Gadkari's condition akin to Advani's on Jinnah remarks: Sena
BJP's oldest ally Shiv Sena on Wednesday said that while L K Advani "lost ground" due to the Jinnah remarks controversy, similarly Nitin Gadkari has been jolted because of the Swami Vivekananda comments row.
"Advani lost ground over his Jinnah remarks and Gadkari has been jolted because of the Swami Vivekananda comments row," Sena chief Bal Thackeray said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.
In 2005, Advani's description of Mohammed Ali Jinnah as a "secular" leader during his visit to Pakistan created a controversy in India, following which he had resigned as BJP president.
"Even Gadkari must be doubtful whether RSS would stand by him over his remarks on IQ of Swami Vivekananda and Dawood Ibrahim," he said.
8. 00 pm
Dead lizard found in sambar, eatery to pay Rs 20,000
A New Delhi-based eatery has been made to cough up by a consumer forum here Rs 20,000 as fine and compensation to a customer for serving her 'sambar' having a dead lizard in it.
The North East District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum said the eatery, Aggarwal Sweet House located in Seelampur here, had failed to ensure that the food it offered to its customers was healthy and fit for human consumption as was required under the law.
"The said incident occurred due to the negligence on the part of the cooks who prepared/served the dish. The eatery shop owner was under an obligation to ensure that the food which he serves in his eatery belongs to the class of food which is fit for ordinary human consumption.
7. 30 pm
Difficult to run railways without hiking fares: Bansal
Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal today hinted at hike in fares saying that without it, it would be difficult to run railways.
"Hiking fare is not our target. Our target is to ensure safe journey and good services to passengers. We are working out where and what to do. It's obvious that at some point of the time, we have to take the step (of hiking fare) as without it, it will be difficult to run the railways", Bansal told reporters in reply to a question.
"Whenever people meet me, they say hike fare but improve services", he said.
7. 00 pm
Obama's outsourcing worry important for India: FICCI
As US President Barack Obama clinched a second term in office, industry group FICCI Wednesday said Indo-US business and economic ties will find continuity following his re-election but the "single most important point" for India Inc. is Obama's concern on outsourcing.
"I think the India-US strategic relationship and business and economic ties will definitely find continuity here in his re-election," Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) president R.V. Kanoria said here.
In his presidential poll campaign, Obama had criticised outsourcing of jobs to countries like India, saying that the US needs to create jobs locally.
6. 30 pm
Summoning Manmohan as witness 'out of question': JPC chairman
Chairman of the joint parliamentary committee on 2G scam P C Chacko today ruled out summoning Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to depose before the panel, saying there was no such precedent.
"It is out of the question to call the Prime Minister before the JPC as witness as there is no precedent of calling the Prime Ministers before the JPCs," he told here.
On reports that the BJP is likely to attend the JPC meeting tomorrow, ending its boycott of the panel to once again press for inclusion of Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram as witnesses, he said it was "most welcome".
Gopal Kanda's aide turns approver, deposes
Accused-turned-approver Chanshivroop Singh, a close associate of co-accused and former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda, Wednesday recorded his statement in a Delhi court in former flight attendant Geetika Sharma's suicide case.
"Singh's statement was recorded under section 164 CrPC (recording of confessions and statements) in a court here," a police official said.
Singh had gone to Dubai and told Emirates Airlines that Geetika had got the job by using forged documents. She had joined Emirates after quitting Kanda's airlines.
According to the chargesheet, Kanda gave a forged experience certificate to Geetika to create hurdles in her career moves.
Singh was appointed as assistant manager in Kanda's MDLR Group in 2010.
Geetika, 23, a former flight attendant of Kanda's now-defunct MDLR Airlines, had in her suicide notes accused Kanda and his employee Aruna Chaddha of harassing and forcing her to kill herself. She died on the night of Aug 4-5 at her house in Delhi's Ashok Vihar area.
Kanda and Chaddha have denied the allegations.
Obama's re-election celebrated around world
From his old school in Indonesia to a Japanese beach town that happens to share his name, people around the world cheered President Barack Obama's re-election Wednesday.
The results of Tuesday's election were closely watched in many countries. Several U.S. embassies held mock elections and threw parties as returns came in.
At Jakarta's Menteng 01 Elementary School, which Obama once attended, students happily marched with a poster of the president from one classroom to another after hearing that he had defeated Republican Mitt Romney to win a second term. "Obama wins ... Obama wins again," they shouted.
Indo-US ties to be stronger with Obama re-election, says Chidambaram
Finance Minister P Chidambaram today expressed the hope that economic ties with the United States would improve with the re-election of Barack Obama as the US President.
"I congratulate President Obama. I hope that Indo-US relations (will) get stronger...especially economic relations", he told reporters here.
Obama won the election to get a second term as the US President overcoming a stiff challenge from Republican Mitt Romney.
A votary of strong ties with India, 51-year-old Obama, the first black American to occupy the White House, scored the victory after a bitter and costly campaign running over months.
Leaders of India Inc too have welcomed the re-election of Obama saying that continuity would be good for bilateral relations, but some of them expressed concerns over the outsourcing issue.
