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Novelist Amitav Ghosh honoured with 54h Jnanpith award

New Delhi, Dec 14: Noted English writer Amitav Ghosh has been honoured with this year's Jnanpith Award, a literary award given to an author for "outstanding contribution towards literature", Bharatiya Jnanpith announced Friday.

"Amitav Ghosh is a path-breaking novelist. In his novels, Ghosh treads through historical settings to the modern era and weaves a space where the past connects...

Ashok Gehlot is Rajasthan CM; Sachin Pilot accepts deputy’s post

New Delhi, Dec 14: Veteran Congress leader Ashok Gehlot will be the next chief minister of Rajasthan, the Congress announced on Friday ending days of suspense over the new leadership in the state.

In a delicate balancing act, young leader and state Congress President Sachin Pilot will be the deputy chief minister of Rajasthan.

AICC General Secretary K...

Farmer loan waiver often goes to best connected than poor: Rajan

New Delhi, Dec 14: Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan on Friday claimed that the loan waivers for farmers actually go to the "best connected rather than the poorest".

He also underlined as to how it creates problems for the fiscal of the state too.

"Certainly, there is a reason to discuss about farm distress...

PM Modi's foreign trips cost over Rs 2,000-cr since 2014

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi stormed into the capital's South Block in end-May 2014, he has reportedly made 84 trips around the world, which cost about $280 million (over Rs 2,010 crore), according to the government.

The above information was provided by Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh in Parliament, in a response to a lawmaker's question,...

Chronology of events in controversial Rafale deal case

New Delhi, Dec 14: Following is the chronology of events in which the Supreme Court Friday refused to direct CBI to register FIR in connection with the alleged irregularities in the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France.

-Dec 30, 2002: Defence Procurement Procedures (DPP) adopted to streamline procurement procedures.

-Aug 28, 2007: Ministry of Defence issues...

After SC’s refusal to intervene in Rafale case, BJP asks Rahul to apologise to PM Modi

New Delhi, Dec 14: The BJP Friday demanded an apology from the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhifor levying allegations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rafale fighter jet deal, in which the Supreme Court has given the government a clean chit.

The apex court dismissed all the petitions seeking a direction to the CBI to register an...

Kamal Nath to take oath as CM of Madhya Pradesh on Dec 17

Bhopal, Dec 14: Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath said on Friday he will take oath as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh on December 17.

The swearing-in ceremony will take place at Lal Parade Ground here around 1.30 pm, Nath told reporters outside Raj Bhavan.

Nath, along with senior Congress leaders, including Digvijay Singh, Vivek Tankha and others met...

KCR's son Rama Rao appointed working president of TRS

Hyderabad, Dec 14: A day after he was sworn in as the chief minister, Telangana Rashtra Samithi supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday appointed his son and former minister KT Rama Rao as the outfit's working president.

According a press release from KCR's office, Rama Rao's appointment was necessitated as Chandrasekhar Rao will have to concentrate on national politics...

SC dismisses petitions seeking direction to CBI to register FIR in alleged Rafale scam

New Delhi, Dec 14: The Supreme Court Friday gave the Narendra Modi government a clean chit on the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France and dismissed all the petitions seeking a direction to the CBI to register an FIR for alleged irregularities in the deal.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said there was no...

'Govt ready to pay political price for tough decisions'

Mumbai, Dec 14: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said his government is ready to "pay a political price" for stringent decisions like demonetisation and the GST, even as he admitted there is an agricultural crisis and rural distress in the country.

He also hoped the results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections won't be the same as the...