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Russian court declines returning seized money during raids


September 11th, 2012 - 5:38 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Sep 11 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A Moscow court has ruled legal a refusal by investigators to return over $1.7 mn seized from an apartment of opposition activist Ksenia Sobchak during ... Read more...

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Few takers for Sushil Modi’s claim that Nitish PM material


September 3rd, 2012 - 6:51 pm ICT by IANS
Patna, Sep 3 (IANS) There are few takers in his own BJP for Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi's stand that Janata Dal-United leader and Bihar Chief Minister ... Read more...

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Ballot papers not EVMs for presidential poll


July 18th, 2012 - 7:38 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Why are ballot papers and not electronic voting machines (EVMs) used in the presidential election as is the norm in parliamentary polls? This is because ... Read more...

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Nepal opposition plans anti-government protest


June 5th, 2012 - 8:11 pm ICT by IANS
Kathmandu, June 5 (IANS) Twenty-two opposition parties in Nepal Tuesday decided to organise a major "show of strength" in the capital Friday against the "unilateral" declaration of fresh parliamentary polls ... Read more...

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Merkel advises Greek referendum on euro membership


May 19th, 2012 - 1:46 am ICT by IANS
Athens, May 19 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suggested to Greek President Karolos Papoulias to hold a referendum on the country's membership in the Eurozone during parliamentary polls, RIA ... Read more...

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Greece to vote in new polls June 17


May 17th, 2012 - 6:33 am ICT by IANS
Athens, May 17 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Greece will hold new parliamentary polls June 17 and a court official will head an interim government until then, state television reported.Council of State head ... Read more...

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CPI-M, Trinamool try one-upmanship on May Day


May 1st, 2012 - 2:38 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, May 1 (IANS) With West Bengal celebrating May Day with a holiday Tuesday, the ruling Trinamool Congress and the opposition Left Front tried to use the occasion to ... Read more...

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Neither Congress nor BJP has the people’s mandate (Comment)


April 21st, 2012 - 2:56 pm ICT by IANS
Elections in India for even the panchayats and civic bodies are seen as political barometers. Although they are supposed to reflect local concerns, no party can afford to ignore their ... Read more...

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Despite exoneration, Narendra Modi cannot play national role (Comment)


April 14th, 2012 - 4:40 pm ICT by IANS
Narendra Modi's career provides a classic example of how a kinky ideology can thwart political ambitions in a pluralistic society. Yet, when the same ideological outlook enabled him to scale ... Read more...

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Ahmadinejad grilled by Iran parliament


March 14th, 2012 - 6:49 pm ICT by IANS
Tehran, March 14 (IANS) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Wednesday appeared before parliament for an inquiry into his economic and political policies, state news agency IRNA reported.Ahmadinejad is the first president ... Read more...

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Syria sets May 7 for parliamentary polls


March 13th, 2012 - 10:12 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, March 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Parliamentary elections in Syria will take place May 7, President Bashar al-Assad said Tuesday.The elections will be the first under the country's new constitution, which ... Read more...

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No possibility of Third Front: Nitish Kumar


March 12th, 2012 - 9:59 pm ICT by IANS
Patna, March 12 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Monday rubbished the possibility of the formation of a third front and said he did not foresee early parliamentary polls."There ... Read more...

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UP results not a setback: Congress ministers


March 6th, 2012 - 3:19 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) Refusing to call the Uttar Pradesh result a debacle, the Congress Tuesday said its anti-Mayawati campaign succeeded but it could not capitalise on the ... Read more...

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Putin to win polls in first round: Exit poll


March 5th, 2012 - 1:51 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, March 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin got 58.3 percent of the vote at Sunday's presidential elections in Russia which was enough for victory, a state-run exit ... Read more...

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Russia votes as Putin seeks Kremlin return (Second Lead)


March 4th, 2012 - 8:55 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, March 4 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russians voted Sunday to elect a president for the fifth time in the nation's post-Soviet history, with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin bidding to return to ... Read more...

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Putin denies early polls, will make Medvedev the premier (Lead)


March 2nd, 2012 - 8:03 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, March 2 (IANS) Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ruled out Friday any possibility of holding early parliamentary elections but confirmed to make President Dmitry Medvedev the country's next premier, ... Read more...

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No plans for early parliamentary polls : Putin


March 2nd, 2012 - 7:02 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, March 2 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin Friday ruled out the possibility of holding early parliamentary elections in the country.Asked if he had plans ... Read more...

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Ramdev may appeal against apex court


February 26th, 2012 - 8:31 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, Feb 26 (IANS) Baba Ramdev is considering an appeal against the Supreme Court judgement that blamed him too for the violent crackdown on his supporters in Delhi's Ramlila ground ... Read more...

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3,000 candidates approved for Iran polls


February 5th, 2012 - 9:25 am ICT by IANS
Tehran, Feb 5 (IANS) Iran's high legislative body, the Guardian Council, has approved more than 3,000 candidates for the parliament elections, Press TV reported.Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei, spokesman of the Guardian Council, ... Read more...

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Russians rally as Medvedev offers reforms


February 4th, 2012 - 6:59 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Feb 4 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Over a hundred thousand people braved the bitter cold at two major rallies in Moscow Saturday as a power play between champions of political liberalisation ... Read more...

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Russia’s election watch group complains of ‘Intimidation’


January 31st, 2012 - 4:58 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Jan 31 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia's largest independent election monitoring group said Monday of being pressured by the authorities ahead of presidential polls at which Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is ... Read more...

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No US involvement in Russian protests: Envoy (Lead)


January 26th, 2012 - 2:33 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Jan 26 (IANS) The US was not involved in any opposition rallies in Russia, Washington's ambassador Michael McFaul has said, as Moscow gave the go-ahead to a planned ... Read more...

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India to support democratisation of Myanmar


January 24th, 2012 - 9:49 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) With Myanmar fast moving towards democratisation, India Tuesday welcomed the national reconciliation initiated by President Thein Sein's government.At a meeting between External Affairs Minister ... Read more...

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Russian parliamentary polls favoured ruling party: Observers


January 24th, 2012 - 11:08 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Jan 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia's parliamentary elections held in December were "slanted in favour of (ruling party) United Russia", says a report by election observers from the Parliamentary Assembly ... Read more...

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Islamist parties sweep Egyptian election


January 22nd, 2012 - 3:19 pm ICT by IANS
Cairo, Jan 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Egypt's Islamist parties have won an overwhelming victory at the first parliamentary polls since last year's uprising which led to the fall of the Hosni ... Read more...

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Moscow officials ban anti-Putin march


January 22nd, 2012 - 8:08 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Jan 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Moscow authorities have dismissed a plan proposed by critics of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to hold a 50,000-strong march Feb 4.A group of opposition ... Read more...

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Rahul works his charm but UP might be too tricky


January 21st, 2012 - 3:33 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) He's addressed 85 rallies, trying to go beyond just rhetoric by introducing a weaver boy or invoking a success story like tech guru Sam ... Read more...

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Nationalists plan 50,000-strong rally in Moscow


January 21st, 2012 - 2:13 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Jan 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Moscow authorities have received a request from Russian nationalist movements to authorise a rally for 50,000 people in the capital Feb 4, a deputy mayor ... Read more...

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Parliamentary polls begin in Kazakhstan


January 15th, 2012 - 2:48 pm ICT by IANS
Astana, Jan 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) About 9,000 polling stations opened in Kazakhstan Sunday for parliamentary elections that are expected to end the ruling party's monopolistic control of the legislature.After securing ... Read more...

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Putin says no to TV presidential debates


January 12th, 2012 - 7:36 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Jan 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will not take part in TV debates with rival candidates ahead of the March 4 presidential elections, his spokesman said ... Read more...

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Russian church urges Kremlin not to ignore vote protests


January 8th, 2012 - 12:35 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Jan 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The head of Russia's Orthodox Church has asked the country's leaders to listen to and act on the demands voiced at recent mass protests across ... Read more...

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Protests over Russian ‘gay propaganda’ bill


December 27th, 2011 - 9:57 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Dec 27 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Gay rights activists staged protests in the central Russian city of Kostroma Monday against plans to impose fines for the promotion of homosexuality.Last month, a ... Read more...

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Russian election chief wants transparent ballot boxes


December 23rd, 2011 - 2:34 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Dec 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia's chief election official has proposed making ballot boxes fully transparent to prevent fraud at the presidential election next March."I will soon come forward with ... Read more...

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Medvedev to make final state-of-the-nation address


December 22nd, 2011 - 4:41 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Dec 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will Thursday deliver his last state-of-the-nation address to the federal assembly, an official said.In his speech, Medvedev will focus on specific ... Read more...

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Medvedev tells Obama about US criticism of Russian polls


December 18th, 2011 - 9:11 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Dec 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during a telephonic conversation with his US counterpart Barack Obama said that Washington's comments over Russia's allegedly rigged parliamentary polls ... Read more...

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