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Will he, won’t he? Congress awaits Rahul’s next move


September 13th, 2012 - 5:58 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) Will the suspense over Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's next step finally end this month?It could well be with the Congress agog with talk ... Read more...

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Another pre-poll sop for over 300,000 ‘babus’ (Himachal Pradesh Newsletter)


September 1st, 2012 - 1:54 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, Sep 1 (IANS) Less than two months before the assembly polls, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has apparently made a contribution towards his vote bank by announcing ... Read more...

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Puerto Ricans reject constitutional changes


August 21st, 2012 - 1:33 pm ICT by IANS
San Juan, Aug 21 (IANS/EFE) Puerto Ricans surprised pollsters and political observers by voting against amending their constitution to limit the right of bail in certain homicide cases and also ... Read more...

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BJP brain-storming meet on in Agra


August 5th, 2012 - 11:21 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, Aug 5 (IANS) A two-day brain-storming session of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) began here Sunday with top leaders expected to draw up a roadmap and action strategy for ... Read more...

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Virbhadra determined to steer assembly poll (Himachal Pradesh Newsletter)


August 3rd, 2012 - 3:42 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, Aug 3 (IANS) Former union minister and five-time Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh is determined to lead the Congress in the upcoming assembly elections. And will ensure ... Read more...

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BJP united, Congress divided ahead of polls (Himachal Pradesh Newsletter)


July 28th, 2012 - 1:43 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, July 28 (IANS) The ruling BJP in Himachal Pradesh seems to have learnt its lessons from the past. With assembly elections a few months away, the party stands ... Read more...

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What a blow! Mayawati gets a boost, Akhilesh defensive (UP Newsletter)


July 27th, 2012 - 4:09 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, July 27 (IANS) A hammer blow on a statue of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati has not only boosted her sagging stocks but also brought the ruling ... Read more...

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Presidential poll: Trinamool, CPI-M both losers (West Bengal Newsletter)


July 20th, 2012 - 2:56 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, July 20 (IANS) Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's dramatic U-turn to support UPA presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee - albeit to ensure a smooth run for her cash-strapped West ... Read more...

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Presidential polls: Fear of poaching haunts Chhattisgarh parties


July 10th, 2012 - 6:00 pm ICT by IANS
Raipur, July 10 (IANS) Fear of cross-voting in the presidential poll is haunting both Chhattisgarh's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and opposition Congress even as both sides Tuesday sought ... Read more...

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Setback for Virbhadra in Himachal poll arena? (News Analysis)


June 26th, 2012 - 8:14 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, June 26 (IANS) Former chief minister Virbhadra Singh's long political career may have hit a wall following the graft charges filed against him and his exit from the, but ... Read more...

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Trinamool won’t join hands with Congress for Tripura polls


June 17th, 2012 - 4:59 pm ICT by IANS
Agartala, June 17 (IANS) The Trinamool Congress will not form any alliance with the Congress in Tripura to fight against the ruling Left Front in next year's assembly elections, ... Read more...

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Banking on YSR legacy, Jagan emerges a key force (Andhra Pradesh Newsletter)


June 16th, 2012 - 6:12 pm ICT by IANS
Hyderabad, June 16 (IANS) Feeling sidelined in the Congress, the late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy had once toyed with the idea of floating a regional party. But his son Y.S. Jaganmohan ... Read more...

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Pranab Mukherjee: Politician nonpareil becomes constitutional guardian (Profile)


June 15th, 2012 - 6:34 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) Pranab Mukherjee, set to be India's next president, is a rare politician who has never been a mass leader but who commands the attention ... Read more...

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CPI-M’s easy win in Tripura bypoll


June 15th, 2012 - 3:57 pm ICT by IANS
Agartala, June 15 (IANS) Eight months ahead of the crucial assembly polls in the state, the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Friday retained the Nalchar seat by increasing ... Read more...

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Record 95 percent turnout in Tripura by-poll


June 12th, 2012 - 8:11 pm ICT by IANS
Agartala, June 12 (IANS) Braving soaring summer heat, a record 95 percent of the 33,392-strong electorate Tuesday cast their votes in the significant by-election from the Nalchar assembly constituency in ... Read more...

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Crucial assembly by-poll in Tripura Tuesday


June 11th, 2012 - 4:11 pm ICT by IANS
Agartala, June 11 (IANS) Amidst unprecedented security and high political significance, the by-election to the Nalchar assembly constituency in western Tripura would be held Tuesday."In all, over 600 BSF (Border ... Read more...

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Another legislator quits Congress, two more call on Jagan’s mother


May 31st, 2012 - 5:27 pm ICT by IANS
Hyderabad, May 31 (IANS) Jailed Member of Parliament Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy received a shot in the arm Thursday with another legislator resigning from the ruling Congress party and two more ... Read more...

