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Haryana writes new rules to humour Priyanka Gandhi

By Narendra Kaushik Wish to see how the state congress governments bend backwards to accommodate the wishes of Gandhi-Nehru dynasty, visit Kamaspur, a non-descript hamlet located on the right of National Highway (NH) 1 less than 50 kilometres from Delhi. Thanks to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the scion of the first family who faces heat over property allegations against her husband Robert ...

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Afghanistan – not Modi – is key to future relations between India and Pakistan

By Wali Aslam |  The Conversation The Indian election has been afforded much publicity in the Western media. A record 814 million eligible voters have been expressing their choices in a poll taking place in nine phases. Voting began on April 7 and is due to end on May 12 with results expected on May 16. It is highly likely that ...

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Elections 2014: Factors influencing the voting landscape (A Brief)

Correspondent | Team PB7 For the rest of the world, elections in the biggest democracy on Earth are an overwhelming cause for concern. The Indian Election Commission has estimated that about 788 million people are eligible to vote in this year’s elections – an electorate more than double the size of the entire population of the US. How the country carries ...

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Political ‘cold war’ altering people’s social life in Bengal

By Sanjay Pandey Kolkata: Heated arguments and intermittent clashes between supporters of rival political parties are common during an election season. But political rivalry in Bengal takes an ugly turn in Bengal often signaling the start of a never-ending ‘cold war’. A “cold war” between the loyal cadres of rival parties stretches from one election to the other, often invading ...

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Holyman buries foot in protest over relocation of bridge

By Sanjay Pandey A 54-year-old holy man has literally put his foot down over the controversial relocation of a proposed bridge across the Ganges, connecting Bhagalpur and Naugachia. From protesting in neck-deep water for days to staying perched atop a tree for months, Yogi Gyanswarup Tapaswi, known for his extreme and unique ways of staging demonstrations has now buried his ...

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Dacoits’ reward for relinquishing crime: Betrayal and harassment

By Sanjay Pandey There was a time when the sound of horses’ hooves resonating through the town of Madhepura made the men, women and even the police force scramble for cover. Rifles slung across their shoulders, groups of masked men on horseback thundered through the town, looting shops, breaking into houses and violating the dignity of women. The police would arrive only after ...

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Decoding parties’ campaign strategies

By Anuj Shrivastava Elections to the 16th Lok Sabha are turning out to be quite an entertainer with headliners slugging it out big amongst themselves to hog attention of the voters. With just three more polling phases to go now, campaigning is at its height, the attacks getting shriller and standards dipping to new lows every other day. There have ...

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Sex worker’s son scores Man U goal

By Sanjay Pandey Kolkata:  As a teenage boy dribbles a football through the dirty and defamed alleyways of Sonagachi, a sense of pride dawns on the sex workers of Asia’s largest red light district that houses over 11,000 prostitutes.  

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The Non-state voters

30,000 odd voters of the Rajmahal constituency in Jharkhand are likely to press NOTA on April 24, the day this constituency goes to polls. Our correspondent, Sanjay Pandey, speaks to the people who have decided to use NOTA as a tool to reject the “politics of convenience” that has plagued their community for over 2 decades now. By Sanjay Pandey Pyarpur/Banutola (Rajmahal): Mohammed Hasan Ali, 35, ...

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Kashmir: its people, elections and voting trends

By Adfar Shah The elections in the state of Jammu and Kashmir have already started and a high turnout (69.18%. in Jammu and 70%, in Udhampur) like the historic Panchayati elections held in 2012 (turn out 90%) in the state has become the trend now. The elections in Kashmir valley will be held on April 24, 30, and May 7 ...

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