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Air India chief Ashwani Lohani to head Railway Board

NEW DELHI: Air India chief Ashwani Lohani was on Wednesday named the Chairman of the Railway Board to succeed A.K. Mittal, who stepped down in the wake of repeated train accidents.

Congress demands Prabhu's resignation

The Congress on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu over the train accidents.

HC quashes LG order on cancellation of AAP's office bungalow

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday quashed Lt. Governor Anil Baijal's order cancelling the allotment of a bungalow at 206 Rouse Avenue that houses the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) headquarters.

Cabinet gives in principle nod for bank mergers

In the context of massive accumulation of bad loans by state-run banks, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave an "in principle" approval for their consolidation by merging some of the public sector lenders, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced.

OBC creamy layer ceiling raised to Rs 8 lakh

The government on Wednesday hiked the creamy layer ceiling for the Other Backward Classes to Rs 8 lakh per annum from the existing Rs 6 lakh for central government jobs, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced.

Explosives found on rail track in Jharkhand

 Explosives were recovered from a rail track in Jharkhand's Bokaro district on Wednesday, police said.

Shiv Sena accuses BJP of using 'money & Muni' to win civic polls

 Two days after the BJP swept the Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) elections, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday accused its ally of winning the polls with the help of "money and Muni" (monk).

Government notifies new Rs 200 notes

The Finance Ministry of Wednesday formally announced the launch of the new Rs 200 note.

'Om Shanti Om' will redefine devotional music: Baba Ramdev

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who will next be seen as Maha Guru in television show "Om Shanti Om", says the upcoming singing reality entertainer will redefine the magic of devotional music in India.

Retired Colonel gets 5 years in jail in DA case

A CBI special court on Tuesday sentenced Colonel (retd) B S Goraya to five years in jail in a disproportionate assets case. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on the convict. The retired Army officer was sentenced by Additional District and Sessions Judge Gagan Geet Kaur under Sections 13(2) and 13(1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988. The court also directed UT administration to confiscate an amount of Rs 66.94 lakh from Goraya.

After 9 years, Malegaon blast accused Purohit walks out of jail

After remaining in jail for nine years, Lt. Col. Prasad S. Purohit -- one of the prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast -- walked out of the Taloja prison here on Wednesday.

Will win Panaji by-poll with better margin: Parrikar

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday expressed confidence of winning the Panaji parliamentary by-poll with a bigger margin as there was "virtually no opposition" in the contest.

Gorakhpur tragedy: Top UP bureaucrat removed

Initiating action against officials responsible for the Gorakhpur tragedy in which over 60 children died in five days, the Yogi Adityanath government has removed Additional Chief Secretary (Medical Health) Anita Bhatnagar Jain.

74 injured, four critical, as train derails in UP

At least 74 persons, four in critical condition, were injured when 10 coaches of the Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday morning, police said.

Congress welcomes triple talaq ruling, hopes it is accepted by all

NEW DELHI:  The Congress on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court ruling on triple talaq, terming it an affirmation of the rights of women and hoped all the parties would be satisfied with the verdict.

Akali Dal urges Rajnath for immediate inquiry into shifting of Gurudongmar gurdwara in Sikkim

CHANDIGARH:  Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today urged union home minister Rajnath Singh to get the incident of shifting of Shri Guru Granth Sahab from the precincts of Gurudwara Gurudongmar in Sikkim to another place inquired into to assuage the hurt feelings of the Sikh community.

How will SC verdict impact women who follow Sharia: AIMPLB member

Zafaryab Jilani, a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court (SC) decision striking down the practice of triple talaq but asked what would happen to Muslim women who follow the Sharia.

If we enter India, it will be chaos: China

China on Tuesday said there will be "utter chaos" if its troops entered India on the pretext that Indian border infrastructure posed a threat to Beijing.

Flood fury: No rail network in northeast for 11 days

With floods ravaging West Bengal and Bihar, train services between northeastern states and the rest of India remained cut off for the 11th day on Tuesday, affecting supply of essentials to the region, an official said on Tuesday.

RJD disrupts assembly over multi-crore-rupee Srijan scam

The Bihar Assembly was adjourned on Tuesday amid uproar by opposition RJD legislators demanding resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi over the Rs 1,000 crore Srijan scam.

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