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Behind Modi overtures to Pawar, Uddhav: checking 'sympathy factor', rising MVA, Assembly polls

Behind Modi overtures to Pawar, Uddhav: checking 'sympathy factor', rising MVA, Assembly polls

Both Pawar and Uddhav have rejected PM's advice to merge their parties with Ajit NCP and Shinde Sena respectively, with the MVA camp calling it BJP's 'nervousness' over losing ground

Special court grants bail to Karnataka MLA H D Revanna in kidnapping case

Special court grants bail to Karnataka MLA H D Revanna in kidnapping case

The kidnapping case is in connection with the charges of sex abuse against Revanna's son and Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna

3 dead, several injured in Mumbai hoarding collapse as rains, thunderstorm sweep city

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Tavleen Singh writes: Modi on the backfoot?

Tavleen Singh writes: Modi on the backfoot?

Uttarakhand’s burning forests: Cluelessness amid climate change

Uttarakhand’s burning forests: Cluelessness amid climate change

In Ambedkar’s birthplace, Dalits resent politics over Constitution

In Ambedkar’s birthplace, Dalits resent politics over Constitution

Toxic mothers and poor parenting in Hindi cinema and OTT content

Toxic mothers and poor parenting in Hindi cinema and OTT content

UPSC Key |  Criminal laws, northern lights, flash floods and more

UPSC Key | Criminal laws, northern lights, flash floods and more

Tai Tzu Ying & Intanon Ratchanok's playing styles to leave lasting legacy

Tai Tzu Ying & Intanon Ratchanok's playing styles to leave lasting legacy

AI chatbots want to be factual. But can they be a credible news source?

AI chatbots want to be factual. But can they be a credible news source?

How Shashank Singh was steered along by a cricket-mad father & sister

How Shashank Singh was steered along by a cricket-mad father & sister

After coal and gas, govt bolsters hydro capacity to meet rising peak demand

After coal and gas, govt bolsters hydro capacity to meet rising peak demand

Gujarat face Kolkata in must-win match; toss delayed due to bad weather

Gujarat face Kolkata in must-win match; toss delayed due to bad weather

AAP MP Swati Maliwal alleges attack at CM Kejriwal’s house, dials Delhi Police

AAP MP Swati Maliwal alleges attack at CM Kejriwal’s house, dials Delhi Police

'Kejriwal order covers me', says Hemant Soren; SC issues notice to ED

'Kejriwal order covers me', says Hemant Soren; SC issues notice to ED

What we need is a farmer-friendly agri-export policy

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Bring out your calculator, here's how RCB or CSK can still qualify for playoffs

Bring out your calculator, here's how RCB or CSK can still qualify for playoffs

Benegal made Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri wear same clothes for 45 days: Making of Manthan

Benegal made Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri wear same clothes for 45 days: Making of Manthan

Integrated theatre commands, Oleander flowers, Gold ETFs and more

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Who is at highest risk of breast cancer? Here’s why you need to get yourself screened at 40

Who is at highest risk of breast cancer? Here’s why you need to get yourself screened at 40

Android 15: List of possible features coming to the world's most popular mobile OS

Android 15: List of possible features coming to the world's most popular mobile OS

Here's How Acharya is Revolutionizing the Higher Education Game

Here's How Acharya is Revolutionizing the Higher Education Game

Amazon Great Summer Sale – Your Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun

Amazon Great Summer Sale – Your Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun

Advance Your Career at the Edge of Innovation with ISB Executive Education’s Digital Marketing Programme

Advance Your Career at the Edge of Innovation with ISB Executive Education’s Digital Marketing Programme

Sharpen Your CTO Edge: Master Strategy, Leadership, and Innovation at ISB Executive Education’s CTO Programme

Sharpen Your CTO Edge: Master Strategy, Leadership, and Innovation at ISB Executive Education’s CTO Programme

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‘Nobody is with the BJP during the elections. They are always with them after the elections’: Sajad Lone

‘Nobody is with the BJP during the elections. They are always with them after the elections’: Sajad Lone

As Srinagar votes today, EC and police firefight against claims of bias

As Srinagar votes today, EC and police firefight against claims of bias

Sena vs Sena on 13 seats in Maharashtra: Litmus test for both parties, survival test for CM Shinde

Sena vs Sena on 13 seats in Maharashtra: Litmus test for both parties, survival test for CM Shinde

Credit war erupts between SAD and BJP over AIIMS, NH projects in Bathinda

Credit war erupts between SAD and BJP over AIIMS, NH projects in Bathinda

In Andhra, how a resurgent TDP is hoping to dislodge Jagan Mohan Reddy

In Andhra, how a resurgent TDP is hoping to dislodge Jagan Mohan Reddy

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Birsa Munda’s birthplace gets new roads, schools, but wait continues for most tribal villages

Birsa Munda’s birthplace gets new roads, schools, but wait continues for most tribal villages

Integrated commands structure plan looks at Vice CDS, Dy CDS with clear roles

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The real story of Lahore's Hira Mandi: Of glamour, power, and survival

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‘Today we can stand without fear, look Brij Bhushan in the eye, and tell him — we are not going anywhere’: Vinesh Phogat

‘Today we can stand without fear, look Brij Bhushan in the eye, and tell him — we are not going anywhere’: Vinesh Phogat

Mere pass trau-maa hai: Toxic mothers and poor parenting in Hindi cinema and OTT content

