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New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday opposed BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's plea seeking examination of Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi and others in the National Herald case. The defence counsel told Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen that Swamy's application contemplates to create a situation where a fishing and roving enquiry could be set into motion beyond the scope of the allegations made in the present complaint.

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday took a dig at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi, saying he "may be senior in age but is still backward in work". Akhilesh also said the SP will come back to power in the state in 2022. "He may be senior in age but is still backward in work. Now, you have provided him an opportunity. And the central government is also yours," Yadav said, referring to the BJP-led central government. 

New Delhi: It was an awkward moment of sorts when the panelists at a culture conclave were suddenly asked to share their perspectives on newly-appointed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi. Titled "Culture and Nationalism," the panelists included former diplomat and author Pavan K Verma; professor and poet Makarand Paranjape, Vedic Scholar David Frawley; and columnist and writer, Sadia Dehlvi. 

Lucknow: Three women cops who had been deployed to guard acid attack victim at a hospital took the definition of insensitivity to another level. They posed a selfie with the 45-year-old acid attack victim in Lucknow.  The victim was gang raped and allegedly made to drink acid by the attackers on Allahabad-Lucknow Ganga Gomti Express on Friday. The victim is being treated at King George's Medical University. 

New Delhi: In keeping with the Delhi Election Commission's order ahead of the municipal polls, officials on Friday started plastering over the words "Aam Aadmi" from Delhi government-run schemes on display, and some even went to the extent of covering Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's face, which was not part of the order. Ahead of the April 23 municipal elections in the national capital, the Delhi Election Commission directed that the government in the capital remove the words "Aam" from all forms of display of its schemes. 

Patna: Bihar's Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav on Saturday dared new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to ban liquor and set up an "anti-Daru squad" on the lines of the much hyped anti-Romeo squad. "Liquor is dangerous, it pollutes health and society. Yogiji don't divert people's attention and constitute anti-Daru squad (anti-liquor squad)," Tejaswi, the younger son of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, told media here.

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday promised to abolish residential house tax if the Aam Aadmi Party wins the civic polls. "We will abolish residential house tax and waive off all arrears of such taxes of all citizens of Delhi if AAP comes to power in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections," Kejriwal said. According to him, the AAP has made all calculations related to the residential house tax. Kejriwal said that his party has delivered most of his promises including reducing the rate of electricity.

New Delhi: Stronger rupee and H1B issues will have the most impact on IT companies in financial year 2017-18 and lead to onset hiring, says a sector analyst.

New Delhi: The central government said on Friday that allowances and pensions are the rights of MPs and former MPs and Parliament has every right to decide on it. "The rights and privileges of Parliament are sacrosanct," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said and urged Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to look into the matter. Kumar's remarks came after Trinamool Congress member Saugata Roy raised the issue of Supreme Court's notice to the Centre and the Election Commission regarding MPs' allowances and pensions.

New Delhi: A district judge in Britain has to decide on issuing an arrest warrant for liquor baron Vijay Mallya, whose extradition India is seeking, the government said on Friday. India handed over a formal request to the British High Commission here last month for his extradition.  "A formal extradition request in respect of Mallya was handed over to the British High Commission vide our note verbale dated February 8," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay told the media. 

New Delhi: A total of 149 soldiers have died in counter-terrorist operations in the country since 2015, the Lok Sabha was informed on Friday. In a written reply, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said 92 soldiers died in Jammu and Kashmir. Of this, 27 soldiers died in 2015, 55 in 2016 and this year, till March 15, 10 soldiers had died in the state. Manipur accounted for 23 deaths, Nagaland 12, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam six each and one soldier died in Punjab.

"It is unfortunate that some opponents, communalists are trying to portray him as a rabble-rouser and fringe personality. They should go through his parliamentary debates. Those reveal his seasoned thinking on various issues of governance," union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said on his Facebook page on March 19, 2017, referring to Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) on Friday charged five more persons in a coal block allocation case against former Congress MP and industrialist Naveen Jindal and others. The fresh supplementary chargesheet was filed before Special Judge Bharat Parashar.

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Friday said that "suo moto action" cannot be taken against Shiv Sena member Ravindra Gaikwad for assaulting an airline staffer, but stressed that "no MP is allowed to misbehave with anyone". "No one is allowed to misbehave with anyone, even if he is an MP, a common man or any official. As a mother, I teach children not to misbehave with people," Mahajan said. 

New Delhi: He is the author of the fastest-selling book series in Indian publishing history -- "The Shiva Trilogy" -- and his last book, "Scion of Ikshvaku", was the biggest literary blockbuster of 2015, all of which have together sold over 3.5 million copies. Now, banker-turned-writer Amish Tripathi's upcoming book narrates the story of Hindu goddess Sita, but the author's interpretation is contrary to her depiction in popular culture.

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