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PM announces high-level task force on structural reforms in agriculture            Govt convenes all-party meet today ahead of Parliament session            Efforts on to end West Bengal doctors' agitation            Heat stroke claims 43 lives in Bihar during past 24 hours            ICC World Cup: India to clash with arch-rivals Pakistan today           

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27.05.2019

THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his government will ensure sabka saath sabka vikaas; says there is no alternative to transparency and hard work. 

  • Sikkim Karantikari Morcha President P. S. Golay sworn in as new Chief Minister of the state along with ten Ministers.

  • In Arunachal Pradesh, BJP to hold its legislature party meeting today to elect its leader.

  • Delhi High Court seeks response from Robert Vadra on a plea by Enforcement Directorate seeking cancellation of his anticipatory bail in a money-laundering case.

  • Heatwave sweeps Telangana, Odisha and parts of Maharashtra.

  • Nation remembers its first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his 55th death anniversary today.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his government will ensure Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas and there is no alternative to transparency and hardwork. Mr. Modi was addressing  the party cadres in Varanasi on his thanksgiving visit.

Thanking the people of the city for their love towards him, Mr Modi added that  though the nation made him the Prime Minister, he is but a normal worker for people of kashi. The Prime Minister added that every party cadre worker in varanasi became Narendra modi and ran the campaign successfully.

Mr Modi paid tributes to the BJP workers who laid down their lives for the party's cause.

"कश्मीर में हमारे लोगों ने जान की बाजी लगाई है। केरल में हमें मौत के घाट उतार दिया था। शायद हिन्दुस्तान में कोई एक राजनीतिक दल इतनी व्यापक हिंसा का शिकार हुआ है और उसके मूल में जो एक नरेटिव हिट हैट्रिक लगातार नरेटिव बनाया गया है। उसी का परिणाम है कि हिंसा को एक प्रकार से मान्यता दी गई है। ये हमारे सामने बहुत बड़ा संकट है। दूसरा हमारे सामने संकट है बाबा साहेब अम्बेडकर, महात्मा गांधी जैसे महापुरूषों ने सार्वजनिक जीवन में छुआछुत को, समाजिक व्यवस्था में छुओछुत को  खत्म करने के लिए अपनी जिंदगी खपा दी। लेकिन दुर्भाग्य से हमारे देश में राजनीतिक छुआछुत दिनों दिन बढ़ती चली जा रही है।"

Prime Minister Modi said the country is moving on the path of development and economic growth has accelerated in the recent past.

Mr Modi reiterated that the BJP is committed to uphold the values of democracy.

"भारत के लोकतंत्र में इस प्रकार के वृत्ति लोग हैं उनसे भी मैं आज काशी की पवित्र धरती से पुनर्विचार करने के लिए कहना चाहता हूं बहुत हो चुका। नये शिरे से सोचना शुरू करो। कमियां हम में भी होगी। लेकिन हमारे इरादे नेक हैं और दोस्तों लोकतंत्र कोई कुछ भी कह दे। आज हिन्दुस्तान के राजनीतिक तख्त पर ईमानदारी से रग रग में लोकतंत्र को लेकर के जीने वाला जो दल हैं वो भारतीय जनता पार्टी है। हम शासन में आते हैं तब भी हम सबसे ज्यादा लोकतंत्र की परवाह करने वाले लोग होते हैं।"

The Prime Minister also talked about the perfect synergy' between government and party and said work and workers create wonders. He added that he is grateful to opponents who fought against him. Mr Modi also said political analysts will have to accept that beyond poll arithmetic, there is chemistry. Mr Modi said, the nation might have elected him as the Prime Minister but for people, he will remain a worker.

Earlier the Prime Minister offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple .

Flanked by BJP president Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Mr. Modi entered the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and paid obeisance to the deity.

The BJP President hailed Mr Modi for his focus on the development of the state.

