Rajnath Singh to visit flood-hit Kerala tomorrow

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will undertake an aerial survey of flood-hit Kerala tomorrow to take stock of the situation in the southern state. Singh, accompanied by Tourism Minister He will review the search, rescue and relief measures taken by the Kerala government and central government agencies with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Ministers of the state government, the Chief Secretary …

Pravin Togadia hits out at PM Narendra Modi, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Ram Temple issue

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Former Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia on Sunday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat accusing them of not fulfilling the promise of building Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Togadia also slammed Bhagwat for stating that Hindu Rashtra does not mean there is no place for Muslims. Bhagwat had made the statement at the Rashtriya …

Supreme Court to pronounce verdict on pleas challenging Aadhaar

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The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its crucial verdict Wednesday on a batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of Centres flagship Aadhaar scheme and its enabling 2016 law. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had on May 10 reserved the verdict on the matter after a marathon hearing that went on for 38 days, …

Indian appointed as UN Assistant Secretary-General; will head New York environment office

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Development and environment expert Satya S Tripathi has been appointed an assistant Secretary-General and will head the UN Environment Programmes New York office. The appointment made Monday by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was announced by his Spokesperson Stephane Guterres. Tripathi is now the third Indian at the senior levels of the UN hierarchy. He has served the UN for 20 years …

Kaptan Singh Solanki becomes new Tripura Governor

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Kaptan Singh Solanki today took oath of office and secrecy as the new governor of Tripura in a simple ceremony at the Darbar Hall of the Raj Bhavan here. Solanki, who had served as Haryana governor for a little over four years, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Tripura High Court Chief Justice Ajay Rastogi. Chief Minister …

Gunfight breaks out between security forces, militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla

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An encounter broke out between security forces and militants at Sopore township in Jammu and Kashmirs Baramulla district today, police said. Acting on specific information about presence of militants in Watergam area of Sopore, security forces launched a cordon and search operation there, a police official said. He said as the forces were conducting the searches, the militants fired upon …

Pakistan should stop ‘state repression’ in Balochistan: India

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India today said Pakistan should stop state repression and gross violation of human rights in Balochistan. It also urged Pakistan to take care of its minorities in accordance with the international obligations. Asked about the issue of Balochistan during a press briefing here, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, Our position remains the same. Pakistan should take care …

Amit Shah writes to law panel in support of simultaneous polls

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BJP president Amit Shah today batted for holding Lok Sabha and assembly polls together, saying it would check expenditure and ensure that the nation is not in election mode throughout the year. In a letter to the Law Commission, he said holding simultaneous polls is not only a concept, but a principle which can be implemented. Shah said the claim …

Bihar shocker: Under Secretary shot dead in Patna; assailants barged into his house

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A senior official of Patna Secretariat was shot dead this morning in his house. An under Secretary in Patna Secretariat, he was shot at by unidentified assailants who barged into his house this morning, news agency ANI reported. The official was soon taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. As per police, the assailants barged into Rajeev …

M Karunanidhi passes away at 94: A look at ‘Kalaignar’s’ journey

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Muthuvel Karunanidhi commonly known as Kalaignar by his followers was one of the most powerful leaders in Tamil Nadus political history. The five-time chief minister of one of India Born in Thirrukkuvalai, near Thiruvarur, Karunanidhi was one of the founding members of the Dravidian Progressive Federation (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam; DMK) in 1949 and for decades served as the party president. …

When AAP leader brutally trolled Imran Khan and Arvind Kejriwal over bungalow U-turn

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In a veiled attack at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, disgruntled Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas has taken potshots at Imran Khan over his decision to move to a house in the Ministers Enclave in Islamabad which will be declared as the official residence of the Pakistan Prime Minister-elect. Khan, who would take oath as the prime minister …

Twitter India celebrates Gandhi Jayanti with customised “Gandhi Emoji”

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Twitter India on Tuesday celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi with the announcement of a new customised Gandhi Emoji. The Gandhi Emoji was officially launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the micro-blogging site, which features a caricature of the Father of the Nation. Users in India and across the world can use the Gandhi Emoji by using …

Rajasthan Student Union Results: Direct battle between NSUI and ABVP; check results here

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Rajasthan Student Union Results have been announced. A total of 50.78 per cent voters exercised their franchise on the elections which took place on 31st September. Out of total 22,677 registered voters, 11,516 voters exercised their franchise, Sarina Kalia, Dean of Students Welfare Department, Rajasthan University told news agency Press Trust of India. There is a direct battle between the …

Kerala floods: State cancels all functions for one year, to divert funds for rehabilitation

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In the wake of devastating floods that claimed over 450 lives and cause massive damage to public property, the Kerala government has decided to cancel all official celebrations for one year, news agency ANI reported. Also, the programmes including much-acclaimed International Film Festival of Kerala and other youth festivals will stand cancelled for one year. As per reports, the state …

Duplicate SIM Cards: Maharashtra government directs AT&T, Idea to compensate Rs 39 lakh to defrauded bizmen duo

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The Directorate of Information Technology (IT) of Maharashtra government has asked ATT Services, Idea Cellular and their franchisees to cough up an amount of Rs 38.7 lakh as compensation to two customers for causing them a loss to the tune of several lakhs by issuing duplicate SIM cards to cheaters, TOI reported. In an order issued last week, SVR Srinivas, …

Bhutan’s Druk Airlines to commence new flight from Guwahati to Paro from September 1: Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal

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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said Bhutans Druk Airlines will commence a new flight connecting Guwahati and Paro via Singapore from September 1. Consequent upon the recent bilateral talks with Bhutan, the Druk Airlines will start its flight operations between Guwahati and Paro via Singapore from September 1, Sonowal He, however, did not share further detail. The Act East …

IAF vice chief Air Marshal S B Deo shoots in thigh accidentally

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The vice chief of Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Marshal S B Deo, is understood to have accidentally shot himself in his thigh, sources said Wednesday. They said he was rushed to a military hospital in Delhi where he underwent a surgery. His condition is stable. However, there was no official comment on the incident from the IAF. He had …

Blackbuck poaching: It’s big day tomorrow for Salman Khan

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A Jodhpur court hearing the blackbuck poaching case against Salman Khan will rule tomorrow if the Bollywood star needs to seek its permission every time he travels abroad. The court is hearing Khans plea against his conviction by a trial court, which had handed him a five-year jail sentence for killing two blackbucks 20 years ago in Kankani village near …

NRC Assam: Only 30 per cent work done, no need to panic, says state minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

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Preparation of Assams National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a long-drawn-out process and that the government has completed only less than one-third work on it, senior Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said here on Friday. By the time it is completed, the peoples perception on it may change, said Sarma, the states Health and Finance Minister. Only 30 per cent …

BJP to win Rajasthan Assembly elections, says Madan Lal Saini

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The BJP exuded confidence Wednesday it would retain power in Rajasthan where the party has set a target of achieving more than 180 seats in the Assembly elections due later this year. The president of partys state unit, Madan Lal Saini, said in a press conference the organisational tours of BJP chief Amit Shah to the state have infused a …