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         Parrikar govt on course to 'die natural death': Goa Congress    
 
 
PANAJI: The Manohar Parrikar government in Goa is on course to "die a natural death" and the Congress will form the next government in the state, the opposition party's state in-charge A Chellakumar claimed Friday. He, however, refused to say by when the Congress expected to wrest power in the coastal state. "The Manohar Parrikar-led government is on course to die a natural death. The government was formed by those who sold the ideology and sentiments of the voters for their greed

 
         Court seeks ED's response on Virbhadra Singh's plea    
 
 
NEW DELHI: A special court has granted two weeks to the Enforcement Directorate to respond to a plea of former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh seeking certain documents in a money laundering case against him. Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj directed the probe agency to file by October 5 its reply to the applications moved by Singh and other accused, including his wife Pratibha Singh and LIC agent Anand Chauhan. Special public prosecutors N K Matta and Nitesh Rana, appearing

 
         India, China need to work together: Maa Zhanwu    
 
 
KOLKATA: Consul General of People's Republic of China in Kolkata Maa Zhanwu has said his country along with India needed to work together for greater welfare of the world. The relations between the two countries have seen much progress and the meeting with India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in July opened a new chapter in bilateral ties, he said. "We need to further promote exchanges and cooperation between the two great nations to contribute significantl

 
         Chaudhary appointed new SAIL chairman    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Anil Kumar Chaudhary has been appointed as the new chairman of the Steel Authority of India (SAIL), a government order said Friday. Chaudhary, at present, has been serving as the Director (Finance) in the country's largest steel making company. The post of SAIL chairman fell vacant on June 30 with the retirement of P K Singh. The order issued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) said Chaudhary will be in the post till his supera

 
         Camera traps spot antelope in Palamau Tiger Reserve    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Camera traps installed in the core area of the Palamau Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Jharkhand has found a young antelope this month, a wildlife official said Friday. With this, three young antelopes were spotted in the PTR in three consecutive years, Anil Kumar Mishra, Divisional Forest Officer (Core Area), said. "The first photo was taken in 2016 and then in 2017. The latest one was taken in September this year in the core area of the PTR," Mishra said. Stating that the three

 
         HC directs two litigants to plant 100 trees in Delhi    
 
 
NEW DELHI: In an unusual verdict, the Delhi High Court has directed two men, who decided to withdraw cases against each other, to plant 100 trees in the capital as a "gesture of goodwill to society". While quashing criminal proceedings against them, Justice Najmi Waziri said the trees should be of deciduous indigenous variety and three years old or have a height of at least six feet. The court's order came while allowing the pleas of two men, who had filed cross cases against each

 
         Chidambaram slams govt for its 'heavy-handed' approach towards NPA    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram Friday slammed the Modi government for its banking policy, saying due to its "heavy-handed" approach towards non-performing assets, banks have no money to lend. In a series of tweets, the former finance minister also claimed that though export credit had declined from Rs 39,000 crore in June, 2017, to Rs 22,300 crore in June, 2018, the government thinks that it is taking steps to boost exports. "In a climate of suspicion and vendetta,

 
         Rahul pulls no punches in attack on PM, provokes BJP    
 
 
DUNGARPUR: In a no-holds-barred attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Thursday said people are now heard saying the country's watchman is a thief . Gandhi's remark at a public meeting provoked a strong reaction from the BJP with Union minister Smriti Irani calling him the clown prince who had no respect for the prime minister's post. Rahul Gandhi was referring to the prime minister's silence on the Rafale fighter aircraft deal with France and the Modi

 
         Assam govt to bear 2 pc premium of PM Fasal Bima Yojana    
 
 
GUWAHATI: Assam government would bear the two per cent premium for farmers to help them reap rich dividends from the Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on Thursday. The PMFBY is an actuarial premium based scheme under which a farmer has to pay a maximum premium of 2% for Kharif, 1.5% for Rabi food & oilseed crops. The state government will provide the premium to enable full insured amount to the farmers against crop loss on account of natural

 
         Six booked under Goondas Act in Gautam Buddh Nagar    
 
 
NOIDA: The Gautam Buddh Nagar district administration Thursday said it has invoked the stringent Goondas Act against six persons for their alleged involvement in crimes in the district. District Magistrate Brajesh Narayan Singh, based on a recommendation report by Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Pal Sharma, pressed charges under the UP Control of Goondas Act, 1970, against these persons, an official statement said. The Act has been invoked against Waheed, Wasim and Rizwan of Bulan

