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Outside support to BJP in Maharashtra best alternative: Pawar
MUMBAI, Oct 20 (Agencies): A day after NCP extended unsolicited "outside support" to BJP in government formation in Maharashtra, party president Sharad Pawar today said it was the "best alternative" to usher in a "stable" dispensation. "Offering outside support to BJP was the best among alternatives before us. We have to ensure a stable government comes in Maharashtra," Pawar said addressing newly elected MLAs after nephew and former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar was elected leader of the NCP legislature party. Pawar said no other combination was feasible going by the number of seats won by major parties. Later, talking to reporters Ajit Pawar claimed he was approached by a Congress leader who proposed forming a coalition government with Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena as constituents. ...
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Uddhav holds party meet, to decide on next step
MUMBAI, Oct 20 (Agencies): Even as the impasse over government formation in Maharashtra continues following a fractured mandate in the Assembly polls, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray today held a meeting with the newly-elected legislators here. "All the newly elected MLAs met Uddhavji today and they unanimously took a decision to give him the right of choosing the legislative party leader," Sena MP Sanjay Raut said. The party chief held the meeting at Sena Bhavan, party's headquarters at Dadar in central Mumbai. On being asked if any decision on extending support to BJP was taken during the meeting, Raut said, "Today's meet was not about the BJP. Therefore, we haven't discussed BJP at all. A final decision will be taken by Uddhavji and conveyed to the media in due course." Thacke...
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Govt to bring ordinance on cancelled coal blocks
NEW DELHI, Oct 20 (Agencies): Days after the Supreme Court cancelled allocation of 214 coal blocks, the government today moved to bring an Ordinance that will enable it to acquire the land of these mines along with plants for auction later. The Ordinance has been finalised and will be notified after approval of the Union Cabinet, a source said. The measure has been designed to deal with the implications of the Supreme Court's order in the coal case. After acquiring the land of these coal blocks, the government would auction these. The apex court had last month quashed allocation of 214 out of 218 coal blocks alloted to various companies since 1993 terming the method as "fatally flawed". It had allowed the Centre to take over operation of 42 such blocks which are functional. The Coal...
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Dhaula Kuan Gangrape: All five convicts get life term
NEW DELHI, Oct 20 (Agencies): A Delhi court today awarded the maximum punishment of life sentence to five convicts in the sensational 2010 Dhaula Kuan gangrape case in which a BPO executive from the North-east was the victim. Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on each of them while directing them to pay it to the victim as compensation. "Life imprisonment is awarded to all the convicts for the offence of gangrape. A fine of Rs 50,000 is also imposed," the judge said. The court also handed down the jail term of seven years and five years for other offences of abduction and criminal intimidation to all the convicts. The court awarded the sentence to Usman alias Kale, Shamshad alias Khutkan, Shahid alias Chhota Billi, Iqbal alias Bada Billi and Kamru...
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Cong wins assembly bypolls in Manipur
IMPAHL, Oct 20 (Agencies): Congress candidate Elangbam Dwijamani was today declared elected from Hiyanglam Assembly constituency in Thoubal district of Manipur for which bypoll was held on October 17, state poll officials said. Dwijamani who had once represented the constituency, defeated his nearest rival Yumnam Radheshyam of Trinamool Congress by 1,829 votes, they said. While Dwijamani secured 9,008 votes, Trinamool Congress got 7,179 votes. BJP nominee Maibam Dhanabir got 6,306 votes. The other two remaining candidates, M Amutombi of Manipur People's Party got 615 votes and Th Laiba of Manipur State Congress Party secured 93 votes. The bypoll was necessitated following the death of Maibam Dhanabir's father Maibam Kunjo of Trinamool Congress about three months ago. Kunjo was once ...
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11 killed in explosion at Andhra cracker manufacturing unit
HYDERABAD, Oct 20 (Agencies): Eleven people were today killed and seven others seriously injured in an explosion at a fire cracker manufacturing unit at Vakatippa village in coastal East Godavari district. "There was a big explosion in the cracker manufacturing factory. Our people (police) have counted 11 people dead," a senior police official said on phone. The workers of the private cracker unit, located at Vakatippa village in Uppada Kothapalli mandal near the district headquarters town of Kakinada, some 500 kms from here, were working when the blast took place this afternoon. According to the police, there were 18 workers working in the unit at that time. East Godavari District Collector Neetu Prasad, who visited the spot, said, "There was a sudden blast. Eleven workers at the uni...
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53,613 voters used NOTA option in Haryana
CHANDIGARH, Oct 20 (Agencies): More than 53,000 voters have opted for 'None of the Above (NOTA)' option in EVMs in the Haryana assembly polls, thus rejecting the candidates fielded by political parties in their respective constituencies. A total of 53,613 voters pressed the NOTA button, which works out at 0.4 per cent of the total votes polled for 90 assembly seats in Haryana, as per data available with the election office. NOTA option was exercised the most in Dabwali seat where 1,549 voters rejected all the candidates in the fray. Naina Singh Chautala of INLD and wife of party's senior leader Ajay Singh Chautala defeated K V Singh of Congress by 8,545 votes from Dabwali seat. The Bawani Khera (SC) assembly seat recorded the least number of people exercising this option as 169 voters ...
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Govt to bring ordinance on cancelled coal blocks
NEW DELHI, Oct 20 (Agencies): Days after the Supreme Court cancelled allocation of 214 coal blocks, the government today moved to bring an Ordinance that will enable it to acquire the land of these mines along with plants for auction later. The Ordinance has been finalised and will be notified after approval of the Union Cabinet, a source said. The measure has been designed to deal with the implications of the Supreme Court's order in the coal case. After acquiring the land of these coal blocks, the government would auction these. The apex court had last month quashed allocation of 214 out of 218 coal blocks alloted to various companies since 1993 terming the method as "fatally flawed". It had allowed the Centre to take over operation of 42 such blocks which are functional. The Coal...
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Lankan Defence Secy meets Jaitley
NEW DELHI, Oct 20 (Agencies): Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today called on Defence Minister Arun Jaitley during which a number of issues came under discussion. Gotabaya, who is the Secretary of Lankan Ministry of Defence and Urban Development met Jaitley in the afternoon at his North Block Office. Defence Secretary R K Mathur was also present. Jaitley later handed over a memento to the visiting dignitary. Though officials remained tight lipped about what transpired during the meeting, the visit takes place less than 10 days after Mathur visited the island nation. Mathur had met his Sri Lankan counterpart Gotabaya, who is also President Rajapaksa's younger brother, and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral military ties and reviewed new avenues for cooperation. Mea...
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53,613 voters used NOTA option in Haryana
CHANDIGARH, Oct 20 (Agencies): More than 53,000 voters have opted for 'None of the Above (NOTA)' option in EVMs in the Haryana assembly polls, thus rejecting the candidates fielded by political parties in their respective constituencies. A total of 53,613 voters pressed the NOTA button, which works out at 0.4 per cent of the total votes polled for 90 assembly seats in Haryana, as per data available with the election office. NOTA option was exercised the most in Dabwali seat where 1,549 voters rejected all the candidates in the fray. Naina Singh Chautala of INLD and wife of party's senior leader Ajay Singh Chautala defeated K V Singh of Congress by 8,545 votes from Dabwali seat. The Bawani Khera (SC) assembly seat recorded the least number of people exercising this option as 169 voters ...
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