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JD(U) Party leader and former Bihar minister Manju Verma was suspended from the party Thursday for her alleged involvement in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex abuse case. Verma resigned as social welfare minister following the Muzaffarpur case after it came to light that her husband Chandrashekhar Verma had spoken to Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused, several times.

09:57:01 on 15 Nov

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It is an open secret that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, TRS president and the state’s caretaker, is a superstitious man with immense belief in numerology. When he dissolved the Assembly on 6 September 2018, eight months ahead of its end term, pundits saw it as a move guided not just by numbers and electoral arithmetic, but superstition too.

08:25:01 on 15 Nov

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Nearly two years after the death of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, the Madras High Court on Thursday issued notices to her niece J Deepa and nephew and J Deepak in a case related to the administration of her estate. The siblings have been asked to submit their replies by November 28.

07:57:01 on 15 Nov

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Pune city police Thursday filed a chargesheet against five activists arrested in June this year for their alleged Maoist links in the ongoing investigation of Elgaar Parishad case. Investigating officer of the case ACP Shivaji Pawar filed the 5000-page chargesheet in the court of Additional Sessions Judge KD Vadane.

07:40:01 on 15 Nov

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RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav accused Biha CM Nitish Kumar of "snooping" by installing a powerful CCTV camera atop a boundary wall of the CM residence near his bungalow. The leader of opposition in the state assembly, Yadav's 5, Desh Ratna Marg bungalow is just behind Kumar's 7, Circular road, house in Patna. The official residence of the chief minister is 1, Anney Marg.

07:01:00 on 15 Nov

A trove of over 600 pages of documents pertaining to the Election Commission of India that were obtained through RTIs reveal a range of practices that appear to violate principles of citizen privacy, consent and responsible data-sharing among various state institutions.The RTIs have emerged at a time when large scale voter deletions have been found in Delhi, AP and TS.

06:57:02 on 15 Nov

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The family of the eight-year-old Kathua rape victim, on Wednesday, 14 November, decided to drop lawyer Deepika Rajawat, who had spearheaded their cause initially. The Kathua rape case jolted the conscience of the people after the charge sheet filed by the J&K police revealed that the girl was sedated, raped repeatedly, and then bludgeoned to death in January this year.

05:52:32 on 15 Nov

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On Wednesday evening, mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy walked out of central jail on the outskirts of the city after obtaining conditional bail in an alleged Ponzi scam. He was smiling and looked confident. Unlike in the past, he spoke to the waiting media for over 45 minutes, defending himself and attacking Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy for his plight.

04:57:02 on 15 Nov

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Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday signalled that the government would deliver on its promise on extending quota benefits for Maratha community in education and jobs. “I want to assure the community that it should be ready to celebrate the reservation on December 1. There was no need to agitate anymore,” he said in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

04:47:00 on 15 Nov

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The ‘Gedi route’ – a road near the girls’ hostels at the Panjab University – has changed a lot in the last few days. On this road, where men usually drive luxury cars and play loud Punjabi songs while ‘checking out’ women, hundreds of students have been shouting Azadi and ‘Death to Patriarchy’ slogans in the middle of the night.

04:40:01 on 15 Nov

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Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi’s statement that his country doesn’t want Kashmir as Pakistan can’t even manage its own provinces has got Home minister Rajnath Singh’s approval. ‘What he said is right. They are unable to manage Pakistan, how will they manage Kashmir? Kashmir is and will always be a part of India,” ANI quoted Singh as saying.

03:21:28 on 15 Nov

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The EC has appointed Ashish Kundra as the Chief Electoral Officer of Mizoram to replace SB Shashank, who had courted controversy in the poll-bound state. Shashank had reportedly sought deployment of additional central armed police forces and complained to the EC that the state's former principal secretary, Lalnunmawia Chuaungo, was interfering in the poll process.

12:42:10 on 15 Nov

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A record 331 candidates filed their nominations on Wednesday for the upcoming Telangana elections, scheduled to be held on December 7. The EC had said that it was receiving nominations from November 12 and 48 aspirants had filed their affidavits on the first day while the number of the second day was 39. 78 candidates from the TRS had filed their nominations on Wednesday.

