Panchayat

  • Panchayat bans girls from wearing jeans, consuming liquor 25-03-2014 07:59 PM

    A mahapanchayat of Yadav community has barred their girls from wearing jeans and banned consumption of liquor. The mahapanchayat, held at Rahera village in Mathuraon Sunday, also decided to ban child marriages, use of DJ at weddings, grant of dowry and gambling by members of the community. "The decision will...
  • CJ Show: Khabar Lahariya report on Panchayat elections in UP 24-03-2014 11:06 AM

    Watch how a husband gets garlanded for her wife's success in Panchayat Elections in a UP village. This report has been produced by our partners 'Khabar Lahariya' a unique initiative enabling rural women to highlight the issues that matter to them. ...
  • Andhra Pradesh: Panchayat polls to be held in April 10-03-2014 05:33 PM

    Elections to the Panchayat Raj institutions in Andhra Pradesh have been announced today and will be held in April. According to the election programme announced by the State Election Commission in Hyderabad on Monday, polling for the Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies (MPTC) and Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies (ZPTC) would take...
  • Muzaffarnagar riots: 10 Muslim leaders, including a former minister, charged by SIT 08-03-2014 12:36 PM

    BSP MP Kadir Rana, two party MLAs and former UP minister Saeed-uz-Zama of Congressare among 10 persons charged by the SIT probing the Muzaffarnagar riotsfor provoking communal tension with inflammatory speeches during a Muslim community panchayat.The charge sheet was filed in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Narender Kumar by...
  • Refund money spent on poll documents, BJP tells government 04-03-2014 08:14 AM

    The BJP in Uttarakhand on Monday accused the state government of selling panchayat poll-related documents for over Rs 2 crore even before notification of the election which had been deferred till June 30. "The state government has started selling nomination papers for panchayat polls even before they could be notified,...
  • Kerala village achieves 100 per cent e-literacy 02-03-2014 01:58 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: A nearby village panchayat has been declared as the first e-literate panchayat, marking a milestone in Kerala's bid to become the first e-literate state in the country. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy made the declaration of Pallichal panchayat becoming the first e-literate grass root level civic unit via video conferencing...
  • Khaps seek CBI probe into Muzaffarnagar riots 19-02-2014 11:32 PM

    A khap panchayat held at Dabouda Khurd village in Jhajjaron Wednesday demanded a CBI probe into the Muzaffarnagar riots. The panchayat that lasted for over five hours was attended by representatives of khaps active in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Haryana. "Innocent people of the Jat community have been falsely...
  • Uttarakhand Congress working committee to meet on Feb 15 08-02-2014 06:32 PM

    The Uttarakhand Congress has summoned a meeting of its working committee in Dehradun on February 15 to work out party's strategy for upcoming Lok Sabha and Panchayat polls in the state. Giving this information at a press conference in Dehradun on Saturday, PCC vice-president Suryakant Dhasmana said the meeting has...
  • Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda equates Khaps with NGOs 07-02-2014 06:03 PM

    Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday equated Khap Panchayats with organizations like NGO, saying that they are part of state's culture. "Khap Panchayats are like NGO as we have Resident Welfare Associations. They are part of our culture," Hooda said, while addressing media here after holding a...
  • State to simplify e-payment system project in panchayats 06-02-2014 12:04 AM

    The Jharkhand government is working to simplify the e-payment system project in panchayats of the state. "Jharkhand chief secretary R.S. Sharma Wednesday directed for simplifying the system of e-payment in the Panchayati Raj Department. He was speaking at a meeting with information technology officers with regard to implementing the e-payment...
  • Muzaffarnagar riots: Khap mahapanchayat on Feb 9 to discuss future plan of action 05-02-2014 07:36 PM

    More than 185 representatives of 'khap panchayats' from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh will converge on Muzaffarnagar Feb 9 for a 'mahapanchayat'. The 'khap' leaders would be meeting in Phugna village to discuss their future plan of action against what they allege is one-sided police action post-Muzaffarnagar riots. Village elders in...
  • AAP defends existence of khap panchayats 01-02-2014 08:59 PM

    New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday defended the existence of the khap panchayats, but said it was opposed to any kind of decision given by them that violated the law of the land. Senior party leader Yogendra Yadav said, "All castes tend to have their social organisations,...
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  • Rahul Gandhi consults women Panchayat chiefs for Congress manifesto 01-02-2014 10:30 AM

    New Delhi: As a part of the exercise to include demands and aspirations of sections of people, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday met women representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions. The women pradhans provided inputs for Congress's 2014 Lok Sabha elections manifesto. Gandhi had in January, held consultations with...
  • Birbhum gangrape case: Forensics team submits report to police 28-01-2014 01:15 PM

    Kolkata: The West Bengal forensics team on Tuesday submitted its primary observation report in the Birbhum gangrape case to the district police. The details of the report are not known. On Monday, the police recovered a mobile phone recording of the khap panchayat which ordered the gangrape of the 20-year-old...
  • FTP: Birbhum gang rape: Is the Khap mentality spreading across India? 27-01-2014 10:56 PM

