Days after the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) announced their decision to contest the Lok Sabha polls together from Uttar Pradesh, BSP satrap Mayawati, on her 63rd birthday, appealed to members and workers of both parties to forget their past differences.As the leader was greeted by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav at her residence in Lucknow on her birthday on January 15, she said, “Forget past differences and ensure the victory of all joint candidates of SP and BSP. This will be my ideal birthday gift.”The parties, which have decided to contest general elections on a 50-50 seat-sharing deal, are itching to bury the hatchet in an attempt to make a formidable alliance to beat the BJP, which had won 71 out of 80 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. While the SP had managed to win a meagre five seats, the BSP won none.Close But it won’t be easy for the bitter rivals to forget and forgive, especially after witnessing a dark past in the history of Indian … [Read more...] about Forget past differences with SP, says BSP supremo Mayawati on 63rd birthday. Easier said than done?
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The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), a party founded by former deputy prime minister Devi Lal, split in 2018 after a bitter power struggle between his two grandsons – Ajay and Abhay Chautala, the two sons of party president Om Prakash Chautala.The feud saw Ajay Chautala and his sons Dushyant and Digvijay being expelled from the Haryana-based party by senior Chautala, who threw his weight behind the younger son Abhay. The trigger for the split was when the supporters of the young Chautalas hooted at their uncle Abhay at a rally in Gohana in October 2018.Dushyant Chautala, who is the MP from Hisar, launched Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) in December 2018. The 30-year-old's supporters are now projecting him as the next chief minister.Close The split in the party came at a time when it was gearing to come back to power after a 14-year hiatus. The development is likely to hit the party’s chances. related news In Pics | Jharkhand Assembly Election Phase 3: Old and young … [Read more...] about Haryana Assembly Election: How the split in INLD will bolster BJP in the Jat-dominated state
A few years ago, a smattering of kooky schemes, dubious proposals, weird hardware, and social shaming services relating to excessive smartphone use began to emerge on the self-improvement fringe. Fast forward to now, and the anti-addiction, anti-distraction movement has gone mainstream. The biggest Silicon Valley giants are even building special features into their products designed to get you to use their products less. advertisement advertisement The issue these efforts aim to address is real. Motorola and Harvard psychologist Nancy Etcoff conducted a survey finding that one-third of respondents believe they spend too much time on their phones. Half say they check their phone more often than they want to. The survey also found people feel emotionally dependent on smartphones and want help with “phone-life balance.” Numerous studies confirm that smartphone addiction is a problem because phones compel us to use it more often, and more disruptively, than we’d … [Read more...] about The wide–and sometimes wacky–world of smartphone addiction cures
On March 5, Pakistan announced that its interior ministry has placed 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) in the list of banned organisations.According to Pakistan's National Counter Terrorism Authority (NCTA) list, which was updated on March 5, JuD and FIF were among 70 organisations proscribed by the Ministry of Interior under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.Before this, the two organisations were reportedly in their ‘under watch’ list since 2017. However, the move to ban these organisations is not a new tactic and has been a part of Pakistan’s playbook to ward off international pressure.Close Action against Saeed's LeT mere lip service related news CBI carries out searches at 13 locations in Rs 568.52 crore bank fraud 200 recommendations of Swaminathan report accepted by govt: Agri minister Believe Congress will take 'good decision' about leadership: Sachin Pilot … [Read more...] about Pakistan’s move to place Hafiz Saeed’s JuD in banned outfits list is nothing but a farce
Delhi Congress president and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit announced on March 5 that the Congress will not be stitching an alliance with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) from Delhi for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.She declared that a unanimous decision was taken that there will be no alliance in Delhi, and that the decision was taken in a meeting presided over by party chief Rahul Gandhi.What ensued before the announcement?Close Since the time talks of an alliance between the two parties have been doing the rounds, it has been clear that the AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been keen on an alliance in order to take on the BJP, while the Congress has not been so enthusiastic about it. related news CBI carries out searches at 13 locations in Rs 568.52 crore bank fraud 200 recommendations of Swaminathan report accepted by govt: Agri minister Believe Congress will take 'good decision' about leadership: Sachin Pilot Before Dixit declared her decision … [Read more...] about Explained | Why is the Congress reluctant in forging an alliance with AAP in Delhi?