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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) headed by CM Arvind Kejriwal, moved to impeach Delhi Lt Governor Jung via a constitutional amendment to the procedure for electing governors.

Kolkata Mayor Sovon Chatterjee's niece Debapriya Chatterjee, who was involved in a car accident, tweeted out her anger after strangers on the social media site began criticizing her for allegedly disregarding traffic rules, hitting a pedestrian and abusing a cop.

Tapas Bhardwaj, like many other students this year, found the Class 12 CBSE examinations tough. But Tapas' incredible story -- of grit and determination -- is unlike that of any other students of his age. The 18-year-old, who is blind, scored 95 percent in his school-leaving exams on Monday and is planning a career in law.

Periscope, the app that lets you broadcast live video from your smartphone on the internet, has just released on the Google Play store today. The app was released for iPhones in March this year.

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India, probably the world, will get its first transgender college principal when Manabi Bandopadhyay takes charge of Krishnagar Women's College in West Bengal on June 9.

As many as 54 senior and junior central ministers took a break from official work today and fanned out across the country - from Srinagar to Port Blair - to address public meetings and media conferences in an unmatched overdrive to mark the first year of the Narendra Modi government.

With RSS affiliates sending repeated reminders to the government on the “core issues” of building a Ram temple in Ayodhya, repealing Article 370 and introducing a uniform civil code in the country, BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday said these cannot be addressed till such time the party has 370 seats in Lok Sabha.

India is pressing Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal to quickly ink a pact allowing trucks and cars to travel seamlessly through these countries, ideally before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Dhaka visit in early June, as a signal to Pakistan which has blocked a similar pan-South Asia initiative.

Industrialist Yashovardhan Birla, City Limousine chairman Sayed Mohamed Masood and his wife Chand Kauser Mohamed Masood are among the fresh set of Indian nationals with Swiss bank accounts whose names have been made public in Switzerland’s official gazette with regard to ongoing tax probes in India.

The government on Tuesday defended its decision to cancel the foreign contribution registration of Greenpeace India before the Delhi High Court, saying the Non-governmental organisation (NGO) had violated the norms by opening five accounts to utilise foreign donations without informing the relevant authorities.

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Amitabh Bachchan may have rarely played a farmer in his nearly five-decade-long career but the superstar will be the face of DD Kisan, India's first channel exclusively for farmers that was unveiled by Narendra Modi today.

The Haryana government today told the Supreme Court that "72 fake SIM cards" were used to leak the All India Pre-Medical Test papers, but the bench signalled it would wait further for the probe before deciding whether to cancel the May 3 exam.

An Aligarh Muslim University professor's comments that madrassas are "dens of vice and homosexuality" has triggered a storm of protest on campus.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) wants a ban on white water rafting in the Ganga, one of Uttarakhand's most popular sporting activities, as it gives rise to "obscene activities" on riverbanks.

In a bizarre incident, a car driver in Meerut has been challaned for not wearing a helmet. In fact, cops went a step ahead and even put the Maruti Swift car's registration number on the challan receipt.


Uddalak Mukherjee, in The Telegraph, says that the attempt to make vandalism synonymous with Islamic militants is to ignore the lessons of history.

Praveen Chakravarty, in The Indian Express, says that however popular Jayalalitha may be Tamil Nadu’s electoral history suggests that she can’t do without pre-poll alliances in the coming elections.

Shubra Gupta, in The Indian Express, says that Bollywood is finally learning to live in India’s small towns.

Krishna Kumar in The Hindu says that it is a mistake to think that caste-based identities thrive only in rural India.

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