11:22:31 on 15 Nov

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Telangana Chief Minister and TRS president K. Chandrashekar Rao, who filed his nomination from Gajwel Assembly constituency on Wednesday, has declared assets worth over Rs. 20.60 crores. However, he does not own any vehicle. His total movable assets are valued at over Rs. 10.40 crore while his wife K. Shobha has movable assets of over Rs. 94.5 lakh.

10:55:02 on 15 Nov

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The TRS announced 10 more candidates for the December 7 assembly elections in Telangana. The party had earlier declared candidates for 107 Assembly segments. The total number of constituencies is 119. The latest list includes former minister Danam Nagender who will contest from Khairatabad in Hyderabad. Rao is consulting senior party leaders for the remaining 2 seats.

08:57:01 on 15 Nov

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The Madras High Court on Wednesday sought to know from the state Chief Electoral Officer when the Election Commission proposes to hold the by-elections to Tiruparankunram and Tiruvarur Assembly constituencies. The assembly seats had fallen vacant after the death of DMK leader M Karunanidhi (Thiruvarur) and AIADMK MLA A K Bose (Thiruparankundram).

06:57:01 on 15 Nov

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The first round of pre-election opinion polls are in for the coming assembly elections. The overall trend seems to be this: it’s advantage Congress in Rajasthan and close contests in MP, Chhattisgarh and now in Telangana. On the face of it, this may not be all that bad news for the BJP. While the BJP is going down, the largest opposition party isn’t rising to the occasion.

04:25:01 on 15 Nov

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Google searches for a little-known election rule peaked in India after AR Murugadoss’s Deepavali release, Sarkar, Section 49P of the election rules in India after a scene in Sarkar. Sundar, a charachter in Sarkar, who is an NRI and CEO of a top American company, comes to his home country to cast his vote only to find out that someone else has cast his vote.

11:25:01 on 14 Nov

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Election season is upon us, and five states are going to polls. In the assembly election fray are Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram. Chhattisgarh, in its first phase of assembly elections on Monday, 12 November, saw a 76.28 percent voter turnout, covering 18 assembly segments, despite Maoist threats of violence.

10:56:01 on 14 Nov

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Ballari mining baron and former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhana Reddy has been granted days after he was arrested in an alleged bribery case in Bengaluru. The first additional chief metropolitan magistrate V Jagadeesha granted Reddy bail on the condition that he provide two sureties and furnish a bond of Rs 1 lakh.

06:02:24 on 14 Nov

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A few days before the UPA–2 okayed the formation of Telangana by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh, TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao met a top Congress leader and told him that he would merge his party with the Congress after Parliament clears Telangana Bill and become the chief minister.

05:04:40 on 14 Nov

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday raised the pitch for change of name of the State afresh saying that a proposal to change the name of the State to Bangla has been lying with the Centre for a long time. She alleged that almost every day “BJP has been changing the names of historical places, but in respect of Bengal, the attitude is totally different.”

04:25:01 on 14 Nov

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Telangana caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao filed his nomination papers on Wednesday at the office of the returning officer for the Gajwel Assembly constituency in the state's Siddipet town. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief was accompanied by his nephew and caretaker Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao and caretaker Deputy CM Kadiyam Srihari.

04:06:57 on 14 Nov

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Amidst strong protests from rebel candidates, the Telangana Congress released its second list on Wednesday naming 10 candidates, making it a total of 75 candidates so far. The first list was announced on Monday. The alliance party, TDP, has also announced its first list consisting of names of nine candidates.

03:10:02 on 14 Nov

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Both Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot will contest the December 7 Rajasthan election, it was revealed amid reports of a widening rift in the party. Who among the two would contest the election has been the subject of much speculation in the run-up to the polls. Both are seen as the main candidates for CM in the Congress, which hopes to win back the BJP-ruled state.

01:48:00 on 14 Nov

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Harish Meena, a BJP parliamentarian in Rajasthan and former top police officer, has quit his party and joined the Congress, weeks before assembly polls in the state. Harish Meena, 64, is the MP from Dausa. A former Director General of Police, he had joined the BJP in 2014. His exit is seen as a big blow to the BJP, which is fighting for another term in Rajasthan.