"मित्रों इस चुनाव के अंदर भारतीय जनता पार्टी  मोदी जी के नेतृत्व के अंदर पचास प्रतिशत मत प्राप्त कर कर फिर से एक बार उत्तर प्रेदश भारतीय जनता पार्टी का गढ़ है वो सिद्ध करने में सफल हुए और मैं मानता हूं कि मोदी जी का जो विजन है, मोदी जी का जो रास्ता है पांच ही साल के अंदर देश के सबसे विकसित राज्यों की सूची में शुमार हो जायेगा।"

Our correspondent who covered the Prime Minister's visit has more:

"People of Varanasi thronged the streets to welcome their leader. Prime Minister passed through a six kilometers long stretch from Police line to kashi vishwanath to thank citizen of Kashi who showed faith in him and then took blessings of lord Shiva at the temple. All along the route, huge crowd was waiting in the scorching heat, just to take a glimpse of prime minister. More than 500 artists showcased the diverse cultural heritage of Uttar Pradesh all along the way. BJP workers showered flower petals on their iconic leader and PM modi was visibly mesmerized by this grand welcome. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, VARANASI."

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Sikkim Karantikari Morcha, SKM, President P. S. Golay today took over as the New Chief Minister of the state. Governor, Ganga Prasad administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr. Golay and his council of ministers in Palzor Stadium at Gangtok amidst a huge gathering of people. The portfolios will be alloted later. The Council of Ministers who took oath are Kunga Nima Lepcha, Sonam Lama, B. S. Pant, Mani Kumar Sharma, Arun Upreti, Loknath Sharma, Mingma Norbu, Karma Loday Bhutia, Bhim Hang Subba and Sanjit Kharel.

SDF Party President and former Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and his MLAs hadboycotted the swearing in ceremony at the last moment.

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In Arunachal Pradesh, BJP will hold its legislature party meeting today. Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who is all set to become the chief minister again, will meet Governor BD Mishra soon after the meeting and stake claim to form government. The term of the 9th Arunachal Pradesh legislative assembly will end on 1st June, and the next legislative assembly has to be constituted before that.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu and his Council of Ministers tendered their resignation to the Governor yesterday. The Governor has accepted their resignations and requested Mr. Khandu and the Council of Ministers to continue till the new Government is sworn in. BJP for the first time in the state has won 41 seats in the 60 seat state assembly.

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The swearing-in-ceremony of Leader of YSR Congress Legislature Party YS Jagan Mohan Reddy as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister is scheduled on 30th May at IGM Stadium in Vijayawada. Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan has already invited Jagan Mohan Reddy to form the Government.

Mr. Reddy had yesterday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and invited him for the swearing in ceremony.

Meanwhile, in an effort to prepare a roadmap for better Governance, Mr Reddy has decided to release white papers on each Department. He is also planning to take forward his Party's fight for the special category status to the state.

Mr. Reddy has said his Government will focus on improving financial position of the State.

Jagan Mohan Reddy also said he sought and urged Mr. Narendra Modi to extend all possible support to tide over the crisis and that the Prime Minister responded positively.

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After the swearing-in of Naveen Patnaik as the Chief Minister for the fifth consecutive term on Wednesday, 6 to 7 lakh farmers under KALIA scheme will receive the financial assistance of 5 thousand rupees on the same day through Direct Benefit Transfer. The rest will get the amount within next two to three days. More from our correspondent: 

"Naveen Patnaik during his election campaigns had promised to provide first instalment of financial assistance to eligible under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme on the first day of the formation of BJD government in the state. Around 25 lakh farmers of the State will get the first instalment. Earlier this year, around 42 lakh farmers of Odisha had received the first instalment of financial assistance under the scheme. Later, the amount could not be given to the rest of the beneficiary farmers as the Model Code of Conduct came into force in the state for the elections. Naveen Patnaik, who led the party to the huge victory in Odisha assembly elections, is scheduled to be sworn in as the chief minister for a record fifth consecutive term on May 29. SN Pattnaik, AIR News, Sambalpur."

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In Madhya Pradesh, the Modi wave that swept through the State enabled the BJP to garner around 58 per cent of votes, by eating into congress vote share. The BJP won 28 of the 29 Lok Sabha seats in this election with Congress reduced to just one seat, Chhindwara. More from our Correspondent:

"The Congress had two Lok Sabha members in the previous Lok Sabha was reduced to just one this time as its vote share declined drastically. According to Election Commission data, the BJP garnered 2 crore14 lakh votes, which is 58 per cent of the total votes polled and about 4 per cent more from 2014 general elections and huge 17 per cent more from 2018 assembly elections. The Congress secured 1 crore 27 lakh votes, which is around 34.50 per cent of the total vote share. It is 6 percent less in comparison with the last year's assembly polls. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."

