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The Union Council of Ministers exercises executive authority in the Republic of India. It consists of senior ministers, called 'cabinet ministers', junior ministers, called 'ministers of state' and, rarely, deputy ministers. The council is led by the Prime Minister of India.

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Punjab horror: BJP slams Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi over 6-yr-old's rape-murder case [Video]

Punjab horror: BJP slams Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi over 6-yr-old's rape-murder case

A political war of words broke out over the alleged rape and murder of the 6-year-old child of a migrant labourer in Punjab. The Bharatiya Janata Party cited the reaction of Congress leaders to a..

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Centre announces Rs 3,737 cr bonus for 30 lakh employees amid festive season [Video]

Centre announces Rs 3,737 cr bonus for 30 lakh employees amid festive season

The government on Wednesday decided to give Rs 3,737 crore bonus to 30.67 lakh central government employees to encourage spending during the festival season and add to demand in the economy. The..

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Cabinet approves adoption of J-K Panchayati Raj Act, 1989 [Video]

Cabinet approves adoption of J-K Panchayati Raj Act, 1989

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar informed that the Union Cabinet has approved adaptation of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989. "This move will help establish..

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Cabinet approves productivity and non-productivity linked bonuses for 2019-20 [Video]

Cabinet approves productivity and non-productivity linked bonuses for 2019-20

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar informed that Union Cabinet approves productivity linked bonus and non-productivity linked bonus for 2019-2020. "More than 30 lakh..

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'Staying in denial won't help': Kejriwal on Javadekar's Delhi pollution claim [Video]

'Staying in denial won't help': Kejriwal on Javadekar's Delhi pollution claim

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar flagged off 50 CPCB inspection teams for field visits in Delhi-NCR on Thursday. The CPCB teams will keep a watch on pollution hot spots during the winter..

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Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and other politicos pay tribute to Ram Vilas Paswan [Video]

Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and other politicos pay tribute to Ram Vilas Paswan

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid tribute to Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Ram Vilas Paswan at his residence in Delhi. Communist Party of..

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Ram Vilas Paswan passes away: President, PM Modi, others pay tribute [Video]

Ram Vilas Paswan passes away: President, PM Modi, others pay tribute

Tributes pour in for Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan who passed away on Thursday. President Ram Nath Kovind said 'nation lost a visionary leader'. Calling it a 'personal loss' PM Modi said he is..

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Bihar polls twist: LJP won't contest in alliance with BJP-JDU over seat tussle [Video]

Bihar polls twist: LJP won't contest in alliance with BJP-JDU over seat tussle

In a twist weeks ahead of the Bihar Assembly elections, the Lok Janshakti Party decided to contest the polls alone, instead of being part of the National Democratic Alliance. The announcement was made..

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Hathras case: ‘Politics tourism’ says BJP, Congress hits back [Video]

Hathras case: ‘Politics tourism’ says BJP, Congress hits back

Political war escalates amid outrage over alleged gang-rape in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras. Union Minister Naqvi said those who are guilty will be punished by the state government. The Union Minister..

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Watch: Sukhbir Badal begins ‘Kisan March’ after praying at Golden Temple [Video]

Watch: Sukhbir Badal begins ‘Kisan March’ after praying at Golden Temple

The Shiromani Akali Dal has launched three ‘kisan marches’ against the farm laws framed by the government. SAD Chief Sukhbir Badal paid obeisance at the Golden Temple before launching one of the..

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Agri reform bills: SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia joins nation-wide protest [Video]

Agri reform bills: SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia joins nation-wide protest

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), General Secretary, Bikram Singh Majithia participated in the nation-wide 'Bharat Bandh' protest in Amritsar against new farm bills. "If there is any misunderstanding between..

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Watch: Narendra Tomar explains how farmers benefit from new agri bills [Video]

Watch: Narendra Tomar explains how farmers benefit from new agri bills

Amid a massive row over the farm bills that were passed, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said that the bills will benefit farmers. He said that laws had to be changed to achieve..

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CPI (M) workers wear vegetables to protest against farm bills in Tamil Nadu [Video]

CPI (M) workers wear vegetables to protest against farm bills in Tamil Nadu

Communist Party of India (Marxist) workers held a unique protest at Thangachimadam Island in Rameshwaram on September 19. Protest was against the passage of agriculture reform bills in the Lok Sabha...

