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Akhilesh to contest in UP assembly election

Akhilesh Yadav, after much dilly-dallying, has likely decided to contest the Uttar Pradesh election, sources said today. He had earlier said he would not contest the polls and would prefer to focus on every seat in the state. Akhilesh Yadav is the Lok Sabha MP from Azamgarh in eastern...

Jan 19 · >

India covid cases up 18% in one day

Over 2.82 lakh new Covid cases were reported in India over the past 24 hours, a rise of 18 per cent from yesterday’s case count. The positivity rate, which is an indicator of the spread of the infection, has climbed marginally from 14.43 per cent to 15.13 per cent....

Jan 19 · >

Cong video projects Channi as CM face

A video shared by the Congress party on its Twitter handle has triggered speculation as to who will be the Chief Ministerial face of the party in the upcoming Punjab assembly elections. In what is being seen as a snub to state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has...

Jan 18 · >

UK to freeze BBC funding for 2 years in ‘cultural vandalism’

Britain said on Monday it would freeze funding for the BBC for two years and begin a debate on whether a universal licence fee should continue in the modern television age, drawing opposition complaints of “cultural vandalism”. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries told the parliament that the corporation, at the...

Jan 18 · >

Uttarakhand Minister Sacked Amid BJP Infighting Ahead Of Polls

Just weeks ahead of the Uttarakhand assembly elections, the BJP on Sunday expelled Harak Singh Rawat, a minister in the state government, from the party. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Dhami has also written to the governor about removing Mr Rawat from the cabinet, party leaders said. The BJP has...

Jan 17 · >

Severe cold in Delhi, temperature dips to season’s lowest

Delhi shivered under “cold day” conditions for a second consecutive day on Saturday, recording the season’s lowest maximum temperature at 14.8 degrees Celsius, with thick fog blotting out the sun. The minimum temperature at the Safdarjung Observatory, which is considered the official marker for the city, settled at 6.1...

Jan 16 · >

Bhim Army chief says no alliance with SP

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad said Saturday that his political outfit – the Azad Samaj Party – would not ally with the Samajwadi Party for next month’s Uttar Pradesh Assembly election. Samajwadi chief Akhilesh Yadav “does not want the support of Dalits”, Mr Azad told reporters. “Yesterday Akhileshji humiliated...

Jan 15 · >

Bishop accused of nun’s rape acquitted

Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun several times between 2014 and 2016, has been acquitted by a court in Kerala. Franco Mulakkal was the first Catholic bishop in India to be arrested for assaulting a nun. A court in Kottayam acquitted him of all charges after a...

Jan 14 · >

Outreach for votes lands BJP MLA in voter’s bathroom

With the Election Commission banning rallies over Covid and candidates resorting to door-to-door visits, a widely-circulated video from Kanpur shows a leader’s campaign taking an amusing turn as he interrupts a voter’s bath-time. Surendra Maithani, the BJP MLA from Kanpur, has posted several photos showing his interaction with people,...

Jan 14 · >