Thursday, August 05, 2021

Rahul Gandhi rides bicycle to Parliament to protest fuel hike

NEW DELHI:Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday rode a bicycle to the parliament in protest of rise in fuel prices particularly petrol which has crossed Rs 100 per litre mark in various parts of the country.

K'taka cabinet expansion: CM Bommai to meet Nadda in Delhi

BENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is likely to get consent for cabinet expansion after meeting the party Chief J.P. Nadda on Monday. Bommai is scheduled to meet Nadda in the first half of the morning hours.

Parliament logjam: Both Houses worked for 18 hours in 2 weeks

NEW DELHI:As the stalemate between the opposition and the government continued for two weeks, both Houses of parliament have witnessed little business except the government passing bills amid din without any proper discussion.

K'taka CM Bommai meets Rajnath Singh

NEW DELHI: Newly appointed Chief Minister of Karnataka Basavaraj Bommai on Friday met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh here.

Modi, Shah to virtually join Gujarat govt's 5-year celebration from Aug 1 to 9

GANDHINAGAR:Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will virtually join the celebrations between August 1 and 9 to mark the five years of the Rupani-Nitin Patel government in Gujarat.

K'taka CM Bommai leaves for Delhi to meet Modi, Shah

BENGALURU:Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai left for New Delhi on Friday morning from Bengaluru HAL airport.

Kerala oppn up in arms, demands 'unruly' Minister's resignation

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Assembly on Thursday witnessed angry exchanges between the opposition and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who was trying his best to defend State Education Minister V. Sivankutty

Won't discuss cabinet expansion in first meet, says Bommai

BENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai on Thursday said that he won't discuss cabinet expansion with leaders in New Delhi in the first meeting. "I have sought appointments with central leaders and if it comes through I will leave for New Delhi on Friday," he said

Kerala CM defends Minister in harassment case as Oppn walks out

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: On expected lines, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan appears to have given full support on the floor of the Kerala Assembly on Thursday to the beleaguered Forest Minister A.K. Saseendran who courted controversy after a phone conversation between him and a party member surfaced, even as the Congress-led Opposition strongly pressed for the resignation of the Minister.

BJP to retain power in K'taka with 130+ seats: Yediyurappa

BENGALURU:In a message to his critics within the ruling BJP in Karnataka, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said on Wednesday that he would work hard to ensure that the saffron party retains power in the southern state by winning more than 130 seats in the Assembly elections scheduled in 2023.

Ex-BJP MP Sharad Tripathi passes away

LUCKNOW:Former BJP MP from Sant Kabir Nagar, Sharad Tripathi passed away after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Gurugram, late on Wednesday night. He was 49.

FIR lodged against Sasikala over 'threat' to ex-minister

CHENNAI:The Roshanai police in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu have registered a case against former interim general secretary of AIADMK, V.K. Sasikala and 500 others on a complaint filed by former minister and AIADMK, Villupuram district secretary, C.Ve. Shanmughan that several known and unknown people had issued death threats against him at Sasikala's behest.

BJP wins 21 zila panchayat seats in UP, SP gets 1

LUCKNOW(WISHAVWARTA): The ruling Bhartiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh has managed to win zila panchayat chairpersons seats in 21 districts even though it did not have the required numbers.

Umesh Sinha re-appointed as Deputy Election Commissioner

NEW DELHI: The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved extension in the term of re-employment of Umesh Sinha as Deputy Election Commissioner on contract basis for a period of one year.

BSP not contesting UP Panchayat polls: Mayawati

LUCKNOW: Bahujan Samaj Party President Mayawati on Monday said that her party is not contesting the ongoing Panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh since they are not being held in a transparent manner.

US-Iran nuclear deal cause of concern: Israel counter-terror chief

NEW DELHI: Israel on Monday said that it is concerned about the billions of dollars that could go to terror organisation Hamas if the US lifts its sanctions on Iran.

Congress appoints 4 new Secretaries, Imran Masud gets Delhi

NEW DELHI: Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi has appointed four Secretaries in the party while one Secretarys assignment has been changed.

Assam Congress chief resigns over party's 'poor performance'

GUWAHATI: Congress' Assam unit President Ripun Bora resigned on Sunday, taking moral responsibility to the party's defeat in the Assembly elections.

Three of five BJP MPs bite the dust in Bengal

KOLKATA: While the Trinamool Congress is close to attaining a three-fourth majority in the Assembly elections in West Bengal, three of the five heavyweights of the BJP have fallen prey to the deluge of the ruling party.

K'taka Cong terms Kerala, Bengal poll results 'gamechanger'

BENGALURU: Buoyed by the victory of the Congress and the DMK alliance in Tamil Nadu, and Trinamool Congress retaining power in West Bengal, Karnataka leader of the opposition, Siddaramaiah on Sunday described these election results as 'a new game' in the country.

