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tamil nadu chief minister edappadi k palaniswami today said with his government winning the confidence vote in the assembly, the vow taken by aiadmk general secretary v k sasikala has been fulfilled."the vow taken by our party's general secretary v k sasikala has been fulfilled," he said as party cadres raised slogans "chinnama vaazhga!" at the mgr memorial, hailing sasikala. he was apparently referring to sasikala's earlier assertion that jayalalithaa's government would continue in the state.palanisami, flanked by his ministers and senior party leaders, including party deputy general secretar

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opposition parties in tamil nadu today expressed concern over the incidents in the state assembly during the confidence vote sought by chief minister edappadi k palaniswami.bjp said while there was all round expectations of a healthy scenario in politics, "in tamil nadu it has ended with a scuffle." "whatever may be (the end result), its the desire of all to see a government without any scam taint. lets wait and see, whether this is a government for the people. else they will boycott it," state bjp chief tamilisai sounderrajan said in a statement."people want a stable government, not a shadow
actor kamal haasan today took potshots at the new leadership in tamil nadu, saying the state now has another chief minister and dubbed the political developments "jai de-mockcrazy".the edappadi k palaniswami government won the confidence vote in the tamil nadu assembly comfortably. the vote was preceded by eviction of principal opposition dmk and walkout by its allies, which have 98 legislators in the 234-member house, in protest.taking to twitter, haasan wrote, "people of tamizhnadu, welcome your respective mlas with the respect they desrve back home." he then took a dig at the decision, sayi
former tamil nadu chief minister o panneerselvam said people of the state would decide whether the victory of the palanisami government in the trust vote today was "valid or not.""people of tamil nadu will decide whether the resolution passed today (electing edappadi k palanisami) in the assembly is valid or not," he told reporters at the secretariat.the palaniswami government today won the confidence vote in the tamil nadu assembly by a comfortable 122-11 margin after high drama and bedlam in the house.panneerselvam said his struggle would continue until late aiadmk supremo j jayalalithaa's r

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dmk working president m k stalin was today detained after he sat on a protest at marina beach here against the alleged attack on him and his party mlas during the trust vote in the state assembly.terming today as a "black day" for democracy, the senior dmk leader urged all those who wanted to "remove" the "anti- democratic" aiadmk government to join him.after alleging that he was manhandled in the assembly by the marshals on the day of the vote of confidence, which the palaniswami government won with a comfortable margin of 122-11, stalin sat on a protest at the marina along with his mlas.howe
pakistan authorities today were left embarrassed after body parts of some of the victims of the suicide bombing at a sufi shrine which claimed 88 lives were found dumped in a garbage, sparking protests from relatives.chief minister of sindh province syed murad ali shah vowed to take strict action against those responsible for desecrating the bodies of the people who were killed in a suicide bombing at the famed lal shahbaz qalandar shrine in sehwan area of southern sindh province on thursday night."i am already aggrieved and do not increase my agony. those response will be dealt severely. whoe

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the bjp today targeted priyanka gandhi vadra over her poll campaign in rae bareli for the congress-sp alliance, saying it was unfortunate that she was seeking votes for those accused of "rape and murder".bjp national secretary shrikant sharma referred to the rape charge against gayatri prajapati, a minister in the akhilesh yadav-led sp government in uttar pradesh who is contesting the ongoing state assembly polls from amethi, and the murder charge against another sp nominee arun verma, to target priyanka.amethi is a gandhi family pocket borough and is represented by congress vice-president rah

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the us navy's carrier strike group, which includes a series of ships and aircraft, today started patrolling in disputed south china sea despite china's warning to america against challenging its sovereignty.carrier strike group (csg) 1, an operational formation of the united states navy, began routine operations in the south china sea on february 18, the pentagon said. "we are looking forward to demonstrating those capabilities while building upon existing strong relationships with our allies, partners and friends in the indo-asia-pacific region," said rear adm james kilby, commander, csg 1.ca

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a noted south indian film actress was harassed for two hours allegedly by a gang of five men, who forced their way into her car before fleeing at a busy area here.kerala dgp loknath behera has constituted a joint investigation team comprising police personnel from kochi city and ernakulam rural to probe one of the sensational cases, following widespread condemnation of the incident.he said the gang members involved in the crime have been identified and they will be arrested "very soon." police have also taken into custody the driver of the car, suspecting his role in the incident, he added.t
torn shirts of speaker p dhanapal and leader of opposition m k stalin, toppled chairs, strewn paper pieces and displacement of mikes bore testimony to a virtual war-like situation in the tamil nadu assembly today.though the aiadmk government sailed through the crucial vote of confidence with a 122-11 margin, it was not before the house witnessed unruly scenes of jostling and strident sloganeering, taking the assembly by storm. "i am hurt and ashamed," the speaker said after declaring the result of the vote, pointing to the pandemonium.earlier, for about an hour, the house turned into a virtual
union minister rajnath singh today took a dig at rahul gandhi, saying the congress vice president had to ride the 'bicycle' when his much-hyped 'khaat sabha' failed to draw crowd."when congress realised that it would not be able to muster enough votes in the ongoing assembly elections through khaat sabha, it decided to ride the bicycle," he said at an election rally in madhogarh assembly constituency in the district.bicycle is the poll symbol of samajwadi party. ridiculing gandhi's 'khaat sabha' campaign, singh said, "assemblies are generally held in halls or fields. but, it is for the first t

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police today busted a gang involved in printing of fake currency and arrested two people, recovering fake banknotes with face value of nearly rs four lakh in different denominations in jammu region.two persons have been arrested and rs 3.98 lakh in fake currency has been recovered from them apart from a printer and cutter here, thereby busting the racket, inspector general of police (igp) jammu zone s d singh jamwal told reporters.he said that the arrested people have been identified as amandeep singh of simbal camp (r s pura) and romesh kumar alias doctor alias sahil of r s pura.he said that

