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As foes turn friends, euphoria around Trinamool dulls

KOLKATA: About a year ago, Omprakash Mishra, Congress general secretary in West Bengal, said at a private gathering in his South Kolkata residence that the Left Front and the Congress were “wondering” if they could “come together” in the 2016 Assembly polls. A year later, the script for sharing of seats by the erstwhile enemies […]

Ahead of reopening: IAS officer inspects dance bars in Mumbai

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SEATING arrangements are being given the final touches, lights are being re-positioned, and applications from dancers have started coming. Bar owners are gearing up for dance performances on their premises after a gap of 11 years. The Mumbai Police, prodded by the Supreme Court order asking them to provide licences for dance bars before March […]

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World T20: India relents in row over travel permission to Pak diplomats

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NEW DELHI(PTI): A day after a spat over India’s refusal to permit some Pakistani diplomats to watch Pakistan’s T20 World Cup matches, New Delhi appeared to relent on Wednesday by stating that it had approved travels of 19 Pakistan High Commission officials and was prepared to consider more such requests. The remarks by External Affairs […]

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Govt sends out strong message to Pakistan, says want good ties but not at cost of our dignity

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NEW DELHI(PTI0: Sending out a message to Pakistan, India on Wednesday said it wants good relations but not at the cost of its “pride, dignity and self-respect” and that it will ensure that “our enemies” cannot go scot-free as even small incidents of terrorism have to be “treated as war”. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar also […]

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Aadhar bill passed in Lok Sabha after rejection of amendments introduced in Rajya Sabha

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NEW DELHI(PTI): A bill to give statutory backing to the unique identity number scheme for better targetting of subsidies was on Wednesday returned by Rajya Sabha to the Lok Sabha with several amendments, with Opposition parties also objecting strongly to treating it as a money bill. The Lok Sabha on Wednesday evening passed the Aadhar […]

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BJP is ‘most anti-national of all’, alleges Arvind Kejriwal

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DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday filed a fresh salvo at BJP, terming it as the “most anti-national of all” and alleged that it was shielding those who raised anti-India slogans on the JNU campus. “BJP is most anti-national of all. Why is it shielding those who raised anti-national slogans?” Kejriwal tweeted this […]

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Bharat Mata ki Jai: AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan suspended from Maharashtra Assembly

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Mumbai: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA Imtiaz Jaleel and Waris Pathan faced heat over Bharat Mata ki Jai in Maharashtra assembly on Tuesday. Waris Pathan has been suspended from the Assembly for the entire session for not uttering Bharat Mata ki Jai. Both lambasted by all party legislators for refusing to say Bharat Mata […]

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Aadhar row: Govt assures about security concerns after Opposition raises it

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NEW DELHI: After Aadhar Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha, it was debated heatedly in the Rajya Sabha on the last day ahead of a long break in the budget session. The opposition questioned the government’s proposal to pass the bill. “I am questioning the competence of this house to legislate the bill,” Sitaram […]

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Sedition law: Have asked the Law Commission to do comprehensive review, says Kiren Rijiju

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NEW DELHI: Government on Wednesday acknowledged that the definition of Sedition law is “very wide” and said it is being reviewed by the Law Commission after members in Rajya Sabha demanded that it should be scrapped as it is a colonial legacy and a “relic”. Home Minister Rajnath Singh agreed for an all-party meeting to […]

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Criticism of govt is not sedition, say counsel of Umar, Anirban; bail order reserved

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DELHI(ANI): A Delhi Court on Wednesday reserved its order on the bail plea of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya for March 18. During the hearing, the Delhi Police counsel opposed the bail plea of the duo and stated that they did not only depend on the video footage but also […]

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