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Dhumal loses from Sujanpur

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 | PTI | Shimla

BJP's chief ministerial face for the Himachal Pradesh polls, Prem Kumar Dhumal, was defeated today from the Sujanpur Assembly seat. The former chief minister lost to his Congress rival Rajinder Singh Rana by 1,919 votes, according to the Election Commission. Dhumal got 23,369 votes against 25,228 votes polled by Rana. Earlier reports had said Dhumal's margin of defeat was about 3,500 votes but the Election Commission late night put out the votes polled in the constituency, showing that he had lost by 1,919...

Forget bygones, let's unite, Modi tells Gujaratis

Monday, 18 December 2017 | IANS | New Delhi

Riding high on the BJPs sixth consecutive victory in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked Gujaratis to "forget" what happened in the last two-three months and come together to work for the development of the state. "Despite the victory and the huge support that you gave us, I would like to say that 6.5 crore Gujaratis are one, and have the ambition of moving ahead," Modi said. "Leave behind what happened, forget who did what and let's come together and...

12 killed in fire at a shop in Mumbai

Monday, 18 December 2017 | PTI | Mumbai

At least 12 people were killed when a fire broke out at a shop in Mumbai's Saki Naka-Kurla area in the early hours today, an official said. The blaze erupted in the shop at Makaria Compound on Khairani Road around 4.25 am following which the structure collapsed, an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's disaster management cell said. The persons who were working inside got trapped, he said. The fire brigade and the police reached the spot and rushed the...

Poll results approval of Modi govt's policies: Rajnath Singh

Monday, 18 December 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

With poll trends favouring the BJP in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the results were an approval of the Modi government's policies. He asserted that the BJP will form government in both states with big majority. "We will get majority in both the states and form government," he told reporters. Asked if the results were an approval of the Modi government's policies, the former party president said, "Of course. It is an approval...

Sena praises Rahul Gandhi; lauds him for Gujarat 'battle'

Monday, 18 December 2017 | PTI | Mumbai

The BJP's bickering ally Shiv Sena today heaped praise on Rahul Gandhi, lauding the newly appointed Congress president for "fighting the Gujarat poll battle without bothering about the result". The Uddhav Thackeray-led party said the 47-year-old Amethi MP has taken over the reins of the grand old party at a crucial stage. "Rahul Gandhi has accepted the responsibility as Congress president at a crucial stage. There should be no objection in wishing him all the best," said an editorial in...

Cong accepts people's verdict, fought anger with dignity: Rahul

Monday, 18 December 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

The Congress accepts the people's verdict in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, party president Rahul Gandhi said today and thanked his party workers for fighting "anger with dignity" in the polls. He also expressed gratitude to the people of the two states for the love they showered on him. "The Congress party accepts the verdict of the people and congratulates the new governments in both states. I thank the people of Gujarat and Himachal with all my heart for the love...

When celebrations turned sombre at Congress office

Monday, 18 December 2017 | IANS | New Delhi

The Congress headquarters in Delhi wore a deserted look on Monday after initial celebrations as it became clear that the party was set to lose in both the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections to the BJP. As early trends showed the Congress ahead of the BJP in Gujarat, Congress leaders and workers kept gathering at the party office here shouting slogans in a festive atmosphere. However as the morning progressed and early victory indications gave way to signs of...

Poll verdict a lesson to Congress for criticising Gujarat model: Adityanath

Monday, 18 December 2017 | IANS | Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said the BJP's imminent victory in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat was a lesson for the Congress and those who had criticised the "Gujarat model" of development. Taking a dig at Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Adityanath said he had predicted that change of leadership in the Congress "will be a good sign for the BJP". "People all over the world have appreciated the Gujarat model but Congress has raised questions. This is a...

Congress should take all parties along to usher change in 2019: Akhilesh

Monday, 18 December 2017 | IANS | New Delhi

Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav on Monday said the Congress should take all secular parties along to usher a change in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Commenting on the election trends in Gujarat which show the BJP losing some ground to the Congress, Yadav said that regional parties and regional issues will have a role to play in the next general elections. "The BJP speaks of sabka sath, sabka vikas but when we try to give justice to all sections...

EVMs can be hacked, as margin between winner and loser very less: Hardik Patel

Monday, 18 December 2017 | IANS | Ahmedabad

Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Monday reiterated his doubts over the reliability of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), saying they can be hacked and that was why the margin between the winning and losing candidates in the Gujarat Assembly elections was less in some constituencies. He congratulated the BJP on its victory but said he would continue his agitation for reservation for the Patidars, on the issues of farmers, including waiving loans, and unemployment of youth, in a few days. ...

Development has won, says Modi on assembly election results

Monday, 18 December 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

Election results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh indicate a strong support for politics of good governance and development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today as trends showed that the BJP was inching towards victory in the two states. "I bow to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in BJP. I assure them that we will leave no stone unturned in furthering the development journey of these states and serve the people tirelessly," he said...

