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Nitish Kumar quits as Bihar CM

Nitish Kumar on Wednesday resigned as Bihar chief minister, hours after ally Lalu Prasad ruled out resignation of his son Tejashwi Yadav, who has been charged by the CBI in a corruption case. Nitish took the surprise decision at a meeting of party MLAs at his residence. Immediately after the meeting, Nitish Kumar drove down to meet Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at the Raj Bhavan and handed over his resignation. “It’s not possible to work in such circumstances. I tried to save Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) to the best of my abilities….

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Delhi Congress to launch anti-GST campaign to raise awareness on adverse effects of tax scheme

New Delhi: The Delhi Congress will launch a week-long anti-GST campaign on 30 July at all the major markets of the city, intensifying its agitation against the “wrong implementation” of the new tax regime, it said on Monday. Representational image. PTI It will stage demonstrations at all the 42 major markets across Delhi to “raise awareness on the adverse effects” of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the people, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said at a press conference. He claimed that the implementation of GST in its present…

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BUSINESS POLITICS 

Crackdown by Yogi Adityanath government? Office of Amrapali builders sealed, son in law of CMD Anil Sharma arrested

In a major development, big real estate player and famous Noida-Greater Noida builder Amrapali Group faced a crackdown by authorities on Monday. Reportedly, the head office of Amrapali Group in Noida has been sealed and two persons including the son-in-law of the group CMD has been arrested. According to a report in Navbharat Times, the office was sealed in Noida and two officers of the group including CMD Anil Sharma’s son-in-law Hrithik Sinha have been arrested. The other arrested officer is Nishant Mukul. According to the report, Hrithik is the…

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Son-In-Law Of Hurriyat’s Geelani, 6 Others Arrested For Terror Funding

In a first such major crackdown, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested seven Kashmiri separatists on charges of receiving funds from Pakistan to sponsor terrorist activities and protests by stone-throwers in the Kashmir Valley. Among those arrested is Hurriyat Conference hardliner Sayed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Shah, and three key aides, Ayaz Akbar, Me’raj Kalwal and Bashir Ahmad Bhat. The three other separatists arrested today are Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar aka Bitta Karate and Shahid-ul-Islam, a close associate of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, seen as a moderate among…

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Ram Nath Kovind defeats Meira Kumar, becomes 14th President of India

New Delhi: National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind bagged 65.65% votes to become the 14th President of India. Kovind defeats Opposition Presidential candidate Meira Kumar. He succeeds Pranab Mukherjee whose Presidential term will end on July 24. Kovind becomes the second dalit to occupy the office after KR Narayanan, who was at the Rashtrapati Bhavan from 1997 to 2002. He will take oath as President on July 25. The presidential poll on Monday saw nearly 99 per cent voting, the highest ever, according to returning officer. 32 polling stations…

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14 years in jail if you kill cow, 2 if you kill people: Judge in BMW case

When a Delhi judge sentenced the son of a Haryana-based industrialist to two years’ imprisonment on Saturday for mowing down a motorcyclist with his luxury car in 2008, he couldn’t help but observe how present-day laws provide more stringent punishment to perpetrators of cattle-related crimes than errant drivers who take human lives. “The sentence for killing cow is five, seven or 14 years in different states, but the sentence for causing the death of a human being through rash or negligent driving is only two years,” additional sessions judge Sanjeev…

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POLITICS VIDEOS 

China-Pakistan Corridor Prompts Pakistanis to Study Chinese

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a group of infrastructure projects currently underway in Pakistan. The aim is to quickly modernize Pakistan’s infrastructure while strengthening its economy. The promise of prosperity has prompted Pakistanis to learn to speak Chinese. Nasir Mahmood reports from Islamabad. https://av.voanews.com/Videoroot/Pangeavideo/2017/07/7/71/718e3fea-c84f-4253-bf17-f1b6d0a7a264.mp4

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Doctors make last-ditch effort to sink GOP health-care bill

It’s looking increasingly like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) won’t restore much of the steep Medicaid funding cuts in Take Two of his health-care bill, which he’ll roll out today. That didn’t stop the leaders of six top doctors’ associations from making a last-ditch plea on Capitol Hill yesterday to convince Republicans to oppose it. At 9:15 a.m., the group met with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), then Steve Daines (R-Mont.) at 10 am., Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) at 10:45 a.m. and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) at 11:30 a.m. A quick noon break for lunch at the Dirksen Cafeteria, and then they were off…

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The 6 questions that the next FBI director has to answer

Christopher Wray faces a stark question from skeptics as he prepares to take on one of the toughest jobs in the Trump administration: Where does your loyalty lie? The cloud of fired FBI Director James Comey will loom large over Wray’s confirmation hearing to replace him on Wednesday, as will the perpetual onslaught of revelations involving the federal probe into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. “After Comey was fired, as the president said, to stop the Russia investigation, there are some fundamental questions that need to be…

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Noida launches ‘war room’ to check misinformation

Noida: A week after it was conceived, a ‘war room’ was set up in Noida by the district administration on Monday. District magistrate BN Singh said the war room will not only check the spread of misinformation on government schemes, but will also keep a tab on hate messages on social media. “There are different government schemes for people’s welfare but sometimes people do not get proper information. We have decided to bridge the gap. We have created WhatsApp groups for different stakeholders like schools, colleges, RWAs, farmers, lawyers, village heads, media etc. We will…

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North Korea claims its news missile can reach ‘anywhere in the world’

North Korea claims to have conducted its first successful test of a long-range missile that it says can “reach anywhere in the world.” Tuesday morning’s missile test, which was conducted on the orders of the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, reached a height of 2,802 kilometers (1741 miles), according to state broadcaster Korea Central Television (KCTV). That’s the highest ever altitude reached by a North Korean missile, and puts the US on notice that Pyongyang could potentially hit the US mainland. The regime appears to have timed the launch for…

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Kashmiri Rebel Chief Rejects US Terror Sanctions

ISLAMABAD — The leader of a prominent Kashmir rebel group has rejected U.S. sanctions and vowed to continue fighting until the disputed Himalayan region is “liberated from India.” Syed Salahuddin, who operates from the Pakistani-controlled portion of Kashmir, said at a news conference Saturday that Washington’s decision will not impact activities of his Hizbul Mujahideen, the main militant organization fighting New Delhi’s rule in the divided territory. The State Department on Monday (June 26) designated the 71-year-old militant commander as a “global terrorist.” The action came hours before Indian Prime Minister…

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