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Rahul Gandhi dares PM Modi for ‘fuel challenge’

Rahul Gandhi dares PM Modi for ‘fuel challenge’

Rahul Gandhi dares PM Modi for ‘fuel challenge’ Ministers in the BJP government have been exhibiting a sudden passion to showcase their fitness on social media and the party’s “fitness challenge” has gained momentum on Twitter. Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday, however, managed to dampen Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s enthusiasm for displaying his fitness by throwing another challenge that the PM didn’t seem that enthusiastic about – the fuel challenge. Earlier in the day, Mr Modi accepted cricketer Virat Kohli’s “fitness challenge” on Twitter. Mr Gandhi dived in as the best troll of the day and dared him to ...

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Narendra Modi to get into election mode soon

Narendra Modi to get into election mode soon

Narendra Modi to get into election mode soon Sounding the poll bugle for the 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly polls later this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the Union Council of Ministers to embark on a nationwide tour to reach out to the masses for highlighting the NDA government’s achievement on its fourth anniversary on May 26. Leading the charge, the Prime Minister is scheduled to establish contact with people and present his government’s four-year report card at Cuttack in Odisha on May 26 — the day he took oath four years ago. The anniversary celebrations will have ...

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TN CM Edappadi K Palaniswami justifies firing in Thoothukudi

TN CM Edappadi K Palaniswami justifies firing in Thoothukudi

TN CM Edappadi K Palaniswami justifies firing in Thoothukudi With the death toll in the Thoothukudi police firing rising to 13, following Selvasekar of Iruvappapuram village, succumbing to injuries due to lathicharge, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Thursday justified the police action against the anti-Sterlite protesters, saying the police acted in self-defence. Anti-social elements had attacked the police under the guise of agitation, he said referring to police firing on May 22 and 23. “Some political parties and leaders had misguided the agitators against Sterlite. Opposition parties were instigating innocent people to agitate,” he said in a series of ...

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PM Modi to not present Visva-Bharati Awards, Mamata Banerjee ‘shocked’

PM Modi to not present Visva-Bharati Awards, Mamata Banerjee 'shocked'

PM Modi to not present Visva-Bharati Awards, Mamata Banerjee ‘shocked’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not confer the ‘Desikottam’, Visva-Bharati University’s highest award, during its convocation ceremony on Saturday due to paucity of time, an official said. The announcement, however, drew a sharp reaction from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Sabujkali Sen, officiating vice-chancellor of the university, said there were previous instances when the award had been conferred to international dignitaries not at the annual convocation, but during special convocation programmes organised by the university. “For the time being, the award ceremony is being deferred due to paucity of ...

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Fuel prices continue to rise for 12th straight day

Fuel prices continue to rise for 12th straight day

Fuel prices continue to rise for 12th straight day Fuel prices continued to increase for the 12th straight day on Friday, with petrol and diesel prices hiked by 32 and 18 paise, respectively. As per the Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL), revised petrol prices in metropolitan cities are in Delhi Rs 77.83 per litre; Mumbai 85.65; Kolkata 80.47 and Chennai 80.80; whereas diesel prices are: Delhi 68.75; Mumbai 73.2; Chennai 72.58; Kolkata 71.30. The prices came into effect at 6 am on Friday. The domestic fuel prices are increasing as the crude oil price in the international market is continuously rallying ...

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Five-year term for HDK not decided: Dr G Parameshwar

Five-year term for HDK not decided: Dr G Parameshwar

Five-year term for HDK not decided: Dr G Parameshwar On the eve of the trust vote, deputy Chief Minister Dr G Parameshwar said the Congress-JD(S) coalition was yet to discuss modalities about Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy continuing in the post for a full five year term. “We have not yet discussed those modalities,” he said in response to a question whether Mr Kumaraswamy will be the Chief Minister for full five year term. He told the media here on Thursday, “We are also yet to decide on what portfolios have to go to them and what should be with ...

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Tamil Nadu seeks permanent closure of Vedanta’s copper smelter, say officials

Tamil Nadu seeks permanent closure of Vedanta's copper smelter, say officials

Tamil Nadu seeks permanent closure of Vedanta’s copper smelter, say officials Tamil Nadu said on Thursday that it was seeking a permanent closure of a big copper smelter run by London-listed Vedanta Resources after 13 people died in protests demanding the closure of the plant on environmental grounds. “The government’s position is very clear, it doesn’t want the plant to run,” said Sandeep Nanduri, the top official of the district where the plant is located, after a meeting with senior state government officials. Other state officials confirmed the government’s position. On Tuesday, police opened fire on protesters demanding that the ...

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Kumaraswamy to face floor test today; BJP fields nominee for Speaker’s post

Kumaraswamy to face floor test today BJP fields nominee for Speaker's post

Kumaraswamy to face floor test today; BJP fields nominee for Speaker’s post Ending the 10-day political uncertainty in the state, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy will face a floor test on Friday, which he is widely expected to sail through, barring any unforeseeable events. BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa, who was sworn in as the chief minister on May 17, had stepped down two days later in the face of imminent defeat without going through the motions of a floor test. Unfazed by Yeddyurappa’s unceremonious exit, the BJP on Thursday fielded its senior leader S Suresh Kumar, a fifth term MLA, ...

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Pawan Regrets For Not Contesting 2014 Elections

Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan has said that he regretted for not contesting at least in some Assembly Constituencies in 2014 elections.   Participating in a public meeting in Tekkali in Srikakulam district,  he said his party strove for the victory of State Labour minister Achennaidu. But the leader did not address a single problem in the backward district. Pawan threatened to launch Indefinite hunger strike if the government did not come to the rescue of kidney patients in 48 hours. He asked Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to reconsider the government’s decision to construct a port in Bhavanapadu against ...

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No truck with YSRCP, says Somu Veerraju

The BJP pooh-poohed TDP claims that the BJP would enter into an electoral alliance with the YSRCP. Party senior leader Somu Veerraju said in a TV interview that YS Jagan meeting Prime Minister Modi does not mean there is an electoral alliance. He said that as for his knowledge, there won’t be any alliance with the YSRCP. He said the BJP is growing stronger by each passing day in every state and it is this growing strength that is forcing people like Chandrababu to move closer to Rahul Gandhi. He said the TDP was more interested in trade dealings than ...

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