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Flipkart to invest in furniture, groceries

Online retailer Flipkart has transaction growth of more than 80% in some months as e-commerce is booming again in the country, and the company plans to push newer categories such as furniture and groceries over the next three years. Flipkart may either partner with a video content firm or build out its own content offering, as part of Flipkart’s broader loyalty programme.

01:25:01 on 12 Dec

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A new study now suggests that coffee could combat both Parkinson's disease and a form of dementia. According to the study, two compounds, including caffeine, in coffee work together to prevent the accumulation of a toxic protein in the brains of mice. Known as alpha-synuclein, the protein is associated with both Parkinson's and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB).

12:55:01 on 12 Dec

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The Congress sent central observers to Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to oversee the election of the legislature party leaders, sources said. The leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge was sent as an observer for Chhattisgarh. Party leader KC Venugopal was appointed as an observer to Rajasthan and AK Antony was sent to Madhya Pradesh, they said.

12:26:31 on 12 Dec

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The new promo for Kanpur Waale Khuranas is out and it’s going to have Ranveer Singh-Rohit Shetty promoting Simmba in the first episode. Ranveer calls his Jodi with Rohit the number one jodi and we can’t help but agree with him. The two have become really close friends ever since they started shooting for Simmba. The film does look like a blockbuster already.

12:25:02 on 12 Dec

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MP Election: Political Drama Ensues

Responding to Kamal Nath's letter seeking time from Anandiben Patel to stake claim to form the government in Madhya Pradesh, the Governor's house has said that an appointment will be given only after the results are declared by the EC. The Congress has now alleged that the EC is being pressurized by bureaucrats of Shivraj Singh Chouhan to hold the election results.

12:13:40 on 12 Dec

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Madhya Pradesh BJP general Secretary VD Sharma on Tuesday, 11 December, said the Congress’ decision to seek an appointment with the governor to stake claim to form the government was premature. “They are in a hurry, the final result has not come yet. They should wait, when the final results come, BJP will be the one with the majority,” Sharma said.

11:58:01 on 11 Dec

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Beginning new innings, discus thrower Krishna Poonia, the 2010 CWG gold medallist, on Tuesday won the Sadulpur assembly seat in Rajasthan defeating sitting BSP MLA Manoj Nyangali. Contesting on a Congress ticket, Poonia won by a healthy margin of 18084 votes after receiving 70020 votes. It was Poonia's second attempt to get an entry in the state legislature.

11:55:02 on 11 Dec

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The Congress is surging ahead of the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, latest trends indicate, even as both the parties are locked in a neck-and-neck battle in the state. While Digvijaya Singh said it is too early to call, Jyotiraditya Scindia said he would only celebrate once the final results are out.

11:26:00 on 11 Dec

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Compared to the speedy counting of votes for the state assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, TS, and Mizoram, counting in MP and Rajasthan went on at a snail’s pace, keeping people in general and the parties in particular on tenterhooks throughout the day. The pace of counting can be gauged from the fact that till 5 pm counting at many centers had not been completed.

11:25:01 on 11 Dec

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It’s anyone’s game in Madhya Pradesh now as both the parties are locked in a battle of prestige, with wafer-thin margins between candidates. Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee seeks time from Governor Anandiben Patel to stake claim to form the next government in the state. Currently, Congress is leading in the state.

11:17:37 on 11 Dec

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The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) looks set to form its second successive government in Telangana after taking an unassailable lead. This is a clear vindication of party chief K Chandrasekhar Rao's popularity. The K Chandrasekhar Rao-led TRS is up against the Congress and the TDS-led grand alliance dubbed the ‘Mahakutami.’

11:13:30 on 11 Dec

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Congress will go to the Governor House as soon as they win 116 seats in the state, reported ANI. The party has won 69 seats and is leading on 44 seats so far. With the ruling BJP and Congress locked in a close fight, small parties and independents may play a crucial role in deciding who forms the next government in the state.

