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High Court cancels Kerala university VC's appointment

Kochi, Feb 19 (IANS) Four years after Dr Babu Sebastian was appointed Mahatma Gandhi University's Vice Chancellor, the Kerala High Court on Monday cancelled the appointment on grounds of inadequate qualifications, and formation of a search committee against rules to find a suitable candidate for the post. The High Court order came on a plea of T.R. Premkumar, who pointed to violation of ...

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BJP names candidates for three Lok Sabha bypolls in UP, Bihar

New Delhi/Lucknow, Feb 19 (IANS) The BJP on Monday announced candidates for the by-elections to the Lok Sabha seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh and Araria in Bihar, scheduled to be held on March 11. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded Varanasi's former mayor Kaushlendra Singh Patel in Phulpur while Upendra Shukla would contest from Gorakhpur. Former MP Pra...

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Not only PNB, other banks also involved in scam: Mamata

Baharampur (West Bengal), Feb 19 (IANS) Continuing her attack on the Centre over the multi-crore PNB fraud, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged that there are other banks involved in such money laundering cases with their chiefs being protected by the BJP government. We know everything. Not only the Punjab National Bank, there are other banks also and in those b...

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BJP names candidates for three Lok Sabha by-elections in UP, Bihar

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The BJP on Monday announced candidates for the by-elections to the Lok Sabha seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh and Araira in Bihar, scheduled to be held on March 11. The party has fielded former mayor of Varanasi, Kaushlendra Singh Patel as its candidate from Phulpur while Upendra Shukla would contest from Gorakhpur. The Bharatiya Janata Par...

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NCP candidate among 4 killed in poll-bound Meghalaya

Shillong, Feb 19 (IANS) Four people, including Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate Jonathone Nengminza Sangma, were killed while three others injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in poll-bound Meghalaya's East Garo Hills district on Sunday, an official said. The incident took place around 7.30 p.m. at Sawilgre village, about 14 km from Samanda Block, when the cand...

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Around 79% turnout in Tripura Assembly polls: CEO

Agartala, Feb 18 (IANS) Over 78 per cent of Tripura's 2,536,589 voters had cast their votes on Sunday in a peaceful manner to elect a new Assembly, said state chief electoral officer Sriram Taranikanti. However, he said that the polling percentage might go up as huge numbers of voters were still in queues at 10 p.m. on Sunday night in around 100 of the 3,174 polling stations across the s...

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BJP-ruled states seeing highest rate of rapes: Congress

Shillong, Feb 18 (IANS) Attacking the Narendra Modi-led Central government for its failure to ensure security to women across India, Woman Congress President Sushmita Dev on Sunday claimed that most rapes were reported from states ruled by the BJP. All the BJP-ruled states are seeing the highest rate of rapes. In Haryana, there were 6 rapes within the span of 10 hours, Prime Minister did...

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Over 75 pc turnout in peaceful Tripura Assembly polls

Agartala, Feb 18 (IANS) Over 75 per cent of the 2,536,589 voters in Left-ruled Tripura had exercised their franchise in a peaceful manner to elect a new Assembly on Sunday even as a large number were still standing in queues at the end of official voting hours, officials said. Election Department officials said both men and women, including new voters, had queued up in large numbers outs...

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Karnataka contestants to submit sources of income with poll nominations

Bengaluru, Feb 18 (IANS) Candidates of political parties and independents who will be contesting the upcoming Karnataka legislative assembly election have to disclose the sources of their income and assets, as directed by the Supreme Court, state Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar said. All candidates contesting in the upcoming state assembly election will have to disclose the sources ...

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Moderate polling in Tripura Assembly elections

Agartala, Feb 18 (IANS) Voters queued up in large numbers outside polling booths in Tripura from early morning on Sunday as the single-phased Assembly elections progressed peacefully, officials said. An election department official said that snags in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) attached with VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) in over 150 polling stations, resulted in slo...

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Trump backs Facebook executive's tweet to deny Russian collusion

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) To dismiss claims of Russian collusion with Donald Trump's campaign, the US President has leaned on a tweet by a top Facebook executive who said the main intent of the alleged Russian meddling was to divide America, not electing Trump. The main goal of the Russian propaganda and misinformation effort is to divide America by using our institutions, like free spee...

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White House continues to deny Russia collusion

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) The White House continued to deny collusion with Moscow a day after special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals and three entities for allegedly meddling in the US 2016 presidential election, the media reported. In a series of tweets on Saturday, President Donald Trump said that, despite the newly announced charges, the Russian meddling had no e...

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Voting for Tripura Assembly elections begins

Agartala, Feb 18 (IANS) Voting for the Assembly elections in India's northeastern state of Tripura began on Sunday morning amidst tight security, official said. Men and women in large numbers queued up in front of many polling stations well before polling opened at 7 a.m. in the entire state. Polling ends at 4 p.m., said Sriram Taranikanti, the Chief Electoral Officer. In all, 2,...

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JD-S holds rally near Bengaluru ahead of Assembly poll

Bengaluru, Feb 17 (IANS) The Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) on Saturday held a rally on the city's outskirts ahead of the Karnataka Assembly elections in late April or early May and accused both the Congress and BJP of failure to serve the state's people. JD-S supremo and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, party Working President and former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Bahujan Sama...

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Smriti Irani targets Meghalaya Minister over sex scandal

Dalu (Meghalaya), Feb 17 (IANS) Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday hit out at Meghalaya Home Minister Horju Donkupar Roy Lyngdoh over the alleged gang-rape of a minor girl in his son's guest-house. Four people reportedly raped the 14-year-old girl at the Marvelene's Inn, the guest house run by Lyngdoh's son Nathaniel Osbert Rymmai. The job of a Home Mi...

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Left confident of Tripura victory, BJP giving tough fight

Agartala, Feb 17 (IANS) The CPI-M is confident of retaining power in its bastion of Tripura in Sunday's assembly elections and achieving a turnaround in the Left movement across the country, though the BJP is battling tooth and nail to oust the Left Front government. In India's 65-year-long electoral history, the country's dominant Left party, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)...

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NASA's Kepler discovers nearly 100 new exoplanets

London, Feb 17 (IANS) An international team of scientists have confirmed the discovery of nearly 100 new exoplanets -- planets located outside our solar system. The discovery was based on data from the second mission of NASA's Kepler Space Telescope or K2 released in 2014. K2 searches for exoplanet transits by registering dips in light caused by the shadow of an exoplanet as it ...

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13 Russian nationals indicted over 2016 US election interference

Washington, Feb 17 (IANS) US Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election, charging them with conspiracy to defraud Washington, according to the Department of Justice. In addition, three defendants were charged on Friday with conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud, and five defendant...

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Bengal students don't participate in PM's interaction

Kolkata, Feb 16 (IANS) Students of state-run and government-aided schools in Bengal didn't participate in Pareeksha pe Charcha with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday after State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee had said they would be busy with preparations ahead of the examinations. Whatever information we have, state-run secondary or higher secondary schools or any state-aided ...

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Rio quits Lok Sabha after winning Nagaland polls

Kohima, Feb 16 (IANS) Nagaland's sole Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio on Friday resigned from the Parliament after he was declared uncontested to the 60-member state assembly this week. In a statement issued here, Rio, who won the 2014 Lok Sabha election on Naga People's Front (NPF) ticket, said he has submitted his resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Last month, Rio, a th...

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