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the uttarakhand bjp today approached the election commission alleging that chief minister harish rawat had disposed files in violation of model code of conduct and demanded scrapping of all his decisions.bjp state chief ajay bhatt alleged that rawat distributed a large number of mining leases, liquor and bar licences among his favourites when he "disposed" of a stack of files at his office here yesterday. the ec should act immediately in the matter as it was gross violation of the model code of conduct, he said.the bjp have also approached the election commission with this complaint. "this is

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the biennial aero india show came to a close today with the event turning into a carnival during its last two days as lakhs of people thronged the air force station at yelahanka here to witness the aerial feast.the 11th edition of the five-day event began on tuesday with defence minister manohar parrikar making a strong pitch for 'make in india'. aero india 2017 turned out to be big sheer in numbers with no mega defence deals on the ground.with reports of goa being considered for the next aero show, and no official word yet on the 'aero india 2019,' speculations are ripe that this will be the

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donald trump today stepped up his attack on the press crititical of his presidency, calling them "enemy of the american people" and asked his supporters to not believe the stories put out by the "fake news" media."don't believe the main stream (fake news) media. the white house is running very well," trump tweeted. "i inherited a mess and am in the process of fixing it," he said in another tweet.trump has several times this week expressed his frustration over news reports in the american media. the latest attack on the media came after some reports suggested all was not well within his white h

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tamil nadu chief minister edappadi k palaniswami won a crucial floor test in the assembly on saturday, amid violence created in the house by the opposition dmk. assembly speaker p dhanapal, who was injured in the violence, adjourned the house twice. after the voting by division, the speaker announced that palaniswami had won the confidence vote, with 122 mlas in his favour. eleven mlas supporting his rival within the aiadmk, former chief minister o panneerselvam, voted against the motion. “i declare to this house that the motion has won,” dhanapal said. before the head count, the 88 member

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the aiadmk mlas, who had remained huddled in a resort 80 km from chennai for over 10 days, heaved a sigh of relief when chief minister edappadi palaniswami won the confidence motion in the assembly.the legislators came to the assembly in several ministers’ cars to take part in the voting,  which retained palaniswami, a loyalist of general secretary v k sasikala, in power. soon after speaker p dhanapal declared that palaniswami had won the motion, mlas on the treasury benches – who had kept quiet through the ruckus created by the dmk – erupted in joy, thumping their desks continuously fo
it was one drama that had several climaxes and anti-climaxes woven into each other. it made a hero out of o paneerselvam, while putting a little known koovathur on the political map of tamil nadu. it had good friends draw daggers at each other. governor ch vidyasagar rao might have just put an end to this political drama that played out over a week in tamil nadu, but for many it is just a lull before another fiery storm.the political uncertainty that loomed over the aiadmk after j jayalalithaa’s death on december 5 seemed momentary with the aiadmk leaders quickly rallying around her “soul

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the supreme court has said the union public service commission cannot reject a candidate for misspelling or entering a wrong date of birth on the job application. a bench of justices adarsh kumar goel and u u lalit dismissed a special leave petition filed by the upsc against a delhi high court judgement, directing the country’s highest recruitment body to clear the selection of ajay kumar mishra to the national defence academy.rejecting the upsc’s contention against the judgement of december 23, the bench agreed with the plea by mishra's counsel that the selection of candidates could not b
inching towards rolling out of gst, the gst council today approved a law to compensate states for any loss of revenue from the implementation of the new national sales tax but deferred approval for enabling laws to next meeting.the all-powerful gst council will meet again on march 4 and 5 to approve the legally vetted draft of the supporting legislations for central gst (c-gst) and integrated gst (i- gst), days before the start of the second leg of the budget session where the centre is hoping to get them approved.it will also approve the state gst (s-gst) law, finance minister arun jaitley sa
twenty-seven us lawmakers will visit india next week as new delhi relies more on american congress in the wake of immigration reforms and foreign policy changes by donald trump administration.a delegation of 19 us lawmakers will visit new delhi and hyderabad next week under the auspices of aspen institute, a think-tank based in washington dc. another delegation of eight us congressmen, led by bob goodlatte, chairman of the us house judiciary committee, will visit new delhi and bengaluru around the same time. the visiting us congressmen will meet union ministers, members of parliament, academic

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a popular woman actor was reportedly abducted and molested in a moving car by a gang of five men near kochi on friday night. sources said police arrested martin, a native of thrissur who drove the film unit vehicle the actor was travelling in, on saturday. police, however, refused to confirm the identity of those arrested or divulge details of the incident. reports said the other four were also involved with film production units.according to a complaint filed with the nedumbassery police by the 30-year-old actor, also noted for her films in tamil, telugu and kannada, the assault happened at a
the heavy rush of visitors to the yelahanka air base on the last day of the air show saw massive traffic snarls.traffic moved at snail’s pace in the morning, all the way from hebbal flyover to chikkajala police station, while lack of exit plan choked all roads after the show in the evening.traffic police started segregating vehicles right from the morning with only vips, guests and delegates of the aero india allowed on hebbal and yelahanka flyovers. other people on their way to the air display viewing area as well as general public were directed to service roads, which were too small to han
the stakes are high for the sp and the bjp in the third phase of polling for 69 seats in uttar pradesh on sunday. it will decide the fate of 11 ministers in the akhilesh yadav cabinet.the sp is hard-pressed to repeat its 2012 assembly poll  performance, when it had won 55 seats and had swept the polls in several districts.while abhishek mishra, one of the key aides of akhilesh, is in the fray from lucknow, senior sp leader and state minister farid mehfooz kidwai is contesting from the kursi seat in barabanki district.another key akhilesh aide and minister arvind singh gope is locked in a toug
five months after quitting the pdp, its co-founder tariq hameed karra on saturday joined the congress, and hit out at narendra modi for not upholding the “dignity” of the prime minister’s chair.in a rare gesture, congress vice president rahul gandhi welcomed karra into the party at the aicc headquarters here after the kashmiri leader met party chief sonia gandhi.karra, who had defeated former jammu and kashmir chief minister farooq abdullah from the srinagar lok sabha seat in 2014, also hit out at the ruling pdp-bjp government for behaving like “toddlers and novices”, while blasting
bright students prefer to study in delhi or the plains   govind singh has fought three wars against pakistan and china, but he feels helpless against simians that plunder his terraced fields in the picturesque lower himalayan mountains. in late january, 73-year-old singh was away for a day visiting his relatives in a neighbouring village when a troop of monkeys ravaged orange trees and green peas plants that were just about bearing the fruits of his labour.at a little distance in the mountains, chured wears a deserted look. only three people stay in the tiny hamlet as the rest have left thei
the last day of aero india 2017 was a carnival, both inside and outside the yelahanka air force station. those who had bought passes to the exhibition area saw the planes from up close and visited the various attractions around.even those without passes felt that they had got a good deal, viewing the aircraft displays from outside. children and adults alike were sitting on the compound wall, on the roofs of cars and even standing on motorcycles to catch a glimpse of the fighter planes performing stunts.g natesh travelled all the way from ramanagaram district and arrived at the air force statio
the much-vaunted 'kaam bolta hai' (work speaks) slogan of uttar pradesh chief minister akhilesh yadav is facing a litmus test in the battle of ballots today in the state capital, the crucible of his dream projects. akhilesh has used the development card to the hilt during his campaign across the state, often highlighting his work in and around lucknow, the city of nawabs. doing away with traditional samajwadi party politics hinged on caste equations and dependence on "m-y" (muslim- yadav) factor, the 43-year-old chief minister decided to test his popularity riding on the crest of development,

