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PM turns emotional when Dehradun woman says she has seen god in him

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned emotional on Saturday when a woman beneficiary of his government’s generic medicine programme told him that she had “seen god in you”. Dehradun-residentDeepa Shah, who suffered paralysis in 2011, was interacting with the prime minister through video-conference on the occasion of Jan Aushadhi Diwas. “I have not seen god, but I have seen …

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Panel recommends additional Rs 200 cr for Centre-run pollution control scheme

PTI New Delhi A parliamentary panel recommended on Friday increasing the budget for Centre-run National Clean Air Programme by Rs 200 crore while observing that controlling air pollution must be given “topmost priority”. The parliamentary standing committee on science and technology, environment, forests and climate change, headed by former Union minister Jairam Ramesh, made the recommendation in its 331st report …

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Banners in Lucknow carry photos of anti-CAA ‘vandals’

PTI  Lucknow Authorities here put up roadside banners with photographs of people asked to pay compensation for damage to public property during anti-CAA protests, triggering outrage among those being “named and shamed”. The banners came up at major road crossings in Lucknow late on Thursday night on the directions of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, an official said. They bear photographs, …

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No COVID-19 case in Odisha so far

IANS Bhubaneswar The Odisha government is well prepared to tackle situations relating to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) while the state has not reported any positive case so far, said a health official on Friday. The official said the government has taken several steps including creation of isolation wards at different medical colleges and hospitals to treat the patients.  With the increase …

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SC gives relief to Navlakha, Teltumbde

PTI New Delhi The Supreme Court on Friday extended till March 16 the interim protection from arrest granted to civil rights activists Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence case. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Indira Banerjee said it would hear on March 16 the appeals filed by Navlakha and Teltumbde against a …

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SC rejects plea on alleged misuse of sedition law

PTI   New Delhi The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a petition seeking framing of proper mechanism and guidelines to deal with alleged misuse of sedition law by the government machinery. A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari refused to entertain the plea filed by a social activist and said it is open for the petitioner to approach …

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India’s COVID-19 cases rise to 30

New Delhi: A man from Ghaziabad with a recent travel history to Iran has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19), taking the total number of such cases in the country to 30 as the government on Thursday asked states to form rapid response teams at district, block and village levels. In some relief for Telangana, blood samples of two persons …

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Karnataka allocates Rs 500 cr for Kalasa-Banduri works

Bengaluru: Despite financial stress, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Thursday tried to focus on agriculture and irrigation in his budget for 2020-21, proposing to allocate Rs 500 crore to take up the works of Kalasa and Banduri Nalas under the Mhadei river project. He proposed to waive the interest on default farm loans given for the purchase of agricultural …

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Nirbhaya convicts to be hanged on March 20

New Delhi: After three postponements in six weeks, a Delhi court on Thursday set March 20 as the fresh date for the execution of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case that has witnessed several twists and turns after they received the death sentence in 2013. Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana directed that Mukesh Kumar Singh …

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Delhi riots: suspended AAP councillor Tahir arrested

New Delhi: Suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain was arrested by Delhi Police on Thursday after a court here dismissed his plea seeking to surrender before it in connection with alleged killing of Intelligence Bureau (IB) official Ankit Sharma during the recent violence in northeast Delhi. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja refused to entertain Hussain’s plea saying …

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