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Rahul resigns as Congress chief

PTI New Delhi In more trouble for the crisis-hit Congress, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday publicly announced his resignation as its president, taking responsibility for the Lok Sabha polls debacle, and called for “hard decisions” to rebuild the party and making people accountable for the “failure” of 2019. In a four-page open letter, Gandhi also urged the Congress working committee  to …

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Govt examining EC’s proposal to put a cap on party’s poll expenditure: Prasad

PTI New Delhi An Election Commission proposal to put a ceiling on expenditure incurred by political parties. During polls on the lines of candidates is under examination of the government, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday. In a written response, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the poll watchdog has proposed that there should be a ceiling on party’s expenditure …

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PM meets over 40 BJP MPs from other backward classes

PTI New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday met over 40 BJP MPs from other backward classes at his official residence, sources said. This was the first of a series of meetings scheduled between Modi and BJP MPs at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg. On Thursday, he is scheduled to meet MPs from scheduled castes, they said. There was no specific …

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Govt to bring in more provisions to regulate operation of drones

PTI New Delhi Admitting that drones can pose a security risk, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that the government will bring in more provisions to regulate their operation, especially in no-go areas. “Yes, we have already introduced Civil Aviation Regulation in 2018 and we will, in the coming months as we progress this and …

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Monitoring all developments on Brahmaputra, says govt

PTI New Delhi India carefully monitors all developments on the Brahmaputra River and has consistently conveyed its views and concerns to the Chinese authorities, urging them to ensure that the interests of downstream states are not harmed by any activities in upstream areas, the government said on Wednesday. In written response to a question in Lok Sabha, V Muraleedharan, Minister …

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Bodies of 7 mountaineers airlifted to Haldwani for post-mortem

IANS Dehradun The Indian Air Force’s Cheetah helicopters on Wednesday morning airlifted bodies of seven mountaineers, who went missing in May, from the western ridge of the Nanda Devi East peak in Uttarakhand. “The bodies, which were recovered at 18,000-18,900 feet height last month, were brought down to 15,600 feet on Tuesday from where they were airlifted this morning,” Indo-Tibetan …

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39 people killed as relentless rain wreaks mayhem in Maharashtra

IANS  Mumbai At least 39 persons were killed across Maharashtra as relentless rain created mayhem and left Mumbai paralysed with the country’s commercial capital being pounded by record rainfall on Tuesday, officials said. Offering no respite, heavy showers are expected to continue most of this week, the weather office said.  Battered with over 375 mm rain, the highest July rainfall …

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CBI cracks down on loan defaulters

PTI New Delhi In a possibly biggest synchronised action against alleged bank loan defaulters, the CBI on Tuesday launched a massive crackdown by carrying out searches at over 61 locations in 18 cities after registering 17 cases involving swindling of funds to the tune of Rs 1,139 crore, officials said. Over 300 officers drawn from various units of the agency …

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Pope to declare Mariam Thresia as saint on October 13

PTI Kochi Pope Francis will declare Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan, an Indian nun, a saint on October 13, her congregation said here Tuesday. The Pope has formally approved the canonisation of Mariam Thresia, foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Family, at an ordinary public consistory of cardinals on causes of canonisation at the Vatican on July 1, it said. …

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Top cops in UP shifted after violent protests over Jharkhand lynching

IANS Lucknow The Yogi Adityanath government, late on Monday night, transferred top police officials in Agra and Meerut for their apparent failure to contain violence that erupted during an unauthorized protest marches taken out against the lynching of Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand. The state government transferred Inspector General Kanpur Alok Singh to Meerut in the same capacity while A Satish …

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