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SC looking into definition of minority community

PTI New Delhi The Supreme Court on Friday sought assistance of Attorney General K K Venugopal in dealing with a plea seeking that minority communities be defined on the basis of state-wise population data instead of national data. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose took note of the submissions of senior advocate …

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PM assures delegation of Assam MPs of help

PTI New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday assured a delegation of MPs from Assam of providing all central assistance to the flood-hit state where 28 of the 33 districts have been affected by the deluge. The assurance to 10 BJP MPs from Assam came when they called on the Prime Minister to apprise him about the flood situation in …

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Motihari-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline to start commercial operation

PTI Kathmandu India and Nepal have successfully concluded the ‘testing transfer’ of the Rs 325 crore Motihari-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline and the strategically important project is set to start commercial operation next month, officials said here Friday. Along with reducing the huge transportation cost for the landlocked country, the commercial operation of the oil project will also ensure reduction in fuel …

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International Energy Agency praises Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

PTI New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s signature Ujjwala scheme for providing free cooking gas connection to poor on Friday came in for praise from the International Energy Agency (IEA), which said it is a “major achievement” in improving the environment and health of women. “Providing access to LPG across India by 2020 is a major achievement. It is not …

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High drama in Karnataka House; HDK to prove majority today

PTI       Bengaluru Marked by high drama, the Karnataka assembly was adjourned till Friday after it took up the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy with Governor Vajubhai Vala asking him to prove his majority by 1.30 pm Friday. Shortly after the assembly rocked by bedlam was adjourned, Vala shot off a letter to Kumaraswamy, saying resignation of …

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Bill on death penalty for child sex abuse introduced in RS

PTI New Delhi In a bid to combat rising cases of child sex abuse, a Bill for enhancing punishment, including a provision for death penalty, for committing sexual crimes against children was introduced in Rajya Sabha on Thursday. The bill also puts curbs on child pornography by making provisions for imprisonment up to seven years as well as fine. Women …

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Technical snag rectified, Chandrayaan-2 launch on July 22

UNI Chennai The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday announced that the deferred second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2,would now take place on July 22. ISRO in a statement said the GSLV-Mk-III, carrying the 3,850 kg Chandrayaan-2 would lift off from Second Launch Pad at 14.43 hrs on July 22 from SHAR Range, Sriharikota. It said ”Chandrayaan-2 launch scheduled on July …

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GoAir announces flights to Bangkok, Kuwait, Dubai

UNI New Delhi Wadia Group owned airline GoAir on Thursday announced the launch of three international destinations — Bangkok, Kuwait and Dubai from July 25, this year. From July 25, the GoAir will commence maiden flights to and from Delhi ? Bangkok with fares starting at Rs 8,197 and Kannur-Dubai fares starting at Rs 6,200, Arjun Dasgupta, VP, International Operations …

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India won on all counts at ICJ: Jaitley

PTI New Delhi Senior BJP leader and former Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said India won on all counts at ICJ against Pakistan on Kulbhushan Jadhav case. ‘’A plain reading of the judgement showed that India had won on almost all counts. What surprised many was the official claim of Pakistan that the judgement is, in fact, a Pakistani victory,’’ …

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ICJ orders Pakistan to review Kulbhushan’s death sentence

PTI The Hague/New Delhi The International Court of Justice on  Wednesday ordered Pakistan to make an “effective review and reconsideration” of the conviction and death sentence of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav and also grant consular access, in a verdict that was hailed in India as a “big victory” for the country. In a reprieve for Jadhav (49), a retired Indian …

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