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Visiting Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Korea, Enna Park, Wednesday said India can play an “influential role” in working towards peace in the Korean Peninsula as it urged New Delhi to persuade Pyongyang to recalculate its strategy to change its course to denuclearisation. Park, who started her career in India almost three decades ago, was posted as a junior diplomat in South Korean embassy in Delhi.

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THE INDIAN Institutes of Management (IIMs) have expressed concern to the government about a provision in the draft rules, under the new IIM Act, that seeks to put a condition on the tuition fee charged by the 20 top business schools.

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THE BJP on Wednesday accused Opposition parties of playing “low-level politics” over Rohith Vemula’s death, citing reports that his mother, Radhika Vemula, had accused the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) of making “false promises”.

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With Jammu & Kashmir High Court currently functioning with just under 50 per cent of its sanctioned strength, the Union Law Ministry has cleared three names to be appointed as judges to the high court, sources said. The central government, however, has withheld one name recommended by the Supreme Court collegium, the sources said.

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Jammu and Kashmir Police have detained a suspect in the assassination of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari and his two personal security officers. Police sources, said they have not been able to find any tangible link between him and the attackers so far.

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PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi will lead the fourth International Yoga Day celebrations at Dehradun-based Forest Research Institute (FRI) on Thursday. Joining the Prime Minister will be at least 50,000 yoga enthusiasts from institutions such as yoga guru Ramdev’s Haridwar-based Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar-based Shanti Kunj, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living, participants from the “spiritual organisation” Brahma Kumaris, and yoga practitioners from Swami Chidanand Saraswati’s Rishikesh-based Parmarth Niketan, according to officials.

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With Jammu and Kashmir coming under the Governor’s rule and the Centre vowing to take a tougher approach against militancy, the NIA’s probe against separatists is likely to be revived. The agency’s probe into terror funding charges against the separatists had been put on the backburner after the Centre appointed former Intelligence Bureau director Dineshwar Sharma as interlocutor on the Kashmir issue.

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A day after the BJP pulled out of the coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, people in south Kashmir fear that the PDP-BJP breakup would mean a hardened stance by the security forces. South Kashmir, a strong base of the PDP, has seen a steady surge in militancy since the killing of militant commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani in 2016.

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Hours after J&K was placed under Governor’s rule, the Congress on Wednesday said the collapse of the “opportunistic” BJP-PDP coalition has come as a relief and that the BJP cannot run away from owning responsibility for messing up the state.

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On the day President Ram Nath Kovind approved the imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir, state Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid Wednesday said that counter-terror operations will be “much easier” for security agencies during Governor’s rule. The Centre also transferred senior Chhattisgarh-cadre IAS officer, B V R Subrahmanyam to J&K as Chief Secretary.

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It’s been more than a month since the body of Mahaveer Dhakad was found hanging from a tree. Anil, the eldest of the 44-year-old farmer’s two sons, stares blankly at the sacks of garlic stored in their house in Khairali village of Baran tehsil. The produce is from the crop that Dhakad had cultivated before his death.

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Amarjit, aka Honey Singh, has been growing cotton for as long as he can remember. Being at the tail end of the Sirhind Canal’s Bathinda branch, his fields can be irrigated by the Sutlej River waters only after farmers upstream have done with satiating the thirst of their crops. And with no electric tubewell connection either, cotton is what he has always been cultivating at this time of the year.

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The Economic Offences Wing of Pune police on Wednesday arrested six people, including the serving and a former CMD of the Bank of Maharashtra in a cheating case lodged against city-based real estate developer D S Kulkarni and his wife, an official said on Wednesday.

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A woman who had gone to a Shiv Sena activist to seek financial help was allegedly raped by him, police said Wednesday. According to a complaint filed by the Aligarh-based woman, she had gone to a hospital in Vrindavan where her money and mobile phone were stolen. On advice of some locals, she visited Shiv Sena activist Ramesh Pujari to seek help.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the security of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been beefed up following reports of Maoists planning an attack on him. “We do not know who is planning what, and at what stage the plans are. We need to take all precautions. I have already set up a committee to review the prime minister’s security and it is going to be a continuous process. After we received certain inputs, we tightened his security further,” he said.

