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Don't criticise just for sake of criticism, Punjab CM tells rivals

Chandigarh, Nov 20 (IANS) With political opponents questioning his style of functioning and Punjab government's performance, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday said while it welcomed healthy criticism, the opposition should refrain from criticism just for the sake of criticism. Addressing first-time legislators at an orientation programme here, the senior Congress leader urged all ...

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'Arrogant' Modi government has cast dark shadow on Parliamentary democracy: Sonia

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of delaying the Winter Session of Parliament on flimsy grounds, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday said the government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on the country's Parliamentary democracy. Asserting that the government wanted to avoid questions and answers ahead of the Gujarat elections, she warned the NDA ...

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GJM suspends Bimal Gurung, elects Binay Tamang as new chief

Darjeeling, Nov 20 (IANS) The central committee of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) on Monday suspended fugitive party chief Bimal Gurung for six months and elected GJM chief coordinator Binay Tamang as the new president, a source close to the GJM said. The decision was taken in the party's central committee meeting held in Darjeeling district's Ghum in the northern West Bengal hills.

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Punjab CM welcomes move for Rahul's elevation as Congress chief

Chandigarh, Nov 20 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday welcomed the proposed elevation of Rahul Gandhi as the Congress President, describing it as a step in the right direction to revive the party's fortunes ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Singh, who by his own admission was hurt by the way that Rahul had treated a senior leader like him in the run up to the Februar...

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Amid 'Padmavati' row, Deepika pulls out of GES

Hyderabad, Nov 20 (IANS) Actress Deepika Padukone, who is at the centre of a row over Padmavati, has pulled out of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), that will have US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the inauguration on November 28. A senior official of the Telangana government said on Monday that Deepika has declined to attend the ...

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Meghalaya Governor seeks EC's views on disqualification of 17 MLAs

Shillong, Nov 20 (IANS) Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad has sought the Election Commission's views on the disqualification of 17 state legislators who resigned as Parliamentary Secretaries after an adverse High Court verdict, official sources said on Monday. A Raj Bhavan communique said Prasad referred the matter to the Election Commission, as required under Article 192 (2) of the Consti...

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Delhi air 'very poor' again 'possibly' due to stubble burning

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) The air quality of Delhi and National Capital Region saw a sudden deterioration from poor to very poor on Monday, with officials speculating an increase in stubble burning in neighbouring states as a possible reason. Fall in the minimum temperature and decrease in the speed of northwesterly winds coming from Punjab and Haryana, where stubble burning is on the ris...

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Cinema is all about love: SRK at IFFI inaugural

Panaji, Nov 20 (IANS) Amid the raging Padmavati controversy as well as the row over exclusion of two films from a section of the 48th IFFI, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, through a mixture of symbolism and subtlety, spoke of cinema as a balm of love for dissent and a catalyst for unity, at the inauguration of the movie jamboree here on Monday. Shah Rukh spoke in the presence of Unio...

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CPI-M condemns 'communalisation' of young minds in Rajasthan

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) The CPI-M on Monday condemned the communalsiation of education in Rajasthan and urged the Central government to stop states from fairs such as the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair being held in Jaipur. The CPI-M strongly condemns the outrageous directions issued by the Rajasthan Minister for Primary and Secondary Education according to which the students of all g...

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Over 5,000 delegates to attend IT World Congress in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Nov 20 (IANS) Over 5,000 delegates from around the world, including the Who's Who of the Information Technology industry, are expected to participate in the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) here next February. This is for the first time that India is hosting the prestigious event, which will bring together businesses, government, regulatory bodies and academia t...

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CMs Shivraj, Amarinder jump on anti-'Padmavati' wagon, Mamata says attack on freedom of expression

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Even as the release of Padmavati has been deferred, three Chief Ministers on Monday jumped into the controversy with Madhya Pradesh's Shivraj Singh Chouhan announcing a ban on the film in his state, while his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh backed the Rajput community in its protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's historical drama that is mired in controversy.

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Exposure of personal data in name of Aadhaar 'dangerous': Mamata

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said exposure of personal data in the name of Aadhaar linking is very dangerous for the freedom of expression of the country. I am in favour of a unique card (identification). There cant be different cards for a person. But in the name of Aadhar card... in the modern age... the way in which details are being expo...

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Protesting Rajput groups demand ban on 'Padmavati'

Mumbai, Nov 20 (IANS) Over 200 big and small Rajput organisations staged protests and demanded a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming film Padmavati here on Monday. Thousands of Rajputs have come from different parts of Maharashtra and other places to demand a ban on the film. The protests will continue till the community's demands are met, said Raj Purohit, the organiser and national...

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Trade unions to intensify protest against closing of PSUs

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) Protesting against centre's attempts to close down and privatise a number of central public sector organisations in the country, the central trade unions in West Bengal organised a joint convention here on Monday to charter a four point demand. The joint forum comprising of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All Indi...

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Bengal politicians pay tributes to Dasmunsi

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) Cutting across party lines, politicians in West Bengal on Monday paid glowing tributes to veteran Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi who passed away earlier in the day in New Delhi. Condolences poured in from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and senior Ministers like Subrata Mukherjee, Partha Chatterjee, and Sovandeb Chattopadhyay. Former Union Minister fo...

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'Padmavati' distorts history, will not release in MP: Chouhan

Bhopal, Nov 20 (IANS) In yet another blow to the makers of historical period drama Padmavati, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday said that a film that distorts history and was against the respect of the country's mother Padmavatiji would not be allowed to be screened in the state. If historical facts are distorted, and if anything is shown or said in the movie ...

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School principal removed for sexual harassment

Chandigarh, Nov 20 (IANS) The Principal of a government-run meritorious school has been removed from the post after being indicted for sexual harassment, a state government spokesperson said here on Monday. The inquiry report -- in which the Principal of the Government Meritorious School, Ghabdan in Punjab's Sangrur district, was indicted on sexual harassment charges -- was submitted to ...

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India, China have no option but to live peacefully: Dalai Lama

Bhubaneswar, Nov 20 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Monday said India and China have no option except to live peacefully and help each other. On to the strained ties between the two countries in the wake of the Doklam standoff, the Nobel Peace laureate said that is not an important issue. Both the countries across the border have more than two billion people tog...

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NIA takes over Kanpur principal's murder case

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the murder of Kanpur-based retired junior high school principal Ramesh Babu Shukla, who was killed by unidentified persons last year, an official said on Monday. The anti-terror agency filed an FIR on Sunday and took over the case from the Uttar Pradesh Police following the Home Ministry's November 17 order, ...

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Bengal politicians pay tributes to Dasmunsi

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) Cutting across party lines, politicians in West Bengal on Monday paid glowing tributes to veteran Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi who passed away earlier in the day in New Delhi. Condolences poured in from Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee as also senior Ministers like Subrata Mukherjee, Partha Chatterjee, and Sovandeb Chattopadhya...

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