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CM HD Kumaraswamy, who offered puja at Talacauvery and ‘bagina’ at Kabini reservoir and Krishnaraja Sagar, said bountiful rain had brought relief to the people of Karnataka and TN and described this situation as “nature’s solution” to the water issue faced by the two States. The four major dams in the Cauvery basin have reached their full-reservoir level after eight years.

10:55:01 on 21 Jul

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TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit was involved in a minor car accident . The Governor was travelling from Pudukkottai to Tiruchi when a TNSTC bus brushed against the side of his car. According to a report, the government bus reportedly brushed against the Governor’s vehicles leaving a dent and green-coloured scratch marks on the right side of the Toyota Innova.

10:27:01 on 21 Jul

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There was an air of anticipation on social media platforms before the proceedings of the Lok Sabha began, as all eyes were on the no-confidence motion to be moved by the TDP. With Guntur MP Galla Jayadev, who became the TDP’s poster boy to take on the BJP with his high-voltage speech, set to initiate the debate, netizens were eager to closely evaluate his ‘performance’.

09:55:01 on 21 Jul

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It was July 27, 1956. Congressman Sankaralinganar started what was the first of many instances of struggle for a cause: the renaming of Madras State to “Thamizhagam”. Formerly called Madras Province, it had been renamed to Madras State on January 26, 1950. After his demise, the DMK and CN Annadurai were instrumental in getting the name changed.

08:26:01 on 21 Jul

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Infosys Foundation signed an MoU with the BMRCL, in presence of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, to build and maintain the Infosys Foundation Konappana Agrahara Metro station at a programme organised in Vidhana Soudha on Thursday.Infosys Foundation had agreed to donate `200 crore to build and maintain the metro station for next 30 years.

06:27:01 on 21 Jul

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"This no-confidence motion showcases the strength of our democracy. It's for the first time in 30 years that a government with a full majority has to prove its strength in Parliament," said PM Narendra Modi as he addressed the lower house of the Parliament. Attacking Congress and TDP, PM Modi said that the true face of opposition has been revealed.

09:34:14 on 20 Jul

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A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Prahlad Joshi moved a breach of privilege motion against Congress president Rahul Gandhi. The BJP leader said Rahul Gandhi has made "unsubstantiated claims against the BJP, particularly against the Prime Minister on Rafale deal." Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi had raised the controversial Rafale deal in Parliament.

08:39:02 on 20 Jul

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A lesson learnt from the budget session helped Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP outsmart others in the race to be the first to submit the notice of no confidence against the BJP government. Three TDP MPs, Srinivas Kesineni, Thota Narsimham and K Narayana Rao, first sent their notices electronically and then sent letters to the Lok Sabha secretariat.

04:45:01 on 20 Jul

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The era of India's coalition politics is back. With PM Modi's 2014 wave of popularity receding, polls show the ruling BJP may fall short of a full majority in next year's election, prompting the opposition parties to put aside their ideological differences and unite. It has to be noted that this is the first no-confidence vote for any Central government in 15 years.

04:15:02 on 20 Jul

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Minutes before the start of the no-confidence motion debate in parliament, the Congress protested in the Lok Sabha about its speakers being allotted less time. The Congress has been allocated mere 38 minutes in the 7 hour debate and Rahul Gandhi is the lead speaker. The ruling BJP, which enjoys a majority in the Lok Sabha has been assigned 3 hours and 33 minutes.

03:35:01 on 20 Jul

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Uproar in Lok Sabha as Rahul Gandhi targets PM Modi, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman over the Rafale deal. “The defence minister said there is secrecy pact with France on Rafale deal. I personally met PM of France and asked him if any such pact existed. He clearly said there is no pact,” Gandhi said.

03:25:01 on 20 Jul

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Rahul Gandhi made an aggressive attack on the NDA govt over specific schemes and policies during a debate on a no-confidence motion. PM Modi was seen smiling and laughing through Gandhi’s speech, which was interrupted by protests by an angry treasury bench. After he ended his attack Gandhi walked over and hugged the PM, who patted him on the back.

