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Thursday, March 16, 2017

French Prez, Qatar Emir felicitate PM on UP polls outcome
Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to receive felicitations from foreign leaders over the UP poll results, with French President Francois Hollande and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani calling up today to congratulate him. "French President, HE Mr. @fhollande called PM @narendramodi today to convey his felicitations at the election results," the PMO tweeted. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay also tweeted Hollande's message. "The Emir of Qatar HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani called PM @narendramodi today to convey his felicitations at the election results," said another tweet by the PMO.

15 lakh tourists visited India availing e-tourist visa: Govt
More than 15 lakh tourists have visited the country so far availing the popular e-tourist visa, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju told the Upper House that more than 15 lakh e-tourist visas have been issued till 2016 since the introduction of the policy in November 2014. He said the government had introduced the e-tourist visa policy to foreign nationals to undertake recreation, sight-seeing, casual visits to meet friends or relatives and attending short-term yoga programmes.

Plane carrying Shah, Naidu develops snag
A chartered aircraft carrying BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu to Imphal today suffered an engine problem mid-air, prompting the pilot to return to the airport here. Following the engine snag, the two BJP leaders shelved their plans to travel to Imphal for the swearing-in ceremony of N Biren Singh as Manipur Chief Minister, sources here said. Naidu along with Shah and BJP leader Ram Lal had left for Imphal at 9.39 AM from the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The special chartered aircraft was carrying three more passengers besides the BJP leaders.

Raj Babbar offers to resign as UP Congress chief
Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar today offered to resign, taking moral responsibility for the poll debacle in the state, amid demands for structural changes and fixing responsibility in the party. Babbar also echoed Rahul Gandhi on the need for making structural changes to strengthen the party but defended the Congress Vice President, saying leadership is not changed "for losses in one or two elections".

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