12:41:09 on 14 Nov

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The BJP, which wants to grow in Andhra Pradesh, seems to be preferred by the spiritual and religious gurus. After the seer from Sree Peetham, Swami Paripoornananda, joined the BJP last month to campaign in Telangana, it is now the turn of Satyanarayana Gopinath Das of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Rajamahendravaram.

11:28:53 on 14 Nov

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Caretaker Minister for IT and Municipal Administration KT Rama Rao on Tuesday assured disabled persons that he would discuss with the CM to revive the Disabled Welfare programme which was currently functioning as an integral part of the Women and Child Welfare department. It should function as an independent department and work exclusively for the welfare of the disabled.

07:57:01 on 14 Nov

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The first list of 65 candidates released by the Congress has sparked protests in Telangana, with those who were denied a ticket giving a call for shutdown. Of the 65 seats for which candidates have been selected, the party has allotted only 13 to backward classes and leading the charge in the rebel camp is Congress Backward Classes Welfare Association chief R Krishnaiah.

03:17:16 on 13 Nov

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Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth's response to whether the BJP is such a "dangerous party" that certain political parties are working towards forming an anti-BJP alliance had left the reporters confused. "They are thinking so... so it must be so," the 67-year-old actor-politician had said. A day later, the actor's clarification on his remark is equally ambiguous.

02:15:58 on 13 Nov

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Pink slips on Electronic Voting Machines for the Telangana assembly elections has the Congress seeing red. Because pink is the colour of K Chandrashekhar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi, which has ruled the state since its birth in 2014. The Congress, which leads an alliance of four parties for the elections, is the K Chandrashekhar Rao-led TRS’ main rival in the state.

12:55:01 on 13 Nov

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CM N Chandrababu Naidu has asserted that he took the responsibility of uniting all the anti-BJP parties at the national level to get a favourable govt at the Centre so as to get justice to the State as well as the nation. “If the BJP forms govt at the Centre again, the State will not get justice. The present BJP govt is doing a grave injustice to the State,’’ the CM said.

10:38:21 on 13 Nov

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Top actor Rajinikanth, who is expected to foray into politics, said Monday that the implementation of the demonetization exercise by the Centre was flawed. The Tamil superstar, when asked about his view on the impact of demonetization vis-a-vis its second anniversary, told reporters that "the implementation was flawed. It is a matter that should be discussed in detail."

10:25:02 on 13 Nov

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A day after he was denied a ticket for the 2018 Rajasthan elections, state minister Surendra Goyal resigned from the BJP today. He submitted his resignation in a two-line letter to state BJP president Madan Lal Saini. Goyal, a five-term MLA, was replaced by Avinash Gehlot from Jaitaran seat in Pali district, as per the first list of 131 BJP candidates released Sunday.

09:10:02 on 12 Nov

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The untimely demise of Union minister Ananth Kumar has left a void in the state BJP leadership, something which the party is bound to find hard to fill. Ananth Kumar, a six-time MP, was one of the most influential leaders in the BJP. He was the Man Friday of the state BJP and the party had always looked towards his guidance politically or otherwise.

03:29:05 on 12 Nov

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Continuing his attack on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the Congress' politics is focused on dynasty and caste while the BJP reaches out to the poor. “Mother and son out on bail questioning demonetisation but forget it is due to demonetisation they had to seek bail,” the PM Modi said at a rally in Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur.

01:35:01 on 12 Nov

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The BJP in Telangana in its manifesto for the upcoming Assembly Elections is likely to promise free distribution of over 1 lakh cows across the state. The scheme will be part of BJP manifesto scheduled to sometime this week. The party intends to create a portal where one can register if they want a cow. The TRS govt had also launched a cattle distribution scheme in 2017.

01:31:43 on 12 Nov

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The stage is set for the first phase of Chhattisgarh assembly elections in 18 seats spread across eight Maoist-affected districts on Monday. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is eyeing a fourth straight term in the tribal-dominated state as the opposition Congress seeks to return to power after 15 years.

01:18:48 on 12 Nov

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Telangana Elections : Unfashionably late!

It’s akin to the ‘cutting off the Chinese melon’. But, the grand allies of the Grand Alliance are still unsure as to what will be their spheres of influence. Even as candidates of other parties are preparing for the nomination, notification for which will be issued on Monday, Congress leaders are running to the camps of their allies, TJS and CPI, to placate them.

