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On first anniversary, Adityanath promises more crackdown on criminals

Lucknow, March 19 (IANS) As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government completed one year in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath promised more crackdown on the corrupt and criminals in the coming days. The safety and security of the people was a top priority for his government, he said, adding that there would be no let up in the crackdown against criminals, land maf...

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Aarushi-Hemraj murder: SC notice to Talwar couple on plea against acquittal

New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Rajesh and Nupur Talwar on a plea challenging their acquittal in the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case by the Allahabad High Court. The plea was filed by Khumkala Banjade, the widow of Hemraj, who was the Talwars' domestic help. While issuing notice to Talwars, the bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R....

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Aditynath government rings in first year in power with music and dance

Lucknow, March 19 (IANS) The Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh on Monday rang in its first year in office in style, amid folk dances, kathak, music and some more promises. The main event was held at the Lok Bhawan here where top leaders Governor Ram Naik, the Chief Minister, his two deputies - Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, cabinet mini...

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UP Minister calls BJP arrogant, power drunk

Lucknow, March 19 (IANS) Coalition blues hit the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh on Monday as senior cabinet minister and Suhaildev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) President Om Prakash Rajbhar accused the BJP of not respecting its alliance partners. Predicting bad days for the Bharatiya Janata Party, the minister alleged that the ruling party had lost its mental balance in the w...

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Realty market improving but 'industry status' would help, say developers

New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) After four consecutive years of slump and low demand in the real estate sector, market participants believe 2018 will be a year of revival as the sector has finally shed the impact of demonetisation, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the implementation of the Real Estate Regulatory Act (RERA). Business stakeholders say the government could do its bit to push the...

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Karthik stars as India beat Bangladesh in Nidahas Trophy final

Colombo, March 18 (IANS) Wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik (29 runs off eight balls) played a brilliant cameo towards the end as India beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the final of the Nidahas Trophy T20 tri-series at the R.Premadasa Stadium here on Sunday. Coming in the second last over with scoreboard reading 133/5, Karthik announced his arrival at the crease through two sixes and ...

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Rahul Gandhi's speech 'rhetoric of loser': Sitharaman

New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday dubbed Congress President Rahul Gandhi's speech at Congress' plenary session the rhetoric of a loser. She also questioned Rahul Gandhi's Pandava-Kaurava analogy, and accused the Congress of mocking Hindu rituals. Rahul Gandhi's speech sounds like rhetoric of loser devoid of substance. But although devoid of ...

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Three AIIMS doctors killed on Yamuna Expressway

Mathura, March 18 (IANS) Three doctors of the AIIMS were killed and four seriously injured when their car rammed into a stationery vehicle near the Maant toll plaza in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura district on Sunday, police said. The injured were immediately shifted to the Niyati Hospital and the bodies to the district hospital, a police officer said. The police said there were severa...

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Manduadih to become Banaras railway station

Varanasi, March 18 (IANS) The holy city of Varanasi is soon likely to get a railway station named Banaras. The Railway Ministry is considering renaming the Manduadih railway station as Banaras railway station. Manduadih is among one of the four railway stations in the city besides Varanasi Junction, popularly known as Varanasi Cantt Railway Station, Varanasi City and Kashi.

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Major reshuffle of police officers in UP

Lucknow, March 17 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government late on Saturday effected a major rejig of the police administration, posting 22 new district police chiefs as well transferring an Inspector General of Police and three Deputy Inspector Generals of Police (DIG). The reshuffle comes barely 24 hours after a major shake-up of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers. Promin...

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Sreedharan reviews Lucknow Metro's progress, assures CM of meeting deadlines

Lucknow, March 17 (IANS) Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation's (LMRC) principal advisor E. Sreedharan visited the state capital on Saturday to review the progress of the ongoing North-South Corridor (Phase 1A) The 23-km-long route runs from the Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport to Munshipulia on the other side of the city. Sreedharan, along with LMRC Managing Director Kumar Keshav, later...

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Punjab CM dismisses Kejriwal's apology as 'antic'

New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday dismissed as an antic his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal's apology to Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia. He said the apology not only reflected the Aam Aadmi Party national convenor's political inexperience but also appeared to be a desperate attempt to reduce the burden of defamation cases against him b...

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MoS Railways inspects work in Varanasi division

Varanasi, March 17 (IANS) Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha on Saturday took stock of the ongoing railway projects in Varanasi Division of Northern Railways with a team of officials. The projects include doubling and electrification of the Varanasi-Ballia railway section, DEMU shed in Aunrihar and construction of new broad gauge rail cum road bridge of 51 k.m. from Mau to Tarigh...

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I stand by my allegations against Majithia: AAP MP

Lucknow, March 17 (IANS) AAP MP Sanjay Singh on Saturday said he would contest the defamation case filed by former Punjab minister Vikram Singh Majithia against him even as his boss and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has apologised for alleging that the Akali Dal leader was involved in the drug trade. Refusing to comment on the apology tendered by Kejriwal, Sanjay Singh said: I sta...

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24-hour power supply at 100 prominent temples during 'Navratri'

Lucknow, March 17 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government has directed the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) to ensure uninterrupted power supply to all the 'shakti peeths' and 100 other prominent temples in the state during 'Navratri' beginning Sunday, an official said on Saturday. 'Navratri' is a nine-day festival of the Hindus and 'shakti peeths' are seats of Goddess Durga. ...

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Gorakhpur made BJP realise even this can happen: Rajnath

New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said the loss in Uttar Pradesh by-polls made the the BJP realise that even this can happen but it will not happen again. The minister's statement came days after the Bharatiya Janata Party suffered a double jolt as it was trounced in the Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha by-polls for the Gorakhpur and Phulpur and in Bihar's A...

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1,000 kg marijuana seized in Guwahati

Guwahati, March 17 (IANS) Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) sleuths have seized about 1,000 kg of contraband marijuana from a vehicle here that was to be smuggled to Uttar Pradesh, officials said on Saturday. The driver of the vehicle and his helper were arrested on Friday night when the operation was launched. We seized several packets in which the contraband marijuana ...

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Hubris is letting down BJP

If one explanation has to be given for the BJP's electoral ills in the Hindi heartland and nearby states, it is arrogance. Even more than the Narendra Modi government's failures on the employment and agricultural fronts, it is the party's and the government's haughtiness, reflected in the Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu's characterisation of Modi as God's gift to the nation, which has be...

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UP rejig: 37 IAS transfers, Rautella promoted

Lucknow, March 17 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government has transferred 37 IAS officials, including 16 District Magistrates, an official said on Saturday. Rajiv Rautela, the District Magistrate of Gorakhpur, who courted controversy on Wednesday for barring the media from accessing details at the Lok Sabha bypoll counting centre, has been shifted and prompted as Divisional Commissioner of D...

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Shiv Sena non-committal on TDP's no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha

Mumbai, March 16 (IANS) Maintaining suspense, the Shiv Sena - a NDA constituent and oldest ally of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - remained non-committal on the Telugu Desam Party's (TDP) proposed no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government in the Lok Sabha. While Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray has chosen to keep mum on the political developments in the national capita...

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