11:01:42 on 11 Dec

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Politics in Tamil Nadu has been in a flux since the death of Jayalalithaa in 2017, who was the chief minister of the state and undisputed supremo of AIADMK. DMK’s doyen M Karunanidhi followed suit this year. The AIADMK has no visible head, and seems to be operating in survival mode.

10:55:01 on 11 Dec

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The results of the Assembly polls are a "slap" on the face of the "tyrant" BJP, MNS chief Raj Thackeray said, and asserted that the country needed "Ram Rajya" and not a Ram temple. Thackeray also said that although the BJP was calling Rahul "Pappu", the Congress chief has become "param pujya" with his party's performance in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh.

10:49:35 on 11 Dec

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The Congress is surging ahead of the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, latest trends indicate, even as both the parties are locked in a neck-and-neck battle in the state. Congress to move Raj Bhawan by midnight to stake the claim. As of 10:00 pm, the Election Commission of India has declared the results for 138 seats. According to the latest data, NOTA has polled over 5.3 lakh votes.

10:44:34 on 11 Dec

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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said that the results of the state Assembly elections where the BJP lost three major states were unlikely to have a bearing on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls which would be fought on "Central governments performance". He brushed aside the claims that the Congress won on account of Rahul Gandhi's dynamic leadership

10:41:19 on 11 Dec

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Shivraj Singh Chouhan has retained Budhni constituency with a margin of 58,999 votes. But as Madhya Pradesh appears to be heading for a cliffhanger with the ruling BJP and Congress locked in a close fight, Shivraj Singh Chouhan is looking for a fourth consecutive term in office while Congress is hoping for a resurgence in the heartland state ahead of the 2019 election.

10:19:34 on 11 Dec

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PM Modi has congratulated the Congress for its victory in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan as well as Madhya Pradesh where the counting is still underway. "I thank the people of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for giving us the opportunity to serve these states. The BJP Governments in these states worked tirelessly for the welfare of the people," he tweeted.

10:08:50 on 11 Dec

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As Madhya Pradesh appears to be heading for a cliffhanger with the ruling BJP and Congress locked in a close fight, small parties and independents may play a crucial role in deciding who forms the next government in the state. As of 9:30 pm, the Election Commission of India has declared the results for 97 seats.

10:01:19 on 11 Dec

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The Congress' victory celebrations in Rajasthan today were all about careful optics as its two top leaders in the state, a generation apart, displayed complete harmony and togetherness despite speculation of a tussle over who will be chief minister. Three-time chief minister Ashok Gehlot drove to his younger colleague and state Congress chief Sachin Pilot's home.

09:56:50 on 11 Dec

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Top leaders of 21 Opposition parties, barring the BSP and the SP, met in Delhi on Monday, 10 December, and vowed to forge a united front to fight and defeat the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, alleging "systematic denigration of democracy" and assault on the Constitution and institutions like the RBI under the BJP government.

09:55:01 on 11 Dec

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The gamble for early polls appears to have paid rich dividends as the Telangana Rashtra Samithi on Tuesday appeared to be advancing towards a two-third majority in the 119-member Assembly. The TRS this time has improved its vote share to 47 per cent, an increase of almost 14 per cent from 2014.

09:49:06 on 11 Dec

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh of BJP resigned on Tuesday after his party's disappointing performance in the state Assembly polls. Congress is leading in over 60 assembly constituencies, while BJP was relegated to a distant second spot with less than 20 seats, as per the latest trends available in 89 of the 90 seats in the House.

09:46:16 on 11 Dec

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Bhavana to star in 96 Kannada remake

Malayalam actor Bhavana will star in the Kannada remake of Tamil film 96. The movie, featuring Trisha and Vijay Sethupathy, was one of the biggest hits this year. Popular Kannada star Ganesh will share screen space with Bhavana in the Kannada remake. Bhavana was last seen in Kannada film Tagaru. Apart from the 96 remakes, she also has Inspector Vikram in her kitty.

09:40:01 on 11 Dec

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Outgoing chief minister Vasundhara Raje has submitted her resignation to the Governor of Rajasthan. Vasundhara Raje said, "I am proud of the works done by the BJP and I hope that the next government will take those ahead. We will continue to represent the people of Rajasthan, but this time in the opposition. I thank the people of Rajasthan and congratulate the Congress."

