Ex-PM Vajpayee’s life sketch to be added in school textbooks

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JAIPUR: State education minister Vasudev Devnani has asserted to include a biography of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a school textbook. The biography will be included under the policy of adding stories or work of national heroes to evoke nationalism among students. “Vajpayee’s statesmanship has no parallel in the modern India. His life sketch has the immense potential to transform and inspire the life of youths. By adding his life sketch, we would like give a tribute to the departed soul,” said Devnani. The minister has not yet…

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Dalit families ostracised in Barmer village

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JAISALMER: Nearly 70 Dalit families have been allegedly ostracised by the Rajpurohit community in Kaludi village, in Barmer district, which also happens to be home to the Barmer Zila Pramukh. Dinesh aka Dana Ram Meghwal, a resident of Kaludi, lodged a complaint with the Balotra police station on August 16, saying that the village’s Rajpurohit community has ordered the boycott of 70 Dalit families of the village. According to the FIR, few youths from the Rajpurohit community had made derogatory remarks against Dalits on social media. Following this, a person…

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Youth gets life term for raping cousin

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KOTA: A POCSO court in Bundi on Saturday convicted a 23-year-old youth to life term in jail, for repeatedly raping his 14-and-a-half-year-old cousin. The court also imposed a penalty of Rs 20,000 on him. The POCSO court judge in Bundi, Deepak Dubey, convicted Pintu Regar (23), a resident of Jhakmund village under Talera police station of Bundi district, to life term in jail for repeatedly raping his minor cousin, special public prosecutor (SPP), POCSO court, Bundi, Mahendra Kumar Sharma said. The court also fined the convict with a penalty of…

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Hi-tech ambulances save over 1,000 critically injured

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JAIPUR: More than 1,000 patients have benefited from state’s fleet of 22 ambulances equipped with ventilators and defibrillators which are lifesaving equipment. These ambulances are being used for transporting critical patients from one hospital to another for better healthcare. These 22 government ambulances, having advanced life support (ALS) systems, were launched in November with an aim to provide safer transportation of patients referred to higher centres. The ambulances are positioned at district hospitals. It is quite risky to transport critical patients in ambulances with basic life support equipment. With ambulances…

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‘Average rainfall in Rajasthan 9% less than last year’

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JAIPUR: Even as monsoon is on the verge of completing its fourth spell, 11 districts in the state have got deficit rainfall. These districts and their farmers might face drought-like situation if the rains continue to evade these areas. The average rainfall of the state is almost 9% less compared to that received till August 18, 2017. Except for east Rajasthan, rest of the state has got either normal or deficit rainfall. According to the data available with the hydrology department, the state had got an average rainfall of 371.28…

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Gajanand struggles to make peace with prison memories

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JAIPUR: Gajanand Sharma, who joined his family on the eve of Independence Day after spending 36 years in a prison of Pakistan, is recalling memories in bits and pieces. He has yet not been able to recognize his wife properly, but shows her his wounds from his stay in jail. He is accustomed to the atmosphere of jail and he asks everyone in the family not to switch on the lights and fans. But one thing that is gratifying for the family is that he is seen conversing in his…

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Hostel inmate murdered; tied-up body found inside almirah

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ALWAR: A 17-year-old inmate of a government hostel was found murdered when police found his tied-up body stuffed in the almirah of his hostel room in Alwar, on Wednesday evening. Rahul Meena, a student of class XII who was living at the government hostel in Rajgarh, is suspected to have been killed by his friend who is currently off the hook. A resident of Karauli district, Rahul’s body was discovered after hostel superintendent Lakshmi Narayan Meena informed the police about a bad stench emanating from Rahul’s room located on the…

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Amid Gujjar protest threat, 2nd leg of yatra postponed

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JAIPUR: Chief minister Vasundhara Raje postponed the second leg of her ‘Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra’ from Bharatpur division on Thursday to August 20 as she rushed to Delhi in the morning due to the critical condition of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away later in the day amidst the threat of Gujjars protest. The Gujjars who had threatened to stage protest during the Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra by the chief minister in their areas in Bharatpur division on Thursday suspended their public protests in the light of the Gaurav…

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s bonding with Rajasthan and the nuke tests

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JAISALMER/JAIPUR: Atal Bihari Vajpayee had a deep association with Rajasthan through his close friends like former vice-president Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and former external affairs minister Jaswant Singh much before becoming the prime minister first in 1996 and then again in 1998. It is, however, the nuclear tests at Pokhran in Jaisalmer district conducted by his government in May 1998 that Vajpayee’s association with the state is most remembered. The former PM had visited Pokhran soon after the nuclear tests. “During his Pokhran visit, Vajpayee spoke like a statesman, kept away…

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