02:41:28 on 20 Jul

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Opposition leader M.K. Stalin urged the IT Department to prepare a list of politicians, Vice-Chancellors, officials, public servants and businessmen who had come under its scanner in recent months in Tamil Nadu and send it to either the CBI or the DVAC for further action. He said there was a question in the minds of the people whether these were “honest raids”.

02:10:01 on 20 Jul

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Minutes before TDP’s Jayadev Galla moved a no-confidence motion against the Modi government, the BJD walked out of the Lok Sabha, stating that discussion is the irrelevant for Odisha. Not long after, the BJP’s oldest ally and the most disgruntled, the Shiv Sena said its 18 MPs were staying away both from the debate on the motion and a vote at the end of it.

01:36:01 on 20 Jul

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The controversy over ‘eminence’ tag given to Reliance’s yet-to-be established Jio institute is not yet settled. As the issue was raised in the Upper House, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar once again clarified that the Jio Institute had applied under the ‘greenfield’ category and that the ministry had only given it a ‘letter of intent’.

01:26:01 on 20 Jul

BJD and Shiv Sena's walkout will have implications on the arithmetic in the house when it goes to vote at 6pm. There are currently 533 members in the LS(excluding the Speaker). The effective strength of the house comes down to 496. The current halfway mark, at 11:45 am, stands at 249 seats. The two-thirds mark is 330.

01:20:01 on 20 Jul

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Serilingampally should be at the forefront in implementing electric vehicles, said minister of IT K.T. Rama Rao. He expressed displeasure over the delay in works in the constituency despite the allocation of funds. He held a review meeting with Serilingampally public representatives and officials on the welfare activities taken up in the constituency.

12:41:27 on 20 Jul

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The TDP was awarded 13 minutes to present its case on bifurcation of AP and the Centre’s non-cooperation in the Lok Sabha.With just hours left for the no-confidence motion to begin, TDP chief and CM N Chandrababu Naidu deliberated with the party officials, chalking out a strategy to illustrate how the Centre had “betrayed” AP by denying it Special Category Status.

11:53:58 on 20 Jul

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No-Trust motion commences at 11 Am

PM has met a group of cabinet ministers ahead of the no-confidence motion debate that will begin in parliament at 11 am. Through yesterday, the idea being to secure a two-thirds majority in the voting this evening. The opposition parties that are backing the motion, say it will be the debate and not the voting.

11:09:55 on 20 Jul

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called for the passage of the Citizenship Bill in the Rajya Sabha this session, claiming that it had been cleared by the Lok Sabha. The Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in July 2016. Rajendra Agarwal, who is heading the JPC that is examining the proposed legislation, said that the Committee had not finalised its report yet.

10:55:01 on 20 Jul

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CM KCR said he's in touch with the CM of Karnataka and TN to seek their support in opposing any move by the Centre to give special incentives to AP when the Lok Sabha takes up the debate on the no-confidence motion. Mr Rao feels that these three states will be affected if AP gets special incentives as industries from Hyderabad, Chennai and Bengaluru may shift to AP.

10:45:01 on 20 Jul

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The government has put on hold recruitment for teaching positions in universities and colleges pending a decision on the special leave petition it has filed against a court order curtailing reservation for SC/ST and OBCs, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said. He said his ministry had ordered a stop on filling of vacancies at universities/colleges pending decision on SLP.

10:15:01 on 20 Jul

Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Paneerselvam on Thursday termed as “inappropriate” allegations seeking to link the ruling AIADMK and a highway contractor, who has come under the Income Tax radar for alleged tax evasion. It was wrong to link a political party with the raids, since the Income Tax raids were conducted based on tax evasion.

09:40:01 on 20 Jul

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TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy rushed to New Delhi, a day after he told reporters that he had decided that he would not participate in the ongoing monsoon session in the Parliament. Despite a whip issued by the party, asking its MPs to support the no-confidence motion if it comes up for debate in the Lok Sabha, Diwakar had earlier refused to visit New Delhi.

09:15:01 on 20 Jul

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A day ahead of the vote on the no-confidence motion against the Modi government, the Opposition appeared to be shifting gears, saying that unfulfilled promises and not numbers in the House, were more important. A day earlier, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had made a remark claiming the Opposition bloc had the requisite numbers to defeat the government.