01:08:02 on 12 Nov

Heavy security is in place as the first phase of
Chhattisgarh Polls is underway in the areas where left-wing extremism is at its worst. Congress leader Jaiveer Shergill comments that despite having been elected into power three times over 15 years, BJP leader and CM Raman Singh had not done what he had promised as even his own constituency was a Naxal-affected area.

01:01:49 on 12 Nov

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Union Minister and senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar died at a hospital in Bengaluru this morning. He was 59. Ananth Kumar was suffering from cancer and had returned from the US last month after treatment in New York. Prime Minister Narendra Modi described him as a remarkable leader, an able administrator and a great asset to the BJP.

11:56:02 on 12 Nov

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The Election Commission issued notification for the December 7 election to the Telangana Legislative Assembly. According to the notification, nominations would be accepted from November 12 to 19 while the date for scrutiny of papers has been fixed on November 20. The total number of voters in TS has gone down by nearly nine lakh to 2.73 crores for the Assembly polls.

11:51:43 on 12 Nov

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Chhattisgarh Assembly Election LIVE | A voter turnout of over 10% has been recorded till 10 am in 18 Assembly constituencies even as scores of Banda residents were forced to register their votes under a tree after an IED was detected near a polling booth in Konta. Ahead of polling, nearly two kilograms of IED was detonated by Naxals near Tumakpal camp in Dantewada.

11:42:31 on 12 Nov

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Nearly 14% turnout was recorded in the first three hours of voting for 18 seats spread over eight districts in Chhattisgarh, in the first phase of the assembly election, as suspected Maoists triggered an IED blast in Katekalyan area in Dantewada. Voting began in 10 assembly seats at 7am across seven districts in Maoist-affected Bastar region and Rajnandgaon district.

11:08:43 on 12 Nov

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Polling is underway for the first phase of Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh amid tight security arrangements in the wake of the recent naxal attacks. Eighteen out of 90 Assembly constituencies, including 12 ‘red zone’ seats, are up for polls in the first phase today. An IED was detected near a polling booth in Konta's Banda.

10:47:27 on 12 Nov

Caretaker IT and Municipal Administration minister K T Rama Rao on Sunday urged Gujarati industrialists and businessmen to ask their employees working in their units and business houses to vote for the TRS. He was addressing the members of All Gujarati Samaj who joined the TRS at Telangana Bhavan on Sunday.

09:41:02 on 12 Nov

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The wife of a CPI-M Minister in Kerala on Sunday quit her post in the University of Kerala following criticism that her husband played a role in getting her the job. Jubilee Navaprabha, wife of Public Works Minister G Sudhakaran, told the media that a section in Kerala University was out to malign her husband after she applied and got selected for the post.

09:25:01 on 12 Nov

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Polling is underway for the first phase of Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh amid tight security arrangements in the wake of the recent naxal attacks. Eighteen out of 90 Assembly constituencies, including 12 ‘red zone’ seats, are up for polls in the first phase today. Naxals blast IE Device minutes after polling begins in Tumakpal.

09:10:02 on 12 Nov

BJP Leader Demands Ban on ‘Kedarnath’

A senior BJP leader Saturday demanded a ban on "Kedarnath", an upcoming film set against the backdrop of a catastrophic deluge that hit the Himalayan shrine in 2013, alleging that it hurts the sentiments of Hindus and promotes love jihad. Ajendra Ajay, who is part of the state BJP's media relations team, said the film makes fun of Hindu sentiments.

04:55:01 on 12 Nov

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While the Pawan Kalyan-led Jana Sena Party is undecided about contesting in the Telangana Elections, the YSRCP has officially announced that they are not contesting in the December 7 polls, choosing instead to focus on the Andhra Pradesh Assembly Elections in 2019. The YSRCP stated that they will contest in the 2024 Telangana Elections after strengthening their cadre.

08:22:44 on 11 Nov

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The process for the Telangana Assembly elections is commencing Monday with the issue of notification for the polls in which the TRS is bidding to retain power and the Congress-led alliance appearing headed for a no-holds-barred contest. The gazette notification for the polls would be issued on November 12 and the last date for filing of nominations is November 19.

