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MUMBAI: Maharashtra governments Advocate General Ravi Kadam on Tuesday tendered his resignation to the Chief Minister citing professional and personal reasons. He was the advocate general since 2005 and now wants to move on professionally and personally. Kadam had been advocate general under three Chief Ministers — Vilasrao Deshmukh, Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan. According to government sources, the resignation would be accepted in due course.

Rushdie name is off festival roster

NEW DELHI: Award winning writer Salman Rushdie, the author of ‘The Satanic Verses’and ‘Midnights Children’, seems to be off the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival events roster. His name has been removed from the programme list, sources said.

However, managing director of Teamworks Production Sanjoy Roy, who organises the festival, said ‘the Jaipur Literature Festival stood by its invitation to Rushdie’.

Petition on EVM infirmities rejected

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court Tuesday disposed of a plea by Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy that electronic voting machines were not tamper free and must be reinforced to ensure fair polls. Acting Chief Justice A. K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, however, appreciated the suggestions made to improve electronic voting. But they said they could not direct the Election Commission to go back to the ballot paper system in place of EVMs.

Cong Minister dubs Mamata a dictator

KOLKATA: Ties between West Bengals ruling Trinamool Congress and its ally Congress worsened further as a Congress minister called Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee a dictator and faxed his resignation from the government to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Angry after Banerjee clipped his wings by taking away two departments in Mondays reshuffle, Congress Minister of State Manoj Chakraborty shot off his resignation to Sonia Gandhi, party general secretary Rahul Gandhi and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.