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All pillars of democracy accountable to people: LS Speaker

Patna, Feb 17 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Saturday said every pillar of democracy is accountable to the people. The executive is accountable to people through legislature. Judiciary is also accountable to the people as custodian of the rights of people. It is important responsibility of the judiciary to protect the Constitution. The system of checks and balances is thus v...

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Anger over Dalit's death snowballs; Mevani, Hardik, Alpesh up ante

Ahmedabad, Feb 17 (IANS) The political trinity of Jignesh Mevani, Hardik Patel and Alpesh Thakor on Saturday upped the ante against Gujarat government following the death of Dalit activist Bhanubhai Vankar on Friday. Angry crowds shooed away BJP MLAs from visiting the deceased's family, while demonstrations were held in various parts of the state. The Chief Minister (Vijay Rupani) should...

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9 killed in Rajasthan LPG cylinder blast, Rs 2 lakh ex gratia announced

Jaipur, Feb 17 (IANS) At least nine persons were killed and 18 others injured when two LPG cylinders exploded at a wedding in Beawar in Rajasthan's Ajmer district, police said on Saturday. According to police, six persons were referred to a hospital in Ajmer while 12 were referred to the district hospital in Beawar. Police said one Surendra Kumar Parecha had organised celebration...

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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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Undo injustice, BJP ally Naidu tells Centre

Amaravati, Feb 17 (IANS) TDP President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday reiterated that the Centre should undo the injustice meted out to his state in the Union Budget 2018-19. Ruling out any compromise on the state's interests, he declared that he is ready to make any sacrifice. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should fulfil all commitments ...

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Haryana to replace Ambala Municipal Corporation with 2 councils

Chandigarh, Feb 17 (IANS) The Haryana government on Saturday decided to abolish the Ambala Municipal Corporation and instead set up two separate municipal councils, said a state government spokesman. Ambala City and Ambala Sadar will now have separate Municipal Councils as the earlier Municipal Corporation, Ambala, has been abolished in the interest of people of the area, he said.

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Haryana launches four subsidised food canteens

Chandigarh, Feb 17 (IANS) The Haryana government on Saturday launched four canteens which will serve subsidised and healthy food to the poor. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched the food canteens at Faridabad, Gurugram, Hisar, and Yamunanagar via videoconferencing from Chandigarh. The canteens have been set up under the 'Antyodaya Aahaar Yojana' to provide healthy...

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Odisha for collaboration with UN agencies on SDGs

Bhubaneswar, Feb 17 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday proposed to strengthen institutionalised monitoring framework for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in collaboration with the United Nations agencies. The Chief Minister met delegates from various UN agencies at the state Secretariat here to discuss various models of partnership for achieving the SDG...

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Don't fall for BJP's false promises, Gogoi tells Meghalaya voters

Shillong, Feb 17 (IANS) Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday appealed to the Meghalaya voters not to fall for the BJP's false promises of turning it into a model state in case the party was voted to power. They (BJP) promise everything. They will promise even the Moon. They promised to give two lakh jobs annually (before the 2014 general elections). I want to ask them how ...

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Stage set for 'Magnetic Maharashtra', PM to inaugurate

Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) The stage is set for the ambitious three-day long Magnetic Maharashtra: Convergence 2018 conclave which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Sunday, officials said. After inaugurating the state's first-ever Global Investors Summit at the MMRDA Grounds in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Modi will interact with corporate chiefs during high tea along...

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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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Merged with ruling faction on Modi's advice: Panneerselvam

Chennai, Feb 17 (IANS) Finally, it is official. Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Friday told AIADMK office-bearers in Theni district that he merged his faction with the ruling faction on the advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. All these days, the two factions -- one led by Panneerselvam and the ruling faction led by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami -- had been saying...

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Himachal to hire 200 doctors through walk-in interview

Shimla, Feb 17 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, on Saturday took several major decisions, including filling up 200 posts of doctors on specific contracts through walk-in interviews to overcome their shortage. During the meeting, the cabinet also decided to amend a policy of tendering bond money for MBBS students pursuing higher degree.<...

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Haryana hikes ministers' grant

Chandigarh, Feb 17 (IANS) The Haryana cabinet on Saturday approved enhancement of the petty grant of Member of Council of Ministers from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 25 lakh per annum from the current financial year, officials said. The Haryana cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, approved the enhancement. The Ministers in Haryana will now have an e...

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Give up politics of violence, Vice President tells Kerala's parties

Kozhikode (Kerala), Feb 17 (IANS) Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday asked all political parties in Kerala to shed the politics of violence. In any country, progress and development take place when there is peace. Development and political murders can't go together. Politics should not be fought with bullets as votes have more power. I appeal to the people of Kerala to isolate ...

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Plot for widow 18 years after soldier's death

Chandigarh, Feb 17 (IANS) The Haryana government on Saturday decided to gift a residential plot to the widow of a soldier who was killed in an anti-militancy operation in Jammu and Kashmir nearly 18 years ago. The decision was taken at a meeting of the state Cabinet here, presided over by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The Cabinet approved a proposal of Gram Panchayat, Bijop...

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Now electrical vans to ply in Shimla

Shimla, Feb 17 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday flagged off here an electrical van service of the state roadways. The electrical van service is under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme of the Centre. A total of 11 electric vans will initially ply within the Shimla Municipal Corporation limits. A total ...

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9 killed in Rajasthan LPG cylinder blast

Jaipur, Feb 17 (IANS) At least nine persons have been killed and 18 others injured after two LPG cylinders exploded at a wedding function in Beawar in Rajasthan's Ajmer district, police said. The incident took place on late Friday night. According to police, six persons were referred to a hospital in Ajmer while 12 were referred to the district hospital in Beawar. Police said one...

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Goa CMO, BJP deny news reports on Parrikar's surgery

Panaji, Feb 17 (IANS) Authorities and the Goa unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday denied media reports that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is expected to undergo surgery at a Mumbai hospital. A statement from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said: The CM is being monitored for inflamed pancreas at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, but has not been advised surgery. He wi...

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Odisha reiterates demand for special category status

Bhubaneswar, Feb 17 (IANS) Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday reiterated the demand for special category status for Odisha and revision of coal royalty for the benefit of the state. During a meeting with NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar at the state secretariat here, the Chief Minister also demanded an increase in central assistance to the backward districts of the state. <...

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