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In Assam, the BJP and its ally Asom Gana Parishad decided to contest in each of the two Rajya Sabha seats. Polls will be held on 7th of next month. Asom Gana Parishad will field former Union minister Birendra Prasad Baishya in 1 seat, while BJP is yet to announce party candidate for the other seat. Tomorrow is the last date of filing nomination papers. Our Correspondent reports that 2 Rajya Sabha seats currently held by former Prime Minister and Congress leader Dr. Manmohan Singh and Santiuse Kujur, will fall vacant on 14th of June. Dr Singh has been representing Assam since 1991 in the Upper House.

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The seventeenth Lok Sabha's first session is likely to start from June sixth and go on till June 15th.

The dates of the first Parliament session are expected to be finalised during the first meeting of the new Cabinet on May 31st, a day after Narendra Modi takes oath as prime minister of the country for a second term. Our correspondent quoting sources reports, President Ram Nath Kovind will address the joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament on June 6th, the first day of the session. A pro-tem speaker of the Lok Sabha is also likely to be appointed the same day.

The pro-tem speaker will administer the oath of office to all the newly elected MPs before the speaker's election.

Following the appointment of the speaker, both Houses will take up the motion of thanks on which Prime minister will give his reply.

The president will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Mr. Modi and other members of the Union council of ministers during a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday at 7 pm.

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The Delhi High Court today sought response from Robert Vadra on a plea of Enforcement Directorate seeking cancellation of his anticipatory bail in a money-laundering case.

Justice Chander Shekhar issued notice to Vadra on the petition challenging trial court's April 1 order, which granted him anticipatory bail.

The court also sought response of Vadra's close aide Manoj Arora on ED's plea seeking cancellation of the anticipatory bail.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing ED in the court, said they required his custody as Vadra was not cooperating in the investigation and the trial court had not discussed the gravity of the offence in its order.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law, Vadra is facing allegations of money laundering in purchase of a London-based property worth nearly 2 million pounds.

The case is being probed under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

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The Supreme Court today refused to grant protection from arrest to newly elected BSP MP from Ghosi Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh, Atul Rai. He is accused of raping a college student from Varanasi.

A vacation bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Aniruddha Bose said they were not inclined to entertain a petition to grant relief from arrest to Rai.

Earlier, the apex court had also refused to grant interim protection from arrest to Rai.

On 1st May, an FIR was registered against Rai on a complaint by a college student, alleging that he took her to his home on the pretext of introducing her to his wife but sexually assaulted her.

Rai's lawyer said, in his petition, that there was no provision for anticipatory bail in Uttar Pradesh, and since the high court on 8th of May had dismissed Rai's petition seeking protection, he fear that his client could be arrested in the case.

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The CBI has summoned former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar for questioning in the West Bengal capital today in connection with the Saradha ponzi scheme case. The CBI summon came soon after state government reinstated him as the Additional Director General of the CID. Officials said, a four-member CBI team visited the 1989-batch IPS officer's official residence in Kolkata last evening to serve the notice after repeated efforts to contact him over phone failed.

Officials said, the CBI also issued a lookout notice against Kumar. All the airports and immigration authorities have been ed to prevent him from leaving the country and intimate the agency about any possible move.

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The nation pays homage to its first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his 55th death anniversary today. Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari and Congress President Rahul Gandhi paid tributes to Pandit Nehru at his memorial Shanti Van in the national capital. An all-religion prayer meeting was organised in the memorial premises.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has paid tributes to Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru on his death anniversary. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said, he will always be remembered for his contributions to building a modern India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tributes to Pandit Nehru on his death anniversary. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, the people of the country remember his contributions to the nation.

Remembering the former Prime Minister, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, in his message, said that Pandit Nehru's contribution in building strong, independent, modern institutions has helped democracy survive in India for over 70 years. He said many democratic nations as young as India soon degenerated into dictatorships.

