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India Set To Clear Construction Of 44 Strategically Important Roads Along India-China Border

New Delhi: In a big move to build strategically important infrastructure along borders, the government of India is set to clear the construction of 44 “strategically important roads” along the India-China border as the New Delhi has sharpened its focus on ramping up border infrastructure to counter Beijing.

This has been revealed in the Central Public Works Department (CPWD)’s 2018-19 annual report. The roads in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are expected to be built at cost of around Rs 21,040 crore, the report adds.

The detailed project reports (DPRs) for the roads, which are aimed at swifter mobilisation of troops, have been submitted to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-headed Cabinet Committee on Security for approval.

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Akhilesh, Mayawati Announce Seats For UP, Keep Window Open For Congress, Smaller Parties

New Delhi: Once arch rivals Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party announced on Saturday a tie-up in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, sharing 38 seats each and keeping the Congress out of the alliance. The parties, however, said they would not field candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareli, represented by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. They also left two seats out of the 80 in the state for smaller allies, without naming them. But there have been talks with the Rashtriya Lok Dal. Making the announcement jointly with SP president Akhilesh Yadav here, BSP chief Mayawati mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. "This press conference will rob the guru-chela of their sleep," she said.

"I have full confidence that just as our alliance defeated the BJP in the Lok Sabha bypolls, we will crush the saffron party in the general elections," she said, referring to the BJP's defeat in Phulpur, Gorakhpur and Kairana parliamentary by-polls.

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US President Trump Says That Major Changes Are Coming To The H-1B Visa Programme

New Delhi: United State President Donald Trump said that major changes are coming to the H-1B visa programme, which has become a popular gateway for Indians to the US. This will offer a potential path to citizenship to those holding it.

“H-1B holders in the US can be rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship,” the President wrote on Twitter on Friday, amidst a partial shutdown of the federal government and negotiations to end it.

“We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the US.” He offered no details in the Twitter announcement. No explanation was available till the filing of this report on the path to citizenship.

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Panel Removes CBI Director Alok Verma On CVC Recommendation Of Criminal Probe Against Him

New Delhi: An official familiar with the details of the report who asked not to be named said that the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in its inquiry report recommended a criminal probe against ousted Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma terming his conduct suspicious in the Moin Qureshi case.

The commission, chief vigilance commissioner KV Chowdary and two vigilance commissioners, Sharad Kumar and TM Bhasin, also said he tried to induct “tainted” officials in the agency despite adverse reports on them from his own officials.

Vigilance commissioner Sharad Kumar briefed the PM-led selection panel on Wednesday on the inquiry conducted by the vigilance commission, the official added. Sharad Kumar didn’t respond to phone call and messages seeking comment.

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Parliament Clears Constitution Amendment Bill Introduced For General Category Reservation

New Delhi: In the election year the Modi government has been able to do something to woo upper caste voters. A bill to introduce 10 per cent quota for poorer sections in general category has been cleared by parliament. The Rajya Sabha approved the bill on Wednesday after a marathon debate that saw most opposition parties argue that the legislation be sent to a select committee.

But when DMK’s Kanimozhi sought a vote to decide if the bill should be sent to the parliamentary committee, almost everyone voted for passage of the constitution amendment bill.

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh said the bill had been supported by 165 of the 172 members present. Seven members voted against it. The Lok Sabha had cleared the bill yesterday.