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Rahul Gandhi will be Congress face for 2019 polls, to decide on alliance

NEW DELHI: In a major decision concerning the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress on Sunday said that party chief Rahul Gandhi will take the decision on both pre and post-poll alliances.

Reverse countdown of Modi government has begun: Sonia

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rhetoric shows his "desperation" reflecting that the "reverse countdown" of the Modi government has begun, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi said on Sunday.

Man suspected of cow smuggling lynched in Rajasthan, 2 nabbed
ALWAR: A 28-year-old man has been beaten to death by suspected cow vigilantes in Rajasthan's Alwar district, police said on Saturday.
Capt Amarinder Singh bats for Rahul Gandhi as PM candidate of opposition parties

NEW DELHI: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday backed Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate of the joint opposition alliance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

New 100-rupee note poses fresh headaches for ATM operators

MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) announcement launching a new series of 100-rupee denomination notes has been greeted with trepidation by the major companies engaged in the manufacture and supply of Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) in the country.

PWD directs engineers to visit roads to check street-lights

NEW DELHI: The Public Works Department has directed its Executive Engineers to visit roads under their jurisdiction at least once in a month to identify non-functioning lights so that corrective action is taken promptly.

Nepal, China military drill to be held in September

KATHMANDU: Nepal and China will hold their second joint military exercise in China's Sichuan province from September 17, the Nepali Army announced on Saturday.

Central team in Kerala to inspect flood-hit districts

KOCHI: A team led by Union Minister Kiren Rijiju arrived in Kerala on Saturday to visit flood-hit districts amid differences over compensation promised by the Centre.

No-confidence motion against Modi government defeated

NEW DELHI: The no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government was defeated in the Lok Sabha on Friday after a 12-hour heated debate which saw the government and opposition trade charges and a moment of drama when Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, after a blistering speech, walked over to hug the Prime Minister.

Rahul hugs unwilling Modi, winks; Speaker annoyed

NEW DELHI: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday surprised the Lok Sabha when after bitterly criticising the BJP-led government during the no-confidence motion, he walked across to the treasury benches and hugged Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Rape of young woman in Haryana shocked and disgusted me: Rahul

NEW DELHI: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday condemned the rape of a young woman in Haryana by 40 men, saying it has "shocked and disgusted" him and must make everyone must hang their heads in shame.

Prime Minister spoke with arrogance, says Chandrababu Naidu

AMARAVATI: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP President N.

Modi and Xi to meet during BRICS, discuss US trade war

BEIJING: China and India will discuss the US' trade war and its protectionist trade policy when President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg next week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

SC denies bail to teenager accused of killing minor student in Gurugram

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday denied bail to a minor accused of killing a 7-year-old boy of a private school in Gurugram district in Haryana.

Rs 26 cr Cruise Terminal in Kochi cleared

KOCHI: The work order to build a state of the art Rs 26 crore Cruise Terminal here with facilities to handle 5,000 tourists at Ernakulam Wharf, was issued to the contractor, officials said on Friday.

DP MP Jayadev names Mahesh Babu's film in LS

HYDERABAD: TDP MP Galla Jayadev, who initiated the debate on the no trust motion in the Lok Sabha on Friday, mentioned Telugu blockbuster "Bharat Ane Nenu" of his brother-in-law and popular actor Mahesh Babu.

Rahul hugs Modi and says this is Congress

NEW DELHI: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday took everyone in the Lok Sabha by surprise when he went and hugged Prime Minister Narendra Modi after tearing into the BJP-led government during the no confidence motion.

PM Modi has lied to nation on Rafale: Rahul

NEW DELHI: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said French President Emmanuel Macron had told him that there was no secrecy pact with India on the Rafale jet deal, alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had lied to the nation about it.

Bangladeshi currency seized in Bengal

KOLKATA: The Border Security Force on Thursday seized Bangladeshi currency totalling 8.

No trust vote: Modi positive MPs will rise to the occasion

NEW DELHI: Ahead of the no-confidence motion against his government moved by the opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday hoped that MPs will rise to the occasion and ensure a constructive debate.