2. 45 pm:
On election night, when it came to presidents on television, Barack Obama had some competition. Abraham Lincoln gave him a real run for his money.
More than once on Tuesday night, movie trailers featuring Daniel Day-Lewis inhabiting the title role of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" interrupted electoral-vote tallies and political analysis. And watching the slow, deliberate movements of the 16th president, with epic music swelling in the background, you couldn't help but draw some parallels.
Hollywood reacts to Obama's re-election on Twitter
Alec Baldwin: "Fox News is hurting the Republican Party....."
Donald Trump: "Our nation is a once great nation divided!...The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy...Hopefully the House of Representatives can hold our country together for four more years...stay strong and never give up!"
Aziz Ansari: "Karl Rove bout to give a Suge Knight style BEAT DOWN to the dude who was supposed to rig the machines."
Shonda Rhimes: "FOX news is amazing. Like they live in a magic land far far away from reality. You can not stop watching!"
will.i.am: "All that travel, hard work and campaigning was worth it...and now its time to work even harder..."
Lea Michele: "Amazing election party tonight at@MrRPMurphy's house! And so glad we got to celebrate the re-election of OBAMA!!!#GObama"
US President Obama sent the following letter moments after he was re-elected for a second term. He sent this letter to his supporters before making his acceptance speech.
I'm about to go speak to the crowd here in Chicago, but I wanted to thank you first.
I want you to know that this wasn't fate, and it wasn't an accident. You made this happen.
You organized yourselves block by block. You took ownership of this campaign five and ten dollars at a time. And when it wasn't easy, you pressed forward.
I will spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support, and doing what I can to finish what we started.
But I want you to take real pride, as I do, in how we got the chance in the first place.
Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests.
There's a lot more work to do.
But for right now: Thank you.
Romney Concession speech in a glance -
He congratulated Obama and all of his supporters
He thanked his running mate Paul Ryan for all of his work for the campaign and the nation, saying that Ryan was the "best choice I have made since my wife."
He called for all politicians to "reach across the aisle" to "help each other in this difficult time."
"I wish I could have fulfilled your dreams to take America into a different direction."
He closed with the words "Thanks guys".
After Mitt Romney's generous concession speech, here are some figures worth mulling over. The Center for Responsive Politics has estimated that the election will likely cost $6 billion in all, shattering previous records. This includes President Obama and Romney personally spent $2.6 billion between them by Election Day.
Romney has called President Obama and conceded, BBC reports. The concession speech is a few minutes away.
Virginia too has gone to Obama who now has 303 electoral college votes to his name - 100 more than his rival. Cue for us to slip in the news that Romney is reportedly ready to make his concession speech in a short while.
The AP calls Virginia for Obama. Once confirmed this will add 13 more to Obama's tally, increasing his lead by a huge margin.
Meanwhile, we all still await Mitt Romney's concession speech, which seems to be taking quite a bit of time. It is unclear if Romney does not have one prepared, or if he is actually waiting for the metaphorical last nail in the coffin - the very last vote.
Barely 30000 votes separate the rivals, when it comes to the popular vote. But here again President Obama is ahead. In percentage terms, that gives both men 49.3% of the popular vote.
People, who were waiting for Romney to speak, are beginning to leave the Republican convention centre in sour moods. This was the Republican election to lose, and they lost it.
10:50 am: The Guardian makes this editorial judgment: In the end Mr Obama owes his second term more to his vast campaign war chest and the ruthless professionalism of his get-out-the-vote machine than he did first time around, when hope and idealism did more to carry him to the White House. It is clear that the ground campaign at local level must have made the difference in the key contests.
If Mr Obama's first presidential election victory was a triumph of the audacity of hope, his second is a triumph for the audacity of good electoral judgment in difficult times. The rest of the world will celebrate that, it goes on to add.
Read more here
10:41 am: President Obama's dramatic re-election victory was not a sign that a fractured nation had finally come together on Election Day. But it was a strong endorsement of economic policies that stress job growth, health care reform, tax increases and balanced deficit reduction - and of moderate policies on immigration, abortion and same-sex marriage. It was a repudiation of Reagan-era bromides about tax-cutting and trickle-down economics, and of the politics of fear, intolerance and disinformation, the New York Times says in its editorial.
Read more here
Obama now has 290 electoral college votes to Romney's 203. Another 55 votes are to be decided.
The Guardian's Jonathan Freedland @j_freedland tweets: They're handing out little flags in the Boston ballroom (Romney campaign headquarters). Could that be a sign a Romney speech is coming?
Obama is the 44th American president, the first African American to hold the office. He is the 15th American President to be re-elected. His predecessor George W Bush too served two terms in 2000 and 2004. Franklin Roosevelt holds the record for the most number of years as president winning in 1932, 1936, 1940 and 1944. The 32nd president of USA, he passed away in April 12, 1945, serving a little over 12 years as head of state. After Roosevelt's death, the laws were amended and now no American President can serve more than two terms.