09:38:17 on 11 Dec

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The BJP and the Cong are in a neck-to-neck fight in Madhya Pradesh as trends in all 230 Assembly seats show the opposition party having a slight edge over the ruling faction. The BJP led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is hoping for a fourth consecutive term in Madhya Pradesh but the contest is going right down to the wire, with the Congress posing a stiff fight.

09:26:59 on 11 Dec

Khushbu Sundar, Congress's spokesperson said there has been a lot of mudslinging in the past four-and-a-half years and Congress has maintained decorum and respected others. She agrees some people have used words that brought down the standard of the party but they have reprimanded and Rahul Gandhi has made them apologise.

09:25:02 on 11 Dec

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The Delhi government informed the Supreme Court on Tuesday that it is contemplating a policy to “limit” the number of guests at “extravagant” weddings and institutionalise catering arrangements to check food wastage at such functions. the excess food in marriage functions either goes in waste or the “stale” food was used by caterers in subsequent wedding functions.

09:10:02 on 11 Dec

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K Chandrashekar Rao, the runaway hit in this round of assembly elections, said the people of Telangana have voted for "development". Mr Rao's party is leading in 88 of the state's 119 seats, far outstripping the Congress-Chandrababu Naidu alliance. Mr Naidu has already bowed to the will of the people and congratulated KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known.

08:55:01 on 11 Dec

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If there’s one state that has truly surprised pollsters, it is Chhattisgarh. The Congress has swept the state, leading in 67 seats. But it is for the first time in its history that Chhattisgarh has witnessed a three-cornered fight, with Ajit Jogi’s Janata Chhattisgarh Congress and the Mayawati-alliance showing their might to both national parties.

08:40:02 on 11 Dec

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Rahul Gandhi today said on his Congress party's state election wins that there were "serious questions" raised on the government's inability to fulfil its promises. "Clearly there is a feeling that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was unable to deliver what he committed," the Congress president said.

08:28:36 on 11 Dec

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The one big message for the BJP in these assembly elections is that unless you deliver basic development work on the ground, communal polarisation alone will not get you victories. You can do politics of polarisation, it’s a fact of life, it works, but it only works as an add-on to basic delivery on the developmental agenda.

08:25:01 on 11 Dec

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With the Congress decisively ahead in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh heading for a photo-finish, the Assembly elections have proven to be disastrous for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The results are particularly significant if one views them in the context of the Lok Sabha elections, which are due a few months from now.

08:20:46 on 11 Dec

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The election results for the legislative assemblies of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, among others, mark the resurgence of the Congress not only in these states but also in the central imagination of voters across India. Yet, its electoral gains have come despite the Congress having consistently failed to play the role of an opposition.

08:13:51 on 11 Dec

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How the Mizoram election was won

From the time counting began, the Mizo National Front never gave the incumbent Congress a chance. Compared to their 2013 tallies, the Congress lost a remarkable 29 seats, while the MNF gained 21. The two exit polls conducted pulled in favour of a hung Assembly, but the actual outcome put both estimates to shame. The MNF returned to power in Mizoram after a gap of 10 years.

08:10:01 on 11 Dec

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Addressing the media on assembly election results in Chhattisgarh, MP, Rajasthan and TS, Rahul said: “We would have preferred better results in TS, but it’s the people’s mandate and so be it.” Complimenting KCR on his big win in Telangana. TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said: “People of all states are antagonistic towards the BJP”.

08:03:03 on 11 Dec

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Rahul Gandhi said that the party is going to provide the states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, a vision to overcome the problems that its youth, farmers and small shopkeepers are facing. "There's a lack of understanding about the problems that the people are facing. We are going to provide these states with a govt that they can be proud of," he said.

07:57:39 on 11 Dec

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After a close fight that swung wildly between the two main parties, the Congress crawled towards a clear lead in Madhya Pradesh, denying the BJP's CM Chouhan a record fourth term. "Let the results come in. We are very confident. We are heading for a full majority, no doubt about it," said Congress leader Kamal Nath, who was in charge of the party's campaign in the state.

