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Sajjan Kumar moves SC against conviction in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case

Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar on Saturday moved the Supreme Courtchallenging the life imprisonment awarded to him by the Delhi High Court in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

VVIP chopper case: Delhi court sends Christian Michel to 7 days ED custody

A Delhi court Saturday sent Christian Michel, arrested in the ₹36,000 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case by the CBI, to seven days custody of the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Special Judge Arvind Kumar dismissed the bail plea of Mr. Michel, the alleged middleman in the case.

GST Council cuts rates on 23 items, rationalises 28% slab

In a relief to the common man, the GST Council on Saturday cut rates on 23 commonly used goods and services, including TV screens, movie tickets and power banks. The annual revenue implication of the rate cuts would be ₹ 5,500 crore, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.

I will contest Lok Sabha elections, says Kamal Haasan

Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal Haasan on Saturday said that his party would form an alliance with ‘like-minded’ parties for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Fifty-member women’s group expected to arrive at Sabarimala tomorrow

With the annual ‘Mandala Puja’ just days away, the Lord Ayyappa Temple here has been witnessing a heavy rush as over one lakh pilgrims visited the hill top temple on Friday.

Six militants killed in J&K’s Pulwama

Six militants of the Al Qaeda-affiliate Zakir Musa’s group Ansar Ghazwatul Hind, including its Kashmiri deputy, were killed on Saturday in a gunfight with the security forces in Tral area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, the Defence Ministry said.

Federal shutdown begins after U.S. lawmakers fail to reach deal on budget

A partial federal shutdown took hold on early Saturday after Democrats refused to meet President Donald Trump’s demands for $5 billion to start erecting his cherished Mexican border wall, a chaotic postscript for Republicans in the waning days of their two-year reign controlling government.

AAP seeks Alka Lamba’s resignation over resolution to revoke Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna

The demand by a section of AAP legislators regarding the recalling of the Bharat Ratna conferred upon late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi kicked up a row late on Friday which, party source said, led to the sacking of at least one MLA at a time when the party is understood to be in unofficial talks to ally with the Congress for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The Hindu’s top 10 fiction books of 2018

From the rich pickings of the year, our list of the 10 best fiction books


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