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Rahul Gandhi criticizes PM Modi for opposing a caste census, calling it ‘incapable’.

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Rahul Gandhi addresses a briefing on Monday.

The CWC decision comes days after Bihar released the caste census survey report. The Congress is a member of the ‘INDIA’ bloc and the ruling coalition in Bihar.

Rahul Gandhi on Monday announced that the Congress Working Committee, the party’s apex decision making body, had “decided unanimously to support caste census in the country”.

“The CWC has decided unanimously to support caste census in the country. It is a powerful progressive step for the emancipation of the poor in the country”, the Congress MP said in a briefing after the meeting.

Gandhi launched an all out attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the caste census. “The PM is incapable of doing the caste census. Our 3 out of 4 CMs are from the OBC category. Out of 10 BJP CMs, only one CM is from the OBC category. How many BJP CMs are from the OBC category? The PM doesn’t work for the OBCs but to distract them from main issues”, he said.

The Congress leader’s remark comes on a day the Election Commission announced the dates for assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram.

The CWC’s resolution on supporting caste census comes days after the Bihar government, of which Congress is a part of, released the caste census survey report. The survey revealed that the extremely backward classes (EBC) comprise 36.01% of the population, the backward classes 27.12% and the general category 15.52% of the covered population.

Congress-ruled Rajasthan has also issued an order to conduct caste survey in the state.

“A new chapter in social justice. The Union government, which is against the deprived, has been evading caste census in the country. This has resulted in social justice facing obstacles. Therefore, the state government has decided to conduct caste survey through its resources for ensuring benefits to all the needy in Rajasthan”, chief minister Ashok Gehlot posted on social media platform X.

“On the basis of the results, we will formulate schemes for the needs of various sections of the society”, he added.

The state department of planning (Economic and Statistics) has been made the nodal department for the work. However, the order does not provide a time frame for the conduct of the population count.

Sharing a copy of the order for caste survey on its official ‘X’ account, the ruling party said, “The Congress government of Rajasthan will conduct a caste-based survey. Congress is working on its resolution of ‘whoever participates, so does his participation’.”

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‘You made me Chief Minister, I paid back…’: Jitan Ram Manjhi to Nitish Kumar

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Jitan Ram Manjhi/Nitish Kumar (Credits: PTI)

Jitan Ram Manjhi has said he repaid a favour to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by contributing four crucial votes for him in the Bihar Assembly.

Bihar’s former Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday said he repaid a favour to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by extending him his support to form a government with the NDA in Bihar.

Speaking at an event, Jitan Ram Manjhi recalled the Chief Minister secured a total of 125 votes in the Bihar Assembly. He asserted he contributed to four votes for Kumar.

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‘Fighter’ box office Day 12: Hrithik-Deepika’s film eyes Rs 350 crore globally

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Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone's 'Fighter' is inching towards Rs 350 crore worldwide.

Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone’s ‘Fighter’ is marching towards Rs 350 crore worldwide. On Monday, February 5, the film saw a huge drop in collection.

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  • ‘Fighter’ is marching towards Rs 350 crore worldwide.Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone and Anil Kapoor play lead roles in the film.The film is directed by Siddharth Anand.
  • Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone’s recently released film, ‘Fighter’, is in its second week of theatrical run. In 12 days, the aerial actioner has surpassed Rs 300 crore globally and is now marching towards Rs 350-crore mark. On February 5, the movie saw a huge drop in collection at the box office. It is to be seen if the film would pick up momentum during the weekend again.

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    What James Prinsep and his 200-year-old map reveal about Gyanvapi

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    James Prinsep's lithograph of the Gyanvapi site in his 1831 book (left) and the disputed complex in 1991.

    James Prinsep, because of whom the world knows of emperor Ashoka, lived in Varanasi for 10 years. In 1831, the British scholar drew a lithographic map of the old Kashi Vishwanath temple, and showed how Aurangzeb’s Gyanvapi mosque stood on it. That will now be a crucial piece of evidence.

    At a walking distance from Kolkata’s Eden Gardens is the Prinsep Ghat on the banks of the Hooghly. One gets a close view of the Vidyasagar Setu and can take a boat ride on the River Hooghly from Prinsep Ghat.

    The ghat is named after James Prinsep, a British numismatist and archaeologist, who made significant contributions to India’s historiography. He came to India when he was 28 and was the youngest fellow of the British Asiatic Society.

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