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Akhilesh accuses BJP of 'political corruption' as SP MLCs quit

Lucknow, July 29 (IANS) Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday came down heavily on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and accused it of political corruption for its attempts to wean lawmakers away from his party. Reacting sharply to the resignation of three SP Members of Legislative Council (MLCs) earlier in the day and reports of their joining the BJP, Yadav said he would ...

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MHA has no info of para-military personnel strength: RTI

Lucknow, July 29 (IANS) In a surprise response to an RTI filed by a Lucknow activist, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has denied having any information about the manpower of various central para-military forces it controls. Activist Nutan Thakur had sought information about the total sanctioned strength, current strength and vacancies of officers and men in the different paramilitary ...

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SP, BSP hit by political tremors, Akhilesh slams BJP

Lucknow, July 29 (IANS) After Bihar and Gujarat, convulsions were witnessed in the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh where four MLCs quit their parties on Saturday, with a BSP MLC even joining the BJP. Former Chief Minister and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav accused the BJP of being behind the resignations of his party MLCs. The three SP lawmakers are Bukkal Nawab...

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BSP legislator quits party, joins BJP

Lucknow, July 29 (IANS) Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) legislator Thakur Jaiveer Singh, who was a minister in the Mayawati government during her 2007-2012 reign, quit the party on Saturday and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Singh was member of the legislative council. His nephew Upendra Singh 'Neetu', the district panchayat chief of Aligarh, also joined the saffron camp on S...

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Amit Shah in UP, to tackle rising discontent

Lucknow, July 29 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah, who arrived here on Saturday on a three-day visit, is expected to tackle several issues dogging the party in the state, including reports of growing disenchantment among party workers with the Yogi Adityanath government. Soon after his arrival at the Chowdhary Charan Singh International Airport where he was receive...

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Three SP legislators quit party; Amit Shah in Lucknow

Lucknow, July 29 (IANS) In a jolt to the Samajwadi Party, three of its legislators quit the party on Saturday, alleging suffocation within the party, even as BJP president Amit Shah arrived here on a three-day visit. The three lawmakers - Bukkal Nawaab, Yashwant Singh and Madhukar Jaitley -- all are members of the Upper House of the state Assembly. Buqqal Nawaab was very close to...

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Shuttler Ashwini stresses on importance of doubles events

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) Ace Indian women's doubles shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa on Friday stressed upon the importance of having more doubles events at the grassroot level to develop a good bench strength for the country. Speaking to IANS at the national final of PNB Metlife junior championship, the 27-year-old expressed surprise that the tournament did not have any doubles event, which s...

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'Baaraat Company': Entertaining but cliched

Film: Baaraat Company; Director: Syed Ahmad Afzal; Cast: Sandeepa Dhar, Anurita Jha, Ranveer Kumar, Vishal Karwal, Rohit Bhatnagar and Nasser Abdullah, Rating: ** Set in Lucknow, director Syed Ahmad Afzal's Baaraat Company is a romantic comedy that centres around weddings, albeit with a difference. It is essentially an insight into the changing society where traditional arranged marriage...

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NIA begins probe into UP assembly explosive recovery

Lucknow, July 28 (IANS) The National Investigative Agency (NIA) on Friday formally started a probe into the discovery of an explosive substance in the Uttar Pradesh assembly near the seat of the Leader of Opposition. The team headed by Inspector General J.P. Singh scanned through the rooms of the state assembly around noon and checked the Central Hall and other places, an official said.<...

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Anubhav Sinha to direct Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu

Mumbai, July 28 (IANS) Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha is set to direct actors like Rishi Kapoor and Taapsee Pannu in Mulk, a social thriller based on true life events. The plot of the film revolves around the story of a joint family, who hail from a small town in India. They are out to reclaim their honour after being embroiled in a controversy. Sinha, founder of Benaras Media Works, sa...

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Anubhav Sinha to direct Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu

Mumbai, July 28 (IANS) Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha is set to direct actors like Rishi Kapoor and Taapsee Pannu in Mulk, a social thriller based on true life events. The plot of the film revolves around the story of a joint family, who hail from a small town in India. They are out to reclaim their honour after being embroiled in a controversy. Sinha, founder of Benaras Media Works, sa...

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UP assembly passes appropriation bill, adjourned sine die

Lucknow, July 27 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh assembly was adjourned sine die after the Rs 4,17,256.94 crore Appropriation Bill of for 2017-18 was passed in absence of the opposition members, who have boycotted proceedings of the House after a critical speech by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. A total of 14 other bills were also passed as opposition lawmakers remained absent from the house f...

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Adityanath thanks Modi for Rameshwaram-Ayodhya train

Lucknow, July 27 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for launching an Express train between Rameshwaram and Ayodhya. Adityanath expressed the hope that this train from the birth place of Lord Ram to Rameshwaram will act as a religious bridge between north and south India, a state government spokesman said. He obser...

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Mayawati accuses Nitish of betraying people of Bihar

New Delhi/Lucknow, July 27 (IANS) BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday accused Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of betraying the people of the state by abandoning the Grand Alliance and forming a new government with the help of the BJP. In a statement issued here, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo said the people of Bihar voted against the so-called Modi wave and gave a stunning defeat to...

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Lucknow's 90% people suffer from protein deficiency

New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) Despite the government's emphasis on proper nutrition, Lucknow is the most protein deficient city with 90 per cent of its population suffering from protein deficiency, revealed a survey on Thursday. The study by International research firm Kantar IMRB states that Ahmedabad and Chennai with 84 per cent each have the second largest protein deficient people. <...

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Farhan plans 'musical' prison break in 'Lucknow Central'

Mumbai, July 27 (IANS) The trailer of actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar's upcoming thriller Lucknow Central is out and it looks intense, gritty and intriguing. It shows the journey of a man in jail and how he plans to escape with a few convicts following a band performance in prison. Launched on Thursday, the over two-minute long trailer tells the story of a man named Kishen from a small tow...

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Bihar developments ominous for democracy, says Mayawati

Lucknow, July 27 (IANS) BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday termed the developments in Bihar in the last 24 hours as ominous for democracy and said that the hunger for more power was leading the BJP into misusing government machinery and investigative agencies. Linking the Bihar developments to that of Goa and Manipur, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo also said that the democratic values...

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UP asks 'Siksha Mitras' not to lose hope

Lucknow, July 27 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday urged 'Siksha Mitras' not to indulge in violence after the Supreme Court ruled they will not be assimilated as teachers. A government spokesman said the Additional Chief Secretary (Basic Education) has been authorized to hold parleys with representatives of 'Siksha Mitras'. The 1.37 lakh 'Siksha Mitras' are contract...

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HC seeks CBI report on AIIMS MBBS entrance test

New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the CBI to file a report within a week on a plea seeking direction for the AIIMS to quash the result of this year's MBBS entrance examination over alleged illegalities and irregularities. A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar sought response from the central government, All India ...

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GST incentivises investments in SEZs: Official

New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) The roll-out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1 has increased the investment attractiveness of Indian special economic zones (SEZs), while the government plans to expand these to smaller cities, a senior official said on Wednesday. After 2011, today again probably is the right moment to make investments in the SEZs, as it is the only scheme, among t...

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