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Immensely honoured, says Shashi Tharoor after being conferred France's highest civilian award

NEW DELHI: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor was on Tuesday conferred the highest French civilian award Chevalier de la Lgion dHonneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour). The award was presented by Grard Larcher, Chairman of the French Senate, on behalf of the President of France during a special ceremony here. This is the highest French civilian award which has been awarded in recognition of Dr Tharoors tireless efforts to deepen Indo-French ties, commitment to international peace and cooperation, and a

20 Feb 2024 10:42 pm
Farmers' protest: Haryana extends suspension of mobile internet in 7 districts till Feb 21

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana government on Tuesday extended the ban on mobile internet and bulk SMS services in seven districts till Wednesday in the wake of farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' agitation. The affected districts are Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa. The government had earlier extended the suspension of mobile internet on February 13, 15, 17 and 19. In the order, Additional Chief Secretary of Haryana T V S N Prasad said, After assessment of the prevailing law and order

20 Feb 2024 10:20 pm
Rahul Gandhi promises caste census, legal guarantee on MSP as yatra reaches Lucknow

LUCKNOW: Extending gratitude for the warm welcome that he was accorded in the state capital Lucknow on arriving with his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, Congresss ex-chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the people of Lucknow had opened thousands of shops of love and amity (Mohabbat ki Dukane) in advance. I am grateful that you welcomed me with so much of love. Our country is not a place of hatred. We stand for love and brotherhood, said the Congress leader amid the cheering crowd in the old city loca

20 Feb 2024 10:03 pm
Khalistani separatist Pannun booked for 'threatening' to disrupt IND vs ENG Test in Ranchi

An FIR has been filed against Khalistani separatist and US-based Sikh for Justice (SFJ) leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun under various sections of the UAPA and IT Act for allegedly plotting to disrupt the upcoming India-England Test match in Ranchi. India is set to face England in the penultimate Test of their five-match series at the JSCA International Stadium from February 23 to 27. According to the FIR filed by Sub-Inspector (SI) Madan Kumar Mahto at Ranchi's Dhurwa Police Station, Pannun had b

20 Feb 2024 8:21 pm
Seat-sharing parleys between Samajwadi Party, Congress hit roadblock in UP

LUCKNOW: The INDIA alliance of the opposition bloc seems to have hit a roadblock in Uttar Pradesh as seat-sharing parleys between the Samajwadi Party and the Congress made no headway on Tuesday. The fact was corroborated by the decision of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav to skip Congress leader Rahul Gandhis Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Rae Bareli. Akhilesh Yadav had dropped enough indications to this effect on Monday by saying that he wont join the Nyay Yatra till the seat-sharing pact with the Congress w

20 Feb 2024 8:12 pm
NewsClick founder Prabir Purkayastha unwell; SC seeks medical report

NEW DELHI: Arrested NewsClick founder, Prabir Purkayastha, on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that his medical condition is not good, to which the Supreme Courtdirected the Delhi Police to submit his medical report. The accused, Purkayastha, 74, is currently lodged in Tihar jail, in a case registered against him under the anti-terror law UAPA (Unlawful Activities and Prevention Act). Purkayastha's senior lawyer, Kapil Sibal, today told the Apex Court two-judge bench, headed by Justice B R Gavai a

20 Feb 2024 8:10 pm
ED files another case against Hemant Soren for disobeying summons

RANCHI: Creating more trouble for former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday registered another case against him of disobeying summons issued by the investigating agency. Notably, ED had served 10 summons to Soren, out of which he turned up only twice before the agency for questioning. ED has filed complaint number 3952/2024 at the Chief Judicial Magistrate's court, which is to be heard next on February 27 after a preliminary hearing on Tuesday. ED

20 Feb 2024 7:55 pm
Now, Nepalese citizens living in India can obtain SIM card with ID proof

NEW DELHI: There is good news for nearly 8 million Nepalese citizens living and working in India. The hassles they had to face while procuring a SIM card for their mobile phones have now been simplified as they just need to submit basic ID proof. This is great news. Nepali nationals can now obtain a SIM card on the basis of their passport, citizenship certificate, voter ID or ID issued by the Embassy. Citizens of Nepal were denied a SIM card earlier due to technical reasons. Our request was proc

