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India Politics
  Last Updated: May 15, 2007 - 7:22:41 PM

India Politics
Punjab's religious clash has political overtones
Chandigarh, May 16 - The religious clash between followers of Dera Sacha Sauda, a heretical sect and Sikhs in Punjab is not a matter of religion alone but has political overtones to it.
May 16, 2007 - 12:53:43 PM

India Politics
Sonia admits poll failures in UP
New Delhi, May 16 - Congress president Sonia Gandhi Wednesday admitted that her party had failed organizationally to transform their 'spirited campaign' into votes in Uttar Pradesh and urged party members to now shift their focus to poll-bound Gujarat.
May 16, 2007 - 12:15:43 PM

India Politics
Punjab remains tense, Sikhs seek apology from dera chief
Chandigarh, May 16 - Several towns and cities in Punjab remained tense Wednesday as the Sikh community continued to demand an apology from the head of Dera Sacha Sauda sect Gurmit Ram Rahim for portraying himself on the lines of the revered 10th Sikh guru Gobind Singh.
May 16, 2007 - 12:08:26 PM

India Politics
Kashmiris all ears as mainstream parties hold rallies
Srinagar, May 16 - Slowly but surely, Jammu and Kashmir is throwing up a surprise. While the shadow of violence still lurks over the valley, sizeable crowds are beginning to attend meetings held by mainstream political parties.
May 16, 2007 - 10:00:40 AM

India Politics
Nearly a dozen border disputes within India alone!
New Delhi, May 16 - There are nearly a dozen inter-state disputes over borders within India alone, a government statement has said while replying to a petition under the Right to Information - Act.
May 16, 2007 - 8:11:35 AM

India Politics
Karnataka to seek CBI probe into Nagappa's death
Bangalore, May 15 - The Karnataka government in a belated move has decided to seek a Central Bureau of Investigation - to probe into the mysterious death of state minister H. Nagappa while in the custody of forest brigand Veerappan over four years ago.
May 15, 2007 - 11:45:28 PM

India Politics
NDA shoots down Mamata proposal for Vajpayee as president
New Delhi, May 15 - The main opposition National Democratic Alliance - Tuesday rejected Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's proposal to nominate former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as its candidate for the post of the president and instead authorised him to decide on its nominee.
May 15, 2007 - 11:13:05 PM

India Politics
Kalyan resigns as BJP's Uttar Pradesh in-charge
Lucknow, May 15 - Owning moral responsibility for the poor performance of his party in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, Bharatiya Janata Party - vice president Kalyan Singh Tuesday resigned as the party's state in-charge.
May 15, 2007 - 8:07:40 PM

India Politics
Committee to look into misuse of facilities by MPs
New Delhi, May 15 - An all-party leaders meeting Tuesday decided to form a committee to look into allegations of human trafficking against some MPs as well as misuse of the facilities given to parliamentarians.
May 15, 2007 - 8:06:26 PM

India Politics
Nitish Kumar's wife cremated
Patna, May 15 - Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's wife Manju Sinha was cremated at the Pahalwan Ghat on the banks of the river Ganga here Tuesday afternoon.
May 15, 2007 - 6:50:18 PM

India Politics
Restore Sukhdev Singh's ancestral house, demand MPs
New Delhi, May 15 - Lok Sabha MPs Tuesday urged the government to restore the ancestral home of freedom fighter Sukhdev Singh, who was hanged along with Bhagat Singh in 1931, and erect a column in the memory of the freedom fighters at Viper island in the Andaman Islands where they were deported during British colonial rule.
May 15, 2007 - 6:26:35 PM

India Politics
Signature campaign for Kalam's second term
Patna, May 15 - A social organisation in Bihar has launched a signature campaign in support of a second term for President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam whose tenure ends in July.
May 15, 2007 - 6:22:43 PM

India Politics
Shed 'mai baap' notion, PM to IAS probationers
New Delhi, May 15 - Probationers of the Indian Administrative Service - belonging to last year's batch Tuesday got some lessons on good governance from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a former teacher himself, who urged them to keep the long-term interests of the country foremost in their minds.
May 15, 2007 - 6:21:29 PM

India Politics
Mumbai blasts accused form political outfit
Mumbai, May 15 - Several accused of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts have formed a political outfit called Dalit Muslim United Front, days before a special court here starts announcing the quantum of sentence for the 100 convicts.
May 15, 2007 - 6:19:56 PM

India Politics
We hope to get justice from Mayawati: Nithari victims' kin
Nithari -, May 15 - Their hearts are full of hope as they go to Lucknow to meet Mayawati. The distraught kin of the victims of the Nithari serial killings are meeting the new Uttar Pradesh chief minister on Wednesday and are optimistic she will do justice to them.
May 15, 2007 - 6:19:19 PM

India Politics
CBI court adjourns Mayawati's prosecution in Taj realty scam
Lucknow, May 15 - A special Central Bureau of Investigation - court here Tuesday adjourned hearing in the Taj Corridor real estate scam involving new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati.
May 15, 2007 - 4:37:36 PM

India Politics
Main accused in Dinakaran attack arrested
Madurai, May 15 - The Tamil Nadu police Tuesday took into custody a strongman of the M.K. Azhagiri camp, known as Attack Pandi, the main accused in the attack on the office of the Dinakaran newspaper in Madurai in which three people were killed.
May 15, 2007 - 3:26:57 PM

India Politics
UPA constituents in Jharkhand field separate candidates in by-election
Ranchi, May 15 - A divided ruling United Progressive Alliance - and opposition National Democratic Alliance - in Jharkhand will contest the Daltonganj assembly by-election in the state to be held next month.
May 15, 2007 - 3:25:27 PM

India Politics
Rajya Sabha adjourned over Dinakaran issue
New Delhi, May 15 - Proceedings in the Rajya Sabha were disrupted Tuesday after AIADMK members clashed with the treasury benches while trying to raise the recent attack on the offices of Dinakaran and Sun TV in Chennai and Madurai.
May 15, 2007 - 2:56:31 PM

India Politics
Lok Sabha adjourned over 'forced land acquisition'
New Delhi, May 15 - The Lok Sabha was adjourned abruptly before lunch Tuesday after Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, along with Bharatiya Janata Party - members, disrupted the proceedings over what they called 'forced land acquisition' in West Bengal.
May 15, 2007 - 1:37:15 PM

India Politics
Mayawati promises welfare for upper castes as well
New Delhi, May 15 - Shedding her anti-upper caste bias, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has said she will work to reconcile the interests all sections of society with those of the Dalits, who have been the traditional vote bank for her party for over two decades.
May 15, 2007 - 1:36:38 PM

India Politics
Of Jharkhand's 82 MLAs, 44 have beacon light vehicles
Ranchi, May 15 - Over 50 percent of Jharkhand's legislators enjoy vehicles with beacon lights - quite contrary to the spirit of a law that restricts the number of ministers in states to 15 percent of the assembly strength in order to curb official expenditure.
May 15, 2007 - 9:05:31 AM

India Education
OBC candidate Revu tops civil services examination
New Delhi, May 14 - Mutyalaraju Revu, an Other Backward Class - candidate from a small village, has topped the highly competitive civil services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission - at a time when the country debates the issue of reservation for OBCs in higher education.
May 14, 2007 - 11:02:19 PM

India Business
New twist in Gurgaon SEZ protest
Chandigarh, May 14 - The village body of Manesar in Haryana's Gurgaon district Monday alleged that the protest by villagers against Reliance Industries' special economic zone - project there was led by 'outsiders' and anti-social elements.
May 14, 2007 - 10:49:19 PM

