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Wednesday, April 24, 2019Denied ticket by BJP, Udit Raj joins Congress

New Delhi, Apr 24: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Udit Raj joined the Congress on Wednesday after being denied a ticket by the saffron party from North-West Delhi Lok Sabha seat.

Raj joined the party after meeting Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday morning. Mr Gandhi welcomed him into the Congress party.

The development came a day after the BJP refused to give him ticket and fiel

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019Anantnag records 13.61% polling; Cop killed, courtesy stone pelting

LS Polls Phase-III

SRINAGAR: Recording a massive dip as compared to 2014, a voter turnout of 13.61 per cent was recorded Tuesday in the Anantnag Parliamentary constituency where polls were held in first of the three phases due to security reasons.

While there were no major incident of violence reported during the curtailed poll hours, the stone-pelting after the voting ended resulted in a vehicle carrying ITBP t

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019No votes at 40 booths in Mehbooba’s Home Turf

SRINAGAR: Home turf of former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, the Bijbehara assembly segment under the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat, reported highest concentration of polling stations where zero votes were cast.

Among the 65 booths in Anantnag where zero votes were cast, 40 were located in Bijbehara, one of the six assembly constituencies where voting took place in the third phase of the Lok Sabha e

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019Reasons by GoI to suspend of cross-LoC trade highly untenable & indefensible, Soz

Srinagar, Apr 23 : Alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to promote propaganda for 2019 Lok Sabha elections by trying to bring Pakistan, Kashmir and whatever suits his imagination, senior Congress leader and former union minister Prof Saifuddin Soz on Tuesday said reasons being given for stopping Cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade was highly untenable and indefensible.
“PM Modi wants

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019Will continue to raise slogan ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ : Cong

New Delhi, Apr 23 : While stating that the “Chowkidar Chor Hai” is a political campaign which has been going on for the last one and half years and will continue in future as well, the Congress on Tuesday said that the party leaders have never said that the Supreme Court endorses this campaign.
Addressing mediapersons here, the Congress leader and spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that t

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019EC to issue notice to 11 candidates for appeal in social media for vote after campaigning ended

Lucknow, Apr 23: Election Commission (EC) will be issuing notice to 11 candidates of the prominent political parties contesting in the ongoing third phase of polls in 10 Lok Sabha constituencies on Tuesday for violating the election model code of conduct by appealing in the social media for vote, after campaigning ended 48 hours before the polls.

EC has sought report from the concerned distric

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019Singer Hansraj Hans from North West Delhi seat, sitting MP Udit Raj dropped

New Delhi, Apr 23 : BJP on Tuesday named singer Hansraj Hans from North West Delhi Lok Sabha seat dropping sitting MP Udit Raj.
The BJP has now announced the candidates for all the seven Lok Sabha constituencies in the national capital.
BJP on Monday evening sprang a major surprise by fielding former cricketer Gautam Gambhir from East Delhi.
The party also renominated sitting MP Meenakshi Lek

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019SC issues notice to Rahul Gandhi over Rafale remarks

New Delhi, Apr 23: Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his alleged remarks on Rafale order.
A bench headed by Chief justice Ranjan Gogoi after hearing the arguments from both Gandhi and the petitioner Meenakshi Lekhi said it would hear the case on April 30 along with the review petition filed against the December 14 verdict in the Rafale case.
During

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019Capt govt failed to fulfill promises made during last electioneering: Sukhbir

Moga, Apr 23: Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal has strongly criticised the Congress government in the state for failing on all fronts to fulfill the promises made during the election campaign in last assembly polls.
Mr Sukhbir Badal who was talking with reporters here on Tuesday during his brief stopover expressed concerns over failure of Punjab government and demanded Rs 10 la

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019Polling starts picking up, 4.79 pc voting recorded in Anantnag PC till 1100 hrs

Anantnag, Apr 23 : Polling has finally started picking up though 4.79 per cent turnout was recorded during the first four hours in the first of three-phase polling in six of the 16 Assembly segments of Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency (PC) in south Kashmir amidst unprecedented security arrangements following boycott and strike called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Tuesday.
In the mai

