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Amid opposition boycott, UP assembly passes 76 departments' budget in 15 minutes

Lucknow, July 21 (IANS) With the entire opposition absent from the proceedings of the budget session in Uttar Pradesh assembly for the second consecutive day, the budget worth several hundred crores of 76 departments was on Friday passed in mere 15 minutes. The Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) are keeping away from the proceedings ...

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Shun red beacon culture, visit masses, Modi tells BJP MPs

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Asking the BJP MPs to shun the red beacon culture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged them to work among the masses and publicise central government's pro-poor schemes. The Prime Minister's remarks came during his meeting here over breakfast with a group of Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) MPs from western Uttar Pradesh, which was also attended by Parliame...

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Implementation of new crop insurance scheme flawed: NGO

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) The central government's flagship crop insurance scheme, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMBFY), has good provisions but its implementation is flawed, says the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a non-profit organisation. The CSE has prepared a report by assessing and analysing various aspects of the scheme, which points out that the scheme is not benef...

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Goa BJP chief wins state RS polls

Panaji, July 21 (IANS) BJP's Goa state President Vinay Tendulkar on Friday won the election for the state's lone Rajya Sabha seat, defeating his Congress rival and counterpart Shantaram Naik by a margin of six votes. The polling was held at the state assembly earlier on Friday. With Tendulkar's victory, this is the first time that all the three parliamentary seats in the state ar...

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We don't support Gau Rakshak violence, Centre tells SC

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) The Central government on Friday told the Supreme Court that it does not support the violence unleashed by vigilante groups in the name of cow protection. Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told a bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar: We don't support the violence in the name of Gau Raksha. But the central...

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Coal firm employee, Class 11 boy commit suicide in Jharkhand

Ranchi, July 21 (IANS) An employee of Central Coalfields Limited and a Class 11 student committed suicide in two separate incidents in Jharkhand on Friday, police said. The 32-year-old Senior Deputy Manager of CCL, Tanusri Hela, was found dead in her home in Ramgarh district. Police suspect she consumed poison. A suicide note has been found which says that her body should be hand...

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Government looking at monthly wind project auctions

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) The government plans to hold auctions for wind power projects every month, ensuring, however, that this process does not push up tariff rates, Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal said on Friday. Speaking at an event here for signing power purchase agreements (PPAs) under the first wind auction scheme of the government, Goyal said that wind e...

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Delhi lawyer held for extortion

Gurugram, July 21 (Thursday) A lawyer has been arrested in Gurugram for extorting and threatening a man booked under The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act), police said on Friday. The lawyer Vishnu Dutt practiced in Delhi's Saket courts, police said, adding that sometime back he contacted Vineet Chawla, a resident of upscale Sector 50 in Gurugram who is a suspect...

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EC demand for contempt powers rejected: Government

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) The government has rejected the Election Commission's demand to confer on it powers to initiate contempt proceedings against those maligning its image as inconsistent with law, parliament was told on Friday. Minister of State for Law and Justice P.P. Chaudhary informed the Rajya Sabha on Friday in a written reply that the government examined the various aspects...

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Only BJP and Communists can claim internal democracy: Amit Shah

Jaipur, July 21 (IANS) Of the 1,650 political parties registered with the Election Commission, only the BJP and the Communists to an extent have upheld internal democracy, BJP President Amit Shah said on Friday. All the other parties are dynasties, Shah told a meeting of prominent citizens here. The Bharatiya Janata Party, he said, was a party with a difference. It was the only p...

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Kidnapped brothers rescued in UP, one held

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Two brothers, aged 10 and eight, who were kidnapped from east Delhi on Tuesday evening, have been rescued from Uttar Pradesh and one person arrested in this connection, police said on Friday. The boys were rescued from Loni of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday night and their kidnapper was arrested early on Friday from the same area, a police officer said. The o...

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Goa proved lucky for Kovind: Parrikar

Panaji, July 21 (IANS) The Goa Assembly on Friday passed a motion congratulating Ram Nath Kovind on his election as the next President of India, with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar claiming that Goa is lucky for everyone. Parrikar said that when Kovind, a native of Uttar Pradesh, came to Goa to campaign for the election he informed National Democratic Alliance legislators that not only ...

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SC to decide on early hearing of Ayodhya site

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday said it will decide on a plea for an early hearing of appeals challenging the Allahabad High Court order directing the splitting of the disputed site at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. We will take a decision on it, said a bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud as BJP Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy so...

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Criminal wanted in Andhra held in UP

Ghaziabad, July 21 (IANS) A criminal wanted for murder in Andhra Pradesh was arrested here after a gun battle with security forces, police said on Friday. Superintendent of Police Akash Tomar said the criminal, Deepak Sharma, and his accomplice were on a motorcycle but did not halt during checking at Kamla Nagar on Thursday night. When policemen chased them, the criminals opened ...

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More education, fewer child brides mean healthier children

Over 13 million adolescent girls between 10 and 19 years were married in India in 2011, according to census data, but fewer literate women were married as children or had children early compared to those who were illiterate, according to an analysis by Child Rights and You (CRY), a Mumbai-based child rights nonprofit. The number of child brides and mothers have not improved substantially...

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Cross-voting mostly favours Kovind, Meira Kumar gains in Rajasthan

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Most of the cross-voting in presidential election favoured NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind, but significantly in Rajasthan, where the BJP is in power, opposition-backed Congress nominee Meira Kumar was the beneficiary of cross-voting. In Rajasthan, where the Congress won 24 seats in the last assembly polls, Meira Kumar got 34 votes, which are believed to have come...

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UP recommends CBI probe into Akhilesh's Gomti Riverfront Project

Lucknow, July 20 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday recommended a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the multi-crore Gomti Riverfront Project, one of the dream projects of his predecessor Akhilesh Yadav. A senior official from the state Home Department said that the file recommending a CBI probe into the matter had been sent the Ministry ...

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GST will benefit small traders more: Modi

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will benefit small traders more and asked the party MPs to give pace to their activities in specific parliamentary constituencies. The Prime Minister's remarks came during his meeting here with a group of Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) MPs from eastern Uttar Pradesh, which was also...

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Rescued after 13 days, traumatised Delhi doctor thanks police

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) A day after he was rescued from kidnappers who held him hostage for 13 days, 29-year-old Sreekanth struggled to find words as he faced questions on Thursday evening. Shaking and stammering, the balding 29-year-old Delhi doctor said: Thanks for saving me to the entire Delhi police team. Mistakes happen... Ola was not... he failed to complete the sentence. ...

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Kovind led in 21 states, benefited from cross-voting too

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind led in 21 states as also in both houses of Parliament over his rival Meira Kumar to register a thumping victory in the Presidential election, apart from cross-voting by those from the SP, Trinamool Congress and AAP. Meira Kumar, fielded by 18 opposition parties, including the Congress and the Left, led only in eight states and two ...

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