Live: Mamata wins West Bengal civic polls

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 25, 2013 11:53 hrs

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Mamata wins West Bengal civic polls

The ruling Trinamool Congress on Monday won four of the five municipalities that went to polls last week, with the Left Front losing the Howrah municipality in Kolkata's twin city, and the Congress managing to retain Behrampore in its bastion though TMC made some inroads even there, flexing its political muscle in the state ahead of the general elections in India next year.

TMC thus won in Krishnanagar, Midnapore and Jhargram besides wresting Howrah from the communists. 

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Kerala HC wants to hear Suryanelli victim

The Kerala High Court on Monday said it wants to hear the version of the Suryanelli rape victim while considering the discharge petition of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien in the case.

In a big relief to Kurien, a sessions court in Kerala's Thodupuzha on June 29 rejected a plea to make him an accused in the 1996 Suryanelli rape case.

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Raje should apologise for killings during her regime: Gehlot

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has said BJP leader Vasundhara Raje should apologise for the killing of innocent people in police firings in Gujjar protests during her regime.

Addressing a public gathering in eastern Rajasthan having sizable number of Gujjar voters yesterday, Gehlot accused Raje of misleading people of the state to grab power.

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World chess champion Magnus Carslen gets Rs. 9.9 crore prize money

Newly-crowned world chess champion Magnus Carlsen today took home a prize money of Rs 9.90 crore after he beat India's Viswanathan Anand in a keenly watched contest that spanned over 10 days.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa gave away the prize money and trophies to the Norwegian sensation and the Indian veteran at a short ceremony in Chennai that lasted about ten minutes.

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Tarun Tejpal sexual assault victim resigns from Tehelka

Tehelka journalist who alleged sexual assault resigns, say TV reports. Tarun Tejpal, former editor of Tehelka, has not been questioned yet.

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Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Haider' faces potests, shooting on halt

Director Vishal Bhardwaj had to cut short the shooting of Shahid Kapoor starrer 'Haider' inside the Kashmir University at Hazratbal in Srinagar following protests by students inside the campus.

The film crew, which has been shooting for 'Haider' in Kashmir for the past nearly two weeks, had to pack up after the students living in the on-campus hostels objected to hoisting of the national tri-colour atop a make shift bunker yesterday, official sources said.

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JFK's secret footage likely to unveil second shooter

A Hollywood producer has reportedly come forward with a footage that allegedly proves there was a second shooter involved in former President John F. Kennendy's assassination.

Stephen Bowen from Waterstone Entertainment reportedly got the footage from a television news producer, who kept it hidden for over 40 years, reports.

Bowen is now trying to sell the footage to the highest bidder, and will also hold private screenings for a number of U.S. TV networks this week, the report added.

According to some sources, the historic film will cast doubt on the belief that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone shooter on November 22, 1963 as it shows a guy in the bushes with a gun.

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Fresh cyclone threat looms over Andhra coast

Even before the authorities in Andhra Pradesh could take up enumeration of damage caused by last week's cyclone Helen, a fresh threat looms over its coast.

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Pakistani band singing for Malala Yousufzai

A rock band in Pakistan is openly singing in support of teenager activist Malala Yousufzai and has got good response despite the fundamentalist elements in the country.

The band 'Laal' has created two songs - 'Darte hai bunduko wali ek nehati ladki se' and an English rock number 'You give me hope Malala' which have been well received in most parts of Pakistan, said its founder, writer, spokesman and lead vocalist Taimur.

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Talwars arrive in court, verdict any time now

Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have arrived at the Ghaziabad court. The parents of the slain teenager were accompanied by Rajesh’s parents and did not speak to the waiting media persons as they entered the court. The verdict from the court can come any time now.

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Taylor Swift wins AMA artist of the year

Her fans have done it again, voting her the American Music Awards artist of the year for a third time. Swift won Sunday night's top honor, giving her a leading four trophies as fans celebrated the women of pop music.

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Kidnapped French national rescued in Jaipur; three held

A 25-year-old French national was Sunday rescued by police in Jaipur after he was allegedly kidnapped by a trio.

According to tourist police station in-charge Bhagwan Sahay, following an alert from the French Embassy about the alleged kidnapping of Frenchman Anthony Leonitat, they set up check-posts in the city and rescued the youth while nabbing three persons who were allegedly involved in the affair.

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Teenager held for sexually assaulting minor girl

A teenaged boy was taken into custody for allegedly sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl from a slum area in Thane, police said today.

The 15-year-old boy took the victim to a secluded place on the night of November 22 and sexually assaulted her near the Pragati Nagar slum colony in Nalla Sopara area of Thane district, assistant police inspector A P Nigavkar said.

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Militants kidnap three people from Mizoram

Ahead of the Mizoram assembly elections, at least three people were kidnapped by the outlawed tribal guerillas from a village in Mamit district of western Mizoram, police said Monday.

"Suspected NLFT (National Liberation Front of Tripura) militants abducted the three people at gun point from Damparengpui village along Tripura-Mizoram and Bangladesh border in Mamit district Saturday night," a police official told reporters in Aizawl.

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Polling begins in Madhya Pradesh

Polling for the 230-member Madhya Pradesh legislative assembly began at 8 a.m. Monday, an official said. Over 4.6 crore (46 million) voters are eligible to exercise their right to franchise. The results will be out Dec 8.

In three constituencies in Maoist-affected Balaghat district, voting began an hour earlier and would conclude at 3 p.m.

For the first time, the none of the above (NOTA) option will be available to voters. In the 2008 polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party won 143 seats while the Congress won 71.

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Remote controlled helicopter crashes, one held

A remote controlled helicopter showering flower petals on a religious procession went out of control and crashed in Rajasthan's Barmer district today. No one was injured in the incident.

A remote controlled chopper had been hired from a Gujarat based company to shower flower petals during a procession of Jain community, police said.

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China has not occupied Indian land afresh

China has not occupied Indian territory afresh or denied New Delhi access to any part of Indian territory, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said.

"I would like to state categorically that Shyam Saran has not stated in (his) report that China has occupied or has denied access to India to any part of Indian territory," Antony told the Lok Sabha.

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Congress leaders from Telangana to seek more assembly seats

Congress leaders from the Telangana region plan to reach Delhi tomorrow and urge the Group of Ministers (GoM), set up to take a decision on bifurcating Andhra Pradesh, to increase the number of assembly seats in the new state from 119 seats to 153 seats.

The present Andhra Pradesh assembly has 294 seats.

"We will urge the GoM to recommend to the Union Cabinet to increase the number of assembly seats to 153, since the number of assembly seats in the new state could be incorporated in the Telangana Bill.

"We plan to reach Delhi by tomorrow evening," senior Congress MLA representing Sanathnagar assembly constituency in Hyderabad and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Vice-Chairman M Sasidhar Reddy told reporters here today.

Congress leaders from Telengana region said that increasing the number of assembly seats would lead to better political stability.

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