Michelle Obama @MichelleObama tweets -
More than anything, I want to thank you all for everything. I am so grateful to every one of you for your support and your prayers. –mo
We await the speeches. The Chicago convention hall is packed to the rafters and filled with screaming Obama fans. However they will have to wait a while, because as per tradition Obama will only speak after Romney delivers his concession speech.
Incidentally, Obama has won the electoral votes, but trails in the popular votes margin. Obama himself has often said that he "understands" why people would be disappoint him.
If this trend holds, Obama would be the first incumbent President to come back to office with an electoral victory and not a popular one.
State wise, Nevada too goes to President Obama, despite having high unemployment figures. Obama now at 281, 11 more than the threshold figure of 270.
Indian Americans go for Obama in swing states
Nearly three-fourth of Indian Americans voted for the US President Barack Obama, who has been re-elected, in the swing states, a sample survey has found.
In the survey done by San Francisco-based April Media among those who voted from Ohio, Colorado, Wisconsin, Florida and Virginia, 75% of Indian Americans voted for Obama.
Interestingly, among total Indian Americans in these swing states, only 40% were registered to vote as rest of them was either on a temporary visa status or permanent residents, the press statement said.
In the national survey, 60% favored Obama, while 20% favoured Romney.
As many as 10% of the people surveyed stayed away from voting while 10% did not even bother to register to vote.
"The interesting thing was about 20% of Indian Americans who believed in Republican policies defected towards Obama camp," said April Media in a statement issued in Washington.
Barack Obama tweets: Four more years. This happened because of you. Thank you. We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that's who we are. Thank you
Its official. Obama wins second term!
Obama wins the swing state of Ohio. The critical state gives Obama a great edge. The race is all but over.
Oregon has gone for Obama, giving him seven electoral votes. However Romney's still ahead in the popular vote count, with 50.2% over Obama's 48.5%.
The Denver Post calls Colorado for Obama. If that (result) holds, all Obama needs is Iowa and it's over, observes Andrew Sullivan, one of America's most followed political journalists.
That man who lost the presidency in 2000 at Florida, Al Gore @algore tweets: I am confident in saying that President Obama is going to carry the state of Florida tonight.
Where we stand in the US swing states -
Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, Iowa and Nevada are the ones on the knife-edge and we still await confirmations from these. Victories here will ultimately determine the Presidency.
Meanwhile, Romney wins North Carolina and Obama wins Minnesota
Quick round up -
Obama is now ahead of Romney in the Electoral College count, 172 to 163 votes.
36 states have picked a side - Democrat or Republican. However, Romney leads in the popular vote count where he currently holds a lead of 50.5%-48.3%.
In the US, it is possible to win the election, but lose the popular vote - since President's are elected via an electoral college, not by pure majority.
Romney wins all 5 electoral votes in Nebraska
87% of Florida votes are in and Obama still holds a extremely slim 50,000 vote majority. Governor Romney holds an equally slim, about 1%, in the critical state of Ohio.
Meanwhile, Romney wins Arizona
Obama wins all 4 electoral votes in Maine.
With 131 campaign offices and over 100,000 ads, the state of Ohio has been literally flooded by the Obama election campaign. The state is critical and slanting towards Obama (as expected perhaps). Obama has a slight 1% lead over Romney right now.
After losing three states, the Republican party is beginning to look a little shaky. The US Senate and Congress historically has an incredible reelection rate - higher than 90%. So such loses indicate a deep failure in these states for the red party. This might trigger a bit of soul searching in the party - on issues like their core demographic, the kind of candidates they put up and also the tone of their campaign.
Still, Republicans now have the first openly lesbian Senator, Tammy Baldwin, so perhaps change is coming after all.
Wisconsin has elected Republican Tammy Baldwin making her America's first openly lesbian senator
Romney loses another 'home' state - New Hampshire, which is expected to give it's four electoral votes to President Obama. Romney has a house in the state and had visited it in the past week.
Romney has failed to win Michigan, his home state where his father served as Governor. Indiana is the only state (so far) that Obama won the last time and has gone for Romney now.
No one has been President in the last 52 years without winning Ohio and its 18 electoral votes. CBS News is now projecting that the key 'battleground state' is now slanting towards Obama.
Obama also got 10 more electoral votes now that the state of Minnesota has gone Democrat blue.
Here are projections -
CNN Projects that Republicans will retain control off the House of Representatives.
CNN also reports that with counting having been completed in 81% precincts in Florida, a key swing state, just 636 votes separate President Obama and Mitt Romney
CBS News tell us that the state of New Hampshire, with four electoral votes, is going to go for Barack Obama.
First lady Michelle Obama tweets -
"All of our hard work these past 18 months comes down to what happens right now. Let's not leave anything to chance."
An insightful piece by the Guardian's Jonathan Freedland on how Mitt Romney's missteps kept President Obama in the race
Read it - Here
Andrew Sullivan, one of America's most famous political journalists at the moment, has cited exit polls which have called Wisconsin for Obama as proof that it is going to be a tough election to win for Mitt Romney.
Catch his analysis here
Pennsylvania votes for Obama again. The state's 20 delegates gives Obama a tally of 143. Governor Romney is at 153 electoral college votes at the moment. 270 is the magic number.
