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    The Hamid Ansari Story: Cross-Border Love, Espionage & a Pak Jail

    Indian national Hamid Ansari, who is lodged in Kohat Central Jail in Pakistan, will be released on Tuesday, 18 December. He has been in custody since 2012.A top court in Pakistan had given the federal government one month to complete all formalities required to deport Ansari, after he completes his 3-year jail term in the country, on Saturday, 15 December.It's been six years...

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    Buoyed by 3 wins, Rahul hobnobbing with Opposition leaders at Oath taking

    New Delhi, Dec 17: For the second time in two days, several top Opposition leaders showcased their unity as they attend the swearing-in of three Congress leaders as chief ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh on Monday. Congress president Rahul Gandhi and a large number of opposition leaders had spend a larger part of the day travelling first to...

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    No Sovereign Guarantee, Yet Modi Govt 'Resolved' Rafale Objections

    (New information has been published in The Caravan detailing the objections from the Law Ministry to the Rafale deal as well as the involvement of NSA Ajit Doval in recommending foregoing a sovereign guarantee from France. In light of this, The Quint is republishing this article, originally published on 16 November 2018, about how two objections to the deal from the Indian...

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    Latest News: JK Guv Recommends President Rule In State Post 19 Dec

    Catch all the latest news and updates here.JK Governor Recommends President Rule In State After 19 DecemberJammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has recommended the Centre to impose President's rule in the state after the expiry of six-months of Governor's rule on 19 December, officials said on Monday.(Source: PTI)General Strike Affects Normal Life In ManipurNormal...

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    Sajjan Kumar's Conviction: Even Symbolic Justice Matters, Says HS Phoolka

    Lawyer HS Phoolka's fight for justice for 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims landed him a major conviction today. The Delhi High Court sentenced four people, including Congress leader and former Parliamentarian Sajjan Kumar, to life imprisonment. Yet, he doesn't think that can be called justice. "Justice has not been done at all. It is symbolic justice. But even...

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    Cyclone Phethai Makes Landfall in Andhra Pradesh, 1 Killed

    Cyclone Phethai made landfall at Katrenikona in East Godavari district on Monday, 17 December, and one person was killed in a landslide in Vijayawada.During a meeting a review meeting on the cyclone conducted by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, officials stated that 14000 hectares of crops and 26000 metric tonnes of agricultural production have been damaged.There's...

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    Rafale Deal: BJP MPs Move Breach of Privilege Notice Against Rahul

    As the BJP stepped up attack on Rahul Gandhi over the Rafale issue, three members of the ruling party in the Lok Sabha moved a notice of breach of privilege against the Congress president, alleging that he spoke "falsehood" and "misled the House" over the fighter aircraft deal in his speech during a debate in July.Earlier, on 14 December, SC in its judgment...

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    Transfer Of Excess Reserve May Pull Down RBI's Credit Rating, Says Rajan

    Former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan has cautioned that transfer of excess reserve to the government may bring down rating of the central bank. Rating downgrade of the central bank from 'AAA' would make borrowing costlier for the central bank and will have implications on the entire economy. When asked if the transfer of excess reserve by the RBI...

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    1984 Mass Killing: Why Delhi HC Reversed Sajjan Kumar's Acquittal

    On Monday, 17 December, the Delhi High Court reversed Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's acquittal by a trial court in 2013 for his involvement in crimes committed in Raj Nagar, Delhi Cantonment, during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.A bench comprising Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel convicted the Congress leader for conspiring towards and abetting murder, rioting and setting a...

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    Chhattisgarh: Bhupesh Baghel sworn in as chief minister, waives loans of over 16 lakh farmers

    Senior Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel was sworn in as the chief minister of Chhattisgargh on Monday. Governor Anandiben Patel also administered the oath to legislators TS Singh Deo and Tamradhwaj Sahu, who were among the front runners for the chief minister's post, at a ceremony in Raipur's Balbir Singh Juneja Indoor Stadium.In an interview to...

