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Explained: What is the scrapped buses scam in Andhra Pradesh?

The Andhra Pradesh Transport Department has initiated an inquiry after being tipped-off that buses sold as scrap by Ashok Leyland were purchased by two companies in Anantapur who were illegally using them in private travels business. Transport officials contacted Ashok Leyland on January 10, 2020 which on January 23 confirmed that in 2018, it sold 40 scrap buses to C Gopal Reddy and 26 scrap buses to Jatadhara Industries Private Ltd based at Tadipatri in Anantapur district.........

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Changing Dynamics: Rather Than Uniting Against BJP, Why are Congress, BSP Eager to Settle Scores?

With less than two years to go for the electoral battle of Uttar Pradesh, the political landscape is witnessing an ever-increasing war of words between Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati and Congress general secretary in charge of the state Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. The latest episode was the attack and counterattack between the two over the India-China border conflict. So why is this the case? Why is Mayawati seemingly sharper in her attack on the Congress than the Bharatiya Janata Party (B........

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Cash For Vote: G-Pay & PayTm used!

All the political parties have indulged in money tricks to woo the voters. Until last night, the ruling and opposition parties were busy distributing money to the voters and they are offering Rs 1000 to Rs 5000 per vote at rural places. For urban places like Hyderabad outskirts, a single vote is being sold for Rs 10,000. As the police have tightened security, the leaders using technology to transfer money to the voters. Apps like Google Pay, ........

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'Will Speak in Detail After Taking Oath', Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi on Accepting Rajya Sabha Nomination

A day after several questions were raised on Ranjan Gogoi’s nomination to Rajya Sabha, the former Chief Justice of India (CJI) asserted that he will speak about it (nomination) after taking oath. “I will go to Delhi probably tomorrow. Let me first take oath, then I will speak in detail to the media why I accepted this…,” a leading portal quoted Gogoi as saying. Earlier in the day, Congress leader Kapil Sibal had attacked Gogoi over his nomination to the Rajya Sabha by President Ram Nath Kovind and accused him of having compromised his own integrity as well as that ........

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Modi is My PM Too - Kejriwal Shoots Down Pakistan Minister's Tweet On Delhi Polls

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday shot back at Pakistan Minister Chaudhary Fawad Hussain for his tweet on Delhi Assembly Elections. In his tweet, Hussain said, “People of India must defeat #Modimadness ,Under pressure to lose another State Elections(Delhi on Feb 8th),he resorts to ridiculous claims and threats endangering Region, Mr Modi has lost balance after internal and external reaction to Kashmir, Citizenship laws and failing eco........

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Free Covid-19 vaccine for all citizens of India, says Union minister Pratap Sarangi

Union Minister Pratap Sarangi on Sunday said all people of the country will be given free coronavirus vaccine, amidst the and not only in poll-bound Bihar as announced by the BJP, news agency PTI reported. After addressing a campaign meeting for the November 3 assembly by-poll in Balasore, Union Minister Pratap Sarangi said an estimated Rs 500 odd will be spent on vaccination of each person. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that all people will be provided free of cost vaccines. PM Modi, in a televised ........

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Rajinikanth to Launch Political Party in January, Will Participate in Upcoming Tamil Nadu Elections

Superstar Rajinikanth announced on Thursday that he will launch his political party in January next year, putting an end to speculations around his plunge into politics ahead of the Tamil Nadu assembly elections in 2021. In a tweet, Rajinikanth said that further details of his political party will be announced on December 31, as he promised to bring about an “honest, spiritual government”, hinting to........

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After Law to Curb 'Love Jihad', UP Govt to Scrap 44-year-old Scheme that Rewards Inter-faith Marriages

After bringing a law to curb religious conversion for the sake of marriages, the UP government is planning to withdraw a scheme which incentivises interfaith marriage for 44 years. The Intercaste and Interfaith marriage incentive scheme has been in the state since 1976 which was initiated by the national integration department of the UP. Uttarakhand which was carved out of UP, is also considering the withdrawal........

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Explained: Who is Deep Sidhu and why is he getting attention in the farmers’ protests

Deep Sidhu, a 1984-born Punjabi actor from Muktsar district, studied law and practiced for a brief period before he quit the Bar to work in films after winning the Kingfisher Model Hunt award. Though his first movie was Ramta Jogi in 2015, Sidhu became a star with the 2018 movie Jora Das Numbria, in which he played the lead role of a young gangster. The success of the sequel of this movie was impacted by the lockdown. Sidhu is consider........

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Look Back In Denial

India’s modern political history is malleable—distorted by those ascending the electoral ladder to suit their narrative. It shouldn’t surprise that the AIMIM is economical with historical facts too. As Asaduddin Owaisi’s party began expanding its footprint beyond the Old City of Hyderabad, a taint persistently hurled at it was that it was born out of a Muslim supremacist, violently anti-Hindu, pro-Pakistan movement. Owaisi, who inherited the party in 2008 from his father, the l........

