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Piecing together the Maharashtra mandate

The Legislative Assembly elections in Maharashtra this year took place in the shadow of the Lok Sabha election held less than six months ago. The alliance of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena swept the Lok Sabha election, with the Indian National Congress being practically decimated and …

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Assamese Bhaona to make an English debut in Abu Dhabi

Almost 500 years after saint-reformer Srimanta Sankardeva experimented with the literary language of Brajavali, Assam’s Bhaona has now reached foreign shores in an English avatar. Entertainment played a major role in the neo-Vaishnavite movement that Sankardeva started in Assam. He wrote his prose in Sanskrit but used Assamese and Brajavali …

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Slowdown temporary, reforms will reverse trend: Mukesh

Industrialist Mukesh Ambani on Tuesday said the slowdown in the Indian economy was temporary and the recent measures taken by the government would help reverse the trend in the coming quarters. Speaking at Saudi Arabia’s annual investment forum, also known as ‘Davos in the desert’, he said the reforms undertaken …

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Govt. to work on relief package for telcos

Industry stares at over Rs. 1.4 lakh-crore payout to exchequer The government has constituted a Committee of Secretaries (CoS), headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, to work out a relief package for the telecom sector, a move that may help mitigate the impact of the more than Rs. 1.4 lakh …

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Automobile sales witness Diwali boom

The festive season has brought some relief to automakers, with passenger vehicle makers witnessing up to a 50% jump in retail sales during the Diwali period — driven mainly by high discounts — as compared to the festive season last year. Even though this growth comes on a low base …

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Islamic State after Baghdadi

His death is a blow to IS, but insurgency is likely to continue The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder leader of the Islamic State (IS), is a signal moment in the fight against terrorism. Baghdadi blew himself up in an underground tunnel in a Syrian village where he …

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House to vote on impeachment probe

In a change in strategy, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announced that the House will hold a formal vote on the impeachment inquiry. The vote, which is planned for Thursday, comes some five weeks after House Democrats launched an inquiry into whether President Donald Trump …

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