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LS poll outcome calls for cabinet reshuffle in UP

Lucknow: The BJP’s win in Uttar Pradesh has paved the way for the first reshuffle of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s council of ministers to fill the vacancies created by three state ministers winning the Lok Sabha election and a fourth being sacked. The exercise, the first since March 2017 when the Adityanath government was sworn in, is also likely to …

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Veteran action director Veeru Devgan dead

Mumbai: Bollywood’s veteran action director Veeru Devgan, father of actor  Ajay Devgn, died here on Monday, family sources said. He was 85.  Veeru Devgan breathed his last on Monday afternoon at a hospital here due to age-related issues,  according to a source.  Apart from directing action sequences for films like ‘Himmatwala’, ‘Mr India’, ‘Khatron Ke  Khiladi’, ‘Phool Aur Kaante’, ‘Dilwale’ …

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RJD veteran asks Tejashwi to quit as Oppn leader

Patna: The simmering discontent in RJD has come to the fore following its rout in Lok Sabha election with a senior party legislator Maheshwar Prasad Yadav on Monday asking Tejashwi Yadav to resign from the post of Opposition leader taking moral responsibility of the drubbing. Alleging that parivarwad (family politics) has cost the party most, Yadav, RJD MLA from Gaighat …

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Karnataka govt strong: Siddaramiah

Bengaluru: Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Monday asserted that the JDS-Congress government was a ‘strong’ one and ridiculed state BJP president B S Yeddyurappa for repeatedly claiming that the coalition will collapse. In a series of tweets, he also said the people’s mandate was for continuation of the BJP-led government at the Centre and not for ‘toppling’ the state …

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Modi to take oath as PM on May 30

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be administered oath of office for his second term along with his new council of ministers on May 30, the President’s Office said Sunday. President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the Prime Minister and other members of the Union Council of Ministers at a ceremony in …

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Smriti Irani’s aide in Amethi shot dead

Amethi: In the first incident of post-poll violence in Uttar Pradesh, a close aide of Smriti Irani, the newly elected MP from Amethi Lok Sabha constituency, was shot dead by two men, with police not ruling out the possibility of it being a “political murder”. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Smriti Irani asked party workers to exercise restraint, even as …

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Modi to visit Varanasi on Monday to thank voters

Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit his parliamentary constituency Varanasi on Monday to thank the people for “reposing faith” in him and offer prayers at the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple. After reaching Varanasi, Modi will travel by road from the police lines to Bansphatak, with his cavalcade passing through various parts of the city. He will pay obeisance at …

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‘Could only request, not demand, for special category status to Andhra’

New Delhi: With the NDA sweeping the Lok Sabha election, Andhra Pradesh CM-designate Y S Jaganmohan Reddy said Sunday his party could only request and not “demand or command” the special category status — a lifeline — for the Rs 2.58 lakh debt-ridden state during a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi here. Reddy, whose party stormed to power on …

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Zakir Naik’s trust, personal accounts got dubious donations

New Delhi: Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik received crore of funds in his and his trusts’ bank accounts from unidentified “well wishers” over the years for his speeches that spread “hatred and incited Muslim youths” to take up terrorism, an ED probe has found. The Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), Mumbai-based charity trust promoted and controlled by Naik, “allegedly received funds …

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Over 25 states face Rs 1cr EC for no action plan on plastic waste disposal

New Delhi: Over 25 state governments may have to pay environment compensation of Rs one crore each for not submitting their respective action plans on systematic disposal of plastic waste to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) as the April 30 deadline set by the National Green Tribunal has passed by. The states had to submit action plans by April …

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