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Exit polls predict majority for NDA

New Delhi: Most exit polls on Sunday forecast another term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with some of them projecting that BJP-led NDA will get more than 300 seats to comfortably cross the majority mark of 272 in the Lok Sabha. Exit polls were, however, divided in their prediction for the politically most crucial state of Uttar Pradesh with some …

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64% voting recorded in last phase of LS polls

New Delhi: Voting for the marathon seven-phased Lok Sabha elections came to a close on Sunday as 64.26 per cent turnout was recorded in the last phase of polls in 59 seats, which also featured Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi. In the 2014 general elections, the highest ever voter turnout of 66.40 per cent was recorded. Over 8,000 candidates …

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Pre-monsoon rain deficit drops to 22%

New Delhi: Pre-monsoon rainfall from March to May, a phenomenon vital to agriculture in several parts of the country, has recorded a deficiency of 22 per cent, according to India meteorological department data. The IMD recorded 75.9 millimetres of rainfall from March 1 to May 15 as against the normal rainfall of 96.8 millimetres, which comes to around minus 22 …

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Modi thanks EC for giving permission for temple visit

Kedarnath/Badrinath: After spending the night meditating at a cave near Uttarakhand’s Kedarnath temple, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday thanked the Election Commission for granting him permission for the visit, saying he remained entirely cut-off from the outside world and got two days of rest. Modi reached Kedarnath on Saturday and after offering prayers to Lord Shiva at the shrine went …

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Bridegroom casts his vote in Manali, leads ‘baratis’ too to follow suit

Shimla: Faced with the onerous responsibility of choosing his member of Parliament and the life-partner on the same day, a Manali resident Sunday refused to shy away from either and fulfilled both with aplomb.  Before proceeding to his bride’s village for his marriage, Anil, 28, of Kothi village near Manali, led his entire ‘barat’ to the polling booth number eight …

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Rohtang Pass reopens

Manali (HP): The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) on Sunday opened the Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti valley, after a gap of six months.  A large number of Lahaul residents, living in the Kullu-Manali area had a sigh of relief as one has to travel through the Rohtang Pass to commute between Kullu and Lahaul valley.  Meanwhile, the …

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RS members’ names cannot be disclosed: CIC

New Delhi: Names of Rajya Sabha members, who moved an impeachment motion against a high court judge, and those who withdrew it can’t be disclosed as it would be a breach of parliamentary privilege, the Central Information Commission has held.  Chief Information Commissioner Sudhir Bhargava gave this order on a petition filed by S Malleswara Rao, who had sought to …

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Trinamool accuses CAPF of influencing voters, vandalism

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress candidate from West Bengal’s Barasat parliamentary constituency, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, on Sunday accused the central forces of vandalising her party’s camp offices and influencing the people to cast their votes for the BJP in the Rajarhat-Newtown area near Kolkata. “The CAPF personnel are intimidating the voters since morning. They are raising chants of Jai Shri Ram and …

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UN recognition for Mahila Housing SEWA Trust

UNI New Delhi Ahmedabad-based Mahila Housing SEWA Trust is  one of the three winners of the  2019 United Nations Sasakawa Award for  Disaster Risk Reduction. The Trust was recognised for its innovative and inclusive approach bringing together scientific and indigenous knowledge and empowering women living in slum districts and enhancing the resilience of entire families against recurrent disasters including children, …

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Oppn takes swipes at PM for not taking questions at press conference

PTI New Delhi Opposition leaders on Saturday took swipes at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not taking any questions at a press conference on Friday and diverting them to BJP chief Amit Shah. Former UP Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav tweeted a picture of three wise monkeys covering their eyes, ears and mouth with their hands. “Development …

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