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In Telangana, several places are reeling under heat wave conditions. Met officials warned that the similar conditions will continue till the 31st of this month. The met officials also advised people not to get exposed to direct sunlight and take necessary precautions to avoid heat stroke. More from our correspondent:

"The busy markets and main roads in Hyderabad, otherwise witness bustling activity are wearing an empty look these days, especially during afternoons due to scorching heat. The temperatures in the capital city are crossing 44 degrees Celsius. The government has postponed opening up of schools after summer vacation by two weeks due to heat wave conditions that grappled the state. In Districts, it is much worse. Northern and Eastern districts of Telangana like Mancherial, Jagityal, Adilabad, Asifabad, Bhoopalpalli and Kothagudem have recorded above 47 degrees Celsius yesterday. Since morning, people in these areas are suffering scathing heat even today. It may be recalled that Neelwai in Mancherial district recorded 47.8 degrees Celsius during the past 24 hours. Lakshmi, Air News, Hyderabad."

Still with Telangana, the education department has decided to cultivate vegetables in the school premises where there is sufficient land available to meet the nutritional requirements of students. Authorities in the Education department in the combined Nizamabad District have decided to start the programme initially in high schools from the upcoming academic year onwards. The authorities have decided to overcome the impact of rising vegetable prices and increasing drought like situation on children’s midday meal programme by growing vegetables on the school premises. There are 514 high schools in the combined district.

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Heat wave conditions continued to prevail in Odisha giving people a tough time. The mercury hovered between 44 and 46 degrees Celcius in western and interior Odisha districts during past several days. As many as 11 stations in the state recorded maximum temperatures above 41 degree Celsius yesterday. Our correspondent reports that the maximum temperature rose to 44.6 in Talcher yesterday, whereas it was 46.3 degree Celsius in Titilagarh on last Saturday.

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In Maharashtra, heat wave conditions are likely to prevail in Vidarbha and Marathwada areas with temperatures ranging from 44 to 46 degree celsius. However, Mumbai is experiencing partly cloudy sky with relatively cooler temperature due to the timely setting in of cooler sea breeze. More from our Mumbai correspondent:

"The Indian Meteorological Department has informed that dry and warm north-westerly or westerly winds were prevailing over north-west and central parts of the country following the Vidarbha and Marathawada region are experiencing a heat wave. Besides, there has been less pre-monsoon rainfall in Maharashtra this year which has further aggravated the heatwave conditions. Over the weekend, Chandrapur recorded its maximum temperature at 46.8 degrees Celsius, followed by Nagpur at 46.3 degrees and Brahmapuri at 46 degrees. The heat wave is likely to continue for another 3-4 days. The IMD also said despite rainfall in few parts of Maharashtra, the regions would see no relief from the sweltering weather. On the other hand, Mumbai recorded a maximum of 34.4 degrees Celsius over the last 24 hours a minimum temperature of 26.5 degrees Celsius. The IMD has also predicted delay in South West Monsoon over Maharashtra in June, due to which rainfall in Mumbai will occur almost a week later. SONALI GHADYAL PATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."

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In Rajasthan, normal life has been affected due to severe heat at most of the places in the state. The heat wave conditions badly affected the western part of the state.

"Border areas and many districts of the western Rajasthan are heating due to rising temperature. Special arrangements have been made for BSF Personnel engaged in patrolling at Border areas to save them from severe heat. Cold rooms have been set up for these Jawans. Highest 44 degree celcious temperature has been recorded in Falaudi of Jodhpur District. Mercury has been recorded above 41 degree Celcious in many districts including Jaislamer, Churu and Kota. Around 40 degree temperature has been recorded today in capital Jaipur too. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur." 

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In the European Parliament Elections, the centre-right European People's Party (EPP), has emerged as the largest bloc and is expected to form a pro-EU coalition with the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) bloc. In the provisional results, EPP got 178 seats, a drop from 216 in previous election. S&D emerged as the second largest group with 152 seats, in the 751-member legislature. The coalition will also require support from liberals, the Greens and the nationalists who have increased their support base.

In the highest turnout in 20 years, the nationalists were set for victory in Italy and France. Populists gained ground in some countries but fell short of the very significant gains, which were predicted.

In the UK, the newly-formed Brexit Party claimed a big victory, and a strong performance by the Liberal Democrats came amid massive losses for the Conservatives and Labour. 

The European Parliament helps shape EU legislation and the results will play a big part in who gets the key jobs in the European Commission, the Union's executive.

But gains for nationalist parties in Italy, France and elsewhere means a greater say for Eurosceptics who want to curb the EU's powers.