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BJP president Amit Shah Wednesday blamed “pressure groups” in Jammu and Kashmir for stalling his party’s efforts for an equitable growth in all three regions of the state and cited worsening law and order situation in the Valley for its decision to walk out of the PDP-led government.

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Ninety Hindu applicants from Pakistan seeking Indian citizenship will be handed over certificates of Indian Citizenship by Ahmedabad Collector at a function on Friday under the provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955. With this, Ahmedabad is leading all the districts in the country to give Indian citizenship to 320 Pakistani nationals.

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Alleging harassment by an officer at a passport office over her marriage to a Muslim man, a woman from Lucknow has requested External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for justice. The woman, Tanvi Seth, alleged that an officer named Vikas Mishra questioned her marital status as she has not changed her surname. In a complaint letter, posted on Twitter, Seth alleged that when she told the officer that changing her surname or not is her personal choice, he told her that it was her duty to change surname as “every girl does that.”

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A Dalit organisation in Haryana has alleged that people from the community in Hisar district’s Bhatla village are being socially boycotted by members of the upper castes and have threatened to convert to Buddhism. During a recent protest at the Hansi mini-secretariat, they had demanded strict action in the matter.

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In a strong defence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Kashmir policy, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed that Kashmir has been a “very old” challenge, citing Pakistan-sponsored terrorism as one of the major factors hindering the peace and development process. In an interview to The Week, he said that Kashmir issue is a major challenge for all governments and will take time to be resolved.

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Militants fired upon a security forces’ vehicle at Sempora on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on Wednesday, police said. The militants targeted the vehicle of the 7th Battalion IRP and fired indiscriminately, a police official said. More details awaited

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Rajasthan Congress Chief Sachin Pilot Wednesday alleged that only beneficiaries of government schemes from the state were allowed to interact with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his video conference with farmers across the country earlier in the day. Modi spoke to farmers on developments and advancements in the agriculture sector as well as the issues concerning them. Terming the video conference as an attempt to mislead the farmers of Rajasthan, which goes to polls later this year, Pilot said only a handful of government schemes beneficiaries were allowed to talk to Modi.

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Eyeing the Lok Sabha and Haryana Assembly polls next year, senior BJP leader and Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today urged the party’s farmer, women and minority wings to inform people about the governments’ achievements and encourage them to avail the benefits. He said all Morchas of the party would hold programmes at their level to take all public welfare schemes of the government to the people.

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A day after the BJP pulled out of the coalition government with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid Wednesday said that counter-terror operations will be much “easier” for security agencies under Governor’s rule and that such operations will be intensified. “I think, operations will continue. Only thing was in between during this period, operations were stopped. They were going on earlier also,” Vaid said in an interview to NDTV. “But we will intensify these operations in days to come and it would be, I think, much easier to work.”

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When a government hospital in Maharashtra informed family members of a 50-year-old patient of his death and handed them his body, they were crestfallen. It was only after the body was brought to the home of the “deceased” Avinash Dadasaheb Bagwade that family members realised it wasn’t his.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the fourth International Yoga Day celebrations in the campus of the Dehradun-based Forest Research Institute (FRI), on Thursday. Joining the prime minister will be at least 50,000 yoga enthusiasts from institutions including Baba Ramdev’s Haridwar-based Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar-based Shanti Kunj, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living, participants from the “spiritual organisation” Brahma Kumaris, and yoga practitioners from Swami Chidanand Saraswati’s Rishikesh-based Parmarth Niketan, officials said.

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Passengers on most of Air India’s international flights are all set for a new experience as the airline will soon introduce ‘Maharaja’ business class seats, variety cuisines and new uniforms for crew, officials said. The revamped products and services are likely to be unveiled on June 22, which would also come on an eventful week when the government decided to put the breaks, for now, on the disinvestment plans for the loss-making carrier.

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Just a day after the strike by Aam Aadmi Party against Lt Governor Anil Baijal ended, AAP leaders did not waste time to get back to their governance duties and took stock of the developments which took place in their absence. Development Minister Gopal Rai, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Power Minister Satyendar Jain, who was admitted to hospital due to the hunger strike, held meetings with their respective departments and shared it on their Twitter handles.

