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Election results shocker for Congress, likely to impact its revival

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.


'More electricity access in India entailed small climate impact'

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.


Presidential visit helps India establish presence in key Arctic region

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.


India lagging behind in medical research: Narendra Modi

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.


30 movies to be screened at Free Spirit Film Festival

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.


Haryana gets a relatively young legislature

By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, Oct 20 : The newly elected 13th legislative assembly of Haryana is a relatively young one, with the youngest just 29.


BJP may decide Haryana chief minister Tuesday

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.


Bangalore girl to represent India at Miss Universe

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.


BJP wins power on own in Haryana; to rule Maharashtra

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.


MIM will now focus on UP, West Bengal: Owaisi

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.


BJP to send Rajnath, Naidu as observers to Maharashtra, Haryana

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.


Poll victory is reaffirmation of people's faith: BJP

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.


Munde's daughter scores huge win in Beed Lok Sabha bypoll

Mumbai, Oct 19 : BJP candidate Pritam Munde, daughter of late union minister Gopinath Munde, notched a big win in Beed Lok Sabha constituency Sunday.


BJP yet to announce CMs for Haryana, Maharashtra

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.


BJP Parliamentary Board meets to discuss Govt. formations in Maharashtra, Haryana

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.


PM Modi thanks people of Haryana, Maharashtra for BJP's victory

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'.


Bad news for BJP from UP: SP wins assembly bypoll

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.


BJP creates history in Haryana; to rule Maharashtra

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.


Congress to play constructive role: Sonia Gandhi

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.


Gas price: ONGC to profit by over Rs.4000 crore, says chairman

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.


BJP keeps winning momentum, Modi-Shah team gets boost (News analysis)

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.


BJP creates history in Haryana; to form first-ever government

Chandigarh, Oct 19 : The BJP Sunday created political history, all set to form the government in Haryana - for the first time on its own.


Congress says NCP offering support to BJP is 'dirty politics'

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'.


Poll results show PM Modi is 'undisputed' leader of people: Amit Shah

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.


Sonia, Rahul accept people's verdict in Maharashtra and Haryana

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.


BJP parliamentary board to take final decision on alliance

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.


Advani bats for Shiv Sena-BJP reconciliation

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.


Haryana election: Prominent winners and losers

Chandigarh, Oct 19 : Following are the prominent winners and losers in the Haryana assembly election results declared Sunday.


Haryana Assembly: Party position

Chandigarh, Oct 19 : Following is the party position in the newly elected Haryana assembly:


All CM contenders in Haryana BJP triumph in polls (Sidelights)

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.


Modi wave continues in India, says Amit Shah

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.


BJP office resonates with slogans, drums, cracker bursts

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.


BJP gets simple majority in Haryana; Hooda resigns

Chandigarh, Oct 19 : The BJP got simple majority on its own in the Haryana assembly Sunday evening.


BJP to govern Maharashtra, looks for Haryana CM

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.


Mixed bag for political dynasties in Haryana

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.


Modi wave only in Haryana

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.


Leaders desert Congress headquarters, workers bat for Priyanka

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.


Global factors determine diesel deregulation, gas price

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.


Modi wave continues in India, says Amit Shah

New Delhi, Oct 19 : BJP chief Amit Shah Sunday credited the party's spectacular showing in Maharashtra and Haryana to the "Modi wave".


Rights group to move NHRC against NIA

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.


Rahul Gandhi accepts defeat in Haryana, Maharashtra

New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Sunday accepted the party's defeat in the Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections.


Nearly 60,000 women two-wheeler riders fined for not wearing helmets

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.


10 golden rules for a safe, healthy Diwali

1. Patients with chronic lung diseases should avoid places with heavy cracker pollution and should avoid bursting crackers.


Firecrackers: A few seconds of joy has untold health hazards (Oct 23 is Diwali)

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.


Hooda accepts defeat, urges BJP to continue good work in Haryana

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.


Akashvani enthrals classical music lovers at 24 centres simultaneously

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.


Coal block scam: CBI registers fresh case

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.


Congress leaders concede defeat in Maharashtra, Haryana assembly polls

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.


Congress workers urge Rahul Gandhi to bring Priyanka into active politics

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.


Indian experts lash out at Pak army chief's Kashmir comment

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.


Delhi Police chief assures security for northeastern Indians living in national capital

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.


Bulls fetch millions at Meerut cattle fair

Meerut (uttar Pradesh), Oct.19 : Heavyweight bulls fetched millions at an All India Cattle Show in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday.


Assembly Elections 2014: BJP leaders hail PM Modi's leadership

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.


PM Modi to head reconstituted committee for Nehru's 125th birth anniversary celebrations

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.


Cabinet bans conversion of government bungalows into memorials

New Delhi, Oct. 19 : The Union Cabinet has banned the conversion of government bungalows into memorials.


Kalam asks India and Bangladesh to promote economic prosperity to end terrorism, use jute

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.


Country's richest woman loses in Haryana polls

Chandigarh, Oct 19 : Savitri Jindal, the richest woman in the country, lost from the Hisar assembly seat, officials said Sunday.


Running out of firing ranges, Indian Army eyeing simulators

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.


Lacking infrastructure, 'Paradise Unexplored' remains just that

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.


No Modi wave, says Manohar Joshi

Mumbai, Oct 19 : Senior Shiv Sena leader and former Lok Sabha speaker Manohar Joshi Sunday said there is no 'Modi wave'.


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