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The social justice and empowerment minister termed formation of the outfit as a "revolutionary step" that will bring Hindus and Muslims closer.
In a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said the government has been making every effort to bring back fugitive criminals who have fled after committing crime.
The meetings come against the backdrop of five state poll results on Tuesday handing the party its biggest electoral setback since it stormed to power at the Centre in 2014.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day on Wednesday amid pandemonium by some members soon after it passed a bill in the post lunch sitting.
Former apex court judge Justice H S Bedi was appointed chairman of the monitoring committee probing encounter cases from 2002 to 2006 in Gujarat by the Supreme Court.
The issue of Rafale purchase was also discussed at a meeting of opposition parties held on Monday to chalk out a joint strategy to take on the BJP in 2019.
Belying predictions of exit polls, the Congress won convincingly in Chhattisgarh, less so in Rajasthan, and scraped through with a wafer-thin lead in Madhya Pradesh, final results showed after the vote count on Tuesday. All eyes now were on party president Rahul Gandhi's choice of chief ministers of the three states, which he will decide after the victorious MLAs finish their meetings in the three states.
With 3 big states under its belt, Congress is slowly emerging from the lows of 2014 but with Mizoram gone it is out of power in all the 7 states in northeast. BJP's reduced state footprint will make its 2019 battle tougher. If voter preferences in these five states stay the same till the 2019 elections, BJP could lose over 30 of 62 (of 65) seats it holds.
Das further said that, "I have convened a meeting with CEOs and MDs of public sector banks tomorrow morning (December 13). Banking is an important segment in our economy and it’s facing several challenges that need to be dealt with. It's the banking sector on which I’d like to focus immediately."
Congress, which emerged as the single largest party in Madhya Pradesh after winning 114 seats, has staked claim to form the government in the state. Stay with TOI for live updates
BSP chief Mayawati Wednesday said her party will extend support to the Congress to form government in Madhya Pradesh and keep the BJP out of power. She also said that if the need arises, the BSP will support the Congress in Rajasthan to form the next government.
A mapping of the assembly segments onto the relevant parliamentary seats suggests that the BJP would still win 17 of 29 seats in MP and 13 of 25 seats in Rajasthan, but get almost wiped out in Chhattisgarh winning just one of the state’s 11 seats if voters made the same choices that they have made this time.
On the BSE index, Hero MotorCorp, Bharti Airtel, Adani Ports, Yes Bank and Mahindra & Mahindra were among the major gainers, rising as much as much 7.01 per cent. On NSE, all the sub-indices closed in green with Nifty Realty outperforming the index, up 4.36 per cent.
Swing in Muslim vote favoured TRS Times of India
India News: An en masse swing of the Muslim vote made all the difference for the ruling TRS if poll-related data is any indication.
Voters have a beef with cow minister Times of India
India News: India's first minister for cows, BJP's Otaram Dewasi, from Rajasthan, lost his seat in Sirohi in the assembly election to Congress-turned-Independent ...
Despite win, Congress EVM barbs refuse to die down Times of India
India News: The Election Commission has repeatedly clarified that EVM is a standalone machine unconnected to the internet, and that it has a built-in ...
MNF sweeps Mizoram, northeast now ‘Congress-mukt’ Times of India
AIZAWL: Mizo National Front (MNF), an NDA constituent, returned to power on Tuesday after 10 years in Christian-majority Mizoram, reducing Congress to ...
Centre may feel pressure to loosen purse strings Times of India
India News: The BJP's defeat in three crucial Hindi heartland states will increase the pressure on the ruling coalition at the Centre to resort to populist polici.
Veterans tipped to return as CMs Times of India
India News: Kamal Nath seems to be favoured by Congress leadership despite Jyotiraditya Scindia being the face of change in the state packed with ...
Navy inducts deep submergence rescue vehicle Times of India
India News: MUMBAI: The Indian Navy on Wednesday inducted the 'Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle' into *service* at the Western Naval Command here.
India delivery man sacked for eating food sparks sympathy BBC News
A Zomato delivery driver was filmed eating food meant for customers and resealing the boxes in India.
The reverses for the BJP in the Hindi heartland threw wide open the 2019 Lok Sabha elections which until a few months ago appeared to be in the grip of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar said the results showed that people do not believe in communal forces as they want peace and progress.
The CPI contested in around 40 seats in the five states and drawn a blank, while CPI(M) has wrested two seats from the BJP in Rajasthan.
His resignation was accepted by Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan who asked him to continue in office till alternative arrangements were made.
Rahul said that people are not happy with decisions, including demonetisation and those pertaining to farmers and youth.
Banerjee said the BJP has tasted defeat for misusing democratic institutions and for proudly displaying its power.
Rajinikanth had defended the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November and invited ire from regional parties for going soft on them.
The Congress, for so long restricted to a handful of states and one Union territory, is now poised to form governments in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
"No wonder the BJP is so upset today. The voters just gave them a triple talaaq," Tharoor said yesterday on Twitter and twitterati went bananas.
