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Senior BJP leader and eight-time MP Maneka Gandhi is likely to be the pro-tem speaker in the 17th Lok Sabha elections, sources said. Gandhi, 62, a veteran BJP leader, had won from the Sultanpur seat in Uttar Pradesh. Sources said she has been selected to become the pro-tem speaker in the 17th Lok Sabha elections. …

In a balancing act, two dominant communities of Karnataka–Lingayats and Vokkaligas– have been accommodated in the Narendra Modi-led new council of ministers. D V Sadananda Gowda and Pralhad Joshi, who were Karnataka BJP presidents, along with Belgaum MP Suresh Angadi have found a place in the new ministry. Induction of Joshi and Angadi is seen …

President Ram Nath Kovind intervened twice to remind the ministers taking oath as part of PM Modi’s ministry on Thursday that they had omitted a word. Mansukh Lal Mandaviya (minister of state with Independent charge) and Faggan Singh Kulaste (Mos) did not repeat ‘I’ in the second instance. The word is usually repeated with the President, …

Thawar Chand Gehlot, a prominent Dalit face of the BJP, has made his way to the Narendra Modi cabinet for a second consecutive time. Gehlot was appointed as the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment during the Modi government’s first stint in 2014. As a minister, Gehlot scripted several schemes for the welfare of the …

The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal on Tuesday gave four weeks time to businessman Vikram Bakshi for settling his dues with the Housing and Urban Development Corp (HUDCO). According to the HUDCO, Bakshi has to pay Rs 195 crore to the state-run housing company. This amount was derived after taking into account Rs 66 crore that he …

It was December 2007 and elections in Gujarat had just concluded. The man accused as a fascist, divider and communalist by a cozy coterie comprising academics, activists and select journalists in the nation’s capital has just been returned with a majority similar to the one he got in 2002. Narendra bhai Damodardas Modi was the …

Indians in the infamous HSBC list are trying to escape embarrassment, fine and probably prosecution by convincing Switzerland of their non-resident status during the relevant years when they were clients of the British bank’s private banking arm in Geneva. The Swiss Federal Tax Administration (FTA) has so far refrained from disclosing the names of at least three persons, said senior …

A day after ADG CID Rajeev Kumar failed to appear for questioning in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam, the CBI Tuesday sent some “documents” to his office, sources said. The documents were submitted at Kumar’s office at Bhawani Bhawan in the southern part of Kolkata by CBI officials, they said without elaborating. “This is not …

The BJP-led NDA, which currently has 99 Rajya Sabha members, is likely to get a majority in the Upper House of Parliament by the end of 2021, making it easier for the ruling alliance to carry out its legislative agenda. After securing a thumping majority in the Lok Sabha polls with victory in 303 seats, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is looking …

India will not invite Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to Thursday’s swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi, who starts his second term as India’s prime minister, two sources in the foreign ministry said, suggesting any early warming in ties between the nuclear-armed neighbors is unlikely. Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan have fought three wars since both won independence from …