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Stage set for high-octane electoral clash in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: With the Election Commission announcing the Gujrat Assembly polls today, the stage is set for a high-octane electoral tussle between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state whose outcome may impact the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The polling for the two-phase elections will take place on December […]

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CVC to rank govt depts on anti-corruption measures

New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission will rank the central government organisations on anti-corruption measures being taken by them, an official release said today. The CVC has decided to go in for development of the integrity index-based on bench-marking of internal processes and controls within an organisation as well as the management of relationships and expectations […]

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Israeli Prime Minister to visit India in January

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today said he will visit India in January, six months after his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi visited the Jewish state. Netanyahu would be only the second Israeli Prime Minister to visit India. His visit next year would be happening almost 15 years after Ariel Sharon visited New Delhi in […]

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Need to examine, revaluate DMRC: Kejriwal to Puri

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to the minister of state housing and urban affairs, stressing on the need to examine and reevaluate the DMRC, its “organisation, management, control and accountability”. Kejriwal’s letter to HUA Minister Hardeep Singh Puri came days after the Centre agreed to the Delhi government’s suggestion for an expert panel […]

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UP govt to start chief minister’s helpline service

Lucknow: To expeditiously redress the problems of the people, the Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government will soon start a chief minister’s helpline service.The UP Cabinet in a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Adityanath approved a proposal in this regard today. The UP Cabinet also gave its nod for the constitution of a Prayagraj Mela […]

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Hardik places set of demands before Cong for lending support

Ahmedabad: Patel quota stir leader Hardik Patel has put forward a set of demands before the Congress,including an assurance about reservation for the Patidars in government jobs and educational institutions, as a condition for supporting the party in the Gujarat Assembly polls. Sources in the Congress party said Patel sought a maximum number of tickets […]

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Terrorism, online radicalisation security challenge:Sitharaman

Manila: Terrorism and radicalisation through social media pose a “serious” security challenge to all countries and a strong collective action is required to fight the “scourge”, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today. Speaking at the 4th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ meeting in the Philippines, Sitharaman said the global strategic and security situation was constantly evolving and had […]

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Appointment of interlocutor for Kashmir ‘only for publicity’: Cong

New Delhi: The Congress said today that it doubted the “intent” of the NDA government in resolving the Kashmir issue, and alleged that it appointed an interlocutor towards the fag end of its rule “only for publicity”. Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the Congress and other opposition parties had asked […]

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Interlocutor Sharma to decide whom to talk to in J&K: Rajnath

Greater Noida: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the newly-appointed interlocutor for Jammuand Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, would decide whom he engaged with in the state. Asked if Sharma would hold talks with the Hurriyat Conference, as suggested by some state politicians, Singh said, “It depends upon him whom he talks to or engages with”. […]

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Delhi govt faces NGT wrath over use of plastic in city

New Delhi: The Delhi government today came under fire from the National Green Tribunal which rapped it over the rampant use and easy availability of plastic in the national capital, despite prohibition. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said that despite the ban being imposed, plastic was available free of cost in […]