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Union Cabinet approves adoption of Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the adoption of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989, a government spokesperson said. Briefing the press after a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime..
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Athawale sole representative of NDA allies in Modi govt after Paswan's demise

Following the death of LJP leader and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, the Union Cabinet is left with no representation from NDA allies, while Ramdas Athawale of Republican Party of India (RPI) is the..
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Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan dies days after heart surgery

His son Chirag Paswan tweeted about the Union Minister's demise.
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Meetings of Union Cabinet, CCEA to take place today

The meetings of Union Cabinet and Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) will be held on Wednesday through video conferencing, officials said.
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Farm Bills: Railways cancels 28 special trains as Punjab farmers begin 3-day 'rail roko' agitation

Farmer bodies in Punjab today began their 3-day 'rail roko' agitation to lodge their protest against the three farm bills passed by the Union Cabinet. Due to the stir, the Ferozepur Railway division..
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MoS Railways Suresh Angadi dies of Coronavirus at AIIMS

Suresh Angadi is the first member of the Union Cabinet to succumb to coronavirus. Member of Lok Sabha from Belagavi constituency in Karnataka.
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'Saddened' my voice in support of farmers was not heard: Harsimrat Kaur Badal

A day after resigning from Union Cabinet in protest against farm bills, senior SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Friday said she feels "saddened" that her voice in support of farmers was not heard and..
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Punjab: Farmers' body announces rail roko agitation from Sept 24 against Centre's farm bills

A farmers' body on Thursday announced to hold 'rail roko' agitation from September 24 to September 26 to lodge their protest against the three agriculture ordinances passed by the Union Cabinet.
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President Kovind accepts Harsimrat Badal's resignation from Union council of ministers

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday accepted the resignation of Shiromani Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who resigned from the Union Council of Ministers last evening. Furthermore, the Prez..
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President Kovind accepts Harsimrat Kaur's resignation; BJP alleges she resigned under pressure

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday accepted the resignation of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who resigned from the Union Council of Ministers last evening.
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SAD ready to make any sacrifice for farmers, will decide on continuing in NDA later: Sukhbir

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will decide on whether to remain in the ruling NDA or not in a meeting of the party later, its chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Thursday after party leader Harsimrat Kaur..
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'Proud to stand with farmers': Harsimrat Kaur Badal quits Union Cabinet in protest against farm Bills


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India has been able to limit Covid-19 deaths to 55 per million population: Dr Harsh Vardhan

Owing to the nationwide efforts the Covid-19 related deaths have been limited to 55 per million population, said Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Monday.Speaking in the Lok Sabha, the Union..
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DNA Exclusive: Teacher's Day Special - Education Minister tells why they should be hopeful from NEP

The much-awaited National Education Policy was recently cleared by the Union Cabinet after long consultations and claiming to have taken inputs from all quarters. Union Education Minister Dr. Ramesh..
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BJP chief Nadda hails 'Mission Karmayogi' as far-sighted reform

BJP president J P Nadda on Wednesday hailed the 'Mission Karmayogi' programme, which was approved at a Union Cabinet meeting, saying it will enhance the capacity of civil servants, with improved..
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Union Cabinet approves J&K Official Languages Bill, 2020


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Union Cabinet meet: Key decisions


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Country lost a distinguished leader, outstanding parliamentarian: Union Cabinet on Pranab Mukherjee


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Kerala govt did not qualify in Thiruvananthapuram airport's bidding process: Hardeep Singh Puri

The Kerala government did not qualify in Thiruvananthapuram airport's bidding process that was carried out in a transparent manner, civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday. The..
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National agency to hold common eligibility test for govt jobs

Union Cabinet has approved a proposal to set up a National Recruitment Agency for conducting the proposed Common Eligibility Test for recruitment to all non-gazetted posts in the Central government and..
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Union Cabinet approves proposal to lease out 3 AAI airports through Public-Private Partnership

Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the proposal for leasing out three airports of Airports Authority of India (AAI) through Public-Private Partnership (PPP). The three airports approved are Jaipur,..
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Union cabinet approves introduction of Common Eligibility Test for recruitment to non-gazetted posts in govt jobs

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved setting up of 'National Recruitment Agency' to conduct Common Eligibility Test for recruitment to non-gazetted posts in govt jobs, public sector banks .
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Here's Lord Ram's photo from original copy of Constitution

He said, "Original document of the Constitution of India has a beautiful sketch of Lord Ram, Mata Sita and Laxman returning to Ayodhya after defeating Ravan. This is available at the beginning of the..
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National Education Policy 2020 announced, aims to increase spending to 6% of GDP

Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the National Education Policy 2020. The new policy aims to pave way for transformational reforms in school and higher..
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Union Cabinet renames Ministry of Human Resource and Development, MHRD, as 'Ministry of Education'

