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BJP once again turns to Ram to bolster flagging appeal in UP

The reason why the UP election results in May were a showpiece for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was that they represented, in the party's opinion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's continuing forward march. Yet, the overblown nature of this self-congratulatory assessment will be evident if the outcome of the five elections which took place at the time are taken into consideration.

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By playing Hindutva game for decades, Congress helped BJP rise

How indistinguishable the Congress ideologically is from the BJP was the theme of the main edit page article written by French scholars Christophe Jaffrelot and Gilles Verniers in the Indian Express on October 5. The editor grasped the heart of the matter and gave it an apt headline: Congress and the BJP, Tweedledum and Tweedledee. The Jaffrelot-Verniers duo focused on Gujarat -- on how ...

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Modi praises Nitish for development of Bihar

Patna, Oct 14 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appreciated the efforts of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar towards development of the state and said the progress of eastern India is the Centre's topmost priority. The commitment of Nitish Kumar towards the progress of Bihar is commendable. The Centre attaches topmost importance to the development of eastern India, Modi sai...

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Modi in Bihar to attend Patna University centenary

Patna, Oct 14 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Saturday to attend the centenary celebrations of the Patna University. Modi was received by Bihar Governor Satyapal Malik, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and several Bharatiya Janata Party leaders. Unprecedented security arrangements were in place for Modi's visit. Patna has been turned into a fortress with thousands ...

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EU leaders committed to Iran nuclear deal, concerned over Trump's decision

Brussels, Oct 14 (IANS) European Union (EU) leaders have voiced their commitment to the Iran nuclear deal and its full implementation by all sides, despite US President Donald Trump's decision to decertify Iran's compliance with the deal. The leaders of France, Germany and Britain, in a joint statement issued by 10 Downing Street on Friday, said they were concerned by the possible implic...

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Trudeau defends NAFTA, calls for labour improvements

Mexico City, Oct 14 (IANS) Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has defended the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and called for changes to the deal that ensure workers across the region enjoy better labour standards and compensation. Our challenge lies in ensuring that everyone benefits from economic growth. And we do that by pursuing an ambitious vision of what the future ca...

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Britain, France, Germany reaffirm Iran nuclear deal

London, Oct 14 (IANS) Britain, France and Germany remain committed to the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, the leaders of the three countries have said after US President Donald Trump threatened to abandon the deal. Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany agreed to lift economic sanctions against Tehran in exchange for Tehran...

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Israel hails Trump's decision on Iran nuclear deal

Jerusalem, Oct 14 (IANS) Israel has welcomed US President Donald Trump's decision not to certify the landmark nuclear deal with Iran and also hailed his remarks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Trump's remarks on Friday as a courageous decision, Xinhua news agency reported. In a video statement released by the Prime Minister's office, Netanyahu said the move has ...

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Aadhaar helped India save $9 bn from misuse of funds: Nilekani

Washington, Oct 13 (IANS) The unique identity number given to over a billion Indians by the Aadhaar card had helped India save $9 billion in preventing misuse of its beneficiary welfare schemes, said its architect Nandan Nilekani. By having a unique number, you eliminate fakes and duplicates from your beneficiary and employee lists. That alone has saved the government $9 billion, said Ni...

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Book account of how an individual saw political drama unfolding: Pranab

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) Terming the 10 years of UPA rule under Congress as successful, former President Pranab Mukherjee said on Friday that his latest autobiography was an account of how an individual saw the political drama unfolding and tried to steer clear of any personal details. Speaking on the occasion of release of his latest series of his autobiography The Coalition Years: 1996...

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Pranab had every reason for grievance over PM post: Manmohan

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who had pipped Pranab Mukherjee in 2004, on Friday said the former President had every reason to feel the grievance that he was better qualified than him for the prime minister's post and the two had no serious differences on any matter during the UPA government. He also said that contrary to what people may say or write abou...

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Agri sector didn't see reforms for 25 years: NITI Aayog Member

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) NITI Aayog Member Ramesh Chand on Friday said while every sector of the Indian economy had undergone some sort of transformation in the last 25 years, the agriculture sector was largely ignored. In last 25 years, particularly since the beginning of economic reforms in 1991, we have seen some sort of transformation in almost all sectors of Indian economy except ag...

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BJP, Congress clash over EC not declaring Gujarat poll dates

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) The BJP and Congress clashed on Friday over the Election Commission not declaring the poll schedule for Gujarat, with the Left joining the Congress in criticising the poll body as well as the government. The Congress accused the Modi government of grossest interference in the working of the Election Commission, which the ruling BJP termed as uncalled for criticis...

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TN seeks Rs 256 cr from centre to tackle dengue

Chennai, Oct 13 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government has sought Rs 256 crore from the central government to manage dengue in the state, said state Health Minister C. Vijaybaskar. Talking to reporters here, Vijaybaskar said the funds request was made to the team deputed by the central government on the directors of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to investigate the dengue outbreak in Tamil Nadu....

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Modi to visit Bihar, lay stones for projects worth Rs 3,700 cr

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Bihar on Saturday where he will lay the foundation stones for four sewerage projects under the Namami Gange Programme and four national highway projects in Mokama area of Patna district. The total outlay of these projects will be over Rs 3,700 crore. The four sewerage projects for which the foundation stone will be ...

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'Freed Taliban hostage family on way to Canada via UK'

Islamabad, Oct 13 (IANS) A Canadian-American family who was rescued by the Pakistan Army from Taliban captivity after five years were on a flight to London on Friday, an official said. Joshua Boyle, a Canadian, boarded a flight in Islamabad with his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their three children, the Pakistani military source told CNN. They will fly on to Canada from London. <...

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Certain states lagging due to governance deficit: Modi

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said certain states and regions are lagging due to governance-deficit and urged Governors to facilitate greater effectiveness of government initiatives. Speaking at the closing session of the Conference of Governors at Rashtrapati Bhawan here, Modi said India did not lack in ideas, resources and capabilities, but certain sta...

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Juncker does not want Catalan independence

Brussels, Oct 13 (IANS) European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday that he did not want Catalonia to break away from Spain because it would encourage other regions in Europe to follow suit. Juncker made the comments while speaking to students at the University of Luxembourg. If we allow, although this isn't only our thing, Catalonia to secede, others will do...

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Pakistan anti-graft court defers Sharif's indictment

Islamabad, Oct 13 (IANS) An anti-corruption court on Friday adjourned the indictment of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar in the Panama Papers case till October 19 after it witnessed a raucous protest by PML-N lawyers and supporters. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had registered three corruption references against Shari...

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Sharif moves SC against multiple corruption references

Islamabad, Oct 13 (IANS) Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the filing of multiple corruption references against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in relation to the Panama Papers case judgement. The petition, filed by advocate Muhammad Kassim Mir Jat on behalf of Sharif, requested the court to order the anti-corru...

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