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CBI questioning enters 4th day in Rotomac case

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The CBI on Thursday continued questioning Rotomac owner Vikram Kothari and his son Rahul in connection with the Rs 3,695 crore loan default case. A senior Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official confirmed that the two were being questioned again on Thursday. This is the fourth consecutive day of their questioning. On the first two days the probe ag...

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Only Congress can challenge BJP, will have 'acche din', says Pawar

Pune, Feb 21 (IANS) Only the Congress has the ability to challenge the country's ruling BJP presently, and its 'acche din' will come, predicted Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar here on Wednesday. The veteran politician was replying to blunt questions thrown by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray who was interviewing him at a mega public function organized ...

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Gujarat court rejects Hardik's discharge petition in sedition case

Ahmedabad, Feb 21 (IANS) A court here on Wednesday rejected a petition by Patidar reservation leader Hardik Patel to discharge him in a sedition case filed by Gujarat Government. The state government had filed the case against the 24-year-old leader in the wake of a pitched statewide agitation for reservations for the Patidar community in 2015, that witnessed incidents of violence. As ma...

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SC allows withdrawal of four remaining CRPF companies from Bengal hills

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Centre to withdraw next month four CRPF companies deployed in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of West Bengal that witnessed an agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state. The four remaining companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will be withdrawn on March 8, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A...

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Bureaucrat assault case: Dalit, Muslim MLAs targeted, says AAP

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Calling the alleged assault on a Delhi bureaucrat a conspiracy, the ruling AAP on Wednesday said that its two MLAs -- Prakash Jarwal and Amanatullah Khan -- were arrested in the case without any inquiry because they belonged to the Dalit and Muslim community respectively. Based on the allegation of assault made by Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, the two were arres...

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Only Congress can challenge BJP, says Sharad Pawat

Pune, Feb 21 (IANS) Only the Congress has the ability to challenge the country's ruling BJP presently, and its 'acche din' will come, predicted Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar here on Wednesday. The veteran politician was replying to blunt questions thrown by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray who was interviewing him at a mega public function organized ...

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Gujarat court discharges ex-DGP Pandey in Ishrat Jahan case

Ahmedabad, Feb 21 (IANS) A special CBI court here on Wednesday discharged former Gujarat DGP incharge P.P. Pandey, a key accused in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan shootout case. Allowing Pandey's discharge application, court presiding officer J.K. Pandya said that the investigating agency had not been able to provide evidence against the police officer relating to kidnapping and murder of Ishrat ...

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Ex-England keeper James visits The National Inclusion Cup

Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) Former England footballer David James gave a pleasant surprise to the young participants of The National Inclusion Cup by showing up at the tournament to encourage and motivate the youth. The event has 48 teams participating from 24 different states and it includes two teams from Nepal. The custodian who made over 50 appearances for England, visited the ongo...

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Mizoram to get first regional agricultural centre with Israeli collaboration

Guwahati, Feb 21 (IANS) A regional centre for agriculture set up with Israeli collaboration will be inaugurated in Mizoram -- the first of its kind in the northeast region -- on March 7. The centre has been set up to exclusively process citrus fruits. Israel will provide the expertise and professional support to run the centre, which will cater to the entire northeast, Israel Am...

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Essar Oilfields wins drilling contract from GAIL

Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) Essar Oilfields Services India Ltd announced on Wednesday that it has won a contract worth Rs 28 crore from state-run gas utility GAIL India to drill three firm and two optional wells in the Cambay Basin in Gujarat. Drilling for the project is expected to commence in April-May 2018, Essar said in a release here. Essar Oilfields Services India Ltd (EOSIL) to...

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Lit fest to show women power in contemporary Indian literature

Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) From a Jnanpith laureate to Sahitya Akademi award winners, from a sex worker-turned-author to a domestic help-turned-writer, the upcoming LIC Gateway LitFest here will feature more than 50 women writers from varied backgrounds. The fourth edition of the literary event will kick off on Thursday and will reach its culmination on Saturday. Representing a true s...

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Ensure the Dalit voice is not stifled: Amnesty tells Indian states

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Day after a Dalit activist immolated himself in Gujarat, Amnesty International on Tuesday urged the state governments to ensure Dalit protestors are not denied their rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. Gujarat authorities have a duty to maintain public order, but they must ensure that peaceful Dalit protestors can have their voices heard, Asmit...

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Gujarat presents revenue surplus budget for 2018-19

Gandhinagar, Feb 20 (IANS) Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who also holds the finance portfolio, on Tuesday presented a Rs 1,83,666 crore budget for 2018-19, without any new major taxes but also proposing a revenus surplus of Rs 5,998 crore and overall surplus of Rs 783 crore The budget was presented amid a walkout by the opposition Congress members alleging that the governmen...

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Modi unveils railway projects in poll-bound Karnataka

Mysuru (Karnataka), Feb 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narenda Modi on Monday unveiled a slew of railway projects in poll-bound Karnataka and flagged off a weekly Humsafar Express train (Palace Queen) to Rajasthan's Udaipur. Modi dedicated to the nation the 140 km electrified double track between Mysuru and Bengaluru and flagged off the weekly express between Mysuru and Udaipur, said Railway M...

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Gujarat Assembly session begins with opposition call for CM's resignation

Gandhinagar, Feb 19 (IANS) The month-long budget session of the new Gujarat assembly began on Monday with the opposition legislators creating a ruckus over various issues, including their demand that Chief Minister Vijay Rupani quit, forcing adjournments. Soon after Governor O.P. Kohli started his address to the House following the election of new Speaker Rajendra Trivedi, the Congress M...

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Gujarat gives in to major land demands of Dalits

Unjha (Gujarat), Feb 19 (IANS) After the self-immolation by Dalit activist Bhanubhai Vankar, the Gujarat government on Monday came out with a written undertaking to all Dalit families -- so far denied possession of land in the state -- on its physical possession. According to the undertaking, all families who had been allotted land on paper would be given actual possession within six mon...

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From immigration, pluralism to trade, Trudeau touches all on Gujarat visit

Ahmedabad, Feb 19 (IANS) Dressed in traditional Indian attire, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife and three children landed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's homestate Gujarat on Monday. The visiting Prime Minister and his family, here on a day-long visit, were received at the Sardar Vallabhbhai International Airport here by Gujarat Minister Ganpat Vasava and State Chief Se...

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BJP wins majority of Gujarat municipalities but share comes down

Ahmedabad, Feb 19 (IANS) Gujarat's ruling BJP on Monday retained power in most of the 75 municipalities in 22 districts where polling was held last week though in line with the December 2017 assembly polls' trend, its overall strength declined and the opposition Congress chalked up several gains. From 59 municipalities it controlled in 2013, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won only 44 c...

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Don't need certificate from those into divisive politics: Hardik

Bhopal, Feb 19 (IANS) Gujarat's Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Monday said that he didn't want a certificate on patriotism from those who were pursuing divisive politics in the country. All types of things have been said about my Bhopal visit -- that it will promote casteism. If talking of the interests of farmers, youths and jobs is casteism, then I will do it. But those who want to do ...

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Hardik may campaign for MP polls

Bhopal, Feb 19 (IANS) Gujarat's Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Monday dropped hints that he may campaign for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections to be held later this year and also stated his intent to work for the youth and farmers. The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader made the remarks here during his one-day tour in the city. Asked about his campaign plans, Patel...

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