07:38:21 on 11 Dec

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On August 2, at the press conference P S Sreedharan Pillai held minutes before he was to be officially crowned the state BJP chief, he was rudely dismissive of the Congress. Now, after the results of the assembly elections are almost out, Pillai has his chin at the recoil end of the shot he had fired. Never has the Congress looked stronger in the past five years.

07:35:30 on 11 Dec

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Madhya Pradesh has not had a single non-BJP government since 2003, but the Congress has upped its game this election season with old guard Kamal Nath and young turk Jyotiraditya Scindia at the helm in the state. So, what are the reasons behind Congress’ performance in the state?

07:21:33 on 11 Dec

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The outgoing chief minister of Mizoram Lal Thanhawla submits his resignation before the Governor, says “This is very disappointing. I didn’t expect this. I think I underestimated the new formation ZPM.” He lost both the two seats he was contesting in. As the counting of votes for all 40 seats in the Assembly concluded the Mizo National Front emerged victor with 26 seats.

07:14:14 on 11 Dec

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Shatrughan Sinha, who never misses an opportunity to criticise the BJP -- the party he is a member of -- and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has congratulated the Congress for its big wins in three states where voting was held over the last few weeks. He also attributed the BJP's loss in these states to its leaders' "arrogance, poor performance and over ambition".

07:12:43 on 11 Dec

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Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in October at his country's Istanbul consulate, was on Tuesday named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" alongside several other journalists.
The magazine also honoured Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo -- currently imprisoned in Myanmar and the staff of the Capital Gazette.

07:05:40 on 11 Dec

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A delegation of Mizo National Front (MNF) led by its president Zoramthanga met Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan after the party won 26 seats in the state assembly polls. Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla submits his resignation to Governor K Rajasekharan Congress’ Lal Thanhawla lost both the two seats he was contesting in.

06:53:51 on 11 Dec

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After five unsuccessful attempts since 1993, the BJP on Tuesday managed to open its account in Mizoram with a win from Tuichawng seat. BJP candidate Buddha Dhan Chakma, a rebel Congress MLA who had quit the party and joined the saffron outfit ahead of the election, secured 11,419 votes to beat Mizo National Front’s (MNF) Rasik Mohan Chakma by a margin of 1,594 votes.

06:48:44 on 11 Dec

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Dr Raman Singh said the elections were fought under him and therefore the defeat is his responsibility. "I won't discuss the reasons for today's defeat but I congratulate the winners and thank all the party workers for their effort," he said. Asked if today's defeat would have an impact on the 2019 polls, he said the party would put in all effort to ensure their victory.

06:44:29 on 11 Dec

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Unfulfilled promises, anti-incumbency, neglected voter groups and intra party rifts - all factors that contributed to BJP's defeat in Rajasthan, a state that has anyway followed a trend of voting out the incumbent every consecutive Assembly election since 1998. So, why did the BJP's future in the desert state crumble over the last 5 years.

06:39:31 on 11 Dec

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Shaktikanta Das appointed new RBI governor

Former finance secretary Shaktikanta Das has been appointed the new governor of Reserve Bank of India. The RBI had been rendered headless after Urjit Patel resigned on Monday, with immediate effect. Patel, who is the first governor since 1990 to step down before his term ended, in a brief statement, cited “personal reasons” for the decision.

06:36:48 on 11 Dec

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Even as the counting continues in the tightly-fought assembly elections, some contours about the political scenario in the next few months are becoming sharper. With general elections barely six months away, both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition parties will have drawn lessons from the results and the voting patterns.

06:36:09 on 11 Dec

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While the people of Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan have shown they want the Congress to form government, the party has made significant gains in Madhya Pradesh. Let us remember that these three states have been BJP strongholds. What has gone wrong for the saffron party? Now, we shall look at each of them one by one.

