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Pranab Mukherjee's memoir elucidates how Narendra Modi 'earned and achieved' prime ministership

Former president Pranab Mukherjee said in his memoir that Narendra Modi became prime minister "through popular choice" unlike Manmohan Singh "who was offered the post by Sonia Gandhi". In his memoir "The Presidential Years, 2012-2017" which he completed before his death last year, Mukherjee wrote Narendra Modi "earned and achieved" the prime ministership. The 197-page book, which was released on Tuesday (January 5), ........

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CM Jagan Reddy gained ‘undue advantage’ in transfer of high court chief justices: Andhra HC

The Andhra Pradesh High Court Wednesday observed that the recent transfer of Chief Justices of High Courts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana would delay proceedings in the three capitals case and the CBI cases pending against Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, giving him an “undue advantage”. The scathing observation was made by Justice Rakesh Kumar, while rejecting an application moved by the AP Government to recuse himself from a case involving the sale of government land in and districts.........

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‘Steeped in Communal Poison’: UP’s 'Love Jihad' Law Denounced by Over 100 Retd Bureaucrats, Diplomats

Uttar Pradesh has become the "epicentre of the politics of hate, division and bigotry" and the institutions of governance are "steeped in communal poison," alleged 104 retired civil servants in a letter to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The signatories of the letter, including former foreign secretary Nirupama Rao, ex-national security adviser Shivshankar Menon, former chief information commissioner Wajahat Hab........

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Rajinikanth says will neither enter politics nor launch political party

Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth Tuesday announced that he would not be entering politics owing to his ill health and the situation. His announcement came two days before he was to of the launch of his political party. In a three-page statement on Twitter, the actor expressed regret and said it pained him to make such an announcement after having said he would contest the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections in 2021. “It is with profound regret that I have to say that I will neither be launching my political party nor entering politics. Nobody can u........

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SL Dharme Gowda, K'taka Upper House Dy Chairman, Dies by Suicide; Body Found on Railway Track

In a shocking late night development, Karnataka Vidhana Parishad Deputy Chairman SL Dharme Gowda has allegedly died by suicide. The JDS legislator was found dead on a railway track near Chickmagalur, his home town in the hills of central Karnataka. Confirming the news to News18, top sources said that they are probing the case for more details. According to them, his dead body was found around 2am. The 64-year-old, low profile Gowda was in the news recently after the main opposition Congress members manhandled him in the Upp........

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BJP ally RLP quits NDA over farm laws, Hanuman Beniwal claims Covid report fudged to keep him out of LS

Unhappy with the Narendra Modi government's stand on the new farm laws and its handling of the ongoing farmers' protest, BJP ally Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) today announced it is leaving the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over issues concerning the new farm laws. Declaring the move, RLP chief Hanuman Beniwal said, "I have left the NDA in protest against the three farm laws. These laws are anti-farmer. I have left NDA but won't forge alliance with the Congress." The Rashtriya Loktantrik Party is the over the new farm laws. Speaking abo........

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Explained: What is MP’s proposed new law to stop forced conversions?

A special meeting of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan Cabinet on Saturday (December 26) cleared the Madhya Pradesh Dharma Svatantra Adhiniyam, 2020, also known as the Freedom of Religion Bill, 2020. The stated aim of the Bill that will now be brought in the Assembly, is to stop forced religious conversions on the pretext of marriage, along with the use of force and misrepresentation, or other fraudulent means. The Bill is likely to be tabled in the Mad........

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Who is Arya Rajendran? 21-year-old student from Kerala set to be the youngest mayor in India

The CPI(M) in Kerala has chosen 21-year-old Arya Rajendran as its mayoral candidate for Thiruvananthapuram after the party's district committee and state committee sanctioned her candidature. Still a college student, Arya is now set to be the youngest person in India to ever take charge of the mayor of a city. She is a first-time councillor from Mudavanmugal division of Thiruvananthapuram corporation. Arya Rajendran is a BSc Mathematics student and is the party's Chala area committee member. She will be the youngest Mayor of the country, and with this th........

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PM Attacks Mamata Banerjee: "Bengal Blocking Central Benefits To Farmers"

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with farmers at a fund-releasing event today Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released Rs 18,000 crore to over nine crore farmer families under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) programme. With the push of a button, PM Modi enabled the transfer of money at an event that the ruling BJP has made into a big exercise amid the protest by farmers against three new farm laws. "Some people are spreading myth and lies that land will be ........

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In Pics: President Kovind, PM Modi, Others Pay Tribute to Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee On His Birth Anniversary

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among the dignitaries who paid rich tribute to former prime minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birth anniversary. President Kovind paid homage to Vajpayee at ‘Sadaiv Atal’, a memorial to the former prime minister, the Rashtrapati Bhavan stated in a tweet. Besides Kovind and Modi, top Union ministers also attended a prayer meeting at the memorial and paid homage to the first prime mini........