20 Feb 2024 7:44 pm
US lauds Indian Navy's role in strategic waters in view of Houthi attacks on Cargo ships

US lauds Indian Navy's role in strategic waters in view of Houthi attacks on Cargo ships

20 Feb 2024 7:31 pm
In a first, voters in Jharkhand can sit in lounge, watch TV as they wait their turn

RANCHI: In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, all 29521 polling booths in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Jharkhand will be developed as model booths, having a lounge with seats, television and medical facilities for those waiting to cast their votes. To mark the festival of democracy during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, all 29521 polling stations across the state will be developed as model booths having all basic facilities in it, said Chief Electoral Officer K Ravi Kumar. All the b

20 Feb 2024 7:06 pm
Navy invites seven veterans released by Qatar for celebratory dinner

NEW DELHI: A celebratory dinner will be held on March 1 for the naval veterans who returned to India after being held in custody in Qatar. While seven of the veterans are back, one of them is still in Doha. The dinner is being organised by the Directorate of Ex-Servicemen Affairs (DESA) of the Navy. The invite includes logistical support (travel and stay) for the seven veterans and their spouses. The officials who are back have accepted the invite. However, it would have been prudent if they had

20 Feb 2024 7:02 pm
Lokpal matter: Delhi HC reserves its order on Shibu Soren's appeal

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on the appeal moved by Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) supremo Shibu Soren to quash the proceedings initiated by Lokpal against him, in connection with a disproportionate assets case. Soren was moving the appeal on Monday following last month's dismissal of his plea challenging the proceedings pending before Lokpal and its earlier orders which were initiated on the basis of a complaint by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey. On Tuesday, the divisio

20 Feb 2024 6:38 pm
SC verdict on Chandigarh mayoral poll saved democracy from fangs of autocratic BJP: Congress

SC verdict on Chandigarh mayoral poll saved democracy from fangs of autocratic BJP: Cong

20 Feb 2024 6:18 pm
X-ray of a communal flare-up: Report details run-up to Haldwani violence

Uttar Pradesh police and Haldwani municipal authorities displayed a remarkable lack of sensitivity and common sense while handling the demolition of two religious structures in Haldwani, which led to a flare up of communal violence in the Uttarakhand town earlier this month, according to a report prepared after a visit to the area by a delegation comprising activists such as Nadeem Khan, Harsh Mander and Ashok Kumar Sharma. The report also indicated that the transfer of a high-ranking official o

20 Feb 2024 6:00 pm
Truth finally wins: Punjab CM Mann hails SC verdict on Chandigarh mayoral poll

Truth finally wins: Punjab CM Mann hails SC verdict on Chandigarh mayoral poll

20 Feb 2024 5:54 pm
In Gujarat, 341 government primary schools operating in a single room: Education minister

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government on Tuesday said in the state assembly that as of December 31, 2023, there are 341 government primary schools in the state operating in a single room. The Gujarat government had announced a provision of Rs 43,651 crore for the Education Department in 2023-24. The Gujarat education minister was replying to a question from a Congress MLA on how many government primary schools in Gujarat have only one classroom. In its written response, the government gave several r

20 Feb 2024 5:31 pm
Sandeshkhali row: IPS officer slams BJP workers for calling him 'Khalistani', saffron camp denies charge

KOLKATA; A Sikh IPS officer, who was deputed at Dhamakhali to prevent senior West Bengal BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari from visiting restive Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district, got agitated after a group of activists of the saffron party allegedly hurled the 'Khalistani' jibe at him. BJP MLA Agnimitra Paul, accompanying Adhikari, claimed that the police officer wasn't fulfilling his duties and dismissed the allegation that BJP supporters called him a 'Khalistani'. Chief Minister Mamata Ban

20 Feb 2024 4:01 pm
No Aadhaar numbers cancelled, clarifies UIDAI after Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee alleges cards 'deactivated'

