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UP elections: Samajwadi Party-Congress likely to enter alliance next week

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is likely to meet Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi this week. (HT file photo) Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is likely to meet Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi this week to form an alliance before the February-March assembly elections, pushing through a political deal that has been stirring despite a […]

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Junk food to become costly if government clears ‘fat tax’ proposal

The suggestion was aimed at stemming a spurt in lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, which are linked to junk food. (Representational Photo) A fat tax will be charged on junk food, if Prime Minister Narendra Modi clears a recommendation from a team of top bureaucrats he had constituted to suggest ideas on health, sanitation […]

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Tamil Nadu: Jallikattu supporters taken into custody near Madurai

Several supporters of Jallikattu were on Saturday taken into preventive custody near Madurai for allegedly trying to defy a ban on the traditional bull-taming sport associated with Pongal festivities. Anticipating trouble, police in large number was deployed in sensitive areas where the sport is generally held like Avaniapuram, Palamedu and Alanganallur, locations famous for Jallikattu […]

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Samajwadi Party maybe warring in UP but is united in 18 states of the country

An Indian worker from the municipal corporation and Allahabad administration removes a banner poster of Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav at the roadside in Allahabad on January 4. (AFP Photo) Samajwadi Party’s national and Uttar Pradesh units are in a disarray due to the protracted family feud that […]

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Dynasty dynamics: Badals’ Akali Dal bets big again on pedigree in three-horse poll race

(Clockwise from top left) Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, son Sukhbir Singh Badal, son-in-law Adaish Pratap Kairon and Sukhbir’s brother-in-law Bikram Majithia. (HT File Photo) Pedigree holds the key in the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) to climb the slippery pole of electoral politics. To turn the tide in its favour, the 96-year-old party that contests 94 seats has […]

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Will have to do same tasks as men: Army chief Rawat on combat role for women

Women officers march during the Army Day parade in New Delhi. (HT File Photo) Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday said it was for women to take a call on serving alongside male soldiers in tough conditions and be a part of close combat roles. Rawat said equal opportunities bring equal responsibilities to stress that […]

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After a 100 years, Makar Sankranti gets a new date

Two men dressed as Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati give blessings to a pilgrim at the confluence of the river Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, ahead of the “Makar Sankranti” festival at Sagar island, south of Kolkata. (Reuters Photo) Makar Sankranti, which has been celebrated on January 14 for the last 100 years, will […]

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CISF jawan who shot dead 4 colleagues was mentally ill, say family members

The site where a CISF constable opened fire and killed four of his colleagues in Aurangabad district of Bihar on Thursday. (PTI Photo) Family members and neighbours of Balbir Singh, a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan who shot dead four of his colleagues in Aurangabad in Bihar on Thursday have said that he was […]

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Punjab elections 2017: On Day 3, 21 nominations filed

On the third day, 21 candidates of different parties filed nomination papers for the February 4 in the state, taking the number to 51. Shiv Lal Doda, who is behind the bars on murder charges, filed papers from Abohar as an independent candidate. His nephew Amit Doda has also filed papers, apparently as the covering […]

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Modi-fication of Khadi calendar unites Opposition, PMO dismisses row

A move by the khadi and village industries commission (KVIC) to publish Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photo on its 2017 calendar and table diary has triggered a controversy with the Congress and other opposition parties taking strong exception to replacing Mahatma Gandhi’s picture. However, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) dismissed the controversy as “unnecessary”. KVIC […]

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