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Navjot Sidhu likely to join Congress on Jan 9 in presence of Rahul Gandhi

Updated: Jan 07, 2017 17:41 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan. 7 (ANI): Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Navjot Singh Sidhu is likely to officialy join Congress on January 9th.

According to sources, Sidhu wanted to join Congress in presence of party vice president Rahul Gandhi but since he is out of country, he decided the date accordingly.

The Central Election Committee (CEC) of Congress for Punjab is scheduled on 10th of January and the remaining 40 party candidates will be declared.

The Punjab Congress is waiting for Rahul Gandhi to return from his New Year trip abroad to get the party's campaign rolling.

Both Sidhu and his wife had quit the BJP last year over differences with the top leadership.

Sidhu, who had represented Amritsar in the Lok Sabha between 2004 and 2014, had accused BJP of using him as a "decorative piece" and trying to keep him out of Punjab.

After resigning from the BJP, Sidhu had also formed a new political front in Punjab with India's former hockey captain Pargat Singh and Punjab MLAs Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwant Singh Bains called "Aawaaz-e-Punjab".

Sidhu may contest the Punjab Assembly elections from Amritsar East, according to his wife Navjot Kaur who recently joined the Congress party.

"He (Navjot Singh Sidhu) will tentatively contest Assembly elections from Amritsar East," Kaur told ANI.

However, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had asserted earlier that Sidhu is a "human bomb" and "would explode once he entered the Congress". (ANI)

Delhi LG issues directives for women's safety

Updated: Mar 02, 2017 00:22 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 2 (ANI): Delhi Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal on Wednesday chaired a meeting of task force on women safety and directed for digitisation of data in respect of sexual offences against women for fast track investigation of FIRs.

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Arrest warrant against Azam Khan

Updated: Mar 01, 2017 22:50 IST

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 1 (ANI): The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Wednesday conducted the successful launch of the interceptor missile Advanced Area Defence (AAD) from Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha.

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New Delhi [India], Mar 1 (ANI): In the wake of recently reported cases where people were duped by unidentified persons by delivering false promise to give a job at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, the airport authorities along with the Delhi Police, in a coordinated operation nabbed two accused in the case.

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New Delhi [India], Mar 1 (ANI): The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) 41st Battallion's troops in Ranidanga, West Bengal on Wednesday rescued two Nepalese girls from the clutches of a human trafficking racket.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March. 1 (ANI): The Bombay High Court on Wednesday set aside a Maharashtra Government order that made Marathi language compulsory for auto rickshaw permits.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 1 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Wednesday cancelled the parole which was granted to former Haryana chief minister O. P. Chautala who is facing charges in a disproportionate assets case, after he violated the terms and conditions of the parole.

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New Delhi [India], March. 1 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned a matter pertaining to predatory pricing as alleged by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) against Uber.

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New Delhi [India], Mar 1 (ANI): A special court on Wednesday sentenced an-ex manager of Punjab National Bank, Adyar Branch Chennai and four others to imprisonment for causing a loss of 3.34 crore to the bank.

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New Delhi [India], March. 1 (ANI): The Delhi Police on Wednesday said that a peaceful protest was being carried out by the students in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

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Amritsar [India], Mar. 1 (ANI): In yet another gesture of goodwill, India on Wednesday released 39 Pakistan prisoners and handed them over to Islamabad at the Wagah border.

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ABVP now protests outside Delhi Police HQ

Updated: Mar 01, 2017 16:25 IST

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