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Congress core group discusses contours of alliances in 7 states

A committee on alliances, which includes senior leaders such as AK Antony, Ashok Gehlot, Ahmed Patel and Ghulam Nabi Azad, discussed the possibility of tie-ups in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Karnataka, Odisha, Jharkhand and Maharashtra.

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PM Modi, Amit Shah in Bhopal today to power Shivraj Chouhan's poll campaign

The BJP’s ‘Karyakarta Mahakumbh’ (grand assembly of party workers) is being held in Bhopal on the occasion of birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, the co-founder of BJP’s fore-runner, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh.

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PM Modi should decide on declassifying Lal Bahadur Shastri's death records, says...

All classified records pertaining to former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death should be placed before the prime minister and home minister to take a call on their declassification

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British tourist found dead in Varanasi guest house

A British tourist was found dead in a guest house at Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi on Monday morning

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Shivraj Chouhan's election dilemma over amended SC/ST Act

SC and ST groups have threatened to disrupt Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s Ashirward Yatra being undertaken to galvanise support ahead of the elections.

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More than 120 people stranded in Lahaul-Spiti as heavy rainfall pounds Himachal

Heavy rain lashed several areas of Himachal Pradesh on Monday

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Hyderabad metro rail's second phase becomes operational, to end traffic woes in...

The Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited’s much-awaited 16-km long second phase of Corridor-1, one of the city’s high traffic density routes, was inaugurated on Monday.

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Why Abdulla Yameen's ouster is good news for India

Maldives has become a showpiece of mega projects-driven Chinese foreign policy as well as an important player in President Xi Jinping’s marquee one-road-one-belt project.

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Maoists who killed TDP lawmaker, leader identified

Sarveswara Rao, the 48-year-old MLA of Araku, and Siveri Soma, 52, a former legislator of the constituency, were targeted when they were returning from a government-sponsored ‘village visit’ programme, officials said.

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India hails 'triumph of democracy' in Maldives election result

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s victory could possibly bring to an end the months-long strain in ties between India and Yameen, whose handling of institutions and closeness to Beijing didn’t go down well with New Delhi.

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Centre dubs Rahul Gandhi's statement on RSS push in SPG hirings baseless

The government on Monday termed as “baseless” and “devoid of fact” the statement of Congress president Rahul Gandhi that a former Special Protection Group (SPG) chief had to quit because he refused to accept a list of officers handpicked by the RSS.

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2 ailing Goa ministers dropped, replaced; Cong cries hypocrisy

Nilesh Cabral, a BJP lawmaker from South Goa district’s Curchorem seat located in the heart of the mining belt and has been championing the cause of resumption of mining, while Milind Naik represents the district’s Mormugao seat.

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Heavy rain hits north, many dead in final monsoon burst

The weather department said this year’s monsoon rainfall, the lifeblood of India’s farm sector, was 9% lower than normal, but a detailed report was expected in the first week of October. T

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Govt sees foreign hand in Opposition's Rafale onslaught

The government claimed it was not aware of the details of the partnership the French company has entered into with its off set partners, and that these would be known only after Dassault submits entire details with regard to offset obligations worth 50% of value of the purchase.

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Rahul Gandhi fires fresh salvo, questions PM Narendra Modi's silence on Rafale ...

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday again targeted Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal and accused the Prime Minister of snatching away money from the poor and handing it over to industrialist Anil Ambani.

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CBI officer meets vigilance commissioner after special director's complaint against...

CBI special director Rakesh Asthana had on August 24 complained to the cabinet secretary, saying agency chief Alok Verma was “unfairly targeting” him. He had alleged that Verma was interfering with the investigations he was supervising.

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Passenger tries to open airplane door mid-air, stopped by crew

A passenger on GoAir’s Delhi-Patna flight was restrained after he tried to open the airplane’s rear door mid-air and was later handed over to CISF personnel after the plane safely landed at Patna airport.