05:56:07 on 11 Nov

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Union Minister of State and BJP leader Ananth Kumar Hegde who has voiced opposition to the celebration of Tipu Jayanti by the Karnataka govt claimed that CM HD Kumaraswamy and Deputy CM G Parameshwara deliberately gave the event a miss on Saturday. He also alleged that HD Deve Gowda had ensured that the CM skip the event to escape the same fate as former CM Siddaramaiah.

04:18:35 on 11 Nov

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In an attempt to woo tribals and Muslims in Andhra Pradesh, two new minister posts will be added to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s cabinet on Sunday. The two new ministers to be inducted into the cabinet are Legislative Council chairperson NMD Farooq and Kidari Sravan, son of Araku MLA Sarveswara Rao, who was killed by Maoists in Vishakapatanam in September.

01:27:01 on 11 Nov

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Speaking at a press conference held in Lucknow on Saturday, BJP lawmaker and representative of the Agra North constituency, Jagan Prasad Garg, demanded the city of Agra be renamed Agrawal. This is yet another city the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government wants to rename, after having changed the names of Allahabad and Faizabad to Prayagraj and Ayodhya respectively.

12:55:01 on 11 Nov

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With the Karnataka chief minister and his deputy skipping the Tipu Jayanti celebrations, a Congress legislator Saturday termed it as an insult to the Muslim community.According to party sources, several Congress leaders, especially those from the Muslim community, are miffed with the chief minister and deputy chief minister for giving the event a miss.

11:27:35 on 11 Nov

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Former Karnataka minister and mining baron G Janardhana Reddy was questioned at the Central Crime Branch office in connection with an alleged Ponzi scam till 2:30am on Sunday and spent the night in the CCB’s waiting room, sources told News18. Reddy, who appeared before the CCB on Saturday after being elusive for three days, will again be questioned from 9am on Sunday.

10:05:43 on 11 Nov

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The Sangh Parivae will hold public rallies in all parliamentary constituencies to urge the government and pressure political parties to bring a legislation for the construction of Ram Templ. VHP working president Alok Kumar said they are meeting religious and social leaders, who in turn are meeting the Governor of their states to tell them that people want Ram Temple.

06:27:01 on 11 Nov

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Someswar Goud, a local leader of the TDP, was hacked to death by unidentified persons in the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, in Rayalaseema region. A follower of Dy CM Krishnamurthy, Mr. Goud, was hacked to death by the assailants, between Palledoddi and K. Venkatapuram villages while returning home along with his son after closing his wine shop at midnight.

04:34:57 on 10 Nov

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Amid protests and tough resistance from the BJP, the new coalition govt in K'tka is going ahead with its official celebrations of the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan. CM Kumaraswamy, who is reportedly unwell, and his deputy stayed away from the celebrations. The BJP has attacked the government for what it calls as the ruling alliance's "duplicity" and "pseudo-secularism".

03:09:15 on 10 Nov

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Madhya Pradesh Congress released the party’s manifesto for upcoming Assembly elections in the state, promising to build gaushalas and waiving off farm loans. Addressing a press conference after launching the manifesto, MP Congress chief Kamal Nath and leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said the party would also slash electricity bills for farmers by 50% if elected to power.

02:13:40 on 10 Nov

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BJP president Amit Shah and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will hold rallies in poll-bound Chhattisgarh today. Chhattisgarh goes to polls in two phases, on November 12 and 20. While the northern part of Chhattisgarh, mostly the Maoist-affected districts, will vote in the first phase, the rest of the state will go to polls in the second phase.

12:55:01 on 10 Nov

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Demonstrations and protests broke out in Madikeri in Karnataka even before the government-sponsored celebrations for the birth anniversary of the controversial 18th-century ruler of erstwhile Mysore kingdom Tipu Sultan began. Security has been tightened in the area in the wake of a shutdown called by various groups, including the BJP and Codava National Council.

12:30:11 on 10 Nov

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The Karnataka government Saturday celebrated the birth anniversary of the controversial 18th century ruler of the erstwhile Mysore Kingdom, Tipu Sultan, bringing the state under a thick security blanket amid threats of protest by the BJP. Calling Tipu a "religious bigot", the state BJP unit had urged the government to drop its decision to celebrate 'Tipu Jayanthi'.

