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Polling begins in Punjab assembly seats

Chandigarh : Voters could be seen queuing up to exercise their franchise as polling began for the by-election in two assembly seats of Patiala and Talwandi Sabo in Punjab Thursday. The fate of 15 candidates will be decided in the by-election.

The main contest is between the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and the opposition Congress. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is also in the fray.


MIM to field candidates from all regions of Maharashtra in the upcoming assembly elections

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Mumbai: Hyderabad based political party Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) has decided to fight Maharashtra assembly elections due in October, for which it would field candidates from Marathwada, Vidarbh, Mumbai, Malegaon and other parts of the state. Although the party has not declared exact number of seats from where it would be contesting but has made clear to contest from all regions in the state.

40 percent published news 'bogus': Parrikar

Panaji : Forty percent news reports published in newspapers today are bogus, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the Goa assembly Wednesday.

Parrikar told the ongoing monsoon session of the Goa assembly that media reporting standards had slipped considerably, even reading out a list of news reports, which he claimed eventually turned out to be "bogus".

"Ten years ago, 80 percent stories used to be right," he said.

"Today, 40 percent (news reports) are true, 20 percent are borderline and 40 percent are bogus," the chief minister said.


Chavan to skip Modi events in Nagpur?

Mumbai : Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan may avoid sharing the dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at functions scheduled in Nagpur Thursday, official sources indicated Wednesday.

The decision has reportedly been prompted by last week's heckling of Chavan by Bharatiya Janata Party activists at a function attended by Modi in Raigad.

An official spokesperson said he was not aware of Chavan's programmes for Thursday.


AAP signature campaign goes online

New Delhi : The Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) signature campaign demanding assembly elections in Delhi has gone digital.

The party said Wednesday it had asked people to shoot their own "We want elections" appeal on video and submit these to the AAP via email, WhatsApp or through the AAP website.

Delhi has been under President's rule since AAP Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal resigned in February, after governing the national capital for 49 days.


BJP leader, US Congressman discuss Modi's US visit

New Delhi : BJP leader Vijay Jolly met US Congressman Edward R. Royce in Los Angeles to discuss Prime Minister Narendra Modi's forthcoming visit to the US, said a release Wednesday.

Jolly, global convenor, Overseas Friends of BJP and Royce, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, spoke for 45 minutes on India-US relations. Royce is also chairman of the India Caucus in the US.

Royce expressed keen desire to meet and welcome Modi along with his foreign affairs committee members in Washington D.C.


Decongest Delhi roads, BJP MPs urge Gadkari

New Delhi : Bharatiya Janata Party MPs Wednesday met Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari to discuss ways to decongest Delhi's roads and improve the air quality.

This follows weeks after the city was declared the most polluted in the world by the World Health Organisation.

BJP MPs -- Meenakshi Lekhi, Ramesh Bidhuri and Maheish Giri -- told Gadkari that the completion of the eastern and western corridors criss-crossing the neighbouring states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh was very important to reduce congestion on Delhi's roads and in turn curb pollution.


Shoe-hurling: Badal sees a 'political conspiracy'

Chandigarh : Terming the incident of a shoe being hurled at him as a "deep-rooted political conspiracy", Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Wednesday said "political parties must refrain from stooping too low for countering their political rivals". Badal blamed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the incident.


Next CM should be Hindu: J&K Congress leader

Jammu : Congress leader and Jammu and Kashmir Public Health Engineering (PHE) Minister, Sham Lal Sharma said Wednesday that the next chief minister of the state should be a Hindu.

Addressing a Congress youth rally in Jammu, Sharma asked them to have a new slogan during the forthcoming assembly elections.

"You must fight for a Hindu chief minister for the state. You should also raise your voice for a regional council for the Jammu region", Sharma said.

Kerala should enforce prohibition: Congress

Kochi : Even as leaders of different factions in the Congress in Kerala continue their verbal duel over the fate of 418 closed bars, state party president V.M. Sudheeran said the need of the hour is total prohibition in the state.

"The current discussions indicate that we are heading towards total prohibition. Such a strong anti-liquor sentiment has never been witnessed since the country's Independence," said Sudheeran at a meeting here Wednesday.