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Ailing Kerala assembly speaker leaves for US

Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala Assembly Speaker G. Karthikeyan, who is suffering from liver complications, Friday left for the US for treatment.

The speaker was accompanied by his close friend and state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala and family members.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, his wife and a few Congress leaders were at the airport here to see him off.

Karthikeyan, a veteran Congress leader, had announced in July that he would step down as speaker on health grounds. But his party intervened and asked him to stay on.

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BJP wary over Badals at Khattar swearing-in ceremony

By Jaideep Sarin,

Chandigarh : All set to assume power in Haryana for the first time this Sunday, the BJP in the state is wary of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Shiromani Akali Dal leaders coming for the swearing-in ceremony of Manohar Lal Khattar.

The Akali Dal had allied with the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in the Haryana assembly polls, much to the annoyance of the state Bharatiya Jantaa Party.

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Collapsing credibility Of Western media: An opportunity for India

By Saeed Naqvi,

Even the skeptics now agree that India shall be a power in the Asian century. To insure this rise to the top, India must maximize all its assets. One asset for which it has a reputation is a lively media, a function of a relatively stable democratic order since independence.

YSR Congress candidate elected unopposed

Hyderabad : YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) candidate Bhuma Akhila Priya has been declared unopposed to the Andhra Pradesh assembly from Allagadda constituency in Kurnool district.

The Election Commission declared her elected without contest as both the independents withdrew their nominations Friday, the last day of withdrawal of nominations. The election was scheduled for Nov 8.

The ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Congress and other parties had not fielded their candidates in response to a request by YSRCP.

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Modi's Rs.745 crore falls short of Kashmir's expectations

Srinagar : Political parties and the common man in Jammu and Kashmir Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have announced a larger relief package during his day-long visit to the state instead of Rs.745 crore.

Naeem Akhtar, chief spokesman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), told IANS here: "What Modi announced yesterday (Thursday) is actually an interim relief of Rs.745 crore and not the package everybody here had in mind."

TDP seeks governor's intervention on farmers' issues

Hyderabad : The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Friday sought the Telangana governor's intervention to address the problems faced by farmers.

Blaming the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government for the suicides of farmers, the TDP sought immediate steps to help the distressed farmers.

A delegation of TDP leaders led by L. Ramana met Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan here Friday and submitted a memorandum.

Ramana, who is heading the TDP in Telangana, said the government's failure to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply to farmers is leading to their suicides.

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Akali Dal will remain part of NDA, says Badal

Chandigarh : Against the backdrop of the BJP breaking its political alliances in Maharashtra and Haryana in recent weeks, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Friday said that the Shiromani Akali Dal would remain an integral part of the BJP-led NDA.

Talking to media after an event in Ludhiana, 120 km from here, Badal said that the ties between the Shiromani Akali Dal, the BJP and the National Democratic Alliance were time-tested.

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Goa leader sends barking dog to Bilawal over Kashmir rant

Panaji : Miffed over Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto's continuous bombast about wresting Kashmir from India, a Congress politician from Goa Friday sent him a "barking dog" as a gift.

Congress organising secretary Durgadas Kamat claimed the barking dog was a perfect gift for Bhutto because he was continuously barking up the wrong tree as far as Kashmir is concerned.

"Bhutto should not start his political career by training guns on Kashmir and India, rather he should work for welfare of people of Pakistan," Kamat told IANS.

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Modi visit to Siachen: Deed must match word

By C. Uday Bhaskar,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to the Siachen Glacier on the festive occasion of Diwali (Oct 23 ) to spend time with the Indian military units that are deployed at altitudes of 22,000 feet in what is often described as the highest battlefield in the world.

Three union ministers increase assets in five months

New Delhi : The assets of at least three union ministers have increased since they assumed office five months ago, a joint statement by the National Election Watch and Association of Democratic Reforms said Friday.

The highest increase in assets in five months was shown by Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda.

"His assets have shown an increase of Rs.10.46 crores, from Rs.9.88 crores as declared in Lok Sabha 2014 elections to Rs.20.35 crores in the 2014 declarations of the Union Council of Ministers to the PMO," the statement said.

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