Two days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee charged that the 'Aadhaar number' of several residents in the State has been deactivated, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Monday said to keep the Aadhaar database updated, intimations are issued to Aadhaar number holders from time to time, but no number has been cancelled. The authority regularly issues intimations to Aadhaar number holders to ensure the accuracy of the database, which is crucial for availing subsi

20 Feb 2024 3:46 pm
Chandigarh mayoral polls: Supreme Court directs recounting of eight 'invalid' votes

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court said on Tuesday it would direct recounting of votes polled in the controversial Chandigarh mayoral election and declaration of result after considering the eight defacedallots which were declared invalid by the returning officer. A bench comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra has commenced hearing the plea of defeated AAP candidate for the election Kuldeep Kumar, accusing returning officer Anil Masih of electoral malpracti

20 Feb 2024 3:38 pm
Manipur's STAR Education initiative revolutionizes teaching with tech, boosts student engagement, skills

GUWAHATI: Amid the dark clouds of ethnic conflict in Manipur, there is some glimmer of hope for schoolteachers and students. The state education departments collaboration with NewGlobe, an international education support organisation which has its presence in several countries, has brought up creative new ways of teaching to make learning more interesting. The two joined hands in 2020 for the System Transformation and Rejuvenation of Education or STAR Education to create globally competitive gov

20 Feb 2024 3:34 pm
Alexei Navalny dies in prison, but his blueprint for anti-Putin activism will live on

Regina Smyth , Indiana University Long lines of Russians endured subzero temperatures in January 2024 to demand that anti-Ukraine war candidate Boris Nadezhdin be allowed to run in the forthcoming presidential election. It was protest by petition, a tactic that reflects the legacy of Alexei Navalny, the longtime Russian pro-democracy campaigner. Authorities say Navalny, a persistent thorn in the side of Russian President Vladimir Putin, died in prison on Feb. 16, 2024. For more than a decade, Na

20 Feb 2024 2:59 pm
Chhattisgarh: Tricolour hoisted for first time in Maoist stronghold, engage with insurgent leader's family for peace

RAIPUR: Persistence and resilience were critical to success in the core stronghold of banned CPI (Maoist) for the Chhattisgarh police in the strife-torn district of Sukma, some 500 km south of Raipur. For the first time, not just an Indian flag was hoisted by Sukma district police but a security camp has also been set up at Puvarti village inside the Maoist liberated zone. Puvarti, around 125 km from the district headquarters of Sukma towards the Telangana border, is the dwelling of the dreaded

20 Feb 2024 2:36 pm
Sandeshkhali row: Journalist on-duty arrested; Editors Guild terms it 'worrisome'

NEW DELHI: The Editors Guild of India on Tuesday termed as worrisome the arrest of an on-duty television journalist by the West Bengal Police. In a statement here, the Guild said the journalist -- Santu Pan -- was reporting live on television when he was whisked away by policemen. Pan, a journalist with Repulic Bangla, was arrested from Sandeshkhali in West Bengal on Monday late evening. His arrest while on duty is worrisome, the Guild said. The statement said the police should certainly investi

20 Feb 2024 2:24 pm
Speculation of Kamal Nath's switch over creation of media and BJP: Congress leader Jitendra Singh

BHOPAL: Congress general secretary Bhanwar Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said there is no truth in the speculation of senior party leader Kamal Nath joining the BJP and claimed such talks were a creation of the media and the saffron party. Singh, the AICC in-charge of Madhya Pradesh, arrived in Bhopal on Tuesday in the backdrop of suspense over former CM Kamal Nath's next move and escalating tension within the state Congress. There has been intense speculation over future moves by Congress veteran K

20 Feb 2024 2:15 pm
Maharashtra assembly unanimously passes bill providing 10% quota for Marathas in education and jobs

Maharashtra govt proposes 10 pc quota for Marathas in education and jobs; CM tables bill in assembly

