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Will form stable government in Maharashtra: Prithviraj Chavan after Cong-NCP meeting

In a clear indication of joining hands with the Shiv Sena, leaders of the Congress and the NCP on Wednesday expressed confidence of forming a "stable" government in Maharashtra in the coming days.

After two-and-a-half hour meeting between Congress and NCP leaders at Sharad Pawar's residence in New Delhi on Wednesday, NCP leader Nawab Malik said that the two parties have together decided that they must give an alternate government in Maharashtra.

At a joint press conference with Congress leader and former Maharshtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, Nawab Malik said: "An alternate government in the state is not possible without coming together of three parties, NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena. We are trying our best to resolve all issues. We will provide alternate government as soon as possible."

Parl Standing Committee on IT discusses WhatsApp breach, cyber-attack on Kudankulam n-plant

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology met on Wednesday and discussed issues of citizens' data security and privacy, inlcuding WhatsApp breach. The Committee also discussed possibility of cyber-attack on Kudankulam nuclear power plant.

The Committee was briefed by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and Ministry of Electronics and IT Secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney. Officials from Department of Atomic Energy were also present.

Rupee settles 10 paise lower at 71.81 against USD

The Indian rupee settled 10 paise lower at 71.81 against the US dollar on Wednesday, tracking weak Asian currencies and strengthening of the greenback overseas.

At the interbank foreign exchange market, the domestic currency opened weak at 71.80, then went on to hit a low of 71.91 against the US dollar during the day. It, however, clawed back some of its lost ground to finally finish at 71.81, showing a fall of 10 paise over its previous close.

Won't allow NRC in Bengal, says Mamata Banerjee

On a day when union home minister Amit Shah asserted that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise would be undertaken across India, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee assured people on Wednesday that her government will never allow preparation of any such list.

Addressing a public meeting at Sagardighi of Murshidabad district, Banerjee said nobody can take away the citizenship of any person and make him/her a refugee.

She also challenged the Bharatiya Janata Party to clarify why the names of 14 lakh Hindus and Bengalis were left out of the final NRC brought out in Assam.

Obviously targeting the BJP without naming it, Banerjee said "a few people" were trying to foment trouble in the state in the name of NRC.

"A few people are trying to foment trouble in the state by saying that NRC exercise will be carried out in Bengal. I would like to make it very clear, that we will never allow the NRC exercise in Bengal," she said.

"We won't allow anybody to divide people on the basis of religion," she added.

Jawaharlal Nehru University appeals to the students to call off their agitation and return to classes and allow normal functioning of academic activities.

PM must intervene, govt should give full disclosure about electoral bonds in Parliament: Cong

The Congress on Wednesday demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention and urged the government to disclose all details about electoral bonds before Parliament.

"What we are talking about today leads straight to the PM's Office. The BJP government is running 90 per cent of the business in this country with a few industrialists," senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged.

Over 5,000 arrested in Kashmir since August 4, MHA tells Parliament

At least 5,161 people in Jammu and Kashmir have been arrested since August 4, the Ministry of Home Affairs told Parliament today. Reiterating that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is "normal", Home Minister Amit Shah told Rajya Sabha that internet facilities will be restored at an "appropriate time after inputs from the local administration." The Home Minister also pointed out that not a single person has died due to police firing since the Centre's decision

JNUSU asked for the removal of VC when they met the MHRD panel

The Kerala government moves High Court against acquittal of the accused in Walayar sisters death case

Lok Sabha adjourned till 2:30 PM

Indian squad for the T20I and ODI series against West Indies to be announced tomorrow

All religions are being taken into consideration for NRC: Amit Shah

Asserting that the NRC will be applicable throughout the country, Amit Shah said the NRC is a Supreme Court monitored drive and no religion will be targeted during the exercise.

"The NRC exercise was monitored by the SC. No religion has been targeted or isolated during the NRC exercise," Shah said, adding that the government will provide asylum to people of all religions.

