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Oppn alliance sans Congress  not possible: Baghel

Oppn alliance sans Congress not possible: Baghel

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New Delhi, December 5 With disunity growing in the Opposition camp, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday said there was nothing wrong with TMC chief Mamata Banerjee aspiring to become the main Opposition leader, but she "must clarify whether she will achieve that goal by fighting the ruling BJP or by fighting fellow Opposition parties". He said no Opposition alliance was possible at the national level without the Congress, which has to be the main pillar of the bloc taking on the BJP. Baghel, Congress in charge for UP elections, also attacked poll strategist Prashant Kishor for suggesting that no individual had a divine right to the Congress presidency. "He is acting like another Kangana Ranaut by offering unsolicited advice and speaking without ideological basis. Does he have any i...
‘Thank you, Haryana’, say Punjab farmers as they prepare to leave Tikri

‘Thank you, Haryana’, say Punjab farmers as they prepare to leave Tikri

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Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Jhajjar, December 5 Punjab farmers at Tikri are on a special job these days to further strengthen the bonhomie with Haryana residents. Punjab visit invite Barahi villagers ensured uninterrupted supply of milk, vegetables, fruit and other eatables. We have invited them to Punjab to reinforce this bond of brotherhood. Lakhwinder Singh, BKU (Sidhupur) leader They are visiting nearby villages to honour those who provided them succour in the shape of eatables and free accommodation over the past one year. They are also inviting them to visit Punjab. A committee of Punjab farm unions is also felicitating people from Haryana and Punjab to express their gratitude for their support. On Sunday, BKU (Sidhupur) leaders reached Barahi village (near Tikri)...
Foray in Russian  Far East on table, Putin arrives today

Foray in Russian Far East on table, Putin arrives today

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Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 5 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host Russian President Vladimir Putin at his residence on Monday for one-to-one talks that would mark the two countries breaking out of the straitjacket of arms and petroleum relationship. Two-plus-two This is the second overseas visit by Putin since Covid outbreak; the first was for a summit with the US President First-ever India-Russia two-plus-two also to be held on Monday Both sides to promote ties over Russian Far East, Gaganyaan launch The Russian President, on his second visit abroad after the Covid outbreak, and Modi will discuss Indian forays into Russian Far East for which New Delhi has already put up a $1-billion line of credit, the first by India for a developed country....
17 more test +ve for Omicron variant

17 more test +ve for Omicron variant

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Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 5 As many as 17 new Omicron cases were reported today with nine persons from Rajasthan, seven from Maharashtra and one from Delhi testing positive for the new Covid-19 variant, taking the tally to 21 in the country. Edit: Boost immunity With this, four states and the national capital have now reported cases of the potentially more contagious variant. The maximum cases were reported from Jaipur where nine persons, including four of a family, tested positive. Health Secretary Vaibhav Galriya said some patients had travel history of South Africa. Covid toll revised India on Sunday saw a single-day rise of 2,796 Covid deaths, toll now stands at 4,73,326. This was attributed to reconciliation of data by Bihar amp; Kerala. Maharashtra health ...
Air pollution: Builders? body moves SC; seeks lifting of ban on construction activities in Delhi-NCR

Air pollution: Builders? body moves SC; seeks lifting of ban on construction activities in Delhi-NCR

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Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 5 Days after the Supreme Court reimposed ban construction activities in Delhi-NCR to check high levels of air pollution, a builders' body has moved the top court seeking lifting of the ban on the ground that the order didn't take into account the views of all stakeholders. In its plea filed in the Supreme Court, Developers and Builders Forum said it's aggrieved by the court's order November 24 order to reimpose the ban on construction activities in the NCR, except non-polluting activities such as plumbing work, interior decoration, electrical work and carpentry. A Bench led by CJI NV Ramana had also directed NCR states to use the funds collected as labour cess for the welfare of construction workers to provide them subsistence for...
Despite Sino-US rivalry, space for others to influence world: Jaishankar

