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By Prashant Sood, New Delhi, Oct 20 : The results of the Haryana and Maharashtra assembly polls came as a shocker for the Congress and made its revival even more difficult as the party has been defeated in the states that had been its traditional strongholds. The Congress finished third in both the states.
London, Oct 20 : Brushing aside apprehensions about India's growing energy consumption, researchers have found that improving household electricity over the last 30 years in India contributed only marginally to the growth of the nation's total carbon emissions.
By Ranjana Narayan, New Delhi, Oct 20 : With the resource-rich Arctic region becoming the focus of heightened attention, President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to the two Nordic countries of Norway and Finland last week was a crucial step by India to assert its "willingness to have a strong presence in the Arctic Council and to work closely with" the eight countries of the region.
New Delhi, Oct 20 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said India is lagging behind in the field of medical research and more work should be done.
Dharamsala, Oct 20 : A line-up of 30 films has been scheduled for the five-day Free Spirit Film Festival, to be held on the outskirts of this Himachal Pradesh hill station from Oct 25, an organiser said Monday.
By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, Oct 20 : The newly elected 13th legislative assembly of Haryana is a relatively young one, with the youngest just 29.
Chandigarh, Oct 20 : Having got a majority on its own for the first time in Haryana, the BJP is likely to decide its chief ministerial candidate here Tuesday.
New Delhi, Oct 19 : Noyonita Lodh from Bangalore, who was crowned Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva Universe 2014, will compete in Miami for Miss Universe Jan 25, 2015.
Mumbai/Chandigarh, Oct 19 : The BJP Sunday created history in Haryana by getting a clear majority on its own for the first time and said that it would form the government in Maharashtra too where it finished the single largest group in a hung assembly but has been offered support by the NCP.
Hyderabad, Oct 19 : After its impressive debut in Maharashtra, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) will now focus on Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and other states, said party president AAsaduddin Owaisi.
New Delhi, Oct 19 : The BJP Sunday decided to send senior party leaders Rajnath Singh to Maharashtra and Venkaiah Naidu to Haryana to take a decision on the chief ministerial candidates in the two states.
New Delhi, Oct 19 : The BJP Sunday said that its electoral success in Haryana and Maharashtra is a "reaffirmation" of people's faith in the party and the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mumbai, Oct 19 : BJP candidate Pritam Munde, daughter of late union minister Gopinath Munde, notched a big win in Beed Lok Sabha constituency Sunday.
New Delhi, Oct. 19 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday announced that the party will first decide who the Chief Ministers of Haryana and Maharashtra will be before deciding on how to form the government in the respective states.
New Delhi, Oct. 19 : A meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Parliamentary Board is presently underway in the national capital to decide on the government formations in Maharashtra and Haryana.
New Delhi, Oct. 19 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday thanked the people of Haryana and Maharashtra for enabling the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to emerge victorious in both states, calling the results to be 'historic'.
Lucknow, Oct 19 : Amid the jubiliation by huge gains in the Haryana and Maharashtra assembly polls, bad news came for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for Uttar Pradesh where the ruling Samajwadi Party wrested the Kairana assembly constituency in the bypoll.
By Quaid Najmi and Jaideep Sarin, Mumbai/Chandigarh, Oct 19 : The BJP Sunday created history in Haryana by getting a clear majority on its own for the first time and said that it would form the government in Maharashtra too where it finished the single largest group in a hung assembly.
New Delhi, Oct 19 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Sunday accepted the poll verdict in Haryana and Maharashtra where the party bowed out of power after two and three consecutive terms, respectively, and reiterated her party's resolve to play a "constructive and vigilant" role.
New Delhi, Oct 19 : In a first reaction from the exploration industry to the new natural gas price announced Saturday, state-run oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) said the company stood to increase its profits annually by Rs.2,000 crore.
By Prashant Sood, New Delhi, Oct 19 : The BJP's victory in Haryana assembly polls and its strong performance in Maharashtra are likely to help the party carry the momentum of its Lok Sabha success, reinforce Narendra Modi's credentials as a strong campaigner and give the party renewed confidence to expand its base in states where it is weak.
Chandigarh, Oct 19 : The BJP Sunday created political history, all set to form the government in Haryana - for the first time on its own.
New Delhi, Oct. 19 : The Congress on Sunday said the NCP's decision to offer outside support to the BJP to form government in Maharashtra was 'dirty politics'.
New Delhi, Oct. 19 : Hailing the BJP's unprecedented electoral performance in Haryana and Maharashtra, party president Amit Shah on Sunday said the results reflect that the people of the country have accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as their 'undisputed' leader.
New Delhi, Oct.19 : The top brass of the Congress leadership on Sunday conceded defeat officially while accepting the people's verdict delivered to the party in Maharashtra and Haryana.
New Delhi, Oct.19 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said that the final decision regarding an alliance with another party in Maharashtra will be taken by the parliamentary board of the party.
Amritsar, Oct. 19 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani on Sunday expressed hope that the result of Maharashtra Assembly elections would enable his party and the Shiv Sena to renew their alliance.
Chandigarh, Oct 19 : Following are the prominent winners and losers in the Haryana assembly election results declared Sunday.
Chandigarh, Oct 19 : Following is the party position in the newly elected Haryana assembly:
By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, Oct 19 : The Bharatiya Janata Party may have failed to project any candidate for the chief minister's post in the run-up to the Haryana assembly polls but the party is not short of names for the top post.
