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A JD(S)-Congress coalition government headed by HD Kumaraswamy will be sworn-in today in Karnataka at a ceremony attended by top opposition leaders and chief ministers, a development that could lay the foundation of a broad-based anti-BJP front before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Kumaraswamy will be the second chief minister to take oath in Karnataka within a week.

10:12:01 on 23 May

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Delhi Archbishop Anil Couto has defended a letter he wrote to all churches in the national capital calling for prayers ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, saying his request had nothing to do with politics. In the letter, Couto had called for a prayer campaign beginning May 13 in the face of “turbulent political atmosphere threatening democracy and secularism”.

06:55:01 on 23 May

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The Tamil Nadu government’s plan to build a sprawling memorial to the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has run into a legal hurdle. A lawyer, S Jayaseelan, petitioned the Madras High Court last week, questioning the very legitimacy of constructing a memorial to a leader who had been convicted of corruption. He also claimed the project did not have the needed building permissions.

12:12:01 on 22 May

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Moving to settle the disquiet over power sharing in Karnataka where their coalition is set to take charge Wednesday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy, meeting in the presence of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi Monday, agreed to “forget the past, look at the future and forge a long-term relationship”.

11:40:01 on 22 May

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The CJI on Thursday urgently constituted a three-judge bench for a post-midnight hearing on the Congress-JD(S) combine’s petition which ultimately changed its political fortune. The SC registry cleared the petition at 11.40 pm on Wednesday and it reached CJI Misra’s residence at 12.10 am on Thursday.

10:50:14 on 22 May

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A day after cases of voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines were found abandoned in a shed in Vijayapur district of Karnataka, state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa has written to the election commission, alleging "grave irregularities" in the recently conducted assembly elections. Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar said eight VVPAT carrying boxes were found, not machines.

10:20:06 on 22 May

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In yet another ceasefire violation, Pakistani Rangers today fired mortar shells on border outposts at several places in Jammu and Kashmir, prompting retaliation by the Border Security Force or BSF soldiers guarding the International Border. An eight-month-old boy was killed and six people including a special police officer were injured in the firing, officials said.

09:40:01 on 22 May

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"This is what I call an unholy alliance," BJP national president Amit Shah today commented on the Congress and Janata Dal Secular ((JD(S)) which has come together to form the government in Karnataka. Amit Shah said the Congress-JD(S) alliance was against the people's mandate.

09:25:01 on 22 May

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China has begun large-scale mining operations on its side of the border with Arunachal Pradesh where a huge trove of gold, silver and other precious minerals valued at about US 60 billion has been found, a media report said today. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet.

07:26:01 on 22 May

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Pakistan is slated to take up the issue of inauguration of Kishanganga hydropower project by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jammu and Kashmir with the World Bank on Monday. The neighbouring country, according to Dawn News, will tell the World Bank that the move by India violates the 1960 Indus Water Treaty. Issues to be raised include height of Kishanganga dam and its discharge.

06:55:01 on 22 May

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As the Left Democratic Front government completes two years in office on 25 May, a parole request by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan during the time of Emergency is going viral in the state. On 9 November 1976, Pinarayi sought parole and wrote that 'his presence was needed for his mother's treatment’. He was the MLA representing Kuthuparamba constituency in Kannur at that time.

08:25:01 on 21 May

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Former diplomat Madhuri Gupta, who had served at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, was on Saturday sentenced to three years in jail for passing on sensitive information to Pakistan's ISI, with a Delhi court saying her actions caused a "severe security threat". After passing the sentence, the court granted bail to Gupta to allow her to appeal against the conviction.

08:05:01 on 21 May

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The CBI on Monday booked Unnao BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar who is in police custody on charges of rape. The probe agency has filed a case against Sengar on charges of criminal conspiracy for falsely implicating rape victim's father in a case. The CBI had earlier arrested two sub-inspectors of the UP Police in connection with the death of the father of a minor girl,

07:55:01 on 21 May

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Pakistani authorities have blocked the circulation of a leading English daily in many parts of the country, a media watchdog has alleged, days after the newspaper published ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's controversial remarks on the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. The interview of Sharif, which reportedly irked Pakistan's military, appeared in Dawn newspaper's May 12 issue.

02:40:01 on 21 May

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Notwithstanding a setback in Karnataka, the BJP is set to push its “Look East” plan by celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Modi government in Cuttack on May 26. Notwithstanding a setback in Karnataka, the BJP is set to push its “Look East” plan by celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Modi government in Cuttack on May 26.