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019Raj, Kaur, Mandhana to lead in Women's T20 exhibition matches

New Delhi, Apr 23: Indian cricket team women players Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana will lead the three team, Supernovas, Trailblazers and Velocity, respectively, in the women's T20 exhibition matches.
"Jaipur will host four women's T20 exhibition matches on the sidelines of the IPL playoffs. The round-robin matches will be played on May 6, 8 and 9 before the final on May 11

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019Clashes in Sambhal, poll officer removed in Etah, Moradabad in UP; Azam, Dharmendra alleges irregularities

Lucknow, Apr 23: Amid reports of clashes in several pockets between the BJP and the alliance supporters, Samajwadi Party candidates from Rampur and Badaun have alleged irregularities on the part of the authorities which was obstructing free and fair polls in the third phase of polls in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.

SP candidate from Badaun Dharmendra Yadav alleged that UP minister Swami Prasad Ma

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019EVM's malfunctioning a serious issue: CM

Kannur, Apr 23 : Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday said the incidents of malfunctioning of Electronic Voting Machines(EVM's) reported from several polling stations across the state during the initial hours of polling is a 'serious issue'.

Talking to newspersons after casting his vote at RC Amala UP school at Pinarayi in Kannur district, Mr Vijayan said the Election Commission

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019Lanka Foreign Ministry: 31 foreign nationals dead in Easter blasts

Colombo, Apr 23 : Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry has confirmed death of at least 31 foreign nationals in the Sunday Easter bomb blasts at three churches and two hotels here.
Colombo Page reported the fatalities on Monday night as follows: one from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, two from Saudi Arabia, one f

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019UP records 10.24 pc turnout till 0900 hrs

Lucknow, Apr 23: Around 10.24 per cent voter turnout was recorded in ten Lok Sabha seats of Uttar Pradesh in third phase of polling on Tuesday.
Badaun seat polled the highest of 11.30 per cent of polling and the lowest was recorded at Ferozabad of 8.68 per cent.
Reports of voters being prevented from coming out of the houses to vote were received from Rampur and Etah constituencies.
SP candid

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019Priyanka to hold roadshows, meetings in UP from Apr 24

Lucknow, Apr 23: Congress general secretary (Uttar Pradesh east) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has chalked up an elaborate campaigning strategy in UP for this week.
According to party sources here, on April 24, Priyanka is slated to address two election meetings at Khaga and Ghazipur in Fatehpur Lok Sabha constituency. Thereafter, she will hold a roadshow in Mahoba and an election meeting in Rath under

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019Anantnag PC: Only 1.55 pc polling recorded till 0900 hrs

Anantnag, Apr 23: Polling is yet to pick up as only 1.55 per cent voting was recorded during the first two hours in the first of three phase polling in six of the 16 Assembly segments of Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency (PC) in south Kashmir amid unprecedented security arrangements following boycott and strike called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Tuesday.
Majority polling stations,

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019LS polls: 13 % polling in first 2 hours in Goa

Panaji, Apr 23 : At least 13 per cent voters exercised their franchise till 0900 hrs in two constituencies in Goa in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections which are underway.
According to sources in the Election Office, while in North Goa constituency 13.14 per cent voters cast their votes, in South Goa constituency 13.12 per cent exercised their franchise.
For by-election, 13.18 per cent vo

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019Voter ID more powerful than IED: PM Modi

Ahmedabad, Apr 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the power of voter ID used for voting in a democracy was many times more than the IED (Improvised Explosive Devices) of terrorists.
Talking to reporters after casting his vote at Nishan School booth in Ranip area here which falls under Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency, PM Modi said, "India gives strength to democracies acros

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019US threatens veto against UN resolution on using rape as weapon of war

Washington, Apr 23: United States has threatened to veto a United Nations resolution on combatting the use of rape as a weapon of war because of its language on reproductive and sexual health, according to a senior UN official and European diplomats.
The German mission hopes the resolution will be adopted at a special UN security council session on Tuesday on sexual violence in conflict.
But t

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019Confident that young voters want NYAY for every Indian & will vote wisely: Rahul

New Delhi, Apr 23: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the future of India lies in hands of youngsters and expressed confidence that these voters would vote wisely.

