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Major temples shut, Muslims offer ‘namaz’ on solar eclipse

Hyderabad: Major Hindu temples were closed for pilgrims on account of solar eclipse while Muslims offered special prayers in mosques on Thursday. The famous Tirumala temple in Andhra Pradesh was closed around 11 p.m. on Wednesday on the eve of the solar eclipse. The temple will re-open after the end of the solar eclipse on Thursday afternoon. According to Tirumala …

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Assets worth Rs 36 cr of ex-Gujarat IAS officer under PMLA attached

New Delhi: Assets worth over Rs 36 crore of a former Gujarat cadre IAS officer, Sanjay Gupta, and his family have been attached under the anti-money laundering law, the ED said on Thursday.  Gupta, from the 1985 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), quit service in 2002 and later started his own hospitality business named Neesa Group of Companies, …

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PM slams those who damaged public property in anti-CAA protests

Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday slammed those who damaged public property during protests in Uttar Pradesh against the amended citizenship law, saying they should understand that rights and duties go hand in hand. “They (the vandals) should ask themselves was it right. Whatever was torched, was it not of their child’s use? What has happened to those common …

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Farooq Takla charge sheeted in passport forgery case

New Delhi: The CBI has charge sheeted international terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s close aide Farooq Takla in a case of forgery in passport, which was used by him to escape the law under a false identity after the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, officials said. Mohammed Farooq alias Farooq Takla (58) was nabbed at the Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi on …

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Himachal to gift saplings to parents of every newborn girl

Manali: As a tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 95th birth anniversary, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday launched a statewide scheme in which five tree saplings would be presented to the family of a newly born girl child. After paying rich tributes to Vajpayee, the Chief Minister formally launched ‘Ek Buta Beti Ke Naam’ …

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Two elections, fluctuating fortunes in Haryana

Chandigarh: Two elections just months apart in 2019 threw up dramatically different results in Haryana for the ruling BJP. The Bharatiya Janata Party made a clean sweep in May’s Lok Sabha polls, winning all 10 parliamentary constituencies in the state. But in the assembly polls in October it could not even muster a majority on its own.  Its “Mission 75”, …

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Christmas on LoC

Srinagar: The higher reaches of North Kashmir along the Line of Control basked in Yuletide spirit on Wednesday with Army jawans celebrating Christmas by singing carols and dancing. ‘Jingle bells jingle bells’ rent the air as the temperature went down to around minus 15 degree Celsius and surroundings were covered with snow. Jawans were seen enjoying all the way with …

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No link between NPR and NRC: Amit Shah

New Delhi: Seeking to put an end to apprehensions about updation of National Population Register (NPR), Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that there was no link between the National Population Register exercise and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). In an interview with ANI editor Smita Prakash, Shah said that information obtained through NPR cannot be used …

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Govt clears funds for census, NPR

New Delhi: The government on Tuesday approved nearly Rs 12,700 crore for carrying out the Census 2021 and the National Population Register (NPR), and made it clear that NPR has no relation with the contentious National Register of Citizens amidst stiff opposition against the NRC. However, Home Ministry officials said “at present there is no proposal to create NRC in …

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India to now get chief of defence staff

New Delhi: In a landmark decision, the government on Tuesday approved the creation of a chief of defence staff (CDS) in the rank of a four-star General, who will act as the principal military advisor to the Defence Minister on all matters relating to tri-services. The government has also decided to create a new department of military affairs under the …

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