Lok Sabha Passes SPG Bill After Congress Walkout Over Amit Shah’s Statement on Gandhis

The SPG will now protect the prime minister and members of his immediate family residing with him at his official residence.   New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed a bill to amend the Special Protection Group (SPG) Act. The amendment says the SPG will now protect only the Prime Minister and members of his…

By-election Results 2019 LIVE: Trends Show BJP Ahead on Two Seats in Bengal, Leads in Uttarakhand

By-election Results 2019 Live Updates: Counting of votes for the West Bengal and Uttarakhand by-elections has begun with the final results expected to be declared by 5pm. The Karimpur, Kharagpur Sadar and Kaliaganj Assembly seats in West Bengal and Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh seat went to polls on Monday. — For the ruling TMC and the BJP,…

Maharashtra Govt Formation LIVE: How’s the Josh, Asks Sanjay Raut Ahead of Uddhav’s Swearing-in; Speculations Over Ajit Pawar’s Role

Maharashtra Govt Formation LIVE: The month-long political drama in Maharashtra will culminate today with the swearing-in of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as the 18th chief minister. Thackeray, 59, will be the third Sena leader after Manohar Joshi and Narayan Rane to occupy the top post. The momentous occasion comes after weeks of political wrangling…

After Weeks-long Stir, Telangana Transport Workers Barred From Joining Work; Cabinet Meet on Nov 28

Police said hundreds of employees, including scores of women employees, were taken into preventive custody near bus depots in various districts across the state on Tuesday. Hyderabad: Employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation were allegedly turned away by officials and police on Tuesday when they reached bus depots to resume work, a day after…

ISRO Successfully Launches Earth Imaging Satellite Cartosat-3, 13 Other Nano Satellites from Sriharikota

The space agency has planned for the launch of CARTOSAT-3 satellite, ninth in the series, from the second launch pad at spaceport of Sriharikota, about 120 kms from here on November 27 at 09.28 am.   Chennai: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its earth imaging and mapping satellite CARTOSAT-3 along with 13 other…

Maharashtra Govt Formation LIVE: Rahul Gandhi Keeps Distance from Ally Sena, to Skip Uddhav’s Swearing-in

Maharashtra Govt Formation LIVE: Buoyed by the success of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine to wrest power from the BJP in a dramatic twist to the month-long saga in the state, which saw Devendra Fadnavis resign as the chief minister after Ajit Pawar pulled the plug, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party fired a fresh salvo at the…

At Oath-taking Ceremony of New MLAs, Supriya Sule’s Welcome Hug for Cousin Ajit & Some Words of Advice

Addressing the media, Sule said she never had any rift with her ‘dada’ (brother) who had stunned the NCP by engineering a midnight coup with the BJP.   Mumbai: In a sign of thawing ties, NCP leader Supriya Sule on Wednesday welcomed her cousin and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar to the oath-taking ceremony of new Maharashtra…

Ajit’s Switch to BJP for No.2 Post, Sharad’s Waiting Game: Unanswered Questions in Maha Pawar Struggle

Though these and many other intriguing questions will be answered only as events shape up gradually before the crucial floor test, Ajit Pawar’s confidantes claim he has played his cards well.   He is known for being brash and petulant, and often lets impulses get the better of his good sense. But, those who know…

BJP Acted as ‘Contract Killer’ of Democracy: Congress Slams New Govt in Maharashtra

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala alleged that the Maharashtra governor did not make an effort to verify Devendra Fadnavis’s claims of having the support of a majority of MLAs. New Delhi: Slamming the new government in Maharashtra as “illegitimate”, the Congress on Saturday termed the swearing-in of BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis as chief minister a black chapter…