Mere pass trau-maa hai: Toxic mothers and poor parenting in Hindi cinema and OTT content

With only 3 gynaecs at govt hospitals, care round-the-clock a challenge for tribal women

With only 3 gynaecs at govt hospitals, care round-the-clock a challenge for tribal women

Why India lags behind in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis

Why India lags behind in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis

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GT vs KKR Live Score, IPL 2024

GT vs KKR Live Score, IPL 2024

IPL 2024: Fifth straight win keeps RCB well in playoff hunt, dealing big blow to DC's aspirations

IPL 2024: Fifth straight win keeps RCB well in playoff hunt, dealing big blow to DC's aspirations

IPL 2024: CSK stay alive as slow Chennai surface sucks the life out of Rajasthan Royals

IPL 2024: CSK stay alive as slow Chennai surface sucks the life out of Rajasthan Royals

IPL playoffs: Sunil Gavaskar demands that foreigners who leave early be hit with 'salary cuts'

IPL playoffs: Sunil Gavaskar demands that foreigners who leave early be hit with 'salary cuts'

KKR become first team to qualify for play-offs as Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya fail again

KKR become first team to qualify for play-offs as Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya fail again

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Shyam Benegal made Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri wear same clothes for 45 days in blistering heat: Making of Manthan

Shyam Benegal made Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri wear same clothes for 45 days in blistering heat: Making of Manthan

Inside Alia Bhatt and Priyanka Chopra's Mother's Day celebrations with moms, moms-in-law; a special shout-out from Nick Jonas

Inside Alia Bhatt and Priyanka Chopra's Mother's Day celebrations with moms, moms-in-law; a special shout-out from Nick Jonas

Abdu Rozik opens up about fiancee Amira, says him being 115 cm never came in between their relationship

Abdu Rozik opens up about fiancee Amira, says him being 115 cm never came in between their relationship

Sanjay Kapoor says brother Boney Kapoor didn't cast him when his career tanked

Sanjay Kapoor says brother Boney Kapoor didn't cast him when his career tanked

Suchitra Pillai recalls facing casting couch; was asked to make 'compromise'

Suchitra Pillai recalls facing casting couch; was asked to make 'compromise'

Saif Ali Khan joked about Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar started screaming

Saif Ali Khan joked about Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar started screaming

Alia Bhatt tells mom Soni she won't let daughter Raha move out of home in early 20s

Alia Bhatt tells mom Soni she won't let daughter Raha move out of home in early 20s

Imran Khan reflects on how he and ex-wife Avantika Malik are handling divorce

Imran Khan reflects on how he and ex-wife Avantika Malik are handling divorce

When Akshay Kumar said Twinkle Khanna was 'milking' as she breastfed son Aarav

When Akshay Kumar said Twinkle Khanna was 'milking' as she breastfed son Aarav

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Retail inflation eases to 4.83 pc in April

Airtel has established a dedicated managed services centre in Pune with more than 300 experts who will be trained in both Google Cloud and digital services.

Google Cloud to offer cloud solutions to Airtel customers

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Hero MotoCorp joins ONDC, says want to enhance reach and convenience

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Sensex, Nifty close marginally higher after bouncing back on fag-end buying

Stock Market Today Live Updates: Sensex, Nifty make sharp recovery, India VIX remains above 20

Stock Market Today Live Updates: Sensex, Nifty make sharp recovery, India VIX remains above 20

Zomato posts Q4 consolidated net profit at Rs 175 crore

Zomato posts Q4 consolidated net profit at Rs 175 crore

Gold Price Today: Prices for 22 carat, 24 carat gold declines

Gold Price Today: Prices for 22 carat, 24 carat gold declines

Crude oil prices slip on signs of weak fuel demand, strong dollar

Crude oil prices slip on signs of weak fuel demand, strong dollar

Noida International Airport awards concession for retail, duty free stores

Noida International Airport awards concession for retail, duty free stores

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First human recipient of pig kidney transplant dies: All about xenotransplantation

First human recipient of pig kidney transplant dies: All about xenotransplantation

Can courts impose a timeline on Speakers’ acceptance of MLA resignations?

Can courts impose a timeline on Speakers’ acceptance of MLA resignations?

Why Congress hit ‘400 paar’ in 1984 elections

Why Congress hit ‘400 paar’ in 1984 elections Subscriber Only

Air India Express employees call in sick: What are ‘sickouts’?

Air India Express employees call in sick: What are ‘sickouts’?

What FLiRT, a new set of Covid-19 variant detected in the US, could do

What FLiRT, a new set of Covid-19 variant detected in the US, could do

Aurora lights in India: What caused them to be visible even from Ladakh?

Aurora lights in India: What caused them to be visible even from Ladakh?

Charges framed against Brij Bhushan: What does this mean?

Charges framed against Brij Bhushan: What does this mean?

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Did Rahul Gandhi Really Stop Mentioning Adani-Ambani? | Rahul Gandhi Speech

Did Rahul Gandhi Really Stop Mentioning Adani-Ambani? | Rahul Gandhi Speech

Karnal Lok Sabha: Ex-CM Khattar Vs Congress' Budhiraja: Who has the Edge?

Karnal Lok Sabha: Ex-CM Khattar Vs Congress' Budhiraja: Who has the Edge?

