Congress’s Nana Patole is Maharashtra Assembly Speaker After BJP Withdraws Candidate from Race

Patole, who comes from the OBC Kunabi community in Vidarbha region, was the first BJP MP to rebel against his party during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first term between 2014 and 2019.   Nana Patole, the candidate of the Sena-NCP-Congress combine for the post of the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker, was elected unopposed on Sunday after…

‘BJP Ungraceful Loser, Ran Away from Floor Test’: Cong and NCP on Walkout During Thackeray Govt’s Trust Vote

The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance cleared the floor test with 169 votes in its favour. The BJP’s 105 MLAs walked out before head count began in the 288-member House.   Mumbai: The NCP and Congress on Saturday accused the BJP of being “ungraceful losers” and running away from the Assembly after the opposition party staged a walkout…

Telangana Rape-Murder: 3 Cops Suspended over Delay in Filing FIR; Protesters Seek Death for Accused

The National Commission for Women (NCW), whose members met the victim’s family on Saturday, in its report said prima facie it observed that police officials delayed taking action in the case.   New Delhi: Three police personnel were suspended on Saturday in connection with the gang-rape and murder of a woman veterinarian in Telangana earlier this week. Cyberabad…

India, Japan Hold First ‘Two-Plus-Two’ Dialogue to Give Momentum to Special Strategic Partnership

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar led the Indian delegation while the Japanese side was headed by Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Minister of Defence Taro Kono, officials said.   New Delhi: India and Japan on Saturday held their inaugural foreign and defence ministerial dialogue with an aim to give further momentum…