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Pawar, Patel offer to quit cabinet

NEW DELHI: Piqued over the pecking order in the government, NCP ministers Mr Sharad Pawar and Mr Praful Patel are believed to have offered to resign from the ministry after keeping away from a cabinet meeting in a move seen as an attempt to put pressure on the Congress leadership.

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Rahul ready for proactive role

NEW DELHI:  Mr Rahul Gandhi will be number two in the Congress after Ms Sonia Gandhi, the party said on Thursday after he declared that he was ready for a “more proactive role in the party and the government” and stoked speculation about the nature of his future responsibilities.

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At least 72% turnout in presidential poll

NEW DELHI:  At least 72 per cent of MPs and MLAs across the country on Thursday voted to elect a new President in a race in which UPA nominee Mr Pranab Mukherjee is set to win with a huge margin over Mr P A Sangma who is backed by some opposition parties.

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Bollywood’s first superstar Rajesh Khanna cremated

MUMBAI: Rajesh Khanna was given a tearful adieu on Thursday by family, fans and film fraternity, as thousands of mourners thronged the streets here under heavy rains to have a last glimpse of Bollywood’s first superstar during his final journey.

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India to elect new president today

NEW DELHI: India will elect a new president on Thursday in what is a direct contest between ruling United Progressive Alliance candidate Mr Pranab Mukherjee and opposition-backed Mr Purno Sangma.

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MUMBAI: Rajesh Khanna, who epitomised superstardom in Hindi cinema in the 1970s with such immortals as Anand, Kati Patang and Aradhana, left for a "nice and heavenly place" on Wednesday morning, his son-in-law and actor Akshay Kumar announced. Khanna was 69.

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