A formal announcement in this regard will be made later in the day by the ministry
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Amit Shah congratulates PM Modi for Union Cabinet's 'landmark decisions'

Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Union Cabinet's several "landmark decisions" which he said were "yet another manifestation" of the Central..
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IN-SPACe to be ISRO's extended arm to encourage private participation in space sector

To enable the opening up of space sector for private players and synergize the efforts, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved setting up of IN-SPACe (Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization..
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Union Cabinet approves setting up of In-Space, a new space board


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PM Narendra Modi chairs Union Cabinet meeting

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired a meeting of Union Cabinet at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg.
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Cabinet decisions will bring positive changes in lives of farmers, labourers, workers: PM

The decisions taken by the Union Cabinet on Monday will bring about positive changes in the lives of farmers, labourers and workers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said as his government enters..
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Govt finalising draft bill to set up all-India judicial service

Before the draft is taken to the Union Cabinet, the broad features of the proposed all-India service will be shared with the higher judiciary to seek its views, sources in the government said.
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Cabinet decisions will help several citizens: PM Modi

The decisions taken by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday were focused on welfare of migrant workers, senior citizens, easier availability of credit and harnessing opportunities in the fisheries sector,..
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Govt extends 'Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana' by 3 years till March 2023

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday extended the Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY), a social security scheme for senior citizens, for three years till March, 2023. PMVVY scheme, implemented through..
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68th anniversary of first sitting of Parliament: Vice President, Lok Sabha Speaker, Union ministers visit Central Hall, Parliament Chambers

On the occasion of the 68th year of the first sittings of Parliament of India, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and several Union Ministers visited the historic Central Hall..
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Coronavirus: Ordinance to punish those attacking healthcare workers gets President's nod

Earlier on Wednesday, the Union Cabinet held a meeting and approved promulgation of an ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.
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'Will ensure their safety': PM on ordinance to prevent violence against health workers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that the ordinance on healthcare personnel passed by the Union Cabinet will "ensure safety of our professionals" and that there can be "no compromise" on..
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Covid-19: Cabinet nod to ordinance to protect healthcare personnel from attacks

Against the backdrop of attacks on healthcare personnel fighting coronavirus, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an ordinance making acts of violence against them as cognizable and non-bailable..
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Union Cabinet meeting to be held today

The Prime Minister, in his address to the nation, announced on Tuesday that the country will remain under lockdown till May 3 to contain COVID-19 cases.
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Union Ministers, senior government officials resume their duties in respective offices amid COVID-19 lockdown

Following necessary safety protocols, all the ministers and their officials who resumed their duties today were screened with temperature guns before being allowed entry into their respective offices.
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi with five suggestions to deal with fund crunch

The Congress president also conveyed her support for the decision taken by the Union Cabinet to reduce salaries for Members of Parliament by 30%.
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COVID-19: Rajnath Singh chairs meeting of Group of Ministers

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30% pay cut for MPs; MPLADS suspended

The Union Cabinet on Monday approved an ordinance to cut salaries of the Prime Minister, all ministers and sitting MPs by 30% for one year in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis and decided to suspend the..
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President, PM, MPs to take a pay cut to fund govt's efforts to fight Covid-19

The Union Cabinet on Monday approved an ordinance to reduce the salaries, allowances and pensions of Members of Parliament by 30% for one year and the amount will be utilised in the fight against..
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'Social distancing' at Union Cabinet meeting

The large oval table was gone and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministerial colleagues sat in chairs kept at a distance from each other as they practised "social distancing" to combat..
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Coronavirus: Union Cabinet meeting underway, social distancing seen

The Cabinet ministers were seen seated maintaining a distance from each other in the Cabinet meeting which is underway at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg in the national capital.
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Union Cabinet approves Assisted Reproductive Technology Regulation Bill


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Govt to give Election Commission legal power to link Aadhaar and voter ID

The law ministry is working on a note to be put up before the Union Cabinet for the decision which, apart from sanitising the electoral roll, will save migrants from what amounts to..
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Incorrect to link Ram temple trust decision to Delhi polls: Prakash Javadekar

Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said it would be incorrect to link the decision of the Union Cabinet to form an independent trust to oversee the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya..
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'People will decide if they want 'Jinnah wali Azaadi' or 'Bharat Maata Ki Jai'': Prakash Javadekar hits out at AAP over Shaheen Bagh protests

"People need to decide what they want," the Union Minister stressed
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Army chief General Bipin Rawat named as India's first CDS

The Union Cabinet last week approved setting up of Department of Military Affairs within the Ministry of Defence to be headed by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) having the rank of a 4-Star General.
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