'Across India, millions of youngsters are stepping out to vote, many of them for the first time. In their hands lies the future of India. I'm confident that they want NYAY for every Indian and will vote wisely,' Mr Gand

 

Tuesday, April 23, 20199.35 pc polling in the first two hours in Bihar

Patna, Apr 23: At least 9.35 per cent voters exercised their franchise till 9 A.M. in five constituencies going to the poll in the third phase of Lok Sabha election today.

Sources at the Election Office said that Jhanjharpur constituency recorded highest 11.50 per cent voting followed by 10 per cent in Araria, 8.75 per cent in Madhepura, 8.30 per cent in Supaul and 8 per cent in Khagaria const

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019Voting begins in 3rd phase of LS polls on 117 seats

New Delhi, Apr 23 : Voting began at 0700 hrs on Tuesday as polling kicked off to elect representatives from 117 Lok Sabha constituencies across 13 states and two Union Territories in the third of the seven-phase 2019 General Election.
The third phase of election is billed as the biggest as it covers the largest number of Parliamentary constituencies in a single phase.
More than 18 crores, 85 l

 

Monday, April 22, 2019Delhi court sends to District Judge complaint against Rahul Gandhi for remarks against PM Modi

New Delhi, Apr 22: A Delhi court Monday sent to District Judge the complaint seeking direction to the police to register an FIR against Congress President Rahul Gandhi for making allegedly seditious remarks in 2016 against Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of hiding behind the blood of soldiers and cashing in on their sacrifice.

Metropolitan Magistrate Preeti Parewa said that since the

 

Monday, April 22, 2019Notification for last phase of Lok Sabha polls issued

New Delhi, Apr 22: The Election Commission Monday issued the notification for the seventh and last phase of the Lok Sabha elections in which 59 constituencies spread across eight states and union territories will go for polls.

While the first phase of election was held on April 11, the last phase will be held on May 19.

So far, two phases have taken place, while the third phase of polling i

 

Monday, April 22, 20195 crorepatis in fray, cases against five

Anantnag PC

JAMMU: Out of the total 18 candidates in fray for the parliamentary constituencies Anantnag, former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti among five candidates, who hold criminal records while five corepatis are also contesting on the seat.

The Lok Sabha polls to the constituency are being held in three phases due to security reasons.

While Anantnag district will go to polls on Tuesday, voting in

 

Monday, April 22, 2019Namgyal facing defamation case, Spalbar lone crorepati

Ladakh PC

JAMMU: Among the seven contestants from Ladakh parliamentary constituency of Jammu and Kashmir, BJP candidate Jamyang Tsering Namgyal is facing investigation in a four-year-old defamation case, while the Congress nominee Rigzin Spalbar, a hotelier by profession, is the only crorepati trying his luck from the seat.

The last date for withdrawal of nomination is April 22 in the constituency that

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019There is no place for such barbarism in our region, says PM

New Delhi, Apr 21: Strongly condemning the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that there was 'no place for such barbarism' in the region and India stands in solidarity with the people of the Island nation and will help in whatever way it can.

Mr Modi had telephonic conversations with the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil W

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019Another polling station changed in Jalandhar

Jalandhar, Apr 21 : The district administration on Sunday changed the building of one more polling station for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls to facilitate voters.

