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Never asked for Hindi imposition, wanted it only as second language: Amit Shah

“But there should be one language in the country, if someone wants to learn another language, it should be Hindi,” the Union Home Minister said seeking to put to rest the controversy over his remarks on Hindi. | Common language not possible in India: Rajinikanth

Cabinet decides to ban e-cigarettes

The production, manufacturing, import/export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertising related to e-cigarettes would be banned, Ms. Sitharaman said at a press conference that followed a Cabinet meeting. The government would bring in an ordinance in this regard.

Vinesh Phogat wins bronze at World Wrestling Championship

Vinesh Phogat won the bronze medal and became the first Indian wrestler to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics after holding off world No. 1 Sarah Ann Hildebrandt with some superlative defensive display in the World Championship in Kazakhstan.

Ram Chabutra becomes focal point in Ayodhya hearing

Justice D.Y. Chandrachud of the Supreme Court on Wednesday wondered if Hindus thronged Ram Chabutra, which ‘coincidentally’ came up after 1855 along with the railing barricading the Babri Masjid, to actually set their eyes on and pray to the space under the central dome of the mosque, believed to be where Lord Ram was born. | Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute – A timeline

‘Howdy economy… Ain’t too good it seems’: Rahul Gandhi takes a swipe at Narendra Modi ahead of Houston event

Mr. Gandhi took to Twitter to say this ahead of Mr. Modi’s visit to the United States, where he will address Indian Americans at a function Howdy Modi. U.S. President Donald Trump will join Mr. Modi at the event in Houston.

Saradha scam: Rajeev Kumar wants court to hear his side before any warrant

On September 17, the District Court at Barasat in Kolkata heard both sides and said that the matter was not maintainable before it. It pointed out the case originated from the Alipore District Court in South 24 Parganas where charge sheets had been filed.

Supreme Court on manual scavenging: ‘No country sends its people to gas chambers to die’

Although over 70 years have passed since the Independence, caste discrimination still persists in the country, the apex court said while making scathing observations on the practice.

New IAF ‘airport’ in Arunachal is alternative to walking 157 km

Eastern Air Command chief Air Marshal R.D. Mathur and the Army’s Eastern Command head Lt. Gen. Anil Chauhan inaugurated the advanced landing ground (ALG) at Vijaynagar in Changlang district.

‘Missing’ Delhi elephant Laxmi found, mahout Saddam arrested after two months on the run

The hunt by Delhi Police and forest officials intensified after some media reports said the pachyderm had been in the city right through. For much of the two months that she was missing, Laxmi was kept in a ground barely 100 metres from the office of the Delhi Commissioner of Police (East) in Patparganj, forest officials claimed.

Imran Khan warns Pakistanis against jihad in Kashmir

Indian authorities are waiting for “any excuse” to crack down in the Himalayan region, the Pakistan Prime Minister warned, promising again to raise the issue at the United Nations General Assembly.

Trump orders ‘substantial increase’ in Iran sanctions

The United States already enforces widespread sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy, including attempting to shut down its major oil export industry.

Don’t tell us how inspiring we are, take action on climate change: Greta Thunberg tells U.S. Congress

“Please save your praise. We don’t want it,” the 16-year-old Ms. Thunberg told the Senate Climate Change Task Force. “Don’t invite us here to tell us how inspiring we are without doing anything about it because it doesn’t lead to anything.”

Petrol, diesel prices see steepest hike since July 5

Petrol price was increased by 25 paise per litre to ₹72.42 and diesel by 24 paise to ₹65.82 in the Delhi market, which is sort of a national benchmark, according to price information available from state-owned fuel retailers. This is the biggest single-day hike since the July 5 Budget of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman that raised rates by almost ₹2.50 a litre due to an increase in excise duty on the fuels.

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