Over 8,500 candidates are in fray in five states - Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram - and their electoral fate is currently sealed in over 1.74 lakh EVMs. A total of 678 assembly seats across five states went for polls, after polling was countermanded in one seat in Rajasthan due to death of a candidate.
A Delhi court on Monday extended the CBI custody of Chrishtian Michel, the alleged AgustaWestland middleman in the VVIP chopper scam, by another 5 days. The court had earlier on December 5 remanded Michel in CBI custody for five days.
VHP working president Alok Kumar virtually warned the government of serious consequences and said if a law for temple construction was not passed in the upcoming winter session, people’s anger might reflect in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
If MP throws up an unclear mandate, there would be independents as well as BSP and Gondwana Gomantak Party to watch out for. In Chhattisgarh, BSP, Congress renegade Ajit Jogi’s Chhattisgarh Janata Congress (CJC) and independents would come in for attention.
As the December 15 deadline for submission of claims and objections to the draft NRC approaches, officials said just about 10 lakh of the total 40 lakh residents left out of the draft NRC have filed claims so far. Less than 200 objections have been received.
Predicting a fractured poll mandate in Telangana, the BJP Sunday claimed that it would play a «vital role» in the formation of the next government in the southern state. Asked about the reports that quoted him as saying that the BJP would support the TRS in the event of a hung verdict, party's K Laxman said his comments were being taken «in a different manner».
A large number of Muslim women are likely to go to Haj without 'Mehram' (male companion) next year, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Sunday.
Each side will send 100 troops to take part in the 7th India and China joint military exercises - 'Hand in Hand' - in the Chinese city of Chengdu, which will focus on counter-terrorism operations. The exercises, which will conclude on December 23, will also include live shooting and adoptive and basic training.
Water woes onboard trains will soon be a thing of the past with railways all set to introduce a system which will reduce water filling time from the existing 20 minutes to just five minutes at stations. The Railways will introduce the system in March next year at over 142 stations which have the water filling system for trains.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday greeted former Congress president Sonia Gandhi on her 72nd birthday and prayed for the senior Congress leaders long life and happiness. Trinamool Congress sources said Banerjee is likely to leave for New Delhi in the afternoon and meet Sonia Gandhi later in the day.