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ED questions M’rashtra minister for 10 hours, called again

Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab appeared before the Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday in connection with a money laundering probe. He was questioned for 10 hours today and has been summoned again tomorrow. The 57-year-old legislator reached the federal agency’s office in Ballard Estate around 11:20 am, following which his...

Jun 22 · >

Centre tells SC it must be heard before any Agnipath decision

The Centre has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court urging that the court “must hear its side” before taking any decision on the petitions challenging the ‘Agnipath’ military recruitment scheme. So far, three petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court against the ‘Agnipath’ scheme- the centre’s short-term recruitment...

Jun 21 · >

Rahul Gandhi’s ED questioning resumes for fifth day

Even as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was questioned for a fourth day by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday, he has been summoned for Tuesday as well. The Wayanad MP has been questioned for 40 hours in four days so far in a case of alleged money laundering. Last...

Jun 21 · >

Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde disappears with MLAs

Maharashtra Minister and top Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde has reportedly moved to a hotel in Gujarat’s Surat with 11 other party MLAs, setting off alarm bells in the Uddhav Thackeray government. Sources say Shinde, who is reportedly upset, is “unreachable”. Palghar MLA Srinivas Vanga, Aligarh legislator Mahendra Dalvi...

Jun 21 · >

Modi bemoans ‘good intentions’ getting caught in politics

Prime Minister Narendra today said it is India’s “misfortune” that good intentions get trapped in politics. His remarks come amid nationwide protests against the Centre’s new military recruitment scheme ‘Agnipath’. The prime minister, however, made no direct reference to the scheme in his speech which was largely focused on...

Jun 20 · >

Crack down on WhatsApp groups over Agnipath protests

Thirty-five WhatsApp groups have been banned for allegedly spreading fake news about the Centre’s new Agnipath scheme, sources have said. The ban comes amid violent protests over the planned short-term recruitment in the armed forces, which is set to start this year.  The military has accused coaching centres of...

Jun 20 · >

Next round of Uddhav’s contest with BJP in council poll

The Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC) elections will witness another contest between the BJP and Congress after the recently held Rajya Sabha elections. A total of 11 candidates are contesting for 10 Maharashtra Legislative Council seats, with the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA allies) – Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress – fielding...

Jun 20 · >

Concessions fail to pacify Agnipath protesters

Despite the Centre’s steps to assuage concerns over the ‘Agnipath’ defence recruitment scheme, there was no let-up in the protests in several states with the job aspirants demanding a rollback of the scheme. The Home and Defence ministries promised new 10 per cent quotas each in jobs for ‘Agnipath’...

Jun 19 · >

Secunderabad violence ‘mastermind’ arrested

An ex-Armyman has been arrested in connection with the Friday’s violence at Secunderabad railway station in Telangana over the ‘Agnipath’ recruitment scheme, the police said. Avula Subba Rao is allegedly the mastermind behind the violence wherein several trains were set on fire by the protesters, while one person was killed...

Jun 19 · >

Speaker responds to CJI’s concerns on parliament debates

Amid concerns expressed in some quarters over the debates in Parliament, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Saturday said quality debates take place in the House and he is working on further improving those. Birla listed several initiatives such as upgrading the library and providing research material to MPs,...

Jun 19 · >