20 Feb 2024 2:13 pm
Supreme Court halts Centre's move to divert forest land for non-forestry purposes

NEW DELHI: In a blow to the Union government's effort to divert forest land for non-forestry purposes, the Supreme Court has reinstated some earlier provisions meant to conserve deemed forest which was formally not recorded as forest in the state forest departments records. The court has also directed not to allow the setting up of zoos or safaris on forest land. Last year, the government passed contentious amendments to the Forest (Conservation) Amendment (FCA) Act 2023 which diluted many conse

20 Feb 2024 2:08 pm
20 Feb 2024 2:05 pm
PM Modi launches Rs 32,000-crore worth development projects in Jammu & Kashmir

JAMMU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched multiple development projects, including for education, railway, aviation and road sectors, in Jammu and Kashmir worth over Rs 32,000 crore. From Jammu, the prime minister also launched or laid foundation stone of projects worth Rs 13,500 crore across the country. These projects include Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and central universities. Modi distributed appointment letters to about 1,500

20 Feb 2024 1:07 pm
Dispel 'myths' surrounding new criminal laws: UGC to univs, HEIs

NEW DELHI: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed universities and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across the country to publicise the new criminal laws and dispel myths surrounding them. Among the myths cited by the UGC are that the new laws hreaten individual freedom and aim to establish a police state, that sedition provisions have been retained under 'Deshdroh' and that these legislations enable police torture. In its communication to the universities and HEIs, the UGC has

20 Feb 2024 12:32 pm
Calcutta HC division bench allows LoP Suvendu to visit Sandeshkhali

KOLKATA: A division bench of the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday allowed Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari to visit Sandeshkhali village, which has been witnessing protests over allegations of sexual atrocities and land grab by some ruling TMC leaders. The division bench presided by Chief Justice T S Sivagnanam refused to interfere into a single bench order that allowed Adhikari and another BJP MLA Shankar Ghosh to visit Sandeshkhali on Tuesday. West Bengal: Brinda Kar

20 Feb 2024 12:24 pm
10 Cong MLAs suspended from Gujarat Assembly for a day for sloganeering in House

GANDHINAGAR: Ten legislators from the opposition Congress were suspended from the Gujarat Assembly for a day on Tuesday following chaos and sloganeering over the issue of a fake government office unearthed in Chhota Udepur district last year and siphoning off funds meant for irrigation projects. While the Congress' strength in the House is 15, five of its MLAs were absent at the time of chaos in the House. During question hour of the ongoing budget session, Congress MLA Tushar Chaudhary sought t

20 Feb 2024 12:07 pm
Tejashwi flays Nitish, embarks on 'Jan Vishwas Yatra' across Bihar in bid to win public trust

PATNA: Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday launched a blistering attack on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar , the JD(U) president, whose latest volte-face robbed his party of power and stripped him of the deputy CM's post. Yadav spoke to journalists at his residence here, before leaving for Muzaffarpur, the commencing point of 'Jan Vishwas Yatra', which would continue for 11 days, during which he will travel all 38 districts of the state. Nitish Kumar has no vision for the peo

20 Feb 2024 11:58 am
Brinda Karat, Suvendu Adhikari stopped from visiting Sandeshkhali

CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat and the leader of the opposition in the West Bengal assembly Suvendu Adhikari were allegedly stopped by the police from visiting troubled Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district. The Calcutta High Court had granted Suvendu permission to visit Sandeshkhali yesterday. Additionally, the court stayed the promulgation of Section 144 of the CrPC in the area by the Basirhat subdivisional officer, which prohibited the assembly of five or more persons. Adhikari had approache

20 Feb 2024 11:29 am
SC bins omni bus owners plea against Madras HC order

CHENNAI: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain an appeal moved by the Omni bus owners association against the Madras High Court judgment. The Madras High Court in the ongoing case related to the Kilambakkam Bus Terminus has granted interim permission for Omni buses to ply and pick up passengers from Porur and Surapet toll gate in the bypass and Kilambakkam Bus Terminus until permanent parking arrangements are made for the omni buses. The HC had also clarified that the omni buses shoul

