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Congress second list of 13 nominees for Gujarat polls has four replacements

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) The Congress on Monday released a second list of 13 candidates for the first phase of Gujarat elections scheduled on December 9, including four new contestants in place of candidates announced earlier. The party has now fielded Bhikhabhai Joshi in place of Amit Thummar in Junagarh, Jaish Patel instead of Kiran Thakur in Bharuch, Dhirubhai Gajera in place of Prafu...

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Security cover of Manipur Congress MLAs slashed

Imphal, Nov 20 (IANS) The security cover of 16 Congress legislators in Manipur has been slashed to seven personnel each, from the earlier count of 15, with effect from Monday, a police officer said. L.M. Khaute, Director General of Police, said the security personnel withdrawn from the MLAs would be used for the overall security arrangement during the two-day visit of President Ram Nath ...

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Coal tar put on 'Biswa Bangla' logo, Trinammol accuses BJP

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) Amid controversy about the ownership of Biswa Bangla logo, some miscreants allegedly put coal tar on it and also on photographs of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, printed on banners along both sides of the VIP road in the northeastern outskirts of the city. Some unknown persons put coal tar on the Biswa Bangla logo and on the photographs of the Chief Minister print...

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Sonia, Manmohan among star campaigners for Gujarat polls

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Congress President Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi are among the 40 star campaigners for the party for the Gujarat Assembly elections scheduled on December 9 and 14. Among the other senior leaders who are star campaigners are AICC General Secretary in-charge of Gujarat Ashok Gehlot, Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi...

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BJP says Rahul's elevation timed just before impending Gujarat defeat

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) The BJP on Monday criticised the dynastic Congress over the expected elevation of its party Vice President Rahul Gandhi as Congress President, and said the timing of the CWC announcement was curious, coming before yet another impending defeat in Gujarat. In dynastic Congress party, performance and capability do not matter. Thus, despite a disastrous track record,...

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Mamata in north Bengal for all-party meet on Darjeeling hills

Darjeeling, Nov 20 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reached north Bengal on Monday where she is scheduled to hold an all-party meeting on November 21 to discuss the situation in Darjeeling hills, a state minister said. Banerjee would conduct the all-party meeting in the presence of Chief Secretary Malay De, state Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purkayastha and rep...

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Former I&B Minister P.R. Dasmunsi dead; PM, Sonia, AIFF condole

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Congress leader and former Union Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who suffered a stroke in 2008 and slipped into coma, passed away at Apollo Hospital here on Monday. He was 72. Dasmunsi is survived by his wife Deepa Dasmunsi and son Priyadeep, who were at his side when he died. He served as Minister of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) and Parliamenta...

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Centre must resolve Rajputs' reservations on 'Padmavati': Congress

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) The Congress on Monday said that if the Rajputs had reseravtions on the Padmavati film, it was the Narendrra Modi government's responsibility to consult with the community to resolve their grievances. We have not watched the movie. The question should be put to the Narendra Modi government. We have always believed that diversity of India must be respected.

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Don't criticise just for sake of criticism, Punjab CM tells rivals

Chandigarh, Nov 20 (IANS) With political opponents questioning his style of functioning and Punjab government's performance, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday said while it welcomed healthy criticism, the opposition should refrain from criticism just for the sake of criticism. Addressing first-time legislators at an orientation programme here, the senior Congress leader urged all ...

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'Arrogant' Modi government has cast dark shadow on Parliamentary democracy: Sonia

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of delaying the Winter Session of Parliament on flimsy grounds, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday said the government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on the country's Parliamentary democracy. Asserting that the government wanted to avoid questions and answers ahead of the Gujarat elections, she warned the NDA ...

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Punjab CM welcomes move for Rahul's elevation as Congress chief

Chandigarh, Nov 20 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday welcomed the proposed elevation of Rahul Gandhi as the Congress President, describing it as a step in the right direction to revive the party's fortunes ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Singh, who by his own admission was hurt by the way that Rahul had treated a senior leader like him in the run up to the Februar...

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Mugabe ignores deadline to quit, ruling party calls meeting

Harare, Nov 20 (IANS) Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has summoned its MPs to plan a course of action after the deadline set for the country's President Robert Mugabe to resign passed on Monday. Mugabe was dismissed on Sunday as leader of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union -- Patriotic Front party and given an ultimatum to resign by 12 p.m. next day or face impeachment proceeding...

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Meghalaya Governor seeks EC's views on disqualification of 17 MLAs

Shillong, Nov 20 (IANS) Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad has sought the Election Commission's views on the disqualification of 17 state legislators who resigned as Parliamentary Secretaries after an adverse High Court verdict, official sources said on Monday. A Raj Bhavan communique said Prasad referred the matter to the Election Commission, as required under Article 192 (2) of the Consti...

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Over 5,000 delegates to attend IT World Congress in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Nov 20 (IANS) Over 5,000 delegates from around the world, including the Who's Who of the Information Technology industry, are expected to participate in the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) here next February. This is for the first time that India is hosting the prestigious event, which will bring together businesses, government, regulatory bodies and academia t...

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CMs Shivraj, Amarinder jump on anti-'Padmavati' wagon, Mamata says attack on freedom of expression

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Even as the release of Padmavati has been deferred, three Chief Ministers on Monday jumped into the controversy with Madhya Pradesh's Shivraj Singh Chouhan announcing a ban on the film in his state, while his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh backed the Rajput community in its protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's historical drama that is mired in controversy.

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Trade unions to intensify protest against closing of PSUs

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) Protesting against centre's attempts to close down and privatise a number of central public sector organisations in the country, the central trade unions in West Bengal organised a joint convention here on Monday to charter a four point demand. The joint forum comprising of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All Indi...

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Bengal politicians pay tributes to Dasmunsi

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) Cutting across party lines, politicians in West Bengal on Monday paid glowing tributes to veteran Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi who passed away earlier in the day in New Delhi. Condolences poured in from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and senior Ministers like Subrata Mukherjee, Partha Chatterjee, and Sovandeb Chattopadhyay. Former Union Minister fo...

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NRIs should be included in Aadhaar network: Goa Congress

Panaji, Nov 20 (IANS) Non-resident Indians, temporarily living abroad, should be brought into the ambit of Aadhaar card cover, state Congress President Shantaram Naik said on Monday. Addressing a press conference in Panaji, at the party's state headquarters, Naik also said that if NRIs can be allowed the right to vote by proxy, then they can surely be inducted into the Aadhar card networ...

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Bengal politicians pay tributes to Dasmunsi

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) Cutting across party lines, politicians in West Bengal on Monday paid glowing tributes to veteran Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi who passed away earlier in the day in New Delhi. Condolences poured in from Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee as also senior Ministers like Subrata Mukherjee, Partha Chatterjee, and Sovandeb Chattopadhya...

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Winter session will be held, delays happened earlier too: Jaitley

Gandhinagar, Nov 20 (IANS) Countering opposition criticism, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said the Winter Session of Parliament would certainly be held, adding that Parliament sessions have been delayed in the past as well. It has happened several times that Parliament sessions are rescheduled when an election is happening and timing is decided in such a way that it does not ov...

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