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64 percent polling in Shimla municipal polls (Lead)


May 27th, 2012 - 8:30 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, May 27 (IANS) The Shimla Municipal Corporation, one of India's oldest civic bodies, saw 64.08 percent polling Sunday, an official said here. The Congress and the BJP are locked ... Read more...

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Is Mamata wooing Muslims with panchayat polls in mind? (West Bengal Newsletter)


May 6th, 2012 - 2:02 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, May 6 (IANS) With Muslims comprising nearly 30 percent of the state's 92 million population, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee continues to dole out largesse to ... Read more...

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Himachal Congress tries to put house in order (Himachal Pradesh Newsletter)


April 28th, 2012 - 1:04 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, April 28 (IANS) As Himachal Pradesh goes to the polls for its 68 assembly seats later this year, the faction-ridden opposition Congress has begun an exercise to put ... Read more...

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Mayawati readies for first appearance after poll debacle


April 14th, 2012 - 2:20 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, April 14 (IANS) A mass marriage, thousands of people and illuminations in a 10 km area... the stage is set for Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati to ... Read more...

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Trimming ‘excess’ of Marxism in favour of globalisation (West Bengal Newsletter)


April 8th, 2012 - 1:41 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, April 8 (IANS) Statues of Karl Marx and his lifelong friend Friedrich Engels still stand proudly in a main park of the 300-year-old capital city of Bengal. No ... Read more...

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Is Mamata trying to make Marx & Engels history in Bengal?


April 6th, 2012 - 7:28 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, April 6 (IANS) A school education syllabus committee, appointed by the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government, has decided to trim heady doses of Marxism and include globalisation, movement ... Read more...

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Raja Bhaiya dents Akhilesh’s clean credentials


March 15th, 2012 - 8:49 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, March 15 (IANS) For the last one week, the entry of Kunda independent legislator Raghuraj Pratap Singh aka Raja Bhaiya into the cabinet of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav ... Read more...

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Andhra seeks legal opinion on court notices to ministers


March 13th, 2012 - 1:39 pm ICT by IANS
Hyderabad, March 13 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh government Tuesday began seeking legal opinion on how to defend the six ministers who were served notices by the Supreme Court in a ... Read more...

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Worrying times for striking Bengal babus (West Bengal Newsletter)


March 11th, 2012 - 5:27 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, March 11 (IANS) The Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government, which had earlier warned its employees of break in service if they did not report for duty on the ... Read more...

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Congress downplays Mulayam, Badal’s invitations to Mamata


March 10th, 2012 - 6:00 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, March 10 (IANS) Ruling out any possibility of grouping of anti-Congress, anti-BJP chief ministers, Congress Saturday tried to downplay the invitations extended by Samajwadi Party and Akali Dal ... Read more...

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Trinamool talks tough, threatens to oppose policies in parliament


March 9th, 2012 - 10:50 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, March 9 (IANS) Giving a tough message to the Congress ahead of parliament's budget session beginning Monday, the Trinamool Congress Friday said it would not accept any cut ... Read more...

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Post UP, Bengal Congress softens stand on Trinamool


March 9th, 2012 - 1:03 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, March 9 (IANS) After its poor showing in the Uttar Pradesh polls, the Congress appears to be softening its stand towards ally Trinamool Congress. This is already evident ... Read more...

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Tough road ahead for Dhumal in election year (Himachal Pradesh Newsletter)


February 25th, 2012 - 2:53 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, Feb 25 (IANS) The induction of Khimi Ram into the Himachal Pradesh cabinet may increase the difficulties of the Prem Kumar Dhumal-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government that ... Read more...

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UP politics still ‘caste’ in stone


February 8th, 2012 - 1:42 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) In a tired replay, the campaign for the Uttar Pradesh elections that began Wednesday stood out most for its narrow emotional appeals by all ... Read more...

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No Australian uranium for Pakistan: Gillard (Interview)


January 13th, 2012 - 6:41 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Jan 13 (IANS) Prime Minister Julia Gillard has reiterated that Australia will not agree to export uranium to Pakistan, which is imploring Canberra to make a similar policy change ... Read more...

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After Mamata, Pawar headache for Congress


January 9th, 2012 - 6:55 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) After Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee's angry outbursts, more headaches from allies seem to be in store for the Congress with Nationalist Congress Party ... Read more...

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Indira Bhawan renaming: Another Trinamool-Congress tussle looms (West Bengal Newsletter)


January 1st, 2012 - 2:42 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Jan 1 (IANS) After Prime Minister Manmohan Singh conceeded that there are "differences" with alliance partner Trinamool Congress at the centre on certain issues, another tussle between the ... Read more...

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Government banks on BJP’s support on Lokpal bill


December 23rd, 2011 - 6:48 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 23 (IANS) The government's hope of passing the contentious Lokpal bill in parliament next week rests mainly on the support of the Bharatiya Janata Party and ... Read more...

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