06:33:20 on 11 Dec

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RBI Governor Urjit Patel on Monday stepped down from his position with immediate effect, citing “personal reasons”. The government and the RBI have been at loggerheads for weeks over how much autonomy the central bank should have as the Modi-led government seeks to reduce curbs on lending. A board meeting of the central bank was slated for 14 December.

06:33:10 on 11 Dec

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NOTA Outperforms AAP, SP in Assembly Polls

The NOTA or none of the above option appeared to have outperformed several political parties, including AAP and Samajwadi Party, which contested the assembly polls in the five states. According to the Election Commission's website at 5.45 pm on Tuesday, the NOTA votes ranged as high as 2.1 per cent in Chhattisgarh to 0.5 per cent in Mizoram.

06:29:04 on 11 Dec

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As the counting of votes for Mizoram state assembly elections wrapped up, the final numbers, as provided by the Election Commission, declared the Mizo National Front as the winner with 26 seats. With this, the MNF under its leader, Zoramthanga, will return to power in the state after 10 whole years of it being under the Congress rule.

06:26:08 on 11 Dec

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The Telangana election commission faced severe backlash after many voters were unable to find their names on the electoral rolls on 7 December. Defending its stand, the EC said that voters could have checked their votes through the “Check Your Vote” campaign that was carried out from 26 October to 5 November.

06:23:02 on 11 Dec

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Returning to power after a decade, regional party Mizo National Front secured an absolute majority by winning 26 seats. Tawnluia was elected deputy leader of the MNF legislature party and Lalruatkima its secretary. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla submitted his resignation to the governor. He lost from both Serchip and Champai South seats from where he contested.

06:16:50 on 11 Dec

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Congress tells BJP to watch out in 2019

A resurgent Congress has made crucial gains ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with the party all set to form governments in the Hindi heartland of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh on its own strength. The fight remains tight in Madhya Pradesh. The victories will gloss over the party’s defeat in Mizoram, which was the only northeastern state in its kitty.

06:13:59 on 11 Dec

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After being in the political wilderness for two Assembly terms, rebel-turned-politician Zoramthanga is back with a bang as he led the Mizo National Front (MNF) to a thumping victory in the Mizoram elections. Zoramthanga has been Chief Minister of Mizoram twice. He was a former underground leader and a close aide of the legendary MNF leader Laldenga.

06:13:52 on 11 Dec

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"Chhattisgarh has given a thumping majority to the Congress, ending the three-term rule of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Dr Raman Singh. Although pollsters had predicted a tight contest, it eventually turned out to be one-sided, with the BJP losing a significant percentage (8%+) of its votes in the state.

06:10:26 on 11 Dec

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A Delhi court today allowed the CBI plea seeking permission to take signature and handwriting samples of Christian Michel James, the alleged middleman who has been chargesheeted and arrested in the graft-tainted AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal. Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar passed the order after Michel's counsel said he had no objections to the CBI's plea.

06:07:56 on 11 Dec

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TRS looks set to form its second successive govt in Telangana after taking an unassailable lead in 85 seats, according to the latest vote count on Tuesday, 11 Dec. This is a clear vindication of party chief K Chandrasekhar Rao's popularity. Addressing the press, following a landslide win in Telangana, TRS’ K Chandrashekhar Rao floated the idea of “a new national party.”

06:06:58 on 11 Dec

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A slide that began in Assam in the spring of 2016 has culminated in Mizoram in the winter of 2018: the Congress party has been wiped out of the North East. The final nail in the grand old party’s coffin in the region was hammered in on Tuesday by the Mizo National Front, a party that began as a secessionist outfit. the MNF party emerged victorious in 26 of the 40 seats.

06:02:19 on 11 Dec

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RLD vice president Jayant Chaudhary has said that his party will support the Congress in Rajasthan. The party has won one seat. As per the most recent figures on the Election Commission website, the Congress has won 22 seats and is leading 78 seats. On the other hand, the BJP has won 14 seats and is leading 59 seats.

06:00:24 on 11 Dec

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Counting of votes for assembly seats in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram began early morning and after several rounds, trends show the Congress party ahead in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan and MP. Congress has won a clear lead in MP with 116 and congress trailing behind at 105.

