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India Politics

Goa CM apologises for calling African a 'Nigro'

Panaji : Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Thursday apologised for referring to an African national as a 'Negro' spelt wrongly as "Nigro", in an annexure submitted to the state assembly by the home ministry.

"If someone is hurt, I apologise," Parrikar told the state assembly during zero hour.


Now, Trinamool leader calls for burning 'real' human effigies

Kolkata : Even as the controversy surrounding Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul's rape and kill remarks is yet to subside, a party legislator has now talked about burning "real human effigies".

Addressing a meet organised by the Trinamool affiliated Progressive Doctors' Association, its president and MLA Nirmal Majhi, Wednesday wondered if people would burn "real human effigies" of doctors, who earlier burnt dummies of the chief minister after three of their colleagues were suspended.


After Modi's call, will Goa clean up?

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar,

Panaji : Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call on Independence Day to make a 'Clean India' by 2019 may have struck a chord with the Indian masses, but on the ground in Goa not many are willing to buy the BJP-led coalition government's repeated promises of making the tourist state garbage-free by the end of next year.

Peaceful voting in Karnataka assembly by-polls

Bangalore : Polling was peaceful Thursday in three assembly constituencies in Karnataka where by-polls are being held to fill the vacant seats in the state legislature.

"Voting is underway in the three assembly constituencies of Bellary Rural (Reserved), Chikkodi-Sadalga and Shikaripura amid tight security," an official told IANS.

Though polling began on a dull note at 7 a.m., it picked up later with 15-20 percent of the electorate exercising their franchise during the first four hours.


Peaceful ballotting in Bihar assembly by-polls

Patna : Voting for the by-election in 10 assembly constituencies in Bihar began Thursday on a peaceful note, officials said.

Voters were seen queuing up to exercise their franchise in most of the constituencies after 7 a.m., officials said, adding there were no reports of violence.

"Voting is underway and around eight percent polling was recorded till 9 a.m.," an official of the state election commission said.


Congress dares BJP to name CM candidate in Haryana

By Jaideep Sarin,

Chandigarh : In the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP named Narendra Modi its prime ministerial candidate and asked the Congress to name its candidate for the PM's post. The Congress did not oblige. Now, exactly the reverse is happening in Haryana.

With elections to Haryana's 90-member assembly to be held within two months, it is the ruling Congress which has dared the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to name its candidate for the chief minister's post.


Peaceful voting in Madhya Pradesh by-polls

Bhopal : Voting was peaceful Thursday in the by-elections in three Madhya Pradesh assembly constituencies, officials said.

Voters were seen queuing up to exercise their franchise at 7 a.m. in Vijayraghavgarh, Bahoriband and Agar constituencies, the officials added.

Over six lakh voters in the three constituencies are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 25 candidates.

The fate of 10 candidates in Vijayraghavgarh assembly constituency, 10 in Bahoriband and five in Agar will be decided in the by-election.


Turnout in large numbers, PM tells voters

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday urged voters to come out in large numbers and cast their ballot in the ongoing by-polls across four states.

"By-polls in various assembly seats across four states are underway. Urging voters in these seats to turnout in large numbers and cast their vote," Modi tweeted.

By-polls are being held in Punjab, Karnataka, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.


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

By A. Mirsab,,

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.