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RBI Dy Governor Viral Acharya quits

New Delhi: Viral Acharya, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Deputy Governor, who had in October last year brought to light tensions with the government over independence of the central bank, has resigned six months before the scheduled end of his term in the office. Acharya, 45, who was the only Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank on the six-member interest …

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Mumbai-Goa Expressway to be ready in a year: Gadkari

New Delhi: Union minister Nitin Gadkari said in the Rajya Sabha on Monday that the Mumbai-Goa Expressway Project (NH-66) will be completed within the next one year. Gadkari said this in a reply to a question in the House. The minister said there are problems in road construction, sometimes it is due to banks and sometimes environment clearance. He said …

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MEA proposed manufacture of e-passports on priority: Jaishankar

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Monday said his ministry has proposed manufacture of e-passports on priority so that the travel document with advanced security features can be rolled out in the near future. Speaking at the seventh Passport Seva Divas, Jaishankar said the ministry has initiated discussions with the ‘India Security Press’ regarding the project for issuing chip-enabled …

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SC dismisses plea against Maratha quota in PG courses

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea challenging the validity of Maharashtra government’s ordinance granting 16 per cent reservation to Marathas in admission to post-graduate medical and dental courses in the current academic year. The state government contended that the ordinance in the form of a Bill was approved by the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha …

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Congress slams Bihar govt over encephalitis deaths

New Delhi: The Congress Monday hit out at the NDA government in Bihar led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the deaths of more than 100 children in Muzaffarpur due to the outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome. The Bihar Health Department has put the total number of AES casualties across 20 districts at 152. These include the 130 deaths reported …

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‘Sanctioned strength of judges is adequate’

New Delhi: The sanctioned strength of judges in the country is adequate but the persistent vacancies in the higher judiciary is leading to a heavy backlog of court cases, former Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi has said. For the persistent vacancy in the higher judiciary, Gandhi put part of the blame on the apex court’s collegium itself, saying the truth is …

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Staff of 6 Rajasthan varsities to get salary in line with 7th pay commission

Jaipur: Teachers, head librarians and physical education directors of five agricultural varsities and a veterinary science university in Rajasthan will now get a pay scale in line with the Seventh Pay Commission guidelines, an official statement said Monday. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Monday approved the proposal for the new pay scale, payable with effect from January 1, 2017, according to …

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India rejects critical US religious freedom report

New Delhi: India Sunday rejected a US religious freedom report, saying it sees no locus standi for a foreign government to pronounce on the state of its citizens’ constitutionally protected rights. In its annual 2018 International Religious Freedom Report, the State Department alleged Friday that mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against minority communities, particularly Muslims, continued in India in 2018, …

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Kohli fined for excessive appealing

Southampton: India skipper Virat Kohli has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for appealing in an aggressive manner during their tense World Cup win over Afghanistan, here Saturday. “Kohli was found to have breached Article 2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Excessive appealing during an International Match”, …

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Don’t mistake our prudence for weakness: US warns Iran

Jerusalem: US National Security Advisor John Bolton said Sunday that Iran should not “mistake US prudence and discretion for weakness,” after the US abruptly called off military strikes against the Iran in response to the shooting down of an unmanned American surveillance drone. Bolton’s tough message seemed to be aimed not only at Tehran, but also at reassuring key US …

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