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Mamata writes to PM, expresses inability to attend Niti Aayog meeting

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing her inability to attend the Niti Aayog meeting on June 15, saying it is “fruitless” as the body has no financial powers to support state plans.…

Andhra Cabinet to have 5 Deputy CMs

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy-led state Cabinet will have five Deputy Chief Ministers, confirmed YSRCP MLA Mohammed Mustafa Shaik. “There will be five Deputy Chief Ministers in Andhra Pradesh cabinet. The Deputy Chief Ministers will be one each…

Odisha incurred loss of over Rs 9000 crore due to Cyclone Fani

Cyclonic storm ‘Fani’, which made landfall in Odisha on May 3, caused a loss worth approximately Rs 9336 crores, a state government official said on Thursday. According to the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), different departments assessed the loss to public…

PM Modi reconstitutes Niti Aayog; Shah ex-officio member

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday approved reconstitution of government think-tank Niti Aayog, dropping Bibek Debroy while retaining other full-time members and including Home Minister Amit Shah as an ex-officio member. Rajiv Kumar will continue as vice-chairman of the body, along…

Four militants killed in encounter in J&K’s Pulwama

Four militants were killed in an encounter with security forces Friday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said. The militants were killed at Panjran in south Kashmir, a police official said. He said the operation, which began Thursday evening,…

Yogi to unveil Lord Rama’s statue in Ayodhya on Friday

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will unveil a 7-foot tall statue of Lord Rama at the Shodh Sansthan museum in Ayodhya on Friday. The statue fashioned out of a single rosewood block statue is from Karnataka. Adityanath will also inaugurate the event to celebrate Mahant Nritya Gopal Das. The chief…

12 Cong MLAs join TRS, seek merger of CLP

In a huge setback for the Congress in Telangana, 12 of its MLAs Thursday met Assembly Speaker P Srinivas Reddy and gave him a representation to merge the Congress Legislature Party with the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi. The Congress’s strength…

PM Modi to offer prayers at Lord Venkateswara shrine on June 9

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will offer prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala on June 9, a temple official said Thursday. The prime minister after visiting the Maldives and Sri Lanka this weekend will arrive at…

Kashmir will not be given to Muslims as a gift: Shiv Sena

Reiterating its stand on the abrogation of Article 370 of the constitution, Shiv Sena on Thursday said that “Kashmir will not be given to Muslims as a gift”. Shiv Sena in its editorial mouthpiece Saamna stated, “The population of Muslims…

Nipah virus: Six suspected patients test negative

Six persons admitted to a quarantine facility at the Government Medical College in Kerala’s Ernakulam have tested negative for the potentially deadly Nipah virus, a senior Health Ministry official said Thursday. The condition of the college student, diagnosed with Nipah…

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