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10.9 per cent votes have been cast in the first two hours of polling for the 69 assembly constituencies that figure in the crucial phase-iii of the staggered uttar pradesh elections. "in the first two hours, 10.9 per cent votes have been cast," office of up chief electoral officer said. besides bsp surpemo mayawati, home minister rajnath singh with his family cast their votes in lucknow while chief minister akhilesh yadav voted in saifai (etawah). singh's lok sabha constituency lucknow, and sp strongholds kannauj, mainpuri and etawah, figure in this round.farrukhabad, hardoi, auraiya, kanpur d

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polling is underway in 69 assembly constituencies that figure in phase-iii of the staggered uttar pradesh elections. union home minister rajnath singh's lok sabha constituency lucknow, and sp strongholds kannauj, mainpuri and etawah, figure in this round. farrukhabad, hardoi, auraiya, kanpur dehat, kanpur, unnao, barabanki and sitapur are among the 12 districts where these assembly seats are spread across.etawah is the native place of sp patron mulayam singh yadav, while another key district is mainpuri, from where tej pratap yadav is an sp mp. from kannauj dimple yadav, wife of chief minister
chief minister akhilesh yadav, bsp supremo mayawati and home minister rajnath singh today casted their votes in the third phase of up elections and claimed that their parties will form the next government. bsp supremo mayawati, who cast her vote in mall avenue area, told repoters that her party is winning over 300 seats in the state and she is going to form the next government in up."going by the trends of first two phases, i can say that bsp will take lead in this phase also and remain number one in other phases too. we are going to form the next government on our own and we are winning over

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an fir has been filed against dmk working president m k stalin, his party mlas, mps and cadres for holding a protest at marina beach against the alleged attack on him and his mlas during the trust vote in the assembly. police said an fir has been filed against them for unlawful assembly and violation of public order."dmk staged the protest without obtaining prior permission as required under law", a senior police official told pti. besides stalin, 63 mlas, three mps and several dmk cadres who participated in the protest have been named in the fir, he said.stalin was detained yesterday after he

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now, isro and iaf may have to pay the government for getting accurate timings on par with the global standard for various activities like launch of satellites and flight operations. so far, the national physical laboratory (npl) has been extending the service free of cost to isro, iaf, indian railways, state bank of india and several other agencies. the move is aimed at ramping up npl's chronometer infrastructure to match global standards.the npl, one of the oldest laboratories in the country, maintains five atomic clocks, all synchronised with the atomic clock of the international bureau of w
from next month, people in select cities will be able to apply for passports in post offices under an ambitious initiative of the external affairs ministry. this is aimed at making the passport issuance process hassle-free and ease burden on passport offices across the country which are grappling with large volume of applications.in the first phase of the project, passport services will be made available in select post offices in rajasthan, west bengal, tamil nadu, karnataka and jharkhand and some other states. the external affairs ministry, which issues passports, is making all required arran

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a grenade-dropping drone, 3d fly-on-the-wall radar to see through a 20-m-thick wall and a 'dogo robot' armed with remote pistol are some of the latest weaponry provided to the nsg to undertake lethal counter- terror operations with a punch of stealth. the federal contingency force, drawing from its experiences in combating terror attacks and hostage situations in closed spaces in urban areas, has inducted some of the smartest gadgets and arms used by special forces and swat teams world over.a senior official told pti the 'black cats' force, giving an edge to its sharp-shooters, has recently up
some persons have been taken into custody in connection with the harassment of a noted south indian film actress, police said here today. police had yesterday taken the driver of the actress' vehicle into custody soon after she complained about the ordeal she underwent the previous night while travelling from thrissur to kochi for dubbing.the actress was allegedly harassed for two hours by a gang of men, who forced their way into her car before fleeing at a busy area here. "some people have been taken into custody. we would be able to talk about their role in the incident only after a prope