09:10:02 on 20 Jul

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar aid students would not have to travel distant places and facilities would be made to ensure that they take the exams at their respective places. As regards to inaccuracies in the NEET question papers, he said the Centre would be taking affidavits from States on the accuracy of translated question papers from next year.

08:15:01 on 20 Jul

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Uproar over lynchings rocks Parliament

Union Minister Jayant Sinha on Thursday faced protests from members of Oppositon parties, who hooted whenever he stood up to answer questions in the Lok Sabha during the Question Hour. Soon after this, the Opposition raised the issue of mob lynchings, also criticising Mr. Sinha for allegedly garlanding persons accused of lynching.

08:10:01 on 20 Jul

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Hectic efforts are on to form ranks on both sides of the political divide ahead of the no-confidence motion against the government. Given the NDA's sheer numbers in parliament's lower house, there is little doubt about a comfortable outcome for the government. The big question will be the decision of fence-sitters in view of next year's general elections.

07:56:01 on 20 Jul

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Christian Michel, the British middleman in the scrapped AgustaWestland chopper deal, is being forced to frame UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in return for exoneration from criminal proceedings, the Congress alleged, accusing PM Narendra Modi of using investigative agencies to pressure Christian Michael into signing a false confession naming Sonia Gandhi.

06:55:01 on 20 Jul

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JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy became the Karnataka CM for the second time after the assembly elections threw up a hung house. With 37 seats in a 224-member assembly, JD(S) got support of 80 MLAs from the Congress, which was keen to prevent another state go to the BJP. Kumaraswamy said he thinks Congress president Rahul Gandhi is the No.1 choice to be the next PM.

05:27:01 on 19 Jul

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Former finance minister P Chidambaram is now an accused in the Aircel-Maxis case. The senior Congress leader, his son Karti and 16 others have been charged by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the probe into suspected criminal misconduct related to approvals of investment deals.

05:14:14 on 19 Jul

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As the TDP's no-confidence motion is taken up on Friday, one of its own lawmakers has threatened to bunk parliament. Diwakar Reddy says he is "fed up" with the centre and his party's government in AP. The lawmaker denied reports that he was upset with his party for not giving him enough prominence. This is the first no-confidence motion PM's govt will face.

12:35:01 on 19 Jul

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TRS government not keen on Modicare

The state government is reluctant to implement ‘Modicare’, the Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch on August 15. The TRS government is not keen to give credit to Mr Modi and help the BJP in the state in the election year.

10:26:01 on 19 Jul

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Days after breaking down in a party meeting over coalition government, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday said that ally Congress has given him a “free hand” to run the government and it was people with some personal agenda who are spreading rumors about problem in the coalition.

08:25:01 on 19 Jul

The Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre will face its first no-trust vote in the Lok Sabha on Friday but has more than enough numbers to prove its strength. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday set the ball rolling by admitting a no-confidence motion moved by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) member Kesineni Sriniwas on the first day of the monsoon session of Parliament.

08:15:02 on 19 Jul

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will lead an all-party delegation that will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi today and discuss various issues concerning the state. The issues likely to be raised include increasing the state's ration share, besides the projects like Palakkad Coach Factory, Sabari rail line and also the implementation of the Kasturirangan report,

07:57:01 on 19 Jul

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TN CM Edappadi K Palaniswami inaugurated a milk processing unit with modern equipment at Sholinganallur, through video conference at the Secretariat. He also declared open a refurbished fish landing centre in Pazhaverkkadu. At the Sholinganallur unit, the milk procured by Aavin will be boiled at 139°C, processed and packaged as 200 ml, half litre and one litre packets.

10:10:01 on 18 Jul

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The Hyderabad police arrested senior BJP leaders at various places in Hyderabad when they tried to go to the CM’s office to “protest” against the ban on Swami Paripoornanda. Intensifying its protest against the move of the State police, the BJP had planned to meet the Chief Minister Mr. K Chandrasekhar Rao at Pragathi Bhavan to express their resentment.

05:25:01 on 18 Jul

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Kerala MLA PC George breaks toll gate

Independent Kerala MLA PC George broke the vehicle barrier at Paliyekkara toll plaza in Thrissur, for having been made to wait for over three minutes. The CCTV footage of the incident shows the MLA exiting his Audi car and breaking the automatic boom barrier of the toll gate. The footage also shows the MLA's driver and other men arguing with the toll authorities.

