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Congress moving closer to power in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Dec 11: The opposition Congress has consolidated leads on 101 of the 199 Assembly seats in Rajasthan, trends of counting indicated.

The ruling BJP nominees were leading in 74 constituencies, BSP in four, CPM in 02 and while others were ahead 18 seats, official reports reaching here said.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje was leading in her bastion...

MNF juggernaut mows down Congress in Mizoram

Aizwal, Dec 11: In Mizoram – the last Northeast bastion of Congress – trends have given a heads-up to the Mizo National Front.

Key leaders from Mizo National Front are leading in their constituencies.

The MNF is leading with 29 seats, while the ruling Congress has six seats.

The BJP is leading in...

Mandate clearly indicates mood for change: Jyotiraditya Scindia

New Delhi, Dec 11: Even as Congress is set to wrest power in the Hindi heartland states of BJP-ruled Rajasthan and Chhattisharh and also emerging as single largest party, the enthusiastic Congress leaders on Tuesday took to social network and described it as a 'mandate' for change.

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, chairman of Madhya Pradesh campaign committee, said: 'The...

Cong races ahead in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh; giving tough fight to BJP in MP

New Delhi, Dec 11: The Congress on Tuesday seemed all set to wrest power in the Hindi heartland states of BJP-ruled Rajasthan and Chhattisharh while giving a stiff challenge in Madhya Pradesh.

According to trends of vote count for Rajasthan the Congress is heading for a win leading in 105 seats while the BJP was ahead in only 79...

Former Jamia Millia Islamia vice chancellor Mushirul Hasan dies at 69

New Delhi, Dec 11: Noted historian and former Jamia Millia Islamia vice-chancellor Mushirul Hasan passed away here early Monday after a prolonged illness, the university said.

Hasan, who was taken to a private hospital post midnight, breathed his last at 4 am. He was 69.

"He met with a road accident few years ago and was mostly bed-ridden...

Economist Surjit Bhalla resigns from Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister

New Delhi, Dec 11: Eminent economist and columnist Surjit Bhalla on Tuesday said that he had resigned as part-time member of Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister(EAC-PM) on December 1. “I resigned as part-time member of PMEAC on December 1,” Bhalla said on social networking site Twitter.

The EAC- PM is headed by Niti Aayog member...

We will miss him immensely: PM Modi on resignation of Urjit Patel

New Delhi, Dec 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed sadness on the resignation of Reserve bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel who he described as "a thorough professional with impeccable integrity" and "an economist of a very high calibre with a deep and insightful understanding of macro-economic issues".

In a tweet after the resignation of Dr...

Urjit Patel resigns as RBI Governor amidst rift with Modi govt

New Delhi, Dec 10: RBI Governor Urjit Patel, who had a run in with the government over autonomy of the central bank, Monday resigned from his post.

In a brief statement, Patel said he has decided to step down with immediate effect.

He, however, did not specify the reason for the decision.

Patel was appointed the 24th...

Centre makes 60% pension withdrawal tax free, raises govt contribution to 14%

New Delhi, Dec 10: Elaborating on taxability of fund under National Pension Scheme, the government on December 10 said that the entire 60 percent of the corpus withdrawn at the time of retirement will now be tax free.

"Earlier, while exiting the fund (at the time of retirement), 60 percent (of the corpus) was allowed to be...

Mallya extradition case: Arthur Road Jail keeps high security cell ready

New Delhi, Dec 10: Authorities at the Arthur Road prison here have kept a high security cell ready for liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya if he is extradited from UK in connection with loan default cases against him in India, an official said Monday.

Mallya, wanted in India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000...