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NEW DELHI, 24 Apr 2017/--/Prime Minister Narendra Modi today highlighted the importance of panchayats in fulfilling the aspirations of the people in rural India and in transforming the country. "On #NationalPanchayatiRajDay, I salute all the hardworking individuals (who are) serving the people...

Lucknow, 23 Apr 2017/--/In a bid to clear confusion over Sharia laws, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board has decided to tread the social media path and also explore the possibility of starting a TV news channel and newspaper. The board has decided to constitute a special social media committee...

Ujjain (MP), 23 Apr 2017/--/A family court here has "nullified" the triple talaq given by a man to his wife on the grounds that due procedure, as prescribed in Muslim religious texts, was not followed in the matter. Additional principal judge of the family court, Omprakash Sharma on March 9...

NEW DELHI, 23 Apr 2017/--/Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged all state governments to reach out to the students of Jammu and Kashmir in their respective states. Modi's advice, which came after Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti raised the point at a meeting of Chief Ministers...

NEW DELHI, 23 Apr 2017/--/Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the states should make legislative arrangements "without delay" for GST rollout from July 1. Delivering the closing remarks at the third meeting of the Governing Council of Niti Aayog, he also urged states, local governments and NGOs...

NEW DELHI, 23 Apr 2017/--/Why can't women live in peace in this country, a Supreme Court bench, apparently exasperated over growing crimes against women, has observed. The observation came when a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra was hearing an appeal filed by a man who was sentenced to seven...

NEW DELHI, 23 Apr 2017/--/Heatwaves in the country are turning out to be particularly deadly with over 4,620 recorded deaths caused by the severe weather condition in the last four years. Of that figure, a whopping 4,246 people died in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana alone. According to the Ministry...

NEW DELHI, 23 Apr 2017/--/The BJP could be headed for a landslide victory in the Delhi municipal polls with two exit polls predicting the party finishing way ahead of the AAP and the Congress with over 200 of the 270 wards where polling was held today. Going by the projected figures, the AAP could...

NEW DELHI, 23 Apr 2017/--/Three men, who were allegedly roughed up by members of an animal rights group in Kalkaji area last night for transporting buffaloes in a truck, have been arrested for inhumane transportation of animals. Following the incident, two FIRs were filed -- one against the three...

NEW DELHI, 23 Apr 2017/--/AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran appeared before the Crime Branch for the second day today for being questioned on the alleged case of bribing an Election Commission official for retaining the "two leaves" party symbol. Dhinakaran reached the Crime Branch Inter State Cell...

NEW DELHI, 23 Apr 2017/--/Top army commanders have carried out a detailed analysis of India's internal and external security threats and decided to push for modernisation of the force, besides advocating a tri-service doctrine to deal with major security challenges. At a six-day annual commanders'...

NEW DELHI, 23 Apr 2017/--/Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal today took on the State Election Commission claiming that reports of "faulty" EVMs were pouring in from across the national capital on polling day. The Aam Aadmi Party supremo also alleged that many voters with valid voter slips were "...

Srinagar, 23 Apr 2017/--/Senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz today said the use of loudspeakers for 'Azaan', the Muslim call for prayer, should be allowed at only designated places for better regulation of decibels. In Kashmir, the Auqaf-e-Islamia (Muslim Waqf Board) could help not only by...

NEW DELHI, 23 Apr 2017/--/A voter may be "swayed" by the level of education of a candidate and prefer to cast his vote in favour of someone with a higher qualification, the Delhi High Court has said. The observation by the court came in its order dismissing an application by former BJP MLA Karan...

NEW DELHI, 23 Apr 2017/--/The amount of alimony awarded to a woman must be befitting the status of parties and capacity of the spouse to pay maintenance, the Supreme Court has said. The apex court said that amount of maintenance was always dependant on the factual situation of a case and courts...

NEW DELHI, 23 Apr 2017/--/The young voters today came out to exercise their franchise in the municipal polls, but some wondered if their votes are actually translated into actions by the winning candidates. Rohit Sharma (26), who was in New Zealand a few days ago, said he changed his travel plan to...

NEW DELHI, 23 Apr 2017/--/Appreciating that Indo-Israel ties were more "visible" after the Modi government has come to power, Israel said today that India's policy of not having a "zero-sum game" while dealing with the Jewish nation and the Arab countries has sent a strong message. Ahead of first...

Lucknow, 23 Apr 2017/--/Uttar Pradesh Assembly Speaker Hriday Narayan Dixit favours longer sessions of the state legislature and "mutual cooperation" between the ruling party and the Opposition for smooth conduct of the House. He is also "open" to the idea of live telecast of the proceedings of...

Lucknow, 23 Apr 2017/--/To ensure all government employees reach work on time, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has instructed that a biometric attendance system be put in place in offices upto the block level. Adityanath's instructions came during a meeting with officials of the rural...

Lucknow, 23 Apr 2017/--/The weather was dry in eastern Uttar Pradesh while light rains and thundershowers occurred at isolated places in the western parts of the state. According to the MeT department, the day temperature fell in Varanasi. It was appreciably above normal in Jhansi and Agra and...

Agra, 23 Apr 2017/--/Fourteen persons associated with different right-wing outfits were arrested today in connection with violence at Agra's Sadar Bazaar and Fatehpur Sikri police stations yesterday. We have arrested 14 persons in connection with the violence yesterday, DIG Mahesh Mishra told PTI...

NEW DELHI, 23 Apr 2017/--/Many Delhiites who braved a scorching sun to reach polling stations to cast their vote for the municipal elections today had to return home disappointed as their names were missing from the electoral rolls. Such complaints were received from different wards across the city...

Lucknow, 23 Apr 2017/--/The Uttar Pradesh Congress today said it was ready to give six-month "honeymoon" period to the Yogi Adityanath government before scrutinising its work and schemes, and promised to act as a "vigilant watchman". "The BJP government is in a honeymoon mode, and we are ready to...

Kochi, 23 Apr 2017/--/A CMFRI-developed data base providing information on fish landing centres and fishing activities along the country's coast will help the Indian Navy bolster the coastal security scientists said here today. The scientists at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (...

Panaji, 23 Apr 2017/--/Around one-and-a-half month after the Congress failed to grab the opportunity to form government in Goa, party leader Digvijaya Singh today said "not having a pre-poll alliance with the Goa Forward Party" was a "mistake". "Our mistake was not to go for a pre-poll alliance...