11:56:41 on 10 Nov

In the wake of the killing of a CPI candidate allegedly by Maoists in poll-bound Chhattisgarh, Telangana Chief Electoral Officer of Telangana, Rajat Kumar has said that they are keeping an ‘active watch’ in the state. “We are vigilant and actively watching the activities of Maoists after the Sukma incident,” he said.

10:25:01 on 10 Nov

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Prohibitory orders have been imposed in several places in Karnataka, including in Hubli, Dharwad and Shivamogga, with the opposition BJP threatening to disrupt government-sponsored celebrations for the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan. A day before Section 144 was imposed, the BJP, which had staged demonstrations at several places.

10:04:13 on 10 Nov

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EC imposed a near month-long ban on holding exit polls beginning November 12 in the five poll-bound states. A notification issued by the poll panel said between 7 am of November 12 and 5.30 pm of December 7, "conducting any exit poll and publishing or publicising the result of exit poll by means of the print or electronic media or in any other manner shall be prohibited".

09:28:13 on 10 Nov

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Joining hands against the BJP is crucial to save the nation and democracy, said Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, said here on Friday after meeting the DMK president MK Stalin at the latter's residence. Naidu has been touring the country recently and meeting leaders of various regional and national parties to form a rainbow alliance against the BJP.

08:36:19 on 10 Nov

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor Friday asked the BJP and RSS not to "desecrate" the Sabarimala temple and termed as "utterly disgraceful" the recent violence at the hill shrine. The Thiruvananthapuram MP also blamed the state government for acting in "haste" and not consulting the stakeholders before implementing the SC verdict,.

08:25:01 on 10 Nov

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A pub owned by former CM Siddaramaiah’s daughter-in-law in Bengaluru was raided last Saturday (October 28) for opening beyond the stipulated time of 1 am and sub-leasing liquor licence to the hotel it was operating from. The pub, Sugar Factory at Le Meridien Hotel, has been shut and the owners have been given 10 days to explain.

07:38:38 on 10 Nov

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Congress rebel Ajit Jogi has no doubt about his role in the coming election in Chhattisgarh and the national polls early next year. "We have made an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Left. It has decided that I will be chief minister," said Ajit Jogi, who served as the first chief minister of Chhattisgarh after it was carved out of Madhya Pradesh in 2000.

03:37:12 on 09 Nov

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Kerala HC disqualifies IUML MLA

The Kerala HC on Friday disqualified an Indian Union Muslim League MLA on a plea claiming that he used religion to win the Assembly polls in 2016. Disqualifying K.M. Shaji, who had won the elections from Azhikode Assembly constituency in 2016, for six years, Justice P.D. Rajan directed the Kerala Assembly Speaker and the Election Commission to take appropriate action.

02:52:34 on 09 Nov

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Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader K.M. Shaji said that he will approach the apex court to stay the High Court's order on Friday disqualifying him as MLA of the Azhikode Constituency, over a plea by his rival candidate M.V. Nikesh Kumar of the CPI(M), that he had resorted to communal campaign.

01:29:59 on 09 Nov

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The Kerala High Court on Friday disqualified Muslim League MLA K M Shaji for campaigning on communal lines in 2016 assembly elections. His rival M V Nikesh Kumar (CMP), who lost the poll with a slender margin in Azhikkode constituency in north Kerala’s Kannur district, has moved the court citing the communal card being played by the legislator.

01:00:47 on 09 Nov

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Modi, Rahul in south Chattisgarh

On the penultimate day of campaigning, before the first phase of polling, both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be attending meetings in partially Maoist-dominated Bastar Division of south Chattisgarh. While Mr. Modi will be addressing a rally in Jagdalpur around 1 PM, Mr. Gandhi will attend three public meetings and one road show.

12:56:16 on 09 Nov

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Founder president of TJS and former chairman of Telangana Joint Action Committee, Prof Kodandram is likely to contest from the Jangaon constituency. While earlier it was speculated that the president of TJS would either contest from Warangal or Jangaon, the party leaders have confirmed to TNM that Kodandram will go up against TRS’ Muthireddy Yadagiri Reddy from Jangaon.