India Politics
Exercise on for consensus on presidential candidate
New Delhi, May 14 - The exercise for electing the next president is on, and as part of the government's move to evolve a consensus candidate, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will consult all political parties including the opposition.
May 14, 2007 - 9:04:50 PM

India Politics
Parties agree on state-level meeting to stop Nandigram violence
Kolkata, May 14 - West Bengal's ruling Left Front Monday arrived at a consensus to hold an all-party meeting at the state level to initiate peace process in the trouble-torn Nandigram.
May 14, 2007 - 8:59:48 PM

India Politics
Mayawati moves to end 'transfer industry'
Lucknow, May 14 - Aiming to stem corruption, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Monday resolved to end the 'transfer industry' by taking action against those who helped government officers in getting desired shifts at a charge.
May 14, 2007 - 8:57:34 PM

India Politics
Parliament session may be curtailed: Dasmunsi
New Delhi, May 14 - The government may cut short the budget session of parliament if the opposition continues stalling it, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi said Monday.
May 14, 2007 - 8:53:48 PM

India Politics
Karunanidhi sends seven names to prime minister to replace Maran
Chennai, May 14 - With Dayanidhi Maran exiting from the union cabinet as DMK representative, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK chief M. Karunanidhi Monday sent a list of seven party MPs as replacement with union minister A. Raja heading the roll for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to chose from.
May 14, 2007 - 8:53:07 PM

India Education
474 candidates qualify for civil services
New Delhi, May 14 - A total of 474 candidates have qualified this year after cracking the prestigious civil services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission -, it was announced here Monday.
May 14, 2007 - 8:18:02 PM

India Politics
Telugu Desam MPs block parliament over Babli barrage
New Delhi, May 14 - Just 10 MPs of a regional party Monday managed to stall the proceedings in parliament repeatedly and got both houses adjourned over their protest against the construction of a river barrage by a neighbouring state.
May 14, 2007 - 6:30:10 PM

India Politics
Two MPs quizzed in human trafficking scam
New Delhi, May 14 - Bahujan Samaj Party - MPs Mitrasen Yadav and Ashok Rawat, named by an accused in a human trafficking scam, were Monday questioned by Delhi Police though two other MPs failed to turn up once again.
May 14, 2007 - 6:22:30 PM

India Business
Achuthanandan has delayed Smart City project: Chandy
Thiruvananthapuram, May 14 - Former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy said Monday that the Smart City project, inked a day earlier by the state government and Dubai Internet City -, was their baby and the present government had only delayed the Rs.15 billion --IT project by two years.
May 14, 2007 - 6:20:02 PM

India Politics
Amar Singh challenges Mayawati to jail him
New Delhi, May 14 - Challenging Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati to jail him, Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh Monday asserted that he had never gone underground after his party's electoral defeat or fled the country.
May 14, 2007 - 6:02:49 PM

India Politics
Jailed legislator, many with criminal charges in Mayawati cabinet
Lucknow, May 14 - Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati might have declared she will 'send all criminals to jail', but one of her hand-picked ministers is already in jail while at least 10 others face criminal charges.
May 14, 2007 - 6:00:34 PM

India Politics
Dissidence in Congress in Andhra comes to the fore
Hyderabad, May 14 - Dissidence within the ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh came into the open Monday as senior leader P. Janardhan Reddy launched a scathing attack on the functioning of the chief minister at a party meeting held to mark completion of the government's three years in office.
May 14, 2007 - 4:17:50 PM

India Politics
Andhra Pradesh government completes three years
Hyderabad, May 14 - The Congress government in Andhra Pradesh Monday completed three years in office amid growing dissidence in the party.
May 14, 2007 - 2:56:03 PM

India Politics
How Misra came to be Mayawati's Brahmin mascot
Lucknow, May 14 - Exactly 31 months ago, when he first got the offer to join the Bahujan Samaj Party -, Satish Chandra Misra was quite apprehensive as he could hardly foresee any future for someone coming from a totally apolitical high class Brahmin family in a party 'of Dalits, for Dalits and by Dalits'.
May 14, 2007 - 2:51:39 PM

India Politics
Mayawati's cabinet has many with criminal cases
New Delhi, May 14 - Though promising to deliver good governance and provide clean administration after taking over as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh for the fourth time, Mayawati's 49-member council of ministers has at least 22 ministers who have criminal cases pending against them.
May 14, 2007 - 2:51:06 PM

India Business
Maran's tenure saw Indian telecom's growth blossom
New Delhi, May 14 - His proximity to DMK chief M. Karunanidhi secured IT and Communications Minister Dayanadhi Maran a berth in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's cabinet. And this proximity again cost him the job he landed in his very first term as an MP.
May 14, 2007 - 2:21:12 PM

India Politics
Row over Babli project rocks Lok Sabha
New Delhi, May 14 - A water sharing dispute between two states stalled Lok Sabha proceedings repeatedly Monday as Andhra Pradesh MPs protested the construction of the Babli barrage by neighbouring Maharashtra on the Godavari river.
May 14, 2007 - 2:20:39 PM

India Politics
Karachi violence widens ethnic divide
New Delhi, May 14 - Much of the ongoing violence in Karachi involves those who thronged Pakistan's largest city in search of home and work after the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947.
May 14, 2007 - 1:39:42 PM

India Politics
The importance of Satish Misra for Mayawati
Lucknow, May 14 - Thirty months back, when he first got the offer to join the Bahujan Samaj Party -, Satish Misra was quite apprehensive as he could hardly foresee a future for someone coming from a totally apolitical high class Brahmin family in a party of Dalits.
May 14, 2007 - 1:38:15 PM

India Politics
I will not ask for a re-instatement: Maran
Chennai, May 14 - Communications and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran, who resigned from the cabinet, said Monday he would not become a minister again, even if he was offered, but insisted he would always remain a 'DMK man'.
May 14, 2007 - 1:03:54 PM

India Politics
Why did Maran have to resign?
Chennai, May 14 - Communications and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran had to resign from the union cabinet as he is said to be up against the women of DMK patriarch and Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's family.
May 14, 2007 - 11:10:37 AM

India Politics
IT Minister Maran resigns from cabinet
Chennai/New Delhi, May 13 - Communications and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran resigned Sunday night from the union cabinet after his DMK party served him a notice for 'actions detrimental to the party'.
May 13, 2007 - 11:32:16 PM

India Politics
Mayawati suspends two senior bureaucrats, transfers 100
Lucknow, May 13 - Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati ordered suspension of two senior Indian Administrative Service - officers and transferred over 100 bureaucrats within hours of assuming the office Sunday.
May 13, 2007 - 11:08:43 PM

India Business
Telecom industry jittery over Maran expulsion move
New Delhi, May 13 - A DMK committee's recommendation Sunday night to remove Communications and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran from the union cabinet has not gone down well with the telecom industry.
May 13, 2007 - 10:37:19 PM

India Politics
DMK meet recommends dropping Maran from cabinet, party
Chennai, May 13 - A high-powered committee of Tamil Nadu's ruling DMK party Sunday night recommended the expulsion of Telecommunications and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran from the union cabinet as well as the party.
May 13, 2007 - 9:51:52 PM

India Politics
Brahmin, Muslim ministers avoid touching Mayawati's feet
Lucknow, May 13 - Newly appointed Brahmin and Muslim ministers in Uttar Pradesh Sunday discreetly avoided touching Chief Minister Mayawati's feet even as most of the other ministers did so to seek her blessings.
May 13, 2007 - 9:28:47 PM