Naveen Jindal Interview: Naveen Jindal On Haryana Farmers Against BJP

Naveen Jindal Interview: Naveen Jindal On Haryana Farmers Against BJP

Headline: Rahul Gandhi claims PM Modi will do some “drama” to distract people

Headline: Rahul Gandhi claims PM Modi will do some “drama” to distract people

Sandeshkhali News: Woman Claims She Was Tricked Into Filing Rape Complaint

Sandeshkhali News: Woman Claims She Was Tricked Into Filing Rape Complaint

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Glimpses from phase 4 Lok Sabha elections

How India voted: Glimpses from Phase 4 of Lok Sabha elections

Priyanka Chopra at Cannes: When the actor shut down the red carpet with her style

Priyanka Chopra at Cannes: When the actor shut down the red carpet with her style

Mother's Day: Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Soha Ali Khan, celeb celebrate their mums with adorable posts

Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Soha Ali Khan, celebs post adorable pics with mums

Lok Sabha Election 2024: SS Rajamouli, Jr NTR, Allu Arjun, South stars cast their vote

Lok Sabha Election 2024: SS Rajamouli, Jr NTR, Allu Arjun, South stars cast their vote

Mother's Day: From Kajol to Raveena Tandon and Shenaaz Gill, celebs give shoutout to their moms.

Mother’s Day: From Kajol and Raveena Tandon to Ananya Panday, celebs give shoutout to their moms

Vision centres help in reducing blindness and vision impairment

Vision centres help in reducing blindness and vision impairment

Expert answers FAQs about Head and Neck Cancer patients

Expert answers FAQs about Head and Neck Cancer patients

Horoscope Today: Astrological prediction for May 13, 2024

Horoscope Today: Astrological prediction for May 13, 2024

Health impact of palm and sunflower oil in packaged foods

Health impact of palm and sunflower oil in packaged foods

our own devices the indian express deep fakes during elections

Indian elections and the menace of deep fakes

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Delhi HC dismisses plea seeking EC action against PM Modi

Delhi HC dismisses plea seeking action by EC against PM Modi on ‘hate speeches’

The plea sought a direction to the poll body to take “immediate action” against PM Modi as well as other candidates for “delivering communally divisive speeches in gross violation” of the MCC.

Delhi: Karol Bagh tops list of pollution control certificate violations since January

3 injured after lift brakes fail, reaches top floor smashing roof in noida high-rise, prime accused in west delhi car showroom firing case arrested from kolkata.

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The incident allegedly took place during a search operation that followed a tip-off about Naxals' presence near Katrangatta in Bhamragad taluka.

Heavy rain, thunderstorm sweep parts of Mumbai, railway services affected

Mumbai: bmc to launch second girder for ‘bow-string’ bridge on may 15, maharashtra poll ballotin: raj takes a dig at own ally, fire breaks out in kurla scrap compound; no one injured.

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BJP candidate and former judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay moves Calcutta HC over ‘attempt to murder’ case against him

The FIR against former Calcutta High Court justice and BJP Lok Sabha candidate Abhijit Gangopadhyay and others was filed for allegedly attacking sacked school employees last week.

Rain and thunderstorms likely in south Bengal today; temperature expected to rise after tomorrow

West bengal records 75% polling till 5 pm; stones pelted at dilip ghosh’s convoy in purba bardhaman, ahead of fourth phase of lok sabha polls, tmc worker killed in bengal’s east burdwan; 2 arrested, tmc has turned hindus second-class citizens in bengal, claims pm modi.

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Baramati returning officer clarifies after Supriya Sule shares video of non-functional CCTV cameras at EVM godown

Supriya Sule alleges the technician was not available and that representatives of NCP-Sharadchandra Pawar were not allowed to inspect the situation inside the godown.

Pune Crime Files: When police were accused of using a planchette to solve rationalist Dabholkar’s murder case

‘someone had already voted in my name’, claims pune congress chief arvind shinde, as pune votes, some find their names missing from the voters’ list, pune lok sabha elections 2024 live updates: turnout at 44.9% in pune till 5 pm amid complaints of missing names from voters’ list.

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The main accused allegedly hit Tushar with an LPG cylinder after a fight over a financial dispute, police said. He and his live-in partner were arrested from Nayagaon area near Chandigarh

The vegetable man of Punjab passes away

Congress cm evokes ‘lal salam’ in himachal pradesh: ‘like cpi(m) veterans, we also don’t have wealth’, richest candidate in anandpur sahib, sad’s prem singh chandumajra looks to reclaim seat he lost to manish tewari in 2019, cbse class 12 result | ‘they said ghar bitha lo isse ab… this score is for them’: chandigarh blind school topper.

Bhikhabhai Jethwa, father of murdered RTI activist Amit Jethwa

At the forefront of battle for justice to slain RTI activist Amit Jethwa, his father Bhikhabhai dies

Bhikhabhai was planning to appeal against the acquittal of former BJP MP Dinu Solanki and others in the case related to the murder of Amit Jethwa, who exposed illegal mining by the then lawmaker in 2010.

6 teams to compete in Cricket Premier League 2024 from May 19

31 dalits embrace buddhism in banaskantha, english only a subject, not means to success: gujarat cm bhupendra patel.

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Journalist assaulted during Shah rally, FIR lodged

The journalist, Raghav Trivedi, who works for a YouTube news channel called 'Molitics', said that some people, allegedly associated with the BJP, attacked him after he questioned them about the statements made by some women attending the rally.

