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Fadnavis sworn in as Maharashtra CM

PTI Mumbai In a stunning turn of events in Maharashtra, BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis, on Saturday, returned as Chief Minister propped up by NCP’s Ajit Pawar, who was made his deputy, just hours after the new alliance of Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress reached a consensus that Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will be their chief ministerial candidate. Fadnavis and …

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Ajit Pawar sacked as NCP legislature unit head

Mumbai PTI The NCP, on Saturday evening, removed Ajit Pawar as the party’s legislature unit leader, hours after he joined hands with the BJP in a coup and took oath as deputy of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Ajit Pawar’s actions defied the party’s policies, said a resolution passed at the legislature wing’s meeting here, attended by party supremo Sharad …

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Fadnavis’ swearing in black chapter in India’s history: Cong

PTI New Delhi/Mumbai The Congress, on Saturday, termed the swearing in of Devendra Fadnavis as Maharashtra Chief Minister a “black chapter” in India’s history and expressed confidence that he will have to step down “shamefully” as all of its and NCP MLAs except a few of the Sharad Pawar-led party are together. The opposition party also exuded confidence that a …

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RS reports 90 % productivity in first week of Winter Session

PTI New Delhi In the first week of Parliament’s Winter Session, the Rajya Sabha reported productivity of more than 90 per cent, its secretariat said on Saturday. This is the 250th session of the Upper House. Based on the discussions that Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu had with leaders of various parties, the Rajya Sabha is likely to discuss the state …

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Emirates treats fliers with Indian cashew nuts

IANS Bengaluru Marking the World Cashew Day, leading Gulf-based carrier Emirates  on Saturday treated its fliers with tasty and munchy Indian cashews onboard its passenger jets,  an official said. “We have served the delicious and roasted India cashew nuts to our guests on international and  regional flights as a snack and an ingredient in a variety of our cuisine,” said …

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MLA Sait case: Five more arrested

UNI Mysuru The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing in to the murderous assault on former Karnataka Minister and MLA Tanveer Sait have arrested five more people in connection with the case. The arrested have been identified as Akram, Abid Pasha, Noor Khan, Mujib and Muzamil.The Police have already arrested the main culprit Farhan Pasha of Ghousianagar while he tried to …

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K’taka BJP candidates sacrificed ministerial berths for bypolls: CM

UNI Belagavi Stating that BJP candidates in the fray for Karnataka bypolls had sacrificed their ministerial berths and membership of the Legislative Assembly to strengthen the party,  Chief Minister BS Yeddiyurappa on Saturday appealed to the people to re-elect them. Speaking to mediapersons at Sambra Airport, on his way to campaign in Athani, Kagwad and Gokak in the district, Mr …

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‘Sena-NCP-Cong alliance unlikely to last beyond 6-8 months’

PTI Ranchi Terming the alliance among Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress as opportunistic, senior BJP leader and Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said even if they formed the government in Maharashtra, it will not last beyond six to eight months. In an interview during electioneering in Jharkhand, he said the alliance forged by these “ideologically different” parties was just …

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40% of India’s daily garbage remains uncollected: govt

PTI New Delhi India generates more than 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste everyday, 40 per cent of which remains uncollected and littered in the environment, the Centre informed the Lok Sabha on Friday. In a written response to a question in the Lower House, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the demand of plastic has increased significantly due its increased …

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Muslim family prints images of Hindu deities on wedding card

IANS Ayodhya The spirit of Lord Ram is gradually engulfing the whole of Ayodhya, blurring the lines of religion. A Muslim family, in a rare gesture, has printed a calendar of Lord Hanuman (for 2020) on the initiation card for their son’s wedding. The card also has photographs of Lord Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Narad Muni printed on it. The …

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