Republicans score first House turnover in Kentucky
Republican Andy Barr of Kentucky has become the first challenger of the 2012 House elections to unseat an incumbent.
Barr defeated Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler, who is serving his fourth term representing the district centered in Kentucky horse country around Lexington.
Barr was leading by almost 4 percentage points with 99 percent of the precincts counted. This was his second try. He barely lost in 2010 in a race against Chandler.
Early returns saw more than six dozen incumbents winning another term, despite deep dissatisfaction with Congress in public opinion polls.
Of the 435 House seats, only around 60 are considered to be competitive
Democrats need to gain 25 additional seats to take the majority, but are not expected to hit that target.
The situation of Florida may prove how the US voting is going generally -
The state is currently at 50-50, with half the votes going to Obama and half going to Romney. A few thousand votes now stand on the knife-edge, depending on where they fall, the state goes red or blue.
Obama sends a message to the voters -
"Hey, guys, Election Day is almost over. This is it. We won't get another chance tomorrow," Obama said.
Find a friend who had said they'd vote but didn't sound convincing, then call that pal up and personally take 'em to the polls, Obama suggested. And he offered this reminder: Anyone in line when polls close is eligible to cast a ballot.
"Guys, I'm serious. It's game time," the president said. "Get out there. Go vote now."
Mitt Romney wins Georgia, Tennessee.
Obama wins Illinois, Connecticut, Maine, District of Columbia, Delaware, Rhode Island, Maryland, Massachusetts; Romney wins Oklahoma
Romney wins West Virginia.
Obama wins Vermont; Romney wins Kentucky.
5. 00 am
Obama? Romney? Nation decides after long campaign
US President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney dueled for the White House today in a tight-to-the-finish election shadowed by a weak economy and high unemployment that crimped middle class dreams for millions.
Voters also chose a new Congress to serve alongside the man who will be inaugurated president in January, Democrats defending their majority in the Senate, and Republicans in the House. Eleven states picked governors, and ballot measures ranging from gay marriage to gambling dotted ballots.
The long campaign's cost soared into the billions, much of it spent on negative ads, some harshly so.
4. 15 am
Exit poll shows economy still the top concern
Preliminary results of an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press show that the presidential election hinges once again on the economy.
The survey of voters as they leave polling places Tuesday shows 6 in 10 voters say the economy is the top issue facing the nation, with unemployment and rising prices hitting voters hard.
About 4 in 10 say they think the nation's economy is on the mend, but more say that things are getting worse or are bad and stagnating.
About half of voters say the previous president, George W. Bush, shoulders more of the blame for economic challenges than President Barack Obama.
Just a quarter of those surveyed in the exit poll say they are better off than four years ago.
3. 40 am
Turnout appears high in many parts of the US
Turnout appears to be high in many parts of the country, with long waits at some polling places as voters deliver their Election Day verdict.
Both Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama need their supporters to show up in high numbers. A robust turnout among minorities would favor Obama, while Romney is looking for a strong showing among working-class white men.
Several storm-ravaged areas of New York and New Jersey and several swing states are reporting heavy turnout. The reports of heavy turnout were a relief for officials in the storm-ravaged areas who feared Superstorm Sandy might keep people from the polls.
More than 131 million people turned out to vote for president in 2008, shattering all previous records.
This year, more than 32 million people voted before Election Day, either by mail or in person.
3. 00 am
Romney 'running on fumes' in Election Day stops
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's yearslong quest for the presidency is ending with a last-minute round of campaigning in one state he's showered with attention and another he's largely ignored.
After voting near his Boston-area home, Romney was betting that an eleventh-hour appeal to working-class voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania would help him defeat President Barack Obama. He visited both states Tuesday.
"This is a big day for big change," Romney told staffers and volunteers at a Cleveland-area campaign office.
His running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, followed a similar strategy. After voting in his Wisconsin hometown, Ryan joined Romney in Ohio before a scheduled solo visit to Richmond.
Asked about the hectic schedule in recent days, Ryan said of Romney: "He's kind of operating on fumes."
2. 10 am
Obama congratulates Romney, voices confidence
Leaving his re-election prospects in the hands of voters, President Barack Obama congratulated rival Mitt Romney "on a spirited campaign" and declared he's "confident we've got the votes to win."
After closing down his campaign late Monday with a nostalgia-filled rally in Iowa, Obama went back to exhorting his supporters during a Tuesday morning visit to a campaign office near his South Side Chicago home. He called volunteers in neighboring Wisconsin.
Obama was greeted by thunderous applause from about two dozen volunteers, many with tears streaming down their faces. Removing his suit coat, he sat down to make calls. "Let's get busy," he said.
"Hopefully we'll have a good day," he told a woman in one call. "Keep working hard all the way through."
1. 10 am
America votes; Obama, Romney wait with bated breath
With President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney locked in an intense battle for the White House, Americans today voted in an election that followed one of the most expensive and negative campaigns, with pundits predicting a wafer-thin win for the incumbent.
