Live: Modi lacks coordination, needs history lessons, says Khurshid

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Last Updated: Tue, Nov 19, 2013 10:50 hrs

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One killed as trooper opens fire in Chhattisgarh

One person was killed and another injured Tuesday at a polling booth in Chhattisgarh's Saja assembly seat when a CRPF trooper opened fire at a group of people following an argument, a police official said.

Director General of Police Ramniwas said two-three people, who were reportedly drunk, came to a polling booth at village Bhindarwani and had some heated arguments with policemen deployed there for ensuring free and fair voting.

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Modi lacks coordination, needs history lessons, says Khurshid

Taking a jibe at BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today said he lacks proper coordination between his thoughts and statements and needs to take proper lessons in history before addressing rallies.

"It looks like Modi needs to go back to school and take proper lessons in history. He could not understand history. He does not know where Takshila is situated. He does not know the correct names of his party's founding fathers.

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Polls: EC teams seize over Rs 16 crore in five states

New Delhi: Over Rs 16 crores in cash has been seized till now by EC-appointed surveillance teams and check squads in five poll-bound states, with Rajasthan topping the chart with the recovery of Rs 7.13 crore.

Apart from Rajasthan, which goes to polls on December 1, Madhya Pradesh, which will vote on November 25, has recorded a total cash seizure of Rs 5.69 crore, Chhattisgarh 3.86 crore (last phase pollings today) while in both Delhi and Mizoram the seizures have been a few lakhs.

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A Tendulkar temple in Bihar

A temple for Sachin Tendulkar came up Tuesday in a Bihar village with a life-sized statue of the cricketer.

The white marble statue was erected amid the chanting of Vedic prayers in Atarwalia, the village of Bhojpuri film star Manoj Tiwari in Kaimur district.

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Mulayam hauled before court for threat in speech

A petition was filed in a Muzaffarnagar district court against Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for making "dictator-like" remarks during a Nov 1 speech.

The petition seeks action against the Samajwadi Party chief for saying in his speech that people will be trampled upon if they try to vitiate the atmosphere in the state.

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Modi only knows how to abuse, says Digvijay

As Narendra Modi hits the campaign trail in MP, Congress leader Digvijay Singh trained his guns on him, saying the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate will not have an impact as he has no vision for the country and "only knows how to abuse".

The former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister also claimed that the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government is taking credit for works initiated during his tenure and challenged the Chief Minister to an open debate on development work carried out during their respective tenures.

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BJP MLAs named in Muzaffarnagar riots case to be honoured

A controversy has been sparked with BJP deciding to felicitate its MLAs Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana, accused of inciting communal violence in Muzaffarnagar, at Narendra Modi's rally in Agra on Thursday.

"These two MLAs were lodged in jail and NSA was slapped on them by the Samajwadi Party government. The party will be felicitating them at Modi's rally in Agra and tell the people the truth about Muzaffarnagar riots", BJP state spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.

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Google to pay $17 million for violating consumer privacy

Google has agreed to pay 17 million dollars to 37 states and the District of Columbia for violating consumer privacy by placing unauthorized cookies on computers using certain Apple Safari web browsers in 2011 and 2012.

The New York Attorney General's office claimed that Google Inc. altered coding from its Doubleclick advertising platform to circumvent default privacy settings on Safari without consumers' knowledge, reports.

According to the report, Google had disabled the coding in February 2012 after the practice was widely reported.

The company officials said that the cookies collected no personal information and agreed to improve the information that it provides about cookies.

11.40 am:

School girl raped in Uttar Pradesh

A school girl was raped on her way back from a free laptop distribution function in Faizabad late Monday, police said. Villagers are angry at a minister who arrived seven hours late for the event, and blame that for the rape.

The Class 12th student, one of the beneficiaries of the free laptop distribution scheme of the Akhilesh Yadav government, was returning from the function at a degree college around midnight.

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101-year-old man votes in Nepal

A 101-year-old man walked for two hours and cast his vote Tuesday at a polling booth in Nepal's Sankhuwasabha district for the Constituent Assembly election.

Lal Bahadur Rai told eKantipur said that he had to walk two hours to reach the polling booth.

"Constitution should be drafted for future generations, let my vote not go in vain this time," he was quoted as saying.

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Gorkhas weighing NOTA option in Mizoram elections

Deprived of OBC status by Mizoram government and the alleged step-motherly attitude of Mizos, Gorkhas, who are one of the largest minorities in the state, are weighing the NOTA option provided by the Election Commission in the November 25 Assembly elections.

"The Gorkhas in Mizoram deserve OBC status. We have been fighting for it for a long time. We want OBC status for securing central government jobs. We are not interested in OBC status for state government jobs," Mizoram Gorkha Joint Action Committee, chairman, H B Thapa, said here.

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All woman bank's first branch in Lucknow

A branch of India's first all woman bank -- Bharatiya Mahila Bank -- will open here Tuesday, officials said.

The branch is part of the seven branches across the country that will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi via video conferencing from Mumbai.

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Polling begins on brisk note in Chhattisgarh

Polling for the second and the final phase for 72 seats began Tuesday on a brisk note in Chhattisgarh where the Bharatiya Janata Party is in power for a decade.

Voters queued up in large numbers in urban as well as in rural areas polling booths much before the start of voting at 8 a.m.

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Mandela still critical but stable: Presidency

The condition of South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela is still "stable but critical", the country's Presidency said Monday.

"Madiba (the clan name of Mandela) continues to respond to treatment," reported Xinhua citing the Presidency after President Jacob Zuma paid a visit to Mandela's Houghton home.

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The second and final phase of polling for the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections has begun.

Today's voting would seal the fate of Speaker of State Assembly and nine ministers besides Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, kin of the Darbha Naxal attack in May and former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi's wife Renu.

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US spying claims threaten transatlantic ties: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that transatlantic ties, including the negotiations on a free trade deal, are being tested by the alleged extensive US spying in Germany and Europe.

"The transatlantic relationship and also the negotiations for a free-trade agreement are now without doubt being put to the test," reported Xinhua citing Merkel telling the lower house of the German parliament, referring to the alleged US spying in Germany that included tapping of Merkel's own phone conversations.

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Modi chooses open podium over bulletproof enclosure at rally

Notwithstanding security threat, BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today delivered his speech in the state capital from an open podium instead of a bullet-proof one.

Though security officials had put up a bullet-proof enclosure for Modi, he addressed the rally from an open stage for nearly 45 minutes.

However, bullet-proof enclosures for Modi for whom the BJP leaders were demanding SPG like security, were not made at Chhattarpur, Sagar and Guna where he addressed rallies ahead of the November 25 Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, earlier in the day.

During his address here, Modi engaged the audience in his trademark style on various issues and also hit out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Modi expressed confidence that BJP government would come to power at the Centre in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

"I have come here only to earn some sacred reward for the BJP's win in the assembly elections," he said.

Modi said the Congress, which ruled Madhya Pradesh for a very long period, had brought the state to the brink of destruction.

"It was BJP which has ushered in development in Madhya Pradesh during the last 10 years," he said.

"India can become a powerful nation in the 21st Century only if the power of youth, who constitute 65 per cent of the nation's population, is properly utilised," he added.

Madhya Pradesh former chief ministers Sunderlal Patwa and Kailash Joshi, besides BJP candidates from Bhopal district and other leaders were present on the occasion.

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