India Politics
Mayawati's ultimate goal: Delhi
Lucknow, May 13 - Establishing the Bahujan Samaj Party - in New Delhi is the ultimate goal of its president Mayawati, the newly anointed fourth-time chief minister of the country's most populous and politically consequential state of Uttar Pradesh.
May 13, 2007 - 7:55:31 PM

India Politics
Tough-talking Mayawati takes charge in Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow, May 13 - It was tough talk by Mayawati as she took charge of India's most populous state for the fourth time Sunday, promising to 'end jungle raj', probe all 'shady deals' of the previous Samajwadi Party - government and 'not spare' the guilty.
May 13, 2007 - 7:06:03 PM

India Politics
All criminals would be put behind bars: Mayawati
Lucknow, May 13 - Undoing the 'wrongs' of her sworn political foe and predecessor Mulayam Singh Yadav is on top of the agenda for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati who took office Sunday.
May 13, 2007 - 5:38:30 PM

India Politics
CPI-ML to urge Kalam to disqualify Shahabuddin from Lok Sabha
Patna, May 13 - Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist - leaders will meet the president and the Lok Sabha speaker May 16 to seek termination of Rashtriya Janata Dal - MP Mohammad Shahabuddin's membership of parliament following his conviction in a criminal case.
May 13, 2007 - 4:37:51 PM

India Politics
Troubles brew as YSR completes three years in office
Hyderabad, May 13 - Troubles appear to be brewing for Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy who led the Congress party back to power in Andhra Pradesh three years ago.
May 13, 2007 - 4:30:10 PM

India Business
Finally, Smart City project inked
Thiruvananthapuram, May 13 - The much-awaited Rs.15 billion --Smart City project between the Kerala government and Dubai Internet City -, aimed to put Kerala on the global IT map, was inked here Sunday.
May 13, 2007 - 3:48:33 PM

India Politics
Mayawati takes oath, inducts 48 ministers
Lucknow, May 13 - Bahujan Samaj Party - chief Mayawati was sworn in as Uttar Pradesh chief minister Sunday afternoon, her fourth stint in office. She inducted 48 ministers.
May 13, 2007 - 2:28:19 PM

India Politics
BSP chief Mayawati sworn in Uttar Pradesh chief minister
Lucknow, May 13 - Bahujan Samaj Party - chief Mayawati took the oath of office Sunday afternoon as Uttar Pradesh chief minister for the fourth time.
May 13, 2007 - 1:32:36 PM

India Politics
DMK to decide on new media house today?
Chennai, May 13 - Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi is to chair a meeting of the DMK Administrative Committee here Sunday, and likely on the agenda would be a search for a new media house for the DMK following parting of ways with the Sun media group.
May 13, 2007 - 1:17:35 PM

India Politics
Mayawati, five ministers to be sworn in Sunday
Lucknow, May 13 - Bahujan Samaj Party - leader Mayawati, who assumes office as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Sunday, will be sworn in at 1 p.m. along with only five other ministers.
May 13, 2007 - 11:39:29 AM

India Politics
Choosing the country's head - an intricate procedure
New Delhi, May 13 - The election of India's 12th president due in July has generated lively debates in the country. But there are not many who know the hugely complex procedure it involves.
May 13, 2007 - 9:56:49 AM

India Politics
UPA-Left to meet Wednesday to discuss presidential candidate
New Delhi, May 12 - Amid speculation over the possible candidates for the presidential post, the Communist Party of India-Marxist - Saturday said the Left would prefer a 'consensus' on the candidate to the country's top post.
May 12, 2007 - 4:20:09 PM

India Politics
Mayawati expected to meet governor today to stake claim
Lucknow, May 12 - Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister-designate Mayawati is expected to call on Governor T.V. Rajeshwar Saturday evening to formally stake claim to form the next government after her Bahujan Samaj Party -'s thumping win in the assembly elections.
May 12, 2007 - 1:52:05 PM

India Politics
Sun setting over Sun media and the Marans?
Chennai, May 12 - The violence in Madurai in which three people were killed seems to have heralded the eclipse of the Sun media group with the ruling DMK Friday night entrusting live telecast of its most important function in recent times to the relatively minor Raj Television.
May 12, 2007 - 12:52:09 PM

India Politics
The importance of being Mayawati
The Uttar Pradesh election results carry two significant messages, which may have a positive impact on political tactics at the national level. One is that the people of the state lost their patience with the typically fractious coalition politics. The other is that, as Chief Minister-designate Mayawati said after her party's victory, the common man rejected sectarian politics to rise above caste and religion.
May 12, 2007 - 9:15:32 AM

India Politics
Karunanidhi felicitated by allies, friends
Chennai, May 11 - Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK leader M. Karunanidhi was felicitated by a host of national leaders and party cadres at a mammoth function here Friday night to celebrate his 50 years as a state legislator, putting to rest all speculation about his support base and health.
May 11, 2007 - 10:55:32 PM

India Politics
Mahajan's domestic help identifies Pravin as killer
Mumbai, May 11 - A domestic help of Pramod Mahajan identified his brother Pravin Mahajan in a court here Friday as one who fatally shot at the Bharatiya Janata Party - leader last year.
May 11, 2007 - 10:54:37 PM

India Politics
Amar Singh cause of Samajwadi Party defeat: Mulayam's ex-confidant
New Delhi, May 11 - One major factor contributing to the Samajwadi Party's humiliating defeat Friday in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections was its general secretary and spokesman Amar Singh, said an erstwhile confidant of party president and outgoing chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.
May 11, 2007 - 9:50:44 PM

India Politics
Defeated BJP condemns communal CD
New Delhi, May 11 - After receiving a drubbing in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party - Friday acceded to the Election Commission's order by publicly condemning the communally inflammatory CD it had released last month as part of its poll campaign in the state.
May 11, 2007 - 9:50:27 PM

India Politics
Rajnath Singh concedes defeat
New Delhi, May 11 - Bharatiya Janata Party - president Rajnath Singh Friday accepted his party's defeat in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
May 11, 2007 - 9:32:16 PM

India Politics
Mayawati Uttar Pradesh leader again, attributes win to social change
Lucknow, May 11 - Saying her Bahujan Samaj Party - had ushered in social change in Uttar Pradesh, three-time chief minister Mayawati Friday steered the party to a spectacular victory in elections to India's most populous state and set the stage to play a larger role in national politics.
May 11, 2007 - 9:31:53 PM

India Politics
Court directs repairing of Delhi roads
New Delhi, May 11 - The pitiable conditions of many roads in the capital with their mushrooming bumps and potholes has caught the attention of the Delhi High Court, prompting it Friday to order the Delhi government to have them repaired within five months.
May 11, 2007 - 9:15:57 PM

India Politics
Mayawati to order probe into destruction of official records
Lucknow, May 11 - Uttar Pradesh chief minister-designate Mayawati Friday said she would order a high-level probe into the destruction of official records in the office of Azam Khan, minister in the outgoing government, once she is sworn in the chief minister.
May 11, 2007 - 9:13:49 PM

India Politics
UPA-BSP could jointly back Congress candidate for president
New Delhi, May 11 - The victory of Bahujan Samaj Party - in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections has come as a shot in the arm for the Congress party, which is being cornered by the Left, particularly on the question of the impending presidential elections.
May 11, 2007 - 8:12:05 PM

India Politics
A big social change in Uttar Pradesh: Mayawati
Lucknow, May 11 - It was social engineering and ideology which boosted the Bahujan Samaj Party - to victory, declared a triumphant BSP chief Mayawati who is poised to become chief minister of Uttar Pradesh for the fourth time.
May 11, 2007 - 8:07:49 PM

