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Portfolios allocated to Rajasthan ministers; CM Ashok Gehlot keeps 9, Deputy CM Sachin Pilot 5


Jaipur: Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh allocated portfolios to the council of ministers late on Wednesday night with the advice of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot who has kept nine departments including the key finance and home with him. Gehlot also has excise, planning, department of personnel, general administration department, information technology among others. Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot was allocated the ...

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Parliament likely to discuss triple talaq today


New Delhi: The Triple Talaq Bill, which is high on the government’s agenda, is likely to be taken up for discussion in the Lok Sabha as the winter session of Parliament resumes on Thursday after the Christmas recess. The first two weeks of the session were a near washout as the Opposition had disrupted the proceedings on various issues, including the ...

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Jyoti Randhawa arrested for poaching; caught with rifle, 80 live cartridges, dead fowl and pigskin


LUCKNOW: Professional Indian golfer Jyoti Singh Randhawa was arrested by authorities on charges of poaching in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich on Wednesday. A pigskin, dead jungle fowl and .22 rifle were recovered from him at the time of the arrest. A combined team of forest officials, range staff and STPF (Special Tiger Protection Force) jawans intercepted a vehicle (HR26 DN 4299) on suspicious ...

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NIA conducts raids across UP and Delhi against Islamic State module


New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids across 16 locations in Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi against Harkat ul Harm e Islam – a suspected terror module styled on the lines of the Islamic State. It is suspected that the IS module had plans of carrying out attacks across the country – especially in Delhi and its adjoining areas. ...

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Havelock Island, two others in Andaman and Nicobar to be renamed


New Delhi: Three islands in Andaman and Nicobar – Ross Island, Neil Island and Havelock Island- will be renamed as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, Shaheed Dweep and Swaraj Dweep, respectively, by the Narendra Modi-led central government. The renaming of the islands will reportedly take place to mark the 75th year of freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose hoisting the national ...

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Can’t travel for 41 hours to reach India: Mehul Choksi


Absconding billionaire Mehul Choksi has cited his apparently poor health as a reason for not returning to India and has said that he won’t be able to endure a 41-hour flight home. He has taken citizenship of Antigua. Accused of cheating state-run Punjab National Bank to the tune of Rs 13,000 crore in alleged collusion with his nephew Nirav Modi, Choksi ...

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Delhi’s polluted air on Christmas almost as bad as day after Diwali


New Delhi: Delhi’s air quality remained in the ‘severe’ category for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday as meteorological conditions continued to be unfavourable for dispersion of pollutants, authorities said. The city is facing its worst pollution crisis since Diwali. While the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data showed the overall air quality index (AQI) at ‘severe’ level of 416, ...

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