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BJP gaining ground as polling advances

BJP gaining ground as polling advances

Quarter of India's 815 million voters voted on Thursday, the biggest day of its staggered election, with the ruling Congress party battling to stem a further slide in the polls against the opposition Hindu nationalists after another week of damaging headlines. The country is now over halfway through its nine days of voting for a new parliament in the world's biggest ever election. Narendra Modi, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) candidate for prime minister, has been wooing voters with promises to rouse India's economy from its slowest growth in...

India votes on biggest polling day

India votes on biggest polling day

Indians are voting in the biggest day of the general election pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP. Polling takes place in 121 seats in 12 states, including the key states of Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and West Bengal. The nine-phase vote began on 7 April and will conclude on...

India recognises third gender

India's top court has issued a landmark verdict creating a third gender category that allows transgendered people to identify themselves as such on official documents. Activists say it will give relief to millions of people who face discrimination in India's deeply conservative society. The Supreme Court directed the federal and state governments to include transgendered people in all welfare programmes for the poor, including education, healthcare and jobs to help them overcome social and economic challenges. Before yesterday's judgment, transgendered Indians had...

India bus fire kills 6

India bus fire kills 6

At least six people have been killed after the bus they were travelling in caught fire in India's southern state of Karnataka, police said. The bus, carrying 29 passengers, was travelling from Davanagere to Bangalore, when a leak in the fuel tank caused the blaze. Twelve people were injured in the accident. Bus crashes are common...

Transgenders now ‘3rd gender’ in India

Transgenders now ‘3rd gender’ in India

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court of India today created the "Third Gender" status for Hijras or transgenders, reports Times of India. Earlier, they were forced to write male or female against their gender. The SC asked the Centre to treat transgender as socially and economically backward. The apex court said that transgenders will be allowed admission in educational institutions and given employment on the basis that they belonged to the third gender category. The SC said absence of law recognizing hijras as third gender could not be continued as a ground to discriminate them in availing equal opportunities in education and employment. This is for the first time that the third gender...

Modi used caste strife to tighten grip: Cable

Modi used caste strife to tighten grip: Cable

Narendra Modi used caste or class resentments within Hinduism to tighten his political grip after effectively manipulating religious strife "to strengthen his power base during and after the 2002 riots in Gujarat", according to a leaked US cable. The 63-year-old chief minister of Gujarat is the prime minister candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)....

Indian held for betting

Indian held for betting

An Indian citizen was arrested at Mirpur in Dhaka today on charge of betting in cricket matches, police said. Otonu Datta, who, according to his passport, lives in Regent Park area of the West Bengal city of Kolkata, was picked up around 2:00pm, Imtiaz Ahmed, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Mirpur division), told...

Indian artists warn against Modi

Indian artists warn against Modi

Prominent Indian artists and academics have written an open letter warning against the possible election of Hindu nationalist politician Narendra Modi. The letter - signed by writer Salman Rushdie and sculptor Anish Kapoor among others - attacked Modi's record in the 2002 Gujarat riots. Modi, a candidate for the opposition BJP in the current election,...

4th phase polling begins in India

4th phase polling begins in India

Polling for the Indian Tripura East (ST) Lok Sabha seat began today amid tight security. Additional 35 companies of security forces have been dispatched by the country’s Election Commission (EC) for deployment, along with the state police, reports Times of India. The Boarder Security Force (BSF) has deployed additional forces along the 856- km-long Indo-Bangla...

12 killed in twin Maoist attacks in Chhattisgarh

12 killed in twin Maoist attacks in Chhattisgarh

At least 12 people have been killed in twin attacks by Maoists in Chhattisgarh on Saturday, reports The Times of India. A bus carrying a team of poll officials and security personnel was hit by landmine blast around 1pm at Ketulnar in Bijapur district. When the team reached near Ketulnar village between Gudma and Kutru,...

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'India's youth: the decisive factor'

India's youth: the decisive factor

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Gujarat model a myth

Gujarat model a myth

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BJP copied Congress manifesto: Rahul

BJP copied Congress manifesto: Rahul

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