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The Supreme Court has said that people manning the Election Commission of India should not be "yes man" of the government but "independent who can act independently" even if it comes to taking on the prime minister. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice KM Joseph emphasised that the appointment of the chief election commissioner and the election commissioners should be "procedure-based and transparent".

Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi has filed an application in the London high court, seeking permission to appeal against his extradition order in the Supreme Court.  The 51-year-old diamantaire, who remains behind bars at Wandsworth Prison in London, faces charges of fraud and money laundering in the estimated USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) loan scam case.

Amid China's growing assertiveness in the maritime domain, defence minister Rajnath Singh reaffirmed India's call for a free, open and inclusive order in the Indo-Pacific region. Speaking at the 9th Asean Defence Ministers Meeting, during the Cambodia-chaired ADMM Plus gathering at Siem Reap, Singh said, "India advocates free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region and calls for peaceful resolution of disputes while respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations."

RH200, the versatile sounding rocket of Isro, has registered its 200th consecutive successful launch from the shores of Thumba, Thiruvananthapuram. The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) termed it a "historic moment".
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Odisha fast emerging as technology resource hub of India: Patnaik

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said the state is now "fast emerging as a technology resource hub" of the country and creating jobs for youths.
During the inauguration of Happiest Minds IT development centre here, he stated that the new facility will further strengthen the state's position in the sector.
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Home Minister Shah assures CBI probe into border firing, as fresh violence hits Shillong

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Thursday said Union Home Minister Amit Shah has given firm assurances at a meeting held in Delhi of acting on his request for a CBI probe into the "firing by Assam Police" along the states' border.
However, even as the meeting unfolded in the national capital, mob anger over alleged shooting of tribal villagers from the state by Assam police spilled over on to the streets of the picturesque hill resort of Shillong. A police bus and a jeep were torched as stones and petrol bombs flew thick and fast.
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No one can stop us from rewriting history to free it from distortions: Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said no one can stop rewriting of history to free it from "distortions" as he urged academicians to research and write about 30 great Indian empires and 300 warriors who showed exemplary valour to fight for the motherland.
The home minister said had it not been for Veer Lachit Barphukan, the Northeast would not have been a part of India. He was addressing a plenary session of the 400th birth anniversary celebrations of the legendary Ahom general.
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Chintan Shivir: Suggestions will be implemented to make Uttarakhand a leading state, says CM Dhami

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Thursday said that suggestions made during the 'Chintan Shivar' will be incorporated into the action plan to make Uttarakhand one of the leading states in the country by 2025.
The three-day 'Chintan Shivir', which was organised to prepare a roadmap of Uttarakhand, concluded on Thursday at Mussoorie's Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration.
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Rajasthan has emerged as model state for public welfare schemes, says CM Gehlot

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday claimed that Rajasthan's public welfare schemes were being discussed in the entire country and said his government was working to provide maximum relief to people amid an environment of inflation and unemployment.
Calling education and health his government's priorities, Gehlot said the schemes for the common man were being effectively implemented in every field.
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Meghalaya to provide security to oil tankers after Assam transporters stop fuel supply

The Meghalaya government was arranging police protection for trucks transporting essential commodities and oil tankers that were coming from Assam, officials said on Thursday night.
In a letter to the deputy collectors of at least seven districts, Food and Civil Supplies director Pravin Bakshi directed for the arrangement of police escorts to such vehicles after the Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union (APMU) announced that it has stopped transporting fuel to Meghalaya fearing violence.
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Jallikattu bears religious significance to state's people; no cruelty to animals: Tamil Nadu to SC

The Tamil Nadu government has told the Supreme Court that bull-taming sport "jallikattu" is a religious and cultural festival that bears a "religious significance" to the people of the state and does not violate the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960.
In a written submission filed in the apex court, the state government has said "jallikattu" is not merely an act of entertainment or amusement but an event with great historic, cultural and religious value.
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Odisha govt presents Rs 16,800 crore first supplementary budget

The Odisha government on Thursday presented the first supplementary budget worth Rs 16,800 crore for 2022-23 fiscal in the assembly on the first day of the winter session.
Panchayati Raj Minister P K Amat presented the supplementary statement of expenditure for 2022-23 on behalf of Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari.
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India, Iran agree on continued cooperation on Chabahar port

The issue came up for discussion during the Foreign Office Consultations between an Iranian delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani and an Indian delegation led by Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra.
"During the delegation-level talks, both sides discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations, including political, economic, cultural and consular engagement," according to a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
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UK PM Rishi Sunak, his wife Akshata Murthy figure on 'Asian Rich List 2022' in UK

