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EC appoints three special observers for Jammu and Kashmir

New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) has formed a committee comprising three “eminent” members to assess the situation on the ground in Jammu and Kashmir before it takes a decision about holding the Assembly elections in the troubled state. Here are the three members of the committee who will work as special observers Noor Mohammad: A former IAS officer of 1977 ...

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Lok Sabha election 2019 dates announced: Complete schedule, seat details, states and phases

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New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced the schedule for the much-awaited 17th Lok Sabha elections in India. As per the ECI, the general elections will be held from April 11 with Maharashtra going for polls on April 29. The counting of polls will be conducted on May 23. The ECI announced 7-phase election instead of 11 (in 2014). The ...

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Indian envoy to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria to return to Islamabad today

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NEW DELHI: Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria will be returning to Islamabad on Saturday after having completed his consultations with India in connection with Pulwama terror attack. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Friday, “High Commissioner of India to Pakistan, Ajay Bisaria, is returning to Islamabad after having completed his consultations in India. ...

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US issues travel advisory asking Americans to avoid travelling to Kashmir

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New Delhi: In the wake of escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, the Donald Trump administration has issued a travel advisory suggesting Americans to avoid visiting Jammu and Kashmir (except the eastern Ladakh region and its capital, Leh) due to terrorism and civil unrest. The advisory also asked people not to travel within 10 kilometres of the India-Pakistan border due ...

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Congress attacks Modi govt over report that Nirav Modi living in swanky London apartment

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New Delhi: Slamming the Modi government over a news report that fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi was living in a swanky apartment in London, the Congress Saturday alleged fugitives had looted Rs 1 lakh crore from Indian banks but not even one has been caught in five years. The British daily Telegraph reported that billionaire diamond tycoon, accused in the USD 2 ...

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Nirav Modi’s seaside bungalow demolished using explosives

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Mumbai: Absconding diamantaire Nirav Modi’s sprawling seaside bungalow in Raigad District was was demolished using explosives on Friday. On Tuesday, excavators were used to open up the pillars of the bungalow, called Roopanya, to make space for fixing the detonators. A special technical team was called to fix them. The Bungalow was finally detonated at 11 pm today. Last year, ...

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Kummanam Rajasekharan quits as Mizoram Governor, President Ram Nath Kovind accepts resignation

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New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday accepted the resignation of Kummanam Rajasekharan as the governor of Mizoram, a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said. Meanwhile, Governor of Assam Prof Jagdish Mukhi will discharge the functions of the Governor of Mizoram, in addition to his own duties, until regular arrangements for the office of the Governor of Mizoram is made. Long associated with the ...

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