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Wellington, 5 Dec 2016  : New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key on Monday announced his resignation after eight years as head of the government. Key cited family reasons for his leaving.

“This is the hardest decision I’ve ever made and I don’t know what I’ll do next,” said Key, Efe news reported.

Key also resigned as the National Party leader. He announced his decision at a press conference explaining the job had required great sacrifices “from those who are dearest to me.”

According to the New Zealand Herald, Key’s wife, Bronagh, asked him to step down due to the “extraordinary levels of intrusion” in the lives of their two children, daughter Stephie and son Max.

The National Party will hold a special caucus on December 12 to decide who would be their new leader and new prime minister, although current Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bill English is expected to take over.

Economy Minister Steven Joyce is expected to be the new head of Finance.

The possible date for new elections in New Zealand is November 2017.

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PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti released from detention after 14 months

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Jammu, 13 Oct : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday released from detention. “PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” said Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

A government order issued on Tuesday night said her detention was being revoked with immediate effect.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in July had extended her detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

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Cinemas, theatres, multiplexes to open with up to 50% seating capacity from Oct 15

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Swimming pools for training of sportspersons to open with SOP from Oct 15

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SAD breaks alliance with BJP Leaves NDA in protest against farmers ordinance

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Chandigarh, 26 Sep : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has severed its alliance with the BJP. The Akali Dal had a 22-year-old alliance with the BJP.

The decision was taken after a meeting of the Akali Dal’s Kaur Committee which lasted for more than four hours today. Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal addressed the press after the meeting and announced that he would no longer be a part of BJP-NDA.

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