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How is the Electoral Game Shaping up in Key States

By   /  January 22, 2019  /  OP-ED  /  Comments Off on How is the Electoral Game Shaping up in Key States

The BJP in Kerala may have boosted its saffron image on the Sabrimala issue but is unlikely to gain much electoral advantage in 2019. That has been the pattern for decades: it has zero conversion rate even though it has a vote share of 10 percent. It would certainly like to weaken, harm, destroy the […]

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Sikkim, as a Model of Stability, Bolsters India’s Defences

By   /  January 22, 2019  /  OP-ED  /  Comments Off on Sikkim, as a Model of Stability, Bolsters India’s Defences

In the summer of 2017, the Doklam incident could have taken a dramatic turn for India (and China too!); fortunately, it ended well with the withdrawal of the Chinese and Indian armies from an area near the trijunction between Sikkim, Tibet and Bhutan. However, in early 2018, several media reports mentioned fast-paced road construction activities […]

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India’s first all-women’s party launched, to contest LS polls

By   /  January 21, 2019  /  Nation, Top News  /  Comments Off on India’s first all-women’s party launched, to contest LS polls

Mumbai, Jan. 21 (IANS):  India’s first-ever all-women political party — the National Women’s Party (NWP) — was launched on Monday in Mumbai and it will contest half — 283 — of the 545 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 elections. The NWP, described as “a party of mothers”, has been founded by a medico and […]

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Kamala Harris to run for US president in 2020

By   /  January 21, 2019  /  Top News, World  /  Comments Off on Kamala Harris to run for US president in 2020

Washington, Jan. 21 (IANS): Democrat Kamala Harris, the first Indian-American to serve in the US Senate, launched her campaign for the White House on Monday while appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America. In a brief video from her campaign that was released on the social media at the same time she appeared on the show, […]

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CJI recuses from hearing challenge to appointment of Rao as acting CBI chief

By   /  January 21, 2019  /  Nation  /  Comments Off on CJI recuses from hearing challenge to appointment of Rao as acting CBI chief

New Delhi, Jan. 21 (IANS):  Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Monday recused himself from hearing a plea by NGO Common Cause challenging the appointment of M. Nageswara Rao as the interim Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after the ouster of Alok Verma. As the plea by Common Cause came up for hearing […]

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US-based cyber expert says 2014 elections were rigged, poll panel denies allegations

By   /  January 21, 2019  /  Nation  /  Comments Off on US-based cyber expert says 2014 elections were rigged, poll panel denies allegations

London, Jan. 21 (IANS): In a sensational claim, a US-based self-claimed cyber expert Syed Shuja on Monday said the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were “rigged” and even claimed that BJP leader Gopinath Munde was “killed” as he knew about the “hacking” of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), a claim debunked by the Election Commission of India. […]

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BJP asks EC to derecognise AAP, seize its symbol

By   /  January 21, 2019  /  Nation  /  Comments Off on BJP asks EC to derecognise AAP, seize its symbol

New Delhi Jan. 21 (IANS): Accusing the AAP and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of dividing the society on caste lines and spreading mispropaganda, the BJP on Monday approached the Election Commission (EC) and demanded derecognisition of the party. After meeting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters: “We […]

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Choksi opts for Antigua and Barbuda citizenship

By   /  January 21, 2019  /  Nation  /  Comments Off on Choksi opts for Antigua and Barbuda citizenship

Mumbai/New Delhi, Jan. 21 (IANS): Posing fresh complications for India, absconder diamantaire Mehul Choksi, one of the prime accused in the INR 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud, has surrendered his Indian citizenship in favour of Antigua & Barbuda Isles in the West Indies, official sources said on Monday. Choksi, 59, acquired his new […]

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May seeks to break Brexit deadlock with ‘Plan B’

By   /  January 21, 2019  /  Top News, World  /  Comments Off on May seeks to break Brexit deadlock with ‘Plan B’

London, Jan. 21 (IANS): UK Prime Minister Theresa May is set to present her Brexit Plan-B on Monday in a desperate attempt to overturn last week’s humiliating Commons defeat and convince Tory Brexiteers to support her withdrawal deal with the EU. May will address the House of Commons, explaining how she intends to proceed and […]

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Williams outlasts Halep in epic battle in Australian Open

By   /  January 21, 2019  /  Sports  /  Comments Off on Williams outlasts Halep in epic battle in Australian Open

Melbourne, Jan. 21 (IANS): Serena Williams of the US advanced to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Monday after a hard-fought 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Romanian world No 1 Simona Halep. The 37-year-old shone at the Rod Laver Arena to again demonstrate her remarkable longevity and ability to compete at the game’s highest […]

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