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BJP-ruled states spent Rs 2,000 cr on ads praising 3 yrs of Modi govt: AAPDelhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI

BJP-ruled states spent Rs 2,000 cr on ads praising 3 yrs of Modi govt: AAP

27 May 2017 | 9:34 PM

NEW DELHI: The AAP on Saturday accused BJP-ruled states of spending over Rs 2,000 crore on advertisements praising three years of the Narendra Modi-led government and said the money should have been utilised to build schools and hospitals instead.

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New Delhi, May 27

The AAP on Saturday accused BJP-ruled states of spending over Rs 2,000 crore on advertisements praising three years of the Narendra Modi-led government and said the money should have been utilised to build schools and hospitals instead.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will appeal to a committee set up to monitor the Supreme Court's guidelines on government advertisements, to redeem this money from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“When we inquired in different states, we came to know that a budget of over Rs 2,000 crore has been allocated for advertisements praising three years of the BJP (NDA) government," the AAP leader said.

When IANS asked how the AAP arrived at the figure of Rs 2,000 crore, AAP leader Ashutosh said it is from "our own sources", and didn't elaborate.

Showing newspaper advertisements from different states, the Deputy Chief Minister said: "These are advertisements from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh. In these BJP-ruled states, tax payers' money is being spent on praising three years of BJP (NDA) government."

“Governments have the right to give advertisements and it is needed too, but it must communicate with people and not for celebrating your party's three years at the Centre," Sisodia said.

Speaking about allegations made by sacked Delhi Minister Kapil Mishra earlier on Saturday, about a Rs 300 crore "scam" on procurement of medicines by the Delhi government, Sisodia dubbed it as a "daily soap opera" and baseless. — IANS

People must save Ganga, insult to it equal to ‘rashtra droh’: Adityanath

People must save Ganga, insult to it equal to ‘rashtra droh’: Adityanath

27 May 2017 | 10:22 PM

VARANASI: UP CM Yogi Adityanath said the Ganga, which is a symbol of ‘Sanatan Sanskriti’, is everyone’s mother and insult to it is equal to ‘rashtra droh’ (treachery).

Jaitley hails test-firing of torpedo from Scorpene submarine

27 May 2017 | 7:28 PM

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday congratulated scientists and engineers involved in the successful test-firing of a torpedo from the indigenously built Scorpene submarine.

India extends $500-mn credit line to Mauritius

India extends $500-mn credit line to Mauritius

27 May 2017 | 9:17 PM

NEW DELHI: A $500-million line of credit (LoC) from India to Mauritius is among four agreements signed by the two countries following delegation-level talks headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth here on Saturday.

Will not spare benami property holders: Modi

Will not spare benami property holders: Modi

27 May 2017 | 1:32 AM

GUWAHATI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi today vowed to continue with NDA government’s fight against “benami” property in the country, saying the money seized would be utilised for the benefit of the poor.

UP villagers given shampoos, soaps to 'smell good' before CM Yogi

UP villagers given shampoos, soaps to 'smell good' before CM Yogi

27 May 2017 | 9:17 PM

KUSHINAGAR: In a bizarre move, the district administration in Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar asked the residents to have a bath before attending a meeting with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath so that they "don’t stink".

Public money cannot be used to defend Kejriwal, L-G advised

Public money cannot be used to defend Kejriwal, L-G advised

27 May 2017 | 6:35 PM

NEW DELHI: Public money cannot be used to defend Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for statements made in his personal capacity against Union minister Arun Jaitley, a senior law officer has advised Delhi's Lt-Governor Anil Baijal.

Protests in Kerala over Centre's new rules on cattle slaughter

Protests in Kerala over Centre's new rules on cattle slaughter

27 May 2017 | 8:16 PM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM/NEW DELHI: Beef was cooked on the roadside and consumed in Kerala on Saturday in protest against the Centre's ban on sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets, a move which also came under attack in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry.

Heatwave claims one life in Jaipur, Sriganganagar sizzles at 48.3

Heatwave claims one life in Jaipur, Sriganganagar sizzles at 48.3

27 May 2017 | 7:02 PM

JAIPUR: Heatwave conditions sweeping across Rajasthan claimed life of a person outside trauma centre at SMS Hospital on Friday night even as Sriganganagar recorded a high of at 48.3 degrees Celsius.

