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Regional leaders slam Amit Shah for Hindi pitch

New Delhi: Upping the ante, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Monday announced demonstrations across Tamil Nadu on September 20 against Home Minister Amit Shah’s pitch for Hindi as a common language, while Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan warned of “an exponentially bigger battle” than the 2017 pro-Jallikattu protests against “imposition” of the language. Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar …

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We will never compromise on importance of Kannada: Yediyurappa

Bengaluru:  Amid a raging debate over Hindi as a common language for the country, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday asserted that Kannada is the principal language in the state and its importance would never be compromised. “All official languages in our country are equal. However, as far as Karnataka is concerned, #Kannada is the principal language. We …

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SC allows Azad to visit J&K

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was on Monday allowed by the Supreme Court to visit four districts in Jammu and Kashmir for assessing the impact on life of daily wagers due to the present situation prevailing after the abrogation of Article 370 provisions. The top court noted Azad’s submission that he will not indulge in any political …

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SC seeks report from J&K HC CJ on its ‘inaccessibility’

New Delhi: Terming as “very very serious” the claim that people are finding it difficult to approach the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, the Supreme Court on Monday decided to verify it by asking the Chief Justice there to “forthwith” submit a report in this regard. “If you are saying so, we are bound to take serious note of it. …

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Plea in NGT against implementation of odd-even scheme in Delhi

New Delhi: A plea was filed in the National Green Tribunal on Monday challenging the AAP government’s decision to re-launch from November 4-15 the odd-even road rationing scheme, which has been implemented twice before in the national capital. The plea filed by advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal said the CPCB had done an assessment of the impact of earlier odd-even scheme …

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Maharashtra CM slams Pawar on ‘hospitable Pak’ remark

Pune/Mumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s recent statement on his experience with Pakistani people has heated up the hustings in poll-bound Maharashtra with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday linking it with vote bank politics. Fadnavis also said big politicians should bear in mind whether their statements are benefitting India or Pakistan, and added that Pakistan had used the remarks of …

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Ex-AP Assembly Speaker Rao dead; suicide suspected

Hyderabad: In a suspected case of suicide, senior TDP leader and former Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao died here on Monday, police said. Based on eye-witness accounts, Rao was suspected to have committed suicide, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West Zone) A R Srinivas said without elaborating. Replying to questions, he, however, said it can be confirmed only …

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Dearth of quality candidates in North India: Gangwar

Lucknow: Union Minister of State (Independent Change) for Labour and  Employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar has said there was no dearth of employment opportunities in the country, but recruiters visiting North India complain of lack of “quality people” to fill vacancies, drawing flak from Opposition leaders, who accused him of insulting people of the region. The comments came amid criticism of …

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Khattar says NRC will be implemented in Haryana

Chandigarh: After Assam, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday announced that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be implemented in the state. Besides this, constitution of a Law Commission is also being considered in the state and an independent department would be set up to solicit the services of intellectuals, he said. “We will implement NRC in …

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Pak violated ceasefire 2,050 times this year: MEA

New Delhi: The Pakistani Army has violated ceasefire more than 2,050 times this year without provocation in which 21 Indians have been killed, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Sunday. India has repeatedly conveyed to Pakistan to ask its forces to adhere to the 2003 ceasefire understanding, it said. “We have highlighted our concerns at unprovoked ceasefire violations by …

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