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Inside the abandoned meat markets in UP

Inside Lucknow's empty meat markets

A meat market in Lucknow, once teeming with customers, wears a deserted look now as meat vendors have gone on strike to protest against the crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses by the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh. "The meat sellers are piqued over the crackdown on slaughter houses which has adversely hit the livelihood of lakhs of people," said Mubeen Qureshi, an office-bearer at Lucknow's Bakra Gosht Vypar Mandal, was quoted as takes you through the ..., 4 minutes ago
Inside the abandoned meat markets in UP, 1 hour ago

Seven-hour GST debate to begin at noon in Lok Sabha

Just in: the government asks Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to take up the GST Bill for passing without the Question Hour. The GST debate is likely to begin at noon and go on for seven hours. Four Bills related to the Goods and Services Tax will be debated in the Lok Sabha. The government needs to ensure that these bills are approved by Parliament in the current Budget session to be able to meet a July 1 deadline for the launch of GST, a unified tax regime that subsumed a slew of indirect ...
 Rediff.com14 minutes ago LS Speaker to present footballs to Parliamentarians today  Rediff.com1 hour ago Cong to oppose GST Bill in LS tomorrow  Rediff.com20 hours ago

Theresa May signs letter to trigger Brexit

United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday signed the letter that will trigger Britain's exit from the European Union.The letter, giving official notification to other 27 European Union members that Britain has invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, will be delivered to European Council President Donald Tusk by British ambassador to the EU Sir Tim Barrow on Wednesday.It sets the clock for a two-year negotiation process for Britain's relationship with the EU as a non-member.Unless ...
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UP: Nomination papers for Speaker of new assembly to be filed today I

The nomination papers for election of the Speaker of new assembly in Uttar Pradesh will be filed today.The election will be held tomorrow. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has not yet announced its nominee for the post but name of senior party leader Hridaya Narayan Dixit is round the corner for the post.A total of 319 members of 403-member house took oath yesterday.The oath was administered by Protem Speaker Fateh Bahadur and four other MLAs nominated by the Governor, Seven members ...
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Karan Johar defends his nepotism

"So, let's get some facts straight: I agree and I accept that nepotism is a reality, that it exists. Nepotism is a result of easy access to an exceptional resource. I acknowledge that my father was a producer and that made my first film, even the idea of it, possible. But let's also not forget that I started as the son of a producer with five failures behind him. I entered the world of films as AD (Assistant Director) to a first-time director (and yes, it wound up being DDLJ, but we ...
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Miami Open: Federer in, Wawrinka out on mixed day for Swiss

IMAGE: Roger Federer of Switzerland serves . Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images Roger Federer survived a stern test from Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the Miami Open quarter-finals on Tuesday, while top-seeded Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka was eliminated on his birthday. Federer clinched the 7-6(5), 7-6(4) victory on his third match point, shortly after Wawrinka fell 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 to 16th-seeded German teenager Alexander Zverev. Bautista Agut played the match of his life, hitting ...
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Exclusive! The Akhilesh Yadav interview!

'These people are not concerned about Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian -- they are only concerned about being in power,' Akhilesh Yadav tells's Archana Masih in his first interview after the election results. IMAGE: Akhilesh Yadav at his office in Lucknow on a Sunday. Photographs: Archana Masih/   It is Sunday morning and a big crowd is waiting outside the white gates of 1, Kalidas Marg in Lucknow, the office of Akhilesh Yadav, who was till two weeks ago, Uttar ...
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'I hope Mr Modi will have good sense'

Biju Janata Dal MP Tathagata Satpathy cautions Narendra Modi against going in for early Lok Sabha elections in 2018. Tathagata Satpathy, the Biju Janata Dal MP from Dhenkanal, Odisha, tweeted on Monday that the Bharatiya Janata Party is conspiring to split his party and claimed that a party MP would help engineer this split. While Satpathy did not name the MP, Baijayant Panda, the BJD's Kendrapara MP who is supposedly close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, retorted in a sort of tweet war.
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PM Modi to visit Washington later this year, says White House

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be travelling to the United States and meeting Donald Trump later this year, the White House has announced. Trump made the invite when he called Modi to congratulate him on the BJP's recent wins in assembly elections. Ever since Modi became PM back in 2014, he has visited the US four times and met Obama on countless occasions and nurtured a friendship with the former US president. Modi has also had two phone conversation ever since Trump became ...
 Rediff.com11 hours ago 37 world leaders have greeted Modi on UP election win  Rediff.com20 hours ago

Find political solutions to Kashmir quickly, defence expert urges PM

As Jammu and Kashmir is again facing turbulence after three civilians were killed by the security forces during a stone pelting incident, defence expert Uday Bhaskar on Wednesday urged the Centre to chalk out a political solution to end the current crisis in the valley.Asserting that, pacifying the situation in Kashmir will prove to be a tough task for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government, Bhaskar said absence of a quick political initiative would give Pakistan an ...
 Rediff.com56 minutes ago Budgam encounter: 1 terrorist, 3 civilians killed  Rediff.com17 hours ago
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