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Mizoram Assembly speaker resigns, says he will join BJP
Aizawl/Guwahati: Mizoram Speaker Hiphei said on Monday that he had resigned from his post, the House as well as the Congress and would join the BJP later in the day, just a little over three weeks ahead of the assembly elections.
Sabarimala temple opens Monday, pilgrims protest at Erumeli
Nilackal(Ker): As the Lord Ayyappa temple is all set to open Monday evening for a monthly puja, a thick security cover is in place in and around Sabarimala, which had witnessed protests last month after the Supreme Court permitted women
Accused involved in killing senior BJP leader, his brother identified: J-K governor
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said Monday that the accused involved in killing senior BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother in Kishtwar district have been identified and will be brought to book soon.
Fire breaks out at high-rise office building in Kolkata's Park Street
Kolkata: A fire broke out on the fifth floor of a high-rise office building in the posh Park Street here Monday, an official said.
Five Maoists killed in encounter in Odisha: DGP
Malkangiri (Odisha): At least five Maoists, including a woman, were gunned down in an exchange of fire with security personnel in a forest in Malkangiri district Monday, a senior police official said.
Order probe into killing of tigress if you want: Maha Forest minister to Maneka
Mumbai: Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar Monday took strong objection to Union minister Maneka Gandhi's criticism of the state government over the killing of a tigress called Avni, saying she "lacks information" on the issue and can order a high-level probe if she wants to.
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Delhi's pollution level sharply spikes ahead of Diwali as thick haze engulfs city:
New Delhi: Delhi's pollution level sharply spiked Monday as a thick haze engulfed the national capital ahead of Diwali due to high impact of stubble burning and pushed the air quality in the 'very poor' category, authorities said.
Multiple options explored; selling IL&FS as going concern best case scenario: Srinivas
New Delhi: The government is mulling the sale of crisis-hit Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) as one of the options to resolve issues facing it, Corporate Affairs Secretary Injeti Srinivas said Monday.
India is "on the move": Naidu tells diaspora in Malawi
Lilongwe: India is "on the move" and global organisations like the World Bank and the IMF have appreciated the country's economic progress, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said, as he addressed the Indian community in Malawi. By Vilas Tokale
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Gambhir steps down as Delhi Ranji captain, Nitish Rana takes over
New Delhi: Gautam Gambhir was Monday replaced by Nitish Rana as Delhi's Ranji captain after the team's seniormost player decided to make way for someone younger at the top position.
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