Uma Bharti Believes the Real Dispute is Whether Ram was Born in Ayodhya. She is Positive

New Delhi: The BJP raised its Ram Mandir pitch on Monday with two Union ministers supporting the construction of a temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, months before Uttar Pradesh goes to the polls. While Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said he will visit the site on Tuesday, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said that the original dispute is whether Ram was born in Ayodhya. She then went ahead and answered the question in the affirmative. Party MP Vinay Katiyar, too, raised the issue, urging the Modi government to introduce…

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University lecturers threaten marking boycott in pay dispute

University lecturers are threatening a marking and work-setting boycott in the autumn term in an escalation of their dispute with employers over pay. The University College Union has also pledged to disrupt open days and graduations if it is not settled. The row, which led to a two-day walkout last week, is over a 1.1% pay offer, which the Universities and Colleges Employers Association say is “good”. However, union general secretary Sally Hunt says the offer is an “insult”. The employers group has argued that the offer is at, and…

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