On Rahul Gandhi’s ‘U-turn’ remark on tie-up with AAP, Arvind Kejriwal’s comeback

Amid the uncertainty over an alliance between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress in the Lok Sabha polls, Rahul Gandhi tweeted on Monday that a tie-up between the two parties would rout the BJP and offered four of Delhi’s seven Lok Sabha seats to AAP. The Congress boss nudged his AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal saying that he has to act quickly to seal a poll pact. “An alliance between the Congress & AAP in Delhi would mean the rout of the BJP. The Congress is willing to give…

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Terrorist bombing hits Hazara market in Pakistan’s Quetta

A bomb hidden among bags of potatoes at a Pakistani market killed at least 16 people, half of them ethnic Hazaras, officials said, in an attack apparently aimed at minority Shia Muslims. According to Press TV, officials said at least 30 people were wounded in the blast in the southwestern city of Quetta, capital of Baluchistan Province. The attack came after a lull of at least a year in attacks against Hazaras, though there have been isolated shootings. The blast took place at Hazar Ganji, a fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts…

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Cong team turns spotlight on development projects

On a day on which Congress president Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination papers from his Amethi Lok Sabha seat, his team took to social media to list to his credit a long list of development projects implemented and works carried out by him in the constituency over the years. Besides referring to 15 major institutions set up with an investment of Rs 2747.74 crore in Amethi, the list also makes a mention of about 20 railway works with an investment of Rs 1922.06 crore and the roads constructed in the…

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Indian embassy advisory for students hoping to study in US

The Indian embassy in Washington issued an advisory Wednesday urging students hoping to study in the United States to go beyond the usual checks to ensure they were not applying to “fake” universities that law enforcement agencies here have set up in the past to “trap” immigration frauds suspects. “In order to ensure that Indian students do not fall into such “traps”, it is advised that due diligence be exercised while seeking admission in US Universities,” said the embassy advisory. “The fact that a University is duly accredited by relevant…

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SC decision on Rafale case review pleas: Defence Ministry says incomplete presentation of facts and records

In response to the Supreme Court decision on the Rafale fighter aircraft deal case review petitions, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said the petitioners were using documents with the intention of presenting a “selective and incomplete picture” of internal secret deliberations on a matter relating to national security and defence. In a unanimous judgment on Wednesday, the Supreme Court decided to hear the Rafale review petitions on merits on the basis of several documents published in the media, including in The Hindu. In a statement, a Defence Ministry spokesperson said, “In…

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Single Indian rocket puts 29 satellites in three orbits

An Indian rocket on Monday placed domestic and foreign satellites in three different orbits on a single flight, a first for the nation and a low-cost option that could burnish its reputation for pioneering affordable options in space. According to media reports, the launch of a domestic intelligence satellite and 28 foreign ones came less than a week after India used an anti-satellite missile to take down one of its own satellites, demonstrating a capability only China, Russia and the United States had possessed previously. The state-run Indian Space Research…

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‘Chowkidar of criminals’: Chandrababu Naidu continues attack on PM Modi

On the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP’s “Main bhi Chowkidar (I too am chowkidar)” campaign at Delhi’s Talkatora stadium, opposition leaders in Visakhapatnam held a joint rally seeking the former’s ouster. Andhra Pradesh CM and Telugu Desam party chief Chandrababu Naidu, along with Delhi CM chief Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, launched a blistering counter attack on the Prime Minister accusing him of being a “chowkidar of criminals and corrupt”. “He is protecting scamsters… He doesn’t do what he tells and doesn’t tell what he…

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Mission Shakti makes India space superpower, live satellite shot down: PM Modi

India has shot down a low earth orbit satellite with an indigenously-developed ASAT missile, a giant leap for the country’s space capability that propelled India into an elite club comprising US, Russia and China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a rare televised address to the nation on Wednesday. “Some time ago, our scientists, shot down a live satellite 300 kilometres away in space, in low-earth orbit… It was conducted under Mission Shakti, which was completed in three minutes,” PM Modi said in his 10-minute address. The weapon, an Anti-Satellite missile or ASAT missile, allows for…

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Kamal Haasan to not contest polls, says all candidates are his faces

Kamal Haasan, the president of Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), will not contest the Lok Sabha election 2019, saying all the candidates of his party are his faces. Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan made the comments on Sunday night while introducing the MNM’s candidates and releasing the party’s election manifesto in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore city. He released the second and final list of candidates for the Lok Sabha election and bypolls to the 18 assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu. “All the MNM candidates are my faces. I am proud of being the chariot…

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IAF inducts 4 combat-ready Chinook helicopters

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Monday formally inducted four US-made Chinook heavy-lift helicopters at Air Force Station 12 Wing in Chandigarh. Two hangars and logistics facilities were created in Chandigarh for the Chinook helicopters. Each Chinook helicopter has a payload capacity of about 10 tonne which is a major boost to India’s strategic airlift capability. The Indian Air Force (IAF) received its first CH-47F (I) Chinook on February 10 at the Mundra port in Gujarat. The Chinook will be used to move troops, artillery, ammunition, supplies and equipment on…

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