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Gujarat polls: OBC leader Alpesh joins Congress; 2 Hardik aides embrace BJP

Ahmedabad , Oct 22: Aggressive young Gujarat OBC leader Alpesh Thakore on Saturday announced he was joining the Congress, as state Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki urged firebrand Patidar spearhead Hardik Patel and Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani to also join the party. The ruling BJP also got a boost as two leaders from Patel's Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) shook hands...

Guj polls: Cong invites Hardik, Alpesh, Jignesh to join hands

Ahmedabad, Oct 21: Hoping to garner support of various communities in Gujarat polls, the state Congress today invited Patidar quota stir spearhead Hardik Patel, Thakor community leader Alpesh Thakor and dalit leader Jignesh Mevani to join hands with the party to defeat the ruling BJP.

Apart from these leaders, the Congress also hinted at forging a pre-poll alliance with...

Irani hits back at Rahul Gandhi for tweet on Jay Shah

New Delhi, Oct 21: Union minister Smriti Irani today hit back at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his comments referring to a court barring a news portal from publishing articles on a company owned by Amit Shah's son, saying a person "out on bail" was "mocking" the courts.

The information and broadcasting minister also said the Congress leader's attempts...

RBI says linking bank accounts with Aadhaar mandatory

New Delhi, Oct 21: At a time when customers are rushing to link all their bank accounts with Aadhaar, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Saturday clarified that it never issued any such directions and it was the decision of the Indian government.

The apex bank further clarified that in applicable cases, linkage of Aadhaar number to a...

CBI seeks permission to file SLP in SC on Bofors case

New Delhi, Oct 21: The CBI has written to the government for reconsideration of its 2005 decision and allow the agency to file a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court in the Bofors case challenging quashing of an FIR in the alleged scam, officials said.

In a letter to the Department of Personnel and Training, the...

Ranjit Kumar resigns as solicitor general for 'personal reasons'

New Delhi, Oct 20: Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, the country's second-highest law officer, resigned on Friday for "personal reasons".

The office of Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad received his resignation letter. While Kumar confirmed that he had resigned, sources close to him said it was for "personal reasons".

He was appointed solicitor general in June...

People violate SC ban on crackers; Delhi wakes up to a blanket of smog

New Delhi, Oct 20: Delhi and the National Capital Region woke up to a blanket of smog today, after a quiet and promising Dilwai evening gave way to noisy and relentless bursting of firecrackers till late night yesterday, despite a Supreme Court ban on their sale in the NCR.

The online indicators of the pollution monitoring stations...

Yogi visits disputed Ram Janmabhumi, says Ayodhya is his personal belief

Ayodhya, Oct 19: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday visited the disputed Ram Janmabhumi site, a day after the mega pre-Diwali celebrations organised by his government in this temple town.

Speaking to reporters after the visit, Mr.Adityanath said that Ayodhya was his personal belief and opposition parties had no right to question him on it.

On...

PM Modi celebrates Diwali with troops along LoC in J&K's Gurez

Srinagar, Oct 19: Prime Minister Narendra Moditoday celebrated Diwali with troops posted along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Gurez Sector and lauded the soldiers for their penance and sacrifice saying he considers them his family.

In an unannounced visit, Modi arrived at Gurez this morning to celebrate Diwali with the army and BSF soldiers posted along...

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On Diwali, India will grant medical visa in all deserving cases: Swaraj

New Delhi, Oct 19: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today that on the auspicious occasion of Diwali India will grant medical visa in all deserving cases that are pending, as she responded positively to a number of such requests by Pakistani nationals.

To a request for a visa by a Pakistani woman named Amna Shamin, whose father is...