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SC fiat on decriminalising politics

PTI New Delhi Holding that candidates for elections should not be selected merely on their “winnability”, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed political parties to make public within 48 hours details of pending criminal cases against them, in a far-reaching verdict aimed at decriminalising politics. The political parties were ordered to upload on their official websites and social media platforms …

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S&P affirms India’s rating at ‘BBB-’

PTI New Delhi Global ratings agency Standard and Poor’s on Thursday affirmed India’s sovereign rating at ‘BBB-’ with stable outlook, saying the country’s GDP growth is likely to gradually recover towards longer-term trend rates over the next two to three years. ‘BBB’ rating refers to adequate capacity of the rated entity to meet its financial commitments. “Despite a notable deceleration …

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Tainted candidates: Cong says order already ‘torn to shreds’ by PM

PTI New Delhi With the Supreme Court directing parties to upload online details of pending criminal cases against candidates contesting polls, the Congress on Thursday attacked the BJP over appointing a minister in Karnataka who is accused in mining cases, and alleged that the directive has already been torn to shreds by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Supreme Court has …

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Mamata not invited, TMC to boycott EW metro inauguration

PTI Kolkata The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal on Thursday decided to boycott the inauguration of the East-West Metro corridor, after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s name was found missing from the invitation card for the programme, party sources said. The first phase of the East-West Metro corridor, connecting Sector V with Salt Lake Stadium in the city, is …

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Lockheed Martin says ready to help India on Tejas, AMCA projects

PTI New Delhi US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin has offered to help India in its multi-billion dollar programme to develop a next generation advanced multi-role combat aircraft and boost capability of the Tejas fighter jet. The offer by the US aerospace firm comes ahead of President Donald Trump’s maiden visit to India on February 24-25 during which both strategic partners …

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LPG price hike: Rahul reminds BJP of its own protest

IANS New Delhi Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took a swipe at the BJP over the LPG cylinders’ price hike by attaching an old picture of Union Minister Smriti Irani. “I agree with these members of the BJP as they protest the astronomical Rs 150 price hike in LPG cylinders,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted with the hashtag Roll Back …

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Two passengers put in isolation at Kolkata airport

PTI Kolkata Two passengers, who arrived at Kolkata international airport from Bangkok, have been placed in isolation for suspected novel coronavirus, officials said on Thursday. A passenger named Himadri Barman was quarantined on Tuesday, and Nagendra Singh on Wednesday, government officials said in New Delhi.  Both passengers were sent to Beliaghata ID Hospital, a Kolkata airport official said. Earlier, a …

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Rajya Sabha security officer demoted for ‘offensive’ posts against PM

PTI New Delhi Rajya Sabha Secretariat has demoted a security officer for his “offensive, derogatory, demeaning and sarcastic posts” against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on social media, saying he violated rules and failed to maintain “political neutrality”. The officer had also shared a number of posts that “indicated his active involvement in political activities”. In an order dated February 12, …

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Blame game in Cong after rout in Delhi polls

New Delhi: A day after the party’s rout in Delhi elections, the knives are out in the Congress with leaders blaming each other and raising questions on whether the party has outsourced the task of defeating the BJP to others. AICC Delhi in-charge P C Chacko sought to put the blame of the party’s decline on late Chief Minister Sheila …

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Kejriwal to take oath as Delhi CM on Feb 16

New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal will take oath as Delhi chief minister on February 16 at Ramlila Maidan in a grand ceremony that will be open to public, senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday. Addressing reporters, Sisodia said all cabinet ministers will also take oath along with Kejriwal at the event. The oath-taking ceremony will take place at 10 …

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