03:57:01 on 18 Jul

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Leaders of major political parties in TN demanded a multi-agency probe into the affairs of road contractors raided by Income Tax department in the state and also the resignation of CM K. Palaniswami. The demand follows the IT department's seizure of unaccounted cash amounting to Rs 163 crore and 100 kgs of gold from premises of Nagarajan Seyyadurai, promoter of SPK & Co

01:57:01 on 18 Jul

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Two days before Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy’s visit to Kodagu, many trees along Talacauvery-Bhagamandala stretch were felled to clear his path. He will tour Kodagu on July 19 and 20. An order passed by Deputy Commissioner Srividya P I’s office instructed the forest department to clear the way marked for CM’s visit by uprooting trees that are at a risk of falling.

01:11:01 on 18 Jul

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Congress, Left and the NCP have a moved a no-confidence motion against the PM Modi-led government, four years after it came to power with over 280 seats in the Lok Sabha, excluding the seats won by other NDA constituents. Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan accepted the motion, and the Government has also agreed to take it up for the discussion.

12:45:01 on 18 Jul

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The 18-day-long monsoon session of Parliament begins on Wednesday. With less than a year to go for the general election, opposition unity will be tested during the session, which will also see a new Rajya Sabha deputy chairman being elected. Opposition parties will want to retain the post of deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha, which has been held by the Congress for four decades now.

12:35:01 on 18 Jul

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DMK president M. Karunanidhi was admitted to Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Wednesday morning. A statement from the hospital says Mr. Karunanidhi has been admitted so his tracheostomy tube can be changed. “He will be discharged later today after recovering from this procedure,” says the statement signed by Dr. Aravindan Selvaraj, executive director, Kauvery Hospital.

12:20:02 on 18 Jul

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iPhones as gifts spark row in Karnataka

A seemingly generous decision to present expensive iPhones to State MPs seems to have boomeranged on the Karnataka government. The gift package, comprising an iPhone, a ‘Moochies’ laptop bag, and a folder, costing over ₹1 lakh in all, along with an invitation, had been despatched to each MP from Karnataka, ahead of a meeting with Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.

12:11:02 on 18 Jul

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In a clear indication that the Indian National Congress stands firmly behind Siddaramaiah, the former Karnataka CM has been appointed the member of CWC. Siddaramaiah’s appointment to the grand old party’s highest decision-making body reconfirms his position in the party as a formidable force despite failing to get a majority in the Karnataka assembly elections under his leadership.

11:10:01 on 18 Jul

It is doubtful if Opposition parties will support the no-confidence motion to be moved by TDP members of Parliament against the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government when Parliament monsoon session begins on Wednesday. So far only the DMK has announced its support. TD MPs said that they will stall the proceedings of the LS if the no-confidence motion is not taken up.

10:26:01 on 18 Jul

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Anurag Thakur, the 43-year-old lawmaker, was appointed as the BJP's chief whip in the Lok Sabha ahead of the start of the parliament's monsoon session. He replaces Rakesh Singh, who was tasked to head the Madhya Pradesh unit of the BJP. A party's chief whip is usually a senior lawmaker mandated to enforce party discipline and ensure the party line is followed in parliament.

09:26:02 on 18 Jul

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Five BJP Yuva Morcha members who attacked Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor’s office have been arrested by Kerala police. The Congress leader had alleged that the workers staged protests outside his office and vandalised property against his recent controversial “Hindu Pakistan” remark. He stated that the protesters had put up a banner that said “Hindu Pakistan office.”

08:25:01 on 18 Jul

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In TN, DMK, is reviving the state autonomy plank. As the Centre is spreading its tentacles in several areas, particularly education and finance, restricting the powers of the state governments, DMK working president MK Stalin has sensed it is the opportune time to rake up the issue ahead of the general elections.

09:25:01 on 17 Jul

The BJP rejected an assertion by Congress president Rahul Gandhi that his party abides by inclusive principles, insisting that the latter’s statement at a recent meeting of Islamic scholars was proof that the party was bent on championing the Muslim community. The controversy erupted when an Urdu newspaper quoted Gandhi as saying that the Congress was a “Muslim party”.