12:26:01 on 09 Nov

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The whistleblower in the Vyapam exam scam is not on the list of Congress candidates who will fight the MP assembly election on November 28. Anand Rai was the first person to go to the high court alleging that candidates bribed govt officials to make it to the list of those who cleared the test, without taking the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board or Vyapam.

12:26:00 on 09 Nov

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The final frontier in the poll battle for Madhya Pradesh may finally prove to be a handful of urban seats scattered across the state. Just like it eventually happened in Gujarat, the Congress is becoming an increasingly menacing competitor to the BJP in MP. But both parties know that to attain an unassailable lead the Congress will need to breach urban citadel of the BJP.

12:12:55 on 09 Nov

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The controversy over Tipu Jayanti may put an abrupt end to joint celebrations by JD(S)-Congress over recent bypoll victories. The HD Kumaraswamy govt has reluctantly agreed to celebrate Tipu Jayanti, which is being opposed by the BJP and the people in Kodagu. The belief reportedly goes that whoever celebrates Tipu, considered by some as a tyrant, will have to pay for it.

10:41:02 on 09 Nov

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AMMK leader and RK Nagar MLA TTV Dhinakaran on Thursday claimed that a leader (Jayalalithaa) cannot be described as the exclusive right or property of a particular political party and hence he cannot be prevented from using the name ‘Amma’ or photograph of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in his party flag.

10:25:01 on 09 Nov

A real estate firm linked to an MP of the ruling TRS in Telangana has admitted over Rs 60 crore as undisclosed income to the I-T department after multiple raids were conducted against it in September. The firm, Ms Raghava Constructions, is promoted by TRS parliamentarian P Srinivasa Reddy and his family members are partners in the company, they said.

09:57:01 on 09 Nov

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To the disappointment of senior Cong leaders, the high command has strictly implemented the one family-one ticket rule. Senior leader K. Jana Reddy failed to get a ticket for his son despite a last-ditch request to the Central election committee before it met Rahul Gandhi. Mr Jana Reddy will contest from Nagarjunasagar and wanted Miryalaguda for his son Raghuveer Reddy.

09:41:01 on 09 Nov

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Balladeer Gaddar to go solo against KCR

In a dramatic development, balladeer Gaddar announced on Thursday that he would contest as an independent candidate against caretaker K. Chandrasekhar Rao from the Gajwel Assembly constituency in the forthcoming elections. Earlier, Gaddar had offered to contest against Mr Rao if all Opposition parties supported him. It is not clear if the Mahakutami will back him.

09:11:02 on 09 Nov

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“Telangana wale jago, Andhra wale bhago”- this was TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao’s war cry on November 9, 2009, just before he went on a fast unto death, demanding for a separate Telangana. These days, however, he is a lot mellower in his approach towards the people of Andhra Pradesh, who are settled in Telangana, as they form a sizable vote bank in Hyderabad.

08:57:01 on 09 Nov

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More districts may be renamed in Yogiland

After Mughalsarai became Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Nagar, Allahabad was renamed as Prayagraj and then Faizabad as Ayodhya last week, the list of districts to be renamed is all set to become longer. BJP leaders from various districts are sending letters to the Chief Minister’s Office, suggesting new names for their districts.

07:10:01 on 09 Nov

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The HC said that it cannot ask the state govt to submit an affidavit in the SC on Sabarimala issue. It also denied the demand to instruct Devaswom board to file a review plea on the same. The HC clarified that it cannot intervene in the matters of the government and TDB. The petitioner had demanded that the state government and TDB should take stand against the SC verdict.

04:00:22 on 08 Nov

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The DMK is expected to spell out its strategy for 2019 Lok Sabha elections at a meeting in Tamil Nadu’s Perambalur district to be chaired by party president MK Stalin. Former Telecom minister and Stalin loyalist A Raja said that the party’s strategy will be to help form a secular government at the Centre and its focus will be on a Modi vs DMK fight in the state.

12:57:01 on 08 Nov

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On the second anniversary of demonetisation, former prime minister Manmohan Singh said the scars and wounds from 2016 are only getting more visible with time, adding that the consequences of the note ban are still unraveling. The Congress is holding nationwide protests Thursday, and has demanded an apology from PM Narendra Modi for “ruining and wrecking” the economy.