Doyen of Hindi poetry Gopal Das 'Neeraj' passes away

LUCKNOW: Doyen of Hindi poetry and legendary lyricist Gopal Das 'Neeraj' passed away at the All-India Medical Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Thursday.

Modi government forcing AgustaWestland middleman to frame Sonia: Congress

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Thursday accused the Modi government of forcing alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper scandal, Christian Michael, to frame UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in return for complete exoneration from any charge.

4 woman among 8 Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh

RAIPUR: Eight Maoists, including four women, were gunned down in a gun battle with security forces in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district early on Thursday, police said.

CBI charge sheet in Mallya case will name ex-Minister: BJP lawmaker

NEW DELHI: BJP's Nishikant Dubey on Thursday said in the Lok Sabha that the CBI will file a charge sheet against Vijay Mallya and name a former Finance Minister, leading to loud protests from the Congress.

Frog sacrifice in rain-starved Bihar

PATNA: Blind faith and superstition have taken over parts of Bihar as people sacrifice thousands of frogs to appease rain Gods in the state that has seen a 42 per cent deficit in rainfall this monsoon.

British ex-PM Cameron hails Modi's leadership

KOLKATA: Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday said that India is fortunate to have a leadership with clear vision, adding that the country should however focus more on developing skills and infrastructure.

Probe call details of Lalu: JD-U

NEW DELHI: The ruling JD-U in Bihar has demanded a probe into phone call details of RJD chief Lalu Prasad a day after BJP's Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi sought cancellation of the provisional bail granted by Jharkhand High Court to the RJD chief for "violating the bail conditions.

Mob lynching: Rajnath for social media checks, opposition walks out

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for the first time admitted in the Lok Sabha on Thursday that fake news on social media has resulted in many mob lynching incidents in the country, saying the government has asked service providers to put a check on rumour mongering on social media.

LS takes up bill to deter fugitive economic offenders

NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha on Thursday took up for discussion a bill that provides for measures to deter fugitive economic offenders from evading the process of law in India by staying outside the jurisdiction of Indian Courts.

Militants ambush troopers in Manipur, 1 injured

IMPHAL: An Assam Rifles trooper was seriously wounded when suspected Naga militants from the NSCN(K) ambushed them on Thursday morning at Joupi in Manipur's Chandel district, police said.

Kerala CM unhappy after meeting PM

NEW DELHI: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday expressed unhappiness after he led a 22-member delegation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek help on various issues concerning the state.

14 killed as bus falls into gorge in Uttarakhand

DEHRADUN: Fourteen persons were killed and 17 injured when a state-run bus fell into a deep gorge in Tehri in Uttarakhand on Thursday, police said.

BJP believes in hiding the truth: Rahul

NEW DELHI: Criticising the proposed amendment to the RTI Bill that will render it "useless", Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday slammed the BJP for believing only in keeping the truth hidden.

BJP promised 'Suraaj' but delivered 'Kuraaj' in Rajasthan: Congress

JAIPUR: The BJP in Rajasthan had promised "Suraaj" (good governance) before coming to power in the state, but delivered "Kuraaj" (misgovernance) after forming the government, said the Congress on Wednesday

Addressing the media in the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (AICC) office here, party's national spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said Rajasthan stands fifth across the country in cases related to crime against women during 2014-16, with a crime rate of 78.

Ishrat case: Court reserves order on discharge plea for August 4

AHMEDABAD: A Special CBI Court here on Wednesday reserved its verdict for August 4 on the discharge pleas of two retired police officers D.

Central Kerala badly hit by rains, 16 dead

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The death toll in Kerala in the heaviest rains in five years and floods has touched 16, with unabated rains badly affecting life in the central districts of Kottayam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki.

Capt Amarinder Singh writes Union Home Minister to frame national policy on drug abuse

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to press for a national policy for the prevention and control of drug abuse, with a coordinated strategy for checking smuggling of narcotics into the border state.

Gather evidence against corrupt officials, Delhi CM tells Ministers

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday ordered collection of evidence against five bureaucrats -- including Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash and four of his predecessors -- accused by a whistle-blower of taking bribes from corrupt officials.

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