India

Cong miffed by NCP’s Pawar-for-PM call

S Balakrishnan & Prakash Joshi Times of India 17.03.2009
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The uneasy Congress-NCP alliance has been roiled by fresh tensions over NCP's increasingly unabashed projection of its boss Sharad Pawar as its prime ministerial candidate in disregard of Congress's endorsement of the incumbent, raising doubts wh...

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Ram Sena chief Pramod Muthalik was today banned from entering Mangalore for a year, prompting him to turn against the ruling BJP.


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In an unprecedented development, judges reached out to the litigant public on Monday to skirt the seven-week-old legal logjam created by the advocates’ strike in Tamil Nadu.

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Come this weekend, and the Congress will hit the election campaign in right earnest.


Sorry, Mumbai has no berth for Kolkata

SUJAN DUTTA Telegraph 17.03.2009
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New Delhi, March 16: The navy is all at sea because there is no room in Mumbai for Kolkata.

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With the Congress unable to regain its former hold over voters and with no one in a position to defeat India's grand old party on its own, regional forces are increasingly filling up political space across the country.


Defining the Third Front's contours

Sandeep Phukan, Rahul Shrivastav NDTV 16.03.2009
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Leaders of the Third Front have decided to work together for forming a non-Congress, non-BJP government at the Centre.

Samrudha woos women voters

Minati Singha Times of India 16.03.2009
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With the elections round the corner, all political parties are ready with big promises of a utopian state to lure voters. With a population of over four crores and about 2.71 crore voters, and 147 legislative assembly seats up for grabs, the part...


City BJP boasts of its own website

Times of India 16.03.2009
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The city unit of the BJP became the first unit in the state to have a website of its own in the entire state. The website will also play an active role in canvassing for the party in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.

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Foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee has been fielded by Congress from Jangipur again while ailing P R Dasmunsi's wife Deepa will defend his Raiganj seat in the coming Lok Sabha elections.


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The five belongings of Mahatma Gandhi, which were auctioned in New York, may take some time to reach India as the government is still discussing the legalities involved with the United States’ Justice Department.

Centre's nod needed for disposing of 26/11 terrorists'

S Ahmed Ali Times of India 16.03.2009
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Mumbai Police will have to wait for the nod from Union home ministry before applying to the special court for permission to dispose of the bodies of the nine terrorists killed in the 26/11 attacks. This would mean it could take about a month befo...


Man detained at airport for 'suspicious' movement

CHINMAYI SHALYA Times of India 14.03.2009
Man detained at airport for 'suspicious' movement

Post 9/11-type vigilance at US airports-where any small act perceived as suspicious by security officials can land one in the interrogation cell-seems to be gripping Indian airports as well.

SS Virk appointed state DGP

Dnaindia 14.03.2009
SS Virk appointed state DGP

The state government appointed SS Virk as the director general of police of Maharashtra. Home minister Jayant Patil, after receiving a formal approval from the Election Commission (EC), announced the appointment on Friday evening.


4 BJP legislators join BJD

Prafulla Das Hindu 14.03.2009
4 BJP legislators join BJD

The ruling Biju Janata Dal headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik gained strength on Friday with four sitting legislators of the Bharatiya Janata Party joining it, giving a severe jolt to the saffron party ahead of the ensuing polls.

In sugar belt, saffron alliance prefers NCP-Cong rebels

With the Lok Sabha (LS) elections fast approaching, the BJP-Shiv Sena combine has started a hunt for candidates in the Congress-NCP stronghold of western Maharashtra.


India’s 26/11 response packed with primary documents

India’s response to a Pakistani questionnaire on November’s attacks in Mumbai runs to over 400 pages — almost six times as long as an dossier of evidence released in January.

Jaitley takes on Rajnath over party appointment

After the break-up of its alliance with BJD, there was more trouble for the saffron camp as its in-house squabbles surfaced with senior leader Arun Jaitley openly taking on party chief Rajnath Singh over appointment of a Delhi businessman as in-ch...


Congress announces candidates for 25 seats

By and large continuing with the practice of “sitting-getting,” the Congress has decided to field 11 of its members in the 14th Lok Sabha in the 25 seats across three States and one Union Territory for which candidatures were announced on Thursday.

Tickets go the cash & carry way

Jinka Nagaraju Times of India 13.03.2009
Tickets go the cash & carry way

Notwithstanding claims made by leaders of all political parties, the main criteria for considering the name of an aspirant for the Lok Sabha or the state assembly ticket is his financial standing. Sources say that the first question any candidate ...



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