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty have made their debut on the UK's 'Asian Rich List 2022' topped by the Hinduja family.
Sunak and his wife, whose father N R Narayana Murthy co-founded Indian IT major Infosys, are ranked 17th on the list, with an estimated wealth of 790 million pounds.
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Those who support anti-India slogans have no right to seek votes: Vijayvargiya attacks Kejriwal

Using terms such as "Jhaduchhap" and "Chavannichhap" to describe AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal, BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya on Thursday alleged that those who questioned the army's bravery and supported anti-India slogans at JNU have no right to seek votes.
It is alleged that the BJP is a party of Hindus, he said at a Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) poll meeting in Burari and added "we are not a party of Hindus, we are a party of all the people".
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CM Yogi reviews preparations at first meeting for 'Maha Kumbh 2025

Stating that the 'Maha Kumbh 2025' must represent the 'new Uttar Pradesh' in a 'new India', showcasing the administrative efficacy rich cultural diversity and tourism possibilities in the state, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Thursday.
As per an official statement on the high-level meeting chaired by the CM in Prayagraj on Thursday to draw up action plan for the conduct of 'Maha Kumbh 2025', the management of the annual pilgrimage fair should be such that 'it outperforms itself and meets the expectations of the country and the world'.
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Police vehicles torched, petrol bombs hurled in fresh violence in Shillong

A police bus and a jeep were torched, and stones and petrol bombs were hurled at police in Shillong on Thursday evening after a candlelight vigil over the violence at the state's border with Assam concluded, a senior officer said.
Seven people, including four police personnel, were injured as a clash broke out between the protesters and the police, Superintendent of Police (City) Vivek Syiem told PTI
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US aid to Ukraine puts pressure on Pentagon's arms stockpile

The intense firefight over Ukraine has the Pentagon rethinking its weapons stockpiles. If another major war broke out today, would the United States have enough ammunition to fight?
It's a question confronting Pentagon planners, not only as they aim to supply Ukraine for a war with Russia that could stretch years longer, but also as they look ahead to a potential conflict with China.
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Centre to launch month-long campaign against gender-based violence on Nov 25

The Centre is set to roll out a nationwide campaign on Friday to sensitise women, especially in rural areas, about gender-based violence and make them aware of various institutional mechanism available to help them.
'Nai Chetna', the month-long campaign envisioned as a 'Jan Andolan' (people's movement), will be launched by Union Minister for Rural Development Giriraj Singh at an event here to mark the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls.
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Rupee weakening due to dollar strengthening, economy can't be blamed: Goyal

Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said that the Indian economy was not to be blamed for weakening of rupee, as this was mainly due to the strengthening of the dollar.
Addressing the Times Now summit, the minister, despite rising inflation, sounded an optimistic note, noting that compared to sky rocketing inflation in many countries, where it is ranging between 8 to 10 per cent, India has maintained a fair balance between inflation and interest rates and price rise in the country is much lower than compared to others.
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President Murmu to launch health survey scheme on Nov 29 in Kurukshetra: Haryana CM

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday said that President Droupadi Murmu will launch 'Mukhyamantri Swasthya Survekshan Yojana' from Kurukshetra on November 29 under which a health survey of more than 1.60 crore "Antyodaya" people of the state will be done.
The data of health services, being provided to 1.8 crore people, is available under the e-treatment scheme. Universal portal of e-Upchar will be developed to collect health data of all such people, said the chief minister while presiding over the review meeting of CHIRAYU Haryana Yojana and Mukhyamantri Swasthya Survekshan Yojana.
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Bhupender Yadav holds special meeting with UN Country Team on COP27

Union Minister of Environment Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav on Thursday held a special meeting with the UN Country Team (UNCT) and discussed how the United Nations agencies can take Mission LiFE, a mantra given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the masses.
Taking to Twitter, Yadav said, "Held a special meeting with the UN Country Team in India today to discuss the key outcomes from COP27. We also discussed how the UN agencies can take Mission LiFE, a mantra given by PM Shri @narendramodi ji, to the masses."
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Islamic Resistance Council claims responsibility for Mangaluru blast

A little-known outfit Islamic Resistance Council (IRC) has reportedly claimed responsibility for the Mangaluru blast on November 19, saying one of its 'Mujahid brother Mohammed Shariq' attempted to attack a 'Hindutva Temple in Kadri.'
lity for Mangaluru blast
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Karnataka CM Bommai to convene all-party meet next week over border row

With border row with Maharashtra once again escalating, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said he would convene an all-party meeting next week to discuss the ways to resolve the dispute amicably.
Bommai said there were reports that the Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde told the press today that he was mulling over resolving the issue through talks.

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First Published: Nov 24 2022 | 8:29 AM IST

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