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Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi and state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu during their trip to Kedarnath in November 2021 | Photo via Twitter

From Sidhu to Badal & Kejriwal, why politicians across all parties are on Punjab temple run

Hindus, who constitute around 38% of Punjab's population, are believed to have played a decisive role in 2017 Congress victory. But new alignments could usher in a shift.
Manjinder Singh Sirsa joins BJP in the presence of Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan (left) and Amit Shah and party president J.P. Nadda | ANI

Top SAD leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa joins BJP, Akalis claim he was ‘forced’ to join

Sirsa was considered close to Badal family that heads SAD, and move is seen as blow to panthic party ahead of assembly elections in Punjab early next year.
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.

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The Royal Society's Science Book Prize shortlisted six authors for 2021

Books about stargazers, mystery illness, and fungi are the best of science writing in 2021

The shortlist for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2021 highlights the importance of accessible science writing.

Indian bankers risk losing business to Google, PhonePe, says Uday Kotak

Banks will need to scale up technology, hire more and focus on customer and not sales-centric approach to match competition from the 'deep-pocketed tech firms', the Kotak founder said.

Defence

Indian Navy ready to deal with any security challenge, says Admiral R Hari Kumar

Speaking on eve of Navy Day, the Navy chief said the situation along India's northern border has added to security complexities along with Covid & that the 'dual' scenario continues.

Yes, UPA’s dead. But here’s what Mamata, PK are saying about Congress & why that’s right too

Even in its second successive annihilation by BJP, Congress retained a solid block of 20% votes. That’s why all of BJP’s victims want the Congress at the core of their challenge.
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