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532 kg heroin smuggled from Pakistan

Amritsar: In its biggest ever narcotics haul, the Customs Department seized 532 kg of suspected heroin worth Rs 2,700 crore, which was smuggled into India from Pakistan in a truck through trade route at the Attari border, officials said Sunday. An official said the smuggling racket’s alleged mastermind, based in Kashmir valley, has been arrested and the importer of the …

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15 killed as wall collapses on shanties in Pune

PTI Pune Fifteen persons from Bihar, including four children, were killed and two were injured here Saturday when a portion of a 22-ft high compound wall of a housing society collapsed on adjoining shanties of construction workers following incessant rains. The police registered a case of culpable homicide against directors of two construction firms, and arrested two builders. While the …

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Resignation spree continues in Cong

PTI Lucknow As many as 36 office-bearers of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) resigned from their posts on Saturday continuing the spate of resignations in the party following its Lok Sabha election debacle.        Congress leader in Legislative Council Deepak Singh, state unit’s senior vice president Ranjit Singh Judev, general secretary Aradhna Mishra Mona, vice president RP Tripathi and many others …

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PMO responds to green activists’ plea on mangroves

IANS New Delhi Hours after the National High Speed Rail Corp Ltd (NHSRCL), implementing the 508-km Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, said on Saturday that it has reworked the Thane station’s design in Maharashtra to reduce the number of mangroves affected, the Prime Minister’s Office has sent a request by green activists in the matter to the Environment Department. The PMO …

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Congress demands rollback of rate cut on small savings

PTI New Delhi The Congress took a dig at the Union government on Saturday, dubbing its decision to reduce interest rate on small savings schemes as its “return gift” to voters after they gave it a massive victory in the recent Lok Sabha polls. Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said his party will raise the issue in Parliament, where the budget …

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NDRF, DRDO must develop equipment indigenously: Shah

IANS New Delhi Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday hailed the work done by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and its agencies and said that efforts should now be made to develop indigenous equipment to combat disasters in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Addressing a two-day annual conference on capacity building of State Disaster …

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India needs no lesson on religious freedom: VP

IANS Hyderabad Stating that religious freedom is a fundamental right granted under the Constitution of India, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said the country needs no “lessons” on this issue. “We do not need lessons from anybody. Some countries off late started giving us lectures forgetting what is happening back in their own countries,” he said in an …

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‘Rahul will not continue as Cong chief’

Hyderabad: Congress leader M Veerappa Moily Friday said there is not even one per cent possibility of Rahul Gandhi continuing as party president. On Gandhi reiterating that there was no going back on his decision to resign from the post, the veteran leader said the Congress Working Committee (CWC) would decide on the matter. “Anything can happen,” the former Union …

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21 jail officials, 15 IAS officers transferred in UP

Lucknow: After a video of prisoners brandishing firearms in the Unnao prison went viral, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh transferred 21 jail officials and 15 IAS officers. According to a statement issued here on Thursday night by Director General (Prisons) Anand Kumar, some of the jail officials who have been transferred are Ravikant Singh from Central Jail Agra …

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Chandrababu Naidu gets house demolition notice

Amaravati: Moving ahead with the Andhra Pradesh government’s plan, authorities on Friday pasted a demolition notice outside the “illegal” house of former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu. A day after completing the demolition of Praja Vedika, a government building adjacent to Naidu’s residence, the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) pasted a notice on the main gate of Naidu’s house on …

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