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Kanhaiya's health worsens, hospitalised

New Delhi : JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who has been on hunger strike for a week at the campus, was hospitalised here on Thursday after his health deteriorated, a fellow student said.

"Kanhaiya is in a bad situation. He is in a semi-conscious state. There is a possibility of internal damage to (his) organs," Umar Khalid, his friend in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), told IANS.

Khalid said Kanhaiya Kumar started vomitting on Thursday morning after which he was "rushed to a hospital".

Make Modi's BA degree public, Kejriwal tells DU

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday urged Delhi University to make public Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BA degree.

In a letter to Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi, Kejriwal referred to Modi's successive election affidavits which stated that he had a Bachelor of Arts degree from Delhi University.

"It will be better if you put on the university website all the documents related to the prime minister's degree," he said.

"The people of this country have a right to know how educated their prime minister is."

Nearly 50 percent turnout till noon in Bengal

Kolkata : Nearly 50 percent of the electorate had voted by noon in 25 constituencies in Cooch Behar and East Midnapore districts in the sixth and final phase of the West Bengal assembly polls on Thursday.

The balloting began at 7 a.m. in the nine constituencies of Cooch Behar and 16 in East Midnapore.

In the 51 erstwhile enclaves in Cooch Behar, over 9,000 enthusiastic voters, including three centenarians, voted for the first time since the country's independence.

Uttar Pradesh witnesses an unsavoury poster war

By Mohit Dubey

Lucknow : New BJP state unit chief Keshav Maurya as Lord Krishna, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati as Hindu goddess Maa Kaali and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi as Bollywood cop "Singham" - that's the unsavoury poster war under way in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous and politically significant state, which goes to the polls early next year.

VIPs visit murdered Dalit woman's mother, probe continues

Perumbavoor (Kerala) : A stream of high-profile people are visiting a hospital here in Ernakulam district to meet the mother of a poor Dalit woman whose brutal murder has shocked not just Kerala but the rest of the country.

Jisha, a 27-year-old law student, was found murdered on April 28 near a canal here by her labourer-mother.

The body was badly mutilated. There were injuries on her private parts, leading the police to believe that the victim might have been sexually assaulted.

103-year-old enclave dweller casts his first vote in Bengal elections

Dinhata (West Bengal) : Doddering and frail but nevertheless beaming with pride, 103-year-old former enclave dweller Mohammed Ajgar Ali cast his maiden vote in the sixth and final phase of the West Bengal elections on Thursday.

Ali is one of the 9,776 newly registered electors from the erstwhile enclaves in Cooch Behar district.

Accompanied by his son, grandson and other family members, Ali was brought in a special vehicle provided by the Election Commission which literally rolled out the red carpet for these voters.

नीतिश कुमार और गोलवलकर : पुराना प्रेम नयी फ़जीहत

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net

पटना: बिहार की राजधानी पटना में कई जगहों पर लगे पोस्टर और होर्डिंग इस बात की गवाही दे रहे हैं कि संघ के सर-संचालक रहे गुरू गोलवलकर अब बिहार के मुख्यमंत्री नीतिश कुमार के गले की फांस बन गए हैं.

'साम्प्रदायिकता विरोधी मंच' नाम की संस्था द्वारा लगाए गए इन पोस्टरों-विज्ञापनों में इस तथ्य का खुलासा किया गया है कि नीतिश कुमार उस गुरू गोलवलकर के भक्त हैं, जिन्हें उनके मौजूदा सहयोगी राजद सुप्रीमो लालू प्रसाद यादव पानी पी-पीकर कोसते हैं.

Polling begins in last phase of Bengal elections

Kolkata : Polling began at 7 a.m. for 25 constituencies covering the Cooch Behar and East Midnapore districts in the sixth and final phase of the staggered month-long polling for the West Bengal assembly elections on Thursday.

Nine of the constituencies are in Cooch Behar district and 16 in East Midnapore.

Over 58 lakh (58,04,019) voters across 6,774 polling stations, including nine auxiliary booths, are eligible to decide the fate of 170 candidates -- 18 of them female in this phase. The Election Commission Ais using 7,790 EVMs and 621 VVPATs.

बनारस में कौमी एकता का महासम्मलेन, गूढ़ प्रश्नों पर खामोश रहे वक्ता

सिद्धांत मोहन, TwoCircles.net

वाराणसी: कल बनारस में कौमी-एकता को लेकर एक बड़ा कार्यक्रम आयोजित किया गया, जिसमें नगर और देश के बड़े मौलवियों, धर्मगुरुओं और महंतों ने शिरकत की. इस ‘कौमी यकजहती सर्वधर्म एकता महासम्मेलन’ का आयोजन बनारस स्थित अस्थायी हज हाउस में किया गया था.

DMK and AIADMK corrupt, vote for BJP: Amit Shah

Chennai : BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday accused the AIADMK and the DMK of being corrupt and urged Tamil Nadu's electorate to vote for his party in the assembly elections.

Addressing an election rally at Pattukottai in Thanjavur district, Shah also accused the Tamil Nadu government of taking credit for welfare schemes for which the central government provided funds.

He said unlike the AIADMK and the DMK, there was no corruption charge against the BJP-run central government.

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