07:05:01 on 17 Jul

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Karnataka’s CM HD Kumaraswamy said he was misquoted on his comments that he was unhappy heading the JD(S)-Congress coalition government. Kumaraswamy broke down and declared he was being forced to become ‘Vishakanth’, referring to Lord Shiva swallowing poison. He has at various times doubted if his government will complete its term and then said he is confident it will.

06:45:02 on 17 Jul

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The Madras High Court on Tuesday asked the anti-graft body in Tamil Nadu to explain, by July 23, why no probe was initiated even three months after a complaint was lodged against Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, alleging amassment of disproportionate assets by him. It also sought to know why a CBI probe should not be ordered into the allegations against the AIADMK leader.

04:40:02 on 17 Jul

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Accusing Congress of driving CM to desperation, Arun Jaitley has termed the latter as a ‘tragedy king’. Advocating the need for strong and decisive leaders like PM, Jaitley has cautioned the nation against a ‘Bechara’ coalition leadership. In a blunt reaction, KPCC chief asked Jaitley to look into BJP’s efforts to strike unholy alliances before calling Congress as opportunist.

04:26:01 on 17 Jul

Anti-obesity drug derived from chili peppers caused long term weight loss and improved metabolic health in mice. The University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy study found the novel drug, Metabocin, was based on capsaicin. It was designed to slowly release capsaicin so it can exert its anti-obesity effect without producing inflammation or adverse side effects.

04:10:01 on 17 Jul

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Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday removed Jai Prakash Singh from the post of party national coordinator for stating that Congress president Rahul Gandhi cannot become the country’s prime minister because of “his mother’s foreign origin”. As it is his personal opinion, he has been removed from his post with immediate effect,” news agency ANI quoted her as saying.

12:40:02 on 17 Jul

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AP : Assessing ground reality, first hand

Coinciding with the TDP government completing 1,500 days in office, CM launched a direct interface with the people in the rural areas to elicit their feedback on some of the flagship programmes of the government. The interactive programme, christened ‘Grama Darshini’, is similar to ‘Rachabanda’, a programme initiated by former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

12:10:02 on 17 Jul

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Ahead of the monsoon session of the Parliament, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh is meeting opposition parties to gather support to move a no-confidence motion against their former ally, the BJP. The delegates are seeking the support of both BJP allies and Congress allies but have so far received a lukewarm response. The monsoon session begins on July 18.

11:25:01 on 17 Jul

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The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has withdrawn its call for a state-wide hartal in Kerala on Tuesday. The call was first given after their leaders were taken into police custody on Monday in relation with the murder of 19-year-old Students Federation of India (SFI) leader, Abhimanyu, in Maharaja’s College. The party will instead observe a black flag day on Tuesday.

06:42:01 on 17 Jul

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Former Indian cricket captain and Congress leader Mohammad Azharuddin has said that he is keen to fight the 2019 elections from his home ground of Secunderabad in Telangana. However, he was quick to add that the final decision will be taken by the high command of the Congress. Azhar, a former MP had faced defeat in 2014 when contested for a seat in Rajasthan.

01:40:01 on 16 Jul

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CM E K Palaniswami said that AIADMK had commenced its campaign for the upcoming Parliamentary elections. In order to spread awareness on the achievements of the State government, inaugurated a cycle rally. The five-day cycle rally will see as many as 1,000 going around all the 10 constituencies in Madurai district, campaigning about the government’s achievement.

01:11:01 on 16 Jul

A day after his tearful address to his partymen, the BJP mocked CM, by terming him as the “best actor” Posting a video clip showing Kumaraswamy weeping at a JD(S) party event, BJP Karnataka tweeted, “& the best acting award goes to.. (Kumaraswamy). Here we have another legendary actor Mr Kumaraswamy, an actor who has constantly fooled common man with his amazing acting skills.”

12:57:01 on 16 Jul

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CM has shot off a letter to the heads all the non-BJP and non-Congress parties seeking support to the TDP’s proposed no-confidence motion against the BJP-led NDA government. Elaborating on the “injustice” done to Andhra Pradesh he said, “In view of the continued adamant attitude of the BJP-led NDA government, the TDP Parliamentary Party has decided to move a no-confidence motion.