05:57:55 on 11 Dec

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As a UK court ordered the extradition of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya to India, BJP president Amit Shah said the credit should go “entirely” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on the other hand, criticised the government for claiming a victory. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the NDA government has brought Mallya “to book.”

05:56:43 on 11 Dec

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The strength of women in the Telangana Assembly after the 2018 elections is set to decline from that of nine in the dissolved Assembly. While the number of women candidates fielded by the major political parties was itself less, the outcome of the election saw many women candidates unsuccessful at the hustings.

05:45:57 on 11 Dec

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The Congress is likely to go for a post-poll alliance in Rajasthan, where it is approaching towards a majority mark, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot said on Tuesday. Gehlot indicated towards assembling an alliance by taking along willing parties and the candidates who have parted ways with the BJP.

05:45:46 on 11 Dec

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Election results 2018: Who said what

It was on this day, a year before, that Rahul Gandhi had taken over the leadership of the Congress party from his mother Sonia Gandhi. Today, as Congress is set to form government in both Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh besides gaining in Madhya Pradesh, party leaders cannot miss the timing of the victory.

05:38:16 on 11 Dec

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Madhya Pradesh has not had a single non-BJP government since 2003, but the Congress has upped its game this election season with old guard Kamal Nath and young turk Jyotiraditya Scindia at the helm in the state.

So, what are the reasons behind Congress’ performance in the state?

05:37:51 on 11 Dec

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The MNF swept the Congress out of power, winning 26 seats in the 40-member Assembly. The grand old party, which dominated the 2013 elections, won only five seats. MNF chief Zoramthanga has been unanimously elected leader of MNF legislature party in the state, the party said. He will meet Mizoram Governor K Rajasekharan at 6 pm to stake claim to form the govt.

05:37:27 on 11 Dec

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Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has played a key role in uniting opposition parties against the BJP. She had cheered the Congress when early trends emerged, describing it as a people’s verdict and their victory. As the Congress consolidated its lead in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and retained an edge over the BJP in MP, the West Bengal CM targeted the BJP again.

05:32:31 on 11 Dec

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Cong workers burst crackers, danced to the dhol and played with gulal as they celebrated the party's good show in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Carrying the Congress flag, a large number of workers gathered at the party headquarters in Delhi and praised Rahul Gandhi's leadership in steering the Congress towards victory in the three states ruled by the BJP.

05:29:11 on 11 Dec

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Rahul Gandhi has come through - this should be the headline in the papers tomorrow. After all the public scrutiny - and rejection - today is truly Rahul Gandhi's day. He has successfully snatched two states - Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan - from the Modi-led BJP which at one time had seemed impossible. So, from these elections, five inferences.

05:29:06 on 11 Dec

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Counting has ended in Mizoram and the latest figures show that the MNF performed a clean sweep by securing 26 seats and thereby, marking the end of Congress in the northeast. The Congress has managed to secure only five seats while the BJP has won only one seat. "We will not have any coalition government either with the BJP or any other party," said MNF chief Zoramthanga.

05:22:44 on 11 Dec

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Rural distress, farm discontent, and “arrogance of power” are being cited as reasons for the BJP's impending debacle in Chhattisgarh where the votes are still being counted but the Congress looks set for a landslide win. Farmers, farm activists, and BJP functionaries say the party “heavily” underestimated rural distress and also the discontent among the urban voters.

05:21:06 on 11 Dec

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Counting of votes is underway in the state. The BJP and Congress are in a close fight and it looks like the BSP could play a key role in government formation. Incumbent Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is battling anti-incumbency in Madhya Pradesh, which has been under BJP governance for 15 years.

05:14:17 on 11 Dec

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As the Cong is inching towards victory in three big states that went to polls over the last few weeks, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said "bure din jane wale hain", taking a dig at PM Narendra Modi for his promise "ache din aane wale hain (good days are ahead)". The slogan, designed ahead of national elections in 2014, was the hightlight of the BJP's campaign.