Despite Sino-US rivalry, space for others to influence world: Jaishankar

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Tribune News ServiceNew Delhi, December 5 While drawing attention to greater caution by the US in power projection and the emergence of China with a "different kind of polity", External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said it would be a "serious error to visualise the two developments" as a zero-sum game. "Whether it is the Indo-Pacific, Afghanistan or the Gulf, we are seeing more players, greater localisation and arrangements of pragmatism. "In fact, we are now entering a world of greater pluralism, one that recognises the shortcomings of multilateralism, the limits of bilateralism and the un-tenability of unilateralism from whichever quarter," he said while delivering the keynote address at the fifth Indian Ocean Conference in Abu Dhabi. As a result of China's rise, there is now an...
17 more test positive for Omicron variant in India; tally reaches 21

17 more test positive for Omicron variant in India; tally reaches 21

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Jaipur/Mumbai/New Delhi, December 5 India reported 17 more cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Sunday -- nine persons in Rajasthan capital Jaipur, seven in Maharashtra's Pune district and a fully vaccinated man who arrived in Delhi from Tanzania -- taking the tally to 21 in the country. Most of those who tested positive either recently arrived from African countries or were in contact with such people. With this, four states and the National Capital have now reported cases of the potentially more contagious variant which has sparked a fresh alert across the world. The nine people who tested positive in Jaipur include four members of a family who returned from South Africa recently. "Genome sequencing has confirmed that nine persons are infected with the omicron variant," Rajast...
Samajwadi Party claims sitting OBC legislators from BJP joining party; all eyes on December 7 Meerut rally

Samajwadi Party claims sitting OBC legislators from BJP joining party; all eyes on December 7 Meerut rally

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Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 5 While the BJP is working hard to build an all-caste matrix for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, sources in the main rival Samajwadi Party claim that many sitting Other Backward Class legislators from the saffron party have shown willingness to switch sides to the party ahead of the 2022 polls. BJP leaders dismissed the possibility of any senior leader making any such move, saying that the ruling party will have to drop several sitting legislators on the basis of their performance and to beat the anti-incumbency factor. So, it is quite natural that those who do not get the BJP ticket will be looking at other avenues, they add. In the previous Assembly elections, the BJP had dropped 15-20% of the sitting MLAs. However...
With arms, oil as fulcrum, Modi-Putin summit to set out new areas of collaboration

With arms, oil as fulcrum, Modi-Putin summit to set out new areas of collaboration

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Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 5 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host Russian President Vladimir Putin at his residence on Monday for one-to-one talks that would mark the two countries breaking out of the straitjacket of an arms and petroleum relationship. Putin, on just his second visit abroad after the outbreak of the Covid epidemic, and PM Modi will be discussing Indian forays in the Russian Far East for which New Delhi has already put up a $1 billion line of credit, the first by India for a developed country. "We understand that the Russian Far East requires a lot of manpower. We want greater engagement with its Far East,'' said sources while pointing out that India will in turn invite the Governors of Far East states to the Vibrant Gujarat Summit. Wit...
Param Bir Singh not whistleblower, flagged corruption after transfer: Maharashtra to SC

Param Bir Singh not whistleblower, flagged corruption after transfer: Maharashtra to SC

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New Delhi, December 5 Former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh cannot be considered as a "whistleblower" under the law as he chose to speak out against alleged corruption involving former home minister Anil Deshmukh only after his transfer, the Maharashtra government has told the Supreme Court seeking dismissal of his plea. A bench headed by Justice S K Kaul had granted a major relief to Singh on November 22 by directing the Maharashtra Police not to arrest him in criminal cases lodged against him and had wondered if he was being hounded for filing cases against police officers and extortionists, "what could happen to a common man". Seeking dismissal of Singh's plea for a CBI probe into the entire matter and against any coercive action by the state, the Maharashtra government h...