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Pre-monsoon rainfall records 27% dip: IMD

New Delhi: Pre-monsoon rainfall from March to April, a phenomenon critical to agriculture in some parts of the country, has recorded 27 per cent deficiency, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

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Cong wants list of wilful loan defaulters disclosed

New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday demanded that the BJP-led government direct the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to disclose the list of wilful loan defaulters, alleging it was not doing so to protect its “crony capitalist friends.”

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Cong counting on resentment among mercantile class to reverse fortunes

PTI Mumbai The Congress hopes to cash in on resentment among small enterprise owners, who, reports suggest, are still recovering from the twin “shocks” of demonetisation and GST, to win the Mumbai South Lok Sabha seat -– home to the business district of Colaba and the famous bullion market, Zaveri Bazaar. The party is also counting on the recent endorsement …

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Complaint against Rahul over ‘Chowkidar chor hai’ slogan

PTI Ara (Bihar) A complaint was filed against Rahul Gandhi in a local court on Saturday alleging that the Congress president’s slogan ‘chowkidar chor hai’, which he made people chant at a rally in Samastipur district the previous day, was tantamount to sedition. The complainant Satyavrat, a local advocate, also named RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, who shared the stage …

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Govt offices close in Jammu, to reopen in Srinagar on May 6

PTI Jammu As part of the bi-annual ‘Darbar Move’ under which the Jammu and Kashmir government functions six months each in Jammu and Srinagar, all move offices, including the Raj Bhavan, closed here on Saturday and will reopen in the summer capital on May 6. While the civil secretariat – the seat of Jammu and Kashmir government – along with …

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HC suggests amendments to POCSO Act over consensual sex after 16 years of age

PTI Chennai Observing that relationship between a girl under 18 years of age and a teenage boy or little over the teenage years cannot be construed as “alien” or “unnatural”, the Madras High Court suggested exclusion of consensual sex after 16 years of age from the purview of POCSO Act. Justice V Pathiban gave the suggestion on Friday during the …

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