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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 (BJP), which is in power both in the state as well as the Centre? Why do the two parties in oppos........

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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, PayTm, PhonePe and others were used and are still using to get votes from the public.........

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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 accuse........

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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 economy (sic).” Delhi Soon, the tweet by the Pakistani Minister became talking point in the Delhi politics.........

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BJP-Sena should choose their path and we will do our politics: Sharad Pawar on Maharashtra govt formation

NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who is Delhi on Monday said, "BJP-Shiv Sena fought together, we (NCP) and Congress fought together. They have to choose their path and we will do our politics."........

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Birthday Wishes Pour In As PM Narendra Modi Turns 70

Birthday greetings poured in from leaders across India and the world as Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 70. Twitter has been abuzz with birthday wishes for the Prime Minister and #HappyBirthdayPMModi trending. Various leaders across parties including Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi have tweeted their greetings for PM Modi. On the occasion of PM Modi's birthday,BJP has organised several events across the country to celebrate. A 70 kg laddu has also been prepared to........

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China in unauthorized occupation of about 38,000 square km of land in Ladakh, action shows disregard towards bilateral ties: Rajnath Singh

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday asserted that China is in unauthorized occupation of about 38,000 square km of land in Ladakh, adding that its action shows its disregard towards our various bilateral agreements. Speaking in Lok Sabha, Singh stated that under a so-called Boundary-Agreement in 1963, Pakistan illegally handed over 5,180 square km of Indian land of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to China. "As this House is aware, China is in unauthorized occupation of about 38,000 square km of land in Ladakh. Also, under a so-called Bou........

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Opinion: Why PM Modi Remains So Popular Despite Coronavirus Crisis

India's Covid-19 cases continue to climb, even as the economy tanks. China is pressing forward on the two countries' disputed Himalayan border, where dozens of Indian soldiers have been killed. Tax revenues have plummeted, state governments are unhappy and 21 million of India's rare salaried jobs vanished in the last few months. And yet Prime Minister Narendra Modi - who recently posted pictures of himself feeding peacocks in his serene garden - remains as popular as ever. How does Modi do it? While they have responded to the coronavirus i........

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Politically-sophisticated Network Tried to Influence 2020 Delhi Polls, Claims Sacked Facebook Employee

A former employee of Facebook has claimed that the social media giant ignored or was slow to deal with fake accounts that influenced elections around the world, including India. In a 6,600-word internal memo, written by former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang on her last day at the company, and obtained by BuzzFeed News, Zhang reveals how the platform was used to sway public opinion and manipulate elections. “In the three years I’ve spent........

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Congress Goes For An Overhaul: Azad, Kharge Dropped As General Secretaries, Special Panel Set Up To Assist Sonia

Weeks after the ‘letter row’ which brought in open the internal tussle of the Indian National Congress, the party bids for a structural and operational overhaul , dropping some key names from its list of general secretaries and and setting up a new special committee. Leaders like Gulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Moti Lal Vohra, Luzenio Falerio and Mallikarjun Khadge were dropped from the list of party’s general secretaries, the party announced. From among those dropped from General Secretaries Ambika Soni was placed in the new special committee to a........

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"History Will Judge Your Silence": Kangana Ranaut Targets Sonia Gandhi

Kangana Ranaut also took another swipe at the Shiv Sena, invoking its founder Bal Thackeray. Actor Kangana Ranaut, in her fight against Maharashtra's ruling Shiv Sena, today targeted Sonia Gandhi, whose Congress party is part of the Sena-led coalition government. "History will judge your silence and indifference," she told the Congress president, calling the demolition at her office on Wednesday an act of "harassment" by the state government. "De........

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From Birbhum's 'Poltu' to President in Rashtrapati Bhavan: Pranab Da's Illustrious Journey in Politics

In the days of pre-independent India, young Poltu from the small village of Mirati in Birbhum District of West Bengal loved playing a game of politics. A group of his friends would dress up as Indians and other group as 'Britishers' for this game, in which, the Indian side would always win. , a freedom fighter who spent more than 10 years in British jails, for Poltu, everything was political from an early age. The evening discussions at Poltu's house always revolved around politics, and he would swallow every word of Jawaharl........

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A Step Towards Simultaneous Elections? Prime Minister’s Office Holds Meeting To Discuss Common Voters List For All Polls In Country

In a significant development, Prime Minister's Office (PMO) earlier this month held a meeting to discuss the possibility of instituting a common voter's list for elections to all the local bodies, State Assemblies and the Lok Sabha, Indian Express. The meeting chaired by PK Mishra, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 13 August discussed two options. First, a constitutional amendment to Articles 243K and 243ZA that would make it mandatory to have a single electoral roll for........

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5 Reasons Why Rahul Gandhi Cannot Take On Modi For PM - by Ramachandra Guha

For general elections in India are now increasingly presidential. Can the person who so lamentably failed to take on Narendra Modi twice in succession succeed on his third try? A recent poll suggests he can't. This asked voters to choose their favoured Prime Minister, finding that while 66% nominated Narendra Modi, a mere 8% opted for Rahul Gandhi. "The nicest thing one can say about Mr Rahul Gandhi is that he is a well........

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PM Cares funds need not be transferred to NDRF, says SC as it dismisses plea

The Supreme Court Tuesday said the money deposited in the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM Cares) Fund need not be transferred to the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF). Dismissing a petition filed by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation, the apex court said no order could be issued for transferring money from the PM Cares Fund. The NGO had seeking direction to the government to transfer funds in light of the . It claimed the Centre was “refraining from divulging information” about the money ........

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Home Minister Amit Shah Shifted to AIIMS from Home Isolation After Complaining of Fatigue, Body Aches

Union Home Minister Amit Shah was shifted to AIIMS late on Monday night after he complained of "fatigue and body aches". Shah, who was admitted to Gurugram's Medanta after he tested positive for coronavirus, had recently tested negative and was in home isolation. In a press release, AIIMS said the minister had been complaining of fatigue and body aches for 3-4 days and has been admitted for "post Covid care". "He is comfortable and is continuing his work from hospital," it added. "I have undergone a coronavirus test after showing initial symptoms and have tested ........

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Kashi, Mathura Next? A Petition In SC Against Place Of Worship Act 1991 Sparks Fears Of Ayodhya Replay

Over 100 people are engaged in the ongoing work of the Kashi Viswanath Corridor project, a five lakh square feet area being developed to provide access to the temple. Loud, juddering earth-movers and heavy dumpers often drown out the sound of temple bells and conches in the labyrinthine quarter. New structures have sprouted in the lanes, replacing some heritage buildings, as serpentine bylanes are widened for spacious pathways from the three........

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Rajasthan HC tells Speaker not to act against Sachin Pilot, rebel MLAs till July 24

In a three-day breather for Sachin Pilot and other rebel Congress MLAs, the Rajasthan HC on Tuesday asked the Speaker not to act against the rebel Congress MLAs till Friday.........

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Remembering Lalji Tandon: Vajpayee's 'Duttak Putra' Who Truly Embodied Lucknowi 'Tehzeeb' in Indian Politics

Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon breathed his last on Tuesday morning after a month-long struggle against acute illness, comprising multiple organ failures, at a super specialty hospital in Lucknow. He was 85. The veteran of Indian politics will, however, be remembered for long because of his good nature and social and political outreach that was never curtailed by his political ideology. ........

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