02:11:02 on 21 May

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For the banking sector that has suffered back-to-back bad news for a while now, Tata Steel’s acquisition of Bhushan Steel offers a ray of hope. On Friday, Tata Steel’s wholly-owned subsidiary Bamnipal Steel Ltd announced the completion of its acquisition of Bhushan Steel, marking the resolution of the first case under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), 2016.

01:55:01 on 21 May

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The funeral was about to begin, the first of 10 for the victims of the Santa Fe High School mass shooting, and the body of Sabika Sheikh was waiting at the mosque. Sabika, 17, had come from Pakistan to the US through a funded study program, excited to leave behind the dangers posed by extremists at home to experience a country that represented all that was possible.

01:41:01 on 21 May

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After days of high octane drama, Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Kumaraswamy is all set to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother, Sonia, on Monday, 21 May, in Delhi, to discuss the modalities related to government formation in Karnataka. Kumaraswamy will be sworn-in as the chief minister of Karnataka for the second time on 23 May.

12:10:02 on 21 May

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The Punjab province government in Pakistan has released Rs 20 million for renovation and expansion of a Krishna temple in Rawalpindi city in an effort to ensure accommodation of more Hindu worshippers on festivals and during religious events. The work for the makeover of the only functioning Hindu temple in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad is expected to begin soon.

11:55:01 on 21 May

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Former Jammu and Kashmir Minister and BJP leader Choudhary Lal Singh, who quit last month amid criticism over his support for the accused who raped and murdered an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, marched barefoot for five hours to demand a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation in the case.

11:40:01 on 21 May

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Less than 24 hours after the BJP suffered a political setback in Karnataka, party chief Amit Shah held a meeting in Guwahati to discuss the roadmap for the 2019 elections in which the BJP is eyeing all 25 seats in the region. Protesters carrying black flags lined the streets of Guwahati, shouting slogans against the BJP for pushing the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016.

11:27:01 on 21 May

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HD Kumaraswamy's decision to head a JDS-Congress coalition was necessary to “correct” the political situation in the country and not to fulfill a personal ambition. "I wanted to become king through the mandate of the people, not like this. The first time, in 2006, I became CM due to political developments. Today also, it is not because of the blessings of the people," he added.

10:40:01 on 21 May

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A day after BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa resigned as Karnataka Chief Minister, paving the way for a Congress-JD(S) government, Congress leader D K Shivakumar, considered the architect behind the operation to keep the alliance MLAs together, said he was a “strong opponent” of the JD(S), but had swallowed some “bitterness” since all opposition parties were uniting against the BJP.

10:25:01 on 21 May

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As HD Kumaraswamy preps for his swearing-in ceremony to be held in Bengaluru's sprawling Kanteerava stadium on Wednesday, the occasion is going to serve more than one purpose. It will also serve as a show of unity for opposition leaders. Mr Kumaraswamy said he was going to personally invite Rahul Gandhi to the ceremony as well as many of the country's regional heavyweights.

09:55:01 on 21 May

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The Pakistan Rangers called up its counterpart, Border Security Force (BSF), to seek a halt to the firing and shelling along the International Border in Jammu. A commander of Pakistan Rangers phoned a BSF officer on Saturday night and urged that Pakistan’s forward posts not be targeted as the incessant firing was causing damage to civilians.

08:11:01 on 21 May

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Karnataka may have not one, but two deputy chief ministers, state Congress chief G Parameshwara has said. The final call will be taken by the Central leadership, whom HD Kumaraswamy, the Chief Minister of the alliance will meet today. The leader of the regional party Janata Dal-Secular will take oath on Wednesday - alone, said senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar.

07:57:01 on 21 May

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A Lingayat body has demanded the post of deputy chief minister for its president and a larger role in the Karnataka cabinet even as the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) continue to work on the modalities of their newly-forged alliance. The All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha has written an open letter demanding that the body's president be made deputy chief minister.

07:26:01 on 21 May

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BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday exuded confidence of winning the upcoming Assembly elections in Mizoram and declaring it to be the seventh northeastern state that would join the BJP in its aim of a ‘Congress-mukt Northeast’. Shah also sounded confident of a BJP's victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He was attending the third conclave of the NEDA in Guwahati.