05:10:27 on 11 Dec

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Where is the wrath of the markets?

When Reserve Bank governor Urjit Patel abruptly resigned late on Monday, it seemed like the markets’ wrath will be incurred sooner rather than later. After all, both the rupee and the Nifty fell over 1.5% in overseas markets such as New York and Singapore. But after having slept over the matter, investors seem to be remarkably calm while trading in the domestic markets.

04:59:22 on 11 Dec

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According to a report, Congress' central observers are going to hold a separate meeting with both Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot. Thereafter, there will a joint meeting too. The Central observers have been chosen by the party leadership in Delhi and include MP KC Venugopal, Rajasthan election in-charge Avinash Pande and four co-charges.

04:56:55 on 11 Dec

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Sources at the Chief Minister’s office told PTI that Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla was likely to tender his resignation to Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan around 5 pm. MNF workers were seen celebrating at the party headquarters in the capital city, Aizawl, as they realised that the party was winning majority seats in the 40-member assembly.

04:55:03 on 11 Dec

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India will be “BJP Mukt” in the year 2019, the Aam Aadmi Party claimed, as election trends indicated that the saffron party was trailing in two of the three states it ruled. The Bharatiya Janata Party was behind its main rival Congress in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh; it was locked in a close contest with the opposition party in Madhya Pradesh, according to latest trends.

04:52:45 on 11 Dec

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The political strategist Amitabh Tiwari and psephologist Yogendra Yadav talk emerging trends and all things elections in a panel discussion. Yadav said BJP had played with 5Ms up its sleeve - machinery, money, Modi, mandir and media. And while machinery and money might have worked in their favour, the issue of the mandir certainly hadn’t, he observed.

04:48:33 on 11 Dec

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MNF leader Zoramthanga confirmed that the party, which had gained a majority in the 40-member assembly, would be forming the new government independently in Mizoram. He also said that as soon as he assumed office as the new CM, the first three things he would focus on were: the prohibition on liquor, the repair of roads and the implementation of the SEDP.

04:47:38 on 11 Dec

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Former home minister R Lalzirliana won a seat for the MNF from the Tawi constituency. Lalzirliana quit the Congress in September to join the MNF. The MNF swept the Congress out of power, winning 26 seats in the 40-member Assembly. The grand old party, which dominated the 2013 elections, was reduced to single digits, winning only five seats.

04:25:50 on 11 Dec

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INC is heading towards a two-third majority in Chhattisgarh. It is currently leading in 67 constituencies, ahead of BJP, which is leading in 13 seats and Mayawati–JCC+ alliance, is leading in 4 seats. Cong has dominated the trends since morning in what was initially a three-way contest in Chhattisgarh between the ruling BJP, Cong and the Mayawati-Ajit Jogi-CPI alliance.

04:19:11 on 11 Dec

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The Reserve Bank of India Tuesday said it has imposed a fine of Rs 1 crore on Indian Bank for violating cybersecurity norms. The RBI has imposed, by an order dated November 30, 2018, a monetary penalty of Rs 10 million on Indian Bank for contravention of Circular on Cyber Security Framework in banks, the central bank said in a release.

04:11:14 on 11 Dec

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With trends that emerged until Tuesday afternoon showing the BJP involved in a neck-and-neck contest with the Congress in MP and taking a beating in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, its own lawmakers have begun criticising the electoral strategy adopted by the party leadership. RS BJP MP Sanjay Kakade claimed that the BJP's losses in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh were expected.

04:06:05 on 11 Dec

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As the counting of votes for all 40 seats in the Assembly progresses, the Mizo National Front (MNF) has taken an unassailable lead in 25 seats, while the Congress trails, with leads in only six constituencies, as per trends at 3.30 pm. The BJP has only managed to take a lead in one seat and other parties are leading in eight seats.

04:05:53 on 11 Dec

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The votes in Madhya Pradesh are still being counted but one this is already clear: whether the Congress manages to wrest control of the state or chief minister Shivraj Chouhan retains it, the Congress has failed to generate a decisive enough swing in its favour. In the 2013 assembly election, the BJP polled 44.88% while the Congress polled 36.38%.

