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9 drown as rescue boat capsizes in Sangli

Sangli/Kolhapur: Nine people drowned on Thursday when a rescue boat capsized in flood-ravaged Sangli district of western Maharashtra, even as floodwaters were expected to recede faster as Karnataka agreed to release more water from the Almatti dam downstream. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis conducted an aerial survey to review the flood situation in Sangli and Kolhapur, which are the worst hit …

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Karan Singh differs from Cong line on J&K decisions

New Delhi: Taking a stand different from his party’s, veteran Congress leader Karan Singh on Thursday said he does not agree with a blanket condemnation of  the government’s decision on Jammu and Kashmir and pointed out what he called were its several positives. In a statement the “positive points” Singh counted included the Union territory status for Ladakh, scrapping of …

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Walking and hitching rides along Kashmir’s desolate highways

Srinagar: Kashmir’s uncertain, restive situation has pushed public transport off the roads, leaving many people with no option but to flag down the odd private vehicle passing through the desolate highways of the valley. A few people, some in twos and threes and some alone, can be seen walking or standing by the side hoping to get a ride into …

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President declares abrogation of provisions of Article 370

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind has declared abrogation of the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The move came after both the Houses of Parliament passed a resolution in this regard. “In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (3) of Article 370 read with clause (1) of Article 370 …

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75,000 flood-affected persons evacuated in Maharashtra

Mumbai: In one of the biggest operations, various government agencies and the armed forces have rescued and evacuated around 75,000 flood-affected people, including 66,000 from the worst affected Kolhapur and Sangli districts, officials said here on Wednesday. While more than 54,000 were shifted from Sangli, another 12,000 were moved from Kolhapur, 3,000 from Pune and 6,000 others from Solapur, Raigad, …

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Sushma Swaraj: extraordinary leader with many firsts

New Delhi: The last rites for Sushma Swaraj, the former foreign minister and a BJP stalwart, were conducted Wednesday to the sounds of ceremonial bugle and Vedic mantras, the widely different tunes emblematic of the woman herself who harmonised many different chords in her persona.  Swaraj, one of India’s most high profile woman politicians who died on Tuesday night, combined …

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Anganwadis to be developed like playschools: Delhi CM

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said anganwadis in the city will be developed like playschools, asserting that even the poor will have access to the facilities that the rich do. The chief minister also distributed smartphones to anganwadi workers, a move aimed at digitalising the operation of the anganwadi sector in the National capital. The government …

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Church sacks nun who protested against Bishop Mulakkal

Kerala: The Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) on Wednesday dismissed Sister Lucy Kalapurakkal from the church at Manathavady in Kerala for disobeying church authorities. A high level committee of the FCC took the decision of Sister Kalapurakkal’s dismissal on May 11 after getting a clearance from the Vatican.  Sister Kalapurakkal had last year supported the nuns’ strike in the state demanding …

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Lost possession papers in dacoity, Nirmohi Akhara to SC

New Delhi: The Nirmohi Akhara, one of the main parties in the Ayodhya dispute, told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that they had lost the documents establishing their possession of the Ram Janmabhoomi site in a dacoity in 1982. The submission by the Akhara came on the second day of day-to-day hearing in Ayodhya dispute as the constitution bench headed …

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LS endorses Centre’s decisions on J&K

New Delhi: The Centre’s bold move to revoke special status for Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the border state into two Union territories secured Parliament’s approval on Tuesday with the Lok Sabha passing the new measures with over two-thirds majority. As Home Minister Amit Shah declared in the lower House that India will continue to claim the territories of Jammu …

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