06:26:01 on 21 May

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Toyota today officially confirmed that the company has no plans to launch the Yaris hatchback in India. N Raja, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motors announced this earlier today at the launch of the new Yaris sedan.

01:56:01 on 20 May

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The Uttar Pradesh government issued notices yesterday night to six former state chief ministers, including those from the BJP, to vacate official bungalows in compliance with the Supreme Court orders. Those served notices include Narayan Dutt Tiwari, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Kalyan Singh, Mayawati, Rajnath Singh and Akhilesh Yadav.

08:40:01 on 18 May

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Congress MLA BS Anand Singh is now missing. Singh, who had joined the Congress in January earlier this year, was with the BJP before this. Now that he has gone incommunicado, speculations are rife that Singh has gone back to the BJP, which is trying to shore up its numbers ahead of the confidence motion.

07:15:02 on 18 May

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Offering warm greetings on Ramadan and hosting an iftar meal have been standard White House behavior for decades during the major Muslim holiday - but not during the Trump presidency. That appears to be changing. The White House released a statement with a markedly different tone, saying Ramadan "reminds us of the richness Muslims add to the religious tapestry of American life."

07:04:46 on 18 May

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to have another 'informal summit'. This time, he is going to Russia on 21 May to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin for "agendaless" talks in the summer beach resort of Sochi. Modi will be travelling to Russia at Putin's invitation, the government said.

06:26:01 on 18 May

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Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vale has appointed BJP's KG Bopaiah, a three-time MLA, as the Pro Tem speaker. The Congress has objected to the governor's decision and said that the convention should have been followed. By convention, the Pro Tem Speaker is usually the senior most MLA in the House.

04:01:33 on 18 May

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The Supreme Court today approved the centre's draft Cauvery Management Scheme for distribution of water among four South Indian states. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra rejected the suggestions of Karnataka and Kerala governments over the scheme, terming them as devoid of merits. It also dismissed Tamil Nadu's plea seeking initiation of contempt for the Cauvery scheme.

03:51:02 on 18 May

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Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs General V.K. Singh (retired) became the first Indian minister to visit North Korea in 20 years as the latter pledged not to ever create concerns for India's security. Singh arrived in Pyongyang on yesterday for a two-day visit to hold bilateral talks with his North Korean counterpart and various other high-level officials.

06:40:01 on 17 May

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The Congress has staked claim to form government in Manipur on Thursday. “We are seeking Governor's appointment. We will definitely rush to the Raj Bhawan and stake claim to form government,” said Okram Ibobi Singh, former chief minister of Manipur. Former Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma has sought time from the governor of the state for a meeting tomorrow.

06:30:45 on 17 May

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“Aisa Pakistan me hota hai (such things happen in Pakistan)”, Congress President Rahul Gandhi today remarked while talking about the current situation of the judiciary in India. Gandhi was addressing an event in Chhattisgarh capital Raipur. His remarks came soon after Governor of Karnataka administered oath of chief ministership of the state to BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa.

05:10:01 on 17 May

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Reports emerged that two Congress MLAs were missing from the Eagleton resort. However, MLA UT Khader dismissed these claims and said the two MLAs are on their way. "All MLAs are in contact. The two MLAs who are not present here right now will come. I also just came back from Mangaluru," Khader said.

04:40:01 on 17 May

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Congress Goa-in-charge Chella Kumar will meet the Governor along with other party leaders tomorrow and demand formation of government on grounds of being 'single largest party' in the Goa election results. Tejaswi Yadav from the Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar has also tweeted on requesting the Bihar governor to dissolve the state government on similar grounds.

04:27:00 on 17 May

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After their grand wedding last week, a picture of Tej Pratap Yadav and Aishwarya Roy has appeared on Instagram. Tej Pratap, the son of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasas Yadav and his wife Aishwarya Roy are seen smiling at each other while sharing a bike, in a photo-op typical of young newly-weds in India.

04:25:01 on 17 May

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Two missing lawmakers have given the Congress sleepless nights since it became clear earlier this week that a game of numbers was about to begin in hung Karnataka. Anand Singh, 52, has been MIA since Tuesday, the day of the Karnataka results. He is one of the 78 Congress legislators elected to the 224-member state assembly.

04:10:01 on 17 May

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From the humdrum existence as a government clerk and a hardware store owner to becoming the chief minister of Karnataka for the second time, BS Yeddyurappa has navigated the choppy waters of politics with the consummate ease of a seasoned oarsman, defying tidal waves of adversity. Yeddyurappa joined the RSS as a cadre when he was 15 years old.