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Taking a dig at the government’s style of functioning after Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian announced his decision to quit his job, with close to a year of his tenure remaining, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the while the brightest people are quitting, the former finance minister is breaking the news on Facebook. “Ex ? FM is locked in his room, breaking news on FaceBook. BJP Treasurer has the keys to the Indian Economy. The brightest flee the sinking ship, as the “invisible hand” of the RSS steers it onto the rocks. Meanwhile, Captain DeMo is fast asleep. It’s crazy out there !” tweeted Gandhi.

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A day after the BJP pulled out of the alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir leading to resignation of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, the assembly was put under suspended animation. Governor NN Vohra issued a proclamation in this regard, after receiving President Ram Nath Kovind’s approval earlier today.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Wednesday called on Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel and discussed ways to expand bilateral cooperation in trade and investment, space and people-to-people relationship. Swaraj, who arrived in Luxembourg on the third leg of her four-nation tour yesterday, became the first external affairs minister from India to visit the European country.

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As many as 34 traffic police cops in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur district have been fined for chewing tobacco on duty and putting dark tints on their car windows. A special drive was launched by UP police three days ago to catch the traffic cops violating the rules, Superintendent of Police, Rampur, Vipin Tada, said.

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A number of RJD leaders, including its sitting MLA and a former MP and a minister, booked for forcing a minor gang rape victim to narrate her ordeals and video graphing her in breach of POCSO Act, were granted bail on Wednesday by a city court.

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A day after BJP ended the alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said the Centre’s only aim is that terrorism should end in Kashmir. Speaking with reporters in Lucknow, Singh was quoted by PTI as saying, “Our only aim is that terrorism should end and peace should prevail in Kashmir and our government will work keeping this in mind.” Rajnath Singh, who is currently on a two-day visit to Lucknow,  will be attending the International Yoga Day celebrations on Thursday.

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The BJP on Wednesday accused the Opposition of deceiving and exploiting the sentiments of the mother of Rohith Vemula, a scholar whose suicide in 2016 had sparked a major political row, for petty political gains and also sought apology from Congress president Rahul Gandhi over this. Union Minister Piyush Goyal cited reports that Vemula’s mother Radhika Vemula had accused Indian Union Muslim League, a Kerala-based party, of not giving her the promised Rs 20 lakh to attend political rallies where false allegations against the BJP were levelled.

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The Bombay High Court on Wednesday refused to grant relief to controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is facing charges of inciting communal disharmony and under the UAPA, observing that he did not show any interest or desire to help the probe agencies. A division bench of justices R M Savant and Revati Mohite Dere was hearing a petition filed by Naik seeking a direction to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to submit reports on the probe carried out by them against Naik.

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The break-up of the PDP-BJP coalition in Jammu and Kashmir sparked celebrations in parts of the Valley, even as some people expressed apprehension that Governor’s rule might lead to lack of transparency and worsen the situation in the state. The BJP pulled out of the alliance with the PDP on Tuesday, following which Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tendered her resignation. Governor’s rule was imposed in the state on Wednesday morning.

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Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday announced that Arvind Subramanian would return to the US in October after completing his tenure as Chief Economic Advisor. Jaitley said Subramanian’s decision was made taking into account pressing family commitments. In a Facebook post, titled ‘Thank You Arvind’, Jaitley said he will miss the CEA’s dynamism, energy, intellectual ability and ideas.

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Vikrtham aayirunnu. Pedipikkuna oru drishyam aayirunnu (It was mutilated beyond recognition. It was a scary sight).” Jayan K K recalled the time he stood inside the chilly mortuary of the Medical College Hospital in Kozhikode on the night of May 4, 2012, staring at the face of his dear friend TP Chandrasekharan, his body shrouded in a white cloth, laid on a stretcher. “Doctors said they would need several hours to stitch back the face after conducting the autopsy,” he added.

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Less than a year after banks and post offices were asked to set up Aadhaar facility on their premises, as many as 18,000 centres have come up for enrolment and updation of the biometric ID at such locations, UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey has said. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had in July last year asked private as well as public sector banks to set up Aadhaar facility in at least one out of 10 branches.

