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Re-elected as CPP leader, Sonia talks of decisive measures

New Delhi: As Congress MPs re-elected her the leader of parliamentary party (CPP), Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said several “decisive measures” were being mulled to strengthen the organisation and lauded Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s “fearless leadership”. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh proposed Sonia Gandhi’s name which was unanimously approved by all the MPs at a CPP meeting held here in …

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Sardinha meets Rahul, Sonia

Margao: South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha of Congress party Saturday said that party president Rahul Gandhi and Congress parliamentary party leader Sonia Gandhi addressed all the newly-elected MPs of the party in New Delhi and advised them to fight for the interest of the Constitution and country. “There was no formal discussion during the meeting. We all interacted with each other. …

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Security, welfare of people govt’s priority: Shah

New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah Saturday said country’s security and welfare of the people are the key priorities of the Modi government. Shah, who assumed the charge of the sensitive ministry on Saturday, also said he would try his best to implement all these priorities. “Country’s security and people’s welfare are the Modi government’s priorities. Under the leadership of …

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ED summons former minister Praful Patel

New Delhi: The ED has summoned senior NCP leader and former aviation minister Praful Patel next week as part of its money laundering probe related to alleged losses suffered by national carrier Air India in a multi-crore aviation scam during the UPA-era, officials said Saturday. They said Patel, a member of the Rajya Sabha, has been asked to appear before …

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Shah gets Home, Defence goes to Rajnath

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah was on Friday named the new Home Minister succeeding Rajnath Singh, who was shifted to Defence in place of Nirmala Sitharaman, who will be the country’s first full-time woman Finance Minister while former foreign secretary S Jaishankar, a surprise pick, got the External Affairs portfolio. A day after Narendra Modi was …

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Shripad gets AYUSH, Defence (MoS)

New Delhi: Shripad Yesso Naik, who has been reassigned the AYUSH Ministry, took charge of office on Friday. Besides Independent charge of the AYUSH Ministry, the BJP parliamentarian from Goa is also the Minister of State (MoS) for Defence in the new Narendra Modi government. Naik, who was initially appointed as the Minister of State for Tourism in 2014 and …

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Govt extends PM-KISAN, announces pension scheme

New Delhi: In the first cabinet meeting Friday, the government decided to extend PM-KISAN scheme to all 14.5 crore farmers, costing Rs 87,000 crore a year, and also announced over Rs 10,000 crore pension scheme for 5 crore farmers, thereby fulfilling the BJP’s poll promise. Announcing the two key decisions, new Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the Modi 2.0 …

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‘First decision dedicated to those who protect India’

New Delhi: In its first decision of its second tenure, Narendra Modi government has enhanced the amount to be paid as part of ‘Prime Ministers Scholarship Scheme’ under the National Defence Fund. “Our Government’s first decision dedicated to those who protect India,” Modi tweeted.  “Major changes approved in PM’s Scholarship Scheme under the National Defence Fund including enhanced scholarships for …

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Jaishankar is new External Affairs minister

New Delhi: Nearly 16 months after he retired as foreign secretary, S Jaishankar was on Friday back in the External Affairs ministry but this time as minister, a surprise move aimed at adding further strategic heft to India’s foreign policy. The 64-year-old seasoned diplomat was welcomed at the headquarters of the ministry by his former colleague Vijay Gokhale, who succeeded …

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HRD panel wants Indian knowledge systems in syllabus

New Delhi: Incorporating Indian knowledge systems in the curriculum, constituting a National Education Commission and curbing arbitrary fees hikes by private schools are among the recommendations made by an expert panel to the HRD ministry for the new National Education Policy (NEP). The draft of the new NEP, formulated by a committee led by former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan, was …

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