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Security upped in Manipur, protests continue

pti Imphal Amid growing concerns over the outcome of Naga peace talks, security has been heightened in Manipur, which has a sizeable Naga population, with additional companies of paramilitary forces being deployed in the state to “meet any eventuality”. Civil societies across Manipur have been holding protests, seeking assurances from the Centre that the solution to the vexed political issue …

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Sidhu seeks permission for visiting Pakistan

PTI Chandigarh Former Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday sought permission from the Union External Affairs Ministry to attend the inaugural ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan. The cricketer-turned-politician also wrote a letter to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in this regard.  In a letter to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Sidhu said that he had been invited …

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Women help desks to be set up using Nirbhaya fund: Irani

PTI New Delhi Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said that anti-human trafficking units will be established in all districts and women help desks set up in police stations across the country using the Nirbhaya fund.  The Nirbhaya Fund was announced by the Centre in 2013 after the sensational December 16, 2012 gangrape and murder case in …

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Javadekar hits out at Kejriwal for ‘politicising’ pollution in Delhi

PTI New Delhi A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked school students to write letters to his Punjab and Haryana counterparts over pollution caused by stubble burning, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar slammed him for “politicising” the issue and said it was “unfortunate” that he was indulging in blame game.  Javadekar said that by bringing students on board …

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Crisis continues in M’rashtra as Sena adamant on CM post

Mumbai: The impasse over government formation in Maharashtra continued on Friday, eight days after assembly poll results were announced, with the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena party demanding the chief minister’s post for 2.5 years and 50:50 division of portfolios even as the Congress targeted the BJP for “cheating” the Shiv Sena. Maharashtra may head for President’s rule if the new …

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Centre enquires if any area in JK ‘disturbed’ under AFSPA

New Delhi: The central government has bestowed on itself the authority to declare any area in the newly-created Union Territories (UTs) of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh as “disturbed” under the controversial AFSPA, which gives sweeping powers to security forces to act against any suspect. Till the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, the state …

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Share of stubble burning to Delhi’s pollution rises to 46%

New Delhi: The share of stubble burning from the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana in Delhi’s pollution rose to 46 per cent on Friday, the highest this year, government agency SAFAR said as the air quality in the national capital nose-dived further. As the pollution levels entered the “severe plus” category”, the Supreme Court mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and …

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Delhi schools to be shut till Tuesday

New Delhi: The Delhi government on Friday decided to shut all schools till November 5 after a Supreme Court mandated panel declared a public health emergency in the Delhi-NCR region in the wake of rising level of pollution. As the pollution level in the region entered the “severe plus” category”, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority banned construction activity …

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Meghalaya visitors now have to register for safety

Shillong: The Meghalaya Cabinet on Friday approved the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 wherein persons who come to the state will have to register with the state government for safety and security. By amending the Act, people from outside who come to the state as tenants, labourers, tourists and for other purposes will have to register themselves …

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Snooping row: explain breach, govt to WhatsApp

New Delhi: WhatsApp on Thursday said Indian journalists and human rights activists were among those globally spied upon by unnamed entities using an Israeli spyware Pegasus, leading to a furore over breach of citizens’ privacy. Following the disclosure by WhatsApp, the Indian government has asked the messaging platform to explain the matter and list out the measures that have been …

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