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Independent financial body to be set up to fund self-help groups: Sonia
BANSWARA (Rajasthan): The Union government will set up an independent financial institution to give funds for effective functioning of the self-help groups (SHGs) and better empowerment of the rural poor. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi ...

Bhajan Lal demise leaves a vacuum among non-Jats


No views now on Lokpal Bill, Gadkari tells Pranab
NEW DELHI: Civil society members on the Lokpal Bill drafting committee are “not decision-makers but suggestion-givers,” and at this stage the Bharatiya Janata Party does not deem it appropriate to give its views on the proposed ...

Indian help to Afghanistan is not directed against any country: Antony
“They are in difficulty, so as a friend, India is trying to help”

“Centre vacillating on drafting of Lokpal Bill”
Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday criticised the Union government for ‘vacillating' on the drafting of the Lokpal Bill and refused to give his recommendations on it. He sought an immediate clarification of the Centre's ...

5 Congress MLAs enter Mamata Ministry
KOLKATA: Two weeks after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the Council of Ministers assumed office, five Congress MLAs were sworn in as Ministers of State at a ceremony at the Raj Bhavan here on Friday. Governor M.K. ...

Geelani wants tourists treated as honoured guests
Appeals to shopkeepers and others not to betray tourists' faith

India, Pakistan to discuss visa issue in August
ISLAMABAD: India and Pakistan will meet again in August to take forward their discussions that concluded here on Friday on a revised visa regime within the framework of a Joint Working Group (JWG) that has been set up for the first time since ...

Protests against land acquisition for Posco project
BHUBANESWAR: Tension prevailed in the area chosen for the proposed Posco steel project in Orissa's Jagatsinghpur on Friday after 17 persons opposing land acquisition for the venture were taken into custody. They include Basudev Behera, ...

Amnesty concern over imminent execution of Das
‘11-year delay on mercy petition cruel, degrading punishment'

“Sikhs in Italian airports will not be told to take off their turbans”
NEW DELHI: Sikhs leaving Italian airports will no longer be asked to take off their turbans or taken for checking in toilets if they protest, according to sources close to Minister for External Affairs S. M. Krishna who held bilateral talks on ...

CBI names former Minister in Dara Singh case
JAIPUR: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team enquiring into the Dara Singh encounter-killing on Friday named former Minister and BJP Legislature Party whip Rajendra Singh Rathore in its charge sheet. In all, the charge sheet ...

Centre planning to revisit collegium system of judicial appointments: Moily
Government to soon bring a Constitution amendment Bill

Opposition conveys concern to Mamata over violence
KOLKATA: The Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly, Surya Kanta Mishra, met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the State Secretariat here on Friday and expressed concern “over the amount and dimension of the violence” ...

Navy's all-women batch of combatants to earn ‘wings' today


ULFA faction wants oil company to leave Assam
Guwahati: The Paresh Barua-led faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) on Friday served a “quit notice” on Shiv-Vani, an upstream oil exploration service provider, asking it to quit Assam within one-and-half ...

Karnataka may resume iron ore exports soon


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