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Jayalalithaa returns to assembly with massive victory

Chennai: AIADMK general secretary and Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa returned to the Tamil Nadu assembly on Tuesday by a record victory margin from the Radkhakrishnan Nagar constituency here.

Jayalalithaa polled 160,432 votes while her nearest rival, Communist Party of India's (CPI) C. Mahendran, got just 9,710 votes -- a victory margin of 150,722 votes.

The total electorate in the constituency was around 245,000, and the chief minister bagged more than 50 percent of that.

Congress candidate in Kerala dedicates win to late father

Thiruvananthapuram: Congress candidate K.A. Sabarinathan who on Tuesday won the Aruvikara assembly seat by over 10,000 votes dedicated the win to his late father.

"For 24 years my father represented this constituency and the electorate gave this win for the work he did," Sabarinathan said.

"This victory is also for the agenda of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy whose 'development and care' work has been accepted," he added.

BJP wins Madhya Pradesh bypoll

Bhopal: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Chander Singh Sisodia on Tuesday defeated the Congress party's Subhash Sojatia by a margin of 12,945 votes in Madhya Pradesh's Garoth assembly constituency bypoll.

The results were declared after 19 rounds of counting. While Sisodia got 81,449 votes, Sojatia managed to get 68,504.

Over 71 percent of voters had turned out for the polling on June, 27.

Court defers hearing in coal block case involving Jindal

New Delhi: A court here on Tuesday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to supply deficient documents to the accused in a coal block allocation case against Jindal Steel and deferred the hearing to July 13.

After directing the probe agency to supply the documents, Special Judge Bharat Parashar posted the matter for July 13.

The court was hearing the case related to to the allocation of Jharkhand's Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block to Jindal Steel and Gagan Sponge.

Court sets date for framing of charges in Madhu Koda case

New Delhi: A court here on Tuesday set July 14 for its order on framing of charges in the coal block allocation case allegedly involving former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda.

Special Judge Bharat Parashar reserved his order in the coal block allocation case against Koda, Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd. (VISUL) and others.

The court was hearing the case related to Jharkhand's Rajhara North coal block allocation to VISUL.

Congress wins Aruvikara by-poll in Kerala

ThiruvananthapuramCongress: candidate K.A. Sabarinathan on Tuesday won the Aruvikara assembly constituency by-election in Kerala, beating his nearest rival by around 10,000 votes.

Sabarinathan, 31, was leading right from the start in the counting of votes in the morning. According to the official website of the chief electoral officer, Sabarinathan secured 56,448 votes and the official declaration is expected shortly.

The constituency essentiaally witnessed a triangular contest between the Congress, the CPI-M and the BJP.

South-west monsoon weakens over Karnataka

Bengaluru : With the southwest monsoon weakening over Karnataka, rainfall would occur in only a few places in the state, meteorological department official said on Tuesday.

Bengaluru city will experience a generally cloudy sky and it will be windy, the official added.

The city recorded 6.3 mm rain on Monday.

On Tuesday, the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 31 degrees Celsius.

Bengaluru recorded a maximum temperature of 32 degrees Celsius on Monday while the minimum temperature was 20.4 degrees Celsius.

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Few people understand Sufi music: Piyarelal of Wadali Brothers

By Ankit Sinha

New Delhi : The spiritual and devotional path of Sufi music has enchanted humankind for centuries but nowadays the genre is hogged by people who don't know or understand Sufism at all, says Piyarelal Wadali of the famed Wadali Brothers.

"The songs performed in films are not Sufi. Nobody sings Sufi music in films," the veteran singer told IANS over phone from Mumbai to a query on what he thought of the Sufi music trend in Bollywood.

Congress wins Kerala by-poll

Thiruvananthapuram : Congress candidate K.A. Sabarinathan on Tuesday won
the Aruvikara assembly constituency by-election in Kerala.

He was ahead of his rivals when the counting of votes crossed the half way mark.

The assembly constituency witnessed a triangular contest between the Congress, the CPI-M and the BJP.

Minor fire at Delhi Police headquarter

New Delhi : A minor fire broke out at the 12th floor of the Delhi Police headquarter here on Tuesday morning.

The incident was reported around 8.45 a.m. when technicians noticed smoke from one of the windows on the floor and alerted the security guards who informed the fire officials.

Ten fire tenders were rushed to the spot and doused the flames by 9.15 a.m.

Officials said the fire occurred because of a short circuit in an office store room.

The 12th floor houses the office of the Public Works Department.

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