JJB directs minor to serve water at railway station for month for assaulting scheduled caste person

Bjp’s theatrics not going to work in ls polls this time: mayawati, polls a movement, we should change nation’s fate: samajwadi party, yogi: akhilesh could not find candidate for kannauj.

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YouTuber ‘Savukku’ Shankar detained under Goondas Act

There are seven cases pending against 'Savukku' Shankar in Chennai police's central crime branch/cyber crime out of which three are under investigation.

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Toll rises to 9 in firecracker blast in tamil nadu’s sivakasi, tamil nadu congress leader found dead at farmhouse was likely killed before he was set on fire, probe suggests, ‘shameful and treacherous’: tamil nadu congress unit moves madras hc seeking action against pm modi’s ‘communal statements’.

Andhra Pradesh Elections 2024 Live Updates: Polling officials inspect EVMs and other election material at a distribution centre in Hyderabad

Andhra Pradesh Elections 2024 Live Updates: Andhra records over 60 % voter turnout till 5 pm

AP Election 2024 Live Updates:  In 2019, the YSRCP won 151 of the 175 Assembly seats in Andhra.

7 construction workers killed in wall collapse in Hyderabad

Can chandrababu naidu dare to exit nda over muslim reservation: andhra cm jagan, leopard that caused panic at hyderabad airport trapped finally, ‘mini india’ malkajgiri: prestige seat for congress, political lifeline for bjp’s eatala rajender.

“Ragi Kana is a unique and self-sustaining space supported by like-minded people and with this seventh year celebration, we want more people to come, visit and join us in what we do,” Devi explained.

The market will be set up by 10 am and visitors can explore the products and enjoy the events up until 6 pm on May 16.

‘Daydream’, says Siddaramaiah; hits back at Eknath Shinde over claims that ‘Maharashtra Model’ will be used to topple Karnataka govt

Know your city: from ancient teak to modern furniture, a museum of wood in bengaluru.

From tempered glass to privacy screen protector: Which one to get in 2024?

From tempered glass to privacy screen protector: Which one to get in 2024?

A right screen protector can increase the longevity of a smartphone.

Samsung expands Galaxy AI features to more devices with OneUI 6.1 update

Ios 18: list of all possible ai features coming to your iphone this fall, google’s ai strategy will set the tone for its annual developer conference in california.

CBSE Class 12 results 2024 sparks memes fest online, top 20 here

CBSE Class 12 results 2024 sparks memes fest online, top 20 here

CBSE conducted the Cass 12 exams from February 15 to April 2.

Sabrina Carpenter’s 25th birthday cake with Leonardo DiCaprio meme sets internet on fire

Woman shares her ‘trauma’ after multiple flight delays, indigo responds, zomato’s deepinder goyal invites employees' moms to celebrate mother’s day in office. watch, google doodle celebrates phase 4 of lok sabha elections.

CBSE Class 12th Result 2024 Declared: 87.98% students pass, Trivandrum region remains top performer

CBSE Class 12th Result 2024 Declared: 87.98% students pass, Trivandrum region remains top performer

As per data shared by CBSE, this year over 39 lakh students have registered for the CBSE board exams. Students can check and download their scorecards from the official websites - cbse.gov.in, cbseresults.nic.in, results.digilocker.gov.in and umang.gov.in.

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Lok sabha elections: union minister raosaheb danve, bjp leader pankaja munde and actor-turned-politician amol kolhe are among the prominent candidates.

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‘Instigated by Kejriwal': BJP's big charge over alleged assault of Swati Maliwal

Swati maliwal who is also the former delhi commission for women (dcw) chairperson, alleged that she was assaulted by a personal assistant to kejriwal..

Aam Aadmi Party MP Swati Maliwal (File photo)

Kejriwal biggest liar in country, deceived people of Delhi, Punjab: Anurag Thakur

Kejriwal biggest liar in country, deceived people of Delhi, Punjab: Anurag Thakur

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Retail inflation at 11-month low, but food prices surge

The consumer price index has stayed within the rbi’s “tolerance range” of 4% (+/-2%) since september 2023.

FILE PHOTO: Customers buy fruits and vegetables at an open air evening market in Ahmedabad (REUTERS)

Mumbai weather LIVE: 3 dead, 59 injured after giant billboard falls in Ghatkopar

Mumbai weather live updates: the unseasonal rainfall also adversely affected flight, metro and local train services in the city..

A 100-foot tall billboard fell on a petrol pump and nearby houses at the Cheddanagar Junction in the Ghatkopar area on Monday. Over 100 people are feared trapped. (HT photo/ Anshuman Poyrekar)

Uttar Pradesh records nearly 58% polling in phase 4 of Lok Sabha elections

The keenly watched seats in this phase of polls in uttar pradesh include kannauj, from where samajwadi party president akhilesh yadav is seeking re-election..

Voters queue at a polling station during the fourth phase of voting for national elections in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India, on Monday, May 13, 2024.(Bloomberg)

Bengaluru court grants conditional bail to HD Revanna in kidnapping case

Prajwal revanna, the son of hd revanna and the grandson of hd gowda, is facing charges of sexually abusing several women.

Bengaluru court grants conditional bail to HD Revanna in kidnapping case(AFP File photo)

Bengal Lok Sabha polls: Violence in Phase 4 polling, BJP's Dilip Ghosh heckled

Lok sabha elections: the workers of tmc and bjp clashed in various parts of birbhum and bardhaman-durgapur constituencies in west bengal.

