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Moscow, Dec 1 :Russia has been turning its attention to eastern Asia not because of its cooling ties with the West but because of national interests, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

In his annual state of the union address to the Federal Assembly, the Russian leader denied any “opportunistic reasons” behind the change, saying the country’s current policy was determined by the country’s long-term national interests and global tendencies, Xinhua news agency reported.

Moscow also attached importance to cooperation with India and hoped to improve ties with Japan, Putin said.

He praised the Russia-China partnership as one of the key factors for ensuring global and regional stability under the current difficult conditions, saying the two countries’ relations have served as an example of mutually beneficial interaction.

Commenting on future relations with the administration of US President-elect Donald Trump, Putin reiterated Moscow’s readiness to normalise ties with Washington, as both nations have “common responsibility to ensure international security and stability, and to strengthen non-proliferation regimes”.

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Karnataka: 6 dead, 5 injured in boiler blast at sugar factory in Bagalkot

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Bengaluru: At least six people were killed and five critically injured after a blast took place in a boiler in Nirani sugars factory at Mudhol in Bagalkot district of Karnataka.

 

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Bhupesh Baghel to be Chhattisgarh CM

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Raipur, Dec 16 : Chhatisgarh Congress president Bhupesh Baghel was declared as the state’s chief minister on Sunday. The decision was taken in a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in Raipur where Baghel was elected by Congress MLAs.

Bhupesh Baghel is credited with playing a crucial role in a landslide victory of the Congress in Chhattisgarh.

Baghel and three other contenders for the top post had met Congress chief Rahul Gandhi at his Tughlaq Lane home in Delhi on Saturday. Gandhi held hectic parleys with the four leaders : Mr Baghel, TS Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu, Bhupesh Baghel and Charan Das Mahant .

 

The sources also dismissed reports that one of the contenders, Sahu, threatened to quit the party if he was not made the Chief Minister.

The sources also indicated that unlike Rajasthan, there would be no deputy chief minister.

Representing Patan Assembly constituency in Durg district, Baghel is the President of Chhattisgarh Congress since October 2014.

Punia said the meeting of the newly-elected lawmakers will be held at 12 p.m on Sunday and the name of the new Chief Minister will be announced thereafter.

Earlier in the day, Gandhi tweeted a picture of himself flanked by all the four claimants to the post, hinting at the end of tussle over who would be the next Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh.

Posting pictures of Baghel, Deo, Sahu and Mahant — Gandhi quoted American internet entrepreneur Reid Hoffman saying: “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.”

The Congress President had earlier tweeted similar pictures of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister-designate Kamal Nath and his rival claimant to the post Jyotiraditya Scindia as well as Rajasthan Chief Minister-designate Ashok Gehlot and his state party chief Sachin Pilot who has been named as the Deputy Chief Minister.

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Congress will do its work on farm loans waiver, BJP should perform its role : Gehlot

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Jaipur, Dec 16 : Ashok Gehlot will take oath as Chief Minister of Rajasthan on Monday but BJP has started issuing statements on  farm loan waiver.Rajasthan CM designate Ashok Gehlot said that Congress will do its work of waiving farm loans and BJP should rather perform their role as an opposition.

 “Congress will do its work. They should do theirs, if they don’t public will question them. The responsibility they have today is what we had in the last election & we worked. Now it’s their duty to work,” Rajasthan CM designate Ashok Gehlot said on BJP’s demand for farm loan waiver.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, along with several senior party leaders, will be present on December 17 at the oath-taking ceremony of Rajasthan Chief Minister-designate Ashok Gehlot .

The programme, in which Sachin Pilot will also take oath as the state’s Deputy Chief Minister, would be held at 10 a.m at Albert Hall here.

Former Prime Minister and Congress veteran Manmohan Singh would also be present.

The other leaders expected at the ceremony include former Prime Minister H.D. Devegowda, former Union Minister Sharad Yadav, Congress leader Mallikarjun Khadge, former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, DMK working President M.K. Stalin, party leader Kanimozhi, JMM leader Hemant Soren and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha chief Babulal Marandi.

While Gehlot will take the oath as Chief Minister for the third time, Pilot will take the oath for the first time as Deputy Chief Minister.

 

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