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    Meghalaya CM says 'very difficult' situation at coal mine where at least 13 people are trapped

    Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Monday said the teams attempting to save the 13 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine in East Jaintia Hills district since Thursday were faced with a "very difficult and complicated situation", ANI reported. "The National Disaster Response Force is trying to save them, but it looks very...

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    HC rejects plea challenging LIC acquiring 51 per cent stake in IDBI

    New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a plea challenging the LIC move to acquire 51 per cent stake in the government-owned IDBI Bank.Justice Vibhu Bakhru dismissed the All India IDBI Officers Association plea challenging LIC purchasing the stake in the IDBI on the ground that change in shareholding could take away the public sector bank status.The...

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    Government To Amend Law To Enable Aadhaar Usage By Banks, Telecom Firms

    The Cabinet on Monday approved amending the two existing laws to provide legal backing for seeding of biometric ID Aadhaar with mobile numbers and bank accounts, according to people privy to the development. The Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved amendments to the Telegraph Act and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act after the Supreme Court in...

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    Akshay Kumar, John Abraham & Prabhas Headed for Box Office Clash

    While the beginning of 2019 will see the release of a host of films such as Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, Cheat India and Super 30, Independence Day is set to see three biggies clash in the box office: Akshay Kumar's Mission Mangal; John Abraham's Batla House and Prabhas' Saaho.The Mission Mangal team.

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    West Bengal: BJP moves High Court with new plea after state denies permission for 'rath yatra'

    The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday moved the Calcutta High Court challenging the West Bengal government's decision to deny it permission to organise a statewide "rath yatra", PTI reported. On December 15, the Trinamool Congress-led government cited intelligence reports that purportedly warned of possible communal violence in areas where...

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    Bhupesh Baghel Sworn In As Chhattisgarh CM

    Bhupesh Baghel took oath as the chief minister of Chhattisgarh on Monday, 17 December. The venue of the oath-taking ceremony was changed from Science College ground to Balbir Singh Juneja Indoor Stadium in Raipur, due to continuous rainfall.Tamradhwaj Sahu and TS Singh Deo were sworn in as ministers.Baghel was appointed as the chief minister of Chhattisgarh on Sunday, 16 December. The party has not...

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    Naseeruddin Shah Slams Virat Kohli, Calls Him Worst Behaved Player

    Whether Virat Kohli's aggression on the field is a tad bit too much or not, is a discussion that never goes out of fashion. Some justify it by arguing that it's just competitiveness and his hunger to win that, while some others shirk it off because he is one of the best cricketers in the world.But then there's another lot who disapprove of the 'banter',...

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    Justice Rohinton Nariman On How Nani Palkhivala Influenced Constitutional Law

    Happenstance was how the eminent jurist Nani Palkhivala got to argue some of India's landmark Constitutional cases, such as the Golak Nath, Keshavananda Bharati and Minerva Mills cases, Justice Rohinton Nariman said at the 16th Nani Palkhivala Memorial Lecture in Mumbai. Justice Nariman spoke about Palkhivala's arguments in these cases and how they led to the...

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    AAI Seeks Bids For Six Airports, To Finalise Bidders On Feb. 28

    The Airports Authority of India will choose the bidders to operate its aerodromes at Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram, Lucknow and three other places on the basis of "per-passenger fee" and finalise the bids on Feb. 28. As part of an open international competitive bidding process, AAI has sought bidders for carrying out operations, management and development of the six...

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    Not Even Hindsight Could Have Helped You Make Money This Year

    (Bloomberg Businessweek) -- Every December, I visit the managers at Hindsight Capital LLC, an imaginary hedge fund that always invests with the best possible strategy for beating the market-in hindsight. These managers live in a world perpetually 12 months in the future; the only limit to their trading ability is that they must explain why their trades could have been foreseen 12...