12:26:01 on 16 Jul

Cong leader K Muraleedharan said: “Reading Ramayana is a personal belief. Why drag the politics into it? We have been criticising the BJP for using the photograph of Lord Rama to garner votes. What difference does Congress and the BJP have if we start promoting Ramayana to secure a few votes.” Senior leader P Sudhakaran said the programme would have given the party a negative image.

11:26:01 on 16 Jul

TRS will be part of Centre: K Kavitha

TRS MP from Nizamabad K. Kavita on Sunday said that the party would be playing a major role in running the Union government one day as the welfare and economic development initiatives being implemented by CM were widely being debated in political circles across the country. Speaking at a meeting, she said, “If people respect you (party men), that will be an honour to the party.”

11:11:01 on 16 Jul

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Ram Shakal —former MP from Robertsganj, RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha, classical dancer Sonal Mansingh and stone artist Raghunath Mohapatra were on Saturday nominated to the Rajya Sabha. The nominations were made by President Ram Nath Kovind on the advice of PM, the PMO said. There were eight nominated members in the Rajya Sabha and four vacancies, which were left, were today filled.

10:57:02 on 16 Jul

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TN CM Edappadi K Palaniswami said that AIADMK had commenced its campaign for the upcoming Parliamentary elections. In order to spread awareness on the achievements of the govt, a cycle rally was organised. The five-day cycle rally will see as many as 1,000 going around all the 10 constituencies in Madurai district, campaigning about the govt’s achievement.

08:40:01 on 16 Jul

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Deputy CM G Parameshwara gave a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family of Subramani, a pourakarmika from Ward 77 Dattatreya Temple in Bengaluru, who took his life a week ago. Subramani committed suicide after he was not paid wages for six months. Parameshwara visited the family at their residence near Vinayaka Circle in the city and gave a cheque of Rs 10 lakh to them.

09:12:05 on 15 Jul

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Actor-politician Rajinikanth today came out in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "One Nation One Election" concept, saying it would save both time and money. Earlier this month, after a two-day consultation organized by the Law Commission on the subject, four parties expressed support for the idea, which nine turned down.

05:57:01 on 15 Jul

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Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy admitted for the first time on Saturday that he had suffered a second heart attack, most likely in late March, a fact that only a few close aides and his family were privy to. He was in the Middle Eastern country when he had the heart attack and was rushed to the leading hospital facility where top doctors attended on him and stabilized him.

12:57:01 on 15 Jul

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Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy told his party workers during a celebratory ceremony in Bengaluru’s Seshadripuram that he was “unhappy about being the Chief Minister”. Speaking at the party programme organised to felicitate him for waiving off farm loans, he said, "I have swallowed poison like Lord Vishakantha. You all are happy that I became the CM. But I'm not.”

11:45:01 on 15 Jul

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Five-time MLA and former Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao, 48, is the youngest leader to head the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee. In an interview, Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao spoke on challenges before the party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and “failures” of the Modi government and he also added that the BJP government has given nothing significant to Karnataka.

06:25:01 on 14 Jul

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Agricultural officers should continue the drive to accept the applications of farmers naming their nominees under the Rythu Bandhu Life Insurance scheme till all the farmers in the State are covered, said Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao. He also added that the details gathered so far under the scheme should be submitted to the Telangana government.

11:45:49 on 14 Jul

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Minister for Public Works G. Sudhakaran has promised to speed-track the restoration of the severely-potholed Vyttila Junction, service road, and the Vyttila railway bridge underpass, even as the Public Works Department (NH Wing) is yet to complete the repair work and paving of damaged areas with concrete tiles despite repeated expiry of deadlines.

09:40:01 on 14 Jul

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CM Kumaraswamy may be firm on fulfilling his budget announcements, but the education dept has been forced to stall his plans to merge schools with low enrolment owing to practical difficulties. Less than half number of schools that were proposed to be merged would be integrated with the others as a number of challenges are involved in having to move students elsewhere.

