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BJP declared assets worth Rs 4,847 cr in 2019-20, BSP second at Rs 698 crore: ADR

BJP declared assets worth Rs 4,847 cr in 2019-20, BSP second at Rs 698 crore: ADR

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New Delhi, January 28The BJP declared assets worth Rs 4,847.78 crore in financial year 2019-20, the highest among all political parties, followed by the BSP at Rs 698.33 crore and the Congress at Rs 588.16 crore, according to poll reforms advocacy group ADR.The Association for Democratic Reforms prepared its report based on its analysis of assets and liabilities of national and regional parties in 2019-20.According to the analysis, the total assets declared by the seven national and 44 regional parties during the financial year amounted to Rs 6,988.57 crore and Rs 2,129.38 crore, respectively.Among the seven national parties, the highest assets were declared by the BJP (Rs 4847.78 crore or 69.37 per cent), followed by the BSP (Rs 698.33 crore or 9.99 per cent) and the Congress (588.16 cror...
Soon, no fuel without valid pollution-under-check certificate in Delhi: Govt

Soon, no fuel without valid pollution-under-check certificate in Delhi: Govt

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New Delhi, January 28Having a valid pollution-under-check certificate will soon be made mandatory for refuelling vehicles at fuel pumps in the national capital.The city government will put a draft policy in this regard in the public domain for inviting suggestions and objections.Environment Minister Gopal Rai said the policy will help ensure that polluting vehicles do not ply in Delhi and residents enjoy cleaner air.Reena Gupta, advisor to the minister, said the policy affirms the commitment of the Kejriwal government towards ensuring clean air for all citizens of Delhi."Vehicle owners will have to carry their PUCC to the fuel pump. In case the PUCC is found invalid, they will have to get it reissued at the pump," a statement said."This is a very ambitious policy. North India including Del...
Battleground UP: Amit Shah’s invitation to RLD aimed at isolating Jats, say Akhilesh Yadav, Jayant Chaudhary

Battleground UP: Amit Shah’s invitation to RLD aimed at isolating Jats, say Akhilesh Yadav, Jayant Chaudhary

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Vibha SharmaNew Delhi, January 28 Ally Jayant Chaudhry by his side, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Friday launched a scathing attack against the ruling BJP from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, accusing it of deliberately delaying his helicopter in Delhi "without any reason" and calling it "losing BJP's conspiracy and a proof of their frustration". Yadav and Chaudhary also denied the buzz about any post-poll alliance between the BJP and the Rashtriya Lok Dal, calling Home Minister Amit Shah's statement "proof of desperation" in the ruling camp because of the ground situation. "Unka nyota maan kaun raha haihellip;sochiye kaise halaat hain unki ki nyota dena pad raha hai. (Who is accepting their invitationhellip;just think about their situation that they have to send such an invit...
SKM to mark January 31 as ‘betrayal day’, will ask Uttar Pradesh to ‘punish BJP’

SKM to mark January 31 as ‘betrayal day’, will ask Uttar Pradesh to ‘punish BJP’

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New Delhi, January 28 Samyukta Kisan Morcha on Friday upped the ante against the central government saying it would mark January 31 as a day of betrayal given the non-fulfilment of promises the BJP ruled Centre made to farmers of the country on December 9, 2021, leading to farmers ending their year-long sit in at Delhi borders. SKM also said it would jointly appeal to the people of election-bound Uttar Pradesh to "punish the BJP" saying its "Mission UP" will enter a new phase and details would be announced on February 3. The umbrella body of farmer organizations met today and called upon farmers across India to mark "Vishwasghat Diwas" on January 31. In a statement, SKM said protests will be organised at 500 districts of India on January 31 and a memorandum will be presented to the gov...
Pietersen receives PM Modi’s Republic Day letter, calls India global powerhouse

Pietersen receives PM Modi’s Republic Day letter, calls India global powerhouse

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London, January 28 Among the "friends of India" who received a letter of appreciation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the 73rd Republic day of the country, former England cricket captain Kevin Pietersen on Friday thanked him for the gesture and said the nation of over a billion is a global "powerhouse". Sharing the letter on Twitter, Pietersen said he was thankful to the Prime Minister for acknowledging his "affection towards India". South African great Jonty Rhodes and West Indies swashbuckler Chris Gayle had also received similar letters from the PM. "Dear, Mr @narendramodi, Thanks for the incredibly kind words in your letter to me. Ever since stepping foot in India in 2003, I've grown more in love with your country on every visit. "I was recently asked, 'what do you most like a...
New Chief Economic Advisor Dr Nageswaran takes charge

