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Thai Princess is Thaksin’s PM choice

Her surprise entry ahead of the March 24 elections deals a heavy blow to the ruling junta’s head A Thai princess will run for Prime Minister in March elections in an unprecedented entry by a royal into front-line politics, pitting her against the chief of the ruling junta and redrawing …

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Government introduces Bill on northeast

For more power to Autonomous Councils The government quietly introduced a Constitution Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday to increase the financial and executive powers of the 10 Autonomous Councils in the Sixth Schedule areas of the northeastern region. The amendment will impact one crore tribal people in Assam, …

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Centre to list startups for angel tax exemption

This tax usually impacts startups and the angel investments they attract. While aimed at curbing money-laundering, the angel tax has also resulted in a large number of genuine startups receiving notices from the IT Department. Startups would have to furnish three types of documents in order to be registered with …

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Citizenship Bill protests to greet PM

He will visit 3 northeastern States The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has become the rallying point for political parties and civil society organisations across Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Tripura to protest or boycott Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the northeast. Mr. Modi arrived in Guwahati on Friday evening for initiating …

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SC declines stay on 10% quota

Bench led by Chief Justice agrees to an early hearing of the challenge to the law The Supreme Court on Friday declined to stay operation of the Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act, 2019, which provides 10% reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for the economically backward in the unreserved category, …

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Avalanche kills seven in J&K’s Kulgam

Victims include five policemen; three others were rescued from under several feet of snow Seven people were found dead at the end of an over 18-hour-long operation on Friday to save 10 people who were trapped under several feet of snow when a major avalanche hit an installation near the …

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Centre’s note to SC silent on PMO role in Rafale

It put all the responsibility for all aspects of the 36 Rafale deal squarely on the shoulders of the Indian Negotiating Team The government note in the Supreme Court does not contain a word about the “parallel parleys” conducted by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) with the Diplomatic Advisor to …

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