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Rescue operations for 15 trapped in 370-foot-deep Meghalaya mine since 12 days put on hold

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SHILLONG: It’s been 12 days since 15 miners have been trapped in a 370-foot-deep illegal coal mine in Ksan area of Lumthari village in Meghalaya. The authorities have been putting in all efforts to rescue the trapped people. However on Monday, they had to temporarily suspend the rescue operations owing to the need for more powerful pumps for the exercise. ...

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee birth anniversary: PM Modi leads political fraternity in paying tribute

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New Delhi: The visionary leadership and endearing personality of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee were fondly remembered by the entire country on Tuesday – his 94th birth anniversary. Leading the heartfelt tributes for the iconic leader was PM Narendra Modi who, along with politicians cutting across party lines, paid homage at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal. PM Modi and BJP chief ...

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Centre committed to Odisha’s development: PM

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Bhubaneswar, Dec 24 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said his government is fully committed to Odisha’s development as he dedicated various projects worth thousands of crores to the public here. Modi inaugurated the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar built at a cost of Rs 1,260 crore and said it would prove to be a centre of the dreams ...

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Those who oppressed India with a 31% indirect tax must introspect: Jaitley defends GST from Congress

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New Delhi: With barely eighteen months of implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the government is close to completing the first set of rate of rationalisation by phasing out the 28 percent slab except in luxury and sin goods. Making a veiled attack at the erstwhile Congress government, Jaitley in a detailed ...

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Extending hand of friendship to India, Pak army chief vouches for Imran’s sincerity 

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Srinagar:  Pakistan In its take on Pakistan’s peace overtures to India, the army on Saturday showed its support to resolve all issues with the neighbouring country on the table, seeing new government’s utmost sincerity in taking the initiative that it said should not be taken as its weakness. According to Radio Pakistan General Bajwa was addressing the passing out parade of ...

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Without Sohrabuddin encounter, Pakistan might have killed PM Modi: DG Vanzara

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Ahmedabad: Controversial retired IPS officer DG Vanzara on Friday asserted that had it not been for the “genuine encounters” by the Gujarat police, Pakistan might have been successful in its design to assassinate the then chief minister and now Prime Minister Narendra Modi and turn the state into another Kashmir. In a statement after the special CBI`s court`s judgement in ...

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Govt to infuse Rs 83,000 cr in PSBs in next few months: Jaitley

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New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday said the government will infuse Rs 83,000 crore in public sector banks in the next few months of the current fiscal. Earlier in the day, the government sought Parliament’s approval for infusion of an additional Rs 41,000 crore in the state-owned banks through the second batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants. This would ...

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‘Congress ditching me’: Karnataka Minister R Shankar hints at joining BJP if dropped from Cabinet

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BENGALURU: Ahead of Cabinet expansion in Karnataka, State Minister R Shankar on Saturday hinted at joining hands with opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) if he is dropped from the ministry. The Karnataka Prajnyavantha Janatha Party MLA said he had not spoken to the BJP but will not hesitate in thinking about the option. “I’m getting reports I’ll be dropped from ...

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Delhi shivers under cold wave, air quality drops drastically

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NEW DELHI: A cold wave swept across the national capital, taking the temperatures down to 5 degrees on Saturday morning. Visibility and air quality index (AQI) worsened under a shallow fog that wrapped the city in the early morning hours. The AQI turned hazardous in most places across the city and its neighbourhood areas, crossing 500 in Delhi Institute of ...

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