12:13:57 on 08 Nov

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AP CM N Chandrababu Naidu, who is trying to unite opposition parties to take on the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections next year, will meet former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. Naidu's meeting with the JD(S) supremo comes in the backdrop of Congress-JD(S) coalition resolving to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections together against the BJP.

12:07:05 on 08 Nov

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On the second anniversary of demonetisation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said it was a disaster that ruined the Indian economy. "#DarkDay Today is the second anniversary of #DeMonetisation disaster. From the moment it was announced I said so. Renowned economists, common people and all experts now all agree,” she tweeted.

11:56:02 on 08 Nov

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In a major bust, the Hyderabad city police on Wednesday uncovered a massive ‘hawala’ racket, which involved the illegal transfer of money at different locations for the purpose of bribing voters ahead of the Telangana elections, which are scheduled to be held on December 7. The police said that they seized a net cash of Rs 7,51,10,300 at Rotary Circle near NTR Marg.

10:57:01 on 08 Nov

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State government departments have been asked to list schemes wherein the Union government approval is communicated in the last month of the financial year with no commitment from the State exchequer. It is learnt that the schemes will be brought to the notice of the Assembly by inclusion in an appendix to the budget memorandum of 2019-2020 budget.

10:40:01 on 08 Nov

As part of the Left parties’ efforts to bring together political parties opposed to the BJP and its allies on a common platform, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury will meet DMK president M.K. Stalin on November 13. Separately, TDP leader and N. Chandrababu Naidu, who recently held discussions with Rahul Gandhi, is also scheduled to meet Mr. Stalin on November 9.

07:10:02 on 08 Nov

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EC issues order on poll expenses

The costs incurred on publicising information about the criminal cases against a candidate, as recently directed by the Supreme Court, will be counted as part of poll expenditure, according to the EC. The expenses will be borne by the candidate and the political parties. For Assembly polls, the cap on expenses by the candidates is between ₹20 lakh to ₹28 lakh.

06:57:01 on 08 Nov

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Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan on Wednesday said his party is ready to contest the upcoming bypolls in Tamil Nadu, reports stated. According to a Times of India report, the party has already appointed 80 per cent of field workers in the 20 assembly seats that they plan on contesting.

06:25:44 on 08 Nov

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Nilawaya, a medium-sized village with 159 houses (according tothe 2011 Census) made headlines because of the October 30 Naxal ambush just two km from the village. Villagers in the region are largely unaware of who the candidates contesting are or what they have promised. However, they believe their idea of 'development' is different from the government's.

09:56:01 on 07 Nov

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While continuing to teach Sociology at the Satavahana University in Karimnagar, Sujatha Surepally, a well-known Dalit academician and activist, has now taken on the role of a politician. Sujatha recently joined the Bahujan Samaj Party and will be fighting against TRS candidate Balka Suman, from the Chennur constituency – an SC reserved constituency.

05:25:01 on 07 Nov

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Ayodhya will get a statue of Lord Ram which will become a part of its identity, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on the morning of Diwali, confirming last year's announcement. There, however, was no fresh detail for which right-wing groups were waiting. "There will be a statue of Lord Ram here that would be a tourist attraction." Yogi Adityanath said in Ayodhya.

01:57:01 on 07 Nov

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It will not be easy for the Telangana Rashtra Samiti to win 100-plus seats in the upcoming Assembly elections as predicted by caretaker Chief Minister and TRS Chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao. The TRS had thought it could reach the mark easily but now it has to contend with the Mahakutami, the alliance of Opposition parties, including in Gajwel from where Mr Rao is contesting.

01:25:01 on 07 Nov

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Harsil near the India-China border in Uttarakhand to celebrate Diwali with Army and ITBP personnel. Greeting the jawans on the occasion, PM said their devotion to duty in the remote icy heights, is enabling the strength of the nation, and securing the future and the dreams of 125 crore Indians, a statement from his office said.

12:41:02 on 07 Nov

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INLD leader Ajay Chautala on Tuesday said the ongoing tussle within his clan was akin to the epic Mahabharat war. The incarcerated leader who stepped out of the Tihar jail on Monday on a two-week parole embarked on a statewide tour on Tuesday to hold consultations with the party workers to build public opinion in favour of his expelled sons Dushyant and Digvijay.

11:55:02 on 07 Nov

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