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Rain claims two lives in Ambala; seven injured

In two separate incidents, a Panchkula woman died when a tree crashed on her vehicle and a 45-year-old man was killed after the roof of his house collapsed at Jandali village near Model Town.

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Few hits and many misses from demonetisation after two years

Data show demonetisation didn’t weed out black money or cash gained through illegal means, which was a key objective of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan. On the plus side, there’s been some widening in the country’s dismal tax base, an increase in digital payments and drop in fake notes.

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Three-year-old girl dies during rape by neighbour in Jharkhand's Gumla

According to the police, the minor girl of Kolhutoli village of Gumla district was playing outside her home on Sunday evening and her parents had gone to market when the incident took place.

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Leh school to raze 3 Idiots-inspired 'Rancho Wall', bans entry of tourists

The wall was shot in a scene when one of the characters, Chatur, tries to urinate on it and gets electrocuted by an ingenious invention of school children.

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I love India, give my regards to my friend PM Narendra Modi: Donald Trump greets...

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and United States President Donald Trump exchanged pleasantries during a high-level event on counter-narcotics hosted by the latter at the United Nations on Monday.

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Wife says Sanjiv Bhatt not allowed to move court, SC terms allegations serious

Advocate Divyesh Pratap Singh, appearing for Shweta Sanjiv Bhatt, said they have also challenged the remand of Sanjiv Bhatt, who was arrested by the Gujarat CID on September 5 in connection with a 22-year-old case of alleged planting of drugs to arrest an advocate.

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Sister of Kerala nun, who accused bishop of rape, alleges death threats

The complainant said bishop Franco Mulakkal’s brothers have filed fake complaints against her, while one relative threatened her son and brother and another took a photo of her protesting and later threatened her.

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Resident doctor arrested for allegedly raping junior colleague in Gujarat: Poli...

The woman initially complained about the incident to the medical college’s dean, who suspended the accused for one term, he said.

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Manipur University exams postponed as fresh crisis rises after hostel raids

The university was in news since June as students demanded the removal of the vice-chancellor over irregularities. Though an agreement was reached last month, police raids on boys hostels created a new crisis.

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On Rafale row, Nirmala Sitharaman says 'this is perception battle, we'll fight'

Nirmala Sitharaman’s statement came as Congress president Rahul Gandhi continued to attack the Modi government over the deal with France for the fighter jets.

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CID arrests 42 for cheating in Bengal police recruitment exam: Police

“A racket could be running the operation from outside. The CID is making efforts to arrest all those involved in the racket,” a senior officer said.

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Opposition suffering from Modi phobia: Amit Shah in Puri

Addressing a women’s meet in Odisha’s Puri, BJP president Amit Shah hit out at the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government saying it is responsible for backwardness and poverty in the mineral-rich state.

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'Why was the price not disclosed': Rahul Gandhi fires fresh salvo at Modi on Rafale...

The Congress chief arrived in Amethi on a two-day visit, the first after his Kailash Mansarover pilgrimage, and said the people of the country wants to know the amount involved in the Rafale deal.

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3 Indian women selected as Facebook global community leaders

“At select points over the next year, the participants will spend time at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park (California), working with the team to help develop their community initiatives,” Facebook noted.

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After Hollande clarification, no room for doubt about Rafale: Rajnath Singh

Union home minister Rajnath Singh accused the Congress of trying to gain political mileage over the Rafale issue with an eye on Lok Sabha elections next year.

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SC asks states, union territories to comply with its order on cow vigilantism, ...

Supreme Court took note of the fact that eight states are yet to file reports indicating the compliance of its July 17 verdict to deal with mob violence and cow vigilantism.

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Floods threaten to take shine off Kerala's famed mirror artisans

Aranmula mirror is polished out of a combination of metal alloys, not glass. But the art to make this traditional mirror is in danger.

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Rains LIVE: Six killed, dozens rescued as landslides, flash floods hit J&K, Himachal...

