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Rane blames Shiv Sena for cousin's murder, CID to probe


Mumbai : Senior Congress leader and Maharashtra Industries Minister Narayan Rane Monday evening blamed rival Shiv Sena for the abduction and murder of his cousin in the state's Sindhudurg district. The case has been handed over to the state Crime Investigation Department (CID), police said.

The body of the victim Anukh Naik, a third cousing of Rane, was handed over to his family for conducting the last rites, a district police officer said.

Now learn to use EVM on YouTube


New Delhi : Going all guns to attract voters in the national capital for the Lok Sabha elections, the state Election Office has uploaded a video on using the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) on popular video-sharing website YouTube.

"Sometimes people are confused and unaware of how to use EVMs. So, in order to spread more awareness, we have uploaded a training video on usage of EVMs on popular video sharing website YouTube," Delhi's chief electoral officer (CEO) Satbir Silas Bedi told reporters here.

Gopalaswami bids adieu, Navin Chawla to assume charge


New Delhi : It was the perfect photo-op. Outgoing Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N. Gopalaswami shook hand with his successor Navin Chawla and smiled for camerapersons, bidding adieu after a five-year tenure Monday. He wished Chawla "a very bright tenure".

Flanked by Chawla and Election Commissioner S.Y.Quraishi, Gopalaswami told the assembled journalist: "I take leave of all of you and the commission."

Amar Singh-Azam Khan spat out in open at Samajwadi Party event


Rampur (Uttar Pradesh) : Bringing his rift with senior party colleague Mohammad Azam Khan in the open, Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh Monday lashed out at him at a grand party function to lend support to film star-turned-politician Jayaprada, the party candidate for the Rampur Lok Sabha seat.

Amar Singh gathered party celebrities Jaya Bachchan, newly-appointed general secretary and film star Sanjay Dutt as well as Bhojpuri star Manoj Tiwari for the function, held before Jayaprada filed her nomination papers.

Sparks fly in Tamil Nadu over Sri Lanka


Chennai : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi Monday did a dramatic U-turn saying the Tamil Tigers were indeed a terrorist group, inviting the charge of being "the number one traitor to the Tamil race" from friend-turned-foe Vaiko.

A day after he reportedly declared that Velupillai Prabhakaran, founder leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), was not a terrorist, Karunanidhi claimed that he had been misquoted in the media.

Shibu Soren returns from Dumka without campaigning


Ranchi : Former Jharkhand chief minister and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) chief Shibu Soren Monday arrived in Dumka constituency, from where he is conesting the Lok Sabha election, but left without addressing any meetings.

Soren arrived in Dumka Monday morning in a chartered plane from New Delhi, where he was undergoing treatment in All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), and left for his home in Bokaro after a two-hour-stay.

"I have not come here to seek votes," said a weak-looking Soren, who was unable to speak in his characteristic style.


Growing Talibanisation of Pakistan a concern for India: BJP


Lucknow : Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh Monday said growing Taliban influence in Pakistan was a "matter of concern for India" and the "threat" should be to countered in a "befitting manner".

Singh said the BJP, if voted to power, will give a top priority to curb the growing terrorism.

"If we come to the power in the centre, curbing terrorism would be one of our top priorities," Singh said at an election rally in Bahraich district, some 270-km from Lucknow.

Don't banish English, Amartya Sen tells Mulayam

By Dipankar De Sarkar, IANS,

London : Nobel laureate Amartya Sen Monday criticised Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's campaign pledge to banish the use of English in Uttar Pradesh, saying such a move would only deepen existing divisions between the haves and have-nots in the state.

"I don't know what Mulayam Singh Yadav has in mind... I don't really see what the problem is about because it's a language that's widely used," Sen told an international gathering of leading writers, publishers and academics at the London Book Fair.

BJP demands paramilitary forces at all polling stations in Jharkhand


Ranchi : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday demanded deployment of central paramilitary forces at all polling booths in the second phase of the Lok Sabha polls in Jharkhand to ensure fair and peaceful elections.

"The Election Commission failed to conduct free, fair and peaceful elections in the first phase of polling. Large number of people including security personnel were killed in the first phase of polling which exposed the security claims of conducting fair elections," state BJP president Raghubar Das told IANS.

Politics 'doesn't come from within' for Priyanka


Amethi (Uttar Pradesh) : Working up the crowds, addressing half a dozen public meetings, Priyanka Gandhi Monday campaigned here for her brother and Congress candidate Rahul Gandhi, but said she herself was keeping off active politics of her own volition.

"It does not come from within. It is absolutely nothing else. My family will fully support me if this is what I want to do, but I simply do not want to," said Priyanka, who belongs to the Nehru-Gandhi clan. Amethi goes to polls Thursday in the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections.