March 5, 2014: The day in news
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Lok Sabha elections to be held in 9 phases from April 7 to May 12, counting on May 16
The Election Commission on Wednesday announced the schedule for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, saying they will be held in nine phases from April 7, 2014 to May 12, 2014. Chief election commissioner VS Sampath announced the dates in a press conference. The counting of votes will be held on May 16.
Uphaar tragedy: SC upholds Ansals brothers' conviction
Upholding the conviction of Ansal brothers — Sushil and Gopal — in the 1997 Uphaar cinema fire case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday referred to a three-judge bench the question of quantum of sentence to be imposed on them. The fire in the theatre had claimed 59 lives.
Cong finalises alliance with RJD in Bihar, to fight from 12 seats
The Congress party and Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal have finally reached an understanding over their alliance in Bihar for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, reports said on Wednesday. CNN-IBN news channel reported that the RJD will contest in 27 seats, Congress will have 12 and the Nationalist Congress Party will be fighting for one seat in the state which sends 40 members to Lok Sabha.
UP govt acts tough, HC seeks resolution but striking docs unrelenting
Acting tough, UP government on Wednesday evening clamped ESMA against striking doctors hours after Allahabad high court directed it to transfer police officials and ordered a judicial probe to end the deadlock arising out of the stir, but the medicos said they would not back down.
Bhutia, Deb, Moon Moon to contest on Trinamool ticket
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee announced the first list of her party's candidates for the Lok Sabha elections on Wednesday. The list of LS nominees includes actors, celebrity academicians, footballers and musicians.
US First Lady felicitates Indian acid attack victim Laxmi
US First Lady Michelle Obama has felicitated Indian acid attack victim Laxmi after she won the International Women of Courage Award for successfully leading the campaign against acid attacks on women in India.
Delhi high court blocks release of Gulaab Gang
The Delhi high court on Wednesday stayed the release of forthcoming Hindi movie "Gulaab Gang", reportedly based on the life of activist Sampat Pal, who formed Gulabi Gang, a group of pink sari-clad women vigilantes in Uttar Pradesh.
India end Asia Cup campaign with a win
India ended their disappointing Asia Cup cricket campaign with a massive eight-wicket win over Afghanistan in their last league ODI at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here Wednesday. With their hopes of entering the final already over, India had only pride to play for in what was their maiden ODI encounter against Afghanistan.
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