Sparks to fly as Oppn plans to seek PM Modi’s clarification on MMS in Winter Session

NEW DELHI: Opposition parties will demand that Prime Minister Narendra Modi explains his allegations that former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former vice president Hamid Ansari discussed Gujarat elections with a former Pakistan ambassador to India at a private dinner party in New Delhi earlier this month. On the opening day of the winter session of Parliament on Friday, Congress leaders, backed by the Left party, Samajwadi Party, RJD and others will demand that Prime Minister Modi explain his comments on the former PM and Vice President. Last week, the…

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Government lays out basic safety norms for private cash handling agencies

NEW DELHI: Keen to prevent incidents of looting and hijacking of cash vans used to transport public money across the country, the Union home ministry has drafted model rules laying down the basic safety norms to be followed by private cash handling agencies operating these vans. The model rules under the Private Security Agencies Regulation Act, 2005, require the cash handling agencies to follow standardised procedures to secure movement and transporation of cash, have a minimum number of trained and pre-verified staff escorting the vans, and adhere to pre-set timings…

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Ockhi cyclone: Toll rises to 68

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The death toll in the Ockhi cyclone that devastated coastal areas of Kerala during November 29-30, rose to 68 on Thurs day with the recovery of two more bodies. The state control room that monitors rescue and search operations for missing fishermen, said two more bodies were recovered off Quilandy and Beypore in Kozhikode district.

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Despite Patidar unrest, BJP support intact in Gujarat, predicts TOI Online-CVoter exit poll

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NEW DELHI: Exit poll results are out, and if numbers are to be believed, the BJP will emerge as the single largest party in Gujarat, beating the caste-conscious Congress coalition by winning as many as 108 seats in the 182-member legislative assembly. While it is highly unlikely that the Congress will make a comeback in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state, the party is expected to better its performance since the 2012 assembly election. BJP to return to power for fifth time in Gujarat: TOI Online-CVoter Despite the Patidar unrest…

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Election With Times: How Patidars are backing Congress after 30 years

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The Patidar agitation has been the foremost challenge for the Vijay Rupani-led BJP government in Gujarat. Patidars or Patels form almost 14% of Gujarat’s electorate and Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel has been demanding reservation in government and educational institutions. This led to a face-off between a section of Patel youths and the state government. Going back into time, Patels were the bedrock of Congress from the pre-independence era till the 1970s. But the Navnirman movement which started against rising prices and corruption led to the fall…

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