NRC is different from Citizenship Amendment Bill, says Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha said, NRC has no such provision which says that no other religion will be taken under NRC. All citizens of India irrespective of religion will figure in the NRC list. The NRC is different from Citizenship Amendment Bill

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu adjourns the house proceedings till 2 pm

We will restore internet services in the Valley at the appropriate time, says Amit Shah

As far as internet services are concerned, the decision can be taken by the Jammu and Kashmir authorities. There are activities by Pakistan too in Kashmir region, so keeping security in mind, whenever the local authority deems it fit, a decision will be taken , says Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha.

"I agree that internet services are a necessity today. But when it comes to the question of national security, safety of the people of J&K and our fight against terror, we need to prioritize our necessities."

"Medicine and medical facilities have been made available to various hospitals in the Valley."

"I can assure you that the situation in Kashmir is normal. There has been a significant dip in stone-pelting incidents," said the Home Minister

"Availability of petrol, diesel, kerosene, LPG and rice is adequate. 22 lakh metric ton apples are expected to be produced. All landlines are open."

"All newspapers are in circulation. All TV channels are running. All banks are operational. All govt offices & courts are functioning in the Valley."

Visually impaired JNU students accuse police of detaining them

The visually impaired students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Wednesday accused the Delhi Police of illegally detaining them when they were on the way to new Police Headquarters at Jai Singh Road here. However, the Delhi police has denied the allegation, saying the students walked into the police station to handover a memorandum.

BJP's Nityanand Rai tables Maharashtra Governor's report recommending President's Rule

In the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai tabled the report of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on recommendation of President's Rule in the state, which was imposed on 12 November.

Assam: 8 persons dead in a road accident on National Highway-15 in Orang area of Udalguri district.

The bus, carrying Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students who were going to Delhi Police Headquarters for a demonstration, are now being taken to Police headquarters in ITO

Meeting between JNUSU office-bearers, high-power committee underway

The meeting between Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) office-bearers and the high-power committee constituted by the HRD Ministry to restore normalcy on the campus is currently underway, sources said.

The meeting commenced around 10.30 am and the students' union office-bearers are attending it along with the student councillors from different schools, they said.

The JNU students have been protesting for over three weeks against a draft hostel manual, which has provisions for hostel fee hike, dress code and curfew timings.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrives at Parliament. He will be speaking in Rajya Sabha today

Congress leader Anand Sharma in Rajya Sabha raises the issue of withdrawal of SPG cover for Gandhis and former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh

Anand Sharma on Wednesday demanded in Rajya Sabha restoration of the Special Protection Group cover to former prime minister Manmohan Singh and the Gandhi family.

Raising the issue in the upper house, he said the cover should be "restored" going beyond "partisan politics." The party has been raising the issue in both the Houses.

SC asks ED to file response on Chidambaram's bail plea, lists matter for hearing on Nov 26.

Congress party has given Adjournment motion Notice in Lok Sabha over 'procurement of paddy across the nation'

Shiv Sena Govt by first week of December, says Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, "We are confident of forming a government in Maharashtra by the first week of December." Reacting to the allegation of rumours of division in the party, the Shiv Sena leader said, "There is no division in our party ranks...all rumours about any divisions are false."

Sensex at 40,625.59 points, up by 155.89 points.

Home Minister Amit Shah to table report on President's rule in Maharashtra

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday will table a report in the Rajya Sabha on President rule imposed in the state and the invocation of Article 356 of the Constitution. He will also present the report submitted by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to President Ram Nath Kovind.

10 farmers held in Mathura for stubble burning

About a dozen farmers have been arrested by police in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly burning crop residue in their farms in the last 10 days.

US President notifies Congress of deploying troops to Saudi Arabia

US President Donald Trump has ordered deployment of additional troops in the Middle East to deter alleged threat from Iran, taking the total number of US armed forces in Saudi Arabia to 3,000.

Iran continues to pose a threat the security of the region through various activities, including the attack on oil and natural gas facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on September 14, Trump told the Congressional leadership in a letter on Tuesday.

Trump''s letter was addressed to the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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