Madhya Pradesh assembly election results were declared in full a full 24 hours after counting began on 24 hours. New processes followed during counting may have been responsible for the delay in the Madhya Pradesh results
New Delhi, Dec 12: Within an hour Shaktikanta Das took charge as RBI Governor on Wednesday, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy alleged that newly appointed RBI Governor was involved in corrupt activities. "Shaktikanta Das being appointed as RBI Governor is wrong,
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Hyderabad, Dec 11: Ahead of the Telangana assembly elections, Chandrababu Naidu set up a strategy to placate the Nandamuri family in a bid to avoid a possible spat with the Nara family in Andhra Pradesh. Naidu's strategy was to ensure that
The Delhi government on Tuesday ordered an inquiry into the matter pertaining to a question in a law exam paper asking whether a Muslim slaughtering a cow in the presence of Hindus amounts to an offence, while the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University constituted a committee to look into the issue.
London, Dec 10: A court in the UK today ordered that Vijay Mallya will be extradited. The court said in its verdict that it is not of the opinion that courts in India are there to do what politicians tell them
According to Raj Thackeray, the results of the assembly elections should serve as a warning for the BJP and its leaders before the crucial Lok Sabha elections next year.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan's 15-year-tenure as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh came to an end on Wednesday after BJP lost out to Congress in a tense and topsy-turvey battle.
Commuters faced a hard time travelling in Delhi Metro's Magenta Line Wednesday afternoon as the newly-opened section suffered technical issues in signalling affecting train services.
Congress chief in Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath spearheaded the party's campaign in the state along with party's campaign committee head Jyotiraditya Scindia.
The Congress party is expected to take a call on its chief ministerial candidates in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh on Wednesday.
Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, defends a series of tweets about his recent meditation retreat in Myanmar.
Outgoing Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday accepted the responsibility for party's defeat in the state and said he is sorry if his words or actions have hurt people.
Hero MotoCorp, Bharti Airtel, and Indiabulls Housing gained the most, while Dr Reddy's Laboratories, and Bharti Infratel lost the most.
'There was a lot of resentment against the BJP which has not translated into votes, this is surprising.'
According to Yashwant Sinha, a national-level pre-poll alliance of all opposition parties should be formed or a nationwide pre-poll alliance of regional parties should be made to defeat the BJP in the general elections.
The new governments will have to spend much more than Rs 220 billion in Rajasthan, more than Rs 160 billion in MP, and nearly Rs 30 billion in Chhattisgarh.
Yogi Adityanath, who arrived in Janakpur as head of the Indian delegation to participate in 'Vivah Panchami' celebrations, was welcomed by Chief Minister of Province 2 Mohammad Lalbabu Raut Gaddi at the airport.
"What is going to be key is whether this (restoring financial system agenda) is maintained going forward. That is going to be the yardstick to measure what is happening on the bigger institutional front," he said, speaking at the Fifth India Economic Conclave here.
Taking note of the copious amounts food and water that is wasted at such gatherings, the Supreme Court has said that it is “unacceptable” against the backdrop of the water crisis and alleged starvation deaths the city witnesses.
Dorsey, who was in India recently, met with a group of women journalists for a discussion on how Indians experience Twitter. However, the interaction came under fire after one of the journalists present there tweeted a photo of Dorsey with the placard reading ‘Smash Brahmanical Patriarchy’.
Singh, who also served as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, had joined the Akali Dal ahead of the Punjab assembly elections in early 2017 and had unsuccessfully contested against chief minister Amarinder Singh from the Patiala assembly constituency.
He used a knife with a 10-cm blade to stab his wife, Mayuri Krishnakumar, in her abdomen twice. He also slashed her back before fleeing the scene.
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A Zomato delivery driver was filmed eating food meant for customers and resealing the boxes in India.
Despite losing his eyesight, Devyanshu Ganatra is determined not to let his disability get in the way of his love for sports.
Shaktikanta Das will take over at Reserve Bank of India after the shock departure of his predecessor.
The country's central bank chief Urjit Patel stepped down abruptly on Monday, citing "personal reasons".
The Congress has two prominent frontrunners for the leadership role, Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, in Rajasthan, where it has returned to power after five years
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Manju Meghwal, Laxman Meena, Vinod Kumar Lilawat, Shanti Dhariwal, Manju Panwar, Ameen Kagzi and rebels Ramkesh Meena, Kanti Lal Meena and Babulal Nagar were among those who went to meet Gehlot in the Civil Lines area of the Rajasthan capital.
Accepting BJP’s defeat, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan submitted his resignation to the Governor.
India vs Australia, Perth Test: The captain praised the efforts of the bowlers and also asked his batsmen to step up and give a better account of themselves in the upcoming Test matches.
The US government plans to tighten restrictions on exports of new technologies due to national security concerns.
The Glinka World Soil Prize, named after the pioneering Russian scientist Konstantin D. Glinka, is considered the highest honour in the soil science profession.
Those familiar with the 37-year-old Democratic lawmaker from Hawaii said that a formal announcement could be weeks away or even before the end of the year.
Nearly 17 mn Indians were living abroad in 2017, making India largest source country for international migrants.
Immigration lawyer Sheela Murthy, vice chairwoman of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) Jagruti Panwala and NASA astrophysicist Madhulika Guhathakurta were among the awardees.
