BSP Decision To Contest 11 Assembly Bypolls In Uttar Pradesh On Its Own Gives Jolt To SP

New Delhi: Jolted by the Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) decision to contest the 11 assembly bypolls in Uttar Pradesh on its own which is in unlikely situation, the Samajwadi Party which is still smarting after a disastrous performance in the Lok Sabha elections, is scrambling for a response.

BSP chief Mayawati’s announcement on the UP by-polls in Delhi on Monday is being seen as an indication of the end of the SP-BSP alliance. “We don’t know how to react. She herself had said that the alliance is for keeps and the two parties will go to the 2022 UP poll together. The way she has blamed the SP for the poor poll results, indicate that she has called off the alliance though she has not said so yet. It’s better that we be cautious in what we say. We don’t want to make any premature comments and are waiting for party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s response and direction on it,” said a senior SP leader.


India Says, Organisation Of Islamic Cooperation Does Not Have Any Locus Standi In Matters Related To Kashmir

New Delhi: India said the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) had “no locus standi” in matters related to Kashmir that is an integral part of the country. This has come days after the OIC appointed a special envoy for Jammu and Kashmir.

Yousef Aldobeay of Saudi Arabia, an assistant secretary general of OIC, was among four special envoys appointed at the grouping’s summit meeting in Makkah on May 31.

The development came almost two months after former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj represented India for the first time at a meeting of OIC foreign ministers in Abu Dhabi in March. At the time, Indian officials described her participation in the meet as a significant development in efforts to boost ties with West Asian states.


AIADMK Fails To Get Ministerial Berth In The Modi Government Due To Failing To Arriving At A Consensus Candidate

New Delhi: The AIADMK met for an introspection with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) and Deputy CM, O Panneerselvam (OPS) holding discussions with each of the party district secretaries and MLAs at the former’s residence after the rout in the Lok Sabha poll in Tamil Nadu.

While OPS is convenor, EPS is the joint-convenor of the ruling party in Tamil Nadu. The exercise which lasted for nearly two hours had the twin objective of ascertaining the reasons for the party’s pathetic performance in the elections and to prepare it for the upcoming civic poll for the local bodies, AIADMK sources said.


PF Certificate To Irani’s Job At Fast Food Outlet To Be Auctioned And Proceeds To Go To A Cluster Of Women Artisans

New Delhi: In the 1980s, when she was struggling to make it big in Mumbai, Union cabinet minister Smriti Irani, then known as Smriti Malhotra, landed a job at the Bandra outlet of the fast food giant McDonald’s. This was just after she was rejected in an interview for the job of an air hostess, for lacking “good personality”. Now a slice of her life from those days could go under the hammer — and for a good cause.

The Provident Fund certificate relating to Irani’s job at the fast food outlet will be auctioned soon, and proceeds from the sale will go to a cluster of women artisans. The auction will be conducted by The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL), an industry body, and senior officials of the union ministry of textiles said that the process to identify the group of women artisans to whom the proceeds will go, has started.


Churu And Sri Ganganagar In Rajasthan Marked To Be The Two Hottest Places In The World

New Delhi: A severe heat wave is sweeping the northern Indian plains with 10 of the 15 hottest places in the world recorded from the region. The remaining five were from neighbouring Pakistan, turning the region warmest on the planet. In all this, the only consolation was that the place, which received maximum rainfall across the world in the last 24 hours was also in India --- Agartala.

While the global average surface temperature between 1880 and 2018 increased by 0.6 degree Celsius, for India it was 0.8 degree Celsius, according to a report by El Dorado Weather in April 2019. The website also said Churu and Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan were the two hottest places in the world followed by Jacobabad in Pakistan on Sunday. Other than places in Rajasthan, other Indian town in the list of the hottest places was Banda (47.4 degrees) in Uttar Pradesh and Narnual (47.2 degrees) in Haryana.