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Fadnavis sworn in as Maharashtra CM, nine ministers also take oath

Mumbai : Devendra Fadnavis was sworn-in as the chief minister of the first BJP government of Maharashtra at a gala public function here Friday.

Nine other ministers also took the oath.

Maharashtra Governor C. V. Rao administered the oath of office and secrecy to Fadnavis (44) and the others at a glittering ceremony in the sprawling Wankhede Stadium witnessed by over 30,000 people.


Sena to attend Fadnavis' swearing-in, after all

Mumbai : In a last-minute development, the Shiv Sena has called off its planned boycott of chief minister-designate Devendra Fadnavis' gala swearing-in ceremony here, a party official said here Friday afternoon.

Accordingly, the top Sena leadership, including party president Uddhav Thackeray, senior leaders, legislators and parliamentarians are expected to attend the oath-taking ceremony at Wankhede Stadium Friday.

The development followed a telephonic talk between Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah and Uddhav Thackeray a short while ago, said Sena MP Vinayak Raut.


SP announces Rajya Sabha list, door shut on Amar Singh

Lucknow : The Samajwadi Party (SP) Friday announced the names of six party candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections scheduled for next month.

The party's central parliamentary board at a meeting in the national capital cleared the names of Ram Gopal Yadav, Javed Ali, Chandra Pal Singh Yadav, Neeraj Shekhar, Ravi Prakash Verma and Tanzeem Fatima.

While Neeraj Shekhar is the son of former prime minister Chandra Shekhar, Fatima is the wife of state urban development minister Mohd Azam Khan and Ram Gopal Yadav is the cousin of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

'It is a good beginning to remember Sardar Patel'

By Ranjana Narayan,

New Delhi : The enthusiasm was palpable among the tens of hundreds who marched and sometimes ran along the broad boulevard of Rajpath Friday for the Run for Unity and most agreed that it was a good beginning to remember Sardar Patel and foster national unity.

There was Lal Baba, a sadhu in saffron who had come all the way from Vrindavan. Waving the Indian tricolour, the 70-year-old stood out in his bright hued attire as the rest of the crowed marched forward, with many in jogging track suits.


President pays homage to Sardar Patel

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee Friday paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on the occasion of his 139th birth anniversary.

Mukherjee paid floral tributes to Patel at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

On the occasion, the president also flagged off the 'Run for Unity' from the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The run saw participation by around 2,000 residents and staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President's Bodyguard, the Army Guard, ITBP and the Delhi Police.

Patel was born Oct 31, 1875.


Modi the star at unity run

New Delhi : Mobile cameras were held aloft and the crowd surged forward with chants of "Modi, Modi" as soon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi climbed down the dais to flag off the Run for Unity here Friday to mark the 139th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

The security personnel, who till then were strictly preventing the people from moving forward, were unable to prevent the surge of the crowd from getting closer to the prime minister as he walked down for some length of Rajpath.


Strategy to prevent cyber crime on anvil: Rajnath Singh

Hyderabad : Voicing concern over rising cyber crime, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said a prevention strategy will be evolved soon.

He asked the home ministry to prepare an effective strategy as cyber crime unlike conventional crimes has global ramifications and magnified the challenges faced by the police.

He was speaking at the passing out parade of 66 Regular Recruits of the Indian Police Service at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy here Friday.


Modi receives some of Sardar Patel's personal belongings

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday received some items like cups and saucers belonging to independent India's first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, an official statement said.

Modi, on the 139th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Friday "received some of Sardar's personal belongings from Sheila Ghatate of Manjiri Trust, Delhi", a statement from the Prime Minister's Office said.

The items, which include plates, cups and saucers used by Patel, had been willed to Ghatate by Bipin Dahyabhai Patel, his grandson, and his wife Lui.


When death ruled the streets of Delhi

(30 years after Indira Gandhi's assassination)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy,

New Delhi : It was an accidental meeting with a Military Police officer that led us to the house of death in Delhi in 1984.

We had witnessed on the evening of Oct 31 the first bout of anti-Sikh violence that followed Indira Gandhi's assassination. We were near the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in south Delhi where the prime minister was declared dead after being shot by two Sikh bodyguards.


When Modi strode down Rajpath

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday flagged off an enthusiasm-filled Run for Unity and himself briskly walked down Rajpath after paying rich tributes to free India's first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Modi led the nation in paying tributes to Sardar Patel on his 139th birth anniversary, being commemorated as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day, and recalled his key role in unifying a newly independent India.

The prime minister first paid floral tributes at the statue of Sardar Patel at Patel Chowk in the heart of New Delhi at 7.30 a.m.