PANCHAYATS

  • PM Modi to launch MP model village scheme on Saturday October 10, 2014

    New Delhi: An ambitious village development project under which each MP will take the responsibility of developing physical and institutional infrastructure in three villages by 2019 will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The goal is to develop three adarsh grams or model villages by March 2019, of which...
  • Freedom must have limits too, girls should dress decently to not lure boys, says BJP's Karnal candidate October 10, 2014

    Karnal: Another politician has blamed girls for rapes. Karnal BJP MLA candidate Manohar Lal Khattar has said that girls must be dressed decently and not 'lure' boys. On a question about Khap panchayats and their rulings, Khattar said that to an extent Khap rulings were justified as they 'tried to abide...
  • Andhra Pradesh government committed to develop villages: Panchayat Raj minister October 9, 2014

    Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj minister Ch Ayyanna Patrudu said on Thursday the state government was committed to its develop villages by rendering basic amenities and strengthening the panchayat raj system. Patrudu said that work of construction of black tar roads, metal roads in villages would be taken up by...
  • The Khaps of Haryana: Social or political? October 6, 2014

    Kaithal: Khap Panchayats have existed for hundreds of years and their writ still runs large, especially in Haryana. Ahead of the Assembly elections, CNN-IBN caught up with a Khap in Kaithal to see if things are changing. Some of Haryana's Khap Panchayats have supported honour killings in the past. Not...
  • 'Government WiFi project at panchayats to be more cost effective' September 22, 2014

    New Delhi: A WiFi based broadband project at village panchayat level, involving operational expenditure of Rs 2,472 crore annually by the government, will lead to huge savings compared to market costs, according to a study. "The per annum cost of covering operational expenses for Government Users Network (GUN) is Rs 2,472...
  • Tamil Nadu: Government says it will notify rules on regulation of bore wells September 2, 2014

    Chennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday disposed off a PIL filed by a law student for a direction to the Central and State Governments to formulate guidelines to regulate the erection and management of bore wells especially abandoned ones. The First Bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and...
  • UP: Panchayat orders swapping of wives after man's wife elopes with another woman's husband August 29, 2014

    New Delhi: In yet another bizarre diktat from Uttar Pradesh, a Panchayat has ordered swapping of wives after one of them allegedly eloped with the husband of the other. A married woman had eloped a few days back with another married man of the same village. The husband of the...
  • Over 50 per cent panchayats don't have banking service in the state August 20, 2014

    At a time when the Centre has launched an ambitious scheme to ensure that each family gets a bank account, the expansion of banks in Bihar has moved at snail's pace with over 50 per cent panchayats still to be covered by its service. Out of 8463 panchayats in Bihar, over...
  • 2 killed, 1 injured in clash over political rivalry August 18, 2014

    Two persons were shot dead and another injured in a clash between two parties over political rivalry related to panchayat polls in Rajpura area, police said. Ramveer (40) and Rambabu (32) were shot dead when the two parties opened fire at each other in Shahpur village late on Sunday night, Station...
  • Girls have the right to wear jeans, use mobiles: Khap chief August 12, 2014

    Jind: To use mobile phones and wear jeans is the fundamental right of a girl and no panchayat should put a ban on it, chief of a Khap Panchayat in Haryana has said. Kandela Khap Panchayat chief Tekaram Kandela said to use mobile phones and wear jeans is the fundamental right...
  • Muzaffarnagar: Khap Panchayat bans jeans, mobiles for girls August 10, 2014

    Muzaffarnagar: In yet another bizzare dikat of the Khap Panchayat in Uttar Pradesh's Muzzafarnagar district, it has banned unmarried girls from wearing jeans and using mobile phones. The panchayat claimed that these have a bad influence and were responsible for girls being harassed. The panchayat of Gujjar community was held...
  • To stop sexual harassment, Gujjar panchayat bans jeans, mobiles for girls August 9, 2014

    A community panchayat has banned girls from wearing jeans and keeping mobile phones claiming that they were having a "bad" effect on them and were responsible for eveteasing incidents. The panchayat of Gujjar community was held at Jadwad village on Friday. It passed the diktat banning wearing of jeans and use of...
  • Woman panchayat member thrashed, Governor Aziz Qureshi seeks report August 6, 2014

    UttarakhandGovernor Aziz Qureshi on Wednesday sought a report from state government and police by Thursday over the alleged thrashing of a woman member of district panchayat. Terming the incident "shameful and sad", the governor directed thedirector general of policeand Chief Secretary to submit a detailed report of the incident by tomorrow...
  • Husband's family forces woman to prove 'chastity' by holding redhot iron rods July 24, 2014

    A local court ordered registration of cases against four people, including a woman's husband and motherinlaw, for allegedly forcing her to "prove" her "chastity" in front of a community panchayat by holding redhot iron rods, if she wanted to live with her husband. Allegedly, the complainant was asked to "prove her...
  • Cases to be registered for being asked to prove 'chastity' July 23, 2014

    A local court ordered registration of cases against four people, including a woman's husband and motherinlaw, for allegedly forcing her to "prove" her "chastity" in front of a community panchayat by holding redhot iron rods, if she wanted to live with her husband. Allegedly, the complainant was asked to "prove her...
  • 'Process of redemarcation of panchayats to be completed by Feb 2015' July 18, 2014

