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SC to decide if Rohingyas will get refugee status or be deported

IANS New Delhi Will thousands of illegal Rohingya migrants get the status of refugees in India or will they be deported? This question is to be decided by the Supreme Court, expectedly before the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi retires on November 17. Two Rohingya men had moved the Supreme Court, challenging the government’s plans to deport 40,000 members …

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India to have chief of defence staff

PTI New Delhi Asserting that India now has a decisive leadership to handle the country’s myriad challenges, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced the creation of the post of chief of defence staff, vowed to fulfil aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir, called for checking the “population explosion” and renewed his push for ‘one nation, one election’. In …

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Ladakh celebrates ‘1st Independence Day’ after being declared UT

PTI Leh Ladakh, which will become an Union Territory after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, celebrated Independence Day with fervour on Thursday, with local BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal saying the region has got “independence from Kashmir”. The parliamentarian, whose speech in the Lok Sabha after abrogation of special status to the state drew praises, was seen dancing and …

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There is no place for bigotry, fanaticism in India: Sonia

PTI New Delhi Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday said there is no place in India for bigotry and fanaticism, and asked the nation to stand against every act of injustice, intolerance and discrimination to truly cherish freedom. In her message on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day, she appealed to all to reinvigorate the principles of compassion, coexistence …

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Corruption has infested people’s lives like termites: PM

PTI New Delhi Corruption has infested the lives of people in the country like termites and the Union government, with the continuous help of technology, is taking various steps to get rid of it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday. “My dear countrymen, you know it very well that corruption and nepotism have hurt our country beyond imagination and …

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Karnataka to seek more central aid for flood relief works

IANS Bengaluru Terming the heavy monsoon rains and floods in two-thirds of Karnataka the worst in 45 years, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday said he would seek more central funds for speeding up relief works in the affected regions to mitigate the hardship of the people. “I will seek more central aid for relief works in 22 districts …

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Kavalapara still searching for missing residents

IANS Kerala A week later, the misery at Kavalapara – about 50 kms from here – continues as men and machines work overtime to recover 26 bodies lying deep in the huge pile of mud which till last Thursday was a hillock. In one of the worst ever landslides that hit the village, an area of more than 75 acres, …

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Restrictions will continue for a while in Kashmir

PTI Srinagar Barring “localised incidents” in the valley, the situation has been calm in Jammu and Kashmir with arrangements made to celebrate Independence Day in all districts, though restrictions will remain for some time in Kashmir, officials said here on Wednesday. The main Independence Day function will be held at S K Stadium here with Governor Satya Pal Malik hoisting …

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All 6 accused in Pehlu lynching case acquitted

PTI Jaipur An Alwar court on Wednesday acquitted all six accused in the lynching of Pehlu Khan two years ago by a mob that set upon him while he was transporting cows. Hours after the verdict, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the state government will appeal against the verdict delivered by the court of an additional district judge. Apart …

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Give development a chance in J&K: Modi

IANS New Delhi With Prime Minister Narendra Modi completing 75 days Wednesday in his second avatar as the nation’s helmsman, he speaks extensively to IANS on his priorities going forward and also touches upon various sensitive issues varying from Jammu & Kashmir, medical reforms and criticality of education to taking the knife to the tumor of corruption within the bureaucracy. …

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