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Rahul Says, His Priority Is To Oust The Modi Government From The Seat Of Power

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has no plans to get married at least for now, as his whole objective is to oust Prime Minister Narendra Modi from power. The Congress president said that the priority before him was to defeat the Narendra Modi government in the 2019 elections while interacting with journalists in Hyderabad.

“I am wedded to the Congress party,” was his cryptic answer to a question as to when he was going to get married. “We are talking to several like-minded parties, including those who were associated with us in the past and some new allies, to form a grand alliance to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party in the next elections,” he said.

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SC To Hear Petition Of Army Personnel Challenging Registration Of Criminal Cases Against Them

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India has agreed for an urgent hearing of a petition by 350 army personnel challenging registration of criminal cases against security forces in disturbed areas and any dilution of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) as this would adversely affect anti-insurgency operations.

The petition was mentioned by advocate Aishwarya Bhatti before a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra which agreed to hear the case on Monday, August 20.

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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.