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the air indians breathe is turning more toxic by the day and an average of two deaths take place daily due to air pollution, says a new study. according to medical journal the lancet, over a million indians die every year due to air pollution and some of the worst polluted cities of the world are in india. the study released this week but based on 2010 data estimates that globally 2.7-3.4 million preterm births may be associated with pm2.5 exposure and south asia is the worst hit accounting for 1.6 million pre-term births.the study says causes of air pollution and climate change are intricatel
expressing anguish at the "acute shortage" of faculty members in iits, iims and universities, a parliamentary panel has asked the government to take steps to fill up the vacancies and to make the teaching profession more attractive. in a report, the parliamentary standing committee on human resource development (hrd), headed by bjp mp satyanarayan jatiya, has asked the department of higher education to expedite the process of filling up the vacancies.the committee was "anguished" to find that from well-established central universities to those set up recently, state or private varsities, iits
over 28 per cent votes were cast till noon today in the 69 assembly constituencies, considered ruling samajwadi party stronghold, that figure in the crucial phase-iii of the staggered uttar pradesh elections. "in the first five hours of polling, the turnout was over 28 per cent," a spokesman of up chief electoral officer said. polling was going on peacefully in these areas, he said.besides bsp surpemo mayawati, home minister rajnath singh with his family cast their votes in lucknow while chief minister akhilesh yadav voted in saifai (etawah). in kanpur, 20.68 per cent voters exercised their fr
though women voters outnumber men in the electoral rolls in manipur, only a small number of them have featured in the candidate lists of political parties in the upcoming state assembly elections here.the total number of voters in the state is around 19 lakh and the number of women voters is much higher than that of men.    women play an important role in manipuri society but the number of women candidates put up by the political parties is far less when compared to that of men, sources from election commission said.the ruling congress and the bjp which are the main contenders in the upcomi

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a us aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrolling in the disputed south china sea despite china's warning to america against challenging its sovereignty in the area. the us navy's carrier strike group (csg) 1, an operational formation of the united states navy, began routine operations in the south china sea on february 18, the pentagon said. "we are looking forward to demonstrating those capabilities while building upon existing strong relationships with our allies, partners and friends in the indo-asia-pacific region," said rear adm james kilby, commander, csg 1.carrier strike group (c

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malaysia's investigation into the murder of the north korean leader's half-brother shows that the pyongyang government was behind the assassination, south korea said today.malaysian police have arrested one north korean suspect and are seeking four more north koreans who left the country last monday, the day kim jong-nam was poisoned at kuala lumpur's main airport."based on various factors, our government is certain that the dead man is kim jong-nam, and considering that the five suspects are north korean nationals, we view that the north korean government is behind the incident," said seoul's

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 over 300 people, mostly afghans, have been arrested in pakistan's punjab province as part of heightened security measures following a suicide bombing at a sufi shrine that killed 88 worshippers."more than 350 suspects have been taken into custody mostly afghans since the lahore blast last monday on the mall road," punjab police spokesman niyab haider told pti today.he said the search operation of the law enforcement agencies will continue across the province and the afghan nationals living here must keep their identification papers.at least 88 people were killed and over 200 injured in the d
controversial rjd leader shahabuddin, brought to delhi by train early this morning, has been lodged in jail number 2 of tihar prisons amid foolproof security.a bihar police team brought shahabuddin from siwan jail on a supreme court order by sampoorna kranti express which reached here around 8 am.the team with shahabuddin reached tihar jail around 8.30 am where he was medically examined then shifted him to jail number 2 whose other notable inmates include gangster chhota rajan."shahabuddin reached tihar jail around 8.30 am and he was medically examined by doctors at the prison hospital before

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 mahendra singh dhoni was today removed as captain of ipl franchise rising pune supergiants and replaced by australian steve smith, ending his innings as skipper in both international and franchise cricket.dhoni, who had stepped down as india's limited-overs captain to snap his international run as skipper earlier this year, will, however, continue to be a part of the pune franchise as a player."dhoni has not stepped down. we have appointed steve smith as the skipper for the upcoming season. frankly speaking, we did not have a good last season and we wanted someone young to lead the side and

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prime minister narendra modi today lambasted the sp government for its "failure "to maintain law and order in uttar pradesh, saying 'goonda raj' was prevailing there and even the supreme court has had to intervene to get a minister booked in an alleged rape case."the sc had to intervene to get the fir registered against gayatri prasad prajapati. 'goonda raj' is prevailing all over up and police stations have become samajwadi party office," modi said at an election rally here.with the apex court breathing down its neck, up police yesterday filed an fir against the tainted minister in connection

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 samajwadi party patron mulayam singh yadav today said there was no rift in the party and his son akhilesh yadav will become uttar pradesh chief minister again."there is no rift in sp. akhilesh will become chief minister as a lot of development work was done in his regime," yadav told reporters after casting his vote here.asked why he was not actively campaigning for his party candidates, he said, "i am campaigning. other phases are left, i will campaign."assembly elections in up are scheduled in seven phases, two of which have been completed while the third is underway today. the remaining p

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congress vice president rahul gandhi and sp chief akhilesh yadav today attacked prime minister narendra modi over demonetisation saying people will take revenge on bjp and its leaders will have to get "blood pressure checked" after 3rd and 4th phase of polling."bjp has put common man in queue for their own money. now in the elections they will once again queue up against bjp. bjp has come to know about the people's mind and after the third and fourth phase, blood pressure of bjp leaders will have to be checked," akhilesh told a rally with rahul by his side."when pm needs water in between his a

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a voter turnout of over 55 per cent was recorded till 4 pm today in the 69 constituencies, considered ruling samajwadi party stronghold, figuring in the third phase of uttar pradesh assembly elections."till 1600 hours, the turnout was over 55 per cent," a spokesman of up chief electoral officer said.polling was going on mostly peacefully in these areas, he said.besides bsp supremo mayawati, home minister rajnath singh with his family cast their votes in lucknow while chief minister akhilesh yadav voted in saifai (etawah). most of the leaders claimed their parties will form the next government.
 dmk today appealed to tamil nadu governor ch vidyasagar rao to "nullify" the vote of confidence won by sasikala loyalist e k palaniswami, alleging it was adopted by contravening the rules of the state assembly.dmk, whose mlas were en masse evicted from the state assembly before the voting on the confidence motion yesterday, also announced a state-wide hunger strike on february 22, protesting what it called was "murder of democracy".in a representation submitted to rao, stalin, also the leader of the opposition in the assembly, urged him to "nullify the entire proceedings" to "protect the spi
 former chief justice of india altamas kabir passed away at a city hospital here this afternoon.68-year-old kabir, who was suffering from a kidney ailment and related complications, died at 2.52 pm, a senior hospital official told pti.he is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son, his son in-law leon d'souza said.kabir was appointed as the chief justice of india on september 29, 2012. he retired on july 19, 2013.born on july 19, 1948, kabir was enrolled as an advocate in 1973 and practised in the district court and the calcutta high court in civil and criminal sides.he was appointed as a p

