RIP Kalaignar: Chronology of key events leading to the death of 5-time Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi

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Following is the chronology of 2016 DMK patriarch advised rest He skips campaign for Dec 1: Admitted to Kauvery Hospital for further Dec 8: Advised rest following discharge from hospital. Dec 15: Admitted again to hospital due to breathing difficulty. Dec 16: Undergoes tracheostomy;condition stable. Dec 23: Recovers, discharged from hospital. 2017: Aug 16: Karunanidhi undergoes minor procedure at Oct …

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal gives go-ahead to CCTV project, wants it on cabinet agenda within a week

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has given a go-ahead to an ambitious project for installation of CCTVs in the national capital and wants the matter to be placed on his cabinets agenda within a week, officials said today. In an act of defiance, Kejriwal had yesterday said no mandatory permission should be required from police to install CCTV cameras, as …

Narendra Modi Independence Day speech: World that spoke of India’s red tape now talks about red carpet – Top 10 quotes

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on August 15 from the ramparts of Red Fort to mark the 72nd Independence Day of India on Wednesday. In his fifth and last speech as PM ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Modi listed out the achievements of the government and spoke of many issues like the recently concluded Monsoon Session …

AAP blames Modi government for ‘economic mess’

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the deteriorating economic condition, saying the economy was never in such a mess. The BJPs central leadership, in the last few months, either does not know what to do or is simply not bothered about the hardships it is heaping on the Aam Aadmi, Delhis ruling party …

India under Modi has become confident and pro-active nation that knows how to handle Doklams, says Ram Madhav

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BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav today said India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become a confident and pro-active nation that knows how to handle Doklams, but has stopped dictating terms like a big brother to sovereign neighbours as was being done by the previous governments. The cold war mentality – if you are not with me, you are my …

First in independent India, Census 2021 to collect data on OBCs

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Census 2021 will for the first time in independent India collect data on Other Backwards Castes (OBCs), a move considered politically significant ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The then V P Singh government had announced 27 per cent reservation for OBCs based on the Mandal Commission recommendation, which was broadly prepared on the basis of the countrys last …

Amar Singh’s shocking claim: Azam Khan threatened to kill my family

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In a shocking claim, former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh said that party leader Azam Khan has threatened to kill his family. Singh said that Khan threatened an acid-attack on his daughter. Khan, a close associate of Samajwadi Partry chief Akhilesh Yadav, has been a prominent critic of Singh. Singh also spoke about recently senior SP leader Shivpal Yadav, who …

Section 377 verdict: Supreme Court refers to global judgments that set precedent to decriminalise gay sex

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Countries across the globe which paved the way for equality and justice for the LGBT community were cited by the Supreme Court while striking down part of Section 377 of IPC this week and quoted liberally from the judgements delivered by their courts on the issue. A five-judge constitution bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices R F Nariman, A …

Fate! Engineer-turned-militant killed in encounter gets job interview call from Jammu and Kashmir Police

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An engineering graduate-turned-militant has been short-listed for recruitment as sub-inspector in Jammu and Kashmir Police, four days after he was killed in an encounter with security forces in Baramulla district. Jammu and Kashmir Police yesterday released the short-list of 2,060 candidates and at the serial number 1913 is Khurshid Ahmad Malik, a resident of Arabal villager of Pulwama district of …

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres says he highly appreciates India’s support to his UN reform proposal

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UN chief Antonio Guterres has appreciated Indias support to his proposal to reform the UN Security Council and expressed hope that the progress will continue to be made during the current session of the General Assembly to make the world body reflect the current global realities. For long, India has been calling for the reform of the UN Security Council …

Rajasthan power discom workers to go on strike!

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Workers of power companies in Rajasthan will go on an indefinite strike from Tuesday to press for their various demands, including higher pay scale. The general secretary of the federation of Rajasthan state electricity workers, Amar Singh Sankhla, alleged that the state Energy Minister Pushpendra Singh had agreed upon the 21-point charter of demands in principle, but no progress ever …

Delhi-bound Air India flight returns to Milan after passenger tries to enter cockpit mid-air

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A flight of an Air Indias Milan-Delhi was delayed by more than two hours The man identified as Gurpreet Singh had entered the cockpit of the flight when it was in mid-air. As soon as the incident took place, the aircraft (AI 138) landed back in Milan and the accused was handed over to local police. The flight had 250 …

Ganga cleaning project: From Armed forces, jail term to penalties, read details about Centre’s draft bill

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With an aim to clean the river Ganga, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development Ganga Rejuvenation has prepared a draft bill. The draft bill has provisions for several stringent measures, according to Indian Express report. The draft bill has measures such as constitution of an armed Ganga Protection Corps (GPC) whose personnel will have the authority to arrest those who …

‘Perverted Rahul Gandhi school of thinking’ can call FIs’ investment in IL&FS ‘scam’: Arun Jaitley

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Monday that only the perverted Rahul Gandhi school of thinking can call investment by financial institutions in ILFS a scam and suggested that the Congress President should take some words of wisdom from a senior party colleague. He also termed the Congress as a national saboteur trying to spread disinformation about the developments in …

Lok Sabha elections: Election Commission moves to fix VVPATs for glitch-free 2019 polls

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2019 Lok Sabha elections: The Election Commission of India (ECI) is taking important steps to ensure that the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha elections to elect a new government in the country is held without any unnecessary hassles. Among steps that the poll body is taking include fixing VVPATs and improving its design before the countrys first 100% VVPAT-based general elections. …

Why Rahul Gandhi needs to choose his words carefully

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Rahul Gandhi has had another of his escape-velocity-of-Jupiter moments. His reference to the massive gravitational force of the solar systems largest planet was in the context of explaining how much velocity was required by a spacecraft to lift itself from the surface of Jupiter compared to what was required on earth – 60 km\/sec against 11 km According to him, …

Rafale deal: No room for doubt after Francois Hollande ‘clarification’, says Rajnath Singh

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Under attack from the Congress on Rafale fighter aircraft deal, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Monday said that following clarifications from former French president Francois Hollande, there is no room for any doubt in the matter. He also accused the Congress of trying to gain political mileage over the issue with an eye on the Lok Sabha elections next year. …

Parliament passes bill for quick prosecution in cheque bounce

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Parliament today passed a bill aiming at allowing a court to try offences related to cheque bounce expeditiously and direct the drawee to pay a minimum of 20 per cent of the cheque amount as interim compensation. The Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2018, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on July 23, was passed by the Rajya Sabha by …

Kerala flood 2018: Rains subside, state shifts focus to herculean task of rehabilitating 10 lakh displaced

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With rains easing and water receding in some areas of flood-ravaged Kerala, people started returning to their homes as Union Minister K J Alphons today appealed for cooked food and skilled workers to rehabilitate more than 10 lakh displaced people. Though there has been some respite from the rain in the last two days, the water level has not come …

Two arrested for duping job seekers with fake promises of jobs in railways

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Two men were arrested for allegedly cheating people on the pretext of providing them jobs in railways, police said today. The accused – Ajeet Singh (30) and Vimal Kumar (29) – were arrested near Food Corporation of India (FCI) building on Sansad Marg yesterday, they added. The arrests were made after the police received complaints that Singh lured innocent people …