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Ahead of the annual Amarnath yatra, security forces have been asked to maintain “highest level of alertness” and “synergy,” police said today. The two-month-long pilgrimage to the 3,880-metre high cave shrine of Amarnath will commence on June 28.  All border police stations, posts and check-points have also been directed to be strengthened and activated to neutralize any attempt of infiltration by terrorists from across the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC), a police spokesman said.

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Following detection of an acid leak at the Vedanta-owned Sterlite unit in Tuticorin, the company on Wednesday approached the Madras High Court seeking minimum manpower and power restoration at the smelter. The leak — seepage from the sulphuric acid tank — was reportedly taking place since few days with the government directing various bodies, including the state pollution control board officials, to control the situation.

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Two young men were arrested by the Palamu police for allegedly circulating an objectionable message against a particular community, following a complaint by the group administrator. The arrests were made on Monday after a complaint was registered at Panki police station on Sunday evening.

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Explaining why the Southwest Monsoon could not advance further since last one week, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in a statement on Wednesday said that it happened due to weak monsoon flow in  associations with weak cross equatorial flow, unfavourable location of active phase of Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO), an equatorial eastwards propagating oscillations which lay over central and east pacific Ocean, Western hemisphere and Africa and the development of low pressure system over northwest pacific Ocean.

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A snag in an ATM of Axis Bank here led to some customers receiving five times the money they had sought to withdraw. At least two customers of the bank received five times the amount they had entered in the interface of the ATM, situated in Vijay Nagar in CIDCO area, last night, a bank official said.

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Busy planting paddy saplings with his workers at a filed in Dhannowali village Tuesday afternoon, Nirvail Singh, a labour contractor from Bihar, had no time to spare. He repeatedly told the laboureres, including few women, to finish work to move to Talhan village next for the same job.

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Investigators probing the alleged Rs 13,500-crore fraud in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) caused by wanted diamantaires Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, wrote to the Chief Passport Officer, New Delhi Monday seeking details of the Passport Act and provisions related to revocation of passport. This, sources say is to commence the process of lodging a case against Nirav Modi who has been allegedly travelling on a revoked passport.

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An Indian was on Tuesday convicted by England’s Isleworth Crown Court over charges of sexually grooming two minor girls. Francisco Pereira, who hails from Panaji in Goa, had pleaded guilty to charges of trying to meet underage girls and attempting sexual communications with them, reported Times of India. Pereira, who has been let out on bail, is now on the country’s sex offenders’ register. He is likely to be awarded a prison sentence by the court.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday underlined that his government has doubled the budget for agriculture to Rs 2.12 lakh crore in order to achieve its objective of doubling farm income by 2022.  “We are working towards ensuring that the income of our hardworking farmers doubles by 2022. For that, we are facilitating proper assistance wherever required. We have faith in the farmers of India,” said the PM during an interactive session he held with farmers from over 600 districts through Narendra Modi App.

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According to a report by the Niti Aayog, India is facing the “worst water crisis” in its history. Mismanagement, climate change and drought are some of the reasons for this. Further, rapid population growth has accelerated the demand for water. The report, titled ‘Composite Water Management Index’ (CWMI), was released by Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari.

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The Special Investigation Team is busy questioning Parshuram Waghmare, arrested in connection with the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh. Megha Pansare — daughter of slain senior CPI leader and rationalist Govind Pansare — tells The Indian Express that the SIT should focus its energy on nabbing the alleged assailants, Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar.

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‘In an effort to pacify angry farmers, who were facing major losses due to the government’s slow pace of procurement of chana and tur, the state government has announced that farmers who had registered online but failed to sell their produce will be paid Rs 1,000 per quintal. The scheme and its implementation will also be studied closely, and if successful, they will be considered as a possible solution to the state’s procurement woes.

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DAYS AFTER Congress President Rahul Gandhi wrote to suspended BRD Medical College paediatrician Dr Kafeel Khan expressing solidarity and the need to investigate the alleged “complicity” of government officials in the attack on his brother, Khan wrote back on Tuesday. Khan has sought a CBI investigation not only into the incident of attack on his brother, but also in the BRD Medical College tragedy in which 60 children in a span of five days in April last year.

