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Power-packed 60th birthday bash for Gadkari in Nagpur

Nagpur, May 27 (IANS) Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had a power-packed 60th birthday celebration here on Saturday, showcasing his influence across the political spectrum and the respect he commands within his Bharatiya Janata Party. The highlights of the daylong celebrations which started this morning included release of his biography by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, followed by inaug...

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Vijayan asks PM to repeal new cattle sale rules, beef sellers do brisk business

Thiruvananthapuram, May 27 (IANS) Even as the Centre has introduced stringent rules regarding cattle slaughter, it was business as usual for beef sellers across Kerala on Saturday, with people queuing up to buy one of their favourite food items. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking for repeal of the new rules, which he termed an intrusion into the rights o...

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Nine 'top performing' parliamentarians get 'Sansad Ratna' awards

Chennai, May 27 (IANS) Kerala Governor Justice (retd) P. Sathasivam on Saturday gave away Sansad Ratna awards to nine best performing parliamentarians at a glittering function here. The awards, instituted by a city-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) Prime Point Foundation, were presented to Members of Parliament from both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. Speaking on the ...

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Kerala CM writes to Modi, urges repeal of cattle slaughter rules

Thiruvananthapuram, May 27 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking the central government to repeal the new restrictions against cattle slaughter, terming it an intrusion into the rights of states. I request you to kindly intervene in this matter and repeal the newly-imposed restrictions, so that the lives and livelihoods of ...

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Mega 60th birthday bash for Gadkari in Nagpur

Nagpur, May 27 (IANS) Braving the blistering 45-plus degrees C heat, this Maharashtra city enthusiastically celebrated the 60th birthday of Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday. The celebrations started with a massive garland offered to Gadkari, who sported a simple kurta-pyjama, with lots of selfies and pictures clicked. This was followed by cutting a massive 60-kg ...

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Need to promote electric vehicles: Gadkari

Nagpur, May 26 (IANS) Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that electric vehicles need to be promoted in order to cut down expenses incurred on crude oil imports. E-vehicles need to be promoted in order to cut down the huge crude oil bill, reduce pollution and create cost effectiveness in transportation, Gadkari said at the launch of India's first multi...

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Trapped in well for 48 hours, bear dies, cubs serious

New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) A female sloth bear, suspected to have stuck in an open dry well in Karnataka for 48 hours, died while her two cubs are in a serious condition, officials said on Friday. The incident happened on Wednesday night about 200 km from Bengaluru and came to light 24 hours after a pregnant female leopard, with two litters in her womb, died after falling in an open well i...

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Muslim-majority Bhiwandi, Malegaon reject BJP in civic polls

Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) The BJP bagged the Panvel civic body in Maharashtra's Raigad district, but was virtually rejected in the Muslim-dominated Bhiwandi and Malegaon towns as per election results declared on Friday, the day when the NDA central government celebrated its third year in power. In Panvel Municipal Corporation's first civic polls after it was elevated to a corporation last Oc...

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Supercop K.P.S. Gill dies at 82

New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) 'Supercop' K.P.S. Gill, who had played a major role in wiping out militancy from Punjab in the '90s and had advised Gujarat and Chhattisgarh governments on security, died here on Friday after suffering complications arising out of kidney failure and heart disease. Kanwar Singh Pal Gill, 82, died at 2:55 p.m. at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital where he was admitted on ...

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Supercop K.P.S. Gill dead

New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) 'Supercop' K.P.S. Gill, who had played a major role in wiping out militancy from Punjab in the '90s and had advised Gujarat and Chhattisgarh governments on security, died here on Friday after suffering compilications arising out of kidney failure and heart disease. Kanwar Singh Pal Gill, 82, died at 2:55 p.m. at the Sir Gangaram Hospital where he was admitted on ...

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UGC orders special audit in 10 central varsities

Agartala/New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed special audit in 10 central universities in the country to check complaints of financial, administrative, and academic irregularities, officials said on Friday. The UGC order follows a Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) directive, a top Tripura (Central) University official said on the condit...

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Muslim scrap dealer was first to help Fadnavis out of crashed chopper

Latur (Maharashtra), May 26 (IANS) When a chopper carrying Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and five others came crashing down here on Thursday afternoon, the first person to rush to the rescue was small-time scrap dealer Irfan Shaikh, who shouted Our king (CM) is trapped in the chopper. Seeing the chopper hurtle down, Shaikh ran the 100 metre distance to reach the copter in ...

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Riteish Deshmukh emotional on dad's birth anniversary

Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) On the 72nd birth anniversary of late former Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, his actor son Riteish Deshmukh thanked his father for teaching him to smile in good and bad times. Riteish on Friday shared a collage of himself and his father on Twitter and captioned it: Thank you for teaching me to smile in good times and bad. Happy Birthday Pappa. Miss you...

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Muslim scrap dealer was first to rescue Fadnavis from crashed chopper

Latur (Maharashtra), May 26 (IANS) When a chopper carrying Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and five others came crashing down here on Thursday afternoon, the first person to rush to the rescue was small-time scrap dealer Irfan Shaikh, who shouted Our king (CM) is trapped in the chopper. While Shaikh ran towards the chopper to rescue those inside, some others nearby ran away ...

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Nine MPs to be conferred with Sansad Ratna awards

Chennai, May 26 (IANS) Nine Members of Parliament -- six from the Lok Sabha and three Rajya Sabha members -- will be honoured with the `Sansad Ratna Awards 2017' here on Saturday. The awards will be presented to the parliamentarians by Justice (retd) P.Sathasivam, Governor of Kerala, K. Srinivasan, chairman, Prime Point Foundation, told reporters here on Friday. These awards were...

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Anger is good and other lessons from Mahatma Gandhi to his grandson

Title: The Gift of Anger; Author: Arun Gandhi; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 599; Pages: 292. Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi is widely thought to have been a calm and composed personality but this highly anecdotal book by one of his grandsons suggests otherwise. Gandhi, the author says, lost his cool all the time and believed that anger is good. The much revered leader's fi...

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Leopardess dies after falling in open well

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) A pregnant five-year-old leopardess died of her injuries after being rescued from an open well in a village in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district on Thursday, officials said. According to veterinarians, there were possibly two litters in the womb. The leaopardess was rescued by the state forest department and animal welfare organisation Wildlife SOS. The a...

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Mamata expresses relief after Fadnavis survives chopper accident

Kolkata, May 25 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday expressed relief after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and five others survived a crash landing of their helicopter. Thank God that @Dev_Fadnavis and his team members are safe after the helicopter accident. Wish him well, Banerjee said in a tweet. Fadnavis and five others on Thursday had a ...

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Fadnavis, 5 others, survive chopper crash; Tweets 'We are ok'

Latur (Maharashtra), May 25 (IANS) Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and five others had a providential escape when their chopper crash-landed after it got entangled in overhead electric cables in Latur district, sparking a major scare here on Thursday. He later tweeted, We are absolutely safe and ok. Nothing to worry. As the chopper appeared to lose control and suddenly came ...

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Fadnavis escaped air tragedy - list of politicians who didn't

Mumbai, May 25 (IANS) Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday had a providential escape when his copter crash-landed. But many other leading Indian politicians have not been as lucky, and got killed in air tragedies in the past few decades. Fadnavis, 46, three officials, a pilot and co-pilot managed to emerge virtually unscathed after their US-made Sikorsky helicopter cr...

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