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Akhilesh writes to Modi, seeks fertilizers for farmers

Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting immediate supply of 8.5 lakh tonnes of urea for farmers to ensure optimum crop produce.

Of the amount of fertilizer, 4.5 lakh tonnes was required for the cooperative sector while four lakh tonnes was needed for the private sector, an official spokesman said.

In his letter to Modi, Yadav mentioned the problems faced by the farmers of his state due to the inadequate and delayed supply of fertilisers.


Akhilesh first sacks 82 MoS rank holders, then spares 16

Lucknow : The Uttar Pradesh government late Saturday revised its earlier order sacking 82 people holding minister-of-state (MoS) rank, including advisors and chairmen of various corporations.

A communique from the Chief Minister's Office, sent "unofficially" to the media said 16 people had been spared in the crackdown by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.


Modi's interaction with the media a huge hit

New Delhi : It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first formal outreach to the media after assuming office and it broke the ice when he met journalists, shook hands with them and smiled for selfies on Saturday.

This happened after Modi was being blamed for keeping the media at arm's length.

Though journalists had to come an hour in advance for the much-awaited meet, or “Diwali Milan” as it was called by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), no one complained.

A relaxed Modi arrived around noon, wearing a light pink kurta and a pink jacket.


PM to attend Khattar's oath taking ceremony Sunday

Chandigarh : The swearing-in ceremony of Haryana's first BJP chief minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, will be a big event with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several union ministers, chief ministers of BJP-ruled states, BJP president Amit Shah and several other important people likely to attend the ceremony Sunday.

The swearing-in will be held in Sector 5 of Panchkula town adjoining Chandigarh. Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki will administer the oath of office to Khattar.

Departing from protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the oath taking ceremony.


BJP planning fake votes in Delhi: AAP

New Delhi : Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal Saturday said that he had been informed that a top BJP leader had directed his party legislators to get at least 5,000 fake votes in each constituency to win the Delhi assembly election.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has denied the charges.

In a tweet Kejriwal said: "BJP source-top BJP leader has directed all Delhi BJP MLAs to get at least 5000 fake votes made in each const n get AAP votes deleted."


Schedule for Kashmir assembly election

Srinagar : The following is the phase-wise schedule for the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir:

List of 15 constituencies going to polls in phase-1 (Nov 25): Gurez, Bandipora, Sonawari, Kangan, Ganderbal, Nobra, Leh, Kargil, Zanskar, Kishtwar, Inderwal, Doda, Bhaderwah, Ramban (SC), Banihal.

List of 18 constituencies going to polls in phase-2 (Dec 2): Gulabgarh, Reasi, Gool Arnas, Udhampur, Chenani (SC), Ramnagar, Surankote, Mendhar, Poonch Haveli, Karnah, Kupwara, Lolab, Handwara, Langate, Noorabad, Kulgam, Home-Shalibugh, Devsar.

All parties except NC welcome Kashmir poll announcement

Jammu/Srinagar : All mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir with the exception of the regional National Conference (NC) Saturday welcomed the Election Commission's announcement to hold assembly elections on schedule.

Immediately after the announcement, NC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said: "We opposed the elections at this point of time because we felt that this is not the opportune time as the people are battling the aftermath of the flood tragedy that has befallen the state.

Parties in Jharkhand gear up for assembly polls

Ranchi : Following the announcement of the dates for the Jharkhand assembly polls, political parties here are gearing up for the election.

The Election Commission Saturday announced that polls in the state will be conducted in five phases -- Nov 25, Dec 2, 9, 14 and 20.

The stakes are high for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which won 12 of the 14 Lok Sabha seats earlier this year.


Telangana, Andhra war of words hots up

Hyderabad : The war of words between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh over sharing river water and power intensified Saturday, a day after Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao called his counterpart N. Chandrababu Naidu a "cheat".

Leaders of the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh hit back at Chandrasekhar Rao and asked him to stop making baseless allegations.

Irrigation Minister D. Umamaheswar Rao said Telugu people were hanging their heads in shame over the kind of language being used by KCR, as the Telangana chief minister is popularly known.


BJP corporator shot dead in Agra

Agra : A BJP corporator was shot dead while having liquor here, police said Saturday.

Mahesh Jain, 46, was also the chief whip of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the civic body.

Mahesh Jain and Pramod Jain were drinking liquor with two other people in Idgah colony when the incident took place on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, a police officer said.

Police have arrested Pramod Jain from whose revolver the bullet was fired, he said, adding that a probe is on.

An FIR was registered against Pramod Jain and two other people, the officer added.