Iran President to address people in Hyderabad mosque this Friday

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HYDERABAD: This Friday, Hyderabad is set to witness a historic event, the first in 325 years, when the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, visits the grand Makkah Masjid here to address the weekly congregation. This is perhaps the first time that a head of state will address the Friday congregation (Jumu’ah) at the historic mosque, whose construction was completed in 1694 CE, 78 years after the foundation stone was laid by Qutub Shahi ruler Sultan Mohammad in 1616 CE. This is also the first time that the Iranian President will…

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Cops will give back bullet for every bullet, says UP DGP

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LUCKNOW: On a day when the UP legislative council directed the Yogi government to seek a CBI probe into two cases of police encounters, director general of police OP Singh on Tuesday dismissed allegations that cops were targeting innocents. Describing these encounters as state-wide police crackdown on wanted listed criminals, he said the police were not sitting ducks and would adopt a “bulletfor-bullet” approach in handling hardened criminals. He told TOI in his first media interview after assuming the charge of DGP that police will not fire the first shot.…

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Access to Omani port to help India check China at Gwadar

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NEW DELHI: An agreement to give Indian Navy access to the Duqm port in Oman will have far-reaching consequences for India’s strategic reach westwards and in the Indian Ocean. Seen together with the agreement with the UAE for joint naval exercises in the Persian Gulf in March, India is making slow but sure progress in pitching its presence in the area. Last month, India and Seychelles overcame domestic opposition in the island nation to sign a revised agreement for India to build “military infrastructure” in the island of Assumption. A…

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From April 1, pay Rs 200 to enter Taj mausoleum

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NEW DELHI: Come April 1, domestic tourists visiting the Taj Mahal will have to pay Rs 50 to enter the premises and pay an additional Rs 200 to gain entry into the 16th century monument’s main mausoleum and the tomb in the basement. TOI first reported about the fee hike on February 12. Making the announcement on Tuesday, culture minister Mahesh Sharma said the ministry doesn’t intend to limit the number of tourists visiting the monument. He said tourists will be asked to choose between the category of tickets available…

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Cost of delivery at govt hospitals highest in Manipur, Delhi: Survey

DEHRADUN: In 2011, the Centre had started the Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK) under which a pregnant woman was entitled to free delivery at government hospitals across India. But a state-wise breakup of delivery costs according to the Niti Ayog’s ‘Healthy States Progressive India Report’ says that delivery at government hospitals continues to cost the poor a lot of money. Manipur tops this list, with Rs 10,076 being required to deliver a child at a government hospital. This is followed by Delhi, at Rs 8719. Dinesh Arora, director (health), Niti…

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EC won’t act in church’s letter on saffron forces

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission (EC) will not intervene in the matter relating to an open letter written by Nagaland Baptist Churches Association’s asking political party leaders in the Christian-majority states not to support RSS-backed BJP. The association alleged that minorities had experienced the “worst persecution” under its rule at the Centre. “The appeal does not directly concern the electoral process or conduct of elections. It is not a violation of the model code of conduct or Representation of the People Act, 1951, both of which only restrain candidates, political…

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Day after unopposed win, Rio named BJP-NDPP CM pick

KOHIMA: Hours after Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leader Neiphiu Rio’s unopposed victory from the Northern Angami-II constituency was announced by the Election Commission, the party’s ally, BJP, said the three-time CM will be the chief ministerial candidate for the two-party alliance. The two parties had stitched an alliance on January 3 but had not named any CM candidate then. The newlyfloated NDPP, which is contesting 40 of the 60 seats in the Nagaland assembly, will be the senior partner of BJP, which has a share of the remaining 20…

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In final push, PM Modi to address 2 rallies in Tripura on Thursday

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NEW DELHI: With the BJP looking to give a final push to its bid to unseat the Manik Sarkar-led Left government in Tripura, PM Narendra Modi will address two rallies on Thursday, the penultimate day of campaigning for the February 18 poll. “There was a time when 20-25 people used to gather and the party was satisfied with it. But most rallies of the party president had a turnout of over 20,000 people,” BJP’s national media coordinator Anil Baluni, who accompanied party chief Amit Shah on his twoday Tripura visit,…

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