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Govt. subsidy spend on the rise again

May constitute 9.83% of overall total expenditure in 2019-20; LPG dole takes the major chunk Rising LPG prices and higher subscribers have resulted in the government’s subsidy expenditure over the last two years reversing a declining trend established in the previous six years, an analysis of Budget documents by The …

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Taliban demands new Afghan Constitution

The Taliban demanded a new Constitution for Afghanistan and promised an “inclusive Islamic system” to govern the war-torn country at a rare gathering with senior Afghan politicians in Russia on Tuesday that excluded the Kabul government. The manifesto, outlined in Moscow, comes a week after the Taliban held unprecedented six-day …

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Russia to develop new missile systems by 2021

Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday said the country must develop new types of missile systems in the next two years after Washington and Moscow ripped up a key arms control treaty. The United States has repeatedly accused Russia of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) agreement and on …

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100% use of VVPAT for Lok Sabha polls: EC

The Election Commission on Tuesday informed the Madras High Court that it had made it clear way back in 2017 that there shall be 100% use of the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system during the Lok Sabha election this year to gain voter confidence. Justices S. Manikumar and …

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‘Ayushman Bharat world’s largest health scheme’

“Ayushman Bharat has stabilised as the largest health scheme in the world, benefiting over 10 lakh patients since its launch, and created an atmosphere of positivity,” said Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J. P. Nadda at the inauguration of the newly-constituted National Health Authority (NHA). The minister, who …

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Kartarpur corridor site plans shared with Pak.

India has shared with Pakistan coordinates of the ‘zero point’ along the border in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district where the 100-yard corridor, leading to the Kartarpur Sahib shrine, will be built. “The notification to acquire land for an Integrated Checkpost (ICP) will be issued on Wednesday. The Punjab government has assured …

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Train project will eat into forestland

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed train corridor project was accorded wildlife clearance on January 10, according to records of the meeting of the committee chaired by Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan. The Thane Creek Flamingo (TCF) Wildlife Sanctuary, which the project will eat into, came into being on August 2015 and …

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Govt. earnest on NRC: Rajnath

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Tuesday that the government was committed to completing the process of National Register of Citizenship update in Assam within the stipulated time and would ensure that no foreigner was included or any Indian citizen excluded. Mr. Singh said the Home Ministry wanted that …

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