeated requests.

Congress to contest all 42 LS seats in Bengal Congress to contest all 42 LS seats in Bengal



Kolkata, The Congress on Sunday announced it would contest all 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal as its seat adjustment talks with the Left Front have collapsed.

"We do not think that we need any alliance by compromising our party's dignity. To maintain the dignity of the party, we don't have any other option than fight," state Congress chief Somen Mitra told media persons at the state party headquarters Bidhan Bhavan here.