New Chief Economic Advisor Dr Nageswaran takes charge

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New Delhi, January 28The government has appointed V. Anantha Nageswaran as the Chief Economic Advisor.Dr Nageswaran, who has been a writer, author, teacher and consultant, assumed charge on Friday.He has taught at several business schools and institutes of management in India and in Singapore and has published extensively, said an official news release.Dr Nageswaran was the Dean of the IFMR Graduate School of Business and a distinguished Visiting Professor of Economics at Krea University.He has also been a part-time member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India from 2019 to 2021. He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
PM Modi wears Sikh cadet turban at NCC rally

PM Modi wears Sikh cadet turban at NCC rally

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New Delhi, January 28 Two days after donning the traditional cap of Uttarakhand and a stole from Manipur during the Republic Day parade, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wore a Sikh cadet turban while attending a rally of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) here on Friday. Modi wore a rifle-green turban with a red-coloured feather—similar to how Sikh cadets wear it in the NCC — for Friday's rally at the Cariappa parade ground here. On January 26, Modi had ditched his traditional turban look and wore a traditional cap from Uttarakhand with an image of the brahmakamal, the state flower, and sported a stole from Manipur. Official sources had said that Modi uses the brahmakamal whenever he offers prayers at Kedarnath. Punjab, Uttarakhand and Manipur are among the five states that head for polls ne...
DCGI allows Bharat Biotech to conduct phase-3 trials for Covid’s intranasal booster dose

DCGI allows Bharat Biotech to conduct phase-3 trials for Covid’s intranasal booster dose

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New Delhi/Hyderabad, January 28India's drug regulator has given permission to Bharat Biotech to conduct phase-3 clinical trial for its intranasal Covid vaccine as booster dose on participants who have been previously inoculated with SARS-CoV 2 vaccines.India is yet to approve the use of intranasal COVID-19 vaccine BBV154 developed by the Hyderabad-based company.Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) on January 27 gave the nod to Bharat Biotech to conduct phase-3 randomised multi-centric clinical study to evaluate immunogenecity and safety of its intranasal vaccine as booster dose on participants who have been previously vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccines approved under new drugs under New Drugs amp; Clinical Trials Rules, 2019.According to official sources, the trial would be conducted at...
Yediyurappa’s granddaughter Soundarya dies by suicide

Yediyurappa’s granddaughter Soundarya dies by suicide

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Bengaluru, January 28 Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa's granddaughter Soundarya VY allegedly ended her life by hanging herself from the ceiling fan at her Vasant Nagar flat on Friday morning, police said. According to police, the reason behind the extreme step taken by the 30-year-old doctor working at a private hospital was not known immediately. Soundarya, daughter of the BJP leader's second daughter Padmavathi, was married to Neeraj S, a doctor in the same hospital, in 2018, police said. On Friday morning, Neeraj left for work at around 8 am and it is suspected that she ended her life two hours later. The matter came to light when the maid came to the house and knocked on the door repeatedly but in vain. She informed Neeraj, who too called her on phone but there was...
Stranded in Delhi, not being allowed to fly for Muzaffarnagar, alleges Akhilesh

Stranded in Delhi, not being allowed to fly for Muzaffarnagar, alleges Akhilesh

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Lucknow, January 28Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday alleged that he is stranded in Delhi as his helicopter is not being allowed to take off for UP's Muzaffarnagar.In a tweet in Hindi, the SP president posted a picture with the helicopter in the background and said no reason was given for it.मेरे हैलिकॉप्टर को अभी भी बिना किसी कारण बताए दिल्ली में रोककर रखा गया है और मुज़फ़्फ़रनगर नहीं जाने दिया जा रहा है। जबकि भाजपा के एक शीर्ष नेता अभी यहाँ से उड़े हैं। हारती हुई भाजपा की ये हताशा भरी साज़िश है। जनता सब समझ रही हैhellip; pic.twitter.com/PFxawi0kFD— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) January 28, 2022"My helicopter is still detained in Delhi without assigning any reason and not being allowed to go to Muzaffarnagar, whereas a top BJP leader has just flown from here. This is a ...