20 Feb 2024 11:01 am
India, EU to deliberate on online disinformation

NEW DELHI: Over 35 experts from the European Union and India will meet in New Delhi on Wednesday to deliberate on the security and policy aspects of online disinformation and information manipulation. The EU-India track 1.5 event Combatting disinformation online: EU and Indian perspectives -- will take place on the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue. The peer-to-peer discussion will explore trends in the use of disinformation online and encourage EU and Indian governmental and non-governmental a

20 Feb 2024 10:15 am
SC to examine ballot papers of Chandigarh Mayor election today

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday slammed Anil Masih, the returning officer (RO) of the January 30 Chandigarh mayoral polls, for defacing ballot papers and sought the ballots and the video recording of the counting for the courts perusal. The bench comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra said it may consider declaration of results on the basis votes already cast instead of ordering fresh polls. The BJP won the polls after defeating the AAP-Congress

20 Feb 2024 10:02 am
No state-owned carrier, CAPFs hit air pocket

NEW DELHI: Post-privatization of Air India, the country has had no state-owned carrier. The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) are the net loser. The paramilitary forces are hard-pressed to get seats on sanctioned price bands. Besides, there are no designated flights for the personnel, particularly for those deployed in J&K and northeastern states. In the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack in January 2019, the Home Ministry had made a big convoy rule change and had issued an order approving

20 Feb 2024 9:52 am
India now a global leader, says PM

LUCKNOW: Claiming that God had entrusted him with the responsibility of building the temple of the nation and leading it on the path of grandeur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that he was chosen to perform many good works and was committed to completing them. Addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of Shri Kalki Dham Temple at Ainchoda Kamboh village of Sambhal district in western UP, he said, Just as Acharya Pramod Krishnam, the saints and seers are building a tem

20 Feb 2024 9:50 am
PM calls up on states to emulate UP, work towards economic goals

LUCKNOW: All praise for UP CM Yogi Adityanath for resolving to develop Uttar Pradesh as the countrys growth engine with a $ trillion economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon the other states to emulate UP, contribute to nations development and help achieve $ five trillion economy target. While inaugurating the fourth edition of states Ground Breaking Ceremony (GBC@IV) here on Monday, PM Modi said that the country would grow only when every state would move forward with big dreams and re

20 Feb 2024 9:48 am
SP offers 17 seats to Congress, sets terms for Akhilesh joining Rahuls yatra

LUCKNOW: Uncertainty looms large over the INDIA alliance of the opposition bloc in Uttar Pradesh, with a seat-sharing pact between the Samajwadi Party and the Congress for the Lok Sabha still being a distant dream. Moreover, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav is reportedly skipping Congress leader Rahul Gandhis Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, saying that he would join Gandhi only after the seat-sharing pact between the two parties gets sealed. Akhilesh was to join the yatra in Rae Bareli on Tuesday. Earlier on Mon

20 Feb 2024 9:10 am
Ahead of PMs J&K visit, militants list Pandit staff, issue threat via voice note

SRINAGAR: A day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modis daylong visit to J&K, militants issued a threat to Kashmiri Pandit employees, making their details public, and circulated a voice note on mobile phones warning such employees to leave the Valley or face consequences. The PM will address a public rally in Jammu on Tuesday and lay the foundation stone for multiple development projects worth over Rs 30,500 crore. He will also flag off Kashmirs first electric train and inaugurate the 48-km Banih

20 Feb 2024 9:08 am
Guwahati Diary: Congress expels leader after he meets Himanta

The Congress expelled one of its leaders soon after a photo of him with Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma went viral on social media. Without citing any reason, Congress state chief Bhupen Kumar Borah said Dadu Taye had been expelled from the party with immediate effect. It was not known why Taye had gone to meet the CM. Recently, Sarma criticised the Congress for allegedly not allowing its MLAs and leaders to attend government events and meet ministers. He had asked how the constituencies of t

20 Feb 2024 8:56 am
Rahul yatra draws huge crowd in UP, Irani steps up attack on Amethi pitch

LUCKNOW: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatras UP leg reached his erstwhile traditional constituency of Amethi on Monday, drawing huge crowds. He hit out at the BJP government for not inviting the Dalits, backwards and even the President to the Ram temple consecration ceremony in Ayodhya. It was an insult to them, he said. By inviting industrialists and Amitabh Bachchan to the consecration ceremony of the Ram temple, Modi gave the message that the countrys 73% of people hav

