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Ex-Actor Udhayanidhi Stalin's Bid To Script Son-Rise In Rising Sun Party

Ex-Actor Udhayanidhi Stalin's Bid To Script Son-Rise In Rising Sun Party

Written by Uma Sudhir | Saturday April 03, 2021

In the last leg of campaign for the April 6 Tamil Nadu election, a 'son' is rising in the ranks of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam or DMK, whose poll symbol is the rising sun.

From Student Leader To Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal's Long Journey

From Student Leader To Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal's Long Journey

Edited by Debanish Achom | Friday March 26, 2021, Guwahati

The BJP's Sarbananda Sonowal became Chief Minister of Assam after the party swept the north-east state in the assembly election in 2016. Mr Sonowal is contesting from Majuli constituency.

Locket Chatterjee, BJP's Most Visible Woman Candidate In Bengal

Locket Chatterjee, BJP's Most Visible Woman Candidate In Bengal

Reported by Monideepa Banerjie, Edited by Anindita Sanyal | Monday March 22, 2021

One of the five MPs roped into Bengal elections as a candidate, Locket Chatterjee today is the most visible woman leader in the BJP's Bengal team. The actor-turned politician has been with the party since 2015, after a brief association with the Trinamool Congress.

MK Stalin's Big Test In First Tamil Nadu Polls Since Father Karunanidhi's Death

MK Stalin's Big Test In First Tamil Nadu Polls Since Father Karunanidhi's Death

Written by J Sam Daniel Stalin | Friday March 19, 2021, Chennai

Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin, 68, faces his first Tamil Nadu election since his father and iconic politician M Karunanidhi - popular to his supporters as "Kalaignar" - died in 2018. But it is by no means his first solo outing - he led the DMK to a sweep in national elections just a year later in 2019.

KK Shailaja - From Teacher To Kerala's Covid Fighter-In-Chief

KK Shailaja - From Teacher To Kerala's Covid Fighter-In-Chief

Written by Sneha Mary Koshy | Friday March 19, 2021, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

KK Shailaja, Kerala's Health Minister, starts her day by meeting visitors at her home in Kannur's Mattannur, now her constituency for the April 6 election. Mattannur is a CPI(M) stronghold where state minister EP Jayrajan won with a margin of around 40,000 votes in the last election.

Babul Supriyo, 2-Time MP, Joins Assembly Poll Fight In BJP's Mission Bengal

Babul Supriyo, 2-Time MP, Joins Assembly Poll Fight In BJP's Mission Bengal

Edited by Stela Dey | Wednesday March 17, 2021, Kolkata

Union Minister Babul Supriyo, a two-time MP from Asansol, has been drafted by the BJP as it stakes its most popular Bengal faces in this election.

Suvendu Adhikari -- Grassroots Leader Who Is Challenging Mamata Banerjee

Suvendu Adhikari -- Grassroots Leader Who Is Challenging Mamata Banerjee

Written by Monideepa Banerjie | Wednesday March 17, 2021, Kolkata

The strongman of Nandigram -- the place which catapulted Mamata Banerjee to the Chief Minister's chair -- and her minister-cum-right-hand man for years, 50-year-old Suvendu Adhikari is now her bitterest foe and angriest challenger back where it all began. Nandigram.

Suvendu Adhikari, Mamata Banerjee's Challenger From Nandigram

Suvendu Adhikari, Mamata Banerjee's Challenger From Nandigram

Edited by Anindita Sanyal | Wednesday March 17, 2021, Kolkata

Suvendu Adhikari -- friend-turned-bitter foe of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee -- rarely made national headlines when he was with the Trinamool Congress. But his exit from the party, induction in the BJP and now the face-off with Ms Banerjee from Nandigram, have suddenly made him a household name, especially with the buzz over in the coming elections in the state.

Himanta Biswa Sarma, BJP's Northeast Strategist, May Be Set For A Meatier Role

Himanta Biswa Sarma, BJP's Northeast Strategist, May Be Set For A Meatier Role

Edited by Sumana Nandy | Tuesday March 16, 2021

Himanta Biswa Sarma is the BJP's first big catch in its mission to win elections in states where it started with little or no presence. What the ruling party is hoping to achieve with Suvendu Adhikari in Bengal, was a script first used with spectacular results in Assam in 2016.

EPS, Quiet Loyalist Who Emerged From Shadows, Steadied AIADMK

EPS, Quiet Loyalist Who Emerged From Shadows, Steadied AIADMK

Written by Sam Daniel | Monday March 15, 2021, Chennai

Edapaddi Palaniswami had the challenge of leading the AIADMK government after the party lost the charismatic and powerful J Jayalalithaa in 2016. Jayalalithaa -- "Amma" to the AIADMK ranks - enjoyed rare devotion of her party men, who even genuflected to her photos.

Mamata Banerjee, No Longer Looking Invincible In Bengal, Fights Her Toughest Election

Mamata Banerjee, No Longer Looking Invincible In Bengal, Fights Her Toughest Election

Reported by Monideepa Banerjie,Saurabh Gupta, Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh | Monday March 15, 2021, Kolkata

Mamata Banerjee, streetfighter extraordinaire, faces the toughest fight of her five-decade political career as Bengal votes for a new government.

George Floyd: "Gentle Giant" Who Became Symbol Of Fight Against Racism

George Floyd: "Gentle Giant" Who Became Symbol Of Fight Against Racism

Agence France-Presse | Sunday March 07, 2021, Minneapolis

His name is chanted by demonstrators around the globe. His face is displayed on murals all over the United States. Since his brutal death George Floyd has embodied, more than any other, the Black victims of police violence and racism in the United States.

From Manoj Tiwary To June Maliah, A Look At Trinamool's Star Candidates

From Manoj Tiwary To June Maliah, A Look At Trinamool's Star Candidates

Reported by Saurabh Gupta | Friday March 05, 2021, Kolkata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday released the list of Trinamool Congress candidates for the upcoming assembly polls for 291 seats, with emphasis on youths, minority, women, backward communities, and several movie and sports stars. "This time we have stressed on more youths and women candidates. Around 23-24 sitting MLAs have been dropped and there are names of about 50 women, 42 Muslims, 79 Schedule Caste and 17 Scheduled candidates in the list," Ms Banerjee said.

Indian-Origin Arora Akanksha, 34, Announces Her Candidacy To Be UN Chief

Indian-Origin Arora Akanksha, 34, Announces Her Candidacy To Be UN Chief

Press Trust of India | Saturday February 13, 2021, United Nations

An Indian-origin employee at the UN has announced her candidacy to be its next Secretary-General, the first person to throw her hat in the ring against incumbent Antonio Guterres, who is seeking a second five-year term beginning January 2022 as chief of the world organisation.

Padma Shri Manjamma Jogati: Transgender Folk Artiste Married To A Goddess

Padma Shri Manjamma Jogati: Transgender Folk Artiste Married To A Goddess

Reported by Maya Sharma, Edited by Harish Pullanoor | Tuesday January 26, 2021, Bengaluru

The list of Padma awards recipients this year includes a transgender from Karnataka who has over the past many decades practised and single-handedly popularised rural folk arts. For Manjamma Jogathi, the Padma Shri comes after decades of social and financial struggle. Overcoming personal odds, Manjavva Jogati, as she would be called in Karnataka, held aloft the cause of these art forms, especially the Jogati Nritya and Janapada songs, practiced in rural Karnataka, Maharashtra, and parts of Andhra Pradesh.