BJP candidate Dilip Ghosh talks on phone after clashes between supporters of TMC and BJP while he was on his way to a polling booth following complaints of booth jamming in Susunia area of Bardhman,(PTI)

Telangana Lok Sabha polls phase 4: Voter turnout crosses 61.35%

Telangana recorded an approximate voter turnout of 61.16 per cent..

Women stand in a line to cast their votes at a polling station during the fourth phase of India's general election, in Rangareddy district in the southern state of Telangana.(REUTERS)

Mumbai airport operations disrupted due to rain, 15 flights diverted

Mumbai weather: metro and local train services were disrupted as rains and gusty winds lashed several parts of mumbai and adjoining areas.

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India, Iran sign 10-year agreement for Indian operations at Chabahar port

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Sarbananda Sonowal said the two countries have laid the foundations for India’s long-term involvement in Chabahar with the signing of the new agreement (X/sarbanandsonwal)

West Bengal Lok Sabha polls phase 4: 75.66% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm

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A dispersal centre in West Bengal during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.(X)

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Lok Sabha elections: Over 62% voter turnout in phase 4, Bengal highest at 75.91%

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An elderly voter shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote for the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, in Jharkhand on Monday. (ANI Photo)(ceojharkhand-X)

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A review petition is considered by judges in their chambers, without oral arguments. (File photo)

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Ihe cleric from Uttar Pradesh, who was appointed in October last year, was beaten to death by the six minors last month by the six children in the 10-17 age group (AFP FILE PHOTO)

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Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. (ANI file photo)

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HT This Day: May 14, 1957 -- Second term as President Dr Rajendra Prasad sworn in (HT)

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Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge addresses a public meeting. (ANI file photo)

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Former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren. (PTI)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's poster put up in Varanasi.(PTI)

Who is Bibhav Kumar, key figure in alleged assault on Swati Maliwal?

Bibhav kumar, the pa to arvind kejriwal, has recently been embroiled in several controversies, the latest being the alleged assault on aap mp swati maliwal..

Swati Maliwal made a PCR call twice from CM Arvind Kejriwal's residence alleging that she was 'assaulted' by his PA Bibhav Kumar.

Hyderabad BJP candidate booked for asking women voters to lift burqa

A video of hyderabad bjp candidate madhavi latha asking women voters to lift their burqa to disclose their identity went viral on social media.

BJP candidate Madhavi Latha checks identity of voters at a polling station during the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Hyderabad on Monday. (PTI)

‘CCTVs turned off for 45 mins’: NCP(SP) alleges wrongdoing at EVM warehouse

Ncp(sp) leader supriya sule expressed concerns about the security of evms in baramati, alleging cctv cameras at the warehouse were switched off for 45 minutes..

The Nationalist Congress Party (SP) alleged wrongdoing after CCTV cameras got turned off for 45 minutes at a godown where the EVMs from the Baramati Lok Sabha constituency were stored in Maharashtra's Pune district.

Madhya Pradesh: Free breakfast, ice cream distributed to early voters in Indore

Voting in indore, along with other parliamentary seats in madhya pradesh, which include ujjain, mandsaur, ratlam and khandwa is underway in the fourth phase.

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Bob Menendez Bribe Trial Over Gold Bars, Cash Begins in New York

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Bob Menendez Bribe Trial Over Gold Bars, Cash Begins in New York

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India election 2024 updates: Millions vote in third phase of Lok Sabha poll

Voters in 93 constituencies across 11 states and union territories go to the polls in the third phase of the world’s largest election.

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  • The third of the seven-phase India general election saw 11 states voting for 93 seats in Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament.
  • The first two phases of the vote were held on April 19 and April 26 in 190 constituencies, with a voter turnout of 66.1 percent and 66.7 percent, respectively, about 4 percent lower than in 2019.
  • The elections primarily pit the National Democratic Alliance, led by two-time Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), against the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance, spearheaded by the main opposition Indian National Congress party.
  • Voters will elect representatives to fill 543 seats of the Lok Sabha. The party or coalition that secures a majority will form the next government.
  • There are about 969 million registered voters for the world’s largest democratic exercise over six weeks. The results will be announced on June 4.

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To read more about the third phase of India’s mammoth national election, you can access our explainer here . The fourth phase of the multiphase election will be held on May 13.

Please check our India election page for all the latest news and analyses.

Here’s what happened today

We will be closing this live page soon. Here is a recap of today’s events:

  • As of 3pm local time (09:30 GMT), voter turnout was around 51 percent, with the highest recorded in the state of West Bengal, and the lowest in the western state of Maharashtra.
  • Prime Minister Modi cast his vote in Gandhinagar constituency where his number two, Home Minister Amit Shah, is the BJP candidate.
  • Congress party’s former President Sonia Gandhi says Modi and his BJP are promoting “hatred for political gain”, adding that their focus is “only on gaining power at any cost”.
  • Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav says he hopes India’s election body will take action against complaints of booth capturing by the workers of the governing BJP, according to the India Today network.
  • An Indian court extended the pre-trial detention of opposition leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal until May 20.

Is today’s India more unequal than under British rule?

Reporting from New Delhi, India

In 2014, Narendra Modi swept to power in India with his BJP pitching him as an economic reformer who would root out corruption and rescue the aspirations of India’s middle class from the clutches of elites – as well as the hellscape of rising prices and unemployment.