BJP will form govt in Gujarat, Himachal: Amit Shah

Monday, 18 December 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

BJP chief Amit Shah today said the BJP will form government in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, and rejected suggestions that there was a "close fight" with the Congress in his home state. Addressing a press conference, Shah also asserted that the poll outcome in favour of the BJP is a victory of performance and development against political dynasty. Asked if there was a close fight with the Congress in Gujarat, he said having a eight percent victory margin over the...

BJP wrests Himachal Pradesh from Congress

Monday, 18 December 2017 | PTI | Shimla

The BJP today wrested power from the Congress in Himachal Pradesh, securing a simple majority by winning 35 seats in a 68-member Assembly and was leading in nine other seats. The Congress which fought the election under the leadership of Virbhadra Singh won 19 seats and was leading in two seats. Despite the BJP's spectacular performance, its chief ministerial face Prem Kumar Dhumal lost from Sujanpur Assembly seat to his Congress rival Rajinder Singh Rana by about 3,500 votes. Main rivals BJP and...

BJP wins Gujarat; Congress show good but not good enough

Monday, 18 December 2017 | PTI

The BJP will rule Gujarat for the sixth successive time as the party today secured a simple majority in the high-stakes state elections by winning 99 seats in the 182-member Assembly. However, the tally of the saffron party dipped from 115 in 2012 as the Congress made significant gains by bagging 77 seats against its previous score of 61. According to the Election Commission tally, the BJP won 99 seats, the Congress bagged 77 and the others accounted for the remaining six. The...

Can you trust your app?

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 | Pioneer

A survey lays bare the threat predictions in the digital world for 2018 As we step into the New Year, and embrace the fast changing digital world, we leave a trail of cyber-attacks, which have been more sophisticated and lethal, sabotaging industries and individuals by thefts of finances and personal...

A comical Affair

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 | Angela Paljor

Jatin Varma, founder of Comic Con, talks to Angela Paljor about how visual reality and gaming will be major aspects in the forthcoming years Comic Con is no longer restricted to children or to Delhi. Over the years, it has garnered a lot of attention among adults who love to relive...

Riteish looks forward to Total Dhamaal

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 | IANS

Turning 39, Deshmukh is excited to be working with Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor Actor Riteish Deshmukh, described by the Bollywood fraternity as one of the most genuine, warmest and craziest of the lot, turned 39 on Sunday. A successful actor and producer, he is looking forward to shoot Total Dhamaal. “December...

Trend blazer

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 | Pioneer

Big B wraps up shoot of Thugs Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has wrapped up the “harsh schedule” for his forthcoming film Thugs of Hindostan in Thailand. Big B describes the shoot as tough but energising. “Strangely though, the so-called harsh schedule just completed in the wilds and hills and chills of mountainous Thailand......

Being human

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 | Suman Doonga

Jis Lahore Nai Vekhya o Jamyai Nai, a play with the backdrop of Partition, stands relevant even today as it showcases the emotional relationship shared by people irrespective of their caste, creed or religion. Something, that the current generation should imbibe, says Suman Doonga 1947 is a difficult memory for the...

Desert rose

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 | Kritika Dua

Krishna Kumar spoke to Kritika Dua about the magic woven by Bhanwari Devi’s soulful voice When Rajasthani folk singer Bhanwari Devi takes the stage, she radiates a primal energy that courses through the audience. Delivering a full-throated rendition of her hit Kattey at Pushkar, her rustic truth and whole-heartedness of emotions...

Stand on the street

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 | Pioneer

At the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa, Aruna Ganesh Ram had performers recreating moments from various street vendors’ lives, framing the street as a performance space, sharing a slice of personal narratives, food conversation and their aspirations. The audience journeyed from one crafted space into another, in promenade style, encountering...

Finally, Capital breathes ‘good’ air

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 | Sapna Singh | New Delhi

For the first time in this month, the air quality was recorded "good" on in the national Capital. Values of both the Particulate Matters — PM 2.5 and PM10 were recorded at 84 and 117 microgramme per cubic metres (g/m3) respectively. With the period of stubble burning coming to an end...

PM Modi to flag off Kalkaji-Botanical Metro line on Dec 25

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden line of the Delhi Metro on Monday (December 25). With the commissioning of this line, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) expects to reduce travel time between Noida and south Delhi. The 12.64-km section, part of Metro's upcoming Botanical Garden-Janakpuri West (Magenta) Line,...

Vector-borne diseases’ season nears end; dengue cases dip

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

With the season for vector-borne diseases coming to an end, the cases of dengue has come down sharply. Only 45 dengue cases were reported last week, thereby taking the total number of people affected by the disease this year in the national Capital to 9,214, according to a data released...

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‘Ban entry into Puri temple Garvagriha’

17 Dec 2017 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR

The State Government has recommended to the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to stop entry of devotees into the sanctum sanctorum (Garvagriha) of the shrine. In a letter to the SJTA, the Government has asked for restrictions on darshan of the deities by devotees, including VIPs...

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State of World Children Report 2017 released in Bhopal

19 Dec 2017 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

The State of World Children 2017 Report was released here on Monday in Madhya Pradesh in the presence of children and young people at a Children Carnival in Bhopal on Monday. Around 150 children and young people from Bhopal, Itarsi and Harda participated...

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