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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to launch Samwad Sabha today to reach out to farmers

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will launch a ‘Shivar Samwad Sabha’ today to reach out to farmers in the state and address their issues.

2.5 percent GDP to be spent on health sector : Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asserted that the aim of the government is to spend at least 2.5 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the health sector in the coming years.

Delhi govt waives off electricity bills of 1984 riot victims

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The Delhi Cabinet on Thursday decided to waive off electricity bills of martyrs of 1984 anti-Sikh riots. According to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), 2500 families will be benefited.

In war-like zone, let our Army officers decide, says Arun Jaitley

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Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said Army officers should be allowed to take a decision on how to deal with a situation in a “war-like zone”, and “they don’t have to consult Members of Parliament” on what they should do in the given circumstances.

President Pranab Mukherjee to deliver Ramnath Goenka lecture today

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President Pranab Mukherjee will deliver The Second Ramnath Goenka Lecture in New Delhi on Thursday. A lecture series started last year by The Express Group and dedicated to its founder in the 25th year of his passing, The Ramnath Goenka Lecture, in the spirit of the founder and the newspaper, aims to enrich and shape public discourse through the power of ideas.

Will require time to get rid of corruption: Sarbananda Sonowal

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ASSAM CHIEF Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday reiterated his BJP-led government’s zero-tolerance stance against corruption, while adding that it would take “a lot of time” to cleanse the mess. “Our campaign against corruption will continue. There cannot be any compromise with corruption. But there are so many pending cases of corruption that it will take time to clear them and book those found guilty,” Sonowal said.

After O Panneerselvam, Palaniswami meets PM Modi, says didn’t talk politics

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Days after rebel AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday rushed here and met the Prime Minister.

Noida-Greater Noida Metro: Centre’s nod for Rs 5,503-cr rail project

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THE UNION Cabinet on Wednesday approved the 30-km Noida-Greater Noida Metro Rail Project, estimated to be worth Rs 5,503 crore. The project is expected to decongest Delhi by encouraging residence and travel in the satellite towns. The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the project, which will be implemented by Noida Metro Rail Corporation Limited, jointly owned by the central and Uttar Pradesh governments. “The Metro rail connection between Noida and Greater Noida will result in people being assured about their mobility, and thus, more people will like to move to these satellite towns, thereby decongesting Delhi,” a government spokesperson said.

PM Modi to meet new French President Emmanuel Macron during Four-nation trip

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to meet newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on June 2 and 3. The Ministry of External Affairs announced his visit on Wednesday and said Modi will visit Paris for talks with Macron, who was elected this month, and discuss issues of mutual interest with a view to strengthen strategic ties with France. This would be Modi’s first meeting with Macron.

Government to launch Japanese Encephalitis vaccination campaign in 38 districts today

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The state government will on Thursday launch a vaccination campaign in 38 sensitive districts of the state to combat Japanese Encephalitis (JE), a disease that has been claiming hundreds of lives each year. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who has raised the issue in Parliament before, will launch the campaign from Kushinagar district on Thursday. The drive will go on till June 11, and children up to the age of 15 years will be the focus. According to the state Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh, the campaign will be restarted in four districts — Bahraich, Balrampur, Sitapur and Shrawasti — along with 34 other districts including those from eastern and western UP. “A public awareness campaign will also be started with the vaccination process, where people will be encouraged to vaccinate their children,” he said.