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BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa today took over as Chief Minister of Karnataka. Governor Vajubhai Vala administered him the oath of office and secrecy at Raj Bhawan in Bengaluru this morning. The Governor last night invited Mr Yeddyurappa to form a new government in the state. The Governor has also asked Mr...
Supreme Court today refused to stay the swearing-in of BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister of Karnataka. A 3-judge bench, comprising justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, however, made it clear that the swearing-in and the government formation will be subject to the final outcome of the...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address national executives of all seven wings of BJP in New Delhi today. The meeting, first of its kind, is aimed at toning up the party's organisational machinery in the run-up to the next Lok Sabha elections. A BJP leader said, 700-800 office bearers of party'...
In Uttar Pradesh, four officers, including the Chief Project Manager of UP Bridge Corporation, have been suspended after two beams of an under construction fly-over collapsed in Varanasi last evening. At least 18 people were killed in the incident, with 12 injured. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced financial assistance...
Political activities are heating up in Karnataka after the state threw a fractured mandate in the Assembly elections yesterday. BJP, Congress and JD(S) have convened a legislative party meeting in Bengaluru today to elect their new leaders. Union Ministers JP Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan will attend BJP's legislative party meeting as...
In a Cabinet reshuffle late last evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assigned the Information and Broadcasting portfolio to Col Rajyavardhan Rathore in place of Smriti Irani. He has been given the independent charge of the Ministry. Earlier, Mr Rathore was Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting. Mrs Irani will now...
Counting of votes for the Karnataka assembly elections is underway at 283 centres across the state. Trends from 177 constituencies indicate Congress and BJP are neck and neck followed by JDS plus. While BJP is leading in 78 constituencies, Congress is ahead in 74 and JDS plus 25. Chief Minister and Congress...
Polling has begun for much-awaited panchayat elections in West Bengal amid tight security. Voting is taking place for 621 zilla parishads, 6,157 panchayat samitis, and 31,827 gram panchayats. Polling, which began at 7 this morning, will end at 5 PM. The counting will take place on Thursday. Earlier, Supreme Court had...
Army has finalised a mega 15,000 crore rupees project under which a range of ammunition for its critical weapons and tanks will be produced indigenously. Official sources said, 11 private firms would be involved in the ambitious project. Initially, ammunition for a range of rockets, air defence system, artillery guns,...
At least 41 people were killed when dust storms and thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds hit Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and the national capital yesterday evening. Officials said, 18 people were killed in Uttar Pradesh, 12 in West Bengal, nine in Andhra Pradesh, and two in Delhi. A squall...