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 film fraternity in kerala today came out in support of a noted malayalam actress, who was harassed by a gang and demanded stringent action against the culprits.association of malayalam movie artists (amma) president innocent in a facebook post described the incident as an "heinous crime"."we have only one thing to say to those who committed this cruel act to our daughter.. sister ---defeat is yours'. she will stand undefeated... always", he said.innocent, also a lok sabha mp, said he had contacted chief minister pinarayi vijayan and dgp loknath behera the moment he came to know about the inc
 sonia gandhi is undecided for whom to vote in the ongoing uttar pradesh assembly elections. so are rajiv gandhi and sanjay gandhi.not to be confused with the congress president, these ordinary voters in lucknow have no link with the gandhi family. they are just namesakes.in lucknow central, sonia gandhi (40) has to make a choice between maroof khan, a congress rebel and sitting sp mla ravidas mehrotra. both are in the fray despite the two parties stitching together an alliance.rajiv gandhi (46) runs a photocopy shop along with his younger brother sanjay.declining to reveal which way he will
 maharashtra chief minister devendra fadnavis today said the outcome of the local body elections currently underway in the state will weigh on the future of his cabinet composition as some ministers will be promoted while others relieved according to bjp's performance in their areas."there will be some reflection of the results on the state ministry. if the performance is good, some would be given a promotion in the cabinet. on the other hand, the ministers who fail to improve bjp's performance in their respective districts, will be relieved from the ministry," said fadnavis during an interac

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 robots that steal human jobs should pay taxes, microsoft co-founder and philanthropist bill gates has said."certainly there will be taxes that relate to automation. right now, the human worker who does, say, usd 50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed and you get income tax, social security tax, all those things," gates told quartz website."if a robot comes in to do the same thing, you'd think that we'd tax the robot at a similar level," said gates, one of the world's richest men.gates said he believes that governments should tax companies' use of robots, as a way to at least

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the first four months of the iraqi offensive on mosul were marked by relatively low displacement but the civilians who remain in the city's west face more dangers than ever.in the east, the iraqi forces adopted a strategy of protecting civilians by keeping them at home, and the mass exodus expected by humanitarian organisations did not occur.since the mosul offensive against the islamic state group was launched in october, around 200,000 civilians are estimated to have fled their homes, and some 50,000 have already returned, according to the united nations.in the early stages of the offensive,
a reported communication failure on board a jet airways aircraft while flying in the german skies gave a scare to german authorities who feared a hijack and scrambled their fighter jets.the incident happened three days back when the mumbai- london flight 9w-118, with 330 passengers and 15 crew members, lost contact with the air traffic control (atc) for a "brief period" while flying over cologne.the pilots of the boeing-777 lost contact due to a reported communication failure, the jet airways said in a statement here today. however, the communication was safely restored within minutes and the

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over rs 110 crore cash and 18.68 lakh litres of liquor worth a few crores have been seized so far in uttar pradesh, where assembly polls are being held.the seizure has been done in the three phases out of the total of seven-phase election schedule for the state.a record seizure of rs 38.40 crore cash and 2.04 lakh litres of liquor (with estimated market value of rs 5.72 crore) has been effected from the areas where polling was held for the third phase of election today, deputy election commissioner vijay dev said here.there were about 2.41 crore voters in 69 assembly constituencies in the thir

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 t r zeliang today decided to step down as nagaland chief minister in a dramatic turn of events in the violence-hit state.a statement from the chief minister's office confirmed zeliang was stepping down and a consensus leader will be chosen tomorrow morning at naga people's front legislature party meeting.the npf meeting will be followed by a meeting of dan (democratic alliance of nagaland) at 11 am here.in the 60-member assembly, an npf source claimed, former chief minister and sole mp from the state neiphiu rio, commanded the support of 49 mlas, including 8 independents, while at least 3 ar

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kerala police today intensified its efforts to arrest the culprits involved in the harassment of a noted south indian actress amid mounting pressure from the film fraternity and political parties for stern action.police said a hunt was on to nab culprits including the mastermind, a history sheeter known as pulser suni, who had earlier worked as driver for some noted malayalam film actors, including actor-turned politician mukesh.martin, driver of the actress' car was taken into custody yesterday for allegedly conniving with the gang which executed the crime.the actress was harassed for two hou
the most sought-after 'tirupati laddu' has caused an annual loss of over rs 140 crore to the cash-rich administration of lord venkateswara hill shrine for the last three years owing to its subsidised price and free distribution to some devotees, temple sources said.the mouth-watering sweet dish has been sold by the tirumala tirupati devasthanam (ttd) at a subsidised price of rs 25 per piece for the last 11 years while the actual cost was about rs 32.50, the sources said.the laddu, made at the massive kitchen close to the shrine at nearby tirumala, is in great demand among devotees, who throng

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 a 61.16-per cent voter turnout was today recorded in the third phase of the seven-phase uttar pradesh polls which concluded by and large peacefully.as many as 69 assembly constituencies in the yadav heartland, considered crucial for the ruling samajwadi party in the state, went to the polls in this phase."turnout of voters was 61.16 per cent when polling drew to a close at 5 pm," up chief electoral officer t venkatesh said.he said the exercise was held by and large peacefully in this phase, adding that tight security arrangements were put in place at all the 25,603 polling booths.in the 2012

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isro on saturday successfully tested its indigenously developed cryogenic upper stage for gslv mkiii.it said the cryogenic stage, designated as c25, was tested for a flight duration of 640 seconds at isro propulsion complex at mahendragiri in tirunelveli district of tamil nadu, yesterday. c25 stage had earlier been tested successfully for 50 seconds on january 25, 2017 to validate all the systems.stating that prior to stage development hot tests, three ce20 engines were realised and two engines were subjected to qualification tests in sea level conditions, isro said, this included 800 seconds

