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India’s June-Sept monsoon likely to be weak: Govt

India’s June-September monsoon will likely be weak, the India Meteorological Department said in its official forecast Thursday. It put the odds of an El Nino, a weather pattern that puts India and Australia at higher risks of a drought, at 60%, in line with some global projections.

Kejriwal lashes out at BJP for attack on Bharti

Arvind Kejriwal today lashed out at Narendra Modi over the attack on Somnath Bharti, questioning if the Gujarat model was about "threatening" people and demanded immediate intervention of the EC to ensure free and fair polls.

BJP sniffs major poll gains in West Bengal

The BJP seems to be sniffing enough gains in West Bengal, a state where it has been a less than marginal player, to send its prime ministerial candidate to visit the state for a third time for campaigning.

Live: Mumbai inches towards 40% turnout, celebs among early voters

Mumbai North saw the highest polling percentage at 40.07, while Mumbai South recorded the lowest at 29. From big fights to controversies: six things to know about Mumbai polls

Modi blogs his action plan for Varanasi

BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday filed his nomination from Varanasi and said the city should become spiritual capital of world.

Live: 70% voters cast ballot in Tamil Nadu till 5pm

There was 70% voter turnout in Tamil Nadu and 58.8% in Chennai till 5pm on Thursday across 39 Lok Sabha seats and the lone seat in the union territory (UT) of Puducherry.

Voters trickle in Kashmir's Anantnag, 16% voting till 1pm

Voting picked up in Anantnag and Kulgam districts of Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday where 26.11 and 22.48% votes were cast till 1pm as voters turned up slowly at polling booths, election officials said.

Phase 6 turnout at 5pm: Bengal 80%, MP 59%, Rajasthan 56%, Uttar Pradesh 55%

West Bengal and Tamil Nadu led 11 states in a day of frenetic voting across 117 constituencies though mob violence in Assam marred an otherwise perfect showcasing of democracy at work during the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday.

Live: 55.11% polling recorded in Bihar till 5pm

As per official EC figures, 55.11% polling was recorded by 5pm in seven Lok Sabha seats in Bihar for which voting is underway on Thursday.

Kejriwal pips Modi in Time magazine's poll

Aam Aadmi Party founder Arvind Kejriwal is leading the Time magazine's readers poll of 100 Most Influential People in the world with the highest percentage of 'yes' votes, pipping BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and American singer Katy Perry.

Vaishno Devi image on coin dragged to court; Centre, RBI asked to explain

Faced with this question filed in a petition by one Nafis Qazi, the Delhi high court on Wednesday questioned the legality of commemorative Rs. 5 and Rs. 10 coins issued by the RBI carrying the image of Hindu goddess Vaishno Devi.

Saradha case: Police race with ED to break open locker containing key documents

Police raced with Enforcement Directorate officials to gain access to a bank locker of Saradha chief Sudipta Sen’s wife Piyali that supposedly contained revealing documents, reinforcing suggestions that the state government was trying to hide something from the central law enforcement agency.

US seeks arrest of Cong MP in RS in fraud conspiracy

A US court had indicted Rao for allegedly bribing government officials to facilitate titanium mining licences in Andhra Pradesh involving $18 million. The US court had also indicted five others.

2G scam: SC asks for details on Aircel-Maxis deal

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked CBI and Enforcement Directorate to submit a report giving details of its investigation into the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2G scam by May 1.

Neta-voter disconnect in Bihar poll priorities

Youth points out that the debate between politics of development and identity, or positioning the views of politicians as opposed to concerns of constituents, is too simplified a portrayal of the situation in a political culture where patronage matters a lot.
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