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Stokes and Bairstow keep England's Ashes hopes alive in third Test thriller        Komalika becomes recurve cadet world champion; India wins 2 gold, 1 bronze        Iran to let women attend football World Cup qualifier: ministry        Assets under gold ETFs jump to Rs 5,000 cr in first 4 months of FY20        Stimulus package will boost growth and stabilise economy: CII        White House says Trump regrets not raising tariffs higher        G7 to help nations hit by Amazon fires: Macron        Official Iranian plane lands in Biarritz during G7: flight websites        Shah to review ongoing operations against Naxals on Monday        Former finance minister Arun Jaitley cremated with State honours        Give specific timelines for cleaning of Yamuna: NGT        Sindhu becomes first Indian shuttler to win World C'ships gold, bear Okuhara in final        UAE honours PM Modi with its highest civilian award ''Order of Zayed''        Trump, Macron discuss trade, tensions in Persian Gulf ahead of G7 summit - White House        Gokulam Kerala win Durand Cup for first time        Sindhu storms into third successive finals at BWF World Championships        Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley passes away        I find nets claustrophobic, prefer centre wicket for match simulation: Kohli        Rahane's 81 only saving grace in India 203 for 6 on day 1        No more dessert names, Google to officially call new OS 'Android 10'        
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National News
Shocker defection: Sonia''s former aide Vadakkan deserts Congress, joins BJP
 
New Delhi: Giving a shocker in the run-up to the general elections, the BJP on Thursday could bring in Tom Vadakkan, a former close aide of Sonia Gandhi, into their fold. "It gives me a great pleasure coming here.....The reason why I left Congress is with a heavy heart. Because the attack by Pakistani terrorists on our land and the reaction from Congress was sad indeed. It hurt me deeply," Mr Vadakkan told reporters in presence of Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

"When you question the integrity of the armed forces, I am deeply hurt and that''s precisely the reason I am here," he said. Mr Vadakkan, who is a Roman Catholic, said the matter is not about ideology alone - "yeh desh prem ki baat hai....(This is a matter of one''s love and dedication for the country)". "If a political party takes a stand which is against the country....then I was left with no other alternative than to quit such a party," said Mr Vadakkan, who was once political secretary of Sonia Gandhi.

Apparently, Mr Vadakkan was unhappy lately after he was sidelined. He also lashed out at the ''dynastic'' politics being pursued in Congress. Welcoming him to the BJP, Union Law Minister Mr Prasad said "Mr Vadakkan is a senior Congress leader and comes from Roman Catholic family in Thrissur. He has decided to join the BJP after getting impressed by the policies and programmes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and equally getting disenchanted by the Congress party".


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Give specific timelines for cleaning of Yamuna: NGT
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Bengal's personalities write open letter to Mamata
Congress MLA Nirmala Gavit quits, may join Shiv Sena
Modi govt committed to development of northeast: Shah
Flood-like situation in parts of Punjab, Haryana, IAF rescues 9 people
Teachers report to schools in Kashmir, students don't
Yogi Adityanath to reshuffle UP cabinet on Monday
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Vivek Oberoi to star in film on Balakot air strikes
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
White House says Trump regrets not raising tariffs higher
 Biarritz: President Donald Trump's only regret in hiking tariffs on China is that he didn't raise t
G7 to help nations hit by Amazon fires: Macron
Official Iranian plane lands in Biarritz during G7: flight websites
UAE honours PM Modi with its highest civilian award ''Order of Zayed''
KERALA NEWS
Malayalam actor, film crew stranded in Himachal village
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Ex-Deputy Commandant of AR camp held in connection with constable's death
"More flights to Kerala from Gulf countries during Onam"
Flood in Kerala: CM conducts aerial survey
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