03:26:01 on 17 May

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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday admitted a petition seeking a ban on live speeches of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The petition also sought to commence a criminal proceeding against Sharif for his statement on the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Advocate Babar Awan, a leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has filed the petition.

06:40:01 on 17 May

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G Parameshwara said that the BJP is trying the old tricks against Congress and assured that all its MLAs are intact. He said, “All the MLAs are intact. Some of the MLAs came late to the legislative meeting at Karnataka Party Congress Committee office, because they came in a special flight from Bidar. BJP is trying the same old trick.”

09:45:01 on 16 May

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Bangladesh's former prime minister Khaleda Zia, serving a five-year jail term in a corruption case, was today granted bail by the Supreme Court, which upheld a high court order in her favour considering her old age and health issues. Her lawyers, however, said that the verdict was unlikely to bring the 72-year-old Zia out of prison.

08:45:01 on 16 May

After widespread violence during West Bengal Panchayat polls on Monday, re-polling took place in 568 booths across West Bengal today amid tight security. The West Bengal Panchayat election results will be declared on Thursday, May 17. The panchayat polls are one of the best political weathervanes in Bengal. The election was held after days of court battle.

08:35:01 on 16 May

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In a surprise development, Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. (Retd.) V.K.Singh has reached Pyongyang for talks with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) government, the official Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported. During the visit on May 15-16 Mr. Singh met with DPRK Vice President Kim Yong Dae, and the Foreign and Culture ministers

06:42:01 on 16 May

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Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa met the Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday.Post the meeting he informed the press that he has given a letter to the Governor to ask for his appointment as Chief Minister. "He (Governor) told me that he will take an appropriate decision," he said after the meeting.

06:25:01 on 16 May

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Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli took the additional charge of MP as the incumbent Governor, while Anandiben Patel goes on leave. MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was also present at the ceremony. Om Prakash Kohli, who held the position of Governor of MP in Jan 2018 was replaced by Anandiben Patel at that time. He held the additional charge from 8 Sep 2016 to 19 Jan 2018.

06:10:01 on 16 May

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Soon after his acquittal in the 1988 road rage case, Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu messaged Congress president Rahul Gandhi, “I am now at the disposal of the party 24x7. My life is yours.” After a brief meeting with Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh here, he left to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi on Tuesday afternoon.

04:10:01 on 16 May

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Repolling for panchayat elections in 568 booths across 20 districts in West Bengal is underway on Wednesday amid tight security. At least 18 people were killed in violence on Monday during panchayat elections. The West Bengal Police and personnel of the Rapid Action Force baton charged voters on Wednesday in North Dinajpur district’s Goalpokhar area following the violence.

01:41:02 on 16 May

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First Lady Melania Trump's operation for a "benign" kidney condition was completed successfully. As per a White House official statement, Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition. Further, it has been reported that the Melania wishes to recover fully as she wants to focus her work for the children as part of 'Be Best' initiative.

08:25:01 on 15 May

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Karnataka Governor has allowed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to prove majority in the Assembly, said party's chief ministerial candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa today evening. Talking to the reporters after meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala, Yeddyurappa said, "Just now we met Governor because we are single largest party, and that he allows us to prove majority in the Assembly".

07:35:22 on 15 May

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After Prime Minister Narendra Modi was called out for glaring errors in an election campaign speech about Field Marshal KM Cariappa and General Thimayya, Cariappa's son has expressed disappointment over the error in the PM’s speech in reference to his father and former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, saying he “feels saddened” that Modi read out such a speech.

07:10:01 on 15 May

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The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on Tuesday approved Tata Steel Ltd’s resolution plan for debt ridden Bhushan Steel Ltd under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). Bhushan Steel’s admitted financial debt stood at Rs56,051.16 crore as on 1 February 2018, and it is one of the 12 non-performing asset (NPA) accounts notified by the Reserve Bank of India last year.

05:26:01 on 15 May

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Siddaramaiah has confirmed to reporters outside Raj Bhavan that he has submitted his resignation as CM. He also added senior Congress leaders will meet HD Deve Gowda and HD Kumaraswamy of the Janata Dal (Secular) to stake claim to form a government.

