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PM holds CCS meet on crisis in Pakistan

Times of India 13.03.2009
PM holds CCS meet on crisis in Pakistan

As the political crisis in Pakistan threatened to spin out of control with hundreds of Pakistani lawyers, politicians and activists participating in a protest march targeting the Zardari government , Prime Minister Manmohan Singh convened a meetin...

Congress, Trinamool Seal Seat Deal

Times of India 13.03.2009
Congress, Trinamool Seal Seat Deal

Poll equations are changing thick and fast. With CPM general secretary Prakash Karat throwing up a Third Front to eat into vote share of Congress and BJP at the national level, Congress president Sonia Gandhi wasted no time in joining hands with T...


Sena-BJP stalemate on seat-sharing continues

S Balakrishnan Times of India 13.03.2009
Sena-BJP stalemate on seat-sharing continues

The Shiv Sena's denial of courting the NCP has done little to placate the BJP, with senior leaders feeling that their ally may have entered into a secret pre-poll agreement with Sharad Pawar.

Third Front is at best a bargaining platform

With the emergence of a fragmented multi-party system since the late 1980s a variety of Third Fronts have been formed — by V P Singh in 1998, Deve Gowda and I K Gujral in 1996-98 and the recent short-lived UNPA. Political developments make the pre...


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Mumbai: Dilshad Patel is one hell of a performer. With a cheerful laugh she says, "I can play anybody you want, between 22 and 26 years. I would call that my screen age." Patel, the latest entrant into Bollywood has a scrumptious role in Sooni Tar...

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In a film about grassroots politics situated in the Rajasthan to Bihar periphery, the film must have all/some of the following: A central god-like leader (in Omkara it was Omkara; here it’s Dukey Bana). Cuss words splattered across the dialogue.


Talk Queens Protest Abuse

Extratv 13.03.2009
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Oprah Winfrey and Tyra Banks are some of the most powerful women in media -- and they're weighing in on the national epidemic of domestic violence.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday met President Pratibha Patil for the first time since his coronary by-pass surgery nearly seven weeks back and conveyed his Holi greetings to her.


Revolt brewing in Congress, BJP in Gujarat

Manas Dasgupta Hindu 12.03.2009
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A revolt is brewing in both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party in Vadodara over the selection of their respective party candidates for the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat.

Meghalaya crisis deepens

Sushanta Talukdar Hindu 12.03.2009
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The political crisis in Meghalaya has deepened with the strength of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-led ruling Meghalaya Progressive Alliance getting reduced from 31 to 30 in the 60-member Assembly following the resignation of Urban Affairs M...


Pranab won't allow YSR to have his way

Times of India 12.03.2009
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Pranab Mukherjee is proving to be a tough nut to crack for Y S Rajasekhara Reddy who wants to rewrite the Congress story in Andhra Pradesh by packing his own men in the Lok Sabha. This even by not renominating sitting party MPs for the forthcomin...

Congress-DMK talks today

Times of India 12.03.2009
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Congress and the DMK, the ruling combine, will begin seat-sharing talks on Thursday evening, an exercise that is expected to set the mood and tone for the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu, which goes to the polls in the last phase on May 13.


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B A Samvartha, a journalist with ‘The Hindu’, has allegedly been threatened by Vishwa Hindu Parishat (VHP) and Bajrang Dal activists on Wednesday March 11.

Has Chiru's camp been infiltrated?

Times of India 12.03.2009
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Flush with the unprecedented success of his public meeting in Rajahmundry, Prajarajyam Party (PRP) chief Chiranjeevi was spitting fire on Wednesday. He levelled serious charges against the TDP, saying that the party has “planted” some persons as ...


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Two persons were killed and at least 14 others, including half a dozen policemen, injured on Wednesday as police opened fire to disperse members of two communities who clashed in Varanasi during Holi celebrations.

CJ cautions 183 newly inducted judges

Times of India 12.03.2009
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Sounding a warning of sorts to the newly inducted judges of the subordinate judiciary, Chief Justice Hemant Laxman Gokhale said, "if you are found in undesirable places, it will affect your growth."


India readies answers to Pakistan’s queries

Praveen Swami Hindu 12.03.2009
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Later this month, Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is scheduled to produce six Lashkar-e-Taiba commanders, suspected of having organised the November carnage in Mumbai, before an anti-terrorism court.

PM bats for equality of women

Times of India 11.03.2009
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said it was important to ensure equal opportunities for women for the overall progress of the country.


No secular govt possible without Sonia: Amar

Press Trust of India 11.03.2009
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In a softening of stand at a time when an alliance between Congress and Samajwadi Party for Lok Sabha poll in Uttar Pradesh appeared non-starter, SP today said it could leave some more seats for Congress and no secular government can be formed wit...

Breaking point? Mamata holds out 48-hour ultimatum to Congress

Ravik Bhattacharya Express India 11.03.2009
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Ten days after she began seat-sharing talks with the Congress, a frustrated Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday served a 48-hour ultimatum on the Congress leadership, asking it to clear its stand failing which she would “take her o...



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