Many roads, including several national highways, have been blocked due to landslides across Himachal Pradesh. Follow live updates here.

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LIVE updates: Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, attacks Modi govt over Rafale deal

Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked Modi government over Rafale deal saying, “the country’s chaukidar (Narendra Modi) can talk about everything else but Rafale.”

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China policy paper blames US for trade war, protests 'brazen 'unilateralism'

Donald Trump administration is preaching economic hegemony and using trade tariffs to intimidate China, says white paper released in Beijing.

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Francis D'Souza unhappy on being dropped from Goa cabinet

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Monday dropped from his cabinet D’Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar, both ailing and currently admitted at hospitals.

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Rahul Gandhi gets a 'shiv bhakt' welcome in Amethi

As Rahul Gandhi’s cavalcade reached his Lok Sabha seat supporters started chanting “Bum Bum Bhole”, chanted “mantras” and blew conch shells.

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'Our differences with Rahul Gandhi are political, not personal': Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh said one should ensure that politics was development oriented and driven by the mantra of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’

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Maldives presidential election: India congratulates opposition candidate Solih

According to reports, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the presidential election, defeating President Abdulla Yameen who is known to be close to China,

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Pakistan's 'one-trick pony' act on Kashmir doesn't resonate at UN, says India

Pakistan has been raising Kashmir at the UN but no other country has joined it in making it an issue or even talking about it.

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Labourer abducted by gunmen found dead in north Kashmir village

Mushtaq Ahmad, a resident of Harwan village, was abducted from his home on Saturday evening.

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Rewari gang rape main accused send to 4-day police custody

A court in Haryana has sent two of the main accused in the gang rape case of a 19-year-old college student to four days police custody, police said on Monday.

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Live updates: PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate Sikkim's first airport in Pakyong

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Sikkim’s first airport in Pakyong. The project was built at a cost of cost of Rs 605.59 crore. Here are the Live updates.

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Motorcyclist rapes visually challenged girl after giving her and father lift in...

The girl was found by the guard of a paper mill in a jungle on Friday night after her father lodged a complaint with the police. She was rushed to the district hospital Rewa where her condition is stated to be critical, police said.

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Soldier, 3 militants killed in anti-infiltration operations in Kashmir's Kupwara

Two militants were killed in the operation on Sunday.

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Sushma Swaraj has hectic schedule at UNGA; 30 bilateral meetings on the cards

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will begin her UN schedule with evented hosted by US President Donald Trump on countering drugs.

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With 30 bilateral meetings on the cards, no breather in Sushma Swaraj's UN sche...

Swaraj, who arrived here Saturday for the General Assembly week, will on Monday attend the high-level event on Counter Narcotics hosted by US President Donald Trump.

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India agreed and then disagreed, Pakistan foreign minister says after talks called...

Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he was unable to understand India’s refusal to participate in peace talks with Pakistan.

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Ex-Bishop accused of rape gets no relief from high court, goes to jail

Franco Mullakal was arrested last week by the police after questioning him for three days.

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Chidambaram criticises Modi govt for refusing Rafale deal probe

Congress keeps up attack on Modi government over deal to buy Rafale fighter jets.

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Conflicting views on Gujarat case behind ugly CBI infighting?

The country’s top federal investigation agency, the CBI on Friday took the unprecedented measure of issuing a statement saying it is probing the role of its own special director Rakesh Asthana, the senior-most officer after the chief Alok Verma, “in at least half a dozen cases”.

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Himachal Pradesh floods: Indian Air Force rescues two people stranded due to heavy...

The two were stranded at Saurabh Van Vihar, a park, in Palampur.

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Snow cuts off Lahaul-Spiti, floods block many highways in Himachal

Hundreds of roads including several national highways have been blocked due to landslides across the state. The tourist town of Manali has been cut off from district headquarters Kullu and rest of the state after an overflowing Beas river submerged roads on either side of the river after torrential rain during the last 24 hours.

