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HindustanTimes Sat,22 Nov 2014

India

'Simple and religious-minded, Rampal finally made religion his power'

Some of his old friends and ex-government colleagues HT talked to said Rampal born to a farmer in 1951, in Dhanana, Sonepat did his schooling from Dhanana and later Gohana before doing his diploma in engineering from polytechnic of Nilokheri.

AAP loses another MLA, speaker MS Dhir joins BJP

When asked why he decided to join the saffron party against whom he had contested the 2013 assembly elections, Dhir said he felt cheated after AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal resigned as the chief minister after just 49 days in power.

By R-Day, govt staff will start losing CL if they’re late to office

Over 30 lakh central government officials across the country will have to get used to the idea of reaching office on time.

Pregnancy kit, petrol bombs in Rampal ashram

A huge cache of arms and ammunition, a pregnancy-test strip, petrol bombs, acid syringes and a chilli grenade are among the items seized from Satlok Ashram in Barwala after the arrest of its head, Rampal Dass.

We want to double ports’ capacity, divert transport to inland waterways: Nitin Gadkari

The government is banking on the infrastructure sector, which needs huge capital inflows, to help steer the economy back in the direction of high growth figures. Union minister of road transport,  highways and shipping, Nitin Gadkari, tells HT that a cut in lending rates is the need of the hour.

Mumbai: Dismantling of warship INS Vikrant begins

Three months after the Supreme Court junked a PIL against scrapping of the country's first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, the process of breaking the iconic naval vessel has begun.

Gujarat: Rahul Sharma seeks voluntary retirement

Gujarat’s IPS officer Rahul Sharma, who had taken on the Narendra Modi administration over the 2002 riots, has sought voluntary retirement from the services citing 'personal reasons.'

Gurpurb date: Mumbai gurdwaras' body to meet

The recent decision by the Sikh clergy in Amritsar to celebrate the upcoming Gurpurb of Guru Gobind Singh on January 7, 2015, instead of the earlier scheduled date of December 28, 2014, has caused confusion among local gurdwaras.

Obama accepts Modi's invite to be chief guest at Republic Day

Barack Obama will be the first United States president to be the chief guest on Republic Day, in a move that signals India-US ties are moving in the right direction following PM Modi's recent visit to Washington.

‘Gap in law’ keeps govt from acting on CBI chief, says Arun Jaitley

The Union finance minister said governments have to be very careful about such high-profile appointments as people have a lot of faith in them. 'Raft of reforms in the works'

Police question Rampal, probe standoff deaths

Police on Friday started questioning self-styled sect leader Rampal after he was arrested at his sprawling ashram with more than 400 followers following a 10-day deadly standoff.

Rising high: Mangalyaan among 25 best inventions of 2014

Mangalyaan has been named among the best inventions of 2014 by Time magazine which described it as a technological feat that will allow India to flex its 'interplanetary muscles.'  

Sonia slams BJP, says it is playing politics over relief work

Accusing the BJP of playing politics over providing relief to flood victims of Jammu and Kashmir, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday said the ruling party at the Centre promised the sky but did not follow it up.

Fishermen release: Set free by Sri Lanka, arrive in Chennai

The five fishermen from Tamil Nadu, who were sentenced to death in Sri Lanka for alleged drug trafficking but were set free after President Mahinda Rajapaksa pardoned them, arrived in Chennai on early Friday morning.
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