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A group of over 50 Sikhs, alleged to be illegal immigrants seeking political asylum in the United States, have been detained at the Sheridan prison in Yamhill county. The Sikhs are part of a larger group of 123 illegal immigrants from South Asia being held currently at this detention centre in Oregon.

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A day after the BJP snapped ties with the PDP in Jammu-Kashmir and Mehbooba Mufti resigned as Chief Minister, President Ramnath Kovind on Wednesday gave his approval for the imposition of Governor’s rule in the state with immediate effect.

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Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who has completed two rounds of his Jan Kranti Yatra, says it is not a show of strength to prove his worth to the party high command. In an interview with The Indian Express, Hooda says he will continue to work as a party soldier with or without any post, to expose Haryana’s “anti-people” BJP government.

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The Vadodara Crime branch on Tuesday arrested a man for uploading a ‘communally provocative’ video on his YouTube page on Saturday night, after communal tension prevailed in the old city area during Eid festivities and a procession to mark Maharana Pratap Jayanti.

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Taking into account the higher proportion of HIV positive persons in jails, as compared to the general population, central prisons and district jails across the state are set to get Link Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) centres along with facilities for HIV/AIDS testing, counselling and raising awareness. The programme also has provisions for inmates to be trained as ‘peer educators’ for HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases.

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The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday concluded the hearing on the quantum of sentence to be awarded to three convicted in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riots case. The three — P J Rajput, Rajkumar Chaumal and Umesh Bharwad — were acquitted by the trial court in 2012, but the High Court reversed the judgment and convicted them of arson and being part of a violent mob that killed 96 Muslims in the aftermath of the Sabarmati Express train burning.

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A day after Nasriganj police in Rohtas district of western Bihar held eight people, including five minors, for sedition, the children charged with dancing to a song that spoke about “mujahids” who “threatened” India’s unity, their parents on Tuesday said that the DJ was playing songs from his mobile phone, and the controversial song played “inadvertently” in continuation and the boys danced without realising the lyrics.

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Hours after she resigned as Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir following the BJP’s decision to pull out of the coalition government, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday said her government “did everything that we could manage to do to address the situation on the ground” because “we are convinced that a muscular policy will never work and the only way forward is our healing touch policy… Kashmir is not an enemy territory”.

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Targeted by Opposition parties in Andhra Pradesh ever since the TDP broke ties with the BJP, Parakala Prabhakar, media adviser to the N Chandrababu Naidu government, resigned on Tuesday. Prabhakar is the husband of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

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Five people, including a year-old baby girl, were burnt alive while a dozen others were injured as a fire broke out in a three-storey hotel and spread to an adjacent hotel near Charbagh railway station in Lucknow on Tuesday.

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An allopathic government doctor in India on an average serves a population of 11,082, which is more than 10 times the recommended doctor-population ratio of 1:1000, the National Health Profile (NHP), 2018 — a comprehensive annual compilation of data on disease incidence, health infrastructure and health finance — has found.

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Two days after the Centre decided not to extend the Ramzan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir, a gunfight began in south Kashmir after security forces resumed their anti-militancy operation in the Valley. In this first post-ceasefire gunbattle, three militants were killed while two paramilitary officers were injured in Tral.

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Months after concluding their investigation into the alleged rape of a 10-year-old girl inside a madrasa in Ghaziabad, the Special Task Force (STF) of Delhi Police’s crime branch Tuesday filed a chargesheet before a Delhi court.

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The deployment of about 213 companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag in every vehicle for the devotees, extensive area domination operations, checkpoints along the route and drone surveillance of the movement of yatris are some of the broad measures planned by the security agencies this year to ensure a safe Amarnath Yatra, which begins next week.

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When the BJP and the PDP entered into a post-poll alliance in 2015 and formed a coalition government headed by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the then chief minister said it was a meeting of the North Pole and the South Pole. However, the two coalition partners were, from day one, more in conflict with each other than in unison, till the BJP pulled out of the alliance on Tuesday.