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In final stretch, hostile weather slows down Navy commander's rescue

Indian Navy Commander Abhilash Tomy is immobile after a back injury and is in the cabin of his boat.

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Jammu-Srinagar highway reopens to traffic, Lahaul-Spiti in Himachal snowed out

The Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed on Sunday after landslides triggered by heavy downpour since Friday caused roadblocks at different locations in Ramban and Udhampur districts. 

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Bridge collapses in West Bengal's Kakdwip, third incident in a month

Three persons died and 24 were injured when a bridge in Kolkata’s Majerhat collapsed on September 4.

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Kannada actor Duniya Vijay, three accomplices arrested on assault charge

Kannada cine star ‘Duniya’ Vijay and his three friends were arrested here on charge of assaulting a gym trainer, police said on Sunday.

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Dr Kafeel, brother arrested in Gorakhpur in nine-year-old fraud case

Suspended BRD Medical College paediatrician accused of using documents of another person to open a bank account.

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PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate Sikkim's first airport in Pakyong today

Pakyong is a Greenfield airport that will circumvent the need for a five-hour journey through mountainous roads and bring citizens of Sikkim closer to the state capital.

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After floods, weather department warns of heavy rains in Kerala

The Kerala chief minister’s office said the State Disaster Management Authority has instructed district authorities to be on alert and directed them to take necessary precautions.

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China incursions along LAC dropped by 20% this year: Officials

India-China border has been peaceful after Wuhan due to strategic guidance provided by Modi and Xi to commanders of their militaries, according to experts.

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Delhi braces for foul air as stubble burning begins in neighbouring states

Delhi’s AQI has ranged between 50 and 150 this September, which is in the ‘satisfactory’ to ‘moderate’ range. According to CPCB, clean air is defined by an AQI of less than 50.

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Arogya mitras – the backbone of Ayushman Bharat scheme

The government has an ambitious target to have 100,000 arogya mitras by the end of this year.

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Suspected thief beaten to death by mob in Gujarat

Police have registered a first information report (FIR) against at least 40 people.

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Lord Ganesh does not need DJ-Dolby, says Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis

The government’s ban on DJ and Dolby sound has created resentment among some Ganesh mandals (groups which celebrate the festival in public), but the Bombay High Court upheld it earlier this week.

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Navy Commander Abhilash Tomy to be rescued by French vessel in next 16 hours: Nirmala...

“Continuous watch over the boat is being maintained by Indian Navy and RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) aircraft till rescue is completed.

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Congress objects to logo of affordable medicines scheme in Madhya Pradesh

Congress says Centre is focussed on printing ‘BhaJP’ in saffron colour on medicine wrappers.

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Tarini crew wait for rescue of commander who trained them

Commissioned in the Indian Navy in 2000, Commander Abhilash Tomy has sailed more than 52,000 miles in his 18-year naval career.

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Landlocked Sikkim to enter aviation map from Monday, PM Modi to inaugurate airport...

Commercial flights would begin from October 4 when Spicejet would start its daily Kolkata-Sikkim flights. The project was built at a cost of cost of Rs 605.59 crore.

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Aviation ministry to launch biometric pass system for airport staff in 2019

According to the Bureau for Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), the new biometric passes will be foolproof and almost impossible to replicate. This will create a mechanism for monitoring the movement of personnel at airports.

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Civil aviation ministry reviews, airport CCTV system, finds loopholes

The 98 airports, which the CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) monitor, require 10,000 cameras in total, but fall short of 1400 cameras.

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India, Egypt decide to boost defence cooperation

Officials said Sitharaman and Mohamed also deliberated on expanding naval cooperation between the two countries and explored possibilities of joint production of defence equipment.

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Mulayam Singh Yadav shares stage with son Akhilesh at SP rally in Delhi

SP patriarch told party workers to make sure that the Samajwadi Party forms government in Uttar Pradesh and has a share in Delhi politics.