Voters from a small township in the battleground New Hampshire State were the first to cast their ballot shortly after midnight when the polling began.
Dixville Notch in New Hampshire has been casting the first ballot of presidential elections since 1960. So far, it has picked seven out of 13 winners.
For the first time ever, the vote was tied in the township, with both Obama, 51, and Romney, 65, receiving five votes each, another indication of the knife's edge separating the two candidates.
12. 10 am
THE RACE: Candidates stay busy ahead of vote tally
After many months of grueling campaigning, the waiting stage of the presidential sweepstakes is near as both parties worked furiously to boost turnout and get supporters to the polls.
But learning whether President Barack Obama or challenger Mitt Romney would cross that magic 270 electoral-vote finish line wasn't an easy wait for either side. Both portray the race as tantalizingly close.
An admittedly restless Romney and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan squeezed in some last-minute Election Day campaigning, Obama did interviews and played basketball, Vice President Joe Biden teased about a future political career and Ryan was able to vote for himself— twice.
Romney and Ryan voted in Massachusetts and Wisconsin, respectively, then engaged in some quick campaigning. Both went to Cleveland and Romney was stumping solo in Pittsburgh and Ryan going alone to Richmond, Va.
"I can't imagine an election being won or lost by, let's say, a few hundred votes and you spent your day sitting around," Romney told Richmond radio station WRVA.
Not to be outdone in critical swing-state Ohio, Biden also snuck in a Cleveland stop on his way to Chicago to link up with Obama.
The Obamas, who voted last month, will await returns in Chicago. But the president first did radio and satellite TV interviews, visited a campaign office to call voters and was playing pick-up basketball with friends and staffers.
11: 00 pm
In a close US election, first clues to winner could come early
The close election battle between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney might take a while to resolve, but Americans following the returns could see clues to the ultimate winner emerge early on Tuesday night.
One of the most crucial battlegrounds, Virginia, is among the first states to end its voting, at 7 p.m. EST on Tuesday. The most vital prize of all, Ohio, closes its balloting shortly afterward at 7:30 p.m. EST.
Opinion polls show the race is tight in both states, and a winner might not be determined for many hours. But a stronger-than-expected showing by either candidate would be an early sign of which way the political winds are blowing.
9. 50 pm
Biden casts vote, says 'it's always a kick'
Vice President Joe Biden has cast his vote in the 2012 election, saying "it's always a kick."
President Barack Obama's running mate says it was the eighth time he's run for election statewide in Delaware. Asked if he thought it was the last time he'd vote for himself, he told reporters: "No, I don't think so."
Biden arrived with his wife, Jill, at Alexis I. DuPont High School in Greenville, Del., shortly after the polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday and waited about 13 minutes.
Several voters offered to let Biden move ahead of them, but he said no. "I've never butted in line in Delaware. The idea of doing it on Election Day — whoa!" Biden said.
9. 20 pm
Barack Obama to give interviews and play basketball on US Election Day
US President Barack Obama will spend the Election Day in his home town Chicago, playing basketball with friends and giving a dozen satellite interviews in other states.
The First Family would have dinner at their Hyde Park home late in the evening. Then Mr Obama would deliver a speech to his supporters in the city, according to Obama's campaign team at Iowa.
"President Obama will spend the Election Day in Chicago. In the morning and the afternoon, he will participate in a dozen satellite interviews in battleground states, where he will highlight the progress the country has made over the last four years and his plan to continue to move America forward in the next four years," the campaign said.
8. 50 pm
Obama, Romney tie in Dixville Notch
It's a tie between President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney -- in the first results in the presidential election from a remote hamlet in New Hampshire.
Both received five votes each in Dixville Notch in the state's northeast corner, which has opened its polls shortly after midnight each election day since 1960, but Tuesday's tie was the first in its history, CNN reported.
The result was unexpected, town clerk Dick Erwin was quoted as saying.
The hamlet, home to about a dozen residents, has drawn national media attention for being the first place in the country to make its presidential preferences known.
8. 20 pm
When Barack Obama cried
An overwhelmed US President Barack Obama concluded his last speech of the election campaign on Monday night with a tear rolling down his cheek.
The crowd noticed it as the incumbent president wiped it off from his eye in front of a huge crowd in Iowa state.
Seemingly swept up in the significance of the event in Des Moines, the usually-stoic president appeared to weep from his left eye as he made his last plea to voters on the last night of campaigning, Daily Mail reported.
7. 50 pm
Last-minute stops as Romney ends White House quest
US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's yearslong quest for the presidency is ending with a last-minute round of campaigning in one state he's showered with attention and another he's largely ignored.
After voting near his Boston-area home, Romney visits Cleveland and Pittsburgh on Tuesday, betting an eleventh-hour appeal to working-class voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania will help him defeat President Barack Obama.
His running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, is following a similar strategy, using his travel time after voting in his Wisconsin hometown to join Romney in Cleveland and then visit Richmond. The campaign isn't ruling out additional swing-state appearances as well. Tuesday night, he'll await returns with Romney in Boston.