Palaniappan was the youngest delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July 2016.
It is learned that 33 lookout circulars were issued by agencies like police since January. Eight of these were issued by the integrated nodal agency which has representation from the WCD, foreign and home ministries.
Metro train services were disrupted on Wednesday between 5.30 a.m. and 8.45 a.m. to facilitate maintenance work at Trinity Station. Hundreds of passe
Chhattisgarh’s Chief Ministerial candidate talks about delivering party promises, the likely impact of the Assembly poll results at the Lok Sabha, and more
The bench also extended the subsequent date for starting the process of verification of the claims and objections from February 1 to February 15
The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre and the Karnataka government to respond on a petition filed by Tamil Nadu against the unilateral appr
The fate of Madhya Pradesh hung in the balance as counting continued till the early hours of Wednesday.
Isha Ambani, the daughter of one of Asia’s richest men, is marrying a childhood friend in Mumbai on Wednesday. The weeklong celebrations are on a scale rivaling royalty.
The tiger was blamed for killing 13 people. The man who shot her says he fired in self-defense after a tranquilizer dart failed to stop her.
Educators in a remote valley in India devised a community approach to instructing students when teachers were sparse. It’s catching on.
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Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the three-time BJP Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, accepted responsibility for the party's defeat in the state, absolving the party's government at the Centre. The BJP had...
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IndiGo's offer on international flight tickets come amid high competition in the country's civil aviation sector.
An altercation in a family led to the death of a woman and her three children in Sonebhadra district of Uttar Pradesh today, police said.
A 30-year-old truck driver was killed Wednesday after unidentified persons chopped off his genitals and beat him in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district, police said.
Hubris never pays in Indian politics. The voter expects you to approach him humbly and seek both his vote as well as his forgiveness for what you have failed to deliver. He hates arrogance which the...
Commuters faced a hard time travelling on Delhi Metro's Magenta Line this afternoon as the newly-opened section suffered a technical glitch in signalling, affecting train services.
Speaking on the appointment of Shaktikanta Das as Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday said, "Shaktikanta Das being appointed as RBI Governor is wrong, he has worked closely in corrupt activities with P Chidambaram and even tried to save him in court cases. I don't know why this was done, I have written a letter to PM against this decision."
Former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on the VVIP chopper Agusta Westland case said, "In my political life, I always respected the independence of justice. I did it when I was the Prime Minister. After three rounds, the Italian justice had exonerated. This judgment of complete exoneration was their decision and now we hope that this decision can be respected worldwide and we hope that this decision can help in cooperation between India and Italy." Enrico was commenting on Rs 3600 Crore chopper deal finalised during former prime minister Manmohan Singh's tenure, which is mired in controversy. Two former Leanardo executives were acquitted by Italian court in the case. The alleged scam came into light once again after alleged middlemen Christian Michel was extradited to India from Dubai in November. Michel is currently under CBI's custody.
The Government has appointed Shaktikanta Das as the Governor of Reserve Bank of India after resignation of Urjit Patel. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, "Shaktikanta Das has been a very senior and experienced civil servant. He spent almost his entire career in the mgmt of finances and economic mgmt of the country". "I think he has the right credentials, he has been extremely professional and he has worked under various governments", he added.
After the victory of Congress in state assembly elections, Congress party president Rahul Gandhi slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said, "When Prime Minister (PM) Modi came in power, he was elected on three platforms- employment, corruption and farmers. It was in people's mind that PM will fight against corruption. Now people think that PM Narendra Modi himself is corrupt". "Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has an ideology; we'll fight against it and defeat them. We have defeated them today and we will do this again in 2019. But we don't want to erase anyone from the face of India", he added.
Former Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das has been appointed as new Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Das took up the position after Urjit Patel quit the position abruptly a day before. Das, a member of 15th Finance Commission, will have tenure of three years. The decision has been taken by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). Urjit Patel quit the post nine months before his three year term was to come to an end in September 2019. Patel cited "personal reasons' for quitting the post.
All India Congress Committee General Secretary Ashok Gehlot said that the results showed the defeat of Bharatiya Janata Pary (BJP) in all the three states, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan as a sign, indicating the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He said, "We're forming government in three states, what can be better than that. The way Rahul Gandhi ji tackled Modi ji and Amit Shah ji in Gujarat, after that graph of Congress is going up and the graph of Modi ji is constantly going down. It's a sign." Congress is leading in all these states while BJP is facing a heavy defeat. In Rajasthan, Congress party has won 46 seats in the state and is leading on 51 seats so far.
After Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao maintained a strong lead in his home constituency. He is all set to take power for the second time as TRS has put up a strong performance once again. All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said, "I say this with all responsibility that K Chandrasekhar Rao has all capabilities and capacities to ensure that a non-Congress government comes into existence when the next Parliament election takes place and this country requires a non-Congress and a non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government."
All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary In-charge of Chhattisgarh, PL Punia on Tuesday reacted on the mandate given to the party by people in the assembly elections. He said that the Congress party humbly accepts the mandate of the people. Punia further asserted that people trusted the words of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and they believed in the promises that the party had made in the manifesto.