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India’s oldest legislator hangs his boots at 93

Solapur: The Grand Old Man of Maharashtra politics, Ganpatrao Deshmukh of Peasants & Workers Party (PWP), has finally called it a day from electoral politics, at the age of 93. The 93-year old 11-time legislator and a former minister, is still fit, but has opted out on health grounds from the rough and tumble of campaigning and field politics. He …

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Rebels keep parties on tenterhooks in Maharashtra

Mumbai: All political parties, especially the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena, in Maharashtra are on tenterhooks as sheer rebellion could sour prospects of official candidates in many constituencies in the October 21 elections for 288 assembly constituencies. While some parties tried to wish them away with ‘saam’ or ‘daam’, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis displayed an iron fist by threatening to …

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Rajnath receives first Rafale fighter jet from France

Merignac (France): The Rafale multi-role fighter jets will boost India’s air dominance exponentially, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday as he formally took delivery of the first of the 36 long-awaited French-made aircraft acquired by the Indian Air Force at a ceremony here. Singh attended the handover ceremony along with his French counterpart Florence Parly at aircraft maker Dassault …

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RSS acquiesces to divestment, FDI

Nagpur: “Too much discussion” about the “so-called” economic slowdown is unwarranted as it makes businesses and people wary and leads to decline in economic activity, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said here on Tuesday. He also said that RSS’s emphasis on ‘Swadeshi’ meant self-reliance but not economic isolation.  Addressing a gathering of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on the occasion of Vijayadashmi …

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Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony

Mumbai: The prohibitory orders imposed in Aarey Colony in suburban Goregaon in view of protests over cutting of trees for a metro car shed were lifted on Tuesday, police said. Normalcy has returned to the area where movement of people and transport has resumed. The police had imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) on …

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Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC

New Delhi: Pakistan has activated at least 20 terror camps and another 20 launch pads along the Line of Control with increased efforts to ensure infiltration of as many terrorists as it can into Jammu and Kashmir before the onset of winter, officials said on Tuesday. The terror training camps and launch pads, with at least 50 terrorists in each, …

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HDIL owner linked to Ghaziabad real estate fraud case

New Delhi: HDIL owner Rakesh Wadhawan, who has been arrested by the Mumbai Police in the PMC Bank fraud case, is also linked to an alleged cheating case involving real estate firm Rudra Buildwell. The case relates to a complaint by 50 flat buyers who alleged that they booked flats in a real estate project in Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram in 2011 …

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Law Ministry considering EC proposal on Aadhaar data of voters

New Delhi: The Law Ministry is learnt to be considering an Election Commission proposal to give it statutory backing to collect Aadhaar number of new applicants and existing voters to check multiple entries in electoral rolls. In August 2015, a Supreme Court order on Aadhaar card put brakes on Election Commission’s project to link UIDAI (Aadhaar) number with voters’ electoral …

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Balakot strikes show major shift in handling of terror: IAF chief

Ghaziabad: The Balakot air strikes reflect a major shift in the government’s way of handling terror attacks and show its resolve to punish the perpetrators of terrorism, Indian Air Force chief R K S Bhadauria said on Tuesday. In his Air Force Day message, Bhadauria, who took charge as the Chief of Air Staff a little over a week ago, …

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Don’t cut any more trees in Aarey: SC

PTI New Delhi/Mumbai The Supreme Court on Monday restrained authorities from cutting any more trees in Mumbai’s Aarey colony for a metro car shed but its order came amid an admission by the Maharashtra government that whatever was required to be cut has already been done. The order for status quo was given by a bench specially constituted after the …

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