20 Feb 2024 8:48 am
Entirely, staunchly with Congress, Tharoor says not joining BJP

NEW DELHI: With the Congress grappling with exodus of its high-profile leaders ahead of Lok Sabha polls, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Monday asserted that he would stay staunchly and entirely with the grand old party. He said that the 10-year of BJP government has shown that the Congress is the best alternative to the people. Tharoor was speaking at Delhi Dialogues organised by this newspaper. When asked about suspense over Kamal Naths move, the Thiruvananthapuram MP said, The party has already

20 Feb 2024 8:45 am
North Vs South debate only serves local politics

With the Opposition-ruled South increasingly raising the accusation of federal discrimination against the South, Santwana Bhattacharya and Dipak Mondal caught up with Shaurya Doval , a member of the BJP and founder of the India Foundation, to know how the party is dealing with whats assuming the contours of a North vs South debate. Excerpts: Indias economic landscape has over the decades seen a broad North-South growth divide. That has set the context for a national debate, with persistent quest

20 Feb 2024 8:41 am
Gujarat spent Rs 58 cr on choppers, planes in 2 yrs

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government disclosed in the Assembly on Monday that over the past two years, it has expended Rs 58 crore on the maintenance, leasing, fuel, and staffing of its state-owned aircraft and helicopters. Congress MLA Arvind Ladani from Manavdar had inquired about the expenditure incurred by the Gujarat government on maintenance, leasing, fuel, pilots, and other staff for state-owned aircraft and helicopters over the last two years. The governments written response indicated an e

20 Feb 2024 7:51 am
Ex-employees of car rental firm in Telangana beaten up with belts, tyre tubes; 7 held

HYDERABAD: Medipally police on Monday held seven of the eight persons accused of assaulting former employees of Long Drive Cars, a car rental company. The arrested persons Ch Mahesh, Sharath, Prasanna, Anusha, Pooja, Kumar and Raja were also remanded to judicial custody while the main accused, Kopula Harideep Reddy, who is reportedly the director of Long Drive Cars, is absconding. According to the victims Obedh, Rishitha, Nithin, Yogi, Tarun, Madhumita and Sameer they met on February 11 to l

20 Feb 2024 7:31 am
Farmer leaders reject Centre's proposal of procuring pulses, maize, cotton at MSP for 5 years

CHANDIGARH: Farmers leaders on Monday rejected the Centre's proposal of buying pulses, maize and cotton at MSP by government agencies for five years, saying it was not in farmers' interest. A panel of three Union ministers -- Piyush Goyal, Arjun Munda and Nityanand Rai -- on Sunday gave the proposal to the farmers during the fourth round of talks in Chandigarh. On Monday, farmer leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal said, After holding discussion (on the Centre's proposal) in our two forums, it has been

19 Feb 2024 10:41 pm
Farmers' protest: 'Delhi Chalo' leaders to discuss govt offer, SKM rejects it

CHANDIGARH: Farmer leaders taking part in the 'Delhi Chalo' agitation on Monday said they will discuss the government proposal on buying pulses, maize and cotton at MSP but the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, which spearheaded the 2020-21 stir, rejected the offer. In the fourth round of talks with farmer leaders, a panel of three Union ministers on Sunday proposed buying of pulses, maize and cotton crops by government agencies at minimum support prices (MSP) for five years after entering into an agreemen

19 Feb 2024 9:43 pm
Smriti Irani dares Rahul Gandhi to contest Lok Sabha polls only from Amethi

AMETHI: Union minister Smriti Irani on Monday claimed that deserted streets welcomed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi when he arrived here as part of his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra and dared him to contest from Amethi alone in the Lok Sabha elections. Both Gandhi and Irani were in the Amethi parliamentary constituency, where the BJP leader had in 2019 humbled Gandhi who is now the MP from Kerala's Wayanad. Rahul Gandhi considered Amethi as the centre of power but did not provide service, that is why he

19 Feb 2024 9:22 pm