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OMG! BJP kick-starts early 2019 poll preparations

New Delhi, Aug 17: The BJP has started early preparations for 2019 polls as party president Amit Shah got into a huddle with top leaders on Thursday to appoint managers to curate 120 Lok Sabha seats it never won.

Shah, said BJP sources, took a meeting of about a dozen union and UP ministers and ten general secretaries at...

Yogi kicks up huge storm with namaz, azaan remark

Lucknow, Aug 17: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has kicked up a huge storm by making a reference to offering 'namaz' (prayers) on the roads and comparing it with 'Kanwar Yatra' (carrying of pitchers filled with Ganga waters for offering at Shiva temples) and 'Janmashtami' celebrations inside police stations.

''If I cannot stop offering of namaz on the...

TN CM announces probe into Jayalalithaa's death

Chennai, Aug 17: In a major turn of events, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami said that a Commission will be formed under a retired judge to probe the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

He also announced that her(Jayalalithaa) Poes Garden residence in Chennai will be made into a memorial.

These developments are in accordance to the...

Malegaon terror attack: SC reserves order on Purohit’s plea

New Selhi, Aug 17: The National Investigation Agency on Thursday admitted before the Supreme Court that there have been “several inconsistencies” in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case. But it opposed bail plea by accused Lt Col Srikant Prasad Purohit, saying these things, including retractions of witnesses, could be examined during the trial only.

Purohit, for his...

Mere ‘Swachch’ is not sufficient; we want ‘Sach Bharat’: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Aug 17: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today hit out at the government for not being able to keep its promises and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to create a 'Swachch Bharat' but people wanted a 'sach Bharat'.

Addressing a meeting of opposition leaders, hosted by rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, Gandhi also took a dig...

US names Kashmir's Hizbul Mujahideen as terrorist group

Kashmir, Aug 17: The United States has designated Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest armed group in Indian-administered Kashmir, as a "foreign terrorist" organisation, imposing sanctions on it including the freezing of assets it may hold in the US.

The US Department of State said in a statement on Wednesday that Washington is seeking to deny the group "the...

Yogi govt to act against madrasas, where national anthem wasn't sung

Lucknow, Aug 16: The Uttar Pradesh government is contemplating stern action against 'madrasas' (Islamic Seminaries), where the national anthem was not sung during the Independence Day celebrations on Tuesday in defiance of its directives.

According to the sources here on Tuesday, the government has taken a strong view of the reports that national anthem had not been sung at...

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Shiv Sena mocks Modi’s goli-gaali statement on Kashmir

Mumbai, Aug 16: In a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day address, the Shiv Sena today dared the Centre to abolish the Article 370 of the Constitution so that people from across the nation can "visit Kashmir and embrace its people."

Modi, in his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red fort yesterday, said, "Na...

After Doklam, China tries to enter Ladakh; India foils infiltration bid: Sources

New Delhi/Srinagar, Aug 16: Indian and Chinese soldiers were allegedly involved in an altercation in the western Himalayas on Tuesday, said sources in the government. Indian soldiers reportedly foiled an infiltration bid by Chinese People's Liberation Army to enter Ladakh, near the Pangong lake.

The incident took place on the morning of Indian Independence Day, August 15.

"There...

India capable of tackling any kind of challenge: PM

New Delhi, Aug 15: India is capable of tackling any kind of security challenge, be it the sea or borders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asserted amid the standoff with China in Doklam.

Without naming China or the two-month-long Doklam standoff, he said the country's security is a priority for his government and that soldiers are...