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Speaker accepts YSR Congress MPs' resignations

New Delhi/Vijayawda, June 21 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday accepted resignations of five Lok Sabha MPs of the YSR Congress party. The MPs had submitted their resignations on April 6 -- the last day of budget session -- to protest against the refusal of the Central government to accord Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh. According to a bulletin from L...

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BJP's Sen elected Tripura Deputy Speaker

Agartala, June 21 (IANS) Congress-turned-BJP legislator Biswabhandu Sen was on Thursday was elected the Deputy Speaker of the Tripura assembly unopposed. After question hour, Speaker Rebati Mohan Das announced the election of Sen to the post as no other nomination was filed. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Education, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ratan Lal Nath and Lead...

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Divya Seth Shah to essay Manmohan Singh's wife in film

Mumbai, June 21 (IANS) Actress Divya Seth Shah is on board to essay the role of Gursharan Kaur, wife of former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in the film The Accidental Prime Minister. Actor Anupam Kher shared the news with a photograph of himself and Divya dressed in their respective looks in the film. Introducing Divya Seth Shah as Mrs Gursharan Kaur, wife of honourable ...

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Create congenial atmosphere to hold election in J&K, Congress to centre

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) A day after BJP ended its alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir and the state came under Governor's rule, Congress on Wednesday accused both parties of betraying the people's aspirations in the lust of power and demanded the Central government ensure a congenial atmosphere for conduct of fresh elections. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said...

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B.V.R. Subrahmanyam new J&K Chief Secretary

Srinagar, June 20 (IANS) IAS officer B.V.R. Subrahmanyam was on Wednesday appointed as the new Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, it was announced on Wednesday. The Cabinet Committee on Appointments had earlier in the day placed the services of Subrahmanyam, presently posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Home, in Chhattisgarh, at the disposal of the state government. It was ...

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Additional Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh posted to J&K

Srinagar, June 20 (IANS) B.V.R. Subramanyam, the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) in Chattisgarh, was posted to Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday following the imposition of Governor's Rule in the state The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet cleared his posting on Tuesday evening. Governor's Rule was imposed in the state on Wednesday with President Ram Nath Kovind approving the ...

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J&K placed under Governor's Rule after President's approval

Srinagar, June 20 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir was placed under the Governor's Rule on Wednesday following President Ram Nath Kovind's approval. Governor, N.N. Vohra sought Kovind's approval on Tuesday after the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) decision to pull out of the Peoples Democratic Party (pdp)-led state government which was immediately followed by the resignation of Chief Minister Meh...

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Indo-French ties driven by Modi-Macron chemistry: Sushma Swaraj

Paris, June 19 (IANS) India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has credited the special chemistry between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron for the new dynamism in the Indo-French relationship. India and France are in a new phase of their relationship. I can see a new energy between the two countries. This is due to the special chemistry that our Pr...

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Rahul turns 48, wishes pour in, Congress celebrates

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday turned 48 and several senior Congress leaders reached his mother Sonia Gandhi's residence at 10 Janpath to greet him on his birthday while Prime Minister Narendra Modi and political leaders across the country also wished him. Former President Pranab Mukherjee, in a tweet to wish Gandhi, said that he had an unparalleled ...

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Tax free, deficit less Rs 16,387 cr budget presented in Tripura

Agartala, June 19 (IANS) Tripura Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma on Tuesday presented a Rs 16,387.21 crore tax-free budget for financial year 2018-19. Tabling the budget on the first day of the assembly session, Dev Varma, who holds the Finance portfolio, said that there is no deficit in the budget. He, however, proposed increase of sales tax on petrol by two per cent and on diese...

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Congress celebrates Rahul Gandhi's birthday

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Senior Congress leaders reached party President Rahul Gandhi's mother Sonia Gandhi's residence to greet the former's 48th birthday on Tuesday. Party supporters got into a celebratory mood, dancing to the beat of drums in the morning outside the Congress office on Akbar Road here. There were similar vibes outside 10 Janpath Road, Sonia Gandhi's residence...

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Meeting rescheduled due as official not available, says AAP

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Delhi's ruling AAP on Monday that the government had to reschedule a meeting on status of rations due to non-availability of the Food Commissioner. Food and Supply Minister, Imran Hussain had, on Monday, called for a meeting to review the distribution of ration in Delhi, but due to the unavailability of Food Commissioner Mohanjeet Singh, it had to be rescheduled...

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Modi to interact with farmers on Wednesday

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with farmers across the country on Wednesday and address their concerns, an official statement said on Monday. For the first time, the Prime Minister is going to have a direct dialogue with farmers across the country, in which various initiatives related to doubling the income of farmers by 2022 will also be discussed, ...

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Tripura Gramin Bank ranks fifth in rural bank list

Agartala, June 18 (IANS) The Tripura Gramin Bank (TGB) has secured the fifth position amongst India's 56 regional rural banks (RRBs) in terms of its business and growth, an official said here on Monday. The 42-year old TGB posted s net profit of Rs 44.14 crore in the last fiscal (2017-18). The bank in which the Centre has a 50 per cent stake, United Bank of India (UBI) 35 per cen...

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Tripura Assembly to begin budget session on Tuesday

Agartala, June 18 (IANS) The Tripura Assembly will begin its 11-day budget session from Tuesday, Speaker Rebati Mohan Das said here on Monday. Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Debbarma would lay the budget for the current fiscal (2018-19) on the first day of the 11-day session of the Assembly, Das told the media. He said two important bills were likely to be submitted during the sess...

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Modi's strategic vision: Gap between aspiration and reality

Global disorder appears to be the leitmotif of mid-2018, with the US and China embarking upon a trade-tariff war and the US-led Western alliance in considerable turmoil over the unseemly outcome of the just-concluded G-7 summit in Canada. The historic meeting in Singapore (June 12) between President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has the potential to lead to a completely u...

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Girl power rules box office in Mumbai and Hollywood

Watching the eight stunning actresses of Ocean's 8 whooping it up at the extensive promotional events for the much-hyped film, I felt deep pride and a sense of déjà vu. This could be our own Veere Di Wedding (VDW) girl gang. First, our Veeres are no less glamorous, articulate and self-assured than the Ocean's 8 girl gang. Secondly, they seem to address exactly the same issues of body-s...

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Mid-term poll will call Kejriwal's bluff

The biggest argument against granting full statehood to Delhi is Arvind Kejriwal himself. If an election leads to the elevation of what a former Union Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, called a yeda Chief Minister -- yeda is a Marathi word for unhinged -- when referring to Kejriwal, then the risk of elevating the status of the national capital cannot be taken. Shinde's ire related to K...

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Himachal gets partial relief from dust with rains

Shimla, June 16 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh on Saturday experienced intermittent rainfall, bringing some relief from haze and dust conditions that had reduced the visibility to less than 200 metres here, the weather bureau said, adding there is a possibility of widespread rains in the state. Light to moderate rainfall occurred at most places in the state, Manmohan Singh, director of the mete...

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Hazy, dusty conditions across Himachal

Shimla, June 15 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh on Friday remained hazy and dusty with visibility reduced to less than 200 m in the state capital, the weather bureau said, adding the state may experience rain at many places in the next 24 hours which will increase the visibility. Dust and haze may prevail till the next 24 hours. The visibility is 100-200 m in Shimla and most parts of the state, ...

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