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Asserting that the situation across the country is "not normal", Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday slammed the Central government for not gauging emotions of North-Eastern citizens before tabling the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Parliament. "In Rajya Sabha, the Home Minister said that the situation across the country is normal, but it does not appear to be normal....
The Supreme Court on Thursday constituted an inquiry commission headed by former Supreme Court judge V.S. Sirpurkar, former Bombay High Court judge Rekha Baldota and former CBI director D.R. Karthikeyan, to conduct an inquiry into the 'encounter' killing of the four accused in the rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad. A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde...
Police opened fire to disperse protesters at Lalungaonn area here on Thursday in which some persons were reportedly injured, a senior police officer said. The officer claimed that the protesters hurled stones and bricks at the policemen and when attempts to pacify them did not deter the mob, the secrity personnel opened fire at them. The officer did not specify the...
Sensex and Nifty opened higher on Thursday ahead of the release of key macro figures -- CPI and IIP -- later in the day. Analysts have said that the upcoming macro indicators like CPI inflation and the IIP data were unlikely to paint a rosy picture which may reduce upside potential in the near term. Citing higher inflation the central bank...
An American trade coalition has urged President Donald Trump to reach a "phase one" deal with China in an effort to resolve the ongoing trade war between the US and China. "We urge you to reach a Phase One deal with China and take the necessary steps to resolve the ongoing trade dispute," the Americans for Free Trade, a coalition...
Israelis will return to the ballot box for the third consecutive national election in 11 months on March 2, 2020 after the country's top leaders have again failed to build a governing coalition. The Knesset (Parliament) was automatically dispersed at midnight on Wednesday, but lawmakers continued debating until early Thursday on the date of the vote, reports The Times of...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday assured the people of Assam that they there was no need to worry about the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019 and that he and his government were committed to constitutionally safeguard the political, linguistic, cultural and land rights of the Assamese people. "I want to assure my brothers and sisters of Assam that they...
A Samajwadi Party leader has been booked for sexually exploiting a woman and blackmailing her. "Aafaq Khan is married with eight children but since 2014, he has been sexually exploiting me and threatens to malign my reputation. He holds me captive and mentally tortures me. He has also been threatening to defame me on the social media. "I am now seriously...
Jharkahnd recorded 13.05 per cent voting till 9 a.m. in the third phase of polling on Thursday. The voting for 17 Assembly seats commenced at 7 a.m., amidst tight security. The Silli assembly witnessed highest polling with 16.35 per cent and Dhanwar remained lowest with 7.57 per cent. While the polling exercise on five seats - Ranchi, Hatia, Kanke, Ramgarh and...
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Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has hailed the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament, calling it a victory for the country. Sawant said it is an occasion to celebrate for the religiously persecuted refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh amd Afghanistan. The bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, was passed by the...
In a fresh twist to the Unnao rape and murder case, the family of the victim has now threatened to exhume her body and carry it to Lucknow if the government fails to keep its promise of ensuring capital punishment to the accused. The family members, on Wednesday, sat on dharna at the burial site. The family members, on Monday, had...
With December 16 drawing close, the day when one of the most brutal rapes rocked the country's conscience, an air of finality has descended on the Nirbhaya convicts. The Tihar jail officials have sought the services of two hangmen from Uttar Pradesh. Director General (DG) of UP Prisons (Administration and Reform Services), Anand Kumar has confirmed that the Tihar jail...
To control the deteriorating law and order situation over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019, eight columns of the Indian Army was on Thursday deployed to Assam and Tripura as per the requests made by the governments of the two states. Five columns, each consisting of 70 soldiers and one or two officers, were deployed in Assam, while three columns...
The Rajya Sabha passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 (CAB) on Wednesday with 125 members voting for and 105 against the Bill. Earlier the demand for referring the Bill to the Select Committee was negated. The members of Shiv Sena, the latest Congress ally, were absent at the time of voting. The Janata Dal (United) voted for the Bill. The CAB...
The Supreme Court will begin in-chamber review on petitions challenging the November 9 verdict in the Ayodhya title dispute on Thursday. The apex court had allocated the disputed site for the construction of Ram temple, and granted five-acre land to Muslim parties for the construction of mosque elsewhere in Ayodhya. The new five-judge bench is headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde...
Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that our muscular and powerful government should finish Pakistan if they do not like their language. "We have a very powerful government. If you do not like the language of Pakistan we should finish it," the fiery leader said while speaking during the debate on controversial...
A BJP corporator was on Wednesday sentenced to five years' rigorous imprisonment by a court here in Maharashtra for taking bribe in 2014. District Judge (special Anti-Corruption Bureau cases) P P Jadhav pronounced Varsha Bhanushali, the corporator in the BJP-ruled Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) of Thane district, guilty under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The court also imposed...
Exit poll results: Stock market opens on high note, Sensex up by 950 points
The BSE benchmark Sensex rose over 170 points to close at 40,412 on Wednesday, helped by fag-end buying mainly in auto, IT and oil & gas stocks amid easing crude prices. After swinging nearly 330 points, the index finished 172.69 points or 0.43 per cent higher at 40,412.57. Similarly, the 50-scrip NSE Nifty appreciated 53.35 points or 0.45 per cent to...
ISRO on Wednesday successfully injected into orbit the country's remote imaging earth observation satellite RISAT-2BR1 along with nine other foreign commercial satellites. The 44.4 metre tall PSLV lifted off majestically with a thunderous sound, leaving plumes of smoke from the first launch pad at the spaceport here at 3.25 pm. RISAT-2BR1 was placed into orbit around 16 minutes after the lift...
National Security advisor Ajit Doval has sent a letter of appreciation to Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary R.K. Tiwari for his "commendable effort in handling the situation in Uttar Pradesh, following the Ayodhya verdict". The letter dated November 28, was released to the media on Wednesday. Doval, in his letter, has appreciated the pivotal role played by the chief secretary in maintaining...

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