India Politics
Priyanka magic won votes, Rahul did not, say Congressmen
New Delhi/Lucknow, May 11 - Call it the Priyanka magic if you will!
May 11, 2007 - 7:37:31 PM

India Politics
Left upset over its defeat, but happy over BJP's loss
New Delhi, May 11 - Mauled in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the Left parties Friday said that contesting separately had proved detrimental, but were happy over the decimation of the 'communal' Bharatiya Janata Party -.
May 11, 2007 - 7:15:55 PM

India Politics
Karunanidhi meets son Azhagiri to stem infighting
Madurai/Chennai, May 11 - The Karunanidhi family Friday went into a huddle in an attempt to control the infighting and ensure that there is no misunderstanding between DMK Chief Minister K. Karunanidhi's two sons even as the Mayor of Madurai surrendered for alleged involvement in fomenting violence in a newspaper office that left three people dead.
May 11, 2007 - 6:14:40 PM

India Politics
Party ideology has won the day: Mayawati
Lucknow, May 11 - A triumphant Bahujan Samaj Party - chief Mayawati, who is poised to become chief minister of Uttar Pradesh for the fourth time, Friday promised a crime-free government and said the results were a victory for her party's ideology.
May 11, 2007 - 6:13:58 PM

India Politics
Priyanka managed votes, Rahul did not
New Delhi, May 11 - Call it the Priyanka magic if you will! Two parliamentary constituencies in Uttar Pradesh where Congress president Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka toured during the election campaign have reaped the only benefits for the party.
May 11, 2007 - 5:59:02 PM

India Politics
Human trafficking scam: Fresh notices to four MPs
New Delhi, May 11 - Four MPs who were named by an accused in a human trafficking racket have been sent notices once again asking them to cooperate in the investigation.
May 11, 2007 - 5:58:31 PM

India Politics
Results pour cold water on BJP's resurgence plans
New Delhi, May 11 - The Uttar Pradesh assembly election results Friday have poured cold water on the Bharatiya Janata Party's plans to return to power in Delhi after 'conquering' Lucknow.
May 11, 2007 - 5:16:13 PM

India Politics
Refurbished BSP takes power on its own in Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow, May 11 - Three-times chief minister Mayawati Friday steered the Bahujan Samaj Party - to a spectacular victory in Uttar Pradesh, demolishing everyone else and scoring a razor thin majority in the 403-seat assembly.
May 11, 2007 - 5:09:24 PM

India Politics
Gandhi siblings' magic worked in Rae Bareli, Amethi
Lucknow, May 11 - The charisma of the Gandhi siblings - Priyanka and Rahul - did work, at least in the family pocket borough of Rae Bareli-Amethi where seven of the 10 assembly seats under these two parliamentary constituencies were bagged by the Congress party.
May 11, 2007 - 5:08:53 PM

India Politics
With Mayawati in, Uttar Pradesh bureaucrats in a flap
Lucknow, May 11 - With Bahujan Samaj Party - chief Mayawati poised to return to the helm in Uttar Pradesh, the state's bureaucracy, especially those who were known to be close to outgoing Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, are nervous.
May 11, 2007 - 4:33:43 PM

India Politics
Mulayam resigns, criticises poll panel
Lucknow, May 11 - Mulayam Singh Yadav Friday resigned as Uttar Pradesh's chief minister and blamed the Election Commission for his party's defeat, saying it had been 'running a parallel government' in the state.
May 11, 2007 - 3:57:08 PM

India Politics
Left disappointed, but happy over BJP loss
New Delhi, May 11 - The Left parties were Friday mauled in Uttar Pradesh, a state where they were once a major political force, but rejoiced over the decimation of the Bharatiya Janata Party -.
May 11, 2007 - 3:45:17 PM

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Amar Singh goes underground
New Delhi, May 11 - With his party leader having conceded defeat in Uttar Pradesh, the always-ready-with-a-quote Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh Friday for once made himself inaccessible.
May 11, 2007 - 3:29:03 PM

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Taj Mahal city celebrates BSP win
Agra, May 11 - Boisterous celebrations broke out Friday in the Dalit areas of Agra as it became clear that Dalit Queen Mayawati is all set to become chief minister of Uttar Pradesh for a fourth time.
May 11, 2007 - 3:25:21 PM

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BSP crushes everyone to take power in Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow, May 11 - The Bahujan Samaj Party - created history Friday with an amazing electoral victory in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, to catapult its charismatic leader Mayawati as chief minister for a fourth time and as a key player in national politics.
May 11, 2007 - 2:38:31 PM

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Maoist threats for Munda, Marandi, Soren
Ranchi, May 11 - Maoist rebels have reportedly threatened to 'teach a lesson' to some ministers - like former chief ministers Arjun Munda and Babulal Marandi and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha - chief Shibu Soren - for suppressing their 'revolutionary movement'.
May 11, 2007 - 2:35:22 PM

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Congress congratulates Mayawati, pats Rahul
New Delhi, May 11 - Finding a silver lining in the dark election clouds, the Congress Friday expressed satisfaction over the Samajwadi Party's defeat in Uttar Pradesh and patted Rahul Gandhi for an 'inspiring' campaign - despite not improving its performance since the last polls.
May 11, 2007 - 2:34:50 PM

India Education
Mayawati, a timid, reserved student in college
New Delhi, May 11 - For a woman who has taken Uttar Pradesh by storm and inspires fear and awe among her political opponents and supporters alike, Bahujan Samaj Party - supremo Mayawati's alma malter still finds it difficult to comprehend how the 'timid' girl managed to reach where she is today.
May 11, 2007 - 1:31:12 PM

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BSP ranks rejoice in victory
Lucknow, May 11 - Celebrations erupted here Friday as Bahujan Samaj Party - supporters took to the streets following the election win that would make party chief Mayawati chief minister of Uttar Pradesh for the fourth time.
May 11, 2007 - 1:29:57 PM

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TRS legislator remanded to judicial custody
Hyderabad, May 11 - Andhra Pradesh legislator Soyam Bapu Rao, facing charges in a human trafficking case, was Friday remanded to judicial custody for two weeks by a local court.
May 11, 2007 - 1:28:15 PM

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Mayawati: A humble teacher becomes the demolishing queen
New Delhi, May 11 - It has taken Bahujan Samaj Party's - undisputed leader Mayawati 23 years to leapfrog from being an unknown entity to the demolishing queen in India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh.
May 11, 2007 - 12:00:45 PM

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Congress congratulates Mayawati
New Delhi, May 11 - The Congress party Friday congratulated Bahujan Samaj Party - leader Mayawati for her victorious showing in the Uttar Pradesh elections.
May 11, 2007 - 11:33:36 AM

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Uttar Pradesh's thumbs-up to BSP stun Mulayam, BJP
Lucknow, May 11 - The Bahujan Samaj Party - was poised to take power in India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh after pulling off a spectacular showing Friday in assembly elections that dethroned the Samajwadi Party and also punctured the Bharatiya Janata Party -.
May 11, 2007 - 11:27:51 AM

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The united colours of patriotism at Red Fort
New Delhi, May 11 - As the first rays of the sun touched the magnificent Red Fort Friday morning, thousands of youths who had marched all the way from Meerut to Delhi to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1857 uprising, cheered and proudly waved miniature replicas of the national flag.
May 11, 2007 - 11:00:31 AM

