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Karnataka Budget 2018-2019

July 05, 2018

BENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy today announced a loan waiver scheme for farmers -- a key promise ahead of assembly elections amid farmer suicides and countrywide protests. The waiver, which would cost the state Rs. 34,000 crore, would apply to crop loans of up to Rs. 2 lakh. Besides, arrears will be waived for defaulters so they...


Kerala CM to visit US

July 04, 2018

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will leave on Thursday on his first visit to the US after assuming office in May 2016. The Chief Minister's office on Wednesday said the Marxist leader would attend several functions there and return on July 18. ...


SP wins Noorpur Assembly seat in UP

May 31, 2018

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party's Naeem-ul-Hasan won the Noorpur Assembly seat in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday with a margin of 6,211 votes, a poll official said. The bypoll necessitated by BJP's sitting MLA Lokendra Pratap Singh's death in a road accident in February, was held on Monday, and saw a 61 per cent voter turnout. ...


BJP offering Rs.100 crores to JDS MLAs, says Kumaraswamy

May 16, 2018

No single party was able to win a majority of 113 seats in the Karnataka elections, paving way for frantic negotiations and post-poll alliances on Tuesday. The BJP, which won 104 seats in the 224-member House, emerged as the single largest party but fell short of complete majority. The Congress, with 78 seats, and the JD(S) with 37 — together...


Congress open to alliance with JD-S: Kharge

May 15, 2018

New Delhi: In a virtual admission that the Congress may fall short of a majority in Karnataka, party leader Mallikarjun Kharge said on Tuesday that an alliance with the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) was possible. "We will discuss the issue with the high command. I am going to meet Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot and we will discuss," Kharge said her...


BJP leads in Karnataka vote count

May 15, 2018

Bengaluru: The BJP was ahead of the ruling Congress on Tuesday as officials counted the millions of votes polled in the Karnataka Assembly election, leaving the JD-S far behind, officials said. Determined to make a comeback in its only southern bastion, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was leading in 98 seats and the Congress in 91 of the 222 cons...


Karnataka votes to elect new Assembly tomorrow

May 11, 2018

Bengaluru, May 11: After a rancorous campaign over three months, Karnataka will vote to elect a new Assembly in a three-cornered contest tomorrow. The ruling Congress and the BJP are the main contenders for power, while former prime minister H D Deve Gowda's JD(S) is likely to play the kingmaker, according to most surveys and opinion polls. There...


Unemployment: Narendra Modi rejects Congress Charge

May 07, 2018

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday rejected the Congress' charges against the government for not creating enough jobs for the unemployed in the country and claimed several of its initiatives resulted in the growth of jobs in the public, private and personal sectors. Modi made the remarks while addressing the BJP Yuva Morcha karyakar...


Kavinder Gupta sworn in as new J&K Deputy CM

April 30, 2018

JAMMU: In a major cabinet overhaul, Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta was sworn in as the new Deputy Chief Minister in the Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP-BJP coalition government, replacing Nirmal Singh who is set to become the Speaker. The Bharatiya Janata Party also inducted Satpal Sharma, its state unit chief, as a cabinet minister alon...