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File photos of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee (L) and actor Swara Bhasker | PTI and Facebook

‘Why don’t you join politics?’ impressed Mamata asks Swara at Mumbai event, says SRK ‘victimised’

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had a meet-and-greet with several celebrities Wednesday during her two-day visit to Mumbai.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee meets NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, in Mumbai Wednesday. | ANI

Mamata sounds death knell for Congress-led opposition, says ‘no UPA’ after meeting with Pawar

Sharad Pawar and Mamata Banerjee met for an hour Wednesday, and said they would work towards forming an opposition alliance of like-minded parties for 2024 elections.

‘Those who don’t have family will not care for people’ — Akhilesh Yadav’s veiled dig at Yogi

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav also hurled allegations on Yogi govt of leaking Teachers' Eligibility Test question papers deliberately and said they only tell 'damdaar jhooth' (big lies).
Sasikala | Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images

AIADMK amends party bylaws to strengthen top leadership & shut door on Sasikala

AIADMK claims Sasikala is not a party member, though she claims to be the general secretary. The new amendment mandates 'single vote' by 'primary members' to elect top two position.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee | Photo: ANI

Swara Bhasker, Javed Akhtar & Medha Patkar — VIPs on Mamata’s Mumbai gala guest list

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee is all set to meet and interact with eminent personalities from different walks of life in Mumbai Wednesday. 
A file photo of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar | ANI

Empty liquor bottles in Bihar assembly — Nitish fumes, Tejashwi hits out, Speaker stumps both

Half a dozen empty liquor bottles were recovered from the assembly premises Tuesday, prompting Opposition barbs for CM Nitish. Bihar has been a 'dry state' since 2016.
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee meets Shiv Sena leaders Aaditya Thackeray and Sanjay Raut in Mumbai on November 30. | ANI

Aaditya Thackeray meets Mamata Banerjee, talks of taking ‘strong bond’ forward

The Thackeray scion hinted at possible coordination between the Shiv Sena and the TMC as the latter builds its national profile.
(Extreme Left) TRS MP Keshava Rao, next to Rahul Gandhi, at the Opposition meeting Tuesday | By special arrangement

TRS attends Congress-led Oppn meet — a first since KCR became CM — as tensions with BJP grow

TRS presence at Congress-led meet in Delhi comes at a time when CM K. Chandrashekar Rao has been targeting the BJP over paddy procurement issues in Telangana.
Perumal Murugan | Wikimedia Commons

Delhi BJP uses Tamil writer Perumal Murugan’s photo to ‘show slum residents’ in outreach drive

The mistake was spotted on promotional material for the Delhi BJP's Jhuggi Samman Yatra campaign, held across slums in the city.
File photo of Kedarnath temple, one of the four pilgrimages in the 'char dham yatra' | Representational image | Commons

Vindicated, say Uttarakhand priests as state govt decides to repeal Char Dham Board Act

Officials say the Centre’s repeal of the farm laws helped the state muster the strength to withdraw the board law.

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File photo | BJP supporters, many of which are chhutbhaiyya netas, during one of PM Modi's election rally | PTI

UP elections 2022 are warming up. Guess who’s at the forefront—it’s chhutbhaiyya netas

Lives of chhutbhaiyya netas are like a Bollywood film. Some dream to be MLAs, and others deepen the democracy in India.
Residents wait in line to receive bags of rice and cooking oil at a World Food Programme distribution site in Port-Salut, Haiti | Bloomberg

IMF warns of ‘economic collapse’ in some low-income countries without debt fix

Afghanistan and Ethiopia are among the 30 nations at high risk of debt distress while while Grenada, Mozambique, Republic of Congo and Somalia are already experiencing it.

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Armed forces get breather from negative list, can import items in ‘immediate’ cases

A committee chaired by Gen. Bipin Rawat will oversee indigenisation efforts, and recommend the removal of items from the negative import list if needed.

What farm laws retreat by Modi govt tells us about ruling India like a CM with brute majority

No matter how dominant BJP is, India is a federation of states and it has CMs in only 12. Agriculture is largely a state issue, and most of India doesn’t follow it unquestioningly.
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