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Muslims tilt towards BSP
Lucknow, May 11 - Muslims in Uttar Pradesh appear to have heavily voted for the Bahujan Samaj Party -, deserting the ruling Samajwadi Party, assembly election trends Friday showed.
May 11, 2007 - 10:25:06 AM

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BSP to make it 'on its own'
Lucknow, May 11 - The Bahujan Samaj Party - said Friday that it was confident of taking power on its own in Uttar Pradesh as counting of votes in the assembly elections showed it would end up as the single largest party.
May 11, 2007 - 10:19:54 AM

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New-face BSP racing ahead in fractured Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow, May 11 - The Bahujan Samaj Party - of three times chief minister Mayawati was inching towards becoming the single largest outfit in the Uttar Pradesh assembly Friday as counting of the millions of votes got underway in the country's most populous and politically crucial state.
May 11, 2007 - 9:27:04 AM

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BSP racing ahead in Uttar Pradesh
New Delhi, May 11 - The Bahujan Samaj Party - made major gains Friday and was set to become the single largest outfit in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, with a badly bruised Congress limping in the distant fourth spot.
May 11, 2007 - 8:43:11 AM

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Income tax raids on Uflex Ltd
New Delhi, May 10 - On the eve of the Uttar Pradesh assembly election results, Income Tax department sleuths Thursday conducted raids on 10 premises of Uflex Limited and the residence of its head Ashok Chaturvedi, a close associate of Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh.
May 10, 2007 - 11:50:15 PM

India Politics
Karunanidhi asks for CBI probe; opposition demands his resignation
Madurai/Chennai, May 10 - Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi Thursday sought a Central Bureau of Investigation - probe into the attack on a newspaper office in Madurai by supporters of his son Azhagiri that left three people dead even as opposition parties demanded his resignation.
May 10, 2007 - 10:14:38 PM


PM inaugurates DD programme on Tagore poems
New Delhi, May 10 - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday switched on the telecast of Rabindranath Tagore's anthology of poems `Gitanjali' in Hindi on the Doordarshn - national channel on the occasion of the poet's 146th birth anniversary.
May 10, 2007 - 9:51:02 PM

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TRS chief claims PM invited him to rejoin government
New Delhi, May 10 - Telangana Rashtra Samiti - president and former union labour minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao Thursday claimed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked his party to rejoin the ruling United Progressive Alliance -.
May 10, 2007 - 9:24:06 PM

India Politics
Ahead of Goa polls, high sales of two-wheelers noted
Panaji, May 10 - In the run-up to the June 2 Goa assembly elections, the Election Commission has directed the local authorities to keep watch on the distribution of goods like motor cycles, two-wheelers and TV sets by candidates after noting an abnormally high sale of such goods in the state recently.
May 10, 2007 - 9:06:06 PM

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Political activists, students demand IIT for Orissa
Bhubaneswar, May 10 - Hundreds of students and political activists Thursday demanded the central government set up an Indian Institute of Technology - in Orissa, a day after the government said it had no such plan.
May 10, 2007 - 8:04:50 PM

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Dikshit's 'migrant' remarks stall parliament
New Delhi, May 10 - Both houses of parliament were rocked Thursday by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's remarks on people migrating to the national capital from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar as well as an attack on the media in Tamil Nadu.
May 10, 2007 - 7:54:20 PM

India Politics
Differences of opinion in CPI-M over team to protect Munnar
Thiruvananthapuram, May 10 - The simmering difference between arch rivals Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and party secretary Pinnarayi Vijayan surfaced yet again in the naming of three officials by Achuthanandan for protecting the picturesque hill station in Munnar from encroachers.
May 10, 2007 - 7:53:42 PM

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Syed Shahabuddin quits Congress
New Delhi, May 10 - Syed Shahabuddin Thursday announced that he has quit the Congress party.
May 10, 2007 - 6:52:13 PM

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Sheila apologises over controversial remarks
New Delhi, May 10 - Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Thursday apologised over her remarks that people from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were migrating to the national capital and making life difficult.
May 10, 2007 - 6:51:34 PM

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All except BSP await a fractured verdict in Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow, May 10 - With counting of votes Friday for the crucial Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, most parties are resigned to a fractured verdict - except for the Bahujan Samaj Party - that is expecting its leader Mayawati to form the next government.
May 10, 2007 - 6:32:17 PM

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Sheila Dikshit hauled up by Congress
New Delhi, May 10 - Senior Congress party leaders Thursday took serious exception to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's remarks a day earlier that people from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were migrating to the national capital and making life difficult.
May 10, 2007 - 5:36:40 PM

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Andhra legislator surrenders in human trafficking scam
Hyderabad, May 10 - Telangana Rashtra Samiti - legislator Soyam Bapu Rao Thursday surrendered in the human trafficking case - the second member of the party to do so. But he claimed he had been falsely implicated.
May 10, 2007 - 5:12:39 PM

India Politics
Karunanidhi's headache - how to manage factionalism in DMK
Chennai, May 10 - Wednesday's factional feud, in which three people lost their lives in the southern town of Madurai, erupted just as the DMK was getting ready to celebrate. There was melodrama, malice and media machination.
May 10, 2007 - 4:46:47 PM

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PM begins consultations on next president
New Delhi, May 10 - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has begun exploratory discussions on the forthcoming elections for the next president, but no specific name has emerged, his aides said Thursday.
May 10, 2007 - 4:18:06 PM

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Karunanidhi asks for CBI probe into Madurai violence
Madurai/Chennai, May 10 - Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi Thursday sought a Central Bureau of Investigation - probe into the attack on a newspaper office in Madurai by supporters of his son Azhagiri that left three people dead.
May 10, 2007 - 3:06:52 PM

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Mayor's husband held for attack on Dinakaran office
Madurai -, May 10 - Madurai Mayor Thenmozhi's husband was arrested along with three members of the ruling DMK Thursday, a day after a mob set on fire the Dinakaran newspaper office leading to three staffers being killed.
May 10, 2007 - 1:50:23 PM

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Colourful function in parliament to mark 1857 uprising
New Delhi, May 10 - It was a journey down history as MPs and other dignitaries were held spellbound by virtuoso performances from Jagjit Singh and Shubha Mudgal Thursday at the Central Hall of parliament that evoked the spirit of the freedom fighters of 1857.
May 10, 2007 - 1:49:44 PM

India Politics
Yasin Malik urges Vajpayee to support peace process
Srinagar, May 10 - Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik has urged former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to support the ongoing India-Pakistan peace process and focus on the permanent resolution of the Kashmir issue.
May 10, 2007 - 1:26:38 PM

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Lok Sabha adjourned for the day over Dikshit's remarks
New Delhi, May 10 - The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day Thursday over Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's remarks about the number of people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar migrating to the capital.
May 10, 2007 - 12:57:20 PM

India Politics
1857 revolt is a tribute to Hindu-Muslim unity: PM
New Delhi, May 10 - Paying homage to the martyrs of the country's first War of Independence, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday said that events of 1857 stood as a great testimony to the traditions of Hindu-Muslim unity that held out as an example for subsequent generations.
May 10, 2007 - 12:46:53 PM

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TRS legislator surrenders in human trafficking case
Hyderabad, May 10 - A Telangana Rashtra Samiti - legislator in Andhra Pradesh surrendered Thursday in connection with the human trafficking scam, the second member of the party to do so.
May 10, 2007 - 10:35:14 AM

India Politics
Many more 'Shahabuddins' await comeuppance
Patna, May 10 - As far as Bihar is concerned, it is just one Shahabuddin down with many more to go. A number of criminals with political links - charged with murders, kidnaps and extortions - are in line for legal retribution.
May 10, 2007 - 9:11:05 AM

