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‘Good Governance Associates’ programme from July 21 in Haryana

Chandigarh: The Haryana government will start the fourth batch of the ‘Chief Minister’s Good Governance Associates’ (CMGGA) programme from July 21, an official said Sunday. Project Director, CMGGA, Rakesh Gupta said the programme has been a “success” since its launch four years ago.  He said the “ambitious programme” involves youth as change makers in ensuring good governance and provides a …

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Modi reaches out to minorities

New Delhi: Narendra Modi was on Saturday appointed Prime Minister by President Ram Nath Kovind after he was unanimously elected NDA parliamentary party leader at a meeting in which he asked its members to work without discrimination, stressing on the need to win over the trust of minorities. In an impassioned 75-minute speech in Parliament’s Central Hall that Modi began …

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Rahul offers to resign as Congress chief

New Delhi: Taking total responsibility for the Lok Sabha poll debacle, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday offered to resign as Congress president, which the Congress working committee unanimously rejected and authorised him to overhaul and restructure the party at all levels. The crucial meeting of Congress’ highest decision-making body deliberated for almost four hours upon reasons behind the party’s defeat with …

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Mamata too offers to quit as CM

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee on Saturday offered to quit as Chief Minister of West Bengal following her party’s drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls, but the TMC rejected it. Addressing her first press conference after the election results were declared, she accused the BJP of polarising people on religious lines to garner votes in West Bengal and wondered …

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BJP won by spreading communal poison in Bengal: Mamata

Kolkata: Accusing the BJP of doing well in the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal by spreading “communal poison”, Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Saturday charged the Election Commission with working in favour of the saffron party. “I must say nothing is unfair in war and love. What BJP has done it has done to promote …

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Shah may get cabinet berth

New Delhi: As the BJP swept to power with a spectacular performance for a second term, all eyes are now on government formation, amid speculation that several new faces including party president Amit Shah may be brought into the new cabinet. The council of ministers led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi tendered their resignation which was accepted by President Ram …

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19 students killed in Surat building fire

Surat: At least 19 teenage students of a coaching class died – many falling to their deaths – and several others were injured, after a major fire broke out in a four-storey commercial complex here on Friday afternoon. TV channels showed horrific scenes at the Taxshila Complex in Sarthana area where the building is located, as students tried to save …

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BJD returns to power in Odisha for fifth straight term

Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Friday scripted history with a landslide victory to form the government for a record fifth term in a row bagging 112 of the 146 assembly seats despite the Modi wave in the country. The BJD, which had grabbed the lion’s share of 117 of the 147 assembly seats in the 2014 assembly polls, remained largely …

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ED moves Delhi HC seeking cancellation of Vadra’s bail

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Friday moved the Delhi High Court seeking cancellation of anticipatory bail granted to Robert Vadra in a money laundering case, claiming that he was non-cooperative and evasive during the probe and may tamper with the evidence. It sought quashing of the trial court’s April 1 order by which Vadra was granted anticipatory bail, saying …

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Polarisation, transfer of Left votes helped BJP breach Mamata’s fortress

Kolkata: Riding on communal polarisation, National Register for Citizens (NRC), infighting within TMC and transfer of Left votes, the BJP in West Bengal breached the impregnable fortress of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee by winning 18 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats and grabbing a vote share of 40.5 percent. Up from two seats and 17 percent vote share …

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