09:25:01 on 14 Jul

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Resist Central policies: Kerala NGO Union

Kerala NGO Union State general secretary T.C. Mathewkutty has called for strong public resistance against the Central government’s bid to exploit workers under duress from capitalist forces. Mr. Mathewkutty said that the Centre which had decided to cut oil imports from Iran in tune with the US diktat had not taken any step to contain petrol and diesel prices.

10:35:37 on 13 Jul

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The Hyderabad HC agreed to hear a writ petition seeking declaration of continuance of Telangana Assembly Speaker S. Madhusudhana Chary and Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav in their respective offices. A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice Ramesh Ranganathan agreed to hear the petition filed by advocate G. Malleswara Rao.

10:35:01 on 13 Jul

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The penchant that Ministers have for remodelling their official chambers at the Vidhana Soudha may be a thing of the past if pro tem Chairman of the Legislative Council Basavaraj Horatti’s wish to declare it a heritage monument becomes a reality. Raising the issue, Congress member K. Govindaraju said the Vidhana Soudha, built in 1956, was a heritage monument.

10:05:01 on 13 Jul

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Govt. yet to decide on free bus pass

The Karnataka government, over the next couple of days, is likely to take a decision on free bus pass for students, an announcement made in the last budget presented by the former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. A decision to provide free bus pass to all categories of students across the State of Karnataka will cost the exchequer around ₹1,900 crore yearly.

09:15:02 on 13 Jul

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CM Pinarayi Vijayan will dedicate the Indian Institute of Infrastructure and Construction at Chavara to the nation on July 23, said Minister T.P. Ramakrishnan, who visited the institute to appraise the arrangements. The institute will offer high-end courses in Construction Engineering with global standards and most of the courses will be based on information technology.

08:35:02 on 13 Jul

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The Madurai Bench of the Madras HC granted an interim injunction on the lower court proceedings initiated against politician S.Ve. Shekher. Justice D. Krishnakumar stayed the proceedings and dispensed with his appearance before the judicial magistrate-I, Tirunelveli and adjourned the case. Mr. Shekher said that a complaint filed against him by A.L. Gopalsamy was pending.

03:35:01 on 13 Jul

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Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan has exhorted banks to extend their support to farmer-friendly policies initiated by Telangana and AP governments for ensuring reduction of distress among the farming community. The Governor said the NABARD, which had been supporting the two governments in the creation of vital rural infrastructure could act as a catalyst in this direction.

03:15:01 on 13 Jul

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Former AP CM N. Kiran Kumar Reddy formally rejoined the Congress after meeting party president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who had represented the party for four terms in the undivided Andhra Pradesh Assembly, quit the Congress in February 2014, opposing the bifurcation and then founded the Jai Samaikyandhra party.

03:05:01 on 13 Jul

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TDP to move no-trust motion against Centre

Deciding to intensify stir against the Centre to achieve the rights of the State, the TDP MPs are set to move the no-confidence motion against the NDA govt in the ensuing monsoon session of the Parliament. CM, directed the MPs to seek the support of all political parties except the BJP and Congress.

12:55:02 on 13 Jul

The state BJP has pinned all its hopes on party president Amit Shah’s visit to Telangana on Friday. This will be Mr Shah’s first visit to the state after a gap of over a year. During his previous vi-sit in May 2017, Mr Shah had addressed a public meeting in Nalgonda and criticised the TRS government for failing to utilise the funds sanctioned by the Centre.

12:41:01 on 13 Jul

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Days after registering his Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) with the Election Commission of India (ECI), Kamal Haasan dissolved the high-level committee and announced new office-bearers. The MNM's high-level committee, has been dissolved and an executive council was formed with the same set of members. He also announced Prof Gnanasambandham as vice-president of the party

06:25:39 on 13 Jul

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The Congress party asserted it will win the next election in Telangana. All India Congress Committee secretary in-charge of Assembly constituencies in united Adilabad district Srinivasan Krishnan, gave a call to party workers to go back to respective constituencies and expose the wrong policies and programmes of the TRS government.

09:35:01 on 12 Jul

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Officials in TN claim the change in the methodology of assessing States for business reforms was the cause for the State being placed in the 15th position, despite carrying out several measures such as the adoption of a business facilitation law. The DIPP in the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry have released findings of its study on business reforms for 2017.

