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BJD returns to power in Odisha for fifth straight term

Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Friday scripted history with a landslide victory to form the government for a record fifth term in a row bagging 112 of the 146 assembly seats despite the Modi wave in the country. The BJD, which had grabbed the lion’s share of 117 of the 147 assembly seats in the 2014 assembly polls, remained largely …

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ED moves Delhi HC seeking cancellation of Vadra’s bail

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Friday moved the Delhi High Court seeking cancellation of anticipatory bail granted to Robert Vadra in a money laundering case, claiming that he was non-cooperative and evasive during the probe and may tamper with the evidence. It sought quashing of the trial court’s April 1 order by which Vadra was granted anticipatory bail, saying …

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Polarisation, transfer of Left votes helped BJP breach Mamata’s fortress

Kolkata: Riding on communal polarisation, National Register for Citizens (NRC), infighting within TMC and transfer of Left votes, the BJP in West Bengal breached the impregnable fortress of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee by winning 18 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats and grabbing a vote share of 40.5 percent. Up from two seats and 17 percent vote share …

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Zakir Musa killed in Kashmir encounter

Srinagar: In a major success, Zakir Musa, the so-called chief of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, a group affiliated with Al-Qaeda, was killed in an encounter with security forces in a village in South Kashmir’s Tral, officials confirmed Friday. A defence spokesman said one militant was killed in the operation at Dadsara in Tral area of Pulwama district Thursday night. “The (slain) terrorist …

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MODI PULLS OFF SPECTACULAR VICTORY FOR NDA

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday led his Bharatiya Janata Party to a super-sized victory for a second term in office, as his message of nationalism, security, Hindu pride and a New India was wholeheartedly embraced by voters across large swathes of the country. With the elections establishing the 68-year-old Modi as the most popular leader in decades, …

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Rahul loses Amethi to Irani

Amethi/New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday conceded defeat from  his traditional Amethi seat to Union Minister Smriti Irani, of the BJP, even as the Election  Commission continued to update the margin by 44,082 votes.  Around 7 p.m., the results flashing on the EC site, showed Irani has polled 3,32,842 votes while  Gandhi, who had been winning the seat …

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YSRC poised for landslide win in AP assembly polls

Amaravati: The YSR Congress on Thursday virtually decimated the Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP and appeared on course for a landslide win in Andhra Pradesh with its candidates winning in 90 seats and leading in 60 others. The ruling Telugu Desam Party won in 15 seats and was leading in nine while actor-politician’s Jana Sena party was ahead in one, according to …

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Naveen set to win fifth term in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal is set to retain  power for an unprecedented fifth consecutive term in Odisha as the regional party on Thursday  completely decimated the Opposition in the state assembly.  The BJD was comfortably leading in more than 115 seats out of a total 146 in the state  assembly.  Patnaik also bucked the national trend where …

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Stage set for Mandate 2019

New Delhi: The counting of votes for the seven-phase elections to India’s lower house of Parliament, the world’s biggest democratic exercise, will take place on Thursday, bringing the curtains down on a bitterly-fought contest which the country rarely witnessed. Most of the exit polls have predicted that the Bhartiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance  is on course to retain power …

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India launches earth observation satellite

Sriharikota: India on Wednesday successfully put into orbit an earth observation satellite that can see through thick clouds and enhance the country’s surveillance capabilities in military and civilian sectors to keep an eye also on terror camps across the border in Pakistan. Dubbed as a ‘spy’ satellite, RISAT-2B (Radar Imaging Satellite-2B) will replace its predecessor RISAT-2 which has been actively …

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