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Persecuted Hindus, Other Minorities of Neighbouring Countries Are Welcome in India: Amit Shah

New Delhi: In an open invitation, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah said India was willing to open its doors to religious minorities such as Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Budhhists and Parsis facing persecution in neighboring countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

Making a strong pitch for the Assam BJP government’s move to prepare a National Register of Citizens (NRC), with over four million of the 32.9 million applicants left out of the draft NRC, Shah said the Indian government was willing to support the religious minorities in the three countries.

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India To Launch Its Second Lunar Mission Next Year; To Land On Moon With A Lander And Rover

New Delhi: A top space official said on Sunday that India would launch its second lunar mission on January 3, 2019 that would land on the moon with a lander and rover.  “We are aiming to launch the mission on January 3 next year, but the window to land on the lunar surface is open till March 2019,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Sivan told reporters in Bengaluru.

The Rs 800-crore lunar mission named “Chandrayaan-2” comes over a decade after India went up to the lunar orbit on November 8, 2008 after the “Chandrayaan-1” launch on October 22 onboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket from the spaceport in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

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Prime Minister Modi Claims More Than One Crore Jobs Created

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that more than one crore jobs have been created during the last one year and Opposition parties should now stop their propaganda about lack of jobs. In an interview to ANI, Mr Modi said, India is fastest growing major economy. He said, investment in infrastructure and FDI inflows are all time high. The country has emerged as one of the top start-ups hubs are proofs that jobs are being created.

Prime Minister said, India is seeing a historic boom in the aviation sector, Foreign tourist arrivals in India grew by 14 percent last year and domestic tourism has also grown which are leading to job creation. Mr Modi said, from just 2 mobile manufacturing units in 2014, the country now has 120 companies making mobile phones. Prime Minister said, more than 13 crore MUDRA loans have been given to our hardworking entrepreneurs, including over 3.5 crore for the first time entrepreneurs.  

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Rafale Deal Price Increased Three-Fold, Congress Claims Again

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi again on the Rafale aircraft deal as he launched his party's campaign for the Assembly polls later this year in Rajasthan. Directly accusing Modi of corruption in the deal for the French fighter planes, he said that the Prime Minister had favoured his businessman friend Anil Ambani by getting him the contract. The reference was to the business that foreign manufacturers are required to bring to Indian firms when a defence deal is signed with the government, under the country's offset policy. Ambani has already rejected Rahul Gandhi's allegations and emphasised that the government had no role in Rafale-manufacturing French firm Dassault picking up his company as a local partner.

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People Fear Returning Home In Kerala As Little Relief From Rain

New Delhi: Eight villages have been affected due to the release of water from the Idduki dam in Kerala and nearly 1,000 people have been shifted to 20 relief camps, official sources said. All five shutters of Cheruthoni dam, part of Idukki reservoir, were opened on Friday after incessant heavy rains increased the water level in the reservoir.

"We are frightened to return to our homes," said women lodged in a relief camp here after they were forced to leave their houses, which faced the threat of flooding by gushing waters released from Idukki reservoir. Most of those in the relief camp had to rush out of their houses with only the clothes they were wearing, they said.