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Punjab Government Orders Mandatory Drug Tests For Government Employees And Police

New Delhi:To check the growing menace of drug abuse, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered mandatory drug tests for all government employees, including police personnel, through every stage of their service.

The chief minister has directed the Chief Secretary to work out the modalities and have the necessary notification issued.According to an official spokesperson, the Chief Minister has ordered mandatory drug screening in all cases of recruitment and promotions, as well as in the annual medical examination required for certain employees.

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Congress President Accuses Rashtriya Swayam sevak Sangh Of Trying To Distort History

New Delhi:Congress president Rahul Gandhi told party workers here as he accused the Hindutvaorganisation of trying to distort history.RashtriyaSwayamsevakSangh leaders talk about Mahatma Gandhi but they follow NathuramGodse.

"The RSS had no contribution in the freedom struggle but they distort history. On the other hand Congress leaders have contributed for the country in every way including in the freedom movement," a Congress leader quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying at a meeting here with the party's cyber workers.

The Congress president alleged that RSS leaders talk about Mahatma Gandhi but consider Godse as their idol. Rahul Gandhi said the Congress' social media team would be expanded and party-men would be trained so as to give a befitting reply to RSS propaganda.

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Holding LS And Assembly Polls Together Anti-Democratic, Says CPI (M)

New Delhi:The Communist Party of India (Marxist) gave its submission to the Law Commission saying that holding LokSabha and Assembly polls together was inherently "anti-democratic" and negates the principles of federalism which is a fundamental feature of Constitution.

The panel had on June 14 written to all recognised political parties seeking their views on the issue. In his letter to the commission, CPI(M) General Secretary SitaramYechury listed the party's objections to the proposal stating that it goes beyond the ambit of law reform entailing major amendments to Constitution, and would run against both the "letter and spirit of our Constitution".

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LJP Denies Any Difference Between BJP And Janata Dal (United) On Issue Of Seat Sharing

New Delhi:The LokJanshakti Party (LJP) has claimed that there was no difference between the BJP and Janata Dal (United) on the issue of seat sharing. The LJP is one of the important allies of the BharatiyaJanata Party in the state.

The party says that everything is alright in the alliance as it is in touch with both the parties. However, the alliance parties feel that the BJP has become more cautious after Telugu Desam Party parted ways from the alliance.

LJP president and Union minister in the Modi cabinet Ram Vilas Paswan said that there is a need to understand that people fiercely opposing PM included West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Odissa chief minister NabinPatnaik and the Congress up to some extent but what have these leaders to offer to people.

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Rajasthan Government In A Damage-Control Mode By Withdrawing Cases Against Rajputs

New Delhi:,With assembly elections coming closure, the Rajasthan government is in a damage-limitation mode by decision to withdraw cases against Rajputs.It has taken two major decisions to minimise damage in two daysthat may be caused by the Rajputs and the Gujjars, the two communities that have traditionally been BJP supporters but are miffed with the party of late.

On Monday, the government came out with clarifications regarding the OBC (other backward classes) and MBC (most backward classes) reservations for the Gujjars, prompting the pastoral community to withdraw its call to protest during Prime Minister NarendraModi’s July 7 Jaipur visit.