04:30:26 on 15 May

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The Janata Dal (Secular) has accepted an "offer" from the Congress after the Grand Old Party reached out to HD Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy, senior INC leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. Tanveer Hasan, a JD(S) general secretary and spokesperson, later confirmed that his party would go with the Congress. Kumaraswamy will be the chief minister, he said.

04:25:01 on 15 May

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The Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), who have confirmed their alliance ahead of the Karnataka assembly results today, have also called in all their MLAs to political capital Bengaluru, where the action is right now. The two parties have also claimed the support of two independent candidates.

04:10:02 on 15 May

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As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is taking lead in Karnataka assembly elections so far, Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar showed confidence and said that BJP is winning Karnataka elections hands down and the victory belongs to people. “We are winning Karnataka hands down," he added.

03:55:01 on 15 May

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According to sources, CM Siddaramaiah met Ghulam Nabi Azad and other senior Congress leaders. He is likely to meet the Governor of Karnataka today at 4 p.m and submit his resignation.

03:25:01 on 15 May

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Fresh protests were expected today a day after Israeli forces killed 59 Palestinians during clashes and protests along the Gaza border against the US embassy opening in Jerusalem in the conflict's bloodiest day in years. Most of the 59 Gazans who died Monday were shot by Israeli snipers, Gaza's health ministry said.

03:15:45 on 15 May

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The Congress has decided to extend support to the JD(S) to form the government in Karnataka, said Siddaramaiah. "No party has a majority....Congress has decided to support the JD(S)," he told. He added that the JD(S) accepted the offer via a telephonic conversation. GT Deve Gowda of the JD(S) has defeated the Congress CM in one of his own seats Chamundershwari by a big margin.

03:09:30 on 15 May

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BJP expected to form the government in Karnataka as official Election Commission results show BJP leading in 111 seats. The Indian National Congress is leading in 54 seats with the JD(S) leading in 38 seats. 3 seats have gone to independents. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is trailing by 14,734 in Chamundeshwari and leading by a meagre 3000 in Badami.

11:10:23 on 15 May

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At least 41 Palestinians have been killed and 1,800 wounded by Israeli troops in clashes on the Gaza border, Palestinian officials say. The violence came as the US opened its embassy in Jerusalem, a controversial move that has infuriated Palestinians. They see it as clear US backing for Israeli rule over the whole city, whose eastern part Palestinians lay claim to.

07:41:01 on 14 May

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With assembly elections just six months away, Congress MLA Ram Dayal Uike asked voters in the state to beat up BJP volunteers and leaders with empty liquor bottles when they come seeking votes. Accusing ruling BJP government of selling alcohol at higher prices and distributing it to voters during elections to lure them.

06:25:01 on 14 May

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Amid reports of massive violence during West Bengal Panchayat elections, senior Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien said numbers were much lower than 2003 polls. His tweets trying to justify the violence as "closer to normal" didn’t go down well with Twitterati, who gave him flak for taking the situation casually as fewer people were killed.

05:56:01 on 14 May

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The Delhi Police has filed its chargesheet in the death case of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of former Union minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, where it accused Tharoor under section 306 (abetment to suicide) and section 498 A (cruelty in a marriage). Tharoor, however, has not been arrested yet. The case is likely to come up at the Patiala court next week where he will come.

03:44:49 on 14 May

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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s kidney transplant surgery at AIIMS today was successful, the hospital said while adding that both the minister and his donor were recovering. AIIMS sources maintained that the minister had been admitted to the hospital on Saturday and was taken to the operation theatre at 8 am.

03:40:01 on 14 May

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Four years of the Modi government at the Centre have largely drawn approval from citizens but he needs to do more if he wants to pass with a first class. 57% of persons surveyed by a community social media platform believe the Modi government has either met or exceeded expectations as it completes four years in power while 43% said its performance was below expectations.

03:26:01 on 14 May

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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is undergoing a kidney transplant operation at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) today, sources at the hospital said. Jaitley, 65, was admitted to the hospital on Saturday and taken to the operation theatre at 8 am today. The minister, suffering from a kidney ailment, has been undergoing dialysis for the last one month.

03:10:01 on 14 May

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Violence has been reported from at least four districts in West Bengal where elections to the state's panchayat are being held. At least five people have lost their lives in the violence and allegations have emerged of ballot boxes being tampered with in certain areas. the State Election Commission has recorded 41.51 % voting in the initial six hours of polling till 1 pm.

