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Passport office to clear 500 more online applications daily

New Delhi, June 21: Shaken by the rising public anger against messy implementation of the new internet-based passport application system, the ministry of external affairs on Wednesday put in place a number of measures that are expected to make it easier for people to apply for passports. Some of these measures will...

Modi vs Nitish: NDA cannot come to power with a 'fanatic face', JD(U) says

New Delhi, June 20: Making clear its aversion for Narendra Modi, JD(U) today virtually gave an ultimatum to BJP to desist from projecting the Gujarat chief minister as NDA's prime ministerial candidate or be ready to snap the alliance.

The warning was given...

Sangma to resign from NCP, says Swamy

New Delhi, June 20: Former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma has decided to quit the NCP, which doesn't want him to contest the presidential election, Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy said Wednesday.

"He told me that I have no option but to resign from NCP. He said...

RSS backs Narendra Modi as prime ministerial candidate

Nagpur, June 20: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat Wednesday backed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as a candidate for the prime minister's post and said that the country should have a PM who propounded Hindutva.

"To keep alive the Hindutva ideology, the Hindu...

Modi needles Modi in BJP

Patna, June 20: Shortly after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asked his alliance partner, the BJP, to name a prime-ministerial candidate with secular credentials before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, senior BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi toed Nitish’s line and virtually rejected Narendra Modi’s name as the alliance...

Sena shocks NDA, supports Pranab

Patna/New Delhi, June 20: Struggling to find a candidate of its own to contest the presidential election, the BJP-led NDA found itself in acute embarrassment on Tuesday as alliance partner Shiv Sena came out openly in support of the UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee.

Sena supremo...

Congress snubs Digvijaya Singh for speaking out of turn

New Delhi, June 19: Congress on Monday snubbed Digvijaya Singh, saying that its most vocal general secretary was not authorized to speak on the party's behalf.

"Digvijay Singh is not officially authorized to speak on behalf of the party," the AICC said in a media...

Leaders of poorest villages flaunt SUVs with pricey plates

Pune, June 19: Villages in India may lack good roads, power, drinking water and sanitation. But the leaders of some of those villages in Maharashtra showed up with status symbol cars at a convention organised in Pune by Shard Pawar's party, the NCP.

Among those who addressed...

Microsoft forays into tablet market, unveils Surface to take on Apple's iPad

New Delhi, June 19: Two years after Apple unveiled iPad and Steve Jobs declared the beginning of post-PC era, Microsoft formally entered the tablet market on June 19. At an event in Los Angeles, the company announced 10.6-inch tablet called Surface.

Microsoft, however, did not announce any...

Abdul Kalam will not contest presidential poll

New Delhi, June 18: In an official statement, former President A P J Abdul Kalam has said he will not contest the presidential election 2012 to be held on July 19.

The former President said he was aware of the developments in the run-up to the elections but had never aspired for a second...

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