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The Haryana government has issued transfer and posting orders for eight IPS officers with immediate effect. Panchkula Police Commissioner A S Chawla has been posted as Additional Director General of Police (Telecommunications) with additional charge of community policing. Charu Bali has been posted as Commissioner of Police, Panchkula, while K K Rao has been posted as Commissioner of Police, Gurgaon.

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A 52-year-old member of the CPM was killed in Tripura on Monday night, police said. The party alleged that the incident was the handiwork of the ruling BJP, while the latter denied the same. Tapas Sutradhar, a member of the party since 1981, was returning home after a wedding ceremony in Panisagar area of northern Tripura.

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Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will begin a Jan Ashirwad Yatra from Ujjain on July 14 in the presence of party chief Amit Shah. It will pass through all 230 Assembly constituencies in Madhya Pradesh, which goes to polls later this year.

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A speeding tanker truck mowed down four people, including three examinees of a police recruitment examination, in the Vrindavan Kotwali police station area at Mathura on Tuesday, police said.

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The US permanent representative to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, who is one of US President Donald Trump’s trusted aides, is coming to India on a bilateral visit next week. She is likely to meet officials in the Ministry of External Affairs, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, apart from at least one public engagement at a think-tank on June 27. She may also call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Two men were arrested for allegedly extorting money on the pretext of corporate social responsibility (CSR) funding, police said on Tuesday.

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In connection with case related to Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s alleged remark against the RSS made in run up to the 2014 election campaign, the editorial in Organiser argues that a petition to reopen the Mahatma Gandhi Assassination case has been rejected by the Supreme Court which concluded that “the people who committed assassination have been identified and hanged”. “Now in a trial court of Bhiwandi, the same case is indirectly reopened. This case is not just about future of Rahul Gandhi, as many Congressmen and their cheerleaders make us believe. The case should be seen in the light of 2019 elections. This is also not limited to the RSS. This is about the truth and conviction for which Gandhiji always stood for. Till date, the entire sequence of events since the Gandhi scion made this controversial remark against the RSS in run up to the 2014 election campaign raised different sets of questions about his commitment to the Gandhian principles,” reads the editorial. “So contrary to what Rahul Gandhi said after coming out of the Court, the case against him is filed by a private person, not by the Government. A true Gandhian is not expected to speak such a blatant lie and play a victim card in a court case,” the editorial reads. “If Rahul Gandhi has made the allegations then he must be having some new evidences that were not produced earlier. Being a truthful Gandhian he should put them forth in the Court of Law and stand by his statement,” Organiser argues.

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Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday met his Nepalese counterpart Chakra Pani Khanal and assured full support for the growth of agriculture sector in the neighbouring country.

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The CBI has booked Gujarat-based Ardor International and its promoters Fenil B Shah and Bharat R Shah in connection with its loan default of nearly Rs 82 crore towards Central Bank of India, officials said Tuesday.

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Reacting sharply to the end of the three-year-old BJP-PDP alliance in conflict-ridden Kashmir on Tuesday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi stated that the ‘opportunistic’ nature of the coalition had ‘set fire to Jammu and Kashmir’ and resulted in the killing of countless brave soldiers as well as innocent civilians. Gandhi said that the damage shall continue even if Centre imposed governor’s rule in the state.

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The Forest Department has thrown a security ring around a problem area in the Sindewahi range of Chandrapur following five human deaths in tiger attacks in five months in a patch of just two sq km. Of these, one death each happened in January, February and March while two happened in June, the latest happening on June 17. According to Deputy Conservator of Forest (Brahmapuri) Kulraj Singh, the problem animal, a two-year old male tiger, has been identified and a committee is discussing measures about what to do with the tiger.

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Refuting reports of differences between the Congress and JDS on presenting a full fledged state budget, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today said he planned to table a new budget in the first or second week of July. “It is a personal suggestion of Siddaramaiah and it would be considered for discussion at the ministerial meeting to be held in the next two days to prepare for the budget presentation,” Kumaraswamy said at a meet-the-press programme here.

