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Chorus of voices urging Rahul not to quit grows

New Delhi: The crisis in the Congress party showed no signs of easing on Tuesday with Rahul Gandhi sticking to his decision to resign as party chief after its Lok Sabha poll debacle and staying way from meeting party leaders, except a few including his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Sources said Rajasthan Chief …

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Trouble in K’taka; Cong rushes senior leader to Bengaluru

New Delhi: Amid reports of a rift between ruling coalition partners Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka, Congress general secretary in-charge of the state K C Venugopal is rushing to Bengaluru to sort things out. A meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in Karnataka has been convened, which will take stock of the ongoing political developments in the …

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Setback to Mamata as 2 TMC MLAs join BJP

New Delhi: Three West Bengal MLAs, including BJP leader Mukul Roy’s son Subhrangshu Roy, and over 50 municipal councillors, most of them from the Trinamool Congress (TMC), joined the saffron party Tuesday as it works to consolidate its position in the state following its impressive show there in Lok Sabha polls. The MLAs who joined the BJP at a press …

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NIA to join Lanka bombings probe

New Delhi: A month after a series of blasts rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Day, a two-member team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) left for Colombo to join the investigation in Sri Lanka after the Union Home Ministry’s go-ahead, according to a national daily. On April 21, eight coordinated serial blasts killed at least 253 people and injured several …

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Zero tolerance to terrorism to be focus of new govt

New Delhi: Zero tolerance towards terrorism and checking illegal immigration will be the focus areas of the second Modi government, which may also take some tough actions like implementing the NRC across the country and annulling Article 35A in Jammu and Kashmir. The BJP-led NDA has received a landslide mandate in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections with the saffron party …

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Delhi to hold special coaching to improve Board results

New Delhi: Weeks after the CBSE announced the class 10 and 12 results, the Delhi government is working out a strategy and planning for organising special classes to improve the board results by giving special focus on subjects in which students have scored the lowest marks. Along with organising special classes for board compartment exams starting next month, the Delhi …

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Delhi HC allows Pakistani woman to stay on in India

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday allowed a Pakistani woman, married to an Indian and residing here since 2005, to stay on in the country while setting aside the government order asking her to leave. Hearing the plea of the Pakistani woman who was asked by the Union Home Ministry to leave the country, a division bench of …

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BJP lashes out at AAP govt over water crisis in Delhi

New Delhi: A Delhi Jal Board meeting was deferred after BJP members vociferously protested over the AAP government’s alleged failure to deal with the “worsening” water crisis in the city. BJP leaders on the board had asked some “tough questions” to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who heads the DJB, during its meeting on Monday, the saffron party’s councillor from Sadar …

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RSS raises pitch for Ram temple

JAIPUR: Days after the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) scripted a resounding victory in the Lok Sabha elections, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said that “Ram ka kaam karna hai, Ram ka kaam ho kar hi rahega (Ram’s task needs to be done and Ram’s task will be done).” Bhagwat made the comments during his visit to Udaipur for …

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Turmoil in Congress as Rahul insists on quitting

New Delhi: Faced with a colossal electoral defeat, the Congress party was on Monday riven by internal turmoil with Rahul Gandhi insisting on quitting as party president while its governments in Rajasthan and Karnataka teetered on the brink. In the midst of the disquiet, several state Congress chiefs, including Punjab’s Sunil Jakhar, Jharkhand’s Ajoy Kumar and Assam’s Ripun Bora also …

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