Politics

‘End of an era of Indian dance’, say political leaders on demise of Birju Maharaj

Why news media is in crisis & How you can fix it India needs free, fair, non-hyphenated and questioning journalism even more as it faces multiple crises. But the news media is in a crisis of its own. There have been brutal layoffs and pay-cuts. The best of journalism is shrinking, yielding to crude prime-time spectacle. ThePrint has the finest young reporters, columnists and editors working for it. Sustaining journalism of this quality needs smart and thinking people like you to pay for it. Whether you live in India or overseas, you can do it here. Support Our Journalism Source:…
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Pawar pays tributes to former minister N D Patil in Kolhapur

Pune, Jan 17 (PTI) NCP president Sharad Pawar on Monday evening paid tributes to veteran Shetkari Kamgar Paksha leader and former Maharashtra minister Narayan Dyandeo Patil, who died earlier in the day, in Kolhapur and later visited his residence where he consoled his family members. The former multiple-time legislator, popularly known as N D Patil, who fought for the cause of farmers and the marginalised sections of society, died due to age-related ailments in a Kolhapur hospital. On hearing about Patil’s demise, Pawar reached Kolhapur and visited the hospital where the veteran leader died and paid tributes to him. The…
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Assam logs record 6,982 new cases, 11 more fatalities

Guwahati, Jan 17 (PTI) Assam reported 6,982 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, the biggest single-day spike since the onset of the pandemic, raising the tally to 6,53,717, a National Health Mission (NHM) bulletin said. The new infections were detected out of 64,919 sample tests conducted during the day, with the positivity rate at 10.75 per cent, Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said. This is the biggest single-day increase in new infections since May 20, 2021. At the peak of the second wave of the pandemic, 6,573 COVID-19 cases were reported on May 20 last year. The active COVID-19 cases in the…
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Dhanush and Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth announce separation

Mumbai, Jan 17 (PTI) South star Dhanush on Monday announced separation from his filmmaker wife Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth after 18 years of marriage. Dhanush and Aishwarya, daughter of megastar Rajinikanth, tied the knot in 2004 and are parents to two sons, Yatra and Linga, who were born in 2006 and 2010, respectively. Dhanush, 38, and Aishwaryaa, 40, shared a note announcing their separation on their respective social media accounts. “Eighteen years of togetherness as friends, couple, as parents and well wishers to each other. The journey has been of growth, understanding, adjusting and adapting. Today we stand at a place where…
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Records show Bihar doctor took 5 Covid vaccine jabs, probe ordered

Patna, Jan 17 (PTI) The Bihar government has ordered an investigation after records showed that a civil surgeon of Patna has received five shots of the Covid-19 vaccine. The civil surgeon, Dr Vibha Kumari Singh, however, said she had taken the vaccine jabs only thrice as per rules. She said someone else had taken the vaccine using her PAN card details and called for an investigation. According to CoWIN portal, she took the first dose of the vaccine on January 28, 2021 and registered for the second dose on March 12, 2021. She was fully vaccinated by March, 2021. According…
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SP wants Mamata Banerjee to campaign for it in UP : Nanda

Kolkata, January 17 (PTI) Samajwadi Party vice-president Kiranmay Nanda Monday said that the party wants West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to campaign for it in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly election. Nanda returned from Uttar Pradesh on Monday and is scheduled to meet Banerjee at her residence on January 18 evening when the subject would be discussed. “The way Mamata Banerjee fought against BJP in the Bengal assembly poll was unprecedented. The entire nation saw the fight she had put up against the BJP’s juggernaut. The Samajwadi Party and our party president Akhilesh Yadav wants her to campaign for…
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Sarpanch post ‘auctioned’ in Odisha panchayat, SEC seeks report

Bhubaneswar, Jan 17 (PTI) The State Election Commission (SEC), Odisha, Monday asked the district collector of Bolangir to submit a report on the alleged auction of the post of Sarpanch in Bilesarda gram panchayat. The SEC direction came in the wake of a media report where it was alleged that the Sarpanch for the Bilesarda gram panchayat was nominated through auction. One Susant Chhatria reportedly won the bid by promising to pay Rs 44,000 for the development of Jagannath temple at the village under Puintala block. Bolangir district collector Chanchal Rana said: “I have got information in this regard and…
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Bihar guv, CM express grief over the death of Pandit Birju Mahraj

Why news media is in crisis & How you can fix it India needs free, fair, non-hyphenated and questioning journalism even more as it faces multiple crises. But the news media is in a crisis of its own. There have been brutal layoffs and pay-cuts. The best of journalism is shrinking, yielding to crude prime-time spectacle. ThePrint has the finest young reporters, columnists and editors working for it. Sustaining journalism of this quality needs smart and thinking people like you to pay for it. Whether you live in India or overseas, you can do it here. Support Our Journalism Source:…
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Congress leader Luv Kumar Goldy joins Punjab Lok Congress

Chandigarh, Jan 17 (PTI) Senior Congress leader and two-time MLA from Garhshankar, Luv Kumar Goldy on Monday joined the Punjab Lok Congress (PLC) along with his supporters, ahead of the February 20 assembly polls in the state. While joining the party, Goldy said he always had faith and confidence in the leadership of Amarinder Singh, according to a party statement. He said after taking his supporters into confidence he decided to join the PLC. Goldy said Punjab needed the leadership of Singh as his successors have proved utter failures. He said the Congress was in a “state of civil war”…
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UP Polls: 8 candidates file nomination papers from Mathura

Mathura, Jan 17 (PTI) Eight candidates from across parties, including a sitting minister, filed their nomination papers on Monday for four assembly constituencies in the district, a senior government official here said. “Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Laxmi Narain Chaudhary and former minister Tejpal Singh, who had contested earlier against each other, filed their nomination papers from Chhata assembly constituency,” Navneet Singh Chahal District Magistrate Mathura said. He said Chaudhary has filed his nomination as BJP candidate and Tejpal Singh as SP-RLD candidate. Karan Singh also filed his nomination from Chhata assembly constituency. From Mathura assembly constituency, former leader of congress…
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