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Amit Shah to attend inauguration of 29 Special Composite Group complex of NSG in West Bengal today

NEW DELHI: Union home minister Amit Shah will visit West Bengal on Sunday to attend the inauguration of 29 Special Composite Group complex of National Security Guard (NSG) in Rajarhat. The home minister is also scheduled to address two public meetings in Kolkata. The developments come ahead of municipal elections …

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New curbs for Urs pilgrims from Pakistan

AJMER/JAIPUR: Soon after the arrival of a delegation of 211 Pakistani pilgrims in Ajmer for Urs celebrations, the district administration on Saturday imposed several restrictions on them, including dargah visit timing, citing visa rules. The festival of Urs, which started on February 17, will continue till March 6 and the …

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Lok Janshakti Party to release manifesto 6 months before Bihar polls

NEW DELHI: In a bid to break the convention when it comes to election strategies, Lok Janshakti Party will release its manifesto or vision document on April 12, nearly six months before assembly polls are scheduled in Bihar. LJP chief Chirag Paswan, who is trying to invoke Bihari pride by …

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Sharon Stone shares 'samosa packet' pic showcased by CAA protesters

KOLKATA: Days after Pink Flyod co-founder Roger Waters read an English translation of Aamir Aziz‘s “Sab yaad rakha jayega”, Hollywood actor Sharon Stone has shared an image of a samosa packet that is being used by “a joint artists’ protest in solidarity with mass protests in India”. In her Insta …

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Mantri’s fresh salvo against ‘anti-nationals’

SHIVAMOGGA: Karnataka agriculture minister B C Patil on Saturday repeated his controversial comment that those raising slogans against India should be shot dead. “People who raise slogans like ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ are anti-nationals. Anyone who dares to say ‘Hindustan Zindabad’ in Pakistan will be beheaded in five minutes. Aren’t people residing …

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Confident India can ensure return of peace: Indonesia

NEW DELHI: The Indonesian government called in Indian ambassador in Jakarta Pradeep Rawat and raised concerns over the Delhi riots which have until now claimed 42 lives. It said in a statement later that the government of Indonesia had complete confidence that the government of India will be able to …

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Forces to stay longer in J&K as Syed Ali Shah Geelani health sparks unrest fears

SRINAGAR: Withdrawal of additional forces from Kashmir has come to a halt in the wake of rumours that 90-year-old separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s health is fast deteriorating, a J&K administration official said on Saturday. At least 400 additional companies of CRPF, BSF, ITBP and SSB were brought into Kashmir …

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Ayodhya readies for mandir construction

AYODHYA: Heavy earthmoving machines rolled into the Ramjanmabhoomi premises in Ayodhya on Saturday afternoon, marking the beginning of construction of the Ram Mandir. The chief priest of the makeshift temple, Acharya Satyendra Das, said, “Machines have begun levelling land and clearing bushes and heavy thickets… It’s a joyous moment for …

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Farooq aides’ assets attached over JKCA scam

NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR: In a further setback to former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah, the Enforcement Directorate on Saturday attached assets of Rs 2.6 crore of Ahsan Ahmad Mirza and Mir Manzoor Gazanffer, close associates of the former CM, in a money laundering case for alleged misappropriation of funds of the …

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CBSE cracks whip as schools violate board exam norms

NEW DELHI: Cracking down on lax compliance of examination guidelines, the Central Board of Secondary Education has issued notices to over 200 schools that are part of the 5,300 examination centres for the classes X and XII board exams currently under way. After violations were detected through the board’s confidential …