 
         SC extends deadline for probe in Aircel-Maxis deal case    
 
 
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Thursday extended by three months the deadline given to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to complete the probe in the Aircel-Maxis deal case. A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said the probe should be completed in three months. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the ED, said the agency needs some two-three months to complete the probe as it needs to confront some accused with several e-mails. The ED is probing a money laun

 
         PM wishes Ajay Maken speedy recovery    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday wished ailing Congress leader Ajay Maken a speedy recovery. Maken, who is undergoing treatment abroad, thanked the prime minister for his wishes. He said he is suffering from an "irreversible and progressive orthopaedic ailment, which is extremely painful, but not life-threatening". "Dear @ajaymaken Ji, I pray for your good health and wellbeing," Modi wrote on Twitter. "Many many thanks for your good wishes Sir," the Congress lea

 
         Army pays tributes to Lance Naik Malik    
 
 
SRINAGAR: The Army Tuesday paid tributes to Lance Naik Mukhtar Ahmad Malik, who was killed by militants inside his house in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Malik was on leave at his native village in Kulgam district to perform the last rites of his son, who was killed in an accident a few days ago, when a group of terrorists barged into his house on Monday. "In a solemn ceremony at Badamibagh Cantonment, Corps Commander Lt Gen A K Bhatt and all ranks paid homage to the martyr Mu

 
         Seven-year-old girl raped in Shahdara: Police    
 
 
NEW DELHI: A 21-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a seven-year-old girl in Shahdara's Seemapuri area, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place on Monday night, they added. In a statement to the police, the victim's mother alleged that her daughter was raped by a neighbour. The girl was playing outside her residence at around 10.30 pm on Monday when the accused took her to the bushes near the DLF chowk and raped her, a senior police officer said. The victim was

 
         BJP, Congress mock Mamata's foreign visit    
 
 
KOLKATA: The opposition Congress and BJP Tuesday mocked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her foreign visits seeking investments and said the state government should publish a white paper on the amount of investments that the state has received in last few years. Stating that she was invited by industrialists, businessmen and the governments of the two European countries, Banerjee on Sunday left for a 12-day trip to Germany and Italy to attract investments to the state. "Ear

 
         No relief from Centre, states for Nagaland disaster    
 
 
KOHIMA: Nagaland has been hit by an unprecedented disaster last month and it is yet to receive any relief fund from the Centre or other state governments, the Assembly was informed Tuesday. Relief received from individuals and NGOs under the Chief Minister's Relief Fund till date is Rs 4.69 crore, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said. "The amount is being utilised for relief, rehabilitation, ex-gratia for the affected families and to meet the critical gaps not covered under National Disaster

 
         Gujarat Assembly pays homage to Vajpayee    
 
 
GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat Assembly paid homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and nine former state legislators on the first day of monsoon session Tuesday. After paying homage to the deceased leaders, the House was adjourned for the day. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani tabled a motion to pay homage to Vajpayee, two former state ministers and seven former MLAs who have died since the Budget session in March. The chief minister called Vajpayee a "nation-builder". "Atal-ji

 
         SC stays Patna HC order asking to set up a fresh probe team in Muzaffarpur shelter home case    
 
 
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Tuesday stayed a Patna High Court order asking the CBI special director to set up a fresh team to probe Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case. Patna High Court had on August 29 ordered that a fresh team of investigators be constituted by the Special Director of CBI in the case in which incidents of alleged rape and sexual assault of women inmates over a period of time had come to light in an NGO-run shelter home at Muzaffarpur. A bench of Justices Mada

 
         Air Tanzania to soon resume direct flights to India    
 
 
CAIRO: Air Tanzania will soon resume services to India with direct flights to Mumbai from Tanzanian city Dar Es Salaam, an official said Monday. Air India and Air Tanzania had direct flights between the two countries but the operations were stopped in mid-1990s due to commercial reasons. "Air Tanzania has recently received permission to operate into India from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)," Zanzibar Tourism Promotion Centre (Mumbai) Jilesh Babla told PTI here. The

 
         Territorial Army soldier shot dead    
 
 
SRINAGAR: Militants on Monday shot dead a Territorial Army soldier in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. The ultras barged into the house of Mukhtar Ahmad Malik at Churat in Kulgam and shot at him from a close range, a police official said. The official said Malik, a soldier in the Territorial Army, died on the spot. Further details are awaited.

