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A fresh war of words broke out Saturday following the appointment of Rishi Kumar Shukla as CBI chief, with Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge alleging that selection criteria were diluted, but the government hit back accusing the opposition leader of trying to “manipulate” the process to include officers of his choice in the shortlist. Kharge, a member …

Social activist Anna Hazare’s hunger strike Friday entered the third day with his doctor saying that the 81-year-old’s blood pressure and blood sugar levels had “significantly” increased. Hazare has been on a hunger strike since Wednesday in Ralegan Siddhi village in the state’s Ahmednagar district seeking appointment of anti-corruption watchdogs at the Centre and in …

The Congress on Friday stated that the government presented a full-fledged budget instead of an interim one, and said it was not a vote on account, but an “account for votes”. Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, addressing a press conference after the government presented the interim budget, alleged Finance Minister Piyush Goyal tested patience by …

Terming the interim Budget “historic”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said it is focused on strengthening the economy and will benefit all sections of society. Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presented the interim Budget for the 2019-20 in the Lok Sabha. He doled out tax sops to the middle class, covering doubling of income …

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has questioned all parties to cooperate in the passage of key bills to be taken up in the interim budget session. At an all-party meeting on Thursday to talk about the agenda of the session that has 46 bills listed for discussion and passage over 14 days, Modi asked parties to …

The government has constituted a committee under the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) to explore prepaid payments by state electricity distribution companies to power plants, a government official stated. With this, the government has deferred a decision on a recommendation made by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha led the panel to put in place a bill …

There could be diversions made on the route as per need, the Noida Traffic Police said in a statement. “People are advised to use alternate roads via Mayur Vihar and Kalindi Kunj for movement between Noida and Delhi to avoid inconvenience,” it said in an advisory. The Delhi Traffic Police have also cautioned the people …

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu Thursday said to leaders of various parties that their political considerations should not derail the proceedings of the House in the Budget Session. Invoking the spirit and principles of republicanism, Naidu alleged that it would be appropriate to ensure that the Budget Session sets an example, as it is …

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit Prime Minister Narendra Modi over employment generation, saying he promised two crore jobs, but five years later a “leaked job creation report card” has shown a “national disaster”. In a tweet, Gandhi also asserted that it was time for the prime minister to go. “NoMo Jobs! The Fuhrer …

In a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi on the row over his meeting with Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, BJP leader Smriti Irani Thursday elaborated the Congress chief as a “congenital liar” and wondered if he is “India’s first post-truth politician”. Remarking back at Irani, Congress spokesperson JaiveerShergill said Irani was an “an electorally frustrated” …

In high-stake Jind assembly seat bypoll in Haryana, BJP was leading with 21,052 votes at the end of a fifth round of counting ahead of Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) with 15315 votes. Congress was a distant third with 8813 votes. Before in the initial trends, the candidate of the month-old Jannayak Janata Party, Digvijay Singh …

The Congress on Thursday won the Ramgarh Assembly seat in Rajasthan, taking its tally in the 200-person house to 100. Congress candidate Shafia Khan won by a margin of 12,228 votes after polling 83,311 votes. Her nearest opponent, BJP’s Sukhwant Singh, got 71,083 votes. Jagat Singh of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) came third with …