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Is the Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), BJP’s biggest ally in Kerala, preparing to leave the National Democratic Alliance? Though BDJS leaders have not so far made any open statement in this regard, there are strong indications that the party is seriously considering severing the 18-month-old relationship. The main reason for the majority community-based party’s thinking is the neglect it has allegedly been facing from the State and national leaderships of the BJP.
Pak should take away Rohingyas: Giriraj. (The Pioneer) 4 hours 38 min ago
Union Minister Giriraj Singh, known for his controversial remarks, on Tuesday said Pakistan should “take away” Rohingyas as Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar “is fond of them”. Referring to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Kashmir and the continuing infiltration attempts from across the border, Singh said that India does not have the capacity to bear more “infiltrators”, therefore the Rohingya Muslims will have to leave.
Referring to the decision of the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker to disqualify 18 AIADMK MLAs from the House, the JD(U) on Tuesday demanded a similar action against two of its rebel MPs, Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar. Janata Dal (United) chief spokesperson KC Tyagi, in a statement, said Yadav and Anwar acted in a manner, similar to that of the AIADMK MLAs, by indulging in “anti-party” activities.
ONGC: Ready to break production barriers (Business standard) 5 hours 38 min ago
A look at Oil and Natural Gas Corporation's (ONGC's) 2016-17 annual report gives confidence about the company's oil and gas production outlook. Production, apart from benign prices, has been a key bane for investors. Now both are on the mend.The latest annual report suggests drilling performance improved significantly in FY17, with 501 wells drilled, the highest-ever. The drilling efficiency, in terms of metres drilled per rig-month, improved 25 per cent. The results are evident now; analysts at Credit Suisse say higher well completions have driven output, with oil & gas production run-...
Sebi faces hurdles in recasting consent panel for NSE (Business standard) 5 hours 50 min ago
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) is facing challenges in recasting the consent panel to hear the consent plea submitted by the National Stock Exchange (NSE).According to the sources, the market regulator has initiated the talks with a few external candidates to appoint them as members on the so-called high powered advisory committee (HPAC) to replace the some of the existing members, which had to recuse themselves due to conflict of interest.Sources said the market regulator is yet to find suitable candidates of the right stature and repute."There could be two possible issues...
Equity funds sitting on Rs 50,000-crore cash pile (Business standard) 5 hours 58 min ago
Equity fund managers are sitting on a cash pile of over ~50,000 crore, say industry sources. Some even peg it at ~75,000 crore, considering the equity component of popular balanced funds.Fund managers say cash as a percentage of the corpus for several of their schemes is now in the double digits as inflows into equity schemes have been consistently high while stock valuations soar.Between January and August, equity schemes, including ELSS, have received inflows of ~81,000 crore, and balanced funds ~53,000 crore. If the equity portion of balanced funds is taken at 60 per cent, this amounts to...
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) is likely to consider and approve tomorrow a proposal to launch a scheme called 'Saubhagaya' for providing subsidy on equipment for energising all households in rural areas."The proposal for Saubhagaya Scheme to provide electricity to all households in rural area is listed on the agenda of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) for its meeting scheduled tomorrow," a government source said.Under the scheme, the government will provide subsidy on equipment like transformers, meters and wires used to energise the households in rural...

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Kolkata: The elder brother of West Bengal Law and Labour Minister Moloy Ghatak is believed to have been swept away while performing a ritual in Damodar river in West Bardhaman district on Tuesday, police said.

"Ashim Ghatak, a senior advocate of Asansol sub-divisional magistrate court in the district and elder brother of state Minister Moloy Ghatak went missing while offering 'tarpan' in the...

A day after Speaker P Dhanapal disqualified 18 All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) supporting TTV Dhinakaran, a family member of V K Sasikala, the dissenting MLAs approached the Madras High Court today. The court has permitted to file the petition and allowed hearing on Wednesday.On Tuesday, acting Governor C Vidyasagar Rao has reached Chennai in the afternoon, amidst the turmoil in the ruling party.The dissenting MLAs, who earlier submitted letters to the Acting Governor C Vidyasagar Rao that they have lost their trust on Chief Minister...

Women burn saris in Hyderabad yesterday. Pic /PTI

The free distribution of over one crore saris for women below the poverty line for the upcoming traditional 'Bathukamma' festival began across Telangana yesterday. But, the sari distribution found itself in a row with the saris allegedly being burnt over poor quality.

While the state government held the Opposition responsible for the burning of saris, cops have booked those involved. Apparently, the saris cost between Rs 200 and Rs 220.

The full time two year MBA programmes in India are the most competitive ones, receiving an average of 40.3 applications per seat, said a new application trends survey from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).83 percent of programs reported receiving more applications in 2017, compared with 2016."Receiving an average of 40.3 applications per seat, the full-time two-year MBA programs located in India are the most competitive programs," said the survey. However, unlike their counterparts around the world, applicants to these (Indian) programmes generally have little to no previous...

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Angry residents of Mulund East are in a head-on clash with the civic body after a gaping hole filled with water in the area's only playground has not been filled despite the corporation promising to do so.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had, last month dug a temporary pond at the spot, despite protests by locals, for Ganesh visarjan. It had even put up a board declaring that the pond was a temporary one and the ground...

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