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NRC process to be carried out in entire country, Amit Shah tells Rajya Sabha

The process to make a National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be carried out across India, Home Minister Amit Shah said in the Rajya Sabha on November 20 and whenever it is done, the exercise will be repeated in Assam, he added. | Will not allow NRC in Bengal, says Mamata | Assam has urged Centre to reject current NRC: Himanta Biswa Sarma | Today in Parliament

Sri Lanka President names elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa as PM

Incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe has announced his resignation following his party’s presidential election debacle. | Gotabaya to visit New Delhi on November 29

Draft exclusive law to administer Sabarimala temple, Supreme Court directs Kerala

A three-judge Bench led by Justice N.V. Ramana expressed dissatisfaction when the State chose to produce a draft Bill — The Travancore-Cochin Religious Institutions (Amendment) Bill of 2019 — containing certain proposed amendments to the Travancore-Cochin Religious Institutions Act of 1950. The 1950 Act is presently governing over 100 temples, including Sabarimala.

Congress terms electoral bonds ‘bribery bonds’

The party alleged that the “bribery bonds” resulted in money laundering and destroyed transparency of political funding.

In report to Ram Nath Kovind, Maharashtra Governor had warned of horse-trading if President’s Rule was delayed

Bhagat Singh Koshyari had recommended that the Assembly be kept in suspended animation.

India to open Chandipur missile test range to Singapore military

India and Singapore have exchanged a Letter of Intent that could pave the way for the city-state to conduct live firing of missiles like the Spyder air defence system at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha. It is perhaps for the first time that India will open the facility to any foreign country.

Those coming from Hyderabad with moneybags are biggest allies of BJP, says Mamata

Marking a shift in her rhetoric on religious extremism, Ms. Banerjee had, at an event in Cooch Behar on Monday, asked people to refrain from listening to “minority extremists” who have their base in Hyderabad.

Swamy Nithyananda’s disciples arrested in Ahmedabad ashram

The police have also booked Swamy Nithyananda, who is said to be out of the country, on the charge of kidnap, illegal confinement and use of children for collecting donations from followers to run the ashram.

Great grandmother appears for literacy equivalency exam in Kerala


Amma, who always yearned to study and gain knowledge, had to give up her dream of educating herself after her mother passed away as she had to take care of her younger siblings.

WhatsApp expresses ‘regret’ over Pegasus snooping row

A WhatsApp spokesperson, in an e-mailed statement, said the company is deeply committed to protecting the privacy of its users in India “by providing industry-leading security for all messages and calls and by staying ahead of advanced threats to user security”.

Twitter accuses U.K.’s Tories of misleading public in election row

The Tories also drew complaints from rival parties after renaming their press office Twitter account “factcheckUK” during Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s clash with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on November 19.

RBI supercedes DHFL board, appoint administrator

The Reserve Bank of India has superceded the board of troubled mortgage lender Dewan Housing Finance Corporation (DHFL) and has appointed an administrator.

Jose Mourinho named Tottenham Hotspur manager, replaces Mauricio Pochettino

Returns to Premier League 11 months after leaving Man Utd.

SS Rajamouli casts Thor star Ray Stevenson and actresses Olivia Morris, Alison Doody in RRR

The roles of the lead heroine and antagonist in SS Rajamouli’s RRR, his next after the Baahubali series, has finally been cast.

Rajinikanth honoured with Icon of Golden Jubilee award at IFFI, dedicates awards to Tamil people

The opening ceremony also saw the IFFI Lifetime Achievement Award, the festival’s highest honour, presented to French actor Isabelle Huppert.

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