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 a civilian was injured in a firing incident today in south kashmir's pulwama district, where security forces arrested a former militant and recovered a pistol and a grenade from his possession, police said.wasim kuchay, a resident of barsoo village of tral in pulwama, was admitted to smhs hospital here with bullet injury near neck, a police official said.he said kuchay was shot with a pistol near nowdal and suffered injury, but his condition is stated to be stable.earlier, a firing incident took place at nowdal tral, following which security forces arrested a former militant maqbool ganai al

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tamil nadu governor ch vidyasagar rao has sought a report from the assembly secretary on the unsavoury incidents witnessed in the house when chief minister edappadi k palaniswami won a trust vote.rao has sought "a factual report," on the entire proceedings from the time the house assembled at 11 am on february 18 and till it was adjourned sine die at 3.27 pm, sources told pti. the report shall be complete with all documentary and videographic evidence, it has been indicated by the governor, they said.tamil nadu legislative assembly secretary a m p jamaludeen has been asked to submit the report

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over 61.16 per cent of the electorate today exercised their franchise in the third phase of polling to decide the fate of 826 candidates in uttar pradesh's 69 assembly constituencies considered crucial for the ruling samajwadi party.the turnout, which is higher by more than 1 per cent as compared to last assembly polls, is expected to go up and touch 63 per cent as many voters were still in queues outside polling booths when the percentage was collated at 5 pm, officials said."the turnout of voters was 61.16 per cent when polling drew to a close at 5 pm," up chief electoral officer t venkatesh
in a dramatic turn of events, t r zeliang today resigned as nagaland chief minister, paving the way for a new leader to take over in the trouble-torn northeastern state.official sources said governor p b acharya accepted zeliang's resignation and told him to continue till further arrangements were made. earlier in the day, zeliang announced his decision to step down. a statement from the chief minister's office confirmed zeliang was stepping down and that a consensus leader will be chosen tomorrow morning at naga people's front legislature party meeting.the npf meeting will be followed by a me
tamil nadu chief minister edappadi k palaniswami, opposition dmk and the dissident camp in the aiadmk led by o pannerselvam today had separate meetings with governor ch vidyasagar rao at the raj bhavan here.the meetings come a day after the palaniswami government won the vote of confidence by a margin of 122-11 in the assembly. palaniswami was accompanied by his cabinet colleagues including p thangamani, s p velumani, c ve shanmugam and d jayakumar during his meeting with rao which an official release described as a "courtesy call". palaniswami had a brief discussion with rao, it said.dmk, who
a day after he won a crucial floor test in the assembly, tamil nadu chief minister edappadi k palaniswami called on governor ch vidyasagar rao on sunday. though raj bhavan sources said it was a courtesy call, palaniswami briefed the governor about the violence in the assembly on saturday, during which the opposition dmk mlas were evicted for creating a ruckus and stalling the proceedings.secretariat sources said legislative assembly secretary a m p jamaludeen has also submitted a detailed report to rao with regard to the floor test.soon after palaniswami’s visit to the raj bhavan, rebel aiad

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bank accounts in the name of children and a sudden surge of balance in them in the weeks after november 8 demonetisation will now be scrutinised by income tax authorities. swollen zero balance jan dhan accounts will also come under scanner as the i-t department is preparing to send emails to assessees whose deposits do not match their tax-paying profile. as part of the centre’s campaign against black money, authorities have already started questioning deposits of over rs 5 lakh after november 9 when rs 500 and rs 1,000 notes ceased to be legal tender, and december 30 when the window for the
in a dramatic turn of events, t r zeliang today resigned as nagaland chief minister, paving the way for a new leader to take over in the trouble-torn northeastern state.official sources said governor p b acharya accepted zeliang's resignation and told him to continue till further arrangements were made. earlier in the day, zeliang announced his decision to step down. a statement from the chief minister's office confirmed zeliang was stepping down and that a consensus leader will be chosen tomorrow morning at naga people's front legislature party meeting.the npf meeting will be followed by a me
the alliance between the congress and the samajwadi party in the assembly polls in uttar pradesh may be intact elsewhere, but not in raebareli, the lok sabha constituency of party president sonia gandhi.of the five assembly seats in the lok sabha constituency, congress and sp nominees are facing each other on two seats — unchahar and sareni. given the fact that the electorate of raebareli, who remained loyal to sonia, had rejected the candidates in the 2012 assembly polls, the party finds itself in a tight corner.the congress exerted tremendous pressure on chief minister akhilesh yadav to gi

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samajwadi party mp dimple yadav was only credited with a backroom role in forging the alliance with the congress, but has now emerged as a key campaigner for the party.the wife of uttar pradesh chief minister akhilesh yadav has been addressing several rallies, during which she has asked voters, women in particular, to give her husband another chance to lead the state. dimple is articulate on the issues of law and order and women’s security — areas that have been the target of barbs from both the bjp and the bsp.dimple is the lok sabha mp from kannauj. when akhilesh defied his father mulaya
in the battle for manipur, which goes to polls in two phases on march 4 and 8, the congress is eyeing a consecutive fourth term, undeterred by an anti-incumbency factor. on the other hand, the bjp is counting on prime minister narendra modi to give it the necessary thrust to emerge as a principal player. modi is to address just one rally on february 25.there is also attention on activist irom sharmila, who is making her electoral debut in the polls. she had given up her 16-year fast against afspa (armed forces special powers act) last year. she went on to form her own party — peoples’ resu
prime minister narendra modi on sunday launched a veiled attack on congress vice president rahul gandhi and party’s star campaigner priyanka gandhi vadra, saying those “born with a silver spoon” will not know the plight of the poor.“there is a party that has been rejected elsewhere, feels that they may have a chance in the land of its ancestors, but they do not know about the villages. those born with a silver spoon will not know such things,” modi said, addressing an election rally at fatehpur.he came down heavily on the congress-sp alliance and said both of them were “sinking”
a flare-up in the kashmir valley this summer, as is being forseen by the indian security agencies, may throw cold water on the prospects for re-establishing india and pakistan ties this year.army chief bipin rawat’s stern warning last week that those who oppose the army’s operations during encounters will be treated as “anti-national elements” is seen as an indication of  the apprehension of the authorities in the coming months.the army chief's statement — made after paying tribute to  personnel who lost their lives in encounters with militants in kashmir — was seen as a sign of
notwithstanding army chief general bipin rawat’s tough warning to those who try to disrupt counter-insurgency operations in kashmir, people continue to help militants escape from cordons by pelting security forces with stones during search operations. on saturday, a search party of security forces which had gone for a search and cordon operation in urivan village of south kashmir’s pulwama district, came under heavy attack by a few hundred people armed with stones.sources said the army and the jammu and kashmir police had launched a search operation following inputs about the presence of s

