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BJP, Congress claim Gujarat win
NEW DELHI: Ahead of the vote count in the bitterly fought Gujarat Assembly polls on Monday, both the ruling BJP and the main opposition Congress expressed confidence of forming a government in the state. “This will be a sixth consecutive and a historic win for the BJP. The BJP has been on the ascendant for many years due to its positive and performance oriented politics under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” BJP sp
 
 
EC yet to rule on complaints against Modi, BJP
GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat election verdict will be delivered on Monday but the Election Commission is still looking into a plethora of complaints against the ruling BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Congress feels that little was happening to all its complaints against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) while things moved quickly when it came to grievances against others in the fray. The stock reply of the Gujarat Chief Elec
   
Congress, BJP confident of Himachal win
SHIMLA: A day ahead of the counting of ballots cast in the 68 assembly segments in Himachal Pradesh, both the ruling Congress and opposition BJP on Sunday expressed confidence about forming the next government in the hill state. While most exit poll surveys indicated BJP’s return to power with an absolute majority in the Nov.9 assembly elections, political observers said it was a neck-and-neck contest between the Congress and the
 
 
Shiv Sena can’t digest Gujarat exit polls forecast
MUMBAI: Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday expressed his strong disagreement with all the forecasts by various exit polls, predicting comfortable to huge victory margins, for ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Gujarat assembly elections. “There is a huge difference between the prevailing political atmosphere and the forecasts of these exit polls. They are not agreeable to us,” he said at his residence ‘Matoshre
   
TN inspector was shot by colleague
CHENNAI: The death by gunshot of a police inspector from Chennai has grown into a major mystery, even as his colleague stands charged with unintentional murder. Periyapandian, 48, a law-and-order inspector at the Maduravoyal station in Chennai, was shot dead while he was in Rajasthan’s Pali district in pursuit of a robber, Nathuram, who was involved in a major robbery in Kolathur early this year. Four suspects caught recently over
 
 
Films are still hero-centric, feels Juhi
NEW DELHI: Juhi Chawla feels there is a lot of pressure on the girls on-screen today, and wonders if wearing shorter dresses and aiming for a “size-zero” frame is really an “expression of freedom.” The actor says a lot has changed for women in showbiz, but some aspects continue to remain the same. The actor, who joined the team of Epic channel’s TV show “Sharanam” as a narrator, doesn’t understand the pressure on women to “prove
   
Christians allege police high-handedness over arrests
MATHURA: The Christian community in Agra and Mathura on Sunday alleged police high-handedness over the arrest of seven people in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district on what it said were “fabricated charges of religious conversion.” The seven accused, now in judicial custody, were picked up by police from a house in a village after locals complained to the police that “outsiders” were fomenting trouble by resorting to forced conversio
 
 
Jammu records lowest temperature
SRINAGAR: The minimum temperature in Jammu city dropped to a minus 5.1ºC on Sunday thereby recording the season’s lowest temperature as a severe cold wave has lashed Jammu and Kashmir. “The minimum temperature in Jammu city was 5.1ºC on Sunday and Saturday. This is the lowest recorded in the city this season so far,” a MET department official said. The cold wave conditions are likely to continue in the state during the next 48 h
   
Soha says was not encouraged to be an actor
NEW DELHI: Soha Ali Khan, an Oxford graduate who pursued a masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, says her parents didn’t particularly encourage her to take up acting but never discouraged her from following her heart either. Soha is the youngest daughter of veteran actor Sharmila Tagore and the late Mansoon Ali Khan Pataudi. “As far as acting is concerned, I wouldn’t say I was discouraged from
 
 
Protests in J-K after civilian gets killed
SRINAGAR: Protests erupted on Sunday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district against the killing of a civilian driver allegedly by the Army, but the military said the man died in cross-fire between security forces and militants. Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the Army placed an ambush in Thandipora village on Saturday night after being tipped off about the presence of militants. “At around 10.55pm, the milit
   
Total paucity of plays for kids, say theatre veterans
NEW DELHI: Bubbles Sabharwal and Lushin Dubey, who have been pushing a culture of youth theatre for years through their Kids World initiative, rue the “paucity of plays” for children across India. In the past, through their children’s theatre company Kids World, Dubey and Sabharwal have adapted many stories into plays − brought alive by children from the age of 5 to 25. Their latest is “Oye Matilda! Tu Hai Ustaad”, a ‘Hinglish’ p
 
 
Railways to offer discounts like airlines
NEW DELHI: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that Indian Railways is studying a dynamic pricing model, with discounts on train tickets as offered in airlines. “We are studying a model under dynamic pricing, where we would also give discounts on train tickets, just the way in which it is offered in airways,” Goyal told reporters during a day-long brain storming session of railways titled Sampark-Samanvay-Samvad (connection, coordi
   
Kannur airport test flights scheduled for February
KANNUR: Test flights are scheduled for February at Kannur International Airport as 95 per cent of construction work has been completed, according to KIAL Managing Director Balakiran. The fourth airport in Kerala will be commissioned in September 2018. The construction works are expected to be completed by Jan.31. Kannur airport, a Greenfield airport, should possess licenses from the Bureau of Civil Aviation, Airport Authority of I
 
 
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