The changed building of the polling station falls in Jalandhar Central Assembly Constituency.
District-Election Officer Varinder Kumar Sharma said that in Jalandhar Central Constituency, the polling station in Rajmati Jain Girls High

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019Former MLA Pt Shiv Lal dies, CM condoles the death

Shimla, Apr 21: Former Member of Legislative Assembly from Seraj of Mandi district, Pt Shiv Lal took his last breath on Sunday at Indra Gandhi Medical College after his prolonged illness.
His family member said that he died at 1400 hrs at the Intensive Care Unit of Indra Gandhi Medical College.
He was 80 yrs old.
Pt Shiv Lal was elected on the Congress ticket two times in 1985 and 1990 from Ch

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019J&K Guv condemns Sri Lanka blasts, bats for global unity to fight against terrorism

Jammu, Apr 21 :Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday strongly condemned the blasts in Sri Lanka.
In a message, Governor has expressed shock and anguish over the serial blasts at Churches and Hotels in Sri Lanka in which innocent lives were lost, and many were injured.
"We stand in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka", he said.
Calling it a heinous act which attempts to spre

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019Omar, Mehbooba condemn serial blasts in Sri Lanka

Srinagar, Apr 21 : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have condemned the serial blasts in Sri Lanka that left over 150 people dead and over 300 others injured.

Ms Mehbooba, who is the President of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said the sole purpose of these barbaric acts is to create panic and hatred amongst people.

“Pained to hear about the horrific

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019Either me or terrorists would survive, I don't care for my chair: Modi

Patan, Apr 21 :Taking a dig at Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that Congress had a soft stance against terrorism, whereas BJP has wiped out terrorists from India without worrying for the fate of his 'chair'.

Addressing an election rally in Patan of Gujarat, Modi said that for the past 40 years the tears in our eyes could not stop due to terrorism. We saw the tricolor wrap

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019Amit Shah holds road-show in home state on last day of campaign

Sanand, Apr 21 :BJP president and party candidate from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat, Amit Shah on Sunday again participated in a road show in his home state.
On the last day of campaign in Gujarat, Shah conducted over all his fifth road-show in his state and fourth in his own constituency in Sanand town.
Accompanied by ministers Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and Paradipsinh Jadeja along with

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019Tributes paid to Tamil Poet Bharathidasan on his death anniversary

Puducherry, Apr 21: Floral tributes were paid to Tamil Poet Bharathidasan on his death anniversary here on Sunday.

Department of Information and Publicity Director Vinayaraj and Deputy Director Kumar garlanded the statue of Bharathidasan on behalf of the government.

Several Tamil scholars also garlanded the statue on the occasion.

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019Sri Lanka serial blasts: Nearly 140 killed, 500 injured

Colombo, Apr 21: At least 140 people were killed and more than 500 hospitalised in multiple explosions that hit two Catholic churches here in the national capital on Sunday morning, as worshipers had gathered in large numbers to attend the Easter services.
A total of six blasts reportedly took place on Sunday in Sri Lanka, hitting three churches and three hotels in the country's capital of Colom

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019Police form special squads to check illegal gambling on election results

Mandya, Karnataka, Apr 21 :Amid reports on rampant illegal betting taking place in the Mandya district of Karnataka where a high stakes electoral battle is on between Nikhil K, son of chief minister H D Kumaraswamy and independent candidate and senior actor A Sumalata, police have formed special squads to check the menace.
Reports said people of the district were involved on a betting spree wagi

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019Ban on civilian traffic on highway continues to affect life in Kashmir

Srinagar, Apr 21: People continued to suffer in the Valley as the civilian traffic on the Kashmir-Jammu National Highway (NH) was once again suspended on Sunday in view of a two-day weekly ban to allow free and secure movement of security force convoy.
However, the restrictions imposed on civilian traffic between Srinagar and Baramulla in north Kashmir has been limited to only Sundays with effe

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019We are monitoring situation in Sri Lanka: Sushma Swaraj

21 April: Six blasts hit three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday, injuring nearly 300 people, Sri Lankan officials in Colombo said.
Colombo was rocked by multiple explosions, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday that India was keeping a close watch on the situation.
"Colombo - I am in constant touch with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. We are keeping a clos

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019As he sits ‘insulated’, Lalu Prasad’s tryst with destiny is finally here

