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Rapid rise in river levels expected in Rajasthan, MP, Gujarat

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) The water level and flow of the Chambal river and its tributaries -- Mahi, Sabarmati and Banas -- are set to increase due to very heavy rainfall predicted over the next three days, the Ministry of Water Resources said on Friday. Warning of rapid rise in the water levels in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat between July 21 and 24, the government said that the...

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BJP quit India, shouts Mamata, says willing to join other opposition

Kolkata, July 21 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday went all guns blazing at the Centre's ruling BJP, accusing it of indulging in massive corruption and failure on all fronts, and pledging to remove it from power in the next general elections. She also indicated her party's willingness to side with all opposition forces ready to take it on. Addressing the annual ...

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Implementation of new crop insurance scheme flawed: NGO

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) The central government's flagship crop insurance scheme, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMBFY), has good provisions but its implementation is flawed, says the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a non-profit organisation. The CSE has prepared a report by assessing and analysing various aspects of the scheme, which points out that the scheme is not benef...

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We don't support Gau Rakshak violence, Centre tells SC

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) The Central government on Friday told the Supreme Court that it does not support the violence unleashed by vigilante groups in the name of cow protection. Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told a bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar: We don't support the violence in the name of Gau Raksha. But the central...

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Congress says not expelled Vaghela

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) The Congress party on Friday denied having expelled Gujarat Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela or taken any disciplinary action against him, and hoped he would continue to work for the party. Neither has Congress party taken any disciplinary action against him nor has he been expelled from the party. Both these facts are entirely incorrect. Vaghela wanted that ...

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Inspired by Gujarat model: Khattar after 1,000 days as CM

Chandigarh, July 21 (IANS) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who completed 1,000 days in office on Friday, said he has been able to provide development-oriented, corruption-free and transparent governance, taking inspiration from the Gujarat model of governance. Emphasising that his government worked for the welfare of all without discriminating on caste or region, Khattar said...

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Haryana to bring 'fixed service' for medical students

Chandigarh, July 21 (IANS) Students passing out of government medical colleges in Haryana will now be required to do a fixed period of service in government hospitals of the state, state Health Minister Anil Vij said on Friday. Vij has directed officers to formulate a policy to ensure that medical students doing MBBS or MD degrees from the state government's medical colleges would have ...

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Congress expelled me, but I am 77 Not Out and not joining BJP: Vaghela

Gandhinagar, July 21 (IANS) After months of discussions and haggling over his role in the coming Assembly elections, maverick Gujarat Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela on Friday quit the party with the same sinking sense of deja vu of the 1990s when he left the BJP that he had resurrected in the state. In what could come as a relief for the Congress, Bapu, as Vaghela is fondly called b...

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Mamata calls for BJP's ouster in 2019 elections, says willing to join other opposition forces

Kolkata, July 21 (IANS) Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday went hammer and tongs at the Centre's ruling BJP, accusing it of indulging in massive corruption and failure on all fronts, and pledged to remove it from power in the next general elections. She also indicated her party's willingness to side with all opposition forces ready to take on the saffron outfit. Address...

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CBI arrests banker, Surat firm director in Rs 836 crore scam

Pune (Maharashtra), July 21 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has nabbed a former top bank officer and a director of a Gujarat-based logistics company in a Rs 836 crore scam, an official said here on Friday. Those arrested were identified as Padmakar N. Deshpande, former Zonal Head (Pune) of Bank of Maharashtra, and Rajkumar R. Baid, Director, Siddhivinayak Logistics Ltd, ...

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Mamata accuses BJP of massive corruption, says 'Barda' Modi will go in 2019

Kolkata, July 21 (IANS) In a blistering attack on the BJP, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday accused it of indulging in massive corruption in many states, and claimed the central agencies were completely silent on the saffron party's scams. She also threatened to slap defamation cases worth thousands of crores if the probe into the Saradha and Narada cases by the CBI a...

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Party has expelled me, not joining BJP: Vaghela

Gandhinagar, July 21 (IANS) Gujarat Congress party leader Shankersinh Vaghela on Friday said the party high command had expelled him, but stressed he was not going to join the BJP. Addressing a gathering here on his 77th birthday, Vaghela also said he will resign as Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly and quit as MLA after the Rajya Sabha election on August 8. He claimed h...

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Party has expelled me, says Congress leader Vaghela

Gandhinagar, July 21 (IANS) Congress party leader Shankersinh Vaghela on Friday announced that the party high command had expelled him. Addressing a gathering here on his 77th birthday, Vaghela said the party has shown him the door, but said he will not quit. He said the party did not even wait to hear what he would say at Friday's event before taking the decision to throw him ou...

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Paresh Rawal, Swaroop come together for song

Mumbai, July 21 (IANS) Star couple Paresh Rawal and Swaroop Sampat have come together for a song, Saamne aa, for the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign. Saamne aa is written and directed by social storyteller Reeta Gupta, and sung by Sona Mohapatra. Composed by Siddharth Sharma, it will release on August 2. This is the first song the actors have shot for together as the lead. <...

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Pritam auctions guitar gifted by SRK

Mumbai, July 21 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has gifted Pritam Chakraborty a guitar for making music for his forthcoming film Jab Harry Met Sejal. The composer said he has put the gift on auction for charity. Shah Rukh shared a photograph of himself on Twitter along with Pritam posing with the guitar, which had the poster of the Imtiaz Ali's directorial printed behind it.

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Cross-voting mostly favours Kovind, Meira Kumar gains in Rajasthan

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Most of the cross-voting in presidential election favoured NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind, but significantly in Rajasthan, where the BJP is in power, opposition-backed Congress nominee Meira Kumar was the beneficiary of cross-voting. In Rajasthan, where the Congress won 24 seats in the last assembly polls, Meira Kumar got 34 votes, which are believed to have come...

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Congress warns sulking Vaghela to behave, not embarrass party

Ahmedabad, July 20 (IANS) The Gujarat Congress on Thursday evening issued a warning to veteran party leader Shankersinh Vaghela not to play any politics under the guise of his 77th birthday celebrations with his supporters and legislators on Friday. He was also told that his public utterances would not be tolerated by the party any further. Similar to an event in the Gandhinagar ...

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11 Gujarat Congress MLAs cross-voted for Kovind

Gandhinagar, July 20 (IANS) As many as 11 Gujarat Congress legislators on Thursday were learnt to have cast their votes in favour of NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, and not for the official Congress-led opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar. This was revealed during counting of votes for the Presidential election when it was found that of 181 votes polled, Kovind se...

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Sparks fly in RS over cow vigilantism, government says not anti-Muslim

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Sparks flew in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday during the discussion on cow vigilantism and atrocities on Dalits, with the opposition trying to corner the government and a minister raking up the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and the 2002 Godhra incident. As the opposition accused the government of creating an atmosphere of fear in the country, the government in its reply sai...

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Kovind led in 21 states, benefited from cross-voting too

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind led in 21 states as also in both houses of Parliament over his rival Meira Kumar to register a thumping victory in the Presidential election, apart from cross-voting by those from the SP, Trinamool Congress and AAP. Meira Kumar, fielded by 18 opposition parties, including the Congress and the Left, led only in eight states and two ...

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