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Former J&K chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti | PTI file

PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti accuses Centre of ‘sabotaging’ district council polls

The former chief minister's allegations came as political parties alleged the absence of a level playing field as candidates are being locked up.
File photo of Telangana CM K. Chandrashekar Rao and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi | Twitter | @TelanganaCMO

In Hyderabad civic polls, test for TRS-AIMIM ‘friendship’ as BJP makes it key plank

They have never officially been in alliance, but ruling party TRS and AIMIM have been known to share a friendly relationship since Telangana was formed in 2014.
Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi addressing an election meeting in J&K | Twitter | @naqvimukhtar

BJP deploying battery of senior leaders, ministers in J&K district council poll campaign

Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain have already visited J&K ahead of the November-December polls.
Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan speaks during a press meet after entering into an alliance with the BJP in Vijayawada | PTI

Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena Party announces support to BJP for Hyderabad civic polls

Pawan Kalyan said his party candidates who have already filed nomination for the 1 December polls would withdraw from the contest.
File photo of BJP National General Secretary CT Ravi | Twitter @CTRavi_BJP

Cow slaughter ban will be reality in Karnataka in near future, says BJP leader CT Ravi

Ravi said he has asked Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B. Chauhan to get the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter & Preservation of Cattle Bill passed in the Cabinet.
File image of K. Chandrashekar Rao | KCR/ Facebook

Allow competitive exams to be written in regional languages, KCR writes to Modi

In his letter to PM Modi, Telangana CM K. Chandrasekhar Rao has said allowing regional languages will provide students a 'fair opportunity'. 
The letter signatories included senior Congress leaders Anand Sharma, Shashi Tharoor and Ghulam Nabi Azad

Congress forms panels to ‘speak in one voice’, writers of ‘leadership change’ letter find space

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi Friday constituted three 5-member committees — on economy, foreign affairs, national security — to help the party form positions on important issues.
BJP general secretary Tarun Chugh (fifth from the right) with other party leaders | Twitter: @tarunchughbjp

For BJP, J&K local body polls a fight between national flag and ‘Pakistan-China lovers’

According to BJP general secretary Tarun Chugh, the local body polls in J&K will be fought between nationalist forces and forces who want disturbance in the UT.

Kapil Sibal should refrain from demoralising Congress party workers, says Harish Rawat

Former Uttarakhand CM Rawat said Kapil Sibal should make statements to uplift the Congress and asserted that leaders need to take responsibility for their areas.

Kharge says Congress leaders remark over leadership ‘weakens’ party from within

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge stressed the need to support the party's high command and said it pained him that some senior leaders spoke against the party & its leadership.

On Camera

In this file photo dated 10 Aug 2017, newly-elected Congress Rajya Sabha member Ahmed Patel waves to Youth Congress members in New Delhi | Manvender Vashist/PTI

Ahmed Patel’s death is the biggest political event of 2020

Sonia Gandhi’s lieutenant is no more, paving way for a new Congress system to emerge.
A Lakshmi Vilas Bank outlet. | Photo: Commons

Govt approves merger of Lakshmi Vilas Bank with DBS India

The withdrawal restrictions have also been lifted. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said those responsible for deteriorating financial health of the bank would be penalised.

Defence

A Sea Guardian drone | Source: General Atomics

Indian Navy inducts two American drones on lease, could add more later

The two drones, flying with Indian Navy logo, are under the full operational control of the force and it will have exclusive access to all the information that the drone will capture.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint Team

What the amazing rise & sudden death of a ‘Holy Warrior’ tell us about Islam & politics in Pakistan

Khadim Hussain Rizvi was the face of Pakistan’s radical Islamist politics. His sudden death, however, will not end the mass appeal of religious fundamentalism.