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Digital economy cannot be forced on people: Former minister Pallam Raju

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has twisted some of the things in the digital revolution, such as forcing digital transactions on people and insisting on linking Aadhaar with everything, says M.M. Pallam Raju, a minister in the earlier Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. He contends that the genesis of India's electronics and in...

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Khalistan issue has derailed focus of Trudeau's visit: Herb Dhaliwal

Toronto, Feb 20 (IANS) Canadas first Cabinet minister of Indian origin, Herb Dhaliwal, says the focus of the on-going visit of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to India has been derailed by the Khalistan issue. It is very unfortunate that the media in India has overblown this Khalistan issue. This has shifted the focus away from trade -- which is what the two countries should be discussing,...

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PM should 'break silence' on PNB scam: Congress

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday described the PNB scam a complete failure of regulatory mechanism and fraud detection ability of the banking sector and demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi break his silence on India's biggest bank scam. The Congress calls upon the Prime Minister to apprise the nation of complete facts about the biggest bank scam instead of remaining a ...

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Congress plenary in Delhi from March 16-18

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) A plenary session of the Congress will be held here from March 16 to 18, wherein it is likely to ratify Rahul Gandhi's elevation as party President and pave the way for selection of new members of the Congress Working Committee (CWC). This was decided by the 34-member Steering Committee of the Congress, which was constituted by Rahul Gandhi on Friday after dissol...

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Rahul constitutes Steering Committee for Plenary Session

New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday constituted a 34-member Steering Committee that will function in place of the Congress Working Committee for the party's upcoming Plenary Session. The session, which is likely to ratify Rahul Gandhi's elevation as president of the party, may pave the way for the selection of the members of the new Working Committee of the...

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Sharad Pawar says 'like-minded' parties can defeat BJP in 2019

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) NCP chief Sharad Pawar has again mooted the idea of a coalition of like-minded parties to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the 2019 general elections. In an interview with The Wire, the veteran politician said the current mood in the country particularly of farmers and middle class and even youth was aga...

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More snow in Shimla, Manali; traffic hampered

Shimla, Feb 13 (IANS) Popular tourist destinations Shimla and Manali continued to experience more snowfall on the second day on Tuesday, while lower hills across Himachal Pradesh were lashed by rain, bringing the temperature down by several notches. Towns in upper Shimla district remained cut off with heavy snow cover piled on roads, officials said. Tourist spots near Shimla like...

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Modi should learn governance from Siddaramaiah, says Rahul

Devadurga (Karnataka), Feb 13 (IANS) Highlighting the achievements of the ruling Congress government in poll-bound Karnataka, party President Rahul Gandhi on Monday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to learn from state Chief Minister Siddaramaiah how to govern the country. Modi should learn from Siddaramaiah how to run a government. Our government in the state has a clean image in contr...

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Tushar Mehta is new Special Public Prosecutor for 2G case

New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) The central government has named Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta as the Special Public Prosecutor for the 2G Spectrum Scam case to file an appeal against the acquittal of the accused by a trial court in December last year. A government order said Mehta has been named to conduct prosecution appeals/revisions or other proceedings arising out of the cases ...

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Congress' J&K group concerned over Pakistani firing, inadequate relief

New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) The Congress policy planning group for Jammu and Kashmir met here on Friday under leadership of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and expressed deep concern on unprovoked Pakistan firing in Jammu region leading to multiple deaths, devastation and exodus of a few lakh citizens. The group expressed concern on inadequate relief and rehabilitation measures for citi...

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Book BJP MP for 'anti-Muslim' remarks: Maharashtra Congress leader

Mumbai, Feb 9 (IANS) Maharashtra Congress leader and former minister Arif Naseem Khan on Friday demanded strict action against Bharatiya Janata Party leader and member of Parliament Vinay Katiyar for his 'anti-Muslim' statements. Taking umbrage at Katiyar's recent statement that 'Muslims should go to Pakistan or Bangladesh', Khan said: This country is not Katiyar's property. It also belo...

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Rain, snowfall predicted in Himachal

Shimla, Feb 9 (IANS) The hills of Himachal Pradesh might experience more rain and snowfall in the next three days, a weather official said here on Friday. Most of the prominent tourist towns like Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Kalpa, Dalhousie and Manali are likely to have light to moderate spells of snowfall. There are chances of heavy rainfall and snowfall at some places in the state...

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Energy, security, trade to top Modi's agenda in three-nation tour

New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) Energy and security cooperation, trade and investment and counter-terror efforts will top Prime Minister Narendra Modi's agenda when he goes on a three-nation tour to West Asia and the Gulf starting on Saturday. When Modi reaches Ramallah from Jordan's capital Amman, he will become the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Palestine. The Palestinian Presidency, in ...

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All Prime Ministers contributed in promoting science, technology: Pranab

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) Former PresidentPranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that almost all the Prime Ministers have had their contribution in promoting science and technology in the country. He particularly highlighted the roles of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Manmohan Singh in particular in advancing penetration of technology in the common people's lives. Fr...

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Gulf, West Asia key priority for India: Modi

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) Ahead of his three-nation tour to the Gulf and West Asia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that the region is a key priority for India's foreign policy. I will be undertaking bilateral visits to Palestine, United Arab Emirates and Oman from February 9 to 12, Modi said in a pre-departure statement here. I am happy to visit the Gulf and West Asi...

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People, country deeply troubled in Modi regime: Sonia

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) Returning Prime Minister Narendra Modi's fire, Congress Parliamentary Party chief Sonia Gandhi on Thursday accused his government of creating an atmosphere of fear, damaging democratic traditions and eroding pluralistic nature of the society, and said the people and the country were deeply troubled. Addressing a meeting of Congress Parliamentary Party here, she ac...

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Anupam returns to India after productive trip to LA

Mumbai, Feb 8 (IANS) Veteran actor Anupam Kher says he had great shoot as well as creative and productive meetings in Los Angeles. Anupam on Thursday tweeted: On my way back to my India. Thank you LA for your love, warmth and generosity. Had great creative and productive meetings. And shoot too for his 512th film -- Singh In The Rain in the picturesque locales of Malibu, Los Angeles. ...

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India thanks Saudi Arabia for increasing country's Haj quota

Riyadh, Feb 7 (IANS) Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday thanked Saudi Arabia for increasing India's quota for Islam's most holy pilgrimage, the Haj. At the inaugural ceremony of the Saudi national and cultural festival Al Janadriyah, where India has been given guest of honour country status this year, Sushma Swaraj said a large number of my Muslim brothers and si...

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Tight security for Andhra Pradesh shutdown on Thursday

Amaravati, Feb 7 (IANS) Authorities in Andhra Pradesh have tightened the security in view of the shutdown called by the Left parties on Thursday to protest the injustice meted out to the state in the Union Budget 2018-19. The Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India-Marxist and several other smaller parties have called for the shutdown. YSR Congress and Congress have backed...

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Sushma Swaraj calls on Saudi King

Riyadh, Feb 7 (IANS) In keeping with India's growing ties with Saudi Arabia, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday called on Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud here on Wednesday. Steps to further intensify our strategic partnership in all sectors and to work together towards each other's progress came up during (the) warm discussion, Indian External Affairs Min...

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