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Militant shot dead in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama

Major search operations were launched by security forces in villages of Pulwama and Shopian districts on Saturday, after the recovery of the bodies of three policemen on Friday.

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Mulayam joins Akhilesh, Ramgopal at SP rally; urges workers to make party stron...

This was the first time that Mulayam Singh had shared a political platform with both son Akhilesh Yadav and cousin Ramgopal Yadav since the 2016 feud between his son and brother Shivpal Yadav for control of the party.

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Kin of students killed in Bengal's Islampur school agitation refuse to cremate bodies,...

Rajesh Sarkar and Tapas Barman, both ex-students, sustained bullet injuries during an agitation at the premises of Darivit High School on Thursday.

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Pakistan's friendship offer to India should not be seen as weakness, says PM Imran...

Imran Khan on Saturday said that India’s decision to cancel the foreign minister-level talks in New York was “arrogant” and asserted that he was “disappointed” by the New Delhi’s “negative” response.

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France fears damage after Hollande fans controversy over Rafale deal

The French government and Dassault have in statements contradicted former French president Francois Hollande, saying Dassault chose Reliance Defence as a partner.

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Supporters of slain Andhra MLA, ex-lawmaker attack two police stations

After the relatives and supporters of the slain leaders attacked Dumbriguda police station while blaming police for negligence, they set afire vehicles seized by the police in various cases and parked in the premises.

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BJP leader commits suicide in Madhya Pradesh's Shahdol

A suicide note found at the spot, purportedly written by BJP leader Martand Tripathi, said he was ending his life of his own will and nobody else was responsible for it, police said.

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Let's hold public debate on performances of AAP govt vs Modi govt, Kejriwal challenges...

“Let us debate the matter at the Ramlila ground before the people of Delhi,” Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet in Hindi.

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Air India pilot under scanner for making steep 10,000 ft descend

The pilot allegedly made a steep 10,000 feet descend while flying from Kuwait to Goa earlier this month.

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DMK to stage state-wide protest against AIADMK on October 3, 4

Senior DMK leaders, including party treasurer Durai Murugan, T R Baalu, Siva, Raja and T K S Elangovan, among others, would address meetings at various towns across the state.

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'Garibi hatao' slogans never implemented by previous governments: Modi

Underlining that his government’s mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, the prime minister Narendra Modi said its focus was on empowering the poor.

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Tamil Nadu man living with HIV kills two daughters, attempts suicide: Police

Sikkaran, living with HIV, knew that death was imminent and had opted to end his life, police said adding he administered the poison laced food to his daughters before consuming it.

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Actor Joy Mathew, 25 others booked for protest against Bishop Franco Mulakkal in...

Despite being told not to take out the march, the actor and the others flouted rules and did so, police said.

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Manohar Parrikar to remain Goa CM, changes to cabinet soon: Amit Shah

BJP president Amit Shah said Manohar Parrikar would remain chief minister of Goa.

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PM Modi launches Ayushman Bharat, calls healthcare scheme 'game changer'

Ayushman Bharat, the cashless scheme that offers an annual cover of Rs 5 lakh to economically weaker section of the society, aims to cover around 550 million people across the country.

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Gujarat BJP to hold Sardar Patel yatras in 10,000 villages

“The way Sardar Patel united the country, the yatra aims to promote “Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat (One India, Best India),” Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani said.

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Two TDP leaders including a lawmaker shot dead by Maoists in Andhra Pradesh: Po...

Kidari Sarveswara Rao, who represented Araku, and S Soma belonged to the Telugu Desam Party. Both of them were shot dead by Maoists in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

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WhatsApp appoints grievance officer for India, users can flag concerns on mobile...

With this move, WhatsApp meets one of the key demands that India had put on the Facebook-owned company to curb fake messages that triggered lynchings.

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J-K police launch manhunt in north Kashmir to find abducted labourer

Police said the militants barged into the house of Mushtaq Ahmad Mir in and abducted him. It is not known why he was targeted.