    The 20-year-old woman was gangraped for falling in love with a man from a different community. The young woman had been gangraped by 12 men on orders of a Panchayat as punishment. The investigation officer, Bahadur Mondal, a sub-inspector with Labhpur PS, Birbhum, has been removed following criticism over the...
  • Birbhum gangrape: 5-member SIT formed, police secure phone recording of Panchayat 27-01-2014 12:32 PM

    Kolkata: The investigation officer in the Birbhum gangrape case, Bahadur Mondal, a sub-inspector with Labhpur PS, Birbhum, has been removed following criticism over the initial goof-up in the investigation. A five-member Special Investigation Team, headed by DSP (HQ) of the district, has been constituted to probe the case. The victim's...
  • Maharashtra: Rahul meets Panchayat members for manifesto suggestions 24-01-2014 03:58 PM

    Wardha: Days after meeting women to take suggestions on preparing the Congress manifesto, party Vice President Rahul Gandhi met Panchayat members in Wardha in Maharashtra on Friday. Rahul took suggestions from Panchayat members on what needs to be included in the manifesto with respect to rural areas. Addressing people ahead...
  • Birbhum gangrape: SC asks WB government to file a report within a week 24-01-2014 10:59 AM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has taken suo motu cognisance of the Birbhum gangrape case and has issued a notice to the West Bengal government. Calling it 'very disturbing news, the court has asked the West Bengal government to file a report on the case within one week. The court...
  • WB: 13 arrested after tribal girl's gangrape, Mamata removes Birbhum SP 23-01-2014 06:27 PM

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has ordered the removal of Birbhum SP C Sudhakar following the gangrape of a tribal girl in the district. A 20-year-old woman was gangraped in Birbhum district allegedly on the orders of a panchayat. The police are suspecting that 13 people were involved...
  • WB: 20-year-old tribal woman allegedly gangraped on panchayat's order, 13 arrested 23-01-2014 09:19 AM

    West Bengal: A 20-year-old woman has been gangraped in Birbhum district of West Bengal allegedly on the orders of a Panchayat. The police are suspecting that 13 people were involved in raping the young woman. She was subjected to the torture for allegedly falling in love with a man outside...
  • Green clearance difficult if panchayats oppose: Veerappa Moily 14-01-2014 01:59 PM

    New Delhi: Setting a rule of sorts, Environment Minister M Veerappa Moily has made it clear that green nod will not be given to a project that is opposed by local panchayats. He made this clear against the backdrop of rejection of clearance to London-based Vedanta's USD 1.7 billion bauxite...
  • Give sand mining rights to panchayats: BJP's Saryu Roy to government 09-01-2014 03:32 PM

    BJP leader Saryu Roy on Thursday asked the Hemant Soren-led government to make its cabinet decision 'effective' by immediately 'allowing' rights to panchayats over minor mineral sand. "Not only the common people but also private companies are facing shortage of sand following non-implementation of the cabinet decision," Roy, a former...
  • Only info sought on cases against Muslim leaders in Muzaffarnagar riots: Akhilesh Yadav 06-01-2014 09:03 PM

    A controversy erupted today over reported moves by the UP government to withdraw cases against Muslim leaders in connection with Muzaffarnagar riots even as Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said only some information has been sought and this did not mean cases were being dropped. "This is neither the decision of...
  • State government decides to regulate sand prices 03-01-2014 06:52 PM

    In an effort to curb the hoarding of sand and contain its escalating market rates, Chhattisgarh Government has decided to ensure its supply at a "fair price" to people and construction sites in the State. "Complying with the order of Chief Minister Raman Singh, the state administration is all set...
  • West Champaran: Panchayat bans cell phones for unmarried girls 25-12-2013 12:27 PM

    A village council in Bihar has banned the use of mobile phones by unmarried girls, said a council member on Wednesday.The decision was taken on Tuesday evening at a meeting of Somgarh panchayat (council) in West Champaran district. The panchayat also threatened to impose heavy fine on the girls' families...
  • Hemant Soren rules out any role of MLAs in panchayat funds 17-12-2013 10:07 AM

    Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Monday ruled out a role for MLAs in the decision-making process for utilisation of panchayat development funds of Rs 10 lakh. "The government has decided to allot Rs 10 lakh to every panchayat to take up development schemes in their areas to strengthen and...
  • Odisha: Maoists kill village panchayat ward member in Malkangiri 14-12-2013 11:38 AM

    Maoists have shot dead two persons, including a village panchayat ward member, two days after abducting them in Odisha's Malkangiri district, police said on Saturday. The bullet-riddled bodies of Tulasi Behera, ward member of Chintalguda, and Jaga Madkami of Ramaguda were found in a forest at Bejangwada area this morning,...
  • Jharkhand restores decision to give sand mining right to panchayats 13-12-2013 10:33 AM

    Jharkhand government on Thursday restored its earlier decision to give rights to the panchayats over sand mining, weeks after it allowed the minor mineral to go under the hammer. The decision was taken by the Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Hemant Soren, Principal Secretary (Cabinet Co-ordination) JB Tubid told reporters...
  • Panchayat orders boycott of 4 murder accused, ask them to leave village with their families 02-12-2013 12:55 PM

    A village panchayat in Bihar on Monday ordered social boycott of four men accused of abducting and killing a five-year-old-boy in Gopalganj district.The accused with their families were also asked to leave the village, police said. "The village panchayat has decided to socially boycott the families of four accused as...