CBSE class XII result tomorrow, ICSE on 29th

CBSE class XII result tomorrow, ICSE on 29th

27 May 2017 | 8:01 PM

New Delhi: The CBSE will declare results of the Class XII board exams on Sunday, May 28, in the forenoon.

Rest in peace, my GeneralKPS Gill-Obituary

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27 May 2017 | 6:45 PM

I was shocked as you really looked unwell when I saw you on TV a couple of weeks back, writes former Punjab and Maharashtra DGP SS Virk

No road tax, registration fees for e-vehicles in Maharashtra

27 May 2017 | 5:36 PM

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government has waived road tax and registration fees for electric vehicles that are registered in the state, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said at a function to launch electric taxis in Nagpur on Friday.

Video shows 3 Bihar children kept in shelter home with limbs tied

Video shows 3 Bihar children kept in shelter home with limbs tied

27 May 2017 | 4:56 PM

ALLAHABAD: Three children from Bihar, who were brought here on the pretext of jobs and rescued from the railway station, were kept in a shelter home "with their limbs tied".

6 killed in Giridh district of Jharkhand as mine roof caves in

27 May 2017 | 4:09 PM

RANCHI: At least six persons were killed after the roof in Kabribad mines fell on them in Giridih district of Jharkhand on Friday night, while 300 other labourers managed to flee from the spot.

4 killed in road accident in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan

27 May 2017 | 3:38 PM

JAIPUR: Four persons were killed and two others were injured on Saturday when their car overturned after hitting a road divider in Jaisalmer district.

India’s future dark under BJP: Cong

India’s future dark under BJP: Cong

27 May 2017 | 1:31 AM

NEW DELHI:On the third anniversary of the NDA government today, the Congress accused the ruling BJP of comprehensive failures on agriculture and employment fronts and said the future of India was dark under the current dispensation.

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‘Lot of misinformation about H-1B does lot of good for US’

27 May 2017 | 4:02 PM

WASHINGTON: Acknowledging that there is a “lot of misinformation” about H-1B, a top American Senator has said that this popular work visa, the most sought-after by Indian IT professionals, has benefited the US.

Sack MP minister Arya facing arrest warrant: Cong to Guv

27 May 2017 | 3:39 PM

BHOPAL: The opposition Congress on Saturday asked Madhya Pradesh Governor O P Kohli to sack BJP minister Lal Singh Arya in the wake of an arrest warrant issued against him by a special court in a murder case.

Two killed, 16 injured as bus overturns in Kaushambi

27 May 2017 | 3:28 PM

KAUSHAMBI: Two persons were killed and 16 others were injured on Saturday when a private bus overturned after being hit by a truck in Mahewaghat area here.

Modi pays tributes to Nehru on 53rd death anniversary

Modi pays tributes to Nehru on 53rd death anniversary

27 May 2017 | 3:37 PM

NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru on his 53rd death anniversary. Nehru, the first Prime Minister of the country, had passed away on May 27, 1964.

Sew consensus on nominees or brace for contest: Oppn to govtPrez polls

Sew consensus on nominees or brace for contest: Oppn to govt

27 May 2017 | 12:42 PM

NEW DELHI:A united Opposition featuring regional arch-rivals chose the third anniversary of the government today to signal the ruling BJP of its intent to contest the Presidential and Vice-Presidential elections, if the government fails to sew a consensus on candidates for these offices.

BJP chief: We did in 3 years what others couldn’t in 70

BJP chief: We did in 3 years what others couldn’t in 70

27 May 2017 | 1:31 AM

NEW DELHI:Confident of registering an even bigger electoral win in 2019, BJP chief Amit Shah today said “achche din (good days) are here” if seen through the eyes of people who benefitted from the “pro-people” policies of a “sensitive and decisive” NDA regime.

Cattle can’t be sold in market for slaughter

Cattle can’t be sold in market for slaughter

27 May 2017 | 2:15 PM

NEW DELHI:In a decision that will have far-reaching consequences on animal husbandry and trade associated with the sector, the Centre has banned the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter across the nation, including North-East and Kerala.

Five killed, 28 injured as van turns turtle

Five killed, 28 injured as van turns turtle

27 May 2017 | 1:06 PM

COIMBATORE: Five persons, including two women, were killed and 28 were injured when their van turned turtle near Kothagiri in Nilgiris district, the police said on Saturday.