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Why Ahmed Patel never became a minister during years of Congress rule? Here is what he said

For decades, Ahmed Patel managed to dodge the limelight as he remained one of the key players of Indian polity, advising Congress president Sonia Gandhi during the party's turbulent years as well as during its 10-year rule from 2004-2014. The veteran Congress leader, 71, breathed his last on Wednesday, after his fight against COVID-19 came to an end. A staunch loyalist of Nehru-Gandhi family, Ahmed Patel was one of the very few people who worked with three generations of Congress leadership. Winning his first Lok Sabha polls in 1977, at the age of 28, at a time when the Congress ........

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UP Clears Ordinance Against 'Love Jihad' to Check Unlawful Conversions, Violators Face Up to 10 Yrs in Jail

The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday approved the draft of a stringent law to deal with religious conversion for the sake of marriage, which BJP leaders refer to as "love jihad". An official spokesperson said the approval for the ordinance was given at a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow. "The UP Cabinet has decided to introduce an ordinance against unlawful religious conversions," said State Cabinet ........

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Senior Congress Leader Ahmed Patel Passes Away at 71 Due to Covid-19 Complications

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, a close aide of Sonia Gandhi, died at a Gurgaon hospital on Wednesday morning at the age of 71. The veteran politician had been at Medanta Hospital since his health worsened after a infection. In a tweet, his son Faisal Patel said that the Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat died at 3.30am. 30 AM. After testing positive for around a month back, his health worsened further due to multiple organ failures. May Allah grant him Jannatul firdaus, ins........

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Cong vs Cong: Something's got to give

After the Bihar election exposed the Congress as the weakest link in the RJD-led opposition alliance that put up a strong fight, dissent has once again resurfaced in the grand old party. Last week, senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Kapil Sibal went public with his critique of the Congress party and its leadership, particularly the latter, and called for “experienced minds, experienced hands and ........

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Tarun Gogoi dies at 84: A six-time MP, he served as Assam CM for 15 years

Former Assam Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Tarun Gogoi passed away Monday. He was suffering from multi-organ dysfunction. The three-time chief minister of Assam, Gogoi had a political career spanning over 50 years in which he assumed varied positions within the Congress party, central government as well as Assam’s state administration. Born on April 1, 1936 into an ethnic Assamese Tai-Ahom family at Rangajan Tea Estate located in erstwhile Sivasagar district, now district of Assam.His father, Dr Kamaleshwar Gogoi w........

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Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi passes away, tributes pour in

Three-time Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who had been undergoing treatment at the Medical College Hospital (GMCH) for post-Covid complications, , state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma confirmed. The Congress veteran was 84. Gogoi was diagnosed with Covid in August end and was administered plasma therapy when his condition worsened. After testing negative for Covid, Gogoi was battling post-Covid complications. He was o........

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Kerala Puts on the Back Burner Controversial Law to Police Content on Social Media After Receiving Flak

A day after claiming that the amendment to the Kerala Police Act "will in no way be used against free speech or impartial journalism", Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said the controversial law will not be implemented before a detailed discussion in the state legislative assembly. Opinions of all sides will be heard and only then further secession will be taken, Vijayan said. “With the annou........

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5-year jail term for ‘offensive’ post: Kerala’s chilling law

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan has given his approval to a draconian ordinance by the LDF government amending the Kerala Police Act that provides for jail term for any social media or cyber post that is deemed “offensive” or threatening. Khan’s office Saturday confirmed that he had signed the ordinance that incorporates a new Section, 118 (A), in the Kerala Police Act. Accordingly, any person who creates or sends any information that is offensive or is intended to offend or threaten another person, thro........

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Rapport With Gandhis, Grassroots Mettle & Master Strategist: Is Gehlot the New Ahmed Patel for Congress?

When senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal’s interview questioning his party’s ability to be an alternative to the BJP in backdrop of Bihar poll results hit the newspapers, the Congress was silent for an entire day. The silence was broken late evening when Rajasthan Chief Minister and party veteran Ashok Gehlot tweeted to say “There was no need for Mr Kapil Sibal to mention our internal issue in the media, this has hurt the sentiments of party workers across th........

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State government's consent mandatory for CBI investigation in its jurisdiction: SC

The state government's consent is mandatory for a CBI investigation in its jurisdiction and the agency cannot conduct probe without its nod, the Supreme Court has said. A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and BR Gavai said the provisions are in tune with the federal character of the Constitution, which has been held to be one of its basic structures. The apex court referred to sections 5 and 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act, which deal with extension of powers and jurisdiction of special poli........

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