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Sri Lankan navy has launched extra vigil on its northern seas in the wake of media reports that some terrorist elements may have left the country to land on Indian shores. Navy spokesman Isuru Desapriya told our correspondent that the vigil is being carried out based on media reports but there has not been any such from security agencies. Here is a report:

"Sri Lankan navy has been on high on its seas adjoining India since the Easter Sunday attacks. Several naval ships have been deployed to prevent illegal movement on any personnel or goods. The heightened security comes as the fundamentalist groups behind the attacks are believed to have some linkage with similar groups in South Indian states. At least one suspect, linked to Islamic state has been arrested from Kerala who was following the propaganda of Zahran Hashim, the key attacker of Easter bombings. Meanwhile, security forces in Sri Lanka are continuing with their search and cordon operations in areas around Colombo and over 100 suspects were taken into custody during last few days. SANTOSH KUMAR, AIR NEWS, COLOMBO."

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In Nepal, three Pakistani nationals have been arrested from Tribhuvan International Airport for carrying fake Indian currency with a face value of over 7.6 crore rupees. Police said they were arrested from the airport on Saturday as they arrived in the country from Doha with the fake currency.

Three Nepalese nationals, who reached the airport to pick up the fake currency, were also arrested.

The police have initiated further investigation into the matter.

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In Iraq, a Baghdad court has sentenced three French citizens to death for being members of the Islamic State terrorist group. An Iraqi judicial official said, the three are the first French IS members to receive death sentences in Iraq, where they were transferred for trial from neighboring Syria. The official said, they were among 12 French citizens whom the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces handed over to Iraq in January. He said, they can appeal the sentences within a month. The verdict raised new questions about the legal treatment of thousands of foreign nationals formerly with the extremist group. Many now languish in prisons in Iraq or detention camps in northern Syria. Their home countries hesitate to take back citizens they see as having gone willingly to join the terrorist group.

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Thousands gathered in cities across Brazil have showed support for President Jair Bolsonaro, who faces an uncooperative Congress, street protests, a family corruption scandal and falling approval ratings five months into his term.

The stumbling start for the far-right leader who rode a wave of dissatisfaction with Brazil's political class to victory led his backers to call for the demonstrations, which represented a mixed bag of demands and protests. The idea for demonstrations in favor of Bolsonaro gained steam after tens of thousands of people across Brazil last week protested budget cuts to public education imposed by his government.

Bolsonaro, who earlier in his political career said he would close Congress if he were ever president, told reporters on Friday he didn't support calls to close institutions.  In a tweet, Janaína Paschoal, a federal congresswoman whose name was floated as a potential vice president, said that Bolsonaro's biggest risk was himself, his sons and some of his staff members.

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SPORTS NEWS:

In ISSF shooting World Cup, rifle pistol stage in Munich Germany, India's Apurvi Chandela won a gold yesterday. India already has five Olympic quota places in Rifle and Pistol competitions. More from our correspondent:

"India's Apurvi Chandela continued her golden form in the shooting World Cup, rifle pistol stage in Munich Germany. In a closely fought women's 10m Air Rifle event at the ISSF World Cup, Apurvi shot a score of 251 in the final to outshine Wang Luyao of China. This was Apurvi's second ISSF World Cup gold of the year followed by a world record score in New Delhi in February and career's fourth ISSF medal. Another Indian in the fray, Elavenil Valarivan also made it to the finals but narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing fourth. Indians had a good day at other events as well. After the first round of qualifying in the women's 25m Pistol, Asian Games champion Rahi Sarnobat stood at second position with a score of 294. With a good rapid fire round today she can fancy her chances of winning a medal as well as the Olympic quota. India already has five quota places in Rifle and Pistol competitions. Apurvi, Anjum, Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma and Divyansh Singh Panwar have secured quotas for the country so far. India's other quota is in the men's 10m air rifle and thus the shooters would be eligible for only one quota. Today there will be three finals with six Olympic quota places up for the grabs. TRIPTI SRIVASTAVA, SPORTS DESK. "

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In French Open, World number one Novak Djokovic, second seed Rafael Nadal and 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams are among those who will begin their campaigns today.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova, third placed Roger Federer, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Kei Nishikori and Sloane Stephens have advanced to the Singles second round.

On the opening day of the second Grand Slam of the season, World number five Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams suffered shock first round defeats yesterday.

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Domestic stocks today surged more than 0.7 per cent in the afternoon trade amid gains in banking stocks, unabated foreign fund inflow and positive cues from global stocks.

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