 
         BJP's popularity has declined, will be no surprise if it loses 2019 elections: Gehlot    
 
 
JAIPUR:Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot on Monday said the popularity graph of the Narendra Modi government has fallen and it will not be a surprise if the BJP faces a drubbing in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He was speaking at a press conference at his residence here. "Only two faces are ruling the country those of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. But it will not be a surprise if they are trounced (in the 2019 general) elections," the former Rajasthan chief minister said. He said

 
         568 kilo ladoo unveiled on PM's birthday    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar and his cabinet colleague Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi unveiled a 568-kg ladoo on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 68th birthday on Monday. Participating at a function organised by Sulabh International Social Service Organisation, which is celebrating the PM's birthday as 'Swachhta Diwas', Javadekar said, "Sanitation coverage has significantly increased in the country in last four years." Under the 'Swachhta Campaign' more than n

 
         New coffee table book chronicles life of PM Modi    
 
 
NEW DELHI: A coffee-table book titled "Narendra Modi: A Charismatic & Visionary Statesman" was dedicated to the prime minister on the occasion of his 68th birthday on Monday. The 672-page book, weighing 5 kilograms on Japanese matte art paper, claims to present an objective picture of the country's 14th PM Narendra Modi, who the authors said "successfully left the spectre of the Gujarat riots of 2002 behind to rise like a phoenix in spite of much adversity and court battles". The

 
         Drug dealer nabbed from Kashmir by Gujarat ATS    
 
 
AHMEDABAD: A man was arrested from Jammu and Kashmir by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in connection with a racket involved in selling heroin smuggled from Pakistan using sea route, police said Monday. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Gujarat ATS nabbed Nazir Ahmed Thakar on Sunday from a place in Srinagar with the help of local police and brought him here Monday, the ATS said in a release. This is the third arrest by the Gujarat ATS in the heroin smuggling case. Last month, t

 
         Bengal BJP chief's vehicle attacked in East Midnapore    
 
 
KOLKATA: West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh's vehicle came under attack Monday in East Midnapore district, where he arrived in the morning with a contingent of 10-12 cars to attend a meeting, a police officer said. Ghosh claimed that the attack at Contai in East Midnapore was the "handiwork" of Trinamool Congress workers, a charge denied by the ruling party. The police officer, however, said the miscreants behind the attack were yet to be identified. "Ghosh was shown black flags

 
         Mathura gearing up for 'Chappan Bhog Mahotsava'    
 
 
Mathura is gearing up for 'Chappan Bhog Mahotsava', a three-day festival during which devotees make lavish offerings comprising 56 dishes to Lord Krishna in Goverdhan. Elaborate preparations are being made for the festival beginning September 21, according to the organisers. The festival will begin with circumambulation of the sacred Goverdhan Hill by thousands of pilgrims, said Murari Agrawal, the founder president of Sri Giriraj Seva Samiti. Prior to the main event slated for Se

 
         20 lakh people join modified JanDhan scheme, total account holders 32.61 cr    
 
 
NEW DELHI: As many as 20 lakh people have joined the modified Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY), taking the total number of account holders in the flagship financial inclusion programme to 32.61 crore as on September 5, according to finance ministry data. The government earlier this month relaunched PMJDY as an open-ended scheme with higher insurance cover and double the overdraft (OD) facility. The Union Cabinet decided to continue the scheme beyond the four-year period ended Augu

 
         Now a mobile app to check poll code violations    
 
 
NEW DELHI: The day elections are announced in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Mizoram voters in these states will get to use a mobile application to check poll code violations by political parties and candidates, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat has said. The C-Vigil mobile application gives the common man the opportunity to click pictures and take videos of violations and send it to concerned election officers. Further the application can triangulate the exact location o

 
         Mob lynching in name of cow vigilantism 'blot on democracy':Mayawati    
 
 
LUCKNOW: Terming mob lynching in the name of cow vigilantism as a "blot on democracy", BSP supremo Mayawati Sunday accused the BJP governments of laxity and indifference on the issue. "The increasing tendency of indulging in mob lynching in the name of cow vigilantism in the BJP-ruled states is a blot on democracy, yet the governments are exercising laxity and are being indifferent to it," Mayawati told reporters here. "These activities of the BJP governments (against the Dalits, t

 
         ECI to review poll preparations in Rajasthan    
 
 
JAIPUR: Election Commission of India will review poll preparations in Rajasthan on Monday and Tuesday. Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat, Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena and other senior officers will examine the preparations. They will hold meetings with representatives of national political parties on Monday. They will also hold meetings with divisional commissioners, district election officers, IGs, SPs and other officers to

 
 
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