It was a trial: ‘Science student’ Akhilesh explains unsuccessful Mahagathbadhan

Chennai: After the Mahagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh put up a flop show in the Lok Sabha elections, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday ...

AIADMK in a soup over RS nominations as BJP tries to retain its ground

There is a rift in the AIADMK as most of the Lok Sabha candidates who lost the election want a seat to the Upper House, which puts pressure on the party

SBSP hopeful of forging alliance with SP, BSP for UP bypolls

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Now RLD announces it will go solo in UP Assembly bypolls

Lucknow: A day after the SP and the BSP decided to contest alone all 11 seats in the upcoming Assembly bypolls, their third alliance partner in the recent Lok Sabha elections - RLD - on Wednesday (June 5) announced it too will go solo. Rashtriya Lok Dal UP president Masood Ahmad, however, expressed hope that the 'gathbandhan' remains intact. "The Rash...

BJP may field Jaishankar as Rajya Sabha candidate from Gujarat

New Delhi: The BJP is likely to field External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar as its nominee for Rajya Sabha from Gujarat and Ram Vilas Paswan as NDA's candidate from Bihar, sources said on Tuesday (June 4). Three seats in Rajya Sabha belonging to the BJP got vacant after party chief Amit Shah, Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Smriti Irani got electe...

Mahagathbandhan goes soft on Nitish Kumar, says ‘not allergic’ to anyone

Patna: With the BJP-JD(U) ties under apparent strain, senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh has extended an olive branch to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, saying non-BJP parties including the JD(U) should join forces against the BJP and that his party is "not allergic" to anyone. Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, whose LJP is a constituent of th...

RGV’s fresh salvo: Hand over the TDP to ‘Junior NTR’

Hyderabad: When he is not making a controversial movie, he is making controversial statements. Always provocative. Always in-the-face, curt and brutal. Even before the dust kicked off by his controversial biopic on NTR — the legendary Telugu actor and founder of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) — could settle down, the maverick film maker Ram Gopal Varma has stirr...

Mahagathbandhan heads for a crash as Mayawati hints at end of ties with SP

The Samajwadi Party (SP)-BSP Mahagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh is on the brink of a divorce. Addressing her ten Members of Parliament (MPs) in New Delhi today (Monday), a visibly upset BSP Supremo Mayawati told them that from now, the BSP would go solo in Uttar Pradesh and there would be no truck with the SP. Mayawati seems to be quite upset with...

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COVID-19: India’s tally crosses 19-lakh mark, 46,211 new cases

New Delhi: India's COVID-19 tally crossed the 19-lakh mark on Tuesday (August 4) just a day after it crossed 18 lakh, with 46,211 people testing positive for the disease in the last 24 hours.

How Aug 5 move mainstreamed separatists, discredited politicians in J&K

A year after the Modi government read down Article 370 that accorded “special status” to Jammu and Kashmir, and sliced it into two Union Territories, a pall of gloom and silence hangs over the region.

Kodak TV invest ₹500 crore to set up manufacturing plant in UP

New Delhi: Kodak TV India on Tuesday said it will invest over ₹500 crore in the next three years to set up a fully-automated television manufacturing plant in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh.

Mandir Wahin Banayenge: After 30 years, BJP’s tryst with Hindutva destiny

On November 19, 2019, 70 years after the dispute began, the Supreme Court ruled the site should be given to Hindus. In a unanimous verdict, archaeological evidence showed remains of a building “that was not Islamic” was beneath the structure of the demolished Babri mosque.

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India records 52,050 cases in a day; COVID-19 tally climbs to 18.55 lakh

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Online education can’t fulfil academic needs, find students, teachers

Teachers worry that the quality of education is the biggest casualty of online teaching, besides that some children have begun losing interest in studies. They fear, this may further drive down the already-low literacy rates in the state, which currently stands at 76.6 per cent.

Biplab Deb says Punjabis, Jats physically strong but have less brains

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb has courted controversy by saying Punjabis and Jats are physically strong but less brainy while Bengalis are known as very intelligent.

1 dead as heavy rains lash Delhi; many stretches inundated

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Modi 2.0: Have southern states been given a raw deal?

Chennai: As the new Narendra Modi dispensation began its second innings in Delhi, a perception took shape in southern India that the region, particularly Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, has been given a raw deal in ministerial berth allocations. Karnataka has been given three Union ministerial berths in addition to Finance portfolio for Nirmala Sitharaman...

Jal Shakti stares at depleting groundwater, lack of infrastructure

Chennai: A day after taking an oath as the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi formed a new ministry for water — Jal Shakti. Experts welcomed this move since water was being dealt by multiple departments and ministers, and integrating it under one roof may speed up processes. But, the challenges now seem bigger: Groundwater depletion, lack of proper i...

In Modi 2.0, 51 ministers are crorepatis, 22 face criminal cases: ADR

New Delhi: Of the 56 ministers who took oath on May 30 (Thursday) and are part of either the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha, 51 are crorepatis and 22 have declared criminal cases against themselves, according to election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). It said eight ministers have declared their educational qualification to be between 10th...

Sadananda Gowda’s appointment is but a safety net for BJP in K’taka

Chennai: Among the four vokkaliga caste BJP parliamentarians from Karnataka, Sadananda Gowda is the most experienced and non-controversial figure.

The changed Uttar Pradesh representation in Modi 2.0

Uttar Pradesh assumes importance in the Cabinet formation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi due to several reasons. Not only the prime minister himself represents the Varanasi constituency, but the state also has the largest representation in the lower house — 80 seats. Further, Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh is due in 2022, the reason why the s...

Gadkari’s hurdles: Pushing new road laying, toll collection and safety

BJP leader Nitin Gadkari will be the minister of Road Transport and Highways and Micro, Small and Medium (MSME) enterprises under the Modi 2.0 government. One of such key ministries is the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. Over the past five years, this portfolio became synonymous with Nitin Gadkari who has been instrumental in carrying o...

Piyush Goyal retains railways, likely to focus on safety, non-fare revenue

New Delhi: Piyush Goyal, re-assigned the charge of the crucial railway ministry, is likely to focus on safety, generation of non-fare revenue, track renewal, modernisation and increase in the production of state-of-the-art coaches in his second stint at the helm of the national transporter, official sources said on Friday. Goyal, having achieved the lowest...

Modi 2.0: No cakewalk for Jaishankar as foreign minister

Chennai: The choice of retired foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar as External Affairs Minister clearly shows the importance given to foreign policy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A career diplomat with over 40 years of inside knowledge in international affairs will be sorely needed to take on some of the challenges that India faces in its neighb...

Rift in NDA; Nitish sounds rebellion bugle

New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar said that his party is not happy with the “symbolic presence” that was on offer in the central ministry sworn-in on Thursday (May 30). He has demanded that the representation should have been “proportional”. The JD(U) was conspicuous by its absence in the May 30 event. Talk of ministry distribut...
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