Ten years later, as Modi contests a rare third term, the gap between rich and poor in India – already significant in 2014 – has widened into a canyon, economic researchers warn. India’s income and wealth inequality have become among the highest in the world, worse than in Brazil, South Africa and the United States, reveals a new study by the World Inequality Lab (WIL).

As India votes to choose its next government, the research in the recently published The Rise of the Billionaire Raj shows income inequality in the country is worse than it was under British colonial rule.

The study was co-authored by Nitin Kumar Bharti from New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus; Lucas Chancel from Harvard Kennedy School; and Thomas Piketty as well as Anmol Somanchi of the Paris School of Economics.

You can read more of this explainer here .

WATCH: How is social media influencing India election?

Suspected kashmir rebels killed.

Two people were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir during a firefight with Indian soldiers, police said, at a time when campaigning for the national election is under way in the disputed territory.

Soldiers besieged a residential area in southern Kulgam district, some 70km (43 miles) from Kashmir’s biggest city Srinagar, on Monday after armed fighters were suspected of sheltering in a house.

Two bodies “were recovered so far” from the site, police said in a statement on X.

Bodies of 02 #terrorists killed in the anti-terrorist operation recovered so far. Identity & affiliation being ascertained. #Operation in progress. Further details shall follow. @JmuKmrPolice https://t.co/qgOUVcI3gk — Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) May 7, 2024

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan since their independence in 1947, with both claiming the Himalayan territory in full.

Rebel groups opposed to Indian rule have for decades carried out a rebellion in Indian-administered Kashmir, demanding either independence or a merger with Pakistan.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands of civilians, soldiers and fighters.

BJP’s focus only on ‘gaining power at any cost’: Sonia Gandhi

Congress party’s former president says Modi and his party are promoting “hatred for political gain”.

“Today in every corner of the country, youth are facing unemployment, women are facing atrocities, Dalits, tribals, backward classes and minorities are facing terrible discrimination,” Sonia Gandhi said in a video message posted by Congress.

“This atmosphere is due to the intentions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP. Their focus is only on gaining power at any cost.”

One of India’s most influential leaders, she is the widow of assassinated former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. She is also the party’s longest-serving president with 19 years at the helm, from 1998 to 2017, before handing over the baton to her son, Rahul, who quit the post in 2019.

#WATCH | Congress Parliamentary Party Chairperson Sonia Gandhi says, "Today in every corner of the country, youth are facing unemployment, women are facing atrocities, Dalits, tribals, backward classes and minorities are facing terrible discrimination. This atmosphere is due to… pic.twitter.com/8ik4UgEQw9 — ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2024

Voter turnout falls compared with last election

Journalist Sravasti Dasgupta has told Al Jazeera the voter turnout in the ongoing election has seen a “significant dip” compared with 2019.

“In the first two phases, we have seen the voter turnout was somewhere around 66 percent. In comparison, the voter turnout in 2019 for the same two phases was 69 percent,” said Dasgupta, who works for The Wire, an independent news website.

“Lots of reasons are being given, the fact that there is an intense heatwave sweeping across most parts of the country as we are in the middle of summer here in India.”

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Voter turnout at 3pm

As of 3pm (09:30 GMT), the eastern state of West Bengal was still in the lead with the highest voter turnout at 63.11 percent, ANI reports.

The western state of Maharashtra remained in last place with a 42.63 percent turnout.

The overall voter turnout stood at 50.71 percent.

50.71% approximate voter turnout was recorded till 3pm today in Phase 3 of #LokSabhaElections2024 , as per Election Commission of India pic.twitter.com/b6RZVOeiyd — ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2024

‘Not against Islam or Muslims’: Modi to TV channel

“We are not against Islam. We are not against Muslims. This is not our domain,” Modi told the broadcaster Times Now in an interview ahead of the third phase of voting.

“They [opposition] would vilify us as anti-Muslim and then would claim they are friends of Muslims. They gained through this. That is why they created this atmosphere of fear. They were reaping benefits by fearmongering. But the Muslim community is aware now,” the Indian prime minister said.

“The opposition’s problem is that their lies have been caught. That is why to mislead, they have to keep saying all kinds of lies.”

Modi asked the Muslims to “introspect”.

“The country is progressing, if your community is feeling deprived, what’s the reason for it? Why didn’t you get the benefits of government schemes when Congress was in government?” he said.

In an election rally in central India on Tuesday, he said India has reached a “turning point” in history and the people will have to decide whether “vote jihad” or “Ram Rajya” – the mythological kingdom of the Hindu god – will work in India.

“You have to decide whether ‘vote jihad’ will work in India or ‘Ram Rajya’ will.”

Photos: Voters head to the polls in Gujarat

People queue to vote at a polling station during the third phase of the general election in Ahmedabad, India

People of Manipur can’t return a year after fleeing violence

Lingneifel Vaiphei collapsed to the ground in agony after she saw the lifeless body of her infant child laid out on a cold steel stretcher in a mortuary in Chennai, the capital of India’s southern Tamil Nadu state.

Steven’s body was tightly wrapped in a striped woollen shawl, traditionally worn by the Kuki-Zo tribe in the northeastern Manipur state. His face had turned blue. He was only six months old.

Steven was born last winter in Chennai, nearly 3,200km (1,988 miles) from home in Manipur. Vaiphei and her husband Kennedy had moved to Chennai in search of a new start away from violence in Manipur.