02:40:01 on 14 May

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A day before counting of votes in the Karnataka Assembly elections, repolling is being held in three polling booths on Monday. The repolling in the polling booths was necessitated due to technical errors during polling on May 12. Voting is being held on Monday at polling booths number 20 and 21 in Kushtagi constituency and booth number 2 in Hebbala.

11:40:01 on 14 May

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Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah today said while he is willing to stay on as the CM for another term, he would step aside for a Dalit candidate if the party high command so desires. Amid the exit polls' prediction of a split verdict where Janata Dal-Secular chief Deve Gowda will emerge kingmaker, the comment indicates the Congress is considering ways to get the former PMon their side.

08:40:01 on 13 May

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Exit poll is a post-voting poll which is conducted just after a voter walks out after casting his or her vote. Such polls aim at predicting the actual result on the basis of the information collected from the voters. They are conducted by a number of organizations. The Karnataka exit polls have predicted a verdict split between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

07:55:01 on 13 May

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Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said she has written a will and named her successor while accusing some political parties of hiring killers to murder her. “I have made a will stating who will run my party after my death. I have made all preparations. If I am killed, everything will function according to my will,” Mamata told Bengali news channel Zee 24 Ghanta.

03:42:01 on 13 May

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A day before crucial panchayat polls in West Bengal, hundreds of crude bombs were found behind the home of former Trinamool lawmaker Arabul Islam, at Bhangar, about 25km from Kolkata. On Sunday, the police stumbled upon a deep pit in the ground, where hundreds of bombs in buckets were found while searching the area behind Arabul’s home.

03:41:01 on 13 May

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Two days after Narasimha Rao’s body was cremated in 2004, an emotional Atal Bihari Vajpayee paid his old friend a startling tribute. Rao was the “true father” of India’s nuclear programme. Vajpayee said that, in May 1996, a few days after he had succeeded Rao as prime minister, “Rao told me that the bomb was ready. I only exploded it.”

11:56:01 on 13 May

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After a rancorous campaign over three months, Karnataka will vote to elect a new Assembly in a three-cornered contest tomorrow. Sadananda Gowda, the Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation in Modi cabinet, has predicted more than 130 seats for BJP in Karnataka assembly. Elections to the 224-member Karnataka Assembly are due on May 12 and results will be out on 15th May.

11:42:01 on 13 May

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The Achik National Volunteer Council which wanted a separate state for the Garos, ran a violent campaign for over a decade, targeting not only government forces. In 2004, it signed a ceasefire agreement with the central government. But by the time the outfit officially disbanded and signed a memorandum of settlement with the government – 10 years later – much had changed.

10:56:01 on 13 May

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Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi witnessed signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Myanmar’s Nay Pyi Taw on Friday. India and Myanmar signed seven Memorandums of Understandings (MOUs). The topics included

12:42:01 on 12 May

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Reports state that over 11% voting has been completed in the first two hours of polling. Bengaluru saw a strong voter turnout despite overnight rains waterlogging the roads. Voting began in the 222 Assembly constituencies in Karnataka at 7 a.m. today. The voting so far has been largely peaceful except for some reports of EVMs malfunctioning and small-scale violence.

11:06:14 on 12 May

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Watch the grim reality of Indian politics where the powerful among the scheduled castes corner all benefits, and where each of the mainstream political parties appears to be responsible for the state of affairs and for leaving out the weakest link for whom the constituency was declared ‘reserved’ for in the first place.

06:56:01 on 12 May

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated Mahathir Mohamad on being sworn in as the prime minister of Malaysia. Mahathir, 92, was yesterday sworn in as the seventh prime minister of Malaysia. He has become the world's oldest elected leader.

01:55:01 on 11 May

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A video has surfaced where Tripura chief minister, Biplab Kumar Deb stated that Rabindranath Tagore had given away his Noble prize in protest against the British. Deb while speaking at a function said, " Tagore returned his Nobel award in protest against the British." Tagore, in reality, had repudiated Knighthood in protest against the Jalianwalla Bagh massacre.

10:40:01 on 11 May

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It was a happy homecoming for Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, who reached Patna after four-and-a-half months on Thursday evening to attend his elder son’s wedding on May 12. Prasad, who has been convicted in three fodder scam cases, has been granted three-day parole. The Patna airport was teeming with RJD supporters seeking a glimpse of their leader.