India Politics
Role of madrasas in the 1857 War of Independence
More than half a million Muslim clerics sacrificed their lives for India during the various phases of the great 1857 revolt - a fact almost buried like the mutineers themselves. These Indian freedom fighters came from the same madrasas that have been under scanner all over the world since 9/11.
May 10, 2007 - 8:33:09 AM


Jharkhand officials irked by tribal language decree
Ranchi, May 10 - The Jharkhand government's move to make knowledge of at least one tribal language mandatory for government officials has triggered anger among the mass of employees.
May 10, 2007 - 8:03:45 AM

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Government clarify position on Arunachal Pradesh, Siachen: BJP
Bhopal, May 9 - The Bharatiya Janata Party - Wednesday demanded the government clarify its position on the ongoing talks over Siachen with Pakistan and reported incursion of Chinese troops by 20 kilometres into Arunachal Pradesh.
May 9, 2007 - 11:22:55 PM

India Politics
Uttar Pradesh, Bihar responsible for Delhi's congestion: Dikshit
New Delhi, May 9 - Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit created a furore here Wednesday by her statement that migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were congesting roads and making life difficult in the capital city.
May 9, 2007 - 11:22:35 PM

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Three die in Tamil Nadu political war
Madurai, May 9 - The succession war in Tamil Nadu's first family erupted in bloodshed Wednesday leaving three newspaper employees dead, large parts of the state in ferment and the running feud between Chief Minister M.K. Karunanidhi's two sons mired in blood.
May 9, 2007 - 10:36:02 PM

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President has no discretion in removing election commissioner: Centre
New Delhi, May 9 - The union government Wednesday told the Supreme Court that the constitution does not vest discretionary power on the president on issues related to removal of Election Commissioner Navin Chawla.
May 9, 2007 - 10:34:16 PM

India Politics
BJP, Election Commission in confrontation mode on CD
New Delhi, May 9 - With the Election Commission setting a 15-day deadline for Bharatiya Janata Party - to 'unambiguously' condemn the communally inflammatory CD the party released on April 4 as campaign material in the just-concluded Uttar Pradesh elections, the two Wednesday appeared headed for confrontation.
May 9, 2007 - 10:33:25 PM

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Two MCD officials summoned for disobeying court orders
New Delhi, May 9 - The Delhi High Court Wednesday ordered the two senior Municipal Corporation of Delhi - officials to appear personally on May 16 for passing an executive order overriding a judicial ruling to seal unauthorised buildings at Rama Road in Central Delhi.
May 9, 2007 - 10:32:05 PM

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Staged killings, canal project disrupt Lok Sabha
New Delhi, May 9 - The Lok Sabha proceedings were abruptly adjourned for the third consecutive day Wednesday with ruling coalition and Samajwadi Party members insisting on a discussion over the police-engineered killings in Gujarat and Bharatiya Janata Party - protesting a canal project off Tamil Nadu's coast.
May 9, 2007 - 5:43:37 PM

India Politics
Election Commission praised for peaceful polls in Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow, May 9 - Political parties in Uttar Pradesh, barring the Samajwadi Party, were all praise for the Election Commission for ensuring the 'first incident-free' polls in the state that concluded Tuesday.
May 9, 2007 - 5:19:02 PM

India Politics
Venkaiah Naidu justifies Sohrabuddin killing
Lucknow, May 9 - Former Bharatiya Janata Party - president Venkaiah Naidu Wednesday said he saw 'nothing wrong' in the 'fake' encounter of 'a criminal like' Sohrabuddin Sheikh, who was gunned down by the police in Gujarat in November 2005.
May 9, 2007 - 5:02:29 PM

India Politics
Uttar Pradesh assembly meets to finish leftover agenda
Lucknow, May 9 - The Uttar Pradesh assembly met Wednesday just four days before its term expires in a desperate move by the Samajwadi Party to grant minority status to a university.
May 9, 2007 - 5:00:49 PM

India Politics
New decree to protect Kerala hill station from encroachers
Thiruvananthapuram, May 9 - Acting swiftly on alleged encroachers at the picturesque hill station in Munnar, the Kerala government Wednesday decided to bring an ordinance declaring Munnar as a special area.
May 9, 2007 - 4:34:53 PM

India Politics
I am an Assamese at heart, says PM
Guwahati, May 9 - Born to Punjabi parents in the Punjab province of undivided India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday struck an emotional chord with the people in his adopted home state of Assam by saying he is an Assamese at heart.
May 9, 2007 - 4:31:35 PM

India Politics
Two newspaper staffers killed in DMK fraternal war
Madurai -, May 9 - Two staffers of the Tamil daily Dinakaran were killed Wednesday when DMK workers stormed its office after it published an opinion poll favouring Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's younger son Stalin over the elder Azhagiri as the veteran politician's political heir.
May 9, 2007 - 4:03:35 PM

India Politics
Uttar Pradesh assembly meets to finish leftover agenda
Lucknow, May 9 - In a session that will go down in posterity, the Uttar Pradesh assembly met Wednesday just four days before its term expires to grant minority status to a university in minister Azam Khan's hometown Rampur.
May 9, 2007 - 2:08:29 PM

India Politics
PM pledges lifelong support to Assam
Guwahati, May 9 - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who filed nomination papers seeking re-election for a fourth straight term to the Rajya Sabha, Wednesday pledged his lifelong support to work for Assam's overall development.
May 9, 2007 - 1:23:04 PM

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Lok Sabha hit again by Gujarat fake killings
New Delhi, May 9 - The Lok Sabha was adjourned again till 2 p.m. Wednesday as members of India's ruling coalition, the Samajwadi Party and the Left insisted on discussing the police-engineered killings in Gujarat.
May 9, 2007 - 1:05:56 PM

India Politics
Uttar Pradesh house meets to finish leftover agenda
Lucknow, May 9 - In a once in 50 year occurrence, the Uttar Pradesh assembly met Wednesday just four days before its term expires to grant minority status to a university in minister Azam Khan's hometown Rampur.
May 9, 2007 - 12:35:30 PM

India Politics
PM files Rajya Sabha nomination from Assam
Guwahati, May 9 - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday filed his nomination papers seeking re-election for a fourth straight term to the Rajya Sabha from his adopted home state of Assam.
May 9, 2007 - 11:53:37 AM

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'Parzania' once more in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad, May 9 - 'Parzania', a film on Gujarat's sectarian violence of 2002 that faced screening 'bans' in the state, will now have a second show in Ahmedabad thanks to an NGO.
May 9, 2007 - 11:27:37 AM

India Politics
PM to file Rajya Sabha nomination from Assam
Guwahati, May 9 - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is all set to file his nomination papers Wednesday seeking re-election for the fourth straight term to the Rajya Sabha from his adopted home state of Assam.
May 9, 2007 - 9:40:41 AM

India Politics
BSP to get up to 168 seats in Uttar Pradesh, says survey
New Delhi, May 9 - The Bahujan Samaj Party - is expected to win 152 to 168 seats, perhaps more, in a fractured 403-member Uttar Pradesh assembly, a survey said Wednesday following the close of staggered elections.
May 9, 2007 - 8:57:59 AM

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Exit polls give clear edge to BSP
New Delhi, May 8 - The Bahujan Samaj Party - was projected as the clear winner at the end of the seventh and final phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls Tuesday in exit polls conducted by two major English language TV news channels.
May 8, 2007 - 11:03:50 PM