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rebels challenging official party nominees on many seats in uttar pradesh might queer the pitch for the samajwadi party. bitter family feud in the yadav family which created bad blood among workers at grassroot level also left them confused as to whom to back. many leaders close to shivpal yadav camp were denied tickets and new faces were accommodated triggering resentment that is palpable even now with almost half of the elections through. this led to the rise of rebels who are making it difficult for the party candidates given tickets as official nominees.besides, the last minute alliance be
a 24-year-old woman from the northeast was allegedly raped by a man near delhi's hauz khas village, police said today. the incident happened last night when the woman, who belongs to manipur, was returning from a party in hauz khas village along with her friends and cousins, said a senior police officer.the woman told police that around 11.30 pm she was offered a drop home by an unknown person. he apparently told her that his vehicle was parked at some distance near deer park. the accused, thereafter, on the pretext of guiding the woman, led her to an isolated stretch in the adjoining park are

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malaysia summoned the north korean ambassador today for a dressing-down over pyongyang's attack on its investigation into the assassination of kim jong-nam, deepening a diplomatic row. five north koreans are in the frame for last week's airport killing, drawing a furious response from pyongyang which has accused kuala lumpur of conspiring with "hostile forces" to damage its reputation.malaysia recalled its envoy to pyongyang and also summoned the north korean ambassador to kuala lumpur, who was told his accusation was "baseless", the foreign ministry said in a statement."the ministry emphasise

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swedes have been scratching their heads and ridiculing president donald trump's remarks that suggested a major incident had happened in the scandinavian country. the american president now says he was referring to something he saw on television. during a rally in florida on saturday, trump said "look what's happening last night in sweden" as he alluded to past terror attacks in europe. it wasn't clear what he was referring to and there were no high-profile situations reported in sweden on friday night.the comment prompted a barrage of social media reaction yesterday, with hundreds of tweets, a
failure in communication between a mumbai-london jet airways flight and the air traffic control (atc) while flying over germany triggered fears of a hijack with the germans scrambling fighter jets.the incident took place on february 16 when the flight 9w-118, with 330 passengers and 15 crew members, lost contact with the atc for a brief period while flying over cologne.the pilots of the boeing-777 lost contact due to a communication failure, the jet airways said in a statement.“as a precaution, the german air force deployed its aircraft to ensure the safety of the flight and its guests,” t

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england all-rounder ben stokes was the costliest buy after the first round of ipl players' auction today, going to rising pune supergiants for a whopping rs 14.50 crore (usd 2.16 million) after an intense bidding war. pune supergiants, who yesterday removed mahendra singh dhoni from captaincy, entered late into the bidding at rs 13 crore and clinched the deal at rs 14.50 crore defeating bids from mumbai indians, delhi daredevils, royal challengers bangalore and sunrisers hyderabad.interestingly, stokes' limited-overs captain eoin morgan was taken at a base price of rs 2 crore (usd 298,000) by

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opposition dmk today moved the madras high court seeking to declare saturday's vote of confidence in the tamil nadu assembly null and void. counsel for dmk, r shanmugasundaram, a former rajya sabha member, also sought an urgent hearing of the petition.the bench comprising acting chief justice huluvadi g ramesh and justice r mahadeven posted the petition for hearing tomorrow. e k palaniswami had won the trust vote 122-11 in the 234-member assembly aided by the eviction of main opposition dmk and walkout by its allies, amid stormy scenes during which mikes were uprooted, chairs toppled and sheet

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tamil nadu chief minister edappadi k palaniswami today announced the closure of 500 state-run liquor retail outlets.the announcement was part of late aiadmk supremo j jayalalithaa's promise to usher in prohibition in the state in a phased manner, palaniswami said in his first formal press conference since his elevation as chief minister last week.he recalled late chief minister's announcement in may 2016 on closing down 500 indian made foreign liquor (imfl) retail outlets operated by state-owned tasmac as part of her assembly poll promise on implementing prohibition.the present closure of 500

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india today said the action against mumbai attack mastermind hafiz saeed and his colleagues was a first logical step in getting the region rid of the twin menaces of terrorism and violent extremism. "hafiz saeed is an international terrorist, the mastermind of the mumbai terrorist attack and responsible for unleashing a wave of terrorism against pakistan's neighbours through let/ jud and their affiliates," external affairs ministry spokesman vikas swarup said."effective action mandated internationally against him and his terrorist organisations and colleagues is a logical first step in bringin

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hitting campaign trail in water scarce bundelkhand, prime minister narendra modi today blamed sp, bsp and congress for backwardness of the region and promised to transform it like kutch in gujarat. mineral-rich bundelkhand, he said, can change the "fate" of uttar pradesh and satellites can help keep a check on illegal mining. "sp and bsp have ignored bundelkhand over the years and these elections are crucial for bundelkhand...it has to decide whether it has to get rid of sp-bsp," modi said at an election rally in orai region of jalaun in bundelkhand region."in five years, we will transform bun