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Making innovative use of a popular multi-purpose sealant, a recently busted syndicate hoodwinked the biometric attendance system at the Uttar Pradesh Police constable recruitment examination, but in the process sealed its own fate. The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) Tuesday arrested 22 people in Meerut, IG STF Amitabh Yash told PTI in Lucknow, taking the total number of arrests during the two-day exam to 49.

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Soon after the BJP pulled out of the alliance with the PDP, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said her party will continue to strive for dialogue and reconciliation in the state. “We had always said muscular security policy will not work in Jammu and Kashmir. The state can’t be treated as enemy territory. Reconciliation is the key.”

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Tuesday told state government officials to remain prepared for possible calamities as the monsoon has already reached the state. He asked the departments concerned to take adequate measures with respect to early warning system, rescue and relief operation, supply of drinking water, health, veterinary and other services to be put in place in time.

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Once again, despite having the odds stacked against it, the BJP made a political move to beat its three-year coalition partner. The PDP, whose leadership has been flooded with demands and pleas to break ties with the BJP, is left on the defensive. Interestingly,  there were strong rumours that the PDP would quit the alliance in a few months.

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Fulfilling a promise made in its 2017 financial budget, the LDF government in Kerala has kickstarted the registration process for the ‘KSFE Pravasi Chitty’ — a chit scheme tailor-made for non-resident Keralites. The scheme is being propelled by the Kerala State Financial Enterprises Limited in conjunction with KIIFB and NORKA.

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For the Communist movement in Kerala, Vayalar holds a hallowed position. Nearly seven decades ago, here in this tiny village and in Punnapra, 30 kilometres away, in October, 1946 workers of mainly coir factories, emboldened by Communist dogma, turned against then-prime minister of Travancore Sir CP Ramaswamy Iyer over their rights and the region’s autonomy. While Iyer advocated an independent Travancore, the Communists saw this as a move to align with American and British interests. As peace talks failed, clashes erupted between workers armed with ‘varikuntham’ (spears fashioned out of stems of areca nut trees) and the army of Iyer, consisting of British and Travancore troops. Official figures are not available but rough estimates suggest a few hundred workers were mercilessly gunned down by Iyer’s troops, turning the paddy fields red. The violence dealt a blow to the workers’ strike, but also turned the public against his administration. A year later, Travancore ceded with the rest of India with Sir Iyer fleeing Kerala after an assassination attempt. For the Communist party, however, the revolt became a pivotal point in deepening its base among coir, beedi and agricultural workers, a large segment of voters who were disillusioned with the Congress’ proletariat pitch. Seven decades on, the faith of the working class in the Left remains undisturbed to a large extent in Vayalar.

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A day after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami welcomed the idea of disqualified party MLAs returning to his AIADMK, the ruling dispensation Tuesday asserted that their homecoming was “bound to happen”. Senior AIADMK leader and Finance Minister D Jayakumar said those who have accepted the late chief ministers M G Ramachandran (AIADMK founder) and J Jayalalithaa, as their ‘eternal leaders,’ will return to the party fold.

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Six children were killed and three others injured on Tuesday, when a car carrying them, skidded off a road and fell into a pit filled with water, police said.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday submitted her resignation to Governor NN Vohra, confirmed senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar. The development came minutes after BJP severed its ties with the PDP citing that it has become untenable for the saffron party to continue in the alliance government in the state.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party pulled out of its alliance with the People’s Democratic Party in Jammu-Kashmir on Tuesday, three years after the two parties came together following a hung verdict in 2014. The decision to end the alliance came on the day J&K BJP ministers arrived in New Delhi to meet party president Amit Shah. Minutes after the announcement was made, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti handed her resignation to Governor NN Vohra.

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For the first time in decades, major newspapers in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday left editorial sections blank in their editions to protest the murder of journalist Shujaat Bukhari. The Rising Kashmir’s editor, Bukhari and his personal security officers were shot dead by unidentified gunmen on the evening of June 14 as he left his office in Srinagar’s Press Enclave. He is survived by his wife and one son and a daughter.

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Expressing concern over “dynastic approaches” in various important areas, including politics, BJP MP Varun Gandhi said this was closing the doors of opportunity for the common man. He was addressing an event on ‘The road to India’s Future: Opportunities and Challenges’, organised by the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industries here yesterday.