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BJP told to strongly condemn anti-minorities CD
New Delhi, May 8 - In a setback to the Bharatiya Janata Party -, the Election Commission Tuesday directed it to strongly condemn a controversial CD for election campaign in Uttar Pradesh in which Muslims had been denigrated.
May 8, 2007 - 10:26:30 PM

India Politics
Who's the best minister of them all?
Chennai, May 8 - An opinion poll on the best union minister here has added to the rift between the DMK and its ally PMK, and its first victim could be the Reliance group.
May 8, 2007 - 8:46:29 PM

India Politics
Urgent steps needed to contain global warming, say MPs
New Delhi, May 8 - Cutting across party lines, Indian MPs Tuesday urged the government to take 'immediate steps' to contain global warming, saying it would put the country's ecology in trouble soon.
May 8, 2007 - 8:45:55 PM

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BJP may support AGP for Rajya Sabha in Assam
New Delhi, May 8 - The Bharatiya Janata Party - is planning to revive its fraternal relations with former ally Asom Gana Parishad - in Assam with an eye on the forthcoming presidential elections.
May 8, 2007 - 7:22:21 PM

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Mammootty for Left youth role in containing communalism
Chennai, May 8 - Malayalam superstar Mammootty Tuesday stressed that the Gujarat carnage in 2002 'would not have happened' if the Communist Party of India-Marxist's - youth wing had been stronger in that state.
May 8, 2007 - 7:21:40 PM

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Gujarat staged killings rock parliament again
New Delhi, May 8 - Parliament was rocked again Tuesday over the 2005 staged killing of a Muslim couple by Gujarat police with various political parties demanding a discussion on the matter, leading to repeated adjournment of both houses.
May 8, 2007 - 7:19:54 PM

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PM in Assam to file nominations for Rajya Sabha elections
Guwahati, May 8 - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived here Tuesday on a two-day visit to file his nomination papers for biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha from his adopted home state of Assam.
May 8, 2007 - 7:19:16 PM

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Mammoth Uttar Pradesh election ends - most peacefully
Lucknow, May 8 - India's most staggered election ended in Uttar Pradesh Tuesday in peace with 50 million people voting in all to pick a new government in the country's most populous and politically most crucial state.
May 8, 2007 - 6:21:01 PM

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Demolition of illegal construction in Munnar begins
Munnar -, May 8 - Police and forest officials in Kerala Tuesday swung into action against rampant encroachment of forest and revenue land that is threatening the contour of this picturesque hill station and razed two mobile towers.
May 8, 2007 - 6:07:56 PM

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Minister warns of wheat import to curb hoarding
Chandigarh, May 8 - Minister of State for Agriculture, Food and Civil Supplies Akhilesh Prasad Singh Tuesday warned wheat farmers in Punjab and Haryana against hoarding and said, if necessary, the union government would increase import of wheat to offset artificial shortage in the market and hold the price line.
May 8, 2007 - 5:04:24 PM

India Politics
Shahabuddin sentenced to life for murder
Patna, May 8 - Rashtriya Janata Dal - MP Mohammed Shahabuddin was Tuesday sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a political activist in 1999. This could disqualify him from contesting parliamentary elections again.
May 8, 2007 - 4:15:05 PM

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Gujarat killings stall parliament proceedings
New Delhi, May 8 - The killings of a Muslim man and his wife in cold blood by the police in Gujarat again disrupted both houses of Indian parliament Tuesday after the opposition insisted on a discussion.
May 8, 2007 - 2:21:29 PM

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Cancel Shahabuddin's Lok Sabha membership: CPI-ML
Patna, May 8 - Soon after a Bihar court Tuesday sentenced Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Mohammed Shahabuddin to life imprisonment for murder, the Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist - has demanded the cancellation of his Lok Sabha membership.
May 8, 2007 - 1:01:46 PM

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Lok Sabha adjourned again over fake killings
New Delhi, May 8 - The Lok Sabha was adjourned for a second time Tuesday as Samajwadi Party, Left and Congress MPS continued to insist on a discussion on the fake killings in Gujarat - a request that was disallowed amid bedlam.
May 8, 2007 - 12:39:05 PM

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Sadhus turn out in large number to vote in Ayodhya
Ayodhya -, May 8 - While the bells tolled in this ancient Hindu temple town, hundreds of saffron clad sadhus began their morning Tuesday on a rather unusual note - by queuing up outside polling booths to cast their vote in the last round of the Uttar Pradesh elections.
May 8, 2007 - 12:11:15 PM

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Lok Sabha adjourned over fake killings
New Delhi, May 8 - The Lok Sabha was Tuesday adjourned for an hour after the Samajwadi Party, Left and Congress MPS insisted on a discussion on the fake killings in Gujarat but the request was disallowed amid bedlam.
May 8, 2007 - 11:46:19 AM

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Shahabuddin gets life sentence for murder
Patna, May 8 - A Bihar court Tuesday sentenced Rashtriya Janata Dal - MP Mohammed Shahabuddin to life imprisonment for the murder of a political activist in 1999.
May 8, 2007 - 11:20:14 AM

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Smooth and steady polling underway in Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow, May 8 - Steady polling was underway in eastern Uttar Pradesh Tuesday, the last day of the seven-phased elections that began more than a month ago on April 7.
May 8, 2007 - 11:17:13 AM

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PM to file nomination for Rajya Sabha polls in Assam
Guwahati, May 8 - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives in Guwahati Tuesday on a two-day visit to file his nomination papers for biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha from his adopted home state of Assam.
May 8, 2007 - 10:58:00 AM

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AIIMS row flares up, Venugopal asked to obey governing body orders
New Delhi, May 7 - The tussle between All India Institute of Medical Sciences - Director P. Venugopal and Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss reached a flashpoint Monday with the eminent cardiologist being literally asked to simply carry out the orders of the institute governing body headed by the minister.
May 7, 2007 - 11:24:11 PM

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Allocation for minorities fund hiked
New Delhi, May 7 - The central government contribution to the minorities fund has been raised from Rs.182.9 million in 2006-07 to Rs.700 million for the current financial year, the Rajya Sabha was told Monday.
May 7, 2007 - 10:35:14 PM

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Ramadoss to issue show cause notice to AIIMS faculty
New Delhi, April 7 - Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss will issue a show cause notice to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences - faculty association for censuring the report prepared by University Grants Commission chief S K. Thorat on caste-based discrimination at the country's premier referral hospital.
May 7, 2007 - 9:06:41 PM

India Politics
Conspiracy to kill Vanzara with polls in mind: Congress
New Delhi, May 7 - The Congress Monday accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and the state's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party - of hatching a conspiracy to physically eliminate controversial police officer D.G. Vanzara to 'create a communal situation' before the elections in the state.
May 7, 2007 - 8:11:43 PM

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Punjab to stall Haryana canal construction legally
Chandigarh, May 7 - Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Monday directed the state's legal officials to take immediate steps to stall the 'illegal' construction of the Hansi-Butana multi-purpose link canal in Haryana.
May 7, 2007 - 7:38:37 PM

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Bengal government on Nandigram peace mission
Kolkata, May 7 - The West Bengal government Monday held a high level meeting to restore normalcy in Nandigram, where at least 21 people have been killed since January over a proposed industrial complex.
May 7, 2007 - 7:23:37 PM

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Centre not taking bold stand over Gujarat: CPI-M
New Delhi, May 7 - The Communist Party of India-Marxist - Monday said the central government has not taken a bold stand against the Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government over the 'brutal killing of innocents' in engineered encounters.
May 7, 2007 - 4:59:30 PM

