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PM to focus on Mission 2022 at meet with Council of Ministers

New Delhi: In his first-ever meeting with the new Council of Ministers on Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to spell out his priorities for Mission 2022. Besides, he would also outline the road map of his government for the next five years. Sources said that every three months, PM Modi would review the task done by the …

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Shah to meet key state leaders today to discuss organisational polls

New Delhi: The BJP is set to kick in its organisational elections, which may culminate in the election of its president Amit Shah’s successor, in a meeting he will hold with the chiefs and general secretaries of the party’s state units on Thursday. Party sources said the meeting will decide on the schedule for organisational elections in its units, from …

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Anticipatory bail back in UP after 33 years

Lucknow: Anticipatory bail is back in Uttar Pradesh after almost 33 years. The provision of pre-arrest bail was scrapped in 1976 during the Emergency. The accused will now get advance bail in the state in cases of non-bailable offences. The Bill was passed by both houses of the state legislature last year in August. President Ram Nath Kovind has approved …

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Plane hijack scare: Mumbai businessman gets life term

Ahmedabad: A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here Tuesday awarded life imprisonment to a Mumbai-based businessman and imposed a fine of Rs 5 crore on him for leaving a hijack threat note on a Jet Airways plane in October 2017. The court of special NIA judge K M Dave said the fine amount submitted by the convict, businessman Birju …

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Amit Shah reviews cyclone Vayu preparations

New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah Tuesday reviewed the preparations for cyclone Vayu which is expected to make a landfall in Gujarat, and directed officials to ensure all possible steps for the safety of people, officials said. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has pre-positioned 26 teams, comprising about 45 personnel each, and the rescuers are equipped with boats, tree-cutters, …

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Mulayam admitted to Medanta in Gurugram

Gurugram: Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav was shifted to the Medanta Hospital in Gurugram, after his health deteriorated. Yadav was taken to Gurugram in a chartered flight on Monday night. On Sunday, the Samajwadi leader had been admitted to the Lohia Hospital in Lucknow after he complained of uneasiness and weakness. The doctors found his sugar levels were high …

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2 Kerala priests get anticipatory bail in forgery case

Kochi:  Two senior Catholic priests attached to the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Kerala on Tuesday secured anticipatory bail in the fake document case against Cardinal George Alencherry. The two priests — Paul Thelekat and Antony Kalokaran — were being questioned for the past one week for allegedly forging documentS against the Cardinal in order to defame him.  The police team …

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Modi to have bilateral discussions with Macron ahead of G7 summit

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France in August to attend the outreach session of the G7 summit will be preceded by a bilateral engagement with French President Emmanuel Macron, French Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Jean Baptiste Lemoyne said on Monday. Lemoyne said on the sidelines of an event here that President Macron and Prime Minister …

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Noted playwright-actor Girish Karnad passes away at 81

Bengaluru: Renowned playwright, actor and Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad, who left his indelible mark in the world of literature, theatre and cinema spanning five decades, passed away at his residence here Monday after prolonged illness, his family said. A multi-hyphenate personality, who often courted controversies for his fearless vocal stance on several issues, Karnad, 81, is survived by wife Saraswathi, …

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Governor meets PM, Shah amid Bengal violence

New Delhi:  Amid continuing violence in West Bengal following the Lok Sabha  elections, West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Monday met Prime Minister Narendra  Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah and apprised them of the situation in the state.  “I have met the Prime Minister and the Home Minister. It was a courtesy call. I informed them  about the …

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