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BJP leading in Gujarat Civic Polls

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BJP bags 9 seats. In the last municipal elections in 2013, the BJP had 59 out of 79 under their control. However, the saffron party is presently leading in 44 out of the 75 municipalities for which elections were held. BJP has been able to retain majority hold on municipalities since early 1990s. BJP had lost the Assembly elections of 2017 from Vadnagar in wake of Patel quota stir. Read More »

BJD, BJP fight it out over slush money

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Such action and conduct of BJP workers is in clear violation of the model code of conduct for the by-elections, Panigrahi said, seeking immediate action from the Election Commission. Later on Sunday, Akash Agarwal and his father Om Prakash Agarwal were arrested when they failed to provide any satisfactory answer as to where they got the cash. Read More »

Restrictive gun laws not the answer

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Let me write up an updated statement for you, and I'll run it past you". It is not too soon, and it is a question that should have been asked and answered long ago. On the one hand, because it's the 18th shooting on school grounds so far this year, the news that another psychologically damaged man shot 17 schoolchildren to death with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle is not news. Read More »

Ing Groep Nv Has Increased Its Eqt Midstream Partners LP (EQM) Stake

Ing Groep Nv bought 104,500 shares as the company's stock declined 9.60% while stock markets rallied. The Cincinnati Insurance Company holds 102,266 shares with $7.27 million value, up from 79,074 last quarter. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Ftb Advisors holds 1.39% or 87,272 shares in its portfolio. Renaissance Lc holds 0.08% or 588,785 shares in its portfolio. Benjamin F Edwards & has invested 0.17% in Merck & Co., Inc. Read More »

Pension strikes could disrupt summer examinations, union warns

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From Thursday, there will be 14 days of escalating walkouts over the next four weeks. "All I have seen so far is discussion that says they are going to try and dumb down some of the degree results as a mechanism for dealing with this now, by saying they won't include questions in their exams on subjects that might or might not have been covered when action is being taken". Read More »

Police investigate Midlands school threat made via Snapchat

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Now the sheriff's office and other law enforcement agencies are investigating the emailed threat. Many students, as well as parents, were not convinced by the police statements that no gun was brought into the school. Haussler urged parents to emphasize how serious comments about violence can be. Threats in Roxbury were made online during an internet video game and the threats were also chose to be not credible, according to The Reporter. Read More »

UK Government Plans To Pay Farmers More For Looking After Animals Well

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He said: "Not that we should encourage everyone to ride or walk roughshod through working areas, but the more connected we all are to the countryside, the more we know and appreciate what's involved in farming and food production, the more understanding there will be of the need to value and support what farmers do". Read More »

Kasich's Website Softens His Views on Guns

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Kasich says there needs to be leadership on the issue from the White House and in what he calls the "dysfunctional" Congress in the aftermath of the deadly school shooting last week in Parkland, Florida. "Yes, we have and it's just a small group, sort of informal, like a lot of our meetings", Kasich said. John Weaver, a strategist for Kasich's 2016 presidential campaign, said on Twitter that Kasich's views "have evolved", like many, if not most, Americans'. Read More »

Polish embassy in Tel Aviv defaced with swastikas

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Anyone found guilty could face a maximum sentence of three years. The law on the Institute of National Remembrance of Poland is directed against "lies", rather than against Ukraine, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said. The law criminalizes ascribing blame for crimes committed by Nazi Germany to the Polish nation. During the Holocaust, 30,000 to 35,000 Polish Jews were saved with the help of non-Jewish Polish citizens, according to Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance ... Read More »

Oxfam executives 'deliberately misled' regulators and 'betrayed public' over Haiti sex scandal

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Van Hauwermeiren denies the allegations that he hired prostitutes at the property Oxfam had rented for him. The Haitian government has expressed its outrage and launched its own inquiry. "There are 26 cases that have come forward". Oxfam has denied trying to cover up the allegations but admitted it could have been more open at the time , saying it was publishing the report "in recognition of the breach of trust that has been caused". Read More »

Turkey says unclear whether Syrian government forces will enter Afrin

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Details of the deal were not announced by either side, and Kurdish officials said talks were still underway. "If the regime is entering ( Afrin ) to oust the PKK, YPG, there is no problem". On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists from Afrin. On Oct. 12, 2017, the Turkish military started to cross into the region to establish observation points to monitor the cease-fire regime in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Read More »

Russia Admits Dozens Of Russian Casualties In Syria Battle

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Mercenaries not directly affiliated with the Russian military may be convenient for Moscow's interests in Syria while assuring deniability of government involvement. Most are Russian citizens , though some have Ukrainian and Serbian passports. The United States and Russian Federation have agreed to "de-conflict" the area by having each of its forces stay on separate sides of the Euphrates River. Read More »

Abbas calls for worldwide conference to advance peace efforts

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley expressed her exasperation with the endless repetition of the conflict between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, in her remarks Tuesday morning to the UN Security Council. "The choice, Mr. President, is yours", Haley said. The Middle East quartet now is made up of the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russian Federation. Read More »

US Supreme Court rejects 2 gun rights appeals

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The justices did not comment in leaving in place two rulings by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The justices said they won't hear arguments from gun-rights groups and two California residents who say they already own firearms and would quickly pass another background check. Read More »

Polish PM draws criticism after saying 'Jewish perpetrators' also involved in Holocaust