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Curtains set to fall on Uttar Pradesh elections
Gorakhpur, May 7 - Polling for India's longest election ends Tuesday to pick a new government in the country's most populous state Uttar Pradesh, the verdict tipped to cast a shadow on national politics.
May 7, 2007 - 3:57:10 PM

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Desperate BJP plays Ayodhya card in last round
Ayodhya, May 7 - A visibly desperate Bhartiya Janata Party - has taken recourse to playing up the Ayodhya temple card for the crucial last round of the seven-phase Uttar Pradesh assembly elections ending Tuesday.
May 7, 2007 - 2:10:38 PM

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Meerut march whips up patriotic passion
Meerut, May 7 - As a march to Delhi kickstarted celebrations of the 150th year of the 1857 revolt, Meerut Monday witnessed moments of high passion with rally participants and the watching public yielding to patriotic fervour.
May 7, 2007 - 2:03:22 PM

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Parliament adjourned second time over Gujarat killings
New Delhi, May 7 - Both houses of parliament were adjourned for a second time Monday as Congress, Left parties and Samajwadi Party members disrupted proceedings over the issue of staged police killings in Gujarat.
May 7, 2007 - 1:36:33 PM

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Srinagar secretariat opens after six-month recess
Srinagar, May 7 - The offices of the civil secretariat here opened Monday after a six-monthly recess, during which these offices functioned from Jammu and Kashmir's winter capital Jammu.
May 7, 2007 - 12:40:16 PM

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Uttar Pradesh enters last phase of elections
Gorakhpur -, May 7 - This one is for the record books - 17.8 million voters exercise their franchise Tuesday in what is not only the largest round of the seven-phase Uttar Pradesh polls but an end to the longest election ever held in the country.
May 7, 2007 - 12:01:28 PM

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Parliament adjourned over Gujarat killings
New Delhi, May 7 - The issue of staged police killings in Gujarat rocked both houses of parliament Monday, forcing them to be adjourned for an hour.
May 7, 2007 - 11:56:55 AM

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From Meerut to Delhi, Indian youths march to a patriotic tune
Meerut, May 7 - Chanting patriotic slogans, over 10,000 youths Monday began a march from Meerut to Delhi - flagged off by Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar and Uttar Pradesh Governor T.V. Rajeshwar - to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1857 uprising, India's first war of independence.
May 7, 2007 - 11:22:46 AM

India Politics
Another bandit queen takes aim at parliament
Mirzapur -, May 7 - She used to be an outlaw and like the slain Phoolan Devi, whom she calls her icon, former dacoit Seema Parihar too is seeking to enter the Indian parliament.
May 7, 2007 - 8:33:23 AM

India Politics
Rahul Gandhi prepares ground for a political future
The election campaign in Uttar Pradesh has sunk into relative apathy, the main parties involved in the competition waiting quietly in the wings for the post-poll negotiations. One exception to that lethargy is the youthful Congress MP, Rahul Gandhi, who keeps multiplying road shows and bold statements and spares no effort to build a space for himself within the Indian polity.
May 7, 2007 - 8:32:54 AM

India Politics
AIIMS faculty censures panel report against Venugopal
New Delhi, May 6 - Faculty members of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences - Sunday dismissed the findings of a government committee that hospital Director P. Venugopal played 'a provocative role' in spearheading an agitation against quotas in elite educational institutions, saying 'the allegations are absurd and baseless'.
May 6, 2007 - 11:42:01 PM

India Business
20 injured in police cane-charge on protesting Left activists
Hyderabad, May 6 - At least 20 people were injured Sunday when police cane-charged hundreds of protesting Communist Party of India-Marxist - activists in Hyderabad and Tirupati as they attempted to squat on open government lands demanding distribution of land among the poor and landless.
May 6, 2007 - 10:20:38 PM

India Politics
Four Congress legislators in Andhra Pradesh suspended
Hyderabad, May 6 - The ruling Congress party in Andhra Pradesh Sunday suspended four legislators for causing the defeat of party candidates in legislative council elections and issued a show cause notice to another for criticising the party and the government.
May 6, 2007 - 9:25:50 PM

India Politics
Call to save Kerala hill station from illegal construction
Munnar -, May 6 - Kerala Communist Party of India-Marxist - secretary Pinnarayi Vijayan Sunday asked the state government to demolish all illegal constructions in this picturesque hill station.
May 6, 2007 - 8:36:14 PM

India Business
Andhra Pradesh chief minister leaves for US
Hyderabad, May 6 - Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Sunday left on a week-long official tour to the United States and Singapore.
May 6, 2007 - 5:55:57 PM

India Politics
Somnath emerging as frontrunner for next president
New Delhi, May 6 - Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee is emerging as a frontrunner for the post of the next president of India despite formal denial by his office that he was a candidate.
May 6, 2007 - 5:18:54 PM

India Politics
From nuke deal, PM's envoy Saran moves on to infrastructure
New Delhi, May 6 - From nursing the India-US civilian nuclear deal, the prime minister's special envoy Shyam Saran, a former foreign secretary,seems to have seamlessly made the transition to overseeing infrastructure projects in the strategically crucial state of Jammu and Kashmir.
May 6, 2007 - 1:09:10 PM

India Politics
Long wait ahead for TRS to rejoin UPA
New Delhi, May 6 - With suspected involvement of several Telangana Rashtra Samiti - politicians in a people smuggling scandal, the party may have to wait a little longer to return to the ruling United Progressive Alliance - at the centre.
May 6, 2007 - 1:07:57 PM

India Politics
The revolt of 1857 - does India remember?
New Delhi, May 6 - India is commemorating a seminal revolt against the British by native soldiers 150 years ago that jolted colonial rule, but experts admit there is hardly any enthusiasm for the anniversary.
May 6, 2007 - 12:58:17 PM

India Politics
PM not up to expectations, support to be reviewed: CPI
New Delhi, May 6 - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has not measured up to the expectations of the Left parties, which would 'seriously consider' the question of supporting his government after the presidential elections, said Communist Party of India - general secretary A.B. Bardhan.
May 6, 2007 - 10:44:31 AM

India Politics
Murdered woman's family wants Amarmani Tripathi defeated
Maharajganj -, May 6 - Powerful Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh minister Amarmani Tripathi has had a nasty surprise as he tries to win election from jail - the mother and sister of poetess Madhumita Shukla whom he is accused of murdering after being her friend for years are campaigning to defeat him.
May 6, 2007 - 10:01:58 AM

India Politics
Gujarat killings put Modi in a tight spot
Gandhinagar, May 6 - The shocking revelations about the killing of a Muslim man in 2005 by Gujarat police in a staged shoot out, coming only months ahead of the assembly polls, may put Chief Minister Narendra Modi in an unenviable position.
May 6, 2007 - 9:15:56 AM

India Politics
Human smuggling discredits TRS, hits Telangana movement
Warangal/Hyderabad, May 6 - A major human smuggling scandal uncovered with the arrest of a Bharatiya Janata Party - MP in New Delhi has shaken up Andhra Pradesh, discrediting many of its politicians and blunting the campaign for a separate Telangana state.
May 6, 2007 - 8:02:04 AM

India Business
Post-Nandigram, I contemplated quitting: Buddhadeb
New Delhi, May 5 - West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya has admitted he had contemplated resigning in the aftermath of the Nandigram killings, but maintained a Tata car project in Singur that was also targeted by anti-land acquisition groups would proceed on schedule.
May 5, 2007 - 9:35:10 PM

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