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Electoral bonds: CIC says revealing names of donors not in public interest, violates RTI

The Central Information Commission (CIC), the lead body for implementing the Right to Information Act, has now ruled that the disclosure of identity of electoral bond scheme donors will not serve any larger public interest and will violate provisions of the Act itself. In an order issued on December 21 that was uploaded on Tuesday, Information Commissioner Suresh Chandra, while dismissing an appeal by a Maharashtra-based activist Vihar Durve – who had sought inf........

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Gupkar Alliance Sweeps Maiden DDC Elections With 110 Seats, BJP Emerges as Single-Largest Party

The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) swept the maiden District Development Council (DDC) polls by winning 110 seats, while the BJP emerged as the single largest party by getting 74 seats after securing the largest vote share in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Wednesday. The results of four constituencies one each in Bandipora and Kupwara districts of north Kashmir and Poonch and Rajouri districts in Jammu region are still awaited. The counting of v........

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EC Ready for 'One Nation, One Poll' if Legislature Carries Out All Amendments, Says CEC Sunil Arora

In an exclusive conversation with News18, chief election commissioner Sunil Arora recalls the challenges the poll body faced while conducting elections this year, even as he sheds light on what lies ahead in the electoral arena next year as well as crucial developments like the possibility of simultaneous elections and digital voter cards. With the pandemic raging across the world in 2020, a big question was would it be possible to conduct elections. Amid all this, the Bihar assembly polls were carried out. The threat of is ........

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Rules for amended Citizenship Act to be framed after COVID vaccination starts: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who recently visited West Bengal to take stock of BJP's poll campaign in the state ahead of the upcoming assembly elections, asserted that rules for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act are yet to be framed because of the pandemic and the matter will be considered once COVID-19 vaccination starts and coronavirus chain breaks. "The rules of the CAA are yet to be framed as such a massive process could not be carried out because of the corona. As soon as (COVID) vaccination starts and corona cycle breaks, we will consider i........

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Rs 11.86 Crore Assets Of Farooq Abdullah, Others Seized In Money Laundering Case

As the Enforcement Directorate has attached assets worth Rs 11.86 crore of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah in connection with a probe linked to alleged financial irregularities in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association, Omar Abdullah said his father is in touch with his lawyers and will fight all these baseless charges. “My father has seen the media reports regarding attachment of his properties in the ongoing investigation in to the JKCA matter. Not surprisingly the media was tipped off regarding the seizure before he had received any official noti........

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Is stage set for Rahul Gandhi's return as Congress chief?

Ahead of the crucial election for the Congress chief's post, Sonia Gandhi in a meeting with party leaders has tried to partially defuse the tension simmering internally and has also been successful in giving the 'all is well' message to the party cadre. The Election process in the party is on and by the end of the next month party may hold elections for the party president's post. The real challenge remains as the Congress is only in government in three big states and sharing the g........

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Picking Up Traces from Last Polls, Why Amit Shah's Bolpur Road Show is a 'Well Thought Out' Plan

Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah in Kolkata on Saturday. After yesterday's marathon political events and with handful of TMC MPs and MLAs in his kitty, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday will pay homage to Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore at Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal's Santiniketan. The Bolpur town has been filled with huge banners and cut-outs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah and the state leaders. After paying homage to Rabindranath Tagore, the Union Home minister will visit the house of Bengali folk singer Basudeb Das Baul in Sya........

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Mamata Banerjee vs Narendra Modi government over officers, not the first time

The tussle between the Mamata Banerjee government versus the Centre has escalated further. Officers of the all-India services have come at the centre of the fight that is essentially a political battle between the TMC and the BJP in the view of 2021 West Bengal Assembly election. The Union home ministry to which these officers report to has asked three senior IPS officers to be released immediately for central deputation. Mamata Banerjee has opposed it vociferously. A similar fight was witnessed in 2019 ........

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Govt: No winter session due to pandemic, Budget session in January

Days after Congress leader in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, sent a letter to Speaker Om Birla, urging him to convene a short winter session of Parliament to discuss issues such as the farmers’ agitation, the government on Monday informed him that floor leaders of various parties, whom it had consulted, were in favour of doing away with the session due to the situation. In a letter to Chowdhury, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi stated that the government is willing to have the next session of Parliament at the “earl........

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Non-Gulf NRIs likely to be first to get postal voting rights

The Election Commission’s (EC) proposal to grant postal voting rights to Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) may get implemented first for voters based in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, Germany, France and South Africa, has learnt. The EC and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) held a meeting last week in which the latter, sources said, agreed to the proposal, on the condition that the Commission should arrange the manpower needed at the India missions abroad to facilitate postal voting for NRIs. The pol........

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