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Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA), while expressing worries at a police complaint lodged by National Register of Citizens (NRC) Assam coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma against his predecessor Prateek Hajela for deceitfully including names of suspected individuals in the NRC with software tempering, urges both the governments in New Delhi and Dispur to support a completere-verification of NRC with the national cut-off date. The forum of nationalist citizens termed the development where as a senior government officer lodged an FIR with the criminal investigation department against the former NRC State coordinator as disturbing. The specific allegation regarding the entry of illegal…

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In a major announcement aimed at controlling the rising prices in the country, the Centre on Saturday reduced the excise duty on petrol by Rs 8 per litre and diesel by Rs 6. The move will reduce the price of petrol by Rs 9.5 per litre and that of Diesel by Rs 7, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said. Petrol price in Delhi will cost Rs 95.91 a litre from Sunday as against Rs 105.41 a litre currently while diesel will cost Rs 89.67 a litre as opposed to Rs 96.67 a litre now. After the latest excise cut, the…

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi interacted with the Indian contingent for recently held Deaflympics as he hosted them at his residence today. In the best-ever performance, Indian team won 16 medals including 8 Gold medals in the Deaflympics, held in Brazil. Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur and Nisith Pramanikwere also present on the occasion. Interacting with Rohit Bhaker, senior member of the contingent, the Prime Minister discussed his way of dealing with the challenges and his way of assessing his opponents. Rohit also told the Prime Minister about his background and inspiration for getting into sports and staying for so long…

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National Monument Authority’s (NMA) mission to have Anang Tal, an 11th CE monument resurrected came true with DDA Vice Chairman Mukesh Gupta, visiting the grand water reservoir with his entire DDA team and assuring that it’s cleaning up and beautification will begin next week. The visit was joined by NMA Chairman Tarun Vijay, DDA VC Shri Mukesh Gupta, Commissioners Ms Manisha and Rajeev Tiwari, and about a dozen other senior officers. They had a detailed survey of the area, and found several encroachments besides sewage drains emptying in the 1200yearold historic mini-lake. It was built by the founder King of…

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BJP Telangana state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar accused that Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao of running away from the state on the pretext of “national mission,” only to avoid facing Prime Minister Narendra Modi who would be coming to Hyderabad on May 26. “KCR is terribly scared of facing Modi. That is precisely why he fled to Delhi and from there, he is running from one state to another despite knowing that the Prime Minister is coming to Hyderabad,” he said, addressing a preparatory meeting with party functionaries at the state party office on the occasion of the Prime…

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The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is supporting the call of Sri Lanka’s trade unions for a broad-based interim government to be put in place until the end of this year to adopt a road-map to repair the country’s economy and to exercise full democratic rights. Several people have been killed and hundreds injured, with government supporters violently attacking peaceful protesters in recent days. ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said: “The crisis in Sri Lanka has its roots in bad governance, with many hugely expensive white-elephant projects adding to an already high debt burden, and leading to a collapse in…

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Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu today called upon filmmakers to produce meaningful cinema that reflects social realities and leaves a positive impact on society. Observing that cinema is a powerful medium that has a lasting impression on people’s minds, Naidu said that filmmakers have a responsibility to not glorify violence, portray obscenity, create unrest or stoke communal divisions in society. ‘On the other hand, with purposeful and thought-provoking cinema, filmmakers can fight social evils and engender positive social change’, he added. He released the first volume of the collected works of the prominent Telugu film lyricist and poet, late Shri…

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President of India, Ram Nath Kovind stressed the need of the hour is to reform global institutions, with the UN Security Council at its core, to reflect the contemporary global reality. He noted that on this issue, India and St. Vincent and the Grenadines share common interest, approach and understanding. He addressed the special sitting of the House Assembly of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on the topic “India and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Towards an Inclusive World Order”. He said that our objective in advocating for an inclusive world order is to promote a universal, rules-based, open, transparent, predictable, non-discriminatory, and equitable…

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Notwithstanding the alacrity that the country has shown in ratifying and supporting international biodiversity conventions or in enacting domestic laws and regulations, India’s record in conservation and use of its bioresources has been quite dismal – finds an investigative analysis done by Down To Earth (DTE) magazine. Thirty years ago, in 1992, the world had agreed on a landmark global treaty: the Convention on Biological Diversity. Says Sunita Narain, editor of DTE and director general of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), which helps publish the magazine: “What became clear very soon is that the conservation of bioresources, and particularly…

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has called upon the youth of the country to ideate, innovate and indigenise new technologies in order to achieve ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was addressing the students of Dr DY Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune during their 13th Convocation Ceremony on Friday. He described the youth as the biggest strength, catalyst and source of change for any country. “The youth have the ability to face any challenge and convert it into an opportunity. They have the potential to discover new technologies and set up new companies & research establishments,” he said. The Minister…

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