Sukhoi wreckage found

Sukhoi wreckage found

27 May 2017 | 12:42 PM

GUWAHATI:Three days after a Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet was reported missing an hour after it took off from the Tezpur IAF base, its wreckage was located in a dense forest area of West Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh, today.

PM unveils nation’s longest bridgeModi govt turns 3

PM unveils nation’s longest bridge

27 May 2017 | 12:36 PM

GUWAHATI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled the nation’s longest Dhola-Sadiya bridge, naming it after legendary singer and musician late Dr Bhupen Hazarika, to kick-start celebrations marking BJP-led NDA government’s three years in office.

‘Anti-national’ poet Ghalib defends self

‘Anti-national’ poet Ghalib defends self

27 May 2017 | 2:05 AM

NEW DELHI:Mirza Ghalib in the times of terrorism? The 19th century bard having to defend himself against charges of anti-nationalism in a modern-day court? A new play has done just that — plucking the 19th century poet out of history and placing him in contemporary times.

Only NCP accepts EVM ‘hackathon’ dare

27 May 2017 | 1:31 AM

NEW DELHI:The Election Commission has decided to go ahead with its electronic voting machine (EVM) hacking challenge after the NCP became the only party today to announce its participation in the June 3 dare.

Rahul denied permission to visit Saharanpur

27 May 2017 | 1:31 AM

LUCKNOW:The Saharanpur district authorities today refused permission to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to visit the strife-torn district.

Pak man living as sadhu detained

27 May 2017 | 1:31 AM

Jhajjar: The police have rounded up a Pakistani man who had been staying in the guise of a sadhu at the Iskcon temple in Bahadurgarh town of Jhajjar district.

Naxals torch railway station in Jharkhand

27 May 2017 | 1:31 AM

Ranchi: Suspected Maoists on Thursday night set on fire Dumri Bihar railway station in Bokaro district of Jharkhand, affecting for several hours traffic on the Gomoh-Barkakana section of the East Central Railway of Dhanbad division.

M’rashtra civic polls: Cong, NCP post win

27 May 2017 | 1:31 AM

Mumbai: The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) managed to save some face by winning two of the three civic bodies in Maharashtra the results of which were declared on Friday.

ED custody of Misa’s CA extended

27 May 2017 | 1:31 AM

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) was on Friday granted seven-day extension in custody of the chartered accountant (CA) of RJD chief Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti in connection with a money-laundering case.

Scribes’s murder: Shahabuddin named

27 May 2017 | 1:31 AM

Muzaffarpur: The CBI on Friday named former RJD MP and strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin as an accused in the journalist Rajdeo Ranjan murder case.

Mauritius PM arrives on 3-day visit

27 May 2017 | 1:31 AM

NEW DELHI:Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth today arrived here on a three-day visit to India.

Jewar case: Preliminary report rules out gang rape

27 May 2017 | 1:31 AM

LUCKNOW:A preliminary medical report has ruled out rape of four women in Greater Noida’s Jewar, Gautam Budh Nagar’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Anurag Bhargav said on Friday evening.

UAE Prez gifts special dates to people of Kerala

27 May 2017 | 3:59 PM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In keeping with the spirit of the “Year of Giving”, the United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has gifted to the people of Kerala a personally selected assortment of high-quality dates.

Cong workers booked for stoning house of defeated NCP nominee

27 May 2017 | 3:58 PM

THANE: Around 25 workers of the Congress party were booked on Friday for allegedly throwing stones at the house of an NCP candidate who lost the recently-held Bhiwandi-Nizampur municipal corporation elections from a ward in Bhiwandi town, a police official said today.

Mauritian PM arrives in India; to meet PM, Prez tomorrow

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26 May 2017 | 10:27 PM

NEW DELHI: Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on Friday arrived here on a three-day visit, during which he will meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee.

CBI registers FIR in NET answer-sheet scam

CBI registers FIR in NET answer-sheet scam

26 May 2017 | 10:09 PM

NEW DELHI: The fate of 7.94 lakh aspirants, who appeared in the National Eligibility Test (NET) this year, seemed to be hanging in the balance as the private firm which was given contract to scan the answer-sheets had not been able to complete the work, prompting the CBI to file an FIR against it.

Demonetisation was tough decision but people supported it: PM

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26 May 2017 | 9:42 PM

GUWAHATI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said demonetisation was a very tough decision for him to take but the people stood by him.

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