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  • 5:27 PM IST

    Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday extended his support to NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, saying that he is a deserving candidate. “Ram Nath Kovind is a good candidate. I have a very old relation with him. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has selected a strong candidate. The most important thing is that the BJP has a majority. Can’t say what will opposition decide now,” Mulayam told ANI.

  • 1:27 PM IST

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be rolled out from midnight of June 30 in the presence of several dignitaries including President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President M.Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, besides other luminaries.

  • 12:00 PM IST

    DMK legislators led by party president MK Stalin staged walk-out from the Tamil Nadu Assembly over Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s reply on cattle trade notification. Before leaving the House, Stalin said: Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami hasn’t responded, while other state CMs and even some BJP leaders have condemned the notification of the Centre on cattle sale for slaughter.

  • 11:11 AM IST

    Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad downplayed BJP’s choice for NDA’s presidential nominee. “We made a Dalit President of India 15 years ago. This is not the first time,” said Azad, while commenting on Ram Nath Kovind.

  • 11:01 AM IST

  • 10:09 AM IST

    Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Ajay Singh aka Rahul Bhaiyya slapped a party worker for pelting stone at police during a protest in Sagar.

  • 10:08 AM IST

  • 9:08 AM IST

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced that the Bihar Government won’t participate in IYD by saying “we don’t believe in advertisement”. “I am not against yoga day but I don’t like publicity stunts on this (IYD). I also do yoga but have never advertised it,” said Nitish Kumar.

Tripura-born Roona Begum, who drew worldwide attention after her head swelled up to 94 centimetres (circumference) due to hydrocephalus (water on the brain), passed away last night in her home. Roona was five-and-a-half years old and was supposed to go for another surgery next month. Though not an uncommon disorder, Roona’s case has been one of the rarest since children with this disorder die before being treated.

After eight surgeries at Gurgaon-based Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), which has been treating her free of cost since 2013, the child could communicate in mono syllables with her parents. The doctors assured that she will become a normal kid, but the dream to see their daughter go to school did not materialize for daily wager father Abdul Rahman and homemaker mother Fatima Khatun.

“She had little breathing problem but before the child could be shifted to any other hospital for treatment, she was no more,” said Khatun. Only a month back they had gone for Roona’s last check-up and in the coming month they were supposed to go again hoping for another miracle.