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No cap on air fare from August 31: Civil Aviation Ministry

New Delhi: The existing caps on air fare, both upper and lower, have been removed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. “After review of the current status of Scheduled Domestic Operations viz-a-viz passenger demand for air travel, it has been decided to remove the fare bands notified from time to time regarding the airfares with...

Nitish Kumar returns as Bihar CM, will head new ‘Grand Alliance’

Patna: Day after severing ties with BJP and submitting his resignation as Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar returned to the office, this time leading a ‘Grand Alliance’ with Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) and other parties including Congress, CPI, CPIML and others. He took oath as the eighth CM of Bihar, while RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav...

Congress leader Natasha Sharma apologises for comment on Gujaratis

New Delhi: Congress leader Natasha Sharma apologised to Gujarat and its people for her “disrespectful” comments. In a tweet, she asked if anyone from Gujarat had won a medal in Commonwealth Games or they just got gold medals in fleeing after looting banks. Objecting strongly to the comment, Gujarat Home minister Harsh Sanghavi rebuked her...

Pulwama: Security forces seize IED weighing over 25 kg

Srinagar: Security forces discovered an IED weighing around 25-30 kg in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir. The IED has been defused. The seizure comes just days before the Independence Day. According to reports, the IED was found near the Tahab Crossing. “An IED weighing approx. 25 to 30 Kgs recovered near Tahab Crossing on Circular...

Covid-19: India records 16,047 new cases, 54 deaths in 24 hours

New Delhi: India recorded 16,047 new cases of Covid-19 in last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday morning. A total of 54 patients succumbed to the infection during this period. The overall death toll has reached 5,26,826. The daily positivity rate was 4.94 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate was 4.9...

Nitish Kumar may resign as Bihar CM today, seeks meeting with Governor

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister and JD9U) leader Nitish Kumar may hand over his resignation to Governor Phagu Chauhan on Tuesday. According to reports, he has sought the Governor’s appointment between 12.30 pm and 1 pm.  The JD(U)-BJP alliance is currently in power in Bihar. Nitish Kumar has been giving indications of a split with the...

AAP recognised as state party in Goa; needs 1 more state for national party status

New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has recognised the Aam Aadmi Party as a state party in Goa on the basis of its performance in the Goa Assembly elections. It now needs similar recognition in one more state to be declared a national party. “After Del n Punjab, AAP is now a state...

Eknath Shinde Cabinet expansion today; 18 MLAs to take oath

Mumbai: The expansion of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s Cabinet will take place on Tuesday. As many as 18 MLAs will take oath as ministers in the Cabinet at Raj Bhawan. Earlier, Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis were sworn in as CM and deputy CM. According to reports, of the 18, nine each will be from...

Covid-19: India records 12,751 new cases, 42 deaths in 24 hours

New Delhi: India recorded 12,751 new cases of Covid-19 in last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday morning. A total of 42 patients succumbed to the infection during this period. The overall death toll has reached 5,26,772. The daily positivity rate was 3.5 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate was 4.69...

Indian shuttlers shine at CWG with 3 gold medals

PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen win gold in singles; 3rd gold in men’s doubles New Delhi: Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu won gold at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Birmingham on Monday, defeating Michelle Lo of Canada. Meanwhile, Satwik Sairaj and Chirag Shetty won won the first ever gold medal for India in badminton men’s doubles...

Kejriwal demands free education, healthcare, power, unemployment allowance in entire country

New Delhi: Countering the BJP’s “revdi” comments, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal retorted those who called free education, healthcare and power “freebies” were traitors of the country. He demanded free education, healthcare, 300 units of electricity and unemployment compensation in the entire country. Kejriwal has been...

Stampede outside temple in Rajasthan’s Sikar leaves 3 women dead, several injured

Sikar: At least three women died in a stampede that took place outside Khatu Shyamji Temple in Sikar in Rajasthan on Monday morning. Several others were injured in the melee. According to reports, devotees had been waiting for ‘darshan’ since late Sunday night. They began to rush in as soon as the temple doors opened...