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Blow to BJP after SC restores Arunachal Pradesh govt

In a sharp setback for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, the Supreme Court on Wednesday effectively restored the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh and termed governor J.P. Rajkhowa’s dismissal of former chief minister Nabam Tuki unconstitutional. Read more.

Hours after the Supreme Court restored the Congress government in the state, Nabam Tuki took charge as the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh. Read more.

Meanwhile, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Supreme Court verdict on Arunachal Pradesh, saying it explains to him what democracy is. Read more.

Congress may name Kamal Nath deputy leader in Lok Sabha

Just days ahead of the monsoon session, the Congress party is reworking its parliamentary strategy and is likely to appoint a new deputy leader in the Lok Sabha. The buzz within the party is that former parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath is likely to replace Captain Amarinder Singh, who will be stepping down to spend more time on the upcoming assembly elections in Punjab. Read more.

Maharashtra SEC deregisters MIM six months ahead of civic polls

Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) on Wednesday received a setback with the state election commission de-registering the party, along with 190 others, for not filing proof of their tax returns and audited accounts. Read more.

NRIs may soon contribute to Namami Gange, Swachh Bharat initiatives

Non-resident Indians (NRIs) may soon be able to contribute to the government’s flagship programmes such as Namami Gange and Swachh Bharat, an official said. The plan will help Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government reach out to overseas Indians, and help finance these initiatives. Read more.

Kerosene price hike hints direct benefit transfer scheme may be scaled up

The government on Wednesday allowed oil marketing companies to raise the retail price of kerosene by 25 paise a month for 10 months in an effort to narrow losses from selling the fuel below market price and discourage the diversion of subsidized cooking fuel for adulterating diesel. Read more.

South China Sea dispute: China claims right to air defence zone, denounces court

Beijing “has the right" to declare an air defence identification zone over the South China Sea, it said Wednesday as it stepped up denunciations of an international tribunal that ruled against its expansive claims in the strategic waters. Read more.

Uniformity will be disastrous for country: Pranab Mukherjee

Citing India’s vast diversity, President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said any one form or uniformity in the country will be disastrous. Addressing a function in Darjeeling, the President laid emphasis on the country’s multi-racial culture. Read more.

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