09:05:01 on 12 Jul

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CM K Chandrasekhar Rao is not serious about giving enhanced quota to backward classes in the panchayat raj elections, N Uttam Kumar Reddy has alleged. Uttam said that the Congress had been demanding reservation for BCs in proportion to their population. The High Court was approached stating that the state government was giving just 34 pc reservation to backward classes.

02:55:01 on 12 Jul

It’s Kumaraswamy versus Siddaramaiah once again in Karnataka. The latest trigger is CM HD Kumaraswamy's budget proposal to reduce the Re 1 per kilo rice under Anna Bhagya scheme for the poor by 2 kg and the hike in fuel prices. The BJP was quick to seize the opportunity, claiming “deep divisions” in the JD(S)-Congress coalition government.

02:25:01 on 12 Jul

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J Jayalalithaa was against weight loss surgery to improve her health, a doctor said during her deposition before a one-man panel probing the former Tamil Nadu chief minister's death. During cross-examination, Dr Jayashree Gopal, a diabetologist , deposed that Jayalalithaa had said “no” to surgery and opted to reduce weight through diet.

10:11:01 on 12 Jul

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Kollu Ravindra, the Minister for Skill Development, Youth, Sports and Unemployment Benefits, welcomed the Centre’s decision to address the concerns raised by the States on the implementation of the apprenticeship scheme to make it more beneficial to unemployed youth. Stating that AP CM was keen on training the youth to provide them jobs in manufacturing and service sectors.

08:57:01 on 11 Jul

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The death of Ashika, who got washed away in a rivulet while crossing a footbridge in Tirthahalli taluk of Shivamogga district, has resulted in CM H.D. Kumaraswamy deciding to camp in the Malnad region in order to review the status of essential infrastructure and public safety. He said that he would particularly look into infrastructure related to children and education.

08:35:01 on 11 Jul

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Home Minister G. Parameshwara said some pharma companies in and around Devanahalli were manufacturing tablets laced with narcotics and exporting them to other countries. Responding to a question in the Legislative Council on the increasing drug menace in the State and “inaction” by the government to curb it, he said, “We will not allow Karnataka to go the ‘Udta Punjab’ way.”

08:15:01 on 11 Jul

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The Raj Bhavan had set an example by ensuring that the seats of higher learning were occupied by persons who practised transparency, efficiency and honesty, TN Governor said. At the inauguration of a recent conference, Governor Banwarilal Purohit, said it was disturbing that the homes of sitting and former Vice-Chancellors’ were raided for graft and impropriety.

05:15:01 on 11 Jul

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Congress leader and MLA, Dinesh Gundurao, who has been appointed president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) will take charge on Wednesday at a function organised at the Palace Grounds here. Along with Mr Rao, a prominent Lingayat leader Eshwar B. Khandre who represents Bhalki in the assembly, will assume office as the working president of the KPCC.

04:45:02 on 11 Jul

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Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami assured a delegation of media representatives, led by Kasturi & Sons Ltd. Chairman N. Murali, that he would uphold the freedom of the media in TN. The delegation, met him at the Secretariat and expressed concern over the erosion of media freedom in TN and the registration of criminal cases against journalists.

04:35:01 on 11 Jul

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The endocrinologist who treated Jayalalithaa at the Apollo Hospitals told the Commission of Inquiry that the video of the former CM in hospital that was leaked to media outlets was shot in the hospital. Dr. Jayashree Gopal told Justice A. Arumughaswamy (retd.) during cross-examination by V.K. Sasikala’s lawyer that she recognised the room in which Jaya was seen in the video.

03:15:02 on 11 Jul

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There is a change in the political climate that is favourable to the Congress with the Modi government failing on all fronts, said AICC general secretary in charge of Andhra Pradesh, Oommen Chandy. Mr. Chandy said there was a big gap in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised in 2014 and what he had delivered, leaving the people totally disappointed.

02:25:02 on 11 Jul

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CM V. Narayanasamy on Tuesday assured the House that a legislation for constituting the anti-corruption panel, Lokayukta, would be adopted. Speaking during Zero Hour, the CM said the government would take steps to constitute the panel very soon. A. Anbalagan said the UT had failed to implement the law.

02:05:01 on 11 Jul

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