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Election Commission Bars Schemes for Poll-Bound States in Union Budget

No specific schemes can be announced in the union budget for the five states where assembly elections are due this year, the Election Commission has said. The Commission said, “in the interest of free and fair elections” and to maintain “level playing field during elections”, no state specific schemes should …

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Mulayam Singh Yadav Has New Role And New Nameplate In Samajwadi Party

At about 7 pm on Saturday, a new nameplate was affixed at the Lucknow office of the ruling Samajwadi Party. It reads – Mulayam Singh Yadav, Sanrakshak (Guardian). The new nameplate has been put up exactly in the place of another that had for many years read – Mulayam Singh Yadav, National President.  …

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Pakistan Hands Over Soldier Chandu Babulal Chauhan Who Had Inadvertently Crossed Line of Control Last Year

An army soldier who had inadvertently crossed the Line of Control in September last year has been handed over to India by Pakistan at the Wagah Border today. Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chauhan was being released on “humanitarian grounds”, Pakistan said in a statement. The news of the 22-year-old soldier from …

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Jallikattu Returns As Tamil Nadu Governor Approves Ordinance

After a three year long ban, Jallikattu will finally be held across Tamil Nadu today. Governor Vidyasagar Rao has approved an executive order or ordinance by the state government which will allow the bull-taming sport to be held in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said this evening. The chief …

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Congress Doesn’t Deserve More Seats, Says Samajwadi Party

Till 48 hours ago, top Congress leaders and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav both proclaimed that a partnership for Uttar Pradesh was confirmed and minor fixes remained. A case of Really, Not Really, as it turns out. Today, Samajwadi Party lawmaker Naresh Agarwal said in Delhi, “The talks are …

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Sonia Gandhi Intervenes To Protect Turf with Akhilesh Yadav

  Sonia Gandhi, Congress president, has now stepped in as her party attempts to salvage an alliance with the Samajwadi Party for the Uttar Pradesh elections after hectic negotiations hit a wall, with both sides declaring that the other was making unreasonable demands for seats to contest. Mrs. Gandhi’s closest …

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Hirakhand Express Accident: 23 Dead As Train Derail In Andhra Pradesh

At least 23 people were killed and over 100 were believed to be injured after Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express derailed in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh, officials said today. The incident took place around 11 PM yesterday when the train was on its way to Bhubaneswar from Jagdalpur. “Seven coaches and the engine of …

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No fake currency was seized from Nov 8 to Dec 30, Finance Ministry tells PAC

One of the primary motives cited for demonetization was to tackle problems of counterfeit notes and terrorist financing. In its submission to the Public Accounts Committee, the Finance Ministry has said no counterfeit notes were seized by agencies from Nov 8 to Dec 30. While an amount of Rs 474.37 …

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A Small Village in Uttar Pradesh Makes a Big Election Pledge

Almost all the 4,500 residents of Chandaur, a small village in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh, are gathered in front of the primary school to discuss the assembly elections in the state, but within minutes it turns into a full-fledged protest. The villagers are angry with the lotus, the …

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