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UP seminary demands removal of word ‘Sindh’ from Indian national anthem

LUCKNOW: A religious seminary in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh has come up with a rather unusual demand from the government, seeking removal of word ‘Sindh’ from the Indian national anthem and said seminary students will sing it once the amendment takes effect. The demand was mooted by Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema celebrated the Independence Day on Tuesday. "It has been a tradition since 1947 to offer special prayers for the country after hoisting flag on the Independence Day. It was followed this year as well," said a Maulana…

Five cartoon characters seen in real life

It is interesting to realise how many people in the real world look just like fictional cartoon characters. Here are five cartoon characters seen in real life. 5. Dumbo A young circus elephant is born with comically large ears and given the cruel nickname Dumbo. After Dumbo's ears cause an accident that injures many of the other elephants, he is made to dress like a clown and perform dangerous stunts. Everything changes when Dumbo discovers that his enormous ears actually allow him to fly, and he astounds…

‘If we have to choose between the cow and development we will choose the cow’

BISHARA: When India's prime minister named a hardline Hindu known for his anti-Muslim speeches to head its largest state Uttar Pradesh this month, many saw it as a sign his party's huge election win had emboldened him to pursue a more radical agenda. But in the village of Bishara in Uttar Pradesh, where a Muslim man was lynched by his Hindu neighbours in 2015 triggering a national outcry, residents celebrated into the night by letting off fireworks and dousing each other with festive coloured powder. It was a sign of…

India’s BJP picks firebrand to head Uttar Pradesh state

NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi's right-wing party BJP Saturday picked a controversial firebrand leader to head India's most populous state, where it won a landslide victory last week. Bharatiya Janata Party won an absolute majority in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, home to 220 million people and seen as a bellwether of national politics, in a massive vote of confidence for the premier halfway into his first term. After an hours-long meeting with local BJP legislators on Saturday, senior party leader M. Venkaiah Naidu…