The state has been in the grip of deadly ethnic clashes  between the predominantly Hindu Meitei and the mainly Christian Kuki-Zo tribes for a year now.

The violence has not abated – making it one of India’s longest-running civil wars that has already claimed more than 200 lives and displaced tens of thousands of mainly Kuki-Zo people.

You can read more of this story here .

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Voter turnout at 1pm

As of 1pm (07:30 GMT), the eastern state of West Bengal was still in the lead with the highest voter turnout at 49.27 percent, the ANI news agency reports.

The western state of Maharashtra continued to be in last place with a 31.55 percent turnout.

The overall voter turnout stood at 39.92 percent.

39.92% voter turnout till 1pm for phase 3 of #LokSabhaElections2024 Assam 45.88% Bihar 36.69% Chhattisgarh 46.14% Dadra & Nagar Haveli And Daman & Diu 39.94% Goa 49.04% Gujarat 37.83% Karnataka 41.59% Madhya Pradesh 44.67% Maharashtra 31.55% Uttar Pradesh 38.12% West… pic.twitter.com/VrP4RHQjUA — ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2024

Lone voter casts ballot in special forest booth

Deep inside the protected Gir forest in Gujarat state, Hindu monk Mahant Haridas Udaseen has cast his ballot, ensuring a 100 percent turnout at the polling station where he is the sole registered voter.

The forest is the last remaining natural habitat of the endangered Asiatic lion.

“The fact that a team of 10 people came here in the jungle for just one voter shows how important each vote is,” the 42-year-old monk told AFP, holding up a finger marked with indelible ink to show he had voted at the booth in Banej, where he is the sole resident.

Electoral laws demand that each voter is no more than 2km (1.2 miles) away from a polling booth. For polling officers, that meant a two-day trip, including a long and bumpy journey by bus on unpaved forest roads.

“In a democracy, every single person is important,” said Padhiyar Sursinh, the presiding officer in Una, a town 65km (40 miles) from Banej.

Hindu monk Mahant Haridas Udaseen (R),

‘Vote jihad’: As Modi raises anti-Muslim pitch, what’s next?

Reporting from New Delhi

Speaking to a saffron-clothed crowd of supporters in his home state of Gujarat, the Indian prime minister turned to an increasingly favoured electoral theme – how opposition parties are collaborating with Muslims to plot a takeover of the nation.

“[The opposition alliance] is asking Muslims to do ‘vote jihad’. This is new because we have so far heard about ‘love jihad’ and ‘land jihad’,” said Modi, referring to a string of Islamophobic conspiracy theories, before emphasising to his audience why they needed to be fearful.

“I hope you all know what the meaning of jihad is and against whom it is waged.”

Modi’s rhetoric against Muslims is worrying analysts and even Muslims who fear it could lead to violence against them.

Read more of this story here .

Voters in Assam decry high food prices

The BJP relies heavily on Modi’s popularity, with his image adorning everything from sacks of rice handed out to the poor to large posters in cities and towns. However, some voters say that is not enough.

“Yes, the government gives us free rice, but what’s the point?” 50-year old Rina Kathar from Baligate in the northeastern state of Assam told Reuters news agency.

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Pre-trial detention of opposition leader Kejriwal extended

An Indian court has extended the pre-trial detention of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal until May 20, legal news website Live Law reported.

The country’s financial crime-fighting agency arrested Kejriwal – a staunch Modi critic – on March 21 in connection with corruption allegations relating to the liquor policy of Delhi state, charges his party has denied. He has been in pre-trial detention since April 1.

Earlier, we reported that India’s Supreme Court is also hearing a bail petition from the Aam Aadmi Party leader.

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When losing both hands did not deter this voter

Ankit Soni, a voter in Gujarat state’s Nadiad town, lost both his hands due to electric shock 20 years ago.

He cast his vote through his feet at a polling booth in Nadiad. “I appeal to people to come out and vote,” he told India’s ANI news agency.

#WATCH | Nadiad, Gujarat: Ankit Soni, a voter, casts his vote through his feet at a polling booth in Nadiad He says, "I lost both my hands due to electric shock 20 years ago. With the blessings of my teachers and guru, I did my graduation, CS… I appeal to people to come out… pic.twitter.com/UPx8G5MTPz — ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2024

What’s BJP’s plan in Kashmir?

Three of Indian-administered Kashmir’s five seats are majority Muslim and held by the opposition.

But the BJP hopes to swing one of them, Anantnag-Rajouri, after its voter rolls swelled by almost 50 percent to more than two million due to delimitation, or redrawing of constituencies, according to government data.

Many of the new voters are Hindus or from regional tribes, which benefitted from new BJP policies awarding them education and employment privileges.

Regional BJP chief Ravinder Raina said the party would support an alliance partner that it believed could win Anantnag-Rajouri and focus on retaining the two Hindu-majority seats it holds.

The two redistricting exercises presage a broader remapping of constituencies due after the ongoing election.

Milan Vaishnav, an expert on South Asian politics at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank, said the remapping would distribute seats to the BJP-dominated north India, which has much higher population growth rates, to the detriment of wealthier southern India.

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In BJP-ruled Assam, ‘Muslim majority’ seats turn ‘Hindu majority’

The BJP-led alliance is hoping for gains in the northeastern state of Assam, where it won nine of 14 seats in 2019. Assam’s BJP chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, said in March he was confident of winning 13 seats.

