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Mamata fixes rift in party; takes control, puts loyalists in key roles

In an effort to diffuse the rift within the party, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has announced the new National Working Committee at a meeting held at her residence, where she not only struck a balance between the newcomers and the old guards, but also increased her control over the party by placing her loyalists at every layer of the organisation.

Hijab row: HC directs Karnataka govt not to violate interim order

The Karnataka High Court bench, hearing petitions on hijab row, has directed the state government to see to it that its interim order is not violated. Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Mining, Pralhad Joshi says those who come to schools or colleges to make girl students wear or remove the hijab in classrooms must be arrested.

Ex NSE chief, accused of sharing info with Himalayan yogi, interrogated by CBI

Chitra Ramkrishna, the former head of the country's largest stock exchange, was questioned for 12 hours by the CBI over the infamous 'tick by tick' market manipulation case. An FIR, or first information report, was registered in the case earlier but new facts have come to light since, which is why Ramkrishna was questioned. The central agency has also posted notices against Ramkrishna, former COO Anand Subramaniam, and her predecessor Ravi Narayan, to stop them from leaving the country. Ramkrishna, who was CEO and Managing Director of the National Stock Exchange from 2013 to 2016 before she quit for "personal reasons", is also under investigation for an alleged "glaring breach" of regulations - sharing confidential financial data with a 'yogi' living in the Himalayas.

PM hosts Sikh leaders at home; BJP admits will help in Punjab

The BJP believes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's interaction with prominent Sikhs from across the country might help the party in the Punjab assembly polls. Two days before polling for the Punjab Assembly, Modi hosted them at his official residence.

BJP welfare schemes for Manipur; promise of free LPG, laptops

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President, J.P. Nadda releases the party's manifesto for the forthcoming Manipur Assembly elections, with the promise of two free cooking gas cylinders to poor women, free scooty (two-wheeler) for all meritorious college girls, incentive of Rs 25,000 to poor girls and free laptops to all meritorious students passing Class 12.