    The process of redemarcation of panchayats in the Rajasthan would be completed before its next election by February 2015 based on the latest census of 2011, Rajasthan Assembly was told on Friday. Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister GC Kataria, on a query of BJP MLA Randheer Singh Bhinder during Zero...
  • Illegal assets worth Rs 3.1 crore of MP clerk unearthed in Lokayukta raid July 15, 2014

    Lokayukta Police on Tuesday raided various premises of a clerk, posted in a Janpad Panchayat in neighbouring Khargone district, and unearthed properties worth over Rs 3.10 crore which are allegedly disproportionate to his known sources of income, a senior officer said. "The clerk, identified as Babulal Patel (50), posted in Maheshwar...
  • Tripura votes for gram panchayats July 15, 2014

    Agartala: Hundreds of thousands of people voted on Tuesday to elect the threetier gram panchayats in Leftruled Tripura. Inspector General of Police Nepal Das told IANS that voting was peaceful barring clashes among political activists in three places. According to the Election Commission, half of the 13,754 candidates are women. For the first...
  • MP Finance Commission gets new Chairman, two members July 12, 2014

    Former Minister Himmat Kotharihas been appointed Chairman of Madhya Pradesh State FinanceCommission (MPSFC), which has also got two new members. The BJP leader had earlier served as Home Minister ofthe State. The State Government appointed Kothari to the poston July 11, an official in Bhopal release on July12. Retired IAS officers Dileep Raj...
  • BDO, panchayat samiti chief assaulted by MLA supporters July 11, 2014

    A Block Development Officer (BDO) and a chief of a panchayat samiti were allegedly assaulted by the supporters of an Independent MLA on Friday. Lesligung BDO Angarnath Swarnakar and chief of panchayat samiti Sangita Devi were allegedly assaulted by the supporters of Independent MLA Videsh Singh at the BDO's official chamber. An...
  • Government promises action in rape of minor girl on panchayat diktat July 11, 2014

    The heinous rape of a 10year old Dalit girl in Jharkhand on the diktat of a panchayat head had its echo in Rajya Sabha on Friday with the entire House demanding stringent punishment to the culprits, forcing the government to promise necessary action. "Necessary action will be initiated in the serious...
  • Bokaro rape: NCW slams district administration July 11, 2014

    National Commission for Women member Shamina Shafiq on Friday said that the panel would take up the case of a rape of 14yearold tribal girl in Jharkhand's Bokaro allegedly on the orders of village panchayat. She slammed the district administration over the incident and sought action against local bodies...
  • Jharkhand: To seek revenge, panchayat allegedly orders rape of teen girl July 11, 2014

    Bokaro: In a horrific incident, a Panchayat in Bokaro is alleged to have ordered the rape of a 14yearold tribal girl. The minor girl's family claimed that the teenager was allegedly raped because her brother had been accused of misbehaving with a female neighbour. They said that the panchayat instructed some...
  • Uttar Pradesh minister's NSA remarks show bias, says BJP July 7, 2014

    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday slammed Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Ahmed Hasan's comment that the BJP leaders would be slapped with the National Security Act (NSA) over last week's violence in Moradabad. State BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said the statement was unbecoming of a cabinet minister as decisions...
  • Kerala Panchayat sets an example by ensuring safety for women June 29, 2014

    Mararikulam: While crimes against women are being reported in all corners of the country, one panchayat in Kerala's Alappuzha district has made it its mission to ensure that the state records minimum atrocities against women. The Panchayat's efforts first began in 2011 with small groups of women meeting and discussing...
  • Accountant caught redhanded taking Rs 500 bribe from woman June 28, 2014

    An accountant posted in Petlavad Janpad Panchayat in Jhabua district was caught redhanded on Saturday taking a bribe of Rs 500 from a rural woman. The accountant, identified as Ramesh Wagh was caught on the complaint of a woman, Reshma, Lokayukta's Superintendent of Police (SP) Virendra Singh, told reporters. According to the...
  • EC to publish Uttarakhand panchayat polls results online June 26, 2014

    For the first time, Uttarakhand panchayat poll results will be available on the internet and mobile phones. With the help of National Informatics Centre, the Election Commission will for the first time display the panchayat poll results on the internet and mobile, State Election Commissioner Subardhan said while reviewing preparations for...
  • Panchayat polls end peacefully in Uttarakhand June 24, 2014

    The threephased panchayat elections concluded peacefully in Uttarakhand on Tuesday with over 60 per cent of the electorate casting votes in the final round. The fate of 7633 gram pradhans, 3054 members of kshetra panchayats, 389 members of zila panchayats and 34395 gram panchayat members were sealed in the ballot boxes. The...
  • Congress meeting on June 21 in Kozhikode June 19, 2014

    Kozhikode : A meeting of Congress leaders including those at the Panchayat, block and mandalam level in the five districts in northern Kerala, presided over by KPCC President V M Sudheeran, will be held here on June 21. Speaking to media persons here on Thursday, Kozhikode District Congress Committee, President...
  • Ensure smooth conduct of Uttarakhand panchayat polls: Election Commissioner June 12, 2014

    State Election Commissioner Subardhan has asked poll observers to conduct Panchayat elections scheduled to be held in Uttarakhand later this month objectively and with total transparency. At a meeting held with election observers in Dehradun on Wednesday, the state election commissioner said they play an important role during elections and asked...