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Pawar upset as NIA to probe Koregaon-Bhima

Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar alleged on Saturday that the Union government transferred the probe of the Koregaon-Bhima violence case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) fearing that fresh investigation by the Maharashtra government would expose dubious actions of the previous BJP-led dispensation. The Union Home Ministry transferred the probe to the National Investigation Agency soon after …

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EC to SC: parties must not give tickets to tainted candidates

PTI New Delhi The Election Commission (EC) told the Supreme Court Friday that the direction asking poll candidates to declare their criminal antecedents in the media has not helped curb criminalisation of politics, and said political parties should be asked not to give tickets to those with criminal background. Despite the apex court’s direction in 2018, the criminalisation of politics …

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‘Concerned citizens’ urge President to take action against violent anti-CAA protestors

PTI New Delhi A group of 154 “conscious, responsible and concerned citizens” on Friday urged President Ram Nath Kovind to take action against those indulging in violence in the name of protests against the CAA and the NRC and “safeguard” the country’s democratic institutions. The group consists of people who have retired from top government and constitutional posts and intellectuals. …

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Buses stoned during bandh in Maharashtra against CAA-NRC

PTI Mumbai/Solapur/Pune Stray incidents of stone pelting were reported from parts of Maharashtra on Friday during the statewide ‘bandh’ called by Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar’s party against the CAA and the NRC, but normal life remained largely unaffected, officials said. A bus driver was injured in stone pelting in Mumbai. The Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi called for the statewide shutdown to …

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Probe on into phone tapping of politicians in Maharashtra

PTI Mumbai Accusing the previous BJP-led government in Maharashtra of tapping phones of senior NCP and Congress leaders during the 2019 Lok Sabha and assembly polls, state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Friday said he has ordered a probe into the matter. He said there are also allegations that the then government had sent some officials to Israel and brought …

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CAA may be taught at Lucknow University

PTI Lucknow In the midst of ongoing protests against the amended citizenship law, Lucknow University’s political science department has come up with the idea of including it as a topic in its curriculum. “We, in our department, teach the Constitution and citizenship. This is one of the contemporary issues in Indian politics. We want to teach it to our students,” …

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Two persons under watch in Mumbai for coronavirus

PTI Mumbai Two persons who returned from China have been kept under observation at a Mumbai hospital for possible exposure to the novel coronavirus which has infected a large number of people in the neighbouring country, officials said on Friday. As many as 1,789 passengers underwent thermal screening at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj international airport here for the coronavirus since …

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Cannot issue blanket order against invoking NSA on anti-CAA protestors: SC

PTI New Delhi The Supreme Court Friday said it cannot issue blanket orders restraining authorities from invoking the stringent National Security Act (NSA) against people protesting the enactment of Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). NSA cannot be allowed to be misused, the top court said but added that there cannot be a general command, as public properties are being burnt during …

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Kerala nurse tests positive for coronavirus in Saudi

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram: A nurse from Kerala working in Saudi Arabia has tested positive for coronavirus. Thirty other nurses, all of them from Kerala, have been quarantined and kept under observation at the hospital. According to reports, the nurse was working at the Al Hayat National Hospital in Saudi Arabia. The incident came to light when one of the nurses reached …

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India’s clear message to Trump: no role for third party on Kashmir issue

New Delhi: Ahead of a possible India visit of US President Donald Trump, who again offered to “help” in resolving the Kashmir issue, New Delhi on Thursday categorically ruled out any role for a third party, asserting that any issue between India and Pakistan should be resolved bilaterally. India’s reiteration on the Kashmir issue came after Trump while addressing the …

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