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Second phase of Swachh Bharat Mission launched

New Delhi: The central government on Wednesday launched the second phase of Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen), which has a total outlay of Rs 1,40,881 crore and is aimed at ensuring effective solid and liquid waste management in every panchayat. SBM (G) Phase-II will focus on sustaining the gains made in the first phase of the programme in the past five …

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Ban on social media lifted in J&K

Jammu: Removing a ban on social media platforms, Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday allowed access to all websites on 2G mobile data services and fixed line Internet in the Union territory till March 17. Earlier, only access to white-listed sites was allowed as the service was restored for a week on January 25 and subsequently extended from time to …

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Hate and violence enemies of development, says Rahul

New Delhi: Hate and violence are enemies of development and divisiveness being spread will not benefit ‘Bharat Mata’, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday, as he led a delegation of party leaders to the riot-hit north-east Delhi. Two separate delegations of Congress leaders visited different areas in north-east Delhi. The delegation led by Gandhi included K C Venugopal, Adhir …

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Chandrayaan-3 to be launched in first half of 2021: Centre

New Delhi: Chandrayaan-3 will be launched in the first half of 2021, Union minister Jitendra Singh said, indicating that there could be a slight delay in the launch of the third moon mission. In written response to a question in Lok Sabha, minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office Singh said four biological and two physical science experiments related …

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UN Human Rights chief moves SC against CAA

New Delhi: In an unprecedented intervention, the UN Human Rights chief has moved the Supreme Court against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), drawing a strong condemnation from India on Tuesday that no foreign party has “any locus standi” on matters relating to its sovereignty. The apex court is currently hearing a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the …

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Man who pointed gun at cop arrested in UP

New Delhi: Shahrukh Pathan, whose picture of pointing a gun at an unarmed policeman during the communal riots in Northeast Delhi went viral, was on Tuesday arrested by Delhi Police from Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district, even as many people who fled the violence were yet to return to their homes in the affected areas. Authorities said the situation has been …

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Bangladeshis living in Bengal are Indian citizens: Mamata

Kaliaganj: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday those who have come to the state from Bangladesh and have been casting votes in elections are Indian citizens and need not apply for citizenship afresh. Banerjee also slammed the Modi government for its handling of the communal riots in Delhi, which have claimed over 40 lives so far, and …

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Centre discussing NPR with states

New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday said it was discussing with state governments the preparations for the update of the National Population Register  from April 1 to September 30. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in Lok Sabha that no document will be collected during the exercise, which will be carried out along with the house-listing phase …

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UP girds its loins to combat COVID-19

Lucknow: Hotels and the authorities at tourist sites in Agra have been told to inform the office of the chief medical officer as soon as visitors from Italy, Iran or China arrive, so that they can be screened for coronavirus infection, an official said on Tuesday.                In Lucknow, samples of an Uttar Pradesh residents who had returned from …

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No Muslim quota proposal before my govt: Uddhav

Mumbai: There is no proposal on Muslim  reservation before the Maharashtra government, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said here on Tuesday. Thackeray’s remarks came days after Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik informed the legislative council that the state government will provide five per cent quota to Muslims in education. The NCP minister had also said the state government will ensure that …

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