7. 20 pm
Obama turns re-election prospects over to voters
US President Barack Obama has turned over his re-election prospects to the voters.
Obama closed down his campaign late Monday with a nostalgia-filled rally in Iowa, the state that jumpstarted his first presidential bid. He'll spend Election Day in his hometown of Chicago, making his last appeals to voters in satellite interviews rather than a final flurry of campaign rallies.
"It all comes down to you," Obama told supporters in Des Moines on Monday. "It's out of my hands now. It's in yours."
Suspense to the end, Obama, Romney yield to voters
Two fierce competitors who've given their all, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney now yield center stage to voters Tuesday for an Election Day choice that will frame the contours of government and the nation for years to come.
After a grinding presidential campaign that packed suspense to the finish, Americans head into polling places in sleepy hollows, bustling cities and superstorm-ravaged beach towns deeply divided. All sides are awaiting, in particular, a verdict from the nine battleground states whose votes will determine which man can piece together the 270 electoral votes needed for victory.
Obama has more options for getting there. So Romney decided to make a late dash to Cleveland and Pittsburgh on Tuesday while running mate Paul Ryan threw in stops in Cleveland and Richmond, Virginia Obama opted to make a dozen radio and satellite TV interviews from his hometown of Chicago to keep his closing arguments fresh in voters' minds.
25 things you didn't know about Obama
Barack Obama has given away 25 surprising tidbits about himself, which the media and the public are unaware of.
The 51-year-old democrat said that he was the first president to ever tweet and gushed about his 22 million followers.
He then told about how he taught his daughter Sasha to shoot a three-pointer in basketball, Us magazine reported.
Obama said that he is left-handed and is a die-hard Chicago White Sox fan.
He also recalled the day when he threw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals' home opener in 2010, he agreed to wear a Nationals jacket-but only with his White Sox hat.
The Election Commission has rejected Subramanian Swamy's plea for de-recognition of the Congress party.
Swamy had written to the EC that the Congress had committed an offence under electoral law as well as Income Tax law for which it is necessary to hold hearings and decide on derecognising the party.
Gadkari express regrets over Vivekananda remarks
Under attack over a statement his detractors took umbrage at, BJP President Nitin Gadkari today denied comparing Swami Vivekananda with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and expressed "sincere regrets" over the hurt to public sentiments caused by his remarks.
"I would like to reiterate that I never compared Swami Vivekananda with anyone. I had absolutely no no intention to project Swami Vivekananda in bad light."
"If my words about Swami Vivekananda have hurt the public sentiments in any manner, I express my sincere regrets," he said in a statement.
BJP president Nitin Gadkari has expressed his "sincere regrets" over his Swami Vivekananda comment. But he has denied equating Dawood Ibrahim with the him.
'BJP needs courage to expel me': Jethmalani
Veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Tuesday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) needs courage to expel him from the party.
"I will be very happy to be expelled from the party if they want to. Somebody has to pick up that courage," said Jethmalani, when asked what if the BJP takes action against him.
Emphasizing that the nation needs an opposition party, Jethmalani further said that if he resigned from the BJP in the present circumstances it would be a betrayal of the whole nation.
Jethmalani bats for Modi and Nitish as future PMs under NDA
Veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Tuesday said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, whom he considers fit for the Prime Minister's post, should be made the BJP President provided the latter has got enough time.
"Of course Narendra Modi according to me, he is my choice of a Prime Minister. But I don't think whether he has got time to become a party president," said Jethmalani.
"These are matters of wisdom on which I am not at the moment a judge nor am I inclined to make any statement," he added, when asked whether Modi should be declared the NDA's Prime Ministerial candidate.
My fight not against Shah Rukh: Ajay Devgn
Actor-producer Ajay Devgn, who has filed a complaint with the Competition Commission of India (CCI) alleging that the makers of "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" have been blocking the release of his film "Son of Sardaar" in theatres, says his fight is not against Shah Rukh Khan who is playing lead in the movie.
"The fight is not between Shah Rukh and Ajay Devgn and there is no fight between both of us. This is unnecessarily created by people. Both of us are actors. This is Ajay Devgn as a producer, fighting for his right with some other producer and if people are playing with it then it's wrong," said Ajay.
Actor Ajith injured during shoot in Mumbai
Thala Ajith got injured during shoot of his Vishnuvardhan’s untitled film in Mumbai. While doing a dare-devil action scene of jumping from one car to another, he slipped and got his right leg jammed in the tyre and suffered a few bruises.
Ajith is one actor who refuses a double during dangerous stunt scenes. Vishnu had asked his permission to take a stuntman who does such dangerous scenes in Hindi movies but Thala refused and tried to do it himself. Vishnu immediately stopped the shoot and doctors were called to check what appeared to be a ligament tear.
Luckily Ajith had only minor bruises and the professional that he is insisted on continuing with the shoot. He was very particular that producer AM Ratnam did not have to cancel the shoot, as he is determined to complete the entire talkie portion in this schedule.
Exhibitors can choose any film: SRK on JTHJ, SOS issue
Shah Rukh Khan's "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" releases on the same day as Ajay Devgn's "Son Of Sardaar" and the superstar says he is amused with the row over the two films, especially when everything had been sorted almost a year ago.
