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Kejriwal, Sisodia Named In The Chargesheet In Chief Secy Anshu Prakash Assault Case

New Delhi: The Delhi Police today named Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia as accused in its charge sheet in connection with the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash in February.

The charge sheet was filed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal. It has also named as accused 11 legislators of the Aam Aadmi Party -- Amanatullah Khan, Prakash Jarwal, Nitin Tyagi, Rituraj Govind, Sanjeev Jha, Ajay Dutt, Rajesh Rishi, Rajesh Gupta, Madan Lal, Parveen Kumar and Dinesh Mohania.

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Allahabad Bank MD Usha Ananthasubramanian Dismissed For Role In PNB scam Case

New Delhi: The government has dismissed Usha Ananthasubramanian, former managing director of scam-hit Punjab National Bank and Allahabad Bank, from service. The government has issued a notification in this regard.

Three months back, Ms Ananthasubramanian was divested of all her powers as MD of Allahabad Bank, after being named in a CBI charge-sheet in the 14,000 crore rupees PNB fraud case but had continued to be an employee of the bank.

She was to superannuate yesterday but has been dismissed from the service.

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To Make A Point, BJP Mulls Simultaneous Polls In 11 Party-Ruled States

New Delhi: In a bid to underline its commitment to simultaneous polls, the BJP is mulling holding assembly elections in 10-11 states along with the Lok Sabha polls, which are scheduled in the first half of next year, A top party leader, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said they are exploring the possibility of deferring assembly elections of some states by a few months and advancing some others to ensure they are held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls.

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Monsoon Mayhem: 774 People Die In Incidents Related To Floods Across Seven States

New Delhi: According to the National Emergency Response Centre (NERC) of Union Home ministry, 187 people have lost their lives in Kerala, 171 in Uttar Pradesh, 170 people in West Bengal and 139 in Maharashtra due to the floods and rains. Total 774 people have died in incidents related to floods and rains in seven states during the monsoon season so far.

The Home ministry said on Sunday, as many as 52 people lost their lives in Gujarat, 45 in Assam and eight in Nagaland. A total of 27 people were also missing in Kerala (22) and West Bengal (5), while 245 received injuries in rain-related incidents in the states.

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Kerala Finds It Difficult To Cope With The Flood That Has Left At Least 40 People Dead

New Delhi: Floods have inundated half of Kerala making the state to difficult to cope with which has left at least 40 people dead and a trail of devastation that chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan described as the worst disaster to have befallen the southern Indian state with a population of 35 million.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh promised all possible central help to Kerala to deal with the unprecedented flooding after carrying out an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas with chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who sent out an SOS for help to “all quarters.” Singh announced immediate relief of Rs 100 crore to the state. The Kerala government put the total loss from floods at Rs 8,316 crore. Vijayan sought immediate relief of Rs 1,220 crore.