10:25:01 on 11 May

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To instill nationalism in Indian youth and remind them how "BJP's resolve made the country strong," the youth wing of the party has planned to celebrate 20 years of success of Pokhran Nuclear tests on Friday. On May 11, 1998, India under the NDA government headed by then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had successfully test-fired the Shakti-I nuclear missile at Pokhran.

10:10:01 on 11 May

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As he embarks on his third visit to Nepal today, a key element of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s focus will be engaging with all political streams in Nepal, including, but not confined to, the elected government of the day, and sending signals of support and reassurance to all. Oli stuck to tradition and made India his first foreign port of call in April after becoming PM.

09:57:01 on 11 May

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PM Modi sees threat in me, says Rahul

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi sees a threat in him and is seeking to distract voters by talking of his Italian roots and calling him an “election Hindu”. “The PM sees me as a threat. Mr. Modi has anger for everybody, not only for me. I am a lightning rod for that anger," he said.

09:28:01 on 11 May

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SC today asked West Bengal State Election Commission to hold polling for three-tier panchayat elections on May 14. The Apex court has also stayed Calcutta HC order that had asked the poll to accept nominations filed through e-mails for panchayat polls. The top court also asked the SEC not to declare results of those candidates who have already won without any contest.

03:28:37 on 10 May

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The BJP today announced Hemant Patle and Rajendra Gavit as party candidates for the Gondia-Bhandara and Palghar Lok Sabha by-polls in Maharashtra, respectively. The bypolls are scheduled to be held on May 28. Bye-election to Gondia-Bhandara Lok Sabha seat was necessitated following the resignation of MP Nana Patole and his subsequent quitting from the BJP.

02:25:01 on 10 May

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The small town of Channapatna, best known for wooden toys which have won the GI tag, is a political hot seat with JD(S) State president H.D. Kumaraswamy pitted against C.P. Yogeshwar of the BJP, who has represented the constituency five times under different parties. There are several undercurrents here, ranging from caste politics to debates on “insider” and “outsider” tags.

09:56:01 on 10 May

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In an interview to The Quint, Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s Secretary in Mangalore, Sharan Pumpwell, said, “If someone beats up girls who are dancing and drinking in pubs, then he is doing a good job. There is nothing wrong in doing that.” Pumpwell, who is a former Bajrang Dal leader, went on to say, Mangalore is a cultural place, with good Sanskriti which should be maintained.

01:55:01 on 09 May

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Union Minister Rajen Gohain courted controversy at a Swachh Bharat Mission program in Assam's Nagaon on Monday, when he interrupted a retired teacher who was speaking on the poor condition of roads in his area and questioned his intention behind bringing up the issue in front of the media.

10:21:26 on 09 May

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India has ranked fourth out of 25 nations in the Asia-Pacific region on an index that measures their overall power, with the country being pegged as a "giant of the future" but trails behind in indicators of defence networks and economic relationships. India is ranked fourth on the parameters economic resources, military capability, diplomatic influence and fifth on resilience.

08:27:01 on 09 May

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A Pakistani high court has granted bail to five suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda militants arrested for their alleged role in the 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Bhutto, who had served twice as prime minister in the 1990s, was killed in a gun and bomb attack in 2007 in Rawalpindi, the garrison city neighbouring the capital.

07:56:01 on 09 May

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A Communist Party of China (CPC) official tipped until last year for a top leadership post in the party has been jailed for life on corruption charges, state media reported on Tuesday. Sun Zhengcai, former secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Committee of the CPC and member of the powerful party, was handed life sentence taking bribes of over 170 million yuan.

07:27:01 on 09 May

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Placing a shoe on the dining table would irk people of most cultures around the world, but the Japanese are particularly repulsed by such an act, as was revealed after Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe's second official visit to Israel. The dish was a gourmet spread which was rounded off with chocolate pralines served in two pairs of men’s black brogues.

06:55:01 on 09 May

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Tricolour burial is mark of martyrs. However, the Delhi Police chose to bestow this honour on a peacock, which is the the National Bird of India. the city cops under Tilak Marg police station wrapped the body of the bird in a Tricolour and buried it in a box. Activists are saying that the act was a violation of the Wildlife Protection Act.

02:40:01 on 08 May

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi today indicated that he is willing to become Prime Minister if Congress comes to power in 2019 elections with full majority. Speaking at a gathering of prominent personalities in Bengaluru, Congress president said "Yes why not," when asked if he can be Prime Minister in 2019 if Congress emerges as the single largest party.

02:27:01 on 08 May

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