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    I Spoke to Kashmiri Youth and J&K's Educational Crisis is Evident

    In April 2018, I traveled to Rajouri in the Himalayan state of Jammu & Kashmir - a town that lies east of the Line of Control (LoC). My parents had always given me the freedom to travel alone and explore new places but this time, it was tough to convince them about my plans. To reinforce their faith in me to travel to a border area was difficult, even more so to reaffirm that...

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    Leaked Video Shows Pak Minister Vowing to 'Protect' Hafiz Saeed

    A leaked video shows Pakistan's junior interior minister vowing to "protect" Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and his party.The leaked video showed Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi talking to the Milli Muslim League (MML) leaders and when his attention was drawn towards non-registration of Saeed's party by the Election Commission (ECP) as a...

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    Girl set on fire for resisting sexual assault in district Pauri

    A driver made an attempt to kill a college girl by burning her in district Pauri after she resisted his sexual advances. The incident has created tension in Uttarakhand. The Police have arrested the accused man and claim it to be a case of a one-sided love affair. College students expressed anger over the shocking incident. The agitated youths staged a protest near the district...

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    Many expected to join AAP's Jaipur rally

    Ahead of the Assembly polls, Arvind Kejriwal is set to hold a rally in Jaipur on October 28. The AAP is holding a rally when many disgruntled leaders from both the Congress and the BJP have openly hinted at joining the party. The rally is also expected to reveal new political equations in the desert state. However, the party is yet to finalise a ground for the public rally. For a delay in the allotment of...

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    Cabinet approves amendments to make Aadhaar voluntary for phones and banking, say reports

    The Union Cabinet on Monday approved amendments to make the linking of the Aadhaar card with bank accounts and cellphone numbers optional, the Hindustan Times reported. Making Aadhaar voluntary will require changes to the Telegraph Act and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, according to #CNBCTV18Exclusive | Cabinet approves legislative changes to make...

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    Mumbai: At least six people killed in fire at government hospital in Andheri

    At least six people, including a baby, were killed after a major fire - categorised as a level 4 blaze - broke out at a government hospital in Marol in Mumbai's Andheri East area at 4.03 pm on Monday, reports said. The fire has been doused, Deputy Fire Chief Officer VN Panigrahi told Scroll.in.Rescue personnel saved 147 people, and several patients were shifted to...

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    Aadhaar No Longer Mandatory for SIM Cards, Bank A/Cs: Cabinet

    The Cabinet on Monday, 17 December, approved amending the two existing laws to provide legal backing for the seeding of biometric ID Aadhaar with mobile numbers and bank accounts, news agency PTI reported quoting sources. Activists unhappy with SC's Aadhaar Act order on social benefitsThe decision is an implementation of what the Supreme Court had mandated in September this year,...

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    Cabinet Passes Amendments to Allow Voluntary Seeding of Aadhaar with Bank Accounts, SIM Cards

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Monday approved amending two existing laws to provide legal backing for seeding of Aadhaar with mobile numbers and bank accounts, sources said. The Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved amendments to the Telegraph Act and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). These amendments were made necessary...

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    Three CMs, Three States: All Aboard the Opposition Bus of Unity?

    New Delhi : The swearing-in ceremonies of three Congress chief ministers - Kamal Nath, Ashok Gehlot, Bhupesh Baghel - on Monday turned into yet another show of opposition unity. Leaders of different political parties, expected to forge an anti-BJP front for the 2019 general elections, participated in the functions. The last such show of strength was seen in the farmers'...

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    How India & Maldives Are Fixing Their Friendship

    Maldivian President Ibrahim Solih is in India on a 3-day visit, his first foreign visit since assuming power. After Solih won the election against the previous China-leaning president, Abdulla Yameen, PM Narendra Modi was the only head of government to be invited to Solih's swearing-in. Solih is in Delhi to mend fences with India, and explore investment opportunities.Solih's election win...

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