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NEW DELHI, 22 Jun 2017/--/Former Lok Sabha speaker and senior Congress leader Meira Kumar, a Dalit, is Opposition's candidate to take on NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind for Presidential election. The decision was taken after 17 Opposition parties met in the national capital today to pick their...

NEW DELHI, 22 Jun 2017/--/NDA's Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind today met former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to seek his blessings. Kovind was accompanied by his wife during the meeting at Vajpayee's residence. He had paid courtesy visits to BJP veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar...

Patna, 22 Jun 2017/--/A day after backing Ram Nath Kovind's candidature for the president's post, the JD-U today said that there was no question of going back to the NDA and it continued to be an integral part of the united Opposition. "The decision to back Kovind's candidature is an isolated...

Mumbai, 22 Jun 2017/--/Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu today said seeking loan waiver has become a "fashion" now but it is not the final solution and should be considered in extreme situations. Farmers in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and...

Lucknow, 22 Jun 2017/--/Narendra Modi’s master stroke of picking up Ramnath Kovind as the NDA candidate for the presidential election is set to alter the very nature of UP politics, extracting a heavy price from Mayawati’s and Mulayam’s parties which so far drew sustenance from their dalit vote...

NEW DELHI, 22 Jun 2017/--/Over 3,500 corrupt officials are under investigation of Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). These officials -- all of them from Group A (or Class I) -- are working in different central and state government departments, and public sector undertakings. "A total of 3,500...

NEW DELHI, 22 Jun 2017/--/The siege of Delhi, structures during World War II and key memorials, roads and marketplaces these are some of the interesting aspects brought to light in a new book which presents an exquisite study of the maps of Delhi, from the onset of the 19th century till the master...

NEW DELHI, 22 Jun 2017/--/NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind today met former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to seek his blessings. Kovind was accompanied by his wife during the meeting at Vajpayee's residence. He had paid courtesy visits to BJP veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar...

NEW DELHI, 22 Jun 2017/--/RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav today said he would meet Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in a bid to make him change his mind about supporting NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. There was no threat to the coalition government in Bihar, Lalu Yadav said, referring...

NEW DELHI, 22 Jun 2017/--/Eleven judges to three high courts have been appointed. The fresh appointments -- six in the Madras High Court and two each in the high courts of Chhattisgarh and Punjab and Haryana-- come at a time when the government and the judiciary continue to have differences over a...

NEW DELHI, 22 Jun 2017/--/India is working with ASEAN to evolve "regional security architecture" in the Asia Pacific with the aim of finding collaborative solutions to emerging and non-traditional challenges, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today. Discussing various aspects of India's...

NEW DELHI, 22 Jun 2017/--/The Supreme Court today said that a three-judge bench would decide whether death row convicts can approach it again challenging their proposed hanging even after exhausting all their legal remedies. A vacation bench comprising justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul fixed...

Thiruvananthapuram, 22 Jun 2017/--/The Left Democratic Front (LDF) Government’s new liquor policy has left a large slice of Kerala’s population staggered. But it has come as a much-needed relief for the cash-strapped State economy. The new abkari policy represents a complete reversal of the...

Jaipur, 22 Jun 2017/--/Nearly 26 farmers' associations have called for a shutdown in 45,000 villages across Rajasthan on July 9 to press for their demands, even after the RSS-backed Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) called off its proposed stir. Farmers in these villages have decided to curtail supply...

Nashik, 22 Jun 2017/--/Four debt-ridden farmers allegedly committed suicide in the last two days in Nashik district where one of them set up his own funeral pyre, officials said today. Supadu Bhika Pawar, 77, a resident of Vadner-Khakurdi village in Malegaon taluka set up his own funeral pyre and...

Bengaluru, 22 Jun 2017/--/The Karnataka Legislative Assembly secretariat will ask the police to act on the House resolution, sentencing editors of two Kannada tabloids to a year in jail and a fine of Rs 10,000 each for breach of the privilege. "We will be sending a communication to the police for...

Chandigarh, 22 Jun 2017/--/Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today lashed out at the opposition for "twisting" the farm debt waiver issue and said the Rs 1,500 crore proposed in the budget was initial money provided to leverage more sum to be given for the debt waiver scheme in instalments. He...

NEW DELHI, 22 Jun 2017/--/Taking a lenient view towards a 40-year-old man undergoing 10-year-jail term in a rape case, the Delhi High Court has set him free by reducing his sentence to seven years already spent by him behind bars. The court ordered his immediate release considering that the conduct...

Bhopal, 22 Jun 2017/--/The Madhya Pradesh police has dropped sedition charges against 15 persons, arrested in Burhanpur district for cheering Pakistan cricket team after it won the ICC Champions Trophy final against India. Tension had gripped Mohad town, about 23 kms from the district headquarters...

Pulwama, 22 Jun 2017/--/Security forces dealt a severe blow to the militant group, Lashker-e-Taiba, when they killed three of its members early today after a six-hour encounter, which triggered protests that led to the death of a civilian the police described as a "chronic stone pelter". The...

Mumbai, 20 Jun 2017/--/After initial flip flops, BJP's oldest ally Shiv Sena today said that it will support NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the Presidential election. The announcement in this regard was made by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. "We fully support Kovind. He has a nice personality...

Mumbai, 20 Jun 2017/--/After initial flip flops, BJP's oldest ally Shiv Sena today said that it will support NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the Presidential election. The announcement in this regard was made by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. "We fully support Kovind. He has a nice personality...

NEW DELHI, 20 Jun 2017/--/Controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen's visa has been extended for one year, with effect from July 23, 2017, by the Union home ministry. Home minister Rajnath Singh today gave approval for the visa extension, official sources said. Taslima, a citizen of Sweden,...

Bhopal, 20 Jun 2017/--/Two more farmers allegedly committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh in the last 24 hours due to distress over debts, taking the number of such deaths in the state to 17 since June 8, police said today. The latest suicides were reported in Narsinghpur and Hoshangabad districts. In...

Lucknow, 20 Jun 2017/--/Twenty two persons were detained by the police, hours before the arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here, over apprehensions that there may be an attempt to block his convoy or create some other kind of disturbance. We have detained 22 persons apprehending that they...