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Congress polls

NEW DELHI: The much-delayed organisational elections of Congress party in all the Northeastern states barring Assam will be held shortly. The AICC on Thursday announced the timetable for organisational election from the booths to the PCC-level all over the country.  Election will be completed in 18 states including Meghalaya and union territories in the first phase. The process will end before July 31.

AAP stares at split as internal crisis escalates

New Delhi: Less than two months after it stormed to power in Delhi, the AAP appeared set for a split with the party saying on Thursday that senior leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav had quit its national executive and the two men vehemently denying this. Making the announcement two days before the executive meets here, AAP spokesman Ashish Khetan said Bhushan and Yadav [Full Article...]

Bangladeshis held for Bengal nun gang-rape

Kolkata: In their first major breakthrough, West Bengal Police on Thursday arrested two Bangladeshi nationals in connection with the sensational gang-rape of a nun inside a convent in Ranaghat, an officer said. These are the first arrests in the case and came 12 days after the crime that sparked revulsion in India and beyond. A CID team of the state police nabbed a Bangladeshi [Full Article...]

Vikas Swarup to be new MEA spokesperson

New Delhi: Vikas Swarup, joint secretary (UN-Political) in the ministry of external affairs, is set to take over as the next spokesperson, replacing Syed Akbaruddin who has been named the pointsperson for the India Africa Forum Summit to be held in October. Swarup, who shot to fame with his book “Q&A” which was adapted into an Oscar-winning Hollywood film “Slumdog Millionaire”, is expected to [Full Article...]

Minor raped in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad: A 17-year-old minor girl was allegedly raped by her relative in Raj Nagar extension area under police station Sihani Gate here, police said on Thursday. The incident took place yesterday, when the accused Raju (20), a native of Meerut and also the neighbour of the victim lured her to a nearby flat and raped her, SHO Sihani Gate Ashok Shishodia said. Traumatised girl [Full Article...]

Azad asks Nitish to rethink on his party’s alliance with RJD

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party  MP Kirti Azad on Thursday said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar cannot do anything without the support of ruling party at the Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, adding that the Janata Dal (United) leader should rethink on his party’s alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). Azad alleged that Nitish, who was once a part of the NDA, [Full Article...]

Jat leaders meet PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the government was studying the Supreme Court decision striking down the reservation to Jat community and would try to find a solution to the issue within the legal framework. The assurance was given to a 70-member delegation of Jat leaders from various states, which called on him at his 7, Race Course residence here today. “The [Full Article...]

Inconclusive autopsy of MP Guv’s son death

Lucknow: An autopsy has failed to identify the cause of death of MP Governor Ram Naresh Yadav’s son Shailesh, an accused in the the multi-crore Vyapam scam in MP, according to UP police, even as his family today said they do not suspect any foul play. Police said viscera samples have been preserved. “The postmortem report says that cause of death could not be [Full Article...]