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The Karnataka High Court directed two magistrate courts to submit a report on allegations of custodial torture of four accused in the Gauri Lankesh murder case and non-compliance of judicial procedures. The allegations are “serious in nature” and the Registry of the High Court has been directed to communicate the order to the magistrates of the first and third additional chief metropolitan magistrate (ACMM) courts, Justice K N Phaneendra said when the matter came up for hearing yesterday.

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Even as the ruling BJP and its senior leaders have repeatedly attacked the Congress for leaving behind a legacy of “governance failure”, “policy paralysis” and “economy in shambles”, the Central government can no more use this as an excuse and will have to take ownership of not only its accomplishments but also its failures from now on, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said.

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On the day Shiv Sena celebrates its 52nd anniversary, the party said that the “2014 political accident” will not be repeated in 2019 and the party will form the government in Maharashtra on its own and will be in a position to influence who will come to power at the Centre.

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Rohtas Police Monday booked eight persons, including five minors, for allegedly playing and singing ‘pro-jihad’ songs during Eid celebrations at Nasriganj. Three people have been sent to judicial custody while the minors have been sent to a juvenile home. The accused have been booked on charges including those pertaining to sedition.

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Against an identified number of over 300 sand and gravel mines in the state, 107 of which were auctioned over the past one year, only 23 are actually being mined, resulting in a huge gap between demand and supply of the material. Prices of sand and gravel have skyrocketed over the last few months.

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This onetime hilltop paradise is becoming for some a hell on earth. The days of zero crime are over. Garbage collection is sporadic, so litter soils the man-made lake. Storefronts are vacant. Signs of neglect are everywhere: maintenance is late or nonexistent. And that’s for the construction already done. For the unfinished building works—i.e. most of it—there is little happening.

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Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has once again accused RSS of promoting terrorism. “Jitne bhi Hindu dharma wale aatankwadi pakde gaye hai sab Sangh ke karyakarta rahe hai (All Hindu terrorists caught so far have been RSS members in the past),’’ the Congress leader said in Jhabua.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will embark on a two-day visit to Mongolia to strengthen India’s relation with the strategically important East Asian country that shares its boundaries with China and Russia.

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Almost a year after packing away 44 Gujarat MLAs to a resort in Bengaluru during the Rajya Sabha polls, the Congress is relocating elected representatives out of the state again, fearing they will be “poached” by the BJP. This time, the party has sent 34 panchayat members from Ahmedabad and Patan districts to cities in Rajasthan, just days before elections to the panchayat president and vice-president posts.

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Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said that the government’s “intention should not be doubted” over the appointment of the next Chief Justice of India, and the Centre will “discuss” the appointment of CJI Dipak Misra’s successor after he recommends a name for elevation.

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Amid the standoff between the AAP and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal in Delhi, the Shiv Sena has said that the happenings in Delhi are not good for democracy and the elected government should be allowed to function without any hindrances.

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Maharashtra Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar Monday said a cabinet expansion in the state will take place any time soon. Speaking to the media at the Mantralaya, Mungantiwar said, “Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has returned to Mumbai after successfully completing a week-long tour to USA and Canada.” He added, “The chief minster has already finalised the names of candidates who would be inducted in the government. The cabinet expansion will happen any time.”

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With the killing of two more militants on Monday, the Army operation in the forests of Bandipore entered day 10. The operation is still in progress. The Army has engaged paratroopers and special forces in the operation as it expects the presence of more militants in the woods.

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With questions being asked in India on how absconding jeweller Nirav Modi, wanted in the Punjab National Bank fraud case, had managed to travel multiple times after the government revoked his passport in February, the CBI Monday said it had not only informed Interpol about the revocation of the passport, but had written to six major countries and reminded them on “almost weekly basis” to be on the lookout for him.

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A day after the Centre announced it would not extend the Ramzan ceasefire in the Valley, the BJP high command summoned all its ministers in the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government to Delhi for an “urgent meeting” on Tuesday. Sources said the meeting had been convened by party president Amit Shah.