New Delhi, Apr 21: The tryst with destiny cannot be postponed forever. The politics of Bihar has been the story of Lalu Prasad Yadav and his political machinations for decades. Not surprisingly, the RJD supremo has always taken pride in it.
One time national president of Janata Dal – much before the socialist outfit suffered numerous splits – Lalu Prasad almost thought he would make it as Prime

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019Last Day Of Campaigning For Phase 3 Polls, PM Modi In Gujarat, Rajasthan

NEW DELHI, Apr 21: Today is the last day of election campaigning for Phase 3 of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and respective Assembly polls. The campaigning for the April 23 polls will end at 5 pm today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address a political rally in Gujarat's Patan today, the last day of campaigning before the state's 26 Lok Sabha seats go to polls on April 23. BJP chief and

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019UP: Notification for seventh phase on Monday

Lucknow, Apr 21: The nominations for the seventh and last phase polls in Uttar Pradesh in 13 Lok Sabha seats, including the VVIP Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Ghazipur, Chandauli and Mirzapur, will commence from Monday after issuance of notification by the Election Commission.
The polling of the final phase of elections will be held on May 19.
The fate of Union Minister Manoj Sinha (Ghazipur), Union min

 

Saturday, April 20, 2019Elections 2019: Congress Likely To Announce Candidates For 7 Seats In Delhi

NEW DELHI: The Congress is expected to announce its candidates for the seven seats in Delhi, putting to end speculation of an alliance with Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the national capital for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

Congress leader PC Chacko said that the AAP was adamant that along with Delhi, the two parties should fight together in Haryana and Punjab, a demand that w

 

Saturday, April 20, 2019Poll battle shifts to Anantnag, 18 candidates in fray

Anantnag, Apr 20: The poll battle has now shifted to Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency, spread over four south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama, where 13.93 lakh voters will decide the fate of 18 candidates in three phases -- April 23, April 29 and May 6.

The Election Commission (EC) has decreased the polling hours by two hours in the constituency. The polling will

 

Saturday, April 20, 2019Anantnag polling cut by two hours

JAMMU: The Election Commission of India (ECI) today revised the poll timings for Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency which is going to polls in three phases from 23rd April 2019.

In a notification issued from ECI, has fixed the polling time, in all the polling stations, for the Anantnag parliamentary Constituency from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. The earlier timings notified by the Commission on 28th M

 

Saturday, April 20, 2019Formed alliance because we want PM who can attack Pak: Uddhav

Aurangabad (Maha): Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that he formed a fresh alliance with the BJP because his party wanted a prime minister who has the courage to attack Pakistan.

The Sena, which frequently attacked its alliance partner BJP in the last four and a half years, nevertheless chose to form alliance with the saffron party again ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Addressing

 

Friday, April 19, 2019BSP supporter chops off finger after mistakenly voting for BJP

April 19: A staunch supporter of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chopped off his finger after he “erroneously voted” for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday.

Pawan Kumar told news agency that he accidentally pressed the button of BJP’s lotus instead of BSP’s elephant on the EVM. “I accidentally pressed the button having Lotus symbol instead of

 

Friday, April 19, 2019Udh PC records 70.2% polling, Srinagar’s dull 14.1% dips overall turn out to 45.7%

LS Polls Phase-II

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Over seventy percent voting was recorded in Udhampur Lok Sabha seat on Thursday, while the trend of low turnout continued in Srinagar with 14.1 per cent voters exercising their franchise in the constituency where polling was held in tight security amid militant threats and boycott call by separatists.

While Udhampur Parliamentary constituency spread over 17 Assembly segments co

 

Friday, April 19, 2019Uddhav slams Mehbooba Mufti over her Article 370 statement

Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray accused PDP president Mehbooba Mufti of fielding "extremists" in the Lok Sabha polls and asked if it was not a form of terrorism to say Kashmir will not be a part of India if Article 370 is abolished.

Addressing a public rally in the Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg Lok Sabha constituency, he asserted that if the BJP-led NDA comes to power, Article 370, which gives