Directed by the late Yash Chopra, "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" (JTHJ) is coming out Nov 13 and "Son of Sardaar" (SOS) is also releasing on the same day.
Ajay has filed a complaint with the Competition Commission of India (CCI) alleging that the makers of JTHJ have been blocking the release of his film SOS in certain theatres.
According to SRK, the release date was locked a year ago and the screens were also booked than.
"I find it amusing. This has been decided since a year... They (makers of 'Son of Sardaar') must have also known, so what is the problem then? If you have delayed, then it's not our fault. I just find it wrong," he added.
The 47-year-old also clarified that they have not forced any exhibitor to showcase their film.
"I don't understand all this. I feel that the exhibitors represent the consumers to me. As a business person, I cannot assume that anything has been put on anyone by force. They chose the film," he said.
"We only wish them best and hope that both films do good business," he added.
Yaswant Sinha, Satrughan Sinha and Ram Jethmalani want BJP President Nitin Gadkari's resignation.
'Will be happy to be expelled for making the demand openly', says Jethmalani.
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Obama leading in every crucial swing state, tied in North Carolina: Poll
President Barack Obama is leading over GOP rival Mitt Romney in almost every swing state, which is crucial in deciding the White House winner, a new poll has found.
The Democratic-automated polling firm Public Policy Polling has given a final series of state polls showing that Obama is leading in Michigan, Pennsylvania and every battleground state except North Carolina - where there is a 49-49 tie.
The PPP found that Obama was leading with a 5-to-6-point lead over Romney in Colorado, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, Politico reports.
NH residents cast first Election Day votes
Residents of two tiny villages in northern New Hampshire headed to the polls at midnight, casting the first Election Day votes in the nation.
After 43 seconds of voting, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney each had 5 votes in Dixville Notch.
In Hart's Location, Obama had won with 23 votes, Romney received 9 and Libertarian Gary Johnson received 1 vote. Thirty-three votes were cast in 5 minutes, 42 seconds.
The towns have been enjoying their first-vote status since 1948 and it's a matter of pride to get everyone to the polls.
Hart's Location Selectman Mark Dindorf says you could call it a friendly competition to see who gets votes tallied first, although he says Hart's Location is a town and Dixville Notch is a precinct.
11. 15 am:
115-yr-old Kenyan witch doctor predicts Obama winning US election
A Kenyan witch doctor from President Barack Obama's ancestral home has predicted the US election outcome.
John Dimo, a traditional witch-doctor, performed an ancient rite with mystical artifacts to predict the outcome of the election.
The former army officer said that he inherited the work as a witch-doctor from his father in 1962 and is certain his rite will help favour Obama in the US elections.
Chinese hackers infiltrate Coca-Cola
Confidential systems within Coca-Cola were infiltrated by hackers allegedly based in China, a report has claimed.
The soft drink making firm was breached in 2009 when a malicious link was emailed to a senior executive.
Hackers were able to spend a month operating undetected, logging commercially sensitive information, according to a report by Bloomberg.
Hackers masqueraded as Coca-Cola's chief executive, sending an email to Paul Etchells, Coca-Cola's deputy president for the Pacific region.
The email contained a malicious link, which was clicked on, allowing for hackers to install keyloggers and other forms of malware on Etchells' machine.
According to the BBC, in the days that followed, hackers took emails and stole passwords to give themselves administrative privileges on the network.
Internal documents seen by Bloomberg suggest that the infiltration was blamed on state-backed Chinese attackers.
According to the report, the hack came at a time when Coca-Cola was looking to acquire the China Huiyuan Juice Group for about 2.4 billion dollars.
Had the takeover happened, it would have been the largest foreign takeover of a Chinese company, the report added.
The 'other' US election contests
In addition to choosing a president, US voters Tuesday will express their will on a slew of other electoral contests as well as state and local ballot issues ranging from hunting and fishing regulation to legalizing marijuana and same-sex marriage.
Here is a glance at some of the questions being put to voters other than whether the next president should be Barack Obama or Mitt Romney:
"Third Party" Presidential Candidates:
In addition to Obama (Democrat) and Romney (Republican), presidential candidates from three other political parties - the Libertarian Party, the Green Party and the Constitution Party - are on the ballot in most states. Other US presidential candidates include comedienne Roseanne Barr, who is on the ballot in five states as the nominee for the Peace & Freedom Party, as well as James Harris, on the ballot in six states representing the US Socialist Workers Party.
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Springsteen, Jay-Z, put the pop in Obama rally
Someone has to introduce the president.
On Monday, the final day of the presidential campaign, President Barack Obama, however, didn't bring along an opening act. He brought along two main acts.
Bruce Springsteen. Jay-Z. Theirs wasn't an introduction, it was pop culture moment.
UN imposes sanctions on Haqqani Network
The U.N. committee that oversees sanctions against the Taliban imposed global sanctions Monday on the Pakistan-based Haqqani network, a fierce militant group considered a major threat to U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, and its "chief of suicide operations."
