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Our goal is to empower every person: Kovind

New Delhi: Laying the roadmap of the Narendra Modi government for its second term, President Ram Nath Kovind Thursday said  empowering every person is the main goal for a ‘New India’ by 2022 on the back of a “stronger mandate” for continuing uninterrupted the journey of development started in 2014. As he highlighted the Modi government’s achievements and priorities in …

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Can seek disqualification of other rebel MLAs too: AAP

New Delhi: Days after the AAP approached the Delhi Assembly Speaker seeking disqualification of its two rebel MLAs, the ruling party in the national capital Thursday said it can take similiar action against its other rebel legislators. The AAP had on June 10 moved a petition in the Delhi Assembly and sought disqualification of its two rebel MLAs — Anil …

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BJP govt has record of raising high expectations, not delivering anything: Congress

New Delhi: The Congress alleged on Thursday that the BJP-led government had a record of raising high expectations by making tall promises but not delivering anything and the president’s address to a joint sitting of both houses of Parliament was the prime example of “a lot of intent founded upon sheer inaction”. Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the unwritten …

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Priyanka flays UP govt over crimes against women

New Delhi: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Thursday slammed the Uttar Pradesh government over crimes committed against women and demanded to know when will it provide security to them. “In Uttar Pradesh atrocities are being done on innocents. Women are being pushed into an environment of fear. People are being burnt alive. But the people in power are unable …

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Panel to be set up on simultaneous polls

PTI New Delhi A committee for giving “time-bound” suggestions on the issue of ‘one nation, one election’ will be set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced on Wednesday after a meeting of chiefs of political parties. In a bid to build a consensus on holding simultaneous polls to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies, Modi …

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SC to hear PIL on AES outbreak on Monday

IANS New Delhi The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a PIL seeking direction to the Centre to send a team of medical professionals to review and assist in preventing the outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district. AES has already claimed lives of nearly 128 children in the district. Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh was earlier …

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Law panel for tough legal framework to hold simultaneous polls

PTI New Delhi As the government toys with the idea of holding simultaneous polls to Lok Sabha and state assemblies, the Law Commission has recommended a tough legal framework for such a gigantic exercise. The law panel, in its draft recommendations made last August, recommended amendments to the Constitution and the Representation of the People Act to ensure simultaneous elections. …

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Oppn doubts purpose behind law to regulate UP pvt varsities

PTI Lucknow The draft ordinance to ban use of campuses of private universities in Uttar Pradesh for “anti-national activity” has not gone down well with the opposition, with the Congress saying that the move smacked of “foisting” RSS ideology on educational institutions. Downplaying the fears of the opposition, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya defended the ordinance, terming it “a …

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Three Indian varsities among top 200 globally

IANS New Delhi Three Indian universities — IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi and Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc) — have found a place among the top 200 in the 2020 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, which were declared in London on Wednesday. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has emerged as the top Indian university for the second time …

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Members raise slogans during oath-taking

PTI New Delhi Many newly-elected members on Tuesday raised slogans after concluding their oath in Lok Sabha, with some even engaging in raillery and heated exchanges, ignoring the Chair’s direction to desist from it. The presiding officer directed that no slogans will go on record. While many BJP MPs ended their oath with chants of ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ and …

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