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Mayawati appoints brother, nephew to key party posts

Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati Sunday appointed her brother Anand Kumar as the party’s national vice president and her nephew Akash Anand as its national coordinator, a senior leader said. She also appointed BSP leader Ramji Gautam as the party’s national coordinator. The decision was taken at a meeting here which was attended by top functionaries of the …

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Irani, Sawant in Amethi on two-day visit

IANS  Amethi Union minister Smriti Irani, accompanied by Goa Chief Minister  Pramod Sawant, reached Amethi on a two-day visit on Saturday. This is Irani’s first visit to the constituency which she won after defeating Congress chief Rahul  Gandhi in the recent Lok Sabha election. Irani went straight to the house of BJP worker Surendra Singh, who was shot dead immediately …

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Congress going through tough times: Luizinho

PTI Shillong Congress general secretary Luizinho Faleiro has accepted that his party was going through “difficult times” and said an introspection was underway to find out and work on the grand old party’s strength and weaknesses. Calling for structural changes in the Congress, Faleiro, who is the in-charge of the North-East, said the party would come up with an action …

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Indian airlines to shun ‘danger zone’ in Iran

PTI New Delhi Amid rising geopolitical tensions between the US and Iran, India’s aviation regulator DGCA on Saturday said Indian airlines have decided to avoid the “affected part of the Iranian airspace” and reroute their flight “suitably”. On Friday, the American aviation regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) prohibiting US-registered aircraft from operating “in the …

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Pakistan sets conditions for Kartarpur corridor

PTI New Delhi Pakistan has set a host of terms and conditions for the operationalisation of the Kartarpur corridor and opposed India’s proposals to make it open throughout the year to facilitate travel to one of the holiest pilgrimage sites of the Sikhs, officials said Saturday. Islamabad has either put conditions or opposed all proposals moved by New Delhi and …

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Gang supplying illegal ammunition in Delhi busted

IANS New Delhi An inter-state gang involved in supplying ammunition to criminals in the city, western Uttar Pradesh, and other nearby regions has been busted with the arrest of two of its members by the Special Cell on Friday, the Delhi Police said. It is suspected that the accused had already supplied more than 2,500 live cartridges to the criminals …

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CJI writes to PM, seeks increase in number of SC judges

PTI New Delhi Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking to increase the strength of judges and raise the retirement age of high court judges to 65 years. Gogoi has also urged the prime minister to make tenure appointments of retired apex court judges and high court judges under Articles 128 and 224A …

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Centre authorises relocation of anganwadis

PTI New Delhi The government has authorised states and union territories to relocate anganwadi centres, keeping in view convenience of pregnant women and children, sources said.  The decision was taken to ensure to that there is improved access of anganwadis centres to pregnant women and children, they said. Under the Anganwadi Services Scheme, a total of 14 lakh anganwadi centres …

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India asks Pak to address global concerns on terrorism

IANS New Delhi India on Saturday asked Pakistan to address global concerns on terrorism by taking “credible” and “irreversible” steps, after an international body, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), slammed the country for failing to do enough to check terror financing and warned of action if it does not comply with the requirements in four months. The FATF said Pakistan, …

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International Day of Yoga in Jalandhar

An Indian Army dog unit performs a yoga exercise during the International Day of Yoga in Jalandhar, Punjab, on Friday. The world marked the fifth International Day of Yoga with tens of thousands of people rolling out their mats to stretch and twist, breathe in and breathe out, reach for the skies and bend to touch their toes.

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