The Taliban sanctions committee ordered all 193 U.N. member states to freeze the assets and institute an arms embargo against the Haqqani network, saying the group is linked to al-Qaida and other militant organizations and is responsible for suicide attacks and targeted assassination as well as kidnappings in Kabul and Afghan provinces.
The committee also ordered an asset freeze, arms embargo and travel ban against Afghan-born Abdul Rauf Zakir, also known as Qari Zakir, who it said oversees training of suicide attackers and provides instructions on how to construct improvised explosive devices.
Feverish early-vote effort turns to Election Day
Ever urgent as the clock ran down, Barack Obama's and Mitt Romney's teams pressed voters Monday to get to the polls while thousands who were already there waited in long lines for their final chance to avoid the Election Day crush.
"I thought I'd come today to beat the rush tomorrow," 24-year-old Britnee Luke, a Romney supporter from Columbus, Ohio, said in a line where she had stood for more than an hour Monday morning. "Oh, well."
That line — more than 1,000 murmuring voters winding in a maze through a former department store on Columbus' west side — was just one of the many scenes where some of the 2012 presidential campaign's final acts were playing out across the country.
Obama, Romney pursue last votes in close race
US President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made their last stands of the 2012 campaign Monday, employing their last vestiges of energy, celebrity boosters and plenty of jet fuel to encourage every supporter and the few remaining undecideds to tip the vote in their favor.
National polls of the eve of Election Day showed a neck-and-neck race. But the winner will be determined by which man gets 270 electoral votes, and Obama had more paths to get there.
The incumbent and the challenger, both fighting weariness and speaking in voices that have turned hoarse, closed by arguing they could do more to lead the country out of the tough economic times that dominated Obama's term. "This nation is going to begin to change for the better tomorrow," Romney said.
"Our work is not yet done," Obama told nearly 20,000 people who filled the street in front of the Wisconsin capital building.
Both men campaigned in states they need to win. Romney was in Florida, Virginia, and New Hampshire, while Obama was trying to protect Wisconsin from a late-breaking GOP challenge before heading to Iowa.
And in an indication of just how all-important Ohio was once again to the future occupancy of the White House, both candidates planned to be on the ground in Columbus in the evening for dueling rallies several hours and seven miles apart. The state has gone for the winner in every presidential election since 1964.
Republican campaign officials said Romney was considering a possible return to Ohio on Tuesday. Without the state, he has to win nearly every other battleground state to defeat Obama.
Both candidates were also hoping to benefit from some star power. Romney planned a final rally in the day's final hour in New Hampshire with Kid Rock while country rock performers The Marshall Tucker Band was joining him in Columbus. Obama had actors Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock doing urban radio interviews, "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm making calls in Colorado, rapper Jay-Z joining him in Columbus and rock legend Bruce Springsteen as his traveling warm-up act.
"He promised me a ride on Air Force One," Springsteen said, strumming his guitar as he made a political pitch between songs.
The rivals planned to appeal to pro football fans in the eleventh hour, taping interviews with ESPN's Chris Berman that will air during halftime of the Monday Night Football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints.
Both candidates predicted the winner will be determined by which of their operations can get the most supporters to the polls. "This is going to be a turnout election," the president declared in an interview broadcast early Monday as he pleaded with urban radio listeners to get to the polls.
Romney's rally in Lynchburg, Va., featured an enormous "Get Out and Vote" banner. "We have one job left," and that's getting people out to vote, Romney told more than a thousand people at a rally at his previous stop, the airport in Sanford, Fla., near Orlando. The crowd chanted "One more day!"
Obama raised the possibility of defeat as he pleaded with listeners of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show to get to the polls. "If we don't turn out the vote, we could lose a lot of the gains we've already made," Obama said.
It was one of two of the president's radio interviews airing Monday aimed at turning out minority voters, the other with a Spanish-language station in Ohio. The president is relying on black and Hispanic voters to help offset Romney's lead with white men in particular, but the risk for him is that some of those key supporters aren't as motivated to vote as they were in 2008.
"Four years ago, we had incredible turnout and I know people were excited and energized about the prospect of making history," Obama said. "We have to preserve the gains we've made and keep moving forward."
A final national NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll showed Obama getting the support of 48 percent of likely voters, with Romney receiving 47 percent. A Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll had Obama at 49 and Romney at 48. A Pew Research Center poll released Sunday showed Obama with a 3-point-point edge over Romney, 48 percent to 45 percent among likely voters.
Obama dispatched former President Bill Clinton to Pennsylvania on Monday to keep the state in his column. First lady Michelle Obama went south to North Carolina and Florida. Vice President Joe Biden made a final reach in Virginia, while Romney running mate Paul Ryan was covering the most ground, flying to Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Meanwhile, about 30 million people have already voted in 34 states and the District of Columbia, either by mail or in person, although no ballots will be counted until Election Day, Tuesday. More than 4 million of the ballots were cast in Florida, where Democrats filed a lawsuit demanding an extension of available time. A judge granted their request in one county where an early voting site was shut down for several hours Saturday because of a bomb scare.