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PM sounds poll bugle in election-bound Haryana

Rohtak: Sounding a poll bugle in the poll-bound Haryana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday not only presented his government’s report card of 100 days in government but also praised the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government in the state for fighting corruption and nepotism. Appealing to the public to help conserve water by adopting rainwater harvesting technique, Modi in his address …

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Doval: fully convinced most Kashmiris support abrogation of Article 370

PTI New Delhi National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said on Saturday he is “fully convinced” that a majority of Kashmiris support the abrogation of Article 370, which was a “special discrimination” and not a special status, and affirmed that restrictions in Kashmir were to prevent Pakistan from creating more mischief through proxies and terrorists. Article 370 “was not a special …

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Chandrayaan-2: so near yet so far

PTI Bengaluru India’s bold bid to become only the fourth country to achieve a soft landing on the Moon ended in a huge disappointment on Saturday when contact with Chandrayaan-2’s landing module was abruptly lost seconds before it was to descend the final 2.1 km and touch down on the lunar surface. As crestfallen scientists of the Indian Space Research …

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If Pak behaves, J&K restrictions can ease: Doval

PTI New Delhi National Security Adviser Ajit Doval said on Saturday he is “fully convinced” that a majority of Kashmiris support the abrogation of Article 370, and affirmed that restrictions in Kashmir are aimed at preventing Pakistan from creating more mischief through proxies and terrorists. Article 370 “was not a special status. It was a special discrimination. With its abrogation …

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Modi takes darshan of Lord Ganesh in Mumbai

PTI Mumbai Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday began his one-day tour of Maharashtra by offering prayers to Lord Ganesh in suburban Vile Parle in Mumbai. Modi visited Lokmanya Seva Sangh (LSS), a 96-year-old not-for-profit organisation inspired by the values propagated by freedom fighter ‘Lokmanya’ Bal Gangadhar Tilak, to offer his prayers, as a part of ongoing Ganesh festival. The …

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Move to transfer Tahilramani can’t be considered routine: Brinda Karat

PTI New Delhi Terming the transfer and subsequent resignation of Madras High Court Chief Justice Vijaya Tahilramani as “shocking and disturbing”, CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat on Saturday said the move was an “insult” and cannot be considered routine. Tahilramani on Friday decided to resign after she was transferred to the Meghalaya High Court, one of the smallest in India, …

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Bangladesh to mark 50th I-Day

IANS Agartala Bangladesh will organise a number of events ahead of the golden jubilee of its Independence and the birth centenary of the country’s first President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 16 countries, including India. “To spread the significance of Independence, liberation, war and sacrifice of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh government and Muktijoddha Academy Trust would hold many festivities and …

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Tense moments at ISRO as Chandrayaan-2 attempts landing

AGENCIES Bengaluru There were tense moments in the Chandrayaan 2 mission control room as it awaited signals from lander Vikram that began its descent towards the lunar surface on Friday night. India looked to create history by becoming the first nation to reach closest to the Moon’s south pole, but as 1.55 am came and went there were no signs …

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After public humiliation, Dalit officer commits suicide in UP

PTI Lakhimpur Kheri A 23-year-old Dalit officer has committed suicide in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district, alleging humiliation and mental harassment by a village head, a leader of a farmers’ outfit and others, police said on Friday. Trivendra Kumar Gautam, who had started his service as a village development officer (VDO) last year and posted at Kumbhi block, hanged himself …

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SC open to live telecast of Ayodhya case hearing

PTI New Delhi The Supreme Court on Friday said a plea seeking live telecast or recording of the ongoing proceedings in the Ayodhya land dispute case be listed before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who is presiding over a five-judge Constitution bench hearing the matter. The petition, filed by former RSS ideologue K N Govindacharya, …

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