04:03:06 on 11 Dec

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MIM seemed poised to retain its traditional bastion of the Old City as it scored its first victory with Mohammed Moazzam Khan, its candidate from the Bahadurpura Assembly constituency, being declared as elected. Mr Khan won against his nearest rival, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi's Inayat Ali Baqri, who served as SETWIN chairman, by a massive 82, 518 votes.

04:00:34 on 11 Dec

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JH Rothuama and TT Zothansanga of Congress have emerged as winners on Champai South and North seats respectively. The Mizo National Front (MNF) is leading with 26 seats again, while the Congress trails at 5 and the BJP at 1. Other parties have managed to bag 8 seats. The MNF workers are already celebrating the party's expected victory in the elections.

03:54:34 on 11 Dec

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What is the Mizo National Front?

With the outcome of the Mizoram Assembly elections out, the results show a clear winner in the Mizo National Front (MNF) that has been out of power for the last ten years. According to the EC, the MNF seems set to win 25 seats in the house of 40 with a 37.6% vote share. As the MNF readies to return to power in the state, here is a look at how the party came into being.

03:50:31 on 11 Dec

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Counting of votes for the Rajasthan elections began on 11 Dec, with the latest trends showing the Cong leading in 100 seats, BJP in 74 and BSP in four. While incumbent CM Vasundhara Raje is ahead of former BJP leader Manvendra Singh by a huge margin in Jhalrapatan, Cong leaders Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot are leading in Tonk and Sardarpura constituencies respectively.

03:46:21 on 11 Dec

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Three policemen were killed and another injured in a militant attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said. After attacking a minority picket, or policemen deployed to guard members of the minority community, in Shopian, in the afternoon, militants also fled with the rifles of the killed policemen. The condition of the injured policeman is critical.

03:45:25 on 11 Dec

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Close to the final round of counting in Mizoram’s 40 Assembly seats, the Congress is set to lose after 10 years against rival Mizo National Front (MNF), which is heading for a majority. The biggest setback was for Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, who finished third in the Champhai South seat. Here are the key candidates to have won and lost in this election.

03:41:17 on 11 Dec

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While the Cong has established a lead in 10 out of 13 key constituencies in the state, the BJP leader and CM Raman Singh have maintained a lead in Rajnandgaon. Of the 90 Assembly segments in Chhattisgarh, 51 are general, while 10 are reserved for candidates from SC communities and 29 from ST communities. Here are some of the key constituencies of the 90-seat House.

03:38:00 on 11 Dec

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The Congress lost its last bastion in the northeast, Mizoram, to Mizo National Front on Tuesday while the BJP made large strides and won its first ever seat in the state. In the last two years, the Congress has faced defeat in Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura to BJP and its allies. But in Mizoram, the grand old party lost out to MNF.

03:34:47 on 11 Dec

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Counting of votes is underway in the state. The BJP and Congress are in a close fight and it looks like the BSP could play a key role in government formation. With the Congress throwing a tough fight to the incumbent BJP in Madhya Pradesh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, who spearheaded the party's campaign in the state, exuded confidence in its victory.

03:30:25 on 11 Dec

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The election result trends in Mizoram show a clear mandate to overthrow the Congress, said Lalduhoma, the chief ministerial candidate of the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), an umbrella group of political outfits that came together to contest the polls. The Mizo National Front is set to return to power, having won or leading in 25 seats, according to the latest trends.

03:28:18 on 11 Dec

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With Congress dominating Chhattisgarh and looking well on its way to ending the BJP's 15-year rule, speculation abounds about the party's likely chief ministerial candidate. Members were already celebrating in Raipur as trends showed the grand old party surging ahead. Here is a list of the probable Congress chief ministerial candidates:

03:23:51 on 11 Dec

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The Communist Party of India on Tuesday, 12 December, alleged that the TRS resorted to "huge distribution of money and liquor" to influence voters, and described the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led party's performance in the assembly polls as a "technical victory and not a moral one".

03:21:32 on 11 Dec

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