BJP-led NDA returns to power in Assam for 2nd time in a row

GUWAHATI: The ruling BJP-led NDA returned to power in Assam for the second consecutive term as the "Mitrajot" secured 68 seats in the 126-member assembly, election officials said on Sunday midnight.

BJP confident of forming govt in Bengal by winning 200+ seats

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has claimed that the party would form the next government in West Bengal by winning more than 200 seats, even as all exit polls except two suggested a win and hat-trick for the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government.

TN allows movement of poll officials, agents on May 2

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday said complete lockdown will be there on counting day on May 2 but movement/transport of officials, political party functionaries, counting agents and others will be allowed.

Sneak peek into Kerala exit polls 'predict' Left's return

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Even though the official announcement of the various exit polls done especially by TV channels in Kerala will be officially out on Thursday after 7 p.m., the preliminary indications say the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left government stands a good chance to create electoral history by becoming the first government to retain power.

EC censors all victory processions after poll results

KOLKATA: In the wake of uncontrolled increase of Covid cases across the country, the Election Commission (EC) has banned all kinds of victory processions after the poll results are declared on May 2. The commission has also put a cap on the number of persons assisting the candidates at the counting halls.

Will it be Pinarayi Vijayan's last cabinet meeting?

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Wednesday in Kerala for several decades is an important day as far as the respective State government is concerned as it's on this day the State cabinet led by the Chief Minister, his cabinet colleagues and the Chief Secretary sit down to take important decisions concerning the state.

EC releases 318 companies of forces before 8th phase of Bengal polls

KOLKATA: The Election Commission of India has released 318 of 1,071 companies present in the state before the crucial eighth phase of the election scheduled on April 29 when 35 assembly constituencies spanning across four districts will go for polls. These forces have been sent back from Bengal.

Be strict with hoarders of essential medicines: PM to States

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday requested the States to deal strictly with hoarding and black marketing of essential medicines and injections. Chairing a meeting of Chief Ministers of high burden states, Modi said that the Railways and the Air Force have been deployed to reduce travel time of oxygen tankers. The Chief Ministers of 11 states and Union Territories which have reported the maximum number of cases recently were present at the meeting.

Chhattisgarh ex-minister starts free Covid care centre

NEW DELHI: Former Chhattisgarh Minister and senior BJP leader Brijmohan Agrawal has set up a 200-bed Covid care centre near the state capital providing free treatment to the patients.

Delhi govt reached out, but yet to receive oxygen: Ganga Ram Hospital 

NEW DELHI: Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Chairman D.S. Rana on Tuesday reiterated the urgent need of oxygen for Covid patients admitted in his hospital's ICU, warning they could be in jeopardy if fresh supplies were not provided urgently.

SC seeks reply on plea seeking setting up of transgenders' welfare board

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from Centre and others on a plea seeking directions to establish a transgenders welfare board to address their social welfare issues.

West Bengal gears for fourth phase of Assembly polls

KOLKATA: 44 assembly constituencies of five districts in West Bengal will go for the fourth phase of the polls on Saturday. Considering the incidents of violence during the third phase of polling, the Election Commission has made an extensive arrangement to avoid any kind of untoward incidents.

IAF to use AI-aided tech for threat monitoring in captive networks: Chief

NEW DELHI: Artificial Intelligence-assisted next-gen technologies would be employed for threat monitoring in the Indian Air Force's captive networks, including the current network upgrades, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria said on Monday.

Share of Muslim votes may be a deciding factor in Bengal polls

KOLKATA: Perhaps no one has done so much as chief minister Mamata Banerjee to consolidate minority votes in West Bengal but before elections for 75 seats in the crucial third and fourth phase of the election, in which minority votes might be a deciding factor, she is perhaps a bit scared about the probable split in minority votes that might not work in her favour the way it happened in the last two elections in the state.

Modi to address rallies in poll-bound Kerala, TN

CHENNAI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address rallies in poll-bound Kerala and Tamil Nadu on Friday.

Delhi L-G chairs DDA's 2nd meet on Master Plan-2041

NEW DELHI: Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Wednesday chaired an advisory council meeting on the draft Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) - 2041 framed by Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

BJP expels 7 more leaders for contesting against party candidates

GUWAHATI: The ruling BJP in Assam on Sunday expelled seven more leaders from the party for six years for contesting as Independent candidates against the party's official candidates after being denied tickets, party sources said.

BJP to win 26 seats in Bengal, 37 in Assam in first phase: Shah

Election Commission launches three mobile apps- DC urges people to avail maximum benefits

KAPURTHALA: Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer Deepti Uppal has asked the residents of the district to avail maximum of the three different app launched by the Election Commission of India for the convenience of the voters.

 UP panchayat poll schedule announced

LUCKNOW: The State Election Commission of Uttar Pradesh has announced the schedule for the panchayat elections.

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