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Orissa NCP collapses as chief quits

Rajaram Satapathy Times of India 20.03.2009
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In a jolt to Orissa NCP, its state unit president Bijay Mohapatra on Thursday resigned from the party protesting against Sharad Pawar forging an alliance with BJD.

Lawyers to end boycott of courts

K.T. Sangameswaran and R.K. Radhakrishnan Hindu 20.03.2009
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The joint action committee of advocates, which met here on Thursday, decided to temporarily suspend the boycott and resume court work in the State from March 23.


BJP has a mixed bag for Delhi

Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar Hindu 20.03.2009
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The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday laid its cards on the table ahead of its arch-rival, the Congress, by announcing the names of all seven candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Delhi.

Poll panel notices to Varun, BJP

Times of India 19.03.2009
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Confirming the allegedly communal speeches made by the BJP candidate from Pilibhit, Varun Gandhi, as a violation of the model code of conduct, the Election Commission on Wednesday issued separate notices to both Varun and BJP asking why action sh...


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Agreeing with the report of Meghalaya Governor R.S. Mooshharay on the breakdown of the Constitutional machinery in the State, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday decided to recommend the imposition of President’s rule in Meghalaya.

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Security agencies perceive an increased threat to “certain political leaders” from terrorists in the run-up to elections, top sources said today. They did not say which leaders could be targets.


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Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday asked the security forces and police to remain on high alert in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.

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The Madras High Court on Wednesday said A.K.Viswanathan, Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), Chennai, and M.Ramasubramani, the then Joint Commissioner of Police, Chennai (North), should be placed under suspension in connection with ...


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The Kaziranga National Park, also a Unesco world heritage site, was closed to tourists on Wednesday as forest staff and jeep and elephant safari operators ceased work in protest against the alleged assault of a forest officer by two former Ulfa r...

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With bomb-proofing of the jail barrack that will serve as a courtroom for the 26/11 case far from over, there's little chance that the trial of Ajmal Amir Kasab will begin as scheduled from Monday, March 23.


Aircel-Maxis enters Delhi circle

Financial Express 19.03.2009
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Aircel-Maxis on Thursday became the seventh mobile operator to enter the Delhi circle. The company, which is India’s fifth largest GSM mobile operator, has a 6.31% share in the market and recorded over 17 million subscribers by the end of February...

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The global auction for 3G spectrum is likely to be taken up by the next government with the telecom department today saying that it is difficult to start the auction process before the general elections commence in mid-April.


Pawar, Modi in verbal duel on campaign trail

Ambarish Mishra Times of India 18.03.2009
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The electoral slugfest in Maharashtra has already begun with stalwarts Sharad Pawar and Narendra Modi taking potshots at each other in separate meetings on Sunday.

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When he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the party was proud that it had got its own Gandhi. Now Varun Feroze Gandhi, son of Sanjay and Maneka Gandhi is in big trouble as the Election Commission has filed a criminal case against him for al...


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The Congress on Tuesday described the seat-sharing arrangement for Bihar proposed jointly by allies, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) as “unacceptable” but maintained that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was ...

Left may join Third Front govt: Basu

Times of India 18.03.2009
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Nothing is constant in politics and if it came to the Third Front grabbing power at the Centre, the Left may join the government. CPM veteran Jyoti Basu said this at his Salt Lake residence on Tuesday.


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A party aspiring to form the next government in the world's largest democracy is going through an ego tussle between the two men who matter most.

Amar to don minister's role in film

Deccan Herald 17.03.2009
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While it is not known if he harbours the ambition to become home minister, Samajwadi Party (SP) general secretary Amar Singh is all set to don the mantle in a Bollywood film.


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Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Monday ruled out the possibility of his party joining the Third Front, saying he saw no hope as long as Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) general secretary Prakash Karat was at its helm. < P>Special: Lok...

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The rift in the BJP between its president Rajnath Singh and senior leader Arun Jaitley showed no signs of healing on Monday and the party's Central Election Committee (CEC) could be the first casualty amid speculation that it may be wound up.



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