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No electricity for the past three years, but bills arrive on time in this UP village
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No electricity for the past three years, but bills arrive on time in this UP village

In 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a Rs 16,320 crore-electricity-for-all scheme called the PM Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana or Saubhagya. The aim was to electrify all households, both rural and urban, in the country by December 2018 – a goal claimed to have been met.

Congress demands public debate, detailed inquiry into Rafale deal; says govt procuring jets at three times UPA price
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Congress demands public debate, detailed inquiry into Rafale deal; says govt procuring jets at three times UPA price

Firing a fresh salvo at the Modi government on the Rafale aircraft deal, the Congress on Saturday accused it of ignoring the defence procurement procedure and keeping senior ministers in the dark about the negotiations

2019 polls: Mamata Banerjee trying to hold off BJP by reclaiming Lord Ram, but only dividing her base and state
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2019 polls: Mamata Banerjee trying to hold off BJP by reclaiming Lord Ram, but only dividing her base and state

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s moves to contest BJP’s monopoly over Lord Ram appeared to have backfired.

Bengal's Dalits reduced to political pawns as BJP, TMC play caste card ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls
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Bengal's Dalits reduced to political pawns as BJP, TMC play caste card ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls

BJP is trying hard to use Dalits and OBCs, both Hindi and Bengali-speaking, as battering rams to raid the fort of its friend-turned-foe Mamata

West Bengal Panchayat Polls: Why TMC, Mamata Banerjee are embracing janeu-dhaari politics to counter BJP
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West Bengal Panchayat Polls: Why TMC, Mamata Banerjee are embracing janeu-dhaari politics to counter BJP

There’s something curious going on in the state of West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee, who has for long battled charges of minority appeasement, has taken a sudden and sharp turn towards janeu-dhaari politics.

Devendra Fadnavis accuses Shiv Sena of 'double standards', asks party to decide if it wants to continue alliance
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Devendra Fadnavis accuses Shiv Sena of 'double standards', asks party to decide if it wants to continue alliance

Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said the Shiv Sena's "dual stand" will not go down well with the people

Narendra Modi reviews GST preparations for 1 July rollout, calls it 'turning point' in economy
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Narendra Modi reviews GST preparations for 1 July rollout, calls it 'turning point' in economy

Narendra Modi reviewed the preparations for the roll-out of the Goods and Services Tax from 1 July and said it will be "a turning point" in the economy.

Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh: No possibility of loan waivers for farmers
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Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh: No possibility of loan waivers for farmers

Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh said instead the government's focus was on bringing down input cost of farming and providing facilities to farmers.

NSG session likely to be held in Switzerland next month, slim chances of India's entry
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NSG session likely to be held in Switzerland next month, slim chances of India's entry

The next plenary session of NSG is likely to be held in Swiss capital Bern in June, but chances of any breakthrough on India's entry into the elite group still look slim.

'Fake' diary entries raked up to malign Congress: Digvijaya Singh
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'Fake' diary entries raked up to malign Congress: Digvijaya Singh

Bengaluru: Congress on Sunday dismissed as "fake" the reported diary entries of payoffs to party leaders and alleged that the matter was raised to "malign" it.