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  • Around 70% Polling In Chhattisgarh Phase 1 Amid Maoist Threat: 10 Points
    Election in Chhattisgarh: Polling has ended in 18 seats in Chhattisgarh's Maoist-hit areas. The remaining 72 constituencies will vote on November 20. The BJP government led by Chief Minister Raman Singh is looking to hold on to power for a fourth term. The Congress campaign is trying to swing votes by promising to keep farmers happy and not letting unchecked development bulldoze the interest of fragile communities in the Maoist-hit state. Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi's new party is also in fray, in alliance with Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party. The Congress, which failed to seal a deal with the Dalit powerhouse, fears the combination will dent its chances. "I have been told that people in large numbers are voting in the (Maoist-hit) Bastar region," PM Modi said at a rally in Bilaspur for the second phase.
  • Voting In Chhattisgarh's Maoist-Hit Belt As BJP Eyes 4th Term: 10 Points
    Voting has started in 18 seats in the Maoist-hit areas of Chhattisgarh under heavy security cover, flagging off the last round of assembly polls before next year's general elections. The remaining 72 constituencies will vote on November 20. The Raman Singh government, which has been in power for three consecutive terms, is seeking a fourth mandate. The Congress hopes to recapture power claiming huge anti-incumbency. Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi's new party is also in fray, in alliance with Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party. The Congress, which failed to seal a deal with the Dalit powerhouse, fears the combination will dent its chances.
  • KMP Expressway: Top 10 Facts About The Western Peripheral Expressway
    The 136-km-long Western Peripheral Expressway, also known as the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway, will become fully operational on November 19 with the inauguration of its 83-km-long Kundli-Manesar section. Running over nine years behind schedule, the expressway was to be initially inaugurated tomorrow.
  • "Congress Backing Urban Maoists Driving Big Cars," Says PM: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi hit the campaign trail today in Chhattisgarh, where people will vote for the assembly elections in two phases on November 12 and 20. Mr Gandhi attacked the BJP government over alleged inaction against insolvent businessmen who have "fled the country". "You have heard about Nirav Modi. That person met the finance minister before leaving for London," Mr Gandhi said. PM Modi, after introducing a group of BJP candidates and asking people to vote for them, said, "We have put an end to discrimination and lived by sabka sath, sabka vikas (development for all)."
  • Opposition's 'Black Day' On Notes Ban Anniversary: 10 Points
    The second anniversary of demonetisation triggered a full blown Twitter war between the BJP and the Opposition parties on Thursday. While the Opposition described it as a "disaster" the BJP said, it was a "stringent action against corruption". The Congress has called for a nationwide protest on Friday and the Trinamool said it will observe a 'Black Day' to mark two years of notes ban. Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in a statement said, "The havoc that it unleashed on the Indian economy and society is now evident to everyone. Notebandi impacted every single person, regardless of age, gender, religion, occupation or creed."
  • Massive Protest In Mizoram Against Chief Election Officer: 10 Points
    With three weeks to go for the assembly polls, Mizoram is witnessing an unprecedented situation where the state's people and political parties are at loggerheads with its chief election officer. Protests, held across the state since last week, ended today after the official was summoned to Delhi by his bosses. The officer, SB Sashank, had pushed for the removal of the state's home secretary, accusing him of interfering in the electoral rolls revision process. The Election Commission had acted immediately. But it provoked the Mizo youth, who want the bureaucrat, a local, be reinstated and the election official shunted out.
  • No Plans This Diwali? Here Are 5 Things To Do For Those Away From Home
    Diwali, the festival of lights is here. For most, Diwali is about family get-togethers, reunion with friends, dinner with loved ones and poker night. However, for people staying away from home for work or studies who do not have plans this year, there are a number of things you can do rather than bursting crackers. So those introverts who do not want to go that party invite by a colleague, do not be disheartened.
  • Deepavali Bonus For Congress-HD Kumaraswamy, 4:1 Win In Karnataka
    The ruling Congress-Janata Dal Secular (JDS) alliance in Karnataka has won two assembly seats and two Lok Sabha seats in bypolls that are expected to have an impact on opposition moves to forge a grand coalition to take on the BJP in next year's national election. The BJP has won only one parliamentary seat, Shivamogga, vacated by former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa. The Congress has surged ahead in Ballari, a BJP stronghold since 2004. The ruling alliance has won the Mandya Lok Sabha seat and the assembly constituencies of Jamkhandi and Ramanagara. An upper hand in these by-elections will be seen as validation for the Congress-JD(S) coalition amid digs about its longevity from the BJP, which is still smarting at its failure to form a government despite winning the most number of seats in the May state elections.
