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AAP West Delhi candidate files nomination AAP West Delhi candidate files nomination

 

New Delhi, The Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) west Delhi candidate, Balbir Singh Jakhar, who was the last of seven candidates announced by the party, on Thursday became the first to file his nomination in the national capital.

The 45-year-old filed his nomination papers in the presence of senior party leaders Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai among others at the District Magistrate's office in Raja Garden.

Shift from kerosene to solar to improve power supply Shift from kerosene to solar to improve power supply


New Delhi, Switching subsidies from kerosene to off-grid solar products would improve electricity access for households still reliant on kerosene, a study by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) said on Thursday.

Shoe hurled at BJP spokesperson Shoe hurled at BJP spokesperson

 

New Delhi, A shoe was hurled on Thursday at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, who blamed the Congress for the incident.

The incident took place during a press conference at the BJP headquarters here. The attacker was caught immediately.

"This is a condemnable act by the Congress. This is yet another attempt by a Congress-inspired person who comes here to show the same kind of mentality," Rao said after the attack.

Congress questions suspension over PM chopper check Congress questions suspension over PM chopper check

New Delhi, Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel on Thursday asked the Election Commission (EC) why did it suspend a General Observer for allegedly checking Prime Minister Narendra Modi's helicopter in Odisha's Sambalpur on Tuesday.

"There have been instances where during polls the EC was allowed to check convoys of both current and former Congress Presidents. The Special Protection Group (SPG) protectees can't be frisked personally.

"Why suspend an officer for checking PM's chopper? What message is being sent? Law is special for some," Patel tweeted.

Rape accused joins Congress, may contest Panaji seat Rape accused joins Congress, may contest Panaji seat


Panaji, Former Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate, accused of raping a minor girl, on Thursday joined the Congress.

He is likely to be fielded from Panaji in the May 19 Assembly by-election against prospective Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nominee Utpal Parrikar, son of late Manohar Parrikar.

EC urged to review Punjab IG's transfer order EC urged to review Punjab IG's transfer order



Chandigarh, The Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Punjab Democratic Alliance in Punjab have urged the Election Commission to review its order directing the transfer of Inspector General (IG) Kunwar Vijay Pratap.

The parties urged the EC to review its April 8 order directing the IG to be transferred from the special investigation team (SIT) probing the Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura firing incidents, sacrilege cases of Guru Granth Sahib in 2015 during the tenure of of the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) alliance government in the state.

EC ban on, Yogi lands in Ayodhya, meets sants EC ban on, Yogi lands in Ayodhya, meets sants

 

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is making the most of the 72-hour campaigning ban imposed on him by the Election Commission.

Adityanath on Wednesday reached Ayodhya to offer prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple and the Hanuman Garhi temple.

On reaching Ayodhya, Adityanath first visited a Dalit settlement and had lunch at the house of Mahavir, a beneficiary of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

Why were demonetisation 'scams' not probed: Congress Why were demonetisation 'scams' not probed: Congress


New Delhi, The Congress on Wednesday described demonetisation as the "biggest scam" of the country and alleged that it "may have helped criminals to monetise by looting the treasury and the poor".

Addressing a press conference here, senior Congress leader and former minister Kapil Sibal accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "sleeping" and not ordering probe despite "evidence" about "the loot".

"Demonetisation is the biggest scam of the country," Sibal said, while slamming the November 2016 decision of the Modi government to ban currency of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination.

Are hunger, poverty Modi's nationalism- Sidhu Are hunger, poverty Modi's nationalism- Sidhu

 

Ahmedabad, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi if he considered the prevailing problems of hunger and poverty in the country as nationalism.

Addressing an election rally here, he said: "People are hungry and they have been asked to do yoga. Make them (Yoga guru) Baba Ramdev. There is no money with people but bank accounts are being opened. Is this nationalism, Narendra Modi?"

Rains, thunderstorm likely in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana Rains, thunderstorm likely in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana


New Delhi, Widespread rainfall accompanied by thunderstorm is expected in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana on Wednesday evening owing to severe western disturbances that is moving eastward from Pakistan, said the Met department.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted thunderstorm accompanied by lightning, hailstorm and squall with wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph in the region.

LS polls phase II: Farm distress, development, nationalism take lead LS polls phase II: Farm distress, development, nationalism take lead


New Delhi, Western Uttar Pradesh will be a test case in the second phase of the general elections on April 18 when polling will be held for 97 Lok Sabha seats. There are serious farmers issues at stake there, yet they could be subsumed by the discourse on nationalism.

Nyay scheme will jump-start Indian economy: Rahul Nyay scheme will jump-start Indian economy: Rahul

 

Kerala- The Congress' Nyuntam Aay Yojana (Nyay), a minimum income guarantee scheme, will jump-start the Indian economy, party President Rahul Gandhi said here on Tuesday.

Gandhi kicked off his two-day campaign tour from Pathanapuram, Kollam district, where he arrived on Tuesday morning from the state capital.

PM 'omitted' details about his property, alleges Congress PM 'omitted' details about his property, alleges Congress

 

New Delhi, The Congress on Tuesday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had "omitted" certain details about his property in his affidavits filed during previous elections and wanted the Election Commission to take "thorough cognizance" of it.

Addressing a press conference here, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera alleged that Modi was "hiding something" about a property in Gandhinagar.

Poonam Sinha joins SP to contest against Rajnath Poonam Sinha joins SP to contest against Rajnath

 

Lucknow, Barely two hours after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh filed his nomination papers with almost no rival in sight, Poonam Sinha, wife of actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, arrived here on Tuesday to take him on as a Samajwadi Party candidate.

Poonam Sinha reached Lucknow earlier and headed straight to the Samajwadi Party office to formally become a member of the party.

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