The BJP’s confidence is rooted in a 2023 redistricting exercise in the state, called delimitation, which refers to the Election Commission routinely redrawing seat boundaries to reflect population changes.

But the delimitation since the 2019 election in Assam – where Muslims constitute more than 34 percent of its 35 million population – diluted the Muslim vote in seats that the BJP alliance is targeting.

In Congress-held Barpeta, the exercise added dozens of villages and some towns with large Hindu populations to the constituency.

“Earlier [Barpeta] had a Muslim majority but now it is a Hindu majority,” said BJP alliance candidate Phani Bhushan Choudhury. “That change has worked in my favour.”

Choudhury’s Congress opponent Deep Bayan said the percentage of Hindus in Barpeta went from 30 percent to 70 percent. “Instead focusing on real issues affecting the people … [the BJP does] the politics of polarisation,” he said.

‘Destruction of jobs’: Election puts spotlight on dream gone sour

Reporting from Mumbai

Ever since he can remember, Rohit Kumar Sahu knew he wanted to go to college and get a well-paying, white-collar job. His father delivered courier packages across the eastern Indian city of Ranchi on a bicycle, and Sahu had no idea how to realise his dream.

He signed up for a job with the food delivery app Zomato, thinking this could be his path to earning money to pay for college fees. Sahu began with just a few hours of work so he could attend college alongside his job, but he could’t make enough deliveries on his bicycle – and that meant he couldn’t earn much.

Sahu is among a growing number of Indians bearing the brunt of the increasing informalisation of work in India.

The India Employment Report 2024, a study released in March by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Institute for Human Development, says that India’s workforce is getting more informalised and that the quality of employment has suffered especially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are just joining us

Its 2:15pm (08:45 GMT) in India. Here is a recap of today’s main events so far:

  • Voting is on in the third of the seven-phase Indian election, with 11 states voting for 93 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament.
  • As of 11am local time (05:30 GMT), the eastern state of West Bengal was leading with the highest voter turnout at 32.82 percent, India’s ANI news agency reported.
  • Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav says he hopes India’s election body will take action against complaints of booth capturing by the workers of the ruling BJP, according to the India Today network.
  • Prime Minister Modi cast his vote in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar constituency where his number two, Home Minister Amit Shah, is the BJP candidate.
  • The main opposition leader Rahul Gandhi has urged citizens to come out to vote “in large numbers” to protect their rights.

How India’s election body is trying to ensure big voter turnout

The Election Commission is running a campaign to encourage people to vote while consulting weather officials and health and disaster management agencies to deal with the impact of the heatwave.

“Weather conditions are predicted to be within normal ranges,” it said in a statement on Monday, calling on voters to “turn out in greater numbers at polling stations and vote with responsibility and pride”.

It is pushing voter awareness to raise participation through messages and songs during Indian Premier League cricket matches, Facebook alerts, announcements at train stations and airports, messages on train tickets, milk pouches, filling stations, and films and songs at cinema theatres.

Music app Spotify has created an “election playlist” to motivate voters, and celebrities are being used to make appeals through radio and TV commercials, it said.

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BJP banks on Bollywood actress in Himalayan state

In Himachal Pradesh state’s Mandi constituency, the BJP is banking on Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut to break the grip of the Congress party, which has fielded Vikramaditya Singh against her.

Singh’s mother currently represents the constituency and his father was the state’s longtime chief minister.

Ranaut, a political novice who calls herself a “glorious right-wing” personality, has starred in several movies with nationalistic themes. She is known for her criticism of Bollywood executives who, according to her, favour the relatives of famous actors for opportunities.

The actress is one of five actors running for the BJP this year, up from four in 2019.

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Actress Kangana Ranaut attends the screening of "Ash Is The Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nv)" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2018 in Cannes, France.

Anjana Negia, an elementary school teacher who plans to vote for Ranaut, acknowledged that her preferred candidate had no political experience. But she said that she valued a new face and that a Modi-backed candidate would help “bring a fresh wave of development”.

Fielding celebrities and seeking the endorsement of entertainment personalities is relatively new for the BJP, which “long resisted such tactics because of its cadre-based nature” that prized grassroots efforts, said Milan Vaishnav, an expert on South Asian politics at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank.

Photos: Polling under way in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra

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BJP’s ‘mask has dropped’

Modi and the ruling BJP have doubled down heavily on their Hindu nationalist platform, with the incumbent prime minister employing some of his most divisive rhetoric in his decade in power.

Modi, in numerous speeches in recent weeks, has said women’s wealth could be at risk if the opposition Congress comes to power, claiming the party would snatch away their “mangalsutra” – a sacred gold chain that indicates a Hindu woman’s marital status – and give it to its voters, a veiled reference to Muslims.

“The mask has dropped, and I think it is political compulsions that have made them do this,” said Ali Khan Mahmudabad, a political science professor at New Delhi’s Ashoka University, according to the Associated Press.

Changes in the BJP’s campaign may also be a sign of anxiety about low voter turnout that it had not anticipated, Mahmudabad said. Voter turnout in the first two phases has been slightly lower than the same rounds in the last election in 2019, according to official data.

“In recent elections, the BJP’s wins have been associated with getting the voters out [to vote],” Mahmudabad said. “There may be some fatigue, anti-incumbency or even disenchantment,” which has led the BJP to escalate their rhetoric.

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