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned his Polish counterpart on Saturday for saying Jews were perpetrators in World War Two as well as Poles and others, just weeks after Warsaw drew criticism over a new Holocaust law. Bergman himself tweeted that the Polish premier's answer was "unbelievable". "This partisan tactic consists in spreading the feeling in Poland that they're being treated unjustly overseas", Norbert Roettgen told the Thursday issue of the German newspaper ... Read More »

Man Pitching Anti-Gay Pro-Trump Dating Site is Convicted Child Molester

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In fact, the front page doesn't make much mention of Trump at all - aside from its name and branding. The Trump dating site , which incorporates the president's well-known hair into its logo, says it's "wrecking the dating game and giving like-minded Americans a chance to meet without the awkwardness that comes with the first conversation about politics". Read More »

Women's basketball hits the road to take on Minnesota

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He scored 17 points in 12 minutes in the first half, including a stretch in which he made seven consecutive field goals. "I tried to get it on the rim and I failed to do so", he said. "It was just ridiculous that we had kind of gone to sleep, " Miles said. After scoring 13 points a game a year ago, many expected junior guard Glynn Watson , Jr. Read More »

Dallas politician wants NRA to move annual convention to another city

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Caraway on Monday also mentioned the ambush murder of five Dallas police officers in July 2016 and invoked the 1963 John F. Kennedy assassination in Dallas, according to Fox 4 News . He added that "Dallas, like every American city and community, is populated by NRA members". Caraway, a self-proclaimed strong "believer" in the second amendment , said the NRA has a national responsibility "to address this madness now" as he called on the group to help establish better gun laws. Read More »

'Baby factory' businessman wins custody of 13 kids he fathered via surrogates

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The case attracted global attention in 2014 after nine infants - then estimated to be aged between two weeks and two years - were found under the care of 24-hour nannies in a luxury Bangkok apartment. Officials from Thailand's social development and human security ministry told the court they had visited places where the man meant to raise the kids and "everything looks good", Kyodo reported. Read More »

Global death of newborn babies remains high

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However, PMMRC's latest data was released in 2015. The UNICEF representative in India, Dr Yasmin Ali Haque, told Hindustan Times the country has fared better than others in the world in terms of reducing reducing under-five mortality, "but progress has been slower in saving babies during the neonatal period when they are the most vulnerable". Read More »

Government withdraws Professor Philip Lane from European Central Bank job contest

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Next year, the position of European Central Bank president will also be open, when Mario Draghi ends his mandate in November 2019. De Guindos will succeed Portugal's Vitor Constancio when he takes over the post in May. Before entering the government, De Guindos led the Iberian unit of Lehman Brothers between 2006 and 2008 before the investment bank collapsed. According to various EU politicians, the appointment could affect the independence of the ECB as de Guindos is a sitting ... Read More »

J&K: Three civilians injured in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Uri sector

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It is suspected that the intruding team had Pakistan Army regulars helping them to infiltrate. Search and cordon operations are in progress. Sources said Indian troops opened fire at the intruding team. Pakistan was supporting terrorism in a systematic manner with the complete support of its army, he added. Lt Col Anand said it was clear that Pakistan was never interested in bringing peace and stability to J&K. Read More »

'Crowd attacked AAP leaders at Delhi Secretariat'

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Thereafter, I left my residence in my official auto. and reached CM's residence at midnight. The ruling AAP was quick to retaliate, accusing the Chief Secretary of making "wild allegations" against the party MLAs. Chief Secy refused to answer questions saying he wasn't answerable to MLAs and CM that he was answerable only to LG. Late evening on Tuesday, IAS, DANICS and DASS bureaucrats decided not to attend any meeting called by the Delhi government until Kejriwal apologises and action is ... Read More »

Garbage dump collapse in Mozambique kills 17

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The garbage pile accumulated to the size of a three-story building, according to the Portuguese news agency Lusa. "We fear more might be unaccounted for so we will keep searching for bodies buried underneath the rubbish pile". Health workers have long raised concerns about the impact of the fumes, flies and other hazards of the dump on the surrounding community, while municipal officials have previously discussed the closure of the dump. Read More »

Comedian John Oliver Roasts Barnaby Joyce For Office Romance

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Ms Davies urged Mr Joyce to reconsider his position as leader "in the best interests of the Federal party and State branches". "Therefore I find it surprising that a federal issue has so much momentum in the west when people in the east in the National Party have in the majority a different view - and to be quite frank, vastly more skin in the game", he said. Read More »

Nǐ hǎo Pakistan: Twitter slams Islamabad for approving Mandarin as official language

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The Pakistani senate has passed a motion declaring Mandarin as one of the official languages of the country, in a bid to enhance communication in projects like the big-bang China-Pakistan Economic Corridor ( CPEC ). "China's willingness to get involved in Pakistani politics has fuelled concerns in New Delhi, which is anxious about China's growing political influence in neighbouring countries, including Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka", the report said. Read More »

Mueller investigating Jared Kushner's finances in Russian Federation probe

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It was previously reported that the special counsel's team was looking at Kushner's contacts with Russians, but the new report from CNN indicates that Mueller is now looking at Kushner's contacts with other foreign individuals as well. Mueller is already investigating Kushner over his contacts with Russian officials and his relationship with ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was slammed with federal charges after lying to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian ambassador. Read More »