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Congress to get 1 mn signatures on memo of Kerala farmers' problems

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 20 (IANS) The Congress on Sunday said it will get one million signatures on a memorandum to be sent to the state and central governments, demanding immediate relief on 15 burning issues faced by farmers in Kerala. Congress state President M.M. Hassan told reporters that the party will organise a series of Farmers Get Togethers across the state with the inaugural f...

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Minister must accept responsibility for train tragedy: Congress

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Blaming criminal negligence for the Uttar Pradesh train accident, the Congress on Sunday said Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu must accept responsibility since he failed to perform his primary duty to secure passenger safety. The party also demanded a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the derailment of the Kalinga Utkal Express in Muzaffarpur distict on Sa...

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PM remembers Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday remembered former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 74th birth anniversary, and recalled his contribution to the nation. On his birth anniversary, we remember former PM Rajiv Gandhi and recall his contribution to the nation, said Modi on Twitter. Gandhi's widow and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, son and party Vice...

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S. African minister resigns after assaulting woman

Pretoria, Aug 20 (IANS) South African Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana has resigned after allegations that he beat a woman at a Johannesburg nightclub last weekend, media reported on Sunday. Manana will, however, stay the member of parliament from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, Xinhua news agency reported. Manana in his resignatio...

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Critical Saamna editorial based on 'fake news': Parrikar

Panaji, Aug 20 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna editorial which criticised him for his readiness to move back to the Defence Ministry, in case he lost the August 23 Panaji by-poll, was based on fake news. In an interaction with students late on Saturday here, Parrikar said the Congress dirty tricks department was behind the fake news con...

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Venezuela invites regional governments for high-level talks

Caracas, Aug 20 (IANS) Venezuela has invited governments from across the Americas that have taken a position on its political processes to gather for high-level talks. I call on the countries of our region... if they believe that dialogue is the way forward in Venezuela, and they are not using it as a media tactic to create the conditions for a military intervention... to attend this gat...

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Flood situation deteriorates in Bengal's Malda and South Dinajpur

Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) Notwithstanding an overall improvement in the flood scenario in northern West Bengal due to the reduced rainfall, the situation deteriorated in parts of Malda and South Dinajpur districts on Saturday, as reports of affected people looting relief materials came from a couple of places. In Malda, the situation worsened, as 400 villages suffered fresh inundation, with...

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23 dead, 40 injured as 14 coaches derail in Uttar Pradesh

Muzaffarnagar, Aug 19 (IANS) At least 23 people were killed and at least 40 injured in a major derailment when 14 coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express bound for Haridwar in Uttarakhand went off the tracks with one of the coaches mounting on another near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening. More casualties are feared as a number of passengers are said to have been trapped in the...

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Cow protection for BJP means killing of minority people: Congress

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday targeted the BJP on cow protection and said for the ruling party it means killing of minority people. The new definition of 'gau raksha' is killing of innocents, preferably of the minority community, walking down the roads, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said. He wondered aloud if the BJP's Chhattisgarh government will char...

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Mamata, Modi governments now battle over observance of Teachers Day

Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) Days after clashing with the BJP-led central government over the format for celebrating independence Day in educational institutions, West Bengal's Mamata Baneerjee regime is again on a collision course with the centre over observance of Teachers Day on September 5. At the core of the dispute is a circular sent by Union Ministry of Human Resources Development to th...

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259 died in 27 rail accidents since 2014: Congress

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday slammed the Narendra Modi government over the railways security record, noting that ever since it came to power in 2014, 259 passengers have died and 899 were injured in 27 rail accidents. Since Modi Govt took over in May 2014, 259 passengers have lost their lives and 899 injured in 27 train accidents. When will Govt wake up? Congress spo...

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Congress targets Gujarat government for defending Amin, Barot

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday targeted the BJP government in Gujarat for defending retired police officers N.K. Amin and Tarun Barot, who resigned after the Supreme Court asked the state to take a call on their fate or else it would decide. Both Amin and Barot had been re-employed on contract by the Gujarat government after their retirement. Both, facing crim...

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23 dead, 400 injured as 14 coaches derail in Uttar Pradesh

Muzaffarnagar, Aug 19 (IANS) At least 23 people were killed and 400 injured in a major derailment when 14 coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express bound for Haridwar in Uttarakhand went off the tracks with one of the coaches mounting on another near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening. More casualties are feared as a number of passengers are said to have been trapped in the deraile...

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Sonia, Rahul express grief on Muzaffarnagar train accident

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday expressed shock and pain at the derailment of the Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar, which left at least 13 persons dead. Expressing her deep concern on the growing number of train accidents and railway safety, she urged the Railways and state government to take adequate and immediate ...

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Gorakhpur deaths government-made tragedy: Rahul Gandhi

Lucknow, Aug 19 (IANS) Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met a few of the families who lost their children in the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy to express sympathies and said it was a government-made tragedy since the deaths occurred due to lack of oxygen. I met the bereaved families. All of them told me that their children died due to lack of oxygen. It is very clear that it...

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Congress hits out at Adityanath's 'picnic spot' statement

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday criticised Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's remark that people in Delhi are trying to make Gorakhpur a picnic spot, terming it an insult to the children who died in hospital due to lack of oxygen. Senior party leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that Adityanath, who is still MP from the Gorakhpur constituency, has, through his...

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Nitish Kumar-led JD-U faction joins NDA

Patna, Aug 19 (IANS) The Janata Dal-United faction led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday passed a resolution at the party's national executive meeting here to formally join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). A resolution that the JD-U will join the BJP-led NDA was unanimously approved in the meeting. Now we have become part of NDA, JD-U General Secretary K.C. Tyagi to...

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Gorakhpur deaths: Rahul meets bereaved families, expresses sympathy

Lucknow, Aug 19 (IANS) Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met some bereaved families of children who died at the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College last week and expressed his sympathies. Extending his condolences, he told the families that the Congress party was with them in this hour of crisis. Accompanied by party General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad, Uttar Prad...

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Ruckus over 'Vande Mataram' in Maharashtra civic body

Aurangabad, Aug 19 (IANS) Two AIMIM corporators were suspended amid a ruckus after they refused to stand up when 'Vande Mataram' was sung at the start of the day's proceedings in the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation on Saturday. Protesting against this, ruling Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party corporators rushed to the well of the house and raised loud slogans against the All India Majlis...

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Sharad Yadav faction to approach EC over JD-U symbol

Patna, Aug 19 (IANS) The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) faction led by Sharad Yadav is to approach the Election Commission to stake claim over the party symbol 'arrow', a party leader said. We will soon knock on the door of the Election Commission to stake claim over the party symbol 'arrow' and inform (people) that the real party is with him (Sharad), not with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kuma...

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