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india has done a better job than china in promoting satellite launch technology which could prompt beijing to fast-track commercialisation of its rocket launches to vie for the world's small satellite market, chinese officials said today. "the launch indicated that india can send commercial satellites into space at lower costs, giving the country's competitiveness in the global race for the burgeoning commercial space businesses," zhang yonghe, director with the new technology department of the shanghai engineering centre for microsatellites, said.china may fast-track the commercialisation of
a 24-year-old cricketer was today arrested for allegedly driving his car onto a platform of the andheri railway station, causing chaos during the morning rush hour, police said. harmeet singh, who represented india in the icc under-19 world cup in 2012, drove the four-wheeler directly onto the platform 1 of the busy station at around 7.20 am, they said.the railway protection force immediately confiscated the car and arrested singh, a senior rpf official said. he has been booked under sections 147 (trespass), 145 (b) (commits nuisance and act of indecency), 154 (endangering safety of passengers
over a thousand people from various faiths declared 'i am a muslim too' as they assembled at the iconic times square here to express solidarity with the muslim community and protest against us president donald trump's immigration policies. the rally was co-organised by the foundation for ethnic understanding and the nusantara foundation in response to the uncertainty and anxiety created by trump's now-rescinded executive order to bar citizens from the seven muslim-majority nations.the 'i am a muslim too' solidarity rally drew several thousand people who raised slogans and held banners of 'love

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us defense secretary jim mattis said today the united states does not intend to seize iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by president donald trump that has rattled iraq's leaders. mattis' arrived on an unannounced visit in iraq as the battle to oust islamic state militants from western mosul moved into its second day, and as the pentagon considers ways to accelerate the campaign against is in iraq and syria.those efforts could be complicated by trump's oil threat and his inclusion of iraq in the administration's travel ban twin blows that have roiled the nation and spurred local la

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england all-rounder ben stokes was the costliest buy at the ipl players' auction today, going to rising pune supergiants for a whopping rs 14.50 crore even as some unheralded indian domestic players also enjoyed a hefty pay day here. the other big buy at the auction was also an england player, left-arm fast bowler tymal mills, who was taken by royal challengers bangalore for a mind-boggling rs 12 crore.also making a splash were young afghanistan leg-spinner rashid khan arman, who stunned one and all by getting a rs 4 crore (usd 600,000) bid from sunrisers hyderabad, and spin-bowling all-rounde
bsp supremo mayawati today hit back at prime minister narendra modi, terming him as "mr negative dalit man". "perturbed at the rising popularity of the bsp, the prime minister is indulging in cheap things and indulging in petty talk about its supreme leader and has termed bsp as 'behenji sampatti party' (behenji assets party)," she said at an election rally here.mayawati is popularly known as 'behenji'. "he (modi) is an expert in jumlebaazi (rhetoric) but when he will get a tit-for-tat reply he will forget all about it and today i have been compelled to do the same for him," she said."narendra

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prime minister narendra modi today mocked at mayawati's opposition to note ban, saying bsp is no longer bahujan samaj party but 'behenji sampatti party'.at an election rally in orai region of jalaun in bundelkhand region, the prime minister said those who deposit wealth for themselves can never solve the problems of people.he also attacked the sp and congress for criticising the demonestisation decision."where has bahujan samaj party (bsp) reached today...when i announced note ban on november 8 last year, arch-rivals sp and bsp, who never see eye-to-eye, came together...i was amazed when i lau

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after days of silence, pakistan army today dismissed as "disinformation" a media report that said army chief gen qamar javed bajwa urged officers to read a book about how india succeeded in keeping the military out of politics.the nation newspaper reported on february 12 that bajwa addressed a gathering of senior army officers of rawalpindi garrison in the general headquarters in december and recommended 'army and nation: the military and indian democracy since independence' written by steven wilkinson.the book provides details of changes made in the structure and recruitment pattern of the in
south sudan's government said today that the country's over three-year war has led to famine in parts of the nation, while nearly five million people -- half the population -- is going hungry.isaiah chol aruai, the chairman of south sudan national bureau of statistics, said some parts of the northern greater unity region "are classified in famine, or... risk of famine"."the convergence of evidence shows that the long term effects of the conflict coupled with high food prices, economic crisis, low agricultural production and depleted livelihood options" have resulted in 4.9 million people facin

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the manhunt to nab the suspected mastermind pulser suni and others involved in the abduction and harassment of a noted south indian actress continued today with police intensifying probe to solve the sensational case.police said some persons had been taken into custody for allegedly helping suni remain at large even three days after the crime that evoked condemnation from various quarters.however, they remained tight lipped on reports that two associates of suni who were part of gang that attacked the actress have been taken into custody by police.martin, driver of the actress' car, had been a

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his eyes transfixed on the tv screen, left-arm seamer thangarasu natarajan was finding it surreal when the bids against his name zoomed up at a breakneck pace during the ipl auction.the little known 25-year-old's life changed in a matter of few minutes as rs 10 lakh base price saw a quantum 30-time jump reaching rs 3 crore with virender sehwag vigorously raising the pedal for kings xi punjab.perhaps he remembered the days of hardships when his mother ran a street side stall and father worked as a porter at railway station. and the then 20-year-old, one of the five children, was plying his trad
the congress today accused prime minister narendra modi of vitiating the atmosphere in uttar pradesh to polarise the society and asked the election commission to take appropriate action.congress' senior spokesperson anand sharma told reporters here that modi has been making objectionable remarks at election rallies and his statement yesterday that if there was a 'kabaristaan' (graveyard), there should be a 'shamshaan' (cremation ground) too was aimed at creating polarisation."our constitution does not allow anyone to divide the nation, be it on caste or religion basis. the prime minister is no
foreign secretary s jaishankar will arrive here tomorrow for crucial talks with top chinese officials amid differences over issues like india's nsg bid and china's blocking of efforts to get jem chief masood azhar banned by the un.jaishankar, who served as the indian envoy to china from 2009 to 2013, the longest tenure by an indian diplomat in beijing, will begin his visit tomorrow by meeting state councillor yang jiechi, beijing's special representative for india-china border talks, official sources told pti.in the chinese official hierarchy, the state councillor of the ruling communist party

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