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Woman, infant daughter killed as roof collapses due to heavy rains in Haryana

Widespread rains continued to lash Punjab for the second day on Sunday.

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Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA misbehaves with education officer, video goes viral

The incident, a video of which has gone viral, took place Saturday in presence of the district magistrate.

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Tamil Nadu MLA arrested, accused of abusive comments against CM

Actor-turned-politician Sethu Karunas is a supporter of rebel AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran.

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Aircraft locates injured Navy officer's yacht 'rolling excessively' in Indian O...

Indian Naval officer Abhishek Tomy had suffered a back injury after his yacht was hit by a vicious storm with 14-metre-high waves mid-way across south Indian Ocean.

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Donald Trump administration's proposal to deny green cards to aid recipients bad...

The proposed rule signed by the Homeland Security Secretary on September 21 and posted on the website of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was slammed by the Silicon Valley-based tech industry and political leaders.

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Arun Jaitley questions Hollande's statement on Rafale, says truth can't have two...

Finance minister Arun Jaitley said former French president Francois Hollande contradicted his own statements on Rafale deal.

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Nun who protested against ex-bishop Franco Mulakkal says she asked to stay away...

Sister Lucy Kalappurkkal of Mananthvadi diocese (north Kerala) said she was instructed by the Mother Superior of the convent not to participate in any religious service of the diocese.

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Hollande's Rafale remarks and Rahul Gandhi tweet a duet that raises questions: Arun...

Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday alleged that it was not a mere coincidence that the Opposition leaders of India and France were speaking in one voice on the controversial Rafale issue.

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Armyman, main accused in Haryana school topper gangrape, arrested in Rewari

The three main accused allegedly took turns to rape the Haryana Class 10 topper on September 12.

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North India's backwardness ultimately a political question: Kerala minister Thomas...

South and western India had a ryotwari system, while north India had a zamindari system — these are historical headaches.

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Study hints at bias in India's air pollution monitoring stations

The report recommends increasing funding to improve data collection. Speciation data of particulate matter will be more useful as that will help target specific sources of pollution.

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Congress to focus on jobs, farmers in its 2019 election manifesto

The party will soon upload a dedicated website for its 2019 campaign to seek ideas from the people.

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Juvenile suicide: SSP orders probe after medical report denies rape

The 17-year-old had been lodged in the correctional home for past four months after being apprehended by the Olidih police on charges of rape and making a video of the act.

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BJP, TMC lock horns over deaths of 2 men in alleged police firing in West Bengal

The families of both the victims have demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation, and refused to cremate their bodies until then.

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Claims, counter claims fly as war over Rafale deal heats up

The Congress attacked the Modi government over a report in a French investigative website on Friday, which quoted the former French president as saying that the Indian government proposed the name of Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group as Dassault Aviation’s offset partner.

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Imran Khan calls India's statement cancelling talks 'arrogant', his minister makes...

India will have to decide on the future course of engagement with Pakistan but Islamabad is ready to discuss all outstanding issues as it believes wars and hostility provide no solution, says Pakistan information minister Fawad Chaudhry.

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Has Rahul Gandhi formed 'mahagathbandhan' with Pakistan against PM Modi, asks Amit...

Amit Shah used a tweet of Pakistan minister Fawad Hussain to throw barbs at Rahul Gandhi.

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As 3 Congress MLAs are 'lost and found,' new desertion rumours swirl in Karnata...

The ruling Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) are accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party of trying to lure away their MLAs to topple the HD Kumaraswamy coalition goverment

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PM Modi targets BJD and Congress with corruption charges at rallies in Odisha, ...

Says both the parties ignored needs of people for their own interests.

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Bheem Army seeks security for chief Chandrashekhar Azad

“A delegation of Bheem Army has demanded that the administration provide adequate security to Chandrashekhar,” said Bheem Army Saharanpur district president Kamal Walia.

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Institutions like SC, EC being 'systematically captured' by RSS, alleges Rahul ...