  • INS Arihant Completes India's Nuclear Triad: 10 Things To Know
    INS Arihant, India's first nuclear ballistic missile submarine, has completed its first deterrence patrol today. This means the submarine is fully operational and, when deployed, for extended patrols, can target regional adversaries such as China with nuclear-tipped submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
  • Hundreds Of Cops, Mobile Jammers As Sabarimala Temple Opens: 10 Points
    The row over protests at Sabarimala peaked today as a video surfaced that shows Kerala BJP chief Sreedharan Pillai allegedly taking credit for the way the protests unfolded. As local television channels aired the video, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted that it proves the BJP "connived to create trouble in Sabarimala". Around 2,300 security personnel -- including a 20-member commando team and 15 policewomen above the age of 50 - have been posted to keep the peace as the temple opened its doors for two days of worship this month. Last month, despite the Supreme Court order, the protesters had enforced the traditional ban on women of reproductive age at the hill shrine.
  • Delhi's Signature Bridge To Have Selfie Spots, Glass Viewing Deck
    It took 14 years to build it, but the iconic Signature Bridge is finally ready for Delhi. The much-awaited bridge will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on November 4, Sunday, and will be thrown open to public on November 5, Monday. The grand launch will be followed by a laser show. The Signature Bridge will be the first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge in India and will offer panoramic view of the city. Built over river Yamuna, Signature Bridge will reduce the travel time between north and northeast Delhi. It will also share the traffic burden of the Wazirabad bridge.
  • 10 Things To Know About RBI Governor Urjit Patel Who Took On Government
    Two years ago, when Urjit Patel replaced the flamboyant Raghuram Rajan as the 24th governor of the Reserve Bank of India, he had a quiet first day at work away from media glare. He had already served as the deputy governor at the RBI for three years before that. He was expected to maintain a low profile unlike his predecessor who had reportedly upset some segments of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government by speaking out in areas outside the direct purview of the central bank. And now sources in the Prime Minister's office were quoted as saying that the government was upset with the RBI for going public with its criticism. Officials were worried that such a rift could tarnish the country's image among investors, the sources added. Urjit Patel may consider resigning given a breakdown in relations with the government, sources said on Wednesday.
  • "Consultations With RBI In Public Interest": Government Amid Autonomy Row
    The government today said "extensive consultations" with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) were in "public interest", after reports said it has started discussions on Section 7 of the RBI Act, a never-before-used rule that allows the centre to give instructions to the central bank's chief. In a statement, the finance ministry said such consultations with the RBI took place from time to time as both sides "have to be guided by public interest and the requirements of the Indian economy."
  • Sardar Patel Birth Anniversary: Powerful Quotes From India's 'Iron Man'
    Vallabhbhai Patel, India's 'Iron Man', was born on October 31, 1875. Renowned as the architect of independent India, Sardar Patel united 562 princely states to build the Republic of India. On 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a statue of him, called the 'Statue of Unity', in Gujarat. It is the tallest statue in the world with a height of 182 metres. The statue depicts Sardar Patel, the first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of India, in a dhoti and a shawl, towering over river Narmada.
  • "Is It A Crime To Remember Heroes," Asks PM On Statue Of Unity: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled the Statue of Unity, which at 182 metres is the tallest in the world, as a tribute to freedom icon Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 143rd birth anniversary. Air jets flow over the statue, helicopters showered flowers on it with fireworks in the green, orange and white colours as PM Modi dedicated it to the nation. The Sardar Patel statue, twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty, has been built at a cost of Rs. 2,989 crore and is located in Gujarat, 3.2 km downstream of the Narmada dam."Today is a day that will be remembered in the history of India," said PM Modi, paying glowing tribute to Sardar Patel. He said the Statue of Unity is "a symbol of our engineering and technical prowess." Anticipating protests by locals who demand compensation for the land used for the enormous figure, thousands of police personnel were deployed ahead of the inauguration.

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