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BJP to contest 20 seats in 2019 polls in Bihar

IANS   PATNA Seat-sharing formula for the 2019 general elections has been finalised by the NDA constituents in Bihar, with the BJP getting the lion’s share of 20 out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats and the rest going to its allies including the JD-U, LJP and the RLSP, party leaders said on Thursday. Although a formal announcement in this ... Read More »

3rd Smart India Hackathon open to private organisations

IANS   New Delhi Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said that for the first time, the third edition of “Smart India Hackathon 2019” will be made open to private organisations and NGOs seeking digital solutions for real-life problems. “We have been doing it for two years. For the first time, we will ask private industry people if they ... Read More »

Tripura tribal parties press for NRC

IANS   AGARTALA/AIZAWL Even as leaders of Tripura tribal parties press the Centre for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state, various parties in Mizoram and Nagaland too have also started demanding the NRC in their states. Leaders of Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) and Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) during the past two days have ... Read More »

Rahul attacks Modi on Rafale deal

PTI NEW DELHI Upping the ante on the issue of the Rafale fighter jet deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Thursday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why an aircraft costing around Rs 520 crore was bought at Rs 1,600 crore. The Congress president also demanded a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe on the Rafale deal. “Why did you buy an aircraft ... Read More »

US strongly objects over India’s arms purchase from Russia

PTI   Washington The Pentagon has ruled out an automatic waiver for India from the punitive US sanctions over its weapons purchase from Russia, saying Washington has concerns over the nearly US$ 5 billion missile defence system deal, ahead of the first 2+2 dialogue in New Delhi next week. The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) waiver is intended ... Read More »

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot reveals signs of water: NASA

PTI   WASHINGTON NASA scientists peering deep inside Jupiter’s Great Red Spot — a storm that has been raging on the planet for over 350 years — have detected signs of water above the planet’s deepest clouds. The pressure of the water combined with their measurements of another oxygen-bearing gas, carbon monoxide, imply that Jupiter has two to nine times ... Read More »

Hamas expects cease-fire deal with Israel soon

IANS Gaza The Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar in the Gaza Strip said the prospect of an Egyptian-sponsored cease-fire agreement with Israel will be decided in two weeks. The remarks by Sinwar came during a four-hour meeting with writers and political analysts at his office in Gaza City on Wednesday, Xinhua reported, quoting website Palestine Now. “In two weeks, the prospect ... Read More »

Learning Lessons From Kerala Floods

RAJENDRA SHENDE Twenty years ago, in August 1998, then Chinese prime minister Zhu Rongji proposed, in a meeting of China’s State Council, a total ban on logging in the forest slopes of Sichuan province. It was in response to the devastating flood-crisis that China was facing in the Yangtze river basin. That policy was enacted overnight, while the floods in ... Read More »

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Goa Needs A ‘Full-time’ Chief Minister We try to be considerate towards the sick and pray that they recuperate at the earliest. But the repeated trips of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar for medication without a replacement is hampering the governance, functioning and development of the state. No doubt Parrikar is a workaholic and does whatever possible as per his calibre ... Read More »

Set Up Panel To Assess Damage Caused By Calamities

S KAMAT, ALTO ST CRUZ There is an ongoing debate over whether or not to accept foreign aid for flood-ravaged Kerala. This decision has to be taken at the topmost governmental level and cannot be the subject of debate as is being seen now. The UAE ruler reportedly spoke to the Prime Minister, who, as we are told, politely declined ... Read More »