New Delhi, Oct 19 : BJP chief Amit Shah Sunday credited the party's spectacular showing in Maharashtra and Haryana to the "Modi wave", and said the party will form the government in both states.
New Delhi, Oct 19 : BJP workers shouted slogans, distributed sweets, danced to drum beats and burst crackers at the central office here Sunday following the party's performance in the Haryana and Maharashtra assembly polls.
Chandigarh, Oct 19 : The BJP got simple majority on its own in the Haryana assembly Sunday evening.
By Quaid Najmi and Jaideep Sarin, Mumbai/Chandigarh, Oct 19 : The BJP declared Sunday it will take power both in Maharashtra, where it finished the single largest group in a hung assembly, and Haryana, where it was poised to get a majority on its own. The Congress was humiliated in both places.
By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, Oct 19 : It was a mixed bag for political dynasties in Haryana where the BJP triumphed and is now all set to form the government, for the first ever time on its own strength.
By Amulya Ganguli: It's a half-way house for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The party's hopes of forming governments on its own in both Maharashtra and Haryana have come true only in the northern state where its remarkable performance in the parliamentary polls has been replicated in the assembly elections.
New Delhi, Oct 19 : The Congress headquarters in the national capital Sunday wore a deserted look after the drubbing the party received in the assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra. Only a group of workers was around, demanding a bigger role for Prianka Gandhi in the party.
New Delhi, Oct 19 : The Narendra Modi-led government's market pricing of diesel and revising the price for domestic natural gas have been determined by international factors that have also cushioned the impact of tough economic decisions.
New Delhi, Oct 19 : BJP chief Amit Shah Sunday credited the party's spectacular showing in Maharashtra and Haryana to the "Modi wave".
Kolkata, Oct 19 : A civil rights group has decided to file a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) against the NIA for using a child in its effort to find out IEDs during its probe into the Oct 2 Burdwan blast.
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Sunday accepted the party's defeat in the Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections.
By Rahul Vaishanvi, New Delhi, Oct 19 : In just 35 days, close to 60,000 women two-wheeler and pillion riders in the capital have been issued traffic tickets for not wearing helmets, data from the Delhi Police has reveals. Sustained efforts by the police and general awareness have slowly brought the numbers down.
1. Patients with chronic lung diseases should avoid places with heavy cracker pollution and should avoid bursting crackers.
By Shweta Sharma, New Delhi, Oct 19 : Pravir Sen cannot wait to buy firecrackers for Diwali. But worry dawns on his father thinking of the health hazards like lung and skin infections and burn injuries that firecrackers bring along with only a few seconds of joy.
New Delhi, Oct.19 : Conceding defeat in the Haryana Assembly polls, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday congratulated the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for its splendid performance and urged the new government to continue the 'good work' done by the Congress.
New Delhi, Oct.19 : The 60th edition of the annual Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan was held in 24 cities and towns across the country on Saturday evening.
New Delhi, Oct 19 : The CBI Sunday registered a fresh case against Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. (JSPL) and "unknown" public servants in the ongoing coal block allocation case, an official said, adding searches were conducted in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh.
New Delhi, Oct. 19 : As early trends predicted a defeat for the Congress Party in Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections, party leaders have reportedly accepted the inevitable, and are now pitching for improvement in the future.
New Delhi, Oct. 19 : The Congress workers staged a protest outside the party's office here on Sunday appealing to party vice-president Rahul Gandhi to take the initiative of bringing his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra into politics.
New Delhi, Oct.19 : Indian experts have lashed out at Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif for raking up the Kashmir issue, and saying that the resolution was imperative for establishment of sustainable peace in the region.
New Delhi/Gurgaon/Guwahati, Oct.19 : In the wake of the recent killing of a 24-year-old girl from Mizoram, the Police Commissioner of Delhi, B S Bassi, has assured security for people hailing from northeastern India living in the national capital.
Meerut (uttar Pradesh), Oct.19 : Heavyweight bulls fetched millions at an All India Cattle Show in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday.
New Delhi, Oct. 19 : Senior BJP leaders have credited the party's strong performance in the Assembly elections to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership skills and good governance.
New Delhi, Oct. 19 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reconstituted the national committee created to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of India's first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
New Delhi, Oct. 19 : The Union Cabinet has banned the conversion of government bungalows into memorials.
Dhaka, Oct. 19 : Former president Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam has asked India and Bangladesh to join hands to promote economic prosperity to reduce and eventually end the menace of terrorism, and called upon business enterprises of the two nations to collaborate in the use of jute.
Chandigarh, Oct 19 : Savitri Jindal, the richest woman in the country, lost from the Hisar assembly seat, officials said Sunday.
By Anjali Ojha, New Delhi, Oct 19 : Spiraling land costs and safety concerns are seeing the 1.3-million strong Indian Army, the fourth largest in the world, fast running out of firing ranges. It is now eyeing simulators for training its soldiers.
By Raymond Kharmujai, Shillong, Oct 19 : It's been termed "Paradise Unexplored" but poor internal communication between India's northeastern states and the lack of connectivity to the region are the major hurdles tour operators face in promoting it as a tourist destination, an expert says.
Mumbai, Oct 19 : Senior Shiv Sena leader and former Lok Sabha speaker Manohar Joshi Sunday said there is no 'Modi wave'.