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Supreme Court declines early hearing of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid plea


New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday declined early hearing of petitions in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul said it had already listed the appeals before the appropriate bench in January. “We have already passed the order. The appeals are coming up in January. Permission declined,” the ...

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AB-PMJAY to be launched in J&K on Dec 1, 2018


Jammu: The Centre’s national flagship programme Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) will be launched in Jammu and Kashmir on December 1, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam said. The chief secretary reviewed the preparedness for formal roll-out of AB-PMJAY with all chairpersons of the District Implementation Units (DIUs), through video conferencing in Jammu recently. Subrahmanyam directed all deputy ...

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Muzaffarnagar should be named as Laxminagar, says BJP MLA Sangeet Som


New Delhi: BJP MLA SAngeet Som asked the state government to rename Muzaffarnagar as Laxminagar. Sangeet Som, second time MLA from Sardhana in Uttar Pradesh. He said that the names of many cities will be changed. Muzaffarnagar’s name has to be changed. Renaming the city would bring about peace. People have demanded that Muzaffarnagar be renamed as Laxminagar. The name ...

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India attempts to alter the regional strategic landscape: Pakistan General


Islamabad: Pakistan army’s Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat Friday alleged that India was attempting to alter the regional strategic landscape through an unprecedented military build-up. Hayat was speaking at a book launch event hosted by Center for International Strategic Studies Islamabad (CISS). The CISS said in a statement that General Hayat reviewed the regional security ...

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BJP releases manifesto in Chhattisgarh, promises Naxal-free state


New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday released the election manifesto in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, and came up with several projects and promises of a “Naxal free” state, ahead of the Assembly polls in the state. Speaking on the manifesto, Chief Minister Raman Singh said that the free salt Yojana will continue and small and landless farmers over the age ...

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Omar Abdullah slams Centre for ‘non-official’ talks with Taliban


Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday slammed the Centre for talks with the Taliban at a non-official level while not doing the same by engaging with the Kashmiri separatist leadership. “If ‘non-official’ participation in a dialogue that includes the Taliban is acceptable to the Modi government why not a ‘non-official’ dialogue with non-mainstream stakeholders in J&K? Why not a ...

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Delhi’s air quality improves to ‘very poor’ category


New Delhi: Delhi’s air quality on Saturday improved to the ‘very poor’ category after local pollutants “reduced significantly” and the contribution from stubble burning remained “marginal” due to wind speed, authorities said. The overall air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 394 which falls in the ‘very poor’ category, according to the data by the Central Pollution Control Board. Fifteen ...

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West Bengal to observe ‘Rosogolla Day’ on Nov 14


KOLKATA: West Bengal government decided to observe ‘Rosogolla Day’ on November 14, to commemorate the first anniversary of the state’s famous sweet getting Geographical Indication (GI) tag as ‘Bengal’s Rosogolla’, an official said on Wednesday. Different varieties of rosogollas would be showcased in the stalls of the ‘Mishti Hub’ (Sweetmeat Hub), set up in one part of the Eco Park ...

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Indian Railways studying Japanese clinical efficiency for its bullet train project


Fukuoka: Cleaning trains in seven minutes flat and passengers with minimum baggage are what Indian railway officials are hoping to replicate in the country’s bullet train project to ensure the famous clinical efficiency of Japan’s Shinkansen trains. Indian officials said the technology apart, the calm efficiency of workforce in Japan was the reason behind the reliability of its high speed ...

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