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Bypolls in Rajasthan tomorrow amid COVID-19 pandemic

At a time when the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc across the country, the Election Commission is going ahead with bye-elections for vacant Assembly seats across several states including in Rajasthan. Notably, the Rajasthan government has imposed a weekend curfew from Friday, whereas the bye-elections are scheduled on Saturday. The bye-elections will...

Is Ashok Gehlot reshuffling the Rajasthan bureaucracy too often?

Prakash Bhandari, Jaipur: Playing his third innings as the Rajasthan chief minister, Ashok Gehlot believes in reshuffling the bureaucracy too often. The CM has transferred 67 IAS officers at 1.35 am on Wednesday. Gehlot loves to take major decisions post-midnight where only his close officials are allowed to be present. Yet with such a large-scale...

Rajasthan govt takes U-turn, allows Holi celebrations with restrictions

At a time when COVID-19 cases are surging across the country, the Rajasthan government, like several other state governments, decided to ban the community celebrations on Holi. The government, in fact, had issued orders restricting assembly of people for both Holika Dahan on March 28 and Holi on March 29. However, the Ashok Gehlot government,...

3 Army jawans burnt alive, five injured in accident in Rajasthan

Three Army jawans were burnt alive and five got seriously injured in an accident on Thursday when the Army Gypsy in which they were travelling overturned and caught fire. The deceased include a Subedar and two other jawans. According to the superintendent of police, Ganganagar, Rajendra Singh, the accident happened at village Rajiasar near Suratgarh...

BSF disposes off Pakistani intruder’s body

Seventeen days after he was gunned down by the Border Security Force (BSF), the body of the Pakistani intruder was laid to rest by the Rajasthan Police at Anupgarh on Sunday. The unidentified intruder was shot down by the BSF near a post in Anupgarh while he was trying to cross the fence separating the...

Rajasthan CM approves interchange flyover near Bharatpur

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has approved the construction of an interchange flyover on the Delhi-Vadodara Greenfield Expressway crossing near Bharatpur. The chief minister made this announcement in the Assembly. The Delhi–Mumbai Expressway is 1,250 km-long controlled–access highway connecting the national capital Delhi with India’s commercial capital Mumbai....

Rajasthan: Increasing LAD fund of legislators to cost government Rs 1k crore

Increasing the Local Area Development (LAD) fund made available to Rajasthan legislators from Rs 2.5 crore to Rs 5 crore annually will cost the exchequer Rs 1,000 crore. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday announced raising the LAD fund for MLAs and it was greeted with cheers by both the ruling and the Opposition members....

Chaos in Rajasthan Assembly over phone tapping allegations, BJP MLA suspended for a week

The Rajasthan Assembly witnessed chaos on Tuesday as the Opposition protested against the Speaker for rejecting two adjournment motions. These adjournment motions pertained to the alleged tapping of phones of the people’s representatives. A senior BJP MLA and a former minister Madan Dilawar was also suspended for seven days by the Speaker. On Monday, the...

Pakistani Hindu brides to return to India

Two Pakistani Hindu brides who were married to Indians and who could not travel to India as they could not get the long-term visa (LTV) will now join their husbands. The two women, who were married in 2019 to Indians belonging to the border districts of Barmer and Jaisalmer, have been given the long-term visa...

Rajasthan government issues Rs 54 lakh notice to Bhairon Singh Shekhawat’s son

The son of late Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat’s daughter who is illegally occupying the official bungalow allotted to Shekhawat has been served notice by the general administration department of the Rajasthan government. Vikramaditya Singh, the occupant of the property was adopted by Sekhawat’s wife Suraj Kanwar after his death. The bungalow number 14 in...

Chambal riverfront project in Kota to outshine Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati riverfront

The proposed Chambal riverfront project in coaching hub Kota will outshine the Sabarmati riverfront of Ahmedabad. The project with an estimated cost of Rs 740 crore is being made as a new and unique concept for the tourists on the bank of river Chambal that flows through the city. Like the Sabarmati, the Chambal is...

Rajasthan Budget: No new tax, various sops announced by CM Gehlot

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who also holds the finance portfolio, presented Rajasthan’s first paperless budget. Gehlot took two hours and forty-seven minutes to complete his budget address. No new taxes have been imposed on the people. Rather gave Rs 910 crore rebate on different tax heads have been announced. With a special focus on the...